Hot Holiday Video Production Deals

first_imgHot Holiday Video Production Deals: LensesSigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens: $369 ($669)B&H is cutting $300 from the price of the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for DSLRs. The quiet autofocus is one of the standout features of this great piece of glass.Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle: $1,247 ($1,447)This Rokinon Lens Bundle features 24, 35, and 85mm lenses, all in one package. The aperture and focus scales are now on the side of the lenses, making the focus puller’s (or your) job much easier. As far EF-mount lenses go, these lenses are top notch and produce quite the image.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: DronesWith the recent release of the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic, and Inspire 2 (and that’s not even mentioning the Kharma drama), it’s tougher than ever to choose the right drone for your lifestyle. Of course, knocking a few bucks off the price helps.Right now it looks like eBay might have the best deal on drones. With Black Friday approaching, the word is that the Phantom 4 will be listed for $899 instead of the usual $1499. And that’s just the tip of the rumor iceberg.DJI Phantom 4: $1,199 ($1,299)With the Mavic possibly backordered until February, you can take to the skies immediately with the Phantom 4 for $100 less than usual. Check out our full review of the Phantom 4 and why it’s definitely worth your consideration.Phantom 3: $499 ($799)This is the most basic version DJI currently has to offer — and even if you aren’t particularly that interested in owning a drone, the UAV’s low $500 price tag makes it a deal that’s tough to pass up.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: AccessoriesTASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder: $149 ($179.99)Amazon and B&H are chopping prices on all kinds of TASCAM products, including the handy DR-40. If you’re in need of an external audio recorder or any minor accessories that go with audio recording, now’s the time to jump.Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27˝ Screen LED-Lit Monitor: $429.99 ($649.99)Video editors searching for a quality monitor at a decent price should take note of this 27˝ ultra-wide Dell monitor — now $200 cheaper.Davis & Sanford Magnum P343 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head: $129.95 ($249.95)This tripod is a steal. The huge cut in price, combined with the device’s durability, make it a must-have this holiday season. Really, you can never have too many tripods on deck while in the field.Retailer SpecialsSome of the biggest names in the video space are offering up the goods for the holidays. On December 6th, Red Giant is offering 40% off of EVERYTHING. For ONE DAY ONLY. So don’t mess around. Plus, B&H is currently running all kinds of crazy sales on a rotating selection of video gear. Definitely worth checking out!If you’re looking for additional Black Friday/holiday-related deals, give these retailers a visit for good prices on filmmaking gear and on-set essentials:Home DepotLowesB&H Photo VideoAdoramaAmazonBest BuyTargeteBay Know of any other must-have holiday deals? Share in the comments below! The holidays are finally here! These great deals, discounts, and sales will make it easy to give the gift of essential video gear.Top image via DSLR BuzzGood news for anyone living the film and video life: Retailers are rolling out their end-of-the-year deals just as the holiday shopping season takes off. Whether its saving $100 on a new MacBook Pro or snagging a 64GB SD card for $5 less than usual, every little bit helps. Here are some of the better deals we found while browsing for holiday bargains.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: CamerasPanasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera: $1,197.99 ($1,497.99)One of the best Mirrorless cameras currently on the market, now’s the time to scoop up the GH4. Given the announcement of the upcoming GH5, the price will most likely stay around $1,100, so its never a bad idea to be ahead of the curve.Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera: $2798 ($3199)Serving as Sony’s top-tier camera, the a7R is perfect for everything — the photos look stunning, and the videos look professional. With its full-frame CMOS sensor, this E-mount camera is versatile enough for videographers both in the field and in the studio.Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera: $2,499 ($2,799)Canon’s cutting prices up and down its DSLR lineup, so there’s never been a better time to add the timeless Mark III to your arsenal. Already got one? Here are a few other Canon DSLR deals you might like.Canon 80D Bundle: $1,399 ($1,799)Canon Rebel T5 Bundle: $449Canon 70D: $899 ($1199)last_img read more

Sunanda Pushkar death case transferred to fast-track court

first_imgA Delhi court on Thursday transferred the case against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the matter of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar to a designated fast-track court.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh transferred the case to the designated court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal as per a Supreme Court judgment which said that cases against politicians would be heard by a fast-track court, and fixed May 28 as the date for further proceedings.“Since he is a sitting Member of Parliament, matter is being sent to the special designated court for politicians, that is ACMM Samar Vishal. Matter be taken up on May 28,’’ Mr. Singh said.The Delhi police had on May 14 accused Mr. Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide, and chargesheeted him under Sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. While Section 498A entails maximum punishment of three years in prison, Section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.The MP had termed the chargesheet “preposterous” and said that he intends to contest it “vigorously”.The court is yet to take cognisance of the chargesheet and summon Mr. Tharoor.last_img read more

Anand Teltumbde seeks judicial probe into Bhima Koregaon episode

first_imgScholar and activist Prof. Anand Teltumbde on Monday demanded a judicial probe into the entire Bhima-Koregaon episode, including the recent arrests of activists across the country for suspected Maoist links and to also to take to task all those responsible for it.Prof. Teltumbde, whose official residence at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) campus in Sanquelim in North Goa was searched as part of the recent raids across the country on Dalit intellectuals, writers and human rights activists, was delivering a talk on ‘Decimating Dissent: The Truth behind Bhima Koregaon’, organised by Dakshinayan Abhiyan at Margao in South Goa on Monday.“There should be a judicial commission’s probe into this (Bhima-Koregaon) episode and whoever did it should be taken to task. In a democracy, the State taking a posture and acting against citizens is unpardonable,” he said.Reacting to the search of his residence, he said the police could not find anything. “The search by the police was absolute fabrication and utter nonsense. They raided my residence because I had attended the Paris convention organised by the Department of Amercian Studies in Paris in April this year. But it was not funded by Maoists; neither did it have a Naxal link,” Prof. Teltumbde said. He said he had filed a defamation suit against the Pune police.On the historical background of the Bhima Koregaon protests, he said the Green Revolution was a capitalist strategy, which reduced the Dalits” to a rural proletariat. Through the post-Independence land reforms, the Congress, a “somewhat metropolitan party”, and created a class of rich farmers in rural areas that would be allied to them, he said. “They (the Brahmin landlords) were replaced by these people (the cultivators) and all kinds of markets were created. The Dalits were utterly dependent on the farm wages of the rich farmers.” He said the battle of Koregaon-Bhima of the early 19th Century was largely unnoticed and only became popular after Babasaheb Ambedkar started visiting the obelisk that was erected by the British in memory of slain soldiers in the battlefield, which included soldiers from the Mahar clan.On the legacy of the battle, Prof. Teltumbde said: “When Ambedkar came on the scene, the recruitment of Mahars in the British military was stopped. In that context, Bhima Koregaon came in handy for the Mahars to claim that they too belonged to a martial race who had sacrificed a lot.” Mr. Ambedkar’s father too was a part of this movement, and when Mr. Ambedkar entered public life, he picked up this issue, and go to the obelisk to pay his respects. “Before that, it was not noticed by anyone. It was under cantonment control,” he said.last_img read more

India at Asiad: No gold but lot of silver linings in track-and-field

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh and Bharat Sharma Jakarta/Palembang, Aug 26 (PTI) Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name, Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force and Dutee Chand won another battle of relevance on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games. It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals. The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men today. Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish. The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final. Dutee turned in a timing of 11.32sec. There was major heartbreak too as long distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan crossed the finishing line at third in the men’s 10,000m race but was later disqualified for violating IAAF 163.3b rule on lane infringement. He was initially shown to have clocked 29:44.91. If Hima, Anas and Dutee were the undisputed stars on the track, the equestrian team turned out to be the surprise package of the day, bagging a couple of silver medals in the eventing competition.advertisement Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition. Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. The debut sport of bridge than gave India a couple of bronze medals — in the men’s team and the mixed team events. India were also assured of at least two silver medals from archery after the men’s and women’s compound teams advanced to the final by prevailing over Chinese Tapiei in both the semifinals. The Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in an edge-of-the-seat semifinal. The trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan were slow to get off the blocks before getting their act together to prevail 57-57, 56-57, 55-58, 59-58 in the four-set encounter. The Indian men will play powerhouse South Korea in a repeat of the 2014 Incheon Asiad title clash. Earlier in the day, the Indian women’s compound team bettered its previous edition’s performance by entering the summit clash, where it will also face South Korea. The team, comprising Jyothi Surekha, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan Kira, too, edged out Chinese Taipei 225-222 in another thrilling . Among other good results, India’s defending champion men’s hockey team continued its unbeaten run and beat South Korea 5-3 in a pool match to storm into the semi-finals. India scored through Rupinder Pal Singh (1st minute), Chinglensana Singh (4th), Lalit Upadhyay (15th), Manpreet Singh (49th) and Akashdeep Singh (55th), while Korea’s goals came from the sticks of Manjae Jung (33rd, 35th) and Jonghyun Jang (59th). On the badminton court, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal headed for a gold medal showdown after their quarterfinal victories ensured India’s first ever women’s singles medals at the continental event. First it was Saina, who locked at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal. Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal. However, the golfers finished seventh at the men’s team event. India, who were second and in contention for a medal at the halfway stage of the tournament, came a cropper on the third day when none of the four players could register a sub-par round. The same happened on the final day and it was curtains for them. India’s shooting campaign at the Games also ended on a disappointing note after four skeet participants failed to qualify for the finals in Palembang.advertisement Sheeraz Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 13th and 14th respectively on day two of the qualification, failing to make the finals with scores of 120 and 119. It was a day of mixed fortunes in boxing as former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarterfinals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa went out after pre-quarterfinal losses. Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0. Manoj went out after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category, while Shiva spent less than a minute in the ring before referee stopped the contest in favour of China’s Jun Shan in the lightweight 60kg category. PTI AT/BS PM AHlast_img read more

Alleged Nokia 3.1 Plus passes Bluetooth certification, may launch in India on October 11

first_imgHMD Global is hosting yet another even in India on Thursday, October 11 where the company will launch a new Nokia smartphone. So far, speculations have it that this could be the Nokia 7.1 Plus or the Nokia 7.1 that was recently announced in London. However, HMD may surprise everyone and launch a completely new Nokia smartphone with India being the first market. The alleged Nokia 3.1 Plus (or 4.1 Plus) has passed Bluetooth certification with six variants, suggesting an imminent launch.The Nokia smartphone spotted is expected to fall in the budget segment, which is perhaps why NokiaPowerUser is calling this the Nokia 3.1 Plus. HMD has already launched the Nokia 3.1 in India a few months ago, so seeing a Plus model isn’t surprising given the company’s recent announcements. Just a few weeks ago, HMD launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus in India, both of which have seen a strong response among fans in the country.We’re all charged up for the #MegaLife, how about you? Stay tuned to #GoBigGetBetter pic.twitter.com/WLKlQVpQx0Nokia Mobile India (@NokiamobileIN) October 9, 2018HMD India has been teasing a new Nokia smartphone on its Twitter handle ahead of the October 11 launch, suggesting that the phone is big on display. Whether we’re looking at a nocthed display or not is yet to be seen. Again, a notch would not be surprising considering recent “Plus” models all sport notches of varying degrees. Another reason why we believe this is a new Nokia phone rather than the Nokia 7.1 or the 7.1 Plus is because the Bluetooth certification site mentions a MediaTek processor. The Nokia 7.1 comes with a Snapdragon 636 chipset, while the 7.1 Plus is expected to bring either a SD660 or SD710 processor.advertisementAs of now, nothing much is known about the Nokia 3.1 Plus apart from HMD’s teaser that the phone will come with an all-day battery life. As far as the design is concerned, it may get a polycarbonate shell on the back rather than glass like the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus. As an upgrade over the Nokia 3.1, expect to see a taller display and dual camera setup on the back. We also expect a fingerprint sensor on board and stock Android Oreo as part of the Android One program. If the Nokia 3.1 Plus indeed launches in India on Thursday, we expect the price to be well below Rs 10,000. HMD has so far priced its Plus phones competitively, and the Nokia 5.1 Plus already takes the Rs 10,990 price point.last_img read more

ATP World Cup Finals: Alexander Zverev sets up semis vs Roger Federer

first_imgAlexander Zverev advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP World Cup Finals after beating American John Isner in London on Friday.Zverev registered a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Isner at the O2 Arena to become the first German to reach the last four at the ATP Finals in 15 years.The 21-year-old edged a tight opening set before breaking in the eighth game of the second to close in on his second victory in the Gustavo Kuerten group and move on to a semi-final clash against six-time champion Roger Federer.The #NittoATPFinals SF are set@DjokerNole vs. @KAndersonATP@rogerfederer vs. Sascha Zverev#ATP pic.twitter.com/1RB8nEa2O4ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Zverev became the first German in the semi-finals of the event since Rainer Schuettler lost in the last four to Andre Agassi in 2003 in Houston.World number 10 Isner still harboured hopes of reaching the semi-finals despite losing his first two matches.A straight sets victory and a win for Djokovic later would have seen him scrape into the weekend.When he levelled the tiebreak at 5-5 with a thunderous forehand return it still looked possible, but Zverev responded with a superbly improvised pass on the next point before Isner dumped a forehand into the net.Sensational SaschaWatch all the #NittoATPFinals action on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/UdS6Y8TMNoATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Despite his hopes having gone, Isner stuck to his task in the second set but Zverev, still needing the victory to make sure of his semi-final berth, powered to his 56th match win of the year.advertisementZverev, the leader of the next generation of players expected to dominate the game in years to come, is the youngest semi-finalist at the tournament since Juan Martin del Potro reached the final in London in 2009.Congratulations SaschaSee you in the semis #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/5CKfdvFJc9ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018The other semi-final will be between five-times champion Djokovic, who beat Zverev comfortably earlier this week, and South African debutant Kevin Anderson.Djokovic completed group play later on Friday when he beat Marin Cilic 7-6(7) 6-2 in a dead rubber to stay on course for the $2.7 million on offer for an undefeated champion.Not easing up despite having sealed top spot in the group, Djokovic won 31 consecutive points on serve during the match.Zverev last played Federer a year ago, losing in three sets at the O2 Arena, while Djokovic has beaten Anderson twice this year, most notably in the Wimbledon final — since when the Serb has been almost unbeatable, winning 34 of his last 36 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Take the National Officiating Survey

first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) wants to learn more about the Australian officiating environment and is conducting research to hear about your experiences in officiating so that they can better tailor support for officiating in sport across Australia. Your participation will help to provide a snapshot of the officiating environment across different sports in Australia â€” it is the first of its kind in Australia.  The data collected will assist the ASC in developing support and resources as well as supporting sporting organisations in the development of best practice models for officiating pathways and development opportunities. As thanks for your participation, ASC will enter you into a draw to win two Gold Class Cinema tickets (5 chances to win). To enter, at the close of the survey you will be prompted for contact information.The survey will take around 20 minutes. No identifiable information (name, contact details) will be linked to your responses so you can be assured of your anonymity. Even if you provide contact details (optional but required for the prize draw) we will remove any contact information from reporting. This survey has been developed by the ASC in conjunction with Essence Communications.To complete the survey click on this link or copy this URL address (below) into your browser (you can do the survey on your phone or computer).   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCOFFICIATINGAlso, please help us to share this survey with anyone you know who is involved in officiating. If you have any questions about the authenticity of the survey please email Ashley Synnott at Ashley.Synnott@ausport.gov.au. For any technical queries about the survey please contact Benita at benita@essencecomms.com.au.The survey will be open till Friday, 14 October 2016.Related LinksTake the National Officiating Surveylast_img read more

Lanka govt defeats Marxist JVPmoved notrust motion

first_imgColombo: The Sri Lankan government headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion in Parliament that accused it of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 258 people despite receiving intelligence inputs from India. The motion, moved by the Marxist JVP, against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s government was defeated by a vote of 119-92 after two days of debate. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had moved a 12-point no trust motion saying the government should not remain in office because it failed to respond to the intelligence reports ahead of the attacks by Islamic extremists on April 21. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”This government has failed to protect the people and have failed in everything over the last four years. We urge them to resign,” JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Opposition said that they were glad to support the motion despite the JVP’s record of backing the current government. “The JVP has finally realised their folly of supporting this government,” Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a Rajapaksa backer said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPrime Minister Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) asked the JVP if they wanted to bring back the Rajapaksa regime with all their “hideous record” in governance. The UNP said the JVP clearly excluded President Maithripala Sirisena from the motion while laying the blame on the UNP. “It is president Sirisena who is the minister of defence,” UNP legislator Thushara Indunil Amarasena said. Rajapaksa’s camp charged that the Easter Sunday bombings could have been prevented as the intelligence reports have been made available by a friendly country, India. Agencieslast_img read more

GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 WITH NEW ORIGINAL CAST HAS STARTED FILMING IN CALGARY

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: The Family’s All Here#GB20 pic.twitter.com/tUGnwzLP5T— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) July 13, 2019 Advertisement JASON REITMAN SHARES 1ST PHOTO FROM GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 SET IN CALGARYStudio has said the new movie will be a sequel to the originalBack off man, they’re scientists.Director Jason Reitman shared the first set photo for Ghostbusters 2020 on Friday, showing himself, father Ivan Reitman (who directed the original film in 1984 and its sequel in 1989) and cast members Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) in Calgary. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT GHOSTBUSTERS 2020, BEING SHOT IN AND AROUND CALGARYOn Monday, a big-budgeted movie known as Rust City is set to begin filming in and around Calgary.By now, most know that Rust City is the less-than-secret decoy name that Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters 2020 is being filmed under. As with most big-budget films, Sony is keeping a tight lid on many of the details of the shoot. But despite the secrecy, Non-Disclosure Agreements and fake names, there has been some information floating around about the highly anticipated film.Postmedia first reported back in February that Reitman — son of Ivan, who directed the first Ghostbusters in 1984 and its sequel — was coming to Calgary to shoot the film. Here’s what else we know.  READ MOREGHOSTBUSTERS 2020 WITH NEW & ORIGINAL CAST HAS STARTED FILMING IN CALGARYCalgary ain’t afraid of no ghosts.Ghostbusters 2020 has started filming in Calgary and the surrounding area.Filming dates: July 13th to October 10th.Working title: Rust City. READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

Gaza still awaiting reconstruction over a year after Israeli offensive UN report

The report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), produced in partnership with the Gaza-based Engineering and Management Consulting Center, estimates that another $527 million will need to be spent to reconstruct all the buildings damaged during Operation Cast Lead, which took place in December 2008 and January 2009.About $173 million has already been provided through compensation and grants to carry out mostly small-scale repairs, according to the report, One Year After, which was issued today. Those repairs have often been conducted using recycled rubble and other materials brought in from Egypt via cross-border tunnels because of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, instituted for what it called security reasons after Hamas took power there in 2007.Israel launched the 23-day Operation Cast Lead at the end of 2008 with the stated aim of trying to halt repeated rocket attacks against it from Gaza. More than 1,400 people were killed and at least 5,000 others were injured.The report – which focuses on both early recovery and reconstruction needs – says educational facilities such as schools are among the categories of buildings hardest hit since the offensive. More than 82 per cent of such facilities remain unrepaired or unreconstructed today. Private homes are also affected, with almost none of the 3,425 homes that were destroyed in the conflict having been reconstructed. An estimated 75 per cent of agricultural land and premises and 60 per cent of private businesses are also still damaged.But the report notes that Gaza has been assisted by $151 million given by donors in the form of job-generation schemes, food aid and other projects.Gaza also experienced “a degree of economic recovery” last year, with a fall in unemployment rates, a rise in the number of operating industrial facilities as well as continued informal trade through the tunnels.“However, the sustainability of this limited recovery is questionable,” the report states, citing the declining purchasing power of the estimated 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza and their dependence on outside aid.In a separate development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the vandalizing by intruders of a summer games facility in Gaza operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).A group of about 30 armed and masked men set fire to the facility, which was under construction near the beach in Gaza City. It was designed to be one of about 35 facilities for a summer games progamme being run by the agency.“UNRWA’s extensive summer games programmes offer a rare opportunity for relief from the deprivations and difficulties of everyday life in Gaza,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“This action is an attempt to intimidate and harm the most defenceless in Gaza. The Secretary-General calls upon the de facto authorities to ensure the safety of the UN’s operations and to allow UNRWA to carry out its work unhindered.” 23 May 2010Sixteen months after an Israeli military offensive inflicted widespread damage in the Gaza Strip, about three quarters of the damaged buildings and infrastructure have still not been repaired, a new United Nations report says. read more

GO Transit confirms West Harbour station opening

GO Transit confirms it will begin regular train & bus service from its new West Harbour GO station on James St. North in Hamilton on July 9th.Considering the late installation of tracks, pouring of concrete and other infrastructure that appeared to be behind schedule, some opposition MPPs, along with Hamilton city councillors, were skeptical that the commuter train station would be ready to move passengers during the Pan Am games in mid-July.GO says the station will see two weekday trains each morning (7:24 a.m. and 7:57 a.m) and afternoon (4:47 p.m. and 5:23 p.m.), along with special trains for the Pan Am Games starting July 11.Only the north track and a portion of the public landscaped plaza will be complete, along with washrooms, a ticket booth, and Presto machines in the station building.Additional construction will continue following the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games until 2016 to complete the south track, a pedestrian bridge from Bay Street, as well as a parking lot and bus loop. read more

Thinner iPads sharper iMacs in Apple lineup new Mac system released Apple

by By Anick Jesdanun And Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 11:08 pm MDT CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.The new iPad Air 2, at a quarter of an inch “thin,” also adds many of the features previously available on iPhones. That includes the ability to take burst shots and slow-motion video, and unlock the device with a fingerprint ID sensor instead of a passcode.Meanwhile, Apple made its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, available as a free download starting Thursday. The new 27-inch iMac — which Apple is dubbing the “Retina 5K” model — went on sale Thursday as well.The company also said Apple Pay, its new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores, will launch on Monday.Much of the emphasis at Thursday’s product-launch event centred on how Apple’s devices work well together because the company makes both its hardware and software.“They’re designed to be incredible products individually but they’re also designed to work together seamlessly,” CEO Tim Cook said. “This is our vision of personal technology, and we are just getting started.”___NEW IPADS:It’s been a year since Apple came out with a lighter, thinner full-size model called the iPad Air. Apple refreshed that with a device that is skinnier by 18 per cent at 6.1 millimeters. The rear camera is boosted to 8 megapixels, matching what’s found in iPhones. Previous iPads had a 5 megapixel camera.The iPad Air 2 will start at $499. Apple also updated its iPad Mini device, with a starting price of $399. The new devices will begin shipping next week, with advance orders starting Friday.Thursday’s event comes as sales of Apple’s iPads have dropped. Through the first half of this year, Apple had shipped 29.6 million iPads, a 13 per cent drop from the same time last year. Apple plans to issue results for the latest quarter on Monday. Apple has been facing competition from cheaper tablets running Google’s Android operating system. Google announced Wednesday that an 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet is coming next month at a starting price of $399, $100 less than the 9.7-inch iPad Air. It will run a new version of Android, dubbed Lollipop.Besides competition, there’s been an overall slowdown in tablet demand. This week, research firm Gartner projected worldwide shipments of 229 million tablets this year. Although that’s up 11 per cent compared with 2013, it’s far less than the 55 per cent growth seen last year and the more than doubling in sales in 2012.Cook sought to address those concerns by pointing out that the 225 million iPads sold cumulatively since 2010 is more than any other product Apple has sold in the first four years after launch. He also said Apple sold more iPads in the past year than many manufacturers have for personal computers.The step-up models of the new iPads will have double the storage of previous models. (Just like Apple’s new iPhones). So the $599 iPad Air 2 will come with 64 gigabytes instead of 32 gigabytes, for instance. The $499 base model remains at 16 gigabytes.Addressing competition from Android, Apple is also cutting the price of its 2012 iPad Mini model to $249. It had been selling for $299.___MAC UPDATESThe company unveiled new iMacs with a sharper display, following what Apple has already done on its mobile devices and MacBook laptops. The company says the new iMacs have seven times the pixels found on standard high-definition television sets. The new 27-inch iMacs have a starting price of $2,499. Apple will continue selling standard-screen models starting at $1,799 for 27 inches and $1,099 for 21.5 inches.Apple also released its new Yosemite operating system for Macs as a free download. The Mac update includes esthetic changes as well as new functionality, such as the ability to make phone calls with an iPhone nearby and a one-stop search tool for both locally stored documents and online resources.Apple has been releasing Mac updates more frequently, in part to time them with annual changes to the iOS system for iPhones and iPads. Many of the new Mac features will complement what’s found in iOS 8, including the ability to start tasks such as email on one device and finish on another.During a demo, Apple executive Craig Federighi made a phone call to Stephen Colbert from his Mac and connected with the comedian. The call was actually being made through a nearby iPhone. Federighi also used Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch as a remote control to control a Mac presentation being projected onto a big-screen set via Apple TV.___APPLE PAYApple had already announced its new payments system, Apple Pay, but the iPhone feature wasn’t made available right away. In announcing a Monday launch date, Cook said deals have been made with hundreds of additional banks since the service was announced last month. Cook also said additional merchants plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of the year.With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments at brick-and-mortar stores by holding their phone near a card reader. The new iPhones have a wireless chip to transmit the information needed to complete the transaction. Owners of older models won’t be able to use Apple Pay, even with the software update.Consumers aren’t likely to abandon plastic credit cards until a majority of retailers, especially smaller merchants, accept contactless payments such as Apple Pay. But Apple Pay may spur transactions over mobile Web browsers and apps this holiday season, since it lets consumers avoid typing in credit card information each time.The new iPad Air 2 will be able to make browser transactions, but not payments at retail stores.___APPLE WATCHApple says it will release tools next month so that developers can begin making apps for the upcoming Apple Watch wearable device.Rival smartwatches running Android have suffered from not having many useful apps from the start. Apple is hoping to have a strong app store in place when Apple Watch debuts next year. 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Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more

Police chief fired over Hillsborough statement was unlawfully forced out court finds

first_imgA Hillsborough police chief who was fired last year after being accused of blaming the disaster on fans was “unlawfully” removed from his job, a court has found. The High Court ruled that David Crompton, the former chief constable in South Yorkshire, should not have been forced to resign by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s police and crime commissioner. Mr Crompton was removed because of a press release issued last April which alluded to “other contributory factors” outside of police conduct, which the jury found caused or contributed to the disaster.Last year the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor, told the Today programme that Mr Crompton had been fired “because people have misunderstood what was said” in the press release. He said the phrase alluded to failures among the ambulance crews and local authority, and did not refer to the Liverpool fans, who had previously been wrongly blamed for the disaster by the police. But Dr Billings told the programme that the release was “self-justifying” and added that it showed the police had not “learned lessons”. In April last year a jury found that the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster were unlawfully killed, police and ambulance failings contributed to their deaths, and that fans were not to blame for the tragedy.  “The public and a police force are entitled to expect their Police and Crime Commissioner to act fairly and rationally.”The history related by the court demonstrates a complete absence of both. Similarly, the court found the Police and Crime Panel’s reasoning in support of Dr Billings to be ‘thin and unconvincing’.”He added that a “huge amount of public money” had been spent on the case which would have been “better spent on operational policing”. The crowd sing "You'll never walk alone" during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster As chief constable in 2012, he made a public apology on behalf of the force following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Garnham ruled in Mr Crompton’s favour, ruling that the “final decision to require the chief constable’s resignation was wholly disproportionate”.At the hearing in March Hugh Davies QC, representing Mr Crompton, argued that the decision was not “fair or reasonable”.Mr Davies said the PCC’s assessment was that this press release constituted a “serious misjudgment” which had “damaged trust and confidence” in South Yorkshire Police.He said: “The claimant submits that the defendant had no fair or reasonable basis for taking the draconian step of forcing him out of office, and that the decision was unlawful.”Jonathan Swift QC said that, although the decision was controversial, the PCC was within its rights to act the way it did.  The PCC was entitled to conclude that public trust and confidence in the chief constable had been damaged by his actions, he submitted.Dr Billings said in a statement following the ruling that he was “disappointed” by the outcome and would seek permission to appeal. Mr Crompton, described the judgment as “damning” and said in a statement: “The court’s judgment concludes Dr Billings acted unlawfully from start to finish, branding his course of decision-making ‘irrational’, ‘perverse’, ‘unreasonable’, ‘misconceived’ and ‘wholly disproportionate’.center_img 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. Mr Crompton had no part in the original disaster and was due to retire in November after 30 years of service.  The crowd sing “You’ll never walk alone” during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster following the results of last year’s inquestCredit:PHIL NOBLE/Reuterslast_img read more

Microsoft paid Nokia 1Bn for Windows Phone 7 deal

first_imgWhen Nokia and Microsoft recently came to an agreement to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s phones, there were a lot of factors that greased the wheels of the deal.On the one hand, Nokia is still selling more smartphones than any other company in the world, and by pushing Windows Phone 7 onto them, Microsoft might be able to retake ground quickly from the likes of iOS and Android. The deal also made sense considering Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s past as a Microsoft senior executive.But let’s not ignore another obvious factor: Microsoft has deep pockets. And while it’s true that Microsoft’s financial support to bring Nokia on board the Windows Phone 7 train wasn’t exactly a mystery, with the two companies openly discussing “significant investments” made by Microsoft in Nokia’s engineering and marketing department, the amount Nokia is being paid by Microsoft now looks to be absolutely bonkers: it’s now said to be over one billion dollars according to Businessweek’s sources, to be paid out over the course of a five year deal.Apparently, the deal will involve Nokia, like other WP7 licenesses, paying Microsoft a royalty fee for every smartphone shipped with the operating system. That fee will be offset, however, by the fact that Nokia’s budget for software R&D and marketing will be shrinking. In fact, analysts say that Nokia might end up spending as much as a third less on actually making and marketing phones this year over last year because of the deal. Even better, Microsoft will start paying Nokia even before the first WP7 ships, albeit in exchange for access for access to Nokia’s patent portfolio. That’s a good deal for Microsoft, which is fighting multiple smartphone tech related lawsuits in patent courts around the world right now.All in all, this seems like a very cosy deal for Nokia, but I can’t help but feel it underlines Microsoft’s desperation to get WP7 going. Nokia is a dying leviathan, but Microsoft seems to have signed a deal with them more befitting an unstoppable, young juggernaut.Read more at Businessweeklast_img read more

Everton transfer Marco Silva may Resign over transfer deal

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says he will resign his position if the club sells Idrissa Gana Gueye.According to reports in France, the Toffees rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s initial offer of £21.5million on Monday but the player seems determined to move to the club.Marco Silva says the player missed Tuesday night encounter with Huddersfield due to injury noting thqat he intends to keep the player.“We tried to be honest with all of you and with our fans. After the match I tried to find out if something new has happened because I expected your question and there’s nothing new,” he told Express.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He has a minor problem with his groin. No new offers and hopefully he can continue with us.“I don’t know about a new offer or not. Nobody has told me. We were in the hotel last night preparing for the game, fully focused on the match.“I know the market is open until January 31, it’s always tough for us, but about the new offer, £30million, nothing came true.“I asked 10 minutes ago if there was something new, but there is not.”last_img read more

State art collection acquires spirit mask from emerging Yupik carver

first_imgBen Charles’ spirit mask is one of 18 art pieces acquired by the Alaska Art Bank in 2017. (Photo by Ben Charles)Walk into a courtroom, a legislative office, the Governor’s Mansion, or any public space in Alaska and you’ll find art: masks, paintings, textiles, sculptures. Each piece was created by Alaska artists, curated by the state, and is held in the Alaska Art Bank. The collection recently acquired a Yup’ik mask from Bethel artist Ben Charles. Charles is 34 years old and only began carving in February. KYUK visited Charles at his home studio in Bethel.Listen nowTranscript:CHARLES: The piece is representative of the cloudy sky spirit. It represents the spirit that takes a person’s spirit away and brings it to the next universe or plane. My uncle passed away from cancer, and I was thinking of him when I made it. And when I was carving it, I was thinking he made it to the next life.It’s made of spruce root. I found it when I was our getting firewood this past winter. As I was driving back, there was a big piece of spruce root on the side of the river; I just chopped it up and brought it home.So the piece is cut in half, and the opposite sides of the face are on either side, and it’s carved in a curve, and it’s blue and white. One side is white and one side is blue with the circles of the universe, and the earth, and the solar system, and the four dots for the four winds above the eye. And also dots and circles along the face where the cut was.No one taught me. I studied my grandpa and my dad’s pieces; kinda looked at how they might have carved it in reverse.I started my online art business for Alaska Native Arts Online over a year ago, and I needed more inventory, and my wife got me this book about my grandpa: Nick, or Nicholas, Charles. His Yup’ik name was Ayaginar. He was a pretty famous carver back in the early to mid 1990s.The arctic entry in Ben Charles’ home serves as his carving studio. Here, he’s holding the beginning of a wolf mask. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)One of the quotes in there is,”You wake up every day, and it’s a new day. And with a new day comes new opportunity.” I believe is the rough quote. And just from reading his background, it made me want to carry on the tradition and the family name, because there’s not many carvers left in the Charles family.I think he passed away when I was six or seven, but I used to watch him carve when I was a kid. He had this little room, and he’d be hunched over with an old desk lap with his old, traditional carving tools and his cotton button sweater and plaid shirt and his dress-up pants, and he’d be sitting there carving, quietly. A lot of masks. I think I remember him making a bent wood bowl and some dance fans.I didn’t really start paying attention to the Yup’ik culture until several years ago. I listened, but I didn’t listen well enough until just recently. And with the Yup’ik culture, it’s passing knowledge verbally from generation to generation. And for carving, I feel that my dad and my grandpa are there, helping me carve.last_img read more

Democratic presidential candidates take to Twitter to weigh in on Alaska politics

first_imgThe marine transit system in Alaska is vital to rural communities—but faces draconian cuts in funding. IBU is on strike to ensure this lifeline for Alaskans will continue to serve communities from Ketchikan to Kodiak. The governor must restore full funding immediately. @ILWU— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 26, 2019 The leading Democratic contenders for the White House are weighing in on Alaska politics and the ferry strike — at least, on social media. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted her thoughts on the state’s ongoing political feud on Tuesday. Warren linked to an Alaska Public Media story about Anchorage declaring a civil emergency, and called Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts “extreme.” The IBU just voted to strike for the first time in 42 years. They are striking for better working conditions and fully-funded ferry service for the community. I stand with the IBU in this and urge @GovDunleavy to bargain in good faith with these workers. https://t.co/IWgcMMJdKK— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 29, 2019 And late last week, former Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted his support for the ferry workers on strike, calling the funding cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System “draconian.” I stand in solidarity with the people of Anchorage, Alaska who are fighting to make their voices heard against extreme budget cuts that could hurt the people of their state. https://t.co/wH7rxCWzg2— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 30, 2019 The top-polling Democratic candidate for President then called on Governor Dunleavy to “restore full funding immediately.” On Monday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders chimed in on the ferry labor dispute, tweeting “I stand with the IBU” and urging Dunleavy to “bargain in good faith” with the striking ferry workers. Current Republican President and frequent tweeter Donald Trump has not yet weighed in on Governor Dunleavy’s recent policy choices. But in the past, Dunleavy has received Trump’s enthusiastic support — both in person, and on social media.last_img read more