Nadal into 4th round; Ostapenko out of Australian Open

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — The heat wasn’t a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open.Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win, and leveled his career head-to-head record with Dzumhur.ADVERTISEMENT The step up to facing a top 10 player was too much.Kostyuk, who had nine double-faults — including one on match point — later joked about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the 59-minute experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “You need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award His fellow French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko followed Nadal’s match on Margaret Court Arena but didn’t make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to No. 32-seeded Anett Kontaveit.The seventh-seeded Ostapenko’s loss left only two major winners in the women’s draw — and only one of them can reach the fourth round. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNadal had lost his only previous meeting against Dzumhur, when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set at Miami in 2016.It was also a change of scenery for Nadal, who was playing on the No. 2 venue at Melbourne Park while local hope Nick Kyrgios beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a night match on the main court. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “She’s a great fighter,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said of her fellow Ukrainian. “We’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win in 3 hours and 51 minutes in the afternoon.Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans in searing heat earlier Friday, and organizers were on the verge of enforcing the tournament’s extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped significantly after peaking at 40 Celsius (104 F) around 2 p.m. local time.Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.“I started to feel dizzy. … I was feeling super, super hot. I kind of felt that I could faint at any moment,” she said. “Playing in this condition is of course very dangerous for the health of the player.”She got some support from Nadal, who said the conditions were “very, very tough” but the Australian Open wasn’t the only tournament affected by high summer temperatures and at least it wasn’t humid.“Sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health,” he said. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just over three hours after the change came through and said “the heat didn’t scare me at all today.”Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over Ryan Harrison.Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and opened with a win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai, becoming youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Limcenter_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Actor Will Smith had a prime position in the crowd to see Kyrgios win for the first time on Rod Laver Arena, taking the last five points in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) victory.Kyrgios, aiming to be the first home-grown winner of the Australian men’s title in 42 years, will next play third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.Nadal’s fourth-round match is against No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men’s draw went out earlier on Day 5.Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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LeBron breaks Jordan record as Cavs down Pelicans

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jordan Clarkson added 23 points and Tristan Thompson had 14 rebounds in 21 minutes for the Cavs, who have won seven of eight. A loss would have dropped the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions from third to fifth with only a handful of games left in the regular season.Jrue Holiday scored 25 and Nikola Mirotic 20 for New Orleans. Pelicans star Anthony Davis scored just 16 — 12 below his average — on 6-of-19 shooting as he was harassed by Thompson and Larry Nance Jr.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJames broke Jordan’s mark midway through the first quarter in fitting fashion, delivering a two-handed dunk that Mirotic and Pelicans forward Solomon Hill didn’t dare try to stop.During a stoppage in play, James was handed the game ball and received a rousing ovation from Cleveland’s sellout crowd, which included pop superstar Justin Timberlake. James waved to the adoring Cavs fans and even saluted Timberlake in his courtside seat. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Green’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Rockets over Sunscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James celebrates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Cleveland, Friday, March 30, 2018. James broke Michael Jordan’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored in double digits in his 867th straight game, breaking the record he shared with Michael Jordan, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-102 on Friday night to avoid slipping in the standings.James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, adding another stellar performance to his MVP-worthy 15th NBA season. He finally put the Pelicans away by scoring eight straight in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT The Cavaliers want him to stay away as long as necessary, but interim coach Larry Drew said Lue could be back “real soon.”TIP-INSPelicans: G Rajon Rondo returned after missing two games with a sprained right wrist. He scored seven points. … Davis missed his first six shots. He also sat out the first eight minutes of the second quarter when the Pelicans opened a 13-point lead.Cavaliers: It wouldn’t be a Cavs game without an injury, as G George Hill appeared to roll his left ankle in the third quarter. He stopped several times while limping off the floor and heading to the locker room. He didn’t return. …. G J.R. Smith played despite missing the morning shootaround with an unspecified illness. … James came in averaging 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 10.1 assists in his previous 23 games.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday.Cavaliers: Host Dallas on Sunday. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jordan’s mark had stood since 2001, and there’s no telling how long James, who idolized the game’s most famous No. 23 as a kid, can extend his streak before ending a career with no apparent finish line in sight.As he has done countless times before, James took over when it mattered most.The Cavs built a 95-88 lead on the strength of three 3-pointers in a span of 1:33 in the fourth. Holiday kept New Orleans close before James made two free throws and three jumpers, the final a fadeaway with 1:59 left.With All-Star Kevin Love back from a concussion, the Cavaliers, who have dealt with injuries since Day One, were closer to full strength on the court. They’re getting healthier off it, too.Coach Tyronn Lue, who has taken a medical absence from the team, attended the game but did not sit on the bench. Lue last coached on March 17, when he didn’t return from the locker room at halftime against Chicago. Two days later, he announced he was stepping away after experiencing chest pains and insomnia all season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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4 young men get prison in slaying

first_img Six defendants were charged in the case, five of whom pleaded no contest or guilty to voluntary manslaughter after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a murder charge. The alleged shooter, 18-year-old Joseph Armondo Bonilla, is awaiting trial. “He’s the shooter,” Osorio said. “He’s not going to get any offers less than life.” Alfredo Briano was shot Aug. 12, 2005, at Vaughn’s Billiards in the 2000 block of East Palmdale Boulevard after he and his companions were confronted by gang-member suspects who walked into the pool hall. Rudy Albert Fernandez, 19, Filiberto Ocobachi, 19, and Oscar Bonilla, 17, were each sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to 18 years in prison. Guillermo “Scooby” Huerta, 28, was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison. Huerta received an additional year because he had previously served time in prison. Erik Munoz Perez, 25, faces 18 years when he is sentenced in June. Sheriff’s detectives said Briano and his companions had been playing pool and minding their own business when a group of two females and six males walked into the pool hall and challenged them about their gang association. The boy and the others denied being gang members, investigators said. A fight broke out, and one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot the boy. After the shooting, witnesses told deputies, as many as five people got into a black sport-utility vehicle and sped off. Deputies spotted an SUV matching the description and chased it until it stopped near AvenueQ and Fourth Street East. A gun believed to have been used in the slaying was found in weeds on a dirt road behind an apartment building, along the route that the pursuit took. Briano’s parents in March filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Joseph Bonilla and the pool hall. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE — Four young men have been sentenced to nearly 20 years each in prison for the August 2005 slaying of a 16-year-old Lancaster boy who was shot and killed while playing pool with family and friends. “It’s a substantial sentence for fighters in a gang fight that resulted in the death of the victim,” Deputy District Attorney Benny Osorio said Thursday. “We are taking the shooter to trial.” Osorio said the victim’s mother made a statement to the court during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. “She said her son died on her birthday. Every time she celebrates her birthday, she will have that in her mind,” he said.last_img read more

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Manchester United will be a threat with or without Rooney, warns Pellegrini

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini expects Manchester United to be a major attacking threat to his Manchester City side with or without Wayne Rooney.The England striker, who has missed United’s last three games through suspension, is battling to be fit for Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium after suffering a foot injury.But Pellegrini insists it will not be a big boost to City if Rooney, the record goalscorer in Manchester derbies, does miss out.The Chilean, who oversaw 4-1 and 3-0 wins over United last season, said: “I think Rooney is a very important player for Manchester United but I think that big teams never depend on one player. They have enough important, creative players to replace him.”Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Newcastle on Wednesday.Because of that fixture, he said the derby was not really in his thoughts yet.He said: “We are thinking just about Newcastle. When we finish with Newcastle, we will start thinking about Manchester United.“We have three games in a row here at home in three competitions so I think it is very important to be thinking just about the Capital One Cup and after that we will start thinking about Manchester United.” Manuel Pelllegrini last_img read more

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CALLING ALL YOUNG DONEGAL BANDS – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE

first_imgThe Irish Youth Music Awards Donegal Heat for 2012 will take place this year in VOODOO INK in Letterkenny on Saturday 3rd March.Young bands and artists from across the county will compete to have the chance to represent the county at the Irish Youth Music Awards National Final in Liberty Hall in Dublin on April 28th. Anyone who would like to perform at the regional final can now submit a youtube or other format video of themselves performing an original song via the IYMA Donegal facebook page or the Letterkenny YIC facebook page. The deadline for posting videos is Saturday Feb 25th. If you do not have any previously recorded video you can also contact the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre or Loft LK for details on opportunities to have a performance recorded.This is the 5th year of the Irish Youth Music Awards, with Donegal claiming the Paul Clancy Songwriting award in 2011, having previously won the overall award in 2008.The Irish Youth Music Awards is unique in that the regional final works off a principle where all the competing bands have one vote and they have to select who they think will represent the county best at the national final. This is where the work really begins also however, as fellow bands are asked to work together to support the chosen act. If the Donegal act is successful in the national final all the local acts get to be part of a professionally recorded album in Dublin.At the national final there is also the added bonus of all the bands learning a little bit more about the music industry and meeting representatives from the Irish music industry, and they are judged on all aspect of the Donegal team’s project, such as putting on preparation gigs, photography, styling and fundraising efforts to help bring the band and supporters to the national final. The Regional final takes gets underway at 2pm on March 3rd, with admission €5 at the door. This is a non-alcohol event.The Irish Youth Music Awards are a Youth Work Ireland Initiative. For more information on the Irish Youth Music Awards Donegal Heat contact Letterkenny Youth Information Centre on 074-9129640. CALLING ALL YOUNG DONEGAL BANDS – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SENATOR JIMMY HARTE FORMALLY RESIGNS FROM SEANAD

first_imgDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte has formally resigned his Seanad seat nearly two years after sustaining a serious head injury after a fall in Dublin.Senator Jimmy Harte has formally resigned from the Seanad.The Seanad was informed during the Order of Business this afternoon that he had formally resigned from the upper house.Labour’s Seanad leader Ivana Bacik paid tribute to Mr Harte, saying he was “well known and well-loved by all of us”. Harte was found unconscious with serious head injuries after an accidental fall on a Dublin street in 2013. He was found in Newmarket Square t about 4am on 16 November 2013, having earlier attended the Ireland versus Latvia football match at the Aviva Stadium.The father-of-four was taken to St James’s Hospital but later transferred to Beaumont. Labour has previously said that Harte has been “making good progress in his recovery.Harte was a hugely popular figure around Leinster House and politicians from all sides of the house offered their support and sympathies after the incident.Jimmy is currently recovering at his home in Letterkenny. Donegal Daily wish him the best during that ongoing recovery. SENATOR JIMMY HARTE FORMALLY RESIGNS FROM SEANAD was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalresignSeanadSenator Jimmy Harelast_img read more

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Result: Donegal officially votes no but yes sweeps to victory in abortion referendum

first_imgDonegal has officially returned a no vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.The county was one of the last to officially count the vote after a day of drama at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.Confusion reigned as count centre staff packed away tables and chairs and crowd control barriers before any result was revealed. When returning officer Geraldine O’Connor finally spoke, she revealed that the votes for the no campiagn was 35,091 and the yes campaign was 32,559 out of an overall valid poll of 67,650 votes.The total electorate was 118,901 making the turn-out approximately 57% with 189 invalid votes.Voting in many towns and villages across the county was marginal, often down to just a few votes.Throughout the day the feeling was always that the no campaign would always just shade it in Donegal. Deputy Thomas Pringle insisted that the yes campaign had still done enough to swing the vote and predicted a 52.5% in favour of the yes campaign.That prediction never transpired, however.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, a strong yes campaigner, said the closeness of the vote is a huge victory for those supporting the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment.“This referendum touches on the cornerstone of how so many socio conservative people feel.“The fact that almost 50% of people have voted yes is a victory for the yes campaign in Donegal,” he said. He said that going into the vote he would have been happy if the yes vote in Donegal had recorded a 40% vote.He referred to the 1983 vote to put the Eighth Amendment into the constitution.“Back then Donegal voted by almost 85% to put the amendment into our constitution.“That is a huge swing today. While the tallying is far from finished here, it does look like the no vote will shade it here in Donegal. “But overall in Donegal, I would say that we have a victory for the yes campaign here in Donegal,” he said.No campaign voter Tim Jackson described this as the darkest day in Irish history.Wearing a Donegal GAA jersey, the outspoken campaigner from Ballybofey said today’s vote would be felt for generations to come.Jackson famously heckled Health Minister Simon Harris during a live press conference in the lead-up to the vote.He said “I am glad that the people of Donegal have seen sense today and voted against killing their own children.“But for the rest of the country to vote en masse for killing human beings for generations to come long after they are gone to me makes this the darkest day in Irish history.”Result: Donegal officially votes no but yes sweeps to victory in abortion referendum was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Affordable Field Recorders for Filmmakers

first_imgField recorders are an absolute must when going into any production. Let’s take a look at some of the best and most affordable options for videographers and filmmakers.Capturing quality audio is crucial to any film or video production. Luckily, there’s a vast array of options out there for field recorders, from small handhelds to larger multi-channel recorders.Most filmmakers won’t need to spend big money on upper echelon recorders like those from Sound Devices, Sonosax, Nagra, Roland or Fostex. These field recorders are usually left for production sound mixers working on bigger budget film productions. There are plenty of affordable options for filmmakers and videographers who don’t want to spend more than $1000 on a field recorder. Let’s take a look at a few of them.Handy Recorders1. Zoom H1 Handy Recorder – $99.99Pros: decent sound quality, compact form factorCons: battery life, build qualityThe Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is a compact digital audio recorder. It can fit in your back pocket and it’s perfect for the sound mixer/filmmaker on the go. Built specifically for documentarians, journalists, and podcasters, the small form factor captures professional high-quality WAV and MP3 files.2. Tascam DR-22WL – $101.99Pros: layout, recording abilityCons: build quality, weak wifi signalTascam’s DR-22WL Recorder features WiFi to enable connectivity to an iOS or Android device for monitoring and control. Through the use of WiFi, the recorder can stream playback. It can also transfer files to your external device or the web. It also features a built-in XLR input and is capable of recording up to 24-bit/96kHz quality audio.3. Zoom H5 Handy Recorder – $269.99Pros: ease of use, durability, quality audioCons: on-mic noise, lack of XLR locksThe compact H5 Handy digital recorder from Zoom is capable of recording up to four tracks of audio. It also showcases an interchangeable modular microphone setup. While it comes with its own microphone module, it’s compatible with the H6 line of modules as well.4. TASCAM DR-44WL – $249.99Pros: wifi connectivity, durabilityCons: internal stability, range of wifiThe Tascam DR-44WL is a decent upgrade from the previously mentioned DR-22WL. The built-in WiFi has the same functionality as the 22WL — but where it really shines is with the built-in stereo mic and dual XLR inputs. It also includes the ability to record four tracks of audio simultaneously.5. Roland R-26 – $399.00Pros: solid recording, versatile, ease of useCons: customer support, pre-amps, slight noiseThe Roland R-26 is a full six-channel digital field recorder. With its flexible and compact design, the R-26 is perfect for professional filmmakers who need a handy backup audio system. The recorder comes with a built-in omnidirectional mic, while also offering two XLR combo inputs. Its phantom power is a major plus, and the ease of use for the interface is a nice addition as well.6. Zoom H6 Handy Recorder – $399.99Pros: solid audio, compact, durableCons: slight noise, limited backup recordingZoom’s H6 Recorder is the current master of the handheld field recorder market. Used worldwide by award-winning documentary filmmakers, the H6 is a durable option for on-the-go recording. Its interface is extremely easy to use, its sound quality is high, and its ability to record up to four channels of audio simultaneously is a major plus.Portable Multi-Track Recorders1. Marantz PMD661 MKII – $600Pros: Quality Sound, Low DistortionCons: Long Term Durability, Build QualityThe Marantz PMD661 MKII is a lower budget full professional field recorder. While not as robust as some of the other choices, it’s multi-track capabilities and ease of use interface make it a quality recorder. As we stated its robustness should be questioned. The build quality isn’t what you would think it would be for $600, as such it may not last, so buyer be aware.2. Roland R-44-E – $795Pros: Versatile, Quality Power OutputCons: Form Factor, Does Not Save SettingsRoland’s R-44 field recorder is a quality field recorder for independent videographers and filmmakers. It’s form factor, while not the easiest to navigate weighs less than 3 lbs making the recorder extremely lightweight. It also can record up to 4 channels of clear of audio, all while operating long periods of time due to it efficient power output.3. Tascam DR-680MKII – $832Pros: Quality Audio, Build QualityCons: Phantom Power, Meter ReadoutsThe Tascam DR-680MKII multichannel field recorder allows for up 8 tracks to be recorded simultaneously, and at an amazing 96kHz/24-bit. This small recorder packs a serious punch and offers clear audio all within a sturdy form factor. It boast 4 XLR combo inputs with phantom power, however the phantom power can be one of the recorders faults along side the unclear meter read-outs.4. Superscope PSD450mk2 – $900Pros: Build Quality, Sound RecordingCons: Not User FriendlyThe PSD450mkII field recorder from Superscope is one of the manufactures best portable recorders to date. It’s build quality and recording capabilities are impressive, along side its internal memory storage through a built-in 16GB SSD. It’s settings are deep and robust, however it’s ease of use isn’t where it should be. Regardless of this it boasts a long list of features including a solid EQ and multiple effects inside it’s interface, once you learn to navigate it.5. Tascam HD-P2 – $1000Pros: Sound Quality, Low DistortionCons: Unused Functions, Storage LimitationsTascam’s HD-P2 is an incredibly lightweight 2-channel stereo field recorder. It’s sound quality and low distortion is a huge plus, however it’s use of Compact Flash and Microdrive storage is limited and can be a major drawback. It also boasts a wealth of functions and abilities, the only issue is that many of these functions tend to go unused. Regardless of it few drawbacks, the HD-P2 is an exceptional recorder that can capture audio at a professional level.6. Zoom F8 – $1000Pros: Sound Quality, Ease of Use, DurabilityCons: Sound MeteringThe Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder is the most robust and durable recorders on our list. With its ability to record up to 8 channels of audio through lockable analog XLR inputs not only puts it at the top of this list but also places it in serious contention with the bigger name recorders like Sound Devices. Perfect for independent filmmakers and videographers the F8 is a field recorder that will provide real professional quality results.Before you know it you’ll be hiring your own sound designer and field recordist and they’ll bring in the big boys, but until then any of these options based on your budget will get you up and rolling. If your budget is smaller than you can easily purchase one of the handy recorders that will work perfectly for simple film or video production. Then if you get to the point where you need to something more robust and adjustable then you can upgrade to one of the multi-track recorders.What field recorders to you like to use? Have you used any of the list recorders? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: Relentless Accountability

first_imgI watched an interview with Jamie Dimon, famed CEO of Chase. The interviewer had heard about a list Dimon carried with him in his pocket. It was handwritten, and he carries it with him at all times. The list is pages long, and it is a record of everything that any of his direct reports owe him at that time.Whenever one of Dimon’s direct reports sits down to meet with him, out comes the list. Dimon holds them accountable to their commitments by reviewing the list with them.It can’t be easy to run an organization of the size, scope, and complexity of Chase. And a paper record of commitments folded in thirds and carried in your pocket hardly sounds like the sophisticated tool someone in Dimon’s position might need. But it isn’t the tool that matters; it’s Dimon’s relentless insistence on accountability for keeping commitments that matters.Leaders don’t often fail because they have a poor vision. Good leaders normally end up in their role because they can see the future and the path to getting there.Leaders don’t usually fail because the strategy they pursue isn’t right either. Good leaders almost always know what decisions need to be made and what actions need to be taken.Where leaders normally fail is in the execution of the vision and the strategy.A great leader holds people accountable to pursuing the initiatives that move the organization forward. She is relentless in keeping her people–and their people–focused on their priorities because she continually inspects their progress. She knows what commitments have been made, what outcomes are necessary, and she begins and ends every conversation with a review of these commitments.Leaders struggle to maintain this level of disciplined focus. There are too many demands for their time and attention. There are too many urgent matters that require that they make a decision. And there are too many opportunities that might be pursued. All of these distractions, even the important ones, can prevent the leader from insisting on the execution of their initiatives.Execution is about making and keeping commitments to act. A great leader holds her people accountable for those commitments, and by relentlessly verifying their progress, she ensures that the right things are being done and that she is helping where she is needed–and not allowing the organization to spend time on the distractions that might take them off course.QuestionsHow do you hold your team accountable?What do you use to retain all of the commitments that your team makes?How frequently do you need to review these commitments?Is execution your greatest challenge? If not, what is?last_img read more

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Punjabis find new routes to Canada: MBA and Engineering

first_imgThe Canadian offer of MBA and engineering is Godsend for Punjabis, who’d pay anything to be smuggled into Canada through marriage, cargo flights, or trafficking corridors.The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) data for study-permit holders suggest that more than 25,000 students arrived from India in 2015, 40,000-plus by 2016, and nearly 45,000 by last August. At the Canada education fair in city, more than 100 students applied for various institutes in just one afternoon.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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