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Why Mastering Deep Depth Of Field Is Crucial For Becoming A Better DP

first_imgWhile DSLR technology has opened up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to capturing cinematic like images, it’s also caused an overuse of extremely shallow DOF.Like many filmmakers, one of my largest goals is to create visuals that truly feel cinematic and filmic. By now, most of us know that there is much more to getting a cinematic looking image than simply using shallow depth of field, yet most of us to this day will focus on DOF over many other facets that are equally important. Framing/compositing, lighting, camera movement, and other critical cinematography techniques nearly always play second fiddle to depth of field for most filmmakers, and this can cause some big issues when developing your craft.Cinematography, like any art form needs to be constantly developed, practiced, and challenged. One of the biggest issues that DPs run in to (especially as they start getting really good at a particular style), is that everything that they shoot starts to look the same. They know how to make an image look good every time – they can frame a nice closeup, get proper lighting ratios for hair/fill lights, have good slider techniques, etc. But eventually this skill set becomes overused by the DP as it is an easy way to fall back on guaranteed nice looking images.Before I go on, it’s worth noting that I’m not suggesting that you throw out everything you know every time you get to set so that you never repeat yourself, but I am suggesting that you shake things up a bit so your work doesn’t become boring. And probably the best way to do this if you’re a DSLR shooter, is by shooting with a deep depth of field. Why Deep Depth Of Field?Mainly because it’s the exact opposite of what you want to do. It’s really easy to make an image look nice when you can throw the messy background out of focus, but when you need to shoot with a deep DOF, things get harder – which is a good thing. It’s when you’re challenged that you can really develop as an artist, so why deprave yourself of that personal and creative growth?Try shooting your next closeup scene at an F8 instead of an F2.8 and see how it will change everything. You’ll position your actors differently, frame up the shot in a unique way, clean up the production design, amongst many other things. When you eventually get your shot looking right (even if it took more work than shooting with a shallow DOF), you’ll end up with a result that is far different from what you would normally get. And hopefully for the better.To this day I still shoot the majority of my material with a shallow DOF, and I’m by no means advising against using it, but I am advising that you attempt to master shooting without relying on a wide open aperture. When you’ve mastered deep DOF, or at least grasped it more than you might have right now, going back to shallow DOF will yield much better results as you’ll be paying attention to different areas of the image that you otherwise may have not been focusing on.And by the way, deep DOF can look really cool. A lot of the times we associate deep depth of field with old camcorders, or the ‘video-look’. But there have been plenty of films since the early days of cinema that have employed deep DOF shots, and have been some of the most iconic and cinematic films in history. The most obvious example is of course Citizen Kane, which has one of the deepest DOF shots I’ve ever seen, and a lot more ‘cinematic’ than anything shot on a DSLR at F1.4!Assuming you’re already an experienced DP, just go out and experiment. Have fun with it. See what works and what doesn’t, letting yourself place a focus and emphasis on all of the other important components of cinematography. When you start nailing some shots without having to use the crutch that is shallow depth of field, you might just feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.last_img read more

Morning in America

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post, citing a Brookings Institution report, notes that U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they are being created. His article begins, “The American economy is less entrepreneurial than at any time in the last three decades.”Frank Bruni at the New York Times write about America the Shrunken. Bruni, on the American psyche, writes: “The American dream, 2014 edition: Squirrel away nuts for a leaner tomorrow. The worst is yet to come, so insure yourself against it if you’re among the lucky few who can . . . More and more I get the sense that we’ve lost it, and by “it” I mean the optimism that was always the lifeblood of this luminous experiment, the ambition that has been its foundation. the swagger that made us so envied and so reviled.”The fact that fewer business are being started and those that are aren’t making it through their first year means that anyone with the gumption and a little hustle are going to have an easier time succeeding. It’s always easier when fewer are willing to compete with you for attention and the opportunity to serve customers. But there are going to be many more haters criticising you for being brash, bold, and in their eyes, reckless.Optimism is in short supply in our political and business leadership. But people aren’t too long for leaders who believe that things are getting worse and duck and cover. People follow leaders who are certain that a better future awaits them and drive towards that future. Leaders who don’t believe that the future will be better aren’t really leaders. There is no such thing as a pessimistic leader, even though there may be pessimists with formal authority and power.Don’t allow your mind to be infected with a negative belief system. It’s morning wherever you are as soon as you believe it is.last_img read more

How Digital Gaming In India Is Growing Up Into A Billion-Dollar Market

first_imgThe Indian digital gaming industry is growing rapidly, with behemoths like Alibaba backed-Paytm, Tencent, Youzu and Nazara investing in it. One of the top five countries for mobile gaming in the world, the industry is already worth over $890 million. And with the demand for games on an upward curve, the country now has more than 250 game development companies, up from a mere 25 in 2010, with at least two startups coming up every month.Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img

Heat, rain delay leave rice growers worried

first_imgWith the advent of the paddy transplantation season in Punjab and Haryana, an expected delay in monsoon and the ongoing heatwave have left farmers worried.Monsoon is likely to hit the two States by the first week of July, five-six days later than its usual onset, according to the India Meteorological Department.Water-guzzling crop “Paddy is a water-guzzling crop and hence a delay in the rains would mean an increase in the cost of cultivation for the farmers. Dependency on the groundwater would also rise,” said Surinder Pal, director, IMD-Chandigarh.“Also, this year the temperatures have been slightly higher than previous year. On an average, between mid-April and mid-June, the region has seen a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in temperature against last year. Besides, the summer has been abrupt. The water levels in the dams are good, which could ease the situation,” he added.Fearing adverse impact of the changes in the climatic conditions on the crops, farmers’ unions in Punjab are now demanding an uninterrupted supply of electricity beyond eight hours that the State government has assured to provide.“The eight-hour power supply to run tube wells for paddy won’t help farmers this year. The government needs to provide electricity beyond that. With temperatures on the rise and a delay in the rains, the cost to sustain the crop is all set to go up for the farmers,” said Harmeet Singh of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kadian).“A minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted water supply is required, only then would the farmers be able to sustain their crops. In the absence of power supply, the farmers will have to irrigate their fields with diesel-operated generators, which would raise the cost of inputs,” he said.The State government has made arrangements for 14,000 MW, with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited anticipating the demand to be around 13,500 MW. BKU demandBharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh said, “First of all, the government needs to develop a mechanism to provide uninterrupted power supply. There have been instances when as soon as the power demand peaks, the system trips. The government should ensure 10 hours of electricity for the paddy crop otherwise the farmers would suffer losses this season.”last_img read more

HC upholds CAT order against police official

first_imgChennai, Sept 1 (PTI) The Madras High Court today upheld a CAT order quashing the charge-memo issued against Y John Nicholson of the then Crime Branch CID, Egmore here stating that he had held the post of President of Tamil Nadu Fencing Association for four years from November 4, 2009 without prior permission from the authority concerned.Nicholson had moved the Madras bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), contending that the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules would become applicable only if an officer held the (sports) post for over four years or for a full term, whichever is less.CAT quashed the charge-memo on September 13, 2014 stating that he had held the post from November 4, 2009 to November 3, 2013 for which the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not applicable.A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan, upholding the CAT order said, “It is a settled principle of law that for deciding/quashing a charge-memo, the tribunal is not having power. But in the instant case, the period mentioned in the charge-memo itself is erroneous.”Even on the basis of documents filed by the petitioners (Home Secretary and DGP), this court can easily deduce that Nicholson had served as the President of the Association only for two-and-a-half years, and therefore the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not at all applicable.”It said, “Under the circumstances, the charge-memo in question is liable to be set aside/quashed. The charge-memo had erroneously stated that he had held the post for four years from November 4, 2009.” PTI CORR RC SC TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy at a very interesting juncture: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has lauded Sri Lanka’s gutsy batting performance and said that his team was not “invincible” despite setting up a big target of 322, which he personally thought was enough to win their Champions Trophy match.”I personally thought that we had enough on the board at the halfway stage. And I think our bowlers also bowled decently well. If the Lankan batsmen come out and play like that and everyone plays well, you have to give credit to the opposition as well. We are not invincible. We are playing against other sides who are also champion sides (in their own rights),” Kohli said at the post-match media conference on Thursday.Kohli said that rather than criticising his colleagues, he would like to compliment the kind of batsmanship displayed by Sri Lanka.”If a side comes out there and plays cricket with that kind of mindset and executes their shots so well, then you have to take your hat off sometimes and say ‘very well played’.”Defending champions India are now in a do-or-die situation and will now have to beat South Africa in the virtual quarter-final to progress to the last four round.”Yes, it’s become very exciting. Virtually every game is a quarter-final now. In our group especially, all teams are on two points, and you have to win your next game to go through, which is, I think, an exciting position to be in for all teams,” Kohli said.”And for everyone involved in the tournament and the fans as well, I think, it’s a great scenario where you literally have two quarter-finals now which is going to be even more competitive cricket. So we are pretty clear about the whole situation, and, it certainly has opened up the whole table for sure,” the Indian skipper added.advertisementKohli said the “bowling collapse” would make him push harder for 20 runs extra when they take on South Africa at the same ground on Sunday.”From the batting point of view, as I said, I thought we paced it well. I thought we had enough on the board. In hindsight, when you look back, maybe you think of phases that we could have accelerated, but I don’t see that as a major issue.”Maybe, we will have to push harder now in the next few games to give us a 20-run cushion after a result like this. This is because we are playing on the same ground (Oval) as well (in the next match),” he said.One could sense helplessness in his voice when Kohli said that it was one such day when none of his plans worked.”Sometimes you literally can’t do anything in the game. You try to find ways to get people out, but it doesn’t happen. If you have a couple of guys with off days in between, you can’t go in with eight bowling options. You literally have five or six with a part-timer. In any case, you play two spinners, or you play four seamers,” Kohli said sarcastically.”If two guys (Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja) aren’t able to execute their lines, it does become difficult. Me and Kedar (Jadhav) chipped in with our overs and we pulled back the game at that stage. But then, again, everyone came out and played positive cricket from their team,” a disappointed India captain added.Asked as to how he will lift the morale of his team after the demoralising defeat, Kohli said he would treat it just like he would have treated a batting collapse.”It is like a batting collapse. When you collapse as a batting unit, you don’t sit down and think of your life is over. You just move on and say it’s a bad day. Forget about it. That’s what. In a Test match, you have a lot to think about because the game goes on for five days,” he said.”But I think in shorter format, you have to forget it and move on. As for people’s perception — we can’t sit here and think of what people perceive us to be or what people had expected of us as a team.”last_img read more

Tackling security vulnerabilities of the industrial IoT

first_imga patchwork of OT and control systems from multiple vendors running proprietary and non-updatable software, including human-machine-interface (HMI) computers with access to remote terminal units (RTUs), SCADAmaster (supervisory control computers), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL: ultra slim SBCs expand possible applicationsNext Designing security into the industrial IoT decades-old OT equipment and control systems never designed for exposure to the internet and, therefore, not designed for security BOULDER CREEK, Calif. — We are seeing a number of attacks both on industrial control systems (ICS) and on the operational technology (OT) side of the industrial IoT (IIoT) with increasing frequency.Why is the IIoT so vulnerable to cyberattacks?We talked to ICS and OT specialists at major cybersecurity solutions providers, as well as key industry analysts, to suss out the answers.The consensus was a list of several elements that have combined to create a perfect storm over the last few years: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT a steep escalation in the numbers and types of attackers lack of budgets, or insufficient budgets, for implementing cybersecurity awareness, monitoring, and prevention technology poor or absent cybersecurity practices and technology, including a lack of either designed for the very different ICS/OT environment, not the IT environment a big increase in the number of sensors and devices being connected to each organization’s IIoT, forming a huge potential attack surface Phil Neray, vice president of industrial cybersecurity for CyberX, sees three of these as the key factors that indicate that industrial control/OT systems are more at risk today of experiencing cyberattacks than ever before:“First, most devices and networks used in our industrial control systems were designed 15 or more years ago, when connectivity to the internet was not standard practice and when it was assumed that if you had connectivity to the device, you had permission to configure the device. As a result, most have either no authentication or weak authentication, like passwords that can be easily sniffed from the wire.“Second, connectivity between corporate IT networks and OT networks has increased significantly because of the need to get real-time intelligence from production. Whether it’s a gas pipeline, a factory floor, or a well site, companies want to optimize their operations and collect real-time intelligence. This means that the attack surface has increased: There are many more ways for attackers to get into industrial networks.“Third, the group of potential attackers has also increased. From a destructive malware point of view, today, it includes nation-state threats, primarily Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Also China, which is less interested in malware and more interested in stealing intellectual property from industrial networks. Attackers now include sophisticated nation-states, cybercriminals with ransomware for shutting down a plant, and hacktivists. They also include third-party risks.”EE Times interviewed a host of cybersecurity experts for this Special Project. In the following pages, we will share some of the key points that they laid out for us as to why the IIoT is so vulnerable to cyberattacks.  Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Top 10 Commerce colleges in India

first_imgAll the major boards of India have announced the Class 12 results for the year 2018.Now, the students would all be gearing up for another battlefield — the battle to get into the course and colleges of their choice.Here’s the list of top commerce colleges of India, brought to you by India Today’s exclusive survey.Here’s the list of top 10 commerce colleges of India:1. Shri Ram College of CommerceSRCC started awarding undergraduate degrees in 1932 and graduate degrees in 1948. It received its present name and form in 1951. The institute started an International Business MBA equivalent course in 1999, called the Post Graduate Diploma in Global Business Operations.2. Hindu CollegeThe college boasts of an accomplished faculty of about 120 members, and more than 2,000 students. The college is also proud of its efficient and very supportive non-academic staff. It offers a number of courses in the Sciences, Humanities and the Social Science streams.3. Lady Shri Ram College for WomenA centre for academic excellence and achievement, LSR is today one of the finest institutions for Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce, while also offering a B.Sc. Programme in Statistics. Professional courses like Elementary Education and Journalism are among its strengths.4. Hansraj CollegeA premier institution, with highly qualified academicians imparting education in different fields, the college today enjoys a reputation for outstanding performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.5. Department of Commerce, Christ (Deemed to be University)The Department of Commerce, the oldest and largest department of Christ University. The Department offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes in Commerce.advertisement6. Loyola CollegeLoyola College was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1925, with the primary objective of providing university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community. Although this college is meant primarily for Catholics, it admits other students irrespective of caste and creed.7. Kirori Mal CollegeKirori Mal College (KMC), established in 1954 is one of the premiere institutions of higher learning constituent to the University of Delhi, for all academic, administrative and extracurricular activity purposes.There are 21 Undergraduate Programs including 15 Honours courses in 19 Departments in the college. It is the only college in University of Delhi which offers B.Sc (Program) Analytical Chemistry at the Undergraduate level.8. Madras Christian CollegeThe college was founded as a school in 1837. It is known as much for its academic standing and leadership building as it is for social commitment. Today, the college has more than 5,000 students and over 220 faculty members serving in 31 departments.9. St Joseph’s College of CommerceThe St Joseph’s College of Commerce is an autonomous college managed by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society (BJES). It runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses in commerce and business streams. The St Joseph’s College of Commerce was created in 1972 after the bifurcation of the St Joseph’s College, Bangalore, which was established in 1882.10. Mithibai College of ArtsShri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal started the Mithibai College of Arts & Mohanlal Dayal Chauhan Institute of Science in 1961 as a part of its own silver jubilee celebration. A complex was thereby formed that embraced the three main streams of educationRead: Here’s the list of top 10 Arts colleges in IndiaRead: Delhi University second cut-off list sees more than 5,000 students take admissionlast_img read more

OnePlus is now one of the top 5 Android premium phone companies in the world

first_imgOver a month after CounterPoint pointed out that OnePlus is India’s top premium phone company, the market research firm has come out with its global findings. Globally, the list of biggest premium phone companies is led by Apple with a market share of 43 per cent, but for the first time, OnePlus enters the group of Top 5 with a 2 per cent market share. In India, OnePlus continues to be the top premium phone maker with a 40 per cent market share, and two of its phones — OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 5T — are the top selling phones in the segment above Rs. 30,000 price point.CounterPoint hints that the latest success of OnePlus is because of the OnePlus 6, which has found good favour with consumers and which has helped the smartphone maker become the company with the highest growth rate in $400-$600 segment. “OnePlus was one of the fastest growing brands in the $400-$600 segment. OnePlus sales were driven by India, China and UK. In India it surpassed Apple and Samsung to become the No. 1 premium smartphone OEM during the quarter with a strong 40 per cent market share,” said Tarun Pathak, associate director at Counter Point.In the list of Top 5 phones, Apple is No. 1 with a market share of 43 per cent. It is followed by Samsung that has a market share of 24 per cent, Oppo with a market share of 10 percent, Huawei with a market share of 9 per cent and Xiaomi with a market share of 3 per cent. OnePlus has a 2 per cent market share. But the most interesting bit about the OnePlus is that, along with Huawei, it is the only Chinese phone company that has found favour with customers outside China for its premium phone. Not only is OnePlus selling a good number of phones in India, it is also increasingly getting love from customers in Europe.advertisementOn Thursday, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei shared a photo of the company’s new HQ in Europe. The company also has 6 regional offices in European countries, and according to CounterPoint, it is the fourth biggest brand in the premium market in France, Germany, Netherlands and UK. In addition, OnePlus occupies the fifth position in Italy in a similar list and the third position in Sweden. All of this is, according to Counter Point, because of “strong initial sales of the OnePlus 6”.Pei also hinted that OnePlus may open a retail store in Europe soon. As the popularity of its phones grow, OnePlus is also hoping to expand further in the US with rumours suggesting that the upcoming OnePlus 6T could be the first OnePlus phone to be available in the US through a major telecom company in partnership with T-Mobile.For OnePlus, finding a mention in the list of top premium phone makers is a big deal. It is the youngest brand in the list, achieving the distinction in just four years after it entered the market. And it’s growing in the way that you can call organic. Since its launch in 2014, OnePlus has focussed on delivering quality phones like OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 6 that have been remarkably good high-end phones, and yet they have sold at prices that are half of what Apple or Samsung charge for their premium phones.The focus on quality, simplicity, and delivering incredible value has also helped OnePlus build a fan base and community that now gives it an edge compared to some of the other, even bigger, brands.This is the kind of growth that CounterPoint believes makes OnePlus one of the brands to watch out for in future. The idea is that with Apple increasing the cost of its phones — the iPhone XS in India starts at Rs. 99,900 and globally costs $999 — OnePlus phones may become even more attractive to consumers, even in markets where Apple has been traditionally very strong. “With 5G around the corner (OnePlus will launch a 5G phone next year) and players like Apple pushing the price points higher, Chinese OEMs have a good chance of entering new price tiers in the premium segment to drive both increased revenue and profit,” said Tarun Pathak.OnePlus is gearing up to launch the OnePlus 6T in October. Like other OnePlus phones, this one too is expected to come with high-end components and top features. The OnePlus 6T is expected to sport a large 6.4-inch screen with a waterdrop notch, a better battery life, a fingerprint sensor that will be embedded under the display, and a new Oxygen OS based on Android 9 Pie. It will almost certainly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and will have up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Harry Kane scores on return but Tottenham Hotspur lose to Burnley

first_imgHarry Kane scored on his return from injury for Tottenham but his side fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Burnley, which severely dented their Premier League title hopes on Saturday.Ashley Barnes’ 83rd minute winner for Burnley, after Kane had cancelled out Chris Woods’ opener, extended their unbeaten run to eight games and moved them up to 13th place in the league with one of their best results since returning to the top flight.But for third-placed Spurs, who trail leaders Manchester City and Liverpool by five points, this may prove to be a loss that leaves them with too much ground to make up.At an unseasonably sun-splashed Turf Moor, Kane returned to the Spurs line-up for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Manchester United on Jan. 13 with England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands.But he will have left East Lancashire also impressed by Burnley central defensive pair of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee who kept the England captain and the Spurs attack well under control.Spurs made a slow start to the lunchtime kick-off game and it was not until the 16th minute that they threatened when Kane worked some space for himself, on the edge of the penalty area, but his left-foot effort was comfortably wide of Tom Heaton’s post.Burnley were harrying and closing down well in midfield, with Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork particularly busy, and Spurs struggled to find their rhythm or any real openings for their captain.advertisementBarnes went close to an opener in the 33rd, Jeff Hendrick pulling the ball back and the Burnley striker’s first time effort flashed just over the bar. The effort would surely have impressed the watching Austrian national team coach Franco Foda, given Barnes’ eligibility for the country through his paternal grandmother.Burnley’s disciplined defending ensured the teams went in level at the break but four minutes after the resumption, Kane fired another warning, a dangerously dipping and swerving shot from 30 metres out bringing out the best in Heaton.Burnley took the lead in the 57th minute with a glancing header by Wood, who rose ahead of Juan Foyth to angle in a Dwight McNeil corner.Spurs believed the corner should not have been awarded but they responded positively.Eight minutes later Kane, who had looked a little rusty, ran on to a quick throw-in from Danny Rose, got behind Mee and slipped the ball past Heaton.Burnley were angered that Rose had taken the throw-in several metres ahead of the spot were the ball went out of play but their protests were in vain.The Clarets, who have been in or around the relegation zone for most of the season, grabbed the winner though when substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson found Barnes at the back post and the striker fired in his fourth goal in as many games.Also Read | I-League: Juan Quero Barraso helps Minerva Punjab FC beat Neroca FClast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: I had told Kuldeep ‘don’t worry, ho jaayega,’ says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) at Old Trafford on Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar picked Kuldeep Yadav’s dismissal of Babar Azam as the turning point in the game. Chasing 337 in a rain-hit World Cup 2019 game, Pakistan had lost Imam-ul-Haq early but Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman had given the team a glimmer of hope.Babar and Fakhar added 104 for the 2nd wicket with the threat of rain looming large. By then, India had lost Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the match with tightness in his left hamstring. Kuldeep removed Babar (48) and Fakhar (62) in successive overs to derail Pakistan’s chase. They lost Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off successive balls to Hardik Pandya not long after and it was as good as over for Pakistan.Kuldeep Yadav had a nightmarish IPL earlier this year. He was dropped from the Kolkata Knight Riders team after a brutal assault by Moeen Ali but on Sunday, he was back at his best. Kuldeep got the ball to turn and flummoxed the batsmen with his variations.Several experts had reckoned Kuldeep Yadav would return to his best in the World Cup despite a poor time in the 2019 IPL. On Sunday, Kuldeep showed why he is such a threat in any condition.”That (the Babar-Fakhar stand) was one partnership where everyone was slightly worried. We knew rain was around the corner and it was all going to boil down to DLS,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today. “They were catching up to it. Picking wickets will force you to score that many runs. He has figured out his pace with more overs under his belt.”advertisement”In the IPL, I felt Kolkata is a difficult surface to bowl on… flat wickets there. It’s not so easy and sometimes batsmen do not have to be technically right to play those shots.”I told Kuldeep.. don’t worry ho jaega, ek stump pe bowling karte raho (Don’t worry, you will do it. Keep bowling to one stump). To get Babar Azam at a critical stage was fantastic. That was the turning point. He was bowling at the right pace, more confident and generally his body language is coming across as a positive left arm spinner,” Tendulkar said.Sachin Tendulkar said the Indian team has all its bases covered. With Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the pace department and Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahl in the spin department, Tendulkar said it would be a challenge for the opposition batsmen against India.”Two wrist spinners and both can bowl wrong ones. We have covered all areas and that is what the strength of the squad is. Upfront to deal with Bumrah and Bhuvi and then the wrist spinners, its a challenge for the batsmen,” he said.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Donovan makes Liga MX debut for Leon

first_imgLandon Donovan Landon Donovan makes Liga MX debut for Leon vs. Puebla Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 10:48 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Landon Donovan Club Leon Liga MX Leopoldo Smith Liga MX León v Puebla León Puebla The United States great has been working to get to match fitness for the last month and finally saw the field Saturday Judged on a limited sample size, Landon Donovan made a positive debut for Leon in Sautrday’s match against Puebla, coming on in the 83rd minute and looking comfortable in his first match in two years, which his side won 2-1. Donovan came out of retirement to join Leon in the offseason and hadn’t played in a professional match since Nov. 6, 2016, when he went 45 minutes for the LA Galaxy in a playoff game that capped his first comeback.  This return was announced Jan. 13 , but the all-time leading scorer for the United States men’s national team has been working to get back to match fitness.Leon started the season well  but had been outscored 9-1 in its previous two matches, falling 4-0 to Necaxa at home in Jornada 4 and losing to Monterrey 5-1 last weekend. That put pressure on Donovan not only to debut against Puebla, as had been speculated, but to help an attack that has been unable to achieve the level it showed last tournament. 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 Ultimately, it was a relaxed first showing for Donovan. The 35-year-old came into the match with Leon already up 2-1 and controlling the possession. Mauro Boselli started the night right for La Fiera with a third-minute goal, with Andres Andrade doubling the lead in the 21st minute.Donovan entered for “El Rifle” Andrade in the 83rd minute to applause from the crowd at the Camp Nou and settled into his familiar position just behind the forward. His performance Saturday was too little to draw any conclusions about how the return will be judged in the long-run, but the American was involved in a number of plays.In the 88th minute, he lost the ball while trying to create a chance but chased down Puebla’s Anderson Santamaria and returned the favor. Just before the clock read 90 minutes, he combined with Mauro Boselli in the box, but found the ball back at his feet after a deflection. He got stuck in traffic and a defender played the ball off him for a goal kick.”From the first day that I was here in Leon the fans have been great. Now I have to give them something on the field, and I’m going to do it,” Donovan told reporters after the matchIn stoppage time, a chance for a storybook debut went wanting. With Puebla’s defense caught up field looking for the equalizer, Donovan made a secondary run into the 18-yard area and was all alone near the penalty spot. Fellow substitute Hernan Burbano’s cross was far too heavy, though, and the American had to chase the ball down and recycle the play.”It’s tougher to play on the field on Saturday night than to train, that’s why I was lacking a little rhythm, but it was important that I could debut in a win,” he said. Donovan’s fellow offseason acquisitions, former MLS forward Giles Barnes and Malaga loanee Emanuel Cecchini, also were yet to make their Leon debuts. Barnes was on the bench for Saturday’s match but didn’t enter.Donovan has now resumed a career that saw him become one of the most decorated players in U.S. national team history, earning 157 caps and a record-tying 57 goals. A six-time MLS Cup champion, Donovan became the league’s all-time leader with 145 goals and 136 assists — prompting MLS to name its MVP award in his honor shortly after his initial retirement in December 2014.last_img read more

18 days agoNeville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserve

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. They have cocked it up. They have cocked it up, they are responsible for this. Poor recruitment, poor selection of, well managers, going with them and then pulling off them.”Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him. Jose Mourinho they sacked him after two and a half years when they had given him a contract six months before.”They have pulled off managers in what would be the sort of thread of it and they have gone for completely different styles of managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.”They have now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the club in a completely different direction again, and if you change direction as a board every two years and you invest £250million along the way in each manager you are going to have big problems.”And Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to ensure that the clean up job that he is doing – which needs to be done because of the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he actually gets the opportunity to spend that £250million that the others have got to spend so that he can have an opportunity.”There are things out there that I like. There are things that I liked from Jose Mourinho as well, I didn’t want him to be sacked, but there were things I liked out there today.” last_img read more

College Athletes Are Crushing The NCAA For Its Tweet

first_imgA general view of the NCAA logo at center court.CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 20: A general view of the court before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Earlier this week, the NCAA sent out a tweet that started a social media firestorm. The tweet showed a “day in the life” type video showcasing what it’s like to be a student-athlete.In the video, a student can be seen waking up from his bed and being thrust immediately into class. He then goes to a workout before getting some quality time with friends.After a quick break with friends, he plays in a basketball game before hitting the books in the library. Then it’s off to bed for this student athlete.Here’s the video.Student and athlete — a day in the life. pic.twitter.com/KBLa1gBLnq— NCAA (@NCAA) March 17, 2019In the days following the tweet’s existence, current and former college athletes ripped the NCAA for its depiction of a student-athlete.From former Texas Longhorns basketball star Myles Turner to former Maryland football star Torrey Smith, athletes from around the country gave their thoughts. pic.twitter.com/mxz5dphuFG— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 19, 2019Of course, the most-popular joke made on Twitter in response to the tweet from the NCAA centered around the actor’s salary. An actor playing a student-athlete was paid more to misrepresent the actual life of the student-athletes who don’t get paid.The irony wasn’t lost on most of those responding to the NCAA.last_img read more

Can’t-Miss Acts at Merlefest 2018 According to Other Artist on the Lineup

first_img Town Mountain Sandlin Gaither Beyond the Midnight Jam, Britt says, there are a number of bands he’s excited to try and see. “I hope to see Kris Kristofferson, Sam Bush, Rhiannon Giddons, Lonely Heart Stringband, Jerry Douglas with John Medeski, and Mandolin Orange. An ambitious goal, but a guy can dream,” he admits.Of those, his recommendation for those looking for an under-the-radar band to see is the Lonely Heartstring Band. Why? Simple: “Great people, great music,” he says.Finally, if you are going to be at Merlefest, it’s important to know what to bring to be prepared — especially if you’re camping out for the entire time. Marlin recommends bringing big hat and comfortable (water-resistant) shoes. Britt concurs, adding a lawn chair, sunscreen, and plenty of water to the list. You should also skim our checklist and tips for camping at a music festival.“The festival has good food vendors, so that is helpful. It can get chilly at night, so something warm is always a good call,” Britt says.Tickets for Merlefest 2018 are still available starting at $155, and can be purchased here. 1 of 3 Courtesy of MerlefestWhen the crowds descend on the small town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina (population: about 3,500) this weekend, they will be in for a treat, as Merlefest — the roots music festival started by American legend Doc Watson in 1988 in honor of his son Eddy Merle Watson — is back. Between April 26-29, 2018, the campus of Wilkes Community College will literally be alive with the sound of music (and foot stompin’).Seen as one of the premier music festivals in the country, Merlefest is a celebration of “tradition plus music,” Doc and Merle Watson’s way of describing the music they played: the traditional Appalachian music they played plus whatever else they felt like at the time. It brings together a wide range of music on fourteen stages, everything from the roots and bluegrass sounds of Appalachia to Americana, country, the blues, and more. There’s a little something for every one of the 75,000-plus attendees to the four-day festival.This year proves to be no different in terms of artist caliber. Whether you’re looking for the big-name acts like the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), Kris Kristofferson, Robert Earle Keen, or Rhiannon Giddens, or you’re looking for the next big act, you’re going to be able to find it on the Merlefest 2018 lineup.Andrew Marlin, one half of the duo Mandolin Orange, says he’s looking forward to hearing Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Douglas play together. Another band he says you can’t miss this year is Dead Horses. Mandolin Orange, who perform (as Marlin describes it) “chill, lyrical, picking music,” will be performing twice — once on Friday and once again on Saturday.For Bobby Britt, the fiddle player for the band Town Mountain, the Midnight Jam is the place to be. This annual tradition is held Saturday night at the campus’ Walker Center.“I can’t wait to make music with all of our friends at the Midnight Jam,” Britt says. “This is always a special vibe, and the magic is palpable. We will be collaborating that night with Mandolin Orange, Bryan Sutton, Jim Lauderdale, and some other surprise guests.” Mandolin Orange Courtesy of Merlefest Next Previous Dead Horses Courtesy of Merlefest center_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Lamborghini’s Rage-Filled Huracan Performante Spyder Is Your Own Personal Anger Translator

first_img Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual 1 of 23 Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual The comedic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) has produced a number of hilarious sketches, but nothing hits my funny bone harder than “Obama’s Anger Translator.” What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Poking fun at former president Barack Obama’s cool-headed demeanor, the brief skit introduces us to Luther, Obama’s “anger translator.” Luther’s sole responsibility is to parlay the emotion behind the president’s words. Thus, in place of polished, diplomatic language directed at the president’s foreign and domestic opponents, Luther lets loose some aggressive, profane warnings. The resulting contrast between the calm, seated president (Peele) and the cursing, prancing Luther (Key) is brilliantly entertaining.Perhaps the reason this sketch is so popular (with over 17 million views on YouTube), is because we can all relate to its premise — that our true feelings must often be veiled in strategic dialogue. And unlike Key & Peele’s imaginative world, there’s no such thing as an anger translator … or so I thought.Lamborghini’s fiercest Huracan first rattled my bones in 2017 during a drive event near the Italian automaker’s home in Sant’Agata, Bolognese. At the time, the Huracan Performante was the fastest production car to ever lap the Nurburgring (its record has since been busted by the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS), owing its pace to an innovative form of active aerodynamics. Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Miles Branman/The Manual Previous Miles Branman/The Manual Next center_img Miles Branman/The Manual A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Miles Branman/The Manual 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles BranmanALA (Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva) calls to task a set of integrated air channels that open or close to add downforce or reduce drag. The automatic system reacts in half a second to optimize grip or acceleration, even supplementing brake-based torque vectoring with a 50-50 split of valve operation.On the track, the Huracan Performante coupe was astonishing, both in its tenacity and poise. The car’s straight-line speed, corner exit velocity, and high-speed stability reset most of my internal benchmarks for “fast.” While taking laps of Autodromo di Imola, the car’s ferocious exhaust also made an impression, but I was too preoccupied with learning the circuit and exploring the car’s performance to pay the V10 harmony proper respect.Thankfully, Lamborghini recently extended another opportunity to ride the bull — this time sans roof.The Huracan Performante Spyder is every bit as weaponized as its fixed-roof counterpart. Sporting the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine, the Spyder produces an equal 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph is within a tenth of a second and top speed is just 1 mph shy of the coupe, meaning a sub-3.0-second run and a 201-mph VMAX. And though few owners will tote their Performante Spyder to the track, ALA remains an effective tool for cornering confidently.Miles Branman/The ManualYet another shared element between the coupe and convertible is a titanium exhaust with active baffles. Designed to save weight, the system is also an ideal echo chamber for the mid-mounted V10. Selecting Sport or Corsa drive mode pries open the integrated valves and releases the full fury. Unlike the coupe, however, the Performante Spyder can fold and stow the only obstruction between is center-exit soundtrack and passenger ears.It’s under such conditions that I’m reminded of anger translation, foolish though it sounds. With the top down and engine wailing, the Huracan Performante Spyder is the untempered emotion we all long to express. However minimal or imperceptible, accumulated stress leaves the body with every run up to the car’s 8,500-rpm redline or downshift-induced series of popping overrun.Better yet, unlike Luther’s intended audience, the car’s rage has no victim. Fellow motorists and onlookers beg for more retribution, and I’m happy to comply. Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

VIDEO: Finishing Touches on Prelude in 2015

first_imgThe world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, being constructed for oil and gas major Shell, continues to take shape at a top speed.The video shows the final stages of construction of the world’s biggest floating production facility that marked this year along with the preparations for the facility’s operation. These include installation of the last giant topside module at Geoje-based Samsung Heavy Industries, taking shape of storage tanks inside the hull and completion of a 17 kilometre long mooring chain in completed in Spain.Prelude will help unlock new energy resources offshore and has the potential to revolutionise the way natural gas resources are developed, according to Shell.To be used initially in the Prelude gas field, located some 200 kilometres (around 125 miles) off Australia’s north-west coast, this giant floating facility will liquefy natural gas at sea.FLNG will be used to access offshore gas fields that would otherwise be too costly or difficult to develop.Once complete, the facility will have decks measuring 488 by 74 metres, making it longer than four soccer fields.Video source: Shelllast_img read more

Two persons mowed by train

first_imgKolkata: Two persons died after they were run over by a local train on Wednesday night near Dum Dum Cantonment railway station. The duo was siblings and were fighting with each other beside the railway track.According to sources, deceased youths identified as Umesh Bansfor (27) and Lalan Bansfor (30) lived at a slum beside the railway track of Sealdah-Bongaon section near Dum Dum Cantonment railway station. On Wednesday, around 10 pm, they got involved in an altercation over some family issues. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOther residents of the slum tried to stop them but they did not bother to listen to anyone. Umesh picked an iron rod and tried hitting Lalan. Lalan tried to flee from the spot and started running along the railway track. Umesh also chased him. After a few minutes, the duo again got involved in a scuffle on the railway track. While they were busy fighting each other on the Down track, a local train arrived. Despite the locomotive pilot used loud horn to aware them, Lalan and Umesh kept on assaulting each other. Some locals tried to warn them and pull Umesh and Lalan from the track, but till then the train hit the duo and went few meters ahead. After the train stopped, it was seen that Umesh and Lalan got stuck in the cow catcher in front of the train. They were recovered and rushed to R G Kar Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.last_img read more

Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade for a second time

first_imgTORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be returning to one of Canada’s largest Pride celebrations this weekend.Pride Toronto, organizers of the city’s festival celebrating the LGBTQ community, says Trudeau will be marching in Sunday’s parade again this year.He made history last year when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a Pride parade.Trudeau marched in Vancouver’s Pride festival later that summer.This year, he will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, making his first appearance at the Toronto Pride event.last_img

Queen Elizabeth greets Maithripala for Independence Day

Queen Elizabeth II has sent a greeting to President Maithripala Sirisena on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day.“It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes for the good fortune and happiness of the people of Sri Lanka in the coming year,” she said in her message.