Adobe Takes the Lead in 360 Video and VR by Acquiring Mettle SkyBox

first_imgSoftware giant Adobe has bet big on VR and 360 video with the acquisition of Mettle’s SkyBox VR editing tools.Top image via Shutterstock.Adobe has just announced the acquisition of all SkyBox technology from leading VR tool developer Mettle. The VR tools were originally available from Mettle as plugins for Premiere Pro and After Effects, but this acquisition will enhance the Adobe Creative Cloud by offering the best VR tools natively to all users.Since 2015, the Mettle tools have been the best in creating 360 degree videos. At the most recent NAB, Mettle announced the ability to work with fog, volumetric effect, and depth-based masking in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. It looks like those tools will be the first major changes to the Adobe CC.Mettle has also been a leader in the tutorial space, offering hours of instructional content to 360-video creators. You can even download 360 footage to experiment with.In another great move, Adobe will also hire Mettle co-founder Chris Bobotis as a Director of Professional Video. Chris is an incredibly talented developer who brings twenty-five years of production experience to Adobe.Our relationship started with Adobe in 2010 when we created FreeForm for After Effects, and has been evolving ever since. This is the next big step in our partnershipI’ve always believed in developing software for artists, by artists, and I’m looking forward to bringing new technology and integration that will empower creators with the digital tools they need to bring their creative vision to life. — Chris BobotisMettle will soon no longer offer the SkyBox tools as plugins on their site, and we should see the tools natively in one of the upcoming CC updates.As for the move to Adobe, Chris had the following to say:I am honored to be working with the team at Adobe. I look forward to contributing to the team efforts, moving forward with new tools in immersive media.You can read the full Adobe Press Release here.last_img read more

Sensex falls below 18K, RIL at 2-year low

first_imgThe BSE benchmark Sensex fell to its three-week low on Thursday, closing 146 points down to below the 18,000 mark as FIIs sold stocks on fears that 25 bps hike by the RBI to tame a stubborn inflation will hit the growth of an economy already showing signs of a slow-down.Weak global cues further dampened the sentiment.Tips on risk-free investing in stock markets The Bombay Stock Exchange key index, Sensex, dropped by 146.36 points, or 0.81 per cent to 17,985.88, a level last seen on May 25, after the Reserve Bank of India hiked lending rates by 25 basis points for the tenth time since March 2010.BSE data showed that overseas investors sold a net Rs 3.73 billion of stocks on Wednesday, turning net sellers of the equities this year for the first time since June 1.Fall in emerging-market stocks dragged the Sensex to a three-month low, amid concerns that increased efforts to cool inflation in India and China will curb economic growth amid a worsening debt crisis in Europe.Broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty lost 50.75 points, or 0.93 per cent to 5,396.75 level.On the BSE, Reliance Industries (RIL ) and Infosys that carry the maximum weight on the 30-share gauge, Sensex, also declined. RIL fell to a two-year low at Rs 888 a piece, after it was downgraded by HSBC Holdings.IT bellwether Infosy fell by Rs 33.35 to Rs 2,800.55 following a weak trend in the US markets. The software exporter gets more than 50 per cent of its revenue from the US and European markets.Interest-rate sensitive banking stocks also suffered.Market leaders like HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank dropped by Rs 29.50 to Rs 2,342.90 and Rs 4.55 to Rs 1,028.50, respectively.Heavy machinery stocks led by Larsen and Toubro fell on concern that higher borrowing costs will hurt profit margins.Larsen lost Rs 34.25 to Rs 1,679.70, Siemens India by Rs 3.50 to Rs 872.30 and ABB Ltd by Rs 9.50 to Rs 841.50.–With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Brave 22: Stephen Loman retains world title as Team Lakay bets rise

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory marks the third time Loman has defended his title.In the co-main event, John Brewin carved out a gritty split decision victory over Cian Cowley in their lightweight tussle.“To tell you the truth, if not for Cian … they put me here and they gave me a shot. I hope I could keep on putting on this kind of performances [moving forward],” the Brewin said.Also mounting a stellar performance was Rolando Dy, who made quick work of Mehmosh Raza,“I would die before losing in front of my family, friends, and countrymen,” Dy said during a candid speech shortly after the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Jeremy Pacatiw, Loman’s teammate, rolled to his third-straight win in the promotion.The young Team Lakay ward shot for an armbar to submit compatriot Mark Alcoba in the third round.The famed Baguio City stable went on a 4-1 run in the event.Other resultsJomar Pa-ac (Philippines) def. Satya Behuria (India; Unanimous decisionHussain Ayyad (Bahrain) def. Jason Vergara (Philippines); Submission, R1 (anaconda choke)Jayson Margallo (Philippines) def. Rex de Lara (Philippines); Unanimous decisionHarold Banario (Philippines) def. Ariel Oliveros (Philippines); Submission, R1 (knee bar)Main CardRolando Dy (Philippines) def. Mehmosh Raza (Pakistan); Technical knockout – R1 Stephen Loman retains his bantamweight title anew. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Brandon MagpantayMANILA, Philippines–It took Stephen Loman four rounds to finally make Elias Boudegzdame’s knees shake.But once he did, he went on relentlessly to keep his foe on the ground and the retain bantamweight title during Brave CF’s “Storm of Warriors” showpiece at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Loman’s big moment came in late in the fourth round. The striker out of Benguet tagged his Algerian assignment with a solid left before finishing him on the canvas via ground and pound.“I’d like to dedicate this fight to all of you,” said Team Lakay’s Loman, who was defending his strap for the first time on home soil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBoudegzdame, for his part, was tough as nails. He tried to match Loman early on, giving the Filipino striker a dose of his own medicine.A submission specialist, Boudegzdame went after Loman’s back repeatedly. But the fighter—who goes by the moniker “Smile”—had his smirk replaced with a bruise on the cheek as the fight unraveled. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jeremy Pacatiw (Philippines) def. Marc Alcoba (Philippines); Submission, R3 (arm bar)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao offers his prayers to victims of Christchurch mass shooting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View commentslast_img read more

A-Roid Shows Up Early At Camp

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees following a season-long suspension, arriving three days ahead of schedule.Wearing a green University of Miami sweat suit, Rodriguez arrived shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 23 in a white SUV at the team’s minor league complex, a short distance from Steinbrenner Field. New York’s position players start workouts Feb. 24.Suspended for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez apologized to team officials during a meeting on Feb. 10 and to fans in a statement last week. The three-time AL MVP has not spoken publicly about his actions that led to the suspension.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, has not played a full season since 2007 because the suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries. He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while with Texas.Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in August 2013, citing conduct from 2010-12 uncovered during MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic, which was based in Coral Gables, Florida, not far from Rodriguez’s home.Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to the 2014 season, finding “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct baseball’s drug investigation. The suspension cost Rodriguez $22.13 million of his $25 million salary last year.Rodriguez also sued Major League Baseball, the players’ association and the Yankees’ team physician, then dropped the cases.He is owed $61 million in the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year contract. A marketing agreement signed at the time of his contract provides for five $6 million bonuses he could earn for historic achievements; the Yankees told him they don’t plan to pay those.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dark Knight for Cubs; Mets Take Game 1

first_imgFLUSHING – Mets Ace Matt “The Dark Knight” Harvey made an emphatic debut in the NLCS, pitching 7 2/3 innings at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 4-2 victory in Game 1. Harvey’s clutch fielding, too, erased at least for now doubts as to his will to give it his all.Though Harvey gave up a long solo homer to Kyle Schwarber before manager Terry Collins turned over pitching detail to closer Jeurys Familia, Harvey gave up four hits and struck out nine. Harvey’s home run was the first given up by a Mets starter in the postseason, a stat that underscores how the Mets’ success to this point in great part came from the mound.For the Amazins, Curtis Granderson drove in two runs, and another two came from solo home runs from Daniel Murphy – who’s been red-hot as of late – and Travis d’Arnaud.Game 2 is Sunday night, October 18, also at Citi Field, with Mets’ rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard facing the Cubs’ Jake Arietta, who had a spectacular 22-6 regular season record. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui plans to build on Zinedine Zidane’s success

first_imgReal Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui hailed Zinedine Zidane’s work at the club and wants to build on that from here on without thinking too much about the past.Lopetegui, who is set to be on charge of Real Madrid for the first time in an official game during the UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid, said that the team plans to work hard and consolidate their successes.”Zidane did extraordinary work with incredible success but that is the past. We will not look back but forward with confidence and hard work to consolidate our successes.” said Lopetegui on the eve of Real’s UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League holders and city rivals Atletico in Tallinn.He also praised Gareth Bale’s attitude and desire to make it big at Real after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Madrid earlier in the summer.”We love that (Bale) is with us. He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he’s been working well since the beginning of the season.”We’re delighted with his attitude and his desire, he’s an ultra professional who is training with the desire of a youth teamer. We are convinced he will have a great season,” Lopetegui.All out for the SUPER CUP!@atletienglishA. Le Coq ArenaUEFA Super Cup9pm CEST# #RMSuperCup pic.twitter.com/27r77cHztDReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 15, 2018Lopetegui said he had already decided whether new signing Thibaut Courtois or stalwart Keylor Navas would start in goal on Wednesday but he declined to reveal his plans.advertisementAtletico coach Diego Simeone, who is suspended from the touchline after being sent off in the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal, said that he is convinced emotion will be a key factor in the game.”The important thing is the emotion, the hope. This game could be decided on an emotional level,” the Simeone said.Atletico retained key man Antoine Griezmann despite interest from Barcelona in the summer and added several more players to their squad, including Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar and Santiago Arias.TallinnA derbyThe #SuperCup awaitsVAMOS, ATLETI! #AúpaAtleti #RealMadridAtleti pic.twitter.com/VS49RuquN6Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 14, 2018However, Simeone said it does not mean his team were ready to compete for trophies against La Liga giants Real and Barcelona.”The arrival of good players guarantees good individuals but not a better team until we are all working in the same direction,” added Simeone.”Obviously our budgets are not the same. But in terms of motivation we never feel beneath anyone. In this match we will do everything we can to take the game where we want it.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

England & Brazil U17 to camp in Mumbai

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup: England & Brazil to set up training camp in Mumbai Last updated 2 years ago 06:52 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup Brazil U17 England U17 Four teams including Brazil & England are expected to camp in India’s commercial capital ahead of the showpiece tournament in October… In the run up to the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup, the first ever FIFA tournament to be held in India, the participating teams have already charted their preparations to reach and acclimatise themselves to India.England and Brazil, two of the most glamorous teams which will take part in the tournament, are expected to set up their training base in Mumbai, Goal can confirm.  Paraguay and New Zealand are also expected to camp in the city. The teams are expected to reach Mumbai by the 2nd or 3rd week of September. The tournament starts on October 6th across six venues in the country.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Rhian Brewster Callum Hudson-Odoi England U17Brazil U17While Brazil’s group games will be held in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi) and the Fatorda stadium (Goa), England’s matches take place at the the Yuba Bharathi Krirangan (Kolkata). However, the teams have decided to set up their bases at the Mumbai Football Arena.The four teams are also expected to play practice games against each other during their camp. England, who qualified to the tournament as the European U17 championship runners up, have been drawn in Group F alongside Chile, Mexico and Iraq. Brazil, on the other hand, are up against Spain, Niger and DPR Korea in Group D.last_img read more

Nebraska Receives Great News On Freshman RB Ronald Thompkins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Fortunately for Nebraska, it seems that issue has been cleared up.According to the Omaha World-Herald, Thompkins has passed all his academic hurdles and is cleared to enroll at Nebraska.His father confirmed to the publication that his son is set to enroll:The last of Nebraska’s 2019 running back signees is headed to campus.Loganville (Ga.) Grayson running back Ronald Thompkins has cleared all academic hurdles to enroll at NU, according to his father. Thompkins will arrive at Nebraska next week.Thompkins joins a crowded backfield at Nebraska, which features Dedric Mills, Maurice Washington, Rahmir Johnson and Jaylin Bradley. Washington, the most experienced member of the unit, is still dealing with a serious legal situation in his home state of California, so his status remains is flux heading into the year.Frost’s offense showed potential in year one under Adrian Martinez. While losing running back Devine Ozigbo to the NFL hurts the team’s firepower, the Huskers should have enough depth to fall back on.[Omaha World-Herald] A shot of a football before the game between Nebraska and Minnesota.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: General view of a football before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Nebraska Cornhuskers are trending up going into next season, and one reason is their strong incoming class.With another year under his belt in the Big Ten, Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers are ready to bring the program back to its glory days. Many experts believe they have the potential to contend for a conference championship.Nebraska has a sold core of returning players for this fall as well as an impressive recruiting class. A point of emphasis for Frost was finding playmakers to excel in his offensive scheme.Ronald Thompkins, a three-star tailback from Georgia, is an all-purpose back that could make a difference for the Huskers. The only thing holding him back from leaving his mark in Lincoln was an academic issue.last_img read more

Evergreen Sets Sights on 10 Reefers

first_imgzoom Taiwan-listed shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp. said that it intends to sign shipbuilding contracts for up to ten reefers.Under two separate deals, five 2,800 TEU container vessels would be built by Japanese builder Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. at a price ranging between USD 36-USD 39 million per vessel.The remaining five 2,800 TEU containerships would be built by CSBC Corporation, Taiwan under the same pricing terms, putting the overall value of the contracts at up to USD 400 million.The announcement comes as the shipping company steamed its way back to profit in the first quarter of 2015.Namely, the company recovered from a loss worth TWD 1.69 million from 2014 to a profit of TWD 1.53 million (USD 50,200).The rebounded results were mainly attributed to reduced operating costs.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

MF units held by NRIs in Mauritius Singapore decline

first_imgMumbai: Mutual Fund (MF) units held by non-residents in Mauritius and Singapore declined after the amendment in double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAA) with them for withdrawal of capital gains exemption in a phased manner, effective April 2017, according to an RBI survey. The survey covers 44 Indian MF companies and their asset management companies (AMCs), which held or acquired foreign assets and/or liabilities during 2018-19 and/or in the preceding year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Foreign liabilities of MF companies ($13.5 billion) in the form of non-residents’ investments in the units substantially exceeded their foreign assets in the form of overseas equity investments ($0.7 billion) in March 2019 with both foreign liabilities and foreign assets recording increases during 2018-19,” it said. The UAE, the UK and the USA were the largest investors together accounting for one-third of the MF units held by non-residents. According to the survey, foreign liabilities in units of MF companies at face value in the case of Mauritius declined 43.1 per cent at the end of March 2019 over the previous year. In the case of Singapore, the decline was 16.6 per cent during the same period. The survey further said that in the case of asset management companies of non-residents in the UK held over half of the foreign liabilities of AMCs in March 2019. On the other hand, AMCs’ equity liabilities to non-residents in Japan, Mauritius and Hong Kong declined during the year.last_img read more

Jet crisis Plea on consumer redressal deferred to May 1

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing on a plea seeking prompt redressal of consumer complaints in the wake of the ongoing Jet Airways crisis. The court said that it will hear the plea on May 1. The application was filed by consumer rights activist Bejon K. Misra, whose earlier plea seeking capping of airfares charged by various airlines in the country, is still pending before the court. In Monday’s interim application, the petitioner claimed that passengers had been severely affected owing to the sudden suspension of Jet Airways services and sought directions to the government to allow them a full refund on their tickets with a reasonable compensation, or to arrange for alternative travel for them to reach their destinations. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The petitioner’s counsel Advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi said that with more than 100 flights cancelled without prior notice, passengers were constrained to run from pillar to post to manage their urgent official and personal commitments. The need to seek alternative modes of travel, or seats, on other airlines urgently was resulting in chaos as other airlines were profiteering out of the crisis, he said. “It is common knowledge that all the competitor airlines have exorbitantly increased their fares and the vulnerable consumers are constrained to suffer not only in terms of money but also in terms of mental harassment of an unprecedented scale,” read the application. Misra has earlier told the court that the authorities were behaving like “silent spectators” to the “arbitrary” air fares. He said that in the absence of any effective aviation sector regulator, there is a looming crisis in the country.last_img read more

Brave Miss World A MoroccanJewish MeToo

By Hajare El KhaldiRabat – Emmy-nominated director Cecilia Peck opens up to Morocco World News about her documentary Brave Miss World, and her strive to break the silence surrounding rape and sexual assault years before the #MeToo movement brought the issue into the mainstream.When 18-year-old Linor Abargil was crowned the Miss World 1998, she seemed to have it all:  a year of charity benefits and world renown to boost her modeling career. However, beneath the crown, she had suffered a gut-wrenching trauma, just seven weeks prior. In October, 1998, Abargil was kidnapped, stabbed and raped by Uri Schlomo Nur, an Italian travel agent associated with her modeling agency, while beginning her modeling career in Italy. Soon after, Abargil managed to escape and call her mother in Israel, marking the start of her long journey towards justice.Abargil reported the crime and presented DNA evidence in Italy, before traveling home to Tel Aviv.However, Italian authorities initially released the alleged rapist for lack of evidence, pushing Abargil to seek the help of Israeli authorities, who issued an arrest warrant for Nur under his name prior to his conversion to Judaism, Selman Noor.After being tricked into returning to Israel, Nur was convicted for rape and sentenced 16 years in prison, with DNA evidence found in his car serving as the basis for his sentence.In spite of her own trauma, Abargil began to speak out about her experience and meet with other rape survivors. In her healing journey, she traveled from South Africa to Israel, and then on to American campuses, aiming to expose violence against women.In order to reach out to more rape survivors, Abargil set out for Los Angeles looking for a woman director who would help tell her story.“She felt that the worst moment in her life, which was being the victim of a terrifying abduction, stabbing and rape — and the high point of life, which was being crowned Miss World, must have happened so close together for a reason,” said Cecilia Peck who took on the mission of telling Abargil’s to the world.Peck added, “Linor had no shame in telling us about what she had been through. ‘Why should I be ashamed?’ she said, ‘The fault was his, not mine.’ Linor wanted to make a film about her fight for justice, and her journey toward healing, in the hopes of encouraging other survivors of rape around the world not to be ashamed and not to stay silent.”Peck underscored her interest in Abargil’s relationship with her mother, who buoyed her daughter with unconditional love and support throughout her healing process.“Linor comes from a very close, tightly knit Moroccan-Jewish family, who gave her a lot of support when she was raped, and the film goes into depth in her family relationships and background,” affirmed the director.Despite the poignancy of the story, documentary production was not an easy process. On one hand, Brave Miss World faced major funding problems, especially stigma surrounding the topic of rape and sexual assault before the recent hype of the #MeToo movement.“Inbal Lessner and I made the film before the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements. We were very alone as we set out to document Linor’s story. There was no movement to support Linor and the other women who broke their silence for our cameras. But their courage was so inspiring, and Brave Miss World was one of the first films to look at what happens when women try to report rape. Now we’re seeing a huge cultural shift and massive support for women who are demanding justice,” declared Peck.On the other hand, it was hard for Abargil to speak about rape and support others while still facing her own demons: she had to walk away from the project for six months at one point in production.“It was challenging to find the balance between remaining sensitive to how triggering it could be to them, while also managing shooting days on shoestring budgets and keeping the production going. But all of the women interviewed in the film wanted to be part of something that could help other survivors feel less ashamed and less alone,” said Peck.As a result of Abargil’s case, laws were enhanced in Israel giving more rights to rape survivors. However, Abargil’s aims were higher: she wanted to help women on a global scale and set out to create dialogue around the sweeping changes in the mainstream culture today.In fact, the Emmy-nominated documentary continues to make changes through screenings on over 200 college campuses and around the world.With over 7,200,000 visitors, the Brave Miss World website provides a safe haven for rape survivors, making it the number one website for those seeking to share their stories. “We are very proud of our outreach component, which offers resources and a safe, curated space for survivors to support each other online,” declared the director.Peck wishes that these changes would reach Morocco, and that more women would be willing to speak up, and help alleviate the gender disparities.“I believe that there is a great need for advancement of the implementation of women’s rights in Morocco, and our team salutes all of the women who are speaking up there and making a difference.”Brave Miss World was recently screened at 21st edition of the New York Sephardic Jewish Festival, which dedicated its opening night to Moroccan Gnawa music. read more

Eli Manning Is Profoundly Mediocre

We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Among that group, Eli Manning ranks either last, or ahead of only Testaverde,1In Testaverde’s defense, he spent nearly a decade toiling away on some bad Buccaneers and Browns teams. in nearly every season-indexed rate stat: completion rate, yards per attempt, interception rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt, net yards per attempt and adjusted net yards per attempt.But Manning is not just terrible at being great — he regularly tests the lower boundaries of even being good. He has finished among the top 10 in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating just four times out of the 11 seasons for which QBR has been calculated; his average rank is a middling 16th. He has finished among the top 10 in passer rating just once in 12 starting campaigns, finishing an average of 18th. From 2004, when Manning entered the league, through Week 1 of 2017, he was in the bottom half of both season-indexed passer rating and season-indexed adjusted net yards per attempt2PFR’s Advanced Passing table contextualizes passing rate stats by indexing them to the league average over three seasons with the given season in the middle. 100 is average, higher is better. See the PFR Glossary for details. (among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts): Even after Eli Manning’s 200 consecutive regular-season NFL starts, quantifying his career is difficult.Manning is in his 14th season, and nearly every one has felt like a crossroads. Which quarterback would show up for the Giants: the one capable of winning two Super Bowl MVPs — or the one capable of leading the NFL in interceptions for three seasons?The answer was probably somewhere in between. Manning has been reliably, and historically, mediocre.Only 10 quarterbacks in NFL history have started at least 200 games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, and the list is a who’s who of all-time legends: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Warren Moon and John Elway. And Eli Manning. And, OK, Vinny Testaverde — but still.Save Eli Manning and Testaverde, all have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or are virtually certain to be.What to expect from the Lions vs. Giants The truth is, the NFL’s eighth all-time leading passer has produced like a below-average starter across his entire career. That average contains some really low points, like his miserable 27-interception 2013 season, when he finished 35th in passer rating in a league with just 32 teams.But that is as close as Manning has come to truly poor play. That reliability — that no matter how much he teases us with flashes of greatness, he at least definitely won’t be bad — has prompted the Giants to lean on him for more than a decade. What’s more, he’s rewarded that trust: Tonight, Manning will make his 212th consecutive start, the longest active Ironman streak in the NFL — and third-longest in the history of the league.Above all, that may be Manning’s greatest skill: just being there. Since he took the starting quarterback job away from Kurt Warner in November 2004, the Giants have not had to worry about the position, allowing the team to devote resources and draft picks to other areas. By comparison, the Giants’ roommates, the Jets, have started 15 quarterbacks in this span. The Cleveland Browns have started 23.But considering that Eli will turn 37 in January, how much longer can the Giants expect this to last? Quarterbacks seldom hang on to starting jobs beyond age 35. Then again, elite quarterbacks have blown past this expiration date — especially in recent years. Brady and Brees combine for 78 years of life, and together, they threw for more than 800 passing yards when they faced off on Sunday. Favre, Moon and Eli’s brother Peyton all played some of their most efficient football very near the end of their starting career. So maybe Eli Manning will soon reach a never-before-seen level of performance?But even his best passing performance, in 2011, still couldn’t match up with the best of his peers’. He threw for 501 more yards than he ever had before or ever has since, but 543 fewer than Brees that season. Manning gained an impressive average of 8.4 yards per attempt, but Aaron Rodgers gained an average of 9.2. Manning’s passer rating in 2011, 92.9, was worlds away from the NFL-record 122.5 that Rodgers posted that season.Even if Manning finds another level sometime soon, he’ll still be several levels shy of Brady, Brees and Rodgers’ best.In some ways, Manning is a throwback: A high-risk, high-reward passer who is rarely efficient but sometimes makes big plays in big moments. A Joe Namath in an era when offensive innovations have made the average NFL quarterback better than Roger Staubach.3Hall of Famer Roger Staubach’s career average completion rate (57 percent), TD/INT ratio (1.4:1) and passer rating (83.4) were all below 2016 NFL team passing averages (63.0 percent, 1.9:1, 87.6). All newsletters But this is why advanced statistics exist: to help isolate a player’s performance from that of his teammates’ (hello, defensive lines and David Tyree) and to compare his performances against those of his peers. That analysts at major outlets were still citing rings and wins to claim that Eli is better than Peyton as late as 2013 is proof that we still need to look deeper.A handful of high-leverage highlights can’t outweigh hundreds of games’ worth of mediocre play, not when we’re trying to pick the best of the best. But then, Eli Manning has never been one of the best.No, the most prolifically mediocre quarterback in NFL history is in a class all by himself.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Opinion Cincinnati Reds should trade Aroldis Chapman before its too late

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman celebrates the final out in the 9th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami on July 31. The Reds won, 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA good closer is a luxury for non-contending teams.Although the 2015 season has just begun, the Cincinnati Reds must seriously consider trading Aroldis Chapman.The flame-throwing left-hander has been a mainstay in the Reds’ bullpen since his major league debut in 2010. Featuring a fastball that routinely reaches the triple digits and a crippling slider, Chapman has established himself as one of the premier late-inning guys in MLB, perhaps only surpassed by Craig Kimbrel, formerly of the Atlanta Braves.Despite the incredible success he’s sustained in Cincinnati, including three All-Star appearances, the Reds must look to move Chapman quickly if they plan on contending in the near future. The Sunday trade between the Braves and San Diego Padres, which moved the equally unhittable Kimbrel to San Diego, should serve as an impetus to get a deal done.Despite his reputation as the best closer in the game, Atlanta could only recoup a modest return for Kimbrel. The Braves had to lower their asking price in order to get the Padres to pick up Melvin Upton Jr.’s massive contract.If the Reds were to try to deal Chapman, their return, in a vacuum, would likely be a little less than what Kimbrel would have fetched. But since this is the MLB, and not a vacuum, the Reds are positioned to reap a bounty.Any one of the teams expected to contend this season would be thrilled to have Chapman’s services, and most would be willing to part with one or two premium prospects in order to get a deal done.With the best closer in the game already on the move, the market has shrunk.  The demand for a dominant stopper like Chapman will not be higher than it is right now.The Reds must move quickly while they have leverage.  Though it would be disappointing for many Cincinnati fans to see the team selling pieces so early in the season, that disappointment would turn into optimism when they see the bounty the Reds obtained in return.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Aroldis Chapman pitches right handed, when in fact, he throws left handed. read more

LG to ship 55inch curved OLED TVs before the end of 2013

first_imgWe’ve been hearing about how great OLED TVs are going to be for years now. Low power use, much more vibrant colors, and screens that are as thin as a sheet of paper. But they haven’t appeared yet, or at least not at a price point that makes them mass market affordable, or large enough to replace your main TV.2013 looks to be the year that changes, though, and LG has stated that it will release 55-inch and larger OLED TVs this year. But these aren’t just massive OLED TVs, they are also going to be curved.No specific dates or prices have been given, but LG’s Vice President of Home Entertainment, Thomas Lee, said it will happen in the second half of 2013. And even though we don’t know pricing details, they will clearly demand a high premium, and especially so if LG has no competitors offering curved TVs for a while. Samsung can’t be far behind, though, as they showed this display off during CES:As to why you’d want a curved TV, it’s meant to offer a more immersive experience. Visit most modern movie theaters today and they will project on to a curved surface. Transferring that to a TV wouldn’t work too well at smaller sizes, but on very large TVs you won’t just get better immersion, the viewing angles should also be improved.The first model to launch will most likely be the LG EA9800 55-inch TV that was shown off at CES back in January. But LG is also promising larger units, so we could see curved TVs in the 60-84-inch range, maybe even larger.last_img read more

Teen critically hurt when motorcycle strikes SUV

first_imgA 17-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday night with life-threatening injuries after crashing his motorcycle into the back of another vehicle on St. Johns Road near the Minnehaha neighborhood, according to Vancouver police. The teen’s condition today is unknown.The crash was reported shortly after 8:15 p.m. near Northeast 65th Street and Northeast St. Johns Road. Officers with the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded.Vancouver police Officer Eric McCaleb said Saturday that the motorcycle crashed into the back of a Jeep. But he did not know the cause of the crash. The driver of the Jeep, who was not identified, was uninjured, he said.The motorcyclist was transported via ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, McCaleb said.The crash is under investigation.last_img read more

Pogba honoured to wear Manchester United armband

first_imgAfter Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1, Paul Pogba spoke to official Manchester United TV, stating that it is “an honour to wear the armband.”The France international midfielder was described by Manchester United boss as a “monster” after contributing so much on the back of only a few days’ work at the Aon Training Complex.“It’s always a pleasure for me, an honour to wear this armband. A lot of big players for story of the club [have had it]. It’s something great. To win today was most important. I scored a penalty, I’m very happy and really happy we started with a win.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s not a role you have to do. I think with everybody, all the players, all the team-mates, make you comfortable to wear this and proud to wear this. Even like when Michael Carrick came to talk to me and told me he wanted me to wear it because of the story of what I give to the club, to the people, to the fans, to the young players in the Academy. Stuff like that – they look up to me. I want to give back to them and always try my best to be thankful to the fans and to my team-mates.”Pogba also captained the team and opened the scoring with a penalty, while also winning our Man-of-the-Match award.last_img read more

Man cautioned for threatening Mike Misick Mistrial Motion comes today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:mike misick, mistrial, People Progressive Party, police, Ralph A. Thorne Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Feb 2016 – Show Police are taking threats against SIPT prosecutors, defendants and their attorneys seriously and have cautioned at least one TCI man for alleged threatening words leveled at ex-Premier, Michael Misick. The Police were told of the incident and last Friday paid the civilian a visit; Magnetic Media is informed that lead attorney for Misick, Ralph Thorne, lodged the complaint. Nine are on trial for maladministration where reported millions were allegedly moving through Progressive National Party account, personal bank accounts and all from private developers between 2003 and 2009. Thorne, as Misick’s attorney exposed the threat in a media statement; he also shared that he would file a mistrial motion which he did yesterday. Arguments had to be presented to Justice Paul Harrison by 3pm Monday; court resumes this morning to hear those mistrial motions. Among the complaints from the Misick camp, that a media statement issued by Beaches owner, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart was prejudicial against his client. Butch Stewart admitted to paying a huge fine when a treasurer unbeknownst to him, he said, deposited $1.65 million dollars into Prestigious Properties bank account. Yesterday, Magnetic Media inadvertently said it was $1.2 million, when the fine was actually $12 million dollars. Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Recommended for youlast_img read more

Biobased Products Enjoy the Spotlight in Washington

first_imgThis week in Washington, DC the U.S. biobased products sector was the subject of attention on several fronts.  On Tuesday, June 17 the Senate Ag Committee held a hearing titled, “Grow it Here, Make it Here: Creating Jobs through Biobased Manufacturing.”  Among those testifying at the hearing are The Coca-Cola Company, which uses biobased plastic bottles, called “PlantBottle,”that are made with sugar feedstocks; Cargill, which uses soybean oil to produce an electric transformer fluid called “EnviroTemp” that recently was the recipient of the EPA’s Green Chemistry Award and supplies biobased ingredients for a broad range of companies and products; and Lear Corporation, which uses soybean oil for their SoyFoam products used in automotive interiors.Following the hearing, the Senate Agriculture Committee hosted a “Spotlight on Innovation” that showcased 35 companies and entities from more than 20 different states, who are involved in developing and producing biobased products. The Indiana Soybean Alliance was among those participating in the showcase and displaying soy-based concrete sealant and other soy based products. Some other notable participants in the showcase include, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Ford Motor Company, DuPont, the Sherwin Williams Company, SynLawn of New York, Biobased Technologies of Arkansas and Soy Clean of Iowa.Building around the Senate hearing and showcase, the United Soybean Board (USB) held their annual biobased workshop June 17-18 in Washington, DC.  The workshop, officially called the Biobased Stakeholder’s Dialogue, brought together many companies and organizations to examine and discuss issues important to the growth and development of the biobased sector.  The USB workshop was held at the George Washington University (GWU), and included opening remarks from Kathleen Merrigan, the former USDA Deputy Secretary and current Director of Sustainability for GWU as well as a keynote address from current USDA Deputy Secretary and former ASA staffer Krysta Harden.The Biobased Products Coalition (BPC), which ASA is a founding and leading member, was also a prominent part of the week’s activities.  The BPC worked closely with the Senate Agriculture Committee on the hearing and the showcase and hosted a reception on Tuesday evening, at the same location as the USB workshop.  The BPC also honored current and former Senate Ag Committee chairmen, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) for their leadership and contributions to the biobased products sector.  The BPC presented Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Harkin with biobased floor mats that depict their states and say “Made with Soy.” The mats were made and provided by Universal Textile Technologies, SynLawn and Signature Accord, sister companies located in Dalton, Georgia and New York and members of the BPC.ASA is a founding and leading member of the Biobased Products Coalition (BPC), which works to develop and implement a comprehensive and pro-active federal policy strategy to advance the interests of biobased manufacturers and their industry partners. The Coalition currently consists of large and small companies, and agricultural trade associations representing feedstock producers.ASA will continue to seek opportunities through federal policy and with the private sector to increase industrial uses of soybeans and expand markets for soybean producers. The recent developments and market uncertainty in the food and biodiesel sectors reinforces the need to continue to develop additional outlets for soybean oil and soybean uses.last_img read more

ASAWISHH in Cambodia for Trade Servicing Activities

first_imgASA/WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey and Asia Division Director Alan F. Poock are currently in Cambodia for trade servicing activities and to start the EMP funded animal feed activities.Poock and Hershey met with Mr. Chea Rady of Medivet, who was a trade team member that visited Iowa and the Global Trade Exchange in August.  Medivet currently  buys U.S. whole soybeans that are extruded into full-fat soybean meal for pig starter feed.The team also met with the Royal University of Agriculture on collaboration for the upcoming animal feed activities.  ASA/WISHH has received USDA/FAS Emerging Markets Program funding to implement poultry and swine feeding demonstrations, a feed conference, technical assistance and a trade team to the U.SAfter Cambodia, Poock and Hershey travelled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to meet with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Senior Attaché Gerald Smith which covers Cambodia. They discussed long term market development and opportunities in animal agriculture and aquaculture.Funding for this trip is provided by the Iowa Soybean Association and FAS’s Market Access Program.last_img read more