How to Give Your Video a Vintage Look

first_imgBring Down the White LevelsYou’ll also want to bring down the white levels in your video. I recommend mapping the bright whites down to a light gray. Just like when working with the black levels mentioned in the step above, you can use either the curves effect or the levels effect to achieve this look. Warm up the HighlightsNow it’s time to adjust the overall color of your project. In order to do this, I recommend using the curves effect. In the curves effect, navigate to the blue curve and bring down the highlights, but keep the shadows about the same. This will warm up the highlights in your image and give your footage just a slight sepia look. You don’t want to take this too far — you can quickly begin to make your film look a little too western. Just remember, warming up your highlights just a touch can go a long way. Turn Down SaturationOne thing that’s easy to see in vintage video is the lack of bright colors. This is simply due to the fact that vintage film degrades with time.  All you need to do to simulate this look is simply turn down the saturation of your final video. You can easily do this in most video editing applications by adding a saturation effect. You don’t want to go too crazy — a saturation decrease of 20 to 30% should be perfect. Decrease ContrastNow it’s time to start color grading. In order to make your footage look vintage, you’ll want to turn down the contrast just a little. Vintage footage doesn’t hold black or white levels as well as modern video. In most video editing applications, you can simply add a contrast effect and dial it down by about 20%. Bring up the Black LevelsModern Hollywood films typically have very dark black points in their video. This has become synonymous with theatrical color grading, and it’s a very popular approach in the indie filmmaking community — but it’s not a very good approach to creating a vintage look.The best thing you can do when working on a vintage color grade is bring up your black levels just a little bit. You want your blacks to map to a dark gray instead of deep black. You can get this look by using either the curves effect or the levels effect. It really just depends on your favorite color grading tools.center_img Film OverlaysYou’ve probably noticed how grainy vintage footage is. In order to simulate this on your own, you need to download a free grain pack online. Fortunately, there are quite a few out there. Check out our 10 FREE Film Grains for Video Editors post here on PremiumBeat and pick your favorite.After you’ve downloaded your free grain pack, it’s time to overlay it onto your footage. For most circumstances, you’ll probably want to use a soft light overlay blending mode. I personally recommend turning down the opacity on an overlay blending mode until your grain looks perfect. From lenses to post-production tweaks, there are lots of ways to give your footage a vintage look. Capture some old school vibes with these video tips.All photos via ShutterstockHipster trends come and go, but it seems vintage color grading is here to stay — and rightfully so. Vintage color grading can be a fun way to give your projects a unique vibe. So, if you’re looking for a new approach to stylizing your footage (or you’re simply interested in how to create a vintage look), follow the quick steps below.Vintage LensesOne of the best things you can do to give your project a vintage look is shoot on a vintage lens. Unlike modern lenses, vintage lenses tend to distort colors around the edge of the frame, a phenomenon called chromatic aberration. Typically you’ll find lots of chromatic aberration in older or cheaper lenses. This isn’t ideal for modern video projects, but it’s perfect for creating a vintage look. You can usually pick up a vintage lens on eBay for around $50 and buy an adapter to fit whatever mount your camera uses.Keep It (Slightly) SoftOne of the key differences between modern video and vintage video is the sharpness of the final image. Typically on vintage film, images degrade over time. This leads to an overall soft video or images. To simulate this on your camera, you can turn down the sharpness in your camera menu settings or simply add a slight blur to your final video. If you’re using a program like Adobe After Effects to stylize your footage, simply add a 3 to 4 point fast blur. Light LeaksIf you want to take your vintage video a step further, one of my favorite things to do is add a light leak. If you’re not familiar, a light leak is essentially a pre-rendered video asset that simulates light spillage on old film. One of the best online resources for light leaks is the Illuminate pack over at RocketStock. Their pack has 120 4K light leaks that are super-easy to drag and drop into any video project.If you like this post and want to learn more about getting vintage video looks or creating a hipster-style grade, check out our Dissecting the Hipster Look post here on PremiumBeat.Have any tips for creating a vintage look for your video project? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

7 Ideas About Creating Content

first_imgAll content isn’t created equal. The best content is helpful. The worst content is not helpful. You want to produce content that benefits people in some way, whether it is by entertaining them, educating them, persuading them, or inspiring them. The very best content serves the consumer.Negative content may get you a bit of attention for a very short while, but it isn’t a long-term strategy. Over the longer term, the trail you are leaving behind you defines you, and a wake of negativity isn’t going to serve you. Trolls sometimes get attention, but they never develop and audience of their own.There are three strategies around content. You can be a creator and write, record (video or audio), or create some other way. The Internet runs on the work of creators. You can also be a synthesizer. We don’t make enough of this role, but people need someone to tie the pieces together and point them at the bigger themes. You can also be a curator, sharing the work of creators and synthesizers and pointing people at useful content.Any attempt at short cutting the process of gaining an audience works against you. If you title anything “And you won’t believe what happened next,” you will be known as someone with weak content and a willingness to sensationalize and overstate value. Over time, you will teach the audience you are trying to develop to ignore you. Guest posts might do a teeny bit to build your brand, but you need to do the real work yourself.Consistency counts. Consistent quality counts. Predictable publishing counts. It’s a sign of professionalism. If you write on Sundays, write on Sundays. If you publish daily, publish daily. If it’s three times a week, that’s what it is.Content works while you are sleeping. You aren’t creating content only for today. The content you create will be working for you years into the future. People underestimate the half-life of content and dramatically undervalue evergreen content. Your ideas are right for the people who need them, when they need them, and where they need them. Google brings people to the content they need when they need it. But only if you create it, synthesize it, or curate it.Your content, if you are a creator, gives people the experience of what it might be like to work with you. Your content gives them a clear idea of what you think, what you believe, and how you approach things. Producing the right content attracts your dream clients to you.last_img read more

Croatia out to banish memories of Euro 2008 failure

first_imgCroatia will seek to erase the bitter memories of their Euro 2008 failure against Turkey, described by key players as their most painful defeat ever, when they meet in this year’s Group D opener in Paris on Sunday. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)The Croatians had one foot in the last four eight years ago, after taking a 1-0 lead in the final minute of extra time in an epic quarter-final clash in Vienna, only to concede with the last kick of the game before they lost in a penalty shootout.REVENGE AND PROGRESS Croatia have not reached the knockout stages of a major tournament since and defender Vedran Corluka, a survivor from the 2008 side, said navigating a tough group was more important than getting revenge.”The bitter feeling of that loss can only be compensated by winning the European Championship,” the 30-year-old centre back told a news conference in the team’s Deauville base camp in northern France on Friday.”It’s the distant past and not really in the focus of our preparations but we can push it further back in our minds and, more importantly, make the right start if we beat them at the Parc des Princes.”‘BIGGEST SETBACK OF MY CAREER’ Influential playmaker Luka Modric, who missed the opening penalty for Croatia in the 2008 shootout, added: “I cried like a baby that night, it was the biggest setback of my career.”Turkey have failed to qualify for a major tournament since their impressive Euro 2008 campaign, having been knocked out in the 2012 European Championship playoffs after a 3-0 aggregate defeat by Croatia.advertisementTheir coach Fatih Terim, who steered his battling team to the semi-finals eight years ago, acknowledged that beating the Croatians was imperative ahead of matches with holders Spain and Czech Republic.”Winning this game would pave the way for a last-16 berth,” Terim was quoted as saying by Turkish media.”I believe that if we work hard, we can advance.”Terim is likely to field the side which beat Slovenia 1-0 in a friendly on Sunday, with scorer Burak Yilmaz set to the lead the line in front of the versatile Arda Turan and gifted 22-year-old playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.Croatia’s attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic singled out his Barcelona team mate Arda as the biggest threat.”He is a truly outstanding player and pulls all the strings for Turkey, therefore we have to close him down in order to keep a clean sheet.”last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman give thumbs up to pink ball before historic Eden match

first_imgKolkata’s Eden Gardens is all geared up for the first ever pink ball cricket match in India, this Saturday. The Bengal Super League final will see the introduction of pink cricket balls for the first time in any professional tournament in India. The inaugural day-night Test match between New Zealand and Australia, held last year, was the first international game to use pink balls. The move was looked at as an experiment to revive the longer format of the game. And two days before the historic match at Eden Gardens, veterans like Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Dean Jones made a strong case welcoming this new change. (Also read: Pink-ball Test cricket is the way forward, says Sourav Ganguly) ‘EVERYTHING NEEDS A CHANGE’ Stressing on the need to revive Test cricket which has seen a sharp decline in spectators, Ganguly said it was innovation that may help get crowds back on the stands. “The pink ball or day-night test matches will get people back to watch Test matches. You may like to come back from work and come down for a couple of hours to enjoy the game at night. It is all about innovation, everything needs a change,” he said. (Also read: Day-night Test is the future, says Richard Hadlee) “We take time to get used to the changes but after six months or a few matches down the line we will get used to it,” Ganguly said citing the example of Twenty20 cricket. The former India skipper also reminded the need to market the new concept well.advertisementEDEN GARDENS TO GLOW PINK The Cricket Association of Bengal has taken a host of initiatives to make cricket fans in Kolkata aware of the new change in the game. The entire stadium has been lit with pink lights and free tickets have been distributed to youngsters to witness the historic match on June 18. VVS Laxman, who has played one of the greatest innings of all time at Eden believes it is just a matter of the mind. Echoing Ganguly’s sentiments, Laxman urged players and fans alike to be open about the new concept before reaching any conclusion. ‘PINK BALL WILL FAVOUR BATSMEN IN INDIA’ “In India, playing with the pink ball will surely favour the batsmen. There might be some problem with the ball losing its colour and becoming soft. But any good bowler has to try and find out a way to deal with it. But it is  important to evolve with the changes that are being made in the game,” Laxman said.’PLAYERS ARE CONSERVATIVE’ Former Australian all rounder Dean Jones, who was a commentator in the first ever day-night Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide last year said that players will have adapt to the new ball just as they did when white balls were introduced in world cricket or when matches began to be played at night under flood lights.  “Players at times are really conservative about their choices. But it’s just a matter of them getting accustomed to playing with the new ball. The lights have got better too,” said Jones.  However, the former Aussie all-rounder says mere change of balls may not help revive people’s interest in Test matches but will surely help grab a few more eyeballs.  “Pink ball is not here to save Test cricket but would like to bring the people back to the stands,” Jones said, adding that a lot research must go into the Kookaburra balls so that it does not lose its colour even after the first 50 overs. There has been a lot of talk about how the pink Kookaburra balls will behave in Indian conditions. However, Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly assured that measures were in place to make it conducive for the new ball.  “We need to get the conditions right for this ball, we need to have some amount of grass on the surface and make sure that the pitches that are on the either side also has some amount of grass so that when you hit the ball hard it does not get scuffed up soon,” the former India skipper asserted.last_img read more

Sakshi Malik a reminder of what can happen if you don’t kill a girl child: Virender Sehwag

first_imgWrestler Sakshi Malik brought an end to India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, clinching bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.The 23-year-old from Rohtak overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to script an 8-5 victory in the bronze medal bout at the Carioca Arena 2 here on Wednesday. (Also read: ‘It took a woman athlete to slap Shobhaa De’. Twitter cheers Sakshi Malik after Bronze medal) It was a rousing display of fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude from the Indian. (Sakshi Malik becomes first female Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal)With her spirited display, Malik garnered a lot of admiration from her compatriots. From PM Narendra Modi to cricketer Virender Sehwag, quite a few were bowled over by Sakshi’s grit and determination.Here are few reactions.You did it #SakshiMalik, congratulations on winning & a brilliant performance @Olympics #Rio2016 ! Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 18, 2016#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don’t kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016What great news to wake up to! #SakshiMalik, your resilience at #Rio2016 has made whole of India proud. Many Congratulations!!! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 18, 2016Congrats #SakshiMalik on winning #wrestling bronze at the #Rio2016 She has created history & made the country proud. pic.twitter.com/ARwEoA20bb Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 18, 2016Poora Bharat is baat ka Sakshi hai,jab koi bht mushkil ho toh is desh ki ladkiyan hi Malik hain.Thank U#SakshiMalik pic.twitter.com/YfHgRqxwTMadvertisement Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze & makes all of us very proud. #Rio2016 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2016Great comeback by Sakshi Malik 2 win our 1st medal in Rio.determination and self belief r the key for a performance like this.congratulation Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 18, 2016When a Bronze is Heavier than a Gold …#SakshiMalik Take a Bow???????????????? GAGAN NARANG (@gaGunNarang) August 17, 2016She has done what no Indian girl has done before. A real hero #SakshiMalik u have set a path 4 many more 2 follow u https://t.co/dDsE4XzXhb Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 18, 2016Congratulations Sakshi Malik. U have made the whole nation proud. https://t.co/ynuDlF15RX Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 18, 2016What a sweet win for India! On the Rakshabandhan diwas Congratulations #SakshiMalik from all of us. Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 18, 2016Hearty Congratulations to #SakshiMalik for winning a medal in women’s wrestling in #Rio2016 and doing India proud #PresidentMukherjee President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) August 18, 2016#SakshiMalik I salute the woman , the athlete n the Indian in u.What a fantastic win n what a glorious moment.Congratulations #Olympics #Ind Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) August 18, 2016A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2016The innocent smile of achievement and our smile is of immense pride…..#SakshiMalik is the hope for the future…. pic.twitter.com/WTdJ1yZ43k Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 18, 2016Congratulation #SakshiMalik… pic.twitter.com/Fado0Jbdse sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) August 18, 2016#SakshiMalik #SakshiMalik #SakshiMalik Thank you! Our new and deserving star! What a day for women and women’s wrestling in our country! Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) August 18, 2016Well done #SakshiMalik on your achievement! Proud of you! #Rio2016 Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 17, 2016#SakshiMalik has made India proud.Wrestling in India gets another big boost.#Rio2016 Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 17, 2016Congrats #SakshiMalik for the #Bronze @ #Rio2016 . #IND’s daughter, we are proud of you.. Well done?? pic.twitter.com/DHpEQWCRvX Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 17, 2016????? Sakshi! Celebrate India,1st medal comes at the strong hands of a girl#SakshiMalik #Wrestling #Bronze #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/DurpOiWSR1 Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) August 18, 2016Wowwwwww amazing amazinggggg #SakshiMalik Take a bow ???????? Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 17, 2016T 2351 – #Rio2016 and the women of India doing us so proud .. especially in the wresting ..Sakshi you made us proud Indians !! COME ONNN !! Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 17, 2016Congratulation #SakshiMalik Be strong #Rio2016 #wrestling #KheloIndia Mary Kom (@MangteC) August 17, 2016last_img read more

Yanks’ Reliever Miller Breaks Wrist

first_imgKISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Yankees’ heralded bullpen depth could be tested early.Andrew Miller broke his non-pitching wrist when struck on the right arm by a line drive in the seventh inning of New York’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on March 30.The left-hander threw his glove and walked into the Yankees’ dugout after pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo’s comebacker went off his arm, just above the wrist. X-rays were negative, but a CT scan revealed a chip fracture.“He will see a hand specialist, who will determine the next course of action,” New York said in a statement.Miller was the Yankees’ closer last year and was slated to fill that role while Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-game suspension under baseball’s new domestic abuse policy. If Miller is sidelined, Dellin Betances would open the season as closer.Competing for the fifth spot in New York’s rotation, Ivan Nova pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He struck out two and walked one.“I did my part and they’re going to make the decision,” Nova said. “Remember, I’m not fighting against a guy with one year or two years. CC Sabathia has a lot of history. He’s not an easy fight, but I did my part and hopefully I won the spot.”Julio Teheran, Atlanta’s scheduled opening-day starter April 4 against Washington, allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out two and walked none.“I feel good about my whole spring. This was my last start and I feel ready for the season,” Teheran said. “Everything is working now. I’m just trying to pitch like it’s a regular game.”Back-to-back triples by Dustin Fowler and Billy Fleming and a single by Austin Romine off Alexi Ogando accounted for the Yankees’ runs in the eighth.Aaron Hicks had three of New York’s 10 hits.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: First drive review

first_imgThere have been many debates on whether India is ready for electric vehicles or not. The lack of charging stations, availability of electricity and most importantly the fact that retail sale of electricity is still not approved by the government are some of the hindrances. However the government is rather ‘Gung Ho’ about India moving to EVs is something which is drawing a lot of attention and cashing in on it is Hyundai. The company will shortly launch the Kona EV in India and despite the fact that it will be rather expensive in India, there is no looking back. The charging port sits up front on the erstwhile raditor grille.The Kona EV is a compact SUV driven purely on electricity. It looks very smart thanks to the new age Hyundai design philosophy and comes with LED projector light panels up front. The two-tier light assembly is very similar to the one seen on the recently launched Venue and this is going to be a standard trait in future Hyundai’s as well. The front grille is replaced by a plastic panel which does replicate a proper mesh grille which was erstwhile compulsory to keep the radiator cool. Here though there is no radiator and hence the requirement is gone. Instead Hyundai has positioned the charging point here. In profile there is a generous amount of plastic cladding offered to give it a tough look. The wheels are specially designed to look good and also aid aerodynamics. At the back too the Kona EV look sporty thanks to the edgy design and sleek LED tail lights. Overall the Kona EV looks rather well proportioned and good for the city.advertisement The dash might look like a regular car, but the functionalities are very different.Inside the SUV comes with a standard layout of things. There is a large infotainment system which performs a multitude of functions and the interface is easy to use and touch action responsive. The bridge type centre console is also unique in design and gone is the standard gear lever and replacing it are a bunch of buttons to make the Kona go forward and back. The IP is also a digital unit and it displays a massive amount of data. The steering wheel is pretty neat too and behind it sits a couple of paddle shifters. What they do is to deploy regenerative braking technologies while downshifting and this in turn helps reduce speed. Hyundai also say that this feature can also bring the Kona EV to a complete halt apart from charging the batteries and it does work well. Up shifting reduces the intensity of regenerative braking helping the SUV become freer and drive quicker. The all digital IP offers all the info which one might need.The big question then is how is it to drive. Well, first and foremost there is literally no noise within the cabin to announce a ready to go situation. However press the accelerator and the Kona EV takes off fast as all the torque is available right from zero. On the go, the Kona drives smooth and the only thing filling your ears will be a certain whine from the motors and tyre noise. It is actually eerie within the cabin. At cruise too the Kona EV is rather comfortable and even if you nudge the throttle, the thing starts gathering speed rather fast. So overtaking on the road is a piece of cake. The centre console gets the drive modes.In case you get into a sporty frame of mind, this SUV is ready to play ball! The acceleration is faster in Sport mode and dig in that pedal and there is a fair bit of tyre squeal heard within the cabin as the traction control light starts flashing on the instrument panel. Now the big question of range. Hyundai claims a range of 500+ km and this is essentially what one would get on regular petrol compact SUV. The motor churns out 150kW of power and 395Nm of max torque.So in all honesty, one will need to recharge the batteries maybe once a week depending on usage. The best thing is that the batteries don’t deplete fast if driven normally and the regenerative technologies do a good job to keep the batteries juiced up. Overall these new generation electric vehicles look ready for the road and we strongly believe that there will be no range anxiety to worry about. One will need to recharge the batteries maybe once a week depending on usage.VerdictThe Kona EV looks and feels like a regular vehicle apart from the strange grille and wheels. It drives rather well and will keep the enthusiast happy too. At the same time, one will not have the guilt within that he or she is causing a threat to Polar bears or ice sheets up in the Polar Regions.advertisementALSO READ | Hyundai Kona to be launched in India on July 9ALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhALSO READ | Here’s why experts believe Indians should opt for e-vehicleslast_img read more

Shaun Lewis and Jeremy Smith are monsters

first_imgI am terrified!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Exeter’s Jack Nowell could be out until December with fractured eye socket

first_imgBilly Vunipola, Saracens No8- Out for four months following knee surgery to repair the meniscus on his right knee. England chances 0/5 “This injury was just one of those unfortunate ones, an innocuous situation. Jack is frustrated as he has been feeling good to go and wanted a couple of good Champions Cup performances to put him in the frame for England.”Munster have confirmed South Africa’s forwards coach, Johann van Graan, as their new head coach, replacing Rassie Erasmus who is heading in the opposite direction in December. Van Graan will start work next month subject to obtaining a work permit and has signed a three-year contract.The Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, recently dismissed as “hearsay” reports that Van Graan’s departure to Munster was already a done deal but the South African Rugby Union has now agreed to release Van Graan and allowed him to move to the Irish province just prior to Erasmus leaving to become the Boks’ new director of rugby.The 37-year-old Van Graan has been a part of the Springbok staff for six seasons, having initially been recruited by Heyneke Meyer. He was previously a member of the Bulls setup when they won Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010 and has been attracting northern hemisphere club interest for some time. “We know Johann, with forwards coach Jerry Flannery and backline and attack coach Felix Jones will continue to establish the structures and processes required to bring this Munster team forward in terms of growth and success,” said Garrett Fitzgerald, Munster’s chief executive. … 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. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Thank you for your feedback. Jack Nowell, Exeter wing- Ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering fractures around his cheek and eye socket. England chances 2/5 Show Topics Was this helpful? Hide Returning Munster to their Europe-conquering pomp is no easy task but Van Graan’s former employers are clearly sorry to lose him. “Johann has proven himself as an outstanding coach and he has a very bright future ahead of him,” said SA Rugby’s chief executive, Jurie Roux. “The Munster appointment is an excellent opportunity for him to test and prove himself as a head coach in a very competitive European club rugby environment. I have no doubt that Johann will be successful in his new role.”Coetzee’s warm tribute to Van Graan’s work ethic and attention to detail – “he is a very good man and I know first-hand why he is so highly rated” – will also be well received around Thomond Park as Munster prepare to launch their latest European campaign. Erasmus’s side kick off at Castres on Sunday, with Van Graan’s first taste of Champions’ Cup action set to come when Leicester visit Limerick on 9 December.Cornish rugby, meanwhile, is mourning one of its most famous rugby sons following the death at the age of 76 of the former England and Lions prop Brian “Stack” Stevens after a long illness. Stevens, a farmer who toured with the 1971 Lions, won 25 caps between 1969 and 1975 and was a try-scorer in England’s famous 1973 win over New Zealand at Eden Park. Share on Messenger Share via Email Josh Beaumont, Sale forward-Ruled out for three months with a biceps injury after being forced off against Harlequins last Friday. England chances 0/5 Manu Tuilagi, Leicester centre – Tore knee ligaments in the defeat by Bath at start of September. Sidelined for at least 12 weeks. England chances 0/5 Quick guide England’s injury list Read morecenter_img Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Exeter fear Jack Nowell will need an operation after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket against Newcastle on Saturday. The England wing, as reported on Tuesday, is certain to miss the next month of the season and could be sidelined until December if the injury does not heal swiftly.“Jack has got a couple of fractures in the top of his cheek and eye socket and it looks as if it will require surgery to settle it down,” said Rob Baxter, Exeter’s director of rugby, before the club’s European Champions Cup opener against Glasgow on Saturday. “We don’t quite know yet how long it will be until he sees the consultant but it looks as if it could be six to eight weeks. It’s always a blow when you lose good players but we’re big believers that if one person picks up an injury it’s an opportunity for someone else. 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Alabama Football: Nick Saban’s Daughter Got Married At Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium Last Night and It Looked Awesome

first_imgNick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married last night. We’ll give you one guess at the venue. Yes, it was Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. And it looked awesome.  Congrats to Mr and Mrs Setas #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:11pm PDT  The lovely bride! #setonsetas #sabantosetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT  #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:14pm PDT So Nick Saban’s daughter got married last night. Why am I not surprised at the venue!? 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPZVrETCxM— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) May 31, 2015 RT @MarisaLeeMartin: Only Kristen #Saban could pull this off at her wedding #SabanToSetas pic.twitter.com/uUPN1zx4Pa— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) May 31, 2015 All weddings of people related to college football coaches should be held at college football stadiums.last_img read more

Oklahoma Assistant Coach Reportedly Had Pregame Incident

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl to secure their spot in the title game. While the first leg of the College Football Playoff is in the books, the second is sure to give fans a better game.Oklahoma and Alabama are set to kick off in just over a half hour. Before kickoff, there was an on-field altercation between an Oklahoma coach and the Alabama players hoping to take the field.According to reporters in the area, Oklahoma tight ends coach Shane Beamer had to be asked by referees to leave the Alabama players alone.Oklahoma tight ends coach Shane Beamer just had to be told by a referee to step back after he stood by where Alabama players ran out onto the field as he clapped in their face.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) December 30, 2018We’re not sure Oklahoma’s coaches want to be poking the bear that is the Crimson Tide ahead of a huge game. Nick Saban and company enter the game as a two-touchdown favorite against one of the worst defenses in college football.Alabama and Oklahoma kick off at 8:10 p.m. ET.last_img read more

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Event

first_imgThe International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, is a day when people around the world come together in their communities to work toward ending racism. To help promote and understanding of race issues, Partners for Human Rights is hosting an afternoon of local films. Filmmakers and others affected by this issue will introduce the films. “With everything that has happened in the last month in the province that have brought race to the forefront, we felt it was important to examine and reflect on issues so we can continue to make positive gains,” said Sandra Smith Muir, co-chair, Partners for Human Rights. “The films do a wonderful job of showing positive change in the face of racial tension and hardships.” The films to be shown are: 1:20 p.m., Home Out of Nothing, about three immigrant women who came to Nova Scotia in various stages of their lives and the struggles they faced to integrate and become successful 2:15 p.m., From Auschwitz to Freedom, a short film about Philip Riteman, a Holocaust survivor who overcame great adversity to make a home in Canada 2:35 p.m., Africville Remembered, a short film that reflects on Africville through photograph 2:55 p.m., Wabanaki, People of the Dawn, Part III: Dreamcatchers, a story about four young Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq who have become role models by overcoming adversity Admission is free, but donations will be collected for the Red Cross for earthquake relief. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, in the lecture theatre of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax. Participants should enter the gallery from Bedford Row entrance. In 1966, the United Nations formally recognized March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to remember the 1960 massacre of anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa.last_img read more

iPhone 11 to support Apple Pencil Report

first_imgSan Francisco: The 2019 line-up of iPhones are expected to come with support for Apple Pencil — a wireless stylus pen from Apple, a new analyst note from Citi Analysts suggests. Rumours about Apple Pencil support for iPhones go back several years when CEO Tim Cook in an interview in 2016 had said, “If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable…”, news portal 9To5MAC reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Earlier, ahead of the launch of the 2018 iPhones, there were multiple reports from Asian supply chain indicating the new devices would work with Apple’s stylus. In addition, the upcoming iPhone 11 line-up is expected to feature company’s new A13 chip, sport a new Taptic Engine and feature a lightning port for audio and charging. The iPhone-maker would launch three iPhone 11 models this year. The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR. According to the report, the new iPhone 11 models replacing the iPhone XS series would have a triple rear camera set-up at the back and all three sensors will be placed at the back. Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also earlier suggested that the upcoming iPhone models would be equipped with reverse wireless charging.last_img read more

Real Housewives Lisa Vanderpump To Host Fundraiser For American Humane Association

first_imgOn Thursday, August 13th, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and animal advocate Lisa Vanderpump will be hosting an exclusive fundraising luncheon at her newest restaurant, PUMP.The luncheon is sponsored by Vanderpump Pets, a luxury pet lifestyle brand owned and designed by the Vanderpump family. The private affair will help raise money and awareness for American Humane Association, which Lisa has worked with for several years through their annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Lisa aims to raise funds for a California-based Red Star Rescue truck to help rescue and shelter local pets affected by disasters and cruelty cases. American Humane Association’s Red Star program has saved millions of hurt, frightened animals since its founding in 1916.To begin the luncheon, guests will arrive on the pink carpet and enter into a pop-up showroom that will showcase the Vanderpump Pets Private Collection. In the showroom, guests will be able to view the never-before-seen Fall/Winter 2015 VP Pets Collection while sipping on LVP Sangria and munching on tasty delights. From there, guests will be directed to their assigned seats and served a special chef-inspired three-course lunch. A presentation about the Hero Dog Awards and Red Star Rescue Services will accompany the lunch along with a special presentation by Ms. Lisa Vanderpump herself. In addition, special celebrity guests will give out Vanderpump gift baskets that will include hundreds of dollars in gifts, coupons, and products. A fundraising hour with sangria and cocktails in the PUMP Garden will conclude the luncheon’s festivities.Vanderpump Pets and the entire Vanderpump family hope to raise awareness and significant charitable contributions for these important programs benefiting animals in California.Date:Thursday, August 13, 2015Location:8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069last_img read more

NPC appeals to India US to help create more employment in North

The Council appealed to the Tamil Diaspora, and the Governments of India, the USA and other countries to assist in building the first Technology Park in Jaffna.The Council also appealed to the Tamil Diaspora, and the Governments of India, the USA and other countries to help create more employment at the Atchuveli Industrial Estate, and also to help build two new Industrial Zones in the North-East region with the goal of creating about 100,000 advanced manufacturing employment opportunities. (Colombo Gazette) The Resolution also notes that the traditional agrarian-based economy of the Tamil people is insufficient to meet the current global economic trend, and so there must be a focal shift towards knowledge-based and manufacturing economies. The Northern Provincial Council has appealed to India and the US to help create more employment opportunities in the North.In a Resolution submitted to the NPC by NPC member M.K. Shivajilingam which was approved, the NPC has noted the need to rebuild the economy of the people in the North, improve their livelihood and increase their standard of living to be compatible with the rest of the world. The Resolution also notes that initiations must be undertaken towards setting up infrastructures to kickstart the process of building new economies for the people in the North, and conditions must be created to improve education, encourage entrepreneurship, and create high-technology employments.The Northern Provincial Council resolved that a suitable land with the size of 10-25 acres must be allocated in the Jaffna District and all other Districts of the Province with the goal of building a Technology Park for each District. The Resolution acknowledges that to increase productivity and to stimulate economic growth, more private sector employment must be created and the private sector must be encouraged and incentivized. read more

What will remain of federal surplus following Harpers family tax cuts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What will remain of federal surplus following Harper’s family tax cuts? by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 3:12 pm MDT OTTAWA – One thing is for certain: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s sweeping new package of family tax cuts will chew through billions of dollars of the Conservative government’s projected budgetary surplus.Just how much cash is left over — if any — remains to be seen, experts say.Harper has already said the government would run a small deficit this year and a small surplus next year — a commitment he repeated Thursday after announcing a big-ticket suite of family-friendly tax cuts with a “significant” price tag.The package includes an income-splitting measure worth as much as $2,000 a year to eligible families with kids under 18; a bolstered universal child care benefit; and higher limits on the existing child care expense deduction.It won’t be cheap, either. Thursday’s measures alone are expected to cost government coffers $3.1 billion in 2014-15 and $4.5 billion in 2015-16. Nonetheless, Harper is insisting the books will remain healthy.“We are … assuring people we will balance the budget next year,” he said,reminding his suburban audience in Vaughan, Ont., that the deficit for last year proved to be quite a bit lower than expected.“The measures we announced today, while very significant in cost, are completely affordable within the current budget projection.”The missing piece of the puzzle is how much Ottawa expects its projections to change as a result of the cuts. The clues will be in the upcoming fall economic update; no date for that update has yet been announced.Thursday’s news came in the midst of pointed warnings from economic experts that the Canadian economy could suffer a cash-draining blow if the sagging price of oil says low for an extended period of time.And on Wednesday, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz estimated if the low price of oil persists, it would knock a quarter-point off next year’s growth of the country’s gross domestic product.Poloz said such a scenario would be a concern.Combined, the Finance Department estimates all the recent, federal family tax cuts will reduce Ottawa’s bank balance by an average of $4.4 billion annually over six years — for a total of just under $26.7 billion through 2019-20.TD senior economist Randall Bartlett, who’s drawn up projections on the fiscal impact of Ottawa’s tax-reducing promises, said he believes there will be enough surplus room in the federal piggy bank to finance the cuts.But it will be tight — at least for this year, he warned.“The recent announcements combined with lower oil prices should come pretty close to wiping out our projected surplus of $5 billion this year,” Bartlett said, referring to a recent TD Economics prediction.“The government’s chosen to use that surplus to provide tax relief for Canadians in line with its 2011 election platform. So, I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anyone.“They have the room and they’ve chosen to use it as they’ve said they were going to over the last three years.”In its February budget, the government projected a $2.9-billion deficit in 2014-15 and a $6.4-billion surplus for the following year.Other budget watchers have released their own projections, which have projected an even rosier outlook for the Canadian economy. Their numbers suggest the federal government could be holding back on how much the Canadian economy has improved.Earlier this month, a report by the parliamentary budget officer predicted Canada was headed for a $3.6-billion surplus in 2014-15, which would deliver a balanced budget a year earlier than the government’s stated expectations.That estimate followed a projection by former senior Finance Department bureaucrats Scott Clark and Peter DeVries. They published a report that predicted Ottawa was headed for a $4-billion surplus, which did not include a $3-billion “risk adjustment” cushion built into the 2014 federal budget.Harper also dropped a strong hint Thursday his government would follow through on another big-ticket, tax-easing promise from the 2011 election campaign: doubling the limit on tax-free savings accounts to $10,000 a year.The government has calculated its TFSA expenditures were $65 million in 2009, $165 million in 2010 and $160 million in 2011. The Finance Department also projected Ottawa would lose out on $295 million in tax revenues in 2012 because of TFSAs and $410 million in 2013.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 5

The United States kicks off its 2014 World Cup campaign on Monday against Ghana, the team that eliminated the Stars and Stripes from the 2010 tournament in the round of 16. That’s the must-watch game in the U.S. But for most of the rest of the world, it’s Germany versus Portugal.See our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities. — Allison McCannIN DEPTHSo what’s changed for Ghana and the U.S. since they last faced each other on this stage?America’s lineup has been transformed in the four years since 2010’s disappointment. Only four of the U.S. starting 11 from the loss to Ghana — goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielders Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, and striker Jozy Altidore — will be in coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s opening lineup Monday. (The most notable absence is Landon Donovan, though central defender Carlos Bocanegra was another useful veteran who saw his role with Team USA phased out in recent years.)Klinsmann made clear his preference for a fresh group during the selection process, and — Donovan’s ouster aside — that’s not a bad thing. New faces since 2010, including Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron, have acquitted themselves reasonably well for clubs in Europe, a factor Klinsmann values highly. Graham Zusi, Brad Davis and Matt Besler are playing effectively in MLS. The cupboard isn’t quite as bare as is widely believed, though the U.S. is still far from elite in the talent department.As for Ghana, it’s turned over six of its eleven starting slots from four years ago — although most of its best players from 2010 are back, including jack-of-all-trades Kwadwo Asamoah, midfielders Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien, and striker Asamoah Gyan. The Black Stars have also promoted the talented two-way midfielder Sulley Muntari into a regular starting role since their last World Cup meeting with the United States. (Needless to say, midfield is the strength of Ghana’s roster.)Most members of that group are plying their trade in top European leagues, so Ghana’s high-end talent is probably superior to that of the United States. But Ghana’s edge in talent hasn’t always translated in international play. It ranked just 38th in the pre-World Cup Elo Ratings, while the Americans ranked 13th.When ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ranks teams, it attempts to combine these two elements — observed results and underlying talent — into a single rating for a given national team. And the current SPI rankings say the United States and Ghana are in a dead heat. The U.S. ranks 22nd in the world with a 77.53 SPI — meaning the Americans would compile 77.53 percent of the possible points if they played a round robin against every other national team in the world. Ghana ranks 25th, with an SPI of 77.37. That’s the smallest SPI margin between any two teams that will face each other in the group stage of this World Cup.As of Sunday, the sportsbook Bovada has Ghana as a slim favorite over the U.S., 35.8 percent to 34.5 percent (with a 29.7 percent chance of a draw). The FiveThirtyEight match projection system flips those odds around, giving the United States a very slight edge: 37.5 percent to 33 percent. Whatever happens, U.S.-Ghana should be one of the most evenly matched showdowns of the entire World Cup.YesterdayArgentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday served notice to the casual soccer fan: One individual moment of brilliance can overshadow an average game.In the first 64 minutes of the match, Argentina’s Lionel Messi was the game’s most active participant in the attacking third, but the three chances he created didn’t translate into a single shot on goal. And he had turned the ball over a game-high three times.In the 65th minute, Messi reminded the Maracana how quickly he can change a game. He made a run from the midfield, past Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic, and played a quick 1-2 ball to teammate Gonzalo Higuain. Messi’s short-burst quickness created separation from Besic, and he hesitated slightly before the shot, driving another Bosnian player into Besic and out of position.Messi then banked a left-footed shot off the post for the eventual game-winning goal, Argentina’s first shot on goal of the match and only the second goal of Messi’s World Cup career. From his first touch in midfield to the ball crossing the goal line, the entire sequence took just over 9.5 seconds and erased the match’s first 64 minutes from spectators’ memory.That was all it took; the night belonged to Messi, whose production under Alejandro Sabella has been outstanding. Messi has 22 goals in 26 international games since Sabella became Argentina’s manager in September 2011, compared with 17 goals in 61 matches under all other managers. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHIf Ghana defeats the United States on Monday, Americans shouldn’t be too quick to feel ill-disposed toward the West African nation. The United States imports two bread-and-butter items from Ghana (though they are neither bread nor butter): oil and chocolate. In 2011, just more than 44 percent of Ghanaian exports to the United States was oil (crude and refined) and roughly 42 percent was chocolate (cocoa beans, chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa paste and cocoa butter). That’s $374,624,626 in chocolate.Ghana also sent $7,016,768 in fake hair to the U.S. Thanks, Ghana!What does the U.S. send to Ghana? Cars — worth about $303 million in 2011. — Micah CohenFurther ReadingCtrl + ← The World Cup, the World Cup And the World CupHow Soccer Explains the Sports Page read more

Care home residents offered NHS Skype calls in bid to cut hospital

It is one of 14 pilot… In two years, the scheme in Tameside, Greater Manchester has prevented 3,000 visits to A&E and freed up 2,000 GP appointments, health officials said. Instead of an ambulance being automatically dispatched, doctors and nurses can assess cases virtually, providing advice on the spot. Care home residents are being offered NHS consultations by Skype in a bid to cut needless hospital visits. The pilot scheme, which also means staff can get medical advice quickly, has been linked to a 30 per cent reduction in visits to Accident & Emergency departments. The on-call Skype NHS team takes calls from care home staff, wardens working in sheltered accomodation and community workers.

Sen Franken to Apple How Safe Is Face ID Really

first_img A day after Apple introduced Face ID—the facial recognition system at the heart of iPhone X—Sen. Al Franken petitioned the company for details on its privacy and security safeguards.The 10th-anniversary handset unveiled Tuesday features an upgraded front camera that creates and stores a 3D map of your facial geometry.Even in poor lighting conditions, under cover of a hat or scarf, or ruined by age, the device will be able to recognize its owner, allowing folks to unlock the phone, use Apple Pay, and access secure apps with just one look.But, as with any technology, there is room for error.“Unlike a password, an individual’s faceprint is permanent, public, and uniquely identifies its owner,” Franken wrote in a letter to Tim Cook. “Should a bad actor gain access to the faceprint data that Face ID requires, the ramifications could last forever.”Cupertino has already addressed a number of consumers’ concerns: For instance, facial-recognition data will be saved on individual iPhones, not sent to the cloud. And the firm worked with professional Hollywood mask makers to ensure its system won’t be fooled by 3D models or photographs.Still, you can never be too safe, and Franken is pushing for additional transparency “on this complex new technology.”The Senator drafted a list of 10 questions, covering issues of storage, AI training, accuracy, possible distribution, and those dreaded law enforcement requests to access user data (which Apple has, in the past, stood firmly against).While many of his queries were answered in more general terms during this week’s event, Franken hits upon one topic never discussed from the stage of the new Steve Jobs Theater:“In order for Face ID to function and unlock the device, is the facial recognition system ‘always on,’ meaning does Face ID perpetually search for a face to recognize?” he inquired.If so, will Apple retain raw photos and the so-called faceprints of people who unlock (or attempt to unlock) the device?The tech titan did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment; it remains unclear whether it will answer Franken’s questions by the proposed Oct. 13 deadline.For more, see The iPhone X Can’t Have My Face.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more