‘Post-truth’ named Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year

first_imgOxford Dictionaries has announced “post-truth” is its 2016 international word of the year. Reflecting the widespread impact of the US election and the Brexit debate, both the US and UK dictionaries chose the term.Defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, use of the term has increased by around 2,000% in 2016. “Post-truth” was chosen ahead of a shortlist including other political terms, such as “Brexiteer” and “alt-right”, and cultural alternatives, such as “coulroophobia” (the fear of clowns) and “hygge”.According to Oxford Dictionaries, the term ” post-truth” was first used in an essay by playwright Steve Tesich in a 1992 edition of Nation magazine. Commenting on the Iran-Contra affair and the Persian Gulf war, Tesich noted that “we, as a free people, have freely decided that we want to live in some post-truth world”.Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, commented, “Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time.“We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.“Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.”“Post-truth” has been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, while editors will analyse its ongoing usage to see whether it will be included in future editions of the Oxford English Dictionary.To see Oxford Dictionaries’ full reasoning and shortlist, click here.last_img read more

Trunk or Treat Makes for a Spooky Fun Time

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTrick r’ treaters lined up around the block to get all sorts of goodies from local businesses in Alpena on Friday night. The Alpena farmers market was buzzing with ghouls and goblins. WBKB11 spoke with some of these folks to learn what they love about Halloween! Take a look…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local Junior High School Gets Fit with Project Healthy School ProgramNext Fire Destroyed Home in Alpena Townshiplast_img

Russia ‘know how to stop’ Egypt’s Salah

first_imgSalah’s name has been creeping into conversations often since Russia’s 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia in Thursday’s tournament curtain-raiser.But Cherchesov said he was not particularly concerned.“We know how to play against him,” the Russia coach said after the team’s morning training session.“We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”The bold promise highlights a new swagger that had been missing from the host nation’s team for much of the past year.Russia’s convincing win over the Saudis was preceded by a seven-match winless streak and a spate of injuries that wiped out almost the entire defencive line.But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history.The achievement would a huge relief for both players and Russians who worried about being humiliated on the world’s biggest sporting stage.One poll said Thursday’s win has seen the number of Russians who say they plan to follow the football rise from 52 percent to 64 percent.Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said he would rather focus on winning than any particular opposing player.“Would I prefer to see Salah play or not? I do not even know how to respond,” said Akinfeev. “I would prefer to see my team win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to reign in Egypt’s striker Mohamed Salah on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.The 26-year-old has scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool and is keen to make his debut after missing the Pharaohs’ 1-0 opening game loss to Uruguay with a shoulder injury.last_img read more

Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny

first_imgA Donegal motorist was stopped on Wednesday night for driving dangerously while under the influence of drugs. GardaÍ received a report from a member of the public in relation to a car driving dangerously.Gardaí stopped the vehicle in Letterkenny when they observed it being driven erratically close to Mountain Top, Letterkenny. The driver was arrested having tested positive for cocaine and cannabis and for being in possession of a small quantity of drugs.The motorist will now face court in due course.Driver under the influence of coke and cannabis stopped in Letterkenny was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohio farmland values continue gradual decline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to a swing in commodity prices, there has been a softening of the farmland market in this region. The average prices paid per acre for high quality land in Ohio declined by $500 from June of 2015 to June of 2016.In comparison, during that same time an acre of high quality farmland in Michigan declined $100. The price decline was $500 in Indiana, $600 Illinois and $100 Mississippi. Missouri saw a slight uptick of $200 per acre and Tennessee saw a $150 increase. Prices paid per acre in Kentucky and Arkansas remained steady from last June.“There remained buyers with residual income from those high commodity price years with a continuous need for cropland acres, so the purchasing of land was led by their profitable years,” said Roger Hayworth, area sales manager for Farmers National Company. “Today, there remain buyers, but they’re cautious.”While commodity prices have had a significant impact on land values, location and quality remain major influencers on land values.“When higher quality farmland becomes available, it remains highly sought after and pricing remains pretty stable mostly, while we see mid- to lower-level quality land decline 3% to 8%, depending upon the specifics of the subject property, such as tiling, soils and any  improvements made,” Hayworth said.Hayworth noted that in the past six months, there has been a slowing of properties being put on the market, too.“The uncertainty of commodities, financial markets and maybe the election year have curtailed this market to stabilize and reflect on what may happen for the remainder of 2016. As with most transactions within regions, the local landowner/farmers were the buyers for land acres controlled. As farm income began to squeeze, the transactions overall dropped,” Hayworth said. “No doubt we’ve seen a drop in values of minimum quality land, as much as 3% to 5% from the last time we reported. There were a couple of sales that I felt were fairly strong, but they were really good properties. I just think farmers/landowners are being really cautious with what they’re doing with their land. They’re being less aggressive, but if something comes up in their area that they really want, they will go after if it’s high quality.”There also has been an increase among investor groups adding acres to their respective portfolios, which is good news for landowners.“This leads us to believe that farmland will continue to be viewed as a very favorable/viable investment,” Hayworth said. “Looking ahead, I believe we will continue to see sluggish offerings in this market and overall values swaying a little to stable until the end of the year. If commodity prices move slightly higher during the second half of 2016, expect land prices to remain stable with higher quality, maybe even clicking forward a little.”last_img read more

New “Internet Meter” will Officially Measure Web TV Audience

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Trends#Video Services#web Yesterday, Nielsen announced that they will make their new “Internet Meter” available by year’s end to measure the online television viewing audience. Until now, this ever-increasing demographic has been left out of U.S. television ratings as Nielsen currently focuses only on live and time-shifted (i.e. DVR) TV viewings. Says the company, the Internet Meter software will be deployed by the end of 2009 to their “People Meter” households – the chosen few whose TV-viewing habits function as the representative sample for measuring a show’s success. This new addition to the ratings game is bound to have a major impact on TV monetization efforts as both networks and advertisers will see, officially, how many viewers have tuned in to watch this “2nd screen.” The Internet Changes Everything, TV Just One Example The internet leaves no business model untouched and unchanged, especially when it comes to media consumption. Whether music, movies, journalism, publishing, or TV, the impact of having high-speed, always-on connectivity has revolutionized how we interact and entertain ourselves. But in the wake of these changes, media companies are left struggling to monetize their efforts, all of sudden discovering that their old business model now looks like a square peg getting hammered into a very round hole.TV viewing habits are just one example of this change. Not only are companies like Comcast and Time Warner experimenting with on-demand online viewing initiatives, the networks themselves now post their top shows to the web. The major TV networks have featured streaming video on their websites for years. Meanwhile, several networks and studios, including NBC Universal, FOX, and ABC, have banded together to offer Hulu, a popular destination for commercial-supported streaming video.But putting shows online has its drawbacks, as networks are finding out. Without solid measurement tools, making the shows available on other platforms is, in the short term, hurting the bottom line. In a recent issue of TV Guide magazine, for example, it was noted that networks are specifically facing problems with re-runs. Where before a second airing of an episode from a popular show could make decent money, they’re now finding less viewers tuning in thanks to on-demand offerings and online viewings. According to one unnamed network exec, this presents a huge challenge for the networks. “We’re not like cable, which has a second revenue stream from subscribers,” the exec said. “We need to amortize these very expensive shows.”Measuring the Web TV Audience: A Tricky Prospect Through anecdotal evidence, we know that more people are watching TV online these days. It comes up in conversation among friends, especially when someone laments how they “forgot to record” a program. They now know they can go online and get caught up. Others find themselves relaxing in front of their laptop’s screen nearly as often as they hang out in their living room to watch the big screen. In fact, thanks to the recession, more people than ever have decided to cancel their cable TV subscriptions to save money, realizing that many of their favorite programs are available through alternative methods, including online streams. Need proof? Just look at the Google Insights chart for the term “cancel cable.” Then there are the recent statistics from the nonprofit Conference Board that show how online viewing is on the rise. According to their findings, nearly a quarter of U.S. households now watch TV online, up 20% from last year. New shows are most popular, watched by 43% of viewers followed by 35% of viewers who watch sitcoms, dramas, and comedies. And 90% of the viewings take place at home. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way to effectively monitor and measure the online TV viewing audience. When Nielsen previously reported on Hulu’s viewing numbers for instance, Hulu lashed out at the company claiming the numbers were wildly inaccurate. At the time, Nielsen was using a combination of web beacons to determine when streams started and stopped while also measuring the web use of a panel of 200,000 online users. Hulu themselves, however, preferred to quote numbers from measurement firm comScore, especially since that company reported a much higher reach even as Nielsen noticed a slight decline. The problem here, as we noted at the time, is that online measurements aren’t standardized, making it difficult to accurately determine audience counts. A brand, whether Hulu or any other online video provider, could look at the measurements from major firms like comScore, Compete, or Quantcast, and then pick the company whose estimates were the highest when crafting their “look at us grow!” type press releases. In all honesty, it’s probably better that Nielsen gets involved to more objectively report the online traffic through their representative sample methodology. It may not be entirely accurate either, but at least you know that it’s coming from an unbiased third party. The “Internet Meter” Will Deliver Hard DataAt the moment, the Internet Meter software resides in a test group of 375 People Meter households, which has allowed the company to evaluate its capabilities before rolling it out to the remaining group. In addition, the software has been deployed to the company’s online panel (as mentioned above) which now measures over 230,000 individuals. Installation of the software will be completed in 2010 but full implementation won’t be seen until the following year. If that seems like too slow of a pace, it’s only because the company is being very careful, fully knowledgeable of the major impact this technology will have on the TV industry. According to Sara Erichson, President, Media Client Services in North America, Nielsen will not take “any actions that would dilute the reliability of the core television ratings data.”Once the Nielsen data goes live, it will reveal a plethora of information regarding not just viewing numbers but also the demographics of who watches what and when. The information can then be used by advertisers and marketers who want to target niche audiences like the hip crowd who watches sci-fi shows but never stays home on Fridays to view them live on TV when they air. Or the group of people who are too embarrassed to set their DVRs to record “Ugly Betty,” but sneak in the guilty pleasure online in their free time. Expect the online ads interspersed with the online content to soon become more precise and more targeted than they are now, thanks to these sorts of reveals. Perhaps the networks will even be able to charge more for ads, once they have numbers to back them up. That would be a good thing for the industry as a whole as well as consumers, since it could lead to more shows being put online. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even be able to purchase online-only cable TV subscriptions, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Cell Phone & Tablet Screen Replacement in After Effects

first_imgIn this video tutorial you’ll learn how to create and track a screen replacement in After Effects!Need to promote a mobile app or game? An explainer video or demo video is a great way to showcase the new app in action.In the following After Effects video tutorial, you’ll learn how to replace the screen of a cell phone, iPhone, tablet or other mobile device with your own video content.  This is ideal for demonstrating user interaction or showing off the design of an app, without having to have talent onscreen manipulating the device.The screen replacement effect is created by tracking live video using the tools that come packaged with After Effects (no third party filters or plugins required). Highlights of the tutorial include:Using the Warp Stabilizer to smooth camera motionUsing the Perspective Corner Pin Tracker to isolate the device’s screen‘Selling’ the effect by applying screen glow, beveled border and simulated light streaksThis is an intermediate After Effects tutorial and goes through the steps quite quickly. Some previous experience working in AE is suggested.[color-box color=”gray”]Video Transcript:This is Evan Abrams for Premium Beat.com and today we’re going to be creating a fake iPhone screen and putting the new graphics into it. It’s not that difficult and these things will go a long way, and I hope you find it useful.So once you’ve imported your footage into After Effects, go ahead and bring it onto a new composition. And the first thing we’re going to do is take this footage and we’re going to stabilize it. We’re going to use the warp stabilize VFX and this will automatically stabilize shaky footage. The result is going to be smooth motion; we like the smoothness to be at 25%. We like the method to be position scale and rotation, and in the advanced we would like to use detailed analysis and we’d like to set crop less, smooth more to 25. This will process automatically so you can go do something else while it happens.Now that your footage has been successfully smoothed out, the motion is less jittery and the things are less awkward to work with. So we’re going to take this comp, and we’re going to call it footage stabilized. Now we’re going to drag that onto a new composition and we will do our tracking in here. So I’m just going to block off the part of this comp we’re interested in, so it’ll be from here to about here; set your play head, trim the comp to the work area.And now instead of using any fancy trackers we’re just going to use the four-point corner pin. I’ll just trim this a little bit more. And we just need to track the four corners of this device and then export that information to a new comp.So the new comp we’re going to make is going to be 960 x 640, which are the dimensions of that screen. It’s important that you know the dimensions of the screen you’re replacing. So if you don’t know of your specific device you should Google it or measure it with a ruler, but as long as the aspect ratio is correct you should be fine. So we’ll call this screen content, and there we might as well make a place holder, so just make a new solid, perhaps; maybe make it white, maybe make a new solid, make it a little bit darker, put it on top of that, and then we can use something like venetian blinds, set it at ten, 45 degrees, 75 degree angle, just to put a little texture into this thing. So now we have some footage.So we have stabilized footage; and then stabilized footage No. 2 we’ll call screen tracked. And then here we have our stabilized footage and then we’re going to bring in our screen content above it. Good.So now we need to actually track these corners. So we’re going to go, track motion, and we’re going to go with a tracker type of perspective corner pin, which will give us these four dots. And now we just need to apply them to the corners. So we move point one up here, point two up here, and then point four and finally point three. And it can be helpful for you to make a note of where these are, because it’s not always easy to know which point is on which corner.Now let’s go back and make sure they’re all nicely nestled into the corner between the bezel and the screen area. Those all look good. And then we go into the options of the tracker using RGB; we are processing before match, we’re enhancing, and we’re telling it to stop tracking if confidence is below 80%. Hit okay, and then press play to track ahead. And it will do as good a job as it possibly can to track this up. Again, another automated process where if you set it up correctly and your footage is good you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. Okay, that’s done; it’s output a bunch of information.Now we’re going to edit the target, set it to screen content, hit apply, and then we can have a look at the type of damage that we’ve done here. So I’ll put the eye of this back on, and we’ll see if it’s even remotely close to where we want it. And it looks like it’s been successful. So that’s good; you’ve tracked something on there, but your work is not yet done because there is a lot that needs to be done to get this to look correct. We have to remove that disgusting green border there. We have to continue the glare up onto the screen; there are so many things to do.So first thing to do is to pre-compose this here; so Cntl-shift-C will pre- compose it, and this is tracked content, because we want to remember that this content is tracked to where it is. And we’ll just change its color here to be blue.And we’re going to need a few copies of this, so I’m going to duplicate it and one of these we’re just going to call regular content, and it goes above the stack of other content. This one we’ll just have to match its blurriness to match the blur level of what’s around it. So I can use the fast blur to do that, and I think a blurriness of two is enough, just so it matches.Now the next one under that is going to be a blurred glow, and on this one we’re going to set its opacity to be lower, like a 50, give it a fast blur– even a much higher fast blur of 25, so it starts to glow out on the edges. And depending on how bright your mimicking your screen to be that’ll change that value. So those two are done.Duplicate that again, put it down here, blurred glow two we’re going to change to a mode of add, because it’s much brighter and (? glow), and press glow level of 50, and transparency is perhaps lower, around ten. So now we’ve set up enough glowing to simulate a glowing screen coming out of this thing. So that’s all good.Now using blurred glow two we need to create a small border around here, so I’m going to duplicate this, set it below everything, and change its value here to be red. And what I’m going to call this is spillover alpha. And I’m going to use this to define the alpha of the spillover range. And I’ll do that by changing it from add to normal; then we’re going to change its opacity up to 100%. And I’m going to do a fill to it, and that fill goes above the fast blur. And then I’m going to apply a curve to this and that curves I’m going to put on the alpha. And then only to use that to just bang this out so that it is much larger; this will have to be smaller blur. You just have to make sure that it’s not going too far interrupting with things. So we’ll change the blur level down just so it fits in that area, a median zone, just around to cover up the green. So that looks good.So what we’ll do is we will duplicate the footage stabilized, and we’ll take the spillover alpha and we’ll put both of those up at the top. Footage stabilized we’re going to use the track mat of that alpha thing so that it is only this much that we’re concerned about. And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the key light to key out the green, so to select it in there. And then we’re going to go here to the screen mat, change this to hard color, so now there is kind of a glow that’s going to be coming over it. And this is in order to preserve things like the light streaks and the spillover so you can see how this is now starting to bleed over into this piece. And now we’re going to fast blur, about 25; that should do it. And change this from normal to add, and then change its opacity to say 10 or 25 or something around there.So when we go in and we start editing things in the screen content, let’s say we made this slightly darker by adding in a new solid, make it dark solid, when we go back here we can see these light streaks that are now over top of that, which are helping to really sell this image. So that’s a very important feature, depending upon what is on your screen content.So going back here we still have a bit of green that we need to deal with. So duplicate this spillover alpha and put this below everything. And we will now rename this to be color fix. And on here we have a bunch of effects that we don’t really care about except that they determine how big this is. So I’m going to pre-compose this, move all the attributes to the new layer, and we’ll call this one color fix. And now what I’m going to do is I’m going to change it to be an adjustment layer and then we can use this adjustment layer to make changes to the green here. What I like to do is use a hue and saturation and set it to colorize; make sure you have the eye turned on. And then you want to just colorize it to match with the area just outside, and it’s sort of like a yellowy brown there, and you know, maybe not as saturated, lightness not exactly the same. But you can use it to help make this fit in better with the piece. So there we go; so far so good.Now just go into your screen content, maybe punch this up to look a little more noticeable, or maybe have something that seems a little bit more appropriate, but all in, you are now done. You now have a screen that is tracked in there; you have light streaks over it, and it is very convincing. So now you just need to put in content, alter your glows a little bit depending on your scene, and you should be done. Everything’s stuck in well and you’re good to go.So this has been Evan Abrams for PremiumBeat.com. Hopefully you’ve learned a lot about tracking screens onto devices. One important thing to remember though is to make sure that device is displaying a chromatic green background which is easily done by taking a picture of it with your camera phone, or just downloading the image and then putting it on the screen, and that’s about it. Thank you so much for watching. Stop by at PremiumBeat.com and check out the blog for tips, tricks, and tutorials and After Effects and other applications. And of course come to PremiumBeat for all of your music and sound effects needs. I’m Evan Abrams, follow me on Twitter at ECAbrams and come back next time for more stuff. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you around the Internet.[/color-box]last_img read more

Video Showing Woman Stealing Vegetable Steamer From Kid Is Insane But Likely Fake

first_imgA woman steals from a kid on Black Friday.viral video black friday woman steals from kidThe video you’ll see below, which was “reportedly” shot during Black Friday, seems too crazy to be real. But it’s going viral, and since you’re going to wind up seeing it anyway, we figured we’d show it to you. We realize that it has nothing to do with college sports.The clip, which supposedly was shot in Saginaw, Michigan, shows a number of shoppers violently battling for vegetable steamers. An adult woman steals one from a kid and gets pummeled by the child’s mother.Given the fact that we’re talking about vegetable steamers, this sounds like the work of Jimmy Kimmel, but it’s hard to be sure. Either way, enjoy:last_img

Reports: Florida Quarterback Will Grier Likely To Transfer

first_imgA close up of a Florida Gators helmet sitting on the field.7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportIn six games for the Florida Gators this season, quarterback Will Grier was extremely impressive. Grier threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, and completed over 65-percent of his passes, leading UF to a 6-0 start to the season. After being suspended 12 games for performance enhancing drugs, Grier will not be eligible to play until mid-way through next year, but according to a multiple reports, it is unlikely that his next game comes as a Gator.I can confirm Scout report that QB Will Grier is transferring from #Gators. Approached coaching staff about it last week.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) December 19, 2015 Here’s more from Scout’s Bob Redman. Team sources have informed FightinGators.com that Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier approached the coaching staff this week and asked for a transfer. …Last week, Jim McElwain said that Grier would be back with the program January 5, after being asked to stay away from team activities and allow the team to play through the season without the distraction of Grier being around and unavailable.Despite the ability to return and compete for the job again, one which he wouldn’t be allowed to play until October 15, 2016 against Missouri, sources are telling FightinGators.com that Grier will likely transfer to another program.Redman notes that there is a chance that Grier stays, but assuming this decision stays, it is a huge blow to a Florida team that became very inept offensively without Grier. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will sit the entire 2016 season, and return as a junior in 2017.[Scout]last_img read more

Fort St John and Dawson Creek school buses cancelled on Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — School buses in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have been cancelled today.In a post on its website, School District 60 said that all school buses in the North Peace have been cancelled on Friday because of poor road conditions on area side roads. This is the second day in a row that school buses have been cancelled north of the Peace River.In the South Peace, all school buses serving schools in the Dawson Creek area have also been cancelled. School District 59 Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that at this point, Chetwynd area school buses are currently running on time but that the situation may change. Lekstrom explained that while Dawson Creek did not get hammered with much snow, several areas in the South Peace are reporting extremely high amounts. He said that in one report from the Groundbirch area, a reported 76 centimetres of snow fell, with accumulations of over 60 centimetres between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge.last_img read more