Giants take on Pablo Sandoval’s flashy style for flight to Philadelphia

first_imgAnd difficult because it’s no easy task to pull off this kind of team-building … The Giants undertook a dangerous and difficult mission after Sunday’s win over the Padres in San Diego:Mimic Pablo Sandoval’s sartorial “look” for the flight to Philadelphia.Dangerous because it remains an open question whether Sandoval, the team’s muse, Swiss army knife and emotional thermostat, actually has a “look.”Hey, the guy broke a belt while swinging a bat for the Red Sox a few years back, OK?last_img read more

KZN strengthens Bali connection

first_img29 November 2005A government delegation from the Indonesian province of Bali has arrived in KwaZulu-Natal with plans to cement economic ties between the two provinces.The KwaZulu-Natal premier S’bu Ndebele told the legislature in Pietermartizburg that the delegation would hold discussions with the provincial government and local business people.The delegation arrived on Monday and returns home on Sunday.Their visit forms part of a partnership between the two provinces which was kick-started by Ndebele’s Indonesian trip in July.A memorandum of understanding was signed then, committing the government of Bali to establishing a furniture-making factory in KwaZulu-Natal.“The government of Bali has offered to send some of the expert furniture makers to the province to train local crafters in the art of furniture making,” Ndebele said.He added that the visit would also finalise the establishment of a textile factory, which would create jobs in Pietermaritzburg.The visit comes a few days after a top Italian furniture making company signed a multi-million rand deal with a local crafter.Source:BuaNewslast_img read more

Records galore, still no medals

first_img14 August 2008 In other events – including boxing, fencing, shooting, hockey and beach volleyball – Team South Africa has so far been shut out. South Africa’s hockey teams have suffered some disastrous hammerings. After being crushed 6-0 by The Netherlands, the women’s team was on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against China. To some it might appear as if South Africa’s swimmers have performed disappointingly, but the fact of the matter is that they have turned in faster times than ever before. Jessica Pengelly swam 2:15.80 in her heat in the women’s 200 individual medley. Rika Geyser made it through to the B final of the women’s singles sculls after a convincing win by 14 seconds over second placed Soraya Jadue of Chile in her semi-final. Rowing hopeRowers Ramon di Clemente and Shaun Keeling booked a place in the final of the men’s pairs after finishing third in their semi-final. They did it the hard way, fighting their way up the standings from fifth at 2 000 metres to fourth over the next 500 metres, and finally to third over the last 500 metres. Kathryn Meaklim bowed out of the women’s 200 metres butterfly in the semi-finals, finishing last in her race in 2:11.74. She had won her heat in an African record time of 2:09.41. 100m freestyle finalIn the final, Ferns was fractionally slower than in the semi-finals in a time of 48.04, which was good for sixth place. Frenchman Alain Bernard claimed the gold ahead of Sullivan, while the USA’s Jason Lezak shared the bronze with Brazil’s Cesar Cielo Filho. Clearly, there are worrying signs but, as the glut of records in swimming proves, a lack of medals might not equal a lack of performance. Lize-Marie Retief didn’t make the semi-finals of the women’s 100 freestyle, but her time of 55.17 seconds clipped two-hundredths of a second off Helene Muller’s record that had stood since the Sydney Olympics. Best resultJean Basson achieved South Africa’s best result so far with fourth place in the 200 metres freestyle final, which was won by US superstar Michael Phelps in a world record time. After setting an African record in the heats for the 4 by 200 freestyle relay, South Africa were beaten into eighth place in the final as the USA won the event in a world record time. Semi-final eliminationSuzaan van Biljon was some way off her swim in the heats when she finished seventh in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke. Her earlier time of 2:25.51 was almost three seconds faster. Basson qualified for the final by winning his semi-final in the third best time, with Phelps fourth fastest. The American then pulled out something special to smash the previous record by almost a second. Di Clemente won bronze in Athens four years ago with Donovan Cech and is hoping to, at least, repeat that feat. Unfortunately for the swimming team, the jump in the performances of the world’s leading swimmers has been astonishing and unprecedented. So many records have been set that the achievements have lost some of their shine. Ryk Neethling had a disappointing swim in the 100 freestyle heats, finishing last in his race in 49.28. Lyndon Ferns, though, swam 48.26 to qualify for the semi-finals. He then posted a continental record of 48.00 seconds to qualify seventh fastest for the final. Eamon Sullivan won the race in a world record 47.05. George du Rand won his 200 metres backstroke heat in an African record of one minute, 59.62 seconds. He lowered the mark by one-hundredth of a second in the semi-finals, but that was good enough for eighth place only and he didn’t move on to the final. Two under African recordWilliam Diering and Neil Versfeld failed to progress beyond the semi-finals of the men’s 200 breaststroke, although they both managed to lower the African record. Versfeld, ultimately, claimed it with a time of 2:10.06. Unfortunately, for the men’s team, matters have been far worse. They went down 5-0 to The Netherlands in their opening game and were then torn apart by Australia, who romped to a 10-0 victory. Despite a host of South African and African records being smashed in the Olympic swimming pool, South Africa has yet to win a medal as world and Olympic records tumble with almost boring regularity at Beijing’s Water Cube. No impactIn events such as shooting, beach volleyball, boxing, and fencing, South Africa has been shut out, failing to make an impact. If it’s any consolation to the men’s team, the Dutch and Australian teams are ranked one and two in the world and are professional outfits, which South Africa is not. ShootoutArcher Calvin Hartley was beaten in the first round of the men’s individual competition by Cuba’s Carlos Stevens, but only after the match had gone down to a sudden death shootout. Darian Townsend placed sixth in his semi-final to miss out on the final of the men’s 200 metres individual medley. His time in the heats of 1:59.22 sliced more than a second off the continental record. He was a touch slower in the final, clocking 1:59.65. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Do-It-Yourself iPhone App Service Mobile Roadie Teams Up With Ustream

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RWW at LeWebReadWriteWeb will be out in full force at this year’s LeWeb. I will cover the conference as part of the Traveling Geeks team and Dana Oshiro will be there with the Social Media Club House. Related Posts frederic lardinois Mobile Roadie is an application builder for the iPhone that focuses on enabling bands, athletes and event organizers to easily create their own iPhone apps. Users can use Mobile Roadie to create apps that can promote events, stream video and facilitate ticket sales through Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Starting today, Mobile Roadie will also make it easy for its users to stream live video directly to the iPhone. The company has teamed up with streaming video provider Ustream to power these live streams. With a $499 set up fee and monthly fees, Mobile Roadie definitely isn’t cheap. If you are looking for other services that allow you to build your own iPhone apps, also have a look at our list of 13 tools for building your own iPhone app.Mobile Roadie Powers the Official LeWeb 09 iPhone AppIn addition to the Ustream partnership, Mobile Roadie also announced that it will power the official LeWeb 09 application (iTunes link). This annual conference in Paris will kick off next Wednesday. The push-enabled LeWeb app will feature live streaming video, an updated conference schedule and maps. The app also includes a list of conference speakers and attendees, as well as a chat room and a Twitter aggregator for LeWeb related tweets. Users will also be able to use the app to post their own photos from conference sessions. The following video gives you a good impression of what the app is capable of: Tags:#news#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nuclear Closure, Design Competition, Tesla Offer, Nest Thermostat

first_imgLast nuclear plant in California may closeCalifornia’s lone nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, would close completely by 2025 under a plan announced by Pacific Gas and Electric. Its electricity production would be replaced by sources that do not emit greenhouse gases, The New York Times reports.Critics of the plant, located in San Luis Obispo, have been pressing for the closure of Diablo Canyon’s two reactors for years because of their location near several underground fault lines and because they use sea water for cooling. One reactor would close in 2024 and the second in 2025 when their operating licenses expire, as long as PG&E wins approval from the State Lands Commission for continued access to the ocean for cooling when the current permit expires in 2018. The proposal also needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.The move comes at a time of diminished importance for nuclear power. A majority of the country’s 99 nuclear reactors are more than 30 years old, and a combination of low natural gas prices and lower demand for electricity in general has made it harder for these older plants to compete in wholesale electricity markets.New nuclear plants can take decades to design, permit, and build, and aside from a few new reactors in the South there isn’t much on the horizon. Still, nuclear power provides almost 60% of the country’s carbon-free electricity, The Times said, so there are efforts underway to save some operating plants.California will require that 50% of the electricity utilities provide be from renewable sources by 2030, but PG&E says it will do better than that — 55% of the mix by 2031 — while spending $350 million to help workers affected by the shutdown. Decommissioning the plant, which opened in 1985, will cost an estimated $3.8 billion. Design competition deadline extended to July 15Pacific Northwest builder Hammer & Hand is taking entries for its perFORM design competition through July 15, 2016, with $6,000 going to the winning entries.The competition, now in its third year, is open to architectural students and interns. They will be asked to design a net-zero energy, mixed-use multifamily building in a part of Seattle known as Rainier Beach. The 125-foot by 225-foot site sits next to the Rainier Beach High School track, across the street from a community center.Despite the local flavor of the competition, Hammer & Hand’s Zack Semke says that it will accept entries from anywhere in the U.S. and Canada and that past winners have come from outside the region.“When it comes to the climate crisis, buildings have been a problem,” Hammer & Hand’s announcement says. “According to Architecture 2030, nearly half of U.S. CO2 emissions come from buildings, mostly to heat, cool, and power them. But today we have the science, materials, and components to make buildings that can generate more energy than they consume. Buildings can be part of the solution.”The panel of judges includes Rob Peña of the University of Washington, Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects and president of AIA Seattle, Cory Hawbecker of Holst Architecture, Gladys Ly-Au Young of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, Robert Hutchison of Hutchison Architecture, Rick Mohler of Mohler+Ghillino Architects, and Semke.You can register at the Hammer & Hand website. Tesla wants to buy SolarCityElectric vehicle maker Tesla is offering to buy SolarCity, the country’s biggest residential solar installer, for roughly $2.5 billion. Greentech Media says that Tesla has floated a share price for SolarCity stock of between $26.50 and $28.50. In after-hours trading following the announcement, SolarCity stock rose more than 15% in value while Tesla’s dropped by more than 12%. Shareholders will have to approve the deal once negotiations are complete.Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the plan has been in the works for years, and the two companies already are very closely tied. Musk is currently chairman of SolarCity, which is run by his cousin, Lyndon Rive, and there have been a variety of financial dealings between Musk companies and SolarCity.“We would be the world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers,” Tesla says in a news release posted at its website. “This would start with the car that you drive and the energy that you use to charge it, and would extend to how everything else in your home or business is powered.”Greentech Media’s Stephen Lacey says that the deal would allow Tesla to take advantage of lower share costs for SolarCity — so far they’re down 60% for the year — while potentially giving SolarCity better access to new customers through retail stores. Tesla hinted it would possibly redesign rooftop solar systems to make them more attractive, and the merger also would help SolarCity extend its reach internationally.But there also are risks, Lacey adds.“Tesla is already managing a lot,” he says. “It is simultaneously building a massive battery factory, scaling up to meet high demand for the Model 3, attempting to grow its stationary battery business, and expanding into markets all over the world. Buying SolarCity — a company also trying to build its own solar manufacturing facility in New York — adds yet more complexity. Recent experience would suggest this kind of expansion is fraught with risk.”center_img Nest adds time-of-use option to thermostatNest Labs is tweaking the software for its thermostat, adding a “Time of Savings” program to allow owners in some parts of the country to benefit from utility rate plans that base the cost of electricity on the time of day it’s used.New software will allow the Nest thermostat to automatically take advantage of lower time-of-day electricity rates.“It’s a shift in the residential space for how people are interacting with energy,” Praveen Subramani, Nest’s head of energy products, told The Washington Post. “So the advantage of Time of Savings is that it helps our customers manage time of use rate plans, and not worry about it. Nest can make all the magic happen in the background without making customers deal with the rates on a daily or seasonal basis.”In a deal with SolarCity, Nest will offer the Time of Savings plan in California, New York and Arizona, giving SolarCity customers with time-of-use plans a free Nest thermostat and the software that goes with it.Thermostats with the software will show a green gear icon and a dollar sign in the middle when electricity rates are higher — a signal to the homeowner to turn off or turn down devices that draw power. Significantly, a Nest thermostat also could make changes on its own, turning down air conditioning slightly while the higher rates were in effect, The Post said.Time-of-use plans are likely to become more common, and customers who don’t know when higher rates kick in, or don’t pay attention, could rack up some very big charges. That’s what makes automated devices like the Nest attractive.The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered the state’s major utilities to move residential customers to time-of-use (TOU) rates by 2019, Nest said said in a news release. When customers sign up for the Time of Savings plan, their TOU rate information is shared with their Nests, and the thermostats use the information to learn and automatically adjust.AC temperatures wouldn’t be altered by more than a degree or two, the company said, and customers can always change the temperature at any time.last_img read more

Obama Administration Trying To Resurrect SOPA’s Streaming-Is-Felony Policies

first_imgreadwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Streamers of illegal content on the Internet, be aware: the government really wants to punish you for your malfeasance.2012 was all about the common people of the Internet banding together to protest the possible enactment of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). Faced with mounting opposition from voters and—more importantly—big business donors like Google, Congress back-pedaled the legislation.But a new report from the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force wants to revive one key element of the former SOPA bill that’s sure to raise eyebrows among copyright watchers: streaming copyrighted works on the Internet would be considered a felony.Copying and distributing copyrighted material (i.e., bootlegging or ripping) is already considered a felony. and streaming copyrighted material is punishable just as a misdemeanor, since it’s seen a violation of public performance rights.This was a provision in the original SOPA bill, and now the Department of Commerce is exhuming it again, demonstrating for the umpteenth time the influence of Hollywood in the halls of Washington.No legislation has been proposed from this report yet, but it will be something for which to keep an eye out in upcoming months.Image courtesy Dusit/Shutterstock. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#now#online piracy#SOPA#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

A Masterclass in Composition That’s Actually Fun to Watch

first_imgLearn the basics of composition in this entertaining masterclass.If you’re in the field of photography or filmmaking, chances are you think about composition a lot. In short, composition is the arrangement of elements in your image. It’s is often the  ‘je ne sais quoi‘ that separates a good image from a bad one.If it took masters such as DaVinci decades to perfect, we should probably put more thought into image composition than “it looks good”. In the following masterclass created by Division05 we will learn the basics of composition in an easy-to-understand video.The video covers various compositional concepts such as depth, color, texture, direction, shape, density, scale and value. On top of theory, the video features a few real world examples of composition, showing us in detail the direction in which an audience’s eye travels across an image.You can check out more helpful tutorials from Division05’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Do you have any tips for creating better compositions? Any other tutorials you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Sony a7S vs a7S II: Is There a Noticeable Difference?

first_imgThe a7S vs a7S II: is the new model better than the old? Our team had a chance to compare these low-light monsters.The a7S and the a7S II are fantastic cameras for video professionals and photographer alike. The a7S II was the second camera in the series, but we were interested in comparing the two. Let’s take a look at a few of the noticeable differences and discuss why you might want one over the other.DesignDespite having the exact same a7S label on the front of the camera, the a7S and a7S II are somewhat different when it comes to design. The a7S is very reminiscent of a typical mirrorless camera. It is small, difficult to hold, and its buttons feel almost mechanical. On the other hand, The a7S II feels a lot more like a DSLR with an extended rubber grip, improved wheel design, and easier-to-push buttons. In our experience, we much preferred the design of the a7S II to that of the original a7S. Our only issue with the newer a7S II was the locking-mode dial… while it does perform its function quite well, I’ve never found a locking wheel to be necessary. From the rear, both the a7S and the a7S II are very similar. Both feature a slightly complicated tilting screen and a typical menu structure. The biggest upgrades featured on the new a7S II are updated scroll wheels. The new wheels have deeper grooves and we found them much easier to adjust. The old Sony a7S is definitely an example of a camera that valued design over ergonomics, but the a7S II is quite comfortable to use. As you can see in the image below, the grip on the a7S II is much more pronounced than the original a7S. There are also more ridges on the a7S II that make it easier to fit into the contours of your hand. The shutter button on the a7S II has also been improved to be in an easier-to-press location. Both cameras are fantastic tools for video production and photography, but in terms of functionality the a7S II is much easier to grip and use, especially for photography.PhotosQuick Caveat: Image compression for web images is quite horrible. I encourage you to download the unedited images using the following link. Download a7S Comparison Test Photos1. Bright LightWhile the a7S and a7S II are both known for their low-light capabilities, they are actually both actually pretty fantastic in bright light situations. From our tests, we found the a7S II to be a little sharper than the a7S. The a7S II is also a little better at picking up details in the bright and dark areas simultaneously. a7S 70mm f/5.6 1/500, Standard Color Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/500 , Standard Color Profile 2. IndoorsNormal indoor lighting scenarios are really where the a7S and a7S II begin to outshine their counterparts. You crank up the ISO to around 64,000 before you begin to see large amounts of grain. This makes it easy to capture properly exposed images with virtually any lens. a7S 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile 3. Low LightBoth the a7S and the a7S II are fantastic in low-light scenarios. As you can see in the example images below, there isn’t a major difference between the two cameras in low light. As I said before, you probably don’t want to crank your ISO beyond 64,000, but that will be enough in most shooting scenarios. a7S 50mm f/4.5 1/15 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/13 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile Rolling Shuttera7S Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S is really bad. I’ve talked with quite a few professional videographers that refuse to use the a7S for this reason. While it’s not necessarily an issue if you have a static shot with limited movement, it can be disastrous if you are shooting handheld. a7S II Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S II is a much-welcomed improvement to the original a7S. As you can see below, the rolling shutter has significantly been reduced to only a slight wobble. What do you think of the new a7S? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

The Next Generation of Adobe Creative Cloud Is Now Available

first_imgAdobe has released their fall 2017 updates for Creative Cloud. Here are some of the new features that you can use to streamline your editing workflow.Images and Videos via Adobe.This morning, Adobe announced new features across the Creative Cloud. These new toolsets enhance your editing speed with easy-to-use graphics, Team Projects, and new VR compatibility.Adobe Team ProjectsThe Team Projects tool is now out of beta and fully released in both Premiere Pro and After Effects. You can now share one project file among multiple people. Use it to collaborate with your colleagues, and they can insert notes in the project file or make a few edits without having to manually move the project and its assets to a separate drive.The Team Projects tool also has an auto-save feature, which automatically saves all your edits and uploads them to the shared project file.Visit Adobe learn more about Team Projects.Multiple Open Projects — Premiere ProWe can finally open multiple projects at the same time. Now you can move clips and sequences between projects without importing the project file into separate projects. This is a huge update that we have been hoping for, and it is sure to help you organize your videos across multiple projects.Improved Graphics Workflows — Premiere ProThe graphics ingrained in Premiere Pro that we first saw a few updates ago have received a huge makeover. Adobe has introduced a new feature called Responsive Design, which adapts to a multitude of changes you might go through in an edit. Even when you shorten a graphic in a ripple edit, the entrance and exit keyframes automatically adjust to fit the new time duration. You can also apply the Responsive Design to Position, so your graphic assets will adjust to extra characters while maintaining the original composition.Title selection in your preview frame is no longer going to be a giant hassle. The previous graphics grabbing tools were a bit laggy and hard to use, but Adobe has fixed those and included the ability to select multiple text layers in the preview window.A big new feature is the ability to edit the properties of After Effects graphics and templates inside of Premiere Pro without even installing After Effects. This is huge for editors comfortable with Premiere Pro but not that familiar with After Effects. They can now use and edit After Effects graphics and assets natively in Premiere Pro.VR CompatibilityAdobe has added new VR features that gives you the tools to create truly immersive video. You can now use a VR headset to view your timeline in real-time while still using the keyboard to add markers or make cuts. This new view mode helps you ensure that the your VR video works well in practical application.Animating with Data and Expressions — After EffectsYou can now take data from a .JSON file and import it into After Effects to use for infographics or motion capture visualizations. When you update your data in the .JSON file, the infographics will automatically adjust to the new information. This is great for creating infographics with constantly changing data, so when you have to make adjustments to corporate budgets or a number of users for an upcoming meeting quickly, a simple replacement of the number in the .JSON file will update the infographic.Auto-Ducking — AuditionThis is the one new feature that really puts Adobe’s adaptive AI, Sensei, to work. The A.I. will automatically adjust your background music track where there is dialogue or other sound elements. To the editors who have gone through the painstaking task of manually pinning and lowering the music track to adjust for dialogue: this new feature is a gift from the Adobe gods. What took about 30 minutes to a few hours to do now only takes the A.I. a few minutes.Pricing and AvailabilityUnfortunately, the monthly price for Creative Cloud has been increased: it is now $52.99 for individuals and $79.99 for teams. The small price increase may be a bummer, but with all the new time-saving features and abilities, it looks well worth the price. The updates are currently available for download from your Creative Cloud app.Looking for more information on the Creative Cloud? Check out these resources.Change the Language of Adobe Creative Cloud AppsHow to Read Lumetri Scopes in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Quickly Retouch Skin in Adobe After EffectsAdobe Takes the Lead in 360 Video and VR by Acquiring Mettle SkyBoxlast_img read more

‘Odisha would get floods due to Polavaram dam’

first_imgRecent waterlogging and slow drainage of floodwaters in Motu tehsil of Odisha’s Malkangiri district hints at the vagaries this region would face after completion of the Polavaram project in adjoining Andhra Pradesh, alleged anti-Polavaram organisations and leaders of Odisha.According to Malkangiri district residents, this year the Saveri river overflowed and flooded large areas of Motu and Kalimela tehsils. The region was similarly flooded in 1986 and 2006. However, then the floodwaters had receded in a day or two after the rain stopped. But this year the water has not receded even after a week. The CPI(M)’s Odisha unit, peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha and the People’s Forum Against Polavaram have blamed the flood on the Polavaram project. CPI(M) Odisha secretary Ali Kishor Patnaik demanded that the State government take note of the recent flood situation and on the basis of a detailed survey approach the Supreme Court on the issue.AIKMS national secretary Bhalachandra Shadangi said, “What was feared in Malkangiri district has happened, but the State government has not come up with any detailed report on the possible losses in Odisha.” Chhattisgarh too hitAccording to AIKMS, the State Water Resources Department had in July 2018 conducted a survey in the areas to be affected, but the report has not been made public yet. PFAP added that Konta tehsil in Chhattisgarh has also suffered floods this year due to the Polavaram project.last_img read more