Golden memories? Graf ‘rarely looks back’ at Grand Slam

first_imgFILE – This file photo taken on March 8, 2016 shows former world number one German tennis player Steffi Graf speaking during an interview in Tokyo. – German great Steffi Graf had the tennis world at her feet when she completed the “Golden Slam” in 1988 but 30 years later, she says she hardly even thinks about the feat. (Photo by Toru YAMANAKA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Tennis-WTA-CHN-Graf, INTERVIEW by James EDGARGerman great Steffi Graf had the tennis world at her feet when she completed the “Golden Slam” in 1988 but 30 years later, she says she hardly even thinks about the achievement.Graf, who retired in 1999 and married Andre Agassi two years later, said her life has moved on so much that she is unconcerned whether her records are matched or broken.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I’ve been really fortunate to have had the career that I had, and to give it all, and to retire and start my next chapter of life. I feel it’s not something that has that kind of priority or importance any more in my life.“I’m not too worried if my record stands for a long time or not.”Williams returned to the circuit this year after having a baby, and twice came close to matching Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 24 major titles when she was runner-up at Wimbledon and the US Open.Tensions boiled over in the New York final when Williams repeatedly clashed with the umpire, in ugly scenes. Roger Federer, who holds the men’s record of 20 Slams, said Williams “went too far”. Graf said she had no doubt that the 37-year-old American can equal Court’s record.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “She’s shown over and over, it’s incredible what she can achieve,” she said. “There’s nothing, I feel, that says that she can’t.”Graf added: “She’s got incredible determination. She’s got a strong will and she’s got incredible game and talent.”Williams has twice held all four major titles, in 2002-2003 and 2014-2015, but she has never swept the trophies in a single season.The last man to win the calendar-year Grand Slam was Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969 — when he achieved the feat for a second time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s a statement which offers a different perspective as Serena Williams continues her long and difficult quest to equal the all-time record for Grand Slam singles titles.No singles player, man or woman, has won all four majors in the same year since Graf, whose Open-era record of 22 Slam titles was finally surpassed by Williams last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Those are great memories and treasured times,” the 49-year-old told AFP at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, for which she is a global ambassador.She added: “I rarely look back, but when I do, it’s moments that for sure are going to be with me all my life. But I’m not one to worry to much about records — I never have done. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Pumaren pleased with Falcons’ defense despite loss to Eagles Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Terror, hooligan threats cast shadow over Russia’s World Cup

first_imgFans travelling to Russia are required to register with the police on their arrival in one of the 12 host cities and even riverboat traffic is being curtailed to make it easier for the authorities to keep track of everything that moves.At least 30,000 security personnel will fan out across Moscow by the time the hosts kick off against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.Squadrons of fighter jets will be on standby near the capital and air defences will be on the alert for suspicious aircraft.“After long years of preparations we have created a clear security plan,” said FSB domestic security service deputy chief Alexei Lavrishchev. “We are ready to avert and overcome any security threat.”– Tempting target –The 64 matches beamed around the globe will give President Vladimir Putin the chance to project Russia as a modern state that has regained the superpower status of its Soviet past.But Putin is not the only one trying to take advantage of the unrivalled platform of a World Cup.Russia is mounting a huge security operation for the World Cup © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVASecurity experts noticed the Islamic State (IS) group threatening to make its presence felt in Russia.The IS propaganda arm began posting social media pictures at the end of last year showing superstars such as Lionel Messi and Neymar dressed in the orange suits used for videotaped executions.The message accompanying the images was explicit: “You will not enjoy security until we live it in Muslim countries.”Analysts said the sheer size of the World Cup would have made it a target even if Russia had not launched a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015.But Russia’s role in fighting IS and other militant groups in Chechnya and other parts of the mostly Muslim north Caucasus has made it a prime target.In the months leading up to the tournament, Russian state TV regularly broadcast images of combat operations against purported militants that end either with suspects lying in pools of blood or mouthing confessions.Russia has also witnessed a spate of suicide bombings claimed by Islamists that has killed dozens on public transport over the past eight years.“There have been numerous successful terror attacks or thwarted plots in Russia by terrorists linked to or inspired by the Islamic State,” the US Military Academy at West Point wrote in a report prepared by its anti-terrorism centre last month.“This suggests the group may have the capacity to launch attacks in Russia during the World Cup.”– Hardened hooligans –Hooliganism was a brutally violent but largely overlooked problem in Russia until 150 of the team’s supporters — most of them shaven-headed and muscle-bound — pounced on the English in the French port of Marseille during Euro 2016.The bloody scenes that followed shocked Europe and saw the Russian fans proclaim themselves kings of the football underworld.“It was like winning against Brazil in football,” a fan who took part named Andrei told AFP.“It was our last chance to show ourselves before the World Cup because we knew Putin would crack down hard to make sure nothing like that happens in Russia.”Andrei and dozens of others who battled the English have since either spent time in Russian prisons or been forced to sign police promises not to cause any trouble in the weeks to come.Few expect Russian thugs to risk embarrassing Putin with the world watching.Organisers have also tried to keep out undesirable elements by introducing fan ID cards that everyone must acquire along with a ticket.Russian police conduct background checks with the help of their foreign counterparts and weed out potential troublemakers.Nearly 500 people have already been denied entry.Yet little can keep patriotically minded groups of boozed-up fans from getting into fights with each other or the locals that could get out of control.British football’s top police officer may have had that in mind when he warned the 10,000 or so travelling England supporters against displaying the St George flag.“I think people need to be really careful with flags,” Mark Roberts said. “It can come across as almost imperialistic.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian riot police take part in exercises in Saint Petersburg © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 12 – Russia has deployed air defence systems and stringent fan background checks in a sweeping security operation to counter the twin threats of terror attacks and hooliganism at the World Cup.The country was already intensely policed when it was controversially awarded the right to host the event in 2010 but the clampdown that followed saw hardened hooligans seek cover and business barons wind down the operations of factories that process hazardous materials for fear they might be attacked.last_img read more

Martinez, Aguero send Argentina into Copa quarters

first_img0Shares0000Lautaro Martinez celebrates his early goal against Qatar that proved enough to secure qualification for the Copa America knock-out stages © AFP / Carl DE SOUZAPORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jun 24 – An early goal by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero’s late second gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday that qualified them for the Copa America quarter-finals.Already-qualified Colombia beat Paraguay 1-0 in the other Group B match to secure a place in the last eight for both Peru, who finished third in Group A, and Uruguay, currently second in Group C. Argentina, who finish second in Group B behind Colombia, will play Venezuela at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium in the quarter-finals, while tournament debutants and guests Qatar are out.Paraguay, on two points, must wait and see what happens in Monday’s Group C clash between Japan and Ecuador before finding out if they qualify as one of the two best third-place finishers.Peru, with four points, are sure of that while only a draw between Japan and Ecuador would see Paraguay progress.Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni recalled Manchester City forward Aguero for the crunch tie while Martinez kept his place at the expense of Angel Di Maria.Asian champions Qatar made a calamitous start when a weak headed clearance from Tarek Salman fell to Martinez 12 yards out, but the Inter Milan forward sent his volley over the top.He didn’t have to wait long for another chance though as Bassam Hisham played a ball across his box and straight to the feet of the Argentina forward, who scuffed a shot into the bottom corner after just four minutes.“The goal came early and that allowed us to approach the game with greater calmness,” said Martinez.“There was pressure, we had to win to progress and we’re happy. Now we have to work hard.”With the weight was lifted from Argentina’s shoulders, they played with a freedom expected of a side boasting talents such as Aguero and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.Qatar played with limited ambition but their talented forwards looked dangerous when they did venture into the final third.Hasan Khalid Al Haydos got in behind the Argentina backline and tried to chip Franco Armani but the goalkeeper got a touch to divert the ball behind, although the linesman’s flag was up and it wouldn’t have counted.“We paid for inexperience, we started two matches by conceding goals from unnecessary actions,” said Qatar’s Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, alluding to their opening tie against Paraguay when they also conceded in the fourth minute.“We played a great team that knew they had to win, they took their first chance really well. It was our mistake.”– Aguero industry rewarded –Messi burst into life with an acceleration towards Qatar’s area before slipping a pass to Aguero, who dragged his left-footed shot wide under pressure.Qatar were sporadically dangerous on the break and Portuguese-born Ro-Ro stole in at the back post to meet a Karim Boudiaf cross but couldn’t direct his volley on target.Up the other end, Nicolas Otamendi headed over from close range when it looked easier to score.Argentina almost scored a second after Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb spilled a header by Martinez causing a scramble in the box, but neither Aguero nor Martinez could poke the ball home.Iraq-born Hisham almost made amends for his earlier gaffe with a free-kick at the end of the half but his shot, which passed through the Argentina wall, cliped the outside of the upright.Another direct Messi run set up Aguero but his shot was deflected over by Algeria-born Boualem Khoukhi.Aguero then drew a save from Al-Sheeb with a shot from outside the area.Qatar made few chances but when they did, Akram Afif snatched at his effort from distance when a smarter move would have been to play in a runner from midfield.Aguero finally scored the goal his industry deserved with a purposeful run past two defenders before sending a cross-shot into the far bottom corner eight minutes from time.Already guaranteed of winning the group, Colombia’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz made 10 changes to his line-up, with only Juventus forward Juan Cuadrado retaining his place.They took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Gustavo Cuellar scored through goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez’s legs from a tight angle.In the second half Colombia had a goal and a penalty award chalked off by VAR.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

marks a change that came too early for officials Selling off the good times

first_imgTime’s up for Marina del Rey’s Edie’s Diner and Harbor House Restaurant, which are scheduled to be cleared out today at a public auction. The San Diego company handling the event will take bids for more than 350 items beginning at 10 a.m. at the Harbor House, 4211 Admiralty Way. Both eateries shut their doors unexpectedly this month after an apparent disagreement between the corporation that leases the waterfront land from Los Angeles County and another company responsible for running the restaurants. The space housing both businesses and a parking lot is slated to be redeveloped by master lessee Ed Czuker of The Waterfront-MDR, an affiliate of EMC Development, although that project is still in the planning stages. Dusty Crane, community and marketing services chief for the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, said Marina del Rey officials had counted on having both eateries open throughout the permitting process. The new mixed-use development requires a local coastal plan amendment and approvals from regional planning officials and the California Coastal Commission, Crane said, a cycle that could last 18 to 24 months. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER It’s a virtual gold mine for anyone dreaming of getting into the restaurant business: two shuttered eateries stocked full of cooking pots and kitchen equipment, red-white-and-black diner booths and cherry wood bar stools. There’s a baby grand piano in one foyer and faux flower arrangements in the dining area. Patio heaters, coffee warmers, soda dispensers. Menus are even up for grabs, their plastic covers still sticky from fingerprints. That means Marina del Rey could find itself with two more vacant restaurant buildings if EMC Development can’t find companies willing to sign a short-term lease agreement. The county is already embarrassed by a handful of eateries that closed years ago and never reopened, including the old Benihana building on Panay Way and Don the Beachcomber’s on Bali. “We don’t like that,” Crane said. “I know that a letter went out to them.” The circumstances of the closings are unclear. As auction crews on Monday affixed numbers to almost every piece of artwork and furniture in the buildings, General Manager Stacey Phelan said she couldn’t speak about the arrangement and referred all questions to Mike Fry of MDR Restaurant, the sublessee. Fry did not return phone calls Monday. A flier advertising the public auction stated that the venues lost their leases. But a spokesman for the master leaseholder said it was the restaurant owners who “made a corporate decision to close.” To ensure both places remained open as plans for the new mixed-use project progressed, Waterfront-MDR spokesman David Herbst said the corporation had been paying the eateries’ rent and providing cash subsidies. MDR Restaurant, which owned the leasehold before Czuker bought it from the company 18 months ago, could have kept operating both venues under the same terms, Herbst said. “They chose not to take the lease extension,” he said. In the meantime, he added, “Edward (Czuker) is still open to leasing to someone who understands it’s a short-term lease. ? We’re going to continue to find someone to fill that space.” County officials argue they have to: Following the closures, Crane said the department of Beaches and Harbors sent EMC Development a notice of violation concerning its lease terms – an issue now being vetted by lawyers. “It’s a touchy subject,” she said. Herbst denied the company had violated any agreements. “Not only would he extend (the lease) to those same operators, he’ll offer the same type of deal to someone who’s a credible operator,” Herbst said. The shells of Edie’s Diner and the Harbor House were mostly empty Monday morning, save for a handful of visitors. Longtime Marina del Rey resident Karen Leigh said she was drawn into the shuttered buildings out of nostalgia. A 1968 graduate of Venice High School, Leigh attended her prom at the Harbor House, known in those days as the Lobster House. The building has seen four restaurants since it was built in the late 1960s, Crane said, including runs as Reuben’s and Prime Time Steaks. The Edie’s Diner site was carved out at some point as a small coffee shop. Harbor House opened its doors in 1998 and had enjoyed mixed success in recent years, she said, although the venue was a popular spot for banquets. Phelan, the general manager, said the community has “rallied to my aid” to rebook weddings and upcoming events at other marina sites. She said she’s still trying to reschedule some parties planned for 2008. “Sometimes (Harbor House) would be busy, sometimes you could shoot a cannon through it,” Crane said. “I think Edie’s probably had more of a steady go of it.” So, Edie’s wasn’t a true 1950s diner, but Leigh said she was still considering bidding on a vintage-looking clock bearing the eatery’s name in colorful letters. The hands are encircled by a ring of red neon, and it still lights up. “Definitely,” Leigh said, “I would bid on that clock.” kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL SHIRT MAKERS COME TO ‘LATE LATE’ RESCUE OF SINGER SINEAD O’CONNOR

first_imgA CO Donegal bespoke shirt maker came to the rescue of singer Sinead O’Connor in time for the special Late Late Show 50th birthday party on Friday night, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The Dublin-based star was in a panic because she wanted to appear on the show wearing her clerical garb!But she didn’t have a priestly blouse for the occasion. Sinead O’Connor became Mother Bernadette Mary at a ceremony staged by the breakaway Latin Tridentine church in Lourdes in 1999.But Ray Doherty of the Moville Clothing Company, whose clients have included Ian Paisley, stepped in to save the day.“I had a caller on the phone and she offered me €100 if I could guarantee delivery by Thursday lunchtime,” Ray told donegaldaily.com.“I said there would be no problem and no extra charge. That it would be sorted. “Then I asked for her name and she said it was S O’Connor. The penny then dropped with me – that it was Sinead and I asked her and she confirmed it.“I was delighted to be able to help her out and she was so lovely and nice.”Now the singer has vowed to pay Ray back for his speedy work.“We swapped numbers because I told her I would love to go and see her in concert because she is such a brilliant singer,” said Ray.“She promised me two tickets when she goes on tour again and I can’t wait to go. “I was just delighted to help – and delighted that our bespoke shirt company in Moville contributed to a great 50th birthday party for the Late Late show,” said Ray, pictured left.Moville Clothing specialises in bespoke shirts and other clothes and is one of the few surviving companies of its kind still left in Ireland.Ray employs 16 people in the Inishowen company.For more go to the company’s website www.movilleclothing.com (0749385882). DONEGAL SHIRT MAKERS COME TO ‘LATE LATE’ RESCUE OF SINGER SINEAD O’CONNOR was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:YOU CAN PUT YOUR SHIRT ON THEM! DONEGAL COMPANY COMES TO RESCUE OF SINGER SINEAD O’CONNORlast_img read more

Track and Field Begins 2018 At Nebraska

first_imgThe Bulldogs will face competitors from 18 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, UMKC, Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon. The women’s team was led by veteran senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the Bulldogs by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.51. Last year in Lincoln, Drake recorded 10 top-five finishes against a strong field that included competitors from Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Story Links Live Results Drake returns 46 of 55 athletes from last season including three all-conference honorees, seniors Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas), Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) and Young.center_img Under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Cyclone Duals where the Bulldogs won five events against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) helped lead the men’s team along with sophomores Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who each recorded individual event wins. Witherspoon lead the way with a 60 meter personal-bestof  6.85. Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title with a personal-best time of 4:18.56. Meet Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2018 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 26-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Messersmith and Jack Jennette Invite, hosted by UNI. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Shopping centre crash pilot did not reveal nature of emergency

first_imgThe pilot of a charter aircraft involved in a fiery crash in a Melbourne shopping centre on Tuesday did not give details of the emergency as he called out “mayday’’ several times while the plane veered to the left.Initial reports indicated the aircraft suffered a catastrophic engine failure but air safety investigators are keeping an open mind about the reasons for the crash. This is because aviation accidents are often the result of a combination of factors rather than a single cause.Facing reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Greg Hood said investigators would look extensively at all possible causal factors behind the accident. “That includes maintenance records, the history of the aeroplane, the history of the pilot, the weight and balance,’’ he said. “*It involves previous accidents in relation to the Super King Air, for example, so at this very early stage certainly we’re not going to speculate in relation to any specific part of the investigation.’’Five people died and freeways were closed after the plane exploded when it hit the closed DFO shopping centre next to Essendon Airport. Killed were veteran charter pilot Max Quartermain as well as US tourists and golfers Greg DeHaven, Glenn Garland, Russell Munsch and John Washburn, all from Texas.Whitehouse press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the crash during a Press briefing on Tuesday.”The president’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the US embassy and consulate are ready to provide necessary and appropriate assistance,’’ Spicer said.The ATSB on Wednesday had four investigators on the ground in Melbourne and Hood said the aim was to issue a preliminary factual report on the crash within 28 days.The investigators — whose backgrounds include aeronautical investigations, flight operations and mechanical engineering — are likely to remain on site for the next few days gathering evidence which will then undergo a forensic examination and analysis likely to take months to complete.They already have more than 100 people on their witness list and will be collecting evidence such as footage from dash-cams from cars on the highway that could show features of the aircraft such as whether the undercarriage was deployed.Hood said the Super King Air had taxied out to a southern runway out for a take-off at 8.30am and started a take-off roll at  8.59am.Not long after Quartermain issued a mayday as the aircraft veered left and hit the shopping centre.“My understanding is he didn’t refer to the specific nature of the emergency and he declared the mayday and said that word a number of times,’’ Hood said. “ Obviously, that can relate to a number of things that can go wrong in that aeroplane.’’Questions have been raised about why Quartermain did not continue to climb if only one engine failed and Hood agreed modern twin-engine aircraft were designed to do this.The plane also began veering to the left shortly after take-off and when asked if this would cause a loss in altitude that would have contributed to the crash,  Hood said he was not sure he would characterise it that way.“I’m not sure it was a sharp turn, in my observation it was a veer to the left rather than a sharp turn,’’ he said.The ATSB chief also acknowledged media speculation about the pilot and his involvement in a reported breakdown of separation at Mt Hotham in September, 2015.The ATSB investigated the incident but has yet to issue a report and Hood said he was not specifically aware of the pilot’s history or the timeline for the Mt Hotham report’s release.The Australian newspaper said at the time that a Sydney pilot had lodged an incident report that his plane and the King Air flown by Quartermain had come within 300ft vertically and one nautical mile of each other.  The report said that Quartermain was struggling with a faulty GPS in poor weather and did not appear to know where he was, saying he was in locations 20 nautical miles apart within a short period. CASA put Quartermain through an instrument proficiency check after the incident which he passed on the second attempt. CASA sent one of its own staff to conduct the check rather than rely on a third party.It also understood the aircraft recently underwent maintenance to correct a hydraulic problem.However, Hood cautioned against making early assumptions about the crash. “With any accident, particularly aviation accidents, we find that initially there are a number of factors which leap out at you,’’ he said. “The investigators are trained not to put any bias or any reliance on what is the obvious.  It’s really important that when you’re investigating an aviation transport accident, for example, that you remain completely objective.“So whilst in the initial walk through yesterday and the initial examination of records we’ve discovered some interesting facets, we really need to gather all the evidence and conduct the analysis before we would be able to say what might have caused the accident.’’last_img read more

Making Buildings With Plywood Frames

first_img Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon-Neutral House High-Performance Builders See Gains Ahead with Panelized ConstructionPrefab Passive House Partnership Hits a MilestoneThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckMaking the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy Homes A number of challenges remainThe system isn’t ready for use on a wide scale just yet. Clemson builders have so far put together just four buildings, including the Solar Decathlon entry that will be repurposed later this year as an affordable housing unit in South Carolina. And the group is still working on some sticky technical issues.Clemson architecture student Paul Mosher with sim[PLY] pieces cut by a CNC router.Among them is the maximum length of building components, currently limited to 8 feet because parts are cut from standard sheets of 3/4-inch plywood. Until the team designs and tests splices to connect components, buildings will be limited to one story in height. Harding says the group will be working on plans for a multi-story building and already has developed some simple prototypes and models for the connections that will allow the system to grow beyond its current limits.Code acceptance is another potential issue, although Harding says building officials Clemson has worked with so far have been receptive and approved the designs for occupancy. In the 2015 competition, for example, Clemson had to meet California’s code requirements for a public assembly structure, and buildings now in use in South Carolina had to pass muster with building officials before they could be used. In all, Harding said, the framing system is equal to or better than conventional light wood framing.Higher costs could be a problem with some buyers. Harding says a sim[PLY] building could be competitive in price with a conventionally framed structure, providing a good CNC shop was handy to the building site and reduced labor and tooling is figured into the equation. It’s probably safer, however, to assume a plywood-framed building would cost more. Marketing the system successfully will mean convincing buyers the system’s advantages are worth it, and that may be easier to do with DIY builders than it would with a production builder.“Right out of the gate it’s going to be more than the price per square foot of just a stick-framed house,” Harding said. “What doesn’t come into effect is that it’s done in eight days instead of 30 days. It’s done with almost no trash on site. It’s done without a temporary power pole. It’s done with no tools that anyone has to invest in. And the performance of the house is so much higher than a stick-framed house.“We’re trying to figure ways to make marketable the benefits of the cost when it’s looked at in a more holistic, comprehensive process,” he said. Roots in a student design competitionLots of innovative building ideas are tested at the Solar Decathlon, a student design competition for solar-powered buildings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Students and their faculty and industry partners get a chance to try new ideas in what are essentially one-off designs. Once the competition is over, the houses are typically taken apart, packed up and shipped back to campus where they become living labs, exhibits, or sometimes just gather dust in storage. But in this case, the Clemson Decathlon team is trying to turn its ideas into a full-fledged, marketable building system.Daniel Harding, an architecture professor at Clemson who led the design and building team for the Solar Decathlon house, said a sim[PLY] building resembles a conventionally framed building with bottom plates, studs, and roof trusses and other familiar components. The difference is that parts are milled from 3/4-inch, off-the-shelf plywood, and held together not with nails but slot-and-tab connections and stainless steel zip ties.Plywood framing is on a conventional 4-foot grid, but stud spacing can vary from just under 2 feet to about 1 foot, depending on the loads the walls will be subjected to, Harding said. Studs look like Larsen trusses, a design that simplifies plumbing and wiring runs while reducing thermal bridging.Finding an alternative to the nailed connections in conventional framing was key, Harding said in a telephone interview. Without nails, said the former general contractor, there are no nail guns, no compressors, and no need for air hoses and extension cords. Instead, zip ties hold plywood components together until structural loads are absorbed by the completed assembly. That reduces waste, improves job site safety, and makes it just as easy to take the building apart as it was to put it together.“The idea was that if we can reconfigure the way the wood is put together, to use a different metal connector, we can use the metal to hold the building together rather than a compressive spike in shear. We redesigned our whole system around how we would use metal and fasteners differently,” Harding said. “It follows the logic very similar to that of traditional light wood framing in that there are studs, there are sill plates connections, and hold downs — very similar to platform framing. It’s just the work is being done with the way these plywood parts are designed and held together with stainless steel zip ties.”A sim[PLY] building also gains some strength from the screws used to attach sheathing — Huber’s Zip system sheathing in the case of the Solar Decathlon house. RELATED ARTICLES What the buildings might be used forClemson developers thinks sim[PLY] would be ideal for owner-built houses, and particularly tiny houses. Architectural students have come up with a tiny house prototype that could be framed in a single day, and the university says the U.S. Defense Department has looked at sim[PLY] buildings for possible use as temporary housing. Italian officials looking for temporary housing options in regions affected by earthquakes have been in touch with the school.Harding, however, says the goal is to develop a building system with many applications, not just disaster-relief or worker housing. To that end, Harding said the group is seeking patents on the process, although there are no plans to spin off sim[PLY] into an independent company beyond the Clemson University umbrella.“Our interest is not necessarily to put a specific product on the market,” he said. “I think our objective is to say here’s a really safe, intelligent way to build that’s sustainable. We think we can capitalize on labor and material.” Houses assembled from prefabricated panels aren’t new. But the idea that a buyer could source components manufactured from off-the-shelf materials thousands of miles away from the company that designed them is a significant departure from what’s on the market now. Students and faculty at Clemson University’s School of Architecture are developing a framing technique that will allow buildings to be assembled rapidly from pre-cut plywood components with a minimum of tooling and using mostly unskilled labor.According to a post at Clemson’s website , the “sim[PLY]” building system grew out of the university’s 2015 Solar Decathlon entry. Plywood components are cut to shape with a CNC router and can be shipped to the building site flat. Developers say assembly, which relies on slot-and-tab plywood connections and stainless steel zip ties, is intuitive.“With a click of the button, someone could order a custom-cut, flat-packed home online and construct it by hand with the help of their friends and neighbors in a matter of days,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the School of Architecture.One advantage of the sim[PLY] approach, the university says, is that digital construction plans could be emailed to any shop equipped with CNC tooling, and building pieces cut out of standard sheets of plywood. The components can be assembled without the need for power tools or heavy equipment. Buildings can be taken apart as easily as they are put together without damaging the components.last_img read more

Using 23.98 NTSC On The LUMIX GH5S in A PAL Region

first_imgAre you traveling? Can you use the GH5S’s NTSC for 23.98fps? What about flickering lights? We’ve got answers for all these questions.With the recent release of the successor to the GH5, the GH5s, questions that surrounded the GH5’s release are relevant again:“I live in Europe. Can I use NTSC for 23.98fps?”“Can I swap to NTSC for 23.98, or will I get flickering lights?”Well, let’s find out.In the setup menu on the GH5 (or GH5s), you’ll find three System Frequency settings:PALNTSCCINEMAEach setting overhauls the camera with different recording capabilities, depending on what frequency you select. For example, NTSC (59.94Hz) will provide you with 23.98, 30fps (29.97), and 60fps (59.97). PAL (50.00Hz) will allow you to record at 25fps and 50fps, and CINEMA (24.00Hz) will open up the 24fps option.Side note: using the NTSC system frequency on the GH5 will also allow you to use the C4k (4096 x 2160) resolution, while the highest resolution available in PAL is only 3840 x 2160. On the Gh5s, you can shoot in C4k across all frequencies. Given that 23.98fps and 24fps are the most popular frame rates that (narrative) filmmakers like to use, the question is Can those who live in a PAL region switch the NTSC system frequency to use 23.98? As you may know, in a PAL region, the frequency of the alternating current running through electrical mains is 50Hz, and that can cause a strobing effect when shooting under artificial light with the wrong settings. Flickering Lightbroadcasting systems and AC frequency is a lengthy topic to cover. (The NTSC Wikipedia page has enough content to fill a 30-minute bus ride.) Therefore, to stay focused on the questions from GH5 users in PAL regions, we’re only going to skim the surface of the topic to contextualize it.NTSC is an acronym for National Television Standards Committee, which was the video and broadcast standard for the majority of North and South America, and also parts of Asia.PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line, which is the color encoding system used by the vast majority of broadcast and DVD players in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and a good percentage of Africa.NTSC displays at 30 frames per second.PAL displays at 25 frames per second.A lot of this information may appear dated, and that’s because, in essence, it is. Toward the end of 2010, many countries around the globe switched from analog terrestrial television to digital terrestrial TV, and with the adoption of HDTVs, the PAL vs. NTSC broadcasting fight has been somewhat silenced. Most modern TVs can adapt to different frame rates on the fly, and the need for transcoded media isn’t as high.The reason why these broadcast systems were established in the first place is because of the alternating current for the given countries. In PAL regions, the AC supply has a frequency of 50hz, while in NTSC territory, the frequency is 60hz.50Hz AC 100 fluctuations every second.60Hz AC 120 fluctuations every second.What does that mean? Well, even though electrical light to the naked eye looks constant, the light is actually is pulsating 100/120 times a second. When your camera is recording at 30fps in a 50hz location, the light pulses fall unequally within the passing frames, and as a result, we get a flicker. Jonas from 52Things: Rob & Jonas explains this with a visual animation in the video below. The video has been shared with a timestamp so you can jump straight to the relevant moment by clicking play. The Golden SettingsSince the combination of shutter speed and FPS is responsible for aligning the light pulses to each frame, where does this leave shooting at 23.98/24fps in a PAL region? When presented with flicker, other than using a different lighting source, there are two camera parameters you can adjust: the frame rate and the shutter speed.Camera company RED not only has a flicker-free calculator, they also offer insight into the math you need to avoid light flicker in a foreign region.Frame Rates. Choose a frame rate equal to the lighting pulse rate divided by some integer. This is often the simplest option since most corresponding shutter speeds will appear flicker-free.Shutter Speeds. Choose a shutter speed equal to the lighting pulse rate divided by some integer. This option often isn’t as straightforward, and it can constrain one’s ability to control motion blur. On the other hand, this option typically minimizes flicker under a broader range of lighting and power types.Since we want to use 23.98, the option of adjusting our frame rate is null and void, but we can change the shutter speed. If you’re in a PAL region, the shutter speeds that will work flicker-free are 1/33.3, 1/50, and 1/100. The irony here is that many DSLR and mirrorless users opt for 1/50 for 24fps filming as 1/48 is often unavailable — although in the GH5 you can achieve a 180-degree shutter by turning the SS/Gain Operation to Angle. If you’ve been shooting 23.98 at 1/50 in a PAL region, it’s likely you haven’t encountered a problem anyway. However, if you were to increase the fps to 30, and increase the shutter the 1/60 to maintain a 180-degree shutter, you would see the flickering.TL;DR — yes, you can use the NTSC 23.98 recording settings in a PAL region. See above.Looking for more information on video gear? Check out these articles.DIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50Sony Announces the a7 III 4K Camera for Under $2000Canon Joins the Mirrorless Camera Game with the EOS M50The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2018 Oscar-Nominated FilmsIs Downscaling 4K to 1080p Worth It After Online Compression?last_img read more

Centre takes action against West Bengal IPS officers

first_imgIn trouble for five more IPS officers from West Bengal cadre, the Centre has decided to strip them of their medals and debar them from being empanelled for Central deputation, a senior government official said on Thursday.The officers had participated in a sit-in with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 4. Ms. Banerjee had sat on a dharna after a team of CBI officials had arrived at the residence of Kolkata commissioner of police Rajeev Kumar to question him in the Saradha chit fund case. Earlier, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, for participating in the protest with the chief minister.Prakash Singh, former DGP of Uttar Pradesh who moved the Supreme Court on police reforms said the officers violated conduct rules but the Centre would expose themselves of being “vindictive and petty” to debar them from central deputation.  He said the officers were caught in crossfire and they were pawns in a high voltage political drama between Centre and the State.“Central government has taken a dim view of serving officers of uniformed forces taking part in sit-ins, dharnas etc. With respect to the officers who had participated in a dharna in Kolkata on 4th February, MHA is reported to have asked the W.B Government to take action as per All India Service conduct rules,” the official said.The five officers apart from Mr. Kumar who participated in the sit-in are- Virendra (85 batch), DGP W.B; Vineet Kumar Goel (94 batch), ADG, Director, Security; Anuj Sharma (91) ADG Law and Order; Gyanwant Singh (93), CP, Bidhannagar – he was in uniform and Supratim Sarkar (97) Additional CP.“In addition a number of measures are also being considered to be initiated against defaulting officers such as withdrawing medals or decorations which were conferred on them like meritorious service etc. Centre may also remove names of the delinquent officers from the empanelled list and bar them for a certain period from serving in the Central government,” the official said. Centre is contemplating issuing an advisory to all the States to ensure that officers of uniformed forces adhere to the conduct rules and maintain decorum.Out of the five officers, Mr. Virendra received President Police Medal for Gallantry in 2010 and Mr. Sharma got the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2016. “I entirely disagree with any such course of action against All India Services officers, you (Centre) are guilty of being vindictive and petty. You don’t develop mechanism to insulate officers from political interference. I don’t recall any one being punished severely for such action,” Mr. Singh said. Former Delhi Police commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma he doesn’t recall any such instance in the past where such punishment was contemplated for the officers.  “The IPS is a disciplined service, there are certain rules which should be followed, it for the government to decide the quantum of punishment,” Mr. Sharma said.last_img read more