Stephen Curry wished his latest milestone played out differently

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As soon as Stephen Curry reached yet another milestone, the Warriors’ star showed his wide range of emotions.First, there was excitement. Curry surpassed Chris Mullin as the Warriors’ fourth all-time leading scorer by nailing a deep 3-pointer in the third quarter of the Warriors’ eventual win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. After …last_img read more

SA tourism hits 9-million mark

first_img7 April 2008A total of 9.07-million foreigners visited South Africa in 2007 – representing an 8.3% increase over 2006 – as the country broke its annual tourist arrivals record for the third year running.Announcing the latest figures in a statement last month, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that the overall global growth rate for the year was just over 6%, indicating that South Africa was still outpacing international tourism growth rates.“Destination South Africa is well on its way to reaching 10-million arrivals by 2010,” Van Schalkwyk said.South Africa’s growth was seen across all air markets, the minister said. Africa remained the country’s biggest tourism source market, while consistent growth in arrivals from the Americas since 2002 made the US South Africa’s second biggest source market.US now SA’s second-biggest marketSouth Africa attracted over 22 000 more travellers from the US in 2007 – an 8.7% increase over 2006.Arrivals from Asia and Australasia also grew strongly in 2007 compared to 2006, with a 16.9% increase from India, 12.9% increase from China, and 6.9% increase in visitors from Australasia.“The only Asian market that showed a slight decrease was Japan, which posted a decrease of -0.4% over 2006,” Van Schalkwyk said.Arrivals from Europe grew by 2.3% over 2006, driven by an 8.5% increase in arrivals from France. Arrivals from the Netherlands grew 3.5%, and from Italy by 2.2%.“Germany was the only European country that posted negative growth of 1.4%, which was largely due to market-specific activity,” Van Schalkwyk said.African arrivals continue to growSouth Africa’s African air markets, meanwhile, showed good growth for the year, with Kenya coming in with a strong 14.7% increase over 2006, Nigeria posting a 12.8% increase, and Angola growing strongly from a low base with a 10.2% increase over 2006.Closer to home, arrivals from Botswana continued their growth curve of recent years, with 55 000 more visitors coming to South Africa from Botswana in 2007, representing a 7.3% increase over 2006.The increase in arrivals, especially air arrivals, from all regions of the world reflected not only the growing awareness of South Africa as a tourism destination but also “the success of the airlift strategy passed by Cabinet last year that resulted in increased access to the South African market for foreign carriers,” Van Schalkwyk said.More direct flightsThe airlift strategy has seen Delta Airlines flying direct to Johannesburg from Atlanta in the US, and the airline has plans to introduce a service between New York and Cape Town this year.South African Airways has introduced a service between Munich and Johannesburg, and Emirates Airlines now flies into Johannesburg 18 times a week and will soon be flying direct to Cape Town and then to Durban.China Eastern has opened the route to China, and Thai Air has re-established the route to Bangkok.There have also been requests from two UK airlines, as well as air carriers from South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola and Nigeria, for direct flights into South Africa.Post-apartheid tourism boomInternational tourism to South Africa has surged since the end of apartheid. In 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic elections, only 3.9-million foreign visitors arrived in the country.By 2004, international arrivals had more than doubled to 6.7-million. In 2005 they grew to 7.5-million (+10.3%), in 2006 to 8.4-million (+13.9%), and in 2007 to 9.07-million (+8.3%).Tourism is also one of the fastest growing sectors of South Africa’s economy, its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) increasing from 4.6% back in 1993 to 8.3% in 2006. Directly and indirectly, tourism constitutes approximately 7% of employment in South Africa.And the outlook for the industry is extremely positive, particularly with the exposure the country will receive in the lead-up to the world’s biggest sporting event, the Fifa World Cup, taking place in South Africa in 2010.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lens Options for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

first_imgThe BMPCC’s Micro Four Thirds mount offers a wide choice of native and adaptable lenses. In this post, we check ’em out.The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has become a popular camera with it’s small size (think: a thicker iPhone), under $1000 price and the ability to shoot in ProRes HQ and CinemaDNG RAW. Currently, the only other commercially avaliable cameras under $5,000 that shoot CinemaDNG are the 2 other cameras from Blackmagic and the Digital Bolex.To get a sense of what it can do, here are 2 films shot with the BMPCC: So, let’s talk lenses…The lens mount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is Micro Four Thirds, more commonly known as M43 or MFT. B&H Photo Video has a detailed primer on the micro four thirds format for filmmakers here. It’s well worth checking out. Click image below for larger view:Image from B&HIf you are used to shooting will Full Frame sensors (Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D700) and standard MFT cameras (Panasonic GH3) there are a couple things to be aware of.The crop factor is different with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which changes the effective focal length of lenses.The BMPCC uses a Super 16mm 2.88x crop sensor, which is a smaller chip than DSLRs use. Because of this it has more depth of field (smaller chip = greater DOF)Because the crop factor is different, you will need to do some math when figuring out the effective focal length of lenses. For example, my 14-45 MFT OIS lens is a 40-130 on the BMPCC.Fortunately Reuben Kremer has a Field of View Calculator that will do the math for you. Pick your camera body, focal length, and it gives you the effective focal length for the BMPCC.Micro Four Thirds on the BMPCCSo, the native lens mount is Micro Four Thirds (MFT), created in 2008 by Olympus and Panasonic for mirrorless digital cameras. It is an active mount, which means you have electronic control of iris and focus (if the lens supports it). It also supports image stabilization for lenses that have an on/off switch.Blackmagic has a list of tested lenses as part of their FAQ. But do note, there are some lenses that work that are not on the list. Also, BMCC.TV has list of suggested lenses and links to buy them, and is a good starting point. I have the Panasonic 14-45 OIS lens, which works because it has an on/off switch.OIS makes a big difference if you are handholding the BMPCC.If you are planning to handhold the camera, you should consider a stabilized lens. It makes the most sense to shoot wide and/or use a shoulder rig, monopod, tripod, or stabilizer. Check out this quick test with lens stabilization on/off (from Vimeo user Heavenbeach):In my experience, I’ve found it’s useful to rent lenses before investing to see if they work well for my needs. LensRentals offers a lot of lens and adapter options. So does Borrow Lenses, who has a list of 5 MFT suggested lenses.Adapting Other Lens Mounts for the BMPCCMFT lenses have  a 2.88 crop factor, so a full frame 50mm lens would be 144 mm on the BMPCC.There is a wide range of popular lens mounts that will work on the BMPCC with an adapter, with C Mount probably being the most common. I got my C mount adapter for under $8 on Amazon and it works well.Adorama also has a fairly extensive list of adapters that cover a wide range of popular lens formats: Canon FD, Leica M, Leica R, Minolta MD, M42, Olympus OM, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Contax/Yashica. A lot of these lenses are very affordable but the mounts are passive, meaning that you have to manually focus.Some filmmakers are outfitting their BMPCC and other cams with vintage lenses (from  the 40’s-70’s), as they often have a specific look (flaring, soft focus, vignetting). These can be found on Etsy and eBay, but are getting expensive as people realize there is a new market for old lenses. Two of the best resources for vintage lenses are Vintage Lenses for Video (a blog that specifically covers this topic) and Frank Cairn, who has used vintage lenses on several projects. Here’s some test footage of vintage lenses used on a BMPCC:If you’re interested in outfitting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with vintage glass this discussion is also a worthwhile watch:PL Mount – Professional Cinema LensesUnless you are a DP that owns a Red or Alexa, you most likely will rent rent PL lenses as they are quite expensive. But if you want very fast and sharp primes (fixed focal length) for filmmaking, these are wonderful lenses.Again, these lenses would require a special mount to use with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Both Hot Rod Lenses ($1095) and Wooden Camera ($399) sell PL Mount adapters.Metabones SpeedBooster One of the biggest developments is the Metabones SpeedBooster that lets you use Nikon G & F mount lenses.  There are no electronic contacts, so focus is manual. This is big in that a lot of filmmakers already own lenses, and with the Speedbooster they become faster and wider on the BMPCC. For more on how the Metabones Speedbooster works, check out these articles by PetaPixel, SLR Lounge , EOSHD, and Digital Cinema Demystified (2 parts).Many folks, myself included, are hoping that there will be a Canon EF adapter soon, as it has been rumored since 2013.What lenses are you using with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Share your gear or suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Of course it feels great to win,” said Cani. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78.Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For Cani, competing against Ateneo wasn’t all about sentiments.Cani looked at the basketball aspect of the game and not the emotion of playing against his former school.“That’s the school where I came from,” said Cani in Filipino. “I know how hard it is to beat a team that is so disciplined.”Cani was the one that capped off FEU’s 20-6 run in the third quarter with a layup that put the Tamaraws up 58-44.He then, beat the shot clock buzzer with long triple with 2:45 left in the game that saw FEU take a 75-58 cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 points in the Tamaraws’ 80-67 victory Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue EaglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he’s now a full-fledged Tamaraw.“The spirit of FEU, the mentality of FEU, I’ve already adopted it ever since the start of the season,” said Tolentino in Filipino who’s in his first year for the Tamaraws. “I’m not even thinking that ‘maybe I should’ve been with Ateneo’ because I’ve already accepted FEU.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Shunglu report says 495 CWG contracts were cleared in a hurry

first_imgSacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi has been indicted yet again, this time by the high-powered V.K. Shunglu committee, set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to probe the Commonwealth Games mess.Shunglu slammed Kalmadi and his aides for mismanagement, arbitrary award of contracts and outright dubious acts of omission and commission that resulted in heavy losses to the government exchequer.Accusing Kalmadi of running the OC like a private club, the Shunglu panel report said: “The OC seemed to function as a ‘club’ where the criteria for recruitment and promotion seemed to be ‘who knows who’ rather than merit.” The panel’s fifth report on OC’s mismanagement, which was made public on Thursday, pointed out that Kalmadi’s “monopolistic” functioning led to the mess that has sullied India’s image in the sporting arena and cost huge loss to the exchequer.”There was extreme concentration of powers at the top and conflict of interest among OC officials. It was found the OC had serious governance problems due to an unwieldy general body with 500 members and a subservient executive board. The OC was synonymous with the chairman,” the report said.The report pointed out that Kalmadi approached the government for an additional Rs 900 crore in August 2010, when there was no need for additional funds at that point.In fact, the report notes, Kalmadi and the OC consistently kept “misrepresenting” the Games as being “revenue neutral” in order to justify its extravagant spending.Kalmadi spent Rs 5.06 crore on a “reckless exercise of patronage to send people unrelated with sports to the Beijing Olympics on a pleasure trip,” the report said.advertisementInsiders in the OC have all along held that if the contracts were awarded judiciously, it could have saved more than Rs 350 crore. Accusing Kalmadi of deliberately concentrating all decision-making powers at the top with himself or his trusted aides, Shunglu said Kalmadi functioned with a “coterie”, so that “most of the decision making was controlled by the chairman and his loyal appointees.””The very fact that people seemed to be shunted, transferred or superseded at times when they appeared to dissent or raise concerns suggests that the philosophy was to recruit and promote candidates who would follow directions without question,” the report said.It said the “extreme concentration of power at the top” ensured that decision-making remained limited with the chairman and his coterie of loyal senior management.Pointing out severe conflict of interest within the OC, where key officials of Kalmadi-controlled Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also held senior positions in OC, the panel said accountability, internal and external, “was not the norm.”The executive board hardly exercised its governance role and often delegated responsibility to the executive management committee to the point ofabdication of responsibility, the panel stated.According to documents available with Mail Today, the OC managed to award only 47 out of 542 contracts in four years between October 2006 and December 2009. Left with no time, it was forced to award 495 contracts in just nine months (January to September 2010).”But that cost OC at least Rs 350 crore more than what was estimated earlier in 2006-07 when the Games budget was finalised. With no time left, we haphazardly awarded 495 contracts in just nine months beginning January to September 2010,” a top OC official admitted.In fact, as many as 75 contracts were awarded in October 2010. The highest number of contracts-130-were awarded in September last year, just a few days before the CWG, sources said.Naturally, the cost escalated when OC went to negotiate. From simple deals for sports equipment, functional area logistics, hotels and flight bookings to big contracts in overlays, catering and Games management system software to digital scoreboards (TSR) for real time results, the cost soared well beyond estimates.The committee found irregularities and revenue losses in executing contracts related to ticketing, sponsorship, overlays, timing, scoring and results, catering and recruitments. Calling the award of three contracts to Event Knowledge Services, a consultancy firm, for venue development as dubious, the committee recommended a probe by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to trace the flow of funds from OC to the company in Mauritius.The panel had raised objection on some positions being filled with persons of questionable integrity with past records of vigilance cases against them.Government instructions were flouted in posting of staff in sensitive positions, it said.”It was clear the OC CEO Jarnail Singh was not given adequate responsibility when he joined the OC in 2009. Again till the end, he was not given crucialpowers (appointment of staff, consultants, and vendors, signing of contracts, etc) and was not made the head of the secretariat,” the report said.advertisementOC sources have confirmed that Singh had raised objection to appointment of M. Jayachandran, officer on special duty (finance and accounts) as “against the government rules”. But he was bypassed by Kalmadi and his close aides, including Lalit Bhanot.In fact, the panel pointed out that there were serious differences between former chief operating officer V.K. Gautam, joint directgeneral T.S. Darbari and director general V.K. Verma.The report noted that the TSR (time score record) contract was awarded after great delay to Swiss Timing. The OC took two years and nine months to finally award the contract and as a result, the vendor itself charged a premium on Rs 18 crore, citing delay on the part of the OC.The overlays contracts, aggregating Rs 630 crore, were greatly delayed and initiated only in December 2009 because OC intentionally did not provide estimates and had included provision for overlays in the several budgetary exercises it had undertaken.The report also says that the technology contract for Games management system, signed at a ‘crisis stage’ in March 2010 for Rs 21 crore, was actually managed by Melbourne for just Rs 5 crore.last_img read more

Lleyton Hewitt shuts down ongoing feud with Bernard Tomic

first_imgLleyton Hewitt has refused to pour more fuel on his fiery spat with Bernard Tomic. The Australia captain, who has ruled out playing doubles in the Davis Cup tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina starting on Friday, shut down questions about Tomic on Tuesday.“I’m not going to waste my time on that now,” Hewitt said at a Davis Cup media conference in Adelaide. Bernard Tomic denies Lleyton Hewitt’s claims of threats to his family “We have got a lot of options and I’m happy with how the guys are playing at the moment,” he said. “I think I have got a team that can get the job done and I fully back these boys to get the win.”But Hewitt didn’t rule out playing Davis Cup doubles in future. “I haven’t even thought about that,” he said.“The Davis Cup format this tie, compared to what the final is, is a totally different situation; so we’ll wait and see. But right at this time, no, I won’t be playing.” Tennis Davis Cup Lleyton Hewitt Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Bernard Tomic’s attack on Leyton Hewitt symptomatic of mateship gone sourcenter_img Read more Australia sport news Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook During the Australian Open, Hewitt said Tomic wouldn’t play Davis Cup “while I have anything to do with it” after an escalation of their bitter feud. Tomic had criticised Hewitt for playing himself in the doubles during Australia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off loss to Austria last September.Tomic, after his first-round Australian Open defeat, also accused Hewitt of favouring certain players. He said no one liked Hewitt any more and that Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis also didn’t want to play Davis Cup while the two-time grand slam champion was captain.Hewitt in turn claimed Tomic had threatened his family and said that the former world No 17 wouldn’t play Davis Cup under his watch.Last Sunday, Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley expressed hope that Hewitt could settle his differences with Tomic. But Hewitt was having none of that on Tuesday and was also blunt when asked why Kyrgios wasn’t in Australia’s Davis Cup team for the this week’s tie.“He knows why he’s not, we have sat down and spoken about it,” Hewitt said. “He has still got to meet the standards that we expect week in and week out. He knows what he has got to do.”Hewitt said his decision not to play doubles against Bosnia and Herzegovina was based solely on the Australian team’s options, and not criticism from Tomic. Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan hosting reconciliation and healing conference in April

first_imgNenan’s Board of Directors stated that the organization is excited to co-host the Walk in Balance Five Wellness Conference in the spirit of healing and support.Registration fees are $200 per person and includes a variety of workshops, keynote presentations, three lunches, two breakfasts, and one ticket to the Comedy Evening. Registration forms will be available after March 1st, 2018 on-line at www.bizzybody.ca or can be picked up at NEABC. Registration is limited to 200 seats. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services will be co-hosting a conference on reconciliation and healing this Spring.The “Walk In Balance Five – Reconciliation and Healing” Conference will take place in Fort St. John from April 17-19 at the Northern Grand Hotel. The schedule includes Traditional and Medicine Leaders, Healing Guides, Comedians, Spa Practitioners and inspirational locals. Shell Canada is also sponsoring a “Healing through Humor” comedy event.“In the spirit of reconciliation, we will gather to learn cultural ways to reconcile and heal,” said Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre Executive Director Paulette Flamond. “True reconciliation begins with YOU. Come and join in the celebration of culture and connect with one another”.Organizers say the conference will support the development of healthy First Nation communities by encouraging the integration of aboriginal culture and modern approaches to wellness. The focus is to provide individuals with the tools and/or processes to make positive changes in their lives, to find inner strength to improve their lifestyles and to feel inspiration and motivation from their circle.last_img read more

Fort St John could see up to 20 mm of rain for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over the next few days, Fort St. John and the surrounding area are expected to see significant amounts of rain.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, an active system is coming through which could bring lots of rain starting Wednesday morning, with amounts of up to 20 mm expected for Thursday and Friday.“We’re certainly in an active period here in terms of rain. Wednesday, starting tomorrow, we got rain beginning in the morning, expecting about 5 to 10 mm but then that active period continues. For Thursday and Friday, we could see 10 to 20 mm.” Sekhon says, on average, August is a dryer month when it comes to precipitation and says we should see the rain start to taper off over the weekend and into early next week as a high-pressure system moves in.Recently, Fort St. John has been under severe thunderstorm watches as a low-pressure system moves through the area.last_img read more

CRPF jawan feeds distressed boy in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar/New Delhi: A CRPF jawan, who was part of the convoy that was targeted in the Pulwama attack, has been decorated with the paramilitary force’s highest service award for sharing his meal with a boy who appeared differently-abled.A video of Head Constable Iqbal Singh feeding the boy has gone viral on social media and has won plaudits for the security forces operating in Kashmir. The Sikh jawan was having his lunch in Nawakadal area of Srinagar on Monday when he saw a boy, wearing a black dress, sitting in front of a closed shop and Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhsignalling him for food, a senior official said. Singh walked towards the boy and offered his lunchbox to the child, only to find that his hands were stricken with “paralysis”, the official said. The jawan, a driver of the 49th battalion, then put a sheet on the boy’s lap and fed him lunch. He then wiped the child’s face and offered water to drink, the official added. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took cognisance of the incident and has decided to decorate the jawan with the director general (DG) commendation disc and certificate — the highest service award of the paramilitary — for showing “exemplary human gesture in spirit of the values enshrined in the charter of the force”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The CRPF is always ready to help the people of Kashmir in times of distress. This is what I also did,” Singh said in a recorded video message provided by the CRPF. Singh was driving one of the 78 vehicles on February 14 when the fifth in their convoy was hit by a suicide attack killing 40 troops. The driver was part of the first team that helped in the rescue operation, the official said. “Armed forces operating in Kashmir are often tarred with the same brush. But that generalisation can sometimes be grossly unfair. Salute this man’s sense of compassion & humanity,” former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. The Jammu and Kashmir Police posted the video clip on its Twitter handle with a caption: “We care”. “Humane heart of uniform personnel is commendable,” former state Director General of Police S P Vaid tweeted.last_img read more