South Africa opens its biggest solar plant

first_img24 November 2014The new 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province is now online and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.The Jasper plant, near Kimberly, is the largest on the continent and can produce 180 000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80 000 homes.The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and is fully operational, SolarReserve, the developer, announced on 11 November.Jasper is located in a solar park near Kimberly that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project, which came online in May.Also on the cards is the even-bigger 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) tower. SolarReserve, along with partner ACWA Power, is bidding for the planned Redstone CSP project, which will use of SolarReserve’s CSP technology with integrated energy storage.As part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a percentage of total project revenues from the Jasper project will be set aside for Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development for the benefit of the local communities.“In addition to helping South Africa meet its critical electricity needs, the Jasper Project will bring long lasting economic benefits to the region,” said SolarReserve’s CEO Kevin Smith.80 000 householdsWith more than 325 000 PV modules, the Jasper Project will deliver 180 000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity a year for South Africa residents – enough to power up to 80 000 households through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom, the South African power utility company.The project also marks Google’s first renewable energy investment in Africa.Thousands of mirrorsCSP uses thousands of mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a central point to generate heat, which in turn is used to generate electricity.More than 10,000 tracking mirrors called heliostats reside in a 1,500 acre field where they reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a large heat exchanger, called a receiver, which sits atop a 550-foot tower.The project was developed by a consortium consisting of SolarReserve, the Kensani Group, an experienced empowerment investment player in South Africa, and Intikon Energy, a South African developer of renewable energy projects.Equity investment and ownership for the project was provided by a group of international and South African shareholders who jointly have experience in all aspects of development,funding and operations of solar energy projects, including the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Intikon Energy, Kensani Capital Investments, Google, the PEACE Humansrus Community Trust, and SolarReserve.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hey Chicken Little, the Cloud Is Not Falling

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud Related Posts alex williamscenter_img We sure are hearing the chickens running around in a panic about the dangers of cloud computing following the massive data loss involving T-Mobile Sidekick customers. And as usual, the cacophony sounds more like a bunch of pundits ruminating about the great dangers that may be ahead instead of the reality at hand.The problem is, most of them are making zero distinction about what constitutes a cloud computing service. The Sidekick disaster was not the result of a cloud disaster. It was a centralized data center that had poor oversight.DevCentral clears things up with its distinction between cloud services and applications:A “cloud service” is used by IT, by developers, by the technical community at large. What consumers access is an application, and nothing more. They aren’t the user of the cloud service, they are the consumer of an application deployed in a cloud environment. Google Docs is an application. Gmail is an application. Twitter is an application. None of these are “cloud” services, even when using APIs designed to integrate them with other applications; they are still, always and forever, applications. We do not question the severity of what happened to Sidekick customers. It looks like about 1 million people are affected. They lost it all. Pictures, calendars and a whole host of information.These customers had no choice about what happened. They relied on T-Mobile. And T-Mobile relied on Microsoft/Danger for storing the data. This was not a cloud catastrophe. Developments continue to unfold: Hitachi Datasystems is now being fingered as the source of the problem.But since we are on the topic, there are some basic lessons to learn in working with a cloud service provider. This is not a complete list. Feel free to add your own pieces of advice.Lesson #1If you are storing your data in the cloud for your customers to access, you’d better know if the company you have hired is actually the one managing your data. If your vendor is outsourcing your data to another provider, it could be a recipe for trouble.Lesson #2Know who you are working with and make sure there will be no surprises. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers that don’t keep customers posted about changes or upgrades can be real trouble-makers. All kinds of mix-ups can occur. A SaaS vendor recently pulled this one on its users. Customers had no idea about the upgrade. They had no control.Lesson #3Make sure your provider has safety valves in place. How is the data backed up? Let’s say, again, that the SaaS provider does an upgrade, but there’s a nasty bug fouling things up. If the cloud configuration has a safety valve in place, then the customer can mitigate the issue pretty easily.Lesson #4Don’t use just one cloud service provider. Security experts make the point that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Look at multiple cloud service providers so that if there are issues, damage is limited.Perhaps, overall, the greatest lesson out of the Sidekick disaster has nothing to do with the cloud at all but more about the applications that people use in the enterprise. Facebook? Twitter? Those are applications that may be more troublesome than cloud computing services because of their vulnerability to attack and lack of control over the data. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

SXSW: Tips for Getting Your App Approved

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#How To#mobile Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Michael Yuan of the medical-focused mobile company Ringful Health has submitted over 30 applications to multiple mobile application stores. It’s what made him qualified to give a speech at this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on the topic. His panel, “Tips on Getting Your Approved on App Stores,” wasn’t so much of a step-by-step guide for navigating the submission process, but more like a collection of things developers would want to know about the major application marketplaces. It probably wasn’t the best title, considering the content presented, but the information itself was helpful to developers looking to learn a few more details about the different app stores out there.Due to time constraints, Yuan’s talk only focused on three mobile app store ecosystems: iTunes, Android (both the official Market and third-party efforts) and BlackBerry App World.Yuan began by explaining why it’s important for mobile app developers to submit apps to an app store in the first place. App stores provide a wide reach, he explained, and offer easy one-click purchasing for customers, which can potentially lead to recurring billing scenarios. He then went through several of the top mobile app stores and the tips he picked up along the way:BlackBerryYuan wasn’t too pleased with his previous BlackBerry App World experiences because the registration fee only covers 10 submissions. Afterwards, you pay per update once that limit is exceeded. This seems to discourage updating apps, Yuan noted. Your best bet is not to count on releasing several incremental updates in this store.One nice feature for developers submitting apps to BlackBerry AppWorld is that you can select the devices on which your apps will run. While obviously this is due to fragmentation issues in the BlackBerry ecosystem, at least they don’t pretend that fragmentation doesn’t exist, Yuan said.The wait time in BlackBerry’s app store is long – several weeks at least.Developers should be prepared to give written statements whenever the slightest problem about third-party trademark issues arise.iTunesThe wait time for getting your app approved at iTunes is 1-4 weeks, and the initial submission process goes much slower than future updates.Generally, app updates are approved in just a few days.However, if you submit too many updates in a short period of time, the approval process will slow down. Yuan did not specify what counts as “too many updates,” however.Despite media reports hyping Apple censorship issues, getting a rejection from Apple is good news, said Yuan. Not hearing back is much worse. Apple’s rejection letter will at least explain what things need to be fixed within your application.Be sure to read the interface guidelines from Apple, as it is very strict about these sorts of issues. For example, Apple will reject your app if your list item does not remove its highlight after the finger lifts off, said Yuan.Apple will reject your app if there are obvious bugs.Never use unpublished API methods.Rate your app 12+ if you use UIWebView to load Internet pages at all.Your app should contain no offensive content during “normal” use3rd-Party Android Stores (GetJar, Handango, Carrier, etc.)Yuan recommends that you talk with the business development people at the store if you can as they can often help you implement alternate revenue models or offer you promotional opportunities.The on-deck Verizon VCast store has complex sign up, submission and approval process, Yuan warned.Official Android MarketThe Android Market provides a computerized validation of the binary and then immediate publication of that binary, says Yuan.Unfortunately, unlike BlackBerry’s store, you cannot pick and choose which devices your app is targeting. Instead, device visibility depends on OS version and API extension.Users can try apps before they buy them.Google can remote kill apps or wipe them from devices.The tips here may be useful for developers now considering developing a second or third app for another store, but SXSW sessions are often just too short for there to be much detail. It would have been nice to hear more about real-world examples involving rejections, issues and fixes from Yuan. But SXSW is not really the venue for those sorts of in-depth discussions…except for those that occur in the hallways, that is. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Upgrading to a Real Video Camera

first_imgThese video cameras have been used by television studios, independent filmmakers, and major studios alike. Here are the most popular options to upgrade to from a DSLR or mirrorless.Top image via Michael Maher/PremiumBeatLet me begin this piece but stating the obvious. Yes, I do know that not everyone has a large enough budget for a true video production camera. The intent of this piece is to shine a light on the many options that are quite frankly much better than using a DSLR or mirrorless camera.The Benefits of Using Video Cameras Over a DSLR and MirrorlessThere has been a very odd shift in the industry that has ruled out video cameras as a go-to option for video production. During the DSLR boom, filmmakers realized they could get amazing footage — even though the sound was atrocious. Users adapted a traditional cinema technique of running a completely separate audio setup. While this helped produce quality content, so many videos were produced by a single producer. One person shot with the camera, recorded the audio, and then would edit and upload their projects.If you’re already doing the workload of ten people, why go through so many steps to make things even more difficult? You can simplify the process by using an actual video camera — one built to capture cinematic footage and quality audio at the same time.Image via Michael Maher/PremiumBeatI, like many of the readers here, come from a DSLR background. Back in film school, I jumped on the Canon 5D MKII and 7D bandwagon. The cameras were affordable and offered a great image. Classmates stuck using gear reserved for freshmen were producing content on cameras already a decade old. With a DSLR, I could also get photos and video. One of the best things was the size of the camera. It wasn’t intimidating to the subjects I was shooting, and people were much more comfortable around the camera.Now I rarely shoot photos, and just focus on video. The more documentary work I do, the more of a hassle the DSLR and mirrorless cameras have become. I’ve gone through such great lengths to add support gear to my DSLR, when I should have just upgraded to a production camera in the first place.Image via Michael Maher/PremiumBeatVideo cameras are so much smaller and lighter than in years past. I recently got my hands on the Sony FS5, and I have to admit — I fell in love. An added benefit: much of the lightweight support gear I bought over the years still works with these new lightweight video cameras. Another great feature: a freaking handgrip. Do you know how much easier life is with a handgrip? Also, the variable ND was a treat. Now, the camera did have its faults; no camera is perfect. I don’t much care for the menu interface, which isn’t really an issue when it comes down to image quality. The FS5 is a broadcast beast that also allows you to capture a true cinematic look.The FS5 inspired me to write this post for any others looking to upgrade their camera package and turn their DSLR or mirrorless into your B camera.Types of Video CamerasThe following manufacturers and cameras are some of the most common production cameras you’ll see on set. The list includes cameras in the medium price range for documentary and independent filmmakers, as well as some high-end cinema cameras you may see when working on bigger productions.While this certainly isn’t an all-inclusive list, these cameras will give you an excellent cinematic look. We’ll start with some of the medium-budget cameras and work up to the major production camera bodies.SonySony offers an array of professional cameras in the XDCAM lineup and the CineAlta line for major motion pictures. They are used by countless television studios, news productions, documentary filmmakers, as well as sports teams like the Dallas Stars.Sony PXW-FS5Image via Michael Maher/PremiumBeatThe Sony FS5 is one of the new cameras on this list, having come out in Q4 of 2015. The camera is popular among news shooters and documentary filmmakers like Philip Bloom. The body alone is incredibly lightweight at 1.8 lbs.Specs:Super 35-Sized CMOS SensorSony E-MountUHD at 24/30 FPS, HD up to 240 FPSXAVC Long, AVCHD Recording Codecs2 x SD Media Card SlotsHD/3G-SDI & HDMI OutputNative ISO 3200 (S-Log3 Gamma)14 Stops of Dynamic RangeBuilt-in ND filter from 1/4ND to 1/128NDErgonomic Handgrip with Camera ControlsPrice: $5,599 (Body Only)Sony PXW-FS7The Sony FS7 is the big brother to the FS5. The camera is slightly larger and has been used on independent films like the 2016 SXSW film Donald Cried.Specs:Super 35 Sized CMOS SensorSony E-MountDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60p via External RecorderUHD up to 60 FPS, HD up to 180 FPSNative ISO 2000 (S-Log3 Gamma)XAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-2XAVC-I Up to 600 Mb/sDual XQD Memory Card SlotsDual HD/3G-SDI & HDMI OutputBuilt-in ND filter from 1/4ND to 1/128NDErgonomic Handgrip with Camera ControlsPrice: $7,999 (Body Only)Sony PMW-F55The Sony F55 comes from the CineAlta line and is one of the premier Sony cameras designed for major motion pictures and television. It was recently used on the Oscar-winning film Ex Machina and the 2016 SXSW film Slash. Other major motion pictures include The Wedding Ringer, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Tomorrowland. On television, the camera was used on Vinyl, The Blacklist, and the Netflix series Marco Polo.Specs:8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image SensorInternal 4K/2K/HD Recording14 Stops Dynamic RangeElectronic Global ShutterUp 240 fps 2K with Optional AXS-R5Native FZ-Mount and PL-Mount AdapterSxS Pro+ Media CardsPrice: $28,999 (Body Only)CanonCanon video cameras are very popular in the advertising and independent film worlds. They are frequently used in national ad campaigns and will sometimes serve as B cameras on major motion pictures.Canon EOS C100 MK IIThe Canon C100 MK II is the manufacturer’s entry-level pro video camera. It’s most used on weddings, documentaries, and short films, and is a great stepping stone for those coming from the Canon DSLR lineup. The C100 was recently used on the Sundance short film The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere, which earned a nomination for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize.Specs:Super 35mm CMOS SensorCanon EF Mount1920x1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98AVCHD + MP4 RecordingDual SDHC/SDXC Media Card SlotsHDMI Output with Timecode & Canon LogISO 320 to 102,400Canon Log and Wide DR GammaTwo XLR Audio ConnectorsPrice: $4,499 (Body Only)Canon C300 MK IIThe Canon C300 MK II is the middle-level pro video camera. It’s frequently used on full-length documentary films and as a B camera on major motion pictures. It was used in the documentaries Cartel Land, Sonic Highways, and 20 Feet from Stardom. The camera is also used on the VICE documentary shorts for HBO. The C300 was used on independent features like Blue is the Warmest Color and television shows like Deadliest Catch. In Hollywood, the camera has been used for stunts and b-roll on Rush and Her.Specs:Super 35mm CMOS Sensor4K, 1920×1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p/24pAvailable with EF or PL MountCanon XF AVC H.264 CodecDual Pixel CMOS AF TechnologyRotating 4″ LCD Monitor2x 3G-SDI Output2x XLR Inputs2x CFast Card SlotsCanon Log 2 GammaPrice: $15,999 (Body Only)Canon C500The Canon C500 was just marked down as we await news of the C500 MK II at NAB 2016. The C500 was the B camera used on the Oscar-nominated film The Big Short. The camera was used for stunts on major motion pictures like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Need for Speed, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and After Earth.Specs:Super 35mm-Size CMOS SensorAvailable with EF or PL Mount4K RAW (4096 x 2160) Output2K, Quad HD & Full HD2x 3G-SDI Outputs50 Mb/s Proxy HD Recording to CF Card10-Bit 4K RAW at Up to 60p10-Bit 4K Half RAW at Up to 120p12-Bit 2K 4:4:4 Signal at Up to 60pCanon Log GammaPrice: $9,999 (Body Only)Mark II: $TBA  ~$30,000 NAB 2016BlackmagicBlackmagic has gained a lot of traction in documentary and movie stunts. The company just finally started shipping the much-anticipated Ursa Mini 4K and 4.6K cameras. Their most popular camera is the Pocket Cinema Camera, which has become a go-to stunt camera.Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraThe Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a tiny camera, not much larger than a regular point-and-shoot. It has become a go-to stunt camera, recently used on the Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road, the blockbusters Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Expendables 3, as well as the television show Mythbusters. It was the primary camera for the Sundance fake documentary Operation Avalanche, which was shot to look like 16mm film. Unfortunately, this camera isn’t the best for audio. I’ve listed it solely for its image quality and price point.Specs:Super 16mm-Sized Image Sensor1920 x 1080 Native ResolutionMicro Four Thirds Lens Mount13 Stops of Dynamic RangeRecords ProRes 422 HQ and CinemaDNG RAWPortable Design (5″ Long and 12.5 oz)3.5″ LCD Display with 800×480 ResolutionHDMI, LANC, 3.5mm Audio Input and OutputPrice: $1,095 (Body Only)Blackmagic Ursa MiniThe Blackmagic Ursa Mini is the newest camera on this list, with the 4.6K version having only shipped in the past few weeks. The camera is available in four different options at either 4K or 4.6K.Super 35 SensorFour Options – 4K EF Mount, 4K PL Mount, 4.6K EF Mount, 4.6K PL Mount4.6K Uncompressed Video Recording/4608 x 2592 – Depending on Camera Model4K Uncompressed Video Recording/4096 x 2304/4608 x 1920/4000 x 2160UltraHD Apple ProRes/3840 x 21603K Anamorphic/3072 x 25602K/2048 x 1152HD Apple ProRes/1920 x 108023.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps15 Stops5″ Fold Out MonitorDual CFast – Nonstop RecordingIncludes Full DaVinci Resolve SuitePrice: $2,999 – $5495 (Body Only)REDRED has become the go-to camera in nearly every type of video production. RED cameras are used in advertising campaigns by companies like Red Bull and are prominently used in commercials and film. Some major motion pictures will use RED cameras as the A camera, as well as a B camera. A quick aside — don’t let these brain only prices fool you. These cameras require a ton of very expensive support gear.RED RAVENThe RED RAVEN is the base model from RED. Yes, everything is pretty much always listed in all caps. This camera is most popular on independent films and medium-scale commercial productions.9.9 Megapixel CMOS Sensor16.5+ StopsUp to 120 fps 4.5K, Up to 300 fps 2K4.5K 2.1:1 (4608 × 2160), 2.4:1 (4608 × 1944)4K Full Frame (4096 × 2160), 2:1 (4096 × 2048), 2.4:1 (4096 × 1728), UHD/16:9 (3840 × 2160)3K Full Frame (3072 × 1620), 2:1 (3072 × 1536), 2.4:1 (3072 × 1296), 16:9 (2880 × 1620), 3:2 (2880 × 1920)2K Full Frame (2048 × 1080), 2:1 (2048 × 1024), 2.4:1 (2048 × 864), 16:9 (1920 × 1080), 3:2 (1920 × 1280)Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHzPrice: Starting at $5,950 (Brain Only)RED SCARLET-WThe RED SCARLET-W is one of the newest cameras from RED, updating the prior SCARLET DRAGON. The prior model was popular on independent film sets like Drinking Buddies and was most recently used on the SXSW film Claire in Motion. It also captured the intense action of The Raid 2 and was a stunt camera on The Expendables 3. Here are the specs on the newly updated SCARLET-W:13.8 MP Super 35mm CMOS16.5+ StopsUp to 60 fps 5K, Up to 300 fps 2K5K Full Frame (5120 × 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3×4.5K Full Frame (4608 × 2412), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x4K Full Frame (4096 × 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x3K Full Frame (3072 × 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x2K Full Frame (2048 × 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3xIntegrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHzPrice: Starting at $9,950 (Brain Only)RED EPIC DRAGONThe RED EPIC DRAGON was just used as an A camera on the Oscar-nominated films The Martian, Room, Gone Girl and The Danish Girl. It was also used for a few scenes by three-time Best Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki in The Revenant. It was the camera of choice for 10 Cloverfield Lane, Straight Outta Compton, The Walk, and the television series Better Call Saul.  It was was used as a B camera on The Birth of a Nation, Steve Jobs, Furious 7, Spectre, Magic Mike XXL.19.4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor16.5+ stopsUp to 75 fps 6K, up to 300 fps 2K6K Full Frame (6144 × 3160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x5K Full Frame (5120 × 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3×4.5K Full Frame (4608 × 2412), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x4K Full Frame (4096 × 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x3K Full Frame (3072 × 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x2K Full Frame (2048 × 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3×2 channel, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz. Optional 4 channel, and AES/EBU digital audioPrice: Starting at $24,000 (Brain Only)RED WEAPONThe RED WEAPON is currently available to consumers with a 6K DRAGON sensor, though an 8K Vista Vision camera is currently being tested on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.19.4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor16.5+ StopsUp to 100 fps 6K, Up to 300 fps 2K6K Full Frame (6144 x 3160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 4.5K Full Frame (4608 x 2412), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3xIntegrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz Price: Starting at $29,500 (Brain Only)Are you looking to upgrade to a new camera? What camera are you most interested in buying? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Russian opposition to take to streets again defying crackdown

first_imgMoscow: The Russian opposition vowed to stage another mass rally Saturday despite increasing pressure from authorities, who arrested nearly 1,400 people at a protest last week and have launched a criminal probe into the movement. The march along Moscow’s leafy boulevards will be the latest in a series of demonstrations after officials refused to let popular opposition candidates run in next month’s city parliament elections. The local issue has boiled over into one of the worst political conflicts of recent years, with rallies of up to 22,000 people and police violence against demonstrators. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Over 6,000 people said on Facebook they would take part in the march along Moscow’s so-called Boulevard Ring on Saturday to “bring back the right to elections”. Officials say candidates were disqualified because they forged the necessary signatures. But candidates, including allies of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, insist their signatures were thrown out arbitrarily, and the whole vetting process was skewed against them. Many Muscovites said their signatures in support of the opposition were declared invalid with no reason. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Some turned up at previous protests brandishing banners with slogans such as “I have a right to choose”. In the polls in September, the opposition hopes to end the monopoly of Kremlin loyalists in Moscow’s parliament. The body decides over the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget but lacks political independence from mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of Putin. Putin has yet to comment on the political crisis in Moscow. Navalny and other protest leaders argue corruption is rife in the capital. Navalny is also currently in jail, but his team on Thursday released a report accusing Sobyanin’s deputy of selling prime Moscow property to her family members at rock-bottom prices. Authorities have launched investigations into last weekend’s “mass riots” and “violence against police”, echoing similar probes into protests against Vladimir Putin in 2012 which saw several people jailed. Four people were formally arrested pending trial Friday, though the opposition stressed that the protest was peaceful. “Their task is to paralyse the protest movement, to isolate its leaders and frighten participants,” one rejected candidate, Ilya Yashin, wrote on Facebook. He is currently being held for 10 days in a police cell for violating rules on legal protests. “There were no mass riots in Moscow, not by a long shot,” Yashin wrote. One of the men arrested is suspected of injuring a policeman by allegedly throwing a plastic bottle into the ranks of national guard wearing heavy protective gear. Several candidates have declared hunger strikes. Moscow police on Friday issued a warning for people not to attend the rally. “We repeat that the event is illegal,” it said on its website. “We suggest that residents and visitors refrain from participating.” Police “will take all necessary measures,” the Moscow prosecutors’ office said. Reports said that the head of Moscow police even petitioned the Russian Premier League to reschedule a match between the city’s two top teams, which may trigger fan violence and require a massive presence of the force in two places at once. The petition was rejected, a source told TASS news agency.last_img read more

YOUTUBE ORDERS NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FROM TEAM DOWNEYS ROBERT

first_img“We are excited to be in business with the incredibly creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”“Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.About YouTubeLaunched in May 2005, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.About Team DowneyTeam Downey is an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey that produces film, television, and digital properties. Team Downey is currently producing Universal Pictures’ THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE written and directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring Robert Downey Jr. Other features currently in development include an adaptation of the Reply All Podcast MAN OF THE PEOPLE that Richard Linklater is writing and will direct for Annapurna, and the third installment in the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise for Warner Brothers. In television, Team Downey has several high profile projects at various networks including PERRY MASON at HBO and an adaptation of Karen Russell’s novel SWAMPLANDIA! at HULU.About Network Entertainment* Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their endearing legacy. Our films have featured a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Our productions are consistently embraced by both popular and critical acclaim garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird and TMN. Our work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, The Emmys, Realscreen Awards, The Gemini’s, The Leo’s, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, VancouverInternational Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caAbout SonarSonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes content for global audiences. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry. Sonar Entertainment premium scripted series include Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; and Das Boot, an eight-part series inspired by the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar Entertainment also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Factual and lifestyle series include Texas Metal for Discovery and Food’s Greatest Hits for Scripps. Sonar Kids and Family series include Counterfeit Cat, airing on Disney XD in the US, Teletoon in Canada, on Hulu and in over 200 countries worldwide; and Go Away, Unicorn! for Disney.*For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caNeither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking InformationExcept for historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the Company not obtaining required TSX Venture Exchange approval of the Transaction and the Transaction not being completed as proposed or at all. These statements are necessarily based upon management’s perceptions, beliefs, assumptions and expectations, as well as a number of specific factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that could result in the forward-looking information ultimately, perhaps materially, being incorrect. All forward-looking information in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of the Company and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Except as required pursuant to applicable securities laws, the Company will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Robert Downey Jr. will bring his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject to the screen, narrating the series and uncovering insights from researchers and leading experts who will share their unique perspectives. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.The Untitled A.I. Series will be executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, through their production company, Team Downey, with Team Downey’s Emily Ford also serving as executive producer, and Evan Mooreoverseeing the project. Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment will executive produce, while Derik Murray and Paul Gertz of Network Entertainment will produce the series. VANCOUVER, May 17, 2018 – Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. (“Network” or “the Company”) are pleased to report that YouTube announced its order for an expansive new series on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz, and Sonar Entertainment’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski. The series will feature the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts to tell the dynamic story of A.I. The 8-episode hour-long series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.last_img read more

Adrian Beltre Is Hall Of Fame Worthy

A long drive, deep over the outfield wall … without a boost from performance-enhancing drugs.It’s an old-time ideal that Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has played out over and over again. Earlier this week, he smashed two home runs, closing in on a relatively exclusive honor: membership in the 400 home run club. (Beltre needs one more dinger to become a card-carrying member.)In our view, and according to advanced stats, Beltre should be a Hall of Famer someday. But we worry that he won’t be because his conventional stats lack that Cooperstown shine.Why do we think Beltre should be enshrined alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Bill Mazeroski (more on him in a minute)? Beltre is a rarity — a player who excels at both offense and defense. And in both cases, that excellence is best illustrated using sabermetric measurements.1His offensive bona fides are also clear from such traditional statistics as home runs, of course. Among third basemen, Beltre, with his nearly 400 long balls, ranks fifth all-time; three of the four ahead of him are either already in Cooperstown or are locks to make it someday (Chipper Jones).For instance, in terms of per-plate appearance rates, Beltre ranks in the 80th percentile of his peers2Qualified hitters (according to Fangraphs’ leaderboard) who played between 1998 and 2015. in isolated power, the 70th percentile in contact rate, the 50th percentile in speed and the 82nd percentile as an overall hitter. (His only real offensive weakness is a 27th-percentile walk rate.) And those are just the rate statistics; Beltre’s durability has also seen him notch the second-most at-bats of any active player and the 53rd-most of any player ever.That longevity is a big reason why Beltre ranks ninth all-time in offensive wins above replacement (oWAR) among third basemen. Only one non-Hall of Famer, the easily forgettable Toby Harrah, ranks higher, and Beltre should pass him (plus Home Run Baker) this season, assuming that Beltre’s 2015 oWAR resembles his yearly output over the past five seasons. In fact, based on projections from Baseball Prospectus, there’s a good chance that the only players ahead of Beltre in oWAR by the end of his career will be offensive juggernauts Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews and Mike Schmidt.And defensively, Beltre’s advanced numbers are among the best ever. Per defensive WAR (dWAR) and defensive runs saved above average (DRAA),3Defense is harder to measure than offense, and traditional measurements have a way of propping up horrible defenders (see Jeter, Derek). But advanced statistics such as dWAR and DRAA (which is based on video-tracking data for recent seasons and estimated “zone ratings” for years before that) seem to capture defensive skill well. All modern players in the top 10 for DRAA have won at least one Gold Glove, and all but two have won at least four. Beltre is the second-best defensive third baseman in baseball history. Only Brooks Robinson, whom Reds manager Sparky Anderson had nightmares about after Robinson’s unforgettable defensive performance in the 1970 World Series, ranks better. According to dWAR, only 19 other players (across all positions) in baseball history were more valuable defensively than Beltre has been.The defender most like Beltre at this point is Mazeroski, who made it to the Hall almost entirely on his defense. Beltre, by contrast, combines Mazeroski-like defense with vastly superior offensive stats and greater durability.Yet, we worry about Beltre’s fate because his traditional measurements lag behind his advanced ones. The case against Beltre starts by saying that his nearly 400 home runs may be somewhat devalued by the steroid era — more than half of the club’s 51 members hit the majority of their home runs in the 1990s or 2000s — even if Beltre has never been implicated for steroid use. And Beltre’s other impressive credentials (four Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and four All-Star Game nods) are good, but not great. Eric Chavez, for example, will only see Cooperstown as a visitor, but he won six Gold Gloves at third base. In addition, Beltre is unlikely to hit above .290 for his career or win a most valuable player award, and he has never won a World Series (only playing in a single Fall Classic).Simply put, Beltre’s conventional résumé falls short of Cooperstown’s traditional benchmarks. While there is no generally accepted baseball equivalent of Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame probability metric, Bill James developed a few good ways to gauge a player’s traditional statistical portfolio: the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. Together, those metrics measure how well a player met certain (admittedly arbitrary) benchmarks that, historically speaking, are strongly correlated with Hall of Fame induction.In the “Ink” tests — which measure how often a player led the league and finished among the top 10 in important statistical categories — Beltre sits well behind the typical Hall member. He does fare somewhat better in the other, benchmark-based calculations (though he still ranks below average in both the Standards and Monitor tests), and at just 36 years old, Beltre still has time to add to his totals. But overall, he may not even have a coin flip’s chance at the Hall of Fame, according to traditional gauges. A logistic regression between the James metrics and Hall of Fame enshrinement for the eligible players on Baseball-Reference.com’s leaderboards4With additional variables for a player’s era and whether a player was publicly linked to steroids. would assign Beltre a mere 18 percent chance of induction if he retired today.But our hope is that Hall of Fame voters are slowly moving past the older considerations. If they look instead at Beltre’s advanced numbers, they’ll see a Hall of Fame worthy outlier. Look at the Jaffe WAR Score system, or JAWS.5For those curious, the eponym behind the number is Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. Built on the foundation of WAR, JAWS attempts to strike a balance between players who compiled value over a long period of time (think Paul Molitor, whose JAWS was 57.5) and those who burned brightly for a shorter span of seasons (think Jackie Robinson, whose JAWS was 56.8). And the difference between Beltre’s actual JAWS and what we’d predict from his conventional credentials6As measured by a regression using the James metrics. is stark.Beltre is one of only 10 non-Hall of Famers7Among either eligible players who were not elected or those ineligible for induction. in major league history to produce a JAWS rating above that of the average Hall of Famer, despite a predicted JAWS below the average Hall of Famer.8Predicted JAWS is designed so that its average equals the average JAWS.How can there be such a big difference? It’s partly because predicted JAWS doesn’t take into account defense (because it’s using conventional stats) and actual JAWS does. As we noted previously, defense is very hard to measure in a conventional sense. That’s especially the case at third base, where people can’t even agree on the best skill set for the position. It used to be impossible to say what exactly a player’s defensive range was, for instance. That’s why James’s metrics don’t make much of an attempt at incorporating defense, with the exception of taking into account a player’s position and where it sits on the defensive spectrum.But now we can understand how valuable Beltre is defensively. And we know that his mixture of offensive and defensive production for a third baseman is very rare.The question left is whether Hall of Fame voters will see things that way, conventions be damned. read more

The Lantern examines concussions

Concussions have become a hot-button topic all over the country. As science and medicine are continuing to discover how big an impact head injuries can have on someone’s day-to-day functions and future livelihood, sports organizations, and even Congress are beginning to take notice. Just this week, the NFL made its players aware of a new policy that will institute suspensions for its athletes for malicious helmet-to-helmet hits on a defenseless player. While once seen as a minor deterrent, the long-term effects associated with concussions have helped to paint a frightening portrait of what’s to come for our favorite athletes if they aren’t properly protected. Starting Monday, The Lantern will run a series on concussions beginning with part 1, prevention. Part 1 will be focusing on what can be done to better prepare oneself for avoiding a head injury, as well as offering a detailed look into why concussions are so hard to predict, who gets them, and what’s being done to protect athletes from having to worry about receiving one. Part 2, running Tuesday focuses on treatment. The story explains the dangers caused by head injuries both physically and mentally, what physicians and trainers look for in terms of symptoms, and what athletic trainers are doing to ensure that football players are ready to play after going through a concussion. Part 3, Second Impact Syndrome, focuses on a rare condition associated with a second head injury. SIS can lead to permanent disabilities and even death, but determining who’s susceptible to SIS is nearly impossible beforehand. Make sure to check out The Lantern in print or online for this exclusive look at concussions. read more

Arsenals Ainsley MaitlandNiles out for up to 2 months

first_imgArsenal have announced that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be out of action for the next six to eight weeks with a fractured legThe 20-year-old sustained the injury during the 2-0 home defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in the club’s opening game of the new season.Maitland-Niles was deputising for both Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal in the left-back position during the game.“Ainsley has sustained a small fracture to his left fibula and will be out for six to eight weeks,” read a statement.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Full-back Carl Jenkinson will also be out for two months after spraining his right ankle.Meanwhile, Kolasinac is expected to report back for training in October.Captain Laurent Koscielny, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in April’s Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, still has another two left before he can return to training.But on the bright side, both Monreal and Danny Welbeck are expected to feature in Arsenal’s away trip to London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.last_img read more

Unai Emery The EPL has the best players in the world

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery thinks the Premier League has both the best players and teams in world football.The former Sevilla boss spoke to Sky Sports ahead of FIFA’s The Best awards, in which Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah were competing for the top prize.“They are very great teams here and every match, like yesterday against Everton, is very difficult.“[There are] very good players, I think the best players and best teams in the world in this competition, they are here.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Gunners are on a five-game winning streak and Emery believes the squad is buying into his methods and showcasing that on the field.“The players have shown since the first day of pre-season they are trying every day to do the best,” said Emery.“I think we are improving every day and I am very happy.“But we need also time, we need to continue working, improving. Winning is better I think to find this but I think we are on the way.”last_img read more