Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.Exciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetGold Mount vs. V-Mount: Which Is Your Best Choice?7 Essential Buy Guides for Cameras, Gear, and EquipmentIntroducing The Light That Can Do Everything: The Arri OrbiterAputure Releases a New Spotlight Mount Attachment In this hands-on review, we’ll evaluate the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K for how it holds up next to its predecessor, the Pocket 4K.When I received the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to review, I went into using the camera completely blind. At the time, an immediate family member was seriously ill, and my time was halved between visiting my relative in hospital and taking care of their duties. Blackmagic had sent me their review unit a week before my world turned upside down, and between that time, I didn’t really know much about the camera. I was an URSA Mini owner/operator, so I was familiar with the functionality of Blackmagic’s UI. Therefore, I didn’t expect to be bewildered in operating the BMPCC 4K, but I was unaware of the initial overview of the Pocket 4K: the battery life, the codecs, and truthfully, I didn’t even know the camera was MFT until I tried to attach my EF Sigma Art Lens. Then, realized why I was also supplied with an MFT LUMIX lens. My initial overview of the Pocket 4K was mixed (even though I now own and love one), but I think I may have weighed down my negatives too much, due to the reasons above.Now, unlike the situations surrounding the 4K’s release, I was ready for battle with the 6K. I had a variety of accessories, a planned idea for the test shoot, and I knew the ergonomics of Blackmagic’s Pocket Camera like the back of my hand. While that wouldn’t sway me from my criticism, I felt like I’d be in a great position to fully evaluate the camera.My Test ShootFirst, let’s talk about the 6K announcement.When the press announcement regarding Blackmagic’s Fall Post-production and Camera update circulated, little assumed that a new camera was on the horizon. In fact, given that NAB was just a few months prior, and IBC was a month away, it didn’t seem like anything significant was going to drop. Then, mid live demonstration, Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty started talking about the feedback they’d received about the camera, and how the EF mounting option had been something discussed frequently. In doing so, a small smile started to form — in the way a poker player is about to deal a hand in which he knows he’s won — and then he brought out the Pocket 6K.Ironically, during the first part of the announcement, I told the editor here at PremiumBeat I would turn in my write-up on the report the next morning, as nothing was “breaking news” worthy. Then, the 6K was put on display, and it was all hands on deck. While listening to the specs and information being announced, I couldn’t help but feel slightly miffed. I had to wait a number of months for the 4K to arrive, then adapt to the MFT system when I primarily had EF lenses. And now, here was an EF system available to purchase minutes after the announcement — shipping straight away. Users who had been waiting for a Pocket 4K could order and hold a Pocket 6K before their Pocket 4K order was fulfilled.I have to wonder if this was always in the pipework, or if it was introduced to combat the ever-growing lens adaption market, cutting out the middleman. Either way, it’d have been great to have seen both cameras announced at the same time, giving users a multiple choice in systems.The Design and UIAfter I finished my Pocket 6K test short and began putting my thoughts into text, I actually started to question how I was to review the camera. It’s basically the 4K with a higher resolution. How do you review a camera that has ninety percent of the same design as the precursor, which I’ve already discussed? It has precisely the same design as the Pocket 4K, but with the larger EF mount, the camera has an increase in-depth at 0.6 inches. While it makes the camera slightly more prominent, it’s still a far reach from its Pocket name, as is the 4K. However, as later discussed, I think we should look at the Pocket Cinema Camera as a reference to the camera being smaller than a standard Cinema Camera, and not something that literally fits in your pocket, like the first-generation Pocket Cinema Camera.With the need for a more significant flange distance, Blackmagic has used the space to install a larger fan grill. When I boot up my 4K, the only sound I hear is the slight electronic hum of the camera turned on. When I boot up the 6K, the noise of the new and larger fan is audible. Although, when filming in any form of the environment, other than a silent dark closest, it’s not going to be a problem like the sound of an overheated RED ONE. Although, it should be noted, as I frequently visit many of the online groups that discuss all things Pocket 4K (and now 6K), I can’t recall overheating ever being an issue with the Pocket 4K.The body, still polycarbonate/carbon fiber composite, gives a toy-like plastic feel, and there’s been no additional change to the features. Many Pocket 4K users have taken to ripping out the protective rubber doors that seal the I/O ports, as they become too troublesome when shooting, and I would have hoped to have seen these as possible removable caps, but the rubber seals remain. Concerning the ports, the 6K touts the same I/O ports as the 4K. That is, HDMI (type A), mic in (3.5mm), headphones, USB-C, 12V, and a mini XLR. However, as noted in the “What to Consider When Upgrading to the Pocket 6K” post, the USB-C connection is a Gen 1 port, which taps out at 625 MB/s, meaning it wouldn’t be possible to record at 6K Q0 at 50fps on the current hardware.I do really like the design and fit of the new Pocket series. The initial model from 2014 felt like you were holding a phone and wasn’t as practical with a larger lens attached. Whereas, this mirrors the feel of holding a DSLR. Although, like the 4K, the 6K model also doesn’t have in-body image stabilization, therefore (and paradoxically), I’d never suggest holding it like a DSLR, unless you have perfected the skill of remaining completely still.The screen also remains the same untouched size of five-inches. And again, like the Pocket 4K’s review, I ran into the same trouble — fingerprints! Unlike other cameras at this size, you can usually use a rotation dial, or set of buttons, to navigate through the menus. But with the 6K, most internal adjustments can only be changed by using the touchscreen. If you’re filming in a wet or muddy environment, it’s not ideal. However, since owning the Pocket 4K, I’ve found great use for the Bro Tech’s Matte LCD Protective screen. It not only reduces fingerprints to a minimum, it also slightly reduces glare. Although, I can’t really knock the lack of non-touch screen operations, as I also have to give credit to the sheer size of the screen, when compared to other cameras of this small form factor. There just isn’t anything on the market that has such a large, clear screen like the Pocket 4K, and now Pocket 6K.While we still don’t have an articulating screen, I don’t think we’re going to see one at this price point with what is inside of the Pocket 6K. I feel like with many missing features, it could be added to a project triangle of: 6K, RAW, and then you can add your own missing feature. ND Filter? Articulating screen? You have to lose 6K or RAW.As the design is so similar — more or less any accessory and tool designed for the Pocket 4K — like screen hoods, cages, and cable clamps will fit the 6K. Quite the welcome change from other small factor cameras, where usually a new model means new rigging accessories, too (looking at you GH5). There were some reported issues with the Tilta cage not correctly fitting the BMPCC 6K because of the new larger lens mount. However, users noted that if you remove the Tilta logo plate, it’ll fit the BMPCC 6K with no friction. Although, since the initial release, Titla has released a free logo attachment compatible with the 6K. Do remember, later this year we’ll receive the battery adapter, which will hold two L-series batteries, making all current cages obsolete.Like the external, the internal UI is almost exactly the same, save for the new resolution settings and anamorphic mode (which the 4K will also be receiving.) 120fps at 1920×1080 was initially a feature to report, but (as noted from attendees of IBC), the Pocket 4K will also be receiving 120fps at 2.6K.If we were going to see an update on the UI, I would’ve liked to have seen a new and improved battery life indicator. Of course, as with the Pocket 4K (at least on release) it’s not great — 40-45 minutes, depending on how long you are recording, and even less if you’re recording at a high data rate with a high FPS. But the indicator is highly unpredictable. While the icon may turn red to indicate low power and let you know that nineteen percent is left, it doesn’t give a correct representation of the power. Many users, including myself, have reported the camera shutting off way before it even drops below ten percent. It somewhat feels like it isn’t time to change batteries when it drops to danger level, but at twenty percent to avoid the camera randomly shutting off.6KThere are three predominant areas about the Pocket 6K that differ from the Pocket 4K: the 6K resolution, the Super 35mm sensor, and the EF mount.Before we delve into the resolution aspect, let’s quickly cover the image quality. I say quickly because I think “it’s beautiful” is enough.With thirteen stops of dynamic range, Blackmagic RAW and dual native ISO, the images you obtain from this small camera are seriously impressive. I’d argue they’re also unbeatable, at this price point.The ResolutionI understand and appreciate the lust for 6K. More resolution is great. And the higher the resolution, the greater the image looks when downsampled. The 4K downsampled to 1080p looks greater than native 1080p, and the 6K downsampled to 4K will produce a better picture quality than native 4K (read about why here). However, let’s not act like 4K has, for some reason, become abruptly ugly in the face of 6K — 4K footage [from the Pocket 4K] still looks beautiful.Outside of TV and film delivery, is there a formal need for 6K? I think one of my favorite summaries for the 6K comes from Luke Neumann of Neumann Films. In his video, “BMPCC 6K Honest Impressions (Maybe TOO Honest),” he says “Who’s doing cinema? Any of you doing cinema? I’m not doing cinema. I’m doing short films on the internet—that people watch on their phones.”It’s hard to disagree with his sentiment. My 6K test video, ironically, has so far been viewed on mobile and tablet more than it has on a desktop or laptop at 4K playback. As with mobile streaming, with ninety-nine percent of devices, you only see a 1080p stream, or for most, 720p. The post ability to crop footage and reposition the central focal point is always a welcome tool for capturing footage on the fly, where you might not have the luxury to get the exact shot you wanted in-camera. But, isn’t that what 4K was also used for? I don’t know if it’s because I currently have no use for 6K delivery, but I find the idea of needing a 6K camera for YouTube uploads to be part of the gear hysteria that has swept YouTube and social media, over the last few years. The EF mount and Super 35mm sensor are far greater draws to the camera than the resolution.Earlier this year, I published a set of tips on whether the Pocket 4K could be used as a supplementary still images camera. While my recommendation was so-so, the 6K flips that on its head with a 21.2 megapixel sensor. While it still has the same drawbacks — as the camera is very much a cinema camera, only with a stills reference button — you’d be able to obtain larger, clearer stills from the 6K than the 4K.The Data RateI feel as though the Pocket cameras are caught in a limbo of user bases. A few months back, I produced a video offering insight into how much you’d likely have to spend to get the camera production-ready. While the video was received warmly, there were more than several viewers that voiced comments like: “This is really obvious.” Or: “All cinema cameras need these accessories.”Conversely, on my Pocket 4K test video, which is slowly crawling to half a million views, I’ve been inundated with comments like: “Does this have autofocus?” Or: “Can I use this for YouTube vlogging?” For some, it’s evident that this is a Pocket Cinema Camera without the bells and whistles found on larger systems. To others, it looks and is priced like a DSLR/mirrorless camera. If you’re using the BMPCC 6K, having used a RED (or similar), the workflow is likely similar. If jumping up from the GH5, working with such a large RAW resolution can be a painstaking leap.The 6K data rate is humongous, even at 8:1. My PC can perfectly handle 4K 5:1 BRAW at 60fps, but I only reach 16-17fps at 6K BRAW 24fps. And, if I even think about adding any form of color correction or an OFX plug-in, the video file isn’t going to move forward. Therefore, I’m going to need to create playback and editable-friendly proxy files — a norm for any form of editing that involves data-heavy files. However, this is where I want to again bring to the forefront the notion of a crossroad user base. If you’ve been out filming local wildlife, a YouTube vlog, or just messing around, it’s not only going to take extra time offloading the footage from card to PC, it’s going to double your time to create proxy files to edit. I honestly cannot see the benefit of recording in 6K for these sorts of projects. Unless you’re delivering for film or TV, then I can’t promote it.You also have to acknowledge the need for extra offline storage (and, obviously, recording media). A 256gb Cfast 2.0 card maxed at thirty-three minutes and thirty-three seconds at 6K BRAW 8:1, with a mixture of 24fps and 50fps footage. Not only are you going to need an abundance of recording media, but also the hard drives to store your day’s shooting. External drives can often be a cost offset first time filmmakers typically forget about.The EF MountYou could somewhat argue that the EF mount has become a universal lens mount. From RED, to ARRI, to Blackmagic, you can often choose between a PL mount or an EF mount for the system. Likewise, if you were to purchase a new camera, say the Sony A7 III, you can buy a mount adapter to attach an EF lens, instead of replacing your lenses with Sony E lenses. However, as the flange distance with other mounts is a lot shorter, it’s not always possible to reverse the situation.Therefore, theoretically, if the 4K or 6K was to be your first Cinema Camera purchase, I’d recommend buying the 6K, so if you were to later upgrade to the URSA Mini G2, the EF glass retains its usability. Whereas, you’d have to start your lens foundation from scratch with MFT. And, as the adage goes, you want to invest in the glass over a camera.You also cannot look past the sheer quantity of native EF lenses on the market. As for my perspective, if you’re deciding on whether to purchase a 4K or 6K, it’s going to come down to the mount, more so than the resolution.Super 35mm SensorAs noted in our piece about what to consider if upgrading from the 4K, one of the primary selling points to this camera is the Super 35mm sensor. However, over the last few years, as the world of digital stills and videography have merged into one, things have become confusing, and those new to the world of digital filmmaking assume that a full-frame sensor is what you need. However, this isn’t the case. This is what’s been said:The issue with crop factor is that for cinema, Super 35mm is a standard. Whereas for stills, which bleed into digital video, full-frame is the standard, and anything smaller yields a crop factor. Meaning, a 50mm on one camera may capture images at a focal length equivalent to 67mm on a full-frame sensor. As the photo and video world has seemingly blended into one another and borrowed terms, sometimes principles fall into a gray area of confusion. As with the Pocket 6K, you have a 1.558 crop factor. But again, that’s in comparison to a full-frame stills sensor, when in regard to Super 35mm film, there isn’t a crop factor.I know “filmic look” is a term that gets thrown around too easily, but this sensor will give you a better visual representation of the film look regarding your focal length over the Pocket 4K.Final ThoughtsThe camera feels plasticky. There is no articulating screen. The battery life is dreadful. There are no features you’d find in higher priced Cinema Cameras like a built-in ND filter. High frame rates above 4K are sparse. If this was a $6,000 Cinema Camera (which is still cheap considering) that boasted 6K and RAW, I think having those absent features would sink the camera. But it’s not $6,000, it’s $2,495, and I feel like you can’t put too much pressure on the camera for the things it doesn’t have, because of the outstanding quality the camera produces. Low-to-no budget filmmakers are always working around issues that wouldn’t be prevalent in big-budget productions because, quite simply, there’d be a tool available for that issue at hand. The Pocket 6K is like that. You have to work around its downfalls and missing features, and in doing so, you’re going to obtain some beautiful footage.If you’re making online content and need things to be a little more cinematic than they currently are, your best bet is to pick up the 4K and a well-performing MFT lens. If your goal is to create films to take to the festival circuit but you don’t have the budget for a big cinema rig, the 6K is a perfect alternative.Quick specs:Effective Sensor Size: 23.10mm x 12.99mm (Super 35)ISO: Dual Native ISO at 400 and 3200Dyanmic Range: 13 stopsFrame Rates: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50p, 59.94p, 60p, High-Speed up to 120p (HD Window), High-Speed up to 60p (UHD Window)Shooting Resolutions: 6144 x 3456 (6K) up to 50 fps; 6144 x 2560 (6K 2.4:1) up to 60 fps; 5744 x 3024 (5.7K 17:9) up to 60 fps; 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI) up to 60 fps; 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) up to 60 fps; 3728 x 3104 (3.7K 6:5 anamorphic) up to 60 fps; 2868 x 1512 (2.8K 17:9) up to 120 fps; 1920 x 1080 (HD) up to 120 fpsCodecs: Blackmagic RAW or ProRes 422
December 3, 2019
The phase 1 involves building a 77 m-tall and a 2 km-wide dam, the Dhaudhan dam, and a 230 km canal to transfer extra water from the Ken river for irrigating 3.64 lakh hectares in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.Originally, this phase envisaged irrigating 6,35,661 ha (hectares) annually (3,69,881 ha in M.P. and 2,65,780 ha in U.P.). In addition, the project was to provide 49 million cubic metres (MCM) of water for en route drinking water supply.No longer validWhile there’s a 2005 agreement between the two States on how water would be shared, Madhya Pradesh said last year that these assumptions were no longer valid and the only way to meet increased water requirements would be to include certain local water management projects — the Kotha barrage, Lower Orr and Bina complex that were envisaged in the second phase of the project — in the first phase.In theory, this could mean a completely fresh environmental appraisal. The Central Water Commission is yet to officially take a call, though government sources say the Centre is agreeable to the change. However, new demands by Madhya Pradesh for more water during the Rabi season are yet to be negotiated. Disagreements over water-sharing and difficulty in acquiring non-forest land impede the ₹18,000-crore Ken Betwa river interlink project.The scheme, which involves deforesting a portion of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, was accorded clearance by the National Wildlife Board on the condition that the land lost would be made good by acquiring contiguous, revenue land. This is to ensure that wildlife corridors in the region aren’t hit. “The M.P. government has said that they are facing major difficulties over this,” said a senior person in the Water Ministry involved with the project.Unlikely this yearAnother hurdle is a dispute over how Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh — the two beneficiaries — will share water in the Rabi season.These “major” issues made it quite unlikely that the project will get under way this year. A person familiar with the deliberations told The Hindu, “New points of differences between the two States are constantly being raked up…there are still many things to be ironed out before the project can be sent for the [Union] Cabinet’s approval.”Conceived as a two-part project, this is the country’s first river interlinking project. It is perceived as a model plan for similar interstate river transfer missions.
November 16, 2019
Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of Bangladesh’s ODI series in New Zealand after he fractured his ring finger on his left hand while batting in the Bangladesh Premier League final on Friday.Shakib, who led the runners-up Dhaka Dynamites, was hit on the by a Thisara Perera bouncer in the 11th over of the final against Comilla Victorians. Shakib was eventually dismissed on the very next ball.”An X-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger. The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said.That is bad news for Shakib as he will even miss the 1st Test against New Zealand, which starts on February 28 in Hamilton, according to the doctor’s prognosis, and allowing time him time to recover match fitness may rule him out of the tour completely.What is worse is that the injury comes Shakib successfully just made his return from a career-threatening injury to his bowling hand, which he had during the Asia Cup in UAE. He had infection caused by the accumulation of pus and had to get immediate injury. He did make a successful return against West Indies in November and had stellar BPL 2018-19 in which he was adjudged the player of the competition.Here’s our squad to face Bangladesh in 3 ODIs starting on Wednesday in Napier. | https://t.co/9em3a0MN3z #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/wA7kbN1sI1advertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 8, 2019GUPTILL BACK As for New Zealand, Martin Guptill recovered from his back injury he sustained during the India series and was named in the 14-man squad on Friday.Guptill had an aggravated disc in his lower back but is back in the ODI squad and will play the first match in Napier pending a fitness Test on Sunday, 10 February.”We’re delighted to have Martin back on the park for this series. “He’s a world-class player and an integral part of our one-day side,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said.”He and Henry did a good job opening up in Hamilton against India and they’re a combination we want to see some more of in this series, before Colin returns to the top for the third game with Kane resting,” he added.New Zealand Cricket also announced that regular skipper Kane Williamson has been rested for the third ODI of the three-match series, with Colin Munro replacing him and open the innings in Dunedin and wicketkeeper Tom Latham standing in as captain.The three-ODI series starts on February 13 in Napier, before moving to Christchurch (February 16) and Dunedin (February 20). It will be followed by a three Tests in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.Also Read | BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titleAlso Read | Big Bash League: Daniel Vettori steps down as Brisbane Heat coachAlso Read | Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tour
November 16, 2019
Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth, manager Pep Guardiola said.De Bruyne was substituted in the first half of the game with his replacement Riyad Mahrez scoring the winner to help the champions take a two-point lead over Liverpool, who are in action at Everton on Sunday.Defender John Stones was also taken off but the England international’s problem is not as serious.”Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem – hamstring. John I think is more precaution. We didn’t take a risk, we’ll see tomorrow,” Guardiola told the British media.De Bruyne was one of the standout performers for City last season with 12 goals and 21 assists in all competitions but he has struggled with knee injuries in the current campaign, making 14 league appearances.Guardiola suggested City’s busy schedule, as they compete for trophies in four competitions, has not helped.”I think we’ve played 25 games in 93 days, one every three days, so it’s a physiological issue,” the Spaniard added. “The body is not able to recover so sometimes the muscle says ‘hello, that’s enough’.”We don’t give players time to recover. We play a game, then after, when they are not recovered, we play another game. There is only a short amount of time and it is very demanding. But everybody’s committed and we’ll wait for Kevin to come back.”City have 71 points from 29 games in the league.advertisementAlso Read | David Beckham salutes LA Galaxy and Los Angeles as statue unveiledAlso Read | Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona second El Clasico win in four days at Real MadridAlso See:
November 16, 2019
Toyota Gazoo Racing on Wednesday announced that Spain’s two-time Formula 1 champion, Fernando Alonso, will end his journey in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), leaving his position in the team for New Zealands driver Brendon Hartley.Toyota said that Alonso is looking forward to a new motorsport challenge within the Toyota team and is set to leave after his participation in the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, reports Efe news.”For many years we have respected him (Hartley) as a tough competitor but now I am excited to have him as a Toyota colleague. He is a team player so I expect him to fit in very quickly and become a valuable part of our team,” Team President, Hisatake Murata, said in a statement.Murata also thanked Alonso for his “contribution to this fantastic season during which he has written his name in Toyota’s motorsport history.””His (Alonso’s) passion, desire to win and willingness to chase his dreams is truly impressive. We will enjoy working together for the final two races when I know we all share the same target of winning Le Mans and both World Championships,” Murata added.The Spanish driver hopes to win the two-day 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, which is set to kick-off on June 15, along with his teammates Sébastien Buemi of Switzerland and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan.”We still have two important races remaining as we are still in the fight to become WEC World Champions and I will be pushing hard to win both of them. I would love to put an end to this super season by celebrating a new world title with all the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing family,” Alonso emphasized.advertisement”Now is a good time to take on new challenges and there are many interesting opportunities to explore within TOYOTA GAZOO Racing,” he added.Meanwhile, Hartley, the two-time WEC champion and 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours winner with Porsche, will join Briton Mike Conway, Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi, Argentine driver José María López, as well as Buemi and Nakajima to form the Toyota team in the WEC next season.
November 16, 2019
It is no secret that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were in a steady relationship for four years before going their separate ways in 2009. Despite their break-up, Salman has remained on friendly terms with Katrina and misses no opportunity to pull her leg.Recently, the two appeared on Kapil Sharma’s show to promote their upcoming film, Bharat. At one point, the conversation veered to the actress’s enviable figure, and the diet she follows to maintain it.According to reports, when Archana Puran Singh revealed that Katrina quit smoothies during the making of Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan, Salman could not help taking a dig at her. “Inhone smoothie kya, mujhe bhi chhod diya! (Not just smoothies, she even left me),” he quipped.Salman and Katrina are extremely close and even refer to each other as ‘family’. Currently, they are waiting for the release of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat, which marks their onscreen reunion after the blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai, which released in 2017.Bharat, which is an official adaptation of the South Korean drama Ode To My Father, traces the journey of a man, Bharat, along with the country, since its independence. Salman will sport five different looks in the film.Produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production and Salman Khan Films, presented by T-Series, Bharat is scheduled to open in theatres on June 5.ALSO READ: When Katrina Kaif was asked her answer if Salman Khan proposed marriageALSO READ: Salman Khan opens up about his first meeting with Katrina KaifadvertisementALSO WATCH: Katrina Kaif is a friend, all animals are friends, says Salman Khan
November 16, 2019
Michael Vaughan and Sanjay Manjrekar were seen indulging in a Twitter banter after the former England skipper took multiple shots at the cricketer-turned commentator over his ‘bits and pieces’ comment on Ravindra Jadeja.And now, Vaughan has claimed that Manjrekar has blocked him on Twitter.Sanjay Manjrekar was subjected to heavy trolling on internet after he called India bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer and said the left-arm spinner would never be his first choice for an ODI match.However, after an impressive performance from Jadeja against Sri Lanka in a World Cup league fixture, Manjrekar called the Saurashtra all-rounder a ‘street-smart’ cricketer.BREAKING NEWS .. I have been blocked by @sanjaymanjrekar .. !!! #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2019 Manjrekar later surprised everyone when he went a step ahead to pick Ravindra Jadeja in his predicted playing XI for India vs New Zealand semi-final on Tuesday.Trying to predict Indian team for the semis. Let’s see how many I get right. Do send yours too. Will retweet a few.RohitRahulViratPantHardikDhoniJadejaBhuviShamiKuldeep*Bumrah.*If pitch is not a turner.Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 6, 2019Vaughan did not let go off the chance to troll Manjrekar over his change of stance over Jadeja.Vaughan replied to Majrekar’s tweet and said: “I see you have picked that bits and pieces cricketer!!!”Replying to Vaughan’s tweet, Manjrekar said: “‘Predicted’ my dear Vaughan…not ‘my’ team.”Though later, Majrekar dropped Jadeja from his squad and justified his action in a series of tweets.advertisementIndia have won 7 matches so far in this WC. But their best result is SA beating Aus.??????#INDvNZSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 6, 2019A few days back, Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrohea’.Also See
October 28, 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to send Gabri back to Besiktasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are set to send Gabri back to Besiktas.The 31-year-old goalkeeper moved to Craven Cottage on a three-year deal last summer, having spent the previous two in Turkey.Milliyet says Besiktas have opened talks with Fulham over a deal to bring Fabri back to Istanbul.Whether the veteran would see any regular action at his old stomping ground remains to be seen, though.Besiktas signed Loris Karius from Liverpool on a two-year loan deal following Fabri’s departure six months ago.
October 27, 2019
2014 did not go as planned for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Steve Spurrier’s team went from SEC East favorite and College Football Playoff contender to conference also-ran, finishing 7-6 with an Independence Bowl win over Miami. The season was uncharacteristic for Spurrier’s program of late, and they will be looking for a return to form in 2015. 5Dimes released very early lines for some of this year’s season openers, and the sportsbook likes South Carolina as well. The Gamecocks open as a 7.5 favorite over North Carolina on September 3 in Charlotte.North Carolina is coming off of a 6-7 season, and has had one of college football’s worst defenses for a few seasons. They hired former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik to attempt to solve that problem. Is this line fair, or will the Tar Heels improve enough to compete with the Gamecocks in September?[5Dimes]
October 25, 2019
Next Reuters ManchesterFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 09:11 IST Manchester United face an uphill task in the return leg, for which they will miss Paul Pogba (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPSG clinched a 2-0 win at Old Trafford after Kimpembe and Mbappe struck in the second halfUnited will miss Paul Pogba in the return leg as the French star was sent off late onSolskjaer said his first loss as United’s caretaker boss won’t affect the team’s momentum in Premier LeagueFor around 20 minutes, the Champions League glory days really did feel like they were back for Manchester United.The capacity 74,000 crowd at Old Trafford was in full voice, United were attacking Paris St Germain down the flanks with speed and aggression and their opponents looked shaky.That feeling lasted until the French champions began to get a grip on the game and by the end of the night, a 2-0 defeat in the last 16, first-leg clash served to highlight the gulf that remains between this United team and the European elite.”That’s the level we want to get to” United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters. “We’ve been talking about top four (in the Premier League), that’s one thing but we want to be at the top and Man United should be at the top.”This is a top, top team we played against. Our players today, are disappointed, of course, but I also think they know we need to step up our level to get to the level we want to get to,” added the Norwegian after suffering his first defeat since taking over 12 games ago in December.United lost forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to muscle injuries midway through the match and replacements Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata failed to provide the necessary spark.PSG had to cope without the injured Neymar and Edison Cavani, two thirds of their attack, yet remained a real threat in the final third with Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria causing United problems.advertisementThat is the kind of strength in depth United will need to build if they are to return to being the kind of force in Europe that they were under Alex Ferguson.Reality check for United: Solskjaer”It’s a reality check, you can see the strength they have when they put those players in as you talk about but that’s the level we want to get to,” added Solskjaer.”And we are looking to strengthen the squad and then again we have so many young players to take a step up for next season.”Premier League momentum won’t be affected by PSG defeat: SolskjaerThe Norwegian insisted, however, that his first loss won’t wreck the momentum United have built up in the Premier League.”No, not at all because at this club we have to bounce back and we are in a tournament, the Champions League, where it’s always going to be difficult, but our bread and butter is the (domestic) league so (I’m) not afraid of that.”The reaction in the dressing room was disappointment and when we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. It is a difficult mountain to climb but not impossible”.Only once since the 2010-11 season have United won a Champions League knockout stage game and, with key midfielder Paul Pogba suspended after his late red card, the odds are stacked against that changing in Paris on March 6.Also Read | Pele remembers save of the century in tribute to deceased Gordon BanksAlso Read | Emiliano Sala died of head, torso injuries in crashAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester United vs PSGFollow Champions League 2018-19Follow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Paul PogbaFollow Kylian Mbappe Champions League: Manchester United need to step up, says Solskjaer after PSG defeatPSG had to cope without the injured Neymar and Edison Cavani, two thirds of their attack, yet remained a real threat in the final third during their 2-0 win in the Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.advertisement
October 22, 2019
Government is investing $25,000 for the Richmond County Literacy Network to support residents in Richmond and Inverness counties. Energy Minister Michel Samson, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, announced the funding for community outreach services, today, April 24. “Some residents in these communities find it difficult to navigate the many provincial programs and services available to them,” said Mr. Samson. “This service will ensure they get the help and support they need, and I’m pleased we are able to provide this funding.” With this funding, a community outreach and support worker will help older adults and others find and access government programs and services, such as housing and efficiency grants, continuing care support and disability services. The position was part of a pilot project. “This is a valuable community-based service that has supported many people in the Strait Region,” said Richmond County Literacy Network Board chair Shirley McNamara. “We’re so pleased to have the support of the province so more residents can benefit.” The Richmond County Literacy Network is a volunteer, community-based organization that offers adult learning, literacy and skills programming to the residents of Richmond County.
October 22, 2019
Premier Stephen McNeil will promote Nova Scotia as a great place to pursue economic and investment opportunities during meetings in Toronto from May 22-24. The Premier’s agenda includes meetings with the presidents of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and the president and the deputy chair of the TD Bank Group. He will also attend roundtables with senior company executives from a variety of sectors and deliver a speech at the Canadian Club. The Premier will outline Nova Scotia’s advantages as a province on stable financial footing with a commitment to supporting innovation, the knowledge economy and business start-ups. “There are many reasons the private sector should consider Nova Scotia for their investment decisions — including the educated, diverse workforce graduating from our post-secondary institutions, the growing spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship and the livability of our province,” said Premier McNeil. “As premier, I want to bring the message directly that Nova Scotia is open for business and on the move.” On May 24, Premier McNeil will host a roundtable with young Nova Scotians living in Toronto to hear their thoughts on attracting young people to Nova Scotia and retaining them in the province. The Premier will then travel to Ottawa, where he will meet with Nova Scotia’s federal caucus to discuss federal-provincial issues and host another roundtable with young Nova Scotians. Premier McNeil also accepted an invitation to attend the annual National Press Gallery dinner on May 26, before returning to Nova Scotia.
October 18, 2019
Brasilia: Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.” Nearly 80,000 forest fires have broken out in Brazil since the beginning of the year — just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin that regulates part of Earth’s carbon cycle and climate. G7 countries made the USD 20 million aid offer to fight the blazes at the Biarritz summit hosted by Macron, who insisted they should be discussed as a top priority. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website. “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site,” he added, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. “What does he intend to teach our country?” The presidency later confirmed the comments to AFP. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) and prompted the deployment of the army. But after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course. “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said. Although about 60 per cent of the Amazon is in Brazil, the vast forest also spreads over parts of eight other countries or territories, including the French overseas territory of Guiana on the continent’s northeast coast. Hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Brazilian part of the forest, data showed Monday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas. Smoke choked Porto Velho city and forced the closure of the airport for nearly two hours as fires raged in the northwestern state of Rondonia where firefighting efforts are concentrated. Bolsonaro — a climate-change skeptic — has faced criticism over his delayed response to the fires at home and thousands have taken to the streets in Brazil in recent days to denounce the destruction. The blazes have also fuelled a diplomatic spat between Bolsonaro and Macron, who have locked horns repeatedly over the past week. The French president has threatened to block a huge new trade deal between the European Union and Latin America unless his Brazilian counterpart takes serious steps to protect the fast-shrinking forest from logging and mining. Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality,” and days later endorsed vicious personal comments about the French president’s wife posted online, driving their relationship to a new low. In another sign of tension, Bolsonaro skipped a meeting last month with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, saying that he had instead gone to the hairdresser.
October 17, 2019
EDMONTON — The Edmonton boy at the centre of an Amber Alert has been found safe.Edmonton police tweeted early Saturday that the eight-year-old boy was found unharmed in Calgary at 5:30 a.m.Police said earlier they believed the boy was abducted by his mother on Friday afternoon.The Canadian Press
October 13, 2019
TORONTO – Google is putting fake news in its crosshairs as it rolls out a news initiative aimed at stopping the spread of misinformation and helping publishers attract more subscribers.The technology company said Tuesday it will spend $392 million over the next three years on the initiative, which will involve prioritizing “quality” publishers, making it easier to subscribe to news publications and educating readers on how to spot misleading reports.The announcement comes just as Google, Facebook and Twitter are facing criticism for providing a platform for false information to spread, potentially impacting the last U.S. election that saw Donald Trump elected as president.“We always haven’t gotten it right,” the company’s chief business officer Philipp Schindler admitted to a crowd of journalists in New York and many more watching via livestream at Google offices around the world, including one in Toronto, on Tuesday.He said the company was renewing the committment it has forged to news over the last 15 years because it has seen that we are in an era where “the last thing you want to see is a search engine that is not delivering quality content and with the open internet is simply becoming a race to the bottom.”Schindler revealed the company’s initiative will adjust algorithms and use new services to make users see links from publications they pay for higher up in their search results in a special carousel.It will also let readers buy subscriptions to news publications in as few as two clicks from a publisher’s webpage using their Google account.After subscribing, if users stay logged into their Google account, they won’t run into paywalls or be asked to repeatedly enter a username and password to access news from publishers they pay for.The subscription features will be rolled out to 17 launch partners, including the New York Times, Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Telegraph. None of the launch partners are located in Canada, but Google promised more publishers are coming soon.The company also said it will give journalists access to a more secure internet by allowing them to easily set up their own virtual private network on a private server through an offering they call Outline.Google said other planned initatives includes opening a Disinfo Lab that uses computational tools to monitor misinformation during elections and breaking news periods, and will launch a digital literacy curriculum called MediaWise to help readers distinguish fact from fiction online.A similar program to MediaWise was recently piloted in Canada under the name NewsWise, where it provided a program for school-aged children to learn to find and filter accurate information online.NewsWise was funded by a $500,000 grant from Google Canada, which partnered with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and CIVIX, a Toronto-based non-profit that aims to engage young Canadians in democracy.NewsWise will roll out to Ontario classrooms this spring and will arrive nationally sometime next year ahead of the federal election.On Tuesday, Google executives also pointed out that the journalism companies it is hoping to help are “facing challenging, even more complex times” as advertisting revenues shrink and many turn to paywalls.The Canadian Media Concentration Project previously reported that Google’s share of the Canadian digital media market is almost 10 times that of the daily newspaper industry and 60 times that of commmunity newspapers.It said in 2015 Google made $2.3 billion on online advertising revenue in Canada, while newspaper publisher TorStar made $125.9 million, Postmedia made $97.7 million and Quebecor made $88.7 milion.Schindler said last year Google paid out $12.6 billion to its publishing partners and drove 10 billion clicks for free per month to publisher websites.Under the new initiative, he said, “if you do not grow, we do not grow.”
October 12, 2019
1 May 2008Solutions to the current food crisis spurred by soaring global food prices must include marginalized groups, the top United Nations human rights official said today, joining the call issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the international community to respond to the problem. Solutions to the current food crisis spurred by soaring global food prices must include marginalized groups, the top United Nations human rights official said today, joining the call issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the international community to respond to the problem.While acknowledging that addressing the crisis is fundamentally humanitarian in nature, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour stressed in a statement issued in Geneva that it is also an obligation, thus requiring non-discriminatory food distributions and analysis of communities’ needs.“More fundamentally, and for the more medium and longer term, the underlying inequalities and inabilities to access food must be addressed by a comprehensive solution,” she noted. “When we focus on those most in need, we must include not only the poorest but also those that are particularly vulnerable to discrimination on any other grounds, including gender, ethnicity, or disability.” Ms. Arbour underscored that all voices must be heard – directly or through representative organizations – in tackling the food crisis.She also pointed out that food-related social unrest could potentially threaten other human rights, such as freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.Yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes announced that the UN is aiming to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June “around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce.”Mr. Holmes is one of two coordinators, along with UN System Influenza Coordinator David Nabarro, of a new high-powered task force that was announced yesterday by the Secretary-General to organize responses to the global rise in food prices.Speaking at a news conference today in Geneva, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that although the breadth and complexity of the issue needed to be recognized, there was no need to panic.“I think it is clear we can fix these problems,” he said. The solutions can be found; the solutions are there. They are very difficult, some of them, in the short term, but they can be done.”
October 6, 2019
The organizers, which include the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said they expect a live audience of 40,000 in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, as well as radio listeners, television viewers and eventual purchasers of recordings and DVDs, totalling up to billion worldwide.”There are many organizations that are actively working to fight malaria, but music can go further. Music can accelerate the rhythm of the movement to fight malaria,” said N’Dour, who conceived the idea with documentary film director Mick Csaky of the United Kingdom.The funds raised are to be used mainly to buy pesticide-treated bed nets.The star-studded programme also includes Salif Keita and Rokia Traoré of Mali, Manu Dibango of Cameroon and Democratic Republic of the Congo-born Awilo Longomba.
October 6, 2019
“The Secretary-General has been fully briefed on the concerns and views of all parties, including the concerns of the Greek Cypriots – that led them to vote the way they did last year – as well as the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots about the situation in which they find themselves, despite the way they did vote last year,” said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in response to a question at the daily press briefing. Mr. Dujarric also said that any steps the Secretary-General takes in the pursuit of his good offices in a pursuit of his mission of good offices will be based on his assessment on how best to assist the parties to find, as only they can, a mutually acceptable settlement that can approved by the people on each side. Earlier this month, UN Political Affairs chief Sir Kieran Prendergast said that after a fresh round of discussions with officials in Cyprus, he now had a “better understanding” of the positions, concerns and wishes of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides. As part of his tour of the region, Mr. Prendergast met a number of times with both Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Tassos Papadopoulos. He also held discussions with other political leaders on the island.
October 4, 2019
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CNRL ordered to restrict steam injection at oilsands site after leak CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to restrict the amount of steam it pumps into two oilsands projects following four spills earlier this year.The move comes three weeks after the AER reported an emulsion of oilsands bitumen and water had been released into an unnamed water body on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in eastern Alberta.The watchdog says Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) must restrict steam injection, enhance monitoring and speed up clean up efforts at its Primrose and Wolf Lake projects, which use a method called high-pressure cyclic steam stimulation to extract the bitumen.“Although there have been no risks to public safety, until we investigate these incidents, better understand the cause of these releases, and what steps CNRL will to take to prevent them, we are taking these measures as a precaution,” said AER CEO Jim Ellis.The AER ordered the suspension of steaming operations within the eastern part of Primrose earlier this year following three bitumen emulsion releases.In late June, Canadian Natural reported a fourth release, prompting the AER to order CNRL to take further measures, including suspending steaming within one kilometre of the leak and restrict steaming throughout the northern and southern parts of Primrose.High pressure cyclic steam stimulation — sometimes described as a “huff and puff” method of extraction — involves injecting steam into a reservoir through a well, letting it soak for a while and then drawing the softened bitumen to the surface through the same well.It differs from steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD, which uses two wells — one to inject the steam, and one right below it to flow the bitumen to the surface. The reservoir is also fractured using cyclic steam, whereas in SAGD it is not.Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema said it’s “very concerning” that it’s only now just come to light that the CNRL sites have suffered four spills this year.“Apparently it’s four strikes in this province before the Alberta Energy Regulator takes any real action to protect the environment,” he said.“This is a culturally significant area for the Beaver Lake Cree and it’s time the Alberta government gave us the transparency on this issue that Albertan’s deserve — pictures and up to date statistics are a minimum and we can’t even get that.”He said the incidents also raise questions over the safety of high pressure cyclic steam stimulation.