Groves to fight in Germany on Saturday

first_imgGeorge Groves is to fight in Germany on Saturday.He hinted after his recent knockout of Dario Balmaceda that he could feature on the undercard of the world title clash between Robert Stieglitz and WBO champion Arthur Abraham.And Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight has duly been added to the show at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, with his opponent named as Baker Barakat, 32, from Syria.Commonwealth title holder Groves, 24, is the WBO’s number one contender and has been tipped to face the winner of the Abraham-Stieglitz bout.Last year an injury forced him to withdraw from a proposed world title challenge against Stieglitz, who was then champion.Groves is also due to appear as the chief support to the rematch between world champions Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May.See also:Froch not keen on Groves fight – BoothYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kevon Looney re-aggravates chest injury in Game 5

first_imgThe Warriors are losing a war of attrition Monday night.Not only did Golden State lose Kevin Durant early in the second quarter, but center Kevon Looney re-injured his chest in the third quarter of Game 5. The Warriors announced he would not return to Monday’s game.Looney initially suffered a cartilage fracture in Game 2 of the NBA Finals and was ruled out for the rest of the postseason. But he returned in Game 4, wearing a compression shirt.Kevon Looney reaggravated his right 1st costal …last_img

Science Grab Bag

first_imgHere’s a random assortment of things floating around in the science news media – some fascinating, some informative, some disgusting.  We’ll let the readers decide which is which.  Since it’s Friday the 13th, a day to enjoy like any other day, we’ll give you a baker’s dozen to sample.Optical illusion:  You won’t believe your eyes at this optical illusion posted on New Scientist.The Science of Tebow:  Watch Stephanie Pappas on Live Science explain the Tim Tebow phenomenon from a naturalistic perspective.  Can Tebow pray for her?Drunken sailor in your muscles:  A walking machine in your cells does the sidestep, explains Science Daily.The Plantimal:  It’s half plant and half animal, claims New Scientist, playing “merry hell” with our classification systems.  “The division between plants and animals is collapsing completely.”Spider clothes:  This is really noteworthy.  “Eighty people collected, harnessed, and released wild spiders” in Madagascar “every day to produce enough silk” to make some clothes, reports the BBC News in a slide show worth watching.  Did you know spider silk is golden yellow?Saturnalia:  Browse through the 10 biggest discoveries from the Cassini mission to Saturn in 2011 (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).Reagan vindicated:  Remember the laughter when Ronald Reagan said trees cause acid rain?  Now read this.  PhysOrg confirms that trees cause 90% of it.Microribbit:  The world’s tiniest frog has been discovered in New Guinea (BBC News), so small a dime is a large lilypad for it.  It’s a contender for the world’s smallest vertebrate.Wonder machines of the nucleus:  Helicases drive down DNA strands covering hundreds of bases per second without falling off.  Let Live Science tell you how (100% Darwin-free).Weird dinosaur:  This otherwise fierce-looking dinosaur would never win an arm-wrestling contest (PhysOrg).Breath of life:  Evolutionists have their Genesis stories, too: this one on Live Science uses “may have” and “appeared” in classic Darwin storytelling style, alleging that a complex protein “appeared” to give life its first breath.  Invokes the mythical Great Oxygenation Event (see 1/09/2012 commentary).Babel artifact:  Fox News showed a photo of pictorial cuneiform inscription that shows King Nebuchadnezzar II and a ziggurat, with the Babylonian king’s own words.  Readers can decide whether it (1) refers to a historical Tower of Babel, (2) inspired the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, as the article claims, or (3) none of the above.  (Hint: If professor Todd at BiblePlaces believed it, he would have said so.)Apps for apes:  New Scientist informs us that orang-utans at the Milwaukee County Zoo seem fascinated by iPads, provided they can’t take them with them into the cage.  They like to use the finger-painting apps.  Buried in the article: “If they got a hold of it, they’d take it apart… Orang-utans pee on everything.” Don’t expect an ape-designed app any time soon.We hope you enjoyed this piñata of news nuggets.  For every post on CEH, hundreds of headline titles are scanned from science journals and science media outlets, a few dozen are noted, and one to a dozen are reported on.  This takes a lot of time and effort.  If you appreciate this service, consider donating to support it, posting comments, and promoting it on your social media any way you can.  Use the convenient buttons below to spread the word.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Cape Town’s Concert in the Dark

first_imgOn 28 March 2009, South Africans joined people around the world in turning off their lights for an hour to take a stand against global warming – and the people of Cape Town made sure they had fun while doing it! Cyclists took it in turns to cycle for three days in order to generate the energy to light The Concert in the Dark, while Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille counted down to the big event – the switching off of the lights on Table Mountain.Click arrow to play video.last_img

The Emerging Era of Alert Services – For Almost Anything

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tracking shopping deals is the most immediate commercial application for alert services that go beyond ‘topics.’ Trackle offers a large selection of feeds to subscribe to, including coupons, product price drops,deals on Amazon (tracking when the price for a product falls within a price range you’re willing to pay), new product reviews, product recalls, daily deals, latest buzz in shopping, price protection(“…find out if the price of a recent purchase drops in time to apply for a rebate or partial refund.”).That selection from Trackle is impressive and will grow even more when data from sensors and RFID tags are added in the near future. Imagine for example getting notified, when you walk into a bookstore, that a book you have on your wishlist is available on special in that store. Or you’re doing your groceries and your phone alerts you to a deal in the store that day on blueberries, which you’ve marked as your favorite fruit and something that you want to track the price of. These kinds of scenarios could be achieved with a combination of services like Trackle, your smartphone, and RFID tags on product items. Those examples are just a starter for ten, we can expect more sophisticated alert systems to evolve once Internet of Things ramps up in retail stores and elsewhere.For now, let us know in the comments your favorite alert services! richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts As ever more data flows onto the Web, we need tools to track changes in that data and alert us to new data that we’re interested in. Examples of data that can be tracked include shopping deals, places, companies, home prices, sports scores, local events, even crime reports! Add to that emerging Internet of Things sources such as sensor data, RFID tags, proximity, and more. Last week we listed and categorized some of the leading topic-tracking tools on the Web (see also the follow-up post). The tools we listed were geared towards tracking news or media information on the Web. In this post, we look at a leading service that tracks more discrete, faster changing types of data.Trackle is an impressive alerts service that we first reviewed a year ago. Other similar services we’ve covered before are Yotify and Alerts.com. In our first review of Trackle, we were impressed by “the sheer quantity of alerts they’ve made available.” It’s expanded since then – you can see the current list here and in the screenshot below. Tags:#Internet of Things#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Nature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the Sun

first_imgIf you’re shooting outside on your next project, here are some tips on how to shoot both with or against the ultimate light source — the sun.There’s one light source greater and more powerful than all the Fresnel, HMI, or LED lights put together. The sun. For as long as people have been making films, the sun’s light has been the primary resource for lighting exterior shots because, well, you kind of have to use it.This has always caused just as many problems as it’s solved. Shooting with the sun can be great for certain situations, but it can also blast light far too bright and far too out of control at times. Meanwhile, shooting against the sun can create some beautiful looks, but it can also create harsh shadows and cause less advanced cameras to struggle.In this article, we’ll discuss how you can work both with and against the sun in your video shoots.How to Avoid the SunImage by Elizaveta Galitckaia.Let’s actually take a step back first. If you’re worried about shooting with or against the sun so much that you think it might ruin your shoot, there are ways to avoid the sunlight. One trick — if weather permits and you’re lucky enough — is to shoot when it’s cloudy outside. Ideally, shoot on a day when clouds cover the entire sky. You’ll find that shots can be beautifully lit evenly from every direction — almost as if you have a million china balls hanging above you in every direction.A similar look comes during magic hour, once the sun hits the horizon in its descent. This “Terrence Malick” look is used pretty heavily in a lot of photography and cinematography, but for good reason. It creates the similar evenly lit landscape, where you can shoot any direction and the lighting will be consistent.Another trick, when your setting allows it, is to try to cancel out all the negative side effects of shooting in direct sunlight. One big side effect of harsh sunlight is the large contrast created by shadows. You can avoid these by finding locations where you’re either completely in sunlight or completely in the shadows (not mixing both). You can also shoot as close as possible to the middle of the day, when the sun is directly overhead, limiting the reach of any potential shadows.Working With the SunImage by welcomia.When you’re actually shooting with the sun, try to treat it as you would any other controlled light source. If you can, put it behind your camera, casting it directly onto your subjects. From there, if you can direct your actors or subjects to be aware of the sunlight, you can urge them to “find their light” so that they stay correctly oriented and and don’t create harsh shadows on their faces.You can also use offsetting lights, or (even easier) white bounce boards to add light from different (and often lower angles) to more evenly light your subjects. You’ll want to watch out for other elements, though — like the shadows you and your camera might create (or even those from the rest of your cast and crew).Against the Sun TipsImage by Song_about_summer.Shooting against the sun can also be quite beautiful, especially if you shoot when the sun is low enough and close to the horizon to use it as a backlight and create some cinematic lens flares. However, be aware that this can quickly blow out the images, as no camera can truly capture sunlight completely. In fact, some older cameras might default and simply show a black dot when light becomes far too bright, which can be problematic in the edit.Also, be careful if you’re using auto-settings either on a smartphone or digital camera, as the bright light can throw the camera into a frenzy while it tries to decide if it should adjust for the bright sunlight itself or the subject in front of it.For these reasons, when shooting against the sun, try to frame it into a side corner of your composition, allowing your subject (or subjects) to remain the focus of your shot. Your extra lighting, or bounce boards, can come in handy here by adding light directly back onto your subjects wherever you need it.Cover image via welcomia.If you’re looking for more filmmaking and videography tips and tricks, check out some of these additional articles below.7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your VideosWhat to Charge for Videography Projects: A Handy GuideTips for Photographers Transitioning to Videography7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same TimeThe Art of Finding the Right Song for Your Film or Videolast_img read more

Hotshots try to end slump

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “All of our last four games are important, it’s actually a must-win for us starting (Friday),” Victolero said as the Hotshots tangle with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort to try and snap a three-game losing streak that will put the Hotshots back in contention for a twice-to-beat privilege.“But we need to take it one game at a time,” he said as Star takes to the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor opposite the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. contest, where a grieving Stanley Pringle makes his return from a two-game absence to help GlobalPort in its own bid to stay alive for a playoff berth.Pringle went to the US to attend to his ailing father.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingVictolero has fingered the very reason why his Hotshots, after four straight wins to open up the season-ending conference, have slipped.“Our rebounding has let us down. We’re worst in the league,” Victolero said, even if his crew is one of the beefiest, tallest in the league. “That’s something we need to address. We have been outrebounded by an average of 15 (by our last three foes).” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Dumandan gains lead as darkness halts play View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith four games left in its elimination round schedule in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Star is a powerhouse side that has suddenly been taken out of top four talk.And coach Chito Victolero knows that he and his Hotshots cannot get back into that conversation with just one fell swoop.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Meralco is a side that is in top four contention, and the Bolts will try to strengthen their place when they clash with streaking Alaska in the 4:15 p.m. contest.With a 6-2 record, the Bolts are running second behind Barangay Ginebra and they would need to win at least two of their last three games in order to have a shot at that twice-to-beat advantage.“Our ability to handle their (Aces’) pressure defense will be one of the keys for us,” Meralco’s Norman Black said. “And once again, we will rely on our defense to try and get the win.”The Aces, meanwhile, need to extend their three-game winning streak just to have some sort of buffer in advancing.Star will still have to face TNT KaTropa, ousted KIA Picanto and then NLEX to close out the eliminations, and Victolero knows that nothing less than a sweep will do it.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

CPWD uses strong words against CAG, finds report incorrect

first_imgThe Supreme Court’s verdict arising out of the presidential reference has injected a shot of confidence in various government departments reeling under the observation of the CAG reports.In reply to the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) on the Commonwealth Games, the Central Public Works Department(CPWD) has used exceptionally strong language against the CAG.The choice of adjectives ranges from “erroneous conclusions” to “wrong comparisons” to “skewed approach” to “not based on facts” to “not properly understood” to “purely speculative” to “not based on reality.”On PAC’s question based on the CAG report that irregular financial favours were extended to the CWG contractors the CPWD retorted with a bang.It alleged that audit’s statement which says that there is an over payment by irregularly treating the substituted items of works as extra items, is not based on facts.It further states that audit is taking a skewed approach in dealing with the extra or substitute item.On the issue of toughened glass used in one of the sports premises which the audit claims led to loss of Rs 2.16 crore, the reply read, “Audit is now silent on the fact that if the rates of roofing were processed as substitute items in place of extra, the department would have paid Rs 11,625.19 per sqm in place of Rs 9,168 per sqm(actually paid) but was never done to safeguard the government interest.”On the PAC’s question of steps taken by the CPWD to ensure level-playing field amongst participating bidders, the CPWD replied by saying, “Consultancy for repair and upgradation of existing structure has perhaps been wrongly misinterpreted and understood by the audit to cover the concept of design of future stadium.”advertisementThe CPWD added that they tried best to ensure more participation and effective competition and that competitive bidding was denied as “baseless and purely based on assumption.”On the charge of restrictive bidding for laying synthetic athletics tracks, the CPWD said that the eligibility criteria were according to the CVC guidelines.CAG in its report had observed that unjustified rates for VIP and VVIP chairs led to a loss of Rs 3.66 crore which the CPWD in its reply said that the estimates were prepared at the time of the call of the tenders and not at the time of inviting expression of interest.The agency is also accused of revising contractor’s profit and overheads(CPOH) from 10 to 15 per cent of ACIL without the government’s prior approval leading to a loss to exchequer.The CPWD said the audit has tried to connect two different aspects and to project an altogether different scenario which is not based on reality.It concludes by saying, “audit shouldn’t jump to such speculative imaginations without verifying the actual facts.” To another allegation based on CAG report refers to wasteful expenditure resulting out of purchase of 29 racing lanes instead of 18 as required.The CPWD claimed that the CAG did not take note of the guidelines of the CWG Organising Committee for sports equipment.The agency argued that it was done to take care of any unforeseen incident and one spare set of float lanes in the possession of the Sports Authority of India(SAI) cannot be termed as an excess expenditure of Rs 22 crore as alleged by the audit.The CPWD, in its answers to PAC, blamed CAG for not going through the papers and even quoting wrong figures.last_img read more

Video: Watch This Short, Powerful Documentary About Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.last_img read more

March home sales slow in Metro Vancouver but prices stay high real

first_imgVANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver home sales over the first quarter of this year were the lowest in five years, but statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show prices remain high.The board says home sales across the region in March tumbled 29.7 per cent compared with March 2017 and are 23 per cent below the 10-year March sales average.Just over 2,500 homes changed hands last month, a drop of more than 1,000 compared with a year ago, although the board notes the March 2018 sales climbed 14 per cent compared with February.Listings of detached, attached and apartment properties also fell year-over-year, skidding 6.6 per cent in March compared with March 2017, marking the region’s lowest total of first-quarter new listings since 2013.Real estate board data shows the number of sales compared to the number of active listings soared to 61.6 per cent for condominiums in March, while the rate was 39.9 per cent for townhomes, far above the 20 per cent rate the board says tends to push prices upward.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $1,084,000, a 16.1 per cent increase over March 2017 and a 1.1 per cent increase since February of this year.Phil Moore, real estate board president, says even with lower sales, prices will remain high as long as the selection of properties is slim.“Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms,” he says in a news release.“High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today,” Moore adds.The benchmark price for detached properties was $1,608,500 last month, up 7.4 per cent from March 2017 and up less than half a per cent over February 2018, as sales-to-active listings nudged the mark where to board says downward pressure on prices could occur.But with sales outstripping supply for condos and townhomes, the real estate board says the benchmark price for a condo was $693,500 in March, a 26.2 per cent leap from March 2017 and a 1.6 per cent bump compared with February 2018.Benchmark prices for townhomes across Metro Vancouver reached $835,300 last month, a two per cent increase over February and a hike of 17.7 per cent from March 2017.last_img read more