Independent company Aqua Botanica, has signed a deal with regional distributor JD’s Food Group to enable it to sell its products outside its current London location.The new functional water brand has previously been selling its wellness drinks in a number of cafés in the capital city, mainly initial ’trial’ outlets, but the new deal will see its reach potentially extend to another 1,000 outlets.The drinks are initially being offered in two flavours – Apple & Elderflower and Cranberry & Raspberry – though the company has plans to expand the range soon.Containing a mixture of herbal extracts, including Siberian Ginseng and Guarana, and six kinds of vitamins, the drinks also contain no artificial ingredients and are low calorie. “Aqua Botanica is a premium product that harnesses the unique benefits of potent botanical extracts – which have been relied on for centuries as having revitalising properties – and blends them with vitamins that are essential to everyone’s diet,” said Ed Biden, managing director of the company.”It has been launched with the mission to provide wellness-conscious people with a choice of beverage that refreshes, restores and revives – in a healthy format.”The drinks come in 500ml bottles, and have a shelf-life of three to six months.RRP: £1.95[http://www.aqua-botanica.com]
Steve Bruce exclusive: Newcastle boss on Callum Wilson’s uncoachable scoring touch, and the Magpies’ progress | Football News
“He’s scored three goals this year from within a yard. Now there’s a knack in itself!”Steve Bruce believes Callum Wilson has something special: that inbuilt ability possessed only by natural strikers.- Advertisement – “It just goes to show that a goalscorer is something which is in you. You can’t really coach that; being in the right place at the right time is that unique knack and that’s why he’s made such a difference to us.”Listen to Steve Bruce on the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Preview Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxWilson is a player Bruce has been keen to work with for some time and the England international has all the attributes the Magpies boss likes to have in a frontman.- Advertisement – “He gets his move and does particularly well for Bournemouth. Every time you play against him you know that first and foremost he’s a real top, top lad. He’s a good character, a good type and of course when you do analyse it, he’s quick, he’s big, he’s strong and he can score a goal.“So when you put all of those ingredients together, then that’s what we’re looking for, someone who gives us that option, which every team likes to have.” FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle win over Everton in the Premier League “I first became aware of Callum when he was at Coventry a long time ago and you monitor somebody when he bursts onto the scene,” Bruce said. That would temporarily lift them up to fourth in the table, and while Bruce will not get swayed by positions in the early-season standings, he is quietly confident in the way his team are progressing.“We brought in four outfield players [in the summer] which equates to a quarter of the team, near enough, so it always takes time,” said Bruce. “But the more better players you’ve got, we’ve now got the ability to change it at the top end of the pitch. Maybe we didn’t have that last year, enough.“So the squad is certainly better, which helps myself and the team. It takes a bit of time. Quietly we’re nudging along.“We’re not going to get too carried away because we’ve had a decent result but if we can get the result at Southampton it will have been a decent start to the season, which was always going to be difficult when you look at the teams we’ve played.”Pitch to Post Preview: Jamie Carragher on Man City vs Liverpool; Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson; Chelsea’s title chances assessedJamie Carragher and Steve Bruce are among the guests on this week’s Pitch to Post Preview Podcast.Sky Sports pundit Carragher joins Peter Smith and Adam Bate to look ahead to the big Super Sunday clash between Man City and Liverpool, while Steve Bruce is on the line to discuss Newcastle’s Friday Night Football trip to Southampton and the form of star striker Callum Wilson.Also on the show we analyse how Chelsea have turned around their defensive problems, how Leicester have coped with injury problems, and Adam makes a bold Pitch.Listen to Steve Bruce on the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Preview Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox You can’t really coach that; being in the right place at the right time is that unique knack and that’s why he’s made such a difference to us.Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson A question of balanceWilson’s sharp finishing has been particularly useful to Newcastle this season given the fact they have had the joint-fewest shots on target in the Premier League. In fact, remarkably, they have found the net 10 times from just 18 shots on target.Combine that with the fact Newcastle have faced 117 shots, 13 more than any other side, and inevitably, there has been criticism about the manner of the team’s performances. Friday 6th November 8:00pm Kick off 8:00pm Bruce is aware of that feeling and insists he too is looking to play a more expansive brand of football – but warns there must also be a realism and balance to how adventurous teams can be in the Premier League, given the quality possessed by other sides.“We’ve been saying that now for the best part of 15 months since I’ve been here: to try to get that balance right,” he said.“With Callum, he certainly gives you a cutting edge at the top end of the pitch but what we were doing earlier in the season, we were conceding too many goals and giving too much away.“I think if you’re doing that against the really good teams we see in the Premier League… and you know the top teams in the Premier League, if you look at them at the moment, apart from Man U’s result on Wednesday night, they’re blowing everybody away.“The Chelseas and Tottenhams and Man Citys of this world are beating the top teams in Europe by five and six every week.“So this is what you have to play against and you have to make sure you get the balance right if you possibly can.”Strength in depthFriday’s opponents Southampton are another example of how dangerous Premier League sides can be, having scored four in their win over Aston Villa last weekend.They will be without injured striker Danny Ings – “I’m delighted it’s not too serious, he deserves a bit of luck,” says Bruce – and in the absence of Saints’ top scorer, Newcastle have the opportunity to make it back-to-back wins going into the international break. Speaking to the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, the Newcastle boss made it clear how pleased he has been with the impact his £20m summer signing from Bournemouth has had.With six goals in his first seven Premier League appearances it is no surprise Bruce is happy with Wilson’s return so far. Those goals have accounted for six of Newcastle’s 11 points, helping them to their best start to a Premier League season in nine years.“He’s tapped in against Burnley, he’s had a tap-in against West Ham and he certainly had that at the weekend as well,” said Bruce, reflecting on Wilson’s eventual clincher against Everton, after he had earlier scored a penalty.- Advertisement – 2:53 Image:Summer-signing Ryan Fraser is getting up to speed for Newcastle – Advertisement –
Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans wrapped up the regular season Thursday night against the league-leading Pleasant Valley Vikings and fell 69-36 in a physical game.The Vikings dominated the first period, taking a 14-3 lead by the buzzer, but Kylee Kitchell and Maggie Winning found the net in the second to keep the deficit at 11 by the half, 25-14.The Spartans pulled within 10 in the third but that’s as close as they would get, with the Vikings leading 44-26 after three and going on a …
SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ list of training camp casualties soared Thursday, only two days from from their exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys.There’s no easy way to summarize this other than to dart from coach Kyle Shanahan’s player-to-player prognosis, all of whom figure to miss the exhibition season unless otherwise noted:— Defensive end Nick Bosa: The 49ers are “hopeful” he will return for the Sept. 8 season opener at Tampa after “seriously” spraining his right ankle. After an …
Pocket 4K vs. Pocket 6K? This article discusses the relevancy of both — as well as the price points and specs related to each.Prices are rapidly dropping, panic is running amok, and conspiracies are rife. No, it’s not the next recession; it’s the Pocket 4K community growing frantic over the imminent arrival of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The camera has drawn a lot of excitement and an equal measure of unease. Many Pocket 4K users are wondering if they should upgrade, or if they’ve been cheated out of their 4K investment.While I can’t speak for the entirety of the Pocket 4K community, I do want to evaluate some of the concerns about the Pocket 4K now that the new model has seemingly replaced it (which it hasn’t).(Note: this is not a critique of the Pocket 6K. The specs alone are mind-boggling.)Don’t Undervalue the Pocket 4K’s Resale PriceLook, we’re not going to tell you what to do with your equipment—or how to sell it—but don’t devalue the camera just to get a quick sale. As Grant Petty said in last week’s live-demonstration, there have been a few setbacks with the electrical’s market, which has meant a delay in getting these cameras to retailers. Therefore, you have to consider that the Pocket 4K isn’t readily available to everyone. B&H continually dip in and out of stock, it feels like my UK retailer has never been in stock, and as a result, the camera is still in demand on the aftermarket. And until Blackmagic stops producing this camera, the Pocket 4K is far from obsolete.Looking at recent eBay sales, the Pocket 4K has sold at $150 above the current RRP. However, in the camera’s social media groups, many are offloading this camera for as low as $750. Of course, there are various factors that justify a discounted price—hours used, cosmetic wear, missing original accessories, and so on. But still, so early into the life cycle of the model, there’s no real reason to undercut yourself when stores themselves can’t even fulfill orders.Data and Battery LifeRecently I published a YouTube video titled How Much Does the BMPCC4K Actually Cost? The video breaks down the various factors that contribute to the overall cost of the camera. The 6K model is undoubtedly going to increase the price point, with expanded data storage and power options.At the highest constant bit rate encoding option—3:1—the Pocket 4K clocks in with a storage rate of 135 MB/s. The Pocket 6K, however, will be bringing in 3:1 footage at a colossal 323 MB/s. Roughly, you’re looking at just under 19GB a minute. That 256GB CFast 2.0 card you have suddenly only stores fourteen minutes of footage when shooting at a max constant bit rate. However, I would imagine that with such high resolution, even shooting at 12:1 6K would still bring in favorable shots. And this reels in at 81 MB/s, which would give you sixty-five minutes with 6K recording.Therefore, you have to acknowledge that, along with an extra $1000 for the new camera, you’re more than likely going to be buying more recording media, and more offline storage.(Side note, there are currently no SSD cards on the market that can capture 6K 50fps, as retailer CVP points out in the following video.)One thing does concern me, that’s the 50p data rate. So, if my math is correct, using Blackmagic’s data on the website, 6K 3:1 at 50fps would be 538 MB/s, and QO (their variable bit rate option) could go as high as 805 MB/s a second. Currently, you won’t be able to record that.The fastest CFast 2.0 on the market taps out at around 500 MB/s. And while using the USB-C 3.1 port, you can connect an SSD that can reach 800 MB/s, the Pocket 6K uses a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, which taps out at 625 MB/s.Likewise, if there was one constant issue that appeared in every review and every discussion video when the Pocket 4K first came out, it was the abysmal battery life. Since the release, we have had a firmware update, which increases the longevity of a single LP-E6 battery by fifteen to twenty minutes. However, with the new build, we’re back down to a forty to forty-five minute run time for a single LP-E6. Meaning (and I recommend not using LP-E6s anyway) that you’re going to have to grab a few more to err on the side of caution.How Important Is the “Full Frame” Factor?I would argue that the super 35mm sensor is more of a selling point for this camera than either the EF mount or the 6K resolution. Blackmagic’s Super 35mm (-ish) sensor is closer to 35mm film than the 4K’s MFT sensor; therefore, similar visual attributes, such as focal lengths, will be the same as 35mm film.The issue with crop factor is that for cinema, Super 35mm is a standard. Whereas for stills, which bleed into digital video, full-frame is the standard, and anything smaller yields a crop factor. Meaning a 50mm on one camera may capture images at a focal length equivalent to 67mm on a full-frame sensor. As the photo and video world has seemingly blended into one another and borrowed terms, sometimes principles fall into a gray area of confusion. As with the Pocket 6K, you have a 1.558 crop factor. But again, that’s in comparison to a full-frame stills sensor, when in regards to Super 35mm film, there isn’t a crop factor.That said, many do factor the crop factor as a detriment, and would prefer to be shooting as close to full-frame as possible. If that’s something you want to do, then although the Pocket 4K has a crop factor of 1.89, with the newly released Metabones Speed Booster specifically engineered for the BMPCC4K, you can reduce the crop factor to 1.43 with the Ultra 0.71x model — or with the XL 0.64x version, you can decrease the crop factor even further to 1.29. Therefore, if you want to capture as much of the frame as possible, the Pocket 4K and Metabones Speed Booster combo provide a better option.There are, of course, many benefits to the 6K model. We can’t speak to all of them just yet, as we’ve yet to review the camera, the 6K resolution, the increased FPS, the anamorphic mode, the EF mount, and so on. But these new features don’t suddenly make the Pocket 4K model obsolete. You’re still getting 4K RAW for $1250—or $1000, if you remove the Resolve Studio license—and that, in itself, is crazy when just a decade ago 4K for $4K seemed like a dream.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more articles on film and video gear? Check these out.The Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for Filmmakers5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Budgets.How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-MBMPCC4K Tips: The Difference Between Constant Bitrate and Constant QualityAputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern Attachment
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Ariza was 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists, and James Harden added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in limited action.ADVERTISEMENT Denver scored a season-low 17 points in the first quarter while allowing a season-high 75 first-half points. Denver’s bench was outscored 41-35, led by nine points each from Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley. Harris had 13 points and four steals.Houston recalled rookie C Zhou Qi from Rio Grande Valley after he had 18 points and four blocks on Tuesday night for the G League affiliate. Briante Weber, who is averaging 17.9 points, 7.0 assists and 6.1 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley this season, was also recalled. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The Rockets have won nine of last 10 games, and beat Denver for the fifth straight time after sweeping the series 4-0 last season.Houston led 75-40 at the half, the Rockets’ largest halftime lead of the season.In a scary moment for Denver midway through the second quarter, Nikola Jokic fell to the ground following a tipped layup after suffering a non-contact injury. He limped off the court to the locker room but returned later in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWill Barton led Denver with 20 points. Jokic had 17, and Gary Harris added 13.Denver played its second game without Paul Millsap. He sustained a left wrist injury Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and is out indefinitely. Starting in his place, Wilson Chandler returned to action after missing a victory Monday night at Sacramento with back pain.Houston played without starting power forward Ryan Anderson (illness) and reserve guard Eric Gordon (right calf tightness). P.J. Tucker started in Anderson’s place, while Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 points in 26 minutes behind Paul. LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Welcome address by Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, India Today Group at the Mind Rocks India Today Youth Summit 2011:Welcome everyone to India Today’s Second Youth Summit. A lot has changed since we last met. Last year, the mood was one of infectious optimism, of a country that had withstood a global recession. Then, one by one, the dominoes started to fall. The Commonwealth Games scam embarrassed us in front of the world. The 2G scam blew the lid off the prized telecom revolution.It was as if nothing was sacrosanct. The Army used land allotted for war widows for its own housing. One man evaded taxes worth Rs 50,000 crore. Swiss bankers started whispering about India’s best kept secret: the black money of its rich and powerful stashed away in Swiss banks.Yet, equally suddenly, there was hope, but of a different kind. That politics as we know it could change forever. That the power of the people could prevail over the power of those who had forgotten how to listen to them. That corruption may be a global phenomenon but it could have a very Indian solution.Eighteen-year-olds may have become voters in 1989 but 2011 will be remembered as the year they became citizens. It happened because of people like you.The extraordinary events of the last three months have changed the way young people are perceived. They, we were told, was the I-Me-Myself generation. I see now that they may have become the We generation.We were told modern communication tools like e-mail, SMS or Facebook would divide people. They ended up uniting your generation across cities, classes and communities.advertisementWe were told globalization would make our youth too westernized. The tricolour has instead become your favourite accessory.We were told young people were not interested in politics. But, one by one, as you converged on Ramlila Maidan in Delhi or Azad Maidan in Mumbai or Freedom Park in Banglore, with candles, slogans, and change in your hearts, you proved us and them wrong.Like a generation before you did in 1974, you were asking for accountability.The students’ revolution of 1974 threw up many of our present-day political stalwarts, from Lalu Prasad Yadav to Sushil Modi. Who knows how many of you who are Anna revolutionaries will go into politics, even though a new opinion poll we are carrying in the latest issue of India Today shows a tremendous anger against all politicians.In 1974, a man very similar to Anna Hazare, Jayaprakash Narayan, said almost the same things being said now. He too wanted to curb corruption. He too wanted to check the erosion of democracy. He too wanted changes in the electoral laws so that a “poor man’s democracy could work more honestly in a poor country”.Much has changed since then. Much has also remained the same.Two-thirds of India is under 35 – like most of you sitting in this hall. The numbers are huge. 459 million Indians are between 13 and 35. Of these, 333 million are literate.Till now, you were seen as a market. This year you proved, as you rallied behind a 74-year-old man from a hitherto obscure village in Maharashtra, that you were a democracy.As a 200-million strong voting force of 18-35 year olds in the 2009 elections, you were always seen as a swing factor. This time you proved the swing could well be a tsunami.All of you realise how you can change the rules of the game. You have every opportunity to change it further. By 2020, just a decade from now, the average Indian will be 29 and we will have the unique distinction of being one of the youngest nations in the world. This means we would have the energy, dynamism and confidence which comes with youth.As India integrates further into the world economy, you will prove your worth on an international scale. We are already the second largest reservoir of skilled labour in the world. We produce an astounding two million English-speaking graduates, 15,000 law graduates, and 9,000 PhDs every year. And every year, the existing pool of over two million engineering graduates increases by nearly 300,000.The world awaits your ideas, your effort and your attention.When I was growing up, our horizons were limited because of our controlled, closed economy and our bullock-cart rate of growth. Today, India’s growth rate is the envy of most nations. And, far from being insulated, we have an open economy plugged into the world.Our summit this year shows us the power of great ideas. The summit is called Mind Rocks and, quite appropriately, each of our speakers today is a rock star in their own field.advertisementOur inaugural speaker, Kumar Mangalam Birla, has taken his company to new heights globally, with an empire spanning steel and cement to financial services.Chetan Bhagat is a writer who embodies the new, young, successful Indian – as much at ease in a Deutsche Bank office in Singapore as he is sitting in a sweaty set in Mumbai’s Film City.Abhinav Bindra is a thoughtful young man who used the gift of science to shoot for excellence in his sport, getting India its first individual Olympic gold medal.World Champions Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir show us what the fighting spirit is all about, while Ranbir Kapoor’s journey so far tells us that a famous surname is no deterrent to hard work.Innovative filmmaker Kiran Rao, brilliant artist Subodh Gupta, politician Kalikesh Singh Deo and Internet entrepreneur Divya Narendra will tell you: that a career is more than just a job.Zarina Mehta will tell you what goes into entertaining you. And our last speaker today, Kiran Bedi, will tell us what made her quit the police force and become a social activist who played a key role in the recent anti-corruption movement.This is a great time to be young in India. You are in the right place at the right time. The possibilities are immense and the India of the future is in your hands. To borrow a phrase, “You must be the change you want to be”.I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, intellectual stimulation and lots of career advice, will give you some pointers.