Cheptegei nominated for 2019 World Athlete of Year award

first_img1989 Roger Kingdom Ana Fidelia Quirot 2014 Renaud Lavillenie Valerie Adams 2001 Hicham El Guerrouj Stacy Dragila *****Source: IAAFRELATED 1988 Carl Lewis Florence Griffith-Joyner 2005 Kenenisa Bekele (2) Yelena Isinbayeva (2) 2012 Usain Bolt (4) Allyson Felix 2004 Kenenisa Bekele Yelena Isinbayeva 1995 Jonathan Edwards Gwen Torrence 2017 Mutaz Essa Barshim Nafissatou Thiam 1992 Kevin Young Heike Henkel 2013 Usain Bolt (5) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 2006 Asafa Powell Sanya Richards 2000 Jan Železný 1994 Noureddine Morceli Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1999 Michael Johnson (2) Gabriela Szabo 2007 Tyson Gay Meseret Defar 2002 Hicham El Guerrouj (2) Paula Radcliffe 1997 Wilson Kipketer Marion Jones 1996 Michael Johnson Svetlana Masterkova 2008 Usain Bolt Yelena Isinbayeva (3) 2015 Ashton Eaton Genzebe Dibaba 1993 Colin Jackson Sally Gunnell 1998 Haile Gebrselassie Marion Jones (2) A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 4 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019.The female nominees will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday 15 October. The nominees for 2019 Male World Athlete of the Year Donavan Brazier (USA)– won world 800m title in a championship record of 1:42.34– won Diamond League title– won four of his five outdoor 800m racesChristian Coleman (USA)– won world 100m title in a world-leading 9.76– won world 4x100m title in a world-leading 37.10– won four of his five races at 100m 2009 Usain Bolt (2) Sanya Richards (2) 2018 Eliud Kipchoge Caterine Ibargüen 1990 Steve Backley Merlene Ottey 2016 Usain Bolt (6) Almaz Ayana 1991 Carl Lewis (2) Katrin Krabbe Nominees 2019 Male World Athlete of the Year  Joshua Cheptegei Donavan Brazier Christian Coleman Timothy Cheruyiot Steven Gardiner Sam Kendricks Eliud Kipchoge Noah Lyles Daniel Stahl Christian Taylor Karsten Warholm Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Ugandan long distance ace Joshua Cheptegei is one of 11 athletes nominated by the athletics world governing body IAAF for the Male 2019 World Athlete of the Year award.Cheptegei, who won the world cross-country title in Aarhus early in the year, followed it up with victory to take the  Diamond League 5000m title in August, before capping  the year with gold in the recent Doha World Championships 10,000m final in a world-leading time of 26:48.36.The Ugandan Sportsman of the Year is contesting for the title, that also has fans also voting through social media, with the likes of Eliud Kipchoge, who won last year, and at the weekend became the first man to run under 2 hours in the marathon.This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2019 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.The  list of 11 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.“The nominations of 11 athletes reflects the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, and in the Diamond League and in road and cross country events,” IAAF said in a statement. 2011 Usain Bolt (3) Sally Pearson 2010 David Rudisha Blanka Vlašić Share on: WhatsApp YearMenWomen  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)– won world cross-country title in Aarhus– won world 10,000m title in a world-leading 26:48.36– won Diamond League 500m title Timothy Cheruyiot (KEN)– won world 1500m title– won Diamond League 1500m title– won 10 of his 11 outdoor races across all distances Steven Gardiner (BAH)– won world 400m title in 43.48– undefeated all year over 400m– ran world-leading 32.26 indoors over 300m Sam Kendricks (USA)– won world pole vault title– cleared a world-leading 6.06m to win the US title– won 12 of his 17 outdoor competitions, including the Diamond League final Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)– won London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37– ran 1:59:40.2 for 42.195km in Vienna Noah Lyles (USA)– won world 200m and 4x100m titles– ran a world-leading 19.50 in Lausanne to move to fourth on the world all-time list– won Diamond League titles at 100m and 200m Daniel Stahl (SWE)– won the world discus title– threw a world-leading 71.86m to move to fifth on the world all-time list– won 13 of his 16 competitions, including the Diamond League final Christian Taylor (USA)– won the world triple jump title– won Diamond League title– won 10 of his 14 competitions Karsten Warholm (NOR)– won the world 400m hurdles title– undefeated indoors and outdoors at all distances, including at the Diamond League final and the European Indoor Championships– clocked world-leading 46.92, the second-fastest time in history 2003 Hicham El Guerrouj (3) Hestrie Cloetelast_img read more

Navesink Brass Trumpets the Holidays with Joyful Noise

first_imgThe selections range from traditional hymns like “Silent Night” and J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to their own arrangements of contemporary tunes that include Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” and “Umoja: The First Night of Kwanza,” composed by Valerie Coleman. During their appearances, Eschelbach said, members like sharing some of the history of the works they perform with their listeners. Members of the group are all professional musicians and music teachers who have been performing together since 1992. In addition to Navesink Brass, Eschelbach has performed with the Orchestra Amadeus, the Band of the Two Rivers, the Pinelands Symphonic Band and the OCC Band. In addition to their holiday offerings, members of Navesink Brass enjoy building their general repertoire around musical events and anniversaries, such as their rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in tribute to Queen and music composed by Leonard Bernstein for the musical “West Side Story,” which recently returned to Broadway.Photo courtesy Navesink Brass Quintet When the holiday season arrives, members of the Navesink Brass Quintet set aside room in their calendars to bring their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music to audiences around New Jersey. Tuba player Eschelbach holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from Glassboro State (now Rowan University). A Red Bank native who graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School, Eschelbach established the instrumental music program in the Commercial Township School District in Cumberland County and was honored with a Master Teacher of Music Award from the New Jersey Education Association. He later moved back to Monmouth County where he taught instrumental and vocal music in area public schools for more than four decades, retiring from the Long Branch public school system in 2017 after 31 years. NBQ trumpet player Thomas Bender holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Scranton, a bachelor’s in music education from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) and a certification in special education from Jersey City State University. Retired as a music teacher after 35 years, Bender is presently band director for Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The Navesink Brass Quintet performed on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth Library in Shrewsbury. Group members bring a lifetime of musical talent and experience to their performances, which are carefully planned each year to celebrate both traditional and contemporary composers of holiday music.Photo courtesy Navesink Brass Quintet “It’s a multicultural concert,” said Paul Eschelbach, who plays tuba in the Navesink Brass Quintet (NBQ). Their 2019 holiday repertoire embraces the music of many traditions, including music for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. In addition to their Sunday, Dec. 1 performance at the Eastern Branch, Navesink Brass has scheduled nine additional concerts at various locations throughout New Jersey during the holidays. Upcoming Monmouth County events include the Ocean Township tree lighting at the Ocean Township Historical Museum at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and the Point Pleasant Boro tree lighting at Community Park at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Check their Facebook page for info on other upcoming performances. Formed in Red Bank in 1992 and named in tribute to the Navesink River, the group includes Thomas Bender and Donald Swinchoski on trumpet, Nancy Tipnis on horn, Daniel Carver on trombone and Paul Eschelbach on tuba. Members of NBQ are virtuoso musicians whose backgrounds include teaching, composition conducting and performance. Their selections reflect months of planning and practice designed to make each season’s offerings fresh and inclusive of the many holiday traditions Americans enjoy. His professional background includes performance, arrangement and composition, as well as extensive experience as a touring professional performing around the globe. Like Carver, trumpet player Don Swinchoski has been a music educator for more than 40 years and is currently teaching middle and high school music at Central Jersey College Prep in Somerset. He’s a graduate of Johnson State College and earned a master’s degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has served as conductor of the Band of the Two Rivers for 20 years and is also co-conductor of the Colts Neck Community Band. Twice nominated as a Teacher of the Year, Swinchoski is also the recipient of a Count Basie award for Outstanding Orchestra and Outstanding Music Direction. Last Sunday, Dec. 1, they performed at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library – one of 10 concerts state-wide scheduled for the next few weeks. By Eileen Moon While the holiday season is a busy one for NBQ members, they look forward to the fun of sharing some musical magic that reflects their own passion for celebrating the holidays with sounds both old and new. Dan Carver, who is currently the seventh- and eighth-grade band director at Memorial Middle School in Point Pleasant, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from King’s College. He has been directing bands in public schools for more than three decades. He’s also performed with the Lakewood Jazz Ensemble, the Brookdale Jazz Ensemble and the Georgian Court Wind Ensemble. He is a member of the Shore Intermediate Band, as performer and guest conductor. Horn player Nancy Tipnis is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she studied with some of the finest horn players in New York City. Her credits include performing with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Central Jersey Concert Band, the Livingston Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.last_img read more

Lakers fined $50k after Johnson praises Antetokounmpo

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo (left) and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 after team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson showered praise on Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA said Tuesday.The league said in a statement Johnson had breached the NBA’s anti-tampering rule in remarks about Antetokounmpo made in an interview with ESPN last week.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 28 points per game this season, was delighted by Johnson’s lavish praise.“A compliment like that coming from Magic, that’s huge,” he said.“But for me, I just got to stay focused, keep working on my game and try to get better.” /cbbADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Modest goal Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the interview, Johnson spoke glowingly about Antetokounmpo, saying he saw parallels between the 23-year-old and his own Hall of Fame career.“In his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we [have the] same thing,” Johnson was quoted as saying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.“He’s special. A man that can handle the basketball like he can and be a great — he’s probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart.”last_img read more

Concorde’s 10-year anniversary

first_imgIt was a masterpiece of engineering, a technological marvel – and the greatest financial disaster in aviation history.But the Concorde, which was withdrawn from servive 10 years ago is sadly missed by all those who love to look skywards and dream.See tribute video below.The carriage of choice for the rich and famous, the Concorde was part of a world beyond the reach of most people and it was in the top five for most people’s bucket list according to a BBC poll.Celebrities regularly forked out $20,000 for the return trip from London to New York and they included Elton John, Sting, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, Luciano Pavarotti, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Mike Tyson, Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart.The Concorde died because its was costing too much to maintain and the number of high flyers with deep pockets was dwindling.The British Airways chief executive Perth-born Rod Eddington told The West Australian at the time that “the number of corporate clients is 80 per cent fewer than a few years ago.”“Corporate organisations have had to tighten their belts and thus their travel budgets,” Mr Eddington said at the time.In the final analysis, behind the glitz and glamour, the Concorde was one project that should never have got off the ground.It was a product of the age of “speed and sputnik“, when it seemed there were no limits to what could be achieved in the skies.The Concorde had its commercial genesis at the Paris Air Show in 1961, when French aircraft manufacturer Sud Dassault proudly displayed a model of the Super Caravelle, which could carry 70 passengers at supersonic speed.It sped up British efforts to produce a supersonic jet, which had started in 1956.By March 1962, the French and British governments intervened to merge the efforts in a joint Super Sonic Transport project.But the agreement reached in November 1962 contained no provision for a ceiling on the costs, estimated to be $414 million, nor was any review or cancellation process agreed on.There were already serious voices of caution.Pan American World Airways long-time adviser, Charles Lindbergh, warned of the environmental and economic problems the plane would face – well before they became major industry concerns.Britain saw the Super Sonic Transport as its entry ticket to the Common Market.As bait to the British, French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle said that Britain’s commitment to Europe would be judged by its progress on the Concorde.At different times, both France and Britain wanted to abandon the project but because of the wording of the agreement, the other would seize the opportunity to recoup its own expenditure and, of course, maintain that it wanted the Concorde to carry on.In its original form was designed to carry up to 150 passengers 7696km at Mach 2.2 – just over twice the speed of sound.But it was discovered that the plane would fall short of New York by almost 700km, so the plane was redesigned to carry 100.The first Concorde to fly took off in March 1969 when options had been received for 80 Concordes from 18 airlines, including Qantas, according to a Flight International airline survey.In the same year, British Aircraft Corporation was predicting, on the most pessimistic assumptions, sales of 225 Concordes by 1975, though this was well down on the original estimate of 500.However, industry expert and historian the late Reg Davies claimed very little research was ever done into the market for SSTs.According to Mr Davies, British Aircraft Corporation produced a brochure in 1970 claiming that more than 30 per cent of the market would pay first-class fares to travel on Concorde.He notes the reality at the time was that only 7 per cent of the market was first class and it was declining.Today, it’s less than 2 per cent, with many airlines dropping first class.And development costs soared higher than the aircraft.According to one estimate from the London-based Independent newspaper, the total write-off for the British and French governments was $34 billion, which works out to a taxpayer subsidy of a staggering $8000 for every passenger who ever flew on the Concorde.By early 1973, most of the airlines had cancelled their options as fuel prices took off and noise problems became a major issue.Only government-owned Air France and BOAC put Concorde into service at no capital cost, after complex write-off and profit-share/loss underwriting arrangements were struck.The first commercial flight was not until January 21, 1976, when a British Airways jet flew from Heathrow to Bahrain, at the same time as an Air France jet flew to Rio de Janeiro.Concorde was involved in one fatal crash on July 27, 2000 which claimed 113 lives.The loss of the Air France Concorde was caused when a small piece of metal on the runway, shed by a jet that had just touched down, punctured one of the Concorde’s tyres.The subsequent tyre burst showered debris into the fuel tanks, which sparked a fire.The fire and debris caused the No. 2 and then No. 1 engines to fail, dooming the plane.Concorde was grounded for more than a year and needed $41 million in modifications before it returned to service on November 7, 2001last_img read more

Definitive Buying Guide: Video Drones For Every Level and Budget

first_img3DR X8+The 3DR X8+ falls in between an Intermediate and Advanced drone. That’s because it’s slightly more customizable than any other drone previously listed. You’ll need to know a little bit more about electronics, as this isn’t a fly-out-of-the-box video drone.This is a customizable aircraft that can hold a payload just over 1.7lbs (800g). That means you can attach a lightweight camera of your choice. Most often, video users will often attach a GoPro Hero. This drone is also highly used by photographers and cartographers, as it can capture great stills for mapping with a lightweight consumer still camera.You will need to purchase the gimbal separately, based on the type of camera you plan to attach. You will also need to purchase a LiveView kit as well. This will cost you an additional $560 to the drone by itself.3DR X8+ | $1350 | ~15 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included Advanced Video DronesFreefly AltaThe Freefly Alta is a highly sought after hexcopter from the same company that created the revolutionary MoVI. The Alta was one of the first mass-manufactured drones that offered the ability to mount a camera above or below the rotors.The Alta can carry a 15 lb payload, allowing you to fly many high-end camera packages. It can also be flown up to a 45 degree angle and still give superb video quality. It comes in a custom pelican case, and can go from the case into the air in minutes.Image via Freefly SystemsThis drone offers so much customization, from the battery options to just about any camera package you can imagine. Based on the weight and options, this drone can stay in the air up to a staggering 45 minutes. It’s also designed to be used with the MoVi, allowing incredible stabilization.Freefly Alta | $8495 | 10-45 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included GoPro Drone (2016)The GoPro drone is scheduled for an early-to-mid-2016 release, but nothing has been released other than the GoPro Drone test footage showing off the stabilization.While I was underwhelmed by the footage, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a decent entry-level drone. Without knowing more specifics, I can’t really classify this drone as anything but a beginner drone. Knowing that their cameras are mass marketed for consumers, you can bet that their drone will do the same.GoPro Drone | $ Coming Soon | Unknown Flight Time | GoPro Camera 3DR SoloThe 3DR Solo is one of the newest drones on this list. You may have heard it called The Smart Drone. 3D Robotics worked directly with GoPro to develop this drone, but it is available with or without the GoPro gimbal.This was one of the first drones to announce features like Follow Me, Selfie, and Orbit modes. You may have seen their incredibly popular promo video.Here are the available 3DR Solo options:3DR Solo Smart Drone (No Gimbal) | $999 | 25 Minute Flight Time3DR Solo Smart Drone (GoPro Gimbal) | $1399 | 25 Minute Flight Time | GoPro Camera (Not Included) Have a favorite drone on this list? Did we miss an aircraft? Let us know in the comments below. A comprehensive list of the best video drones for beginners, advanced users, and everyone in between. These quadcopters, hexcopters, and octocopters will all take your work to new heights.Top Image via Freefly SystemsTrying to find the right drone for you video production needs? This list includes every level of video production aircraft. After your purchase, be sure to check back on our blog. We offer all sorts of video drone news, tips for shooting cinematic drone footage, and interviews with aerial videographers.Also, take note… There will be new regulation on drones in the coming months. It’s not yet known at what size you will need to start registering your drones with the FAA, but it is going to happen. Be sure to abide all rules of the air, especially avoiding no fly zones.Beginner Video DronesDJI Phantom 3 SeriesThe DJI Phantom has grown to be synonymous with drones. It is the most recognized video drone in the world, and for good reason. This thing is a beast, and has set the standard for video aircraft.Yes, one of the drones is called the Professional edition, but all three of these models are still entry-level aircraft. The Phantoms originally flew GoPro cameras, but the latest Phantom 3 Series features a camera built by DJI themselves. For an in-depth breakdown on the various aircraft, check out this helpful guide from DJI.They recently added a major update to the Phantom 3 series. The quadcopters now feature Intelligent Flight Modes, like the incredibly popular Follow Me feature.Here are the available options for the DJI Phantom 3 Series:DJI Phantom 3 Standard  | $699 | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 2.7K Footage – 30fpsDJI Phantom 3 Advanced | $999 | 17-23 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 2.7K Footage – 30fpsDJI Phantom 3 Professional | $1259 | 17-23 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 4K Footage – 30fpsTake a look at this hands on review from the guys at Tested. Parrot BebopThe Parrot Bebop is one of the most popular consumer drones. You can often find them in the electronics department at your local big box store. If you just want some HD footage from an easy-to-fly drone, this may be your best option. It also comes in three colors: red, blue, and yellow.The drone can be flown with an iOS or Android phone and tablet, or you can purchase a physical controller. The Bebop comes with two batteries, so you can enjoy a little more flight time without having to immediately buy additional batteries.It also has built in safety features — like the blade stopping when coming into contact with an object. The camera is front facing, so you can also wear a headset and fly in First Person View — FPV.Here are the Parrot Bebop options:Parrot Bebop | $499 |  11 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p – 30fpsParrot Bebop with Skycontroller | $899 | 11 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p – 30fps DJI  Spreading Wings SeriesThe DJI Spreading Wings Series is composed of hexcopters and octocopters designed for lightweight DSLR and mirrorless cameras. These drones use the DJI Zenmuse Z15 Gimbal, which comes with many camera options.These drones are designed to fly compact cameras, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Canon 5D MkIII, Panasonic Lumix GH4, and the Sony a7 series. The price of the gimbal alone is $2500. So on average expect to spend at least $4000 on a Spreading Wings, and note that does not include the price of the camera.Here are the current available DJI Spreading Wings options:Spreading Wings S900 | $1400 | 18 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal IncludedSpreading Wings S1000+ | $1900 | 15 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included MicroDrone 3.0We previously listed the MicroDrone 3.0 as one of the coolest crowdfunding campaigns. If you are just looking to experiment with flying a video drone, or just to have a drone to play with, this may be the one for you.If the name doesn’t give it away, this thing is tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand. The MicroDrone 3.0 has a live HD stream with a micro-gimbal to keep the camera steady.  Don’t let its size fool you, this thing can fly in winds up to 45mph.You can also modify the MicroDrone by adding Indoor Protective Bumpers, expanding the blade, or even 3D printing a custom cage. The camera is front facing and ready for FPV view. These were designed for you to race with a friends, so multiple drone packs are available. They also include a Google Cardboard headset.MicroDrone 3.0 | $175 | 6-8 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 720p – 30fps2 MicroDrone 3.0 | $289 | 6-8 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 720p – 30fps Yuneec TyphoonThe Yuneec Typhoon is now a direct competitor to the Inspire 1, but it comes in at a fraction of the price. In fact, the Typhoon had many flying features well before the Inspire 1 was updated. This includes the Follow Me and Watch Me functions.The Typhoon comes with two batteries, and an array of camera options. There is a soon-to-be-released GoPro edition, the HD Q500+, and the most impressive 4K version. The Q500 4K is also the best value, as it costs $100 more than the HD camera. The 4K edition can also shoots slow motion up to 120 fps.The radio controller features a built-in touch screen monitor, so you don’t have to connect to an external monitor, phone, or tablet. The Yuneec also comes with a handheld gimbal, the SteadyGrip. The SteadyGrip comes at no additional cost, giving you the ability to use the camera on the ground right out of the box.Here are the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 options:Yuneec Typhoon G | $ Coming Soon | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | GoPro Hero Camera (Not Included)Yuneec Typhoon Q500+ | $1049 |  20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p (24-60fps)Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K | $1199 |  20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-120fps) Intermediate Video DronesDJI Inspire 1The DJI Inspire 1 has become the go-to drone for independent production houses. This quadcopter is absolutely fantastic in the air. The stability and GPS positioning are incredibly accurate. You also have full control of the camera while in the air. The DJI Inspire 1 also allows you to use multiple controllers, allowing a pilot and a camera operator independent control. It also features some of the Intelligent Flight features available with the Phantom 3 series.Perhaps the best thing about this drone is that is was designed to be upgraded over time. Since its release, there have been several software updates to the drone, X3 camera, and controller. The propellors are receiving their third upgrade for better design and quick assembly. It’s also very easy to replace body parts, in case you experience any rough landings or crashes.Most notably, the DJI Inspire 1 just received a major camera and gimbal upgrade. This is the first drone to offer a built-in camera with a Micro 4/3 mount. The X5 camera is currently available, and the X5R will be available in the near future. Added benefit, the Inspire 1 cameras can also be used handheld after purchasing a DJI Osmo.Here are the DJI Inspire 1 options:DJI Inspire 1 V2.0  | $3099 | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X3 Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-60fps)DJI Inspire 1 Pro | $4499 | 18-22 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X5 Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-60fps)DJI Inspire 1 Pro RAW | ~$7999 | 18-22 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X5R Camera Lossless 4K RAW, 4K (24-30fps), 1080p (24-60fps)last_img read more

What Can Production Insurance Do for Your Film or Video?

first_imgYep. Without adequate insurance, you can kiss that Alexa package and fleet of 10-tons goodbye. Rental houses almost universally require coverage before leasing you their big-ticket items. This will be the difference between getting the camera you want and settling for something less.When you first contact your rental house, ask about the coverage requirements for the gear you want. This will help you later when you’re selecting coverage.But, insurance does more than simply upgrade your gear.LocationsImage via pisaphotography.Tired of settling for friends’ houses and dodging the cops while shooting in public? Production insurance can unlock locations that will take your production to the next level.There is a surprising number of locations that won’t charge you to shoot onsite, as long as you have insurance that protects their property and belongings.So, how can I fit you and your lovely production into a policy today . . . ?Quick and Cheap InsuranceImage via gnepphoto.Creepy insurance jokes aside, the biggest surprise for me when getting production coverage for the first time was how efficient everything is. The last time I tried, I could only get quotes for annual coverage. But I didn’t need this as I was only doing a production or two a year. And it was expensive.Thanks to the internet, however, you can get quotes and secure coverage the same day — usually within an hour. My favorite part is that you can get short-term coverage, which bypasses the pricey annual fees.Here is a short list of a few online production insurance providers. Always do your own research before committing to anything with a contract — especially insurance.Supple-Merrill & DriscollFront RowAllen FinancialAbacusFilm EmporiumUnited AgenciesThis should get your search started, but as any producer worth their salt will tell you, the only good policy is one custom made for your production. Communicate with the agent and all vendors, crew, and other suppliers in order to make sure you are covered and protected from all unforseen circumstances.Trust me — knowing that your production is protected against catastrophe is worth the price of admission.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.7 Reasons You Should “Script” Your Documentary ProjectsIs Being the Director and the DP Your Best or Worst Decision?Filmmaking Techniques: Mastering the Rack-FocusThe Digital Imaging Technician’s Tool Kit — Gear for the JobBuyer’s Guide: The Best Macro Lenses on the Market Production insurance does more than simply protect your equipment on a shoot — it can improve your entire film or video project.Cover image via gnepphoto.I always assumed that getting production insurance would require sitting in an insurance agent’s office and explaining the script before anxiously waiting for acceptance and a nausea-inducing bill.Luckily, the actual process was much easier and the end result more useful than I’d imagined.Let’s look at what production insurance can do for you.Production Insurance Is There to Protect YouImage via Marko Poplasen.The entire purpose of any insurance is to protect the insured party (you) from severe financial loss. Without it, you are personally responsible if something goes wrong — meaning your money that has to fix it.The primary purpose of production insurance is to protect the people, property, companies, and equipment in use during a production. It can cover everything from dropped equipment to an injury on set.It’s easy to see why you need it, right? But there’s more.Insurance Gets You Better GearImage via ponsulak.last_img read more

Fury offers Trump role in potential Joshua fight

first_imgRead Next But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is also eyeing an all-British showdown with Fury next year.Fury, 29, this week contacted Trump on Twitter to ask him to join his ringwalk, asking the US president who he thinks would win a bout with Joshua.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“@realDonaldTrump who do you think wins the fury vs AJ fight? You can walk me out if you want, be a part of the biggest fight ever,” he tweeted.A number of personal issues have kept Fury on the sidelines since November 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, and he remains without a boxing licence. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ‘K-and-K’ tandem with Ravena excites Alas Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “AJ & Wilder I’m coming back for you pair my mission is seek & destroy the only thing on my mind is destruction who ever gets in my way will be dealt with accordingly.“There’s only 1 winner & that’s the fans! Let’s make the heavyweights great again, fight the best in the division.” But he believes a bout with Joshua would resemble Muhammad Ali’s legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman in Kinshasa in 1974.Fury posted an image of the two all-time great combatants on Instagram, along with the caption: “This is what’s to come!“The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me, same as Ali vs Forman the stylish Ali vs the mummy Forman! We all know what happens in this fight!“I know you all got me whooped, but I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles & I have the mentality of a winner a man who has never lost a fight.”Fury, who is still waiting for a final ruling from UK Anti-Doping on a suspended drugs ban after the hearing was adjourned in July, also laid down the gauntlet to Wilder.ADVERTISEMENT British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury (C) signs autographs following a press conference to publicise his forthcoming world heavyweight title fight against Ukranian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, north-west England on April 27, 2016.Wladimir Klitschko has insisted he was “glad” to have lost his world heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in December 2015, ahead of a re-match with the British boxer on July 9, 2016. With Klitschko’s loss to Fury, the belts are now spread far and wide, with Fury holding the WBA and WBO titles, fellow Briton Anthony Joshua the IBF champion, and Deontay Wilder of the United States, the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight title. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFFormer world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wants US President Donald Trump in his corner as he mulls “the biggest fight ever” against reigning IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.Last weekend Joshua, 28, successfully defended his titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff and either WBO champion Joseph Parker or WBC champion Deontay Wilder appear the most likely next opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Signee Tweeted Out A Picture Of Michigan Football Toilet Paper

first_imgJ.T. Barrett running into the end zone for an Ohio State buckeyes touchdown.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class is pretty stacked, as you’d expect it would be right after winning a national championship. Four star quarterback Joey Burrow signed his letter of intent this morning, and is already staking his claim as Buckeye fans’ favorite player in the class. Shortly after posting a tweet about his signing day, he sent a picture of toilet paper with a Michigan football logo on it.One dream down now it’s time to chase some more. Special day with my friends pic.twitter.com/byDCNhXtcK— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) February 4, 2015Where they should be pic.twitter.com/WD8M9kHl9R— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) February 4, 2015That is certainly a good way for a Buckeye to endear himself to his fanbase.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

Chinas ambassador to Canada hopes for achievements during NAFTA talks

first_imgHALIFAX – China’s ambassador to Canada says his country hopes the U.S., Canada and Mexico can “make achievements” in ongoing NAFTA talks.Speaking to reporters after meeting with Nova Scotia’s cabinet, Ambassador Lu Shaye said that China has taken “close notice” of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.“NAFTA is very effective to regulate the trade relations between these three countries,” Lu said through a translator.He sidestepped a question about what China was learning about U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade approach through the NAFTA talks, saying his country will always seek multilateral trade, “No matter what kind of trade policy the U.S. government adopts.Still, he said his country recognizes free trade is under a growing threat: “While China will follow this ideology to develop friendly relationships with all the countries in the world, protectionism is rising in some parts of the world.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has been seeking deeper trade relations with China despite suggestions the initiative could risk upsetting the Trump administration during the NAFTA renegotiations.Others have also warned about potentially rejecting a $1.5-billion bid by Chinese state-owned company CCCC International Holding Ltd. to take over Canada’s Aecon Group Inc. construction firm.They say rejecting the deal on security grounds would anger China.Lu was asked Tuesday whether such a move would jeopardize potential trade talks between the two countries.“We will respect any decision made by the Canadian government in this regard (Aecon),” he said.The discussions with Premier Stephen McNeil focused on areas such as seafood, education, tourism, and energy, as well as the recent friendship agreements between Nova Scotia and the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Guangdong.Lu made note that McNeil also made it known that he would like to see a direct air link between China and Halifax. The ambassador said that he would work to “promote and make it happen.”McNeil said getting direct air access would help build the momentum the province has been building in getting its own access to Chinese markets.“When I was in China the last two times I met with different airlines,” he said. “We have a number that would be looking at it and we hope Air Canada does as well.”He said the preferred entry point from the province’s perspective would be Guangdong province, where “they consume an awful lot of our seafood product.”China is Nova Scotia’s second largest trading partner after the U.S. According to the province, total exports jumped to $495 million in 2016, an increase of 17 per cent from 2015.Seafood exports alone were valued at $255 million.McNeil was asked how important a formalized free trade deal with China would be for his province.“We’re a trading province. We’re not waiting for a formalized one (deal), we are going in and making a commitment, but the Prime Minister obviously is working hard to achieve that for the country.”last_img read more

Canadian Tire expands loyalty program to cover more retail brands

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. says it’s expanding its loyalty program to allow customers to collect and redeem Canadian Tire Money across its various retail brands.The company says starting later this spring, customers will be able to collect money at Sport Chek, Mark’s, Atmosphere and Gas+ locations in addition to Canadian Tire itself, as well as redeem it at locations other than Gas+ stations.Canadian Tire says the revamped program will be called Triangle and include both loyalty money and two new MasterCards issued under the program.The program will allow customers to collect money either through an app or a loyalty card that will also offer personalized content and offers, while purchases with the branded MasterCards earn additional money.The update to the loyalty program comes amid wider shifts in loyalty programs in Canada, including Air Canada moving away from Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan program to its own system, and Loblaw Co. combining loyalty programs at its grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart, as companies look to better target customers.Canadian Tire Corp. chief marketing officer Susan O’Brien said the time was right to update the loyalty program that’s been active since 1958 as competition increases.“We’ve got wonderful competition out there that’s making us think through new ways to connect our customers better and give them back the value that they want,” said O’Brien.“We have a ton of analytics and data that helps us make decisions of course, and one of the things we know is a customer shops at Mark’s, shops at Canadian Tire retail, shops at Sport Chek, so why wouldn’t we be giving them the benefit and the rewards that go along with it?”last_img read more