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Learn How To Create A Submix In DaVinci Resolve 14

first_imgNeed to combine multiple audio channels into a single channel? Simplify your workflow with DaVinci Resolve 14’s Fairlight Audio.First, it was a renowned color grading software, then it was an advanced NLE; now, Resolve is taking on audio mixing with the addition of Fairlight Audio in Resolve 14. (Give it five years, and I’m sure we’ll also be creating our visual effects inside Resolve 14.)When you have completed your edit and set the levels for your individual audio clips and tracks, you can take your audio to the mixing page to further refine your audio mix. One way to simplify this process is with a submix (submixes combine multiple audio tracks into a single channel).Why do this? Why not adjust the levels on the tracks and clips themselves. Well, using the example below, two characters are speaking in the scene, and there are two audio tracks for each character’s dialogue. Then there are another three tracks for the sound effects: the noise of the patrons in the restaurant, plates clattering, footsteps when people get up and walk by, and a champagne cork popping.That would be five different tracks, and several various clips that I’m going to have to continuously adjust, either on a clip-by-clip basis or by increasing and decreasing the track level. If I want to increase all the dialogue at a given moment, or perhaps lower all of the sound effects by a few decibels, it’s going to easier to do that with a submix. Let’s have a look at how you can do this in DaVinci Resolve 14. Creating a SubmixWith your audio edit complete, jump from the edit page to the Fairlight page. And then from the top menu, select Fairlight > Bus Format to open the Bus Format windowThis is the window where we will create a bus to assign the audio tracks. A submix will be one of those. We’re going to add a submix by selecting Sub. The first sub track is going to be for the dialogue tracks, so I’m going to change the name to Dialogue and give this submix a different color than the main channel (the main channel will always be present — you can’t remove it). Along with the dialogue, I’m going to add another bus for the SFX. Depending on what audio you are working with, you can change the format from Mono to Stereo — or to one of the surround sound options.With our submixes set up, we now have to assign the audio track to the correct mix. To do this, we go back to the Fairlight top menu and select Bus Assign.This will open another window. At the top, we have the buses we have created, and underneath we have the available tracks that we can assign to our buses. To assign the tracks to the correct bus, we first have to activate the bus, which we do by just clicking on B1 or B2. Now, I will say I don’t think Resolve does an excellent job of identifying which bus you’re working on. In the example above, I’m currently on B2: SFX, and as a result, the main channel and the first bus are slightly greyed out, but I don’t think it’s that identifiable. Perhaps in a future update, we will see something better.When you have selected a bus, simply click the audio tracks that you want to include in this bus. In my example, I have the following setup:B1: Dialogue — man, strangerB2: SFX — restaurant patrons, restaurant plates and cutlery, footsteps.When you assign the audio tracks, they will carry a bus number underneath the title of the track. Hit save, and now you’re ready to play with your submixes.When we return to the Fairlight page and open the audio mixer, we can see that along with our main channel, we now have two submixes, which allows us to adjust all of the assigned tracks at once.Furthermore, when you jump back to the edit page, these buses will follow through to the mixer panel on the edit page.The Fairlight audio page is an incredible addition to Resolve. You can expect many more articles and video tutorials on the Fairlight page from us over the coming months because this is not just an additional plug-in or a fancy UI update. It’s a full-fledged audio mixer that has taken the software to a new level.Lewis McGregor is a certified BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Trainer.last_img read more

Don’t let ex-servicemen who settled after China war contest rural polls: Arunachal tribe

first_imgA tribal students’ organisation in Arunachal Pradesh has asked Pema Khandu’s BJP-ruled government to stop retired Assam Rifles personnel, settled in the State’s Changlang district after the Chinese attack in 1962, from contesting the panchayat polls.The reasons cited are: The ex-servicemen as non-APST (Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe) did not deserve to contest the panchayat polls in the first place and have been settled on land whose lease ends in 2020.The rural polls in Arunachal Pradesh was to have been announced after the term of the last panchayat ended on April 13. But it has been delayed due to a change in structure of the Panchayati Raj institution from three-tier to two-tier in the State.“In 1962, some 200 retired Assam Rifles personnel and their families were settled in Vijaynagar circle under Changlang district on land leased out to them. Despite being non-APST, they were unethically made eligible to contest the panchayat polls,” Ngwazosa Yobin, president of All Yobin Students’ Union (AYSU) said.The ex-servicemen, he said, should no longer be allowed to contest the rural polls since the lease on the land expires in a little more than two years from now.The Yobins, the predominant tribe in Vijaynagar area, call the place Daodi. Vijaynagar, a valley bordering Myanmar, was named after the son of Assam Rifles inspector general AS Guraya whose team had first reached the area in 1961.‘Against the rules’According to the AYSU, letting the ex-servicemen contest the rural polls is against the provisions of the 73rd Amendment related to Panchayati Raj as well as the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act of 1997 that are “basically for empowerment of local people.”But the ex-servicemen are deriving the benefits and rights meant for local people. The retired Assam Rifles settlers can contest the 17 Gram chairperson, three Anchal Samity member and one Anchal chairperson posts.The AYSU also fears being outnumbered by the ex-servicemen, whose number has increased to more than 2,000.The ex-uniformed settlers have trashed the AYSU’s contention. The Vijaynagar-based All Settlers’ Welfare Association, Gorkha Development Society and Gorkha Youth Committee have in a joint statement said there are separate panchayat voting systems for two groups — ex-servicemen and Yobins — on the basis of geographical variations and ethnicity.The three organisations claimed there is no competition within the two groups at the grassroots level. “Panchayati Raj was introduced in Vijaynagar in 1975, and ex-Assam Rifles man Lal Bir Gurung was the first Panch Pradhan of Vijaynagar Circle. He held the post till 1980, after which the Panchayati Raj system remained defunct across Arunachal Pradesh,” the statement said.No roadThe AYSU criticised the government for not constructing a road from Vijaynagar to Miao, the nearest well-connected town of Changlang district 157 km away. Miao is close to Arunachal Pradesh’s border with Assam.The road project was sanctioned in 2011 for an estimated ₹145 crore. But officials say it might never materialise, as much of the 157 km stretch is through the 1,985 sq km Namdapha National Park, a tiger reserve.“People of Vijaynagar still lack basic facilities such as electricity and hospital besides a road. As a result, people have to trek for four-five days to reach the nearest equipped town,” Ngwazosa Yobin said.Porters use the stretch through the tiger reserve to carry essential commodities on their heads. The porterage increases the prices of these commodities by 400-750%. For instance, a kilo of sugar costing ₹50 sells at ₹200, while a kilo of salt priced ₹20 is charged ₹150 at Vijaynagar.The only mode of communication for people of Vijaynagar with the world beyond is an infrequent Indian Air Force chopper service, which is dictated by weather conditions.last_img read more

An elite performance

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Meralco import Gani Lawal. PBA IMAGESRookie Ray Parks Jr. caught fire in the extra period, knocking down 10 points to power Blackwater to a 108-107 squeaker over defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Parks finished with 28 points, the same output by import Alex Stepheson, as the Elite carved out a second straight victory and vaulted to the top by surviving a 44-point output by Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Thurman details fresh dangers for Pacquiao LATEST STORIES “I think our team worked on our offense. Everybody was sharing the basketball and everybody was being a part of the offense—that really helped us in this game. And that’s what we look to continue for our remaining games—which is to spread the wealth, so to speak,” Black said.The Bolts opened the game with eight unanswered points and steadily built on that cushion the rest of the way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Parks had two triples and a layup off a Ginebra turnover as the Elite took a 106-99 lead under three minutes remaining, but Blackwater still needed to hold its breath in a wild sequence in the end before emerging a surprise early leader in the conference.“For a rookie to have that [take-charge] mentality says so much about how much of a winner he is,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Parks, who was also one of the heroes in the team’s conference-opening win over Meralco last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn that loss to the Elite, Meralco coach Norman Black rued his charges’ lack of teamwork and promptly made adjustments.This time, the Bolts drew balanced scoring from its core to hold off Columbian, 101-92, in the earlier game. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Virat Kohli hits 41st ODI hundred and breaks another Sachin Tendulkar record

first_img scorecard advertisement commentary graphs No data available!center_img Rajarshi Gupta RanchiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 22:19 IST India vs Australia 3rd ODI Ranchi: Virat Kohli scored his second straight hundred vs Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli hit his 41st ODI in his 225th matchKohli now has 8 ODI hundreds against Australia. This was his 5th against Australia at homeKohli also became the 4th India captain to score 4000 ODI runsVirat Kohli hit his 41st ODI hundred in India’s third match against Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. He now has the most hundreds in India-Australia ODIs in India. The record was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar. This was his 8th ODI hundred against Australia and third of 2019 – incidentally, all his hundreds have come against the Aussies.Kohli had scored a match-winning hundred in Nagpur on Tuesday. This one was scored in more challenging conditions as India had slipped into trouble chasing 314. This is Kohli’s 19th hundred as India captain. When he reached 27, Kohli became the fourth Indian captain to score 4000 ODI runs after Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.Kohli is second in the list of century-scorers in one-day cricket. The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI HIGHLIGHTSKohli was in sublime form in 2018 and swept the ICC awards.Virat Kohli was rested for the final two ODIs and the entire T20I series against New Zealand. He came back with a bang against Australia with two hundreds in three ODIs so far.Kohli now has 5 hundreds against Australia at home in 18 ODIs.Last year, Virat Kohli became the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. He reached the landmark in 205 innings breaking Sachin Tendular’s record. Kohli, 30, is widely expected to break most of Tendulkar’s batting records.Also Read | Team India’s tribute to Pulwama martyrs touches Sachin Tendulkar’s heartAlso Read | MS Dhoni mesmerises Ranchi crowd with smart glovework to dismiss Glenn MaxwellFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 3rd ODI Virat Kohli hits 41st ODI hundred and breaks another Sachin Tendulkar recordIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli scored his 41st ODI hundred and 8th against Australia. Earlier in the innings, he also became the 4th India captain to score 4000 ODI runs. view more view lesslast_img read more

BCCI GM Saba Karim gets legal notice for Bihar mess

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 14:46 IST BCCI General Manager (cricket operations) Syed Saba Karim. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBihar Cricket Association chief has sent legal notice to BCCI general manager Saba KarimKarim is said to have interfered in the process of the age-verification test of playersBCA chief asked Karim to refrain from any act that puts future of talented cricketers in dangerBihar Cricket Association (BCA) chief Jagnnath Singh — also an advocate — has sent a legal notice to BCCI GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim for interfering in the process of the age-verification test of the U-16 players by anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi.As per the BCA chief, Karim stopped the checks once the players picked by the disqualified committee of the BCA — led by Gopal Bohra and Rabi Shankar Prasad Singh — were tested.In the notice, accessed by IANS, the BCA chief has pulled up Karim for interfering in the process of the AVP (age verification programme) Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group by the committee of BCA led by the president.”You intervened in the matter and forbid Salvi from doing the AVP Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group by the committee of BCA led by me. As soon as the test of the players of the Bohra-led committee was over, you asked Salvi not to conduct medical test of the team of the players of under-16 age group, 57 in numbers telephonically.”With the situation at the clinic griming, I was apprehensive of any un-toward incident taking place and contacted you on telephone, you again did not pick my call and I sent you a message. The facts stated clearly demonstrate that you are bent on disobeying the emails/orders of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court,” he wrote in the notice.Singh’s message to Karim after the tests were stopped read: “Saba Karim, when Salvi was ready for medical test of players of both the factions, you forbidden (sic) him telephonically not to do the medical test of 57 players of under 16 age group on the ground that CoA has only directed for medical of players notified by Bohra led committee of BCA.advertisement”If any ugly scene is created by players you will be solely responsible for your wrong exercise of power in the name of CoA of BCCI.”The BCA chief further asked Karim to remember that he holds a public position and shouldn’t be a part of any act that puts the future of talented cricketers in the state in jeopardy.”You should not forget that you are holding a public post in the BCCI as GM Cricket Operations and from the above actions, it is abundantly clear that you are bent upon allowing the disqualified committee to sell out the talent of Bihar. You should refrain from taking part in the politics of Bihar. Through this legal notice, I would like to request you to please refrain from doing all such acts. You should also not forget that none is above the law,” he warned.Singh had written to the CoA on Sunday, informing them that nothing has changed in Bihar and that the disqualified committee of the BCA-led by Gopal Bohra and Rabi Shankar Prasad Singh are still calling the shots in all matters related to the BCCI.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Saba KarimFollow Bihar Cricket Association BCCI GM Saba Karim gets legal notice for Bihar messBihar Cricket Association chief has pulled up Saba Karim for interfering in the process of the AVP (age verification programme) Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Education Minister Wants Deeper Partnership with UWI

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a deeper partnership can be forged with the University of the West Indies (UWI), to solve challenges in the education system.Speaking at the UWI Research Days, at the Mona campus, on February 7, the Minister argued that the partnership could enable major results from meagre resources.He pointed out that the issue of the shortage of science teachers in the classroom could be improved by the UWI.The Minister told the gathering that high-quality research in teaching can offer solutions, and provide students with “solid skills for the future”.Senator Reid emphasised that if Jamaica is to be very competitive, workers must be on the cutting edge of technology and versed in “new ways of doing things”.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, said areas in the agricultural sector are in need of more research, such as rainwater harvesting, irrigation, climate proofing and production.He also called for new approaches in the utilisation of human and national resources to “build an economy that grows sustainably and equitably for everybody”.Research Days was staged between January 7 and 9, with a focus on solutions to climate change, poverty and health issues. Some 80 exhibits were showcased in the Research Days Village, from all the faculties of the university.The event was held under the theme ‘Bridging the Research and Innovation Gaps between Academia and Industry’. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a deeper partnership can be forged with the University of the West Indies (UWI), to solve challenges in the education system. He pointed out that the issue of the shortage of science teachers in the classroom could be improved by the UWI. Senator Reid emphasised that if Jamaica is to be very competitive, workers must be on the cutting edge of technology and versed in “new ways of doing things”. last_img read more

Rickmers Trust Cleared to Sell Another Nine Ships to Navios

first_imgzoom Financially-troubled Rickmers Trust Management, Singapore-based trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, informed that the HSH syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, has approved the sale of the remaining nine of fourteen vessels to Navios.The ships, secured under the HSH Facility, will be sold to Navios Partners Containers and Navios Partners Containers Finance for USD 54 million plus an amount to support settlement of operational cash deficits to closing.As explained, the proceeds from the sale of these nine vessels will be paid in full to the HSH syndicate as part settlement of the HSH syndicate loan.“The sales of these nine vessels are expected to be completed in parts from July 12, 2017,” Rickmers noted.As World Maritime News earlier reported, the sale of the nine ships, which was subject to HSH Syndicate’s approval, is part of the trust’s winding up process as the company is faced with liquidity issues.The sale of the first five containerships was completed in late May.“After funding cash burn, operating expenses, and the settlement of costs associated with the winding up of the trust, unsecured creditors are expected to receive total proceeds of approximately USD 27million. This represents recovery of 11.4% pari passu to noteholders as well as senior lenders with remaining loans outstanding after repayment from the sales of their respective secured vessels,” Rickmers said in an update.last_img read more

Board Issues Decision in Harassment Case

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled in favour of a Halifax woman in a discrimination case involving sexual harassment in the workplace. Karen Davison, a former employee of the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association, had alleged that while working for the safety association, she was subjected to sexual harassment and then retaliation when she filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. In the decision, the board found the safety association and two of its employees, Bruce Collins and Michael Kelly, liable and awarded Ms. Davison $13,000 in general damages and $7,000 in punitive/exemplary damages. Payment of damages is due within 90 days of the July 15 decision. In addition to damages, the board ordered the following: the association must provide sensitivity and discrimination training for employees and board members for as many hours as the Human Rights Commission considers necessary; the Human Rights Commission will monitor employment practices at the safety association for a period of three years; and the association must provide Jennifer Bankier, the chair of the inquiry, with a copy of its sexual harassment policy in effect at the time of the decision, on or before Monday, Aug. 22 The board of inquiry has the right to make any changes to the association’s harassment policy to ensure it is effective in processing sexual harassment complaints against senior managers. The board of inquiry chair has the right to resolve any difficulties that may arise from the decision. Boards of inquiry are the final stage in the human rights complaint process. Evidence collected during the investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondents can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether or not discrimination has occurred. All parties have the right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

In the news today March 11

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, March 11———CANADIANS MOURN PLANE CRASH VICTIMSA mother and daughter from Edmonton, a renowned Carleton University professor and an accountant with the City of Calgary are among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 aboard. It’s not yet known what caused the plane to go down in clear weather after leaving Addis Ababa on a flight to Nairobi. But the accident was strikingly similar to last year’s crash of a Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people. Both crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8, and both happened minutes after the jets became airborne. Ethiopian Airlines as well as all Chinese airlines have grounded their 737 Max 8s indefinitely as a safety precaution.———BOEING ‘DEEPLY SADDENED’ BY ETHIOPIAN CRASHSunday’s tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash involved a new model jet touted for its environmentally friendly engine that is used by both Air Canada and WestJet. Records show the Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed Sunday was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. Last October a two month old 737 Max 8 owned by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 people. A Boeing technical team will be travelling to Sunday’s crash site to provide technical assistance to Ethiopian authorities and investigators with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.———TEEN’S FAMILY ANTICIPATES NEW REPORT INTO DEATHThe woman who raised an Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River says she hopes a new report from the Manitoba children’s advocate will ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, says nothing will ever bring the teenager back but the report could save other children’s lives. The highly anticipated document from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released tomorrow. It’s expected to detail Tina’s interactions with police and child-welfare workers before her death.———VERDICT EXPECTED IN CASE OF SLAIN FOOTBALL PLAYERA judge is expected to deliver a verdict today in the trial of a man accused of killing a player with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. Nelson Lugela is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks outside a Calgary bar in September 2016. The trial heard that Hicks and some other Stampeders were celebrating a victory over Winnipeg when a disagreement over a spilled drink intensified after closing time in the bar’s parking lot. Witnesses testified the 23-year-old Hicks was shot as he was running for cover. He was hit in the abdomen and chest, and died in hospital.———COAL WORKERS NEED HELP TO FIND NEW JOBSThe Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities is filing its final report today. The report warns that if the Trudeau government wants to maintain public support for climate-change action it must prepare communities that are economically dependent on coal for a future when their products aren’t needed. Underlying many of the report’s 10 broad recommendations is a warning that not easing the anxieties of workers who will be affected by a planned phaseout of coal-fired generating plants will come with a political, and possibly even environmental, cost.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will CFB Gagetown, NB to highlight new logistics trucks being delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Montreal to present his plan to reconnect with Quebecers.— Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains makes a funding announcement in Hamilton area for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and users of steel and aluminum.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon voices alarm at Sudanese aerial attacks in North Darfur

9 May 2007Expressing deep concern about reports of a series of deadly aerial bombardments across North Darfur state during the past three weeks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Sudanese Government to halt all attacks and comply with the peace agreements it has signed and with international humanitarian law. “These attacks have brought more destruction and loss of life, including new displacement of civilians,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “In one instance, the school in the village of Um Rai was struck by rockets fired from a Government helicopter.”Only a political solution can bring peace and stability to Darfur, the statement stressed, calling on both the Government and rebel groups in the impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank to renounce military action.Mr. Ban “strongly urges the Government of Sudan to cease all attacks and to comply fully with the Darfur Peace Agreement, Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law.”More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes because of fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias – notorious for their attacks against civilians – and rebel groups since 2003.The UN and the African Union (AU) have been engaged in joint efforts to mediate an end to this conflict, which is threatening to spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) as well. Today’s statement urged all sides to cooperate fully with the UN-AU team, which is led by UN envoy Jan Eliasson and AU envoy Salim Ahmed Salim.The two special envoys are currently in Juba, southern Sudan, for talks with Sudanese Vice-President – and President of the Government of southern Sudan – Salva Kiir. The discussions are expected to focus on the initiative of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), a former rebel group in the south, to help in re-energizing the Darfur peace process.Fresh bouts of inter-tribal fighting and militia attacks throughout Darfur are causing further population displacements across the region, according to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Continuous new arrivals in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, have brought internally displaced person (IDP) camps near there to capacity. read more

Iraq earned 190 million in oil exports before last weeks suspension UN

In the days before Iraq announced a month-long suspension of its oil exports on 8 April, a total of 8.6 million barrels of oil were lifted, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme reported. At an average price of approximately €25.35 (euros) or $22.30 per barrel, last week’s exports netted an estimated €220 million or $190 million in revenue.Also over the past week, the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq released from hold 11 contracts worth $43 million, and placed on hold 48 new contracts valued at $76 million. Currently, the total value of contracts on hold stands at $5.1 billion.

Annan pushes for Security Council resolution on IsraelLebanon violence

A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement in New York saying the diplomacy is taking place “both here and in capitals.”The statement also reiterated Mr. Annan’s long-standing call for a cessation of hostilities. “The fighting must stop to save civilians on both sides from the nightmare they have endured for the past four weeks.”The spokesman voiced Mr. Annan’s conviction that the Security Council should be able to adopt a resolution by the end of the week.The spokesman, asked about the Secretary-General’s contacts with officials, noted that the Secretary-General today had spoken by phone with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. At a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, speaking for the League of Arab States, accused the 15-member body of doing nothing while the Lebanese people have become engulfed in a “bloodbath” since the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah erupted in mid-July.Since the start of hostilities, the Security Council has adopted a resolution temporarily extending the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) through August, as well as two presidential statements on the violence. The Council President, Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng of Ghana, was asked on 4 August about a view among the general public that the Council has not done enough to stop the fighting. “We have tried our best as members of the Security Council to get action taken on the issue but there are certain realities that one has to contend with and because of those realities we have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic and look at the option which will enable us come to a quick decision on this issue, and I think that is what we have been doing,” he said. read more

The Silly Way Coaches Wins Are Counted

The Silly Way Coaches Wins Are Counted

If his Spurs win Wednesday, Gregg Popovich will reach a coaching milestone: 1,150 career wins. Or, if you look at it another (admittedly kookier) way, he could record his 23,787th win.Popovich reached a different sort of milestone Monday: his 1,000th career regular-season win as head coach. Although several NBA players, including LeBron James, congratulated him on the achievement, Pop’s reaction was subdued. Perhaps that’s because he remembers that he really won his 1,000th game more than two years ago — on Jan. 25, 2013, against Dallas. That night, he won his 882nd regular-season game, to go with 118 playoff wins to that point — although coverage of the game suggests that few did the arithmetic at the time. (An ill Popovich wasn’t even there to celebrate, although the game still counts in his ledger because he remained the team’s head coach.)The standard across most North American professional team sports is to omit playoff accomplishments from career totals even though postseason performance is much more important than regular-season feats for winning titles.1College stats typically include postseason numbers. The typical reason given for doing this with player stats is that players can’t choose their teammates. Charles Barkley isn’t any less great for not winning a title — it says more about his teams. It’s not Ernie Banks‘s fault that he didn’t make the playoffs, so he shouldn’t fall behind Gary Sheffield on the career home-run list. Or so the thinking goes.Even if that argument holds for players, though, it’s a lot shakier for coaches. The whole notion of counting their wins, and celebrating when that count reaches a nice round number, implicitly credits the coaches for the sum of their players’ accomplishments (however flawed that idea is; in Popovich’s case, it does seem like he deserves quite a bit of credit). If coaches get the credit for regular-season wins, then surely they should also get credit for the postseason wins those regular-season wins make possible. By that math, Popovich falls a bit further behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, the two other most successful coaches in modern NBA history; each has more playoff wins than Popovich’s 149, earned along the way to five titles.If we’ve convinced you that playoff wins should count toward a coach’s career total, then perhaps you’ll walk with us a little further down this plank. Surely playoff wins shouldn’t only count alongside regular-season wins but should count more than them. Most NBA executives, coaches and players would agree — and perhaps few would agree more than Popovich, whose reputed coaching style is to use the first half of the regular season to test lineups and try out new players, rather than, say, to win as many games as possible.So just how much more should a playoff win count? A whole lot more, by our calculations. For every playoff game since 1984, we calculated how much that game’s outcome swung the teams’ chances of winning the title, relative to an average regular-season game.2Similar to what we did for our post about Tom Brady’s accomplishments, we used the number of teams in the NBA each season, the number of playoff teams and the length of the schedule to determine how much the average regular-season game changed an average team’s championship probability. For instance, in 2013-14, there were 30 NBA teams, so each started with a 1-in-30 — or 3.3 percent — chance of winning the title. After the regular season, 16 teams’ chances rose to 1-in-16 (6.3 percent) and 14 teams’ odds fell to zero. That means the average NBA game last season moved a team’s championship needle either up or down by just 0.04 percentage points. So, for instance, Game 3 of last June’s NBA Finals counted as much as about 487 regular-season games in terms of championship impact, while Game 4 of Miami’s sweep of Charlotte was worth just 15 regular-season games.Add up the regular-season value of Popovich’s playoff wins, and you’ll find that they were worth 22,786 regular-season wins — or nearly 23 times as much as the sum total of his 1,000 regular-season wins. That’s pretty impressive, but he and his players have some work to do to catch Jackson and Riley, who top all coaches whose first playoff appearance was in or after the 1984 postseason. We don’t really mean that Popovich has won 23,786 regular-season games. It would be just as accurate to say that in the regular season, he has won 6.5 playoff games since his average playoff win counted for about 150 regular-season wins. A playoff win isn’t the same as a regular-season win, but that’s not a good enough reason not to include them when summing and assessing a coach’s accomplishments. These calculations show just how much of a coach’s value comes after his wins stop counting. The regular-season wins reflect a coach’s longevity. (“The time, that’s the most important element,” Popovich said Monday. “You have to be around for a while, I guess.”) The playoff wins reflect his true value — and that of his players. Phil Jackson1,15545,59246,747 Pat Riley1,21031,43032,640 Chuck Daly63813,76114,399 George Karl1,1319,09410,225 COACHREGULARSEASON WINSPLAYOFF WINS(REG SEASONEQUIVALENT)TOTAL Doc Rivers67810,42511,103 Erik Spoelstra33612,69213,028 Rick Adelman1,0429,68110,723 Gregg Popovich1,00022,78623,786 Rudy Tomjanovich52710,34510,872 read more

Cold streak stifles Ohio State in loss to Kansas

There are cold streaks and then there’s what happened to the Ohio State men’s basketball team Saturday against Kansas. Trailing by two at halftime, the Buckeyes shot just 25 percent from the field and 11 percent from the 3-point line in the second half, including a stretch of more than 10 minutes in which they didn’t make a field goal. The Buckeyes made four of their first 25 shots in the second half, allowing No. 9 Kansas to pull away for a 74-66 victory against No. 7 OSU. The frigidity of the Buckeyes shooting did not affect Kansas’ Ben McLemore, who many project to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Jayhawks’ star redshirt freshman scored 22 points and was one of four Jayhawks to reach double figures. When junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. finally ended another dry spell for the Buckeyes with a jump shot with 2:18 left in the game, the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center let out a sarcastic cheer that was more a release of frustration than a celebration. The Buckeyes, behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas and sophomore guard Shannon Scott put up a battle, but their 16 and 15 points, respectively, weren’t enough for OSU to earn its first quality win of the season. Kansas took control from the opening tip, flustering OSU with full court pressure in the early going. Two 3-pointers from sophomore guard Sam Thompson kept OSU in it, but Kansas overpowered the Buckeyes inside to jump out to an 11-6 lead with 14:37 remaining in the first half. That’s when Scott entered the game and he made his presence immediately felt. After a 3-pointer from Thomas, the sophomore guard drove to his right past two defenders and laid in a tough shot off the glass. He then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled going to the rim, making one of two free throws. Later in the half, Scott scored seven points in a 14-0 run by the Buckeyes that saw the home team take its first lead of the game, 31-23. But McLemore proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, though. Kansas’ leading scorer hit three 3-pointers in the first half and scored five straight points in the period’s final minute to help give his team a, 37-35 lead at intermission. McLemore led all scorers at half with 13 points, while Scott chipped in 10 and also dished out three assists. Kansas had their way with OSU inside doubling up the Buckeyes, 20-10, on points from the paint in the first half. OSU fought their way back in the second half, though. Thomas, as he’s been known to do, went on a scoring binge, putting in eight points in the second half’s first seven minutes to help knot up the score at 45 with 13:31 left in the game. The crowd rose to its feet, but that’s when the Buckeyes, who shot 46 percent from behind the arc in the first half started their half-long shooting hibernation. OSU missed eight of their first nine 3-point shots in the second half and Kansas jumped out to a 53-48 lead. When sophomore forward Amir Williams banked in a layup with 8:14 remaining to cut the lead to three, it was OSU’s first made field goal in more than 10 minutes and the Jayhawk lead continued to grow. Down double digits with more under two minutes remaining, OSU was forced to foul, but Kansas’ free throw shooting was enough to put the game away. The loss drops the Buckeyes record to 9-2 as Kansas leaves Columbus 10-1. OSU next plays Chicago State next Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Indias innovation and energy underpin the success of the global diamond industry

first_imgA new survey highlights rapid growth of diamond consumption in India’s middle class. India is quickly developing a diamond consumer market to complement its pre-eminence as a diamond polishing centre, Stephen Lussier, Executive Vice President of Marketing for The De Beers Group of companies, said in an address to the World Diamond Conference in New Delhi last month.Announcing the results of De Beers’ recent Consumer Diamond Purchasing Survey in India, Lussier noted that the acquisition rate for diamonds in India’s middle class has risen sharply from 2% in 2002, to 9% in 2014. He also stressed the favourable environment for further diamond consumption growth in India, noting that the country’s number of middle class households is forecast to grow by a compound annual rate of 12% over the next decade.The Indian market “serves as a microcosm” for trends in other markets, Lussier said – pointing to projected global demand growth for diamonds, which “continue to captivate consumers the world over”. However, Lussier, who is also CEO of Forevermark, cautioned that increased competition from other luxury products means the diamond industry must capitalise on opportunities in areas such as online marketing and branding if it is to maximise its potential.Underlining De Beers’ commitment to India, Lussier explained that it has invested nearly $10 million in a state-of-the-art inscription and grading operation in Surat, which has the initial capacity to inscribe 400,000 diamonds – dramatically improving the service for its Indian-based Forevermark partners.Lussier showed how Forevermark, the diamond brand from The De Beers Group, has positioned itself successfully, noting: “Our promise of diamonds that are beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced is driven by consumer insight and backed-up by a commitment to ensure our operations live up to our promise”.In closing, Lussier emphasised his confidence for the future of diamonds in India, stating that the Indian diamond industry and government can work together to “lead diamonds into a period of unprecedented growth”.last_img read more

Best apps for gardening and yard work for spring 2019

first_img 10 essential gardening tools and what they do 11 Photos 2 Tags Share your voice Commentscenter_img My Lawn: A Guide to Lawn CareMy Lawn (download for iOS or Android) makes lawn maintenance understandable and creates an easy-to-follow care plan so you know which products to use and when. Recommendations are based on your lawn size, location and climate. You’ll get an alert when it’s time to feed, seed and water your lawn, so you will never have to guess. You can also create a custom lawn care plan.Monitor the amount of water your yard gets each week from rain, hoses or sprinklers. Keep track of the specific needs of different parts of your yard, like the parts that are mostly shaded versus the parts that are always in the Lawn App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GrowIt!Share your garden and connect with others through the GrowIt! app (download for iOS or Android). Share photos of your plants and ask the community for help identifying them. The GrowIt! community is a valuable resource if you’ve just moved to a new area. If you’ve got a pest that’s eating your tomatoes, for example, others on the app might be able to help.See what the people around you are planting to get some inspiration. If you find a plant you like, tap on the information tab to find out how to grow it. The information tab tells you how big the plant can get, how often to water and feed it, and when it will bloom. GrowIt! teaches you how to properly prepare your soil for anything you plant, grow larger vegetables, and what you should and shouldn’t plant based on your location.Read: 6 gardening tips you’ll wish you’d known all alonggrowitGrowIt! App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive iScapeDesign your outdoor living area with iScape (download for iOS). Use the design tools to make your project come to life. Snap a photo of an area that needs landscaping and virtually add flowerbeds, trees and shrubs to get an idea of what your yard will look like before you begin.iScape offers 2D and 3D designs so you can see what your physical outdoor area looks like with virtual plants. Once you have a landscape layout, you can share with your spouse or a landscape pro and get your project started.The app offers a free lite version, but to gain full access, you will need to subscribe to a monthly pro subscription for $20, or a yearly pro subscription for $200.iscapeiScape App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive FlowerCheckerIf you’ve ever wondered about an unknown plant in your garden, then you need FlowerChecker (download for iOS or Android). This app has a team of experts who can help you identify plants, moss, lichen and fungi.To find out about your unknown plant, snap a few pictures of it and upload them to the app. Try to capture the different parts of the plant like the flower, leaves and stem. The typical response time for an expert to identify the plant can take a few minutes or a few hours. So far, the team of experts has been able to correctly identify an average of 90 percent of plants.Identification costs $1 per plant uploaded. If the team can’t confirm what your plant is, you won’t have to pay anything. You’ll also have to purchase the app for a one-time cost of $1.flowercheckerFlowerChecker App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Garden AnswersIdentify plants easily with Garden Answers (download for iOS or Android). Unlike Flower Checker, this app uses advanced image recognition technology to identify plants instead of an expert. Simply snap a picture and submit it to instantly get detailed information about a plant.To learn if your plants have pests or diseases, use the keyword search feature to ask Garden Answers a question. If you need more advice on gardening, ask the experts for more specific questions and recommendations. Access any of your previous plant questions and answers within the Answers App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive SmartPlantLearn about healthy planting year-round with SmartPlant (download for iOS or Android). Watch videos, view images and learn more about how to care for your plants in the app library. Identify your plants and any pests that are preventing their growth. Scan plant barcodes in stores to receive monthly care tip notifications.The app has a free version that offers occasional access to premium features. If you subscribe to premium, you will have access to expert assistance. Premium costs $4 monthly, $10 quarterly or $35 annually.smartplantSmartPlant App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Gardening CompanionMake your garden immaculate with the help of Gardening Companion (download for iOS or Android). This app acts as your garden assistant to help you care for your plants. Browse through thousands of articles on horticulture to take the best care of your garden.Track your garden’s growth by storing photos and notes in the app’s journal. The app records the weather in your location and you can compare how your garden did this year compared with last year.Set up notifications to remind you to water and fertilize your garden. Gardening Companion can also alert you when the time is right to plant your vegetables.gardening-companionGardening Companion App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GardenateLearn what you can grow in your area with Gardenate (download for iOS or Android). The app uses your location to show what is best for you to plant each month. Access plant descriptions and growing tips to become a pro. In the app, record planting dates, harvest dates and notes about your plants. Save the details in the My Garden section. The app will send calendar reminders when it’s time to harvest your produce. Access detailed information about your plants like when they germinate and at what temperatures, how far apart to space your plants and the amount of time it takes for them to harvest. gardenateGardenate App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Mobile apps can make gardening easier. Dragon Images/iStockphoto Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people don’t even get to try because they’re so busy. Others watch HGTV over and over again and still never achieve the yard of their dreams because it’s easy to forget most of what you learned by the time you get outside.But since you can take your phone with you when you walk out into the yard, there are now some digital tools that can make you a more effective gardener. We’ve gathered together some gardening and landscaping apps that can walk you through how to take care of your plants and keep your yard looking fabulous. Mobile Mobile Apps iOS 12last_img read more

Alaska or bust Racers set out on paddleboards outrigger canoe sailboats and

first_imgSupporters of Team Sail Like A Girl held a dockside blessing ceremony in Port Townsend Sunday for the defending champions before racing started Monday. (Photo by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network) Beattie said the second running of the Seventy48 race drew 117 teams. He said if it keeps drawing that level of interest and sponsors, he believes it will become a regular June feature on the calendar. Any size boat with any size crew can compete in the Race to Alaska as long as it has no motor and can get to Ketchikan self-sustained, meaning no trailing fleet of support teams were in sight. The 43 entries this year include two stand-up paddleboarders, a Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe, a half-dozen rowboats and skiffs alongside a bunch of really fast sailboats, catamarans and trimarans. “There continues to be interesting boats across the spectrum of craft,” said race co-founder Jake Beattie of the Northwest Maritime Center. “It’s just whatever you want to bring will be racing against whatever else other people want to bring.” Goussev said it’s comforting to have some idea this time around what the long course off the wild British Columbia coast can dish out. The seven new and returning members of Team Sail Like A Girl are shoehorned into a 32-foot-long Melges performance racing monohull. A team composed of two experienced ocean rowers, Greg Spooner of Bainbridge Island and Thiago Silva of Brazil, captured the $5,450 winner’s purse in the second running of Seventy48. They used a long, narrow, open water rowing double that looked like a cross between a sea kayak and a traditional two-person crew racing scull to traverse the course along the west side of Puget Sound in just under 11 hours, racing overnight from Friday into Saturday. Another entrant with an open boat is Team Holopuni in their 32-foot Hawaiian outrigger sailing canoe. Race Boss Daniel Evans pointed out that more than a dozen of the teams are under twenty feet with the smallest coming in at fourteen feet. In a statement, he said the size of the boat alone will create exciting times for those teams. Marty and his wife Chris Fagan of North Bend, Washington, along with teammate Danny Geiger of Seattle will attempt to sail and paddle around the clock, which means taking turns sleeping in a waterproof bivy sack tied to the trampoline deck when the seas are sufficiently calm. “We’re going to be conservative,” Templeton said. “Definitely with this size of a boat, all of your decisions have more consequences and you really have to take some careful considerations.” “I wanted to do the race in a style where we’re not positive that we’re going to make it,” said veteran adventurer Marty Fagan. “So I wanted to pick something in that fashion, something different.” The starting horn echoed bright and early Monday morning across Port Townsend Bay to launch the fifth annual running of a madcap maritime marathon. The 750-mile Race to Alaska has been compared by its organizers to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, but with a chance of drowning or getting eaten by a bear.center_img Maine friends Thor Belle and Pax Templeton restored a 16-foot Swampscott Dory wooden rowboat to enter this year’s Race to Alaska as Team Funky Dory. The sturdy, but small craft offers little protection from the elements. In a novel twist, last year’s winner is back to defend her title. That’s the all-female, Seattle-area crew of Team Sail Like A Girl. Templeton said he and Belle have no expectations of winning the race with this boat. He said their effort is more about personal achievement and raising money and awareness for ocean protection. Team Holopuni bought a 32-foot Hawaiian outrigger sailing canoe for the Race to Alaska. (Photo by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network) Pax Templeton and Thor Belle entered the Race to Alaska as the appropriately-named Team Funky Dory. (Photo by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network) “There are moments of boredom. There are moments of exhilaration,” Goussev said. “There are moments of terror and there are moments of excitement and just pure fun.” “I felt like we needed to come back and just continue to represent women in sailing and demonstrate what women are able to do this sport,” said team captain Jeanne Goussev in an interview Sunday. “I love the adventure in this race. It is unlike any other sailboat racing that I do. Part of it is that.” The Race to Alaska begins with a qualifying stage from Port Townsend to Victoria and then the forty-some teams begin racing in earnest on Thursday up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan. Previous winners blessed with good winds sailed day-and-night to reach Ketchikan, from Victoria, in around four days. As in years past, the winning team collects $10,000 and the runner-up gets a set of steak knives. Beattie said this year’s field of competitors is the largest in the history of the epic adventure race. Last year saw the introduction a spin-off from the maritime marathon — a separate, shorter race on Puget Sound race dubbed Seventy48. As the name implies, entrants get up to 48 hours to navigate the 70 miles between Tacoma and Port Townsend. Only human-powered craft are permitted, unlike the parent event where engine-less sailboats dominate.last_img read more

Wipro Q3 earnings in focus after upbeat Infosys results

first_imgWith Infosys’ Q3 earnings beating the Street’s estimates, the focus now turns to Wipro results, which will be released on 18 January.While it is widely expected that Wipro — India’s third largest IT firm — will not be able to spring any surprise in its revenue growth for the December quarter, investors may look for impact of Chennai floods on its income.India’s third largest IT firm Wipro also gave a similar warning about its Q3 earnings following floods in Chennai. The company had said that increase in costs due to deployment of business continuity plans would impact revenues and operating margins for the quarter ended December 2015.The Bengaluru-based IT giant is expected to post a 0.5% growth in dollar revenue for the October-December quarter on a sequential basis, according to an analysts’ poll conducted by CNBC-TV18.Wipro’s dollar revenue stood at $1,831.9 million in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.In constant currency terms, dollar revenue is likely to come at around 1-1.2% against guidance of 0.5-2.5% ($1841-1878 million), due to Chennai floods’ impact witnessed in December last year.Wipro has a headcount of about 22,000 people in its facilities in Chennai.”Revenues from our IT Services business are expected to be in the previously communicated range of $1,841 million to $1,878 million; However, we expect revenues to be in the lower half of the guidance range,” the company had said in the statement.Analysts expect the acquisition of Designit to slightly contribute to Wipro’s revenues in the third quarter. Wipro had acquired Designit, a Denmark-based global strategic design firm, in July last year to improve its income from the emerging digital vertical.In rupee terms, Wipro’s Q3 revenue is expected to increase by 2.7% to Rs 12,371 crore compared to Rs 12,042.8 crore in the September quarter.However, a depreciation in rupee during the quarter is expected to partly offset the impact of Chennai floods on its margins.last_img read more

Gold seized from Biman passenger at Dhaka airport

Gold seized from Biman passenger at Dhaka airport

first_imgFiel photo of gold barsCustoms intelligence at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport recovered gold bars and ornaments weighing around 406 grams from a passenger of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports UNB.The passenger is Md Saidur Rahman, hailing from Koshba of Brahmanbaria.Officials at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) said tipped off, its officials started monitoring movement of Saidur Rahman just after he was landed by the flight of Biman at around 11:00 am.When he was about to cross the green channel of the airport’s customs, the CIID officials challenged him, said CIID director general Moinul Khan. Searching his body, they recovered three gold bars, which were kept hidden inside his underwear in a unique way, and several ornaments from his luggage. Total weight of the three gold bars and gold ornaments is 406 grams worth Tk 2 million Moinul said.last_img read more

Xbox announces 150 highend Elite Wireless Controller

first_imgAmid Xbox’s numerous game announcements was a high-end offering for the most niche and, possibly, most loyal consumer-base of the Xbox One: the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Anyone who plays games for long stretches of time knows the values of a great controller, and Xbox has seemingly delivered.The pitch goes something like this: it’s built for performance and to fit a gamer’s individual needs — after all, no hand is the same. It weighs 12.27 ounces and connects wirelessly or via USB to the console or PC. But the best is yet to come, the controller is bundled with a number of components, such as stainless steel metal thumbsticks (standard, tall, and domed) and D-pads (faceted and standard). All so users can find the level of comfort that suits their style of play. The reach, size, and shape of various pieces can be the difference between a controller that sits naturally in-hand or makes a game session feels like a constant stretch.What’s more, several stainless steel paddles located on the gamepad’s underside allows you to utilize more fingers, so while your thumbs are busy you can execute a series of combos. These pieces require no extra tools to remove or apply.Shooter enthusiasts will be happy to hear about the hair-trigger lock switch — one for each trigger.Finally, the freedom of button customization is at your control, allowing you to set your own sensitivity and assign button combos and controls; any one of 14 inputs to the ABXY, paddles, D-pad, thumbstick clicks, and trigger buttons. Users will also be able to set a number of profiles for their settings. Only two can be loaded onto the controller at one time, but any number can be stored in the cloud through the app (available on Xbox One and Windows 10). The page also touts an “enhanced grip” that will allow players to “hold the controller with less effort.”The Xbox Elite controller will travel, as it comes with its own carrying case. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller will be available holiday 2015 for $149.last_img read more