The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase Three

first_imgDP Henry Braham spoke with Digital Trends about the decision to shoot on RED,There was interest in shooting the movie on 65mm because of the richness of the image and the intensity of the image, and the fact that so much of it would work well on an IMAX screen. With that amount of detail and color and richness to the image, you really see the quality of it. With the existing technology for 65mm, there are some beautiful cameras out there but they’re very big, so one of the things that worried me about that was the physicality of the camera.I was looking for something that could handle the large format but still be very intimate and physically small. That’s why I went to see Jarred Land at the Red Camera Company. I was talking to him about it and he kind of reached out and put a black box on the table and said, “Well, how about looking at this?” This was their new high-resolution 8K camera, which is a VistaVision camera and it was in a prototype form, but the idea of it seemed perfect for Guardians Vol. 2.It provided this very high-resolution image to start with, but in a camera body that was pretty much the size of [the famed hand-held camera] a Hasselblad. What it enabled me to do was to mount the camera on a new form of stabilization head that could be handheld and was designed by a guy who used to work on torpedo guidance systems.Image via Marvel Studios.The small body also allowed for quick setups and a documentary style approach. Braham went on to say,What it does is enable the camera to flow and explore scenes as the actors explored scenes with James, and the camera could just be there with them. And quite often, we wouldn’t even rehearse scenes. We’d just go straight into filming them, because we knew they’d develop. I think that shows in the movie. In the movie, there’s a lot of spontaneity in the performances. That’s a credit to James and the cast working together, and to the ability to get the camera in there with them, with a small footprint, and capture those moments.Image via Marvel Studios/RED.As for the most challenging sequences to shoot, Braham told Vulture about the film’s opening baby Groot dance number,At one point, we were going to film it all as one shot on one camera. And that would have been entirely feasible, particularly because of this gyro-stabilized camera that we developed for the movie. You then break it down into the elements that are 100 percent live-action, the elements that we need to fit in with animation. I forget, but there’s a lot of live-action footage within that. And it may be me saying, “The animation starts here, but then it gets taken over by the camera at this point, and then we hand it back over to the animators at this point.” But in almost every part of that scene, there’ll be live-action footage. That’s why you build a set for everybody to be on, which is a very big set, actually.Image via Marvel Studios.As for the space chase sequences,When we’re photographing the actors inside the spaceship — their movement and what’s going on — the interactive light that’s lighting them needs to reflect what’s happening on the outside. We need to have decided what’s happening on the outside before we film on the inside, so that the interaction of all the lights makes the shot believable. For instance, I would use a lot of very large-scale video-projection screens, a little bit like what you would use in a rock concert or a big football game. But I would have very large blankets of them with animated light going across them, which provides a very believable light source for all the interactive light that might be going on around the spaceship, at that time. If the spaceship is rolling, then the light needs to roll too, on the actors.You can actually catch a glimpse of this rig in action in this behind-the-scenes presentation from RED.As for the most difficult scene, that comes down to the film’s finale and funeral.Often, the toughest things are the things that, if they’re done well, you don’t notice at all. We shot the scene in the set, and we’d all moved back into a completely different studio. We made a big move. And Chris and James came in the next morning and said, “You know what, we’ve had a better idea how to do this.” James and Chris wanted to play that scene with a different tone to it. That’s the beauty of filmmaking, that you can have a better idea overnight or you can learn something. What we had to do was take him as a single element and match him into that scene absolutely perfectly.Thankfully, you would never know when you looked at the movie, but actually it’s incredibly difficult to do. Because you obviously need to match up the lighting exactly, you need to match the way the camera moves, you need to match the timing of the camera moves to the speech. It’s very intricate, and at the same time you need to give Chris, the actor, space to act. And it’s a very difficult scene to act. On one hand, it’s very intricate and technical, and on the other hand, the last thing you want is the actors to know that’s the case. Because you don’t want to distract from what they’re doing. So that’s a good example of something that you wouldn’t think is anything other than just a normal shot, but actually it’s very, very complicated to do.Spider-Man: HomecomingImage via Sony Pictures Entertainment.Director: Jon WattsDirector of Photography: Salvatore TotinoUS Release: July 2017Camera Package:ARRI Alexa MiniARRI Alexa XT PlusLensesCooke S4/iAngenieux Optimo Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Image via Marvel Studios/RED.Director: James GunnDirector of Photography: Henry BrahamUS Release: May 2017Camera Package:RED WEAPON DRAGON VistaVision 8KPhantom Flex 4KLensesPanavision Primo 70Leica Summicron-C Lenses In a conversation with British Cinematographer, Ben Davis spoke about the new (at the time) ARRI Alexa 65,There was a lot of new technology just coming onto the market at the time – the first of the large format digital cameras, with their new back-end workflow systems, plus a host of interactive LED lighting equipment ­– and I was eager to see how I could get the best from them.The resolution of the Alexa 65, using my preferred lenses for wide shots and the IMAX deliverable, was beyond question and, to my pleasant surprise, the face became a landscape too. What’s more, I found I would be able to balance the lighting and exposure to get gorgeous depth-of-field, do lovely focus pulls, and ultimately have a lot of control over my shots – whilst avoiding giving our first ACs a complete nightmare on-set.Image via Marvel Studios.As for the incredibly unique look of the film,It was of its own, about magic more than anything else, with visuals that we have not seen before in a movie. It had to be original, yet also be respectful to the original comics, which were ‘out there’ and pretty psychedelic in places.So I wanted to find a way to take the look, energy, and dynamism of the original artwork onto the big screen. Perhaps my most important conversations with my director Scott, revolved around the challenges of dealing with, and delivering, the alternate dimensions-in-parallel, which feature in the story, and translating these to the big screen. Along with shooting live action, this was also going to be a VFX-heavy production.Davis often compared Doctor Strange to Marvel’s version of Fantasia, “because it’s so sort of out there and different to everything else that they’ve done.”Want to create a Doctor Strange-style shield in After Effects? Check out this classic PremiumBeat tutorial. Top 5 MCU Cameras for Additional Photography:Phantom Flex (8 Films)RED Epic/Weapon (7 Films)ARRI Alexa Mini (5 Films)Canon 5D (5 Films)Photosonics 4ER (2 Films) Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.Talking with ICG Magazine, DP Ben Davis talked about lensing the film,Much of the work is very intimate, and the choice of lens was key because the camera is either following her, or leading her, into these new environments. When Brie’s character arrives on Earth, it can’t be that you’re already there and watch her arrive. You have to go along with her, in order to feel the emotional arc she travels.Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.As for the many cameras used,The large-format ARRI Alexa 65 was the primary capture device, though some scenes utilized Panavision DXL2s, which cut well with RED WEAPON VV Monstro units, used in tight spaces.[For go-cart flashbacks with the Blackmagic Micros] it used to be that the quality drop was significant with small units, but these GoPro-sized systems are very high quality … You can put really good lenses on them and set shutter and iris appropriately.Avengers: EndgameImage via Disney/Marvel.Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoDirector of Photography: Trent OpalochUS Release: April 2019Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65 IMAXLensesPanavision Sphero 65APO Panatar Producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that Far From Home will conclude Phase Three, and not be the first film in Phase Four. Again, not much to report here. The production supposedly used the Alexa, but no details on which model.MCU Most Used CamerasImage via Marvel Studios.So, now that we’ve covered the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which cameras were used the most on these 24 films? I’m going to break this into two categories — principal photography and additional photography.Keep in mind, these are the cameras we were able to confirm, and there are likely more used for VFX and additional sequences. But knowing what we do know as confirmed, let’s see what we learned.It should be no surprise that ARRI cameras are the go-to for principal photography. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. is the only MCU film not shot on an ARRI camera.Most Popular MCU Cameras by Manufacturer:ARRI (23 Films)Panavision (8 Films)Phantom (8 Films)RED (7 Films)Canon (7 Films)Photosonics (2 Films)Blackmagic (2 Films)GoPro (2 Films)Image via ARRI.Top 5 MCU Cameras for Principal Photography:ARRI Alexa 65 (7 Films)ARRI Alexa XT (7 Films)Panavision Panaflex Millenium XL (6 Films)ARRI Arriflex 435 (5 Films)ARRI Arriflex 235 (4 Films) Same setup from Avengers: Infinity War as these two films were shot simultaneously. No other details to share at this time.Spider-Man: Far From HomeImage via Sony Pictures Entertainment.Director: Jon WattsDirector of Photography: Matthew J. LloydUS Release: July 2019Camera Package:ARRI AlexaLensesHawk V-Lite Anamorphic Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.Avengers: Infinity War claims to be the first Hollywood feature to be shot entirely in IMAX. In a release from IMAX,The move, by directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, marks the first time a Hollywood feature film will be shot only using IMAX cameras and its exclusive aspect ratio. The IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera, which stops short of a full IMAX 3D camera rig, is a customized large format version of ARRI’s 6K Alexa 65 camera.Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.In another release, this one from ARRI, it’s further explained,Up until now, the ALEXA IMAX camera has tended to be used for selected sequences that would benefit from exceptional image quality, but Avengers: Infinity War represents the first film to be shot with it entirely. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, with cinematographer Trent Opaloch, utilized up to 12 ALEXA IMAX cameras, during peak shooting periods, to capture the superhero ensemble — an unprecedented assembly of Marvel characters. The 65mm format will provide audiences with a fittingly cinematic spectacle, for a film that marks the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.As for the practical reasons in making this decision, co-director Joe Russo tells CinemaBlend,We have a lot of characters who are tall, unnaturally tall. So it really helps with the frame, because that IMAX aspect ratio works for those types of characters, and the landscapes are stunning. There are some really exotic landscapes in the film, and to be able to put those on an IMAX screen, it’s an incredible tool to have as a filmmaker, to be able to exploit that scale of aspect ratio.Until this saga concludes, the Infinity War crew has been working away on the closure to this epic, so there is still much secrecy to the behind the scenes. Perhaps we’ll know even more in the coming months.Ant-Man and the WaspImage via Ben Rothstein/Disney/Marvel.Director: Peyton ReedDirector of Photography: Dante SpinottiUS Release: July 2018Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65ARRI Alexa MiniARRI Alexa SXTPanavision Millennium DXLRed Epic Dragon (visual effects)LensesARRI Prime DNA Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.Breakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time FilmmakersNAB 2019: Our Favorite Releases from This Year’s ShowAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe Cameras Behind Netflix Originals: Films and SeriesThe Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original Series Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment/Chuck Zlotnick/CTMG, Inc.Spider-Man: Homecoming takes dozens of cues from the John Hughes films of the 1980s. As such, director Jon Watts really wanted to get the homage just right, especially when it came to shooting on set and VFX sequences. He tells IndieWire,I got in there with a virtual camera in Maya and designed the sequences like they felt part of the film … and then I made them, even though they were made by thousands of collaborators.Image via Chuck Zlotnick/Sony Pictures Entertainment.Want to make your own Spider-Man: Homecoming VFX? Check out this Spider-Man-inspired tutorial with free HUD elements. This concludes the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For previous Phases and camera insight, check out our first two articles:The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase OneThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Black PantherImage via Matt Kennedy/Disney/Marvel.Director: Ryan CooglerDirector of Photography: Rachel MorrisonUS Release: February 2018Camera Package:ARRI Alexa XT PlusARRI Alexa MiniPanavision Primo and Primo V LensesImage via Matt Kennedy/Disney/Marvel.In a conversation with the ASC, cinematographer Rachel Morrison talks about her research into the MCU, which involved talking to previously mentioned DPs — Bed Davis and Trent Opaloch. Morrison said,One of the things I figured out quickly is that no two large-scale movies are the same, and no two visual-effects-heavy films are the same … Within the visual-effects world, Marvel does things very differently than DC or Lucasfilm.As for choosing the ARRI Alexa XT over the Alexa 65,One of the reasons we went with the XT’s Open Gate sensor over the Alexa 65 was that Ryan wanted things to be in-focus in the background … Not Citizen Kane deep, but his perspective was that our sense of scale came from being able to see all the beautiful sets and costumes.Image via Black Panther 1st AD Lisa SatrianoAs for those amazing sets, PremiumBeat previously chatted with Oscar-winning Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler. In that conversation, we learned about the underground casino.Korea was awesome. I love South Korea so much. It was another culture-rich tradition, so a lot of that trip was learning about their history.We were in the fish market, and that’s where we started with the idea of the casino. Off of that was a place called Gangster Alley, which is where all the ships were.It was sort of the harbor, and it helped give us an international feel, to bring in a very traditional side of what South Korea is. And then, we also have the very beautiful side of South Korea, with what we all know with the vertical signs and lit-up signs.Image via Black Panther Art Director Alex McCarroll.If you are enjoying these set photos, also be sure to check out our interview with Marvel Set Photographer Matt Kennedy here.Avengers: Infinity WarImage via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoDirector of Photography: Trent OpalochUS Release: April 2018Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65 IMAXLensesPanavision Sphero 65APO Panatar In a piece on Talking with Mark Toffolo, DP Trent Opaloch speaks about the large international scale of the film,We were also very fortunate to work with a great German crew in Berlin that made our transition over there very smooth.There were a ton of actors on this film and that was actually quite challenging — to shoot them all with their crazy schedules. The tough thing is that you can end up shooting someone’s close up in another country,  weeks after you’ve shot the other side of the conversation, so it’s always a challenge dealing with changing weather conditions, etc. to maintain some cohesiveness to the scene.I’m starting up prep on the new Infinity Wars films that we’re shooting back to back with the Russo’s later this year, and the scale of those two films combined is a bit mind blowing, so it’s good that these last two films have ramped up in terms of scale and complexity, because each one prepares you for the next.Image via Marvel Studios.As for the epic airport showdown shot at both the backlot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport, Opaloch told The Hollywood Reporter,We shut down one terminal and we had a little postage stamp of tarmac that we could shoot on … We had to go through security after breakfast and at lunchtime. All of the equipment had to be ferried in beforehand, and it was gone over with dogs and inspectors. So we had to make sure we had everything we needed because once you started shooting, you couldn’t just reach into the truck and pull out something from the other side.Image via Marvel Studios.Opaloch went on to say about the ARRI Alexa 65,There was an idea late in pre-production to shoot Civil War entirely with the Alexa 65, but we were so close to our start date and it was such a large-scale undertaking, [so we decided] to use it for this key sequence, and use it as the testing ground for Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, which will be shot completely with those cameras.Additionally, key grip Michael Coo developed a bungee rig system; Mark Goellnicht, our ‘A’ camera operator, used a similar system on Mad Max: Fury Road … Basically, it’s a long bungee tube attached to a rope that will run up 30 or 40 feet — we suspend that line over the set. It allows the operators to get very dynamic and right in there with the action. It feels like handheld but they don’t have the brunt of the weight of the camera.We are still catching up on lens options. I’m having weekly conversations with the guy at ARRI … There’s a mad push to get them ready for Infinity Wars. As it stands, we are meant to have 12 Alexa 65 cameras for those films, since we are shooting them back to back, and we’ll need all the accessories and lenses. [When we get the script] we’ll break down logistically how we’ll tackle this, with how many cameras and units. It’s such a behemoth of a project.Doctor StrangeImage via Marvel Studios.Director: Scott DerricksonDirector of Photography: Ben DavisUS Release: November 2016Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65ARRI Alexa MiniARRI Alexa XT PlusARRIFLEX 235Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2Phantom Flex4KLensesPanavision System 65 and Primo 70 LensesARRI’s certified 765 Dynamic lighting. Explosive energy. Here are the most popular cameras used throughout the entire Phase Three Marvel Cinematic Universe.It’s all been building to this. The culmination of over a decade of Marvel films. I was curious to know which camera was used most throughout the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so I dove into each of the films to find out.We’ve covered the MCU cameras used in Phase One and Phase Two. Now let’s canvass the cameras and gear used to shoot the many massive blockbuster films in Phase Three (2016-2019): from Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home.MCU Phase Three: “Where did that bring you? Back to me.”Captain America: Civil WarImage via Marvel Studios.Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoDirector of Photography: Trent OpalochUS Release: May 2016Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65 IMAX (airport and additional scenes)ARRI Alexa XT PlusGoPro Hero 4 BlackRed Epic DragonLensesPanavision C-, E-, G-, T-Series, ATZ and AWZ2Hasselblad Prime 65 Image via Ben Rothstein/Disney/Marvel.Peter Rosenfeld shared in his piece on the Society of Camera Operators,About a year or so before principal photography began, Peyton called me to get my thoughts on large format photography with the Alexa 65 system. At that time, I was shooting Bright with DP Roman Vasyanov. We were using the Alexa 65 system and Ultra Panavision 70 Anamorphic lenses. Roman crafted incredible images on that picture.Image via Ben Rothstein/Disney/Marvel.Putting aside the many aesthetic reasons, I told him that there are a great many benefits that come with the increased sensor size. There was the luxury of reserving an area outside of the theatrical release, for visual effects. A big consideration for a movie like this. There would also be a need to extract an IMAX (1.9:1) format from the sensor area. Lastly, the greater resolution would allow flexibility for reframing in post.Image via Disney/Marvel.“Can we shoot an action movie with this format?” Reed asked me. “Sure,” I responded. However, as an operator, I know that Peyton is fond of complex Steadicam master shots, and his frames are often very specific. This would not be Bright, where a looser more frenetic camera style was part of the aesthetic. I proposed using an Alexa SXT for the Steadicam work and he agreed. When Dante Spinotti, ASC, was signed on, he instantly became enamored of the Alexa 65 and the beautiful images he could craft with it. The die was cast.Image via Disney/Marvel.For Ant-Man and the Wasp, Dante and Peyton decided on the Alexa 65 in Open Gate mode, shooting at a resolution of 6.5K (6560 x 3100), and scaling at 87%.The Alexa SXT was also set to Open Gate mode with a resolution of 3.4K (3424 x 2202), and scaling at 95%.Captain MarvelImage via Chuck Zlotnick/Disney/Marvel.Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan FleckDirector of Photography: Ben DavisUS Release: March 2019Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65Panavision Millennium DXLRED Weapon 8K VV MonstroBlackmagic Micro Cinema CameraLensesPanavision Sphero 65Custom rehoused Canon K35s Thor: Ragnarok is easily one of the most colorful Marvel films to date.Image via Disney/Marvel.DP Javier Aguirresarobe brought a ton of colorful light to the Thor films, as seen here is the lighting diagrams for the Grandmaster’s chambers.Image via Javier Aguirresarobe/ASC/Disney/Marvel.And here is a glimpse of that set in action.Image via ASC/Disney/Marvel.Head over to American Cinematographer for more diagrams and photos.Image via Jasin Boland/Disney/Marvel.Thor: Ragnarok even used a Dynamic Light system from SatelliteLab, combined with a robotic camera arm from Motorized Precision, to shoot select sequences with Valkyrie and Hela. In an interview with SyFy, Carlo Van de Roer talks about shooting with Dynamic Light,I wanted to move light sources so fast that the rest of the world would appear standing still, giving us the ability to move light sources within a world suspended in time.The speed and acceleration of the light sources are controlled with software so that the motion in the scene and the motion of the light sources can be adjusted as independent variablesImage via Disney/Marvel.VFX Supervisor Jake Morrison went on to say,The software that they’ve written effectively synchronizes each flash to a single frame of action, with a high-speed Phantom camera … We shot with a Phantom Flex4K at about 1000 frames a second, and what happens is you get this moment where time slows down to an incredible soup. You get into really thick, slo-mo action, but then, almost impossibly, the light actually does a full 360 degree loop around the actors, in that moment.For more on Thor, check out these pieces:How the Team Behind Thor: Ragnarok Crafted an Epic Action FilmMarvel’s Movie Poster Renaissance + Free Movie Poster TemplateCreate a Glow Warp Title Transition Inspired by Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok Thor: RagnarokImage via Disney/Marvel.Director: Taika WaititiDirector of Photography: Javier AguirresarobeUS Release: November 2017Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65Phantom Flex4KLensesHasselblad Prime 65 LensesZeiss 765 Lenseslast_img read more

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BJP tears into Congress ‘failures’ in Punjab rule

first_imgAs the Congress-led government in Punjab completed six months in office, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday held State-wide protests against the State government, accusing it of failing on all fronts. “Farmers, labourers, dalits, youth, women… everyone is feeling cheated in Congress’ 180 days of rule,” Punjab BJP vice-president Harjit Singh Grewal and secretary Vineet Joshi said at a joint press conference here. The BJP leaders said Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s six months in office had been that of shattered dreams and false hope for the people of Punjab.“During these 180 days the Congress has only been indulged in political vendetta, beating up opponents, committing atrocities on dalits and women, and bolstering VIP culture,” they said. The BJP leaders said the farmers of Punjab had lost all hope and it was because the Congress government had let them down.“Agricultural distress has only increased and the number of farmers committing suicide has sharply gone up in the past six months,” alleged the BJP leaders.The leaders said that regarding jobs to youth, the Congress government tried to “fool” the people in the name of ‘Rozgar Melas’, with the government appropriating the routine placement drive conducted by technical institutions every year.last_img read more

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Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best Libero

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “Of course, I was surprised because this is my first time as a national player and I think this brings a lot of pressure,” said Macandili in Filipino at Alonte Sports Arena. “Now I have to perform on a higher level compared to what I do now.”“I don’t want to settle with what I’ve achieved today and I feel that I can improve from what I did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd just as fate would have it, Macandili’s Asian triumph happened exactly a year after she won the MVP in the PSL All-Filipino Conference after leading F2 Logistics to the championship.Macandili vowed that her award in the Asian Championship is not the culmination of her career. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Dawn Macandili may be the shortest player in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet on Thursday she stood as tall as anyone else.The Philippines’ unassuming defensive ace, who stands at five-feet tall, was shocked when her name was called as the tournament’s secnd Best Libero after helping the host to an eighth place finish in the Asian event.ADVERTISEMENT “It doesn’t stop in winning awards alone, I want to play and do my passion and that is volleyball,” said Macandili. “So that award is like a reward to the players who continue to play for the Philippines.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Nextcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Indian batsmen habituated to using angled bats led to downfall, says Vengsarkar

first_imgFormer chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar calls the second innings batting collapse at Old Trafford the worst he has seen from India. He tried to put his selectors hat on and fell short of finding replacements for the batsmen or the captain. Speaking to IndiaToday.in, Vengsarkar said that coach Duncan Fletcher must sort technical shortcomings of Indian batsmen. Excerpts from an interview:How alarming are India’s back to back losses to England in the third and fourth tests? India was folded out twice at Old Trafford in less than 90 overs.It was shocking to me. It was a very embarrassing defeat. There are millions of followers of Indian cricket, especially in England, and they were devastated. Old Trafford was very poor. I didn’t think we would lose a test in three days. The way India batted in the second innings was the worst I have seen from an Indian team.We knew that the Indian bowling could fall short. But what in your opinion explains the batting disasters?I think all the frontline batsmen are struggling with technical flaws. Except Vijay who is batting well, all others have got issues. And these flaws become very glaring in test match cricket?. Brought up on ODI’s and T20 format, when the ball moves around with good carry with four slips and a gully, you need a good defense which they lack. They are all playing with an angled bat. And that’s not the way to play when you are trying to defend. That’s what you do when you are trying to play through the off side. I don’t know what all the coaches there are doing including Duncan Fletcher. Or it seems he hasn’t found anything wrong in the batting of the Indian team.advertisementEvery time a question is asked about Duncan Fletcher, we are told he is good technically. It doesn’t seem to be helping?It’s amazing how badly Indian team has done since Fletcher has taken over but he continues. Perhaps you should ask that question to the BCCI.Virat Kohli got out 6 times out of 8 behind the wickets. How concerning is that? An indication that he needs to go back to the drawing board?Virat is getting out the same way. I am surprised he is not rectified that mistake. He’s repeating the same mistake over and over again and it’s due to a slight flaw in technique which is unfortunate. He’s a top class player and needs to sort the issue out himself.Virat and Pujara failing collectively. Is that what’s primarily letting Indian batting down?I had expected a lot from Pujara. He’s got a good defence but even he has been playing with an angled bat. But the adjustment has to made in English conditions where the ball will swing around with bounce.Gambhir replaced Dhawan at the top of the order in the last test. He like everyone else failed. But is he a long term solution?Gambhir is not a long term solution. Dhawan needs to be continued even though I know England is a different cup of tea than batting in India. I think he is a better bet at the top of the order than Gambhir.India go to Australia later in the year. If India doesn’t comeback in the last test, putting your selector’s hat on, what changes would you make?The unfortunate part is we don’t have any options. India A had gone to Australia recently and the average age was 29 which I think is quite high. I think it should be 23. That’s the age group which can be groomed. We have a Rayudu, a Kedar Jhadav who did well but would you want to take them? That’s a big question that selectors will have to answer.Is India hurting enough after these test losses you think?Test cricket is of primary importance. And they need to realise, only if you excel in tests will you be respected. You have to be at number 1, 2 in tests which we once were but are now struggling.Another question that invariably arises. What about the captain Dhoni. Does he need to lead differently or should he go?Fact of the matter is we don’t have anybody who is ready to take up captainship. It’s a fact that Dhoni has lost most of the matches abroad and his performance as captain away is poor. But who would be his replacement? Your vice captain is himself struggling for runs and you can’t burden him with captainship at this stage. He is himself not sure of his place in the team at the momentadvertisementDo you see India coming back in the final test match?Look it’s difficult to say if India will be able to comeback in the final test. But Oval is a good wicket to bat on and if we get a good start we will be able to do much better than this.last_img read more

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SCs curbs fail to dampen dahi handi spirit

first_imgMumbai, Aug 25 (PTI) Thousands of youth clad in colourful robes joined the Dahi Handi celebrations across Maharashtra to mark Krishna Janmashtami today, with some of the mandals allegedly flouting the 20-feet ceiling for human pyramids mandated by the Supreme Court.A sporting tradition that blends devotion with fun, frolic and adventure, dahi handi recaptures the fondness of Krishna as a child for butter with scores of youth joining shoulder-to-shoulder to build a human pyramid, through which the aspiring winner scales to hit the curd-filled earthen pot strung over head.The apex court had yesterday made it clear that no human pyramid could cross 20 feet in height, concerned over casualties and injuries suffered by Govindas, as participants are known, in previous years.Cases had been registered against 16 Govinda mandals in Thane, adjoining Mumbai for allegedly flouting court guidelines, a senior police official said.A Thane report said a “Dahi Handi” was allegedly strung up at 49 feet, more than double the height allowed by the Supreme Court, whose organiser was said to be associated with Raj Thackeray-led MNS. MNS along with Shiv Sena has expressed reservations over the court order.Barring minor injuries to 15 participants, no untoward incident had been reported in Mumbai till evening, where no violation of the apex court norm had been reported, police said.At Dadar in Mumbai, some Dahi Handi mandal members lay on the ground and created a sleeping pyramid exceeding the 20-feet norm. While another mandal used a ladder to break the pot and also displayed a black flag, apparently to protest against the SC ruling on the festival.advertisementWith over 3,300 mandals (orgasming units) arranging dahi handi events across Mumbai and adjoining areas, police video-recorded the competitions to ascertain if there had been violation of the Supreme Court order.Police had already issued notices to organisers informing them of the court order and that they would record every human pyramid.Police said they would go through the video footages and, if any violation of norms is found, action will be taken against the organisers. (MORE) PTI AVI VT DK NM SRYlast_img read more

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Badminton Asia Championships: Sindhu and Saina progress, Srikanth stunned

first_imgTop Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sania Nehwal notched up contrasting wins to advance to the second round of the Asia Badminton Championship in Wuhan, China Wednesday.Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu eased past Takahashi Sayaka of Japan in straight games. Sindhu looked in command from the beginning and registered a thumping 21-14 21-7 victory in just 28 minutes. The fourth seed Indian will next face Choirunnisa of Indonesia.World number nine Saina had to work hard in her bid to get the better of China’s Han Yue. The seventh seed Indian came back strongly to pull off a thrilling 12-21 21-11 21-17 win after conceding the first game. The London Olympic bronze medallist will next square off against Kim Ga Eun of South Korea.Srikanth suffers shock defeatIn men’s singles, fifth seed Srikanth lost to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in 16-21 20-22 in a match that lasted 44 minutes. This was the Indian Open finalist’s second meeting with Rhustavito.The two had last met at the BWF World Junior Championships in 2011, where too the Indonesian had defeated Srikanth 11-21, 21-13, 21-16.In the men’s singles, Sameer Verma notched up a hard-fought 21-13 17-21 21-18 victory over Sakai Kazumasa of Japan. The Indian survived a scare after losing the second game but, after struggling for an hour and seven minutes, he trumped the Japanese. The world number 15 Indian will next face Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus.It was the end of the road for the men’s doubles pair of M R Arjun and Ramchadran Shlok, who went down 18-21 15-21 to the Chinese duo of He Jiting and Tan Qiang.advertisementIn the women’s doubles, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram lost 21-13 21-16 to the Thai pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.Later in the day, Kidambi Srikanth will be up against Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the men’s singles and Pooja Dandu-Sanjana Santosh and Aparna Balan-Sruthi K also have their women’s doubles matches scheduled.Also Read | Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, blame BAI mess for missing Asian Badminton C’shipAlso See:last_img read more

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3 Key Plays – Louisiana

first_img2. Is it just me or does Devin Hedgepeth look twice as big as he did last year? He only had two tackles but was all over the field all night, including this pick: 3. This video (maybe it’s the angle) doesn’t really disclose how sick this catch was. Harrison went top shelf (or is it top chelf?) to snag a barely-overthrown Weeden ball in the back of the end zone. On Friday I was stunned that more people weren’t talking about the fact that Harrison had been declared eligible, this is why: I’ll try to throw something like this up on the blog when I can find video after every game this year.These aren’t necessarily the three most important plays from Saturday’s game (because how do you differentiate in a 27-point blowout?). Just three that I loved.1. This throw is one of the myriad of reasons why I think Weeden is one of the two or three best QBs in the country. He didn’t really convey it that well on Saturday night, but this is a glimpse of the brillance I expect we’ll see most of the season:center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Settlement Agreement Approved for Credential Asset Management Inc

first_img The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/docs/OrderCredentialMar_05_2013.pdf. -30- The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with a mutual fund dealer. Credential Asset Management Inc. violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to maintain appropriate books and records necessary for the proper recording of its business transactions and financial affairs, and maintain books and records. In April 2012 enforcement staff requested a client information file from Credential Asset Management. After the company was unable to produce copies of the documents in a reasonable time, it was discovered that its client information files were not stored in the accurate form in violation of securities laws. “It’s important for registrants to maintain up to date and accurate records of client information and instructions in compliance with securities laws and to develop best compliance practices,” said Stephanie Atkinson, enforcement counsel for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. The company accepted responsibility for its conduct. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Credential Asset Management Inc. to: comply with Nova Scotia securities laws pay an administrative penalty of $14,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $1,000last_img read more

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Twelve dead in Kabul suicide car bombing

first_imgKabul: A Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul on Thursday killed a US service member, a Romanian soldier and at least 10 Afghan civilians in a busy diplomatic area that includes the US Embassy the second such attack this week underscoring Afghan government warnings that a preliminary US-Taliban deal on ending America’s longest war was moving dangerously quickly. “Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement. A NATO Resolute Support mission statement said the two service members were “killed in action”, without providing details or releasing their names pending notification of their families. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe American soldier was the fourth US service member killed in the past two weeks in Afghanistan. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said another 42 people were wounded and 12 vehicles destroyed. Hours later, the Taliban set off a car bomb outside an Afghan military base in a neighbouring province, killing four civilians. The Taliban said they targeted vehicles of “foreigners” as they tried to enter the heavily guarded Shashdarak area in Kabul where Afghan national security authorities have offices. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe NATO Resolute Support mission is nearby, and British soldiers were at the scene, retrieving what appeared to be the remains of a NATO vehicle. Footage widely shared on social media showed the suicide bomber’s vehicle turning into the checkpoint and exploding and a passer-by trying to sprint away just seconds before. “We all saw on security camera who were targeted!” presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi tweeted. Once again, stunned civilians made up most of the victims. “I don’t know who brought us to the hospital and how,” said one of the wounded, Nezamuddin Khan, who was knocked unconscious and woke up in a local hospital. The explosion at the checkpoint, which has been targeted in the past, follows a Taliban attack against a foreign compound late Monday that killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100, almost all of them local civilians. An Associated Press reporter on the phone with the US Embassy when Thursday’s blast occurred heard sirens begin blaring there. Hours later, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bombing outside an Afghan military base in the Logar provincial capital, Puli Alam, which houses members of the Afghan special forces. Provincial council chief Haseebullah Stanekzai said a small number of international forces also had been in the area. Governor Anwar Khan Es-Haqzai said four civilians were killed and four others wounded.last_img read more

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Missing eightyearold Ontario boy found safe Amber Alert cancelled

first_imgGORHAM TOWNSHIP, Ont. – A child who was the subject of an Amber Alert in northern Ontario was found 30 kilometres from where he went missing on Monday as police continued to search for his mother.Ontario Provincial Police said the eight-year-old boy, first reported missing from Gorham Township at 9 a.m. Monday, was located roughly three hours later at a Tim Hortons in Thunder Bay, Ont.Sgt. Shelley Garr said the Amber Alert was issued because the child was believed to be in danger at the time. She offered no word on the boy’s condition but said he has been taken into protective custody.Garr said the child went missing in the company of his mother, who police are still trying to locate.She said it was not known whether the woman is on foot or still driving the vehicle listed in the original alert.“She’s still out there and we’re actively looking for her, ” Garr said, adding there is no reason to believe the woman poses a risk to the public.last_img read more

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EU President Wants Morocco to Become Reception Hub for Refugees

Rabat – In the midst of the growing refugee crisis, European Union President Donald Tusk urged member states on Thursday to increase assistance to Morocco and other partners in the region and help them build reception centers for refugees seeking to reach Europe. Speaking at a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Tusk called on EU states to provide more help to countries bordering or close to conflict areas, including Morocco, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in ensuring protection to those who are in danger.Need to help build reception centres closer to conflict areas & increase assistance to 3rd countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) 3 Septembre 2015The leader of the European Union also highlighted the need to build reception centers in these countries where asylum requests will be handled before reaching the European Union. According to Tusk, the aid for countries outside the EU and the humanitarian efforts to contain migratory flows means that much more money will be needed. “Therefore leaders will need to decide on this as well when we meet in October,” Tusk said.Tusk also urged EU countries to accept at least 100,000 refugees in a bid to cope with the influx of refugees fleeing war and persecution to Europe.“Accepting more refugees is an important gesture of real solidarity. Fair distribution of at least 100,000 refugees among the EU states is what in fact we need today,” he said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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UN arms inspectors continue preparations for work inside Iraq report

In his periodic report to the Security Council, Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), writes that the Commission “continues to see to attain a high state of readiness for the start of work in Iraq.” Mr. Blix reports that at a recent closed meeting of the UNMOVIC College of Commissioners he told the group that “once inspections in Iraq became possible, UNMOVIC would be ready to commence operations without delay.” During their discussions, commissioners expressed the view that the events of 11 September had “brought a new urgency” to international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to the report. Noting that UNMOVIC’s preparatory work includes analysis of satellite images that are used to create line diagrams of sites for inspection purposes, Mr. Blix expresses hope that Member States will continue to provide UNMOVIC with satellite imagery “as such assistance to date has proven very valuable.” Experts from UNMOVIC are also analyzing “open-source” information – newspapers, academic journals and other published material, as well as television and radio broadcasts – on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities.In another development, the Security Council panel monitoring the sanctions against Iraq – known as the 661 committee for the resolution which established it – met behind closed doors this afternoon in New York to discuss a range of issues, including the tanker TT Essex which was involved in a case of smuggling Iraqi oil.Also today, a UN spokesman announced that Baghdad and the United Nations had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the current phase of the oil-for-food programme. Last week, the Security Council approved a 180-day extension of the scheme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief. read more

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Canada making progress with US in effort to join new TPP trade

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada making progress with U.S. in effort to join new TPP trade bloc: Fast OTTAWA – Canada is making progress in convincing the United States that it should be allowed to join an ambitious new trans-Pacific trade bloc, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast said Thursday.Washington is believed to be one of the key impediments to Ottawa’s efforts to join the nine-member Trans-Pacific Partnership, largely because it also wants to protect dairy, egg and poultry farmers in Quebec and Ontario from outside competition.But the minister, who was attending the inaugural trade ministers meeting of the G20 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Thursday, said he has been working on his U.S. counterpart to sort out their differences.“In my meetings with Ambassador Ron Kirk, each meeting has been productive,” he said in a telephone interview.“We believe we are making significant progress in impressing upon the United States that Canada will be an ambitious negotiating partner, that we will be a very valuable asset at the negotiating table,” he said.“We’ve also impressed upon the Americans that Canada and the U.S. should be walking together as partners as we open up new opportunities within the Asian economies. We have highly-integrated economies, supply chains and we should be doing this in partnership.”Fast said Canada’s protectionist supply management system should not be an impediment because Canada has agreed to put it on the table in talks, as it has done in other negotiations.That does not mean Canada would necessarily negotiate the system out of existence, however.“Since the late 1980s, we’ve negotiated agreements with 14 countries, (and) in each case we have been successful in addressing the issue of supply management and that has not prevented us from actually completing free trade negotiations,” he pointed out.The goal is to get a deal that benefits the country overall, he said, which suggests Canada may be willing to remove some of the barriers to imports in dairy, eggs and poultry if the price is right.Fast will also be talking to New Zealand’s trade minister, another critic of supply management, at the G20 meetings which end Friday.No major announcements are expected from the talks, the first time trade ministers from the Group of 20 countries have formally met. But Fast said he hopes the summit will result in a consensus that protectionism is “toxic” in the modern global economy.“Most of the world economies injected significant stimulus to emerge from the economic crisis,” he said. “The new stimulus now is deeper, freer and more open trade.”Fast said Canada has walked the walk on trade by actually lowering and removing tariffs worth about $435 million annually even as the country was struggling through recession and the aftermath.“That’s one of the reasons Canada leads the G7 in terms of economic fundamentals,” he said.The minister said Canada will continue to pursue an aggressive trade agenda as the a key pillar for future economic growth.A new forecast from the federal trade agency Thursday pointed to trade as a driver of near-term economic growth in Canada now that record household debt is restraining the domestic economy.Export Development Canada predicts exports will rise 7.1 per cent this year and 7.3 per cent in 2013, contributing about one half of economic growth.That’s somewhat at odds with Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who has lamented exporters’ near-sighted dependence on safe markets like the U.S. and believes net trade will be a minimal contributor to growth.But EDC chief economist Peter Hall defends his projections.“Our outlook on exports is stronger, but our outlook on imports is definitely dimmer than the Bank of Canada’s,” he said.“There are a number of reasons we’re bullish on exports. U.S. growth is very strong at the moment and we believe Canadians will be capitalizing on that,” Hall said.“And in emerging markets, we’ve been growing like gangbusters. Their thirst for commodities is driving that, but we’re also doing substantial high value-added trade.”Hall believes the bank governor is also too pessimistic on Canada’s record in cracking fast-growing emerging markets such as China and Brazil.“Back in 2000, emerging market trade as a share of total merchandise exports was only four per cent. Now it’s 11. And if (the trend continues), by the time we get to 2020, it’s going to be just under a quarter and by 2025, it’s going to be close to a third,” he said.Fast said his government is focusing on emerging markets in its trade agenda.Besides its interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ottawa recently launched free trade talks with India and Japan and exploratory talks with China as well as South America’s Mercosur trade bloc, which includes Brazil. by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2012 5:40 pm MDT read more

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Access to legal abortion services needed to prevent 47000 women dying each

“Unsafe abortions cause the deaths of some 47,000 women each year and a further five million suffer some form of temporary or permanent disability,” said the UN Human Rights Council Working group, on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. The group highlighted that the ability for a woman or girl to make her own decisions about pregnancy “is at the very core of [her] fundamental right to equality, privacy and physical and mental integrity and is a precondition for the enjoyment of other rights and freedoms”.Currently, an estimated 225 million women worldwide are deprived of access to modern contraception, often leading to unplanned pregnancies. For girls, issues arising from pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most common causes of death in developing countries. Girls under the age of 15 are five times more at risk.“Legal frameworks for abortion have typically been designed to control women’s decision-making through the use of criminal law,” the experts said.Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrates that criminalising the termination of pregnancy does not reduce the number of women who resort to abortion procedures. Rather, it is likely to increase the number who end up have unsafe “back street” procedures.In addition, “too many women are physically and verbally mistreated or simply denied emergency medical care after abortions”, which the experts said, “amounts to another means of punishment which violates international law and, in many instances, national laws and policies”.“Governments have a duty to ensure that women and girls who have abortions are treated humanely and without judgement or assumption of violating laws, in particular in cases of miscarriages,” they stressed.The experts added that they hoped that “important steps” already taken in some countries to “reclaim women’s reproductive rights through referendums, legislative and judicial action” can be followed by others.They called for “concerns about unsafe abortion” to be addressed through public health, relevant medical malpractice and civil law.“It is therefore crucial that countries demonstrate their commitment to eliminating discrimination against women in their legislation and to advancing women’s and adolescents’ sexual and reproductive rights, in accordance with international human rights standards.” read more

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Albert Pujols Mashed His Way To 3000 Hits

One of baseball’s most prestigious groups has a new member: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday with a single in the 5th inning of L.A.’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols was a future Hall of Famer regardless of his club membership, of course, but the achievement helps bring into focus just how incredible a hitter he has been over his nearly two-decade-long career.Including the brand-new entry, 32 batters have broken the 3,000-hit barrier, from Cap Anson in 1897 (maybe?) to Pujols 121 years later. Of those 32, only the scandal-ridden1e.g., Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro. aren’t either honored in Cooperstown already or bound for the Hall when eligible. But even among that group of baseball’s best-ever hitters, Pujols stands out. While many members of the 3,000-hit club (such as the recently quasi-retired Ichiro Suzuki) secured their memberships by rapping out single after single, Pujols did it with power and patience. He’s tied with Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez for the highest isolated slugging percentage (a stat that measures raw power) of any 3,000-hit-club member, and he has the club’s very best career ratio of extra-base hits plus walks to singles:To be sure, others in this club mastered the art of waiting for the right pitch and crushing it. Willie Mays, for example, had almost as many extra-base hits plus walks per single (1.42) as Pujols does (1.45). But it’s still pretty uncommon, and Pujols is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the style among 3,000-hit-club members. It’s hard to get 3,000 hits against major-league pitching at all, much less to do it while also swinging for the fences.Perhaps this partially explains why Pujols hasn’t aged as well as other hitters; heck, one outlet went so far as to call him the worst player in baseball last year. (Oh wait, that was us.) A base-hit maestro like Tony Gwynn or Craig Biggio might naturally fare better as the baseball odometer ticks up. But despite a steep slowdown in production, Pujols still made it into the 3,000-hit club — a milestone other hitters with power and patience never reached (think Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt or even Babe Ruth). It’s a testament to the 21st century’s most fearsome hitter. read more

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No excuse for Buckeyes defensive line

The Ohio State defensive line boasts a preseason All-American, a projected first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and multiple players that were five-star prospects coming out of high school. The unit many claim to be one of the best in the country at its craft hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far this season, though. Through two games against Miami (Ohio) and Central Florida, the stat line for the Buckeyes’ front four reads: three sacks and five tackles for loss. In other words, not the production first-year coach Urban Meyer expected out of his pass rushers. Not even close, really, Meyer said. “The negative I see right now is I don’t see the quarterback getting hit. And that’s something that has to be addressed,” Meyer said after Saturday’s 31-16 win against UCF. The talent on the defensive line is evident in practice, but those skills have not been translating into performance on gameday. “I feel like when we get to the game, we forget about all our moves and everything. I don’t know, we’re just not living up to our potential,” said freshman defensive end Noah Spence, a top-10 player from the 2012 recruiting class. After a lackluster outing in the Sept. 1 season opener against Miami (Ohio) in which the Buckeyes’ front four recorded only two sacks, Hankins and Simon vowed that they, along with their teammates, would be better. That wasn’t the case, though. OSU’s defensive front was worse against the Knights than it was against the RedHawks, at least statistically. On Saturday, sophomore defensive end Steve Miller was the lone Buckeye to record a sack after two players got to the quarterback Sept. 1. The absence of hits on opposing team’s quarterbacks has not just disappointed Meyer; it’s been somewhat of a shock to the players. “I’m a little surprised. We just have to keep working hard and keep getting better every week and start trying to put a little more pressure on the quarterback,” Spence said. Rushing the passer has been something OSU has been stressing in practice, and Tommy Schutt, a freshman defensive tackle out of Illinois, said the Buckeyes might have to be more creative with their schemes. “I think just different ways to get to the quarterback. Different rushes, different blitzes, different techniques and some moves,” Schutt said. The quarterback can’t be hit if the pass rushers don’t have enough time to get him, though, and that’s been the case for OSU’s defensive line in the majority of their games so far. Miami used a three-step drop most of the time in their game against the Buckeyes, and UCF, for the most part, followed suit, irritating OSU players. “It’s very frustrating because you prepare to get off the ball and get to the quarterback, and all of a sudden you get there and the ball is already gone,” said freshman Adolphus Washington, a highly recruited defensive end from Cincinnati. Spence echoed his teammate. “It’s real frustrating. You work so hard on the line and everything like that, and for him to drop back three steps or whatever and just throw it immediately … but it’s no excuse for what we’re doing right now. We need to get better,” Spence said. While the quick passes annoyed OSU defensive linemen, the Buckeyes’ front four also recognized the respect Miami and UCF showed them. Many players also said it’s something they expect to continue for the rest of the year, too. “So far, that’s what it’s really looking like. The good thing for us is it shows the respect they have for our defensive line,” Schutt said. Washington agreed with Schutt, but said that eventually, OSU’s talent on the defensive line is going to shine. When that does happen, Washington said Meyer and the rest of Buckeye Nation will see opposing team’s quarterbacks on the ground, a lot. “If they hold that ball too long, then we’re there, without a doubt, we’re there,” Washington said. read more

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Ohio State footballs Etienne Sabino set to return to lineup start at

While his name is not present on Ohio State football’s official depth chart this week, a familiar face is slated to make his return against Wisconsin on Saturday. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino will strap on his pads when OSU makes the trip to Madison, Wis. to play Wisconsin this Saturday, after missing the last four games because of a broken right fibula. “Yeah, I can’t tell you what percent (health) he’s at, but he’s in the starting lineup for the game,” Meyer said. Sabino, who suffered the fracture during the Oct. 6 Nebraska game, needed surgery to fix the damage. In six games before the injury, Sabino recorded 37 total tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Even though he has been out since the first quarter of the contest against the Cornhuskers, missing the last four games, he is tied for the seventh-most total tackles on the team. Senior defensive end John Simon said Sabino’s play in practice hasn’t changed since the injury. “He looks great, you can’t even tell there was ever an injury,” Simon said. When Sabino went out, the defense’s productivity decreased, specifically in scoring defense. In the first six games of the season, OSU’s defense gave up an average of 20.5 points per game. Since Sabino’s injury, however, it has allowed an average of 29 points per game, including the 49 points Indiana scored in Sabino’s first contest out on Oct. 13. Although the first four games were against non-conference opponents perceived to be inferior to Big Ten opponents, the loss of the Miami, Fla., native forced the Buckeyes to pull senior Zach Boren, who once started at fullback, to help fill the void Sabino’s absence left. During an Oct. 15 press conference, Meyer called Boren’s switch from offense to defense “temporarily permanent.” Evem with Sabino’s return, the change is looking more permanent now that Boren was also announced a starter for the upcoming game. “The three that broke the starting lineup today, on Monday, is (sophomore Ryan) Shazier, Zach Boren and Sabino,” Meyer said Monday. As a starting linebacker, Boren has collected 29 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Against Indiana, Boren was the leading tackler for the Buckeye defense. “He’s been a stabling force for our defense,” Meyer said. “One of the most undervalued characteristics of a football team is leadership, and that’s what No. 44 (Boren) gives you.” For the first time this season, Boren, Sabino and Shazier will play together on defense. Boren said he is excited to play with Sabino, but the three are trying to get used to playing as a unit. “I definitely think Ryan’s and my play has elevated because of what Sabino brings to the table,” Boren said. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said he believes Sabino brings the same leadership intangible. “He’s one of our key guys that is at the linebacker position. He’s the leader of the defense, so it’s good to have him back,” Hankins said. “I feel like he is going to be at full force and he is going to be ready.” read more

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Raw Materials Group sees 2010 as another year of volatile metal prices

first_imgIn its annual full-year forecast for 2010, the Swedish research organisation, Raw Materials Group (RMG), says that the metal price bottom for this period of economic downturn was passed early in 2009 and, for 2010, the company forecasts another year of volatile metal prices with a mean price below the current day level for most metals. It says a falling market has been replaced by a market with physical demand and likely strong speculation over prices.Entirely in line with last year’s RMG forecast, all metals except gold fell during 2009 compared with 2008. “The two dominant factors which led metal prices to show a strong upturn from the bottom levels of 2009 are the strong physical demand from China and Asia combined with speculative driving forces from financial players. As the end consumption rate remains relatively low in relation to the period before the financial crisis, a situation has arisen where stockpiling and price rises are taking place simultaneously for most metals.“Taking copper as a representative example of this trend, the upturn has resulted in prices increasing from $2,907/t during the first week of 2009 to $6,927/t during the last week of the year. At the same time, stockpiling in Shanghai increased five-fold during the year. This situation is unsustainable in the long-term and RMG therefore expects a price correction during the first half of 2010.RMG sees challenges for the mining industry in the near term though. “The substantial production cutbacks implemented by the mines in late 2008 and early 2009 as regards nickel, zinc and iron ore in particular has been replaced by the start-up of closed capacity. A challenge for the mining industry heading into 2010 is the fact that these start-ups have to some extent been incentivised by high metal prices rather than strong physical demand.“In the longer term, 2011 and 2012, the high level of activity in the mining industry is likely to continue. The key factors behind this are the fundamental situation with strong demand from the developing economies combined with an already challenging situation in creating new capacity at the mining stage. It will become increasingly difficult, partly because of financing problems in the wake of the financial crisis, in keeping up with demand for metals, suggesting that further price increases for metals are likely.”On iron ore: “the continuing strong position of the three dominant iron ore companies suggests that the steel companies will find it difficult to negotiate reductions in the price of iron ore in spite of the overproduction that is taking place. The lower freight prices also mean that domestic iron ore production in China will be unfavourable compared with imports from Brazil and Australia. The Chinese production is also taking place at ever-lower concentrations, which also suggests that ore imports are likely to increase and that the high price of iron ore will probably continue.”On gold: “[it] has risen in recent years, but the three key price-driving factors are now history: the fall of the dollar looks to be over for now, the move to more secure investments during the financial crisis has come to a halt as a result of the return of risk appetite and the falling output of mines in 2009 has been reversed for the first year since 2001. However, the accelerating interest of China and India in investments and the haunting spectre of inflation following the government’s stimulation package are factors which could result in the price of gold remaining high.”The base metals “will probably see a price correction from the current prices during the first half of 2010. Closed mine capacity has been restarted following the price upturn during 2009 and stocks are growing as demand still has some way to go before it reaches 2006-2008 levels. On a full-year basis, however, base metals will stabilise at a level 10-20% higher during 2010 than the average for 2009, although this represents a slight downturn from the current day prices.”Then, moving to steel: [these] companies were amongst the first to reduce production during the economic downturn, yet steel prices still fell by 50-60% between 2008 and 2009. During 2010, the strong pressure on steel prices will continue as China constantly expands its capacity and the European and American steelworks continue to operate with low capacity utilisation.”last_img read more

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Mozilla Fennec enfin disponible

first_imgMozilla : Fennec enfin disponibleÉtats-Unis – La version pré-alpha de Fennec, le navigateur de Mozilla dédié aux mobiles Android, est disponible depuis hier au téléchargement.Ce n’est pas la version définitive mais l’aperçu du navigateur fait déjà des heureux. En effet, comme l’explique le développeur Vladimir Vukicevic, cette version pré-alpha disponible au téléchargement pour la plateforme Android “est encore loin de la version finale.”Fennec fait malgré tout une très bonne première impression auprès des développeurs qui l’ont testé et approuvé, notamment sur les smartphones Motorola et le Nexus One de Google. Cette version pré-alpha nécessite au moins Android 2.0 pour fonctionner. Elle doit être intégrée à la mémoire interne du mobile, et non installé sur carte mémoire.Vladimir Vukicevic, son concepteur, indique sur son blog qu’un groupe de discussion a été mis en place afin de recueillir les impressions des premiers utilisateurs.Le 29 avril 2010 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LG larivée de lOptimus 4X HD est imminente

first_imgLG : l’arivée de l’Optimus 4X HD est imminenteComme promis, LG s’apprête à livrer en Europe son Optimus 4X HD, un smartphone haut de gamme. Présenté lors du Mobile World Congress (MWC) en début d’année, ce terminal Android affiche un écran de 4,7 pouces.Dévoilé lors du MWC de Barcelone, le smartphone LG Optimus 4X HD s’apprête à faire son entrée sur le marché européen, comme l’avait annoncé le constructeur le mois dernier. La firme sud-coréenne n’a pas encore précisé la date exacte de sortie du terminal, se contentant d’annoncer qu’il serait lancé simultanément dans onze pays européens au cours du mois de juin.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Une chose est sûre en revanche, c’est que l’Optimus 4X HD ne manque pas d’atouts pour plaire. Equipé d’une puce Tegra 3 quadruple coeur cadencée à 1,5 GHz, il affiche un écran de 4,7 pouces d’une résolution de 1.280 x 720 pixels et permettant de lire des vidéos en 720p. Doté de 1 Go de mémoire vive et 16 Go de stockage extensible à 64 Go, il offre un capteur photo 8 mégapixels et une webcam 1,3 mégapixels. Sa batterie, elle, sera de 2 150 mAh.En plus de ses performances, le smartphone séduira aussi par sa finesse. Il affiche en effet une épaisseur de seulement 8.9 millimètres.Reste seulement à connaître le prix de ce terminal présenté comme le digne concurrent du Samsung Galaxy S3 et de l’HTC One X.Le 12 juin 2012 à 11:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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