Virtual reality expansion: GoPro to acquire Kolor

first_img Related GoPro has announced an agreement to acquire Kolor, a leader in ‘virtual reality and spherical media solutions’. All Kolor employees will join GoPro and will maintain operations at the target company’s headquarters in Savoie, France.Spherical media enables a range of immersive viewing experiences and is seen as an essential building block of virtual reality (VR), a technology that GoPro notes is ‘poised to transform entertainment, education and other industries.’Kolor’s solutions enable users to combine multiple photographs or videos to produce high-resolution panoramic or spherical content that can be enjoyed on mobile devices, the web or in a virtual reality environment.“We are excited to welcome Kolor to GoPro,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “GoPro’s capture devices and Kolor’s software will combine to deliver exciting and highly accessible solutions for capturing, creating and sharing spherical content.”GoPro’s ‘Land, Air and Sea’ spherical video demonstrates what’s possible with a few GoPros combined with Kolor’s software. ‘Land, Air and Sea’ and other spherical videos from GoPro will soon be available on other VR platforms such as Oculus VR and Samsung Gear VR.“Kolor’s mission is to enable the ultimate visual experience – to transport an audience to another time and space. Joining GoPro makes this possible,” said Alexandre Jenny, CEO of Kolor. “When the best spherical media software is combined with the world’s most versatile capture devices, our imagination become our only limitation. We’re excited to see what the world captures and shares with GoPro and Kolor.”www.gopro.com/sphericalwww.kolor.comlast_img read more

Minnesota cross country given short period to prepare

first_imgMinnesota cross country given short period to prepareThe Gophers compete on Friday and Saturday after both teams raced last Saturday.Kamaan RichardsRedshirt Junior Maria Eastman sprints for the finish line during the 2019 Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Minnesota women’s team placed third in the Division 1 race. Brendan O’BrienOctober 3, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter competing at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, Minnesota’s cross country teams have only a few days until they compete again this upcoming weekend.Coming off of a third-place finish at last weekend’s meet, the women’s team travels down to Indiana Friday to compete in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. Head coach Sarah Hopkins said after the Griak Invitational that rest and recovery will be important in determining how successful the team is at Notre Dame.“We have a six-day turnaround for Notre Dame so it’s really important that this minute we’re starting recovery,” Hopkins said after Saturday’s meet. “We’ve got to rest up and recover, we’ve got to come back from it and everybody did a really good job of staying within themselves today so I think we are going to be able to recover from it really well.”Hopkins also thinks this upcoming meet will be a big national test for her runners. Nine of the top 25 ranked teams in the country will be racing at Notre Dame, including Colorado, currently the top-ranked team in the country. The Gopher women are currently ranked 29th in the nation. The women’s team will face other challenges while competing at Notre Dame. Redshirt Anastasia Korzenowski knows it will be important for everyone to be mentally prepared for the team’s first meet of the season away from Minnesota. Hopkins said Burke Golf Course, the location of the meet, is also quite different than Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course in that it is a much flatter course without winding hills. Despite the women’s team competing with its top runners last Saturday, men’s head coach Steve Plasencia chose to take a different approach at the Griak Invitational. Several of the men’s top runners including Alec Basten and Evan Ferlic were held from competing in the meet to ensure they were rested for this Saturday due to the quick turnaround between meets. Doing well in the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh could be a very important steppingstone for the men’s team at this point in the season. Currently, the men’s team did not receive any votes to be ranked in the top 30 in the country and has not made the NCAA Championship meet since 2015. “Our expectations are to run well and we have to see how the field ends up,” Plasencia said. “But we do believe that we have some teams where we can catch some NCAA points from. That’s kind of the goal.”last_img read more

Kids allowed to ‘sip’ alcohol may start drinking earlier

first_imgEmail LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Children who get a taste of their parents’ wine now and then may be more likely than their peers to start drinking by high school, according to a new report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.Researchers found that, of 561 students in a long-term study, those who’d “sipped” alcohol by sixth grade were five times more likely than their peers to down a full drink by the time they were in high school. And they were four times more likely to have binged or been drunk.The findings do not prove that early sips of alcohol are to blame, said lead researcher Kristina Jackson, Ph.D., of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Share on Facebook “We’re not trying to say whether it’s ‘OK’ or ‘not OK’ for parents to allow this,” Jackson said.Still, she noted, some parents do believe in the “European model”–the idea that introducing kids to alcohol early, at home, will teach them about responsible drinking and lessen the “taboo” appeal of alcohol.“Our study provides evidence to the contrary,” Jackson said.The findings are based on 561 Rhode Island middle school students who were surveyed periodically over three years. At the beginning of sixth grade (around age 11), almost 30 percent of students said they’d ever sipped alcohol. In most cases, their parents provided it–often at a party or other special occasion.By ninth grade, 26 percent of those early “sippers” said they’d ever had a full alcoholic drink, versus less than 6 percent of their peers. What’s more, 9 percent had either gotten drunk or binged–compared with just under 2 percent of “nonsippers.”Of course, there are many factors that influence underage drinking, Jackson noted. Her team tried to account for as many of those factors as they could–including parents’ drinking habits and any history of alcoholism, as well as kids’ disposition (such as whether they tended to be impulsive and risk taking in general).Even then, Jackson said, there was still a connection between early sipping and risky drinking by high school.According to Jackson, it’s possible that those little tastes of alcohol send young kids a “mixed message.”“At that age, some kids may have difficulty understanding the difference between a sip of wine and having a full beer,” she explained.That said, she stressed that parents shouldn’t be alarmed if they’ve already let their child have a taste of wine.“We’re not saying your child is doomed,” Jackson said.But, she added, the findings do highlight the importance of giving kids “clear, consistent messages” about drinking and making sure they can’t get a hold of any alcohol kept in the house.last_img read more

Study shows thinning of brain tissue remains in college football players

first_imgShare on Facebook Share A growing body of research continues to raise concerns about the effects of head trauma sustained while participating in popular contact sports, particularly football. But this may not be confined to professional players only. A new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, show that even college-level players may be vulnerable to the effects of head trauma, and that even several years after graduation, college football players continue to show evidence of neuropathic brain changes. The findings were published online in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.MRI scans of 11 former collegiate football players showed evidence of significantly lower cortical thickness within portions of both the frontal and temporal cortex of the brain, versus a similar group of track-and-field athletes. In many areas of the brain, decreased cortical thickness correlated with the number of reported concussions.“We found evidence of persistent cortical thinning in some former collegiate football players several years after the end of their active playing career. The former football players showed, on average, lower cortical thickness across prefrontal and temporal brain regions–areas of the brain involved in sustained attention, memory and executive abilities–cognitive domains critical to long-term professional and social function,” says Cal Adler, MD, professor and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine and a co-principal investigator of the study. Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Email Over 60,000 students play intercollegiate football, and according to NCAA statistics, the sport accounts for more injuries than any other at the collegiate level. Moreover, tackle football can begin at an early age in some football leagues, and by high school, players may have already participated in contact play for several years. “Although many of the functional and cognitive effects of concussion seem to resolve over the months after an event, we have seen where elite athletes from a variety of contact sports can exhibit evidence of neuropathic changes as early as young adulthood,” Adler says. “In this study, we saw evidence of correlations between the number of reported concussions and the extent of persistent thinning throughout the prefrontal and temporal cortex in the scans of these former college players,” Adler says.Though the authors emphasize that this was a small, exploratory study, it adds to a growing literature around the potential impact of playing college level football on student athletes’ neurological health, suggesting that at least some consequences of high-level collegiate football play may persist years after an athlete has hung up the uniform. “Larger studies following these football players as they age will be crucial to better understanding the risks of college athletics and the potential longer-term consequences of concussions in these young players,” says Jon Divine, MD, co-principal investigator, professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC College of Medicine and director of primary care sports medicine. Divine is also head team physician for UC Athletics.last_img read more

Guyana, SVG win male, female CARICOM 10k title

first_imgGuyana and Trinidad and Tobago take titles: CARICOM 10KGuyanese Cleveland Forde and Trinidadian Tonya Nero made it two in a row when they retained their male and female titles respectively in the 2015 edition of the CARICOM 10K race held in Bridgetown Barbados, Sunday 28 June 2015. Forde followed up his 2014 win with victory in a close…June 29, 2015In “Barbados”CARICOM 10K runs off on Sunday in BarbadosAmateur and professional athletes from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet early Sunday (28 June) to compete in the Eleventh Annual CARICOM 10K Road Race on Bay Street Esplanade, Barbados. A much anticipated feature ahead of the Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, this edition…June 25, 2015In “Anguilla”Mark! Set! Go! CARICOM 10k Race to be held 3 JulyThe twelfth Annual CARICOM 10K race will be held on Sunday, 3 July, 2016, at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana. The event will be held under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The race is held to coincide with the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of…June 13, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… CARICOM 10k races off on Sunday morning Of special note were the two eldest participants in the 10k and 5k races Mr. Franklin Archer and Mr Phillip Beckles, both of Guyana, who completed their races with commendation. There were four participants in the 1500 m race for schools and the youngest participant was Jalani Cheddi. The winner in that category was Ezekiel DeSouza, while second and third went to Khelani Glen and Jeremiah Harrison respectively. The event was attended by CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Secretary General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Minister in the Ministry of Sports, Guyana, Hon. Nicolette Henry. In his remarks at the awards presentation ceremony Prime Minister Skerritt commended all of the participants for their efforts. He said physical activity was critically important within the Region which continued to deal with the challenges of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs). He also commended the CARICOM Secretariat for including all levels of society in the event. All levels of society need to be involved in physical activity to prevent CNCDs,” Prime Minister Skerritt said. Secretary-General LaRocque in his remarks said everyone who participated was a winner. He also used the opportunity to thank the sponsors and partners which included Digicel Guyana, Courts Guyana, Demerara Distillers Limited, Eureka Laboratories, CARICOM Rice Mills Limited, the Guyana Athletics Association, Guyana Ministry of Sports, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Ministry of Public Health, Guyana Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Guyana City Engineers. Guyana’s Minister of Sports, Hon Nicolette Henry said it was wonderful to see the high number of participants. She said those who participated were examples of how commitment and dedication paid off for health and well-being. The race was held to coincide with the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, 4-6 July. The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow at the National Cultural Centre at 5:00 p.m. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 28, 2019 Jul 6, 2018 Jul 21, 2017center_img UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues CARICOM Road Race on 7 July This was the twelfth staging of the CARICOM 10k race which was held under the theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The start line was the CARICOM Secretariat, while the end point was the National Park where a presentation ceremony was held.  In addition to the main event, there were three supporting events –  a 5K race, a 1500m race for schools, and a special race for athletes with disabilities. The first place male winner in the 5k race was Ricky Williams, while second and third went to Tyrese Yensen and Joel Williams respectively. All three athletes were from Guyana. In the female category first place went to Joana Archer second place to Tabitha Benman and third to Kissanna Glen, all from Guyana. Athletes pose for a photograph outside the CARICOM Secretariat before the race on Sunday morning CARICOM 10k winners Cleveland Forde from Guyana and Linda McDonalnd from St. Vincent and the Grenadines pose for a photo with Minister in the Ministry of Sports, Guyana, Hon. Nicolette Henry. CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, and Secretary-General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque after the twelfth staging of the event on Sunday July 3, 2016. Four-time CARICOM  10k winner Cleveland Forde of Guyana copped his fifth title in the latest edition of the CARICOM 10k Race on Sunday morning (July 3) in his native Guyana. He completed the race in 32:39 minutes. Linda McDonald  brought victory to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the female category with a time of 37:57.  The second place in the male category went to Curtis Cox of Trinidad and Tobago clocking in at 32:56 while Winston Missingher of Guyana raced to third place with a time of 33:28. Second place for the females went to Euleen Josiah-Tanner from Guyana who finished at 39:46 and Guyanese Andrea Foster got third place with a time of 40:37. Sep 22, 2017 Health checks for CARICOM staff members during Caribbean… last_img read more

Cooper-Standard Automotive Names New Chairman, CEO and COO

first_imgNOVI, MI — Cooper-Standard Automotive has named James McElya chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. McElya had previously served as president and CEO. S.A. “Tony” Johnson, who had previously served as chairman, has assumed the role of lead director. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company also appointed Ed Hasler to president and the newly-created role of chief operating officer. In this role, Hasler is responsible for leading the global operational activities for the company’s three divisions. For the past three years Hasler has been president of the company’s global sealing division, and prior to that Hasler was in charge of the company’s International division. Hasler will retain his role as president of the global sealing division in addition to his new responsibilities. For more information about Cooper-Standard, go to: http://www.cooperstandard.com,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Middle East appointment for Air Products

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Touch of hypocrisy?

first_imgThe same Gazette carries the story on page 4 ‘Serial litigants outcry’ reporting on an early day motion signed by 40 MPs condemning a website set up by an employment lawyer to identify serial litigants (also commented on by the editor on page 8). Am I alone in thinking that there may be a touch of hypocrisy here? Peter Evans, Hugh James Solicitors, Cardifflast_img

Family grateful for support after son’s death

first_img Austin McKay, 18, from Hanover Park, was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15. 1 of 2 Austin McKay, 18, from Hanover Park, was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15. The McKay family say they are overwhelmed by the support shown by the community since their son was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15.Austin McKay, 18, a Grade 10 pupil at Crystal High School in Hanover Park, was stabbed in the chest and died on his way to the hospital. According to Philippi SAPS spokesperson, Captain Lance Goliath, Austin was involved in a fight when he was stabbed. He was apparently sent home from school when the incident happened. “We are trying to get witnesses to assist us with the case. The perpetrator has not been arrested yet,” Captain Goliath said.On Thursday May 16, members of the Hanover Park Safety Forum visited the family home in Suria Crescent, Hanover Park, to express their condolences. They were among hundreds of people who came to show their respect, since the news of his death travelled throughout the community.Austin’s father, Ruben McKay, said his son had an affable personality. “Everybody in the community liked him. He liked to help people out. He used to scrub mats, and ran to the shop for the neighbours. Our neighbours loved him so much, that they even, at times, took him with them if they went to the beach, for example. I never expected my son to lose his life in this way. He was not a gangster. I am in pain. Losing my son has left a deep wound in my heart that I don’t think will ever be healed,” Mr McKay said.His mother, Rachel McKay, overcome with emotion, said: “He had big dreams. He wanted to study after school. Even though he was a few grades behind, he was determined to complete his schooling. He promised me he would take care of me once he completed his studies. They robbed my son of his life in the blink of an eye. He was a very good child. I thank God for him. I couldn’t have asked for a better son,” Ms McKay said.His aunt Agnes McKay, agreed that her nephew was determined to complete his schooling. “There were times when there was no money for electricity and he would sit and study in candlelight. He had a willing heart. He also joined a church and he was doing so well there. We don’t know why he was sent home on Wednesday – we thought he was safe behind a locked school gate,” Agnes said.Neighbour Belinda Moodie said Austin was part of her family. “One can almost say he grew up in my house. He was very helpful. Never rude,” Ms Moodie said.Her daughter, Nadeema Moo-die agreed, saying he even helped her care for her bed-ridden grandfather. “I can’t believe he is gone. I’m going to miss his smile,” she said.There were talks about Austin being involved with stone-throwing incidents, where rival groups of boys pelt each other with bricks, but this could not be confirmed by Philippi SAPS.Community worker Kashiefa Mohammed believes the school and the police failed the community. “We informed the station commander and the sector commander about the stone throwing, but they never came out. We are heartbroken and disappointed. We want answers. We need answers from the school as well. This child was not a violent child,” she said. Captain Goliath said police cannot act if incidents are not being reported. “We ask that parents come forward and lay charges. We cannot act if it is not on record, and what we find is that the community is reluctant to give statements,” Captain Goliath said.Western Cape Education Department spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond, said: “Our heartfelt condolences go to the pupil’s family, friends and school community. We are devastated by the loss of such a young life. Counselling will be made available for pupils at the school as required.”center_img Members of the Hanover Park Safety Forum visited the family home to express their condolences.last_img read more