Creating Beautiful Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgSlow-motion video can be beautiful, if executed correctly. Here, we take a look at creating slow-motion from 60fps video in Premiere Pro.Don’t make the mistake of slowing down standard frame rate video for slow motion. It’ll give your footage a choppy look, and it doesn’t present well.Instead, to make smooth slow-mo, you’ll need to shoot your footage at a high frame rate, and then play back your footage at a lower frame rate in your video editing app. Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can shoot 720p or even 1080p at 60 frames-per-second (fps). If you don’t have a camera that can shoot up to 60fps, check out our list of the most affordable options. Shooting at 60fps allows you to play back your footage at a slower fps (like 24fps), while still maintaining a streamlined, cinematic look.In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to create a similar effect by converting 60fps footage to 24fps in Premiere Pro. These are just the foundation slow motion features in Premiere, so once you get comfortable with the frame rate interpretation and time remapping settings, take a look at the video below that goes into using keyframes in your timeline to speed ramp your footage. 1. Slow Down in Your TimelineThis one is simple and straightforward. Create a 24fps sequence.Place a 60fps clip in your 24p timeline. Right-click the clip, and make sure frame blending is OFF.Right-click the clip and go to “Speed/Duration” (⌘R).Set your speed to 40% (40% is going to be the lowest you can go without making your footage choppy). If you’re working in a frame rate other than 24 fps, you’ll have to determine your speed by dividing your destination frame rate by your clip’s frame rate (e.g. 24/60=.4).Now, your footage is in smooth slow-motion. You’ll notice that every frame plays back and there is no frame blending. Beautiful!2. Re-Interpret Frame RateThis is the way I usually conform 60fps clips into slo-mo. (This is also a good way to make multiple clips slo-mo in one simple step.) This will make the selected clips in your bin slow-motion, so if you want to keep your original 100% speed clips in your project, you’ll want to duplicate them before doing this.Select the clips in your bin that you want to make slo-mo.Right-click and select “Modify > Interpret Footage.”Select “Assume this frame rate” and set the value to your timeline’s frame rate.Done. Now, Premiere will reorganize and stretch the existing frames in your 60fps clip to conform to a 24fps sequence.By implementing these simple techniques, using 60fps video to create slow-motion in Premiere Pro is easy.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesWhy You Should Wait to Download Your NLE’s Beta ReleaseQuick and Easy Tips on Shooting and Processing Day for Night Getting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkProduction Tip: How to Calculate Power for Your Cameralast_img read more

The Value In Shaping Your Dream Client’s Thinking

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are different levels of value you can create for your clients. Every level transcends and includes the level before it.Delivering your product, your service, or your solution.Delivering the product, service, or solution, as well as an exceptional customer experience.Delivering your product, services, solution, an exceptional experience, as well as a tangible business outcome.Delivering your product, service, solution, an exceptional experience, tangible business outcomes that are tied to your client’s strategic business needs.Delivering your product, service, solution, an exceptional experience, tangible business outcomes tied to your client’s strategic business needs after having helped to determine and shape those needs.The skill sets required to deliver the lowest level of value are relatively easy to obtain. They are easily taught, trained, coached, and developed. The lower levels are more transactional, and the higher levels are more consultative.Moving up these levels requires greater skills and abilities. It also requires different methodologies.The highest level of value you create is about shaping your dream client’s thinking. It’s about helping them understand what is possible. You create that value when you help them see their future and how they can get there.Your product, your service, your solution, an excellent customer experience, tangible business outcomes are all an important components about how you help your client get there, but it your ability to help see that future and shape it that differentiates you in a crowded market of people who look and sound a lot like you.last_img read more

Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, in a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who both own two Olympic gold medals, will meet Dec. 9 in the latest in a series of Saturday night fights on ESPN.Lomachenko will defend his 130-pound title against Rigondeaux, a defensive specialist who will be moving up in weight from 122 pounds to challenge for the belt. Promoter Top Rank said Friday that the fight will be held in the theater at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Lomachenko won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics fighting for Ukraine, while Rigondeaux won his golds in 2000 and 2004 for Cuba. Both are widely regarded as two of the best amateur fighters in history.Rigondeaux is 17-0 with 11 knockouts as a pro, while Lomachenko is 9-1 with seven knockouts.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 shutout Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semis

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter had the hot hand early as San Miguel zoomed to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals with a 115-96 drubbing of Phoenix in their quarterfinal duel Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second-seed Beermen hardly needed their twice-to-beat edge as the Fil-Am sharpshooter fired 13 of his 26 points in the first half and shot 5-of-10 from three and also registered four rebounds and three assists to push his side to the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Lassiter’s scintillating shooting helped San Miguel establish a 28-point edge early, 51-23, before the Fuel Masters made a belated run behind Jameel McKay and cut the lead down to just 14, 88-74, with 10:55 left to play in the fourth frame.Alex Cabagnot would have none of that, though, as the surprise Best Player of the Conference pacesetter drilled nine of his 20 markers to quash Phoenix’s rally. He also added eight boards, and six assists in for the Beermen who advanced to their sixth straight semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re so happy with this win because we were able to meet the expectations of so many people and our management. They expected us to be in the semifinals and I have to commend all the players because they know what’s at stake in this game and they really wanted to make it to the semifinals right away,” said coach Leo Austria.Import Charles Rhodes poured 14 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks, while three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo racked a double-double to tune of 15 markers, eight boards, and two blocks, punctuating the win with a slam dunk with three minutes left in the already-won game. Chris Ross also missed out on a triple-double with 11 markers, 10 assists, and seven boards, to go with three steals for the Beermen.San Miguel now awaits the winner of the Star-Rain or Shine series for its date in the best-of-five semifinals.McKay closed his campaign for Phoenix with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists, while RJ Jazul had 14 markers in the losing effort. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Diminutive De Joya plays bigger than his size MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Chinese man burned to death during eviction: Investigators

first_imgFrom K J M Varma Beijing, Sep 20 (PTI) A Chinese villager who died during forced eviction in eastern part of the country earlier this week burnt himself to death, investigators said today. On September 14, Zhang Jimin, a 46-year-old villager from Donggu Village in Shandong Province, was burned to death in his home, while his wife Pan Jihui was illegally detained. Locals had suspected that young men who were hired to demolish his house threw fire bombs and caused Zhangs death. Linyi City, which overseas the village, set up an investigation team. Police, fire and criminal investigators interviewed more than 130 people and collected evidence from the scene before concluding that the fire were started by Zhang himself. It was concluded that his death was caused by “local officials who had little sense of law, engaged in simple and rough way of handling things, and caused great harm to the lives of members of the public”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Fifteen people, including several township officials, were arrested. Villagers said that Zhang had opposed a compensation plan to take down his house. Zhang Hongwei, deputy Communist Party secretary of Linyi, apologised on behalf of the government when he visited Zhangs wife and daughters on September 18. He promised harsh punishment for those who violated discipline and law. PTI KJV AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

Arsenal sign Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe in club record deal

first_imgArsenal have signed forward Nicolas Pepe from French club Lille for a club-record fee, the Premier League side said on Thursday. He is now the most expensive African footballer of all time.Financial details of the transfer were not revealed but British media reported it was around 72 million pounds, eclipsing the 56 million pounds paid to Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last year.”Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said in a statement here.Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe#PepeIsHere (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a five-year deal and will wear the number 19 shirt at the London club.Pepe, who was also linked with many European clubs in the close season, scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season second only to Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe who scored 33 goals and also grabbed 11 assists.Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me, said Pepe. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.Pepe is Arsenal’s fourth recruit of the close season after the club signed Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli, midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and centre back William Saliba, who has been loaned back to St Etienne for the season.advertisementArsenal, who finished fifth last season, play a friendly against Barcelona on Sunday before they begin the new league campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on Aug. 11.Read more | FIFA approves expansion of women’s World Cup to 32 teams in 2023Also see:last_img read more

NHF to Ramp Up Service Delivery

first_img This will be achieved through ongoing implementation of several engagements, including drug subsidy provision for specified chronic illnesses under the Individual Benefits Programme and Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP), and project funding for the Ministry of Health through the Institutional Benefit Programme. National Health Fund (NHF) service delivery, targeting further reduction in healthcare costs, continues in earnest this financial year. As stated in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the support to the Ministry will cover a range of prevention and promotional activities as well as infrastructural development and improvement. Story Highlights National Health Fund (NHF) service delivery, targeting further reduction in healthcare costs, continues in earnest this financial year.This will be achieved through ongoing implementation of several engagements, including drug subsidy provision for specified chronic illnesses under the Individual Benefits Programme and Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP), and project funding for the Ministry of Health through the Institutional Benefit Programme.As stated in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the support to the Ministry will cover a range of prevention and promotional activities as well as infrastructural development and improvement.Other programmed activities include health fairs, with about 100,000 persons to be screened for various illnesses.The NHF will also be further promoting the Quick Prescript application, which was introduced in 2018 to reduce the waiting time for clients accessing medication via public pharmacies.The application allows users to initiate the processing of prescriptions using smartphones.Individuals are alerted when the medication is ready, which may be collected on presentation of the original prescription.Clients without smartphone access can utilise the Quick Prescript kiosks situated in selected pharmacies.Meanwhile, the NHF is projecting operational surplus of $1.18 billion, while the staff complement will increase to 573 from 558 in 2018/19.last_img read more

Shivpal Akhilesh unwilling to unite

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s efforts to bring his son Akhilesh Yadav and younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav together do not seem to be bearing fruit. Shivpal Singh Yadav categorically said that he had no plans to merge his Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) into the Samajwadi Party. “My party is building up and we are growing from strength to strength. I have no plan to merge my party with SP. It is too late in the day. However, if there is a proposal for an alliance, we may consider the same,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Akhilesh, on the other hand, is said to be completely against the return of his estranged uncle to the SP fold. “With great effort, Akhilesh has managed to establish himself as the undisputed leader of his party and he naturally does not want his uncle to return and challenge his authority again,” said a supporter of the SP chief. Mulayam, who initiated a patch-up effort between his son and brother after the BSP called off its alliance with the SP, has warned the family that unless it unites, its political survival would be at stake. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Three members of the Yadav family — Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav — have lost the lok Sabha elections and the party’s tally rests at five members in the Lok Sabha. Akhilesh, too, is facing pressure from his cadres. Having failed in the 2014 Lok Sabha, 2017 Assembly and now 2019 Lok Sabha elections, his leadership is now being questioned and if he fails to put his act together, the voices of dissent may grow louder. The relationship between the uncle and nephew has deteriorated so much that recently when both visited the ailing SP patriarch at his Lucknow residence, when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also happened to be there, the two failed to exchange even a word. Shivpal said he was open to alliances in the upcoming bypolls to 12 Assembly seats. Of the vacant seats, 10 belong to the BJP and one each to the SP and BSP. Mulayam, despite his poor health, is said to be in constant touch with Akhilesh and Shivpal and is persuading them to forgo their differences in the larger interest of the family and the party. It was on Mulayam’s insistence that the SP did not moved a petition seeking Shivpal’s disqualification from the membership of the state Assembly even though he has formed his own party. A senior leader close to Mulayam said: “Unless the SP unites, the future seems uncertain for all. Akhilesh has failed on the issue of alliance — 2017 with Congress and 2019 with the BSP. Shivpal, too, has not made much of an impact with his new party. It is Mulayam’s earnest wish to unite the two and he will continue in his efforts.”last_img read more

Arsenault Barton Chang and Hanomansing new hosts of The National

first_imgTORONTO – A revamped edition of “The National” will be more nimble, multiplatform and “truly national” when four new but recognizable hosts who vary in age and background take the helm of CBC’s flagship newscast this fall, the public broadcaster vowed Tuesday.Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing have been tasked with shepherding in the refreshed version of the “The National” as the network attempts to break free of the traditional solo news anchor following the retirement of Peter Mansbridge.All four journalists, who will be stationed at various locations across the country, have a storied history with the CBC and have contributed to “The National” over the years.Arsenault, 50, a senior correspondent, will be based in Toronto; Barton, 41, known for her hard-hitting interviews on “Power & Politics,” will remain in Ottawa; Chang, 34, will stay at the Vancouver studio; and Vancouver-based Hanomansing, 55, long considered a front-runner to replace Mansbridge, will relocate to Toronto.“If there are four of us, we’re not all going to be on the show every night all the same,” Barton said in an interview following Tuesday’s news conference to reveal the changes. “We are all going to be able to pitch things, go after breaking news, travel.”The CBC also plans to change some of the show’s format to make it feel more timely in a digital age when news breaks on social media.The new “National,” which will debut Nov. 6, will have a digital component and air live across all six time zones, allowing the hosts to track developing stories in real time. Traditionally, the newscast tapes at 9 p.m. ET and repeats the same broadcast for the West Coast, unless a major breaking story is unfolding.“I think what it means is the stories don’t get locked into the format. The stories dictate the format,” said Arsenault. “That’s where we’re really going to be able to be flexible, because depending on the nature of the story, we’re going to be able to shift and move just to give it the context that we need, and you can’t do that in a traditional cast.”Being spread out will also allow the hosts to jump in and anchor directly from the scene of breaking news in their respective areas.“To not simply report from there but to own a part of the program, that’s going to completely change the dynamic of what ‘The National’ is, it’s going to change the feel of it, it’s going to change the flavour of it,” said Chang.Arsenault added they’re not “playing with the format” but rather “realizing the culture of what people expect from their journalists now.”“They expect not just the news but they expect the context immediately, as thoroughly as they can get it and as widely as they can.”Mansbridge officially left his longtime post at “The National” on July 1, nearly a year after announcing his retirement.His replacements said they’d heard rumours there would be multiple hosts but didn’t know about each other until Friday.“There’s still a lot about the show we don’t know,” said Hanomansing. “We haven’t been able to publicly talk to our colleagues about this stuff. We need to be briefed and read-in and get active and be involved in the development of the program from here on in. And I need an apartment.”The CBC said it looked inside and outside of the organization to find new talent for “The National.”Editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said going live will cost more than the current delivery of the show, as will the digital pieces being added.But “the net budget is actually neutral in the context of news,” she added.“The National” managing editor Steve Ladurantaye was recently reassigned after what the CBC called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation. McGuire said they’ll reassess what happens to him in the context of “The National” in September.Manbridge offered his seal of approval in a tweet shortly after the announcement.“A great move into the future with four excellent journalists taking the anchor helm at the National,” he wrote.Members of the public gathered at Tuesday’s press conference seemed to agree.“I think it’s a good selection,” said Ursula Mausberg of St. Catharines, Ont.“I think it’s good because each one can concentrate on their area. I think it’s variety…. I’m looking forward to it. I like that they’ve selected a woman.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated when Peter Mansbridge stepped down at ‘The National.’ He retired in July.last_img read more

Rs 1 crore in cash seized in Asansol two arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two persons, one of whom claimed he was a personal assistant of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, were arrested from Asansol railway station on Monday, following the seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1 crore from their possession, railway police sources said. Gautam Chattopadhyaya and Lakshmikant Shaw were intercepted by the railway police at Asansol station, when they were trying to board a train to Kolkata, they said. Chattopadhyay, after his arrest, said he worked as an assistant to Ghosh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “They were carrying a huge bag with them and were moving suspiciously at Asansol station when the officers spotted them. When we searched the bag, we found cash amounting to Rs 1 crore,” they said. During interrogation, both admitted that they were taking the cash to Kolkata, the sources added. A couple of days ago, the state police had seized over Rs 1 lakh from BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s vehicle.last_img read more

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

12 October 2009Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will be working to make the world a better place for young people as he steps into his new role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will be working to make the world a better place for young people as he steps into his new role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Bloom, who has starred in the highly successful “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, was appointed by UNICEF in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children worldwide. “We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman. The Hollywood actor has already seen the work carried out by UNICEF in Nepal, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On his first visit to Nepal in 2007, he was able to see how UNICEF’s water and sanitation programmes benefit local families, and he spoke about the importance of education. In addition, he agreed to perform a small role in the local school radio production after being asked by the students. He says he looks forward to working with UNICEF – which is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories – as it continues to make the world a better place for children. “UNICEF doesn’t just deliver humanitarian aid, which is what they are known for all over the world. They also educate and provide tools which help women and children face challenges specific to their own lives,” he stated. “I look forward to learning more and to supporting UNICEF any way I can.”Mr. Bloom joins a growing list of luminaries lending their star power to raise awareness of children’s issues, including tennis player Roger Federer, pop singer Shakira, footballer David Beckham and actor Jackie Chan. read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN mission condemns murder of Sarajevo police chief

The United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) today condemned the murder of the Chief of Police of Srpsko Sarajevo.Zeljko Makovic was shot dead last night in front of his home, and an intense investigation into the assassination has begun, the Mission said. Local police from Sokolovac deployed to the site of the murder immediately while the investigative judge and public prosecutor from the court in Lukavica went to the crime scene this morning. The UN International Police Task Force, which accompanied local police to the scene, is closely monitoring the investigation. So far there is no information concerning the perpetrators or motives behind the killing.

Drugmaker Pfizers 2nd quarter profit sinks 79 per cent but still beats

by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 5:37 am MDT Drugmaker Pfizer’s 2nd quarter profit sinks 79 per cent but still beats analyst expectations Pfizer’s second-quarter earnings plunged 79 per cent from last year, when the world’s second-largest drugmaker booked a $10 billion-plus gain from a business spinoff.The New York company said Tuesday it earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share, down from $14.1 billion, or $1.98 per share, last year. Adjusted earnings totalled 58 cents per share, a penny more than analysts expected.Revenue slipped 2 per cent to $12.77 billion, $300 million above forecasts.Among Pfizer’s top medicines, sales climbed 16 per cent to $1.32 billion for pain and fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica and 14 per cent to $1.1 billion for its Prevnar vaccines against pneumonia and other infections. Pfizer noted increased generic competition to multiple Pfizer drugs, plus the end of some revenue-producing partnerships, cut revenue $850 million in the quarter.Pfizer Inc. is best known for creating medicines for the masses, including the erectile dysfunction pill Viagra, Prevnar and cholesterol fighter Lipitor, which was the world’s top-selling drug for a decade.CEO Ian Read has been selling noncore assets and reducing costs to free up money for research on diabetes, cancer and other complex disorders needing better treatments.Over the past three years, Pfizer divested its capsule-making and nutrition businesses. In June 2013, it spun off its remaining stake in its animal health business as a new company, Zoetis Inc., receiving an after-tax $10.6 billion gain.Then in May, British drugmaker AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s $119 billion buyout proposal, which would have been the largest deal in pharmaceutical history. Besides gaining AstraZeneca’s drugs and pipeline, Pfizer wanted to move its legal headquarters to England to get a lower tax rate than it faces in the U.S., a strategy called “inversion” that is suddenly hot in corporate America.In an interview, Read said Pfizer continues to look at deals of all sizes, with three goals: improving its portfolio of new and experimental drugs, limiting overlap in research and sales forces, and lowering its tax bill, as inversion would do.“There is a limited number of companies” that meet all three aims, Read said.He said the company continues to push the federal government to reform the corporate tax structure, which taxes companies at a high 35 per cent, including profits made overseas and brought back to the U.S. Most other countries tax businesses only on profits made inside their borders, putting U.S.-based companies at a disadvantage, Read said.Pfizer noted it’s awaiting U.S. approval of a meningitis B vaccine and will apply next month for approval of its highest-profile experimental drug, palbociclib for advanced breast cancer.Erik Gordon, an analyst and professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business said the 13 per cent jump in research spending in the quarter “may scare investors who are wary of Pfizer’s spotty record in turning internal R&D into successful products.”The company reaffirmed its 2014 forecast for adjusted earnings of $2.20 to $2.30 per share. Analysts expect $2.24.In afternoon trading, Pfizer shares were down 15 cents at $29.95. ___Business Writer Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iran UN rights experts appeal for urgent medical care for detained political

The experts have made a number of urgent appeals to the Iranian Government about the denial of medical care and mistreatment of blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari and religious cleric Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. However, a formal response from the Government to the most recent appeals is yet to be received, the experts noted in a news release. “We are gravely concerned about the worsening health condition of Mr. Pourshajari and Mr. Boroujerdi, who require urgent access to specialist medical treatment outside prison,” they stated. “The prison authorities have so far denied this fundamental right, despite prison physicians recommending such urgent care.”Mr. Pourshajari (aka Siamak Mehr) was arrested for blogging in September 2010, and is currently serving a four-year prison term in Ghezal Hesar prison in Karaj. He had a heart attack and has been suffering from prostate disease, and has kidney stones, high sugar level, breathing problems, and high blood pressure.Mr. Boroujerdi, currently held in Evin Prison, was arrested for his religious beliefs on 8 October 2006 and is serving 11 years in prison. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, breathing and walking problems, kidney stones and a heart condition. According to the news release, the two men’s health condition, deemed to require urgent hospital transfer, has deteriorated due to “physical abuse, poor prison conditions, prolonged solitary confinement, and other forms of repeated torture and ill-treatment.”The experts reminded the Iranian Government of its obligations under international standards to respect the prisoners’ right to health and to ensure humane treatment, which requires transferring sick prisoners who need specialist medical care to a specialized institution or civil hospital.“Mr. Pourshajari and Mr. Boroujerdi were imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression. They should not only receive urgent medical treatment but also be released,” said the experts. The Special Rapporteurs on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; on the right to health, Anand Grover; on torture, Juan Méndez; on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue; and on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt are all appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and charged with monitoring, reporting and advising on human rights issues in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

Ohio Guard Base Local Health Agencies Sign Partnership Agreements

first_imgImmunization backup technicians from the medical component of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing will deliver medical services to surrounding communities in north central Ohio, under training affiliation agreements the wing signed last week with two local health departments.The agreements will allow the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group to support the Ashland County-City and Richland County health departments while fulfilling training requirements.“Today we sign and formalize the agreement and as our members need training, we will reach out to the partnerships and work out the details,” said Col. Dan Tack, vice commander of the wing.The agreements were reached under the Air Force Community Partnership program. At least week’s meeting hosted by the 179th Airlift Wing and 200th REDHORSE Squadron, based at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, military and community officials also discussed ways to advance collaboration efforts in areas such as blight removal, joint small arms firing ranges and snow removal, reported the 179th Airlift Wing.An initiative allowing the Air National Guard to support neighboring communities with the demolition of deteriorating and unsafe structures would require the Realistic Military Training (RMT) program to be amended. The RMT program would need to approve the use of Air National Guard personnel and equipment to assist in a public-funded blight removal project.“RMT provides realistic military training, critical to force readiness, off federal property. This program applies to any training. However, it currently does not apply to the National Guard in Title 32 status,” said Lt. Col. Troy Cramer, of the 179th Airlift Wing.The Office of Force Training for Readiness is expected to amend its requirements by this summer, Cramer said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BMW Drives in M6 Gran Coupé Price Feature Details

first_imgGerman carmaker BMW launched its M6 Gran Coupé in India with a price tag of ₹1.75 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).The petrol-powered performance oriented four door coupe is based on M5 sedan platform and comes with two twin-scroll turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine, which can churn out a power of 560PS between 6,000 to 7,000rpm and a peak torque of 680Nm at 1,500-5,750rpm.The engine is mated to 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and can accelerate 0-100kmph in 4.2 seconds.The latest BMW coupe comes in four power modes- Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and the Sport+ and packs safety features like airbags for the driver and passenger, side airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS, EBD, CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).Other features of the car include carbon-fiber roof, 20-way power adjustable and heated M Sport seats, rear-parking camera, keyless entry and stop/start system.The cars will directly challenge Audi RS 7 in the domestic market. Audi RS 7, the company’s most powerful offering in India comes with biturbo V8 engine under the hood and the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 3.9 seconds and generate a top speed of 305 km. It is priced at ₹1.28 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai).Recently, the company had rolled out its locally manufactured BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in India, with a price tag of ₹42.75 lakh. Carrying sporty and elegant look, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo comes with 2.0-litre BMW Twinpower turbo four cylinder diesel engine, which can churn out a power of 184 bhp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 380 Nm.The car accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in 7.9 seconds and can attain a top speed of 226 kmph. It is being produced at the BMW Plant at Mahindra World City in Singaperumal Koil, near Chennai and comes with features like coupe-style roofline, frameless side windows and a flowing rear end with large load aperture.last_img read more

Domestic global commodity prices not in sync study

first_imgThough international commodity prices have declined and the inflation significantly decreased on a year-on-year basis, there is still sustained price increase in various commodities, said an analysis by a business chamber released on Saturday.PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Impact of decline in global commodity prices on India’s inflation” notes international commodity prices fell continuously from April 2014 to September 2015 but this did not find correspondence nationally.Price decline was the highest for crude at 56 percent followed by steel (33 percent), cotton (27 percent), maize (25 percent), sugar (24 percent), copper (22 percent) and gold (13 percent), said the report drawing data from the office of the economic adviser to the government, but observed that wholesale prices in India have declined at a slower rate of 16.8 percent for fuel and power, 13.6 percent for sugar, 6.3 percent for basic metal alloys and metal product, 4.4 percent for cotton textiles and 0.3 percent for manufactured products.Though steel declined by 33 percent globally, it translated to only a decline of 6.3 percent in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) of basic metal alloys and metal products and with a similar pattern for cotton textiles and manufactured products.”This clearly indicates the presence of numerous factors which are not allowing the prices to come down at par with international commodity prices,” said chamber president Alok B. Shriram in a statement.And in contrast, the WPI for certain commodities surged in recent times.Vegetables recorded the maximum increase at 35.4 percent followed by food articles (10.6 percent), cement and lime (4.8 percent), cereals (1.4 percent) and edible oils (1.2 percent).”Increase in the wholesale prices of these commodities is an indication of growing demand for consumer goods and construction activities,” said the report but highlighted that if the declining international commodity prices are fully factored in the prices of essential commodities, there is room for Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to soften the monetary policy stance as inflation will remain subdued.last_img read more

Alibaba buys control of Lazada in 1 billion bet on SE Asia

first_imgAlibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Southeast Asian on line retailer Lazada Group for about $1 billion, its biggest deal overseas, as the Chinese e-commerce giant seeks fertile new turf while growth slows at home.Lazada, founded by Germany’s Rocket Internet in 2012, is headquartered in Singapore and also operates in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. That affords Alibaba a chance to tap the region’s growth potential, but the market is also competitive and fragmented, with only a tiny fraction of total retail sales currently conducted on line.”Southeast Asia has a lot of overlap with China in terms of consumer habits, intra-regional trade and tastes,” said Duncan Clark, chairman of investment advisory firm BDA China and author of a book on Alibaba.”Rocket in this case has managed to create a successful, multi-market player in a region which needs scale and breadth to be viable. This has obvious appeal to Alibaba.”Lazada saw revenue jump 81 percent to $190.0 million in the first nine months of 2015, while active customers more than tripled to 7.3 million. However, its adjusted loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation more than doubled to $212.9 million. Rocket reports 2015 figures on Thursday.Under the deal announced on Tuesday — Alibaba’s biggest overseas investment so far, according to Thomson Reuters data — the firm will buy about $500 million of newly issued Lazada shares. The rest will be bought from current shareholders.These include Britain’s biggest supermarket operator, Tesco Plc, which said it would sell an 8.6 percent stake for $129 million, valuing Lazada at $1.5 billion. Rocket and Swedish investor Kinnevik will also sell shares.Neither Alibaba nor Lazada specified the size of the stake purchased, but the sales imply a two-thirds holding.Alibaba also has the option, 12-18 months after the deal closes, to buy remaining stakes from Lazada shareholders.TOUGH, HOME AND AWAYChina is getting tougher for Alibaba. In the last three months of 2015, the total value of goods transacted on the company’s e-commerce sites rose by its slowest annual rate in more than three years.The company has been hit by a barrage of issues, including China’s worst economic growth in a quarter of a century, an effort to clean up prevalent fakes on Alibaba’s platforms, and tough competition from smaller rival Inc, analysts have said.Rocket Internet is known for funding and ultimately selling start-ups that follow the model of successful existing businesses. When Lazada first emerged, it was pegged as a Southeast Asian version of Inc.The sale is welcome news for Rocket, which has seen its stock sag since it listed in October 2014 on investor concern that all its leading start-ups are still making heavy losses. The stock was up 4.9 percent at 1144 GMT.”We had always had concerns that Lazada could fall victim to intense competition from Alibaba, yet here we have an example of an Internet giant buying out the smaller competitor at a substantial valuation,” said Berenberg analyst Sarah Simon.”Fears that Rocket Internet cannot build credible businesses should thus be appeased.”Lazada works with third-party players and develops its own logistics to improve goods delivery to customers’ doors. In December, the company said it planned to double its number of warehouses from 10 to 20 over the next few years to keep up with a surge in e-commerce from customers outside big cities.The deal isn’t Alibaba’s first investment in Southeast Asia. The Chinese company also has a stake in logistics firm Singapore Post Ltd.The e-commerce market for business-to-consumer sales across all of Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand was just $10.5 billion in 2015, or 1.5 percent of retail volume, according to consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan.By comparison, it accounts for 12 percent of retail in China, and 8 percent in the United States.Lazada chief executive Max Bittner said Southeast Asia “is highly fragmented and diverse with significant barriers to entry”.Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited acted as exclusive financial adviser to Alibaba on the transaction, while Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC was exclusive financial adviser to Lazada.last_img read more

Shot on OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro camera revisited Samples

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro is the best flagship smartphone produced by the company and it is also the first one with a significant camera upgrade. The triple rear camera setup combining 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP f/2.2 lens sounded great on paper, but early impressions didn’t quite meet the expectations. But then, OnePlus decided to do its software magic and perceptions changed.OnePlus 7 Pro recently got updated with OxygenOS 9.5.7, which brought significant camera improvements. From improved contrast and colour performance to white balance consistency and much more. As I read the software changelog while updating the OnePlus 7 Pro with 125MB software on international roaming using mobile data, I didn’t quite care about the data limit on my prepaid plan as I was more excited about testing out the extensive changes.What happened next couldn’t be said better than simply showing the photo samples I shot on OnePlus 7 Pro from my recent trip to Thailand. The beautiful landscapes surely worked in favour, but OnePlus 7 Pro justly worked its wonders in some cases and exceeded my expectations in others. OnePlus 7 Pro camera reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanBelow are the camera samples taken from OnePlus 7 Pro in different modes, including Portrait (in low-light as well), wide-angle, normal and Nightscape. A few selfies are also included in the slideshow gallery. 1/28 OnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Wide-angle modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Nightscape modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Portrait modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Front camera sampleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera review – Front camera sampleIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextFrankly, I wasn’t entirely impressed with what OnePlus had to offer in the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera, but a series of software updates changed my views about the phone. The camera is on par with some big flagships in the market (not the Pixel grade, but greatly close).It’s the overall package of OnePlus 7 Pro paired with the updated camera that makes it a no-brainer flagship choice in 2019. You can also compare shots and read my full review of OnePlus 7 Pro from a month ago. A lot has changed since then, mostly in the camera department. Close OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

Amazon sells sandals imprinted with Mahatma Gandhis face after India flag doormat

first_imgGlobal major online retailer Amazon seems to have not learnt from the flaks it received for selling doormats with Indian flag on them as it has stirred up yet another controversy by offering ‘Gandhi flip flops’ imprinted with Mahatma Gandhi’s face.The ‘Gandhi flip flops’ are currently available for purchase on Amazon US at $16.99 (around Rs 1,200). It has been described as quality foam rubber flip flops with “soft polyester tops and contoured rubber straps for great comfort…great as beach sandals, pool shoes, or party slippers.”[READ: Amazon Canada withdraws Indian flag doormat after Sushma Swaraj intervenes]This move may stir up another controversy as many may not want to see people stamp their feet on Mahatma Gandhi’s face. Gandhi is called “Father of the Nation” in India and thousands of people across the globe revere him for his good work and ideology.The popular e-commerce site had also invited the wrath of Indians a few days ago by selling doormats featuring Indian flag in Canada. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had threatened not to grant India visa to any Amazon official and also rescind the visas issued earlier if the company didn’t withdraw all the products that insult the Indian national flag from its website and tender an unconditional apology for the disrespectful act.”Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level,” Sushma Swaraj had tweeted.The product was immediately pulled down from the website after the stern warning.In a letter to the External Affairs Minister of India, Amazon expressed regrets for hurting the sensibilities of the Indians by selling doormats with the national flag on its Canada website. The letter said that it was not Amazon, but a third-party seller that had listed the controversial products for sale. It added that the company is committed to “respecting Indian laws and customs” and expressed regret for offending Indian sensibilities.last_img read more