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NAB 2016: More of the Latest Camera Rigs, Dollies, Gimbals, and Drones

first_imgPolly SliderMunich-based manufacturer Polly System debuted their new Polly Slider. This is one of the lightest sliders on the market, weighing only 3.3 lbs. The Polly Slider uses patented high-inertia flywheel stabilization, giving the camera operator incredibly smooth control and stable panning.The Pollysystem Polly Slider is available for order and retails for $1,072.Rig Wheels Cloud MountRig Wheels has something great for those of you constantly mounting to vehicles. The new Cloud Mount was designed for gimbal stabilizers — allowing you to quickly mount them to vehicles without having to use suction cups. The Cloud Mounts uses rubberized magnets that quickly attach to any vehicle. There are even mounts that go on either side of glass, allowing you to attach to windshields and car windows.The system was built on top of the company’s RigMount XL platform. It adds a vibration isolator designed to let your gimbal work more effectively. The system doesn’t require any additional grip or rigging hardware. The Cloud Mount starts at $499 for the vibration isolation only. The kits that include magnets are based on weight. DSLR rigs start at $999 and complete kits cost up to $1799.Here is a look at the Rig Wheels Cloud Mount from No Film School. Rollocam HerculesRollocam showed off the Kickstarter success Hercules pocket dolly — and by pocket dolly, I mean this thing literally fits inside a pocket. The compact camera dolly was designed for cell phones, DSLR, and mirrorless cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. The Rollocam Hercules can literally roll in either direction and it’s programmable at five different speeds. To follow a different path, just attach an additional bracket and set magnets in the path.The Hercules base model is available for preorder for $125 and the premium package will cost $249.Here is a look at the Rollocam Hercules from No Film School. Shape ISEE+Shape previously debuted the ISEE gimbal for GoPro and action cameras. Now they are back with the ISEE+, a 2-axis stabilizer designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The ISEE+ has a payload of 3 lbs, so it’s not optimal for large cameras, but it can capture some great action shots with a camera like the Blackmagic Pocket. The ISEE+ costs $1,100.On the production end, Shape showed off a prototype for larger cameras — expected to ship in July for around $4,500. Here’s a look at all of the new Shape rigs from No Film School. Freefly Alta 8Earlier this year Freefly announced the Alta 8, the company’s new octocopter — it has two more blades than the original Alta, now called the Alta 6. The company’s new flagship drone can carry payloads up to 20 lbs and can be assembled and ready to fly in five minutes. The Alta 8 features quick-release plates on top and bottom, allowing you to mount a MoVI on either side.The Alta 8 is available now for $17,495. This interview from AbelCine provides a great look at everything Freefly is up to.center_img Fotodiox CamDollyThe CamDolly from Fotodiox was first shown off as a prototype at last year’s NAB, but this year Fotodiox showed off the fully functional system. The CamDolly allows for five different configurations, each taking less than 15 minutes to set up. It supports more than 500 pounds, enough for any camera setup and ride-on operator. The system lets you use any tripod and tripod head by using universal leg cups.Ride-On Track Dolly – Position the tripod and seat in any of several configurations. The included push/pull T-bar gives your dolly grip control over the speed of your dolly move. The track wheels can ride on metal track or SnakeTrack Flexible Rail.Ride-On Doorway Dolly – Easily mount a set of four skate wheels or a set of four pneumatic tires. A pair of special Compensation Legs make it easy for the dolly grip to use the push/pull T-bar to steer the dolly.Heavy Duty Slider – CamDolly is designed to ride along any 30-35mm pipe that can be purchased at a home improvement store. The CamDolly Cinema System includes a pair of adjustable rail ends. Operate the Slider at ground level, or raise the slider up on C-stands or light stands, and use the included pair of supports to eliminate sagging.Tabletop Dolly – Using only the Core of the CamDolly, use this compact mode to do dolly shots on a tabletop or low angle shots.360° Orbit Dolly – Lock the wheels to specific degree to get a smooth, graceful, repeatable arc.The CamDolly is available now for $3,995.Libec RH25D and RH45D Tripod HeadsLibec displayed their new dual-head models – the RH25D and RH45D. Each head features a 75mm and flat-base adapter. What sets these heads apart from prior models is the continuous counter balance, offering smooth and stable operation. The RH25D is estimated to cost $500 and the RH45D $750. Here is a look at the Libec tripod heads from No Film School.What were your favorite pieces of gear that you saw come out of NAB 2016? Share your gear hopes and dreams below! Flesh out your video gear wish list with this roundup of all the incredible support equipment on display at NAB 2016.Top image via Motorized PrecisionIt’s only been a day since our since our last NAB 2016 camera rig roundup, but we already have another batch of dollies, sliders, and drones to look at. Here are even more tools to drool over.Motorized Precision KIRAMotorized Precision announced the KIRA, the latest in robotic camera rigs. The rig has a maximum height of 9 feet and can extend to 5.63 feet. Don’t expect to just casually carry this around — the KIRA alone weighs 570 lbs and the baseplate weighs a whopping 3400 lbs. The KIRA has a maximum camera payload of 40 lbs and can move 3.2 feet in 0.5 seconds.Check out the KIRA in this video from AbelCine.last_img read more

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Uncertain times await Arab World and Indian interests in 2018

first_imgTensions among key players of West Asia, efforts to consolidate his power by Saudi Crown Prince and the US move to shift its Embassy to Jerusalem could be flash points that could push the world’s most complex region into further instability in 2018 that could have global impact from energy supplies to expatriates to spread of radicalism. India could be among those impacted as most of its hydrocarbon supplies are still sourced from West Asia and it has 7-8 million expatriates in six Gulf states seending back home billions of dollars.While stability of Saudi Arabia was still being debated came US President Donald Trump’s decision to shift US embassy to Jerusalem impacting status quo of the region in a major way and pushing the region into deeper instability. This will not only see rise in anti-American protests and resentment among US allies in the Arab World but may also strengthen radical forces that could impact every continent. While stability in Riyadh is desired, it will be prudent if US reconsiders its decision on Jerusalem that will also prevent attacks on its closest ally Israel. Even Arab allies of Israel, Jordan and Egypt, may find it difficult to safeguard Israel. And Turkey, which has diplomatic ties with Israel, is already engaged in a verbal duel with Tel Aviv.  Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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US Open 2019: Serena Williams Overcomes Scary Fall to Step up Title Pursuit as Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova Crash Out

first_imgNew York: Serena Williams overcame a scary fall to maintain her pursuit of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open Sunday while Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova crashed out in the last 16.Williams, a six-time US Open winner, romped to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic to set up a quarter-final with China’s Wang Qiang, the conqueror of world number two Barty. The 37-year-old American star required a medical timeout in the second set after rolling her right ankle as she approached the net but promptly recovered to reach the last eight in New York for the 16th time.”I just rolled it (my ankle) I don’t know why, I was volleying and it just went over — that was frustrating but I wanted to get it compressed really fast,” said Williams, who received further strapping to an already heavily-taped ankle.Eighth-seeded Williams, who has battled knee and back injuries this season, felt a mental setback when it happened but battled through to win.”I’ve had a rough year with injuries,” Williams said. “It was like, ‘Oh my God. Not again. I’m finally walking.'”Williams, who last won a major at the 2017 Australian Open and hasn’t won the US Open since 2014, is seeking a 24th career Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.She will play 18th seed Wang for the first time as the Chinese 27-year-old extended her best Slam run with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of an erratic Barty.The Australian, who beat Wang twice last year in their only prior meetings, was undone by 39 unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium. “It’s a tough day at the office today. But it has been a year where we’ve hit our goals,” Barty said.”We’ve had a great season in Grand Slams for singles. We’ve made the second week every single one, which has been really special.”Now we’ll sit back, reflect, and look forward to a big couple months to finish off the year.”McNamara spirit with WangWang became the first Chinese player to reach the women’s quarter-finals since Peng Shuai made it to the last four in 2014.”I think I’m really focused on the court, really enjoyed the way I played. I’m so happy I won,” said Wang, whose breakthrough run has been fuelled by the memory of her late coach, Peter McNamara.The former Australian Davis Cup tennis star and Wimbledon doubles champion passed away in July at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer.”He helped me a lot. It was really tough to me to hear he passed,” Wang said. “I think he has always been there with me.”Johanna Konta avenged her Rome final loss to Pliskova in May, beating the Czech third seed for just the second time in eight tries, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 7-5.The British 16th seed has raised her game at the Slams this season, and is enjoying her best run at Flushing Meadows, having twice reached the fourth round.”To go one step further is a massive achievement for me and I’m really hoping to make that one, two, three steps forward,” Konta said.Konta has experienced middling fortunes on the WTA circuit while producing some of her best tennis at the majors, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros and then advancing to the last eight at Wimbledon last month.”To make the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the third time this year is a massive achievement for me.”Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, saw her hopes of returning to world number one this fortnight extinguished by the loss.”She (Konta) played extremely well at some points. Of course, I had my chances, maybe the set and break. I didn’t play that well there,” Pliskova said.”But I think overall she just went for it, she played more aggressive than maybe the matches what we played before.”Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina takes on 2017 finalist Madison Keys in the evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh Bartykarolina pliskovaSerenaserena williams First Published: September 2, 2019, 7:16 AM ISTlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Gautam Gambhir and I complement each other, says Robin Uthappa

first_imgTwo-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders lived up to their top billing in the Indian Premier League season nine with a resounding six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Tuesday.Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir’s 82-run opening stand paved the way for Kolkata to grab their sixth consecutive victory over Punjab in IPL.With this victory, Kolkata – winners of the 2012 and 2014 editions – moved to the top of the IPL table.(Uthappa, spinners hand Kolkata Knight Riders 6-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab)The winning formula for Kolkata, who have won three out of their four matches in the ongoing tournament, has been the success of their openers Gambhir and Uthappa.The Gambhir-Uthappa pair has scored majority of the runs for Kolkata that laid the foundation for their victories this season.Both Gambhir and Uthappa, who were discarded from the Indian team following inconsistent performances, have stitched impressive opening stands of 69, 21, 92 and 82 in four matches for KKR.Following the victory against Punjab, Uthappa, who won the Man of the Match for his 28-ball 53, said he shares a good chemistry with Gambhir and that was the reason behind the success the of the two.”Myself and Gambhir have a good understanding. You don’t try to fix something that ain’t broke. We share a good chemistry. The understanding between us is one of the secret to our success. We rotate the strike well. The understanding and camaraderie is very, very good. We just complimented each other. That is about it,” he said.advertisementSkipper Gambhir, who is now the league’s highest run-scorer with 226 runs under his belt, said he wants his team to continue the winning momentum.”We were pretty professional. We were chasing 138. Obviously opening partnership was the key. The way Robin batted, he made it easy. Well, I think there is always room for improvement. We want to continue doing well. Winning is a habit. We need to continue the good work that we are doing.Gambhir also praised mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who impressed in his second match for the team. Narine took 2 wickets for 22 runs in his quota of four overs.When asked about Narine’s performance, Gambhir said: “We wanted to ease Narine into this competition. We don’t want to put pressure on him. We have quality bowlers apart from Narine. It is for others to take the burden from Narine. We know when he is confident, he can be lethal.”last_img read more

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‘Loftus-Cheek needs to leave Chelsea for good’

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek needs to be “battering the door down in January” and forcing a permanent transfer away from Chelsea, says former England boss Sam Allardyce.The 2017-18 campaign proved to be a landmark one for a talented midfielder, with a loan spell at Crystal Palace allowing him to take in 25 appearances across all competitions.His efforts with the Eagles earned him senior international recognition and a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for World Cup 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loftus-Cheek opted to shun a summer switch away from Stamford Bridge, though, and now finds himself back in an all too familiar situation as he struggles for regular minutes in west London.He failed to make the latest England squad as a result of his lack of game time and the 22-year-old, who is still eligible for the Three Lions’ U21 side, has been urged to push for a permanent move in the next window.Allardyce told talkSPORT: “I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek.“Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet.“What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’.“And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.“He’s had the taste of playing first-team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there.“He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.”Loftus-Cheek signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in February 2016 which is due to take him through to the summer of 2021.It appears unlikely, though, that he will see that agreement out if he continues to be nudged down the pecking order by big-money signings and more established stars.last_img read more

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Bihar gets Supreme Court nod to resume Ranji Trophy participation

first_imgRajni Trophy next season will see the return of national level cricket to the state of Bihar after the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India to allow Bihar Cricket Association to participate.Back in 2001 newly elected BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, had revoked BCA’s affiliation, which at that time led by Lalu Prasad Yadav and granted full membership to Jharkhand State Cricket Association.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra made it clear that Bihar, which had not been allowed to participate in national-level cricket tournaments, must play cricket.WATCH VIDEOThe bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said that Bihar Cricket Association, which has been elected by virtue of an apex court order, shall be in-charge of the game in the state.”This order has been passed keeping in view the cause of cricket,” the court said, adding that it will not create any equity in favour of the Bihar Cricket Association.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Let’s make India want to play Pakistan: PCB managing director

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board managing director Wasim Khan is not confident about resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket anytime soon but he has suggested a change in strategy to get the two nations playing. Wasim said that the PCB needs to create a situation where India ask Pakistan to play while adding that they need to move forward as they could not wait forever to play India.”It’s a massive challenge and I don’t think we’re going to see any solutions anytime soon. I think elections are coming up in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But, we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan Mani is trying hard to get them to the table and get things moving,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wasim, as saying.”We keep on asking them to play us but let’s create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” he added.The PCB had filed a complaint against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not playing the bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 despite signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The International Cricket Council (ICC) had, however, dismissed the case.Mani said that there is no point engaging with India on the matter till the general elections. He added that if Pakistan succeeded in registering their name among top three cricket teams of the world then India would come on their own to play against them.advertisement”Until it’s not done [elections in India], there is no point in engaging them at this stage because we have to start over with new people in the BCCI. But our relations with the Indian board are very good and we have mutual respect but we won’t be imploring them to play us. If we will take Pakistan cricket to a level where we are among the top three teams in the world, they will come on their own to play with us,” Mani said.”I get a lot of messages from Indian journalists and public about their wish to play against Pakistan. Unfortunately, politics sneaks in which I don’t believe sports should ever be mixed up with. But it happens in our environment, especially in India it happens a lot. But I understand when they are done with elections their attitude will get right too,” he added.India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series since January 2013. Both the teams have, however, met several times in the multi-nation tournaments.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Sindhu, Sameer make impressive starts at Australian Open

first_imgIndia had a good day in office with top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Sameer Verma progressing to the second round of the USD 150,000 Australian Open World Tour Super 300 tournament here Wednesday.World No 5 Sindhu, a silver medallist at Rio Olympics and 2017 and 2018 World championship, defeated Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-14 21-9 in a lop-sided contest in women’s singles.The Indian will meet experienced Thai Nitchaon Jindapol next.Sixth seed Sameer exacted revenge against Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 21-15 16-21 21-12 in a thrilling opening round men’s singles match. The Indian had lost to Lee at the Sudirman Cup last month.The 25-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had reached the semifinals at World Tour Finals, will square off against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the second round.Among others, former Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open this year, beat Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-16 21-14, to set up a clash with second seed Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting next.In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated compatriots Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy 21-12 21-16 to enter the second round.The young duo will next fight it out against second-seeded Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.However, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 14-21 13-21 to Korean combination of Baek Ha Na and Kim Hye Rin.Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Kento Momota stunned as China cruise to 11th titleAlso Read | Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

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Earthquake Hinders Port Operations in New Zealand

first_imgzoom New Zealand’s ports of Wellington and Picton have issued damage notifications while Wellington authorities said that both the port and wharf gates will remain closed for the next seven days in the aftermath of an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.5 which struck the upper South Island of New Zealand on November 14.According to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), no ship or cargo operations will be permitted in the mentioned areas. When certain sections are cleared by engineers selective operations may be allowed to recommence during this period.Wellington has gantry crane issues, wharf subsidence and log pile collapses. Cook Strait cargo/pax ferries are all at anchor as terminals at Wellington and Picton have substantial damage.There are reports of damage to wharves and the inter-island ferry terminal as well, while the forestry and cruise berth at Shakespeare Bay has reported damage and subsidence.Engineering assessments are currently being undertaken, ISS added.Derek Nind, Chief Executive of CentrePort, situated in Wellington, said that CentrePort “sustained damage to buildings and the port and also some liquefaction and differential settlement in places.”Following New Zealand’s biggest earthquake in 150 years, ISS said that aftershocks are continuing in the upper South Island and Wellington region, some over a magnitude of 6.A tsunami warning was withdrawn early this morning, with unusual tidal surges and currents continuing throughout the day. ISS was involved in the evacuation of a number of ships to sea overnight after a tsunami warning was issued. These vessels have now returned back into the ports.Additionally, Inchcape Shipping Services said that Lyttelton/Christchurch port reopened at 1400 today and reports no structural damage.last_img read more

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Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

first_imgLahore: The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers — especially children — face in Pakistan. Police said Uzma died after blows to the head with a kitchen utensil. She had been working for the family in Lahore for eight months when she was killed in January this year. Her employer and two other women remain in custody as a police investigation into the murder and allegations of mistreatment drags on. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I will not give up, I prefer death, I will not let them go, I want to see them pay for what they did,” Uzma’s distraught father, Muhammad Riaz, told AFP. The teenager earned just 4,000 rupees (USD 28) per month. In Pakistan, 8.5 million domestic workers — including many children — labour for wealthier families according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). “Parents often see their children as a way to lift their families out of poverty,” explained Arooma Shahzad, general secretary of the Domestic Workers’ Union, the country’s first — and still its only — such organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls But domestic workers often face exploitation, violence, and sexual abuse. Pakistan’s patriarchal culture, with its rigid social class structure, often prevents them from having a voice. Children are particularly vulnerable, and Uzma’s case is the latest in a growing number of incidents involving minors. In 2016 a Pakistani judge and his wife were imprisoned for torturing their 10-year-old maid, while in 2017 a famous TV presenter was charged for forcefully detaining her teenage maid. “Minors who become domestic workers often find themselves in a very vulnerable position, the target of abuse and exploitation by their employers,” warned Shahzad. Theoretically it is illegal to employ anyone under the age of 15 in Pakistan, but it remains a common practice. Saba, 15, had to leave school to work as a maid in Lahore. “I do not really have a choice, I have to work in two homes every day (to help) my family,” she said. Her younger sister is expected to follow in her footsteps soon. Details of Uzma’s murder were sensationally revealed during a popular TV show, during which presenter Mukarram Kaleem made a passionate plea for justice. The tragic story gave rise to a torrent of outrage on social media with many using the #JusticeforUzma hashtag, and a broader debate on the rights of domestic workers in Pakistan, including children. For Shahzad, such incidents denote a lack of “humanity”. “We do not even consider our servants as human beings,” she lamented. In December 2018, the increasing number of cases of ill-treatment led the parliament of Punjab province to set regulations for the employment of domestic workers, which theoretically grants them rights such as sick leave and holidays. Lawyer Sheraz Zaka admitted it was only a “first step”, but hopes it will pave the way for more controls and a “better balance” of power. The law is still in its infancy and does not cover the other provinces of Pakistan. Because servants are often illiterate, many are unaware of such changes to their rights, or unable to insist employers adopt the new rules. For Kaleem, it is urgent for Pakistan to re-examine how it treats domestic workers. He said: “People are starting to realise and talk about it. There is more awareness among people that it is not the way to treat servants, and that they have to change their ways.”last_img read more

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Microsoft tops trillion mark for first time

first_imgNew York: Microsoft hit the trillion-dollar value mark Thursday for the first time, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone. Shares in Microsoft rallied some five per cent to $130.59 in early Wall Street trade after a robust earnings report a day earlier. That gave Microsoft a market capitalization of just over $1 trillion, before dipping back slightly. At its current levels, Microsoft is the world’s most valuable company, ahead of Apple and Amazon, which last year topped 1 trillion before slipping back. On Wednesday, Microsoft said profits in the quarter to March 31 rose 19 per cent to $8.8 billion on revenues of $30.8 billion, an increase of 14 per cent from the same period a year earlier. The results were driven by growth in cloud computing and business services, the new focus for Microsoft after a long run as a leader in consumer software. “This quarter was an absolute ‘blow out quarter’ across the board with no blemishes and in our opinion speaks to an inflection point in deal flow as more enterprises pick (Microsoft) for the cloud,” said Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities.last_img read more

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Nobody has courage to make movie on Prophet Mohammed Giriraj Singh

first_imgNew Delhi,: Hours after a Bihar court granted him bail in a poll code violation case for making controversial remarks against the Muslim community, Union minister Giriraj Singh Tuesday made another provocative statement. In an apparent reference to the controversial Malayalam movie, the minister said anybody can make a film like “Sexy Durga” but nobody has the courage to make one on Prophet Mohammed or Fatima. Giriraj Singh was addressing a public meeting in support of BJP’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri. At the rally, Bidhuri also used a Hindi slur against Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and accused him of stalling the prosecution of former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case. Giriraj Singh, who is the BJP candidate against Kanhaiya Kumar for Bihar’s Begusarai seat, charged that Kejriwal is part of the “tukde tukde gang”. Earlier in the day, the minister surrendered before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Begusarai and was granted bail in the poll violation case. The Election Commission had issued a show cause notice to Giriraj Singh over his anti-Muslim remarks at an election rally. “I didn’t say any such thing in Begusarai, still a case was registered against me. I just said that the slogan Vande Mataram made India independent. I said the country will show the door to any person who can’t chant Vande Mataram, he said at the meeting in Delhi. “The Hindus were abused in Begusarai. Some people said Hindus eat beef and drink liquor at night. I informed the Election Commission, but it too didn”t take action,” the minister said. “Abusing Hindus has become a habit for some people,” he said. Referring to the movie that was later released as S Durga, he said if he would send to hell anyone who referred to his mother or sister in such terms. The Union minister also mentioned the burqa ban in Sri Lanka after the recent terror attacks there. Giriraj Singh claimed that the United Nations declared Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist because “people in India gave power to Modi”. The minister said he “feared” that the “tukde-tukde gang” might ask the United Nations to furnish evidence to prove it declared Masood as a global terrorist. Attacking Mamata Banerjee, he said the West Bengal chief minister “gets angry and slaps people who say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Let’s see who will slap us”. A video has surfaced on social media, where Banerjee can be purportedly seen stopping her car at a place in West Midnapore district when people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” slogan as her convoy was passing the area. The people fled the spot as soon as she got out of her car.last_img read more

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Mozambique national arrested

A Mozambique national has been arrested for duping businessmen in Pettah, the police said.Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the foreigner had on many occasions shown a box with some sort of chemical to the businessmen and told them that he can change local currency into Dollars. Believing his tale the businessmen had given money to the foreigner who had however never returned with the Dollars.

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Markets Right Now Stock indexes are off to a mixed start

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for technology and health care companies are offset by losses in other sectors.Apple was up 1.3% early Wednesday, a day after announcing its new lineup of iPhones and a new video streaming service to compete with Netflix.GameStop plunged 20% after reporting a loss that was much wider than analysts were expecting, and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment sank 9.1% after cutting its forecasts.The S&P 500 was little changed at 2,980.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 29 points, or 0.1%, to 26,945. The Nasdaq was up 15 points, or 0.2%, to 8,096.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.74%.The Associated Press

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Lacking funds UN agency turns to last resort cuts food rations for

The 50 per cent ration cut comes as WFP struggles to raise $38 million to cover its refugee operations for the next six months. This includes $15.5 million that is urgently required to address food needs through January 2015.“Cutting rations is the last resort and we’re doing it to eke out the limited food we currently have available over the next ten weeks, as we continue to appeal to the international community to assist,” said Paul Turnbull, WFP Deputy Country Director for Kenya, in a press release today.“WFP has done everything it can to avoid reducing rations, using all means at our disposal to cover critical funding gaps,” he added.Each month, WFP distributes 9,700 metric tons of food for some 500,000 refugees in Kenya, at a cost of almost $10 million. Refugees are given a food ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, a nutrient-rich maize-soya blend and salt, providing 2,100 kilocalories per person per day, the recommended emergency ration. From mid-November, the refugees will receive a food ration equivalent to 1,050 kilocalories per day.“WFP depends entirely on voluntary contributions from donors who generously support food assistance for refugees,” said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s Regional Director for East and Central Africa. “With competing humanitarian needs around the world, we realize budgets are tight, but nonetheless, we must call for more funding so that we can work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to meet the urgent needs of these vulnerable people, who have no other means of support,” Ms. Guarnieri said.WFP expects to distribute half-rations until the end of January 2015, when a shipment of food assistance donated by the United States – sufficient for six weeks’ food requirements – is expected to arrive. In 2014, international donors have contributed $68.8 million to support food assistance for refugees in Kenya, the agency said.WFP also provides specialized fortified foods to young children, as well as to pregnant women and nursing mothers, to stave off malnutrition. In addition, primary and pre-primary schoolchildren receive porridge, which helps them concentrate on their classes and acts as an incentive to their families to send them to school. So far, these activities are not expected to be affected by the cuts, the agency said.Scores of South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Kenya following the outbreak of civil war this past December, while in Somalia, refugees fled over two decades of conflict. read more

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Lakers Set To Honor Kareem AbdulJabbar With Statue

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to unveil a state featuring Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at some point this coming season, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.A firm date for the honor has yet to be finalized.Abdul-Jabbar remains the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. He won five of his NBA titles and three of his six league MVP trophies while with the Lakers. His prolific scoring and mastery of his famed skyhook have led many to call him the best center of all time.The Lakers have previously said they planned to unveil a statue of Abdul-Jabbar at some point, but only after first honoring Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West on Star Plaza at Staples Center.Abdul-Jabbar took the delay as a slight and criticized the team last year, saying its failure to do so sooner was a show of disrespect. He also bemoaned the fact the team did not award him any playoff shares and singled out his reduced role and pay as a special assistant coach for Andrew Bynum from 2005 to 2009. Abdul-Jabbar also mentioned how he often had to sit on the back of the plane during team trips.The Lakers have defended their timing, explaining that there is no set criteria for determining the order of statue inductions and that the other statutes associated with the team also have extensive resumes behind them.AEG, which owns Staple Center, plays a larger role in determining who is honored with a statue at the downtown venue and when it is done.The team attributed Abdul-Jabbar’s reduced pay to Bynum’s belief that he didn’t need as much personal instruction.Lakers head coaches, they also noted, have the authority to hire their own assistants, while the players are allowed to allocate their playoff shares as they see fit.In an interview with the Times last year, Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss indicated that honoring Abdul-Jabbar with a statue would be a “natural fit.” read more

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Geological publication addresses alternatives for vital rare earth element supply concerns

first_imgAmidst increasing concerns over the security of supply for natural resources, especially for high tech electronic, military and environmental applications, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a profile on rare earth elements (REE). Currently REE are mined almost exclusively in China, but play a vital and increasing role in a wide range of consumer electronics, in environmental technologies and in military applications. Although rare earth deposits are known in several countries, production in recent years has been strongly concentrated in very few locations. In the light of this, and some issues relating to trade restrictions, there is now considerable concern about the security of supply of these critical materials. To help inform discussion on this issue, the BGS has published a succinct guide to rare earth elements which profiles their uses, geology, mining, processing and trade. The publication talks of several solutions for our growing REE needs that are centred around using substitutes and recycling. However it concludes that, although some REE could be substituted, it would be unlikely that those applications based on specific optical, chemical and certain special magnetic properties would be a candidate for substitution.Recycling rare earths may provide some relief in the short term, particularly for defence applications, which use smaller quantities. But recycling REE from scrap is expensive and difficult while reusing components beyond their normal lifespan can produce problems in quality; leading mining companies say that finding alternative technologies is a long shot because of the unique properties rare earths offer.Companies like Avalon Rare Earths have a more direct approach.  Their flagship project, the Nechalacho REE project, is located at Thor Lake, Northwest Territories in Canada, not China, which produces most of the world’s REE. The project has an Indicated resource of 14.48 Mt, currently entering prefeasibility.        Rare earths are indispensable in electronic, optical, magnetic and catalytic applications and play a vital role in environmental technologies, improving energy efficiency and enabling digital technology. The term ‘rare’ as applied to rare earths is something of a misnomer and arises from the rarity of the minerals from which they were first isolated in the 18th century. The crustal abundance of rare earths as a whole is greater than silver, although individual elements in the group show very wide variation. Consumption of rare earths is growing rapidly, driven by our increasing reliance on digital technology and the growth in use of hybrid and electric vehicles which require relatively large amounts of certain rare earths in their motors.“‘World production of rare earth elements has more than doubled in the last 15 years,” says BGS Head of Minerals Andrew Bloodworth. “Our new publication is the latest in a series which aims to provide up to date, impartial and authoritative commodity profiles to inform debate and policy on security of supply’. A new bill known as the RESTART Act proposes reinvigorating the US rare earth sector through loan guarantees and establishing a national stockpile of the minerals. But a new Government accountability office review names critical defence systems that could not function without rare earths and warns it could take up to 15 years for the US to rebuild a domestic supply chain.last_img read more

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Fennelly hits 24 as Ballyhale storm to seventh AllIreland crown with 17point

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Share362 Tweet Email3 https://the42.ie/4547602 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-28St Thomas 2-11Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke ParkTHE KINGS OF club hurling reigned again this afternoon, Ballyhale Shamrocks sweeping to their latest All-Ireland title with a powerful display that blew them past the challenge of Galway’s St Thomas.With their most celebrated name Henry Shefflin now directing operations on the sideline, the Kilkenny champions once more reached the peak with 17 points to spare at the final whistle.Man-of-the-match Colin Fennelly bagged 2-4 from play with TJ Reid’s haul of 0-9 and Adrian Mullen’s contribution of 0-5 also helping Ballyhale blitz the 2013 winners.The first half was characterised most by the interventions of Fennelly. By the interval he had two goals to his name, tipping a shot to the net in the 5th minute after his initial attempt was thwarted by goalkeeper Gerald Murray and then a lovely flick to meet a long Adrian Mullen delivery in the 22nd minute saw the sliotar nestle in the far corner in front of Hill 16.He could have raised a third green flag, his 20th minute one-handed swipe dropped just over the crossbar. But Fennelly was the perfect focal point for the Ballyhale attack and helped shape a 2-10 to 1-8 interval advantage.St Thomas were left reeling by a whirlwind Ballyhale start that left them adrift 1-4 to 0-1 by the 5th minute but steadied themselves to recover in the first quarter with Conor Cooney firing home a penalty.Immediately after the break, Darragh Burke struck a sublime score to leave St Thomas trailing by four but that was as close as they got. Ballyhale went through the gears and accelerated clear on the scoreboard. Between the 34th and 45th minute, they reeled off six points without reply and had sailed clear by ten at the three-quarter mark to essentially kill off the game as a contest.St Thomas lost Fintan Burke through injury but they kept battling and did grab a second goal late on courtesy of David Burke. However Ballyhale were on fire in attack in the closing stages with 0-12 to their credit in the last quarter to bring their second-half tally to 0-18 as they ran out emphatic victors.Scorers for Ballyhale Shamrocks: Colin Fennelly 2-4, TJ Reid 0-9 (0-5f), Adrian Mullen 0-5, Eoin Cody, Patrick Mullen, Brian Cody 0-2 each, Mark Aylward, Evan Shefflin, Ronan Corcoran, Richie Reid 0-1 each.Scorers for St Thomas: Darragh Burke 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1 ’65), David Burke, Conor Cooney (1-0 pen) 1-0 each, James Regan, Bernard Burke, Brendan Farrell, Damien McGlynn.Ballyhale Shamrocks1. Dean Mason2. Darren Mullen3. Joey Holden4. Brian Butler5. Evan Shefflin6. Michael Fennelly (captain)7. Patrick Mullen8. Ronan Corcoran9. Richie Reid 10. Brian Cody11. TJ Reid12. Adrian Mullen13. Eoin Reid14. Colin Fennelly15. Eoin CodySubs22. Mark Aylward for Eoin Reid (42)21. Conor Walsh for Corcoran (54)17. Kevin Mullen for Darren Mullen (58)23. Joseph Cuddihy for Eoin Cody (58)19. Gavin Butler for Michael Fennelly (60)St Thomas1. Gerald Murray2. Cian Mahoney3. Cathal Burke4. Sean Skehill5. Donal Cooney6. Shane Cooney7. Fintan Burke8. James Regan9. David Burke10. David Sherry11. Darragh Burke12. Bernard Burke13. Brendan Farrell14. Conor Cooney (captain)17. Damien McGlynnSubs19. Mark Caulfield for Fintan Burke (inj) (49)21. Colin Fallon for Regan (52)18. Cian Kelly for Sherry (57)20. Damien Finnerty for McGlynn (59)Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Colin Fennelly in action for Ballyhale against St Thomas. 20,625 Views By Fintan O’Toole Colin Fennelly in action for Ballyhale against St Thomas. Image: James Crombie/INPHO 9 Comments Fennelly hits 2-4 as Ballyhale storm to seventh All-Ireland crown with 17-point win The Kilkenny club were far too strong for Galway’s St Thomas today. Mar 17th 2019, 3:27 PM Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 3:27 PM Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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En Antarctique les éponges de mer tirent parti du réchauffement climatique

first_imgEn Antarctique, les éponges de mer tirent parti du réchauffement climatiqueDes chercheurs allemands ont constaté, grâce à des vidéos sous-marines, une récente explosion des populations d’éponges de verre. Cette variété d’éponges marines vit dans une région de l’Antarctique libérée de la banquise à cause du réchauffement global.Les éponges hexactinellides (appelées éponges de verre) n’ont pas un rythme de vie et de reproduction aussi lent qu’on le pensait. C’est du moins ce qu’a permis de constater une nouvelle étude récemment publiée dans la revue Current Biology et menée par des chercheurs allemands. Pour en venir à cette conclusion, ces derniers sont partis observer les créatures dans des eaux où les observations sont normalement rares grâce à un engin particulier qui a pu filmer les profondeurs.”En comparant les (…) vidéo prises par un véhicule sous-marin télécommandé dans une des parties les moins accessibles de l’Antarctique, nous avons trouvé un doublement de la biomasse et une abondance d’éponges de verre, dont le nombre a été multiplié par 3, entre 2007 et 2011. C’est beaucoup plus rapide que n’importe lequel d’entre nous l’aurait cru possible”, explique Claudio Richter, de l’Institut Alfred Wegener (Allemagne).”Un principe général à tirer de notre étude est que les communautés benthiques [= du fond marin] sont très dynamiques, même dans les conditions environnementales extrêmes qui règnent dans l’Antarctique. Il y a quatre ans, la zone d’étude était dominée par une espèce d’ascidie. Maintenant, cette espèce pionnière a pratiquement disparu, laissant la place à une communauté dominée par de jeunes individus d’une éponge de verre”, poursuit sa collègue Laura Fillinger.Un impact sur l’écologie globale ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Et ce changement n’est pas nécessairement négatif, selon les chercheurs. En effet, les colonies d’éponges hexactinellides constituent des habitats propices à de nombreux autres invertébrés et poissons. Les deux scientifiques ont donc l’intention de continuer à surveiller ce site polaire, pour suivre l’évolution de cet écosystème. Mais ils peinent encore à tirer des leçons plus générales en termes d’écologie globale. “Si ce taux alarmant de désintégration de la couverture de glace se maintient, les éponges de verre pourraient se trouver du côté des gagnants du changement climatique…”, concluent les auteurs de l’étude. Le 15 juillet 2013 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 914 WWE RAW number slightly up

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Last night’s 9/14 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.40 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.29 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.54 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.36 million viewers.This is slightly up from last week’s 3.38 million viewers. Monday Night Football dominated the night with an average of 13.95 million viewers between the 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. games.Last year’s RAW on the first night of Monday Night Football (9/8/14) drew 3.99 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Pinterest Videos Articles Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

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