Using Vintage Film Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras

first_imgAntique lenses are a great way to give your video project a distinct look and feel. Here’s what you need to know about sourcing and using vintage glass.One of the beautiful things about using micro 4/3 cameras is that their sensor size is very close to that of 16mm film. This means (with an adapter) you can use lenses made for 16mm film cameras, as well as some lenses used on 8mm film cameras.The only problem, for me, is that so can everyone else with a micro 4/3 camera. A few years ago you couldn’t give away your dusty old Bolex lens, now it sells for a couple hundred dollars on eBay. There’ a finite supply of these lenses (meaning all the vintage glass that’s going to be made has already been made), and as more and more amazing micro 4/3 cameras come on the market, the demand for lenses is greater. Now’s the time to start snatching them up before prices get too high!Image from CameratiqueMy first stop is always Vintage Lenses for Video. While not exclusively 16mm C-Mount for micro 4/3s, they cover all manner of vintage lenses coupled to all manner of digital camera. This site is filled with reviews, anecdotes, and footage from an astonishing array of lenses. You will also see more flare-filled, slow-motion European street footage than anywhere else on the internet. I also follow this site on Twitter since it’s always pointing to interesting lenses on eBay.Which brings me to eBay, the internet’s perpetual garage sale. Like a garage sale, you’ll find incredible bargains, as well as amazingly overpriced ripoffs. The secret is due diligence. Research what you can about the lens you want and take a look at the prices the lenses are going for. Don’t just jump in when you see the perfect $1500 Angenieux zoom… if you track the auctions for a few days, you’ll likely be able to pick one up for just a few hundred dollars. And then you’ll get to shoot footage like this:I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a place filled with camera nerds, which makes it an ideal place to search camera shops for used gear. The flipside of that: all the good bargains in the camera shops get picked clean pretty quickly.I like to check at places like Looking Glass in Berkeley and Adolph Gasser in San Francisco to see what kind of used stuff is moving through. Making friends and connections with the folks that work at camera shops is a great way to be a part of the larger community — as well as finding places to get great lenses.Craigslist can be another excellent place to search for old glass. In the case of old film equipment, you’re often better off buying someone’s old camera and lenses as a kit, rather than searching for lenses. There are people collecting these old cameras for nostalgia and hobby — and others grabbing lenses.Either way, the cameras are basically doorstops when decoupled from their lenses, so do the seller a favor and take the whole thing off their hands. I have found 8mm and Super 8 cameras with multiple lenses for about a hundred dollars and 16mm and Super 16mm with lenses for a few hundred.Image from CameratiqueAgain, since there are so many new micro 4/3 cameras on the market, the really great bargain 16mm lenses are harder and harder to find. The 8mm lenses are still out there, however there are some limitations — the biggest being that the image circle produced by many of the lenses used on 8mm and Super8 is much smaller than the micro 4/3 sensor.With some cameras, like the GH2, you can shoot in ETC (extra tele conversion) mode. Shooting in ETC let’s you use just the center 1920 x 1080 pixels of the sensor rather than the full 4976 x 2800. This is like using the “Super8” portion of the sensor. It’s a really handy feature that not every camera has.For lenses originating from 8mm and Super8 cameras that are 25mm or longer, this is less of a concern. I have a gorgeous 25mm Switar borrowed from a friend’s Bolex 8mm. That lens (coupled with a C-Mount-to-micro-4/3 adapter snagged off of Amazon) gave me a retro setup for shooting “dad videos” of my four year-old on my hacked Panasonic Lumix GF2. As long as I shoot f4 or wider, there is minimal vignetting.Here is an image taken at f8. Notice the very distinct vignette.Here is a similar image taken at f4. Notice the vignette effect is nearly gone.Less is more with the optics of old lenses. They are not sharp, there is vignetting and edge distortion, and everything is manual. The bokeh on these old lenses really varies from make and vintage, but some are downright dreamy. And that’s really the point of going through the hasssle of using these — the optical artifacts of old lenses create the image equivalent of “comfort food.”There is something reassuringly anachronistic about a 50 year old lens on modern camera. Something that color processing and grading alone doesn’t replicate. This is probably burned into our collective psyche, seeing decades of home movies imaged through this glass.It makes me wonder. In twenty years, will this generation of kids be pulling the lenses out of iPhones and slapping them on to whatever people are recording movies on then for that “classic” feel?Got any advice for folks looking to get into classic glass? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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Teddy Sheringham named head coach of Atletico de Kolkata

first_imgFormer England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has been named head coach of Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata.Sheringham, 51, replaced Spaniard Jose Francisco Molina, who led ATK to their second title in three years in his only season as coach.The Kolkata-based side, owned by a consortium including Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, also won the inaugural edition in 2014.Sheringham, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, most recently managed English League Two (fourth division) side Stevenage.The Jamshedpur Football Club, one of the two new entrants and owned by Tata Steel, have named another former England and Manchester United player, Steve Coppell, as their manager for the upcoming season.The 62-year-old Coppell took Kerala Blasters to the ISL final against ATK last year and has previously managed numerous English clubs including Manchester City and Crystal Palace.The fourth edition of the ISL will start on Oct. 1 with two new teams making it a 10-team league, running for five weeks.last_img read more

Α Greek Night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Dedicated to Koufos, Papagiannis (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK –  The love that the Greek community showed to the Greek NBA players is unique. What happened with Kostas Koufos and Giorgos Papagiannis though, after the game of Nets against Kings will remain unforgettable…The two players of Sacramento Kings were astonished by the atmosphere that was created in the Barclay Center Stadium by the Greek community.“It was something unique. We were with them and signed autographs flyers and hats, they were taking photos, laughing, talking to everyone, and suddenly a guy from Kings squad came and told them ‘we are waiting for you to leave,’” said the founder of the Super League Athletic Academy Dimitris Priestouris who was the organizer of the Greek Evening for the two Greek players. “This was proof that they having fun with us. That’s our reward. They got absorbed with the atmosphere created and stayed longer with us. It was amazing. We really thank them very much,” Mr. Pristouris added, who admitted that he slightly prefers Kostas Koufos.\Read the full story in Greek at our webpage: ekirikas.com(Photo by Super League Athletic Academy)(Photo by Super League Athletic Academy)(Photo by Super League Athletic Academy)(Photo by Super League Athletic Academy)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RR

first_imgRishabh Pant hit an unbeaten 78 off 36 balls as Delhi Capitals crushed Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets to top the points table in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Pant had smashed an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians on March 24 but had since seen a dip in form.To make matters worse for Rishabh Pant, he was omitted from India’s World Cup squad after he failed to grab his chances. In between those two 78 not outs, Pant was often criticised for his shot-selection. With scores of 25, 11, 39, 5, 18, 46, 23, 7 and 6, he was not doing what was expected of him. RR vs DC Report | HighlightsRishabh Pant finally found his mojo a week after India announced their 15-man World Cup squad. Up against the Royals, Pant walked out to bat at a critical juncture in a crucial chase of 192.With Prithvi Shaw, Pant added 84 for the 3rd wicket and his innings was studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes. Delhi Capitals Ricky Ponting said India had made a mistake by not taking Pant to the World Cup.What a win this for @DelhiCapitals against the Rajasthan Royals pic.twitter.com/dGTz9UM598IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019Rishabh Pant admitted he was thinking of the World Cup selection even as DC continued their march to the top of the table.”Feels really good to make your team win a crucial match,” Pant told the broadcaster after winning the man-of-the-match.”I won’t lie that the thought wasn’t running through my mind, but I just focus on my process and that’s all I was thinking of,” he said.advertisementDelhi Capitals also benefitted from Shikhar Dhawan’s rapid fifty at the top. Obviously, skipper Shreyas Iyer was a happy man and said he was thrilled with the way the batting group was beginning to click.”We are happy with our team is going. The positivity is spreading in the camp. Ricky tells us that batsman who get start should bat for a long time.”Rishabh took that initiave and batted till the end. In the previous match, I was there till the end and Shikhar did it too in one match,” Iyer said after DC won.Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag celebrates 1st IPL wicket with Bihu danceAlso See:last_img read more

Gov’t to Launch Four-Year Waste-Management Programme

first_img   The three-day Caribbean Waste Management Conference is expected to develop a strategy document that will inform government and public-sector partnerships in solving the issue of waste management in Caribbean countries. The national sustainable consumption and production programme, to be implemented through the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), will be formally launched on Wednesday (July 5) at The Knutsford Court Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. The Government is embarking on a four-year programme aimed at enhancing the legislative framework to reduce the pollution of the environment.The national sustainable consumption and production programme, to be implemented through the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), will be formally launched on Wednesday (July 5) at The Knutsford Court Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m.It is being undertaken through funding from the Government of Japan, in partnership with the United Nations Environment.“This will address, inter alia, the illegal dumping of garbage, particularly plastics, into the country’s waterways in our urban centres,” said Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz.The Minister’s remarks came in a speech delivered on his behalf by Chief Technical Director, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, at the opening ceremony held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday (July 4).Mr. Vaz noted that persons who irresponsibly dump garbage in gullies and waterways need to be aware that their actions can cause flooding, vectors and other health hazards.“Eventually, this waste makes its way to the sea through run-off, which creates problems for our shorelines and the health of our marine life,” he pointed out.He informed that a working group on plastic packaging has been established to address single-use plastic bags and styrofoam.The working group, he said, will submit its recommendations to the Cabinet before the end of the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year.Turning to the growing problem of e-waste, he said it is important that the necessary measures be instituted to facilitate the collection, reuse, recycling and refurbishment of this in an environmentally sound manner.“The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, are preparing drafting instructions for ‘take back’ legislation under the NSWMA Act, relating to electrical and electronic e-waste,” Mr. Vaz informed.He noted that development of the regulations is a follow-up to the e-waste pilot programme undertaken by the NSWMA under the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund.Mr. Vaz said the sustainable management of e-waste can combat poverty, and generate green jobs through recycling, collection and processing initiatives, while safeguarding the environment as well as human health from hazards.Meanwhile, he informed that the Hazardous Waste Management Policy and Strategy is to be sent to Cabinet for approval as a Green Paper before the end of the second quarter of 2017/2018, and will, thereafter, be subject to public consultations.Minister Vaz said separation of waste at the household and business levels is integral to achieving a properly functioning system, noting that several developed countries already have such facilities in place.Separation of waste in the region, the Minister argued, will allow for the establishment of several spin-off businesses, such as composting for the agricultural and horticultural sectors, as well as the recycling of plastics, tyres and metals to make finished products for the domestic and export markets.The three-day Caribbean Waste Management Conference is expected to develop a strategy document that will inform Government and public-sector partnerships in solving the issue of waste management in Caribbean countries. Story Highlights Turning to the growing problem of e-waste, he said it is important that the necessary measures be instituted to facilitate the collection, reuse, recycling and refurbishment of this in an environmentally sound manner.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Students Receive Energy Scholarships

first_imgSixteen students across Nova Scotia have been awarded scholarships to help pursue careers in the energy sector. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program is offered to high school students who will study in an energy-related field during their post-secondary education. This year, eight $10,000 renewable scholarships were awarded to students taking energy-related studies at university. There were also eight $2,500 scholarships presented to students accepted into trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College. “I strongly believe that this scholarship program is an amazing opportunity for students,” said Cali Kehoe, a winner of this year’s university scholarship. “I am very proud and grateful to be one of the recipients. I look forward to putting this money to great use in building my engineering future.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship. Since 2005, Pengrowth Management Limited, Pengrowth Energy Corporation and the province have invested over $3 million in the scholarship program and more than 180 students have benefited. “Pengrowth is thrilled to be celebrating the 10 years of success that the scholarship program has had thus far,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast operations. “We love the enthusiasm of these students and we’re very happy to provide financial assistance to help them become more involved in the ever-growing Nova Scotia energy field.” “As we develop a world-class energy sector in our province, it is extremely important that we continue to support our students’ education and research in this field,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “We believe this scholarship makes a huge difference in the lives of the recipients. We’re delighted to partner with Pengrowth and help Nova Scotia students build promising careers in a field they’re passionate about.” This year’s Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program recipients were chosen based on their academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Students with an interest to study in an energy-related field are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a dividend-paying intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer, headquartered in Calgary.last_img read more

Stars Donate To Hillsides Foster Soles Auction

first_imgHillsides, a Los Angeles children’s charity, kicked off its fifth annual Foster Soles celebrity auction at Bar Celona restaurant in Pasadena on May 22.Foster Soles is an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, handbags, or other personal items along with headshots. At the party, co-hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky of “Dr. Drew on Call” and his wife Susan, guests got the chance to preview signed items from such stars as Elton John, Carson Daly, and the rock band No Doubt while nibbling on tapas and drinking Sangria as well as a special tasting of Adam Carolla’s Mangria.Several stars were on hand for the evening, including NBC anchorwoman Colleen Williams, NBC weathercaster Fritz Coleman, John E. Mahon, a percussionist and vocalist for the Elton John band, Canada’s sensational pop artist, Jayne Avaunte, Mr. Robotic, the new face and song for Coca-Cola, artist and musician JD Schultz, and Tess Broussard from the “Kroll Show” on Comedy Central.The kickoff party and online auction, which is open until the second week of June, is held during Foster Care Awareness month in May to raise awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system.Bidders can click here to bid on 100 celebrity items, including two VIP tickets to a live taping of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” a Blink-182 autographed Fender electric guitar, an Elton John band tambourine signed by Elton John and percussionists John Mahon and Ray Cooper, and No Doubt’s autographed framed Billboard magazine cover. Dr. Drew, Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) and artist JD Schultz teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind original art piece called “Childhood Dreams.” The 54″ × 54″ painting can be viewed online.“Hillsides is a model for how we should approach people who have been through traumatic childhoods and traumatic family systems. If we had 10,000 Hillsides around the country, it would be a much healthier place,” said Dr. Drew Pinsky, “But we don’t and we’re lucky in Pasadena to have the one. That’s why I’m asking you to participate along with me and my wife in Hillsides Foster Soles.”Other celebrities who are participating or have participated in Foster Soles include Jennifer Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Faith Hill, James Franco, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Ellen Pompeo, John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Adrian Grenier, Nancy Grace, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Dave Koz, Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Markie Post, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werkheiser, Samantha Harris, and cast from The Bold & The Beautiful.Event sponsors were Wells Fargo, Disney, THE Magazine, Technology Fusion, and Bar Celona. Proceeds of the auction benefit Hillsides, which is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. Besides providing special education, transitional living and support services, as well as community-based services, Hillsides offers programs for children in or transitioning out of the foster care system. For more information on Foster Soles and Hillsides, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Top UN officials welcome inauguration of new Afghan parliament

Mr. Ban commended Afghan political leaders, and all who participated in the electoral process – voters, the electoral institutions, and both winning and losing candidates – for their contribution to Afghanistan’s democratic development.“The inauguration marks the end of the electoral process and the beginning of a period in which Afghan governing institutions must work together to solve the pressing problems that the country faces, putting aside the differences as any robust and vibrant democracy demands,” a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson stated.The 249 members of the Wolesi Jirga were sworn in by President Hamid Karzai. The country’s second Parliament to be inaugurated since the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001 includes 69 women.“Today is a historic day for Afghanistan and for all the countries wishing and working with Afghanistan for its future,” Staffan de Mistura, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said following the inauguration ceremony.Tensions rose in the past week with more than 200 losing candidates holding a sit-in at the presidential palace and holding demonstrations to protest Mr. Karzai’s decision to open the legislature before a special tribunal had reviewed all allegations of voting irregularities. A political compromise led to today’s inauguration, while the courts will continue to investigate allegations of criminal fraud, according to UNAMA. Mr. de Mistura emphasized the significance of the Parliament being able to start its work, including approving the State budget, while “justice can continue to take its course.” 26 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for Afghanistan have welcomed the inauguration earlier today of the country’s new Parliament, which comes four months after the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house. read more

Closing Bell TSX up slightly amid mixed corporate earnings reports strong economic

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday amid a mixed slate of earnings data and a couple of strong U.S. economic reports.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,692.38 +10.90 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,838.88 +19.68 1.08%Dow — 16,373.86 +115.92 0.71%Nasdaq — 4,183.02 +69.71 1.69%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 10.9 points to 13,692.38, well off the best levels of the session as the gold and financial sectors turned negative.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.86 of a cent to 91.34 cents US, with currency traders cautious ahead of next week’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.The U.S. dollar strengthened and New York indexes registered strong gains after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose 0.2% last month, higher than the 0.1% increase that economists expected.Other data showed that U.S. companies built up their stockpiles in November by 0.4% as sales improved. Continued growth in inventories suggests businesses believe consumers will increase spending in the months ahead.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 115.92 points to 16,373.86, the Nasdaq advanced 69.72 points to 4,183.02 and the S&P 500 index climbed 19.68 points to 1,838.88.Markets sold off Monday on concerns about what the Federal Reserve might do about further cutting back on its key stimulus program and worries about whether the American equity markets were looking too expensive and that perhaps it was time for a correction.“I think that a correction is appropriate and I wouldn’t be surprised to see one,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“We’ve had two or three false starts to corrections, but they were very short-lived. You saw maybe 1 or 2% corrections but that’s not enough to bring real money back into the market that’s been sidelined.”The S&P 500 rocketed about 30% last year, helped in large measure by Fed stimulus. Investors now want to see if strong earnings and revenue can justify that gain and push stock prices higher.But Pashootan added that guidance is also very important for the quarter.“If earnings are strong this season, it’s not necessarily related to the next quarter because a lot of what you’re seeing on this earnings announcement is a result of the economy improving over the last quarter and that’s already priced into the market,” he said.On Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase shares inched up four cents to US$57.74 as the bank said quarterly net income came in at $5.3 billion, down from $5.7 billion a year earlier. Ex-items, earnings per share were $1.40 versus the $1.35 that analysts had forecast.Revenue fell 1% to $24.1 billion, just above analysts’ expectations of $23.9 billion.Wells Fargo turned in fourth-quarter earnings of $1 per share, two cents better than analysts had forecast. Revenue came in at $20.7 billion, better than the $20.69 billion that had been expected. Its shares, which have run up sharply over the last quarter, were up three cents at $45.59.In Canada, Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) posted adjusted net income of C$55.2 million, or 65 cents a share, three cents higher than estimates. Revenue was $226 million, up from $209 million a year earlier and just short of estimates. Corus also said it was raising its dividend 7% and its shares jumped 81 cents to $25.40.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) reports it had $245 million of quarterly net income, or 51 cents per share. That’s up from $235 million or 50 cents per share a year earlier and two cents above analyst estimates. Shaw’s revenue rose 3.3% to $1.36 billion, beating estimates of $1.36 billion but its shares fell 43 cents to $24.88 as RBC Capital Markets noted that employee bonuses and programming costs weighed on margins.Most TSX strength came from a 1.6% rise in the base metals sector even as March copper moved down one cent to US$3.34 a pound. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) from underperform to buy and its stock jumped 19% to C$2.82. Elsewhere in the sector, Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ improved by 22 cents to $3.83.The telecom sector advanced 0.9% as bidding for a coveted piece of Canada’s wireless market started today. The 700 megahertz waves are particularly valuable because they allow cellphone signals to travel longer distances and penetrate buildings and tunnels where calls are often dropped. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) was the strongest performer in the group, ahead 82 cents at $47.86.The energy sector moved ahead 0.3% while the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 79 cents to US$92.59 a barrel. Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) gained 13 cents to C$6.92.The gold sector was the major TSX drag, down 0.25% as February bullion drifted down $5.70 to US$1,245.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 70 cents to C$24.34.Financials also weighed on the Toronto market as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) fell 59 cents to $63.68.TOP STORIES Low loonie offers ‘remarkable opportunities,’ Ottawa says — as currency slips below 92¢Tesla Motors stock surges as electric carmaker blows past 2013 sales goalValeant is eyeing Pfizer’s lucrative generics unit, but rivals circle: sourcesGoldman Sachs: Four reasons why you can’t say the stock market is a bubbleWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Empire State Manufacturing Index (Jan): Economists expect reading of 3.5, up from last month Producer price index (Dec): Economists expect 0.4% rise from month before, 1.1% year over year 2 p.m.Beige Book CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBank of America Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share Kinder Morgan Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 35¢ a share read more

Afghanistan UN mission condemns suicide attack against army

“The Afghan National Army (ANA) has played a key role in creating a safe environment for the 18 September elections and, since its creation, has been increasingly effective in promoting the country’s stability and defending the population against extremist violence,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.“We therefore take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the soldiers and officers of the ANA that have laid down their lives in the accomplishment of their mission. We trust that the people of Afghanistan will find in yesterday’s attack yet another reason to reject violence and rally in support of the national army,” it added. In another development, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has produced a public service announcement video against child marriage, to air on television and radio.The 80-second video, supported by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs, will be broadcast twice a day, in the evenings, for three months. A UN human rights expert earlier this year reported that most people she spoke to in Afghanistan pointed to forced and child marriage as the primary source of violence against women.“In addition to being in themselves serious forms of violence, forced and child marriages in combination with polygamy considerably increase the likelihood that women will be subjected to violence within the family, including sexual violence by significantly older males,” the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, said in July after a 10-day visit. read more

Without OReilly Fox News faces its toughest test

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 11:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Without O’Reilly, Fox News faces its toughest test FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2007 file photo, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly appears on the Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” in New York. O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that several women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday’s firing of defining personality Bill O’Reilly will be its toughest test yet.Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after announcing O’Reilly’s exit due to several harassment allegations by women, which he continues to deny. Outside pressure isn’t leaving with him; members of the National Organization for Women demonstrated outside Fox’s headquarters Thursday, saying the company’s workplace culture won’t really change unless management cleans house of other high-ranking executives who knew about the sexual harassment but didn’t do anything.For most of Fox’s existence, O’Reilly had been the linchpin of its success as the most visible and most watched host. Fox’s viewership at 9 p.m. went up when Tucker Carlson replaced Kelly in January — her battles with Donald Trump cost her support among many Fox viewers — but don’t expect Carlson to repeat the feat when he moves an hour earlier on Monday.“There’s going to be some dismay among the Fox audience,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative watchdog Media Research Center. “The real question is what happens next. If they offer the same generic product, then it will be forgive and forget.”Announcing a new lineup at the same time as the O’Reilly firing was smart, Graham said, because it enabled some viewers to say, “Oh, that’s not bad. I can live with that.”Fox News has consistently been the most-watched network in all of cable television, not just news, over the past few months. The ouster of Ailes due to sexual harassment allegations last summer may have been disturbing, but meant little to viewers because it was off the air. Most of his management team remained, and the network’s approach didn’t change.O’Reilly’s brand of middle-class populism, delivered with a mix of humour and outrage, predated and reflected the appeal of President Donald Trump. O’Reilly wasn’t always predictable in his opinions. Joe Pollak of the right wing Breitbart.com website wrote a column on Thursday headlined, “Bill O’Reilly’s secret: he was a centrist, not a conservative.”Arguably, the lineup installed in his stead is more reliably conservative. Carlson has made it a point to seek a younger audience by reaching out to the alt-right community, said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal Media Matters for America. Eric Bolling begins his own show at 5 p.m. and the current late-afternoon panel show, “The Five,” moves into the 9 p.m. hour.“It’s not like they brought in Shep Smith or a news anchor,” Carusone said.Carlson scored the highest ratings ever for Fox in the 9 p.m. time slot early for the first three months of 2017, but there remains some question about how much that was a result of following O’Reilly in the lineup. With him moving up an hour, 9 p.m. likely represents Fox’s biggest challenge. “The Five” is set up as a panel show with one liberal trying to hold his own with four conservatives. The panelists are familiar to Fox viewers, and O’Reilly protege Jesse Watters is being added to the mix.“The Five” it faces strong competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in that hour, and CNN is about to give Jake Tapper a test drive in the time slot.Trump’s most ardent defender on Fox, Sean Hannity, remains at 10 p.m. ET.Fox plainly hopes that the brand and point of view it has developed is stronger than any single personality, even one as outsized as O’Reilly.Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, have talked about building an atmosphere of respect for women at the workplace now that the network’s top executive and top personality have both been drummed out for their behaviour. Some observers, like the NOW demonstrators, wonder if that can happen without further changes behind the scenes.Ailes’ former top aide, Bill Shine, is now Fox’s co-president. He hasn’t been accused of any harassment, but many inside and outside of Fox have wondered how much he and other executives still in place knew about Ailes’ and O’Reilly’s behaviour. Fox even signed O’Reilly to a contract extension knowing that The New York Times was investigating harassment allegations against him — the story that led to O’Reilly’s ouster.“There were a lot of people at Fox who really hoped things would change after Roger left and they didn’t,” said Margaret Hoover, a former Fox political contributor, on CNN Thursday. She added: “Nothing changed in the sense that the culture that perpetuated this behaviour is the same.”Another former Fox contributor, Kirsten Powers, described on CNN an on-air segment with O’Reilly she found offensive because of the way the host talked about all the “blondes” who worked there. Powers said she sought an apology from O’Reilly and didn’t get one, and her complaints were waved off by various managers, including Ailes. She said she wouldn’t go on O’Reilly’s show, despite the high-profile platform it provided, for a few years afterward.A former Fox clerical worker who anonymously complained Tuesday came forward Thursday on “The View” to identify herself and speak about the experience. Perquita Burgess, who is black, said O’Reilly leered at her, made grunting noises as he passed her desk and once referred to her as “hot chocolate.” She said she felt “triumphant” when she heard about O’Reilly’s firing.“It’s very cathartic,” she said. read more

Yemens humanitarian crisis could threaten political gains warns UN relief official

“There will be no political transition if we don’t deal with the humanitarian situation,” Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told a news conference in Geneva.Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in a February 2012 election. A major milestone was achieved in March of this year with the opening of the national dialogue conference that will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. While the political transition is on track, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned that this process could “collapse” unless the “dramatic” humanitarian situation is addressed.According to the Humanitarian Coordinator, 10 million people in Yemen are in need of food aid, of which about 5 million were faced with acute food shortage; 6 million people do not have access to health care; and 1 million children are facing malnutrition, with some 150,000 of them facing the risk of death due to acute malnutrition. The country is also grappling with over 340,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of them uprooted from their homes due to fighting in the north and south of the country, he said. In addition, some 25,000 migrants – mainly from Ethiopia – are also facing various hardships, with a large number falling victim to violence and other inhuman treatment by human traffickers. Other problems include gender-based violence and the recruitment of children by armed groups. The international humanitarian community has sought $716 million for the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most vulnerable. However, the plan is so far only 28 per cent funded. “We are still in need of major assistance if we would like to deal with this situation, which as I said, in my view, is quite dramatic,” said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Humanitarian agencies would like to provide water and sanitation for 3 million people inside Yemen; food for over 7 million; and health care services for 4.2 million. The state of malnutrition is “extremely grave,” he stressed, adding that UN agencies are targeting 700,000 children this year for nutrition interventions. In addition, agencies are aiming to assist 622,000 children to receive education and provide services for 1.4 million people in terms of protection services, including 500,000 children. read more

Michelin careers event – Stoke on Trent

A group of 40 pupils aged 15-18 will tour the Michelin plant, followed by a careers fair and group work.Date to be confirmed.VenueMichelin Tyres plc-StokeCampbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4EYOrganizerJoel Andrew Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Exserviceman admits attempting to burgle Wayne Rooneys mansion

first_imgAn ex-serviceman has admitted the attempted burglary of Wayne Rooney’s mansion as the footballer played in his club testimonial match.Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to attempting to enter as a trespasser at the striker’s family home in Prestbury, Cheshire, with intent to steal on August 3.The alarm at the Manchester United and England star’s £6 million property in Prestbury was reportedly triggered at about 9pm and police descended to carry out a full search of the area. Rooney, his wife, Coleen, and their three sons, Kai, Klay and Kit, were attending the charity tribute game at Old Trafford against his first club, Everton, when the break-in bid took place.McNamara, of Newby Farm Crescent, Scalby, was arrested six days later. The prosecution case was not outlined during the brief hearing but the court heard that McNamara had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that his concerned family had sought help earlier this year from Combat Stress, a veterans’ mental health charity.Judge Nicholas Woodward said there were “very worrying features” in the case as he adjourned sentencing until December 21 for a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the Probation Service. Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court  Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court Credit:Neil Jones 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.last_img read more

Private schools refusal to embrace new GCSE marking system gives pupils major advantage

Meanwhile, state schools are effectively forced to take the new GCSEs, after the Department for Education removed iGCSEs from league tables in 2017.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– This Thursday, thousands of students will receive their grades, many of whom are the first cohort to take the new “tougher” GCSE courses. Many independent schools have declined to switch over to the reformed qualifications which use a numerical grades, opting instead to continue with international GCSEs – known as iGCSEs – which use A* to G. Private schools are giving their pupils a major advantage by refusing to embrace the new 1-9 GCSE marking system, it has been claimed. “Independent schools are likely to have stayed with the iGCSE partly because… 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. read more

Syria says its prepared to talk with armed rebels

first_imgSYRIA HAS SAID it is prepared to hold talks with the armed rebels bent on overthrowing President Bashar Assad, the clearest signal yet that the regime is growing increasingly nervous about its long-term prospects to hold onto power as opposition fighters make slow but persistent headway in the civil war.The offer, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during a visit to Moscow, came hours before residents of Damascus and state-run TV reported a huge explosion in the capital, followed by gunfire.The proposal marked the first time that a high-ranking regime official has stated publicly that Damascus would be willing to meet with the armed opposition. But al-Moallem did not spell out whether rebels would first have to lay down their weapons before negotiations could begin — a crucial sticking point in the past.The regime’s proposal is unlikely to lead to talks. The rebels battling the Syrian military have vowed to stop at nothing less than Assad’s downfall and are unlikely to agree to sit down with a leader they accuse of mass atrocities.But the timing of the proposal suggests the regime is warming to the idea of a settlement as it struggles to hold territory and claw back ground it has lost to the rebels in the nearly 2-year-old conflict.Tactical victoriesOpposition fighters have scored several tactical victories in recent weeks, capturing the nation’s largest hydroelectric dam and overtaking airbases in the northeast. In Damascus, they have advanced from their strongholds in the suburbs into neighborhoods in the northeast and southern rim of the capital, while peppering the center of the city with mortar rounds for days.Monday night’s blast, which activists said was most likely a car bomb, exploded about 800 yards from Abbasid Square, a landmark plaza in central Damascus. The explosion and subsequent gunfire caused panic in the capital, although the target was not immediately clear and it was not known if there were any casualties.On Thursday, a car bomb near the ruling Baath Party headquarters in Damascus killed at least 53 people, according to state media.While the momentum appears to be shifting in the rebels’ direction, the regime’s grip on Damascus remains firm, and Assad’s fall is far from imminent.‘Murderous criminals’ Still, Monday’s offer to negotiate with the armed opposition — those whom Assad referred to only in January as “murderous criminals” and refused to talk with — reflects the regime’s realization that in the long run, its chances of keeping its grip on power are slim.Asked about al-Moallem’s remarks, US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the offer of talks was a positive step “in the context of them raining Scuds down on their own civilians.” But he expressed caution about the seriousness of the offer.“I don’t know their motivations, other than to say they continue to rain down horrific attacks on their own people,” Ventrell told reporters in Washington. “So that speaks pretty loudly and clearly.”If the Assad regime is serious, he said, it should inform the U.N. peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi of its readiness for talks. Ventrell said the regime hasn’t done that yet.Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute, said called the offer “a sign of weakness.”“I think everybody knows, including Bashar Assad, that they (the regime) can’t hang onto the whole country,” Tabler said.Mustafa Alani, an analyst with the Gulf Research Center in Geneva, said the regime has “reached the conclusion that they are heading toward a major defeat eventually, and this is the right time to negotiate.”“They are not losing miles every day, but they are losing substantial ground every day. So the regime is not genuine (in its offer) because it has changed, it’s genuine because it is responding to a major shift in the balance of power on the ground,” he added.Non-lethal aid Alani cautioned, however, that the regime is also eager to keep the idea of talks alive in order to forestall any Western decision on arming the rebels. As long as the possibility of negotiations is still on the table, the US and the European Union — which have so far provided only non-lethal aid — will be reluctant to open the flood gates on weapons for the opposition, he said.“The whole regime tactic is to delay supplying arms, to buy time,” Alani said. “The regime can show good will. Whether they’re a viable partner or not is a different story.”It’s also unclear who exactly the regime would sit across from at the negotiating table.The dozens of armed groups across Syria fall under no unified command and do not answer to the Syrian National Council, an umbrella group of opposition parties that the West recognizes as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.At least one group offered a lukewarm response Monday to al-Moallem’s proposal.The head of one group, Free Syrian Army chief Gen. Salim Idriss, said he is “ready to take part in dialogue within specific frameworks,” but then rattled off conditions that the regime has rejected in the past.“There needs to be a clear decision on the resignation of the head of the criminal gang, Bashar Assad, and for those who participated in the killing of the Syrian people to be put on trial,” Idriss told pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Arabiya TV.More than 70,000 dead He said the government must agree to stop all kinds of violence and to hand over power, saying that “as rebels, this is our bottom line.”Syria’s 23-month-old conflict, which has killed more than 70,000 people and destroyed many of the country’s cities, has repeatedly confounded international efforts to bring the parties together to end the bloodshed. Russia, a close ally of Assad and his regime’s chief international advocate, offered Feb. 20, in concert with the Arab League, to broker talks between the rebels and the government.With the proposal, which the Kremlin would be unlikely to float publicly without first securing Damascus’ word that it would indeed take part, Moscow ratcheted up the pressure on Syria to talk to the opposition.Russia has shielded Assad’s government from UN action and kept shipping weapons to the military, but it is growing increasingly difficult to protect the regime as the violence grinds on.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeated his call Monday for Syria to negotiate with the opposition, saying before meeting al-Moallem that “the situation in Syria is at a crossroads now.” He also warned that further fighting could lead to “the breakup of the Syrian state.”Past government offers for talks with the opposition have included a host of conditions, such as demanding that the rebels first lay down their arms. Those proposals have been swiftly rejected by both activists outside Syria and rebels on the ground.Read: Damascus hit by its deadliest bombing in Syria warlast_img read more

Updated 2019 Royal Rumble card More names set for the Mens Royal

first_img WhatsApp Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE has confirmed even more names for the Men’s Royal Rumble match.Baron Corbin and Elias each announced their participation in the match, while John Cena tossed his name into the Royal Rumble during the opening segment of RAW.Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble as of Monday night:Men’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* R-Truth (No. 30)* Drew McIntyre* Kofi Kingston* Big E* Xavier Woods* Finn Balor* Seth Rollins* Jeff Hardy* Samoa Joe* Bobby Lashley* Dean Ambrose* John Cena* Elias* Baron Corbin* Jinder Mahal* Apollo Crews* Andrade “Cien” AlmasWomen’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* Carmella (No. 30)* Natalya* Bayley* Sasha Banks* Ember Moon* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Mandy Rose* Sonya Deville* Alicia Fox* Zelina VegaWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ StylesRAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 center_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clean water for Imperial Beach Could it be

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Tijuana Sewage Dan Plante FacebookTwitter Posted: August 22, 2018 Dan Plante, August 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Something has happened that could change everything in Imperial Beach. Change for the better. “This is very positive. This is good for both sides of the border”, says Paloma Aguirre of Wildcoast in Imperial Beach.It’s not secret, Imperial Beach has been the favorite dumping ground for sewage plants in Baja, Mexico. For the last 40-years, beaches have been closed on a regular basis after Mexican sewage is dumped directly into the ocean.“After 40-years of surfing here, I’ve seen everything. I’ve gotten sick, I’ve had rashes and I’m tired of it. I never thought I’d see a solution during my lifetime”, says Billy Huddleston, Imperial Beach native.If things get better, and it could happen this time, it’s not for the health and welfare of the humans. It’s all about saving the “Wine Country” in Baja. “The wine country is drying up and getting smaller. It’s a world class wine and it’s known all over the world. But the drought is hurting and the wine makers have pumped all the water from the “aquifer’, says Faye Creveroshay of Wildcoast. As a result, an Isreali company has a plan. Buy the raw sewage, treat the raw sewage and sell it to the wine makers, for a profit.“If the private sector can make some money, we can spend more time on clean beaches and save the wine country, well, that’s a win, win, win. The Isrealis are the leaders in this type of thing around the world.” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina.After decades of working with the Mexican and U.S. governments, nothing has been done to stop the worst continuous environmental disaster in America.Perhaps profit and fine wine will finally do the trick. We should know soon. Mexican lawmakers have until the end of the month to approve a contract to move forward.If so, this would be the most productive and positve news in 40-years. Updated: 6:37 PM Clean water for Imperial Beach: Could it be?last_img read more