Former Raider Neiron Ball is dead at 27

first_imgNeiron Ball, a former Raiders linebacker who has been in a coma since December of 2018 as the result of a rare congenital brain condition, has died, the family announced.“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile devicelast_img

Natalie, Fanie capture gold

first_img20 September 2004Natalie du Toit and Fanie Lombaard were expected to deliver top-class performances at the Athens Paralympics. Both athletes proved the hype was justified on Sunday, delivering world record breaking performances to win South Africa’s first gold medals of the Games.Du Toit smashes her world recordDu Toit, who will contest seven events in the swimming pool in Athens, started off with a bang in the 100 metres butterfly. In the morning heats she destroyed her own previous world record by nearly three seconds, with a time of one minute 07.69 seconds.In the evening final, she improved on her morning swim with a time of 1:07.54, leaving her about four-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest opposition, Canadian swimmer Stephanie Dixon.It could be the beginning of a rich haul for the Cape Town swimmer; she is also entered in the three freestyle events – the 50 metres, 100 metres, and 400 metres – the 100 metres breaststroke, the 100 metres backstroke and the 200 metres individual medley.Fanie fetches his leg, takes goldFanie Lombaard broke his own world record in the shot put for leg amputees, throwing 13.81 metres to better his previous mark of 13.52 metres. It gave Lombaard a comfortable victory over second-placed Viktor Khilmonchyk, who recorded a career-best throw of 13.19 metres.Lombaard is competing in his third Paralympic Games, and Sunday’s gold medal was his sixth in a superb career.However, his win almost didn’t happen. He very nearly left the athletes’ village without his competition leg. Luckily for the former Blue Bulls’ rugby star, sprinter Oscar Pistorius noticed that Lombaard’s leg was missing and asked about it. Lombaard rushed back and fetched it, and was early enough to catch the next bus to the competition.He next competes on Tuesday in the discus. His aim is to become the first man ever to crack the 50 metres mark.Silver for multi-talented FieldThere was another medal for South Africa when visually impaired Scott Field captured a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly. It was oh so close to gold too. Home swimmer Charalampos Tainidis won the race in 1:01.50 to Field’s 1:01.75.Field is a multi-talented sportsman. He and his brother Rory spearheaded South Africa to victory in the first ever Cricket World Cup for the Blind in 2000, with Scott named player of the tournament after scoring 763 runs at the astonishing average of 254.33.Other weekend resultsTadgh Slattery, swimming in the 200 metres individual medley final for athletes with cerebral palsy, came home in sixth place. Nathan Oliver, swimming in the butterfly final of the men’s S8 class, also finished sixth.Zanele Situ, a silver medal winner in the javelin in Sydney, managed seventh place in the shot put for athletes paralysed from the wait down. In the women’s discus, Jane Mandean finished sixth, Chennele van Zyl eighth, and Beverley Mashinini tenth.Multiple Boston Marathon winner Ernst van Dyk, showed that he is in fine form by winning his 1 500 metres wheelchair heat in a Paralympic record of 3:04.50. The new mark didn’t stand for long, however, as Frenchman Jean Jeannot bettered it in the very next heat.Nathan Meyer, a double gold-medallist in Sydney, won his 200 metres heat for arm-amputees.On the cycling track, Stephan Herholdt and Janos Plekker both recorded personal best times to qualify for the semi-finals of the individual pursuit.Pieter du Plooy was a winner in the men’s table tennis, beating Hatsuo Ono of Japan 3-0. Mark Nilsen also won, downing Greece’s Antonio Kalyvas 3-1.After the opening weekend of the Paralympics, South Africa occupied eleventh place on the overall medals table.last_img read more

Free Anamorphic Template for After Effects

first_imgApply an anamorphic effect to your video footage with this free template for Adobe After Effects.What if you could give your project an anamorphic look without expense lenses or adaptors? That’s the goal behind VashiVisuals free After Effects plugin, VashiMorphic40. You can now recreate the unique anamorphic look (a look recently popularized by Wes Anderson – see below), entirely in post production.From the VashiVisuals site:The VashiMorphic40 After Effects project was designed so that every filmmaker, on any budget, can capture the aesthetics and visual style of the Anamorphic lens. The plugins used in this project are included in After Effects or are free to download. I focused on matching the curvature and look of the 40mm Panavision Primo Anamorphic lens.The project settings allow for realistic anamorphic lens curvature, without any resizing or blowing up of the footage (preserving image sharpness). Additionally, there’s built-in settings for obtaining an even more vintage or stylized look with customizable vignette and blurred corners. Many thanks to Vashi Nedomansky for creating and sharing this FREE After Effects plugin![maxbutton id=”3″]Wes Anderson screengrabs from VashiVisuals (click for larger view):last_img read more

Thailand pulls out of 2020 Olympic weightlifting over doping

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments UAAP softball: Adamson goes 7-0 after rout of UST Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Thailand’s doping cases were a fresh embarrassment for weightlifting, which is under pressure from the International Olympic Committee. Weightlifting has only a provisional place on the program for the 2024 Paris Olympics on condition it cracks down on doping.Dozens of weightlifters who competed at the last three Olympics have later tested positive. Russia and China were among nine countries banned from international competition for a year in 2017 after racking up numerous doping cases.Russia and Bulgaria also missed the 2016 Olympics over doping, and countries with major drug problems will have fewer qualifying place for next year’s games in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The decisions follow eight failed drug tests for the Thai team that competed at the last worlds in November, including doping cases against three women who won world titles.Among the eight lifters facing bans are Sopita Tanasan and Sukanya Srisurat, who won Thailand’s two weightlifting gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThailand is a traditional power in weightlifting, especially in the lighter classes, and the IWF says the cases have “potential consequences that seriously damage the integrity of the sport.”All of the doping cases involve at least one substance of the banned adiol type, with some lifters testing positive for multiple drugs.center_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sopita Tanasan of Thailand competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA / AFP)BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is precarious.The self-imposed ban also means Thailand will still stage the world championships in Pattaya in September but with no home competitors, the International Weightlifting Federation said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Razer Respawn mental performance drink mix wants to up your game

first_img Post a comment Gaming Culture Wellness See All More from E3 • Most of the ingredients are the various B vitamins found in energy drinks and antioxidants.  But while Respawn is sugar free — it uses the artificial sweetener Sucralose — it has maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate that allows the powder to stay all powdery. That’s why it has 20 calories. But maltodextrin breaks down into… sugar. And it has a higher glycemic index than… sugar. So you may still get the spike and crash, and you definitely need to factor it in if you’re diabetic or on a keto diet. It really depends upon how much maltodextrin is in it. Share your voice The best new gaming laptops, ranked Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 6:35 41 Photos reading • Razer Respawn ‘mental performance’ drink mix wants to up your game Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Tags E3 2019 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Get weird with Razer’s new energy drinks How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET E3 2019 Sadly, the Respawn Shaker Cup does not support Chroma. Razer Razer launched an April Fool’s campaign in 2010 for a gamer-focused drink, Project Venom V2. It turns out that seemed like such a good idea to some people that the company turned it into a real product in time for t his year”s E3, Razer Respawn (not to be confused with Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment). But don’t call it an “energy drink” — it’s a “mental performance drink mix” that “contains premium ingredients that help support increased focus, reaction time, and mental stamina.”Respawn comes in single-serving powder packets that you mix with 16-20 ounces of water. A box with 20 packets of an individual flavor runs $25 (at Razer and Amazon); flavors are green apple, tropical pineapple, pomegranate watermelon and blue raspberry. You can also spring for the $30 custom shaker, which does not support Chroma, but that would be awesome. According to Razer, a serving has 20 calories and 95mg of caffeine. The full ingredient list is:Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract, Sucralose, L-theanin, Choline Bitartrate, Caffeine, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Ground Ginger, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup solids, Niacinamide, D-calcium Pantothenate, Silicon Dioxide, Blue No. 1, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.Razer distinguishes Respawn from energy drinks, saying “they tend to have excessive caffeine and sugar, giving you an initial burst but eventually leading to jitters or a physical crash.”   0 As for caffeine, one serving of sugar-free Red Bull has 80mg; Respawn’s 95mg of caffeine for a single serving is higher, but because the serving size is bigger (16-20 oz vs. 8.5 oz for Red Bull), math makes the amount smaller if you look at it by volume instead of serving size. The equivalent amount of Red Bull has 150mg or so. (In either case, they’re both less than the approximately 330mg in my morning coffee.)Razer does caution not to drink more than three servings per day. Now playing: Watch this: Razerlast_img read more

Qt for Python 511 released

first_imgThe Qt team, in their blog, announced the official release of Qt with Python support. This is the first official of Qt framework with the support for Python and this release is tagged as Qt for Python 5.11. Previously  Python support for Qt developers was provided through the development of PySide module and now the work is said to have been done on PySide 2 to provide Qt for Python. However, Qt team has been working on the core Qt framework for quite some time to incorporate Python support and this is the first breakthrough in that direction. Adding to this, the Qt team has also informed that r version of Qt earlier than v5.11 will not support Python. In the release notes, the team has mentioned that the following versions of Qt will continue supporting this project and make the support for Python, stable going ahead. This is said to be the preview release, with a list of known issues for early adopters. The team is hoping to receive the feedback from the users so that it can make the binding more smooth and rectify the bugs. A lot of work has also gone into keeping the Qt syntax unchanged for flexible migration from C++, the de facto language for developing UI with Qt, to Python and the other way round. It mentions in the release blog, that the major roadblock in providing the Python binding for the C++ based Qt was the size of packages. This made the team to work on using external tools for Qt scripting with Python, which had resulted in the development of PySide in 2009. To extend the support for Python, the work has been done on C++ headers in Qt framework, so that the developers can write modules in Python. These efforts resulted in the latest PySide 2 which has very less overhead for using Python and Qt for GUI development. The Qt team has worked on developing the documentation for this and has provided examples enables you to understand the binding. Along with the Python binding for the core Qt framework, the team has also extended support for various Qt toolkits like Qtwidgets and QML to build interactive GUI with Qt and Python. For the early adopters of Qt for Python, to report a bug you use the Qt for Python project on bugreports.qt.io. The team can be reached on Freenode with #qt-pyside. Read more Qt 5.11 has arrived! WebAssembly comes to Qt. Now you can deploy your next Qt app in browserlast_img read more

MLNET 10 RC releases with support for TensorFlow models and much more

first_imgLast week, the team behind ML.NET announced the release of ML.NET 1.0 RC (Release Candidate), an open-source and cross-platform machine learning framework for .NET developers.  ML.NET 1.0 RC is the last preview release before releasing the final ML.NET 1.0 RTM (Requirements Traceability Matrix) this year. Developers can use ML.NET in sentiment analysis, product recommendation, spam detection, image classification, and much more. What’s new in ML.NET 1.0 RC? Preview packages According to the Microsoft blog, “Heading ML.NET 1.0, most of the functionality in ML.NET (around 95%) is going to be released as stable (version 1.0).” The packages that will be available for the preview state are TensorFlow, Onnx components, TimeSeries components, and recommendation components. IDataView moved to Microsoft.ML namespace In this release, IDataView has been moved back into Microsoft. ML namespace based on feedback the team received. Support for TensorFlow models This release comes with added support for TensorFlow models, an open source machine learning framework used for deep learning projects. The issues in ML.NET version 0.11 related to TensorFlow models have been fixed in this release. Major changes in ML.NET 1.0 RC The ‘Data’ namespace has been removed in this release with the help using Microsoft.Data.DataView. The Nuget package has been added for Microsoft.ML.FastTree. Also, PoissonRegression has been changed to LbfgsPoissonRegression. To know more about this release, check out the official announcement. Read Next .NET team announces ML.NET 0.6 Qml.Net: A new C# library for cross-platform .NET GUI development ML.NET 0.4 is here with support for SymSGD, F#, and word embeddings transform!Alast_img read more