The Blackmagic URSA vs. RED Scarlet

first_imgCan the Blackmagic URSA stand toe to toe with the RED Scarlet?First, before we get started, I need to make it clear that I am a REDUser. I’m currently using the RED Scarlet on my latest documentary and I’m slated to use it again this coming summer for my next doc. I’m a RED fan, but how does the Scarlet stack up to the new kid in town, the Blackmagic URSA?As a documentary filmmaker that is moving more and more toward narrative work I have been looking to replace my Canon for some time now. So, looking at production cameras to add to my arsenal within my price range I have researched the Canon C300, Sony FS700, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Blackmagic URSA and the RED Scarlet. It was the last two that really caught my attention.At first I didn’t think there would really be any discussion between the URSA and the RED Scarlet. I thought the RED would easily run away with my money….but then I started looking at results. The one thing I kept hearing from fellow filmmakers was that the Blackmagic URSA and Production Camera 4K boasted better sharpness and dynamic range than the Scarlet. After hearing this I had to really start looking into this.How do the Blackmagic sensor and RED sensor compare?Faymus Media has an interesting video that compares the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K with the RED Scarlet. I know this isn’t the URSA vs. the Scarlet, but in a way it is, as the Production Camera and the URSA use the exact same sensor. Now the comparison video is a bit on the long side, but its intriguing for those interested in the tech details.Now as I said the URSA has the same exact sensor as the Production Camera, but what is incredibly interesting about the URSA is that you can swap that sensor out. So essentially when Blackmagic decides to craft a new sensor that captures 6K or 8K at even higher frame rates all you need to do is remove the old sensor and replace it with the new sensor. That is pretty amazing.Director and Cinematographer Frank Glencairn has a really nice comparison between the Blackmagic Production Camera and the RED Scarlet. Again I keep using the BMPC because those comparisons exist and the URSA uses the same exact sensor.Here Frank compares the BMPC and the Scarlet using a 18mm lens:And here Frank compares the BMPC and the Scarlet using a 50mm lens:So what does all of this mean?The image quality is very close, with the RED seems to have a little better saturation and overall color balance, but the Blackmagic does seem to have better sharpness. So, to me the core image capturing isn’t the biggest difference, but rather how that image is captured. Those biggest differences come in the form of weight, sensor output, ISO, bit-rate and media storage.The URSA weighs in at just over 16lbs while the Scarlet is just over 10lbs for a basic configuration. The sensor output on the Scarlet is a full 4K at 4096, while the URSA is UHD at 3840. ISO is also slightly different as the URSA is 400 ISO and the Scarlet is 800 ISO. Bit rate is another significant difference as the URSA is a 12bit RAW and the Scarlet is 16bit RAW.[Blackmagic URSA image from Engadget]Finally biggest drawback for me personally was in regards to the URSA media storage. The Scarlet uses the RED Mag which has sizes from 48 to 512GB, while the URSA uses a CFast card setup that at one point I know were selling for $1200 a card. Then I was told by some camera ops that the URSA will record 10GB per minute compared to what I record now on the Scarlet which is right around 6GB per minute.But, as I said above that was an issue although I’m not so sure it is anymore. In my research I came across this article from Business Wire about the advancements that SanDisk is making with its CFast 2.0 cards. I was fairly impressed that the ARRI Alexa can use the CFast 2.0 cards via an adaptor. And with CFast 2.0 card prices becoming more manageable, and actually comparative to the REDMag, it’s not as big of an issue as it was.So, URSA or Scarlet?In my personal opinion, and it is just that, for the money I would purchase the RED Scarlet. But don’t discount the Blackmagic URSA or Production Camera. They are both really impressive, and if you are an independent filmmaker or documentary filmmaker and you live within a tight budget I would tell you to take a serious look at either one. In the end we are artists and storytellers, so the focus should be on how to use the tools available to create a solid story.Do you favor one camera over the other, or other pros and cons that we did not go over? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United FC Host Odisha FC as Both Teams Eye First Win

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Guwahati: NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC will seek their first win of the Indian Super League season 2019-20 when they lock horns at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.NorthEast United started their campaign with a goalless draw away from home to Bengaluru FC while Odisha FC suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Jamshedpur FC in their ISL debut. The Highlanders will count on home support to help them notch their first win and kick-off their campaign.Head coach Robert Jarni would have been pleased with the way the team defended against a strong Bengaluru FC, with Mislav Komorski and Kai Heerings looking solid as a central defensive partnership. Colombian midfielder Jose Leudo was an efficient screen for them, sitting deep in midfield and snuffing out opposition moves.”I am happy with the point (against Bengaluru FC). The team worked hard against the defending champions. Now at home, we will look to play more attacking football. We are ready for that kind of football as well,” said Jarni.However, the Croatian will want his forward line to start converting chances. With Uruguayan attacking midfielder Martin Chaves looking sharp against Bengaluru, star striker Asamoah Gyan can again expect good service.”He (Gyan) had good chances to score (against Bengaluru). It is always difficult to create chances against Bengaluru. Everybody knows him here, he is a very important player for us,” said the coach.For Odisha, the game will be all about making their opportunities count. They were caught out on the counter numerous times against Jamshedpur in the previous game despite playing against 10 men. Coach Josep Gombau would have been left frustrated with how they conceded a late goal. The defence, led by Carlos Delgado, needs to buckle up against the likes of Gyan and Chaves.Given that the Spaniard advocates a possession-based philosophy, Odisha must make the most of their chances while remaining cautious against counter-attacks.”We have our own way to play. We respect the team we are playing against a lot. We’re satisfied with our players. We discussed the result (against Jamshedpur) with all players. We had a few chances, but we couldn’t score,” said Gombau.In Aridane Santana, they appear to have a potent goalscorer, if his smart finish against Jamshedpur is anything to go by. Former Bengaluru FC midfielder Xisco Hernandez also impressed in that game and more of the same will be expected from them against a difficult opponent.The teams do not have any major fitness concerns and can be expected to have a go at each other and grab that all-important first win of the season. Asamoah Gyanfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: October 25, 2019, 11:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

Gerard Pique Reveals How Barcelona Players Offered to Help Facilitate Neymar Signing from PSG

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Gerard Pique has said Barcelona’s players offered to alter their own contracts to help the club buy Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.Barca attempted to re-sign Neymar, sold to PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($249 million) in 2017, but the two teams were unable to agree a deal. Key players, including Lionel Messi, were eager for the Brazilian to return and Pique says they tried to help the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, complete the transfer while satisfying UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.”What we proposed to the president was that we could tweak our contracts because we knew there was an issue with Fair Play,” Pique told Cadena Ser on Wednesday night.”Instead of getting paid what we were owed for that year, we could transfer it to the second, third of fourth year so Ney could come.”Ultimately we wanted to support the club and if we could help in some way, we had no problem with that.”Neymar earns 38 million euros a year at PSG and the financial implications of signing the 27-year-old would be huge.”We told him, ‘you live in a golden prison’,” Pique added. “But in football anything can happen and the door is open.”Pique also said the postponement of last Saturday’s Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was unnecessary.The fixture has been rescheduled for December 18 after violent protests broke out last week in Catalonia, following the imprisonment of nine pro-independence leaders.”My opinion is the postponement was unnecessary,” said Pique. “Common sense says that in Spanish stadiums there has not been any violence. We are civilised people.”That same weekend the Espanyol-Villarreal game was played and nothing happened. And why isn’t something going to happen on December 18 if it was going to happen before? The situation will be similar.”It was magnifying a problem that wasn’t a problem in the first place.”Pique is also the founder of Kosmos, the investment group leading the revamp of tennis’ Davis Cup, which begins in its new format in Madrid on November 18.The 32-year-old said the plan is for the new one-week competition with 18 teams to expand to two weeks and 24 teams, although Roger Federer has expressed scepticism about the changes.Asked if he would mind Roger Federer changing football, Pique said: “Not at all.”Pique added: “We sent him a letter and were surprised by his statements. They see the Davis Cup as competing with the tournament he has.” FC BarcelonafootballGerard Piquelionel messi First Published: October 31, 2019, 8:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

Ligue 1: Mauro Icardi’s Quick Impact Gives PSG Late Win at Windy Brest

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Mauro Icardi struck a late goal five minutes after coming on as a substitute to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 Ligue 1 win at Brest in windy conditions on Saturday as they bounced back from their loss to Dijon.The Argentine forward, on loan from Inter Milan, was quickest to react as Brest failed to clear the ball and scored with a shot into the top corner in the 85th minute for his ninth goal in 10 games in all competitions for PSG. The win lifted the leaders and champions up to 30 points from 13 games, nine ahead of Angers who drew 0-0 at Reims in a later game. They are followed by five teams on 19 points – Lille, Girondins de Bordeaux, Nantes, Reims and Olympique de Marseille.”It was not easy with the wind against us in the first period, we lacked precision and we made mistakes,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.”We controlled the second half, it was easier with the wind in our backs but we gave them an opportunity and they scored. We reacted well and we continued to play.”PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico turned away a curling effort from Mathias Autret and had a lucky escape when he sent a clearance straight to Yoann Court whose first-time shot bounced wide of the post.Court missed another chance by sending his shot into the side-netting.PSG made the most of their luck by taking the lead in the 39th minute although they had VAR to thank.Julien Draxler’s through ball found Angel Di Maria who sped away from his marker and dinked the ball over Gautier Larsonneur, the linesman raised his flag but the decision was overturned two minutes later by VAR and the goal awarded.Rico made another good save in the second half to deny Romain Perraud before substitute Samuel Grandsir scored a deserved equaliser for Brest as PSG were caught on the break.Tuchel threw on three substitutes in the 80th minute, with Icardi replacing out-of-sorts Edinson Cavani, and was quickly rewarded.”It was not easy for Edi (Cavani) because he lacks a bit of rhythm. He has to manage the competition with Icardi who is full of confidence,” said Tuchel.Angers held on for a point at Reims despite having Angelo Fulgini sent off for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes left. The match between Lille and Metz also ended goalless.Aleksandr Golovin gave improving Monaco a 1-0 win at home to Dijon, their fifth victory in the last seven league games, and Strasbourg thumped table-propping Nimes 4-1. AngersBrestdijonGirondins de Bordeaux First Published: November 10, 2019, 7:55 AM ISTlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer enters the unknown against Mischa Zverev

first_imgFew players at Wimbledon know the biographies and styles of their opponents in as much detail as Roger Federer but even the seven-times champion is unclear exactly what to expect from Saturday’s third-round opponent Mischa Zverev.Federer has won all four meetings against the Russian-born German, the most prominent exponent of old-fashioned ‘serve and volley’ tennis.But when it comes to receiving, the 27th-seeded Zverev has taken radically different approaches to dealing with the Swiss’s serve.”I have played him on several occasions now, and he’s played me different every time,” said Federer.”In Australia he played me really close on the second serve and would try to attack me, everything that he saw that was short he would come.”Whereas in Halle when I played him he played from way back, which is highly unusual on the grass. Especially second serve.”So I guess I don’t know quite what to expect in the match on Saturday,” added Federer, who will be posed very different questions by the left-hander.”Because he serves and volleys, points are played differently. I will train and warm up with left-handed players.”I think that’s the biggest switch always when you play against an opponent who is left-handed, that whole swinging serve, kicking serve, especially getting used to the returning is most important,” he said.Zverev, whose younger brother Alexander is also in the third round at Wimbledon, suggests that, with nothing to lose, he may taken an even more cavalier approach than usual.”I think this time I will try to go all or nothing, maybe even more than before. I don’t know,” he said.advertisement”Hopefully he’s going to have not his best day, because if he has one of those days, it’s really tough to beat him. It’s very tough, believe me. Then see how it goes.”It depends how he serves. See how the bounce is, see if I can read his serve well on grass or not. We’ll see. I haven’t decided myself yet,” he said.If Federer is to be stopped from advancing to the last 16, Zverev will have to do something to disturb his cool.”I don’t know if it’s something I can do or he can do to himself. I’ll maybe give him a mean, angry look before the match,” he joked.”So far every time we saw each other, we’ve been joking around in the locker room or warmup area. He seemed pretty relaxed to me.”last_img read more

Mysterious ‘Yeti’ analyzed by scientists, turns out to be a bear: Findings of the study

first_imgEven if you’ve never visited the Himalayas, you can still visualize how a Yeti might look like. From Scooby Doo to Doctor Who, Tintin and Monsters Inc., the ‘Abominable Snowman’ has popped up regularly in films, video games and television for decades.Scientists on Wednesday busted the myth of the abominable snowman, the towering yet mysterious half-human rumored for centuries to inhabit inaccessible reaches of the Himalayas. The report says that the long-sought creature, also known as Yeti, is in fact a bear.Can’t believe it? Let’s go through the findings of the study:The study was reported in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B which reports that the long sought-after creature was in fact a bearThe scientists investigated samples such as a scrap of skin from the hand or paw of a ‘Yeti’ — part of a monastic relic and a fragment of femur bone from a decayed Yeti found in a cave on the Tibetan PlateauThe findings suggests the hair, bones, teeth and fecal samples all belong to Asian black bears, Himalayan or Tibetan brown bearsEach of these sub-species inhabits different niches on the roof the world, and all of them have probably been mistaken at one time or another for the ‘Wild Man of the Snows’This study represents the most rigorous analysis to date of samples suspected to derive from anomalous or mythical ‘hominid’-like creatures. Clearly, a big part of the Yeti legend has to do with bearsThe artifacts from private collections and museums around the world, including a monastic relic said to come from a Yeti paw were, in reality, the remains of 23 distinct bearsThe study is not the first to reduce the myth to bear facts, but it does build up an unprecedented wealth of genetic evidence gleaned from bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples previously attributed to the mystifying creaturesAbominable Snowman or Bear? Myth busted! Let’s find facts about the creature:A Yeti is an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Its fur is either grey or white and is often depicted roaming the snowy mountains alone, a feral throwback to our violent evolutionary pastToday, the Himalayan brown bear — Ursus arctos isabellinus — is listed as ‘critically endangered’ on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red ListIts reddish-brown fur is lighter in color than the darker Tibetan brown bear, which also sports a white collar around its neckAt least two expeditions were mounted in the 1950s in search of the already legendary creatures, turning up footprints and hair specimens, with claims of sightings continuing throughout the second half of the centurySome say that Yeti is just a symbol of fear that has been built inside the head of mountainous people to make them stronger and more fearless in the harsh weather, as per a BBC reportStudies from the past:Previous scientific studies had suggested that ‘Yeti’ fur may have come from an ancient lineage linked to polar bearsIn 2013, Bryan Sykes, a professor of genetics at Oxford University, discovered that two samples of hair were a match and were the polar bear DNA from 40,000 years ago, suggesting an ancient hybrid may exist in the Himalayas. He claimed that the hairs he analyzed were a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, NorwayHowever the scientists said they had taken samples from the same Indian specimen as Prof Sykes and found it came from a brown bearAnother finding suggested that one golden-brown hair sample came from an animal shot by a hunter in Ladakh, India, 40 years ago, while the reddish-brown hair, was recovered from a high altitude bamboo forest in BhutanThe report by a Royal Geographical Society member in 1925 of a human-like figure crossing a high-altitude glacier further fuelled distant imaginations.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Highlights at 1745 hours:TOP STORIESDEL17 BIZ-JAITLEYIndia poised to pip Britain to become 5th largest economy next year: JaitleyNew Delhi: Union minister Arun Jaitley today exuded confidence that India will pip Great Britain to become the fifth largest economy in the world next year if economic expansion continues at the projected rate.DEL15 POL-CHIDAMBARAM-IIPIndustrial production growth down; Chidambaram takes dig at govtNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram today attacked the government for the slip in industrial production growth and said that retail inflation had hit a five-month high.DEL JK-2NDLD ATTACKTwo CRPF jawans killed in militant attack in KashmirSrinagar: Two CRPF jawans were killed and one injured in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district today, official sources said.NATION:DEL19 RAHUL-PM-CHINARahul attacks PM for capitulating to foreign pressure, cites China visitNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today cited a media report to hit out at Narendra Modi’s visit to China in April, saying never in India’s history has a prime minister “capitulated to pressure from a foreign power as this one has”. DEL32 CBI-MLA-RAPEBJP MLA charged by CBI for framing Unnao rape victim’s father in false Arms Act caseNew Delhi: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was today listed in a charge sheet by the CBI for framing the father of a minor girl, allegedly raped by the lawmaker in Unnao, in a false Arms Act case, officials said.DEL16 CONG-LD REDDYadvertisementFormer Andhra CM Kiran Kumar Reddy rejoins CongressNew Delhi: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy returned to the Congress fold today, four years after quitting the party.DES17 RJ-MARINE-FOSSIL47-million-year-old fossils of marine life found in deserts of Jaisalmer districtJaipur: In the deserts of Rajasthan, palaeontologists have stumbled upon 47-million-year-old fossils of primitive whale, shark teeth, crocodile teeth and turtle bones, which according to experts suggest that the area was under sea in the pre-historic age.MDS3 TN-LD-STUDENTCoimbatore college student dies as disaster drill goes wrong, trainer arrestedCoimbatore/Chennai: A 19-year-old student died when she jumped off the second floor of a college building here during a disaster management drill, following which a trainer was arrested for allegedly prodding her to take the leap, police said today.BOM2 MH-THAROOR-SENAWill Shah apologise for UP BJP MLA’s remark on rape, asks SenaMumbai: The Shiv Sena today asked whether BJP president Amit Shah would apologise for his party’s UP MLA’s remark that even Lord Ram cannot curb rapes.DEL7 JK-MEHBOOBAAttempt to create split in PDP will have ‘extremely dangerous’ results: MehboobaSrinagar: In her first public appearance after resigning as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today said any attempt by the Centre to “engineer” a split in her party will have “extremely dangerous” consequences.LEGAL:LGD7 SC-LD SOCIAL MEDIASetting up of social media hub is like creating surveillance state: SCNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today took a strong note of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data, observing that it will be “like creating a surveillance state”.LGD14 DL-COURT-COAL-LAUNDERINGED files chargesheet against Naveen JindalNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate today filed a charge sheet against industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal and 14 others for alleged money laundering in a case pertaining to irregularities in allocation of a Jharkhand coal block.LGC1 BH-COURT-SEXUAL ASSAULT2 woman teachers convicted of sexual assault on 5-yr-old girl in BiharPatna: A court here has convicted two woman teachers of a renowned English-medium school for “unnatural sexual act” with a five-year-old girl student.BUSINESS:DCM43 BIZ-PRABHU-PHARMAPrabhu asks pharma companies to invest in R&DNew Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today asked pharmaceutical companies to invest in research and development (R&D) to bolster the growth of the sector.DCM41 BIZ-LD-RIL-MCAPRIL’s market cap breaches Rs 7 lakh-cr markNew Delhi: The market valuation of Reliance Industries today briefly surged past Rs 7 lakh crore mark, making it the second company after TCS to achieve this milestone.FOREIGN:FGN15 PAK-2NDLD SHARIFSharif, daughter set to arrive in Lahore to face arrest in graft caseLahore: Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are set to be arrested after their arrival here from London following their conviction in a corruption case described by Pakistan’s embattled former prime minister as a “blind revenge” amid a crackdown on his party activists.FGN4 UN-KASHMIRadvertisementUN chief supports Zeid’s call for human rights probe in KashmirUnited Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voices support for the UN human rights chief’s call for an independent international investigation into the human rights situation in Kashmir, saying his action “represents the voice of the UN” on the issue. By Yoshita SinghSPORTS:SPF13 SPO-IND-PREVIEWIndia eye series win, England face ‘Kuldeep conundrum’By Chetan NarulaLondon, July 13 (PTI) A high-on-confidence India look set to wrap up another series on the UK tour unless England find a way to tackle the marauding Kuldeep Yadav when the two teams clash in the second and penultimate ODI at Lord’s here tomorrow. PTI ABHABHlast_img read more

Report: West Ham 1 Swansea 0

first_imgWest Ham 1 Swansea City 0: Sakho saves the day for Hammers Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 00:06 1/10/2017 Diafra Sakho - cropped Getty Images West Ham left it late, but ultimately sealed a much-needed home win over Swansea City. Diafra Sakho came off the bench to fire West Ham to a last-gasp 1-0 home win over Swansea and save Slaven Bilic from a fresh wave of scrutiny.Senegal striker Sakho bundled in a killer 90th-minute cross from fellow substitute Arthur Masuaku to secure a vital second victory of a difficult Premier League campaign to date.The Hammers had looked short on attacking ideas throughout a frustrating afternoon and the second-half substitution of Javier Hernandez was greeted with boos by the home fans, but they were soon in raptures as Bilic’s gamble paid dividends. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Under pressure after taking just one win from six league outings, the Hammers boss partnered Hernandez and Andy Carroll in attack in an attempt to outgun a goal-shy Swansea.But it was the Swans who settled the quickest into their new 4-4-2 as Paul Clement’s move to a diamond midfield resulted in a several tidy passing moves in a subdued first half.The second half continued in a similar trend until Sakho’s timely intervention, ruining what would have been the visitors’ first away clean sheet against West Ham.He scores when he wants! #COYI — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 30, 2017 Michail Antonio passed a late fitness test to start on the right of a four-man midfield and the winger looked lively early on, forcing Lukasz Fabianksi to claw a miscued volley away from the top-left corner.Swansea joined the hosts in fielding two out-and-out strikers and a swerving effort from one of that pair, Wilfried Bony, drew a strong hand from Joe Hart in the 15th minute.Pablo Zabaleta then produced an important block to spare his goalkeeper from more work as the Swans began to turn their dominance of possession into an attacking threat.The visitors did receive a let-off just prior to the half-hour mark when Renato Sanches, who was dropped for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Watford, escaped with only a yellow card for a late, studs-up challenge on England full-back Aaron Cresswell.And, after Fabianksi collected a tame Andre Ayew header, both sides had reasons to welcome the end of a tepid first half.Carroll seemed destined to break the deadlock when Antonio dropped an inviting cross to the far post, but the ball just evaded the forward’s outstretched left boot.Bilic called Manuel Lanzini from the bench just after the hour in search of more creativity, although their growing momentum was momentarily halted when Fabianski required treatment following a heavy fall.With both sets of forwards failing to fire, Swansea left-back Martin Olsson almost surprised Hart when his clever right-footed attempt curled narrowly around the left upright.But, after Carroll struck the crossbar from one fine Masuaku delivery, the left-back repeated the trick in flashing a low ball across the face for Sakho to gleefully tuck away.Key Opta stats:- This game produced a total of just 15 shots; only Burnley v Huddersfield on September 23rd saw fewer in the top-flight this season (13).- West Ham have registered three clean sheets in their last four Premier League games, after managing none in the five before that.- Swansea have still never kept an away clean sheet at West Ham, conceding 75 goals in 32 games in all competitions, stretching back to an FA Cup match in 1922 (W2 D7 L23).- The Swans conceded their first away Premier League goal in 495 minutes of action, since Wayne Rooney scored for Man Utd against the Swans on April 30th.- Four of the 10 Premier League games that have seen winning goals scored in the 90th minute or later in 2017 so far have been against Swansea City.- Diafra Sakho netted his first Premier League goal since November 11th 2016, when he scored versus Manchester United.- Six of West Ham’s seven Premier League goals this season have come in the second-half, which equates to a league-high 86 per cent proportion. read morelast_img read more

Boxer Neeraj stuns exworld champion to enter final in Russia

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold medallist in 2019 India Open Neeraj (57kg) on Friday stunned 2016 world champion Alessia Mesiano to enter the final of the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International boxing tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia. Strandja Memorial bronze medallist Neeraj and Alessia had the crowd on their feet with their exceptional display of attacking boxing. Both the boxers refused to back down but Neeraj landed a series of clear punches in the final round to edge past the Italian boxer 3-2 to secure his berth in the final. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn another highly entertaining bout, 2019 India Open bronze medallist Gaurav played patiently in the beginning against his Russian opponent Maksim Chernyshev. In the last round, Gaurav increased the tempo as he landed a flurry of punches to earn a 3-2 split verdict in his favour. Govind Sahani, silver medallist in GeeBee Boxing earlier in the year, was up against Tajikistan’s Shermukhammad Rustamov in his quarterfinal bout. Govind dominated the proceedings from the word go and showed great display of attacking prowess. He carried on with the onslaught throughout the match and the referee had to stop the contest in the third round. The young pugilist’s attacking acumen was appreciated by all as he earned the first RSC win of the tournament. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever, Ashish Insha (52kg) couldn’t make it to the semifinals as he lost his bout against Russia’s Islamitdin Alisoltanov 1-4. The match was in the balance till the last round before Ashish conceded a few clear punches in the last minute which led to his defeat. 2018 India Open gold medallist Sanjeet had to forego his bout against Russia’s Daniel Lutai after suffering a cut on his forehead in the first round of the match. In all, India are assured of 6 medals as 4 women and 2 men have reached the semi-finals. The 21st edition of the tournament is seeing the participation of 220 boxers from 21 countries. The event will give the Indian boxers a good opportunity to hone their skills and test themselves as they approach the World Championships later in the year.last_img read more

Duncan puts money on the table pushes ahead with First Nations education

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Thursday the Harper government would be putting money on the table to go along with contentious plans for new legislation governing First Nations education.Duncan issued a statement following a late afternoon meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and three other chiefs, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador regional Chief Morley Googoo.Duncan said the Harper government would meet its obligation to consult under the Constitution.“Our approach will be consistent with our obligations … and will include intensive consultation with First Nation parents, students, leaders and educators, as well as provinces,” said Duncan’s statement. “We will also explore mechanisms to ensure stable, predictable and sustainable funding for First Nation education.”The Harper government’s plan to pass legislation that would provide a framework for on-reserve, K-12 education is one among several of the irritants that led Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario chiefs to try and enter the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday.Duncan told the chiefs he had a cabinet mandate directing him to proceed and begin consultation on new legislation.The Atleo-led delegation told the minister that issues of treaty rights and funding needed to be addressed. The two sides agreed to meet again in the New Year.“All issues were put squarely on the table and we will follow-up by transmitting the resolutions along with our national action plan once it is confirmed by us,” said Googoo in an email sent to chiefs and band officials at about 6:35 p.m. following the meeting. “Key issues included the urgent need for fair, equitable and stable funding, regional diversity including the absolute need for respectful implementation of our rights and Treaty implementation and support for First Nations controlled systems supportive of our languages and cultures.”The meeting began sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., moments after Atleo’s speech to wrap up a special chiefs assembly when he declared “now was the time for action.” Its time was set while chiefs were still gathered in the assembly.The AFN’s chiefs committee on education had sent a letter to Duncan last week requesting the meeting.There were some questions immediately after the AFN and the minister issued their statements as to why Duncan didn’t meet with all the chiefs at the assembly.Treaty chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have said federal education legislation would infringe on their constitutionally-protected treaty right to enact sovereign laws over how they teach their children.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations distributed a pamphlet with a stark warning about Ottawa’s plans.“The last time Canada introduced federal legislation in education for our people,” says the pamphlet above two photos of Cree child Thomas Moore before and after he entered an Indian residential school in Regina. In one photo Moore has his long hair in braids and wears traditional beaded clothing and in the next photo his hair is trimmed short and he wears a tight fitting suit.The FSIN has passed three resolutions demanding the AFN stop working with Ottawa to develop federal education legislation.Under then-Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, a minority Harper government passed B.C. specific legislation in late 2006 that allowed for harmonization between provincial and on-reserve education systems.Treaty chiefs don’t want provinces at the table.last_img read more

Group blocks motorists who refuse MMIW flyer at OntarioManitoba border

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of Aboriginal people were blocking motorists along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba/Ontario border any time someone refused informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women Friday.Some people sat in their cars and refused to take the flyers, which sometimes led to shouting matches.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoWhen a flyer was refused the group sometimes blocked both lanes.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoThe group vowed to remain at the border until they handed out at least 1,181 flyers – the number of Indigenous women missing or murdered between 1980 and 2012 according to an RCMP report last year.The RCMP updated its report Friday and the rally was meant to coincide with its release.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

Citigroup 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) _ Citigroup Inc. (C) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.31 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The bank, based in New York, said it had earnings of $1.64 per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $1.61 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.55 per share.The U.S. bank posted revenue of $23.98 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $17.12 billion, falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.48 billion.Citigroup shares have increased nearly 9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed almost 4 per cent. The stock has fallen 26 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on C at Associated Presslast_img read more

BC government launches Community Benefits Agreement for publicsector infrastructure projects

first_img“We continue to work with Indigenous groups and women in trades to expand apprenticeship and employment opportunities,” said Sigurdson. “Under a Community Benefits Agreement, these initiatives will translate directly into apprenticeship completions, which, in turn, will allow B.C. residents to support their families, to invest in their communities, and to build the B.C. economy.”The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association meanwhile denounced the government’s announcement. ICBA President Chris Gardner held a press conference immediately following the Premier’s announcement.“For years, John Horgan has promised his political allies in the old-fashioned Building Trades unions that he would tilt the playing field in their favour. Today, it appears he will try and force that to happen through a restrictive and regressive PLA model for tendering government projects,” said Gardner. “Unfortunately for the taxpayers paying for provincial projects, this will mean much higher costs and it will give 15 percent of the construction workforce – the ones who gave millions of dollars to the NDP – a monopoly on work.” The Province says that the Agreement will implement a targeted approach to maximizing apprenticeship opportunities on major public infrastructure projects, with a focus on priority hiring and training of Indigenous workers and women.The government also says that priority hiring will be given to qualified individuals who live within close proximity of the projects, while contractors will be given flexibility by requesting named hires.The first projects to be delivered under the new community benefits framework are the new Pattullo Bridge and the four-laning projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta.“British Columbians deserve the opportunity to work on major government projects being built in and near their communities,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This Community Benefits Agreement will put local people first in line for good jobs building the roads, bridges and other infrastructure we need.”Signatories to the Community Benefits Agreement are BCIB, and the Allied Infrastructure and Related Construction Council, which represents many of B.C.’s building trades. The government also said that contractors representing B.C.’s construction industry played an important advisory role as the agreement was developed.The government’s announcement was received with praise from B.C. Building Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson, who spoke about the positives of Community Benefits Agreements during a keynote presentation to the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce earlier this year. BURNABY, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that the provincial government has launched a new Community Benefits Agreement landmark agreement for key public-sector infrastructure projects in B.C.At a press conference at BCIT’s Ironworkers Training Campus in Burnaby, Horgan also announced that the Province has launched BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc. – a new Crown Corporation that will oversee public construction projects in B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena was named as the minister responsible for BCIB.“British Columbians rightfully expect B.C. projects to benefit B.C. workers, families and communities. Our new Community Benefits Agreement will help deliver those benefits,” said Premier John Horgan. “With this agreement, we’re not just investing in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, we’re investing in good jobs and new opportunities for people who live in B.C. And with our focus on expanding apprenticeships for young British Columbians, we’re helping build B.C.’s next generation of construction workers.”last_img read more

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

SAN FRANCISCO — It took a while, but finally — and with the carefully curated help of Oprah, Big Bird and Goldman Sachs — Apple has at last unveiled a new streaming TV service, its own branded credit card and a news subscription product.The moves have been largely expected and so far don’t appear to drastically alter the competitive landscape the way Apple has done with previous products such as the iPhone and the iPad.Still, the announcements represent an important step for the company as it seeks to diversify how it makes money amid declining sales of the iPhone, even if by themselves they are unlikely to turn Apple’s big ship either way. But it’s a way to keep fans sticking with Apple even when they aren’t buying a new iPhone every year.Monday’s announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service. Here’s a rundown on what Apple unveiled — what’s good, what’s not so good and what we still don’t know.— APPLE TV PLUSThe good: Oprah, Jason Momoa, Big Bird, Steven Spielberg and a host of other stars have lent themselves to original Apple shows that range from documentaries to science fiction, drama and preschool television programming. The focus on “quality storytelling” is consistent with Apple’s image and analysts say is likely to produce some hit shows.The bad: Even so, “it will lack the full range and diversity of content available through Netflix, Amazon and others, and that is set to limit its appeal,” said Martin Garner, an analyst at CCS Insight. Apple also joins a crowded market and it’s not clear how many more monthly subscriptions people have the money and the bandwidth for.The unknown: Apple hasn’t said how much it’s going to cost.— APPLE NEWS PLUSThe good: The price, $10 per month, looks like a good deal compared to separate subscriptions for newspapers and magazines (Apple will include more than 300 of the latter, including The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated). Apple is touting “richly designed articles” that let people read publications tailored to Apple devices in all their glory. Apple has also included privacy protections, and says it will collect data about what people read in a way that it won’t know who read what — just how much total time is spent on different articles.The bad: While The Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal have signed on, other big-name news publishers, such as The New York Times, have not. Nor have, in fact, most other major U.S. newspapers.The unknown: It’s not entirely clear how much news you’re getting for your money. The Journal, famous for its business and industry coverage and commanding nearly $40 a month, will make “specially curated” general-interest news available for Apple customers, for example. Other stories will still be there — but Apple says users will have to search for the articles themselves.— APPLE CARDThe good: Security and privacy, two areas Apple prides itself on, are a clear focus. The physical version of the card has no numbers, and the digital version lives in your Apple Wallet on your phone, where it’s protected by Face ID or Touch ID so even if someone steals your phone they won’t be able to use the card to buy things. Apple says it won’t get information on what you buy with the card or where or for how much. There are no late fees.The bad: The rewards (2 per cent cash back for all purchases using the digital version of the card, 1 per cent using the physical version and 3 per cent cash back at Apple stores) are nothing to write home about. The card is meant for Apple users, so if you aren’t, it’s probably not for you.The unknown: What sort of credit score you need to get approved, as well as exact interest rates.— APPLE ARCADEThe good: Apple’s new game subscription service, which will launch this fall, will be free of ads and in-app purchases, which can quickly add up and have become common in mobile games. Apple promises more than 100 games, and they will be exclusive to the service, so there will be plenty of fresh adventures.The bad: The service will only be available on Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs. That could be frustrating for those who don’t own Apple products.Unknown: Apple said all games would be available with one subscription, but did not say how much it would cost or when exactly the service will launch. It has partnered with a few well-known game creators, including Hironobu Sakaguchi of “Final Fantasy” fame, but it’s unclear how well all the new games will work or how fun they’ll be to play.___AP Technology Writer Rachel Lerman contributed to this story.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press read more

Trump issues order that appears to target China’s Huawei

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is issuing an executive order to help protect the United States against foreign adversaries that are taking advantage of technological vulnerabilities to threaten U.S. communications systems.The order the White House announced Wednesday does not name specific countries or companies, but the administration has been trying to keep allied nations from using equipment from the Chinese tech company Huawei. In August, Trump signed a bill that barred the U.S. government from using equipment from Huawei and China’s ZTE Corp.The U.S., which is embroiled in an escalating trade war with China, also has sounded warnings about Huawei’s efforts to expand into Europe. The U.S. worries that China could use Huawei to gain access to private, commercial or other information that could compromise NATO and allied intelligence operations.The Associated Press read more

400 jobs to go at Lufthansa Technik in devastating blow

first_imgUpdated 10.25pmMORE THAN 400 jobs are to go in Dublin after Lufthansa Technik Airmotive announced it is closing its plant in Rathcoole.Staff at the jet engine overhaul facility were served notice of termination of their employment today.Workers had been warned last month that closing the company was being considered as an option as Lufthansa Technik faced declining revenues and shrinking international market opportunities.The company held a 30-day process to consider closing the company as it consulted with trade unions and staff.There has been no agreement with the three trade unions involved on severance terms for workers.SIPTU has criticised management for serving redundancy on workers while negotiations at the Labour Court on redundancy terms are ongoing.“Although this news is not unexpected… it is still a devastating blow to the workers and their families,” said Karl Byrne of SIPTU.Byrne said that the Labour Court is fast tracking its discussions and a recommendation will be issued ‘as soon as possible’.“We hope that all sides will respects the industrial relations process and that the affected workers can be provided with certainty in relation to their redundancy terms. This highly skilled workforce has been loyal to this company for many years. They deserve to be treated with respect and gratitude”.Lufthansa Technik said today that an offer from an outside party to take over the facility did not lead to any acceptable solution.Lufthansa Technik took a 60 per cent shareholding of Airmotive Ireland, which was set up by Aer Lingus, in 1997. It took full ownership in 1999.Originally published 12.19pmRead: “You could hear a pin drop” – 400 jobs at risk at Lufthansa Technik in Dublin > Read: US company to create 300 jobs at old Dell site in Limerick >last_img read more

OpenWorm looks to simulate life with your help

first_imgC. elegans is more important than you. To be fair, the little worm is more important than just about everybody, more important than fruit flies and mice and chimpanzees. The most important model organism is e. coli, the next is yeast, and the next is c. elegans. The world’s most famous nematode came to prominence when researchers noticed that it contains just 302 neurons, making it one of the simplest nervous systems ever observed. From this point on, c. elegans was the model of virtually every basic study into neuron function. If you’re looking to fiddle with an axonal growth gene, you do it in c. elegans first since the simple little thing is so well understood, as are the many ways in which it can die. As such, the worm has been one of the main sources of research for more than forty years.That kind of knowledge can’t be allowed to go to waste as just a big reference database; the best science is always creative, not descriptive! Recently announced, the OpenWorm project looks to kickstart that creative side by exploiting our comprehensive understanding of the species to let us make a nematode from scratch. It would exist solely in the RAM of the beholders, of course — a purely computational modelling of this exceedingly simple life-form — but a working (or even partially failing) model would be a truly revolutionary step forward for our understanding of life.A “win” in this case would mean generating nematode behavior simply by inputting detailed and accurate-enough information into detailed and accurate-enough models. A model called the NeuroML Connectome is being used to model every one of the 302 neurons and all of their interconnections, for instance, and a fluid modeler simulates the environment to surveys whole body movement. Many such systems are to be united under OpenWorm’s own system, the Geppetto life simulation engine.This all takes a bottom-up approach, much like our attempts to understand protein folding, starting from the lowest level of organization and testing our understanding of that level by using it to predict or induce higher-level structures. Also like protein folding, this worm creation process will likely prove extremely difficult and time consuming, but the process of trying to is educational enough to justify the work.That this work is open-source speaks to a growing awareness within science that crowdsourcing is both a powerful and entitled force. As with protein folding, the hope seems to be to give seemingly insurmountable problems to the world’s server farm, only this time they are looking to rent use of your mind, as well as your processor.last_img read more

Final 615 WWE RAW rating number is up from last week

first_img Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Facebook WhatsApp NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The 6/15 WWE RAW drew a final 2.83 cable rating with an average audience of 4.12 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 4.10 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.25 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 4.00 million viewers.This is up from last week’s show that drew a 2.59 rating with 3.65 million viewers.As reported earlier, RAW was the No. 2 show on cable Monday night.Source:, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Velvet Sky Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot)center_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 WWE increasing PPV length to a four-hour minimum beginning with Money in the Bank PPV Now Playing Up Next Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompson 12/28 Impact Ratings: Viewers see another increase for Part 2 of the Best of 2017 episode on Pop TVlast_img read more

TESS performs in New York City for Tempos 10th Birthday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOn the international stage… the TCI is doing it again. Songstress Chrystal “TESS” Charles was among the artists at the Caribbean Rock NYC concert organized by Tempo. Among the sponsors of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration are The Turks and Caicos Islands, The Islands of The Bahamas, Barbados, BTC, Caribbean Airlines and St. Kitts. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TESS held a promotional party before heading off to perform in NY. The dynamic artist, who always wows the local crowd is featured on original reggae track “FOR YOU” Written by Carl “CHOICE” Lewis and released her Soca/Rip Saw track “Daa’n My Business”, which she wrote. Related Items:last_img

BAHAMAS Minister Pintard says Fresh Start Graduates are Part of the Solution

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 26, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard said if Grand Bahama is going to change, it will not be because there is someone crying in the wilderness about what is wrong, but rather about someone finding solutions. “And the young people who are graduates of this Fresh Start Program are part of the solution,” he affirmed.The Minister of Youth was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for Grand Bahama’s Fresh Start Program on Saturday at the Social Affairs Convention Centre. Seventy-six persons graduated from the program and represented varied fields — including bartending, Butlering, office procedures, sales, welding and general maintenance.The graduates emerged from over 500 initial applicants, and of the 89 who were accepted. Each graduate received skill certification, Bahama Host Program certification and a customer service certificate. In congratulating the graduates, Minister Pintard noted they exemplified discipline, character and determination.“We are proud of you and we know that this is yet another aspect of your life, and in the future you will be doing incredible things,” he said.“Also, let me say to all of your support team – parents, guardians, friends, husbands, wives, teachers and coaches, mentors and lecturers – to all of you who have deposited into our young people’s lives, I want to say that on behalf of a grateful country and this government, thank you very much. The sacrifice you have made is appreciated.”The Minister noted there were people present at the graduation who had gone through some tough times in their lives and ended up in some very dark places, where the thought of giving up was prevalent.However, he encouraged those persons to make the commitment to rise up. “That’s the simple message tonight that no matter what position these graduates found themselves in, they made a commitment to invest in their future, to rise above the tough conditions in this economy; to rise above any choices they have made that may have derailed or distracted them for a moment.”He encouraged the graduates to treat every new day with a kind of sacredness and use the time to do something wonderful for themselves, their families and by extension, their communities.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo Caption: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard was the keynote speaker for this year’s Fresh Start Program in Grand Bahama. Seventy-six persons comprised the graduating class on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Minister Pintard told the graduates they have the opportunity to be part of the solution in turning Grand Bahama’s economy around.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)last_img read more