first_imgAs is customary at such ceremonies, numerous members of the Marasović family, construction and financing partners, friends attended the launch, and Andrija Marasović, the owner of the company, cut the rope with champagne and symbolically “launched” the ship into the sea. “For several decades, our family has been organizing trips and multi-day cruises around the islands. At first, my father organized excursions on wooden boats that used to transport sand, and today there are almost a hundred modern steel ones in Krilo Jesenice. Guests are delighted with the level of luxury and service we provide. ” said Andrija Marasović, a happy godfather and owner of a new boat in the family.”With the construction of cruise ships, Brodosplit’s efforts to be a constant support in the renewal of the passenger and excursion fleet for Croatian private shipowners – small entrepreneurs whose goals are the development of small businesses on the coast and islands, tourism through organized day trips and multi-day cruises.”Point out from Brodosplit.With the launch, a series of construction of tourist cruise ships, the popular ‘Kriljan’, reached 13 delivered new buildings, and with their construction the program of renewal of the passenger and excursion fleet for Croatian private shipowners – small entrepreneurs whose goals are small business development on the coast and islands, development tourism through organized one-day excursions and multi-day cruises. Yesterday, in the Shipbuilding Industry Split, Novogradnja 538 was laid into the sea, a passenger cruise ship that the company in the Brodosplit-BSO doo group is building for a domestic client, the company Brodarstvo Marasović doo from Krilo Jesenice.According to the design and classification documentation approved according to the rules of the Croatian Register of Shipping, Brodosplit’s ‘special’ made a steel hull and superstructure for a ship 48,79 meters long, 8,8 meters wide on ribs, 3,82 meters high, and 2,40 meters long. , and pleasant sailing and enjoyment on cruises on the Adriatic islands and coast are enabled by two propulsion machines with an individual power of 368 kW.last_img read more

first_imgThe modified common cold viruses behind high-profile COVID-19 vaccine candidates from China’s CanSino Biologics and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute have been studied for decades, but are still not widely used.The following are some details of their development, how they work and past and potential future uses: When were these viruses first used in medical research? Vectors are materials used as mechanisms to carry genetic information into human cells. Modified viruses that cannot replicate on their own and so will not cause infection can be used as vectors to carry genes from the target virus into human cells to induce an immune response against that virus.Ad5 vectors were tested in early gene therapy, which aims to install a missing gene or replace a mutated or damaged one. They were largely abandoned after an 18-year-old died in 1999 from an immune system overreaction after receiving a large dose during a gene therapy trial.Some researchers believe the strong immune response that caused problems with gene therapy makes these vectors well suited to vaccines, where much lower doses are used and a protective immune response is the objective.Have ad5 vectors been successful in the past?At McMaster University in Canada, Graham and collaborators developed a variety of Ad5 vectors, including for a rabies vaccine used on wild raccoons in the province of Ontario.He and other researchers began developing an Ad5-based vaccine against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and published preclinical data. It was set aside when that pandemic ended.In 2011, CanSino licensed an experimental tuberculosis vaccine based on Ad5 from McMaster researchers.The Chinese company’s focus later shifted to an Ad5-based Ebola vaccine at the request of the Chinese military, according to Dr. Thomas Evans, current chief scientific officer at Vaccitech, who was involved with the tuberculosis project. The Ebola vaccine was approved for military use in 2017.Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute, which developed Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, also used the Ad5 platform to develop an Ebola vaccine, which they said has been administered to about 2,100 people.What else is under development using ad5 vectors?In addition to the Ad5-based COVID-19 vaccines, an inhaled version of the experimental tuberculosis vaccine is still under development at McMaster, Dr. Zhou Xing told Reuters. His team is also in the early stages of developing an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine, testing Ad5 and another vector based on a chimpanzee adenovirus. Topics :center_img The modified adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) viruses used in these vaccines grow in a human kidney cell line called HEK293 that was created by Canadian researcher Dr. Frank Graham at a Dutch lab in the 1970s and first used to make viral vectors in the 1980s.Graham planned to use HEK293 cells to study mechanisms underlying cancer, and distributed them to researchers all over the world.”The cells became tremendously widespread and popular” among researchers, said Graham, now retired in Italy.What are vectors used in vaccines and how do they work?last_img read more

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.In other NBA news:— Memphis guard Ja (jah) Morant is the runaway winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2019-20. He’s the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol (pow-gah-SAHL’) in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn was second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third. — The Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke (FOH’-kee) after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The decision comes after the team investigated the matter in which Focke used the slur while Tweeting about the Jazz-Nuggets playoff game on Aug. 17. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was a typo. Update on the latest sports September 4, 2020 NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSProvorov goal lifts FlyersUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders owned overtime periods while winning four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s. Those days are over.The Philadelphia Flyers have forced a seventh game in their second-round series after Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv) scored 15:03 into double-overtime to complete a 5-4 win over the Islanders. All three of Philadelphia’s series wins have come in OT.Carter Hart turned back 49 shots and was perfect after Mathew Barzal scored with 30 seconds left in the second period. MLB-NEWSMengden tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston. He received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week. A’s general manager David Forst said that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. MLB said the A’s will resume their schedule on Friday. In other MLB news:— The Mets paid tribute to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver with a series of salutes before their game with the Yankees. Each Met had a smudge of dirt on their right knee. That’s a nod to how Seaver’s uniform looked when he pitched, with his knee dropping low to the mound for more power. Seaver died Monday at age 75. — Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Phillies in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game against the Nationals. It’s a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s. Former teammate Mike Schmidt called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”TENNIS-US OPENSerena wins, Murray ousted…No. 2s Thiem, Kenin advance OG Anunoby (an-uh-NOH’-bee) grabbed a crosscourt inbounds pass from Kyle Lowry and drained a 3-pointer at the horn. It came just a half-second after Daniel Theis (tys) dunked to give Boston a two-point lead.Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 16 and Anunoby 12.Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games.The Clippers had a much easier time winning the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 29 points and the Clippers shot 57% from the field in a 120-97 trouncing of the Nuggets. Oxford study: Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer GamesTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher. That’s according to a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford.The lead author of the study tells The Associated Press that the Tokyo cost overrun already exceeds 200%. This is even before several billion more dollars are added on from the one-year delay from the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR-COVID CONCERNSNASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin But the Flyers blew a 2-0 lead and had to come back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits before Provorov ended it with his second OT goal of the series. Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) and Scott Laughton provided the tying tallies.Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist for New York.Game 7 is Saturday.Like the Flyers, the Canucks have forced a seventh game after trailing 3-1 in their second-round series. Thatcher Demko stopped 48 shots for his second straight win as Vancouver stifled Vegas, 4-0. J.T. Miller and defenseman Quinn Hughes each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who carried a 1-0 lead into the final period. Jake Virtanen (vur-TAN’-ehn) and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, who were outshot 48-23. The Clippers took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting into the second quarter.Paul George scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for L.A.Denver guard Jamal Murray was held to just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He averaged 31.6 points in the Nuggets’ seven-game series against Utah.NBA-NETS COACHNets Steve Nash as coach Victoria Azarenka won the battle of the Belarusians with a 6-1, 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.There was a pair of top-10 upsets on the women’s side. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off No. 9 Johanna Konta, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round. Tsvetana Pironkova has reached Round 3 in her first tournament following a three-year maternity break, beating No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), 7-5, 6-3.NFL-NEWSNewton to start for PatsUNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Newton signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina. He succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.In other NFL news:— The Seahawks are bringing back Josh Gordon on a one-year deal as the talented wide receiver awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension. Gordon was banned indefinitely by the league last December, his eighth suspension either by the league or his team. NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ drive for her 24th major championship continues at the U.S. OpenThe 38-year-old Williams has advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan.Williams improved her career record to 20-0 in the second round at Flushing Meadows and will play Sloane Stephens in the next round. Williams leads the series 5-1.Williams had 27 winners and seven aces to put away Gasparyan.Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was beaten in his second-round match as he continues to work his way back from a pair of hip operations. Felix Auger-Aliassime dispatched Murray, 6-2. 6-3, 6-4.It was a successful day for the No. 2 singles seeds.Dominic Thiem (teem) earned a spot in the third round on his 27th birthday, posting a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal.American Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point.Daniil Medvedev beat Australian Christopher O’Connell 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Game 7 is Friday.RACIAL INJUSTICE-NHLNHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiativesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu (ah-KEEM’ ah-LEE’-yoo) brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport.The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp. They are partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area They are also working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans. Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings to help Los Angeles deal San Diego its second shutout loss of the season.Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak. In Thursday’s other MLB action:— Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Díaz belted a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added three RBIs to support Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 8-4 thumping of the Rangers. Greinke struck out a season-high nine in six innings, allowing three runs and six hits to get to 3-0. Brantley had three hits, capped by a two-out, two-run double in the eighth that pushed the lead to 8-4.— Luis Robert’s 458-foot home run capped the White Sox second-five-run inning in an 11-6 dumping of the Royals. Robert was one of three White Sox to homer in the contest, joining Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) and Tim Anderson. Dylan Cease (sees) picked up the win, yielding three runs on four hits in five-plus innings. — The Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. — The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. Harrison has played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions.— All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. — Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his support for a player’s right to protest social issues. While he prefers the team to stand during the national anthem, he will support the rights of those who choose to kneel and make a statement. NCAA-FOOTBALL Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver’s championship bid. The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic. It’s up to each driver to protect themselves from COVID-19, understanding there is no cushion for missing a race. — The Dodgers earned a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks behind Clayton Kershaw, who allowed one hit while fanning eight over six shutout innings. Chris Taylor and Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI to help Los Angeles win for the 18th time in 21 games. AJ Pollock homered as a pinch-hitter for the NL West leaders.— Bryan Reynolds slammed a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave to lead the Pirates past the Cubs, 6-2. Reynolds also doubled leading off the second and celebrated by pretending to rock a baby to sleep. JT Brubaker picked up his first big league win by navigating in and out of trouble for five innings, allowing just one earned run despite seven hits.— Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 victory and a four-game sweep of the Nationals. Pinch-hitter Andrew McCutchen’s RBI grounder off Daniel Hudson tied it at 5 in the eighth. Trea Turner hit an inside-the-park homer and Michael Taylor went deep for Washington, but the defending champs suffered their sixth consecutive loss. — The Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 before beating the Yankees, 9-7 on Pete Alonso’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th. J.D. Davis tied it with a solo shot in the ninth before Alonso came through with his first career walk-off homer. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs as the Mets gained a split of the six-game season series.— Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández was the hitting star in the Blue Jays’ 6-2 win over the Red Sox, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer in the 10th inning after breaking up Boston’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. added a two-out solo homer to cap Toronto’s four-run 10th. The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. MLB-SCHEDULEClevinger loses in Padres debutUNDATED (AP) — Mike Clevinger wasn’t bad in his San Diego Padres debut, but he wasn’t good enough to get a victory.Clevinger allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of the Padres’ 2-0 loss to the Angels. He didn’t retire the Angels in order until the sixth and allowed the leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings. NCAA oversight has ideas for early enrolling freshmanUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is recommending early enrolling freshman football players not be allowed to play games for teams conducting winter or spring seasons. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons heads football oversight. He told the AP on Thursday night the committee worked on setting parameters for a 13-week winter/spring season that included an April 17 end to regular-season competition but no uniform start date.Lyons said the committee will send a report with its recommendation to the Division I Council for approval by next week.TOKYO-OXFORD COST STUDY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAnunoby’s buzzer-beater lifts RaptorsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A buzzer-beating basket allowed the Toronto Raptors to beat the Boston Celtics, 104-103 and pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals.last_img read more

first_imgEngland’s U16s put on a command performance when they took on Scotland, winning the mixed international at Montrose by 19.5-10.5.The England players were on top form on the first day, winning the individual match play 8.5-3.5 and the foursomes 5.5-0.5. The Scots rallied on the second day, narrowly winning the individual match play session 6.5-5.5, but it made little impact on England’s lead.England’s leading players were George Leigh of Trevose, Cornwall, and Thalia Kirby (pictured) of Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, who both had a perfect record of three wins from three matches.The England team was:  Dominic Clemons of Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, Charlotte Heath of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Charlie Hilton of Ifield, Sussex, Daisy Kennedy and Thalia Kirby of Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, George Leigh of Trevose, Cornwall, Harriet Lynch of Thornon Park, Essex, Callum Macfie of Lindrick, Yorkshire, Remy Miller of Prestbury, Cheshire, Mimi Rhodes of Burham & Berrow, Somerset, Seb Tannum Donaldson of Buckinghamshire, BB&O (Berks, Bucks and Oxon) and Caitlin Whitehead of Kendal, Cumbria.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Oct 2017 England U16s put on a command performance Tags: England teamslast_img read more

first_imgWhen I say, “Tale of Three Cities” I am not rewinding my life back to my Schenley High School “daze” by sharing with you the contents of the final book report of my sophomore year “Tale of Two Cities.”  Most of you should recall the novel based on the French revolution, Tale of Two Cities.  Basically unlike America in general and sports in particular because the “have-nots” basically won over the “haves.”  Ya know those who got it and those who don’t.  Heads were rolling and the heads were not the ones earning minimum wage or less.  The “po-folks” took it to the streets and got really, really busy, you dig.  That being said there is a sort of mini-revolution going on in the National Football League. Lots of “small” market teams are spending dough. During the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club beginning with the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XL against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.  There were many emotional components that came into play in order for the team to be competitive and ultimately lay claim to the Lombardi Trophy.  First and foremost, Pittsburgh was playing the game less than 3 hours from Heinz Field whereas most of the Seattle faithful had to travel close to 3,000 miles just to sports their teams colors and lead them on. The folks from Seahawks land came and saw and lost. Secondly, in a very highly publicized promise, ‘big” Ben Roethlisberger who the year before had played a less than stellar game in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots simply known as the “cheaters” Bowl when evidence later revealed that the Patriots headmaster Willam “bill the cheatster” Bellichick had videotaped the Steelers offensive and defensive signals thereby giving the team from Foxborough a sorta, kinda competitive advantage.  After that fiasco of a game Roethlisberger promised dejected Steelers running back and future Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis that he would bring him back to the championship game the following year and he kept his promise.   The first city was the cold bitterly cold city of Detroit.  At the risk of sounding repetitive; The “po-folks” of Deee….troit took it to the streets of the motor city trying to get some “gravy”  and got really, really busy. Hey the government even got in on the act they even gave the majority of the disenfranchised, (not be confused with former NFL franchise owners) homeless folks temporary “cribs” for a week.  I actually missed the victory parade in Pittsburgh for the Steelers because I was on a flight layover in Denver on my way to Honolulu to cover the Pro-Bowl.  Oh by the way, I took a very tidy gift with me from Hawaii courtesy of the motor city.  When I arrived in America’s 50th state I was informed after I continued to experience a consistent and resistant cough that held on for dear life, (my life) that brother “pneumonia” had hitchhiked to Hawaii with me as a result of almost a week of running around the frigid city of covering the pre-game activities of Super Bowl XL.  Now back to Super Bowl XL.  Retired Steeler Hines Ward caught 5 passes for 123 yards and scored a touchdown. “Hine-sy” also set up Pittsburgh’s initial touchdown when he caught a 37-yard third-down pass, which gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. After that Ward made caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El that clipped the Seahawks wings for good.  Hey boys’ and girls’ Ben Roethlisberger’s QB rating was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl (less than 28.00) for a winning QB.   Did Mike Holmgren borrow some footage for Bill Bellichick? And compound that with the fact Willie “warp speed” Parker pulled off a 75 yard scamper from scrimmage for a TD that made things a little more relaxed for the boys from the steel city. Rapunzel had let down her golden hair to the win starved Steelers and the new Pittsburgh Steelers revolution was about to begin.  Super Bowl XLIII was as exciting as Super Bowl’s are expected to be.  Unlike the writing of Gil Scott-Heron; the continuing revolution of the Steelers was televised from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as the saga continued.  Super Bowl XLIII featured the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers (15-4) defeated the Cardinals (12-7) by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, a new NFL record. It broke three-way tie among the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each team had five Super Bowl wins. The game was played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. Except for the 100 yards plus pick run back for a TD by ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. For most of the game the offense of the Black and Gold seemed to be sleepwalking with the exception of the final drive for the winning touchdown with a miraculous “ballet” type catch by ex-Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes. Also our media bus featured two non English speaking drivers who got lost going to the stadium and coming back. I swear folks; I am not making this stuff up. AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more

first_img6 August 2012South Africa’s Cherise Stander created a piece of history on Sunday when she raced to victory on the first stage of the women’s version of the Tour de France, the Route de France.It was the first time that a South African woman had won a stage of an international 2.1 graded event, the highest grade, in Europe.The 22-year-old Stander, who recently married South African mountain biking star Burry Stander, was a hard to understand and controversial omission from the South African Olympic team. She was the second highest ranked rider in the country, but was not given a place among the three open to South African women at the Olympics.Stander races for the Momentum Toyota professional team in South Africa. On Sunday, though, she was in the colours of the Belgium-based Lotto-Beliso team as part of a rider trade arrangement with the Momentum Toyota squad.Sprint finishThe 102.4-kilometre stage came down to a sprint finish and it was Stander who outsprinted a large bunch to claim victory in two hours, 48 minutes and 32 seconds.Australian Chloe Hosking (Specialized Lululemon) finished second with Kazakhstan’s Olena Andruk (Diadora Pasta Zara) rounding out the podium places.Belarussian racer Alena Amialyusik (Be Pink), who won the opening prologue time trial stage on Saturday, retained the overall race lead after finishing in the front pack.“I’m very happy with that win!” beamed Stander afterwards.‘The biggest win of my career’“The last few weeks have been so up and down emotionally – very low lows and now this amazing high. It’s definitely the biggest win of my career so far.”Stander’s team approached the relatively flat stage with aggression, sending Ann Sophie Duyck up the road in the first kilometre on her own. The Belgian managed to stay clear until 68km when she was finally reeled in.With no pressure to chase, the other Lotto-Belisol team members, which included Stander and fellow South Africans Lise Oliver, Robyn de Groot and Joanna van de Winkel, were able to sit in the peleton and save energy.“I know that the Australian, Hoskins, is a quick sprinter so I tried to stay with her through what was a chaotic finale,” related Stander.‘Pretty scary’“As it usually is with the European bunch sprints, the pace was super-fast and it became very hectic in the sprint. I think my guardian angel helped get me through that safely. It was pretty scary!”She added: “We don’t really have a general classification rider in our team for this race, so stage wins has been our aim. It’s good to have achieved one.“It’s a nice statement to make and I really have to thank everyone that’s been so supportive to me personally and to South African women’s cycling in general.”The nine-stage Route de France continues through until Sunday. It covers a total distance of 930 kilometres.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSpecs and SizeThe majority of cameras breaking onto the scene are either photo-first with a decent video function, or video-first with a somewhat usable stills feature. The Sigma fp seeks to change that by offering the best of both worlds. For photography, it provides a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 megapixels and an ISO range of 100-25600. The images will be captured in 14-bit raw in the DNG format (similar to the Pocket 4K’s still function), and of course, you can capture jpegs.It can record 4K video at 24fps, 12-bit Cinema DNG Raw (though this does require an external capture device through the USB 3.1 connection). As the camera is touted to be for “everyone,” it also allows you to record in the MP4 all-intra format (for those who aren’t looking to upkeep large file sizes for simple vlogs and online content). And as for it being for everyone, for content creators on the go, it comes with a built-in “teal and orange” color grade profile. (Yeah, I don’t know how to feel about that either.)I’ve been quietly poking fun at how the Pocket 4K is anything but pocket, but the size of the fp has stolen that crown. Sigma is boasting that the fp is the smallest and lightest mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor. It sits at 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and bodyweight of 370g (without a battery or memory card). The fp is also wholly dust-proof and splash-proof, allowing users to film or photograph in the rain (although I don’t recommend taking it for a dip in the pool).With those specs, Sigma certainly does have a pocket cinema camera on their hands. On the flip side, as you can see in the teaser video, this camera is also fully customizable. You can take it from a pocket stills camera to a full-fledged cinema camera.The fp ships with the Leica L-mount, which isn’t unusual because Sigma (along with Panasonic) formed an alliance with Leica in 2018 — known as the L-Mount Alliance. Sigma currently has 14 L-mount lenses on the market, but you can also acquire the MC-21 adapter for EF lenses and Cine-lenses. If there’s one issue that smaller cameras encounter when recording lengthy video at a high-data-rate, it’s overheating.It looks like that Sigma has taken inspiration from popular cinema cameras on the market:Designed and inspired by those used on professional cinema cameras, a large-size heat sink is mounted between the LCD and camera body. Combined with a heat dissipation coating applied to the outer surface, the SIGMA fp achieves highly effective heat dissipation. It prevents overheating at high temperatures or in long hours of use.While I will always reserve judgment until I have the camera in my hand, it does seem like this may be the MacGyver of the camera world.Cine Mode UIWith cameras like the GH5 or the Canon 5D, when switching to the video mode, you’re still operating from the photography menu, which can make switching settings a little cumbersome. The Sigma fp has a primary switch on the top of the camera that takes you from photography to cinema function; they have stated it will completely alter the UI and offer a menu system similar to cinema cameras. It will switch the shutter speed to shutter angle and display waveform and color information — even zebra patterning,At the flick of a special switch, it can move back and forth between the two modes. This presents a new shooting experience that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional cameras that are designed either for stills or videos.One of the most interesting tidbits from their site is the inclusion of the “director’s viewfinder” feature. They state that the Sigma fp has a function that allows the filmmaker to simulate different fields of view and image look depending on the cinema camera. From the ARRI Alexa LF to the RED Monstro 8K. I’m not too sure how this is going to work, but I’m excited to see how this function performs on such a small device.I’m always somewhat cautious when a new camera enters the scene, especially when it’s supposedly for everyone and can do everything. That often means the camera is not exceptional in any particular area but, rather, average in them all — but this camera does seem promising. There’s currently no price nor official release date other than “later this year,” and, of course, it’s not uncommon to see features added or scaled back closer to release, but we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any news regarding the Sigma fp.Press ReleaseSIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “SIGMA fp,” the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera*. The SIGMA fp incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels in a compact body, and boasts great versatility and scalability that allows mixing-and-matching of a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. It is a camera that is casual enough to take anywhere, anytime, and high-spec enough for serious still and cine shooting in the highest image quality, all in a robust and classy body.Regardless of the differences in shooting scenes and styles or genre boundaries between stills and videos, this new camera is set to expand the freedom and possibilities in image shooting and art creation further than ever before. A “pocketable full-frame” camera: SIGMA fp, is now available.*As of July, 2019.SIGMA’s take on an entirely new system camera. The world’s smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” camera is here.The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers’ ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.Pocketable full-frame │ Impressive portability and powerThe “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.Scalable │ Versatile scalabilityAn “open and liberal system” that allows one to pair the camera with lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “versatile scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.Seamless │ Full-fledged, liberating shooting functionsA “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and cine shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences.Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs, SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an “entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”It’s a camera body that changes its configuration with great flexibility centered around the user. It’s a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover. It’s a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.World’s smallest and lightest full-frame cameraWith overall dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and body weight of 370g, without battery and card, the SIGMA fp is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera*. It employs a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels for high-quality images.Covered on the front and back sides with die-cast aluminum alloy for its superior robustness and thermal conductivity, the compact body of the SIGMA fp is built with a signature heat sink structure and sealing on 42 points for a dust- and splash-proof structure, making it a perfect camera to use for long hours under all types of environments. With its small body and great adaptability, the SIGMA fp enhances the joy of full-frame image quality, no matter what one’s shooting settings may be.*As of July, 2019.Electronic shutter for a variety of settings“Able to shoot whenever you want, wherever you want”―to realize this concept, the SIGMA fp incorporates a construction without a mechanical shutter for quiet shooting. This allows shooting without worrying about noise in a situation where one would have hesitated with a conventional camera because of its shutter sound. It gives no shutter shock even when shooting in quick succession at a frame rate of 18 frames/sec. eliminating even the tiniest shakes.In addition, the absence of a mechanical shutter, whose performance level can change through continuous operation, means that the SIGMA fp is a camera with improved reliability.Superior options in artistic picture & video creationsThe SIGMA fp is a frontrunner in incorporating functions that help exploring the photographic and cinematic creations.For instance, in addition to a number of different color modes, the SIGMA fp has newly introduced the “Teal and Orange” mode, inspired by the color grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each mode has a slider that enables adjustment of the strength of the effects to apply, providing even greater control in one’s creations.The SIGMA fp is the first SIGMA camera to employ a tone curve adjustment function in addition to “Fill Light”, a special adjustment function of SIGMA Photo Pro, and they are both available in-camera. It has also newly introduced “TONE” and “COLOR” buttons for a quick access to each of the tone control and color mode menus. With these enhanced functions and a variety of operation elements, the SIGMA fp makes it simple and easy to create an image, in-camera with great details, be it still or video.Advanced picture & video generating functionsThe SIGMA fp employs a number of advanced technologies for image and video generation.The Auto HDR function takes advantage of an electronic shutter to take multiple pictures of different exposures (3 frames for still photography and 2 frames for video) at once, which can then be merged into a single picture or video with a great dynamic range that could not have been achieved in normal shooting.The Cinemagraph function, meanwhile, achieves a hybrid between still photography and video in the form of animated GIFs in which parts of a still image keep moving. With this function, the SIGMA fp is capable of creating Cinemagraphs in-camera.Note: The Auto HDR function in the Cine mode and the Cinemagraph function are to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.L-MountThe SIGMA fp uses the L-Mount*, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter, and superior durability. For interchangeable lenses, in addition to the wide-ranging choices of SIGMA lenses, other manufacturers’ lenses can also be an option through the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation. With the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21, SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount lenses can be used, making the best out of one’s lens investment.*The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.Supports full-fledged video productionFor raw video data, the SIGMA fp supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording. With 4K UHD/24fps recording, it produces video data that can be used even in filmmaking. It also supports ALL-I recording which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos.For video output, it uses USB3.1(GEN1), which allows a smooth data transmission to an external recording unit. As it also supports cinema camera-like user interfaces, the SIGMA fp is a camera that can be taken straight to video production settings.Note: The feature of playing CinemaDNG footages in-camera is to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.Seamless transition between Still and Cine modesGoing from the Still mode to the Cine mode at the flip of a switch. Each mode comes with a specially designed operation system and displays, making it possible to concentrate on shooting in each mode, stress-free.For more about other features, please refer to the linkAll images via Sigma.Looking for more film and video coverage? Check out these posts.What is Medium Format and Why You Want it for Your Next CameraThe Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensProduction Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on Set Sigma has announced a new mirrorless, full-frame, pocketable, and fully customizable fp camera for both stills and cinema.While Sigma is widely known for its lenses, this wouldn’t be Sigma’s first entry into the digital camera scene. In 2011, they released the $10,000 Sigma SD1, and in 2016 they released two mirrorless cameras: the SD Quattro and SD Quattro H. Although the majority of their systems have fallen flat with both amateur and professional photographers. The fp, however, looks to change that. Sigma’s website has currently crashed under the weight of the breaking news, so I’ve included the press release at the bottom of this article, but here are some of the notable video features that caught my attention.last_img read more

first_imgYusuf Pathan is a busy man. Not only is he attempting to demolish the opposition, but he also bought two grey parrots in Bangalore, each worth Rs 35,000,and two Amazon parrots for the same price. All four are trained to talk. The batsman who shows no mercy to bowlers is a soft touch when it comes to abandoned and injured animals. Six years ago, Pathan met Snehal Bhavsar of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her husband’s shop for pet foods. He has been associated with the NGO since then. Pathan has three horses, four cats, an imported goat and a couple of parrots at his home. He is getting a special shelter built for pets at his farm house in Nadial, 45 km from Ahmedabad. The 28-year-old is now waiting for a special certificate from the wildlife conservation department before taking the parrots home.last_img read more

first_imgDenied a chance to hold the India-England World Cup encounter at the historic Eden Gardens by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on grounds of unfinished renovation work, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has finally got its due.With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing the itinerary for England and West Indies’ tour of India during the months of October and November, Eden is set to hold three international matches.While it will hold a T20 International and a One-Day International during the England leg of the tour on October 13 and 28 respectively, Eden will host the second Test between India and West Indies between November 14 and 18.Relieved by the decision of the BCCI’s Tour, Programme and Fixtures Committee, CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said that justice had finally been served and he was thankful to the BCCI for keeping their word.”Justice has been served. We at CAB welcome BCCI’s decision to allot us three matches. We are fully prepared to host these matches. After ICC cold shouldered us during the World Cup, this comes as a breath of fresh air.CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya.Stripping Eden of the India-England match was a decision that surprised not only us at the CAB, but also quite a few BCCI officials,” Dalmiya told MAIL TODAY.”I am thankful to the board for also allotting us a Test match when West Indies arrive in November. Not only us, but the fans have been waiting with baited breath to watch India play here and they will definitely have a feast come October and November.”advertisementExpressing his anguish on ICC’s decision to move the World Cup match to Bangalore, Dalmiya said: “The BCCI realised that it was harsh to take such stern steps when we had promised that we would complete all renovation work well in time for the (World Cup) match. All we had asked was for an extension of deadline and a clear picture as to what ICC actually wanted.”When I wrote to ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat after the world body’s January 25 inspection, while on one hand he replied there was splendid improvement in the level of work on the other he said that a few logistic issues could come up. Not for once did anyone provide a clear picture,” Dalmiya said.”While the ICC said on January 30 that there was no logic behind increasing our deadline – even though they increased it for the Wankhede Stadium – as we could never finish the amount of work left, on February 7, they gave us a green signal saying we are ready to stage the remaining matches. If this isn’t whimsical, what is?”But Dalmiya says he had nothing against the BCCI as they were helpless and the fact that the board kept its promise of allotting the Mecca of Indian cricket international matches soon, proved that the Board realised Eden deserved better treatment.”I got in touch with N Srinivasan (BCCI secretary) and Shashank Manohar (BCCI president) and told them that the ICC was misbehaving and that if they didn’t look into the matter, I would have to take the matter to court.Although they couldn’t help in re-allotting the India-England match, they had formally promised me that they would allot us an ODI and a T20 match when England tour India.”They agreed that ICC’s behaviour was unjustified and apologised and added that the fans shouldn’t have been robbed of an opportunity to watch the Indian stars in action. And they have kept their promise,” he said.CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey feels that although the association is elated at the board’s decision, it is the fans who are the real winners.”We are definitely ecstatic that the board has decided to award us three international matches. But more than us, I feel it is the cricket crazy fans in Kolkata who are the real winners. They were unjustly deprived of a chance to witness the Indian team in action during the World Cup and now they have an opportunity to watch them during the England and West Indies series.”Considering that a South Africa- Ireland match had more than 30,000 spectators, I can assure you that the three matches will be sold out. Bringing in the crowd has never been an issue at the Eden and it shall never be,” he told MAIL TODAY.”We are working on completion of the roof work and we shall be ready well in time for the matches.”last_img read more

first_imgFILE – This is a Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo of Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games bid, as he listens to a question from the media during their first international presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid in London. France’s financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for “active corruption” on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)TOKYO — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo.A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation, suspected by French investigators of authorizing the payment of bribes to help land the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when IOC members voted in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite solid imports, preparation cause of concern for Mighty Sports ahead of Dubai tilt MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES “France Retaliates for Ghosn Case?” said a headline in the magazine Aera, which is published by Asahi.The Tokyo Shimbun ran with the strongest headline: “Tokyo Olympics in Shock and Turmoil.”“Impossible. Why now?” the newspaper headline asked, quoting unnamed 2020 Tokyo Olympic officials. The paper said “shock ran through people working on the Tokyo Olympics. With about 500 days to go before the games open, those involved are perplexed and flabbergasted.”The IOC ethics commission was to have met Friday, but the IOC did not say what action it had taken. It could suspend Takeda or ask him to step aside during the investigation. Or do nothing.Three IOC members are now suspended: Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait, Patrick Hickey of Ireland, and Frankie Fredericks of Namibia. Honorary member Carlos Nuzman of Brazil, who headed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is also suspended in a similar vote-buying investigation.The preliminary charge against Takeda announced by the National Financial Prosecutors office was first reported on Friday by French newspaper Le Monde. The preliminary charge means the investigating magistrate has determined there are serious grounds for suspicion. But no decision has been made on prosecution.Le Monde said French authorities suspect the IOC vote for Tokyo in 2013 was swayed by secret deals that secured the backing of IOC members from Africa.Le Monde reported French investigators suspect Takeda of authorizing the payment of $2 million in bribes made on either side of the IOC vote in September 2013 to a Singapore company, Black Tidings.French prosecutors have linked Black Tidings to Papa Massata Diack, one of the sons of Lamine Diack, who presided over the IAAF from 1999 to 2015.Lamine Diack, who had huge influence on African voters in Olympic contests, is under investigation in France on corruption-related charges and allegations that he, his son and others were involved in blackmailing athletes and covering up failed drug tests. The 85-year-old Diack has had to turn in his passport and is not allowed to leave the country. His son is believed to be in Senegal. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In a Japanese Olympic Committee statement on Friday, Takeda denied any wrongdoing.A distant relative of Japan’s royal family — the great grandson of the Meiji Emperor — Takeda could join a growing list of suspended IOC members, and honorary members, who are linked to corruption probes. His case could potentially tarnish the Tokyo Olympics, which open in 18 months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBach has called Tokyo’s preparations “the best ever,” though there are concerns about rising costs with the price tag to prepare the games at about $20 billion. That’s three times what Tokyo bidders said it would cost when they were awarded the Olympics.“The Tokyo Olympics Face a Black Cloud,” was Saturday’s headline in the popular daily Nikkan Sports. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Takeda was leading Tokyo’s second straight bid for the Summer Games, after losing in the 2016 Olympics race to Rio de Janeiro. French prosecutors are also investigating Rio officials and IOC members for alleged financial wrongdoing in 2009 linked to Papa Massata Diack.Takeda was an Olympic equestrian athlete in 1972 and 1976 and is the head of the IOC’s marketing commission, which has played a part in lining up billions in sponsorship money from Japanese companies for the Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Takeda has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in Tokyo to address an investigation that has been going on for several years.“The case is causing tremendous concern among the people who are supporting the Tokyo Games,” Takeda said. “But I will continue to cooperate in the investigation in order to clear any suspicion of me.”Two of Japan’s three major newspapers — Mainichi and Asahi — put the story on Saturday’s front page. It was the top story for Mainichi, and Asahi placed the Olympic story just under the ongoing detention of Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn.In Asahi, next to a photograph of Takeda, a headline read: “French preliminary hearing judge suspects bribery in Olympic bidding.”Ghosn is a Brazilian-born Frenchman, and several papers suggested that France could be getting even for Japan’s treatment of Ghosn.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more