What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Camera

first_imgHave you finally made the jump to purchasing the camera you’ve been eyeing for some time? Here’s the gear that you should get next.Top image via The Film Look.Now, obviously once you’ve purchased a camera, you already know the vital things you need like batteries, a lens, and a memory card. However, once you’ve gotten the basic body build and recording capability you need, the next step can be tricky. First things first: you should consider the type of shooting you’ll be doing with the camera. Don’t think about your skill set or budget just yet. Let’s look at a few pieces of gear to consider. Nifty FiftyA tried-and-true staple of low-budget filmmaking is the 50mm lens. There’s something comforting and practical about being able to throw a cheap, light, and visually friendly lens on in no time. The benefit of shooting with a cheap f/1.8 50mm is the shallow depth of field you can get. This is will give you that warm, cinematic look that is so popular — as well as allowing you to shoot in less exposed environments.The Best Set of Go-To LensesThe Best EF Lenses for Filmmaking Under $1000How to Choose the Best Lenses for Your DSLR CameraTripodThe next most logical step for production is a durable tripod that fits the parameters of your camera. If you own a small DSLR or mirrorless camera, it makes sense to buy a tripod that’s sized accordingly. As the Film Look states, consider splurging a little bit and purchasing some hefty tripod legs, then you can always upgrade the head on your tripod as you upgrade camera size.5 Amazing Tripod Camera MovesFilmmaking Hack: Create a Handheld Camera Rig for Less than $5SliderOnce you’ve mastered the art of panning and tilting with your tripod, the next step will be actual dynamic camera movement. Purchasing a slider is something of a contentious point for filmmakers. Either you want to take the full DIY approach and build one yourself, or you could save some time and frustration and go for the name brand that you know and love. Either way, if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your work, having a slider on deck will guarantee some solid B-roll and micro-tracking shots that will boost the overall value of your production.DSLR Slider Guide For Solo ShootersLone Operator? Make Your Next Purchase a Motorized SliderDIY Hacks: 10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMicrophoneAnybody who has ever worked with any camera knows the in-camera microphone is complete garbage. But that’s okay because finding cheap, good-quality audio recording solutions is easier than ever. RODE currently runs the show with their on-camera Video Mic Pro, which attaches directly to the camera. This spares you from relying on a boom or finding another crew member. However, to capture even better audio, if your subject is stationary, you can attach your microphone to a stand (that could be part of your microphone purchase). Like the tripod and lens, just consider the type of video work you’ll be doing.The Best Microphones for Sit-Down InterviewsRode Announces the VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun MicrophoneLightingLighting can be a difficult area to break into right away. Learning the various color temperatures and types of light and their particular settings can take some time and experience. But, for starting out, it can’t hurt to snag a few cheap LED lights and stands. The Film Look recommends also purchasing a cheap reflector if you’ll be consistently shooting interviews or in static locations.LED Lights Under $500 Every Filmmaker Needs On SetGo Remote with Compact LED Lights4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetBuy UsedIt never hurts to buy used equipment. Almost every camera I’ve ever owned I’ve purchased used, and there’s never been anything wrong with them other than a few nicks and dings (which did not affect the overall performance of the camera). Buying used is a great way to save money, and it will allow you to accrue more gear more quickly.What You Need To Know When Buying a Used DSLRlast_img read more

AAP may ally with SAD breakaway outfit: Kejriwal

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party and a breakaway outfit of the Shiromani Akali Dal are in talks for an alliance in Punjab for the Lok Sabha election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.He said a final decision on whether an alliance with the SAD (Taksali) would be formed or not would be taken in a couple of days. “Bhagwat Mann [AAP Punjab convener] is in talks with the Akali Dal [Taksali] over an alliance and a decision would be taken soon,” Mr. Kejriwal said. The move came after talks for an alliance between the SAD (Taksali) and the Punjab Democratic Alliance failed over the sharing of seats. Earlier, the SAD (Taksali) had been holding talks with the PDA that comprises former AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira’s Punjab Ekta Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Lok Insaaf Party and Punjab Manch. The SAD (Taksali) wanted to field its candidate, Bir Devinder Singh, from the Anandpur Sahib seat, while the PDA insisted on this seat for the BSP. The SAD (Taksali) was formed by MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan after they were expelled from the Akali Dal for revolting against party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Punjab has 13 parliamentary constituencies.last_img read more

Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith another brave and clinical performance on enemy ground, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AFC Champions League history, while boosting the country’s footballing reputation anew. By stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, last Tuesday night in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round at Queensland Sport And Athletic Stadium, the Busmen became the first Philippine club to surpass the second round of the continent’s top-tier club competition and set up a duel with Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. ADVERTISEMENT And for awhile, Brisbane was in control with former Italian international Massimo Maccarone putting the hosts in front with a close range finish in the 35th minute. But for a team that bucked odds in the AFC Cup last season, Ceres came up with a trademark response that put the hosts on its heels.The Busmen got a deserved equalizer through Maranon just two minutes before halftime. Maranon then combined with Mike Ott in the 65th minute, before curling home from just inside the box. Nazari tapped home from a scramble with 15 minutes remaining as Ceres weathered a late surge by Brisbane that included a goal from Franjic in the 87th minute.Ceres’ victory augurs well to what has been a difficult time for club football in the country following the pullout of two clubs from the PFL – Meralco Manila and Ilocos United – in the past two weeks of the month. ADVERTISEMENT Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Struggling to gain foothold with sponsors and fans, club football in the country found a worthy representative in the Busmen, whose meteoric rise has put the spotlight on Philippine football again. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Another upset over Tianjin, a club that boasts of Brazilian star Alexander Pato and Belgian national team standout Axel Witsel, will send the Bacolod-based club in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in history.Given little chance against the formidable Roar, the Busmen got two goals from Spanish attacker Bienvenido Maranon, before Filipino-Iranian midfielder Omid Nazari scored what turned out to be the decisive goal late in the second half. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrisbane finished third in the tough A-League, which is considered one of the best league’s in the AFC, and boasted of three players with World Cup experience in Greek defender Avram Papadopulous and Australians Ivan Franjic and Brett Holman. Roar also bundled out former league champion Global Cebu, 6-0, in the same stage last season. last_img read more

IPL 2016: No one but Dhoni will know when to retire, says Adam Gilchrist

first_imgAustralian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist feels India’s ODI and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be left alone to take a call regarding his future in international cricket as he has “earned” this right. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )On the sidelines of an interactive session with school kids here on Thursday, Gilchrist, who is now Australia’s Education Ambassador to India, told reporters that the Indian skipper has “earned the rights” to take decisions on his own.”I don’t like the fact that at this stage of a player’s career, journalists or even the public start asking these questions. I don’t see any evidence that he (Dhoni) is not upto the standards. He doesn’t get too many decisions wrong.”There was a time when he felt that it was time for Test cricket when everyone asked ‘why’. Similarly, he would take a call on limited overs cricket too,” said the former wicketkeeper. (Adam Gilchrist open to coachin role in IPL )Speculations are rife that Rahul Dravid might take over the duty of coaching the Indian team. Gilly feels that the 43-year-old former India batsman fits the bill perfectly.”Rahul’s cricketing experience as a batsman or as a mentor or as a cricket mind is on par with anyone else in the world. I watched with interest when he took charge of the U-19 Indian team in the World Cup and achieved considerable success. I wouldn’t be surprised if it falls on him,” quipped the swashbuckling left-handed batsman, who also ruled out any possibilities of him donning the hat of a coach anytime soon.advertisement”I have no aspirations to become a coach. I coach my son’s U-14 team and that itself is a big challenge,” said the 44-year-old.Gilchrist feels that in spite of the recent controversies, IPL remains a prize catch in the world of cricket.”Players have benefitted from the IPL. It’s lucrative financially. From an administrative point of view, it has had its ups and downs. Hopefully, a consistent model can be worked out,” he elaborated.Gilchrist with 17 Test hundreds though agrees that T20 cricket has affected the playing style of classical Test batsmen.”Yes, it has affected the style of playing Test cricket. Batsmen are moving away from the traditional technique. But, it’s inevitable. You still have examples such as Kane Williamson who has got a lovely technique and has still been successful in all three formats. But, that doesn’t mean that someone who has a traditional technique would be rendered ineffective,” he told PTI. (David Warner upbeat about Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chances in IPL 9 )”The pace of the game has changed. The 50-over game contributed to that in the 90s and it’s probably been fast-tracked again. But, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.People in this day and age want to be entertained,” Gilchrist said.”Occasionally, we get wickets that are so batsman-friendly that bowlers hardly have a chance but there are other extremes as well. A middle path has to be found,” said the former Deccan Chargers player.Gilchrist feels that different challenges are good for the game and he is not of the opinion that T20 cricket is diminishing the following of Test cricket.”You might not see huge crowds in Test cricket but that has been the case the world over for sometime. I still feel that Test cricket continues to enjoy a loyal following. These days, it’s often difficult for viewers to dedicate five days or even a day to a cricket match.”But, they continue to follow a Test match on their phones, tablets, computers, radio, TV there’s still a massive love for the game. Empty stands are obviously a big issue but a cricketer, even after winning the T20 world cup, would like to be remembered as a Test player,” he added.Gilly was all praise for the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 in spite of differences over financial issues with the administrators back home.”It’s not an ideal situation. I don’t think anyone wanted it to be that way – players or administrators. But, it seems that the players used it as some sort of a motivating factor.”I would suspect that it was not the driving force. They played good cricket, enjoyed themselves and wanted to win,” he said, adding that the ICC “can” step in to solve the problem.Another cricketer that received accolades from the former Aussie superstar was Virat Kohli. Asked about India’s ‘dependence’ on the Delhi batsman, Gilchrist said,”I think, it’s a bit of a reverse. He’s (Kohli) been so good that he often doesn’t give others a chance to bat. You can’t really question a team or a player that is producing phenomenal results. He’s batting the full 20 overs,” said the veteran of 96 Test matches and 286 ODIs who does not have a problem with pink ball Test cricket anymore.advertisement”The purist in me was saying that no, that’s not Test cricket. But, I had to argue with the spectacle it produced, the interest it generated. There are many positives,” Gilchrist signed off.last_img read more

As Olympics Near, South Korea Agonizes Over Post-Games Costs

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.FILE – This Oct. 30, 2017, file photo shows the rink of the Gangneung Hockey Center at Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.FILE – This Oct. 30, 2017, file photo shows the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As officials prepare for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”—KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sam Tomkins keen to go out with a Grand Final bang for beloved Wigan

first_imgShare on Twitter Victory for Wigan against Warrington at Old Trafford would secure a third Super League title for Tomkins before he embarks on a new challenge with Catalans Dragons – yet there was a time when he could not have foreseen such success.Players of his kind, the ones who emerge every few decades, are tipped for the top from a very young age. His journey, however, could not have been more different – thanks largely to one of the other high‑profile departures from Wigan after the match on Saturday: the head coach, Shaun Wane.Wane was the academy coach before stepping up to first‑team level in 2011, and he oversaw the development of dozens of players, including Tomkins, although it almost worked out so differently. Asked to recount his first dealings with Wane, Tomkins says: “I had to come to terms with the fact I wouldn’t be play rugby for a living. Everyone got offered scholarships on three or four grand a year, but I wasn’t in that group. They let me come in on a pay‑as-you-play basis.“You got £25, which is brilliant if your car insurance is £3,000 a year … But Shaun wouldn’t pick me. I would ask him why I wasn’t playing and he’d blow my legs off with about 25 different reasons. I spat my dummy out when I got home and called him all sorts. It was difficult, but it stood me in good stead.”Tomkins appeared sporadically for Wigan’s academy thereafter, before a potentially career-defining moment for the full‑back. “At the end of the second year of academy Shaun told me I could leave if I wanted. I went on trial at Widnes and Salford and they offered me a bit of money – and there was nothing at Wigan – even the £25 had gone.“I went back amateur and played for Wigan St Patricks for six games. Widnes offered me £3,000 and at the time I’m thinking: ‘I could get a car and insurance for that.’ But my dad, Andrew, stopped me. He asked me if playing for Widnes is what I dreamed of doing, and I knew it wasn’t.“At the time I was an apprentice greenkeeper at a golf course, getting up at 5am.“But an opportunity came up where I could train with the injured lads at Wigan, so I did that for a few weeks and then eventually got a few lucky breaks, stopped cutting grass and got a first‑team contract.”More than 200 games across two spells later, Tomkins is facing up to the reality of Saturday being his final game for the club he worked so hard to join.His leaving for the National Rugby Leaguefour years ago was surprising enough but next year he will line up against Warriors for Catalans, making the Old Trafford game extra special for a self-confessed Wigan fanatic. “I thought I’d come back and probably finish my career at Wigan. But things change so quickly in sport. When I got that contract at 17 I thought I’d never leave.” Warrington Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Super League Share on Facebook Read more Rugby league Super League XXIII (2018) Since you’re here… … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Share on WhatsApp From the moment Sam Tomkins burst on to the rugby league landscape in 2008, there was always a sense of something special about him. The manner in which he made his debut for Wigan, becoming the first ever player to score five tries on his senior bow, instantly saw him regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation.His career since backs that up. From the code-hopping excursion with the Barbarians in 2011 to the numerous major trophies won with the Warriors, at 29 he remains one of the most recognisable figures in the British game as he prepares for the Grand Final on Saturday.center_img Share on Pinterest Wigan Warriors Share on Messenger Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on LinkedIn interviews Sam Tomkins stars to help Wigan into Grand Final against Warrington It is that emotion of Wane, Tomkins and other names such as John Bateman leaving that is driving Wigan behind the scenes, as they bid for the perfect farewell with the club’s 22nd league title, the fifth in the Super League era. “The bigger story is Shaun leaving,” Tomkins adds. “As players we’re happy he’s taking that burden for us.”When asked how his French is, he says “shite” and laughs. “Leaving hasn’t sunk in yet and probably won’t until I’m in France. Wigan is a family I’ve been part of for a very long time. But I’ve got four years with Catalans: what happens after that, who knows?”Victory is being billed as the perfect curtain call for Tomkins’s illustrious Wigan career – but they may not have seen the last of him yet. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Persons Affiliated to Gangs to be Placed on Watch List

first_imgStory Highlights He said persons placed on the watch list by the courts will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures. Persons with gang association and those who are a part of criminal organisations will soon be placed on a watch list.center_img Persons with gang association and those who are a part of criminal organisations will soon be placed on a watch list.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 20, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said research is being undertaken to guide the establishment of a watch list.He said persons placed on the watch list by the courts will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures.“For too long we have accepted the concept of a ‘don’ as almost legitimate leaders of our society. They are able to move freely and conduct their illicit activities as they like. This freedom also allows them to have association (with) and influence over key functionaries in the community and broader society, including law-enforcement officers,” he said.The Prime Minister said these law-enforcement officers include not only police but also members of Customs and Immigration, among other State agencies.He informed that in other countries, their equivalent of dons, who plan and execute mass gruesome killings, challenge the authority of the State, and drive fear into citizens, are placed on watch lists and their movements are curtailed.He said this allows the State to limit and better collect information on their activities. “It is now time to deal decisively with gang leaders and dons,” the Prime Minister emphasised.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road The Middle River Road in Rocklin will be closed to all traffic, between White Hill Road and E. Fraser Road, until Wednesday, Oct. 6 while culvert replacement is carried out. Motorists are advised to follow a signed detour via White Hill Road and E. Fraser Road. COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River to the Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittent lane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be complete by Friday, Oct. 15. Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 395 Route 395, north of West Lake Ainslie Road to Trout Brook Bridge, will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31 for repaving and bridge work. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hardscratch Road Hardscratch Road, between the Yarmouth Town Line and Greenville Road, will have lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 23. Road crews will be carrying out ditching, culvert installation and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) will have lane closures from the Yankee Line Road intersection to 1.5 kilometres west of Upper Middle River Bridge until Sunday, Oct. 31 while repaving is carried out. The closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic control persons will be in place. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work will take place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill in Middle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes where possible. Local area office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Payzant Bog Road, Falmouth The Payzant Bog Road in Falmouth will be closed, except to local traffic, for bridge repairs, until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked to follow detour signs. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337 Two sections of Route 337 will have intermittent lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. One section starts at the intersection of Route 337 and Marsh Road at Livingstone Cove and goes seven kilometres west. The other section starts at Cribbons Point Road and goes 2.4 kilometres to South Lakevale Road. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge The Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is now open to traffic. There will be isolated one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8. Local area office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358, Greenwich The traffic signals located at the intersection of Route 358, and Trunk 1 in Greenwich will be activated on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 4. Motorists are asked to exercise caution when driving through the intersection until they become familiar with traffic movements and signal phases. Work will continue in the area until Friday, Oct. 8. This may involve periods of one-lane closures. Traffic control persons will be in place. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14, from Route 202 (Cheesefactory Corner) westerly to Route 354 (Beaverbank Road), about five kilometres, will have lane closures due to repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be complete by Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons and pilot vehicles. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be closed 24-hours-a-day until Wednesday, Dec. 15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened and the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area will continue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concrete barriers. A detour is available via Route 305. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridge parallel to the existing bridge. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have periods of one-lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 from Exit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 from Ralston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). The closures may take place 24 hours a day except between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on inbound lanes and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on outbound lanes. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route. Local area office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2518 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 The speed limit at the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 is reduced to 80 km/h until further notice, while bridge and road construction takes place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound lanes, from the Halifax County/Hants County line to Exit 8 at Elmsdale, about five kilometres, will have one-lane closures due to guardrail work. Work will be complete by Friday, Oct. 8. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Prince Street Prince Street, between Barrington and Granville Streets, will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 10 to allow for upgrades to One Government Place. Local area office: 902-424-2880 Fax: 902-424-6035 Local area office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hebbs Mill Bridge, Hebbville The Hebbs Mill Bridge on Trunk 3 in Hebbville will have one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8, due to bridge work. During this period, the bridge will be closed to loads wider than 3.5 metres (11 feet). Loads wider than 3.5 metres should use Highway 103. Traffic control will consist of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will be patching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signs and cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route. Local area office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River, will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8. Road crews will be carrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, west of River Denys Mountain Road and extending four kilometres east, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305, Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the Leitches Creek Bridge is replaced. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Traffic control persons will be in place when necessary. Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Bridge The Joudrey Bridge in River John will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Motorists are advised to use a detour route via Mountain Road and Louisville Road. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347 will have periodic lane closures between Thorburn Road and MacPherson’s Mills Bridge until Friday, Oct. 8. Repaving work will be carried out between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures until Wednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work will continue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place and a detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signage. Local area office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7042 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104, Port Hastings Rotary The Port Hastings Rotary on Highway 104 will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Road crews will be carrying out repaving work between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. Traffic control persons will be in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, between Boylston and Guysborough, will have intermittent lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday, with some weekend work. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 will have intermittent one-lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. The closures will be in effect from 1.3 kilometres west of Liscomb River to the MacKinley Point Loop Road at Spanish Ship Bay. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday, with some weekend work. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 A section of Trunk 2 at Shad Brook will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 31 while culvert replacement is carried out. A single-lane detour around the work will be constructed and traffic will be controlled by traffic lights. The maximum width on the detour structure is 3.1 metres. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, north of River Denys Mountain Road to north of Sandy Gillis Bridge, will have occasional lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 at Mic Mac Boulevard will be reduced from eight lanes to four lanes from Sunday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 22 to allow for interchange modifications and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. -30-last_img read more

More Music More Variety at Sherbrooke Village

first_imgMusic will be front and centre at Sherbrooke Village once again this summer as an expanded concert season begins on Monday, June 5, at the Sherbrooke Courthouse. Musician and folklorist Clary Croft will return to his hometown to launch the 2006 season and a new “First Monday” series of all-acoustic concerts. He will be joined by local folk group the Sherbrooke Trio. Sherbrooke programmers say they will present the village’s most ambitious and eclectic concert schedule, thanks to support from the Cultural Activities Program of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture. In addition to the First Monday series, the traditional Thursday courthouse concert series will continue to feature a mixture of emerging and established artists in the folk, traditional, roots and Celtic genres. Not all the talent will be homegrown. Two folk acts from Denmark will be the featured entertainers in the First Monday series concert on July 3. Haugaard and Høirup, a fiddle and guitar duo, and Karen and Helene, an a capella vocal duo, will perform in Sherbrooke after participating in weekend performances in Canso at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. The First Monday concert in August will feature the Petric-Forget Duo, with Joseph Petric on accordion and Normand Forget on oboe. The internationally acclaimed duo will perform a program which includes Bach, Telemann, Rameau, and Persichetti. This concert is part of the Musique Royals series. The Thursday concert series, now entering its ninth year, will begin June 23 with a Ceilidh featuring Roly and Ellie Burton, and Bob MacDonald. The following week, on June 30, Canada’s international folk ambassador Valdy, will return to Sherbrooke for his sixth appearance at the Courthouse. July 6 will mark the Sherbrooke debut of East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominee and Maritime Fiddle Champion Samantha Robichaud. This New Brunswick-based performer is also a rising star in the songwriting world and has had one of her songs declared a second place winner in the 2004 International Songwriting Competition. Multi-ECMA award-winning performers Birch Mountain Bluegrass will make their fourth Courthouse concert appearance on July 13. On July 20 the Ceilidh at the courthouse returns, and the July schedule closes out with a country/gospel duet concert featuring Gary Jordan and Lisa Hallett. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to First Monday events is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, while Thursday night concerts are $8 general admission. For more information call 1-888-743-7845, or visit the website at www.sherbrookevillage.ca .last_img read more

Risky cleanup of oil from decadesold NL shipwreck a success coast guard

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The coast guard says work to remove leaking bulk oil from the decades-old Manolis L shipwreck off Newfoundland is complete.The risky operation in Notre Dame Bay went smoothly and successfully, officials say.Anne Miller of the Canadian Coast Guard said the operation was one of the biggest they have ever undertaken in terms of sea depth, the quantity of oil, and the novel use of remotely operated vehicles to remove the oil.The operation halted a longstanding threat to the environment and local fishery.“It’s been a relief,” Miller said.“Everyone has come together with their expertise, their dedication, their professionalism over the last two months to make this project of oil removal a success and it has been impressive.”The paper carrier sank near Change Islands in 1985 in about 70 metres of water and was dormant until April 2013, when fuel oil leaked from cracks in the hull during a powerful storm.The last of the bulk oil was extracted on Monday, and has been transported to St. John’s, where it will be offloaded to an environmental company for safe disposal.Envirosystems Inc. will then separate the extracted oil from the water and eventually re-sell the salvaged bulk oil.The tricky operation began in early August, using magnetically attached hoses to extract between 115 and 150 cubic metres of oil and about 60 cubic metres of diesel, according to a 2016 technical assessment.Miller said the removal went smoothly, with only minor releases of oil.“There were very minor releases during the operation, which was non-recoverable sheening, but other than that there was no impact to the environment,” Miller said.Ottawa awarded a $15-million cleanup contract to Ardent Global this spring.Local members of the Manolis L Citizen’s Response Committee had been lobbying provincial and federal officials since the 2013 storm by writing letters, meeting with coast guard officials, and holding public events.Miller said the reaction from local residents during the process was “a pleasure.”“The reaction and the welcoming we got from people in the Twillingate area was second to none,” said Miller.A final report from Ardent Global is expected within three weeks detailing how much oil was removed.In addition to the $15-million contract, documents from 2015 showed that $1.7 million in federal money had already been spent trying to plug oil leaks in the sunken ship.The total costs of the coast guard removal operation have yet to be released.last_img read more

Security contractor denies he fired shots from rifle during confrontation with NoDAPL

first_img(Dakota Access Pipeline LLC contractor and U.S. Army veteran Kyle Thompson (right) shakes hands with former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2012. Kyle Thompson Facebook page)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA security contractor working for the company behind a controversial pipeline project facing fierce resistance from Native Americans in North Dakota denies he fired any shots from his assault rifle before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents last Thursday.Kyle Thompson, a U.S. Army veteran and security contractor working for the Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL), said in a Facebook post he was simply doing his job to photograph burning company equipment when he was confronted by demonstrators.APTN video captured a confrontation between an armed Thompson and demonstrators in shallow water shortly before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents (BIA). The agents handed him over to the FBI who transported him into the custody of state authorities. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Monday he was released without charges. The incident occurred while National Guard and state troopers from several states moved against Native American-led demonstrators.Kyle Thompson, right, confronts demonstrators on Oct. 27. APTN video stillA BIA spokesperson said the agents went to the scene in response to a report that shots had been fired. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement saying Thompson fired shots from his rifle.In his Facebook post, Thompson claims he never fired any shots from his assault rifle and that the FBI agents who transported him could attest to that.“That rifle hasn’t had a single round pass through the barrel in well over three months, the FBI can confirm,” said Thompson, in the Facebook post.He claims his 2500 Chevy truck, which is owned by DAPL, “was disabled and over 300 protestors were rapidly approaching my location, a few had knives and were dead set on using those knives.”Thompson said one of the demonstrators fired a flare at him.“I drew out my rifle after my vehicle was disabled,” he stated. “I slowly retreated into the water so they couldn’t surround me and overtake my rifle to use against me.”Thompson challenged anybody with evidence to the contrary to come forward.“I’m not here to defend myself or others who stood their ground on the opposite side,” said Thompson in his Facebook message, posted on Sunday. “I’m just here to state facts and if anyone has any evidence that negates any of them, I urge you to come forth and present yourself in a professional manner and we will address them accordingly.”Kyle Thompson during deployment in Afghanistan. Kyle Thompson Facebook pageAccording to his Facebook page, Thompson is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2012 and Iraq in 2006 and 2007.According to an article in North Dakota’s Bismarck-Tribune from December 2007, Thompson served with the U.S. Army 1-89th, 2nd Bridge in Iraq. The article said Thompson is Native American and was given the name “War Eagle.” He was greeted with ceremony when he arrived back home from the war.Indianz.com first reported on the Facebook post.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Omar condemns selective outrage in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday hoped that there was equal condemnation against rights violations by militants in the state as when the security forces are accused of it. His remark comes a day after a 12-year-old boy, who was taken hostage, was killed in a gunfight in Bandipora district’s Mir Mohalla area along with two other militants. The police however, accused the militants of shooting the boy dead. Taking to Twitter, Omar said: “I wish there was as much outrage in Kashmir against militants when they take a young boy hostage as there is when security forces are accused of human rights violations. “Selective outrage is cowardly and hypocritical.”last_img

Pakistans fielding a real worry for me Mickey Arthur

first_imgLeeds: After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which led to their loss in the five-match rubber. On Sunday, hosts England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the final ODI of the series and made sure that their World Cup preparations were on track and they remain the hot favourites for the showpiece event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPakistan, who are usually termed as a very good bowling side, lacked bite and conceded totals in excess of 300 in the four completed matches. And towards the end of the series, their poor fielding, which saw regulation catches being put down and a slew of misfields, also raised questions over their World Cup chances with less than two weeks to go. “Our fielding has been very disappointing. That has been a massive difference between the two sides,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying after the loss at Leeds. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “At Southampton and Nottingham, it was anybody’s game going into the last five overs. We competed really well. The one difference has been our fielding and that’s a real worry for me,” he added. The Pakistan head coach was, however, happy with the way the batters performed against the number one ranked ODI side. “We sit here and take a hell lot of the positives out of this series. Our batting has gone to another level and we have batted extremely well. That’s given our dressing room a massive amount of confidence. When we were coming to England, people were saying we were a 280 team. I am taking a fair amount of positives certainly in that department out of this series,” said the South African. “Our bowling and fielding has been average at best. Another thing is that we played against a team which is number one in their own conditions. I don’t think there are too many other teams around in England as prepared as we are in terms of the competition we played against and match fitness, which is something very important,” he added. Despite the humiliating series loss, the 51-year-old insisted that he was confident that his side will perform well in the World Cup. “We’ve got a couple of days now to regroup, two warm-up games and then we’ll go. I’m very, very confident with the players we’ve got. We need to sharpen up on a couple of disciplines but we’ll certainly get there. We’ll be good,” he said. Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31.last_img read more

Four arrested over death of baby

Information regarding the death surfaced only two days ago and following a Magisterial inquiry conducted yesterday the four suspects were arrested and remanded. The mother has been detained in hospital and the Magisterial inquiry was carried out yesterday. Four people have been arrested over the death of a newborn baby in Wilgamuwa, the police media unit said today.The police said that the mother of the child and three other women were arrested after the new born baby was found dead and buried. Initial investigations revealed that the mother gave birth to the child in November and with the help of the suspects the child was killed, wrapped in cloth and dumped in a pit. Meanwhile in a separate incident in Yakalamulla, a 19 year old girl was arrested after she killed her new born baby.The police media unit said today that the mother had given birth to the child after having an affair with a man while being employed at a garment factory in Horrana. read more

CFIA releases timeline from suspected case to confirmation of mad cow disease

CFIA releases timeline from suspected case, to confirmation of mad cow disease AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2015 4:38 pm MDT EDMONTON – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says little more than a week passed from the time the most recent case of mad cow disease was first suspected to when it was confirmed and national trading partners were notified.A timeline of the case at an Alberta farm has been released on the agency’s website.The website says a private veterinarian took samples on February 4 at the undisclosed farm and submitted them to a provincial lab.It says they were tested on February 6 and the lab recorded a “non-negative” test result.The lab repeated the test the following day with the same finding and reported the case to the CFIA, where the agency conducted its own test in Lethbridge, Alta, to confirm the result.The CFIA says it started gathering information on the animal’s herd on Tuesday, officially confirmed the case on Wednesday and posted the case to its website and notified Canada’s trading partners on Thursday.“The CFIA is currently investigating the finding. Part of that investigation will seek to uncover the history of the animal and how it may have become infected,” the agency’s website states.It’s the first case to be reported in Canada since 2011 when a six-year-old dairy cow tested positive.The CFIA has said part of its investigation will focus on the animal’s feed during its first year of life.Officials have said they don’t know yet how old the animal was, but they said no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Friday that the infected animal was not born on the farm where it was discovered.Ritz also said the discovery won’t affect Canada’s international beef trade because it won’t change the county’s controlled BSE risk status from the World Organization for Animal Health. He said Canada has stayed below international protocols that allow for up to a dozen BSE cases a year.Humans who eat infected beef can develop a fatal disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Fewer than 250 human cases have been reported worldwide. read more

Oculus Rift dev kits wont ship with promised copy of Doom 3

first_imgTo say that the Oculus Rift Kickstarter was a success last year is a bit of an understatement. The team asked for $250,000, but ended up raising $2,437,429. However, an update posted over the weekend has informed backers that one of the promised deliverables with the dev kits can no longer be included.Originally, anyone pledging enough money to receive an Oculus Rift dev kit would also get a copy of Doom 3 BFG Edition thrown is as a way of saying thanks. But Doom 3 will no longer be shipped, simply because it won’t be ready in time.In order for any game to work with the Oculus Rift headset it needs to include support. As Doom 3 is already available to buy, it meant going back into the source code and updating the game to make it compatible with the VR headset. That process is taking longer than expected and will not be completed in time for the launch of the Rift dev kits. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t seem to be a fault of the Oculus VR team, but whoever is updating the game internally at id Software/Bethesda.If you are one of the backers affected by this, don’t worry, alternatives are being offered. To make up for the lack of Doom 3 you can choose to have $20 of Steam Wallet credit, $25 of Oculus Store credit, or if you are really upset a complete refund is available.I don’t think the Oculus VR team can be any fairer than that, and I suspect most backers will choose to take the Steam Wallet credit. You also have to remember that Doom 3 is still coming to the Oculus Rift, and chances are id may release it as a free update in the near future. Worst case: it costs $20 or so.last_img read more

Interior Minister Apologizes To Gambians On ID Card Issues

first_imgBy:Kebba AF TourayThe Minister for the Interior Ebrima Mballow, on Monday June 25th 2018, apologized to Gambians on the long delay in resolving the ID card issue, which he disclosed, is due to technical and legal issues regarding the contract.Mballow offered his apology before Deputies at the National Assembly, in response to a question put to him by the Minority Leader and Member for Niamina Dankunku, Samba Jallow. The Minority Leader asked the Minister to provide Deputies with an answer on the issues surrounding the production of ID Cards and the time his Ministry will start issuing them.Mballow fin response stated that Government has decided to recognize the contract they signed with SEMLEX in April 2016 and that hopefully, production will start in 90 days.“The contract has been re-negotiated and amended. It is now before the Ministry of Justice for final review and conclusion. In the interim, the Ministry will issue another press release for the Financial Institutions to continue to recognize expired ID cards and other valid national documents for identification purposes,” Mballow said.On why Gambians are not issued with the country’s National Identity document, as raised by the Member for SerreKunda West, Madi MK Ceesay, Mballow expressed shame over the issue, and said this has been lingering for some time now.“I appreciate the patience and understanding of the general public. The contract for the issuance of ID cards is before the Cabinet and as soon as approval is granted, my Ministry will implement production and issuance accordingly,” he said.why awarding of contract to produce National Documents such as ID cards, Passports and Driver’s license to either SEMLEX a Belgian Company or Pristine a Gambian Company still not effective”, asked Ceesay in a supplementary question asked the Minister why they awarded the contract to produce National Identity documents to SEMLEX or Pristine before; that the contract to these Companies has not yielded anything for Gambians.Mballow responded that with the exception of ID cards, the Company issues both the driver’s license and biometric passports for residents in the Gambia and the machine readable passports for those in the diaspora.Foroyaa will keep readers informed with the report of the remaining Supplementary Questions, in subsequent editions.last_img read more

Alaska House votes to shut down budget debate

first_imgRep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, gazes at the ceiling during debate Thursday on the House budget bill in Juneau. The House voted to shut down debate on the budget on Friday. Chenault’s Republican minority coalition objected, saying it was an unprecedented manuever. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Alaska House voted to shut down debate on the state budget.Listen nowMembers of the House minority say the action is stifling debate. The two House caucuses disagree about the budget, the rules and what lawmakers should focus on.The House floor session on Thursday was the culmination of weeks of frustration on both sides of the aisle.Members of the mostly Democratic House majority said they’ve allowed more amendments to the budget than in any session that any current House member has seen. But Republican minority caucus members said they’ve never seen a majority limit the number of amendments or the budget debate.House minority leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, said Democratic Speaker Bryce Edgmon unfairly limited debate.“They are stifling our opportunities, and now they’re doing it again on the floor,” Millett said. “I mean, it’s a shame that Speaker Edgmon feels that he has to do this. It’s unfortunate because I think he’s a reasonable guy up until today. I mean, this – I’ve never seen a speaker do this before.”Some of the conflict may be the result of the change in partisan control of the House.Edgmon is the first Democratic speaker since 1993.Edgmon said the majority acted to limit debate when it appeared the minority would extend debate for days, at a time when the House faces other pressing issues.“It’s also a debate that follows on the heel of a very robust subcommittee process as well as a Finance Committee process that found, at least in my memory, a record amount of budget amendments to be offered,” Edgmon said. “All this in the midst of Alaska being in a fiscal crisis.”The first 40 minority amendments would have cut about $50 million from the $4.3 billion state budget.The majority rejected all of the cuts.Republican minority members said there’s nothing more pressing than to make more cuts, before considering actions such as making changes to the Permanent Fund.Former Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, said he would hold budget debates until late into the night.The sessions were frequently interrupted for breaks this week, and ended by 9 p.m. each day.“Not once have we ever limited debate to the minority on amendments,” Chenault said. “That is exactly what we’re doing here today.”House Rules Chairwoman Gabrielle LeDoux made the motion to end debate at noon Friday. It passed along caucus lines, 22-18. She said it was apparent that the minority was engaging in a filibuster, which is a term for making speeches to prevent action.“So we just decided basically that enough was enough,” LeDoux said.Friday will be the fifth day of debate on budget amendments.There were more than 50 amendments debated through Thursday afternoon.Majority members said the Legislature should complete work on the budget, and move on to bills that would draw money from the Permanent Fund.The majority also has introduced bills to reinstate an income tax, and to reduce oil and gas tax credits.The state has a $2.7 billion gap between the amount the state spends and the amount it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.last_img read more

Mosby Picks Up Endorsements of Faith Leaders and Lawyers

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comMarilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney, recently picked up the endorsements of prominent lawyers and faith leaders in her campaign to be re-elected.Mosby, her surrogates and an opponent in the race, Thiru Vignarajah, are also hitting back at claims that Ivan Bates was an effective prosecutor when he worked in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney office.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is surrounded by many of the most prominent faith leaders in the area. Sixty-five of them recently endorsed her reelection. (Photo Credit: Deborah Bailey)Ivan Bates, the defense attorney and candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney has saturated the media airwaves for weeks making the claim, “I never lost a murder case.”Mosby, Vignarajah and Larry S. Gibson, a veteran attorney and University of Maryland law professor, argue Bates’ claim of `never losing a murder case is’ is dubious at best.“Ivan Bates, a candidate for State’s Attorney, has repeatedly claimed in political commercials and speeches that he “never lost” a murder case,” said Gibson in an email. “The public record shows that Bates ‘never won’ a murder case.”Gibson said that when Bates worked in the homicide division of the State’s Attorney’s Office (Bates worked in the SAO from 1999-2002), Bates participated in eight murder cases, but was the lead prosecutor in none of them. “Five of the cases were dismissed. One case was plea bargained. One case was transferred to Juvenile Court,” Gibson said. “The final case ended with an acquittal, after Bates left the prosecutor’s office. He never tried a single murder case.”“Friends of Marilyn Mosby” issued a statement on Bates’ record June 11. “The truth is that Mr. Bates has never won a conviction in a murder trial and has limited prosecutorial trial experience. His claims of being `undefeated’ are an outright lie,” the statement read.Vignarajah, a former deputy attorney general for Maryland echoed Gibson and Mosby’s findings saying his record of zero murder prosecutions as a lead attorney proves “Bates failure as a prosecutor,” according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. In that same Sun story Bates seems to argue Mosby and Vignarajah are teaming up to defeat him on June 26. “It shows what we all thought is that they’re in this together and this is a concerted effort,” Bates said.Many of the most powerful faith leaders in the Baltimore metropolitan area came forward to support Mosby on June 12, at the historic Orchard Street Baptist Church (home of the Baltimore Urban League), in West Baltimore. Mosby received the endorsement of 65 clergy and faith leaders in her re-election bid.“This is a critical moment in our city’s history and we cannot afford to take a step backwards as it relates to the pursuit of justice,” said AME Bishop Frank M. Reid. “Marilyn is the independent leader that we trust will always do the right thing for the people…Baltimore, wake up and support Marilyn Mosby,” Reid added.In addition to Bishop Reid, Pastor Karen Bethea of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, in Baltimore County, Dr. Donte L. Hickman of Southern Baptist Church, in East Baltimore, Rev. Dr. ACD Vaughn, of Sharon Baptist Church, in West Baltimore and Pastor Jamal Bryant, of Empowerment Temple, in Northwest Baltimore, were among the faith leaders who rallied around Mosby and her re-election campaign.“Marilyn will win because Marilyn has a team,” said Bryant. “We fully intend to ensure that our congregants are fully informed about the choices they have in this election. For me, the choice is clear, Marilyn Mosby is the best choice for State’s Attorney.” Bryant added the faith community’s support is not limited to Christian worshippers. “Please know that this does not just represent Christian churches, but mosques and synagogues and faith temples and those who are holistic in their approach,” he said.The AFRO has learned two accomplished veteran defense attorneys are also throwing their support behind Mosby; Billy Murphy, the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray, who also endorsed Mosby when she initially ran for State’s Attorney in 2014, and Warren Brown, one of the attorneys representing Dawnta Harris, the 16-year old charged as an adult with first degree murder in the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio.During a phone conversation, Gibson outlined what he believes is perhaps the most important distinction between Bates and Mosby. “Marilyn Mosby has proven she is competent, courageous, independent and honest,” Gibson said. “In this era of police corruption scandals and police community tensions, the last thing Baltimore needs is a dishonest prosecutor.”Additional reporting by Deborah Baileylast_img