Newly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.
June 29: … Word travels fast.One day, Kevin Durant is reportedly likely to re-sign with the Warriors on a short deal to rehab his Achilles. The next day, he’s surely headed to the New York Knicks, and it’s been in the works for months.The NBA media universe can be enough to make a Warriors fan’s head spin.That’s why we’re tracking all the reports surrounding Durant’s free agency, and we’re pulling them together here, hopefully clearing up the cloudy realm of the NBA rumor mill. read more
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#humor#social networks#web Twitter’s default URL shortening service Bit.ly announced steps today to stop phishing and malware attacks from being passed around online through its service. If effective, the effort should help a whole lot of people save face and prevent those moments of panic when you’re afraid you may have lost access to your Twitter account forever.Really, though, people who take tech seriously don’t fall for those kinds of things, right? Wrong! Below we offer the job titles of some of the most surprising people we’ve received phishing direct messages from over the last several months. It’s a pretty surprising list. May this serve as a memorial and a reminder that when new communication media emerge – even the most savvy people can get on board and fall for the oldest tricks in the book.Remember also, this could happen to any of us (apparently, perhaps) and thus the old saying “there, but for the grace of the Fail Whale, go I.”“I made $300 today with http://ifortune4u.com” – and assorted variations…Bio: Market analyst following datacenters, energy efficiency, and blade servers.That’s complicated stuff but probably pretty mechanical. No wonder a little human-engineering was able to overcome this person’s defenses.Bio: Enterprise Comms AnalystThat’s Comms as in communications?Bio: Industry analyst: enterprise communications [Different person, same analyst firm as the above]Oops. Why are these analysts, some of whom charge up to $1000 per hour for their work, falling for a scam that promises relatively small sums of money?Bio: Consultant in large scale data warehousing. Looks like just a little bit of your data just got warehoused!Bio: Strategy planning at [Giant European Firm] Enterprise CommunicationsHow’s this for an enterprise strategy? Know a phishing scam when you see one.Bio: Customer Interaction Analyst at [Giant Marketing Research and Analyst Firm] / Speech Reco and UI Geek / TrendspotterOh my…Bio: an investor and co-founder of [common web 2.0 term].com; a founding partner and Vice-President in [big Web 1.0 company]…8 million page-views and 1 million unique visitors per month…with zero marketing budget. Surely there were people pulling scams like this back when you were…building a website with 8m monthly pageviews…with zero marketing budget…Want to brush up on your social networking skills, so you can stay off of lists like this? Check out Sarah Perez’s post from October How to Avoid Malware on Facebook and Twitter: 8 Best Practicies. You can find the whole ReadWriteWeb team on Twitter here. You can follow us with the knowledge that we aren’t going to spam you with scammy Direct Messages – or at least if we do you can write a blog post teasing us about it. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit read more
Check out seven awesome Power Grades that can help you quickly apply killer looks in DaVinci Resolve. Download them now!Top Image from Blackmagic DesignIn DaVinci Resolve, the Power Grade folder stores common custom grades and is the portal for sharing grades between projects. Power Grades can serve as useful shortcuts in session to quickly apply looks that might take more than several minutes to execute. In fast sessions, any time gained is instrumental to focusing on the task of creative grading.Creating a Power GradeTo create the most effective Power Grades for your color grading style, identify what actions you’re executing over and over again, especially the ones that take either a long time or involve multiple steps. Then strip the look or the function down to its most basic nodes and grab a still of that. Be sure to label it so you can refer back to it.The fastest way to apply a Power Grade is to double-click it, rather than choosing Display Node Graph to select and apply individual nodes. Double-clicking will append the entire Power Grade to the end of the shot, on top of what’s already been performed. To minimize confusion it’s important to include only the nodes you want to repeatedly apply to the shots. Most of my Power Grades are not crazy looks. Rather, they’re usually executions of one specific action.To strip down a shot for use as a Power Grade, create a second version of the shot you want to be a template for the Power Grade and remove the extraneous nodes, or save a still that you can revert back to while you destruct the node tree to create the Power Grade.The case for keeping Power Grades simple is that many projects widely veer from each other in terms of how they were shot and the unique stylistic sensibilities that are needed for different projects. It’s best to proceed in small steps toward the grade you’re trying to achieve.Without further ado, below are some of the Power Grades I find myself returning to. After downloading, check out this article for steps on getting them into your system. And here’s a video from MiesnerMedia that covers the whys and hows of importing and exporting Power Grades: Noise ReductionI use both Neat Video’s plugin and Resolve’s built-in noise reduction in different scenarios. I’ve got the settings dialed to where the Power Grade works on most shots, and of course I have the flexibility to tweak after dropping the node on. I watch for particularly noisy shots when grading and apply the Power Grade as needed during a lull in the coloring process.Usually, I’ll apply noise reduction at the end of the session so that I can maintain real-time playback, although the Render Cache can be pretty fast and after only a few seconds the shot plays in real-time, unbeknownst to the client.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_noise-reduction.drxContrast Curves for Log ImagesWhen grading log footage, I’ve found it useful to filter the primary correction through a simple S-curve. Doing so makes the grade appear a bit more organic. Saving this as a quick Power Grade gets you working with these formats quicker.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_log-contrast.drxInterview VignetteImage from ShutterstockThis circular vignette brightens up the subject and increases the contrast a bit. Depending on where the subject is situated in the frame, you may have to move the Power Window around or resize it.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_interview-vignette.drxBlur & SharpenI often sharpen Alexa footage by around 4% by reducing the Blur parameter, but it’s worked wonders on several other camera formats as well. With one click of the button, you can apply this grade on the timeline or clip level.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_sharpenPool of LightOn a recent project the client wanted to brighten up an object’s shadow region, as if it were sitting in a pool of light. The busy colorist will find this useful on jobs involving product shots.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_pool-light.drxOutside VignetteImage from ShutterstockThis common effect uses an inverted circular vignette that hugs the edges of the frame and then dips the shadows and midtones, creating a classic vignette that draws the viewer’s eyes into the center of the screen.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_outside-vignette.drxAdd Black to EndI developed this Power Grade during a short-form commercial job. Resolve loops to the beginning after playing through every shot, and this disrupted a client’s viewing of the material. To remedy this, I copied an existing clip to the end of the timeline and applied this severe grade, which drops all luminance values to zero, turning the clip into a black slug.Download This Power Grade: powergrade_add-black.drxDevelop Grades That Work With Many ProjectsWith Power Grades, you don’t want to get too granular, otherwise the preset is too specific and will work on a small percentage of jobs. Take a look at your own workflow and see what actions you’re continually executing to find the presets that are right for you.Here are a few more workflow tips you might find helpful:DaVinci Resolve Workflow Roundtrip BreakdownUtilizing Remote Grades in DaVinci ResolveColor Grading: Using DaVinci Resolve’s Multiple Split ScreensWhat Power Grades are useful for your jobs and workflow? Let us know in the comments. read more
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of J&K, was re-elected president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu on Saturday and pledged to “work towards reconciliation in the State”.“I am thankful to the party in reposing their trust and electing me their President. I will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K,” said Ms. Mufti, 58, after being elected for the sixth consecutive term since 2003.Senior PDP leader Haseeb Drabu proposed Ms. Mufti’s name for the post. The internal polls were presided over by another senior party leader A. R. Veeri.Her election comes a year after the PDP saw internal fissures over entering into the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni said, “Ms. Mufti’s re-election will augur well for the party and the State as she will lead from the front with a renewed resolve and added dedication.”State Opposition party National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah tweeted . “Congratulations to Ms. Mufti on being re-elected PDP president. We may not agree on much these days but I wish you well,” In her reply, the Chief Minister wrote: “Thanks for the wishes Mr. Omar. Debate is the essence of democracy so we can agree to disagree on certain issues.”‘Normalcy claims false’Meanwhile, NC president and MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said “claims of normalcy in the Valley made by the Central and the State governments were contrary to the ground situation in Kashmir”.“There is a growing sense of alienation, especially among the youth. Those claiming things have improved in Kashmir after the mayhem, bloodshed and misery of 2016 are contradicting the reality on the ground. We have left our youth disillusioned and disenchanted from the system,” said Dr. Abdullah in his public address in Budgam.“Both New Delhi and Islamabad need to initiate dialogue on all outstanding issues, especially that of Kashmir in a sincere effort to usher the sub-continent into a corrective era of stability, mutual cooperation and harmony,” he said. read more
India’s Geeta Phogat lost to Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada 1-3 in the opening round of the women’s 55kg wrestling event at London Olympics on Sunday.The fight was even till round two with both opponents sharing a point each. Verbeek, silver medallist at the Athens Games, changed gears in the final round to advance to the quarterfinals.The Canadian takes on Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva while Geeta will battle it out in the repechage round.