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Canada responds to dairy trade criticism

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s perceived disregard for its trade obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement.Most recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that dairy groups contend blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market. As a result, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business.In a joint letter sent to President Trump, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged the administration to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the new pricing policy and restore imports of the blocked U.S. products, specifically ultra-filtered milk. They also asked President Trump to direct U.S. agencies to “examine a full range of tools that could be used immediately to impress upon Canada in a concrete way the importance of dependable two-way trade.”“U.S. dairy exports support approximately 110,000 jobs across America, many of which are in farming and food manufacturing, as well as in supporting rural manufacturing and skilled farm service workers,” the organizations said in the letter. “However, for trade to yield its full potential and provide the maximum impact possible in supporting American jobs, our trading partners must hold up their end of the bargain as well.”Canadian officials, however, do not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States.“The facts do not bear this out,” said David MacNaughton, Canadian Ambassador. “The Canada-U.S. partnership is a model to the world. Let’s keep it that way by working together, as we have so often in our history, to make it even better.”Here is more in a letter from the Canadian Embassy Ambassador David McNaughton:last_img read more

Free Vignette & Feathered Crop Plugins for Premiere & AE

first_imgAdd a few more tools to your digital toolbox with these free vignette and crop plugins for Adobe Premiere and After Effects!What happens when you get frustrated that your favorite video editing applications don’t have the plugins that you want?  If you’re Polish video editor Bartlomiej Walczak you start coming up with solutions!  Walczak has released vignette and crop plug-ins for Premiere and After Effects that he feels address the current “shortcomings” with those applications.Feathered Crop allows you to crop “your image, both inside or outside, and add feather to the cropped borders.”  This was a current shortcoming in legacy versions of Final Cut Pro as well.  Once you cropped your video the edge feathering was rendered obsolete.  It’s nice to see a solution for this ‘more common than you’d think’ problem.  8, 16 and 32 bit depth supported.Vignette is exactly what it sounds like, but more featured and versatile! Create rectangular and elliptical vignettes and control their position in the video frame.  These Premiere and After Effect vignettes can be combined with any of the blending modes in those applications to create a totally unique effect (see the cool colorization example below).   8 and 16 bit depth supported.Both the crop and vignette plugins will work in After Effects and Premiere. Walczak plans to update CreativeImpatience.com in the future with more free plugins for AE and Premiere.  He’s currently taking suggestions for upcoming releases, so if you’ve got an idea for a tool to improve your video editing let him know!Download Vignette & Feathered Crop for AE & Premiere(you can him a donation as well…making these effects takes time!)last_img read more

Title fights highlight OPBF affair

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Five title fights will highlight the 55th Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Annual Convention at Princesa Garden Island Resort in Palawan.Jelbirt Gomera of Gen. Santos City battles unbeaten Venezuelan Omrri Boliver for the interim featherweight crown in the 10-round main event at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA In the chief support also set for 10 rounds, Jeronil Borres (7-3-1, 5 KOs) tackles Robert Onggocan (9-2, 5 KOs) for the Asian Boxing Federation flyweight championship.Carlo Peñalosa tangles with Salatiel Amit (10-3-2) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver flyweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJapanese Yuko Henzan disputes the OPBF female bantamweight title against Thai Phannaluk Kongsang while Erika Hanawa, also of Japan, fights Thai Sornsawan Khunmarn for the interim OPBF minimum weight title.The convention is being hosted by Games and Amusements Board Chair Abraham Mitra, the OPBF president. Delegates from 17 countries are taking part in the event which started Thursday and ends Sunday. —ROY LUARCA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Moto C, Moto C Plus with Android Nougat launched, coming to India in June

first_imgMoto C and Moto C Plus launched. Lenovo-owned Motorola unveiled the most awaited phones – Moto C and Moto C Plus today at a price tag starting Rs 6,200 and Rs 6,900 respectively. Both the smartphones will be made available beginning this spring. At the moment, Moto C and C Plus will hit only selective markets like — Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, however, later these devices will enter other marketplaces as well. Moto C and Moto C Plus is expected to hit the Indian shores by June. Moto C is announced in two variants, wherein one comes with a 3G connection at EUR 89 (Rs 6,200) and the second variant comes with 4G option, which is priced at EUR 99 (roughly around Rs 6,900). On the other hand, the Moto C Plus is announced with a price tag of EUR 119 (roughly Rs 8,300).Also Read: Moto Z, C, X, E, G (2017) mid-ranged smartphones to launch soon: All details leakIn terms of specifications both the Motorola smartphones have quite a number of similarities. Both Moto C and Moto C Plus are running on Android Nougat operating system. While there are certain similarities, there are differences between as well.Moto CMoto C is launched in two options – 3G and 4G. The smartphone sports a 5-inch FWVGA display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Furthermore, the device is powered by a 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core Cortex-A53 processor. Both 3G and 4G versions of Moto C come with 1GB of RAM. While on the storage front, the device comes in two versions – one with 8GB memory and the other with 16GB internal storage. The storage space can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.advertisementOn the camera front, Moto C comes with a 5-megapixel camera sensor on the rear panel which comes with LED flash, while on the front panel, the smartphone fits a 2-megapixel selfie snapper. Furthermore, the smartphone comes with a removable 2350mAh battery. Moto C is announced in several colour variants — metallic cherry, pearl white, fine gold, and starry black. Pricing wise, Moto C 3G costs Rs 6,200 and Moto C 4G is priced at Rs 6,900.Also Read: Exclusive: Moto C to launch in India in June, to take on Redmi 4AMoto C PlusDesign wise the Moto C Plus looks very similar to that of the Moto C. The smartphone sports a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Further, Moto C is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and comes packed with 2GB of RAM. Storage wise, Moto C comes with 16GB memory. On the camera front, the smartphone comes with 8-megapixel camera sensors on the rear panel which comes coupled with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, a LED flash and more. Moto C is backed by a much-improved battery when compared to the Moto C. Moto C Plus is backed by 4000mAh battery.Both the smartphones will be available beginning this spring. At this juncture, India Today Tech can confirm that the Moto C and Moto C Plus will hit the Indian shores in the month of June.Lenovo is also working on several mid-ranged Motorola smartphones, which the company is rumoured to announce by the end of 2017. The company is reportedly planning up on adding new smartphones to its Moto G, Moto E, and Moto Z and Moto X series also. A new press render leaks over the weekend which confirms all the upcoming Motorola devices.last_img read more

Commentary Tips to help make the NFLs Pro Bowl more bearable

Football, like the other major American sports, has its annual all-star game, where the finest players from each conference square off against each other. While many of these other all-star games don’t resemble actual games in effort or competitiveness either, there’s something especially excruciating about the NFL’s Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl, which has been around in its current format since 1970, is met with a huge amount of criticism from fans and players every year. The complete and total lack of defense seems to be one of the primary reasons for criticism. While a shootout in football can be a lot of fun to watch, seeing the best defensive players in the NFL jog and make a minimal effort to actually stop the other team is not very thrilling. With final scores in recent years of 59-41, 55-41, and 41-34, watching long completion after long completion gets very stale. The defensive players in this game are consistently more concerned with staying healthy and enjoying a vacation in Hawaii than playing well and winning. Another point of critique is the number of undeserving players. Due to injuries, players opting not to participate, players on Super Bowl-bound teams not being able to play or faulty fan votes, the star power is not always there. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has spoken over the past year about the possibility of the Pro Bowl being eliminated if the quality does not improve. It does not seem likely that the NFL would get rid of this event, however. Even with an 8 percent drop in the ratings in last year’s game, it still drew a 7.9 rating, the highest of any of the all star games, according to USA Today. Here are some suggestions to spice up the Pro Bowl a little and make the entire event a little more bearable to watch. 1. Saturday events – Much like the NBA and MLB do, make a weekend out of the event. The NBA’s All-Star Saturday, which includes the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout is just as popular as the game itself, while the MLB’s Home Run Derby is a classic fixture of the all-star game. The NFL can pursue a similar tradition, showcasing its best talent. Quarterback accuracy and distance competitions, sprint contests, bench press contests and kicking competitions can all be events that are a lot of fun to watch and show off the best talent the NFL has to offer. 2. NFL awards show – The awards, such as MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, etc. come out around that time. Why not make a show out of it? This can also take place on the Saturday before the game, immediately following the All-Star events. 3. Rotating locations – It’s understandable that the NFL holds the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii as an incentive for the players to attend, but it’s time to take the show on the road. Following the model of the other sports, the Pro Bowl should be in a different city every year. That would give it a fresh spin every year and would be a thrill for fans to see their hometown players, along with the other stars of the NFL. 4. Move it back to after the Super Bowl – In 2009, the NFL decided to move the date of the Pro Bowl from the weekend before the Super Bowl, instead of the weekend after. This idea did make some sense, as many fans are burned out from football after the season ends. However, it’s pretty easy to assume that some of the best players will be in the AFC and NFC championships. Between the Ravens and 49ers, which will be competing in this year’s Super Bowl, there are 13 players on the Pro Bowl roster who will have to miss the game. That’s just too many stars to have to play the game without. 5. Make it a winner-take-all cash format – This is just to give the players some incentive to actually put some effort in. Currently, there is a small difference in the amount of winnings for the winners compared to the consolation for the losers, but this difference is just a fraction of their total salaries. Add the total amount the NFL would be giving to both the winners and losers, and give it all to the winners. It still wouldn’t be a ton of money for these players, but at the very least it would inspire them to try. 6. No more fan vote – This is a complaint seen in the all-star games of every sport, but there really is absolutely no reason why the starters shouldn’t simply be the players that deserve it. Instead of the flashy, big market names that are being voted into the starting lineup every year by the fans, have a true, unbiased coaches vote to decide who will be representing their conference. While the Pro Bowl is at the end of the day an exhibition game that will never resemble an actual NFL game, there is no reason why it needs to keep its same awful format. It is not expected that these players give it their all weeks after their season ended, but it would be nice if the NFL at least gives the fans something to enjoy. As long as there’s an NFL logo on it, people will watch, but the league needs to explore ways to reward their loyal fans a little more. read more

Deputy Premiers response to Opposition Appointed Members on Work Permits

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The Opposition’s appointed member continues to attempt to mislead the public.   The last year under the Rufus Ewing Administration, work permit fees were $17,914,713, of total projected revenues of $262,665,382.  Therefore work permits fees of approximately $18 million accounted for approximately 6.8% of Projected Government revenues. In our budget that will be debated on April 18th, work permit fees are projected to be $18,452,154 of total projected revenues of $273,470,947. Which accounts for 6.7% of the total budget.There were no new developments the entire four years under the Rufus Ewing administration and still work permit fees accounted for 6.8% of the the projected Government revenues.  We have already seen a drastic increase in new and renewed interest for development projects. This coupled with our Government’s robust capital development agenda one should anticipate the need for an increase in the labour force. What the Opposition’s Appointed Member failed to recognize is that with all the upcoming economic activity we have still managed to reduce the percentage of work permit fees from 6.8% under the his previous Government to 6.7% this financial year. Although there is $539,441 increase in the dollar value of work permit fees, the overall percentage is down.  Therefore the increase in dollar value is just a reflection of our Government’s ability to create and provide the right environment for increased economic activity.Just as we have accomplished our 100 day goals as a Government, we have kept our commitment to not rely on work permits as a revenue source.  We are ensuring our people get back to work and we are doing what the former Government was not able to do, which is restore investor confidence and create jobs.We anticipate that the Opposition’s appointed member will continue to try and mislead you the voter over the next four years. However through press releases and town hall meetings we will ensure that you can get the facts from your Government and you can also research and verify the facts for yourself. There will be no “alternative facts”!On the matter of the TCI Status Commission which is the body now vested with the responsibility to make recommendations on Turks and Caicos Islands Status, this ordinance was brought into being under the former PNP administration in 2015. Since then and up until the time the PNP was removed from office, by the people, they had not introduce any regulations to govern the working of the committee nor had they setup the committee formally in order to carry out its mandate. On coming into office we met applications that have been submitted almost two years ago with person left in limbo. As a government we have a responsibility to give these applicants and up or down decision so that they can plan the rest of their lives.The most disappointing part of the member’s release demonstrates a relentless effort  to score political points or simply an intentional attempt to deceive the public. While his government would have projected $1,768,294 in revenue from  residence permits the final sum is $2,233,064 for year ending 2016 to 2017. Our projection of $2,300,056 represents a mere 3.34% increase over last years actual.We remain committed to our people and will be making every effort to ensure they move up the ranks in companies to greater responsibility and senior management positions.Hon Sean R. AstwoodDeputy PremierMinister of Border Control and Employment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Physicists Explain Why Liquid Optical Fibers Dont Collapse

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Conversely, if light is propagated in the fiber, then the electromagnetic field exerts a pressure on its circumference, commonly called pressure of radiation, which works against surface stresses (the so-called Laplace pressure). Beyond some threshold in irradiance, radiation pressure overcomes the Laplace pressure. The liquid fiber is thus stabilized by the guided light and its radius is determined by the balance between pressure of radiation and Laplace pressure. Thus not only the liquid fiber is stabilized by the light, but its radius self-adapts spontaneously to the beam intensity. “The radius and the length of induced fibers being respectively micrometric and millimetric, these results allow us to advance a microfluidic approach of self-adapted optical guiding while proposing an original answer to the stabilization of liquid columns, a problem studied for the first time by Rayleigh more than one hundred years ago.”In their demonstration, the researchers used a near-critical phase-separated liquid mixture. They focused an argon ion laser beam down into the cell containing the liquid mixture, which was kept above a critical temperature of 35ºC (95ºF) to achieve a low interfacial tension of the meniscus separating the two coexisting fluid phases. When the beam had a high enough power (at least hundreds of milliwatts), and was aimed directly at the interface from the fluid phase of the largest index of refraction, the interface became unstable and formed into a liquid column, stable and perfectly guiding the exciting beam. The physicists explained that the liquid optical fiber strongly depended on the beam power, among other things. For instance, by adjusting the beam diameter inside the liquid, the scientists showed how the liquid optical fiber would change its properties to avoid collapsing. For example, when the beam “waist” (the narrowest part of the beam) is large, the liquid column’s diameter becomes varied across its length. Having different diameter values at a single time makes the system “multistable.” By understanding the underlying mechanisms of liquid optical fiber stability, the scientists hope their work will lead to the development of reconfigurable light-guiding applications, microdevices with fluid interfaces, and other optofluidics technologies, since droplet microfluidics always involves low interfacial tensions between oil and water by adding surfactants.More information: Brasselet, Etienne; Wunenburger, Régis; and Delville, Jean-Pierre. “Liquid Optical Fibers with a Multistable Core Actuated by Light Radiation Pressure.” Physical Review Letters 101, 014501 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further However, guiding light with liquid fibers has been a great challenge for scientists due to the difficulty of creating stable liquid columns. Liquid columns reach a fundamental limitation called the Rayleigh-Plateau instability which says that, in weightless conditions, a liquid column breaks when its length exceeds its circumference. Now, a team of physicists, Etienne Brasselet, Régis Wunenburger, and Jean-Pierre Delville, from the University of Bordeaux in France, has developed a model to explain how a liquid column of large aspect ratio can be stabilized by light radiation pressure. The physicists demonstrated how the characteristics of a liquid optical fiber can be tuned at will, opening the doors to the further development of stable liquid optical fibers and their applications.In 2004, Delville was part of a team that discovered that light radiation pressure has the unique ability to stabilize liquid columns and overcome the Rayleigh-Plateau limit. Further, their technique enabled the liquid columns to self-adapt to the laser that was used to form them, self-tuning their diameter and adjusting their bending angle. However, no one knew the mechanism behind this stabilizing technique, until now. In a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, the University of Bordeaux physicists explain liquid column stability by a balance between the radiation pressure, which tends to expand a cylindrical column outwards, and the inward constricting interface stresses exerted by the Laplace pressure. Based on their model, the researchers could generate liquid optical fibers with aspect ratios of up to 100 (fibers whose lengths were 100 times greater than their diameters).“Strictly speaking, here is the main idea,” Delville told PhysOrg.com. “Squeeze a drop of water between the thumb and the index finger, and then move the two fingers away from each other. The drop takes the form of a small liquid fiber. Stretch still a little more and this fiber breaks in two daughter drops under the influence of surface stresses in order to minimize the energy associated with the increase in water-air surface due to stretching. That is why liquid fibers are so difficult to stabilize. Machine learning about glaucomacenter_img Citation: Physicists Explain Why Liquid Optical Fibers Don’t Collapse (2008, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-physicists-liquid-optical-fibers-dont.html One-millimeter-long liquid optical fiber induced and stabilized by the light pressure of a continuous Argon ion laser (a) and associated light-guiding observed from the scattering of the propagating beam (b). Image credit: J.P. Delville. (PhysOrg.com) — For several years, physicists have known that liquid columns can be used to guide light. By trapping a light beam, a liquid column can act like an optical fiber, but with a liquid sheathing instead of glass or plastic.last_img read more

Going miles for Mediterranean

first_imgInspired by the beautiful, chic city of Seville in Spain, the restaurant is an ode to the colours, style, local ambience and tastes of the umber chic holiday destination. Sevilla with its newly launched menu put forwards an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine which surpasses any other brunch offering in the capital. Live Pasta and Risotto counters and a selection of cured meats and cheese stations are only few of the delectable offerings at the city’s much loved Spanish restaurant. The Josper oven, one of its kind in the city promises a culinary delight with offerings like the milk fed Australian lamb chops, Chilean sea bass and kalamata olive stuffed ricotta cheese steak to name a few. The dessert spread with over 13 much loved sweets include Blueberry Pannacotta, Cannocini, Winter Berries Tart, and lot more.last_img read more