David Curry Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Connected Devices#featured#HomeHub#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#PC#smart home#top#Windows 10 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into smart home hubs in next major update, scheduled for September. According to internal documents seen by The Verge, HomeHub will support devices from Philips Hue, Nest, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink.The update is aimed primarily at ‘kitchen-PCs’ that are used by all the family, and Microsoft is reportedly working with HP and Lenovo to create PCs similar to Amazon’s Echo Show, announced a few days ago.See Also: Microsoft not throwing in towel on wearables yet; introduces new smartwatchShared calendars, to-do lists, notes, and apps will also be part of the update.Users will be able to change settings on smart home devices from across the room with Cortana, Microsoft’s own virtual assistant. Even though it will be available to all PCs, the company is definitely shooting in a similar direction to Amazon.Microsoft is digging IoTMicrosoft made major strides in the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) market last year, with impressive growth in cloud, IoT, and enterprise computing sales. This is the company’s first major dip into the commercial side of IoT, and it comes later than its enterprise rivals.Amazon has already taken a chunk of the commercial market with the Echo and its Web Services (AWS) platform. Google has also moved into both enterprise and commercial, launching the Home hub last year.Microsoft has an event on May 23 in Shanghai, where it is expected to unveil the HomeHub feature. The company may call on developers and hardware manufacturers to begin buildings products tailored for those types of experiences at the event.
Physical DamageImage via Svetlana123.While less of a problem in many modern (solid-state) cameras, physical damage never bodes well for camera or media performance. A dropped, damaged, or otherwise impacted camera is under imminent threat of a host of problems, including damaged footage. Loose wiring, bad connections, or sensor or other essential components becoming loose or improperly seated all can cause some form of footage degradation or loss.PreventionUse a camera cage.Carry the camera with both hands.If any physical damage occurs, immediately verify functionality of camera and integrity of previously recorded footage. It is the job of every member of the crew involved with the imaging process to ensure data protection to the highest degree possible. With these tips in mind, you can start that process with a significant advantageCover image via Firsik.Looking for more information on video production? Check out these articles.Film Study: How to Pull Off a Twist Ending in Your FeatureUnderstanding Tax Incentives in the Filmmaking IndustryWhy Dual Native ISO Should Be the New Industry StandardProduction Tips for Mixing Digital Camcorder and DSLR FootageWhat Can Production Insurance Do for Your Film or Video? Errors During Footage TransferImage via gnepphoto.Even when you’ve gotten your card safely from camera to the card dump station, your footage isn’t in the clear yet. The transfer process is one of the most treacherous phases in the imaging pipeline for loss or damage of footage.During footage transfer, each bit gets replicated from the source drive to destination drive. This means that for your average video clip, there are several million opportunities for compromised data each time the drive gets transferred.PreventionAlways verify integrity of source media before transferring.Never adjust or change the filenames of source media.Never adjust the source media file architecture.Use specialized software tools to perform bit-for-bit verification on all backup drives to ensure proper replication of each bit from source material.Always ensure that no data transfers are in progress before ejecting media.Always eject media through the operating system. FormattingImage via Roung Chanthasiri.Improperly formatted recording media can also result in lost or damaged footage. This is because all cameras and recorders rely on specific file and media architecture to properly locate and store clips and metadata. If a card is improperly formatted, or formatted on a device other than the one recording from camera, there is a high probability of lost or damaged footage.Another factor to be wary of is “low-level clip deletion” — or deleting clips one by one on the camera or a computer. Deleting clips in this way can cause corruption. Always format the primary recording media in the device that records to it.PreventionAlways format recording media in-camera or external recorder.Avoid low-level clip deletion.Verify data integrity before transferring it to another drive. The ElementsImage via Jacob Lund.Let’s face it, if a fire, flood, or electrical storm breaks out on set, corrupted footage is going to be low on the crew’s priority list. As someone involved in the imaging process, however, you have to be aware of the threat these elements pose to footage integrity.PreventionKnow where camera and media are at all times.Know how they are secured.Know who is watching over them.In the event of an emergency, know how the camera and media are being looked out for. HeatImage via Baigazy J.Heat is a fundamental, unavoidable by-product of energy in our universe. In cameras, heat can cause a vast array of problems, including footage from noise to undesired camera shutdown. As with anything that causes improper shutdown, this opens your footage up to loss or damage.PreventionPower the camera down after each take in hot or humid environments.Keep air flowing over the body of the camera with a portable fan.Use a laser thermometer to monitor camera heat levels. Bad SoftwareImage via pixelform.All cameras are extremely susceptible to data integrity problems resulting from errors in camera software or firmware. This is a very simple side-effect of cameras being highly specialized computers. Regardless of any user error in handling camera or footage, if the underlying software is unreliable, your footage will be too.Before purchasing or selecting a camera for use on a production, make sure that there aren’t reported problems that could cause footage loss.PreventionResearch camera stability before rental or purchase.Always stay one stable firmware version behind.Read firmware notes for each patch.Read user reports of firmware stability before installing. Corrupted footage is every filmmaker’s nightmare. While there are some reliable recovery methods, let’s take a look at proper preventative measures.Corrupted footage is never welcome on set. In the last article on footage corruption, we discussed the basics of recovering corrupted footage. In this article, we’re taking a more proactive approach and learning how to prevent corruption from ever happening in the first place.Corrupted data or footage can arise from a variety of causes. Typically, this is the result of an error that occurred during recording, playback, or transfer of the clip. But your footage can become lost, damaged, or corrupted by a number of factors.Let’s take a look at what causes corrupted video files.What Causes Damaged Video Files?Damaged footage usually occurs during the read/write process of files. In a camera, this is usually during recording, playback, or transfer of the files from source media to a backup drive.Recording, Playback, TransferImage via pixelform.Each encoded frame of video contains millions of bits — the 1s and 0s of machine code that drive all modern tech. Each time these bits get recorded, accessed, or transferred, there is a high potential that at least a single bit gets replicated imperfectly.PreventionAvoid excess playback as much as possible.Don’t rapidly switch between recording and not recording.Avoid complex manipulation of the clips on the source media. Loss of PowerDamage may occur if power gets cut during recording, saving, playback, or while shooting with nearly depleted batteries.Image via ArmanO.Think of pressing the record button as writing a paragraph. Starting a recording is like the first sentence, which outlines the idea — stopping is like wrapping the thought up to move onto the next. If a paragraph lacks the breaks above or below, our minds read it as part of the flow of thought of both other paragraphs.With footage, each clip contains “headers and footers” that indicate that the data within belongs to clip x rather than clip y. If power gets interrupted for any reason before this data gets written to the media, chances are high that data on the card will become corrupted. Clips corrupted in this way will usually cause the entire card to become unreadable.Before a battery is truly depleted, a signal is sent to the camera to begin proper shutdown, where the clip “footer” is added to prevent media being corrupted from abrupt loss of power.Not all batteries are created equal, however. Third-party batteries can exacerbate this problem because most don’t interact with camera software in the same way as name-brand competitors.PreventionAlways use name-brand power options.Connect all devices that handle source media to some form of redundant power source.Always double-check that the camera is not recording before removing the power source.Keep the camera powered down as much as possible between takes.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.”Despite Silver’s intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association announces that the 2018 NBA All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center during a press conference at Staples Center on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo MOST READ Going, going, gone at French Open Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “North Carolina’s discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact,” said HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof.The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That’s been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is “thrilled” the game is coming back to Charlotte.“We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City,” Jordan said in the release. “All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan asked Silver to keep the city in mind for 2019 after the league moved the 2017 game – hopeful the HB2 law would eventually be repealed.Silver honored that request.Hornets COO and president Fred Whitfield represented the Hornets and Spectrum Center in doing whatever he could to help facilitate a resolution, spending time meeting with legislatures and other business leaders in North Carolina.“From the very beginning I was in engaged to see if we could not only save the 2019 All-Star game, but the NCAA (basketball) regionals and the ACC Tournament, as well as concerts and events in the building,” Whitfield said. “We are operators of the building and we felt like we had to get engaged to assist to get some resolution.”Even as talks to repeal HB2 stalled at times, the Hornets continued to move forward with the league’s request to upgrade the arena.The $41 million renovation – $33.5 million of which came from the City of Charlotte – is almost complete, and has included a new scoreboard, new floor and renovations to suites and hospitality areas, among other upgrades.Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.Pete Guelli, the Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, estimates a $100 economic impact for the city, but said the reputational effect will be even bigger.“This city has changed significantly since the last time it hosted a game 28 years ago,” Guelli said, “and the opportunity to showcase that on an international stage is incalculable.” Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service PLAY LIST 02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Messi and Ronaldo dueled for nine years in the Spanish league before the Portugal forward opted to move to Juventus. Despite facing off directly in two league matches each season, they also met several times in other competitions and were constantly compared, week in, week out.With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winners have met five times in the Champions League. Ronaldo’s Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final. They met again in 2011 semifinals, when Messi scored twice to help Barcelona eliminate Real Madrid.Both players have winning the continent’s elite tournament again as a priority. Messi has won it four times, Ronaldo five.Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.“There are several very good teams,” Messi said. “(Manchester) City, Juventus… Ajax has shown that it has a great team of younger players who aren’t afraid of anyone. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).“We’ll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet.” LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.“What Cristiano and Juventus did was incredible,” Messi said after Wednesday’s win at Camp Nou. “I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them. Juventus is very powerful and besides that it has Cristiano, who had a magical night with his three goals.”Messi worked a bit of his usual magic as well.The Argentina forward gave his team the lead against Lyon with an early penalty. And just when the French team pulled a goal back for 2-1 and was pressing for a draw that would have sent them through, Messi took control by scoring a solo goal when he wrong-footed a pair of defenders. He then set up two more goals.“We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “He was like Ronaldo. He put the team on his shoulders.”ADVERTISEMENT Not to be outdone, Messi responded a day later by scoring twice and providing two assists to turn a balanced matchup against Lyon into a 5-1 blowout.But while the talent gap between them is almost imperceptible, their public displays remain unmistakably dissimilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo used an obscene gesture, mimicking a similar one by Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the first leg, after the final whistle of the 3-0 win in Turin.When asked about his goals, Ronaldo said “that’s why Juventus signed me.” Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Creamline is right on track for an outright semifinal berth.The defending champion needed just three quick sets to dispose of a troubled BanKo Perlas, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16, Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at San Agustin Gym in Iloilo City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Vogt tops longest stage, Meijers still ahead Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Creamline took advantage of an adjusting BanKo Perlas, which shipped in Thai import Sutadta Chuewulim to replace problematic import Lakia Bright.Bright, the heavy-scoring import, was reportedly skipping practice, prompting team officials to sack her after giving her limited time the previous two matches.BanKo Perlas suffered its third straight defeat and fell to 2-5. —MARC ANTHONY REYESADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES It was the fifth straight win for the Cool Smashers, who have been in sync since Thai coach Tai Bundit returned to the helm.Now at 5-1, Creamline is just two wins from making the semifinals outright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOlympian Aleoscar Blanco of Venezuela testified on the renewed spirits of the Cool Smashers, whose only defeat came at the hands of the unbeaten leader PetroGazz.“Definitely it’s the system because everyone is happy that coach Tai is back,” said Blanco. “Now we have more connection and feeling and that’s important in a team.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Knicks select Duke swingman RJ Barrett with No. 3 pick Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing who played at Kentucky for one season, averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. Buford said the Spurs had Johnson rated as the top player in the draft at his position.“I was definitely nervous to find out where I was finally going to land, but I’m blessed to be able to come to an organization like the Spurs,” Johnson said.San Antonio acquired the 29th pick from Toronto as part of the trade for Kawhi Leonard.San Antonio completed their draft by selecting Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon with the 49th pick. Weatherspoon was named first-team All-SEC after averaging 18.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his senior season with the Bulldogs.“With the team we have in place, with the group we hope to bring back and add to, everybody will have to work hard to earn their opportunities,” Buford said.The Spurs are rebuilding after the franchise was turned upside down last offseason after relenting to Leonard’s trade demand and sending him and Danny Green to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP after leading Toronto to the franchise’s first championship.San Antonio had two picks in the first round for the first time since 1987, when they selected David Robinson first overall and Greg Anderson at No. 23.The Spurs were without a lottery pick for the 22nd consecutive season, the longest streak in the NBA history. San Antonio has made the playoffs 23 straight seasons despite that. Samanic played for Petrol Olimpija last season, where he averaged 7.96 points and shot 34% from 3-point range.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said acquiring more 3-point shooting in the offseason was vital for the team next season and Samanic believes he can help.“If you think you are a shooter, like I think I am, and I have a touch for the 3, you just have to keep shooting even if some days you’re making less,” he said.Samanic has attempted to pattern his game after Golden State forward Kevin Durant but said his game probably compares more to former Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko.“My ability to switch on defense, to shoot the ball, run, screen and rebound,” Samanic said of his strengths. “Whatever Coach Pop wants me to do.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Spurs selected Samanic with the 19th overall pick and fellow 19-year-old Keldon Johnson of Kentucky at No. 29 in Thursday night’s draft.“No, no, no, right away,” Samanic said of playing in the NBA. “Yep, tomorrow (he’s arriving in San Antonio).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward plans to play for the Spurs in the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City summer leagues.“He’s a really skilled player at a position that now is requiring great skill in our league,” San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford said. “He’s got to tighten up his game. He’s got to get better physically, but from a skill and talent standpoint, we felt like we were acquiring someone that would fit in with the development of a lot of our young guys.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver poses for photographs with Luka Samanic, of Croatia, after the San Antonio Spurs selected him as the 19th overall pick in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have a long and successful history of drafting European players and stashing them overseas until both parties are ready.Croatian power forward Luka Samanic does not plan on waiting and neither does San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES View comments
2016 Rio Olympics – Swimming – Final – Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final – Olympic Aquatics Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/08/2016. Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray – Reuters sport August 18, 2016 crime, law and justice × SHARE SHARE EMAIL James Feigen of the U.S. poses with his silver medal at the men’s 100m freestyle victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona August 1, 2013. Feigen was among three US Olympic swimmers stopped from boarding a flight in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files – Reuters James Feigen of the U.S. poses with his silver medal at the men’s 100m freestyle victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona August 1, 2013. Feigen was among three US Olympic swimmers stopped from boarding a flight in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files – Reuters COMMENT SHARE Published on Brazilian police stopped two US Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts.A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the US Olympic Committee (USOC).Federal police also want to question US gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of swimming’s most decorated Olympians, but he had already flown home to the United States on Monday, a police spokesman said.The four swimmers have said they were robbed by gunmen while returning to the Athletes’ Village in a taxi in the early hours of Sunday after a party — an incident that stoked fears for the safety of athletes and visitors at South America’s first Games.The Rio Olympics have been dogged by a series of security scares, including the robbery of two visiting government ministers, a mugger being shot dead outside the opening ceremony and stray bullets being fired into the equestrian centre.On Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper reported that a British team member had been held up at gunpoint while enjoying a night out in Rio in the early hours of Tuesday. The person was not seriously hurt, the newspaper added.However, in the case of the four swimmers, police sources have said investigators have not found any evidence so far to back up their accounts.Television images showed U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger walking into a police office at the airport to give testimony. A spokesman for the US Olympic Committee (USOC) confirmed the two men were taken from their flight.“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” said Patrick Sandusky, the USOC spokesperson.“They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.”No charges madeEarlier on Wednesday, a judge had ordered police to seize the passports of Lochte and Feigen to prevent them leaving the country, apparently unaware that Lochte had already left.None of the swimmers face charges, the source said.Police have taken the passports of Bentz and Conger pending their testimony, O Globo newspaper said on its web site.People magazine reported that Lochte was spotted at an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday with his girlfriend, Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy model. Reuters could not verify this.Lochte’s attorney did not return calls for comment.Judicial sources said the judge would consider whether to ask Lochte to return to Brazil to give testimony or allow him to do so in the United States. He had already given testimony to Brazilian police before leaving the country.Taxi driver soughtOn Sunday, Lochte told US media the robbers had carried police badges when they pulled the taxi over. They ordered them to drop to the ground and demanded their wallets and belongings, he said, adding he had initially tried to resist.“The guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever’,” he told NBC. “He took our money, he took my wallet – he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”In a fresh interview with NBC that has yet to be aired, Lochte had slightly modified an aspect of his story, Today Show host Matt Lauer said.Instead of being pulled over by the men, Lochte said the swimmers stopped at a gas station to go to the bathroom when the robbers showed up. He also said a gun was not put to his head but was pointed in his direction.“I think he feels it was more of a traumatic mischaracterisation,” said Lauer.Police sources have told Reuters in recent days they have been unable to find the taxi driver or to corroborate any testimony provided by the swimmers. On Wednesday, police issued an appeal for the taxi driver to come forward.The judicial sources said the judge in her ruling pointed to an inconsistency between Lochte, who had said only one man was involved in the robbery, and his team mate, who testified that several men had robbed them.The judge also noted that video footage of the swimmers showed them returning to the Athletes Village joking with one another and in possession of many of their belongings, including cellular phones and Olympic accreditation.She also highlighted that some of the swimmers testified to leaving a party at the French Olympic delegation just after 4 am but security cameras showed them arriving at the Athletes Village at around 7 am, the sources said. That journey would normally only take around 30 minutes at that hour of day.On his official Twitter account, Lochte said: “My hair is going back to its normal colour tomorrow”, in what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to changing his appearance. The swimmer competed in Rio with his hair dyed peroxide blond. 2016 Rio Olympics – Swimming – Final – Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final – Olympic Aquatics Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/08/2016. Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray – Reuters 1/2 2/2 COMMENTS
December 07, 2017 India captain Virat Kohli reaches his career best. Photo: Sandeep Saxena – The Hindu Eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No 1 in ODIs and T20Is COMMENTS Riding on his career-best 243 in the third Test against Sri Lanka, India captain Virat Kohli today jumped three places to grab the second position among batsmen in the ICC Test rankings.Kohli’s double ton was followed by a 50 in the second innings as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0 after the first and third Test ended in draws in Kolkata and New Delhi. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.Though 45 points separate him from Australia captain Steve Smith, Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No 1 in ODIs and T20Is, the ICC said in a statement. Smith though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests. Smith is now on 938 points while Kohli is on 893 points.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top in all three formats at the same time — in December-January 2005-06, while his compatriot Matthew Hayden is the other batsman to have topped all three formats.Though Smith enjoys a substantial lead over Kohli, the competition for second to fifth positions remains intense.Before this Test, only 11 points separated second-ranked Pujara from fifth-ranked Kohli. Following the latest performances, the gap has increased slightly with 28 points now separating second-ranked Kohli from fifth-ranked Williamson.Among other Indians, opener Murali Vijay (up three places to 25th) and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma (up six places to 40th) are the other batsmen to move up. Pujara slipped two places to the fourth spot, while Ravindra jadeja slumped to the third position after losing a place in the bolwers ranking. R Ashwin was steady at the fourth spot.In the allrounder list, Jadeja was at the second spot, while Ashwin lost a place to be at the fourth position.For Sri Lanka, captain Dinesh Chandimal has gained eight places to take ninth position after finishing the series with 366 runs, the first time he has moved into the top 10. All-rounder Angelo Mathews has moved up seven places to 23rd position after scoring 111 in the first innings while Dhananjaya de Silva’s match-saving 119 in the second innings has lifted him nine places to 47th position.In the ICC Test Team Rankings, India has lost one point but remains well ahead of South Africa at the top of the rankings, while Sri Lanka remains on its pre-series tally of 94 points in sixth place. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT SHARE India captain Virat Kohli reaches his career best. Photo: Sandeep Saxena – The Hindu accomplishment × cricket
As expected, Huawei’s off-shoot brand Honor launched its budget phone Honor 5C in India on Wednesday. The Honor 5C will be available for buying in India at a price of Rs 10,999 exclusively via online retail website Flipkart. Registrations begin from June 22, 2PM IST and the phone will go on — flash — sale for the first time on June 30Let’s take a brief look at the feature set of this new smartphone. The Huawei Honor 5C comes with a 5.2-inch FullHD display with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. For your information, the Kirin processor is Huawei’s in-house chip (64-bit, 16nm).The dualSIM phone Honor 5C runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Emotion UI 4.1 out-of-the-box. The latest version of EUI adds features like time-lapse video to the phone as well as an option to selectively hide specific apps.The company has been teasing the Honor 5C’s hardware and software (Kirin 650 + Android 6.0) prowess on social media for some time now.Further, the Honor 5C sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery which is non-removable and supports Huawei’s in-house Smart Power 3.0 power saving technology.Moreover, the fingerprint sensor on-board can unlock the phone in 0.5 seconds, claims the company. Built out of aircraft aluminium, the Honor 5C will be available in the colours Silver, Grey and Gold.advertisementAt the same time, the company also announced its affordable 3G voice calling tablet, aka Honor T1. The Honor T1 is a 7-inch tablet built out of magnesium alloy and boasting of a 4,1000mAh battery inside. The tablet will be available for buying from June 22, 2PM IST at a price of Rs 6,999 exclusively via Flipkart.
New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Nissan Motor India today commenced bookings for the automated manual transmission (AMT) version of its compact sports utility vehicle Terrano which will be available for about Rs 13.75-13.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The SUV, which comes with 6-speed diesel AMT, is based on the top-of-the-line XVD premium grade. Customers can pre-book their cars with a deposit of Rs 25,000 at Nissan dealerships.Sales of the new car will commence later this month.”The addition of this new transmission makes the Terrano an even-more compelling choice for buyers looking for a relaxing and comfortable drive,” Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra said in a statement.Along with the addition of AMT, the Terrano range gets as many as 14 new enhancements, spread across model variants.These include electrically folding exterior rear-view mirrors with integrated turn signals, anti-pinch driver side windows, a new driver armrest, soft touch plastics on the dashboard and door.Citing Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the company claimed that the fuel efficiency of the vehicle stands at 19.61 kmpl. PTI MSS SBT SA
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will renew old acquaintances when his reigning two-times Copa America champions take on Portugal in what he expects to be a tough Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Pizzi, who played under Portuguese coach Fernando Santos for FC Porto in 2000, will have a full 23-man squad to choose from for the clash in Kazan.European champions Portugal’s roster, meanwhile, has been depleted by injuries and bookings.”We know it’s going to be a difficult match,” Pizzi told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday in Kazan. “And I’m sure it’s going to be difficult .. for Portugal as well.””It a privilege and reason for satisfaction to have all of (the players)… tomorrow at our disposal. Let’s hope they are able to play at the same level tomorrow as we’ve seen until now.”The Portuguese manager said a game-day decision would be made regarding midfielder Bernardo Silva, who sustained an ankle injury in his squad’s last group stage match, a 4-0 win against New Zealand.Central defender Pepe would be sidelined after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.”Chile has very good quality players, very dynamic, very strong team spirit,” Santos told reporters on Tuesday. “We are going to try to be better tomorrow.”Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games while Chile finished second in Group B with five.Germany will face Mexico in the second semi-final on Thursday in Sochi.
As a part of the 2014 Hearing Awareness Week (Sunday, 24 August to Saturday, 30 August) Deaf Sport Australia and Touch Football Australia in conjunction with the Australian Business Academy will be hosting an exciting event: the Silent Sports Challenge, to be held in a number of locations across the country, including Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Modified games of Touch Football will be played where all participants will be required to wear earplugs to simulate the experience of playing Touch Football with a hearing impairment. As well as wearing earplugs, all participants will not be permitted to talk during play, this poses quite a challenge!There will be free events for all to attend in the following locations:· Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) – Tuesday, 26 August – 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Reconciliation Park, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT· Adelaide (South Australia) – Wednesday, 27 August – 7:00am to 9:00am – City Touch Fields, Beaumont Drive, Adelaide SA· Melbourne (Victoria) – Thursday, 28 August – 11:30am to 2:00pm – Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC· Gold Coast (QLD) – Friday, 29 August – 11:00am to 1:00pm – Palm Beach Touch Fields, Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach QLDIf you have any further enquiries on the event please feel free to contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org or using the details below.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus #silentsportschallengeInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Please click on the attached flyers for more information. Related Filesact-pdfsa-pdfvic-pdfnational-pdfqld-pdfRelated LinksSilent Sport Challenge
Story Highlights “It is projected that within the next three years, all original title documents will be converted to electronic format,” said Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz. The National Land Agency (NLA) is working with three entities to facilitate the implementation of electronic land titling in Jamaica. Consultants are being employed to assist with designing the system, which will include legislative changes to the Registration of Titles Act, to allow for records to be kept in an electronic format and to also allow for submission of documents electronically. The National Land Agency (NLA) is working with three entities to facilitate the implementation of electronic land titling in Jamaica.They are Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and the World Bank.Consultants are being employed to assist with designing the system, which will include legislative changes to the Registration of Titles Act, to allow for records to be kept in an electronic format and to also allow for submission of documents electronically.“It is projected that within the next three years, all original title documents will be converted to electronic format,” said Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz.He was speaking during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 15, under the theme ‘Creating Jobs… Empowering Jamaicans’.Mr. Vaz told the House that new approaches will be employed to make it more affordable to obtain a land title.“We plan to achieve this by adopting a simple, transparent and participatory community-based approach to adjudication in order to establish land ownership,” he said.“This type of approach has been used successfully in various countries worldwide to carry out rapid land titling and as a way to reduce the cost and time of formalising land ownership,” added Mr. Vaz.Approximately 16 Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) Adjudication Committees exist across parishes. They are expected to come under a new framework to make them more effective in performing their duties to resolve land ownership and facilitate the issuing of land titles.This is expected to be supported by the use of modern digital land-mapping technology to make the process as efficient as possible.Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz advised that his Ministry is currently considering a proposal on a Public-Private Partnership to secure financing to carry out the mapping of lands, which will update the digital cadastral index.“This programme will be geared towards the formalisation of various settlements islandwide, community-by-community, and will include government land settlements as well as many other settlements all over the country,” he informed.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday urged all MPs to consider the government’s ‘one nation, one election’ concept and emphasized the need to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women as part of efforts to build a secure nation. Addressing a joint session of both Houses of Parliament, the President also focussed on the new Modi government’s ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption. “During the last few decades, due to frequent elections being held in some part of the country or the other, the pace and continuity of development programmes have been impacted,” he said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “Our countrymen have demonstrated their wisdom by delivering a clear verdict… ‘One nation – simultaneous elections’ is the need of the hour, which would facilitate accelerated development, thereby benefitting our countrymen. “With such a system in place, all political parties, will be able to better utilise their energy towards development and public welfare. Therefore, I urge all MPs to seriously ponder over this development-oriented proposal of ‘one nation – simultaneous elections’.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Kovind’s appeal came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an all-party meeting to consider the ‘one nation, one election’ proposal. In his first address after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha, Kovind urged the government to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women and said the government’s main objective was to build a secure nation. “Penalties for crimes against women have been made harsher and the new penal provisions are being strictly enforced.” He said that in addition priority would be given to enterprises where women’s participation in the workforce was more than the prescribed limit. “To secure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, eradication of social evils like ‘Triple Talaq’ and ‘Nikah-Halala’ is imperative.” He expressed happiness over the election of 78 women MPs — the highest number in the Lok Sabha — saying it “presents the picture of a new India”. Kovind mentioned various steps taken by the Modi government within 21 days of its formation in favour of farmers, small shopkeepers and children of soldiers. Noting that the water crisis was one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, he said: “The creation of the new Ministry of Jalshakti is a decisive step in this direction, which will have far-reaching benefits.” The President also spoke about strengthening the system and spirit of co-operative federalism. Largescale investments had been made to strengthen rural India, and an investment of Rs 25 lakh crore would be made in the coming years in order to enhance agriculture productivity, he said. “Our goal is to establish 50,000 start-ups in the country by 2024.” He mentioned about the “zero tolerance policy” of the government against corruption, saying: “The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal.” Towards this objective, “minimum government – maximum governance will be further emphasised”, he said. “In addition, use of technology will be maximised to reduce Human Interface. Appointment of Lokpal will also promote transparency. The campaign against black money will be taken forward at a faster pace. “During the last two years, 4 lakh 25 thousand Company Directors have been disqualified and the registration of 3.50 lakh suspicious companies has been revoked. “The Fugitive and Economic Offenders Act has proved effective in controlling fugitive economic offenders. Now we are receiving information from 146 countries including Switzerland. “We are now receiving information about all those who have stashed black money abroad.” The impact of Real Estate Regulation Act or RERA was clearly visible in curbing black money transactions in real estate sector and protecting the interests of the customers and providing huge relief to the middle class families, Kovind said.
Mumbai: #BhoolBhulaiyaa2 is trending on Twitter but for the wrong reasons. Netizens feel Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, who have been cast in the sequel, will not be able to do justice to the magic created by Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in the original film, released 12 years ago. In fact, most said they don’t want a sequel to the 2007 horror-comedy to happen. “Don’t ruin this mastermind movie please… Let it be left untouch… Only @akshaykumar can play these role….#BhoolBhulaiyaa2 #protest #Petition #tocast #AkshayKumar”, tweeted an Akshay Kumar fan. Another Akki fan posted: “No @akshaykumar No Movie!!! Koi Bhi ho lead mai..@BazmeeAnees #BhoolBhulaiyaa2.” Another tweet read: “Some things are best untouched. Please please please dont ruin Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Off late, barring Ayushmann Khurana, no Bollywood actor has given movies worth wasting time and money. #BhoolBhulaiyaa2.”
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the BJP on Monday, accusing them of creating panic in Bengal over National Register of Citizens (NRC) that has led to six deaths in the state and once again made it clear that she will not allow implementation of NRC in Bengal.”They (BJP) are indulging in false propaganda and trying to instill fear in the minds of the people in the name of NRC. NRC exercise will not be carried out in Bengal or anywhere else in the country. It was conducted in Assam due to Assam Accord. For NRC in Bengal they will require the state machinery and we will not let them carry out the exercise,” Banerjee said, addressing a trade union meeting at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Assam Accord, an agreement signed in 1985 between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union, had ended a six-year mass movement against immigrants alleged to have settled illegally from Bangladesh. “Don’t get carried away by their dirty political game. Chief Minister of Bihar has declared that he will not allow NRC in the state. Have faith in me, I will never allow the exercise in Bengal. So don’t remain in fear of NRC,” she added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee also instructed her party leaders to conduct a protest meeting involving the families of those who have died due to fear of NRC. Falta in South 24-Parganas, Basirhat in North 24-Parganas, Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and Murshidabad are some of the places where people have committed suicide allegedly due to fear of NRC in the last few days. “The exercise of enlisting names in the voter list is going on. I will request you to do the same and if the concerned official in your area refuses to include your name, lodge complaint through the Didi Ke Bolo helpline and we will ensure the needful,” she reiterated. Banerjee further said that if somebody has lost his/her documents in any natural calamity like flood or fire, they can lodge an FIR with the local police station and not be afraid.
Ghaziabad: An active member of Irani gang who was wanted in over 150 cases of theft, robbery and other crimes was arrested by Ghaziabad police from Sahibabad area on early Thursday morning.Cops said that the accused has been identified as Dharamveer Singh, who is a commander of the Gwala unit in Irani gang and is a native of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. “The accused was wanted in cases of robbery, theft and other criminal incidents in police stations of Delhi, Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,” said police officials. According to police, the Irani gang-members are known to be experts in tricking people to rob them and are excellent riders. They are known to operate as chain-snatchers and even pose as policemen to rob people. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of police (city) said that the accused was wanted in a cash robbery incident from an executive with a private company in Sahibabad area a few weeks ago. “Police acted upon a tip-off received from an informer and a team from Sahibabad police station was deployed in the area. The details of the accused were shared with the police team and upon matching them, they arrested the accused,” he said. Upon interrogations, he told police that they keep on changing their location to commit crime. The gang members used to conduct recce outside bank and snatch cash from those who come out from the bank after puncturing the tires or open the locks of vehicle with some tools,” Kumar added.
Kolkata: Encouraged by the sales in affordable housing in Bengal, despite a slowdown in the country, state Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra said on Friday that the government is ready to allocate 100 acres at Panagarh in West Burdwan for setting up an exclusive park for construction materials.”The rest of India has witnessed a slowdown in real estate sector, but low-cost housing for the past few years in Bengal has picked up. Real estate developers have hardly witnessed any default, vacancy rate in the malls are also a nominal 3.7 percent. However, still we have to import some 25 important components of building materials from other places. The time has come for us to have facilities so that every single building material is made in Bengal itself. We are ready to allocate 100 acres at Panagarh, which is red certified. This will create employment opportunities for more people,” Mitra said addressing a conference on ‘Value Chain Development of Construction and Infrastructure Sector’ organized by CII. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe minister further informed that if the demand is higher then another 100 acres land can also be offered. It may be mentioned that 35 odd building materials are manufactured in Bengal itself while around 25 materials need to be imported from other states. Mitra reiterated that Supreme Court had to intervene in North India with home buyers being cheated by builders but Bengal has been an exception. “There was a time when real estate developed in south, central and north Kolkata but now interestingly west Kolkata is also picking up,” said Mitra on the basis of two important studies carried out in this regard. The minister urged CII to make an application to West Bengal Industry Development Corporation (WBIDC) which owns the park to be a partner in promoting and marketing this proposed park. The state government is ready to partner CII to host roadshows for promotion of the park. The existing industrial park at Panagarh already has an investment of Rs 770 crore and Emami has already come up with its cement plant there. The minister also stressed upon scaling up the existing facilities at Panagarh industrial park to woo investors.
New Delhi: The Securities Appellate Tribunal on Tuesday upheld regulator Sebi’s order that barred CG Power ex-chairman Gautam Thapar and three other former officials from capital markets for misstatement of accounts as well as funds diversion. Besides, the tribunal ruled that the appellants are entitled for supply of documents from the company so that they may file an appropriate reply before Sebi and that denial of such documents by the company or by Sebi would be in violation of principles of natural justice as embodied in Article 14 of the Constitution of India. In a statement, Thapar said, “We note that this morning’s order of the Securities Appellate Tribunal gives clear directions to SEBI and CG Power to give us access to the documents which CG Power has denied and have been unwilling to provide till date.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We continue to maintain the fact that we had no opportunity to participate in the so-called ‘investigation’ nor in the resulting ‘report’ (Vaish). This Vaish Associates report is inconclusive and highly disclaimed as only selective information and data was shared with them.” The order comes on an appeal filed by ex officials of CG Power – Gautam Thapar, V R Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya, B Hariharan and Avantha Holdings Ltd – against an “ex-parte ad interim order” passed by Sebi on September 17, 2019. V R Venkatesh is the former CFO, while Madhav Acharya and B Hariharan are ex-directors of CG Power.