Microsoft Used a Robot and an Xbox Controller to Shoot a Commercial

first_imgSee how Microsoft utilized Motorized Precision’s KIRA robotic camera arm to capture the Surface Studio launch video.Top image via Microsoft/Motorized PrecisionMicrosoft stole the show from Apple last week when the company released this stunning video for their futuristic Surface Studio.We previously talked all about the specs and the amazing tools developed for the Surface Studio, including the Surface Dial that will give you Tony-Stark-like control over apps — like using it as a color wheel in the Sketchable app.Image via MicrosoftWhat we didn’t talk about was the Microsoft Surface Studio release video itself. Outside of of the work of the motion designers, visual designers, and the CG renders — the shots of the actress using the Surface Studio were shot practically using Motorized Precision’s KIRA.KIRA is one of the latest in robotic camera arms. We first covered KIRA after its big splash at NAB 2016. The rig has a maximum height of 9 ft and can extend to 5.63 ft, weighing 570 lb — and the baseplate alone weighs in at a whopping 3400 lb. The KIRA has a maximum camera payload of 40 lbs and can move 3.2 ft in 0.5 seconds.Here’s a look at the KIRA in action.I wanted to know more about the development and production of this commercial, so I reached out to Sean Brown, the President of Motorized Precision. Here’s what I learned about the Microsoft Surface Studio spot.The Microsoft Hardware Design Team reached out to Motorized Precision to create and execute the motion control shots for the launch video. Shot at Cinerent West in Portland, Oregon, the KIRA was equipped with a RED EPIC DRAGON and Canon 15.5-47 mm lens. Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionThere have been some updates to KIRA since NAB, including updates to the MP Studio app — which coincidentally runs on Windows machines. The KIRA also added new camera mounts and is currently testing a new modular track system set to launch next year.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionAs far as the Windows Surface Studio shoot goes, KIRA was chosen for its ability to repeat moves. Some shots required precise movements, like the multi-pass from the front of the Surface Studio to the back of the machine. The Microsoft Surface team had a series of pre-viz shots created in Cinema4D and Maya — which helped guide and program the KIRA’s motion control movements.After looking at a pre-viz shot, we would take about 5-20 minutes per shot to test it out and modify it for the real-world production. Then it comes down to testing the moves with talent and seeing how creative we can get with lighting and set.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionThe KIRA is programmed through the MP Studio app and can be controlled with an Xbox One Elite controller.  Above, you can see Sean Brown on set using the controller. With it, he can jog the robot into place and set keyframes within the MP Studio timeline to save moves.When we push left on the left joystick the robot moves left and when we push left on the right joystick it pans left etc. We made it so simple and intuitive to control that we were able to focus on the creative and not worry about the technology.Also within app, Brown can control the focus, iris, and zoom — giving him total control over every shot.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionI asked about the difficulty of lighting a moving computer monitor, especially while the camera was in motion.The lighting team worked very well with both Motorized Precision and the Microsoft team to make sure we achieved the most clean and sexy look we could for this shoot. Yes, a big screen does present challenges, but we were able to solve them by having KIRA do the same move over and over and see where we might find any problem spots.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionI finally asked about Brown’s impression of the Surface Studio itself, and how he could see himself using the device.I love the Microsoft Surface Studio from a KIRA control standpoint. We developed MP Studio originally as a touch app. On the Surface Studio I was finally able to see that app come to life with Touch Control that made sense! So I was very impressed by the product.  The Dial on set was controlling some amazing color wheels inside some of the apps used in the launch video and it was very impressive to see all the different functionality they were able to get from such a simple device.Microsoft Surface Studio Launch Video Shoot Credits: ProducersJamie FishAmber GeigerDirector of PhotographyKevin Fletcher Sean Brown (KIRA Motion Control)Grip & ElectricCoach Sarge CineMicrosoft Hardware Design TeamBrittany RedigerNick BauerYoung KimJeff McCartneylast_img read more

Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese

first_imgTheir next games in February are away matches against Chinese Taipei and Australia. June Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, Jason Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Romeo, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy are the consensus shoo-ins for the final 12-man lineup in Tokyo. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche, barring any injuries, will finally join Gilas Pilipinas in the next couple of days and will reinforce the Filipinos in their first two Fiba Asia Qualifying games against Japan and Chinese Taipei.The 6-foot-11 Blatche, Team PH’s naturalized player, will play Xinjiang’s final game for the year in the China Basketball Association slated Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown Blatche was set to arrive Nov. 12 but apparently, failed to get a leave from the Flying Tigers. Xinjiang’s next game will be in January, and that poses another problem for the Gilas coaching staff as the Filipinos will play the Taiwanese and Australia in February.FEATURED 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 shutoutReports reaching the Gilas camp say that Blatche could flaunt his best form yet in a Team PH uniform.Gilas flies out for Japan on Nov. 21 to play the Japanese before coming home to tangle with the Taiwanese three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Standhardinger wants to involve teammates more as career night ends in loss

first_imgRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Bong Quinto making most of chance as key role player for Meralco Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Qualls had 35 points and 15 rebounds but it was only him and Standhardinger who finished in double figures in scoring.Sean Anthony and Garvo Lanate are the two other Batang Pier to come close to the 10-point mark with eight points apiece.“Robert is a tremendous player and he’s not, without reason, one of the best guys who performed in the last Gilas tournament [World Cup]. Obviously we’re missing him. He plays tremendous defense, has a high basketball IQ,” said Standhardinger.Before the game against the Aces, NorthPort averaged 22.1 assists with Bolick averaging 6.0 for himself.“We missed him but we need to figure out how we can win without him and move forward,” said Standhardinger after NorthPort slipped to 3-5 for the eighth spot.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Standhardinger said he’d rather be more of a facilitator from the post instead of the one ending the plays with his shots especially with rookie point guard out from the lineup due to an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee.“The points are the last thing on my mind right now. I want to do a better job of moving the ball and getting the guys shots because I’m surrounded by a lot of great basketball players and a lot of great shooters,” said Standhardinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s very important for us as a team that everybody gets enough shots and that makes everyone a threat.”Without Bolick to facilitate the offense, the Batang Pier relied mainly on Standhardinger and Michael Qualls to create the shots. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Christian Standhardinger had his best offensive game in his PBA career when he led NorthPort against Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The versatile 6-foot-8 big man put up a career-high 37 points with 16 rebounds and five assists but the Batang Pier fell short against Alaska, 106-99.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

7 successive Twenty20 International series wins for India: How it all started

first_imgIndia on Tuesday recorded their seventh straight series victory in Twenty20 Internationals after convincingly beating the West Indies in the second match of the series in Lucknow.India rode on skipper Rohit Sharma’s majestic fourth hundred to post a mammoth 195 for two. In reply, the Windies could only manage 124 for 9 from their 20 overs as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.The win also extended India’s unbeaten streak in T20I series to nine, a journey that had started against Sri Lanka in a one-off match last year.India’s winning run had started against New Zealand at home in 2017 right after the drawn series with Australia.Also read – Rohit Sharma glad to put a smile on fans’ faces with blockbuster hundred in LucknowIndia are currently second behind world No.1 Pakistan in terms of consecutive series victories. Pakistan recently recorded their 11th win when they beat New Zealand 3-0. In fact, Pakistan have not lost a series since the World Twenty20 in India in 2016.Since the World T20, India have lost only two series, both against West Indies in West Indies.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar escape unhurt after glass door of commentary box shattersHere’s a look at how India overpowered their oppositions in T20I series:India vs New Zealand: India win 2-1 in 3-match seriesThe series started with India’s 53-run win over Zealand in the first game in New Delhi. But New Zealand bounced back in Rajkot to win the contest by 40 runs. The series-decider was to be played at Thiruvananthapuram but rain threat loomed large. However, as soon as the rain stopped, the groundsmen cleared the field and match was shortened to 8-overs-a-side. India scored 67/5 and then restricted New Zealand to 61/6 to win the contest by 6 runs an take the series 2-1.advertisementIndia vs Sri Lanka: India win 3-0 in 3-match seriesIndia continued with their dominance over Sri Lanka in the short form of cricket too. The Rohit Sharma-led India thrashed Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first game in Cuttack before the home side recorded a comfortable 88-run win after posting 260/5 thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 118. In the final match of the series on Christmas eve, India chased down Sri Lanka’s 136 to sweep the series 3-0. Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to score 4 centuries in T20Is (AP Photo)India in South Africa: India win 2-1 in 3-match seriesIndia’s dominant run in the shortest form continued even away from home when they beat South Africa 2-1. The visitors rode on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s five-wicket haul to beat South Africa by 28 runs in the first T20. However, the hosts bounced back to win the second game by 6 wickets. With the series locked at 1-1 and Virat Kohli ruled out of the series finale with an injury, India showcased a collective team effort to win the third and final match by 6 runs and clinched the series.Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka: India win tri-seriesIndia started the tournament as the favourites but suffered a shock defeat in the first match against Sri Lanka. But after that there was no looking back for the Rohit Sharma-led side. The team not only won its remaining matches but also the trophy. India twice defeated Bangladesh and won against Sri Lanka in the league phase before edging past Bangladesh in the final. Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a brilliant cameo towards the end to help India win by four wickets in the final.Chasing 167 for a win, Karthik came on to bat in the second last over with scoreboard reading 133/5. He announced his arrival at the crease through two sixes and a four in first three balls which narrowed the gap between remaining balls and required runs. The drama unfolded in the last over when India needed five runs in the last ball. Karthik slammed a flat six over extra cover to clinch the issue.India in Ireland: India win 2-0 in 2-match seriesIndia started their tour of the United Kingdom by easily defeating Ireland in the two-match series. Led by Virat Kohli, India eased past Ireland by 76 runs and 143 runs to sweep the series.India in England: India win 2-1 in 3-match seriesBeating England in their own backyard is no mean feat. India were off to a brilliant start as they rode on KL Rahul superb 101 not out to hammer England by 8 wickets in the series opener in Manchester. The hosts avenged their defeat by winning the next game by five wickets. In the series finale, India chased down 199 thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 100 not out.advertisement KL Rahul has scored two centuries in T20Is (Reuters Photo)India vs West Indies: India lead 2-0 in 3-match seriesIt has been India all the way so far in the series. India have produced an all-round show in the first two matches to register victories in Kolkata and Lucknow. On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to smash four centuries. The third match of the series will be played in Chennai on Sunday.India will also play a three-match series in Australia later this month.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton says 2018 F1 world title ‘is definitely my best year’

first_img F1: Lewis Hamilton wins fifth world title at Mexico Grand Prix – as it happened Formula One … 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. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp After his fourth place ensured the title Hamilton said he was still struggling to take it in. “It is hard to realise it at the moment,” he conceded. “I dreamed of it but I never thought I would be standing here as a five-time world champion.”The 33-year-old, who equalled Juan Manuel Fangio in claiming his fifth world championship, is now in his 12th season in the sport and believed he was stronger than ever but through no little effort.“It’s definitely the best year I feel,” he said. “It was the goal when I won the championship last year. I asked how can I improve? How can I be fitter, more focused, manage my time better? How can I be a better all-round driver, not just in the car but with my team in the garage, with the engineers and in the factory.“I feel this year I have been able to lift them all up. I don’t know if that comes with age but I am sure experience helps and I feel like I have performed my best this year.” Lewis Hamilton Share on Facebook Topics newscenter_img Formula One 2018 Share on Twitter The four-times world champion Alain Prost also praised Hamilton. “He is the best, or one of the best of this generation; he is exceptional,” he said. “It was impossible to beat him this year.”The Mercedes technical director, James Allison, despite admitting the race had been difficult for the team was also generous in his praise. “It means everything to him; he is utterly focused on this,” he said. “He’s done five now and it might as well be his first.“He comes to each weekend burning up with the desire to put it in front of the others and I am sure it will be the same next season. This is how he defines himself and he is not happy until he has done it.” Lewis Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title at Mexico Grand Prix Vettel and Ferrari made errors this season that cost them a tilt at the title and he acknowledged that they had not made the best of what at times was the best car in the field.“I have now had three times in my life that disappointment in one day where you realise you can’t win the championship any more,” he said. “Those are not happy days so you reflect not on one moment but the whole year. Yes, we had our chances and we used some of them but some we did not and in the end we weren’t good enough.” Read more Reuse this content Read more Motor sport Share on Messenger Lewis Hamilton was left still trying to take on board the magnitude of his achievement of becoming a five-time world champion after he secured the title at the Mexican Grand Prix. The British driver considered he had performed at his very best to do so in the face of stiff opposition from Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, while the German admitted they had just not been good enough. Share via Emaillast_img read more

Davis Cup: India eliminated after Prajnesh loses to Seppi in tie vs Italy

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri KolkataFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 14:08 IST Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost both his singles matches as India lost to Italy in World Group Qualifiers. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran lost to Andreas Seppi in straight setsRamkumar Ramanathan did not have to play his second singlesItaly beat India 3-1 in the Davis Cup tiePrajnesh Gunneswaran failed to pull off an upset against Italy’s Andreas Seppi on Saturday and India were eliminated from the Davis Cup after losing the knockout World Group Qualifiers 3-1. After choosing the grass of Calcutta South Club, India had given themselves the best chance against hard court and clay lovers Italy but India’s weakness in singles bit them once again.India’s top singles player Prajnesh was up against Italy’s most experienced player Seppi but the Italian proved to be just too good for the Indian. Prajnesh struggled to hold his serve against Seppi with the Italian’s quality turning out to way too much for Prajnesh to handle.With Prajnesh’s 1-6, 4-6 loss, India lost the tie and Ramkumar Ramanathan’s final singles rubber was not even played. India had received momentary hope in the tie from the doubles win of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan but Prajnesh could not be up to the task.Victory for Italy!Andreas Seppi seals the win 61 64 and holds off a late comeback from India.31#DavisCupQualifiers #INDITA pic.twitter.com/VNsZjMCHP0 Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 2, 2019Italy will now move to the Davis Cup Finals while India will once again be left to ponder on their singles. Mahesh Bhupathi, India’s non-playing captain, will also have his future hanging in balance.Prajnesh was on the backfoot right from the start when he failed to hold his serve in only the second game of the match. Prajnesh made a number of unforced errors and was unable to absorb the pressure from Seppi.advertisementSeppi stayed on top of the set throughout and broke Prajnesh twice in the first set to take it 6-1.Apart from Seppi’s experience and quality, it was Prajnesh’s choice of shots as well that let him down. He missed many a chances against Seppi and that was always going to be a problem.Prajnesh raised his game a bit in the second set trying to pile some pressure on Seppi but the Italian soon upped the ante and after a three break points, he broke Prajnesh again in the third game to go 2-1 up in the second set.From there on, Seppi just held his serve and while Prajnesh fought hard to hold his serve, he need a break and one that he could not get.Eventually, Seppi took the second set 6-4 and won the tie for Italy.On Day 1 of the Davis Cup tie, Prajnesh had lost to Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 3-6 while Ramkumar Ramanathan had fallen 4-6, 2-6 to Seppi as Italy took the honours.The only bright spark for India in the tie was again was their doubles. Bopanna and Sharan exhibited great skill and courage to come from behind to beat the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Berrettini.Also Read | We failed to take our chances in singles, says Mahesh BhupathiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Andreas SeppiFollow Ramkumar RamanathanFollow Rohan BopannaFollow Divij SharanFollow Mahesh BhupathiFollow India vs ItalyFollow Davis Cup Davis Cup: India eliminated after Prajnesh loses to Seppi in tie vs ItalyPrajnesh Gunneswaran lost 1-6, 4-6 to Andreas Seppi as Italy beat India 3-1 in knockout World Group Qualifiers to advance to the Davis Cup Finals.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Motorola One Vision launched in India: CinemaVision display, 48MP camera for Rs 19,999

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 10:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSMotorola’s latest offering in the midrange segment and with a price of Rs 19,999.Motorola One Vision will be available in two colour variants – Sapphire Blue and Bronze.Motorola One Vision is aimed to take on the Samsung Galaxy M40.After almost a month, Motorola has finally launched the One Vision in India. This is Motorola’s latest offering in the midrange segment and with a price of Rs 19,999, it offers a lot of exciting features that haven’t been seen before in this segment. The One Vision will go on sale on Flipkart from June. The phone will be available in two colour variants – Sapphire Blue and Bronze.The Motorola One Vision is aimed to take on the Samsung Galaxy M40 and other premium smartphones in India. And for its price, it offers a unique proposition that hasn’t been seen before in this segment.For a midrange smartphone, the One Vision has lots of premium features to offer. The highlight of this smartphone is its 21:9 display that Motorola calls the CinemaVision display. Motorola says that users will able to enjoy movies in the original aspect ratio they are usually shot in. The screen uses an IPS LCD panel with slim bezels around. The screen measures 6.3-inches diagonally and has a hole-punch style front camera – there’s no notch.The One Vision sports a premium glass design with exciting gradient colour tones. It sports glass panel at the back and Motorola bundles in a protective case to keep it scratch free. The Moto dimple at the back also houses the fingerprint sensor. With its 21:9 format display, the One Vision adopts a slim and tall profile.Inside, for the first time, Motorola is using a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 chipset. This SoC is very close to the Exynos 9610 used on the Galaxy A50. Motorola pairs it with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage in India. The One Vision is part of the Android One program which means Motorola could deliver two guaranteed Android OS updates – Android Q and Android R, along with timely security updates for three years. The phone also gets Moto Actions installed, which brings the useful Motorola gestures for certain functions.advertisementThe One Vision also boasts of good camera performance. For the rear, Motorola has used a combination of a 48-megapixel Samsung GM-1 sensor with F1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The primary camera is supported with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). For the front, there’s a 25-megapixel camera for selfies. Both cameras rely on Pixel Binning technology. The camera is claimed to use AI for taking good photos at night. The camera app also comes with some clever shooting modes for creative users. A 3500mAh battery power the device and Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging is meant to fill up the battery faster.The Motorola One Vision competes with the Samsung Galaxy M40, Galaxy A50 and others.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold ready to hit the market soon, display problems almost fixedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 on sale today on Amazon: Price, specs and should you buy itALSO READ | Vivo’s 120W Super Flash fast charging tech will fully charge 4000mAh battery phone in 13 minutesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Motorola One Vision launched in India: CinemaVision display, 48MP camera for Rs 19,999The Motorola One Vision has been launched in India for Rs 19,999. The One Vision’s highlight includes a 21:9 wide display and in-screen camera.advertisementlast_img read more

New Zealand vs Australia Lord’s, London Weather Updates on Saturday

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 13:21 IST New Zealand vs Australia, London Weather Forecast: Mitchell Starc on the Lord’s balcony (Reuters Photo)Immediately after their unbeaten run at the Cricket World Cup was ended by Pakistan, New Zealand’s players were joking and laughing in their changing room.It wasn’t that they took Pakistan lightly or failed to give their best effort. Far from it.It was just time to enjoy the gratification of going down swinging, to accept that a better team beat them on an overcast Wednesday in Birmingham, to cop it on the chin, and look forward to the next assignment.”A bit of a blip,” was how allrounder Jimmy Neesham described New Zealand’s first defeat in seven group matches.”We’re not the type of team that takes losses really hard,” Neesham added. “We’ll have a couple of beers as a team and kind of talk about how that game went, and then we’ll pretty much park it, and we’ll hit our scouting in the morning pretty fresh.”The scouting report on Saturday’s opponent at Lord’s will have been impressive.Australia is on top of everything.The Australians lead the standings, one point above the Kiwis.They are the first and only team to have nailed down a semifinals berth. To join the defending champions in the playoff stage, the Kiwis need one point from their last two group games. (Accuweather screengrab)Australian paceman Mitchell Starc leads the wicket-takers list with 19, three more than anyone else. His usual new-ball partner Pat Cummins has 11. The Kiwis’ best is Lockie Ferguson with 15. Of the five bowlers to take 5-wicket hauls at the tournament, two are Australian: Starc and Jason Behrendorff, whose combined left-arm pace and guile blew away England on Tuesday at Lord’s, and stripped the home side of the No. 1 ranking in one-day international cricket.advertisementThe bowlers have successfully defended 307, 334, 381, and 285 in their last four matches, all but one after being sent in to bat first. (Accuweather screengrab)David Warner leads the run-scorers list with 500, only four more than his opening partner and Australia captain Aaron Finch. They are averaging 91 as a pair.They have scored five fifties each, including two centuries each.The best Kiwi is also their captain, Kane Williamson, who has 414 runs including two centuries.In stark contrast to Warner and Finch and the great platforms they are providing, New Zealand’s openers have become brittle.After batting through to beat Sri Lanka in the opening match, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have deteriorated. In the following matches, No. 3 batsman Williamson has been forced to come in with the new ball still practically new: Bangladesh (sixth over), Afghanistan (first over), South Africa (third over), West Indies (first over), and Pakistan (second over).Also Read | Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Read | Don’t want to tempt fate: Finch not keen on resting Starc or Cummins vs NZFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand vs Australia London weatherFollow London weather forecastFollow nz v aus weather London New Zealand vs Australia Lord’s, London Weather Updates on SaturdayNew Zealand vs Australia, Today’s Weather Forecast: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Saturday at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.advertisementlast_img read more

TORM Reports Profit Dip

first_imgzoom As a result of the challenging tanker market, Danish shipping company TORM ended the first quarter of this year with a profit of USD 4.6 million, considerably lower from a profit of USD 30.9 million recorded in the same period a year earlier.In addition, EBITDA for the quarter dropped to USD 44 million from USD 70 million posted in 1Q 2016.“I am encouraged that TORM remained profitable in a challenging first quarter of 2017 … The results are attributable both to our strong commercial performance and an attractive cost structure. So far, TORM has remained profitable in the second quarter, where the product tanker market continues to be volatile,” Jacob Meldgaard,  TORM’s Executive Director, commented.During the first quarter of 2017, product tanker freight rates started out at weak levels similar to the fourth quarter of 2016 but strengthened towards the end of the first quarter, according to the company. As disclosed, the freight rate improvement was primarily driven by increased demand for clean petroleum products in the western markets, which resulted in stronger time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the preceding quarter.In 1Q 2017, TORM’s product tanker fleet realized average TCE earnings of USD/day 15,264 for 7,004 earning days compared to USD/day 19,845 for 6,973 earning days seen during the three-month period ended March 31, 2016.As informed earlier, TORM sold one vessel, TORM Anne, and completed sale and leaseback transactions for two vessels, TORM Helene and TORM Mary.Additionally, following the balance sheet date, TORM has sold two vessels, TORM Madison and TORM Trinity and completed a sale and leaseback transaction for one vessel, TORM Vita. The three transactions are treated as financial leases without purchase obligation, the company said.As of 31 March 2017, net interest-bearing debt amounted to USD 596 million. As previously announced, TORM finalized a new term facility of up to USD 130 million in January 2017 which was fully drawn on March 31.Furthermore, TORM had undrawn credit facilities and cash of around USD 405 million at the end of the first quarter of 2017.As of 31 March 2017, TORM had covered 14% of the remaining tanker earning days in 2017 at USD/day 19,873. Up until May 6, the company had covered 27% of the remaining tanker earning days in 2017 at USD/day 16,801.In its outlook for 2017, the company expects that a change in freight rates of USD/day 1,000 will impact the profit before tax by USD 13.2 million, as 13,166 earning days in 2017 are unfixed as of May 5.Currently, the company’s fleet comprises around 80 tankers on the water. In addition, TORM’s orderbook stands at four LR2 newbuildings with expected delivery in 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Security Council recommends South Sudan for UN membership

13 July 2011The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nations, bringing the new nation one step closer to becoming the world body’s 193rd member. The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nations, bringing the new nation one step closer to becoming the world body’s 193rd member.The Council’s decision was contained in a resolution that it adopted without a vote, on the recommendation of its Committee on the Admission of New Members, which reviewed the application for membership submitted by the President of South Sudan.In a statement read out by Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, the 15-member body noted “with great satisfaction” South Sudan’s solemn commitment to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and to fulfil all the obligations contained therein.“We look forward to the Republic of South Sudan joining us as a member of the United Nations and to working closely with its representatives,” the statement added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the meeting, saying that “like any newborn,” South Sudan – which on the day of its birth ranked at the bottom of almost all human development indicators – needs help. “Our responsibilities are enormous and the role of the UN is vital, but it is complicated,” he said. “We must continue to help – to help the new nation become a nation – to help the region consolidate the gains. This is the ultimate test of peacebuilding and of nation-building.” It will now be for the Assembly to act on the Council’s recommendation, which comes just days after South Sudan officially broke away from the rest of Sudan on 9 July.South Sudan’s independence is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South. In a separate meeting today, the Council heard a briefing from its peacekeeping chief regarding the new UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), which was set up last week to help the new nation consolidate peace and lay the foundation for longer-term state-building, conflict prevention and economic development.The new mission, comprising up to 7,000 military personnel and up to 900 civilian police personnel as well as a civilian component, takes over from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was created following the signing of the CPA. “The transition towards this new mission is well under way,” said Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, noting that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, has been working with an initial team to establish the mission since she took up her post as head of UNMISS on 9 July. Efforts are being aimed at completing the transition within six months. Meanwhile, efforts are also under way to expedite the complete deployment of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), with plans for initial deployment of 1,643 soldiers before 20 July, said Mr. Le Roy.According to an agreement signed between the north and the south last month, their respective forces – which have clashed repeatedly in the disputed region – are to withdraw from Abyei at the end of this first deployment. “One of the initial tasks of UNISFA will be to monitor this complete withdrawal of forces from all of Abyei,” he stated. Mr. Le Roy also voiced deep concern at the situation in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan, where reports of continued fighting are putting the lives of civilians at risk. He stressed that it is critical that the parties cease hostilities and move towards political dialogue.“It is also important that the parties work to resolve the unfinished processes of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and post-independence issues, including the final status of Abyei, popular consultations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, oil revenue sharing, financial transitional arrangements and border security and demarcation,” he stated.“Rapid, peaceful resolution of these issues will play a key role in ensuring long-term stability in both countries and the region.” read more

Closing Bell TSX rises amid negative Chinese economic data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid weak Chinese data and dealmaking in the Canadian financial sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,382.67 +9.37 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,642.81 -0.57 -0.03%Dow — 15,238.59 -9.53 -0.06%Nasdaq — 3,473.77 +4.55 0.13%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.37 points to 12,382.67 following six losing sessions with pressure coming in particular from base metals stocks.The tepid performance followed a slide of more than 2% last week, leaving the TSX in negative territory for the year.“I don’t think there is going to be anything too much to keep it in positive territory”, said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“You have too much of a resource focus, a market that’s really twinned between two dominant sectors, financials being one and materials/energy being two.”Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) (Nasdaq:LULU) was also in focus and its shares fell almost 9% in aftermarket trading in New York after CEO Christine Day said she is stepping down. Day will remain in the job until a successor is named. The yoga wear retailer also handed in earnings of 32 cents a share, which met expectations and announced plans to delist from the TSX.The Canadian dollar advanced, up 0.08 of a cent to 98.14 cents US amid a solid report on the housing sector.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Monday that housing starts were trending at 182,756 units in May compared with 182,971 in April. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts.But the seasonally adjusted stand-alone annual rate was 200,178 units in May, an increase from 175,922 in April.U.S. indexes were generally listless after registering sharp gains at the end of last week because of a strong jobs report.The Dow Jones industrials was down 9.53 points to 15,238.59, the Nasdaq added 4.55 points to 3,473.77 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.57 of a point to 1,642.81.Traders also took in an upgrade on the U.S. credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. S&P revised its long-term outlook to stable from negative, citing economic strength and the dollar’s status as a reserve currency. The agency had downgraded the U.S. sovereign rating to AA-plus from its top rating of AAA in 2011.Prices for oil and copper declined as data released on the weekend showed China’s trade, retail sales and other activity in May were weaker than expected, fuelling concerns about the country’s shaky economic recovery.China’s trade surplus rose to $20.4 billion in May from $18.2 billion the prior month. However, export growth slowed dramatically to just one% from a year ago, which was the slowest increase since July 2012. Imports slipped 0.3% from year-earlier levels.“Of those three figures, I’d say that the weak import result is the most worrying as it suggests domestic demand has weakened considerably,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee.Meanwhile in Japan, the first-quarter growth rate was revised up from an annualized rate of 3.5% to 4.1%.Elsewhere on the TSX, shares of E-L Financial Corp. (TSX:ELF) jumped after it announced the pending $1.125-billion sale of Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. to Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE:TRV), a major U.S. insurance company. E-L Financial gained $56 or 9.46% to $648 on a thin volume of 3,135 shares.Consumer staples stocks led advances with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 38 cents to $45.75.The gold sector was also supportive, up about 0.35% with August bullion up $3 to US$1,386 an ounce. Barrick gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 21 cents to C$20.81.The energy sector climbed 0.2% even as July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 26 cents to US$95.77 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 14 cents to C$31.80.The base metals sector was the biggest TSX drag, down 0.85% as July copper fell three cents to US$3.24 a pound on top a 10-cent slide over the previous two sessions. Copper is widely viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 61 cents to C$25.04.Railway stocks fell alongside miners as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) declined $2.30 to $126.86.The tepid performance on the TSX continued the generally negative showing on the TSX, which gained momentum after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said May 22 that the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of bond purchases sooner.The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.The TSX has been dragged lower by mining stocks in particular, a reflection of a slow global recovery.But speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive sectors as well.“We have seen REITs pull back in the last couple of weeks by eight% or thereabouts, same for utilities and pipelines — so it’s a pretty big pullback,” added Stephenson.“And . . . financials in Canada are interest sensitive to a degree and you have weakening data in terms of housing. And people are saying this is not a very good story.” What investors were watching today: Condo building surge signals economy gaining momentumOMERS, AIMCo to buy Europe’s cinema giant for $1.5-billionTravelers to buy Dominion of Canada General Insurance for $1.1-billionToronto ranked in top 10 most competitive cities in worldON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADAManpower Survey (Q3) UNITED STATES10 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in inventories, 0.1% decline in sales Job openings and labor turnover survey (April) read more

Newfoundland and Labrador premier talks up Statoil term sheet royalty revamp

Newfoundland and Labrador premier talks up Statoil term sheet, royalty revamp by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 5:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 11:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis takes a question from a journalist during a visit to the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on March 3, 2015. The premier made waves Tuesday with talk of a term sheet “in coming weeks” for the next big oil project off Newfoundland and a new royalty regime to speed offshore development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Paul Davis made waves Tuesday with talk of a term sheet “in coming weeks” for the next big oil project off Newfoundland and a new royalty regime to speed offshore development.“‘We can’t say there will be a term sheet until there is one but we’re very confident in the process,” Davis said of negotiations with Statoil ASA of Norway to develop its Bay du Nord prospect.Hopes for the province’s economically vital offshore sector are pinned on exploration and oil production in the Flemish Pass.That’s where Statoil announced its Bay du Nord find, the largest global discovery in 2013, in 1,100 metres of water about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s. Early estimates suggest it contains up to 600 million barrels of recoverable light crude.If developed, it would open up a vast new offshore region for the province as production from existing sites wanes.A spokesman for Statoil was not immediately available to comment.Davis raised the prospect of a term sheet, the next step in a long development process expected to take at least four more years, as he opened the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association conference.With a provincial election looming in November, Davis told reporters he won’t rush negotiations to score political points. His Progressive Conservative government has trailed the Opposition Liberals in successive polls and has lost seven straight byelections.“We’re simply not going to do a deal or an agreement unless we know that it’s the right deal for the province.”Davis said an equity stake is part of those talks as it was for the Hebron project. First oil from Hebron is expected in 2017.“It’s important for us to have as much of a partnership as possible.”Jez Averty, Statoil’s senior vice-president of exploration in North America, is expected to update the conference on Wednesday before speaking to reporters.Company spokesman Knut Rostad outlined in an interview last December the province’s potential, describing it as “a core priority” for the company’s global exploration. But any development decision for Bay du Nord was still expected to be months or years off with possible production not likely until after 2020.Davis said Tuesday a new royalty regime is modelled on a more streamlined and agile approach that has succeeded in Norway and other offshore sectors.“We see the benefits of having a standardized process, a principled policy that will benefit the players. They’ll know exactly what to expect when they come to our province.”The oil price plunge since last June has hammered provincial finances, which rely on those earnings for about one-third of revenues. Brent crude was trading at mid-afternoon on Tuesday for about US$64 a barrel, down almost half since this time last year.The province is forecasting a $1.1 billion deficit this year.But Davis said the offshore oil industry remains confident and is focused on long term averages.Bay du Nord would be a major economic lift for the province as output from Hibernia and other sites decline. Earnings would help fund renewable energy sources such as the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project now under construction in Labrador, Davis said.“It’s going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and we have the potential to contribute to … emission reductions in other parts (of) Canada and the northeastern United States.”Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball said in the legislature that Davis has “deal fever” and appears to be jumping the gun. Exploration drilling is to continue until well into next year at Bay du Nord, he said.Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

Trump sons take helm of company eye domestic expansion

FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, gives a thumbs-up as he waits to go on a live television interview outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Apprentices no more, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father’s presidency. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2017 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father’s presidency. They’re eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him.Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international dealmaking while Trump is president. But a U.S. push is planned, and two new hotel chains are being considered — a four-star brand and a less luxurious line — possibly in states where Trump triumphed over Democrat Hillary Clinton last November.“I think it makes it naturally easier if you’re going into a place that’s not adversarial to you,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a recent interview.The Trump Organization is a private, family-run business that owns billions of dollars’ worth of hotels, office buildings, golf courses and management and licensing agreements. Although foreign deals are on hold, the company will complete existing projects, including ones in India, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic.Because overseas markets have been hotter for the Trump brand, the company could lose some new revenue, the president’s sons suggested.Last fall, the company announced the creation of a four-star hotel chain called Scion, which is meant to offer upscale service in U.S. cities that could not support a full-fledged Trump luxury property. More than two dozen letters of intent have been signed, though no ground has been broken yet.Among the possible locations being considered: Texas, parts of the South, and perhaps the nation’s capital, where the hotel would exist with the Trump luxury property in the former home of the Old Post Office not far from the White House. The company is also in the very early stages of considering a three-star hotel chain.Experts said the plan would not seem to run afoul of any ethics standards, even if the hotels ended up in some of the economically depressed regions whose voters rallied for Trump and may not be able to afford a luxury brand. It would be no different from cashing in on the name of a nonpolitical celebrity, they said.Similarly, daughter Ivanka Trump has made a pitch for Trump’s blue-collar supporters by replacing her high-end jewelry line with a mass-market brand.“It would not seem to blur any lines with the presidency,” said Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University. She said that while “questions can be raised” about some of the company’s behaviour, a pitch into Trump-friendly states seems like “a reasonable business strategy.”Any new investment, particularly if it involves foreign funds, will face additional scrutiny, including a review by an in-house and outside ethics counsel, Donald Trump Jr. said.“It’s a complicated procedure that changes the dynamic. There are plenty of deals that two years ago or eight years from now, ‘Oh, yeah, you can do this,’” he said. “Today, we have to take that much more seriously. There is an optical component that has to be taken into account.”He bristled at the idea that his father ran for president to enrich himself or his family, as some critics contended during the campaign.“He spent $75 million of his own money to run against 17 incredibly seasoned Republican candidates to then go against Hillary Clinton,” Donald Trump Jr. said. “No one in their right mind would do that. That’s not a good business model! I get it, it sells papers, it creates headlines. But it’s ridiculous.”Donald Trump Jr. said he barely spoke to his father during his first weeks in office. That changed after the younger Trump’s 5-year-old son, Tristan, was hurt in a skiing accident.Eric Trump said he does talk to his father more regularly but insists that any discussions about the family business are limited to broad strokes and adheres to the guidelines the president laid out in January.“We don’t talk about the business. At most it’s ‘How’s Turnberry? Turnberry’s great,’” Eric Trump said, referring to a Trump golf property in Scotland. He would tell his father, if asked, “A profit or loss in a quarter, that’s it.”“That doesn’t talk about any business sectors, that doesn’t talk about any assets, that doesn’t talk about anything specific in the business. That is a pure number, one number on a piece of paper,” Eric Trump said. “That’s more than permissible. None of these laws even apply to him — he’s the president — but that is more than permissible in a trust structure.”Experts disagree, noting that it is not a true trust structure because Trump retained ownership of the company.“As long as President Trump insists on owning the Trump Organization, the conflicts of interest that may occur run directly to him and the so-called firewall plays no role in preventing them,” said Fred Wertheimer, head of the ethics watchdog group Democracy 21. “It’s an illusion and does not protect the American people.”Both Eric and Donald Trump Jr. said they missed their father’s presence. Eric Trump said he sometimes looks upon the stack of $1 bills that he won during a series of friendly business bets with his father.The winner would give the other a dollar bill with a note scrawled upon it. The elder Trump would use the bills, or a newspaper clipping about a Trump property, as a means of communicating to his sons, and his trademark scrawl would carry his congratulations — or his wishes — to those he was training to someday lead his company.“It was his way of saying ‘Get this done’ or ‘Great job, ET – this is going to be amazing,’” said Eric Trump. “It’s a simple way of communicating but I learned a lot. I miss that.”___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth squeezes out of dockyard for the first time and

first_imgBritain’s largest ever warship has squeezed out of its dockyard, as the ship heads out on sea trials. The 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth slipped out of Rosyth dockyard and into open water through an exit with only 14in clearance on either side and 20in of water under the keel.The aircraft carrier then edged along the Forth under three bridges, including the landmark rail bridge, with a little over six feet to spare. HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, on the Firth of Forth after leaving the Rosyth dockyard Commanding Officer Captain Jerry Kyd onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth Dockyard After trials begin this summer, the ship will move to its new home in Portsmouth this autumn. Trials for planes and helicopters will take place next summer.The flight deck is more than four acres in size and the ship can carry up to 36 F-35B stealth jump jets. The new Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departs Rosyth dockyard to be tested in the North Sea on June 26, 2017 in Rosyth The carrier's flight deck is more than four acres in size HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, on the Firth of Forth after leaving the Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh The arrival of the new carrier comes as the Navy is facing a budget black hole of around £500m each year and the demands of manning the new ships have been accused of causing shortages elsewhere.Critics of the carriers have also claimed they are expensive white elephants that are too vulnerable to new high speed missiles. He said: “We will go where it’s best to go and not where it’s best for a Soviet nuclear to go, so the reality is we can probably look after ourselves as long as our escort is in the right place at the right time. You don’t have to hang around and endure it, you can move away and go somewhere else.” HMS Queen Elizabeth on the Firth of ForthCredit: Andrew Milligan/PA The aircraft carrier squeezes out of dock to begin sea trialsCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Europe HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, with its radio mast down on the Firth of Forth after leaving the Rosyth dockyard Bosuns mate Scott Campbell guards the Navy’s new warshipCredit:Getty The trials mark the latest milestone in the nearly decade-long building of the Royal Navy’s two carriers, at a cost of more than £6bn.The Navy is also preparing for the warship’s first appearance to attract a concerted Russian spying effort, with submarines, ships and planes try to get a good look at the UK’s new flagship. Bosuns mate Scott Campbell guards the Navy's new warship HMS Queen Elizabeth is pulled by tugs under the Forth Rail Bridge in the Firth of Forth The first steel was cut on the carrier eight years ago but it will not be sent on operations until 2021. Early deployments are expected to see US Marines F-35B jets embarked alongside British planes, to make up for early shortages of UK jets.The Royal Navy has not had an aircraft carrier since the defence cuts of 2010. Embargo will be lifted on at 0:01 on Monday 26 June. Grabs from the animation of HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving the Rosyth basin and progression under the Forth Bridges Handout from Rachael Gordon, Head of Corporate Media Relations, BAE Systems plc Capt Jerry Kyd, commanding officer, said: “There is nothing on the globe that is invulnerable, whether that’s a city, a car, an individual, or a ship. We are not shy in the military to understanding the risks and how we mitigate that in the theatre of war. The radio mast has been lowered to allow the vessel to pass under a bridgeCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA “If you look at all the premier nations around the world, why is it that every nation in the top tier is investing billions of dollars in aircraft carriers? Is it just us, or has everyone got it wrong? The reason being is that they provide the government, very simply, with an incredibly flexible tool. It’s not just about war-fighting. This is about deterrence, coercion, signalling, proving a huge sea base for disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, defence engagement.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said 2021 “will be the first time we will deploy this ship in anger”. A Royal Navy warship is expected to escort HMS Queen Elizabeth, while shore-based helicopters look out for submarines as commanders try out the warship in the North Sea and Moray Firth.Cdr Fiona Percival, head of logistics on the ship said: “[The Russians] will come and look, but they look at everything.”Cdr Mark Deller, commander air, said the ship would be accompanied by a frigate or destroyer. Commanding Officer Captain Jerry Kyd onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth DockyardCredit:Getty The warship under steam off the coast of ScotlandCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA The carrier’s flight deck is more than four acres in size HMS Queen Elizabeth is pulled by tugs under the Forth Rail Bridge in the Firth of ForthCredit:PA A simulation of the 65,000 ton vessel being squeezed out of the basin at RosythCredit:BAE Systems plc Ian Booth, managing director of the defence industry alliance behind the ships, said: “The incident with the fire in London really brings it home to you, you don’t take chances with any incident on the ship, whether it be flooding or fire.” Sailors and engineers have worked round the clock getting the vessel ready. A total of 1,000 sailors and contractors will be onboard for the first six weeks of testing. Crew have spent hours each day carrying out safety drills for fires, flooding and personnel overboard. More than 650 doors and hatches have been checked to ensure they are watertight and fire safe.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation Footballer denies attack

(BBC) Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has “firmly” denied raping a woman in a US hotel room almost a decade ago.The Juventus forward, 33, said he was calm over “any and all investigations” as he had a “clear” conscience over the allegation he attacked Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.He spoke out ahead of her lawyers giving a press conference on Wednesday.He had previously said the allegation, first reported in German magazine Der Spiegel, was “fake news”.On Wednesday, he issued a statement through his Twitter account:Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, had filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.But the next year, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed on Tuesday they had initially investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.“At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.Ronaldo’s lawyers have previously said they will sue Der Spiegel magazine over its reporting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmbattled Ronaldo given federation president’s backingOctober 4, 2018In “Sports”Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, football star calls it ‘fake news’October 1, 2018In “Sports”Ronaldo accepts €18.8m deal over tax evasionJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports” read more

16 reasons why dogs should be held like babies

first_imgWE DON’T KNOW about you but we reckon dogs are pretty great.And if like us, you really respect our canine brethren you’ll know that the best way to hold them is like babies.It gives them the respect and attention they so badly need.We’ve rounded up some of the best dogs being held like babies moments on the internet to prove our point.1. The dog being held by a posh personThis dog is being held by professional posh person Tara Palmer-Tomkinson like a posh baby living in a posh house.Posh.Geoff Caddick/PA Archive/Press Association Images2. The dog being held like a large baby in a restaurantPossibly reading the specials menu:via Daily Picks and Flicks3. The dog being held like a baby by Zayn from One Direction4. The dog that may be too large to properly hold like a babyEven if a dog seems to big to be held like a baby they are not.Got it?via Dog Talk 1015. Using your holding a dog like a baby skills to improve a selfieThe kids will do anything for a good selfie these days6.  The mother holding a dog like a babyThe kids might too old for a hug but never the dog7. Holding dogs like babies beside a racecarAll the rageMichael Conroy/AP/Press Association Images8. Taking your dog held like a baby on a sleigh ride Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images9. Holding your dog like a baby in a really awkward wayGet it together Cheryl Cole.Get it together.PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images10. Letting your dog rest its head on top of yours like a giant babyThis guy must have incredible upper body strengthFairkid / Tumblr11. The dog who is clearly very relaxed by being held by Dennis QuaidThis dog is just happy to be here by the looks of thingsvia Crap We Like12. The dog who may be harassing its ownerWe feel like this dog might be just invading the owners personal space a tad13. Holding your dog like a baby in some flattering lightThere’s no point in doing all that solid dog holding and not have one of your mates photograph the act in some nice lighting14. Making another dog jealousThis video shows one dog being held like a baby and another dog looking a bit jealous that they aren’t being held.We’ve all been there.John Steele / YouTube15. Holding your dog like a baby watching cyclistsDogs love sports too you knowChristophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images16. Holding a dog that’s afraid of needles Go forth and hold your dogs like babies!4 pets that can ALMOST reach… but not quite>9 out of 10 classic celebrities prefer dogs…>last_img read more

Microsoft we cant stop you from jailbreaking Windows Phone 7

first_imgApple notoriously wars against its own jailbreaking community in an endless game of cat-and-mouse, and with little to show for their efforts besides the occasional speed bump… but Windows Phone 7 users don’t have to worry about getting in a similar tussle with Microsoft, who have lately been making some laudable efforts to embrace the hacker community.Coming off the heels of Microsoft’s claims that they left the Kinect open to hacking on purpose (and the Kinect’s subsequent popularity amongst hackers), a utility was released for bypassing the Windows Marketplace and installing unsigned, third-party apps onto your handset directly. AdChoices广告Microsoft’s statement on the matter, though? They don’t approve, but hey, it’s your phone. Do what you want. Just don’t come crying to them if you break it.“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.” In other words, we can’t stop you from unlocking your phone if you want to, but if you just want to install unsigned apps, you’ve got the tool to do so. We’re not going to stomp down on that. It’s your phone: just hack it at your own peril.Bravo, Microsoft. This is the way to handle hackers: don’t endorse them, but don’t waste your time trying to thwart their efforts either.Read more at WinRumorslast_img read more

NASA builds 3500 PhoneSat satellite using a smartphone

first_imgHistorically, sending anything into space has been a very expensive endeavor regardless of whether its a new satellite or a manned spacecraft. However, NASA has been working to cut the cost of building and launching new satellites, and has turned to off-the-shelf components to drastically lower the price. The end result is a satellite that costs just $3,500 to build.The NASA project investigating these cheap satellite designs is called PhoneSat. The team is based at the Ames Research Center and has been rapidly prototyping a number of cheap satellite designs. The key to keeping costs down is using components that are widely available and combine a number of features into a single device.The heart of the PhoneSat satellites is a smartphone. Using a smartphone makes a lot of sense as you are only spending hundreds of dollars to purchase one, and in return you get a fast processor, a fully-functional and reliable operating system, cameras, GPS, radio, and several supporting sensors on board. There’s also the added bonus of easily being able to upgrade the software in the phone to add new functionality.While using common components may keep the build cost to a minimum, it also means launching a PhoneSat is cheap too. A typical PhoneSat satellite weighs less than 4 pounds and takes the form of a cube no more than 4-inches wide.NASA has been testing PhoneSat 1.0 ready for a launch into orbit using a Taurus II rocket later this year. It relies on a Nexus One smartphone and Android OS, and will have the simple mission of capturing images of Earth. PhoneSat 2.0 is also in development and will replace the Nexus One with the more up-to-date Nexus S smartphone. Unlike v1.0 which will just take photos, v2.0 will allow for commands to be sent using a two-way S-band radio and will employ magnetorquer coils to allow for orientation adjustments.NASA’s work into developing a cheap satellite design will be shared with everyone through the NASA Open Government Plan. That means anyone wishing to launch their own satellite can use PhoneSat as a blueprint. There’s also big plans for the development of future PhoneSat iterations beyond v2.0, which is set to launch in June 2013. For example, there’s already work underway to give PhoneSat 3.0 a foldable design and to carry out a mission focusing on dispersed sensor heliophysics.Read more at NASA. Top image courtesy of jurvetson on Flickrlast_img read more

Ericsson to provide worldclass managed services for Flow mobile networks in Caribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL– July 12, 2016 Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will extend its long-term relationship with C&W Communications, which operates the retail brand Flow, and its new owner, Liberty Global (LiLAC Group), to provide world-class managed services, including operating and managing the Flow mobile network and field services and monitoring the network management for Flow in the Northern Caribbean region.C&W and Liberty Global’s strategic partnership extension with Ericsson further strengthens their commitment in improving the quality and reliability of its services and strong network performance to customers. The three-year contract will include top-of-the-line field services (including corrective and preventive maintenance of the mobile core and radio equipment) and a Network Operations Center (NOC) to monitor and maintain the mobile network for Flow in the Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Turks & Caicos markets. With these enhancements, Ericsson will help Flow deliver a best-in-class level of performance, such as higher network availability and reduced outages.  As a result, customers will see improvements in data and voice quality and overall mobile experience, aimed at helping Flow further improve their Net Promoter Score (NPS); a measure which gauges a customer’s overall satisfaction with service as well as brand loyalty.“This partnership with Ericsson is part of C&W’s strategy to continually invest in our network, improve the quality of service and innovate technology for our customers throughout the region,” said Carlo Alloni, Executive Vice-president and CTIO, C&W. “With this long-term business relationship with Ericsson, they will bring best practice processes, tools and methods to significantly improve our customers’ experience throughout our mobile network.”“Continuing to provide managed services for Flow’s mobile network builds on our regional leadership, supporting our customers so that they can capitalize on innovation to increase their operational efficiencies and explore new go-to-market models. Ericsson will maintain the network at a superior quality so that subscribers enjoy the best experience available,” said Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Managed Services at Ericsson.Ericsson is the global leader in telecommunications managed services, managing networks for multiple operators worldwide via a combination of global and local network operations centers. Ericsson employs 66,000 services professionals in 180 countries, and provides managed services for networks that serve more than 1 billion subscribers. In addition, Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including US, Japan, and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling the most global LTE traffic. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

PrabhasShraddhas Saaho teaser releasing with Salman Khans Bharat as Eid treat

first_imgSaaho and Bharat postersCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookThe makers of director Sujeeth’s Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor, are said to have planned to release its teaser with Salman Khan’s Bharat on June 5 as the Eid treat for filmgoers.The producers recently announced that Saaho would release in the cinema halls on August 15. They have released some posters and a couple of making videos – Shades of Saaho Chapter 1 and two. These promos have stunned the film goers and left them demanding more. All these promos have received a massive response and generated a huge expectation and curiosity about the film.Now, all eyes are on the launch of Saaho teaser. The buzz in the social media is that its first look video is released with Salman Khan’s much-awaited Hindi film Bharat, which is set to hit the screens on June 5. The reason for this rumour is simple. Bharat is produced by T-Series, which is also presenting the Hindi version of Saaho. This fueled the speculation that the banner might release it with Hindi movie.A movie buff named Raghu Nandan Reddy‏ tweeted, “#Prabhas’s PAN India magnum opus #Saaho’s teaser likely to release on 5th June. The teaser is said to be attached to #Bharat which is releasing this Wednesday Hitting the screens WW on 15th August in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil & Malayalam.” Bharat posterTwitter.Another film goer named Minar Ahmed @minarahmed10 tweeted, “@TSeries & @UV_Creations unveil the teaser of #saaho in Eid n attach it to the prints of #bharat it would give more boost to #saaho @AAFilmsIndia …@KomalNahta @VishekC.”But a source close to Prabhas denies the reports about the teaser launch of Saaho. The makers do not have any such plans. “The makers have not planned the release of Saaho teaser. So it is not releasing during Eid. It might hit the internet a couple of weeks after the Ramadan,” the source told IBTimes India. Leaked still of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor from SaahoTwitterMeanwhile, the source revealed that there might be an announcement about the cameo role. “Saaho will have a special appearance of a popular star, who they have not yet finalized. They are still in talks with stars. If everything is finalized. They may announce it during this Eid,” the source told IBTimes India.Saaho is sci-fi action thriller made with a whopping budget of Rs 300 crore. Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor are playing the lead roles and Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay and Jackie Shroff are in supporting roles in this Sujeeth directorial. UV Creations is bankrolling this trilingual film, which is simultaneously shot and released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.last_img read more