Australian Open: Roger Federer knocked out in last 16 by Stefanos Tsitsipas

first_imgRoger Federer’s bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed on Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his nation’s first Grand Slam quarter-finalist.In a match pitting the oldest and youngest players left in the men’s draw, the 20-year-old Tsitsipas overhauled Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, sparking delirium among Greek fans out in force at Melbourne Park.The 37-year-old Federer, 20 times a Grand Slam champion, will rue his chances, having failed to convert any of the 12 break points he took from Tsitsipas over the course of a riveting clash laden with sparkling shot-making.Yes, you @StefTsitsipas!You’re into the #AusOpen quarterfinals pic.twitter.com/n9FJwedn0O#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019He’s done [email protected] knocks out defending champion Roger Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) to reach his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam.#AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/Vz8sQa0AT1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Instead, it was Tsitsipas showing a wise head on young shoulders in a final tiebreak of unrelenting tension.When given a match point after Federer slapped a forehand long, he converted it clinically, forcing a backhand error from the Swiss to announce himself on one of the game’s biggest stages.He raised his arms in triumph and roared at the terraces, bringing tears of joy to his brother’s eyes in the players’ box.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ttj97ebHDI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″There’s nothing I can describe, I cannot describe it, I am the happiest man on earth right now,” Tsitsipas said in his courtside interview.advertisement”Roger is a legend of our sport, he showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idolising him since I was six.”It’s very important to have an aggressive mindset, stay in the moment, press from the beginning. I didn’t lose my patience, stayed in those rallies. It was very important to save those breakpoints.”Tsitsipas will play 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more

SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS ANIMATION SUPERVISOR JOSH BEVERIDGE TALKS ABOUT SPIDERMAN INTO THE

first_imgBy now you know the story. A radioactive spider bites nerdy young Peter Parker giving him a unique set of super powers that leads to him becoming the Amazing Spider-Man. So when Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) turns up in the new animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s not a surprise.Until he and Afro-Latino Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) meet up and both of their mutual spidey-sense kicks-off.Spider-Man meet Spider-Man. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Coming from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the creative team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — this feature length cartoon is receiving rave advance press. Along with the hit movie Venom, the wiley web-crawler is swinging back into action. Taking the series launched by 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi as its cue, rather than the far less appealing later reboot attempts, the animation and VFX work in the new flick was done entirely at Vancouver-based Sony Imageworks.Josh Beveridge was the animation supervisor handling what is rumoured in the industry as being one of the largest teams ever assembled for one project. By the end of this film, viewers will meet everyone from Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage) from the ever-expanding “Spider-verse” multiverse. Each character brings their own distinctive animated style and reality with them, so the work included many unique CG and hand-drawn techniques as well as groundbreaking comic-style quirks.Multiple Spider-Verse characters converge in a Brooklyn bedroom in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG“There were a lot of pressures on this one, beginning with knowing that it was another Spider-Man movie and we had to answer ‘why?’” said Beveridge.“The answer was that it was Miles Morales’ story and told in animation which meant that visually it was going to be wildly different.Plus, people care deeply about this particular character and we had to address that very carefully too. It’s a movie that is a love letter to comic books, which is not a single medium, so that meant we got to show the different universes and styles in the film.”Josh Beveridge. Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor. PNGMuch has been made of such stylistic choices as going to comic book frame layouts in certain action sequences to even evoking old style comic printing on frames. As Beveridge says, it’s not a genre it’s a medium and one that is relatively young and exploding with technology. The team held back on a lot of the digital tricks.“We didn’t want this to be a case of ‘how much can the computer do?,’” he said. “Instead we wanted it to be how much it could feel like a moving comic book playing out in front of you. That meant developing some very high-tech solutions as well as some very low tech.”The cast of characters all clearly had to be “spider people” who looked cool and capable when they were fighting and could convince viewers that they could take out baddies. One thing proved constant in the animators’ study of the different universes. All spider heroes were about extreme angles and suspension of gravity when they were in action. So this became a unifying constant across worlds.“So Peter is able to move more like an older veteran who has taken his shots, Gwen with a dancer’s grace and Miles as a completely modern young kid who didn’t really want to become Spider-Man,” he said. “Then we greatly exaggerated for Spider-Ham with more traditional classical animation and Peni Parker uses all manner of anime styles which constantly change. These characters had to be built completely differently from the others, because they just wouldn’t work otherwise.”The expansion into the Spider-Verse means that Beveridge and team could be spending a lot of time in there, as the potential storylines to develop are plentiful. The typical cinematic universe divisions meant animation was targeted to the TV and live-action blockbusters to the movie theatre. This film confuses that separation and if it is as big a hit as expected, will guarantee more to come.“That’s great, because with animation you can truly stretch out as the only limitation is your imagination,” said Beveridge. “I have always thought that it was wrong that the two were separated, particularly when you are talking about comic book superheroes. We chose an esthetic that straddled between the two worlds to tell the story and I think it really works.”After dozens of live-action VFX mega-budget blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther, the idea of taking superheroes back onto the printed page, or animated screen seems like an excellent plan. Because — wait for it — superheroes aren’t real.BY STUART DERDEYN | VANCOUVER SUN | twitter.com/stuartderdeyn Advertisementcenter_img SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Miles gets his Spider-sense. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Follow Guidelines In Voting Process

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 18 (JIS): With the General Election slated for February 25, Jamaicans are being encouraged to follow the necessary guidelines, to ensure that the voting process proceed as smoothly as possible.In an interview with JIS News, Public Education Officer at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Daynia Harper, said before the Election Day, persons should find out where they are to vote.“We encourage you to visit our website at ecj.com.jm and click on query voters’ list. It will ask you for your name and date of birth and after that we will prompt you about where you are to vote,” Ms. Harper said.She is also reminding voters to take along their voter identification card to the polling stations.“The voter’s ID card is the only identification card that is accepted on that day. However, if you do not have that card, you may still vote, but it will take a longer time for you to be able to cast your ballot,” she added.On arrival at the polling station, Jamaicans are being encouraged to join the line and wait until it is their turn to vote.Importantly, the use or display of cameras, cellular phones or any other image-capturing device is banned inside the polling station, and persons are being urged to turn off their cellular phones inside the polling stations.“Another thing you need to do when you get to the polling station, is to turn off and put away your cell phones. Do not attempt to use or display your cell phones or cameras or any kind of video recorders in the polling station,” Ms. Harper warned.If individuals attempt to use their cell phone or any smart device to do a recording, he or she will be asked to leave the polling station and will lose their chance to vote. In addition, voters must follow the instructions of the Presiding Officer in order for their ballot to be successfully marked and cast.“The Presiding Officer will show you how to fold your ballot and you will go behind the screen. You will mark your ballot with an ‘X’ for the candidate you wish to vote for and then you will refold your ballot in the exact way that the Presiding Officer has shown you. You will return with the ballot and you will dip your finger in the ink and watch as the Presiding Officer puts your ballot into the ballot box,” Ms. Harper said.Meanwhile, voters are encouraged not to try and influence any other voter to vote for a particular candidate. “If you show anyone your ballot, it will be taken from you by the Presiding Officer and marked as spoilt. You will, however, be given another chance to vote. But we encourage you – do not show anyone your ballot,” the Public Education Officer emphasised. Workers desirous of casting their ballots on Election Day are allotted time off from work to do so under the Representation of the People (Leave and Symbols) Regulations, 1944.They are allowed three hours, in addition to the normal meal hour, for voting purposes on a national and local election day.For more information about the voting process, persons may contact the Electoral Commission by calling toll free: 1-888-991-8683 or visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @ecjamaica. Recommended for you Related Items:Daynia Harper, general elections, voting process Changes to come for two General Election laws TCI Elections may be in 2017; Premier flaunts prerogative Haiti Presidential Elections delayed due to Review of Voting process Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pi calculation smashes records

first_img Bellard, of Paris Telecom Tech, made and checked the calculation by running his own software algorithms for 131 days. The previous record calculation, set by Daisuke Takahashi at the University of Tsukuba in Japan in August 2009, took only 29 hours to complete, but used a super-computer costing millions of dollars, and running 2000 times faster than Bellard’s PC.Pi is the value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and has been of interest to mathematicians for hundreds of years, since Sir Isaac Newton developed formulae to extend the number of decimal places.Bellard has been following the records for calculating Pi to the maximum number of decimal places since he received his first book about Pi at the age of 14. Computations to find a value to any number of decimal places are part of a branch of mathematics called “arbitrary-precision arithmetic”. For Bellard the calculation was more for fun than because of an obsession with the digits, but he said that arbitrary-precision arithmetic has applications because it can be used for testing algorithms and computers. He claims his method is about 20 times more efficient than previous methods.Bellard said he used the Chudnovsky formula to produce a binary result (a process that took 103 days), which was then checked (which actually took 34 hours on 9 computers, but would have taken 13 days on one PC), and converted to a base-10 result (12 days), which was then verified (3 days).Bellard’s computer cost less than €2000 (roughly $2870 US) and ran Linux’s Red Hat Fedora operating system. It had a Core i7CPU at 2.93 GHz, and had 6 GB of RAM and 7.5 TB of disk storage space in five 1.5 TB hard disks. He wrote all the required software.The world record for memorizing and reciting Pi was set in 2005 by a Chinese graduate student, Lu Chao, who spent a year learning 100,000 digits and was able to recite Pi to the 67,890th decimal place before he made an error. The feat took just over 24 hours. Reciting Bellard’s result of 27 trillion digits would take over 1,284,000 years at the Guinness Book of Records’ required rate of one digit every 15 seconds.M Bellard is perhaps best known as the writer of the open source project FFmpeg and processor emulator QEMU. He said he has no immediate plans to calculate Pi to further digits in the future, but may do, depending on his motivation and the availability of larger and faster storage. He intends to release open-source versions of his software for Linux and Windows to enable anyone who is interested in furthering the calculation to beat him to it. (PhysOrg.com) — A computer scientist in France has broken all previous records for calculating Pi, using only a personal computer. The previous record was approximately 2.6 trillion digits, but the new record, set by Fabrice Bellard, now stands at almost 2.7 trillion decimal places. Explore further A trillion triangles: New computer methods reveal secrets of ancient math problem This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: bellard.org/pi/pi2700e9/ Citation: Pi calculation smashes records (2010, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-pi.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Waterpropelled jetpack hits the market for 99500 w video

first_img More information: jetlev-flyer.com and jetlev.comvia: Gizmag (PhysOrg.com) — A water-propelled jetpack called Jetlev R200 is possibly the most fun-looking water activity yet. The Florida-based company Jetlev Technologies, Inc., working with German company MS Watersports GmbH, has recently started limited production in a phased roll-out program. At a cost of $99,500 per jetpack, the target market for the recreational device is holiday resorts. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The Jetlev R200 can reach heights of 28 feet and speeds of 22 mph. Image credit: Jetlev Technologies, Inc. Company to sell ‘world’s first practical jetpack’ for $75,000 (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Water-propelled jetpack hits the market for $99,500 (w/ video) (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-water-propelled-jetpack-video.html The Jetlev is lighter (30 pounds [14 kg] when dry) and less bulky than other jetpack designs because its four-stroke, 250-hp engine and fuel are located on a small boat that is tethered to the jetpack by a 33-ft (10-m) hose. As the pilot steers the device, the boat follows along in the water. The boat delivers water to the jetpack through the hose, and thrust is generated by forcing the water downward through the nozzles located on each side of the jetpack.Jetlev Technologies says that this design greatly improves the thrust-to-weight ratio compared to other jetpacks, allowing the Jetlev to propel a 150-lb (68-kg) pilot to speeds of up to 22 mph (35 km/h) at heights of up to 28 ft (8.5 m). The Jetlev can accommodate pilots who are 4.9-6.5 ft (1.5-2 m) tall and weigh 88-330 lb (40-150 kg). With a 26-gallon (100-liter) tank, the Jetlev can operate for about one hour at full throttle or up to three hours at cruising speeds.The company also says that most people can learn how to fly the Jetlev after a few minutes of in-water instruction. Thrust is controlled through grip twist, while lifting the control arms up and down can move the pilot forward or backward by changing the angle of the nozzles. Differential nozzle angles allow the jetpack to be turned left and right. The Jetlev also has several safety features, including a 5-point quick-release harness, protective backrest, head support, and inherent flotation.The ride is not uncomfortable, since the pilot’s weight is supported by the padded unicycle-style saddle and leg trapeze. Although pilots must be at least 18 years old, the company says that “if you are 82, healthy and in good physical condition, there is no reason why you could not fly.”Designed for both fresh and salt water, the Jetlev’s exposed metal pieces are made of either stainless steel or hard coat anodized aluminum with Teflon coating to protect against corrosion and abrasion.last_img read more