NAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens

first_imgPart of Sigma’s flagship “Art” class of lenses, the Sigma 14-24mm is a true ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for both photographers and videographers. Designed for 50-megapixel cameras, the Sigma 14-24mm operates with almost no distortion at infinity focus optimized for real-world use.Cinematic UsesImages taken with Sigma 14-24mm.For filmmakers, the lens is a powerful option for both ultra-wide full-frame filmmaking and cropped sensor setups. Here’s a great sample of the Sigma 14-24mm being used with a Canon 5D Mark IV recording 4K (at its 1.74x crop). With a fixed aperture throughout its zoom range, Sigma’s 14-24mm lens is great for documentary and narrative filmmaking (and run-and-gunners will appreciate the dust- and splash-proof construction). It also pairs well with a wide array of mounts, focus and zoom rings, and cover connections.VR FriendlyImage via Sigma.While videography and photography may be the lens’s prime directives, the Sigma 14-24mm is also VR-friendly and built with multi-camera VR videography in mind. Sigma even offers a new “Front Conversion Service” to convert to a round hood for specialized VR applications.Here are some more specifics:Minimum aperture: f22Minimum focusing distance: 26-28cmMaximum magnifications: 1:5:4Angle of view: 114.2°-84.1°Mount options: Nikon, Canon, SigmaPrice: $1,299For more NAB 2018 articles from Las Vegas, check out some of these links:NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an Update At NAB this week, Sigma announced its new artistic lens: a fast, wide-angle offering. And it’s turning more than a few heads. Cover image via Sigma.While NAB 2018 may be making headlines with camera reveals and innovative new gear, some of the big brands use the conference in Las Vegas to show off some crazy-cool new lenses for filmmakers and videographers to drool over. One great example is the Sigma Corporation’s booth, which showcases the widely anticipated new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. Here’s everything you need to know about this ultra-wide-angle new offering.Wide Angle Art LensImage via Todd Blankenship.last_img read more

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Ayodhya case: appellants accuse UP govt of ‘non-neutrality’

first_imgThe Muslim appellants in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on Thursday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for taking a “non-neutral stance” in the Supreme Court.They said the State government had shed its promise of staying neutral in the Ayodhya land dispute.The appellants were referring to arguments before a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the previous hearing.On July 6, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State, strongly objected to the appellants’ persistent plea for the case to be referred to a Constitution Bench.The appellants wanted a Constitution Bench to first decide the question of whether a mosque is essential to Islam. They questioned a line in the 1994 apex court judgment in the Ismail Farooqui case, which says Muslims can pray “anywhere, even in the open”. They argued that Islam would collapse without its mosques to congregate and pray.Mr. Mehta had wondered why the appellants had raised this question eight years after the Ayodhya case came to the Supreme Court in 2010. He submitted that there was something “inherently wrong” with the request.Lashing out on Thursday, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, representing the appellants, said Mr. Mehta’s remarks were “uncalled for”.“The non-neutrality of the officer of the State is evident… They have accused one party of lack of bona fide… this is impermissible and a breach of faith,” Mr. Dhavan submitted.He pointed out that the ASG was a law officer of the Centre, which is in fact the ‘Statutory Receiver’ of the area in dispute under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 and thus should have maintained a neutral stance.Mr. Dhawan brushed aside the position taken by Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi to settle for a new mosque in a “Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram”.Mr. Rizvi, through his counsel, traced the lineage of the Babri Masjid, which was razed down by karsevaks on December 6, 1992, to Mir Baqi, a Shia noble in Mughal Emperor Babur’s court. He claimed Babri Masjid was a Shia waqf (endowment).“I do not even want to respond to these submissions,” Mr. Dhavan reacted.At one point, Mr. Dhawan sarcastically said the idea of giving up the legal fight now, as suggested by Mr. Rizvi, would amount to an “indulgent act of charity”.last_img read more

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UTT will help me prepare for season ahead: Monteiro

first_imgC SHYAM SUNDAR Chennai, July 9 (PTI) Joao Monteiro comes from a nation that gave soccer stars like Eusebio, Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, but believes that table tennis is popular in Portugal in its own way. The 33-year-old left-hander said people back home enjoyed the teams triumph in the European Championship in 2014, which showed table tennis too was enjoyed support in the country and hoped that they can do even better in the coming years. Having won three gold medals at the continental championship, albeit in different events, Monteiro is keen to use the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) to prepare for the coming season and the European Championship in September. He will turn out for Maharashtra United in the tournament. “I hope UTT will help me improve more as a player and also be ready for the forthcoming season and the European championship. The aim is to win my fourth gold medal,” he told PTI. About UTT, which begins here on July 13, Monteiro said “I am very excited to be part of the league. It is a unique format to be played at the global level for the first time. It will be beneficial for Indian players as they would be along with some top paddlers from across the world. The younger (Indians) will gain a lot of exposure.” On the format, he said “the best of three games matches means the players need to focus from the beginning. It will make things interesting for the fans.” He further said that Indias players had improved a lot over the years and singled out A Sharath Kamal for his solid performances at the international level. “(Sharath) Kamal has done well and is a formidable player. There are others like Sanil Shetty, Harmeet Singh, G Sathiyan and a few more, who have improved recently and can get better,” he said, adding that India would do better in the years to come in the sport. He felt UTT would help young players from India learn by interacting with the foreign stars and learning how they prepare for matches/tournaments. The southpaw, known for his aggressive play, said, “I like (Spanish tennis player) Rafael Nadal a lot. My style of playing is similar to his. He fights for each point. Like him, I love to show my emotions while playing matches.” Monteiro, currently ranked 42 in the world, said though he has enjoyed a lot of success in the doubles, he is an all-round player and hoped to do well in singles too. About Chinas domination of table tennis for several years, he said, “it is because they work very hard and are technically good. The other countries, including India, are trying to catch up, but will take time.” On his franchises (Maharashtra United) chances in UTT, the Portuguese player said “there are some quality players in our team like Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong), Liu Jia (Austria) and his compatriot Yu Fu apart from Harmeet Singh. We can hopefully do well and go all the way.” Speaking about the popularity enjoyed by Ronaldo in Portugal, Monteiro said “he (Cristiano) is a wonderful footballer. He is also a very good guy and helps a lot of people. Wish he can keep thrilling fans across the world for many more years.” PTI SS APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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New Details Emerge On Injury To Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgalabama quarterback tua tagovailoa suffered an injuryATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is carted off the field after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A new report has revealed when exactly star Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered his ankle injury in the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.According to AL.com, the Crimson Tide’s sophomore quarterback suffered his high ankle sprain on their fourth offensive snap of the game.Tagovailoa attempted to gut out the injury, but was eventually replaced by Jalen Hurts.It was a bad game for Tagovailoa, who had been the Heisman Trophy favorite up until that point. Now, many expect Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to win the award.Alabama is reportedly frustrated by this, as Tagovailoa’s poor showing against Georgia was mostly due to him trying to play injured.“Tua suffered the high ankle sprain — a bad one — on Alabama’s fourth snap vs. Georgia, not on the play during the fourth quarter. Frustrating for people at Alabama is that Tua trying to gut it out and stay in the game may end up costing him the Heisman,” AL.com reporter Matt Zenitz tweeted.Tua suffered the high ankle sprain — a bad one — on Alabama’s fourth snap vs. Georgia, not on the play during the fourth quarter.Frustrating for people at Alabama is that Tua trying to gut it out and stay in the game may end up costing him the Heisman.https://t.co/ukkVKguxs3— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) December 6, 2018Tagovailoa has already lost out on one major award. The Associated Press named Murray it’s college football player of the year today.The Heisman Trophy will be announced on Saturday night.last_img read more

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Twitterati hail TikTok ban in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Twitter was flooded with memes and funny videos after a ban on Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok made it unavailable to download from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store in India. “Saddened to hear about the demise of TikTok India. Two minutes of silence for the TikTok users who mentioned ‘Actor’ in their Bio,” a user wrote on Twitter. “Thank God and the Indian judiciary for the ban!! Hat’s off to you sir Advocate S. Muthukumar for filing this petition to save our youth,” another user tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details TikTok India had been on the radar for its “pornographic and inappropriate” content. Earlier this month, the Madras High Court ordered a ban on the app on a plea by Advocate Muthu Kumar. On April 3, the Supreme Court refused to stay the Madras High Court order following which the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked Google and Apple to block the app. TikTok’s ban only means that new users won’t have access to the app on Google and Apple devices. Owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, TikTok claims that it has over 120 million monthly active users in India.last_img read more

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Canfor Corp to temporarily curtail production at three sawmills in BC

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:CFP) VANCOUVER — Canfor Corp. says it will temporarily curtail operations at three B.C. sawmills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions.The company says the cuts will reduce its production by approximately 40 million board feet.Canfor says its sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks starting on Feb. 11.Meanwhile, sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in the first quarter.The cuts are in addition to the roughly 150 million board feet of production capacity that was cut by the company in the fourth quarter of 2018 and early in the first quarter of 2019 that was previously announced.Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada.

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Flood waters rise faster than funds for UN aid to hundreds of

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today voiced deep concern about growing food shortages in Somalia, yet the UN has so far received only $5 million of the $18 million it requested two weeks ago to help the victims of the worst flooding in the impoverished Horn of Africa country’s recent history.Farmers had already been fleeing the Bay region due to armed conflict there, but the floods have now brought new concerns for crops as well as deteriorating sanitary conditions and heightened levels of water-borne diseases, OCHA spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva.Some 455,000 Somalis are receiving food by helicopter and trucks and airdrops are scheduled for the coming days, UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Simon Pluess told the briefing.In Kenya, the rains, though more moderate now, are continuing, with 114 people reported dead and some 723,000 more affected by the flooding as of earlier this month, Ms. Byrs said. The waters are very high in the region of Lake Victoria and the Tana River basin, where 20 health centres are no longer accessible to humanitarian workers and 180,000 people need food and health aid.Mr. Pluess said airdrops were planned to begin in Kenya tomorrow, while aid was also being delivered to the Tana River area by heavy-lift helicopters. Over the next two weeks, WFP will seek to airdrop 950 tons in Dardar Camp to ensure food for the area after 1 January.Overall, WFP has fed 563,000 Kenyans and 100,000 Somali refugees in Kenya, 455,000 people in Somalia and 362,000 in Ethiopia.UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin visited camps sheltering some 160,000 mainly Somali refugees in the Dadaab region of north-east Kenya after they fled drought and deadly factional fighting in their homeland. Tens of thousands of them have been displaced by flooding in recent weeks.“This is my second visit to Dadaab this year. When I came in February, you were facing drought-related problems – now you are witnessing floods,” she said while touring two of the camps over the weekend. “I am struck with the cycle of death that Somali refugees face in this camp.” read more

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New Luberfiner TRT oil filters for mining fleets

first_imgLuber-finer oil filters, a leading brand in heavy-duty filtration, has announce the launch of its new line of Heavy-Duty Time Release Technology (TRT) Oil Filters. Described as going “beyond filtration”, Luber-finer TRT oil filters “provide users with an oil management system that helps maintain oil quality and reduce maintenance costs associated with oil-change intervals” according to the company.Design changes in emission-controlled, heavy-duty diesel engines have placed increased stress on engine oil. The TRToil filters have been specifically engineered to help reduce escalating fleet-maintenance costs and help heavy-duty fleets extend oil-change intervals by increasing the protection against oil degradation in modern diesel engines. TRT oil filters “provide a controlled release of a specially formulated, highly concentrated liquid additive into the oil supply, helping the oil maintain its quality longer.” To optimise the benefits of the additive package, the oil filters also deploy a patent-pending release mechanism, which dispenses the additive in a linear manner to help combat harmful acids that build up over time. In addition, Luber-fineris also launching the new oil filter TRT Value Calculator. Found at www.luberfiner.com/value-calculator, this was designed to help fleet managers better understand current maintenance costs associated with oil changes and determine their potential fleet savings by effectively using TRT filtration products. The new oil filter TRT Value Calculator is part of the Luber-finermobile website and online parts-look-up / cross-reference tool. Downloadable for free at www.luber-finer.com/app, the mobile app has been designed to provide installers and other Luber-finer partners with one-click access to filter product search and cross-reference information to help speed filter change productivity and operators turn bays quicker.last_img read more

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Bang Bang Vujin shot scared HSV

In derby match of second round EHF Champions League (Group B), MKB Veszprem won over HSV Hamburg 33:30 (15:13). In fantastic atmopshere of “Veszprem Arena”, stars from HSV didn’t found a rhythm leaving home team to make a distance. Most responsible for distance was fantastic right back, Serb, Marko Vujin, who scored 13 goals (7 from penalty) from 20 shots and with many assists.Veszprém: FAZEKAS: Iváncsik T. 1, VUJIN 13 (6), Czasar 3, Sulic 3, Terzic 1, G. Iváncsik 3, Peric (goalkeeper), LUSNYIKOV, LALUSKA, PÉREZ 4, GULYÁS 5, Vilovszki. HSV Hamburg: Bitter: Lindberg, 6 (2), Lijewszki 4, G. Gille 1, Vorian 3, Hens, Jansen, Sandström ( goalkeeper ) , Duvnjak 2, Kraus , LACKOVIC 5, Gille B.In a matches of group D”, only surprise is draw in Sarajevo between Bosna and C.O Zagreb – 26:26. Ciudad Real had easy job in Sankt Petersburg 32:23 and SG Flensburg also against Romanian champion, Constanta 29:22.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – HCM Constanta 29:22 (15:7)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Rasmussen (19/1 saves) – Karlsson (1), Carlén (5), Eggert (9/1), Fahlgren (2), Mogensen (3), Svan Hansen (5), Djordjic (1), Mocsai (1), Heinl, Szilagyi (2)HCM Constanta: Stanescu (bei einem 7m), Popescu (21 saves) – Schuch (2), Baiceanu (1), Stavrositu, Toma (10/3), Sadoveac, Angelovski, Adzic, Sabou, Csepreghi (4/1), Muresan, Onyejeke, Buricea (1), Riganas (4) HSV HamburgMarko VujinMKB Veszprem ← Previous Story The world’s best handball players in Spain and Serbia 2013 Next Story → Lasse Svan Hansen in SG Flensburg until 2015 read more

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Following 800 poor reviews Amazon stops selling download copies of SimCity

first_imgIn what must be a big blow for EA and Maxis, Amazon has stopped selling download copies of the just released SimCity. The game has at time of writing received 833 reviews on Amazon, and has an average rating of just one star. That’s because 740 of those are one star reviews. Only 20 people gave it 5 stars. There’s few better ways to gauge how a game has been received, and this is pretty damning as to how EA has handled the launch.A note has been posted by Amazon underneath the “Currently unavailable” message. It states that many customers are having connection issues and they have no idea when it will be fixed. As we reported earlier, EA is bringing new servers online over the next 2 days to try and solve the problem, and Maxis is fixing bugs as quickly as they can, but server architecture issues are hampering them.You can still purchase a boxed copy of the game from Amazon, but will anyone bother when they see the reviews? It doesn’t matter how popular EA and Maxis say the game is, Amazon deciding to stop selling your product should be ringing alarm bells and costing EA a small fortune in lost revenue.If EA does solve the server issues by this weekend then they can set about convincing Amazon to open up download purchases again. I’m sure they will after guarantees are given, but the damage has been done as is clear from reading just a few of those reviews.last_img read more

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Steven Naismith confident Hearts can rediscover winning touch

first_imgHearts forward Steven Naismith believes the team can rediscover their early-season winning run.The Scottish Premiership club got their first win since Naismith went down with a knee injury on Saturday.Craig Levein’s side led the Scottish Premiership at some point this season after winning eight of their first 10 games in the league but injury to Naismith coupled with the absence of the likes of Christophe Berra, John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu, has seen them tumble to fourth.But Berra returned to full fitness earlier in the December and with his expected return during the festive period, Naismith is confident that the team can rediscover their winning run.Naismith, whose team are only three points off the top, said, according to SportsMole: “You chop it into blocks. We need to be looking at being still in that mix around the winter break.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“It’s shown so far this season that every team can take points off everybody. It’s about building groups of games and getting good performances.”“We have shown over the first three or four months of the season that we are capable of doing that.”“The boys that have been in the team have shown over the last week that they are not just going to sit down and accept it.”“You could easily have gone through the week of the Rangers game, St Johnstone, Motherwell, with no points but we have put up some good fights. On other days we would have got more points but we’ve dug in, we have shown a steeliness.”“The more players come back, you would hope the more competition for places and the performances rise again.”last_img read more

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American hostage dies in rescue attempt in Yemen

first_imgWASHINGTON — An American kidnapped more than a year ago in Yemen was killed during a U.S.-led military operation to rescue him, the Pentagon announced Saturday.Luke Somers, 33, a freelance photographer who’d been held by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula since September 2013, was shot by his captors, the Pentagon said. A South African teacher, Pierre Korkie, who was being held with him, also was killed as were four Yemeni soldiers, the Yemeni government said.No U.S. military casualties were announced.It was the third failed effort by U.S. special forces to rescue a hostage held by terrorists since July, a reminder that special operations such as the one that resulted in the death of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden are incredibly risky undertakings that are as likely to fail as they are to succeed.The operation began at around 4 a.m. local time in the Nisab district of Yemen’s Shabwa province, a rugged area that has long been outside the control of Yemen’s central government.A team of about 40 special-forces operatives landed in two Osprey vertical-takeoff aircraft a few miles from the village of Abadan, where officials were “pretty certain” Somers and Korkie were being held in a building, a senior Defense Department official said. The U.S. team then walked to the site, the official said, in an effort to maintain an element of surprise.last_img read more

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President Vice President condole Sheila Dikshits demise

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday expressed sorrow at the demise of former Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit, saying her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the national capital.Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 20, 2019 Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Dikshit (81) passed away here following a prolonged illness. Kovind offered condolences to the senior leader’s family and associates. “Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered,” he tweeted. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator. #SheilaDikshit pic.twitter.com/uusV7uIi9q— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) July 20, 2019 Naidu expressed grief over her demise. “I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator,” Naidu’s secretariat tweeted.last_img read more

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20 actress Amy Jackson reveals shes going to have a baby boy

first_imgAmy Jackson, George PanayiotouInstagram2.0 actress Amy Jackson will soon become a mother to her first child with her British fiancee George Panayiotou and she is enjoying every phase of her pregnancy. She is leaving no stone unturned in making every moment a memorable one and had been sharing her joy and feelings with her fans on social media. And as Amy is getting close to her due date, the diva recently disclosed the gender of her unborn child at a celebration party.Flaunting her baby bump in a blue dress, Amy, who looked really happy while making the annoucement, revealed that she is going to be a mother to a baby boy.The soon-to-be mother is known for pulling off every kind of cloth on her body with elegance and has been setting a new precedent with her materity outfits for pregnant women.Being a fitness freak, Amy has been working out rigorously. A few days ago, she shared a picture wherein she spoke about her pregnancy cravings and even shared her lovey-dovey moments from her holiday with George.After announcing her pregnancy on Mother’s Day, Amy and George got engaged in an intimate ceremony in London on May 5.We’re having a…….. ✨???‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/DGSqvYKYZr— Amy Jackson (@iamAmyJackson) August 26, 2019last_img read more

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Where and How to Get a Super NES Classic Edition

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series Stay on target The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past1/25A Link to the Past brought the Zelda series back to its roots while building upon the original title to create the template for all other games in the series (and action-adventure games) to follow. The two massive over-world maps were expertly crafted and contained some of the best level designs of all time. The highlights were the dungeons, which featured just the right amount of challenge without being too annoying. This game is every bit the classic many claim it to be.<><> Update: Pre-orders are now sporadically popping up across the internet, so get on them and good luck!Have you heard the news? This September Nintendo is releasing a mini version of its 16-bit jewel of a console the Super Nintendo packed with 21 absolutely incredible games, from Super Mario World to Secret of Mana to the unreleased Star Fox 2. And although Nintendo has promised “significantly more stock,” if the Super NES Classic Edition is anything like last holiday’s now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, it’s going to be very popular and hard to grab this holiday. Here are some tips to avoid disappointment and make sure you get your retro fix.The SNES Classic launches September 29 for $80. You couldn’t pre-order the NES Classic and that seems to be the case for the mini SNES as well. Amazon UK has been throwing up a pre-order links that quickly expire, and Nintendo UK is “gauging interest.” But we’ve yet to see any official pre-order links in any other parts of the world. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to keep checking sites like Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, and GameStop. Those were the best spots to grab Nintendo Switch pre-orders.Without pre-orders, honestly your best option is to either constantly refresh websites like the ones mentioned above, or camp out early in front of a store before launch day. Be smart. Stay healthy. Since the SNES Classic launches in September, and not smack dab in the middle of the chaotic holiday shopping season, if you think ahead and act fast, you should improve your chances. Although in a world with proper supply management you wouldn’t have to.Call your local retailers to see how much stock they are getting and when it’s arriving. Walk a little faster down the aisle to the games section. Gently elbow anyone potentially in your way. Don’t worry, this thing is marketed towards nostalgic gamer adults and collectors, not kids, so they can take it.As a last resort, check websites like eBay to see if anyone is reselling (although don’t look now because scammers are already trying to sell gullible saps a box that doesn’t exist yet for jacked-up prices). Capitulating to scalpers can be tough, but if you’re willing to pay hundreds of dollars for an $80 machine loaded with great but old games you can play for free if you bend a few rules, go for it!So yeah, right now there really isn’t much you can do to make sure you’ll get your hands on an Super NES Classic. You just have to be ready on launch day. In the meantime, why not check out these retro game console alternatives? Or make your own NES Classic with a Raspberry Pi? And below read our list of the best Super Nintendo games, many of which you can play on the Super NES Classic, if you can get one.last_img read more

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Hiking Chirripó Journey to the top of the world

first_imgCERRO CHIRRIPÓ— My biggest piece of advice as you hike Costa Rica’s tallest mountain: Don’t look up.If you do, you’ll understand exactly how much farther you have to climb. Cerro Chirripó towers 12,533 feet above sea level. And tower it does, with a topographic prominence of more than 12,228 feet that promises incredible, panoramic views from its peak.If you can reach it, that is.The trek to Chirripó’s summit begins for most people in San Gerardo de Rivas, a mountain village that overlooks the powerful Chirripó Pacific River. From the trailhead, the hike takes you 14 kilometers, mostly uphill, to Crestones Base Camp.It’s about 5.5 kilometers from Crestones to the summit, with the last stretch being a steep-angle climb to reach the very top.It’s physically strenuous and mentally taxing — the posted kilometer markers never seem to come as quickly as they should — but worth the challenge.***Waking up at 4:30 a.m. is difficult enough without knowledge of the day that’s to come. But starting the hike at sunrise allows for ample time to reach base camp before dark.If you’re in San Gerardo, you’ll want to find transportation to the trailhead — it’s an uphill road to get there, and your legs will need the energy later. While the village has no taxis (and no Ubers), your hotel or AirBnB host should be able to arrange a driver. The mighty Chirripó River runs through San Gerardo. Alejandro ZúñigaAnd then, unceremoniously, the ascent begins. The trail starts steep and slippery, but you’ll pass signs with motivational quotes to keep you from growing too discouraged.You’re also rewarded with wonderful morning views of San Gerardo and the surrounding hills as man-made noises fade and are replaced by a cacophony of birds. The hike begins with a scenic overlook of San Gerardo. Alejandro ZúñigaAt the four-kilometer mark, you’ll reach the official park boundary, which is marked by a wooden gate and a couple of benches that are perfect for some quick mental math: At four kilometers, you’re just over halfway to the halfway point.Thankfully, at that midway point is the Llano Bonito Refuge, a building with bathrooms, potable water and a small shop that sells coffee, snacks and other necessities.Once you summon the mental fortitude to continue, the scenery becomes exceptionally pretty. Alejandro Zúñiga The final stretch before Crestones Base Camp is perhaps the hike’s most difficult. Called the Cuesta de los Arrepentidos — the Slope of the Repenters — the climb will drain the last bit of energy from already weary legs.But then you’ll see the base camp, where you can check-in for a hot meal, close your eyes for a moment in your shared bedroom, or listen in the common area to hikers who have visited Chirripó from all over the world. Overlooking the Crestones Base Camp in Chirripó National Park. Alejandro ZúñigaIf you can, spend two nights at Crestones Base Camp. Sure, it’s cold, you’ll be sleeping in a bunkbed and the showers have no hot water, but the scenery makes it worthwhile.From Crestones Base Camp, you can hike a number of trails, including Ventisqueros (to Costa Rica’s second-tallest peak) and Los Crestones (a national symbol of Costa Rica).But by far the most popular trek is the nighttime departure to watch sunrise from atop Chirripó. Compared to reaching base camp, the 5.5 kilometers to the summit are relatively easy. The final scramble up the side of the mountain is difficult (and a little scary), but doable.Once you’ve reached the summit, savor it! If the day is clear, you’ll have an incredible view in every direction. And if it’s cloudy, be patient, as the weather can and does change quickly. Spectacular views near the summit of Chirripó. Alejandro Zúñiga***Costa Rica is rightfully known for its beaches, rainforests and wildlife.But in all my time here, nothing has compared to the awe, exuberance and accomplishment of conquering Cerro Chirripó.And it’s achievable. Crestones Base Camp splits what would otherwise be a strenuous 40-kilometer day from San Gerardo to the peak and back into an attainable weekend excursion.Summiting Chirripó was never a resolution for 2018. But as the new year begins, it’s my goal to go back. Alejandro ZúñigaRead more about Chirripó in The Tico Times here. For a detailed guide to the hike (and logistics), I recommend this site. Facebook Comments Related posts:What’s going on with reservations for Chirripó National Park? United kicks off couple flying to their Costa Rican wedding From ATVs to Arenal, Adventure Tours offers the best of Costa Rica Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’last_img read more

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Small Servicers Feeling Heat from New Rules

first_img Many smaller servicers have worked feverishly to keep up with the changes handed down from the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov (CFPB), but “”Fitch Ratings””:https://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp wonders is they’ll run into trouble keeping up with the cost of servicing after the changes are implemented. Fitch finds in a new report that smaller residential mortgage servicers will be challenged by the increased costs of new servicing requirements as they seek to opportunistically grow through strategic acquisitions.[IMAGE]Residential mortgage servicers have been working diligently to meet new the servicing requirements that take effect on Friday, January 10. They include important changes to how servicers handle borrower notifications and interaction, and key procedure and infrastructure improvements. While these changes are expected to be impactful in 2014, many large servicers have already made significant progress towards meeting the deadline, in particular those servicers subject to mortgage servicing consent orders issued previously by government regulators. However, smaller, independent, and non-bank servicers may not be as prepared, according to the report.[COLUMN_BREAK]Fitch acknowledges that many independent and non-bank servicers have adapted to the technological advances made in the industry, but compliance with the new rules will mean more recordkeeping and infrastructure improvements that could mean higher costs for these smaller firms. The cost of compliance with the new guidelines has likely raised the minimum number of loans that a company has to service in order to remain profitable.The ratings firm also notes that in 2013, a notable amount of mortgage servicing rights transferred due to servicer consolidation and acquisitions. Larger servicers, and in particular commercial bank-held servicers, have been active in off-loading servicing rights on underperforming loans, which are difficult and expensive to manage effectively within regulatory guidelines. Mortgage servicing is a cost-control and cost-competitive business function, and the new CFPB regulatory requirements will likely pressure this further. It is also expected that this environment will cause further pressure for consolidation in the servicing industry, and continue to create an increasingly competitive environment. Analysts anticipate that the cost of compliance and competition will turn into increased expenses for servicers.All isn’t lost for the small to mid-sized shops. If properly managed, the required changes can be implemented without major challenges. However, the change place higher fixed costs on servicer operations. Since larger servicers may more easily absorb higher fixed costs, smaller servicers may struggle as they seek to balance the cost of regulatory rule compliance with the need to maintain or grow their servicing portfolios, address their competitive position for new acquisitions, and manage their overall profitability. Share January 8, 2014 416 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Regulation Service Providers 2014-01-08 Ashley Harriscenter_img in Data, Servicing Small Servicers Feeling Heat from New Ruleslast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals lost left tackle Jared Veldheer to an injury in Sunday’s 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and on Monday they learned what exactly happened.It’s not good. Top Stories Veldheer is the second starting offensive lineman the Cardinals have lost to injury, as veteran guard Evan Mathis was placed on injured reserve earlier this month due to an ankle injury suffered in a win over San Francisco.With Veldheer out of the lineup Sunday, John Wetzel — who had seen time at guard this season — took over at left tackle.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirms Jared Veldheer tore tricep, will go on IR. Momah broke his wrist, heading for injury settlement.— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) October 31, 2016Veldheer, who has started every game for the Cardinals since signing with them as a free agent in 2014, partially tore his left triceps in 2013 and underwent surgery during the summer, and returned to play in five games for the Oakland Raiders that season. Arizona Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer (68) in the first half during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineYou are cordially invited to celebrate this year’s most glittering social event in truly regal luxury at the five star London Hotel, The Milestone, recent winner of a perfect score for service in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2011. Overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens in Hyde Park, former home of Princess Diana, The Milestone offers unsurpassed service and lavishly decorated royal-themed rooms facing the park, the perfect time for your own Royal weekend and the perfect time to avail yourselves of the Royal Occasion package. You are always treated like Royalty at The Milestone, and when you stay any four nights or more including the wedding weekend of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, in addition to the always superb and award-winning service and amenities, you will also enjoy:– A princely English Breakfast each morning – A Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea – A sumptuous seven-course Royal Banquet Dinner prepared by the hotel’s much-garlanded Executive Chef, Ryan Flynn – Two tickets to Kensington Palace – Two way luxury car transfer from London Heathrow for foreign visitors – Each couple will also receive a superbly designed and crafted commemorative plate or two mugs by Royal Worcester. Beautifully boxed and made of the finest English bone china, this will provide a treasured souvenir of your stay at The Milestone during this very special moment in British history.A range of optional extras will be available for Royal Guests, including midnight Royal Feasts, Champagne sabrage with mouth-watering canapés, picnics in Hyde Park, access to the Royal Gallery and Royal Mews, and a deluxe luncheon hamper on the day of the wedding.Rates for the Royal Occasion package are priced from £2,418 for a Superior Queen room to £5,218 for a Master Suite excluding VAT, and include the sumptuous features detailed above, based on four nights, double occupancy, from 24 April 2011. Range of optional extras can be selected when booking at an additional cost.You will never forget your very special stay at The Milestone Hotel with its exceptional levels of attentive service, splendid luxury, thoughtful details, and the latest state-of-the-art amenities and facilities that distinguish all properties in the Red Carnation collection, and which have made The Milestone one of the most highly regarded hotels in the world.www.milestonehotel.comlast_img read more

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