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Panasonic Unveils Their New Mirrorless L-Mount Cameras

first_imgThe mirrorless camera wave continues to gain momentum as Panasonic reveals two new L-mount camera models forthcoming in 2019.In what already feels like the year of the mirrorless camera — with new models coming from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic — we’ve now got yet another contender for the mirrorless title. Panasonic just announced two new L-mount models.Here’s what we know about Panasonic’s new Lumix S1R and S1 models.The Panasonic Lumix S1RBased on reports from Photokina 2018, Panasonic has partnered (not for the first time) with both Sigma and Lecia to use the former’s full-frame L-mount SL system. Their flagship camera, the Panasonic Lumix S1R, promises a 47-megapixel sensor with the now-standard 4K at 60fps and 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording. More technical details are forthcoming over the next few months, leading up to the camera’s release in 2019.47-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.The Panasonic Lumix S1Like many of their competitors, Panasonic is developing a companion camera in the Panasonic Lumix S1 that features a 24-megapixel sensor at a lower price point, but it will still reportedly include the same 4K 60fps recording and other video specs. Both cameras feature the same built-in image stabilization, a tiltable LCD, and high-resolution EVF.24-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.Lens OptionsWe also know that while Leica lenses are already available (but pretty expensive), Panasonic is creating three new lenses specific to the L-mount series. While these first three should be market-ready when the S1R and S1 hit stores in 2019, another seven (to bring their lens line up to 10) should be ready by 2020. Here are the details on the lenses that will launch with the cameras.24-70mm standard zoom lens.70-200mm telephoto lens.50mm f/1.4 prime lens. All images via LUMIX LIVE @ Photokina 2018.For more camera news and updates, check out some of these articles:Nikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless CameraEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless Cameras7 Filmmaking Cameras You Can Get for Under $1,000last_img read more

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2 held with ₹43.7 lakh in foreign currency

first_imgThe Customs officers at Goa International Airport on Monday morning arrested two Oman-bound passengers, including a foreign national, for allegedly travelling with foreign currency worth ₹43.7 lakh. Suspicious movement“The passengers had been moving around suspiciously in the departure hall before check-in formalities. On searching their baggage, officers found foreign currency equivalent to ₹43.7 lakh. They could not give satisfactory answers when confronted by Customs investigators,” a spokesperson of the Customs told reporters on Monday. The cash was in multiple foreign currencies, including U.S. dollars. Identities not revealedThe passengers were arrested under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Their identities have not been revealed by the enforcement agency. The passengers were booked on an Oman Air flight and were working together, the officer said, in response to a question.last_img read more

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Hollywood’s Bollywood Connection

first_imgIsmail Merchant, Mira Nair, Shekhar Kapur, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha. You can take all of them out of Bollywood, but can you ever take Bollywood out of them?Apparently not! These internationally acclaimed filmmakers may have achieved recognition for their work in Hollywood and around the world, but they all acknowledge their indebtedness to Indian cinema.Their films may be vastly different from the regular Bollywood fare, yet it is in darkened cinema halls across India or on borrowed Hindi film videos in immigrant homes in the U.K. that they first began their love affair with film.Mira Nair, whose Monsoon Wedding has been such a major box-office hit across the world, has always created realistic, edgy cinema from the days she made documentaries and the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! Yet even when she’s making films as starkly true-to-life as Hysterical Blindness, elements of Bollywood seep in.As she explained in a lecture she delivered at the Netherlands Film Festival, “I’ve seen that the Indian films’ influence, specifically that unabashed emotional directness, the freewheeling use of music, that emphasis on elemental motivations and values, is a thread running consistently through every one of my films; even when exploring foreign worlds, I have taken the bones and flesh of those societies and tried to infuse them with the spirit of where I’m from.”Yes, no one can escape the powerful impact of Bollywood. Ask producer-director Ismail Merchant. He first brought his Bombay sensibilities to the world screen three decades ago, as one half of the elite Merchant-Ivory production company. Noted for classic literary films like Room with a View and The Bostonians, the duo’s first film ever was The Householder by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and starring a handsome young newcomer called Shashi Kapoor.“I can remember the exact moment when I knew that I wanted to spend my life in the world of movies,” observes Merchant in his book, My Passage from India: He was 13 years old and had been invited to accompany the winsome, green-eyed actress Nimmi, a family friend, to the premiere of her first film Barsaat.He recalls, “As we drove toward the cinema in her green Cadillac convertible – quite an impressive car in India at that time – a shower of marigolds began to rain down on us. I looked up, and it seemed as though the marigolds were dropping from the night sky – thousands of golden flowers gently falling around us.By the time we emerged, the open car was full of marigolds – and still they fell as we walked into the cinema, scattering petals along the way, as crowds of people stared and called out Nimmi’s name.”After that, the magic of darkened cinema halls had him hooked, leading him and James Ivory on their Oscar laden path. Merchant has also brought his directorial talents to many screen adaptations of serious literature including Anita Desai’s In Custody and V.S. Naipaul The Mystic Masseur.If there’s ever an example of Bollywood making it big in Hollywood, it’s Shekhar Kapur, Mr. India himself. The creator of such Bollywood favorites as Mr. India and Masoom, Kapur got the attention of the West with his stark and potent Bandit Queen. He next made Elizabeth with all the kinetic color of a Bollywood film, and went on to Four Feathers Kapur was the producer for the recent Bollywood style romantic comedy The Guru, complete with dance numbers and dream scenes. He’s also the man behind Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams, which after its success on London’s West End is going to be making its Broadway debut next year.Even that big Hollywood phenomenon M. Night Shyamalan of the mega box-office blockbusters may owe something to Indian cinema. As Nayay Bhushan, editor of Connect Magazine, notes, ” Shyamalan may not be Bollywood-savvy but his script for The Sixth Sense somehow exhibits elements often seen in Indian films – mysticism, the central figure of the mother, life beyond death. Bollywood may only package this with syrupy sentimentalism but Shyamalan turned it, knowingly or unknowingly, into a global cinematic phenomenon.”Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it like Beckham has certainly been a big plug for everything Indian, and according to Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficeguru.com, it was among the top 20 films in the U.S. for 17 consecutive weeks. Produced at a cost of roughly $5.5 million, the British-Indian comedy has grossed $70 million at theaters worldwide making it one of the most profitable films in recent years.Parminder Nagra, the young British Asian actress who made her debut in this film, has bagged the lead in Ella Enchanted and also will be seen in the popular TV series, ER. Keira Knightley, who plays her friend Jules Paxton, has had an even more astounding success with Pirates of the Caribbean, in which she stars with Johnny Depp and which has been breaking box office records. As for Chadha, she’s off and running to another big success: Bride and Prejudice for which she’s got Miramax. And how much more high art can you get then Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Based on this classic, Chadha’s film is a contemporary adaptation starring Bollywood Queen Aishwarya Rai and New Zealand actor Martin Henderson.A posse of Bombay stars like Rekha, Vivek Oberoi and Milind Soman are said to be featured in Conde Nast Traveler magazine in the September issue. And recently Amitabh Bachchan, already immortalized in wax by Madame Tussaunds, also made it to list of 100 top film stars of all time, conducted by Channel 4 television. He was listed 92nd in a list that included Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Cary Grant.Indian films, both from the North and South, are winning an astounding number of awards at festivals, as the world gets to see the work of Indian directors including Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair, Shekhar Kapur and Mani Ratnam.Stars including Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey and Gulshan Grover are acting in films internationally. According to a PTI report, Hrithik Roshan turned down an offer from Warner Bros to act in a Hollywood production of Hamlet. And yes, there was talk of Aishwarya Rai starring in a James Bond film. Every week seems to bring a fresh story of the Hollywood-Bollywood connection.So as the Bollywood behemoth continues to find acceptance across the world and as its stars become known to mainstream audiences, diehard fans can take joy in the fact that the Bollywood tamasha has only just begun!  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Premier League 2019 Newcastle vs Manchester United Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img english premier leagueEnglish Premier League 2019EPLEPL 2019 First Published: October 6, 2019, 6:01 PM IST Manchester United will travel to Newcastle for their next Premier League 2019 game on Sunday, October 6. The Premier League 2019 Newcastle vs Manchester United will be played at the St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ side look to end their 10-match winless run away from home with a win against Newcastle United. Manchester United will face Newcastle without Jesse Lingard, who injured his hamstring against AZ Alkmaar in Europa League. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial might not be available as well as they suffered ankle and thigh injuries.United are currently outside the top 10 of the Premier League table after managing two wins, three draws and two losses in their seven games so far. United have scored only nine goals so far in the league and have conceded seven. After the disappointment of drawing with Alkmaar in Europa, United will look for some domestic medicine. On the other hand, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has sought a response from his players in the upcoming EPL clash. Newcastle, who were thrashed by Leicester City 5-0 last Sunday, will look to rub the salt on United’s wounds. Speaking to the media on his side’s loss to Leicester City, Bruce said, “There should be a few words when you get as badly beaten as we did. What we have to do is respond and look to the next game to erase it.””Enough has been said… we were disappointed. We had our backsides kicked. When that happens you have to show a certain degree of pride and make sure you put it right,” he added.Newcastle United are currently in the relegation zone at the 19th place with just a single win from seven game and four losses. On top of that, Newcastle have lost or drawn their last four league games.Premier League 2019 Newcastle United predicted line-up vs Manchester United: Dubravka; Yedlin, Laschelles, Schar, Clark, Willems; Almiron, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.Premier League 2019 Manchester United predicted line-up vs Newcastle: De Gea; Young, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Dalot; McTominay, Fred; James, Mata, Pereira; RashfordWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Newcastle vs Manchester United match live in India (TV channels)?Newcastle United will host Manchester United on Sunday at 9:00PM. The EPL 2019 Newcastle vs Manchester United match will be played at the St. James’ Park in Newcastle. The Premier League Newcastle vs Manchester United game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019 Newcastle vs Manchester United match live streaming?Newcastle vs Manchester United live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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PBL: Awadhe Warriors beat Ahmedabad Smash Masters 4-3 in thriller

first_imgAwadhe Warriors came out on top against Ahmedabad Smash Masters with a 4-3 victory in Premier Badminton League on Tuesday.World No.10 H.S Prannoy began his new year in style as he registered a stunning victory over World No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth 15-8, 15-11.Prannoys win kept Ahmedabad Smash Masters alive in the tie against Awadhe Warriors.WATCH VIDEOPrannoy, who is unbeaten in the PBL since last season, has now recorded his 10th successive win in the league, while Srikanth crashed to his second consecutive loss of the season. H.S PrannoyPrannoy, who had beaten his country-mate to clinch his first national championship last year, looked to be in stellar form and blitzed his way to an 8-2 lead at the break. Srikanth did try to stay in the match but could not muster enough and went down meekly in the opening game.In the second game, the Denmark Open winner tried to get going in the match but Prannoy was clearly the better player on the court and raced to the victory in convincing manner.Earlier, Parupalli Kashyap came back from behind and beat Masters Sourabh Verma 11-15, 15-13, 15-14 to send Awadhe 2-0 ahead (3-0 points).Sourabh looked in great touch in the opening game and was hardly challenged by Kashyap. Even though the Awadhe showed sparks of brilliance on few occasions, Sourabh managed to dominate the proceedings to go 1-0 in the match.The second game was a pulsating affair with Awadhes trump player Kashyap taking the challenge to his opponents. It was a closely fought affair and such was the intensity of the contest that the both the players dug-outs were on the edge of their seats and were wildly celebrating each points.Even though Sourabh gave it his all to send Kashyap packing early, the Awadhe player showed great determination to restore parity in the match and the send the entire stadium into frenzy.advertisementSourabh was quick to get off the blocks in the final game and raced to an 8-3 lead. After the interval, Kashyap launched a scathing comeback and tied the score 9-9.But Sourabh was in no mood to let go off the opportunity and raced to a 14-10 lead. Kashyap showed great resiliency and saved four match points to finally seal the match 15-14 after Sourabh found the nets. Saina NehwalAwadhe Warriors logged the first point of the tie after their mixed doubles pair Christina Pedersen and Tang Chun Man came from a game down to beat Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Law Cheuk Him 14-15, 15-12, 15-14.World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying took the responsibility of playing Ahmedabad’s ‘Trump Match’ against Saina Nehwal. The Chinese Taipei star prevailed 15-5, 15-14 to pull the western outfit level 3-3.In the deciding men’s doubles match, HendraA Setiawan and Tang Chun Man defeated Kidambi Nandgopal and Lee Chun Hei Reginald 15-14, 15-10 to secure the tie for the hosts.(With inputs from PTI and IANS)last_img read more

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Serena Williams goes topless and sings to raise breast cancer awareness

first_imgSerena Williams posed topless and sang a song The Divinyls’s global hit ‘I Touch Myself’ for a breast cancer awareness campaign, a video of which she posted on her social media handle.Serena Williams has not played tennis since the controversial US Open final, where she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, and later accused referee Carlos Ramos of sexism.Serena and her older sister Venus Williams did not feature in the China Open draw with speculations rife that the 23-time Grand Slam champion has wrapped up the 2018 season.For the last three years, Serena has not played a single tournament after the US Open and and she has not competed in China since 2014.Also read – Australian cartoonist blasted for ‘racist and sexist’ depiction of Serena WilliamsHowever, Serena continued to make her presence felt as she picked another women’s issue and decided to go “out of my comfort zone” in order to spread awareness about the issue “that affects all women of all colors, all around the world”.”This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly,” Serena wrote on Instagram.”Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.”The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia,” Serena concluded.Fans poured Serena’s social media with appreciation, applauding her for taking a brave step for a major issue that is troubling women all around the world.Also read – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US Open”Sometimes, the most important messages are delivered when we are uncomfortable. Thank you,” a user greeneyez218 wrote on Instagram.A user by the name of pjamapant shared her story of surviving the breast cancer and thanked Serena for coming up with this video to raise and talk about an important issue.”Amazing @serenawilliams. Thank you for doing this. As a young woman of color a self exam saved my life when I was only 32. I am a survivor for more than 13 years now.” User hollisramsay5 also thanked Serena for using her stature for spread awareness about an important issue and said early detection of breast cancer can save a lot of lives.”Thanks for using your stature to help others and to encourage women that it’s not only ok but preventative measures can detect #breastcancer early and #savelives.”Also read – Carlos Ramos responds to Serena Williams controversy: A la carte refereeing doesn’t existThe lyrics of the song that Serena has rendered are as follows:I love myself, I want you to love meWhen I feel down, I want you above meI search myself, I want you to find meI forget myself, I want you to remind me.I don’t want anybody else when I think about you, I touch myselfI don’t want anybody else, oh no, oh no, oh noThink I would die if you were to ignore me.last_img read more

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Shahbaz Nadeem’s 10-wicket haul puts India A on cusp of big win over West Indies A in 1st unofficial Test

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem took a five-wicket haul for the second time in the match to put India A on the cusp of a big win over West Indies A in the first unofficial Test.Nadeem’s effort of five for 47 in 21 overs helped India A bowl out the hosts for 180 in their second innings after they were comfortably placed at 159 for three on day three of the four-day game here on Friday. Pacer Mohammad Siraj ran through the lower-order with a three-wicket burstChasing a meagre 97 for victory, India A were 29 for one in their second innings with Priyank Panchal (5) the batsman to be dismissed. Abhimanyu Easwaran was batting on 23 off 32 balls at the other end with India A needing another 68 runs for the win.India A, who resumed the day at 299 for eight in their first innings, went on to make 312 in 104.3 overs with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (66) the last man to get out, marking a successful return with both bat and gloves following a long injury layoff.West Indies A, who conceded an 84-run first innings lead, were steady in their second essay after the loss of openers Montcin Hodge (36) and Jeremy Solozano (11) at 51 for two.Captain Shamarh Brooks (53) and Roston Chase (32) shared a 79-run stand for the third wicket but the collapse began with the fall of the skipper at 159 for four. The batsmen struggled to cope up with the guile and accuracy of Nadeem who have been knocking on the doors of the Indian Test team with consistent performances in domestic cricket over the years.advertisementThe Jharkhand spinner had also taken five wickets in the first innings, taking his match tally to 10 for 109.Brief Scores West Indies A: 228 all out and 180 all out in 77 overs (Brooks 53; Nadeem 5/47).India A: 312 (Dube 71, Saha 66; Cummins 4/40) and 29/1 in 10.3 overs.Also Read | Rohit, Bumrah post heartfelt message for Lasith Malinga as he retires from ODIAlso See:last_img read more

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Elena Delle Donne plays through injury to move Mystics one win from WNBA title

first_imgShare on Twitter She was clearly limited in her movement and stayed mostly on the perimeter, but was effective enough to command the attention of Connecticut’s defense. “It was tough. This is tough. This is not something I expected,” Delle Donne said of the injury. “It is what it is. You’re dealt the cards and you have to go out and play.”Delle Donne provided an emotional lift for her team and Emma Meesseman and Kristi Toliver carried the offense. Meesseman had 21 points, including nine to start the fourth quarter, and Toliver added 20 points and 10 assists. Washington will try and close out the series on Tuesday night in Connecticut. Delle Donne hit an early three-pointer and the Mystics made six of their nine shots from behind the arc in the first quarter to take a 32-17 lead after 10 minutes.Washington, who were 16-for-27 on threes, led by as many as 17 points in the first half. It was 37-23 before the Sun went on a 16-4 run and Washington led 43-39 at the break. Jonquel Jones converted a three-point play to open the third quarter and cut the lead to one, but that was as close as Connecticut would get. They trailed by two when Delle Donne hit a three-pointer from the left wing to make it 58-53. The Mystics took a 68-57 lead into the fourth quarter and stretched that to 18 before a final run by the Sun that Delle Donne ended with a tough layup. Shekinna Stricklen and Jasmine Thomas each had 16 points for the Sun. Jones, who scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Connecticut’s Game 2 win, scored just nine points to go with her nine boards. Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Messenger Basketball Since you’re here…center_img Elena Delle Donne: ‘It took my wife to help me be myself’ … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. WNBA news Elena Delle Donne put forth a gutsy effort, playing through a back injury, and Washington beat the Connecticut Sun 94-81 on Sunday to move within a victory of winning the franchise’s first title. The league’s MVP has a herniated disk that is pinching a nerve in her back and was questionable to play in Game 3. She finished with 13 points, hitting five of her six shots and played 26 minutes.“I just want to be a leader for this team. I love them. I did nothing, I was just on the court, they carried me and they’ve done that all season long,” Delle Donne said. “I love them to death. We have one more to go.” Share on LinkedIn US sports Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seen

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz has paid tribute to departing teammate Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas, on way to Monaco, bid an emotional farewell to Blues fans as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.“I think Cesc is one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years,” the Brazilian told talkSPORT.“It was emotional, not just for him, but for everybody.“Maybe he is not going to play for Chelsea anymore so we are sad, but we wish him all the best because he is a great character and a great player and we will miss him.“It’s always hard, but it’s always part of the process.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vegas Computer: This Undefeated Team Will Get Blown Out Today

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: The North Carolina State University Wolfpack kicks off to the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 18, 2004 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)The college football season is over its midway point. After seven weeks of action, only eight undefeated programs remain – all of which sit inside the top-25 of the AP and Coaches’ polls.A Vegas computer is predicting one of those undefeated teams gets blown out this afternoon. No. 16 NC State takes on No. 3 Clemson at Memorial Stadium.The Wolfpack, despite its 6-0 record, is in for a nasty defeat on Saturday afternoon if you put any stock in the score predictions from OddsShark. The computer predicts the Clemson Tigers walk out with nearly a three-touchdown win.Here’s the prediction.Clemson enters the game as a 17.5-point favorite. The Vegas computer has the Tigers covering – for those who want to put a little money on the game.When these two teams met last year, Clemson walked out with a 38-31 win. Can the Wolfpack pull off the upset?Clemson and NC State kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

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Milk and Honey Sets Out to Put Israeli Whisky on the Map

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Milk & HoneyIndia. Sweden. France. Israel? You heard right. The next hot whiskey-producing country just might be Israel.Taking a page out of the Taiwanese Kavalan Whisky book, Milk & Honey worked with the late Jim Swan to create a superior whisky in hopes to build a whole knew category to stock their liquor shelves.Like Kavalan and Brenne in France, Milk & Honey knows the world whisky movement is appealing to drinkers across the globe and the whisky market is no longer fully dominated by the four countries of Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the U.S., Japan can now also be lumped into the nation’s known as whisky makers, said Eitan Attir, the CEO of Milk & Honey.Milk & Honey“The audience wants a better story, whisky coming from different places, using different sources, climates, and environments of aging,” Attir said. “This segment will continue to get bigger and bigger. Now you can see more than 40 countries with at least one distillery.”“It’s great and for us, we want to tell the story about Israel,” he added.Milk & Honey’s first fully-mature single malt whisky will be ready next year, but to act as a bridge from when the company opened its doors to when the whisky is ready, they’ve made a range of gins and an herbal liqueur made with all Israeli botanicals.Milk & HoneyThey also have released sneak previews of the single malt as it ages — and despite no written regulations, they’re following the rules of Scotch. Within several months of the initial release of the fully mature single malt, Attir mentioned more editions, like peated and wine cask whiskies with wineries from Israel.Attir said Milk & Honey has used Kavalan as a model as the climate of Tel Aviv is similar to that of Taiwan. The eight months of high temperatures and high humidity help the whiskies age quicker.“The environment matures the whisky much faster so you get more color, more body, and more complexity in taste after several years and not the 12 to 18 for amazing vintages,” Attir said. The shorter time is a benefit when looking at the angel’s share, which is nearly10 percent annually in Israel, unlike the 1 to 2 percent in Scotland.In addition to the environment in Tel Aviv, Attir said Israel has an additional three climates Milk & Honey will take advantage of with warehouses plotted out. Within two-hour drives, whisky can be stored in the desert, on the seashore, and in the mountains.Milk & HoneyBy utilizing the Israeli climates and as many Israeli ingredients as possible, Attir said they’re excited to tell the story of Israel through whisky.Since Milk & Honey started their process in 2012, several other distilleries have opened in Israel, joining a slew of breweries and wineries in the Middle Eastern country.Israel is a unique market in nearly a quarter of the whisky they drink is single malt, as opposed to the world average of 11 percent. Still, it’s a small country and the company has big ambitions and investments.More than 85 percent of Milk & Honey’s products — it has a capacity of 1.1 million bottles a year — will be exported out of Israel, so the company’s executives feel it is important for them to build Israeli whisky as a category within new world whisky. The company expects to enter the U.S. market heavily in 2019.“We are really happy there are more and more Israeli distilleries are opening,” he said. “It’s very important for us to show this side of Israel. All these distilleries will show a different side of Israel, using unique raw materials, so it’s not just what you see in the news, but a place full of free spirit and produces great beer, wine, and whisky.” The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Savor World-Class Whisky at Taiwan’s New Kavalan Whisky Bar William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand last_img read more

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Minister Arscott Calls for More Property Tax Compliance

first_imgMinister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, is appealing for greater compliance by Jamaicans in the payment of property taxes.Minister Arscott, who made the plea during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 11, said the payment of property taxes is key in ensuring the delivery of critical services at the local level.[RELATED: Streetlight Hotline Established]He stated that the need for compliance is even more crucial as the Ministry no longer benefits from “deficit financing” from the Consolidated Fund to assist in financing its operations.“The Ministry will have to pull its own weight. In other words, the efficiency of garbage collection, provision of fire services, cleanliness of markets, repair of parochial roads, and other local services, will be directly related to the extent of compliance in the payment of property taxes, and the realization of other local revenue,” he informed the House.Property tax intake for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 fiscal years, when the Ministry received support from the Consolidated Fund, amounted to $1.8 billion and $1.7 billion respectively, representing an average 52 per cent compliance rate. For those periods, the Ministry received deficit financing of $512 million and $480 million respectively, to carry out public cleansing, and $1.6 billion and $250 million, to pay for street lighting..“Therefore…deficit financing provided $2.2 billion and $700 million in 2011/12 and 2012/13 respectively. Based on that…the takeaway is that, at prevailing compliance levels, property tax revenues are woefully inadequate to provide the minimal acceptable levels of service in the local government sector,” Minister Arscott outlined.In noting that persons have a tendency to demonstrate if state services are not deemed to be adequately delivered, he lamented the “conspiracy of silence” when property taxes are not paid.“Local Government is everybody’s business, and in the same way that the Ministry has to pull its own weight, we are calling on all Jamaicans to do their part by paying their property taxes,” the Minister appealed.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

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Union J Launches Poppy Picnics For Royal British Legion

first_imgBoy band Union J has launched “Poppy Picnics”, The Royal British Legion’s newest summer fundraising initiative by appearing in a spoof video alongside Royal Marines and Royal Navy Commandos.Video: Union J ‘go Commando’ to support Poppy PicnicsThe ‘Carry you’ singers appear in full-kit fast-roping from a military helicopter before hitting the ground and rushing into action. Having descended from the chopper, the Union J boys then race to their ‘target’ … as they join a party of unsuspecting Poppy picnickers.The tongue-in-cheek video is already proving a massive hit on YouTube and the band have added to their Forces supporter credentials by confirming that they will be performing at a special concert for troops later in the year.They won new fans by giving up a full day of their hectic touring schedule to complete the filming, which involved Britain’s oldest military helicopter, ZA298, nicknamed ‘King of the Junglies’ by personnel at RNAS Yeovilton, where the aircraft is based.The band also caused a stir at the base where they were filmed – RAF Northolt – by walking into military premises dressed in full combat gear, but still sporting their trademark designer hairstyles. “Are those regulation earrings?” one quizzical officer asked a colleague as the boy band ran past.While the video was fun there was a serious part for the band: for the Armed Forces and the Legion is a cause with special personal connections to the band – members George and Josh both have family serving in the military.The group’s youngest member, 19-year-old George Shelley said: “My brother is currently serving in the Royal Marines, so The Royal British Legion is a cause especially close to my heart. They’re there for the entire Armed Forces community, both serving and ex-Service.“We had a great day shooting the video and a really fun Poppy Picnic with some of the families stationed at RAF Northolt where part of the video was shot. It was incredible hearing some of their stories. The work they do is amazing!”Charles Byrne, Director Fundraising, The Royal British Legion, said: “Union J are fantastic supporters. Because of their family connections, the guys really get what the Legion does and value the work we do in supporting the wider Armed Forces community.“Hosting a Poppy Picnic is a fun and simple way to get together with friends and family and raise the much-needed £1.6 million per week needed for the Legion to deliver its vitally important welfare work.”For more information on hosting your own Poppy Picnic, visit www.poppypicnic.org.uk.Source:Royal British Legionlast_img read more

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NELVANA ANNOUNCES NEW RANGER ROB PUBLISHING DEAL

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announces its partnership with Chouette Publishing to bring Nelvana’s original hit preschool adventure series Ranger Rob to the publishing world. Launching in April 2018, Chouette Publishing’s territory will encompass Canada and the U.S. with both English and French rights.“As we continue to build on the success and momentum of Ranger Rob, we’re excited to partner with Chouette Publishing on this new chapter for the series,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “Chouette’s masterful ability to capture Ranger Rob’s distinct sense of exploration and wonder through their books will offer young fans the delight of experiencing their favourite characters and Big Sky Park on every page.”The April 2018 launch includes the release of two titles, A Campfire Story and Nature Quest, with a target age of 3-8. In addition to these titles, Chouette Publishing will add more storybooks, readers, and novelty formats to their Ranger Rob repertoire as of fall 2018 and beyond. Advertisement Advertisement “We are incredibly thrilled to partner with Nelvana to bring Ranger Rob into publishing,” said Simon Payette, General Manager of Chouette Publishing “We’ve had tremendous publishing success with our own property, Caillou, and are excited to take that expertise and use it to make Ranger Rob a huge publishing hit that kids everywhere will love.”Ranger Rob follows the adventures of 10-year-old Rob and his friends Stomper, a talking Yeti, Chipper, a robotic car, fun-loving pal Dakota and others, around Big Sky Park, the coolest natural outdoor adventure park. Whether they are flying or driving in Chipper, zip-lining through trees or snowboarding through frosty fields, they love discovering and exploring all the park has to offer. Each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover.Chouette joins a growing list of previously announced partners and licensees with Ranger Robincluding Sprout, the preschool destination within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Universal Kids network which broadcasts the series in the U.S., the master toy partner, Imports Dragon, and live entertainment firm Round Room Presents for the Ranger Rob worldwide stage show beginning fall 2018.About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com.Follow Nelvana Enterprises on Twitter @NelvanaEntAbout Chouette PublishingChouette Publishing’s catalog features more than 200 titles in a series of collections for every stage in a child’s development, from birth to age six. Well-established in North America and becoming increasingly present on the global market, Chouette Publishing’s books have been translated into many languages, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.chouette-publishing.com/EN/ Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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More customs facilities in more places Canada US plan expanded preclearance

first_imgWASHINGTON – Imagine clearing Canadian customs in Florida, Arizona, or Chicago, or having a U.S. customs facility attached to a car plant in Ontario, with the goal of helping people and cargo travel faster between the countries.The Canadian and American governments are discussing it.They have begun talking about expanding preclearance — with plans to discuss potential sites for the first-ever Canadian customs facilities inside the U.S., and the longer-term goal of applying it to commercial goods.“You’ve got an administration on the American side and certainly on our side, that really want to move these files,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday, after his first face-to-face meeting with his new U.S. counterpart — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Preclearance has a long history.It began decades ago with U.S. border facilities in major Canadian airports — allowing people to clear customs at home, avoid logjams in U.S. hubs and fly directly into U.S. airports that don’t have customs facilities.A few years ago the Harper and Obama governments agreed to new rules allowing the practice in every mode of transport — rail, cars, buses and ships. The Trudeau Liberals approved pilot projects at rail stations in Montreal and B.C.Now, with the Trump administration, the countries are working on two future phases. Goodale said he already began discussing a first phase with Nielsen’s predecessor — installing Canadian facilities inside the U.S.“John Kelly and I had a conversation about, ‘Where would we start?’ He thought Boston — his hometown. Some Canadians suggested either Fort Lauderdale, (Florida), or Scottsdale (Arizona) — the (places with) snowbird traffic in the winter,” Goodale said in an interview.“Midwesterners would say Chicago. … Or somewhere in the American northeast,” he said noting that Canadian ski resorts would appreciate quicker access for American travellers. “There are lots of ideas.”But the bigger long-term goal involves cargo.The countries have agreed to meet this spring to develop a plan on what regulatory changes might be required to introduce preclearance for cargo beyond a pair of previous pilot projects.Goodale said he envisions a future where cars can have their components screened and sealed for shipment right inside the plant. Given that a car under construction might cross the border a half-dozen times, he said that would avoid snags and boost productivity.“The real prize of preclearance is when we could expand it from passenger to cargo,” Goodale said.He said he left the first meeting with Nielsen feeling positive.“Really good meeting,” he said.“You wonder in the first encounter: Will there be a list of complaints or grievances? No. There’s a list of important issues we’re working on together… It’s a really good, constructive, international to-do agenda.”last_img read more

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Italy lowers deficit in revised budget to avoid EU sanctions

first_imgMILAN — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has presented a revised budget to the European Union that proposes a lower deficit than an earlier version in a bid to avoid costly sanctions.Conte told reporters in Brussels after meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker the new draft lowers the budget deficit to 2.04 per cent of GDP from 2.4 per cent of GDP.Conte said both parties represented in Italy’s coalition government back the new proposal, which retains both the basic income for job-seekers promised by the 5-Star Movement and a rollback on an unpopular pension reform pledged by the League.The EU commission rejected Italy’s previous budget, saying the populist government’s spending plans would break promises to lower public debt.Conte said of his Wednesday trip to Brussels: “‘We hope to bring home a positive solution.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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More proactive policies needed to spur growth in African economies – UN

More than half of all African countries recorded improvements in overall real GDP growth last year. On average, the continent’s economies have maintained a “growth momentum” over the past several years, growing at 5.2 per cent in 2004, 5.3 per cent in 2005, 5.7 per cent in 2006 and a projected 5.8 per cent this year.In spite of this growth, the report, entitled “Economic Report on Africa 2007,” said that African countries are heavily dependent on primary commodities, which are a common feature of production and exports throughout the continent, making the countries extremely vulnerable to external shocks.“The time has come for Africa to embark on the more systematic effort at diversifying its economy,” Eloho Otobo, a UN economist, told reporters at the report’s launch. “This can only come about by promoting pro-active growth policies.”The annual report, jointly produced by the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Commission of the African Union (AU), said that while other developing regions have increased their share in global trade, Africa’s share has declined, even as global trade liberalization has progressed.“One-size-fits-all” macroeconomic models rooted in stabilization and reform policies, the study noted, are partially to blame for the continent’s sluggish pace in achieving high and sustainable growth. “Besides sustaining macroeconomic stability, African countries needs to tailor their fiscal and monetary policies to promoting domestic investment, employment generation, and growth,” said the report.The report calls for increased efforts to stimulate private investment through increasing access to cheaper credit to hasten diversification. It also stresses the importance of industrialization to deepen horizontal diversification in a range of goods.Another key recommendation is for African countries to strengthen their institutions. Given that conflict undercuts industrialization, “it is important that countries invest in peace-building and peace-promoting institutions that can proactively deal with threats of conflict flare-up or resurgence,” the report stated. 3 April 2007To spur the growth necessary to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of targets to slash a host of social ills, including extreme poverty, by 2015 – African countries must pursue more ‘pro-active’ policies to develop of a wider range of goods, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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Reports and press conference show Urban Meyers shortcomings on handling domestic abuse

Urban Meyer listens at a press conference as he fields questions about his handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer stood at the podium, hands on either side of the glass perimeter around the mic as he addressed his three-game suspension.His left hand twitched almost the entire time, and he rarely looked up from the prepared statement laid out before him. When he returned to his seat to answer questions from the press, he seemed out of focus, repeatedly requiring the questions to be asked again.Ohio State’s head football coach had been at the Longaberger Alumni House for nearly 11 hours, and the outcome of the investigation into his knowledge of domestic abuse by his former assistant coach did not seem to be something he favored.“I trust and support our president,” Meyer responded when asked if he agreed with the suspension.His appearance at the press conference could be interpreted differently by many. Some might say he seemed tired. Some would say angry. Some might even say nervous. One thing Meyer certainly was not: remorseful.Throughout the press conference, Meyer avoided uttering the name of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. And then he was asked if he had a message for Courtney specifically.“Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation,” Meyer said. “And I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”Meyer’s seemingly nervous tics and apparent lack of focus might be open for interpretation, but less so are the messages he sent by not mentioning Courtney by name and the findings in the investigative report.The “summary of findings,” released by Ohio State after the press conference on Wednesday, found Meyer frequently sided with his former coach than with his coach’s wife.The first instance of this came in 2009 when Zach Smith was arrested for allegedly throwing his wife into a wall when he brought a female co-worker home to sleep on the couch after a party. Courtney Smith decided not to pursue charges.The report said in 2009 that both Meyer and his wife, Shelley, “took away from the 2009 events that Courtney Smith was not being entirely truthful when she called 911 to have Zach arrested.”Then, between 2015 and 2016, the report said the Powell Police Department and the Delaware County prosecutor conducted an investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. The report said the university’s then-Title IX deputy coordinator for athletics told athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer about the investigation, to which Meyer and Gene Smith responded by telling Zach Smith that if he ever hit Courtney or if he is charged, he would be fired.But Courtney Smith brought the allegations to Shelley Meyer over text message. Shelley and Urban Meyer both said she never showed him the messages, but the report said “given the closeness of their relationship and Shelley’s concerns,” the group believed it was likely the two discussed the messages.The day Zach Smith was fired, at 7:35 p.m. on July 23, Shelley sent a text to Urban Meyer saying she was “worried about Zach’s response,” the report said.“He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already,” she said to Urban Meyer in the text, to which he did not respond. In its conclusion, the summary said that both Meyer and Smith “believed in good faith that they did not have sufficient information to trigger any reporting obligation,” the pair “viewed the issue too narrowly through the lens of law enforcement.”“Both should have made some report of Zach Smith’s potential violation of the domestic violence laws, which was the subject of the law enforcement investigation they came to know about in late October 2015,” the findings said. “Such reports would have been made to the Athletic Compliance Office and, for AD Smith, the Office of University Compliance and Integrity.”As rape survivor and speaker Brenda Tracy told The Lantern about her visit back in July, Meyer’s comments at Big Ten Media Days are “really indicative of a huge misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence.”“There’s some education that needs to happen there and I think that it would be good for people to educate themselves; reach out to people like me, reach out to advocates in your community,” she said. That, combined with the findings of the report and Meyer’s comments during his press conference, paints a picture of someone who, at best, does not understand how to properly handle a situation like this. Meyer allowed his loyalty toward former head coach Earle Bruce, Zach Smith’s grandfather, to cloud his judgment of Smith, the report said, and give him more chances to remain an assistant coach than would likely have been afforded another coach.Who knows if Meyer was frustrated by the suspension or just tired when he seemed out of sorts in his press conference. But he certainly seemed to feel no remorse for Courtney Smith. Perhaps she thought she had been untruthful, not worth believing. Perhaps he still felt disappointed in Zach Smith, the grandson of his former mentor.Regardless, the picture he painted at the press conference and that the reports seem to show is not a glowing one of Meyer. And it’s possible this will be a stain on his legacy for years to come. read more

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Wrestling No 6 Ohio State faces tough foe in No 9 Cornell

No. 3 Micah Jordan of Ohio State scores with a double-leg takedown on Jarod Verkleeren of Penn State in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Jordan won the bout by decision, 10-8. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State and Cornell will finish the regular season with a duel that includes 15 nationally ranked wrestlers.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) takes on No. 9 Cornell on the road Friday. The Big Red (13-2, 5-0 EIWA) has won their most recent duel in dominant fashion against North Carolina 29-5.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said this non-conference duel is important for the sport of wrestling.“For the growth of this sport, [having] big duels is important,” Ryan said. “It is a good team and it is going to [have] some competitive matches.”The Buckeyes are coming off a 21-12 victory against then-No. 7 Nebraska on Sunday while winning six of its 10 bouts. Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, has the marquee matchup of the duel, but is an underdog for the first time all season. He will take on Cornell undefeated top-ranked sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis.Diakomihalis is the defending national champion at 141 pounds and has a 56-1 career record.McKenna said he is excited to wrestle a top-level foe in Diakomihalis.“It is going to be another good test,” McKenna said. “[Diakomihalis] is younger and pretty talented so it should be a fun match.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds and undefeated on the season, will be tested against Cornell sixth-ranked sophomore Max Dean, who has a 17-4 record.Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, will face Cornell eleventh-ranked junior Chas Tucker.Pletcher said he knows Tucker well and that they grew up wrestling together.“It is going to be a good match,” Pletcher said. “He is a pretty tough kid.”Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, will face Cornell eight-ranked senior Ben Honis.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, will face Cornell’s fourteenth-ranked junior Brandon Womack.Womack finished No. 8 at nationals at 165 pounds as a freshman and has qualified for nationals three years in a row.Ryan said Smith needs to be on the attack and really focus on his takedowns.“[Smith] is just a matter of finishing,” Ryan said. “He is getting in on legs and not finishing.”No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York. read more