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UWI keen on establishing strong foundation

first_imgSurviving their first season of top-flight football. That is the aim of the University of the West Indies (UWI) as they embark on their first ever season of Red Stripe Premier League football.UWI FC club president, Dalton Myers, said they are still getting used to life at the top, but believes they have the resources and professionalism to avoid the drop in their first season.”The aim is to stay in the league. It makes no sense going in and dropping out after a year because you are going to invest a lot of money. So the idea is to stay in the league,” he stated.”We think we have the players and system in place to at least stay up and anything else is a bonus. But you can expect a lot of surprises from UWI,” he continued.”We are a resourceful university. One of our assets is that we have a very good facility, so that cost of upgrading and getting it running did not kill us too much.”But like everybody else, we try to get funds for players, management, meals, etc., so we are getting there and a lot of persons are reaching out to us, recognising that we are a new club and want to lend their support and we think we are going to get a lot more support than we anticipated,” he reasoned.The newcomers have drafted experienced league campaigners like Rivoli United’s Anthony Greenland, Raffique Bryan of Arnett Gardens, Girvan Brown from Cavalier and Jamie Robinson of Tivoli Gardens, to strengthen their already seasoned squad.Already at the club are Andrae Bernal, Jhaiovonne Howard, goalkeeper Amal Knight, Renardo Lee, Nicholas McMorris and Jabari Wallace.Nonetheless, Myers insists that it is still going to be a tough season.Best players possible”We have some good players and we are trying to get the best players we can get and we are doing everything to ensure that we have a fantastic season,” he said.”But when you step up to the Premier League, it’s a whole different ball game. It’s been tough; it’s not an easy League. You have clubs here that are well seasoned, so we are playing catch up in our two months to get prepared.”Getting our facilities prepared, getting in the market, getting players, getting them ready, getting training ready, getting the facility up and running, getting licence, sorting out coaching staff, management, nutrition and accommodation, we have done it all. So we are as ready as anybody else and as times goes by we should get better at it,” he said.- L.S.last_img read more

Crash snarls commute on 4 freeways

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – Janice Adams had almost begun her commute across the San Fernando Valley when she saw news reports Tuesday of a semitrailer sprawled across the 101 Freeway. But unlike thousands of drivers trapped for hours by the crash, she managed to skirt the logjam. “Oh, my goodness, it was backed up … thank God, I had another route,” said Adams, 48, of Los Angeles, who works in Woodland Hills. “I dodged a bullet.” Many didn’t. Rush-hour commuters were tied up by two early morning crashes on U.S. 101 near Coldwater Canyon Avenue, caused by a drunk driver, CHP officers said. The result was a big rig sprawled across the median, blocking six lanes on both sides of the freeway, snarling traffic into Ventura County from about 4:30 a.m. “It was like a shotgun effect,” Officer B. Denike of the California Highway Patrol said of the congestion that clogged the 101, 134, 170 and 405 freeways. “At one point, the (101) freeway was completely stopped.” Nine freeway signs as far away as the Foothill Freeway flashed “Accident on Coldwater: Traffic Jammed,” as thousands of drivers scrambled to take alternate freeways and cross-town streets. It took until just past noon for transportation officials to completely clear all lanes, according to the California Department of Transportation. Each workday, some 293,000 commuters use the 101 Freeway. “There are so many operators in the Valley, so many commuters, if we have a major incident, it’s going to affect surrounding highways and surface streets,” said Denike, an accident investigator at the West Valley station. “There’s nothing we can do about it.” A traffic SigAlert was issued when a Toyota heading eastbound on the 101 hit the central divider west of Coldwater, spun out and stopped sideways in the No. 3 truck lane, Denike said. A minute later, a Freightliner truck smashed into the car, lost control and veered into the center divider, coming to rest atop the median. Three drivers, including a truck passenger, sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Denike said. The identity of the man, about 35 years of age, was not released. It took two industrial tow trucks to remove the big rig from the median. With some drivers arriving an hour late to work, transit advocates said the answer was the cross-Valley Orange Line busway, which now stops every four minutes at each stop. “The truth is, most people in that SigAlert would not think: Maybe I should take the bus,” said Kymberleigh Richards of Southern California Transit Advocates. “They think: Maybe I should use a different freeway, moving the congestion over. “You put all these people in their own little car, at the same time and they start cursing at each other.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 Trains and buses For information about train and bus routes, call 800-COMMUTE, or go to www.metro.net. For real-time traffic information, go to rtmap.metro.net/html/index.html 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DJI Announces 3 New Professional Video Drones

first_imgBig news for aerial filmmakers! DJI announces the Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro.Just weeks after dropping the highly in-demand Mavic (Which we are giving away for free!) DJI announces three new professional video drones. Designed for today’s aerial filmmakers, the DJI Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro will all push your creativity and capture absolutely stunning images. Featuring advanced cameras, sensors, and intelligent flight modes — the hardest thing to do is pick which one you want the most.DJI Inspire 2The Inspire 1 became one of the most sought-after drones for professional videographers. It gave users far more control over the camera while in the sky, and its retractable legs allowed you to pull off some moves not possible with the Phantom line. Now, the Inspire 2 takes things to another level.The DJI Inspire 2 features an all-new processing system that can record up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes. It can also capture H.264 or H.265 — all saved to a detachable SSD drive or MicroSD card. The Inspire 2 goes from 0-50mph in 4 seconds with a maximum speed of 67mph.There is an onboard 2-axis First Person View camera allowing camera operators and pilots to work in sync without worrying about obstacles. There are also new sensors added to the top of the Inspire 2, allowing more powerful obstacle avoidance overhead. Also built in is an optimized broadcast mode that streams 1080i footage live. With a dual battery system, the Inspire 2 has a maximum flight time of 27 minutes with the X4S camera. The drone also features a self-heating technology, allowing users to fly in low temperatures. Master and Slave remotes have a range of over 300 feet.New intelligent flight modes include Spotlight Pro which can rotate beyond 360-degrees and keep the subject in frame during flight. Profile will capture the subjects profile while flying forward. The Inspire 2 also gets the TapFly mode seen in the Phantom 4.DJI Inspire 2 Specs:Max flight time: 27 minutesMax speed: 67mphDual batteryMagnesium aluminium composite shellCarbon fiber arms2-axis FPV cameraIntelligent flight modesLive television broadcast capabilitiesThe Inspire 2 is available for pre-order at $2,999 but you will still need to order a camera. Here are the new cameras built for the Inspire 2.Zenmuse X5S Camera ($1,899)Micro Four Thirds mount20.8 MP sensor5.2K up to 30fps4K up to 60fps12-bit RAW12.8 Stops of Dynamic RangeCompatible with DJI FocusCompatible with Zoom lenses from 9mm-45mmH.264 and H.265 up to 100mbpsZenmuse X4S Camera ($599)20MP Sensor4K up to 60fps11.6 Stops of Dynamic RangeISO 12,80024mm equivalent prime lensH.264 and H.265 up to 100mbps In addition to the new cameras, DJI has also developed their own 7.85 inch and 5.5 inch displays. There is more information to come in the near future.The Inspire 2 starts shipping in December 2016.DJI M600 ProWe aren’t far removed from DJI announcing the Matrice 600 at NAB 2016 — and the company has already upgraded the hexcopter to the M600 Pro.The M600 Pro adds two more antennas on top for increased control, as well as DJI’s new A3 Pro Flight Controller technology. The antennas and retractable arms are pre-installed, allowed faster set-up time.Like the previous version, video transmission is controlled by Lightbridge 2, which offers a live video feed up to 1080p at 60fps from up to three miles away. The M600 Pro also features the previous SDI output, allowing broadcasters to play a live feed from the drone during production.The camera options are customizable to your camera setup, based on the type of gimbals available. The traditional Zenmuse gimbals allow DJI cameras like the Z30, XT, and X5R. You can also use a gimbal for the Panasonic GH4 or Sony a7 series. Where this drone really shines is in its ability to use the Ronin-MX gimbal to mount large cinema cameras from RED or ARRI.With no payload and six TB48S intelligent batteries, the M600 Pro will fly for 38 minutes. With a 12 pound (5.5kg) payload (like a RED or ARRI camera and Ronin-MX gimbal) the M600 Pro will hover for 18 minutes.DJI M600 Pro Specs:Max speed: 45mph/65kph (no wind)Max takeoff weight: 35lb/15.5kg6 intelligent flight batteries and charging bayRetractable landing gearA3 Flight ControlVideo Output: HDMI, SDI, USBThe M600 Pro is available now for $4,999.DJI Phantom 4 ProThe Phantom 4 Pro builds on top of the Phantom 4 released earlier this year. Its camera features a 1-inch sensor that captures 4K footage up to 60fps. It captures 20MP stills, and its mechanical shutter eliminates rolling-shutter bending. The Phantom 4 Pro controller has a built-in 5.5 inch monitor with increased brightness versus a typical tablet. The drone also features three new intelligent flight modes: Spotlight, Profile, and Circle. Battery flight time has been increased to 30 minutes. It can fly up to 31mph with full obstacle avoidance.The Phantom 4 Pro is available now for $1,499.So… Which one do you want? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Pop singer Remo acquitted of verbal abuse charges

first_imgA Goa court on Thursday acquitted pop singer-musician Remo Fernandes of charges of verbally abusing a minor girl in 2015. Mr. Remo’s lawyer Rajeev Gomes said Mr. Fernandes had been acquitted of the charges framed under Section 8 r/w 2 (m) of the Goa Children’s Act.Mr. Fernandes had been charged with verbally abusing the minor girl from Maharashtra’s Malvan region, who was walking to the Old Goa Church complex in North Goa as part of an annual pilgrimage, when a car allegedly driven by Mr. Fernandes’s son knocked her down on December 15, 2015. The victim’s complaint had stated that after she was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim near here, Mr. Fernandes visied her at the hospital and after an argument, he verbally abused her.last_img read more