first_imgExpand your reach exponentially and build your audience quickly with this tutorial on how to export video for Facebook.As filmmakers and videographers, we should constantly be trying to push content out through the web – and in particular, on social media platforms. With that said, there may be no better social media platform to expand your reach than Facebook.When exporting with Premiere Pro CC, Avid, or Final Cut, there are a few settings that Facebook recommends:H.264 video with AAC audio in MOV or MP4 formatAn aspect ratio no larger than 1280px wide and divisible by 16pxA frame rate at, or below, 30fpsStereo audio with a sample rate of 44,100hzFacebook also drops this reminder to anyone exporting video for the site: Keep in mind that videos must be less than 40 minutes long. The longer your video is, the larger its file size will be. This may affect the quality of the video.Utilize YouTubeWhile you can upload videos directly to Facebook, we recommend using other sources to store your video content such as YouTube and Vimeo. By doing this you can embed YouTube videos into your Facebook timeline. This not only increases your viewership on Facebook, but it also links to your YouTube channel, which expands your audience reach.For an example, KingTutsPro gives a short run-through on how to properly export videos for use with YouTube. Note that he is using Premiere Pro, but the settings used here are pretty standard, as noted above from Facebook.Also, Rudy Washington from TeachMeYoutube.com gives us a short and simple way to embed those videos into our Facebook timeline. Export Videos Using Premiere Pro CCOnce you have your edit done, you will want to export your video for Facebook. Go to File > Export > Media.Next up, let’s set our Video Settings. Be sure to select H.264 and then, under the presets for this particular format, you should have a wide variety of options.We tend to use the YouTube 720p or Vimeo 720p preset, but you can use which ever preset you feel comfortable with.Finally lets make sure our audio settings are correct and then export. Select the Audio Tab and make sure the sample rate is set for at least 44100Hz.Once you’ve done this, all you need to do now is name the project and pick an export location. Then click Export and wait for the process to complete.Using Avid Media ComposerAvid Media Composer is a little more involved when exporting with specific settings for Facebook. First, let’s start off as usual by going to File > Export.Now, you’ll want to set your export location first. Once you’ve done that, select the Export Settings preset.I’ve found Fast-Export QuickTime NTSC to work really well. Now, click the Options button located directly underneath the Settings drop-down menu.The Options button will pull up a new window that gives you the export settings. Be sure to select Custom and then click on Format Options.Once in the Format Options window, let’s select Video Settings, then click the drop down menu Compression Type. We want this set for H.264.Then click OK.Next up, let’s select Video Size. In the Dimensions drop-down menu we’ll select 1280 X 720 HD. Then click OK.Finally, let’s click on Settings under Sound. Set the format to AAC, channels to Stereo or Mono and Rate to 44.100.Click OK, then OK again. Now you’re ready. Hit Export and sit back and wait for your latest creation to process.Using Final Cut ProApple has made the process of sending video to Facebook as easy as possible. When you have completed your edit, simply go to File > Share > Facebook.Now let’s setup our info. Give your project a title and then give it a description. Finally, add your name and give it some tags to increases its visibility.Now let’s click on Settings.In Settings, you can see that FCPX has essentially applied the settings that are compatible with Facebook.If you have never used this process before, you will need to sign into Facebook before clicking Next and completing the process.Hopefully this info will help you get your work in front of more people. Here are a few more posts about getting your stuff out there:Create a Video On Demand Strategy For Your Film7 Tips for Promoting Your Indie Film on Social Media5 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting ‘Staff Picked’ by VimeoAre your Facebook friends going nuts for your content? Do you have any other advice on spreading content across the web? Please let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgThe RED HYDROGEN ONE is a pocket-sized holographic media machine. I don’t know what that means.Top image via RED.After the REDUSER forum went dark for the announcement, I had to turn to RED’s Jarred Land for information about the new device that RED has teased for the past few weeks.On Land’s Facebook page, he announced the RED HYDROGEN ONE as “a standalone, full-featured, unlocked multi-band smartphone.” The Android OS device is said to have a 5.7″ holographic display that can switch between 2D content, 3D content, holographic content, and interactive games.The device claims that users do not need glasses to experience the 3D and holographic content.RED’s 4-View holographic content uses the H4V codec. In addition, the HYDROGEN uses a propriety H3O algorithm to convert stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio.The phone also integrates with the RED camera line and works with the EPIC, SCARLET, and WEAPON as an interactive monitor. Pre-orders are available in Titanium for $1,595 USD and in Aluminum for $1,195 USD. Prices are not guaranteed to be the same at launch. Pre-orders are set to ship in Q1 2018, assuming there aren’t any delays.After reading the rest of the announcement PDF, I’m not gonna lie. I have no idea what most of this is talking about. Apparently there will be modules you can attach in the future, I think. It will include a USB-C charger, MicroSD card slot, and a gift for early orders. Outside of the cover image atop this article and a link to the PDF, this is everything the public currently knows.There is currently no more information available, but we will update accordingly.*Update 1: Jim Jannard has added a few minor additional details in the reduser forum. (Bolded text is the author’s own.)The Holographic Display. It is incredible. It is multi-view (4-view) as compared to stereo 3D (2-view). Watching shocked faces light up when people see it is really motivating. There is no good way to describe it until you see it. Hopefully we will get some skeptics eyes on it soon… then they can tell you.Our display is technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc). Lenticular display dramatically lowers resolution, cannot be turned off for standard 2D content, only works in one direction (usually landscape), has color crosstalk… to name just a few issues.One website said it was unclear whether HYDROGEN came with a battery. Let me assure you that it does. 🙂It also comes with internal storage and an external micro SD card slot. And a headphone jack. A selfie camera and a back camera. These cameras will not produce cinema quality images. No cell phone does. What we will have is a modular system that adds image quality well beyond any other camera short of our professional cameras. Remember that we have a lot of elbow room on this front…*Update 2: Jarred Land has posted a photo of David Fincher and Brad Pitt experiencing the HYDROGEN .H4V content.Crazy. Last night it seems the entire the world was arguing over how insane we were (again) and how the Hydrogen display we are promising is just simply impossible.While everyone was taking bets on how many years it would take to actually crack the no-glasses code, I was sitting with some friends having our own little .H4V viewing party on fully working Hydrogen Prototypes.This isn’t voodoo or witchcraft, but it definitely is magical.I can’t wait for you all to see it. Thoughts on RED’s latest announcement? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The Warriors opened the third on a 16-9 burst to lead for the first time all night, then went on to score 100 or more points for a 14th straight game.Draymond Green had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Warriors finished with 40 assists.Curry and Thompson shot a combined 4 for 16 in the first half, including 2 of 10 on 3s, before Curry found his stroke and wound up 9 for 19 overall in his 14th 30-point performance of the season. Thompson struggled to nine points on 4-for-10 shooting, missing all three of his 3-point tries.The Knicks made 11 of their initial 20 shots while the Warriors began 8 of 18 and 1 for 8 from behind the arc to fall behind 29-19 — Curry missed four of his first five field goals.Andre Iguodala, who had dealt with a bruised left calf that kept him out the previous two games, returned to the Warriors rotation and scored five points in 20 minutes off the bench.ALL KINDS OF ALL-STARSGreen and Thompson were named All-Star reserves, joining Curry — a captain — and Durant.The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to have four All-Stars in back-to-back seasons. It will be the ninth time in NBA history that a team has had four All-Stars play in the game.“For us to all go is pretty special,” Thompson said. “First time in NBA history to have four guys go two years in a row is incredible.”Golden State had the same four All-Stars a year ago.“I’m proud of them, amazing to have four All-Stars two years in a row,” Kerr said. “We’re obviously really lucky to have these guys all together at once on the roster. What I love is they’re so unselfish, they play together so well. That’s why they’re all All-Stars. It wouldn’t work if they were selfish and looking for their own shot, looking for their own points.”TIP-INS MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, guards New York Knicks’ Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant mouthed off to official James Williams, got tossed late and might have cost himself another assist during a career night of dishing out the ball.“I told him he was wrong,” Durant said afterward of arguing with Williams in the first half over a carry.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter to go with seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used a big second half to beat the New York Knicks 123-112 on Tuesday night.Durant added 14 points, a career-high 14 assists and two blocks before his ejection with 2:50 left for a second technical. Zaza Pachulia added 13 points in Golden State’s seventh straight victory in the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Second half, his whole thing was like he’s trying to get me. … He was searching for me, he’s looking to try to tech me up to get me back because he’s still got his feelings hurt from the first half,” Durant said. “That’s what’s been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that.“I gotta keep my head a little bit but I was upset. I’m a human being, too, I get upset,” Durant added. View commentscenter_img Knicks: F Kristaps Porzingis was held out with left knee irritation. … The Knicks dropped to 3-7 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … New York’s 14 turnovers led to 16 Golden State points.Warriors: Durant notched his 16th career double-double of points and assists. … Rookie Jordan Bell missed his second straight game with inflammation in his left ankle. … Golden State’s winning streak vs. the Knicks is its longest since a nine-game unbeaten run against New York from November 1963-November 1964. The Warriors have won 24 of the last 30 in the series.QUOTEABLEThree years after Thompson’s 37-point quarter on Jan. 23, 2015, against the Kings, Kerr recalled the moment.“It was almost surreal, the frenzy. It was the combination of Klay going crazy and licking his chops and his teammates and the joy that they had for him and with him,” Kerr said. “They were just hunting shots for him. It was like a pack of hyenas.”UP NEXTKnicks: At Denver on Thursday night continuing a seven-game road trip.Warriors: Host Timberwolves on Thursday night looking for a fourth straight home win in the series and third overall. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kuzma gets 28, leads Lakers past rival Celtics John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Curry made 8 of 15 from deep while sporting sneakers featuring the faces of his daughters Riley and Ryan and the message “I can do all things.”“I had those in my closet for a while and it’s actually something with (Under Armour) you can obviously design your shoes so I did it a long time ago,” Curry said. “Just walked by ’em today and was like, ‘all right, let me go back and rock the Curry 1s with my daughters on the side to give me a little inspiration.’ It’s nice being home and all that kind of stuff.”The Warriors bounced back from Saturday’s eight-point defeat at Houston to improve to 10-0 following a loss this season.Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Courtney Lee contributed 20 as New York lost for the third time in four games and sixth in eight.“We got lucky a little bit in the first half,” Lee said. “They were missing a lot of opens shots, and then in the second half those shots that they were missing went down and we weren’t able to get stops and get out and convert on those opportunities.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgThe Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in,The Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in the shape of the 120,000-seat stadium being constructed in the eastern suburb of Salt Lake for the past five years, a major controversy has been kicked up. Embroiled in it is no less an organisation than the one entrusted with its construction, namely, the Society for Sports and Stadium (SSS). The society has on its committee the chief minister and several other ministers of the Left Front. The controversy it has created centres round the wide-scale media campaign it started recently, aimed at flushing out huge sums of money from businessmen.In return they were promised rewards of “golden cards”, which would not only enable them to watch all matches at the new stadium as life members but would also ensure a seat during the cricket Tests at the Eden Gardens. The advertisements offered such privileges to individuals who paid Rs 10,000 and commercial institutions which paid Rs 25,000.The society obviously felt that this was the best way of raising funds to complete the Rs 16-crore project as the state Government would clearly contribute no more than the Rs 4 crore that it has done so far. In fact the very idea of forming the society developed from the realisation that the stadium could not be completed without donations from business houses which it would not be possible for the Government to accept.advertisementHowever, as the ads appeared, the extra sensitive sections within the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and other constituent parties began raising questions about the wisdom of accepting ‘tainted’ money from the business community.Poor Response: More than this, what has been more disquieting for the society is the continuing poor response for golden cards largely because of the uncertainty that has cropped up about availability of the cricket tickets. This follows the stiff attitude taken by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which organises Test matches and has naturally looked on the promise of seats reserved as an encroachment on its own territory.Matters were further complicated when the SSS Secretary, Kamal Basu, a solicitor by profession, told a press conference that the state Government had promised the society 10,000 seats. He added: “We do not know how the Government will arrange that with the CAB. It is a matter to be settled between the two.”So far the two parties have not been able to work out any solution. At an informal meeting with the CAB president, former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was reported to have suggested that the additional block of seats to be given to the CAB would be constructed by the Government at its own cost. Ray’s counter-proposal was that the seats be constructed by the CAB itself and “the Government can use these for its purpose”, provided it agreed to grant the Eden Gardens to the cab on a long lease. As Ray later said: “cab would like to assert its right over the Eden Gardens.” Protracted Negotiations: At the meeting, Ray also expressed the CAB’S unhappiness at a third party’s promising seats at the Gardens. However, he was assured by the chief minister that he would tell the society, of which he is also a member, that nothing final should be done as matters were still under discussion. The negotiations are likely to be protracted with West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakravarti making it clear that “the Government does not want a confrontation with the CAB.” Nevertheless, pending finalisation of this important issue, the SSS continued to invite applications for golden cards. Said a spokesman: “We are not enrolling members and only applications are being accepted.”It will, however, be a pity if work on the stadium is further delayed, projected by the organisers to be the largest in Asia; there are also claims that it will be bigger than the ones at Wembley, Moscow and Barcelona. The sports complex will cover an 80-acre area and apart from the main football stadium, there will be a tartan track for athletics, a 20,000 capacity astroturf hockey stadium, a velodrome for cycling and an indoor swimming pool. But right now discussion on the chances of completion of the complex have receded in the face of the current controversy.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. 2020 tokyo olympicsGoldOlympicsRoger Federer First Published: October 14, 2019, 11:55 PM IST Paris: Roger Federer announced Monday he will compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men’s singles gold medal, the only major prize he has yet to win.”I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” he said at a promotional event. “At the end of the day my heart decided to play the Olympic Games again.”Federer has won all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the ATP Tour Finals six times, but is still waiting to grab Olympic singles gold.The 20-time Grand Slam champion did win a doubles gold alongside fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka at Beijing in 2008, but when he got to the London singles final in 2012 he was hammered 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 by an inspired Andy Murray.Federer did not compete at Rio 2016, where Murray won again, but has since twice won the Australian Open and took the 2017 Wimbledon title before losing an epic final in the grass-court Grand Slam to Novak Djokovic earlier this year.Serbia’s Djokovic, and Federer’s eternal rival Rafael Nadal, have both already said they will compete at Tokyo, the trio setting the scene for a highly competitive tournament.Nobody will be writing the ageing triumvirate off.The 32-year-old Djokovic is world number one and the player poised to take top spot off him in the coming weeks is Nadal, 33.The 38-year-old Federer is third in the world rankings, while Nadal and Djokovic won all four Grand Slams between them this year.The two-time defending Olympic champion and three-time Grand Slam winner Murray, coming back from his January hip surgery, is yet to announce his intentions for Tokyo. last_img read more

first_imgBatting icon Sachin Tendulkar is the lone Indian to find a place in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum’s list of all-time cricketing XI with West Indian legend Vivian Richards as the captain.McCullum’s team comprises four Australians in Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson, three West Indians in Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, two Kiwis in Tim Southee and Trent Boult, Tendulkar and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.The Kiwi great, who broke the record for fastest Test ton in his final match, opted for Gayle and Tendulkar to open the batting with former Australia skipper Ponting at first drop.NO DEARTH OF DESTRUCTION”I wanted someone destructive at the top of the order. Chris Gayle – there ain’t much better than that,” McCullum was quoted as saying by lords.org.”Obviously Sachin can bat for days. Ponting is another man with phenomenal statistics, he takes the game on and even if you lose two early wickets, he’s still going to come on and play his shots and be aggressive.”In the middle order, McCullum went for Lara at No.4 followed by the legendary Richards.”(Lara) can hopefully take the game away in a session. Sir Viv Richards comes in next and captains the side as well, with his charm, his swagger and his ability to hit the ball out of the park.”Considered as one of the most successful all-rounders in the history of the game, Kallis is next in the batting slot while stumper Gilchrist is McCullum’s choice for the No.7 position.advertisement”At number six I’ve gone for the greatest all-rounder in my opinion of all time, Kallis, he’s a bit lower in the batting order than he’s used to but I’m sure he’ll find his way, he’s an adaptable man.””Gilchrist as wicketkeeper at seven, on the back of that top six I think he can come in and ice it off pretty quickly,” he said.TRANS-TASMAN ATTACKThe bowling department is led by Aussie duo of leg-spin legend Warne and pacer Johnson along with Kiwi pace combo of Boult and Southee.”Johnson terrorised the opposition for years on end, he can also swing the willow as well if need be, (while) Warne speaks for himself,” he said.”Then I’ve gone for two Kiwis. That’s purely because when I was captain of New Zealand, I said I’d never change (Boult and Southee) for the world.””I saw them change us from an average Test team to a much harder to beat Test team, because of their ability to get 20 wickets,” he added.Team: Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulknar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Viv Richards (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Gundy: “I don’t know if we’ve had two blocked PATs since I’ve been here. I’m not happy with that at all.” #OKstate— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) September 13, 20159. Jimmy Bean and J.W. are unsung and wildly importantTheir respective counterparts (Emmanuel Ogbah and Mason Rudolph) get the glory and the headlines, but old bros Bean and Walsh are going to be two big reasons OSU has a big season (if it has a big season). Bean gets so many opportunities opposite No. 38, as does Walsh when OSU gets inside the red zone. The Cowboys ranked No. 109 in the country last year in red zone TD percentage — that’s something I hope Walsh can help change as the season chugs on.10. These things can fluctuate significantly from week to weekI’ll have some more notes later on tonight, but I’m still not sure we learned anything we didn’t know before this game. The defense is really good (probably). The offense is average to above average (probably) and OSU will be 3-0 going to Austin (hopefully).Here’s the thing we’ve learned in general with college football — looking at you, Auburn — teams can change significantly from game to game and even quarter to quarter. OSU looked in the first half like a team that would struggle with Kansas later this year. In the second half, it looked more like a team that could at least be competitive at the top of the Big 12.I’m not prepared to give up on what this offense could be quite yet. As Oklahoma State moves away from the air raid and towards, uh, something that isn’t really the air raid, I get excited about letting a defense that seems up for the challenge take over games. Was Saturday a good time watching college football? Nah, not really. But this team has some fun characters and some outstanding players.2012 should have taught us not to buy into FCS games too much. Nobody got hurt and Rudolph seemed to find his gallup in the second half. On to UTSA. BOX SCOREMrs. Pistols and I have been trying to plan a mini vacation recently. This is difficult for two reasons. The first is that the PGA Tour has like three weekends off over the course of 11 months (I tried to exaggerate that but I’m not sure that’s actually an exaggeration). The second, of course, is because of OSU football weekends.All that to say, in retrospect we should have planned it for this weekend because FBS-FCS games are disgusting to me (#RememberSavannah).As such, I’m reticent to make any broad, sweeping conclusions about what this OSU team is or isn’t because I have no idea if Central Arkansas is better or worse than OSU just playing its second team in practice.AdChoices广告But still, there was enough action (or lack of action) to have a few thoughts about the Pokes’ 32-8 win over UCA. Here we go.1. The offense got a free passHere’s what disappointed me about the way Oklahoma State’s offense showed out in the first half. First of all, Samford (!) toasted UCA to the tune of 28 points in the first half of last week’s game. OSU could only muster 10.Second, you pretty much know your defense is holding UCA to 14 points or fewer. So why do you come stumbling out of the gates like a wounded racehorse with these sideline screens and backwards passes? Don’t you use this game to say “man, how good can we be? What gear can I open this thing up to?” and then use that as a sort of barometer for the rest of the year?Especially when you know UCA is out there not letting Chris Carson and Rennie Childs beat them.Gundy: Too many penalties. Missed about six passes. UCA’s defense was essentially “stop run.” Defense was excellent. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 13, 2015You don’t get any more free passes this season, and it felt like this one was a little bit wasted on the offensive front. Like, we get that Mason Rudolph can throw a bubble screen. Taylor Cornelius can probably throw a bubble screen. But can Rudolph hit Jalen McCleskey on a deep slant? Can Jeff Carr run a wheel route? Do you feel better about a jump ball with Brandon Sheperd or Marcell Ateman?At one point in the third quarter, Central Arkansas put 10 men in the box at the goal line, and OSU proceeded to shove a handoff to Rennie Childs who got promptly blistered and put on his backside. I’m the most novice of football bystanders, but even I could tell that was going to be a disaster. What are you even trying to do there? It was like trying to force the USB cord into your computer over and over even though you know it’s wrong because you’re so frustrated you put it in the wrong way again.I don’t know if that’s a Mike Yurcich thing or a Mason Rudolph thing, but it’s not anything I want to see again. I’m not saying you come out and run four verts every down. That would be silly. But dare to dream a little bit, guys. Dare to drop 40 on a FCS team that got torched by Samford last weekend.2. We need to talk about that Chris Carson leapI feel like more often than not when people rave about athletes jumping over other athletes, it usually turns out that Athlete A jumped over Athlete B while Athlete B was bent over and essentially the equivalent of Spud Webb if Spud Webb was slouching a little bit.Not so here. That’s a 6’0 cornerback and Carson goes for the whole dang thing (and gets it).WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate pic.twitter.com/NKZFaHuhIE— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015Speaking of Carson. Is there a worse person on the roster to throw swing passes out wide to? Like, would we be better off throwing swing passes to Vincent Taylor or Chris Carson? Just something for you to think about the rest of the weekend.3. Mason Rudolph’s second half was on pointThere have been 1,065 games in Oklahoma State history, Saturday’s was just the 12th in which a QB has thrown for 400 or more yards. Rudolph was downright lousy in the first half, overthrowing everybody but the cheerleaders in the back of the end zone (and if Yurcich would have called a pass play inside the red zone, he probably would have overthrown them as well). Mike Gundy said as much at halftime.Mike Gundy at halftime: “We have to throw the ball better.” What does Rudolph have to do? “I’m not sure, he just needs to hit those passes.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015So Rudolph corrected things to the tune of 7/9 for 194 yards and 2 TD second half.“My feet weren’t right,” Rudolph told Fox Sports Southwest about the first half. “Had some feet issues with some balls being high. But the whole offense made some good adjustments and corrected things in the second half.”4. Is David Glidden elite?That’s tongue in cheek, but Glidden was outstanding on Saturday night collecting four receptions for a career-high 145 yards and 2 TDs. That was his first ever (!) 100-yard receiving night.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 13, 2015Somebody asked me last week why I didn’t think Glidden was a go-to receiver for OSU. It’s not so much that I think he couldn’t be. It’s just that OSU has so many dudes (12 of them caught passes on Saturday) that I’m not sure he’s definitely your guy when you’re down 10 in Morgantown here in a few weeks. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, I love him.https://twitter.com/pistolsguy/status/642885294082002944/photo/15. (Don’t) Fire YurcichI got a lot of this during the game. I get where it’s coming from, really, but Mike Yurcich isn’t going to receive a pink slip anytime soon. Especially not a few games into a season.#FireYurcich @pistolsguy, You still behind him?— Wes Cyrus (@wes_cyrus) September 13, 2015I have less of an issue with the end output Oklahoma State is showing and more with how it is getting there. It’s almost like it’s trying to be a hurry-up team that is fine with scoring 25-35 points a game no matter what team it’s playing. That’s great against Central Michigan and Central Arkansas. It’s going to give Mike Gundy nightmares once the Big 12 starts.I’m going to write about this more next week, but it’s time for us to start adjusting what we should expect from an offense that isn’t really running the Dana-Monken air raid we grew so accustomed to. That’s not Mike Yurcich’s problem as much as it is ours.His problem is that this offense seems to have not found its soul yet. Either you’re an eff-you air-it-out attack (see: Waco, TX) or a grinding, efficient machine that posts a proper points per possession number and turns games over to its defense (see: Tuscaloosa, AL). This team, so far, is neither.6. I’m in love with OSU’s defense (so far)It’s early, and OSU still hasn’t played anybody, but the front line of the defense has been unbelievable. We always knew the secondary and linebackers would be solid to very good, but this really can be an elite D if Emmanuel Ogbah and Co. keep playing like they have been so far in September.I listened to Tony Dungy talk the other day about how he would rather have J.J. Watt than Rob Gronkowski because football is all about how much you can pressure the quarterback. A high-powered defensive line negates the most important parts of an offense in its offensive line and QB. OSU’s has done that so far.It’s really not fair. Emmanuel Ogbah is a monster. pic.twitter.com/MFltlzPW8R— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Again, I don’t want to project this onto the next 10 games, but we have to look for some bright spots with the way the offense has looked over the first eight quarters and the defense has provided them.It’s a strange thing to expect to hold teams to 20 points or fewer, but until we get into the Baylor-TCU portion of the schedule, that’s exactly what I expect.7. Run blocking is absolutely appallingThis is part of the reason I’m hesitant to crucify Yurcich. I’ve watched my kids block the door to their room at bedtime better than OSU’s offensive line did at times on Saturday night.Gundy: “I’m not pleased with the way we’re blocking right now.” #okstate O-line continues to be a problem.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) September 13, 2015Granted, Central Arkansas pretty clearly was shutting down the run, but I wondered at one point during the game if Chris Carson was wishing he’d gone and backed up Nick Chubb instead of trying to stiff arm six guys on every run play to the outside.8. Grogan Groganed again?I’m not sure about the first, but the second one was an offensive line issue. Either way, this should literally never happen, much less on two straight extra points. Can you imagine if it was to tie a Big 12 game in the 4th quarter instead of a couple of pointless kicks against Central Arkansas? My gosh.last_img read more

first_imgBayern München Hasenhuttl has the right stuff to coach Bayern, says RB Leipzig director Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 17:18 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RalphHasenhuttl - cropped Bongarts Bayern München RB Leipzig v Bayern München Bayern München v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig DFB Pokal Bundesliga Transfers Sporting director Ralph Rangnick is sure the 50-year-old can coach any of Europe’s top sides but sees no reason for him to leave Red Bull Arena yet Ralf Rangnick has no doubt Ralph Hasenhuttl is good enough to take over at Bayern Munich but expects him to extend his contract with RB Leipzig.Hasenhuttl led Ingolstadt to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history and kept them in the top flight in 2015-16 before departing for the Red Bull Arena.Bayern 4/11 to beat RB Leipzig 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 The 50-year-old, who was linked to Arsenal amid uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future last season, guided Leipzig to second position in their maiden top-flight season, earning qualification for the Champions League.Sporting director Rangnick is unsurprised Hasenhuttl has been linked with Bayern, alongside the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, but expects the Austrian to agree to extend his Leipzig deal beyond 2019.”He has the right stuff. Ralph can coach any team in the world. The only question is whether he wants to,” Rangnick told Sport Bild.”There is currently no reason for any of our players or staff, including me, to leave.”The fact that Ralph, like our players, is linked to other clubs is the logical consequence of our development.”He could coach Bayern, but I do not think he’ll go there in the next two years.”I’ve discussed with Ralph that we’ll talk about [an extension] during the mid-season break. We know what we have in common. The appreciation could not be greater. Therefore, I assume that we will work together for this club even longer.”Leipzig entertain Bayern in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday before a Bundesliga clash between the pair at Allianz Arena on Saturday.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Meanwhile, Sean DeLoughry remembers a time when corners actually deserved the roar of approval they get from fans when one is awarded: “Back in the day several cup competitions in Ireland used the corner count to settle drawn games, leading to the occasional bizarre late scramble to try and force or save a corner. The FAI Cup and the third-ranked Shield competition persevered with replays, but three ‘major’ cup finals were decided on corner count. Shamrock Rovers won the Dublin City Cup in both 1956-57 and 1959-60 on corners after 1-1 final draws with Drumcondra. They also won the 1942-43 Dublin-Belfast Intercity Cup by beating Bohemians on corner count after a 2-2 aggregate draw in the final.”“Then there is the glorious tale of the ‘double golden goal’ rule employed in the 1994 Caribbean Cup (it’s been mentioned hereabouts before).” And Sem Firulas tweets that “here in Brazil we once tried: two referees in a game; penalty shootouts for every match that ended in a draw; and corners taken from the edge of the box in U-18 tournaments. All of them lasted very briefly.”Double post-match managerial departures“Is the recent occasion with Garry Monk and Carlos Carvalhal the first time that both managers have been sacked shortly after the same game?” asks Darren Smith.“I point you to a Portuguese league match, the Lisbon derby between Benfica and Sporting on 3 December 2000,” writes Rui Pereira. “The managers were two of Bobby Robson’s former assistants at FC Porto: José Mourinho (in his first job as head coach) and Augusto Inácio, respectively.“Both teams were having a bad season. Benfica won 3-0, leading to Inácio’s dismissal, while at the winning side tensions between a newly-arrived club leadership and Mourinho, who had been appointed by the outgoing directors, led to Mourinho’s resignation after only three months in charge. According to press reports at the time, Sporting were on the verge of hiring Mourinho as Inácio’s replacement, but that additional twist didn’t happen. The final outcome was not good for any team: reigning champions Sporting finished third in the league, while Benfica finished at their all-time lowest place of sixth.” “Ragnar Klavan recently became the first Estonian to score in the Premier League,” tweets Nathan Eaton. “Which nationality has made the most appearances without ever scoring?”“I’ve done some work here and made a list of all the countries that fit the bill,” cheers Nick Fredriksson, offering some sweet, sweet words. “Here goes:1) Oman, 111 (Ali al-Habsi)2) Albania, 31 (Lorik Cana)3) Pakistan, 22 (Zesh Rehman)4) Zambia, 20 (Emmanuel Mayuka 16, Collins Mbesuma 4)5) Bolivia, 19 (Marcelo Martins Moreno 12, Jaime Moreno 7)6) Cyprus, 9 (Nikodimos Papavasilou 7, Alexis Nicolas 2)7) Equatorial Guinea, 4 (Emilio Nsue)8) Lithuania, 3 (Tomas Danelevicius 2, Giedrius Arlauskis 1)9) Cape Verde, 2 (Pelé 1, Cabral 1)10=) Seychelles, 1 (Kevin Betsy)10=) Faroe Islands, 1 (Gunnar Nielsen)10=) Guinea-Bissau, 1 (Mesca)10=) Kosovo, 1 (Bersant Celina).”Al-Habsi has scored an own goal, mind. Wes Court was among a host of others to write in. “Other interesting tidbits I learned on this procrastinating experience,” he notes: “A majority of countries (53%) have never scored a Premier League goal. And of the 97* countries that have scored in the Premier League, 15 have only one goalscorer, and five of those 15 have only one goal (Poland have two tied with one goal each) [*includes three British Overseas Territories].”Unusual football rules“Watching this vintage penalties clip got me wondering: what are some rules in use or were once used in certain places that differ from what we are used to seeing in the ‘traditional’ game?” wonders Jithvan Ariyaratne.Graham Clayton reminds us of a maverick idea employed at Hampden Park over 40 years ago. “The 1973-74 Scottish League Cup final between Dundee United and Celtic featured an experimental offside line that went from the edge of the penalty area across to the touchlines.” Share via Email Read more José Mourinho, pictured here on the Benfica bench, a couple of months before he walked out on the club. Photograph: Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Matt Prior (@ConceptCzech)Gary Elphick started the season as Worthing manager, yet on Boxing Day he found himself taking them on as a Burgess Hill Town player. I wondered if this is a first in any way.January 9, 2018 Football Topics Football Primers (@footexplain)Iain Dowie and Fergie have words attributed to them in the Collins and OED, are there any other bizarre entries with football beginnings?January 9, 2018 Knowledge archive“Given the rather precarious world economic climate, have any clubs been forced to take up a sideline business to stay afloat?” wondered Fergal McMahon, in the midst of 2009’s credit crunch.Life is all well and good in the world of football global branding, especially for the world’s leading clubs. But spare a thought for those a little further down the ladder, such as Croatian third division outfit NK Nedeljanec. In 2004, when officials publicly revealed Nedeljanec’s financial strife, a plan was hatched by dedicated fans to save their team’s skins: the sale of potatoes, six tonnes of which were collected and sold to raise club funds.“No one here has much money, but we have lots of potatoes to sell,” fans’ chief Ivan Fosnar told the Jutarnji List newspaper. “It is the least we can do seeing as we are so near to promotion to the second division. We’ll do everything we can to help our club. It is not a problem to donate these potatoes if that will be enough to save the club.” Grateful Nedeljanec officials had no, ahem, chip on their shoulder and accepted the donation, which they admitted would help the club survive until the end of the season.For thousands more questions and answers take a trip through our archiveCan you help?“What was, statistically, the greatest great escape of them all?” asks Nick Jones. “Either in terms of the highest ‘points adrift’ to ‘points remaining’ ratio (perhaps not final-day escapes) or simply the largest ‘points adrift’ which was overcome. Without governing body interference, of course.”“The beautiful city of Bristol has had two league clubs pretty much consistently since 1920, combining for a total of 212 years of league football, with only three Football League Trophies and one Welsh Cup to show for it,” mails Andy Field. “Does this make it the least successful multi-club city?”“Hemel Hempstead Town beat St Albans City 2-0 on New Year’s Day,” begins Andrew Levey. “This ended a run of five consecutive 2-2 draws between the two sides in the National League South. Has there been a longer run of identical scores between two teams?”“What is the biggest score in a top-flight match anywhere where both sides score and all goals are scored by players meeting their old clubs?” muses John McDougall. The Knowledge Reuse this content features Send questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU Twitter Share on Messenger thisisntipswich (@thisisntipswich)@TheKnowledge_GU Spurs – West Ham tonight. Reid vs. Dier, or the other way around… Is there any other incidents where one players name is another players name backwards? Did Lampard ever face a Drapmal? Or did Shearer meet a Reraehs?January 4, 2018 Which football players appear on the cover of Definitely Maybe? Share on LinkedIn Pinterest last_img read more

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top quarterback recruits in the 2019 class has flipped his commitment following a visit.David Summers, a pro-style quarterback recruit out of Connecticut, has flipped his commitment from Maryland to Syracuse.The three-star quarterback recruit is ranked the No. 36 pro-style QB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.From 247Sports:Syracuse has their quarterback for the 2019 class. Three star Trumbull (CT) St. Joseph quarterback David Summers committed to the Orange during an official visit. Summers had previously been committed to Maryland, but chose not to sign with the Terps during the early signing period. The 6-foot-3 quarterback was offered by his primary recruiter, Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward last Wednesday. Summer is ranked the 36th best prostyle quarterback in the 2019 class by the 247 Sports Composite. He is the ninth best player in Connecticut overall.Summers committed to Maryland on May 21, 2018. That was when D.J. Durkin was still the head coach prior to being suspended in August after reports surfaced regarding the toxic culture within the program. Durkin was fired on October 31st. Matt Canada served as interim head coach and led the Terps to a 5-7 record including 3-6 in the Big-10. On December 4th, Maryland hired Mike Locksley as their head coach.Summers is a 6-foot-3 pro-style QB out of Trumbull, Connecticut.The quarterback recruit is ranked the No. 9 overall player in the state of Connecticut. He’s also received interest from Pittsburgh and Rutgers, among other programs.Syracuse’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 60 class in the country.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10+: Punch hole display, smaller chin and all the rumours so farWhile Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S10 are expected to come with a single front camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is said to come with a dual front-facing camera setup.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 09:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy S10 will come with a reverse wireless charging feature that will charge other compatible devices.Galaxy S10 will feature Infinity-O punch hole display with a circular cutout on the top right corner.Galaxy S10 will get a 3,500mAh battery, while Galaxy S10+ will house a large 4,000mAh battery.The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S10+ are just a few weeks away from going official. According to a majority of reports doing the rounds, Samsung will announce the phones on February 20, ahead of MWC 2019. In fact, rumours, leaks and reports on the Galaxy S10 trio have been pouring in everyday, which can make it difficult for consumers to keep a track of. To help you out, we have decided to do a roundup of everything that is known about the Galaxy S10-series and we will update this page when a new report comes in.Update January 10: Samsung has confirmed its Unpacked event for February 20 where it will launch the rumoured Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+. The company may also use the Unpacked stage to unveil its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone.Update January 9: The Galaxy S10 Lite was spotted on Geekbench running a Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. The phone should get additional memory variants as well. The listing also mentioned the phone running Android 9 Pie.On Thursday, tipster Evan Blass posted a live image of the regular Galaxy S10, codenamed Beyond 1. The image reveals the phone’s Infinity-O punch hole display with a circular cutout on the top right corner for the selfie camera. It also reveals that the chin bezel will be slightly thicker than the top bezel. In the same thread where Blass leaked the latest live image, he adds that the Galaxy S10 will come with a reverse wireless charging feature that will charge other compatible devices and watches, similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.advertisementA few hours later, another tipster who goes by Ice Universe posted an image showing transparent back covers of the Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+ along their screen sizes and battery capacity. The Lite model will house a 3,100mAh battery, while the regular Galaxy S10 will get a 3,500mAh capacity and the Plus-sized version will house a large 4,000mAh battery like last year’s Galaxy Note 9.What we know so farThe Galaxy S10 will be the middle model and is expected to sport a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S10+ are said to come with 5.8-inch and 6.4-inch AMOLED Infinity-O displays, respectively. Moreover, the Lite model will also be the only one among the three to get a flat AMOLED display. The other two models will get typical dual curved edges.Additionally, while the Galaxy S10 Lite and the regular S10 are expected to come with a single front camera, the Plus model is said to come with dual front-facing cameras, so we expect to see a pill-shaped cutout on the display to accommodate two sensors. A render (as shown above) by concept designer Ben Geskin shows how the display hole on the S10+ will look different to the other two variants. The Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10 Plus should get the latest Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 chipset depending on the market. They are all rumoured to come with One UI based on Android Pie out-of-the-box and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. The Galaxy S10 Lite will also be the only phone among the three to offer a side fingerprint sensor rather than an ultrasonic in-display one.Apart from the size of the displays, the Galaxy S10 trio are also expected to differ with regards to the number of cameras. The Galaxy S10 Lite is rumoured to come with dual rear cameras and a single front-facing camera. The regular Galaxy S10 is said to come with triple rear cameras and a single selfie cameras. Lastly, the Galaxy S10+ may get a quad camera system on the back and dual front-facing cameras.Samsung may not be going with gradient colours for the Galaxy S10 phones like it did with the Galaxy A9 (2018). Instead, tipster Ice Universe claims the phones will have “gorgeous and lustrous” solid colours, hinting that one of them could be an Emerald Green colour.Samsung Galaxy S10 expected priceAs of a report in December, the tentative pricing of the Galaxy S10 Lite is said to be 699 pounds (approx Rs 63,000). Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 with 128GB of internal storage will cost 799 pounds while the 512GB model will be priced at 999 pounds (approx Rs 90,000). Lastly, we have the Galaxy S10+ which is said to start at 899 pounds (approx Rs 81,000) for the 128GB variant. The phone is also expected to come in 512GB and a whopping 1TB storage variant priced at 1,099 pounds (approx Rs 99,000) and 1,399 pounds (approx Rs 1,26,000), respectively.advertisementALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy S10 live image reveals punch hole camera and thinner bezelsALSO READ: | Samsung foldable phone may come with triple cameras like the Galaxy A7 (2018)ALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy S10 base variant rumoured to come with flat OLED display, colour variants leak outGet 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. 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first_imgThe fear of people with mental illness is problematic, says actor Glenn Close in a CBC interview.Borne of ignorance and usually misrepresented in the media, most people associate mental illness with violence and shun both those suffering with it and their families. Ironically, support and friendship are key ingredients in recovery and management.Close says her nephew was diagnosed with a disorder as a teenager and spent two years in a psychiatric hospital, but when he came out, he had lost all of his friends. Close’s sister Jessie wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until decades later because she wouldn’t pursue it for fear that her young daughter would lose friends as well.“One day when we were visiting my mother,” says Close, “my sister Jessie came up to me and said, ‘I need your help. I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.’ Even though her son Calen had already been diagnosed as living with schizoaffective disorder, we were absolutely clueless about what Jessie was struggling with. That was a huge and shocking wake-up call for me, and it started my journey into the education and awareness around mental illness.”It’s because of the stigma that the afflicted don’t disclose it, and why people don’t realize that the person at the next desk or on their board of directors could be one of the 20 percent with mental illness. Close says the reaction to her Bring Change 2 Mind was overwhelming because people suddenly felt recognized instead of isolated, and felt the relief and hope that comes with the connection to a community of families experiencing the same thing.“It’s astounding to me,” says Close. “It’s something our family talks about, how really clueless we were about mental illness. We had no vocabulary for it. When Calen was diagnosed he was 19, which is very common for that kind of illness. Jessie, however, had always been known as ‘the wild one, the irresponsible one, the one that couldn’t hold down a job’, and we come from a hardheaded tradition where you’re just supposed to pull up your socks and get on with it. She really fell through the cracks in our family because of our ignorance. She wasn’t properly diagnosed until she was 51 years old. What hurt she went through, what her children went through, she lost a lot of years because of that.”Mental illnesses are chronic illnesses, so learning to manage the day-to-day symptoms and learning to live beyond the label, that the person is not the diagnosis and should not be defined by it, is essential.“Have the courage to talk about it,” says Close. “Attention must be paid.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board is issuing a stern warning to the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for installing mats in streams to discourage fish from spawning where the pipeline is to be built.In a letter on its website, the regulator orders the company building the line from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., to stop installing the mats until it has obtained all approvals from the board to allow the start of construction in those areas.In a blog dated Sept. 12 on the project website, Trans Mountain describes the “innovative use of snow fencing” in streams to protect spawning salmon and trout.It says its biologists had temporarily laid plastic fencing on the bottom of some sections of five streams through mid-August 2017 in preparation for pipeline construction there in early 2018, adding it had identified a total of 26 streams in British Columbia and Alberta where the mats would be used prior to spawning season.In an email, Trans Mountain spokesman Ali Hounsell says the spawning deterrents were considered a “preventive measure” to minimize environmental impacts of construction, adding the company is working on a response to the NEB order.Greenpeace Canada energy strategist Keith Stewart says it’s hard to believe that Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan didn’t know or failed to check to see if its anti-spawning strategy was allowed.last_img read more

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party suffered a major upset on Monday after local election results showed it lost the capital Ankara and Istanbul after a decade and half in power. Losing the country’s two major cities would be a stunning defeat for Erdogan, a former Istanbul mayor himself, whose ability to win at the ballot box has been unparalleled in Turkish history. Erdogan campaigned hard, portraying Sunday’s vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation’s survival, but the election became a test for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after Turkey slipped into a recession for the first time in a decade. The opposition CHP party candidate for Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, was leading by nearly 28,000 votes with most ballot boxes counted, Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said. Imamoglu won almost 4.16 million votes while the AKP candidate, former premier Binali Yildirim, won 4.13 million. Both claimed victory in the early hours following a tight race for the country’s largest city after results showing them in a dead heat. “We want to start working as soon as possible to serve people,” Imamoglu told reporters on Monday. “We want to cooperate with all institutions of Turkey to quickly meet the needs of Istanbul.” In Ankara, opposition mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas had 50.89 per cent of votes ahead of the AKP’s Mehmet Ozhaseki on 47.06 per cent, Anadolu state agency reported, with 99 per cent of ballot boxes counted. “Ankara has won. The loser in Ankara is Ozhaseki, dirty politics has lost,” Yavas told supporters who were waving Turkish flags and setting off fireworks at a celebratory rally. But in a sign of possible turmoil ahead, AKP officials said they would challenge the alleged invalidation of tens of thousands of votes in both cities. AKP secretary general Fatoih Sahin said the party will appeal in Ankara, saying the gap between the candidates “will narrow down and I believe it will eventually turn into a positive result for us.” Speaking to supporters in Ankara after Sunday’s polls closed, Erdogan had said the election was a victory for the AKP, which along with its coalition partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party, won more than 50 per cent of votes overall. The loss in Istanbul, analysts said, would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood, and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. “Istanbul is his heart, it’s really important for him, it is the first place they (AKP) started winning,” said Ayse Ayata, political science professor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. “They have retained their 51 per cent majority in total, which is very important. Had they not, this would lead into a questioning of their legitimacy.” For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power. Rallying his base among more religiously conservative Turks, Erdogan had presented his opponents as enemies of the state, tarnishing them as tied to Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have fought a decades-long insurgency.last_img read more