first_imgIf you’re still stuck in the past using a traditional director’s viewfinder it’s time to step up your game with a smartphone app.Historically, film directors have used physical viewfinders to frame their shots with the correct aspect ratio, camera format and focal length. When shooting and location scouting these tools can save time in shot preparation without setting up the camera. Unfortunately though, these director’s viewfinders can be prohibitively expensive (the popular Alan Gordon Mark V will set you back nearly $700).For the uninitiated, NoFilmSchool’s done a rundown on “What is a Director’s Viewfinder and Why You Need One?”Now, digital viewfinders are taking the place of their more traditional counterparts. For the last few years, Artemis has led the way in the ‘smartphone as a viewfinder’ technology. The app will simulate different lens and camera combinations using the phone’s camera. Use the app on-set to frame your shots or take stills to create a storyboard. It’s available for iOS and Android for $29.99.This week a new player entered the ring with Cadrage, a viewfinder app from mobile developer distantblue. Available in both Android and iPhone versions, Cadrage has a large database of professional film/photo camera formats and lenses. Early reviews of the app are positive and it’s currently available for $10.99. Get more info here.Are you using a director’s viewfinder? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgWith the global financial crisis seemingly over, the annual India Leadership Forum of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) in Mumbai in February was positioned as an occasion for celebration. In the lead up to the event, officials were cheering about how the industry had triumphed over troubled times and reached its $50 billion export target. “It’s a historic moment for the Indian IT-BPO industry as it touches the $50 billion landmark,” said Nasscom president Som Mittal. Unfortunately, the historic moment is yet to come. India’s software exports for the year ending in March are estimated to total $49.7 billion — nearly there, but slightly short. Export growth in 2009-2010 is only expected to be 5.5%. Yet according to Nasscom chairman Pramod Bhasin, “The performance of the industry this year is far stronger than what is reflected (in) the growth numbers.” As for next year, the association reports, software and services export revenues should be up 12% to 15% to around $56.57 billion. On the domestic front, growth in 2009-2010 will be much higher, at 12% — with revenues expected to reach $13 billion — and rising 15% to 17% next year.The real story of the Indian IT sector, however, is how it has coped with the crisis, changed strategies and prepared for the future. The global recession has affected big and small players differently. “The impact of the economic slowdown was relatively (bigger) on small and medium companies compared to their larger counterparts,” said Rajan Kohli, chief marketing officer at Wipro Technologies. Size differences aside, he adds, “it is how well the business is run which determines the health of (a company). While the larger businesses have the advantage of management depth, their ability to change quickly is hampered by (their) size.”Smaller companies will take more time to recover, industry experts predict, with some being forced into consolidation. But is the crisis mostly over? “The Indian IT industry has definitely started to show signs of recovery,” said Praveen Bhadada, engagement manager at Zinnov Management Consulting. Some of the indicators: fresh hiring and the Nasscom growth projections. “Companies like TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), Infosys and Patni are looking for global acquisitions to augment capabilities in markets not penetrated earlier,” Bhadada noted.“The recovery has not been as dramatic as it was after the 2002 recession which followed the dotcom bust, but it is now gathering momentum,” said Ashok Soota, chairman of Bangalore-based MindTree. “The India story is still very strong.”“The Indian IT industry seems to have stabilized but we are still cautious,” said Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO & managing director of Infosys Technologies. “In the last quarter, Infosys saw revenues from the U.S. and the financial services sector increase. While we expect to see flat client budgets in 2010, this is better than the 6% to 8% drop we saw in 2009. In light of this, we expect to see an increase in clients’ offshore allocation. There has been a comeback of slightly larger sized deals and a continuing build up of traction in strategic transformation deals. We have also seen a rise in discretionary spending across some sectors as companies start investing in their future growth. At the same time there are concerns of possible setbacks to growth, so we remain cautious in our outlook.”Hiring for the Future One visible measure of the changed environment is recruitment. According to Nasscom estimates, Indian IT companies will be adding 150,000 employees to their payrolls in 2010-2011. The 2009-2010 estimates foresee an increase of 90,000, or 4%, taking the direct employment in the sector to 2.3 million and indirect employment to 8.2 million.India’s largest IT company, TCS, is getting larger, at least in terms of people. CEO N. Chandrasekharan told the media at the Nasscom meeting that 30,000 employees would be added next year to its existing roster of 150,000. This would be not just in India, but also in Latin America, the U.S., Australia and Europe. In 2003, TCS had less than 100 people outside India; today it has more than 11,000.The increase in these numbers reflects TCS’s strategy for the future. It wants to move to new geographies like Japan, which is more insular than most markets. Second, it wants to make that quantum leap from major player in the outsourcing arena to consultant. “Consulting (means) being close to customers and (having) great listening skills, all in one,” Chandrasekharan told business daily The Economic Times. “From my point of view, we are getting there, but it will take time. It’s a marathon because you can build skills, but (changing) perception takes a very long time. What happens is that IBM or Accenture will bid (along with TCS) for the same deal and do offshoring, too, but they will be known as something else. We have got to work on the brand and facilitation skills. We need to get more consulting persons in multiple markets.”Infosys invested in talent during the crisis, too. While others were handing out pink slips, Infosys honored its hiring commitments. According to Gopalakrishnan, there was greater communication with clients, partners and employees so that everybody was on the same page during the crisis. Discretionary spending was reduced and unnecessary expenses were eliminated. The company also leveraged its new engagement model, which gave clients the flexibility to pay at a unit of work level or based on the outcome.Kohli of Wipro spoke of a different approach, though several features are similar to those announced by others. Wipro’s approach includes a balanced emphasis on global and emerging markets; an increased focus on new growth industries which brought in additional business; customized offerings; attention to costs; and “reinvention.” Said Kohli: “Traditional IT services are getting commoditized or automated. The IT Product is giving way to ‘Service Ubiquity.’ Wipro has attempted to rise above the challenge by putting more skin in the game and offering outcome-based business models.” For one of its telecom service provider customers, for example, Wipro’s payments are linked to the profitability per subscriber. Also, “there were industry-specific solutions that enabled cost cutting and reduction in capital expenditure. Wipro has made great strides in this arena by following what we preach. We have launched a private cloud for internal use. There has been a dramatic reduction in procurement time, costs as well as energy. The private cloud serves as a prototype for customers.”Mid-tier TraumaDuring the crisis, mid-tier companies faced problems as the bigger players — who would look at only million dollar deals earlier — started picking up whatever business they could. “The larger companies and global MNCs enhanced their focus on scouring the market for all deals – irrespective of the size of the deal,” said Atul Nishar, founder and chairman of mid-tier firm Hexaware Technologies. “Some companies resorted to predatory pricing in order to secure more business.” To address that issue, Hexaware focused on a set of target accounts in select verticals. “We have become very proactive in providing solutions to existing customers,” said Nishar. “We were constantly in touch with existing clients and further strengthened our relationship with them, meeting them, understanding their pain points and accordingly addressing them. We leveraged the slowdown period to enhance and upgrade the skills of our employees. We were in touch with our employees, meeting them in small and large groups (and) constantly reassuring them and communicating with them. We also furthered our (intellectual property)-led growth strategy.”In general, companies tried to cash in on their strengths. “Specific firms looked at specific strategies,” said Ganesh Natarajan, CEO of mid-tier company Zensar. “Zensar launched an Impact sourcing service to provide a risk and reward sharing solution to clients and started an IP discovery initiative within its project groups to add reusable knowledge artifacts to its repository and reduce time to market for new client solutions.”“The strategies to weather the slowdown covered a wide range from growth-oriented initiatives to cost containment,” said Soota of MindTree. “The revenue expansion approaches included new markets, new business models and growth through M&A.” MindTree, for instance, acquired Kyocera Wireless India. The company took a new business approach and moved into analytics, wireless IP and the products business. Among the products are a video surveillance system and others in the area of telemedicine. These “white-label” wares will be licensed to original equipment manufacturers who can then market them under their own brand names.“In this recession, larger businesses mostly resorted to cost and process optimization,” Kohli said. “It was a time for them to identify and invest in their big bets for future. For smaller companies, it was an opportunity to identify their niches, as customers look for vendors with the best skills for the job.”A Paradigm ShiftAccording to Nishar, the efficiencies forced on the IT sector during the downturn will continue even as the economic climate improves. “From a client perspective, vendors had dropped prices and offered several savings models to ensure closure of deals and prompt starts. Despite the upturn in the economy, some of the commercial terms (strongly in favor of the clients) may not be easily changed. The pricing regime may have seen a paradigm shift for some time to come.”Wipro sees sustainability, climate change, green IT and healthcare as the fields to be tapped over the next few years. New and emerging economies will be key geographies. “We have increased focus on globalizing our footprint. In the past two years, Wipro has opened centers in the U.S., Brazil, the Philippines, and China with a clear mandate of localizing our presence in these markets,” Kohli noted.Bhadada of Zinnov added that, having come through the fire, the IT industry is much better positioned to handle future obstacles. “Companies will be willing to absorb more risk going forward. “Models such as risk-reward, revenue (sharing) or outcome-based revenue … will become mainstream.”“Historically, it has been observed that a slowdown accelerates the changes that are underway,” said Soota. “This slowdown (accomplished that). For example, new technology models like (software as a service)-based offerings and cloud offerings are getting into the mainstream. Similarly, business models like outcome-based pricing are getting more attention. Going forward, all these will have a permanent impact on the way companies operate and compete.” Adds Kohli of Wipro: “Downturns are opportunities in disguise; how companies (big or small) react to these downturns differentiates them over the long run.”The specter of last year’s Satyam scandal was looming over the Nasscom gathering as well. “One of the big (lessons) for companies in this slowdown has been the need to develop the ethics of corporate governance, values and transparency within their organizations,” said Gopalakrishnan of Infosys. “The slowdown has, in a way, been a breakdown of trust for people, and as companies work towards investing in their future growth, it is essential that they lay emphasis on this aspect as well.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgJakarta, Aug 23 (AFP) Singapore’s Olympic swim champion Joseph Schooling shrugged off a horror turnaround Thursday to top the heats for the 50 metres butterfly at the Asian Games after a fitful night’s sleep.The 23-year-old, who stunned Michael Phelps in the 100m fly in Rio two years ago to win Singapore’s first-ever Olympic title in any sport, got less than five hours of shut-eye after retaining his Asian title in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.After becoming the first swimmer to deny China or Japan a gold medal at the six-day meet, Schooling admitted to staying up late — and to drinking a few too many coffees.”It was rough,” he winced, after clocking 23.84 seconds to edge out China’s Wang Peng for top spot.”I went to bed at 1am and woke up at 5:57 — that’s a shitty turnaround but that’s what you’ve got to do sometimes.”I took a lot of caffeine last night. I had about four cups of coffee, so it was hard to go to bed.”But it’s normal to feel tired. It just means you’ve got to grind through it. You’ve got to be a man, step it up and not complain.” Jordan’s Khader Baqlah turned heads by posting the joint-quickest time in qualifying for the men’s 100m freestyle, swimming’s blue riband event.The 19-year-old, who finished just outside the medals in fourth in the 200m free final earlier this week, clocked 49.30 with China’s Yu Hexin — winner of the 50m free in Jakarta.- Usual suspects -advertisement==================Japan’s Shinri Shioura, silver medallist at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, was just two-hundredths slower.”I was kind of frustrated with the 200m,” admitted Baqlah. “That was my fastest morning swim ever today but I’m probably going to have to go mid-48 to win.” The usual suspects were lurking in the men’s 200m backstroke with China’s Xu Jiayu second quickest as he looks to complete an Asian Games treble in the discipline.Xu, who could potentially finish with five gold medals in Jakarta, touched in 2:00.53 behind countryman Li Guangyuan 1:59.87.Japan’s Satomi Suzuki topped the heats of the women’s 50m breaststroke as she looks to retain her title and complete a 50-100m double.Japan’s golden girl Rikako Ikee could equal countrywoman Yoshimi Nishigawa’s five swim titles at a single Asian Games when she goes in the 4x100m medley relay later on Thursday.The 18-year-old, who has emerged as Japan’s brightest swimming hope for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in her home city, has already won gold in the 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 free and the 4x100m free, plus two silvers.A medal of any colour will also see Ikee match countryman Kosuke Hagino’s haul of seven, including four gold, at a breakout 2014 Asian Games.Nishigawa won five gold medals in freestyle and individual medley at the 1970 and 1974 Asian Games. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

first_imgadvertisement scorecard commentary Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice itRiyan Parag played a wide range of shots during his match-winning knock of 31-ball 47 for Rajasthan Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. He came up with an helicopter shot during his composed knock that helped Royals seal two crucial points graphscenter_img Akshay Ramesh KolkataApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 12:35 IST IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag has scored 110 runs from four matches so far (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRiyan Parag smashed 2 sixes and 5 boundaries during his match-winning knockRR beat KKR by 3 wickets after successfully gunning down a 176-run targetVarun Aaron shone with the ball on his comeback to IPL cricket with two crucial wickets17-year-old Riyan Parag has certainly made a strong impression in the limited opportunities that has come his way in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Rajasthan Royals wonderkid has shown tremendous composure in crunch situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.On Thursday, Riyan Parag was at it again as he top-scored for Rajasthan Royals with a 31-ball 47 to help the team gun down a 176-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd, Riyan Parag held his nerves and wonderfully led Rajasthan’s chase after they lost their star batsmen, including captain Smith and Ben Stokes cheaply.RR got off to a flyer, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s aggressive approach at the top. However, KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine struck in regular intervals to leave RR reeling at 98 for 5.Riyan Parag was handed an early reprieve by Sunil Narine but the youngster did well to make use of the extra opportunity and stitched a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.Riyan Parag hit two sixes and five boundaries and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in Rajasthan’s successful chase.Parag played a wide range of shots but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over has grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The teengar executed the shot that is commonly associated with MS Dhoni to perfection and fetched a boundary.However, Riyan Parag said there was no inspiration for the helicopter shot he played on Thursday from MS Dhoni and even revealed he never practiced the much-talked-about shot.advertisement”I just hi it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told Rajasthan pacer Varun Aaron during a candid chat for Parag was disappointed when he got out hit wicket in the 19th over of the chase. In the tense chase, Royals needed 9 runs from the last over but a calm Jofra Archer sealed the deal for the visitors with a four and then a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.Stressing that Archer and himself had spoken about being positive throughout their 44-run stand, Riyan Parag said: “As soon I played the shot, I hit the bail with my bat, I knew that I was out and I kept walking. But Archer and I were saying positive things to each other. I knew he would finish it and he did it in style.”Varun Aaron walked away with the Man of the Match award in his first match for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. The India pacer bowled with a lot of steam and got the big wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill with inswingers to dent Kolkata Knight Riders early.Speaking about the knuckle ball that got Gill, Aaron said: “I have been bowling that for a while now. It came out really well today. It was an important match for us an I am glad it came out really well.”Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Riyan ParagFollow Shubman GillFollow Varun AaronFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019 No data available! view more view lesslast_img read more

first_imgNoida (UP): A new Rs 6.50 crore bridge over the Shahdara drain was opened for public here Thursday that will reduce distance and time for commuters between Noida and Delhi, officials said. The bridge was inaugurated by Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma and Noida MLA Pankaj Singh in presence of officials of the Noida Authority. “It is a 73-metre long bridge with a width of the main carriageway of 11-metre and 1.50 metre wide footpath. The bridge has cost Rs 6.50 crore,” a senior official of the Authority said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items With this bridge becoming operational, traffic bottlenecks will be removed for commuters between Akshardham in Delhi and Sector 14A in Noida, saving time for people. “Hopefully it will also reduce the number of accidents as there will not be merger of traffic coming from the Mahamaya Flyover and people coming from 14A,” the officer said. The bridge also features handmade paintings on both the sides which have been done free of cost by the Kiran Nadar Museum in association with the Authority, the official said.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Bianca Andreescu’s coach says the tentative plan is for the Canadian tennis star to return to action at the Beijing Open later this month.Sylvain Bruneau says the U.S. Open women’s champ likely will play one tournament during the WTA Tour’s Asian swing — with the Beijing Open, Sept. 28-Oct. 6 as the target.Bianca Andreescu’s coach says she’s eyeing a return to the @WTA tour later this month in Beijing after recently winning the #USOpen— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 10, 2019The Beijing Open is part of the sport’s top level of events below Grand Slams like the U.S. Open — called a Premier Mandatory tournament.Bruneau says Andreescu also hopes to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals, Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Shenzhen, China.Andreescu, a 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is fourth in the standings for the Finals. The top eight qualify for the event.RELATED: Andreescu set to make millions in endorsements after U.S. Open victoryAndreescu beat American legend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday in New York. The Canadian reached No. 5 in the rankings with the win after starting the year outside the top 150.WATCH: ‘I hope one day I can be just like her’: Andreescu inspires young tennis playerslast_img read more

first_imgWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theatre last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.“I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus back to a tight match against a rival team from Boston. Christian claims to be shy at school, but here, he’s a vocal leader on a New York team of nearly 20 esports competitors, some as young as 6 years old. With a spot in the league finals on the line, Christian tapped away at his keyboard and excitedly discussed tactics with teammates.The group was strategizing over pickaxes and archers, not pitchers and catchers, but the focus on teamwork and communication could have come straight from the bench at a youth baseball game.At Super League Gaming events like this, that’s the goal.“Like Little League for esports,” says Super League CEO Ann Hand.Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The organization was founded in 2015 and runs national leagues for three esports games: “Minecraft” for players in elementary and middle school, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for older players. Kids are often introduced to competitive video games via “Minecraft” before graduating to “League of Legends,” giving them a place to train and play throughout their teenage years and beyond — the “League of Legends” competitions don’t have an age limit. Super League Gaming has tens of thousands of players, although not all attend every live event, and its “Minecraft” championship has been turned into a reality TV show on Nickelodeon.The hope is that Super League can close a major gap in the esports ecosystem for young gamers, particularly in the U.S. The industry is set to eclipse $1 billion soon, and there are more professional opportunities than ever. Pros in the NA LCS — the top North American “League of Legends” circuit — averaged over $300,000 in salary this season, and many colleges now provide esports scholarships. Careers in esports coaching or game design are increasingly in demand, too.But to pursue those jobs, players need to start early. Esports pros often peak in their early 20s, and elite talents in countries like South Korea are being identified before reaching middle school.The relatively weak U.S. gamer pool is holding back North American franchises from competing on an international stage. Esports powerhouse Cloud9 became the first NA LCS club to even make the semifinals at the League of Legends World Championship this year, and it only had one U.S. player in its starting lineup. The lacklustre American feeder system was a talking point when NA LCS franchise owners met this summer.“A lot of our amateur system has fallen away,” said NA LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “I think we all agree that it is shallower right now than it could be and should be.”Riot Games, which publishes “League of Legends” and manages its professional circuits, is partnered with Super League and hopes the organization can boost the reputation of American gaming. Super League uses proprietary software to pair players with competition at the appropriate skill level, and its weekly in-person events allow for stronger development than if players were left to practice alone. Super League also makes it easier for pro franchises to scout players and evaluate their talent and makeup.“You can’t really just look at the best players online and use that as your primary way to find the next great pro because the problem is that you don’t know a lot about their behaviours,” Hand said. “Will they be able to handle the pressure of being at the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden?”Just like Little League, it’s not strictly about churning out elite talent. Super League also creates an in-person sense of community around gaming, one that allows parents to watch and even coach. Some have concerns about their kids spending too much time on screens, but at least with Super League, gaming happens in a social, supervised space — better than playing solo in a basement or bedroom.“It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made,” said Alon Rothschild, who drives his 11-year-old son, Frankie Capello, over an hour from Staten Island to compete with New York’s “Minecraft” team.The co-ed organization provides players with uniforms, tech support and access to its digital platform, which allows players to log into Super League competitions from anywhere. But it’s the in-person events that pull kids in.“You’re actually sitting next to each other and you’re talking,” Frankie said. “When you’re talking, you basically are getting the better experience with your friends. I love talking with my friends and doing this.”The league hasn’t turned out any professional players, though it’s taking steps to ramp up its gamer development. It has created a training program within its software for at-home use and is offering boot camps focused on helping players improve. Hand wants to begin hiring former professional gamers to coach at Super League events, too.Super League is also eyeing expansion into games like “Fortnite.” Although Super League’s player base is believed to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., it still represents a sliver of the gaming world, leaving a lot of room for growth before Super League is as synonymous with esports as Little League is with baseball.Getting there could be a boon in an already booming industry.“A kid who does play Little League is an MLB fan for life,” Hand said. “Cultivating that future fan through our youth leagues is really essential.”___Follow Jake Seiner: AP esports: and Seiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“We’re confident now that our project will meet every standard, every regulation, every test and reflect the values and priorities and principles that we all care for as Canadians.”The National Energy Board is being asked to reinstate the record from the previous regulatory proceeding in 2016 so that the project can be brought back to the same state of construction readiness as last summer, Anderson said, a process expected to take some weeks.He said the fact the federal government owns the pipeline won’t change or hurry the process.Two re-routing requests are still to be decided, he said, including one involving B.C.’s Coldwater reserve, although those processes aren’t expected to affect the timeline.He said contractors are being mobilized, pipe is being stockpiled in yards in Alberta and B.C. and the Burnaby Terminal on the West Coast is being made ready so that construction work can begin there as soon as permitted.Anderson said there is no update on the last estimated project cost of $7.4 billion, while conceding that “time is money.” Earlier Wednesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a Calgary business audience the best way to convince a skeptical oilpatch that the expansion will actually be built is to go ahead and build it.“What we said yesterday was that we renewed that (pipeline) approval,” Morneau told reporters.“What’s happening today is we’re back at work. The re-permitting is happening starting today. We are going to get work going this construction season. I want people in Alberta and people across the country to know that intent is real.”He repeated commitments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that profits from the operation and sale of the pipeline will be used to support clean energy initiatives. In his speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Morneau acknowledged the “huge amount of anxiety” in Calgary over the future of the oil and gas sector despite approval.He insisted Canada can approve pipelines and still battle climate change, drawing a link between the issue of global warming and Western Canada’s wildfire problem this spring.But much of the speech was devoted to an election-style listing of his government’s economic accomplishments over the past three years.A federal election is expected in October.Last August, the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the original federal approval of the 590,000-barrel-per-day expansion, citing incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of the Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says shovels could be in the ground by September following cabinet approval Tuesday of the long-delayed project.Oil could be flowing in new segments of the pipeline between Edmonton and the West Coast by mid-2022, Ian Anderson said, about one year later than the timeline envisioned last August when the Federal Court of Appeal quashed its regulatory approval and halted all fieldwork.“We’re excited, our shippers are excited and the communities we touch are excited along the pipeline corridor,” said the CEO of Trans Mountain Corp. during a conference call Wednesday.last_img read more

The hospital announced that Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 pm. “It is with indescribable grief that we announce the sad demise of esteemed CM,” read the statement. Her body is expected to be moved to her residence soon. The Chief Minister’s convoy has been put on standby and there was a huge deployment of police on the roads leading to Poes Garden. Tamil Nadu police also took over control of Apollo Hospitals. Jayalalithaa has been receiving treatment at the hospital since September 22. She made a brief statement after AIADMK won the recently concluded bypolls. Senior AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam chaired a meeting of party MLAs at the AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah. The MLAs reportedly gathered to ratify a succession plan. Tamil Nadu Speaker Dhanapal is expected to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away at 68 late on Monday evening after failing to recover from a cardiac arrest she suffered on Sunday.Her death was confirmed by Apollo Hospitals, who had earlier denied media reports of her passing away, the Indian Express reported. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Security was heightened outside Apollo Hospitals and in Chennai. At least 6,000 police personnel descended on the capital to ensure that law and order is not disturbed. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said that law and order will not be a problem in Tamil Nadu.Earlier in the day, there was high drama earlier outside Apollo and AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah. A scuffle broke out between AIADMK supporters and police after news of her “death” was widely reported by the media. The party flag was also seen flying at half mast before it was hoisted again amid sloganeering supporters. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police are looking for a young child, between eight and ten years of age, who allegedly crashed a car in Guelph. Investigators say the child was driving a four-door Nissan in the parking lot of a skate park around 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday. They say a man was in the front passenger seat and a woman in the back was filming when the child struck a parked car. “One of the adults took the wheel and the Nissan fled the scene travelling eastbound on Wellington Street,” said police in a news release. Police are asking anyone who can help identify the three occupants of the car to contact them.

England and Uruguay, two of the tournament’s strongest teams to lose their openers, play in what is essentially a must-win match for each side on Thursday, and is the pick of the day’s matches.Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: 12 p.m. EDTUruguay vs. England: 3 p.m. EDTJapan vs. Greece: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities. IN DEPTHColombia versus Ivory Coast should be a slightly better match than England versus Uruguay, according to the method we’ve been using to identify each day’s best match (calculating the harmonic mean of each team’s Soccer Power Index rating). But they’re also much more mismatched: Colombia ranks fifth in SPI among the 32 World Cup teams, while Ivory Coast ranks 17th. England and Uruguay rank ninth and 11th, respectively, so while there will be a bit less quality on the pitch according to SPI, it should be a closer contest.FiveThirtyEight’s SPI-based model gives England a 37.3 percent chance of winning, compared to 33.9 percent for Uruguay. Colombia, meanwhile, has a 54.2 percent chance of beating Ivory Coast, and just a 25.7 percent chance of losing. We touted England’s opener, against Italy, as likely to be one the group stage’s most competitive matches; England-Uruguay could be just as close.This match wasn’t supposed to be a must-win for the pre-tournament co-favorites in Group D. Uruguay and England each started the Cup with a more than 60 percent chance of making it through the group. Then, disaster struck: Each team lost its opener: England 2-1 to Italy and Uruguay 3-1 to Costa Rica.England and Uruguay each can blame bad luck for their poor starts, though the true culprit may be failure to succeed at the twin soccer skills of finishing and goalkeeping. TruMedia, which provides soccer stats to ESPN based on Opta’s match-logging, estimates how many goals a team should score, using the location of the shots it takes and a model based on where those shots are taken and how successful they are. (There are other, similar models of expected goals.)By TruMedia estimates, instead of losing 2-1, England should have expected to score 1.32 goals against Italy and yielded 1.01. And Uruguay could have expected to lose 1.32-1.27, instead of 3-1, to Costa Rica. (There are no fractional goals in soccer, but this is a probability-based model, so it shows how teams could have expected to do, on average, given the shots they took and allowed.)Those are two of the worst results for teams in their Cup openers this year, relative to expectations. Two teams other than England that produced better scoring opportunities than their opponents also lost: Ghana, against the United States; and Algeria, against Belgium. And two teams other than Uruguay lost by even more than expected based on scoring chances: Greece, against Colombia; and defending champion Spain, against the Netherlands. That new way of looking at Colombia’s 3-0 defeat of Greece might mean Thursday’s other two matches will be closer than they appear, since Colombia is heavily favored against Ivory Coast and Japan is favored against Greece.Then again, this method may just identify teams that are better at creating and denying opportunities than they are at finishing and keeping balls out of the goal. Maybe Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling weren’t unlucky in going a combined 0 for 7 on shots against Italy — maybe they’re not good finishers. And the same goes for Spain, eliminated from the knockout stage after scoring just one goal against an expected total of 3.43 goals in its two matches.The last World Cup showed that some teams that struggle to finish and to deny opponents shots in their openers rebound later in the tournament. Spain lost its opener to Switzerland in 2010 despite producing and allowing shots that should have given it a 0.34-goal win, on average. Spain won its next six matches, and the World Cup. But other sides that fit the profile didn’t produce better results in their second and third matches: France, Cameroon and Algeria all looked primed to improve yet exited the 2010 tournament without a win. England and Uruguay must try to channel Spain’s 2010 improvement. The side that doesn’t likely only gets one more match in this tournament.YESTERDAYCONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation, is the only confederation with a winning record against Europe’s UEFA at the World Cup, 87-78-48 all-time. And not much has changed this year. On Wednesday, Chile became the third South American team to beat a European side in four tries in Brazil, eliminating defending champion Spain with a 2-0 win.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is a legend in Spain, but he has had a nightmare tournament, making crucial errors that both of Spain’s first two opponents converted for goals. In 2010, Casillas stopped 15 of 17 shots on goal, captaining Spain to its first World Cup title. Casillas was excellent again at Euro 2012, making 15 saves of 16 shots on goal, as Spain successfully defended its European championship.Casillas has faced 14 shots on goal in two games at the 2014 World Cup. Seven found the back of the net.Spain’s problems aren’t just in goal. Diego Costa scored on 27 of 54 shots on target (50 percent) in La Liga play during the 2013-14 season, better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Costa steered Atlético Madrid to the title.In Brazil, Costa has four shots in two games, with one on target. Against Chile, he finished with 20 touches before being subbed off. In Atlético’s league games last season, Costa averaged 39 touches per 90 minutes.But let’s not blame Spain’s offensive woes all on Costa; he wasn’t alone in his inability to penetrate Chile’s defense. Chile finished with 33 clearances, the most by a team to beat Spain in the World Cup since clearances have been tracked (starting in 1966). Defense, plus Spain’s critical errors, has Chile in the World Cup knockout stage for the second consecutive tournament, with Spain’s golden generation on the outside looking in. — Zachary Singer, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHWe’re projecting Japan versus Greece as Thursday’s lowest-scoring and one of its closest matches, 1.1-1.2. It turns out these countries have a pretty symbiotic relationship when it comes to their trade, according to OECD trade data from 2012. Japanese exports to Greece are unsurprisingly dominated by cars and car parts (which, with a small percentage of other machinery such as computers, made up about 65 percent of the exports). Greece reciprocates with a healthy dose of refined petroleum (36 percent of exports), as well as a wide range of food, including everything from pasta and chocolate to seafood and olive oil. Greece may not be able to match Japan’s $179 million in exports, but its $126 million isn’t too shabby, either. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGBrazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than PeléWorld Cup Players You Need to Know: Mexico Goalkeeper Guillermo OchoaSportstorialist World Cup Edition: Ghana Wore It Best; Alexi Lalas Wore It … Not the Best read more

OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) posts up during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 74-50.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team dipped back under the .500 mark in a game at Connecticut on Saturday afternoon that wasn’t ever much in question.Playing in their first true road game of the season in Storrs, Connecticut, the Buckeyes (4-5) were manhandled in the first half, setting the stage for a 75-55 loss.UCONN (6-3) received heavy contributions from a pair of guards coming off its bench, as senior Omar Calhoun and freshman Jalen Adams combined for 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.Calhoun’s performance also featured a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.OSU received 15 points from sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate and 14 from junior forward Marc Loving, but an inability to get a stop all afternoon did the visitors in. For the game, UCONN shot a stunning 60.4 percent (32-of-53).The Buckeyes hung around for the early part of the first half, trailing 22-16 at the 10-minute mark. From there, however, the Huskies took complete control, winning the rest of the half 21-6 to take a 21-point lead into the intermission.OSU had no answer for the Huskies’ inside game, as UCONN held a 38-20 edge in points in the paint, including 24-10 in the first half. A big reason for that was redshirt senior forward Shonn Miller, a Cleveland native and transfer from Cornell, who finished the game 5-of-8 for 11 points, while also pulling down nine rebounds.Junior center Amida Brimah was also a factor for the Huskies, contributing 11 points on an efficient 5-of-6 from the field.The Buckeyes led at no point in the game on Saturday, which ended their brief two-game winning streak.OSU also failed to block a shot on Saturday, despite the return of freshman center Daniel Giddens from a two-game absence. Giddens came into the game leading the Big Ten with 3.3 blocks per game, having blocked multiple shots in each of his previous five games. OSU’s previous season low for blocks was four, in the opening game.Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle had a miserable game for the Buckeyes, going 0-of-7 to finish scoreless. It was the third game in his last four that Lyle was held under 10 points.Loving played all 40 minutes for coach Thad Matta, pulling down six rebounds to go with his 14 points.OSU is set to return home to try to reclaim the .500 mark on Wednesday against another Huskies squad, this one of Northern Illinois. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft (4) caries the ball down the court in a game against Dayton. OSU lost, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorFormer Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft has officially signed with the Golden State Warriors, according to State elected not to release the details of Craft’s contract — nor the contracts of fellow free agents James McAdoo and Mitchell Watt, who were signed along with Craft — in accordance with team policy, the website said.Craft played in five games for the Warrior’s NBA Summer League team and averaged 7.4 points per game to go with better than two steals, rebounds and assists per game for the summer.The Findlay, Ohio, native played four years at OSU and earned a plethora of individual honors including being named the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He played in a total of 148 games during his time in Columbus, starting every game he played in during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He averaged 8.9 points in his Buckeye career and became the school’s all-time assist leader with 694 helpers.Craft is set to wear No. 2 for the Warriors after donning the No. 4 shirt at OSU, according to the NBA’s release.Golden State’s preseason is scheduled to start Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Warriors’ regular season schedule is set to begin Oct. 29 against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. read more

The eclipse is predicted to last a record-breaking 1 hour 43 minutes. However, UK observers will be slightly late to the party, as the moon will already be in the Earth’s shadow when it appears at around 9pm. Stargazers in the British Isles will enjoy a rare celestial display as the eerie-looking red moon rises above the horizon, on a night Mars will shine brighter than it has in 15 years. The shining bright white hue of the moon will be transformed into a bewitching deep blood red for UK observers tonight during the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century. Sky watchers in much of the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the awe-inspiring astronomical event, however observers in North… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The World Handball Player 2016, Cristina Neagu, will play in Romania again! The 28-years old left back who won two titles for the WORLD BEST PLAYER by Handball-Planet and IHF as well, signed two years contract with CSM Bucharest!The reigning Women’s EHF Champions League winners are struggling to find last-season form, but ambitions stay the highest possible.Neagu goes home!She won the Women’s EHF Champions League with ZRK Buducnost Podgorica in 2015. After series of injuries, she achieved TOP class in work with coach Dragan Adzic.Neagu’s career: Cristina Neagu 2006–20092009–20132013–20172017-2019Rulmentul BraşovOltchim Râmnicu VâlceaŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaCSM Bucuresti ← Previous Story EX-Barca legend Inaki Urdangarin six years in prison! Next Story → Jannik Kohlbacher to Rhein Neckar Lowen read more

first_imgASTRONOMERS HAVE REVEALED the discovery of yet another new planet – the smallest planet that humans have ever identified.Kepler 37b is smaller than the Earth’s moon – smaller even than Mercury, the smallest planet in our own solar system – and orbits its host star in just 13 days.It is part of a three-planet solar system, and is so close to its star that it has an estimated surface temperature of about 425°C (800°F).Though astronomers have identified hundreds of ‘exoplanets’ – planets outside our own solar system – the discovery of Kepler 37b is relatively unusual given its comparatively tiny size: most discovered so far are several times larger than Earth.The planet – just like the star Kepler 37, around which it resolves – is named after the Kepler mission which identified it. The Kepler extra-terrestrial observatory was launched in 2009 and was due to have been phased out of action by now, but has been maintained due to the significant quantity of data it accrues.Kepler works by constantly monitoring the brightness of over 150,000 stars – and keeping an eye out for any momentary changes in that brightness. Changes in the light usually mean that a planet has gotten in the way of the star’s light by orbiting in front of it.The difference in the light emission is then used as the basis to calculate the size of the planet; further monitoring for repeat events can reveal how often the planet revolves around its sun.‘Asteroseismology’This first requires knowledge about the size of the star – which is determined using a technique called asteroseismology, which involves examining sound waves emitted by the stars and measuring the slight ‘flicker’ that it causes to the light.Small stars like Kepler 37 – which is three-quarters the diameter of our sun – emit sound at a far higher frequency, making them difficult to accurately measure – which is why most of the stars and planets identified by Kepler are significantly larger than our sun or than Earth itself.“Even Kepler can only detect such a tiny world around the brightest stars it observes,” said Jack Lissauer, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Centre.“The fact we’ve discovered tiny Kepler-37b suggests such little planets are common, and more planetary wonders await as we continue to gather and analyse additional data,” he said.Read: Behold! Mankind’s first high-resolution photo from another planetlast_img read more

first_imgThat Amazon expects to make the bulk of its profits off the Kindle Fire after the original transaction is no surprise. Its tight integration with Amazon’s music, video, and ebook stores — as well as the shopping experience — is apparent as soon as you turn the tablet on. With a bill of materials of $201.70 according to iSuppli, owners will apparently need to make at least one Amazon purchase before the company ever sees a profit.iSuppli’s initial guess at the Kindle Fire’s cost was slightly higher, at $209.63. Ultimately, though, this new report based on a hands-on teardown is still a guess, too. iSuppli isn’t Amazon, and that’s the only place you’re likely to find truly accurate component and manufacturing costs.So, is iSuppli’s cost breakdown on the money? It seems a bit high when you look back at a previous teardown — the one UBM did of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook’s estimated BOM came in at somewhere between $170 and $205.The Kindle Fire is essentially the same device as the PlayBook, but there are a few key differences that should make it less expensive to build. For starters, it’s got a smaller battery than the PlayBook. It also doesn’t include either the 8MP rear or 2MP front cameras, and its Wi-Fi module doesn’t include integrated Bluetooth. The Fire offers only 4GB of internal storage, as opposed to the PlayBook’s 16GB minimum.Does the Kindle Fire really cost the same to make than a similar tablet with a bigger battery, a pair of cameras, Bluetooth, and four times as much internal storage? It doesn’t seem likely. UBM’s own estimate of the Kindle Fire in early October pegged its BOM at around $150. That seems more probable, though as I mentioned before, unless similar figures ever come straight from the horse’s mouth these are all just educated guesses.More at iSupplilast_img read more

first_imgPoll: Will you cook a pancake for Pancake Tuesday? It’s a big day tomorrow – but will you be indulging? Yes, the more toppings the better (2604) 61 Comments Monday 12 Feb 2018, 10:07 AM Short URL No, I don’t like pancakes or Pancake Tuesday (1366) By Cianan Brennan Share107 Tweet Email1 Image: Wikimedia Commons TOMORROW IS PANCAKE Tuesday.The traditional precursor to a lenten period of self-denial, for many it’s the best Tuesday on the calendar.But will you indulge yourself tomorrow?We’re asking: Will you cook a pancake for Pancake Tuesday? Yes, but lemon juice and syrup will do me fine (4076) 23,800 Views Yes, but someone else will cook them for me (2020) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: Image: Wikimedia Commons Yes, the more toppings the betterYes, but lemon juice and syrup will do me fineYes, but someone else will cook them for meNo, I don’t like pancakes or Pancake TuesdayVote Feb 12th 2018, 10:06 AM last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Service Technician at Ritchie & SonsFull-Time Sales Coordinator at New England Industrial TruckFull-Time Service Technician at Waltham Services LLCFull-Time Credit Analyst at Standard ElectricFull-Time Onboarding Specialist at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Assistant Manager of Customer Service at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Claims Coordinator at Ametros Financial CorporationPart-Time Mobile Patrol Officer at Securitas Security ServicesFull-Time Inbound Expert at TargetPart-Time Delivery Driver (Sundays) at Optima Shipping(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more