Everton were ‘going after’ Costa – Hiddink

first_imgGuus Hiddink suggested fatigue and Chelsea’s injury problems were major factors in their second cup exit in the space of three days – and said Everton had been “going after” Diego Costa before his sending-off.Hiddink’s side, knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, missed out on the FA Cup semi-finals as they were beaten 2-0 at Goodison Park.Chelsea, without the likes of John Terry and Eden Hazard, were on top for much of the game before Romelu Lukaku scored twice against his former club.Boss Hiddink said: “There is a lot of emotions still going on after the game.“When I try to calm down and analyse, the team did rather well for 70 minutes and then we conceded.“The energy was out and we had a few injuries. I cannot criticise our attitude but the sharpness was left around the box.”Hiddink insisted he did not see the incident involving Costa that led to the Chelsea striker being dismissed following a clash with Gareth Barry.“If I had seen it I would give a proper comment, but it is difficult to give a comment on that,” said the Dutchman.“It was a tough game between all the players involved – they were going after him a little bit.“The referee doesn’t have to protect, but must know when they are going after them.”More reaction from Goodison Park to follow later.See also:Costa has ban extended and is fined £20,000FA charge Chelsea’s Costa with improper conductFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Best Camera Options for Production Company Startups

first_imgAre you on the cusp of launching your own production company? Looking for a camera to get started? Well, let’s check out your best options.Top Image Courtesy of Sony.As you know, if you want to start a production company, you’re going to need production equipment. Now, the first thing you need to keep in mind is to not go crazy and just buy random gear. I made that mistake and soon realized I would’ve been better off with a great tripod instead of a cool, fancy gimbal. With that in mind, consider this quote from photographer Julian Cardona that he wrote in an article for Transom:The camera is only a tool. Nothing more. You have to master photographic technique.While he was speaking directly about photography, the same logic should be applied to filmmaking. It doesn’t matter if it’s fictional, documentary, commercial, or industrial — you need to master the techniques of visual storytelling versus buying a long list of film gear.So, let’s look at some camera options that can get you on your way to fulfilling your new client’s requests.Panasonic GH4The Panasonic GH4 is a great camera to get you going on a smaller budget. It can shoot both still photos and video. Its video capability is quite impressive, as it can capture UHD at 24-30fps and full 4K at 24fps. Keep in mind that it is a Micro Four-Thirds camera, so, if you currently use EF lenses, you’ll need to get your hands on an adapter for $60 from B&H Photo.Here is a short film, In the Middle of Norway by T//Motion. In this short, he uses the Panasonic GH4 with a Panasonic 14-140 Zoom Lens, Tokina 11-16mm Micro Four-Thirds, Walimex 7.5mm and a Metabones Speed Booster. GH4 Camera Body: $1497.99Panasonic 35-100mm Zoom Lens: $1197.99SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC Memory Card: $38.99Panasonic DMW-BLF19 Battery: $51.00Rode VideoMic Pro: $250.00Oben CT-3561 Tripod: $359.95Ruggard Outrigger Backpack: $39.95Load-out Total: $3435.87 Sony Alpha a7RIISony’s Alpha a7RII is one of the most popular cameras on the market right now. Using the Sony E-Mount, the a7RII can record full 4K HD internally unlike the a7S or the Sony FS700, both of which use an external recorder. One interesting note about the a7RII is that it can record up to 60fps in 1080 & 120fps in 720, which is far better than the Canon 5D Mark III. The image quality of this camera is pretty incredible. Look for the Sony Alpha a7RII to release August 2015.In this short commercial for the new Sony a7RII, we see a group of skydivers using the camera in mid-free fall. While some of this commercial was, in fact, shot with the Sony a7RII, the slow motion sections were shot using a RED EPIC DRAGON. The video below from Cutting Edge gives us a little behind-the-scenes footage in addition to the commercial itself. Mark III Camera Body: $2499.00Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Lens: $625.00Canon 24-70mm Zoom: $1899.00SanDisk 32GB CF Card: $59.99Canon Battery: $62.00Rode VideoMic Pro: $203.75Manfrotto Monopod: $279.88CineBag CD-25B Backpack: $192.95Load-out Total: $5907.77 Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6KNext up is the Blackmagic URSA Mini. While the URSA Mini hasn’t officially released yet, it has generated plenty of buzz — especially with its incredible shift in size and weight compared to the URSA. The Mini is an incredibly powerful camera that uses a Super 35mm sensor in either 4K with 12 stops of dynamic range, or 4.6K with 15 stops of dynamic range. Either option can capture 4K at up to 60fps and HD at 120fps.Since there isn’t any available footage out there for the URSA Mini, we’ll have to rely on the footage from the original URSA. Remember, the URSA Mini and the original URSA are nearly identical under the hood, so what we are seeing is what you can capture. This showreel is from 50MM FILM. FS7 Camera Body: $7999.00Metabones E to EF Adapter: $649.00Rokinon Ceni Prime Kit: $1996.00Canon 24-70mm Zoom Lens: $1899.00Lexar XQD Memory Card: $139.95Sony BP-U60 Battery: $269.95Rode NTG-2 Mic Kit: $254.95Porta Brace Large Camera Bag: $399.00Manfrotto 504HD Tripod: $889.88Load-out Total: $14,496.73 RED SCARLET-XThe last camera we’ll look at is the RED SCARLET-X. This has been my camera of choice for the past two years and I’ve never been disappointed by its results. The RED SCARLET shoots a great flat RAW image at up to 6K… just be aware that 6K only captures at 12fps. You can capture 5K & 4.5K at up to 48fps, while 4K, 3K & 2K can capture up to 60, 80 and 120 fps.I would suggest to anyone that they shoot in R3D RAW when using the SCARLET, as this format is natively read in all major NLEs and there’s a world of flexibility at your fingertips when in post. If you strip the camera down to just the basics, it will weigh around 8-9lbs, which would allow you to place it on a gimbal with relative ease.Again, the image quality of the RED SCARLET is outstanding. This camera is most often used in music videos or as a camera for VFX. Here’s a music video for Airplane Friendship by Buvette and filmed by Simon Wannaz. SCARLET-X Light Collection: $20,045.00 (Includes Monitor, Storage & Battery)Rokinon Ceni Prime Kit: $1996.00Canon 24-70mm Zoom Lens: $1899.00Zoom H6 Kit: $499.99Rode NTG-2 Mic Kit: $254.95Rode Boompole: $129.00Manfrotto 504HD w/535: $1149.88Load-out Total: $25,972.83In closing… If you’re just starting out, go small and save your money. Trust me… you’ll need it sooner than later for a large variety of other things needed to run a business. Also, remember there are other cameras out there that are not on the list such as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon C100, Sony FS700 and so on that won’t break the bank.I will say this… keep your eye on the Blackmagic URSA Mini. I’m not alone in thinking that this camera could really shake things up. If word of its image quality holds true, we could have a real challenger for the FS7 and SCARLET. That would change the game for many of us.Want more content on camera equipment? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment OrganizedReal Cinema Lenses You Can Afford10 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $100Are you on the cusp of starting your own production company? Was this helpful for you? Are there other camera loadouts that you would want us to cover? Let us know in the comments below. Alpha a7RII Camera Body: $3198.00Sony 16-35mm Zoom Lens: $1348.00Sony 128GB SDXC Memory Card: $86.39Sony NP-FW50 Battery: $49.95Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro: $283.99Manfrotto Tripod: $299.88Sony Rugged Soft Case: $45.00Load-Out Total: $5311.21Canon 5D Mark IIIEveryone knows about Old Faithful, right? The geyser in Yellowstone National Park? Well think of the Canon 5D Mark III as Old Faithful. This camera has been in used on hundreds of documentary, short indies, and even big-budget films for years now. It’s a tried and tested camera that gives you really great imagery. So, if your want to build your production company around Canon, then this is the best place to start.There are literally thousands of short films and videos shot using the 5D Mark III, but here’s one of our favorites: Imersão by Morgan Jouquand. In this video, Morgan is using a Mark III with a Canon 24-70mm 2.8 zoom lens and a Zeiss 35mm f2. To get the smooth shots, he used a Wondlan Mini Steadicam and a Zoom H4N for the sound. URSA Mini 4K: $2995.00URSA Mini 4.6K: $4995.00Rokinon 24, 35, 50 & 85mm Cine Lens Kit: $1996.00×2 Lexar 128GB CFast 2.0 Cards: $314.99 (per)Switronix Battery & Charger: $1048.95Rode NTG-2 Mic Kit: $254.95Blackmagic Shoulder Rig Kit: $395.00Manfrotto 502HD Tripod: $409.95CineBags CB-01A: $199.954K Load-out Total: $7614.794.6K Load-out Total: $9614.79 Sony FS7 Super 35Another quality Sony entry is the FS7 Super 35. This camera features the standard Sony E-Mount, but, as always, you can purchase an adapter for PL, EF, and Nikon lenses. This camera also has 14 stops of dynamic range, which is quite impressive. Another impressive feature is the fact that this camera can record 4K internally unlike it’s predecessor the Sony FS700. It can capture 4K up to 60fps and UHD up to 180fps. Remember that this camera uses Sony proprietary XQD memory cards, which are not cheap.The image quality of this camera is legit. To show this off, we’re showcasing the short film The Waiting by To Guys, which was shot using the Sony FS7.last_img read more

Modi ministers fight in Parliament

first_imgTwo central ministers had a heated argument in the Rajya Sabha on Friday after an opposition lawmaker raised the issue of attacks on minorities in Jharkhand, pointing to the incident of two cattle traders being killed and hanged from a tree in Latehar district last month.Trouble broke out when a male minister said the state government will substantiate the facts of the case and JD(U) leaders trooped to the Well of the House. A female minister stepped in and said she would write to the Jharkhand government to get a detailed report on the incident. But the row raged on and the House was adjourned.The female minister then advised the male minister to be more tactful when dealing with parliamentarians.The male minister responded, saying, “Of course, you’ll say this since you come from the Congress. I’m an old hand in the BJP and know how to deal with these people.” Two central ministers seated nearby were also stunned by these remarks.The female minister then got up and said she no longer felt needed in the government and was going to hand in her resignation letter to the Prime Minister. The two ministers who overheard the conversation tried to pacify her but she walked out of the House.The female minister then called up Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and complained about her male colleague’s behaviour. The senior ministers said they would speak to the concerned minister about the issue.advertisementThe female minister is also likely to raise the matter before BJP chief Amit Shah.The minister facing the complaint had also raised objections to a former JD(U) leader being drafted into the BJP around the Bihar polls, raising a controversy that saw the party receiving a lot of flak.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Kristin Boss

first_imgIn the twenty-second edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Kristin Boss, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influence on her Touch Football career. Name: Kristin BossNickname: OzAge: 26Affiliate: Easts RoostersOccupation: Rehab ConsultantPosition: Wing Debut for Australia: Mixed Open Trans Tasman Series, 2009Career highlights so far: Easts Touch – Vawdon Cup champions 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006. State Cup champions 2005. Sydney Mets – NTL Champions 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010. Elite Eight Champions 2011New South Wales Under 20’s State of Origin winners 2002.Australian Women’s Under 20’s Youth World Cup Champions 2003.Australian Mixed Open Trans Tasman winners 2009, 2010.How you got involved in Touch Football: Started playing at school and loved it.Favourite player: I couldn’t pick just one.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s my biggest achievement and playing at the highest level is something that I’m very proud of.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Nadina Teskera introduced me to Touch at rep level and is a great competitor with an amazing work ethic and attitude.Favourite sporting moment: Australia making the Soccer World Cup a few years back.What do you know about Scotland: Not a whole lot. Castles and bagpipes! Looking forward to finding out more!Any superstitions: No.Funniest Australian teammate: Zoe Dacey-Aiken aka ZADAFavourite quote: Sometimes your actions speak so loud I cannot hear what you are saying.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Bits and pieces throughout Europe, Greek Islands for sure!Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 32 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

National Bank to build new head office building in downtown Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – National Bank announced plans to build a new head office in downtown Montreal.The bank says its new headquarters will be at the corner of St-Jacques St. and Robert-Bourassa Blvd.It says the building concept will be finalized over the coming months through an architectural competition.The use of materials and services from Quebec and Canadian clients of the bank will be preferred in all facets of construction.The bank plans to be the sole occupant of the new building with a planned occupancy date of 2022.National Bank says the tower currently housing its head office will be put up for sale shortly with proceeds going to the future construction.Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)last_img

Senate backs 854B bill to fund health education military

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defence Department.The bill combines military spending with disbursements for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies.The bill was approved, 85-7, and now heads to the House.With the vote, the Senate has passed nine of the 12 mandatory spending bills for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. That’s a marked departure from recent years, when individual spending measures were routinely ignored in favour of giant spending packages that fund the entire government.The Senate had not passed a labour/health spending bill in more than a decade.The bill boosts military pay by 2.6 per cent and the National Institutes of Health by 5 per cent.Republicans cited defence spending in urging support for the measure, which accounts for about two-thirds of federal spending for the 2019 budget year. The 2.6 per cent military pay raise is the largest in nearly a decade.The 5 per cent boost for NIH is the fourth straight significant increase for the biomedical research agency. The measure would hike spending for Alzheimer’s research to more than $2.3 billion, essentially quadrupling spending levels from four years ago on a disease that requires hundreds of billions of dollars for dementia-related care.Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on labour and health, said that if the United States does not find a solution to the disease by 2050, “we will be spending about twice today’s defence budget on Alzheimer’s care.”The bill also would provide a $145 million increase for treatment of opioid addiction, bringing spending to $3.7 billion to confront what lawmakers called an epidemic of abuse.It would also boost spending for the Head Start preschool program and increase maximum Pell Grants for college education.Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the vote “shows what the Senate can do working together. We all know it’s not easy, but it works.”Some conservatives criticized Republicans for going along with Democratic demands for increases in non-defence spending that match the increase in defence spending. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank , said the bill “continues to fund wasteful and ineffective programs that should be curtailed or eliminated entirely” and omits several policy riders important to conservatives.Senate leaders from both parties have agreed to avoid attaching so-called poison pill proposals to spending legislation to ensure passage.The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to block taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Paul said the amendment offered Republicans who “profess pro-life values” a chance “to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice.”Only 45 senators voted in favour of the proposal.Senate leaders also blocked an amendment by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that would have allowed the Senate to intervene in a Texas lawsuit that could upend health-care protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The Trump administration has said it will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court.“What’s happening today in the Senate is disgusting,” Manchin said after the amendment was blocked. He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “chose to play politics with the health care of millions of Americans,” including about 1.8 million people with pre-existing conditions in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky.“This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, this is life or death to many,” Manchin said.Manchin’s election opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, has joined states challenging the health care law.The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defence Department, but has not voted on a spending measure for labour, health and education. Senators from both parties have said they want to keep the two measures attached.__Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this story.last_img read more

Mnuchin says markets negative reaction to Fed overblown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.”Mnuchin says the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down further. In a Fox Business interview Thursday, Mnuchin says that he believed markets were disappointed in Powell’s comments at a news conference following the meeting.The Fed boosted its key policy rate for a fourth time this year but lowered its projections for further rate hikes from three to just two. However, this failed to calm investors’ concerns that the central bank is not taking into account warning signs that the economy is slowing.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img

SC sets aside Sreesanth lifeban

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth. The bench made it clear that the former cricketer will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case. The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatA single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on the 35-year-old cricketer by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order. The BCCI had on February 28 told the apex court that the life ban imposed on Sreesanth was “fully sustainable in law” as he had “tried to influence” a match. Sreesanth’s lawyer had countered the arguments and had told the court that no spot-fixing took place during the IPL match and allegations levelled against the cricketer were not substantiated by evidence. Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the BCCI, had referred to the recorded telephonic conversations in the matter and told the court it was clear that money was demanded and was “probably received” also.last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more