The Essential Guide to Finding Deals on Video Production Gear

first_imgWhether you’re camera shopping, building out a light kit, or optimizing your workspace, these three sites are essential to the hunt.Saving money on cameras and production equipment is more of a way of life than a collection of tricks. You already know this if you rent expensive lenses, schedule shoots back-to-back, and depend on available equipment to borrow. When the time comes to level up gear-wise, price tags can be daunting.It’s easy to focus on the most expensive pieces of your setup. Even breaks on accessories can add up, though. No matter how much money you’ve blown on impulse buys — and replacing lost items — it’s not too late to start being shrewd. Whether you’re camera shopping, building a light kit, or optimizing your workspace, these three sites are essential to the perpetual hunt. Save your future self time and money by signing up for each outlet’s newsletter and notifications.Wirecutter DealsImage via Wirecutter.What it is: Wirecutter is a clean, clear site for getting sensible street prices for electronics and camera equipment. It’s the Expedia of sales, but with thoughtful reviews. A team of professionals employed by The New York Times Company inspects prices across popular retailers, sharing both subtle and notable drops on specific items.Why it’s useful: Helpful context written by humans accompanies each tip, helping searchers make informed decisions and navigate previous Wirecutter posts about products they never knew they wanted. A quest for constantly low prices defines the site. Wirecutter is easy to use, and it also offers deals on goods other than electronics, helping users save across the board.Good for: Lifehackers looking to streamline setups and workflows. Ace gift-givers. Anyone who values a three-dollar price drop on a phone screen protector as much as a $200 break on a new camera — on principle.Sample finds: The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB 4K projector for $2,000 (reg. $2,300); a Panasonic Lumix G85 for $700 (reg. $800).B&H Deal ZoneImage via B&H.What it is: The popular camera and accessories retailer offers significant specials on a wide range of gear in one place.Why it’s useful: Free expedited shipping for many zip codes. Best deals are time-limited, with countdowns on the main page.Good for: Top-tier cinematographers and photographers, production companies, appreciators of exquisite camera bags and storage. B&H regulars who often search for specific items on the site and forget about this trove of savings.Sample finds: $450 off a SmallHD 502 Bright On-Camera monitor (sale price $849); $120 off a DJI Mavic Pro drone (deal price $779).Adorama DealsImage via Adorama.What it is: An all-purpose wonderland of sales and trades on computers, cameras, musical instruments, printers, pro audio equipment, and more.Why it’s useful: It features used, refurbished, open-box, and overstocked items. Ease of search by brand, product category, price range, recent releases, and rating; financing available on select brands — even for some used items. Discounts offered for students and educators.Good for: Sellers and buyers. Compulsive fixers. Film photographers. Camera mechanics.Sample finds: Overstocked Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 II DG HSM AF Super Wide-Angle for Nikon AF for $949 (reg. $1,400); Used Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera in expressed great condition for $559.Cover image via DJI.Looking for more on film and video production gear? Check out these articles.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Gear Roundup: Finding the Best SD Cards for Your CameraThe New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF – Large Format, Little CameraHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300last_img read more

45 arrested for stone pelting at VHP rally

first_imgThe police have arrested 45 people in Gangapur City of Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district where tension prevailed after some people pelted stones at a Vishwa Hindu Parishad rally, a senior police officer said on Monday. Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the area and mobile internet services have been suspended till normalcy resumes, he added. “We have arrested 45 people under preventive sections. The accused will be produced before the magistrate today (Monday). Section 144 has been imposed and mobile Internet services have been suspended,” Superintendent of Police (Sawai Madhopur) Sudhir Chaudhary said. The situation is “completely under control” and peace talks are being held with both the communities, he said, adding that a flag march was conducted to maintain law and order. He said cross FIRs have been registered by people from both the communities and the matter was being investigated.On Sunday, some people had thrown stones at the VHP procession apparently from inside a mosque and the adjoining houses in the area. Four to five persons were reportedly injured in the stone pelting following which additional force was deployed in the area to maintain law and order, police said.last_img read more

Blake Griffin stars as Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss

first_imgNew York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., left, and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 105-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK  — All the roster changes aren’t helping the New York Knicks get any wins.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sixty percent of the Knicks’ starting lineup (Smith Jr., Jordan, Matthews) has been on the team less than a week. Eighty percent of the Pistons’ starting lineup (Bullock, Drummond, Griffin, Jackson) has started at least 44 games.BACK-TO-BACKThe teams opened a home-and-home set with the next game Friday in Detroit. The Pistons have met the same team in back-to-back games twice so far this season, losing both to the Celtics (Oct. 27 and 30) and splitting with the Rockets (Nov. 21 and 23). The Knicks have played only one such series this season, losing to the Bucks on Dec. 25 and 27.UP NEXTPistons: Host New York on Friday night.Knicks: At Detroit on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ New York., featuring a starting lineup with three new players, also lost at home for a franchise-record 15th straight game.“The second night of a back-to-back, obviously coming off a big win (against Denver) and we got a lot of momentum, too,” Griffin said. “It’s important to come out and not take any team lightly and come out and just execute, let our execution take care of the game for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson each added 19 points for the Pistons.Newcomers Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Mathews, who were acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade last Thursday, all started for the Knicks in their second game with the team. 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These guys could wind up being a part of our future,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “I’m trying to give them the early minutes now so that they can catch up and learn our stuff pretty fast.”Mitchell Robinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Knox scored 11 points for the Knicks who haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at home was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.Griffin scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Pistons, who never trailed, led by as many as 12.The Knicks pulled to 43-42 on Allonzo Trier’s layup with 8:07 left in the second quarter. However, Detroit scored the next six points and pushed its lead to 63-54 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Defending champ Devin Booker up against Curry brothers; Dirk Nowitzki in 3-point contest Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York pulled to 70-67 on Smith’s 3-pointer midway through the third, but the Knicks still trailed 78-71 heading into the fourth.“We bounced back in the second half with a defensive mindset that held them to 17 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Every game is going to be an adventure, a challenge for us. We can’t take anybody in this league for granted.”Damyean Dotson’s 3 got the Knicks within three with 7:52 remaining. However, Detroit scored the next eight points and went on to take a game-high 14-point lead at 100-86 on Jackson’s two free throws with just under two minutes remaining.“You just got to look at the grand scheme of things,” Smith said. “There’s beauty in the struggle and ugliness in the success. You got to take it day-by-day”TIP-INS:Pistons: Jackson is the only Pistons player to appear in and start in each of the team’s 53 games. … The Pistons have beaten the Knicks five straight and lead the all-time series 207-172.Knicks: The losing streak is their longest since 2014-15 when they dropped a team-record 16 straight and finished 17-65. … Noah Vonleh is the only Knicks player to appear in all 53 of their games this season.HARD KNOXKnox, the Knicks’ lottery pick, has started 26 games during his rookie campaign. New York has gone 2-24 in those games. Named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December, Knox has connected on just 32.8 percent of his shots (44 of 134) since Jan. 17.STARTING OVERlast_img read more


first_imgSharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second Sharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second highest run scorer after Simmons 540 last season, said he intended to open the batting. “A lot depends on what sort of balance is needed. We have spoken about it. I would preferably open the innings. I would like to start the innings and see after 4-5 games. We had got some exciting players in the auction. “I am happy at the way things are turning out at practice sessions. Its all about getting the right balance in the team. If that means coming down the order I will do so.” Sharma also said that the teams bowlers knew they needed to be aggressive when bowling on the batsman-friendly Wankhede tracks.”When we play at Wankhede, we bowl with the new ball to take wickets and not just contain. They should be there to get the batsmen out. Theres not much offer from the pitch. Bowlers who have done that have been successful here.”Batsmen always try to come hard and so theres always opportunity to take wickets. Bowlers who have been aggressive have done well at the Wankhede. Preparation is the key when you play on a wicket which has not got much to offer to bowlers,” he explained. Sharma feels his team knows how to counter the dew factor while defending a total.”We play a lot of games with the dew coming down. Generally it does in the second half. We had played under those conditions and done well. Guys are used to these conditions, except the newcomers who will have to get adjusted. We have played here many a time and obviously this is our fortress and our home. We should know about the conditions better than others,” said Sharma. PTI SSR NRB CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I: Live streaming and Telecast Channels for Guyana match

first_imgWith the series already in the bag, India are likely to experiment with their line-up in pursuit of a whitewash when they take on an embattled West Indies in the third and final T20 International here on Tuesday.India concluded the two-match US leg of the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead after notching up a 22-run win in the second game on Tuesday.Their performance wasn’t the most fluent in the first match but Virat Kohli and his men were back to being a dominant force in the second match, though, the outcome was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method after thunderstorm and consequent rain did not allow the game to continue.While the batting line-up may not change much, India may try a new combination in bowling.It will not be a surprise if KL Rahul is drafted into the playing XI, replacing the struggling Rishabh Pant. The young Delhi batsman managed scores of 4 and 0 in the first two matches.Skipper Kohli has backed Pant to the hilt and it will be interesting to see if the 21-year-old rising star gets another chance. Neither Rohit Sharma nor Shikhar Dhawan are likely to be rested.When will the 3rd T20I between West Indies and India begin?West Indies vs India 3rd T20I will start from 9:30 AM local time (7 PM IST) on Tuesday, August 6.Where I can watch West Indies vs India 3rd T20I live?West Indies vs India 3rd T20I can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3.advertisementHow can I watch West Indies vs India 3rd T20I online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I.Where can I follow West Indies vs India 3rd T20I live?You can follow live updates and scores for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I on will the West Indies vs India 3rd T20I be played?Providence stadium or the Guyana National Stadium will host the 3rd T20I between West Indies and India.What are the squads for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I?West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Khary Pierre, Sunil NarineIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar.Also Read | 3rd T20I: India look to test bench strength after clinching series vs West IndiesAlso Read | Navdeep Saini in breach of ICC Code of Conduct after Nicholas Pooran send-offlast_img read more

Baku farce is a reminder football should use its influence for the better

first_imgShare on Twitter Arsenal want to win Europa League for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, says Iwobi – video Azerbaijan Football matches with political consequences are hardly a new phenomenon. In 1936, 85,000 people helped to spread a positive image of Hitler’s Germany across the world as they watched Italy beat Austria in the gold medal match of that year’s Olympics. In 1978, it was considered appropriate to hold the World Cup in a country, Argentina, then ruled by a military junta responsible for the disappearance of tens of thousands of its own citizens. By way of counterpoint, the emergence of a South Africa national team in the early 1990s served as an effective cultural tool to further the dismantling of apartheid.In the modern age, however, football has gone on to acquire a sociopolitical status far greater than that which it had in the past. In today’s world, particularly at the elite level, it is almost more difficult to find a match that has no political subtext. Wolves v Bournemouth? It’s the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative against Russian expatriate cash. Liverpool v Newcastle? The international synergistic conglomerate v the bargain basement retailer. Manchester City v Manchester United? Less a city divided than two polarised principles on the accumulation of debt. Share on Facebook To read the details of the disputed allegations made against Manchester City in Uefa’s ongoing FFP investigation against the club, or to browse plans for a reformed Champions League that would be tantamount to a closed shop, it is difficult to feel hopeful that football will rise to the occasion of this political moment. But the scrutiny is not about to go away either.Smart clubs, compassionate football people, would do well to think about how the soft power they possess could be used to make things better, things beyond their own bottom line. The issue of Arsenal’s big day out in Baku will certainly not be the last of its kind. comment The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It may be everywhere but, to this point, football clubs have generally been inclined to play down their roles as political actors. After all, it’s not as if they are actually making deliberate interventions in society. Oh, except when they’re Jürgen Klopp talking (one assumes with the blessing of his employer) about the pernicious effects of Brexit. Or they are Chelsea running their own campaign against antisemitism. Or they are the Premier League launching an educational programme, Primary Stars, across 10,000 schools in England.These are political actions and they have been made possible, even necessitated, by football’s increased prominence in society. That prominence, of course, also brings extra scrutiny and it has become obvious to see where the game falls short both in a political and a moral sense. Quite often, these failings seem to go hand in hand with the presence of large amounts of money.The decision not only to award Baku the Europa League final but to allow Azerbaijan to host four matches during Euro 2020 is seen by some to be not unrelated to the potential revenues to be made from the oil-rich country. Accusations regarding the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to another petrostate, Qatar, meanwhile allege straightforward corruption, which Qatar has denied. 1:18 Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final over safety fears Just as political enthusiasts found themselves casually deploying the lexicon of international trade after the Brexit vote, so football supporters are having to brush up on their international relations. After becoming familiar with the internecine struggles of the Arabian gulf these past few weeks, attention now turns to the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the implications for a showpiece final next week.At base, it’s a question of safety. Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with his Arsenal teammates to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the Europa League final because – as an Armenian – he believes he will not be safe in the city. Azerbaijan customarily refuses entry to Armenian nationals and while its Football Association (and Uefa) insist “Micki” is welcome and every necessary preparation has been taken to protect him, neither the player nor his club are inclined to accept this argument. As a result, he is staying in London and rightly so. No game of football is worth endangering a person’s safety. To suggest, as the Azerbaijani ambassador to the UK has done, that the midfielder is playing politics with his decision is an inexcusable provocation. Arsenal Play Video Europa League Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019

first_imgMS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019Indian Cricket Team will depend heavily on the batting prowess of Shikhar Dhawan, all-round capabilities of Hardik and MS Dhoni’s brilliant cricketing brain in World Cup 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 18:39 IST India are totted as second favourites after hosts England(AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5Dhawan, Dhoni and Pandya have been in fine form in the lead up to the World CupMS Dhoni’s expertise will be very crucial for India at the World CupVirat Kohli’s Team India reached London on May 22 for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which starts on May 30.Before the first warm up game against New Zealand on Saturday, Shikhar Dhawan seems to be having fun as the India batsman took to social media to upload of a video of him having a light-hearted moment with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.”Trying to match their speed!, Shikhar Dhawan wrote as caption. MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are among the fastest runners between the wickets in the Indian cricket team.Indian Cricket Team will depend heavily on the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan during World Cup 2019. Dhawan has a crucial role to play simply because he is the sole left-hander among the specialist batsmen. With most teams looking to attack the batting line-up with a leg-spinner, a long innings from Dhawan can make all the difference in negating the threat.Dhawan, Dhoni and Pandya have been in fine form in the lead up to the World Cup. The trio had a fantastic IPL outing.MS Dhoni was the mainstay in Chennai Super Kings’ batting line-up as he managed to score 416 runs in only 12 innings. Hardik Pandya blasted 386 runs at 48.25 with a phenomenal strike-rate of 193, second only to Andre Russell, playing an important role in Mumbai Indians’ title win. Shikhar Dhawan also played an important role with the willow in Delhi Capital’s successful campaign.advertisementIndian Cricket Team will depend heavily on the batting prowess of Dhawan, all-round capabilities of Hardik and MSD’s brilliant cricketing brain. Dhawan has a crucial role to play simply because he is the sole left-hander among the specialist batsmen. With most teams looking to attack the batting line-up with a leg-spinner, a long innings from Dhawan can make all the difference in negating the threat.Watch Hitman @ImRo45 takes the steady hand challengeMore coming up on (@BCCI) May 24, 2019Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma took up the steady hand challenge in the UK. In a video uploaded by Board of Control for Cricket in India, the India opener can be seen missing the finish mark by a small margin.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma feels Virat Kohli has done a great job as captainAlso Read | Hardik Pandya is unrecognisable in throwback photo from 2011 World Cup celebrationFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Shikhar Dhawanlast_img read more

These high-performance dress socks will seriously up your style game

first_img Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Since its inception in 2012, menswear brand Mack Weldon has sought to provide its customers with the best in men’s basics, with everything from stylish briefs to classic t-shirts to casual workout sweats.Though they’ve always carried a line of colorful everyday socks, this spring, they launched their first formal iteration, the sleek 1285 dress sock.“Our customers love our everyday socks, but would complain that they didn’t have anything to pair with more formal dress shoes,” starts Mack Weldon co-founder Michael Isaacman.“That’s when we decided to develop the 1285 dress sock. Basically, we borrowed the DNA from our high-performance everyday socks and implemented it in a design that’s lighter and more refined.”The DNA Isaacman refers to is a special blend of X-Static Silver, a naturally odor-preventing textile used by the likes of Olympic athletes and NASA, and lush Pima cotton. The fabric blend makes for a lightweight, high-performance sock that is ultra comfortable and retains freshness through several wears. Additionally, the finely-knit sock features a cushioned foot bed, which adds extra support. The sock is available in six styles, three in dark-colored solids (black, navy, nomad blue) and three in bold stripes (black/charcoal, nomad blue/snorkel blue, charcoal/pink). Each pair of socks sells for $24.Related: Why bacteriostatic silver ions will change your sock game“The 1285 dress sock is a great incremental item to fill up your top drawer with,” states Isaacman. “You look at your current socks, and I bet a majority of them are casual. There’s definitely an added bonus to having a sock that’s so fine, light and delicate.”“Guys are going to grab this sock and fall in love with it,” he continues. “We’ve already seen them selling incredibly well on our website. At this rate, these socks are not going to be around very long.” In fact, Isaacman predicts that they’ll run through their current stock of 1285 dress socks within the next few weeks with another roll-out not scheduled until the fall.To snag a pair of these awesome socks before they sell out, go here. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable center_img The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

Frontline Eyes Up to USD 100 Mn from ATM Equity Offering

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator Frontline has entered into an equity distribution agreement with Morgan Stanley for the offer and sale of up to USD 100 million of its common shares.In line with the deal, the company may offer and sell its common shares at any time and from time to time through Morgan Stanley as its sales agent. Frontline added that the sales of the common shares will be made by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions on NYSE or otherwise at market prices prevailing at the time of sale.The company plans to use the net proceeds to fund growth opportunities and capital expenditures, including the purchase exhaust gas cleaning systems that reduce sulfur emissions to comply with upcoming implementation of new IMO standards.The move is being announced following Frontline-s memorandum of agreement (MOA) to acquire a 20 percent ownership interest in Feen Marine Scrubbers, a manufacturer of exhaust gas cleaning systems.Pursuant to the MOA, Frontline will order FMSI exhaust gas cleaning systems for 14 vessels, with options to order an additional 22 systems at fixed prices. According to Robert Hvide Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management, the economic case to install scrubbers is very compelling, particularly for larger vessels.“Scrubbers installed on existing vessels provide the same benefit as those delivered from the yard on newbuildings and our solution comes at a much cheaper cost,” he explained commenting on the deal.Feen Marine says that its open-loop scrubber system reduces sulphur emissions to 0.1 pct and offers payback period on investment of 6 to 18 months. The company also has a hybrid system in its portfolio which can switch from open loop to closed loop mode of operation.Ships using exhaust gas cleaning technology will be able to continue to use high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) as a marine fuel after global sulphur cap becomes mandatory in 2020. The regulation requires that all ships trading outside of the sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) start using fuel with a sulphur content of up to 0.5 pct, a considerable reduction from the currently permitted maximum of 3.5 pct.last_img read more

Indonesia UN agencies step up food health aid to flood victims

7 February 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started providing immediate food aid to some of the worst-affected flood victims in the Indonesia capital, Jakarta, where at least 40 people have been killed and 340,000 others driven from their homes by rains which inundated thousands of houses and other buildings, including 1,500 schools. At the request of the authorities, WFP dispatched an initial shipment of 526 boxes of micronutrient-enriched noodles and 702 boxes of high energy biscuits for 2,250 flood victims in south Jakarta, with agency trucks and personnel are on standby for further deliveries as new requests for aid come in. “The World Food Programme stands ready to help more of the worst-affected people who have had to endure the flooding of their houses and neighbourhoods,” WFP Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said. “With yesterday’s request from the Government, and working in close co-operation with Government agencies, we can immediately begin providing ready-to-eat foods for distribution to the victims.” WFP and other UN agencies based in Jakarta have formed a rapid assessment team to determine further immediate needs of persons displaced by the flooding and available UN resources and supplies that can be provided to the Indonesian authorities, as required. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is preparing to provide jerry cans for carrying drinking water, as well as water-purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and other supplies. It also plans to launch an immunization campaign, during which children affected by the disaster will receive protection against polio and measles, and vitamin A supplements to boost their immune systems. read more

US trade deficit grows to 422B because of fewer exports deficit with

US trade deficit grows to $42.2B because of fewer exports; deficit with China hits record high by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2012 9:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit increased in October because exports fell by a larger margin than imports, a sign that slower global growth could weigh on the U.S. economy.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit grew 4.8 per cent in October from September to $42.2 billion.Exports dropped 3.6 per cent to $180.5 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined.Imports fell 2.1 per cent to $222.8 billion, reflecting fewer shipments of cellphones, autos and machinery.The trade gap with China also increased to a record high, which will keep pressure on the Obama administration. Manufacturers and U.S. lawmakers have complained about China’s use of unfair trade practices.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the decline in both exports and imports likely reflected some disruptions from Superstorm Sandy. The storm closed ports in the Northeast for the last few days of October. Exports should rebound in November, although Dales expects the longer-run trend to stay negative.“The bigger issue is that the weak global economy has been taking its toll on exports,” Dales said, predicting that trade would drag slightly on overall U.S. growth in 2013.A wider trade deficit acts as a drag on U.S. growth. It typically means the U.S. is earning less on overseas sales of American-produced goods while spending more on foreign products.Exports rose to a record high in September, which helped lift economic growth in the July-September quarter to annual rate 2.7 per cent. That more than doubled the 1.3 per cent annual growth rate in the April-June quarter. Growth during the summer quarter was also helped by stronger rebuilding of business stockpiles than previously estimated.Most economists say growth is slowing in the current October-December quarter to below 2 per cent. One reason for the weaker growth is the decline in exports. And U.S. companies are probably cutting back on restocking, mostly because of worries about looming tax increases and government spending cuts that will kick in next year without a budget deal before January.There were some hopeful signs in the report.U.S. exports to the 27-nation European Union rose 1.4 per cent in October. Exports to that region have fallen 0.7 per cent from January through October because the debt crisis has pushed many European nations into recession.The U.S. also ran a record $2.6 billion trade surplus in October with the nations of South and Central America. The surplus with Brazil, the largest economy in South America, was $1.8 billion. U.S. exports to that country hit a record $4.1 billion.Still, the U.S. trade deficit with China kept growing in October to a record $29.5 billion.American manufacturers say China has kept the yuan undervalued against the U.S. dollar. A lower valued yuan makes Chinese goods cheaper for U.S. consumers and American products more expensive in China.The Obama administration has lobbied China to move more quickly to allow the yuan to rise in value. But it has refused to cite China as a currency manipulator. That designation would require negotiations between the two nations and could lead to the United States filing a trade case against China before the World Trade Organization. read more

UN agency in Gaza trains teachers to aid students with psychological scars

The spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the agency “remains committed to dealing with the psychological scars” of the Israel’s military operation that lasted 50 days in the summer of this year. As part of the UN agency’s mental health programme, teachers are trained in stress management skills, life skills education for elementary students and structured recreational activities for preparatory students. Spokesperson Chris Gunness also confirmed today that 138 UNRWA students were killed during the military operation. The latest round of violence killed 1,479 civilians, including 506 children, according to figures released in late September by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). An additional 3,435 children were injured, and many were left with life-long disabilities. “Behind each of these statistics is a heart-breaking, individual story, a dignity and a destiny that must be respected,” Mr. Gunness said.Meanwhile, UNRWA revised upwards its assessment of damage to refugee homes over the past week from 60,000 to 80,000.“We estimate that at least 20,000 of these are uninhabitable,” the spokesperson said.In a statement yesterday, Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that every child in Gaza has been adversely affected by the recent conflict, and suffers from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, or displays more aggressive behaviour at school. read more

Duke of Wellingtons 400piece gilt dinner set laid out for first time

first_imgA spectacular dining set given to the Duke of Wellington to celebrate his victory over Napoleon is to go on on display for the first time as it would have been used, laid out in full 200 years on.For the first time visitors to Apsley House, Wellington’s London home, will be able to see part of the collection of 400 gilded pieces set out on the dining room table in the Waterloo Gallery.The new display marks the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of the dinner service in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia as a gift to honour the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They will be displayed in the Waterloo Gallery Some of the 400 pieces of the original set, which took two years to make and is recognised as one of the finest made by the Berlin Porcelain Factory, will be laid out on the table.They include 34 dessert plates, each chronologically depicting a place or event connected to the Duke’s life, beginning with his birthplace of Dublin, through to battles in India, the Peninsular Wars, Waterloo and the opening of Waterloo Bridge.Fruit baskets, wine coolers, ice-cream pails, vases, soup tureens, candelabra and decorative statues will also be on display in the opulent surroundings of the Waterloo Gallery, a room created to host the Duke’s annual Waterloo Banquet. The pieces were commissioned in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia Credit:Geoff Pugh Each commemorates a place or event connected to Wellington’s lifeCredit:Geoff Pugh The pieces were commissioned in 1817 by King Frederick William III of Prussia Each commemorates a place or event connected to Wellington's life They will be displayed in the Waterloo GalleryCredit:Geoff Pugh “The 200th anniversary of its commission is the perfect time to share these historic mementos with the public and transform Apsley from a house to a home.”Visitors will be able to see the dinner service laid out in the Waterloo Gallery at the house, which stands on the corner of Hyde Park and was once known as Number One London, from Saturday April 1. The banquet was an event held to celebrate the final victory over Napoleon with the king and selected guests.Josephine Oxley, English Heritage curator, said: “To display the magnificent Prussian dinner service for the first time as it would have been used by the 1st Duke of Wellington is a great privilege.”These rich and fascinating items tell the remarkable story of a man who made a great impact on the history of Europe and the service exists as the ultimate display of respect and gratitude.last_img read more

UWI lecturer commends CCJ ruling to allow Commonwealth citizens to vote

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: Caricom is a duty-bound to stand up on behalf of democracy in GuyanaJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Barbados will leave CCJ – Prime MinisterMay 21, 2018In “latest news”2015 Elections petition: Constitutional remedy for electoral breaches being undermined by Judicial sloth- JagdeoJune 21, 2018In “latest news” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A senior lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has welcomed the ruling of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the registration of Commonwealth citizens to be included in the voters list ahead of the May 24 general election here.St Lucian academic, Professor Eddy Ventose had challenged the decision of the electoral authorities here to deny him the opportunity to be registered even though he has been resident in the country for several years.The matter was heard during an unprecedented sitting of the Court, two Sundays ago.In its ruling, the CCJ, which is Barbados’s final court, said that the “long standing policy of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission in relation to Commonwealth citizens to register as electors … is unlawful and ultra vires.“The Court is satisfied that on the basis of judicial finding pronounced in this matter, which has not been appealed, the applicant has satisfied the necessary legal and regulatory conditions for registration as an elector,” the CCJ ruled, threatening to jail the Chief Electoral Officer, Angela Taylor, if she failed to obey the ruling.Dr Wendy C Grenade, a senior lecturer in Political Science in the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, said the “CCJ must be commended for acting with a sense of urgency in the Ventose case.“Its responsiveness in dispensing justice to Professor Ventose and by extension to other Commonwealth Caribbean citizens in Barbados, must be applauded. The CCJ also promoted transparency in its deliberations by utilising technology to livestream the court session.“This was a sophisticated act of techno-democracy, where the CCJ bridged the divide between itself and ordinary Caribbean people. The virtual court demystified lofty judicial proceedings. This was quite refreshing and reassuring, particularly for some who question the efficacy of the CCJ,” she said.The lecturer said that the rule of law is a central pillar of any well-functioning democracy and that when state officials ignore or seek to frustrate rulings of the court, justice is denied and democratic norms are ruptured.“The CCJ must be commended for demonstrating its judicial independence by protecting the rights of Commonwealth Caribbean citizens from the arbitrary exercise of power by a Caribbean state.“The CCJ’s warning that Barbados’ Chief Electoral Officer will be imprisoned and/or fined if she does not comply with its ruling, sends a strong signal of its seriousness of purpose and its intention to apply the full extent of the law to ensure justice for Caribbean citizens. It also demonstrates that the state is not above the law and that state officials can be held accountable for their actions.”She said that the Ventose case is also significant because it demonstrates the importance of judicial review as a critical means through which citizens can claim legal redress against laws or policies that infringe on their rights.“Judicial review is a powerful weapon available to citizens in their battle for rights and justice. One can argue that, given the remoteness of the Privy Council and the relatively high costs associated with taking matters to the UK-based court, judicial review has not been a norm in the Caribbean’s legal praxis.“However, the proximity of the CCJ to the Caribbean’s reality, provides impetus for increased citizen activism through judicial review. Professor Ventose must be complimented for channelling his legal skill to an activist cause,” she added.The lecturer said that beyond the legal question, a major implication of the Ventose judgement is that Caribbean people who reside in other Caribbean territories must feel a sense of belonging to the Caribbean sister state where they live, work and pay taxes.“The right to vote, as contentious as it may be, is one of the most cherished democratic rights, particularly for people whose history has been replete with oppression and denial of suffrage. The CCJ’s judgement in this case has affirmed the enfranchisement of the Caribbean “other”.“Fifty odd years after independence, it is encouraging that an indigenous Caribbean Court can do so. This renews hope in the promise of regionalism.“The ruling in this case is a victory not only for Commonwealth Caribbean citizens in Barbados but for Caribbean jurisprudence, Caribbean democracy and regional integration. It reinforces the urgency for other CARICOM countries to put systems in place to accede to the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.’ To date, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have done so, although, except for the Bahamas, Haiti and Montserrat, all other CARICOM countries are members of the CCJ in its original jurisdiction.The Grenada-born lecturer said that importantly, “this landmark judgement is most timely for Grenada as that country seeks to re-open the conversation on another referendum to facilitate Grenada’s accession to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, replacing the UK-based Privy Council as Grenada’s highest Court of Appeal”.She said the case “highlights several benefits of the CCJ, which should be the catalyst of a YES campaign going forward”. read more

Thiess secures three years of new contracts with BMA

first_imgThiess has secured two contracts with a combined revenue of A$440 million to provide mining services at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge and Peak Downs coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, Australia. Over three years, Thiess will deliver mining services for specific components of work including the services required for Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC).CIMIC Chief Executive Officer Adolfo Valderas said: “This contract reflects Thiess’ ongoing commitment to optimising value for its clients, through flexible mining solutions.” CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said: “We’re extremely proud to be partnering with BMA, building on our long-standing history in Central Queensland. This contract will enable Thiess to deliver productivity efficiencies, working with BMA to bring additional job opportunities to the region.” Work at Caval Ridge will commence in 2017.The news comes after the contract mining giant also announced in September 2017 a A$189 million contract extension by Jellinbah Mining to continue to operate the Jellinbah Plains pit at the Jellinbah East Mine near Blackwater in Central Queensland. The 30-month extension will result in Thiess continuing to deliver mining services at the mine until September 2020. Valderas said: “This extension reflects the successful relationship between Thiess and the Jellinbah Group, which dates to the establishment of its Lake Vermont coal mine in 2007.”Thompson said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Jellinbah Group and continue our focus on producing innovative mining techniques that drive cost efficiencies. We are pleased to continue our long-standing involvement with the Blackwater community, where we launched our Sisters in Mining program, and support a series of community initiatives.”last_img read more

Battle Ground man gets 46 years in hammer attack

first_imgA Battle Ground man was sentenced Monday to more than 46 years in prison for bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.A Clark County jury on July 7 found Marcus Morrison, 31, guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted murder with egregious lack of remorse.His sentence was unusual in that Morrison received consecutive sentences for each count from Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis.“Normally, there is a dead body or two … even for 30 years,” said Morrison’s attorney, Jeff Sowder.Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said state law provides for consecutive sentences when a defendant has been convicted of two “serious violent offenses.”“The presumption is sentences are concurrent in Superior Court unless you have two serious violent offenses, in which case the sentences are consecutive,” Vitasovic said.Vitasovic on Monday requested what is known as an exceptional sentence of 50 years. An exceptional sentence is one that is outside the state’s formulaic standard sentencing range and is allowed when a jury finds certain aggravating circumstances, such as an egregious lack of remorse. Lewis denied Vitasovic’s request for 50 years but sentenced Morrison to the maximum under the state standard range of 36 to 46 years.Sowder argued for the minimum of 36 years, saying the 46 years would be excessive.“This is a case I think was pitched as sort of the heat of passion,” Vitasovic said. “The state takes issue with that characterization.”He said Morrison and victim Rena Donnelly had been dating for only a couple of months and had broken up on the night of the attack.last_img read more

Layoffs at Philadelphia Style

first_imgNew York-based luxury magazine publisher Niche Media laid off a number of editorial and creative staffers at Philadelphia Style Monday.According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn declined to offer details like how many employees were let go but indicated that publisher John Colabelli and editor Sarah Schaffer will remain with the magazine. Binn told the paper: “We’ve had to accelerate the realization of our operating efficiency.” He said he plans to increase the magazine’s frequency from six issues per year to eight.Binn could not be immediately reached for comment. In April, Niche Media purchased DLG Media Holdings, publisher of lifestyle and fashion magazine Philadelphia Style and online publications DC Style and, from Dana Spain-Smith.Last fall, Niche Media finalized an agreement that effectively unified its operations with controlled circulation publishers Greenspun Media Group and the Ocean Drive Media Group. Las Vegas-based Greenspun was said last week to have reduced its workforce by 10 percent.last_img read more

Tesla sued for wrongful death after fatal crash involving Autopilot

first_imgEnlarge ImageThis is the second lawsuit Tesla has faced this year following a fatal collision with Autopilot active. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Earlier this year, the family of a Tesla Model X owner who was killed in a collision when the car’s Autopilot was engaged filed a lawsuit against the automaker in California state court. Now, the Fremont-based automaker has a second, similar suit to contend with.The family of Jeremy Banner is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla, asking for damages in excess of $15,000, The Verge reports. According to NBC affiliate WPTV, the lawsuit was announced on Thursday, and it should be filed shortly in Palm Beach County, Florida. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.The collision occurred on March 1. Banner’s 2018 Tesla Model 3 was traveling southbound on State Highway 441 in Delray Beach when it struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. The crash ripped the roof off the Model 3, killing Banner. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash. Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags Car Industry Electric Cars Comments 30 Photos Share your voice 17 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 50 Photos According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash.Banner’s family is the second family to file a lawsuit against the automaker. Earlier this year, the family of Walter Huang sought damages from the automaker due to perceived negligence on Tesla’s part. Huang’s Model X collided with a highway barrier while Autopilot was active in Mountain View, California. Following the crash, Tesla issued a statement casting blame on Huang while simultaneously touting the benefits of its system, although the NTSB’s preliminary report pointed to several contributing factors. Tesla Tragedy Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Teslalast_img read more

BJP MP demands probe into BhandariVadra link

first_imgNEW DELHI: A BJP member today urged the government to thoroughly investigate the alleged link between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said the government should also find out who were the beneficiaries of the Pilatus aircraft purchase deal. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us Bhandari was allegedly involved in multiple defence deals during the UPA regime and it is also alleged that the money received by him as kickbacks in the Pilatus defence deal was routed through shell companies to buy benami properties in London. Dubey alleged various benami properties in London are owned by Vadra and also highlighted some of the addresses including 12, Ellerton House, Bryanston Square. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us Flight tickets of Emirates Airlines were arranged by Bhandari for Vadra, he alleged. There was uproar from the Congress side on the issue of taking name. To this, the Speaker ruled that the name will not go on record in Lok Sabha proceedings. Dubey urged the government to make a thorough investigation with regard to connection between Vadra and Bhandari and find out the actual owner of benami properties in London, Bikaner and Faridabad. He also asked the government to bring to book officials of the Defence Ministry and others part of the deal.last_img read more