Nedum Onuoha’s own goal gave West Ham an early lead in the London derby at Upton Park.The defender, brought in at the expense of Mauricio Isla at right-back, nudged Stewart Downing’s fifth-minute corner into the net under pressure from Diafra Sakho.Rangers, beaten in all four of their away games this season, have been poor at the back again.They were fortunate not to go further behind when Enner Valencia shot wide from 10 yards out after being found by Sakho’s low cross.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Hoilett, Kranjcar, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Dunne, Vargas, Zamora, Taarabt.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
3 February 2014Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend.The inaugural Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum took place at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, bringing together serious investors, important stakeholders and mining executives to discuss the numerous viable opportunities in African mining.“As the platinum sponsor of this inaugural Investment Discovery Forum, we were excited at the opportunity to participate in this critical event to drive awareness of emerging opportunities on the continent,” Mark Tyler, senior investment banker at Nedbank Capital, said in a statement on Sunday. “The engagement from investors and mining corporates in this exclusive environment was very positive.”Delegates were exposed to a balanced position on the challenges and opportunities in African mining, with speakers providing a holistic view on what has happened and what to expect in the next 12 months.Andrew Monk, chief executive of VSA Capital Group in London, said that 2012 and 2013 “were horrible years; there was no investment. [But] there is definitely money coming into the mining sector at this stage”.Angelos Damaskos, chief executive of Sector Investment Managers, was upbeat about the continent: “We believe African mining and resources are protected from some risks. There is low delivery risk because the host country is so dependent on the proceeds of delivery. To that extent we think that Africa is very attractive investment territory.”At the same time, Damaskos noted: “[T]he culture of controlling a licence and pumping it has stopped. Now the emphasis is on benefiting the local economy as well.”The 20th annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world’s largest gathering of influential stakeholders and decision makers in African mining, gets under way at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday.During the four-day Indaba, the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology and Brand South Africa will host an exhibition under the “South African Pavilion” banner.They will also host an investment promotion workshop to give expression to the theme of this year’s Indaba: “Investment opportunities in South African mining – from exploration to value addition”.SAinfo reporter and Investing in African Mining Indaba
Wherein we discuss everything filmmakers need to consider when comparing cheap microphones to expensive ones for video projects.Cover image via guruXOX.If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times: for filmmakers and video professionals, your projects are only going to be as good as your audio. All the post-production tips and tricks in world will never truly redeem poor audio. That being said, there seem to be different schools of thought on the importance of the microphone’s quality. One says that the microphone is the single most important piece of audio equipment on a shoot, while the other argues that the difference between top-of-the-line and prosumer-level options matters very little compared to picking the right one for the job.Let’s take a measured approach and look at how some expensive microphones compare with their cheap counterparts in a controlled environment — as well as the nine major aspects to consider when choosing the microphone for your next video project.$22 Microphone vs. $3600 MicrophoneIn this video by professional vlogger and musician Andrew Huang, we get to see a controlled test between a $22 microphone and a $3,600 one (as well as a few others for some middle price points). While this video focuses on audio recording for music, you can see and hear the differences between expensive and cheap options in terms of tonality, crispness, and frequency responsiveness. However, this does not quite give us the whole picture for recording audio on a video production set — or out on location. Let’s look at the most important considerations.Polar PatternThe polar pattern of a microphone is the sensitivity to sound relative to the direction or angle from which the sound arrives, or easier worded how well the microphone “hears“ sound from different directions. The most common types of directionality are: Omnidirectional, Cardioid and Supercardioid. (Shure)Let’s begin with audio recording basics: every microphone has a polar pattern that defines its coverage. A cardioid, for example, is most sensitive in the front and has practically no pickup in the back. An omnidirectional microphone, on the other hand, is equally sensitive at all angles and picks up sound from every direction. For filmmakers, most shotgun microphones used to capture one source of audio are usually cardioid or super cardioid, while omnidirectional microphones are more useful for things like room tone.Dynamic RangeDynamic range measurements are used in audio equipment to indicate a component’s maximum output signal and to rate a system’s noise floor. As a reference point, the dynamic range of human hearing, the difference between the softest sound we can perceive and the loudest, is about 120 dB. (WhatIs)When looking at the differences between cheap and expensive microphones, one of the most notable aspects will be the microphone’s dynamic range. Specifically, how faithful a microphone can be when recording between its largest (max SPL) and smallest (noise floor) signals. As with dynamic range in video (and, say, the difference between footage shot on a cheap DSLR and a high-end cinema camera), with a greater range of capture, the less information you lose, so more will be available to work with in post.Frequency ResponseFrequency response is the measure of any system’s output to an input signal of varying frequency (but constant amplitude). Frequency response is typically characterized by the magnitude of the system’s response, measured in dB, and the phase, measured in radians, versus frequency. (FADGI).If you look at different microphones online, you’ll often see a range, like 20Hz to 20kHz. These numbers indicate the frequency response range. Usually, the better the microphone, the greater the range. However, for those considering cheaper audio options, it’s important to note that the human ear can only hear in the 20Hz to 20kHz range (although that doesn’t mean that capturing the higher and lower frequencies isn’t important). Here’s a great article on how to read frequency response charts to really understand what it means for your choices.Other FactorsImage via sefoma.Along with polar patterns, dynamic range, and frequency response, here are some good resources to read up on for other factors like sensitivity, impedance, maximum SPL, and S/N ratio. You may also want to take other issues into account, like weight and dimensions (can your microphone work with your audio recording set up?) and issues with power supplies.Finally, many microphones come with accessories to make them easier to use, so keep an eye on what you get for your money. If you’re starting from scratch, getting a full audio recording package can be a great way to get going, but if you’ve built out your gear a bit, choosing only a top-of-the-line microphone can be a great investment.For further reading on audio recording for film and video, check out some of these articles.The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording AudioHow to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsImprove Voice Recordings in Premiere Pro
Internationally renowned wine writer and critic, Matthew Jukes and ACT Minister for Community Services, Joy Burch helped launch the inaugural ‘Touch Football Vinnie-Yard’ event on Wednesday at Viking Park. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 24 November, will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers and a social Touch Football tournament in a family friendly atmosphere. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region and the third of its type held nationally, following on from the successful Touch Wine (Adelaide) and Wine Rules (Melbourne) events. Jukes is the brainchild of the concept which started in Adelaide in 2005, with the Touch Wine and Wine Rules events having raised $750,000 for charity through the initiatives. The money raised for the Touch Vinnie-Yard event will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need. Jukes was thrilled to be launching the event on Wednesday, saying that Touch Football is the perfect fit for the event. “The Touch Football (element) is vital and it couldn’t be any other sport. It’s so strong over here. I’d learnt about this Touch phenomenon across the whole of the country, it seemed absolutely a natural fit for this. We’ve just had so much fun over the past seven years and fully intend to disseminate multiple events across the country,” Jukes said. Minister Burch says that it ‘was a pleasure’ to help launch the event and sees many benefits of the event being held in Canberra. “As I was driving down here from the Assembly this afternoon, I heard Matthew on 666 (ABC Radio)… I heard Matthew talk about it and it all made absolute perfect sense. It is a very smart event, we promote our region as much as we can and I think the wine industry in our region has matured and developed over time,” Burch said. “It promotes Touch Football and the inclusiveness of Touch Football whether you are (young) or (old). Touch Football allows lots of people to participate and the numbers continue to grow. So having those two (wine industry and Touch Football) come together is a very good thing…and coming together for such a great cause, to help St Vinnies and the fabulous work that they do.”“We are getting a number of teams together over a day in November which means young and old are getting out and getting active and participating in the glorious weather we have in November and all to the benefit of the work that Vinnies do. It is a winning trifecta and very good to see it come to Canberra.”To find out more information on the Touch Football Vinnie-Yard or to register a team, please visit www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksTouch Vinnie-Yard
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent: Napoli like Fiorentina midfielder Veretoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jordan Veretout expects him to stay with Fiorentina this month.The former Aston Villa midfielder has been superb for the Viola this season.“[Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Veretout, I’ve spoken about that several times,” Mario Giuffredi reiterated on Radio Marte.“January isn’t his market though, because Fiorentina are aiming for Europe so he’ll stay with the Viola until June.“He’s a great player who costs a lot, and clubs can’t always make those kind of investments in January. €30-35m is not a figure to spend in January.”
It was a tale of two games.After the men’s hockey team dominated No. 10 Ferris State Friday night, it fell just short on Saturday.Special teams proved to be the difference for the Buckeyes on the weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes came up with two power play goals, which proved to be necessary for the 5-3 victory.The Buckeyes never trailed in Friday’s contest, due in part to great goaltending from Cal Heeter, who made a career-high 46 saves.“I thought Cal played well,” coach John Markell said. “He faced 49 shots. He made some big saves when he needed to and got on some rebounds.”The script was flipped Saturday night, as it was the Bulldogs who took charge and struck first. Ferris State was able to kill four Buckeye power plays in the first period, and then wasted no time in scoring seven seconds into their own power play opportunity.After falling behind 2-0 at the beginning of the second period, the Buckeyes stormed back, scoring twice in 40 seconds to tie the game.“At that moment, we’re on the road and we’ve got a two-goal lead and it evaporates,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said. “Now it’s two to two. Momentum is completely in their favor and the building is rocking.”However, the momentum shift was short-lived as Ferris State added a third goal in the second period and headed into the second intermission leading 3-2.In the third period Kyle Reed ended the Buckeyes’ power play drought — the Buckeyes were previously 0-5 on the power play — with his second goal of the season.The game remained tied throughout regulation and overtime, leading to a shootout.The Buckeyes would eventually succumb to Ferris State on the fourth shooter.John Albert scored for the Buckeyes in their first attempt, but was the only player to mark for his squad. Ferris secured the shootout victory when the Bulldog’s Chad Billins slid the puck past goaltender Dustin Carlson.The Buckeyes finished just 1 for 9 on the power play after converting twice on four opportunities Friday.“[Zac] Dalpe had one on the power play that hit the cross bar, which would have been great to have,” center C.J. Severyn said. “But we were 1 for 9. We had our chances [but couldn’t convert].”The Buckeyes also allowed two power play goals Saturday after killing all of the Bulldogs’ power plays the night before. After the game, coach Markell was more upset with the number of penalties called than the goals surrendered.“There seemed to be some crazy calls that interrupted the flow of the game, I thought,” Markell said. “[The referees] didn’t let us play.”Markell was, however, pleased with the team’s play on the weekend.“I like the way our team is playing,” Markell said. “I like the effort. Our job is to take that on the road.”
OSU Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Michigan 9-7 in its first conference game of the season. The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) tied the game at 7-7 with less than four minutes left to play, but the Wolverines (4-5, 1-0 Big Ten) reclaimed the lead and sealed the win with goals by sophomore midfielder Molly Garrett and junior attacker Adriana Pendino. Ohio State and Michigan traded points throughout the first half. Pendino scored with 25 seconds left to gain the lead at 4-3 going into halftime. Buckeyes junior midfielder Baley Parrott led the half with two goals and junior attacker Sara Dickinson finished with two assists. Michigan extended its lead by three early in the second half, but Parrott went on a 3-0 run that tied the game at 6-6 with less than 10 minutes left to play. The Wolverines quickly responded with a goal by sophomore midfielder Chandler Kirby. Despite the effort by Ohio State freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein to tie the game, the Buckeyes were unable to maintain the momentum to finish with a win. Both teams finished with 17 ground balls. A strong defensive effort of 11 saves by sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo helped Ohio State hold an advantage over Michigan, who finished with five. Parrott finished the game with a career-high five points with four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker Molly Wood broke the program record for the most career draw controls. In the first half, Wood had two draw controls to break the record and finished the game with three to bring her overall career total to 223. The Buckeyes will take on Rutgers in Columbus at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Adam Lallana recently made a shock bet as he claimed he is expecting Georgina Wijnaldum to net at least one goal against the defending champions Real Madrid at tonight’s final clash of the Champions League.Just hours before the official start of Liverpool’s biggest game in quite a few years, Adam Lallana made a shocking claim.“The man with the perfect smile,” Lallana joked when asked who is he expecting to be the eventual hero of the night from the English side, according to the Express.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He’s a big game player. He arrived with goals in big games.”“Don’t be surprised if he pops up with a cheeky goal in the final.”Real and Liverpool have been able to score a total of 70 goals, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane leading the charts. However, despite the good record, Liverpool will need to be really focused as they are far from used to playing games of such importance.
Jonathan Leko is celebrating a new Albion deal while having a renewed ambition to bag a first-team spot in the 2018-19 campaign. The Albion striker penned a deal which extends his stay with Albion until the summer of 2021 with improvement.The 19-year-old forward joined the Baggies at the age of 11. He also made his debut for the Club as a 16-year-old in a League Cup tie away at Norwich City in September 2015. From then, he went on to make his first Premier League appearance later that season in April, coming off the bench after 78 minutes during Albion’s goalless draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.The England youth international spent the first half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he made 11 appearances but in Albion, Jonathan has made 16 appearances in total.Chadli leaves West Brom for Monaco Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 31, 2018 Nacer Chadli has joined AS Monaco after West Bromwich Albion was relegated to the second division of the English league.The fee paid for his…He admitted the rush of games caught him by surprise and that has prepared him for next season.“There wasn’t as much rest as I would have liked – it was game after game in the Championship,” he told club’s website.“Now that I know that I’m looking forward to it because I just want to play. The more games the better.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is optimistic Jerome Boateng will stay with the Bundesliga Champions but revealed the defender could still move away before the end of August.Boateng lasted the entire 90 minutes in Bayern’s narrow 1-0 DFB-Pokal victory over minnows Drochtersen/Assel, with Lewandowski netting the solitary goal late on.The former Man City defender claimed at the end of last season that he would be open to a new challenge after seven years at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern unlikely to stand in the way of an exit.However, Kovac believes the 29-year-old will still be at the club come September.“If anything happens at the end of the transfer period then we see, it may happen,” said Kovac.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“But I’m going to assume that nothing happens, I’m glad that he got through this game very well.”Kovac won the competition with Eintracht Frankfurt the last term, and the victory represents his second competitive win as Bayern boss following the DFL-Supercup triumph over his former club last time out.“It was a difficult game, as it always happens in the first round of the cup,” said Kovac.“We did not really want that. We were warned, but you have to say that the bottom line is progress.”