Colin Kaepernick talks with new league; his asking price is staggering

first_imgA couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF: 1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the … For a guy who is suing for the right to go to work, Colin Kaepernick sure drives a hard bargain.According to the Associated Press, Kaepernick spoke with representatives of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), a pro football startup that launched last week. Kaepernick’s asking price: $20 million.From The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones:last_img

Rutgers University Project Uses Scratch to Make Household Appliances Easily Programmable

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Internet of Things#web Wish you could add a “clap on” and “clap off” option to more devices in your house? Want to be able to program your coffee pot to sound an alarm when it’s done brewing? A Rutgers University project aims to make those sorts of automations easy for anyone to add to their household appliances, with a little help the graphical programming language Scratch. Scratch is often cited as one of the best introductory languages for teaching kids – or anyone, really – to code. So it’s no surprise that a Rutgers University honors class called “Programming for the Masses” would utilize Scratch as part of its goal of making programming a more accessible, everyday skill. What is unique – and if I may say so, pretty fun – is the direction that a research project, an outgrowth of the class, has taken since. The project is called Scratchable Devices, and with it, computer science Professor Michael Littman and some of his students are working to make it easy for anyone to program their household devices by using Scratch.Build Your Own Home Automation System These devices use the BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks) offshoot of Scratch as the user interface. This way, the end-user can drag and drop blocks with commands instructing the device what to do (such as “turn on”), when or under what conditions. Ideally, people without any programming experience will be able to learn to program their devices by using this simple interface. On the back-end, the programs that users write in Scratch are converted into radio transmissions received by the Scratchable Device. The devices are equipped with an XBee module connected to Arduino microcontrollers. The latter are programmed to read the messages and perform the necessary hardware actions. The group has already built “Scratchable” lamps, alarm clocks, fans, and coffee makers, and they say they have more devices in the works. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

San Francisco STIRs the startup pot for the third time

first_imgTags:#Government#Oakland#San Francisco#San Leandro#startup#STIR#West Sacramento Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img David Curry San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation has launched its third Startup in Residence (STIR) program, aimed at creating solutions to civil challenges.Over 16 weeks, startups and the government work together to build technology programs that address a range of challenges. This year, startups can apply for 20 challenges, which include safe and clean Streets, good governance, civil engagement, economic development, and financial empowerment.See Also: San Francisco proves that city-startup collaboration can work“We want to create solutions in government with our partners to make innovation work for the public good,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “The Startup in Residence program brings us expert volunteers who will help [San Francisco and surrounding cities] address critical civic challenges with cutting-edge ideas.”STIR will work on civil challenges in San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, and West Sacramento. In previous years, the program has worked to streamline foster care, provide real-time services to homeless people, and help the earthquake recovery process.“We need teams in government that create products and services like a startup: scrappy, hungry, lean, and full of world-changing ideas,” said Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer.Streamlining the procurement processAfter the second cohort of STIR graduated last September, Nath said one of the main benefits is the on-going focus on how to reformat the municipal procurement process to match the investment needs of startups.“One of STIR’s early successes comes from how the program is structured, it serves as an on-ramp for government departments and startups to start working together,” said Nath. “What we’ve heard time and again from startups who want to serve the public sector is that procurement is an uphill battle to working with government. Through STIR, we’ve lowered the barriers to entry for startups and government departments that want to work together. We did this by modeling the application to the STIR program as a streamlined Request for Proposal (RFP) process.”Applications for the STIR program open on March 9 and close on April 10. Startups interested can find more details at: For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

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first_imgSave money on video elements, overlays, stock footage, After Effects templates, and more. Use these discount codes right now!It’s our third annual Free Week here on the PremiumBeat blog, so once again we’ve partnered up with some friends to offer these exclusive discounts to our readers.These discounts are only available for a limited time, so be sure to take advantage of them while you can!25% Off All RocketStock AE Templates, Video Overlays, and ElementsWe love RocketStock, a marketplace for exclusive and easy-to-edit After Effects templates and drag-and-drop video assets. RocketStock offers so much for video editors, motion graphic designers, filmmakers, and all types of video creators.RocketStock is now offering PremiumBeat readers 25% off of everything in their curated collection of AE templates and original video overlays. Save big on 4K elements like light leaks, lens flares, transitions, glitch effects, film grain overlays, HUD elements, and much more!If you’re a big fan of PremiumBeat’s Free Week, you’d also love to know that RocketStock offers free After Effects templates and video assets every month. Be sure to check out their freebie page, and sign up for the latest freebie in your inbox.There are two ways to apply the 25% off discount at RocketStock:Discount Code: freeweek25Click this link to apply the RocketStock discountAct now because the 25% off discount only lasts until October 31, 2017!50% Off  VFX Course: Understanding the VFX PipelineOur friends at School of Pixels are offering PremiumBeat readers 50% off of their VFX pipeline course. Learn about the VFX process from concept to completion.You’ll learn from Sean Kalra, whose VFX credits include television series like the CW’s The Flash and Arrow, Hulu’s 11.22.63, and the Fox shows Minority Report and Gotham. The class shows you how to composite a shot in Nuke with over two hours of video training, supplemental resources, and lifetime access to the content online.This course is great for any filmmaker or VFX artist who wants to get a better understanding of creating complex shots.50% of VFX Course Discount Code:Click this link to apply the 50% off discount code for the VFX Pipeline course.15% Off Stock Video Footage from ShutterstockLooking for some epic aerial establishing shots or the perfect business footage for a commercial? Our friends at Shutterstock are offering you 15% off stock footage.Shutterstock has one of the largest stock libraries in the world, so you are bound to find the footage you need. So many of the PremiumBeat videos and tutorials you often see on the blog and our YouTube channel feature Shutterstock footage.Shutterstock Discount Code:Click this link to apply the 15% off discount for Shutterstock footage. This Shutterstock video footage offer is valid until October 31, 2017.last_img read more

Former Australian cricketer Gary Gilmour dies aged 62

first_imgGilmour battled health problems for several years and complications escalated after a recent fallSwing bowling allrounder Gary Gilmour, who played 15 cricket tests for Australia between 1973 and 1977 and was one of the stars of the inaugural World Cup in 1975, died Tuesday at the age of 62.Cricket officials said Gilmour battled health problems for several years and complications escalated after a recent fall.The left-armer took figures of 6-14 against England in the 1975 World Cup semifinal. The then 23-year-old also claimed 5-48 in the final, which Australia lost to the West Indies.Gilmour underwent a liver transplant in 2005, when his former captain Ian Chappell led a number of former teammates to raise money for the operation.”He was at the front of the queue when they were handing out talent, but unfortunately he was right at the back of the queue when they handed out health and good luck,” Chappell told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.”He had unbelievable ability and I think that was best summed up by his performance in the World Cup semifinal. We were desperate to win that game, not just because it was England, our great rivals. But they didn’t think we could play one-day cricket. Gus swung the ball all over the place, and then he got us home with the bat.”Gilmour scored 483 runs for an average of 23 in his test career that included one century. He also claimed 54 wickets at an average of 26.Fairfax said Gilmour’s wife, Helen, and their family were also mourning the recent death of their son, Clint, from brain cancer at the age of 33. The couple had two other sons and a daughter.advertisementFormer Australia test cricketer and popular broadcaster Kerry O’Keeffe said in a tweet: “Gus Gilmour has passed away… a sad day…had not an enemy in the game.”last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement A social media user who turned to Twitter for help in writing an essay on The Handmaid’s Tale has received invaluable insight — from none other than author Margaret Atwood herself.A Twitter user identified online as Momchil Gavrilov tweeted at the Canlit giant early Thursday morning with the plea: “My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book,” they write from an account with the handle @GavrilovMomchil.“We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!??” Advertisement Advertisement Atwood, left, turned up a cameo in Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss. (George Kraychyk/Hulu)She took an extra moment between retweeting comments about U.S. President Donald Trump and a CNN reporter to defend the teacher’s assignment as a worthy endeavour.“Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in ‘Crazy, man!”‘ adds Atwood in a subsequent tweet.Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in “Crazy, man!”— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018 Facebook Atwood responded hours later from her verified account with a quick lesson on the major themes of her 1985 dystopian novel, set in a world in which women are property of the state.Because it’s in the world. (It’s not just women who are controlled in the book.. it’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitariansim, not simply a Men-have-power Women-do-not world. Lower status men are told when and who marry, eg.)— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018“Because it’s in the world,” Atwood says in a tweet posted at about 5 a.m. ET Thursday.“It’s not just women who are controlled in the book. It’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitarianism, not simply a men-have-power women-do-not world. Lower-status men are told when and who (to) marry, eg.”Atwood’s classic dystopian tale has been adapted into a hit TV and streaming series. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)The detailed response delighted online onlookers, who had retweeted the exchange hundreds of times and gave it thousands of “likes” within hours.At least one other literature fan applauded the initiative.“I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear,” tweeted Jess Faraday, with the handle @jessfaraday.I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear….— ?‍♂️?Jess Faraday???????? (@jessfaraday) November 8, 2018Atwood is a prolific Twitter user who has not been shy about using social media to weigh in on social issues, promote her work and favourite causes, or interact with fans. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A student struggling with an assignment on The Handmaid’s Tale boldly reached out to the ultimate source via social media: author Margaret Atwood herself. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)last_img read more

Prime Ministers former advisor Gerald Butts says no pressure on WilsonRaybould to

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsIt was another big day in Ottawa Wednesday as Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest friend and former advisor, testified before the justice committee looking into the SNC-Lavalin affair.Along with Butts, Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council Office made his second appearance.All of this follows last week’s testimony of former Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Five things Canada learned at the justice committee from Butts, Drouin (Gerald Butts at the Justice Committee on Wednesday)Five things we heard Wednesday as the House of Commons justice committee heard from Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick and deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin.The committee is trying to determine whether the Prime Minister’s Office improperly pushed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to head off a trial of SNC-Lavalin for fraud and bribery by ordering prosecutors to negotiate a remediation agreement with the company.The cabinet shuffleButts said the only reason Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in January was that Scott Brison quit politics. Trudeau didn’t want another shuffle and wanted to keep it as small as possible. Butts said Trudeau needed an experienced minister replacing Brison as president of the Treasury Board and was concerned about choosing a new Nova Scotia minister without alienating other Nova Scotia MPs. SNC-Lavalin was not a consideration, he said.“If Minister Brison had not resigned, Minister Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice today,” said Butts. “That is a fact. And facts are stubborn things.”In his account, Trudeau and his aides chose Jane Philpott for Treasury Board because she was already the vice-chair of the Treasury Board and capable. Her move left an opening at Indigenous Services.Butts said Trudeau decided to offer Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould because he wanted to signal to Indigenous communities that the file was still of incredible importance to him. Trudeau also felt there were many lawyers in caucus who could be justice minister.Wilson-Raybould said no because she had spent her entire life opposing the Indian Act and she would not become the minister applying it.Butts acknowledged that had he had more time to think about the shuffle, he would have realized that would be her response. But he advised Trudeau that he couldn’t set a precedent for a minister to refuse to be shuffled, and therefore they moved Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs.Decision-making timelineDeputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin said her department was made aware on Sept. 4 that the director of public prosecutions had decided SNC-Lavalin was not eligible for a remediation agreement. Her office immediately began preparing a document to advise Wilson-Raybould _ who was in Fiji until Sept. 12 _ of her options and obligations.She could ask the director of public prosecutions for more information about the decision to proceed with a criminal trial rather than a remediation agreement, appoint another prosecutor to reassess the matter, or take over the prosecution personally. If she deemed an agreement appropriate, the attorney general would then appoint another agent to negotiate it.Drouin said on Sept. 6 or 7 she was told by Wilson-Raybould’s policy adviser, Emma Carver, that Wilson-Raybould was “not keen” on any of those possibilities.On Sept. 11, Drouin was informed in an email that Wilson-Raybould would not intervene. Drouin also said a day later, on Sept. 12, she was informed the director of public prosecutions was still talking to SNC-Lavalin, which indicated to Drouin that the decision not to proceed to a remediation agreement was not final.Liberal MPs on the committee appeared intent on suggesting that Wilson-Raybould made her decision too quickly and then refused any further advice or information.First signs of concernDrouin said Wilson-Raybould told her on Sept. 18 that she had been uncomfortable with a conversation she had with Trudeau and Privy Council clerk Wernick the day before.Wilson-Raybould testified last week that Trudeau mentioned that he was a Quebec MP and that concerns about the Quebec election were also raised, which she felt were political interference in the case of an important Montreal-based company.Drouin told the committee that at the end of October, the Privy Council Office asked her department for an opinion on the potential impacts for SNC-Lavalin if the prosecution resulted in a criminal conviction.Her department prepared the report, which she said constituted legal advice, but before sending the report to the Privy Council Office, Drouin consulted Wilson-Raybould.“I was instructed not to send it,” said Drouin.Briefing up the new justice ministerLast week Wilson-Raybould told the committee her former chief of staff, Jessica Prince, was told before the cabinet shuffle that Drouin had been asked by the Privy Council Office to prepare to brief a new minister of justice on the SNC-Lavalin file. The implication was that the SNC-Lavalin file was top of mind for Trudeau in his selection of and orders to the new minister.Drouin indicated that SNC-Lavalin was just one of a host of issues she was asked to include in briefing notes. She said Wernick indicated the primary need was to cover the roles and responsibilities of the minister of justice and attorney general. He also said Indigenous files were critical because Trudeau might invite the new minister to attend meetings with Indigenous leaders the following week. The SNC-Lavalin situation was one of another list of issues, which Drouin said was proper.He said/she saidWilson-Raybould said last week she told Butts on Dec. 5 that the “barrage of people hounding me and my staff” was inappropriate. She said Butts told her she “needed to find a solution on the SNC stuff.” She also said her chief of staff, Prince, was “urgently summoned” to a meeting with Butts and Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, on Dec. 18, where Prince was told by Butts that there was no solution on SNC-Lavalin “that does not involve some interference.”In Butts’s version of the Dec. 5 dinner, Wilson-Raybould asked if he had a view on the file and they talked briefly of asking a retired Supreme Court justice for advice. He has “no memory” of her asking him to reprimand staff and says at no point did she suggest anyone had done anything wrong.Butts also said the Dec. 18 meeting was not urgent and that all Prince was told was that he couldn’t see how seeking advice from someone like former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin constituted political [email protected] files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

US Coast Guard joins search for missing cruise passenger

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – The US Coast Guard was summoned from its base in The Bahamas to assist in the search for a Brazilian tourist who reportedly fell from a Royal Caribbean Cruise liner around 1am Friday. The 35 year old man was said, by ABC News, to have jumped from the seventh story of the Oasis of the Seas. He first landed in a life raft and then fell into the waters about 17 miles off Turks and Caicos, in nearby Bahamas. Recommended for you Illegal boat voyage to TCI deadly for 60 Haitians Related Items:cruise ship, oasis of the sea, US coast guardlast_img read more