2 August 2011Undersea cable company Seacom and US-based digital optical networking equipment supplier Infinera have achieved a global first by successfully trialling a 500 Gigabits per second transmission over Seacom’s newly built network between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.“This event is a landmark achievement and a global first,” Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said in a statement on Monday. “It also signals the international science research and development community that global projects such as the Square Kilometre Array are well within Africa’s reach.”Live demonstrationThe trial made use of five 100 Gigabit per second (100 Gb/s) channels of coherent optical transmission over a distance of 1 732 kilometres on Monday.The trial was run over and looped back across Seacom’s newly built 930-kilometre Dark Fibre Africa fibre route, which links the Seacom Mtunzini cable landing station on the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to the Teraco data centre in Johannesburg.The live demonstration, news of which has generated huge excitement in the industry, was witnessed by members of the scientific, research and development community at Teraco’s data centre in Johannesburg.“The trial demonstrates Seacom’s commitment to increase the pace at which African networks are deploying cutting-edge telecommunications infrastructure technology to support Africa’s rise as a primary scientific and business destination,” said Herlihy.Photonic Integrated CircuitsThe trial used Infinera’s 500 Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), each of which integrates five 100 Gb/s coherent channels onto a single chip. The PICs were used for both transmitting and receiving the five 100 Gb/s signals during the trial.At the consumer level, the 500Gb/s PIC technology enables the download of 2 400 high-definition Blu-Ray movie files in 60 seconds, or supports the streaming of 320 000 simultaneous high definition video channels over a single fibre pair.Demand for large-capacity transmissionFibre optic transmission technologies have been developing considerably to satisfy demand for large-capacity digital transmission in public telecommunication networks worldwide.“With internet traffic growing at exponential rates, driven by video, cloud computing, and mobility, the 500G PIC technology is designed to support the required growth in network capacity, while reducing the per-bit cost, space, and power consumption,” said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon.“These attributes are in-line with Seacom’s vision to providing world-class infrastructure as African traffic continues to increase at record speeds.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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We take a look at the work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and the art of the long take for his recent project, Birdman.It’s safe to say that Academy Award winning Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is a master of the long shot. From the car sequence in Children of Men to the space debris sequence in Gravity, Emmanuel has pushed the envelope in terms of what a filmmaker can do with a long continuous shot. In 2014 he completed work as cinematographer for the award-winning, Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film, Birdman. This film could very well win him another Oscar. Birdman: Creating a Continuous WorldBirdman uses long takes to make the film seem as though it was filmed in one single long shot. This was done by filming long sequences and finding cut points that weren’t jarring. Below is a short featurette of Birdman that explores the process of creating such a world, as well as the complex planning necessary in terms of camera movement, lighting of each space, framing actors and extras, among a thousand other things.Here is a short clip from the film that showcases the camera movement and changing POV, which moves from a third person to Michael Keaton’s character then back to a roaming third person. It’s just one example that shows how Emmanuel and director Alejandro González Iñárritu meticulously crafted each and every long take of the film.Art of the Long TakeBack in the early days of cinema long takes were a common narrative tool. Hitchcock was one of the first to employ this technique, all the way back in 1948. Fast-forward 67 years later and Alejandro González Iñárritu, along with Emmanuel Lubezki, are trying to do the same. However they aren’t the only director and cinematographer to effectively use the long shot to tell a story. Here are a few other examples of classic long shots in the history of film….Hitchcock’s RopeAlfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope consists of 11 shots, with 10 of these shots lasting a minimum of 9 minutes. It was arguably Hitchcock’s most experimental film. Planning was careful and plotted out to perfection so that there was nearly no editing.Here is a clip from the opening of the film:One Long Russian ArkWhile Hitchcock wanted to develop a film that had no cuts he could never fully realize that, but got close. More recently Russian director accomplished that feat with 2002’s Russian Ark. This film was shot entirely inside St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum with one camera in one take…that lasted 96 mins. The first two attempts were interrupted, but the final and third take was successful. The film was nominated for the highly coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.Here are the final 3 minutes of the film:Goodfellas and the Steady SteadicamMartin Scorsese has utilized the long shot for many years. But out of all of his films that use the long shot, none of them seem to be as highly regarded as the Steadicam tracking shot from Goodfellas.The Mastery of Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg has utilized the long shot in many of his films like Jaws and Minority Report. We’d run out of space listing all the examples, but luckily Tony Zhou has compiled them for us in the video below:Gravity: Space Debris SequenceWith Gravity Alfonso Cuaron and Emmanuel used only 156 shots throughout the entire film with an average 45 seconds for each shot. The entire opening scene, known as the ‘Space Debris Sequence’, is probably one of the most intense openings in film history:Children of Men Car SequenceAlfonso and Emmanuel strike again with an intense car sequence that allows the camera to move around the interior of the the car the characters are riding in. The timing for this had to be perfect since several visual effect shots had to be completed during the long shot.Here is the full scene from Single Shot Film Festival:This featurette courtesy of Eduardo Angel shows how they pulled it off:My First Long Take ExperienceYears ago I worked the second camera on a video art piece. The short film was shot using 3 cameras, following three subjects who would all appear on the screen at the same time. During the editing phase the frame was broken into 3rds and in each panel a single uninterrupted shot displayed until the end of the film when all three characters come together and Camera A expands to take over the full frame.It was an amazing experience to say the least and taught me that rehearsal is vitally important to crafting a successful long shot. It also taught me that the long take can be a wildly effective narrative tool. It allows the filmmaker to really immerse the audience into the world of the character. This is something that Emmanuel Lubezki has done exceptionally well for over a decade.
A hand ful of spectators at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.While the nineteenth edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off on a ‘spectacular’ note, the follow up hasn’t been that impressive. This time, it’s the people of the host city who have been left high and dry after they were unable to get tickets for the sporting venues.In comparison to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which was buzzing with over 60,000 spectators at the opening ceremony on Sunday evening, the audience response at the competition venues thereafter has been embarrassingly tepid.On the face of it, the empty stands could be blamed on lack of enthusiasm on part of Delhiites. But Delhiites couldn’t disagree more.Several spectators who managed a ticket to different venues on Tuesday said that they did so with much difficulty. “Online booking, which is one of the most convenient ways to get a ticket, does not seem to be functioning properly.Every time I tried to get a ticket for the wrestling (for Tuesday), the website kept showing some error or the other,” said Maithali Gupta (18), who has come to Delhi from Hyderabad to watch the Games specially. She finally bought her ticket at the venue.A top Indian shooter, who has an event on Wednesday, is finding it hard to organise a ticket for his mother, who has flown in to Delhi to watch her son perform at the Karni Singh shooting range.”There are no tickets available at the venue. What they are saying here is that tickets are available online,” said another shooter.advertisementWhen Mail Today checked the website, tickets for Wednesday for the shooting range had been sold out. “It’s complicated. Outside they tell us the tickets have been sold out. Inside the venues, many of the seats are lying vacant. Then where are the tickets,” questioned another shooter.Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell pointed out that low spectator turnout at the venues was a cause of concern. At some events, the crowd was outnumbered by the teams and security personnel.”We are working with the OC on how to fill the venues. Both athletes and the organisers want the venues to be full,” Fennell said.CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi assured that steps are being taken to bring in more people to the stadia.”We are working on it. We are planning to bring in schoolchildren and even those from the poorer families to watch the matches. I am sure the problem would now be managing the crowd.”On Tuesday, for instance, at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, the venues for wrestling and cycling, looked lifeless with occupancy standing at less than half during most part of the day.When Mail Today did a spot check at the KD Jadhav Wrestling stadium around 4.40 pm, there were barely a thousand people in the stands, which can accommodate 6,932 people.In fact the number of the media persons and volunteers almost equalled that of the wrestlers.This, ironically, was the response of Delhiites when there was an Indian contestant in each of the three final rounds for the gold medal in Greco- Roman style of wrestling.Though at the gymnastics venue, the number of spectators seemed more encouraging, it still wasn’t enough to fill up half of the capacity of the stadium.The occupancy, in fact, stood at about 40 per cent just before the final round of the day was about to kick off.
S. KannanFormer India all-rounder Kirti Azad’s campaign against Delhi’s cricket administrators has turned out to be a fruitful one with the government on Thursday ordering an inspection of the “account books” of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).Azad, a BJP Member of Parliament, raised a question on September 6, alleging manipulation of financial and other records, improper conduct of AGMs, irregular purchases, injudicious fund spending and payment of honorariums against the provisions of the Articles of Association.In his written reply, the Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, RPN Singh, informed that the inspection of the account books and other records of the DDCA under Section 209 A of the Companies Act of 1956 has been ordered.Narinder Batra, treasurer, DDCA told Mail Today: “We have no objection to the inspection of our accounts by agencies concerned. Our accounts are properly audited and if any authority wants to see it, we have no objection at all.”It is learnt the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is expected to start its investigation next week. It will go through the accounts of the last eight years, when major construction activity was going on at the DDCA.Azad had moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against the false reply submitted by Ministry of Urban Development (MUD), which is at variance with its own RTI replies. It clearly admits that there is no valid lease executed between Ministry of Urban Development and the DDCA.It is learnt that the DDCA has so far spent over Rs 100 crore on construction of the Kotla stadium during this eight-year period. Azad and other DDCA pressure groups have been demanding a probe into the mismanagement of cricket affairs in the Capital.Azad also sat on a day-long dharna along with many other former India players just before the start of season five of the IPL.Subsequently, the one-time payment by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to Azad and other cricketers was stopped at the DDCA’s behest after the dharna.The payment was released only after three former cricketers – Maninder Singh, Surinder Khanna and Gursharan Singh -under pressure from the DDCA gave written apologies with an assurance that “they didn’t support Kirti Azad against DDCA”.However, Azad says that every single player from Delhi wants the cricket system to be cleaned up. “If confronted with a situation where people have to lose money ranging from Rs 35 to 70 lakh, only lion hearted or financially secure individuals will take a stand. Sadly, DDCA used pressure tactics to get these players to retract their stand. But be assured that all cricketers are with us in the battle against DDCA’s mismanagement and corrupt practices,” said the 1983 World Cup-winning team member.”This will be ‘Kotla Gate’. All the years of mismanagement of funds will be exposed. The personal worth of top DDCA officials has grown manifold in the period under review. Elections have become a farce with just four or five senior DDCA executive members registering and casting 700 to 2000 proxies each – collection of these proxies in 14 days is physically impossible for any one individual,” said Azad on Saturday.Asked if this means fighting fellow partyman and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, Azad said: “It has nothing to do with the party because the party itself has nothing to do with cricket. I have all regard for Mr Jaitley.”Former players, though, have welcomed the inquiry. “We were forced by the DDCA to give apologies. But we are one on the issue of cleansing cricket in Delhi,” two of the three players said.advertisement
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The suit said that Leonard “refined” the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. Leonard wants the court to decide that he is the author of the logo and that Nike “committed fraud” when registering the logo for copyright.Leonard is in the NBA Finals for the third time, and got there in his first season as a member of the Raptors after previously playing with the San Antonio Spurs. He will become a free agent on June 30 and many teams, including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, are expected to attempt to sign him this summer. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) stretches to keep the ball from Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) as he drives to the net during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)SAN FRANCISCO — Toronto star Kawhi Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, saying the footwear and apparel giant is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns.The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals; Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland, California on Monday to begin preparing for Game 3 of the title series against the Golden State Warriors, a game that will be played Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It was filed in California because Leonard maintains a home in San Diego, the suit said.Leonard was a Nike endorser until 2018. He now endorses New Balance. A Nike spokesman declined comment Monday, saying the company does not discuss pending litigation. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes at the NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In the lawsuit, Leonard said Nike filed a copyright application for a logo that he designed and did so “unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent.” Nike told Leonard earlier this year to stop using the logo, the lawsuit said. Leonard is preparing to use the logo “on clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions.”Leonard claims that he developed the logo himself by tracing his very large hands. The ring and pinky fingers of the logo are shaped into a “K,” the middle finger and thumb form an “L″ and the index finger is designed to resemble an elongated “2″ — all nods to his initials and jersey number. Thompson questionable for Game 3, Looney out indefinitely View comments