UG plans to revise the University Act

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) on Thursday hosted its first annual business meeting at the Education Lecture Theatre (ELT).The table was spearheaded by Chancellor Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith and the newly appointed Pro-Chancellor, Joe Singh.One of the first items being dealt with was the exploration of roles and responsibilities of council members of the university. A new council to be appointed is said to be smaller than the previous one which comprised 26 members. Chancellor Nigel Harris explained that this was decided upon to reduce politicisation and promote efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. It was announced that an orientation will be held in approximately six weeks in which council members will be able to obtain a better understanding of their responsibilities.From left: Pro-Chancellor Joe Singh, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith, Chancellor Nigel Harris and Dr Nigel GravesandeInitially, Chancellor Nigel Harris explained that the University Act has not being revised in any major way since 1963; hence, it will be reviewed in the days to come.“Many of the University’s policies and regulations are outdated,” Harris explained.After an extensive period of discussion and reflection, a proposal was presented to the council which is subject to further deliberation. However, the new University Act ultimately has to be approved by Parliament.The Chancellor is hoping that the proposal is approved and carried forward stating “This is an important moment for the University, a moment for transformation and it is essential that its governance, its act, its status be modernised, in keeping with what we hope is going to be a more modern and dynamic university.”Additionally, a series of decisions were also made in relation to the allocation of lands initiatives that are ongoing. These included the allocation of 10 acres of land towards the proposed JOF Haynes law school; UG’s Yucatan Centre for Greening Research, Information and Sustainability; approval for a draft document for the establishment of a UG broadcasting trust and the approval of a legacy project which will cater for behavioural studies. Some of these initiatives are in existence due to donations and gifts from entities who wish to partake in the University’s development.“One of the realities of the University’s operations is that by virtue or deed of gift that precludes us from renting or selling land. This is an arrangement and it’s not a new arrangement where hosts, so there is no rent charge. There is an expectation that services for construction will be funded by whoever the host is. There is expectation that services for maintenance will also be honoured by whoever the host is,” Professor Griffith explained.Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith stated that the University is searching for areas in which partnerships can be built. One of the main issues arises from the lack of resources.The Vice Chancellor stated, “It has to be part of a larger paradigm shift. What we’re saying is that we’ve got as a university, conscious of the limitations of the Government to ask other entities to support.”He said the University does not establish a firm, sustainable base with its graduates, asking them for assistance. However, he stated that this must be done as it is a normal practice of many private and public universities.This year, the University also introduced the Artist-in-Residence, Dave Martins, who will be preforming in areas such as Anna Regina, Linden, Lethem and Berbice.UG is planning to implement these new agendas with the intention of asking the council what new can be done to raise the standards of the institution for the future.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A “Coming Home to Pio Pico” fiesta will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 at Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd. The free event will feature a rebozo fashion show, folklorico dancing, historical re-enactments, bread- and rope-making demonstrations, historic firearm demonstrations, arts and crafts, food, music, games, children’s activities and more. For more information, call (562) 695-1217, Ext. 104. Class of 1965 to hold reunion WHITTIER – Whittier High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion picnic at 11 a.m. May 19 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. The event is potluck-style. Those with vintage vehicles are encouraged to bring them for judging and prizes. For more information, visit http://www.whsclassof62.com. Volunteer fire lookouts needed PASADENA – The Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association is seeking volunteers for its Fire Lookout Program. Volunteers must be at least 18 and must attend three training sessions at the Flintridge Foundation, 236 W. Mountain Ave., Suite 117, Pasadena. An orientation session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the foundation. For more information, call Pam Morey, (909) 338-3923. Retirement home sets blood drive LA MIRADA – Residents at The Palms Retirement Residence, 13001 La Mirada Blvd., will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided for participants. Blood drives help save lives by providing hospitals with much-needed blood supplies to replace blood loss resulting from surgery or serious injury. For more information, call Bianca Uribe, (562) 944-1800. Finalists to appear at college forum WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees will hold a campus forum featuring the three finalists for the position of superintendent/president, from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wray Theatre, 3600 Workman Mill Road. The finalists are Daniel Castro, a former Riverside City College president; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; and Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (562) 692-0921. Kindergarten registration open PICO RIVERA – El Rancho Unified School District will be registering children for kindergarten from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the week of May 14 to 18 at 9333 Loch Lomond Drive. Children must be at least 5 years old before Dec. 2, 2007. For more information, call (562) 942-1500. Church schedules rummage sale WHITTIER – St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 S. Washington Ave., will host a rummage sale from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. May 5. For more information, call (562) 698-9741. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ryan Fredericks ruled out for three months as West Ham injury list grows

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade He joins Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll on the injury list.The full-back has already begun a rehabilitation course and is hoping to return in early 2019. REVEALED no dice Ryan Fredericks has suffered an injury blow huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Fredericks has made four league appearances for the Hammers since joining from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer.Although Pablo Zabaleta has been preferred to Fredericks for much of the season, he is now Manuel Pellegrini’s only fit senior right-back. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The Hammers are left with one fit right-back center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Latest Football News REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED West Ham right-back Ryan Fredericks will miss the rest of 2018 with a shin injury.The 26-year-old is ruled out for three months after picking up the injury in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield before the international break. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Quincy Jones to receive honor for UNICEF work

first_imgMusic impresario Quincy Jones will be honored by UNICEF after returning from a humanitarian trip to Cambodia. During the weeklong trip with UNICEF officials, Jones stopped in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and the historic city of Siem Riep, where he visited Angkor Hospital for Children, the Child Friendly Schools organization and other UNICEF programs for children and families. “I am committing myself to doing everything possible to pull the resources together to aid the children of not only Cambodia, but the children of all the countries in the world,” Jones said in a statement. Jones founded his global children’s charity, the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, in 1990. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week UNICEF will honor Jones with the Spirit of Compassion award at its annual Snowflake Ball in New York on Nov. 28. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A’s get six homers, stout pitching from Anderson and blast Orioles

first_imgOAKLAND — The ball was carrying out to center and right field Tuesday night at the Coliseum.Was it ever.Rookie catcher Beau Taylor lit the fuse with his first major league home run, the first of six by six different players, and Brett Anderson (7-4) pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 14,310. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Things were bordering on the ridiculous …last_img

Discover South Africa’s untamed and beautiful Wild Coast

first_imgThe Wild Coast is one of South Africa’s most remote stretches of shoreline. Stretching from East London in the Eastern Cape northwards to Port Edward and the southern border of KwaZulu-Natal, the region is home to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world.The remote Mbotyi region of the Wild Coast, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. (Image: SA Venues, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThe Wild Coast is a place of steep green hills and deeply incised river valleys. It is a land of windswept cliffs, deserted white-beaches, forests, untamable waves – and numerous shipwrecks.The region is the historical home of the Xhosa nation. It is also the birthplace of South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Before democracy in 1994 the Wild Coast formed part of the Transkei, separated from the rest of South Africa as a “homeland” under the hated grand apartheid system disingenuously named “separate development”.Today the area is far more peaceful, but still somewhat lost in time. It’s a place where hippies, surfers and rural communities live side by side, with little in the way of possessions and much in the way of hospitality and friendliness.While not nearly as glamorous as South Africa’s many popular beach destinations, every year adventurous and eco-loving locals and foreigners travel into the depths of the Wild Coast.Hikers, surfers, nature lovers and cyclists navigate the coastline, bathing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, which on a busy day usually has only one or two locals and a few Nguni cows.Nguni cattle hang out on the beach with the shipwreck of the Jacaranda on the rocks behind them at Qolora Mouth on the Wild Coast. (Image: Andrew Ashton, Flickr)How to do itWhether you are up for a week-long hike or just want to drop in on one of the main coastal villages for a few days, the Wild Coast will leave an impression.Global tourists can get there quickly by flying to Port Elizabeth International Airport. Domestic travellers can fly into either Port Elizabeth or East London Airport.Some visitors choose to self-drive and navigate dirt roads, goats and cattle, while others prefer to join scheduled activity-based tours like hiking, horse riding and mountain bike tours.Bungalows, backpackers, beach lodges and modest hotels comprise the majority of accommodation in the Wild Coast’s populated areas. Accommodation is cheap in comparison to South Africa’s main tourist cities, but the remoteness of the area means that some pre-trip planning is necessary.An old-fashioned pontoon safely carries vehicles across the Kei River at Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)East London regionJust north of East London, Kei Mouth, Morgan Bay, and Haga Haga are popular and convenient destinations on the Wild Coast.A 1.5-kilometre long pristine beach, forested dunes and tumbling dolerite cliffs are just some of Morgan Bay’s scenic charms. There are horse trails to explore, dolphin and whale watching trips to take and a tranquil lagoon to enjoy.Haga Haga is a small remote seaside village with a safe swimming beach.Kei Mouth has a wide range of accommodation and a long list of activities including everything from deep-sea fishing to golf. It is also the start of the popular Strandloper Trail – a hiking trail that runs from Kei Mouth, through Morgan Bay, Haga Haga and the Jikeleza Route villages before terminating at Gonubie. The trail is roughly 60km long and takes four days to complete.ChintsaOnly 45 kilometres from East London, Chintsa (or Cintsa) is a small seaside paradise set against a tranquil lagoon. Chintsa is surrounded by forested dunes and blessed with many perfect beaches. It is also home to one of South Africa’s most respected backpacker lodges, Buccanneer’s.Activities at Chintsa include horse riding, fishing, canoeing, hiking, surfing lessons, canyoning, and cultural village tours. The Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve (isiXhosa for “under the stars”) is located close by, and guests can organise game drives into the reserve.Coffee Bay, the heart of the Wild Coast. (Image: Pank Seelen, Flickr)Coffee BayLying in the heart of the Wild Coast, Coffee Bay is regarded as one of South Africa’s most beautiful beach destinations. The village’s unusual name stems from a ship that was wrecked here in the 19th century, losing its cargo of coffee beans. The coffee beans washed ashore, and Coffee Bay was named.The undulating hills dotted with traditional Xhosa huts provide a calm contrast to the striking cliffs and thrashing waves of Coffee Bay.There is also an incredible natural wonder here called the Hole in the Wall. The huge detached rock formation has a large arch-like opening eroded into its side and, due to the constant rumbling noise coming from its belly, is known as esiKhaleni – “place of sound”  – in isiXhosa.Abseiling, quad biking, spear fishing, horse riding and village tours are just some of the activities on offer in Coffee Bay.Waves crash through the natural rock formation known as Hole in the Wall – esiKhaleni or “place of sound” in isiXhosa – near Coffee Bay. (Image: Rodger Bosch, Brand South Africa)Port St JohnsOne of the Wild Coast’s most popular seaside destinations, Port St Johns is set against the Umzimvubu River mouth and surrounded by subtropical rainforest and cliff faces.A set of twin mountains, named Thesiger and Sullivan, create a dramatic looking entrance on either side of the river mouth.Six kilometres south of town, the beautiful Silaka Nature Reserve is a popular hiking and birding spot. Activities at Port St Johns include surfing, boat-based dolphin and whale watching, horse-riding and quad biking.Dogs play on the beach in the late afternoon sun at Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast. (Image: SWWT, Flickr)Photo research: Mary Alexander.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa’s justice system

first_imgThe Constitutional Court is South Africa’s highest court, where issues of constitutionality are settled. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Constitutional Court +27 11 359 7400 info@concourt.org.za • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice • South Africa‘s justice system goes hi-techLucille DavieChampion paraplegic athlete Oscar Pistorius allegedly murdered his partner of four months, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 14 February 2013.The state has brought a Schedule 6 case of premeditated murder against the paralympian. If he is found guilty, he will get a life sentence, which is 25 years. He will only be eligible to apply for parole after serving that term, under a Schedule 6 conviction.His defence team, led by advocate Barry Roux SC, has indicated that it would be bringing evidence to prove his action is instead a Schedule 5 offence.Schedule 5 offences include murder; attempted murder; rape; drug-related crimes – especially where the drugs are found to be worth R50 000 or more; corruption; extortion; fraud; forgery or theft to the value of R500 000; the illegal dealing in, or smuggling of, firearms; and assault on a child under the age of 16. If convicted of a Schedule 5 offence, the minimum sentence is 15 years for a first-time offender.Schedule 6 offences include murder, including premeditated murder; the death of a law enforcement officer; or death as a result of rape or robbery with aggravating circumstances. Also falling under this offence is rape, which includes gang rape or rape by a suspect who knows he is HIV-positive. Rape of a person under 16 years or a mentally or physically disabled person is also a Schedule 6 offence.Robbery with the use of a firearm, where grievous bodily harm results, or a car is stolen, is also a Schedule 6 offence.Different courtsSouth Africa’s legal system is based on Roman-Dutch Law, and does not follow a jury system.The highest court in South Africa is the Constitutional Court, based in Johannesburg and presided over by 11 judges; it was created after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. The judges make decisions and judgements about issues that have to do with the Constitution. Being the highest court in the country, no other court can overturn these decisions. Judgements relating to the Constitution from the High Court can be taken to the Constitutional Court.The next highest court in the country is the Supreme Court of Appeal, based in Bloemfontein in the Free State, and only deals with cases that come from the High Court. Only the Constitutional Court can change decisions from the Supreme Court of Appeal. Three to five judges sit in this court and the final judgements are made by a majority decision.High CourtThe High Court hears cases which are too serious for the Magistrates’ Court or when a person or organisation wishes to challenge a decision of a Magistrates’ Court. These cases are usually presided over by one judge but if a case on appeal is heard, then two judges will hear the case.If the case is about a very serious crime then a judge and two experienced and often retired advocates or magistrates will assist in the case. They are referred to as assessors. The judge can override their opinions but they are usually there to help the judge make a decision.The High Court divisions have jurisdiction or the right to hear a case over provincial areas in which they are situated. The decisions of the High Courts are binding on Magistrates’ Courts within their areas of jurisdiction. Usually only advocates appear for their clients in the High Court.They usually only hear civil matters involving more than R100 000 and serious criminal cases. They also hear any appeals or reviews from Magistrates’ Courts.There are 14 high courts in South Africa. Circuit Courts are also part of the High Court system. They sit at least twice a year, moving around to serve far-flung rural areas.Other courts that fall under the High Court system are Special Income Tax Courts, Labour Courts and Labour Appeal Courts, Divorce Courts, and the Land Claims Court.The Master of the High Court administers cases of deceased estates, liquidations, and registration of trusts, among others.The Sheriff of the High Court is an impartial and independent official of the Court appointed by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development who must execute all documents issued by the court, including summonses, notices, warrants and court orders.Pistorius’s case is being handled by the National Prosecuting Authority, the government agency handling criminal cases in the country, with a team of prosecutors. The police work with this agency, presenting evidence to the authority, which then decides whether there is sufficient evidence to go ahead with a prosecution.Pistorius’s case is being heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.Magistrates’ CourtsThe Magistrates’ Courts are the lower courts which deal with the less serious criminal and civil cases. They are divided into regional courts and district courts.The regional Magistrates’ Courts only deal with criminal cases such as murder, rape, armed robbery and serious assault, whereas the district Magistrates’ Courts deal with criminal and civil cases. The magistrate makes decisions in a Magistrate’s Court sometimes with the support of lay assessors.A regional Magistrates’ Court can sentence a person found guilty for a period of up to 20 years, or can impose a maximum fine of R300 000.The district Magistrates’ Courts try the less serious cases, which exclude cases of murder, treason, rape, terrorism, or sabotage. They can sentence a person to a maximum of three years in prison or a maximum fine of R100 000.Ordinary Magistrates’ Courts can hear civil cases when the claims are for less than R100 000. They will not deal with cases involving divorce, arguments about a person’s will, or matters where a person’s sanity is in question.There are a number of magistrates’ courts that are specialised to be better able to deal with certain types of matters, such as the children’s courts, sexual offences courts, small claims courts, equality courts, community courts, child justice courts, maintenance courts, sexual offences courts, and courts for chiefs and headmen.last_img read more

Do We Really Want to Talk to Strangers Based on Our Location?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2011#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img With SXSW well under way in Austin, Texas, the servers behind apps like Beluga, GroupMe, Kik and FastSociety must be working overtime. After all, people like talking to their friends, right? In this same batch of apps, we’ve seen another phenomenon, though – apps that make it quicker an easier to talk to people you don’t know – and we have one big question: Do people really want to talk to strangers?Two apps that immediately come to mind in the sphere are Yobongo and Ask Around, both of which use location to bring strangers together in a group chat. For Yobongo, the value proposition is that a group chat room based on your location and a number of other signals can make it easier to meet the people around you. Co-founder Caleb Elston distinguished Yobongo from other group messaging apps, explaining that “those products are focused on organizing your close friends around very specific topics or events. We are focused on ambient real-time communication with real people you may not even know.”Ask Around, on the other hand, is “a location-centric app that lets people join, save and share conversations taking place in their immediate vicinity.” The basic idea here is that the people around you can offer a value that services like Google cannot, based on the simple fact that you have  common location. Why is the train stopped? Google might not know, but the person five cars up might. So let’s look at these two scenarios a bit more: Yobongo wants to make it easier to meet people around me by breaking the ice a little bit and Ask Around wants to help out with local search by providing a way to quickly ask people around me questions in real time. Say I go to the bar and I’m the shy type. I sit down, order a beer, and whip out my trusty iPhone. I open up Yobongo and I see it says I’m chatting with 10 people near Austin. How long do I sit at the bar and chat with people on my iPhone before the ice has been broken enough to overcome my shyness and finally say “Hey, let’s cross the room and talk face to face”? Since this is a chat based around location, it’s also very real-time. There’s only so much time before one of us potentially moves on to another location and makes the jump from one room to another. Here’s the thing: if I’m the type of person that can’t go to a place and meet people face to face, is two seconds of chatting on my phone really going to break down the barriers of introduction enough to get past that? I’m not so sure it is. Now, Ask.com says that Ask Around can be the service I go to when I want to know about what’s going on around me.We saw some of this location-centric chat behavior evolving naturally in our flagship app and took the hint that there was real interest in having a discussion with those people around you.  Launching Ask Around as a separate app dedicated wholly to this use case lets everyone explore the shared experience of location. Want to have a behind the scenes conversation with friends in the bar? Predict the next play in the game to those watching it with you? Find out where off campus people are heading tonight?  Discover what the crowd across the street is looking at? Ask Around is the app for that.With Ask Around, the group conversation is entirely public – just as with Yobongo – so I’m not sure how much I would use it for a “behind the scenes” conversation, but what about the rest of these ideas? Do I want to predict the next play with people around me? Is this supposing that I’m at the game or a sports bar? And if so, why does the location actually matter? It would seem we’re talking about a topic, not a location. And if the crowd across the street is looking at something, why not cross the street and look yourself? The biggest question for a service like Ask Around is, who is on the other end? When that hypothetical train stops, do we all jump on Ask Around to talk to people in our immediate location? The idea seems to be based around asking questions to people in a vicinity, but is a location a strong enough bond to get strangers communicating? And if everyone goes on there to ask questions, who’s doing the answering? So, the question really is with group messaging for strangers – how do you keep both parties interested on both ends? What’s the incentive to keep Ask Around running on your phone if you don’t have a question? For Yobongo, is a mix of location and social signals enough to match user expectations and bring the serendipitous connections promised?Bringing location explicitly into the formula of communication with strangers is a relatively new thing and we’re sure to see more of it, but we’re not so sure that it’s there quite yet. What do you think? What apps have you seen that do it just right? Has Yobongo brought you serendipity or Ask Around information you wouldn’t have otherwise found? So far, it hasn’t for me. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img read more

A Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 Setup

first_imgOut of the box, the GH5 lacks a few essentials for run-and-gun videography. In this guide, we detail what you need to complete your rig — on a budget.Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5/S and the Sony A7s I/II are arguably the hottest mirrorless cameras on the market for filmmaking. When we look at their features — compared to the camera that changed the low-budget cinematic filmmaking game, the 5D Mk II — it’s bewildering to think about how much we’re getting for the price.While these cameras have fantastic filmmaking capabilities, they are, at their cores, mirrorless cameras for still photography. If you take the GH5 out the box and instantly hit the road to make a travel documentary, it won’t be impossible, but you will face a number of challenges. You need to first accessorize your camera to make it practical in the field.There are two constraints to the items listed in this article: one, this list is geared toward a run-and-gun setup for documentary or travel videography, so we want the accessories to fit in one DSLR bag; two, we’re looking to keep the accessories to a minimum of $1,000. I understand that for our student- and DIY-budget-readers $1,000 is still a lot of money — especially after you’ve just spent $2,000 on the GH5 — but low budget very rarely means no budget.As a side note, I have used all the items in this list, or I still own them. You’ll see things like the Mark I version even though there are now Mark II models on the market, but in the spirit of keeping this list budget-friendly, we’ll stick to the lower-priced options. While this budget setup is for the GH5, you can use it for inspiration for any camera in the DMC-GH series and, to some extent, most DSLR and mirrorless cameras.The Aputure VS1 Fine HD$198 New$150 aftermarketWhen you’re working in daylight, the LCD screen on the GH5 isn’t great. It wasn’t very good on the GH4, and it hasn’t got any better with the GH5s. The touchscreen has a protective coating, and as a result, the glare from direct sunlight is awful. So you’re going to need a dedicated field monitor.The VS1 Fine HD is a 1920×1200 7-inch field monitor from Aputure. It has a 450-nit brightness along with a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, which isn’t as high-performing as top-tier small monitors, but when combined with the velcro monitor hood, it provides a good budget-friendly alternative to the GH5’s LCD screen.The monitor also has extra functions, such as on-screen cropping markers. The VS1 provides 2.35:1, 1.33:1, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 70%,  80%, and 90% markers; therefore, if you plan on cropping your footage or applying a letterbox, you won’t have to rely on guesswork.The monitor also has a useful zoom function. If you’re shooting wide open on a manual lens, even with focus peaking activated, it can be a hassle to find the correct focus point on such a small LCD screen. With the VS1, you can zoom in on the monitor itself, making that process easier. The VS1 also has a cold-shoe attachment, so you can fit the monitor directly to the top of your camera.For more insight, check out this video review. Metabones Speedbooster $400-$500 RRP$150-$300 — aftermarketViltrox EF M2: $196The Speed Booster adapter changed the game for users of APC and micro 4/3 cameras. Not only did it increase the number of lens options, as users could attach a range of full-frame lenses to their cameras, but it also provided an extra F stop and reduced focal length to the attached lens. We’ve already covered why you should use a Speed Booster with one of Panasonic’s cameras, but if you’re reading this article and don’t know what a Speed Booster is, here’s an excerpt:Using a 35mm on a GH4, which has a 2x crop factor in photo mode, would give you the equivalent field of view of a 70mm lens on a full-frame camera — or an 80(.5)mm if you’re in video mode with a 2.3x crop. However, using the Nikon G to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster, you get a 0.71x reduction, creating the equivalent field of view of a 50mm focal length, which is an incredible reduction, and it brings the lens closer to its natural field of view. Furthermore, by using the Speed Booster XL, released in 2015, you can reduce the crop factor from 2.3x to 1.5x.I genuinely believe that you’re not getting the best out of the DMC-GH series if you’re not coupling it with a Speed Booster. Unlike 2013, Metabones no longer dominates the EF/Nikor to MFT focal reducer market. Aputure released the DEC LensRegain last year at $ 589, and the Viltrox EF M2 for $196 has recently joined the scene.I’ve yet to use to the Viltrox, so I can’t recommend it at the moment, but it’s making a lot of noise on the MFT forums, and at $196 new, it seems like a hit. Nevertheless, a non-electronic aftermarket Metabones can go for the same amount, and if you use manual lenses like me, you can save money and buy a well-regarded brand. SmallRig Cage$89.99 new $55 usedSeveral years ago, there were only a few primary manufacturers of DSLR cages. Fast-forward to 2018, and there are hundreds of premium and budget-friendly cages on the market.Image via SmallRig.For $89, you get a 154 x 71 x 109mm  aluminum alloy cage from SmallRig that accommodates both the GH5 and the GH5s — but not the Gh4, unfortunately (they do have a model for that). The primary reason this cage is on the list is to provide mounting options for all the other accessories — once you use up the camera’s one hot shoe mount, that’s it. The cage also provides valuable protection for the camera.The cage does not block the memory card or battery compartments, which is a persistent problem I’ve come across with knock-off cages. There are several 1/4” threaded holes all along the cage, which leads us to the next accessory on the list.SmallRig Universal Top HandleNew: $39SmallRig also offers a Top Handle for the budget-friendly price of $39. Alternatively, you could purchase both the cage and the top handle in one package for $125. The “universal” in the product’s name isn’t just for kicks; it really is universal. It can slide forward and backward to assist with balance and grip; it has 16 additional mounting points, as well as two shoe mounts on the top and back of the handle. It even has a space for an Allen key/hex key for quick adjustments and removal. All we’re missing is a folding pocket knife at this point.Image via SmallRig.RØDE  VideoMic +New: $299Ever since the days of the 5D Mark II, the 7D, and The 550d/T2i, the RØDE Video mic has been the undisputed champion of DSLR microphones.The first rule of DSLR and mirrorless filmmaking is that you don’t use the onboard microphone. They’re lackluster; they will pick up the sounds of camera use; and, at best, they are only useful for syncing sound in post-production. Further, most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras don’t have the best onboard sound operations in the first place – they are photography cameras after all.Image via RØDE.In 2017, RØDE released the Videomic Pro Plus, which introduced several new features to the design. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for over 100 hours of use. And if you use disposable batteries, the plus model now uses AA batteries instead of 9V, and the microphone will automatically switch off when you power down the camera.The microphone boasts a safety channel to prevent clipping, a two-stage high-pass filter to reduce low frequencies (great for lowering the rumble of distant vehicles), and a three-stage gain control (along with a high-frequency boost). It also has an onboard shock mount to avoid the sounds of camera use.Since the RØDE Videomic uses a supercardioid polar pattern, the mic is excellent for picking up clear sound in an exterior location while avoiding any sounds behind it. For narrative filmmaking, you’re still going to want to use a dedicated recording system, as these microphones do have their limitations, especially with distance, but for filmmaking on the go, they’re great.LCD Screen ProtectorNew: $10Perhaps it’s not as high tech as the other items in the list, but a screen protector is just as essential. While the LCD isn’t great for outdoor viewing, it is your operational hub for changing video and camera settings, and you’re going to want to take good care of it. You can pick up an LCD protector for less than $10, and once you attach it, you’ll never need to take it off.This small setup doesn’t include everything you need to make a feature film (although there’s no harm in trying), but you’re going to be in a better position to capture beautiful images on the go with this load-out.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online5 Production Tips for High Frame Rate VideographyHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItThe Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionOn Fading to Black: The Hows, The Whens, and The Whyslast_img read more

Indian-Origin Catholic Priest Arrested in U.S. On Charges of Child Sexual Abuse

first_imgAn Indian-origin catholic priest has been arrested in Rapid City, South Dakota, and charged with two counts of making sexual contact with a child aged under 16 years.The local police arrested Fr. John Praveen on Oct. 2 following a joint investigation conducted by the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. The investigation started on Sept. 30 after the minor approached the police, alleging two separate cases of sexual contact with the priest. Praveen hails from Telangana and had been deputed to preach at a Rapid City diocese in South Dakota state, the police said in a statement.Praveen, 38, was produced before a magistrate judge via video conferencing the day after his arrest, where the judge kept his bond at $100,000. The preliminary hearing into the case is scheduled for Oct. 18, reported Capital Journal.Praveen served with the Sanjeev Sadana Society (Holy Spirit Fathers) in Telangana before being transferred to the United States, according to the Indian Express.“On October 2nd, local law enforcement arrested 38-year-old John Praveen (AKA John Praveen Kumar Itukulapati) for two counts of Sexual Contact with a Child Under 16, a class 3 felony which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine on each count,” the Rapid City Police said in a statement. “The investigation began on Sept.30, when a juvenile victim came forward to report the incidents. The investigation revealed that Praveen made sexual contact with the child on two separate occasions.”Terming the case as high priority, the police are asking people to share any information that they may have against Praveen to help them with further investigations.Praveen came to the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City in November 2017 on a temporary basis for 10 years, the Capital Journal said. At first, he was assigned originally to All Saints Church in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and at the time of his arrest, he was serving as the parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City.“The Diocese of Rapid City became aware of allegations that a priest from India had sexual contact with a child under 16 years of age. Fr. John Praveen Itukulapati, a member of the Holy Spirit Fathers of India, has been serving in the diocese since November 2017,” the Journal reported, citing a statement issued by the Cathedral.“The diocese learned of this allegation from the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening. The Diocese of Rapid City is fully cooperating with law enforcement in this ongoing investigation. Fr. Praveen has been arrested and will make his first court appearance tomorrow. Bishop Robert Gruss has also removed him from all ministry in the Diocese of Rapid City,” the statement added.Bishop Gruss told the publication that the diocese conducted a background verification on Praveen but did not go into the details as the check did not indicate behavior that would cause any worries.“There is nothing in his background to suggest such behavior. His religious superiors in India verified that he was a priest in good standing,” Gruss was quoted as saying in the report. Related Itemschild abusesouth dakotaUnited Stateslast_img read more