Discover three problem-solving and fun camera panning techniques that will spice up any video production.Top Image: Midnight Cowboy via MGMUnderstanding the Basic PanYou’ve seen it a million times. The camera pan is a horizontal rotation of the video frame from a fixed pivoting position. This fixed position, or swivel point, is typically shot from a tripod or handheld position. Band of Outsiders via BFIThe camera move is a ubiquitous and simple effect that helps establish spatial relationships within a single camera shot. This makes the camera pan a connective camera move, as opposed to the straight edit or cut, that can be used between characters, objects, and locations. Trick 1: The Circling PanSince pans usually begin and end on a static, unmoving frame, one of the general rules of panning is that you need to know where to start and where to stop your movement. This simplifies editing your footage later on and cuts down on meandering pan shots that never seem to land on anything. However, not all pans follow this rule and cutting from one moving pan to another moving pan can work well depending on the style of your piece. Midnight Cowboy via MGM and The Art of the TitleIn the opening title sequence of Midnight Cowboy (1969), the filmmakers use a long lens to pan with John Voight’s character, Joe Buck, as he walks down the street. Except that John Voight isn’t walking down the street, he’s walking around the camera in a perfect circle so that the filmmakers can maintain critical focus while working with a shallow depth of field. The pan shots, all of which are telephoto close ups or medium shots, begin at 1:22. Midnight Cowboy via MGMThe effect is simple and comes close to mimicking a tracking shot, which would have taken much longer to set up and accomplish. The filmmakers were able to keep Voight in critical focus because he maintained a constant distance from the camera, allowing him to remain sharp while the background gets lost in blurriness. The fact that the background is out of focus serves to mask the fact that Voight is walking in circles.Trick 2: The Whip PanAnother general rule when panning your camera is that you should maintain a slow and steady rate of movement unless you want your image to blur and distort. It doesn’t help that CMOS sensors tend to exaggerate this distortion even further.Image via Man with the 5DHowever, this blur and distortion can be used for stylistic effect. The whip pan is a very rapid pan from a starting position to an ending position and countless filmmakers have used the whip pan, including Wes Anderson, Sam Raimi, and Paul Thomas Anderson, just to name a few. The whip pan is a fun way to add energy into a sequence. Plus, you can easily hide a cut in the middle of the pan, thanks to the distortion and blur created by moving the camera so quickly. This secretive cut, which can be seen in some of Paul Thomas Anderson’s whip pans above (compilation via Kevin B. Lee), allows filmmakers to transition from one shot to another or from one scene to another like magic. Edgar Wright’s discussion of the close-up is helpful in considering the whip pan.Trick 3: 360-Degree PanPanning your shot in a full circle can be used to establish an entire location or space and can even help build dramatic tension, as evidenced in this 360-degree shot from the 1981 film, Blow Out:You’ll notice in the video above (via MGM) that the camera does a little more than simply pan around, but the key element at work is the round-and-round searching movement of the camera. The movement of the camera helps to transmit the sense of panic, paranoia, and confusion to the viewers.ConclusionKnowing how to pan is an essential element of video production, but knowing how to trick out your pans gives you a secret weapon on set. By using the circling pan, the whip pan, and the 360-degree pan, you can simply and rapidly keep your visuals interesting without many extra tools, or time, spent on set.Want to learn more camera techniques? Check out our 5 Amazing Tripod Camera Moves post.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national president Amit Shah is likely to skip a proposed meeting with six Opposition MLAs who had earlier resigned from the Trinamool Congress after pledging support to the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. The legislators led by Sudip Roy Barman have not yet received an invitation from the BJP’s Central leadership for ‘last minute discussions’ on their joining the saffron party.Former TMC president Ashish Kumar Saha earlier said they were expecting an appointment with Mr. Shah this week in wake of the assurance made by key party leaders who persuaded them to join the BJP to boost the latter’s resolve to oust the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI(M)] from power in the Assembly elections due in February 2018.There was confusion after state BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb announced that the joining of MLAs would occur in first week of August at Agartala in presence of party’s national General Secretary Ram Madhav. “Discussions to pave their coming to BJP fold already completed and only joining part has to take place now”, he told newsmen.Mr. Deb was among state BJP leaders who reportedly ‘opposed’ inclusion of some of the MLAs in party, but had to succumb to wishes of Ram Madhav and Assam stalwart Himanta Biswa Sharma, who happens to be chairman of NDA affiliate, Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA). Mr Sharma had declared in Agartala that no important opposition figure should remain out of BJP to ensure ouster of CPI(M) in 2018 assembly poll. read more
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Unlike Hope Cafe, this one is not about making the trainees employable but giving them a vocation.This can go miles in improving their self worth. One member of the cafe crew has found such purpose in her work here that she refused to go on a holiday with her parents, says Budhia, who is also a psychotherapist along with being the founder-director of the ICanFlyy vocational and skill building institute.Price Rs 750 meal for twoAt 4B Valmikee Street, Maddox SquareTel 24754403Boozy BrunchThe Fatty Bao Prawn and Garlic Chives Har Gau Coco Caramel. Grilled Sambal Chicken BaoThe Spanish have a concept of Sobremesaa time meant for resting after meals, letting the food settle, and following up with a drink over longwinded conversations with family and friends. In these fast-paced times, long extended lunches may look like a rare treat but not when you’re at The Fatty Bao. This Izakaya style restaurant is hosting Fattys Merry Drunchan indulgent and leisurely brunch serving unlimited fruity sangrias.Try their Spiked Apple sangriaa deliciously aromatic sangria with green apple, their four kinds of California maki roll, and a variety of dimsums and baos. We also cannot get enough of the salmon temaki sushi or the crabmeat maki with salmon roe they serve with such delight.Price Rs 1,400 plus only food / Rs 2,200 plus taxes for food and drinks (Rs 2,600 plus taxes premium package) / Rs 700 plus tax for children under 10On Every Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm (Every Sunday)At The Fatty Bao 801 A, 8th Floor, Camac Street,Fort Knox BuildingTEL 091237 01014 read more
Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Pinterest England in New Zealand 2018 Share on Facebook Facebook Leach in action for Somerset at the County Ground in Taunton, where he has not been intimidated by bowling on a turning pitch. Photograph: Kieran McManus/McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Reuse this content Support The Guardian … 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.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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In the past two seasons he has done as much as anyone with his left-arm orthodox spin to keep Somerset in the first division of the County Championship.He may never be the complete Test cricketer but at least there may now be the realisation among the selectors – I’ve been convinced of this for a while – that he is the best available spinner in the country, although he has only been summoned to New Zealand after the discovery of a stress fracture in Mason Crane’s back.Leach learned of his call-up on a Somerset pre-season golf trip to Trevose in Cornwall last week. “I’d just played the worst round of my life. My golf’s shocking. I don’t even enjoy it and I’d just lost to Andy Hurry [Somerset’s new cricket director and a very moderate golfer]. It was a bad day until I got the call. Then it turned into a very good one, with the Somerset boys all so chuffed for me.”Their delight would have been genuine because Leach is universally liked at Taunton and he is increasingly admired after the way he handled his nightmarish winter of 2016-17, when doubts surfaced about his action after a routine test at Loughborough in September 2016 – no one had ever queried it before. To make matters worse the England and Wales Cricket Board made his situation public in the clumsiest of manners at the end of the tour to India when nearly everyone was puzzled that Liam Dawson rather than Leach had been called up. “The biggest thing I didn’t like was being worried that I was effectively cheating because that wasn’t something I was trying to do,” Leach recalled.“I wasn’t trying to gain an advantage from it. I just didn’t understand my bowling well enough. That’s why I look back on it all as a real positive. It made me understand my bowling more and it made me a better bowler. Those lower moments made me stronger. No doubt there will be more. I try not to get too emotional and just learn from every opportunity.”Leach, now 26, has shown his worth as a doughty competitor in tight situations for Somerset over the past two years – with bat as well as ball.There is no great mystery about his bowling. He is accurate; he has added more zip to his stock delivery; he is not intimidated by the prospect of bowling on turning pitches – some spinners are – and he has an impressively calm temperament.He has also trained hard, so he looks physically more robust. Moreover, he is growing in confidence as demonstrated by the way he coped with his first meeting with the national press, which is obviously an awesome experience.He says he learned much from watching Nathan Lyon during the Ashes. Australia’s Lyon was regarded as an unfashionable, one-dimensional spinner when he started, a bit of a journeyman. Not any more. Perhaps the same could happen to Leach, who is sharp enough to recognise that next winter’s tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies provide him with a big opportunity but he is realistic enough to take nothing for granted in the meantime. When I first saw Jack Leach bowl six or seven years ago I may have made a similar mistake to the England selectors. Instinctively we all look for a natural athleticism in our young sportsmen that is identifiable by their effortless, feline movement. When everything happens gracefully with time to spare we nod to one another, earmarking another star. It was not like that for me when watching Leach in 2011, or for the selectors in 2017.Leach does not glide around the field like a gazelle; his muscles seldom ripple. He has lost a lot of hair; unusually he plays cricket in glasses; he does not ooze the eager bravado that can be so reassuring to coaches, who yearn for players that are forever “up for it”. 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Miles Branman/The Manual Next Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Some of the 570S Spider’s excitement is owed to its two-piece power-folding roof. At a press of a button, panels retreat into a storage compartment behind the cockpit. The conversion takes just 15 seconds and can be performed at speeds up to 25 mph, permitting spontaneous indulgences of the solar variety. With the roof in hiding, there’s nothing to impede the V8’s melodious howl from reaching passenger ears or the full volume of the car’s presence from mesmerizing onlookers.Every touch point reflects the quality one would expect of a $211,000 supercar.Our tester’s Orange Baltimore paint job makes no attempt to blend with traffic, but it’s the dramatic humps behind the driver and passenger, boomeranging curves and light signatures, impossibly low stance, and striking dihedral doors that deliver knockout blows to fellow motorists.Orange bursts to match the Spider’s vibrant exterior cover the door inserts, dashboard, seatbelts, and leather sport seats. Elsewhere, Alcantara lines the steering wheel and headliner. Every touch point reflects the quality one would expect of a $211,000 supercar. A vivid digital gauge cluster adapts to driver preferences and chosen drive modes while a 7.0-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen manages media, climate, and navigation settings.Miles Branman/The ManualPositioned between driver and passenger is McLaren’s control module, with a pair of dials to individually tailor the powertrain and suspension according to three defaults: normal, sport, and track. Here also resides a button to switch the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to manual mode, allowing the driver to crack off gear changes from the steering wheel-mounted carbon fiber paddles.The 570S Spider is simultaneously effortless to drive and critically tethered to driver inputs. Without the mute button that is electronic assistance for the steering rack, every depression and weave of the road surface is announced to the driver’s hands. A rigid carbon fiber chassis darts as directed, but never loses composure. Tenacious carbon ceramic brakes lack the initial bite that often plagues high-performance cars, and are therefore much easier to modulate around town. In full auto mode, the transmission slips through gears imperceptibly, but manual mode holds gears right up to the 8,200 rpm redline.Miles Branman/The ManualAn adaptive suspension overcomes the stiff chassis and low profile tires to afford a sometimes bumpy but always compliant ride. Despite its snake-like ground clearance, the Spider is no harder to maneuver over bumps and driveways than a sport sedan thanks to an available hydraulic front end lift (which really should be standard).Commotion surrounds the 570S Spider like nothing else at this price point. Would-be rivals like the Audi R8 Spyder and Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet appear pedestrian next to the McLaren’s swoops, angles, and stance. Objectively, the 570S Spider isn’t the most powerful or the quickest convertible to stumble into the supercar saloon, but it’s the one we’d want to drive every day — the one that never comes up short on driving pleasure. Miles Branman/The Manual Previous The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Despite what advertisements may suggest, driving pleasure is a purely subjective experience. No set of figures can guarantee enjoyment behind the wheel any more than being wealthy guarantees contentedness.More on McLaren CarsMcLaren Three-Seater Supercar SpeedtailMcLaren Track Pack for the 720SLife-Sized LEGO McLaren 720S Supercar Miles Branman/The Manual 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Miles Branman/The Manual That new muscle car may spit out 700 horsepower, but faced with a narrow canyon road, you’ll be better served by a 155-hp Mazda MX-5 Miata. The same logic applies to supercars. Empirical measures of downforce, output, and acceleration only equate to fun to the extent you enjoy tracking, drag racing, or showing off to your friends. How the car makes you feel, the sound it makes, the communication it affords through the steering wheel — these are the ethereal data points that separate good cars from great ones.The McLaren 570S Spider could readily be assumed a “numbers car.” Its twin-turbocharged V8 conjures 562 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque; thanks to a clever launch control system, it will hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds; with its hard shell convertible roof in place, it will do 204 mph. The truth, however, is that McLaren’s entry-level supercar is its most playful and engaging model where numbers matter least: at sane speeds. The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Editors’ Recommendations Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual 1 of 19 Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH read more
A double naming ceremony for Pomor and Normann, the two icebreaking offshore vessels built for the Russian shipping company Femco, will take place at Havyard Ship Technology in Norway on October 15, 2016. According to the shipbuilder, the two vessels will operate under a contract with Exxon Neftegas on the oilfields outside of Sakhalin, Russia. In order to get there, the vessels will embark on a voyage through The Northeast Passage.Both ships, featuring a length of 86.7 meters and a width of 19.5 meters each, are constructed according to DNVs ice class notation Icebreaker Ice-10 , with classifications demanding capabilities of breaking up to one-meter-thick, one-year-old ice.The two icebreakers are constructed with class notation Winterized Cold (-30). As such, these vessels are constructed for work in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius without freezing up. The icebreakers’ safety equipment and environment are protected against ice and frost at shielding, incorporation and electric heating or melting.In addition, ships are fitted with engine power effective enough to go full out winterization and anchor handling operations at the same time, according to Havyard Ship Technology.Each of the two icebreakers will be able to accommodate up to 53 persons.Aleut, the first ship in a series of three icebreaking offshore vessels, was delivered last autumn.Image Courtesy: Havyard read more
Although renowned for his friendly demeanor, cheerful disposition and winning smile, there are some things that cast a more serious shadow over Ainsley Harriott’s face and that is to hear about the suffering of animals.Lifetime animal lover, Ainsley, is joining the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign to put an end to the use of dogs and cats in UK experiments once and for all.Ainsley said: “Cats and dogs are our best friends. Quite simply, they don’t belong in a laboratory but in safe, loving homes where they can enjoy comfort and freedom. Please join me and the BUAV in calling for these experiments to end. Thank you.”Dogs and cats share our homes and our lives. 23% of British families now include at least one dog, and around 19% of us have at least one cat. Yet each year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs are harmed in cruel experiments in the UK. They endure a life of misery caged in laboratories where they may never see the sky or feel grass under their paws. These animals are not protected by the same law as domestic family dogs, meaning researchers can carry out experiments on them which may inflict severe suffering and harm.The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “In the UK, cats and dogs are our most popular companion animals, yet they continue to be harmed in cruel experiments and there is no Government policy to reduce their use, let alone bring it to an end. We are grateful for Ainsley’s support and urge the public to join us to make their voices heard by signing our petition today.”Other celebrities who are supporting the campaign include Mary McCartney, Kirsty Gallacher, Jilly Cooper, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Miranda Richardson, Wendy Turner Webster and Ann Widdecombe.The petition can be found at ourbestfriends.org/petition. read more
The Duchess of Cambridge is guest editing The Huffington Post UK today to highlight the importance of children’s mental health.The Duchess will help launch Young Minds Matter, an initiative that discusses the problems, causes and most importantly the solutions to the stigma surrounding the UK’s mental health problem amongst children.In a blog published on HuffPost today The Duchess explains why she is getting behind Young Minds Matter:“Young Minds Matter, being launched today, is a new series where issues and work around the mental health of young children will be explored,” she wrote. “The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health. For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures.“Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it. We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”To read the full blog, click here. read more
The Intellectual Property Rights Act No 36 of 2003 states that Computer programs are protected works and are original intellectual creations. Any person willfully infringing any of the rights protected under the Act is guilty of an offence and is liable, upon conviction after trail before a Magistrate, to a fine not exceeding Rs.500,000/- or for imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both. Section 187 of the Act goes on to state that where an offence under this Act has been committed by a body corporate, every person who at the time of the commission was a Director General, Manager, Secretary or other similar officer of that body, shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence, unless he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge.Shalini Ratwatte, Consultant to the BSA Committee in Sri Lanka, said, “I urge all businesses to consider the security risks associated with the use of counterfeit or pirated software. Using such software not only contravenes the laws of the country, it also exposes an organization’s computer network to a possible security breach, both from malware such as viruses as well as data theft through hacking. Such threats can only be minimized through the use of legitimate and original software.” The Police raided another financial institution suspected of using pirated and unlicensed software. The Raid took place in Colombo on the 16th November, a leading global advocate for the software industry said today.Upon inspection and identification of suspected pirated software the police seized over 50 computers installed with suspected pirated software all of which were taken into Police Custody for further inspection and to be produced in Court. The focus of the Police is on taking action on an on-going basis against companies using pirated and unlicensed software in their business as these companies are, by now, clearly aware that this is a criminal offence and yet continue to disregard the law. The BSA promotes policies that foster technology innovation, investment in the IT industry anda world where computer infrastructures and networks can be trusted. The growth of IT within economies worldwide is very closely correlated to reduced piracy rates in the respective countries.Sudath Perera Associates acted as the lawyers for the complainants in this regard. read more
Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) and Computer Science have submitted a statement of intent for a new program in Computer Games that would include a BA in Game Design and a BSc in Game Programming.As part of the approval process, these statements are being made available as information to the University community for comment, before moving to the next step of the Internal Quality Assurance Process.Comments on the above proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 to ARC-SOI@brocku.ca and Jean Bridge (email@example.com).
Volunteers with the Ahmaddiy Muslim Youth Association in Hamilton took to the streets to start the New Year off with a good deed.Eighty-five members of the association gathered downtown over the weekend to pickup trash in parks and on the sidewalks.This is the fifth year the group has been running the program.
Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during OSU’s 38-10 win over Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer made a splash on Tuesday, announcing redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett will take over as starting quarterback before the 7-0 Buckeyes’ game at Rutgers (3-3, 1-2).As OSU’s attempt at extending its nation-best winning streak to 21 on Saturday at 8 p.m. draws near, here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be looking out for from Piscataway, New Jersey.How will the offense react to full-time Barrett?The biggest storyline throughout the season has been the quarterback battle between Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones that began in the spring and carried over into the season.After Jones started the first seven games of the season, Meyer made the decision that the inconsistent OSU offense would be better suited with Barrett’s talents.Barrett starred in the Buckeyes’ 38-10 win over Penn State in Week 7, completing all four pass attempts for 30 yards and two touchdowns while running 11 times for 102 yards and two more scores. Compounded with Jones’ struggles in the game, Meyer inserted Barrett in the game in the second half as the sole quarterback after the two split time in consecutive weeks.Meyer has spoken about the offensive possibilities that open up with Barrett in the game due to his poise, speed and ability to read the defense. The OSU offense was scrutinized throughout the season for not reaching its potential, but a change with Barrett — who seems to better fit Meyer’s offensive style — could help it reach the level it needs to be at as late-season marquee games against Michigan State and Michigan draw nearer.Barrett started 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, and shook off a slow start after preparing for the season as a backup to pick up totals of 3,772 yards and 45 touchdowns. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native won Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting but missed OSU’s three postseason games after suffering an ankle injury.Meyer said Barrett’s confidence wasn’t quite there at the start of the season coming back from the injury, but he now believes the signal-caller is back.The OSU offense hasn’t played at a level required to compete with some of the titans of college football, but the new starter could lead to a turnaround starting Saturday.Replacing a defensive starterOSU has been blessed with stability on the defensive side this year.There have been a few bumps and bruises, but the Buckeyes were yet to have a defensive starter miss a game due to injury through their first seven games.The only change that was seen on the defense at all was in the opener at Virginia Tech, when redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard started in place of a suspended Joey Bosa at the defensive end spot.That good fortune will come to an end at Rutgers, as senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt will be held out for a “couple of weeks” after undergoing wrist surgery after the Penn State game, Meyer said.A pair of possible starters in place of Schutt were listed on OSU’s depth chart: redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill.Hale, a former walk-on out of Greenwood, Indiana, has appeared in all seven games for the Buckeyes this season, racking up eight total tackles, though only one was unassisted. Hill has also played in all seven games, accumulating six tackles, including two unassisted.The Buckeyes have been fortunate enough to maintain their great depth on the defensive front this season, but the first injury test will begin on Saturday.BosaBosa played his best game of 2015 last week against Penn State. Now against Rutgers and its 34th-ranked offense, the Buckeyes will need him to do it again. The junior was seemingly camping out in the backfield against the Nittany Lions, registering a season-high seven tackles — three of which went for a loss — and a quarterback hurry.Meyer called it “dominant,” and with Schutt sidelined, Bosa replicating that level of disruptiveness and forcing the Scarlet Knights to assign additional blockers to him will minimize the absence of the starter.The 2014 unanimous All-American got off to a rocky start, as he was suspended for the opener against Virginia Tech and in the next couple of games it seemed like Bosa was trying to get back into the groove. It appears like he has found that groove. The Rutgers offensive line is solid but nothing to write home about, which could be bad news for the Scarlet Knights. A second consecutive big game looms on the horizon for Bosa. How effective can Carroo be?Leonte Carroo is arguably Rutgers’ best offensive player, but unfortunately for coach Kyle Flood’s team, he might be unable to suit up Saturday. The senior wide receiver is ailing from an ankle injury he sustained in the third quarter of last week’s win over Indiana.Carroo said following the victory he would “definitely” play against OSU, but the official injury report lists him as questionable. As of Wednesday night, the Edison, New Jersey, native has yet to participate in practice. Him not being on the field would be a critical loss for the Rutgers offense. In the four contests he has buckled his chinstrap, Carroo has tallied over 125 yards receiving and three touchdowns in all but one of the games. In the two weeks he was suspended due to ongoing legal matters, the Scarlet Knights mustered only 30 points total. With him on the field, they’ve put up point totals of 64, 34, 24 and 55. Even if Carroo can go, the question will be: How effective can he be? He’s an explosive player, and there is no doubt having a less-than-100-percent ankle will affect his ability to plant on routes. If Carroo can’t play, Rutgers will severely miss him. If he can play, the Scarlet Knights have to hope he can still be close to the guy who has six receiving touchdowns in the last two games. Is the Zeke streak in jeopardy? In the last 12 games going back to last season, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott has finished with a triple-digit rushing total every time.The St. Louis native averages 141.1 rushing yards per game, which is fifth in the nation and best in the Big Ten.However, if a game exists that could threaten to stop his 100-plus-yard streak, it could be Saturday’s.With Barrett under center, it is reasonable to expect Elliott will see fewer carries. On read-option plays that Meyer makes a focal point of his offense, it is likely that the mobile Barrett will keep the ball for himself more than Jones had.Compounded with that fact is that Rutgers has a strong rushing defense but are very vulnerable through the air, so Meyer could rely on a pass-heavy attack.The Scarlet Knights are 30th in the country in rushing defense, allowing 126.2 yards per game, but are 124th in passing yards allowed per game with 321.2.Elliott has been unstoppable at times this year, and has shown that he can get out in open field and pick up a sizable portion of those 100 yards in one fell swoop.However, while it’s hard to see the junior not have a strong performance at the very least, it’s very possible that he comes up short of 100 yards for the first time since last year’s Nov. 15 meeting at Minnesota. read more
Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) scores a touchdown during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Columbus, Ohio2016 record: 11-2 (8-1)Head Coach: Urban Meyer2017 record: 1-1 (1-0 Big Ten)What has happened thus far in 2017Though Ohio State could not find an offensive flow in the first half of its game against Indiana and went into halftime down 14-13, the Buckeyes pulled ahead of Indiana in the third quarter and ran away in the fourth quarter to beat the Hoosiers 49-21. The next week, the then-No. 2 Buckeyes played host to then-No. 5 Oklahoma under the lights in Ohio Stadium. Though the game was tied at three points at halftime, the Sooners, led by quarterback Baker Mayfield who completed 27-of-35 passes for 386 yards, scored four second half touchdowns and stymied Ohio State’s offense en route to a 31-16 upset victory.Impact playerFilling in for redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber who suffered an injured hamstring early in fall camp, freshman J.K. Dobbins took 29 carries for 182 yards, the highest total by any Ohio State running back in his opening game in program history. The shifty back with a dynamic jump-cut that leaves defenders’ bodies and feet moving opposite directions once again rushed for a team-high 72 yards in Week 2. After Saturday’s loss, Weber said he will likely be dealing with hamstring tweaks throughout the season, which increases the importance of Dobbins for an offense that relies on its run game.StrengthsWith four defensive ends — Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes — who could start for most teams in the country and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who will likely be a high-round NFL draft pick if he leaves school early in the spring, not many teams possess a more threatening defensive line than Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ talented front held Indiana to 36 rushing yards on 27 carries and allowed Oklahoma to rush 37 times for just 104 yards. On offense, the Buckeyes’ Dobbins-Weber tandem, as well as quarterback J.T. Barrett’s ability to run, give Ohio State multiple options to help move the ball swiftly on the ground.WeaknessesOhio State has struggled throwing the ball and defending the pass in its first two games. Indiana and Oklahoma combined to average 403 passing yards — the highest yardage total any team in the FBS — against a young Buckeye secondary. On offense, Barrett has not found a rhythm through the air. He was named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Year for his Week 1 performance, but went 19-for-35 for 183 yards with an interception against Oklahoma. Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell broke big plays against Indiana, but they and their fellow receivers haven’t produced consistently. read more
Sonde Phobos-Grunt : une fuite de combustible ou des moteurs en marche ?Selon un chercheur canadien, les changements d’orbite effectués par la sonde Phobos-Grunt et observés par des scientifiques américains pourraient soit provenir d’une fuite de combustible, soit s’expliquer par le fonctionnement des moteurs de l’engin. Si la situation est loin de s’améliorer pour la sonde Phobos-Grunt, les équipes continuent de surveiller l’engin et essaient d’en savoir plus sur son état de fonctionnement. Mardi, le commandement stratégique américain (USSTRATCOM) a ainsi annoncé que les moteurs de la sonde étaient peut-être en marche. Une hypothèse que les scientifiques américains ont émise après avoir observé des changements d’orbite de Phobos-Grunt.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, confirmée par un observateur italien, Simone Corbellini, l’apogée de l’orbite de Phobos Grunt a diminué de 342 kilomètres à 334 kilomètres depuis le 9 novembre, alors que le périgée a augmenté de 206,6 kilomètres à 207,8 kilomètres. Néanmoins, jeudi, l’observateur canadien Ted Molczan a expliqué sur le site SatObs.org que le fonctionnement des moteurs n’était pas la seule explication possible. “Cela s’explique soit pas le fonctionnement des moteurs, soit par une fuite. Le fonctionnement des moteurs provoque rarement des changements d’orbite si importants, mais un collègue a supposé que l’étage Fregat de la sonde (module de croisière) pourrait se mettre en marche pour stabiliser les propergols”, a t-il indiqué cité par Ria Novosti.Selon cet observateur, depuis les données relevées par l’USSTRATCOM, l’orbite de Phobos Grunt “continue de changer de façon imprévisible”. Jeudi matin, la sonde évoluait ainsi sur une orbite d’un périgée (le point le plus proche de la Terre) de 210,3 kilomètres contre 209,2 kilomètres le 15 novembre, de 207,7 kilomètres le 14 novembre. Quant à l’apogée, elle ne cesse de diminuer passant de 342 kilomètres depuis le lancement à 327 kilomètres jeudi matin. De nouvelles tentatives échouéesA côté de ces observations, l’agence spatiale russe poursuit ses tentatives destinées à reprendre le contrôle de l’engin. Mercredi, un responsable de l’industrie spatiale russe a ainsi indiqué à RIA Novosti qu’aucune nouvelle tentative visant à rétablir la liaison avec la sonde n’avait abouti. Mais si le chef de Roskosmos Vladimir Popovkine avait parlé de tentatives qui pourraient se poursuivre jusqu’en décembre, d’après un autre responsable, il sera impossible de remettre la sonde sur la direction de Mars après le 21 novembre. La date fatidique se fait donc imminente.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambert read more
Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer YouTube is getting into the TV streaming game, though it’s less like Hulu or Netflix, and closer to Sling TV or Sony’s PlayStation Vue. YouTube TV launched on April 5, 2017, bringing live TV (legally) to the largest video hosting site on the internet. Right now, the service is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and the Bay Area in California.At this point, it’s on-demand offerings are a little more limited than Hulu’s but past episodes of certain shows appear to be on the way. Possibly after the next time, they air? That part is a little unclear. It’s live TV offerings are, depending on what you’re looking for, some of the best of any cable replacement service. At $35 a month it’s cheaper than any tier of PlayStation Vue, while offering a few channels, you can only get on that service’s more expensive tiers. In comparison with Sling TV, it’s comparable to their $40 tier, only with fewer basic cable channels, and more sports.Everything that’s currently available on YouTube TVThat’s the one thing that appears to separate YouTube TV from its competitors. It comes with sports channels, including local ones, that cost extra on other services. That’s a serious point in its favor if you want to watch basically anything other than football. As a New Yorker though, the local sports selection isn’t so great. You get YES and… that’s it. SNY and MSG are still cable-only. That means you can’t watch most New York, teams. If you’re into New York hockey, this probably isn’t the cord-cutting solution for you. Both Rangers and Islanders games are on MSG. Soccer? In Baseball, you can watch the Yankees, but not the Mets. Basketball is the only area where the preferable team is available on YouTube TV. Brooklyn Nets games are on YES. While they’re statistically the worst team in the Eastern Conference, they aren’t stuck in an eternal downward spiral of sadness from which there is no escape like their Manhattan counterparts.It’s possible the local sports options are better in other cities, but I don’t live in those places, so I can’t test it out. YouTube TV does include all of the ESPN and Fox Sports channels, which are usually good for a few Mets, Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders games each season. Oh, and USA Network is here too if you’re a wrestling fan.The presentation is nice and clean, and with YouTube’s algorithms behind it, the service does a decent job of recommending new shows you’ll like. It’s cool to see someone doing that with live TV. The search function is also nice. You can search for a specific show, a genre, or an element like “aliens” or “politics” to find shows you’ll like. They’re trying to solve the problem that currently plagues Netflix and Hulu, where you have so many options you can’t figure out what to watch. It doesn’t completely make the problem go away, but it’s a step in the right direction. It will make it easier to find something you’ll be into.YouTube TV also offers unlimited DVR space, which is a nice feature if you can’t watch your favorite show as it airs. And as you’d expect from any modern TV streaming service, you’re shows will be available wherever you are as long as you have an app. If you want to stream on your big TV though, you’ll have to have a Chromecast, or a TV with Chromecast support built in. Sorry, no Roku or Apple TV app yet. That’s OK though, as for right now, they’ll send one out for free as soon as you complete the 30-day trial and make your first payment. There’s no indication as to how long they’ll keep doing that other than “while supplies last.” Take that however you will.Finally, it gives you access to all of YouTube Red’s shows, though not all the benefits of YouTube Red. You’ll still have ads on YouTube, but you’ll be able to watch shows like Bad Internet, Prank Academy, and Paranormal Action Squad. If nothing else, it’s a good opportunity to try out some shows you may not have heard of if you weren’t already a YouTube Red subscriber.If you still haven’t cut cable because you need live TV, YouTube TV might be the service that pushes you over the edge. It’s cheaper than any cable package out there, and it costs less the comparable packages from Sony and Sling. Depending on what city you live in, it might solve the live sports problem too. YouTube says that AMC, ESPN 3 and Telemundo among other channels will be added soon too. Whether the channels offered now are worth $35 a month is up to you. Either way, YouTube TV is definitely worth keeping an eye on. read more
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE star John Cena was on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” this week on NBC.Cena talked with Fallon about proposing to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 this past April in Orlando, his deadlifting technique and a “True Confessions” segment with Kate McKinnon.You can check out the clips of his appearance below courtesy of NBC. WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split Charlize Theron Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Google+ WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Vin Diesel Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 55.70%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Cena Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Pinterest Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Now Playing Up Next read more
The People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) has written the following letter to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) questioning the validity of the grounds for holding a by election in Bwiam Ward, which is scheduled to take place on 23 July 2015.RE: QUESTIONING THE VALIDITY OF THE GROUNDS FOR HOLDING BY ELECTION IN BWIAMThe Central Committee of PDOIS has received the following notice from the IEC:“PRESS RELEASEBWIAM BY-ELECTIONFollowing the notification from the Brikama Area Council of the expulsion of the erstwhile Councilor for Bwiam Ward Mrs Fatou Nyassi Dukureh, the INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION will conduct a by-election to fill the said vacant seat in the said Area Council on Thursday 23rd July 2015.This is in accordance with Section 23 of the Local Government Act 2002; with respect to Section 19 of the same Act.”I am directed to convey to you that there is no provision of the Constitution or the Local Government Act which links expulsion from a party with revocation of mandate as a member of a council. That applies only to National Assembly seats by virtue of Section 91(1)(d) which states among other things that:“(1) A member of the National Assembly shall vacate his or her seat in the National Assembly-(d) If he or she ceases to be a member of the political party of which he or she was a member at the time of his or her election;Provided that nothing in this paragraph shall apply on a merger of political parties at the national level where such merger is authorised by the constitutions of the parties concerned;”The Local Government Act does not contain any such provision. Section 23 of the Local Government Act which you made reference to in your public notice simply states: “Where an elected member of a council ceases to hold office under sections 19 to 22 of this act, a by-election shall be held within two months to elect another person to replace him or her; except that where he or she ceased to hold office within six months before the end of his or her tenure of office, no by-election shall be held”.Needless to say, Section 19 has no provision for a removal of an elected councillor through expulsion from a party.The revocation of the original mandate of an elected councillor could only be done under section 22 which states:“Subject to this section, the mandate of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson or an elected member of a council may be removed by the electorate.(2) For the purpose of revoking the mandate of the Chairperson or an elected member of a Council, at least fifty percent of the registered voters in the electoral area shall petition the Independent Electoral Commission for the revocation.(3) On receipt of the petition referred to in subsection (2), the Independent Electoral Commission shall organise a referendum to decide the issue whether or not such Chairperson or member shall be recalled.”Hence, if the by election is being held only because the councillor is expelled from the APRC, then the election is unconstitutional and unlawful and should be put to a stop.Your urgent clarification of the grounds for the by- election is being earnestly sought.Your cooperation should be highly appreciated.Yours in the Service of the People,Secretary General ]]> read more
More than 16,000 Alaskans will keep their health insurance subsidies under a ruling issued Thursday by the United States Supreme Court. The Court ruled 6 to 3 in favor of the argument that the Affordable Care Act allows residents in states like Alaska to access federal subsidies on healthcare.gov.Download AudioLawyers for the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case argued the law only allowed for subsidies in states that established their own health insurance exchanges.Lori Wing-Heier directs Alaska’s Division of Insurance. She’s relieved by today’s decision.“We were prepared we think with anyway the Supreme Court would have ruled, with a backup plan, but are very pleased that they ruled in favor of Burwell,” she said.About 90 percent of Alaskans who buy insurance on healthcare.gov receive a subsidy that averages more than $500 dollars a month.In a press release, Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s glad Alaskans won’t lose their subsidies, but maintains the Affordable Care Act is bad for the state.Sen. Dan Sullivan calls today’s Supreme Court decision disappointing. Congressman Don Young says the court made the wrong choice. In written statements, both lawmakers focused their comments on their opposition to the law as a whole, rather than their position on the subsidies. read more
Share John Moore/Getty Images/Via NPRU.S. Border Patrol agents arrive to detain a group of Central American asylum seekers near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas earlier this month.Charlotte and Dave Willner started a Facebook fundraiser, titled “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” after they saw a viral photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl looking up and crying as her mother was searched by a Border Patrol agent in southern Texas. They created the page on Saturday, June 16, hoping to raise $1,500. As of Wednesday, more than 300,000 donors have raised more than $12 million. The page is bringing in more than $10,000 a minute, according to organizers.The Willners say they were motivated to start the fundraiser because the photo reminded them of their own 2-year-old daughter.“This is the exact face she makes when she’s terrified,” wrote Charlotte Willner in a Facebook post June 15.The money will be go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) — a large immigration legal services non-profit organization in Texas. In addition to $12 million on Facebook, the organization has raised at least an additional $4.5 million through its own website. The group’s entire budget in recent years has been around around $7 million.Specifically, the money will be divided between two projects: The Legal Representation, Advocacy, and Education (LEAF) for Universal Representation for Unaccompanied Children and the Family Reunification and Bond Fund: Free our Families. The group says the projects, created around early June, serve the parents of separated families and provide representation for unaccompanied minors after they are released from custody.President Trump signed an order Wednesday to end family separations at the border, and the House is preparing to vote on immigration legislation. Both bills include language to end the controversial policy.RAICES says even if the administration’s family separation policy ends, the money will still go toward legal representation for immigrant families and addressing the “endless amount of need for families to be served and kept together.” The Willmers plan to end the fundraiser this Saturday.RAICES was chosen as the recipient of the funds because the couple was inspired by the organization’s work, says Malorie Lucich, a friend of the Willners helping to coordinate the fundraiser.“Before anything else happens, families need to be reunited,” Lucich wrote in an email Wednesday. “We are truly impressed with their organization, planning and compassion for the people they work with every day.”RAICES Director of Education and Outreach Jennifer Hixon says the donations will enable RAICES to do the work they have dreamed of doing.“Working in this field for the last year and a half has been really hard,” said Hixon. “This is a resounding statement by thousands of people around the country that it’s not okay what’s going on at the border and that they want to join us in fighting back.”The organization says it’s considering partnering with other organizations to spread the funds out and “get the money where it needs to go.”The Trump administration has maintained that it is following immigration law and it is up to Congress to solve the family separation issue.As NPR has reported, the reunification isn’t quite as simple as the title of the fundraiser might imply. Detained parents face a court hearing where the fact that they have children may not be considered or even mentioned.Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will “make every effort to reunite the child with the parent once the parent’s immigration case has been adjudicated.” A hotline has also been set up to help parents and children find each other.“ICE and [the Office of Refugee Resettlement] will work together to locate separated children, verify the parent/child relationship, and set up regular communication and removal coordination, if necessary,” ICE said in a statement to NPR.RAICES has been receiving referrals from people prosecuted through the federal criminal court system and helping to connect them with their children, but has also struggled to further assist those in need. Hixon says the organization is shocked by the fundraiser and that the money will allow the projects to finally move forward.“What this enables us to do is not just identify [immigrant families], but to move to the next step and actually support them,” said Hixon. “We really want to make sure that people get access to counsel … It really doesn’t get less ridiculous than the idea that a 4-year-old is going to go to court and represent themselves without an attorney.”The Facebook page for the fundraiser is filled with words of encouragement and offers of help. Jacob Hill, 20, decided to make a donation after hearing about the fundraiser on a podcast.“For me, the way that I’ve processed this news has proceeded in stages,” said Hill. “From wanting to cry when you see the images of these kids to rage to wanting to try to do something about it. This is such an easy way to feel like you’re making a contribution.”Both former Facebook employees, (Charlotte is now employed by Pinterest and Dave by Airbnb), the couple’s efforts garnered the attention of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg who both made donations, according to Politico. The fundraiser is also being matched up to $360,000 by a number of private donors according to the Facebook page.“Just as the administration is doubling down on horrible, harmful policies, we need to double down on doing big things to fight back,” said Hixon. “This is our answer to the administration continuing to target immigrants in our community and our immigrant families.”Talia Wiener is an intern on NPR’s National Desk.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. read more