What You Need to Know About the Pocket Cinema Camera

first_imgThe Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera makes it easier to capture great images on-the-go. Check out the features that make it stand out.With it’s RAW capabilities and sleek design the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has quickly become the go-to camera for filmmakers who are looking for a small, high quality camera at an affordable price. The BMPCC is the little-brother to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera but it still packs quite a punch for being a fraction of the price. Here are a few things you need to know about it:It shoots in RAWUnlike comparable DSLR cameras, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera natively shoots in a RAW lossless format. This is huge for color correcting. As a filmmaker, you don’t have to worry about details getting lost in compression.13 Stops of Dynamic RangeHow good is 13 stops of dynamic range? Well, a Canon Mark III shoots with only 10 stops of dynamic range and the “cream-of-the-crop” Arri Alexa gets 13.5. We’re not saying that a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will get you Arri quality video, but as far as dynamic range goes it can get you pretty close.A 3.5 Inch DisplayA larger display means it’s much easier to monitor what you are recording. On the display you can also review clips straight from your SD card which is nice for on-set playback. The BMPCC also allows you to zoom in to get a better view of what you are recording.A Micro Four Thirds MountThis is an interesting advantage to DSLR lenses in that Micro Four Thirds lenses tend to be much smaller and more compact than DSLR lenses. As it stands right now, Micro Four Third lenses tend to be cheaper than comparable DSLR lenses too. There are also a lot of adapters for Micro Four Thirds mounts that can help your BMPCC take almost any lens avaliable.We’re Giving One Away for FreePremiumbeat, in partnership with FStoppers.com, is giving away a free Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera along with an awesome gear pack for a limited time. To find out more information about the giveaway go over to the contest page and enter. Each user can enter once a day and you get bonus entries if your friends sign up.Do you use a BMPCC on your productions? What do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Quezon City, Bulacan scuttle foes

first_img’Twas Jason’s day to shine View comments MALOLOS—On a night Quezon City outplayed the Gary David-led Bataan squad, preseason champion Bulacan showed its strong title aspirations by whipping Imus in the MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup at Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.Quezon City drew a solid performance from Andrew Estrella, who dished out the league’s first triple double, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to power the Capitals past the Bataan Defenders, 87-69.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. David, the former PBA scoring champion, led the Defenders with 21 points.In the other game, Bulacan Kuyas dumped Imus Bandera, 93-79. Former PBA star Marlou Aquino had four points and a block as he settled for a veteran leader’s role in the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 justice LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UNIVERSITY 2 LAST

first_imgAbout Manipal University: About Manipal University: Manipal University is synonymous with excellence in higher education. Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling university town, nestled on a plateau in Karnatakas Udupi district. It also has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus. The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campuses in Dubai (UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental and nursing programs, while the Bangalore Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine. The Dubai campus offers programs in engineering, management and architecture, and the Melaka campus offers programs in medicine and dentistry. Every institute has world-class facilities and pedagogy, which are constantly reviewed and upgraded to reflect the latest trends and developments in higher education. In Manipal, these include educational facilities like the Simulation Lab with computer-driven Manikins, an Innovation Centre, one of Asias largest health sciences libraries, one of the worlds best anatomy museums, a business incubation centre and various other centers of excellence. Academic collaborations and winning programs with several universities in the US, UK, Australia and other countries ensure that students get international exposure and expertise. The MARENA, a massive indoor sports complex with five badminton courts, four squash courts, three tennis courts, a basketball court, a hi-tech gym and a walking track, reflects the universitys belief that a healthy mind needs a healthy body. Part of the Manipal Group, the University is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 certified, and has won the prestigious IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award and the International Asia Pacific Quality Award in 2007- 2008. The Manipal Group, a pioneer in higher education services with a 60-year-old legacy of excellence, also owns and operates campuses in Sikkim and Jaipur in India, and in Nepal, Malaysia, and Antigua, in the Caribbean.advertisementMedia Contact: Pooja Ray poojaray@brand-comm.com +91-9836356355 Sr. PR Consultant brand-comm Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160511/10145966 Source: Manipal University PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

BOSSMAN ANNOUNCES RUN FOR IOWA HOUSE SEAT

first_imgState Representative Jacob Bossman (Sioux City), a member of the State Government Committee James Carlin’s victory in the Iowa State Senate District 3 election Tuesday means that another special election will be held soon to fill the Iowa house seat that he is vacating.The first candidate to seek that position has officially come forward.Republican Jacob Bossman will seek the Iowa House District 6 seat which includes southern Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Salix, and Bronson.Bossman is a graduate of Morningside College where he earned a degree in Economics.He has served on the staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley for 13 years.Bossman is a longtime member of Morningside Lutheran Church and currently serves on the Morningside College Alumni Board.last_img read more

Barca team news: Messi rested against Sporting

first_imgBarcelona v Sporting CP Barcelona team news: Messi rested in Champions League group stage finale Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:49 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez, Barcelona Getty Barcelona v Sporting CP UEFA Champions League Barcelona Sporting CP Ernesto Valverde has decided against using the Argentina superstar in the match against Sporting CP with his side already through to the next round Lionel Messi will not start for Barcelona as the Liga leaders conclude their Champions League group stage campaign with a clash against Sporting CP at Camp Nou. The Argentine forward is on the bench for the Catalan club along with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergio Busquets, Paulinho and Sergi Roberto as coach Ernesto Valverde picks a much-changed team for the visit of the Portuguese side.👤 XI📍 Camp Nou⚽️ #BarçaSporting🔵🔴 Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/0rMLPO5omJ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2017Luis Suarez is in the side, the Uruguayan starting alongside Paco Alcacer and Aleix Vidal in attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In midfield, there is a rare start for Andre Gomes who is available again after injury, with Ivan Rakitic and Denis Suarez also included.Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen, currently Barca’s only two fit centre-backs following the injuries to Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti, are paired in defence, with Lucas Digne in for Jordi Alba (who is on the bench) on the left and Nelson Semedo at right-back.Barca vs SportingJasper Cillessen starts in goal in place of Ter Stegen as Barca close out their campaign in Group D, with the Catalans virtually certain of top spot (they sit three points and six goals clear of Juventus in second) and Sporting still in contention for a spot in the last 16.The Portuguese have seven points and are one behind second-placed Juventus, who are away to Olympiacos at the same time. The Italian champions are only one goal better off than Sporting, so a draw could see the Lisbon side through if the Bianconeri were to lose in Athens.last_img read more

If I get more questions on my driving I will headbutt someone, says Verstappen

first_imgRed Bull’s Max Verstappen has rejected suggestions he should change his driving approach after being involved in incidents at every race this season. Preparing for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend he remained defiant and was dismissive of criticism of the errors that have compromised his performances.Verstappen is still only 20 years old but now in his fourth F1 season. He has always been bullish in defending his driving style but this has been the worst start in his career. Sixth in the championship, he has finished on the podium once and is 27 points behind his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who is in third place. After crashing in practice at the last round in Monaco the Dutchman missed qualifying. It was almost identical to his 2016 Monte Carlo crash and the fact that he does not seem to be learning from mistakes has raised questions about his approach.When asked at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to explain why he had been involved in so many accidents, Verstappen announced that he had had enough of even talking about the subject. “I am tired of all the questions. If I get a few more I will headbutt someone.”A typically feisty response but Verstappen knows he has questions to answer. In all six race meetings he has yet to turn in a clean weekend. Frustrated at losing a place to Kevin Magnussen in Australia he was overzealous trying to come back and damaged the floor of his car. He crashed in Bahrain qualifying and in the race got a puncture trying to pass Lewis Hamilton. The clumsy charge that caused him to hit Sebastian Vettel in China cost both drivers, while in Spain he damaged his front wing lapping Lance Stroll’s Williams after a safety‑car period. Topics F1 rules give Daniel Ricciardo no chance in Canada despite Monaco win Support The Guardian Max Verstappen Share on LinkedIn news Formula One Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Formula One 2018 Motor sport Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Lewis Hamilton calls for changes to revitalise Monaco Grand Prix Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Verstappen, though, was insistent he will stick to his guns on the track. “I get really tired of all the comments saying I should change my approach,” he said. “I will never do that because it has brought me to where I am now. I am confident I can turn things around. The speed is there, I have always been quick every weekend. It would be much more of a problem if I had been slow because that is a critical problem.”Last season the team put their weight behind him, signing him until the end of 2020 but, after Monaco, Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, warned that he expected more from his driver. “He needs to learn from it and stop making these errors,” he said.Hamilton, meanwhile, fears he will not be able to fight for victory in Canada. His Mercedes team were due to bring an engine upgrade with them but it will not be ready until the next race in France later this month.“If the other teams have got fresh engines, given how close we are, we won’t be in a position to fight for the win,” Hamilton said. “This is a power circuit so it was our target to use the new engine, which definitely would have been helpful.“It is unfortunate but we will have to make do without it, and that means our performance will not be the greatest.” Red Bull Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mkhitaryan debuts in loss to Swansea

first_imgSwansea City 3 Arsenal 1: Clucas at the double as Swans move off the bottom Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:40 1/31/18 Clucas - cropped Twitter (@PremierLeague) Swansea City continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal as they fought back to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday. Sam Clucas scored twice as Swansea City moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.Bottom of the table prior to kick-off – Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans followed up their 1-0 triumph over Liverpool by beating another heavyweight on home soil, with the result lifting them up to 17th.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential arrival has dominated the conversation around the Gunners recently, but Arsene Wenger now has another on-pitch aberration to digest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal even took the lead thanks to Nacho Monreal’s fourth league goal of the season, only to concede an equaliser just a minute later when Clucas coolly converted a one-on-one opportunity.A shocking error from Petr Cech, who scuffed a clearance straight to scorer Jordan Ayew, gifted Swansea the chance to go ahead just after the hour mark.Despite utilising both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Olivier Giroud off the bench, the Frenchman perhaps playing for Arsenal for the last time as Chelsea reportedly plot a late bid, the visitors’ fate was sealed when Clucas slammed home a loose ball in the 86th minute, meaning the travel-sick Gunners have now picked up just 13 points on the road this season.3 – Sam Clucas has scored with all three of his shots on target in the Premier League this season. Efficient.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2018After ringing the changes for Saturday’s FA Cup draw away at Notts County, Carvalhal unsurprisingly reverted back to the same starting XI that had ended Liverpool’s 18-game unbeaten run.Alfie Mawson grabbed the winner against Jurgen Klopp’s side and came close to finding the net again in the opening minutes, Aaron Ramsey diving in to make a crucial block at the back post just as the centre-back seemed certain to convert Nathan Dyer’s low cross.Instead, Arsenal grabbed the opening goal against the run of play.Given time and space on the right, Mesut Ozil picked out the run of Monreal with a floated cross to the back post that the latter converted on the half-volley.4 – Nacho Monreal has netted four goals in his 21 Premier League games this season, after managing just one in his previous five top-flight campaigns with Arsenal (134 games). Influx.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2018However, the lead didn’t last long. Ozil was involved in the game’s second goal too, losing possession inside his own half to spring Swansea onto the attack. Mawson’s pass allowed Clucas to run clear of the Arsenal defence before slotting low beyond the advancing Cech.With the visitors struggling to create much in the early stages of the second half, Wenger sent on Mkhitaryan on the hour mark, but the Armenian hadn’t touched the ball before his side fell behind in embarrassing fashion.Cech made a complete mess of clearing Shkodran Mustafi’s square pass to present Ayew with a gift. The goalkeeper connected with nothing but air as he swung his left foot at the ball, resulting in it striking his standing leg and dribbling perfectly into the path of the Swansea forward.Ayew wasted a glorious chance to put Swansea further ahead in the 71st minute, firing wide with his left foot, but the miss didn’t prove costly in the final reckoning, as Clucas made sure with a firm finish from six yards out. KEY OPTA STATS- Swansea have won consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season.- Carlos Carvalhal is just the fifth manager to win his first two matches against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in all competitions (also Alex Ferguson, Luis Enrique, John Gregory and Roy Evans).- Arsenal have accrued 13 points from their 13 away games this season; only in 2005/06 had they won fewer points on the road at this stage of a Premier League season (12).- Arsenal have lost 15 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League; only Watford have dropped more (16). read morelast_img read more

Revealed: Russia 2018’s 10 most exciting group games

first_imgWorld Cup Spain vs Portugal, England vs Belgium & the 10 most exciting World Cup 2018 group stage games Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty World Cup England v Belgium Senegal v Colombia Portugal v Spain Brazil v Switzerland Germany v Mexico Egypt v Uruguay Brazil Switzerland Spain Colombia Senegal England Belgium Portugal Germany Mexico Uruguay Egypt Goal rounds up some of the most exciting World Cup 2018 group stage fixtures – including Spain vs Portugal and England vs Belgium With the World Cup set to kick off on June 14, Goal rounds up some of the biggest and best clashes to take place in Russia – including Spain vs Portugal which sees the new and old guard of La Furia Roja battle it out against the European champions, and Luis Suarez facing off against Mohamed Salah when Uruguay and Egypt play each other.last_img read more

9 months agoKilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton defender Kevin Kilbane remains unimpressed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.United travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first big test at 4.30pm.”It’s all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone – Paul Pogba needs to show he’s not a one trick pony today,” Kilbane told the Daily Mail.”He could be one of the Premier League’s best midfielders but he is quite obviously a weak player who needs someone to tell him how good he is all the time, before he can perform.”Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. “But then the former United and Chelsea boss has shown little sympathy for dozens of mavericks or pretty average players throughout his career.”The relationship between the two was poison but while Pogba is undoubtedly very talented, and now a World Cup winner, he has been really poor and remarkably inconsistent in this second spell at Old Trafford.” last_img read more

Steffen: Bundesliga one of the best leagues in the world

first_imgManchester City’s on-loan goalkeeper Zack Steffen is enjoying life in the Bundesliga, and is hoping to make the most of his second stint in Germany.Pep Guardiola’s side picked him up from Columbus Crew this summer, but with Ederson and Claudio Bravo as goalkeeping options for their first team, the U.S. national team goalkeeper was loaned out for the season, joining Fortuna Dusseldorf.The Coatesville, PA native previously spent time in the Bundesliga with Freiburg between 2014 and 2016, but only appeared for their second team before returning to the US, joining the Crew. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Second time around, he is much more established, and is set to be first choice for the North Rhine-Westphalia club having made his league debut in the 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.”It‘s amazing. It’s such a good and strong league, probably one of the best in the world,” he told Bundesliga.com.”I’m just trying to enjoy it. I want to keep as many shots out as I can. I’m expecting to keep the team in the game. To make the saves I need to make and to do my job.”He was arguably the standout goalkeeper in the league’s first round of games, drawing praise from Bremen manager, Florian Kohfeldt.“We should’ve scored at least three more goals,” said Kohfeldt. “But we were up against a fantastic goalkeeper.”During his spell with Freiburg, Steffen trained with Roman Burki who is now Borussia Dortmund’s No.1.”I like [him] a lot,” Steffen said of the Swiss shot-stopper.”He’s very strong, quick and athletic. I like his style of play. He’s also good with his feet.”The 24-year-old is also a fan of former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, whom he described as his role model and is the reason he chose to wear the No.24 shirt at his new club.”When they asked me what number I wanted to pick, I saw 24 and I thought of Tim Howard,” said Steffen.“He was and still is my role model. I just remember watching him as much as I could.”Steffen will be hoping to continue his good form for the rest of the season, and give Guardiola a decision to make when 36-year-old Bravo’s contract expires next June.last_img read more

Fatima Sana Shaikh on criticism: Better to get something than nothing

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 10:59 IST Fatima Sana ShaikhEvery Friday, the fortune of Bollywood stars changes. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who made a stunning debut in Nitesh Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal, could not recreate the same success with her second outing, Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs Of Hindostan.Not only was Thugs Of Hindostan unanimously panned by critics, it failed to set the cash registers ringing as well. However, Fatima is unfazed by the criticism and revealed that she looks forward to it.”I love taking criticism because that means people are interested in you. It’s better to get something than nothing. If they ignore you then you have not made a mark,” she told a leading publication.Fatima added that not all criticism should be taken to heart. “I like the criticism that you keep seeing. Of course, you should not take everything seriously. You should take what makes sense. But I don’t mind it,” she said.Currently, Fatima is busy shooting for Anurag Basu’s next, which is rumoured to be a sequel to his successful Life…In A Metro. The actress, who is paired opposite Rajkummar Rao in the film, is extremely excited to be a part of it.”Despite attaining such stardom, Rajkummar has not changed one bit. It’s a very special film. Also, when you have a genius filmmaker like Anurag Basu, what more can you ask for?” she said.The as-yet untitled film, which also features Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, is scheduled to hit the theatres on September 6 this year.advertisementALSO READ: People assume I’m not a good person, says Fatima Sana Shaikh on rumours of affair with Aamir KhanALSO SEE: Fatima Sana Shaikh shows off her navel in a saree, trolls ask about her scarALSO WATCH: All you need to know about Aamir’s reel daughters, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya MalhotraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Fatima Sana Shaikh Fatima Sana Shaikh on criticism: Better to get something than nothingFatima Sana Shaikh feels that criticism is not a bad thing, as it means that people are interested in you.advertisementlast_img read more

Investment in Technology Will Ensure Parity – Robinson

first_imgState Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the Government is investing heavily in technology, so that young Jamaicans can be on par with persons in other countries.Speaking at the e-Learning network installation and handing over at the Steer Town Academy, in St. Ann, on July 5, the State Minister noted that investment in technology for schools is in the billions of dollars.“We have not just provided computer labs, we have trained teachers. We have provided content and we have ensured that schools have access to the technology and to high speed Internet,” he added.Mr. Robinson said the Government is spending on technology to ensure that “we bridge what is called the ‘digital divide’.”“We want to ensure that every student, regardless of your socio-economic status, if you can’t afford to have a computer at home, you can access it at school or you can access it at the Community Access Points (CAPs), in the post office, or in the library. That is important, because we want students and youngsters to have access to all the educational tools,” the State Minister said.He emphasized that equipping schools with computers is empowering students to have wider access to knowledge, other than that which is garnered in the classrooms, and pointed out that children and others can do their own research from the Internet for crucial information and education.Mr. Robinson said books are very expensive, with the Education Ministry spending some $1 billion on text books every year, and parents have to purchase them also.“We want to ensure that the technology can be used to substitute for some of those books, because the same knowledge that is in the text books can be found online, so when we provide computer tablets, we don’t want you to e-mail your friends and family, we want you to use the tool as a way of improving your education,” he urged the students.Since 2006, the e-Learning Project has provided a range of educational resources to assist in the preparation of students in 11 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. The project has also trained over 11,000 teachers to maintain the networks.By Garfield Angus, JIS Regional Office (Montego Bay)last_img read more

Hundreds Pay Final Respects to Seymour Mullings

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Mullings was laid to rest in the church’s cemetery, next to his mother, Victoria Mullings. Hundreds of Jamaicans, from all walks of life, travelled to the hills of Claremont, St. Ann on October 24, to pay their final respects to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Seymour St. Edward “Foggy” Mullings, OJ, CD.Mourners filled the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, where the official funeral service was held. Tents were erected on the lawns of the church to facilitate the large number of people that turned up at the 168-year-old sanctuary.Nature, as if recognizing the solemn occasion, provided a cool breeze, which gave some relief from the warm conditions.The funeral service began at exactly 11:00 am with musical prelude, featuring world renowned musician and entertainer, Stephen “Cat” Coore, and Norma Walters.Bible lessons were read by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, while former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson did the remembrance.There were tributes on behalf of the Claremont community by Lloyd Garrick; Mr. Mulling’s sister, Mrs. Phyllis Amber, on behalf of the Mullings family; and from Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke on behalf of the People’s National Party, all of which underscored the simple but exemplary life of the late Mr. Mullings.There was also a musical selection by Myrna Hague and poem by Mr. Mulling’s granddaughter, Rhianna Hemans.In his remembrance, Mr. Patterson described Mr. Mullings as “one of a kind”. He noted that “his sound upbringing and calm temperament made him uniquely fitted for the time and space, which he occupied in Jamaica’s political history”.Mr. Patterson stated further that the sharpness of mind of Mr. Mullings, his ease of manner and his love and respect for people as individuals, marked him as a man who no reasonable person could dislike.“This unassuming patriot has lived a life of service in exemplary manner and never deviated in the struggle to build a new Jamaica, triumphant, proud and free”, he added.In the Homily, The Right Rev. Robert Thompson stated that “perhaps what we will remember most about Seymour, is the fact that he never lost sight of his common humanity……no artificial distance existed between himself and others.”Rev. Thompson said that Mr. Mullings will also be remembered as a servant leader, one who built a network of relationships based on openness and trust.Following the service, Mr. Mullings was laid to rest in the church’s cemetery. He was buried next to his mother, Victoria Mullings, who died in January 1996.Mr. Mullings died on October 9 at the age 82, following a period of illness. His contribution to public life spanned some four decades, which saw him serving in the areas of health, youth development, foreign affairs, finance, and agriculture. He also had a three-year stint as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States.He first entered Parliament in 1969, and served until 1983, when his party did not contest the General Elections of that year. He re-entered Parliament in February 1989, and remained a Member until he retired in 2001.Mr. Mullings headed the Ministries of Health and Social Security; Finance and the Public Service; Agriculture; and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson did the remembrance.center_img Mourners filled the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, where the official funeral service was held. CONTACT: BRYAN MILLERlast_img read more

Dominican Republic President Comes on Monday

first_img President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sanchez, will pay a one-day State visit to Jamaica on Monday, November 27. President Medina will hold talks with the Prime Minister at Jamaica House on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. The packed agenda will include a visit to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Kingston, where President Medina will meet with Ambassador His Excellency Jose Tomas Ares, and business people from the Dominican Republic in Jamaica. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sanchez, will pay a one-day State visit to Jamaica on Monday, November 27.President Medina is scheduled to arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport at 10:00 am where he will be met by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade.There will be a 21-gun salute and President Medina will inspect the Guard of Honour formed by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).He will then travel to National Heroes Park, where he will lay a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars.President Medina will hold talks with the Prime Minister at Jamaica House on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.The visit will be highlighted by the conferment of the Order of Excellence on the Dominican Republic President by the Governor General during a ceremony at King’s House.President Medina will, in turn, confer the State Honour of Dominican Republic on Prime Minister Holness.The packed agenda will include a visit to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Kingston, where President Medina will meet with Ambassador His Excellency Jose Tomas Ares, and business people from the Dominican Republic in Jamaica.He is also scheduled to receive a courtesy call from Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay on Monday evening, where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from November 27 to 29. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Accused of racism Trump blasts black congressman as racist

first_imgWashington: Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labelling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump said his weekend comments referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings’ majority-black Baltimore district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live” were not racist. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Instead, Trump argued, “if racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess.” “His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!” Trump tweeted Sunday. After a weekend of attacks on Cummings, the son of former sharecroppers who rose to become the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Trump expanded his attacks Monday to include a prominent Cummings defender, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who held a press conference in Baltimore to condemn the president. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score,” Trump tweeted ahead of the press conference, adding that the civil rights activist and MSNBC host “Hates Whites & Cops!” Sharpton fired back at the president in a tweet of his own, saying, “I do make trouble for bigots.” Trump later shifted focus back to Baltimore, claiming that “Billions of dollars have been pumped in” to the city. “The money was stolen or wasted,” Trump tweeted. “Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!” Earlier Monday, Trump convened a group of “wonderful Inner City Pastors” for an unannounced closed-door meeting to discuss the issues facing the black community Monday. “This country needs healing. There’s so much division in America along racial lines,” said Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, who said he was among about 20 pastors who had met with the president. “He wanted to know from us: What should he do in America? What best can he do?” Owens said of Trump, insisting the gathering “was not damage control.” Asked by a reporter whether he thought Trump was racist, Owens said he found that “hard to believe,” but said the president could do more to address racism in the country, “absolutely.” Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a longtime Trump supporter, also noted Trump’s longtime relationships with Sharpton and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. “These are his brothers,” King said. Trump appeared to dig a deeper hole even as a top White House aide sought to dismiss the controversy by describing Trump’s comments as hyperbole. Two weeks ago, Trump caused a nationwide uproar with racist tweets directed at four Democratic congresswomen of colour as he looked to stoke racial divisions for political gain heading into the 2020 election. Trump noted that Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had “recently equated” parts of Baltimore to a “third world country” in 2015 comments. “I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard,” Trump tweeted Monday. Sanders tweeted back that “Trump’s lies and racism never end. While I have been fighting to lift the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with good paying jobs, housing and health care, he has been attacking workers and the poor.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, on Monday called the president’s comments “just outrageous and inappropriate.” Hogan, the new chairman of the National Governors Association, said he recently gave an address at the NGA about the angry and divisive politics that “are literally tearing America apart.” “I think enough is enough,” Hogan said on the C4 Radio Show in Baltimore. “I mean, people are just completely fed up with this kind of nonsense, and why are we not focused on solving the problems and getting to work instead of who’s tweeting what, and who’s calling who what kind of names. I mean, it’s just absurd.” Michael Steele, the state’s former lieutenant governor who went on to serve as the national chairman of the Republican National Committee, said it was “reprehensible to talk about the city the way” Trump did, but he hoped the attention would elevate the conversation about how to help urban areas, and he invited the president to be a part of the conversation. “Put down the cellphone and the tweeting and come walk the streets in this community so that you can see firsthand the good and the difficult that needs to be addressed, and let’s do it together,” Steele told the radio show. Speaking in television interviews on Sunday, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump was reacting in frustration to the Democrats’ unrelenting investigations and talk of impeachment. He said Trump swung hard at Cummings and his Baltimore district because he believes such Capitol Hill critics are neglecting serious problems back home in their zeal to unfairly undermine his presidency. “I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people,” Mulvaney said. But he added, “The president is pushing back against what he sees as wrong. It’s how he’s done it in the past, and he’ll continue to do it in the future.” The president has tried to put racial polarization at the center of his appeal to his base of voters, tapping into anxieties about demographic and cultural changeslast_img read more

Stay of proceedings after Jaspal Atwal accused of uttering threats

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — The BC Prosecution Service says it won’t pursue a charge of uttering threats against the man who sparked a political firestorm when he attended an event during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to India last year.The prosecution service says it has directed a stay of proceedings for Jaspal Atwal on a charge unrelated to Trudeau’s state visit.Atwal’s lawyer Marvin Stern said in May 2018 that a charge of uttering threats was laid against his client following an alleged argument in April.Atwal was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister during a visit to Vancouver Island in 1986, but has said he has since renounced terrorism.Critics said he should never have received an invitation to the state event in Mumbai, where he was photographed in February 2018 with Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.The prosecution service says the stay was directed in court on June 7 after it receiving new information and determined the charge approval standard could no longer be met.It says in a statement that the standard requires Crown counsel to consider whether there is a substantial likelihood of conviction and whether the public interest requires a prosecution.“As new information is received, Crown counsel continue to evaluate whether the evidentiary standard is met or the public interest continues to require a prosecution. If, at any stage, this standard is no longer met, the prosecution cannot proceed and a stay of proceedings is entered,” the service says.Reached by phone Monday, Atwal called the charge “bogus.”“I didn’t threaten him,” he said.Stern could not immediately be reached for comment but said last year the complainant in the case was a broadcaster at a Punjabi radio station and that Atwal would “vehemently deny” the alleged events.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Elton John Comments On Russian Homosexual Propaganda Legislation

first_imgWith only two weeks to go before the Sochi Olympic games, Russia’s stance on prohibiting so-called homosexual ‘propaganda’ remains a highly controversial issue. Sir Elton John has issued a statement on his impressions of the impact of this legislation.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over £1.3m to programmes in Russia since 2000.“I am deeply grateful for the support of the Russian people who have welcomed and accepted me in their country ever since I first visited in 1979,” said Sir Elton. “On my last visit, in December 2013, I wondered whether the new legislation banning “homosexual propaganda” might have changed that. It hadn’t. I still felt the same warmth and welcome from the audiences that I have felt every time I have been in Russia.“On that trip I met with members of the LGBT community in Moscow. Although I was still welcomed as an openly gay foreigner, I wanted to really understand at first-hand what difference the legislation had made to Russian LGBT in their own country. What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’s basic human rights.“The people I met in Moscow – gay men and lesbians in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s – told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up. One young man was stalked outside a gay club by someone posing as a taxi driver who tried to garrotte him with a guitar string because he was a ‘sodomite’. Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse – at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street – since the legislation came into force last June. And, some of the vital work providing HIV prevention information to the gay community has been labelled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and shut down.“It was very clear to me that although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country. As Maria Maksakova told her fellow Russian MPs last month: ’We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes.”“President Putin asserts that this was not the intention, but it is undoubtedly the effect that this law has had by promoting misunderstanding and ignorance. In particular, it is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong.“The people I met in Moscow were decent, kind, patriotic men and women who had no thought of forcing their sexuality on anyone. Whatever the intention of Russia’s homosexuality and paedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society. I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit.”last_img read more

Helping worlds hungry also promotes peace and stability – Ban

10 July 2009By helping the world’s hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L’Aquila, Italy. By helping the world’s hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L’Aquila, Italy.The annual G8 meeting, which wraps up today, has reportedly agreed to mobilize $20 billion over three years for a comprehensive strategy focusing on sustainable agriculture development to ensure global food security.Addressing the summit’s session of food security, Mr. Ban said that last year’s major spike in food and energy prices affected hundreds of millions of people. “It amplified suffering, hardship and political unrest. We lost ground in our race to reach the first Millennium Development Goal,” he stated, referring to the globally agreed target of halving poverty by 2015.Governments, regional agencies, civil society groups and international organizations responded by joining forces to feed the hungry and prepare for a better future, and while global food prices have come down, they are still high in many developing countries, he noted. The Secretary-General added that the situation is only getting worse with today’s volatile markets, breakdown in world trade, climate change effects and falling income from job losses.“We need to do more, faster. The food crisis is permanently harming millions of children. They need our help. This is about even more than alleviating human suffering; it is about global peace and stability.”Mr. Ban outlined four areas in need of concrete action, beginning with need to combine new initiatives to maximize their impact and avoid duplication. He also cited the need to commit to a comprehensive approach that tackles both the immediate and long-term dimensions of the problem. Also crucial is to support national food security strategies, working through regional institutions, as well as to ensure that countries have the financial support they need for immediate assistance and longer-term actions. While in L’Aquila, the Secretary-General met today with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, with whom he discussed climate change and food security. Last night, he met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and they talked about the H1N1 pandemic and Somalia, and also touched on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.UN agencies are welcoming the G8’s food security initiative, with the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) saying it signals an “encouraging shift of policy” in favour of helping the poor and hungry to produce their own food. Director-General Jacques Diouf voiced confidence that G8 leaders will translate their pledge into concrete action. “I am convinced that you will ‘walk the talk’ not only for natural ethical considerations but also for sound economic reasons and, last but not least, to ensure peace and security in the world,” he told the summit. In addition, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, noted that the G8 leaders had recognized that food security has two dimensions: food aid for critical situations and sustained investment in agriculture to break the poverty cycle. Investing in smallholder agriculture is the corner stone of this new push for development because it is the key to boosting economic growth and reducing poverty, he added.Meanwhile, the independent UN expert on the right to food said heads of State will have to do more if they want to help the billion people now suffering from hunger.While welcoming the pledges announced today, Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter highlighted a number of issues that need to be tackled, including food price volatility, social protection, and protection of the rights of agricultural workers.“Only then will real progress be made to ensure greater enjoyment of the right to food now denied to so many,” said the expert, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. Mr. De Schutter called for a global action plan on food security, firmly based on human rights, focusing on five areas: reducing volatility in global agricultural markets; encouraging States to build social protection schemes; channelling resources to scale up sustainable agriculture systems; protecting agricultural worker rights; and reforming global governance for food and agriculture. read more

Maasai to digitally record heritage for prosperity thanks to UNbacked scheme

5 August 2009The Maasai people of Laikipia in Kenya have received digital recording equipment, marking a milestone in a United Nations-backed pilot-project aimed at helping indigenous communities document and preserve their cultural heritage, the UN intellectual property agency announced today. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) handed over a digital camera, sound recording equipment and a laptop computer to Chief Kisio and other elders of the Maasai community at a formal ceremony attended by some 200 its members in late July.The ceremony was a landmark event in the agency’s Creative Heritage Project, which provides indigenous communities with opportunities to digitally preserve expressions of their culture and traditions, as well as training in how to protect their intellectual property from unwanted exploitation. Along with stimulating creativity within the community, the programme can also promote local economic and cultural development by bridging the ‘digital divide,’ WIPO said in a news release.The training programme, offered by WIPO in partnership with the American Folklife Center and Duke University in the United States, enables the Maasai to acquire technical skills and provides the equipment necessary to digitize and document their cultural heritage, in addition to an understanding of how to make informed decisions about managing intellectual property. read more