Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K Owners — BRAW Comes to Premiere Pro

first_imgHere’s some highly anticipated news for the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K — you can now use BRAW in Premiere Pro and Avid.In the 1.5 update to Blackmagic RAW, Windows and Linux editors can now download the Blackmagic RAW Speed Test to find out just how under-optimized your computer is — and how 24 fps 8K playback is still a little ways off for consumers. Also included are under-the-hood improvements to the Blackmagic RAW Player.However, the most significant inclusion to the update is that you can now use Blackmagic RAW in Premiere Pro and Avid, with plug-ins installed with 1.5. Being able to use the format in Premiere has been one of the most requested features since the release of Blackmagic RAW.There’s no denying that Blackmagic has spent the last few years trying to get a wider audience to see Resolve not only as a professional color grading software but also as an editing platform for users of any skill level. Likewise, in addition to unleashing an army of certified trainers, Blackmagic also released a training series on their social channels to equip new users with the knowledge they need to navigate Resolve.With such a strong push toward acquiring a larger user base, many had wondered if BRAW was going to remain native to Resolve. It would’ve been a surefire way to keep users on the platform, but Blackmagic has been very open about their new format (like offering a fully documented software development kit), so it didn’t seem like a direction they would take. It’s just that we didn’t hear any official word on cross-NLE compatibility.After the initial release, it was only a week before transcoding tutorials came out, so users could take their BRAW footage from Resolve and edit in Premiere. And, a few months after the release of BRAW, Autokroma released a $29 Premiere Pro plug-in that allows users to directly import BRAW, with the internal RAW properties fully adjustable, within the effects panel.However, all that has been nipped in the bud, making BRAW studio obsolete — as with 1.5, you directly import BRAW into Premiere. The plug-in is automatically installed to Premiere’s directory, so upon running the 1.5 execution file, there’s nothing else you need to do.BRAW in PremiereIn one of our Resolve vs. Premiere showdowns, we talked about how Resolve favors GPU but also leans on CPU processing, while Premiere Pro is primarily CPU dominant with slight GPU support. The BRAW plug-in for Premiere only uses CPU. Therefore, you’re not going to see the same speed and capacity with the format in Resolve. However, as noted in Newsshooter‘s interview with Blackmagic, they do intend on incorporating Premiere’s GPU acceleration in the future.You can manipulate the BRAW info in Premiere’s effects panel, just as you would if you had added an effect to a video clip. However, unlike Premiere’s video effects — when added, they appear stacked in the effects panel — you have to select a separate tab in the effects window, which (at first) is quite missable.When you click the BRAW tab, you’ll get a variety of RAW settings to manipulate.While the plug-in doesn’t feature all the elements you can find when using a BRAW file in Resolve, the key features are here. As stated in the press release, when you move your projects from Premiere Pro, or Avid, into Resolve for grading and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata is still there.Full Press ReleaseToday, we released Blackmagic RAW 1.5. This new version introduces a cross-platform version of Blackmagic RAW Speed Test, which is now available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on your system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that you get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, or 12:1, and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy-to-read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions.In addition, Blackmagic RAW 1.5 also includes plug-ins that add support for editing native Blackmagic RAW files in Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer. These new plug-ins enable editors to work with Blackmagic RAW, directly, so they no longer have to transcode files. That means camera original Blackmagic RAW files can be used throughout the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to create proxy files and conform edits for finishing. These plug-ins bring the quality of RAW in small, modern, GPU, and CPU accelerated files that are faster and easier to work with than any other video format. Best of all, when projects are moved from Premiere Pro or Media Composer into DaVinci Resolve for color correction and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata and image quality is still there.Blackmagic RAW SDK 1.5 is available now as a free download from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.Looking for more from Blackmagic? Check out these articles.How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-MBlackmagic Announces The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K – EF MountHow to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameralast_img read more

Cricket fraternity mourns Pataudi’s death

first_imgIndian cricket fraternity on Thursday reacted with shock and sorrow on the demise of former captain Mansur Ali Khan Patuadi, who died here due to lung infection, describing him as a “great human being” and “shrewd leader” who inspired a generation of players in the country.Former and current stalwarts of the game remembered how Pataudi had influenced their careers in different ways and said his demise has left a void in Indian cricket.India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar termed his demise as a terrible loss for cricket world. “I had an opportunity to him (M.A.K. Pataudi) once,” Tendulkar told Headlines Today.Rahul Dravid, who met Pataudi at the presentation ceremony of the India-England series, expressed shock.”Wish I had spent more time with him. Even though I had heard of him being not well, this comes as a shock”, he said Dravid adding, “Pataudi was a personality who influenced Indian cricket in many ways. As a leader, he was someone who changed the way the game was played. He lived with dignity even after retirement.”BCCI president N Srinivasan expressed shocked at Pataudi’s demise. In a statement, he said, “I am shocked to hear the news of Tiger Pataudi’s demise. He was an exemplary individual, who guided Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, as batsman, fielder and captain.””He revolutionised fielding standards in the Indian team, and across the country. In an age wherein a draw was considered as good as a win, Tiger Pataudi encouraged his players to go flat out for victory. He was an aggressive batsman who excelled in crisis situations, and showed the nation how to combat adversity. I join my colleagues in the BCCI to express my condolences at his passing away. His services to Indian cricket will never be forgotten,” Srinivasan added.advertisementThere were condolence messages from cricket’s governing body ICC as well. ICC chief Sharad Pawar mourned passing of one of India’s greatest captains. “On behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC), I condole the passing of “Tiger” Pataudi who was one of India’s greatest, most charismatic and flamboyant captains. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was a man of exceptional talent who turned out to be an inspiration to millions of cricketers, not only in India but across the globe. It was an honour and privilege to have known him,” said Pawar. “Mansur Ali Khan became a true darling of India cricket due to his on the field heroics and off the field easy manners. After retirement, he maintained his close association with the game in different capacities, including as a commentator. Whenever he shared his views on the game, they were taken seriously as they were considered to be coming right from the bottom of the heart of one of India’s greatest servants of the game. He will be sorely missed,” Pawar added in an ICC statement.ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “I was sad to learn of the demise of India’s iconic former Test captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. I had grown up as a young cricketer hearing about his achievements and had only met him for the first time during The Oval Test on 22 August where he had come to present the Pataudi Trophy to the England team while I presented Andrew Strauss with the Reliance ICC Test Championship mace.”During the Test, I had the privilege of discussing with him the past, present and future of Test and 50-over cricket. It was absolutely fascinating to hear his views and confidence in these formats.”Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar described Pataudi as the “most charismatic cricketer of his generation”.”To bat with almost zero vision in one eye and still to score nearly 3,000 runs and half a dozen centuries in Test cricket tells you what a genius he was,” Gavaskar said.Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan echoed a similar sentiment. “Anyone who knows batting, knows that it’s difficult to play with one eye, specially (to play) fast bowling. What he achieved with one eye, the sort of ability he had, what sort of a player he could have become,” he said.”For me, he was by far the best cricketer, I have seen in my life,” former India captain Ajit Wadekar told India Today Online. Pataudi’s team-mates Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna praised Pataudi identifying that India’s strength lay in spin, which ultimately led to the formation of the lethal spin-quartet that included Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan apart from Prasanna and Bedi. “His faith in the spinners was absolute and we all prospered under his captaincy. We won’t find the likes of him in a long, long time. His voice cannot be filled. A great, great chapter of Indian cricket has come to a close,” Bedi said.advertisement”It’s very shocking and sad news. A few weeks ago I saw him give away the Patuadi trophy to England,” Prasanna told Headlines Today.England defeated India in the Test series 4-0 and Pataudi gave away the trophy to winner, which has been named after him.”He gave a different dimension to Indian cricket. He analysed the strengths and weakness of the team. He had a lot of confidence in me. He said if we have to bowl 100 overs, I will have to bowl 80 very effective overs,” Prasanna said about his captain Tiger.”He countered the West Indies fearsome foursome with our fearsome spin (the famous spin quartet of Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Bishan Singh Bedi).””For him it was an equal balance of batting and bowling. He proved to the world that you need not have fast bowlers if you have an effective spin attack,” added the former India spinnerSpeaking about his marriage to actress Sharmila Tagore, he said, “He was brought up in England and he was independent. He transformed and translated that in his marriage and it proved successful till the very last date.”Fomer India cricketer Chetan Chauhan called him a “Tiger on field”. “He was very agile and used to chase down and stop boundaries, that’s why he was called the Tiger.”Former opening batsman Gundappa Viswanath described Pataudi as his guide in early years of his career and somebody who had always helped the youngsters.”It is a terrible news for me, he brought me up and guided me. I cant even express myself, it is one of my saddest days. He was a great human being, a great cricketer, a great fielder, shrewed captain, it is really sad,” he said.”He always guided the youngsters, I was very close to him, so I cant really forget the way he brought me up. He was my first captain under whom I played. Whatever career I had, it stands on him,” he added.Former captain and current selection panel chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Pataudi was the one cricketer who ushered in style and aggression to Indian cricket.”It is a great loss for Indian cricket. He is one fellow, so stylish and aggressive. He achieved so much at the age of 21, he played an aggressive brand of cricket. He was very friendly and a fun loving person, he had very subtle and good sense of humour,” said Srikkanth.”His greatest quality was the way he hit those sixes. He is called Tiger because of his extraordinary fielding at covers. He lost one eye but still went on to score so many runs. He expresses his views but never tried to impose them. One thing I like to inculcate from him is his determination and aggressiveness,” he said.advertisementCricketing fraternity apart, Indian Olympic Association secretary general Randhir Singh on Friday paid tribute to late former cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, saying he would always be remembered for leading the Indian team to its first overseas series win.”He (Pataudi) was an outstanding sportsman and a great human being. He would forever be remembered for leading India to their maiden Test series triumph abroad. He will be deeply missed among the Indian sports fraternity,” Randhir said in his condolence message.last_img read more

Supreme Court pulls up BCCI for ‘monopolising’ cricket

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL × April 25, 2016 Timeline: Justice Lodha panel recommendations on reforms in BCCI cricket Supreme Court The Supreme Court on today pulled up BCCI for “monopolising” cricket in the country and said several youngsters wanting to be Dhonis and Kohlis are not given equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the cricket body.“Several youngsters in the country want to make their career in cricket and want to be Dhonis and Kohlis due to the glamour and glitz associated with it.“They do not get equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the BCCI.“Sometimes they are prevented by the people at the helm of affairs,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said.Amicus curiaeThe apex court also appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae in the matter and sought his assistance to explore as to how the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha committee favouring large-scale structural reforms, which BCCI and other boards have been resisting, could be implemented.The bench, also comprising Justice FMI Kalifulla, expressed anguish over the cricket body running a “prohibitory regime and monopolising cricket” across the country, saying no one can play the game without its nod.“You (BCCI) are running a prohibitory regime which is spread across the country. If a player has to play cricket he has to be with you. You have complete monopoly.“You have monopoly over members and you prevent people from becoming members.The court said it fails to understand why there should be any problem to anyone because Justice RM Lodha-led committee has opened the membership to other states and recommended one state-one vote. The bench made it clear to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, which has expressed its reservations on the one state-one vote formula, that it is not concerned with any state associations.“We make it clear that we are not concerned with any state cricket associations, but if they want to associate with BCCI, then they have to reform themselves. You will have to fall in line and reform yourselves or you will lose your membership,” the Bench said. 0 courts and legalcenter_img Apex court accepts structural reform recommendations in BCCI Unanimous choice Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI President RELATED SHARE Supreme Court Published on COMMENT nulllast_img read more

Manchester United and Arsenal to fight for Boateng, PSG also interested

first_imgManchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng as the transfer deadline of August 9 in England approaches.The two clubs are however, going to face stiff competition from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are also reportedly keen towards bringing Boateng to the Parc des Princes as well.Boateng, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, has fallen out of favour at Munich, with Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule preferred ahead of the 29-year-old by new Bayern coach Niko Kovac.However, both United and Arsenal are going to face a race against time to get Boateng’s signature ahead of the English transfer deadline on Thursday. Also, the fact that, Thomas Tuchel’s PSG is the centre-back’s first choice, doesn’t work in the English side’s favour.Also read – Jose Mourinho staring at ‘difficult season’ as Manchester United lose againBayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Boateng would be allowed to leave if a club was prepared to match their figure on the player who has a contract that runs until 2021. The defender is reportedly valued at more than 50 million euros ($57.9 million).The Bavarian club has regularly announced that it intends to rejuvenate its aging squad. After signing 23-year-old German international Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to depart, with the 30-year-old having joined FC Barcelona in Spain.Also read – The Premier League is going to be in your face: Sol Campbell warns Unai EmeryAccording to several media reports, a decision regarding Boateng’s future is expected shortly, and may happen by the end of this week.advertisementWhile Arsenal have not commented on the matter, both Tuchel and United coach Jose Mourinho say the German international would add quality to their defenses.”My boss knows about my wishes and demands,” Mourinho commented. United are said to have contacted Bayern while playing a friendly in Munich last Saturday.Other reports speak about a meeting between Tuchel and Boateng a few weeks ago.While some have suggested that joining the star-studded PSG side would enhance the image-conscious Boateng’s marketing appeal, others say that playing in the English Premier League would result in more global exposure for the German international.Several newspapers have spoken about signs coming from the player’s entourage that Boateng is very interested in opening a new chapter in his career.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Breaks Oklahoma State School Record For Passing Yards

first_imgYour thoughts, Mason?When you rightfully reclaim your spot under the neon palms. pic.twitter.com/P3p7oxII40— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 18, 2016 Mason Rudolph only completed 26 passes on Saturday afternoon-turned-evening in Stillwater, but he made all of them count. Rudolph finished 26/46 for 540 yards and two TDs to claim the school record for a single game from Brandon Weeden.Here’s a look at the five most-prolific performances in OSU history.Mason Rudolph: 54o yards vs. Pitt (2016)Brandon Weeden: 502 yards vs. KSU (2011)Brandon Weeden: 476 yards vs. ISU (2011)Brandon Weeden: 438 yards vs. A&M (2011)Mason Rudolph: 437 yards vs. KSU (2015)And here’s the 82-yarder to Jhajuan Seales that sealed the deal in the 4th quarter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Recruiting for MHTF Staff Positions

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 7, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We are now actively recruiting for two important positions at the Maternal Health Task Force. These positions are posted on EngenderHealth’s web site:Maternal Health Task Force ManagerMaternal Health Task Force Program AssistantSee the job descriptions for how to apply via EngenderHealth’s Human Resources department, who are handling the process (thank you!).Share this:last_img read more

‘All that separates Messi & Maradona is height’

first_imgArgentina ‘All that separates Messi & Maradona is height’ – Suker cannot compare Argentina legends Ronan Murphy 21:58 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Diego Maradona Lionel Messi Argentina Split Getty Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina v Croatia Croatia World Cup The former Real Madrid striker played with Maradona at Sevilla in 1992-93, but is unwilling to choose whether he is better than the Barcelona star Croatia legend Davor Suker has insisted that Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi cannot be compared ahead of his country’s World Cup clash with Argentina.Messi missed from the penalty spot in Argentina’s opening Group D game with Iceland, denying Jorge Sampaoli’s side the chance to pick up maximum points.Croatia are the next side to face Messi and Argentina, with Suker asked whether he believes their current talisman is better than the 1986 World Cup winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “The two of them can only be compared to the height; football is changing every 10 years,” Suker told 24sata.”In Diego’s time the balls were different, the pitches were not so scorched.”Look, Diego won the World Cup, Messi has not, but Diego liked me because I played with him.”Despite leading Group D thanks to a 2-0 win over Nigeria, Suker is refusing to get carried away with Croatia’s chances of progressing to the knockout round.An own goal and a penalty from Luka Modric sealed all three points, but Croatia were largely ineffective in attack and will need to improve in front of goal in their game against the South Americans.”We have not done anything yet, we have to stay firm on the ground,” he said. “There is no euphoria, Argentina is coming.”Argentina is always a favourite, and we’re going step by step. I’ve seen a lot of good in our game, but I can say that we are going to be world champions and then after five days, everything can change.”Messi is a miracle, he can have a hat-trick in every game, but he’s just a man, he can make a mistake.”The dangers for us are now even bigger because the Argentinians are wounded. This will be a chess game, but if it’s like Nigeria, I’m not afraid.”last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Plan for Hurricane Season

first_imgJamaicans are being urged to plan ahead for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is expected to see the Caribbean facing at least one major hurricane.Acting Director of the National Meteorological Service, Jeffrey Spooner, said this is based on projections of Colorado State University, which has, for the first time over a long period, indicated that the Caribbean is “in line” for a hit from a major hurricane.Mr. Spooner was speaking on Wednesday, May 1, at the launch of Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month, at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in New Kingston.The month is being observed under the theme: ‘Plan for Disaster in Advance, Give Yourself a Fighting Chance’. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1, and ends on November 30.[RELATED: ODPEM Gearing Up for Active Hurricane Season]Mr. Spooner pointed out that the university is the only institution that has so far released forecast for this season.The overall prediction is for an above average hurricane season with 18 named storms (one less than in 2012). This is against a 30 year average of 12, indicating a 50 per cent increase in the projection for this year.Nine hurricanes are projected, which is one less than 2012. With an average of six using the 30 year mean, this equates to a 50 per cent increase. The projection for major hurricanes (category three and higher) is up by 100 per cent, with four being projected.“The forecast for this year is for 95 activities with respect to tropical storms…up from 60, which is the average…the number of hurricane days (is) up from 21 average to a projected 40, and nine major hurricane days are projected for this year – up by 57 per cent. So, the projection for this year’s activity is (looking) much more active than normal, and about as active as it was last year,” Mr. Spooner said.He said the projections “may well be on track,” and that while it is not certain how many of these systems could affect Jamaica, “if we have one, that’s one too many, and therefore we need to be prepared.”The ODPEM also launched its Twitter “hashtag”, #AskODPEM, as a primary communication tool with social media fan base. This is to facilitate direct responses to concerns and queries during the hurricane season.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Turkeys President Stops Man From Jumping Off Bosporus Bridge

Taroudant  – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly saved the life of a man as he sought to jump off the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul on Friday.Television footage showed Erdogan’s motorcade stopped in the middle of Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge that links Europe with Asia, where a man was threatening to commit suicide by plunging into the water.Erdogan’s staff were seen speaking to the sobbing man before they pulled him over the fence to safety and escorted him to meet the president in his car.The man, identified as Vezir Cakras, was suffering depression due to family problems and wanted to put an end to his life. Cakras started sobbing at the sight of Erdogan and kissed his hand in a traditional Turkish sign of respect.The video footage showed the man shaking hands and talking with the president, who allegedly convinced him to not think of committing suicide again.According to Turkish News Agency Anadolu, the president made some phone calls to the authorities and gave orders to help the desperate man.An official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Erdogan promised to help the victim.Turkish media reported that Cakras came to Istanbul from Siirt, a city in eastern Turkey, which is the hometown of the president’s wife Emine Erdo?an and where the president was elected as lawmaker in the past. read more

SMMT exhibition puts the spotlight on UK automotive pioneers

Follow Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) SMMT exhibition space on PinterestIn just over a week’s time, the winner of the UK’s most prestigious prize for automotive innovation will be revealed – and from today, visitors to SMMT’s Westminster office can see for themselves the pioneering submissions fighting it out for the top prize.Over the next two weeks, the company’s exhibition space will play host to exciting displays from the six contenders for the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2013. Now in its fourth year, the Award highlights the UK’s leading capability for groundbreaking design, R&D and engineering on a global scale.After a rigorous judging process involving leading industry figures, one of the innovations below will be crowned the winner at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 26 November – but which one? Come back to the website then to find out… In contention for the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2013 are:Ford Motor Company: 1.0 Ecoboost engineBig-engine performance and 65mpg, all from a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder powerplant.McLaren Automotive: McLaren P1The most advanced combination of motorsport technologies ever brought together on a road car.Productiv Ltd and Tata Steel: The Proving FactoryA pioneering manufacturing initiative to bridge the ‘Valley of Death’ between R&D and production.We Predict: IndicoA new, comprehensive application of warranty analytics forecasting software.YASA Motors: YASA-400A lightweight but powerful electric motor, already featured in the Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept.Zircotec Ltd: Zircotec ThermoholdAn all-new approach to thermal coating technology – protecting carbon composite components from heat damage.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio State prepares for Washingtons highlytouted zone defense

The Ohio State offense runs a drill at practice at the StubHub Center on Dec. 28 in Carson, Calif. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLOS ANGELES — Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake’s defense will give Ohio State its second-straight bend-but-don’t-break defense it has seen in the past two games. The Huskies like to keep the ball in front of them, allowing 8.93 passing yards per pass attempt, the lowest in college football. But Lake said he knows what he is in for when facing Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins: an athletic, big body with a strong arm that can make throws, coordinating the offense from the line of scrimmage. The defensive coordinator called Haskins the best quarterback the Huskies will face all season. But Washington has had a challenge like this before. It faced the No. 1 pass offense in college football in Washington State, using its zone defense approach to limit redshirt senior quarterback Gardner Minshew to 152 yards passing with an interception despite completing 74.3 percent of his passes. Lake feels his secondary has the opportunity to prove something similar to what the Huskies did against Washington State in the Rose Bowl. “This is the second-ranked pass offense in the country. We already faced the No. 1 pass offense in the country; now we get to face No. 2,” Lake said. “I tell our guys our goal is to be the best in the country, the best DB crew in the country. And now we get to face the top two. We’ve already faced one; now we get to face two.” On the other hand, Haskins put up some of his best numbers against one of the statistically best defenses in the country. Although different in scheme, Michigan held the top scoring defense in the country before the redshirt sophomore quarterback lit the defense up for 396 yards and six passing touchdowns. Facing a Northwestern offense with a similar zone defense to what Washington prides itself in, Haskins thrived as well, throwing a career-high 499 yards and completing 82.9 percent of his passes. “Michigan didn’t really scare us and other teams didn’t really scare us,” Haskins said. “We are not worried about … what people see as the best defense in the country because we feel we have the best offense in the country.”Haskins knows what to expect from the Washington defense. He said the Huskies have more of an NFL-based defense, playing a loose zone with a man coverage element to cut the use of mesh routes the Ohio State offense loves to utilize. Haskins said Washington brings a defense with a Northwestern-type scheme with Michigan-level talent, something Huskies sophomore cornerback Byron Murphy is confident Ohio State has not seen before this season. “I feel like they haven’t seen a defense like ours,” Murphy said. “As a defense, I feel like we are the best in the country, so we’re going on out there and put on a fight and show everyone what we can do.” This kind of defense is what the Ohio State wide receivers are expecting to see in coverage on Tuesday and are preparing for in practice. “They don’t give up a lot of big plays, and they’re gonna make you earn all of your yards,” redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “We can’t afford to make mistakes, we gotta have spacing in the pass game.”Washington knows that if a ball gets behind a defensive back playing in the zone defense the Huskies utilize, it’s a play likely for big yardage, possibly a score. The Huskies will strive to keep the ball in front of their cornerbacks and safeties, limiting Ohio State to high-percentage, but short-yardage completions. To Lake, this kind of matchup is what bowl season is for. “It’s everything we wanted at the end of the year,” Lake said. “If we’re doing everything that we expect ourselves to do, we want to play in a big-time bowl game against a big-time opponent. We got what we wanted.” read more

Excellence in geosynthetics installations

first_imgThe Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations has been written by Glen Toepfer, President of CQA Solutions, a firm specialising in construction quality assurance for containment facilities. His vast industry experience includes more than 4.7 million m2 of geomembrane QA/QC, including a single installation with 12.36 million m2 of geosynthetics materials installed with zero leaks.Active in the industry, he authors the blog Uncontained.co, authors and presents industry papers and provides expert witness services and technology solutions. To ensure quality worldwide, he has designed SuperTek, the industry’s first real-time data validation QA/QC software system. His passion for containment quality has led to proven field protocols and systems that help ensure quality on every project.This field manual reveals the inner workings of geomembrane installations to unparalleled depths, navigating the balance between complex relationships, the rigours of field installation and external influences that ultimately determine the success of the project. Each chapter exposes quality and cost concerns for delivering an installation that provides a rock solid return on investment for site owners.The book provides a roadmap for obtaining repeatable excellence in geosynthetics installations. The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations is a comprehensive compilation of 25 years of experience distilled into concise processes and protocols.The book reveals the inner workings of geomembrane installations, including the delicate balance between maintaining quality while containing cost. “The long-term return on investment of any installation requires that we build it right from the start,” said Toepfer. “Quality Assurance and Quality Control technicians, being the ‘eyes and ears’ on the frontlines of the project, are an important part of the formula for success. The purpose of this book is to provide insights into the roles and responsibilities associated with these positions and the tools necessary to equip the Quality Team to handle the challenges that lie ahead. This field guide is based on what I’ve learned from my years in the field and from a lot of very talented people who have taught me much.”Toepfer is, at times, frank about the realities of the industry. The importance of teamwork between all involved parties cannot be overstated. However, the dynamics of every project are different and this book delves into details about external factors that can quickly derail the project if they are not properly recognized and managed accordingly – such management tools can be found in the “Keys to Success” segment within each chapter.A work along project at the end of each chapter walks the reader through documentation and review processes for every phase of a geomembrane installation. This information is an added bonus that illustrates a pathway to successful data management throughout the entire project.Other highlights of the new book, which can be purchased on CreateSpace.com, include:Proven proactive systems that identify potential pitfalls, shortcuts and safeguardsDesigned for quick field referencingPowerful content written so the seasoned veteran or novice can quickly apply to their next projectA 25-page instructional pictorial on calculating peel incursionsMore than 280 illustrations, photographs and sample documents to facilitate learningTrue stories that are both educational and entertaining.last_img read more

Ankara upping the ante

first_imgAnkara is persisting with scenarios regarding the existence of training camps for Kurdish terrorists in Greece, Kathimerini understands, with Turkish press reports suggesting that Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to give his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras a confidential file with information about camps during a scheduled visit to Ankara on March 4 and 5.According to the Turkish newspaper Aksam, Erdogan is planning to give Samaras a file compiled by the Turkish intelligence service, MIT, containing details of all Kurdish terrorists that it deems are currently in Greece.The file reportedly resurrects references to the purported existence of training camps in Attica – in Lavrio, Kinetta, Oropos and Dilesi – which Ankara has made several times in the past and have been dismissed by Athens as attempts to apply political pressure. According to the report in Aksam, Erdogan will ask Athens to be more decisive in responding to requests for the extradition of suspected Kurdish terrorists from Greece to Turkey.Claims by Erdogan that he and Samaras had discussed the issue of training camps for members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during talks in Qatar last month were quickly dismissed by Athens at the time. Responding to the new press reports on Monday, Greek diplomatic sources said Athens has already expressed its irritation with the way Ankara has pursued the matter. The same sources noted that Greece has been categorical in its condemnation of terrorism and claimed that Erdogan’s stance is that all European countries tolerate terrorism.The Turkish leader is expected to broach other thorny issues with Samaras, including the rights of the Muslim minority in Thrace, northern Greece, and the absence of an official mosque for Muslim worshippers in Athens. Samaras has refused Turkey’s offer to provide funding for the construction of a state mosque in the Greek capital with Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Tsiaras telling Parliament recently that Athens would accept no Turkish involvement in such a project. Nevertheless, according to sources, Erdogan is planning to bring the matter up again and his office is preparing a competition for architects interested in designing an Athens mosque.In a related development, Turkish authorities are said to be moving forward with plans for the creation of a Religious Academy, overseeing all religious training schools, which could provide a framework for the reopening of the Greek Orthodox seminary on Halki island off Istanbul. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Man keeps lost wallet found in parking lot

first_imgInvestigators are looking for a man who picked up a dropped wallet downtown last month.On April 9, Vancouver police officers got a call about a stolen wallet in the 2300 block of Main Street.The victim lost his wallet in a parking lot, and surveillance cameras in the area spotted a man pick up the wallet shortly after, go into Main Street Marijuana and later leave in a blue SUV.The department shared images from surveillance video Monday, and asked anyone with information on the suspect to contact Vancouver Police Service Technician Kristy Morrow at kristy.morrow@cityofvancouver.us.last_img read more

Amazon seeks to expand RD ops spreads recruitment net wide

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:19Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:17?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Is Jeff Bezos and Amazon set to take over the world?center_img Giant e-commerce retailer Amazon will hire more than 1,000 Indian professionals to increase the workflow of the research and development (R&D) segment of the company. This should provide cheer to professionals looking to upgrade their technical skills, The Times of India reported on Thursday.The new recruits are expected to cater to the company’s divisions, which include Amazon.com, Amazon.in, the devices business, the cloud computing division and Amazon Web Services (AWS).Amazon’s website had announced 1,245 positions in India on its careers page as of Wednesday evening. India is at present the largest workforce centre for Amazon after the US.”India is a big focus area for talent,” said Dale Vaz, director of software development at Amazon India.The company has said that new hiring would be limited only by the availability of talent in the specific technologies where it is recruiting. That limits the scope for fresh software graduates, as they may not have an understanding of the specific skills needed for the roles that Amazon is looking to fill.”We process a lot of data and are always looking for data processing and profiling engineers,” Dale Vaz added. Amazon is seeking employees for areas like research, data analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence and Android developers. At present, Amazon Web Services has about 195 vacancies in India. Among open positions in India, Bengaluru tops the chart with 557 vacancies and Hyderabad with 403 positions unfilled. Bengaluru is the biggest centre for Amazon in India.Scroll down for video Elon Musk’s plan is to eventually help our brains merge with software and remain relevant in an AI-dominated world with the help of a brain-computer interface.Creative CommonsSlow IT recruitment, layoffs expected to worsen – will the trend change? Employment opportunities in the IT sector have plunged substantially, suggesting that the sector’s focus has shifted to mass automation in India. At a time, when IT layoffs are on the rise and expectations that employment prospects for IT graduates might sink further, companies such as Amazon looking at mass hiring might be a small indication of the trend reversing.If more companies pull the trigger on increasing job offers in the IT sector, it could mean an uptick in the employment trend rather than fall in recruitments.Further, the government on Tuesday said job losses through automation should not be a concern for people in the short term as growth momentum in India, is picking up at a fast pace, and can result in more employment generation for citizens.However, according to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), over 60 percent of the 800,000 engineering graduates India produces annually remain unemployed.last_img read more

MP govt orders probe over Rs 300 cr scam to help builders

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Over 60% housing projects in 50 cities delayed: Surveycenter_img The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday ordered a thorough investigation on an alleged Rs 300 crore scam in which Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued false house completion certificates to more than 100 under construction housing projects.Allegedly back-dated completion certificates were issued to housing projects that were incomplete in an attempt to save the builders from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) regulations.Commissioner of Urban Administration Department (UAD) Vivek Agrawal will head the investigation. Almost entire of BMC’s building permission section had to be shifted after the scam was exposed, the Times of India reported.According to Times of India, RERA’s chairman Anthony DeSa had earlier warned BMC of its irregularities but it did not help. DeSa also received complaints from some people in October about houses they had booked.”When builders were questioned with regard to those complaints, they produced completion certificates from BMC but the pictures that the complainants had shown made it amply clear that the houses were incomplete,” said DeSa.DeSa had also asked the BMC to verify the reliability of those completion certificates but have not responded yet to his query.On Thursday, the Bombay High Court had ruled that all the incomplete and ongoing housing projects will also be covered under the RERA Act. ReutersSome states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had allegedly refrained from keeping the ongoing projects under the watch of RERA.RERA was implemented on 1st May 2017 to protect the interest of home buyers and also push investments in the country’s real estate industry.It was essential to implement RERA because for a long time in India, home buyers have complained that the real estate transactions were in favour of the builders.RERA aims to create more equitable and fair transactions between the seller and the buyer of properties. It is expected that RERA will make real estate purchase simpler through better accountability and transparency.last_img read more

Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread

first_imgAlex Reynolds/NPRYou may be tempted to save a piece of a moldy loaf by discarding the fuzzy bits. But food safety experts say molds penetrate deeper into the food than what’s visible to us. And eating moldy food comes with health risks.Like politics and music, the question of whether to eat moldy food can divide families, with relatives’ admonishments reverberating in one’s head for years.“Every time I throw out moldy bread, I can still hear my dad lecturing me: ‘That’s perfectly good! Just cut that part off! It’s penicillin!’ ” says Shawna Iwaniuk, a graphic designer in Alberta, Canada. “But … I just can’t.”So, who’s right? Is the furry green stuff a death knell for a baguette, or just a minor setback?For food safety experts, the answer is clear: Moldy bread is bad news.“We don’t recommend cutting mold off of bread, because it’s a soft food,” says Marianne Gravely, a senior technical information specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture. “With soft food, it’s very easy for the roots [of the mold], or the tentacles, or whatever creepy word you want to use, to penetrate” deeper into the food.Molds, which look like mini-mushrooms under a microscope, are actually a type of fungi, with visible spores on the surface and a network of microscopic roots that twist deep below that are often invisible to the naked eye. So a mold’s penetration into a piece of bread may be greater than a quick look-over suggests, says Gravely.You might have slightly more leeway when it comes to sliced bread in a bag: If after careful inspection of the interior and exterior of the bread on a long loaf, you can tell one end is unaffected, keep it, Gravely says. But otherwise, it should be tossed — the fact that bread is sliced is no guarantor that mold hasn’t spread.“I have seen mold spread from one slice to the next,” she says.What’s more, by the time mold has moved in, other harmful kinds of bacteria associated with food spoiling may also have infiltrated the food.Some molds, like those used for Gorgonzola cheese, are safe to eat. But the mold dotting bread isn’t a benign source of extra fiber. Gravely says people who eat moldy food may suffer allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Even inhaling mold can be dangerous. To avoid breathing mold, the USDA recommends putting food in a plastic bag and then in a covered trashcan, out of the reach of children and animals.“I’m sure some people would really want to press the situation, but bread is cheap,” says Gravely. “Go buy some more.”Soft fruits, lunch meats and jams also must be tossed once moldy, she adds. But for those who mourn their castaway croissants, there’s some good news: Tougher foods are salvageable even after fungus has invaded. Hard cheeses, salamis and vegetables like carrots, bell peppers and cabbage have tougher surfaces, making it more difficult for a mold’s roots to move through. So you can excise the mold at the surface before it ruins the food’s interior. For such foods, Gravely recommends cutting the mold out with a clean knife, allowing an inch of buffer on each side of a fuzzy patch.Of course, the best way to cut down on funeral dirges for food past its prime is not to let the food get moldy in the first place. Gravely advises inspecting produce sold in plastic containers before buying it at the store. If shoppers discover a couple of moldy strawberries once at home, no need to jettison the entire bunch — just wash the other strawberries well and make sure the mold hasn’t spread. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has an app that helps consumers know how long different types of food generally last. Refrigerating food keeps it fresh longer, and cleaning the refrigerator every few months helps purge any food beginning to mold.“They’re pretty clever and adaptable,” Gravely says of mold spores. “They prefer moist environments and warm temperatures, but they can grow in the refrigerator, and they can grow in sweet things or salty things.”But consumers shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the puny kitchen invaders, she says. After all, she adds, remember who’s in charge: “Food in your kitchen is completely within your control.”Gnawing Questions is a semi-weekly column answering the food mysteries puzzling us and our readers. Got a question you want us to explore? Let us know via our contact form.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Housing Market Improves in 33 Top US Markets

first_img The U.S. housing market remains in healthy condition as purchase and rental affordability improve marginally despite a drop in the number of homes for sale, according to the Housing Tides Index. Data compiled also reveals that the U.S. housing and homebuilding industry resumed its strengthening trend with the Index increasing to a value of 73.6, after falling slightly to 72.4 in February. The Index scores increased in 33 of the top 41 local markets this month.These conclusions are based on research compiled for The Housing Tides Index, which is a monthly pulse of the U.S. housing market across the top 41 U.S. markets. Data is compiled by referencing 18 market indicators ranging from unemployment rates and housing permits to rental vacancy and mortgage foreclosure rates. Other information included in the March Housing Tides Index includes: The construction unemployment rate increased from 5.7 percent in November to 7.4 percent in December. While this is higher than the designated “healthy” range, unemployment rates vary seasonally and homebuilders have often pointed to labor scarcity as an obstacle to increasing construction volume.Housing supply improved markedly, rising from 2.9 months of supply in November to 3.9 in December. However, this supply increase is due to a large decrease in home sales while for-sale inventory simultaneously fell to its lowest level since December 2013.U.S. rent prices reversed course and fell in December. The median asking rent for two-bedroom units decreased from $1,630 in November to $1,500 in January.Mortgage foreclosure rates continued to decline in December, with latest data showing that just 0.9 percent of all homes with a mortgage are in foreclosure. The mortgage foreclosure rate is down from 1.37 percent in December 2015.The top five cities of the 41 cities referenced in the Index that showed improvement include (1) St. Louis, 78.1, up 8.2 YoY; (2) Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle, 77.4, up 4.0 YoY; (3) Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, 76.0, up 5.8 YoY; (4) Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, 75.5, up 5.0 YoY; (5) Austin-Round Rock, 75.5, up 4.8 YoY. For each of the top 41 markets, those variables are tested to determine which are statistically significant for predicting housing permits in that area.The Housing Tides Index concerning construction uses primary economic indicators that affect permit rates for single and multi-family construction. Rather than simply using each variable as reported five months prior, the models draw from three-month moving averages. Overall, the data offered in the Housing Tides Index for March seem to confirm that the U.S. housing market is on an upswing despite rising interest rates and lack of inventory. in Data, Headlines, News Share March 10, 2017 866 Views center_img Data Housing Tides Index 2017-03-10 Mirasha Brown Housing Market Improves in 33 Top U.S. Marketslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Nakash Holdings has in

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterNakash Holdings has introduced its Setai hotel brand to Tel Aviv with the opening of The Setai, Tel Aviv – now the premium luxury destination in Tel Aviv.The property, which is joining The Leading Hotels of the World’s prestigious collection of independent luxury hotels, is located in the historic old Jaffa area of Tel Aviv. This is the hospitality group’s second Setai in Israel, following the opening of the Sea of Galilee property in May 2017, and third globally, joining The Setai, Miami Beach.The hotel is located in the heart of the city, steps from the famous Clock Square and the city’s coastline, at the historic site known as the ‘Kishle’. It was originally constructed by the Turkish Empire to be a prison on the site of a historic Crusader fortress.“We are excited to extend the prestige and sophistication of the Setai brand in Israel with our third property, The Setai, Tel Aviv,” says Bruno H. de Schuyter, general manager. “The 13th century structure that is the foundation of the new hotel is unlike any other, and we took meticulous care in preserving and infusing important historic elements into the transformation of the building.  Guests will be surrounded by a unique atmosphere of old meets new, while experiencing first-class amenities and services in what will be the most superior five-star hotel in Tel Aviv.”Old meets new: Distinctive designThe guest room collection at The Setai, Tel Aviv includes:110 rooms and 10 suitesA Presidential Suite extending more than 92-square-metres, that includes a master bedroom, a guest room, a kitchen with a dining area and a spacious balconyA selection of Deluxe, Premium Plus, Executive and Premium rooms that feature balconies with views of the Mediterranean Sea and an infinity swimming poolThe hotel’s design vision, led by the London office of Ara Design, is ‘old meets new,’ blending Middle Eastern and Mediterranean elements with a contemporary style. Most of the guest rooms’ outer walls are the building’s original stone. Oak furnishings and leather panels in the wardrobe and desk add contemporary touches, while decorative pendant lights create a welcoming illumination to guests as they enter. Contemporary is balanced with antiquity through Arabic wall patterns cascading above the beds and detailed rugs.Separated from the bedroom by an innovative electronic LED glass partition, the bathroom can be privatised electronically at the guest’s demand. Grey marble and soft lighting provide a meditative look and feel to the bathrooms, which are fully equipped with a bath and separate shower.Visitors will be welcomed into the reception area that is framed by vaulted ceilings and a doorway with Turkish ottoman calligraphy. Contemporary seating, chic modern furnishings and ornate carpets complete the lobby lounge area that includes a full bar surrounded by reclaimed timber from the building’s original roof. Lacquered walls and grand chandeliers incorporate historic architectural details to complete the space.Multiple courtyards and four levels of glass-panelled terraces allow visitors to take in magnificent views of the city and the sea while indulging in the pool deck and cabanas. Below ground level are five spacious event halls, a spa and Turkish Hammam.Looking north from a hotel balcony, guests will see the luminous skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, while southern views offer the city landscape. Gazing to the west offers the Mediterranean Sea and the coastline of Tel Aviv, while the east boasts uninterrupted views of the historic Jaffa Clock Tower, one of seven clock towers built during the Turkish Empire period.From 13th century to five-starFeigin Architects, an Israel-based firm, lead the architectural planning and execution of the hotel, transforming the historic site into a five-star luxury property. The hotel features elements of the original building, two additional floors, and a new wing designed to reflect the style of the historic structures. A large arch at the hotel’s entrance bears the seal of Abdul Hamid II, 34th sultan of the Turkish Empire, who rose to power over 100 years ago.All historic structures that were discovered have undergone complete restoration. The original Kishle, including wooden ceilings and ironwork, has been preserved, while wooden doors and windows have been recreated to emulate the original. Former prison yards were meticulously restored and now serve as the hotel’s front and rear courtyards. All preservation was performed by restorationers and experts in stone, iron, and woodwork, adhering to the original structures.Meetings and eventsThe Setai, Tel Aviv is an ideal venue for business conferences as well as private occasions, with five spacious event halls. The largest hall is equipped with the most advanced multimedia technology, and can accommodate up to 150 people.Four additional halls can accommodate up to 15 guests banquet-style, making them ideal for private meals, seminars, board meetings, and other intimate gatherings.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more