Five keys to 49ers upset at Green Bay

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. — Here are five aspects the 49ers (1-4) must conquer to pull off a Monday night upset of the Green Bay Packers (2-2-1):1. Ball security. What made last Sunday’s home loss to the then-winless Arizona Cardinals so maddening is the manner in which the 49ers gave it away: five turnovers.All blame doesn’t fall on quarterback C.J. Beathard for his two lost fumbles and two interceptions. It takes a clumsy village, and the 49ers must play better around Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury …last_img read more

Sharks winning streak reaches six games with dramatic win

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Through injuries, jet-lag and a string of playoff-hungry opponents, the Sharks streak goes on.The Sharks extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday, improving to 6-0 without Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane with a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Joe Pavelski scored the winner with just 3.6 seconds left on the clock, chipping in a pass from Timo Meier on a 2-on-1 play.With the win, the Sharks kept their hold on first place in the Pacific Division as the Calgary …last_img read more

A’s taking a patient approach with Trivino’s wounded thumb

first_imgA chair will be reserved for Lou Trivino at the end of the A’s bullpen. There’s just no chance the A’s hard-throwing backend reliever will be up from that chair during Wednesday’s series finale against the Texas Rangers.Trivino is still recovering from an injury on his pitching hand incurred when a ball, lost in the sun’s glare, fell and hit the top of his thumb. Trivino is wearing a protective covering, but manager Bob Melvin doesn’t anticipate a trip to the injured list.“If we felt like it …last_img read more

Invest in Africa

first_imgIndian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and President Jacob Zuma have been intalks to expand bilateral trade and investment partnerships between the two countries.(Image: GCIS) South Africa and India are ready to take their bilateral trade and investment partnership to a new level. During the Johannesburg leg of the South Africa-India Business Forum, prominent Indian companies already doing business on the continent called on more businesses to bring their investment to Africa.The Business Forum forms part of Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil’s state visit to South Africa to discuss bilateral relations.Positive business experience in AfricaAddressing the two countries’ business communities, Raman Dhawan, MD of Tata Africa Holdings spoke about the company’s experience of doing business in South Africa.Tata is India’s largest automobile company and according to Nomaxabiso Majokweni, CEO of Business Unity South Africa, is one of about 100 Indian companies already investing in South Africa.The company has a strong presence in the African business community, being the single largest Indian investor in South Africa and Africa. It was also one of the first foreign companies to enter Africa and according to Dhawan, has plans to expand its business even further on the continent.“My message is loud and clear. You need to bring your money and invest in Africa,” Dhawan said. “The real fact is that you can’t ignore Africa.”He said that the ease of doing business in Africa is attractive to potential investors.The credibility of South Africa being ranked as one of the top emerging economies in terms of its ease of doing business has a significant impact on its competitiveness as a country.“I have huge confidence in Africa,” he said.Dr Vidya Soni, leader of the Indian business delegation and chairman of the Overseas Infrastructure Alliance, a project development and management company, echoed Dhawan’s sentiments.Soni said there are numerous factors that would encourage Indians to invest in South Africa. The country is one of the biggest economies in Africa and is rated as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank.According to Soni, promising areas for investment and joint ventures include mining; power generation and distribution; transportation; agriculture; IT education and services; ports and railways; telecommunications; pharmaceuticals and education.He singled out railway development as an important area for collaboration as this is vital for regional interconnectivity.“In India, on a daily basis, two million people use railways. India can help South Africa to establish a larger railway footprint,” he said.Spotlight on service sectors Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and President Jacob Zuma have been in talks to expand bilateral trade and investment partnerships between the two countries.(Image: GCIS) Ian Ross, chief underwriting officer and director of international operations for Hollard Life Insurance, said that major potential exists in the financial services sectors, particularly as trade and investment between the two Brics partners expands.“Financial services is a forgotten sector, yet every aspect of trade between the two countries is underpinned by financial services,” Ross said. “You can’t do business without it. Every business that is opened has to be insured.”He pointed out that risk is a major consideration for any investor and this is why there is so much opportunity for risk-related financial services.“Risk-related financial services offers an opportunity to broaden the depth of interaction between the two countries,” he said. “It is a multi-billion dollar business and South Africa has a lot to offer in terms of this sector.”Upping trade targetsIn her address at the forum, President Patil said that South Africa is one of India’s most important trading partners.“In the future I believe our countries will have deep economic engagement. We view South Africa as a gateway to the Southern African region,” Patil said. “Our confidence in the South African economy is reflected in that several Indian banks operate in South Africa.”She said in her talks with President Jacob Zuma, they agreed to expand co-operation in the fields of power including renewable energy; health; information technology; science and technology; tourism; hospitality; infrastructure development, and culture.Trade between the two countries is flourishing and the trading partners have announced further increases to the agreed trade targets.Zuma told the business forum that South Africa and India are set to reach the targeted R116-billion (US$15-billion) in trade, ahead of their 2014 deadline.The target was set by the two governments during Zuma’s state visit to India in 2010. Zuma said that, going by the latest trade figures – close to R54-billion ($7-billion) by the end of 2011 – this could be reached earlier than anticipated.Patil said she is confident that the revised target can be achieved.“A growth rate of over 43% in bilateral trade between South Africa and India registered in the year 2010-11 is impressive by any standard, but especially so in today’s global economic scenario,” she said.South Africa is open for businessZuma said that the African continent is the new frontier of economic growth and development.“We stand ready to provide whatever support is needed to make doing business easy in the respective countries.” Source: Mediaclub South Africalast_img read more

Working with a Green Screen Is Easier than Ever — Here’s Why

first_img1. Start with the Right GreenIf you’re going to shoot outside and you don’t have control over the brightness, start with the right material, and get a proper chroma key green. If you’re shooting inside, get a digi green, which will give you a nice, clean green. If you have RGB-capable LEDs and can light with green, you’ll get the right exposure with much less brightness, and as a result, have less spill.2. Separate from Your SubjectIt’s important to have your green screen and your subject at least six feet away from one another, so you’re not contaminating your subject with spill from the green. You also want to light them separately (i.e. you want to light the green screen with green and your talent however you desire, but ensure that there is a clean separation between the two).3. Raw Is KingShoot in at least 422, but most probably raw. Raw has a whole separate channel for the green screen, so you can avoid color contamination, or chroma sub-sampling that will mess up the edges of your key.4. Expose the Background ProperlyYou need a 30-40 percent brightness green screen for a clean key. The easiest way is to see a consistent line across your waveform — if your camera is capable of displaying one. You should do this even if your subject is dark. Light the background and foreground separately.5. Eliminate Motion BlurYou also want your shutter speed above 1/100 or 90 degrees if you’re using that measurement. This reduces motion blur and stops the green from being dragged into the blurred elements of your main subject. If you’re not aiming for that Saving Private Ryan staccato motion, you can add motion blur back in post, but it’s going to be a lot easier once you’ve keyed your subject.6. Let the Software Do the WorkNew keying software, like the Delta Keyer in DaVinci Resolve, can give you a single-click key because they use artificial intelligence to analyze your image and make educated guesses about the right settings. You really can have a “one-click” key if everything else is exposed correctly.This took only five minutes to get a beautifully keyed-out background. You can do green screen almost as easily as you can color grade your footage, so absolutely experiment with it! See how you can push back the limits of storytelling, expand the world you’re creating, and generally push your filmmaking to a whole new level.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Stabilizing GoPro Footage with the Unique ReelSteady GO AppQuality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color GradingCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh Pack In recent years, working with a green screen has changed. Take a look at a few new factors that have made the process easier than ever.When I was directing TV commercials ten years ago, green screen was a much-used-but-incredibly-painful, process. Green screens were made of plastic, they were very shiny, and they would often develop creases. The only option was to light them with tungsten or fluorescent light, which spilled green everywhere and clashed with skin tones. Once you got footage into post-production, you had to overlay multiple different keyers, with different ranges, as well as use garbage mattes to finesse the shot. You did all this difficult work to get something usable, and you usually had to manually rotoscope out things that went wrong. It was hard, finicky work, and it wasn’t something you looked forward to doing.last_img read more

Eduard Folayang’s ’20 year challenge’: From national champ to ONE lightweight king

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Gilas Pilipinas meets with Filipino community in Qatar ahead of crucial game US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But while many join in on the 10-year challenge to show how much they’ve changed physically, Folayang did his to somewhat remind himself how far he’s come.True enough, Folayang has come a long way from being a national champion as a teenager to a two-time ONE world lightweight champion at 34.READ: Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs FolayangThe Filipino MMA superstar is scheduled to defend his world title in a rematch with Japanese legend and former champion Shinya Aoki in Tokyo next month.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Eduard Folayang regains ONE lightweight crownFolayang, however, decided to double it up with a 20-year challenge post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Eduard Folayang won’t be left out when it comes to the recent social media craze.The “10-Year Challenge” was one of the first trends to start the year with Instagram users posting decade-old pictures of themselves side by side with present-day photos that often bring out extraordinary results.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

14 movies and TV shows you probably didnt know were filmed at

first_imgIt’s no secret that Vancouver is a hot location for film and tv shoots, which is why it has earned the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ (even though it doesn’t always play itself). What you might know is that many of the filming locations are actually at UBC.UBC’s campus can be spotted in everything from the classic sci-fi series ‘X-Files’ to the 2006 Amanda Bynes comedy ‘She’s The Man’.  It was even featured most recently in the new Netflix series, Altered Carbon.Here are 14 movies and TV you never knew were shot at UBC.1. Battlestar Galactica The 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica was a hit among sci-fi fans, and given that the show is largely set in space, you’d never know it partly filmed at Vancouver’s very own UBC campus.Rose Garden (Battlestar Galactica/Universal Television)UBC Rose Garden. (UBC Media Relations).2. Altered CarbonNetflix’s new hit show Altered Carbon is one of the most recent sci-fi shows to be partly filmed at UBC, here’s the Rose Garden as the garden of Bancroft’s Palace.Scene from Altered Carbon. (Netflix)3. The Man In The High CastleThe area around Koerner Library and the Rose Garden were used as filming locations for dystopian alternate-history show ‘The Man In The High Castle’.The Man In The High Castle Filmed at UBC (Xicotencatl/Wikimedia)4. The Butterfly EffectAshton Kutcher’s 2001 mind-bending time travel movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ was partly filmed at UBC, here’s Kutcher’s character Evan Treborn cycling down Main Mall.Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect (The Butterfly Effect/Film Engine, BenderSpink, Katalyst Films)5. SmallvilleAnyone who was a teenager in the early 2000’s will remember the television adaptation of Superman, Smallville.  Considering the show is set in Kansas, you wouldn’t guess it was filmed at UBC. The new Netflix show ‘Altered Carbon’ is one of the most recent television shows to be filmed at UBC (Altered Carbon/Netflix) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

The FOLD literary festival draws the book world to Brampton May 36

center_img Up in the northwest end of Toronto next weekend — May 3-6 — you’ll find one of the most exciting literary events in town. Now heading into its third annual event, The FOLD, a festival that focuses on literary diversity, has been making waves. Thirty authors — from Omar El Akkad to Kim Thuy to Sharon Bala — will appear, and they’ve just announced a multi-year partnership with Audible. Going into this third annual FOLD, the Star asked founder Jael Richardson:Are you where you wanted to be at this point?I’m surprised at how well it’s been received on some levels. We get a lot of support, a lot of excitement and enthusiasm; I think we still struggle to get people to buy tickets, (but) some people and some communities are super excited and have latched on very quickly. There have been book clubs, people who said they thought it was for diverse people (only) — diverse authors for diverse communities. For change to really happen we have to get everybody to be seeing this as a festival that they can attend and want to attend. And I think we still have some room to grow in that area.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day

first_img 5 min read November 4, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Eric Wahlforss and his co-founder Alex Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2007 to solve their own personal frustration sharing audio files online. In five years, the website they created has grown from a niche audio service for techno musicians to a web platform hosting audio channels from the White House and Harvard Business Review and launching hit singles from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Beyoncé.SoundCloud’s goal is to have 1 billion users a day, says Wahlforss. “That works,” he laughs, but it’s not clear that he considers the goal entirely out of his reach. Right now, 250 million users reach the SoundCloud site each month.  SoundCloud’s co-founder Eric Wahlforss.Image credit: SoundCloudThe Berlin-based audio platform has north of 200 employees, most in the capital city of Germany, but with satellite offices in San Francisco, London, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, SoundCloud is growing its New York City team. Wahlforss was in New York working with the team when he talked with about the company’s goals.Even just two years ago, there was virtually no brand awareness of SoundCloud in the U.S., says Wahlforss. Today, nine in 10 people he runs into would know the brand without explanation, he says. To be sure, his circles aren’t representative of the average public. When this reporter pitched the story to her team of editors, almost no one in the room had heard of the audio platform. Awareness of SoundCloud is greater in younger, tech savvy music fans.  Related: Zipcar Founder: Entrepreneurs Have to Build a Collaborative Economy, or ElseIf you don’t know SoundCloud, think YouTube for audio.Wahlforss mostly agrees with the analogy. There are 12 hours of user-generated audio content uploaded to SoundCloud every minute. The uploaded audio ranges from your neighbor’s amateur attempts to reproduce an Eric Clapton ballad to long-form radio programming from NPR, CBS and the BBC.But the YouTube analogy is not entirely accurate. That’s because of the fundamental difference between the nature of video and audio. Individuals tend to consume short clips of video. And audio is a much more personal experience. Audio tends to be “extremely emotional,” therefore the listening sessions tend to be longer, says Wahlforss.Related: For Social Entrepreneurs, What Comes First: Business or Mission?What SoundCloud does that its competitors — including the likes of Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify — don’t do as well, is make the audio experience a social, interactive experience. Users can comment on different bits of a track, see what others users are listening to, and discover new artists.Wahlforss says that at its heart, SoundCloud embeds the interactive communication elements of the web into the audio-listening experience. “We really think that this is the way music and audio ought to be shared, in the world as we know today.”In the earliest days of SoundCloud’s genesis, Wahlforss and his co-founder Ljung were inspired by the clean and simple layout designs of Flickr. SoundCloud started for techno, but self-consciously pushed the conversations on the platform to indie rock and then beyond. The co-founders never wanted to create a website for the electronic music set. They wanted to create a platform to change the way music is created, listened to and shared around the web.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe table set for SoundCloud’s weekly team luncheon.Image credit: SoundCloudSoundCloud doesn’t disclose revenues or profits, but is starting to look for ways to make money with advertising. It’s seeking out deals with brands that are creative and unobtrusive to listeners, says Wahlforss. They won’t disclose any brands that they are in talks with, but Wahlforss and Ljung have what advertisers want: a young, engaged user base.The company operates on a “freemium” business model, meaning the service is free of charge, but users must pay a subscription if they want premium services such as expanded audio-upload storage and analytics.SoundCloud wants to become a listening platform, in addition to a platform for creators. But as the user base grows, and the SoundCloud experience matures, the line between listener and creator should blur. “The most deeply engaged fans are more often than not are also co-creating, they are also creators, or strong curators,” says Wahlforss. “To give them the ability to remix your creations, to add value to it, to multiply your community or brand as an artist, these things should all be possible and that is what we fundamentally believe in.”And that’s already happening in fits and spurts. For example, electronica artist Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), was live-streaming the production process on his latest mix when a fan named Chris tweeted him a vocal layover track he had uploaded on SoundCloud. Deadmau5 was impressed, as the expletives in his tweet express, and within minutes had Chris on the phone. Chris’s vocals were included in Deadmau5’s final track. Related: Successful Crowdfunding Is About More Than Money Register Now »last_img read more