Khris Davis gets comeback party started, Mike Fiers searching for answers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — There are few combinations in baseball that go together quite as well as Khris Davis and Globe Life Park.Khris Davis entered the night with 15 home runs in 27 career games at the stadium. Add another one to the total after Friday night’s 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers.Davis pummeled a first-pitch curveball from Chris Martin over the center-field wall. Like most of them do, the solo home run came at a clutch time in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie.“Big shocking event …last_img read more

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Young innovators target cabin baggage, fire fighting.

first_imgA clever design that allows passengers to stow cabin baggage under their feet, a new way, an alternative to satellite imagery using aircraft and  a way to quickly turn a military aircraft into a fire-fighting platform.These are among the ideas from five international student teams that will battle it out in Toulouse, France, in the finals of the Airbus “Fly Your Ideas’’ competition.Students around the globe were asked to look at five key challenges to aviation in the 21st century: business models, flight operations, passenger experience, design engineering and manufacturing.The finalists from Australia, France, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the UK were among 348 universities from 89 countries to submit 356 innovative ideas.The entries included strong representation from India (64 teams), China and Hong Kong (44 teams), Spain (29 teams), Indonesia (24 teams) and the UK (20 teams).The finalists will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility developing their ideas before presenting them to Airbus and other aviation experts for a 30,000-euro prize.Two teams addressed the increasingly difficult question of cabin baggage.Hong Kong University’s Team DAELead, came up with a design for a private stowage compartment underneath passenger’s feet.The compartment would use space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling and flips up so people can store items without them eating into leg room.Local Team PassEx, from the Toulouse-based Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, have devised a revolutionary boarding system that uses A mobile app to assign boarding status according to luggage size.“The Compact Luggage Strategy (CLS) addresses current storage issues in overhead compartments by distributing passengers across the aircraft according to the size of their baggage,’’ Airbus said.The airborne Earth observation concept developed by Surrey University’s team Skyvision turns a commercial airliner into an “earth observation device” by installing observation equipment into an aircraft belly.It is seen as an alternative to satellite imagery in areas such as ecological analysis and urban planning.Nigeria’s team Nevada, from Obafemi Awolowo University, proposed an airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms to automate ground traffic control in a tower and on aircraft to improve traffic flows and reduce emissions.The Royal Melbourne Institute’s Team Aquarius devised a modular system that allows pressurised fire retardant containers to be quickly loaded into an A400M military aircraft which can then be used to fight wildfires.last_img read more

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Producing Documentaries With High Production Values

first_imgIt’s more crucial than ever to maintain high production values when producing documentaries. Here are a few ways to go about it.Top image of documentarian Ken Burns from Florentine FilmsUntil recently, documentaries weren’t necessarily known for their production value. Some of the best feature length documentaries in years past had loads of technical issues, yet they still succeeded based on their content alone. I would argue that today it’s harder than ever for a documentary to get seen and sold without a strong aesthetic and great audio.While there are exceptions to this, there is no denying that the overall quality of the average documentary has increased dramatically over the last decade. This is likely thanks to the digital revolution opening up the door for documentarians to shoot on the same equipment as high-end narrative filmmakers. For instance, it’s not uncommon today for a documentary to be shot on a RED DRAGON or an ARRI AMIRA. Granted, not every documentary is shooting on RED or Alexa, but even those shooting on high-quality DSLRs can certainly still hold up really well on a big screen.The fact of the matter is that you don’t need a high-end cinema camera to shoot a film with high production value – although it certainly can’t hurt. There are countless ways to keep your production value high, even when working with limited gear. Below we will go through five of the most important elements to consider in order to achieve this.Shoot Beautiful InterviewsImage from Perry’s PreviewsDepending on the type of documentary you’re shooting, one of the only opportunities you may have to shoot in a controlled environment will be your interviews. Every documentary is different of course, but it’s quite common for the average doc to consist largely of talking head interviews intercut with some ‘day in the life footage’ (or b-roll).Naturally, the ‘day in the life’ footage will need to be shot in a more run-and-gun style than your interviews, and no matter how great you are at shooting – it’s going to have some technical problems. The good news is that you can easily make up for this (and offset it visually) by capturing beautifully lit interviews that are easy on the eye. Once again, remember that you only have so many opportunities to control the look of your film when shooting a doc – so take advantage of every one.Prioritize Location AudioImage from Joe WallaceIt’s perfectly fine if a few of your scenes need to be subtitled as a result of not picking up proper location audio, but you should be aiming for the best sound quality possible. Just because you can subtitle a scene and get away with it, doesn’t mean you should. The last thing you want is a 90 minute doc that’s subtitled from end to end (unless it’s in a foreign language of course), as it will lower the overall production value of your piece.Even if you are shooting as a one man band, or with a limited crew, you should still be able to capture great audio. All it takes is a little attention to detail. Whenever possible, use a shotgun mic (either on a pole or mounted to the camera) in addition to a wireless lav mic that’s clipped on your subject. This will give you two separate audio channels to choose from in post, and ultimately will help to keep your audience much happier with the final product.Great Music Is KeyImage from Frank BakerWe all know that great documentaries are made in the editing room, but one point that is often overlooked is the importance of music. Documentary filmmakers often miss opportunities to include music cues that can really guide their story and help drive the point home. Understandably, you may not want to go overboard on the music so as not to bias your film, but there is a time and a place for music in almost any doc, and you shouldn’t be afraid to make use of some strong musical cues.And remember, it’s not just where you use the music, but the quality of the music itself. Resources like PremiumBeat offer some incredibly high-quality cues at a very reasonable price, so always choose your music wisely.Reenactments Can Work For YouImage from Small Creatures, LLCAt one point or another, the idea of shooting reenactments for a documentary became a faux pas, possibly due to the abundance of low-quality docudramas that were being produced in the 90s. These days, dramatic reenactments are being used much more tastefully and artfully. In fact, in certain cases they can really up your production value.Much like shooting beautiful interviews, reenactments give you another opportunity to have control over what you’re shooting and add some high production value to your film that simply wouldn’t exist any other way.Crew UpImage from ShutterstockThere are some cases where you may need to shoot scenes for your documentary alone, as a one man band. You may need to shoot somewhere with no permit (and be inconspicuous), or possibly you are documenting a person that doesn’t want a whole crew following them around all day. In those instances, you have no other choice but to wear many hats and tackle a lot of the production work yourself. In all other cases – get a crew!You don’t need a big crew, but if you can have at least a camera op and location audio on set, you’ll be in very good shape. Having the freedom to oversee your production and not get bogged down with operating a camera can be very creatively freeing. In the end, it will allow you to capture better footage by being focused on the big picture, and that in itself will up your production value and quality immensely.Here are a few more interesting articles that cover the many ins and outs of documentary filmmaking:How to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsComparing Documentary Styles: Cinéma Vérité to Modern DocsTips for Documentary Film ProductionsGot any tips for aspiring documentarians? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Azlan Shah hockey: India’s title hopes crash with 1-3 loss to Pakistan

first_imgDefending champion India’s hopes of retaining the Azlan Shah Cup hockey title virtually ended on Wednesday as they suffered an embarrassing 1-3 defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage match here.India squandered the lead gained through drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh in the 23rd minute as Pakistan rallied with penalty corner goals from captain Muhammad Imran and Sohail Abbas in successive minutes midway through the second session.India enjoyed an edge in the first half but lost the plot after change of ends with Asian Games gold-medallist Pakistan turning the tide in their favour by dominating the entire second session.Arjun Halappa-led side were unlucky as the referee disallowed a goal early in the match. They also wasted a few open chances in the first session which could have changed the complexion of the game.The loss also snapped India’s four-match winning streak against Pakistan since last year.With the loss today, India, outright winners in 2009 and joint champions with South Korea in 2010, slipped to the fourth spot in the round-robin league standings with seven points from five matches. Pakistan moved up to the third place with nine points in five games.World champions Australia are leading the standings after their 4-2 victory over South Korea today to secure to 10 points in four matches, while Britain are second on nine points from four outings.India have one match remaining — against New Zealand on Thursday, in the round robin league.Each side play six matches in the seven-team competition.The top two sides in the standings after the round-robin league will play in the summit clash on May 15.advertisementIndia had the first shy at the Pakistan goal in the eight minute when Vikas Pillay moved forward on the left flank and sent a diagonal cross to which Mandeep Antil failed to connect in the goalmouth.The Indians almost took the lead in the 14th minute on their first penalty corner but as Dhananjay Mahadik’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, but Shivendra Singh sent a stinging reverse from the top of the circle to hit into the boards.Dutch umpire Roderick Wijsmuller first signaled for a goal, but changed the decision after Pakistan team protested for an obstruction.Gurvinder Singh Chandi missed a sitter in the 20th minute when he failed to push in S V Sunil’s pass into an open goal, but penalty corner shooter Rupinder Singh put India ahead in the 23rd minute by sending a deft drag-flick into the cage.Rupinder, who made a huge impact in the tournament after finding a place in the squad due to absence of ace penalty corner taker Sandeep Singh, gave the lead with his sixth goal of the tournament but India failed to add any more.After India’s complete domination in the initial stages, Pakistan earned their first penalty corner in the 25th minute, only for Sohail Abbas to shoot wide to the left.Soon after, Mohammad Rizwan Senior sent in a diagonal cross from the right, but there were no strikers in front of Indian goal to capitalise on it.India forced another penalty corner in the last minute before half-time, but this time Rupinder’s soaring drag-flick was cleared by goalkeeper Imran Shah for a corner.Going into the second half with a 1-0 lead, the Indian citadel came under pressure on two occasions within four minutes. Indian goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza charged out to thwart Rehan Butt in the 38th minute when the unmarked striker got the ball in a one-on-one situation with the custodian.A minute later, Shakeel Abbasi sent a flick high over the cross-piece after darting in from the right flank.Rupinder made a fine clearance from under Rehan’s stick as he shaped to take a close-range shot at the goal in the 41st minute, but the pressure exerted by Pakistan was too much and in the 49th minute, Umar Bhutta scored the equaliser after getting Fareed Ahmed’s pass from left.Pakistan seized control of the match midway through the second session with two penalty corner conversions in two minutes.Captain Muhammad Imran beat the Indian defence with a drag-flick that went into the cage to the right of the goalkeeper in the 56th minute and Sohail Abbas made it 3-1 a minute later with a similar drag-flick into the net.India made some desperate efforts to bounce back into the game, but their moves failed to produce results against the experienced Pakistan team, which featured most members of the Guangzhou Asian Games gold winning squad.advertisementSeeking to prepare their team ahead of the Champions Trophy and the Olympic Qualifier, India have fielded a young team without several top senior players who are injured or were not considered for selection after not turning up for the preparatory camp.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Doping: Sini Jose, 2 others’ ‘B’ sample returns positive

first_imgIn a further blow to the dope tainted Indian athletes, the ‘B’ samples of three of the quarter-mile runners have also tested positive.Sini Jose, Juana Murmu and Tiana Mary have failed their B sample tests and their futures will now depend on the outcome of their hearings.The result of Indian athletics’ golden girl Ashwini Akkunji’s ‘B’ sample tests are still awaited.Jose, Murmu and Mary had tested positive for the banned substance methandienone.The doped athletes have claimed to have been misled by their coaches, insisting they had consumed supplements prescribed by their coaching staff at NIS, Patiala.But with both the A and B samples having tested positive, the athletes could face a maximum of two-year suspension.  Jose was part of the gold medal winning quartet of the 400m relay team at the last year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and a suspension could rule her out of next year’s London Olympics.Ogorodnik says he faces threatIndia’s sacked Ukrainian athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik has said his life is under threat and that he doesn’t want to die. Headlines Today tracked Ogorodni on Friday at Patiala.The Ukranian had earlier blamed food supplements after six of his athletes flunked dope tests. He had also denied any role in the doping scandal and insisted that it was a set-up and an attempt to tarnish his reputation. Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar – who were being coached by Ogorodnik -have all tested positive for methandienone.advertisementSini, Ashwini and Mandeep were a part of the 4×400 metres relay team that won the gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Ashwini had also won the gold in the 400 metres hurdles at the Asian Games.The athletes had also blamed the food supplements recommended by Ogorodnik for failing their dope tests.last_img read more

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