Oxford dating website re-launched

first_imgAn online dating website aimed exclusively at Oxford students is set to relaunch this year.OxfordRomance.org, OxRo, founded in 2008, has been given a new lease of life after four students agreed to relaunch it. In its first incarnation, the site was a huge success, with almost 15,000 dating profiles submitted and in excess of 5 million messages sent by its users.The site describes itself as “A free chat and romance site set up specifically for students of Oxford University. It’s philanthropic: we do this for the satisfaction of making people happy.”Though OxRo was highly successful when first active, it was not the first website of its kind. Its Cambridge-based predecessor, Romance.ucam.org (CamRo), enjoyed even greater success.Site creator Richard Neill, a former undergraduate and current DPhil student at Trinity College, Cambridge, said that OxRo and CamRo provided “a service much lacking”.“In Cambridge, there was quite a lot of romance and intrigue, a few late-night liaisons and so on, so we decided to establish the site,” he told Cherwell.He added, “You have to find out if you can make an emotional or at least an intellectual bond with someone before dating them. I think it’s much more likely that you’ll form a lasting relationship in that way rather than with someone you got with in a club.”Neill noted that both OxRo and CamRo had been victims of their own success, as those who successfully found partners tended to leave the site. Since both halves of successful couples leave the site at the same time in cases like these, the site continues to have an imbalance of men and women, as the former outnumber the latter three to one.The site, despite these issues, has led to 424 successful relationships, with some users striking even luckier. “We’ve been so successful and made so many people happy,” said Neill. “There have been 13 weddings that I know of and one baby on the way – it’s quite heartwarming.”Neill added, “I’ve lost about £500 hosting it, mostly on server costs and events. It really is heartwarming, however, to know that I’ve brought people together.”One second year History student took a negative of the view of the site however, commenting, “The site’s quite in keeping with the general trend of Oxford thinking, as people believe themselves to be superior to others.“It’s depressing to think that Oxford students feel that they will only find intelligent, suitable partners in Oxford, and through a dating site at that.”One English student at St Peter’s disagreed, commenting, “As a virile, sexually dominant alpha male I find it increasingly hard to locate women in Oxford with whom I have not slept. This will help.”A first year psychologist at New College, meanwhile, praised the site’s slogan, “Date someone as smart as you”, blaming past relationships on intellectual disparities.He said, “When dating in the past, I’ve often struggled with girls’ inabilities to keep up with my intellectual charm and witty references to baroque music. I feel this website will be perfect for finding someone who matches me in sheer calibre.”last_img read more

Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS

first_imgHealth Stores Ireland has today reiterated its call on the Government to halt plans to impose VAT on food supplementsThe calls come after a Donegal GP has said vitamin D test results coming from Letterkenny University Lab have been so low scientists first thought the machines were not calibrated properly.VAT at 23 per cent was due to come in from March but that has been deferred to November to allow the Minister for Finance to examine options. A public consultation in Ireland over April and May received 121 submissions, most of them calling for the retention of the zero rate.Speaking today Matt Ronan of Health Stores Ireland said: “The report from Donegal reinforces the need for many people to take food supplements to help with health concerns and prevent illness.“Imposing VAT on food supplements, such as vitamin D, would mean food supplements will become more expensive to consumers and may compromise their health as a result.“We would like 0% VAT maintained on all health food supplements so that they are affordable to all.  Many people take a range of supplements to help maintain their health and vitamin D is particularly important in the fight against osteoporosis. “The reports today highlight how important food supplements are for many looking to maintain their health.”Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS was last modified: August 14th, 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

Koertzen still in the game

first_imgKoertzen retired after a distinguished career in local and international cricket. (Image: Cricinfo)South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired as a match official in July 2010, is still in the game – as the newly appointed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regional umpire performance manager for Africa.The vastly experienced and well-liked Koertzen, nicknamed Slow Death because of his tendency to think long and hard before raising his finger to dismiss a batsman, stood in his last test match in July.He officiated in the second and final test between England and Pakistan at the Headingley Carnegie cricket ground in West Yorkshire, UK.Koertzen started his international career in a one-day game at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, in 1992 and made his test debut at the same venue a few weeks later. He became a full-time umpire in 1997 and his decision to retire was motivated by the wish to spend more time with his family in the small town of Despatch, also in the Eastern Cape province.In the 13 years of his professional career he has seen great advances in technology, with the result that umpires now have any questionable decisions scrutinised by the entire cricket world through lengthy action replays on big screens in stadiums, monitors in officials’ rooms and televisions at home.“Technology is there and will probably get worse, so to be successful in this game you just have to be more alert and get your decisions right,” he said.The veteran said he was honoured to have the chance to still make a difference in international cricket and share his vast experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels.“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring.”He named the opening game of the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s as the highlight of his career, and Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne, a master craftsman loved and hated equally by fans, as the most challenging bowler to umpire. Koertzen’s cricket memoir is titled Slow Death.Development of emerging umpires in AfricaKoertzen’s new duties will see him coaching, supporting and managing the performances of the ICC’s Elite and International Panels within the Africa region.The Elite Panel of ICC umpires is a group of top-level officials appointed to stand in one-day internationals (ODIs) and test matches around the world, thus ensuring that umpiring standards in these important events are of the highest. Elite Panel umpires are regarded as the best in the world, and each officiates in about 15 ODIs and 10 tests annually.The panel was established in 2002 with Koertzen and Dave Orchard representing South Africa, and at the moment includes lone South African Marais Erasmus from the Western Cape. Koertzen was still a member when he retired.Umpires from the International Panel, which currently features South Africans Brian Jerling and Johan Cloete, usually officiate in ODIs in their home country.Koertzen will also interact with visiting umpires to the Africa region, and is expected to play a vital role in the development of budding umpires in Africa through close cooperation with Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket, and the ICC Africa regional office.The ICC’s umpires and referees manager Vince van der Bijl, also a former South African player, said the organisation was looking forward to working with Koertzen in his new role.“He has umpired through the technology changes of officiating and is the ideal candidate to use all that experience to help the up and coming umpires move forward into the international arena.”Distinguished careerAt the close of his distinguished career Koertzen had stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day games and 14 Twenty20 games. Only West Indian Steve Bucknor has officiated in more test matches, with 128 appearances to his name.ICC CE Haroon Lorgat, a South African chartered accountant, paid tribute to Koertzen on his retirement: “He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi’s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, test cricket.”Lorgat added that the council owed a debt of gratitude to Koertzen for his invaluable contribution to the sport as an international umpire.last_img read more

Utilizing Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgUse Remote Grades is a simple but powerful feature that remains a bit hidden in Resolve’s current form. Let’s learn how to access and use it.Some Clarification First: Use Remote Grades is different than Remote Grading. Use Remote Grades allows us certain workflow shortcuts that will make grading many projects quicker. Remote Grading allows you to control a Resolve suite in another part of the world, enabling your clients to tweak from afar. In this article we’ll be talking about the former. Yes, it’s confusing that both features share the same name yet refer to two different things inside the same software.Utilizing Use Remote GradesStep One: Load a sequence. In the Color tab, right-click any shot and select Use Remote Grades. It’s important to do this at the beginning of the session before performing any grading. If you don’t, any grades you’ve performed will seem to disappear. They haven’t. You’ve just been working in the local grading mode which will not ripple to any other sequences. If you right-click a shot again and select Use Local Grades, your local work comes back.Right-click any shot in the timeline to access the remote grading feature.When you enable remote grades, the timeline changes in subtle ways. You may have gotten used to grouping clips together that share the same setup. In remote grading, some grouping has already been done for you. This may or may not be what you want based on how tightly the material was shot.For an indoor interview, you may be fine if the shooter hasn’t tweaked the exposure during the shot’s duration. If shooters were running and gunning around the set of a reality show, the grade you have for one section of a clip may not apply to another. When you want to apply different grades to shots that have been rippled together, you can unlink the dailies by creating a new version of the shot you want to treat differently.Remote grades are denoted with “(R)” below the thumbnail. You can see when several clips share the same dailies by the red box arrow icon above the shot’s thumbnail. When grading one of these clips, the thumbnails for all joined dailies update like grouped clips. I’ve used this feature for longer-form projects to reduce the number of shots needing grading.Shot 09, 10, and 11 share the same piece of media, denoted by the red arrow icon. The same grades will ripple to the other two shots when one is graded. You can tell you’re in remote mode by the “(R)” underneath the shot’s thumbnail.Remote grades can be powerful in a commercial workflow. It’s common to work on a 30-second ad and a 15-second cutdown of the same material. The client may ask you to play the :15 once the :30 has been graded. Even though both ads exist in different timelines, the grades will ripple across and the :15 will be graded and ready to play. Grouping doesn’t work across multiple timelines, so managing grades would otherwise be a manual process when addressing the cutdown.Remote grades can speed up workflow and grade management. Applying the steps found in this tutorial will allow you to focus on the more interesting creative aspects of the job. Looking for more Resolve tips and tricks? Try these links:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci Resolve Sunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveGot any obscure DaVinci workflow advice that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section.last_img read more

Expand definition of human rights: Amit Shah

first_imgThere was a need to expand the definition of human rights beyond the international standards as it was not sufficient in the Indian context, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. Addressing the National Human Rights Commission’s 26th foundation day celebration here, Mr. Shah said India would not be as successful in furthering the cause of human rights if it did not go beyond the international standards. “India and the world have different concepts and situations regarding human rights. If we evaluate it with the world’s standards, then perhaps that is not right,” he said, adding that the protection of human rights of women and children was “in-built in the social fabric and family system”. Referring to NHRC chairperson Justice (retired) H.L. Dattu, he said: “I request Mr. Dattu to go beyond legal boundaries and give space and a platform to the many people working for human rights protection on their own, as a matter of duty.” He added there was a need to combine the “new concept” of human rights with the traditional.“I know when I say human rights, people see the meaning as police atrocities and custodial deaths, which is a fact. We have no objections. Every citizen should get the Constitutionally-guaranteed protection. There is no dispute. “But there are so many other dimensions, which we have to see with different perspectives,” he said.last_img read more

Nextgeneration cameras inspired by fruit flies and moths

center_img “While human eyes use a spherical volume, compound eyes use only a spherical shell, so that much of the space and weight is saved for the brain,” Jacques Duparre, coauthor with F. C. Wippermann of a recent paper in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, told PhysOrg.com. “The arrangement allows for a large field of view, but does not require large signal processing.”Although single aperture eyes have advantages in resolution and sensitivity in large lenses, compound eyes have the potential to make more compact, robust and cheap vision systems. At the micro level, compound eyes’ individual viewing channels on curved lenses have minimal aberrations, or focusing errors that cause blurring. Cameras with compound eye lenses could have applications in many tight spaces, such as those encountered in automotive engineering, security and surveillance, and medical technology.“Thin lenses might have applications in flat panel displays, and we’re also working on another arrangement for minimal invasive surgery,” said Duparre, who is currently working on a patent for this arrangement.Scientists have studied optical lenses based on natural compound eyes for more than a hundred years, but classical macroscopic technology has not provided the necessary fabrication and assembly accuracy. For the first time, Duparre and Wippermann have fabricated and tested two different compound eye lenses using state-of-the-art micro-optics technology. Scientists fabricated an artificial apposition compound eye (center) that is significantly cheaper and smaller than a traditional 20-mm single lens objective (left) with the same magnification; and much smaller – though not quite as cheap – as a Euro cent (right). Photo credit: IOP. Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes 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.last_img read more