Everything You Need to Know About Stabilizing a Shot

first_imgFrom capturing the image in camera to sitting down in front of your computer, here are all the ways you can fix (or work with) shaky footage.Top image via Zach Ramelan.I have a love/hate relationship with shaky footage. On one hand, the aesthetic can add realism while grounding your project, giving it a documentary feel. But on the other hand, it’s easy to write off shaky footage as amateur or low-quality. It’s all about what look you’re going for.However, sometimes you absolutely have to get rid of the shake, especially if you’re shooting for a client. Even if you don’t have a super-nice gimbal or a Steadicam, you can pull off sweeping, cinematic smoothness with a few of these tips and tricks before you hit record.How to Plan AheadSo before you actually start capturing your footage, if you know you’ll be using Warp Stabilizer in post, there are a few different things you can do to increase your odds of success. One is to shoot at a high shutter speed. This will reduce motion blur, making everything a bit crisper and making Warp Stabilizer’s job a lot easier.Some practical tricks to try with your gear include using your tripod as a Steadicam. The weight of the legs will counterbalance the camera and tripod head to smooth your tracking shot.Also, you could shoot in 4K (if possible) because Warp Stabilizer will crop the footage, so you’ll be able to get your full 1080p after the fact.Another way you can help your future self is to shoot with a wider lens. This brings us to our next video, which explains why shooting movement with a wider lens is a must.Choosing the Right LensesSo a rule of thumb is that if you’re going to move the camera around (necessitating Warp Stabilizer later), then you really want to shoot with a wider lens. Not only will you get more in the shot, but you also won’t have the condensed background you’d get with a longer lens — and there’s more in your frame. This means movements aren’t as big, which can make the shot disorienting for your audience.In the video above, Zach Ramelan suggests using a wide zoom lens, which gives you a little more freedom to find the right focal length for your gimbal shot. But most of these gimbal shots are going to be for B-roll, or they’ll be cinematic in nature, so it’s okay to use up to a 50mm. Anything more, and you’ll have to be careful with the steadiness and how much you move the gimbal.However, gimbals aren’t the only tools you can use to steady your camera.Building the SolutionThe solution to all your problems is here! Not really, but who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned dolly? For this particular build (there are many other variations of this rig), all you need is a piece of wood wide and thick enough to support your tripod. Throw in some PVC pipes, skateboard wheels, 4 L-brackets, and some hex bolts, and you’ll be rolling smoothly in no time.Even after using a rig like this, I still throw on Warp Stabilizer because there will inevitably be some minor shakes in your final shot, and the Stabilizer does a good job of smoothing it all out.Once You Make It to PostSo when it comes to using Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro, the hows and whats are pretty simple. You simply drag the effect over to your clip on the timeline and let the effect analyze it. The effect will take some time. But as you can see, if you’ve followed some of the tips from the videos above, the end result will look pretty satisfying. You won’t be able to include the shot if it’s a super long “oner”-style take, but there’s no denying that the effect works wonders under the right circumstances.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online5 Production Tips for High Frame Rate VideographyThe 5 Top Editing Gadgets on the Market Right NowHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItStrike the Right Balance: Choosing Music for Tutorial Videoslast_img read more

Tilting Downstream: Differentiating Your Sales Approach With Customer Risk In Mind with Niraj Dawar – Episode 42

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:37 — 22.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSSales is the act of helping people solve problems. It only makes sense that the best salespeople are the ones who are able to best solve the problems their customers have. But how exactly do you determining if you or your competitors is doing the “best” job at that? On this episode of In the Arena you’re going to get one of the most significant parts of the equation explained to you clearly from Niraj Dawar, author of the powerful sales book, “Tilt.” Anthony digs into the concepts of differentiation and customer risk in this conversation, two concepts that can literally transform the way you do sales and the success you experience. You’ve got to hear this one.Are you asking the questions that enable you to differentiate your sales process?Click To TweetWhat are “upstream” and “downstream” activities in the sales process?Niraj Dawar makes a clear distinction between what he calls the “upstream” and “downstream” activities involved in the sales cycle because he believes that clearly seeing and understanding the difference is one of the main ways that salespeople are able to focus more on customer needs and bring the features and benefits of their products to bear on those needs. Anthony and Niraj unpack that idea in their conversation on this episode, showing you how a focus on the “downstream” side of sales (the part that’s aimed at understanding customer needs and risks) to amplify your sales presentations and approach.Why competing on price and cutting cost can only go so far.We’ve all seen the “race to the bottom” that happens when two companies with identical products or services begin to compete on price. For the sake of getting new business each begins to cut costs wherever they can, lowering the price as an enticement to the customer to purchase from them. There’s nothing that makes one company stand out over the other except the issue of pricing. How do you get out of that cycle and make your offer stand out even if the price you’re asking is higher? It’s by differentiating yourself in ways specific to the needs of the customer. On this episode you’re going to learn the key questions you need to ask in order to do that.The most important sales book of 2015, with Niraj Dawar on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhy understanding and addressing customer risk can increase your sales.Your customers have a job to do and they are looking to your product or service to help them get that job done. But whether or not they tap you as the one to provide what they need depends on many things beyond price. They’ve got specific risks or costs inherent to the project at hand and the better you understand what those are, the better able you will be to position your product in a way that addresses those risks effectively, resulting in the sale – and the confidence of your customers over the long haul. Find out how to move your sales process in that direction on this episode of In The Arena with Anthony Iannarino. How Hyundai increased sales during a dramatic period of economic recession.One of the stories that Niraj Dawar recounts in his book, “Tilt” is the story of how Hyundai made some dramatic decisions during a steep economic downturn that actually increased their sales when the rest of the competition experienced serious losses. The approach they took is an example of what Niraj points to as the key in making your sales offerings stand out among the competition even when financial consideration for the prospective customer are at a very serious level. You’ll learn a lot from this episode, so be sure to listen.Increasing sales even in the midst of a recession, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetOutline of this great episode  Anthony’s introduction of Niraj Dawar and the conversation on this episode. Why Anthony felt the concepts of the book were powerfully relevant for salespeople. The difference between “upstream” and “downstream” activities in sales. Why a cost cutting effect can only go so far. Why you have to create greater value for customers in light of their risks. Questions to ask yourself to drill into customer risks and concerns. Rethinking the real value you offer to your customers for greater sales potential. Differentiating your product based on risk reduction for the customer. A story of increased sales during a recession.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.StrategyTilt.com – Niraj’s websiteFollow Niraj on Twitter1422187179 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeDesigning a risk reduction strategy that increases sales dramatically, on this episodeClick To TweetThe important questions you need to be asking about your customer’s real needs, on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent separatist-called protests

first_imgAuthorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru.Afzal was hanged inside the Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9, 2013, for his role the in 2001 attack.The protest was called to observe his death anniversary and to reiterate the family’s demand for his mortal remains. Afzal was buried inside the jail premises.According to the police, the restrictions were imposed in old city areas of Srinagar, the uptown area of Maisuma and in some north and south Kashmir areas.Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq continue to remain under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in the Central Jail.Muzaffarabad-based umbrella of militant groups called the United Jihad Council (UJC) headed by Syed Sallauddin has supported the protest shutdown.Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear have been deployed in the restriction imposed areas.Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region have been suspended as a precautionary measure.last_img read more

Diego Simeone to continue at Atletico Madrid: Club president

first_imgAtletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo reassured the football club’s fans by saying that Argentine Diego Simeone will continue to coach the team until his 4-year contract expires.When asked about the team’s preparations for the next football season, Cerezo on Monday said that Atletico are looking for a striker, as well as other options.Cerezo avoided commenting on possible talks with Benfica’s Argentine midfielder Nico Gaitan, while he said the club plans to purchase a striker who scores a lot of goals and will help the team win a lot of trophies.When asked about renewing the contract of home grown forward Fernando Torres, Cerezo said that negotiations are still ongoing but are expected to conclude soon.last_img read more

Barca do not want to sell Coutinho – Agent

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says that the Barcelona midfielder will remain with the Spanish champions amid reports linking him with a move away from the Catalan club. Coutinho has experienced an up and down tenure with Barcelona since joining the La Liga side from Liverpool in January 2018.He was booed several times by Barcelona fans towards the tail end of the season, and was relatively ineffective against his former club as Barca were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare As a result, the Brazilian star has been linked with a departure, with Paris Saint-Germain among those said to be interested.The midfielder only furthered speculation by confirming that he could leave Barcelona while on international duty with Brazil.But Coutinho, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, will not move this summer, his agent says, as Barcelona are determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old midfielder.”I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona,” Joorabchian told RMC Sport.”He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what. And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.”Coutinho has featured in 75 matches for Barcelona since making the move from Anfield, having scored 21 goals during his Camp Nou stay.He scored 10 in his first 22 matches throughout his first half-season with the club after making the move in January before scoring just 11 times in 53 matches in his first full campaign.The Brazilian was Barcelona’s fourth-leading scorer this season, behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.Coutinho is currently with Brazil for the Copa America, having helped guide the team to the finale of the tournament on home soil.The midfielder scored twice in Brazil’s tournament-opening win over Bolivia while providing an assist in a 5-0 battering of Peru to close the group stage.Brazil topped Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday in the Copa America semi-final behind goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.They’ll face either Chile or Peru on Sunday in the finale as Brazil look to claim their first Copa America since 2007.last_img read more

Photo: There’s A Clear Crowd Advantage At Clemson-Notre Dame Game

first_imgA general view of the Dallas Cowboys StadiumARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff is underway. Clemson and Notre Dame are doing battle at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The winner will play Alabama or Oklahoma in the national title game.Jerry World is packed to the brim with fans. Both fan bases traveled well, but it looks like one program has a slight advantage.Notre Dame fans, decked out in blue, gold and green, seem to outnumber Clemson orange in the crowd.Media estimates by those in attendance have been in the ’55-45′ or ’60-40′ range.I would say around 55/45 Notre Dame/Clemson fans here. This stadium will be loud either way.— Dylan Sinn (@DylanSinn) December 29, 2018Eyeball estimate of Cotton Bowl crowd is 60/40 Irish fans, according to @max_olson. pic.twitter.com/xSzofDpiBV— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 29, 2018It makes sense that ND might have slightly more fans. There are Fighting Irish fans all over the country, and the program has played Shamrock Series Games in Texas recently.Notre Dame and Clemson have traded punts the first two possessions. We’re still waiting for the first big play in this one.You can tune in on ESPN.last_img read more

Mom plans to give birth in secret as politicians hold emergency meeting

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsIndigenous leaders, provincial and territorial leaders and advocates are heading to Ottawa next week for an emergency meeting on child welfare where the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care will be at the forefront of the conversations.Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott called for the meeting last November. In a letter sent to her provincial and territorial counterparts she said the rate of Indigenous kids apprehended in Canada was the highest in the world. We have opportunities and resources to be able to do prevention at the community level Manitoba has the highest rate of newborn apprehensions in all of Canada Minister of Families Scott Fielding said the province recognizes changes must be made to the system.“We’ve got a big problem. That’s why we’re taking it head on as a government,” said Fielding.The new reform will see incentives and subsidies for foster parents who wish to become permanent guardians.The province also formed a seven-person committee in December to review the current legislature and suggest changes that could be made to address the staggering number of kids in care.But the mother giving birth in secret says more needs to be done.“I think these changes are going to impact how the system operates and how foster families operate,” she said. “And that’s not enough.” In Manitoba apprehension rates are the highest in the country. It is estimated a newborn child is apprehended every day.The situation has become so dire one expectant mother has decided to give birth in secret.“I’m feeling that I have to protect this birth from people who have the potential to sever my bond with my child,” said the woman.Sitting in her home in Winnipeg she showed APTN News her home birthing kit. She cannot be identified because her teenage daughter is currently a ward of the province.Two years ago she gave birth to another child in hospital. She said at the time she was forced to fill out paperwork detailing her prior involvement with Child and Family Services along with her income status.She now worries her involvement will serve as a red flag.“Now I’m sitting here two years later and I’m going to have another baby and I don’t want to be in that building when it happens because I’m afraid they’re not going to let me leave,” she said.Cora Morgan is the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ Child and Family Advocate for First Nations. PHOTO: APTNFirst Nations Family Advocate Cora Morgan isn’t surprised to hear of this woman’s plan.“We hear it every day because you know Manitoba has the highest rate of newborn apprehensions in all of Canada,” said Morgan.Manitoba also has the highest number of Indigenous kids in care. According to the province there are approximately 11,000 kids in care with 90 per cent of those being Indigenous.These numbers will be the focus of the emergency two-day meeting next week. The meeting is set to take place on Jan. 25 and 26.In a release Minister Philpott’s office said the goal of the meeting is to identify shared priorities and a path forward in reforming Indigenous child and family services with distinctions based approaches to put the needs of children and families first.Morgan said she hopes to see some significant changes to the child welfare system after next week’s meeting.“After 150 years of the theft of our children that there is a meaningful commitment to First Nations asserting jurisdiction over children and families,” she said.“And that we have opportunities and resources to be able to do prevention at the community level outside of our current system.”The Manitoba government has recently implemented a reform on the child welfare system.last_img read more

Two Men Arrested in Marrakech for Homosexuality

Casablanca — The red city again makes the news for homosexuality-related arrests.A 70-year-old Spanish man and a Moroccan citizen in his 20s were arrested on Thursday, November 24, on charges of homosexuality. The men were caught laying in the same hotel bed by a cleaning lady, who immediately notified hotel management, which then contacted the police, reports AlYaoum24.According to the Aswat Collective, a Moroccan organization fighting for human rights, the Spanish national was released while the Moroccan man still remains in custody of local authorities. In regards to the case, Omar Arbib, member of Marrakech’s Moroccan Association for Human Rights, told HuffPost that “this kind of arrest needs to stop in Morocco.” “It’s not normal. These are two adults who should be allowed to exercise their independence, but Moroccan law states that they risk up to three years in prison,” adds Arbib.In Morocco, homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in jail and a fine of up to 1200 dirhams. Last month, a similar case was widely publicized. Two girls, Hajar and Sanae, aged 16 and 17, were reported to the police after a family friend had seen them kissing on a Marrakech terrace. After a few days of detention, they were granted temporary release on November 1. The two minors are set to receive their verdict tomorrow.Hajar and Sanae’s arrest got a lot of attention from Moroccan and international media. Leïla Slimani, the French-Moroccan writer who was recently awarded the prestigious literary prize, the ‘Prix Goncourt,’ publicly spoke out earlier this month against the girls’ arrest. In an interview on the French TV show, “C à Vous,” Slimani stated that Article 489 “takes away the dignity of citizens and contributes to their humiliation.”The United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged Morocco to decriminalize homosexuality, as reported earlier this month. Nevertheless, given the controversy of the issue in the majority-Muslim country, it is unlikely that the law will change anytime soon. read more

Man sent to hospital with gunshot wound early Saturday

A 34-year-old man was taken to hospital early Saturday morning after police discovered him suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.According to a police news release, officers were first dispatched to the 1800 block of Ottawa Street after receiving a report of a gunshot in the area. When they arrived at the scene they located the man suffering from a gunshot wound.The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Regina police say the investigation into the incident remains ongoing and ask that anyone who may have information that could assist in the investigation call police at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

UN agency set to open up new safety corridor for Sudanese refugees

The refugees will move from two villages on the border, near Birak, to the new camp at Kounoungo, 70 kilometres inside Chad. Nearly 4,300 refugees have already been moved to the first two camps since the operation began in mid-January. Some 110,000 people have crossed the border into Chad to escape the conflict between rebel movements, militias and the Government of Sudan, while an estimated 1 million people have been displaced inside Darfur. The daily convoys to Touloum are on hold for a few days to allow the registration of the dozens of refugees who have come to the site on their own in recent days, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told a news briefing in Geneva. The refugees walked to Touloum as information quickly spread of a transit centre where they could feel secure and have access to water and food. With lack of water is still a major challenge throughout the region, a UNHCR emergency airlift continues bringing some 256 tons of relief supplies for the refugees. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners, meanwhile, are also trucking water to camps and constructing wells there. Today, UNICEF chief Carol Bellamy issued a strong call for an end to fighting in Darfur, saying the Sudanese Government must “enforce the rule of law and take aggressive steps to protect civilians.” She also called on the warring parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire and ensure safe access for aid agencies helping the displaced. UNICEF’s representative in Sudan, Joanna Van Gerpen, said those who have fled their homes are living in “shocking” conditions marked by insufficient food, poor sanitation, scarce water and crowded conditions which can foster the spread of disease. read more

Which NBA Player Literally Gives His Team The Most Value

14Joe Ingles10.4511.1532.8913.0519.85 4Brook Lopez10.4111.1132.773.3829.38 20Jusuf Nurkic9.039.6428.4211.1117.31 17Monte Morris6.376.8020.051.3518.70 19Willie Cauley-Stein7.237.7122.764.7018.06 15Patrick Beverley7.908.4324.875.0319.84 18D’Angelo Russell8.098.6325.467.0218.44 5Karl-Anthony Towns11.3312.0935.667.8427.82 RKNAMERPM WINSAdjusted WINS*WINS VALUEACTUAL SALARYSURPLUS VALUE 1Pascal Siakam11.8712.67$37.36M$1.54M$35.82M 8Donovan Mitchell8.899.4927.983.1124.87 9Giannis Antetokounmpo14.8815.8846.8424.1622.68 Check out our latest NBA predictions. 3Paul George19.3120.6060.7830.5630.22 We won’t find out who won until late June, but the 2018-19 NBA season treated basketball fans to one of the great MVP battles in recent memory. Several worthy players hung around the race for large portions of the season, including Paul George and Nikola Jokic. But in the end, there were two: Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden — each of whom has several arguments working in his favor.Antetokounmpo is the best player on the best team1By record, at least. in the league, and he led the 60-win Bucks to the best defense and fourth-best offense in the NBA. He averaged an unheard of 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He is also one of the best defenders in the league — a top-tier candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.Harden, meanwhile, carried an offensive burden unlike any in modern NBA history. His 40.5 percent usage rate is the second-highest of all time. He finished the season averaging 36.1 points per game, eighth-most in league history and the most since Michael Jordan ticked off 37.1 per game in 1987. Harden boosted his deep attempts far beyond what previously seemed either possible or reasonable, taking 13.2 triples per game and connecting on them at a 37 percent rate.2He made 378 shots from beyond the arc, second only to only 2016 Stephen Curry in NBA history.Really, though, the argument between the two players is less about who had the better season and more about the definition of “valuable.” Is it just the best player in the league? Is it the best player on the best team? Is it the player whose performance was most outstanding, whatever you decide that means? Is it the player whose team needs him the most? Is it some combination of all of those things, as well as a few others? Different players, coaches, executives, fans and media members have different definitions.What if we took the word “valuable” as literally as possible, though, and tried to identify the player who provided his team with the greatest bang for its buck throughout this season? After all, what’s more valuable than performing at a level that far outstrips your salary, allowing your team to spend those surplus dollars on more talent elsewhere?The first step to answering this question is to quantify the dollar value of a win in the NBA. There were 1,230 games played this season, which means there were 1,230 wins up for grabs. According to Basketball-Reference.com, NBA teams handed out more than $3.6 billion in salary this year. Dividing that figure by 1,230 means that a single win was valued at $2,949,908.82.We can then turn to ESPN’s Real-Plus Minus and specifically RPM wins, a stat that uses a player’s RPM and his possessions played to estimate his contribution to the number of his team’s wins. Not all players qualified for the RPM leaderboard, so there was a slight shortfall of wins produced by the 514 players who did qualify. We applied a multiplier to each of those player’s totals in order to account for the shortfall. Then, we multiplied the dollar value of a win by the number of adjusted RPM wins each player produced to pinpoint the dollar value of that player’s production. Subtracting his actual 2018-19 salary from that number yields a surplus, meeting our goal of identifying the best bang-for-buck player in the league this season. 13Ben Simmons8.398.9526.416.4319.97 7Danny Green11.6012.3836.5110.0026.51 Pascal Siakam led the NBA in most bang for the buckNBA players by value provided to their teams above their salaries as measured by Real Plus-Minus (RPM) wins, 2018-19 season 10Kemba Walker10.5611.2733.2412.0021.24 16Nikola Jokic14.0114.9544.1024.6119.49 11De’Aaron Fox8.398.9526.415.4720.94 It should come as no surprise that both Antetokounmpo and Harden ranked among the league leaders in both the value of their production and the surplus value they provided their teams. The Rockets received more than $27 million in surplus value on Harden; the Bucks got nearly $23 million in surplus on Antetokounmpo. Neither player, though, led the league in surplus value. Harden ranked sixth, while Antetokounmpo ranked ninth (and second on his own team).3Brook Lopez, who produced $32.77 million in value compared with a paltry $3.38 million salary, held that crown. Fellow MVP candidates George ($30.22 million) and Jokic ($19.49 million) also ranked highly in surplus value, but again, neither of them led the league.4Though George did lead the league with a production value of $60.78 million. Instead, the league leader was do-it-all Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, with a surplus value of nearly $36 million.Siakam is quite good, obviously, but he’s not nearly as good as the MVP types just yet. By any traditional MVP definition, he doesn’t really fit. But we’re not looking for a traditionally defined MVP here — just the player whose value most exceeded his salary. And that’s why Siakam makes perfect sense.Siakam broke out in a huge way this season, emerging as both the favorite for Most Improved Player and a candidate for one of the All-NBA teams. He averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 combined steals and blocks per game while getting to the line 3.8 times a night and canning 36.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He is a wonderful defender, capable of handling himself both in space and on the block, wreaking havoc in passing lanes and containing ball-handlers off the dribble. He also served as the point man in the Raptors’ league-best zone defense and the one of the primary drivers of their defense-to-offense transition attack. Toronto outscored its opponents by 10.7 points per 100 possessions with Siakam on the floor, per NBA.com, the eighth-best figure among the 353 players who appeared in at least 40 games. He carried the Raptors in several games when Kyle Lowry and/or Kawhi Leonard sat out because of injuries or load management; he was also a rotation mainstay, playing in 80 of 82 games, all but one of which he started.And Siakam did all of this while drawing a salary of just $1,544,951, as a former No. 27 overall pick playing in the third year of his rookie-scale contract. He produced like a star — Siakam ranked 11th in production value per RPM wins — while being paid less than 391 other players in the league. Add it all up, and he produced by far the most surplus value of any player this season, with the difference between him and No. 2 Nikola Vucevic slightly exceeding the difference between Vucevic and No. 7 Danny Green, Siakam’s teammate in Toronto. Considering that neither Siakam nor Green is even Toronto’s best player, it’s no wonder the Raptors are among the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in this year’s NBA Finals.5Provided they can bounce back against the Magic.If that is indeed how these playoffs play out, Siakam will almost surely have played a valuable role — maybe not the “most valuable” by popular definitions, but one that far exceeds the value of his paycheck. * RPM wins were adjusted to account for players who did not qualify for the RPM leaderboard.Numbers may not add up because of rounding.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com 6James Harden18.2619.4857.4730.4327.04 2Nikola Vucevic13.9114.8443.7812.7531.03 12Rudy Gobert13.7914.7143.4023.2420.16 read more

Latest climate pledges demonstrate need for cleaner coal technology

first_imgThe World Coal Association (WCA) Chief Executive Benjamin Sporton says emissions reduction pledges by a range of countries in the lead-up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris demonstrate the need for more investment in low emission coal technology. Many more countries will be making their pledges in the coming months.“Clearly many countries are making ambitious commitments in the lead up to Paris, but without significant investment in low emission coal technologies those commitments are going to be very difficult to achieve,” Sporton said.“Coal is forecast to play a significant role in the world’s energy mix for decades to come and so investment in low emission coal technologies, such as high efficiency low emissions power generation and carbon capture and storage, is critical to achieving global climate objectives.”According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) New Policies Scenario, coal’s share of the world energy mix will only drop from 29% today to 24% in 2040 as world energy demand increases by 40%. The same IEA data also shows coal-fired power generation is forecast to grow 33% over the same period – even with ambitious targets for deployment of renewable energy.Demand for coal is primarily driven by Asia where countries are using it to provide affordable, reliable electricity to power their economies. IEA data shows the demand for coal in Southeast Asia is expected to grow 4.8% year-on-year through to 2035. Electricity from coal in India is expected to more than double by 2040 and will continue to grow in China.“Some commentators point to the recent easing in coal demand to argue that China is moving away from coal when in fact most respected analysis from the IEA and others shows that coal will still provide the majority of China’s electricity for decades to come. What many commentators also choose to ignore is that to bring electricity to the 300 million people who don’t have it in India will require a huge growth in energy from all sources, including coal,” Sporton said.“Peaking and then reducing emissions requires action now to ensure the most advanced coal technologies are built. Modern high efficiency coal plants produce 35% less CO2 than older technology and are a key first step on the pathway to carbon capture and storage.”Sporton said countries Intended Nationally Determined Contributions should include calls for support for low emission coal technologies. “The Paris outcome should support a mechanism to make sure those countries who are going to use coal are supported to use it in the cleanest way possible, this includes support through the Green Climate Fund and equal treatment for carbon capture and storage alongside other low emission technologies.”The WCA has recently launched a concept for an international Platform to Accelerate Coal Efficiency (PACE). The PACE platform would support developing and emerging economies move away from low efficiency coal-fired power generation toward modern high efficiency low emission plants.“Despite what some people might wish, coal isn’t going anywhere anytime soon so if we are to achieve global climate ambitions and have a meaningful deal in Paris it must support more investment in low emission coal,” Sporton said.last_img read more

Weve told children were here for them 247 if charity crisis continues

first_img Monica; “What am I to say to the little girl that rings after every chemo session, or to the little boy that rings after he’s been abused?”— ISPCC Childline (@ISPCCChildline) May 27, 2014 She commented that children are now under immense pressure and “take on a lot of adult worries”. “I actually got my daughter back,” she said, adding that she was concerned about what kind of a future would be ahead if any of these vital services have to be cut.“While everybody else is kind of being looked after with the recession, and you know, looking at everything else happening outside, we can’t forget the children,” she said.Childline can be reached on 1800 66 66 66 or online.Originally posted at 12:50.Read: Childline is at “breaking point” as donations continue to plummet>Read: Abuse, violence, mental health: Children in Ireland called for help 664,000 times last year> Source: ISPCC Childline/Twitter Source: ISPCC Childline/Twitter Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieRose Cross, who sought help from the ISPCC with her daughter, said she “would not be the child she is today” without the charity.center_img Updated 22:55THE ISPCC HAS said today that it may be forced to cut Childline operating hours if the drop in donations due to the Rehab and CRC scandals continues.Speaking ahead of the charity’s AGM this morning, Caroline O’Sullivan, Director of Services, said there was an “immediate dramatic drop” in income when the controversies arose and income is now down 20 per cent so far this year.Childline costs €3.8 million a year to run and most of this has to be raised through donations. Some 664,000 calls were made to the helpline last year.“If this trend continues, we are not going to be in a position to provide the services that we are at the moment,” she told reporters. “We have cut salaries, we have cut costs, we have cut all administrative costs, we’ve had redundancies and we really have nowhere else to go in terms of cost savings so out only place now is services.”She said the majority of children call the helpline after 6pm and if the charity can not raise more money, the now 24 hour service will have to close overnight because they don’t have volunteers available at that time so that is when costs are at their highest.“We’re looking at closing at 10 at night, when children are at their most vulnerable and very much alone and have nowhere,” she said.Monica Rowe, who is a Childline volunteer and fundraiser for the ISPCC, said this is the time when children “can get under the covers with the phone and be heard”, especially for children who are being abused. Rose quoting her daughter; “Working with the ISPCC helped me go from the darkness into the light”.— ISPCC Childline (@ISPCCChildline) May 27, 2014 Am I to say “You know something – put that hurt on hold – ring us when the service is actually open”? That appals me – the thought of it appals me. I can’t even explain how much it does because we’ve told our kids for the last four years “We’re here for you 24/7″ and now we’re about to say to them “You know something, we’re not”.last_img read more

Got €86 million to spare You could have this Park Avenue apartment

first_img A former executive at the investment management firm Sanford C. Bernstein is putting her Park Avenue apartment up for sale.Marilyn Fedak, Sanford Bernstein’s former chief investment officer and executive VP, and her husband Dr. Michael Fedak, are selling their home after 17 years. According to the New York Times, Mr. and Mrs. Fedak decided to sell after spending much more time in Boca Raton and Greenwich, than in the New York penthouse.The Fedaks will keep a smaller apartment in the same building, which they bought in 2003.The penthouse for sale is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment that rings up to $11.5 million (€8.6 million). It includes 3,300 square feet of indoor space, and a 3,000 square feet rooftop terrace. Located at 655 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side, the apartment terrace has a beautiful view of the New York City skyline.The apartment’s lower level welcomes guests in with a grand reception gallery, with wet bar and powder room. Source: BusinessinsiderWith three bedrooms in the apartment, the Fedaks use one for a study, and the other as a library. The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act center_img SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there Source: BusinessinsiderThe master suite takes up the entire 10th floor. Source: BusinessinsiderThe library includes mahogany bookshelves and window frames. Source: BusinessinsiderThe 11th floor private terrace was professionally designed and landscaped. Source: BusinessinsiderThe terrace has a wet bar, dining area, and lots of greenery. Source: BusinessinsiderSpanning over 3,000 square feet, it provides a beautiful view of the city. Source: BusinessinsiderRead: This Manhattan ‘Sky Loft’ is on the market for $48 million. Want to see inside?last_img read more

Rashford Arsenal are now one of the Premier Leagues best

first_imgManchester United striker Marcus Rashford is well aware of the challenge that awaits them from Arsenal tonight in the Premier LeagueUnder new coach Unai Emery, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 19 games in all competitions and arrive at Old Trafford on the back of three straight wins.And Rashford, who famously scored his first league goals in United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in 2016, knows much has changed since then.“It’s a game that holds a special place for me, playing against Arsenal at Old Trafford,” Rashford told the club website.“But it’s almost a different Arsenal side now, they’re playing better football, they’re a more aggressive team and looking at them now they’re one of the strongest teams in the league.“We have to take all that into account and no matter what happens we have to try to get the three points.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United have only won once in their last four games and sit eighth in the Premier League table after 14 games.Now Rashford admits they need a response following a disappointing 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.“It was disappointing and we paid the price for not starting how we should have started,” said Rashford.“We grew into the game, especially in the first half when we were creating chances and starting to play better football.“But we can’t expect to start games in the way we did that one and get three points. We have to do better.”The United-Arsenal game will begin at 21:00 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

Community hospital facilities inspected

first_imgZaheerabad: Vaidhya Vidhana Parishad Joint Director Jayaram Reddy on Wednesday gave instructions to doctors and staff regarding the services to be provided to patients at the Government Community Hospital on Wednesday. As part of his inspection, he conducted a meeting with doctors and staff. On the occasion, Jayaram Reddy said, “Special care should be shown to every patient. Doctors and staff should be perfect in time management and be available to every patient.” He warned against carelessness toward the patients. Hospital Superintendent Balaraj, doctors Sunil, Kiranmayi, Prathibha Patil, Ramapriya, Hymavathi, Seshu and Nagaraj Patil, and staff participated.last_img read more

Loan App Defect Risk Still Trending Down

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination July 1, 2016 490 Views Loan Applications Loan Defects 2016-07-01 Seth Welborncenter_img Ethical issues with mortgage applications dropped in May, continuing a years-long downswing, according to the latest First American Loan Application Defect Index.The index, which estimates the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications, decreased 2.7 percent in May and was down 10 percent compared to May of 2015. The downward trajectory is nothing unusual, given that apart from two blips, the index has steadily decreased since October of 2013. Since then, when the index was at its highest, the defect risk has dropped 28.4 percent.Owner-occupied loans are 30 percent less risky than investor loans. Single family properties are 11 percent less risky than condos, and FHA loans are 15 percent less risky than conventional loans, the report found.Year over year, Michigan’s defect risk dropped a mighty 27.5 percent, followed by Florida’s 20 percent. West Virginia, New Mexico, and Delaware rounded out the year’s most improved markets, each seeing risk decrease by about 16 percent.Not all states were down over these past 12 months. North Dakota’s defect risk increased 19.3 percent since last year. Maine and Missouri each increased 10 percent, and Utah and Oklahoma increased about 5 percent each.Locally, Detroit’s risk dropped 33 percent since last year; while Jacksonville and Miami each dropped just more than 20 percent. Hartford decreased 19 percent and Buffalo dropped 17.6 percent.St. Louis saw the biggest year-to-year increase of 16 percent.“While we have often stated that location matters, it is important to keep in mind that part of the locational variances in loan defect risk among markets is due to the unique mix of loan applications in each market,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “We expect misrepresentation and fraud risk to move higher with more purchase, investor and condominium transactions. The loan application mix influences the Defect Index, even when compliance drives the overall trend down.”First American’s Defect Index for refinance transactions declined 3.1 percent month-over-month, and is 10 percent lower than a year ago. The Defect Index for purchase transactions also declined, 2.4 percent month-over-month, and is down 11.4 percent compared to a year ago. According to First American, defect risk on refinance transactions declines faster for purchase transactions‒‒38 percent versus 22 percent, respectively, since their peaks in late 2013.Fleming credited better technology and compliance standards in the loan application process, along with more time spent underwriting each loan application‒‒which, he admitted, could be increasing the cost of loan production and reducing profitability for lenders, but is ramping up loan quality.“Fewer defects and less misrepresentation will reduce repurchase risk and expenses for underwriters in the future,” he said. Loan App Defect Risk Still Trending Downlast_img read more

Cyprus Greece Israel plan to address marine pollution

first_imgCyprus, Greece and Israel will soon be signing a joint action plan to address marine oil pollution, minister of agriculture and the environment Nicos Kouyialis said.The action plan is to be signed by the three countries’ environment ministers who are expected to hold a trilateral meeting in Nicosia in late October, Kouyialis told the Cyprus News Agency.He said the three countries are set to conduct a table-top exercise on October 24 in the framework of the implementation of this plan.The three ministers would also be looking into progress in other issues of cooperation, such as the processing and disposal of treated waste water and cooperation on measures to address climate change.On the issue of climate change, the aim was to have cooperation among academic/research institutions of Cyprus, Greece and Israel.Meanwhile, Cyprus and Egypt are also working with a view to preparing a joint action plan to address marine oil pollution.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Not For The Reason You Think)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more