Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Prime Lens

first_imgThere are a ton of benefits to shooting with a prime lens. Here are the top 5.To anyone in the photography or filmmaking world, prime lenses give you the biggest bang for your buck. There are many benefits to shooting with primes over shooting with kit lenses. In the following round up created by CameraRec Toby you’ll learn the top 5 reasons why you should own a prime lens. In short, the top 5 reasons are:1. BokehPronounced “Boh-Kuh” not “Bow-Kay”.Prime lenses tend to have wider apertures than their kit lens counterparts. This creates a shallower depth of field and more background blur. When objects in the background blur out to form large orbs it’s called bokeh. For photographers and filmmakers, bokeh is a quick way to make your images look more interesting to the viewer. If you want a more detailed explanation of how apertures relate to background blur check out our posts on apertures, f-stops, and t-stops.2. Light GatheringBetter light gathering allows you to shoot in lower light.Another great benefit of having a larger aperture is prime lenses have greater light gathering power than their kit lens counterparts. For a photographer this is huge because it allows you to shoot at a much faster shutter speed to minimize camera shake. This isn’t to be confused with image stabilization, but it is a cheap alternative. In the video, Toby explains that compared to the average kit lens a cheap prime can have 3.33x more light gathering power.3. QualityBecause kit lenses have many moving parts, but still need to be affordable, they are often very cheap and break easily. Prime lenses on the other hand tend to be more durable than kit lenses.4. ValueThe Canon 50mm 1.8 is around $100 brand new.As artists, we need to save money wherever we can and prime lenses are a great place to do just that. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on an expensive zoom lens, try buying a nice prime set instead. You will get all the benefits of the expensive zoom lens at a much lower cost.5. SizePrime lenses tend to be much smaller than zoom lenses making them easier to carry and shoot with. Now this is admittedly not a huge problem but when you have limited space in your camera bag every inch counts.This video was first shared on CameraRec Toby‘s Youtube Channel. Thanks for sharing Toby!If you are interested in learning how to turn a $20 prime lens into a cine lens check out our post on creating custom cine lenses.Any other benefits to shooting with prime lenses? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

FDA commissioner to step down

first_imgAfter serving nearly 6 years as head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Margaret Hamburg has announced that she will step down. In an e-mail to colleagues released to the media today, Hamburg called her time as commissioner “the most rewarding of my career” and said she was “leaving the agency well-positioned to fulfill its responsibilities to the American public with great success.”Despite several turbulent episodes in her tenure—including criticism over FDA’s minimal regulation of the compounding pharmacies responsible for a deadly 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis—Hamburg’s tenure prompted high praise from colleagues and fellow health officials. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Washington Post that Hamburg had “done a terrific job.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Her departure comes in the middle of a major overhaul of the agency’s food safety oversight and as legislators prepare to propose key changes to its medical product review and approval process. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R–MI), who is heading an initiative to streamline FDA’s review of new therapies, released a statement calling her a “great partner and participant” in the effort.FDA Chief Scientist Stephen Ostroff will fill her position until President Barack Obama appoints a new commissioner. Duke University cardiologist Robert Califf, who will step in as deputy commissioner later this month, is rumored to be a likely successor.last_img read more

Intelenet Global Services to Hire 500 American Workers in Indiana

first_imgIntelenet Global Services, a business outsourcing and solutions company headquartered in Mumbai, will hire 500 more workers at its Fort Wayne call center in Indiana, bringing the company’s local workforce to at least 750.The Indian outsourcing firm has almost 55,000 employees globally and is looking to triple its workforce in Indiana. They’re also going to invest $4 million to remodel and increase the workspace in Fort Wayne.Annual wages for entry-level customer service associates average about $23,500 a year, company officials said in a statement, and annual average wages for managers are about $30,000.The large worker recruitment effort coincides with increased customer demand and a doubling of Intelenet’s local facility at 5001 U.S. Highway 30 – from about 19,000 square feet to about 38,000 square feet.“Our decision to significantly expand the Fort Wayne delivery center reinforces our continuous commitment to contribute to the economic growth of the city and the state of Indiana,” said Vijay Reddy, the chief operating officer for Intelenet. “This facility has played a key role in our operations since it was opened in 2014, and we are now in the process of expanding its infrastructure to meet increasing customer demand.”The outsourcing firm is backed by private equity firm The Blackstone Group. It is the latest one to adhere to US President Donald Trump’s call to “Hire American.”In October 2017, India-based Tech Mahindra hired 100 local, full-time employees at its office at Alpharetta in the United States. The large software company had said that the hiring was to show its commitment towards hiring American talent. Between September and November 2017, Infosys announced that it would hire more than 2,500 Americans for its four new offices.Infosys will establish a Design and Innovation hub at Rhode Island in the United States and hire 500 American workers there while in Raleigh, North Carolina, it will hire 2,000 Americans within the next four years.Meanwhile, another Indian tech giant — Tata Consultancy Services — is facing a class action suit for allegedly showing bias against American workers. Related ItemsIndianaOutsourcingUnited Stateslast_img read more

OnePlus CEO teases OnePlus 5 with a photo, what all it reveals

first_imgNo one outside OnePlus really knows much about the OnePlus 5, a phone likely to launch this month or the next. The only bit that is confirmed is what the India Today Tech confirmed a few days ago: that is the OnePlus 5 will have dual-camera setup on the rear. This also means that the OnePlus 5 will probably have a similar sort of blur or bokeh feature that dual-camera phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and the Micromax Dual 5 offer. Now, there is another confirmation: OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has teased that the OnePlus 5 exists and that it is coming soon.Not much of information we suppose. But that is all we have. Earlier a post appeared on Weibo, which is like China’s Facebook, from OnePlus that said something like (not the exact translation) “indulge in labour without a break, just to make a big surprise”. It was shared by Lau, who wrote “carry on”.Also Read: Exclusive: OnePlus 5 will come with dual camera, seamless back coverThe tease was accompanied by an image. No, this wasn’t an image of the phone — that was shared by India Today Tech a few days ago — but just an illustration. But let’s assume that OnePlus wants to send a message. Let’s assume that they are really teasing and are being playful by hiding clues in the image. What do we find then? Here is what we can think (yes, it is overanalysing what might be nothing more than a regular image).Here is the image:advertisement — First of all,  OnePlus or its CEO hasn’t confirmed OnePlus 5. Instead they have confirmed that a new phone is in the works and that it is coming soon. But India Today Tech can confirm that the phone will be indeed called OnePlus 5 because number 4 is not a good number in China, which is one of the most important markets for OnePlus 5.– Although if you are looking for clues you can see that the teased image has 5 people in it. Hmmm, is that a confirmation that the next OnePlus phone will be OnePlus 5.– Another bit that is confirmed is, let us reiterate, that the OnePlus 5 will come with a dual camera on its rear cover.– The teased image shows three spokes inside the side. One big, one small and one with a different design. May be it signifies that there are two cameras in the phone with two different kind of lenses and of course, there is a flash. Three element.– There are lightning bolts in the frame. This is obviously about the Dash Charging, which has become a trademark feature for OnePlus. Why two bolts? May be this means that Dash Charging will move to version 2.0.– The image is very colourful. Blue front of the phone. Red frame. Does this mean that the OnePlus 5 will come in more funky colours. We doubt it, but may be it will?Also Read: Oppo F3 set to launch on May 4 in India, press renders reveal design and specsWhat else? Nothing much actually.Nothing is confirmed for now. If the previous leaked rumours are to be believed, OnePlus 5 is expected to in the first half of 2017. However, the exact launch date still remains a mystery and OnePlus is expected to reveal it very soon. In terms of specifications, India Today Tech has already confirmed dual camera and seamless back in its latest report. Along with the report, we have also revealed an image render of the upcoming handset, showing the rear panel of the phone.In terms of specifications, the upcoming OnePlus 5 will sport a 5.5-inch display, similar to that of the OnePlus 3T. Furthermore, the upcoming OnePlus device is also expected to come with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat.If other rumours are to be believed OenPlus 5 will come with the same 16-megapixel shooter that made debut on the OnePlus 3T. This means that the upcoming OnePlus 5 will come with the ability to click clear pictures in low-light situation. With this, as we mentioned in our earlier report, OnePlus 5 will beat iPhone 7 and the recently announced Xiaomi Mi 6 which also comes with dual cameras set up and offer features like a telephoto lens and portrait blur mode.Furthermore, the upcoming OnePlus flagship – OnePlus 5 will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835. The recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Xiaomi Mi 6 and also the upcoming HTC U11, which is going to launch on May 16, come with same processor. On the storage front, the OnePlus 5 is going to come in two variants — 64GB and 128GB internal storage. If the rumours are to be believed, OnePlus can also announce a third variant of the phone with 8GB RAM.advertisementAs of now, OnePlus just confirmed the coming of the ‘something big’ which is assumed to be the OnePlus 5. No details on the launch, price and availability of the device have been revealed as of now.last_img read more

Australia approach Luiz Felipe Scolari for coach’s job

first_imgWorld Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that the Soccer Australia has approached him for the coach’s job for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Scolari, who recently ended a two-and-a-half year stint with a club side in China, said the Socceroos had spoken with his agent about him replacing Ange Postecoglou, who resigned in November.”I am one of the names they spoke with… to see if I was interested in taking them to the World Cup,” Scolari told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.Scolari, who has coached Brazil and Portugal in the past, said he was happy to discuss a role with the Australians, but would want it to be long-term, not just for the June-July 2018 tournament.”I don’t intend in just taking a team to the World Cup,” the former Chelsea manager added. “I intend on leading a team with an organized project for one or two years. But I am interested.”Australia qualified for Russia after beating Honduras in an intercontinental playoff and have been drawn in Group C against France, Peru and Denmark. Postecoglou quit the Socceroos a week after securing Australia’s spot.Having led Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002, Scolari suffered the ignominy of a 7-1 home defeat by Germany in the 2014 tournament — their first home loss since 1975 — and an event Scolari described at the time as the “worst day of my life”. Days later his Brazil tenure came to an end after a 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in a third-fourth place play-off.advertisement(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Believe we can win IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer

first_imgHaving jumped to the second spot after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer Sunday said that his team is believing it can win the IPL title this time.”We are believing so and it’s never too far,” Iyer said when asked if he thinks his side can win the IPL.Talking about the partnership he had with Rishabh Pant in Delhi Capitals’ innings, Iyer, who scored 45, said, “It started to slow down. Me and Pant had decided so that one of us will take the charge.”Iyer’s 56-run partnership with Pant (23) for the fourth wicket took Delhi to a challenging total of 155 for 7 after being invited to bat.”We got a little cameo from Keemo and Axar and helped us get to that total,” he said.Asked about the composition of the team, he said, “We have played together (Rabada and himself during U-19 days). It is good to be around each other. It is easy to have that camaraderie.”It is a positive thing to carry around. We are positive as well when we chase. We will be backing our abilities.”Rabada, Paul delighted after decimating SRHRabada, who took four wickets for 22 runs, said, “We have our game plans and all that we try to do is to stick to it. We hope it goes our way and more often than not, it should go your way.”It’s been the trend so far, you need to have variety in your pace. We try to talk about change-ups especially if wickets are assisting those type of changes. It worked for us today. In many ways, you do have a responsibility as an overseas player. We are working on all the departments and it’s working well for us.”advertisementMan-of-the-match for his 3/17, pacer Keemo Paul said, “This is a dream come true for me. It is the biggest league in the world and why not enjoy it. Went back of the hand and it worked for me. I just tried to adapt to the wicket, just bowled to suit the wicket. The slower balls were gripping.”This game is all about confidence. I have not been getting much to contribute with the bat so wanted to contribute more.”Delhi adapted well to the surface: Kane WilliamsonA disappointed Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson said, “I thought the first half with the ball was a really good effort. It was a bare surface, probably a 160 surface. We tried in the second half but never got going with partnerships. Unfortunate performance but credit to Delhi the way they played.”There was never any complacency in a tournament like this. Any team on the table can beat anybody. For us, it’s about executing our plans and play our style of cricket. It’s one of those things. The two at the top of the order have been prolific. Delhi adapted well on this surface and used their changes of pace.”Also Read | Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spotlast_img read more

Veteran Farmer Touts Agriculture as Economic Solution

first_imgVeteran St. James farmer, Carlton Smith, strongly believes that the agricultural industry holds the solution to Jamaica’s economic challenges.He supports the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries ‘Eat What You Grow, Grow What You Eat’ campaign, and suggested that more idle land should be put into production so that the country can feed itself and reduce the spending on imported items.“I believe that farming can rescue Jamaica out of the economic problems the country is facing right now. If we cultivate most of the products that we use here, it would be cheaper for us. A lot of lands are available,” he stated.Noting the high price of imported corn, he argued that “if we plant our own corn for animal feed, it would be better for us because the corn from abroad makes the feed much more expensive.”A champion cattle farmer, Mr. Smith has dedicated some 40 years to the agriculture sector. He is a fixture at all major agricultural shows staged in the western region, such as Hague and Montpelier, and has won over 300 trophies, plaques, certificates, gift packages, and cash prizes over the years.Mr. Smith started farming at the age of 15, planting vegetables on a small plot on his family land in Content. He told JIS News he was motivated by the hard work and dedication of his late father, Timothy Smith, who himself was an outstanding farmer.“I grew up seeing my father doing farming and producing some amazingly large onions, carrots, yams and other ground provisions and winning lots of first prizes for these. I walk in his footsteps because I love to see what he was doing in farming. He is my motivation and encouragement and I love it very much and would never give up. I believe that is only sickness that can take me out of farming,” he said. Mr. Smith took over the farm when his father died and continued the tradition of excellence, planting various cash crops including vegetables, yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, rearing small livestock such as goats and pigs, and a few cows.As he got more involved in agricultural shows and winning trophies for his prized cattle, he dedicated more of his time and efforts to cattle farming.The farm has won the admiration of community members, business leaders, and others in the agriculture industry.Having started at an early age, Mr. Smith said he wants to see more young people involved in agriculture.He suggested that through the efforts of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), community groups should be formed and the youth encouraged to become members, where they could be provided with land and other assistance.He is also calling for the establishment of school gardens in all institutions, so as to motivate young people to take up farming as an occupation, and for Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Branches to be established in all communities, where farmers could come together and share their ideas and expertise, while motivating the youth to see farming as a profitable way of life.Mr. Smith, like most farmers, identified praedial larceny as a major challenge and called for larcenists to be harshly punished.He also advised farmers to make every effort to get registered at the RADA offices so that they can access benefits and assistance.“If you are a farmer and you are doing your farming, you must be registered so that when required, you can show your identification as a farmer to anybody,” he said.By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

New Funding to Help Nova Scotians Remain Independent

first_img Nursing support is offered both through home visits and through four new nursing clinics. People can use the clinics when referred by their health-care provider, if they are mobile and prefer scheduled appointments. Clinics are located in Halifax, Berwick, New Minas and Bridgewater. Gordon Barnes, age 67, visits the VON nursing clinic in Halifax first thing every morning to have an infection cleaned and dressings changed. “I think the VON clinic is a really good idea. I get to see the same nurses every day. I know them, they know me, and they know if it’s getting worse or better,” said Mr. Barnes, who is retired and walks to the clinic each day. “I schedule my appointment first thing in the morning. It gets me out of the house, and afterward I go on with my day.” Spending on home care and home support has increased by $59.1 million in the past three years. New funding for home care and home support will help Nova Scotians live independently for as long as possible. This year’s budget includes an additional $14.2 million for home care and home support services. “We all know a relative or neighbour who wants to remain in their own home, but needs some help with meal preparation or bathing, or some nursing support in their communities,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We want to give people the help they need to live on their own, near family and friends, for as long as they can.” On any given day, more than 14,000 Nova Scotians receive home care or home support services. In total, the province now spends $255.3 million each year on these services. Some highlights from this year’s additional $14.2-million investment are: $4.2 million for home nursing and nursing clinics $7.4 million for home support services, like bathing, meal preparation and other tasks of daily living $1.2 million for the caregiver benefit program, helping to support family members who care for loved ones at homelast_img read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against pipeline protesters at two BC sites

first_imgVANCOUVER – Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said.Trans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of an interim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”Parker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, saying it’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Affleck said of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline.He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Feds lay out plan to boost online defences amid shortfall of cyber

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government unveiled its plan to bolster Canada’s defences against nefarious online attacks and crime Tuesday, even as it acknowledged a shortage of skilled cyber-warriors to meet the country’s needs.Backstopped by more than $500 million in new funding over the next five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out a range of initiatives to help Canadians, business and the government better protect against cyberthreats.The strategy was the result of nearly two years of consultations with industry, academics and other experts, and updates the first such plan released by the Harper Conservatives in 2010.It comes as the internet and digital technology play an increasingly important role in every aspect of life, making many functions easier and leading to new economic opportunities — but also opening the country and Canadians up to new risks.And those risks appear to be increasing: The RCMP says that police services across the country received 24,000 reports of cybercrimes in 2016, which represented a 58 per cent increase over the previous two years.There are also growing concerns about the threat posed by foreign states, terrorist groups and others who may try to target the country’s electricity grids, banking services, hospitals and election systems.The new cybersecurity strategy does three things, starting with an increased emphasis on detecting, deterring and prosecuting cybercrime, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference on Parliament Hill.“We must substantially strengthen Canada’s cybersecurity capabilities to better protect ourselves and our systems against evolving cyberthreats,” he said, “while also enlarging our capacity to combat cybercrime and prosecute offenders.”To that end, the RCMP will add new cyber-investigators and become the main focal point for police across the country to report illegal activity online. It will also liaise with foreign partners to identify potential threats and crack down on criminal networks.The strategy also brings the various cybersecurity efforts underway in different federal departments under a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Goodale said, which will be housed at the Communications Security Establishment and open in the fall.And it will attempt to help the private sector, especially small businesses, which officials say were the victims of 71 per cent of data breaches, better protect themselves, including through a voluntary certification program.“They comprise a huge chunk of the Canadian economy,” Goodale said of small businesses.“And they are as interconnected as the rest of us to their suppliers upstream and to their customers downstream, so if they have a cyber problem, that whole network could be infected.”Yet it wasn’t immediately clear how the government intended to address what will be one of the biggest hurdles to successfully implementing the plan’s ambitious goals: a shortage of cybersecurity specialists, both in Canada and around the world.“A shortage of cybersecurity talent makes it difficult for organization — including the federal government — to attract and retain the people they need to improve their cybersecurity or to disrupt cyberthreats,” the new strategy reads.Goodale described the shortage as “a huge challenge and a huge opportunity,” noting that the cybersecurity industry in Canada already supports an estimated 11,000 jobs and generates $1.6 billion in economic activity — numbers the government hopes to grow.“The world will be demanding people with these talents and skills who understand cybersecurity and can deliver the goods for their employers,” Goodale said, “whether they are in the private sector or the public sector.”But while the most recent federal budget set aside $8 million for up to 1,000 student work placements in cybersecurity, the strategy doesn’t include a dedicated focus on skills training or set aside funding to help grow the industry.“It’s disappointing to see a lack of commitment to build Canada’s cyber sector,” said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, which represents many of Canada’s tech companies.“Cyber is the fastest growing ICT sector in the world and domestic innovators present an opportunity for our government to grow our economy and deploy world-class technology solutions for protecting Canada’s digital borders.”The plan was also largely silent about foreign-owned telecommunications companies such as Huawei, which intelligence chiefs in the U.S. have identified as a national security risk, and made no mention of encrypting personal communications.The latter has been a contentious issue between privacy advocates and law enforcement, who have argued that such encryption poses a barrier to investigations.Goodale acknowledged the debate, saying that while it is obviously important for online banking and other commercial activities, “there are important questions about law enforcement and national security being able to properly conduct investigations.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Iron ore production to restart next year in Labrador mining town of

first_imgWABUSH, N.L. — The Labrador mining town of Wabush is in for a much-needed economic boost as one of Canada’s largest iron ore mines restarts production next year.Premier Dwight Ball was in Wabush today to announce the official reopening of the Scully mine, with hiring for 260 new jobs to begin over the next few weeks.Hundreds of people lost their jobs when Cliffs Natural Resources closed the Scully mine in 2014 after almost 50 years in operation. Minnesota-based Tacora Resources Inc. bought the mine and its assets in July 2017.Tacora CEO Larry Lehtinen says production is expected to restart in June 2019.Lehtinen says 100 per cent of the mine’s iron ore product is already sold for the next 15 years, and he estimated an operating life of at least 25 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Its not too late to save money on 2018 business taxes

first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners who are uneasy about their 2018 taxes might find they can save some money even though the year is over. Here are three ways you can chip away at your tax bill:ARE THERE SAVINGS TO BE FOUND IN YOUR BOOKS?Owners with sloppy records will not only find it harder to compile their returns, the haphazard books may be costing them money — they may overlook expenses that will lower their tax bills. Tax advisers recommend hiring a bookkeeper or an accounting student to organize everything and be sure all your information is entered correctly into an accounting program. An investment in a bookkeeper is likely to be a lot cheaper than taking time away from your business to sort things out, and far less expensive than asking your accountant to straighten them out for you. Cleaning up your books now also lessens the likelihood of mistakes that could result in an unexpected bill from the IRS down the road, plus late payment penalties and interest.NEED MORE EXPENSES?While companies can no longer buy equipment or prepay bills for 2018, they still can make contributions to employee retirement plans and deduct the money on their 2018 returns. If they obtain a six-month extension, they have until Sept. 16 for partners and S corporations, and Oct. 15 for sole proprietors and C corporations, to make the contributions.The extra time is available to companies with Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, plans; Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees, or SIMPLE plans; and the more complex plans known as qualified plans. Owners can also set up SEP plans by the September or October due dates and then make contributions. The other types of plans must have been in existence by the end of 2018 for a business to claim the deduction.You can learn more about retirement plans in IRS Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. You can find it on the IRS website, www.irs.gov .CAR AND HOME OFFICE DEDUCTIONSOwners who run companies out of their homes and use their own cars for business have choices in how they claim deductions for each. Run the numbers under the different methods, and you might find that one gives you a bigger break.The home office deduction can be claimed by determining the percentage of a residence dedicated to exclusive and regular business use. An owner then adds up the actual expenses on the home, such as mortgage or rent, taxes, repairs, insurance and maintenance, and applies the percentage to that sum. That is the deductible amount.Alternatively, the owner multiples the number of square feet dedicated to the business, up to 300 square feet, and multiplies that number by $5. That amount can be deducted, and the owner can also deduct mortgage interest and taxes as usual on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.You can learn more about home office deductions in IRS Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home.Similarly, owners determine how much of a car’s use is for business, and multiply that percentage against actual expenses like gas, insurance, repairs and loan interest or leasing charges. Or an owner may want to use the standard mileage rate of 54.5 cents for 2018 (it’s 58 cents for 2019) and multiply the percentage against that.You can learn more about deducting the use of your car in IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

A musical concert in Fez to help Syrian Refugees

first_imgFez- The Student Ambassadors for Peace club in Fez will organize a musical concert on Saturday, March 15, at 15h.30 in Alif Riad, Batha in Fez, to gather support for Syrian refugees residing in the city. The main objective of the event is to cooperate with Syrian refugees to aid them in affording their basic needs in Fez and coping with the difficult circumstances and trauma of their situation.Tickets are being sold for a symbolic MAD 20. Attendees will enjoy watching a musical group that is in the process of hitting the world stage while simultaneously helping their Syrian brothers and sisters to live and thrive in the city. The event anticipates generating a large audience base, promising to disseminate public awareness of the dire conditions Syrians face in Fez. “Because of the suffering and pain we feel in the eyes of Syrian families who, suddenly, found themselves homeless in Morocco, as result of the political crisis that crippled their home country, every day we see Syrians begging in order to survive,” reads a statement on the Student Ambassadors for Peace club’s Facebook Page. “This why our students at the club Ambassadors for Peace of the city of Fez, with the partnership of the American Language Centre, have decided to organize a party in solidarity with Syrian with the view to raising a sum of money that would allow us to put a smile in their face” it added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Thousands of recycled weapons tell story of violence at UN exhibit in

9 June 2010Created from 7,000 weapons that were seized around the world and decommissioned, and welded into a five-ton sculpture, a new installation outside the United Nations complex in Vienna is hoping to turn hearts and minds on the subject of violence. The Gun Sculpture is part of an exhibition entitled The Art of Peacekeeping that also includes a mural of photographs and stories of victims of war and other forms of violence and a blackboard and book where visitors can leave comments.The exhibition opened this month at the Vienna International Centre, ahead of a series of UN conferences in June focused on either security or the illicit arms trade.Artists Wallis Kendal and Sandra Bromley, who completed the sculpture a decade ago, said more than 150,000 people have already left messages on the blackboard or in the book as the artwork has toured various cities, including New York, Seoul and Ottawa.“We started in 1995 to address the issue of violence, either personal or through war lords or guerrilla action. We wanted to create something that would challenge people to stop and think, and to get them to respond with written comments,” Mr. Kendal told the UN News Centre.“It is very gratifying when you make an artwork and it provokes people to challenge the accepted way of thinking. When you see them pulling over their friends and creating a dialogue – that’s the main purpose,” Ms. Bromley said.In Seoul, the messages tended to focus on the division of the Korean Peninsula and the threat of nuclear war; in New York, local residents tended to write about street violence and domestic violence, the artists said.Mr. Kendal described the photo and story mural as “a central part of the exhibit,” depicting victims of violence that range from police officers to mothers and children.“We wanted to give people a balance, so they do not just see the sculpture as an artwork but as a catalyst that makes them respond to the suffering,” he added.Maher Nasser, Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS), which helped bring the exhibit to Vienna, said it was raising awareness about the impact of violence and small arms.“I have seen a lot of people touch them [the guns], hold them, and feel the steel. So far, I have resisted that temptation because for me, I just cannot bring myself to hold any of those weapons. I do not want to be associated with the history of the death,” he added.The sculpture consists of 7,000 weapons ranging from small handguns to AK-47s to landmines, shells and rocket launchers impounded by police from criminal gangs or used in warfare. Each piece has been deactivated with an electric torch that destroyed the interior and one side of the firearm.“All the weapons bring a different narrative with them,” Ms. Bromley said, recalling a crate she opened from Nicaragua.“I picked up an AK-47 and literally threw it down because the grief embedded in the weapon was so strong. Some of the weapons seem to hold that, while others are more neutral.” The exhibit will be on display in Vienna until the end of July, and will then be moved to a yet undetermined location. read more

Security Council hears call for expanded UN peacekeeping mandate in Côte dIvoire

Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad was briefing the Council on Côte d’Ivoire’s latest peace accord, the Pretoria Agreement, negotiated and signed earlier this month in the South African capital, with President Thabo Mbeki mediating on behalf of the African Union (AU).Mr. Pahad said the leaders of the West African country wanted an impartial UN unit to aid the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Commission during the whole period of preparation for the 31 October elections.Such a unit would help to streamline nationality documents and identity cards and help plan the electoral process, he said.Côte d’Ivoire, long the world’s leading cocoa producer, has been split between the north, held by the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the south, under the control of the Government’s Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire, since a coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo failed in 2002 and was turned into an insurgency.The area between them is held by peacekeepers of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and UN-authorized French Licorne forces.The Council also needed to consider deploying a special force under UNOCI to guard the cantonments of the disarmed, demobilized Forces Nouvelles combatants while they were waiting to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into either the national army or their communities, Mr. Pahad said.A 600-strong police force would be needed in the north once the Forces Nouvelles moved into the cantonments, so as not to leave a security vacuum, he added.On the sensitive matter of who would be eligible by nationality to run for the presidency, Mr. Pahad said President Laurent Gbagbo, after certain consultations, would allow the constitutional council to accept candidates presented by the parties that had signed the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement.Senior members of the Forces Nouvelles who had taken ministerial positions and left them were returning to their offices again, he said, and additional measures were being put in place to allow Forces Nouvelles leader Guillaume Soro to return to the country’s major city, Abidjan.South Africa would train protection forces for all Forces Nouvelles ministers, starting on 2 May, he added, and it hoped UNOCI would complement that effort. read more

9 very important decisions you had to make about your school uniform

first_imgSCHOOL UNIFORMS AS we know them may soon become a thing of the past.Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has announced new plans which will see schools consult with parents to decide upon uniforms, what they should look like and if they want them at all.Imagine if uniforms were gotten rid of entirely?  For most of us, it would be a brave new world.  A world where decisions like this, once agonised over, were no longer important.Skirt or trousers Source: DebenhamsYes, we’ve heard your gasps, but in recent years many girls are given the option of wearing trousers instead of a skirt.But if you chose to wear them, what did that say about you?  In some schools it made you cool, in others it made you a weirdo.  The dynamics are so complex!Skirt length Source: Photocall IrelandThis was a key decision, particularly if your school skirt was mid-length rather than full length.Would you roll it up?  Get your mam to hem it?  How short could you get away with?  Would it make you look like a slapper?Of course, there were also the girls who flat out refused to mess with the length of their skirts and in fact stood in disdainful judgment of those who did. For them the length of a school skirt was far too frivolous a concern.Holes in your jumper sleevesFor some people, tearing some holes in the sleeves of your jumper for your thumbs to stick through was the epitome of comfort and coolness.For others it meant you were an Emo who listened to bad music.Which were you?  WHY IS LIFE SO COMPLICATED?Shoes Source: ASOS MarketplaceDespite the strict guidelines around colour and occasionally style, your school shoes were a real opportunity for self-expression.Would your shoes have laces?  Would they be loafers?  Heels?  Kickers?  Dubes?  Doc Martens?  Pumps from Penneys?  IT’S A MINEFIELD PEOPLE.Tights or socks Source: EbayIf you wore a skirt to school, the tights/socks decision was very important.People were judged harshly for making the wrong call around the change of season, and if you went socks too soon you felt like a total goon.Short sleeved/long sleeved shirt Source: Stitch FactoryIt’s warm.  There are several short sleeved shirts in your wardrobe, but if you wear one you will be condemned to social death.  WHAT DO YOU DO?That’s if you were a boy.  If you were a girl it wasn’t such a big deal.Hair accessories Source: SpojeníFor female students, the selection of hair accessories was a complex process.  While one didn’t want to look like one had tried to hard, an artfully tied ribbon or carefully place hair slide could set you apart from the rest.Never again in life are hair accessories so carefully considered.  (Aside from weddings obv.)School bag Source: TDN ChannelBoth style and decoration were to be considered here.  Should you go for a two strap backpack?  Or a one strap messenger bag?  Jansport or Roxy?  Should you use one strap, or two?Should you decorate it with band’s names or leave it clean?SO MANY QUESTIONS!Coat and outerwear Source: Kennedi BoutiqueWhile some schools had very specific guidelines regarding your jacket, others were a little loose, allowing you to exercise some personal preference.  Should you choose a short jacket or a long coat?  Should you include a decorative scarf?Or perhaps you were a total rebel and ignored the school guidelines, in which case you may have even experimented with a denim jacket or tracksuit top.  You were very cool, weren’t you?14 things you’ll remember if you went to an all-girls school>Jennifer Lawrence breaks barrier to speak to superfan with disability>last_img read more

Xbox One will not upgrade to 12GB of RAM Microsoft confirms

first_imgFor a little while, a rumor was floating around the great wide web that Microsoft was thinking about upgrading some of the hardware of the Xbox One console before its release. Normally, upgrading the hardware of a console so soon after its reveal — especially before its debut release — would be out of the ordinary. However, mounting pressure from Sony’s PS4 being perceived as a significantly better purchase forced Microsoft to change almost everything about the Xbox One in one way or another — including its hardware specs. Now, Microsoft confirms that one thing won’t be changing: the console’s RAM.An early rumor claimed that the Xbox One would get a boost in clock speed, and the RAM would get a bump from 8GB to 12GB. About a week ago, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One’s GPU would receive a modest 53MHz boost in clock speed, going from 800MHz to 853MHz. So, it would appear that the dual-rumor of a clock speed and RAM upgrade would seem true, meaning a RAM announcement was soon to follow. Well, one did follow. Microsoft product planning manager Albert Penello took to Twitter and announced that the Xbox One would not receive a boost to 12GB of RAM. Oh well.Glad you all like headset. We’re not going to 12gb, just to be clear. Feeling great about game performance – stuff is looking killer.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) August 8, 2013As you can see from the wording above, though, Penello didn’t quite rule out a bump to other amounts of RAM — for example, an entirely likely 3TB. The phrasing “feeling great about game performance,” however, does make it sound like Microsoft has found a sweet spot at 8GB, so those dreams of owning a game console with 1PB of RAM will have to wait for at least one more generation.last_img read more

Haitian workers in TCI closer to being treated at home

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – Thursday ends a five-day mission to Haiti by a team of health officials from the National Health Insurance Board, which hopes to explore a patient care program with the Haitian government. The program would allow TCI authorities to send Haitian patients to Haiti for care in extreme medical situations.The trip, which ran from September 6th-10th, saw NHIP officials speak with government health agencies and conduct hospital tours as both countries discuss the best plan going forward. It is no secret that the healthcare system has been overwhelmed by migrants. If successful, this agreement would eliminate the need to send Haitians to countries like The Bahamas or Jamaica; a process that can be challenging when dealing with clearance for migrant workers whose status is questionable. last_img read more

Remembering DDay

first_imgRemembering D-Day Posted: June 6, 2019 June 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, USN Veteran and USS Midway historian Karl Zingheim discussed the importance of D-Day and what it means to the veteran and military communities of San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

ExCUET student killed in road accident

first_imgLogo of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET)A former student of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) was killed after a bus ran over him in New Monsurabad area of Chittagong on Friday night.The deceased is Farhan Momen, 27, son of a certain Mahbubur Rahman, hailing from Lakshmipur and a 42nd batch (2011) student of Mechanical Engineering department at CUET.Chittagong medical college police outpost nayek Amir Hossain said that the bus hit Farhan while he was crossing road in the area of Pahartoli police station around 10:30pm, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.last_img