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Hamilton won’t boycott F1 race amid racism protests in US

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is not considering boycotting Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix in the way other athletes have done in the United States after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Wisconsin.The NBA postponed three scheduled playoff games on Wednesday, with the Milwaukee Bucks kicking off the boycott by refusing to leave their locker room for the game against the Orlando Magic. Players and teams in baseball, soccer and tennis also sat out events, demanding that lawmakers act to address police brutality and racial injustice.Hamilton, a six-time F1 champion and the only Black driver in the sport, said he supported the boycotts but that similar measures in Europe wouldn’t have the same impact.“Firstly I think it’s incredible what many out there in the States are doing within their sports. So many people are standing with the players and really pushing for change,” Hamilton said Thursday at a news conference. “But that is in America and I don’t know if me doing anything here will particularly help … we’re in Belgium, we’re not in the United States.”Hamilton has regularly spoken out against racism in recent weeks following the killing of George Floyd — an unarmed Black man — by a police officer in Minneapolis in May. Hamilton and other drivers have taken a knee at every race so far this season in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. He has also worn t-shirts with “End Racism” printed on them, raised his right fist on the podium, and called out other F1 teams for being too silent on racism.Blake, 29, was shot by police officers, apparently in the back, on Sunday as he leaned into his SUV, three of his children seated inside. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and ignited new protests in the U.S. three months after the death of Floyd.“I haven’t spoken to anybody about (the boycotts), but I am really proud of so many out there and I do stand unified with them, trying to do what I can over here,” Hamilton said. “I don’t really know how us not doing the race (will help), it will still go on is the thing. I’ll try to speak to Formula One to see what else we can do to continue to raise awareness.”Mercedes has also switched from its traditional silver-colored cars to all-black this season in solidarity with Hamilton and to continue pushing the fight against racism.Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who has taken the knee alongside Hamilton at all six F1 races so far, was also asked if he would consider boycotting a race.“I don’t think it makes much sense now to go as far as that because nothing is on the table, or there’s no reason to boycott a race,” Vettel said. “The measures that have been taken in the U.S. with some players boycotting — or going on strike and not going out for the games — I think they are more U.S.-specific. We seem to be quite happy as drivers of our actions, and want to keep sending that message.”Image credits: AP First Published: 28th August, 2020 12:42 IST Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 12:42 IST Hamilton Won’t Boycott F1 Race Amid Racism Protests In US Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is not considering boycotting Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix in the way other athletes have done in the United States after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Wisconsincenter_img LIVE TV COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Injured Redick goes from day-to-day to who knows when

first_imgRedick has been slowed by several ailments, but the Clippers believe this injury stems from the nasty fall he took in Sacramento on Nov. 29, the same incident that hurt his wrist.“We’re not going to put him out there ’til he’s feeling great,” Rivers said.Seeing the lightAs the Clippers prepared to start the final 27 games of the regular season, Rivers wanted to make sure the team defense continues to improve.“It’s funny. Statistically, defensively, we’re doing pretty well,” Rivers said. “Visually, and that’s very important for me because I’m watching the darn game, I know we can be better. I think we’re very close to the gate (of being where Rivers wanted), let’s say. “I do think we’ll go through it at some point, but I don’t think it will be one moment where someone raises their hand and they have the holy spirit and ‘We’ve got it, I’ve got it. I’m hearing you.’ But we’re getting it and our guys are believing.”Making movesThe Clippers declined to sign Sash Vujacic to another 10-day contract, particularly with Thursday’s trade deadline approaching. But that doesn’t preclude the former Laker from getting another shot.“With the trade deadline, we didn’t want to use another 10-day,” Rivers said. “I liked him and you never know if we return to that or not.”It’s the time of year all teams have a few players looking around extra intently as rumors swirl, but the Clippers are confident that they’ll keep their focus.“(It can distract) somewhat if you pay a lot of attention to it, but we have a lot of mature and older veteran guys on the team to where we know this is a business,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “Nobody wants to get moved around like that, but that’s the NBA.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The All-Star break wasn’t exactly the healing salve the Clippers had hoped it would be for J.J. Redick.The veteran guard, who had what the Clippers were calling a hip injury that cost him the previous four games, actually has a bulging disc in his lower back. So instead of being day-to-day, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said “I don’t have a clue” when Redick could return.“Until, I guess the (term) would be ‘calms down,’ so he can get his movement back, he’ll be out,” Rivers said. “That could be three days, two weeks, three weeks. No one knows. There’s no set deadline on when he’s coming back. He could be back quick or it could take awhile.”Redick, who previously missed 21 games with a torn ligament in his wrist, is averaging 15.7 points this season and is shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range. When he returns, he likely won’t have the same seamless transition back into the starting he had before his latest injury, since this time he can’t run to keep his conditioning up.last_img read more

Is Dark Matter Going Out of Style?

first_imgDark matter has been a staple in cosmological theories for decades.  One of the initial reasons was that galaxy rotation curves could not be explained without it.  Another was that galaxy clusters, to be held together over long ages, needed more “stuff” to bind them.  Finally, Big Bang cosmologists invoke copious amounts of dark matter and (more recently) dark energy to make their models work.  What the dark matter is has remained an unanswered question.  If it were normal “baryonic” matter we would see it, and it would not be “dark” (i.e., undetectable by current methods).    On the scale of galaxies, a paper in the Astrophysical Journal has undermined some of the justification for dark matter.  Brownstein and Moffat found a way to account for galaxy rotation curves without it1 (see also summary on EurekAlert).    On the cosmological scale, two other papers show that dark matter and dark energy are not simple parameters to model.  An American-Israeli team writing in Astrophysical Journal2 put constraints on cosmological simulations of dark matter halos and showed the picture is complex: “the clear separation of the evolution of an individual halo into series of quiescent and violent phases explains the inability to fit its entire evolution by simple scaling relations, in agreement with previous studies,” they wrote.  A news story in Science3 described some of the ruckus over dark energy’s role in the cosmos.  Specifically, astronomers are arguing about using gamma-ray bursts as a “standard candle” to infer the history of dark energy in cosmological theories.  See also the reprint on EurekAlert of a report from New Scientist that said, “the result stressed how little we know about dark energy and the need for different approaches.”1J. R. Brownstein and J. W. Moffat, “Galaxy Rotation Curves without Nonbaryonic Dark Matter,” Astrophysical Journal 636:721-741, 2006 January 10, 2006.2Romano-Diaz et al., “Constrained Cosmological Simulations of Dark Matter Halos,” Astrophysical Journal 637:L000, 2006 February 1, 2006.3Robert Irion, “Astronomers Push and Pull Over Dark Energy’s Role in Cosmos,” Science 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, p. 316, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5759.316.In the history of science, practitioners sometimes invoked “imponderable substances” in their theories.  These included phlogiston, caloric, wound salve, ether, electricity, magnetism, and animal magnetism.  Some of these substances went the way of the dodo, others became staples of science.  So far, it appears that cosmologists are in the dark about dark matter (put “dark matter” in the search box above and see).  It will be interesting to see how future astronomers look back on this period.  Till established, theories built on dark matter should be treated like phlogiston theory or The Force.  Duct tape is like The Force.  It has a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together – at least as well as dark matter.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Verdict Is In: Green Homes Sell Faster

first_imgIn August 2008, FMLS, the leading real-estate listing service in the metro-Atlanta area, began including green certifications in its database. Sellers can now add to their listing EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, and Energy Star certifications, as well as the HERS index, and features such as solar power, Energy Star appliances, and spray-foam insulation. The new National Green Building Standard was not available at the time these details were added to the listing service, but it likely will be added during their next revision.Lies, damn lies, and statisticsCarson Matthews, a local EcoBroker, has compiled sales statistics from September 2008 through mid-April 2009 showing that homes that included green certifications in their listings sold faster and closer to the listing price than standard homes. Certified green homes, on average, sold almost 50% faster and 4.5% closer to the listing price.Interestingly, the average sale price of these homes is about 25% less than the standard homes. This could be due to the fact that owner and builders of green-certified homes are more conscious of the size implications, and these homes are most likely smaller than their counterparts. It could also be a coincidence and totally random, but I don’t think that is likely.A good startThis data sample is small, and future data may provide different results, but it does appear to indicate that the tide is turning, and we should expect to see more demand for sustainable homes. If the media is a good indicator, and I believe that it is, consumer interest in green homes has significantly increased in the last few years, and that interest certainly includes new-home purchases. Just a few years ago, media coverage of green building was rare. Now, hardly a day goes by when green building is not mentioned multiple times in print and on the Web.So far, there are only a few real-estate listing services that include green-home certifications and features, but that is bound to change. Hopefully, this information will stimulate other regions to add these listing details and help promote green homes in all markets.last_img read more

Show Us The Data: Time For Companies To Reveal What They Know About Us

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Big Data#policy#privacy center_img California has proposed a potentially groundbreaking consumer privacy law. The Right To Know Act, if approved, would require companies to divulge what kind of data they have on individual consumers, as well as with whom they’re sharing that information. We need this. Not only should California pass this law, but it should be emulated far and wide. And while it’s a good start, The Right To Know Act is really just the beginning of what’s needed.The vast quantity of personal data that companies collect, store and sell is mind-boggling. We caught a glimpse of some of this massive and now-routine data mining during the presidential campaign. Outside of the election cycle, it continues full force as marketers and financial institutions amass private information about consumers, sell it to one another and use it in ways that aren’t entirely clear. Much of it is totally obvious and innocent. Some of it probably isn’t. We don’t know. That’s the problem.The Ongoing Personal Data Explosion Of course, this data is just going to keep exploding. The proliferation of smartphones has generated enough privacy questions to keep lawyers and legislators busy for a generation. We’re just beginning to grapple with those issues and now Google wants us to wear computers on our faces. As we move toward wearable computers, connected cars and smart homes, the sheer volume of data about our personal lives is going to grow exponentially. There’s a lot we stand to gain from these advances in personal technology, just as we have with smartphones and tablets. But before we plough forward into this otherwise awesome future, we should probably take a minute and think about some of the less exciting implications. Privacy is at the top of the list.The Right To Know Act sounds like a sensible attempt to set up the kind of consumer privacy framework we’ll need to have in place if we don’t want things to get too weird in the future.Whether or not we actually regulate the ways companies use this data is another question, which we’ll also need to deal with. In the meantime, what the Right To Know Act will do is simply allow consumers to know exactly what data exists and and to learn a little bit about how it’s being used.“This Law Is About Transparency”“This law is about transparency and access, not new restrictions on data sharing,” writes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the supporters of the bill. “It helps consumers, regulators, policymakers, and the world at large shine a light onto the largely hidden, highly lucrative world of the personal data economy.”To Europeans, this concept isn’t anything radical. As Ars Technica points out, the European Union has laws like this on the books already, as it should. The principle of habeas data, as it’s known, is just a part of digital life there. How likely is passage of the bill? Plenty of firms will loathe it, but it will be interesting to see how tolerant the more privacy-friendly tech companies are of the idea. It’s hard to predict the bill’s fate, but when it comes to implementing forward-thinking privacy laws, California has a pretty decent track record.The premise is that simple: Companies know a lot about us, and we, as consumers, have a right to know what they know. Whether or not we can do anything about it, we at least deserve to know. They are, after all, our lives.  Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Primes vs. Zooms: Situational EF Lens Prep

first_imgChoosing the right lenses for your video production can make or break your project. This round-up of EF lenses can help you prepare for your next shoot.Before I show up on set, I take several preparatory steps to ensure that I can capture everything the client needs. It starts by asking myself what I am filming. This determines which lenses I should use, and what additional equipment I’ll need.Next I ask myself how much time I have so I’ll know how quickly I have to move on set. If the timeframe is narrow, for example, I may bring zoom lenses to speed up my workflow. If, however, I have plenty of time, I can use prime lenses to get some truly great images.Zoom EF LensesHere are my go to EF zoom lenses.Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8This is my favorite medium zoom lens. It allows you, with a single lens, to grab some great wide shots, and get close to your subject. Something to keep in mind, however, is that when you zoom, the front of the lens protrudes outwards. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are using a matte box, it can create problems.Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8This is my go-to wide angle lens. I absolutely love how wide an image this lens can produce. It can also zoom to a 35mm to help grab some interesting medium-closeup shots. The front of the lens does not change when you zoom from a 16mm to a 35mm.Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8This is my all-time favorite zoom lens. The Canon 70-200mm gives you a ton of composition options in a pinch. This lens also has a built-in image stabilizer, which allows you to capture handheld shots if you need to.Prime EF LensesHere are a few prime lenses that I prefer to use if I have a bit more control over the production. These lenses can capture an amazingly sharp image, with a beautiful bokeh. Keep in mind that prime lenses require you to change lenses if you’d like a wider or tighter shot. Canon EF 85mm 1.8The Canon 85mm is a beautiful lens. The background just fades away from what’s in focus. I love using this lens for interviews and close-ups.Zeiss EF 100mm F2 MacroThe Zeiss EF 100mm Macro lens lets you get extremely close to the action. I typically use this lens for product shots and extreme close-ups.Canon EF 50mm F1.8The Nifty Fifty! This lens is a must-have! It’s one of the least expensive Canon lenses, but it can produce some gorgeous images. The 1.8 Aperture makes this an amazing low-light lens, if you are hurting for light at a shoot.Rokinon EF 14mm T3.1 CineThis is a great lightweight wide angle lens. I typically use this when filming on a Ronin or Steadicam. The de-clicked aperture allows you to adjust the exposure on the fly.Bonus: PL Cinema PrimesIf I’m not shooting with EF lenses and have complete control over a set, I prefer to use my Sony CineAlta 4K PL Cinema Prime lens kit. These lenses are about six pounds each, so it’s not easy to move quickly with them. All six lenses have the same size and weight, so when you change your lenses, you don’t have to reposition your lens support and matte box.These lenses are very durable with full metal construction. They also have focus distances, so you can be confident with your focus pulls.These are just some of my preferences when choosing lenses. There is no right or wrong choice — it simply comes down to what works best for you. The most important thing to remember is that lenses are tools. You need to make sure that you bring, rent, or own the right tools for the job.What lens combinations do you prefer to shoot with? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

51 FREE Eye-Catching Accent Animation Motion Graphics

first_imgWith these FREE motion graphics, you can easily add elegant motion and animation accents to your titles and designs in any project.All motion designers know that the little touches are what makes your work stand apart.Most of the time, those little extra touches are things like really small details and additional motion in small portions of the scene. These are things that the viewers might not even fully notice but, when added as part of a whole, these accents and animations can really bring your work to a whole new level.These kinds of animations are not typically hard to do, but they do take time — and they can sometimes feel so tedious that you just skip them. Well, not anymore.We’ve made a pack of FREE motion graphics that you can use to add little accents of motion to your titles and animations.This Pack of 21 FREE Accent Motion Graphics Includes the Following:51 FREE pre-keyed .mov video files with alpha channelsCircle animationsSquare animationsLine animationsBubble animationsGeometric shape animationsIsometric animationsBurst animationsSquiggly line animationsZig-zag animations Download the 51 FREE Accent Motion GraphicsClick the button below to download the free pack of 51 Accent Motion Graphics. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These motion graphics are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 51 FREE Accent Motion GraphicsCirclesThis free pack of motion graphics includes circle elements of all kinds.In this pack you’ll find many different styles of circle animations. Circles within circles, circles of circles, spinning circles — pretty much any circle animation you can want.SquaresThis pack of free motion graphics also includes plenty of square animations.The same goes for squares. This pack includes quite a few varied square animations. You can layer and mix these together to create some really impressive doodads and modern elements.For instance, you can create some HUD-style effects with these elements.Line PopsLine pops are a versatile way to add subtle animations to your motion graphics.These line pops may be the most versatile elements of the whole pack. You can use these on anything. Any time you want to add a subtle hint of attention to your designs, you can throw a line pop or two on a certain letter or shape, and you’ll instantly have a more interesting composition.Plus Many More…The free pack of motion graphics includes plenty of other assets.Beyond the shapes and lines already mentioned, there are so many other interesting free animations to choose from. Squiggly lines, isometric animations, and all kinds of other interesting effects.Feel free to experiment, layer, and come up with your own combinations of designs.How To Use These ElementsUsing these free accent motion graphics is extremely simple. They will work inside of any non-linear video editing software that supports alpha channels and .mov files. Just import the whole folder and they will be instantly drag-and-drop ready.Just add them wherever you like. If you want to change the color, you’ll just grab whatever color fill tools your editing software has, and since they are pre-keyed, you’ll have no issues changing the color at all.Looking for more free video assets? Check these out.Free Video Editing Assets: Lower Thirds5 Faster Editing Tips for Premiere Pro + Free FootageHow to Add LUTs in Premiere Pro (And 35 Free LUTs)How to Create a Zolly Warp Effect in After Effects + Free Preset DownloadCreative Ways to Use Sound Effects + 15 FREE SFXlast_img read more

Bengal Opposition leaders candidates willing to join Trinamool Suvendu

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday claimed there would be no political Opposition in the state in the coming days with many Opposition candidates who won in the recent rural body elections willing to join the ruling Trinamool Congress.He said many prominent opposition leaders have also got in touch with him stating that they want to be a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s developmental drive.”Trinamool will emerge victorious on all fronts. No one else will be there. Not only the winners of Panchayat election but also a lot of prominent people’s representatives want to join Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”They want to be a part of Trinamool Congress’ drive for development. Many of them have already contacted me,” Adhikari told reporters at a party event in Malda district.The minister, who is also his party’s observer in Malda, said the party will get more than 55 percent votes in the district and capture both the Lok Sabha constituencies there in the 2019 general election. “Trinamool Congress will emerge victorious here. Congress-CPI-M and BJP would sit and fix amongst themselves who would come second or third,” he added.last_img read more