President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula wish the Proteas well as they set off to compete in the Cricket World Cup (Image: Bongani Nkosi) President Jacob Zuma met with the Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, in Pretoria recently to wish them good luck for the World Cup taking place in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka later this month. “On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, we wish you all the success in this international campaign,” he said to the team.Led by captain Graeme Smith, the World Cup squad comprises Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne van Wyk.All members were present when Zuma wished them well.“We have assembled a fantastic team,” said Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, who was also there to encourage the team. “We want to wish you well as you get ready to begin the battle. We are a winning nation and believe you will do well.”Zuma said the sport was a national asset and he was happy to see an increased number of young people coming through the development structures of South African cricket.Special nation“May this nation’s traditional winning streak see you through the ferocious spin bowlers of the Asian sub-continent, and also make you bring the trophy home.”The president called on the team to use the country’s previous successes as their motivation for winning the World Cup. “We are certain you will win. You are part of a special nation. South Africans are special people – we can do things others can’t do.”To show support for the squad, Zuma urged all South Africans to wear their Proteas shirts on Fridays as part of the Magnificent Fridays campaign launched by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation.“We did this successfully for the Fifa Soccer World Cup, and we thank you for bringing back the excitement,” he said.Mandela will be watchingZuma delivered a message from former president Nelson Mandela, whom he visited before meeting the team. “When he talked about you his smile got broader and broader. He wants you to know he supports you all the way and said he will be watching you on the television.”“We will support you to the final until you bring the trophy back and hand it over to Nelson Mandela,” the president said.Captain Greame Smith said they were honored to receive a message from the former leader. “The message from Madiba will stand strong inside of us as we try to make our country proud. It is especially humbling to hear him pledge his support and praise for the squad.”Making the country proudSmith said as a team they were encouraged by the knowledge that the country was behind them. “It will be the support from the fans back home that will carry us on,” he said.He also thanked the president and the sports minister for their support. “It’s always an incredible honour to have the opportunity to meet with the president.”Smith gave both Zuma and Mbalula a number 15 Proteas jersey, representing the team’s supporters.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola also thanked the president and sports minister for their backing. “Thank you for getting the nation behind us. It means a lot to us to have the nation’s support as we go.”Majola said this would help inspire the team to excel on the pitch. He then paid tribute to the players for being ambassadors for their country.“Enjoy yourselves and bring the trophy home,” he added.Before sending the team off with their final marching orders, Zuma sang for skipper Graeme Smith, who was celebrating his 30th birthday.The player said he was “incredibly humbled” by the gesture.
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Most homes use too much energy for lighting. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American household uses 1,667 kWh per year for lighting, which amounts to 15.3% of residential electricity use. Ironically, this energy devoted to lighting is used inefficiently, so the usual result is a dim house with dark, depressing corners.Although many electric utilities have subsidized the cost of bulb swap programs for years, the typical house still has far too many incandescent bulbs. Even people who have swapped their incandencents for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) often install their bulbs in terrible fixtures with opaque shades or dark lenses. Fixtures are often installed in awkward spots. The dark corners that are common in a poorly lit house become more noticeable as we all get older; to see well, older people need more light than younger people.Finally, many houses have too few switches, so that homeowners have to make an all-or-nothing decision about whether to turn on all six bulbs in a track-light fixture.Once you become aware of some basic lighting principles, you’ll be able to solve the lighting problems in your own home and the homes you build. There’s only one downside to obtaining a lighting education: every time you stay in a hotel room, the bad lighting will drive you crazy.Lighting designers have their own jargon. They call light bulbs “lamps,” for example, and they call light fixtures “luminaires.”Lighting designers often tell us that there are four different kinds of light: ambient, task, accent, and decorative.Ambient light is the soft, general illumination that fills a room and softens shadows.Task lighting is a focused source of light near a work surface, a countertop, or a book.Accent lighting is a type of directed illumination used to spotlight an…
Ultra Wide Television5120 x 21602.37:1 (21:9)11,059,200 FormatResolutionAspect RatioPixels DCI 4K Cinemascope (Cropped)4096 x 17162.39:17,028,736 Industry leaders in manufacturing and production are joining forces to standardize the way we shoot, broadcast and talk about 4K technology.One of the biggest issues for film and video producers, as well as consumers, has been the confusion surrounding 4K technology. 2014 was definitely the year of the new high-def format, but we had an issue on understanding what that format was. By using ‘4K’ and ‘Ultra HD’ (UHD) interchangeably we’ve only increased our confusion. Luckily the manufacturing tech giants have decided to join forces with the film industry titans in order to bring cohesion to the chaos. It’s time to standardize 4K.One note: The Alliance hasn’t actually set in stone which format terminology will be used, so we’ve used ‘4K’ in this post.Industry Leaders UniteSince it’s inception the TV manufacturers and Hollywood studios have had very different opinions on how to utilize 4K video and how to distribute it. In an effort to bring these differing opinions together, Samsung announced a partnership between industry elites, dubbed the ‘UHD Alliance’, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This alliance will work together to standardize the use of major elements of 4K technology including terminology and deployment systems.Image Courtesy of Clubic.comThe list of participants is pretty significant with Samsung, Panasonic & Sharp bringing a manufacturing perspective, while Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, DirectTV & Dolby bring a video production perspective. Sony is the only member to be a part of both sides of the alliance, as they have a foothold in both manufacturing and video/film production. While there is no word on the initial actions and steps the alliance is taking, the common consensus is that they will address the misconceptions around 4K and UHD.Image Courtesy of Clubic.comLet’s clear the air in terms of resolution and aspect ratio…Leading to a lot of the confusion has been the switch from characterizing resolutions based on width rather than height (as was the case for 1080 & 720). Since both 4K and UHD have the same width factor of 2160 you can see why they’ve become interchangeable in our lexicon. In fact we began labeling UHDTV as 4K, even though UHDTVs have resolution below the industry standard 4K resolution(4096 x 2160). In fact, if you Google search “4K resolution” you’ll get this…Wait… what… I thought 4K was 4096 x 2160? That’s not confusing (sarcasm). This is another example of the terms 4K and UHD being used interchangeably.So, let’s sort through the mess. We’ve compiled all of the resolutions that have anything to do with 4K and UHD in the table below. Here we give you the format name, resolution, aspect ratio and pixel count.First off is DCI, the Digital Cinema Initiatives group. This group was formed in 2002 and consists of MGM, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. At the onset of digital cinema in the early 2000’s they came together to establish standards for the film industry and have continued to do so (you’ll see the standard 4K format below).Now, lets look at Ultra High Definition Television. This format is governed and defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with the first manufactured UHDTV being the T220 production monitor by IBM in 2001. From this point on, TV manufacturers have used the UHDTV standard for consumer televisions. However that has changed in recent years with some manufacturers releasing TVs that showcase the native DCI 4K resolution.WHXGA is apart of the hyper extended graphics array. This format terminology is used more for developers of display technologies, so it’s not as important to consumer and content producers as DCI 4K or UHDTV. As of today, there are no monitors that can display WHXGA. However several of the digital and production cameras we use on our productions can capture at this resolution. DCI 4K (Native Resolution)4096 x 21601.90:1 (19:10)8,847,360 4K, UHD…what does this all mean?For consumers, standardization is a huge win. This eliminates the confusion around what product to buy. This is also a huge win for filmmakers and video producers, particularly in feature film and television. There will be a de facto format that everyone will adhere to.If you’re a filmmaker or video producer who produces mostly for web or mobile, you may be thinking “4K isn’t a big deal to me”. That’s changing too.Youtube introduced 4K streaming earlier this year by way of the VP9 format, and this past December Vimeo announced that they will begin offering 4K content through the Video on Demand service (although there was no announcement on when streaming would be available). Now, take the recent prediction from Netflix that both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One will release 4k ready consoles later this year and you see a new road being paved. Also, lets not forget that new iMac’s have 5K displays while the newest iPhones quietly came out with built-in UHD capability. I’d also expect an upgrade to 4K for the Apple TV, Roku, etc. to happen soon as well.Nothing but good can come from it, It’s just a great opportunity for the industry to rally around UHD. – Bill Lee, Samsung’s VP of TVI’m inclined to agree with Bill. It’s an extremely good thing to standardize how 4K content is shot, deployed and viewed. And while smaller production companies will probably take longer to adapt to 4K, the larger corporate and television entities will be jumping on. DCI 4K (Flat Cropped)3996 x 21601.85:18,631,360 Ultra High Definition Television3840 x 21601.78:1 (16:9)8,294,400 WHXGA5120 x 32001.60:1 (16:10)16,384,000
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only in his second year at the helm, Perasol is firm in his belief that for the first time in a long time, UP truly has nowhere to go but up.“That’s really our direction. We aspire to win because I know with my players, they have the capacity, we have the skills, we have the experience to achieve that and dream towards making it to the Final Four,” he said.However, Perasol admitted that from time-to-time, shades of the Fighting Maroons’ old losing habits inevitably resurface. That’s why the mentor is doing everything he can to diffuse the doubts in preparation for this year’s campaign.“There are still remnants of our mindset that we could only go to a certain level, so this is going to be a new territory for us. We’re barging and wanting to be in the Final Four, and for the longest time, I don’t think that is the mindset of our program. It’s easy to say but it’s hard to do with the strong lineups of every team, but we are up to the challenge,” he said.The Fighting Maroons are out to prove that last year’s feel-good story is no fluke.ADVERTISEMENT Coach: Bo PerasolLast Season: 5-9 (6th Place)Holdovers: Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Noah WebbAdditions: Juan Gomez de Liaño, Jun ManzoKey Losses: Jett Manuel, Dave MoraldeADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ For coach Bo Perasol, it’s high time for University of the Philippines to not settle with just fighting but also start winning.And this UAAP Season 80, the Fighting Maroons are setting the bar high.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We really would want to enter and barge into the Final Four. That is really our ambition this season,” he said. “It’s going to be really tough for us, but we have to up the ante in terms of what we want to happen with our program. We were able to get five wins last season so we don’t expect to get a lower win-loss slate this coming season. The logical direction for us is to have that Final Four spot.”Cebuano scorer Paul Desiderio will lead the Maroons along with uard Diego Dario and sophomore Javi Gomez de Liaño and promising neophytes Juan Gomez de Liaño and Jun Manzo. “It’s always in our moniker, that we’re the ‘Fighting Maroons.’ But we’ve been fighting for so long and it’s getting stale. We need results and we need to win,” he said. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Some people just can’t be kept indoors. For adventure sports addict Ajeet Bajaj, the outdoor is home, and life is beautiful provided he’s trekking, kayaking or making polar expeditions.For equestrian Vanita Malhotra-who set a new national record in Dressage last month-nothing beats the adrenalin rush she gets every time she,Some people just can’t be kept indoors. For adventure sports addict Ajeet Bajaj, the outdoor is home, and life is beautiful provided he’s trekking, kayaking or making polar expeditions.For equestrian Vanita Malhotra-who set a new national record in Dressage last month-nothing beats the adrenalin rush she gets every time she mounts a horse.SIMPLY DELHI meets the two outdoor junkies as they prepare to scale new heights.Ajeet BajajAjeet Bajaj holds the Indian flag aloft upon reaching the North PoleOn April 26, 2006 (0100 hours, Norway time), a jubilant Ajeet Bajaj put down his skies and hoisted the Tricolour at 90 degrees north latitude. By doing so, he became the first Indian to have skied to the North Pole. While he and his team of four celebrated their victory against the odds (and weather gods), Bajaj called his family on his satellite phone and said, “Ho-ho-ho, this is Santa Claus from the North Pole.” A nickname that’s likely to stick for a bit as he plans to head to the South Pole this Christmas.An extreme sportsman, Bajaj had earlier earned the distinction of being the first Indian to have rafted and kayaked in six continents, including down the daunting Zambezi river in Africa. “Having grown up on stories of explorers like Sir Edmund Hillary, setting foot on North Pole was an overwhelming, yet humbling, experience for me,” he says.Bajaj’s love for the outdoors took root when his father took him trekking to Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir when he was nine. This interest shaped his life with his hobby becoming his profession, leading to the foundation of his adventure sports company, Snow Leopard Adventures in 1990. Snow Leopard’s activities include river rafting on the Ganga, trekking in the Himalayas, cycling on forest trails and rappelling down cliffs.advertisement”Extreme sports need mental strength as much as physical prowess.”Ajeet Bajaj”Extreme sports are as much about mental strength as they are about physical prowess,” says Bajaj, as he talks about the training he underwent for the North Pole expedition. It ran for a week and took place in North Minnesota in the US. All the five members of the team (three Americans, one Swiss and one Indian) trained under extreme conditions.Not only were the worst polar conditions simulated, they even trained for extreme eventualities like falling into and crawling out of frozen lakes. The journey itself began in the second week of April at 78 degrees north latitude at Svalbard, an island made entirely of snow and ice that lies midway between Norway and the North Pole.Talking about the importance of team spirit on an expedition like this, Bajaj says: “It cannot be a single-handed effort. You just cannot make it alone on a polar ice cap for 14 days. All of us in the team were there for each other and, in the process, have become friends for life.”Bajaj, who has won a silver and two bronze medals in international rafting competitions in Switzerland (1987) and Siberia (1989), says he is fortunate to have a family which understands that this is his way of life. His daily regime includes a run, tennis and the gym. And on days when he’s feeling exceptionally adventurous, he cycles to office-a 17-km stretch from his house in Gurgaon’s Garden Estate to his office at Vasant Kunj.Vanita MalhotraVanita Malhotra with Hanoverian Horse Pink Floyd”I can’t imagine life without horses. People ride up to the age of 70 and I hope to be one of them,” declares Vanita Malhotra (26), one of India’s finest dressage riders. Dressage, an Olympic equestrian discipline, is a form of stylised horse riding. Malhotra likes to call it “ballet performed on the horse with rider and horse in harmony.”On November 13, Malhotra won the National Championships at the Prix St George Level in Delhi with an aggregate of 64.62 per cent (the highest percentage ever achieved by any Indian rider). Earlier in the month, she defeated veteran rider Lt Col Sunil Shivdas by six points and also won the FEI World Dressage Challenge, the biggest dressage event in India.”Like most teens, I tried my hand at various sports and extra curricular activities, but by 14 I had decided to stick to riding, a passion I discovered entirely on my own,” says Malhotra who fell in love with horses at the Army Polo Riding Club.”Dressage is like ballet by rider and horse moving in harmony.”Vanita Malhotra”Initially I only did show jumping but in 2001, my friend Kapil Modi, who also happens to be a former national champion in dressage, introduced me to his trainer Major Ahluwalia (a national riding champion who is competing in dressage in the 2006 Asian Games at Doha). So you could say that I found my forte at the age of 21,” she says.advertisementCurrently training for the 2010 Asian Games, she rides her horse Pink Floyd for two hours every morning. “One’s relationship with one’s horse is of vital importance. In fact, the horse is 60 per cent of the deal. I’m lucky that Pink Floyd and I have become the best of friends,” she says, patting the majestic 10-year-old Hanoverian imported from Germany earlier this year.A commerce graduate from Hindu College, Malhotra hopes to study further in order to play a more active role in her family’s Haryana-based export business, Svam Power Plants. But at the end of it all, she says, the race course is where you’re most likely to find her.
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strengthby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s not questioning his players’ mental strength after their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.Tottenham’s draw in Greece will have felt like a case of deja vu for Spurs fans.They also wasted a two-goal lead at Arsenal earlier this month.”No I don’t say that [we need to be mentally tougher]. We need to improve in all the aspects,” said Pochettino.”Leading 2-0 against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiacos, I think we are not talking about quality, we are talking about in this type of situation managing the game better and deal better with this type of situation. “A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality , we got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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CALGARY – In the latest setback to B.C.’s liquefied natural gas export industry prospects, the partners developing the Aurora LNG project say they are ending a feasibility study after four years.Nexen Energy, a Calgary-based subsidiary of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd., says it has decided with Japanese partner INPEX Gas British Columbia Ltd. to stop work on the proposal effective immediately.The company says in a statement the current “macro-economic environment” doesn’t support building a large LNG business as proposed at Digby Island, west of Prince Rupert, B.C.In July, a consortium led by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas cancelled its $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., citing a downturn in market conditions.The project would have included a natural gas export terminal on Lelu Island on the province’s northern coast and a 900-kilometre pipeline to bring the natural gas in from northeastern B.C.The Aurora project was awaiting word on a B.C. environmental assessment certificate. Phase 1 was tentatively set to begin construction in 2020 and begin supercooling natural gas and shipping it to world markets by 2025.Like Petronas, CNOOC says the Aurora partners will continue to produce natural gas from their Horn River wells in northeastern B.C. while monitoring the North American market to evaluate future investments.In a statement Thursday, B.C.’s energy minister said Nexen and their partners were always clear that the project would be based entirely on global market conditions and low commodity prices.“We will continue to work with industry to ensure that LNG development creates jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, provides a fair rate of return for our resources, engages with First Nations as partners, and protects our air, land and water,” Michelle Mungall said.In a recent report, the National Energy Board warned that Canada is a late entrant to the global LNG market and the next seven years will be critical to the development of the industry.
LONDON – The Bank of England warned Monday of “a pocket of risk” in the rapid growth of consumer credit in the British economy, and is compelling lenders to hold an extra 10 billion pounds ($13.5 billion) in capital to cover themselves against potential losses.The fast rise in credit like car loans or credit card debt may not be a threat to the overall economy, accounting for just 11 per cent of household debt, but it represents a risk to “banks’ ability to withstand severe economic downturns, because this asset class is disproportionately more likely to default,” the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee said.The committee said lenders have placed too much weight on the recent performance of consumer lending in benign conditions, which has seen default rates fall. As a result, the committee said, lenders “have been underestimating the losses they could incur in a downturn.” Though growth in consumer credit has slowed in recent months, it’s still high — up 9.8 per cent in the year to July 2017.“Growth of consumer credit remains well above the rate of growth in household disposable income,” the committee said in a report on a meeting held Sept. 20.Banks, the committee added, could end up incurring 30 billion pounds worth of losses in the event that interest rates and unemployment rise sharply. That’s around 20 per cent of their outstanding loans and 10 billion pounds more than previously thought under a “very deep recession” scenario.The extra capital they require is relatively small compared with the 280 billion pound that banks already have to keep back against potential losses, a buffer that the regulators hope will prevent a repeat of the financial crisis of a decade ago.Individual banks will be evaluated later this year in so-called stress tests, in which banks’ finances are put through a simulation of economic duress.The warning from the committee, which assesses the financial risks to the British economy on a quarterly basis, comes on the day that Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is calling for limits on credit card interest rates so that no one pays back more than twice the amount of their original borrowing.Though consumer credit has increased over the past year amid low interest rates, Paul Hollingsworth, U.K. economist at Capital Economics, noted the recent slowdown. And with inflation likely to fall back in coming months, and wages set to rise, he said “the foundations for spending growth next year should be stronger, so concerns about consumer credit are likely to diminish, rather than build further.”On Brexit, the committee voiced concerns about the potential financial impact on British firms, saying Britain and the European Union would need an agreement.
Both buildings are located on 50th avenue north in Fort Nelson, which is one of the frontage roads for the Alaska Highway.If you have any information to share about the fire, including pictures and video email firstname.lastname@example.orgSince the Fort Nelson Fire Department is currently fighting the fire, information is limited at this time. As we get more information, we will post updates. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large fire broke out early Tuesday morning in Fort Nelson.According to eye-witnesses, the fire has affected ED’s Ace Building Supplies and and Dalex Automotive. We understand only vehicles in the Dalex lot have been affected by the fire.Shawna Badine who is staying across the highway in a local hotel says a loud bang woke her up at 4:45 a.m. “I was staying in a hotel across from the scene . I woke up to the sound of an explosion and the hotel shaking. Looked out the window to an unreal scene, of one vehicle after another exploding.”