Avoid a media management meltdown by following these tips on file naming – especially applicable for video editors, graphic designers and photographers!When you’re naming your digital files, especially deliverables, there’s an easy way to save yourself headaches down the road:ALWAYS versionNEVER use the word “final”With video editing, photography and graphic design, its typical that a final version may not stay a final version for long. Clients may request changes, weeks, months or even years down the road. Worse, they have multiple rounds of changes after you’ve send them a “final” deliverable. So, using the word “final” in your naming can quickly get you into hot water.Instead, use a version number so there will be no confusion as to what file is the latest version.A few more best practices for naming and working with digital files…HYPHENATE FILESAlways hyphenate file names to separate words instead of using underscores. Aside from being easy to look at, file names with hypens are more web friendly (search engines can parse out the words). For instance a good looking filename would be “project-name-client-name-v6.mov”ADD METADATAAdd metadata to the file to help jog your memory about changes that were made to the project. On a Mac you can “get info” on a file (shortcut: CMD + I) and make notes on the file (for example date delivered, changes, distribution, etc). Once you’ve added this metadata to your video, graphic or photo you can enable it to show up in the Finder window (View > Show View Options > Show Comments).CONSISTENT VERSIONINGAlways keep your file names consistent throughout your digital pipeline. Once a version name is created in your project (be it Photoshop, Illustrator or a timeline in a video editing application) do not change it! I’ve seen editors change version numbers on their final deliverable video, but not on the sequences in their video editing app. What an organizational nightmare! Make sure your source file or editing sequence has the same name as the flattened (delivered) video or graphic.Do you have any tricks you use for naming your digital files?How do you keep your versions organized?Share in the comments!
England manager Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectations on his young team at the World Cup but they enter their opening Group G game against Tunisia in a mood of quiet confidence.After the humiliation of a second round exit at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 and their failure to get out of the group stage in Brazil four years ago, England fans were in no mood for rabble rousing talk of winning the tournament.Indeed a deep cynicism had taken hold of many supporters but Southgate’s humble approach and the youthful nature of his squad has managed to restore some degree of positivity.”We always do this as a nation – expectations are low and as soon as we get to the World Cup, everybody gets their enthusiasm going. If a World Cup cannot inspire a nation, then I’m not sure what can,” said the English FA technical director Dan Ashworth.Friendly wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica did no harm to the mood nor did the fact that, unlike so many times in the past, there is little, if any, controversy surrounding the squad.And it is a squad that has plenty of attacking talent with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling expected to start up front with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli buzzing behind them.That means forwards Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy are likely to start on the bench, giving Southgate plenty of options if his chosen strike pair fail to deliver.advertisementThe quality is thinner at the back but Southgate is hopeful that players like Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier can turn their Premier League form into solid displays in Russia.The final group game against Belgium should be the toughest test but England’s recent history will prevent any complacency in the opener with Tunisia or the second game versus World Cup debutants Panama.Tunisia are playing in their fifth World Cup but they have never got beyond the group stage and they have not won since they beat Mexico in their first ever game at a finals in 1978.The North Africans were unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign but had to endure a nervy finish when they drew 0-0 with strugglers Libya to edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo.England and Tunisia met at France ’98 with England winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.(With Reuters inputs)
Archie Schiller, a six-year-old from Barossa Valley in South Australia, trained with the Australian squad at the Adelaide Oval, days ahead of the much-anticipated Test series between the hosts and India. The kid has been promised that he will be a part of the Australian squad for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which comes four days after his seventh birthday.Archie has a long-term heart condition but that hasn’t stopped him from training in his backyard for the Melbourne Test. The kid claims he is a leg-spinner and a fan of ‘Garry’ [Nathan] Lyon. His dream is to skipper the senior national team. And he believes he can get world-beater Virat Kohli out, easily.In a heartwarming gesture, Australia coach Justin Langer had told Archie and his parents about his inclusion in the Test squad via a video call from the United Arab Emirates during the team’s tour of Pakistan in October.Thanks to Make a Wish Foundation, Archie met his heroes on Monday at the Adelaide Oval and even posed for photographs with skipper Tim Paine and Lyon. The cricket-loving kid was presented his Australia kit during the training session. Oh Boy, Archie was looking dapper!Australia’s newest Test squad member, 6-year-old Archie Schiller, in his kit and ready for action at Adelaide Oval nets #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/puSo1bZIbPAndrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) December 4, 2018Archie was three months old when it was diagnosed he had faulty heart valves and his heartbeat had irregular rhythms. He had needed an urgent surgery that lasted more than seven hours. Six months later, the kid had to undergo a second surgery, while in December 2017, he had his third open-heart surgery, according to cricket.com.au.advertisementArchie bowls no-ball during training, ask mother not to tell LangerDespite all the adversity, Archie continues to be a fun-loving kid. The report says Archie has abandoned daily television viewing sessions at home to focus on the preparation in the lead up to the Melbourne Test even as Langer did not promise a spot in the playing XI.Australia’s newest Test squad member has his whites and is warming up with the rest of the Aussie squad at training. Learn his full story HERE: https://t.co/ctXeVwWwOL pic.twitter.com/4s2EFarMoNcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 3, 2018Archie bowled a no-ball during a training session at his backyard but he has told his mother, Sarah not to reveal it to Langer, who is looking forward to having the kid in the Australian dressing room.”I reckon he’ll be treated like (uncapped opener) Marcus Harris – come in for the first time in the changerooms, meet all the boys and like always when you come into that inner sanctum of the Baggy Green, it’s like joining the brotherhood,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”Archie will be joining the brotherhood. He’s been through some tough times spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so anyway that we can help to put a smile on his face, it’s the very least we can do for him,” he added.”Just being out on Adelaide Oval, in the sunshine, under a nice blue sky and running around with his heroes – who, to a man, were all really moved by his story – it should be terrific for everyone.”Also Read | Fan in Adelaide predicts India will win 3-0. Rohit Sharma responds: Why not 4-0?Also Read | Earning respect as important as winning vs India: Tim PaineAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: Two hundreds and a heartbreaking defeat
It’s all happening in Australia. Amidst a highly-competitive Test series between India and Australia, cricket fans Down Under are being treated to some entertaining cricketing action in the eighth edition of the Big Bash League.In only the second match of the ongoing season between Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers at the Marvel Stadium in Docklands on Thursday, there was plenty of action-filled moments and one of them has become a major talking point.In the 13th over of a low-scoring match between the two sides, Perth Scorchers batsman Ashton Turner swung at a Dan Christian’s delivery and got a top-edge that ballooned up into the air.With three fielders running in to take the catch, the ball hit the roof and dropped dead towards at deep mid-wicket region.The incident left the commentators confused as they initially called it a dead ball. As it turned out, Scorchers were awarded six runs as per Big Bash League’s new “playing conditions”.”I think it’s a pretty bad rule. It saved me tonight I think it’s not fair. It should be a dead ball – you can’t predict whether they’re going to catch it, so there’s no fairer outcome than a dead ball,” Turner told cricket.com.au.”It’s a little bit different if you think it might have hit the roof over the boundary rope (but) it might be hard to detect where it’s actually [going to land] and if it’s going to go for six.”The Docklands roof has been hit for the first time in #BBL08!A @KFCAustralia ‘Bucket Moment’ and one that amused @RenegadesBBL veteran Cam White ?? pic.twitter.com/88Ck9wC6vGadvertisementKFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 20, 2018Bowler Christian looked as confused as the commentators but he got his revenge by picking up the wicket of Turner in the very next delivery.Christian conceded the rule is a bit “annoying” and pointed out the inconsistency in such playing conditions as deliveries that hit the roaming cameras in cricket grounds – popularly known as spider cam – are declared deal balls.”It’s a little bit annoying – I suppose if you’re batting, you’re happy, if you’re bowling, you’re a little bit annoyed about it. It’s an interesting rule, especially with something like the Spidercam which you have in the other international matches. If it hits that, it’s a dead ball. If you hit this roof, it’s a six,” Christian said.”It’s just the way it goes I suppose. We were just lucky we got Turner the next ball and he didn’t get too with too many more.”Initially, the Big Bash League had declared balls hitting the roof of stadiums, especially the one in Docklands as dead balls. Following a fan outrage over an Aaron Finch’s big hit in 2012 that hit a retractable part of the stadium, the rules were changed, according to the report.Scorchers eventually suffered their first-ever defeat to the Renegades as they were able to post only 103 runs on the board. Renegades clinched the historic win, chasing down the target in just 15.2 overs. Sam Harper and Mohammad Nabi hit quickfire 30s to help their side past the finish line.Also Read | Big Bash League breaks away from 141-year toss tradition with bat flipAlso See:
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Jhajuan Seales and Josh Doctson both made crazy one-handed catches on Saturday. Seales’ came in a 43-13 route of UTSA and Doctson’s in a 30-7 win over lowly Minnesota.Here are both:I actually think Seales’ might have been better. Doctson’s gets highlighted because it was for a TD but Dez made that catch twice a game and it looked like he could have two-handed it anyway.Seales had to reach himself beyond what he probably thought he could do to fingertip catch Daxx’s toss.Either way, both are incredibly impressive.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based shipping company Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has secured a 3-year time charter (TC) plus options for one of its Suezmax newbuildings.The time charter contract, expected to commence in the autumn of 2018, was agreed with Norway’s company Equinor (formerly Statoil).The contract has a base rate of USD 21,000 per day, “producing positive cashflow and earnings,” NAT said. The deal includes two optional periods that could extend the TC contract into 2023.Scheduled for delivery in August 2018, the unit is one of the three vessels under construction at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries.“Going forward, we sense an upward trend for the tanker industry as there is a clear expectation for improvement,” the company added.Over the last two weeks, the company disposed of five Suezmax tankers of 20 years or more. These transactions generate a total cashflow of about USD 50 million.
In today’s Big Story podcast, if you spend basically any time online, someone’s stolen your data at some point. Probably many times over. So rather than react with fear to blazing headlines on how many millions of accounts were compromised, how can we better understand and prevent the consequences of data breaches like last week’s Capital One hack? What kinds of protections can provide additional security, without requiring unnecessary time and effort to maintain?What do most people get wrong in the wake of the latest hack? And what actually happens to your data when it’s pilfered, anyway? This is the episode for anyone who’s tired of not understanding the nuance behind the ‘HACKING’ headlines.GUEST: Matthew Braga, project manager of the Security Planner tool at the University of Toronto’s CitizenLabAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_08072019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
HINTON, Alta. – The electrical utility FortisAlberta has been fined $300,000 for a spill of potentially dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in west-central Alberta nearly three years ago.Environment and Climate Change Canada says in a release that a provincial court judge ordered the fine Wednesday after the company pleaded guilty to two charges of violating federal regulations.The department says the charges relate, in part, to FortisAlberta’s failure to quickly notify an enforcement officer or other designated person of the release.Court heard that on May 12, 2016, the utility reported a spill at one of its transformers in Hinton, but an investigation showed the company had discovered the problem on Oct. 19 of the previous year.Test results showed that about 325 litres of oil containing PCBs was released into the environment.The department says FortisAlberta will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry, which contains information on convictions of corporations under certain federal environmental laws.The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.Officials said scientific data suggest PCBs are probable human carcinogens and are toxic to fish at low concentrations.There was no indication from the department if anyone outside of Fortis came in contact with the oil, or if it leaked into any waterway.
Colombo: Schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms, two weeks after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings forced the authorities to close the educational institutions. Amid tight security, the classes commenced for mid-to-upper stream (grades 6 to 13) and will be followed by lower grades (1 to 5) on May 13. “The second academic term for school children in grade 6 and above classes, commenced today (Monday). The three armed forces, police, civil security officers, parents and old boys gathered at their respective schools to provide protection,” News 1ST channel reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. Following the attack, the authorities closed the schools until further notice. Despite the tight security arrangements, most classrooms were near empty. Private schools, including Catholic institutions, remained closed. The attendance of teachers was also low, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAn extensive security programme has been implemented in schools. Special circulars have been issued by the Education Ministry about the security of the schools. Children will have to carry transparent or see-through school bags, lunch boxes and water bottles. Parking vehicles near schools have been completely banned. Separate places have been prepared to park school vans, buses. Special search operations will also be conducted from Sunday in schools. The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts. Sri Lanka has imposed a state of emergency since the attacks and given sweeping powers to soldiers and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.
Three people, including two Sri Lankans, have been arrested at Vethalai near Rameswaram for attempting to smuggle medicines worth about Rs 2.5 lakh to Sri Lanka, the police said today.Rajagopalan and Murugan, both hailing from Jaffna in Sri Lanka, and Mahesh had planned to smuggle the medicine by boat to Sri Lanka last night, police said, according to the Press Trust of India.
Speaking to reporters following his meeting with José Eduardo dos Santos, the Secretary-General said he had congratulated the President and the people of Angola for their achievement. At the same time, he cautioned that much remained to be done to help the country, including through humanitarian aid, recovery, reconstruction, demining, and the improvement of health services and education. Noting that his first visit as a Secretary-General had been to Angola, he said he was happy to be back at a time when peace is on the horizon. He promised that the UN would “work effectively with the Government on all fronts.” Visiting camps for internally displaced Angolans later in the day, the Secretary-General and his wife, Nane Annan, were greeted by large crowds of people singing and dancing. While in the camps, Mr. and Mrs. Annan also vaccinated two babies against polio.Addressing a crowd of several hundred Angolans, the Secretary-General noted that their country had one of the highest numbers of internally displaced people in the world, and paid special tribute to Angolan women, who, he said, “had been the backbone of society when the men have gone to war, leaving them behind with the children.” Also today, the Secretary-General met with the diplomatic corps in Luanda and with local leaders, including church officials. Attending the opening ceremony for the joint commission set up to identify pending tasks to fulfil the commitments under the Lusaka Protocol – the country’s milestone peace accord – he said the event was “powerful testimony to the progress Angola has made.” Pledging the UN’s assistance to help Angola consolidate the gains achieved so far, he called for the complete demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life, and the return and resettlement of displaced people. “Only then can peace truly take hold, and your people put the years of brutal war behind them once and for all,” he told those assembled.Arriving in Angola on Sunday, the Secretary-General was received at the airport by Foreign Minister João Miranda. At a subsequent reception in his honour given by UN staff in the country, Mr. Annan requested a minute of silence in memory of the late former Special Representative to Angola, Maitre Alioune Blondin Beye, who was killed in a plane crash near Abidjan airport on 26 June 1998 while travelling for meetings aimed at moving the Angolan peace process forward. “It is really moving to be back here,” the Secretary-General told the staff present. “We are all happy and excited with the prospects for lasting and genuine peace in Angola.” At the same time, he warned that the present opportunity “is only a beginning – we have a long way to go, first and foremost the Angolans, but also the international partners.”
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned. He’s instructed me to intensify our efforts at supporting the resumption of the six-party process,” Kofi Annan’s Personal Envoy to the DPRK, Maurice Strong, told a news briefing in New York, noting that economic and other incentives were vital to securing an end to the weapons programme.”I expect that there will be peaceful resolution because the consequences of not resolving this issue are so horrendous for all parties that that itself provides a strong incentive to overcome the deep-seated distrust and hostility that has been built up over the last 50 years between the parties and particularly between the principal parties, or the most contentious parties – the DPRK and the United States,” he said.The DPRK announced yesterday that it was pulling out of the so-called Beijing process, the six-party talks between itself and the Republic of Korea, China, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United States, stating publicly for the first time that it already has nuclear weapons in a programme the talks seek to end.Mr. Strong, who was meeting the DPRK’s Permanent Representative to the UN later today, said he was not surprised by the weapons claim, which Pyongyang has previously made privately, noting that the talks had not actually been cancelled.”The DPRK has simply said it is not prepared to continue to participate in them under the conditions that they have described [hostile US statements], but they have not annulled those and I believe that we should regard this not as the end of a negotiating process but as a blip. Difficult yes, an unhappy twist in the road, but nevertheless the road to negotiations still runs through the six-party talks,” he stated.He said very few people close to the situation were surprised at anything but the timing of the weapons claim. “They have not explicitly said in public but they have said in their private discussions with the six parties that they do have nuclear weapons and this has simply been affirmed now more publicly in the statement they made,” he added.”It’s a disappointment, yes, that they placed a stress on it. But I remind you again that they have made it clear that they are committed to a peaceful settlement of the problem. They, too want, or at least are committed to a nuclear weapons-free Korean peninsula.”But, he stressed, they insist that their national requirements be met and that some of the restrictions against their full participation in the international economy also be lifted. “The work which the Secretary-General is doing with which he has entrusted me is designed to be fully supportive of the six-party talks, recognizing that you’re not going to get a peaceful resolution of the nuclear weapons issue without an economic and energy component,” he said.
There’s a different kind of rodeo in Calgary Monday.The first Innovation Rodeo is for local innovators and entrepreneurs.Chief Wrangler Craig Elias says the goal is to connect business people in the city with others from out of town who are visiting the Calgary Stampede.“Most entrepreneurs find it hard to bounce ideas off people or if they’ve got an idea but they want to find a way to get it out of their own geography, where they might have some traction, it’s great to have relationships outside of Calgary so you can then grow your business or idea outside of your own natural network, which tends to be where you live,” he said.The Innovation Rodeo goes until Friday at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre on 17 Avenue SW. by audreywhelan Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2016 at 7:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Innovation Rodeo lassos networks for entrepreneurs
The action plan adopted at the meeting, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French Government, seeks to rehabilitate cultural heritage damaged during the conflict with the active participation of local communities, and to take measures to protect the ancient manuscripts kept in the region.Estimated to cost some $11 million, the plan also aims to provide training activities so as to re-establish appropriate conditions for the conservation and management of cultural heritage, including manuscripts and intangible heritage. There have been several attacks on Mali’s cultural heritage after radical Islamists occupied the northern part of the country after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. Just last month, extremists reportedly set fire to a library in the city of ancient city of Timbuktu containing thousands of historic manuscripts. Prior to that, at least three mausoleums were destroyed in December.On a visit to Mali with French President François Hollande earlier this month, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova had underscored the need to help the authorities rebuild and safeguard the country’s cultural heritage.Opening today’s meeting, Ms. Bokova reiterated the agency’s commitment to work for cultural preservation in Mali. “When a World Heritage site is destroyed, because of stupidity and violence, the whole of humanity feels it has been deprived of part of itself; that it has been injured.”The action plan covers both World Heritage sites and cultural heritage properties protected under national legislation. Specific actions are foreseen for Timbuktu, the Tomb of Askia in Gao, the Old Town of Djenne and the Cliff of Bandiagara (land of Dogon) as well as museums.Comprehensive measures for the safeguarding and digitization of manuscript collections are also planned. The training activities foreseen by the plan concern all areas of cultural heritage preservation, both monuments and manuscripts.UNESCO will send a mission to Mali to make a full assessment of the damage and how best to implement the action plan as soon as the situation allows it, the agency noted.Today’s meeting was organized within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Mali, which featured a series of presentations and discussions, the drafting of the action plan and a cultural programme hosted by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global singing sensation Angélique Kidjo. “We have gathered to transform indignation into action – Mali’s heritage is much more than an inscription on UNESCO’s list, it is the legacy of an ancient culture, a testimony of dialogue between cultures, and it is our duty to do everything possible to protect it,” said Ms. Bokova.
Devante Wallace added: “It’s not just about the image shared, it’s the fact you have the audacity to try and bundle all non-white culture into black history month as if were not important enough to be represented individually. It’s offensive to all ethnic groups.”Other names on the list include Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Trevor McDonald, Shirley Bassey and Arthur Wharton, Britain’s first black professional footballer.Kent Union president Rory Murray apologised to students who were “upset, uncomfortable or offended”. Deeply disappointed at @KentUnion’s ill thought and misdirected Black History Month celebrations.— Black History Month (@BhmUK) October 25, 2016 The student union at the university said they aimed to “empower” students through its Black History Month, where it chose six public figures to represent diversity, at a number of events throughout October.Black History Month tweeted: Kent University’s Sadiq Khan poster He said: “I want to apologise on behalf of Kent Union to any individuals who were upset, uncomfortable or offended by the image shared.”There was no intent for this to happen and I am very sorry to anybody who felt this way. “I also feel it is important to explain the context behind how this happened.”As a students’ union we are led by our members; over 2,000 volunteers who give up their time to run campaigns and events.”This is through a wide range of activity be it sports clubs, societies, campaign groups, elected. “This is through a wide range of activity be it sports clubs, societies, campaign groups, elected officers and so forth.”The Black History Month calendar of events was led and run by these students and supported by the organisation. The activity for the month was decided by open meetings attended by black and minority ethnic students.”I hope that the passion ignited in many people in the last 12 hours will continue and that students will become further involved in leading our black and minority ethnic work.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Khan was born in Tooting, south London after his parents migrated from Pakistan to Britain. Ex-1D heart-throb Malik was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1993 to Pakistani/English parents.Despite the university’s grovelling apology, students described the mistake as “an absolute non-apology” and a “national embarrassment”.Benjamin Smith wrote: “At this point Kent Union has become a national embarrassment. “From what I’m seeing, this post doesn’t really cover the extent of the offense you’ve caused and comes across as a bit patronising.” A university’s students union has become a “national embarrassment” after it picked former One Direction singer Zayn Malik and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as poster-boys for Black History Month.Students at Kent University pointed out that that neither Malik nor Khan are black and are both from British Pakistani families.Kent University Students Union are facing a huge backlash and the official UK organisers for Black History Month said they were “deeply disappointed” by the university. With Asian Heritage Month being observed by a growing number of countries in May, will Black icons be celebrated by Kent University then?— Black History Month (@BhmUK) October 25, 2016
It seems astonishing that as Apple prepares to introduce the iPad 2, the competition still hasn’t managed to release a viable, competitively priced alternative to even the original iPad.It’s true, though. In fact, despite the fact that it’s been announced for months, RIM won’t be able to deliver its anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet until well after the iPad 2’s debut. If new rumors are anything to go by, though, RIM might have been able to bring the PlayBook to market six months ago… if not for the fact that they decided to switch chip manufacturers six months into production.According to TechEye’s source, the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 that comes stock with every PlayBook wasn’t RIM’s first choice for ARM-based central cortex. Far from it: in fact, the Canadian mobile company had been working for six months with a chipset rival: Marvell.Supposedly, Marvell was “having some serious problems getting the software to work with the hardware. The team was just taking too long and there were issues that weren’t being resolved quickly enough.”Apparently, the delay cost the PlayBook, and RIM had no choice but to turn to Texas Instruments for their dual-core chip in the OMAP4. It’s pretty clear that Texas Instruments feels the sting of this delay, as they’ve admitted previously that unforeseen circumstances stopped them from beating the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC to market, which is now pretty much the standard for Android tablets. Ouch. Reading between the lines, it sounds like RIM could have a viable iPad 2 competitor out six months ago, if not for Marvell’s ineptitude. That’s got to sting: as it is, they’re now just another also-ran.Read more at Slashgear
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is set to be named the European Left’s candidate for European Commission president, following a meeting of Europe’s leftist leaders in Spain.Tsipras’s nomination is due to be confirmed when the European Left, the collection of leftist parties represented in the European Parliament, holds its congress in Madrid between December 13 and 15. Leaders of Europe’s left-wing parties gathered in the Spanish capital on Friday to decide on Tsipras’s candidacy.The leftists want the Commission president to be elected by European voters rather than nominated by the European Council and then approved by the European Parliament.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police were looking for Costas Sakkas, a self-proclaimed anarchist who is facing charges of involvement in the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, after he failed to report to his local police precinct in Kaminia, Piraeus, by midnight on Monday.Sakkas, 30, had been released from custody in January on the condition that he posted bail of 5,000 euros, reported to the precinct closest to his declared residence every Monday and refrained from fraternizing with any known or suspected members of the terrorist group. He had been re-arrested after his fingerprints were found in an apartment that had been used several years ago by Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire as an arms cache.Authorities launched the search for Sakkas at midnight on Monday, after he failed to report in.Sakkas has denied any involvement with the terrorist group, though he has admitted to being on “friendly terms” with some of its members.Source: Kathimerini
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was shot in the parking lot of a Hialeah shopping plaza.Rescue officials said the man was shot in the chest at the strip mall located on the 5400 block of West 16th Avenue at approximately 2 p.m., Friday.The man somehow ended up blocks away, in the area of West 20th Avenue and 56th Street, before rescue crews got to him.The man, described to be in his 50s or 60s, was transported to Palmetto General Hospital and then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Authorities told 7News the man was shot in the chest.A witness told 7News that the shooting happened inside the Royal Arcade store. However, several crime scene markers could be seen outside of the store.7News spoke to the owner of the store, and he said the shooting did not happen inside of the store. Instead, the owner said someone came into the store after the shooting happened in the strip mall’s parking lot. Police said there are no suspects at large while the investigation continues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A witness said she saw a man arrive at the strip mall with a gun under his arm.“What I saw was the old man got off with a gun. That’s all I saw,” she said.When asked what she was thinking when she saw the man, the witness replied, “Nothing. I hope someone calls the cops, and I locked the door.”Another witness said she was at the Angels Speech and Therapy when she heard two gunshots.7News cameras captured a tow truck pulling up and lifting a red Nissan Rogue SUV onto its flatbed.It remains unclear what role the SUV played in the shooting.Nearby stores have been ordered shut as police continue to investigate.