Color Grading Footage in After Effects with Lumetri

first_imgUnderstanding Lumetri ScopesIf you have never used scopes before, here is a quick breakdown of each scope.The Waveform MonitorWith a typical display of 0-100, the waveform measures your shot’s data and lays it out across the display. Information at 0 IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) is black pixels, or clipped information. Data that peaks at 100 IRE is white, or blown-out information. Essentially, the waveform displays the exposure across your shot.A good rule of thumb when correcting for lighter skin tones is to keep the highlights around 70 IRE.The VectorscopeThe vectorscope measures chroma in the shot. It displays the red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta values. Depending on your shot, you’ll see the data favoring certain areas of the vector. For example, if your shot includes a grassy field, the data in the vectorscope will lean heavily toward the greens. When you saturate your image, the data will pull outwards to the edges of the scope.The ParadeThe parade is best for correcting multiple shots in the same sequence. The parade usually displays in RGB, which shows the dominance of each color. With the parade, you can easily balance the color in your shot and monitor how it matches up with the other shots in your scene.The HistogramSimilar to the waveform scope, the histogram displays your luma and RGB from 0 IRE to 100 IRE.Tips for Great Color CorrectionEven though you may be a motion graphics artist or a compositor, when you are color correcting and grading footage, you are a colorist. Your job as a colorist is to put the final touches on the story. Your grade needs to set the final mood and ensure that there are no distractions from shot to shot. Scopes make sure your video is good across all displays and that the end result is broadcast legal. There aren’t many wrong answers when it comes to grading. It’s important to create your style and make sure you deliver what the client wants.What’s your opinion on color correcting and grading footage in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. Learn how to color correct your video with the new Lumetri Scopes in After Effects.Cover image via Shutterstock.With the addition of Lumetri Scopes in After Effects, color correcting and grading footage is easier than ever for AE users. The update provides the four essential scopes: histogram, vectorscope, parade, and waveform. After Effects users can now accurately match light levels and color information in their shots. While DaVinci Resolve and even Adobe Premiere Pro are still the go-to options for correcting and grading, video producers who do compositing work can now keep a larger portion of their workflow in After Effects.Here’s what you’ll take away from our video tutorial:How to use Lumetri ScopesWhat multiple color correction filters can do for your footageUnderstanding how to color correct for skin tonesLet’s get started.last_img read more

Lee may quit if not selected for World Cup

first_imgThe Australian pace veteran Brett Lee on Monday hinted that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.Brett Lee.Lee while expressing his desire to lead the Australian bowling attack during the mega event said, “I hope that I am in it, and want to lead the attack for Australia.”Lee, who has already announced retirement from the Test cricket, was last month named in the provisional 30-man squad which is supposed to be altered to a 15 member unit during this month.The fast bowler however remains positive of making a comeback in the ODI side after being overlooked by the selectors for the series against Sri Lanka earlier.”Hopefully I can bring some experience and different blood back in the team. I’m ready to play, and if I’m chosen, it will be great; if [not] I’ll work out plan B,” Lee told Sydney Morning Herald.The 34-year-old, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 4, insisted that he has recovered from the injury that kept him out of Twenty-20 World Cup in West Indies earlier last year and said that he was feeling better than ever.”I’ve been bowling 12 overs each match in the 45-over competition, which is more overs than I could bowl in a 50-over match,” he said while elaborating on his stint with the New South Wales.”I’m really happy with the way the ball has been coming out … It’s easier on my body not bowling five days straight,” Lee said.advertisementThe speedster added, “My pace is back to 150km/h so I’m really happy with where it is at. I don’t look at [myself being] 34 and think I’m past it. I think there are a few good years ahead of me.”Lee, who is supposed to stage a comeback against a spirited English side during the Wednesday’s T20 international, has been an important component in shaping Australia’s fortunes in the 50-over game. The Aussies have won 11 of their 13 ODIs in late 2009 while Lee was at the peak of his form but could only manage to triumph in nine of 21 games while the speedster was sidelined.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Surgeons can now suture blood vessels in half the time, thanks to IIT student invention

first_imgA tiny eversion clamp, not larger than a thumbnail, is all set to revolutionise the way doctors operate on blood vessels apart from reducing cost and complications of surgeries.The clamp called Nstomoz has been developed by Anand Parikh, an M.Tech student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.One of the most complicated jobs of a junior surgeon involves reconnecting blood vessels, a process known as vascular anastomosis. Sheer practicing for years helps specialists including in vascular, cardiovascular, plastic and transplant surgeons master it.One wrong stitch can lead to various serious complications such as thickening of the inner-most layer of the blood vessel, tunica intima.The process is so delicate that sometimes trauma patients’ limbs are severed in lack of specialists to suture blood vessels.”It’s tough for beginners. Some are so disappointed with their skill levels that they stop doing it altogether,” said Dr Narayanamurthy who has been teaching microvascular surgeries for 15 years, according to TOI .Around five years ago, the surgeon briefed engineers in the department of engineering design at IIT-Madras about the need for devices that could help people like him.Two years ago, Parikh decided to develop a clamp for micro vascular surgeries as a part of his engineering project. “I spent several days listening to doctors and watched them perform surgeries. I realised that the procedure was complex and long because the blood vessels collapse when they suture it,” he said.Clamps are used to stop blood flow into vessels that need to be sutured. Conventionally, once a surgeon clips the vessels with these clamps, it shrinks, making it tough for them to perform the end-to-end stitches. Nstomoz has been developed to ensure that the vessel does not collapse.advertisementThis innovation even bagged the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award for the product earlier this month.While testing in the lab, the clamp helped surgeons’ suture blood vessels at twice the speed of the conventional method. The team is now looking at various options for manufacturing these clamps for the market.”We have filed for two patents. The product will be launched from the incubation ecosystem of IIT Madras,” said Venkatesh Balasubramanian, department of engineering design professor.Check: Limit on weight of school bags to apply on all schools: Maharashtra govtClick here to get more education news.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.last_img read more

Heat Singe The Nets, 88-84

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — When Hassan Whiteside came to the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade was under the impression that the center was a rookie.His NBA debut was actually in 2010.  His coming-out party, however, seems to be happening now — and for the struggling Heat, it might be the perfect time.Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Wade scored 10 of his 25 down the stretch and the Heat snapped a four-game losing streak by topping the Brooklyn Nets 88-84 on Jan. 4.“A must-win,” said Bosh, whose team lost by 36 in Houston on Jan. 3. “It didn’t matter who we played.”Whiteside scored 11 points, tied a career high with 10 rebounds and set career bests with five blocked shots and 27 minutes. He came up big midway through the fourth, blocking away Deron Williams’ shot after the Nets’ guard backed Miami’s Norris Cole down in the post with ease.Williams’ shot never had a chance. Whiteside sent it out of bounds, and the Heat needed those plays — improving to 7-12 at home. “It might not look like I’m there,” Whiteside said. “But I’m there.”Joe Johnson scored 19, Brook Lopez added 16 and Mirza Teletovic had 14 for Brooklyn, which had won six of seven and was seeking to get back over .500 for the first time since Nov. 12.The Heat never trailed — and, because nothing comes easily to them anymore, still had to sweat out the ending. A nine-point Heat lead with 4:49 left was whittled to three, and the Nets actually had a chance to tie with just over a minute remaining but Teletovic’s 3-pointer rattled out.“We couldn’t stop Bosh. We couldn’t stop Wade,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “That was the reason we couldn’t get any closer.”Williams scored 13 and Mason Plumlee scored 12 for the Nets, who are 0-3 against Miami this season.“I thought we fought hard,” Johnson said. “We had our opportunities, maybe missed a lot of chippies, open shots that we normally make.”Miami led 49-40 at the half, and still was up by five after the third. The third quarter has been an issue all season and it was again, with Miami getting outscored 19-15 in those 12 minutes.But the Heat held the lead, despite not getting to the 20-point mark in that quarter for the third straight game. And in the fourth, Miami had just enough.“It’s hard to win in this league,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It really is. … Even in a game like this, when we had to fight it all the way to the end, you don’t take winning for granted when you’re having a season like we (are) right now.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

The “Greek Freak” Leads All Vote-Getters In All-Star Ballot

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made his NBA All-Star Game debut last season, is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon, reports.Antetokounmpo received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (856,080) by 7,336 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of fan voting.  In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant leads with 767,402 votes and teammate Stephen Curry is next with 735,115 – a difference of 32,287 votes.The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  TNT will televise the midseason showcase at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.Read the full story here.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

7 days agoMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzema

first_imgMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzemaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeremy Menez has paid tribute to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Now with Paris FC, Menez helped France win the U17 World Cup alongside Benzema in 2004.He told Foot Mercato: “Of course, we can only admire his career. “With 10 years at Real Madrid, very few players have done it. In spite of all that could be said about him, what was put in his mouth, he is still there, he works and he closes the mouths of people. At some point everyone makes their career. “He was probably a more hard worker than us and he got what he deserves, that’s all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

INT’L Shipping a Major Plank of Economic Programme – Henry

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says international shipping is a major plank of the Government’s strategic economic programme,Capitalising on potential mega investments associated with the global logistics hub initiative and bolstered by the expanded Panama Canal.He was speaking on day one of the 30th Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) General Assembly at the entity’s headquarters in London on Monday (November 27). The session, which concludes on December 6, is being held under the theme ‘IMO: Connecting Ships, Ports and People’.Jamaica is actively lobbying support for its election to Category ‘C’ of the IMO Council at elections to be held on Friday, December 1.Minister Henry told delegates that Jamaica considers the development and growth of the maritime sector as a major feature of Vision 2030, which is the national development plan.The sector, he said, is essential in growing the economy while providing employment through a range of professional services, building on the success facilitated by substantial investments in world-class ports in cruise and transhipment; global distribution through the logistics hub; a dynamic and diverse Caribbean Maritime University (CMU); and an effective marine administration with a small but quality ship registry.He informed that the island’s capacity to perform as a well-regulated maritime State continues to benefit from the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), and that through its own bilateral assistance, Jamaica has the honour of delivering training on behalf of the IMO to other CARICOM countries.Minister Henry said Jamaica continues to show leadership in the Caribbean region in partnering with the IMO to find solutions to reducing emissions from international shipping.He noted that the country is the only one in the region and the only Small Island Developing State (SIDS) that was selected as a Lead Pilot Country under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership (GLOMEEP), which tackles emissions from international shipping through legal, policy and institutional reforms.GLOMEEP is a project of the IMO, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)During a courtesy call on Secretary-General of the IMO, His Excellency Kitack Lim, Minister Henry underscored Jamaica’s long-standing commitment and support for the agency, citing the country’s implementation of the rules and standards emanating from the IMO.The Secretary General commended Jamaica on its active role and involvement at the IMO, on its advanced maritime infrastructure, as well as the unique skills and contribution of Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, who is Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and Special Envoy to the IMO.Jamaica’s delegation to the assembly includes Jamaica’s High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Seth Gorge Ramocan; Chair, Board of Directors, MAJ, Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester; President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock; and Rear Admiral Brady. He informed that the island’s capacity to perform as a well-regulated maritime State continues to benefit from the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), and that through its own bilateral assistance, Jamaica has the honour of delivering training on behalf of the IMO to other CARICOM countries. He noted that the country is the only one in the region and the only Small Island Developing State (SIDS) that was selected as a Lead Pilot Country under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership (GLOMEEP), which tackles emissions from international shipping through legal, policy and institutional reforms. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says international shipping is a major plank of the Government’s strategic economic programme, Capitalising on potential mega investments associated with the global logistics hub initiative and bolstered by the expanded Panama Canal.last_img read more

Cosco, CSDC Form Dry Bulk JV

first_imgzoom China Cosco Holdings and China Shipping Development Co (CSDC) have agreed to establish a joint venture company in Singapore that would focus on transportation of iron ore and other dry bulk shipping activities.The joint venture would be named China Ore Shipping. Majority stake in the JV would be taken by Cosco, 51%, and 49% would be owned by CSDC, the Chinese companies said in a filing to a stock exchange.As informed, Cosco will invest USD 168.3 million whereas CSDC will assign USD 161.7 million in their joint venture, which is expected to “bring about a steady stream of income and believed the deal will benefit the company and its shareholders.”The move comes, following Vale’s announcement on two separate deals with the Chinese firms, Cosco and China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd. (CMES), that are expected to result in the sale of up to eight very large iron ore carriers, known as Valemaxes.Vale signed two three-party Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for potential financing and loan facilities with the Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank) and the two Chinese shipping companies on Tuesday.The two memorandums discuss financing cooperation in iron ore shipping and define the basis for future cooperation among Vale and its Chinese partners.According to each Memorandum, the China EXIM Bank will consider providing a loan facility of up to USD 1.2 billion to both Cosco and China Merchants, respectively, to facilitate the two shipping companies’ provision of iron ore shipping services to Vale.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Monday, June 25. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Pinkietown Bridge Pinkietown Bridge in Ohio will be closed for repairs until Friday, May 25. There is a detour on Ohio Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-7383 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to about eight kilometres west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, installation of rumble strips until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone and expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane to pave and install a curb until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road, and Belmont Road Underpass, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, ditching, paving and guardrail work until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George River Bridge George River Bridge on George River Road will be closed for repairs until Sunday, June 10. There is a detour on Scotch Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, June 30, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-last_img read more

Neetu Chandra to be ambassador for Teen Cancer America

first_imgMumbai: Actress Neetu Chandra feels that being helpless medically is the worst situation to be in and she uses her influence to contribute to the cause wherever possible. Understanding her zeal, Teen Cancer America has got her on-board as an ambassador. She will use her influence, talent and voice to help them raise funds, and reach the common man at the earliest in their journey to recovery. “Cancer is a lethal disease, and it has changed how I look at life. If help is available at the right stage, cancer can be fought with. Teen Cancer America is doing great work and their goals are well thought through and achievable,” Neetu said in a statement. “My intention behind collaborating with them and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) is to help in fundraising through shows which will expedite the process of providing the right treatment at the right time,” she added. Neetu has been associated with CPAA for over 12 years now. With this collaboration, she strengthens her voice and purpose towards combatting cancer.last_img read more

Hugh Jackman Supports Childrens Hospital On Location

first_imgKim Fraser, a spokesperson for the MCH foundation, was thrilled about the donation. “It’s so generous. It came out of the blue,” she told The Star.Although the hospital has not yet decided where the money will go, the main focus of MCH is on specialized surgery (cardiac, neurosurgery, transplantation and reconstructive) and care of critically ill infants and children.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars From a small house on Guy Street, Montreal in 1904, when paediatric medicine was a new specialty, the Children’s Memorial Hospital of Montreal grew to become a university teaching hospital in 1920 (affiliated with McGill University) and, now called Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH), is recognized worldwide in the fields of genetics, oncology and epidemiology, and is at the forefront of children’s care.Actor Hugh Jackman, in Montreal filming scenes for the next X-Men film, donated $10,000 to MCH. Jackman’s wife made the donation on behalf of herself, Jackman and the film cast and crew. last_img read more

Sri Lanka assures China will tackle issues related to project deals

“In order to strive for early harvest and bring tangible benefit to the two peoples, China stands ready to work with the Sri Lankan side to accelerate the implementation of the major-projects cooperation under the framework of the “Belt and Road” Initiative,” the Chinese Embassy said. Ambassador Cheng highlighted the bilateral economic and trade relation, especially major-projects cooperation as the ballast stone of Sino-Sri Lanka relations. During the meeting, Ambassador Cheng elaborated on current progress together with difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries and called upon the Sri Lankan Government pushing for practical solutions.Wickremasinghe thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka’s economic and social development and hoped that China’s assistance and aid would benefit more grassroot people. The Prime Minister emphasized that Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation between the two countries and his commitment to tackle the practical difficulties listed by the Chinese side.The Prime Minister said he will urge the Ministerial committee on the Hambantota development project and the Ministry of Southern Development to coordinate with the concerned departments to speed up the implementation of pragmatic cooperation such as the development of the Hambantota Port and industrial zone, so as to bring real benefits to the Sri Lankan people in an early date, the Chinese Embassy said.Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy Yang Zuoyuan and Minister of Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka participated in the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has assured China it will tackle issues related to project deals between both countries.The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan held a working consultation with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Tree where both sides reviewed the current progress of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and vowed to further promote pragmatic cooperation, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said today. read more

Hyundai recalling 883000 Sonata midsize cars to fix problem with gear shift

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:26 am MDT Hyundai recalling 883,000 Sonata midsize cars to fix problem with gear shift levers DETROIT – Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens, the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.The company says in documents posted Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators that it has received 1,171 warranty claims about the problem, plus seven other reports with related symptoms. The documents don’t say if there have been any crashes or injuries.Hyundai will notify owners by letter between now and the end of September. Dealers will inspect the shift cables and repair the connection if needed. read more

Championship Weekend SEC playin Murrays Heisman push

College football closes its regular season with championship weekend, leading to selection Sunday when the playoff is set and the bowls are matchups are finalized.This is the first season in FBS where each of the 10 conferences has a championship game, but as a bonus there are some regular-season games sprinkled in to the slate. Teams such as Virginia Tech, Iowa State and North Carolina State are playing to make up for games cancelled during the regular season by severe weather. Stanford and Cal are playing their big rivalry game, which was postponed because of wildfires in California.It is the last real college football Saturday until next Labor Day. Enjoy it.BEST GAMENo. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game.A rematch of last season’s national championship game with playoff implications. But what kind exactly? It’s certainly possible both teams could get in if Georgia wins and Alabama finishes 12-1. A close game combined with losses by Oklahoma and Ohio State in their championship games could get Georgia into the playoff even with a loss.Georgia will try to slow Alabama’s explosive offensive with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy front-runner.It’s also round two between Alabama coach Nick Saban and Georgia’s Kirby Smart, the Tide’s longtime defensive co-ordinator. Saban has never lost to one of his former assistants, going 13-0.HEISMAN WATCHKyler Murray, QB, OklahomaMurray has put up numbers even better than Baker Mayfield’s when he won the Heisman for the Sooners last season. The junior has thrown for 3,674 yards and 37 touchdowns and run for 853 yards and 11 scores.Murray and the fifth-ranked Sooners look to avenge their only loss of the season against No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 championship game. Oklahoma’s porous defence has made Murray have to be both good and clutch. The Sooners have allowed at least 40 points in each of their last four games, winning them all behind the best offence in the country, led by Murray. He’s chasing Tagovailoa in the Heisman race and has one last chance to overtake him.NUMBERS TO KNOW4 — Clemson is trying to become just the second Power Five conference team to win four straight league title games since Florida did it in the SEC from 1993-96. The second-ranked Tigers face Pitt in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.30-1 — No. 6 Ohio State’s record against No. 21 Northwestern since 1972. The Wildcats are in the Big Ten championship game for the first time.24 — No. 8 UCF’s winning streak heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game against Memphis. The Knights could become the 27th team in major-college football history to win 25 straight games.2000 — The last season Washington reached the Rose Bowl. The 10th-ranked Huskies face No. 17 Utah in the Pac-12 title game with a Rose Bowl appearance on the line. The Utes have never played in the Rose Bowl.OFF THE RADARVirginia Tech will play Marshall at home, trying to extend the longest active bowl appearance streak to 27 years. The Hokies gave themselves hope to extend the streak last week by rallying in the fourth quarter and beating rivalry Virginia in overtime.HOT SEATTerry Bowden, AkronHard to be on the hot seat and playing on championship weekend, but Bowden has been at Akron for seven years and at 62 years old he has 35-51 record with the Zips. Akron faces South Carolina in one of those make-up games. A loss would drop Akron to 4-8 on the season and there has been some speculation that the school and Bowden might be looking to move on.___More AP college football: and D. Russo, The Associated Press read more

Microplastics found in every lake and river in Britain

Researchers at Bangor University and Friends of the Earth collected water from lakes, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs and lochs in England, Wales and Scotland and found all contained plastic. Microplastics are probably polluting every lake and river in Britain, scientists have warned, after the first national survey found particles in all samples. Dr Christian Dunn, of Bangor University, who led the research,… The River Tame in Greater Manchester was found to be the most polluted, with more than 1,000 particles per litre. But even the comparatively remote Loch Lomond had 2.4 particles per litre, while Ullswater in the Lake District contained 29.5 shards of microplastic in the same volume of water. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Beer kegs road signs and goal posts go missing as metal thefts

first_imgCRIMESTOPPERS HAS LAUNCHED a campaign to increase public awareness of metal theft, which it said today “affects everyone”.The organisation said today that the crime affects a wide range of businesses and community organisations with items like beer kegs, copper wires, road signs, jewellry, lead roofs and goal posts being reported stolen.There have also been a number of high profile thefts of precious objects, including sculptures and religious relics.Speaking at the launch today, Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne said the rising demand for metal on the international market has pushed the price upwards and has made it “a more attractive criminal enterprise”. Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne and Netwatch CEO David Walsh (Image: Conor Healy Photography).“Metal theft is not a victimless crime,” he said. “Metal theft strikes at the very heart of the community.”Significant financial loss and potentially serious harm, including death, can often result from the theft of metal from utility and rail companies. The removal of lead from roofs can cause significant costs to building and leave them prone to further damage. The theft of beer kegs has a significant economic impact for breweries that have to replace stolen kegs with new ones.Byrne called on the public to contact Crimestoppers if they see any activity that may be linked to the crime, even if the information appears irrelevant, or if they are offered metal for sale.The campaign is supported by Netwatch which also emphasised the serious impact of the thefts on Irish businesses.Calls to Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25 are free and anonymous and you might even receive a reward for the information you provide.Read: Preserved heart of Dublin saint stolen from Christ Church Cathedral>Read: Metal theft crime prevention plan in final stages>last_img read more

Lest we forget Taoiseach and other leaders mark 100 years since World

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is to join other EU leaders in Belgium today to mark 100 years since the start of World War I.Leaders will gather at Ypres to attend a ceremony at Menin Gate, a memorial to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died and whose burial places are unknown.Ypres is symbolic as the city saw heavy fighting through the four years of the war. It stood at the apex of the western front and was heavily damaged and almost destroyed in battle.It will be the second time in recent months that the Taoiseach has visited Ypres.In December, he and British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to all the British and Irish soldiers who lost their lives in World War One in a visit which was described as ‘another key milestone’ in the deepening of relations between Britain and Ireland.More than 200,000 Irish people fought in the British forces in World War I. It is estimated that approximately 49,400 of these men were killed in action. Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS ArchiveRead: Did someone in your family survive World War I? Column: Remember those who fought in WWI – they were as diverse, and Irish, as any of us > Read: ‘When are the other boys coming?’ WWI posters try to recruit Irish friends >last_img read more

Captain Ger OBrien confident Saints have right plan to complete Legia job

first_imgST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC captain, Ger O’Brien has urged his team-mates to believe in their own ability ahead of tonight’s crucial Champions League qualifier with Legia Warsaw.Having taken a 1-0 lead in Poland last week, the full-back is adamant the Saints have enough quality in their ranks, despite the possibility of the Polish champions dominating the possession stakes.“They are good, and we know they will probably have a lot of the ball, but we need to realise how good we are as players,” he said.“Liam has signed us with a view to do well domestically and also in this competition, and I think we probably created the better chances (last week).“A stat popped up on the screen when I was re-watching the game that said we had seven shots on target to their one, but nobody would have given us a chance to have that type of dominance on the night.“They can have all the possession they like, but once we are on the right end of the scoreline that’s all that matters.”And despite having to play the game away from Inchicore and Richmond Park, O’Brien said the team won’t use any excuse, and simply need to apply the directions given by manager, Liam Buckley.He said: “We won’t use the pitch and we won’t use the venue as an excuse. We’ve manoeuvred ourselves into a very good position and we just have to make sure that we’re not a hard luck story, and that we go out and perform with the game plan that Liam gives us.”Confidence is sure to be high within the Saints’ ranks having scored a brilliantly-worked goal last week, and also testing the Warsaw defence on several occasions in the first leg. Source: stpatsfctv/YouTubeThat being said, Liam Buckley and co know that with several full internationals in their ranks, the current Polish Champions provide stern opposition, and have the ability to unlock the Pats’ defence.Man United ‘ready to break transfer records’, says Ed WoodwardManchester City game called off over ‘racism’last_img read more