Blackmagic RAW Added to BMPCC4K with Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2

first_imgIf you’ve been eagerly waiting to shoot Blackmagic RAW on your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, the time has finally come.Today, Blackmagic made a couple of really great announcements. We got a new Ursa Pro update (300fps?!) and some really great advancements in some of their other peripherals.However, one of the most exciting and accessible new developments was the new Blackmagic Camera Update 6.2 —which adds Blackmagic RAW functionality to the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.This news sent me rushing for my BMPCC4K. The camera update is available now, meaning anyone who owns the camera can update now for free. As a result, I read the press release, and a mere 15 minutes later, I was shooting Blackmagic RAW (It always bothers me capitalizing that, as RAW isn’t actually an initialism, but alas it is the official name).Recording OptionsAs is the case with all the more recent Blackmagic releases, one of the true strengths is the number of available options.Blackmagic RAW functionality boasts options for constant bitrate and constant quality recording. I prefer to shoot in constant bitrate, which shoots the same bitrate regardless of the situation. This recording format is truly impressive. Even 12:1 BRAW is truly stunning in terms of both quality and versatility in post. To start, I had a 128GB SDHC card in the camera, and at this setting, I can shoot 77 minutes of RAW. Which is absolutely mind-boggling — especially when you get that footage into Resolve and take a look at what it can do.When set to constant quality, the camera shoots higher file sizes, and the file sizes themselves are constantly altering themselves due to the needs of that particular shot. This yields slightly richer and higher-quality images, but it tends to create unpredictably large file sizes.The camera, of course, still has all of the ProRes recording formats as well.The only downside to Blackmagic RAW is that there is currently no compatibility with NLEs other than Resolve. So if you want to edit your RAW files in Premiere, you’re going to have a bad time.I’m hoping that Adobe will support the codec in the near future, but I’m also worried that potential competition with ProRes Raw won’t hinder that development. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, get out there and shoot some beautiful RAW footage, folks.last_img read more

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Rajasthan Governor for increasing artistes’ pay

first_imgRajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has rooted for increasing the remuneration paid to folk artistes invited to perform in the events organised by the government and private bodies. “Artistes come from the far-off villages and make great efforts to preserve our art and culture through their performances,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Singh was a addressing a meeting of the governing body and executive board of the West Zone Cultural Centre, which he heads, at Raj Bhawan here. He said the WZCC would increase the payments made to artistes from ₹800 to ₹2,000 each and an official request in this regard would be sent to the Union Ministry of Culture.The WZCC, headquartered in Udaipur, is engaged in the promotion of various art forms of western States and connecting the people living in urban, rural and tribal areas with their cultural roots. It represents four States – Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa.Shilpgram expansionThe Governor gave instructions for expansion of ‘Shilpgram’, which has been established by WZCC as a craft village in Udaipur for depicting the architecture, traditional arts and diversity and aesthetic sense of the four States.Mr. Singh said the annual ‘Shilpgram Utsav’ organised in Udaipur would also be popularised.last_img read more

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Govt not to intervene in Sushil vs Narsingh battle: Sonowal

first_imgPatiala, May 16 (PTI) Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today ruled out intervention in the Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav selection battle for the Rio Olympics, saying that the matter is for the Wrestling Federation of India to decide. The WFI had sought the Ministrys intervention to resolve the raging furore over whether to give the Olympic ticket to Narsingh, who clinched the quota berth, or hold trials to present double Olympic-medallist Sushil a chance in the 74kg category. “Government has nothing to do with it. The Federation, which is an autonomous body, is the final authority. We stood by the national sports code and respect the autonomy of all sports Federations,” Sonowal, who is here on a visit to the NIS to take stock of the Olympic preparations, told PTI. Narsingh booked the Rio berth at last years World Championships in Las Vegas. Sushil, on the other hand, had to sit out of the event owing to an injured shoulder. As per rules, the quota berth is for the country and it was expected that trials would be held to pick between Narsingh and Sushil before the Games. However, with Narsingh staking his claim for the Olympics, the WFI is in a fix as it fears demands from other wrestlers in the remaining seven weight categories. Sushil, on his part, has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. The 32-year-old has also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games. PTI ACB NES PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei sets world marathon record in Chicago

first_imgLATEST STORIES Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan 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 Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ “I’m feeling good and I am happy because I was not expected to run like this,” Kosgei said.Kosgei’s run came little more than 24 hours after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours, clocking 1:59:41 in Vienna. Unlike Kipchoge’s performance, however, Kosgei’s mark was set in an official race on a record-eligible course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceRadcliffe first set a world record at Chicago in 2002 before besting her own mark a year later in London.“It was 17 years ago exactly today that I set the first world record here in Chicago,” said Radcliffe, who attended Sundays’ race. “That was a special day for me today and it’s a very special day for Brigid today.” Kosgei, who also won this year’s London Marathon in 2:18:20, set a fast early pace but slowed a bit after the halfway mark. She was waving to the crowd as she approached the finish line, nearly seven minutes ahead of runners following her.Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka, both of Ethiopia, finished second and third. Yeshaneh’s time was 2:20:51 and Burka’s was 2:20:55Lawrence Cherono sprinted across the finish in the men’s race to beat Dejene Debela by one second. The Kenyan Cherono finished in 2:05:45, with Ethiopia’s Debela two strides behind. Asefa Mengstu, also of Kenya, came in third three seconds behind Cherono.“All of a sudden when we reach 41 kilometer, the (other runners) were not going again,” Cherono said. “I decided to kick and felt I was still having enough energy to sprint. I tried my luck and it worked.”Cherono won the Boston Marathon in April in 2:07:57. Sunday’s win marked his eighth career marathon victory.ADVERTISEMENT Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, poses with her time after winning the Women’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon while setting a world record of 2:14:04, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event.The 25-year-old Kosgei bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago. Kosgei won in Chicago last year in 2:18:35.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Just 15, Coco Gauff tops Ostapenko for 1st WTA singles title Defending champion Mo Farah, who set a European record here last year, finished in ninth in 2:09:58Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

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Yanks, Pirates Split Doubleheader

first_imgNEW YORK — Diving through the air, fully outstretched, Josh Harrison might have been the only one in the ballpark who knew he was going to make that incredible catch in the eighth inning.And boy, it felt good when ball met leather — even better than watching his tiebreaking homer soar over the left field wall an inning earlier.After a late-game switch from third base to left field, Harrison laid out to grab Yangervis Solarte’s line drive May 18, helping to preserve the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first win in the Bronx in 54 years, 5-3 over the New York Yankees for a doubleheader split.“Home runs are great, but any time you can make a play in the field and help out the pitcher it feels good,” Harrison said. “I knew once I left my feet it was in there.”Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner added an RBI double as New York beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in the opener of the first single-admission twinbill at Yankee Stadium since 2004.The Pirates had lost all eight games at Yankee Stadium in interleague play. They last beat New York on the road in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.“It’s just another win,” said Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole, who grew up a Yankees fan. “We need as many as we can, and the other stuff doesn’t matter.”Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off Vidal Nuno in the sixth inning of the second game after striking out four times in the opener. Marte, though, left with left hamstring tightness in the seventh inning. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez homered for Pittsburgh in the opener.“I’ll be good for the next game,” Marte said.Harrison, who ran into the third out of the fifth inning before a run could cross the plate, switched from third base to left field in place of Marte. Then in the eighth, with pinch-hitter Derek Jeter on first following a single, Solarte hit a sharp liner to left. Harrison raced to his right and caught it with a fully extended dive toward the line.“Harrison was a big reason they won the second game today. His defense, his offense really hurt us today. Sol put a great at-bat as well and hit a rocket,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “You don’t see guys lay out 320 feet away very often, but he did.”Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart had two RBIs for the Pirates. Fill-in closer Mark Melancon, who broke into the big leagues with New York, pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.Solarte homered in the sixth to tie it 3-all and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight.The teams looked as if they lost focus during the 38-minute break between games, coming out for Game 2 in front of a fraction of the 46,858 who attended the opener and making four quick errors. The second game was scheduled as a makeup for a May 16 rainout.Gardner was picked off third base in the first inning, a warmup for a sloppy second in which both clubs appeared to forget the fundamentals.Solarte made a throwing error, then Brian Roberts dropped a throw from Solarte on a force attempt to put runners at the corners. Stewart had an RBI single but Jose Tabata slowed coming around second with a leg injury and was tagged out trotting into third to end the inning.The Pirates were worse in the bottom half, allowing New York to score twice with two outs. Travis Snider let John Ryan Murphy’s single skitter through his legs in right field for a run. Snider had replaced Tabata in right field to start the inning. The Pirates said Tabata had tightness in his right hamstring.Brendan Ryan laid down a perfect squeeze to make it 2-1 and went to second on Cole’s throwing error. Gardner walked and Cole balked the runners to second and third, but Roberts popped out to second base.Harrison doubled to left with two outs in the fifth but slipped about halfway to third base and was tagged out in a rundown before Snider could cross home plate.“I tried to stay in it as long as I could,” Harrison said.Harrison redeemed himself in the seventh with a drive to left off Alfredo Aceves (0-2).“He can surprise you,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison, usually a bench player. “He does things with intent all the time.”In the opener, Brian McCann had an RBI single in the first as New York scored all its runs in the first two innings on five hits off Charlie Morton (0-6). After Gardner’s RBI double in the second, Morton allowed just one baserunner through seven innings.Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) yielded three runs and five hits in six innings for his first win since April 12 against Boston.“As a pitcher, the win is always a good thing,” Kuroda said through a translator. “Even though you may not have perfect stuff, to get the win is very encouraging.”David Robertson, the fourth Yankees reliever, got four outs for his eighth save.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wall, Wizards Beat Rockets 135-131 in OT Despite Harden’s 54

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, and the Washington Wizards overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131 on Monday night.Wall had two baskets in the extra period and finished with 11 assists. Bradley Beal equaled his season high with 32 points for the Wizards.Otto Porter hit a runner with 4:37 to play for the first basket in overtime and the Wizards remained ahead from there. Wall followed with a jumper to make it 129-125 and later made another jumper that pushed the lead to five. Beal’s jumper extended it to 133-126 with 1:50 to play.Harden had 44 points through three quarters but missed five of his seven shots in the fourth. In overtime, Harden whose career high is 60, was 1 of 2 from the field and had two free throws. He had 11 turnovers, three in overtime.Eric Gordon scored a season-high 36 for the short-handed Rockets, who played without Chris Paul for the second straight game.Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots against Danuel House (4) during overtime an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 135-131 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WARRIORS 116, MAGIC 110OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored a season-high 49 points, giving Golden State the lead on a three-point play with 1:19 left before hitting a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to send the Warriors past Orlando.Durant topped his 44-point performance two nights earlier with another brilliant outing on both ends — and Klay Thompson was his scoring sidekick once more as the two-time defending NBA champions played without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.Thompson hit his sixth 3 of the night to tie it with 1:45 left and finished with 29 points.Durant became the seventh player in Warriors history to post consecutive 40-point games — along with Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Curry, Antawn Jamison, Purvis Short and Thompson, according to Elias.Nikola Vucevic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on the road Sunday.CELTICS 124, PELICANS 107NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyrie Irving closed out a 26-point, 10-assist performance with a 3-pointer and a tough baseline fade over Anthony Davis, and Boston pulled away late for a victory over New Orleans.Jayson Tatum, who scored 20, threw down a right-handed dunk while being fouled by Davis with 2:26 left, at which point Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry began subbing out starters and fans started filing out, resigned to just New Orleans’ second loss in 10 home games this season.Davis finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, Nikola Mirotic hit six 3s as part of his 25 points, and Julius Randle added 15 points from the bench, but that wasn’t enough to end what is now a four-game losing streak for New Orleans.Al Horford scored 20 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which punished the Pelicans for their 22 turnovers, converting them into 32 points.HORNETS 110, BUCKS 107CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each had 21 points, and Charlotte held on to beat Milwaukee after nearly squandering a 25-point, third-quarter lead.Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Tony Parker had 15 points off the bench for the Hornets, who bounced back from a loss at Atlanta on Sunday night and ended a two-game skid.The Bucks nearly came all the way back, cutting the lead to one with 17 seconds left on a layup by Giannis Antetokounmpo.But Walker made two free throws with 7.1 seconds left and the Bucks failed to get off a good shot after a side inbounds, with Eric Bledsoe forced to launch an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit off the glass and the rim and bounced away as time expired.Antetokounmpo had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Bledsoe scored 17 points.PACERS 121, JAZZ 88SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Doug McDermott scored a season-high 21 points and Indiana rolled to an easy victory without leading scorer Victor Oladipo, beating Utah.Myles Turner set the tone with 16 points, all in the first three quarters, and seven Pacers reached double figures. Tyreke Evans scored 14 points and Cory Joseph and Domantas Sabonis each had 13.The Pacers shot a season-best 58.3 percent and made half of their 18 3-point attempts.Donovan Mitchell, who scores 20.6 per game, sat out his second game with bruised ribs and Utah was playing a back-to-back, but it was 19 turnovers and poor shooting that buried the Jazz and dropped their usually stellar home record to 2-6.SPURS 108, BULLS 107CHICAGO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio held off Chicago.DeMar DeRozan had 21 points and Patty Mills finished with 17 as San Antonio improved to 2-1 on a four-game trip. Bryn Forbes made three of the Spurs’ 10 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.Chicago had two chances to go in front in the final seconds and came up empty each time. Zach LaVine was short on a 3-point try from the top of the key, and Ryan Arcidiacono missed a jumper as time expired.LaVine scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth, but the Bulls lost for the seventh time in eight games. Arcidiacono finished with a career-high 22 points, Jabari Parker had 18 and Justin Holiday added 17.TIMBERWOLVES 102, CAVALIERS 95CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Covington scored 24 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 and Minnesota beat Cleveland.Minnesota is 6-2 since trading disgruntled star Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia two weeks ago and 10-11 overall. The latest win was its second in 10 road games this season.Derrick Rose came off the bench to score 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Towns hit two baskets in the final two minutes, including a fadeaway jumper on the baseline, after Cleveland cut the lead to 91-86.Cleveland beat Philadelphia and Houston last week for its first back-to-back wins of the season, but couldn’t make it three straight.Kyle Korver scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers for Cleveland. Rodney Hood added 20 points while Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 11 rebounds.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ben Stokes cleared of affray charges, to join squad for 3rd Test vs India

first_imgBen Stokes was found not guilty on charges of affray following the brawl between a group of men last September.Stokes’s hearing for his involvement in a pub brawl that happened on September 24 after England’s win over West Indies was taking place in the Bristol Crown Court.The hearing forced Stokes to sit out the second Test against India at Lord’s and was also left out of the 13-man squad for the third Test, starting on August 18 at Trent Bridge.Following the clearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board also released a statement that Stokes is set to join the rest of the squad for the third Test at Trent Bridge, starting on August 18. He was earlier left out of the England squad for the third Test, which remained unchanged.”Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC].”Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Specsavers Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday.”Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider,” ECB said in a statement.Stokes, 27, was accused of knocking unconscious two men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, in a brawl in Bristol, southwest England, last September.Also read – Ben Stokes not picked for third Test as England name unchanged squadProsecutors said the all-rounder, who helped England to victory in the first Test against India, had lost control after drinking heavily earlier in the night.advertisementAfter being refused entry to the Mbargo nightclub, the cricketer had abused the doorman and then mocked two openly gay men, the court was told. Stokes, who was with fellow England international Alex Hales, then got into a fight with Ali and HaleAlso read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlStokes, who denied the charge, told the jury he had been acting in self-defence after stepping in to defend the gay couple who had been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse.He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandThe jury heard that Stokes had been in the nightclub earlier in the evening and had tried to return after it had stopped allowing entry, offering the doorman a bribe, but had been refused entry.The doorman said Stokes had become aggressive and insulted him before the altercation occurred. Footage from closed circuit TV and from a witness’s mobile phone showed the cricketer throwing a number of punches during the incident.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorAli, 28, was found not guilty of affray while Hale was acquitted of the same charge part way through the trial at Bristol Crown Court.Stokes missed England’s Ashes tour to Australia last winter but returned to the national side in February.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Trevor Lawrence Getting Criticized For His Performance At North Carolina

first_img Maybe Trevor Lawrence ain’t worth all the hype?— 🆎 (@ab89) September 28, 2019Did Trevor Lawrence work with a new coach this summer?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 28, 2019Lawrence has been missing open wide receivers and the deep threats just haven’t been there for Clemson’s passing offense this year.Trevor Lawrence adjusted yards/attempt:9.3 – 20187.9 – 2019 prior to today6.8 – today— Jeff (BPredict) (@BPredict) September 28, 2019It’s important to remember that Lawrence is just a true sophomore and it’s not crazy for him to not live up to the insane hype this year.Still, if Clemson is going to repeat as national champions, the Tigers are going to need to get much better quarterback play from Lawrence.Clemson and UNC are playing on ABC. Trevor Lawrence throws up his hands at North Carolina.CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to the sideline during the first half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence hasn’t been bad this season, but the Clemson sophomore quarterback hasn’t really been living up to the insane Heisman Trophy hype that came following his sensational freshman year.The star Tigers quarterback has just looked off at times – and that is especially true today.Clemson is struggling at North Carolina, as the Tigers and the Tar Heels are tied, 14-14, late in the third quarter.Again, Lawrence hasn’t been bad – he’s 15 of 24 for 163 yards – but more is expected from the former five-star recruit and likely No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick.last_img read more

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Pack Your Bags: These are the Top Travel Destinations for 2018

first_img Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Photo by Christopher BurnsHaving travel insurance is like having medical insurance: You hope that you never have to use it, but are relieved that one time when you do. World Nomads is an international travel insurance company that protects adventurers from the unexpected. Aside from the obvious, World Nomads also collects data on where globetrotters are planning to go based on their insurance needs.In no particular order, here are World Nomad’s top travel destinations for 2018.CambodiaAngkor WatNestled deep in a thick jungle, Angkor Wat may be the most iconic temple in all of Cambodia. While the largest religious structure ever built, draws over 2 million visitors each year, it is only one of the many things that this Southeast Asian country has to offer. The dry season runs from November to May, though the busiest tourist season is from November to February, when temperatures are coolest. Savy travelers are aware of the sparkling beaches of Thailand (more on that below), many may not realize that the beaches in Cambodia are far less crowded.ArgentinaIguazú FallsArgentina is a country where sophisticated splendor meets “edge of the world” adventure. This large South American country has something for everyone, from the Argentine half of Patagonia to the European feel of Buenos Aires. Cruising down the Beagle Channel will bring you to Ushuaia, which is one of the jump on/off locations for adventure cruises to Antarctica. For off-the-beaten-path trips, visit the dramatic and thundering Iguazú Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, or Los Glaciares National Park to see majestic glaciers.IcelandKirkjufellLocated just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland will having you feeling like you are at the top of the world. This enchanting country offers otherworldly natural wonders, including steaming geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, and some of the best views of the Northern Lights. After a long day of exploring what Mother Nature has to offer, relax in the tranquil, geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Looking for the ultimate road trip? The Ring Road is a circular drive around the island offering access to waterfalls, volcanoes, and more.ThailandBangkok Photo by Dan FreemanThailand has long been a favorite among backpackers and luxury travelers alike. While deluxe accommodations exist for those looking to escape to this Southeast Asian paradise, frugal travelers can still explore comfortably around this budget destination. Bangkok, like New York, is a city that never sleeps — there is always something to do in the Thailand’s capitol. The country is largely Buddhist, and that’s apparent with its many temples and shrines. Visitors can escape the bustling town for adventures in the jungles or relax on many of the world-class beaches that have long made the country a hot spot.VietnamHalong BayVietnam’s history is interwoven with our own, and one of the best ways to understand its storied past is by visiting this fascinating country. Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Gulf of Tonkin, contains over 1,600 islands, creating a surreal landscape. The country is also home to the world’s largest known cave, Son Doong Cave. First opened to tourists in 2012, the destination contains some of the tallest stalagmites, as well as sections where the ceiling has collapsed, allowing lush firsts to grow on the floor. No visit to Vietnam would be complete without seeing the Mekong Delta, located in the southwest.NepalGokyo Lakes Photo by Kalle KortelainenIt’s been almost three years since the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal. While the country continues to rebuild, it remains important that tourists continue visiting this this trekker’s paradise to help on the path to recovery. Nepal is home to seven of the world’s top ten highest peaks, with Mt. Everest being the king of the all. The best way to see many of these peaks, each towering over 20,000 feet, is along the Everest Base Camp trek. Aside from its dramatic landscapes, Nepal also boasts vibrant cities and a rich culture.ItalyFlorenceItaly: where modern amenities meets ancient history, It’s no surprise that Italy can lay claim to the highest number of World Heritage Sites — 49 at last count, including the rock drawings in Valcamonica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Pompei. Regardless of your religious affiliation, visitors can’t help but be in awe of the church and cathedral architecture. Exploring Vatican City is a separate outing entirely (and country). There are Roman and Greek ruins peppered throughout Italy; it’s easy to imagine the grandeur of Ancient Rome while touring the Forum, Coliseum, or the catacombs. Cites like Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and Verona are all interconnected via train, allowing visitors to experience them all with ease. Escape the tourist magnets and head north to the Dolomites, located in the Southern Alps, for some mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and hiking. Oh, and did we mention that the food is amazing?EcuadorGalapagos IslandsSituated along the equator, Ecuador is a country where the Andes meet the sea and the temperature is always ideal. With over 500 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches abound. The Galapagos Islands could be a separate trip in and of itself. Explore colonial architecture set against spectacular vistas in the historic capital city of Quito. For a more rugged experience, visit one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi, which has erupted more than 50 times since 1738, the most recent being in August 2015. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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South Korea Pitches Dry Canal Concept to Thailand

first_imgzoom South Korea plans to propose to Thailand a USD 4.8 billion ”dry canal” project, featuring a new concept of moving ships by rail through Thailand’s land bridge, the Singaporean news agency Asia One reports.The proposed 57-kilometre ”rail-canal” would link the western Kra Buri district to Chumphon on the east, according to the director-general of the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) Jinyu Choi.The proposed rail link would shave 2,000 kilometres off the current route through the Strait of Malacca, cutting transit times by two days, Choi said.Another advantage for the proposed dry canal over a conventional one is the construction costs, Choi said. The estimated costs for building a conventional canal are USD 7.1 billion, USD 2.3 billion more than what would be needed to build the proposed rail canal.KKRI will present the project in detail to Thai Transport Minister Prajin Juntong at the ‘Thailand Rail Academy Symposium,’ held in Phitasnulok this August.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Toronto developers outline plan for condos apartments on downtown parcel near CN

TORONTO — A group of real estate companies have reached a deal for redeveloping a parcel of land in downtown Toronto, just north of the railway corridor and near the CN Tower.Rights to the residential component of the land redevelopment are being sold for $180 million to Tridel Builders Inc. and a limited partnership managed by Woodbourne Canada Partners.The land covers 7.67 acres, or 3.1 hectares, on the northwest corner of Front Street West and Spadina Avenue.Home construction picks up in June, boosted by apartments, Toronto condosHow Brexit could add more sizzle to hot real estate markets in Toronto , VancouverThe land parcel was assembled in 2012 and 2013 by a joint venture known as The Well, which is jointly owned by RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN), Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) and Diamondcorp.The group says rental apartments and residential condominiums will occupy nearly half of the the parcel’s approved density.The Well joint venture expects current tenants on the land to leave by the end of this year and development to begin in early 2017.The Canadian Press read more

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Despite billions in foreign aid most Afghans cant find fulltime jobs

by Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 12:18 am MDT Despite billions in foreign aid, most Afghans can’t find full-time jobs KABUL – Hundreds of men, some on crutches, all wearing tattered clothing, gather shortly before dawn at major intersections throughout Kabul and other Afghan cities. Displaying primitive tools such as a level or a trowel, they seek labour that is often backbreaking, always temporary and will earn just a few dollars for a day’s work.Employers circle the intersections, eyeing the crowds. Usually they are looking for one or two workers for minor construction tasks. Before they even stop, dozens of men swarm their vehicle, fighting with each other to get one of perhaps five or six jobs available that morning.Despite billions of dollars from abroad to develop this impoverished country since the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime in 2001, roughly 12 million people, or eight out of every 10 working-age Afghan are unskilled day labourers, according to an International Labor Organization report. Most land only temporary jobs.In rural areas, work is also temporary — but it’s also seasonal and often illegal, the report said. Some of the biggest employers, opium-producing poppy farmers, provide tens of thousands of short-term jobs.But almost everywhere, the pay is meagre. Afghans with jobs, whether part-time or full-time, earn on average $410 per year — or about $1 per day, according to the World Bank.Mir Afghan, a day labourer standing on line one recent morning at a Kabul intersection, says he hasn’t worked in 13 days and is $1,260 in debt. He said neighbours occasionally help him out and local stores give him food on credit. One neighbour recently loaned him $9 to buy medicine for one of his six children.At Mir Afghan’s home in a congested neighbourhood on the edge of Kabul, his wife, Sabar Gul, started crying when asked about the family’s meals. Cradling her coughing and feverish infant son in her arms, she said she has enough food to cook only one meal each day and they rarely can afford to eat meat.The International Labor Organization report, released last year, offered several grim statistics: nearly half of Afghans don’t have enough to eat; 18 per cent of children under 15 years old are working; and 82 per cent of Afghans are illiterate.Most businesses are not registered and thus do not pay taxes. That means the government, riddled with corrupt officials, is heavily dependent on international aid as well as on the black market — most often linked to the country’s flourishing drug trade.Ten years ago the International Labor Organization warned that long-term stability and prosperity would elude Afghanistan if employment, the kind that guarantees a regular income, wasn’t made a key component of projects to reconstruct this war-ravaged country.But aid organizations were reluctant to get involved in job creation, the private sector remained stagnant despite significant investment in telecommunications, and many wealthy Afghans chose to put their money in other countries.Nowadays, the report said, most Afghans cannot find permanent work, and even temporary work is drying up as international aid money dwindles ahead of the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO combat troops from Afghanistan.“There is a serious looming problem with unemployment in Afghanistan,” said Graeme Smith, senior Afghanistan analyst for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.“Ordinary workers have depended heavily on construction, trucking and other sectors that saw boom times because of the presence of foreign troops and aid projects — and there’s likely a coming bust, as soldiers withdraw and development budgets shrink,” he said. “This could badly affect stability and security.”A day labourer works two, maybe three days a week, said Maroof Qaderi, president of the National Union of Afghanistan Workers, Employees. They are often heavily indebted to banks, family and friends.To pay his bills, Mir Afghan has taken his oldest son, Mohammad, out of school and put him to work making carpets and doing odd jobs.But Mohammed, a lean 19-year-old, says he keeps up his studies at night. “I don’t want my life to be the shovel. I want to finish high school, and go to a government college to study economics,” he said.For the past several mornings, several university students have mingled among the scores of men, including Mir Afghan, looking for work at the intersection in Koti Sangi, a district in the heart of the Afghan capital.Waheedullah, 22, says his family has only enough money to pay for his attending classes part-time, and he’s worried he won’t be able to finish his studies. He gets up at 4:30 a.m. to bicycle to Koti Sangi, where he hopes to find a couple of days of work.Waheedullah, who uses just one name, blamed the weak economy on rampant corruption, saying Afghan officials and their foreign partners have siphoned off most of the money that’s come to Afghanistan.“Foreigners came here to make jobs for themselves, but nothing has changed for the lives of Afghans,” he said. “I think Afghanistan is going in a very bad direction. No one is doing anything about the problems of the poor people.”Khwaja Tamim, a house painter who said he’s come to Koti Sangi every morning for the last six years, says jobs are dwindling as people expect the worst after the final withdrawal next year of U.S. and NATO combat forces.“People are scared,” he said, noting “the suicide attackers, the jobless, the criminal gangs and always the rumours between Afghans.”On Monday a car bomb exploded at Koti Sangi, killing the driver and creating a stampede as workers ran for safety. Police were unsure whether militants or criminal gangs were behind the bombing.“From one second to the next you don’t know what can happen, whether a bomb goes off right here and our lives are finished,” Tamim said one day earlier in an interview at Koti Sangi.“I have experience of the civil war,” he said, referring to the period when rival mujahedeen groups who forced the Russians out of Afghanistan turned their guns on each other, killing as many as 50,000 civilians before the Taliban took power in 1996.“I think the future will be worse than the civil war.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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With special event UN to mark Victory over Slavery Haiti and Beyond

The High-Level Official Opening of the exhibit “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” hosted by the Permanent Missions of Haiti and Jamaica to the United Nations will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Visitor Centre at UN Headquarters.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will officially open the exhibit and is expected to say: “The story of the Haitian Revolution and the resilience of its people, who demanded nothing more than to be granted their human rights, continues to inspire.” Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be also be in attendance, as well as a number UN Ambassadors.. With an overview of the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a backdrop, the exhibit focuses on the slaves’ struggle for independence in Haiti and the establishment of the Republic in 1804. The Haitian insurrection is recognized as a milestone by the liberation movements that fought for the abolition of slavery.The exhibition also showcases the design of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, The Ark of Return by Rodney Leon, which will be erected at UN Headquarters in early 2015. The American architect of Haitian descent also designed the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City. He was selected as the winning design of an international competition in August 2013.The Memorial will stand as a constant reminder of the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes who helped to end slavery. The exhibit highlights the UNESCO Slave Route Project, launched 20 years ago to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and its consequences.At 5:00 pm, the author of the film They are We, Emma Christopher and architect Rodney Leon will hold a discussion.The They are We documentary tells the story of the Cuban descendants of an enslaved African woman who visited the village of origin of their ancestor in Sierra Leone. The village was located thanks to an Australian professor from the University of Sydney, Dr Emma Christopher who was able to trace it through traditional dances and songs.“Photographs of the documentary They are We are currently on display in the exhibit, in the context of the Film Festival on Slavery. There will be a free, outdoor screening of the film on Friday, July 11 at Joyce Kilmer Park (161st Street and Grand Concourse) as part of the Bronx Museum of the Arts First Fridays! series in partnership with the African Film Festival. The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is marked on 25 March, was established by the General Assembly (GA) in 2007. read more

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TfL criticises dangerous stunt by darts fan filmed sliding down Tube escalators

first_imgTop night last night, but this has to be the highlight 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yMqDvOoVML— James Gower (@__gower) December 21, 2017 “I’m injured but it’s all worth it – I mainly hurt my knee and it’s bruised but it’ll go.“The gentleman asked me if I was OK and I said yes and went on my way.”He said he woke up the next day unable to move but at the time he had consumed enough alcohol not to feel the pain. A TfL spokesman told the Telegraph Mr Andrews was an “idiot” and said in a statement: “Safety is our top priority and pranks like this are dangerous for not only those involved but also to other customers.”We have frequent PA announcements reminding customers to be careful when using escalators, and we also run safety campaigns throughout the year to encourage customers to take care whilst traveling on our network.” The video has been seen ten million times, and has even been enjoyed in Parliament, with David Lammy MP commenting on Twitter: “MIND THE GAP.”Actor John Barrowman tweeted: “What an idiot but too funny.” 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. Sliding into 2018 exactly like this 😂😩😩😩 https://t.co/hg0mFcpAh4— Jamie Ohara (@Mrjamieohara1) December 21, 2017 Transport for London has criticised a darts fan who decided to travel down the escalators by sliding on the chute in the middle.However, his plan appeared badly thought-through, and he was filmed bashing into an emergency stop button in the eye-watering footage, as well as falling onto the escalator stairs at the bottom.22-year-old Freddie Andrews from Tonbridge, Kent, said the idea to slide down the middle came to him after he had enjoyed 10 pints while watching the darts.In the video, he is seen slipping down the chute at speed as his friends laugh in the background, before being forced into a backflip and landing on the floor.He said he landed at the feet of a surprised commuter after his painful journey.Mr Andrews, who works at Asda, told The Sun: “It wasn’t planned, it was a one off because there was no one else on the escalator, so I thought I would chance it. His friend, who posted the video, said Mr Andrews has “cuts and bruises” after the stunt.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #JOBSWATCH: Up to 1,300 jobs will be created over the next three years by the Kerry Group as it builds a new campus in Kildare. The new campus – for which Kildare beat off bids from London and Amsterdam – will employ 800 people when it opens, as well as 400 in construction, and potentially 100 more when the centre is fully commissioned in four years’ time.2. #COURTS: A Sligo widow has successfully sued the killers of her husband for €720,000 in damages. The High Court’s award makes Margaret Madden the first person to successfully sue the people responsible for a the murder of a family member.3. #FARMERS: Up to 15,000 farmers took the streets of Dublin this afternoon in protest at potential cuts to the EU’s master budget – which they say could sound the death knell for Irish agriculture. The Irish Farmers’ Association says possible cuts to the budget for 2014 to 2020, which will be agreed shortly, could mean major cutbacks in CAP payments which Irish farmers need to keep going. Simon Coveney says he understands the farmers’ concerns.4. #GREECE: There have been major protests in Greece as German chancellor Angela Merkel arrived for a meeting with Greek premier Antonis Saramas in Athens today. 6,500 police offers were mobilised for her visit, with Merkel the focus of much ire among the Greek public for Germany’s role in insisting on harsh austerity measures in exchange for European bailouts.5. #NOBEL PRIZE: The second of this year’s Nobel Prizes – in physics – has been awarded to US and French researchers for their work in quantum physics – that could one day open the way to revolutionary computers. Serge Haroche and David Wineland’s work could see computers transcend the current system where all data is recorded through a combination of zeroes and ones.last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgWORLDPhil Conran looks out of a window from his home, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, after a 30ft-deep sinkhole opened up in the driveway and swallowed his car. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire#LONDON Commuters face chaos as unions call a two-day tube strike, due to plans to cut jobs. #MEXICO A castaway who claims to have set sail from Mexico a year ago has returned to dry land.#ENGLAND A family got a shock when a sinkhole swallowed their car outside their house.#FRANCE A man appeared in court for throwing a kitten into the air and filming the incident.#USA The US abortion rate is at its lowest since 1973, with rates falling in almost all states.#SOUTH AFRICA The details of who receives what from the late Nelson Mandela’s €3m estate have been revealed.INNOVATIONFacebook’s Paper is now available in the US, so it won’t be long before it’s here. [TechCrunch]Checking into hotels could be made all the easier thanks to QR codes. YouTube paid out over $1 billion to the music industry, it revealed today.PARTING SHOT(WorldStarHipHop Official/YouTube)Ever wanted a Seinfeld reunion? Well, you got your wish last night. Sort of. [Quartz] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…IRELANDThe brother of a young man who died following a neknomination has called the drinking game “stupid” and warned against it.The Supreme court has been told that a decision that the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate was the legal mother was “radically wrong”. [RTÉ]The Department of Social Protection has investigated office smells – at a cost of €4,000.Minister Michael Noonan has said that funding for the flooding clear-up might be made available from central government funds. A Donegal garda was found guilty of harassing two female colleagues and sexually assaulting one of them. [RTÉ]There will be 50 new jobs in Cork thanks to call centre Zevas, and 40 at a pharmaceutical plant in Athlone.Neknominations will lead to more deaths, the Royal College of Physicians, a judge and the Taoiseach have said.Families of Stardust victims say they will release new pages from the review of evidence.Ireland should do more to punish corruption more quickly, the EU has said. Car sales were up by 33 per cent last month compared to January 2013.Ben Gilroy resigned as leader of Direct Democracy, to be replaced by Jaan Van de Ven.The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has refused to rule out video cameras in classrooms of schools in Ireland.Ryanair has more passengers, but has experienced a €35 million loss.Two teen girls were arrested over a house fire in Limerick on Saturday, gardaí said.last_img read more

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Apple souhaite interdire la vente du Samsung Galaxy S3 aux ÉtatUnis

first_imgApple souhaite interdire la vente du Samsung Galaxy S3 aux État-UnisLa guerre des brevets entre Samsung et Apple se poursuit. La marque à la pomme a déposé une demande d’injonction préliminaire mardi soir. L’objectif : interdire la vente du Galaxy S3 à quelques semaines de son lancement aux États-Unis. Et une confrontation de plus dans l’affaire qui oppose Apple à Samsung. La firme californienne a engagé une nouvelle procédure contentieuse aux États-Unis contre Samsung. Apple espère ainsi interdire la vente du dernier smartphone de la marque coréenne, le Galaxy S3. Celui-ci devrait bientôt débarquer sur le marché américain, l’occasion pour Apple de montrer qu’il est le seul maître sur son terrain. La marque à la pomme accuse en effet Samsung d’avoir violé des brevets et a saisi le tribunal de San José, au nord de la Californie. Dans la procédure il est notamment question de contrefaçon de la technologie Siri, puisque Samsung propose lui aussi une commandes vocales, le S-voice.  “Les allégations d’Apple sont infondées”, a alors riposté la marque coréenne dans un communiqué. “Nous les contesterons vigoureusement et ferons la démonstration devant le tribunal que le Galaxy S3 est innovant et unique”.Pas d’accord à l’amiable À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Les deux fabricants de tablettes et téléphones avait déjà lancé plusieurs procédures liés à leurs brevets respectifs dans près d’une dizaine de pays. Les PDG des deux marques avaient pourtant été convoqués le mois dernier chez le juge afin de trouver un accord à l’amiable. Apple et Samsung avaient alors tous deux campé sur leur position, s’accusant mutuellement de viol de brevets.Dernier fleuron de sa gamme de téléphones multifonctions, le Samsung Galaxy S3 est sorti le 29 mai en France. Lancé dans 28 pays, essentiellement en Europe et au Moyen-Orient, il s’apprête à débarquer en Chine ce jeudi et sera disponible dans 145 pays au total d’ici la fin du mois de juillet.Le 7 juin 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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