A Look at The Unmatched Versatility of the Canon C700FF

first_imgThe Options The C700 FF Gives YouOne of the most attractive aspects of the C700 FF is the ability to change between sensor sizes in camera. Specifically, you can change between full-frame and super 35, and impressively, you can even change to super 16.Why is this helpful? Well, there are many reasons, but it gives you a ton of different options. Not all lenses are capable of covering a full-frame sensor image circle. Many modern lenses are meant for a super 35 sensor, as that has become the most common with digital cinema cameras. However, many vintage lenses and some of the newest ones are capable of using with a full-frame sensor. Being able to change between them gives you the option to basically use any lens you can think of.Adding the ability to shoot with Super 16 opens up a ton of possibilities with lenses as well (especially some really interesting vintage lenses).How It Affects The Way You ShootIf you’re not familiar, sensor size affects a lot of aspects of shooting. A larger sensor will yield a much shallower depth-of-field, it will have better low-light capabilities, and (among many other image characteristics) on a more practical level it will change the field of view for specific focal lengths vs. a different sensor size — i.e. crop factor.So, for instance, being able to switch between sensor sizes makes it much easier to quickly swap between different crop factors, yielding tighter/wider images based on your lens. If you’ve ever shot with the Sony a-series cameras, most of which have the ability to switch between full-frame or APS-C mode, you know how beneficial that can be when shooting. Your 50mm lens can quickly punch into a tight shot with the touch of a few buttons.In the ShareGrid video, the filmmakers switched between full-frame vintage canon K35 lenses to more modern zoom lenses by switching the sensor size.Sometimes, you want the most dreamy, shallow depth of field, and sometimes you want to sharpen things up a bit. The full-frame sensor will yield that shallow depth of field, but of course, switching over to S35 will change that up a bit if you want.I love this new trend of full-frame cinema cameras, and I also love when the camera manufacturer gives us all the options we might want.Looking for more industry information? Check out these articles.A Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Breaking: Aputure Releases Their New Line of Light-Shaping AccessoriesNikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera to Take on SonyFour Reasons You Should Be Renting Your Gear Out on ShareGridLens Review: How To Shoot Anamorphic with The Atlas Orion Lenses Everybody wants full-frame, but maybe not all the time. The Canon C700 FF’s versatility in sensor size options gives you everything you’d want and more.These days, the sensor size of each camera system seems to be one of the more hotly debated aspects of each new spec sheet. The ability to shoot on a full-frame sensor is almost an instant sell for many shooters, due to the beautiful depth of field, low-light capabilities, and other desirable image characteristics.The full-frame sensor size hasn’t been available in digital cinema cameras for a while (outside of the DSLR world),but full frame is finally making its way into digital filmmaking in a big way. Canon recently announced its entry into the full-frame cinema camera game with the C700 FF. Likely an answer to the Sony Venice (not to mention more recent releases from RED, and the ARRI LF), the C700 FF can switch between sensor sizes in-camera.In this video from ShareGrid, Brent Barbano shows us how the versatility of this camera changes the game.As you can see, there are quite a few benefits to the Canon C700 FF. (Beyond the fact that it looks fantastic.) If you’re not initiated, here is the spec list for the camera:5.9K Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with DAF.EF-Cinema Lock Type Mount.Dual Pixel AF, Triple DIGIC DV 5.XF-AVC and ProRes Recording to CFast 2.0.Internal Full-Frame up to 60 fps.Internal 4K/Super35 Crop up to 72 fps.Internal 2K/Super16 Crop up to 168 fps.Selectable Gamma and Log Curves.ACES Support.External Raw Recording Option.last_img read more

How Earth Became a Jigsaw Puzzle

first_imgPlate tectonics—the worldwide face-lift that continually, but slowly, reshapes the surface of Earth—is apparently unique to our planet; at the very least, it occurs nowhere else in the solar system. This process is responsible for volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountain building, and possibly for helping harbor early life on Earth.  Yet there is much we still don’t know about what drives it and when it began. Now, a new study may help resolve one question: when and how Earth’s rigid outer shell, or lithosphere, first divided into plates and their global dance began.Evidence of Earth’s earliest geologic history is scant, thanks to the constant recycling of our planet’s surface. But geologists do have a few clues. One line of evidence comes from hardy crystals called zircons, found primarily in granite—the formation of granite requires subduction, the sinking of a lithospheric slab into the mantle where it partially melts to produce so-called granitic magma. Based on the very existence of ancient zircons, some geologists surmise that subduction occurred, at least intermittently, sometime around 4 billion years ago. Other evidence to bolster this claim includes rock sequences from the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The trench, formed where the Pacific Plate is sinking into the mantle, contains 4.4-billion-year-old lavas that may have resulted from the earliest subduction zone on Earth. But a wealth of other geochemical and geologic data—from rock assemblages within ancient continental crust to studies of varying chemical contents of granitic rocks—suggest that plate tectonics really went global about 2.7 billion to 3 billion years ago. By then, the lithosphere, rather than forming a solid shell around the planet, had divided into dozens of thick plates. Driven by circulation in the underlying mantle, the plates slid past each other, pulled apart, or collided. The jigsaw didn’t fit quite the way it does now, but the pieces were already moving around.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This discrepancy has produced some heated debate, but there’s a way to reconcile the two dates, says David Bercovici, a geophysicist at Yale University. The billion-year time lag between the earliest, “proto-subduction” and the full onset of plate tectonics can be explained by the slow, painstaking development of weak zones within the plates, he proposes. The deformation produced by the rocks bending and shearing as the slab sinks into the mantle “leaves behind a scar, a weak spot.” Over time, the zones weakened again and again, until, like a runner’s overstressed ankle, they broke.To better understand the development of these weak zones and how they lead to plate boundaries, Bercovici and geophysicist Yanick Ricard of the University of Lyon in France investigated what kind of damage happens to lithospheric rocks under intense deformation. Earth’s upper mantle, which makes up much of the lithosphere, is a relatively simple mix, consisting primarily of two rock types, olivine and pyroxene. Smaller crystals of rock are more vulnerable to deformation, and the shear stress placed on the rocks during the bending and twisting of subduction tends to metamorphose the rocks and reduce the crystal sizes, increasing their vulnerability. Although the heat of the upper mantle might help the olivine or pyroxene crystals within the rocks grow larger again, or “heal,” the two rock types are competing for space: Each is actually inhibited in its growth by the other’s presence. And once the crystals are damaged enough and small enough, Bercovici and Ricard reported online yesterday in Nature, that ancient inheritance of weakness becomes a plate boundary.This process not only explains how Earth’s plate boundaries could lie apparently dormant for a while but still evolve, but it also highlights why plate tectonics wouldn’t occur even on Earth’s so-called twin planet, Venus, which is of similar size and mass. The surface of Venus is more than 400°C hotter than the surface of Earth—and at those extreme temperatures, the rock crystals can grow more quickly, healing themselves so that the boundaries never form.Lithospheric weak zones with tiny grains have long been suspected to be important to facilitating plate tectonics—but this study explains for the first time how they form, and how “the lithosphere can ‘remember’ these zones of weakness for a geologically long time,” says geophysicist Paul Tackley of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Regardless of when plate tectonics began, he adds, this grain-size-reduction mechanism could have been very important for causing weak zones in the lithosphere at all times in Earth’s history.But whether this really reconciles the different proposed dates for the onset of plate tectonics is less clear, Tackley says. The researchers’ model of early Earth is extremely simplified, he adds: Temperatures in Earth’s interior were much hotter billions of years ago and the planet was geologically more “active,” with more volcanism at the surface and more churning in the mantle. So, rather than a uniform layer that grew weak zones over time, the lithosphere “was always heterogeneous, with weaker and stronger parts.”last_img read more

Spain vs Netherlands: La Roja seek win in World Cup deja-vu

first_imgNetherlands will be eager to avenge their World Cup finals defeat as they take on Spain in Group B tie on Saturday.There will be no love lost between Spain and Netherlands, two of the biggest names in football, as they lock horns for their Group B clash in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday.Netherlands will be looking to avenge their 2010 World Cup finals defeat while Spain will be eyeing a deja-vu of the match result, last time these two met in the tournament.But, a lot has changed since Netherlands 0-1 loss to Spain in the final four years ago. La Roja, attempting to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil 52 years ago (1962), are not the same side anymore.Last year Spain were beaten 0-3 by Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, which could be a sign the reign of Spain is over.Spain coach Vincente del Bosque selected a total of 16 players from the 2010 squad. With an average age of 28 years and 91 days, the Spanish squad is one of the oldest at the World Cup.On the other hand, Netherlands’ squad is one of the youngest of the tournament, with an average age of 26 years and 170 days. Only seven players were already present four years ago: Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and reserve keeper Michel Vorm.After the early exit at Euro 2012, Netherlands new coach Louis van Gaal decided to inject young blood in their old and tiring squad by selecting many players of the Dutch Eredivisie. But, his biggest – yet to be proven greatest – contribution to the national team came with the implementation of a new tactical formation of 3-5-2 which suits their star players Robben, van Persie and Sneijder best.advertisementThe new formation will provide Netherlands more defensive security and the front three more or less will have a free role.Though Vincente Del Bosque chose against disclosing his team’s formation for the grueling tie, he has no reason to deviate from the 4-3-3 formation that has won Spain three consecutive major tournaments. He will probably start with Diego Costa as central forward.Despite all the previous facts and shrewd locker room discussions, if these two footballing giants intend to win this tie, it’ll ultimately have to be on the pitch where the ‘nerves of steel’ will be put to test. So, will the Dutchmen succeed in burying the ghosts of their past and embark on an ideal start against their old foe, or La Roja will come out shining once again to prove their critics wrong?Probable Line-up(from):Netherlands(5-3-2): Jasper Cillessen; Daryl Janmaat, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Jonathan de Guzman, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong; Robin van Persie, Arjen RobbenSpain(4-3-3): Iker Casillas; Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Xavi; David Silva, Diego Costa, Andres Iniestalast_img read more

L&T JV wins $135-mn contract to develop Qatar stadium

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 6 (PTI) Infra giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Al Balagh Trading & Contractings joint venture (JV) has been appointed the main contractor to build the 40,000-seater Al Rayyan stadium in Qatar. The proposed stadium will host games up to the quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 to be played in the Persian Gulf nation. The joint venture was made official today by Qatars Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), which along with its stakeholders is tasked with building stadiums and other infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The SC in a statement today announced the appointment of the main contractor for building the stadium. The Al Rayyan stadium is slated to be completed by 2019. A person in the know said the contract to develop the stadium is worth around USD 135 million (over Rs 900 crore). The stadium has been designed by Ramboll and Pattern. Post tournament, it will accommodate 20,000 seats and will be home to the Al Rayyan Sports Club. All construction on infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is slated to be wrapped up by 2020. Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010. PTI RNK ARDlast_img read more

High school football coach suspended after ‘lopsided’ win

first_imgView comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ An official with the National Federation of State High School Associations says in most places lopsided wins are typically handled by running out the clock or stopping play. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress NORTH MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — A Long Island football coach has been suspended because his team won big — too big.The New York Times reports that Plainedge High School coach Robert Shaver received a one-game suspension after a Nassau County committee found he could have avoided an outsized 61-13 victory by his Red Devils against the Cyclones of South Side High School in Rockville Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Plainedge is in North Massapequa.A margin over 42 points triggers a review.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe committee determined Shaver should have pulled his starting players as the 4th quarter began. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Newsday reports Shaver told the committee both teams were unbeaten, and he feared a Cyclones come-back if he took out his starters. EPL title contenders Liverpool and Man City leave it late to win LATEST STORIES MOST READ After the Typhoon Part 01 PLAY LIST 05:30After the Typhoon Part 0102:10Vigil held for Texas school shooting victims00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Odisha govt to give cash incentive for Dutee, Jauna

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 30 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced cash incentive of Rs 5 lakh each for two sprinters of the state, Dutee Chand and Jauna Murmu after they qualified for the World Athletics Championships beginning August 4 in London. Patnaik expressed the hope that they would emerge successful in the championship and bring glory for the country, sources in the chief ministers office said. Dutee yesterday got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of International Association of Athletics Federation, which had barred her from competition for another two months. The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds for 100 m sprint, got an invite from the IAAF as the target number of 56 athletes for the womens 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London. Dutees best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a quota entry for the World Championships. Her 11.30s timing gives her a current global ranking of 103. PTI SKN SSC SSClast_img read more

Williams’ Sisters Advance in Aussie Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch.Venus Williams continued her impressive career resurgence at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Jan. 26, reaching the last eight at a major for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Open.Younger sister, Serena Williams, was supporting her and cheering for her from the stands at Rod Laver Arena, just hours after she had to dig deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza on the same court.The sisters haven’t both advanced this far at a major since Serena won Wimbledon in 2010, their careers seemingly veering off at opposite trajectories.Serena has won five Grand Slam titles in the interim, lifting her tally to 18, while seven-time major winner Venus has labored for years since being diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, which causes fatigue and inflammation.She’d only been beyond the third round once at a Grand Slam event since the start of 2011, and many thought she’d never return to the last eight. Even so, she’s not getting too excited four wins into a tournament.“I guess from the outside looking in, I guess it could look like that,” the seven-time major winner said. “But for me I’m just really focused and poised right now. I feel like I’ve been here before, so it’s not like I’m jumping up and down for joy, ‘Oh, shoot, what is this? I’ve never done this.’“Yes, I’ve done this. This is what I’m always going into each tournament thinking I want to do. Now is my moment and I want to keep this moment going.”The 34-year-old Venus next face Madison Keys, a 19-year-old American who was inspired to play tennis by watching the Williams sisters.Serena was motivated by a Grand Slam loss that stung her more than any last year in her match against No. 24-seeded Muguruza, who had conceded only four games to her in a second-round upset at the 2014 French Open.“She made me play a lot better,” Serena Williams said. “I had to play the best match of the tournament or else I was going to be out.”The five-time Australian Open winner next faces Dominika Cibulkova, who reproduced the kind of tennis that took her to the final here last year as she beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Keys advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-2, 6-4 win over good friend and fellow American Madison Brengle.“It’s a huge opportunity for me. I’m going to make the most of it,” she said. “I want Io be at the end of the tournament holding the trophy up. That’s my goal in the long run.”Serena had difficulty breathing at times Monday, and coughed throughout the match, later saying she’d been sick for a couple of days.There were times when she defended, times when she attacked, and times when she got lucky — like when Muguruza made a mess of an easy volley on breakpoint.But when she needed to assert some authority, she found something special — like her ace, ace, ace, service winner sequence to close the second set, and her crucial hold at the start of the third set when she saved six break points in an almost 13-minute game.“When I got down, I was thinking, ‘What can I do now?” she said. “Whatever happens, I thought, I’ve won this five times.”She’ll need every bit of confidence against the 1.61-meter (5-foot-3) Cibulkova, who pounded 44 winners and broke former No. 1-ranked Azarenka’s serve seven times. The No. 10-ranked Cibulkova lost the final here last year to the now-retired Li Na, and is back in that kind of form.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had a 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 win over Gilles Muller to reach the quarterfinals at a 23rd consecutive major. Next up, he faces No. 8 Milos Raonic, who moved into the last eight in Australia for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3 win over No. 12 Feliciano Lopez.Defending champion Stan Wawrinka beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) and will next take on U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori.Spurred on by hundreds of flag-waving Japanese supporters at Rod Laver Arena, No. 5-ranked Nishikori had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9 David Ferrer, who reached the French Open final and Australian Open semis in 2013.(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Video: A Fired-Up James Franklin Awarded Penn State Walk-On LB Von Walker A Scholarship

first_imgJames Franklin hugs Von Walker after giving him a scholarship.Twitter/@coachjfranklinBack in 2012, then-Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin awarded walk-on Marc Panu a scholarship, and the video quickly went viral in college football circles. Franklin is now at Penn State, but he still values his walk-ons, and yesterday he awarded junior linebacker Von Walker with a full ride. Here is the video, in a tweet from Franklin.Really proud of @VTW21 -your attitude & hard work earned this. Great representation of the blue & white. #PSUnrivaled http://t.co/6OfW2MDEaZ— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 28, 2015Franklin spoke more about Walker in a Penn State press release about the move.Junior Von Walker (Mill Hall, Pa.) has made the most of his time as a run-on linebacker for the Penn State football team. That hard work has culminated in a scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year by head coach James Franklin this week. “Von Walker is the example of everything that represents Penn State football,” Franklin said. “He is blue collar, hard-nosed, works his butt off day in and day out and always has positive energy at practice. He has improved as much as anybody on our team since we arrived. Make no mistake about it, I am not giving Von a scholarship, he has earned this full scholarship.”These videos are always very touching, and it is clear that Walker has the full respect of his teammates and coaches, based on many of the tweets that rolled in on Monday.Big S/O to my best friend @VTW21 on EARNING that full ride today baby. The future is bright , love you FAMILY #25 pic.twitter.com/otZxwkoMaG— Brian Tomasetti (@OFBubbaT21) April 27, 2015Congratulations to my great friend @VTW21 on earning his athletic scholarship here to play football. All love man— DaeSean Hamilton (@SkeeterMills__) April 27, 2015#WWO moving up again @VTW21 earned it the hard way brother the only way there is!!!— Jesse Della Valle (@TheKidJDV) April 27, 2015Congrats to my bro @VTW21 on EARNING an athletic scholarship to play football here! #LinebackerU— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) April 27, 2015Congrats to @VTW21 on EARNING his $$$$..Von has earned the respect of this coaching staff as much as anyone in the program. #MostImproved— Bob Shoop (@Coach_ShoopPSU) April 28, 2015Great job by Franklin and Penn State football here, and of course, congratulations to Walker.last_img read more

Spreading Broadband Access to Communities in Victoria County

first_img A new funding agreement between the Municipality of VictoriaCounty and the provincial government will help Nova Scotia keepits lead as one of the most connected provinces. The agreementwill help bring advanced broadband technology and improvedInternet access to more than 20 communities throughout thecounty. The province is investing $100,000 as part of the Victoria Countyproject known as Broadband Solutions for Rural Development. Phaseone of the project will bring DSL broadband technology tocommunities that currently are without high-speed Internetaccess. The province’s investment is being made through matching fundingunder Industry Canada’s Broadband for Rural and NorthernDevelopment (BRAND) pilot program. That program deploys broadbandto unserved or under-served rural communities. “BRAND offers the best option for encouraging other investmentsthat help to extend basic broadband service into rural NovaScotia,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “Thatkind of Internet access helps Nova Scotia maintain its status asone of the most connected provinces, so look for us to sign moreagreements for matching BRAND funding in other areas in the nearfuture.” The province has also invested $170,000 in BRAND projects in theStrait area and Cumberland County. The provincial government investment in these three projects hashelped to leverage about $5.9 million from other public andprivate sector funding sources. “The provincial investment will help us complete the first phaseof our plan to make broadband an essential part of ourinfrastructure and an important tool for growing and sustainingour rural economy,” said Wayne Budge, warden, Municipality ofVictoria County. “Our municipal broadband team has been extremely busy preparingto implement the business plan and we are delighted to be able toofficially announce that implementation has begun,” said DanMacNeil, chair and deputy warden, Municipality of VictoriaCounty. The county’s broadband plan includes three phases which areexpected to be completed in three to five years. Phase one of theplan is the BRAND part of the project. Under this phase, Aliantwill set up 11 switches to deploy the technology that will bringhigh-speed access to the Internet to the additional communities. Victoria County is currently hosting Atlantic Canada’s leadinginformation technology conference. The two-day ConnectingCommunities — The Rural Challenge, concludes today, Nov. 9, inBaddeck. “Community leaders and champions from Atlantic Canada and Ontario are sharing ideas and knowledge at this conference on broadbandinfrastructure, applications and engagement,” said Tom Wilson,conference chair and co-ordinator of Victoria County’s broadbandproject. For more information on the BRAND phase of the project, see thecounty’s broadband website at www.connectedcommunities.ca . ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Spreading Broadband Access to Communitiesin Victoria Countylast_img read more

Nominees announced for 2018 Leo Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Will vampires rules the 2018 Leo Awards?Nominees for the Leo Awards – which recognize on-screen and behind-the-camera excellence in the British Columbia film and television sphere and are handed out over several splashy ceremonies each May and June – were posted overnight to the Leo Awards web site.Van Helsing – Syfy’s post-apocalyptic series about the badass descendant of the famed vampire hunter, and the humans and former humans around her who do whatever they need to do to survive – leads with 13 nominations, including three for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (for Christopher Heyerdahl, Jonathan Scarfe, and Aleks Paunovic). Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Ghost Wars follow up with seven nominations each (including Guest Performance nominations for Lee Majdoub and Agam Darshi for the former, and a Best Lead Performance nomination for Luvia Petersen for the latter). Advertisementlast_img read more

Rooters beware Nook Tablet may have a signed bootloader

first_imgIn our side-by-side comparisons with the Kindle Fire, one of the few areas where the Nook Tablet was the better choice was in its potential as a hacked tablet. Its extra storage, additional RAM, and SD card slot made it appear to be the more appealing purchase for those wanting to root and flash ROMs. But if you were ready to pounce on it due to this perceived advantage, you may want to reconsider. Initial reports are trickling in that Barnes and Noble may have given the device a signed bootloader, rendering it potentially unhackable.If this is eventually confirmed, and the device isn’t able to install custom ROMs, this could turn out to be an epic blunder for Barnes & Noble. While hackers probably spend less money on Barnes & Noble content, their feverish interest in the Nook Color was the driving force behind the tablet’s success. Tech blogs’ coverage of the reader’s hacks served as free publicity, and it made the device more recognizable to those who would never consider hacking. Taking that geek cred away just when the device gets a rival that is (in most ways) the better choice anyway could kill their slate’s momentum.On top of the signed bootloader talk, developers are also saying that the Nook Tablet won’t be able to boot off of the SD Card — at least not without additional workarounds. Yet another perk of the Nook Color was its ability to boot from the SD card. This allowed the device to run custom ROMs without tampering with the internal memory.While it’s worth staying calm and waiting to hear more before jumping to conclusions, we also wouldn’t recommend rushing to buy a Nook Tablet right now. If you were planning on using it as more than just a Barnes & Noble virtual store, you may be in for some disappointment.via The Digital Reader, XDA-developerslast_img read more

US interim coach says Italy will not have it easy

first_imgThe United States and the Azzurri will play in Belgium in their last friendly match of the year 2018Italy will host the United States tomorrow night, in their last friendly match of this year.And for U.S. interim manager Dave Sarachan, the Azzurri will have a difficult time playing against the Americans.“Over the course of 12 months, in all the matches we’ve played, we’ve made it somewhat hard on teams; whether it’s getting in on tackles or blocking passing lanes or making it difficult for teams to really create a lot of chances,” Sarachan said according to ESPN.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I thought in the England game we lost that element a little bit.”“We’ve addressed that, being a little more of a risk-taking team and being more aggressive, not in a way to foul but just making it hard on the opponent. I think that’s what we’re looking for [on Tuesday].”“We’re always looking for goal scorers, and I think Josh has a fairly bright future with the program,” Sarachan added.“We felt it was important for him to get a head start in gaining experience and being a part of these important games, and I think in the big picture that’s going to go a long way.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, August 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: Join the Wilmington Memorial Library for its third annual Summer Bash on the Swain Green from 5pm to 7:30pm! Bring your lawn chairs and your blankets! Relax and enjoy dinner from the Amigos Locos Tex-Mex or Amigos Locos Cantina food trucks (affordable prices plus kid friendly options). Mimzee’s Ice Cream Truck will be there if you want to purchase a cool treat. Music will be provided by Vanessa Trien and the Dancing Monkeys.  Children’s games and entertainment will be part of the evening’s festivities. Balloon twister Casper the Spectacular will be making his famous balloon creations!In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. Summer Bash from 5pm to 7:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Walker Ill pull reserves tax if AKLNG partners cement withdrawal agreement

first_imgGov. Bill Walker (File photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker says he would consider removing a controversial natural gas reserves tax from consideration during this month’s special legislative session — but only if the state’s partners in the Alaska LNG pipeline project can negotiate an acceptable replacement by Friday, Oct. 23. That’s the day before the session is scheduled to open.Download AudioThe state is partnering with ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips on the project, which would bring natural gas from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula for export.Walker has been pushing for a “withdrawal agreement” to ensure the project could go forward even if one company decides to pull out. When the partners failed to come to an agreement earlier this fall, he proposed the reserves tax, which would dock companies for any natural gas left in the ground.The other big issue on the agenda is whether or not the state should buy out its fourth partner, pipeline builder TransCanada.The governor has not yet released specific legislation for either issue — a delay that’s irritated the legislature’s Republican majority.With two days to go until the session opens, it’s already off to a testy start. The governor’s staff had scheduled a five-hour briefing on gasline issues for all 60 lawmakers Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24. But Republicans in the House and Senate balked — and scheduled hearings during that time instead.In a statement, House Speaker and Kenai Republican Mike Chenault said lawmakers have “already lost valuable time” by not seeing the bills in advance, and would be better served by going immediately into hearings.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Walker said that’s fine. His administration will hold the briefing at 8 a.m. Saturday for whichever lawmakers want to attend. He said the legislation will be ready by the start of the session.last_img read more

Lionel Messi banned from international football for 3 months gets 50000 fine

first_imgAnother disappointing performance at the international level from Lionel Messi.Gabriel Rossi/Getty ImagesArgentia star Lionel Messi has been fined $50,000 and suspended from international football for three months for the controversial accusations he made after he was red-carded in the third-place playoff against Chile in the Copa America 2019. The Barcelona star will miss friendly matches against Chile (September 5), Mexico (September 10) and Germany (October 10) and another match from the World Cup qualifiers.The 32-year-old superstar accused football body CONMEBOL of corruption after he got red-carded against Chile. Argentina eventually won the match 2-1 with goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala. The Argentine was sent off in the 37th minute of the match after he went into a brawl with Chile defender Gary Medel. The sending off infuriated football fans and former players raised their voices against the decision.The Argentine legend had been fuming after the semi-final loss against Brazil and this escalated his anger. After the match, he criticised the referee and gave some statements which raised the eyebrows of the CONMEBOL authorities. Lionel Messi.Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images”We don’t have to be part of this corruption. The lack of respect that they have shown us throughout this tournament. Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit,” he said.”I think the cup is fixed for Brazil. I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do in this final and that Peru can compete because they have the team to do so although I think it’s difficult,” he added.CONMEBOL condemned the accusations and stated the comments to be unacceptable and showing lack of respect. Now, they have put a ban on the Barcelona legend.Messi has seen the red card once before in international games against Hungary in his debut match in 2005.At this moment the Barca star is focused on his new season with Barcelona. Having Antoine Griezmann on his side, it will be interesting to see how he coordinates with the Frenchman to defend the La Liga title.last_img read more

Allocation for EastWest Metro comes down in Union Rail Budget

first_imgKolkata: The Rail Budget presented by acting Union Finance minister Piyush Goyal on Friday has come up as a mixed bag for the ongoing Metro projects in the city. The allocation in some projects has gone up, but the long-length Metro projects have been allocated less.The allocation for the East West Metro has come down from Rs 1,100 crore in 2018 to Rs 905 crore this year. However, the Budget has allocated Rs 10 crore for extension of the EW Metro from Central Park to Haldiram. It is a new project proposed by the state government early in 2018 as an extension of the East West Metro Railway. The move was geared to reduce the traffic pressure on VIP Road. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA detailed project report (DPR) for the extension was prepared and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) that was implementing the EW Metro project approved it, following which the Centre’s nod was sought. The original EW Metro project was from Sector V in Salt Lake to Howrah Maidan. According to the plan, there will be five new Metro stations along VIP Road, namely Baisakhi, Kestopur, Baguiati, Raghunathpur and Haldiram’s. The 6.7 km extension upto Haldiram’s will lead to an additional cost of Rs 1,347 crore. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have made it clear to the railways that the plan of the extended part of the project has been chalked out in such a way that there will be no trouble with land. If railways follow our proposed plan for the extension then there is no need to acquire land,” a senior official of the state Transport department said. The Budget for another big Metro project from New Garia to Kolkata Airport has also seen a drop of Rs 10 crore in comparison to 2018. Last year, the allocation was Rs 355 crore, which has come down to Rs 345 crore this year. Meanwhile, the allocation for the Joka-BBD Bag Metro project remained the same with Rs 100 crore. The proposed Baranagar-Dakshinsheswar Metro project received a boost with an allotment of Rs 65 crore this year. Not a single penny was allocated for this project in 2018. The allotment for the project from Noapara to Barasat also saw a rise from Rs 187 crore last year to Rs 225 crore.last_img read more

Fall of the House of Bush How last name and Donald Trump

first_imgRelated posts:Super Tuesday: Polls open in the South and New England on a fateful day Mexico to contact US candidates to rebut ‘disinformation’ Campaign aims to ‘defeat Trump’ by encouraging more U.S. expat votes What Trump’s achievement has inspired For Jeb Bush’s campaign, August was a cruel month. Donald Trump’s attacks on the former Florida governor as a “low-energy” politician were beginning to stick, and the two were bickering over immigration. The issue before the Bush team was what to do about it.Some advisers argued for an aggressive response, even to the point of challenging Trump to some kind of one-on-one confrontation. Others resisted, believing Trump’s candidacy was unsustainable, while some cautioned against getting “into a pigpen with a pig,” as one adviser recalled. Others described it as “trying to wrestle with a stump.”Those summer days crystallized the plight of a campaign that had begun with enormous expectations and extraordinary resources, as the scion of one of America’s dynastic political families sought to follow his father and brother to the presidency.At what would become a crucial moment, Bush’s team had no clear strategy for a rival who was beginning to hijack the Republican Party that the Bush family had helped to build, other than to stay the course set months earlier of telling Bush’s story to voters.“There was no consensus,” senior strategist David Kochel said of the discussions about how to combat the threat of Trump’s candidacy. Other campaigns were wrestling with the same problems, but as the front-runner in the polls at the time, Bush would suffer more than the others.On Saturday night, the candidacy that had begun with such promise ended quietly after a disappointingly weak fourth-place finish in South Carolina.Ever the gracious realist, Bush announced in his concession speech that he would end his campaign as Trump continued to soar as the GOP front-runner. “I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds,” he said.Whether Jeb Bush ever had a chance to win the Republican nomination in a campaign year that proved so ill fitting for a rusty politician who preferred policy papers to political combat is a question that will be debated long after the 2016 race has ended.“Donald Trump channeled the worst fears, frustrations and anxiety of voters, but he also magnified those same feelings,” Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s chief strategist and confidant, said on Sunday in an email. “It would be difficult for any solutions-oriented conservative to tackle Trump in this environment, much less one who was seen as having been so much a part of the establishment. He was never going to be an angry guy-and voters wanted angry.”Another key strategist explained what had happened this way on Sunday. “Our theory was to dominate the establishment lane into the actual voting primaries,” he said. “That was the strategy, and it did not work. I think it was the right strategy for Jeb. The problem was there was a huge anti-establishment wave. The establishment lane was smaller than we thought it would be. The marketplace was looking for something different, and we’ll find out how that ends when we have a nominee.”The result is one of the most startling failures in the modern history of American politics: the fall of the House of Bush. It is a human story about the struggles of one of the most successful former governors in America in his bid to become president, like his father and brother, set against the backdrop of one of the strangest political cycles the country has seen in years.Beyond underestimating the anger in the electorate, three other problems led to Bush’s downfall. First, the candidate and his team misjudged the degree of Bush fatigue among Republicans.Aides said an internal poll conducted last fall showed discouraging news: roughly two-thirds of voters had issues with Bush’s family ties. “Bush stuff was holding him back” said one aide who saw the polling data. “We obviously knew it was an issue, but even still, the gap between it and other issues – I don’t think we thought it would be that big.”Second, Bush and his team miscalculated the role and power of money and traditional television commercials in the 2016 race. During the first six months of 2015, Bush raised more than $100 million, most of it stockpiled in a super PAC called Right to Rise USA, a strategy that seemed right at the time but came at the cost of not dealing with other pressing needs.“We didn’t use that time to introduce him as a unique brand,” said Vin Weber, an outside adviser. “We used it to raise money. I don’t want to say they made an obvious and clear mistake, but in retrospect it was a mistake.”The aggressive fundraising came to be known as “shock and awe,” an echo of the initial bombing of Iraq by U.S.-led forces before the 2003 invasion. In the campaign context, it could be read as code to other potential candidates to get out of the way. But the prodigious fundraising of Bush’s broad network scared off no one. As the Bush campaign would learn, every credible candidate today has a few billionaire friends who can enrich a super PAC. In the end, all that money came to symbolize frustration rather than power.Third, Bush ran a campaign that, whether deliberate or not, was rooted in the past, managed by loyalists who admired Bush and enjoyed his confidence, but who, like the candidate, found themselves in unfamiliar political terrain.His advisers were persuaded from the start that the more voters learned about what Bush had done as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, they would flock to him as their presidential candidate. Bush stubbornly held to that approach -even as evidence mounted that it was out of step with voters.Doug Gross, a prominent Iowa Republican, recalled meeting with Bush in July 2014 in Kennebunkport, Maine, to talk about the impending campaign. “He definitely wanted to run, he’s always had it in him and knew this was his last chance,” Gross said. “He was trying to figure out how to do it his own way. I was struck by his obstinate avoidance of any political discussion. . . . He wanted to do it his way or no way.”Skirmish, then turning awayIn contrast to the doldrums of August 2015, July seemed a glorious time for the Bush team. Early that month, Team Jeb gathered in Kennebunkport to celebrate that the campaign and two allied political committees had together raised nearly an unprecedented $120 million. The numbers were made public as nearly 300 major Bush fundraisers assembled to mingle with the Bush family and campaign advisers.Guests were transported in black-and-red trolleys to Walker’s Point, the Bush family compound. The group gathered for a photo with former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.That evening, Bush touted the team’s record fundraising as guests dined on lobster rolls and hamburgers at a luxury resort tucked among a forest of birch groves and balsam fir. “It was incredibly memorable to be there with several generations,” said Jay Zeidman, a Houston-based investor who helped raise money from young professionals.The next day, the donors got briefings from senior Bush aides including Bradshaw, campaign manager Danny Diaz and finance director Heather Larrison. They laid out how the campaign planned to take on contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Throughout, there was little mention of Donald Trump.“None of us thought he would last the summer,” said one person who was in attendance.At that moment, however, Trump was already in the process of undermining Bush’s candidacy. If Bush had ever gone up against someone like Trump, it didn’t show. Trump was a new and different kind of rival, one given to personal insults rather than policy debates, who monopolized media coverage and got away with provocative statements that would have sunk normal politicians.After marching in two July 4 parades on a rainy Saturday in New Hampshire, reporters asked Bush about Trump’s claim that Mexico was allowing immigrants to illegally cross into the United States. It was one of the hundreds of times he would face such questions.Bush said “absolutely” he was offended by Trump’s rhetoric. “We’re going to win when we’re hopeful and optimistic and big and broad rather than ‘grrrrrr’ ” he said — literally, growling — “just angry all the time.”That very night, Trump attacked Bush as soft on immigration and took aim as well at Bush’s wife, Columba, who was born in Mexico and entered the country legally-retweeting and deleting a disparaging comment about her.Nothing, however, cut as close to the bone as Trump’s claim that Bush was too “low-energy” to serve as president.The accusation was laughable – until it began to stick. Trump’s charge was in fact a proxy for a different and more difficult argument to combat, that Bush was neither strong or edgy enough for a party seething with anger at the grass roots.“Nobody tapped into it, for all the polling, all the focus groups,” said Theresa Kostrzewa, a North Carolina lobbyist who raised money for the campaign. “The biggest thing they did was miss was just how angry the American electorate was and that Trump would be their Captain Ahab.”Bush’s advisers would contest that claim. They could see the anger, they said. The issue was what to do about it. “Donors, political operatives and big thinkers from around the country urged us to ignore Trump for months,” Bradshaw said. “There was no one in the news media or the operative class at the time who felt Trump would ultimately be a serious contender for the nomination.”At the same time, others feared that engaging Trump was almost beneath Bush and would thrust the candidate into a never-ending game of charge-countercharge. “Jeb should be bigger than this,” another aide recalled thinking.Over at Right to Rise, Bush’s super PAC, chief strategist Mike Murphy sent a clear signal: Trump is not our fight right now.“If other campaigns wish that we’re going to uncork money on Donald Trump, they’ll be disappointed,” the strategist told The Washington Post in late August. “Trump is, frankly, other people’s problem.”At that moment, the Bush team’s analysis showed that no Trump voters were likely to shift their support to Bush. Attacking Trump, an adviser to the super PAC said, would only have benefitted other candidates. Bush’s campaign needed to consolidate the establishment lane while hoping that Trump and Cruz would sort out the competition among the anti-establishment candidates.Bradshaw also dismissed complaints from some donors that she cut the candidate off from advice. Noting that Bush long has been active on email, Bradshaw responded in a message by saying: “Donors constantly gave conflicting advice — attack Trump, don’t attack Trump; smile more; smile less — you look like you are smirking. I didn’t tell people they were wrong – not my style – I did a lot of listening, and I’m sure there were things we could have done better – but withholding info from the Governor simply did not happen in our campaign.”For much of the autumn, Bush’s engagement with Trump was on-again, off-again — skirmish, then turning away. Not until late last year did he truly start a concerted and sustained series of attacks. Aides said Bush was particularly affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., and felt, as one adviser put it, it was “time to stand up to the bully.”“Jeb was the only candidate with the political courage at the time and frankly throughout the last six months to take on Trump directly for doing something that the governor felt was very harmful to the Party and to the country,” Bradshaw wrote. “There was no hesitation at that point given his comments about women, about Hispanics, his lack of knowledge on issues of national security and on and on.” Jeb Bush signs on the side of the road in New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016. Charles Ommanney/The Washington PostA flat-footed imageBush’s failure to come to terms with one of the downsides of his family name came to a head over a four-day period in May, when he stumbled over the decision by his brother, former president George W. Bush, to go to war in Iraq.Changing his answer on a daily basis, Bush came across as a flat-footed campaigner clearly uncomfortable articulating his views on the most critical moment of his brother’s presidency. But it highlighted as well the double-edged nature of being a candidate named Bush.A January Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly 6 in 10 Americans held an unfavorable view of Bush. He was the only Republican with a negative favorability rating: 44 percent said they have a favorable impression of the former governor while 50 percent rated him negatively. His rankings grew worse as the campaign progressed.A fundamental weakness, supporters said, was the lack of a coherent rationale for Bush’s candidacy and the failure to make inroads with activists on the right. “At the end of the day, it wasn’t clear the name was ever surmountable,” said a Bush donor. “If the name was going to be surmounted, it would have to be because there was a fresh set of ideas.”Bush offered ideas, but in a campaign dominated by Trump, they were ignored or lost to most voters.One of the biggest tactical advantages Bush appeared to have early on — a richly endowed super PAC — was not the invincible weapon his team thought it would be. It cut off his access to a key adviser, Murphy, whom he installed at the group’s helm.It also meant that during the first six months of last year, nearly all of the coverage about Bush focused on how he was socking away millions into the super PAC, all while maintaining that he had not decided whether to run. In an election brimming with anger toward the wealthy elite, Bush seemed almost flippant about his pursuit of big dollars.Murphy was convinced that much of what was taking place was noise and that when the voters began to check in, the super PAC’s financial might would be overpowering.First, the committee would use it to lay out Bush’s biography. Then, as necessary, the group would turn its arsenal on his rivals. “Our job is just to amplify his story and what he’s saying and we banked enough cash that nobody’s turning our speaker off,” Murphy told Bloomberg Politics in October.Back at campaign headquarters, the team hewed to that timetable and sensibility. Once the Bush record was burned into voters’ minds, attitudes would shift, Bradshaw said at the time. A Bush donor complained, “Murphy had a timetable, and nothing mattered until December and January.”By the end of January, Right to Rise had raced through at least $95.7 million out of the $118.6 million it had collected, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Almost $87 million went into a barrage of television ads, online videos, slick mailers and voter phone calls-to no avail.Mel Sembler, a former Bush ambassador who helped raise money for the super PAC and served on its governance board, said he believes the group’s strategy was sound.“We had confidence in Mike, and I think we did the best we could in deploying of resources,” Sembler said. “That’s not where the problem is. … The timing was not right for Jeb. Our candidate was just not connecting with the electorate.”Retaining his good humorThe final months were difficult for Bush. After a particularly weak performance during a debate in Boulder, Colo., in October in which Rubio appeared to get the better of him, there were suggestions that he might quit the campaign right then.Reporters who made inquiries about the possibility were brushed off. In the middle of it all, Bush spotted a reporter who was a regular on the trail with him. “Hey — I didn’t drop out, did I?” he shouted. “You know, that kind of stuff really gets my juices going. I’m going to win this thing, and when I do — you’re going to give me a big hug.”Through it all, Bush attempted to keep both good humor and determination in the face of the inevitable.“I was stunned by how well he handled the last month of this campaign when the writing was on the wall,” said Tim Miller, Bush’s communications director. “It is hard to go out there every day and put on a fake smiley face. He was in really high spirits and didn’t lash out at people in private throughout the last two months.”The final indignity in a campaign that had suffered through many came three days before Saturday’s primary, when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Rubio rather than a man she described as a friend and mentor.When it ended on Saturday night, Bush told saddened supporters, “We put forward details, innovative, conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face. Because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters.”His final remarks as a presidential candidate were a reflection of the campaign he had constructed from the start, one he had built to his unique specifications, which nonetheless proved to be a mismatch for a political environment that had caught him by surprise – and for which he paid a hefty price.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

More Workshops for the NSW Tourism Awards Entrants

first_imgThe Tourism Industry Council NSW, in partnership with Destination NSW, has today announced an additional three Tourism Awards Workshops, as well as a teleconference option, which will be held to encourage tourism businesses to enter the prestigious NSW Tourism Awards.Workshops will be held in Sydney CBD, Castle Hill, Goulburn and via teleconference on the 17th, 23rd, 24th and 25th of July 2013, respectively.These highly sort after sessions will explain the changes in the criteria and rules since 2012, how to best structure submissions, what judges specifically look for and to explain what the mentoring program is and who it can be offered to.Andrew Jefferies, General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW – organiser of the NSW Tourism Awards, welcomed this initiative.“These workshops are designed to foster and develop local businesses within our industry, with the aim to enhance and develop New South Wales as the premier state for tourism across Australia.“New South Wales secured a massive 16 wins (seven gold awards and nine silver awards) at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart earlier this year and we wish to grow this number even further,” said Mr Jefferies.Winners from this year’s New South Wales Tourism Awards go through to represent the state at the national awards level to be held in Sydney, next February.These workshops encourage tourism businesses to take a fresh look at their business operations whilst a thorough and effective judging program audits the product based upon the quality, strategies and acumen of the business.Source = Tourism Industry Council NSWlast_img read more

See the sea – 5 Cs of Chennai

first_imgA Responsible Tourism approach towards Coastal and Community DevelopmentBy A. Lajwanti NaiduIndian spiritual belief system comprises of Panchabhutaor five elements. They are Earth –prithvi, Water –jal, Air –Vayu, Fire –Agni, Ether -Akasham. Water – one of the 5 elements of Panchatatva is a life giving element. Civilizations have developed on the banks of the rivers.  From Indus valley to Mespotomian civilization, water facilitated the growth of humanity perpetually.Aligned with the Cape Town declaration of Responsible Tourism to ‘create better places for people to live and tourists to visit’, the Chennai Municipality is taking keen interest and initiatives to keep the life of the city clean. The present government has clearly understood that Responsible Tourism is not a product but it an approach which can be used by travellers, tour operators, and planning authorities of national and regional level. Moreover this approach involvesseveral stakeholders to sustain it at the grass root level.My recent visit to Chennai has brought a paradigm shift in the good governance practices adoptedby thecity municipality.The Indian Coast line is 7516 km with a vast potential to promote beach tourism. The nearest European country which matches this figure is Italy- 7600 km. Apart from this India is one of the major fish suppliers in the world. Presently fisheries and aqua culture contributes 1.07% to the GDP. Fisheries are an important sector in India providing employment to millions of people and contributing to the food security of the country. With an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of over 2 million sq km and fresh water resources it enhances not only the economic development but also provides livelihood to several fishing communities.There are more than 14 million people rely on fishing. In Tamil Nadu alone, 2.23 lakh people depend on fishing. In Chennai, there are 96 wholesale and retail fish markets. My visit to Nochikuppam, a fishing hamlet near Marina beach, gave me insight into the life of more than 15,000 people from the fishermen community who were living for over decades. Since 1985, Tamil Nadu government has been trying to relocate them to different locations as they want to develop this as tourist place. The new locations were not convenient for the fishermen, as they are far away from the sea and also from the city. Sivinpadaivithikuppam is another fishing village in north Chennai. Past 100 years, 5000 people were living here. Here, 99% of the fishermen do net fishing.Considering the Coast line and the fishermen communityI found that the initiatives taken by the municipality has beckoned the others to follow.  Following are the 5 Cs to transform into Charismatic Chennai.Coastal Development: The infrastructural Development on the coastal areas enhanced the beauty of the city. Measures are taken to clean the beaches by various volunteer groups. The beach cleaning was organised as part of the Joy of Giving to the nature led by a Non Governmental Organisation, Bhumi. Over a thousand people from every walk of life, from the employees of the Barclays Bank, to students of Chennai’s Corporation schools, to volunteers from the Chennai Trekking Club and other civic organisations in the city participate in  cleaning up which  happens at the Light House, Santhome, Broken Bridge near Elliot’s Beach and Foreshore Estate. The volunteers manage to collect a total of 4.65 tons of waste approximately in every cleaning session and later on it is used in a more productive and responsible way.Carrying Capacity: Chennai is proud about the natural coastline. The Marina Beach, The VGP Golden Beach- all of them havecertain standards which they adhere to along with the crowd management. The sports activities are generally scheduled in the morning or evening and tourists and families on weekend and holidays. The citizens are also highly sensitised about the conservation of aquatic bodies through various responsible initiatives.Community Development: The children of the fishermen community were educated at several colleges in Chennai under the University of Madras. In all the application forms for the admissionsthere are special provisions for ‘First Generation Learners’ where the child is the first individual to embark on the journey towards reading, writing and learning.Special emphasis is given to education in sports and extra-curricular activities which boost the confidence and self-esteem of the child.Corporation Initiatives: Women are employed at various parts to collect the plastic waste and keep the beach clean. A monetary benefit for working apart from selling fish has motivated them to take part in these initiatives.  For women,sea is their mother goddess.A part of the waste that was collected was also segregated into plastic and biodegradable waste. The plastic waste that littered the beaches was then sent to make some tough roads in the village of Medambakkam in the Kacheepuram district. The village head requested for the plastic. So after segregation it was sent to the village for use to lay the roads which was a noble initiative of the corporation.Competitive Destination: Compared to another beach destination like Kanyakumari, Vishakhapatnam, Rameswarm, Cochin etc Chennai predominately stands out for the impact of the British Colonial rule. The impact of English as a medium of communication, the simple Dravidian way of living combined with spirituality has definitely gives Chennai an added advantage.last_img read more