AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2015 1:07 am MDT TV isn’t dead, but set makers and service providers focus design on growing online viewership LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.Traditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about watching shows live and even prefer saving certain series to watch all at once in an evening or weekend of binge-watching. Broadcast networks and hundreds of cable channels share viewer attention with thousands of online services, including amateurs creating their own series on YouTube. Already, Netflix has outbid traditional channels for hits such as “House of Cards.” And Dish this week announced it will sell online access to a bundle of channels including live sports network ESPN for just $20 a month. Online video will account for a third of all video viewing in 2020, up from about 10 per cent in 2013, predicts The Diffusion Group, a research firm that specializes in Internet video.So how to keep the television set, that focal point of the American living room for decades, relevant? Design for online video.At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today’s high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.Sony on Monday promised to create more 4K content to watch on those sets. Four popular shows from its entertainment division — “The Goldbergs,” ”The Blacklist,” ”Masters of Sex” and “The Night Shift” — will soon be available in 4K and it’s working with partners including Netflix and YouTube to deliver more 4K streaming video.“It’s going to be the first format primarily driven by streaming,” says Jim Funk, a senior vice-president at Roku Inc., which makes streaming TV devices.Beyond 4K, Sharp developed an engineering trick to make its high-end set look even sharper. Samsung added a nanocrystal semiconductor layer to make colours purer and the screen brighter. LG is pushing organic LED screens with richer colours and pure black — the kind typically limited to smaller displays such as phones because of price.And Internet connectivity is becoming standard in sets, the way all TVs are colour now. LG and Samsung also have ways to easily switch video between TV and mobile devices, so that if you’re watching a movie on a phone, you can continue it on your TV as soon as you get home.The Consumer Electronics Association expects TV sales to increase 2 per cent to 251 million units this year. The average screen size is projected to be 40 inches, up from 31 inches in 2007. CEA predicts more than 23 million of the units will be 4K TVs this year, about 2.5 times the shipments in 2014. That’s even with the explosion of viewing on tablets and smartphones.People tend to use phones and tablets while travelling or for shorter video, says Tim Alessi, head of new product development for home entertainment at LG Electronics USA. For a full-length movie, viewers want to replicate the theatre in the home. That’s only done through a big TV set.“When I want a full home-entertainment experience, especially with my family and friends, the TV is still the best way to do that,” agrees Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics America.And just as TV makers are hopping on the online train, so are content providers. Traditional channels are becoming available without the need for a cable or satellite subscription. Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. is the latest, offering its Sling TV package of channels, including ESPN and CNN, for delivery entirely over the Internet. The availability of ESPN addresses a major reason people still keep their TV service — live sports. Sony also has an Internet television service expected to debut by the end of March — PlayStation Vue — and HBO and Showtime plan to debut Internet-only subscription offerings this year. The packages are aimed at the millions of so-called cord-cutters or “cord-nevers” that find cable and satellite bundles too pricey and don’t subscribe to either, turning instead to Hulu, Google’s YouTube and Amazon.Lesley H. Stahl, 31, is one potential customer of an Internet-only offering. She and her husband never considered cable when they bought a new house in Sunnyvale, California, figuring they had been mostly watching video online anyway. But Stahl says she would be cautious about subscribing to new channels, as she’s used to just waiting until Hulu or Amazon gets the show. She said costs for individual subscriptions add up, and there’s only so much time to watch.“There’s not any one TV show I’m so addicted to that I’m going to pay extra,” she says. “At a certain point, we’re just spending a whole lot of money.”These Internet offerings alone won’t accelerate cancellations of cable or satellite services, says Joel Espelien, senior analyst for The Diffusion Group. But they might get more people to downgrade to lower tiers, he says, and use the savings to buy specific channels or services of interest.Or a brand-new 4K TV?___AP Technology Writer Brandon Bailey contributed to this report.
Funding is needed to start a large-scale control campaign in time for the next crop planting season in September, the agency stated in a news release, adding that its emergency appeals for Madagascar remain “severely underfunded.”With the plague “largely uncontrolled”, FAO expects that two-thirds of the country will be infested by locusts by September. At stake are the food security and livelihoods of some 13 million people, or nearly 60 per cent of the population. Nine million of those people are directly dependent on agriculture for food and income.“If we don’t act now, the plague could last years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. This could very well be a last window of opportunity to avert an extended crisis,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who stressed that prevention and early action are key. The agency pointed out that timely control of the locust upsurge in Madagascar at an early stage would have cost $14.5 million in 2011-2012. However, FAO only received half the necessary funding. Another campaign had to be launched, but that received barely a quarter of the required funds in 2011-2012, it added. Funding will need to be allocated by July to have all the supplies and personnel in place to mount a wide-scale anti-locust campaign starting in September, FAO said. “FAO’s locust control programme needs to be fully funded in order to monitor the locust situation throughout the whole contaminated area and to carry out well-targeted aerial control operations,” stated the agency. “Otherwise, undetected or uncontrolled locust populations will continue to breed and produce more swarms. The plague would therefore last several years, controlling it will be lengthier and more expensive and it will severely affect food security, nutrition and livelihoods.”The full programme that is needed to return the locust plague to a recession requires over $41.5 million over the next three years. The programme includes: improving the monitoring and analysis of the locust situation; large-scale aerial and ground spraying and related training; monitoring and mitigating the effect of control operations on health and the environment; and measuring the impact of anti-locust campaigns and the damages to crops and pasture.A recent FAO assessment mission on the impact of the current locust plague in Madagascar found that rice and maize losses due to the locusts in some parts of the country vary from 40 to 70 per cent of the crop, with 100 per cent losses on certain plots.A joint UN crop and food security assessment mission is currently on the ground to measure the locust’s damages to food security and livelihoods. More detailed data analysis will be available in July, but the resources to start preparation for the field actions have to be available now, FAO stressed. The agency estimates that losses in rice production could be up to 630,000 tonnes, or about 25 per cent of total demand for rice in Madagascar. Rice is the main staple in the country, where 80 per cent of the population lives on less than a dollar per day.
Organised in line with the strategic remit of the UK’s Automotive Council, SMMT has confirmed 5 April 2011 as the date of its second ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire.The event is designed to match OEM and Tier 1 demand with capable UK based suppliers and supports the Automotive Council’s work to strengthen the UK supply chain through the promotion and encouragement of local supplier sourcing from within the UK.SMMT has now received buying requirements from major OEMs including Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Nissan, which are being matched with suppliers from SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) directory based on their product or service capabilities. In addition to matching OEMs with Tier 1 suppliers, this event will also match tier 1 businesses, including Aisin,BWI Group, Calsonic Kansai, CAT-Perkins Engines, Faurecia, Futaba Industrial, Futaba Tenneco, GKN Driveline, Koito,Kostal,Toyoda Gosei and Unipart with tier 2 and tier 3 companies.SMMT’s previous ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in July 2010 resulted in over 90 one-to-one meetings between OEMs and capable UK based suppliers. 89% of suppliers were successful in identifying at least one business opportunity and over a third of suppliers were matched with two to five potential opportunities. The response following this event highlighted serious business opportunities that will help sustain a strong UK supply base.This April, SMMT is anticipating similar success at Warwickshire’s Heritage Motor Centre, home to the world’s greatest collection of British cars. The event will once again be by invitation only, organised using SMMT’s ASF directory (www.autosupplierfinder.com).Invites are now being sent to suppliers that match the specified buying requirements. For further information and to view the full list of OEM’s 74 required commodities or Tier 1 suppliers’ 64 required commodities, please contact email@example.com or call 0207 344 1611.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The Washington Capitals are on fire right now. They’ve lost only three times since the calendar flipped to 2017 and have outscored their opponents 95 to 44 over that stretch. Aside from an 8-7 overtime loss to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 16, the Capitals have only surrendered more than three goals two times during their hot streak. In a league in which holding the opponent to three goals or fewer will earn you at least a shootout most nights, it’s easy to see why Washington is piling up points in the standings.Not only do the Caps own the league’s best record, but they also have the most dominant stats in hockey. They lead the league in Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. as well as team goals against average, the mark of a stingy defense. They also rank in the top five in several other major statistical categories, including goals scored per game; power play percentage; penalty kill percentage; and Corsi percentage, which estimates a team’s all-important possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts it directed at the opponent’s net during games.2Adjusted for score, zone and venue.This is all to say that the Capitals look really, really ridiculously good on paper. But they’ve also ranked highly in a few key stats that are traditionally more in the realm of luck than skill. For example, they’re No. 1 in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage (a notoriously unstable indicator in stathead circles), both of which the Capitals also either lead the league in or are tied for No. 1. Ordinarily, a high PDO could be seen as a red flag — suggesting that a team’s statistical résumé is like a house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. But in Washington’s case, the team even seems to have come by the percentages that make up PDO (mostly) honestly. It’s the consequence of a roster design that could mean it’s finally Washington’s year to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup.The Capitals’ statistical excellence is nothing new — in each of the past three seasons, they’ve ranked among the NHL’s top eight in both points and SRS. Perhaps even more telling, they’ve been among the NHL’s top three in PDO for the past two seasons. Their good fortune in the percentages is commonplace by now.So how do we know Washington’s success isn’t purely based on good luck? For one thing, they’ve assembled a roster that perennially shoots the lights out. The Capitals have finished outside of the top 10 in shooting percentage only once since 2009-10. And since Barry Trotz took the helm as head coach in 2014-15, the team has ranked no worse than fourth. Only the Dallas Stars outperformed the Capitals in shooting percentage in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, but while the Stars have regressed — they sit in the middle of the pack (12th) in 2016-17 — the Capitals continue to put the puck in the net with a high degree of efficiency, thanks to that group of good shooters.A handful of said marksmen are having personal best shooting percentage seasons: T.J. Oshie, whose career shooting percentage of 13.1 percent is good for 24th among active players, is scoring on 23.7 percent of his shots in 2016-17. Frequent playoff hero3This is one of the reasons the Capitals signed him. Justin Williams has a career shooting percentage of 9.7 percent, but he’s scoring on 15.7 percent of his shots. Left winger Marcus Johansson has a career shooting percentage of 14.0 percent but is scoring on an astounding 22.9 percent of his shots. And he looks poised to shatter his career high mark for goals in a season. Some of that overachievement is bound to regress to the mean, but if the Caps’ history as a team is any indicator, Washington should be able to hold onto at least some of their improvements.That’s just one of PDO’s two (usually unstable) components. The other half of the Capitals’ brilliant, odds-beating equation is goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby is among the best netminders in the world (his career save percentage is third-best among active goalies), and he’s only getting better. His goals against average and save percentage are both better than they were last season, and if it weren’t for Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk’s ridiculously impressive performance in 2016-17, Holtby would be a lock for a second consecutive Vezina Trophy. Goaltending statistics can be notoriously fluky, but they tend to be more stable over a career, particularly when they’re as consistently great as Holtby’s have been.The main criticism of the Capitals — and especially their captain, Alex Ovechkin — has been that they’re playoff underachievers.4It’s hilarious to assign an “underachiever” tag to a guy who ranks sixth all-time — and first among active skaters — in goals scored per game. Alexander Ovechkin is a gift and a once-in-a-generation talent, and every hockey fan on Earth — Washington Capitals fan or not — should cherish his existence. They’ve qualified for the postseason in eight of the past nine seasons but haven’t managed to get past the conference semifinals despite having rosters stacked with such quality players as Ovechkin, Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alexander Semin (when he was actually good), Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green (when he was actually good), and Holtby.When juxtaposed against the Capitals’ inability to make a deep playoff run, Washington’s degree of statistical dominance suggests that, sure, perhaps the team has underachieved a bit. But there’s no doubt that Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan have built a team poised to succeed in the modern era of the NHL. Not only do they have a group that controls the puck well, but they’ve also hacked through the noise of PDO to assemble a roster that isn’t just lucky when it beats the percentages. Who knows if the Capitals will win the Cup this year, but they’re a legitimately dominant team and, as things sit now, championship favorites. Maybe this is the year they finally shrug off the underachievers tag and deliver on that promise.
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is to take over Ballymun Shopping Centre after fears were raised about its future.The local authority, which currently owns 47 per cent of the centre, is to buy the remaining 53 per cent from co-owner NAMA.In a statement, Dublin City Council said it believed that taking over the entire shopping centre could help to boost it and help with the overall regeneration of Ballymun.Tesco, the anchor shop in the beleagured centre, announced in March that it would close its store due to a significant decline in customer numbers in recent years.The shopping centre was neglected during the regeneration of the north Dublin suburb, with many shops shuttered and jobs lost. There had been plans to close it down and build a new shopping centre but these plans flailed and eventually died.The local authority said that the problems facing the centre could be best dealt with by a single owner.Local Fine Gael councillor Noel Rock said that a strong retail presence was needed for the future of the area, particularly for the many residents who don’t have cars and can’t drive to other shops.“Currently we have a relatively empty shell facing out on to Ballymun Road, and I think we should be working to ensure that this is renewed, revived and regenerated,” he said.Dick Brady, the assistant city manager, was optimistic about the future of the centre.“This acquisition, working with existing tenants of the centre, along with placing on the market a site just to the north of the existing centre which will hopefully secure a major retail outlet, will create the conditions necessary to advance the complete redevelopment of the site and the completion of a new modern heart for Ballymun town,” he said.Read: ‘Strangely Beautiful’: Photographer captures the colour of the Ballymun flats > Read: Tesco to close store at NAMA-owned shopping centre > Column: Dependence on out-of-town shopping complexes destroys community life >
FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini says that Roberto Mancini is the ‘ideal’ manager for Italy national team but the federation needs changes.Mancini will be in charge of his first competitive game when Italy plays Poland on September 6.Fabbricini gave his verdict on Mancini and on the current state of the Italy football federation. Football Italia reports.“I can’t make predictions about what will happen,” Roberto Fabbricini said.“The Serie B club captains are due to meet, and it would seem strange to me if a strike did happen due to the solidarity of all 19 teams, who unanimously asked me not to readmit teams.“Players are obviously free to make their own minds up, but a strike would certainly not be good for Italian football.“I think the big task facing the next federal council will be to reform the Leagues. The current format is crying out for it and as it stands, the system isn’t sustainableSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Several glorious clubs have disappeared in the space of a few months, so it’s necessary to find an FIGC President who is able to govern our world well.“At the moment, it seems more like a confederation rather than a federation. There are often too many conflicting interests, every measure we take seems to annoy someone.“However, electing a President isn’t enough on its own. We must have the strength to make the necessary changes to this system.“Never has Italy been so low in the rankings, but I think Roberto Mancini has the ideal characteristics to coach the national team, which are enthusiasm, competence and charisma.“I saw him work in the two friendlies before the summer with balance, initiative and a great dialogue with the team.“Now we have some important games coming up, which are worth three points. We must start on the right foot.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday announced a growth of over 400 percent of iPhone sales in India in the June quarter.In his quarterly earnings announcement, Cook said, “There were several regions where iPhone sales accelerated from the previous quarter, which is an unusual pattern for us and we were very very happy with it.”Besides iPhones, Cook was elated to announce a double digit growth rate in iPad sales in India. The higher growth in iPads could be due to the launch iPad mini that lowered the price barrier for Indian consumers.The Cupertino-based firm has been eyeing the Indian market for its iPhone sales. Last year, the Indian arm of the company let independent distributors sell its smartphones throughout the country. It also teamed up with Reliance Communications to unveil the first iPhone running on CDMA network.Despite daunting reports this year, Apple reported an upward trajectory in sales. The company posted a quarterly profit of $6.9 billion and expects to end its fourth-quarter with fiscal revenue between $34 billion and $37 billion.”We are especially proud of our record June quarter iPhone sales of over 31 million and the strong growth in revenue from iTunes, Software and Services,” said Cook. “We are really excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, and we are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014.”Other than India, iPhone sales also went up in Philippines, Turkey and Poland.Considering rival smartphones, Apple still needs to work on its iPhone prices. The rumoured budget iPhone, which might cost around $300 would help Apple gain further momentum in India.
YouTube Container for Firefox isolates YouTube in the browser by Martin Brinkmann on April 11, 2018 in Firefox – 11 commentsYouTube Container is a free extension for the Firefox web browser that isolates YouTube domains that you open in the web browser from the rest to improve privacy.The extension is a fork of Facebook Containers, an official extension for Firefox by Mozilla that isolates Facebook from the rest of the browsing activity to improve user privacy and limit tracking.Note: Just like Facebook Containers, YouTube Containers requests access to data for all websites even though it appears to be active only on select YouTube domains.Firefox’s container functionality is a relatively new feature of the browser. Containers isolate sites loaded in the container from the rest of the browser. Isolate means that Firefox separates storage for cookies, temporary Internet files and other data; this improves privacy as it limits tracking capabilities. Another benefit is that you can open a site multiple times in the browser and sign in using different accounts.Youtube Container is a fork from facebook container that isolates your Youtube activity from the rest of your web activity in order to prevent Youtube from tracking you outside of the Youtube website via third party cookies.YouTube ContainerYouTube Container loads youtube.com domains in a separate container. The container is started when you load YouTube for the first time or click on a link that leads to YouTube.Firefox highlights the use of a container in the address bar and by underlining the tab.The container isolates YouTube cookies and other data from the rest of the browser to limit tracking. Note that the container is used only when YouTube is opened directly in the web browser but not if YouTube content is embedded on third-party sites.In other words, any YouTube video that is embedded on a third-party site is not loaded in the container.Closing WordsI predict that we will see more specialized container extensions that keep a specific site isolated from the rest of the browser. This could get out of hand quickly considering that you’d like to isolate other sites, e.g. Google, Microsoft, Twitter, as well.The Temporary Containers extension for Firefox may be an option for some as it can be used to assign URLs to the same or different containers. It is not an install and forget about it type of extension though as it requires manual configuration.If you are particularly worried about YouTube (Google) tracking you, YouTube Containers may be an extension that you could use to limit that tracking.Now You: How do you deal with tracking on the Internet?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 4 votes Software Name YouTube ContainerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/youtube-container/ Advertisement
In May 2019, DataStax hosted the Accelerate conference for Apache Cassandra™ inviting community members, DataStax customers, and other users to come together, discuss the latest developments around Cassandra, and find out more about the development of Cassandra. Nate McCall, Apache Cassandra Project Chair, presented the road to version 4.0 and what the community is focusing on for the future. So, what does the future really hold for Cassandra? The project has been going for ten years already, so what has to be added? First off, listening to Nate’s keynote, the approach to development has evolved. As part of the development approach around Cassandra, it’s important to understand who is committing updates to Cassandra. The number of organisations contributing to Cassandra has increased, while the companies involved in the Project Management Committee includes some of the biggest companies in the world. The likes of Instagram, Facebook and Netflix have team members contributing and leading the development of Cassandra because it is essential to their businesses. For DataStax, we continue to support the growth and development of Cassandra as an open source project through our own code contributions, our development and training, and our drivers that are available for the community and for our customers alike. Having said all this, there are still areas where Cassandra can improve as we get ready for 4.0. From a development standpoint, the big things to look forward to as mentioned in Nate’s keynote are: An improved Repair model For a distributed database, being able to carry on through any failure event is critical. After a failure, those nodes will have to be brought back online, and then catch up with the transactions that they missed. Making nodes consistent is a big task, covered by the Repair function. In Cassandra 4.0, the aim is to make Repair smarter. For example, Cassandra can preview the impact of a repair on a host to check that the operation will go through successfully, and specific pull requests for data can also be supported. Alongside this, a new transient replication feature should reduce the cost and bandwidth overhead associated with repair. By replicating temporary copies of data to supplement full copies, the overall cluster should be able to achieve higher levels of availability but at the same time reduce the overall volume of storage required significantly. For companies running very large clusters, the cost savings achievable here could be massive. A Messaging rewrite Efficient messaging between nodes is essential when your database is distributed. Cassandra 4.0 will have a new messaging system in place based on Netty, an asynchronous event-driven network application framework. In practice, using Netty will improve performance of messaging between nodes within clusters and between clusters. On top of this change, zero copy support will provide the ability to improve how quickly data can be streamed between nodes. Zero copy support achieves this by modifying the streaming path to add additional information into the streaming header, and then using ZeroCopy APIs to transfer bytes to and from the network and disk. This allows nodes to transfer large files faster. Cassandra and Kubernetes support Adding new messaging support and being able to transfer SSTables means that Cassandra can add more support for Kubernetes, and for Kubernetes to do interesting things around Cassandra too. One area that has been discussed is around dynamic cluster management, where the number of nodes and the volume of storage can be increased or decreased on demand. Sidecars Sidecars are additional functional tools designed to work alongside a main process. These sidecars fill a gap that is not part of the main application or service, and that should remain separate but linked. For Cassandra, running sidecars allows developers to add more functionality to their operations, such as creating events on an application. Java 11 support Java 11 support has been added to the Cassandra trunk version and will be present in 4.0. This will allow Cassandra users to use Java 11, rather than version 8 which is no longer supported. Diagnostic events and logging This will make it easier for teams to use events for a range of things, from security requirements through to logging activities and triggering tools. As part of the conference, there were two big trends that I took from the event. The first is – as Nate commented in his keynote – that there was a definite need for more community events that can bring together people who care about Cassandra and get them working together. The second is that Apache Cassandra is essential to many companies today. Some of the world’s largest internet companies and most valuable brands out there rely on Cassandra in order to achieve what they do. They are contributors and committers to Cassandra, and they have to be sure that Cassandra is ready to meet their requirements. For everyone using Cassandra, this means that versions have to be ready for use in production rather than having issues to be fixed. Things will get released when they are ready, rather than to meet a particular deadline. And the community will take the lead in ensuring that they are happy with any release. Cassandra 4.0 is nearing release. It’ll be out when it is ready. Whether you are looking at getting involved with the project through contributions, developing drivers or through writing documentation, there is a warm welcome for everyone in the run up to what should be a great release. I’m already looking forward to ApacheCon later this year! Author Bio Patrick McFadin is the vice president of developer relations at DataStax, where he leads a team devoted to making users of DataStax products successful. Previously, he was chief evangelist for Apache Cassandra and a consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and most exciting deployments in production; a chief architect at Hobsons; and an Oracle DBA and developer for over 15 years.
Photon Micro is an open-source, lightweight and modular GUI, which comprises of fine-grained and flyweight ‘elements’. It uses a declarative C++ code with a heavy emphasis on reuse, to form deep element hierarchies. Photon has its own HTML5 inspired canvas drawing engine and uses Cairo as a 2D graphics library. Cairo supports the X Window System, Quartz, Win32, image buffers, PostScript, PDF, and SVG file output. Joel de Guzman, the creator of Photon Micro GUI, and the main author of the Boost.Spirit Parser library, the Boost.Fusion library and the Boost.Phoenix library says, “One of the main projects I got involved with when I was working in Japan in the 90s, was a lightweight GUI library named Pica. So I went ahead, dusted off the old code and rewrote it from the ground up using modern C++.” The Photon Micro GUI client can use the following gallery code: Image Source: Cycfi This pops up a warning: Image Source: Cycfi Some highlights of Photon Micro GUI Modularity and reuse are two important design aspects of the Photon Micro GUI. It is supported by the following functionalities: Share Photon Micro GUI can be shared using std::shared_ptr. Hold Hold can be used to share an element somewhere in the view hierarchy. Key_intercept It is a delegate element that intercepts key-presses. Fixed_size Elements are extremely lightweight, fixed_size fixes the size of the GUI contained element. margin, left_margin These are two of the many margins, including right_margin, top_margin, etc. It adds padding around the element like the margin adds 20 pixels all around the contained element. The left_margin adds a padding of 20 pixels to separate the icon and the text box. vtile, htile Vertical and horizontal fluid layout elements allocate sufficient space to contained elements. This enables stretchiness, fixed sizing, and vertical and horizontal alignment, to place elements in a grid. Stretchiness is the ability of elements to stretch within a defined minimum and maximum size limit. Guzman adds, “While it is usable, and based on very solid architecture and design, there is still a lot of work to do. First, the Windows and Linux ports are currently in an unusable state due to recent low-level refactoring.” Some developers have shown interest in the elements of Photon Micro GUI. A user on Hacker News comments, “Awesome, that looks like an attempt to replace QML by native C++. Would be great if there was a SwiftUI inspired C++ UI framework (well, of course C++ might not lend itself so well for the job, but I’m just very curious what it would look like if someone makes a real attempt).” Some users feel that more work needs to be done to make this GUI more accessible and less skeuomorphic. Skeuomorphism is a term most often used in graphical user interface design to describe interface objects that mimic their real-world counterparts in how they appear and/or how the user can interact with them (IDF). A user says, “Too many skeuomorphic elements. He needs to take the controls people know and understand and replace them with cryptic methods that require new learning, and are hidden from view by default. Otherwise, no one will take it seriously as a modern UI.” Another user on Hacker News adds, “don’t use a GUI toolkit like this, that draws its own widgets rather than using platform standard ones when developing a plugin for a digital audio workstation (e.g. VST or Audio Unit), as this author is apparently doing. Unless someone puts in all the extra effort to implement platform-specific accessibility APIs for said toolkit.” For details about the other highlights, head over to Joel de Guzman’s post. Read Next Apple showcases privacy innovations at WWDC 2019: Sign in with Apple, AdGuard Pro, new App Store guidelines and more Google and Facebook allegedly pressured and “arm-wrestled” EU expert group to soften European guidelines for fake news: Open Democracy Report Google I/O 2019 D1 highlights: smarter display, search feature with AR capabilities, Android Q, linguistically advanced Google lens and more
Tags: Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew, Sandals Resorts NASSAU — Sandals Royal Bahamian, originally set to reopen Oct. 14, will now reopen Oct. 25, while Sandals Emerald Bay will reopen Dec. 15, according to a statement from Sandals Resorts.Sandals Emerald Bay requires more extensive repairs than initial estimates.The Bahamas took a hit from Hurricane Matthew, however airports have reopened and most reports indicate minimal damage on most islands. Two of the harder hit islands were Grand Bahama Island and North Abaco.Tammy Gonzalez, CEO of Unique Vacations, Inc., said UVI is working closely with clients affected by the closure of the resorts. “We recognize the inconvenience this presents but we are committed to delivering the quality Sandals experience our guests expect and deserve. When we reopen, it will be right,” she said.Impacted clients are advised as follows:Clients affected by the closure of Sandals Royal Bahamian or Sandals Emerald Bay will have one year to travel to the same resort at no additional cost for the resort stay.Clients wishing to revise to a different Sandals or Beaches Resort may do so at no additional cost for the resort when travel is completed by Dec. 20, 2016. For travel after that date, the guest is responsible for any difference in resort cost.All air penalties and fees will be covered by UVI for revisions made by Oct. 31, 2016. Fees incurred after that date, will be the responsibility of the guest.Beyond the Bahamas, all Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are open and fully operational including Beaches Turks & Caicos and the company’s properties in Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia.Sandals Resorts International’s philanthropic arm, The Sandals Foundation, has made an initial US$150,000 investment to its relief efforts in Haiti and the Bahamas. Tax-deductible contributions can be made at sandalsfoundation.org.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFollowing is an update from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on various resorts across the islands:BiminiHilton at Resorts World Bimini has reported no major property damage. There was some damage to landscaping and to the glass pavilion banquet space. The resort is expected to open on Saturday and fully operational at normal room capacity on Oct. 14.Long IslandOn Long Island, there are reports of minor damage on the island with some downed power lines and trees.There were no reports of major property damage to any of the resorts on the island including Cape Santa Maria, Stella Maris or any of the smaller resorts.San SalvadorThere were also reports of minor damage on San Salvador. There were no reports of debris or downed power lines or trees on the roads and the hurricane shelters have already been cleared. Additionally, Club Med reported no building damage.AndrosTiamo Resort in South Andros also reported no building damage. They plan to be open on their target date of Nov. 1.Central Andros reported that Small Hope Bay does have some damage. The property is closed as it normally is during this time. It plans to open as scheduled on October 19, fully operational and offering diving, fishing and nature touring.The Lighthouse Yacht Club is severely damaged and the roof is 80% damaged.EleutheraOn Eleuthera, there was minimal damage.Villa Allamanda looks fine from an outside inspection.French Leave is closed for renovations, but no major damage was reported.ExumaOn Great Exuma, there were reports of minimal damage throughout the island. The roads are passable with some flooding in Rolletown. Many of the resorts of the island reported very minor damage.February Point has no property damage.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Exuma Beach Resort has some shingle damage.Club Peace and Plenty has some damage to its windows and dock. Grand Isle Resort reported no property damage.Augusta Bay has no damage.Hideaways at Palm Bay has some minor shingle and fence damage.The airport received no major damage either.AbacoThe Ministry of Tourism office on Abaco will continue to monitor the group but at last report they were “comfortable”. For now, it appears that the resorts in Marsh Harbour suffered no major damage.New ProvidenceOn New Providence, Stuart’s Cove reported that all staff are safe and their boats made it through. The dive shop and dock at South Ocean all received some damage, but nothing that prevented the company from reopening on Saturday for business as usual.RIU Palace on Paradise Island appears to have suffered damage to its property.There were reports of mainly landscape damage to many of the hotels on New Providence including Graycliff, Melia Nassau Beach Resort and Warwick Paradise Island hotel.Atlantis Resort is cleaning up after the storm and is expected to be fully operational by Oct. 12.“Our dedicated Atlantis staff has been working to get us back to normal operation as quickly as possible,” said Howard Karawan, President and Managing Director of Atlantis, Paradise Island. “We want our guests to enjoy the full Atlantis experience and we are thrilled that we will be ready to welcome over 3,000 group attendees to the resort this week. I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the passion they have shown to our property and the compassion they have shown to our guests over the past week.” Bahamas cleans up after Matthew; two Sandals Resorts have new reopening dates Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 11, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One student, in tears, told a Ladysmith Gazette journalist that they are busy with their internal exams, but now they cannot continue writing their papers because lecturers have locked the classrooms. The SRC’s main concern at the moment is what will happen if the strike carries on and gets worse, and are appealing to the Department of Higher Education to intervene in the matter. If students miss out on writing their exams at this time, there is no way they can catch up or re-write, as the papers are received from the Department of Education.The college is closing on Friday and exams still need to be written.Police are on scene to make sure the situation doesn’t get further out of hand.“We just pray that the lecturers’ demands are heard and that everything will go back to normal soon,” said a concerned student. Mnambithi FET College lecturers who belong to SADTU (South African Democratic Teachers Union) are currently on strike.Students claim that, this morning (Tuesday), one of the lecturers came into a classroom, tore up exam sheets and walked out again. It is also alleged that dustbins have been thrown around, and exam papers tossed into rubbish bins.Lecturers at the college in Walton Road say that their demands have not been met, hence the strike that has been going on for the last three weeks.Students were seen standing around outside the grounds, not knowing what to do.
The Canada Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show was held over the weekend March 2 and 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.Cook Islands had a booth managed by Christian Mani, Marketing Manager CIT North America.Christian reports that there was an overwhelming interest in learning about the Cook Islands as a sole destination, a stopover option if traveling to and from New Zealand and Australia and learning how to connect to our islands through the Air New Zealand network.There was over 18,000 in attendance over the 2 days.Pictured with Christian above are booth neighbours Nikki and Lori from Down Under Travel and, Jake from Air New Zealand Visit WebsiteThe post Vancouver Travel Show appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
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