Plenty to like in Boks’ win over Australia

first_imgHat-trickHe completed his hat-trick two minutes from time thanks to Louw, who first threw an outrageous dummy to open up space and then found Habana out wide with a long pass. The winger received the ball on the 22-metre line and had a clear run in to the line for a deserved third try. Fellow debutant, Jaco Taute, was a little nervy early on at centre, but he grew in stature as the match progressed and was especially effective on defence. He looked like he belonged in the green and gold. After five losses on the trot to Australia, something had to give at Loftus Versfeld as the Australians had never before won at the ground in five previous attempts. With a charged-up Springbok team in their face and injuries hampering their performance, it was the Wallabies that gave. Kirchner had scored South Africa’s opening try after the forwards had opened up space on the right with a ferocious assault on the Aussie tryline and he nearly scored a second just before half-time. A dummy run to the inside by Habana was what created the space on the outside and only a desperate cover tackle by Adam Ashley-Cooper just forced Kirchner out of play. Yellow cardIt was Habana’s urgency to get a penalty taken quickly in the second half that put Australia under heavy pressure in their quarter and eventually led to James Slipper being yellow-carded for slowing the ball down at a ruck. While he was off, the Springboks scored two tries. The fans certainly enjoyed seeing the running game. Nothing said that more than when Pat Lambie came on early in the second half for Zane Kirchner at fullback. Kirchner had scored a try and just missed out on a second, but Lambie is a more attacking player and even though the game was taking place on Kirchner’s home ground, the crowd loudly cheered the inclusion of the Sharks’ star. EncouragingWhat was encouraging was that it was decided after only two misses to take the pressure off Goosen by handing the goal kicking duties to Pienaar. In the Boks’ previous match against the All Blacks at the Otago Stadium, they had persisted too long with Morne Steyn, despite his poor kicking form, and that had cost the team dearly. FlyhalfThe biggest news on the selection front ahead of the game had been the decision to start Johan Goosen at flyhalf ahead of Morne Steyn. Did it pay off? On the kicking front, it was a wash; Goosen missed his only two kicks of the match, which was pretty much on a par with Steyn’s performances so far this year. In terms of the running game, it was a smashing success. DefenceNo victory is built on attack alone, however, and it was South Africa’s sturdy defence that made a big difference. The loose trio of Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts and Francois Louw was hugely effective, with Louw playing a brilliant game, his best for South Africa, and pushing hard for the man of the match award. He was effective on the ground and also in the support game, delivering a try to Bryan Habana on a plate. The locks, Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth, put the Australians under big pressure at lineout time and got through a mountain of work in the loose too. The victory brought to an end a three-game winless run for the Springboks. In those games they had drawn 16-16 with Argentina, gone down 19-26 to the Aussies and lost 11-21 to New Zealand, all away from home. Being back on South African soil certainly helped the Springbok cause. 1 October 2012 Goosen attacked the advantage line well and distributed the ball effectively, resulting in the Bok backline looking the best it has all year. He also came within centimetres of scoring try after he sliced through the Wallabies’ defence in the first half. center_img After South Africa’s 31-8 Castle Rugby Championship victory over Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers insisted the Springboks’ game plan had not changed – but they certainly seemed to run the ball a lot better and more often than they did earlier this season. Out on the flank, Bryan Habana enjoyed the opportunities that came his way. Throughout the contest, he looked to ignite South Africa’s attacking opportunities and was rewarded with three tries. The first of those came from a lineout five metres from the Wallabies’ line. Captain De Villiers, for the second time in the game, opted for a touch-finder rather than a kick at goal when close to the Australian tryline and was rewarded both times. On this occasion it was Francois Louw who benefited, as he spun out of a tackle after the Boks had driven the ball up and fell to ground for a try. With a better goal kicking game, which is usually a South African strength, the Springboks will be a very tough team to beat. And with the young talent emerging in the green and gold ranks, there is plenty of reason for optimism. Saturday’s comprehensive win appeared to be a first step towards bigger and better things. The second try went to Habana. Once again, he started and finished it. After a loose Australian pass, Habana chased the ball into touch and fielded it. He immediately found Adriaan Strauss, who had an impressive game, with a quick throw-in. The hooker took the pass, and sprinted along the five-metre line before passing inside to Habana, who had too much speed for the scrambling defenders and ran in for a try under the uprights from almost 40 metres out. Goosen’s off-day with the boot was not typical of the young man and he will no doubt improve and take over the number one kicking duties with distinction. He possesses an impressive all-round game. Unfortunately for Ashley-Cooper, his head was in the wrong position when he made the tackle and he was knocked out cold. His was the worst of a string of injuries that undermined the Australian effort, but they were not what cost the visitors the game. Rather, it was a far more rounded Springbok effort that made the difference. A lot of credit should go to scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, too. He took a lot of pressure off Goosen with his kicking from the base of the scrum and mixed up his game well, which allowed the young flyhalf, like Pienaar a product of Grey College, some space to mix up his own game. The first of those came after he started an attack and then ended it with an excellent angled run to take a short offload from Pienaar and crash over for the Springbok’s second try. It took him to seven five-pointers against the Wallabies and equal with Breyton Paulse’s South African record against Australia. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Changing climate highlighted at Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Increased rainfall in larger doses and warming temperatures in the future are likely, building on trends that have already been seen in Ohio.The first day of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference included many presentations including nutrient management, crop production, water quality, technology and innovation during the event at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The role of the changing climate cannot be ignored inAaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extensionagriculture’s ongoing challenges with nutrient management and water quality.“In Ohio we are seeing temperature changes and precipitation changes and some of the challenges that come with that,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada. “From a climate standpoint we are warming. Our winters are warming faster than our summers, though our warmest maximum summer temperatures have actually gone down compared to the early 20th Century.”The warmer temperatures can have implications for crops and livestock.“On the livestock issue, the one thing we have seen in the summer is that we have warmer nights and longer periods of warmer temperatures that can really stress livestock,” Wilson said.In terms of precipitation, Ohio receives 10% more rain per year, on average, than in the 20th century. Ohio’s current annual average is 42 inches, up 3 inches from the 39-inch average in the 20th century, Wilson said. Those additional 3 inches aren’t spread across the entire year. Instead the bulk of Ohio’s rain is falling in intense rain events, followed by an increase in consecutive dry days, Wilson said.“On the precipitation side we are seeing extreme rain events increasing in number. We are seeing issues then with runoff, soil erosion and nutrient loss across the state,” he said. “And it is very difficult to forecast the extreme precipitation events. When you are trying to make sound management decisions on your farm this is a big challenge. By their nature we know these rain events are highly variable.”The most significant seasonal increase in rainfall for Ohio has been in the autumn months, though springs are also wetter.“Soil erosion compaction, soil health, organic matter, and runoff are all being impacted by precipitation,” Wilson said. “Also water availability throughout the year can affect practices like double-cropping, crop rotations, and other management. We need to think about these things to be prepared for the changes we are going to see.”Extreme rain events in which more than 2 inches fall during a rainstorm have increased by 30% in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.“Weather patterns have changed so we can’t just take it for granted that what we did in the past will work well now and into the future,” Wilson said. “The more we understand how our weather is changing, the better we can be about adapting to these changes and making decisions now and into the future in agriculture.”For more information about the conference, visit: fabe.osu.edu/CTCon.last_img read more

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Does White Balancing Matter Anymore?

first_imgWith the proliferation of users shooting RAW, white-balancing isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. So is it still relevant at all?White balancing your camera is order to accurately render colors in your image. Improper white balance can yield your footage too blue or too orange, but with capability to do extensive digital photo editing does it even matter? We’ve done a few camera tests to find out if white balance can be easily fixed in post, or if it is still necessary to shoot in the correct color temperature.The ComparisonTo shoot our comparison we analyzed changing the white balance in a RAW and compressed format. Each picture was shot at a kelvin reading of 10,000k, 2,000k, and 5200k then changed to 4850k in the Adobe camera RAW editor. Feel free to click on the following images below to get a better look at the results. Note: The images you see below have been saved and compressed in a JPEG format for the web.JPEG 5200k to 4850kThe first few pictures were shot in a JPEG format that is very comparable to a ProRes or H264. A minor change from 5200k to 4850k yielded some very usable results.JPEG 10,000k to 4850kWe then bumped up the in-camera white balance to 10,000k which left us with an orange image. The image, when adjusted to 4850k in post, had lots of color distortion and extreme overexposure. We had to turn down the overall exposure and adjust some of the white and black points to get a usable image. Notice the muddiness in the darker parts of the image.JPEG 2,000k to 4850kLastly we set our white balance at 2,000k and took a picture, which was understandably blue. As before, we adjusted the white balance to match 4850k and had to change the exposure and adjust some of the levels to try and match as best we could. The result was extremely terrible, the colors are incredibly inconsistent and muddy. The image would be completely unusable, or at least, not very good.Changing the white balance when using a RAW image proved to be a lot easier, especially in the camera RAW editor built into Photoshop. To change the white balance all you need to do is simply move the slider to the desired number, but does it still have distortion? Take a look at the following images to find out.RAW 5200k to 4850kRAW 10,000k to 4850kRAW 2,000k to 4850kNotice any dissimilarities? Neither did we. As it turns out when dealing with RAW footage your white balance isn’t determined by your cameras sensor. Rather, the software that assembles the image uses simulated white-balance data from the camera to create it’s own representation of the image. This can be nondestructively changed in post making the white-balance incredibly easy to manipulate.ConclusionSo back to the original question, Does white-balancing matter anymore?As you can see from the images above when dealing with a compressed image white-balance definitely matters. This means if you are shooting in any format that isn’t RAW you should definitely be correctly white balancing on-set. If you are a little off you can still get some good results, but it is much more advisable to shoot it correctly in-camera instead of fixing it in post.However, if you are shooting in RAW it seems like these results show white-balancing doesn’t really matter at all. Each image when color corrected looks virtually indistinguishable and we were honestly surprised by these results. So going forward, if cameras continue to shoot in RAW we might never need to worry about white-balancing on-set again. A post on the Photo.net forums offered up this guidance:When you bring the RAW image into an image editor/RAW converter on your computer, the white balance you set in the camera should be irrelevant, with the possible exception that the software may use it as a default when it first presents the image (but then you can choose any WB you want, of course).The same generally applies to other processing parameters that you can set in the camera, such as picture styles, sharpness, noise reduction*, and colour space. Shooting parameters (such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and any settings such as exposure compensation which affect the camera’s choice of any of those parameters), of course, affect RAW images because aperture and shutter speed change the amount of light reaching the sensor and ISO affects the gain of the sensor’s analog amplifiers.I shoot RAW almost exclusively, and usually use auto WB in the camera. I also find it’s close enough most of the time for the embedded JPEG and all the things the camera does with it, and then I can set whatever WB I want when I’m processing the images on my computer.If you have the option of shooting in a correct white balance on-set, why wouldn’t you? It will save you time in post and you will be able to monitor the shots more accurately in-camera. Just remember to not have your white balance set to auto, or it might change mid shot making it even more difficult to fix in post. The next time you think about making white-balancing a big issue on-set just remember it doesn’t make any difference if you’re shooting in RAW.Do you agree with these results? Have you given up on white-balancing when shooting in RAW? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Megabuilders sets sights on 4th win, faces IEM

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim New NSA budget scheme eyed China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ That put Megabuilders on top with Cignal TV at 3-0.Against the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters, coach Dante Alinsunurin is confident he could again draw superb games from his starters, including Francis Saura, Fauzi Ismail, Madzlan Gampong, Vincent Ogoc, Kim Malabunga and Bryan Bagunas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGametime is at 1 p.m. after the 10 a.m. clash between defending champion Air Force and winless Café Lupe.The Volley Bolt have produced a league-leading 32 kills blocks for a 2.91 norm but the IEM side could pose a real challenge as the top digging team. After a pair of lopsided triumphs over lowly teams, newcomer Megabuilders braces for a tougher challenge when itsquares off with Instituto Estetico Manila in Saturday’s resumption of the Premier Volleyball League Men’s Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Volley Bolt debuted with a five-set reversal over the fancied Army Troopers before toppling Café Lupe and Gamboa Coffee Mix in a pair of three-setters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pakistani cricketers must learn from Sachin: Miandad

first_imgFormer captain and director general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Javed Miandad has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from the achievements of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media.Former Pak captain and director general of PCB Javed Miandad. AP”We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big let down for the nation.””I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field.”They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hear him making tall claims about his performances or achievements.He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from,” the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.Miandad also called on captain, Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.”He shouldn’t be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform. Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship so he is perfectly capable of delivering,” Miandad said.advertisementHe emphasised, “He (Afridi) has immense talent which he does not utilise properly at times.”Urging the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously Miandad said,”Unfortunately what I noticed was that the players didn’t appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington they took things lightly. In international cricket this is not acceptable.”Pakistan who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.Adding greater significance to ongoing series in view of the upcoming World Cup, Miandiad reiterated that losing it could have a big impact on their performances in the mega event. .”It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high pressure event like the World Cup,” the former batsman cautioned.”The players must realise they are fortunate to get such a series just before the World Cup,” Miandad said while expressing his surprise at the relaxed attitude of the players in the first match.”They need to realise the significance of the World Cup when every Pakistani is praying for their success. The tournament comes once in four years and everyone expects the team to fire in the World Cup.””No excuses can be accepted and the players must also realise that if they perform well in the World Cup how much of a boost it would be for Pakistan cricket which is facing so many problems,” he added.”The players just need to get more serious about their performances. I believe they have the capability of winning the series in New Zealand and also doing well in the World Cup but for that they need to focus on their short comings and strengths and use them properly,” Miandad said while pinning hope on the present ODI outfit.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Charlie Edwards keeps WBC flyweight belt with unanimous win

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Charlie Edwards celebrates beating Angel Moreno in their World Boxing Council World Flyweight Title bout at the Copper Box Arena, London. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)LONDON — Charlie Edwards retained his WBC flyweight title by beating former sparring partner Angel Moreno by unanimous decision at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.Edwards’ first defense of the belt he won from Cristofer Rosales three months ago was easier than expected in his home ring. Edwards outclassed his Spanish challenger to win all 12 rounds from all three judges.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Edwards (15-1) knocked down Moreno (19-3-2) in the eighth round and kept up his workrate, but couldn’t get the knockout he wanted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Zion Williamson-Tacko Fall matchup highlights NCAA 2nd round in East View commentslast_img read more

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LIMITED LIABILITY FOR CLAIMS AFTER COLLAPSE OF NEBRASKA DAM

first_imgPeople who suffered losses when the Spencer Dam failed in northern Nebraska have gotten more bad news: Nebraska law limits the liability of the dam’s owner.The dam owner, Nebraska Public Power District, has said the March 14 collapse was due to a combination of high Niobrara River flows and massive chunks of ice.The home of a man who lived below the dam, Kenny Angel, was swept away. His body still has not been found.Attorney David Domina addressed a gathering of homeowners, farmers and business people Monday evening in Niobrara.He told them state law limits the district liability to $1 million per claim per occurrence and $5 million per occurrence for all claimants.He says Knox County already is listing more than $17 million in damages.last_img read more

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10 months agoHughton pleased with Brighton attacking options

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hughton pleased with Brighton attacking optionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton is happy with the attacking players at his disposal.The Brighton manager knows they will have to be at their best to stay in the league this season.And he believes that he has enough options in attack to make that happen.Hughton said to The Argus: “It’s what I want [competition for places]. Florin, I thought, had done really well in the game he came on in (Crystal Palace) and the game he started at Huddersfield.”I didn’t think he did so well in the last game at Burnley but that might have been a consequence of having not played and having a big impact in the two games before.”Of course, we’ve got Glenn who has scored goals.”But that’s what I want. I think it’s good and Locadia as well, who will feel aggrieved he hasn’t played more.”We will need that type of competition going into the second half of the season.”Brighton are 13th in the table, nine points away from the bottom three places. last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngsters

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngstersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blocked loan moves for the club’s younger players. Angel Gomes was among the United U23 players who were looking for first-team football with a loan move this month.But the MEN says Solskjaer has blocked those plans.Gomes made a cameo appearances in the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield.Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood are also on the fringe of the first team and could appear throughout the season. last_img read more

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A look at what minimumwage workers get paid across Canada

first_imgThe Ontario government has announced plans to raise its minimum wage to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and to $15 an hour the following year. Here’s a look at what minimum-wage workers are paid across the country:Alberta – $12.20 an hour, rising to $13.60 this year and reaching $15 an hour on Oct. 1, 2018.British Columbia – $10.85. It’s expected to rise to at least $11.25 this year.Manitoba – $11. The government plans to raise it every year along with the rate of inflation.New Brunswick – $11. Adjusted annually relative to the consumer price index.Newfoundland & Labrador – $10.75 rising to $11 on Oct. 1, 2017.Northwest Territories – $12.50Nova Scotia – $10.85. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Nunavut – $13. Adjusted annually April 1.Ontario – $11.40.Prince Edward Island – $11.25.Quebec – $10.75, rising to $11.25 per hour May 1.Saskatchewan – $10.72. Adjusted annually Oct. 1 relative to the consumer price index and average hourly wage.Yukon – $11.32. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Source: The Canadian Press, Retail Council of Canadalast_img read more

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