Top Equipment Investments for Working Filmmakers

first_imgCamerasHonestly, we’re going to zip past this section. I know cameras are cool and fun to look at, but to be totally transparent, they’re the least of your worries. Lenses and lighting take your cinematic image so much further than the camera you use. Personally, I film on the Sony A7III, and it’s done wonders for me. My thoughts are if you buy a DSLR that’s come out within the last two to four years, you’re most likely getting something solid.LensesYou’ll need a lens, but which one?My best ROI on any lens has been a telephoto 70-200 mm f/2.8.Image via Canon.This is dynamite for parties, weddings, corporate interviews, and just about any shoot requiring a “cinematic look.” If there’s one piece of gear that will make you money, this is the one to invest in.The next lens on the list would be a decent wide angle. Anything from an eleven to sixteen or a sixteen to thirty-five will be perfect! Wide angles can get quite expensive but are really useful for capturing real estate video, event venue coverage, or even vlogging.StabilizersLet’s rip off the band-aid. Do you get a gimbal or not? I say yes! This is the one piece of equipment that is a cinematic Swiss Army knife. A gimbal can produce a range of different shots from Steadicam- to slider-style. If you want to learn more, check out this video I made on gimbal movement:If you’re looking at buying a gimbal I recommend the Ronin S.TripodsYou need a tripod! They may be a prehistoric piece of gear but it’s a must for any filmmaker picking up gigs. They last forever and are total lifesavers for events, time lapses, and interview shoots.DronesYou don’t need a drone, but they’re great pieces of gear that make money back! I’ve been hired time and time again because I own a drone and can capture unique footage on it.Cover image via Zark Fatah.Looking for more tutorials on filmmaking and video equipment? Check these out.Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetTutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsVideo Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing Shortcuts When it comes to working as a filmmaker for a living, what are the best gear investments to make money rather than lose it? Here are a few must-haves.As a freelance filmmaker, there’s nothing more daunting than investing in gear. When all is said and done, after purchasing all the accessories — from camera to tripod — you’re looking at a minimum price tag of 5K. Let’s face it, the laundry list of lenses, stabilizers, cameras, and additional accessories can easily break the bank — before you make a single dime. So, when it comes to working as a filmmaker for a living, what equipment should you invest in to make money, rather than lose it?(A brief disclaimer: The list below is just my personal opinion. Each piece of equipment has been a solid investment for me. That being said, this list doesn’t disregard the value of other pieces gear on the market.) Let’s get into it.last_img read more

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Amit Shah meets seers in Allahabad

first_imgAmid a growing demand of BJP leaders for renaming Allahabad as Prayag, party chief Amit Shah on Friday visited the Sangam city where he interacted with Hindu seers and participated in prayers and rituals. While Mr. Shah did not speak to media during his day-long visit of the city, it is being seen as politically significant as Allahabad is set to host the Kumbh Mela (formerly known as Ardh Kumbh) from January to March 2019, around the time when the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections is expected to be at its peak.The Yogi Adityanath government plans to make the upcoming Kumbh an even bigger spectacle than the 2013 Maha Kumbh. The State claims that 120 million pilgrims and tourists are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela. The government also aims to attract at least four-five pilgrims from each of the over 6,00,000 villages in the country. NRI delegates who will attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas summit in Varanasi (January 21-23) during the same time would also be shown around the Mela.In Allahabad, Mr. Shah laid the foundation of a yoga and meditation centre at the Sangam and offered prayers at the Maujgiri temple of the Juna Akhara. He also inaugurated a ghat for the Maujgiri temple on the banks of the Yamuna, besides performing aarti at the Yamuna ghat, and offered prayers at the famous Bade Hanuman Mandir. Mr. Shah’s visit to Allahabad comes amid a demand by senior BJP leaders and the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex governing body of 13 major Hindu akharas in the country, to rename Allahabad as Prayag. U.P. Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh had recently written to Governor Ram Naik requesting him to rechristen Allahabad. In his letter, Mr. Singh cited the significance of Prayag in “ancient Hindu texts” as a cultural centre. Then on July 22, a delegation of seers led by Swami Narendra Giri, head of the ABAP, met Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and pressed the same demand.Talking to The Hindu, Swami Narendra Giri said Mr. Shah had assured him that Allahabad would be renamed Prayag soon. “[My] demand has been fulfilled. There will be no hurdles. This proposal is going to be passed by the State Cabinet,” Swami Narendra Giri said.The seer also said Mr. Shah’s interaction with seers during his Allahabad trip, which included a lunch at the Baghambari Gaddi, was focused on the preparations for the Kumbh Mela. He said the Ram Mandir issue was not discussed on the day. ‘Not political’BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said Mr. Shah’s visit should not be linked to politics or the 2019 polls. “It was a spiritual yatra on the day of Guru Purnima,” he said, adding that the visit was focused on reviewing preparations for the Kumbh and also a part of his outreach programme, ‘Sampark for Samarthan’.Mr. Shah’s visit came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicks off a two-day visit of Lucknow where he will launch 95 projects related to urban housing and infrastructure, and the Smart Cities scheme, and participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of mega projects in U.P. worth a massive ₹60,000 crore that were pledged by investors during the UP Investors Summit 2018 in February.last_img read more

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Injured Olympic champion Rafael Nadal withdraws from London Games

first_imgIn a blow to Olympic Games 2012, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of the upcoming sports extravaganza due to injury.  The World No 3 was one of the title favourites at London and was expected to give Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic a run for their money. However, sadly for Nadal and his fans, the Spaniard has failed to recuperate from his knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from the games. Nadal, who won the singles gold medal at Beijing 2008, was clearly disappointed at being robbed off the opportunity of defending his title at London. Revealing his failure to recover in time, Nadal lamented the decision as one of the saddest moments of his career.last_img

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India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts,India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts

first_imgSHARE × The worrying sign for India is that the number of dope offenders has been increasing in the last three years crime, law and justice COMMENT sport File photo of Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).   –  Reuters Published on April 04, 2017 Sporting minnows India has been ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.India followed Russian Federation (176) and Italy (129) at third spot in the doping violation chart released by the WADA, the same position as in the reports of 2013 and 2014. All the dope violations by the Indians came from urine samples.The dope violations were committed during 2015 and the WADA chart was prepared after compiling information of analytical findings and sanctions rendered till January 31 this year by various accredited anti-doping bodies.This is the first set of Anti-Doping Rule Violation statistics under the revised WADA Code and third such report in its history since 2013.The worrying sign for India is that the number of dope offenders has been increasing in the last three years. India had 91 and 96 Anti-doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in 2013 and 2014 respectively.An ADRV is a doping offence committed by an athlete or athlete support person, which results in certain consequences or sanctions. It is derived from adverse analytical findings (AAFs), commonly known as ‘positive’ results.Of the 117 Indian dope offenders of 2015, two are non-analytical ADRVs, which refer to cases that do not involve detection of a prohibited substance by a WADA-accredited laboratory but instances like failure to submit to a test, possession, use or trafficking of a prohibited substance by athletes and support personnel.Out of the 115 analytical ADRVs, 78 are committed by male athletes while 37 are by female.Among individual sports, weightlifting has taken over athletics as the dirtiest with a whopping 56 Indian lifters (32 male and 24 female) punished for doping.Athletics contributed the second highest number of dope offenders with (14 men and 7 womens), followed by boxing (8), wrestling (8), cycling (4), kabaddi (4), aquatics (3), powerlifting (3), judo (2), wushu (2), rowing, bodybuilding (1), hockey (1), football (1) and street and ball hockey (1).Among the NADOs, India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) recorded 109 ADRVs, the second highest behind Russia’s (127).The NADA took 5162 samples during 2015 out of which 110 tested positive for banned substances (AAFs = Adverse Analytical Findings). But there was no sanction in one case.A total of 229,412 samples were received and analysed in 2015 by WADA-accredited laboratories worldwide. Out of these, 2,522 samples were reported as AAFs.There were a total of 1,929 ADRVs (1,901 from athletes and 28 from athlete support personnel) out of which 1,649 are analytical findings and 280 from ‘evidence-based intelligence’ non-analytical findings.Out of 1649 are Analytical ADRVs, 1304 cases (79 per cent) were of male and 345 female (21 per cent); 390 (24 per cent) were from out-of-competition tests and 1259 in-competition (76 per cent); 1644 urine and five blood.The dope offenders belong to 80 sports/disciplines and 121 nationalities.Among sports disciplines worldwide, bodybuilding overtook athletics in contributing the highest number of dope cheats with 270 such cases. Athletics is second at 242, followed by weightlifting (239), cycling (200), powerlifting (110), football (108), rugby union (80), boxing (66), wrestling (57) and basketball (39).Just like the increase in the number of Indian dope offenders, the worldwide figure also showed an upward trend and the WADA said it was in line with the anti-doping movement’s increased focus on investigations, intelligence gathering and whistleblowing. “The 2015 ADRVs Report makes for particularly interesting reading in combination with WADA’s 2015 Testing Figures Report that was published last November,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.“What is particularly striking about this 2015 ADRVs Report is: we are beginning to see the first signs of the impact of the revised Code, in particular a significant increase in intelligence-based anti-doping rule violations, an area of greater focus for the Agency as we strengthen our investigations and intelligence-gathering capacity.“Whilst testing remains vital to detecting doping, recent events have shown that investigative work is becoming even more important as we look to protect clean athletes’ rights worldwide,” Reedie said. File photo of Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Clint Chelf and Josh Stewart top Big 12 player props

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIBovada released its college football player props on Monday and OSU was involved in a few. Let’s take a look.[1. If you need a refresher: -110 means you have to bet $110 to win $100 and +110 means you have to bet $100 to win $100.]Most passing yards (Big 12)Clint Chelf: -110Clint Trickett: +110David Ash: +150Wow. I see that Vegas is confident in JW Walsh not being the starter. Wherever “Bryce Petty at +250” is, I’ll take it.Most passing TDs (Big 12)Clint Chelf: -110Clint Trickett: +110David Ash: +150Again, color me a little shocked. An OSU QB has never outright led the Big 12 in passing TDs[1. 2011: Weeden – 37, Bob – 37.] and now a dude who hasn’t even been named the starter is going to do it?Most receiving yards (Big 12)Brandon Carter: +400Jalen Saunders: +400Jaxon Shipley: +375Josh Stewart: -150Tyler Lockett: +425I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on parlaying the entire Shipley family to lead the Big 12 in receiving yards at some point back in like 2005. Had to be like 400,000-1 and would have been a smart bet.Your weekly reminder that Josh Stewart didn’t make the All-Big 12 first or second team last season.Most receiving TDs (Big 12)Brandon Carter: +325Jalen Saunders: +350Jaxon Shipley: +250Josh Stewart: +175Tyler Lockett: +350And the “oh wait, OSU has a LOT of receivers” inevitable correction.I like Petty at whatever you can get him at (presumably higher than +150 and Carter at +400 for most receiving yards.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Premier League rejects FA proposal to increase homegrown quotas

first_imgReuse this content The FA Qatar would help Middle East peace by sharing 2022 World Cup, says Infantino Share via Email Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messengercenter_img Football politics The Premier League has reiterated its opposition to the introduction of new quotas for homegrown player in the event of Brexit, insisting there is “no evidence” it would have a positive impact on the England team’s results.The Football Association has drawn up proposals that would see the number of permitted non-homegrown players in the 25-man squads reduced from 17 to 13, even if the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union. But after the proposals were rejected when they were presented at last week’s shareholders’ meeting, the Premier League has now publicly opposed them, stating it is acting “in the interests of British football as a whole”. “We currently operate rules that limit the number of non-homegrown players clubs can have in senior squads, while also working with clubs to operate a world-leading player development system which delivers for England teams at every level,” read a statement.“This was demonstrated by the many Premier League club academy and senior players whom FA coaches moulded so well into Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup winners and men’s 2018 World Cup semi-finalists. There is no evidence that stronger quotas than exist now would have a positive impact on national teams.“We approach this matter in the interests of British football as a whole and have held positive discussions with the EFL and the Scottish Professional Football League, who both agree that Brexit should not be used to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs’ ability to sign international players.“The three league bodies also recognise that the development pathway for young British players needs to be further enhanced and are committed to finding ways of achieving this across all professional clubs.”England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, suggested last month that the FA should focus on working with Premier League clubs to improve the pathway from their academies to the first team rather than attempting to increase the number of homegrown players.“I have sat on some working panels looking at those statistics,” he said. “Clearly there are some pinch-points now with Brexit and how that may affect things. Last week we were below 28% English players but most of the data I have seen suggests quotas on squads would not make a difference because you could still field a team outside the base of British players.”Five clubs, including Manchester City and Tottenham, have the maximum 17 overseas players, while four more teams, including Chelsea and Liverpool, have 16. Share on Pinterest Premier League Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Philly Shipyard Delivers Third Product Tanker to APT

first_imgzoom US-based Philly Shipyard (PSI) has delivered the third of four product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan.The next generation 50,000 dwt American Liberty, which has a carrying capacity of 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined products, was handed over to its owner on July 26.The tanker is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that also incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements.American Liberty has also received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).“This vessel is delivered on time, the hallmark of great shipbuilding that our customers depend on. As we celebrate this achievement and say farewell to the American Liberty, we wish the crew a safe and successful voyage beyond our shipyard here in Philadelphia,” Steinar Nerbovik, Philly Shipyard’s President and CEO, said.This delivery is the 27th vessel built by PSI, formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The shipyard currently has one additional 50,000 dwt tanker for APT and two 3,600 TEU containerships for Matson Navigation Company under construction.last_img read more

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle awaits bail hearing

first_imgOTTAWA – A bail hearing for former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle could be weeks away after a brief court appearance by video link today relating to assault charges.Boyle is due back in Ontario court Jan. 26, while his lawyers press for disclosure of evidence such as details of a 911 call.Boyle was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and faces 15 charges, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious thing.The charges against the 34-year-old relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any details that might identify them or any witnesses.None of the charges — for offences alleged to have occurred between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 after Boyle returned to Canada from his Afghan captivity — have been tested in court.Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.The couple and the three children they had during their five years in captivity, were finally freed by Pakistani forces last October.last_img read more

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Jury trial starts for Manitoba men charged in death of Tina Fontaines

first_imgWINNIPEG — The jury trial for two men charged in the killing of Tina Fontaine’s cousin starts today in Winnipeg.Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine, who was 29, was shot in March 2017 before the home she was in was set on fire.Christopher Brass and Jason Meilleur are charged with manslaughter.At the time of her death, police said Fontaine was in the wrong place at the wrong time.Police said they believe the suspects went to the home looking for a man over a methamphetamine deal and Fontaine was not an intended target.The body of Fontaine’s 15-year-old cousin was discovered wrapped in the Red River in August 2014 and Raymond Cormier was acquitted in her death last year.Tina Fontaine’s death fuelled calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadas telecom industry uses misleading and unacceptable sales practices CRTC report confirms

The Canadian Television-Radio and Telecommunications Commission confirmed Wednesday what has been widely alleged for years — that Canada’s telecommunications industry uses unacceptable sales practices that mislead consumers and harm vulnerable members of the public.The national telecom regulator said the misleading and aggressive practices exist in all types of sales channels including in stores, online, over the telephone and at homes when companies conduct door-to-door sales campaigns.“Many Canadians stated that they have been subjected to misleading or aggressive sales practices by the service providers, with many of them reporting that these instances occurred recently,” the report says. Customer complaints against Canadian telecom, TV providers soar 57% in 2017-18: report CRTC moves to create internet code of conduct in surprise timing After five days of hearings, ball in CRTC’s court on telecom sales practices It said the record shows the most vulnerable members of the public are seniors, people with disabilities and Canadians whose first language isn’t English or French.The report was compiled after five days of testimony at public hearings in October and months information gathering by the CRTC.The inquiry focused on the sales practices of 12 Canadian providers of wireless and internet services, with much of the attention focused on BCE’s Bell Canada — the country’s biggest telecommunications company.Bell said repeatedly in documents and testimony it has a stringent code of conduct for employees and contractors and a relatively good track record, but that it could be improved.Other publicly traded companies under scrutiny were Rogers Communications, Telus Communications, Quebecor’s Videotron, Cogeco Communications and Shaw Communications. The 41-page report doesn’t spell out which companies have the worst track records.Instead, the CRTC said it plans to follow up its report with measures to address the problems identified through the inquiry — although many of them will require additional, time-consuming regulatory proceedings.Among the most certain actions is a “secret shopper” program the CRTC plans to create to periodically target specific sales channels or locations across Canada.“The CRTC intends to publish the results of the secret shopper program for consumers to use as another piece of information when making decisions about their communications services,” the report says.It also intends to create new tools for consumers, such as a checklist that informs what rules apply and which organizations are best-suited to addressing complaints.“These tools would provide a road map of rights and remedies for Canadians who believe they have experienced misleading or aggressive retail sales practices by the service providers.”But there are concerns about how quickly the CRTC will act on its intentions, given the complexity of the issues identified by the inquiry and the commission’s other responsibilities as a quasi-judicial body.For instance, the CRTC began a process last year after the inquiry to create a new mandatory code of conduct for internet service providers, who sometimes use door-to-door sales teams when they roll out new products.It may require service providers to provide pre-sale quotes or other measures that would allow potential customers to make more informed decisions, but industry players have warned such measures could stifle competition.The work of the commission may also be complicated by the Trudeau government’s ongoing review of the federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting acts, which won’t be completed until after the national election in October.The CRTC was ordered to conduct the hearings in June in response to a series of reports by the CBC and other media and a rising number of consumer complaints through various channels.Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, directed the CRTC to deliver its report by Feb. 28.A spokesman for Bains said Wednesday morning that the minister was expected to issue a statement on the CRTC’s report in the afternoon. read more

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Sudan UN reports 10 per cent jump in number of people in

The increase has meant that the number of conflict-affected persons requiring aid in Darfur rose to 2 million, or a third of the population, including both 1.6 internally displaced people (IDPs) and 400,000 affected people in place, from a total for both groups of 1.8 million in August, Jan Egeland said. The number excluded the 200,000 refugees who fled to neighbouring Chad, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Mr. Egeland heads. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it would strengthen its operations in Darfur to take pressure off the resources of the local population around the 11 refugee camps in eastern Chad. Already, one danger was that in eastern Chad, “one of the driest places on earth,” water supplies were being exhausted and finding water has been a big logistical problem. In Iridimi camp near Iriba, UNHCR said, “the water table is decreasing much faster than foreseen, with the current supply likely to last for only two more weeks.” “We fear that if the situation is not stabilized soon in Darfur, we could see tens of thousands more refugees cross the border into Chad, where resources are already stretched to the breaking point and where there is growing animosity among the local population,” UNHCR said. Within Darfur, an estimated 70 per cent of the conflict-affected population received food and 52 per cent received shelter and other critical survival items last month, OCHA said. About 40 per cent had clean water supplies, 42 per cent had available latrines and 67 per cent could go to primary health care facilities. More than 6,000 national and international aid workers were distributing life-saving materials. “Aid agencies have made tremendous strides over the past month by boosting their presence on the ground and reaching more people living in previously inaccessible territory,” Mr. Egeland said. read more

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Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger

by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 9:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, aircraft wait on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport in London. A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone left the plane undamaged, but the aviation industry shaken. British police and air-accident authorities are investigating the incident which occurred on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone while it was approaching Heathrow Airport. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file) LONDON – A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone over London has left the plane undamaged but the aviation industry deeply shaken.British police and air accident authorities were investigating Sunday’s incident, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone at a height of about 1,700 feet (518 metres) while it was approaching Heathrow Airport.The plane landed safely and was cleared to fly again after an inspection by engineers. But the incident has focused attention on the growing number of unregulated drones in the sky and the potential for disaster if they hit a plane — either accidentally or on purpose.London’s Metropolitan Police said Monday the incident occurred over Richmond Park, a large open expanse a few miles from the airport. Chief Superintendent Martin Hendry said the incident “highlights the very real dangers of reckless, negligent and sometimes malicious use of drones.”“The potential is there for a major incident,” he said.HOW MANY DRONES ARE OUT THERE?The authorities don’t know exactly, since small drones bought for private use often don’t have to be registered, but the market is growing fast as drones become cheaper and easier to operate.In Britain alone, electronics stores sold thousands during the 2015 Christmas season. Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at aerospace research company Teal Group, estimates there are “several million” drones in the United States.Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association, told an aviation conference in Denmark on Monday that drones “are here to stay.”“But we must not allow them to become a drag on the efficiency of the airways or a safety threat to commercial aviation,” he said.Tyler called for “a sensible approach to regulation and a pragmatic method of firm enforcement for those who disregard rules and regulations and put others in danger.”WHAT ARE THE RULES?Many countries distinguish between commercial drone operators, which must be licensed, and those used recreationally.In Britain, operators don’t need a license to use a small drone weighing less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) for recreational purposes.Drones must not be flown above 400 feet (120 metres), must remain within sight of the operator and must and kept away from planes, helicopters, airports and airfields. Violators can receive six months in prison and a fine — though prosecutions have been rare — but endangering the safety of an aircraft carries a maximum life sentence.HOW MANY NEAR MISSES BETWEEN DRONES AND AIRCRAFT?While actual collisions are rare, Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority says there were 40 near misses between drones and aircraft in 2015, compared to nine in 2014. Before that, such incidents were too uncommon to merit annual statistics.In the United States, the FAA recorded almost 600 incidents of drones getting too close to aircraft between August 22, 2015 and Jan 31, 2016.WHAT COULD A DRONE DO TO A PLANE?The biggest worries are a drone damaging the windshield or fuselage of a plane — with the additional danger that lithium batteries on the drone could ignite — or getting sucked into an engine.Aviation systems expert Philip Butterworth-Hayes says there has been relatively little research on the impact of such a collision.“We don’t know what happens when a drone gets inside an engine,” he said. “The only thing you can do (to find out) is fly it into an engine, which is horrendously expensive. It’s not a test you want to do all the time.”While the most obvious threat is from accidental collisions, experts have also warned that terrorists could seek to bring down a plane with an explosives-laden drone.Butterworth-Hayes said drones, lasers that can be shone in pilots’ eyes and cyberattacks are among evolving threats to aviation.“There’s a whole new series of risks out there which we’re just at the start of assessing and we don’t know how big they are,” he said.WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CUT THE RISKS?The British government is considering introducing a drone-registration scheme so the aerial vehicles can be traced back to their owners.In the U.S, the FAA introduced a registration plan in December, with owners facing a fine if they don’t comply. More than 400,000 people had registered by the end of March.While new rules and better education are part of the solution, technology will also be a key factor. Drones can be fitted with “geo-fencing” software that prevents them from entering restricted areas. But geo-fencing technology is not a legal requirement for many drones, and criminals or those bent on terror could potentially disable the software.Finnegan says developing new ways to stop rogue drones by disabling or destroying them is a high priority for defence and technology companies.“There’s a whole new drive among aerospace and defence company to develop counter-drone measures — ways you can protect against either someone who doesn’t know what they are doing or someone who does know what they are doing and is trying to do something bad,” he said.___Associated Press reporter Danica Kirka contributed to this report. Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger read more

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ROAD TO FRANCE 2017 Austria Latvia Czech Republic and Netherlands on 100

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Portugal made important steps towards World Championship 2017 Play-Off next June. The most interesting match of the Sunday evening was played in Lithuanian Kaunas, where Bosnians missed the chance in the last second to score winning goal…Here are the complete results:GROUP 1:Slovakia – KOS 38:20Lithuania – BIH 27:27STANDINGS:Lithuania 3BIH 3Slovakia 2KOS 0GROUP 2:Finland – Austria 29:32Romania – Italy 35:22STANDINGS:Austria 4Romania 2Italy 2Finland 0GROUP 3:Greece – Cyprus 31:27Ukraine – Latvia 18:23STANDINGS:Latvia 4Greece 2Ukraine 2Cyprus 0GROUP 4:Estonia – Georgia 25:25Portugal – Israel 36:21STANDINGS:Portugal 5Israel 4Estonia 2Georgia 1GROUP 5:Belgium – Czech Republic 32:36STANDINGS:Czech Republic 4Belgium 0Turkey 0 – no matchesGROUP 6:Luxembourg – Netherlands 30:34STANDINGS:Netherlands 4Luxembourg 0Switzerland 0 – no matchesPHOTO: Handball.lv EHFWorld Championship 2017 ← Previous Story STRONG TALANT BOYS: Hungary win home Provident Cup Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: CSM Bucuresti surprise in “Morača” – Only Roston on 100%! read more

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ÉtatsUnis un bogue sur le Lumia 900 contrarie les plans de Nokia

first_imgÉtats-Unis : un bogue sur le Lumia 900 contrarie les plans de NokiaLe Lumia 900, qui devait marquer le retour de Nokia au premier plan, est déjà victime d’un sérieux bogue aux Etats-Unis.Le fabricant Nokia a reconnu mercredi que le système d’exploitation installé sur le smartphone Lumia 900 était touché par un bogue. Ce terminal est pourvu du système d’exploitation Windows Phone de Microsoft. Cette nouvelle tombe mal, alors que Nokia souhaitait entreprendre un retour au premier plan et refaire son retard sur Apple et Google.Carolina Milanesi, analyste de Gartner, a même commenté ainsi cet évènement : “c’est comme si leur moteur avait calé dès le début d’une course alors que tous les projecteurs sont braqués sur eux”. Pour l’heure, cette panne n’a touché que le marché américain où le Lumia 900 a été lancé par l’opérateur AT&T.Nokia a tenté d’expliquer cette panne en faisant référence à une “perte de connectivité” liée au système d’exploitation et non au réseau, ni à un problème technique. Le groupe finlandais indique qu’une solution devrait être trouvée d’ici le 16 avril.Le 11 avril 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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UNDP lauds Jamaicas efforts on Climate Change

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 27, 2017 – Kingston – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is lauding the Government for the significant work in creating an enabling environment for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Jamaica.Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said the organisation recognises “the impressive leadership of the Government in pushing forward the national agenda on both development and climate change”.She was addressing negotiators and other stakeholders during a preparatory meeting for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday (October 25).   COP 23 will be held in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17.Dr. Laurence-Chounoune said that Jamaica has been a significant contributor to the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) negotiating team and has “boldly, clearly and relentlessly brought the peculiar issues of SIDS to the climate change negotiating table at successive COPs”.She noted that Jamaica is strongly positioned to advocate for an effective COP 23 outcome that can support the achievement of national targets.  The UNFCCC entered into force on March 21, 1994. It has near-universal membership. To date, 197 countries have ratified the Convention.  The COP meets each year to take decisions that further the implementation of the Convention and to combat climate change.In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said climate change remains at the top of the Government’s agenda.“The reality is that we must focus on our long-term resilience in a changing climate and changing world,” he said.Mr. Vaz noted that the Government recognizes that climate change has far-reaching implications for the future, particularly in terms of its impact on jobs, infrastructure, investments, natural and man-made resources, the economy as well as the country’s sustainable development goals.Further highlighting the gravity of the impact of climate change, the Minister pointed to a study done by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), which estimates that by 2050, cumulative losses due to degradation of marine ecosystems, storm damage and other factors may average as much as US$366 million per year.Meanwhile, the Minister welcomed the consultation, which, he said, will provide an opportunity to discuss and agree on the kind of actions needed from developing countries on issues that are critical to the Caribbean and SIDS.“The consultations also foster the exchange of ideas that will enable SIDS, like Jamaica, to strengthen their negotiating position at the COP talks in order to find the best fit for us in terms of building our resilience to the impacts of climate change,” he said.The Bonn climate change conference is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement and accelerate the transformation to sustainable, resilient and climate-safe development.The Paris accord, which is an agreement within the UNFCCC, deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and financing, starting in the year 2020.Jamaica became the 142nd country to ratify the Paris Agreement on March 30, 2017.  As of October 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, and 169 have become party to it.Release: JISlast_img read more

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Portland police investigate three early morning shootings

first_imgPortland police are investigating three early morning shootings that killed one person and injured two more.At about 3:50 a.m. Portland police officers responded to a report of several gunshots near Northeast 13th Avenue and Rosa Parks Way. Officers arrived in the area and found a man lying in the street.Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead. His name and age have not been released.It’s unknown if the shooting is gang-related.Less than two hours earlier, Portland police were called to a report of a shooting at North Fessenden Street and North Geneva Avenue next to Northgate Park.Officers arrived at the scene to find a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man’s 18-year-old brother was also at the scene but wasn’t injured during the shooting, according to police.The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the face and back, according to Portland police.Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and investigators from the Gang Enforcement Team also responded.At about 12:55 a.m., Portland police responded to a report of a shooting outside the 82nd Avenue Bar and Grill at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Raymond Street.Officers arrived to find a 32-year-old woman with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her left leg, according to police.Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and investigators from the Gang Enforcement Team responded to this shooting as well.No arrests have been made in the shootings, and it’s unclear whether the shootings are related, according to police.last_img read more

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Chill about Mahershala Ali as Blade Wesley Snipes tells Marvel fans

first_imgWesley Snipes, who famously played Blade the vampire hunter in three films, congratulated Mahershala Ali on his casting in a new Blade film.  New Line Cinema Blade star Wesley Snipes wants fans to “chillaaxx” about the surprise San Diego Comic-Con news that Mahershala Ali will star in a new version of the story instead of Snipes himself returning to the role.In a statement obtained by CNET sister site ComicBook.com, Snipes welcomed Ali to the part and urged fans to accept the new take on the film.”To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” Snipes said. “Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew — always a fan.” He went on to praise Ali, the Academy Award-winning star of Moonlight and Green Book, calling him “a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come.” Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLADE with Mahershala Ali. pic.twitter.com/mtrDBy5OV0— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 Share your voice 3:04 The news was announced at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, with few details other than Ali’s casting. Snipes played the role of the superhero vampire hunter in three films released between 1998 and 2004, and had expressed interest in returning.  Tags Let’s start the movement right here, right now, for @MarvelStudios to cast @wesleysnipes as Whistler in the reboot of #BladeMCU.The entire current run of comic-book movies owes everything to the 1st Blade movie, so a little honouring of the legacy he left isn’t too much to ask. pic.twitter.com/alPwqPIplY— HenryHigginsIII (@dravencage) July 21, 2019 Fans might be a bit soothed by rumors that Snipes will land a cameo or other role in the new film.”Let’s start the movement right here, right now, for MarvelStudios to cast wesleysnipes as Whistler in the reboot of #BladeMCU,” wrote one Twitter user. (Abraham Whistler is Blade’s mentor.) Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained See the best Marvel Avengers cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con 2019 TV and Movies 30 Photos 1 There’s no date yet for the new Blade, though according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, it will come out in Phase 5, not Phase 4, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 4 covers movies coming out in 2020 and 2021, so it’ll be a bit of a wait for Blade. Comment Comic-Con Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Seabird Decline Could Signal Drop In Ocean Productivity

first_img(USGS Photo)Seabirds are on the decline in the North Pacific, from the Western Aleutians to Vancouver Island. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey compiled and filtered the data of hundreds of thousands of surveys of different species conducted in the last 40 years to document the decline. They say the decline could signal a drop in the overall productivity of the ocean.Gary Drew is wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey who spent more than a decade compiling the data set with a colleague. He says the overall trend was a decrease in seabird biomass of about two percent, but the decline varied from species to species.Download Audiolast_img

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WATCH BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiyas son hits govt officials with cricket bat

first_imgSenior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya landed in hot water after a video of his son beating civic officers with a cricket bat went viral on social media on Wednesday. Vijayvargiya is currently BJP’s national general secretary while his son Akash represents Indore-3 in the assembly.#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Akash Vijayvargiya, BJP MLA and son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, thrashes a Municipal Corporation officer with a cricket bat, in Indore. The officers were in the area for an anti-encroachment drive. pic.twitter.com/AG4MfP6xu0— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019The incident happened on Wednesday when the civic body officials, including Dhirendra Byas and Asit Khare, were on an anti-encroachment drive at Ganji Compound in Indore. There they met Akash and his slew of supporters who asked the officers to leave the area.”You should leave within five minutes or else whatever happens after that will be your responsibility,” Akash was quoted as saying by NDTV.  The argument turned violent and soon Akash began began chasing and beating the officers. The two officers have now registered an FIR against Akash and his supporters.This isn’t the first time an act of violence by a politician was caught on camera. Last week, a BJP MLA from Telangana claimed that the state police had hit him on the head with a stone. However, a video clearly showed him inflicting injuries on his own head with a stone.last_img read more

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