Top examinations officer interdicted over allegations

A top examinations officer has been interdicted over allegations raised against him, the Education Ministry said.According to the Education Ministry, the head of the Confidential and Institutional Examination Division was interdicted over allegations of neglect of work and misconduct. The Education Ministry said that the officer was interdicted on a directive issued by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

UN Volunteers UN Mine Action Service launch new websites

At www.unvolunteers.org, the newly designed UNV site maintains its focus on news and information about volunteer programmes while highlighting the organization’s role as focal point for the International Year of Volunteers, IVY 2001. The new site helps would-be volunteers find information about opportunities in their home countries or abroad, either with UN Volunteers or with other organizations. It also features online volunteering, a facility managed by UNV on the Netaid.org web site.With stories of personal experiences and volunteer networking carried out during IYV 2001, the website encourages interaction between volunteers from all continents and all walks of life. As the volunteer arm of the UN system, UNV extends hands-on assistance for peace and development in nearly 150 countries by dispatching volunteers – two-thirds of them from developing countries – and promoting the ideals of volunteerism around the world. It was created by the UN General Assembly in 1970. Joining the global Internet network, the Mine Action Service – the UN’s response to the global landmine and unexploded ordnance problem – has launched a website at www.mineaction.org. The mine action work of the United Nations, which has been involved in humanitarian mine action activities since 1989, centres on five core components: mine clearance, mine awareness and risk reduction education, victim assistance, advocacy in support of a total ban on anti-personnel landmines, and stockpile destruction. read more

Wood to help Minera Centinela go digital with new integrated ops centre

first_imgWood has been awarded a new contract by Minera Centinela SA to support the studies of centralisation of monitoring and control for its mining operations. Under this contract, Wood will prepare a pre-feasibility study for a technologically-advanced integrated operations centre, including cloud data storage and information management for its operations, easily accessible from anywhere in the world. The next generation of mining and minerals operations will increasingly rely on digitisation and technology. Wood says it is extremely well placed to execute such projects having extensive expertise in both mining and minerals and automation and control sectors.Bob MacDonald, CEO of Specialist Technical Solutions at Wood said: “This win is a powerful example of a revenue synergy achieved through the combination of Amec Foster Wheeler and Wood Group’s global capabilities in copper mine production, automation and control systems integration. Having worked with Minera Centinela over the past several years, we are excited to demonstrate our enhanced value and ability to deliver efficient integrated customer solutions that optimise performance. The new operations center will improve the management, productivity and efficiency of the mining process, providing Centinela with a modern operation, able to centrally store, access and manage large volumes of data online remotely.” Minera Centinela is part of Antofagasta Minerals, the leading private mining group in Chile. It is currently the seventh largest copper producer in the country and the fifteenth worldwide.last_img read more

Sherwoods Spurs earn victory thanks to Adebayor brace

first_imgTIM SHERWOORD CLAIMED his first victory as interim Tottenham Hotspur coach as his side came from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton in the Premier League.Tottenham lost at home to West Ham United in the League Cup in mid-week, following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Sherwood saw his side fall behind against Southampton to an early goal from Adam Lallana.Emmanuel Adebayor equalised for Spurs and a Jos Hooiveld own goal put the visitors in front, only for Rickie Lambert to draw Southampton level, but Adebayor struck again to seal the first win of the post-Villas-Boas era.Beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool in their last league outing, Spurs move above Manchester United to seventh place in the table, three points below the top four, while Southampton remain ninth after a sixth successive game without victory.As he had done against West Ham, Sherwood made a bold team selection, with Adebayor partnering Roberto Soldado up front and Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela playing in midfield.Initially, Spurs struggled to get a foothold in the game, and the gaps in the visitors’ midfield were much in evidence as Lallana broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.Danny Fox’s pass found the England international in a pocket of space between Spurs’ defence and midfield, and he cleverly shifted the ball away from Vlad Chiriches before drilling home a low shot from outside the box.Sherwood watched the opening exchanges from a directors’ box high in the stands at St Mary’s, but having raced down to the pitch after Southampton went ahead, he saw Spurs level in the 25th minute.Adebayor’s pass to the left sent strike partner Soldado wider than he would have preferred, but he curled in a superb cross that the Togolese striker converted with an agile airborne volley from close range.Spurs went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Hooiveld inadvertently prodded Danny Rose’s low cross past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, but Southampton equalised just six minutes later.Jack Cork’s incisive through ball found the excellent Lallana and he showed magnificent awareness to square the ball for Lambert, who had the simple task of rolling it into an empty net. Spurs needed only four minutes to restore their lead, however, with Adebayor sweeping home his second goal with his left foot after the hosts failed to clear Kyle Walker’s long throw-in.In Sunday’s other game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez visits former club Swansea City looking for a victory that will take his side into the top four.Liverpool deposed Arsenal as league leaders on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff City, while Manchester City moved up to second place by winning 4-2 at Fulham.Arsenal can return to the top of the table by beating Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, but Jose Mourinho’s visitors will draw level on points with Liverpool if they prevail.Check out the winning goal:YouTube credit: SpidergatePlayRejuvenated Adebayor scores a double, celebrates with woeful dance routineRodgers eyes Man City scalp as Reds climb to top spotlast_img read more

Stephen Donnelly quits banking inquiry says Taoiseach stated that he will try

first_imgINDEPENDENT TD STEPHEN Donnelly is to withdraw from the Oireachtas banking inquiry saying that the Taoiseach has “explicitly stated that he will attempt to control the inquiry”.Writing in the Sunday Independent today, the Wicklow and East Carlow. TD today said that Enda Kenny told the Dáil on Tuesday that the reason he was seeking a Government majority on the committee was to ensure that:The Government could set the terms of reference, pass the final report, and ensure they would know what the members of the banking inquiry would do.The Government had lost its majority on the inquiry when two Labour Senators did not attend a crucial vote of the Seanad selection committee and Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry was added to the committee instead.After trying and failing to remove MacSharry, the Government added two more Senators to ensure a 6-5 majority on the inquiry.Donnelly says that this demonstrated that the Government have sought to control an inquiry that was not theirs to influence.“First, the banking inquiry is, under law, an Oireachtas Inquiry, not a Cabinet Inquiry,” he wrote.In the Dáil on Thursday, Donnelly said he was considering withdrawing from the inquiry, he told RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show this morning that he he took his final decision on Friday.He added that, although it was originally planned for a Government majority on the inquiry, the ”unintended composition of the Committee would have been trusted far more by the public than one with a Government majority.”Speaking on RTÉ alongside Donnelly, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said that “it was always the case the Oireachtas inquiry was intended to reflect the composition of the Oireachtas.“Essentially what happened is that Fianna Fáil had taken advantage of the situation and taken both of the seats. Imagine if that had happened the other way round,” he said.Read: Stephen Donnelly says he might quit the banking inquiry >Poll: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? >last_img read more

Japon deux réacteurs pourraient reprendre leur activité en avril

first_imgJapon : deux réacteurs pourraient reprendre leur activité en avrilSelon le journal japonais “Yomiuri”, deux réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire d’Ohi, dans l’ouest du Japon, pourraient redémarrer dès le mois d’avril. Il s’agirait des premiers réacteurs à fonctionner de nouveau depuis la catastrophe nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi.Les deux réacteurs nucléaires, concernés par cette remise en service, ont une capacité de 1.180 mégawatts et ont tous deux une vingtaine d’années. Ils devraient reprendre du service en avril prochain avec les 3 autres seuls réacteurs en fonctionnement sur les 54 réacteurs japonais. Cependant, le gouvernement reste prudent avec la population et l’opinion internationale. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le souligne le journal “Yomiuri”, le ministre japonais du Commerce et de l’Industrie Yukio Edano a ainsi expliqué à des journalistes qu’aucune date n’avait encore été arrêtée définitivement pour la mise en état de marche des deux réacteurs. Les tests sismiques effectués dans la centrale nucléaire d’Ohi accueillant les deux réacteurs, ont montré qu’elle serait capable de résister à un tremblement de terre de magnitude 9. Mais certains chercheurs nippons ont reproché à l’Agence de sûreté nucléaire industrielle (Nisa), qui a conduit les tests, de prêcher pour le nucléaire.Hiromitsu Ino, professeur à l’Université de Tokyo, et Masashi Goto, ex-concepteur de centrales nucléaires, ont quant à eux mis en avant l’insuffisance de ces tests. D’après ces spécialistes, les tests ne simuleraient qu’une seule catastrophe à la fois et n’étudient pas la question de la possibilité d’une panne ou d’une erreur humaine.Le 7 février 2012 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Daniel Bryan debuts new look for WWE Title, Elimination Chamber match official

first_img Daniel Bryan introduced a new WWE Championship during Smackdown Live tonight.Bryan threw the previous championship in the trash, introducing an “eco-friendly” title.Your new #WWE title. #SDLive pic.twitter.com/B4D8dMxqzv— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) January 30, 2019As reported earlier, Triple H interrupted Daniel Bryan’s segment on Smackdown to announce that the WWE Championship will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber.Here is the video below:.@TripleH just made a HUGE announcement for #WWEChamber! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/SMT4imSp67— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2019 Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinalscenter_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Records: Devonte Hart’s actions leading up to fatal crash

first_imgWashington State Department of Social and Health Services documents obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive this week provide more details about Devonte Hart’s actions in the days leading up to his disappearance.Over a string of conversations, Devonte told someone who later contacted authorities — believed to be neighbor Dana DeKalb — that his parents were mean and not feeding him meals for days at a time. DeKalb asked if Devonte’s parents were abusing him, and he replied they did “sometimes.”He was apparently concerned about law enforcement getting involved and didn’t want he and his siblings to be split up. DeKalb asked why the children weren’t ever outside, and Devonte said his parents wanted to keep their children hidden. The documents also provide more details about Hannah Hart’s runaway attempt.DeKalb said Hannah jumped from her second-story window at 1:30 a.m. last year, rang her doorbell and ran into her house. Hannah was covered in weeds and blackberries and asked DeKalb to hide her. The girl said her parents were racist and had been abusing her.All eight of the Harts came over the next morning. Jennifer Hart said Hannah had two missing teeth after falling and knocking them out and that Hannah didn’t want new ones.last_img read more

Google employees set the tone on diversity more than management does

first_imgThousands of Google employees walked out of offices worldwide last year to protest issues related to sexual assault, diversity and rights of contractors.  James Martin/CNET Google released its latest diversity figures this week, and there’s good news and bad news.The good news is the search giant made progress. In 2018, women constituted 32.2% of new hires, up a bit from 31.3% the year before. The company also hired more black and Latino workers, though the gains were less dramatic. Black hires were up to 4.8% from 4.1%, and Latino hires were up to 6.8% from 6.3%.The bad news: That marginal improvement passes as progress in Silicon Valley, where the workforce is overwhelmingly white or Asian, and male. At Google, almost half of new hires are white, and 43.9% are Asian. “Even incremental progress in hiring, progression and retention is hard-won,” Danielle Brown, vice president of employee engagement, and Melonie Parker, global director of diversity, equity and inclusion, said in the report. “Only a holistic approach to these issues will produce meaningful, sustainable change.” A Google spokeswoman said in a statement that black and Latino representation had the “greatest gains we have seen since we began reporting,” and results in hiring women were “meaningful.”Still, here’s what may be most discouraging: Some Google employees have told me they believe the workforce is more in tune with social issues, such as inequality, than the company’s management is. On Monday, more than 2,000 Googlers signed a petition to remove a member of the company’s newly formed council on artificial intelligence ethics for alleged anti-trans and anti-immigrant views. A day later, 900 Google workers reportedly signed a different letter demanding better treatment of Google’s extended workforce, commonly known at the company as TVCs — temps, vendors and contractors. In response, Google said it would require temp companies to provide its workers with full benefits, including health care, a $15 dollar minimum wage and paid parental leave. Even incremental progress in hiring, progression, and retention is hard-won.” Danielle Brown and Melonie Parker, Google Tags Google’s workforce, not its management, has made it a hotbed for social protest in the tech industry. That steady churn of protest builds on work that employee organizers did last year. They protested the company’s military contracts and work in China. And organizers really captured the world’s attention with a global walkout to protest Google’s handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Roughly 20,000 Googlers walked away from their desks, tweeting as they did and appearing on television news reports in multiple time zones. The walkout was effective, but the organizers said it also highlighted a key failing in the company’s diversity effort. One of the demands of the protest was to elevate Brown, Google’s diversity chief. The protestors wanted her to report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai, rather than Eileen Naughton, head of people operations, to demonstrate Google’s commitment to diversity. Google didn’t capitulate to that demand, though it did give in on some other requests the protestors made.In the report, Brown and Parker say the company takes diversity seriously.”We’ve used this report to show progress towards a more representative workforce, and share both what we’ve learned along the way and our commitments moving forward,” they wrote. “We’ve also heard from our employees — loud and clear — that this work is more important than ever.”Maybe that message will resound in the C-suite as well.  Tech Industry Share your voicecenter_img Comments 2 Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Government to implement plan to boost dryland area Deputy CM

first_imgEluru: Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani has said the government will implement a comprehensive development plan for the dry land areas in West Godavari. He received a memorandum on backwardness of dry land areas because of neglect by previous regime from YSRCP leader T Veeraswamy Naidu here on Saturday. Naidu said there is an urgent need to take up development of the dry land because the villages lacked basic infrastructure facilities like roads and drains. Measures should be taken on a war-footing to provide facilities in hospitals and drinking water supply. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Responding to the plea, the Dy CM said that because of corruption and squabbles among TDP leaders were the reasons for the backwardness of the dry land area. Nani promised that a comprehensive plan would be evolved for overall development of the district after Assembly session. He reminded that former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy was instrumental in taking up Chintalapudi project to bring Godavari water to dry land area. He also gave emphasis to improve groundwater level, Nani recalled. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Nani alleged that during the last five years of TDP rule, Chintalapudi scheme was neglected and groundwater level depleted resulting in troubles for farming community. He assured that the state government would take steps to offer remunerative price to farmers of dry lands and take steps for setting up of industries to suit the crops in the area and thereby giving employment opportunities to the local unemployed.All government hospitals in dry land area would be equipped with modern facilities for the benefit of people of the area, he promised.last_img read more

You can always go home Reliance Communications to reabsorb 4000 staffers after

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReliance Communications and Swedish gear maker Ericsson had joined hands in 2013 to manage the wireline and wireless network of Anil Ambani’s company. And now that the partnership is coming to an end, about 4,000 staffers of Reliance Communications are set to be re-absorbed by the firm. As they say: “You can always go home.”Ericsson’s services are said to have boosted Reliance Communications’ business quite a bit in terms of operational expenses as well as other forms of cost optimisation. It reportedly also handled the day to day functions of the firm efficiently, due to which the Indian firm could focus on larger areas of business. But RCom and Ericsson decided to sever ties over non-payment of dues to the latter, amounting to approximately Rs 1,150 crore.In tune with the deal, the employees that had been transferred to Ericsson will now be back with RCom. With this, the Indian firm is set to see a major boost in its headcount to about 9,500 and the firm will now manage the services on its own, reported Business Standard.When the staffers were initially moved to Ericsson, the number is said to have been about 5,000. However, many jobs have reportedly been replaced due to the advent of technology and automation.Meanwhile, the Swedish firm had gotten in touch with the National Company Law Tribunal on September 11 to recover the dues. Ericsson had earlier filed a petition regarding the insolvency of Reliance Communications and the issue will be heard on November 9, 2017. The tribunal had adjourned the hearing and the two parties even had tried to negotiate the terms. Flags with the logo of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company’s headquarters in StockholmMAJA SUSLIN/AFP/Getty ImagesHowever, these talks had failed to bring any respite and Ericsson had remained adamant on taking RCom through the bankruptcy procedures. Sources had then told the Economic Times that Ericsson wanted RCom to pay Rs 550 crore, which had been promised by the Indian firms at various stages of the deal. Not just that, RCom had reportedly also promised to pay Rs 125 crore by July 31 and pay Rs 60 crore the week after. However, Ericsson is still waiting for these payments.”Whether it is in insolvency or debt restructuring, Ericsson’s due is likely to become a casualty,” an industry expert told ET, adding that an out of court settlement would be the ideal option for both the firms.last_img read more

After A Snub From Kylie Jenner Can Snapchat Bounce Back

first_imgDisney ABC Television Group/FlickrKendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Khloe Kardashian.Does anyone use Snapchat anymore?It sounds like a simple question, but when pop celebrity Kylie Jenner asked it, her tweet wiped $1.3 billion off the market value of one of the nation’s biggest social media companies. After a week-long skid on Wall Street, amid stories that the app is fading in the U.S., the company claims its far from capitulating.sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says Snapchat has been taking to steps to redesign the app to make it more accessible for new users – and that might be why some long-time users are walking away.What you’ll hear in this segment:– How social media users react to redesigns– What Kylie Jenner’s tweet means for the platform– How Snapchat is strategizing for the futureWritten by Jen Rice. Sharelast_img read more

Implementing lighting camera effects in Unity 2018

first_imgToday, we will explore lighting & camera effects in Unity 2018. We will start with cameras to include perspectives, frustums, and Skyboxes. Next, we will learn a few uses of multiple cameras to include mini-maps. We will also cover the different types of lighting, explore reflection probes, and conclude with a look at shadows. Working with cameras Cameras render scenes so that the user can view them. Think about the hidden complexity of this statement. Our games are 3D, but people playing our games view them on 2D displays such as television, computer monitors, or mobile devices. Fortunately for us, Unity makes implementing cameras easy work. Cameras are GameObjects and can be edited using transform tools in the Scene view as well as in the Inspector panel. Every scene must have at least one camera. In fact, when a new scene is created, Unity creates a camera named Main Camera. As you will see later in this chapter, a scene can have multiple cameras. In the Scene view, cameras are indicated with a white camera silhouette, as shown in the following screenshot: When we click our Main Camera in the Hierarchy panel, we are provided with a Camera Preview in the Scene view. This gives us a preview of what the camera sees as if it were in game mode. We also have access to several parameters via the Inspector panel. The Camera component in the Inspector panel is shown here: Let’s look at each of these parameters with relation to our Cucumber Beetle game: The Clear Flags parameter lets you switch between Skybox, Solid Color, Depth Only, and Don’t Clear. The selection here informs Unity which parts of the screen to clear. We will leave this setting as Skybox. You will learn more about Skyboxes later in this chapter. The Background parameter is used to set the default background fill (color) of your game world. This will only be visible after all game objects have been rendered and if there is no Skybox. Our Cucumber Beetle game will have a Skybox, so this parameter can be left with the default color. The Culling Mask parameter allows you to select and deselect the layers you want the camera to render. The default selection options are Nothing, Everything, Default, TransparentFX, Ignore Raycast, Water, and UI. For our game, we will select Everything. If you are not sure which layer a game object is associated with, select it and look at the Layer parameter in the top section of the Inspector panel. There you will see the assigned layer. You can easily change the layer as well as create your own unique layers. This gives you finite rendering control. The Projection parameter allows you to select which projection, perspective or orthographic, you want for your camera. We will cover both of those projections later in this chapter. When perspective projection is selected, we are given access to the Field of View parameter. This is for the width of the camera’s angle of view. The value range is 1-179°. You can use the slider to change the values and see the results in the Camera Preview window. When orthographic projection is selected, an additional Size parameter is available. This refers to the viewport size. For our game, we will select perspective projection with the Field of View set to 60. The Clipping Planes parameters include Near and Far. These settings set the closest and furthest points, relative to the camera, that rendering will happen at. For now, we will leave the default settings of 0.3 and 1000 for the Near and Far parameters, respectively. The Viewport Rect parameter has four components – X, Y, W, and H – that determine where the camera will be drawn on the screen. As you would expect, the X and Y components refer to horizontal and vertical positions, and the W and H components refer to width and height. You can experiment with these values and see the changes in the Camera Preview. For our game, we will leave the default settings. The Depth parameter is used when we implement more than one camera. We can set a value here to determine the camera’s priority in relation to others. Larger values indicate a higher priority. The default setting is sufficient for our game. The Rendering Path parameter defines what rendering methods our camera will use. The options are Use Graphics Settings, Forward, Deferred, Legacy Vertex Lit, and Legacy Deferred (light prepass). We will use the Use Graphics Settings option for our game, which also uses the default setting. The Target Texture parameter is not something we will use in our game. When a render texture is set, the camera is not able to render to the screen. The Occlusion Culling parameter is a powerful setting. If enabled, Unity will not render objects that are occluded, or not seen by the camera. An example would be objects inside a building. If the camera can currently only see the external walls of the building, then none of the objects inside those walls can be seen. So, it makes sense to not render those. We only want to render what is absolutely necessary to help ensure our game has smooth gameplay and no lag. We will leave this as enabled for our game. The Allow HDR parameter is a checkbox that toggles a camera’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering. We will leave the default setting of enabled for our game. The Allow MSAA parameter is a toggle that determines whether our camera will use a Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) render target. MSAA is a computer graphics optimization technique and we want this enabled for our game. Understanding camera projections There are two camera projections used in Unity: perspective and orthographic. With perspective projection, the camera renders a scene based on the camera angle, as it exists in the scene. Using this projection, the further away an object is from the camera, the smaller it will be displayed. This mimics how we see things in the real world. Because of the desire to produce realistic games, or games that approximate the realworld, perspective projection is the most commonly used in modern games. It is also what we will use in our Cucumber Beetle game. The other projection is orthographic. An orthographic perspective camera renders a scene uniformly without any perspective. This means that objects further away will not be displayed smaller than objects closer to the camera. This type of camera is commonly used for top-down games and is the default camera projection used in 2D and Unity’s UI system. We will use perspective projection for our Cucumber Beetle game. Orientating your frustum When a camera is selected in the Hierarchy view, its frustum is visible in the Scene view. A frustum is a geometric shape that looks like a pyramid that has had its top cut off, as illustrated here: The near, or top, plane is parallel to its base. The base is also referred to as the far plane. The frustum’s shape represents the viable region of your game. Only objects in that region are rendered. Using the camera object in Scene view, we can change our camera’s frustum shape. Creating a Skybox When we create game worlds, we typically create the ground, buildings, characters, trees, and other game objects. What about the sky? By default, there will be a textured blue sky in your Unity game projects. That sky is sufficient for testing but does not add to an immersive gaming experience. We want a bit more realism, such as clouds, and that can be accomplished by creating a Skybox. A Skybox is a six-sided cube visible to the player beyond all other objects. So, when a player looks beyond your objects, what they see is your Skybox. As we said, Skyboxes are six-sided cubes, which means you will need six separate images that can essentially be clamped to each other to form the cube. The following screenshot shows the Default Skybox that Unity projects start with as well as the completed Custom Skybox you will create in this section: Perform the following steps to create a Skybox: In the Project panel, create a Skybox subfolder in the Assets folder. We will use this folder to store our textures and materials for the Skybox. Drag the provided six Skybox images, or your own, into the new Skybox folder. Ensure the Skybox folder is selected in the Project panel. From the top menu, select Assets | Create | Material. In the Project panel, name the material Skybox. With the Skybox material selected, turn your attention to the Inspector panel. Select the Shader drop-down menu and select SkyBox | 6 Sided. Use the Select button for each of the six images and navigate to the images you added in step 2. Be sure to match the appropriate texture to the appropriate cube face. For example, the SkyBox_Front texture matches the Front[+Z] cube face on the Skybox Material. In order to assign our new Skybox to our scene, select Window | Lighting | Settings from the top menu. This will bring up the Lighting settings dialog window. In the Lighting settings dialog window, click on the small circle to the right of the Skybox Material input field. Then, close the selection window and the Lighting window. Refer to the following screenshot: You will now be able to see your Skybox in the Scene view. When you click on the Camera in the Hierarchy panel, you will also see the Skybox as it will appear from the camera’s perspective. Be sure to save your scene and your project. Using multiple cameras Our Unity games must have a least one camera, but we are not limited to using just one. As you will see we will attach our main camera, or primary camera, to our player character. It will be as if the camera is following the character around the game environment. This will become the eyes of our character. We will play the game through our character’s view. A common use of a second camera is to create a mini-map that can be seen in a small window on top of the game display. These mini-maps can be made to toggle on and off or be permanent/fixed display components. Implementations might consist of a fog-of-war display, a radar showing enemies, or a global top-down view of the map for orientation purposes. You are only limited by your imagination. Another use of multiple cameras is to provide the player with the ability to switch between third-person and first-person views. You will remember that the first-person view puts the player’s arms in view, while in the third-person view, the player’s entire body is visible. We can use two cameras in the appropriate positions to support viewing from either camera. In a game, you might make this a toggle—say, with the C keyboard key—that switches from one camera to the other. Depending on what is happening in the game, the player might enjoy this ability. Some single-player games feature multiple playable characters. Giving the player the ability to switch between these characters gives them greater control over the game strategy. To achieve this, we would need to have cameras attached to each playable character and then give the player the ability to swap characters. We would do this through scripting. This is a pretty advanced implementation of multiple characters. Another use of multiple cameras is adding specialty views in a game. These specialty views might include looking through a door’s peep-hole, looking through binoculars at the top of a skyscraper, or even looking through a periscope. We can attach cameras to objects and change their viewing parameters to create unique camera use in our games. We are only limited by our own game designs and imagination. We can also use cameras as cameras. That’s right! We can use the camera game object to simulate actual in-game cameras. One example is implementing security cameras in a prison-escape game. Working with lighting In the previous sections, we explored the uses of cameras for Unity games. Just like in the real world, cameras need lights to show us objects. In Unity games, we use multiple lights to illuminate the game environment. In Unity, we have both dynamic lighting techniques as well as light baking options for better performance. We can add numerous light sources throughout our scenes and selectively enable or disable an object’s ability to cast or receive shadows. This level of specificity gives us tremendous opportunity to create realistic game scenes. Perhaps the secret behind Unity’s ability to so realistically render light and shadows is that Unity models the actual behavior of lights and shadows. Real-time global illumination gives us the ability to instantiate multiple lights in each scene, each with the ability to directly or indirectly impact objects in the scene that are within range of the light sources. We can also add and manipulate ambient light in our game scenes. This is often done with Skyboxes, a tri-colored gradient, or even a single color. Each new scene in Unity has default ambient lighting, which we can control by editing the values in the Lighting window. In that window, you have access to the following settings: Environment Real-time Lighting Mixed Lighting Lightmapping Settings Other Settings Debug Settings No changes to these are required for our game at this time. We have already set the environmental lighting to our Skybox. When we create our scenes in Unity, we have three options for lighting. We can use real-time dynamic light, use the baked lighting approach, or use a mixture of the two. Our games perform more efficiently with baked lighting, compared to real-time dynamic lighting, so if performance is a concern, try using baked lighting where you can. To summarize, we have discussed how to create interesting lighting and camera effects using Unity 2018. This article is an extract from the book Getting Started with Unity 2018 written by Dr. Edward Lavieri. This book will help you create fun filled real world games with Unity 2018. Read Next Game Engine Wars: Unity vs Unreal Engine Unity plugins for augmented reality application development How to create non-player Characters (NPC) with Unity 2018last_img read more

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first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhen Bea Tollman, President and Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, opened her first hotel in London in 1984 she believed outstanding personal service and great value should be the essence of every guest’s stay. Now, with generations of experience in hospitality, and having grown the collection to an impressive thirteen family-run luxury boutique hotels, Red Carnation is regarded as one of the world’s finest. With accolades including kudos from major travel publications to even a “Best Employer in Hospitality and Leisure” award at the 2009 Springboard Awards for Excellence, her secret ingredient for success is continued investment in her most prized asset – her people.Guest reviews often includes phrases such as “flawless service”, “extraordinary staff” and “top notch luxury”. And Red Carnation delivers over fifty different internal training programs, including the specially designed Management Trainee Programs, to ensure talented individuals receive the guidance and business acumen to fulfill their potential within hospitality and continue to deliver unforgettable guest experiences. Many of these programs are linked to internationally recognized qualifications and include extensive leadership and management initiatives.Staff remuneration through rewards is also a key ingredient. Individual and department incentives together with social events throughout the year are just some of the ways in which Red Carnation recognizes and rewards good performance whilst reinforcing strong family values. For example, over 700 staff are set to attend a glamorous Dinner Dance, at The Hilton Park Lane in London, 28th March 2010. Some 100 employees will be flown in from the overseas hotels, some from as far as South Africa, to celebrate the collection and the achievements of the team members. The evening will see over 130 staff recognized for their outstanding contributions as managers and employees over the past twelve months, as trainers, and as individuals who were willing to go way beyond their ordinary duties for the benefit of guests and other members of the team as well as honorary awards for length of service. Generous cash prizes, weekends away, trophies and certificates will mark the occasion for the winners. Above all, and most importantly however, it’s an opportunity for friends and colleagues to get together and have some fun.“When you work closely with people day in and day out you become a family, and that’s how I see our staff. Likewise, we’re creating a ‘home from home’ for our guests, and treat them as we would treasure family friends,” says Bea Tollman. “A true appreciation of people, those that work with us and those that stay with us, is at the heart of everything we do, as evinced by the extremely low staff turn-over. But it all starts with staff training, development, recognition and, ultimately, promotions from within. We’re totally dedicated to helping every individual fulfill his potential, because it’s the only way to deliver the ultimate guest experience. There are no short cuts or half measures.”www.redcarnation.comlast_img read more

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I met a few people who were and their sentences were sometimes shorter than mine My crime was selling marijuana when I was 23 I was arrested in 2002 in Utah as a first-time non-violent offender for selling about $1000 worth of cannabis while carrying a gun I was shocked when I received a 55-year prison sentence in 2004 I knew that what I did was wrong and that I had to face the consequences of my actions but 55 years seemed more like a death sentence to me The judge who sentenced me felt the same way calling my punishment "cruel unjust and irrational" As I quickly learned his hands were tied by the system My charges carried several counts that came with "mandatory minimum" sentencesnon-negotiable rules dictating a specific prison term for specific crimes In my case I was subject to three separate mandatory minimum sentences that added up to over half a century I was a rap producer before I was locked up so music was my life But in jail you cant keep up with music Just listening to the radio the other day was a new experiencetheres a different sound a different feel and the things people are rapping about have completely changed My kids tell me Im like Captain America who was frozen after World War II and woke up in modern times For years my three kids Anthony (19) Jesse (17) and Meranda (13) were just faces on the other side of the glass or voices over the phone I was able to hug them only a few times during my incarceration I could only hope that my absence did not put my children at risk of falling down the same path I did I dont know what number of days months or years would have been the appropriate sentence for my crime However something seems wrong with how the determination was made If the goal is to help people learn a lesson and reenter society as better people then it seems the method of rigid extreme sentencing isnt working I was very lucky to have people fighting for me My familyespecially my sisteras well as individuals like Mark Osler Mark Holden and groups including Families Against Mandatory Minimums and Generation Opportunity were on my side That gave me hope Others with extreme sentences dont always have that luxury When people dont have hope that theyll get out they often wonder why they should stay out of trouble or play by the rules I saw many people like this when I was in prison If the goal is to help them learn a lesson and reenter society as better people then something isnt working Our criminal justice system doesnt always teach lessonsit often ruins lives and destroys families Now that Im released I am fighting for the tens of thousands of people locked up longer than necessary due to mandatory minimums And I will fight as hard as my sister Lisa fought for me Human nature dictates that everyone makes mistakes I am responsible for the bad choices I made and deserved punishment However we have a system that excessively punishes thousands of people like me by locking us up andin essencethrowing away the key Many lose hope because they lose the chance to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life after serving time Im grateful I now have that chance But many others deserve it too Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsTomorrow will likely mark competitive eater Joey Chestnuts eighth straight year winning the Nathans Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Chestnut is now 30 years old and weighs 230 poundsnot an especially large man In fact many serious competitive eaters appear to be relatively thin and healthy So how do they eat that many hot dogs and stay healthy And is it safe Not much research has been done about competitive eating But several doctors from the University of Pennsylvania did an experiment for a National Geographic special the results of which were published in the Journal of Roentgenology They wanted to find out what happened to competitive eaters stomachs so they compared two men: one champion eater and one non-competitive-eating manthe controlwho simply had a “healthy appetite” The men were asked to consume as many hot dogs as they could in 12 minutes The researchers noted that after eating the hot dogs the competitive eaters stomach "appeared as a massively distended food-filled sac occupying most of the upper abdomen" There was also "little or no gastric peristalsis" the squeezing motion that normally helps the stomach break down food Marc Levine one of the studys authors and a gastrointestinal radiologist the University of Pennsylvania said he was amazed by the amount of food that fit in the speed eaters stomach "This was not some inherent skill he had since he was a child" says Levine "For many months he would practice by eating larger and larger volumes of food … He was able to overcome the satiety reflex and once he did that the stomach overcame the peristalsis activity so it was able to accept an unlimited amount of food" The satiety reflex is what people experience when they eat enough food to trigger the neural pathways in the brain that tell the body it is full Its also what triggers people to vomit Major League Eatingthe world body that oversees all professional eating contestsplaces a high priority on safety according to MLE chair George Shea Emergency medical technicians are present at all official contests and there’s safety page on its website "We discourage anyone doing contests without emergency medical technicians" says George Shea chair of MLE "We keep the duration of the contest short Its in the sweet spot so theyre not stuffing their faces too much but not going too long" While Shea says he doesnt know of anyone whos ever choked during an official eating competition other competitive eating injuries have been recorded And while no one knows exactly how stretching their stomachs will affect competitive eaters years down the line Levine and his team predicted some scary consequences If the stomach stretches enough that it cant get back to its original size they predict this could potentially cause "intractable nausea and vomiting necessitating a partial or total gastrectomy to relieve their symptoms and restore their ability to eat" But at least for now the champions are trained to avoid getting sick For other people Shea has this advice: "Dont try this at home" Contact us at editors@timecom PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned world powers on Tuesday that it was impossible for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal if it cannot benefit from the accord after the US withdrawal In a call with French President Emmanuel Macron Rouhani said he was satisfied with Europe’s stance especially French efforts to salvage the 2015 deal but that "such statements should be combined with actions and tangible measures" "If Iran cannot benefit from the (nuclear) deal then it’s practically impossible to stay in the accord” Rouhani was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying in a phone call with the French president The pact between Iran and world powers lifted international sanctions on Tehran In return Iran scaled back its nuclear activities increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so a goal it denies having Since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May calling the accord flawed European signatories – France Britain and Germany – have been scrambling to ensure Iran retains enough economic benefits to persuade it not to pull out Macron’s office said he had told Rouhani in the same telephone call that France remained committed to the nuclear deal but Tehran needed to fully comply with its commitments "The President of the Republic recalled the will of France Britain Germany Russia and China to continue to implement the Vienna agreement in all its dimensions" Macron’s office said "The president informed President Rouhani of the progress in the work being done on our side He hoped that Iran for its part will fulfil its obligations without any ambiguity" Macron’s office confirmed a previously agreed ministerial meeting between all the remaining signatories of the deal the European powers China and Russia would be held in the coming weeks in Vienna French diplomatic sources said the meeting was likely to take place during the week of June 25 (Reporting by John Irish and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Mark Heinrich) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed New Delhi: Two of A Sharath Kamal’s three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games were won in Australia and it is this little statistic which is driving India’s finest table tennis player to go for another double in the Gold Coast edition next month In all probability the upcoming mega-event from 4-15 April will be the last CWG appearance for the 35-year-old who has been leading India’s mantle in the racket sport since 2006 Melbourne Games when he exceeded expectations by winning the team as well as the singles gold Sharath has his name on all the three gold medals India has won at the quadrennial competition and factoring in his recent form he thinks he can add at least another two yellow metals to his overall kitty File image of Sharath Kamal Twitter/@TableTennisInd The Indian stunnedWorld No7 Koki Niwa at the Qatar Open earlier this month for "the biggest win of his career" "I feel we have a good chance in all four categories (singles team doubles and mixed doubles) It is easily the strongest men’s squad we have fielded at the Commonwealth Games" Sharath told PTI referring to the fact that India has as many as six players in the top-100 of ITTF men’s rankings "The ranking system has changed completely and the more you play the better it is That is one of the reasons why six of us are in the top-100 Having said that the boys are doing really well and we really have a strong squad" Sharath has managed to maintain a top-100 spot in the last decade but he was way outside the bracket in the Melbourne edition 12 years ago with IndiaNo 2 Soumyadeep Roy being outside top-200 The Chennai-based paddler says India has indeed come a long way since Melbourne but rival countries like England and Nigeria have improved drastically too Teams from both nations got the better of India in Glasgow four years ago when the country ended with just one silver its worst show at the Games in terms of medal count "CWG is the only major multi-sporting event where we are expected to win medals So considering that the Glasgow performance was a huge disappointment Because of that there is going to be extra pressure in Gold Coast but we are ready" World No 71 Sharath said Singapore is another rival but barring 33rd-ranked Gao Ning there is no other player who poses a threat to India The Massimo Costantini-coached Indian squad is preparing in Europe at the moment and will be back home on 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