Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Financial workshop, titled `’Success in Santa Clarita,” 8-10 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite, 100, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 702-6980. Contracting Connections workshop, 8 a.m.-noon at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (323) 881-3964. SCV Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at 298-1385. Moms mixer for moms to meet and socialize, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. in the upper classroom at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety program, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Max the Bunny story time, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Block sale to benefit the Ewart family, 7-11 a.m. on Via Escovar in Valencia. Call Deborah Mann at (661) 255-6271. Canyon Country Athletic Association Outlaws youth football and cheer registration, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sierra Vista Junior High, 19425 W. Stillmore St., Canyon Country. Visit www.canyonoutlaws.com. AARP Driver Safety program, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Spring story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Local authors will sign copies of their books, noon-2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Project R.E.A.D. will offer children a chance to read to a dog, 1-3 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Art reception will feature the works of SCV-ARTS students, 5-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY CPR and First Aid Red Cross certification class, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Cost: $51. Call (661) 255-6410. Fiction Light Book Club will meet, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Travel Club book group will meet, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (818) 719-2397. Speaker Vinod Assomull will discuss health issues, 9-10 a.m. in the Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call David Sell at (661) 253-8017. Curious George program, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Castaic Lions Club will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Workers’ Compensation seminar, 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Cost: $199. Call L/B/W Insurance at (661) 702-6000. Local pharmacist will go over medicines with seniors, 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Bring your medications with you. Call (661) 259-9444. M Movie showing will feature “Beauty and the Beast,” 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Business after-hours mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Spectrum Club in Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977. Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will meet, 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Visit www.w6jw.org. Artists Helping Artists (Aha!) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-1242. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) have been dispatched to a callout on Friday evening. At 5.15pm this evening, the DMRT responded to the call on Errigal.The team was dispatched when a callout was made from an injured female walker. The Sligo-based Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 118 has also been called for assistance at the scene.We will bring you more as we get it…Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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The GH5’s Autofocus: A Disaster or Simply Misunderstood?

first_imgThe GH5 has a problematic autofocus. Or does it? We examine the problem and some solutions.The video autofocus for Panasonic’s GH4 wasn’t great. It was slow, and it would quickly lose focus. Many users of Lumix’s DC-GH series were looking forward to the GH5 to see how the autofocus would perform with updated hardware. Well, it’s turned out to be one of the most controversial features of the camera.Image via B&H.Using auto-focus for narrative work isn’t the norm, and likely won’t be for quite some time — if at all. While the technology is there for pre-programmed sequences like Psyop’s Emerald Paint commercial, ultimately the instinct and experience of a 1st AC will reign supreme. If autofocus isn’t a feature that cinematographers crave, why so much noise about video autofocus in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras?The answer is lone wolf operators, vloggers, and YouTube reviewers. The ability to shoot with a wide aperture in a self-filmed video without the worry of dropping out of focus certainly appeals to a wide range of videographers.The ProblemsThere have been numerous complaints about the GH5’s AF, to the extent that Panasonic, through PhotoJoseph, issued a statement regarding the problem.The autofocus, to put it simply, is temperamental. After hitting record, you’ll find yourself with a camera that auto focuses astronomically, or you’ll have a two-minute video with only a few seconds of focused footage. It entirely depends on your autofocus settings and the camera’s recording settings — and the settings often contradict each other.For example, in the video below from Max Yuryev, based on his extensive testing, it would appear that the best autofocus settings at 1080p for capturing movement would be the following:AF Mode at Custom Multi or 225 pointAF sensitivity at responsive +3Record at 60fps instead of 24fps.For even better AF results, you should record at 4k instead of 1080p. However, when doing so, the AF sensitivity at responsive +3 no longer performs as well as it did at 1080p, and instead, the AF works better at the default sensitivity setting. As you can see, it can quickly become confusing to determine which setting you should work with.Another videographer, Tommy Callaway, has put together a video test of the autofocus, and, well, from his results, it performs pretty well.To get the best results from the GH5 AF, you need to understand that there isn’t one setting for all purposes — as frustrating as that is. The AF type and AF video settings need adjustment for the subject in question.The SettingsFor AF to work properly in video mode, you need to make sure that Continuous AF is switched on, and you can do that by going to Menu > Motion Picture > Continous AF > On.The GH5 has six autofocus modes that you can use.Face/Eye DetectionTracking225-AreaCustom Multi1-AreaPinpointThe Face/Eye Detection mode speaks for itself. However, this does seem to be the mode that GH5 users are most frustrated with. It appears to lose focus more than any other setting. In Tracking mode, you specify the subject to track and keep in focus. In 225-Area, there is a grid of 15×15 focus points that will latch onto moving subjects that take up a large proportion of those points. Custom Multi is similar in that there are 225-Area points, but you select a specific portion of those points as the primary focus point. 1-Area will focus solely on one particular area of the image, and Pinpoint is similar, in that it will concentrate on a very small area.For video, you also have an AF Custom Setting menu. Here, you can adjust the AF Speed, which will dictate how fast your focus moves, and AF Sensitivity, which sets how responsive your AF is. If at -3 Locked On, the AF tries to retain focus on a single subject and will change focus a few seconds after a new object has appeared in the focus window. +3 Responsive will immediately change the focus when the subject moves.Ultimately, the settings are going to depend on what you are filming. From the range of discussion on the web, there doesn’t seem to be a set standard for vlogs or product reviews — or anything for that matter. Even the four videos above all suggest different settings, and for a consumer, that’s just not a great sign. It is going to come down to testing out the AF to see what works well with your filming resolution and frame rate. (Although, I would suggest using the settings from the examples above as a starting point.)As a GH5 owner, even though it has an amazing video mode, I think it’s important to realize that this is a still camera first and foremost, and with that, comes limitations.What are your thoughts on the GH5’s autofocus? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Taking the Bait

first_imgFrom time to time, your dream client will answer your cold call and ask you to tell them a little about your company and what you do. You will be tempted to respond to that question by answering it, responding to the prompts you were given. You will talk about who you are, your role, and how long you’ve been with the company. And then, having provided that information, you share what your company does. Asked and answered.As soon as you finish speaking, your dream client says something like, “You know, we’re happy with our current partner right now.” The politely thank for the call, and you hang up without an appointment. By taking the bait and answering these questions, you have ensured that you sound just like every other salesperson in your space, confirming that there is no real reason to meet with you.This same thing can happen when you secure an appointment. Your prospective client greets you, invites you into a conference room, and says, “Tell me about your company.” If there is something more interesting than your company, I am not sure what it might be. Even if you have a line that describes how you help your clients, you’re still talking about you, your solution, and your company. A better approach, and one that lets you make a much better pivot to a more meaningful conversation, but still taking the bait.Sales is all about choices, and one choice you might make is to make an effort to control the process.You could recommend that you first spend a little time sharing ideas about the challenges everyone in your dream client’s space is going to need to solve in the next 18 to 24 months. You could ask them to give you feedback on some of the questions that you believe they are going to have to answer with their own management team. You could simply ask to have a conversation about some of the things they find most interesting or pressing now, as a way to frame up what you share with them when you do talk about yourself, your company, and your solutions.Within the first few minutes of a call or meeting, you can give your prospective client an impression of who you are and what level of value you may be able to create for and with them. If you sound like a salesperson from 1997, you are going to be perceived differently than someone who sounds like they’re from 2017. You want to enter conversations as a value creator, a trusted advisor, and a consultative salesperson. Refuse to engage with clients in any way that makes you less than that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 3 review: The game changer

first_imgXiaomi Mi 3.Every now and then, there comes a phone which strives to shake things up. The original iPhone did it and some of the early Nokia phones did it. Now many believe that Xiaomi Mi 3 – the flagship phone of the Chinese company – may have such an effect on the industry. Of course, the Mi 3 is no revolution in terms of technology; it’s a revolution in terms of pricing. Never before has there been a phone with such impressive specifications at a price of Rs 13,999. On paper, the Mi 3 looks like the “perfect” budget phone that India consumers want. Does it meet expectations? We find out…Look and FeelIt has a monolithic form.The Mi 3 reminds us of some of the earlier Nokia Lumia smartphones. Perhaps, its closest kin would be the Nokia N9 and Lumia 800. But this is just an impression the phone gives from afar. A closer look reveals a design, which has a character of its own. The Mi 3 is not warm like the polycarbonate Lumias. It feels slippery and cold and its finish is somewhere between the high gloss plastic and the matte finish. Fortunately, it feels tougher than your average plastic phone largely because of the magnesium-aluminum frame inside the phone.The Mi 3 is no cheap smartphone. Despite the relatively modest price, it feels genuinely premium. If we have to make comparisons then the Mi 3 can hold its own up against some of the big players like the One (M8), the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Yes, it’s not as superlative as the One (M8) or the iPhone 5, but it definitely compares well to the Galaxy S5.advertisementIn the hand, the Mi 3 feels a little unwieldy. It has a tall design like the One (M8) and its flat back make it a little difficult to grip. Though, in the grand scheme of things it is minor issue.The front of the phone punctuated with a 5-inch IPS display, three capacitive buttons, the front facing camera and a number of sensors. On the right side there is a volume rocker and the power key. The quality of the buttons is very good and they provide ample tactile feedback. The top of the device has the SIM tray slot and the 3.5mm jack. Notably, the phone uses a standard SIM instead of a microSIM. The bottom end of the phone has machine-drilled holes for the speaker grill and a microUSB slot.The back of the Mi 3 houses the 13-megapixel camera and a dual-LED flash sourced from Philips. Its 3,050mAh battery is housed inside the frame and is not removable.With thickness of 8.1mm the Mi 3 is among the thinnest smartphones. It weighs 145 grams, which is neither heavy nor too light. The weight is balanced nicely across the frame so the phone never feels cumbersome in hand.Overall we feel, Mi 3 is a nicely designed phone that successfully competes with the devices sold by big players like Samsung and HTC. At its price there is nothing in the market that is as well designed. Motorola’s Moto G is also well put together device, but it’s devoid the class that the Mi 3 reflects.DisplayClick here to EnlargeThe 5-inch IPS display on the Mi 3 has a 1080P (FullHD) resolution. The display is topped with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which makes it really tough.We found the display to be very impressive. It has great viewing angles, superb colour fidelity and great outdoor visibility. In our use we found that the display provided good experience in all situations. We enjoyed web browsing, gaming and watching movies on it.Xiaomi allows users to tweak the colour settings of the display. The option is there within Settings and if a user is not happy the way colours are represented by default, he can manually change them.  The screen sports super sensitive tech, which allows users to use the Mi 3 even when they are wearing gloves.Long story short, the Mi 3 has the best display in its price bracket, which competes with displays found in devices like the HTC One (m8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5.  CameraA macro shot taken from the Mi 3.Click here to EnlargeThe rear camera on the Mi 3 is a 13-megapixel snapper with a Sony sensor and f/2.2 aperture. It also has a dual-LED flash sourced from Philips.  We found the imaging package to be thoroughly capable. It takes some great shots in daylight, with a shallow bokeh effects on macro shots, ample detail and natural colours.In most conditions, the camera is rather capable and is actually better than cameras found on some high-end smartphones like the HTC One (M8).Its HDR mode is very impressive, something that really helps in low light. With HDR mode, low light photography is not a strong point of the Mi 3. High-end phones like Lumia 1020 can shoot better. But considering the price of Mi 3, we have to give full marks to the phone when it comes to photo clicking abilities.advertisementThe Mi 3 has an easy to use panorama mode. The camera app is well designed and offers ample options for users to quickly and easily snap good photos. Out of the box, the app has a simple mode that offers a HDR mode, panorama, skin tone, filters and an audio mode. But go into the advance mode, and you can control finer aspects of the shooting process. In advanced mode, one can tweak white balance, exposure levels, select manual exposure and set a focus mode.The Mi 3 is equally good when it comes to videos. It takes some great videos that are relatively stabilized despite the phone not having optical image stabilization.We thought the Asus ZenFone 5 had the best camera for a sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone, but the Xiaomi Mi 3 handily displaces it.  And before, anyone compares its camera to the Google Nexus 5, we’d like to end the argument by saying it’s vastly superior.SoftwareIt runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.Click here to EnlargeMiUI is the secret sauce behind Xiaomi’s magic. It may be based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but in practice it’s more like a lovechild of iOS and Android. Offering the best of both worlds – the simplicity of iOS and the adaptability of Android. In essence, MiUI offers a springboard of apps on the homescreen. There is no app drawer, something which is similar to how aps are organized in iOS. Gionee’s Amigo UI is also very similar, but the major difference is that MiUI accommodates widgets.We find that MiUI allows a person, who struggles with the complexity of Android, to easily adapt to the OS, without going through a learning curve. The highlight of the MiUI experience is themes. There is a preloaded themes app from which the user can download thousands of themes that completely change the look of the software. Icons, widgets, wallpapers, animations, transparency levels change with themes and users can also mix and match elements of different themes creating an experience of their own.Also there are a number of other handy tweaks. Instead of a power key and volume button combination for taking a screenshot, one has to go into the pull down settings toggle to take a screenshot. The phone has pre-set profiles for type of headphones and Xiaomi’s own Piston earphones. We have seen similar functionality on the Amps audio player on iOS, but to our knowledge this is a first on Android.For the app switcher, one needs to long press the menu key and like iOS 6 a bunch of app icons appear. To close apps, users can swipe them.advertisementXiaomi offers users a choice between the stock Google keyboard and SwiftKey. Both keyboards are very good, but we gravitated towards SwiftKey, which we found to be better than the Google Keyboard.Unlike many Android OEMs, Xiaomi allows the user to uninstall some of the preinstalled apps. So one can also uninstall the stock web browser. Though that will not be needed because we found the stock web browser to be better than Google Chrome. The browser has a reading mode like the one in Apple’s Safari browser and can compress data like UC browser for frugal network usage.Besides the entire entree of Google apps there is the Flipkart app, which is preloaded along with Xiaomi’s custom music player, gallery app, Mi Cloud app and mail app. It also has apps for a torch, calculator, a recorder and a compass.We found the music player to be attractive and intuitive. Xiaomi preloads a suite of security apps that include a virus scanner, a cleaner, a call blocker, data usage monitor and a power consumption monitor. Again, these are all handy additions.Xiaomi claims that it constantly updates its phones and the online community contributes heavily for MiUI. Though the updates may be Google’s Android updates.Hardware PerformanceIt’s rock solid in terms of performance.In our first impressions of the Mi 3 we likened it to Aryton Senna’s McLaren from the late 80’s and early 90’s. We’d like to revisit this as now we think it’s the Starship Enterprise cruising at warp 9.9. Yes, it is lightning fast for a Rs 13,999 Android smartphone, Simply put, no smartphone in this price bracket competes with it.But this is on the expected lines expected as it’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8274AB chipset with four cores humming along at 2.3GHz. This SoC works in tandem with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and the very capable Adreno 330 GPU.This is essentially last year’s Android flagship package. Phones like the Xperia Z1, the LG G2 and the Google Nexus 5 have similar specifications. Though Xiaomi claims that the variant of the Snapdragon 800 in the Mi 3 is 20 per cent faster than the similar processor used in last year’s Android phones.In our tests we found this to be true. In benchmarks like AnTuTu, the Mi 3 was closer to newer phones like the HTC One (M8). While using the Mi 3, we found it to be a fast phone. We could glide across the UI of the Mi 3 with ease and it rarely showed any lag.While gaming, the Mi 3 was great. We played Injustice: Gods among us, ShadowGun and Dead Trigger 2 without any lag or dropped frames. Graphically, it was on par with flagship phones like the HTC One (m8) and the Sony Xperia Z2BatteryThe Mi 3 is a roadrunner. Its 3,050mAh battery lasts easily a day and a half when not pushed hard. Realistically speaking, it lasts around 16 hours on a single charge, with two Gmail accounts, some music streaming, lots of photography, social networking, instant messaging and around 2 hours of calls.The phone also charges pretty quickly. While we have not conducted any objective tests, we found that it charged faster than devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5.If you are traveling and looking to get more out of the battery, you can also use battery saver mode, which can toggle between balanced, low power and high performance settings. We largely used the balanced setting and managed to get extra two hours.Call quality and network performanceThe call quality on the Mi 3 was impressive. We did not face the problem of dropped calls. Also, the voice during calls was loud and clear.In terms of network performance, we found that the 3G speeds of the phone were slightly slower than what is possible on flagship devices but the difference was minor.Final ThoughtsIt’s safe to recommend the Xiaomi Mi 3. It is a no compromise budget phone Indians have been waiting for. The design could have been a little more ergonomic and the device doesn’t have support for microSD card and LTE. But these are hardly deal breakers. Minus these three points – the Mi 3 has everything high-end phones like Galaxy S5 and HTC M8 offer to consumers. It’s a game changer.For Rs 13,999, there simply is not a better phone. In fact, now one has to question the logic behind Rs 50,000 smartphones if one can have such a brilliant experience for so less. Heck, for Rs 50,000 you could have three Xiaomi Mi 3s and still save Rs 8,000.The only major problem with the Mi 3 is the availability. It has already sold out on FlipKart. It was catastrophic launch as the phone was out of stock in a matter of minutes and the online retailer was grappling with excessive traffic. Now the phone goes on sale on July 29 and we hope the availability this time will be better.DESIGN – 8/10DISPLAY – 9/10CAMERA – 8/10SOFTWARE -8/10PERFORMANCE -9/10BATTERY -9/10CALL QUALITY -8/10VALUE FOR MONEY – 10/10INDIATODAY.IN RATING – 8.6/10 Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBones Watch the G&G show on Headlines Today on July 26 @10:30PM for the video review of the Xiaomi Mi 3.last_img read more

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“THE HAPPY SNAPPER”

first_imgWhen his camera crashed to the ground this morning Michael probably questioned exactly why he was taking photos of touch players in the middle of a storm (especially when you consider the fact the camera is part of the $35,000 worth of equipment that he brings to a tournament). Michael Broadbent has been taking photos of touch football events since 1994, but has no hesitation in praising the events, the players and the people involved. “Both at a state and national level the people and events are as good as any that I work with. The players and officials have a great attitude and there is a real community sense about the sport, especially compared to some other sports,” he said. Broady (as we all affectionately know him) has been a photographer since he was 18 years old and together with business partner Duane Hart, established the company Sporting Images Australia. Sporting Images now have three office staff, another four photographers and shoot every major touch tournament in Australia, as well as traveling with ATA to overseas events. “We work at around 13 touch tournaments each year, including National tournaments like NTL’s and Australia Cup, as well as State events,” he said. The marvels of technology and `military precision’ (as Broady describes) allow him and his team to take team photos, produce the photos and ship them back to the tournament before its conclusion. With around 2000 being the average number of photos taken each tournament Broady definitely works hard for touch. Having traveled to New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Jersey Isles, England and Japan, Broady has certainly scored trips away some people can only dream of. “The 2003 World Cup in Japan was absolutely awesome, definitely my touch highlight, I loved the culture there,” he said. Combined with the relationships and camaraderie it makes touch a very enjoyable working experience. “Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met through touch. How can you go past Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open Coach) trying to change the tv channel with her mobile phone?” Broady said. “But seriously, we do really enjoy taking good action pictures of people we know and the touch community.” “We enjoy showing the face of touch to the world through our photos and especially taking pictures of touch legends that have passed on and people will always see and remember.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img
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3 days agoChelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clashby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of their clash at Ajax in the Champions League.Blues attacker Ross Barkley will also miss the game.The pair of midfielders missed the final training session on Tuesday morning in Cobham ahead of the flight to Amsterdam after failing to recover in time from their injuries.Barkley limped off before half-time against Newcastle on Saturday after damaging his ankle. Kante, meanwhile, has been out since picking up a groin injury while on international duty with France.Chelsea were handed a boost as defender Emerson Palmieri took part in the session, warming up with his team-mates before doing some ball work, reports the Daily Mail. last_img read more

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John Dunsworth best known as Trailer Park Boys Mr Lahey dies at

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement John Dunsworth, left, as Mr. Lahey on “Trailer Park Boys.”  (SHOWCASE)   Twitter “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the statement said.“John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement John Dunsworth on the red carpet at the 2010 Genie Awards. Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for playing Mr. Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but was also involved in community theatre for decades. (KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR) Actor Bernard Robichaud, who portrays Cyrus on the show, called Dunsworth a Canadian icon.“My theatre teacher, a loving father, husband, and a friend to many, you will be greatly missed,” he wrote on Twitter.American comedian Tom Arnold also expressed his sympathies, writing on Twitter: “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honour to work with.”Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the Trailer Park Boys, including when Mr. Lahey declared: “I am the liquor.”Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, Haven.By ALY THOMSON – The Canadian Press Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah, who is also a star of the Trailer Park Boys, shared the same statement on her own Twitter feed.pic.twitter.com/7H1KkEOsiR— Sarah Dunsworth (@SarahDunsworth) October 16, 2017Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.He was also involved in community theatre for decades.A post on the Trailer Park Boys Facebook page Monday evening said: “We’re all in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend.”Condolences for the beloved actor were pouring in on social media, including several from his fellow Trailer Park Boys cast members.Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the Trailer Park Boys, tweeted that he is “beyond devastated.”“John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend,” Smith said. HALIFAX—John Dunsworth, known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys and revered as a brilliant actor with a warm heart, has died.He was 71.The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Bluefin sold for 3 million in 1st 2019 sale at Tokyo market

first_imgTOKYO — A 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) in the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront.The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction.It was paid by Kiyomura Corp., whose owner Kiyoshi Kimura runs the Sushi Zanmai chain. Kimura has often won the annual auction in the past.Japanese broadcaster NHK showed a beaming Kimura saying that he was surprised by the high price of tuna this year. He added: “The quality of the tuna I bought is the best.”The Associated Presslast_img

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Two long time Fort St John Councillors say goodbye

first_imgCouncillor Christensen was elected in 2006 and has lived in Fort St. John for over 25 years.  Christensen released the following statement on Facebook.  “It has been a wonderful experience, and I am so proud to have had your support for so many years. I congratulate all the members of the new council and wish them every success as this community moves into a very exciting, and also uncertain economic time. I really need to thank My wife Cheryl, who has supported me in everything I have done for 47 years. Always walking side by side with me.”Mayor Ackerman was on hand for the announcement of the votes and gave her thoughts on the election results.“It’s tough for those who were seeking re-election and were not re-elected. There’s a lot of mixed emotions here, but we move forward. Council is one body and members come and go, so we’ll be fine. I’ve already told Tony and Becky that there’s a lot of information, they’re going to have a bit of a steep learning curve because we’ve spent the last two years planning and preparing for the growth that LNG will bring.”The new members of Council will be sworn in on November 5, and the last meeting for Christensen and Evans will be Monday, October 22. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two longtime Fort St. John City Councillors are reflecting on their time at City Hall after voters picked two new people to join Fort St. John City Council.Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Larry Evans both lost their re-election bids in Saturday’s municipal election.  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council.  Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen, were also re-elected.  Click here to read the full results.Councillor Evans has been on Council since 2005 after retiring from the Fort St. John Fire Department.  In a post on Facebook Sunday, Evans said “Thank you for all the support from my family and all the wonderful people in Fort St. John. And while I’m not on Council, I will continue to love and support Fort St. John with all my heart and soul. Congratulations to the new Council and I know that the City, with its wonderful staff, is in good hands.”last_img read more

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