first_imgFocus ControlIf you’ve yet to get the Pocket 4K, and you’re researching what else you need to purchase before you do, it’s essential to know that the camera doesn’t have continuous autofocus (as pointed out in our review). It’s a cinema camera, after all. However, it does have autofocus assist, where you can tap the focus button on the back and have the camera focus onto the area of attention. It’s useful when you’re shooting wide open in a daylight situation and you can’t quite tell if the focus peaking is where you need it — say, the center of a flower. You can quickly hit the autofocus button and, perhaps, get better focus. The problem, however, is that this feature initially only worked with native M4/3 lenses.As we read in the Metabones EF to M4/3 update, this feature now works with this Speed Booster, but it’s still unavailable on the Viltrox EF-M2 II. However, the Viltrox EF-M2 II didn’t initially support the function to control the aperture either. They have since remedied this in the 3.3 firmware update. Therefore, we could perhaps gamble and say that Viltrox may feature this in the future. But again, this camera does not have continuous autofocus, and in all likelihood, you’re not going to need the use the lens’s autofocus control.IS ControlOne of the initial drawbacks to the Pocket 4K was the absence of IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization). Many filmmakers felt that you’d be left with mediocre results if you were to combine the Pocket 4K with an older lens that also didn’t have IS. Users were worried that the slightest handheld movement would look jarring. Whether or not users still feel like that’s an issue, there’s an apparent issue with the Viltrox not recognizing the lens’s IS control.As Mattias Burling reports in his video above, he was only able to get the Tamron lens IS control to work with the Viltrox EF-M2, if he downgraded the firmware to 2.3.Iris ControlWhat type of lenses are you using? If there are vintage lenses or lenses that accommodate manual iris control, then there’s little need to buy an adapter that boasts the use of electronics, as it’s just going to rack up the price of the adapter. However, I know many URSA users (like myself) who have acquired a Pocket 4K to complement the URSA as a B-cam. As such, you’re going to need a Speed Booster if you’re using lenses with an electronic aperture.The Viltrox can control a lenses aperture out of the box, but from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Facebook group, several users are suggesting that there’s a bad batch of Viltrox adapters floating around the marketplace, as many users have to replace their adapter due to lack of iris control. There doesn’t seem to be an official fix if your lens stops responding to the adapter. However, a few Pocket 4K users on Reddit have discussed a few fixes.I’ve had the same issue with the exact same Viltrox. The only solution is to remove the adapter and reattach it until it reads it again. As soon as you turn off the camera though, you might have to do that same process over and over. I definitely wish I hadn’t bought this adapter.And . . . Thought it was just me. I was in heaven. Worked. Then updated. Did not work. I just updated again today to the latest. Worked for three seconds. I am going to go back to the original firmware. A lot of people having luck with that.Certainly not words comfort.Image QualityPerhaps the most crucial element of buying any peripheral that’s going to sit between your lens and your sensor is the quality that it will produce. Or more correctly, how it will affect the quality of the image. Again, like the aperture control issue, there seems to be a hit-or-miss consensus with the quality of the Viltrox adapter. The effects include a soft image, aberration, distorted bokeh, and hazing. In the video below, Thomas Shomo shares his experience working with the Viltrox EF-M2.Bluntly named “Viltrox EF-M2 for Blackmagic Pocket 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy It,” Thomas certainly demonstrates some issues that can cause headaches in the long run. Unlike many other videos that have expressed dissatisfaction with the Viltrox EF-M2, Thomas also compares the imagery with a Metabones adapter so we can compare the results.Image by Thomas Shomo.You can see a drop in sharpness when using the Viltrox. This is primarily where the extra bucks go when you’re paying for a Metabones Speed Booster.After reading the article above, it’d be easy to think I’m just going to save for a Metabones Speed Booster. But if you’re on a budget, you can work around the issues of the Viltrox adapter. In this video, Areia Creations introduces a few solutions to some of the visual problems caused by the adapter, such as adding cloth to the inner housing of the adapter to stop the flaring, or adding tape to the back of the adapter for a more snug fit against the Pocket 4K. There are always workarounds to budget accessories.I remember in 2010, when I first paired a T2i/550D with RØDE’s first video mic, the automatic gain control from the camera was so awful, it made listening to dialogue unbearable. And to fix this (following Dave Dugdale’s advice), I had to download a 19kHz sinewave tone to my iPod, buy a y-splitter cable, and have the tone fed to the right channel and the video mic to the left channel. In post, you’d then have to disable the right channel and replace it with the microphone information from the left channel. The process was tedious, sure. And I didn’t get the same quality audio as I would have recording into a separate field recorder. But I didn’t have the budget for a field recorder, so I made it work.While the Viltrox adapter isn’t going to give you the same results as the Speed Booster that costs three-to-four times as much (nor is it built as well), it’s still going to give you consistent results to work with until you can upgrade. Alternatively, if you do have the finance available for the Metabones brand, it may be best to wait until the official Metabones BMPCC4K adapter has been released.Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out.Is The New Mac Pro a Content Creator’s Dream Machine?Video Gear: Is the Fuji X-T3 a Viable Option for Filmmakers?Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear OnlineVideo Gear: Quick and Easy 3-Point Lighting BundlesThe 6 Best Cases To Protect Your Video Gear Next in our ongoing series of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K guides, we’re taking a look at the world of Speed Boosters.Although “Speed Booster” is a registered Metabones trademark — much like Velcro, Sharpie, and Hoover — the name Speed Booster has now become synonymous with all mount adapter brands that improve lens speed.The Pocket 4K houses a micro four-thirds mount, primarily used by Panasonic and Olympus, which is perfect if you’ve upgraded to the Pocket 4K from the Lumix line. However, if you have migrated from another camera system and don’t intend on replacing all of your lenses, you’re going to need a mount adapter. There are plenty of (dead) mount adapters on the market (for under $50) that will allow you to transition your Nikon lens to an M4/3 mount, quickly. (But this usually means losing access to all lens electronics, correct focal distance, and full sensor coverage.) Therefore, I’m solely going to be looking at which Speed Booster is the perfect adapter for your Pocket 4K.At the moment, there’s a battle between Metabones or Viltrox. Well, actually, I’m not going to waste your time. The Metabones M4/3 Speed Booster wins. The renowned brand was always going to beat the budget counterpart. You get control over all electronic lens functions, they’re well built, and they boast impressive image quality. Of course, this isn’t even acknowledging what Speed Boosters are known for — focal reduction and increased lens speed.Although the Viltrox adapter costs just a fraction of the Metabones Speed Booster, the proverb “you get what you pay for” certainly applies. Before we take a look at the Viltrox adapter, let’s quickly run through recent Metabones news relating to the Pocket 4K.At this point in time, there isn’t a Pocket 4K-specific Speed Booster on the market. Adapters for EF/Nikon/Sony to M4/3, yes. But not for the Pocket 4K. If you have recently visited the Metabones website to find adapters that are compatible with the Pocket 4K, there are three announcements relating to the camera.The EF to M34 adapter has a Pocket 4K update. There’s a Pocket 4K adapter in the works, and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Speed Booster won’t work on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.Do you know that popular .gif from The Hangover where Alan is counting cards?That’s how I felt when I was digesting that information — because on the surface, everything contradicts everything else. It’s only when you break it all down that you see three separate adapters are being highlighted. Let’s take a look at the announcements.First, the EF to M43 update announcement:Metabones® releases firmware version 3.1 today, adding autofocus support to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The intent is not to replace, but to supplement focus-pulling in cinematography. There is no continuous autofocus, but one-shot AF is activated by pressing the focus button on the back of the camera. It may take a couple of seconds or more to lock, and if used during filming will cause visible disruption in the footage. Use it before recording commences and we recommend manual focus during recording.I cover this feature fully below, but briefly, the Pocket 4K, when connected with the EF to M34, would only be able to control the aperture, not the focus assist. The latest firmware update will now allow you to use the focus button on the pocket 4K. Be sure to download that if you’ve recently acquired the EF to M43 Metabones Speed Booster.New adapter & BMPCC update:There will be new Pocket 4K Speed Boosters® with new optics specifically optimized for the unique characteristics of the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. We will disclose details in a separate announcement. Each Speed Booster® is designed specifically for the filter stack of the sensor. The existing Speed Booster® XL 0.64x and Speed Booster® ULTRA 0.71x have excellent optical properties on JVC, Olympus, and Panasonic cameras, but the forthcoming Pocket 4K Speed Boosters will work only on Blackmagic cameras.And . . .Important note: Metabones Canon EF Lens to Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster SUPER16 0.58x (MB_SPEF-M43-BT7) is for Blackmagic cameras with Super 16mm sensor size. It is not compatible with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. New products designed specifically for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will be disclosed in a separate announcement.In the coming months, we’ll see a Metabones Speed Booster specifically designed for the Pocket 4K. And, when choosing a Speed Booster, it’s important to note that the original BMPCC Speed Booster will not work on the Pocket 4K. However, both cameras house an M4/3 mount, so why not? Well, the original pocket cinema camera houses a super 16mm-sized sensor, which is inherently smaller; therefore, it won’t correctly cover the size of the sensor.While I would recommend opting for the Metabones Speed Booster, or at least waiting until we can review the Pocket 4K Speed Booster in the future, not everyone has an extra $650 to spare for a lens adapter. That’s almost the cost of the camera itself, and there’s no harm in working around the limitations of a budget accessory, so let’s see what they are.last_img read more

first_imgWhen I was very young, I was asked to make cold calls for the family business. I had a little experience, having made cold calls for a charity a few years earlier, but I had had no training. I was, however, provided with a set of index cards that included a script and language to “overcome” any “objections” I might receive while dialing strangers.One of the first calls I made was answered, and the person answering hung up on me. I called my leadership team and asked what I was supposed to do when someone hung up on me. I was told, “Call them right back.”That didn’t sound like a good idea. First, the person had just hung up on me. That is not a sign that someone wants to continue any kind of conversation. It’s evidence that they are quite committed to not having the conversation. Second, and more importantly, calling back means making someone who is already unhappy that you called them even more unhappy. This would be creating conflict.I called back. Indeed, the person on the other end of the phone was miffed. He was in no way impressed that I called him right back. Nor was he moved by my strategy for starting the conversation over (something that I improved over time). But he didn’t punch me in the face, he didn’t yell me, and he didn’t hang up on me. Instead, he said no to my request for a meeting. That is all there was to that call, and it was one I would occasionally have to make while prospecting.Making the call, however, had the positive effect of eliminating the potential to become conflict-averse. It also helped me come to the idea that I was a peer to my clients, not some subservient, milquetoast order-taker.Do not read anything here as a license to go create conflict. You are better off creating an opportunity to collaborate than you are creating conflict that is not necessary.That said, you are going to have to deal with conflict if you work in business. You are going to be comfortable dealing with issues and challenges where there will be disagreements. Avoiding conflict is allowing tiny monsters to blossom into gargantuan monsters.When you need to have the difficult conversation, have the difficult conversation.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 23, 2019, 3:48 PM IST The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 match 104 will be played between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers on Monday, September 23. Patna Pirates, who come to this match with four successive wins, will eye to continue their winning run against Haryana Steelers. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Haryana Steelers, meanwhile, will bank on their ace raider Vikash Kandola in their upcoming outing. The PKL 219 Season 7 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers will start at 7:30 pm.The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 is into its 10th week. As the Jaipur leg is underway, PKL 2019 has found two of its qualifiers – Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors. On Monday, the PKL 2019 has two exciting games lined-up. The first match of the day is between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers at 7:30 followed by a clash between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers start?The 104h match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The match between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

first_imgSamsung has officially launched the entry-level phone Galaxy J3 Pro in China. The phone is now listed on the company’s official website for China. Although exclusive to China for now, the company may launch it in other markets as well. There is however no clarity on that yet.Also Read: Samsung challenges Fitbit with $180 fitness tracker with GPS The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro sports a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x720 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a microSD card.The Galaxy J3 Pro comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based TouchWiz UI and supports 4G LTE. The phone is backed by a 2,650mAh battery.The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro has been priced at 990 Yuan (roughly Rs 10,090) in China and will be available for buying soon through China Telecom.Also Read: Leaked blueprint shows possible Galaxy Note 6, launch likely in August In another news, the company may also be looking to launch its next-generation Note phablet some time in August. The alleged Galaxy Note 6 will likely have a screen size in between 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch and carry a design language much on the same lines as the current-generation Note 5. The alleged Note 6 will either use an Exynos 8890 or the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory.Just like other Note devices, the yet-to-be-announced Note 6 will also have a stylus, or the S Pen. The company is known to improve its stylus iteration after iteration and chances are that such may be the case with the next Note phablet as well.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress Perhaps most critically to the athletes, the Tokyo course was set to finish inside the Olympic stadium — a long-standing tradition cherished by racers that was eschewed for London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.“Visualizing running into the stadium, having that moment of silence where you go through a tunnel and then you get in the stadium and people are going nuts, it’s a really cool picture to think about,” said American runner Desiree Linden, who competed in the past two Olympic women’s marathons. “It’s certainly motivating.”There are also some viewing the heat as not a challenge, but an opportunity.The men’s marathon at Rio started at 24 degrees C (75 degrees F) in a sticky rain — warmer and muggier than ideal racing conditions. American marathoner Jared Ward said that climate contributed to his surprising sixth-place finish.“I feel like I really was able to take advantage of an opportunity in Rio to finish higher than I should have finished in that race,” Ward said. “I was not the sixth best marathoner in the world.”“It can completely open up the door for people who wouldn’t typically be your so-called favorites,” echoed U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan, who finished sixth in the Rio women’s marathon and retired earlier this month. “It’s not necessarily a true test of athleticism quite as much as who calculates the best.”And then there are racers wondering if all this debate is even worthwhile.“If it’s not guaranteed to be 10, 15 degrees cooler,” Diver said, “I think I prefer to have it in Tokyo.”“Everybody’s running the same race,” Taylor said. “You prepare for it. You run smart. Whatever they’re going to do is fine.”The IOC’s proposal was delivered suddenly two weeks ago. Koike, among Japan’s most powerful politicians, has seized the issue to rally public opinion by criticizing the IOC for moving so quickly and unilaterally, especially after Japan took steps like providing shade for runners and spectators and coating pavement with heat-resistant material. The IOC and Tokyo differ on estimates for temperatures in Sapporo and Tokyo — the IOC claims Sapporo will be cooler by 5 to 6 degrees C (9-11 F), but Tokyo maintains the difference is half that. FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, athletes compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, won the race. The IOC is seeking to relocate next summer’s Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo after seeing competitors collapse in extreme heat at the world championships in Qatar. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)NEW YORK — Runners are all over the course regarding the IOC’s plan to move next summer’s Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo in pursuit of a cooler climate.The IOC decided to relocate the race after seeing competitors collapse in extreme heat at the world championships last month in Doha, Qatar, but Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is vigorously challenging the proposed change.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics No matter where they put the starting line, runners are figuring it will be among the warmest marathons they’ve run.“It is a Summer Olympics,” Linden said. “Anybody who is super surprised that it’s hot, I don’t know what to say.”As Taylor put it:“It’s going to be a suffer-fest.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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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 LATEST STORIES Final 4 experience doesn’t give FEU clear edge over UST, says Racela MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Runners preparing for this weekend’s New York City Marathon were unanimous Thursday on just one front: they’re pleased the IOC is considering the health and safety of the athletes.“I think with Doha, they got a bit of a reality check in how bad it can go,” said Australian runner Sinead Diver.“It’s not just like, ‘We want it here. We want it at this time. Blah, blah blah,’” added American Olympic hopeful Kellyn Taylor. “They’re taking into account the things that happened in Doha and really trying to make it better.”The pack breaks from there, for varying reasons.For starters, racers are eager to run in Tokyo. They want to be near Olympic festivities like the athlete’s village and opening ceremonies, and that could get complicated if runners must travel over 1,100 kilometers (nearly 700 miles) north to Sapporo for race day.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Organizers are concerned about the steamy conditions in Tokyo, especially after 28 of 68 starters failed to finish the women’s marathon and 18 of 73 men didn’t complete the course in Doha. Those races were run at midnight, with the women’s event starting at 32.7 degrees C (91 degrees F).Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa won that men’s race, but he said Thursday the conditions were “dangerous” and that the sport’s governing bodies — worlds are organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation — can’t put runners in that position again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We are human, you know?” he said.Temperatures in Japan don’t project quite so high, but either Tokyo or Sapporo would likely present unusual marathon conditions. Estimates suggest the temperature in Tokyo for a 5 a.m. start would be 27 degrees C (81 degrees F), compared to 25.4 degrees C (78 degrees F) in Sapporo for a 7 a.m. start. Rice industry paralysislast_img read more

first_imgLucknow Oct 8 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh government today transferred 11 IAS officers, including Rama Raman and posted him as chairman of Noida.An official spokesman said Raman, who was awaiting posting, has also been made principal secretary Infrastructural and Industrial Development and will relieve Sanjay Agarwal, principal secretary power, who was holding these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Rural Engineering Service, Mahesh Gupta has been sent to Backward Welfare Department, he said adding Gupta will relieve principal secretary, Social Welfare, Manoj Singh, who was looking after these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare, Anita Bhatnagar Jain has been sent to Higher Education Department with additional charge of minor irrigation.Principal secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal has been given the additional charge of Sports and Youth Development, the spokesman said, adding special secretary, Infrastructure, Rishikesh Bhaskar Yashod has been made staff-officer to chief secretary.Special secretary, Social Welfare, Ishwari Prasad Pandey has been made registrar Chit Funds and special secretary Entertainment Tax. Atal Kumar Rai has been posted as secretary to Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, the spokesman added. PTI SAB AQS AQSlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) Mumbai Maharathi outclassed Delhi Sultans 5-2 on the opening night of Pro Wrestling League season three at the Siri Fort Sports Complex today.Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist for India, Sakshi Malik, played her role as captain of the Maharathis with elan, winning the crucial fourth point to put the contest beyond the Sultans? reach. She trounced her compatriot Monia 18-2 in what proved to be walk in the park.The two teams were locked 2-2 after four contests but Satender Malik edged out Hitender 7-6 to put the Maharathis ahead. Sakshi then walked into the stadium like a rock star and showed what she is all about.She jumped into a 10-2 lead in the first period of the 62-kg bout and wrapped it up 18-2 to the delight of her fans.Delhi Sultans were on the back-foot right at the start, with their captain and star player Sushil Kumar being removed from the equation. She lost the toss and Sakshi Malik promptly blocked him.In return, Sushil opted to block Odunaya of Nigeria, a formidable force in the 57-kg category.That, however, didn?t deter Sushil?s teammate. Sandeep Tomar began on a winning note, picking up the first point of the tie. The 2017 Asian Indoor Games bronze medallist got the better of a fighting Andrey Yatsenko 14-9 in the 57-kg men?s freestyle clash.Tomar looked solid in the first period, racking up a 10-0 lead. But Yatsenko snatched 8 points with a brilliant move to raise a scare. But Tomar held on to win the match.advertisementThe Mumbai team asserted itself in the second match, with Seema beating Maroi Mezien of Tunisia in the 50-kg women?s competition.It was a defensive fight, with both not making any aggressive moves. Only one point was taken in the first period, by Seema; Seema won four more points in the next for a strategic 5-1 win.The Sultans regained the lead, with Azerbaijan?s Aslan Albvorov notching up a comprehensive 15-0 win over Satyawart Kadian in the 92-kg class. The 2017 World Championships bronze medalist was a class above the Indian who struggled all the way through.France?s Cynthia Vescan promptly won the next one for Mumbai, beating Egypt?s Samaramer Hamza in the 76-kg men?s fight. She took it easily, conceding just one point to her 12. PTI BS BSlast_img read more

first_imgWorld No. 2 Rafael Nadal is braced for an all-out assault from Roger Federer when the two great rivals meet at Roland Garros for the first time in eight years in Friday’s French Open semi-final.Although Federer has won the last five meetings in their 38-match rivalry, none of them were on the Spaniard’s beloved clay.In their five previous meetings at Roland Garros, including four finals, Federer has never managed more than one set.Despite being generally regarded as the greatest player of all time, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has never fathomed a way of suppressing the marauding Mallorcan at Roland Garros.Rafel Nadal is chasing a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title and will count on his superior record against Swiss Federer, especially on clay where he has beaten Roger Federer 14 times.Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Head-to-head: Nadal leads 23-15Last five meetings:2017 Federer d Nadal 6-4 6-3 (Shanghai, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-3 6-4 (Miami, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-2 6-3 (Indian Wells, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Australian Open, hard)2015: Federer d Nadal 6-3 5-7 6-3 (Basel, hard)What TV channel and live stream is the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final on?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will broadcast on Star Sports Select 1. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final be played?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will be played at The Stade Roland Garros in Paris on Friday, June 7.advertisementWhat time does Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final begin?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will begin from 4.20 PM IST.Where can I watch the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final live?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal expects Federer onslaught in semi-finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgChelsea to recall Lewis Baker from Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLewis Baker is set to leave Leeds United.The Mirror says Chelsea are set to recall Baker from his Leeds United loan spell.Baker is unlikely to feature much for Leeds in the second half of the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to battle for the Championship title.After struggling to make much of an impact at Elland Road, his parent club may end his season long loan.Baker endured a difficult spell at Middlesbrough on loan last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has acquired full ownership of Azalea Maritime B.V., a Dutch manning specialist.The acquisition of 100 percent ownership was completed on December 21, 2017, and Azalea Maritime B.V. changed its name to MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. on January 1, 2018, MOL said.The company specializes in providing crews for tankers and carriers of liquified natural gas.With the move, MOL plans to bolster manning of its operated LNG carriers and tankers, the safety of operation being a top priority.“MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime’s accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business,” MOL added.Azalea Maritime Agency was established in January 1997 with its headquarters in Herceg Novi – Montenegro.The Japanese conglomerate has 21 LNG carriers, 2 LPG carriers and 64 tankers in its operated fleet registered under different subsidiaries and joint ventures.The company has 14 LNG carriers under construction at Japanese, Chinese and South Korean yards, eight of them scheduled for delivery in 2018, data from VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

first_imgSpring signals the start of motorcycling season in Nova Scotia. The province is once again teaming up with Safety Services Nova Scotia to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and help reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. “We want to remind all drivers and riders that motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost you or someone else their life.” Recent research by the department indicates that almost 70 per cent of motorcyclists in a collision involving a major injury or fatality were male riders over 35 years old. “Along with sharing the road, skills training and refresher courses are also crucial for motorcyclists,” said Mr. Hines. “If you’re upgrading your motorcycle or you haven’t been on a motorcycle for a while, we strongly encourage you to take a refresher course.” “Motorcycle refresher courses will help keep you safe on the road,” said Mike Tops, driver improvement manager with Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We offer courses that give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to get the most from your motorcycling experience.” “Last summer, there were nine motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia, one being my friend,” said Jimi Swinamer, president of Bikers Down Society. “We want to increase awareness on how motorists and bikers can safely share the road and encourage motorcyclists to take a refresher course.” More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found at www.safetyservicesns.ca.last_img read more

If the issue of migration is tackled properly, citizens of developed and developing countries alike will come to understand how its benefits far outweigh the problems it may bring, the Secretary-General said in accepting the Declaration of The Hague, which was produced by the Society for International Development of the Netherlands.”Politicians have a choice to make,” he said, noting that they can embrace the potential that migrants and refugees represent, or instead use them as political scapegoats. The Secretary-General was accompanied at the Declaration’s launch by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers.Afterwards at a press encounter, the Secretary-General reiterated his challenge to world leaders not to scapegoat migrants. “For any number of illegal immigrants, there are thousands more who are in our midst legally and when we come up with laws, we have to be careful not to generalize from the particular, come up with laws that are designed to get certain individuals, but be careful that it is not applied to other innocent and law-abiding people in our midst,” he said.The Secretary-General then met with the judges of the International Court of Justice, who reviewed with him their caseload. He briefed them on his meeting with the Presidents of Cameroon and Nigeria last Friday, following the ICJ’s ruling last month on the countries’ dispute over the Bakassi peninsula.After meeting with the leaders of the UN Association of the Netherlands and thanking them for their work, the Secretary-General had a working luncheon with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto.On Sunday, the Secretary-General will leave the Netherlands for France. read more

Staff who visited the remote Fugnido camp for the first time in weeks described it as still tense, a spokesman for the agency said today. A number of refugees, mainly from minority ethnic groups who were particularly affected by the clashes in November, were found living in desperate conditions. “They lacked basic supplies and had no shelter from the severe, hot and dry weather at this time of year,” Kris Janowski said. “The visiting team immediately distributed plastic sheeting for shelter, jerry cans, blankets and basic kitchen utensils to the affected group.”The ethnic conflict, between the Anuak refugees and the Nuer and Dinka communities, left 42, mainly Dinka, refugees dead and scores wounded. Following the November clashes, aid workers were not permitted to go to the volatile camp for security reasons.On 28 December, 531 refugees were moved from the beleaguered site to Bonga refugee camp, home to nearly 17,000 Sudanese refugees of the Uduk community. Fugnido is home to more than 28,700 people and is the largest of five settlements in southwestern Ethiopia’s Gambella Region, where a total of 85,000 Sudanese are sheltered. The camp was first opened in 1988 but closed in 1991 in the aftermath of civil war that broke out in Ethiopia. read more

“This programme is a turning point in WFP’s food assistance operations in Iraq,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of WFP in Iraq, adding that “we now use innovative technology to deliver a faster humanitarian response that is reliable, flexible and scalable.” These electronic cards, known as SCOPE cards, enable WFP to assist in a timely manner those in need with both cash and vouchers, allowing them to choose, and buy their own food from local shops across the country, as well as collecting actual food from WFP distribution points.“The SCOPE cards give displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees the assurance that they can access food when they need it,” said Ms. Pearce, adding that more importantly, “it also gives WFP valuable feedback on the types of food people are buying with the cards, which helps us better tailor our programmes to their needs.” In order to receive the SCOPE cards, people need register their personal information and fingerprints into WFP’s database, which is electronically linked to the cards.Therefore, when a card is swiped at a shop, it automatically connects to the database for identity confirmation, then the cost of the purchase is deducted from the total balance and recorded on a receipt.With the $32 million funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), WFP has launched a pilot project in Akre, in the northern Kurdish region, where thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are sheltering. The conflict in Iraq has triggered mass waves of displacement of more than 3 million Iraqis since January 2014. WFP is currently reaching 1.5 million displaced Iraqis and 70,000 Syrian refugees each month with food assistance. read more

first_imgUkip was in a state of open civil war on Monday night after Nigel Farage publicly warned that the party will collapse unless its sole MP Douglas Carswell is thrown out.Mr Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, said Mr Carswell had “sought to split and divide Ukip in every way imaginable” since defecting from the Conservatives to Ukip in 2014.The two men have been at odds for years over the party’s policies but their antipathy came to a head amid claims that Mr Carswell frustrated Mr Farage’s chances of being awarded a knighthood. Mr Farage and Lord Pearson – who had kept the campaign for Mr Farage’s knighthood secret – suggested the email showed that Mr Carswell had not seriously backed the honour.Mr Farage said: “It could not be clearer that Douglas Carswell was negative in his response to the chief whip. He is consumed with jealousy and a desire to hurt both Ukip and me. What a sad figure he cuts.”Lord Pearson said the comments showed that it was “pretty clear [that Mr Carswell] he did not support” Mr Farage’s knighthood.He added: “It is true that I and others tried to get a knighthood for Nigel Farage and one way or another we failed, and we still think he should have one.“I am not going to give up. I am going to go on and try to see whether we can get him a K in the Birthday honours in the summer.” But these plans were dropped when the pair realised Mr Farage would have to resign as an MEP first before being allowed to accept the peerage.Lord Pearson then approached the Cabinet Office’s Parliamentary and political service honours committee about a knighthood for Mr Farage. It turned down the application at the end of July.The peer then asked directly Mr Carswell – who is Ukip’s leader in Westminster – to approach Gavin Williamson, the Government’s chief whip, about appealing the decision to reject Mr Farage’s application.Mr Williamson – as an “official member” of the honours committee – is allowed to recommend honours to MPs who represent minor parties in the Commons. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Farage said: “As a party, how can we let a man represent us in the House of Commons who actively and transparently seeks to damage us? “I think there is little future for Ukip with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is now.”   Ukip is already facing a crisis after the party’s leader Paul Nuttall failed to win last week’s by election in Stoke-on-Trent, an area in which people voted heavily for Brexit at last year’s referendum. I think there is little future for UKIP with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is nowNigel Farage Lord Pearson Douglas Carswell insisted he had supported Nigel Farage’s knighthood Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan last weekCredit:Kieron McCarron/ITV Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan last week Lord Pearson asked Mr Carswell in the middle of December to approach Mr Williamson believing this offered “a sporting chance of getting around this committee”.On December 30th Lord Pearson emailed Mr Carswell saying: “Dear Douglas, Could you let me know how your talk with Gavin Williamson went before Christmas? By phone if you prefer? Good wishes. Malcolm.”Mr Carswell replied the next morning on December 31 – the day the New Year’s honours were announced – saying: “As promised, I did speak to the government Chief Whip. “Perhaps we might try angling to get Nigel an OBE next time round?  For services to headline writers? An MBE, maybe?” Lord Pearson replied an hour later: “Dear Douglas, Let’s speak at your convenience. Ring me? Not sure an ‘Other Buggers’ Efforts’ quite hits the spot for  Nige……..?! Malcolm”. Last week Mr Farage said he believed Ukip failed to win the Stoke by-election due to its failure to continue its strong message on migration.Now, leaked emails seen by The Telegraph show Mr Carswell mocked Mr Farage’s chances of an honour after it was turned down, saying he should be given an award “for services to headline writers”.Mr Farage said the leaked online exchange showed Mr Carswell was “consumed with jealousy and a desire to hurt me” and urged Paul Nuttall, Mr Farage’s successor, to sack him.However, Mr Carswell insisted the leaked email “confirms that I made every effort to make sure that Ukip got its fair share of peerages and honours”. Mr Nuttall declined to comment.Lord Pearson of Rannoch, Ukip’s former leader, initially tried to organise a peerage for Mr Farage, backed by Ukip peer Lord Willoughby de Broke, last July in the wake of the EU referendum. Mr Carswell insisted he had supported Mr Farage’s knighthood, and urged The Telegraph to publish his email exchange with Lord Pearson.His email showed he was “commiserating with the person who asking me to lobby on behalf of the party” on the day the New Year’s honours were announced.He said: “I would say the emails you have directly contradict those who suggest I was not trying to ensure that Ukip got its share of peerages and honours.“You cannot regard that email as anything other than being supportive that Ukip gets its fair share of peerages and honours. I am not going to say what I did or didn’t say to Gavin Williamson.“Put the email in the public domain and let readers make up their minds. It reinforces my version of events.” Douglas Carswell Lord Pearson initially tried to organise a peerage for Nigel Farage after the EU referendum in JuneCredit: EDDIE MULHOLLAND for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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