Morgan, Brown up for CONCACAF awards

first_imgReggae Boyz defender Wes Morgan, who signed an endorsement deal with rum company Captain Morgan, is one of two Jamaicans shortlisted for awards at the fourth annual CONCACAF Awards, after his performances for English Premier League champions Leicester City.Morgan, who skippered Leicester City to their first ever English Premier League title with an impressive showing in defence for the Foxes, in a nicely connected coming together given his own surname, has now partnered with the popular rum brand in its #CelebrateLikeTheCaptain promotional campaign.Fans around the world will be able to toast the Leicester City defender with a limited edition Captain Morgan bottle with his picture on the label.Morgan was a rock in defence for Leicester last season as he led the team to the English Premier League title by winning the competition 10 points ahead of second placed Arsenal.Morgan will be helping to promote and judge the #CelebrateLikeTheCaptain campaign, which calls on football teams to perform and upload goal celebrations to win monthly prizes, culminating in an end of season trip to Jamaica for the best team.Meanwhile, assistant referee Princess Brown is the other Jamaican nominated for a CONCACAF award. She is nominated for the Female Referee of the Year Award.Morgan faces stiff competition from Ryan Ruiz of Guatemala, Clint Dempsey of the United States, Javier Hernandez of Mexico, and Kaylor Navas of Costa Rica for the Player of the Year Award.The CONCACAF awards honour players and achievements in CONCACAF-sanctioned tournaments and competitions involving the confederation’s national teams at all levels.This includes FIFA World Cups and World Cup qualifying for both genders, in all age categories.robert.bailey@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Scala to Supervise Integrity Check on FIFA Candidates

first_imgThe Daily Observer has gathered that Musa Bility is not worried but happy that the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, established to oversee the election process for the office of the FIFA President, has appointed Domenico Scala as its chairman.The Liberian football chief is quoted as saying that Scala – a dual Swiss/Italian national, is an upright and intelligent person, who has drawn a wide range of large businesses, senior leadership and multicultural experiences. The source, who begged anonymity in an exclusive interview, said Bility is confident that Scala would ensure a fair and unmistakable integrity check, and there is no reason not to be happy.The source further said Bility believes that he would pass the ‘integrity check” because Liberia, under his leadership, has been one of the outstanding countries that presented an annual audited financial documents to the FIFA and is in “good standing with CAF and WAFU.”The source indicated that Bility declined to discuss his fine and suspension by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and how they would dim his chance over the integrity check.It may be recalled that CAF fined Liberian Football Association $10,000 and banned Bility for using minutes from a CAF executive committee meeting without permission.Bility was against Caf’s rule change to the process that effectively allowed president Issa Hayatou to be re-elected unopposed in March.Bility twice took an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but was unsuccessful. Prior to his clash with CAF, Bility also opposed FIFA president Sepp Blatter and supported Mohammed Bin Hamman – calling for an end of continuity and a new dawn. Hamman was banned from the elections for paying members of other nations’ Football Associations to support his FIFA presidential election campaign.Later, Bility was forgiven and was defeated in the CAF’s executive committee member elections, but many stakeholders said Bility’s unpopularity was because of the “truth” he said to Blatter and Hayatou – “for those who speak the truth always stand alone.”The source further said Bility’s tax evasion case in Liberia which is still in court wouldn’t also affect his integrity check, arguing that he has not been found guilty.Recently, Bility reconfirmed his seriousness to contest the FIFA Presidential election, which is scheduled for February 26, 2016.Bility, like all candidates, needs the written nominations of at least five associations to put his name forward for “integrity check” for the final announcement of the candidates. The deadline is October 26.Though CAF refused to endorse the candidacy of Bility, he laughed off the rejection and clarified that he did not go to get a unanimous vote.“I was given an opportunity to explain and lay my platform. That’s why I went and I’m happy I got it,” Bility said.Bility said even if CAF does not support him after the next and final meeting, he would salute CAF and move on.UEFA boss Michel Platini and Chung Mong-joon have also expressed interest to join the race.According to WorldFootball.com, Chung Mong-joon’s FIFA presidential campaign could be over almost as soon as it has begun.Unconfirmed report suggests that the South Korean billionaire risks a ban of up to 15 years from all football activities because of his ‘persuasive’ efforts in support of his country’s vain bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals.German ethics chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert is still studying results of the inquiry into the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The investigation was undertaken by now-departed American attorney Michael Garcia and is being maintained by Swiss lawyer Cornel Borbely.As it relates to Platini’s campaign, Prince Ali, who stood against Blatter in the last presidential election, said that “football fans and players deserve better,” and Platini would be a bad choice.Meanwhile, this is the first time for an Ad-hoc Electoral Committee to be set up in FIFA as part of the Electoral Regulations for the FIFA Presidency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ramjattan expresses confidence in PSC nominees

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday expressed confidence in the nominees for the post of head of the Police Service Commission put forward by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.“Excellent nominations! I support them! It’s a presidential appointment, so the President… In view of the fact that they have been now recommended as appointees by the Parliamentary Committee, (their names) will go to the President for him to make the final pronouncement. That will be very early, I think,” Ramjattan said in a brief comment to reporters.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanFormer Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe has been nominated to head the Police Service Commission; and retired Assistant Commissioner Clinton Conway and retired Woman Assistant Commissioners Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis have been recommended to be part of the PSC. The Association of Former Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Police Association made these nominations.Former Assistant Police Commissioner Paul SloweSlowe had chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged plot to assassinate the President last year.The PSC nominee had in fact served on the coalition’s campaign team in the last General Election held in May 2015.last_img read more

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Man found hanging hours after girlfriend ended relationship

first_imgThe lifeless body of a farmer was on Sunday discovered hanging from a rafter under his Philippe, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Dead: Dwain BaggotThe dead man has been identified as 29-year-old Dwain Baggot. Guyana Times understands that on Saturday, the cash crop farmer and his girlfriend had a heated argument over a text message in her mobile phone.According to relatives, Baggot, his father and friends were at a shop in the village imbibing after the argument.Reports are that Baggot made no mention of the incident or anything to suggest that he was having a hard time dealing with his girlfriend’s decision.It is unknown whether Baggot had any further phone conversations with his now ex-girlfriend. However, his body was discovered about 02:00h on Sunday and an alarm was raised.The Police are investigating.last_img read more

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Woman’s death remains mystery

first_imgEditor’s note: Today begins a new weekly feature spotlighting unsolved crimes. A new case will be highlighted each Sunday. The cases run the gamut from the grisly to the bizarre. But they all share one thing in common: all remain unsolved. It has been nearly two years since two plastic bags dumped on Lexington-Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera yielded a woman’s head, arms and legs. Her torso turned up later in a Los Angeles trash bin. But her name and her killer remain unknown. Two of Un Sam Lee’s friends who hadn’t heard from her made a noontime visit to her condominium complex in the 13200 block of Gainsway Court in La Mirada. They discovered her bound, gagged and dead. The couple called lawyers first, then notified deputies, according to Detective Phil Martinez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau. Martinez said the 47-year-old Lee was asphyxiated. Five years later, the investigator is nearly certain that several people were involved in Lee’s death. And it wasn’t a random killing, Martinez added. “I had reason to believe it was a home-invasion robbery,” he said, adding that the suspects used a very unique way to enter the condo. “She was targeted. She probably knew her killers, based on evidence recovered at the scene and the investigation,” he said. But Martinez is keeping mum about the evidence and how the killers gained entry into Lee’s place. “We have certainly not ruled out anybody at all,” he said. Detective Jeffrey Leslie said Lee’s white Mercedes-Benz wasn’t taken, but her condo was ransacked. Leslie said co-workers last saw Lee on April 4 as she left her business, Happy Spa, in Santa Monica. Martinez said Lee didn’t have family here and recently married a 39-year-old man in Korea. Relatives had said she arrived in her La Mirada condo less than two weeks before the murder. The husband told Korean media that he last spoke to Lee April 5 and that her cell phone was abruptly cut off. After she was killed, detectives said, her family contested the marriage, contending it was not binding. Lee owned three to four massage spas in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as a hotel/ski resort in Korea, Martinez said. She came over from Korea, worked for various massage spas in both counties, then became an owner of several of these spas, he added. Detectives suspect Lee might have rubbed elbows with the wrong crowd. The case has taken investigators to Reno, Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada, but the solution, so far, escapes their grasp. Lee’s killing was the only homicide in La Mirada in 2002; one of 15 murders that year recorded in the sheriff’s Norwalk Station’s jurisdiction. Of the 317 homicides reported to the Sheriff’s Department in 2002, detectives solved 156 and determined 11 were unfounded. Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s Detective Phil Martinez at (323) 890-5629. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then there is the armed robber who apologized while holding up a La Mirada bank – twice – and a Hacienda Heights bank last year. He is still on the loose. And the search continues for the killers of a La Mirada woman who was found bound, gagged and asphyxiated in her condominium four years ago. For frustrated detectives, unsolved cases like these exist in a state of limbo. Leads dry up, witnesses are scarce and sometimes victims remain unidentified. But often a single tip can yield the solution to a local mystery that has languished in the unsolved files for years. April 6, 2002 last_img read more

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SIR GERRY TO DO THE ‘BUSINESS’ FOR LETTERKENNY CHAMBER

first_imgSir Gerry Robinson, best known for his recent TV series Gerry’s Big Decision and Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?, is the guest speaker of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce’s business evening.The event “In Conversation with Sir Gerry Robinson” takes place on 18th September in the Radisson Blu Hotel at 7pm.Gerry Robinson is a native of Donegal and lives in Raphoe but he has spent the majority of his career working in the UK, turning round major organisations. While he is well known here for his beautiful gardens at Oakfield Park he has gained public recognition for his TV programmes that saw him working with small businesses, encouraging families to work on their inheritance issues and he even tried to sort out the NHS.John Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber says “Gerry Robinson is one of the best known businessmen from Donegal and it is his wide ranging experience that sets him apart and makes him someone that can inspire us all. We have always been keen to get Gerry to speak at one of our events and we were delighted that he found time in his busy diary to slot us in.“Gerry has a vast range of experience and we believe that this event will be attractive to entrepreneurs, existing businesses as well as management and leadership teams across all sectors.“Gerry has turned businesses around and through his television series we have been able to see how he took on the challenge presented by major organisations such as the NHS as well as many small businesses. So no matter what your background whether you are an employer, employee, manager or business owner this event with Sir Gerry Robinson is sure to be inspirational.” The event will be structured in such a way to be as interactive and so that rather than Gerry giving a talk he will be interviewed using questions submitted by those attending. So if you have a burning questions to put to this business guru, just register for the event and submit the question.Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber says “It is rare to hear Gerry speaking so close to home and we are delighted to be able to open this event to all. We believe this will appeal to business owners, employees, management teams and leaders from all types of organisations and also provides an excellent opportunity to network with other businesses.”Bookings are already coming in for this popular event that takes place on Tuesday 18th September at 7pm in The Radisson Blu Hotel. The cost is just €20 per person or €180 for a table of 10 including light refreshments.To book just contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email toni@letterkennychamber.com .SIR GERRY TO DO THE ‘BUSINESS’ FOR LETTERKENNY CHAMBER was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Chambersir gerry robinsonlast_img read more

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FOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUB – POISON GLEN TOUR REPORT 2012

first_imgConditions could not of been better for the 2012 Four Masters Cycling Club Poison Glen Tour.Rolling out of the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny the controlled group of over 60 riders made their way towards the Muckish gap via Kilmacrennan and Glenveagh National Park to take on the first climb of the day. At this point the lead pace cars moved ahead to let everyone tackle this climb at their own pace before re-group the bunch a few miles outside Falcarragh. With everyone back together we got safely through Falcarragh thank to James Harkin of Errigal CC, who organised the marshals. With a steady pace on into Gortahork it was straight down the back of Errigal Mountain to the feed stop at An Chuirt Hotel.Home-made scones went down a threat at An Chuirt as everyone relaxed for a bit and mingled, in no hurry as the sun was shinning.With no controlled pace for the last 30 miles the pace heated up, up the Poison Glen with the 2 leading grouped not taking time to admire the Donegal Scenery.One of the last people to leave the feed station was professional rider Philip Deignan of United Healthcare, although signing on today under his Four Masters club, it was not long before he was at the front playing with the local guys. With groups being split all over the road it was like scenes of the John Deere Classic race which was held here back in 2007. Small groups made their way back to Letterkenny again via Gartan and the tough climb into Churchill village. Back at the Aura Leisure Centre everyone was treated to a well deserved feed laid on by Michelle and Naomi.Four Masters CC would like to thank everyone who turned up to take part, Paul Devenney for the superb marshalling on the motorbike, James Harkin for marshalling Falcarragh, An Chuirt Hotel, Aura Leisure Centre and all the club members who helped out.Four Masters Sunday training runs will continue next Sunday leaving the Aura Leisure Centre at 9.00am sharp. Everyone (Age 14+) is welcome to take part in these training runs and you do not have to be club member. At present the run will be app 2 hours. We will also have a support car present and ask anyone who attends to please contribute €2.00 towards fuelling the car. FOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUB – POISON GLEN TOUR REPORT 2012 was last modified: October 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUBPOison Glen Tourlast_img read more

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HE’S FRESH IN THE KITCHEN – THE PERFECT STEAK BY MARTIN ANDERSON

first_imgChef Martin AndersonI remember as a wee boy that if you got steak for dinner it really was a special occasion.Our family lived on various methods of cooking mince , meatballs , burgers , stew and of course my favourite meat loaf , my mothers own secret recipe ……. more breadcrumbs than mince but in fairness it was so tasty .Working for years in hotels the most popular dish on the a la carte menu was sirloin or fillet steak. Of course it had to be served well done , smothered with mushrooms , onion rings , chips , peas and black pepper sauce , sure you couldn’t beat it ! In my own personal opinion this is a horrendous way to serve such a wonderful piece of meat but then again the customer is always right ……. sometimes, ahem !!A fine piece of steakAs the years have progressed and with the availability of pre packed meat, steak has become more affordable but unfortunately mass produced with a lot of the meat on the shelves being tough , dry when cooked and tasteless .When choosing steak whether it be sirloin , fillet , rib eye , rump or frying steak it is very important that it is well aged , at least 28 days , for sirloin & rib eye there should be a nice layer of fat on the outside.It’s so tasty when fried, also there should be fat marbled through the middle of the steak , this will improve the flavour and melt through the cooking process . I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat it again , yes there are good pre packed steaks available but for me anything that has a tissue under it to collect the blood and is gas flushed to keep it from going bad is not the style of meat I’m looking for !!There are so many local butchers now rearing there own cattle or buying from local farmers that it’s well worth a visit and paying that little bit extra.You get to meet the producer in real life, ask them where the meat came from, get them to cut the steak to the size you need.I guarantee that you buy steaks based on the price on the label and not by the size that you need. Remember thin medallions of fillet steak are just as tasty and one sirloin and will be more tender .When cooking steak the more rare the better for me, I even go as far as eating it raw in a steak Tartar , Mr. Bean Style if you remember that, in my formative years in Paris , this was served for staff dinners and was always a favourite. If you have difficulty with cooking steak properly here are some tips for you .Sirloin , rib eye , rump or fillet steak which ever you prefer, allow one steak per person, the usual weight is 8oz raw if cooking a large steak you will need to increase the cooking times.Season the steak with black pepper only.Heat a little oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan, when the oil begins to smoke place the steak in the pan (take care not to burn yourself )and reduce the heat leaving the steak to cook until it is completely sealed on that side. Turn and season the cooked side with salt, seal on the other side and turn, once again season with salt.You do not need to stand shaking the pan or constantly turning the steak it cooks better in the pan. Leave to cook until it has reached your desired temperature. The different cooking temperatures are;Blue, cooked for a maximum of 2 minutes each side raw and cool in the middleRare, cooked for a maximum of 4 minutes each side less raw in the middle and warmer.Medium-rare, 6 minutes each side pink and juicy in the middle hot in the centreMedium, pink in the middle starting to dry out hot in the centreMedium-well slightly pink in the middle well cooked on the outside hot in the middle.Well done, cooked through the centre dry and hot in the centre well cooked on the outside.Very well done, the steak will be well cooked through the middle, dry and completely burnt and crisp on the outside a waste of good money & meat at this stage though !!If you are looking for something different to serve try these cheese & garlic potatoes , so tasty and to be honest you won’t need a sauce with the steak if you serve these .Cheese and garlic potatoes.Allow three medium par boiled potatoes per personYou will needPar boiled potatoesPouring cream ( at least 2x 500mls for 4 portions )2 Chicken stock cubes4 cloves of chopped500g of Grated cheddar cheese.Seasoning.Method.Slice the potatoes into ½ inch slices, layer in a deep oven proof dish.Heat the cream in a pot and just before it boils add the stock cube and the garlic , season.Pour the cream over the potatoes and cover in tin foil.Bake at 170c until the potatoes are tender and the cream has thickened slightly.Remove all the tinfoil and sprinkle with the cheese and glaze until golden.Serve from the dish.Many thanks for your comments and shares for last week’s article , it’s much appreciated and I hope to see you this weekend at the taste of Donegal food festival always a great food event.HE’S FRESH IN THE KITCHEN – THE PERFECT STEAK BY MARTIN ANDERSON was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Why it’ll be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove!

first_imgThe team at Castle Grove Country House, Letterkenny, give us an eggcellent preview of their upcoming special events this Easter: Easter at Castle Grove Country HouseThere’s just no mistaking it – spring is in the air! Slowly rising temperatures and that lovely stretch in the evening give us a wonderful sense of rejuvenation.Easter is coming! It’s one of our favourite times of year at Castle Grove. Outside the air is full of possibility and regrowth is everywhere. Easing ourselves into the year, Easter offers us a chance to regroup to reconnect with family and friends many of whom, we might not have seen since Christmas! Castle Grove is the perfect setting to kick back, relax and reflect on the first three months of the year.  We’ve planned a weekend full of great food and fun activities to make it a memorable time for the whole family.Easter Lunch  (Bookings Required)Easter Sunday we’ll be laying on our traditional Easter lunch from 12 noon – 5pm. Castle Grove’s Kitchen will be preparing a menu filled to bursting with fresh vegetables, succulent meats and delicious sauces that are sure to satisfy every pallet. Easter Sunday Lunch €29.50 Adults and €15.00 per Child.Easter flowers at Castle GroveThe Easter Bunny Has Lost His Eggs!  – Complimentary Egg Hunt for Kids on Sunday with Lunch Booking!That brings us on to the most EGGSCITING event of the weekend – the Easter Egg Hunt! There will be not one but TWO egg hunts on Sunday afternoon. The first will be held in the Castle Grove gardens at 2 pm and the second at 4pm. The hunt is always hugely popular with children (Big and Small) who have loads of fun in the Castle Grove grounds, with additional Children’s activities planned for the day.There will be a very special guest on the day to help find those eggs – none other than the Easter Bunny himself. Who’s that hopping about Castle Grove?Relax and Renew with Afternoon TeaSaturday and Monday see us setting out our exquisite Easter Afternoon Tea each day from 12 –4 which you are free to enjoy in one of our comforting drawing rooms. Filled with tasty savoury snacks and delicious sweet treats, and rounded off with a cup of hot soothing tea €20 or ice-cold bubbly Prosecco €26, there’s no experience quite like it.  As all of our afternoon tea treats and snacks are freshly prepared for your enjoyment, please do be advised that advanced booking is essential.Easter at Castle Grove Country HouseSpecial Spring Break OffersFancy making a Break for it this Easter? Call Karoline or any of the team at Reception on 0749151118 for special rates on One, Two or Three Night Stays.Get in Touch to Book NowSo, what are you waiting for? Call now to book your place at Castle Grove this Easter! It’s a hugely popular time so advance booking for any of our Easter events is essential. On booking, please do let us know how many children you will be bringing for the hunt. We look forward to welcoming you to Castle Grove this Easter. Booking can be made at any Castle Grove event by calling 0749151118 or by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram or by emailing on reservations@castlegrove.comwww.castlegrove.com Easter flowers at Castle GroveWhy it’ll be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove! was last modified: April 11th, 2019 by Castle GroveShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castle Grove country houseEasterEaster egg hunteventsfoodWhat’s on?last_img read more

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Hands-On Review: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

first_imgOverall thoughtsI think it’s easy to compare BMPCC4K to current still cameras on the market and criticize it for missing features, such as continuous autofocus or an articulating screen, but this camera was never designed for those features. It’s a pocket cinema camera, it more properly deserves comparison to the Ursa Mini or C300. And truthfully, when you compare it to the Panasonic’s GH series or the Sony’s A7 line, outside of the picture quality, the BMPCC4K does fall short. It’s a little awkward to use, the battery life is non-existent, the screen continually needs cleaning, and you’re also going to need a lot of storage space if you’re shooting in 4K RAW. However, the quality of the footage from this sub-$1,500 camera is astronomical.When compared to the likes of the Ursa Mini 4.6k, and seeing the quality more or less match up for just a fraction of the cost, it becomes a very worthwhile investment for filmmakers looking to capture footage with a more professional color space than what mirrorless cameras offer. I imagine that with a few firmware updates and some third-party hardware additions, this time next year this camera will be a user favorite.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more gear coverage? Check out these articles.What Is a Fast Lens, and What Goes into Designing One?Learn to Not Crash Your New Drone: The DJI Flight SimulatorHands-On Gear Review: The Versatile DJI Ronin-S GimbalThe Blackmagic eGPU: The Graphics Upgrade Your Mac NeedsA Guide to In-Camera Multiple-Exposure Photography with the Canon 5D Mark IV The ImageFirst and foremost: the image quality. Set for the highest quality possible, the BMPCC4k boasts 13 stops of dynamic range, at 4K DCI, with 12-bit Cinema RAW DNG format. To imagine these features in a camera that costs less than a Canon 5D back when the 5D Mk II was all the rage would seem implausible. Yet, here we are at $1,299, and it ships with the studio version of Resolve 15.The image the camera captures is beautiful. With the Film setting log curve, the camera offers a more subdued digital image than other cameras in its price range, which sometimes yield an images that’s too sharp. (I found that you get a more film-like image by underexposing by one stop.) The camera has dual native ISO at 400 and 3,200 (you can learn more about dual native ISO here), which offers clean footage in both well-lit and low-light environments. However, the camera automatically changes to the upper gain circuit at ISO 1250; therefore, if you’re seeking more light and changing to 1000 ISO, you will get a cleaner image by switching to 1250 ISO. (I shot the image below at ISO 1250 on an overcast day close to sunset, and after correction and grading, there was little to no apparent noise.)I am convinced that next to Sony’s magical, low-light A7 line, the BMPCC4K is the next best tool. In regards to skin tone, the problem I had with the GH5 was that I felt like I was always adding red back into a desaturated face, and I also had various skin tone issues with the GH4. I thought that perhaps this was just going to be a recurring issue with the MTF sensor. However, with Blackmagic’s color science, that was not the case. In our latest hands-on video gear review, we cover everything you want to know about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.Earlier, this year I decided to part ways with the Panasonic GH5. Between using the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6k for video work and using the Fuji X100F for street and travel photography, I felt like the GH5 was no longer necessary, and it was losing resale value with each passing day. However, after the sale, I couldn’t help but feel seller’s remorse because I knew I could no longer get some shots without renting a smaller unit — the Ursa Mini isn’t exactly DSLR mini. Yet the GH5 wasn’t exactly the perfect camera either. (Great, but not perfect.) I needed something small that could match the likes of the Ursa. So was that Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?Kind of.This review for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k ended up entirely different than what I intended. Initially, I wanted to compare it to my Ursa mini 4.6k to look at focus and color — to test dual-native ISO and so forth. Then, life happened, and things got in the way, and my careful studio-controlled review was trashed.Instead, in a mad rush to test the camera (the review unit was due to go back in just a few days), I found myself scaling the slippery cliffs of the local shoreline during a heavy shower to capture the setting sun. And in all honesty? This was probably the best way to test the camera. Crudely tucked under a row of bushes and waiting for the downpour to finish so I could quickly run out and capture the shot gave me a far better sense of how the camera operates.My test film: The BuildIf you’re coming from a DSLR or mirrorless background, you’re going to be very comfortable operating the BPCC4K. The design, although somewhat retro, is similar to a DSLR. It has a front-and-back operating dial that controls the iris and shutter speed. You’ll find the primary record button where you would find the shutter release, and ISO and WB buttons are in familiar places.As I initially stated, I was in a mad rush to beat the wet weather to test out the camera, and there was absolutely no need to reference the manual or online help to figure out how to operate the camera. Whether you have an entry-level DSLR or a Canon 5D Mk IV, you can pick this camera up, take one look at it, and know how it works.However, there was, and is, something slightly alien about the design. Perhaps it’s the size, due to the 5″ LCD screen that encompasses the rear of the camera, but it doesn’t feel quite as well-fitting as a DSLR. But, since you won’t spend the majority of your time with this camera holding it like a stills camera, I’ll happily take the larger screen over a more ergonomic design.The camera itself, which weighs 0.72kg and is 178x85x96mm, isn’t quite as pocket-sized as the name suggests. However, if you already have a DSLR backpack, then you won’t have to reshuffle your carry equipment just yet. While the camera feels cheap, it’s made from a reinforced carbon fiber composite. The screen, however, is perhaps my biggest grievance.While it was nice to have a handheld device with a screen I could view in direct sunlight, I couldn’t help but feel like the camera was designed to use with a dedicated monitor. There’s no articulating screen for low angles or awkward positions — you’ll have to hit record and return to a comfortable position. In 2018, for a compact system that is solely designed for filmmaking, an articulating screen is a must.Likewise, there are quite a few camera operations that you can only access through the touchscreen, such as formatting your CFast or SD card, and as a result, I found myself continually removing smudges from the screen. While most DSLR and mirrorless cameras also have touchscreen elements, you can often do what you need to using the menu wheel or the focus joystick. In fact, if you were to use the Zoom In button, you can only move to a different area of the composition by moving the picture on-screen as you would on a tablet.On the camera itself, you’ll find a standard bottom and top 1/4 thread mount, and neatly tucked away on the right-hand side of the camera is an array of connection ports: 3.5mm Microphone input, headphones input, HDMI out, power input, USB, and a Mini XLR input. Creatively, the flap that hides the ports has been split into three sections. So if you need the 3.5mm microphone and headphone jack, you won’t have to expose USB and HDMI ports to the elements. Battery Life It’s not great. At all. On the night before the test shoot, I fully charged the battery, and after recording 40.8gbs of content the next day, which came in at just over ten minutes (00:10:08:18) of footage, the battery was dead. Including finding the composition, focusing, changing the camera settings, and moving to a different position, the BMPCC was on for around 40-50 minutes.At first, when I saw the recording cut out, I swallowed my heart, thinking I’d just bricked the review unit. It was only when I turned it off and back on that I caught the dead battery icon before it cut out again. Had I accidentally turned the camera on when placing it into the Pelican Case? Did I not fully charge the battery the night before? After corroborating my experience with other reviews and video tests, it’s simply that the BMPCC4K eats battery power. While the batteries (LP-E6 battery) are relatively inexpensive, it certainly adds a few hundred dollars to the initial cost of what should have been a reasonable price.The UIIf you’ve used a Blackmagic camera before, the BMPCC4k user interface will be very familiar. If you haven’t, don’t worry — the interface could not be simpler to use. As I often state in my Resolve tutorials or write-ups, Blackmagic makes navigating and finding functions very user-friendly.You get to the main menu system by hitting the menu button, and from there, every adjustable setting falls under specific groupings and submenus.An annoying factor of filming with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is that because they are photography cameras first and foremost, so many settings are buried deep within the still camera functionality menus — even though you may have a dedicated “movie” menu to work from. For example on the GH5, if you want to make sure the camera has a video priority display, meaning it gives you a 16×9 view rather than the 4:3 still display, you would have to go through the custom setup menu, to the fifth page, select Video-Priority Display, and turn it on. That’s quite a hassle for a feature that should be in the video settings menu. With the BMPCC4K, there’s none of that.The menu divides into several pages: Record, Monitor, Audio, Setup, Presets, and LUTS. Each primary page houses a few sub-pages with more settings. And activating or deactivating a setting is exceptionally easy. Quite literally, every setting is either on or off. There are no ambiguous settings, and no settings are hidden deep within several subpages. Respectfully, the UI is very Apple-like.As I mentioned before, there is also a variety of settings on the home screen. Need to adjust the frame rate? Just tap the 24fps in the top-left corner to switch to a different frame rate. However, this is where the UI failed me. If you click on any area of the image, the autofocus will (poorly) adjust to the area that you’ve tapped. And as I also said, many of the conditions I was filming in were wet, windy, and cold — the perfect formula for clumsy fingers. If I were slightly above the top menu or over the bottom menu, the BMPCC4K would then focus to the area I accidentally tapped. When you’re trying to capture the perfect moment, and you want to switch to a different setting or activate a function, it’s not ideal to accidentally lose the focus of the shot. While I would like to say it’s easy to bring the focus back with a simple tap on the original object of your focus, I found the autofocus rather lackluster and slow, which resulted in me manually focusing — a method I prefer anyway.Full FeaturesFull-size 4/3-sized sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution-sized sensor.Compatible with extremely high-quality micro four-thirds lenses.Super-wide 13 stops of dynamic range allow capture for high-end feature film look.Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low-light performance.Carbon fiber polycarbonate composite body, which makes it lightweight, portable, and durable.Multi-function grip for quick access to recording start/stop, still photos, ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, power and more.Built-in SD, UHS-II, and CFast card recorders.USB-C expansion port allows longer-duration recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.Standard open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as 10-bit ProRes and 12 bit RAW.Features full-size HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay.Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting to pro microphones.3.5mm audio jack, headphone jack, and locking DC 12 volt power connection.Built-in 5” LCD touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 4K.LCD supports on-screen overlays, including status, histogram, focus peaking, and transport controls.Records 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second.3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.4th-generation Blackmagic color science.Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.Includes full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, color, visual effects, and audio post-production.last_img read more

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