The 4K War: Thoughts on the Future of Video Resolutions

first_img8K cameras exist, so is 4K too late to the party?When talking about 4K resolutions, it’s interesting to do a quick look back over the accelerated growth of high-resolution video during the last decade…Remember when you bought your first HD camera? It may have been about 10 or 15 years ago and it probably only recorded in 720p resolution. 720 resolution is over twice as small as its 1080 counterpart (Wikipedia), but experienced initial popularity for it’s lower price point (on equipment/sets) and smaller file size (for editing and compression).But as the cost of televisions and cameras continued to drop through the 2000’s, broadcasters scrambled to get the higher quality 1080 video to their customers. By 2010 the majority of HD broadcasts were in 1080i. This demand for higher quality has left 720 as an outdated HD format.Now, fast-forward to 2014 and there are some striking similarities between 720 and 4K. Namely, that both 4K and 720 were introduced into markets that already possessed superior video formats.The 4K WarSince 2003, 4K cameras have been available for filmmakers. Nonetheless, there has been a general push-back against the induction of 4K into mainstream film and TV production. Unavoidable problems, including the high cost of 4K TV monitors and the even higher cost of 4K cameras, have made Ultra-HD difficult to sell to the public.However, in recent years some 4K monitors have dipped below $1,000 dollars making them ‘affordable’ to consumers. 4K film cameras have also become increasingly affordable, with some now going for less than $3,000 dollars.That being said, simply having the viewing technology isn’t enough. Broadcasters need to be able to send 4K signals through their networks and that technology is not yet available in America. So as it stands right now, broadcasting 4K in America is a future endeavor that will probably not be a reality until 2016 (via Multichannel). Coincidentally, 2016 is the same year Japanese broadcasting company NHK is set to test 8K resolution satellite broadcasting. NHK predicts that by 2020 they will be broadcasting in 8K resolution. So what does this mean for you and your shiny new 4K camera?4K Longevity4K is likely to be a national broadcasting standard from 2016 to 2020 giving it at least 4 years of dominance in the market (via multichannel). For some filmmakers 4 years of exposure to 4K may likely result in buying 4K cameras – even if they don’t have a 4K monitor. But consumers, who replace their TVs usually once every 10 years (via soundandvision), are less likely to experience 4K in the 4-5 years of it’s standardized broadcasting. If history repeats itself, as it often does, than 4K broadcasting will only last about a third as long as 720p broadcasting (via Oldradio).This doesn’t mean you need to wait until 2020 to buy a new camera. 4K is quickly becoming more of a standard and within the next 2 years we can expect it to be the norm for most professional video productions. So your new Blackmagic 4K isn’t out of date yet, but as a filmmaker you can probably expect about 4 more years of production before 8K consumer cameras roll around. Besides 8K cameras already exist and are smaller than the Blackmagic 4K.What do you think? Is 4K going to be here a while or will it be quickly replaced by 8K? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

5 Best Indian Foods of 2018 That Took The World By Storm

first_imgFrom International TV shows to big Bollywood weddings to bizzare street food inventions, Indian food managed to capture the attention of the country in more ways than one and are we glad.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace.“He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy Young,” Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. “That doesn’t take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What he’s done has just been efficient as you can be.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Shaw pitched a clean eighth, and Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save. Allen allowed a game-ending home run to Nelson Cruz in Friday’s loss but struck out two of three batters in the ninth on Sunday.“We knew (Allen) was fine or he wouldn’t be pitching,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.STARTING OFFLeake was lifted after 6 2/3 innings, the third time in five starts since being acquired by Seattle that he pitched into the seventh. The right-hander pitched into the seventh just twice in his final 10 starts with St. Louis.The three earned runs were the most allowed by Leake since his addition to the Mariners rotation.POSTSEASON DROUGHTSeattle has the longest postseason drought in baseball at 16 years and counting. The Mariners were in the middle of the wild card race until the past 10 days, when they were swept by the Astros in Houston and swept at home by Texas. Seattle has dropped eight of nine.“It says a lot for our guys to keep it up like that for as long as we did,” Servais said. “I think when you battle so long like that … you kind of run out of gas. You can only go so far.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 1B Carlos Santana was out of the lineup a day after having his right arm bent awkwardly in a collision at first base with Seattle’s Jean Segura running down the line. … RF Jay Bruce was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game early with left heel soreness. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump criticisms spark more protests at NFL games Kluber threw seven strong innings to become the first 18-game winner in the AL, Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run snapped a 2-all tie, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday.Kluber (18-4) made only one mistake in winning his sixth straight start, striking out 10 and allowing six hits. It was his 15th start this season with at least 10 strikeouts. And Kluber didn’t feel at his best after getting extra rest before this turn in the rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just didn’t quite feel as crisp as when you get to go every fifth day, but it’s about making adjustments,” Kluber said.Ben Gamel had a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even and snap a string of 26 2/3 scoreless innings by Kluber. Both of the runs were unearned after an error by Giovanny Urshela. But it was the only offense the Mariners could produce against Cleveland’s ace. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Mariners: Seattle was without starting SS Jean Segura on Sunday, and he may miss a few more games with a sprained middle finger on his right hand. Segura was hurt in Saturday’s game. Servais said it would probably be a few days before Segura will be back in the lineup.UP NEXTIndians: Cleveland has Monday off before opening a three-game series at home against Minnesota. Josh Tomlin (9-9) will start the opener.Mariners: Seattle goes on the road for its final six games, beginning with three against Oakland. Felix Hernandez (5-5) will start the opener against the A’s. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Indians won for the 29th time in 31 games, won their ninth straight series and have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 22-23.The loss eliminated the Mariners from contention for the second AL wild card. Seattle is seven games behind Minnesota with six games left. The Mariners have not made the postseason since 2001.“We faced some really good pitching the last couple weeks,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought all year. It’s disappointing with the expectations we had on ourselves and this ballclub.”Ramirez put Cleveland in front leading off the sixth with a solo shot off Seattle starter Mike Leake (3-1) and put Kluber in line for the victory.Cleveland also got RBI doubles from Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis in the fourth. Encarnacion later doubled in the eighth off reliever Shea Simmons and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kipnis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India reviews security arrangements at missions in Afghanistan

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) Following a string of bloody assaults by terror groups, India recently carried out a thorough review of security prepardness at all its missions in Afghanistan.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, said inspection teams headed by senior security experts visited the missions to take stock of the security measures. He said the government kept reviewing and upgrading security arrangements at these diplomatic missions.”A thorough review of security measures regarding our missions and posts in Afghanistan was undertaken earlier this year through the visits to the Embassy and Consulates General by security and inspection teams headed by senior officers from the headquarters,” he said.Heavily-armed terrorists, including suicide bombers, had attacked the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad city on March 2, killing nine persons including an Afghan security personnel. It was the fourth attack on the Consulate since 2007.On January 3, terrorists had carried out an attack on the Indian mission in Mazar-e-Sharif which lasted over 25 hours. All the attackers who attempted to storm the building were killed by the Afghan forces.The Minister said government remained vigilant to ensure safety and security of Indian diplomats and staff in its missions and posts abroad.To a separate question, he said a total of 1,575 Indians are lodged in jails in Saudi Arabia. “They are convicted of crimes committed by them in violation of laws and regulation of Saudi Arabia.”Replying to a question on whether Indian firms operating in Nepal were attacked by protesters, Singh said sites and offices of foreign investors were reportedly targeted by miscreants.advertisementHe said government of India has taken all necessary measures to safeguard Indias economic interests in Nepal. PTI MPB SK SKlast_img read more

Six states, 1480 kms to chart way for The Great India Run

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 15 (PTi) ProSportify, conceptualisers of Indias first ever multi-city marathon The Great India Run today announced the revised dates for the event. 15 of the best ultra marathon runners from India and abroad would pass through six states – Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Mahrashtra and Delhi covering a total distance of 1480 Kms, to promote running as a sport in the country. The Great India Run, which is a joint effort of ProSportify and technology start-up MobieFit, will start its journey from New Delhi on the 10th of July and culminate in Mumbai on 30th July. Celebrity runners Gul Panag and Milind Soman would also be present for flagging off the run from Delhi. Running enthusiasts from Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Mumbai will get to closely interact with these professional runners and understand various aspects of running. The inaugural edition of The Great India Run will see athletes Arun Bhardwaj, Siddharth Choudhary, David Slotsgaard Bredo, Yuri Esperson, Meenal Kotak, Satish Gujaran, Ranjana Deopa, Naresh Bharadwaj, Dinesh Heda, Joginder Chandna, Pia Hansson, Sunil Sharma, Shweta Sharma, Kaushal Chauhan and Dhanee Kumar going the distance. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Aguero bags brace as Manchester City beat Chelsea to lift Community Shield

first_imgSergio Aguero scored a goal each in both the halves to seal a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shied at Wembley on Sunday.Aguero netted in the 13th minute of the match to score his 200th goal for Manchester City and then went onto add another in the 58th minute to place City comfortably ahead in the curtain raiser of the English season.”It is very important to win, that is all that the manager wants and I am very happy,” said a happy Aguero pitch side after City’s convincing victory over Chelsea.Aguero also became the first City player to reach the 200-goal landmark.12. 200 CITY GOALS FOR @aguerosergiokun!!! City (@ManCity) August 5, 2018Pep Guardiola fielded a strong side which was led by Aguero ahead of Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus, who recently signed a long-term contract with the club. He was accompanied by Germany’s Leroy Sane from the left and new signing Riyad Mahrez on the right. The Spaniard also started the likes of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy, who all returned from their World Cup breaks.New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on the other hand, didn’t have as many options as he would have liked as he was without the likes of first-team regulars Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante. New signing Jorginho formed the crux of the midfield along with Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley. Alvaro Morata led the line along with Pedro and the excirting Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has impressed in his run in pre-season under Sarri.Watch: Brazil star Jesus calls his mum after contract extension with Man CityThe London side’s backline however, was experienced in the presence of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso, who were set up in a back-four ahead of Argentina’s reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero.advertisementBut, despite that, they failed to deal with City’s fluid and dynamic attack and went down early in the game.City started the game positively and Aguero drew first blood when Phil Foden, filling in admirably for Kevin De Bruyne, burst forward to find the Argentine, who wrong-footed defender Antonio Rudiger with a low shot to become the first City player to reach 200 goals.Chelsea, who were without Eden Hazard, took 25 minutes to even register a shot and seldom threatened and it was no surprise when Aguero added a second from a Bernardo Silva pass just before the hour after having just spurned a clearer chance.City cut Chelsea apart to become the first Premier League champions to win the trophy since Manchester United in 2013.At times they breached Chelsea’s statuesque back four at will, leaving the bemused Willy Caballero hopelessly exposed. The former City keeper was by far Chelsea’s best player.Italian Sarri has switched last season’s back three to a back four and, on this evidence, he still has a lot of work to do to forge them into a competitive unit.Brazilian David Luiz looked particularly ill at ease and only midfielder Ross Barkley did much to further his case as Sarri considers whether to make a late plunge into the transfer market before Thursday’s deadline.Speaking about the win, Guardiola praised the players for putting up a good show.”It was so hard but the players played really well. Our mentality was right and we got the win,” said Guardiola.This was Guardiola’s 24th trophy in his managerial career.last_img read more

How Likely Is It That Oklahoma State Runs the Table?

first_imgWe have already talked about the index ESPN created called FPI in previous months, but here is a refresher in case you missed that.FPI is a predictive rating system designed to measure team strength and project performance going forward. The ultimate goal of FPI is not to rank teams 1 through 128; rather, it is to correctly predict games and season outcomes. If Vegas ever published the power rankings it uses to set its lines, they would likely look quite a lot like FPI.In short, if preseason FPI had been used with no update to predict every game of the 2014 season, the FPI favorite would have won 71 percent of FBS versus FBS games (Vegas closing line was 74 percent accurate).So think of FPI as an indicator of sorts that shows which teams will be favored throughout the year (based on where they stand right now). OSU has moved up to No. 8 in ESPN’s preseason FPI behind just Alabama, Clemson, OU, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.Why?It returns a lot of starters and has a lot of depth on both sides of the ball. It also has a relatively easy schedule compared to the other top-ranked teams. Because of all this, OSU’s chances of winning its first 11 games are actually pretty good. Here’s a look at where FPI stands as we speak on August 11.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.32.42 AMTasty, isn’t it? Here’s how that compares to OKC Dave’s survey results of how confident fans are in those games.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.46.46 AMOSU fans are awfully scared of Iowa State, Kansas State and TCU compared to where ESPN stands. And finally here is OU’s FPI schedule.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.45.38 AMNone of this means anything of course (ALTHOUGH OU’S CHANCES OF 81 PERCENT OVER OHIO STATE SEEM MIGHTY HIGH), but it sure is fun to look at. And anything that gets me more excited about OSU’s chances for the football season on August 11 is a welcome reprieve.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 read more

Lanus 4 River Plate 2 (4-3 agg)

first_imgLanus 4 River Plate 2 (4-3 agg): Silva penalty seals incredible comeback Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:19 11/1/17 Footballs - Cropped Getty Images Lanus reached the Copa Libertadores final after a staggering victory over River Plate in their semi-final. Lanus completed an incredible comeback to reach their first Copa Libertadores final, overcoming River Plate 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.Jorge Almiron’s side looked set for a semi-final loss after River took a 2-0 lead at the Estadio Ciudad de Lanus, giving them a 3-0 advantage on aggregate.However, the hosts rallied and claimed an amazing 4-2 win on the night, Alejandro Silva scoring the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 69th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Already trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Lanus’ chances appeared slim as they fell 2-0 behind on the night inside 25 minutes.Ignacio Scocco struck for River with a penalty before Gonzalo Montiel headed in from close-range.But Jose Sand provided Lanus with the glimmer of hope they needed either side of half-time.Sand beat German Lux at his near post just prior to the break and put away a second in the 46th minute after a tight offside call.Lanus capitalised on their momentum and were ahead on aggregate with more than 20 minutes remaining.Lautaro Acosta tapped in a Silva cross from the right to give Lanus a 3-2 lead in the second leg.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was needed to award Lanus their decisive penalty, which Silva stepped up to convert to complete the stunning comeback before Ignacio Fernandez saw red late on for River.last_img read more

Photo Shows Texas QB With NSFW Message On Playsheet

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)An eagle-eyed viewer appears to have spotted a pretty interesting message on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s playsheet during last night’s Sugar Bowl.Like many quarterbacks, Ehlinger wears a wristband with play calls on it. A close-up look at the one he was wearing last night revealed a surprise.The eighth item on Ehlinger’s list seems to be a little NSFW.Number 8 ?(h/t Cloakacola/Reddit)— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 2, 2019We’ve heard of teams using deception by putting fake play calls on their charts but this is a different level.Texas and Ehlinger looked like they wanted to have some fun with people last night.Whatever they did, it worked. Texas beat Georgia 28-21 to win its first Sugar Bowl since 1947.The win gave the Longhorns their first 10-win season since 2009.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic rules ATP Rankings, Rafael Nadal retains No. 2 spot

first_imgNovak Djokovic rules ATP Rankings, Rafael Nadal retains No. 2 spotThe Top 3 ATP rankings are unchanged with Novack Djokovic at the top, followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at No. 2 and No. 3 position.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 21:07 IST Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final to win Wimbledon 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic retains the top spot in the latest ATP RankingsRafael Nadal and Roger Federer are No. 2 and No. 3 positions respectivelyAustraia’s Dominic Thiem retains the fourth placeWimbledon 2019 champion Novak Djokovic remains to be at the top of the ATP rankings while Rafael Nadal, who secured his 35th Masters title on Sunday, takes the second position.Nadal overwhelmed Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-0 to win his fifth Rogers Cup in Montreal, the first time he has retained a title outside of clay.The top three ATP rankings are unchanged. Serbia’s Djokovic has collected 12,325 points atop the rankings, keeping a huge lead over the second placed Nadal on 7,945 and third placed Roger Federer of Switzerland on 7,460.Austraia’s Dominic Thiem retains the fourth place.Stefanos Tsitsipas drops two places and is overtaken by Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev.Following are the latest ATP rankings:1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,325 points2. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 7,9453. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,4604. Dominic Thiem, Austria, 4,9255. Kei Nishikori, Japan, 4,0406. Alexander Zverev, Germany, 4,0057. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece, 3,4558. Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 3,2309. Karen Khachanov, Russia, 2,89010. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 2,555Also Read | Cincinnati Open: Fatigued Rafael Nadal pulls out, Andy Murray returns to singlesAlso Read | Rafael Nadal retains Rogers Cup after straight-sets victory over Daniil MedvedevAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Novak Djokovic Nextlast_img read more

Industrial Expansion Fund Annual Report Released

first_imgThe province helped create 1,200 jobs and sustain more than 2,600 others last year, mostly in rural Nova Scotia, through its Industrial Expansion Fund. That is one of the highlights included in the 2010 Industrial Expansion Fund (IEF) Annual Report, which was released today, Nov. 3. In June, an advisory committee of five business leaders was appointed to ensure impartial analysis of IEF investment opportunities and provide advice to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development. The committee was established as part of the province’s commitment to increase transparency and accountability. “Government committed to creating good jobs and growing the economy and the investments being made are doing just that,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “The IEF helped to create and sustain more jobs last year than in any of the previous five years, while helping more Nova Scotia companies compete in the global marketplace.” Highlights of the IEF’s 2009-10 fiscal year include: a record $221 million invested in 23 companies almost $113 million in wages created and sustained $13.5 million in tax revenue generated Most investments were loans and loan guarantees. The fund generates almost three dollars for every dollar invested. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so. The report is available at .center_img FOR BROADCAST USE The Industrial Expansion Fund helped create 1,200 jobs, and sustain more than 2,600 others last year, mostly in rural Nova Scotia. That’s one of the highlights in the 2010 Industrial Expansion Fund Annual Report, which was released today (November 3rd). Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris says the IEF helped to create and sustain more jobs last year than in any of the previous five years, while helping more Nova Scotia companies compete. The report also says the fund invested a record 221 million dollars in 23 companies, and generated more than 13 million dollars in tax revenue. -30-last_img read more

First result from Madhya Pradesh expected around 10 pm

first_imgBhopal: The first result for elections to the Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh is expected around 10 p.m. on Thursday, while the last result might come by Friday morning. The state’s Chief Election Officer V.L. Kantarao told reporters: “The result for Ujjain, Tikamgarh and a few other constituencies are expected around 10 p.m. tonight. The rest of the results will come by Friday morning.” “The ballet count for the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies will take place in 17 to 27 rounds, of which two to six rounds have been completed,” he added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between Nov 15 and Dec

first_imgColombo: The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between November 15 and December 7, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said, clarifying that according to constitutional provisions the polls must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term. Deshapriya’s clarification on the constitutional provisions regarding the date for the next presidential elections came after President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters last week in New Delhi that the presidential polls is likely to take place on December 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’President Sirisena’s five-year term is scheduled to end on January 8, 2020. “The election must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term,” Deshapriya said, addressing the Voters’ Day events held at the south Colombo suburb of Moratuwa Saturday. “The nearest date the election can be held is November 15 as the November 10 is a Sunday and November 12 is a Poya Day (a Buddhist holy day). December 7 is the furthest day the election can be held,” Deshapriya said, adding the Election Commission would be permitted to hold the election on any day between November 15 and December 7. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaSirisena was elected for a 5 year-term on January 8, 2015 when he challenged the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former strongman had called snap elections two years ahead of the end of his second term. Sirisena backed by the then main Opposition United National Party (UNP) became the common Opposition candidate against his former boss Rajapaksa. Although Sirisena has not so far declared his intention for a re-run, his souring of relationship with the UNP of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that the UNP would be fielding its own candidate. Sirisena in October last year sacked Wickremesinghe, who elevated him to the presidency, and replaced him with Rajapaksa. The move led to a constitutional impasse which lasted over 50 days. After the intervention by the Supreme Court court, Wickremesinghe was restored as the prime minister. Sirisena speaking to reporters in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony said he had not decided on seeking another term in the election that is due by year-end. “I am not in a hurry to decide whether to stand,” Sirisena said. Sirisena has faced criticism over his leadership after a series of suicide bombings killed 258 people in the island nation on April 21.last_img read more

Rexha raises concern over size discrimination

first_imgLos Angele: Singer Bebe Rexha has revealed that she was told to lose weight by the people in the music industry, when she was only nine stone. In an interview to Cosmopolitan, the ‘I got you’ hitmaker opened up about her journey with body image. She said: “‘When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half).’ Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video. She’d (a female creative director) sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad.” Bebe Rexha earlie called out the designers who refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her shape, reports “It broke my heart. I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage. I thought to myself, ‘This is bulls**t.’ I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it any more. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone.” “If a (US) size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you…That’s crazy. You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses,” she added.last_img read more

Suncor phasing in 150 autonomous haul trucks job cuts expected by 2019

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says over the next six years it expects to deploy more than 150 electric autonomous haul trucks at its company operated-mines — a move expected to decrease its equipment operator positions as early as 2019.The Calgary-based oil and gas firm says it will continue to work with the union on strategies to minimize workforce impacts, with phased implementation to start at its North Steepbank mine.The company says the implementation of AHS will change roles and required skill sets for some employees at Suncor’s operations over time.Suncor says, following evaluations completed over the past four years, it has validated that AHS technology can be used safely, effectively and efficiently in its operating environment.It says the technology offers many advantages over existing truck and shovel operations, including enhanced safety performance, better operating efficiency and lower operating costs.Suncor says its planned deployment of AHS technology is one of the largest such investments in the world.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Quebec universities launch world first UNESCO antiradicalization chair

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project Friday in Sherbrooke, Que.The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.“(The goal) is to be able to develop programs, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalization,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke.He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.“What is unique in the world is a UNESCO chair that’s tripartite — that brings together three universities that signed the agreement with UNESCO — but beyond that, it’s the gathering of national and international partners that are coming together to share their expertise,” Morin said.The project was conceived during the UNESCO conference on radicalization that Quebec hosted in 2016 and will become one of the international body’s 700 institutions in 116 countries that encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.The centre has an international focus and will collaborate with a network of over 40 partners across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Quebec has pledged $100,000 a year for the next four years to support the initiative.The current staff includes a chairholder from each school as well as a scientific director based at Universite de Sherbrooke.Co-chair Vivek Venkatesh said the centre’s activities will include providing training to people who work in marginalized communities and creating public engagement tools to counter hate speech and violent propaganda.As an example, he cited an ongoing project in Montreal’s East End that teaches marginalized youth to use music and literature to describe their experiences with hateful speech or actions.The chair will bring together multiple disciplines including political science, international development, social services, and psychology.It’s tripartite structure means each school can contribute their own resources and sources of funding, Venkatesh said.“This is a coming together of institutional allies but also people from disciplines from three different institutions,” the Concordia professor said.“Our training and our respective cultures are coming together in a very unique way.”The secretary general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO praised the chair and its governance model as “a first in Canada and the world.”“We look forward to working with the chair to counter the rise of radicalization and violent extremism in Canada and the world,” Sebastien Goupil said in a statement.last_img read more

Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices inquiry

first_imgVANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle.Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable.However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission found that even after accounting for transportation costs and higher B.C. fuel standards, Metro Vancouver drivers were still paying 13 cents more than those in Washington.Commission CEO David Morton says there is no evidence to suggest there is collusion among retail operators nor is their evidence of cartel behaviour, but prices can be controlled by five refiner-marketers.He says the wholesale market for gasoline in B.C. is not truly competitive because of high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry and their ability to influence prices.The inquiry concluded that regulation could potentially reduce the wholesale or retail margins to what is justifiable in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility, but further investigation is needed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Six more UN vehicles damaged in new rockthrowing incidents in TimorLeste

13 August 2007Six more United Nations vehicles have been damaged and a UN police officer slightly hurt in rock-throwing incidents in Timor-Leste since last night as the security situation remains tense following post-election violence in the small South-East Asian country that the world body helped shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002. But there were no reports of major incidents, UN Police (UNPOL) reported. UNPOL responded to four incidents today in Dili, the capital, in which two UN cars were damaged and one UNPOL officer sustained minor injuries. Police arrested one suspect. Last night in Dili sporadic rock throwing damaged four UN vehicles. At a meeting yesterday in Baucau, east of Dili, leaders of the former ruling party FRETILIN told to supporters that local village and sub-village chiefs will be held responsible for any violence that occurs in their area. In nearby Viqueque, a high-ranking FRETILIN official met with supporters and urged them not to commit any violent acts. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Atul Khare has said violence, which erupted after the announcement of a new Government last Monday, was “regrettably” being committed by people who claim an allegiance to FRETILIN. Parliamentary elections in June failed to produce a single outright winner. UNPOL has arrested 34 people in connection with the violence in the eastern part of the country over the past few days. In Baucau, 21 people have been arrested and charged with creating a public disturbance including blocking roads, throwing stones and burning tyres. Two more people were arrested and charged with making home-made weapons. In Quelicai, nine people have been arrested for carrying illegal weapons in connection with their alleged role in the attack on a UN convoy on Friday. A further two people have been arrested for alleged arson in Quelicai for the burning of houses. UNPOL, together with the national police and the International Stabilization Force (ISF), remain fully deployed to put a stop to any violence. The UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in Timor-Leste after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes. read more

UN report calls on African nations to prepare for massive urban population

23 November 2010A new United Nations report warns that Africa’s urban population is set to triple in the next 40 years, putting massive pressure on governments and infrastructure across the continent. “The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets,” which was released today by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), urges careful urban planning from governments to meet the needs of the poor.“Urbanization is here to stay and within a few decades, Africa will be predominantly urban. Already huge urban corridors across Africa are engines of economic growth,” said Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. “The issue now is for regional and national governments, local authorities and all other stakeholders to pull together to ensure the efficient management of urban agglomerations. Smart urban policies could help spread the benefits and lift the continent out of poverty.”The report notes some positive developments, such as a general reduction in the number of slum dwellers across Africa and the potential of urban corridors across the continent to drive growth, especially of land-locked countries. At the same time, it says that Africa will suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change and that accurate counting of slum dwellers is very difficult, in part because many poor people move between urban and rural locations for work.“It is interesting to note that today, in many parts of the world, poor people take advantage of urban-rural mobility to live in multiple locations. This is especially true of slum dwellers who retain links with their rural homesteads,” said Mr. Clos.The report was launched in Bamako, Mali, during the 3rd African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development, at which ministers from all over the continent have the opportunity to share best practice in the areas of land management and sustainable urbanization. read more

SLFP makes several changes new General Secretary appointed

President Maithripala Sirisena was re-elected as the President of the party. Nimal Siripala de Silva, W.D.J.Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, and Susil Premajayantha were appointed as Senior Vice Presidents of the party.A.H.M. Fowzy, Sarath Amunugama, Mahinda Amaraweera, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Reginald Cooray, Piyasena Gamage, Vijith Vijithamuni de Soysa, Mahinda Samarasighe, Dilan Perera, Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijaylal De Silva, and Member of Parliament Angajan Ramanathan were appointed as Vice Presidents. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party today made several changes to key positions including by appointing a new General Secretary.Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa was appointed as the acting General Secretary of the party while former General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake was appointed as the SLFP’s National Organiser. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and former Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne, were selected as the advisory council members of the party. Ranjith Siyamblapitiya, Chief Minister of Central Province of Sri Lanka Sarath Ekanayake, Chief Minister of North Central Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya, Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, former Deputy Minister Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Sumedha G.Jayasena were appointed as Assistant Secretaries.All members of Parliament currently in the SLFP were appointed to the SLFP Central Committee. read more