Canon has announced the EF 35mm F1.4L II USM, the second generation of its popular wide-angle prime. It uses newly-designed Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, which claim to correct chromatic aberration better than any other existing technology.
The 35mm F1.4L II includes a total of 14 elements, two of which are aspherical and the other being ‘Super UD’. It offers 9 aperture blades for pleasing…
Un vigile filmé en train d'agresser un SDF en gare d'Amiens
Sous les yeux et l'objectif d'un habitué de la gare SNCF d'Amiens, un vigile chargé de la sécurité a passé un tabac une personne sans domicile fixe lundi 2 mai. Choqué par ce qu'il a vu, le témoin a filmé une partie de la scène puis posté la vidéo sur Facebook, déjà vue près de 500.000 fois mardi en milieu d'après-midi.
Contacté par le site Francetv Info, le témoin raconte ainsi le début de la scène:
“Comme tous les matins, j'allais chercher mes clopes à la gare quand j'ai vu le vigile s'énerver contre ce SDF que je croise régulièrement. Il l'a d'abord frappé dans le Photomaton, sans doute pour être moins vu, puis deux personnes ont tenté de l'arrêter.”
La tentative s'est visiblement révélé infructueuse: l'agent de sécurité aurait rattrapé le sans-abri qui tentait de s'échapper et l'aurait jeté contre l'appareil, d'après le témoin qui dit avoir commencé à filmer à ce moment-là. “Si on le voit tituber, ce n'est pas à cause de l'alcool, mais des coups répétés”, a-t-il expliqué à Francetv Info en parlant de la victime.
La SNCF, alertée par le témoin par le biais d'un jeu-concours qu'elle organise sur Instagram, a fait la…
J Balvin Teases New Music With David Guetta: Listen
J Balvin is back in the studio and making new music with David Guetta!
Watch J Balvin Perform ‘Ginza’ With Fuego at Billboard Latin Music Awards
The Colombian singer shared photos and videos on social media with the French DJ and music producer teasing an upbeat track! Listen for yourself below:
NO HAY LIMITES EN ESTA VIDA !!! VAMOS POR LO IMPOSIBLE!!! “There’re NO LIMITS, let’s make the impossible !!! @davidguetta ⚡️⚡️⚡️ #CarlosDavid
A video posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on May 2, 2016 at 12:38pm PDT
"There are no limits in this life. We’re going after the impossible,” wrote Balvin. He also posted a fun video with Guetta showing him how to say hello in Colombia. “Hola, parceros,” says Guetta.
Estoy con @davidguetta y les quiere decir algo !!! #latinos #worldwide
A video posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on May 2, 2016 at 5:26am PDT
Besides Guetta, Balvin had studio time earlier this year with Pharrell for his upcoming album due in June. “Hopefully we can break down walls with it and have Latin music go mainstream,” Balvin told Billboard exclusively back in March about his next LP.
The Medellín native performed his hit single “Ginza” featuring Fuego during the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28. Catch the full performance here.
Six teams face final push for AFC Champions League last 16 places
Jiangsu currently occupy second spot in Group E and sit just a point behind table-topping hosts Jeonbuk after defeating Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong 3-0 a fortnight ago, but FC Tokyo are only point behind heading into the final Matchday.
Victory over 2006 winners Jeonbuk would ensure Dan Petrescu’s Jiangsu top the group, while matching or bettering FC Tokyo’s result against already-eliminated Binh Duong would also take the Chinese Super League side through.
A draw or a win for FC Tokyo in Vietnam, meanwhile, would ensure the Japanese club make a second appearance in the Round of 16.
“In our next game we play away against Jeonbuk. It is going to be extremely difficult as they are the Korean champions,” said Petrescu, who will be without defender Li Ang due to suspension.
“We could qualify for the Round of 16 if we win, but if we lose, we will have to see what happens between FC Tokyo and Binh Duong.”
Jeonbuk midfielder Kim Bo-kyung and forward Ricardo Lopes will be absent from the match at Jeonju World Cup Stadium due to suspension, while in the tie at Binh Duong Stadium, Le Tan Tai is ruled out for the hosts.
Elsewhere, two-time AFC Champions League winners Al Ittihad, Lokomotiv and Al Nasr will all have their parts to play in the concluding ties in Group A.
Al Ittihad are currently are two points adrift of second place and must beat already-eliminated Sepahan of Iran and hope that either Lokomotiv and Al Nasr claim victory in Tashkent.
Goalkeeper Mohammad Al Nahedh is suspended for Al Ittihad as is Sepahan striker Luciano Pereira.
A draw in Uzbekistan between Lokomotiv and Al Nasr would be enough to see side into the last 16 with the victor also securing first place..
Lokomotiv will, though, will be without Georgia midfielder Kakhi Makharadze due to suspension.
“We will play for a win in the last match in order to maintain our unbeaten run in the competition and finish on top of the group,” said Lokomotiv coach Andrey Miklyaev.
Also in the West, with Group B’s representatives in the last 16 already decided, group winners Zobahan of Iran take on third-placed side Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia, while runners-up Lekhwiya of Qatar host bottom side Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan.
And the scenario is similar in Group F with table toppers FC Seoul of Korea Republic, having already assured their place in the Round of 16, travelling to Japan to face Sanfrecce Hiroshima while Buriram United of Thailand entertain Shandong Luneng with the Chinese side also alreasy secured of a place in the last 16.
OM: Mohed Altrad ne dit pas non à un rachat de ce «club magnifique avec un public magnifique»
FOOTBALL - L'entrepreneur est déjà le propriétaire du MHR…
Ce n’est qu’une idée comme ça pour le moment, à laquelle il pense peut-être en se rasant le matin. Mais Mohed Altrad, fondateur d’un mastodonte mondial de services aux industries du BTP, ne dit vraiment pas non à un éventuel rachat de l’OM.
« C’est un beau club, un club magnifique avec un public magnifique. Même lorsque Marseille n’est pas en très grande forme, vous avez un public extraordinaire qui est acquis à la cause du football. Donc pourquoi pas un jour [racheter l’OM] ? », a-t-il dit lors de l’émission Qui êtes-vous ?, qui sera diffusée sur BFM Business vendredi soir à 20h30.
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En plus d’être à la tête d’une énorme fortune, Mohed Altrad a déjà prouvé qu’il pouvait réussir dans le sport en reprenant le Montpellier Hérault Rugby (actuel 2e du Top 14) en 2011. L’appel d’offres lancé par Margarita Louis-Dreyfus pourrait le tenter.
« Ça peut être un support de communication extraordinaire, explique-t-il. Marseille et Montpellier ne sont pas très loin. Je suis ouvert. Je ne me fixe pas d’objectif, je ne me mets pas d’obstacle. On dit que l’horizon recule au fur et à mesure que vous avancez vers lui. Alors pourquoi pas Marseille ? » En tout cas, Altrad, premier Français à avoir décroché le prix mondial de l’entrepreneur de l’année en 2015, a le profil du parfait candidat.
'Silicon Valley' Boss on Season 3, Mark Zuckerberg and Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo
Poor Richard. When Silicon Valley returns Sunday night, the fictional Pied Piper CEO, played by Thomas Middleditch, will have his work cut out for him.
The HBO comedy, co-created by Mike Judge, picks up right where it left off at the end of season two, with the programmer having just been ousted from his own company. Now in season three, he has to fight to regain his rightful place as Pied Piper’s CEO. But securing his former position might not be so easy when a new and more seasoned CEO (Stephen Tobolowsky) takes over.
“There’s no shortage of these stories. There’s a running joke among these seas that it’s never too early to fire a founder,” says co-showrunner Alec Berg of the inspiration for the storyline. “We hear over and over again that people literally create things that are too valuable for them to be a part of anymore.”
Ahead of the season’s debut, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Berg to discuss what it was like to have ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo in the writers room, which Silicon Valley icon has been spotted in a Pied Piper T-shirt and other tech players we might see pop up in the show this season.
Will this season pick off where season two left off, with Richard ousted from Pied Piper?
Yes, Richard is battling for his life and also for the soul of the company. At the end of season two, they thought they had it made and then the rug got pulled out from under them. We have to kind of play that hand. So Richard’s no longer in control, and that’s where we’ll pick up. Essentially the arc of the season is that Richard is on the outs. Does he fight his way back into his company? Does he leave and start a competing venture? Does he make peace with whomever is brought in? Does he battle that person? Those were all the questions we were asking [when we started writing] the season.
What inspired the Richard-on-the-outs storyline?
Well, it happens to people all the time. It’s funny, we do this annual trip where we meet with a bunch of startups and founders and engineers and VCs and lawyers and all kinds of people. We’ve toured Twitter before, we’ve gone to Google, Facebook, Quora, Dropbop, etc. But when we went up to San Francisco to do research for season three, what was really funny was when we were asking engineers if the company would go on without him, they were all like, “Well, no. There’s no company without Richard! They would never do that.” And then when we met with venture capitalists and asked them, “So would you encourage the company to go on without Richard?” They were like, ‘Oh yeah, we do that all the time.“
It’s one of those things that is funny about this show. There are people who screen capture things and go on Reddit and scream about, "Oh, they got that colon wrong,” or, “Oh, they would never have done that.” But there are just as many people that argue stridently the other way - and they’re all experts! So even the experts don’t agree. That was the most freeing thing. When we’re like, “Gosh, what would really happen?” And then you ask two different people who actually work in that business and they had two diametrically opposed answers. So we just feel free to do whatever we want because we can always justify it with at least some of our expert viewers.
So Richard’s firing wasn’t modeled after what happened to Dick Costolo?
No, I think they were completely independent. There’s no shortage of these stories. There’s a running joke among these seas that it’s never too early to fire a founder. We talked to a few different people who had started a company that had exploded in size, and then the board of the company decided that it had exceed the size at which they were comfortable leaving that person in charge of it. And we hear over and over again that people literally create things that are too valuable for them to be a part of anymore.
We had a really interesting conversation with Andrew Mason, who founded Groupon, who very famously was fired. He was very forthcoming about what happened. Groupon at one point was the fastest growing company in the history of the universe. It just exploded into this thing that was so massive that the board didn’t feel comfortable leaving him in charge. A lot of times it happens where somebody who is product-based is not as well-versed in running a big company or managing teams. In general, engineers are good at things, not people.
How did Costolo end up consulting on the show?
He found himself oddly out of a job and was looking for something to do. He digs the show and he started off as an improv performer. He’s a funny guy who appreciates comedy, and I think he had a fondness for our story, so he just offered. He would come down and sit in our writers room on Mondays and Tuesdays and was super helpful. We have consultants but the process is very slow sometimes. You’re sitting in the room and you’re like, “Well, what about this idea? Alright, let’s call the consultant. Let’s see if he could get in touch with somebody who could tell us whether that could actually happen or not.” Whereas when you have a guy like that in the room as you’re talking about it, you’d go, “Could this happen?” So the lag time is almost zero and it makes it a lot easier to get stuff done.
As a guy who has actually run a big company, he has a lot of perspective. He had an enormous amount of insight into, “This is how they would treat this.” He knew what engineers did but he also understood shareholders and the forces at work in a board meeting. The scope of his knowledge [is impressive] but he’s also just a funny guy. He has a healthy skepticism about himself and he’s very self-deprecating. If you sat in that room for a half an hour and you didn’t know anybody, I don’t think you’d go, “Who’s that arrogant prick sitting at the end there?” He’s just another nerdy comedy writer just like the rest of us.
Do you think that’s what he wants to be now, a comedy writer?
No, since he stopped working with us, he’s become a partner of a phenomenally successful venture capital firm. This was strictly an in-between-gigs moonlighting thing for him. His bread is very buttered in a different thing. But like a lot of people, he’s intellectually curious and was probably thinking, “Oh, I’d love to see what that's like.” And I think he had some fun.
So he won’t be back next season?
Depends on how well his venture capitalist business goes, I guess. I don’t wish for him that he is back because that means potentially something has gone very wrong with his day job - but if he wants to come back a day a week and his partners are OK with it, yeah I’d have him back in a second.
And Costolo had watched the show prior to getting involved?
Yeah, he was big fan. I think the reason he was happy to be a part of the process is that he appreciated how hard we worked to get as much of it as we can right. The feedback I get from people who work in the tech business is either, “You got it really right,” or, “I can’t even watch your show because it makes me really sick because it reminds me too much of work.” And we’re able to get a lot of these tech cameos in the show because I think they do appreciate that we’re doing everything we can to get it as right.
Was he able to help recruit certain people for cameos?
I don’t remember him chicken hawking for us. For the most part, we’ve been able to get a lot of the people we’ve wanted just by approaching them directly. That’s one of the great joys of this show - when you see that Mark Zuckerberg is wearing a Pied Piper shirt or Sergey and Larry from Google do the ice bucket challenging wearing our shirts or Google announcing their restructuring and actually Easter egging our website in their formal announcement. Stuff like that is so flattering. And sometimes people are like, “Wait, I don’t understand. Are you guys in bed with them now?” Look, we’ve just treated them fairly. I think we bust their chops where there is hypocrisy. If you work for one of those companies and you believe in the mission, you see praise in our show. And if you work for one of those companies and you loathe it and you think you’re working for the board, then I think you see condescension in what we do. That, to me, is a sign that we’re balanced.
Wait, Mark Zuckerberg has been seen in a Pied Piper shirt?
Somebody told us that, yes, occasionally Mark Zuckerberg comes to the office wearing a Pied Piper shirt.
Has he ever reached out to you guys about the show?
No. I guess he has other things to do than try to get on our jerky little TV show. Apparently he has a multi-billion dollar company that he runs with most of his wakening hours.
You’ve approached a number of tech players for cameos, but have any of them reached out to you?
Yeah. I’m not going to say who but we’ve had a couple of people reach out and sort of go, “Hey, I would be willing to grace you with my presence.” And we’ve actually had a couple people pitch us ideas of how they wanted to appear on the show - and they almost, without exception, are jaw-droppingly not at all what we do, and their sense of who and what they are and what their value to the show is massively off kilter.
Which, I’m sure, only makes you feel better about all the ways you skewer Silicon Valley in the show, yes?
Suffice it to say, it’s affirming. I feel like when we’re doing a show about people who are not self-aware, it gives me faith that we’re on the right track.
What other cameos can we expect to see this season?
Dick Costolo is in one playing himself. There’s a few others: [Zynga founder] Mark Pincus and [Yelp’s] Jeremy Stoppelman, too.
Still no Elon Musk?
I’d love to have him on the show, but I don’t think that Elon Musk spends an enormous portion of his day thinking about our show [laughs.] He’s trying to go to Mars.
Groom hires helicopter for his 'baraat' in Varanasi village
Varanasi, Apr.23 (ANI): It is rightly said that ‘where there is a will, there is a way.’ In order to fulfill an age-old dream of his father, a groom in Sathava village of the Sarnath area in Varanasi arrived in a helicopter for his wedding procession.
Akhilesh Singh, the groom, the son of the village head, said the entire family was very happy for this marriage.
“It is the first time in our village a marriage is happening in which the groom is coming in a helicopter,” he said.
The groom’s father, Vijay Singh, expressed his happiness, saying that it was his dream that his son receive his would-be wife in a helicopter.
The entire village gathered to see the groom coming down from the helicopter. They were seen dancing and singing songs. After performing all rituals, the bride and groom went to their home in Chandauli. (ANI)