One of the hangovers from the Industrial Age is our view of work. During that period of history, you went to work, punched the clock, worked for some number of hours, punched the clock again and went home. The quality of work wasn’t so much a matter of individual care and attention as much as it was the repetition of a process. It was by design that one could be removed from a line and replaced with no noticeable difference in the desired outcome.The Industrial Age took the view that workers were limited, disposable, replaceable, and not too much different from the machines they operated. What was required of them is that they were compliant, and a school system was built around this very idea. So were ideas about what a good life was made up of.It’s tough to predict the future. If the predictions from my childhood were on course with the estimated timelines, I would already have a flying car, I would be wearing a space-age jumpsuit of some kind, and my diet would consist of a single nutrition pill each day.No one expected a future in which almost no one punches a time clock, where the idea of work hours means less and less, where people work from wherever they happen to be, and one which looks very different than the Industrial Age.Because of the nature of the world you now occupy, the quality of work you do is not likely to be determined by following some rigid process, but rather from individual care and attention. Where efficiency ruled, effectiveness is now the outcome. More still, in a past that looked at human beings as a pair of hands and a back, the present looks at a human being as a fount of creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, and initiative.“But wait,” you say, “I am still treated like a number, as if we still live in the Industrial Age.”You are now faced with the choice of deciding to operate as if you are something more than a pair of hands and a back, even if the work you do is in an office, at a desk, in a structure not too different from the factory floor. You now also have the choice to treat what you do as a chance to do something exceptional, something that makes a difference, something that leaves things better than you found them.In the future, the rewards in all their forms are going to accrue to those who decide to be exceptional by putting heart and soul and mind into their work, and not just their hands and their backs—if those are necessary at all. Exceptional is the new standard of greatness, and it is born of passion.Is what you are doing now exceptional?Are you willing to give up the mediocrity of punching a clock and give yourself over to your work to do something that makes a difference? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
S.S. Khaplang, chief of National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), died on Friday after a prolonged illness at the outfit’s camp at Taga in Myanmar, a senior government official said. he was 77Khaplang, a Hemi Naga from Myanmar led the Naga insurgency movement for decades. He formed his own outfit in 1988 after he fell out with Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah, the other two Naga leaders, who went on to form the NSCN-IM, which signed a framework agreement with the government in 2015 to find a permanent solution to the issue. Mr. Swu died of illness last year in Delhi.Naga outfits envisage a “Greater Nagalim” or a contiguous land for the Nagas spanning the States of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar.“S.S Khaplang died around 7 p.m. on Friday at the outfit’s camp in Taga,” R.N Ravi, joint intelligence committee (JIC) chief and the interlocutor for Naga peace talks told The Hindu. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, posting on Twitter about Khaplang’s death, said the leadership would be taken over by Khango Konyak. Mr. Konyak was elected Vice-chairman of the outfit in 2011 and Mr. Khaplang had issued a statement saying that “Konyak stood steadfast for the rights of the Naga people through thick and thin.” In 2015, the NDA government banned the outfit for five years for its alleged involvement in a series of attacks on security forces, including an army convoy on June 4 in Manipur’s Chandel district killing 18 army men. NIA even declared a reward of ₹17 lakh for Khaplang’s arrest. India has on multiple occasions asked Myanmar to hand over four top leaders of NSCN-K, including Khaplang. NSCN-K abrogated the ceasefire with the government in March 2015 and following the Army convoy attack the same year, a special team of Army launched an attack on the insurgent camps of various militant outfits, 20 kms within Myanmar on June 9 where they are believed to have killed at least 20 militants.Besides Khaplang, India sought the custody of the outfit’s military commander Niki Sumi, Kirichu and Asang, who were believed to have planned and supervised the attack in Manipur’s Chandel district.NSCN-K is in a ceasefire pact with the Myanmar government. Khaplang, a Naga from Myanmar, was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Yangon and he was later moved to the Taga, considered to be a hotbed of anti-India insurgent group camps in northwestern Myanmar.
After a shaky start to their World Cup 2018 campaign, Brazil have recovered impressively as they registered convincing 2-0 win over Mexico to cruise into the quarter-finals.Their impressive run, however, has been overshadowed by the debate over Neymar’s play acting.And now a Swiss TV station has come up with the minutes the forward has spent down on the ground. According to RT Sport, the PSG striker has 14 minutes on the deck throughout the World Cup.According to the report, Neymar was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total in the match against Mexcio. The biggest interruption in the match came in the 72nd minute when he writhed about after Mexican Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment.But he didn’t look to have put pressure on Neymar’s leg, and the player’s delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches.Even fans who appreciate Neymar’s unquestionable brilliance have been turned off by the antics of a player who too often comes across as spoilt and immature.Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 2, 2018pic.twitter.com/s3J9Fc62R1Imara 5 (@Ferrari_SEB5) July 5, 2018Im sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games. What a blight on the record of an otherwise talented player.Robert E Baillie (@RobertEBaillie2) July 5, 2018All sorted !! pic.twitter.com/1cdCMazBemadvertisementPaul Darley (@13darlo) July 5, 2018After he dived in a bid to win a penalty against Costa Rica in Brazil’s second match, Tostao, a striker in the legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, encouraged coach Tite to have a heart-to-heart with the player and “demand that he stop with the fits, the complaining, the arguing and the faking.”The opprobrium heaped on the 26-year old has prompted a counter-reaction from fans, who, with some justification, believe Neymar is more sinned against than sinner.You should be protecting him instead of criticizing him, he’s the most fouled…GHEORGHE NAVIT (@navit1) July 5, 2018Such a haters hahahaha….Neymar is freaking awesomeDaniela Rocha (@danibignati) July 5, 2018He has been fouled 23 times so far in the tournament, more than Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined.Meanwhile, Brazil coach Tite has defended his player over the criticism.”I’ve already talked about Neymar and I’ve been very specific about what happened,” Tite said. “You should look at the videos. All you have to do is look at the images.””What makes me happy is to have him playing at his best. It’s not just with the ball, it’s not just dribbling. There are actions, there are transitions, defensive transitions and if you look, you see how much he has contributed.”The former Barcelona player will be back on the pitch on Friday as Brazil will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Pushed out of their comfort zone by some incisive swing bowling in challenging conditions, a jolted India will gain confidence from MS Dhoni’s return as they aim to finish the five-match series against New Zealand on a high.India’s most experienced ODI player was out with hamstring injury during last two matches and his return couldn’t have been timed better after their inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton.A 4-1 margin will look much better than 3-2 but it will be easier said than done at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.The windy condition here could just be the shot that Trent Boult would need as he again marks his run-up.And that’s where Dhoni’s presence will be a factor in that middle order which still isn’t rock solid if skipper Virat Kohli isn’t around.India vs New Zealand 5th ODI cricket Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket matchWhat time does the 5th ODI between India vs New Zealand start?The fifth ODI between India and New Zealand starts at 7.30AM IST on February 3, Thursday at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.What TV channel and live stream is the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 5th ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at Seddon Park in Wellington from 7.30AM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch India vs New Zealand 5th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 5th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel AhmedNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Matt Henry.Also Watch:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in a battle of in-form teams, in the Indian Premier League at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.While CSK have been at the top of their game at home, KKR are sitting at the top of the points table with four wins from five games. Although both the teams are equal on points — eight apiece — KKR have a better net run-rate of +1.058 over CSK’s +0.159CSK will go into the match with a lot of confidence as they defended a modest 160 in their last home fixture against Chennai Super Kings after the visitors looked like running away with the game at one point of time.KKR go into the match after another clinical finish, as they walloped Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a one-sided contest. They first restricted Royals to 139/3 before chasing down the target in just 14 overs with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine giving their team a flying start.The fact that KKR have the best spin line-up along with CSK will ensure that Dhoni & Co. would seek a track that is slightly more sporting.On their day, the likes of Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla can spin a web around the best of the batsmen and that will definitely be on the mind of the CSK think-tank.Where will the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium from 8 PM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR?Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N. Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, K.M. AsifKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Yarra Prithviraj, K.C. Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Lockie FergusonAlso Read | CSK coach Fleming says too much focus on Andre Russell will come at ‘own peril’Also Watch | Dwayne Bravo gives Chennai Super Kings teammate a new hairstyle
Liverpool Liverpool’s Kane? Klopp compares Firmino to the Spurs star Dejan Kalinic 11:15 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Liverpool Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Harry Kane Jürgen Klopp The Reds manager lauded his Brazilian star, comparing him to Tottenham’s star man Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is similar to Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.Firmino has scored 11 league goals and assisted five others in 24 games this campaign, helping his team into third in the table.While the Brazilian is far from matching Kane on the goalscoring front – the Spurs star has won back-to-back Golden Boots and is on track for another with 21 Premier League goals this season – Klopp feels the 26-year-old is similar to the England international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “If you see Harry Kane playing, he is all over the pitch, he is getting the ball deep. Of all the strikers we have in England, they are the most similar – they’re everywhere,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo .”Harry is more coming from the nine and a little bit on the 10 while Roberto is coming from the 10 and doing a bit more but is also a nine, he’s just so important for us.”Liverpool are only two points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s clash between the teams at Anfield.Klopp talked up the importance of Firmino, who has managed double figures in league goals in each of his three seasons at the club.”You realise it the day after the game when you look at the figures and see, ‘wow, what a number of high sprints and high distance runs’,” he said. Every angle of THAT Firmino goal. pic.twitter.com/OvuIv56qpn — Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 3, 2018 “When you look at him in training the next day it’s all good, he walks normal. On the second day of recovery he looks fresh again.”That makes him so special, he’s always ready. That makes him an interesting package as a football player because he’s not fixed on a position.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during pregame activities before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska appeared to be on track for a big win on Saturday, as the Huskers jumped out to a 17-0 lead at Colorado on Saturday afternoon.Scott Frost’s team ended up blowing the game in brutal fashion, allowing the Buffaloes to tie up the game in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.Colorado got the ball first in OT and made a field goal. Nebraska missed its game-tying attempt from 48 yards.Nebraska’s defense played incredibly well for two-plus quarters, but the Blackshirts fell apart in the fourth quarter. Huskers linebacker Mohamed Barry knows it.Nebraska players owned the loss and what it meant (via @mitchsherman): https://t.co/uFwvvcNrCH pic.twitter.com/KcT33sZDOb— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 8, 2019It’s probably going to take a while for the Huskers to get over this one, but things need to get right – quickly.Nebraska has two winnable games coming up against Northern Illinois and Illinois, before hosting No. 5 Ohio State at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
The Iconic Motorcycle Arnold Stole from a Biker in ‘Terminator 2’ Is Up for Sale Close What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types When Terminator 2 was released in 1991, it ushered in a new generation of computer-generated imagery, blending live action with virtual graphics. The terrifying T-1000 (Robert Patrick) is composed of liquid metal and its depiction is still impressive even by today’s standards. One of the most memorable scenes in T2 however, involves a freshly-arrived, nude T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) beating down bar patrons on its way to secure a motorcycle. And that very motorcycle is going up for auction.The T-800 has its pick of rides outside the bar, scanning various Harleys, a Yamaha, and even a Plymouth sedan. Its eyes settle on a 1991 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy — a model that had just been introduced the prior year. After strongly convincing the owner to hand over his keys (in addition to his riding gear), the T-800 sets off, but that’s not the last we see of the bike.The Fat Boy goes on to take part in one of the greatest chase scenes in film history, when the T-800 uses it to rescue John Connor (played by Edward Furlong astride a Honda XR dirtbike) from the relentless T-1000. The chase through the L.A. River reached iconic status, and various films and television shows have paid tribute to the scene, while others have made parodies of it.Schwarzenegger, a motorcycle enthusiast in his own right, rode this actual bike in the film, giving it legendary provenance. The odometer reads just 392 miles, though the bike may need some work to get it running. The side mirrors are missing, so the buyer would have to add those in to legally run this piece of cinematic history and live out his or her T2 fantasy.The bike’s sale is being handled by Profiles In History as part of its “Icons & Legends of Hollywood” auction, which runs June 5-8. The estimated sale price is $200,000-$300,000. There are listings for other Terminator and Arnold-related memorabilia, including the “punk” jacket from Terminator, which Schwarzenegger wore while riding a motorcycle in that film as well. This one even comes with bloody bullet holes!Terminator 2 grossed over half a billion dollars at the box office and gave the franchise a huge boost, spawning numerous sequels and spin-offs. Whether you’re a fan of the film or a Harley-Davidson buff, it will be interesting to see how the sale goes.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar
Gurugram: South Korean tech giant Samsung on Thursday announced an upgrade bonus offer of Rs 6,000 with the purchase of Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ smartphones. This new offer comes alongside with existing bank cashback and other operator offers which is valid till September 30. One can avail the upgraded bonus offer in offline market if the purchase is done via HDFC credit/debit card or consumer durable loans. The upgrade Bonus is applicable on 100+ Samsung, Other Android and IOS devices. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In addition, Jio consumers recharging with Rs 4,999 prepaid plan will get double data for two years means additional benefits of up to Rs 14,997 for prepaid Jio consumers. Prepaid Airtel consumers can get double data for 18 Months, when they recharge with Rs 249 (2GB/day) /299 (2.5GB/Day)/349 (3GB/Day) plans; these plans entitle them to get additional benefits of up to Rs 6,300. Prepaid Vodafone consumers can get double data for 18 Months when they recharge with Rs 255 plan; postpaid consumers can get double data when they opt for Rs 499 plan. Vodafone consumers will therefore get additional benefits of up to Rs 4,600.
NAIN, N.L. — The mayor of a northern Labrador town that lost a young man in an avalanche over the weekend says all of Nain is grieving.More than 100 people aided in the search for the young snowmobiler caught in an avalanche Saturday, along with two other men who survived the event.An RCMP spokesperson said Sunday that the man was found after about two hours and brought to a clinic, where he was pronounced dead.Mayor Joe Dicker said everyone in the largely Inuit town of 1,125 is feeling the loss and supporting the affected families.The three men were trapped in the popular snowmobiling spot known as the “blowhole” outside Nain in northern Labrador.Dicker said avalanches can occur depending on snow conditions, but the community does not have funding to run controlled testing for avalanche risks.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Fitch Ratings downgraded Ontario’s long-term debt rating Friday, highlighting “risks” on the path to the Liberal government’s target of balancing the budget by 2017-18.The rating agency cut its long-term issuer default rating to AA- from AA, saying “difficult actions” will be necessary for the province to achieve its target of eliminating the $12.5-billion deficit.“Budget options are likely to prove more limited given the extent of actions taken to date and use of one-time actions to achieve targets, in Fitch’s opinion,” the agency said.“The downgrade to AA- reflects Fitch’s concern that risks remain to achieving its goals and both debt burden and the accumulated deficit will remain significantly elevated.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the government remains committed to eliminating the deficit by 2017-18, but the Fitch announcement underscores the challenges the province’s economy faces.“Our government has been consistently clear that we must remain focused as our economy emerges from the effects of the great global recession,” Sousa said in a statement.Ontario’s finance minister on Moody’s cutting province’s outlook to negative: ‘The bankers aren’t freaking’Ontario debt rating outlook cut to negative by Moody’s“That’s why we put forward a budget that speaks to strategic investments in economic growth and job creation, while at the same time transforming government by achieving our savings targets and limiting program spending growth to 1.1%.”Fitch also improved Ontario’s ratings outlook to stable from negative.“The province has demonstrated the ability to exert considerable, ongoing expenditure restraint while instituting revenue changes as necessary to achieve its deficit reduction objectives, pointing to the strength of provincial management,” the rating agency said.However, Fitch noted that while near-term budget goals have been exceeded, full fiscal recovery following the global recession “remains several years away.”“Fitch believes that the province will also be challenged in restraining ongoing capital spending to make progress in lowering the high debt burden and accumulated deficit over time,” it said.Even if Ontario meets its goal of balance it will still be left with a large debt burden, Fitch said.Ontario’s auditor general issued a similar warning last week, cautioning that despite Ontario’s work to eliminate its deficit, the province’s rising net debt — the difference between its liabilities and its total assets — could have a number of negative implications for its finances in the future.By 2017-18 the province’s net debt will have soared to $325 billion, more than double the $156.6 billion a decade ago, the report estimated.Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s report noted that the government now spends more on debt interest than it does on post-secondary education, and those interest costs are growing.Moody’s credit rating agency changed Ontario’s debt rating in July to negative from stable, citing concerns about the province’s ability to eliminate the deficit as scheduled.Ontario’s opposition parties have long expressed skepticism that the Liberal government will be able to meet its 2017-18 target of balance.
Maj. Gen. Franciszek Gagor of Poland told the press in New York that the operation, founded in 1974, is adjusting to evolving conditions. He noted that 30 years ago there were some 5,000 people on the Golan, while today that number has increased tenfold.”That means that UNDOF has to maintain and modernize its facilities and also has to adjust its way of operation,” General Gagor said. In particular, the mission has been forced to become more mobile and more visible, he added, describing a modernization programme now underway which aims to improve infrastructure, integrate all UN elements in the area and adapt its concept of operations to the realities on the ground.Communications and computer systems are also being upgraded to respond to developments as part of the overall bid to optimize resources. “We improve our efficiency so that we can meet the challenges and requirements in front of us,” he explained.Asked how he would title a book on his experiences in the Golan, Mr. Gagor replied, “Peace is worth fighting for.”Maj. Gen. Bala Nanda Sharma of Nepal has taken over the responsibilities as Force Commander of UNDOF, which maintains the ceasefire between Israel and Syria and monitors the disengagement of their forces while maintaining an 80-kilometre area of separation.
Russian cartoon bear takes the world by storm by Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 4:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo, senior animator Andrei Belyayev, left, and animator Pyotr Barkov work on a new episode of Masha and the Bear, a Russian cartoon TV series, in Moscow, Russia. Masha and the Bear, a Russian animated television series launched in 2009, now broadcasts in more than 120 countries including the United States. Its YouTube channel is in the top 10 most-viewed worldwide. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) MOSCOW – A proverbial Russian bear has long alarmed Westerners as the symbol of Moscow’s might and purported ferocity. But the Russian who has taken the world by storm is a sweet goof who hasn’t fired a single shot.Masha and the Bear, a Russian animated television series launched in 2009, now broadcasts in more than 120 countries including the United States. Its YouTube channel is in the top 10 most-viewed worldwide. While Russia’s mammoth oil and gas industries grunt under the weight of low energy prices, the cartoon’s producer Animaccord has a steady 40 per cent annual revenue increase.The cartoon, loosely based on a Russian fairy tale, centres on the mischievous and minuscule girl Masha and the towering Bear, a retired circus performer who falls victim to the green-eyed sprite’s pranks. The cartoon is set in an idealized countryside, loaded with traditional bric-a-brac.Their real home is a former Soviet kindergarten in Moscow’s northern outskirts. There, more than 70 animators each produce 2 to 4 seconds of screen time a day.It’s slow work due to the highly detailed images, unusual for television series. The images have a convincing 3-D effect, move fluidly and are so precise that viewers can count Masha’s tiny teeth. That costs money as well as time — up to $250,000 per six-minute episode.Senior animator Andrei Belyayev can spend hours trying on a myriad of expressions for Masha’s face as she bursts into the bear’s house to announce an unexpected guest. The animators are particular about even small pieces of the cartoon such as food in the refrigerator and flowers on the lawn.“Children are very discerning viewers,” Belyayev said in a recent interview. “You think again and again how to tell this story and show the scene from a new angle so that children would not be bored when they watch it for the 10th or 100th time.”The cartoon has roots in the Soviet animated film industry, which had unusual freedom. Officials regarded cartoons as fairly insignificant and did not apply smothering censorship. Despite the industry’s creativity, its cartoons remained largely unknown outside the Russian-speaking world until Masha and the Bear broke through.Masha and the Bear’s creator Oleg Kuzovkov, like many other Russian animators, moved to work in Los Angeles amid the post-Soviet economic troubles of the 1990s, before returning in 2003. He still divides his time between Moscow and Los Angeles; all pre-production for the series such as screenwriting and storyboard is done in California.“Some types of professionals like storyboard artists are nowhere to be found in Moscow,” Kuzovkov said by phone from LA.While giant Russian companies like energy exporters complain of unfair treatment in the West, linked to economic sanctions against Russia, Masha’s creators say they face no discrimination in the West.“There is no animosity, no rivalry, and no one tries (in the United States) to protect their animation market from foreign projects,” Kuzovkov. “When they see something unique and unusual, something they don’t have, they take it.”Unlike many Russian companies, Animaccord has not lined up for state subsidies. It won two grants for a cinema foundation when the series was already established, but Masha’s creators still want to steer away from government money.“They have their own hierarchy there,” he said. “I’m not part of it and I didn’t want to waste time elbowing for a place at the feeder.”In 2015, Masha and the Bear won a prestigious Kindscreen award as the Best Animation and was listed as one of 250 shows “destined to be classics” by Animation Magazine.The cartoon has gone on from critical acclaim to a commercial success, bringing the company 292 million rubles ($4.3 million) in revenues in 2013, according to the RBC business newspaper. Animaccord would not disclose its profits but managing director Dmitry Loveyko says they have been posting roughly a 40 per cent increase in revenue annually.About two-thirds of YouTube royalties that Animaccord receives comes from views outside Russia, Loveyko says. In August, Animaccord struck a deal with Netflix to bring the cartoon to the United States where Masha is dubbed by Elsie Fisher, who spoke for Agnes in “Despicable Me.”Apart from television deals and YouTube royalties, Masha and the Bear gets 60 per cent of all revenues from goods licensing, and thanks to the deals with global consumer brands Masha’s face is glowing from children’s toys to tea bags at supermarkets around the globe.Getting a foot in the door in the West was tough, but Animaccord found the better-regulated Western markets easier to navigate. In Russia, Masha and the Bear has to compete against a vast amount of counterfeit goods, which Loveyko estimates at 30 per cent of the market, something that is not an issue in Western Europe or North America:“The Russian market should be a kind of launch pad for testing ideas: if you make it here, on a very tough Russian market where everything is difficult, I think it will require only a small step to present yourself in the West.”The cartoon’s creators never set out to make the cartoon to suit the mores and customs of other countries, but some elements of it turned out to be a happy coincidence.Masha, who is dressed in a folk costume with a headscarf, became a household name in many Muslim nations including Indonesia. “It’s a Muslim country, so we thought we’re lucky she wears a headscarf and her legs are covered!” Loveyko said.Masha’s creator Kuzovkov says he is still baffled by the success of the one-toothed girl.“It was conceived as a local project, tailored to the Russian audience but with all the trappings of the American industry like tempo, editing, a quality picture,” he said. “The atmosphere, that TV set, the telephone, it’s all from (my) childhood. This world is native to me — for them it’s a new style.”
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MEASURING RESPONSE TIMES for ambulances has to take into account the shortage of resources, SIPTU has said.HIQA is due to begin a review of the Ambulance Service’s response times, but SIPTU Health Organiser Paul Bell says this review must take into account the current shortages affecting the service.The review will centre on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), the foremost of which is an eight-minute timeframe for response to life-threatening callouts.However, Bell says that this needs to be measured against the resourcing of similar services.“In order to properly review the ability of the Ambulance Service to achieve its targets in relation to these KPIs, which are based on similar targets implemented by ambulance services in Northern Ireland and Scotland, the HIQA review must also examine the resourcing of the various services.“SIPTU Ambulance Service shop stewards also believe this matter should be referred to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, at which all the stake holders can contribute to the discussion on why KPI targets are not being attained. Full discussion of these issues would raise the morale of the professionals who work in the service and restore public confidence.”SIPTU says that their research indicates that the approximate annual budget for the ambulance service in the Republic of Ireland is €130 million compared to £200 million (€240 million) in Scotland.Read: Midleton ambulance call ‘did not follow procedure’ in the lead-up to 2-year-old’s deathRead: HSE used military ambulances over 800 times ‘to meet additional demand’
The BlurPort Kickstarter walks you through the process the team has gone through in building their concept from scratch. From development board to their latest concept, BlurPort was built to offer this unique solution. Their Kickstarter page includes some interesting perks for those who contribute more than the $109 for the drive itself. Custom laser engraved variants of the casing, for example, exist for contributing $250 or more. The BlurPort team has already shown off working prototypes of the hardware, with plans to show off the app and the final casing designs in the future.If you’re the type to need secure, removable storage, BlurPort is absolutely worth checking out for yourself. No matter what piece of technology you are using, you are only as secure as you want to be. Most people don’t bother password protecting the data on a USB drive, and even then it’s not a guarantee that your data is safe. BlurPort wants to secure all of your removable USB storage with your choice of personal security measures.The current state of consumer grade security options for removable storage borderlines on being just a formality. Key fobs that can be copied with little effort, or drives that can just be removed from “secure” casing and inserted elsewhere. The point at which your data is actually secure usually comes at a price point that is not worth it to most users, especially if the information they are carrying isn’t terribly important to begin with.As we move further along the Bring Your Own Device pipeline, it will become more important for secure removable storage options to exist at reasonable price points and actually be secure. The student-run BlurPort hopes to solve this problem with an inexpensive app driven USB drive that relies on your smartphone to grant access to the drive once it is connected to your computer.Aakash Patel of BlurPort sat down with me recently and explained how BlurPort is expected to work moving forward.When you connect your BlurPort to a computer, the drive will patiently wait for approval from your smartphone in order to grant the computer access to the information. The BlurPort app on your phone will offer many different ways to authenticate yourself, from facial recognition and eye scanning to NFC tokens, even pattern trace passwords on your smartphone. You will have many of the same authentication methods you already have available to you in order to unlock your phone in the first place, which adds a second factor to the authentication of the drive. Once you have authenticated yourself, the app will connect with your BlurPort and grant you access to data stored on the drive. If you disconnect from the computer, you will need to re-authenticate yourself through the app.BlurPort will offer 8GB of storage built into the drive, however, removing the cap at the other end of BlurPort will reveal a female USB connector that you will be able to connect additional removable storage to. Whether you have a flash drive with a higher storage capacity, or you plan to connect multiple terabytes of storage from a large drive, you’ll have the ability to either pass the data through the drive or encrypt the additional drive so it can only be accessed when connected through your BlurPort. The app will see the drives separately, and allow you to secure the BlurPort and the added drive with different authentication methods if you choose, and it will allow you to flip back and forth between the two drives as though they were connected separately.
Greek Australian Tom Koutsanotnis became the new Minister for Correctional Services, Road Safety, Gambling, Youth and Volunteers in South Australia last Tuesday.The 36 year old is the first SA MP of Greek descent to elevate to a Cabinet position. Along with Mr Koutsantonis, Michael O’Brien also became the new Minister of Employment, Training and Further Education.Their election by caucus was unanimous. This was the second reshuffle of the State Cabinet in six months after the resignations Agriculture Minister Rory McEwen and Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le plugin d’OpenOffice payant pour les utilisateurs de Microsoft OfficeÉtats-Unis – Jusqu’à présent, les fichiers .odf étaient pris en charge par la suite bureautique Office grâce à un plugin d’OpenOffice. Ce dernier était fourni gratuitement par l’entreprise Sun. Mais le nouveau propriétaire de Sun, Oracle, jette un pavé dans la mare en voulant faire débourser 65 euros aux utilisateurs d’Office pour en bénéficier. Vous avez dit business ?Depuis qu’elle a racheté Sun en avril 2009, Oracle essaie de rentabiliser au maximum les logiciels de l’entreprise. Après la limitation à 90 jours du logiciel Solaris et l’arrêt de la production des CD gratuits d’Opensolaris, le nouveau propriétaire vient de rendre payant le plugin nécessaire aux usagers d’Office pour lire les fichiers en .odf. Désormais, un abonnement annuel reviendra à 65 euros, payables lors du téléchargement. Ce plugin est disponible dans les versions d’Office 2000, 2003, XP et 2007. Pour le moment, la suite bureautique de Microsoft ne supporte que la version 1.0 de ce dernier alors qu’Oracle propose la version 1.2.Le 21 avril 2010 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Can you tell there are only two episodes left after this one? Things are clearly ramping up for a big finale, and it appears the Discovery might not make it out in one piece. After the big reveals of recent episodes, this season has become all about trying to change the future. Or rather, how to avoid a possible and increasingly likely future where an AI has wiped out all sentient life. The role of fate in the universe, how much of the future is malleable, those are interesting questions. Ones that Star Trek loves to chew on every now and then. The importance of the Discovery and Michael Burnham’s unpredictability, we learned last night, makes the future super malleable, at least at this moment in time. That’s why Captain Pike’s role here is so interesting.With Dr. Burnham pulled irrevocably back into the future, there’s nothing more for the Discovery to do but protect the Sphere data from Control and wait for more signals. The revelation that Dr. Burnham never heard of the signals caused exactly the debate you’d think it would. Can the crew even trust them? If Dr. Burnham wasn’t sending them, who is? Could they be Control setting a trap. And yeah, that’s possible. But they also have to consider that the signals led the Discovery to help people. Including the descendants of a people Dr. Burnham saved. Plus, something the show didn’t bring up, Dr. Burnham still could have sent the signals from a point even further in the future. Maybe they pulled her from a time before she’d sent them. To steal a phrase from another sci-fi series, wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff.Mary Chieffo as L’Rell; Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Shazad Latif as Tyler (Photo Credit: John Medland/CBS)As much as I’d be down for a full episode of this debate, Michael Burnham points out that it’s accomplishing nothing, and there are more pressing matters at hand. Considering there are two weeks left in the season, she makes a point. A new signal appears above a planet in Klingon space. Specifically, the monastery where Tyler and L’Rell sent their son. The Klingon monks there guard the time crystals, which are exactly what the crew needs to send the Sphere data into space where Control can’t get it. After an argument between L’Rell and Tyler about whether Tyler visiting their son would put him in danger, Pike elects to go. He really is the ideal Star Trek captain. He has the confidence and charisma of Kirk, with the compassion and dedication to Starfleet values of Picard. It’s too bad he won’t last.Pike elects to go retrieve a time crystal, and L’Rell warns him that difficult trials await him. He holds steadfast both to her and the guardian he meets at the monastery. With the fate of all sentient life at stake, he’s not going to leave empty-handed. As the old Klingon guardian leads him through the monastery, Pike is surprised to learn he’s talking to L’Rell and Tyler’s son. It’s an effect of the Time Crystals. Time moves much faster for the people who live near them. Trees grow instantly too, which is a cool visual effect. At this point, we’re wondering when these trials will start. Turns out there’s only one. It’s real rough, though.Doug Jones as Saru (Photo Credit: John Medland/CBS)What makes this plot about trying to change the future a bit bitterly ironic is Pike. This series takes place after “The Cage,” but before “The Menagerie.” We know what Pike’s future looks like already. It’s a burned, disfigured face and a robotic wheelchair that allows him to communicate in beeps. The Discovery can prevent Control from wiping out all life, but The Original Series already set Pike’s future in stone. And now Discovery has too. When Pike grabs hold of the Time Crystal, he sees his future. A ship being destroyed around him, he gets the crew to safety. He’s trapped on the bridge and an explosion burns his face. He flashes further forward and sees the life he’ll eventually lead. The future terrifies him, and he’s given a choice. Leave the time crystal and maybe prevent that future, or take the crystal and guarantee it. As Pike represents the best of Starfleet, it’s not even a choice. He’ll gladly sacrifice himself to have a shot at saving the universe.As cool and full of Trek fanservice as that story was, the B-plot was plenty exciting as well. As Star Trek: Discovery moves toward its season finale, these episodes are getting so much better. While Pike’s getting the time crystals, Burnham wants to investigate a Section 31 ship that checked in an hour late. She wants to go after Leland, hoping to destroy control as soon as possible. Acting Captain Saru gives her permission to go, and Spock goes with her. As he points out, Burnham’s mom can’t come back in time to save her anymore. That’s a nice way to raise the stakes in these final episodes. They can’t count on a last minute deus ex machina anymore.Ethan Peck as Spock; Ali Momen as Kamran Grant; Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham (Photo Credit: Russ Martin/CBS)They come across a ravaged ship with one surviving crew member that served with Michael on the Shenzhou. He helps them get to the bridge of his ship so they can isolate Control and reboot the system. The whole story has the pacing of a good thriller. After we saw Control take over Leland last week, there isn’t anyone we can trust. That includes this crewmember. At this point, it’s not a matter of whether he’ll turn out to be Control, but when. As his dialog slowly starts to get more pro-AI while Spock is conveniently out of the room, Burnham grows more concerned. This is some great suspense here. We know the reveal is coming, we’re just growing increasingly anxious waiting for it.When the fight does happen, it’s fun, fast and scary. Even if Burnham does have main character invincibility at this point, watching the assimilation needle get ever closer to her eye is still unsettling. So is the part where, after Spock at least distracts the crewman with a failed Vulcan nerve pinch, Burnham phasers the guy multiple times and he keeps coming. She blows a giant hole in his chest and it doesn’t knock him down. Instead, a metallic Control goop comes out of him and speeds toward Burnham. For a brief second, it’s a full on horror movie until Spock figures out to magnetize the floor, stopping Control in its tracks.Tig Notaro as Reno (Photo Credit: John Medland/CBS)This whole excursion did more than provide the episode a few action beats. I mean, the action beats here were good enough that I wouldn’t have minded. Spock and Burnham learn that the whole situation was a trap for Burnham. She is the one variable the computer can’t predict. That’s why it’s so dead set on controlling her. That should make for some exciting situations over the next two episodes. So should the complication that ends the episode. After Pike returns to the Discovery, the ship finds itself approached by 30 Section 31 ships, all taking aim. The Discovery is outgunned and can’t run. Pike calls the Enterprise to receive the full crew of the Discovery, preparing for its destruction. Looks like the incident that burns Pike’s face is closer than we thought.This episode set us up for what’s sure to be two harrowing final episodes of the season, but it also managed to be plenty thrilling itself. It appears that as the show gets more episodes under its belt, it gets better at striking the balance between classic Star Trek storytelling and modern sci-fi action. It at least knows that action-oriented episodes don’t have to be entirely brainless. I’m excited to see where Discovery takes the series in Season Two’s final two episodes and beyond. I also appreciated the nice character moment between Jett Reno and Culber. She helps him start to realize that he needs Stamets just as much as Stamets needs him. He gets a second chance, which is way more than Reno got with her wife. It was a sweet, genuinely touching moment that gave me hope for this storyline. I just hope the show gives itself enough time to land it.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays at 8:30 on CBS All AccessPreviously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 11Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 10Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Pardon our French, but a wild ass made a special debut at Zoo Miami.The Southwest Miami-Dade zoo welcomed the Somali wild ass in time for Father’s Day.The not-so-little bundle of joy was born Sunday and weighed in at 46 pounds.The foal and his parents, 10-year-old Hakim and 13-year-old Stella, belong to a critically endangered species that is the last remaining ancestor of the modern donkey.Less than 1,000 Somali wild asses are left in the wild.The new addition to the Zoo Miami family has yet to be named. He is only the eighth of its kind to be born at the zoo.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.