Where to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)

first_imgLet’s take a look at some creative and affordable options into finding, purchasing, and utilizing vintage lenses in your film and video projects.I recently went to a filmmaker meetup in Austin, Texas, to chat and hang out with some other videographers, documentarians, and film professionals. I’d been several times before, but was looking forward to this meetup because many of us were planning to bring our cameras and share our go-to lenses, gear, and favorite build-outs.While it was cool to try out some different rigs and talk shop with how others had problem-solved many of the same camera and lens issues (for their unique production experiences), one of the most intriguing aspects about the event was checking out everyone’s go-to lenses.And a surprising amount of those lenses were vintage.Now, I’ve shot on vintage lenses several times. However, I don’t own any myself. But to hear everyone talk, more often than not their prize lens possession was a cool vintage lens they either found in an attic, was handed down to them by a parent or grandparent, or was purchased at a thrift shop. Several others were purchased on Ebay or online elsewhere, but the majority of the videographers had a lens with some personal significance.For those who have a vintage lens in their possession, or for those looking to get one of their own, here are some of the best places and resources for finding and purchasing vintage lenses, as well as tips on how to work with them once you have one.Mom and Pop Camera StoresIf I could suggest one place every video professional should look first for vintage lenses (or cameras, gear, etc.), it’d have to be your local mom and pop camera store. These shops are constantly in danger of closing down — many have already shut their doors for good. Not only should you do your duty to support these shops while they’re still around, they actually can be treasure troves for vintage lenses, which you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.Sure, there might be a mark up as compared to buying online (more on that below), but you’re also getting both the convenience of walking out the door with your purchase, as well as a chance to try out your vintage lens on your camera(s) of choice. You can also spend time chatting with your resident video expert about the vintage lenses, find out more info about when and where they came from, and even advice on how this equipment might help you on your next shoot.Online and Marketplace OptionsImage by bogdandimages.Yet, for many, there are no mom and pop stores around the corner anymore. So, purchasing a vintage lens online might be your best — and only — option. There are drawbacks to finding vintage lenses online, namely that you can’t test them out on your camera or rig right away.But, if you’re patient and are willing to check back often — especially on the online auction sites — and consider making returns, you can find some quality and rare vintage lenses. Here are some different online options.Mainstream Options:EbayAmazonB&HIndustry Options:LensAuthorityKehUsedPhotoProMarketplace Options:CraigslistFacebook MarketplaceShopGoodwill Your Family’s Attic or GarageAs a result of the previously mentioned filmmaker meetup, four out of five filmmakers must apparently have filmmaking relatives with stockpiles of vintage lenses — and in some cases cameras — stashed away in attics and garages.Personally, all I’ve ever found from my parents is an old camcorder from the ‘90s, but if you do have parents or grandparents who shot amateur photography (or better yet, videography) in their youth, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon some vintage hand-me-downs that not only have their own unique bokeh and stylings, but also some cool personal stories, as well.Thrift Stores and Estate SalesImage by vetkit.Similarly, for every filmmaker heir out there, there has to be countless other attics and garages where vintage lenses are burdened upon uninterested parties, who would just as soon sell or get rid of their vintage lenses — often for bargain prices.If you consider yourself a seasoned thrifter, hitting up used goods and thrift stores can be a fun Saturday afternoon activity — diving through electronics bins looking for vintage finds. You can also make the morning rounds of estate sales at houses in affluent neighborhoods, in search of vintage lenses there, as well.Lens Mounts and AdaptersUnless you’re searching for vintage lenses to go with your vintage 16mm film camera, you’re probably going to need to research and invest in lens mounts or adapters. Here’s a good article on working with vintage lenses on modern cameras, as well as a good resource for finding the right lens adapter for you.Cover image by tomertu.For more tips and insights into working with vintage camera lenses, check out some of these articles below.Should You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?Explore the Ultimate Vintage Lens Library10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesGear Basics: Is Filming with a Pancake Lens a Viable Option?Using Vintage Film Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameraslast_img read more

Slain rifleman was set to join family in a fortnight

first_imgRifleman Jaidrath Singh of the Rajput Rifles Regiment, who was killed on Friday in unprovoked firing by Pakistan across the LoC in a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir, was supposed to be with his wife Mamta in two weeks.The 28-year-old solider belonged to Bhagwanpur village in Deoband area of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. The news of his martyrdom has shattered his family and fellow villagers.According to Jaidrath’s younger brother Sahdev, who is also a rifleman with the Rajput Rifles Regiment, the unit of the (RRR) in which he was posted, was transferred to Jaipur last month. But after the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, the unit was asked to stay for another month.Passionate soldier“My brother was a passionate and brave solider who never was scared of facing biggest challenges. He had joined Army when he was just 19. So, when he was told that the transfer of his unit will be delayed by a month he happily informed us about that,” said Sahdev, who joined the RRR in 2010.Sahdev told The Hindu that when he got the call from Jammu and Kashmir that Jaidrath was no more, he could not believe it. “We are proud that son of this soil sacrificed his life to defend the country. But at the same time the pain of seeing him leave, is too much to bear for us,” he added.Rifleman Jaidrath Singh’s body is expected to reach his village on Saturday evening and he is to be cremated on Sunday. His family has demanded that Chief Minister Adityanath visit Bhagwanpur and announce development works.last_img read more

Entire nation praying for Sindhus success: Sonia

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi has extended her good wishes to P V Sindhu for her final match at the Rio Olympics tonight. Wishing her good luck, she said Sindhu along with her parents, her coach Gopichand as indeed the entire nation would pray for her success. “Whatever the outcome of the match today, Sindhu has made India proud,” Gandhi added.The shuttler from Hyderabad will strive her very best to become the first-ever woman Olympic champion from India across all sporting disciplines when she takes on world no 1 Carolina Marin in the gold medal contest in womens singles. Yesterday, Sindhu defeated third-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, the current All England champion, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb attacking play to also make sure that she is the youngest Olympic medal winner from the country.The lanky Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, ensured at least a silver medal to add to the countrys near-empty kitty after Sakshi Malik had captured the bronze in 58 kg womens wrestling. Sindhu is a two-time bronze medallist in World Championships. PTI SPG RCJ ZMN RCJlast_img read more

World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India lose

first_imgEngland’s 31-run win over India in Match 38 of ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston has made the entire race for the semi-finals interesting. England stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after handing India their first defeat of this World Cup.With this win, England upstaged Pakistan to return to No. 4 in the points table with 10 points in 8 matches. On Saturday, Australia had crushed New Zealand by 86 runs to remain on top of the ICC World Cup 2019 Points table with 7 wins in 8 matches.Australia have already qualified to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals whereas New Zealand and India are just one win away from a spot in the knockout stages.Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh are in a must-win situation and can still into the last-four of the competition with a few results going their way.West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan have already been knocked after a dismal run of performances in their group matches. India Today PhotoAUSTRALIA – 14 points (P8, W7, L1, NR0)The defending champions’ have already qualified into the semi-finals of World Cup 2019 with seven wins in their 8 matches and only one loss came against India.INDIA-11 points (P7, W5, L1, NR1)India are at the 2nd spot with 11 points from 7 matches. Their chances of making the semi-finals remain bright even after a 31-run defeat to England at Edgbaston.Virat Kohli’s men just need to win one more from their next 2 matches to qualify. However, if India lose all 3 matches, then they have to depend on net run rate to seal their progress.advertisementNEW ZEALAND – 11 points (P8, W5, L2, NR1)New Zealand were crushed by Australia as they faced their successive defeat of the tournament. New Zealand, who are sitting 3rd with 11 points from 8 matches, can get knocked out if they lose to England by a big margin on Wednesday. They need to beat hosts in the must-win clash on July 3.ENGLAND – 10 points (P8, W5, L3, NR0)England have returned into the top-four with 10 points from 8 matches and push Pakistan to the 5th spot. England received a huge boost as now they are just 1 win away from making the last-four stage of World Cup 2019. And if England beat New Zealand in their final match, they will seal their progress.PAKISTAN- 9 points (P8, W4, L3, NR1)England’s win over India removed Pakistan from the top four. Now, Men in green will not only have to beat Bangladesh in their final group-stage match on July 5 but also hope that England lose to New Zealand on July 3. Pakistan can get knocked out if England beat New Zealand.If England beat New Zealand, they will reach the semi-final.New Zealand will also be through even if they lose by 200 runs & Pak beat Ban by 200 runs!For Pakistan to reach semi-final, England must lose to NZ or India lose both their games by very huge margins.#INDvENG #CWC19Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 30, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finalsAlso Read | India vs England: Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intentAlso Read | India vs England: Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav after bizarre go-slow approachAlso See:last_img read more

Silva is an animal – Guardiola

first_imgManchester City Silva is an animal – Guardiola Dom Farrell 19:27 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DavidSilva - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Swansea City v Manchester City Swansea City The Spain international has been lauded by his manager after notable match-winning contributions in recent weeks David Silva might be one of the most easy-on-the-eye playmakers the Premier League has seen but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has labelled the Spain international an “animal”.Silva has been typically influential for the runaway leaders this season with eight assists and five goals in the top flight.Four of those strikes have come in City’s past three games, with vital contributions in the 2-1 wins over West Ham and Manchester United followed by a brace in Wednesday’s 4-0 thumping of lowly Swansea City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 31-year-old, who recently signed a one-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium, has not always found goals so easy to come by, and Guardiola has urged a man he champions as a fierce competitor to sharpen up on this side of his game.”He has everything, especially the huge competitor he is,” the Catalan told BBC Sport. “Everybody talks about his skills, no doubt about that. One blind guy is able to see it.”But you cannot imagine how [much of] a competitor he is. He looks like a stylish guy but, wow, he is an animal in terms of winning games.”Always we spoke about that: ‘You have to score goals, David. You have the ability to do that. You have to score goals to win games. You can do that.'”In the last period, with the West Ham goal and Old Trafford and here, it is so important.”13 – David Silva has been involved in 13 Premier League goals in 17 games this season (five goals, eight assists) – already more than in the whole of 2016-17 (11 goal involvements in 34 games). Service. pic.twitter.com/z6fwRlo6X3— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 13, 2017City established an all-time English league record with a 15th consecutive win at the Liberty Stadium and Guardiola recognises his team scoring from all areas as a key factor in their success.”He [Silva] is enjoying scoring goals and that is so important. We cannot just depend on [strikers] Gabriel [Jesus] and Sergio [Aguero],” he told a news conference.”Our wingers score a lot of goals, our attacking midfielders, everybody must go there to try to score goals.”Last season we scored few from set-pieces and this season we are scoring a lot. We can score on the counter-attacks. We have many options to score goals and that is so important for us.”City host Tottenham on Saturday, with their lead over Manchester United at the top of the table standing at 11 points. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Diamonds are forever: Hardik Pandya unveils his World Cup accessories on Chahal TV

first_imgDiamonds are forever: Hardik Pandya unveils his World Cup accessories on Chahal TVDuring his recent appearance on Yuzvendra Chahal’s vlog ‘Chahal TV’, all-rounder Hardik Pandya showcased a diamond necklace, which he has got especially made for the World Cup 2019advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 14:18 IST Hardik Pandya is enjoying his recent form with the bat (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was the latest entrant on Chahal TVPandya showcased his diamond necklace which he has got especially made for World Cup 2019Pandya has been in scintillating form with the bat off lateThe Indian team is on a roll at World Cup 2019 after beating arch-rivals Pakistan comfortably in Manchester on Sunday. Still unbeaten in the tournament, India are riding high on confidence as they press forward in their bid of a 3rd World Cup title.All-rounder Hardik Pandya exuded the same confidence when he made an appearance on Chahal TV. Yuzvendra Chahal interviews his teammates after every game they win these days with the top-performers getting preference to appear on his show and this time he had Pandya for company.When Chahal asked Pandya what his latest necklace was all about, Pandya showed him a tiny bat and ball hanging from the necklace, entirely made of diamonds. Pandya added that he had got it especially made for the World Cup 2019.”I got this made especially for the World Cup. You can see there is a bat and a ball. I have painted the seam of the ball as black which is anyway the normal colour on a real ball. This chain, watch and ring are all made of diamonds. It shines!” said an elated Pandya.Earlier on Sunday against Pakistan, Hardik Pandya knocked the wind out of the opposition’s sails. First, he scored a whirlwind 26 off 19 balls to provide a late impetus to the Indian innings. Later, he returned for his second spell to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off successive balls to leave Pakistan’s chase in tatters.advertisementIndia will next play neighbours Afghanistan on June 22 at The Rose Bowl in Hampshire.Also Read | I’m not Pakistan team’s dietician nor mother: Sania Mirza responds to scathing attack from Veena MalikAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Trekking: Step into Spring with our favorite backcountry packs

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoors All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.There’s no piece of equipment more important when backpacking than… well, the pack itself. And while long-form, external backpacks have recently made a comeback thanks to films such as Wild, it’s tough to ignore the ergonomic design and intuitive features afforded by a modern offerings. They lack the rustic appeal and, instead, opt for a more streamlined design that often comes outfitted with sternum straps, hip-belt pockets, and other components better suited to accommodate your wealth of gear (and your back). The best of them even include small enhancements, such as hydration ports and trekking pole loops, while keeping weight and cost to a minimum.Related: These are the 10 best flasks to take with you into the backcountry and beyondBelow are three of our favorite packs for 2016, each of which is just as poised for a 5-day excursion in the desert as a thru-hike of epic proportions. Now you just need to pick the right size and select a destination, which, frankly, never seems to get any easier.REI Flash 65 Pack ($200)The folks at REI know their way around a pack, especially when you consider the company sells the biggest brands and manufactures its own gear. The new REI Flash 65 is a lightweight, budget-friendly option that utilizes REI’s suspended mesh panel, which helps it better conform to your body and adds comfort without sacrificing breathability. It’s also extremely versatile, lined with both 100- and 420-denier nylon ripstop, and features an adjustable torso that’s designed to fit a range of back lengths. Twin tool loops and a bevy of easily accessible pockets, including an ultra-convenient j-zip pocket on the front, just ensure you have plenty of room for your  sleeping pad and other gear.Exped Thunder 70 ($289)The larger the pack, the heavier it typically is. The same can’t be said of the Exped Thunder 70, though, given the behemoth backpack weighs a mere 3.5 pounds. It still manages to provide an admirable set of features despite its lightweight design, however, including an adjustable single aluminum stay and a lavish hipbelt that furthers stability alongside the pack’s tapered build. A welcome array of pockets line everything, from the extendable lid and hipbelt to the the sides and internal compartment, the latter of which is quickly accessible via three individual access options. Velcro webbing even keeps all the compression straps and other components in check, so you don’t have to.Osprey Atmos AG 65 ($260)Comfort is not something most people associate with backpacking — I mean, how can strapping 50 pounds on your back be anything other than painful? That’s precisely where Osprey’s Atmos AG 65 excels, however. The central component to the pack is its AV (anti-gravity) suspension system, which is comprised of a network of non-stretch mesh that provides complete contact with length of your back, thus eliminating pressure points and helping with balance, airflow, and load transfer. The unique pack additionally benefits from robust storage space and excellent adjustability — namely in the hipbelt and torso — as well as a removable top lid, four compression straps, a trekking pole attachment system, and ice axe loops for frigid mountain ascents.Deuter ACT Lite 40 + 10 ($180)The Deuter ACT Lite 40 + 10 doesn’t showcase a wealth of bells and whistles, though the lack thereof actually functions as the pack’s strong suit. It features a classic internal design with a set of dependable features that come only second to its innate versatility, which takes advantage of adjustable torso length, anatomical shoulder straps, and comfortable mesh paneling that hugs the body in all the right places. A lightweight, aluminum frame and embedded ventilation channel deepens the level of comfort and improve airflow, while both wet and dry storage compartments give you ample room to house your gear alongside the exterior gear loops and cavernous bottom pocket. 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road last_img read more

RGD to Roll out Online Verification of Certificates

first_img The process allows for the verification of documents produced by the agency, and also the facilitation of payments to take place online via its website. Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer of the RGD, Deidre English Gosse, outlined that there are plans to expand the Pilot within the first quarter of 2018 to include private and other public entities, with a view to officially launch the project before the end of the year. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has completed the first phase of the Pilot of Online Verification of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and is now preparing to carry out phase two of the exercise.This is another of the RGD’s initiatives to further enhance its suite of services to its customers and to improve overall efficiency.The process allows for the verification of documents produced by the agency, and also the facilitation of payments to take place online via its website.Presently, the agency provides verification letters that inform an individual or institution that the information being presented on a certificate is authentic, and that the certificate was produced by the RGD.The first phase of the Pilot was successfully conducted recently with two cohorts of primary-school students, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer of the RGD, Deidre English Gosse, outlined that there are plans to expand the Pilot within the first quarter of 2018 to include private and other public entities, with a view to officially launch the project before the end of the year.The service is expected to provide greater convenience and produce more accurate certificates in a more timely fashion, as relevant stakeholder systems will be connected to the RGD’s database to verify information of clients in relation to births, deaths and marriages.Meanwhile, the agency is now making preparation to undertake the digitisation of registration records in preparation for the full implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS), explained Director of Records and Information Management, Alvin Morris.Customers will be able to access the online verification service by visiting the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jm. Story Highlights The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has completed the first phase of the Pilot of Online Verification of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and is now preparing to carry out phase two of the exercise. last_img read more

ILO Visits ‘B Ladybug’ Drifting off Malta

first_imgInternational Labour Organization (ILO) representatives visited the crew of the B Ladybug, a Ro-Ro ship, which has been stranded off the coast of Malta for almost a year after its owner went bankrupt. The provision of financial security for abandoned seafarers and the issue of compensation are two key topics under discussion this week at the ILO. B Ladybug is 27003 DWT vehicles carrier and it is sailing under Panama flag.last_img

Diana Inks Loan Facility

first_imgzoom Bulker owner and operator Diana Shipping Inc. has signed a five year term loan facility with BNP Paribas for up to USD 165 million.On July 24, 2015, it completed a drawdown of USD 165 million, secured by the vessels m/v Oceanis, m/v Alcyon, m/v Nirefs, m/v Triton, m/v Dione, m/v Danae, m/v Norfolk, m/v Protefs, m/v Thetis, m/v Erato, m/v Calipso, m/v Clio, m/v Salt Lake City, m/v Naias, m/v Sideris GS, m/v Semirio, m/v Boston and m/v Alcmene.Diana said that the proceeds from the loan facility together with cash from operations were used to voluntarily prepay in full the balance of USD 195 million of the revolving credit facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc.Diana’s fleet currently consists of 41 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of one new-building Capesize dry bulk vessel during October 2015,  as well as one new-building Kamsarmax and two Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels during 2016.last_img read more

Yogi fumes over fire in government office

first_imgLucknow: A fire that broke out on the second floor of the PICUP Bhawan that houses several government offices and destroyed important files and documents, has left Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath fuming with rage. Taking a serious not of the blaze that broke out late on Wednesday, Adityanath set up a three member committee to probe the incident. Avanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary (Information), said: “The three-member committee includes ADG Intelligence, joint managing director UPSIDC and the chief fire officer of Lucknow. The committee will submit its report within 48 hours.” Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The fire, according to reports, broke out on the second floor of the building and spread to the third floor. It took several hours and 18 fire tenders before the flames could be doused. No casualties were reported. It is suspected that the fire could be an attempt to destroy important files since an audit of several departments in the building was to begin from Thursday. Some of the departments in the building include State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC), forest, AIDS Control and UP Public Service Commission that has been in the news for matters related to corruption. The PICUP Bhawan, a five storied building in the Gomti Nagar area, is owned by the Pradeshiya Industrial & Investment Corporation of the state.last_img read more

Thousands sacked over garment industry protest in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An activist says more than 5,000 garment workers demanding wage hikes have been laid off while hundreds of them are facing police charges in the world’s second-largest garment export industry.Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity said Thursday the firings came after thousands of workers took to the streets earlier this month in and around Dhaka, the nation’s capital.One worker was killed and more than 50 were injured in clashes.Akter said more than 500 workers are facing charges of looting and vandalism involving the industry that annually earns about $30 billion from exports.The government in November increased the monthly minimum wage to 8,000 takas ($96) from 5,300 takas ($63).The Associated Press read more

UN humanitarian chief to arrive in Myanmar on Sunday

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will fly into Myanmar on Sunday. UN aid officials say there has been some slow progress in getting relief supplies and humanitarian workers into the most affected areas across the Irrawaddy delta in the south of Myanmar, and that the Government has shown some signs of flexibility, but more is needed. Around 300,000 people are estimated to have received rudimentary aid through the UN and other aid agencies, representing about 20 per cent of people who have been affected. An emergency team from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is also in the country, working together with the UN. At the same time, heavy rains continue to batter people who have been made homeless, complicating relief efforts. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the impact of the cyclone extended well inland, destroying rice fields and food stores. Spokesperson Diderik De Vleeschauwer said that families have also lost their rice seeds for the upcoming planting season. “Time is running out,” he said. “If rice seed is not received within the next 40 to 50 days planting will not happen in time for harvesting this year.” As a result, he said that Myanmar could turn from a rice exporter to a rice importing country. He added that the Government estimated that $243 million would be needed to restore agricultural output. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that about 1 million children have been affected by the cyclone, with many sleeping in the streets, or in schools and monasteries, often without bedding, and frequently without protection from the rain. “The destruction of homes, schools, water and sanitation systems is an unrelenting threat to the child survivors,” said UNICEF spokesperson Shantha Bloemen. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that about 50 per cent of rural township health centres and about 20 per cent of hospitals in the Irrawaddy delta area have been damaged by the cyclone. Many have lost their roofs, although some are still functioning. WHO has deployed seven health surveillance teams in the region using local staff. Spokesperson Fadela Chaib said there had been no major outbreak of disease so far, and that press reports of cholera cases were inaccurate. The World Food Programme (WFP) has dispatched 1,200 tons of rice, high-energy biscuits and cereals to the areas worst affected by the cyclone – enough to feed around 200,000 people. Meanwhile, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 100 satellite terminals to Myanmar to help restore vital communication links in the country. The terminals are easily transported by road and air, and are designed to be used by Government officials, aid workers and victims to help coordinate relief efforts. 16 May 2008The top United Nations relief official plans to talk directly with the authorities in Myanmar in an effort to accelerate the relief effort for victims of Cyclone Nargis which may have left more than 100,000 people dead and severely affected up to 2.5 million others. read more

Bangladesh court orders seizure of Canadian oil and gas firms assets

Calgary-based Niko Resources says the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has ordered the seizure of its assets in the country and ruled that its production agreements are no longer valid, the latest setback in a dispute that has dragged on for a dozen years.It says the court agreed with a petitioner who asked that the assets be held until Niko provides “adequate” compensation for two natural gas releases in 2005 in northeastern Bangladesh that resulted in fires that damaged trees and crops.Niko didn’t say why its production agreements with two national oil companies were set aside but Bangladesh media reports online reported that the court said it voided the agreements because they were obtained by corruption.In 2011, Niko pleaded guilty in a Calgary courtroom to bribing a Bangladeshi government minister with a luxury SUV and trips to New York and Calgary in the wake of the 2005 blowout. The company agreed to pay a $9.5-million fine.Niko didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. In a statement, however, it said it will continue to “vigorously pursue its rights” in Bangladesh.The company recently reported it was owed $37 million as of June 30 in withheld payments from its 60 per cent interest in the Bangladesh gas fields.It also reported a “critical” liquidity shortage that threatened its ability to continue in business. read more

Iraq UN envoy briefed on latest government plans to stem violence

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi discussed a wide range of issues with Mr. Al-Maliki, including his recent trips to Abu Dhabi, New York and Washington, as well as the high-level meetings convened by Mr. Annan on the International Compact with Iraq (ICI). The ICI was launched in July in an effort to end the killings and bring stability to Iraq and Mr. Annan told a high-level meeting of partner states last month that without greater global support, Iraq will fail to attain peace.Mr. Al-Maliki expressed to Mr. Qazi his appreciation for the UN partnership with Iraq on the ICI and looked forward to an even closer engagement with it, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported. The latest political and security developments in Iraq were also discussed. read more

Croatia wants Mens IHF World Championship 2025

← Previous Story RNL beat Celje PL in thriller Next Story → Marko Krivokapic (PICK Szeged) about Pastor’s work: He is genius! Croatia handballHassan Moustafa The President of International Handball Federation Hassan Moustafa visited Croatia, where he was a guest of the Croatian Handball Federation. The chairman of world’s handball discussed with the leaders of Croatian handball about many interesting topics, among them, wish of Croatia to organize Men’s IHF World Championship 2025.Some of the reasons of his visits are our hosting of European Beach Handball Championship 2017 and Men’s EHF EURO 2018, but also our wish to organize Men’s World Championship 2025 – said CHF president Tomislav Grahovac.Moustafa stated that Men’s World Championship 2009 in Croatia was one of the best ever organized events under IHF flag. read more

Bus Éireann workers reject labour commission proposals

first_imgUpdate: 3.50pmBUS ÉIREANN WORKERS have rejected proposals tabled by the Labour Relations Commission, continuing a long-running dispute over changes to employee terms and conditions.Siptu said its members voted by an “overwhelming” margin of almost nine to one.After the count at Liberty Hall in Dublin, sector organiser Willie Noone said union representatives are available to recommence talks with management so a new set of “more acceptable” proposals can be put to workers.“These talks would include reference to the new propositions for change throughout the public service which are contained in the recently published LRC proposals for a public service agreement,” he added.Another union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, has already voted to reject the proposals.A planned strike was called off in January as all parties to the dispute agreed to attend a Labour Court hearing.Bus Éireann has previously said that if cuts to annual leave and overtime, shift, premium and rota payments are not made, job losses would be inevitable as annual losses would reach €16 million.In a statement this afternoon, the company said it noted the union’s decision “with disappointment”.According to the Labour Court and the trade unions’ own independent financial assessors, Bus Éireann is in a “precarious financial situation with the very viability of the company under threat”.The transport group reiterated its claim that a failure to achieve savings would place the company in further jeopardy, leaving it with no options other than to cut basic pay or reduce staff numbers.“As we outlined recently to our employees, unlike the wider public service, there is no safety net for Bus Éireann; if we do not reduce our cost base, job losses may be unavoidable.”The spokesperson also warned against strikes, stating any such action would “only exacerbate financial difficulties”.“Unlike those directly employed in the public and civil service that would have jobs to return to after any industrial action, our employees may not.”Read: Bus Éireann strike action called offlast_img read more

Worlds First White iPhone 4 Shipping Tomorrow

first_imgBeginning April 19, the very first white iPhone 4 units will be on their way to customers. But you have to be in the UK and have service from Carrier Three.The service provider claims to be the first to actually send out the device. If customers choose overnight shipping, they can get a white iPhone 4 as early as April 20.The white iPhone 4, of course, has had a very storied delay. Originally slated to come out just a couple weeks after the regular iPhone 4 on AT&T, Apple never gave up and recently said it was able to finally get all the necessary components.Via I4UAdChoices广告last_img read more

SpaceX Test Fires Its Starship Raptor Engine in Texas

first_imgStay on target During Super Bowl weekend, SpaceX was turning up the heat at its Texas facility: The company test fired its Starship Raptor engine, and it was a gorgeous glowing sight.On Sunday, Elon Musk and SpaceX engineers conducted an experimental firing of the Raptor engine, which could be used for future flights to Mars. Musk, who posted about the event on Twitter, congratulated his team with a message about the successful test.First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019SpaceX’s Raptor engine test wasn’t unnoticed though: People in the Central Texas area said they heard a loud pop during the event, and more similar sounds later on in the night, Ars Technica reported. It might have been Super Bowl Sunday, however, SpaceX was focusing on this major pilot step for its Starship rocket, which could head to space in upcoming years.pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019During these early test firings, rocket scientists will focus on the color of the fame, which is key for the Raptor engine’s health: Ars Technica noted that the engine’s exhaust turned green at the end of the test firing.This strange color was likely due to to the slight burning of copper liner located in the engine’s chamber. Green doesn’t mean the Raptor engine is good to go though. The copper liner shouldn’t have burned, so more insulation might be required to fix this issue for future test firings.Follow Elon Musk’s Twitter and SpaceX’s Twitter for more updates on the Raptor engine’s progress.More on Geek.com:Elon Musk Prepares to Test SpaceX’s Starship Raptor EngineSpaceX’s Giant Falcon Heavy Rocket Might Launch in MarchElon Musk’s SpaceX Starship Prototype Looks Like a Shiny Bullet ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img read more