first_imgCheck out this amazing documentary for Bentley Motors shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.We live in crazy times. As equipment gets cheaper, more and more people are able to make impressive high quality videos without spending thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars. In recent years we’ve seen a rise in DSLR and mirrorless camera popularity, offering 4K and RAW recording to the masses. Additionally, the explosion of mobile video technology has lead some to use their cell phone camera as a legitimate filmmaking and video production device.The following is perhaps the most impressive cellphone video we’ve ever seen. Created by Reza & Co. based out of Santa Monica, California, the video is a ‘documercial’ shot for the luxury car manufacturer Bentley…and was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. If you haven’t seen the impressive video, here it is:How They Did ItReza & Co. used the BeastGrip mount to attach external lenses to the iPhone. The mount also allows for external mounting and features 58 individual components that can be taken apart to suit your needs. At $75 it’s a great deal for anyone looking to build an awesome iPhone rig.For stabilization they used a MoVI M5 three-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera system with a combination of a Schneider iPro Lens and Neewer 0.3X Baby Death 37mm Fisheye lens. To get such an impressive image they used the $4.99 FiLMiC Pro to capture images at 50 mbps and 24fps. FiLMiC also made it possible to color grade and edit the footage.If you wanted to go out and get a similar set up for your own iPhone productions you will need to spend around $6,000.Know of any other awesome videos shot on an iPhone? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_img“The development marks the first actual deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in South Asia which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community at large,” Radio Pakistan quoted Dr Faisal as saying.Read it at Dawn Related Itemslast_img

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teammates in a few minutes? @TheSMBeermen #PBADraft2017— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 29, 2017Fajardo knows the acquisition of Standhardinger makes San Miguel a much more dangerous team but he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself and the Beermen have not done anything yet at this point.“It’s not that easy to win. You have to take it one game at a time, one conference at a time. I hope he could really help us win not only games, but also championships,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitelycenter_img MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “We’re glad that we got him. I believe that he could be a huge contributor for us to help us win games and hopefully the championships,” he said.READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBFEATURED 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 shutoutFajardo, though, admitted that the only concern is how Standhardinger would fit in with the Beermen’s system considering that won’t suit up until midway through the conference due to his commitments with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League.“Of course, it’s important to him to adapt to coach’s system. We already have something set with our team and he has to find a way to fit right in,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo may have only played a couple of minutes together with No. 1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, but he’s convinced that his fellow Gilas Pilipinas mainstay will help San Miguel Beer in a lot of ways.“He’ll bring the hustle and energy. He can really help us because you already know what he’s capable of, which is high on rebounding,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

first_imgplayersFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 3 (PTI) Two top Democratic lawmakers today urged a top sports body to change its discriminatory policy against Sikh players that requires them to remove their turbans during a game.The appeal by Congressmen Joe Crowley and Ami Bera comes ahead of the International Basketball Federations (FIBA) long-awaited decision on the discriminatory policy requiring players to remove articles of faith, such as turbans, during a game.FIBA is expected to announce its decision this week after many years of campaign led by Crowley and Bera on behalf of athletes who wear articles of faith.”People throughout the US and around the world know that athletics, including basketball, are a way of bringing people together. Children and youth of many different faiths and backgrounds have long met on the playground to exercise and compete while building camaraderie, resilience, and friendship,” the two lawmakers said in a letter to FIBA.”As you know, Sikhs and others have participated successfully in basketball competitions here in the United States, including NCAA players at the college level. Sikhs and others have also participated in Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) matches without any problems,” Crowley and Bera wrote.After nearly three years of review, Crowley and Bera exuded confidence that FIBA will see the wisdom in the reversal of its existing policy, and ensure that basketball will continue to be the unifying sport it is intended to be.FIBAs discriminatory policy came to light in 2014 when two Sikh players were told by referees that they must remove their turbans if they were to play in FIBAs Asia Cup.advertisementThe players, who had always played in turbans, were told that they were in violation of one of FIBAs official rules, which states, “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”.However, there is no evidence that a Sikh turban poses a threat to cause injury, and other sports leagues, such as FIFA and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), allow athletes wearing turbans to participate. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

first_imgFrench goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who recently lifted the World Cup with the national team in Russia, was given a driving ban of 20 months and was fined after pleading guilty to a charge of drunk driving, British media reported on Wednesday.The Tottenham Hostpur keeper admitted that he was drunk twice as much the drink-drive limit of 35 micrograms when he was caught by police in central London last month when he failed a breathalyser test.Lloris was out with France teammates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.Lloris was fined 50,000 pounds at Westminster Magistrates’ court. Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police found Lloris in an unmarked car driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.The court heard that Lloris veered his car “towards parked vehicles” before correcting himself and went through a red light.READ – Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charged with drink drivingDavid Sonn, defending, said the “spectacular fall from grace” was not lost on Lloris.”On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet (having captained France to a World Cup triumph),” Sonn was quoted as saying by the BBC.”Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight.”Magistrate Amanda Barron said it was “pure luck” that Lloris did not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians.Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for British road safety charity Brake, said it was disappointing to see a role model such as Lloris admitting to breaking the law by drink driving.advertisementAlso read – France captain Hugo Lloris apologises for drink-driving incident”We expect the captain of Tottenham Hotspur and his national team to be setting a good example, not flouting the law in such a manner,” Harris said in a statement.”This kind of dangerous behaviour is selfish, illegal and puts lives at risk.”Lloris, who joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais in 2012, apologised for the incident after he was charged by the Metropolitan Police last month.”Just like every man, I have a private life. I made a mistake and I have to accept it,” Lloris told RMC Sport.”I have to stay focused on what is the most important thing, in my mind — that’s the pitch. I have the support of my family and my friends. And I still want to go out onto the pitch to enjoy myself and continue improving,” Lloris added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgSamsung on Tuesday announced the Galaxy A9 mid-range smartphone in India. This the world’s first smartphone to come with a quad-camera setup and Samsung’s latest bet to take on a competitive premium mid-range segment. The Galaxy A9 has a global price of 500 euros (approx Rs 51,300), but in India the company has managed to price it quite aggressively starting at Rs 36,990. Around this price point we also have the OnePlus 6T, which directly pits the two devices against each other.The OnePlus 6T (Review) was announced a few weeks ago in India at Rs 37,999. The phone succeeds the OnePlus 6 as it brings a taller, more immersive waterdrop display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Both the Galaxy A9 and the OnePlus 6T will be vying for a piece of the premium mid-range market. They both have some unique features to offer that may work in their favour. Here’s a look at what the two devices have to offer.Samsung Galaxy A9 vs OnePlus 6T: PriceThe pricing of the Galaxy A9 and the OnePlus 6T are quite similar. The former starts at Rs 36,990 for the 6GB RAM variant and Rs 39,990 for the 8GB RAM model. It is currently up for pre-orders in the country across a number of online e-commerce platforms like Airtel Store, Amazon India, Flipkart and Samsung Shop. The Galaxy A9 will go on sale starting November 28.The OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, is priced just a touch higher starting at Rs 37,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant and Rs 41,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model. The OnePlus 6T also has a third variant with an 8GB + 256GB configuration that costs Rs 45,999. The OnePlus 6T is available for purchase in India via Amazon India and OnePlus’ online store. It is also available across partner retail outlets.advertisementSamsung Galaxy A9 vs OnePlus 6T: Design and displayBoth the Galaxy A9 and OnePlus 6T keep design as one of their top priorities. They both offer glass on the front and back along with some gradient colours to offer a premium look. Notably, the OnePlus 6T comes with Gorilla Glass 6 protection, which is a lot more durable than the non-disclosed 3D glass that’s protecting the Galaxy A7.Ergonomically, the both the devices offer a curved rear panel and rounded corners for a comfortable in-hand feel. The OnePlus 6T is offered in Mirror Black and Midnight Black colours as well as a new Thunder Purple colour option that offers a gradient design. The Galaxy A9 also comes with a gradient design in Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue colours as well as a more subtle and plain Caviar Black option. The Galaxy A9 and OnePlus 6T offer tall immersive display, but the design is quite different. While Samsung’s phone offers a more traditional AMOLED Infinity Display with evenly narrow bezels on the top and bottom, the OnePlus 6T comes with a waterdrop display. This means the OnePlus flagship offers a droplet-like notch on the top of the display and a chin.The waterdrop notch allows the OnePlus 6T to offer a bigger 6.41-inch (1080×2340) FHD+ Optic AMOLED display while the Galaxy A9 offers a marginally smaller 6.3-inch (1080×2220) FHD+ AMOLED display. Needless to say, you will be getting a bright and vivid panel whether you choose the Galaxy A9 or the OnePlus 6T.The other difference in design is with regards to the fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy A9 gets a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor while the OnePlus 6T comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. This makes the OnePlus 6T more current as far as trends go, but the in-display fingerprint sensor will be slower than the physical sensor on the Galaxy A9. Both the phones also offer facial recognition.Samsung Galaxy A9 vs OnePlus 6T: CamerasThe cameras on the Galaxy A9 outnumber the OnePlus 6T. This is one of the biggest USPs of the new Galaxy A-series phone – the quad camera system. The Galaxy A9 offers four cameras on the back and one on the front, while the One Plus 6T offers dual cameras on the back and a single sensor up front.The Galaxy A9’s quad-camera system includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor and a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The aim behind a four-camera system is to offer a number of different shooting modes without needing additional equipment. The Galaxy A9 will allow users to switch between a standard and wide-angle lens, a depth sensor or a zoom lens with just a tap of a button. Up front, the Galaxy A9 sports a 24MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.advertisementThe OnePlus 6T gets a more traditional dual camera system that includes a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, OIS + EIS, and a 20MP secondary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the device offers a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The fewer cameras on board means the OnePlus 6T will not offer a plethora of shooting modes. It gets a portrait mode for bokeh shots, but no wide-angle lens. We will have a more in-depth comparison of the cameras on the Galaxy A9 and OnePlus 6T in a few days so do stay tuned for that.Samsung Galaxy A9 vs OnePlus 6T: SpecsIf the Galaxy A9 has more cameras to offer, the OnePlus 6T has more power to offer. The OnePlus 6T is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In comparison, the Galaxy A9 gets a mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset with the same amount of RAM. While the SD660 is a very capable and powerful processor, it still cannot compete against a flagship SD845 SoC. The OnePlus 6T is capable of deliver raw power, smooth and fast performance and energy efficiency much greater than what the Galaxy A9 is capable of.You may not notice the difference in basic day-to-day tasks, but you will notice a consistently smooth user experience while browsing through really heavy apps or playing graphic intensive games like PUBG. Another major difference between the two phones lies in software. The Galaxy A9 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo based on Samsung’s Experience UI 9.0. The OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box. This means that the OnePlus flagship runs a more stock version of the latest Android OS, while the Galaxy A9 gets a now dated Oreo software and there is no telling when it will be updated to Android 9 Pie.Lastly, the Galaxy A9 gets a 3,800mAH battery with support for fast charging while the OnePlus 6T offers a slightly smaller 3,700mAh battery with the company’s proprietary Dash Charge support. Despite the smaller battery, the OnePlus 6T will likely offer a better battery life given the optimised and power efficient Android 9 OS plus Snapdragon 845 combination. But again, we will know this for sure only after an in-depth review of the Galaxy A9 (2018) so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A9 quick review: Four cameras for the masseslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool ‘Liverpool may never win Premier League title’ – Carragher’s ominous warning for Klopp’s Reds Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:15 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds defender fears that those at Anfield having fallen behind a number of rivals, leaving them playing catch-up on and off the field Liverpool may never win the Premier League title, according to Jamie Carragher, with the club’s rivals making greater progress on and off the field.The Reds last claimed the top-flight crown in 1990, with Manchester United having since overhauled them as the most successful club in English football.Liverpool 9/1 to beat United 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Success has been in short supply throughout the Premier League era, despite a couple of near misses under Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers.Carragher fears that his former club will forever struggle to get over that particular line, with the riches on offer elsewhere ensuring that gap between the have and have nots continues to grow ever wider.The ex-Reds defender wrote in a column for the Telegraph: “Liverpool will not win the title this season. I am not convinced Jürgen Klopp will ever be able to bring it back to Anfield. I am not sure when my old club will win it again. I certainly do not see it happening in the near future.“These are not pleasant words, but such is the current balance of power in the Premier League Liverpool must face a harsh reality.“It is no longer appropriate to evaluate the success or otherwise of a Liverpool manager based on whether he wins the league. The competition is too strong to set the bar so high.Jamie Carragher Liverpool Premier League title never“There is no doubt the ultimate ambition remains the same as it has been since the last title in 1990 and the onus is on Klopp and Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group to banish such pessimism, but every season I find myself asking the same questions. How can Liverpool do it? How can they compete with three of the wealthiest clubs in the world? Given the history and expectations at Anfield, has Liverpool become English football’s impossible job?“Manchester United, City and Chelsea are formidable on and off the park. They have financial strength and a winning culture Liverpool do not currently possess.“For the last seven years FSG has tried to approach transfers in a studious way. It has yielded one League Cup. I think FSG are good owners, but to win the league their approach in the transfer market must be as robust as the big three, and I am not convinced they have the capacity to match them.”Carragher believes those failings on the recruitment front were highlighted once again over the summer, with Liverpool failing to address their defensive deficiencies after becoming bogged down in a long-running saga involving Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk.He added: “Liverpool conceded too many goals so wanted Virgil van Dijk. They put themselves into a position where he was ready to join but messed up. Instead of lining up alternatives they spent the summer hoping Southampton would change their mind.“It was Van Dijk or no one, which led to the season starting with Liverpool continuing to concede soft goals, failing to win games they dominate, dropping points to teams in the bottom half. “Liverpool cannot afford these mistakes on and off the pitch – not only to challenge for the Premier League but to remain in the top four.”Liverpool sit seventh in the table at present and face another stern test of their credentials on Saturday when old adversaries Manchester United pay a visit to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgA few missed opportunities by New Zealand stopped them from making inroads but they persevered at the task at hand and eventually Moore scored again to make it 5-2. One of the Touchdowns of the match came from McCarthy linking with Jenna Hitch to give the Aussies a bit more breathing space. It didn’t last long with New Zealand responding almost immediately. It was a deliberate start by both Under 21 Women’s teams in Game 2 of the series with neither able to crack the line or risk any big plays so early on. Australia’s Melissa Peters was the first to score but the lead didn’t last long with Emma Moore diving over not long after to tie the game at 1-1. Talia Yarden then reinstated Australia’s comfort zone with a fine diving effort. New Zealand kept attacking and scored once more but were kept at bay with the Aussies taking the match and series with a 8-4 victory.20’s Boys 18’s GirlsThe Australian 18’s Girls have become the first team to win a division at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, winning game two in a four-on-four drop-off. Yesterday’s match between these two teams went down to the wire and if the crowd were on the lookout for similar entertainment today then they wouldn’t have been disappointed. In contrast to Game one, Australia started the strongest with Hannah Dyball scoring in the corner.The Aussies followed this up with a nice play  and quick hands that was completed by Evania Pelitte-Denny. When Breannan Singman crossed not long after it looked like NZ were staring down the barrel.Just as the game looked like it was swinging Australia’s way, the kiwis countered with Codie Taute coming up with a play from nowhere to make the score 3-1.Ariia Tainui-McIntyre then scored twice in two minutes to life her team and draw the scores level. It was very much Game On at this point with both teams striving for Touchdown and not being bale to convert.After letting in three, Australia regained their rhythm and peppered the New Zealand line. Yasmin Meakes just missed out on a Touchdown out wide but not long after Sam Rodgers chimed in a spectacular diving effort out wide to return the lead to the Aussies. Still in high gear, Caitlin Moran then crossed as well to extend the lead by two after some well-worked play.With New Zealand on the back foot again and the clock ticking down fast Tainui-McIntyre stepped up for a second back-to-back Touchdown effort to tie the match up. Her team lifted thanks to the inspired play, but Australia did the same with each team making crucial saves.The full-time whistle blew and with the teams locked at 5-5 it was time for the first drop off of the tournament. New Zealand had the better of the opening exchanges but Australia soaked up the pressure and when the teams were down to four players, the Aussies found space out wide to complete the win of the match and series.18’s BoysThe 18’s Boys have gone down to New Zealand, 8-6, to take the series to a decider tomorrow. Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. 20’s Girlscenter_img After some strong drives and lead-up, Rebecca Mounsey made no mistake in crossing out wide after a long ball to give Australia the lead. It was quickly extended with a flurry of touchdowns, including a beauty to Kate McCarthy to create a 5-1 advantage to the visitors. After their 10-2 loss on the first day of competition, New Zealand were determined to take charge of game two and they didn’t disappoint.Australia was first to score when captain Sam Brisby set up Simon Lang to dive over in the first match of the game. Two quick touchdowns to Sonatane Tu’akalau gave New Zealand the lead for the first time in the game, before Brisby combined with Jordan Marshall to level it up at 2-all. Australia got out to a two touchdown lead and were unable to maintain this advantage up until the half-time break, leading 8-6. New Zealand were quick to bridge the gap after the break, scoring in their first set, to bring the score to 8-7. Australia then put on three touchdowns, including a great touchdown to Madalitso Masache, to extend their lead, 11-8. A touchdown to each country after this took the score to 12-8 at full-time, with Australia taking a 2-0 series win, with the last test to be played on Thursday. Tu’akalau impressed for New Zealand, scoring four touchdowns, while Daley was just as impressive for Australia. Related Links18’s Girls Winlast_img read more

first_imgJuventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier’s strategic C Series partnership with Airbus should put it on stronger financial footing but it remains unclear what fate awaits its other commercial aircraft.The Montreal-based transportation company remains burdened by more than US$9 billion of debt and wants to regain its leading position in the high-margin business jet market.That starts with completing the Global 7000 next year followed by the Global 8000 aircraft. A complete overhaul of the Challenger 650 is seen as the next big investment.So where does that leave the Q400 turboprop and aging CRJ regional jets?That’s the question on everyone’s minds, says Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.He doesn’t foresee the company coming up with a new CRJ design, but it may choose to add new engines to make the plane more competitive with Embraer’s new E2 jets.“I don’t think that I’m expecting the program to fall apart… but at the same time I’m not expecting there to be this massive resurgence of regional jet orders or turbprop orders,” he said in an interview.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it’s committed to the Q400 — which recently secured its largest order, from India’s Spicejet — and CRJs.“We like these products, they give us critical mass,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Friday after introducing the Airbus CEO to Montreal’s business leaders.Bombardier Commercial Aerospace president Fred Cromer added that the partnership with Airbus strengthens its entire civil aircraft portfolio.“I think commercial aerospace has a home in Montreal and certainly in Quebec for a very long time,” he said in an interview.However, Cromer said that it’s premature to disclose what it will do to rejuvenate the planes.“At the right time we’ll talk about what the real long-term future is.”Rolland Vincent, an aviation consultant who previously worked at Bombardier, believes the transportation company won’t spend the large sums required to overhaul the regional aircraft programs as long as oil prices remain low.“I don’t think they make a lot of money on these aircraft so … as long as oil stays at $50 or thereabouts there’s probably a very limited business case for re-engines,” he said in an interview.Vincent believes Bombardier is no longer enamoured with the low-margin parts of its commercial aerospace business and will follow its historical pattern.“They fall in love with new technology, new markets and then after a while they kind of move along to something else and it’s a pattern that leaves a lot of debris behind.”Vincent worked on strategy at Bombardier during the period in the 1990s when it shook up the global aviation market by launching small regional jets that spawned new competitors like Brazil’s Embraer.He sees Bombardier eventually selling the Q400 turboprop and CRJ jet programs, possibly to China.The Chinese could be potential buyers, but they would prefer new technology, especially new generations of engines, added Ernie Arvai, partner in commercial aviation consultancy Air Insight.He doesn’t see a lot of buyers for the regional aircraft. Airbus already owns a large stake in ATR and Boeing has shown no interest in getting into smaller planes.U.S. scope clauses that limit the size of planes pilots can fly under their union contracts give the CRJ a five-year runway to secure orders, said Arvai.While the Q400 is “solid,” he doubts Bombardier will redesign the CRJ, which will be at the end of its life in about a decade.“It might be a natural winding down point,” he said.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned because of the thousands of jobs in Toronto and Montreal that depend on the two programs.“Employees wonder and say what’s the next step, where are we going from here. I wonder also, but there are too many factors for us to have an answer tomorrow morning.”last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.The Walt Disney Co. estimates Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster has added $145.8 million from North American theatres and $282.2 million internationally in its second weekend in theatres bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.“Endgame” is one of 5 movies to ever reach that mark and, not accounting for inflation, is now the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind “Avatar’s” $2.8 billion. “Avatar” reached $2 billion in 47 days of release compared with 11 for “Endgame.”New films picked up scraps at the domestic box office, including “The Intruder,” with $11 million, “Long Shot,” with $10 million, and “Uglydolls” with $8.5 million.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Seven months after he was killed by a terrorist bomb in Baghdad, the memory of the late United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, hovered over today’s opening of the 60th annual session of the UN’s top human rights body in Geneva.Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said Mr. Vieira de Mello – who would have celebrated his birthday today – had spurred on many people around the world in their work to protect and uphold human rights. Mr. Ramcharan said Mr. Vieira de Mello should have been present at today’s session, which marks the beginning of six weeks of discussions of human rights issues. But the Brazilian was one of 22 people killed on 19 August last year when a bomb struck the world body’s Baghdad headquarters.Mr. Ramcharan said that even as the Commission on Human Rights opened, gross violations of human rights were still taking place around the world. He called for more attention to the problems of terrorism, poverty and human trafficking.The Commission’s chairman, Mike Smith of Australia, said last week’s deadly railway station bombings in Madrid highlighted the human rights impact of terrorism – the devastating personal effect on the victims and their families.The Commission is scheduled to hear reports from numerous UN rights experts on countries and issues of concern. Among the problems to be examined are the use of mercenaries to undermine peoples’ right to self-determination, the illicit dumping of toxic waste, extreme poverty, inadequate housing and access to medicines in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. read more

Strong showing for car companies in Canada in July AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Car companies in Canada had a strong showing in July 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011. Honda Canada combined with Acura reported a 27 per cent sales jump last month compared to July 2011, when sales suffered as a result of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in the spring. Meanwhile, South Korean automaker Hyundai posted a record for July 2012, selling more than 12,000 units, and Kia saw an increase of 20 per cent compared to one year ago. Perhaps the happiest auto company is Ford of Canada, who reported its best July sales since 1979, while Toyota Canada said they had a 30 per cent hike thanks in part to a new July record for trucks across all brands. by News Staff Posted Aug 1, 2012 1:47 pm MDT Canada|car companies|July 2011|July 2012 read more

“Continued delay in the holding of long-overdue partial senatorial, municipal and local elections is of increasing concern and poses a series of risks to the stabilization process,” the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, told the Council in New York. Voters need to elect one-third of the country’s 30-member Senate and dozens of municipal posts. The elections have been overdue since late 2011, halted by disagreements over an electoral law whose draft was finally submitted yesterday to the Parliament by President Michel Martelly.“Despite the executive branch’s repeated public statements in favour of holding the elections as soon as possible, these delays have led a number of political and civil society actors to express scepticism concerning the likelihood that elections will be held in 2013,” Ms. Honoré said. By early 2014, more Senators’ terms will expire, rendering the country’s Senate and the Parliament ineffective and marking a “real decline in the democratic process Haiti does not have the luxury to afford,” the Special Representative said. “In such a case, we cannot exclude a possible mobilization of opposition forces and civil society that could destabilize the political and security situation,” she added.The Security Council had tasked the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) which Ms. Honoré heads, with supporting the Haitian political process, including its elections. Noting the “climate of polarization and heightened mutual suspicion,” Ms. Honoré said she has been engaging key political actors to promote dialogue aimed at reaching a minimum agreement on the way forward, particularly concerning the elections. She has also met regularly with members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Haiti to ensure that the country’s institutions, most notably the Parliament, continue to function beyond January 2014. On this matter, “it is important that we as the international community remain united with our common message and speak with one voice,” Ms. Honoré stressed to the 15-member Council.Concerning cholera, the UN envoy said the epidemic has killed 8,173 people and infected over 660,000 since the end of June. The budget of the National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera amounts to $443.7 million for the period from 2013 to 2015, roughly 47 per cent of which has been pledged.“The United Nations continues to support the Government of Haiti with the various short- and medium-term priorities that need to be addressed to eliminate the transmission of cholera in the country,” Ms. Honoré noted.Turning to the security situation in the country which continues to rebuild following the January 2010 earthquake which killed some 220,000 people – including UN staff – and left 1.5 million others homeless, Ms. Honoré said the country has remained relatively stable in the past six months. Among the main challenges are the lack of human resource capacity, the continued need for training and development at the middle management levels, and the need to deploy more cadets, particularly women, into the regions, Ms. Honoré told UN Radio. She stressed, however, that the gains in stability and security need to be sustained for Haiti to succeed in its ongoing efforts to forge economic partnerships, attract foreign investment and foster socio-economic development – the cornerstone of enduring stability.The Special Representative also noted that MINUSTAH stands ready to proceed with further adjustments to troop strength as may be mandated by the Security Council in October.In his latest report to the body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that UN troops on the country be reduced by 15 per cent. A working group in Haiti, made up of the UN and Haitian officials, already has been set up to look at the future of the mission. read more

first_img McGuinness’ political career has come to an end.Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesSINN FÉIN IS expected to announce its replacement for Martin McGuinness as the party’s de facto leader in Northern Ireland later today.Last week, McGuinness announced that he is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.Sinn Féin has now said that it will make an announcement this afternoon and it is expected that the party will confirm who will lead them into the upcoming Stormont elections.The party’s choice would be their nomination for First Minister or Deputy First Minister should Sinn Féin enter government in the north.In his statement confirming his departure, McGuinness said that he felt it was time for a “new generation of republicans” to lead Sinn Féin north of the border.He said the party needed a new leader and promised his “full and undivided support” behind whoever that is.While the identity of that person has not yet been confirmed, whoever is selected will certainly have a job of work to do in replacing McGuinness.There are a number of contenders.Michelle O’Neill  Michelle O’Neill speaking to Stormont last week alongside McGuinness. Source: Sinn Féin pulled out of the executive, it’s been difficult to ignore the prominence given to the party’s Health Minister Michelle O’Neill and she is considered the favourite.O’Neill was who Sinn Féin chose to confirm that they would not be nominating another Deputy First Minister to replace McGuinness.In her speech, O’Neill paid tribute to “my friend Martin McGuinness” and said he “acted with integrity, with dignity and with respect” during the ten years in which he held the position.Her choice as Sinn Féin’s public face of their transition away from McGuinness did not go unnoticed with the media in Northern Ireland.Acknowledging its own potential sexism, The Belfast Telegraph even went so far as to compare O’Neill’s “resplendent” pink jacket with the “strident” dark suit employed by DUP First Minister Arlene Foster. Monday 23 Jan 2017, 7:51 AM A version of this article was published on 19 January.Read: McGuinness resignation: The latest chapter in a remarkable political career >In full: Martin McGuinness’s statement on why he chose to step away from politics now > Share89 Tweet Email Jan 23rd 2017, 7:51 AM 35,536 Views Short URL By Rónán Duffy Sinn Féin’s replacement for Martin McGuinness set to be named. Here are the contenders McGuinness says he’s looking towards a new generation. 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article .@JohnODowdSF describes British PM’s Brexit plan as “wish list which will create a hard border”— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) January 17, 2017 Source: Northern Ireland Assembly/YouTubeO’Neill was first elected as an MLA in 2007 and was a Mid Ulster constituency colleague of McGuinness until the latter transferred to his native Foyle.In 2011, she earned her first ministerial role being appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development. She held that role until last year when she transferred to Health.An outspoken progressive, O’Neill used her Stormont speech last week to accuse the DUP of displaying “a disrespect towards the LGBT community, towards women and towards ethnic minorities”.The choice of 40-year-old O’Neill would also certainly fit the mould of the new generation of republicans McGuinness has called for.Conor Murphy Conor Murphy stands before Gerry Kelly in the great hall of Stormont. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireConor Murphy has been considered among the favourites to be Sinn Féin’s leader in Stormont for some time, a fact which is perhaps both an advantage and disadvantage.A 53-year-old long-time republican, Murphy has been an MLA since the beginning of the executive and was an abstentionist MP before that.Murphy first became involved in active republicanism during the 1981 IRA hunger strikes and was jailed for IRA membership and the possession of explosives.Murphy was a respected negotiator during the peace process that preceded the Good Friday Agreement and has been perhaps the party’s most visible presence in Stormont in recent years after McGuinness.His selection would certainly please the party’s core support and his republican credentials would perhaps balance the party’s future Dáil leadership which seems destined to come from the post-Troubles era. Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeJohn O’DowdIf O’Neill is the progressive choice and Murphy is the more conservative one, perhaps Education Minister John O’Dowd is the happy medium.To some extent, O’Dowd has served in the role before. He was Acting Deputy First Minister while McGuinness was campaigning as part of his presidential bid in 2011.First elected as an MLA in 2003, O’Dowd has also served as chair of some of Stormont committees including the Public Accounts Committee. Source: Sinn Féin/Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Saints not to dwell on their 1-0  defeat at Cardiff on Saturday.Ralph Hassenhuttl told Daily Echo: “Confidence comes with good results. A 1-0 here is not a good result.“We should prepare them and they have to believe in what we are doing.”“I saw today they do it for a very long time and then it would be perfect if you get some good results for the self-confidence.”“We didn’t and we have to work on and when we work on I am sure they will come.”Saints are proving to be masters of their downfall with some significant mistakes costing them dearly.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.This time out it was Jannik Vestergaard’s whose awful pass played in Callum Paterson for the only goal of the game.“It is all about staying focused and physically a question,” reflected Hasenhuttl.“It’s intense and at the end of the game when you get a little bit tired it is more important to stay focused on holding it easy and not make it too difficult.”“This ball was not really difficult I think and Jannik is very disappointed about that.”“It’s gone, the points are gone, and now we have to focus on the next exercises we have”last_img read more

first_img This year, the trend continues with the loss in sales in smaller retailers and the declining sales of smaller titles. This has a huge influence on the overall sales numbers; there were more than 8,000 fewer retail accounts being serviced in the first quarter of this year in contrast to last. The top ten chains in Q1 2015 represented 53.3 percent of total sales, compared to a collective market share of 51.8 percent in 2014. This is a trend that will likely continue as smaller retail stores exit the business. Although there will likely be no major turnaround in the foreseeable future, MagNet notes that decisions being made by publishers to reduce their allocations, partially driven by wholesaler demands for subsidies, are having a substantial impact on the steady sales decline. That comes in addition to the rise in social media and mobile technology in influencing how consumers view and absorb content. The Top 100 chains’ combined sales beat the overall business trends, which again indicates that the industry is losing smaller retailers. But the publishers who performed well in the first quarter all followed the same formula: more releases. Many of these publishers also tacked on higher cover prices, like Penny Press, which had 13 percent more releases, and an average cover price increase of about 23 percent.  Time Inc.’s numbers benefitted from more book-a-zine releases under their THEI brand, as well as the higher cover price on People. Harris Publications also increased their number of releases and focused more on book-a-zine products. Overall, the average cover price of a unit sold in the first quarter increased by 36 cents (more than 7 percent). Two factors contributed to this jump: 1) higher cover prices on many of the weekly titles, and 2) the continued publisher focus on book-a-zines with cover prices startingat $9.99. These factors helped drive the average cover price on a unit sold to an all-time high, which is one of the few good signs for the industry—consumers are willing to pay higher prices for quality printed magazines. center_img Although it’s easy to fall back on saying “social media is to blame,” publishers also need to reassess their releases—how often to distribute and how much are they going to charge according to MagNet’s 2015 Q1 Newsstand Sales Results. Magazine unit and dollar sales improved slightly in the first quarter to declines of 14.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to drops of 15.6 percent and 9 percent in the prior quarter. The average dollar sales decline of the Top 25 titles was mitigated this quarter by the higher cover prices on the weekly titles. Even though the newsstand sales environment is bleak, decisions being made by publishers have a major impact. So keep producing quality content but perhaps release it in a higher quality product and quit reducing your allocations, as MagNet suggests doing the opposite has proven to only be beneficial.last_img read more

first_imgNintendo has made the Wii U official with the unveiling and teaser details being announced during E3 last week. We don’t yet know when the console launches other than a 2012 timeframe, but Sega may have just given us a very big clue.Alan Pritchard, Sega’s exectuive vice president of marketing, gave an interview with GameSpot during which he mentioned a timeframe for the Wii U’s launch twice.Sega has Sonic Generations releasing this November on PS3/360/3DS, but GameSpot asked Pritchard if the game would be coming to Wii U. His response is very telling for someone who must know when to expect the Wii U. He said the timing didn’t work for that game because “Wii U is coming out next spring/summer.”He goes further by stating that releasing Generations “on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3” isn’t something Sega want to do.So, if Pritchard isn’t guessing, which as exectuive VP of marketing at Sega we don’t think he is, we have a definitive timeframe of May-July for the Wii U release. That’s much sooner than the expected Holidays 2012 we had heard banded about before E3.Read more at GameSpot, via CVGMatthew’s OpinionReleasing before we get to the main holiday season next year makes a lot of sense. The Wii U is clearly a machine Nintendo wants the family sat around again, so it needs to have stock levels up well before we reach Christmas as it is going to be a must-have gadget if they get the marketing and games right.If the PS4 or next Xbox was arriving, I think Sony and Microsoft could get away with releasing in September/October as the hardcore gaming crowd would soon empty the shelves at the high launch price. For Nintendo, it’s different. The price can’t be too high because it’s a family games machine parents will likely be buying.last_img read more

first_imgOptical images of two types of MoTe2 monolayer samples: (a) MoTe2 flakes that were highly luminescent to begin with maintain their brightness over the 8-day observation period; (b) MoTe2 flakes that were weakly luminescent at the start fade within a few days, and parts of them seem to disappear altogether. Credit: Bin Chen, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multi-colored light-emitting devices The researchers, led by Sefaattin Tongay, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, have published a paper on the changing luminescence in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”Currently, many researchers throughout the world are demonstrating very impressive and promising proof-of-concept applications using 2D material systems, but we still do not know their material stability over long periods of time,” Tongay told “This research presents the unique case of MoTe2, the only infrared-range TMD, where monolayers visually disappear but are physically still there.”Like other TMDs, MoTe2 stands out for its interesting optical properties. In bulk form, TMDs are not luminescent, but when one-atom-layer-thick flakes are exfoliated from the bulk, the 2D flakes become semiconductors and emit light rather strongly. For this reason, 2D semiconducting TMDs could have applications in optoelectronics and solar energy conversion technologies. As the only TMD that has an infrared-range band gap, MoTe2 is particularly suitable for infrared detectors and tunnel field-effect transistors.Because 2D materials have a large surface-to-volume ratio, their properties can be affected by interactions between their surface and the environment. Noting that tellurium compounds are particularly sensitive to oxygen, the researchers here wanted to investigate what happens when monolayer MoTe2 is exposed to oxygen for several days. The researchers propose that the reason why the weakly luminescent flakes seem to disappear is that they have a large number of defects, particularly vacancies due to missing atoms. These vacancies are why the flakes have a low starting luminescence, and also explain why they lose their luminescence when exposed to oxygen. Oxygen molecules (O2) from the air become embedded in these defects and bind to Mo and Te, forming “deep states” that basically trap electrons and holes, effectively prohibiting luminescence. On the other hand, flakes that are highly luminescent to begin with have a small number of defects, so they don’t absorb nearly as many oxygen molecules, don’t suffer loss of luminescence, and their optical properties remain close to their properties under vacuum conditions.”This work shows that a slim amount of defects in MoTe2 can have a great impact on their material properties, such as optical, electrical, and vibrational, and these changes occur gradually over time similar to aging wine: depending on the defect concentration, MoTe2 monolayers can spoil over time (or might get better),” Tongay explained.The results here show that the defects play a significant role in the optical properties and stability of MoTe2, and could also reveal insight into the environmental stability of other 2D materials, such as silicene (2D silicon), phosphorene (2D phosphorous), and other TMDs. It could also lead to ways to control these materials’ properties. (—When exposed to air, a luminescent 2D material called molybdenum telluride (MoTe2) appears to decompose within a couple days, losing its optical contrast and becoming virtually transparent. But when scientists probed further, they found that the disappearance is an illusion: the material remains structurally stable, and only its material properties change. The results reveal insight into the environmental stability and unusual properties of a newer class of 2D materials called transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Citation: Two-dimensional material seems to disappear, but doesn’t (2015, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2015 More information: Bin Chen, Hasan Sahin, et al. “Environmental Changes in MoTe2 Excitonic Dynamics by Defects-Activated Molecular Interaction.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00985 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Left to right) Postdoc Aslihan Suslu, PhD student Bin Chen, and Assistant Professor Sefaattin Tongay have investigated the material stability and optical properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), which have potential applications in optoelectronics and other areas. Credit: Sefaattin Tongay Journal information: ACS Nano Play Monolayer MoTe2 is visually disappearing in this video recorded over a 7-day period. However, atomic force microscopy measurements reveal that the material is indeed still there; it physically exists, and only its optical properties change. Credit: Sefaattin Tongay The researchers began by observing the material under an optical microscope with an infrared lens. They found that MoTe2 flakes that were highly luminescent to begin with maintained their brightness over the 8-day observation period. On the other hand, weakly luminescent flakes unexpectedly appeared to fade within 1-3 days, and parts of them disappeared altogether. However, when viewing the “vanishing” flakes using an atomic force microscope (AFM), which scans samples mechanically rather than optically, the researchers saw the flakes “reappear.” The flakes had never disappeared in the first place, but their optical properties had changed while their chemical structure was maintained. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “This is an important discovery in that it practically implies that we are able to tune the optical properties of 2D MoTe2 by manipulating the defect density in the material and preventing the material from losing its intrinsic attributes by improving the quality of crystal,” said Bin Chen, PhD student at Arizona State University and lead author of the paper.In the future, the researchers plan to explore and establish the stability of other 2D material systems, as well as boost their properties by molecular functionalization through existing or intentionally created defect points. “Despite encouraging results and impressive applications, our results point toward environmental instability over a time period of a month,” Chen said. “We hope to understand this and ideally overcome these challenges using our knowledge and expertise in materials science and engineering.”last_img read more