Month: July 2019

SAINTS have won their last three meetings with Wak

first_imgSAINTS have won their last three meetings with Wakefield, with the Wildcats’ last win against the Saints coming 33-32 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on August 12, 2012.St Helens have also won their last four home meetings with Wakefield, with the Wildcats’ last away win against the Saints coming 22-20 at Knowsley Road on 17 July, 2009.2014 Meeting:Wakefield 16, St Helens 24 (SLR6, 23/3/14)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27Wakefield won 7Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 64-16 (H, 2005) (Widest margin: 60-4, H, 2005)Wakefield highest score: 41-22 (H, 2004) (also widest margin)Super League Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one try to draw level with Keith Senior in second place in the list of all-time leading try-scorers.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2142 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 1993 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1984 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-present) 1685 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1656 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-present) 1537 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1528 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 1499 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 14810 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Paul Wellens – 2 tries away from 200 (198 for St Helens, 1998-2014)Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 40.Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 402 = Matt Cook (London Broncos), Sia Soliola (St Helens) 304 = Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons) 27First Utility Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 232 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 223 Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons) 214 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 185 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons) 177 = Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants) 1610 = Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Mason Caton-Brown (Salford Red Devils), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 15Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 892 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 883 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 864 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 765 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 667 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 658 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 649 = Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons), Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 50Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 100.00 (10/10)2 Jordan Rankin (Hull FC) 88.46 (23/26)3 Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls) 88.23 (30/34)4 Sam Williams (Catalan Dragons) 84.00 (21/25)5 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 81.96 (50/61)6 Jacob Miller (Hull FC) 81.81 (9/11)7 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.57 (66/84)8 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (66/86)9 = Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) (64/84), Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) (32/42) 76.19Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 2042 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1933 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1864 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 1685 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1666 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1537 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1528 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 1389 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 13210 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 105last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Huddersfield.Mark Percival is recalled to the roster alongside forward Luke Thompson.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson, 28. Luke Thompson.Paul Anderson will choose his Huddersfield side from:2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 7. Luke Robinson, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 13. Chris Bailey, 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 19. Jodie Broughton, 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 21. Anthony Mullally, 22. Jacob Fairbank, 23. Josh Johnson, 27. Jake Connor.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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The 23yearold inked a threeyear deal with the N

The 23yearold inked a threeyear deal with the N

first_imgThe 23-year-old inked a three-year deal with the NRL outfit, effective immediately.“It is a big competition out there and I have always wanted to challenge myself and see what it is like,” he said. “This opportunity came along when I was still young and had no ties. It was a tough decision as I have come through the system here but it is something I have always wanted to do.“I watched the NRL when I was younger and it was something I always thought about so when the opportunity came I couldn’t turn it down. It will be a big challenge.“There were a few other clubs interested but at this stage of the career I made the choice to go to the Gold Coast.“They have been looking after me already and I am looking forward to getting down there and training with the boys.“It will be sad to leave Saints – the club will always be deep down in me.”You can listen to an extended interview with Joe later this week in the Podcast as well as reading the programme at the Wakefield game.last_img read more

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It had originally been scheduled for Saturday Sept

It had originally been scheduled for Saturday Sept

first_imgIt had originally been scheduled for Saturday September 23 but has been selected to be broadcast on Sky Sports.The game will kick off at 8pm at the AJ Bell stadium and tickets are now on sale.Our remaining Super 8s fixtures are:RD5: Wakefield v Saints – Thursday September 7 – 8pm RD6: Saints v Huddersfield – Friday September 15 – 8pm RD7: Salford v Saints – Thursday September 21 – 8pmlast_img

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Match SAINTS TV

Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints started the game well through tries from Lachlan Coote, a first senior try from Jack Welsby as well as a score from Luke Thompson set us on our way, before Hull KR battled back through two tries from Kane Linnett and a Will Oakes try meant the visitors led at the interval.But Saints were then the team to fight back and despite an early Shaun Lunt try, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith and Regan Grace all went over to secure a win described as ‘huge’ by Head Coach Justin Holbrook.Hear from Holbrook below as he reflects on the game, sheds light on the absentees as well as gives an injury update on Theo Fages.last_img read more

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How one church made receiving ashes easy this Ash Wednesday

How one church made receiving ashes easy this Ash Wednesday

first_img A Wilmington reverend and pastor offered ashes to people on the go at Wesley Memorial UMC Wednesday afternoon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., people could drive up and receive ashes along with a quick prayer.It all only took a few minutes, and one recipient says this makes it easy for everyone to stop by.“Even if you only have five minutes and you’re just passing by, you can still receive that blessing and have that experience,” Trae Setzer said. “I love the fact that they do this and I’m really proud that i’m a part of it.”Related Article: ‘Rock star for a day’: New Orleans celebrates Mardi GrasSetzer says he loves that this is an option because so many more people can participate in Ash Wednesday.It only took each person about two minutes to get their ashes, and then they were on their way. The reverend says this is their fourth year doing this. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One church made Ash Wednesday easy for everyone this year, with ashes to go. If you didn’t have time to go to a church service today, you could just hit the drive thru.We don’t all have time to make it to a service this Wednesday, but with “Ashes to Go”, you can still get your ashes within a matter of a few minutes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Anything is pawsible when it comes to NC Azalea Festival

Anything is pawsible when it comes to NC Azalea Festival

first_img Alison English, the executive director of the Azalea Festival was very pleased with the turnout.“We are just so excited to continually look to reach out and partner with other non profits in town. Of course Lane [a service dog in training] here is from Paws4People— they’re an excellent non profit that trains and raises and breeds service dogs for veterans and those with disabilities. So the Azalea Festival is just happy to continue to grow our reach and partner with new organizations and new non profits,” said English.Portions of the proceeds from wristband purchases will benefit paws4people. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – There are plenty of hands-on events leading up to the Azalea Festival, which is only two weeks away, but the “Paws on Parade” was both hands and paws-on.paws4people and the North Caorlina Azalea Festival provided a “doggy-fun day” with races, a “Canine Court Pageant,” a puppy kissing booth and professional dog portraits at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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United Way Worldwide talks Florence recovery with Cape Fear organizations

United Way Worldwide talks Florence recovery with Cape Fear organizations

first_img United Way Worldwide received more than $300,000 in Hurricane Florence donations from people around the world, and $1.7 million from companies and other organizations.President Mary Sellers has been going around the country to discuss recovery efforts after all kinds of disasters.“In the face of disaster, there is great hope and great community pride that comes afterwards that rebuilds that community,” Sellers said. “So, as weighty as it is for me to go into these local communities and see the devastation that has happened, I’m also inspired by the way these communities are saying, ‘we’re going to come together, we’re going to serve the people impacted, and we’re going to be stronger as a result.’”Related Article: Florence death toll climbs to 37Cape Fear United Way serves New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, and Columbus counties… and distributes donations on a case by case basis. United Way Worldwide President Mary Sellers hears from several Cape Fear businesses and other organizations about hurricane recovery efforts.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The president of United Way Worldwide visited Wilmington Tuesday to discuss post-Hurricane Florence recovery efforts with more than 50 ​local city, county, faith, business and nonprofits.United Way is a non-profit organization that works to pool efforts in fundraising.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Local agencies learn to better communicate with public

Local agencies learn to better communicate with public

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Representatives from fire departments, police, and local agencies from around the state met in Carolina Beach Wednesday to learn how to better communicate with the public.This is a FEMA basic public information training course, put on by North Carolina Emergency Management and Cape Fear Community College. Agencies around the Cape Fear requested the training.- Advertisement – It is a two-day class to learn how to work effectively with local media. Agencies represented were from Carolina Beach FD, Kure Beach PD, New Hanover County, Pearson County, Bladen County, Brunswick County, City of Southport, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and Fayeteville Technical College.Kate Oelslager, with New Hanover County Communications and Outreach, said it is also another way for them to be better prepared for emergencies like Hurricane Florence.“My perspective and one of the after action reports for New Hanover County, communication was a big thing that was brought to our attention from our partners, finding different ways and expanding on ways to communicate in times of disaster,” Oelslager said.Related Article: Freeman Park to close as beach nourishment nears endGood Morning Carolina Anchor Hannah Patrick was there to answer questions and help with a few practice news conferences.last_img read more

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Muddle some blueberries and get to mixing were making mocktails

Muddle some blueberries and get to mixing were making mocktails

first_imgThe Blind Elephant, a cozy speakeasy bar in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: The Blind Elephant) You don’t need alcohol this summer to have a good time, all you need is some fresh ingredients and a glass!Professional mixologist Cabell Bryan, from The Blind Elephant in Wilmington is giving us an inside look at some fun, fresh summer drinks you can make for your next party.- Advertisement – Georgia Juice:Muddled fresh peachesSaffronRelated Article: Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in OspreyTurmeric TeaCoconut CreamFresh orange and lemon juiceShake and strain into a martini glass with ice, and enjoy!Bella’s Blues:Muddled fresh blueberriesGinger beerOrange blossom honey syrupFresh lemon juiceStrain into a glass, add seltzer, garnish with a mint sprig, drink up and enjoy!The Blind Elephant is a 1920’s prohibition bar that operates in an alley on Front Street in downtown Wilmington. It features a multitude of elixirs in a cozy atmosphere and hosts live music events regularly.last_img read more

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Watch Constitutional reform will not be limited to political parties there will

Watch Constitutional reform will not be limited to political parties there will

first_imgIn a message on the occasion of his first 100 days in office as President of the Republic of Malta, George Vella said that he will continue to chair the constitutional reform committee, adding that the process will not be limited to political parties but will also include a public consultation process carried out online through a specific website which will be launched at a later date.READ: Constitutional Reform Committee holds first meeting since Vella became PresidentPresident Vella praised Caritas and OASI for their work with individuals receiving drug addiction treatment. Describing their work as “priceless”, Vella insisted on the need for respect to the dignity of each individual, adding that no one should be labelled, whether the individual is abusing of drugs or suffers from mental health issues. He also thanked those working with helping other individuals.‘Migration will remain on the agenda’President Vella said that he was impressed by the number of youths who carry out voluntary work and elderly who are still active within their communities.He said that migration will remain on the national agenda, explaining that migrants are fleeing from conflict zones and poverty. He added that more needs to be done on integration and inclusion.President Vella said that next year the World Forum for the Culture of Peace will be held in Malta, after having made such a request when attending this year’s edition in the Hague.He also spoke about the upcoming events which will be organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund, which include August Moon Ball, Rockestra, Fun Run and the annual telethon l-Istrina.READ: George Vella is set to be the new PresidentWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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US Judge orders Microsoft to release email data held on Dublin server

US Judge orders Microsoft to release email data held on Dublin server

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has been ordered by a US judge to give the District Court access to the contents of one of its customer’s emails stored on a server located in Dublin. Microsoft challenged the decision but the judge disagreed and rejected its challenge.Following concerns about data privacy raised by whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about US spying, Microsoft had previously said it planned to offer business and government clients control over where their data resided.A search warrant, which was issued to Microsoft in December 2013 by US authorities, sought information associated with a member of the public’s email account including their name, credit card details and contents of all messages. – Advertisement – The search warrant was issued but Microsoft challenged it. “The US government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas,” said the company.But the move to quash the search warrant has been denied by the judge.US Magistrate Judge James Francis in New York said warrants for online data were different from other warrants. Internet service providers, such as Microsoft, will have to hand over information and emails stored in datacentres outside the US if they are issued with a valid search warrant from US law enforcement agencies.Microsoft said it would continue to oppose the release of the Dublin-stored data.“This is the first step toward getting this issue in front of courts that have the authority to correct the government’s longstanding views on the application of search warrants to content stored digitally outside the United States,” it said.In a blog post, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel, David Howard, said:“We filed a formal legal challenge to the US search warrant seeking customer email content that is located exclusively outside the United States.” “A US prosecutor cannot obtain a US warrant to search someone’s home located in another country, just as another country’s prosecutor cannot obtain a court order in her home country to conduct a search in the United States. We think the same rules should apply in the online world, but the government disagrees.”The search warrant covered search and seizure of contents of all emails stored in one user account, including copies of emails sent from the account as well as other information in the email account such as address books, contact lists, pictures, and files.Source: BBClast_img read more

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Government to reregister all Kenyans in digital database

Government to reregister all Kenyans in digital database

first_imgAdvertisement The government of Kenya will register all Kenyans afresh in a new national digital database with the aim of addressing issues of security as well as assisting in national planning.Anticipated to take six months, the new registration exercise will also assist the government in identifying persons with forged or fake identification documents.The database will contain biometric details of all persons, land, establishments and assets, with the Ministry of ICT and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government spearheading the exercise. – Advertisement – “In order to address the prevailing security challenges, we intend to consolidate all current registers of persons into a single national register with accurate and relevant information,” said William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president, while meeting commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said: “With an accurate and credible database an electoral commission will not need to conduct a parallel voter registration as it can draw information from the national database.”The proposed registration is an important undertaking that will make the work of IEBC easier and also cut costs, Hassan said.The government consulted the commission because it has the technical expertise on registration matters since it used biometric voter listing in the runup to the 2013 general election.ICT cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiangi said the new register will guide the government in planning as well as help the IEBC in planning future elections since they will have readily available information.“This is your know-your-citizen-campaign that will help us develop a reliable master database that will help us in national planning and security,” Matiangi said.last_img read more

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Researchers say poetry is the key to creating a safe secure and

Researchers say poetry is the key to creating a safe secure and

first_imgCybersafety is vital and passwords are a big part of that | File Photo/The Huffington Post. Advertisement Researchers claim to have found the perfect way of creating a memorable and secure password.When people pick passwords, they tend to choose real words that can be easily guessed by a computer. It would be much better to choose a long string of different characters, but those are often forgotten.As a rule, the easier a password is to remember, the easier it is to guess. Choosing 12345, for instance — still easily one of the most popular passwords — won’t be forgotten any time soon but it also won’t actually be much use for keeping people out of your computer. – Advertisement – Security experts therefore recommend that users automatically generate or choose an unusual word, which couldn’t be guessed by computers that automatically enter passwords in an attempt to get through logins.But new research claims to have created a method of generating passwords that makes them incredibly difficult to guess but at the same time easy to remember — poetry.In a new paper, Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight argue that generating passwords that have a metrical rhythm and rhyming words will allow people to commit them to memory — even if they are randomly generated and nonsensical.The researchers referenced an image created as part of XKCD, the popular online comic series. In that, author Randall Monroe points out that while people tend to choose strange words for passwords, it would actually be much more secure to pick longer random words, like “correct horse battery staple”.Those four random words are chosen through a random number generator. Each of those words then corresponds with a word in the dictionary, which leads to the words themselves. That makes them very hard to guess, since a computer would have to try billions of combinations.But putting the words together also makes them easier to remember. Users can tell a story in their head that involves each of the four words, and then use that story to remember their own password.The researchers used a similar method, but chose poetry instead of a randomly generated story. They used the same random number method for picking words in the dictionary — but told the computer to ensure that the words rhyme and are in iambic tetrameter.[related-posts]That generated small — sometimes unusual and meaningless — poems, such as:Sophisticated potentates misrepresenting EmiratesBecause of humans’ capacity for remembering poems, the nonsensical and hard to guess words are all the same easy to remember.But since the computer is generating the poems randomly, other examples are very bad:The shirley emmy plebiscite complete suppressed unlike inviteIf the poems are to be automatically generated, however, an algorithm could be developed that would be able to recognize those bad poems and sort them out. That would mean that the system would only generate those poems that it knew would work for people.Humans could use the technique without relying on an algorithm, however. Even choosing four random words as in the XKCD example that together rhymed and had a poetic rhythm would be more secure than choosing just one random word.The researchers say that in the future computers will be able to generate yet more realistic and easy to remember poetry. They might be able to mine data in emails, for instance, to create automatic passwords that are personalized and so easier to recall.[Independent]last_img read more

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Printivo Wants To Become The Vistaprint Of Africa

Printivo Wants To Become The Vistaprint Of Africa

first_imgPrintivo founders: Oluyomi Ojo, Ibukun Oloyede, and Ayodeji Adeogun Advertisement Nigeria based Printivo wanta to zolve the problem of the multiple visits required when it comes to getting business card and flyers.Printivo founder Oluyomi Ojo has always had family members who work in the printing industry, but he didn’t realize how complicated it is to handle orders until he became a managing director at an ad agency, especially for customers outside of Lagos, one of Nigeria’s printing hubs.He says small businesses are not really catered to and if you want to print a quantity as low as 100 business cards, you have to travel two hours to a print shop, sit down and have someone design them, then come back in a week and pick them up, says Ojo.“We saw there are a lot of problems for small-scale businesses that want to order print marketing. It’s a huge opportunity for us because there are more than 17 million small businesses in Nigeria alone.” – Advertisement – Printivo was founded in 2013 by Ojo, Ibukun Oloyede, and Ayodeji Adeogun, Printivo ships express orders throughout Nigeria and will expand to other English-speaking African countries after landing seed funding from EchoVC Partners earlier this month.In addition to business cards, flyers, and stationery, Printivo also produces tote bags, mugs, and wedding favors.Ojo claims that Printivo’s tech platform lets users create and order printed goods in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Shipments within Lagos usually take two to three days, while orders reach the rest of Nigeria in about five days.Via TClast_img read more

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We Are Soon Having An Android App That Delivers DSLRLike Night Shots

We Are Soon Having An Android App That Delivers DSLRLike Night Shots

first_imgDSLR camera. (Photo Credit: ImageChaser) Advertisement Today modern smartphones come with powerful imaging sensors and dual-camera setups. But even though the cameras on some flagship smartphones can deliver photos that can be comparable to those from DSLR cameras, they still lack in low-light or night photography. But it seems like Florian Kainz; Google’s Daydream Engineer has found a solution for it.As detailed in a Google Research lab blog post, Kainz has developed an experimental app that can be used to click night-time photos that have accurate colours and minimum noise, something that’s only possible with DSLR cameras as of now.He explains that once he shot an image at night using a professional DSLR camera, he challenged his team to take a photo of similar quality using a smartphone camera. This prompted him to develop an app that could capture 64-burst mode shots in 2 seconds. – Advertisement – The app will let users manually control focus, exposure and ISO. It’s been added that 64-burst shots are merged algorithmically to clean the image and get desired results.A night shot taken with a Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 camera. (Photo Courtesy: dcresource)In the blog post, Kainz further mentions that he shot several images on a full-moon night and in situations with dim-lighting. All the resulting images were blur-free, noiseless and had adequate saturation levels.“At 9 -10 megapixels the resolution of these pictures is not as high as what a DSLR camera might produce, but otherwise image quality is surprisingly good: the photos are sharp all the way into the corners, there is not much visible noise, the captured dynamic range is sufficient to avoid saturating all but the brightest highlights, and the colors are pleasing,” said Kainz.It’s been added that the final images required careful post-processing on a PC.Kainz adds, “With the right software, a phone should be able to process the images internally, and if steps such as painting layer masks by hand can be eliminated, it might be possible to do point-and-shoot photography in very low light conditions.”[related-posts]source: TimesOfIndialast_img read more

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BENS BLOG ARTHUR DALEY – DEAD

BENS BLOG ARTHUR DALEY – DEAD

first_imgOver and out, B x [dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, it was only last night, that I was speaking to the Star Racing Ltd, Honorary Chairman, Mr Daley (receiving some valuable business advice), and I write to you with the most tragic of news.Arthur is dead.Del Trotter called me this afternoon, to gently break the news to me. And myself, and all of the Star Family, have now entered an official period of mourning.Now, Blog, is obviously the time, for a posthumous knighting…Arthur Daley = Not-StaffIn other news:In respect for Arthur, I shall be walking into the City of London tomorrow, with an axe, and sacrificing, one of each, of the following types of human-beings:A corporate wage-slave.A champagne-socialist.A Mockney.And a compliance-manager from a non-profit organisation.Meanwhile, settle back and enjoy an episode of Minder “Why Pay Tax” with the opening scene set in an (independent !!) bookmakers.last_img read more

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SIMON NOTT Chester Day One betting report

SIMON NOTT Chester Day One betting report

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s the first time I’ve been to Chester for years and had forgotten what a fabulous racecourse it is. The ring was bathed in glorious sunshine and the bookies chipper when betting got underway for the Steller Group Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes. Had 12/1 Black Orange actually gone past Yogi’s Girl as it threatened too all the way up the run-in it would have been happy days but failing to get up by a nose cost the layers plenty. The office laid a grand ew the winner at 5/1 with lumps reported in the ring too. Not a great start to the three days but at least the winner wasn’t favourite.Business was lively for the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks, the trouble was it was all for the favourite Alluringly. She went off at even money after strong support. The office laid a lump too. Frankie Dettori was at his best stealing the race on 2/1 Enable kicking away off the bend. The second-in isn’t a great result but getting the stick-on beaten was very handy indeed.The books were on the back foot again when 2/1 favourite El Astronaute landed the Boodles Diamond Handicap Stakes but soon dusted off to get stuck into the 188Bet Chester CupMontaly’s 16/1 win in the feature was a great result for most books though Pinno the Tash was busy paying out a winning punter as I passed. Dave Brewer of Fairbet couldn’t believe his luck, he’d laid every horse in the race except the winner, ‘Makes a change to win on a race’ was his only celebration apart from a huge smile. BK Racing were still smarting over the nose reversal in the first which cost them four figures but they’d hit the front.Stradivarius was a warm order for the Sporting Index Handicap Stakes eventually sent off at even money. The books feared the worst as Dettori got a tune out the the colt and looked to have the race won. Just as the layers were working out what they’d lost and odds-on in-running punters were bruising their clicking fingers Here And Now came with rapid late headway to mug the jolly close home which had the ring in raptures. Rumours that The Racing Blogger was on the runner-up were abound but at the time of writing were unverified!The punters got some back in the penultimate Deepbridge Capital Maiden Stakes when Never Surrender lived up to its name and battled on to win under a determined Jamie Spencer.The lucky last proved to be just that when 14/1 shot Russian Soul got up on the line to chin 15/8 jolly Gin In The Inn. Of course there is always a bad luck story. One bookmaker laid the winner to a bottle each-way and also topped up by the same punter with the correct forecast to a pony. The layer was mortified to find out the winning backer only bet the winner because he wife is Russian and that he’d been drinking gin all afternoon. Talk about gutted, I’m pretty sure the bookie would have rather the wager was inspired than lucky. Glorious day 1 concluded and a winning one for the ring, well most of it.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW England v Spain

STAR PREVIEW England v Spain

first_imgThe hope. The glory. The pints flying. Harry Kane’s big smile. Kieran Tripper’s free kick. The euphoria of being able to dance with other people in the street, all of you knowing exactly why. The World Cup was better than possibly imagined for England and now the task for Gareth Southgate’s side is to prove that progress wasn’t a fluke in the new UEFA Nations League.There’s no better task on paper to measure where England are than Spain, who had a nightmare World Cup that was the opposite to England’s. After a promising performance against Portugal and a tight win against Iran, the wheels began to fall off for Spain, eventually knocked out against Russia on penalties after one of the most lacklustre performances you will see from a side in red.The drama surrounding now Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, replaced by Fernando Hierro on the eve of the tournament, did not help matters and now Spain have turned to Luis Enrique. Following three major retirements – Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique – Enrique will be working with a largely new side, given the large amounts of young players who have been waiting on the sidelines. Marcos Alonso and Suso are two names in particular that come to mind but Sergi Roberto, Dani Ceballos and Rodri will all be pushing for places.This could lead to a much more aggressive style of play compared to the one seen against Russia, which will excite many, although there are still an awful lot of changes to come and it could take time for this side to settle.England know their formation under Gareth Southgate and ended the World Cup a much stronger side than the one who started it, with their semi-final performance against Croatia a hugely creditable one – even if they could not maintain their great start.That said, there are changes too for them as Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have retired from international football (although they say they would return in case of an injury crisis) and there are a couple of injuries to Nick Pope and centre-back Phil Jones.England v SpainUEFA Nations LeagueSaturday, 19:45 SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)NOV 2016 FRIENDLY England 2-2 SpainNOV 2015 FRIENDLY Spain 2-0 EnglandNOV 2011 FRIENDLY England 1-0 SpainFEB 2009 FRIENDLY Spain 2-0 EnglandFEB 2007 FRIENDLY England 0-1 SpainNOV 2004 FRIENDLY Spain 1-0 EnglandFEB 2001 FRIENDLY England 1-0 SpainJUN 1996 EURO 1996 England 0-0 SpainSEP 1992 FRIENDLY Spain 1-0 EnglandFEB 1987 FRIENDLY Spain 2-4 EnglandWe should still see a 3-2-2-2 side that the players can thrive from and England may be a bit quicker out of the blocks, but this should be a tight game. England drew with Colombia and Croatia at the World Cup in knockouts whilst Spain did the same with Portugal, Morocco and Russia, and the draw could again be a big player.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 10 pts at 21/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 139.61 points(not including Fifth Test, Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Grand National Day

STAR PREVIEW Grand National Day

first_imgYesterday didn’t go our way, but today’s the big one and you can’t win them all. Let’s not mess about. Rarely in our sport’s history has the build-up to its most famous steeplechase been so dominated by one single story, and one single horse, but few horses have achieved even half as much as Tiger Roll, who has had the most post Aintree success of any previous Grand National winner since Hedgehunter, and it is impossible to disagree with his position at the head of the market following his demolition job at Cheltenham in the Cross Country Chase.However, it is rally rather easy to swerve a 5/1 shot in the Grand National (5.15) of all races, especially as there are four other places to aim for even if he wins and that seems to be a sound betting strategy for the race.Anibale Fly (12/1 with starsports.bet) was a flying fourth behind Tiger Roll last year, working his way slowly into the race before the front two left him behind and he eventually faded into fourth. If anything he is now in better form, having finished an excellent second in the Red Mills Chase before filling the same position in the Gold Cup once again. He’s only 5lbs higher this season and is arguably coming here in perhaps better form, and it would be no surprise if he was in the leading group turning for home once again.Second last year, and by just a head, was Pleasant Company (20/1 with starsports.bet), who would have won over the old distance, and his sole ambition after finishing second in this last year has been to have another crack at this. That was the same route his connections took with the race last year (finished ninth first time) and being just 7lbs higher, he has been reasonably treated by the handicapper.Gordon Elliott has 12 of the 40 runners here – an astonishing number considering that two of his runners were sold after racing on Thursday – and no matter where you look in the betting for this race – or the weights – he has a number of contenders. Gigginstown won this a couple of years ago with Rule The World, a horse who had plenty of back class including a second in the Irish Grand National, and General Principle looks to have a similar profile.General Principle (33/1 with starsports.bet) was the winner of last year’s Irish Grand National, a real slog (much like last year’s National) and he’d slowly been working his way back into form after a couple of early season runs with a fifth in the Thyestes and then a third in the Grand National trial at Punchestown. He was tapped for toe a little around the home turns on good to yielding ground but following consistent rain this will be much closer to the conditions of the Irish National last year and that is perfect for a front running and generally sound jumper.He was going swimmingly in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival until he smashed into the 15th there, a mistake from which he could not recover, but he ought to be fit and well, has no qualms about ground or trip, and is just 5lbs higher than when landing the Irish National last year. If avoiding a major mistake, he could prove difficult to pass and can outrun his price.Go back to February of last year and Dounikos (33/1 with starsports.bet) was sprinting away from graded opposition in novice chases before then finishing fourth in the Flogas Novice Chase. Ahead of him that day were Monalee, Al Boum Photo, and Invitation Only. For the first time since then, he came back to form when bolting up in the Grand National trial at Punchestown, when he took a front running position and jumped serenely to eventually come home nearly five lengths clear of two other Gigginstown horses, including General Principle. There will be a lot more pace pressure here, but he handles heavy ground, has a huge amount of back class, the ride of Jack Kennedy and the speed to for lay-up with the early pace, usually an advantage in the National.Last, but never least, we should have one horse from Britain to represent us and who better to have onside than Trevor Hemmings, who has a long and storied history in the race. In the shape of both Vintage Clouds (12/1 with starsports.bet) and Lake View Lad he has wonderful chances. Picking between the two is so difficult, but the extra National experience that Vintage Clouds has, including placed efforts in the Welsh and Scottish Nationals, just gives him the advantage, as the pair reoppose on the same terms here.The rest of the card:In the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (1.45) the way Poker Play bolted up at Uttoxeter the day after Cheltenham suggested that he was well worth his place in a race like this and he jumped out even before the declarations.Brewin’upastorm’s form took a boost when Champ took the Sefton Hurdle easily yesterday and he makes by far the most appeal in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2.25) assuming that he the race is run at a decent pace.Nothing makes appeal to back in an extremely tightly matched Maghull (3.00), but the Liverpool Hurdle (3.40) ought to be a fascinating watch. Apple’s Jade is a worthy favourite if back to her best, whilst Sam Spinner will take some catching if he retains his improved form from the Stayers’ Hurdle.Roksana pushed Santini extremely close in the Sefton last year, and whilst she was extremely lucky to take the Mares’ Hurdle at the Festival thanks to the last flight fall of Benie des Dieux, she was also staying on very stoutly and that was just her second run of the race – and her first real one – which gives her a potential advantage here.William Henry came with a storming late charge to take the Coral Cup at the Festival and did so in the shadows of the post, suggesting that 3 miles would suit him, especially on a track like this. Rated 156, he isn’t far off competing here but could have more to come still despite being nine years old. They are the two that stand out in the Stayers, and both could outrun their likely odds.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)5:15 Randox Health Grand National Handicap ChaseBACK Vintage Clouds 1 pt each/way at 11/1 with starsports.betBACK Anibale Fly 2 pts each/way at 14/1 with starsports.betBACK Pleasant Company 1 pt each/way at 20/1with starsports.betBACK General Principle 1 pt each/way at 33/1 with starsports.betBACK Dounikos 1 pt each/way 25/1 with starsports.betOther races1:45 Gaskells Handicap HurdleBACK Poker Play 1 pt each/way at 10/1 with starsports.bet2:25 Betway Mersey Novices’ HurdleBACK Brewin’upastorm 5 pts win at 5/2 with starsports.bet3:40 Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (Registered As The Liverpool Hurdle)BACK Roksana 1 pt each/way at 9/1 with starsports.betBACK William Henry 1 pt each/way at 10/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 242.46 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, BREXIT, Valero Texas Open)last_img read more

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