VIRGIN Australia has rebadged its Extra Legroom product as Economy Space + and added new options to make it more enticing to passengers.Passengers who shell out as little $10 one-way for the new product on domestic flights will receive priority boarding, at least 25 per cent more legroom in exit or first row seats along with “preferred” overhead lockers.A spokeswoman said the preferred lockers would likely be badged but customers taking the new option would also get early access because of the priority boarding.Choosing the option on short-haul international flights gets access to dedicated check-in facilities and a more expansive flagship package on the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs starts at $50 one-way.In addition to exit rows, the long-haul product is available in five rows of Economy Space + seating in a secluded cabin area behind premium economy. It also includes premium noise cancelling headphones and a guaranteed first meal choice.The price will vary by route, market, fare type and time of purchase with the long-haul option costing as much as $165 one way for last minute travellers booking within six days of departure. The option will appear as an extra during the booking process and will be cheaper for those booking further ahead. Passengers can also use Velocity points.The move follows overseas trends to boost revenue by offering passengers extras for which they are willing to pay and comes as Virgin is changing its fare structure.Virgin is expanding its ticket options from September 7 in a new “Fares For You’’ structure but unlike US airlines, it is not remove existing domestic flight entitlements such as complimentary baggage, food and entertainment.“We believe Economy Space+ provides great value and will be very popular with travellers in the main cabin,” said Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve continued to get rain. The corn I think is wrapped up. My two big questions now are: how good will the yield be and will the amount of diseases I have in my corn affect standability? I think without a doubt this corn crop is going to be big.Everybody has been talking about how widespread the gray leaf spot and even the northern corn leaf blight is in this area. I talked with CPS and they have sprayed more acres than they ever have and the disease is still out there. We are deciding what we want to do about spraying our double-crop beans. Even our first soybean fields that were sprayed are still heavy with disease and the fields we chose not to spray where we did not have much pressure, disease has come on heavy in them too. It is just a year where we have tremendous disease pressure.The last time we had a lot of Gibberella and Diplodia was a year with a lot of moisture late in the season when the ear was still upright. That is another concern moving forward with the corn crop. What kind of grain quality are we going to have after all of this rain?We did not spray insecticide and there is a lot of bean leaf beetle out there. I am concerned about them getting into the pods and seeing some bean quality issues. Our first planted beans are starting to turn and that means we should be running in three to four weeks.I still haven’t gotten third cutting hay made because there haven’t been four days of good sunshine. It is ready and we are hoping maybe after the Saturday rain this week we can get it cut. With all of the rain, we seeded some alfalfa and timothy hay. It is up and it looks great. The cover crops we planted after the wheat also look great.I am sure pleased with everything. Other than the disease pressure we couldn’t have asked for a better summer than what we have gotten. And, from what I’ve seen, there are a lot of good crops in Ohio.
Last week Microsoft released The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and there is a new feature that can be very useful for DIY and low-budget productions.Cover image via Windows.com.Curious about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Let’s get started with this video.Mixed Reality ViewerPerhaps one of the better features in this update is the Mixed Reality Viewer, which is Microsoft’s new augmented reality app. The MRV allows you to implement 3D creations into the real world via your onboard camera (or webcam).Image via Windows YouTube.While the application of the software may initially be for fun and games, akin to SnapChat filters, you can’t deny its potential for pre-vis and VFX planning — especially for low-budget productions that don’t have the pre-production tech for such things. While the MRV users will generally use 3D models from either the Remix3D.com community or from Microsoft’s Paint 3D application, you can import an abundance of 3D file formats, allowing for quick pre-vis use of a possible computer-generated image coming later to your scene.For example, here, I’ve quickly imported a 3D Model from VideoCopilot’s Element 3D into the MRV, it’s just as fast as opening a photograph in the Windows Photo Viewer, and it works the same way as any 3D software viewer — save the customizability.With a Surface Pro, you could very easily bring your Sci-Fi props to the location for blocking and composition work. In the update, we also see the great addition of Microsoft Paint 3D, the latest iteration of Microsoft Paint. In Microsoft Paint 3D, you can import your 3D objects from the MRV and customize or edit the object — not in the same manner as Cinema 4D or Element 3D, but you can modify the color and add shapes, models, and text. You can even adjust the lighting effects.While this is a basic app, there certainly is a lot of creative potential for new filmmakers to use this in the field to bring their visions to life. If you haven’t already, you can download the update here.
Image via ARRI.ConclusionWhile comparing the output of light fixtures can be technical and confusing, knowing how much light fixtures actually put out is a great way to narrow your search.Looking for more information on lighting? Check out these articles.How to Shoot Interior Locations with Limited LightingLighting Different Times of DayGrab These Low-Budget Lighting Accessories For Under $10A Practical Guide to Working with Light Stands on SetLight Storm C300d: Aputure’s Brightest LED Light Ever Is Now Available Shopping for LED lighting fixtures can be a headache. However, there a few things you can do to streamline the process and get the right gear.Cover image via Shutterstock.Buying any new piece of filmmaking equipment is usually a fun and enjoyable process. However, at times, it can also be confusing. This is especially applicable when comparing CRI, wattage draw, and lumens vs. LUX for your lighting setup. There seems to be no standardized system between manufacturers to compare fixtures, leaving you to wonder if you’re getting the most output for your money. Let’s take a look at some considerations that should help you across the board.Find a FoundationThe first step is to establish a baseline with which to compare all other fixtures. What I like to use is the ARRI Photometrics App. It’s a fantastic tool that gives you photometric data of all of their light fixtures. Since most of us have worked with their tungsten fresnel fixtures, they can serve as an excellent baseline to center all other lights’ performance. Plus, you will constantly see LED manufacturers tout their lights as a “1,000w hot light equivalent.” Understanding how to compare these fixtures will help you analyze the validity of these claims.Fortunately, most LED fixtures have a photometric data sheet detailing their output at different distances. Using the ARRI Photometrics app helps you compare these distances between prospective LED fixtures and the baseline of tungsten fixtures. This way, you can decide if an LED fixture is closer to a 500w light or a 650w light. Beam AngleWhen evaluating these lights, it’s important that have similar beam angles to compare against. For example, a light at a 110-degree beam angle is not a fair comparison to a light at a 40-degree beam angle. The output will be vastly different. It’s important that you try to compare these lights under similar light quality conditions.Fortunately, the ARRI Photometrics app allows you to adjust the beam angle of fixtures to make a fair comparison between the lighting fixtures. While you may not be able to perfectly match beam angles, you’ll be able to get close. Most LED light manufacturers will provide beam angle information on their photometric data sheet.Image via LITEGEAR.LUX, Lumens, and FootcandlesWith no uniform system, you will find fixtures measured in LUX, lumens, and/or footcandles. Without a standardized system, you will constantly find yourself trying to figure out a way to compare lights. Fortunately, there are conversion calculators to help you in this process. A great one is featured at Suprabeam. You can use this calculator to get the accurate LUX of your light then compare that to a tungsten source.If the light fixture you’re looking at in measured in footcandles, Google has its own calculator that can help you with this conversion by simply searching “footcandles to lux calculator.”
Andy Murray has lashed out at legendary American tennis player John McEnroe over his claims that the world number one should be still seen as “a distant fourth” in comparison with the three other members of the Big Four.Murray will begin his Wimbledon preparations this week when he defends his title at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.When asked about McEnroe’s comments on the eve of the grass-court tournament, Murray though admitted that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had achieved more over the course of their careers.”For me, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I’m very proud of the Olympic medals, they mean a lot to me. Within tennis, a lot of people just go ‘oh that guy was a better player because he won more Grand Slams than that one or that woman was better because she won more Grand Slams’,” Sport24 quoted Murray as saying.Murray further said that he has been better than the three of them in the last one year which is why he is currently ranked the world number one.”If you look at the titles and everything those guys have won, I can’t compare myself to them. There’s maybe one or two things that I have done that they won’t have but for the most part I would have been fourth. But it’s not true of the last year because I’m ranked number one in the world. I’ve been better than them for the last 12 months, that’s how the ranking systems work,” he added.advertisementThe 30-year-old, who is seeking his sixth Queen’s Club triumph, has struggled this year, while Nadal and Federer have enjoyed unexpected revivals.Murray has three grand slam titles in his account in contrast to Federer’s 18, Nadal’s 15 and Djokovic’s 12.The top-ranked will begin his Aegon Championship campaign against fellow countryman Aljaz Bedene.
OTTAWA – Current U.S. policy directs the American military not to defend Canada if it is targeted in a ballistic missile attack, says the top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defence Command.“We’re being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of Colorado-based Norad.“That is the policy that’s stated to us. So that’s the fact that I can bring to the table.”St-Amand delivered that revelation Thursday during an appearance before the House of Commons defence committee, which is studying the extent to which Canada is ready for an attack by North Korea.The study comes after several provocative nuclear and ballistic missile tests by North Korea, which have stoked fears Canada could end up in the middle of a confrontation between the U.S. and the so-called hermit kingdom.The latest test occurred on Friday, when North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled about 3,700 kilometres and reached a maximum height of 770 kilometres.Those tests have also resurrected questions over whether Canada should join the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield, which it famously opted out of in 2005 following a divisive national debate.St-Amand said Canadian and U.S. military personnel at Norad headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., work side-by-side detecting potential airborne threats to North America.But Canada would have no role in deciding what to do if North Korea or any other country fired a missile at North America, he said.Canadian military personnel would instead be forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as U.S. officials decided how to act.The general did acknowledge that U.S. officials could ultimately decide to intervene if a missile was heading toward Canada, but that the decision would likely be made in “the heat of the moment.”St-Amand’s comments appeared to confirm the worst fears of many people who believe it is time for Canada to join the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to all but close the door on joining ballistic missile defence last month when he said Canada’s position is “not going to be changed any time soon.”But that has not stopped various defence experts, retired military personnel and even some Liberal MPs from calling for Canada to embrace the missile shield to ensure the country’s protection.Earlier in the day, officials from Global Affairs Canada and National Defence warned the committee that it was likely only a matter of time before North Korea would be able to launch an attack on North America.But they also said that based on recent contacts with Pyongyang, the North Koreans do not see Canada as an enemy, but rather as a potential friend that has the ear of the U.S.Those contacts include a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her North Korean counterpart in August.“There has been no direct threat to Canada,” said Mark Gwozdecky, assistant deputy minister of international security at Global Affairs Canada.“On the contrary, in recent contacts with the North Korean government … the indications were that they perceived Canada as a peaceful and indeed a friendly country.”Pyongyang’s primary goal is self-preservation, the officials said, and it understands the consequences of a war with the United States or any other country.Yet the officials also said the risks of a miscalculation are high, and the Liberal government believes Canada has an important role in helping find a peaceful solution to the situation.That includes talks, but also trying to exert more pressure on the North Korean government — either through diplomatic isolation or economic sanctions — to give up its nuclear weapons.“We must convince Pyongyang that it can achieve its goals through peaceful diplomatic means,” Gwozdecky said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said it was only a matter of time before North Korea launches an attack on North America. It also misattributed a quote to Stephen Burt, assistant chief of defence intelligence at the Department of National Defence.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 27, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale – Kevin Newman, the man shot on Grace Bay in Providenciales this past Friday is out of the medically induced coma and his family is calling his recovery owing to the prayers and support they have received, to Kevin’s will to keep on fighting and a very good God.In speaking to Newman’s mother, who is likely travelling right now, en route to her son who celebrates his 39th birthday tomorrow, WRBL News3 in Columbus, Georgia revealed that Newman is doing much better at hospital in Ft Lauderdale.Newman’s mother Karen said, “he remembers, he is in good memory, he is still in pain of course, he’s got a long way to go…. (the bullet) went through the vein, right next to his heart, caused him to bleed internally and they had to give him a lot of blood, they had to take one of his kidneys.”In that interview via telephone with the TV station, Mr. Newman’s mother said there were three men who attacked her son. “He’s a fighter, and I think he did try to fight those three people who tried to come up to him. He’s a family man, he is a great man, he does everything with his son… he is just all around a great person, but you know sometimes things happen even to good people.”The TCI Ministry of Tourism said, “We are shocked and saddened regarding the incident that occurred on one of our islands, in the early morning of June 23, involving a visitor to the destination. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers while doctors continue to monitor his recovery. A criminal act, whether against a resident or visitor, is never something taken lightly and there is a heightened and concentrated effort to identify the individual(s) responsible. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a popular and peaceful destination known for its pristine beaches and relaxed atmosphere and this type of occurrence sends a ripple through the entire community. The safety of all those on these islands is always our top priority and remains as such. The Ministry of Tourism is in complete cooperation with our acting police commissioner who has increased visible security. We ask that everyone cooperate with authorities as needed.”Kevin Newman, was in his final day in the TCI and called this a ‘bucket list’ vacation, his mother asked for continued prayers.#MagneticMediaNews#KevinNewman Related Items:#KevinNewman, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Newman out of coma, tells his mother he was attacked by three men