Naples reopens beach with new restrictions after vote

first_imgThe city of Naples, Florida has voted to reopen it’s beaches after closing them due to a lack of social distancing between parties.The decision was finally made during an hours long emergency meeting and three failed motions.City Council members decided that the beaches will reopen but with more regulations.Starting May 13th,  beaches will only be open Monday- Friday from sunrise to sunset and on weekends from 7:00 am to 11am and from 5pm to sunset.Coolers and tents will no longer be allowed on the beaches but chairs can be used by those who want to watch the sunset in the evening hours.Parking will also be limited to vehicles with city and collier county beach stickers and parking will not be allowed on residential streets unless they are properly marked parking spaces.Officials also say that parking enforcement will be beefed up and those in violation of parking protocol will be subjected to a $200 fine without the ability to pay ahead.Council members will reconsider the new restrictions at their next meeting on June 3rd.last_img read more

Wilson equals record on way to victory

first_img Tags: Andrew Wilson, Lee Westwood Trophy Durham’s Andrew Wilson equalled the course record at Rotherham Golf Club with eight-under par 62 on his way to victory in the Lee Westwood Trophy.The former England A squad member from Darlington Golf Club, played an almost flawless first round. He carded seven birdies and an eagle, with just one dropped shot on the 17th where he over shot the green and failed to make up and down.He held a five-stroke lead going into the final round and appeared to be cruising until late drama almost snatched victory from his hands.Four dropped shots on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes suddenly opened up the field and he found himself one behind Fulford’s Charlie Thornton playing in the group ahead.However, Thornton accidentally trod on his own ball while searching in the rough just behind the 17th green. A ruling gave him a one shot penalty and the frustration led to three putts and the triple bogey ended his chances.Wilson, watching on the fairway behind was unaware of the events ahead but he made birdie putting him well in control. A steady par down the last secured his four stroke win with a 72-hole total of four under par (62 71 70 73).The 23-year-old said: “I’m delighted with the way I’ve played his week. I’ve been seeing coach Graham Walker recently and that has helped a lot.“It was pleasing to equal the course record, although in a way I’m disappointed to have been caught out by the wind on the 17th and ending up with a bogey from 130 yards out.“After that opening round I played pretty solidly and did what I had to do although the bad run on the back nine of the final round nearly saw all the effort wasted.“It brought so many players back into it, but I had a solid finish to the round so I’m very pleased.”The Lee Westwood Trophy offers points on the  World Amateur Golf Ranking and the England Golf order of merit. Westwood’s mum, Trish, presents the prizes. 21 Aug 2017 Wilson equals record on way to victory last_img read more

Bravo, Pollard fail; Narine returns for KKR

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard both failed, but new boys Gujarat Lions remained unbeaten with a three-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians off the last ball in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Needing one run off the final delivery in pursuit of 144 at the Wankhede Stadium, Australian Aaron Finch lashed a boundary to seal Lions’ third straight win in the tournament.Opener Finch top-scored with an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls, with seven fours and a six, while captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 27 in a 53-run, second-wicket stand.Bravo, batting at number five, made just two before he got himself in a tangle to the sixth delivery he faced and fell to a catch at the wicket in the 13th over from seamer Jasprit Bumrah at 83 for four.POLLARDFAILEDEarlier, Bravo’s fellow Trinidadian, Pollard, also failed, falling for one as Mumbai tallied 143 for eight off their 20 overs after being asked to bat.Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored with 34 while number nine, Tim Southee, struck a breezy 25 from 11 balls.Ironically, Bravo had a hand in Pollard’s dismissal, taking a skier at long-off as the big-hitting West Indies teammate holed out off 44-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe in the 11th over at 59 for four.Bravo’s four overs of medium pace went for 39 runs and yielded just one wicket.In the other game played in Hyderabad, West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell endured mixed fortunes as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) completed an uncomplicated eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.BRILLIANTSPELLHe produced a brilliant spell of one for 19 from four overs to help limit Sunrisers to 142 for seven off their 50 overs. England T20 captain Eoin Morgan top-scored with 51 from 43 deliveries.The game was marked by the return of champion West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine, who finished with none for 26 from his four overs, in his first international game since being banned by the ICC last November for having an illegal action.He was cleared to return to action after his remodelled action was approved by the ICC last month.In reply, KKR were propelled by captain Gautam Gambhir, who stroked an unbeaten 90 from 60 balls in a 92-run first-wicket stand with Robin Uthappa, who struck 38.Russell, sent in at three, lasted only five balls and scored two before he had his middle stump removed by a yorker from 20-year-old left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.last_img read more

Dating Disaster: Is Neanderthal the New Piltdown?

first_imgWe all know it by heart: Neanderthal Man was a big-boned, hairy cave-dweller that got pushed out of northern Europe 40,000 years ago by the smarter modern humans.  Could this all be wrong?  Did some bones actually belong to real people living in recorded history?    The man who dated some of these bones, a carbon-14 dating specialist at Frankfurt University, Reiner Protsch von Zieten, has just resigned in disgrace after being investigated for fabricating data and plagiarizing the work of others, reports World Net Daily.  Last August, the UK News Telegraph broke the news about the investigation of Protsch.  Growing skepticism over his dates for Neanderthals were causing concern that a “dating disaster” was going to force anthropologists to “rewrite prehistory,” because dates he published, that they all trusted, were way off the mark.  Some famous skeletons he had dated at 36,000 years old turned out with independent tests to be only 7,500 years old, and another claimed by Protsch to be 21,300 years old was only 3,300.  Another specimen Protsch claimed was the oldest early human found in a region of Germany, which he dated at 27,400 years old with radiocarbon, turned out to belong to an elderly man who died around 1750 A.D.  Professor Protsch, who was fond of Cuban cigars and Porsches, has also been accused of illegally selling university fossils to American buyers, and of shredding documents relating to “ gruesome scientific experiments done by the Nazis in the 1930s.”    Apparently this professor has “forged and manipulated facts for 30 years.”  The president of Frankfurt University apologized for not curbing his misconduct for so long, admitting that “A lot of people looked the other way.”  Now that the perpetrator has resigned, what lies in the wake of this latest paleoanthropolical hoax?  Chris Stringer, the head of human origins studies at the London Natural History Museum, put it bluntly: “What was considered a major piece of evidence showing that the Neanderthals once lived in northern Europe has fallen by the wayside.  We are having to rewrite prehistory.”  Robert Todd Carroll on The Skeptics Dictionary has a picture of Protsch and more details about his misdeeds.The legacy of Darwinian paleoanthropology has been one of dating disasters, hoaxes and misinformation.  What did you expect?    This story does not prove that every Neanderthal date is bogus (many more skeletons are known) but casts serious doubt on the whole evolutionary tale of modern humans in Europe.  We need to ask some hard-hitting follow-up questions.  Why did a lot of people look the other way?  Was it because the results provided by this dishonest man fit into their preconceived notion of human evolution?  Did some Neanderthals actually live among us in historical times?  If so, does this not throw the whole Neanderthal classification into disarray?  What other hoaxes are being promulgated right now by other dating labs and bone hunters?    Carroll reminds us that, like Piltdown, this fraud was “discovered by scientists, reported by scientists, and it will be scientists who will work to correct the record.”  This is how science works, he preaches like a good positivist.  He understates, however, the fact that it took 50 years for Piltdown and 30 years in this case, and that the desire to believe in evolution had a lot to do with delaying the victory of the truth.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 18

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: Complex piping inthe mine refrigeration plantat Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Electronic control panels in the refrigeration plant at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Electronic control panels in the refrigeration plant at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Air cooling systemat Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Stoping support is stacked on a trolley for transport underground at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: A man walks in front of the Winder House at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: In the foreground are the ore storage silos with the waste dump and conveyor system behind at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The ore conveyor system leads from the shaft to the ore storage facility at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Men walking under the ore conveyor system at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 18: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Using Lighting Effects in Premiere Pro

first_imgLooking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check out these articles.The Secret to Working with Motion Blur in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Create Text Effects and Animations in Premiere ProHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere ProMaster Premiere Pro’s Timeline with Source PatchingQuick Tip: Fixing a Crooked Horizon in Premiere Pro Here’s how to bring artificial light into your project with the Lighting Effects tool in Premiere or overlaying light leaks and lens flares.Using lighting effects in post-production can be a saving grace if you didn’t have the resources to pull off an effect in camera. While practical lighting effects are better, sometimes using the Lighting Effects tool in Premiere can save a shot. In this article, we’re going to dive into how you can use the Lighting Effects tool to create spotlights, directional light, or even do some cool color shifting in Premiere. As an added bonus, we’re also going to show you how to incorporate light overlays with opacity tools that you can download for free.Let’s get started!Lighting Effects Tool in PremiereOpen Premiere, and drag your clip into your timeline. In your Effects tab, go to the Video Effects tab, Adjust, then drag over Lighting Effects onto your clip. In your Effect Controls tab, you now have access to the lighting effects.There are many parameters that you can change, but let’s start with the major light types available in the Light Type menu: spotlight, directional, and omni.SpotlightObviously, this lighting effect looks like a spotlight you would find in a hard source on set. It creates a pointed artificial light that you can adjust using multiple parameters:Major Radius changes the size of the light source.Minor Radius changes the spread of the light.Angle changes where the light’s angle of approach.Focus adjusts the focus point of the light.Intensity changes the power of the light.OmniThe Omni light type provides a perfectly circular light shape. The Omni light has the same tools as the Spotlight, with the omission of angle, minor radius, angle, and focus.DirectionalThe Directional light type adjusts the actual light sources in your clip. You can adjust the light color here or even bring up the intensity. The Directional tool doesn’t seem to have the same power as the other two light types, but you can use it as a de facto exposure dial.Ambient Light AdjustmentsIf you would like to adjust the color of the light not being affected by the artificial light you have added, there are the Ambient Light adjustments available at your disposal. The Ambient Light color parameter will shift the color of the light outside of the source. You can also adjust the intensity of the ambient light and the exposure.If you want even more parameters to adjust your artificial light, shift around the Surface settings (Gloss and Material). These two settings adjust the power and feathering of the light source.Light OverlaysOutside of the Lighting Effects in Premiere, you can also use overlays to create artificial light in your project. This is light recorded in a studio over a black background and then placed on top of your source clip to add cool lighting effects. You then play with the opacity settings to make the light look like it’s actually a diegetic source in your clip.Todd Blankenship over at RocketStock has an excellent explainer video about how to incorporate light leaks and overlays into your project. To get started, download these 16 free volumetric lighting overlays available from RocketStock.last_img read more

Uddhav Thackeray faces acid test as he charts new course for Shiv Sena

first_imgWith the Maharashtra governor inviting the Shiv Sena to stake claim, Party chief Uddhav Thackeray now faces the biggest test of his political life to form a Sena-led government in the State, if the Congress and the NCP decide to support him. Mr. Thackeray, 59, a regional leader, stood up and held his ground against a national party (BJP) over a tussle for sharing power, a political analyst said on condition of anonymity. Now, he will have to prove his credentials as a leader who can navigate a new political path with parties like the Congress and the NCP, which are ideologically different, he said. “The tie-up will be with a national party and it remains to be seen how he will convince [Congress president] Sonia Gandhi to support him. Will he soften the fiery Hindutva stand, which the Shiv Sena espouses, or will that be an obstacle, the coming days will tell,” the analyst said. Another challenge for Mr. Thackeray will be whether to accept the post of Chief Minister, though there has been a clamour from some segments to project first time MLA and his son Aaditya as the Party’s Chief Ministerial face. “There could be a crisis in the Party if someone else is made (CM). There could be differences if another leader is appointed the Chief Minister,” the analyst said. While Mr. Thackeray has shown political sagacity and maturity, the BJP will not sit quiet and may try to topple a Sena-led government, he claimed. “Uddhav will have to keep his flock of MLAs together,” he said. Twenty years ago, Mr. Thackeray was seen as a reluctant politician, living a cosy life with his wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas. The Sena leader, for whom photography is a passion, had set up an advertising agency called ‘Chaurang’. Like Rajiv Gandhi, who started out in politics by helping his mother Indira Gandhi, Uddhav Thackeray began assisting his father Bal Thackeray at a time when the firebrand Sena patriarch was aging and the party’s sphere was expanding, the analyst said. Amid new developments in the State’s political arena after the recent Assembly polls, Mr. Thackeray’s ability to lead his Party with its traditional street-fighter aggression would now face an acid test, he added.last_img read more

Slaughter the difference maker in Ginebra’s game 1 win

first_imgSlaughter settling down really was instrumental in Ginebra’s 102-87 Game 1 victory over Meralco, as the former Rookie of the Year came off the bench and poured 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.The whole Gin Kings crew likewise looked poised from the get-go, controlling the game from start to finish to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.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 shutout“We played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,” said Slaughter, who is clear frontrunner for this conference’s Best Player plum.But in the eyes of coach Tim Cone, Slaughter was more than just a piece of the puzzle. He was the x-factor for the Kings when the Bolts were making a third quarter uprising. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Greg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Anticipating the nerves to come on Friday, Greg Slaughter was as cool as ever when he played his first championship game in his professional career.“I didn’t feel too much pressure,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But Slaughter knows that the championship will not just revolve around him as the Gin Kings brace for a tougher Meralco side in Game 2 on Sunday.“We only got one day to turn around. The good thing about winning is they are the ones that have to adjust to us. We can improve on our game plan, but being up gives us the advantage because the loser has to adjust to the winner,” he said. Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing “They had a hard time covering him. He was a real difference for us tonight,” said the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.After Mike Tolomia completed a three-point play with 4.9 seconds remaining to help Meralco cut what was once a 17-point lead down to as small as four, 75-71, Ginebra immediately went to Slaughter, who slammed the ball home just before the buzzer to swing the momentum back to his side.Ginebra then quickly got its bearings together early in the fourth quarter and pulled away for good.Cone, though, challenged Slaughter to sustain this level of play for the rest of the series.“I thought he looked really good tonight. I hope he could continue that, but it’s tough to keep that up for seven games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

English players do community work

first_imgKolkata, Oct 12 (PTI) England, who have secured a knockout berth with a game to spare, today cancelled their official FIFA U-17 World Cup training, and instead got down to community work.The high-flying Young Lions headed to the Newtown School to share their knowledge with children from various backgrounds.”It was about doing some community work as its really important that the players give something back,” England chief coach Steve Cooper said.”Weve come here and its important we show a little bit of respect and its important that we learn a bit about the part of the world that weve come to.”The England players discussed both the game and their lives and backgrounds with the children and also spoke about their training methods.They gave invaluable tips to the budding Kolkata junior players on all aspects of the game.”Weve absolutely loved being in Kolkata, the support and the people around the training ground and the hotel,” Cooper added.With wins over Chile and Mexico, England have secured a passage to the pre-quarterfinals and face Iraq on October 14 in a match that will determine the group F toppers.Apart from the boys and girls of the Newtown School, children came from two UK-supported projects which utilised football and sports to empower young people, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities.Many of the children came from the Kolkata Goalz programme — a Premier Skills project which helped build positive relationships between young people in deprived areas and the local authorities through sport.advertisementThe project was led by the British Council and the Kolkata Police with inputs from the Premier League in the UK.Children also came from the British Councils DOSTI Sports for Peace Programme which used community sport and a series of social development modules to engage young people living in disadvantaged communities and deliver positive and effective changes in their behaviour and lifestyle. PTI TAP AH AHlast_img read more