ST. LOUIS — The Giants used 20 different players in Thursday’s 10-0 loss to the Cardinals, but outfielder Alex Dickerson was not among them.Manager Bruce Bochy revealed after the loss that Dickerson was “unavailable” due to injury.Bochy and Dickerson both said a MRI on his right oblique came back clean, but the outfielder has been unable to play due to soreness in the oblique area.“It hasn’t felt right since I came back (from the injured list),” Dickerson said. Dickerson missed …
How do you decide whether to use a helicopter or a drone when you shoot your aerial footage? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.As filmmakers in 2018, the creative possibilities presented to us are both incredible and overwhelming. Kicking your story off from its initial inception begins with the question of how you’re going to film something. Even the biggest directors in the world have to consider budgets and whats actually possible to achieve with the resources available to them. These road blocks and stepping stones are nothing new, just part of filmmaking at its core. Making a film or video is always a mountain and it can sometimes seem impossible starting from the bottom. But, in recent years companies like DJI, Canon, Sony, and others have released cameras and tools to help the modern filmmaker tell stories closest to their original vision, than ever before.A prime example of this accessibility is aerial photography. When you once needed a helicopter with a giant rig and crew, you can now operate a flying camera in the air with the phone in your pocket. Cool times, yeah?Well with this ease has brought some frustrating yet necessary restrictions to the art form. Finding the right approval and areas to use a drone can be tricky, especially if you live in a city. So, we asked the question: starting from scratch, what is the easiest way to get good looking aerial footage? If you have access to a drone and a cheap helicopter flight (they can be cheaper than you’d think) which should you choose? Let’s find out.To kick this test off, we chose to use a Mavic 2 Pro vs Sony A7III mounted to a Ronin-S Gimbal. Picture quality aside, this comparison is more of a look at the ease and process of shooting your footage.Low-Light PerformanceHere’s the biggest takeaway from this experiment: low-light is in your hands. What I mean is, with using a drone, you’re always going to be limited to the type of camera that’s attached to it. Luckily for us, drones are improving in their low-light performance. But, there’s still going to be noise if you’re trying to shoot at night or in the failing light hours of the day. So, when you’re shooting with the helicopter you have the freedom to use whichever camera you can. In our case, the A7III handled the low-light exceptionally well.Getting Approval to Fly Your DroneIt’s no secret that flying your drone can be tricky. Whether you’re in a city, or just outside of one, take numerous precautions to operate the drone in the safest way possible. Getting approval from the FAA is one of the steps that’s required before you ever take off the ground.One of the biggest hurdles to is getting approval from airports to fly within 5 miles of their location. We recently took a look at how to get approval in a post last month, check it out here. There are always more helipads and airports than you’d think, so its best to check for them before you do anything. It’s always best to play it safe when it comes to anything aerial.Which is Better?I’m sure you already knew the answer to this question, but buying or renting a drone is significantly easier than renting a helicopter flight. But, it’s important to note that the act of renting a helicopter and flying it around a city with your camera isn’t impossible. That childhood dream of hanging out the side of a flying chopper with a camera is actually something you can do…it just costs a little bit.Side Note: shooting out of the helicopter in the sky presented a few issues, like shaking. Most of the shots in the video have warp stabilizer on it. Be sure you bring a gimbal as holding handheld will yield basically unusable shots. But, live your own life. Fly your own chopper. Alright I’m done. Hope you enjoy the video and don’t forget to never give up on your dreams, like Todd.Check out our past coverage on drones:How to Get Drone Flights Approved Near Airports with LAANCLearn to Not Crash Your DroneThe Ins and Outs of Real Estate Videography8 Flight Tips to Make Your Drone Footage More Cinematic read more
Eighteen tribal students were rescued from a Buddhist school in Bihar by the Bihar police and brought here, a Tripura Minister said on Saturday.The children, belonging to the Mog and Chakma communities of Pencharthal in North Tripura district, were sent by their families for studies to Bodh Gaya, but the school was shut down two months ago without any information to the parents, Health and Family Welfare Minister Sudip Roy Barman said. “The Department of Tribal Welfare will ask the Bihar government for a proper investigation. We don’t want any child to go to other States without the knowledge of the government. It is an eye-opener for all of us,” he told reporters.Tripura State Child Welfare Society chairperson Nilima Ghosh said she had found marks of torture on the bodies of the children. read more
The Uttar Pradesh police have issued directives barring any “spill-over” of religious activities, like offering of namaz and aarti, on roads in the State, citing hindrance to movement of traffic. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Om Prakash Singh said that verbal orders have also been issued to organise peace committee meetings to see that this directive is enforced in a harmonious manner.
Hundreds of workers from various automotive companies at Industrial Model Township in Manesar took out a protest march on Friday, accusing the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Private Limited of violating labour laws, and indulging in unfair labour practices and illegal lock-outs. The HMSI, in a press statement, said the production at the plant was likely to resume on November 25.The march was carried out under the aegis of the Trade Union Council, a joint council of all trade unions of Gurgaon and Rewari, and a memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner at the culmination of the march from IMT, Manesar, to the mini-Secretariat.The council, in a three-page memorandum, demanded reinstatement of all retrenched contractual workers, resumption of production at the plant, strict implementation of labour laws and an agreement on the Charter of Demands.More supportBesides the Honda workers, who are sitting on a dharna outside the company’s premises since November 5 in protest against the retrenchment of 200-odd contractual workers, the employees of Napino, Munjal Showa, Maruti and Bellsonica companies were also part of the march.Led by Centre of Indian Trade Union (Haryana) president Satbir Singh, the workers walked along National Highway-48 for around 15 km, holding flags and raising slogans hailing workers’ unity and denouncing the Honda management.The Trade Union Council said that officials of the labour department had assured them that an agreement would be reached in two days and the workers sitting on a dharna inside the plant were thus persuaded to evict the premises, but the management has pulled out from the talks.“The contractual workers whose term had been completed were relieved from work but permanent workers are not impacted. Instigated by the union, the relieved contractual workers were pressurised to sit in front of the union office, which further resorted to illegally occupying the plant’s premises… The matter is now under discussion between the contractor and their employees… After contractual workers vacated the premises with support of local authorities and court, the normal production operation at our Manesar plant is likely to resume on November 25,” said HMSI. read more
The Hyderabad High Court has recommended that the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the central government should revamp the minimum age limit set (17 years) for admission to MBBS course.Earlier a petition was filed by V.S.V. Dheeraj who had studied a course equivalent to MBBS from a foreign university. He wanted to write the eligibility test conducted by the MCI so that his degree can be recognised by the Indian Medical Association.According to Deccan Chronicle report, the MCI rejected his eligibility certificate to attend the screening test of the National Board of Examination stating he did not complete 17 years when he joined the MBBS. The judge directed the authorities to permit him to write the eligibility test and advised authorities to reconsider the issue of age limit of 17 years.This case of the petitioner was rejected on the ground that he had not applied for eligibility certificate before commencing the MBBS.While allowing the petition, Justice Suresh Kumar said, “The regulations are of the year 1997 and now we are moving towards e-courts, paperless courts and appreciating any of the citizens of this country, who does some out of the routine or anti-stream. Even in sports, boys and girls aged 16 and 17 are bagging medals for their respective countries.(Read: Delhi High Court seeks AAP government reply to plea on ‘Chunauti 2018’ scheme) In that case, we appreciate and celebrate that at such a young age, he/she has attained this position. In such a situation, the age of 17 years for admission in MBBS has no meaning.”advertisementThe judge then ordered the MCI to issue eligibility certificate to the petitioner within two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of the order, while directing the registry to send a copy of the same to the Secretary, Public Health System Centres, GoI so that talented students may not face the difficulty faced by the petitioner.Read: Sushma Swaraj helps Pakistani girl to get admission in Delhi schoolRead: Mobile-app game to raise funds for slum children For information on more latest news and updates, click here. read more
Braxton Miller DroneYou’ve been one-upped, Cardale Jones. The Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback arrived to the Buckeyes’ training camp hotel check-in sporting a Ronda Rousey tank top. Everyone loved the move. Braxton Miller has taken showing up in style a step further, though. The OSU wide receiver was followed by a camera drone as he walked past reporters and into Columbus Hyatt. Braxton Miller is finally here (a camera drone was buzzing around him too) pic.twitter.com/afmxlHcUda— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) August 9, 2015A drone followed Braxton Miller here. #Drone6 pic.twitter.com/ycqQKAjRRw— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) August 9, 2015THE DRONE pic.twitter.com/ASNRE9qx4F— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) August 9, 2015The drone was likely a product of the Big Ten Network, which is filming a Hard Knocks-style show on Ohio State’s training camp. The show, Scarlet and Gray Days, is set to begin airing on Aug. 19. read more
This week, on Kathie Lee & Hoda for TODAY, GMC and Characters Unite – alongside NFL greats Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers and Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants – presented two deserving young boys with a brand-new 2014 GMC Acadia and a four year college scholarship.Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee, Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants, Elijah Williams, Mark’s Mentee, Sarah Williams, Elijah’s mother, Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, Tyson Weelock, Randall’s Mentee, Nicole Weelock, Tyson’s mother, Sandra Moore of GMC.Credit/Copyright: NBC’s TODAY/Peter KramerThe powerful documentary “NFL Characters Unite” kicks off Super Bowl weekend, premiering Friday, January 31st at 7/6c on USA Network.Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee, Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants, Elijah Williams, Mark’s Mentee, Sarah Williams, Elijah’s motherCredit/Copyright: NBC’s TODAY/Peter KramerNFL Characters Unite, presented by GMC, profiles NFL stars as they share deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying, discrimination, with the goal of helping young people who are currently facing similar challenges. Find out more here. read more
APTN National NewsA First Nation RCMP officer died of an apparent suicide Monday after a public battle with post traumatic stress disorder.Cpl. Ron Francis made headlines when he was photographed smoking medical marijuana in his uniform.Friends and family say it’s important to raise awareness of PTSD.They want him remembered as a kind man who needed more help from the RCMP.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rebounded from early losses to end in the black as technology, materials and other sectors rose, while U.S. markets also made up some lost ground.The rebound came as Apple crested the one trillion dollar valuation mark on the Nasdaq — the first company to do so — helping the technology sector in general recover somewhat from recent losses.The S&P/TSX capped information technology index saw the biggest gains of the day, up 2.44 per cent, as Wilan parent company Quarterhill Inc. surged 28.06 per cent on a $145.1-million patent infringement win against Apple, and Shopify Inc. climbed 5.89 per cent.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 32.39 points at 16,409.16 as consumer discretionary, health-care, materials and industrials also rose.Materials stocks were up despite a slip in the copper price, while the S&P/TSX capped energy index saw some of the biggest losses of the day with a 0.56 per cent drop despite a rise in oil prices.The disconnect in oil prices compared with equities shows the market has only so much faith that crude prices can remain elevated, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“When you see the energy producers and energy stocks not behaving or participating in nearly the same way as oil prices have appreciated, that’s further evidence that the market doesn’t believe those oil prices are sustainable.”Looking at the market as a whole, Pashootan is concerned the market is starting to shrug off trade concerns after only a limited reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest threat to increase tariffs against China.“We view that as complacency, and the market turning a blind eye to factors that could cause equity markets to derail.”He said he was concerned the market is not pricing in the myriad risks that have emerged recently.“The markets right now have priced in sunshine and fresh flowers, the markets in no way are pricing in tariffs, fed tightening, or inflation.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 7.66 points at 25,326.16. The S&P 500 index closed up 13.86 points at 2,827.22 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 95.40 points at 7,802.69.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.84 cents US, down 0.07 of a US cent.The September crude contract closed up $1.30 at US$68.96 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up six cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract ended down $7.50 at $1,220.10 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at $2.74 a pound. read more