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Poker Star again

first_imgPOKER STAR confirmed his status as the country’s top sprinter at Caymanas Park yesterday with an emphatic victory in the annual renewal of the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, the season’s first grade one trophy race.Installed a 4-5 favourite with four-time champion Omar Walker riding him for the first time, the classy 4-y-o colt from the stables of 15-champion trainer Wayne DaCosta won by 1 3/4 lengths from PHINEAS (7-2) under former champion Wesley Henry with old rival CAMPESINO (Paul Francis up) in third.Breaking smartly from the number-one post position, POKER STAR led briefly before giving way to the highly fancied American-bred UPPA TUNE (2-1) under champion jockey Shane Ellis. He came back strongly to dispose of topweight UPPA TUNE and, on entering the straight, quickened impressively to win going away.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR a 4-y-o bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook, was notching his fourth consecutive win and his third over this trip since May of last year. In between, he won the November 14 Caribbean Sprint Championship and more recently, the St Catherine Cup open allowance race over 1100 metres on January 2. DaCosta said POKER STAR did what was expected of him … and more.”He was ridden with some degree of patience, having to run from the number one post position, but there was a lot to like about the manner in which he found another gear when PHINEAS came on the scene a furlong out, and so long as he remains healthy, he won’t be beaten for now,” said DaCosta.last_img read more

5 Top iPad Photo-Editing Apps

first_imgTags: #Adobe#iPad#ipad productivity#mobile photography#photography Who says the iPad wasn’t meant for creation? Sure, you can’t exactly run Final Cut Pro or Adobe InDesign on Apple’s tablet (nor would you really want to), but the device has come a long way since 2010. One category of apps that demonstrates the iPad’s creative prowess is its growing selection of photo-editing software.Indeed, there are now a ton of apps that let you manipulate images on your iPad with no shortage of vintage filters, quirky effects  and single-purpose gimmick apps. Those can be fun, but we wanted to focus on the super-popular, fully-featured editing apps that seem best to supplant desktop options for some users. Let’s be honest. You’re probably not going to walk around town holding up your iPad to take photos. If you do, we assure you that you’ll look ridiculous doing it. It’s also unnecessary. With syncing options like Photo Stream and Dropbox and the camera-connecting accessories available for iPad, you’re free to snap photos on a more appropriate device and then access them on your iPad, where the editing experience keeps getting more and more delightful. 5. Process To anybody who’s accustomed to just about any digital photo editing software, Process will seem a bit unconventional. That’s because the usual on-screen conventions for editing photos have been abandoned in favor of a system in which changes are made by adding “Processes” to the image. All the standard adjustments you’d likely make to an image – blur, brightness, contrast, curves, highlights, etc. – are each available as a preset called a Process, which once applied, can be adjusted manually. Process has its limitations. You can only apply edits, effects and filters to the entire image and can’t drill down, use brushes or tweak individual details. It’s not the most capable app out there, but it has an incredibly simple interface, making it a breeze for pretty much anyone to use. PROS: Super-simple UI, intuitive controls and commonly-needed adjustments.CONS: Limited functionality. PRICE: $14.99 Download From iTunes 3. SnapSeedEverybody loves SnapSeed. It has one of the highest ratings among photo apps in iTunes and constantly gets rave reviews. It’s very good. Its super-simplified interface and grid of common adjustment options is reminiscent of Process, but with far more capability and granularity packed into each option. SnapSeed’s touch gesture-based functionality takes full advantage of the iPad’s form factor, desktop editing conventions be damned. Swipe your finger up and down to select the type of adjustment you want to make, then slide across the image to the left or right to tweak its intensity. You can even make selective adjustments that target only one part of the photo and blend it seamlessly with the rest of the image. Stuff like this can get pretty tedious to try and pull off in Photoshop. Like Process, SnapSeed doesn’t give you total control, but what it does give you is enough to generate some stunning images. PROS: Intuitive, touch-based editing, selective adjustments and no price tag.CONS: Not a fully-featured photo-editing app. It has its limitations. PRICE: FreeDownload from iTunes What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts john paul titlow Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces 4. Photo Forge 2If you’re looking for a more Photoshop-esque editing experience,  Photoforge 2 is a solid choice. It’s popular among professional photographers who need a mobile solution for quick edits. In addition to all the typical photo adjustments like color balance, curves, contrast and the like, Photo Forge lets you add Instagram-style effects and simulate specific lenses, film types and processing techniques. Unlike most iOS photo editing apps, this one supports layers like those popularized by Photoshop on the desktop years ago. Photo Forge 2 is rather powerful, but all those features are packed into an interface that’s anything but intimidating. It’s a cleanly designed interface with intuitive controls. PROS: Feature-packed, supports layers, masking and high-res photographs. Upload photos via FTP. CONS:  Occasional performance issues reported by some users.PRICE: $3.99Download from iTunes 2. Adobe Photoshop Touch For awhile there, it looked like Adobe had given up on mobile photo editing, as app after app one-upped its underwhelming Photoshop Express app. Then it launched Photoshop Touch. Photoshop Touch brings many of the desktop’s apps most useful features to a more minimalist, easy-to-learn interface on the iPad. It’s no CS6, but Photoshop Touch supports such desktop staples as layers, the magic wand tool, the paint brush, clone stamp, text, gradients and a range of filters. That’s all in addition to standard stuff like saturation, brightness/contrast, color balance and noise reduction. Realizing how unlikely you are to hold up your iPad to take photos like a goofball, Adobe went beyond the device’s local Camera Roll and integrated Photoshop Touch with Google Image Search, Facebook and its own Creative Cloud.  PROS: Familiar Photoshop interface, but more simplified and intuitive. Integration with Facebook and other photo sources. Built-in tutorials. CONS: Typography options could be better. FTP export would be a plus for pros. PRICE: $9.99Download from iTunes1. Photogene Photogene is another app that often gets a nod from professional photographers. It’s easy to see why. Like Photoshop Touch and Photo Forge, Photogene is a feature-packed app that supports the kind of workflow that pros need to tone, resize and adjust their photos. And again, like those apps, it’s easy to use and reasonably priced. Of all the pro-level iPad photo-editing apps, Photogene seems to have packed the most options in. Unlike Photoshop Touch, Photogene doesn’t support layers or making granular selections within an image, but it more than makes up for those shortcomings with a huge selection of manual and preset editing options. You can do the one-size-fits-all Instagram-style filter or make modifications manually.  Photogene lets you FTP images to a server, which will allow it to fit into the workflow of pros on the go. PROS: A wide range of adjustments, filters, effects, presets and  export options, including FTP. CONS: No layers PRICE: $2.99Download from iTunesOther Noteworthy Options There are plenty of other options. Apple’s iPhoto and Aviary’s iPad app (which is free) both deserve serious consideration by anybody who wants to edit photos on their tablet. Luminance and Gridditor are worthy of the hype they’ve received recently as well. Which iPad photo-editing app is best for you? It depends on how serious of a photographer you are, how much control you want, and how much you’re willing to pay for an app.  Photogene, Photoshop Touch and Photo Forge 2 are good enough to work for pros (most of whom will undoubtedly still turn to the desktop for serious editing needs), but all of the above options are accessible enough to be used by beginners.Lead photo by Flickr user nayukim.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

These Kings Are Better Than Gretzkys Kings

For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. They know that if you always have the puck on your stick, you can’t lose. read more

Government passes motion to forgive 12 million owed by LIME

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:forgive, lime, pnp, washington misick TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Nov 2015 – The PNP Administration is certain that a motion passed in the House of Assembly today not only saved consumers money but saved telecommunications industry jobs; LIME was forgiven some $12 million in debt when the Government’s motion passed 10 in favor and nine against at Parliament. The Government side calls it a hearty debate which ended with LIME benefitting from “a measure of good gesture, to the longest standing corporate citizen of these islands…”The Office of the Premier explains the move to erase the late fee penalties which were accrued over four years after an audit of the telecommunications company picked up on the expensive error came after negotiations.It was revealed that from June 2010 to May 2014, LIME had not levied taxes on its clients for a wide range of taxable services which amounted to some $3.5 million dollars. But it is the so called, overarching accrual of the penalty charges which brought LIME’s bill to $13 million. LIME paid off the $3.5 million in taxes, and agreed to $1 million dollars of the penalties but asked the government to waive the balance on those penal fees. Finance Minister Washington Misick brought the motion, and shared: “…Governments must be prepared to make tough decisions for the preservation of corporate partners and the business community and for the protection of jobs and citizens who could otherwise be negatively impacted in such situations.” The Opposition side wholly rejected the motion; asking for more information on the situation. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more