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NASCAR stars visit USO Arizona families

first_imgNASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suarez visited troops and their families last week at Luke Air Force Base before racing at Phoenix International Raceway.The racers spent time with USO Arizona families, and NASCAR and PIR donated 600 tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas and the NASCAR Toyota Series Toyota 120.The USO first began working with NASCAR in 2011 when current Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have toured Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Late last year, Logano and Stenhouse visited more than 655 military personnel in Kuwait and Germany.Born and raised in Mississippi, Stenhouse is the two-time and reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. Now, he is a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.Daniel Suarez was born in Mexico and made his official NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in 2011. A member of NASCAR’s “Next 9” initiative — a group of drivers identified by the industry as the next wave of young rising stars — he claimed his first NASCAR Toyota Series win last May in Mexico City and has two K&N East top-five finishes to his credit.___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Suarez, Stenhouse Jr. invite military personnel to Phoenix International Racewaylast_img read more

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PRIEST SAYS HEARTBROKEN MUM NEVER GAVE UP HOPE OF FINDING HER SON

first_imgThe priest who helped heartbroken mum Jackie McNair cope with losing her son Sean said she never gave up hope of finding his body.Rathmullan priest Fr Martin Collum has been a pillar of strength and support for Jackie in recent days.Last night he told Donegaldaily.com that Jackie only went to mass to pray for her son – just hours before he was found around 3pm yesterday in Lough Swilly. “Jackie was at mass this morning and we prayed for her together that Sean would be found soon.“I am just so glad that her prayers have been answered and that she has Sean back to give him a proper burial. That’s all she ever wanted,” he said.Fr Collum has been with Jackie and her friends from the very outset of the tragic incident on July 16th when Sean disappeared while swimming off Rathmullan pier.He said the support from the local community in Rathmullan and across Donegal has been remarkable. “People took Jackie to heart because they knew the hurt she was going through and they just wanted to help.“Everyone has been so good in the local community and all they wanted for us was to find Sean.“Thankfully that has happened now and Jackie can make the proper arrangements for Sean now,” he said.Sean’s body was found yesterday afternoon around 3pm after a large-scale search around the waters and shores of the lough.The coastguard had admitted that they were planning on winding down the scale of the search in the coming days before Sean’s body was found. Almost 30 boats put to sea yesterday along with shoreline search crews.It was members of the Dundalk Sub-Aqua team who finally located Sean’s body.However Fr Collum said he wanted to pay tribute to all those who took part in the search in any way in recent days.Meanwhile funeral arrangements were last night being made by Jackie and her family. EndsPRIEST SAYS HEARTBROKEN MUM NEVER GAVE UP HOPE OF FINDING HER SON was last modified: July 25th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)Tags:missingRathmullan PierSEan McNairlast_img read more

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Crabs’ bats come alive in home win

first_imgThe Crabs have, more times than not, fallen behind before scoring any runs in most of their outings this season.On Wednesday night the visiting Seals Baseball Club, winners of Tuesday’s game against the Crabs, seized a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and — perhaps rightly so — the Crabs fans gathered at the Arcata Ball Park, witnesses to their team’s 1-6 start to its home schedule, braced themselves for another long night at the park.Perhaps they’ll think twice next time.With one …last_img read more

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IBM Debuts Food Traceability iPhone App

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#NYT#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today at the IBM Information on Demand event, IBM will demo a new app that will bring the Internet of Things to the iPhone. The as yet unreleased iPhone app is called Breadcrumbs and it will give consumers access to information about grocery food items. The app will be able to scan barcodes and deliver a summary of the ingredients in a food item, along with when it was manufactured. That data is usually on the food label, but Breadcrumbs goes a step further – it can provide extra information such as product recall data. If a product has been recalled in the past, this app will tell the consumer all of the relevant details. Breadcrumbs is able to scan barcodes using the iPhone’s camera. The consumer simply points their iPhone at a food item and gets back relevant data. Other than product recall details, the information returned to the user is mostly the same as what’s on food labels – only it is pulled from the Web. IBM told ReadWriteWeb that when 4G becomes common place in mobile phones, then apps such as Breadcrumbs will become more powerful and be readily used on-the-fly by consumers when grocery shopping.The larger trend here is the convergence of smart phones with the Internet of Things (i.e. Internet-connected real world objects). Devices such as the iPhone essentially become sensor and RFID readers, which allow consumers to interact with real world objects in a much more detailed manner.Breadcrumbs is a glimpse of what we’ll see in the near future, when information will literally – finally – be at the consumer’s fingertips when they’re shopping for groceries or any other goods where data is plentiful. Up till now, data such as product recall information has largely been inaccessible to consumers – at least when at the grocery store. In the long term expect to see apps like Breadcrumbs provide data on where and when food items get consumed, together with how long they were on the shelf before being consumed. Apps like Breadcrumbs may even be able to tell who consumed the items (privacy advocates, start your engines!). These apps will also be useful in determining counterfeit items, for example when buying an expensive luxury good.The date that Breadcrumbs will be launched on iPhone has not yet been announced by IBM. richard macmanuslast_img read more

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Behind the Scenes: Creating Amazing Visual Effects for The Walking Dead

first_imgGo behind the scenes of AMC’s blockbuster zombie drama The Walking Dead and discover how they create the jaw-dropping (and face chewing) VFX.Top image via FanPopEver wonder how they create the realistic zombie VFX for The Walking Dead? FXGuide.com recently sat down with the show’s visual effects supervisors to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they produce their VFX magic.An intense amount of motion capture and modeling goes into creating the realistic zombie characters, all done by the skilled team at LA’s Stargate Studios. Pro visual effects artists use Maya for The Walking Dead’s modeling, rigging, and animation, while After Effects is used for compositing characters and effects into the final show. Lightwave, 3ds Max, and Photoshop are also used in the visual effects pipeline. The team relies heavily on blue and green screen to create digital set extensions and visual enhancements.A cool visual effects workflow hack: Stargate’s team has compiled a library of CG zombies that can be added to any scene. This cuts down the number of on-set extras that are needed, making shooting faster and scenes more versatile.Check out FXGuide’s full post for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the post-production process of The Walking Dead, complete with interesting before-and-after VFX shots. Here are a few VFX breakdown videos from Stargate Studios that explore the blood-and-guts process of creating The Walking Dead’s visual effects:Best of The Walking Dead VFXThe Walking Dead Season 3 Visual Effects ReelWalking Dead Season 2 VFX Reel“The Walking Dead” Season 1 Reel 2010Be sure to check out PremiumBeat for all kinds of VFX tips and demo reels!last_img read more

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After Life of Pi, Delhi boy Suraj Sharma bags another Hollywood project

first_imgBasking in the glory of his Oscar-winning film Life of Pi , Delhi boy Suraj Sharma has landed a new project in Hollywood.Disney has cast Suraj in its upcoming venture, Million Dollar Arm, a drama that accounts the real- life story of two baseball stars of Indian origin whose talent was spotted on a reality TV show.Suraj will play one of the lead roles while the hunt is on for another Indian actor to play the other baseball star.A still from Life of PiMillion Dollar Arm will be directed by Craig Gillespie, best known for his 2007 satire Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer.The film will also star Jon Hamm, popular as Don Draper on the television show Mad Men. Hamm will play sport agent JB Bernstein, who had launched a reality show in India named Million Dollar Arm to search for a good baseball pitcher.Two winners of the show in its 2008 season, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, were subsequently signed to play for Pittsburgh Pirates. The film will narrate their tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney plans to shoot part of the film in India. Filming is scheduled to start in May, in several locations in and around Mumbai.A still from Life of PiSuraj, whose role in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi won global acclaim last year. He recently won the whackily- titled Best Scared As Sh* t Performance at the MTV Awards for his role in Lee’s film.He also won the Best Youth in Film trophy at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards this year besides being nominated at the BAFTA Awards for the role.advertisementlast_img read more

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