The global pandemic has changed life for everyone, from how we work, to how we live and communicate with one another. But for the heroes on the frontlines supporting the needs of those most impacted, life has especially changed. Now more than ever, our collective support is needed. This is why this #GivingTuesdayNow, we are focused on meeting the needs resulting from COVID-19.As a company, we have prioritized our COVID-19 efforts where we can make the greatest positive impact to the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities and the frontline organizations working to treat and contain the virus around the world. We are committed to making this difference through our technology, our reach, our donations, and the remarkable efforts of our 150,000 team members.And it is the efforts of these team members that I want to recognize and celebrate this GivingTuesdayNow.3D printing for protection With an increased demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) to support healthcare workers, our teams around the globe have leveraged our 3D printing facilities to produce masks and visors.In Austin, Texas, a group of engineers is working with Dell Medical and teaming with Austin Public Health to distribute visors to first responders in the Austin area.With the help of our True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG), the team quickly scaled the development of more visors through injection molding, with plans to deliver over 13,000 visors this week. We’re seeing similar grassroots efforts led by our team members around the world – from France, to Ireland, to Brazil.Funding food for those in needRecognizing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, our global team is working to address food shortages within their communities.One of our team members in India and his wife have been volunteering their time to feed those with limited means to support themselves. He started by driving around the city distributing food and provisions and has expanded to organizing over 500 meals per day and also providing shelter to 100 individuals in need.In Minnesota, our team members started a fundraiser to help feed families in need and children who rely on school lunches for one of their primary meals. They raised more than $25,000 (including funds provided by our ongoing Dell match program) for a local food bank, helping to feed thousands of people in the community.Lending digital skills to enable continued serviceWith many of our non-profit partners needing to adapt quickly to a remote work environment, our team members have stepped up to provide technology expertise and to enable our partners to continue serving their communities.Barnardos Ireland is one of our strategic non-profit partners, with a mission to transform the lives of children affected by traumatic or adverse experiences. When stay-at-home measures were activated, Barnardos needed to adapt their services to continue support for the children and families who depend on them. In addition to creating a fundraiser to provide critical supplies, experienced work-from-home volunteers from our Dell’s Ireland team are lending their expertise in remotely managing teams, setting-up conference calls, enabling security best practices, communicating with donors, and supporting call center activation and coaching. These efforts are helping over 400 Barnardos team members leverage digital capabilities to better serve their constituents.In this together, for those who need us The spirit of Giving Tuesday – generosity that has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad – is one I’m so proud to say our entire Dell Technologies family has always embraced.The sense of optimism and pride our team members feel by being able to contribute is core to who we are as a company. Fueled by our purpose of driving human progress, we will continue to be a champion for those who need it most as we get through this, together.
First large-scale wind farm in West Africa begins producing power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Power is flowing from West Africa’s first large-scale wind farm in a new milestone for the sector’s growth on the continent, said the project’s developer.The first turbines from the 159MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye were connected to Senegal’s national grid on Thursday, said a statement from Lekela.The developer, part-owned by global clean energy group Mainstream Renewable Power, has spent 10 months building the wind farm using 46, 3.45MW Vestas turbines, all of which are due to be in place by year’s end.Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye will deliver 450GWh annually to the Senegalese grid, boosting its capacity by 15%.The Senegal project marks another step forward for wind power in Africa, where large-scale development has so far mostly been confined to big North African markets such as Morocco, and at the other end of the continent in South Africa.In East Africa, the standout development so far has been the 310MW Lake Turkana project. [Andrew Lee]More: West Africa’s first wind power flowing to grid in new milestone
Former coach of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ćiro Blažević stated that the national team of Portugal is buying matches and that he experienced it in two national teams he led.Ćiro revealed that he cheers against Portugal for personal reasons, no matter who they play against.“It is because they are buying games. I led Dinamo in 1982 against Sporting when they bought the match. In the playoffs for EURO 2009 Portugal bought the match against BiH. What I am saying is truth and I do not care, what can they do, arrest me? If they are not ashamed, they can come and tell me in my face that they did not buy it,” said Ćiro Blažević.Blažević came to this statement while explaining that Croatia will win the match against Portugal in the round of sixteen at EURO easily and that Cristiano Ronaldo, “the greatest disappointment of EURO”, can be stopped without an effort.“I do not care about Portugal. Whoever they play against, I always cheer against them for personal reasons,” said Ćiro before giving this shocking statement.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/photo: dnevnik.ba)
:10 Wait! I thought “you guys” said Cam Newton was not ready. You said he was going late first round. Yea, right. I told ya No. 1 pick, two months ago. :09 Speaking of playing quarterback on the pro level, you know it’s not rocket science…after all “Bubby Brister” did it.:08 Ohio State, Jim Tressel and all the players involved. Let it go NCAA… The players sold their own stuff, not stolen items, but their own stuff! BILL NEAL :07 NBA Round-up:Lakers still win on Kobe’s bad ankle and all. But CP3 is the truth (that’s Chris Paul to you knuckleheads). Kobe’s injury will force the ball inside to the big boys.Without Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks had no chance even with “Melo” playing his best ball. They need an interior Big Man that will stay inside so Amare can play the power forward spot like he did with Steve Nash in Phoenix.The Hawks will send Dwight “Superman” Howard and the Orlando Magic packing.Boston is set and waiting for the Heat. The 76ers got the one they deserved.The fat lady is about to start singing that song on the Spurs. Memphis is serious.Portland and Dallas…I don’t know!:06 Look, the hockey playoffs are going on right now. That’s all I know. If I told you more, you wouldn’t know what I am talking about anyway!:05 I do know this. The Pens better win game six against Tampa or they’ll get beat in game seven. Take it to the bank.:04 The names are still coming in for the best of the best area hoopers…This may never, ever end. But trust me these boys are worthy: Stu Lyons, Reggie Cox Bob Moore, Chip Harris, Bobby Franklin, Ronnie McCrae, Jeff Baldwin, Melvin Paul, Gerald “Lace” Lovelace, Petey Gibson, Jimmy Nicols, Jeff Singleton, Esau Watkins, Rob Cash, Shawn Harvey, Petey Harris and Jeffrey “Junkhead” Burton.:03 But do not ever forget these legends: Dwight “The Iceman” Clay, top 10 guards list; Eugene McCae, top 10 slam dunk list; Reggie “Dukie Stick” Dukes, top 10 guards list; George Carl, top 10 guards list; Simmie Hill, top 10 all time legend.:02 Shout-outs: Welcome home Walt Boyer, one of western Pa.’s greatest athletes and a successful football star with the Denver Broncos. (Home for the loss of his beloved uncle… The great “Skip” Boyer. You will be missed.)To Coach Dillerd. If you know anything at all you know “Coach D” is one of the greatest people and most knowledgeable athletic minds you will ever meet. (Thanks for the advice Coach, I feel better already.):01 If you’re looking for someplace to take Mom for Mother’s Day, do the smart thing and bring her to the Champion’s Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show starring the Diamond Models and featuring The Five Starr Corporation Celebrating Women Awards, May 7, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at Sabi Restaurant located at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. Tickets are only $20 but seats are limited. Call Champion Enterprises at 412-628-4856 for information.Game Over
In this review, we’ll take a look at the set.a.light pre-visualization program, its virtual assets and limitations, and how to use it.Set.a.light 3D is a pre-visualization program for photographers and filmmakers. Users can realistically simulate lighting setups and learn how lights and cameras interact to create an image.I’ve been using set.a.light for a couple of months now, and I’ve spent endless hours tinkering with different lighting setups. There are three main windows. You have a perspective view that lets you see your scene, a “rendered view” that lets you see what the camera is seeing, and a top-down “lighting diagram” view that you can output (once you’re done) to help recreate the lighting on set. Create an EnvironmentImage via Elixxier Software.The first step is to create an environment and something to shoot. This is one of five preset models that you can customize with different outfits, hair styles, and skin colors. There are also multiple poses to choose from, some right out of Zoolander, but standing and sitting have worked out fine (so far) for me.Fit Your SceneYou can then choose the camera lens, sensor size, position, f-stop, and ISO that fits your scene. The camera sprite is a generic-looking DSLR on a lighting stand, which I hope will change in future versions.Light the SubjectImage via Elixxier Software.You’re now free to light the subject to your heart’s desire. You can bring in fifty Skypanels, line the roof with spot lights, or just recreate a scene from your favorite film. You can use bounced light, and there’s even a “light blocker” for negative fill.LimitationsSet.a.light does have a couple of limitations. It doesn’t (yet) have diffusion or silks that you can use to diffuse lights. Most of the lights featured are flashes or flash modifiers, though they do have several ARRI LEDs and tungsten spotlights.With the basic version at $70, set.a.light is a great way to get some time on set, even if it’s virtual, and discover how to use light to best tell your story.Top image via elixxier software.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Tulips” by Origami Pigeon“Never Gonna Be the Same” by Joseph“Homeworks” by Weird Visions“Feelings” by JosephWant more on lighting? Check these out.Lighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneA Cheap Trick for Lighting a Daylight Interior Car SceneNature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the SunFollow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult SceneInside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety Skills
Over a lakh people from 20,000 families have been moved to safety as local residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Armed forces are pulling out all the stops to rescue those stuck in water-logged areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.The districts are experiencing the worst deluge since 2005.Sixteen people in five districts — Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur — in western Maharashtra have lost their lives over the past week. Around 1.32 lakh people from these districts have been evacuated till Wednesday, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said.Chairing an emergency meeting in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said rescuing women, children and patients was the priority, and directed the administration of the flood-hit districts to make alternative arrangements for food, essential items, and drinking water.Mr. Mhaisekar said four teams of the Territorial Army are engaged in rescue operations in Kolhapur and one team has reached Sangli. While six NDRF teams are already in action in Kolhapur, six more are on their way by road. One Navy team is in operation in Kolhapur.“Air connectivity has been established over Kolhapur since Wednesday morning with five more Navy teams to be dispatched via air over the district,” he said. The deluge has completely thrown State Transport bus services in Kolhapur and Sangli out of gear. With 89 roads in Kolhapur under water, the district is completely cut off from the rest of Maharashtra.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for Kolhapur in the next 48 hours.“From Wednesday night till forenoon of August 9, we expect heavy to very heavy showers to hit the ghat areas, including Kolhapur,” Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, said.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Avi Toomer’s layup with 1.6 seconds left in the game completed a ferocious comeback with Bucknell climbing out of a 26-point hole in the second half to clip Army 64-63 in the Patriot League opener for both teams Wednesday night.And for good measure, Toomer blocked Army’s final shot, securing the win.Nate Sestina scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the comeback. All but one of his rebounds came off the defensive boards. Kimbal Mackenzie scored 15, making 9 of 10 free throws, and Toomer scored seven.Army has lost four in a row. The Black Knights enjoyed a 37-13 halftime lead, shooting 15-for-32 with five 3-pointers while Bucknell (7-6) was thrashing — hitting just 4 of 27 from the floor and committing 10 turnovers.The script flipped after halftime with the Bison outscoring Army 51-26. The Black Knights made 10 of 33 shots after halftime, including just 2 of 17 from distance.Matt Wilson led Army (5-9) with 20 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.The Associated Press
Swansea: Sergio Aguero kept alive Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple as they survived a major FA Cup scare in a thrilling fightback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Swansea in Saturday’s quarter-finals. Aguero had watched from the substitutes’ bench as second-tier Swansea roared into a stunning first half lead through goals from Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina. But the Argentine emerged as City’s saviour on a rainy night in south Wales by setting up their first goal for Bernardo Silva, before completing the comeback with a last-gasp winner after Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt scored an unlucky own goal from the Argentina striker’s penalty to draw City level. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHaving already won the League Cup and advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals, Premier League leaders City remain in the hunt for a clean sweep of all four major trophies. It was a fortunate escape for City on Saturday however, as replays showed Raheem Sterling was fortunate to win the penalty that led to the equaliser, while Aguero was marginally offside for the winner. City boss Pep Guardiola had named a strong starting line-up and Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva both went close early on. It only looked a matter of time before City took the lead but Swansea ensured it was anything but one-way traffic. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThey showed they could give the visitors a run for their money with a neat passing game that pushed City on to the back foot. Grimes put Swansea ahead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Fabian Delph carelessly fouled Connor Roberts after the City defence was wrong-footed by Mike van der Hoorn’s crossfield pass. Grimes had not scored in his three-and-a-half years at the Liberty Stadium but took over penalty duties following Celina’s embarrassing spot-kick miss in a 3-0 midweek defeat at West Bromwich Albion. The 23-year-old centre back made the most of Delph’s misjudgement by confidently driving the ball high into the roof of the City net. It went from bad to worse for City nine minutes later as Guardiola’s defence disintegrated following a nine-pass move involving seven Swansea players. This time Swansea attacked with pace and purpose and, after fine play on the edge of City’s box by Nathan Dyer and Daniel James, space opened up for Celina to curl the ball delightfully beyond Ederson. Guardiola looked flummoxed in the technical area as he mulled over finding a way back into the tie while Aymeric Laporte lost his head following referee Andre Marriner’s half-time whistle and was booked for shoving Swansea winger Wayne Routledge in the chest. It was a dire situation that left City in danger of a repeat of last season’s embarrassing FA Cup exit at Wigan. But Guardiola replaced Sane with Sterling in the 57th minute and Aguero came on for Riyad Mahrez six minutes later. The moves paid dividends soon after as City hit back. City’s pressure was rewarded in the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva hit a crip shot beyond Nordfeldt after he was teed up by Aguero to set up a thrilling finale. The visitors drew level in the 78th minute when Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Sterling was deemed a penalty even though the defender appeared to touch the ball first. Aguero restored parity in fortuitous circumstances when his spot-kick hit a post and went in via Nordfeldt’s back. City laid siege to the Swansea goal in the final stages and Aguero had the final word with a stooping 88th minute header that survived the hosts’ offside claims as VAR was not available. City’s celebrations were marred by a pitch invader, but there was no disguising their relief after a dramatic revival. agencies
In the end, Carmelo Anthony said his heart was in New York. It didn’t hurt that $122 million was there, too.The Knicks star forward shunned the Chicago Bulls and other suitors and inked a five-year, $122-million contract to return to New York, where surely there will be pressure to perform with that kind of money going into his direct deposit.He actually took less than the max of $129 million the Knicks could have offered, to allow the team some salary cap flexibility.“I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart,” Anthony said in the statement. “I am looking forward to continue my career in orange and blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”Said Jackson, the team’s president: “He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do. Give us a break in the early part of his contract so that when we have some wiggle room next year, which is hopefully big enough wiggle room, we can exploit it, provide a more competitive team for our group.”Luol Deng Bolts Cavs For Heat; He’s LeBron’s ReplacementLuol Deng surely would not like to be called LeBron James’ replacement. But, in essence, that what he signed on for when he agreed to a two-year, $20-million deal to join the Heat.Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix had been in consideration for Deng, according to ESPN sources. He is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls, who traded him to Cleveland in January.Chris Bosh On LeBron Going To Cleveland: ‘No Hard Feelings’LeBron James’ move back to Cleveland broke of the erstwhile “Big 3” in Miami. But his decision did not move Bosh to bolt, too, despite a four-year, $88-million offer from Houston.“[There were] very enticing offers,” said Bosh, 30, who re-signed with the Heat for five years and $112 million. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”Bosh said there were “no bitter feelings” about James leaving Miami.“We’re all making decisions to make ourselves happy and our families happy,” Bosh said . “That doesn’t take away what we’ve done together and the special bond that we created and the special bond that we have and just all the memories that we had together. That will never change. As you move forward, you appreciate those moments and keep going forward.”
“Junk”0000041– PHRASECBS SPORTSS.I.ESPNFOXOLD MEDIA*NEW MEDIA*ALL OTHERSTOTAL “Crotch”1000022– *Old media: NY Times, WSJ, AP, Reuters. *New media: Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report “Nuts”0001059– “Between the legs”0300042– “Below the belt”4124024– It’s the oldest laugh in sports: Some poor schmoe takes a sports ball to the crotch, keels over and, once we’re reasonably sure no lasting damage has been done, the TV announcers deadpan some dad jokes while the camera pans around to giggling teammates. It’s as much a familiar sports yuk as other not-all-that-uncommon oddities, like a field player on the mound or the fat guy touchdown, only with funnier GIFs.At least, that’s how things work when the hit comes in a relatively low-stakes setting. But what happens when the stakes are raised? And just as important, when reporters are forced to write about sportsmen kicking each other in the nuts, what do they write? This week has provided some answers.In the hours after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the entire NBA-watching universe found itself poring over various angles of Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams right in the penis. Green was at risk of being suspended for Game 4, and suddenly the punchline was vital to the outcome of the NBA playoffs.1In a lot of ways, this is a fitting absurdity to afflict the NBA pundit class. When the assumption is that complex, instinctual movement can be studied in slow-motion to reveal some very specific truth — when the angle of Andre Iguodala’s arm is a measureable gauge of defensive sophistication — maybe spending 18 hours Zapruder-ing intent out of Vines of a kick to the penis is the proper antidote.Just as suddenly, reporters had to describe what had happened. Different outlets have different comfort levels when writing about the crotch. The New York Times, for example, threw idiomatic English out the door on first reference: “Exhibit A was that Green picked up a flagrant-1 foul — while hacked in the act of shooting — with 5 minutes 57 seconds left in the half by flailing a leg between those of Steven Adams, who wound up doubled over.” The New York Daily News, writing after the situation had resolved itself, was less weighed down by compunction: “Green will not be suspended for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the nuts during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, the league indicated in a release.”Clearly, a more thorough linguistic examination is in order. Out of practicality, when searching for the terms used by news outlets to describe the incident, I limited the search to online articles, and not broadcast or radio. I used Google’s advanced search function to look for articles in the last week about Adams or Bismack Biyombo, who was punched in the genitals by Dahntay Jones in the Eastern Conference Finals the night before Adams crumpled, and counted up who wrote what.The sample includes articles from mainstream sports news sites such as ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and — for strictly liberal-media, East-Coast-bias reasons — a few of the New York tabloids. I threw in some old media standbys (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press) as a control group, as well as general sports blogs like SB Nation and Bleacher Report for more or less the opposite effect. I also sought out the most partial participants: local newspapers for each team, plus dedicated blogs for each team — Daily Thunder (the TrueHoop Network’s blog for the Thunder), Golden State of Mind (SB Nation’s for the Warriors) and Deadspin, a Warriors fan blog based in New York City.2Disclosure: I used to work for Deadspin, where I was made to write Warriors propaganda.Here it is, in table form: “Low Blow”6010034– “Dick”0000080– “Private area”5101005– “Balls”0000063– “Penis”0000010– “Groin Area”1050000– “Nether region”1011002– He kicked him where? Other phrases822411341– “Groin”2219181592342– “Midsection”1000120– In 96 articles, totaling a little more than 50,000 words, “groin” was used 148 times across headlines, body and photo captions. Of course, in sports, groin injuries can mean something very different from your basic knee to the crotch. So at best, this creates unnecessary ambiguity in order to demur from coarser language. The next most frequently used was some form of “below the belt” with 17 appearances, followed by “nuts” with 15, “low blow” with 14, a few variations of “private parts” totaling 12, “between the legs” with 10 and “balls” with nine. “Other” variations appeared 71 times, though this number is heavily skewed by a single Yahoo article that used 30 non-standard variations. This category includes a wide range of phrases — “nads” and “cobblers” and “Adams’s apples” alongside recitations of Green’s own softening quote, in which he repeatedly referred to the penis area as “down there.”But the taxonomy of dong euphemism goes beyond basic totals. ESPN, for instance, is almost uniformly “groin” and “groin area,” while CBS clusters around “below the belt” and “low blow” and SB Nation is heavy on “between the legs.” Deadspin carries both “dick” and “balls,” frequently daisying the two as a complex noun.Omission is just as much a function of the editorial hand as diction. In six articles appearing on NewsOK.com and Daily Thunder — both Thunder-leaning publications — some term for genitals was used 21 times; in six on SFChronicle.com and Golden State of Mind — Warriors rags — there were 14 mentions.Perhaps most concerning, the word “penis” appeared just once, in an SB Nation article; the lone appearance of “testicles” came from a CBS podcast teaser; “scrotum” appeared once, pluralized. Any of these, and many of the others, would be preferable to “groin.”CORRECTION (May 24, 5:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misidentified the publishing network affiliated with the Daily Thunder blog. It is part of the TrueHoop Network, which is owned by ESPN, and is not an SB Nation blog.