The Latest Gear and Camera News, Plus the Legalization of Drones

first_imgTake a look at last month’s top headlines. Camera news, upcoming gear, the latest rumors, and the commercialization of drones.Top image via CanonIt’s been a little while since our last news roundup, and there have been a ton of announcements since. New cameras from Canon, Panasonic and Lytro lead the news, but rumors of the GH5 steal all the attention. Big trade shows are near, so prepare for many more headlines to appear after IBC 2016 and Photokina.Canon Announces the 5D Mark IV, C700, XC15, and Sells Their CMOS Sensor to Third Parties.The new 5D Mark IV was a long time coming, and many feel disappointed by the minor advancements made.  The camera shoots 4K up to 30fps and the body starts at $3499. For more specs, read our full article on the 5D Mark IV release here.For studio and broadcast video producers, Canon also announced an all new A camera — Canon C700. This camera is their new flagship Cine EOS body, and it’s the manufacturer’s most modular cine camera body to date. The C700 starts at $28,000 and comes in three options: EF Mount CMOS Sensor, PL Mount CMOS Sensor, and PL Mount Global Shutter. See more Canon C700 specs and demo footage here.Canon also released one more camera that didn’t grab as many headlines or fanfare — the Canon XC15. The compact professional 4K camera starts at $2399. You can see more stats and info on the Canon XC15 over at Cinema5D.Finally, Canon quietly announced the decision to start selling their CMOS sensor to third parties, even though they won’t start for another two years. The move comes much later than Sony’s success with their collaboration with Panasonic, as well as RED’s collaboration with Panavision on the DXL.Speaking of the Sony and Panasonic collaboration…Panasonic Lumix GH5 Rumors and the HC-X1 Video CameraAhead of many of the biggest fall trade shows and conferences, new GH5 rumors have come to light. Rumors suggest the camera will use the same Sony 16MP sensor found in the GX80 and GX85 cameras. It’s believed the camera will shoot 4K video up to 60fps and take 6K stills. Read all about the Panasonic Lumix GH5 rumors here.Panasonic announced the HC-X1, a 4K video camera designed for news and documentary shooters. You can read more about the Panasonic HC-X1 on Cinema5D.The Legalization of Drones for Commercial UseThe FAA has officially released the steps for attaining the new Remote Pilot Certificate, a new certification made for pilots of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. Hobbyist and those wanting to fly a Small UAS must register their drones with the FAA. The registration cost is $5. For those wanting to fly for commercial use, they must apply and test for a Remote Pilot Certificate. The 60-question test costs $150 and certification requires a passing grade of at least 70%.For all the steps involved, as well as the study guides, read our summary of the Remote Pilot Certificate process here.Lytro Releases Immerge VR Demo FootageLytro has been working on some really advanced futuristic cameras. Their cinema camera gives full control of footage in post-production, allowing editors to change the depth of field, focus, color, and a variety of other options. With their Immerge VR camera, video producers have the possibility to create infinite space.You can read more about the Lytro Immerge on No Film School.MIT Will Change the Future of FilmThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released three papers that will impact the video production industry. Their work really must be seen to be believed. From manipulating objects in post-production, to artificial intelligence developing realistic sound effects, to a glasses-free 3D experience, you must get a glimpse of the future here.Edelkrone Releases a New Type of SliderGear manufacturer Edelkrone announced the Wing, a new compact slider that doesn’t work with rails. Don’t let the release video fool you, it is still a manually operated piece of equipment. However, it’s perfect for the travel videographer on the go.Read more about the Edelkrone Wing on Cinema5D.Cell Phone Cameras Get a BoostTwo stories of note here. Much like Zeiss’ iPhone lenses, Hasselblad looks to get into cell phone attachments with an add-on 10x zoom lens that captures RAW images for the Moto Z line of smartphones. The True Zoom gives users a physical shutter button and zoom controls designed in an ergonomically friendly cell phone attachment. Read more about the Hasselblad True Zoom on PetaPixel.Pinch to zoom comes to Instagram on iOS devices, with an update to Android coming in the coming weeks. This comes after the big update to add up to 60-second videos.Which of these news items excites you most? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

6 Creative Ways To Enhance Your Next Film with Gels

first_imgLearn how to easily use color gels to modify light and create breathtaking imagery for your film or video project.When it comes to cinematography, the easiest way to create color contrast is by using gels. Typically, a filmmaker will work with either tungsten- (3200k) or daylight (5600K) balanced lights, which only provide two different color temperatures. With gels, you can manipulate color and create the mood you need very easily.For this tutorial, we are using the color correction and color effects filter kits from Rosco. Orange TealTo quickly create a strong orange and teal look, throw a 1/2 CTO (color temperature orange) gel onto your 3200k key light. Then change the white balance of your camera to 3200k. If there is daylight peeking through the windows, you will have a orange teal look. If you don’t have daylight, balance any other lights affecting the background to daylight using blue gels. Neutral Skin, Blue BackgroundThis is similar to creating an orange and teal look; however, use a 1/4 CTO for your key light and balance your camera to the lights temperature. This will keep your subject’s skin tones neutral while maintaining a strong blue look in the background. Two-Tone LightingCreate two separate colors by using two gels. Our key light is using a primary blue gel while the fill light uses a middle rose gel. Golden HourTo create the crisp look of the sun during golden hour, make sure your light is tungsten-balanced. Then use a full CTO along with either a full CTS (Color Temperature Straw) or 1/2 CTS gel.center_img Looking for more on lighting? Check out these articles:Lighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting FilmSet Hack: Hollywood Lighting With Simple Household ItemsAdd Background Lighting To Achieve Three-Dimensional SpaceTips and Tricks for Harnessing the Lighting Power of FireLighting A Scene Solely With Practicals Color DepthLooking to shoot a party scene? The Rosco Color Effects kit has your solution. For our key light, we are using a daylight blue gel. The back light has a middle rose, and the wall light has a light red gel clipped on. White Light “Moonlight”To create a neutral, white light, use a no color blue gel from the Rosco Color effects kit.last_img read more

Policeman killed in Pulwama

first_imgA police head-constable was killed by suspected militants when he was attending a wedding in Pulwama on Monday evening.A police spokesman told The Hindu that militants fired upon head constable Ashiq Hussain at Pulwama’s Padgampora village, where he had gone to attend a wedding. “He succumbed to the bullet injuries in the hospital,” said the police.The victim was posted at the Awantipora police station.last_img

Can You Name That Smell?

first_imgAsk a group of people to describe the color of a sheet of paper, a cloud, or a glass of milk, and chances are they’ll all say “white.” But ask the same group to describe the smell of cinnamon, and you’ll likely get a potpourri of answers, ranging from “spicy” to “smoky” to “sweet,” and sometimes all three. When it comes to naming smells, humans struggle to find concise, universal terms. Indeed, scientists have long thought the ability was out of our reach. But a new study indicates that the inhabitants of a remote peninsula in Southeast Asia can depict smells as easily as the rest of us pick colors.The study concerns the Jahai, nomadic hunter-gatherers who live in the mountain rainforests along the border between Malaysia and Thailand. Smell is very important to this society. Odors are often evoked in illness, or medicine, for example, and it is one of the few cultures to have words devoted exclusively to smells. “For example, the term pʔus (pronounced ‘pa-oos’) describes the smell of old huts, day-old food, and cabbage,” says Asifa Majid, a psychologist at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. This suggests, she says, that the Jahai can isolate basic smell properties, much like we can isolate the color white from milk.To find out if the Jahai are better at naming smells than the rest of us, Majid and colleagues asked native Jahai speakers and native English speakers to describe 12 different odors: cinnamon, turpentine, lemon, smoke, chocolate, rose, paint thinner, banana, pineapple, gasoline, soap, and onion. The Jahai easily and consistently named the odors, whereas English speakers struggled, the team reports in the February issue of Cognition.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(*)For example, all Jahai speakers tested agreed that the smell of cinnamon should be described as cŋəs, pronounced “cheng-us,” the same word they use for the smells of garlic, onion, coffee, chocolate, or coconut. This suggests that Jahai are able to identify common odor properties in all of these foods, suggesting a special perception ability compared with other cultures.In contrast, Majid says, “English descriptions for odors were five times longer and nearly every participant came up with a completely different name. There is little consensus on how to describe smells, and people often give many conflicting and contradictory descriptions.” What’s more, she notes, when English speakers described smells, they often used the source of the smell in their description; a lemon, for example, smelled “lemony.” The Jahai, meanwhile, had their own unique words for the smells.The disparity may be due to importance of odors in the daily life of the Jahai, says Douglas Medin, a psychologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and an expert in cognition and learning in indigenous cultures. In a dense rainforest, trunks can look the same, for example, so it is not always possible to identify a tree just by its looks, says Medin, who was not involved in the work. In addition, after a heavy rain, smells become more evident and you can easily identify a pile of monkey scat, decomposing leaves, or flowers nearby, if you learn to identify the smells. Alternatively, having an agreed-upon way to describe a smell that could attract a tiger might save your life.It’s also possible that the Jahai are built differently than the rest of us. The genes that code for the olfactory receptors in our noses exhibit a great deal of variation not only between different human populations but also between people. So it may be that the Jahai have evolved more of these receptors or a greater diversity of them than everyone else, much like the Tsimane tribe from the Bolivian rainforest were shown to be more sensitive to smells than were Germans.“We won’t be able to answer these questions until comparable studies are carried out on lots of other human cultures,” says Nicholas Evans, a psychologist and biologist specializing on the diversity of linguistic structures at Australian National University in Canberra. “But this study has broken open the seal on the perfume bottle.”last_img read more

NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “FEU is a very systematic and strong team so we really expected a good fight from them,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.“So I told my players to brace for a storm because a storm is what FEU will bring.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe two teams were dead even offensively, scoring on 56 spikes apiece, but the Lady Bulldogs had a slight edge on service aces, 10-8, and errors, 32-35. Jaja Santiago showed her might against FEU, putting up 25 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas added 15. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FILE PHOTO – National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University overcame Far Eastern University in four sets, 22-25, 28-26, 29-27, 25-22, to keep its unbeaten run in the group stages of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group B while the Lady Tamaraws are in close second with a 2-1 card. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ginebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Late Rolando Winner Sends Marseille to Europa League Final

first_imgSALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Marseille advanced to its first European final in 14 years after a goal late in extra-time gave it a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday.Five minutes after coming on as a substitute, Portuguese defender Rolando volleyed in a corner from captain Dimitri Payet in the 116th minute.Amadou Haidara, after a solo run, and an own goal from Bouna Sarr had given Salzburg a 2-0 lead in 90 minutes to make up for the 2-0 defeat from the first leg in France a week ago.Marseille will meet Atletico Madrid in the final in Lyon on May 16 after the Spanish side beat Arsenal 1-0 with a goal from Diego Costa to win 2-1 on aggregate.“It was a completely crazy match. Thanks to our character we managed to score that goal,” said Payet, adding that Marseille would enter the final as “outsiders.”The French club will be aiming for its second European trophy after winning the Champions League 25 years ago. It has not appeared in a final since losing to Valencia in the UEFA Cup in 2004.“It’s been a long season and our character has always been our strength,” defender Adil Rami said. “It will be a great match against Atletico. We want to win that final.”Marseille’s Rolando scores his side’s first goal in the additional time during the Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match between FC Salzburg and Olympique Marseille in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)The late goal denied Salzburg a chance to become the first Austrian club to reach a European final since Rapid Vienna was beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the 1996 Cup Winners’ Cup.“We are very disappointed. We had a great Europa League season but forgot to give ourselves the reward for that,” Salzburg coach Marco Rose said.Marseille had few problems in a first half that lacked clear scoring opportunities.The French side went close in the sixth minute when Rami just failed to meet Payet’s curling free kick.Payet guided Marseille to victory a week ago, setting up both goals, and again he orchestrated most of the team’s attacks.Salzburg dominated possession after the opening 10 minutes but created little danger. Its fast-paced combinations often lacked precision while Marseille defended well.The home team’s only shot on target came after 13 minutes when striker Munas Dabbur tested goalkeeper Yohann Pele with a low strike from just outside the penalty area.Salzburg stepped up a gear in the second half. Soon after Valere Germain’s volley from another Payet cross went wide, Haidara picked up a pass by Stefan Lainer and dribbled past four defenders before beating Pele with the outside of his right foot.Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur reacts during the Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match between FC Salzburg and Olympique Marseille in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)It set off a 15-minute period of frenetic play from the home team and Salzburg drew level on aggregate in the 65th minute.Rami tried to clear a cross by Haidara but sent the ball straight to Xaver Schlager. The midfielder’s effort looked like going wide but it was deflected by Sarr and left Pele stranded.Marseille bounced back strongly in the last 15 minutes of normal time with Payet finding Florian Thauvin, but his header landed on top of the crossbar.Salzburg had an escape in the closing minutes when referee Sergei Karasev denied Marseille a penalty although TV replays suggested defender Duje Caleta-Car had handled.Both teams missed a handful of clear-cut chances in extra-time, most notably Caleta-Car, who had a well-placed header saved by Pele’s spectacular dive minutes before Rolando struck. Also, Haidara was sent off with a second booking after pushing his elbow in Payet’s face.“I think we were the better team and had our chances in extra-time,” Schlager said. “It was still a super performance from us.”Marseille’s Dimitri Payet, center, is pulled by Salzburg’s Amadou Haidara during the Europa League second leg semifinal soccer match between Salzburg and Marseille, in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bulgin: cost effective IIoT solutions with new slimline photoelectric sensors

first_img Continue Reading Previous Elma: portable development platform enables collaboration and resource sharing within design teamsNext Advantech: THIN Mini-ITX AIMB-286 to support 8th gen Intel Core processors Rugged connector and component manufacturer Bulgin has launched a slimline range of photoelectric sensors as the first part of its new upcoming automation sensor series. Designed specifically for manufacturing automation and industrial automation proximity sensing operations, the SL Series sensors offer manufacturers a cost-effective and flexible solution for the implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things.The sensor interface converts a photonic input to an analogue or digital output. It can be used to detect distance, presence or absence of an object using a light transmitter and a photoelectric receiver, featuring a typical light point diameter of 5.0mm at 30mm. The diffuse reflective sensor can be used to detect objects from 1 to 40mm away with a response time of less than 0.5ms.With the body of the sensor measuring just 30 x 16 x 4.5mm, the simple, slim and efficient design saves valuable space on the assembly line. The SL Series features a waterproof and dustproof seal to any standard M5 interface as well as a high degree of mechanical and electrical stability.The IP67-rated sensors are made with highly robust casing stainless steel 316 material and can withstand a high degree of physical impact. They are vibration tested to 10-50Hz double amplitudes (X, Y & Z in each direction for two hours) and shock and bump tested to 1000m/s² (X, Y & Z in each direction six times).The SL Series is available with or without an M5 connector, and the cables are 2m in length. Both NPN & PNP output options are available.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Ronaldo is the best player in history, Zidane agrees

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo is the best player in history, Zidane agrees Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:55 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) zidane-ronaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla Primera División The Portuguese proclaimed himself the greatest exponent of the game ever – and his coach is not about to disagree Zinedine Zidane agrees with Cristiano Ronaldo’s bold claim that he is the “best player in history” following the Real Madrid star’s record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or triumph on Thursday.Ronaldo beat Lionel Messi and Neymar to the prestigious individual gong, moving level on five with his Argentinian rival.And the Portugal international came out with the assertion that his victory makes him the best footballer in history, claiming that there is nobody who can do what he does. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When asked if he agreed, Zidane said: “Yes. There are lots of players who have been very successful in this club, but no one has achieved what he has, and what he’s still going to achieve.”I think he’s the best player in the world. It’s easy to praise Ronaldo, though there’s little more that can be said.”You can see what he contributes to game every time he pays – he’s phenomenal.GFX Ronaldo“Just the other day I was chatting with a few people and said that a player who plays 15 years here will not achieve what Ronaldo has.”He’s made history here and will hopefully stay until he decides to hang up his boots.”Ronaldo often finds himself the subject of speculation that he is not happy in Madrid and is angling for a move away, but Zidane insists such stories are pure fiction.”He will always be here,” Zidane said. “There’s always that same debate with Ronaldo, if he’s happy or not.”People just want to ruffle his feathers, upset Real Madrid and those working here. He’s happy here, playing for the best club in the word.”There’s no debate, he came out and said so himself. We shouldn’t read too much into anything else now.”last_img read more

Heights of Adventure

first_img Neeta Lal May 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 10:38 IST With a world-class downhill skiing range, snowboarding, chairlifts and gondolas, 200 ski runs and a gondola perched 1,427 feet above the valley floor, Whistler takes physical activity to unprecedented levelsThe mountaintop breeze caresses my face and ripples through my jacket. Yet I feel warmed by the adrenaline that is coursing through my veins. Hard to say whether the excitement is triggered by Mother Nature and the effect her jaw-dropping beauty is having on me. Or the anticipation I feel just before launching off on my downhill ski journey.I’m at the aptly named Seventh Heaven’, a scenic perch in Whistler mountain resort located in the formidable shadow of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in British Columbia. At 8,171 skiable acres, this is North America’s signature ski destination known for its adrenaline-fuelling and fearinducing mountain experiences.I get here after a 90-minute scenic drive from Vancouver and am instantly smitten by my surrounds. With a world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding, 37 chairlifts and gondolas, 200 ski runs and a world recordholding gondola perched 1,427 feet above the valley floor, Whistler literally takes physical activity to dizzying heights.Named after the furry marmots that populate the area and whistle-like deflating balloons, the alpine village and 2010 Olympics venue attracts locals, tourists, Hollywood royalty and former Olympians alike, my guide Ryan Silverthorn tells me.During a painfully slow descent, with the help of my ski instructor, I also learn that the snow-swathed peaks of Seventh Heaven’s spectacular summit are among the world’s most popular venues for skiing. On this crisp, clear day, I can see other skiers a little away from our piste. Puffy white clouds are scudding across a cobalt blue sky.advertisementFar below me nestles a sun-kissed valley glistening with powdery snow. A wide-open terrain, along the fringe of evergreens, hosts carved out runs, like Angel Dust’ and Cloud Nine’ that offer more treacherous tracks to glide on. From my panoramic Blackcomb lookout I also spot vistas of Whistler Mountain, where more pathways lure die-hard skiers and snowboarders. Flanking the resort’s interconnecting pathways is an array of souvenir shops, art galleries, spiffy fashion boutiques, spas and sporting good shops.WINNER of the best ski resort in North America for multiple years running by SKI Magazine and a host of other publications, Whistler’s posh peaks can inspire both introspective personal journeys or unbridled adventures. While some go in search of perilous fall lines, the less adventuresome nip up to vertiginous heights in gondolas. The daredevils though opt for the longest zipline in Canada. Spanning an epic two km, The Sasquatch’ is a monster hitting speeds over 100 km/hour. However, Whistler’s most sought-after activity is the Peak 360 experience’. Holding three Guinness World Records for being the highest and longest lift in the world, the gondola whisks you across from Whistler’s peak to Blackcomb allowing you to take in 360 views of British Columbia from the mountain top.Whistler offers other enchantments too. A 10-minute walk from Whistler Village, we reach the Lost Lake, a spectacular waterbody surrounded by misty bike and walking trails. Grabbing a seat on a fallen tree, we take in the visual theatre of Whistler’s five-star biodiversity inhaling pine-scented air. Rare Alpine foliage, towering and elegant Douglas fir trees, conifers, hemlocks and spruces surround us. Though you are unlikely to spot grizzlies around the Lost Lake, sightings of black bears and marmots that stretch out on rocks in the sun and, errr, whistle aren’t uncommon. If you tune in, you can hear their call throughout Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, said Ryan.About 10 times larger than Lost Lake, is the nearby Green Lake, a glacier-fed waterbody perfect for picnicking on summer days with its barbecue sites and walking/biking trails that are fun to get lost in. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs.After all that activity, your sore muscles will likely need some TLC.Fret not. From Swedish spas and ice-cold vodka rooms, Whistler offers a myriad rejuvenation venues within its alpine setting. Lounge in spa pools at different temperatures from freezing to sizzling or ensconce yourself in a cedar sauna. Borrowing a page from the Finnish relaxation tradition of hot-cold-relax-repeat, local Scandinavian spas offer cold plunges, relaxation rooms and hot pools with cascading water.Foodies will love Whistler’s eclectic offerings. Buzzy cafes, breweries and restaurants offer tasty morsels along with beers and wines. For a taste of fresh, local haul I try Alta Bistro that serves inventive French cuisine headlining homegrown produce. Dishes such as local oysters paired with a preserved berry granita and fresh lemon and a Pork Shoulder Cassoulet’ (crackling, slow cooked white beans, soft poached egg, rich pork jus and mustard) tickle my taste buds.advertisementDays after my return, the flavours still dance on my palate!Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow TravelFollow JourneyFollow WhistlerFollow AdventureFollow Nature Heights of AdventureWhistler’s posh peaks can inspire introspective personal journeys as well as unbridled adventuresadvertisementlast_img read more

Personalized Plates For Motorcycles Now Available

first_imgMotorcycles sporting personalized plates will soon be travelling on Nova Scotia roads. “Over the past several years, we’ve had many requests to expand the personalized plate program to include motorcycles,” Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, June 15. “Today, motorcyclists now have the option to purchase personalized plates.” In 1989, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed customers to purchase a personalized plate for buses, campers, passenger or light commercial vehicles. The new personalized motorcycle plates will be similar to regular motorcycle plates and will have the words Nova Scotia at the top. The size of all motorcycle plates, including the personalized versions, has also been reduced from eight by five inches (20 by 12.5 centimetres) to seven by four inches (17.78 by 10.16 centimetres) to better fit some manufactured licence plate brackets and to align with those issued in other jurisdictions. “We are very pleased that motorcycles can now have personalized plates,” said Bob Hiltz, general manager of Privateers Harley Davidson. “There is a demand for personalized plates and for smaller plate brackets. Our customers will be pleased to see these changes.” Personalized motorcyclist plate applications are available from Access Nova Scotia centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle offices. Applicants must include their desired two- to six-character slogans. The registration fee for a personalized motorcycle plate is $86.25 per year. The plates are made to order and customers can expect to receive their plate four to six weeks after placing their order.last_img read more

Azam Khans name put on UP govts online list of land mafias

first_imgRampur (UP): Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s name has been put on an online list of land mafias by the district administration here following FIRs registered against him, drawing strong protest from his party which raised the issue in UP Legislative Council alleging that he is being framed in “fake” cases.The state BJP government dismissed the SP’s allegations, asserting it is treating everyone the same and the action is not driven by any political vendetta. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of anti land mafia portal of the state government on Thursday after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) JP Gupta told PTI. “The listing was done by SDM Sadar,” he said. The former Uttar Pradesh minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliDistrict Magistrate A K Singh said that the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for Jauhar University through coercion”. “The name of those who have acquired someone’s land with alleged criminal acts and continue to have possession over it are included in the list on the portal,” the DM pointed out. The Samajwadi Party, however, alleged that the move was a conspiracy by the Rampur District Magistrate to defame Khan and the university. SP president Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, to “probe” “fake cases” lodged against Khan in Rampur. Proceedings in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council were disrupted on Friday as Samajwadi Party members protested the registration of cases against Khan, terming them as “fake”. As soon as the House assembled at 11.00 am, Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Hasan raised the issue. He said, “Nearly a dozen cases have been registered against senior SP leader Azam Khan. The most painful thing is that he has taken land for building a university and not for any personal gains. In which direction is the government going? Azam Khan is a land mafia?”last_img read more

APTN host McKenzie a trailblazer

first_imgAPTN National NewsYou normally see APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie in front of a camera talking about the big issues of the day.On Thursday she took part in Ryerson University’s Indigenous women’s trailblazers lecture series.This year’s lecture series will feature a line-up of Indigenous women leaders in their field, from politicians to CEOs.McKenzie is the host and producer of APTN’s InFocus.McKenzie spoke to a group of about 100 people on the topic of broadcasting and the importance of getting Aboriginal stories out there.last_img

Toronto waterfront board moving forward with plan for new hightech neighbourhood

first_imgTORONTO – An additional US$40 million has been secured for a plan to build a new high-tech neighbourhood at Toronto’s waterfront.Waterfront Toronto said on Tuesday that its board voted to move forward in creating the plan with Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.Sidewalk Labs said the funding comes as the two sides signed a legal agreement on the plan. The company was chosen by Waterfront Toronto last October to present its ideas for a brand new area of the city.The high-tech district will be in the Quayside development, along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.According to a press release, Sidewalk Labs initially committed US$50 million to the planning phase. Sidewalk Labs spokesman Dan Levitan said another US$40 million had been committed on Tuesday.Levitan said the next steps for the planning includes holding a series of public consultations and noted that a draft plan will be released in early 2019 for another round of approvals.A proposal for the project says the high-tech community would centre on sustainability and affordability.Waterfront Toronto said the only commitment for the project at this time is creating a plan for Quayside.last_img read more

Chernobyl UN switches assistance efforts to focus on economic selfreliance

Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP’s Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, told reporters today that “we are already seeing grounds for optimism” about the ability of people living in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to take control of their economic destiny.“UNDP is trying to change the legacy of Chernobyl from one of despair and hopelessness to one of hope and prosperity and health,” she said.Ms. Sultanoglu said that for too long, relief efforts in the three countries worst affected by the April 1986 disaster had led to a culture of dependency that also fostered apathy and fatalism.Some five million people live in areas deemed by contaminated by radioactive waste from the reactor, and unemployment remains high, investors still largely shun the affected region and many young people move elsewhere in search of jobs and opportunities.Yet since 2004 UNDP has taken the lead in promoting efforts to encourage the communities to devise and then implement their own ideas for projects to help in recovery.Ms. Sultanoglu said the agency’s focus on socio-economic development meant a shift in emphasis from emergency and disaster relief to rehabilitation and sustainable development in which local communities set their own priorities and UNDP helps fund and support them.“We see our role at the United Nations as assisting national governments to create new jobs, to promote investments, support small and medium businesses and to rebuild a sense of self-reliance among the communities affected by the accident.”Already UNDP is involved in projects that have provided microcredit to small businesses in Russia, helped over 170 Ukrainian villages with job-creation schemes and formed part of a consortium in Belarus to promote sustainable development.Tomorrow the General Assembly is expected to consider a resolution that would proclaim the period until 2016 as a “decade of recovery and sustainable development” for territories in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine affected by the accident, and to help those communities make “a return to normal life.”The Chernobyl accident, in which explosions destroyed the core of one of the site’s reactors, forced more than 330,000 people to leave their homes, infected over 5,000 children with cancer and left millions of people across the former Soviet Union and the rest of Europe deeply worried about their health and livelihoods. 19 November 2007More than two decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in Chernobyl, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is working to end the “culture of dependency” that had emerged among people living near the site and to promote greater economic self-reliance and prosperity. read more

Shooting incident prompts UN emergency relief flights to abort mission in Angola

Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said the planes were carrying 17 tonnes of maize to Kuito when one pilot saw an explosion in the air, which he identified as a missile. The incident occurred 20 nautical miles from Kuito, which WFP says has only six days worth of food left to feed an increasing number of internally displaced persons.The spokesman said only one of the aircraft, which were forced to return to Catumbela, bore WFP markings. However, this flight has been occurring on a daily basis. This is the second such incident reported by WFP in recent weeks.

New iPhone nears as gadget makers begin to unveil their holiday lineups

NEW YORK, N.Y. – After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.Apple isn’t saying anything about the topic of the event, but the email invitation it sent to reporters contains a shadow in the shape of a “5” — a nod to the iPhone 5. It is being held in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.The new model is expected to work with fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks. That capability is something Samsung’s Galaxy S III and many other iPhone rivals already have. A bigger iPhone screen is also possible. The new model will likely go on sale in a week or two.Apple Inc. also plans to update its phone software this fall and will ditch Google Inc.’s mapping service for its own, as a rivalry between the two companies intensifies.In a related development, Google said Tuesday that it is releasing a new YouTube app for the iPhone and the iPad. The changes come amid the expiration of a five-year licensing agreement that had established YouTube as one of the built-in applications in Apple’s mobile devices.Still unknown is whether Apple will announce a smaller version of its iPad on Wednesday.Apple dominates the market for tablet computers, shipping seven out of every 10 tablets worldwide in the second quarter, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. Rivals have been trying to compete by producing smaller, cheaper models —such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. A mini iPad would challenge those relative newcomers.Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong, though the company lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year. Samsung Electronics Co. benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in the U.S. in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model it released last October. A new iPhone will allow Apple to recapture the attention and the revenue.Amid expectations of a new iPhone, Amazon, Nokia and Motorola all tried to generate interest in their products last week, hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales. Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season.Amazon announced four new Kindle Fire models and a new line of stand-alone e-readers, while Nokia and Motorola unveiled five new smartphones between them.Nokia and Microsoft, in particular, are trying to generate interest in a new Windows operating system out next month. The two phones announced by Nokia are among the first to run Windows Phone 8.Here’s a look at what to expect in the coming months:— REKINDLING THE FIREAmazon.com Inc.’s 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Kindle Fire is one of the smaller tablets with decent sales. On Friday, it will sell an updated version with a faster processor, more memory and longer battery life. It will also cut the price to $159, from $199, making it far cheaper than the iPad, which starts at $399 for the 2011 version still on sale. (The most recent ones start at $499.)Amazon is also releasing higher-end models under the Kindle Fire HD line. A 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) one will go for $199, while an 8.9-inch (22.6-centimetre) one will go for $299. There’s also a $499 model that can use the 4G cellular networks that phone companies have been building. A data plan will cost an extra $50 a year. The smaller HD model will start shipping Friday, while the larger ones will be available Nov. 20.Amazon also refreshed its line of stand-alone e-readers, offering the Paperwhite, with its own light source. Tablets such as the iPad and the Fire don’t work as well in bright light because they are lit from the back. Amazon says the light on the Paperwhite is directed down at the display.Barnes and Noble Inc., which makes the 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Nook Tablet, may have an update this fall as well.Toys R Us, meanwhile, said Monday that it is making a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) tablet aimed at children. The Tabeo will go on sale Oct. 21 for $149.99.— MOTOROLA’S RETURNThough it’s a pioneer in the cellphone industry, Motorola hasn’t had a hit since the Razr phone came out in 2004. Under new owner Google Inc., Motorola Mobility is trying to change that.Last week, Motorola announced three new smartphones bearing the Razr name. The $99 Droid Razr M will be in Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, the day after Apple’s announcement.Motorola will have two high-end models, the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, later this year. It’s emphasizing long battery life — up to 21 hours of talk time for the Maxx HD, or 10 hours of video streaming.These are the first major products from Motorola since Google bought the company for $12.4 billion in May. Google, meanwhile, continues to sell a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Android tablet, the Nexus 7, made in partnership with AsusTek Computer Inc.— CALLING ON WINDOWSMicrosoft Corp. will release a new version of the Windows operating system on Oct. 26, one that’s designed to work on both traditional computers and tablet devices. A new version of the Windows Phone system is coming out, too.Once-dominant phone maker Nokia Corp. has been struggling in the shadow of Apple and Android, and it’s counting on the new Windows system for a revival. Last week, Nokia and Microsoft unveiled two new devices under Nokia’s Lumia brand — the 820 and the 920.Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” He didn’t say what they would cost or which U.S. carriers would have them. Investors were disappointed, and Nokia’s stock fell 16 per cent on the day of the announcement.Samsung, which surpassed Nokia as the world’s largest maker of mobile phones in 2011 and overtook Apple in smartphones this year, showed off a Windows 8 phone late last month. It didn’t announce an availability date either.— SURFACEMicrosoft plans its own tablet computer, too. It’s new territory for Microsoft, which typically leaves it to others to make devices using its software. Now, it will be competing against its partners.The Surface tablet will come in two versions, both with 10.6-inch (26.9-centimetre) screens, slightly larger than the iPad’s. One model will run on phone-style chips, just like the iPad, and will be sold for a similar price. A heavier, more expensive version will run on Intel chips and be capable of running standard Windows applications. The Surface will go on sale on Oct. 26.— NEW BLACKBERRYSA year ago Research In Motion Ltd. disclosed that it was working on a next-generation phone system for the BlackBerry, which now looks ancient next to the iPhone and Android devices. It was supposed to be out in time for this year’s holiday season. That won’t happen.In June RIM pushed the release of BlackBerry 10 devices into early next year, saying it wasn’t ready. That means RIM will not only compete with the new iPhone and Android devices out this fall, but it will also have to contend with the new Windows devices. 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Families of Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe and Matthew Hedges call on Boris Johnson to

A spokesman said: “Foreign Office staff and Ministers work hard to secure the best possible outcome in these cases. “We provide our assistance consistently to all those we support. “We regularly review the consular support we offer to British nationals overseas to learn from feedback and to continue to improve.” The Foreign Office should have a legal duty to protect British nationals abroad, families of imprisoned citizens including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Matthew Hedges have told the new Prime Minister.In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the newly founded British Rights Abroad Group has called for beefed up consular protection laws to help thousands of British citizens languishing in prisons overseas.The group was set up by five families whose loved ones were arbitrarily detained by foreign regimes, including Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin, has been held in Iran for three years on dubious espionage charges. Their ambition to enshrine consular assistance in law would mean the Foreign Office is compelled to intervene when a British national is imprisoned overseas.Such involvement would range from visiting the detained person to arranging legal representation if necessary, or confronting the authorities about any mistreatment. Currently, British officials only offer consular assistance on a discretionary basis and in an “inconsistent” manner, the group claims.“It should not be the choice of the Foreign Secretary to act to protect a British Citizen abroad but rather the obligation,” they said. The letter, a version of which has been sent to Downing Street, makes a direct challenge to Boris Johnson to “correct past mistakes” as he begins his first full week in office. The group has asked the new Prime Minister to meet with them to discuss “what he can do to guarantee the right to consular protection in UK law”.Their letter, which claims 2,000 British citizens are currently being arbitrarily held overseas, continues: “The British Government and institutions are inconsistent in their action towards defending British citizens’ rights abroad. “Many of them remain vulnerable to the unlawful and inhumane treatment suffered in other states, both friends and foes. This cannot continue.”Along with Mr Ratcliffe, it is signed by relatives of Matthew Hedges, the academic who last year spent seven months detained in the UAE; Andragachew Tsege, a dual-nationality British-Ethiopian who spent years in an African jail; Billy Irving, one of the so-called Chennai Six jailed in India; and Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish sikh who is still being held by Indian authorities.Mr Ratcliffe told the Telegraph it took a “long time” for the Government to firstly acknowledge his wife’s plight and then to confront Iran about it. He said: “You and I have got more rights if we fall over on the pavement than we have if we are held a prisoner abroad and that just feels wrong. Mr Johnson infamously suggested during his time as Foreign Secretary that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in Iran, a claim her family furiously deny.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more “You need your Government’s protection when you’re most vulnerable – which means when you’re subject to torture or subject to completely unfair imprisonment.” He added: “There is definitely a protection gap. We in our family hope that other people don’t have to go through what we are going through.”His views were echoed by Daniela Tejada, Mr Hedges’s wife, who believes he could have been released earlier if consular protection was provided at the start of his case. She said: “I think it would have, at the very least, ensured he wasn’t mistreated and tortured for so many months. “Our struggle doesn’t end the moment our loved one is released, it is merely the beginning of it because they are scarred by the trauma of their experience.“That is what we are trying to avoid at a fundamental level.”Mr Hedges has revealed he is suffering from PTSD after being falsely accused of spying for MI6 and spending months in solitary confinement in a windowless cell.A petition has also been started by the group to promote their campaign.The Foreign Office dealt with around 22,500 new consular cases in 2018-19 and supported a further 8,000 from previous years. read more

Venetia underground project funding committed

first_imgThe De Beers Group of Companies recently confirmed that it will invest approximately R20 billion ($2 billion) to build its new underground mine beneath the currently operating open pit Venetia mine in Limpopo Province. When completed, the new underground mine will extend the life of Venetia until 2042 and replace the open pit as South Africa’s largest diamond mine. The announcement follows the receipt of the final outstanding regulatory clearances earlier this month.The development and build phase of the underground mine is expected to create 1,000 jobs over the next nine years while open pit mining operations continue. Underground operations will begin production in 2021, yielding approximately 96 million carats during the life of the mine, and securing more than 3,000 jobs. The project will employ semi-skilled and skilled workers, drawn primarily from the region and trained for the project; mostly acquiring technical skills that will enhance the country’s technical skill resource base. The bulk of all equipment and services will be sourced in South Africa. Philippe Mellier, CEO of the De Beers Group commented, “Our investment in Venetia enables us to provide greater certainty around long-term supply for our sightholders, particularly those with manufacturing operations in South Africa. Our sightholders have significant investments in the local cutting industry and this new underground mine will provide a large and predictable supply of rough diamonds for decades to come.”Mellier continued, “It is fitting that De Beers is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. From our founding in Kimberley in 1888 to today’s announcement at Venetia, South Africa has always been the ancestral heart of De Beers. It is gratifying that today’s announcement means that De Beers will remain South Africa’s leading diamond company until at least our 150th anniversary.” Barend Petersen, Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) commented, “We see this significant capital investment as another concrete example of our commitment to the South African mining industry, an industry on which the South African economy was built following the discovery of diamonds in 1866. Almost 150 years later, the country is a diverse economy, while mining remains an integral part of the aspiration to build a more prosperous and equitable South Africa.”Phillip Barton, CEO of DBCM stated, “The De Beers Venetia Underground project team have been assessing the safest and most economic options to extend the mining operations at Venetia Mine, and unlock the extensive ore reserves beneath the open pit. Venetia will play a major role in the future of De Beers and we have therefore been preparing for years to meet tight deadlines and high standards so that Venetia Underground is ready to begin producing South African diamonds by 2021.” The Venetia Mine underground project was approved in 2012 by the De Beers and Anglo American Boards. Environmental authorisation was granted in July 2012, and the Environmental Management Plan was approved by the Department of Mineral Resources in October 2012.last_img read more

Bulgaria defended IHFEHF Womens Challenge Trophy 2014

Bulgaria handball ← Previous Story GOAL FOR MADNESS IN SKOPJE: Alex Dujshebaev BOMB! Next Story → KIELCE IS OUT: “Lions” beat Polish champions for TOP 8! Bulgaria successfully defended their “IHF/EHF WOMEN’S CHALLENGE TROPHY” title they won two years ago in Gabrovo, after beating Israel 34:23 at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Greek city of Larissa. The final was clearly a one-sided match, with Bulgaria dominating the game from the very first moment. Tournament’s MVP Elizabeth Omoregie (born in Bulgaria, by Nigerian father and Bulgarian mother) was the leading force in Bulgaria’s attack with ten goals over an Israeli squad that was obviously tired, following Saturday’s thriller against Greece.For the record, Bulgaria started the match with a 5:0 run in the first eight minutes and by the 20th minute they increased the difference to eight goals (10:2). Israel never really recovered and had to settle with second place in the final ranking.QUOTESShlomo Hoffman (Israel Coach): “Congratulations to Bulgaria, they were the best team of the tournament and they deserved to win the trophy. I wish them all the best in future tournaments. “I am at the helm of the coaching staff for the last six months. What we are missing as a team is more players who can stand on a higher level. At the moment I have only 7-8 first- choice players to my disposal and in a tournament with five matches in as many days, at some point fatigue will affect us. We need more tournaments, more friendly matches. Of course we feel happy with second place. “I would like to thank the organisers for their hospotality. It was a fantastic tournament”.Rebecka Ezrahi (MVP Israel): “It was a very difficult game for us. We did the best we could do. We are not used in playing five games in five days. We started training as a team only six months ago and some players even joined us a couple of months ago.”NO MONEY FOR HANDBALL IN BULGARIARositsa Bakazhieva (Bulgaria Coach): “Our playing style was much diferrent than that of our opponents. We expected to win the trophy. All my girls are of a high caliber and the reserved players have nothing to be jealous of the starters. As a result we maintain an up- tempo for most of the game. “Unfortunately we do not receive any funding at all by the government and tournaments like these allow us to play internationally.“Handball has been played in Bulgaria for the last 50 years, but the last three years there are no money available for our preparation, that’s why we didn’t play any international matches in the last twelve months. “The men’s team faced the same problems like us, but they won the Intercontinental trophy and received funding from the sporting authorities.”Elizabeth Omoregie (Tournament MVP – Bulgaria): “I am very happy with what we achieved as a team today as well as for the individual prizes I won. We showed the handball world that Bulgaria can play good handball. Despite the poor preparation, caused by financial problems, Builgaria performed pretty well.” read more

Hazards move to Madrid not inevitable Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool player Danny Murphy insists that Eden Hazard’s potential move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.The former England midfielder believes that Hazard is enjoying life in London and doesn’t see him leaving the club anytime soon.The Belgium captain has gone on to become one of the finest attacking players on the planet during his time at Stamford Bridge.He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer to replace the already departed Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Italy to sign for Juventus earlier this summer.Murphy isn’t convinced the 27-year-old swapping west London for Madrid, with a transfer possible until August 31, is a sure-fire thing though.“I don’t think it’s inevitable that Hazard will end up at Real Madrid,” Murphy told bwin.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I think he’s very comfortable in London and he has handled the situation very professionally this summer.”“Hazard always speaks highly of Chelsea and I think he has the potential to get even better, to score more goals and to provide more assists.”“He is Chelsea’s world-class player in an attacking sense and the club will need him firing if they’re to get back into the top four this season.”Reports in the Spanish press say Real Madrid will make one last move for Hazard before the transfer window closes on August 31.Los Blancos have already seen their initial approach for the player rejected this summer by Chelsea.last_img read more