Takeaways: Giants suffer double dose of pain with loss of Joe Panik, game

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants lost Joe Panik and another game on Tuesday, falling 5-3 to the Washington Nationals.It was the Giants’ eighth loss in 12 games after a 17-3 stretch into late July and it leaves them now seventh in the race for the two National League wild-card spots, 3 1/2 games out of the No. 2 slot and just a game ahead of Cincinnati.Here are the takeaways:No Panik, no panicThe Giants took on the Nationals just hours after popular second baseman Joe Panik was released. Buster …last_img

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African Union choose new chairperson

first_imgChadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been chosen as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission. Mahamat replaces South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.Chad’s foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who has more than 30 years of diplomatic and political experience, replaces South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as chairperson of the African Union Commission on 30 January 2017. (Image: African Union)CD AndersonChad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat will take over as the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, which comprises African heads of state and government who form the Assembly of the AU.The decision was finalised at a gathering of the 54 AU member states on 30 January 2017 at the organisation’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In the final round of voting, Mahamat got 39 votes to beat Kenyan diplomat Amina Mohammed for the post.Mahamat, who has more than 30 years of diplomatic and political experience, replaces South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who became the first woman to lead the Commission in 2013.Chad’s foreign minister since 2008, Mahamat served as the country’s prime minister before that. He also served as chair of the AU’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council. His recent political career is notable for its fervent fight against Islamist militants in Central Africa.Ghanaian ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey was elected deputy chairperson.In his first address as commission chair, Mahamat pledged to place development and security at the top of his agenda and streamline the organisation’s bureaucracy.He highlighted the AU’s need for strong leadership and a “refocus on the basics”. His ultimate goal, as he emphasised in the run-up to his election, was to have “the sound of guns… drowned out by cultural songs and rumbling factories”.In the last rounds of voting, Mahamat went head-to-head in a close race with Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign minister, the other favourite.Conceding defeat, the Kenyan delegation, however, was the first to offer its congratulations and support the new AU chair, saying in a statement that the country would “work with (Mahamat) to defend the pan-African agenda of integration for Africa, as well as democracy, sovereignty and prosperity for all of its people”.Source: African Union websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Cinematography Techniques: A Complete Guide to Product Shots

first_imgFirst, no matter what kind of ad you’re creating, you need to consider the product. By that I mean consider every aspect of the product. Is it a liquid? A solid? What’s it made out of? How will light react to it? What sort of overall tone does it inspire?For the iced tea commercial, the key ingredient for a good-looking shot was the set. The background has to work with the product as part of the overall tone. So, in this example, Todd built his own tabletop, which is basically just a bunch of boards screwed together without legs. (Cover it with polyurethane so the surface provides some reflection and a bit of shine.)Another important detail: just because the object you’re shooting is translucent (like liquid or glass), simply pointing a light at it will do nothing for you. You have to light for the reflections. For the perfume bottle, you can see in the video that you can get good reflections with an acrylic sheet. This creates the appearance of a mirror-like surface that gives the whole a shoot a mysterious vibe, which, for perfume, is what we want. Play around with different color temperatures, depending on what colors you’re working with and what colors you want to bring out of the object.For objects that won’t yield a good reflection, it’s important to use a diffused top light so that you adequately cover the surface of the entire object. For the backlight, feel free to mix up the colors and pick whichever color looks best. In this case, the flashlight is on diamond plate that you can find at any hardware store.This fits the tone of the product. So, for your own work, create a scene appropriate to the brands and the products you’re shooting.For more cinematography tips and tricks, check out some of our past tutorials:How to Instantly Fog or Haze Your Next Outdoor ShotProduction Tips for Lighting Your Next Interview ShootCamera Lenses 101: When to Choose Wide or TelephotoHow To Properly Expose An Image: Understanding ISOBack To Basics: Capturing Crane Shots Using a Jib In our latest cinematography guide, we take a look at how to light, shoot, and design your next product photo or video shoot.Some of the most challenging-yet-lucrative work a videographer or filmmaker can get is shooting products. It involves taking pictures and capturing video of different products, usually for corporate clients or small businesses. These types of shoots are simple by nature, but in order to blow your clients away and give them professional-quality videos, you have to know what you’re doing. With a few lighting tricks, some compositional awareness, and careful background direction, your product videos will stand out from the rest — ensuring repeat gigs. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.last_img read more

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The longer Brownlee stays in PH, the more he feels at home

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter leading Barangay Ginebra to another title, Justin Brownlee would be the first to admit that he feels right at home here in the Philippines.“I feel more like a Filipino the longer I stay here. I love it here,” Brownlee said.ADVERTISEMENT And even after all the celebrations he’s been in with Ginebra winning back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles, the 29-year-old couldn’t stay away from the game he loves.He even follows UAAP games featuring the Adamson Soaring Falcons and his friend Papi Sarr, who, like Brownlee, is also handled by the same agent in Sheryl Reyes.“I like the team and I like (Sarr) as a player. I think he’s an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it’s two points,” he said. “It’s a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me, has a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it. They get emotional. It’s really exciting.”Leaving the country on Tuesday, Brownlee couldn’t help but feel emotional as he leaves what he felt his second home once again.But the 6-foot-7 forward is keeping his fingers crossed that the Gin Kings will give him a call to return to the Philippines anew next season.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 That feeling shouldn’t come as a surprise given how warm the legions of Ginebra fans have welcomed Brownlee with open arms in the two years he’ve spent in the country.So inculcated is the soft-spoken reinforcement that he already has his go-to food whenever he goes out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love the chicken adobo here,” he said.But it’s not just the food, as Brownlee said that what makes him love the country more is the people’s passion for the sport of basketball — the same reason why the former St. John’s standout found himself here, roughly 9,000 miles away from his hometown of Tifton, Georgia. Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Hopefully, I could return pretty soon. I definitely would love to play the second and third conferences. I don’t think (Ginebra) has decided yet, but hopefully, I’ll be back, for sure,” he said. “I’m just trying to relax right now, reflect a little bit, and take it from there. But Ginebra will always be my priority.” Inspired Parker delivers for FEU with his family in attendance QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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It’s witch-hunt, I did nothing wrong: Lalit Modi

first_imgPutting up a stout defence, sacked BCCI administrator Lalit Modi on Thursday denied any wrongdoing during his role as IPL commissioner and called the charges against him as witch-hunt.Modi said he did not rig any of the IPL bids, did not make money out of IPL and that BCCI was aware of all his actions.Modi, in an interview to You Tube, said he actually spent from his own pocket during his tenure and never took any money from the Indian cricket Board for his job.Modi, said he would return to India whenever he is convinced that he is safe in the country.Modi said he was sorry that his tweets led to Shashi Tharoor’s sacking but did not regret tweeting.He said whetever he did during the Kochi bid process, he did it for the benefit of the investors.Modi is facing charges of financial irregularities and is facing probe by Enforcement Directorate, BCCI Disciplinary Committee and the Chennai Police.Modi said BCCI was aware about the entire bidding process including that some of his relatives were involved.”When somebody turns around and says that they didn’t know about it it’s absolutely a false story…I mean everybody concerned from the governing council to the BCCI members, were very much present in the room, and in fact everybody was just happy at that point in time because we got eight bids,” he said.”In fact you had my Vice Chairman Niranjan Shah who was questioned immediately after the auction and said ‘Mr Modi’s relatives have bid’, he said ‘so what, there are no other bidders out there, and if he has bid he has put his own money in’, if it wasn’t friends and family that are coming to bid and come into and believe in the product they wouldn’t have had the IPL in the first place,” he said.advertisementAsked about all the charges he said,”What I did is absolutely by the book, what I did and the rules that we made, and we went out and delivered what we had to do. Currently whatever is on is like a witch hunt and you know I’d rather not comment on it, this is something that you’ve got to ask the government why they’re doing it.”Modi denied the allegations that he influenced the bid process as he wanted Adani Group and Videocon to win the franchisees for season-IV.”How do you rig the process? It’s an open bid, it’s a tender process, you put the tender in, highest person wins, if that was the case why did Adani not win? Why did Videocon not win? Sahara went and won it for 370 million because it was an open process. Kochi went and won. If it was going to be a rigged process they (Adani and Videocon) would have won.”Modi is though confident that he will come out clean.”It’s going to end by me getting a clean slate.”Explaining the Kochi row, which eventually cost Modi and Union minister Tharoor their jobs, he said,”For the first time I found that an agreement had been submitted by a party where they had a 25% sweat equity clause in there, and that clause, irrespective of the capitalisation was going to ask the other 75% shareholders to pay for losses over the next decade of decades……it’s business at the end of the day for them, and today you must support it for other various reasons, but sooner down the line it’s going to become business and your accountant’s going to tell you ‘guys you’re going to be bankrupt’ or ‘you?ve got to pump in more money.”He said he never aimed to hurt Tharoor and it just happened.Tharoor got embroiled in the controversy when it came to light that her close friend Sunanda Pushkar, with whom he married recently, had sweat equity in Kochi Franchisee and that the minister had interest in the franchisee.”Well that wasn’t intended, it happened, it wasn’t intended to embarrass anybody. It was the intention of that to get the truth out there, it wasn’t intended to ridicule, embarrass a minister or the government.”I’m sorry that it happened, but at the end of the day you’ve got to understand that the events leading to Kochi are still sub judice. I wouldn’t like to at this point in time actually get into the nitty gritties and the details of what actually happened,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State squanders lead Nebraska wins 5857 in Columbus

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate looks to the basket after a shot attempt against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 58-57. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNothing was pretty about the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Buckeyes walked away from the Schottenstein Center with yet another conference loss, this time losing 58-57.“We weren’t as dialed in as we needed to be,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “There’s certain times when … the game is ongoing. You don’t get to talk about plays that are coming up and we didn’t do what we needed to do or what we wanted to do down the stretch there.”OSU (15-13, 5-10) failed to lock down on defense on Nebraska senior guard Tai Webster, and struggled to produce points of its own. Webster picked up 17 points, and was a constant threat from the floor, going 7 for 12. Nebraska forward Glynn Watson Jr. picked up 14 points.Nebraska coach Tim Miles brought a light mood after the game, saying he wanted to go straight to questions rather than make an opening statement. He, like everyone else, was perplexed by what had just transpired.“I can’t explain it,” Miles said with a laugh.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson started the game for OSU instead of sophomore JaQuan Lyle, but Jackson struggled mightily. He finished the game with four turnovers, and just six points.The Buckeyes gained their largest lead with seven minutes left in the first, as Tate dropped in a layup to give OSU a 22-11 lead. On four different occasions in the opening half, the Scarlet and Gray had a lead of 11.As the clock wound down in the first, OSU regained possession of the ball after a missed shot was batted in the air by redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and found its way into the hands of redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although the Buckeyes were given a golden opportunity to increase their 30-24 lead right before the break, OSU struggled to formulate a play and was forced to call a timeout.After failing an alley-oop attempt as the clock struck zero, Lyle was visibly upset, clapping his hands hard together as both teams headed to the locker rooms.OSU increased its lead to 11 on a jumper from Jackson and a 3-pointer from senior Marc Loving coming out of halftime. Nebraska started to reel the Buckeyes back in with back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and Webster.Webster dropped a dime as he was falling to Nebraska sophomore forward Ed Morrow for a slam, and junior forward Nick Fuller dropped in a layup before Morrow hit another shot to cut the OSU lead down to three.Nebraska continuously fought back all game, which is nothing new according to Miles.“We’ve had resolve all year,” he said. “We’ve come from behind in wins. We’ve hung around in losses.”The Buckeyes turned the ball over, and sophomore forward Jack McVeigh of Nebraska nailed a 3 to tie the game at 43 with 8:45 left. A putback layup by Thompson off a fastbreak by Jackson gave OSU a four-point lead and reenergized the crowd with six minutes remaining.Down the stretch and throughout the game, OSU could not find the range from deep. What OSU lacked in accuracy from deep, Nebraska lacked from the charity stripe. Nebraska hit just 4 of 9 attempts from the free throw line, while the Buckeyes made 5 of 17 attempts from deep.Tate made an acrobatic putback layup with four minutes left to give OSU a five-point lead. Nebraska clawed back to within two, but a traveling violation by the Cornhuskers and a deep 3-pointer from Loving appeared to put the game away.McVeigh nailed a 3-pointer, however, and a jump ball gave the Cornhuskers the ball once again. Watson hit a layup and was fouled, and knocked down his free throw to give Nebraska its first and only lead of the game.Tate received the inbounds pass, but was confused where to pass the ball, and settled for an off-balanced shot, which he missed. OSU led for the entire game, except for 11 seconds.“We gotta be smarter,” Tate said following the game. “We beat ourselves tonight, and we deserved it.”Thompson, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the game, was nearly silent, offering little in terms of any kind of response too media questions.OSU returns to the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23 to take on Wisconsin. Last time the two teams met, the Buckeyes were dominated 89-66 in Madison.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

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