Timelapse Photographers Share Their Work and Talk Gear

first_imgThree timelapse photographers offer insight into their workflow and camera gear.Top image via Paul Richardson Timelapse Photographer Paul RichardsonI had the pleasure to chat with photographer Paul Richardson, who gained some notoriety for his latest showreel — Patience. His video is a culmination of his best sequences shot over a two-year period.This video showcases the results of many sleepless nights, hundreds of thousands of photos, and countless hours shooting. I couldn’t even begin to calculate how many hours of work there will be showcased in this piece, but I imagine it’s into the hundreds, if not thousands of hours.For example, the Milky Way shot was the result of a four-day shoot chasing the Milky Way in Wales. I stayed up every night, driving around trying to find clear patches in the night sky. In four days, all I managed to capture was a sequence of 50 images.Here is a look at Paul Richardson’s work.When it comes to his timelapse work, here is what Paul had to say:I’ve been shooting timelapse for about 3 years now, with 2.5 of those being professional. I had been interested in video-editing for years, creating various videos of computer games. After discovering timelapse videos such as Timescapes and The Mountain (seen below), I was in awe of this new exciting medium.Timescapes by Tom LoweThe Mountain by Terje SorgjerdIt was the way in which the invisible was being made visible. Events that you couldn’t normally see with the naked eye were unfolding in video form. I started to make a video about my home city, which gained some traction online and started bringing in paid work.Restless Nights by Paul RichardsonI started off learning the craft by going out and just trying things over and over again. The only real resource at that time was a forum called timescapes, however these days there are countless tutorials on YouTube for learning everything you could need to know. I now try to refrain from spending time on any forums, I’d prefer to be out shooting!The majority of my work to date is a combination of shots for advertising, or broadcast. Generally it will be being hired by a production company to acquire a few shots for their own production, and other times it will be producing and delivering a fully finished video to the client. Generally people want timelapse shots as an aid to their story, whether that be a establishing shot of a location, a day-to-night shot, or something else.I’ve had loads of stories over the years! As a shot can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours, it’s easy for something to go wrong. I was shooting a timelapse of lightning over the Arc de Triomphe – a once in a lifetime shot – and I had two tourists come and stand directly in front of my camera to get a selfie. The sequence was ruined. Bare in mind that this was on a night that there was nobody out, yet they still chose to stand just in front of my camera.Image via Paul RichardsonI use a combination of Canon 6D, Canon 7D and Canon 5D Mark III cameras with a selection of L lenses. I normally use a Canon 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200. I prefer zoom lenses these days as I’m traveling fast and light. Carrying a wide selection of primes would inevitably slow my workflow down and make me miss shots. I haven’t needed to rent glass yet, though if there was a particular shot or look that a client required, I would likely rent.The Emotimo TB3 has been my go-to mount for capturing motion control shots. Mainly because of the ease of use and portability of the product. If I was to consider anything else, it would be their new mount called the Spectrum, I wouldn’t even bother looking to see what else is out on the market. I’m not endorsed by them, but have just been impressed with their products and service over the years.Image via Paul RichardsonI just use MeFOTO tripods and Canon batteries. I don’t find there is ever a need for external battery packs, but on the odd occasion that there is, I have an Anker battery to cover that.I’ve got a large roller case that I find invaluable for carrying around everything I ever need. Mainly that’s snacks, battery chargers, spare parts, tools, spare cameras, cleaning implements, and then just general gear (cameras, lenses, tripods, etc). I find that everything should have a place, and a reason for being in that place. That makes it very easy to find what you need a moments notice, and to make sure that all your gear is ready to go for a shoot. I know that if someone called me right now, I could be out the door within five minutes, as everything I could need is in one case.You can see more of Paul’s work at paulrichardson.netTimelapse Duo RalphGM and RandyFX — TimeLAXBrothers Ralph and Randy were born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Now Ralph lives in Los Angeles, and Randy in Montreal. Though on opposite sides of a continent, the duo continues to make stunning working together for their company iVideoMaking.Here is a look at their latest timelapse, Silicon Beach. Keep any eye out for the spinning shots, where they used a rotating camera mount called the Panlapse from Brinno USA.I got do talk to the brothers about their work together, and they had plenty to share. Here’s what they told me:We have been involved with cameras since we were kids. We started with a Bell & Howell Super 8 camera back in 1980, filming vacation trips. Then our father bought one of the first Sony VCR cameras that were introduced to the consumer market in 1981, so we spent a lot of time with that expensive toy in the afternoons after school.Regarding timelapse photography, we started by the end of 2011. Our goal was to document the unique architecture of Los Angeles, the changes the city was experiencing, and to give people an idea of how busy and huge this city really is. We want people to see our photographs and videos in the future and say “That is how Los Angeles looked 20 years ago.”TimeLAX 01 by iVideoMakingWe started with a DSLR camera and three lenses. Now we work with three cameras and seven lenses, three regular tripods, a GorillaPod, and a table tripod. We usually carry all our gear and accessories even if we are going to shoot just a couple of photo sequences. This means ten batteries, ten memory cards.If you’re going to shoot in the mornings or early afternoons, having sunscreen is highly recommended, because you will spend a lot of time under the sunlight while the camera is taking pictures. If you are planning to hike long and/or high-altitude trails for panoramic shots, then you will need a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated. If you are going to be in the wilderness, we recommend carrying flashlights, bear spray, and snake guards.You can see more of their work at timelax.comWho are your favorite timelapse artists? Please share in the comments below!last_img read more

Underestimating and Overestimating

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now We massively underestimate how much small actions, taken consistently over time, start to stack up when it comes to producing results. Because the action itself is seemingly small, it is difficult to recognize the accumulation of impact it makes over time. This makes it very easy not to take these small actions, consistently, in the first place.We overestimate the value of massive action taken sporadically and inconsistently. A great expenditure of effort every once in a while does very little as it pertains to producing long-term results. Even though we know long term results are not achieved through massive action taken only occasionally, we still try to make up for lost time by cramming.We overestimate the likelihood that a trend in one direction is likely to continue in that direction unabated. We believe that because things are improving, they will keep improving. Or because something is getting worse, it can only get worse, still. Progress (or regress) isn’t a straight line in either direction, and even the strongest trends are subject to reversals.We underestimate the power of infusing work with meaning and purpose when it comes to producing results. We believe that money is a replacement for culture and that it is not necessary to inspire people when you are paying them for their work. We underestimate the importance of belonging.We overestimate the power of rules and force to effect behavioral change, believing that human beings will do their best work when given strong direction alone. Because force is easier to use than persuasion, we rely too heavily on power, even when it is the weaker choice of weaker men.We overestimate the value of money and underestimate the value of our health. Money is valuable and necessary. If given the choice to have too little or too much, it’s smart to err on the side of too much. Health is no different. If you are going to go too far in one direction, make an attempt to be too healthy.Consistency and purpose are difficult to underestimate if we’re honest with ourselves, and that honesty is the first step to being consistent and purpose driven.last_img read more

Smartphone spells death for two

first_imgPulled up for smartphone overuse, a 22-year-old man hanged himself from a tree in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Friday night. The remorse of his death pushed his father into taking his own life at the very spot where the body of his son was found on Saturday morning.The incident happened at Kusapada village under Dharakote police station limits.Aska Sub-Divisional Police Officer Subash Chandra Panda said the son, Kalpabata Panda, had an argument with his father, Rajendra Panda (56), on Friday afternoon.Kalpabata, who completed a course from an ITI (industrial training institute), had not taken up higher studies or employment and was allegedly spending most of his time playing games on his smartphone. His father shouted at him and asked him to pay attention towards his studies and career. This irked Kalpabata who burnt down his certificates and ran away from home in the evening. When he did not return at night, his family members launched a search for him.Early Saturday morning, Rajendra and some other villagers found Kalpabata’s body hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Kusapada village. Rajendra blamed himself for the drastic decision of his son and hung himself from an adjoining tree. He used a portion of the rope that had been used by his son to commit suicide.The villagers present at the spot saw Rajendra hanging himself and rushed to rescue him. He was brought down from the tree and taken to Aska hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.The police have sent both the bodies for autopsy and an investigation has been initiated in the case, said the SDPO.last_img read more

We will fly Dhoni in a Sukhoi: IAF chief

first_imgThe chief of Indian Air Force P V Naik on Tuesday stated that he will seek special permission from the government so that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar can experience a flight of Su-30MKI- the best fighter plane of IAF.India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final on Saturday.”Sachin Tendulkar is already our Honorary Group Captain. Once both Sachin and Dhoni are free from their cricketing engagements, I will ensure that they get to fly Su-30MKI.They have done our country proud and it will be an honour for us,” Naik said.ACM Naik informed that as of now there are no plans of awarding any honorary post to the Indian captain like Tendulkar. Dhoni who was accompanied by his wife Sakshi was there at the Air Force chief’s residence for over an hour as he interacted with senior officers.The meeting with ACM Naik was organised by former Indian team manager Wing Commander M Baladitya. ACM Naik presented Dhoni with a plaque on behalf of the Indian Air Force.The skipper and his wife were at ease as they interacted and answered various cricketing queries.When the wives of the senior officers congratulated the couple, Sakshi said,”You all supported the team. Congratulate yourselves.”Someone asked about his bald look, the skipper smiled and said,”I thought World Cup is over so let’s just get it off.”Dhoni was seen asking ACM Naik, a veteran fighter pilot about his flying experience. “I used to fly MiG-21, MiG-23 during my days.”advertisementHe patiently answered all the cricketing queries although it was evident that he would now like a few days away from cricket.”IPL will be very hectic,” he admitted.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo returns from ankle injury as Bucks cruise past Heat

first_imgWade was honored with a video tribute of his days starring at Marquette (2001-03) during a timeout in the first quarter. He tapped his heart and smiled when he was shown on the video display. He also got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd.“It was cool when they flashed to me,” Wade said. “They caught me smiling and reminiscing on highlights.”Unfortunately for the Heat, there was little else to celebrate.“Being on the floor with Giannis and his ability to drive and the shooters they put around him make them tough to guard,” Wade said. “We haven’t cracked the code yet.”On the other hand, the Bucks had an answer for whatever the Heat tried.“We’re an attack-the-paint team and they basically shut that off,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It obviously required one of our better games and it was probably one of pour poorer games we’ve had in a while.”Middleton added 18 points and 10 assists for a career-best three consecutive games with a double-double for Milwaukee, which improved to (29-6) for the second-best home record in the NBA behind the Denver Nuggets (30-6) and secure their most home victories since 2000-01.The Bucks (54-19) clinched their first Central Division title since 2000-01 on Thursday night when the Golden State Warriors beat the Indiana Pacers.The win came with a brief scare for the Bucks: Antetokounmpo went down in a mix of players after stealing a pass from Goran Dragic early in the second quarter. Milwaukee immediately called a timeout and after a few moments, Antetokounmpo limped to the bench favoring his right leg. A short rest got him right back on the court.Hassan Whiteside came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 10 rebounds, Kelly Olynyk added 13 and Bam Adebayo and Wade each had 12, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Bucks took the season series 3-1 for their 16th series win of the season out of a possible 22, including its 11th straight against Eastern Conference opponents. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nuggets beat Knicks for 6th straight, share of 1st with Warriors in West Last Friday night, the Bucks staged a historic comeback in their 113-98 win over the Heat in Miami. Down 20 points at the half, Milwaukee outscored the Heat 71-36 in the second and won by 15 points. It was the first time in NBA history that a team was down by 20 at halftime and went on to win by at least 15.Since that loss, the Heat (35-37) had won three straight and are clinging to the eighth spot in the playoffs. The Orlando Magic (35-38) beat the Memphis Grizzlies 123-119 to keep the pressure on Miami.Leading 63-51, George Hill hit a 3-pointer that gave the Bucks an 11-point lead midway through the third and the Bucks slowly built it up to a 25-point margin. James Johnson knocked Ersan Ilyasova into the first row of courtside seats with a hard foul in the closing seconds. A quick review determined it had been a three-point attempt. Ilyasova made two of the three foul shots and gave Milwaukee a 94-69 lead heading into the final quarter.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside had three blocked shots in the first half. … F/G Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and G/F Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) did not play.Bucks: The Bucks were 9-1 in February, but March has been a struggle. They are 7-5 in the first 12 games.STAT LINESThe Bucks improved to 22-1 when shooting 50 percent or better. Milwaukee was 50.6 percent (43 of 85) against the Heat, who shot 37.6 percent (32 for 85). The Bucks have outshot their opponents in 54 games this season and are 52-2 in those games. Milwaukee is 7-0 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better and hold the opponent under 40 percent.UP NEXTHeat: Play at Washington on Saturday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bucks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and Khris Middleton, center, swap jerseys with Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks won the game. Dwyane Wade countered with a classy move as the Miami Heat trudged off the court.Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, had eight rebounds and seven assists after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and helped the NBA-leading Bucks to an easy 116-87 victory over the Heat on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Wade and Antetokounmpo gave each other their respective jerseys after the game. Khris Middleton peeled off his uniform top and handed it to Wade, too.“Big moment for me,” Antetokounmpo said of the exchange. “I had a chance to talk to him a little bit, thank him for everything he did for the game. (He’s a) Hall of Famer, three-time champ, one of the best players to ever play the game. Just him giving me his jersey and me giving my jersey, it is big.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAntetokounmpo wasn’t shy about getting his game-used jerseys signed.“You know, I sent it back to D-Wade so he can sign them,” Antetokounmpo said. “He sent it back to me signed.” Wade said he enjoyed watching football and soccer players swap jerseys after the game.“It’s a sign of respect,” Wade said. “(With this being,) my last year, I wanted to do something that’s kind of cool and show a sign of respect.”Wade, who’s in his 15th season with Miami and the final of 16 seasons overall, hustled back to the Heat locker room, grabbed a spare jersey and sent it over to Middleton in the Bucks’ locker room.Middleton was touched by Wade’s move.“He is definitely a mentor, somebody I watch from afar,” Middleton said. “(He’s) one of my favorite players growing up. Still one of my favorite players to this day.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Sunny Leone stretches like no one else can at the gym. See pics and videos

first_imgSunny Leone is winning the internet with her motivational gym routine and her recent Instagram posts are a proof.The diva has been hitting the gym regularly, giving us all inspiration to drag our lazy bodies on to the healthy road.Recently, taking to her Instagram, Sunny posted a picture of her doing multiple stretching exercises and she pretty much nailed the whole routine.She posted her goal-worthy pictures saying, “When @rahulsuryavanshi27 decided it was a good idea to try this and by the look on my face I’m just as amazed at seeing my foot above my head!”She also posted a video of her practicing the flip and kick exercise at the gym. She posted her stunning video with the caption, “The goal is to actually kick this fast and have good balance. The struggle is real, my friends!”Going by her caption, she totally slayed the exercise. For her workout routine, Sunny wore a white tank top over a black sports bra and a pair of black yoga pants. She tied her hair in a tight ponytail for her gym session.advertisementAfter watching her recent fitness posts, we can surely say that the diva is proving once again that she is the best at everything that she does.ALSO SEE | Sunny Leone wails after nailing a full split at the gym. We feel herALSO WATCH | Why are fringe groups protesting against Sunny Leone in Bengaluru?last_img read more

‘Financial doping’ & Neymar – PSG’s FFP controversy

first_imgPSG ‘Financial doping’ or just jealousy? PSG’s controversial FFP story starring Neymar & Mbappe Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 15:00 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(32) Neymar Mbappe Cavani PSG Getty Images PSG Opinion Celtic v PSG Celtic Barcelona Monaco Manchester City UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League Neymar Kylian Mbappé Transfers UEFA have opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s “recent transfer activity” but are PSG in the wrong — or is the whole system flawed? SPECIAL REPORT No matter where one’s loyalties lie, it was hard not to feel a little sympathy for Brendan Rodgers when it emerged that Celtic would not only have to face a Paris Saint-Germain side featuring Neymar in this season’s Champions League but also Kylian Mbappe.”If PSG sign Mbappe too, you may as well rip up FFP!” the Bhoys boss fumed ahead of deadline day.Certainly, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was just as intrigued to hear exactly how PSG intended to adhere to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations when the capital club made an official approach for the 18-year-old striker just before the close of the summer transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The talks were very complicated,” the Russian told TASS. “We couldn’t understand how they could sign the player without breaking the FFP regulations.”It was a fair point. Mbappe, the most exciting teenager in the world, arriving at the Parc des Princes in the same summer PSG had broken the transfer world record by paying €222 million for Neymar left many within football utterly bemused.Rodgers Al-Khelaif PSG FFP PSTo many, it seemed like the clearest case yet of what Arsene Wenger had infamously christened “financial doping”. How, in a supposed era of self-sustainability and tighter spending restrictions governed by UEFA’s FFP regulations, had PSG managed to legally sign two of the most valuable players in the world in the space of a month?Jurgen Klopp was perplexed. “I thought that [Financial] Fair Play was made so that situations like that can’t happen,” the Liverpool boss admitted before adding, scathingly, “But then, [FFP] is more of a suggestion than a real rule.”Perhaps stung by the very public questioning of their FFP regulations, UEFA opened an investigation into PSG — the second such time they had done so, having punished the Qatari-funded Parisians in May 2014 when the club’s sponsorship agreement with the Qatar Tourism Authority was deemed to have an unfair value by an independent investigation panel.Along with a €60m fine — reduced to €20m after the meeting of FFP targets a year on — PSG had their Champions League squad limited to 21 players in 2014-15 and subjected to a series of spending restrictions.This time around, though, the focus was “the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity.”UEFA considers FFP to be a crucial governance mechanism, which aims to ensure the financial sustainability of European Club Football.”Indeed, FFP, the brain-child of former UEFA president Michel Platini, was approved in 2010 in an effort to force clubs to spend within their means — to bring an end to them racking up huge debts and running the risk of bankruptcy.According to UEFA themselves, FFP essentially means that clubs “have to prove they have paid their bills”. If they haven’t, they can be excluded from competing in continental competitions.Basically, the goal is to ensure that all clubs adhere to their break-even requirements over three-year periods. But they can spend up to €5m more than they earn in every assessment period “if it is entirely covered by a direct contribution/payment from the club owner(s) or related party”.The current overdraft limit is €30m (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) but what PSG have rather cleverly done is persuaded Monaco to allow them to take Mbappe on loan for a season before then paying their Ligue 1 rivals €180m to buy the player outright.Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSGThis is nothing new within the world of football, of course, with Italian clubs, in particular, having used this book-balancing device to great effect for years. All PSG have done is ensured that the deals for Neymar and Mbappe will not appear on the same budget sheet, thus making it far easier for them to meet the FFP guidelines.Of course, some pundits and financial experts were already questioning how the Neymar transfer did not breach the regulations on its own.After all, PSG had not only met Neymar’s €222m buy-out clause, they had also handed the Selecao star a five-year contract with an annual net wage of €30m, and paid a further €40m in commission bonuses to the Brazilian’s father and agent, Neymar Santos Sr.Under the FFP regulations, wages cannot account for more than 70 per cent of a club’s income. In 2016, 54% of PSG’s revenue was being spent on their players’ salaries.However, even with Neymar’s colossal €60m gross wage, and Mbappe’s €20m a year pay packet, PSG’s salary spending still only constitutes 68.5% of their income, meaning they are not contravening FFP requirements.The greater issue for PSG, though, will be their overall expenditure.They made a €10m profit in 2016, but having Neymar and Mbappe on their books has now seen their annual expenses rise by approximately €124m (€80m in wages and €44m in amortization of the Neymar transfer fee), and that figure will rise to about €160m from 2018-19, when the annual depreciation of €36m on the €180m that PSG are paying for the Frenchman is taken into account.PSG believe that this surge in spending will be offset by the boost in merchandising sales that they have triggered by acquiring two of the most marketable footballers on the planet.Javier Tebas LFPHowever, it is the area of commercial income which PSG’s critics question most in relation to FFP.According to Deloitte’s 2017 Football Money League, PSG already make over €300m a year from commercial revenue, accounting for 58% of their annual income. This means they claim to make more money commercially than behemoths Barcelona and Real Madrid.Sceptics have asked how a club that was only formed in 1970, have never won the Champions League (and only two French league titles until 2013) and are not even the most popular team in France (that honour goes to Marseille) can possibly generate the most commercial income from around the world?Of course, the fact that PSG have a €175M sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority certainly helps, but it naturally leads to more questions.La Liga president Javier Tebas (pictured above) blasted: “PSG accounts reflect that they have more commercial income than Real Madrid, which is to say that their brand value is bigger. Well, that is impossible.”They are laughing at the system. You have got to say it in these terms. We caught them p***ing in the swimming pool. If Neymar is up on the diving board, he’s p***ing from the diving board. At least we need to open a file, this needs to be investigated.”We carried out this study of all the accounts, comparing the different income streams, sponsorship, etc. PSG has a lot more from sponsorship than Manchester United. That is impossible. That is financial doping.”PSG have reacted angrily to claims they are doing anything wrong.”For people worrying about FFP,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said at Mbappe’s unveiling, “go and have a coffee! We’re fine — there are no problems. What we’ve done is completely transparent and legal. As for what the media says, we honestly don’t care.”Meanwhile, French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet claimed that the only ones complaining about PSG’s spending are Europe’s elite clubs.”There is a bit of jealousy, I think,” he argued. “In the big boys’ playground, it’s a bit difficult for them to accept a little newcomer.”FIFPro PSG FFP PSHowever, that is not really the case. Rodgers has publicly argued that there is something very wrong with the present system when even a side like Celtic, who boast great local support in Glasgow and Ireland, and a far greater history than that of PSG, cannot possibly compete in an era of such outrageous outlays on players.”Since FFP was brought in, you could argue [that the spending has] gone the other way,” the English coach mused. “It’s obscene now.”And this is the major issue: as things stand, there is no proof that PSG have broken any rules. What they have done, though, is shown UEFA’s FFP initiative to have failed dismally in its two main objectives: to control spending, and to close the gap between the haves and have-nots in European football.”The world-record transfer of Brazilian Neymar from Barcelona to PSG is the latest example of how football is ever more the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs,” FIFPro general-secretary Theo van Seggelen has pointed out.”Football’s enormous wealth is trapped, research shows, within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance, which is one of the fundamental objectives of the transfer system.”FIFPro claims the inflated and distorted market, with escalating transfer fees at the heart of it, has helped to destroy competitive balance. The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal.”At the very least, we can cay that UEFA’s FFP regulations are not working. PSG have proven that, so maybe Rodgers is right. Maybe it’s time to rip them up and start again.last_img read more

Gaelic Language Workshop

first_imgHighland Village Museum will hold a Gaelic language workshop or Cainnt’s Cànan on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Instructor will be Jim Watson, manager of interpretation at Highland Village. Sessions will be aimed at introducing reading to Gaelic students and should be of interest to students enrolled in Total Immersion Plus language courses studying Gaelic reading skills. Teaching will focus on basic sounds for letters in the Gaelic alphabet. Lessons in reading will be accompanied by expressions and transcriptions of Gaelic folklore. The day will be divided into two sessions. Morning classes will focus on vernacular phrasing and vocabulary. The afternoon will begin with a session on Gaelic songs and end with video-taped recordings of native Gaelic speakers from Cape Breton. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Highland Village reception centre. Cainnt’s Cànan is an excellent opportunity for Gaelic students to advance their speaking and reading skills in a relaxed and historical setting. Admission is $10.00 for adults. Students and children can attend for free. Highland Village Museum is located on Highway 223 at Hector’s Point, Iona. Ur beatha an Clachan.last_img read more

Lessons learnt from Chandrayaan are faith fearlessness says Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the two “greatest lessons” he learnt from the Chandrayaan-II mission are “faith and fearlessness” and also announced a quiz competition whose winners will get an opportunity to visit Sriharikota to witness the moment the spacecraft will land on moon in September.In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, Modi said the way scientists rectified technical issues, which caused ISRO to defer its launch by a few days, is exemplary and unparalleled. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If you ask me what the two greatest lessons I have received from Chandrayaan II, I shall say they are faith and fearlessness. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. “We should feel proud of the fact that despite hindrances, there is no change in the arrival time. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. Hailing the indigenous project, he said it is “thoroughly Indian in heart and spirit. It is completely a swadeshi, home grown mission.” He hoped that the Chandrayaan II mission will inspire youth towards science and innovation, saying that science is the path to progress. “This mission has proved beyond doubt, once again, that when it comes to attempting an endeavour in new age, cutting edge areas, with innovative zeal, our scientists are second to none. They are the best, they are world class,” the prime minister said. Asking students to participate in the quiz, whose details will be out soon, he said space, and science and technology will be its key features. “And the most thrilling part is that students scoring the highest in their respective states will be invited to visit Sriharikota, with expenses borne by the government. There in September they will get an opportunity to witness the moment when Chandrayaan would be landing on the surface of the Moon. For these winners, it will be a historic event of their lives,” he said.last_img read more

Sana Babu sent to judicial custody till Aug 23

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday remanded Hyderabad based businessman Satish Sana Babu, the man behind the CBI vs CBI battle last year, to judicial custody till August 23, in a money-laundering case the ED is investigating against controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi.Sana was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on the night of July 26, in connection with the PMLA case where former CBI director AP Singh is also implicated. The financial probe agency was granted his custody by a court here, after which agency officials questioned him. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Remanding him to 14 days in judicial custody, the special court here also ordered that his bail application will be heard on August 17. Prior to this, Sana was in ED’s custody for 14 days in connection with the Moin Qureshi case. According to the ED, Sana is involved in the Qureshi case, in which former CBI director AP Singh is also mixed up. The CBI had registered a case against Qureshi and Singh, based on ED’s FERA investigation against the former. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn fact, Sana had made a complaint to the CBI last year that threw the agency into an internal war, with former Director Alok Verma getting ready to probe Asthana based on Sana’s statement and Asthana subsequently making serious allegations of corruption against Verma. The reason Sana’s complaint rocked the probe agency last October was the seriousness of his allegations. According to the subsequent FIR that the CBI registered, there seemed to be a connection between summons being issued to Sana, illegal gratification received by Asthana, Devinder Kumar, and Samanth Goel (public officials) and the relief provided to Sana subsequently. Sana was summoned by the CBI four times between October and December and it was allegedly agreed upon that `5 crore needed to be paid to stop further harassment. `3 crore was allegedly paid on December 10 and 13, 2017, after which the summons to Sana stopped. The businessman, however, was being pressurised to pay the rest of the amount, `2 cr. Interestingly, Asthana had claimed that it was former director Alok Verma who had taken the `2 cr to provide relief to Sana.last_img

GM raises 2018 forecast predicts stronger 2019 earnings

first_imgDETROIT — General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for 2019 as it executives made a presentation to investors on Friday.CEO Mary Barra also says the company doesn’t foresee any further job cuts through 2020. Last year GM announced plans to close five North American factories and lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers.The company predicts 2018 pretax profits will be higher than the $5.80 to $6.20 range it forecast in the third quarter. For 2019, it expects that to increase to $6.50 to $7.The rosy profit forecast comes despite declining sales for the company in the U.S. and slowing sales in China. GM also plans to exit several car lines in the U.S. in the coming year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

End of an era as Japan’s beloved Akihito abdicates

first_imgTokyo: Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down Tuesday, the first abdication for 200 years in the world’s oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era. In the “Room of Pine” in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, the popular 85-year-old performed the abdication ritual in the presence of the imperial regalia — an ancient sword and sacred jewel that are considered to legitimise an emperor. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn his final speech, Akihito offered his “deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan” and said he would “pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world.” Despite near-constant rain in Tokyo, several hundred wellwishers congregated outside the Palace during the historic ceremony attended by around 300 people, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and around a dozen members of the royal family. “I feel overwhelmed emotionally,” said a tearful Yayoi Iwasaki, a 50-year-old bank employee, standing outside the palace. “In the past, enthronements followed the death of emperors and people weren’t sure whether they should be happy and celebrating, but with this transition, I am sure that we can celebrate while welcoming the new era,” she said.last_img read more

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to end decades of war with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday.“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” the committee said in a statement.It added: “The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.” Santos’ administration spent four years negotiating a deal with the former guerrilla group FARC that would have ended five decades of war.The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 Jasmine Revolution. read more

Yemen UN human rights office condemns latest killing of unarmed protesters

The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the reported killing of a number of largely peaceful protesters in Yemen in recent days, and urged that those responsible for the death of hundreds of people since the protest movement began be brought to justice.Hundreds of people have reportedly also been injured since Saturday by the disproportionate use of force by Yemeni security forces against unarmed protesters in the capital, Sana’a, and in Taiz, as violent clashes continue between supporters and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.“We are extremely concerned that security forces continue to use excessive force in a climate of complete impunity for crimes resulting in heavy loss of life and injury, despite repeated pledges by the Government to the contrary,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Mr. Colville reiterated OHCHR’s call for an international, independent, transparent investigation, for accountability and for justice.“Those responsible for the hundreds of killings since the protest movement began in Yemen more than eight months ago must be prosecuted, regardless of rank or title,” he stated.He also called on the Government’s armed opponents to remove weapons from public spaces used by peaceful protesters, and to stop launching armed attacks from densely populated areas.OHCHR also voiced concern that the living conditions for residents of Sana’a and Taiz have continued to worsen, hitting the poorest households most, Mr. Colville added.Yemen is one of a handful of countries across North Africa and the Middle East where large numbers of civilians have risen up this year to call for greater democracy and freedoms. But many people have died during clashes and protests and UN officials have repeatedly warned about the humanitarian and human rights situation.The violence continues despite international efforts to promote a peaceful political transition. Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, reported that the security situation has deteriorated “very dramatically,” with five or six provinces now out of Government control, and Sana’a divided between rival forces. 18 October 2011The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the reported killing of a number of largely peaceful protesters in Yemen in recent days, and urged that those responsible for the death of hundreds of people since the protest movement began be brought to justice. read more

British Airways pilots vote to strike in pay dispute

LONDON — British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly to strike amid a long-running dispute over pay.The British Airlines Pilots Association says Monday that the pilots don’t want to inconvenience the public and accused the airline of dragging negotiations into the summer. No potential dates have been set for strike action.The association says that action was backed by more than 9-1 on a turnout of 90%.The organization’s leader, Brian Strutton, says the strong result “demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted.”The association says the airline is seeking an injunction Tuesday in the High Court to halt industrial action. It says further negotiations are on hold because of BA’s legal move.The Associated Press read more

Nouvelle espèce décrevisse un géant de la famille découvert aux USA

first_imgNouvelle espèce d’écrevisse : un géant de la famille découvert aux USAPubliée dans Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, la description, par des chercheurs américains, d’une nouvelle espèce d’écrevisse géante, trouvée dans le Tennessee, prouve que des découvertes zoologiques peuvent encore être faites dans des endroits que l’on pensait bien explorés.Avec ses 12,5 centimètres –une taille énorme pour ce type d’animaux– et ses antennes couvertes de soies minuscules et sensitives ressemblant à des cheveux, Barbicambarus simmonsi, la nouvelle espèce d’écrevisse découverte par des chercheurs dans un ruisseau cependant bien connu et fréquenté du Tennessee, ne passe pourtant pas inaperçue.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en Papouasie”Ce n’est pas le genre d’animal que vous pourriez attraper en disant : ‘tiens, encore une écrevisse’ et en le rejetant à l’eau”, commente Chris Taylor, biologiste des milieux aquatiques à l’Université de l’Illinois, qui, en compagnie de Guenter Schuster, de l’Université du Kentucky, a découvert le crustacé sous une pierre.”Nous dépensons des millions de dollars chaque année, sur des subventions fédérales, pour envoyer des biologistes en Amazone, en Asie du sud-est, dans le monde entier, à la recherche de la biodiversité de ces régions. Mais l’ironie est qu’il y a très peu d’argent dépensé dans notre propre pays pour faire la même chose. Or, il y a toujours des tas de secteurs, ici, aux Etats-Unis, qui doivent être explorés”, conclut Guenter Schuster. Le 20 janvier 2011 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fishers Landing Elementary teacher earns accolades

first_imgIn the minutes after recess, Fisher’s Landing Elementary School teacher Kimberley Astle’s fifth-grade students hustle into class, put on their lab coats and get to work.In the classroom’s science period, students are testing how shifting different variables will affect how far a marble rolls after being pushed down a ramp. Height, surface material and marble size are all in the mix for students.It’s a largely student-driven exercise, with Astle helping steer where she’s needed.“The students really get to own the science,” Astle said.It’s that philosophy — which reflects new national standards for science education — that has earned Astle accolades for her teaching. Recently, she was accepted as a semifinalist for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy. If selected as a fellow, Astle will spend 11 months working in a federal agency or congressional office to help shape education policy around science education.She also recently was asked to serve for three years on the National Science Teachers Association Standing Committee on Professional Development. Astle will travel to Los Angeles next month to begin developing training for teachers.It isn’t the first time Astle has been recognized for her work teaching science. Last year, she was a national finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. She has not found out yet if she has received the award.last_img read more

TCI Police officer charged with crime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPoliceofficerchargedwithcrime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI Police have had to arrest and charge one of their own.    A Police officer has been arrested and yesterday was charged with theft and possession of criminal property.   There are no other details at this stage; the matter has not yet made it to formal arraignment Magnetic Media is told.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIPoliceofficerchargedwithcrimelast_img read more

Eusebio hails Romas best display of the season

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco was thrilled by what he described as one of the club’s best performances of the season after his Roma side beat Sassuolo 3-1.The win was their second consecutive victory, but the Italian gaffer was impressed by his team’s convincing and far more confident performance“It was in technical terms one of our best performances of the season, if not the best, considering the number of chances we created,” the Coach told Football Italia.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“We are on the right track and I saw many interesting elements today. It hasn’t been easy when missing so many key players for a long time, especially as I like to create a sense of consistency from game to game, but everyone is now working together again and forming a unit.”There had been talks of Di Francesco being dismissed, even after last week’s win over Genoa, but this performance seems to have put those rumours on the back-burner.“I never lacked support from the club. It’s only natural that when Roma don’t get results, the Coach is put under the spotlight. As I already said, I always feel under the spotlight.”last_img read more