If you’re a new filmmaker taking your new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K out on its first shoot, here are a few settings and tips you need to know.The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has begun finding its way to users who have been eagerly awaiting it. Our take on the camera was 50/50 — gorgeous footage but with a few internal flaws. However, since the cost of admission for this camera is relatively low, it lends itself really well to those who’ve been waiting to dive into filmmaking. But as with any new camera, even if it’s as easy to use as the Pocket 4K, you can find yourself wishing you knew a few more things before you headed out to film.So what do you need to know?Batteries and StorageAs I mentioned in the review, the Pocket 4K eats battery power. With a fully charged LP-E6 battery, you’ll get just under an hour of on-time, but whether or not you’re actively recording during that hour will cause the overall battery span to vary. You’re going to need extra batteries. At least four to be safe. Thankfully, the LP-E6 is a low-cost battery, and there are plenty of third-party brands to choose from. I know it seems obvious to recommend batteries since most filmmakers carry an abundance of them anyway. However, I’m suggesting that you get even more than you think you’ll need.Media storage is a different beast altogether. Filming at 24fps at 4K DCI with CinemaDNG RAW recording format, you will only get 18 minutes of footage on a 256gb card — and that will vary depending on the card’s manufacturer. Like the Ursa, we do have the option of switching to lossy RAW (which is the 3:1 and 4:1 setting), which dramatically increases the available recording time. Changing to cinemaDNG 3:1 will nearly double the available recording time from 18 minutes to 34 (from 18 to 43 minutes if switching to 4:1).I would argue until the sun comes up that 3:1 is a generous and mild compression — and it wouldn’t be a massive disservice to the RAW data if you were to use 3:1 or 4:1. Ultimately, it will come down to the amount of storage on your card, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just a few minutes of recording time because you feel like you need to use RAW.It is important to note that, when recording in RAW, typically because of the fast data rate, Cfast 2.0 cards are a better idea than SD cards.Dual Native ISO SettingsThe Pocket 4K has dual native ISO: at 400 and 3600. If you’re unsure about what dual native ISO is, you can find a clear explanation here, but in short . . .. . . normal sensors have a circuit for each pixel, sensors in cameras with dual native have two.Let’s say our imaginary camera now has a second ISO rating of 3200. As we gain up from 400 ISO, we see an expected increase in image noise. A strange thing happens once we pass 3200, however — the noise disappears. At 3200 ISO, the second circuit’s native capacitor takes over, resetting the noise in the image (or the “noise floor”).Some of the higher ISOs will appear less noisy in low-light situations than a lower ISO. In the case of the Pocket 4K, the camera switches to the upper gain circuit at 1250. Therefore, you would receive a cleaner image using ISO 1250 in a situation when you might be using ISO 1000. Of course, when switching to 1250, you’re going to have that slight increment of exposure to account for.Dynamic Range SettingsThere are three settings on the Pocket 4K that will change how the camera interprets the dynamic range: Video, Extended Video, and Film.Video offers a baked-in look similar to REC 709’s color standard. This gives you a faster turnaround when you need to capture and deliver footage with little to no post-production processing. This is perfect if you’re using the camera just to record home footage.Extended Video is the in-between setting. It offers a wider dynamic range than the video setting, but it also applies a slight contrast. This setting is helpful when you would like to grade but not extensively (perhaps because you don’t feel confident grading such flat footage as you’ll find in the film setting).Film is the setting you need to be working with if you want to capture filmic imagery. However, when using the dynamic range film setting, especially in RAW, you may find the image looking uninspired, which leads us to the next section.Viewing Film and RAWRAW is obviously one of the main selling points of the camera, and as I said above, it would be criminal not to use it. However, if the BMPCC4K is your first introduction to using the RAW format (along with the film setting), you may find yourself a little miffed seeing a lifeless image through the LCD screen. This is completely normal. The following video from Learn Color Grading explains why.However, a common mistake among new filmmakers using RAW is overexposing the image, thinking that it will help brighten it up. Yet in post, with a LUT applied, the highlights have long been blown out. There are two things you can do to improve the process of recording in RAW using the film setting.First, you can activate a stored 3D LUT. A display LUT doesn’t affect the recorded RAW footage (although you can indeed turn on Record LUT to Clip), but it will give you an idea of what your footage will look like when it has been graded, as it simulates standard contrast. To do this, select the LUT you want to display in the LUT menu. Return to the LCD home screen, and press the middle (second button) function button to display the LUT.Alternatively, if you don’t want to display a LUT but want to monitor your footage correctly, you can get a histogram in the lower left of the monitor. At first, you may only see the codec and resolution information, but you can quickly change that in the monitor settings page.Hit the menu button on the Pocket 4K, and head to monitor menu. On the second page, select LCD, and then change the display from codec and resolution to meters. Although it’s jam-packed with professional features, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is an excellent camera for new filmmakers. Keep an eye on The Beat, and we’ll continue to bring you more Pocket 4K tips and tricks.Looking for more production gear tips and tricks? 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Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo AJ Coronel finished with only 10 points but he buried the biggest basket of the game—a triple with 1:22 remaining—to extend the lead to four for the Altas, who watched Andoy Estrella and Almel Orquina miss desperation triples in a frenetic endgame sequence.GJ Ilagan finished with 13 points, while Prince Eze added 11 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Altas chalked up their first victory in three outings. The Altas’ record should have been at 2-1, but their opening win against St. Benilde was nullified because they wore the wrong uniform color.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This is a good win for us,” said Altas coach Jimwell Gican.“We always tell the players to keep working hard and trust that we will get rewarded and this is what happened today. It’s a good sign because we won on Mapua’s home floor.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Que shoots 68, posts 3-shot ICTSI classic lead FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Read Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Unfazed by the large home crowd, Perpetual Help overcame Mapua’s last-ditch surge to escape with a 63-60 victory last Thursday night for its first win of the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at the newly refurbished Mapua Gym in Intramuros, Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It marked the second straight week that the visiting team conquered the home squad in the NCAA on Tour. Last week, San Sebastian stunned Arellano, 76-67, at the Chiefs’ home for its first victory.The Cardinals struggled to contain Eze’s strong inside presence as the Nigerian nailed a basket inside the paint for a 44-34 lead with 3:19 remaining in the third period.But the Cardinals started making headway from there as Laurenz Victoria and Orquina combined to give the Cardinals a three-point edge with 4:05 left.“We expected them to come back because this is their home court and fatigue affected our players,” said Gican.Despite falling to 1-2, Mapua coach Atoy Co saw plenty of positives from his squad.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES “At least the boys really fought their heart out,” said the PBA legend turned coach.“The problem is there are some players who always want to take the credit. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to look at the situation, whether you can take it, you can make it or not.”“I just hope they’re going to be more matured as this season keeps going,” he added.Leo Gabo paced the Cardinals with 12 points while Estrella, the hero of last week’s 78-75 win over Letran, finished with 11 points, four assists and four boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc
The Maharashtra police has also issued an alert following the information that some suspects were moving around near Uran, Director General of Police Satish Mathur told PTI here.All the coastal police stations in the state have been put on alert and police teams are working in coordination with the Navy in search operations, he said.Mathur, however, was quick to point out that no suspect has been traced so far.Notably, the coastline is guarded by a three-tier network which starts with the local police (with its coastal police stations) closest to the land, followed by the Union Home Ministry-led Coast Guard while the Indian Navy patrols the high seas. PTI DC GK SMJ
Continue Reading Previous Aldec: SoC and ASIC designers to benefit from multiple HES Proto-AXI enhancementsNext Elatec: universal reader that’s smaller than a credit card Mitwell, a Portwell subsidiary, announces three new members of the Box PC series KUBER – a compact-sized, fan-less embedded system, featuring the latest 14nm Intel Atom (Apollo Lake) processor series.The KUBER series is housed in a rugged, fan-less case and features the latest Intel Celeron processor N3350 with 4GB (LPDDR4 2400) memory. For applications with high demand for wide temperature support (-40 to +70°C) the KUBER series can be optionally equipped with the Intel E3930 processor, delivering similar performance as the N3350 but a Tjunction of 110°C. The KUBER series benefits from about 30% more computing power and 45% more graphics performance, compared to the previous generation and offers powerful Intel Gen9 graphics, with up to 18 execution units and allowing the connection of 4k displays via the display port. In addition, the fan-less KUBER series operates with a Thermal Design Power below 10W (depends on version) and supports 12-30 VDC +/- 20% power consumption for demanding applications.For data acquisition and communication use cases, the KUBER series offers industrial interfaces such as 2x Gb Industrial Ethernet (Intel i210) – 2x USB 3.0. 32GB (up to 256GB optional) integrated eMMC storage for operating system, application software & data – and a M.2 Key-E (2230) for WIFI connection complete the storage and expansion options. The three new KUBER Series member share the same compact and robust housing, sized 99 x 63 x 92 mm.For use in harsh environments, the KUBER series meets the heavy-industrial requirements of EN 61000-6-4 (EMI) and EN 61000-6-2 (EMS) and the EMS standards IEC 61000-4-4, 4-6, 4-8, which contain extended EFT, CS and PFMF criteria, compared to the general industry standard (EN 61000-6-1). This makes the KUBER series a perfect solution for applications such as plant networking, process monitoring, environmental management and process visualization. On the software side, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and three Linux (Yocto, Debian and Ubunto) as operating systems, eAPI combined with SGeT’s UIC (Universal IoT Connector) and Microsoft Azure guarantee high flexibility for the use in various IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Yesterday, the stars of Star Plus’s show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein celebrated 1,500 episodes of the series in Mumbai.The entire star cast of the popular tele-series and even the producer of the show, Ekta Kapoor, were seen enjoying at the party.While most people from the cast sported gorgeous ensembles, there was one person who failed to impress the fashion police, especially netizens. Photo: Yogen ShahEkta’s followers on the social media started trolling her for wearing the outfit as soon as she posted the picture of her dress.The queen of Hindi television series had worn a one-shoulder maroon ruffle gown, denims, and black-and-beige blocked heels to the event, and her fans were not able to comprehend Ekta’s outfit choice. Photo: Instagram/ektaravikapoorSome called the dress OTT (over the top), while others compared it to a tacky curtain.One troll even went as far as tagging Youtube vlogger Pewdiepie, who recently had a huge tiff with Ekta when he commented on the quality of one of her shows. Here’s what people commented on Ekta’s photo. The comments on Ekta Kapoor’s photo on Instagram The comments on Ekta Kapoor’s photo on Instagram The comments on Ekta Kapoor’s photo on InstagramThis isn’t the first instance where Ekta was trolled for her fashion choices. Earlier too, Ekta has been trolled numerous times for her fashion disasters.ALSO READ: Ekta Kapoor shares the first teaser of Kasauti Zindagi Kay rebootALSO WATCH: Ekta Kapoor looks cute as a button in this throwback picadvertisement
The RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018 was conducted today, August 16. There were 200 questions, which had to be answered in 120 minutes.There were four sections – General awareness, English language, Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning.All the sections except English language were available bilingually, that is, both in English and in Hindi.Negative marking:Each question had 5 options and 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks was deducted for every incorrect answer.The detailed break-up of the RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018 is as follows: Sectional and overall expected cut-offs of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018: Section-wise analysis of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018:General Awareness: Most number of questions came from the current affairs – both national and international. It has to be noted that a number of questions totaling 21 came from banking. Other areas that were covered in this section were sports, business, science and technology, and books and authors. Very few questions, around 4 in number, came from the static portion of GK.It is also to be noted that maximum current affairs questions came from the events and happenings that occurred from May to July 2018.Rest of the questions from the dynamic section of GK came from the events and occurrences that took place in the last one year.Overall, the difficulty level of this section can be categorised as easy to moderate. English language:The section comprised 11 RC questions in total. There were two RC passages which had 4 and 7 questions in each passage. One RC passage was based on exchange rate and the second RC passage was on life events based.advertisementMost of the questions were inference based and so, took a long time to figure out the answer. Other topics that came in the exam included sentence correction, statement connection, etc. No para jumble and cloze test questions came this time.Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was moderate to difficult. Quantitative aptitude:There were questions 5 questions each based on wrong numbers in series and comparison of two quantities in this section.There were 10 questions on data interpretation which were split into two sets of 5 questions each. Apart from that, there were 10 quantitative aptitude questions which were lengthy, calculative and time consuming. Reasoning:This section comprised of 6 AR sets (Puzzles) which were of moderate level in nature. Rest of the questions could have been attempted easily to maximize the score.No questions were there based on input-output.However, the overall section was quite time consuming. Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.(Analysis by Mayank Garg, Mentor, Career Launcher)Read: RBI introduces new Rs 100 note: A look at the salient features
HMD Global, the company that currently holds the license to brand Nokia, has officially entered the notch family of smartphones with the launch of Nokia X5 and Nokia X6. Both the phones are the company’s first phones to come with notched displays. And now it seems that the company is working on another notched phone dubbed Nokia X7.A new image claimed to be the front panel of Nokia X7, has surfaced online that reveals new details about the new Nokia phone. Spotted first by Nokiamob, on Baidu, the image hints at a large display and a thick notch. The display seems larger than the Nokia X5 and Nokia X6. The Nokia X5 and X6 sport a 5.8-inch display. The display size of the Nokia X7 is expected to larger than 6-inches. Design-wise, the Nokia X7 is expected to sport a similar design to the Nokia X6 only with a bigger display. The top notch bears two cuts- one for the sensor and the one for the earpiece. There is also a third spot allotted for the front camera in the notch.Nokia has confirmed that there will be no phones from the company at IFA Berlin 2018. So there are chances that the Nokia X7 may arrive by late 2018 or early 2019.Talking about the other rumoured specs of the phone, the Nokia X7 is rumoured to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor. Further, the Nokia X7 is expected to come in two variants based on the storage and ARM. The base model of the phone is expected to pack in 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage while the second variant may come with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There are no words on the launch and pricing of the phone yet.advertisementMeanwhile, Nokia has launched its Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus in India on August 21. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the global variant of Nokia X6 while the Nokia 5.1 Plus is the global variant of Nokia X5. Apart from being the first Nokia phones to come with notched displays, the other highlights of the phones are all glass bodies and Android One software. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is priced at Rs 15,999. The company has not revealed the price of Nokia 5.1Plus and will reveal once it goes on sale in September.
Rafael Nadal has donated a million euros (approximately 1.15 million US dollars) to the victims of the flash floods that hit the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca. A total of 13 people were killed after flash floods hit Mallorca on October 9.”We know about his affection and humanity, which is as great as his talent and his results and he has shown that both on and off the court,” the local government said in a statement.In a video published by the local government, mayor Mateu Puigros stressed that Nadal donated the money despite being unable to take part in a charity exhibition match aimed at helping people who were affected by the disaster.Nadal was forced to suspend the match which was initially scheduled for December 7 as he had to undergo surgery on his right ankle in early November.The 17-time Grand Slam champion joined the clean-up operations and opened his academy for the victims.(With inputs from IANS)
FIFA Club World Cup Zidane and Real Madrid aim for history at FIFA Club World Cup Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 09:04 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid v Sevilla Al Jazira v Real Madrid Al Jazira Real Madrid Sevilla Primera División Opinion If Real Madrid come through a semi-final on Wednesday as expected and land the title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday then they will complete 2017 in style With their team languishing eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga with a Clasico to come before Christmas – and facing the threat of billionaires Paris St-Germain in the Champions League knockouts in the New Year – it would easy to forgive Real Madrid fans for not quite being in the festive mood.However, Madridistas can be buoyed by their team’s 5-0 destruction of Sevilla at the weekend and Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or award.Real arrived in 25-degree Abu Dhabi late on Sunday night for the defence of their FIFA Club World Cup title which begins on Wednesday. After a gentle exercise session in front of a few hundred locals at the New York University on Monday, the real business begins. 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 Al Jazira – winners of the UAE Arabian Gulf League and conquerors of Urawa Red Diamonds in the quarter finals of this tournament – lie in wait for Real at the Zayed Sports City Stadium midweek.The side coached by Henk Ten Cate should provide no great opposition for Madrid’s stars, while Copa Libertadores champions Gremio lying in wait in Saturday’s final.“I haven’t seen many matches,” Marcelo said. “I know there is a Brazilian Romarinho who is a very good player. Tomorrow we will see a lot of things about the team.”The Club World Cup might not mean much to the fan on the street but there is no doubting the seriousness with which Madrid are taking it.“This tournament is very important for us because we have to fight for all the titles,” said Marcelo. That’s why we will go for it to reach the final.”“The team is doing very well. Now we have to think about the match tomorrow. It will be complicated for sure.”Winning it and defending their title would give the club their most successful 12 months in history. Never before have they gained five titles across a single year. So far in 2017 they have won La Liga, the Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Super Cup. Adding the Club World Cup would give them unequalled spoils.Zinedine Zidane too has history on the line in the United Arab Emirates. The Frenchman is in with a chance of becoming Real’s second-most successful coach of all time despite being less than two full years into his tenure. He has racked up titles at an unprecedented rate and currently sits alongside club legend Vicente del Bosque in the all-time honours table on seven.One more would place him alongside Luis Molowny on eight, who coached at Santiago Bernabeu in four separate spells. Still out in the distance is Miguel Munoz on 16, including nine league titles.That would be a remarkable achievement for Zidane given his relative lack of experience at this level before accepting the job.“It motivates me and all the players,” Zidane said. “We want to defend our title that we won that last year. We all want to go back with the trophy.”This season has undoubtedly been extremely testing for Zidane and his players. They are only fourth in La Liga – unimaginable for a club of this stature – and only qualified for the Champions League last 16 as runners-up behind Tottenham Hotspur.There have been damaging defeats to Real Betis and Girona in league competition while no-one who witness Spurs’s 3-1 trashing of the European champions at Wembley will forget it in a hurry.Madrid could be said to be suffering from a lack of options. The likes of Pepe, Danilo, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez were not fully replaced and that has led to a shallowness in squad depth being exposed.It is clear that Cristiano Ronaldo has not been at his best this season even if he is being primed to explode into form after the turn of the year.But his tournament gives Ronaldo the chance to add to his two goals scored against Sevilla on Saturday, netted in celebration for yet another Golden Ball. The defences of Al Jazira and Gremio should be no match for his power if the likes of Isco and Luka Modric can find the right passes.This competition is by no means as exacting as regular competition in La Liga or the Champions League but it gives Madrid the chance to get away, clear their heads and make sure they can be at their best come el Clasico.By that stage they could well be parading five 2017 titles on the field, and reminding Barca that they might be on top of the league right now but that hasn’t been the case over the course of the year.
This victory was far from routine but as disappointing as Ireland were, they nevertheless left Rome with the five points they had targeted. And thanks to Wales’s victory against England, Joe Schmidt’s grand slam winners of a year ago still have a chance of retaining the Six Nations title. England run in nine tries in Women’s Six Nations drubbing of Wales Share on LinkedIn Warren Gatland warns Wales to stay grounded or face slip-up in Scotland Share on Twitter Support The Guardian If they are to reel in Wales, with a visit to Cardiff due in the final round, they will have to play much better than this laboured and often disjointed performance, however. It was only just about good enough to see off an Italy side who missed a late penalty to grab a losing bonus point.Italy had been leading 16-12 at half‑time as tries from Edoardo Padovani and Luca Morisi in the last seven minutes of the opening period cancelled out scores from Quinn Roux and Jacob Stockdale but failed to score after the interval as Keith Earls and Conor Murray closed out Ireland’s second win of the campaign.“There’s a sense of relief because we didn’t play as well as we would have liked,” Schmidt, the coach, said, “and because we were down 16-12 at half-time and we were up against an Italian side who have proven in this competition that they are tough to beat.The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on WhatsApp Italy rugby union team Read more Lawes ruled out as George admits England fell for Wales’s wind-up tactics Six minutes later and more Irish inaccuracy led to another Italian try, Tito Tebaldi pickpocketing his opposite number, Murray, at a ruck and racing upfield, Morisi eventually scoring in the left corner to give the home side a deserved 16-12 half-time lead.Ireland’s poor play continued after the break yet when they did get their multi-phase game going again, they reaped the benefits, Murray releasing Earls who slalomed through the Italy defence for the 29th try of his 75-Test career. Murray took over the goalkicking duties from Sexton and slotted the conversion, and the scrum-half converted his own try 12 minutes later after he launched off the back of another good Irish maul to slip down the blindside and score.That brought up Ireland’s bonus point but Schmidt’s team have a long way to go to regain their grand slam form of a year ago. Six Nations Share via Email “There’s a sense of relief because while we did create opportunities I don’t think we made the most of them and when we were building some positive attacks, we made errors. At the end of all that we are relieved.”A routine victory had been expected and when some trademark multi-phase play was finished off by a try from the second-row Roux on 13 minutes, it appeared business as usual between these two sides. Johnny Sexton converted but the kick coincided with the withdrawal of Bundee Aki for a head injury assessment and Ireland were forced to reshuffle, Earls coming off his wing as Chris Farrell moved from outside to inside centre to cover the absentee as Andrew Conway filled in on the wing. It was made permanent as Aki failed to return. Topics Share on Pinterest Ireland rugby union team Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this content match reports Read more Since you’re here… Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. 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Rugby union Added to the disruption was some sloppy play from the visitors, particularly at the lineout, where Rory Best’s stand-in, Sean Cronin, handed his first championship start in his 68th Test after 32 Six Nations appearances off the bench, failed to grab his opportunity.Tommaso Allan had missed a 17th-minute penalty but the Italy fly-half had another shot at goal a minute later and made it count.Italy were not playing like a side without a Six Nations win since 2015 but after they got their first points on the scoreboard they conceded a try from the restart, Stockdale pouncing on the loose ball as Italian players watched on and as he charged over the line to stretch Ireland’s lead to 12-3.Yet Ireland were far from at their best, not least Sexton, whose 22 drop went out on the full to hand Italy a scrum in front of the posts. When Cronin strayed offside moments later, Allan had another simple penalty and the home side seemed to smell the blood of the misfiring Ireland.When Cronin overthrew another Irish lineout, Italy got their reward. Jayden Hayward made an excellent break, sucking in the visiting defence with Allan exploiting the space out wide with a clever pass out to Padovani for a try in the corner on 33 minutes. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Six Nations 2019
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s backup quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has made it clear this week that any talk of him transferring out of the Crimson Tide’s program is premature.The dual-threat quarterback has one season of eligibility remaining and most expect him to play that season elsewhere. Hurts, though, pointed out to reporters this week that he’s yet to discuss a potential transfer. All of the transfer talk has come from the media.Transfer talk isn’t going away, of course.Hurts is starting quarterback-caliber player and, probably, would want to start in his final season in 2019.Where might Hurts end up if he does transfer?Two major programs have been named potential options.Sirius XM College Sports radio host Jason Horowitz and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples discussed two major programs as potential options earlier this month.“He will wind up on a team with a good roster,” Staples said. “He’ll have a good supporting cast. Put Jalen Hurts in the right offense and he can put up some really good numbers. I say Oklahoma, because look, Austin Kendall was the backup and he’ll be the presumed favorite to win the starting job next year.But if the guy was the SEC freshman player of the year couple years ago was interested in coming, that would be an interesting spot because Lincoln Riley has been really good with quarterbacks. (And) if Justin Herbert leaves Oregon, I would imagine Mario Cristobal, who was involved in Jalen Hurts’ recruitment …. (sic).”For now, though, Hurts and Alabama are set to take on Oklahoma.The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
Premier Darrell Dexter has announced the province is contributing $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with the humanitarian mission and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan. “The situation in Pakistan is desperate. Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes and families and are in need of shelter, food and clean water. This money will help provide the help they need,” said Premier Dexter. Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan led to massive flooding in late July. The devastation is now compounded by health risks from water-borne diseases, food shortages, collapsed bridges and roads, and the lack of adequate shelter. “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy and loss in Pakistan. Nova Scotia, a province renowned for the generosity and kindness of its people, is part of the international community reaching out to help those struck by such a deadly natural disaster,” said Premier Dexter. The United Nations estimates that 14 million people in Pakistan have been affected by the flooding, with more than six million in need of emergency assistance. Nova Scotians, businesses and unions are also encouraged to do their part in supporting relief organizations helping the stricken country. The federal government will match individual donations by Canadians, dollar for dollar, made between August and Sept. 12 to registered Canadian charities for assistance to the Pakistan relief efforts. For more information on donating to relief efforts, contact the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca or the Canadian International Development Agency at www.cida.ca .
Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie has received an honorary Damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.Since co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with William Hague, Foreign Secretary, in May 2012, Angelina Jolie has made an exceptional contribution to the development, promotion and impact of this major UK objective. Building on her long-term humanitarian work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) she has been at the forefront of the initiative to highlight and seek justice for the plight of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, the victims of sexual violence in conflict.On learning of her award Angelina Jolie said: “To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.“Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”
Wild animals still haven’t been banned from being used in circuses in the UK, but Sherlock star Martin Freeman is on the case.With Parliament due back in session next week, the actor has sent an urgent letter on PETA’s behalf to Prime Minister David Cameron, from one father to another, urging him to do the right thing and bring in a ban on wild animals in circuses. The letter comes after David Cameron’s failure to follow through on his promise to ban wild animals from travelling circuses by January 2015.“As a father, I’d like to see my children grow up in a country where animals are treated with respect, not as objects of ridicule”, writes Freeman, who has two children with Sherlock co-star Amanda Abbington. “Allowing circuses with wild animals to continue to operate in the country sends the message to children that it’s OK to dominate animals and ignore any pain and suffering that they’re experiencing – which, of course, it’s not.”Wild animals in circuses commonly suffer from chronic health problems, abusive treatment, psychological disorders and aberrant behaviour, and many die prematurely. By virtue of the very nature of circuses – which confine animals to cages or boxcars for long periods of time, force them to perform tricks that are uncomfortable and even painful for them and deny them the opportunity to engage in natural behaviour – animal welfare can never be ensured in a circus environment.This legislation has been a long time coming. In 2011, Cameron was instructed by Parliament to get wild animals out of circuses, and despite overwhelming public support for a ban, evidenced by a Defra consultation which saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, backing an end to this archaic form of entertainment, the Prime Minister has so far failed to act.Freeman joins Michael Sheen and Ann Widdecombe in teaming up with PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – to push the government to join Austria, Bolivia, Finland, India, Mexico and many other countries in prohibiting wild-animal circus acts.
Sir Richard Branson has blogged about the immigration bans imposed by the US government over the weekend.“There are many reasons to be concerned about the Executive Order issued by US President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon, suspending all refugee immigration for 120 days and specifically barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the United States.“The ban, which went into effect immediately, has already caused enormous confusion and despair. Hundreds have been stranded at airports around the world and thousands more are left in uncertainty. The growing number of those denied entry to the US includes students with valid US visas, academic researchers en route to their workplaces and conferences, and even several people who have risked their lives working as interpreters for US forces in Iraq. The people affected are as diverse as they can be, yet they share one thing in common: they pose no threat whatsoever to America’s security.“What worries me the most is that the President’s order breaks with well-established US humanitarian policy – and international law. Opening her door to “the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free”, has made America great for more than 240 years. If life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been the engines that power the American Dream, immigration has been its fuel. And many among the tens of millions who have arrived at American shores in hope for a better life were refugees who lost everything – from European Jews escaping persecution in Nazi Germany to Vietnamese boat people hoping to start a better life after the end of the war that ravaged their country.“To them, the US stood and continues to stand for a life free from oppression and fear, a haven of freedom and opportunity, regardless of the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs. Just imagine how many of today’s truly American success stories are refugees’ stories. Albert Einstein and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin and artist Wyclef Jean stand for millions of others whose ethnicity or beliefs didn’t matter. What mattered was that they needed a compassionate welcome and a fresh start.“I fear that Friday’s order has set a dangerous precedent for the systematic exclusion of those who come full of hope and with the best intentions. And I’m reminded of the darker chapters of US history, like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 or the ineffable internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II – racist policies that caused untold suffering. “The necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion,” said the spokesperson of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and I agree wholeheartedly.“And praise to the America’s northern neighbour whose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote earlier that “Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.” I haven’t given up hope that Congress, across the aisle, will come to the same conclusion.“In the meantime, I applaud the thousands who have taken to the streets and the airwaves in solidarity across the US; the hundreds of lawyers camping out at airports and donating their time to fight the good fight on behalf of those caught up in this mess; the brave federal judges who have shown that checks and balances are still in place. They all stand for a kinder, gentler and more welcoming America – the America that is admired the world over.“The Virgin family includes many companies in the US and elsewhere that are proud to employ people from all around the world, and I speak on behalf of us all in saying we stand together in valuing an open and diverse society. As George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, tweeted: “The best of America is open, courageous and compassionate. That’s when we’re strongest. The EO should be withdrawn.” Mary Wittenberg, CEO of Virgin Sport, also wrote to her team: “We stand for diversity – of all types. We welcome all to join us, and we are inspired by the values of our birth countries, the United States and the UK. With chaotic winds of change whipping, we will stand strong for, and on the side of, our values and people.”“Like many others, including Google’s wonderful crisis fund, I am donating to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee, and would urge anyone who can afford it to donate to the causes close to their heart too.”Read Branson’s blog here.Jennifer Lawrence has also made a statement about the bans on her Facebook page, saying: “My broken heart goes out to the innocent lives of Muslim refugees that are trying to escape terror and find safety for their families. I and millions of Americans understand that someone’s race or religion should never keep them in harms way. It should be every person’s duty to help and protect anyone no matter their nationality. I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the Whitehouse.”The world continues to condemn the US government’s immigration bans, and the effects they could have on world peace.
VANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek governmentThe company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project.Eldorado (TSX:ELD) also says the company also initiated legal action.The company says it will re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Eldorado has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government and accuses it of delaying key permits and licenses. In September, it threatened to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece, but backed off when it began talks with the government.Elsewhere in Greece, Eldorado says work at its Olympias project continues, while exploration drilling at its Stratoni project to extend the mine life are positive.
Washington: The White House has refused to meet a Tuesday deadline to deliver six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, escalating a battle that is expected to head to court. The House Ways and Means Committee’s chairman, Richard Neal, had given the Internal Revenue Service until April 10 to turn over the president’s personal tax returns, and those of several entities connected to Trump, for 2013 through 2018. That deadline was extended to April 23. But Trump has signaled he does not want his financial information disclosed, repeating his oft-used excuse during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would not release his tax returns while under audit by the IRS. Trump broke with a long-established norm during the 2016 elections by refusing to release the returns as most presidents have done since the 1970s even though it is not required by law. “The president is pretty clear: Once he’s out of audit, he will think about doing it,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News on Tuesday. “He’s not inclined to do so at this time.” The US Treasury Department said it was reviewing Neal’s request and consulting with the Justice Department, and that there were “serious constitutional questions” related to the request. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter to Neal, said the department would render a final decision by May 6 on whether or not to comply. But Mnuchin also warned that congressional Democrats, through the Ways and Means demand, were seeking “to obtain and expose the president’s tax returns.”
Madrid – The Spanish justice ordered on Sunday the detention of the suspected head of a terrorist cell, associated with the “Islamic State” organization, disbanded on Friday by Moroccan and Spanish security services.A judge of the Spanish highest penal jurisdiction, Javier Gomez Bermudez, heard on Sunday the suspect, Mohamed Said Mohamed, who holds the Spanish nationality, and decided to put him in detention without bail, out of fear that the suspect could flee the Spanish territory or destroy the pieces of evidence.Investigations led so far show that the defendant, a former serviceman, arrested on Friday in Morocco’s northern city of Melilia, under Spanish rule, was the head of a jihadist band that was planning to join the “Islamic State” Organization. The man, who has criminal records and who had already served a prison sentence between February and August 2014, was wanted by Morocco which had issued an international arrest warrant for suspicion of establishing armed gangs to plot and carry out terrorist acts”, the Spanish judge said.Eight other members of the same cell who had been arrested on Friday in Nador (northeastern Morocco) were found to be in close contact with a former Spanish serviceman who had rallied in 2012 the “Mujao” organization, associated with Al Qaeda, before joining later the “Islamic State” organization.The Moroccan interior ministry announced last Friday the disbanding, in close collaboration with the Spanish security services, of a network, active in Nador and Melilia (northeastern Morocco), suspected of recruiting fighters for the Iraqi-Syrian jihadist group “Islamic State“.Investigation showed that the eight men were in touch with members of “Attaouhid” and “Al Mouahidine,” two other groups disbanded in May 2013 in Nador. They also coordinated with “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” group in northern Mali.
4 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will provide $1.2 billion in additional food aid in the 62 countries hit hardest by the current crisis resulting from the surge in food and fuel prices. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will provide $1.2 billion in additional food aid in the 62 countries hit hardest by the current crisis resulting from the surge in food and fuel prices. “With soaring food and fuel prices, hunger is on the march and we must act now,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in written remarks delivered today to the food summit taking place in Rome. “If we do not act quickly, the bottom billion will become the bottom two billion virtually overnight as their purchasing power is cut in half due to a doubling in food and fuel prices,” said Ms. Sheeran, whose agency will provide some $5 billion to assist nearly 90 million people in 78 countries this year. To address the current crisis, WFP is tripling the number of people who receive food in Haiti, doubling those who will receive food in Afghanistan, and delivering more critical food aid to people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The three-day High-level Conference on World Food Security, hosted by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has brought together leaders from around the globe, international organizations and financial institutions to tackle the current crisis arising from the recent dramatic escalation of food prices worldwide. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the meeting yesterday by calling on world leaders to take “bold and urgent” steps to address the crisis, including boosting food production and revitalizing agriculture to ensure long-term food security. Also addressing the summit yesterday was High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who told those gathered that human rights violations by Governments often lie at the roots of food crises and hinder efforts to assisted affected populations. “Food insecurity is often compounded by warfare, bad governance, and natural disasters,” Ms. Arbour said. “In such cases, it becomes painfully evident that we cannot always rely on the willingness and ability of national authorities to discharge their obligations towards people in need. Not surprisingly, Governments that commit or turn a blind eye to gross violations of human rights are also the most likely to disregard their duties and responsibilities.” The High Commissioner emphasized that problems of access to hungry populations did not simply emerge at the start of a crisis, but were part of a much longer-term pattern of human rights violations. “Long-standing international tolerance for human rights abuses allows both the obstruction of international assistance when a need arises, as well as the hindrance of corrective international efforts in the long term,” she said.
NEW DELHI — India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth consecutive time, reducing the repo rate by 0.35% to 5.40% to shore up the economy, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering and the production of capital goods and consumer durables decelerating.In a bimonthly review of the economy Wednesday, the bank trimmed the GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal year to 6.9% from 7%.The benchmark interest rate is what the Reserve Bank of India charges on lending to commercial banks.The bank maintained an accommodative stance for monetary policy, implying that an increase in interest rates is off the table.Lower interest rates help make credit cheaper for borrowers, though they can also spur inflation.The Associated Press