Follow-Up Thoughts on My Sony a7S Critique

first_imgA few weeks ago, I posted an article titled 3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for Filmmakers. In this follow-up, I’ll clarify some of the points that I made.After reading my last article on the Sony a7S, many of you were shocked or even upset that I wasn’t raving about the camera and felt that my criticisms of the camera weren’t accurate. With that in mind, I felt that this follow-up article would be the best way to clear the air and address some of the comments that I made previously.Firstly, I want to point out that I really do think the a7S is a great camera. Understandably, this wasn’t made clear enough in my last post, which wasn’t intended to be a review, or a comprehensive look at the camera for that matter. It was just some food for thought, centered around three talking points related to the a7S.Before jumping into my rationale behind the three points I brought up in my previous post, I want to give all of this some context. In addition to writing for PremiumBeat, I have my own blog – www.noamkroll.com – where I have written extensively on the a7S. In fact, the a7S made my Top 3 list for best DSLRs for video.Yes, I know it’s a mirrorless camera and technically not a DSLR, but for the purpose of my list – it made the cut. I have also written articles on Sony as a company, and stated multiple times that I love how they are pushing the boundaries of camera technology forward.When read as a standalone article, my previous a7S critique may have appeared overly critical to some of you. But hopefully those of you that are familiar with the extent of my work (including the articles I referenced above) understand that my last post wasn’t meant to attack the a7S. It was simply intended to illustrate a few alternative points that I hadn’t seen addressed at that time.I don’t own an a7S, however I have shot with the camera many times  – all in professional environments. The first production that I used it on was a budgeted music video that I directed using two RED DRAGON cameras, and an a7S for all of the night exterior work. Since then, I’ve used it as a B camera on multiple shoots, and have continued to use it regularly because I think it’s a great piece of kit, and the best tool for certain shooting environments.Often when a great new camera is released, we hope it will be the perfect solution for all of our shooting needs. Unfortunately though, that is never the case. I own half a dozen cameras myself simply for that reason: No one camera does it all. There has been a whole lot of hype surrounding the a7S, and in my last post I simply wanted to put out some alternative view points for potential buyers of this camera that might want to take into account every last consideration.While the Sony a7S can certainly be used as a great A-Camera across a multitude of shooting environments, it isn’t usually going to be my first choice. Not because it isn’t a great tool, but rather because there are tools that are often better suited for my work. Personally, I would normally choose to use the a7S as a specialty camera (to be used in low-light situations, where I need a small camera footprint).This sentiment has been echoed by many of my professional colleagues who are working DPs that shoot large scale productions, owners of rental houses that I work with regularly, and producers that own multiple camera packages. Even still, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as an A-camera or that I am claiming everyone should just use it for speciality shots. It’s just how I feel it fits best into the type of work that I do.Image from EOSHDSo without further ado, I want to address my three points from the previous article briefly:1. The low light isn’t useable past a certain point.Many readers were upset that I said I wasn’t happy with the results at ISO 25,600. There isn’t much I can say about this other than pointing out the fact that this is purely subjective. As far as my standards go for the work that I do, I am not satisfied with the quality of the images past that point.This isn’t strictly a comment on the noise/grain, but also on the image as a whole – including the color quality. But again, that’s just me. If you are able to get great results with it at high ISOs that are up to your standards, than more power to you. For me though, I would still rather keep this camera at 12,800 or lower. Which, by the way, is still impressive!2. The cost of shooting 4K nearly doubles the camera’s price.This point was simply intended to make potential buyers of the a7S aware of the additional cost of shooting 4K on the camera. I get e-mails from readers of my blog every day asking questions about different cameras, and more than once I’ve had people ask if internal 4K is an option on the a7S. Although this information is readily available, not everyone is as technically aware as you or I may be, and I felt that it was important to note that if you want to shoot 4K on this camera, you need to take the additional cost into account.3. Using a Speed Booster comes with its own set of issues.Many people commented on this point, stating the obvious fact that you aren’t going to use a Speed Booster on a full frame camera. However, on the Sony a7S, it can be preferable to shoot in APS-C mode in order to reduce rolling shutter, which is pretty dramatic when shooting in full frame mode.I should have made this clearer in the first post, and I apologize for any confusion. But my point is simply that a lot of a7S users are coming from Canon and therefore own a lot of Canon glass. Many of them are naturally going to want to use a Speed Booster to adapt their Canon glass to the A7S, so they can also benefit from the reduced rolling shutter in APS-C mode. For those shooters, they should be aware of the potential quirks of using a Speed Booster on the a7S.Final ThoughtsMy intention with the last article wasn’t to polarize users or upset any a7S owners. I am someone that (like many of you) has invested a lot of time and money into my equipment, and understand that it can be upsetting when you read something that comes across as negative about a tool you have spent your money on. That said, I hope that this follow-up post has clarified the fact that my original statements weren’t intended to be an attack on the a7S.No camera is perfect, and there certainly isn’t a single camera that can do everything. Is the a7S an amazing tool? Yes. I believe it’s capable of great things and I love what Sony is doing with their mirrorless lineup. Would I use the a7S as my only camera? No I wouldn’t, as it won’t cover all of my specific needs as a filmmaker. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it as your A-Cam, and that it isn’t capable of amazing things.Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.last_img read more

Extinct arthropod related to blind cave-dwelling crustaceans

first_imgThe fossil of an extinct, carnivorous crustacean is providing clues to its mysterious relatives’ place in the evolutionary tree. Thylacares brandonensis was found in 435-million-year-old mudstone in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Other members of its clan, the thylacocephalans, are so bizarre that scientists confused them with barnacles and shrimp larvae. Now, in a paper published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, an international team of researchers suggests that T. brandonensis may be related to modern remipedes, blind crustaceans that resemble centipedes swimming through saltwater caves. Much like a remipede, T. brandonensis sports a highly segmented body and spiny legs that curl in front of its head to snare unwitting prey. If the scientists are right, its oddball fellow thylacocephalans may be remipede relatives, too.last_img read more

Korea deals PH 2nd loss

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Netball aims to do better in KL meet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines whipped Hong Kong, 25-16, 25-21,25-17, to jump-start its group stage campaign on Wednesday.In other matches, Japan and Kazakhstan also prevailed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJapan, No. 6 in the world, swept Taiwan, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, to also improve to 2-0.The Taiwanese slipped to 1-1. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKorea handed the Philippines another loss, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12, in the Asian Volleyball Championship (AVC) Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship classification stage on Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.The Koreans, ranked 10th in the world along with the Argentines, are undefeated in two matches in the classification stage.They have a shot at a top-four seeding in the quarterfinal round.The Philippines, meanwhile, absorbed its second straight loss. On Saturday, it bowed to Kazakhstan, 23-25, 20-25, 19-25.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Kazakhs dropped the first set but eventually overcame the Vietnamese, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, to likewise tote a 2-0 slate.Vietnam is at 0-2.The classification stage will be used to determine the eight teams’ seeding come the quarterfinals.Japan actually owns a 3-0 record but with Australia getting eliminated from the tournament, its win over the Aussies won’t be counted in the classification rounds. —WITH REPORTS FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Baahubali 2 tops Google’s 2017 top trending search query

first_imgBaahubali 2: The Conclusion was the top trending search query made on Google this year, according to the search engines 2017 Year in Search results announced today.With SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus breaking several records at the box office cutting across language barriers, it was no surprise that it topped Google’s trending charts this year.It was followed by searches around Indian Premier League, highlighting India’s never-ending love for Cricket, and searches on Live Cricket Score, making the keyword the third-most trending search query this year.Based on the search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016, the search engine has brought out 9 lists categorising the queries in different sections.These include – Top Trending Queries Overall, Top Trending News, Top Trending Entertainers, Top Trending Movies, Top Trending Songs, Sporting Events, Top Trending Near me, Top Trending How to, and Top Trending What is.The overall queries list was largely dominated by Bollywood and sports themes, with Dangal , Half Girlfriend, Badrinath ki Dulhania, and Champions Trophy making it to the top 10.From firing up emotions to getting a groove on, Bollywood songs kept the tempo high on Search too.Among the top trending songs this year, Hawa Hawa from the Arjun Kapoor-starrer Mubarakan crowned the charts, followed by sufi track Mere Rashke Qamar originally sung by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.Interest in western music prevailed with the Latin hit Despacito, and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You featuring among the top trending tracks.advertisementSunny Leone, once again, featured among the top entertainers this year, followed by Big Boss contestants Arshi Khan and Sapna Choudhary, along with YouTube singing sensation Vidya Vox.Google’s Year in Search 2017 also reflected the year’s top news moments that captured India’s attention including the CBSE results, UP elections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Budget.Among the top What is queries this year, GST, Bitcoin, Jallikattu and BS3 vehicle remained the most trending themes.And mirroring millions of real-world needs, the how-to set of queries saw users seeking answers to a range of subjects from How to link aadhaar with PAN card to buying Jio phone to removing Holi color from the face.ALSO WATCH: SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 gets a thumbs up from fanslast_img read more

Central Oregon: An Under-the-Radar Winter Vacation Hot Spot

first_img Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana As we were meandering through the annual Bend Ale Fest in Bend, Oregon (one of several beer events around town — this one as the celebration of a morning marathon), my friend and I got to talking with a young couple who grew up in the small city. They both went to separate colleges and returned home for various reasons.As more beer tokens kept inexplicably landing in our palms, we listened to them recount the quieter past of Bend and the surrounding Central Oregon region. They explained where the city limit used to be, which now marks the Old Mill District, one of the city’s retail and entertainment hybrid destinations.The region they spoke of — this quintessential outdoor lover’s paradise — remains largely the same, except it’s now among the fastest-growing in the U.S.Regardless, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another area on the West Coast, perhaps the country, which so seamlessly blends natural splendor with small city life. And there’s no better time than early winter to take full advantage of this. Here are our picks for a relaxing, revitalizing weekend in Bend and the surrounding area.StayTetherowThis 700-acre resort in Bend has an excellent lodge that overlooks a stunning golf course. An incredible amenity lineup features a top-tier fitness center (sauna, steam and hot tub included) and an on-demand shuttle service to any location in the city. Rooms are spacious, new, and clean. You’re minutes from trails and the city — it’s the best of both worlds.Bunk + Brew HostelFor a different vibe, head to this Bend hostel that we gushed over earlier this year. It’s a novel concept bringing the best of European hostelling to a destination that sees plenty of young travelers each year. It’s a community-minded property situated in Bend’s oldest home: the historic Lucas House.Eat10 Barrel Brewing10 Barrel Brewing/Facebook10 Barrel is one of Bend’s biggest success stories. The brewery made a name for itself in an ungodly crowded beer city and launched a regional brand. They were eventually acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, but still retain their sudsy independence. You can (and should) visit their original pub where it all started. The usual tap list is available, plus special beers only made at this particular pub. Then get a pizza and cozy up by the fire pit during the brisk Central Oregon evenings.Sisters BakerySisters (about 30 minutes northwest of Bend) is a town aptly named for the Three Sisters mountains that surround it. The city itself is a gaudy, western-themed village, but one of its saving graces is this unassuming yet brilliant bakery. The instant you open the front door, an avalanche of cinnamon, sugar and maple, rushes over your senses. If you time it just right, you can pick up something that literally just came out of the oven. Want to make all of your friends jealous? Take a video of a steaming hot blueberry muffin. The pastry is even better than it sounds in writing.DrinkBoneyard BeerYou’d be forgiven for missing this nondescript warehouse with a tiny taproom in Bend. Boneyard is consistently putting out some of the best beers in the region. Even though they don’t serve pints, they’ll serve you plenty of tasters from a rotating list. You can take crowler or growler fills home too. Don’t leave without drinking Diablo Rojo, a neutral red that’s easy on the hops and large on malty flavor.Boneyard Beer/FacebookAtlas CiderThis growing cider brand has a solid taproom in the Box Factory building in Bend’s Old Mill District. On our visit, they had eight to 10 offerings, plus a few guest taps. The staff is super friendly and will happily offer recommendations for your next stops.Additional options: Three Creeks Brewing Company and Sunriver Brewing CompanyDoMt. BachelorThere’s so much to do in the Bend area during winter that we can only explored a few of the top options. Discovering your own favorites will be one of the best parts of visiting. This is the prime mountain destination in the area (and the one where you’ll find everyone after a snowstorm). New at Mt. Bachelor for 2018: wider a smoother runs thanks to crews removing trees, stumps, and grading the terrain and transitions between trails; new way-finding signage (meaning you won’t get lost on the slopes); better manicured snow as a result of three new and more enrivonmentally friendly snowcats and a Nordic tiller; and overall upgrades to the food and beverage experience at the lodge. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer center_img Tumalo FallsWhen planning a hike during the winter months, be prepared for snow. About a half-hour west of town (and two miles down a very rough access road), these falls rush off of Bend’s main watershed. While many just hike upthe half-mile to the viewpoint, there are miles and miles to explore beyond it (plus more waterfalls!). It’s a beautiful walk that you can tailor to your personal sense of adventure. It’s safe to say that winter tires and hiking boots are a must should you want to tackle this any time after Thanksgiving.Newberry National Volcanic MonumentThis protected land opened as a National Monument in November 1990 and has been a winter activity wonderland ever since. The 54,000-plus-acre area includes lakes, lava flows, and one very active volcano. Snowmobilers come here to enjoy the designated “sno-park” trails while hikers take advantage of scenic views from Paulina Peak or any number of other vantage points. Be prepared with extra food, water, and clothing regardless of your plans, as conditions here change rapidly and certain parts of the Monument may not be operational as a result.Article originally published November 21, 2017 by Geoff Nudelman and was updated January 12, 2018 by Chase McPeak.  The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

Support for the Establishment of ERA

first_imgA member of the Jamaica Institute of Planners, Doreen Prendergast, has supported the move by Government to establish a regulatory body to deal with environmental monitoring, compliance and enforcement. Ms. Prendergast told JIS News that it is a “timely move” by Government to set up the entity. “If this entity comes into being, I would implore everyone to give their full support, so that the whole monitoring and enforcement aspect can really be given the attention that it deserves, so that the National Environment and Planning Authority (NEPA) can focus on carrying out its spatial planning role,” she said. She said over the years NEPA had been blamed for all the “ills,” while noting that the lack of resources had prevented the agency from dealing effectively with planning and enforcement issues. Ms Prendergast was speaking at a public consultation on November 6, at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, in Kingston, to discuss the establishment of the proposed unit, the Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA). Tuesday’s meeting was the fourth public consultation organised by the Public Sector Modernisation Division at the Cabinet Office, Office of the Prime Minister, to hear the views of the public and major stakeholders on the ERA’s Green Paper. The Green Paper outlines a set of reforms that will remove a number of problems associated with the current arrangements for planning and the management of the environment in the country. So far, consultations have been held at the Cecil Charlton Town Hall and the Mandeville Parish Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester and the Montego Bay Civic Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, in St. James. Director of the Environmental Health Unit, Ministry of Health, William Broughton, has also welcomed the establishment of the ERA. “I think the process should be expedited and brought into fruition in the shortest possible time,” he emphasised. Main presenter and Professor at the University of the West Indies, Anthony Clayton, said it  is being proposed to upgrade NEPA into a state-of-the-art National Planning Agency and to transfer NEPA’s responsibility for environmental monitoring and enforcement to this new agency. Other key recommendations in the Green Paper include the development of a National Spatial Plan and to give NEPA the primary responsibility for developing, maintaining and updating this plan. Professor Clayton said it is being proposed in the Green Paper that the new ERA concentrate its efforts on serious offenders. “If you try to chase after everybody you dilute your efforts, and you make yourself ineffective everywhere,” he added. “By prosecuting the worst offenders you are also sending a very powerful signal to everybody in society that bad behaviour will not be tolerated,” the Professor said.last_img read more

DSME Clinches 10 VLCC Orders in 2018

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the South Korean big three shipbuilders, has secured two more orders for very large crude carriers (VLCC).Undisclosed American shipowner is said to be behind the contract, being signed in anticipation of oil exports growth in the U.S.Under the terms of the deal, the duo, to be built at DSME’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje, is slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2020.With the latest contract DSME has managed to collect 10 VLCC orders so far this year, the company said.The Korean builder has been on a roll over the past few months, booking orders for high value-added vessels such as crude carriers, giant containerships and LNG carriers, which have driven the company’s financial recovery.The latest contract comes in less than a week from Korea Line’s order for a VLCC pair at DSME, which also reported an additional VLCC order from an unidentified European shipowner last week.The shipbuilder’s orderbook for this year stands at 19 ships, comprising eight LNG carriers, ten VLCC and one special-purpose vessel, totaling in USD 2.36 billion.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: DSMElast_img read more

2008 Year End Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed almost 2,080,000 visitors in 2008 and the economic impact of the province’s tourism industry reached $1.33 billion, on par with 2007. The total number of visitors to the province decreased by three per cent in 2008, while the number of room nights sold increased by 25,000 or one per cent. “We held our own in 2008 and are doing all we can to attract visitors in 2009,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We are set to launch our new marketing plan, which focuses on growth markets with easy access to Nova Scotia, increased emphasis on social media, developing compelling visitor experiences and building even stronger relationships with our industry partners.” The downward trend of American visitors to Canada continued in 2008, with 33,100 or 15 per cent fewer visitors from the United States. The number of visitors from other parts of Canada also decreased slightly by 27,700 or two per cent. There was a one percent increase or 900 more overseas visitors. Overall in 2008, the majority of visitors, 87 per cent, came from other parts of Canada, with nine per cent from the United States, and four per cent from overseas. About 67 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia travelled by road, with the remaining 33 per cent arriving by air. Room nights sold across the province increased by one per cent overall, however results varied from region to region. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors, excluding Nova Scotia residents, at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics and the 2009 Tourism Outlook can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights .last_img read more

Turkish inflation eases from 15year high as lira recovers

first_imgISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Presslast_img

SC cancels bail granted to exJharkhand minister Yogendra Sao

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao, against whom several cases of rioting and instigating violence have been registered.A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde said it is satisfied that have been breach of bail conditions imposed on Sao in December 2017 as his “unauthorised presence” was found in Jharkhand. Sao had been directed to stay in Bhopal. The apex court comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indira Banerjee transferred the trial in 18 criminal cases against Sao and his MLA wife Nirmala Devi, an accused in similar cases, from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand to Ranchi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’However, the top court rejected the state government’s plea seeking cancellation of Devi’s bail, saying the deviations in bail conditions in her case were minor in nature. It refused to accept Devi’s prayer to allow her to stay in Patna instead of Bhopal. On January 21, the Jharkhand government had told the apex court that Sao was threatening an investigating officer posted in Barkagaon police station in Hazaribagh district and a case has been registered against him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe state government had asked for cancellation of Sao and Devi’s bail, saying they were not staying in Bhopal as directed by the top court and also did not attend trial court proceedings when they were in Jharkhand. On January 15, the apex court had asked Sao and his wife to explain on how many occasions they did not attend trial court proceedings despite being in the state. The top court had also asked the couple about the circumstances in which they were out of Bhopal, saying the exception granted to them was that they would enter Jharkhand only to attend trial court proceedings. Both Sao and Devi were granted bail on December 15, 2017, by the top court and they were directed to stay in Bhopal as a bail condition. They were allowed to visit Jharkhand only for court hearings under police protection after intimating Bhopal superintendent of police. The Jharkhand government has said that out of 260 days, Sao had been in Jharkhand for more than 150 days and hardly spent 25 days in Bhopal. It has claimed that Sao travelled out of Bhopal on 24 occasions, out of which he travelled to Delhi a dozen times. It has said that in 11 cases registered against Sao, charges were not framed by the trial judge as he did not appear before the court despite directions from the top court. It has said several criminal cases were pending against the couple. The cases are at various stages of trial, including at the level of framing of charges, where their presence is needed. The apex court had taken exception to the charge framing order passed by a court in Jharkhand through instant messaging application WhatsApp. It had wondered how this kind of a “joke” was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. A lower judge in Hazaribagh district had put Sao on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a WhatsApp call. Both Sao and Devi had challenged the order in apex court, saying the trial judge had on April 19 last year framed charges against them through a WhatsApp call despite they raising objections to it. The apex court took serious note of it and observed that this process cannot be allowed, and administration of justice cannot be allowed to be brought into disrepute. The couple had sought transfer of their cases from Jharkhand to New Delhi. Both Devi and Sao were accused in a case relating to violent clashes between villagers and police in 2016 in which four persons were killed. Sao was a minister in the Hemant Soren government in August 2013.last_img read more

Annan urges business cooperatives to pursue mergers to succeed

In a message to mark the International Day of Cooperatives, Mr. Annan urged cooperatives “to adapt to the new realities of the wider marketplace.”He said cooperatives – where members of an association or group form an economic business and then share any profits or losses equally between them – can take advantage of globalization, using information technology and expanding their product range to expand beyond their traditionally local concerns.Mr. Annan stressed that developing networks among cooperatives allows them to share marketing opportunities and financial know-how. He also suggested they consider mergers.“Where meaningful, the mergers of cooperatives within sectors can help reduce costs, raise efficiencies and increase bargaining power,” he said.But the Secretary-General added that governments and international organizations must play their part to ensure that cooperatives and other small businesses can enjoy a level playing field in the world economy. read more

Montpellier beats Chambery in French derby

In the derby of the 17th round in French Ligue 1, Montpellier beat Chambery by just 1 goal. Despite missing two key players, Chambery were able to make the game interesting by keeping constant pressure on Montpellier, which was led by Kavticnik and Gajic – scoring 6 goals each. In the end, Montpellier took the win with 28:27 (14:13). For Chambery, Basic scored 9 goals. basicChamberyfrancekarabatickavticnikMontpellier ← Previous Story Voting for the Best player of EHF CL Pr.Round (Day 5): “Dead heat” between Lazarov and Jurecki Next Story → Wilbek: Hansen has it all!

Spider silk turned into electrical wire with carbon nanotubes

first_imgSpiders are good for more than keeping insect populations in check and giving us all the creeps. A team of researchers at Florida State University has found a way to conduct electricity with spider silk. This advancement could bring spider silk wiring to the gadgets of the future.Spider silk has been of intense research interest for years due to its incredible properties. It is stronger than steel at the same thickness, and more impact resistant than kevlar. One of the few things spider silk isn’t naturally good for is conducting electricity. The researchers may have solved that using one of our favorite materials — carbon nanotubes. The silk was coated with the tiny straws of carbon atoms, which allowed the silk to carry a charge.The silk was gathered from a golden silk orb-weaver spider (Nephila clavipes), which is found throughout the southern US. This species is famous for producing very long strands of silk that are easy to collect. After being treated with carbon nanotubes, the silk was not only conductive, it was 300 times stronger.This super durable spider silk was used to create a proof-of-concept device to measure a person’s heart rate, thus proving that is was conductive. Even though these strands of silk were incredibly resilient, they are believed to be biodegradable.There are a few barriers between this experiment and conductive spider silk wiring. The silk can still stretch along its length, which affects the conductivity. Additionally, it’s expensive to produce, and the long term effects of exposure to carbon nanotubes is not fully understood. maybe someday, though.[Image credit: ‘SandFlash]last_img read more

Examining the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet Funds

first_img Updated: 5:27 PM Examining the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet Funds KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, 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) – The year long battle over roads versus transit has taken on a new dimension. The hiring of a new Executive Director at SANDAG, Hasn Ikhrata, has cause tension and division within the agency.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports that SANDAG determines how Transnet funds from a half cent increase in the sales tax from 2004 is spent on local transportation project, mostly the roads.This attempt by the new executive director to shift funds from promised road projects to transit projects only has caused friction.County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar walked out of last week’s meeting after Ikhrata reportedly tried to silence board members who didn’t support his plan.RELATED STORY: Supervisor Gaspar explains SANDAG’s proposal to install black boxes on all vehicles to track every mile you drive Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics, Traffic & Accidents Tags: SANDAG, Transnet FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Manager at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Manager of Client Services at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin Donuts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Earns Spot On Selling Powers Annual 50 Best

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Wilmington’s UniFirst:UniFirst Corporation, an industry leader in the supply and servicing of uniforms, workwear, and facility service products, has ranked on Selling Power magazine’s 2019 list of the “50 Best Companies to Sell for.” This is the 16th consecutive year UniFirst has been included on the list.To make their determination, the Selling Power research team evaluated companies in the following areas: compensation and benefits; hiring, sales training, and sales enablement: and customer retention. The list encompasses companies of all sizes—with sales forces ranging from fewer than 100 salespeople to companies with sales-force numbers in the thousands.“UniFirst is committed to continually investing in our 14,000-plus employee Team Partners around the globe and has successfully built a world-class sales force dedicated to always putting the customer first,” says David Katz, UniFirst senior vice president, sales and marketing. “It’s their dedication, along with the ability to deliver outstanding service, that contribute to our continuous growth and ongoing success year after year.”Selling Power magazine publisher and CEO Gerhard Gschwandtner says it is vital to recognize companies that are creating excellent sales teams today.“Successful sales teams know how to embrace change,” says Gschwandtner. “That could be in the form of technology or in the form of process. Each organization featured on the 50 Best Companies to Sell For list represents an elite, agile selling environment that understands how to lead in their market.”For more on UniFirst, or Selling Power magazine, you may visit their websites: UniFirst.com and www.sellingpower.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s UnFirst Earns Top-10 Spot On Apparel Magazine’s List of ‘America’s Leading Apparel Companies’In “Business”Wilmington’s UniFirst Featured On Selling Power’s “50 Best Companies To Sell For” List For 2017In “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Earns Top Rankings For 2018 In Both Selling Power & Apparel MagazinesIn “Business”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Feb 23 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowSpicer says feds likely to boost enforcement of anti-marijuana lawsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today he expects the Department of Justice will step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws. No details yet on how this will affect states that have set up recreational marijuana industries.Alaska sees positive federal signals on individual insurance marketAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Walker administration is asking the federal government to take on much of the cost of supporting the individual insurance market. And early interest in the program from the Trump administration is raising its hopes.House Science to EPA: drop Pebble Mine vetoDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamIn a letter Wednesday to new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the chairman of the House Science Committee asked that the agency rescind its 2014 veto of the Pebble Mine. EPA proposed the preemptive Clean Water Act restrictions based on findings from its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, and did so with the support of many area tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups.Walker wants Trump on-board the gaslineRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThroughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to increase the nation’s infrastructure spending. After Trump was elected, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, sent the new president an infrastructure wishlist from the state. At the top of that list is the state-led $45 billion gasline project.Against the odds, proving solar can power AlaskaRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska’s solar industry lags behind other states. But with prices dropping dramatically around the world, more entrepreneurs are seeing an opportunity.Alaska Aces hockey team to fold after this seasonJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday (Feb. 23).New Iditarod two-way communication rules for safety, not advantageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring last year’s Iditarod, an intoxicated snowmachiner struck Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle’s teams on a section of the trail heading into Nulato. And the implications of that event are shaping aspects of this year’s Iditarod.last_img read more

Why You Should Consider an IT Audit

first_img Q: Does my company need an IT audit? Will it improve our bottom line?What about it? Nicole McMackin of Irvine Technology.Photo© Jeff ClarkA: Business owners looking for practical recommendations to improve or leverage their information technology (IT) and gain critical efficiencies should consider conducting an IT audit. “An IT audit is an in-depth analysis of a company’s technical environment, including its existing computer applications, hardware infrastructure, IT plan and IT-related personnel,” says Nicole McMackin, managing partner at Irvine Technology, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based company that conducts such audits for businesses around the world. “The audit usually results in a detailed written report and guide that recommend a strategic business initiative pertaining to rightsizing internal and external IT practices and systems.”We asked McMackin for the how, the why and the bottom-line benefits.When should business owners consider conducting an IT audit?When IT budgets are out of line with current economic conditions–notwithstanding timely strategic initiatives–and when IT isn’t meeting the basic reporting requirements necessary to make tactical decisions in a rapidly changing or competitive marketplace. Another time to consider an audit is when human resource issues cause factions of competing interests that aren’t consistent with strategic direction. And also when IT projects consistently overrun budgets or consistently don’t meet expectations.How can business owners figure out when their IT budgets are out of line with economic conditions?Unfortunately, there isn’t a formula. It’s more the ability of key executives to evaluate their current situation and adjust their strategic and tactical plans to match. What’s needed is a close look at IT expenditures to determine if they are justified. Warning signs are when sales remain moribund, cuts are imminent in other departments or there are overall reductions in the workplace.How can an IT audit help a company’s bottom line?A company that is well-positioned in its marketplace will often increase its IT budget in a recession to increase its competitiveness when the economy improves. But companies that are not so well-positioned–either because they have little or no expectation for an immediate turnaround in sales, or are unable to secure financing for day-to-day operations–will find that an audit will accurately determine if IT expenditures are sustainable and what should be considered for reduction in spending, mothballing or elimination.Can a business without an IT department benefit from an audit?When IT is an unknown entity, that’s perhaps the best time for a new or emerging business to conduct an audit. IT audits help answer many questions, including, “Do I need my own IT team?” This story appears in the February 2012 issue of . Subscribe » February 6, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

How Kids Can Use Screen Time to Their Advantage

first_imgRead MoreHow to Reverse Infertility • Tools for Fetal Surgery • Save the Preemies • The Year’s Best Tech Playthings • Cashing in on Kiddie YouTube • The #MiniMilah Effect • A Brief History of Digital Worries • Solving Health Issues at All StagesThis article appears in the April issue. Subscribe now. I don’t think I’m the only parent who frets about their kids’ screen time. The Phineas and Ferb binges. Saturday nights playing Uncharted. It’s all turning their brains to sausage, right? Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik wants us to take a deep breath—and focus less on how much kids use tech and more on how kids can use tech to their advantage.WIRED: You’ve spoken about the quality of screen time being more important than quantity, but I still suspect that it’s all terrible.Gopnik: Think of high quality as children interacting with a screen while a caregiver is also involved and engaged. Children learn from that kind of interactivity in much the same way that watching a movie with an adult is better than watching something by themselves.But don’t you think that phones sort of supplant play?There are plenty of mindless things that you could be doing on a screen. But there are also interactive, exploratory things that you could be doing. My grandson is learning how to play chess, and that’s something that you can do on a screen—in real life, you have to actually find another person to play with you. If you have the right kinds of apps, you can do the same kind of exploration that children are doing in play. He also loves Google Maps—he wants to know where he is and see what’s around the corner. That’s a good example of what you can do with a screen that you couldn’t really do in real life.Social media, though, strikes me as junk food—like dopamine Cheetos.If your friends give you a Like, well, it would be bad if you didn’t produce dopamine. Now, what the studies show is kids who are messed up or vulnerable in real life are going to be vulnerable on social media. But mostly kids interact through social media or through texting the same way that, in the past, they would have done in other ways.You must have some hard and fast rules about screen time though.Using screens at night disrupts sleep—that’s bad. And some friends of mine have a technology Shabbat: Everybody in the family turns off all the screens on Friday night. Then, on Saturday night, everybody can switch back on.last_img read more