Dear Editor,The Leader of the Opposition Dr Bharat Jagdeo has once again displayed his trademark quality of astuteness and high class political maturity as he made a bold move to avoid not only a constitutional crisis but an economic one in the making as well. As he outlined in his press conference, it is the duty of both the Government and the Opposition to inspire confidence in society in the face of the mounting uncertainties being faced following the passing of the no-confidence motion against the coalition Government. He indicated that strong and mature actions by both parties are essential to remove such insecurities. The populace wants speedy justice!However, it is quite disappointing to the point of utter disgust that the State-owned newspaper continues to twist the outcome of the no-confidence motion and now the meeting between Jagdeo and Granger to highlight in its front pages that the “Government rejects Jagdeo’s request to withdraw legal challenge to no-confidence vote”. What should be highlighted is the fact that Dr Jagdeo stated that once the Government intends to pursue the course of legal action then both parties must a joint statement requesting the Court to deal with the matter expeditiously since there is a constitutional timeframe given which is 90 days. There is a famous legal maxim which says that “justice delayed is justice denied” and this is exactly what the Leader of the Opposition was referring to. We have seen this being echoed by Guyanese diplomat and academic Sir Ronald Sanders who said that the Courts must act expeditiously since it is a matter of grave national importance and should not take more than a week. He concluded that the political anxiety and tension is not a good thing and the supreme law should not be vilified. The State-media is financed by taxpayers’ dollars and must be in the forefront to ease this type of tension, not to ignite and fuel it. Even in its dying throes this Government is squandering our monies!Moreover, it would seem that the State resources are now being used against Guyanese who want to preserve the sovereignty of our Constitution. Those resources should be directed towards a speedy resolution of the constitutional questions before the court. The selfish attempts by some members of the coalition Government to brainwash Guyanese and hold them at ransom will only push them further down the precipice of ignominy to the point of no return. In addition, the AFC duo, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are now expressing hues and cries far above the normal decibel in a final effort to gain some recognition from the PNC. They failed at the recently concluded LGE!GECOM had signaled just after the passing of the no-confidence motion that they are prepared for an early election within the constitutional time frame. This was according to Public Relations Officer of GECOM, Yolanda Ward who was adamant that, “it is our Constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and the Local Government Elections whenever they are constitutionally due; so whether it is in 90 days then it is GECOM’s responsibility to conduct elections”. This was published in the Guyana Chronicle on December 27, 2018. I wish our ‘fit and proper’, GECOM Chairman a speedy recovery to facilitate the electoral process in 90 days!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion 6
Senior officials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are yet to make contact with the solid waste collectors regarding payment of outstanding money owed to them which is supposed to be paid by the end of 2018.Business Development Supervisor of Cevon’s Waste Management, Morris Archer made this disclosure on Monday while stating that there was no feedback from the Council since an engagement on December 6, with Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.“Since that meeting on December 6, we haven’t heard back from City Hall. We haven’t been paid, or we haven’t received any correspondence or any word onOne of the trucks owned by Cevon’s Waste Management collecting garbagewhat is the way forward.”Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal Services would have met with Bulkan and officials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), where it was guaranteed that payment would be made.Morris indicated that during that engagement, the collectors had offered to resume operations, but no confirmation was given by City Hall. To date, they continue to remain on strike.“We’re currently on strike. We had pledged to them that with the promise to pay from the Minister that we will start back working, but we haven’t heard from them since that meeting,” Archer told <<
Two armed men on Saturday evening terrorised and robbed a businessman of cash and other items when they invaded his Overwinning, New Amsterdam home.Reports are that the businessman’s son was just about to lock the gate when he was confronted by a gunman.Deonarine Albert, 52, and his 25-year-old son, Roberto had just arrived home when the robbery took place.Guyana Times understands that moments prior to the robbery, Albert’s son-in-law returned home with his wife and left the gate open for the businessman to drive into the yard.However, the young man was held at gunpoint and escorted into the yard, where the bandits ordered the businessman into the house and demanded money and jewellery. He was gun-butted as the intruders made their demands.The bandits collected the man’s mobile phone, an undisclosed sum of cash, and a quantity of jewellery before making good their escape. This publication was told that as the men were leaving the scene, they discharged several shots.The Police were subsequently summoned to the scene where they were given access to the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recordings. They were able to identify a white Toyota Spacio as the getaway car, but up to press time, they were still hunting for the two bandits.On October 11, 2016, bandits used a similar method to enter the Alberts’ home. On that occasion Roberto was beaten by three armed men who forced him to hand over $620,000 along with his car keys.They then fled the scene using the businessman’s car, which was later found abandoned at Savannah Park, New Amsterdam.It was reported that the men exited the vehicle and boarded a waiting car and made good their escape. The car, according to Albert, had in it $1,000,000 worth of phone cards, two laptops, and five cellular phones.To date, no one was prosecuted for that robbery.
A lone gunman stormed into Pradeep’s Furniture Store at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and then exited empty-handed after realising that the business place had no cash.The gunman inside Pradeep’s Furniture StoreReports are at about 12:20h on Monday, the gunman entered the furniture store, which had just opened and approached the sales clerk, demanding cash. The man whipped out a handgun from the waist of his pants and brandished the firearm while demanding that the clerk hand over the cash that was in the register.This newspaper was told that the terrified female related to the gunman that there was no money inside of the drawer since no sales transactions had been done for the day.The gunman then quickly exited the building and jumped onto a motorcycle and rode away.Region Four Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is also the Commanding Officer for the Industry to West of Mahaica Bridge area, Royston Andries-Junor told Guyana Times on Monday that Police are on the hunt for the armed man.The Commander said that the CCTV footage from the business place was reviewed by investigating ranks and any other footage that might be available from nearby buildings will also be reviewed.Investigations are continuing.
The last time these two teams met, the Rangers won 7-4. After a scoreless first period, Flyer Ian Munro opened up the scoring eight minutes into the second, putting Fort St. John up 1-0. Unfortunately, two goals by the Rangers less than a minute apart late in the period, including a short-handed goal, had the frame end with the Flyers down one. Wanting to end the season on a high note, the Flyers rallyed back in the third, scoring three unanswered goals by David Marshall, Paul Wiens and Brad MacAulay. The Flyers outshot the 30-24 in the 4-2 game, with Justin Jarvis in net.- Advertisement – That was meant to be the last game of the season for the Flyers, but a last minute make-up game was added for tonight, February 6 in Hythe, because of bad driving conditions in November. Hythe has 10 points in 21 games played, and lost 5-7 to Fort St. John when they played back in January. Fort St. John has 13 points in 13 games played, and has opted out of the championships this year in order to compete in the Allan Cup.Advertisement
0Shares0000Jose Mourinho acknowledges Paul Pogba’s winning display as the Frenchman comes off towards the end against Young Boys © AFP / Alain GROSCLAUDEBERN, Switzerland, Sep 20 – With Paul Pogba putting his stamp on games and Jose Mourinho in an upbeat mood, the atmosphere around Manchester United is markedly more relaxed than it was just a few weeks ago.United’s 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in Bern on Wednesday was not completely straightforward, with the visitors on the back foot before Pogba emerged to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half. But Mourinho’s side ended up thoroughly deserving their victory against a team that had won nine out of 10 games this season and were determined to impress on their Champions League group-stage debut.Pogba’s decisive contribution while wearing the captain’s armband also stretched to an assist for Anthony Martial’s third goal in the second half, and his performance came after he stood out on his 100th appearance for the club in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Watford.“If someone asks me to do that again, I don’t think it’ll go where it did,” admitted Pogba of his terrific opening goal at the Stade de Suisse, which he followed by scoring a penalty before half-time.“I’m very, very happy to have scored two goals and to have helped decide the game,” said the France star, who has four goals in total this season, three from the spot.The 25-year-old has not always enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Mourinho, being routinely dropped last season.In recent weeks, doubts have been raised about what his agent Mino Raiola might have in mind for Pogba’s future. Yet in Bern, Pogba delivered for his manager.“I don’t think he can score goals every match, but the goal he scored today, the first goal, is not different than the fantastic save (Ben) Foster had in the last match,” Mourinho said of a player who also netted for France in the World Cup final.“If he starts arriving in possible scoring positions that can be a plus for the team, so I am happy with that. The team had good stability in midfield, allowed him to go to these kind of positions.”It is now three straight wins in three away games for United, after Premier League successes at Burnley and Watford.– Delight at Dalot –Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot impressed on his Manchester United debut © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAfter speculation that he could be sacked in the wake of the 3-0 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month, the Portuguese’s mood has changed for the better.He expressed delight at teenager Diogo Dalot’s debut performance at right-back, was full of praise for Luke Shaw, and left the Stade de Suisse press room joking with reporters.“At half-time I told the players it is the third time in a row we arrive at half-time winning 2-0 — against Burnley we didn’t finish off but we didn’t concede, against Watford we concede and we were in trouble,” he said.Martial rounded out the win by marking his first start in a month by netting his first goal since January.The manager added: “I think our best period was exactly the period in the second half where we scored our third goal and we killed the game.“In the second half the players were responsible, they were ambitious, so I liked that.“But what I like most is that after two defeats, three matches away, and three victories — I don’t say phenomenal performances but three good, solid performances, and let’s go back home Saturday.”Wolverhampton Wanderers are up next, while United are also at home in their next Champions League game against Valencia.A win against the Spaniards will be a big step towards the last 16 before a double-header against Juventus, as United seek to improve in Europe following last season’s exit to Sevilla in the first knockout round.“We had a tough season in the Champions League last season — we want to do much better this season,” Pogba insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
DOING THE BUSINESS: Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB will be profiling a number of individuals and businesses who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.As the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses, Donegal Daily spoke with Orla Crossan, who is now a Senior Makeup Artist with Inglot Cosmetics.Orla did the Beauty Therapist Traineeship with Donegal ETB at the Gweedore Training Centre in 2012. This one-year course was her first step into the creative world of beauty. “Beauty therapy was always something I wanted to do,” Orla said. “I was interested in anatomy and physiology, but college wasn’t for me.”Orla Crossan MakeupThe programme began with the basics – from the theory of skin to the practical methods of makeup and waxing. In the second term, students practice more technical procedures such as Facial Electrical Treatments.One of the greatest aspects of the course was the ITEC qualification that students received, which is an internationally recognised award. This qualification is the main thing that employers have looked for from Orla when she applied for roles.The mixture of practical and theory lessons took place between the ETB Training Centre Gweedore and the Genesis salon, which is run by Mary Ferry. “Mary teaches everything herself, from the theory to the practical. This was good because she would take the time to go around everyone individually and help them during practicals.”“There was around 15 girls in the class, so you get a lot of one-to-one attention.”Orla remembers that there was a lot of late night studying involved, with class tests every day and another test every week to make sure the class were on top of their studies.“I actually enjoyed the exams. I enjoyed going home and learning something new every day,” Orla said.Orla advises anyone considering the course that they should be prepared to study. “There is a lot more to it than massaging people and putting makeup on them. Be ready to learn.”Orla did written exams in Anatomy & Physiology, Waxing, Manicure and Pedicure, and Skincare and Eye Treatments.Practical exams were carried out in the training salon.“Everything had to be perfect to get your qualification. We were all a bit nervous, and had a lot of Rescue Remedy on the day!” Orla said. The ETB traineeship gave Orla a great base knowledge of Beauty Therapy. She went on to do an intensive makeup course in the LA College of Creative Arts in Dublin. She then worked in makeup departments for films and TV.Orla celebrating the Galway Inglot store’s first birthday.Orla got a job at the Inglot store in Galway, and has been with the company for almost two years.“I had always wanted to work in Inglot. I loved how the girls working there did their makeup. It’s such an artistic company to work for.”Orla also works as a freelance makeup artist. She has recently moved home to Gweedore, and will be joining the new Inglot Derry store when it opens next year.“It’s at home where I want to make my name, I’m really excited to bring Inglot here and do my own masterclasses from the store.”For further information on these programs and others contact Sarah on 074-9120542Email for course inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit www.donegaletb.ieDoing the Business: How Orla applied the foundations of Beauty Therapy was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Doing the BusinessDonegal ETBGweedoremakeup artist
A Churchill man was caught with orange paint on his hands and clothing after a woman’s house was attacked with paint.Raymond McGlynn was interviewed by Gardai after the home of Patricia Hegarty at Abbey Village in Kilmacrennan was attacked on July 1st, 2011.Her homes and some of her clothing on a clothes line was covered in orange paint. McGlynn, 31, of Claggan, Churchill, was staying at another nearby house.Gardai found orange paint on his hands and clothing and admitted being involved.He said he had been heavily intoxicated and although he could not remember the attack, he mist have been responsible, he told Gardai.Letterkenny District Court heard that McGlynn has 12 previous convictions for a range of offences including being intoxicated, damaging another person’s property, having no insurance and failing to comply whir the directions of Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client plans to compensate the injured party.He said McGlynn was about to start radiotherapy for a tumour on his brain and that this was a relapsed tumour.Although the prognosis was good, he added that it was guarded.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until September to allow for a probation report to be compiled on McGlynn.MAN CAUGHT FOR ATTACK AFTER ORANGE PAINT FOUND ON HIS HANDS AND CLOTHING was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackChurchilldonegalkilmacrennanorange paintRaymond McGlynn
RTE commentator Pat Spillane has admitted Donegal could have won this year’s All Ireland title – and blames Jim McGuinness for not doing so!The former Kerry great said McGuinness did not use the likes of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden to the best of their ability.The commentator the fans love to hate said Donegal left him so frustrated that he finds their tactics impossible to put into words. “There is actually no word in the English dictionary to adequately describe my disgust/anger/annoyance over what they did to Gaelic football.“It is anti everything the game ought to be about.“It was suggested that they adopted these tactics due to a lack of quality forwards. Nonsense. Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden, Christy Toye and Michael Hegarty are all top-class players who would walk on to the majority of county teams.“Ultimately they came up short – their system failed. “But had they adjusted it even slightly they could have ended up winning the All Ireland,” he claimed.Spillane also picks Karl Lacey as turning in one of the performances of the year, claims Donegal were the most improved team of the year and Kevin Cassidy got the point of the championship. SPILLANE BLAMES MCGUINNESS FOR DONEGAL NOT WINNING ALL-IRELAND was last modified: January 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyPat SpillaneRTE
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Not only can the 54-year-old surgeon tele-chat with patients and nurses via a lab coat-wearing robot known as R.O.N.I. – for robot of neurological intensive care – from his Encino home or UCLA office, but he can also read their vital signs, lab results, CT scans, X-rays and other data in order to shave vital minutes during a medical crisis. While such a robot doesn’t replace bedside visits, he said, it augments them around the clock. “There isn’t any other robot system like this,” said Martin, whose pale blue eyes gaze from one computer-monitor window while he peers into the ICU through another from his UCLA office. The robot, co-developed by InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, has been in use one year. “We’re constantly looking into patients in the middle of the night, or making rounds in the daytime. If someone calls me about a crashing patient, I check in.” “He’s charming,” said Susan Brtis, an ICU nurse for brain surgery at UCLA, admiring the R2-D2-size member of her staff. “I wish he could change bedpans and help lift patients.” For Martin, however, such sci-fi advances weren’t enough. With the advent of electronic pagers, surgeons were often being buzzed by the hospital during a medical crisis. But that meant dropping everything, including his sons’ Little League games. Slogging through Los Angeles traffic. And arriving at UCLA Medical Center either too late – or to a crisis easily handled from afar with detailed medical data. So Martin and researchers at the UCLA Division of Neurosurgery’s Brain Monitoring and Modeling Lab created a smart phone system that gives 24/7 access to patients in or outside the hospital. Their Global Care Quest cellular devices, now used by dozens of UCLA doctors, provide an instant read on bedside monitors, lab results and CT and MRI images through use of a high-speed wireless network. The GCQ system, the first of its kind, is now being considered by other hospitals throughout the nation. “We assume that, in the future, every physician will have a handheld-connected personal computer to make medicine safer,” said Martin. “That future’s right now at UCLA.” Martin, an award-winning physician who has a real human skull on his desk, has run numerous marathons and has completed the Ironman World Championship triathlon. When not performing brain surgery, he’s climbed Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount McKinley and other peaks. From his 4-inch GCQ phone, Martin checks on “Martha,” a 70-year-old patient now in a coma in the ICU, for a recent brain hemorrhage. It was during a Dodgers playoff game last year that the UCLA doctor received a page from the ICU about the sufferings of a similar patient. Martin ran up to the Dodger Dog stand for a solid cellular connection, then examined his GCQ handheld. Bingo. “I pulled up the patient’s X-rays and was able to continue treatment immediately instead of getting in my car and going to the hospital,” he said. “And I got to see the Dodgers win the game.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The next time Dr. Neil Martin climbs Mount Everest, he’s taking his patients with him. The Encino brain surgeon and mountain climber has co-created the most advanced medical cellular smart phone – a handheld wireless device that can receive patients’ vital signs, even at the top of the world. “At that point, I’ll have a smart phone that will not only allow me to stay connected with the world – including my patients – but allow the expedition physician to track my own vital signs,” said Martin, who is considering a second expedition to the 29,035-foot peak. Martin, chief of neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center, helped develop the world’s first remote-control robot in an intensive care unit. He will be lauded in Beverly Hills today for his high-tech advances at a Visionary Ball fundraiser for the UCLA Division of Neurosurgery, featuring “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno.
Cllr Gary DohertySinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today joined in with calls for the British Government to reverse a new levy to be imposed on all HGV’s entering the Six Counties.Under the new legislation all HGVs crossing the border between Donegal and the six counties will be liable to pay £10 each time they cross the boundary. Councillor Doherty was joining in the calls of his party colleague Pat Doherty who is the MP for West Tyrone. Cllr Doherty said “this levy is against the ethos of the European Union working to eliminate borders which separate people. In particular this levy aims to separate the people of Northern Ireland from the rest of the island of Ireland. He continued “haulage firms are under extreme pressure in the current climate without adding insult to injury by imposing this levy. The price of fuel has remained at a high level. These costs will impact on the business which utilise haulage firms and these costs would eventually come back to hit the average consumer. That is without even thinking about how this levy would work on a practical level. Will we be faced with the return of checkpoints at the border like the bad old days?“I think this is a very draconian measure by the British Government. I would urge all elected representatives of all parties to oppose this levy and to use whatever lobbying powers they have to prevent it from coming into force. I applaud the work done by Pat Doherty in Westminster in highlighting this issue and Pearse Doherty who has met with Government representatives in Leinster House urging them to meet with the British Government to dissuade them of this levy.Pat Doherty described the new plans as “crazy”.He said “Once again we have an example of policy being formulated at Westminster which gives no consideration to the economic or geographical realities on this island. “Last September, I wrote to the Minister of Dept of Transport in London outlining these concerns but the subsequent response from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State from the Department Stephen Hammond was completely dismissive by attempting to equate the planned £10 levy with the ‘Toll Charges’ that are payable on HGV vehicles on some motorways in the south.Sinn Féin has also been raising our serious concerns about these British government levy plans through the Assembly’s Environment Committee and will be firmly asking Environment Minister Mark H Durkan to ensure that these levy plans are blocked in our submission to the consultation into these levy plans which closes on the 4th February and we would urge as many people as possible to similarly register their opposition to these plans by in making submissions to this consultation. SINN FEIN IN BID TO STOP NEW LEVY ON LORRIES ENTERING THE NORTH was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gary DohertyHGV levyThe North
Filmmaking fads come and go, but that’s no reason why up-and-coming filmmakers shouldn’t experiment with the trend du jour.Every year, we start to see an increase in content with some specific filmmaking technique in the spotlight. So much so that you can’t tune into your favorite content creator without seeing it. And there are also those who come to resent the enthusiastic use of certain filmmaking methods. So why all the fuss?As you can see in the video above, Jakob Bowen — from The Buff Nerds — is uncomfortable with the overuse of gimbals in recent years (we touch more on this later). For my part, I wince when loading up a short film to see that it’s been graded with the vastly overused M31 LUT. If the underworld exists, it’s undoubtedly coated in orange and teal. Fads and trends come and go at such a rapid pace, it’s hard to remember what the in-season technique was last spring.Over the last decade, we’ve seen a surge in the following techniques from amateur and semi-professional filmmakers online:Shallow depth of fieldSliding/tracking shotsTime-lapsesGimbalVR/360Drone New Tech, Low CostIn the spring of 2011, I finally got my hands on the 5D Mk II. From that day on (for the entire summer), nearly everything I shot was at f/1.2. Of course, nearly everything was also hazy and quickly falling in and out of focus. However, I had longed for shallow depth of field for years. And after spending many months researching how to add a 35mm adapter to the Canon HV20, and years yearning for a camera that could even remotely yield a “cinematic” feel, I most definitely was not about to start using aperture settings correctly.This mindset didn’t get me very far. It was fun but impractical.With the increase of affordable, full-frame cameras, shallow depth of field and rack focusing took over the YouTube filmmaking community like a virus in a crowded city. Could you even call a travel video a travel video if you didn’t have a rack focus from a flower into the picturesque landscape behind? No, you could not. Of course, with the rise of shooting absolutely everything with a wide aperture, filmmaking fora were ablaze with disgruntled voices concerned about the overuse of shallow depth of field. Shallow depth of field should be used as a cinematic tool to direct focus, not to create bokeh in the gas station just to make the scene look “filmic.”Image via Bhakpong.In a 2011 article for Filmmaker Magazine, “Is Shallow Depth-of-Field a Fad?,” Michael Murie highlighted a few comments from professionals regarding the shallow depth of field craze at the start of the 2000s.I’ve noticed some grumblings about our current fascination with shallow depth-of-field. At a recent workshop I attended, cinematographer Barry Braverman said: ‘The current vogue, which is starting to taper off finally, was the “shallow depth-of-field is better” idea. Is your nose in focus and eyes out of focus something you want? . . . Again, this is my deal. You guys can do whatever you want. Yes, you want depth of field control, but shallow depth of field is not going to deliver you the panacea. It is a tool to be used wisely, just like any other tool.’The internet (and industry professionals) didn’t have long to argue, as shortly after the wealth of shallow depth-of-field shots, suddenly everything became about time-lapses. Moving time-lapse of the Milky Way, time-lapses of the same location during different seasons, time-lapses of the camera moving otherworldly through a crowded city. If there was something that dynamically changed throughout the day — or even the year — you could bet there was a filmmaker or photographer sitting somewhere creating magic.So, where exactly do these fads come from?It’s not as if one day someone somewhere invents a new technique and suddenly everyone wants in. All the methods, sans VR, have been used in motion picture and television for decades, which is precisely why these techniques become so popular. For the first time since watching these techniques employed on the big screen, the small consumer can finally replicate the shot — for just a fraction of the cost.Canon’s initial foray into the amateur-to-professional video market set off a chain reaction in the equipment and accessory industry. Consumers finally had access to cameras that, to some extent, were creating results that had been restricted to the big screen. But there was a vacuum that needed to be filled. While consumers could shoot full-frame at f/1.8, they couldn’t move the camera the same way that feature film productions could. You still had to rent a track and dolly, or turn to YouTube to find out how to build your own.At first, the new “budget-friendly alternative” often isn’t that budget-friendly — not for low or no-budget filmmakers.Take the MōVI, for example. If you’re not familiar with the rig, I’m sure you may remember marveling at the behind-the-scenes footage of the cam op on roller skates, gliding from the street to the taxi.As Danny Greer said in a PremiumBeat post from the archives, “The MōVI camera system is set to completely change camera stabilization in the professional video production industry.”It was completely revolutionary because the stabilizer was built around gyro stabilization and accelerometers. No need for the clunky Steadicam vests and weights when this rig does the same job with more agility and less setup. But there was the $14,995 price tag — not necessarily a low-budget entry point for a stabilizer for your 5D.However, when new technology like this enters the market, you can also count on the fact that, a few years later, we’ll see similar technology at a fraction of the cost — such as the Ronin M, which you can get brand new for $800. That’s a huge difference in price. Of course, there are reasons, as you can see below.MōVI vs. Ronin discussion aside, the point is that these types of stabilization shots were really only produced by top-tier productions because it’s not like every enthusiast has $50,000 in the bank for an ARRI Trinity. But for a Ronin-M? Absolutely. Therefore, we’re going to see an abundance of content that consists solely of footage captured on a gimbal, because never before have enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers been able to mimic camera movement from the big screen, for such a low cost. To revert back to Jakob’s video featured in the introduction, he rightly states the following:Everybody and their grandmother have been shooting on gimbals and only gimbals. Whether it’s on YouTube, Instagram, or another social media platform, it seems like every single person is shooting every piece of content on a gimbal.Jakob goes on to say that “You have to use those filmmaking tools (gimbal) at your disposal to elicit an emotion, or tell the audience how they’re supposed to be feeling, in this moment.” I agree (looking at your drone footage and M31 grading). However, is this a stance we should take? Just like fashion trends and the evolution of music, this isn’t a process that we, as individuals, can stop or change. But is there a need to do so? The trends and fads in online content rarely (at the time of their popularity) shift into feature films and television, and in essence, it’s just young content creators having fun with tools that weren’t available ten years ago.As I found out when filming everything at f/1.2, I believe that those who create content (and overuse a technique) will learn to understand the value of the method. I also believe that new content creators today learn that using technology to achieve a specific shot will appear more profound when used sparingly, to elicit an emotion. But for the time being, content creators have the figurative ability to fly to the moon. That’s something to revel in, not dismiss.Cover image via Dmitry Kalinovsky.Looking for more film and video tips and tricks? Check these out.Quick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro Add Atmospheric Texture to Your Production with Haze or FogCamera Insights: The Best A-Cam and B-Cam Video SetupsUsing Foreground Elements to Elevate your Next ProductionA Rundown Of The Edit Page Changes in DaVinci Resolve 16
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya will resign from their Lok Sabha seats, Gorakhpur and Phulpur, in the next couple of days, and the search for candidates to be put up in these constituencies will begin in earnest. Before that, the BJP will keenly watch the State and national executive meetings of the Samajwadi Party in the next couple of weeks. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, is expected to be elevated as party chief at the meetings, and a resolution setting forth the political line for the party for the 2019 elections is also likely to be passed. Future alliances may be discussed. BJP sources said they will track whether the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will put up a joint candidate in Phulpur or fight the byelection separately. “As far as we can assess, it seems unlikely that a joint candidate will be put up as we don’t see the BSP gaining anything from it. It’s a seat where the Scheduled Castes may not vote with the Yadavs [the SP’s core vote bank],” a senior office-bearer of the party said. For Gorakhpur too, the party will have to cast its net wide as it will be for the first time in many years that the leadership of the Gorakhnath Math (headed now by Mr. Adityanath) will not be available as a candidate. Before Mr. Adityanath, his guru Mahant Avaidyanath used to represent this Lok Sabha constituency. “November and December will be crucial for the State government as that is when the byelections may be called, and the local bodies elections in the State are to be held,” the source said.
A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate diagnostic tests developed in thousands of laboratories is picking up steam—and drawing fire. The agency recently notified Congress that it plans to regulate some of these so-called laboratory developed tests (LDTs)—which, unlike tests marketed by diagnostic manufacturers, don’t currently require FDA approval. FDA has not yet released a draft guidance on the matter, but at a hearing yesterday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee raised questions about the agency’s authority to regulate these tests, its motivation for doing so, and the potential impact of such regulations on the diagnostic industry.Doctors use diagnostic tests to determine which patients are at risk for developing a disease and which would benefit from a treatment. And while companies offer FDA-approved kits for many of these uses, clinical labs often design and offer their own. According to the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), more than 11,000 laboratories are authorized to develop and perform LDTs, and the majority of them do.FDA has had the authority to regulate LDTs—and all in vitro diagnostics—since 1976, explained Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, at the hearing. But the agency has so far exercised “enforcement discretion” and has not required that labs manufacturing these tests seek its approval. 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They’re manufactured in large quantities and are increasingly removed from the health care centers and doctors who order them. They are also increasingly complex, relying on sophisticated software to interpret results. Although CLIA ensures that labs perform a test properly, it doesn’t address the clinical validity of the test itself—how accurately it measures a patient’s condition. “We have a responsibility to provide patients with greater certainty,” Shuren said.That’s why FDA has for years been angling to regulate LDTs and is now developing a draft guidance for labs to seek its approval. The new requirements wouldn’t apply to all tests. Those that FDA considers “low-risk,” those that diagnose rare diseases, and those that have no FDA-approved equivalent would continue to enjoy enforcement discretion. But for the rest, labs would have to submit data proving their validity. But it’s not yet clear how many labs would be subject to the new requirements.Some lawmakers and stakeholders balk at the thought of FDA’s increased involvement. Alan Mertz, president of ACLA and a witness at the hearing, argued that the proposed regulations would discourage labs from developing innovative new tests and prevent them from adjusting the tests quickly for new uses. Mertz, along with several representatives, also challenged FDA’s authority to regulate LDTs, arguing that they are not “devices” but rather services provided to a patient, and are already regulated effectively under CLIA.But others welcome FDA’s move to raise the regulatory bar. Christopher Newton-Cheh, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who testified on behalf of the American Heart Association, called the current system “completely opaque.” Doctors often aren’t aware if the test they order is FDA-approved, and inaccurate results increase the risk that patients will undergo unnecessary treatment or be excluded from a treatment based on bad information. “This is the right thing to do for patients,” he said.FDA may release its draft guidance on or after 29 September. Once the agency finalizes the guidance, it intends to phase in the new review process over 9 years.
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “It’s all him. You can’t teach rebounds and blocks and he saw that it’s what he can contribute to the team. He’s also not forcing to take the shot,” he observed.READ: Andre Paras delivers solid numbers in debutThe patriarch also doesn’t want Andre to listen too much on the comparisons to current PBA players like Marc Pingris, saying the 6-foot-4 banger is still miles away from today’s stars.“You can make comparisons on his defense and rebounds. But he’s still far. Marc is more on post up and Andre has yet to show a post play,” he said.Glad to see his son perform at this stage, the only advice Benjie could give to Andre is to stay the course and continue working hard.ADVERTISEMENT Deyto rescues Global with key saves in stunning triumph over Geylang “One of the things coaches look for from players is their hardwork. Andre said that as of now, this is like an unfinished business for him and he’s just taking it slow. He’s happy with what he’s doing right now and enjoying his time here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But through three games, the 21-year-old Andre has definitely been making his father proud, averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks for AMA Online Education this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.READ: Andre Paras continues to make impact for AMAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe younger Paras racked up 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ 95-76 loss to Batangas on Thursday.Benjie, the only rookie to win the MVP award in the PBA, was in attendance and was glad to see his son prosper with AMA. But the “Tower of Power” wants no credit for son’s solid performance so far. Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESFor PBA great Benjie Paras, watching his son Andre carve his own niche on the hard court is undoubtedly a gratifying feeling.“I’m happy because when he came into the D-League, I told him there’s no pressure and he has to do whatever he can to help the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken