Related Items: SUNRISE: 7:01AMSUNSET: 6:58PMLOW TIDE: 9:14AM &10:10PM HIGH TIDE: 3:29PM & 4:05AM SATMOONRISE: 2:58PMMOONSET: 2:08 AM SATEXTENDED FORECAST: A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE MAY DEVELOP BETWEEN THE WESTERN BAHAMAS AND FLORIDA EARLY THIS WEEKEND, POSSIBLY BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE. THE LOW WILL DRIFT NORTHEAST THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING, SHIFTING BACK TO THE SOUTHWEST TO WEST THROUGH SUNDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURE TODAY 90 °F 32 °C LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT 77 °F 25 °C Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 29, 2017 – Nassau – 6:00 AM FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT, FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2017, ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY. GENERAL SITUATION: THE INTERACTION OF AN UPPER LEVEL LOW OVER THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO AND A BROAD SURFACE TROUGH OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN CONTINUES TO PULL PLUMES OF DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE ACROSS AREA, PRODUCING PERIODS OF UNSETTLED WEATHER TODAY.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS AND ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL OF WATERSPOUTS… & BEACHGOERS SHOULD REMAIN ALERT DUE TO THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES…NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, WARM AND HUMID WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.ADVISORY: GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS CAN BE EXPECTED IN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS & 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMASSEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET OVER THE OCEAN WITH SOME MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A large area of cloudiness and showers extending from theNorthwestern Caribbean Sea northward across Cuba to southern Florida and the northwestern Bahamas is associated with a broad surface trough interacting with an upper-level low. A weak area of low pressure is likely to form from this weather system later today and move northward near the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Saturday. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some development of this system during the next couple of days, before upper-level winds become less favorable Saturday night or Sunday. Regardless of development, this system is likely to produce locally heavy rainfall over portions of central and western Cuba, the Florida Keys, the Florida peninsula, and the northwestern Bahamas during the next several days.FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES/vdPhoto: Acklins Island, Bahamas FORECAST FOR SUNDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY, WARM AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.…GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS CAN BE EXPECTED IN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS…WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER OPEN WATERS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FORECAST FOR SATURDAY WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY, WARM AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS…& 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMASSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS…4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.
The site receives between three to five submissions (which are typically five pages long with up to 50 photos) per week, which go to a staging area and are managed by a former subscriber-turned-employee. “We don’t get to the same level as in-house content,” says Mikelonis. “We still want it to be peer-to-peer, but there are some basic requirements: It needs to have an introduction, at least three photos and demonstrate a sense of sequence and a result. When one of our readers sits down online, they want to know how to get something done.”If a member submits one tutorial, FordMuscle sends a t-shirt. If they do two, they get a hat. If a member does six, they receive $100. “If someone is especially enthusiastic, we may then bring them on as a freelancer,” says Mikelonis.Parts manufacturers can also be highlighted in the tutorial, although ads are not sold directly against it. Mikelonis says the site asks its top contributors what they might need for upgrades they’re working on. “We do not try to strong-arm the contributors into using parts from advertisers but we will steer them in that direction if a contributor’s needs and our resources align,” he adds.Selling Around UGCMikelonis says that advertisers haven’t tried to influence the tutorials. “We have not been put in that position yet. While we are confident we have more influence and reach than traditional print magazines, advertisers in our space are not yet willing to allocate an equal amount of dollars to their online and print ad expenditures. So, since our advertisers are probably aware they are getting a bargain with us, they then don’t feel compelled to make editorial demands.”FordMuscle sells an annual online subscription for $19.95 per year and is considering a pay-per-article model for the future (subscription accounts for about 40 percent of revenue, while advertising accounts for 60 percent). “I think we’d do a lot better,” says Mikelonis. “Although we call this a subscription, we know users don’t pay for the promise of new content. They pay for that article and access to our technical archive. The print model is counter to the way enthusiasts want information. They don’t want to pay a subscription and hope that next month they get an article relevant to their car.”FordMuscle.com generates about 160,000 unique visitors each month and expects to break $500,000 in revenue in 2009. In its 2009 Media & Entertainment Predictions report, consulting and advisory firm Deloitte warns that with no monetization schemes in place, user generated content will become less attractive to publishers. “A site with tens of millions of members, all submitting content and viewing each others’ digital offerings, was regarded as a good thing,” the report says. “During the coming year, that may well change, for the simple reason that while the absolute cost of creating the content may be tiny, the ability to realize any revenue from the content may be smaller still.”However, one online enthusiast publisher is starting to bridge the gap between UGC, editorial content and revenue. FordMuscle.com, which caters to Ford performance enthusiasts (and competes for the same automotive performance aftermarket advertising dollars as numerous Source Interlink titles such as Hot Rod and Car Craft), introduced a forum category called “Tech Exchange,” in which members can submit graphic how-tos. “The biggest problem in trying to produce in-house content is knowing that what our audience is doing in their garages is more diverse than anything we could do if we hired 20 guys, bought 100 cars and had all the free parts in the world,” says co-founder Jon Mikelonis.Polishing UGCFordMuscle staff edits outside content before it’s made available to readers and contributors are rewarded for their submissions. “Our advertisers appreciate peer-to-peer technical content as long as it’s edited, formatted, and scrubbed,” says Mikelonis. “Sure, if you open the flood gates and let anything go, advertisers will not want to be placed adjacent to foul content. Work at it, reward the contributors, play editor. And it just might work for your online community.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Police Department:On October 1, 1962, Congress, by a joint resolution, authorized and requested President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “National Police Week” to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime.In honor of Police Week, members of the Wilmington Police Department will be wearing special patches throughout the month of May. This is the third and final specialty patch that will be worn by our Officers. Patches will be available for sale to the general public for $10 with all proceeds going to the New England Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). You can learn about their mission to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty at https://newenglandcops.org/.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”Wilmington Police Launch ‘Police Explorers’ Program For Young Adults Interested In Law Enforcement CareerIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Department’s New Explorers Program Now Accepting ApplicationsIn “Police Log”
The Valve Index is for PC gamers who use Steam VR…and you may not need all its parts. Sarah Tew/CNET There are plenty of PC-connected VR headsets, and most of them work the same way: a set of full-motion controllers, a bulky head display that has a long thick cord going to your PC. Maybe it has extra room sensors you need to set up. Maybe it doesn’t. The Valve Index is not much different from other PC VR headsets in that regard (see also: Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive, or Microsoft’s VR offerings). It’s not wireless, it doesn’t have eye tracking, and it hasn’t reinvented a way to not be a bulky, cabled headset.But it is probably one of the best PC VR headsets of the moment, and its wild new controllers feel like the future.And yet I recently had a realization I never thought of the first time I tried the hardware weeks ago: this doesn’t feel like a new system. That’s because you don’t need to buy all of it if you’re already someone who owns an HTC Vive.Now that the Valve Index is available (although current shipping times put new orders into mid-September), here’s my guide on how to consider whether to buy it — or which part of it.All the stuff in the Valve Index $999 package (you don’t need the sensor boxes if you already own a Vive). Scott Stein/CNET Welcome to the modular VR world of SteamI mean, of course, Valve Index is a new VR system. Index is a new head-mounted display, there are new controllers, and there’s a $1,000 box that includes all of this along with little boxes to mount in your room to track your movements.But what’s cool about the Index is it’s all made on the same Steam VR platform that the HTC Vive uses. You could mix and match Vive hardware and Valve Index hardware. This is, in a way, an HTC Vive 2.HTC isn’t making the Valve Index, to be clear. Vive still exists, and Valve Index will exist alongside it. But you can mix and match Vive and Valve Index hardware, both of which use Steam VR. Which means, if you already own a Vive, and you’re Valve Index-curious, you may want to just buy the Index’s super-cool new controllers instead, spend $279, and consider that your upgrade.Take a look at Valve’s different piecemeal part offerings for yourself. It felt a little tight-fitting over my glasses. Sarah Tew/CNET Index headset: Excellent video and audio, but…The Valve Index’s headset does look great, optically. The LCD resolution is sharp (1,440×1,600, same as the Vive Pro and Oculus Rift S, but lower-res than the HP Reverb), and the extra field of view (about 130 degrees) reduces the VR scuba-goggles feel. A faster 120Hz frame rate makes things feel even smoother-moving and more present (there’s an experimental 144Hz mode in Steam VR, but I haven’t felt the need). The hovering pull-down speakers on the sides deliver booming, crisp sound. In that sense, it’s a head-mounted display that feels really good.However, the Valve Index lacks a few things. It’s not wireless, which means you need a cable tether. The Index’s streamlined cable setup skips the clunkier breakout box on the Vive, but it’s still a big cable (it needs DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 on your PC, plus a power outlet to power the headset).The Index also lacks eye tracking, a technology that should greatly impact control and graphics quality in future VR. Eye tracking isn’t really in non-enterprise VR yet (the Vive Pro Eye has eye tracking but only for enterprise use, and it costs a fortune). But still, it’s a missing feature.The Index doesn’t do self-contained room tracking, either. The Oculus Rift S and Microsoft’s VR headsets like the HP Reverb use cameras in the headset, and that’s it. The Valve Index still needs little light-emitting boxes to be installed in the room you’re in. It’s the same tech, basically, that the original 2016 Vive used. The 2.0 version of these sensor boxes can enable a large room to turn into a holodeck, and the tracking is really good — but it’s extra gear you need to set up.Finally, like most VR headsets, even though the resolution’s good, it’s not “retina-level.” Meaning, you can still see pixels. I’ve only ever seen one retina-level VR headset, and it costs $6,000. Someday, it’ll arrive to all headsets. Again, just a reminder that the Index isn’t the uber-headset.These are excellent controllers. Not many games take advantage of the wild finger tracking yet. Sarah Tew/CNET The controllers are great upgrades, but app support variesThe Valve Index controllers, as I’ve said, feel like the overdue sequel to the original Vive VR controllers. They’re great, they feel comfy and can track all your fingers like magic gloves. They can register force when you squeeze them. They feel like the future of VR input.They also have some nice extras that the Vive controllers lack, like buttons and analog sticks. That makes them serve as more-capable game controllers, much like the Oculus Touch controllers.It’s great that these controllers can work with all the games and apps that support Vive’s controllers, so there’s a deep library to tap into. They can be your Vive replacement controllers, easily.But that being said, only a handful of games take advantage of the Index controllers’ unique qualities right now. A list, if you’re curious:Space JunkiesMuseum of Other Realities#SkiJumpGarden of the SeaVacation SimulatorFujiiTrover Saves the UniverseAperture Hand LabsShadow Legend VRVRChatOnwardPavlov VRArizona SunshineSpace Pirate TrainerFruit Ninja VRSuperHot VRHot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesPokerStars VRVanishing RealmsCosmic TripNeos VRAccounting+Job SimulatorTilt BrushJet IslandDuck SeasonWindlands 2MossEcho GrottoBlade & SorceryBigscreen BetaClimbeyBeat SaberCompoundAnd, even in that list, some games don’t really do much with the extra finger tracking. The brilliant Aperture Hand Lab is a great demo app that shows what experiences could do when designed with these controllers in mind. But how many games and apps will bother to do that?The Valve Index controllers have analog sticks and buttons and a trackpad, a big improvement on Vive’s older controllers. Sarah Tew/CNET Not the same wireless freedom as Oculus QuestThis is a totally unfair comparison… but the $399 Oculus Quest, all self-contained and wireless, not needing any PC at all, was a more surprising experience to me than Valve Index. I love the Quest’s easy-on, instant-start satisfaction. Admittedly, it’s a totally different proposition: it’s using a mobile chip and has a limited closed-off curated library of games. It’s not as powerful as Valve Index.Again, sorry for the comparison. But I want VR to become more effortless and wire-free, easy to be immersed in. Valve Index isn’t that. You need a PC. You need those sensor boxes in your room. There’s a long, thick cable. It is, however, an improved set of hardware that the Steam VR platform needed, and those Index controllers are really great. I just don’t know, at this point, whether it’s worth your money to dive in. Computers Gaming Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voice Steam Valve Virtual Reality HTC
Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) or jet fuel prices have increased 3 percent to Rs 46,826 per kilolitre, which came into effect from October 1. This is the first month the jet fuel prices rose after two consecutive months of decreasing costs.Last month, the prices fell by 3.8 percent. In a statement, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said the price for international carriers has been fixed at $494 for October. It was $480.31 in September after the prices fell.ATF prices account for nearly 30-35 per cent of operating costs for airlines and directly impacts profit margins. The prices differ in different cities.The jet fuel price rise also seems to have impacted the share price of domestic carriers. Following the news, the SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs 60.25 at around 10:25 am on Monday, up 2.99 percent from its previous close. Similarly, the InterGlobe Aviation shares were trading at Rs 934.75 apiece, up 2.04 percent from its previous close around the same time. Jet Airways shares rose 3.95 percent and were trading at Rs 495 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The Indian Oil stock was trading at Rs 601.45 at around 10:30 am on Monday, up 3.21 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The revised ATF prices, new and Old (per kilolitre) are:CitiesCitiesNew Price (Oct 1)New Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)Old price (Sept 1)CitiesDelhiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 46, 826Old price (Sept 1)Rs 45, 411CitiesKolkataNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 51, 562Old price (Sept 1)Rs 50, 265CitiesMumbaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 45, 743Old price (Sept 1)Rs 44, 418CitiesChennaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 49, 474Old price (Sept 1)Rs 48, 108 MumbaiRs 45, 743Rs 44, 418 KolkataRs 51, 562Rs 50, 265 ChennaiRs 49, 474Rs 48, 108 DelhiRs 46, 826Rs 45, 411 CitiesNew Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)