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sigma 14mm f1.8 dg hsm art pre-production sample gallery: digital photography re


the newly announced sigma 14mm f1.8 dg hsm art has the low light shooters on our staff all excited. super-wide lenses with such fast maximum apertures are rare, and we've got high hopes for one with sigma's 'art' designation. we jumped all over the chance to take a pre-production version of the lens out for a spin in yokohama, japan during cp+ 2017. we're looking forward to spending more time with the lens, but for now here are some initial samples. see our sigma 14mm f1.8 dg hsm art pre-production samplesplease note that all samples in this gallery were taken with a pre-production lens






tesla said to be aiming to start test production of model 3 on february 20


tesla is pausing production at its california embly plant in fremont in order to prepare for model 3 production, the company announced on wednesday, and reuters reports via separate sources that it will look to start test production of its model 3 on february 20, ahead of planned wide-scale production beginning sometime later this year.the model 3 is tesla’s more affordable all-electric vehicle, which has seen over 373,000 pre-orders and which will offer a range of at least 215 miles with pricing starting at $35,000 u.s. before government tax incentives. the vehicle will test the limits of tesla’s production capability, since the company’s ceo elon musk has said they’re targeting production volume of 500,000 cars per year by 2018, in response to strong demand for the model 3. tesla is curr






tesla said to be aiming to start test production of model 3 on february 20


tesla is pausing production at its california embly plant in fremont in order to prepare for model 3 production, the company announced on wednesday, and reuters reports via separate sources that it will look to start test production of its model 3 on february 20, ahead of planned wide-scale production beginning sometime later this year.the model 3 is tesla’s more affordable all-electric vehicle, which has seen over 373,000 pre-orders and which will offer a range of at least 215 miles with pricing starting at $35,000 u.s. before government tax incentives. the vehicle will test the limits of tesla’s production capability, since the company’s ceo elon musk has said they’re targeting production volume of 500,000 cars per year by 2018, in response to strong demand for the model 3. tesla is curr






tesla sets aggressive production plan for model 3


tesla inc. laid out an aggressive production plan to bring out the new model 3 sedan by year’s end, raising the likelihood the auto maker will need to raise more cash to support the rollout. the silicon valley auto maker said wednesday it is on track to begin production in july on the car, and announced plans to ramp up to 5,000 vehicles a week in the fourth quarter.tesla chief elon musk faces intense scrutiny over whether...






new report says samsung's first foldable smartphone will enter production in q4


a rumor last month said that samsung will out a foldable smartphone sometime in the q3-a4 2017 timeframe. however, if a new report is to go by, launch might not happen until next year as the phone will enter production in q4.the report, which cites sources from taiwan's handset supply chain, says that the tech giant will begin a "small production" in the fourth quarter of this year, adding that m production isn't expected to start until h2 2018.the reason behind this delay is said to be technical issues involving the production and reliability of the pi (polyimide)-based plastic cover, which is a key component as far as production of foldable smartphones is concerned."while pi substrates are being produced in large volume currently, m production of pi-based plastic covers with reliable qua






wig maker to the stars fixes the tresses of the world's greatest lover


wig maker richard mawbey has made fake tresses for film, tv and theatre, but never ballet.that was until a month ago, when he started overseeing the production of 60 wigs for the northern ballet's new production of casanova.video journalist: alex stanger, producer: claudia redmond






samsung plans u.s. expansion, would shift manufacturing from mexico


seoul—samsung electronics co. is planning a major investment to expand its u.s. production facilities, according to people familiar with the matter, with at least five states in discussions.the initial capital investment is expected to be around $300 million, several of the people said, with samsung shifting some production of oven ranges to...






shell shuts nigeria’s bonga oilfield for maintenance


johannesburg (ap) — shell nigeria says it is closing bonga oilfield for a month of maintenance, cutting about 200,000 barrels a day from the output of the recession-hit west african nation.managing director bayo ojulari said in a statement that a major focus at the offshore field maintenance is the bonga floating, production, storage and offloading vessel. it has capacity to produce 225,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day.the scheduled maintenance comes as nigeria tries to export as much oil as possible amid a foreign currency crisis. militant attacks last year cut production by up to 1 million barrels a day. the government has said production is up to between 1.7 million and 2.2 million barrels a day. oil provides 80 percent of government revenue.






shell shuts nigeria's bonga oilfield for maintenance


johannesburg — shell nigeria says it is closing bonga oilfield for a month of maintenance, cutting about 200,000 barrels a day from the output of the recession-hit west african nation.managing director bayo ojulari said in a statement that a major focus at the offshore field maintenance is the bonga floating, production, storage and offloading vessel. it has capacity to produce 225,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day.the scheduled maintenance comes as nigeria tries to export as much oil as possible amid a foreign currency crisis. militant attacks last year cut production by up to 1 million barrels a day. the government has said production is up to between 1.7 million and 2.2 million barrels a day. oil provides 80 percent of government revenue.






north dakota oil production is doubtful to grow much in next few months


north dakota oil production rose 4 percent in january after a dismal december, though the forecast for the next several months is tepid.the state’s oil fields pumped out 980,294 barrels per day in january, up from 942,322 in december, as the weather improved a bit, according to data released wednesday by the north dakota department of mineral resources. the all-time production high was 1.23 million barrels per day in december 2014, which occurred just as global oil prices began plummeting.north dakota — the nation’s second largest oil producing state — saw its largest month-over-month decrease on record in december as three snowstorms and icy, windy weather pummeled the state.“the first half of january was as bad as december 2016, but the last 10 days of the month the weather was dry, warm






tesla pauses production at factory to prepare for model 3


why it matters to you tesla is pinning much of its future on the success of the model 3 and doing everything it can to ensure it's ready for consumers.tesla is getting serious about its model 3 production.according to a reuters report this week, tesla is planning on shutting down production at its california embly plant at some point in february to prep for the highly anticipated model 3 sedan. the company hopes to begin production in july and officials said that its “brief, planned” pause would give the organization sufficient time to adequately prepare for what is sure to be a very busy period. during its week-long shutdown, tesla is expected to add capacity to its paint shop and conduct other general maintenance.“this will allow tesla to begin model 3 production later this year as plan






'la la land' wins production design


"la la land" won an oscar for production design, its first of the evening. other nominees include: patrice vermette, paul hotte, "arrival" stuart craig, anna pinnock, “fantastic beasts and where to find them” jess gonchor, nancy haigh, "hail, caesar!" david wasco, sandy reynolds-wasco, "la la land" guy hendrix dyas, gene serdena, "passengers"






tesla model 3 test production could begin this month: report


tesla is shutting down production for a week this month as it preps to make the model 3, perhaps test-building it as soon as feb. 20, a report says.






can tesla hit the mark on model iii production goals?


don’t forget to add the turn signal fluidtesla is scrambling to prepare for production of the model 3, their lower-cost electric car that received nearly half a million pre-orders when it was announced last year. according to the street, tesla is still working to build the model 3 assembly line, which is a mix of robotics, people and people operating robotics.production of the car, which starts at about $35,000 but can quickly get more expensive with options, is scheduled to begin this year with tesla targeting production of 5,000 cars a week to start, and 10,000 a week by late next year. tesla does not have a very good track record of hitting production schedules as promised, but it also tends to over-deliver on quality and performance once they are actually making cars. just ask any mode






german industrial production down sharply in december


berlin — german industrial production unexpectedly dropped 3 percent in december compared with the previous month, apparently pushed lower by seasonal factors.the figure released tuesday by the economy ministry compared with economists' forecast of a 0.3 percent increase. it followed gains of 0.5 percent in each of the previous two months.however, the outlook appears brighter given that data released monday showed factory orders climbing 5.2 percent in december thanks to demand at home and from elsewhere in the eurozone — a far better performance than anticipated.ing-diba economist carsten brzeski said that the december production drop "should be taken with a pinch of salt," with cold winter weather and the christmas season likely the main reasons for the fall. germany has europe's biggest






adox is doubling the size of its film production plant in germany: digital photo


the analog revival seems to roll on, as film producer adox has announced it's doubling the size of its facility that produces photographic chemicals, film and papers. this latest facility comes shortly after adox acquired a facility in marley, switzerland, which itself joined the company’s berlin facilities. the new production plant is being constructed alongside the company's current 'crowded and stuffed' facility in germany.per a statement from adox, the additional space will enable adox to construct additional laboratories, a new emulsifying machine, build a large freezer for storing master rolls, incorporate a super 8 production line, relocate its packaging factory and setup more offices. via: photorumors, dslr magazine






nd winter leads to record single-month oil production drop


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — snowy, frigid weather hampered oil and gas producers in north dakota in december, leading to the state’s largest production decline in a single month.a report from the north dakota department of mineral resources showed december’s production fell to 942,455 barrels per day from november’s 1,034,484 barrels per day. the difference, more than 92,000 daily barrels, made history and officials say almost all can be blamed on the weather.lynn helms, director of the department of mineral resources, said three blizzards, 15 days of winds higher than 35 mph and nine days of temperature below minus-10 degrees made oil and gas production nearly impossible for much of the month.north dakota’s previous record for a single-month oil production drop was in april 2016, when productio






north dakota oil production doubtful to grow much in next few months


north dakota oil production rose 4 percent in january after a dismal december, though the forecast for the next several months is tepid.the state's oil fields pumped out 980,294 barrels per day in january, up from 942,322 in december, as the weather improved a bit, according to data released wednesday by the north dakota department of mineral resources. the all-time production high was 1.23 million barrels per day in december 2014, which occurred just as global oil prices began plummeting.north dakota — the nation's second largest oil producing state — saw its largest month-over-month decrease on record in december as three snowstorms and icy, windy weather pummeled the state."the first half of january was as bad as december 2016, but the last 10 days of the month the weather was dry, warm






manchester city fined £35,000 for breaching fa anti-doping rules


manchester city are currently second in the premier leaguemanchester city have been fined £35,000 after admitting a breach of the football association's anti-doping rules, the governing body has said.clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.city failed to ensure their information was accurate on three occasions.it is understood the information was not updated following a change to training routines. the punishment was imposed following an independent regulatory commission hearing, with the club also warned about future conduct.






bandwidth and latency must factor into your big data strategy


image: istock there are big data networking issues your company may be overlooking: bandwidth and latency. even though it may seem daunting to go down that path, it's better to address this topic now, because more will sites rely on the public internet to transfer data streams and large chunks of data from location to location.for example, in television broadcasting, some companies are taking a hard look at using cloud-based production facilities for their broadcasts. latency and bandwidth issues could arise if transmissions of big data video signals are slow."bandwidth and latency are both significant concerns right now in the broadcast industry," said mike cronk, vice president of core technology at grass valley, which provides broadcast television systems and solutions. for broadcasters






tesla factory faces pressures to multiply its production


tesla ceo elon musk has a vision for his factory: a fremont auto plant buzzing with a high-speed choreography between parts and robots churning out 500,000 cars next year.that’s nearly six times the current rate of production — the factory produced about 84,000 vehicles last year — but musk says the company can meet its aggressive goals.“probably not a lot of people will believe us about this, but i’m absolutely confident that this can be accomplished,” musk told shareholders last year, saying the modern automobile factory could be redesigned and become ten times more efficient. “we’re basically going to design a factory like you’d design an advanced computer.”skeptics question whether tesla can meet its goals, but the company’s growth may hinge on the quick, mass production of its new, lo






tesla factory faces pressures to multiply its production


tesla ceo elon musk has a vision for his factory: a fremont auto plant buzzing with a high-speed choreography between parts and robots churning out 500,000 cars next year.that’s nearly six times the current rate of production — the factory produced about 84,000 vehicles last year — but musk says the company can meet its aggressive goals.“probably not a lot of people will believe us about this, but i’m absolutely confident that this can be accomplished,” musk told shareholders last year, saying the modern automobile factory could be redesigned and become ten times more efficient. “we’re basically going to design a factory like you’d design an advanced computer.”skeptics question whether tesla can meet its goals, but the company’s growth may hinge on the quick, mass production of its new, lo






minister: china to cut 500,000 heavy industry jobs


beijing — china will cut another 500,000 steel and coal jobs this year to reduce excess production capacity, the labor minister said wednesday, amid complaints the industries are flooding global markets and depressing prices.beijing is in the midst of a multiyear effort launched last year to shrink bloated industries including steel, coal, cement, aluminum and glass in which production exceeds demand. that has fed a flood of low-cost exports that washington and europe complain are hurting foreign competitors and threatening thousands of jobs.the government will provide support for the laid-off workers to find other jobs, start companies or retire, yin weimin said at a news conference."this year, to reduce excess capacity, we need to make accommodation for 500,000 workers," yin said.beijing






benedict cumberbatch to star in short showtime series


new york — benedict cumberbatch will play an aristocratic playboy, the title character in a five-part showtime series "melrose" that begins production this summer.the series is based on edward st. aubyn's series of books, and each episode will track one of five separate novels. settings include the south of france in the 1960s, new york in the 1980s and britain at the turn of the century.cumberbatch's character struggles to overcome damage inflicted by an abusive father.the series is a co-production with sky atlantic. no air date has been given.






lego's next fan-designed set celebrates the women of nasa


hot on the heels of hidden figures’ recent academy award nominations, including one for best picture, lego has just revealed the next fan-designed set it’s officially putting into production, and it also celebrates women who have played key roles in the history of the us space program.maia weinstock’s women of nasa lego ideas submission reached the requisite 10,000 supporters needed for the toymaker to consider it for production a while ago. but today, lego revealed that it has officially given weinstock’s creation, which includes a desktop frame for displaying the five minifigures and various nasa-themed mini vignettes, the thumbs up for production. the final version of the set will look a little different than weinstock’s does, as lego’s designers need to ensure it’s production-friendly,






minister: china to cut 500,000 heavy industry jobs


beijing (ap) — china will cut another 500,000 steel and coal jobs this year to reduce excess production capacity, the labor minister said wednesday, amid complaints the industries are flooding global markets and depressing prices.beijing is in the midst of a multiyear effort launched last year to shrink bloated industries including steel, coal, cement, aluminum and glass in which production exceeds demand. that has fed a flood of low-cost exports that washington and europe complain are hurting foreign competitors and threatening thousands of jobs.the government will provide support for the laid-off workers to find other jobs, start companies or retire, yin weimin said at a news conference.“this year, to reduce excess capacity, we need to make accommodation for 500,000 workers,” yin said.mo






tesla outlines plans to build new gigafactories


tesla tesla has revealed plans to construct a total of five gigafactories to cater to increased solar panel and electric vehicle (ev) battery demands.in a letter to shareholders (.pdf), the ev manufacturer, founded by entrepreneur elon musk, tesla said the company plans to finalize the locations for at least two more gigafactories, if not three."later this year, we expect to finalize locations for gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5 (gigafactory 2 is the tesla solar plant in new york)," the letter reads.tesla says that after testing out prototypes earlier this month, model 3 vehicle development is well underway. plans are set to begin production in july, now the supply chain is being established and model 3 production equipment is underway in the fremont, california manufacturing facility, a






tesla outlines plans to build new gigafactories


tesla tesla has revealed plans to construct a total of five gigafactories to cater to increased solar panel and electric vehicle (ev) battery demands.the internet of things 10 types of enterprise deployments as businesses continue to experiment with the internet of things, interesting use cases are emerging. here are some of the most common ways iot is deployed in the enterprise.in a letter to shareholders (.pdf), the ev manufacturer, founded by entrepreneur elon musk, tesla said the company plans to finalize the locations for at least two more gigafactories, if not three."later this year, we expect to finalize locations for gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5 (gigafactory 2 is the tesla solar plant in new york)," the letter reads.tesla says that after testing out prototypes earlier this mon






tony winner 'the humans' and world premiere of david henry hwang musical to lead


“the humans,” the stephen karam one-act that won four tony awards last year including best play, and “soft power,” a world premiere david henry hwang that work takes the form of a chinese musical about present-day america, lead the 2017-18 ahmanson theatre lineup to be announced thursday by centre theatre group.the company commissioned tony winner hwang (“chinglish,” “m. butterfly”) to create “soft power” for the current 50th anniversary season of the mark taper forum. but in the announcement expected from artistic director michael ritchie on thursday, center theatre group will move the production to the larger ahmanson. jeanine tesori, the tony-winning composer of “fun home” (now playing at the ahmanson) and “caroline, or change,” will join the creative team for “soft power,” which starts






denver firm makes huge oil find in alaska – the denver post


armstrong oil & gas, a privately-held denver petroleum producer, and its minority partner, spanish energy giant repsol sa, have made a massive oil discovery on alaska’s north slope, an area once considered tapped out.repsol, in a statement released thursday, claims the find, at 1.2 billion barrels of light crude, is the largest onshore discovery the country has seen in three decades. the play is located in a prospect called horseshoe, near the north slope village of nuiqsut, on the edge of alaska’s national petroleum reserve.“the company expects first production to be in 2021 with a potential rate of 120,000 barrels a day,” said matthew andre, a senior energy analyst with platts analytics in denver.platts expects production on alaska’s north slope to come in at under 500,000 barrels a day






north dakota oil production down again


north dakota saw the largest month-over-month oil production decline on record during december, attributed largely to bad winter weather, state officials said.north dakota's oil production fell 9 percent in december to 942,455 barrels per day from 1.03 million barrels per day in november, according to data released wednesday by the north dakota department of mineral resources."the big story is the weather," lynn helms, the department's director, said in a conference call with reporters. "horrible weather in north dakota. very difficult to produce oil."three snowstorms were coupled with 10 days of bitter cold temperatures — 10 degrees-below zero or lower — and 15 days of winds in excess of 35 miles per hour.bad weather was also the main cause of an 11 percent decline in natural gas producti






storms linked to climate change caused more than £3.5m to cricket clubs


keswick cricket club was one of many in the north of england which suffered damage from storm desmondstorms in december 2015 linked to climate change caused more than £3.5m worth of damage to cricket clubs in the uk, says a report.two clubs affected - sowerby bridge in yorkshire and appleby eden in cumbria - have yet to return to their grounds.and 130-year-old corbridge cricket club had to have their clubhouse demolished as a result of storm desmond.the england and wales cricket board distributed more than £1m in emergency funding to clubs last year.and the ecb has also earmarked £1.6m for 2017.the "weather warning" report, which comes from the climate coalition, is backed by more than 100 organi ions including the wwf-uk, the rspb, the national trust and the women's institute.professor pi






samsung revs up galaxy s8 production


samsung is expecting a strong demand for its galaxy s8 and s8+ so it has boosted its initial production by nearly 40% compared to the galaxy s7. the former flagship's initial batch was 12m units, but this time around samsung is increasing that number by 40%. the total shipments are expected to reach 60 million units.that number is noticeably higher than the 48 million sales that the galaxy s7 achieved and the 45 million of the galaxy s6 before that.now the sweet 60 million number hasn't been officially confirmed and comes from korean local publication the bell, but it's clear that samsung will have to amp up production of the galaxy s8 because of the void left by the galaxy note 7.many die-hard samsung fans were left without a big-screened samsung flagship and had to revert to a 5.5" galax






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






behind the scenes at the ballet


photographer justin slee goes backstage with the leeds-based northern ballet company as the dancers prepare for their new production based on the life of giacomo casanova. casanova is known these days as the great seducer, but he was also a gambler, spy, diplomat, entrepreneur and author, and the production aims to highlight these lesser-known aspects of his life.image copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleeimage copyrightjustin sleefollowing the world premiere on 11 march, casanova will be touring the uk until may. northern balletall photographs subject to copyright






trump executive order sows fear among refugees in ariz.


closeskip in skipxembedxshare ibado mahmud, a somali refugee who resettled in arizona in 1993, talks about president donald trump's decision to temporarily freeze the arrival of all refugees and indefinitely halt the arrival of refugees from syria. tom tingle/azcentral.com ibado mahmud of phoenix arrived in the united states as a refugee in 1993 after fleeing the civil war in somalia.(p o: tom tingle/the republic)phoenix — ibado mahmud e to the united states as a refugee in 1993 after fleeing the civil war in her native somalia and spending more than two years living in a refugee p in neighboring kenya.she is one of 7,193 somali refugees resettled in arizona since 1992, the first year somali refugees arrived in arizona.but mahmud worries that other refugees will not get the same chance bec