PVL Finals: Creamline takes 1-0 lead, cruises past PayMaya

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pocari using Pablo’s absence as motivation to win bronze Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ It was still a tight contest through the midway part of the fourth set with Craemline leading 13-11, that was until Valdez started heating up.The Cool Smashers went on a 9-2 run with Valdez capping it off with a smith kill for the 22-15 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Even with the early win, Valdez knows they can’t take PayMaya lightly.“Coach Roger’s [Gorayeb] teams don’t give up and they will bounce back especially Grethcel [Soltones] and [Tess] Rountree,” said Valdez. “They won’t back down and this is just the first game. Both semifinals series went to three games and we don’t know what will happen in the second game.” Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names After Jerrili Malabanan’s error put the Cool Smashers at the 24-19 match point, Valdez capitalized on the error and delivered the final blow to the middle of the High Flyers’ defense.Rountree led the High Flyers with 26 points while Soltones added 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline struck the crucial first blow, beating PayMaya in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Cool Smashers relied on a three-pronged attack that Kuttika Kaewpin spearheaded with 19 points while Alyssa Valdez and Laura Schaudt had 18 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Flyers record sixth straight win Thursday night

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers improved their winning streak to six games after defeating the Grande Prairie Athletics 5-4 on Thursday night.The opening period had both teams exchange two goals each during a four-minute stretch. At 6:02 the Athletics went up 1-0, two minutes later Steven Fast found the net off a dish from Lien Miller-Jeannotte to tie it up at ones. The A’s regained the lead thirty-one seconds later, which lasted nearly a minute as Jordan Gies finished off a pass from Robbie Sidhu for the 2-2 goal.Sidhu gave the home side their first lead with a power-play tally with 14:43 remaining in the middle stanza after great perimeter passing between Steven Fast and Mike Van Nostrand. The lead didn’t last long as the Athletics tied it up just over two minutes later. With 4:09 to go in the second period, Rick Cleaver took a cross-crease saucer pass from Fast and fired a one-timer past the visitor’s netminder, Sidhu with the secondary assist. The Flyers took the 4-3 lead into the second intermission.- Advertisement -The Flyers made it 5-3 with a shorthanded marker 2:40 into the final frame when Joey Massingham accepting a stretch pass from Sidhu and beat the Athletics goalie high to the blocker side. The A’s got one back late on the power play but it wasn’t enough as the Flyers escaped with a 5-4 win.Head coach Andrew Leriger dislocated his elbow in practice this week and was replaced for the game by injured forward Adam Horst who was unfit to play. “There was a big difference between this game and the last time we played Grande Prairie, we were trying to find our identity and shake off the rust,” said Horst. “The boys are feeling really good about their game and it’s showing in our six straight wins.”Next up for the Flyers is a tilt with the Dawson Creek Canucks next Thursday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mayor proposes hiring 780 more cops

first_imgThe money for the new hires will come from the $127 million generated from monthly trash fees, which jumped from $11 to $18 last year and to $28 by 2010. No new taxes will be requested in the $6.7 billion spending plan, which is scheduled for release on April 20, he said. Villaraigosa had hoped to hire 650 officers this year, but an aggressive recruitment effort will result in 750 new hires by June 30, he said. Hiring 780 more next year would bring the LAPD up to 9,780 officers by June 2008. We did this despite the naysayers and the critics who said it couldn t be done, Villaraigosa said, adding that he believes the LAPD will have 10,349 officers by 2010 _ 349 above his long-stated goal. We will still be under-policed, but he will be putting more officers on the street, Villaraigosa said. With the LAPD topping its hiring goal for this year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today he will boost next year s target to 780 officers in an effort to surpass the 10,000 mark by 2010. Previewing the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Villaraigosa predicted the Los Angeles Police Department will gain about 300 officers, with the rest filling vacancies created by retirements or attrition. The officers will be used to staff new stations proposed for the Northwest San Fernando Valley and Mid-city areas and to beef up patrols citywide. Our police department has made remarkable progress over the past five years under the leadership of Chief Bill Bratton, Villaraigosa said at a news conference at the LAPD s training academy in Westchester. Violent crime is down and Los Angeles residents are safer than they have been in 50 years. But we need to do more. Putting more officers on the street is my top priority, so we are going to push the envelope further. Bratton, the former chief of the Boston and New York police departments, has long complained that Los Angeles has fewer officers than any other major city. The LAPD has never had more than 9,737 a level it reached in 1997 and now has 9,432. The LAPD s hiring effort has been bolstered by a number of incentives, including $1,000 bonuses for those who refer recruits to the agency. The City Council is considering program that would offer signing bonuses of $5,000 to recruits and up to $10,000 for experienced officers who transfer to the LAPD. In order to put more officers on patrol while recruits are being trained, Villaraigosa said he hopes to increase the amount of money available to the LAPD for overtime. Budget director Sally Choi said details of the budget are still being finalized. The LAPD s current budget is $1.3 million the most of any city department with $76 million earmarked for overtime pay. Much of the overtime budget is now used to pay officers for court appearances and for special details. City Councilmen Dennis Zine, himself a retired LAPD sergeant, and Bill Rosendahl joined Villaraigosa at the news conference to support his plans. This mayor has followed through on his word, Rosendahl said. I was worried last year when we imposed the trash fee on residents that the money would be used as we said it would. This mayor made sure we used the money as we promised, for more police. Zine said the mayor s program reflected public demand. I know this mayor won t rest until we are the safest big city in the nation, Zine said. [160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ALMOST 1,000 SCOUTS GATHER IN LETTERKENNY FOR FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY

first_imgErrigal Scout Counties newest group joins the parade. Stranorlar Group Leader Martina Flanagan and Quigley’s Point Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty who received awards at the Errigal Scout County Founders Day celebrations in Letterkenny. Martina received the Gold Merit award and Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award. (NWNewspix)Approximately 1000 Scouts from the age of 6 to 26 yrs plus their leaders descended on Letterkenny to celebrate the birthday of Scouting’s Founder, Robert Baden Powell.Groups from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone paraded to the Church of the Irish Martyrs to participate on an Ecumenical service concelebrated by Fr Joe O’Donnell and Rev Stewart Wright while former Letterkenny scout Jason Black related his experience in Scouting. During the ceremony two long serving adult volunteers Martina Flanagan from 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) and 15th Donegal (Quigley’s Point) Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty received recognition for their long service and commitment to Scouting. Martina received her Gold Merit award while Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award.Also this weekend a number of Scouts from Donegal were presented with their Chief Scouts Award at a special ceremony in Dublin on Saturday.Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly who received his Chif Scouts Award from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick at a presentation day in the O’Reilly theatre, Dublin. Christopher was one of three from Donegal to have achieved this award. Included in photo is christopher’s mentor Cathereen Wells Doherty and proud mum Grainne. (NWNewspix)Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly along with Raphoe Venture Scouts Lucy Morrow and Laura Wells received their Awards from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick. The Three were also presented with their Bronze An Gaisce awards. ALMOST 1,000 SCOUTS GATHER IN LETTERKENNY FOR FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyScoutslast_img read more

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GOVERNMENT CAN’T USE FUNDING THREAT IN REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the issue of emergency funding is no longer an issue in the Austerity Treaty referendum debate after the government announced that the European Stability Mechanism legislation will not come before the Dáil until after the referendum takes place.Said Deputy Doherty: “This is very welcome news as the government’s veto on the European Stability Mechanism Treaty will still be available after the referendum on the Austerity Treaty takes place.“This takes the issue of emergency funding for a second bailout out of the equation for the austerity treaty referendum. “The people have no need to worry about this issue when they go to the polls and the government needs to stop using it in their arguments for the treaty.“The government should now give an undertaking to use its veto on the European Stability Mechanism treaty if the people reject the Austerity Treaty on the 31st May.” GOVERNMENT CAN’T USE FUNDING THREAT IN REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse Dohertydonegaldaily.com donegal newsGOVERNMENT CAN’T USE FUNDING THREAT IN REFERENDUM CAMPAIGNSAYS DONEGAL TDlast_img read more

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MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMinister for State for Gaeltacht Affairs  Dinny McGinley has officially launched the annual Oireachtas Festival at the Mount Errigal hotel in Letterkenny today.Now in its 115th year, the Oireachtas is a Mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts including sean-nós dancing, singing and storytelling.This year, record numbers of children are entering the sean-nós dancing competition as nearly fifty under twelve’s will battle it out on the big stage. The festival will attract crowds of up to 10,000 to the Donegal town over the weekend. Speaking at the launch, the Minister welcomed the Oireachtas festival back to Letterkenny and reassured the hundreds gathered that every attempt will be made to ring fence funding for the Irish language in the coming budget.“The Irish language sector is currently being restructured and I know that this is a challenge for all organisations involved” he said. “Our primary objective is to safeguard the investment that is currently being made in the Irish language so that festivals and organisations like the Oireachtas can continue to thrive in the years to come.”All major organizations in the Irish Language sector will hold board meetings and seminars during the weekend including Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Conradh na Gaeilge. Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council have contributed to the funding of the Oireachtas this year.One of the highlights of the weekend is the ‘Steip’ sean-nós dancing competition which will be broadcast live on TG4. Other highlights include the Corn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition which will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It is held in memory of Sean Ó Riada and champions and challengers will sing their hearts out to win the prestigious title. Otv, the dedicated online Oireachtas festival channel, will broadcast footage from the various events and competitions live around the world. “Regardless of economic, political or financial strains, the Oireachtas still remains the most popular Irish language gathering for both contestants and spectators” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge.“It has survived for over a hundred years, through world wars, times of boom and bust and brings together the best of Irish language culture and its people” he said.Several Irish language CD, DVD, App and book launches will also take place at the Oireachtas. For those without the competitive streak, there are plenty of musical highlights such as ‘Cabaret Craiceáilte’, hosted by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí, which this year features acts including Kíla, Daithí Ó Drónaí and the Dirty 9s. MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

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Almost 700 teachers and SNAs unable to work due to garda vetting backlog

first_imgDespite the school year beginning over a month ago, 683 teachers and special needs assistants have been unable to go to work due to a huge backlog in applications for garda vetting.Recently legislative change dictates that teachers and special needs assistants cannot begin working until they undergo garda vetting.RTÉ report that several children with disabilities who require physical assistance have been forced to stay at home as their schools do not yet have a special needs assistant to cater for their needs. Some children with special needs have been asked to attend school for shorter periods to help the schools cope with the lack of staff.Difficulties have arisen with regard to finding substitute SNAs, as a substitute cannot stand in unless their background has been fully vetted by the gardaí.Gardaí state that they have processed thousands of applications since mid-August, however 389 Special Needs Assistant and 294 teacher garda vetting applications are still outstanding.Gardaí claim that 80% of electronic applications are usually processed within 5 working days, however 80% of paper applications received can take anywhere up to 5 weeks. Although hundreds of teachers are still waiting to have their application considered, the Teacher’s Council have a system of electronic vetting which is coping well with the influx of applications.Almost 700 teachers and SNAs unable to work due to garda vetting backlog was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“Enlightenment” History of Science Being Rewritten

first_imgIt’s a common myth that enlightenment atheists gave birth to the scientific era by casting off the darkness of the Christian middle ages and replacing magical arts like alchemy with the scientific experimental method.  Historians of science know better.  A couple of recent articles help set the record straight.    Alchemy has long had a bad rap, but that is beginning to change.  Professor Lawrence Princippe (Johns Hopkins University) has spent 30 years investigating the writings and experiments of alchemists, and has concluded that many of them were “real scientists” doing valid work in chemistry.  Among the respectable practitioners were Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton.    This does not mean that the methods of alchemists deserve a comeback, or that their belief that base metals could be turned into gold should be taken seriously, but rather that for their time, they were pursuing real scientific questions with the limited materials available to them.  Sara Reardon described the growing recovery of alchemy’s reputation in Science.1    In a Nature blog,1 James Hannam, historian of science and author of The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution wrote to correct misconceptions about the relation of Christianity to science.  Right off the bat he made a list:The ongoing clash of creationism with evolution obscures the fact that Christianity has actually had a far more positive role to play in the history of science than commonly believed.  Indeed, many of the alleged examples of religion holding back scientific progress turn out to be bogus.  For instance, the Church has never taught that the Earth is flat and, in the Middle Ages, no one thought so anyway.  Popes haven’t tried to ban zero, human dissection or lightening rods, let alone excommunicate Halley’s Comet.  No one, I am pleased to say, was ever burnt at the stake for scientific ideas.  Yet, all these stories are still regularly trotted out as examples of clerical intransigence in the face of scientific progress.After dispensing with the myths, he listed positive cases of the church supporting science.  Churches supported the teaching of science and even built observatories into cathedrals, for example.  Hannam then pointed out that Christians did science as an act of worship when it was unprofitable.  He mentioned a historical point rarely considered:It was only during the nineteenth century that science began to have any practical applications.  Technology had ploughed its own furrow up until the 1830s when the German chemical industry started to employ their first PhDs.  Before then, the only reason to study science was curiosity or religious piety.  Christians believed that God created the universe and ordained the laws of nature.  To study the natural world was to admire the work of God.  This could be a religious duty and inspire science when there were few other reasons to bother with it.  It was faith that led Copernicus to reject the ugly Ptolemaic universe; that drove Johannes Kepler to discover the constitution of the solar system; and that convinced James Clerk Maxwell he could reduce electromagnetism to a set of equations so elegant they take the breathe [sic] away.Hannam went on to describe how the Middle Ages, dominated by the Church, was actually a time of innovation and progress.  Even the Dark Ages that preceded it was a time of advance, he said, in spite of the depression caused by the fall of Rome.    Why, then, do so many people get the idea that Christianity and science are opposed?  Hannam presented a brief conspiracy theory, pointing out that the conflict of science with religion arose only during the “enlightenment” (his mock quotes and non-capitalization).Voltaire and his fellow philosophes opposed the Catholic Church because of its close association with France’s absolute monarchy.  Accusing clerics of holding back scientific development was a safe way to make a political point.  The cudgels were later taken up by TH Huxley, Darwin’s bulldog, in his struggle to free English science from any sort of clerical influence.  Creationism did the rest of the job of persuading the public that Christianity and science are doomed to perpetual antagonism.In closing, Hannam said that both “science and religion are the two most powerful intellectual forces on the planet,” pointing out that “Both are capable of doing enormous good, but their chances of doing so are much greater if they can work together.”  He ended by congratulating Lord Martin Rees winning of the Templeton Prize as a “small step in the right direction.”1.  Sara Reardon, “History of Science: The Alchemical Revolution,” Science, 20 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6032 pp. 914-915, DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6032.914.2.  James Hannam, guest blogger for Soapbox Science, a blog of Nature, May 18, 2011.Hannam’s article is a small step in the right direction, but he joined in the tar-and-feather-the-creationists game.  He blamed them for the “ongoing clash” today (as if they started it), and blamed them for “persuading the public that Christianity and science are doomed to perpetual antagonism” as if the Dawkins crowd is lily-white innocent in that regard.  He might as well blame the Christians in the Roman arena being attacked by wild animals and crucified for causing the “ongoing clash” with Nero.    There is no more despised group in academia today than creationists.  Alchemists get more respect than people who take God’s word as a historical account of origins, even though the great scientists Hannam listed, including Copernicus, Kepler, Newton and Maxwell all believed it.  Maybe it takes centuries to get respect back after it has been shredded by bulldogs.    If it weren’t for the political power they wield, evolutionists are far more deserving of the disdain they regularly dish out to creationists.  Read John Sanford’s book Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome and wonder how intelligent people could ever bring themselves to believe that mutations would create progress in fitness, and continue to believe natural selection built all the wonders of life, decades after it was demonstrated by evolution-believing secular population geneticists to be unworkable.  Re-read Jonathan Wells’ book Icons of Evolution and wonder at how intelligent people could continue to trot out such wimpy and fraudulent examples as evidence for evolution.  Watch Darwin’s Dilemma and stand aghast at how a Darwinian theory so utterly falsified by evidence could be forced onto students as the only theory deserving of a hearing.  Do you want to despise a group who believes myths, has an agenda, refuses to face facts, ignores falsifying data, accepts their world view by faith, is intransigent and pugnacious?  Look no further than the Darwin Party.    The comments after Hannam’s blog entry are interesting.  Several readers trained in TH Huxley’s bulldog kennel tried to go after Hannam for not being vicious enough against the evil, wicked, stupid creationists.  One argued the old faith-vs-reason canard, another the NOMA line.  Hannam responded that “some of the attitudes on display in this thread are actually damaging to the cause of science” because “many people here wear their hostility to religion on their sleeves.”  While not defending creationism or intelligent design per se, he had more blame to lay at the feet of atheists: “Evolution is so tainted by its association with atheism” that many cannot analyze it objectively, he said, “And yet, new atheists keep trying to make matters worse.”    The history of science is nuanced and colorful, defying simplistic narratives.  Hannam at least acknowledged that.  Princippe is a very knowledgeable and persuasive narrator of the history of science in his Teaching Company lecture series, but listeners should be warned that, for all the good historical facts he shares, he ends up presenting a thoroughly Darwinized theistic-evolutionary solution to science-and-religion issues (probably because a Johns Hopkins professor could not survive in academia with anything else)  Academia is rigged to always keep Darwin on top.    Hannam and Princippe both know there are faults to find among the religious and non-religious, fools and heroes and (more often) great thinkers with flaws.  As for this site, we are not here to defend the abuses of the Catholic church nor their positions on scientific questions either current or historic.  Kepler, Newton and Maxwell and most others in our list were Protestants (that makes sense only after 1517), but Christian theism of any stripe is arguably friendlier to science than atheism, which cannot justify reason emerging from hydrogen, and thus has to plagiarize Judeo-Christian presuppositions to get off the starting line.    As for Sir Martin Rees getting the Templeton Prize, he is about as deserving of praise for “progress in humanity’s efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine” (01/26/2006, 06/25/2010, 08/16/2005) as Darwin would have been.  The guy is a sold-out Darwinist and atheist, like Dawkins but with a little less vitriol.  Don’t hold your breath till the real ones making progress (Behe, Dembski, Meyer and others in the ID camp) win the prize.  Remember the Nobel “Peace” Prize that Yasser Arafat got for progress in blowing up Jews?  Good grief, what a mixed-up world.(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Microsoft Windows in Zulu

first_img20 April 2006Many South Africans will soon be able to use a computer in their home language for the first time.Microsoft released this week an isiZulu version of their most popular product, Windows XP, with a Setswana version promised for May and Afrikaans to come in June.The programme will translate all of Windows’ menus, help files and error messages, almost 400 000 words and phrases in total.Some of South Africa’s seven other official languages may arrive when Microsoft release their successor to XP, Windows Vista, expected sometime in 2007.‘Linguistically correct’The project has taken almost two years, much longer than the company originally expected, according to Microsoft South Africa MD Gordon Frazer.“We’re pretty excited about it,” Frazer told Business Day. “It’s something we have been working on for some time, in partnership with a lot of people because we had to deliver linguistically correct versions.”During the development of the language packs, Microsoft consulted the Pan South African Language Board, universities, local communities and government departments.“We wanted to get consensus on the terms and terminology to protect the integrity of the languages,” Frazer said. “We didn’t just want to say ‘i-this’ and ‘i-that’”.For some terms, however, there just wasn’t a suitable translation available, such as i-Internet, for example.First-time usersFrazer believes that it is first-time users, who are daunted by computers and do not speak English as their first language, who will derive the most value from the language packs.“I think we will see quite a big take-up in schools and in the 50 community computer centres we sponsor where English is an issue.”The popular open source office suite, OpenOffice.org was released in all 11 South African languages by NGO translate.org.za in 2005.Various versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system are used by more than 90% of all computer users, and for them this will be the first time that they will be able to do everything in their home language.The isiZulu Interface pack is available for download at Microsoft.com. Microsoft say that the programme will also be distrubuted on CD, for those without internet access.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Compositing in Autodesk Smoke: Nodes vs Action

first_imgWhat I have been seeing with new users since Smoke 2013 was released, is that separate node compositing seems to be the default ways people are comping. However, it’s also a very 2D way to composite using nodes.  It’s my theory this is due to the fact that they are unfamiliar with Smoke’s Action Node.Example of Smoke CFX Node Setup (Nuke/Shake Style)Lights, Camera, ACTION!Action is a node that contains a 3D environment with Cameras, Lights, and Images controlled by Axis Nodes for transformations of your media inputs. Each media input also contains it’s own Blur & Crop controls, Keyer, GMask, and each has an individual Color Corrector, including the Color Warper.  Click images  below for larger view.Smoke’s Action can also import 3D models, create 3D text, Lens Flares, Shadows, and generate Motion Blur. Action also allows you to have multiple outputs where you can specifically select which layers in your composite get output. With Action you can customize matte outputs and generate special outputs including Z-Depth, Shadow, and Ambient Occlusion (AO) so you can further composite downstream of Action if you need too.Action also contains it’s own internal schematic that allows you to link transforms and use instances of your media instead of having to reload a clip to duplicate it like you would duplicate a layer in After Effects. Each Transform Axis node in Action and each image layer also has access to tracking and stabilizing. All of the Photoshop blending modes are also available for each Image layer.Save Time. Use Less Nodes. Use Action.By using the internal Blur, Crop, Color Correct, Transforms, Keying and Masking inside Action, you can use less nodes in your schematic, which can speed up rendering time.  It certainly keeps your CFX Schematic simpler.Action also gives you the ability to work in Context. So you can Color Correct your Keyed clip over it’s background to better sell the shot and create a more realistic result.  Here is an example of a composition using the Nuke/Shake separate node workflow.  Click images  below for larger view.And here is the same composition using Action.Both ways are perfectly acceptable. I am a huge proponent for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. But I do encourage you to explore Action in your composites because it really is the heart of compositing inside Smoke. I think you will find it much easier to build and work with your composites when using any Transforms, Color Correct, Keying and certain blurs.The internal Action schematic may take some getting used to, as it is unique to the Autodesk ecosystem, but once you see the ease and power you have, the faster and more creative you can become in Smoke.I’d be interested in how you like  to build your comps.  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. When it comes to compositing in Smoke’s ConnectFX, should you use Nodes or Action?  Read on to understand the benefits each has on your next composite.Since the release of Smoke 2013 there have been 2 types of users who have embraced the connection of editing and effects.  The first are video editors who want more compositing with their timelines.  The second are visual effects artists who want more editing in their composites.These VFX compositors may have come from other node based products, mainly Nuke and even some from the long lost Apple Shake Community.  The editors are familiar with timeline layers, or maybe even After Effects layers, and start their composites on the timeline.  Both of these users might be new to Autodesk Smoke and although they can understand the ubiquitous tools like Color Corrector and Keyers, they may not understand the most powerful Node in Smoke’s compositing arsenal – The Smoke Action Node.The Nuke & Shake style compositors work in a very unique way. They use individual nodes to perform specific tasks and string all of these nodes together and comp individual pieces and parts into the final shot composite. They use separate Transform, Color Correct, Masks, & Keyers, to affect a single image and then use a series of blend or merge nodes (Multiply, Add, Screen, Over) to layer each shot over another to reach the final result.  Each blend or merge node would accept 2 inputs and blend A over B.  So if you had 5 clip layers, you needed to merge together, you would need 4 merge nodes.  For those comfortable in Nuke or Shake you can composite in Smoke the same way.  Click images  below for larger view.Example of Nuke Node SetupExample of Shake Node Setuplast_img read more

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