Yongnuo 50mm f/1.4: The Chinese Knockoff You’ve Been Waiting For

first_imgLens Construction6/7 Groups It’s no secret that photography and filmmaking is an expensive industry, so any opportunity to save a little money on quality is well received by consumers. This may shed some light on a shift in the gear industry…There will always be a demand for cheap equipment, but if more entry-level people begin purchasing less expensive ‘knockoff’ lenses, name-brand manufacturers may be forced to make lenses cheaper, effectively compromising quality for price.We’re going to be interested to see the quality of this lens. We are clearly not expecting it to be as good as the Canon 50mm, but eagerly await user tests.As of right now Yongnuo has not released a price or a release date for the 50mm f/1.4 lens. However, considering the price of the Canon is $400, we can probably expect to see the Yongnuo 50mm priced below $300.Is this lens going to be a good alternative to the Canon 50mm f1.4? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Aperture Blades8 Drive SystemDC motor Focal Length50mm Closest Focusing Distance0.45 m Filter Diameter58mm If you can’t beat ’em, create an exact copy and sell it for less?As far as Chinese knockoffs go Yongnuo is about as good as it gets. We’ve had some experience with shooting with a Yongnuo Speedlight and for the price you aren’t really going to find a better deal. Youngnuo products are primarily geared around lighting for photography. However, a recent announcement affirms that Yongnuo is expanding it’s product line by getting into the lens manufacturing business.One of these is a Canon Lens and the other is Yongnuo. Can you tell which one?Yongnuo has announced a 50mm f/1.4 that fits Canon EF lens mounts. The lens is a shameless ripoff of the similar Canon lens, but the specs are still pretty darn good. Most notably this cheap lens has 8 aperture blades making it a near replica of the Canon 50mm 1.4. The biggest difference comes in the form of the autofocus. The Canon has a patented Ultrasonic motor but the Yongnuo has a DC motor, so this might be a potential weak point in the Yongnuo lens. Here’s the rest of the specs:Yongnuo 50mm f/1.4 AF Lens Aperture Rangef/1.4-22last_img read more

Why Your Sales Forecast Is Always Wrong

first_imgYou are competing for a prospective client’s business. You know there are two other companies being considered, both of whom, like you, could do good work were they awarded the business. You have all done discovery, developed a solution and presented your final proposal.Your CRM has a pull-down menu that indicates the stage of the sales process, as well as the likelihood of winning that deal expressed as a percentage. Your CRM suggests that you have a 75 percent chance of winning this deal. Your two competitors also have CRMs, and their likelihood of winning based on the stage is also 75 percent. Neither you nor your competitors have a 75 percent chance of winning the deal at this point.If there are three competitors in this contest, none of whom have been ruled out for some reason, the very highest odds you have in winning is 33 percent. One company will win, the other two will lose, as is the nature of a zero-sum game. The 33 percent chance is the very highest number you can use to project your chances, and the number could be 25 percent, leaving open the possibility that the client decides not to do anything, something that happens frequently in sales.If there are only two competitors in this same competition, the best you can guess (and you are guessing, unless you have strong evidence that suggests otherwise), is a 50 percent chance of winning, with the real number being 33 percent, again leaving open the option to do nothing.If there is one thing that hurts sales organizations, sales leaders, sales managers, and salespeople, it’s the false confidence that comes from believing they have enough opportunities to meet and exceed their goals. Much of the time, when they are surprised, the surprise comes in the form lost deals they believed they would win, deals that ended in a no-decision, and deals they believed they would win that push into future quarters because the date in the CRM is, was, and always will be a placeholder when it lacks a client’s commitment.If you are going to use a percentage to express your likelihood of winning, you are better off with a rule of thumb that suggests that three competitors in a deal means you have a 33 percent chance of winning and not 75 percent.last_img read more

La Liga: Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid beat Levante 3-1

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo converted a first-half penalty to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at last-place Levante in the Spanish league on Wednesday, keeping his team third in the standings.Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 34th minute for his 23rd league goal of the season. An own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino added to the lead in the 38th and Francisco “Isco” Alarcon sealed the victory in second-half injury time.Brazilian striker Deyverson scored Levante’s goal in the 39th.The victory helped Madrid rebound from a disappointing home loss to rival Atletico Madrid, a result that virtually ended the team’s title hopes. It has 57 points with 11 games to go, four points behind second-place Atletico, which defeated Real Sociedad 3-0 at home on Tuesday, and nine less than leader Barcelona, which plays at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.Real Madrid opened four points ahead of fourth-place Villarreal, which was held to a 0-0 draw at sixth-place Celta Vigo. Madrid is looking to at least secure third in the standings, which guarantees an automatic spot in the Champions League next season without having to play in the qualifying round.It was Madrid’s first victory in three games, and the sixth since coach Zinedine Zidane took over the squad nine rounds ago.”We want commitment,” Zidane said. “We need all players giving everything that they have. I’m happy with what I saw today.”Missing several regular starters including Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo Madrid struggled to impose its game. It controlled possession at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium, but the hosts had chances to earn at least a draw.advertisementRonaldo missed a penalty against Malaga two rounds ago, but struck the net with a firm low shot on Wednesday after youngster Lucas Vazquez was fouled inside the area.It was the eighth goal in seven matches for Ronaldo, who sparked a controversy after the loss to Atletico by saying that Madrid could be in first place if everyone else in the squad was at his level.”This is in the past, we talked about it and we are all on the same boat,” Madrid defender Pepe said. “We have to keep working hard to honor this jersey.”Ronaldo almost nearly had a second goal in the 66th minute, but his close-range shot struck the post.Teenage striker Borja Mayoral, another member of Madrid’s youth squads, played a key part in helping Madrid increase the lead with a shot from the edge of the area in the 38th. The ball hit the post and bounced off goalkeeper Marino, who ended up pushing it across the line as he tried to grab it.”The team fought hard,” Pepe said. “This is what our fans want, they want us to give all we have. In some other games we relaxed a bit.”Levante pulled one closer with Deyverson’s easy goal from inside the area after Madrid’s defense failed to clear a long ball sent into the box. Madrid players complained of a foul on midfielder Casemiro before the ball got to Deyverson.Levante has 20 points, six less than Getafe, the first team outside relegation zone.”We created good chances, but it was difficult after the penalty and the unlucky goal we conceded,” Marino said. “There’s still time, but we have to start winning points right away.”In Vigo, Villarreal missed a chance to keep pace with Madrid by drawing 0-0 with Celta. The result extended Villarreal’s 14-game unbeaten streak in the league.Sevilla moved past Celta into fifth-place by beating Eibar 1-0 at home, while striker Aritz Aduriz scored a hat trick in Athletic’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna in Bilbao.Gary Neville’s Valencia rallied to pick up a 2-1 win at Malaga. Valencia’s opening goal was a freak blunder by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, who sent the ball into this own net while trying to punch it away after a high cross into the area.The ball was going past the goal when the Cameroon goalkeeper powerfully redirected it into the net with his right hand. He later complained with the referee, apparently wanting a foul from a nearby Valencia player.Russian striker Denis Cheryshev scored Valencia’s second, moving his team into ninth in the standings with its third win in four matches.last_img read more

On Virat Kohli’s wish list: Learn Rubic’s Cube technique from Aamir Khan

first_imgVirat Kohli, the world’s best batsman and captain of the world’s top Test and ODI teams, wants to learn the Rubic’s Cube from Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.The two had recently appeared in a show for a private television network. Kohli, the India captain, later tweeted to say he needed to learn the techniques of solving the complicated Rubic’s Cube puzzle from the ace actor.Kohli has been in sensational form this year and is the leading run-getter in one-day internationals in 2017.Had a great time chatting with @aamir_khan bhai, so humble and genuine. Just need to learn the Rubik’s Cube technique from you now! ?????? pic.twitter.com/uyAXlrDMTM- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 16, 2017The 28-year-old has also led his team with panache. India have won ODI series against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia besides making it to the final of the Champions Trophy.India have also been unbeatable in Test cricket, having defeated Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Kohli, who became the only batsman to hammer double hundreds in four successive Test series last year, will next lead India against New Zealand in a limited-overs series.Aamir, who delivered a hit with his last movie ‘Dangal’, will next feature in a movie titled ‘Secret Superstar’.last_img read more

Former Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke Has Landed A New Job

first_imgA closeup of Brady Hoke pointing while wearing a Michigan polo.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Brady Hoke argues a call with a official during the fourth quarter while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has landed a new job. Hoke will serve as the new defensive line coach for the San Diego State Aztecs, according to a release from the school.Hoke spent the 2018 season in the NFL as a member of the Carolina Panthers’ coaching staff. After just one season as the team’s defensive line coach, head coach Ron Rivera decided to move on from the former Wolverines head coach.Hoke heads back to San Diego State where he served as the team’s head coach for two years. He led the Aztecs to a 4-8 record during his first season with the team in 2009 before improving to 9-4 in his second season – including a bowl win.Now he’s headed back as the defensive line coach.Welcome back Brady Hoke to the SDSU coaching staff! Hoke will coach the Aztec defensive line. https://t.co/QclGkJBb9D#Win22 | #OneCityOneTeam pic.twitter.com/6qxazUmBxc— SDSU Football (@SDSUFootball) February 13, 2019After serving as San Diego State’s head coach for two years, Hoke moved on to Michigan where he led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl win in his first season.It was all downhill from there as Hoke won 20 games over his final three seasons with the team. After missing a bowl game during the 2014 season, Hoke was fired for current head coach Jim Harbaugh.The longtime college football defensive assistant coach is headed back to that role for 2019.last_img read more

Realme X or Realme 3 Pro: Which Realme phone should you spend your money on

first_img Next Realme X or Realme 3 Pro: Which Realme phone should you spend your money onRealme 3 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy under Rs 15,000. If you have a strict budget of Rs 15,000, then you should go for the Realme 3 Pro as it offers a complete package that includes an attractive display, good ergonomics, a fast and smooth Snapdragon 710 processor and a stellar battery life topped with VOOC fast charging. advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme launched the Realme X, which is easily the company’s best smartphone yet. Realme X has a starting price of Rs 16,999, which puts it at spitting distance from the Realme 3 Pro.The Realme 3 Pro is currently available in India at Rs 13,999.Realme has released some stellar smartphones over the past one year of its existence. Last year, the company sort of peaked with the Realme 2 Pro. In 2019, the Realme 2 Pro was succeeded by the Realme 3 Pro, which was even more disruptive as it brought features like a Snapdragon 710 chipset and VOOC fast charging under Rs 15,000. Earlier this week, Realme launched the Realme X, which is easily the company’s best smartphone yet.The Realme X has a starting price of Rs 16,999, which puts it at spitting distance from the Realme 3 Pro. To recall, the Realme 3 Pro was launched in India starting at Rs 13,999. Both the phones are very different in terms of the specs they offer, but one thing remains the same – the chipset. The Realme X and Realme 3 Pro are powered by the same Snapdragon 710 SoC. So, should you go for the Realme X or the more affordable Realme 3 Pro? Here’s what the two phones offer for their price to help you decide which one you should go for.Realme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Price in India and availability detailsThe Realme 3 Pro is currently available in India at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage variant and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB + 128GB options. There is also a 6GB + 64GB variant available for Rs 15,999. The Realme 3i comes in three colour options – Lightning Purple, Nitro Blue and Carbon Black – and can be purchased on open sale on Flipkart and Realme.com. On the other hand, the Realme X is a higher-priced smartphone that starts at Rs 16,999 for the base variant that comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and goes up to Rs 19,999 for the 8GB + 128GB version. The Realme X is available in Polar White and Space Blue colours and will go on sale for the first time on July 24 at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme’s online store.advertisementRealme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Design and displayWhen we reviewed the Realme X, we called it a refined version of the Realme 3 Pro. This is because while both the phones look premium and attractive, the Realme X looks a little more polished by offering a minimalistic design and trendy 2019 features like a notchless display and in-display fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with 3D curved glasstic panels with a glossy finish and in attractive gradient colours. The Realme X also gets a Type-C port while the Realme 3 Pro offers a microUSB port.Both the phones offer great displays, but the Realme X gets an edge here again as it offers a large 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with no notch or punch-hole cutout. You get an immersive viewing experience without any distractions along with a more attractive display that offers bright, vivid colours and deeper blacks compared to the Realme 3 Pro’s LCD panel. The Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop display.Realme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Hardware and batteryThe Realme 3 Pro and Realme X are powered by the same Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset, which means you will get a similar outcome as far as performance is concerned. Both the phones run smoothly when it comes to performing day-to-day tasks like messaging or social media browsing. They are some of the best phones in their segments for gaming as well thanks to a fast and lag-free Adreno 616 GPU. The Realme X comes in 4GB and 8GB RAM variant, while the Realme 3 Pro comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM options. Both the devices also ship with Color OS 6 based on Android Pie. ColorOS 6 brings and app drawer and gradient colour theme for the UI along with a mess of preloaded third-party apps.While performance may be similar, the Realme X is a clear winner in the camera department as it gets a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera on the back alongside a 5-megapixel depth sensor and 16-megapixel selfie snapper houses in a pop-up camera. The Realme X offers some of the best camera in its segment as it is capable of shooting detailed, high resolution photos using the main camera.The Realme 3 Pro also impressed us with its 16-megapixel /1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor which is the same sensor used on the OnePlus 6T. This is paired with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. Meanwhile, the front camera offers a 25-megapixel selfie sensor. So, while the Realme X may offer high-quality photos using the main 48MP sensor, the Realme 3 Pro offers sharper selfies with its 25MP camera. Both phones also support Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Portrait and HDR modes as well as EIS. The Realme X also comes with 960fps @720p super slow-mo video recording, which was also added to the Realme 3 Pro via a software update.advertisementAs for the battery, the Realme 3 Pro houses a 4,045mAh capacity while the Realme X offers a smaller 3,765mAh battery pack. In our time with the devices, we found the Relame 3 Pro to offer a terrific battery life, offering over a full day of juice on a single charge. The Realme X is almost as good as it delivers a full-day battery life as well. Both the phones also support VOOC 3.0 fast charging that will charge the devices up in zero to 100 per cent in about 80 minutes.Should you buy the Realme X or Realme 3 Pro?The Realme 3 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy under Rs 15,000. If you have a strict budget of Rs 15,000, then you should go for the Realme 3 Pro as it offers a complete package that includes an attractive display, good ergonomics, a fast and smooth Snapdragon 710 processor and a stellar battery life topped with VOOC fast charging.But if you can stretch your budget a little further, the Realme X will offer you a true flagship experience. It is for those who want the best of 2019 trends in a smartphone. You get a fantastic notchless Super AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 48MP dual camera setup and an in-display fingerprint that makes the Realme X a true 2019 smartphone. There is no other phone that offers this combination of features under Rs 20,000 right now.ALSO READ | Airtel offers massive price cuts on its HD and Internet TV set-top boxes, also offers extra benefits worth Rs 1,000ALSO READ | Jio is now second-largest telecom operator in India, leads overall broadband sector by 55 per cent market shareALSO READ | Oppo K3 launched in India with Snapdragon 710 SoC, AMOLED display: Price, specs and sale 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 Sahalast_img read more

MSC Buys Remaining Stake in Brazils Portonave

first_imgzoom Swiss container shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has taken full control at Brazil’s port operator Portonave as it purchased the remaining shares in the company.Namely, MSC has, through its subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), reached an agreement to buy the 50 percent share in the port operator from Triunfo Participações & Investimentos (TPI).The company already held a 50 percent stake of Portonave.Valued at around BRL 1.3 billion (USD 389.8 million), the deal is subject to necessary approvals by relevant authorities, according to TPI.Triunfo opted to sell its share in Portonave as part of its efforts to collect cash in order to satisfy debt payments, Reuters earlier said, citing Eleven Financial Research.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Federal Court of Appeal to release decision on Trans Mountain next week

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release its decision next week in a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings in Vancouver last fall.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them, although federal lawyers told the hearings extensive consultations were conducted. Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project and were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener in the case.Alberta was also an intervener and a lawyer for the province said Ottawa’s decision to approve the expansion of the pipeline between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.The federal government announced in May that it was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion to ensure what it calls a vital piece of infrastructure is built.The Federal Court of Appeal tweeted Friday that the decision would be released next Thursday on its website.(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

UN fund allocates 5 million to help rising number of Somalis fleeing

12 January 2009With Somali refugees continuing to flood into Kenya for relief from violence and drought, the United Nations emergency relief fund has targeted five million dollars to cover gaps in their nutritional needs, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today. With Somali refugees continuing to flood into Kenya for relief from violence and drought, the United Nations emergency relief fund has targeted five million dollars to cover gaps in their nutritional needs, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today. The grant from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was issued following a request by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for additional funding in order to respond to the multiple needs of an estimated 230,000 Somalis are now sheltered in congested camps in Kenya’s Northeastern Province.Some of the camps in the 17-year-old Dadaab complex, located near the Somali border, are now three times their initial capacity, with thousands of new Somalis arriving each month, according to UNHCR.More than 65,000 new Somali refugees entered Kenya in 2008 and the number is expected to continue rising because of rapidly worsening security conditions, OCHA said.Some of the funds, which will be allocated to the UNHCR and two other UN agencies, will also be used to support Sudanese refugees in the same Kenyan camps, according to OCHA. The efforts of the World Food Programme (WFP) will focus on ensuring that newly arrived refugees get the minimum nutritional requirements. The agency also aims to meet the special nutrition needs of vulnerable groups through a selective feeding programme. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) asked for additional funding to promote access to essential nutritional services. Last month, the UN and its partners launched a major appeal for some $913 million to help provide humanitarian assistance to an estimated 3.2 million needy people in Somalia during the coming year.CERF, which now stands at $452.5 million, was created by the General Assembly in 2006 to allow the world body quick access to funds that could save lives in sudden crises. read more

Sentence in Alan Kurdi death

Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has sentenced two Syrian men to four years in prison over the death of Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi.The image of the boy, his lifeless body lying face down on a beach, galvanized world attention on the Syrian refugee crisis. Kurdi’s brother and mother also drowned. The boy’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, welcomed her brother Mohammad Kurdi and his wife and five kids to Vancouver in late December.The trials against alleged people-smugglers, who are Syrian nationals, began back on February 11th. The two men were also accused of causing the death of four other people. read more

Fords Canadian union workers cast vote on new contract

Canadian workers represented by Unifor at Ford Motor company will cast their vote this weekend on a tentative contract they reached with the company, Tuesday.Ford was the last of the Detroit three to come to the table to reach an agreement with Unifor, which also represents employees at G-M and Fiat-Chrysler.Reports say Unifor President Jerry Dias said the agreement included a large investment for Canadian-made Ford products and is based on deals reached with the other two auto makers.Unifor represents more than 67-hundred workers in Ford facilities including Edmonton, Windsor, Oakville and Bramalea.If workers decide to reject the contract, they’d immediately be in a strike position putting a stop on production at the Oakville and Windsor plants.However, Dias has said he expects the deal to be approved. read more

Marcus Rashford on the Manchester Derby

first_imgIn an exclusive blog for the Manchester United website, Rashford shares his memories and experience of playing in the Manchester derby.Manchester United visit the Etihad on Sunday for a mouthwatering derby, and Jose Mourinho’s team will go into the game high on confidence after their 2-1 victory away at Juventus on Wednesday.Ahead of the game, Rashford wrote on the United website, sharing what the derby means to him.“I just love playing in the derby. There is a different feel around the city, and the way my friends speak leading up to the game is always different to other games.” Rashford said.“My family are the same. When it’s derby day, my brother just doesn’t speak! He is just tuned into the game and everyone just keeps themselves to themselves.“Derby day has always been a massive day in my family. There was always a get-together of sorts at my house when I was younger, including the one City fan in my family – my uncle.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So it’s always all of us against him! [Laughs] Going to the derby games means you get the full experience and the full day out.“When you watch it on TV, it’s completely different to when you watch it at the ground. The atmosphere and the feeling is second to none when you’re there, but I still have great memories of watching on TV with my family.“The rivalry has always been huge between the two teams, I remember that from coming up through the ranks at United. I think I played in my first derby at nine years old and it felt different, it was special.“When I first joined the club, we had players from all over the country playing for United, there was a group of about 30 or 35 of us and, even though some weren’t from Manchester when they played in that game, it just had a different feel to it. It’s something that the Academy players here are well prepared for so you’re always ready when you step into that environment.“I’ll never forget Wazza’s overhead-kick [at Old Trafford in 2011]. That was probably one of the most entertaining derbies I have ever watched. For me personally, to score the winner there [at the Etihad in 2016] was the biggest feeling in my career. Obviously, winning trophies is always your aim but I’d say on a personal note that was the biggest feeling I’ve had.”last_img read more

State Lawmaker Wants to Make Georgia More Friendly to Military Families

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The minority leader of the Georgia House plans to introduce legislation shortly requiring the state to carry out many of the actions included on the Defense Department’s priority list of state initiatives needed to support service members and their families.In an interview with WABE, state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D) said the legislation would allow the state to meet the five criteria Georgia has not yet endorsed.“That includes making certain that we don’t allow predatory lending to take place near our bases, that we provide for employment opportunities for spouses of the military, that we do the work, the regulatory work to help support welfare services for the children of our military families, that we do the educational supports that they ask,” Abrams said.The bill is intended to protect the state against losing an installation in a future BRAC round, she said.Abrams acknowledged that she didn’t know if the Republican leaders in the House would support her effort but stressed that the proposal has received “great bipartisan support” during a series of town hall meetings across the state from communities and local chambers of commerce.“It’s about how do we continue to serve and keep our promise to [military] families,” she said.last_img read more

Colin A Boston win tonight would be bad news for Laker fans

first_imgBoston has looked like a different team since getting blown out by the Cavs in games 1 and 2. Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue has commented that the Thomas-less Celts have become impossible to guard. They are also allowing around 13 points per game fewer defensively without Thomas.It’s become abundantly clear to Colin that without the ball dominant Thomas, Brad Stevens can precisely execute his offense based on ball movement, cutting and spacing, rather than relying on Thomas scoring in isolation.He said yesterday, that Lonzo Ball would be the perfect point guard to elevate the roster in the recently discovered offensive framework, and believes that if the Celtics win tonight, it could be the beginning of an avalanche of bad news for the Lakers.No Lonzo for the Lakers means no Paul George, and another year spent spinning their wheels in rebuild mode in the Western Conference basement. A Game 5 win could make Danny Ainge see the light. Even though it was announced today that Lonzo Ball won’t work out for the Celtics, LaVar Ball has said, in The Herd, that Lonzo will play wherever he’s drafted.Everyone has Lonzo Ball to the Lakers etched in stone. With a Boston win tonight, don’t be so sure.If the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland tonight, there is going to be, potentially, a major, major ripple effect for the league.” Advertisementlast_img read more

New taxi cooperative plans an allelectric fleet in Heredia

first_imgRecommended: The ultimate guide to taxis in Costa RicaWe’ve seen the ‘Red Fleet’ of licensed taxis in the streets; the porteadores, or private chauffeurs; the illegal pirate taxis called piratas; and, in recent years, Uber drivers, loved by some and hated by others.Now yet another category is upon us: electric taxis, if new cooperative in Heredia, north of San José, gets its way.Quiet, efficient and economical is how the cars are described by Alfredo Espinoza, one of the promoters of the new taxis he hopes to bring soon to the streets of Heredia. The idea came to light during a conversation among guests at a wedding reception, he explained.“We were talking about how Costa Rica produces so much electricity,” he recalled. There is hydro power, thermal and solar power. With so much electricity, why not use if for cars?“So right there we formed a group called Generation H: H for Heredia where we are located, and Generation because we are all different ages,” he explained. “We are all professionals with different backgrounds, so we understand the process of putting plans into action.”Espinoza is a retired specialist in auto mechanics who has worked in the United States and in Israel.“Costa Rica is a small country. An electric car can cross the country on one electric charge, and you find electricity in every corner,” he added. “You can charge up an electric car from your own home. With 110 voltage it takes up to eight hours. With 220 four to six hours, and with a special converter, about thirty minutes.”He calculated that about 90% of the driving in central Costa Rica is within the general metropolitan area, going to and from work or other short distances, and can be done on one charge per week.“First, we tried to convince the taxi cooperatives in Heredia to consider electric cars,” he said. “They rejected the idea because of the cost. An electric car costs more than an internal combustion model but over the long run, even the medium run, you save.  You save on fuel and maintenance costs.” Mitzi Stark / The Tico TimesLooking for other solutions, Generation H found backing from the Public Service Agency of Heredia and decided to form their own taxi cooperative.“With only two taxis to start off, we aren’t competing with other companies. We want to show them that electric taxis are feasible and economical,” says Espinoza.The cooperative faces various obstacles. One is the price of an electric car in Costa Rica, about $36,000, although the electric car bill moving through the Legislative Assembly would cut import taxes to reduce those costs significantly.Another is that the car Generation H hopes to use is not yet available. While various manufacturers are producing electric cars, Generation H hopes to use the Nissan Electric LEAF. Silvia Milano, in charge of sales for Nissan Costa Rica, says that before the cars go on sale, they must undergo tests to see how they fare in Costa Rica’s driving conditions.Finally, charging stations and trained mechanics for the new types of motors and systems will be needed. The first charging station opened in February in San Ramón.Milano said that Nissan have received a lot of interest in the LEAF and expects that in ten years’ time most of the cars on the roads will be electric.A look through the 2017 LEAF is an eye opener. A knob in the between the front seats puts you through the gears, and the controls on the dash show energy levels instead of fuel. The motor is compact and there are none of the standard components like spark plugs and radiators.In fact, a glance under the hood reveals a strangely bare space! The most important accessory is in the trunk: the cable and plug to connect your car.As Costa Rica move toward an electric car future, one cooperative in Heredia is raring to take to the streets with its own fleet of quiet, comfortable, and clean-air taxis.See also: Lawmakers exclude full hybrids from electric cars bill Facebook Comments Related posts:Lawmakers exclude full hybrids from electric cars bill Costa Rica prepared for this season’s harsh weather, energy officials say This Oregon company wants to build electric cars in Costa Rica Earth Hour in Costa Rica saved more electricity than in 2016last_img read more

Sofitel Dubai Wafi to become the luxury hotel brands largest in

first_imgSofitel Dubai Wafi to become the luxury hotel brand’s largest in the Middle EastSofitel has announced the largest Sofitel property in the Middle East with development partner MKM Commercial Holdings LLC. Expected to open in early 2019, Sofitel Dubai Wafi will join the luxury brand’s growing portfolio of 14 hotels and 4,400 rooms in operation and under development in the Middle East.Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in the Middle East.” He further added, “Within the United Arab Emirates, we’ve established a strong presence with four operational hotels across landmark locations including Abu Dhabi Corniche, Downtown Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residences, and now Wafi – a major shopping destination set to undergo a comprehensive retail and leisure expansion.”Sofitel Dubai Wafi will feature 501 luxury guestrooms, inclusive of 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 square meters to 625 sqm, in addition to 97 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced residences to be operated on an extended-stay basis. The property will offer a number of dining concepts including an Asian specialty restaurant, gastro pub, a unique destination restaurant, bar and lounge on 43rd and 44th Floors, a French lobby café, an all-day restaurant and a pool bar. Guests will have the option to relax and unwind at the SoSpa or use a comprehensive gymnasium, outdoor pools, private cabanas and a kids club. Business travelers will have access to 10 meeting rooms in addition to a 1,115 square meter ballroom.Guests of Sofitel Dubai Wafi will enjoy close proximity to Wafi Shopping Mall, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai International Airport. Corporate clientele will have convenient access to primary business and exhibition centers including the Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai Healthcare City and the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. Located adjacent to the iconic Raffles Dubai, both properties will form a luxury cluster within Wafi offering guests a range of shared amenities and services.H.H. Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings said: “We are excited to sign this agreement with AccorHotels, our trusted partner for the Sofitel Dubai Wafi. We are confident that the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalized Wafi.”Sofitel Hotels & Resorts offers luxury hotels with a difference, that combine French origin – a unique combination of elegance, savoir-faire and the art of hospitality – with the best of local culture in each destination. Sofitel Dubai Wafi will infuse the brand’s essence with Arabic culture and design elements reflective of Wafi. Over the coming years, Sofitel will introduce stunning new hotels with the openings of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Mexico City Reforma.“Sofitel Dubai Wafi signifies our ongoing commitment to expanding AccorHotels’ presence in the luxury segment through our landmark design and quality driven concepts. Sofitel operates luxury hotels and resorts across key destinations in the Middle East including the Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel, Sofitel Jeddah Corniche, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Through the development of the region’s largest Sofitel, we look to strengthen AccorHotels’ luxury offerings and cement our position as a leading luxury hotel operator.” concluded Nasser.AccorHotels has 39 existing properties in the UAE, in addition to 23 others under development. In the Middle East and Egypt, AccorHotels currently operates 95 hotels encompassing 28,800 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group’s regional network is expected to double in number, bringing over 25,000 additional rooms and nearly 2,400 branded residences to the Middle East. Source = Sofitel Hotelslast_img read more

Paolo Soleri graduated from the Politechnico in T

first_img Paolo Soleri graduated from the Politechnico in Torino with highest honors and a Ph.D. in architecture in February 1946. He received a grant given to outstanding students; at that time, just after the war, the grant amounted to about ‘6 lb. of butter’. Soleri wrote F.L. Wright expressing his desire to study at Taliesin and was accepted. As it was the custom with students who could not afford Wright’s already high student fees, Soleri was initially assigned to work on the the kitchen and then to be personal aid at the dining table for the Wright family. Soleri became an apprentice to Wright, working primarily in the kitchen as a waiter and dishwasher, and also as a gardener and construction worker at both Taliesin East (Wisconsin) and Taliesin West (Arizona). Soleri also became a personal waiter to Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Soleri was still learning English while at Taliesin. He built a very simple shelter on Taliesin grounds, as other Wright’s apprentices do, as living quarters. Paolo studied with F.L. Wright for 18 months. March 24, 2005 The board of directors of the Taliesin Fellows held its annual meeting for Taliesin Fellowship, FLlW Staff and former apprentices of the FLlWSA at David Dodge,a long-time fellow at Taliesin, designed and built this house on his property adjacent to Taliesin West. [Photo:tt & text: sa] last_img read more

Man in serious condition after crash

first_imgA 62-year-old man is in serious condition in Nicosia hospital after being involved in a road accident in Paphos on Thursday evening.A car driven by a 54-year-old woman blocked the motorcycle the man was riding at around 6.45pm and he was thrown from his bike.The injured man was initially taken to Paphos hospital but later transferred to Nicosia general hospital because of the severity of his injuries.Police are investigating the causes of the crash. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

MESVIC reform package unanimously approved by Senate committee

first_img25Sep MESVIC reform package unanimously approved by Senate committee Categories: Iden News,News A legislative package designed to protect the state from a potential $200 million liability has been approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, announced state Rep. Brandt Iden, who sponsored a bill in the package.House Bills 4195, 4196 and 4365 were introduced to reform the funding mechanism of the Michigan Early State Venture Capital Investment Program (MESVIC). MESVIC was created with goals of promoting investment in certain businesses and creating a healthy economic climate in the state. The creation of MESVIC also allowed Michigan to enter into agreements with investment corporations to reach these goals. To raise capital for the program, the state issued tax vouchers to serve as collateral against the capital issued by banks.“The venture fund program was created with great intentions,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “However, the funding mechanism was not in the best interests of Michigan taxpayers.”As a result of the tax vouchers and payments due on loans that the state took, Michigan faces a potential liability of up to $200 million over the next four years. Amongst other measures, HB 4365 – which was authored by Rep. Iden – limits the total amount of tax vouchers that can be issued to $450 million.“There is a difference between good intentions and effective policy,” said House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This bill, and the package as a whole, help to make certain that the investments we make with our state dollars are the investments that are good for our state.”HBs 4195, 4196 and 4365 now go before the full Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more