NAB 2019: Our Favorite Releases From This Year’s Show

first_imgBlackmagic Design Cares About UsFresh off the recent announcements of Blackmagic RAW and the URSA Mini 4.6K G2, Blackmagic wasn’t expected to announce any new cameras or major updates to any camera line. But, what they did do is bring a much-requested attachment for their popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K — the new Battery Grip is a real gem. Consisting of two L-series batteries, the grip doubles battery life.NAB 2019: Blackmagic Resolve Announces New Battery Grip for the BMPCC4KNAB 2019: What We Saw at the Blackmagic Design BoothNow, on top of the Battery Grip, they also announced a new Keyboard to pair perfectly with . . . drum roll . . .DaVinci Resolve 16! The new update to the growing NLE looks to streamline workflows for editors, colorists, motion graphic artists, and anybody working with sound. Our very own DaVinci Resolve-certified trainer Lewis McGregor weighed in on the update and why it looks like Blackmagic knocked it out of the park.NAB 2019: DaVinci Resolve 16 – What’s New and Updated First off, we’ve got the A9 (pictured above), which is essentially a RGB-capable light bulb that you can charge by screwing it into a standard light socket. Also, you can use it without any power, like an AL-M9. It’s Bluetooth compatible and it has a CRI of 95+. The light will supposedly be released late Summer 2019.To top all this off, they are also releasing an app called the Sidus App. The app can control every Aputure light on set. (Okay, cool — you’ve sold me.) Our very own Todd Blankenship got his hands on the app with the new lights, and he provided some wonderful insight into how it all works.It’s pretty cool that all these new Aputure lights are RGB capable, right? What If I told you that you could control all of them independently, with each using their own specific effects (fireworks, fire, paparazzi, pulse, party mode, etc.), then label them, save scenes, save your own presets, recall those presets, and even use a color picker to get the exact color you want, with the camera on your phone?All of these new Aputure lights are Bluetooth compatible. But, not just any old kind of Bluetooth. They use a special new technology called Bluetooth mesh networking, which means that the lights will talk to each other, and your phone can talk to the lights — as a group. So, you’re not limited to standard Bluetooth ranges, and you don’t need an internet connection to make them work. Your lights share the input from your phone — amongst themselves.Here are all the other releases from Aputure:RGBW Light (Their Answer to the Skypanel)New Lantern AttachmentAL-MC The NAB 2019 whirlwind is over. Let’s take a look at some of the best and most-promising announcements we heard from Las Vegas this week.Another year has come and gone as NAB wraps up this week. Like every year, there are always too many announcements that make me want to pull out my wallet and kiss my savings account goodbye. So, it’s time to round up our favorite product announcements — from lights to hard drives to anamorphic lenses. Here’s our list.Aputure Takes the WinRight out of the gate, Aputure gave us several reasons to be excited for the coming months — between the 300d II, RGBW light panel, and the Leko Attachment (known as the Spotlight Mount). It seemed the reliable lighting company was doing what they do best — delivering useful and practical products. But, they didn’t stop there. On Tuesday night, Ted and the team at Aputure hosted a “super secret” dinner, where they announced a range of top-tier lighting products. But first, let’s look at the 300d II.The 300d II is 20% brighter than the 300d. You can power the new light with two V-mount batteries. The power ballast comes with a C-stand attachment, so you don’t have to hang it using wires, and there will be eight lighting presets, such as strobe, explosion, and flash.Here are the specs:Up to 90,000 Lux @ 1 meter with Fresnel 2X20% brighter than the original 300dNew all-in-one fanless control box0% – 100% dimming controlImproved handbrake locking yoke with 360-degree rotationDMX512 compatibilityModular Bowens mount for lighting modifiersPrice: $1,299Release: AugustOn top of this, you have the Spotlight Mount. Aputure announced the Leko attachment a while back, and it seems they worked diligently to finish it by this week. The attachment looks pretty incredible, too. Here are the specs:Aluminum alloy die castings — durable and lightweight designPrecision optical system gives a high output, high resolution, and even beamsInterchangeable spotlight lens design with your choice of 19″, 26″, and 36″ lensesThree-layer-shutter allows for more control over light shapingBowens mount design compatible with Aputure 120 and 300 series LEDsDual-slot slit design allows for simultaneous Iris and Gobos useAccessories: Gobo X3 (Tree, Window, Breakup), Gobo Holder, and Gel Holdercenter_img LaCie Releases Monster 8TB DriveLaCie has announced one of their most ambitious drives yet. It’s a staggering 8TB drive with . . . wait for it . . . 250MB/s in RAID 0. That’s, like, suspiciously fast and puts your footage at more of a risk of failing. But, it has our attention. The drive is obviously going to be very expensive, but you kind of go into something like this expecting it to be pricey.The drive is universally compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB 3.0. And, the company claims that it is shock, dust, and water resistant.NAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle DriveLaCie wasn’t the only company to come out swinging. G-Technology’s latest announcement — the ArmorATD Rugged Terrain Drive — pitched as an indestructible monster, can withstand up to 1,000 lbs of pressure. You can get the drive in a variety of sizes and speeds, that all seem to be reasonably priced (especially compared to the RAID Shuttle Drive).1 TB – $99 — Up to 140MB/s2 TB – $120 — Up to 140MB/s4 TB – $170 — Up to 135MB/sYou can read more about the drive and all the specs here.Canon and Atlas Step Up Their GameLast year, we were fortunate enough to get some of Atlas’s Anamorphic lenses. Todd tested them out in the studio, and made a wonderful review that you can watch here. So, we’re big fans of Atlas, and now we’re super curious to see where they go as a company — and the products they choose to release. This year, they brought a beautiful 25mm anamorphic lens — in the early stages of development — which already looks like a winner. Newsshooter was able to get their hands on some test footage, and it looks pretty great.They also announced an LF extender that will make their lenses more accessible. This will allow their 2X anamorphic lineup to work with LF-sized sensors, like the ARRI LF, RED Monstro, and Sony VENICE. The new extender will also cover the Sony a7 series, as well as other full-frame mirrorless cameras.NAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNext, Canon also announced their new PL-mount Prime Lens lineup — the Sumire Primes are something to behold. The Sumire lineup consists of seven fast T-stop prime lenses. This will help low-light shooting — as well as creating good bokeh. Another aspect that helps that warm softness we love is the 11-blade Iris, which is supposed to produce more “rounded levels of bokeh.” The lenses also offer a 300-degree focus rotation angle and consistent gear positioning. These support 4K full-frame cameras, Super 35, APS-H, and APS-C.For all the specs and prices for the lineup, check out this article.Polar Pro Showing off New Variable ND FilterThis announcement was made before NAB, but Polar Pro brought their new “Peter McKinnon”-branded variable ND filter to Vegas, and it looks awesome. Now, yes, these filters are pretty pricey, especially when you can purchase other ND filters for much less. However, the science behind it is what makes these different — and the fact that there are stop markers on the side to give you a better idea of the correct exposure/where you’re at. Here’s what Polar Pro has said about the filters:Control your shutter speed in ever-changing lighting conditions. The VND Peter McKinnon Edition has laser-etched stop indicators, which precisely align two fused quartz glass elements, to control the amount of light entering your lens. The controlled stop range eliminates cross-polarization and vignetting, so your run-and-gun content is produced the way you intend it to be.Here are the specs:Available in 2-5 and 6-9 stop variationsPreset stop range eliminates any chance of cross polarizationZero vignetting down to 16mm focal length lensesPure Fused Quartz ensures superior optical clarity, over any glass on the marketIncludes a Defender Slim Cover for finger-print free installationRead our full article covering the specs and details.last_img read more

Election results 2019: Congress leading in Punjab, BJP leads in all 4 seats in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgAs counting for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab started amid tight security, early trends showed that the Congress was leading in eight seats while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were leading in two seats each.According to trends from the Election Commission of India (ECI), the BJP’s Sunny Deol was leading in Gurdaspur by a margin of 39,357 votes over the Congress’s sitting MP Sunil Jakhar. In Amritsar, Gurjeet Singh Aujala of the Congress was leading by 17,728 votes as Union Minister Hardeep Puri trails from this seat.In Patiala, the Congress party’s Preneet Kaur was leading by 25,912 votes over Surjit Rakhra of the Akali Dal, while in Khadoor Sahib Congress’s Jasbir Singh Gill is ahead with 52,399 votes.In Hoshiarpur, the BJP’s Som Prakash is ahead with 13,921 votes. SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal was leading in Ferozepur with 48,639 votes. The Congress’s Mohammad Sadique was ahead in Faridkot with 19,859 votes. In Bathinda, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was leading by 8,971 votes over Congress’s Amaridner Singh Raja Warring.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) sitting MP Bhagwant Mann was leading from Sangrur by a margin of 18,003 votes. In Ludhiana, Congress’s Ravneet Bittu is leading with 13,333 votes, while in Anandpur Sahib, Congress’s Manish Tewari is leading ahead with 14,680 votes against Prem Singh Chandumajra of the Akali Dal.In the lone seat of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the BJP and the Congress are in a close fight. The BJP’s sitting MP Kirron Kher is leading by 1,514 votes over the Congress’s Pawan Kumar Bansal.In Haryana, the BJP was leading on all ten seats even as senior Congress leaders were trailing.Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was trailing in Sonipat by 59,867 votes. Ramesh Chander Kaushik is leading from Sonipat. Sitting MP from Rohtak, Deepender Singh Hooda, was also trailing by 8,414 votes as the BJP’s Arvind Sharma surged ahead. Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar was trailing in Sirsa behind the BJP’s Sunita Duggal by over 68,630 votes.Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh was leading by over 1,50,383 votes against Ajay Singh Yadav of the Congress from Gurugram while Krishan Pal Gurjar was leading from Faridabad with 1,00,831 votes over Congress’s Avtar Singh Bhadana.In Ambala, Kumari Selja of the Congress was trailing by 77,995 votes. Sitting MP Rattan Lal Kataria was leading in Ambala. In Hisar, the BJP’s Brijinder Singh was leading by 1,39,425 votes over Dushyant Chautala of the newly formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP was leading in all four parliamentary constituencies — Shimla, Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi.last_img read more

Balotelli will not be sold in January, say Nice

first_imgTransfers Balotelli will not be sold in January, says Nice president Stephen Crawford 00:00 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli, Nice Getty Transfers Ligue 1 Nice Mario Balotelli The striker is looking to get back to a top-level club but will not leave until the end of the season at the earliest Mario Balotelli will not be sold in the January transfer window, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has said.Rivere spoke earlier in December about the difficulty in being able to hold on to the Italian without the money provided by European football as Nice sit sixth in Ligue 1, two spots shy of a Europa League spot.Additionally, Balotelli himself admitted that he is hoping to get back to a top-level club when his current deal comes to an end, having rebuilt his reputation in France after failed spells at AC Milan and Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rivere, however, had made it clear that Nice will hold on to the striker for as long as they can and ruled out a January exit for their star man.”No. It’s impossible,” the president said in an interview with Nice-Matin.”We can’t even consider it. You know his importance. Thanks to his performances, he gained a financial value one year and a half before his contract ends.Nice in Santa hats“That’s not what we are looking for regarding Mario. We want him to lift the team higher.”It’s actually a nice story. It’s comforting to see that we do not make only mistakes.”The Nice chief also took time to address rumours that had arisen regarding coach Lucien Favre during a testing time for the club in October, stating the 60-year-old was never in any real danger of losing his job.”We never doubted Lucien,” he said. “It’s false. We never threw him to the wolves.”When you know you’re dealing with the right guy to fix the issues there’s no reason to flinch. You just have to be united.”We were and we made it together in the end. We did everything we had to do in order to keep the house from cracking.”last_img read more

Video: Cardale Jones Stinks At Softball

first_imgCardale Jones swings and terribly misses a softball.Cardale Jones Softball SwingUpdate: It turns out Joey Bosa doesn’t suck at softball. He hit a home run during the intra-team scrimmage.Earlier: Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is a gifted athlete – that’s been made clear over the past five or six months. But he doesn’t seem to have much talent for hitting a softball. Friday, OSU’s Instagram account posted a funny video of Jones completely whiffing on a high-arc softball pitch. One of his teammates took footage of it, and even slowed it down to show how much he missed the ball by.Thankfully, Ohio State fans don’t really have to worry here. Whatever 35+ softball team he joins two decades from now might want to, though.last_img read more

Exclusive Insight on the UN Western Sahara Resolution

New York – The vote on the new draft resolution addressing the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, will not take place Thursday April 28, as was initially scheduled.By practice, the resolution on the Western Sahara has been adopted by consensus. However, it appears that divisions among the 15 members of the Security Council is preventing the UN executive body from voting to adopt the resolution as planned. The vote is now scheduled for Friday.A source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the final draft had been submitted to Security Council members ahead of the informal meeting that was held this afternoon. Unhappy with the fact that the resolution was circulated to other members of the Council on the eve of the vote scheduled for Thursday, Venezuela and New Zealand requested more time to review it. Earlier this week, the United States, penholder for resolutions on the Western Sahara, circulated the first draft resolution among the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, which in addition to the US includes France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain.The initial version of the draft resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News demanded the immediate return of MINURSO to its full capacity, and called on the United Nations Secretary-General to inform the Council within 60 days on whether Morocco has abided by this provision of the resolution by allowing the return of MINURSO’s civilian component.The first draft was perceived as putting much pressure on Morocco by envisaging the possibility that the Council might convene in two months and take a new resolution on the conflict.However, it appears that the diplomatic efforts made by Morocco and its allies have succeeded in introducing significant changes to the first draft and make it less coercive.According to the latest draft obtained by Morocco World News, which enjoys the consensus of the five permanent members, the resolution does not echo Ban Ki-moon’s concern that the expulsion of MINURSO civilian component has severely affected its mandate.While the first draft noted “with concern that the expulsion of MINURSO civilian personnel in March 2016 has significantly affected MINURSO’s ability to carry out its functions,” the most recent draft notes “with concern that MINURSO’s ability to fully carry out its mandate has been affected as the majority of its civilian component, including political personnel, cannot perform their duties within MINURSO’s area of operations.” This latest version makes no mention of the word “expulsion.”In addition, though the resolution calls for the return of MINURSO, it does not set a timeframe for its return. This means the return of MINURSO’s civilian component will be open to discussions between Morocco and the United Nations without putting pressure on Rabat.The text of the first draft prepared by the United States had emphasized “strongly the need for MINURSO to return to full functionality immediately. The word “immediately” does not appear in the final version.In addition, while the third paragraph of the operative section of the first draft resolution called on the Secretary General to brief the Council within 60 days on whether Morocco allowed the return of MINURSO to its full functionality, and considered taking immediate steps to facilitate its return, in the final draft that has been submitted to the Council this afternoon, the language appears more watered down and less binding for Morocco. The revised paragraph calls on the UN chief to brief the Council within 120 days on whether MINURSO has returned to full functionality and expresses its intention, “if MINURSO has not achieved full functionality, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal.”To the dismay of Angola, Uruguay and Venezuela, who have striven to push the Council to adopt a stronger resolution and called on its members to condemn Morocco for expelling MINURSO’s civilian component, the resolution does not provide for any coercive measure should Morocco refuse to allow its return.By using the sentence “consider how to facilitate achievement of this goal”, the resolution leaves room open as to what steps it would take to ensure its implementation, and indicates that this goal will be achieved through negotiations with Morocco.More significant is the fact that the final draft resolution dismissed the call made by Ban Ki-moon’s personal envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, to the Council to convene a meeting every two months to review the latest developments in the UN-led political process. During an informal closed-door meeting that the Security Council held on Wednesday afternoon to hear a briefing from Christopher Ross and from Hervé Ladsous, United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, the UN personal Envoy called on the Council to hold a meeting every two months to hear an oral briefing on the developments in the matter. Ross also called on the Council to include a paragraph that urges the parties to hold at least one round of direct talks. The final draft of the resolution reflects none of Ross’ requests.A source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the draft resolution improved considerably within the Group of Friends before it was submitted to the other members of the Security Council.“This has made Angola and Venezuela unhappy,” our source said. read more

Niagara Falls man faces child pornography charges

A 45-year-old man is facing charges following an investigation by Niagara police into the on-line sexual exploitation of children.Police executed a search warrant at a home in Niagara Falls on Dec. 8. Officers seized a number of computer systems and storage media.Forty-five-year-old James “Ed” Lochead was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession and making available child pornography.The Niagara Regional Police Service is reminding residents to report suspicious internet activities relating to child exploitation to the police.For more information about internet safety tips for parents, children and internet users, click here. read more

Ohio State field hockey set for No 18 Indiana Hoosiers

Sophomore midfielder Paige Hamilton (2) fights for the ball against Penn State on Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefThe road has not been kind to Ohio State field hockey so far this season, but the team is looking to clean things up when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 3 p.m. showdown with the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers on Friday.The Buckeyes are 1-5 on the road this season and have yet to pick up a Big Ten victory. The team understands the importance of the late conference games and how it can use them as a stepping-stone to the Big Ten Tournament, junior forward Peanut Johnson said.“I think we take, especially Big Ten games, very seriously,” Johnson said. “And each one, we wanna come out with everything. Typically, at least in my career, we’ve come out in the tournament really hard and played really well, so hopefully we get it together for these last few games.”For OSU, it’s all about matchups when facing the Hoosiers. Coach Anne Wilkinson said she wants to find the best way to get her playmakers into space.OSU’s biggest playmaker on the season has been freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey, who leads the team with 11 goals and 30 points. Humphrey picked up her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor Tuesday after compiling seven points last week in games against Rutgers and Kent State.“My coaches help and even my players help,” Humphrey said. “They’ve taught me the little things that have helped me gotten these awards and helped me get the points I have with all their hard work.”Humphrey’s 30 points put her fourth in the Big Ten.Her next biggest test will be squaring off against All-Big Ten performer Audra Heilman, a senior forward for Indiana. Heilman is fifth in the conference in points with 29, and fourth in the conference with 12 goals on the season.Wilkinson said one of the keys against Indiana will be playing a complete game of field hockey against a team notorious for playing its best late in the game.“It’s gonna be that we need to be able to play consistent field hockey for 70 minutes first, and be able to play 70 minutes strong no matter what,” Wilkinson said. “Indiana’s a team that usually plays well in the second half. We need to be able to compete for 70 minutes.”OSU is then set to return home Sunday to play host to No. 12 Iowa at noon.Iowa boasts the Big Ten’s leader in goals (16) and points (37), Natalie Cafone. The junior forward from Fairfield, N.J., averaged 2.48 points per game in her sophomore season to lead the country.In her junior campaign, she is besting that mark, averaging 2.85 points per game. Cafone poses a major risk to the Buckeyes’ defense, but OSU’s freshman goalie Liz Tamburro has been under fire before.She leads the conference with 90 saves on the season, and it will be up to her to deny Cafone around the front of the net.With six of nine Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 nationally, the season has become a grind for OSU, Humphrey said, but she added the Buckeyes like it that way.“It shows that we have a lot of competition nationally,” Humphrey said. “And we’ve played a lot of tough teams. We’ve been right there with them, so hopefully we can just finish it now in the next four games.”Those four matchups are the only games remaining on OSU’s regular season schedule. read more

Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Apologizes for Racial Slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been caught on video tape using a racial slur.The footage of the football player at a country music singer Kenny Chesney concert surfaced yesterday. It the short clip, Cooper pledged, “I will jump that fence and fight every n***r here,” at the July show in Philadelphia.“I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [chairman] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”.Cooper, 25, is currently in his fourth season in the NFL. The wide-out has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns thus far in his career. read more

Dwyane Wades Life to be Captured in Television Sitcom

Photo by Ebony magazine.Dwyane Wade has gone Hollywood.Fox has purchased the rights to a television sitcom based on his life as an NBA star and single father of two boys. “Three The Hard Way” will feature a character named Daryl Wade. The show is described as Wade and “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”The plot closely follows Wade’s life and is based on the book he released last year called “A Father First.” Wade has had sole custody of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, since 2010.“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good.“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”Wade said the show would be inspired by some themes of “The Cosby Show.”“I think they’ll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments,” Wade said. “That was one thing I kept saying before I sold my story. I want to be able to bring some light into the dark times. I always take off from “The Cosby Show” kind of thing. They always told a lesson at the end of the day. There’s always a story, and comedy in it as well.” read more

Drinkdriving Demands for tougher penalties as thousands caught over the limit at

first_imgRehabilitation courses for drink-drivers should be urgently reviewed, the AA has insisted after it emerged that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught over the limit at least twice in the past five years.DVLA figures released in response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request also show that hundreds of motorists were prosecuted for drink-driving three or more times between 2011 and 2015.Overall, 219,008 people in mainland Britain were given endorsements on their licence for driving or attempting to drive while above the legal alcohol limit in that time while 8,068 were caught twice. The road safety charity Brake said: “It is appalling that offenders are being allowed to continue driving after being caught drink-driving multiple times.“These are individuals who clearly have no regard for the lives of others. They have been granted ample opportunity to change their behaviour and should face the full force of the law.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another 449 drivers were banned for drink-driving three times in those four years with dozens caught more than that.Two drivers were even prosecuted for the offence six times.Motorists caught drink-driving face a ban of at least a year, an unlimited fine and in the most serious cases up to six months’ imprisonment.But some are offered places on rehabilitation courses to reduce the length of their disqualification.Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The fact that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught twice in five years is all the more astonishing when they should have been off the road for a year or more.“The repeat offender figures also suggest that a minority of drivers have a drink problem rather than a driving problem.“Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the road.” Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the roadEdmund King, AA presidentlast_img read more

Evidence shows Syria attacked own people with chemical weapons say US UK

first_imgThe Syrian regime used barrel bombs dropped by helicopter in a chemical weapon attack on its own people in the city of Douma, according to the US, France and Britain yesterday.Justifying the decision to mount air strikes against Syria the three governments laid out evidence that the regime had used chemical weapons in the attack earlier this month, which opposition activists, rescue workers and medics say killed more than 40 civilians.In a statement the White House said: “Multiple government helicopters were observed over Douma on April 7, with witnesses specifically reporting a Mi-8 helicopter, known to have taken off from the Syrian regime’s nearby Dumayr airfield, circling over Douma during the attack“Numerous eyewitnesses corroborate that barrel bombs were dropped from these helicopters, a tactic used to target civilians indiscriminately throughout the war. Photos of barrel bombs dropped in Douma closely match those used previously by the regime. These barrel bombs were likely used in the chemical attack.”The Prime Minister told a hastily arranged press conference at Downing Street, called within hours of the missile strikes, that all evidence pointed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad being responsible for the earlier attack on civilians. Children from Douma arrive in the Al-Bab district of Aleppo, Syria on April 11, four days after the chemical attack on their home city   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Children from Douma arrive in the Al-Bab district of Aleppo, Syria on April 11, four days after the chemical attack on their home city  Credit:Anadolu Agency The World Health Organization said it had received reports from its local “health cluster partners” of 43 deaths related to symptoms consistent with “exposure to highly toxic chemicals”. “The Opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs. And reliable intelligence indicates that Syrian military officials co-ordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in Douma on 7th April.”The Prime Minister also indicated there was other intelligence based evidence which she was unable to share with the public, saying: “I cannot tell you everything.”France has also said it has similar proof that “chemical weapons were used in the attack – at least chlorine – and that they were used by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.The Syrian government denies the claims, and its key ally Russia said it has “irrefutable evidence” that the incident was “staged” with the help of the UK. A picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 14, 2018, shows children standing next to a motorcycle in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, after Syrian government forces entered the last rebel bastionCredit:AFP Mrs May said: “Open source accounts allege that a barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals. Multiple open source reports claim that a Regime helicopter was observed above the city of Douma on the evening of 7th April. The attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region, started on April 6, after negotiations between the rebels and the government stalled.The bombardment continued into a second day, with dozens of people reportedly killed or injured by conventional munitions before the suspected chemical attack.Activists from the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records violations of international law in Syria, reported two separate incidents of bombs believed to contain toxic substances being dropped by the Syrian Air Force.The first was at 16:00 (13:00 GMT) on the Saada bakery on Omar Ibn Al-Khattab street in north-western Douma. A picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 14, 2018, shows children standing next to a motorcycle in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, after Syrian government forces entered the last rebel bastion The VDC said the second incident took place near Martyrs’ Square, at approximately 19:30.At 19:45, more than 500 patients – mostly women and children – were brought to medical facilities with symptoms suggesting exposure to a chemical agent, according to the Syria Civil Defence and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).They showed signs of “respiratory distress, central cyanosis (blue skin or lips), excessive oral foaming, corneal burns, and the emission of chlorine-like odour”, according to a joint statement issued on Sunday.Rescue workers searching homes in the affected area also found the bodies of people with oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns, the statement added. France’s intelligence services said they analysed witness accounts, photos and videos that appeared on specialized websites, in the press and on social media in the hours and days following the attack.They showed a massive influx of patients in health centres in Eastern Ghouta with symptoms consistent with exposure to a chemical agent. The VDC cited a rescue worker from the Syria Civil Defence as saying he smelt chlorine in the air after the strike, but that he could not determine its source.”We later discovered the bodies of people who had suffocated from toxic gases. They were in closed spaces, sheltering from the barrel bombs, which may have caused their quick death as no-one heard their screams,” he added.last_img read more

Hungary Pick Szeged secured second place before Play Off

1. MKB Veszprém KC1817–1690–432+25834 2. Pick-Szeged181611572–439+13333 Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged beats direct rival for the second place, Tatabanya 28:17 (13:7) and showed good form before the derby against MKB Veszprem, decisive for the first place before Play Off.Pick Szeged-Tatabánya 28-17 (13-7)Szeged, 2000 spectators. Referees: Nagy F., Túróczy.Pick Szeged: TATAI – PRODANOVICS 8 (3), Pribanic 1, BAJORHEGYI 1, Czina, BEOCSANIN 5, Vadkerti 2. Changes: Mikler, Tóth M. (kapusok), SULC 5, ANCSIN 4, Zubai 1, Nagy N. 1. Coach: Skaliczki László.Tatabánya: Szente – Harsányi 1, DIAZ 3, Dénes, Pordán, LELE 10 (4), Kanyó Á. 1.Chancegs: Bartucz (kapus), Hud 1, Szabó Gy., Rédei, Iváncsik Á., Gál Gy. 1, Takács B., Pásztor Á., Kocsis. Coach: Debre Viktor.Exclusions: 12 min – 6 min.7m: 5/3, ill. 4/4. ← Previous Story No derby against RNL – Perfect THW Kiel is ready for Copenhagen! Next Story → F.C Barcelona wins in historical 5000th match of ASOBAL! 12. Mezőkövesdi KC172–15428–537–1094 7. Gyöngyösi KK18729504–510–616 6. FTC18819502–481+2117 4. Balatonfüredi KSE181125483–459+2424 HungaryPick Szeged handballPlay off handballTatabanya Handball 9. Kecskeméti KSE185112478–545–6711 5. Csurgói KK181125514–486+2824 11. Tatai HAC183–15448–614–1666 3. Tatabánya Carbonex KC1913–6547–476+7126 PHOTO: 8. TM-LINE PTE-Pécs VSE185211515–605–9012 10. Orosházi FKSE184113471–568–979 read more

Student hacked into his high schools grade system like a reallife Ferris

first_imgIf you’re like me, your purely academic interest in hacking was first sparked by a little movie called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. At the start of that film, Ferris Bueller — who has stayed home sick from school, despite a healthy constitution — hacks into his computer’s mainframe and changes his number of absences, along with his grades. With that in mind, look at the above mug shot. Does that smarmy, greasy visage look like the face of a modern day Ferris Bueller? No? It is. Meet Tyler Coyner, a student at the University of Nevada in Reno, as well as a technology entrepreneur. An entrepreneur in what, though? According to police, he runs a business charging students to hack into his former high school’s computer grading system and changing their grades.Unlike in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, though, hacking is a serious crime in the real world, and Coyner’s not getting off with just a laugh. In fact, he’s been charges and arrested with “conspiracy, theft and computer intrusion” alongside thirteen other students who he employed.The hacking in question does not sound to be particularly advanced. According to PC World, Coyner obtained a password somehow. Then again, it didn’t need to be, as Coyner’s own hacked grade point average amply attests. Not only did Coyner boast the grades of other students, he even raised his GPA to a 4.54 grade point average, which selected him as his high school’s 2010 salutatorian… an honor usually given to the student with the second highest marks at graduation. Pretty ballsy. You’d think some teacher would have figured out that the slacker at the back of their class never turning in his homework couldn’t actually have the second best GPA in the school, but perhaps that is testament to the lack of engagement of our public school teachers in their professions, or just to how reliant we are upon computers.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

MovieBob Review Jack Reacher Never Go Back

first_imgLee Childs’ Jack Reacher books are about an ex-military crime-solving prodigy who’s built like brick shithouse, has a mind like a steel trap, and is basically good at fucking everything “because Army.” He travels the United States as a no-frills drifter using his exceptional skills to beat up bad guys and solve mysteries frequently relating to injustices perpetrated against his fellow servicemen. This  allows him to comfortably straddle a line between just patriotic enough to be righteous about the brotherhood of armed service while being rebellious and anti-establishment enough to defy cretinous superiors and brace at bureaucratic rigidity.And, for some reason, instead of becoming a syndicated TV vehicle for whoever the present-day equivalent of Kevin Sorbo or Lorenzo Llamas is, somebody decided that this needed to be a movie franchise for Tom Cruise whenever the 54 year-old action star needs to get some jogging in between increasingly-interchangeable Mission: Impossible sequels.The first movie was really nothing special – at all – but at least it had the temerity to lean into the ridiculousness of its own premise: It was essentially wall-to-wall scenes where characters talked up “JACK REACHER!” as this legendary mythic god among ass-kickers who beats up dozens of guys at a time like nothing, is so good at using every conceivable weapon that people recognize him by taking rifle shots that “only the famous Jack Reacher could make!,” turns every woman immediately wobbly and smitten at the first glance of him, and basically playing him off like a black velvet painting of John Cena in human form. But meanwhile up onscreen it was still just itty-bitty adorable lil’ Tommy Cruise. Oh and they also got Werner Herzog to be the bad guy, so… points for that.The new film doesn’t really have much of that or anything else going on – to be honest, the whole thing feels like a really obvious rush-job; right down to most of it relocating from Washington DC to New Orleans for no particular reason, aka current movie-location shorthand for “We’re doing this shit so cheaply we’re not only taking that sweet-ass Louisiana tax credit, we’re not even gonna bother dressing the city up like it’s supposed to be someplace else!”As far as the story is concerned, there really isn’t much of one. Jack Reacher (“What? Not the Jack Reacher!!?”) shows up in DC basically looking to make an impromptu booty-call on a female Army Major he’s been playing phone tag with and discovers that she’s been framed for murder as part of a conspiracy to cover up nefarious goings on involving Blackwater-style Private Military Contractors because that’s who you use for bad guys when you want to do a movie about shady shit going down in the military but don’t want the actual military to be at all cross with you – heaven forbid.They whole thing basically turns into an oddly slow-paced cross-country chase story that – for reasons I’m assuming made more thematic sense as part of a multi-volume book series than they do here – for some reason also needs to involve Reacher’s maybe-maybe-not previously unknown teenager daughter getting dragged along as Reacher and Cobie Smulders as The Major dodge a singularly uninteresting set of bad guys until the film has run approximately long enough to qualify as a feature and presumably give the film’s predominantly China-based production investors the ability to have Tom Cruise’s face on Chinese movie posters for the late-Fall moviegoing season.The sole noteworthy thing in the film is finding out just how much of action-hero asset the Marvel movies have been overlooking in Smulders. Sure, she gets to fire off some guns and look slick in a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform as Maria Hill, but here she gets full-on knock-around drag-out beatdown scenes and she comes off like a legit beast!It’s a hell of a physical turn and provides the only remotely lively or refreshing moments the otherwise disposable feature can muster… even if at this point after Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow and Rebecca Ferguson in the last Mission Impossible I imagine we’re all used to this exact character being a Tom Cruise movie mainstay – what better way to bank progressive-feminist goodwill while also helping the increasingly all-too-human seeming Mr. Cruise lighten his fight-scene load?This movie would probably be offensively terrible if it bothered to try hard enough, but we aren’t even that lucky – and I’m not sure whether or not that’s actually preferable. The only reason I can imagine to actually watch Jack Reacher: Never Go Back would be to see exactly how little impact a film can leave while still, technically, existing.last_img read more

AP WWE seeking to block concussionrelated lawsuits

first_img Ronda Rousey Twitter Georgia man fights for gay rights at Supreme Court Pinterest Dixie Carter on Pop debut, says WWE is “after our talent” The Associated Press is featuring an article regarding WWE asking a federal judge on Monday to block lawsuits being brought against the company by former wrestlers cliaming they suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.The lawsuit by WWE argues that the claims by former talent are “fradulent” and should be “barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims” in Connecticut.WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt is quoted in the story noting former talents were convinced they could make money similar to former NFL players bringing similar litigation.“Before this guy started trolling around looking for people to sue, we didn’t have one person, none, claiming they had any kind of traumatic brain injuries, or dementia or ALS or any of the kind of stuff you seek associated with the NFL.”Konstantine Kyros, who is representing the former wrestlers against WWE, is denies these allegations and added he has been retained by dozens of former WWE wrestlers.“What the WWE lawsuit is doing is trying to do is prevent some of the most storied performers in the history of the organization from having their day in court.”The story also features lengthy quotes from WWE Hall of Famer Robert Windham aka Blackjack Mulligan who revealed he has been diagnosed with demention and blood clots on his brain. Windham told the Associated Press that he feels abandoned by WWE.Associated Press: WWE Seeking to Block Concussion-Related LawsuitsRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 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 Facebook Jim Ross signs with CBS Sports for boxing commentary Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Settlement In Opioid Crisis Lawsuits Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar talks about adding more dates to his current WWE schedule: “I have a limit and we’re at that limit right now” Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Incoming Playboy CEO I Believe the Magazine Will Come Back

first_imgFlanders: There isn’t one thing that I want to accomplish first. One of the things I’ll be doing early is traveling internationally to meet with our key licensees. Playboy’s fastest-growing and most profitable segment is its licensing business. Getting up to speed on the opportunities and challenges associated with those key external relationships is something I want to do early on.FOLIO:: During the Playboy’s last earnings call, interim CEO Jerome Kern said the company was eying “radical” changes to the print business model. What are your thoughts about turning that portion of the business around?Flanders: I’m a big believer in print—particularly the viability for glossy magazines. That reader experience can’t and won’t be duplicated online, even where I see the reader technology moving.  What Playboy is confronting is an advertising recession. Playboy is having to shrink to grow in the future. I don’t believe the magazine has lost its relevance. It’s the largest read men’s magazine in the world, including the Web site that generates over three million unique visits per month and almost 50 million page views. I believe the magazine will come back.FOLIO:: In February, when asked by an analyst if the company would consider a sale and/or changes in its strategic direction, Kern said the company was “open to discussions.” Is Playboy in fact open to sale talks?Flanders: Some of the media coverage was unfair to Jerry [Kern]. What he said is what the CEO of any public company must say. It’s their fiduciary duty to entertain any proposals that come that could be of benefit to the shareholders. It was reported in a way that the company seemed as though it was back on its heels. FOLIO:: So, then, is Playboy on the block? Flanders: The company, as a policy, does not comment on “rumors.”FOLIO:: What are Playboy’s biggest challenges and opportunities through the end of 2009 and into 2010?Flanders: The biggest immediate challenge is that we have to ride through this consumer/retail recession that directly impacts advertising spending. As licensee revenues are hit, so are Playboy’s very lucrative licensing royalties. This period right now is one of trying to maintain as strong a profitability as possible given these factors.The biggest opportunity going forward is to fully exploit the brand’s potential outside the U.S. While it’s been very successfully pursued by the existing management, I’m hoping and believe that there are more opportunities.FOLIO:: What about your experience at Freedom Communications, and elsewhere throughout your career, has prepared you to serve as chief executive at Playboy?Flanders: I have operated in the media business my entire career and have taken on situations with businesses in transition. Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve been a change agent. In 1999, I joined Columbia House, which was a $1.5 billion marketer of music and VHF tapes right before Napster was released and DVDs emerged. We had a business that was over 50 years old, that started in the same timeframe as Playboy, that needed to migrate into the new model, including online. I think that singular experience is most analogous to the opportunities for Playboy. Last week—a little less than six months after Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, stepped down after a 20-year run as CEO of Playboy Enterprises—the company appointed Scott Flanders as its new chief executive.The current president and CEO of Irvine, California-based media company Freedom Communications, Flanders will transition into his new role at Playboy on July 1.Flanders recently spoke with FOLIO: about his appointment and what he hopes to accomplish by taking the helm of a company—and magazine—during a pivotal time in its history.FOLIO:: What’s the first goal you’d like to accomplish as CEO?last_img read more

Health Fair with Doc McStuffins

first_imgCome out and meet Doc McStuffins at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s family health fair on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The health fair will be at the Ridgley Run Community Center, 8400 Mission road, Jessup, Maryland. Contact for more information.last_img

College World Series Starts Sunday for Louisville Baseball

first_imgUofL had to battle its way back in the Louisville Regional, winning three consecutive games after falling into the loser’s bracket. The Cardinals defeated Indiana and Illinois State to force a decisive final game with ISU, and freshman Alex Binelas sent Louisville to the Super Regionals with a walk-off single in the ninth inning. Louisville Game Notes The Cardinals are 6-1 in seven NCAA Championship games this season, hitting .320 as a team and averaging 8.1 runs per game. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has compiled a 2.32 ERA and held opponents to a .155 batting average. Opening Day Photo Gallery Story Links Vanderbilt Game Notes Two-time All-ACC selection and second round draft pick Logan Wyatt helps lead a Louisville offense that features 11 regulars with a batting average of .283 or higher, while ACC Pitcher of the Year Reid Detmers is tied for the national lead in wins and second in the country in strikeouts on a pitching staff that allowed just one run in the Super Regionals. Saturday Practice Photo Gallery center_img ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville enters the College World Series at 49-16 overall and riding a five-game winning streak. The Cardinals captured their fourth ACC Atlantic Division Championship in five seasons and earned a national seed for the fifth time in program history and fourth in the last five years. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team begins its fifth NCAA College World Series appearance on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals take on No. 2 Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Louisville and Vanderbilt are joined on one side of the bracket by No. 6 Mississippi State and Auburn, while No. 5 Arkansas, Florida State, No. 8 Texas Tech and Michigan round out the field. Every game of the College World Series will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. Radio coverage for all of Louisville’s NCAA Championship games will be available on 93.9 The Ville and live scoring is available at NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES Louisville arrives in Omaha as one of the most balanced teams in the country. Of the eight teams still remaining, the Cardinals are the lone program to rank in the top 30 nationally in runs per game (13th), earned run average (18th) and fielding percentage (29th). LOUISVILLE’S ROAD TO OMAHALouisville secured its place in Omaha with a dominant showing against No. 10 East Carolina at the Louisville Super Regional. The Cardinals broke out the bats in the middle innings of the opening game on their way to a 14-1 rout and followed it up with another complete performance in a series-clinching 12-0 victory. Reid Detmers allowed just one run across seven innings in game one, while Bobby Miller carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of the second game before seeing it come to an end with nobody out in the final frame. Louisville has advanced to the College World Series five times in its 13 NCAA Championship berths. The Cardinals are 32-13 in NCAA Regional games, 11-7 in NCAA Super Regional games and 2-8 in College World Series games. Making their eighth straight NCAA Championship appearance and the 12th in the last 13 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals are 45-28 overall in NCAA postseason games during that span. UofL is a national seed for the fifth time in program history, and is one of just two programs to be a national seed four times in the last five seasons. The Cardinals were among eight ACC teams in the 2019 NCAA Championship — Clemson, Duke, Florida, State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and North Carolina State, four of which reached the super regionals and three in the College World Series. Louisville is playing in the NCAA College World Series for the fourth time in seven seasons. The only other programs to make four appearances since 2013 are Florida, TCU and Texas Tech. Louisville competed against 11 of the other 63 teams in this year’s NCAA Championship field during the regular season going 17-10 against those teams. Of the other seven teams at the 2019 College World Series, Louisville played against two this season (Florida State, Vanderbilt). The Cardinals were 2-2 in those four games. During his previous 14 seasons as a collegiate coach entering 2019, including his final two seasons as an assistant at Ole Miss in 2005 and 2006, McDonnell advanced to 13 NCAA Regionals and nine NCAA Super Regionals to go along with five College World Series berths. Junior Danny Oriente is 16-for-35 (.457) with four doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs in 11 career NCAA Championship games, and was on the All-Lubbock and All-Louisville Regional teams in 2018 & 2019. Junior Jake Snider is 28-for-60 (.467) in 16 career NCAA Championship contests, tallying three of his four career home runs, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Snider was the Louisville Regional Most Outstanding Player and on the All-Lubbock Regional Team in 2018. Junior Luke Smith tossed 8.1 innings in the victory over Illinois State in the NCAA Regional, marking the longest pitching outing by a Louisville player in NCAA Championship history. Six different Cardinals played in the 2017 College World Series. Tyler Fitzgerald, Justin Lavey and Jake Snider each started a game, while Pat Rumoro served as a defensive replacement. Nick Bennett and Adam Elliott each made an appearance on the mound.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more