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first_imgHere’s how to protect your camera from dirt, dust, and sand with inexpensive items you’ve got sitting around the house.Images via ShutterstockDavid Fincher once said, “If I do my job right in prep, I always feel like the shooting should be boring.” It’s an excellent statement to embody. If every shoot could be ‘boring’ because it has been so well prepped, then a lot more fantastic films would be getting made every year.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many filmmakers, and as you descend the ladder from professional budget to no-budget, you will have less chance of a dull shoot as more things are going to go wrong.Preparation in filmmaking is half the battle. The beauty of working on a soundstage or inside is that you will likely have control of everything. When filming outside, that isn’t always the case — especially when it comes to dealing with the wind in a dusty or sandy environment.A pinch of dust isn’t going to do much other than cause a smear on your images, and it will be an annoyance rather than a certified problem. Dust can quickly be removed in post-production, and physically with a lens pen and the sensor cleaning application found on most DSLRs. Sand and dirt, however, can have a much more detrimental and long-lasting effect on your camera. It can degrade the efficiency of the mechanics, it can scratch your lens, and worst of all, the sensor. A sensor clean isn’t going to rid you of a scratch. It will be back to the repair house if you encounter that dilemma.Six years ago I once had sand find its way into the middle of my variable ND filter, and to this day, I can still hear the sand grind against the filter.In the perfect circumstance, you would have housing to protect your gear, whether it be a designated cover or case or even underwater housing (underwater housing works perfectly in sandy conditions). Regrettably, you might be in a circumstance where you do not have professionally designed protective gear available to you, and will have to make do with what you have.If you ever find yourself in a situation where the sand is starting to blow, or you need to place the camera down into the dirt for a specific shot, this easy-to-follow DIY hack is an excellent way to protect your DSLR. The items needed are more than likely always going to be found on a set, whether it be a no-budget or professional shoot.You will need a sandwich bag or a plastic bag, a cable tie/elastic band/tape, and screw-on filter. There is no preference for the filter you use, as long as it is cheap and replaceable.Step 1Take the sandwich bag and place the camera inside. You want the zip or the tied end to be on top of your camera so you can see the LCD screen and control panel.Step 2Very carefully pinch a hole on the front side, and pull it apart just enough so the front of the lens can fit through. You want this gap to be snug. Using the cable tie (or tape), close the hole tight.Step 3Place a UV filter or protective filter onto the front to better protect the lens.Step 4Shoot away in the dirty/sandy location.An optional precaution to take: wrap electrical tape around the lens-to-camera connection.This useful tip cost next to nothing. Although it will limit your function at the control panel (and ultimately devalue all of the work of the camera designers), it will stop dirt and sand from entering your camera. It’s recommended to set your camera settings before placing it into the bag because of the limited functionality, especially with touchscreen LCDs. If you’re aware of a shoot taking place in a sandy location, perhaps look into acquiring professional housing. The above method does have drawbacks and should be used when you have nothing else available.Do you have any useful hacks that have saved the day? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Intex has updated its Aqua series with the launch of a new smartphone called Aqua A4. The budget smartphone costs Rs 4,199 and comes with 4G-VoLTE support. The phone was announced on Tuesday at an event in the presence of IPL cricket team of Gujarat Lions.Commenting on the launch of Aqua A4Nidhi Markanday, director, Intex Technologies said, “With the launch of Aqua A4, powered with the latest Android at the lowest price, Intex has again brought tech innovative product at the most affordable price in the market for all. Gujarat Lions players graced the occasion with their presence and reiterated our connect with the youth. We are sure that Aqua A4 with high specs like Android 7.0, classy looks and high performance at the lowest price will delight our customers.”The Intex Aqua A4 runs latest Android 7.0 aka Nougat and is touted as the lowest priced smartphone to have the latest operating system. The smartphone sports a 4-inch WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and is powered with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The smartphone weighs 147gms and sports a sleek design.Also Read: Smartron srt.phone quick review: Sachin Tendulkar bats for this phoneFew of the noticeable features that come with the latest Android Nougat are ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, and an expanded Doze power-saving mode that restricts device functionality once the screen has been off for a period of time.advertisementFurthermore, the device comes with an important feature of QR Code where users can either select the QR Code mode from the camera or open the QR Code and point the QR Code to the center of the screen. The QR code scanner decodes the QR code automatically and shows the relevant information with buttons for next reactive steps. The second highlight of the phone is the is Xender feature that enables users to share any type of files with friends at any time and any place without using mobile data. Company claims that it is 200 times faster than Bluetooth transfer speed and it can also play music and video files. Aqua A4 also comes with the popular music streaming app Gaana and News Point.Intex Aqua A4 features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera to with various selfie-clicking modes. The device is powered by a 1750 mAh battery which company claims can offer usage time of up to 6 hours with a standby time up of 250 hours. The Intex Aqua A4 is an offline product and will be sold across all leading retail outlets and stores in India starting today. The phone is available in black colour.last_img read more

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first_imgSince the Thunder moved to OKC in 2008, there have been four years worth of seasons for the state’s big five programs: Thunder hoops, OSU/OU football, and OSU/OU hoops. Here’s how their winning percentages stack up…The graph is an intriguing one. The only programs consistently going somewhere are the Thunder and OSU football. And they rank like this in overall winning percentage:OSU football – 79%OU football – 77%OSU hoops – 59%Thunder – 57%OU hoops – 55%Is anyone suggesting that OSU’s football program is the best of any of the five in the state? No, I don’t believe so, not with KD raining bombs and Harden asserting his facial hair all over unwitting defenders. But the narrative is an interesting one. Obviously the Thunder are hampered by that 23-59 first season but I still would have thought they’d at least be within 19% of OSU and OU football. And you could have won a couple of c-notes off of some poor soul betting them that the Thunder were a more winning team than OSU basketball over the last four years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 10:38 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi Note 8 Pro is launching in India on October 16.The Redmi Note 8 is said to launch alongside the Redmi Note 8 Pro.The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by MediaTek processor.The Redmi Note 8 Pro is launching in India tomorrow – October 16. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is already selling in China. We expect the same Chinese model of the Redmi Note 8 Pro to hit the Indian market. In other words, the Redmi Note 8 Pro Indian model will sport a big display, powerful processor, impressive cameras, and bigger battery when compared to the predecessor Redmi Note 7 Pro. The price in India of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is also said to be at par with the China price.Overall the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an upgraded version of the Redmi Note 7 Pro that launched in India earlier this year. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a big screen, MediaTek processor, four cameras on the back panel, front camera that sits inside the Dot drop notch, big battery and more. As noted, the specs of the Redmi Note 8 Pro are already known (China specs) but the price of the smartphone is unknown. Let’s take a quick look at everything we know about the Redmi Note 8 Pro so far.Redmi Note 8 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes packed with a 6.53-inch display with resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.Processor: The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor.RAM: 6GB, 8GBStorage: 64GB, 128GBFront camera: For selfies the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 20MP front camera.Rear camera: On the back panel the phone comes with four cameras – 64MP primary sensor, 8MP secondary sensor, third is a 2MP sensor, and forth camera also includes 2MP sensor.advertisementBattery: The Redmi Note 8 Pro sports a 4500mAh battery with fast charging support.Software: The Redmi Note 8 Pro runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.Redmi Note 8 Pro designAs far as the design is concerned the Redmi Note 8 Pro looks very different when compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the back as well as front camera. On the back the phone includes four cameras and fingerprint sensor. On the front the smartphone includes Dot drop notch that includes the selfie camera.Redmi Note 8 Pro expected price in India and availabilityWe believe the Chinese variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will launch in India. We also believe that the price of the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India will be similar to the China price of the smartphone. In China, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three variants — 6GB RAM + 64GB storage that costs 1399 Yuan (translates to Rs 14,000), 6GB + 128GB that costs 1599 Yuan (translates to Rs 16,000) and 8GB RAM + 128GB that costs 1799 Yuan (translates to Rs 18,000). In India the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available on Amazon India website and Mi.com, the company has confirmed. Xiaomi is also expected to launch the standard Note aka the Redmi Note 8 in India tomorrow.ALSO READ | Realme X2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 855 Plus: Check prices, specs, India launch dateGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow Redmi Note 8 Pro Next Redmi Note 8 Pro India launch tomorrow: Expected specs, price in India, and everything elseRedmi Note 8 series is coming to India tomorrow, October 16. The series includes Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. In India Xiaomi is touting the Pro version of the smartphone more than the standard version of the smartphone.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom The Canso Canal in Nova Scotia, Canada, opened today for the 2014 shipping season at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic Time (12:30 p.m. CET).The canal closes annually in December due to ice buildup in the Northumberland Strait and reopens in April.In 2013, there were 1,501 ship passages through the canal carrying over 666,386 tonnes of cargo, an increase over last year.The canal, the only one operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, is an essential navigation component of the federal-provincial transportation agreement signed in 1953 which approved construction of the causeway and associated structures.Quick FactsThe Canso Canal opened in 1955 to allow vessels traffic through the Canso Causeway which links Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia.The canal is 250 metres long, 24.4 metres wide and 9.8 metres deep at low tide. It was designed to be compatible with the St. Lawrence Seaway and is comprised of lock approach structures and one tidal lock. gc.ca, April 14, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Northern Europe’s shipping and logistics company DFDS has today ordered two additional RoRo newbuildings from Jinling Shipyard in China.The new ships are slated for delivery in early 2020 and are planned to be deployed in DFDS’ route network on the North Sea.“The ships form part of our new building programme that underpins our ability to deliver the transport capacity required by our customers and our continuous pursuit of efficiency improvements,” says Niels Smedegaard, CEO.The ships are similar to the two ships ordered in September 2016, for delivery in early 2019, and are likewise designed to each carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.The large size of the ships will decrease unit costs as well as the environmental impact per transported unit, the company said in a release.As disclosed, the ships represent a new generation of environmentally friendly RoRo ships as they comply with the latest environmental rules of the new IMO-standard EEDI (Energy Efficency Design Index). Also included are scrubbers for the removal of sulphur, ballast water treatment systems and a number of energy efficiency initiatives.The investment in the two ships totals around DKK 1.0 billion (USD 150 million) to be paid during the period from ordering to delivery in early 2020. More than half of the payment is due on delivery.Hence, DFDS’ investment outlook for 2017 is raised to DKK 1.8 billion from previously DKK 1.7 billion following the new order.last_img read more

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first_imgDirector Sadaf Foroughi attends the Toronto International Film Festival announcement of their Canadian features for this year’s program in Toronto, Wednesday August 9 , 2017. – CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement As the new Iranian film Ava enjoys its debut at the TIFF this weekend, it will have to do so without the presence of its two stars.According to reports, the Canadian government denied travel visas to Iranian performers Shayesteh Sajadi, 18, and Mahour Jabbari, 17. Ava‘s director Sadaf Foroughi, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, said her two young actors were denied entry after applying for a travel visa through Canada’s embassy in Turkey.According to a letter received by Sajadi and excerpted in The Hollywood Reporter, the government was not satisfied “that you would leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary resident.” A Globe and Mail request for comment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has not been returned. Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Sajadi appears in the film alongside Jabbari, the latter of whom plays the drama’s title character, an upper-class teen in Tehran whose relationship with her parents takes a severe turn after questions arise about her relationship with a local boy. The film, a co-production between Iran, Canada and Qatar, made its world premiere at TIFF on Friday night, and will continue to screen this Sunday and next Sunday for the public.“I was surprised to have this news and of course, so sad,” Foroughi told The Globe and Mail over email. “But now I am so much looking forward to our premiere here in the country where I live and love. What is important for me is all the supports and kindness Ava and I have received so far from the festival, especially from [TIFF programmers] Magali Simard and Steve Gravestock.”“The girls are so happy that we all care about them here,” she added. “Altogether, we are looking forward to our audience’s feedback.”Last week, Foroughi was announced as one of the 15 nominees for the 2017 Directors Guild of Canada Discovery Award. This year’s award winner will be announced at the annual DGC gala on Oct. 28.In 2014, Foroughi was at the centre of a dispute with Canadian customs officers, who seized an art installation that was shipped from Iran to Montreal. She eventually received a permit from Foreign Affairs to release her work, which was part of a federally subsidized art project. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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“The Secretary-General wishes to emphasize yet again that no cause can justify acts of terror, perpetrated against civilians,” said a statement issued a spokesman for Mr. Annan. “He denounces the attack against a site that has long been a tangible example of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.” The statement said the Secretary-General “hopes that the perpetrators will be speedily brought to justice. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as their Governments, and sends his best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those injured.” read more

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“Today marks a major step in the United Nations Secretariat’s renewal,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a media encounter held in his renovated office on the 38th floor of the building, a key part of the world body’s headquarters complex located in New York City. “Now we have modern and eco-friendly systems,” he continued, adding that with the renovation, the UN could “better serve the world’s people.” The UN chief had been working out of a temporary office space located elsewhere at the world body’s headquarters complex, which is spread out over 6.9 hectares, and includes six buildings totalling about 241,547 square metres.The original UN structures were built between 1950 and 1952, and had aged considerably and lacked the standards that are expected in a modern and safe building. The refurbishment – which still continues for some structures and ends in 2014 – aims to replace deteriorated systems, meet current building codes and standards for safety, security and accessibility for persons with disabilities, and to improve its environmental performance. With an overall 50 per cent reduction in energy and water consumption and 40 per cent decrease in carbon production, the entire renovation project – known formally as the Capital Master Plan and budgeted at close to $2 billion – is expected to render the UN Secretariat one of the greenest and cleanest buildings in the world. Moreover, the landmark 39-storey building towering over the East River and First Avenue in Manhattan will possess the 21st century trappings of eco-friendly energy conservation. Other touches include the Secretariat’s glass façade – made dull by weather conditions over the years – which has been replaced with a new glass curtain with the same bluish-green tint as in its first incarnation in 1952.Addressing the various inconveniences caused by the renovation project, the Secretary-General thanked the world body’s staff for their flexibility and patience over the past years and encouraged them to employ the facilities of the high-tech building in their work. “As we re-occupy the Secretariat renovated with state-of-the-art technology, I am sure that we will meet the expectation of working even harder,” Mr. Ban said while promising continuing improvements regarding the UN’s environmental impact. “And I sincerely hope that all our staff members will fully utilize this beautifully renovated Secretariat building,” the UN chief added. Mr. Ban also thanked UN Member States and, in particular, the Secretariat’s host country, the United States, and host city, New York, for their support for the renovation project. “We will never take this gift for granted,” he said. “We will do our best to meet the expectations of the international community by improving our performance.” read more

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After the Brooklyn Nets’ dramatic victory in Game 7 of the first round of the NBA playoffs on the road (itself a rare feat), the team’s next challenge will be facing the defending champion Miami Heat.The Heat are favored, with opening lines giving them around an 85 percent chance of advancing — and they’re relatively close to even money to take home their third consecutive championship. Miami’s 54-28 regular-season record was 10 games better than Brooklyn’s 44-38, and its 4.15 SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) led the East, while Brooklyn’s -1.58 SRS isn’t even better than average.Brooklyn mainly has one thing going for it1Well, sort of two: In calendar-year 2014, regular season and playoffs combined, Brooklyn is 38-20 while Miami is 34-21 (of course, that timeframe is cherry-picked). Our natural tendency is to weight recent performance more heavily than earlier performance, but outside of major injuries and trades, there’s not a lot of evidence for this approach’s accuracy in the NBA.: The team swept its regular-season series against Miami, winning all four games. Now, three of those four were decided by one point each, and the other went to double overtime, so it’s not as if the Nets had the Heat completely locked down. Still, if some teams match up better against certain teams than against others (independent of their relative strength), a result like this would make it more likely that Brooklyn is better — at least against Miami — than we might have thought.Intuitions about the importance of such head-to-head records vary substantially: Some commentators and experts cite them liberally, while some stats types dismiss anything that’s based on so few games and/or that doesn’t regard every sport as a weighted random walk. The truth is that there’s a real and demonstrable value of head-to-head record relative to a team’s record against other teams. But that value is limited.While Brooklyn winning four games out of four sounds impressive, it’s only two games above what we would expect to happen by chance. So to have any kind of significance, the relative importance of head-to-head results must be substantially higher than comparable results against other opponents.On the other hand, if a team like Brooklyn “matches up well” against a seemingly stronger team like Miami, its chances of going 4-0 increase dramatically. For example, a team with a 30 percent expectation of winning one game will go 4 for 4 around 0.8 percent of the time, while a team that’s even money in each game will sweep around 6.25 percent of the time. Thus, as a Bayesian matter, going 4-0 makes it much more likely that you “match up well.”That is, if “matching up well” is a real thing. And if it is, it should be a measurable statistical phenomenon. Which it is.To examine this, I gathered all regular- and postseason games from 1985 through 2013. Then, with the goal of predicting each playoff game,2The importance of head-to-head record to predicting game outcomes can be measured in either regular-season or postseason contexts, but focusing on the playoffs simplifies the problem for a couple reasons: 1) Since all regular-season games come before the playoffs, you don’t have to do tricks like using future games to predict present ones; 2) Most regular-season head-to-head records in recent years are out of two or four games with an equal number on the road or at home (with only a minority at three games with one extra home or away). This makes it easier to avoid potential home-court skew. I ran a logistic regression3The kind of regression most commonly used to predict binary outcomes like wins and losses. to estimate a given team’s chances of winning using the following variables:Whether the team is playing at home (1 for home, -1 for away).How well the team did against its opponent in regular-season games. The exact calculation of this is complicated,4For regression purposes, we have to account for series that have a different number of games at home and on the road, so these win differences are actually measured against each team’s expectation given any such advantage it might have. I should note that whether you make this adjustment or not, or even whether you just exclude unbalanced series, the relative value of head-to-head versus other games comes up almost the same. The adjustment allows us to increase the sample size, making the results more robust. but functionally it just means the difference in number of wins.The difference between the teams’ records against all other opponents.5Also slightly adjusted for any home/away imbalance. Essentially, the number of games above .500 one team wins (excluding games against its opponent) minus the number of games above .500 of the opponent (again, except for games against the first team).The result of my calculations:6The two main numbers to observe are the 0.2085 coefficient for H2H_win_difference (in scientific notation as 2.085e-01) and the 0.05478 coefficient (as 5.487e-02) for Not_H2H_win_difference. A prior win against an opponent should initially be weighted about 3.8 times (see coefficients in footnote) more heavily than a game against someone else. Since these games are already twice as valuable as other games by virtue of having both teams involved — a win by Team A is both one more win for it and one more loss for Team B — the bottom line is that previous head-to-head games are worth about as much as two non-head-to-head games per team (3.8/2=1.9).7You also get similar relative weights if you perform this analysis on margin of victory or some variant thereof (though that analysis is a bit trickier).Using the coefficients from that regression output, we can create a logistic function8This is the equation generated by the logistic regression above that we use to predict game outcomes. In Excel it looks like so: =1/(1+EXP(-([Intercept]+[HomeCoefficient]*[h]+[H2HCoefficient]*[H2H_win_difference]+[NotH2HCoefficient]*[NotH2H_win_difference]))). to tell us the odds that a team with given relative strength will win a particular playoff game.The x-axis is a team’s combined regular-season win differential against its opponent (using both head-to-head and non-head-to-head games). For example, Miami scores 10 against Brooklyn because Miami won 54 regular-season games to Brooklyn’s 44. The central black lines are the probabilities of winning home or away games based on win difference alone. The gray lines are the new probabilities when adjusted for a head-to-head difference of +4 or -4 (typically the best and worst possible).9In recent years teams play four games against each other at most during the regular season.So depending on how strong the favorite is, going 4-0 against that team in the regular season can gain the opponent up to a 5 percent better chance of winning a particular playoff game than if the teams had gone 2-2 against each other, and an almost 10 percent higher expectation of victory than if the opponent had gone 0-4.On balance, I think that’s a fairly pro-head-to-head development: Having a 5 percent better chance based on information from only four games that are already included in each team’s overall record is notable when dealing with razor-thin NBA margins.10So if you had that information and someone else didn’t, it would be enough for you to beat the vig betting against him in a sportsbook, easily.Compounded over the length of a series, this is enough to have a pretty significant effect on who advances and who doesn’t.These are calculated series odds for the home team in a best-of-seven series (i.e., the binomial probability of winning at least four games out of four home games plus three away games given the home and away probabilities generated by our regression). There are a couple of things to note from this chart:For teams of even strength, the home team is a 66 percent favorite if it was 4-0 against its opponent in the regular season, but a 45 percent underdog if it was 0-4.The shift in odds for a two-game advantage (usually because of a 3-1 or 2-0 head-to-head record) is approximately the same as the value of having home-court advantage for the series(!).While moderately impressive, this gets us nowhere close to making Brooklyn a favorite against Miami by virtue of its 4-0 record alone (though if this were all the information in the world, the 72 percent odds of Miami winning here would be much worse than the 85 percent predicted by the market).Finally, we can check how well our series estimates perform against actual results by running the same empirical analysis as above, except on series outcomes.As a gut check, the fitted series results and the predicted series results are similar enough. I should note that the sample sizes are too small for these curves (and particularly the head-to-head breakdown) to be completely significant (this is why I used binomial calculations above instead). But this graph has a few interesting points as well:In actual outcomes, home teams with similar overall regular-season win/loss records to their opponents seem to have much worse series records in reality than we would predict. Of the 75 series where teams with home-court advantage had zero to three more wins than their opponents, the home teams won only 39 (or 52 percent, where binomial probabilities would predict greater than 60 percent), including just 14 of 33 who had tied or had only one more win.11While it’s obviously a small sample, this is really a fascinating result: Close series are theoretically exactly the ones where we tend to think home-court advantage would be really useful.Teams with home-court advantage appear to have underperformed our model in series where the difference between teams is small, but have outperformed our model when it’s more of a mismatch.12The multitude of ways that NBA playoff series don’t track with estimated/simulated/calculated projections is a continued source of fascination for me.The head-to-head effect (though based on a smaller sample) actually appears to be a bit bigger than what we would expect from the effects we saw in individual games. A record of 0-4 can decrease a team’s chances of winning its series by up to 25 percent, while the opposite is true if the record is 4-0.Whether or not you find these results surprising, it’s clear that the effect is nowhere near strong enough to take a 10-game dog and make it a favorite. So no luck for the Nets, at least not from this angle. read more

24 09 19

first_imgSino Gold Mining Limited (Sino Gold) (ASX: SGX, SEHK:1862 ) and Golden China Resources Corporation (Golden China) (TSX/ ASX: GCX) today announced that they have entered into an agreement (the Agreement) regarding a proposed offer (the Offer) by Sino Gold for all of the outstanding common shares of Golden China.The Agreement, which values Golden China at A$80.7 (C$73.0) million, has the unanimous support of the Golden China board of directors. Under the proposed Offer, Golden China shareholders would receive one Sino Gold share for every 4.5 Golden China common shares they hold. Following successful completion of the Offer, should Sino Gold acquire all of the currently outstanding Golden China shares, Golden China shareholders would collectively hold an interest of approximately 6.5% in Sino Gold.The Offer values Golden China at a 51% premium over the TSX closing price on 10th August 2007, and a 48% premium over the 10 day TSX volume weighted average trading price of the Golden China common shares.Sino Gold believes that the proposed acquisition of Golden China provides an attractive addition to its asset base and enhances its growth profile as Golden Chinas Beyinhar project is advanced to development status. Commenting on the proposed Offer, Sino Golds Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, said: We have previously indicated that we intend to acquire advanced exploration assets that have the potential to be developed once our second mine, White Mountain, starts commercial production in early 2009.Golden Chinas assets fit perfectly with this strategy and enables Sino Gold to focus on a potential third mine development. Importantly, Golden Chinas key assets are all within the three areas in which Sino Gold already has significant activity and capacity.This acquisition will further consolidate Sino Golds position as the leading foreign gold company in China. Our financial strength and operating expertise will ensure that the full potential of the Golden China assets is realised.Importantly, the Sino Gold offer provides Golden China shareholders with significant value for their shares, and the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the combined company. Golden Chinas President & Chief Executive Officer, Greg Starr, added:We are excited by the current and potential value created for our shareholders from the acquisition by Sino Gold. The combined assets and strengths of the two companies diversifies the opportunities for our combined shareholders and brings increased financial and management strength to the exploitation of Golden Chinas asset base. Rationale for the Offer Golden China is a gold exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) whose principal asset is the advanced Beyinhar exploration project located in Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China. Sino Gold believes that the Golden China assets are complementary to its own project portfolio and its operational expertise. Sino Gold has the ability to:Rapidly advance the Beyinhar project to production. Golden China has previously publicly stated that its intention is to develop a 100,000 ounce production base at BeyinharExtract full value from the BioGold processing facility in Shandong province; andUnlock regional exploration synergies at the Nibao project, which is located near to Sino Golds Jinfeng mine in Guizhou Province, Peoples Republic of China. The Offer would provide significant benefits to Golden China shareholders. By accepting the Offer, Golden China shareholders would become shareholders in a company with a successful track record of developing gold mines in China and enhancing shareholder value. Benefits are expected to include:The opportunity to realize an attractive premium for their Golden China shares;Enhanced share trading liquidity;Greater access to development finance, a robust balance sheet and strong cash position; andAccess to a company with a team of over 600 experienced mining and exploration employees This announcement continues and is available at www.sinogold.com.auFor further information, please contact: Media Enquiries: Kate Kerrision +61 2 6746 3221, kate@katekerrison.com.au Investor Enquiries: Jake Klein, CEO or Roger Howe, Investor Relations +61 2 8259 7000, info@sinogold.com.aulast_img read more

24 09 19

first_imgInternational Mining reported on the Upper Big Branch disaster, and the resulting investigation, in its June Leader. Then fingers were being pointed at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) with claims that MSHA changes to the ventilation system may have caused the worst mining disaster in the US for decades. Now Massey Energy has released a strong statement after MSHA abruptly dismissed staffer, Stephen Gigliotti, from the Upper Big Branch (UBB) probe because he was involved in a prior MSHA investigation at the mine.Massey pointed out that the revelation of an MSHA employee, with obvious conflict of interest issues, being permitted to serve as a member of MSHA’s UBB inspection team further reinforces the need for an independent inquiry into the April 5 accident. The company questioned whether MSHA has the intent to collaboratively work with other team inspectors in uncovering the true causes of the UBB accident in a manner that is unbiased and objective.Over the last several weeks, Massey Energy along with the United Mine Workers of America, UBB families and those in the editorial community have been insisting on an open investigative process into what happened at UBB. An investigation that is independent, open to the public and fully transparent would, they argue, prevent such egregious conflicts from arising.“Full disclosure and impartial examination of the facts should be the underlying purpose of the UBB investigation. However, based on Gigliotti’s past participation in the inquiry, it is quite apparent that MSHA has ulterior motives to protect itself from scrutiny.” the firm commented.Massey Energy has also disclosed a July 15, 2004 report by the MSHA regarding two previous methane outbursts at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. Importantly, the report contained recommendations inconsistent with MSHA’s recent handling of ventilation at UBB.Handwritten notations on the front of the report indicate that the report was anonymously placed under the door of MSHA District Manager Bob Hardman on May 21, 2010. Subsequently Gigliotti was dismissed from the team because he was involved in the 2004 investigation by MSHA. Massey Energy continues to maintain that a wholly independent investigation of the explosion is in order because of MSHA’s role in the ventilation system at UBB.MSHA personnel internally discussed prior methane outbursts at UBB in July 2003 and February 2004 that occurred when cracks in the mine floor allowed methane to escape into the mine. MSHA personnel recommended that a number of steps be considered to address the potential for future outbursts. The primary recommendation was for increased airflow to dilute the methane at the longwall face and in the gob behind the longwall.Contrary to the recommendation, MSHA in 2009 and 2010 mandated changes resulting in less air on the UBB longwall. Last week, Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship wrote a letter to governors in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois pointing out that MSHA had – over the company’s objection – required decreased airflow at UBB prior to the April 5, 2010 explosion.Recently, Massey has received a number of questions about the discovery of a crack in the mine floor at UBB. Massey can confirm that the underground teams exploring the longwall at UBB last week did observe a crack in the floor near the tail of the longwall. The teams were not able to explore the crack to determine if it was the source of a methane explosion. The crack and other potential sources in the mine need to be fully examined before any conclusions can be reached.“The July 15, 2004 report is very important,” said Blankenship. “MSHA recognised in 2004 that more airflow was necessary to address methane outbursts, should they occur. However, in 2009 and 2010, MSHA required UBB to adopt a ventilation system that resulted in less air. It is too early to determine what role these changes played or to determine the importance of the crack in the mine floor. However, this will be a focal point of our investigation and, we hope, the state and federal investigations.”last_img read more

24 09 19

first_imgUnderground utility vehicle specialist MacLean Engineering has purchased the former MTI test facility in Sudbury, Ontario, and intends to use it as the company’s new innovation hub.The facility on Magill Street, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean sales, service and support centre on Kelly Lake Road, includes an approximately 300 m underground ramp down to a depth of some 40 m, at an average grade of 15%.The underground facility also includes an excavated cavern where shaft jumbo mucking training had previously been conducted, along with a 4,500 km² building on a three-hectare site footprint.MacLean President Kevin MacLean said: “We intend to utilise this facility as an innovation hub for our company, just as Bob Lipic Sr did with MTI when the test facility was originally developed in 2012.“I want our activities at site to honour the tradition of mining entrepreneurship that Bob embodied in the Sudbury mining industry.”Stella Holloway, General Manager for MacLean’s Sudbury operations, said the access to an underground facility provides the company with a “research and development test bed for new products and new technologies, a mine-equivalent setting for conducting quality assurance/quality control checks on MacLean equipment prior to shipping, a place where employees and customers alike can be given hands-on exposure to our equipment in the working environment, as well as a great location for conducting photo and video shoots”.The new facility will allow the company to “ramp up” its product development and testing efforts, according to MacLean Chairman and Founder Don MacLean.“I started my mining career in the 1950s working underground at INCO (now part of Vale), this city is where the first MacLean branch was established back in 1995 and we now have 100 employees locally, so the Sudbury basin remains at the core of the MacLean business just as it remains at the heart of mining activity in Canada.”MacLean is currently embarking on a full electrification of its fleet, a programme that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Certain assets of MTI, meanwhile, were sold to Joy Global (now Komatsu Mining) in 2014.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgGreek Prime Minister George Papandreou has expressed his conviction that Greece would exit successfully from the current economic crisis and would become more competitive through structural reforms that are being implemented in the country. In an interview with CNN on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Papandreou also noted: “We are changing Greece for the better. We are making a better country. More competitive.” He also ruled out a possible restructuring of the country’s debt. “A restructuring of the existing debt is out of the question. It is not part of our plans,” he also underlined. Regarding the eurozone, the Greek premier said that member-states “should demonstrate fiscal responsibility…and if we have great debts or deficits we must handle them.” As regards Greece, Papandreou said, “we are achieving targets, and sometimes we exceed them. We have decreased the deficit by a clear six per cent, which is a great, a spectacular decrease.” Source: ANA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Pilot killed after plane crashes in downtown AnchorageZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageOne person is confirmed dead after a small plane struck an office building in downtown Anchorage at 6:18 a.m Tuesday morning. Investigators say the pilot was not sanctioned to fly the aircraft.4-year-old fatally shoots himself in Bethel trooper housingLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelA 4-year-old died in an Alaska State Trooper housing unit in Bethel on Monday evening, Officials believe the child was playing by himself in the living room when he got hold of a handgun and fatally shot himself.High wind warnings persist in SouthcentralEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageForecasts calling for continued high winds in Southcentral have forced cancellation of the state ferry Tustemena’s sailing between Homer and Kodiak.High winds trigger power outages in FairbanksRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksMother Nature is triggering power outages across Fairbanks. Golden Valley Electric Association saw multiple areas west of Fairbanks robbed of power Monday.Alaska IDs good for air travel, for nowJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe state of Alaska has been granted an extension until October 2016 to meet the requirements of the federal Real ID Act.Fisheries coastal change committee to convene in JanuaryMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamThe Board of Fisheries’ new coastal change committee will hold its first meeting next month. The committee is helping the board develop some guidelines for how it deals with commercial fishing boundaries that change along with Alaska’s coastline.Basketball teams converge on Anchorage for tourneyMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamHigh School Basketball teams and fans are gathering in Anchorage this week. Six teams competing at the new Rally the Regions 2A basketball tournament.Would-be drone entrepreneur thwarted by regsQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerA Homer business owner wants to use a drone to take pictures and shoot video of properties in Homer. But, restrictions on drone piloting hurt his chances of making the business work.Drones to monitor endangered Cook Inlet belugasAssociated PressFederal scientists will begin using drones to monitor beluga whales in Cook Inlet as a part of an effort to restore the endangered animals.Murre die-off hits Kachemak in the thousandsDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerDie-offs of common murres have been taking place across Alaska all summer, and the latest report is from Kachemak Bay, according to biologists with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.State committee looks to improve, economize jury selectionLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageMore than 30,000 Alaska residents were called for jury duty last year. Were you one of them? The state court system relies on a steady stream of jurors to fairly try cases across the state. A Jury Management Committee including judges and court administrators is currently examining ways to improve the overall jury selection process and to contain rising costs.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgThimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for India after his two-day visit to Bhutan where he held talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen bilateral ties. Before leaving for Delhi, the Prime Minister addressed students at the Royal University of Bhutan and paid his respects at the National Memorial Chorten, a revered monument honouring the late Third Druk Gyalpo Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The Prime Minister left for Delhi from Paro International Airport in a special aircraft. “Thank you Bhutan for your love and affection. PM@narendramodi embarks for Delhi following a remarkable visit that heralded cooperation in new areas. As a special gesture, seen off by @PMBhutan at Paro airport,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Modi was in Thimphu on his second visit to Bhutan as Prime Minister and the first since his re-election in May this year.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgA government primary school in Sunamganj is underwater. Photo: UNBAcademic activities at 30 government primary schools in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj have been suspended as the institutions went under flood water due to incessant rain for the last six days and onrush of upstream waters, reports UNB.The students of the flood-affected areas cannot attend classes as all the classrooms and playgrounds went under water, said Abu Syed, acting education officer of the upazila.Floodwaters entered the premises of 17 primary schools on Wednesday while 13 other schools were submerged on Thursday.The floodwater entered houses of many people, forcing them to take shelter at a number of primary schools, he said.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img X 00:00 /00:53 The number of Texans taking and passing the GED exam, in order to get the equivalent of a high school diploma, is continuing to fall. That’s the finding of a new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.Just over 21,000 Texans took and passed the GED test in 2016, the most recent year for which complete data were available. That was down more than 40 percent from 2003.Chandra Villanueva, co-author of the report, says much of the drop stems from a lack of state funding. “There’s a large number of counties in our state that don’t even have GED testing centers,” she says. “And there’s just not a lot of resources, training, and even advertisement to let people know where to go or what they should try to do to get their high school diploma.”GED administrators introduced a newer, tougher version of the exam in 2014. The number of Texans taking and passing the test dropped off sharply that year. That number has recovered somewhat since, but it remains well below where it stood before the change.  FlickrHand completing a multiple choice exam. Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgA man has been arrested in the death of his infant son June 27, according to Baltimore City Police.The police were called to an apartment in the 5600 block of Sinclair Lane at 10:20 a.m. June 27. When police arrived, they found Darrow Coady, an 8 month-old infant boy, unconscious and being treated by members of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The infant was transported to a hospital where he died a short time later.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and began an investigation pending an autopsy. On June 28, the autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma. “There was some visible bruising on the victim’s body,” said Baltimore City Detective Jeremy Silbert in a media briefing.On June 29, an arrest warrant was issued for the father of the baby, 22-year-old Darrow Keith Coady, charging him with second degree murder, assault, and child abuse.At exactly 8:30 p.m., officers from the Northwest District received a tip that Coady was at the Mondawmin Metro Station. Coady was arrested there.Maria Roman, a resident of the neighborhood, was shocked upon hearing what happened. “It’s so quiet around here, it’s peaceful,” she told a local television station. “I didn’t know that something like that would happen around here. I’m really shocked, I’m sorry to hear that.”It is not known if Coady obtained an attorney. According to Case Search, he has no bail and will spend his 23rd birthday waiting for his preliminary hearing, scheduled for July 27.last_img read more