Date confirmed for Theophane title clash

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight title against Steve Williams in Liverpool on 19 May.Promoter Frank Maloney won the purse bids to stage the fight, which will take place at Aintree racecourse and will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see the 31-year-old keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title shot.It will be his first fight since he recovered from a torrid start to overcome Ben Murphy with an 11th-round stoppage in December.Williams, 28, lost to Daws in 2010 – the Liverpudlian’s only defeat in 13 professional bouts.Related story: Theophane set to face WilliamsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

News Briefs from Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York

first_imgMassachusetts wins energy efficiency titleMassachusetts once again sits atop a state-by-state energy scorecard released annually by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. California was a close second.It’s the fifth consecutive year the Bay State has finished the year at the top of the list, based on its commitment to energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act, the ACEEE said in a press release. Thanks to requirements for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, new efficiency measures for schools and a cap-and-trade program, California closed in on Massachusetts and ended up just a half-point behind.The rest of the top 10 included (in order) Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, and New York, with Minnesota and Illinois tied for 10th. Twenty states rose in scorecard rankings, and 16 states fell.Savings from electricity efficiency programs in 2014 totaled 25.7 million megawatt hours, an increase of 5.8% over last year. Hawaii closes door on net meteringHawaiians who were hoping to take advantage of full retail net-metering with a new solar system have missed the boat.The state’s Public Utilities Commission has put a halt to new net-energy metering contracts, leaving in place existing deals for the life of their contracts but offering reduced rates for new photovoltaic (PV) systems, UtilityDive reports.Along with new reimbursement rates, the commission also approved new standards for interconnecting PV systems, plus a minimum monthly bill of $25 for residential solar customers. The commission said that the order was an “evolution” that would help to advance distributed generation in the state, but solar advocates were dismayed.“The PUC’s decision is neither fair nor justified,” Bryan Miller, a spokesman for the Alliance for Solar Choice, told Pacific Business News. “Contrary to a law passed by the Hawaii Legislature two years ago, the PUC failed to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine the value of solar on the grid. Instead, the PUC relied upon speculation by the utility and ended net metering without notice to consumers.”One co-op director said that the move was “like an earthquake in Hawaii solar.”Hawaii’s high electricity rates — more than 30 cents per kilowatt hour for homeowners this past July — plus falling prices for modules “have combined to transform the competitive landscape” facing the state’s utilities, the commission wrote. Net-metered systems have increased to more than 60 times the original cap set in 1996 legislation, and the program now runs at between 30% and 55% of the system’s peak load, depending on the individual utility.In place of net-energy metering, the commission adopted two new types of credits. A “grid-supply option” replaces retail rate credits with a tariff based on avoided costs — between 15 and 17 cents per kWh. The “self-supply option” is primarily for solar owners who don’t export the power they generate to the grid, UtilityDive said. Net-metering caps lifted in New YorkNew York’s Public Service Commission voted to lift temporarily the caps on the amount of net-metered solar energy permitted on all six of the state’s investor-owned utilities.The Orange and Rockland Utilities (ORU) had petitioned the commission earlier this year to suspend net-metering because it had applications for interconnections that exceeded the current 6% cap, RTO Insider reports. ORU had argued it should be allowed to stop interconnections, and it suggested solar customers sell electricity at the wholesale rate and buy electricity at the retail rate.The commission rejected the plan, and said that the ceiling would float upward to take in new solar customers while the panels studies the question of how much distributed generation is worth. That study should be finished by the end of 2016. Just last December, the commission doubled the statewide cap from 3% to 6%.“Utilities shall accept all interconnection applications and continue to interconnect net-metered generation without measuring the [distributed generation] capacity against an artificially set ceiling level,” the commission wrote.Governor Andrew Cuomo is making solar an energy priority. The NY-Sun program is a $1 billion effort to install 3 gigawatts of solar electricity by 2023. Also, Cuomo announced earlier this month a target for the state to install PV arrays on 150,000 additional homes and businesses in five years, according to PV Magazine.last_img read more

4 Awesome Innovations in Lens Technology Every Filmmaker Needs

first_imgThese four new lenses are changing video production. Find out what they can do for you on your next film or video project.Cover image via News Shooter.While they don’t always get the same love and coverage as cameras or other production gear, lenses are quietly continuing to revolutionize filmmaking with some serious technological innovations. As some of these breakthroughs continue, it’s not ridiculous to imagine what capabilities lenses will soon offer in terms of shifts, optics, and zoom.If you have an eye for new lenses and are ready to peep some innovations in lens technology, check out these four awesome options to consider renting or even adding to your bag.Interchangeable Rear OpticsThe Optimo Ultra 12x is one of the latest innovations from Angenieux, which has been a major innovator in long-range zoom technologies for years. Their newest lens installment (which you can see more about in the video above) boasts their latest Interchangeable Rear Optics (IRO) technology. With the IRO modular design, you can configure the Ultra 12x for S35, U35 and FF/VV sensor sizes by changing out the rear group and rings.While the new Optimo Ultra 12x will still be quite pricey (in the $85,000 to $100,000 range), Angenieux has also announced new Type EZ lenses for filmmakers that still offers the same Optimo Style range, but in the much more purchase-friendly range of $17,000 to $50,000.You can check out and read more about the Optimo Ultra 12x at theAngenieux website here.New Tilt Shift LensesFor those unfamiliar with tilt shift lens technology, here are a couple of good videos to explain them a little more in-depth. Basically, tilt shift lenses are helpful for changing the plane of focus controlling depth of field. Ideally, these new macro lenses will be perfect for shooting products, landscapes, and architecture in both photography and videography and complete Canon’s L-series family of wide and macro tilt shift lenses.If you’re looking for a little more in-depth on how tilt-shift lenses work for video. Here are a couple of places to check out. You can also read up more on Canon’s website for the lenses here.Insane Zoom CapabilitiesAlong with tilt shift technology upgrades, Canon is also making waves with their insane zoom capabilities. The Canon Cine Servo CN20x50 is a truly remarkable lens in itself at 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9, but it also offers a built-in extender that turns the lens into a 75mm-1500mm. While it’s aimed at sports and nature television, it’s an ideal lens for a good low-light camera where you can stand the focal length. Here’s some more info on Canon’s website to check out.Affordable Wide-Angle to Macro RangeYou may think that, while awesome, major technological innovations in lenses mean they’re all crazy expensive. That, fortunately, is not always true. Case in point: Tamron’s new 18-400mm lens is quite a steal for its true wide-angle to macro range. The lens also features vibration compensation technologies that can help with up to 2.5 stops of camera shake along with moisture-resistance construction for outdoor shoots.Altogether, the lens retails for around $650, which is a pretty good investment if you’re looking for a one-stop shop lens option. You can read more on Tamron’s website here.For more lens and video production technological innovations, check out some of these resources.Tech and Film: 7 Innovations Changing the IndustryNAB 2017: The Latest and Greatest Camera LensesThe Best Set of Go-To LensesThe Art of Lens Whackinglast_img read more

Cignal wins PVL men’s crown anew

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Saku Capate added 16 points and was awarded as Finals MVP four days after being named conference MVP.Ismail fired a game-high 21 points for the Volley Bolt, who forced the winner-take-all following a five-set victory on Wednesday in Game 2.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 shutoutIn the battle for third place, Air Force turned back Sta. Elena, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.Alnakran Abdilla led the Jet Spikers with 25 points. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Cignal seized its second straight championship after topping Mega Builders, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ysay Marasigan topscored for the HD Spikers with 17 points, including the title-clinching block on Fauzi Ismail.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

a day agoSpurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the ground

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.” last_img

Desmond Howard Says Ohio State Fan Flipped Him Off, Yelled “F*** Michigan” At Him Friday

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Columbus for tomorrow’s big showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State, which means that former Michigan star Desmond Howard, who is an analyst for the show, is in enemy territory. One Buckeyes supporter appears to have gone overboard in making sure Howard doesn’t feel at home.Friday morning, Howard, on SportsCenter, told Cari Champion that he’d been flipped off and screamed at by an Ohio State supporter on his walk to the set. Hours later, a fan claimed responsibility on Twitter and called out Howard in the process. We’ve gone ahead and transcribed what Howard told viewers. We imagine that the fan is going to eventually delete all of his tweets, including the video – it isn’t a good look at all.“On my way to the set, I came across a young man, a student here, who showed me that he thought I was No. 1 with one of his fingers and then he – he went on to say that, using this foul language, that he wanted to have some sort of weird sexual relations with Michigan. So I told him, hey buddy, I don’t blame you, I blame your parents and the way you were raised, have a good day young man.” Told Desmond Howard right to his face, “fuck Michigan” he wasn’t happy pic.twitter.com/7FVSVhcGE0— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015ok chill Desmond you didn’t say anything to me pic.twitter.com/tt5laMhEJy— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, [email protected] say it to my face next time and not on sports center. You don’t want these hands chump— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015Rivalries are great, but this kind of stuff isn’t cool at all. Maybe a simple “Go Bucks!” would have sufficed instead.last_img read more

Ohio State soccer outlasts Wisconsin

Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m. read more

Buckeyes fend off comeback attempts defeat Ohio 7969

Junior forward, Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball for Ohio State. OSU won against Ohio, 79-69, Nov. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor Following a 19-year hiatus, the Ohio State men’s basketball team held on to beat in-state rival Ohio University Tuesday, 79-69.The Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0) started fast, scoring the first nine points of the game and making their first three shots. The Bobcats did not get on the board until junior guard Stevie Taylor connected on a jumper more than five minutes into the game.A total of 55 fouls were called over the course of the game, causing play to be disjointed at times. OSU finished 38 of 51 from the free throw line on the night, attempting seven more free throws than field goal attempts. The 38 made free throws tied a school record, set in 1968.The heavy amount of foul calls could be the result of a new rule implemented for the 2013-14 season by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, who voted to pass a new stipulation banning any hand or forearm contact by a defensive player. OSU coach Thad Matta said the change is something his team needs to continue to adjust to.“I (said) at the beginning of the season it was going to be a little bit different and I think we got to continue to adjust,” Matta said after the win.Senior guard Aaron Craft agreed, and said it was tough to get into a flow in the game.“We kind of came into this year having an understanding, that’s how games are going to be called … a lot of fouls, a lot of stoppage in play,” Craft said. “It really just makes you focus. You have to refocus every time the ball stops.”Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, led by Craft with 18. Junior center Amir Williams recorded his first double-double of his career, scoring 14 points and snatching 10 rebounds. Junior forward Sam Thompson scored 12 points, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross added 10.The Buckeyes led, 40-28, at halftime, partly because they shot 15 of 20 from the free throw line.While the Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 17 in the first half, the Bobcats cut it to five after junior forward Maurice Ndour put back a miss with just less than four minutes to go.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the corner, though, with 1:55 on the clock to extend OSU’s lead to 10. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-0) fired right back, as senior guard Nick Kellogg answered with a three of his own, keeping the Bobcat fans into the game. Kellogg and Taylor finished with 21 points each.“We’ve been in tight situations before. They had momentum, they had courage. They thought they were going to win the game,” Smith Jr. said. “For some teams, they might have panicked, but for us, I wouldn’t expect us to panic at all. We’ve been at every spectrum of the basketball game. We’ve been in tight situations.”Playing a team who would not back down like Ohio is an experience Smith Jr. said will help the team later in the season, including Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Marquette to battle the No. 17 Golden Eagles.“It’s definitely going to keep us on our toes. Marquette is a very good basketball team,” Smith Jr. said. “(It’s) another humbling experience, no matter who you play, you gotta show up every game now, if you want to win games at this level.”Craft found the ball in his hands as the game clock wound down, making enough free throws to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.“Having them come back the way they did, making big play after big play down the stretch, and us having to come back and make a big play on our own, that’s something that’s really going to help us later on,” Craft said. “It’s games like this that really help us later on.”Matta agreed with Craft, adding that his players had “a little bit of a dazed look” in their eyes in the second half while facing the relentless Bobcats. The Buckeyes responded well though, which Matta said is a positive moving forward.“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be, and maybe it was a little too easy early (on),” Matta said. “But I thought down the the stretch we made some big plays.”OSU travels to Milwaukee Saturday to take on the Golden Eagles. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Former wrestlers reportedly pressured by coach to support Jim Jordan

Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateFormer Ohio State wrestlers were pressured by their former head coach Russ Hellickson to make statements clearing Rep. Jim Jordan of any guilt relating to allegations against Richard Strauss, a report by NBC News said.Jordan, who is in the midst of a bid to be the next Speaker of the House, was the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987-1995. He has come under fire for allegedly knowing about abuse by Strauss and saying nothing.According to the wrestlers and texts they showed NBC News, Hellickson asked them to make a statement clearing Jordan of wrongdoing a day after they publicly accused him of knowing about it. NBC News’ report also said the wrestlers say it was made clear to them by Hellickson that he was under pressure from Jordan to convince the wrestlers to clear Jordan’s name.“I’m sorry you got caught up in the media train,” Hellickson wrote in a text to a former wrestler that was shared with NBC News. “If you think the story got told wrong about Jim, you could probably write a statement for release that tells your story and corrects what you feel bad about. I can put you in contact with someone who would release it.”In response to the report Jordan’s spokesman, Ian Fury, released a statement saying they encourage the truth.“Seven coaches have said exactly what the Congressman said. Many wrestlers have echoed those comments and support for the Congressman,” the statement said. “Why are they all saying the same thing? Because it’s the truth. Of course we encouraged folks to speak the truth.” read more