first_imgDear Editor,Campaigning for General Elections due in 2020 has begun in earnest, and with it the attempts at character assassination that has become part of the parcel. The go-to claim is usually ‘racism’ and I strongly believe this is a result of lazy intellectualism. My experience is of a Guyana where most differing perspectives are due to economic and social positioning rather than ethnicity and some are based on social conditioning within ethnic structures, however, recent statements attributed to the Minister of the Presidency where he asserts there will be no more ‘nice-time’ for opposition (PPP) supporters who ‘sabotage’ his Administration’s programs, are indeed racist and thoughtless. Editor, am I to believe that Mr Harmon has had knowledge of ‘sabotage’ in the past and let it slide? Or that ‘sabotage’ by non-PPP elements will be allowed ‘nice time’ status? The obvious answer is no to both of these questions, Mr Harmon has instead allowed his emotions to overtake his reason and crossed a line in his quest to absolve his Administration of failure to execute even the smallest of projects. With less than nine houses delivered in three plus years, APNU/AFC have boldly promised nine new housing projects in 18 months. Editor, no doubt this doomed to fail promise will be laid at the steps of Freedom House’s ‘saboteurs’ in due course, but the better course of action would have been to re-evaluate the failing policy of delivering ‘ready-made’ houses to citizens. There are thousands of Guyanese living in Diamond, Providence, Tuschen, Farm, Herstelling etc who were provided house lots and who have built their own homes at their own pace as their economic situation allowed.The Harmon line of ‘PPP saboteurs’ has been parroted again by Carwyn Holland’s talk of ‘Manchurian candidates’ among APNU elected councilors. This is the danger of speaking to sycophants- bereft of intellect they believe anything said by their leaders is ‘gospel’.Editor, during this prolonged campaign, the lies that have so often been repeated will be sung as truth, the claim of the execution of 400 black men persists, can we, the people ask that this be independently investigated by journalists and the truth be published? Can we ask the press to investigate what the subsidy has been on each house lot ever delivered to the citizens of Guyana by the PPP, or shall we pretend that only ‘Pradoville 2’ received subsidies? Shall we investigate why Ashni Singh and Winston Brassignton have been charged with ‘gifting’ 4.7 acres of land by selling it at GUY $30,000,000 per acre while current Go-Invest CEO Owen Verwey is lamenting those who refuse to take advantage of incentives? “We have incentives in various categories like general, specific and even land…land has been added because nowhere else you can get an acre of land to lease for lower than US$1, and in Guyana land is being leased for as low as GUY$25,” (, Verwey would be better off advising Ministers of the ills of nationalisation as done with the Berbice Bridge Company. No amount of $25 an acre land will attract investors to a nation that has no respect for private property. Verwey may also want to seek legal advice before signing any agreement at 12 US cents per acre. Recently I have seen the emergence of claims that ‘corruption and thieving’ have their genesis in the PNC and PPP administrations past, Editor, Strain theory ascribes criminal behavior to the gap between social goals and social structures to achieve them, those who commit crimes have chosen expediency over morality, the crime and blame must rest with the criminal; providing him/her with an excuse is a slippery slope we do not want to go down.Editor, as with above, principles and precedent are often more important than the issue they address, the recent ceding of authority by the Speaker of the House will no doubt have ramifications for future generations, the very public control being displayed by the Prime Minister over the Speaker’s office is offensive to sensibilities, and this type of political expediency comes at a high cost to any nation.Editor, the next General Election is going to be about truth and on which side of it we stand. The integrity of our Fourth estate is critical to our understanding of events. Our very futures depend on it.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

first_imgAguero had earlier scored to put his side 2-0 up, becoming the Albiceleste’s third-highest scorer in the process.But he suffered health issues at the break and was forced to leave the Stadion FK in Krasnodar to be given medical attention.He later recovered consciousness, according to TyC Sports.Aguero underwent tests in hospital as Nigeria came back to record a famous 4-2 win.Aguero has eight goals in eight Premier League appearances for City so far this season, and his condition will be of huge concern for boss Pep Guardiola.Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria stunned two-time former World Cup winners Argentina by recovering from two goals down to win 4-2 in Krasnodar.Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi celebrates scoring Nigeria’s fourth goal against Argentina. PHOTO/DMSevilla midfielder Ever Banega and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero fired Argentina, playing without the rested Lionel Messi, into a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes.But Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before Iwobi netted a second-half brace either side of a goal from Brian Idowu to shock the South Americans.Argentina, who beat Russia 1-0 in Moscow on Saturday at the ground that will host next year’s World Cup, left Messi out of Tuesday’s friendly following an agreement with Barcelona.Banega delivered the opening goal on 28 minutes with a well-struck free-kick after Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was penalised for a handball outside his area.Argentina promptly doubled their advantage when Aguero, who scored the late winner over Russia, converted a right-wing cross by Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors winger making his first international start.But Nigeria, who went unbeaten throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign, refused to surrender and Iheanacho halved the deficit before the break with a 25-yard free-kick.Iheanacho then found an unmarked Iwobi who equalised from close range on 52 minutes, with Amkar Perm defender Idowu drilling Nigeria into a 3-2 lead moments later.Argentina’s attempts to claw their way back into the match were ended when Iwobi grabbed his second goal on 73 minutes, taking a pass from Ahmed Musa and hammering home to seal just a second win over Argentina in eight meetings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aguero went down during the first half of the international friendly that was played in Russia. PHOTO/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 14 – Sergio Aguero collapsed during half-time and was taken to hospital as Nigeria stunned Argentina 4-2 in a friendly played in Russia on Tuesday.The Manchester City striker fell ill in the changing room. He was replaced by Dario Benedetto.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking in the wake of the news, the Reds manager said they tried to retain Coutinho’s services but were always up against it, following three failed bids from Barcelona that ultimately prompted Coutinho to put in a transfer request.Klopp told the club’s official website: “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.“I have been here long enough now to know in the history of Liverpool, key players have left before – but the club always goes on. You cannot transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it.“I have so much belief in the talent we have here already and even more faith, together with our owners, that we will make continued investment into the playing squad, which will allow more growth and more improvement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp poses with Philippe Coutinho when he renewed his contract with the merseyside club. PHOTO/Sky SportsLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 7 -Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool did everything in their power to try to persuade Philippe Coutinho to remain with the club.The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder reached an agreement with Barcelona for a reported £142 million transfer, subject to his passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.last_img read more

first_imgA POLISH man living in Co Donegal is contesting a drink drive charge because a print-out of his breath test wasn’t given to him in Irish.Jacek Sobolak, (33) from Ray, Manorcunningham, appeared at Letterkenny District Court to face a single charge.He is charged with drink-driving on the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny on October 12th last year. Inspector Michael Harrison asked for the case to be adjourned for a month.He told Judge Paul Kelly the case was awaiting a ruling on “the Irish” legal challenge.This is one of a number of legal challenges in Donegal by solicitors on behalf of clients who believe the drink drive laws stipulate that print-outs from garda station intoxyliser machines should be given out in both Irish and English.They are all awaiting a legal challenge brought by a Romanian man stopped by gardai in Dublin last year who says he should have been given bilingual read-outs.Mihai Avadenei, from Swords in Co Dublin, is having his case reviewed by the High Court which has yet to rule on the case.Another Donegal man is also waiting on the High Court ruling.Thirty-eight-year-old Brian O Domhnaill, from Killult, Falcarragh, had his case adjourned at Letterkenny District Court in July.Mr O Domhnaill, a Fianna Fail Senator, faces charges of drink-driving as well as failing to report an occurrence, failing to remain at the scene and failing to give appropriate information relating to an alleged incident at Tullygay on September 2nd, 2013.POLISH MAN CONTESTS DRINK DRIVE CASE BECAUSE HE WASN’T GIVEN INFORMATION IN IRISH was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldrink drivingGARDA INSPECTOR MICHAEL HARRISONJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal GAA senior team has received a massive boost as veterans Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn have committed to playing on next season.Manager Rory Gallagher will have both former All-Stars available in 2017 as Donegal bid to improve on their season this year which saw them retain their Division 1 status in the league and reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals after losing the Ulster championship decider to Tyrone.While 2012 Footballer of the Year Lacey, 32, and McGlynn, 30, have committed to the panel it is believed the likes of Christy Toye, Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh are yet to make their minds up, according to Donegal Sports Hub. Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee have already confirmed their retirement from the inter-county game.Boost for Donegal as McGlynn and Lacey commit for 2017 season was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA huge march has been organised in protest at the planned removal or transfer of the gynae ward at Letterkenny General Hospital.THE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGHThousands of people are expected to attend the protest march which takes place in Letterkenny on Saturday, September 8th.The protesters are to gather at the LYIT and will walk up the town where protest speeches will then be made. A Facebook campaign at the threatened removal of the service already has more than 3,000 members after just two weeks.Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital Sean Murphy has said the decision to considering moving the gynae services does not mean a closure of the services.But the users of the service claim there are serious issues around the proposed move including privacy and the issue of using male nurses at any new gynae ward.At present the gynae ward is staffed by all female nurses. A spokesperson for the campaign said further details abou the protest march will follow. HUGE MARCH PLANNED IN PROTEST AT PROPOSALS TO DOWNGRADE GYNAE WARD was last modified: August 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GYnae WardLetterkenny General Hospitalprotest marchlast_img read more

first_imgThere are still nearly 1,000 farmers in Co Donegal who applied to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme (DAS) and have not received any payment, according to Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Information received by Fianna Fáil through a series of Parliamentary Questions shows that 8,483 Donegal farmers applied under DAS. 7,500 of these have received payments, while 983 farmers have still not received the money they are owed.Senator Ó Domhnaill has described the delays as ‘disgraceful’. “There is no excuse for leaving hundreds farmers waiting since September for the money they are owed under DAS. These farmers are dependent on this support and they simply cannot wait for months on end to get the money they are entitled to,” the Donegal Senator said.“This is down to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s own mismanagement. The retrospective stocking density requirements imposed by the Minister is causing protracted delays in the disadvantaged areas payment, leaving 8,000 farmers nationally still waiting for the money they are owed.“The Minister should not have allowed this to happen. I am calling on him to immediately ensure that all 983 outstanding DAS payments in Donegal, and 8,000 outstanding payments nationally, re processed and issued without further delay.”  1,000 DONEGAL FARMERS STILL WAITING ON DAS PAYMENT – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian Ó DomhnaillDAS SCHEMEfarmerslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels today announced the appointment of Jared Parko as a new deputy director to the department’s senior management team.As deputy director, Parko will primarily focus on laboratory operations and animal health, dairy, food safety and meat issues. Prior to his new appointment, Parko served as laboratory operations manager for the Food Safety Net Services in Columbus, Ohio. He also previously worked in the Dairy Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a master’s degree in food safety and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.In addition, ODA has recently made appointments to several senior staff positions: Terri Gerhardt became chief of the Division of Food Safety. Gerhardt has been with ODA since 2000 and previously served as the assistant chief of the Division of Food Safety. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy science and her master’s degree in agricultural economics, both from The Ohio State University.Dr. Nick Wagner became chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. Dr. Wagner has been with ODA since 2012 and previously served as assistant chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and his doctor of veterinary medicine, both from The Ohio State University.Kirk Hines became chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Hines had been with the Division of Soil and Water Resources at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 2000 and previously served as deputy chief. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University.last_img read more

first_imgEmbrace the darkness: Learn how a negative fill can quickly change the overall tone of your scene.In any basic lighting class, including those found here on the PremiumBeat blog, you’ll likely hear a lot of talk regarding 3 point lighting. In a 3 point lighting setup you have three basic lights: a key, a fill, and a back light.When lighting a scene, you’d be right to assume that you’ll likely be using some sort of variation of 3 point lighting. However, the following video tutorial shows the power of diverging from the norm through the use of a technique known as negative fill.As the name implies, a negative fill is the exact opposite of a fill light. Instead of filling in the shadows with light, a negative fill will accentuate the shadows by minimizing any additional light that may be trying to bounce onto your subject. The results can be extremely dramatic, making this concept great for narratives and emotional interviews.There are a number of ways to create negative fill, but the most basic is using a simple black sheet. You can get black sheets for as cheap as $3.99 on Amazon.The following video tutorial, created by the good folks at Indie Cinema Academy, shows us how to quickly and easily create a negative fill light.This video was first shared by Indie Cinema Academy. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you want to learn more about creating a negative fill, check out a few of the following resources:Use of Back Light and Negative Fill in Into the Blue – Shane HurlbutThe Importance of Negative Fill – DPMagNegative Fill: Controlling Contrast – Manfrotto School of ExcellenceHave any experience with working with negative fill? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgUsing a DSLR or mirrorless camera to create a narrative film with a pro cast and crew can be a huge undertaking. Yvonne is a good example of a film that pulled it off while working with a simple Samsung NX1 setup.Images from Samsung USAYvonne, a short film from screenwriter Steven Rowley (based on a short story by Sandy Frances Duncan) and directed and produced by Andrew Putschoegl (BFFs, Nerdgasm) perfectly demonstrates how to create a professional-looking movie with a $1,699.99 compact mirrorless camera—all in 4K.The film was shot with the Samsung NX1 and stars Marissa Jaret Winokur as Yvonne, a woman who struggles with her identity as a wife, mother, and homemaker. To escape her routine, Yvonne starts an alternative life inside her refrigerator, which Putschoegl creates in a visually original way.‘Yvonne’ was part of Samsung 4K content series in which they teamed up with filmmakers across the country to showcase the NX1, especially in regards to 4K capture. The program collaborated with RocketJump, Wittydud and Pitchfork.Although Putschoegl has worked with DSLRs in the past, he had sworn off the platform for awhile because he was “more frustrated than happy with the quality he was getting” compared with high-end digital motion picture cameras like the ARRI ALEXA. The mirrorless NX1 was an interesting alternative, outputting 8-bit, 4:2:2 4K files to an Atomos Shogun recorder. The NX1 contains a 28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor, which can capture 4K or UHD video on board to standard SD cards.Putschoegl had numerous discussions with cinematographer Robert Brinkman (The Rules of Attraction) and the look of the movie was motivated by Rowley’s script. Putschoegl explains…We talked about at the beginning we wanted Yvonne to have this muted color palette to accompany the fact that she’s very underappreciated and not having much of a life outside of the small space that she inhabits on a daily basis. We also talked about keeping things a little tighter and more controlled.As the film moves on, the team expanded the film’s color palette and developed Yvonne’s wardrobe and makeup, which ultimately leads to her freedom at the end of the film.The production shot with the NX1, outputting 8-bit, 4:2:2 4K files to an Atomos Shogun recorder. The NX1 can capture 4K and UHD to SD cards but it’s in the H.265 format, which is a more compressed format than H.264. H.265 is also not yet compatible with any of the current NLEs.Putschoegl and Brinkman also put the camera in a cage housing with professional camera accessories for focus pulling, as well as an Anton Bauer battery solution to power both the camera and recorder. According to Putschoegl, since they were shooting in a studio space, they didn’t have any problem controlling highlights since they had total control over lighting.Here’s a cool behind-the-scenes video of Yvonne…For lenses, the NX1 contains a proprietary NX-mount, which gave Putschoegl some concern since there are only a handful of professional NX lenses on the market. He used Samsung’s Premium S-series zoom lenses, including the 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS and 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS.In terms of developing a flat, neutral color profile, Putschoegl and Brinkman employed the NX1’s D Gamma setting to increase the camera’s dynamic range. “We wanted a really flat profile so we could have more flexibility in post,” explains Putschoegl. He continues…I would love — and I know a lot of filmmakers would love — a Log profile and I think Samsung will be including it in a future firmware update. You can certainly get a pretty flat profile, but it’s not quite the same as Log yet. That said, once we started color correction, we ran into no issues whatsoever, so I don’t think that we ever said, ‘Oh man, I wish we could have shot this in Log — it has so much more latitude.’ We had zero problems.Here’s the the finished video…Samsung recently screened Yvonne at Social Media Week LA.Looking for more information about shooting in 4K? Here are a few PremiumBeat articles you might find interesting:How Industry Titans are Standardizing 4K TechnologyEffective 4K Workflows in Avid Media ComposerTips For Optimizing Your Computer for 4KThink you might be up to the challenge of shooting a professional-looking film with a DSLR or mirrorless camera? Sound off in the comments below and let us know how YOU would approach the situation!last_img read more