20,000 march in Quito to protest Ecuador’s president

first_imgMore than 20,000 people from all over the country marched in Quito on April 16 to protest President Lenín Moreno’s betrayal of his party, the national sovereignty of Ecuador, and his policies of privatization and political repression.Students, Indigenous and precarious sectors of Ecuadorian society were repressed by police using gas, clubs and horses, resulting in many injuries and arrests.The marchers called the demonstration “16A Not One Right Less.” 16A refers to the devastating coastal earthquake of April 16, 2016. As a chant, it is a condemnation of Moreno’s unwillingness to continue former President Rafael Correa’s popular program of reconstruction that was managed by his Vice President Jorge Glas, who is currently a political prisoner.Thousands of banners and chants raised the slogans: “Moreno, puppet of U.S. imperialism,” “Out, Moreno get out,” “Bring back the homeland, not the IMF” [International Monetary Fund], “Freedom for Assange!” “Privatize your mother,” ”No flexibilization [removal of worker protection],” “Moreno, show your INA bank account.” A favorite was: “What’s this bullsh-t! Money for Moreno’s INA, nothing for the people!” Wikileaks has exposed that Moreno has an account in the INA Investment Corporation, a bank located in Panama. Moreno has sold out to the bankers and the IMF. Correa’s call to march against repression and privatization was echoed in the city streets of Europe and the U.S., with hundreds more people coming out. Julian Assange was raised because he has suffered a fate similar to that of Vice President Jorge Glas, who was framed and sentenced to six years in prison after he exposed Moreno’s corruption in August 2017.This march is the biggest expression of Ecuadorian discontent with “Morenismo” to date. The struggle is growing in the popular neighborhoods, Indigenous communities and social networks on the internet.Moreno’s “judicial system” is prosecuting political opponents [called “Lawfare” in Ecuador], forcing former officials into exile, and dismantling the “Correista” welfare state, with daily trashing of the Constitution and of international asylum conventions in the case of Julian Assange.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 9/6

first_img Tags: Brody Carter/Cade Bowring/Chase Ingram/Delta/Dominic Davidson/Emery/Juab Wasps/Teagen Christensen/Trey Lund/Wyatt Holdaway/Zac Cowan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootballNon-RegionNEPHI, Utah-Cade Bowring amassed 177 scrimmage yards on 14 touches and two scoring receptions and ran for another score as the Juab Wasps had a successful Homecoming game by pummeling the South Sevier Rams, 49-7 Friday in non-region football action.The Wasps amassed 493 yards of offense, including 304 yards on the ground while Trey Lund was Juab’s leading rusher with 10 carries for 85 yards.Zac Cowan completed 9 of 19 passes for 189 yards and three scores, including a 30-yard score on a crossing route to Bodee Blackett. Cowan also ran for a touchdown, as did Teagen Christensen (17 yards). Freshman tailback Chase Ingram added a 17-yard touchdown run for the Wasps in the rout.Brody Carter helped the Rams avert their second consecutive shutout as he hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tracen Winkel in the 4th Quarter.Juab improved to 3-1 as they visit the Emery Spartans next Friday in another non-region tilt. South Sevier slumps to 0-4 with the loss and will visit Delta next Friday, also in another non-region game.Defensively, the Wasps posted 4.5 sacks as Dominic Davidson led the way with 1.5 sacks before he was forced to leave the game with an injury. Juab also collected three interceptions as Wyatt Holdaway had two of those picks for the Wasps.GRANTSVILLE, Utah-Jackson Sandberg threw four touchdown passes and the Grantsville Cowboys clobbered Delta 35-8 in non-region football action Friday. Will Finlinson had a 4-yard touchdown run in defeat for the Rabbits.RICHFIELD, Utah-Landon Bowles and Payton Clawson each threw a touchdown pass and Bowles added a 25-yard touchdown run as the North Sanpete Hawks got past Richfield 21-14 Friday in non-region football action. Gavin Brown threw a 20-yard touchdown pass in defeat for the Wildcats.MILFORD, Utah-Bryson Barnes tossed five touchdown passes as the Milford Tigers overpowered the Duchesne Eagles 46-21 Friday in non-region football action.2-A NorthMONTICELLO, Utah-Brevin Olson had a pair of scoring runs and the Monticello Buckaroos downed Gunnison Valley 28-8 in 2-A North football action Friday. Zach Stewart had a 74-yard touchdown run and the Bulldogs had a team safety in the loss.2-A SouthSALINA, Utah-McCoy Smith and Ryker Albrecht each tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Beaver Beavers pounded North Sevier 54-6 Friday in 2-A South football action. Turner Williams and Jayton Jessup also ran for scores for Beaver, as did Albrecht. Crayton Hollingshead had an 11-yard interception return as well in the win for the Beavers. Taylor Crane threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Higgs in defeat for the Wolves.KANAB, Utah-Brooks Myers threw three touchdown passes and Austin Burraston hd touchdown runs of 3, 64 and 6 yards as the Millard Eagles hammered Kanab 43-21 in 2-A South football action Friday. Sam Orton had two touchdown passes and Trey Chatterly returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score for the Cowboys in defeat.VolleyballNon-RegionLEHI, Utah-The Delta Rabbits dropped a pair of matches Friday at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Lehi. Delta lost to Copper Hills and Lehi each 2-0 to put them in the Copper Division for the Saturday portion of the tournament.Girls SoccerRegion 12MOAB, Utah-Melissa Crane scored twice and the Richfield Wildcats blanked Grand 4-0 Friday in Region 12 girls soccer action. Brittan Tait and Macey Pace also scored for the Wildcats. Megan Terry earned the shutout for Richfield.Baseball1A South RegionHURRICANE, Utah-Diamond Ranch scored five runs in the sixth inning to earn the run-rule victory over Bryce Valley 20-10 in 1A South Region baseball action Friday. Westyn Clark hit a home run, a double and had four RBI in the loss for the Mustangs.BICKNELL, Utah-Panguitch scored four runs in the seventh inning, but the rally fell short as the Wayne Badgers held on for an 8-6 win in 1A South Region baseball Friday. Braige Jacobsen and Bridger Brian each hit home runs for the Badgers and Logan Chappell added a double in the win.PRICE, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes went on the road and earned a 1A South Region baseball win over Pinnacle 13-4 on Friday.GREEN RIVER, Utah-Piute scored four runs in the third and four runs in the sixth to earn the win over Green River on the road, 8-6 in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.2A Fall Baseball (Non-UHSAA)MT. PLEASANT, Utah-St. Joseph swept Wasatch Academy in 2A Fall Baseball 17-2 and 24-14 Friday. September 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 9/6 Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Grigsby scores 17 to lift Seattle over Utah Valley 83-50

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRiley Grigsby registered 17 points and eight rebounds as Seattle rolled past Utah Valley 83-50.Jamison Overton led the Wolverines with 10 points. Associated Press Tags: Seattle Redhawks/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC January 11, 2020 /Sports News – Local Grigsby scores 17 to lift Seattle over Utah Valley 83-50 Written bylast_img

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UK watchdog’s consultation on DB regulation ‘too prescriptive’ [updated]

first_imgIt also offered nine basic principles that should be evident at DB schemes, which, if they make their way into the final code of practice, must be legally implemented by trustees.The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) said it is essential TPR’s approach to DB funding was communicated to trustees precisely.Joanne Segars, chief executive of the lobby group, said the documentation needed to be clear and concise. “We recommend the documents contain a summary of the key messages and best practice principles,” she said.”This will help trustees to adopt the essence of the new funding regime and [ensure] crucial points are not inadvertently overlooked.”Aon Hewitt, Mercer and Towers Watson, the global consultancies, said TPR’s approach was not appropriate for the code, and aspects would be better suited as guidance.Deborah Cooper, partner at Mercer, said the code was pushing the boundaries of TPR’s legislative requirement, and focused on quantity over quality.“A code of practice is about behaviours TPR wants to see from trustees,” she said. “If they want, they can give further details as guidance.“For some trustees, this prescription is not appropriate, but they may feel obliged to prescriptively follow the ‘guidance’ if it is set out in the code of practice.”In its response, Aon Hewitt said that while the guidance on risk management was helpful, aspects of the code were not relevant to the Pensions Act 2004, the national law that created TPR and its objectives.“We would caution against adding to the guidance to any extent,” Aon Hewitt said. “And we question whether it should be set out in separate guidance.”The Society of Pension Consultants (SPC) also raised this point with the regulator.In its response, secretary John Mortimer wrote that TPR should identify which parts of the code were meant for the regulator to meets its statutory requirements, and which were not.“In particular, the code contains much guidance on investment,” he said. “It is difficult to see how this falls within the requirements of the Pensions Act 2004.“It would also be helpful to provide trustees with a summary of the key points of the documents.”Towers Watson supported this. Senior consultant at the firm, Graham Everness, said that, while the underlying message was supported, the code was too long and difficult to unravel.“The detail could wash right over trustees,” he said. “It needs to be significantly pruned down with guidance provided on top.” The UK’s regulator for pensions has been warned by the industry over excessive prescription, after the body moved to update its legal framework for defined benefit (DB) schemes.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is currently in the process of updating its DB Code of Practice for schemes, while incorporating new objectives laid down by the central government.While consultants, pension funds, and representative bodies have considered the regulator’s proposal, with many supporting the updating of guidance and the underlying requirements, issues have been raised over the level of prescriptive detail within the documents.In its new code, TPR has proposed dropping its old funding triggers and length of recovery plan approach to a more holistic risk-based one.last_img read more

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Building industry calls for State Government to add to HomeBuilders grant

first_img The grant at a glance Anyone spending more than $150,000 on a new home or major renovation can access a $25,000 HomeBuilders grant funded by the Federal Government and administered by the State Government. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoApplicants must earn less than $125,000 as an individual or $200,000 as a couple.Contracts must be signed by December 31 and work has to begin within three months.New homes being built must be worth $750,000 or less, including land, and renovations must be worth at least $150,000 but no more than $750,000.Ancillary projects such as pools, garages, tennis courts etc are not covered by the grant. Chief executive of Master Builders Queensland Grant Galvin said while the federal package would be key in ensuring residential construction didn’t fall off a cliff by August or September, it may not supercharge the industry as much as hoped. “Inquiries and contracts were already starting to dry up, so this package will be a shot in the arm,” he said. “But what we need is for the Queensland government to expand the $15,000 First Home Owners’ Grant to everyone. We want anyone who is building to access a $40,000 grant,” he said.“That kind of package will be a genuine incentive and ensure that if you weren’t in a position to build before, you will be now.”Michael Roberts, executive director of the Housing Industry Association in Queensland, agreed that the $25,000 grant may not be enough to really make a difference and that the State Government needed to pitch in.“The building industry directly employs more than 200,000 workers in Queensland so you should imagine that the State Government has a vested interest in making sure that it remains in a healthy state.” A Porter Davis home. The building company has welcomed the grant saying it will boost confidence in the market.Ken Morrison, the chief executive of the Property Council of Australia, also wants the Queensland government to add further incentives to bring projects forward and support jobs.He said: “The state and territory governments have a big opportunity to strengthen this economic impact by either topping up these grants or providing stamp duty relief for newly constructed dwellings.”Not everyone was as sceptical about yesterday’s announcement. Porter Davis Homes general manager of sales and marketing Shaun Patterson said it had already had a big increase in interest in their homes over the past week, with more people visiting its website and display homes. “The grant will only bring more confidence back to the market. It gives more people, not just first-home buyers, a chance to get their foot in the door and build their dream home — $25,000 can make a big difference,” he said.In terms of renovations, Mr Galvin said the grant was good for larger projects, but would not help smaller contractors or mums and dads who couldn’t afford the $150,000 minimum spend.“That’s why we’re calling on the Queensland government to look at every opportunity that will reach this part of the industry. Programs such as a social housing maintenance program would hit the spot and offer significant benefit to the community as well,” he said.Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers said the HomeBuilder announcement neglected renters and low-income earners.“There was a simple solution to this problem: social housing,” Ms Chambers said. “This would have kept a roof over people’s heads and given a badly a needed boost to the economy.“Instead we’re back to business as usual — handing out money to people who can already afford to renovate or invest.” Small builder Lane Stockton of Stockton Homes said he didn’t think many of his home building projects would qualify for the package, but he might benefit more from the renovation component.“I think it will be good for first home buyers and the bigger builders who offer budget homes,” Mr Stockton said.“But the fact it only applies to new homes valued up to $750,000 including land, that’s not much. A lot of people are going to miss out.”Mr Stockton, 25, said most of the renovations he worked on were worth more than $150,000 and he believed many homeowners would take advantage of the scheme despite the income threshold needed to qualify.“I’ve just started a job in Chandler doing a reno of more than $150,000 and they wouldn’t earn more than $200,000 as a couple,” he said. Lane Stockton from Stockton Homes on the site in Raby Bay. Picture: Nigel Hallett Case study: “A lot of people are going to miss out” Small builder Lane Stockton from Stockton Homes says larger builders will benefit from the grant but others will miss out. Picture: Nigel HallettTHE Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder package has been slammed by critics as being another hand-out to the rich that neglects Queensland’s battlers.Building and housing industry bodies yesterday expressed concern that the initiative won’t be enough to “super boost” the sector and that the “devil in the detail” could exclude the right people from benefitting. Some have called on the State Government to step up and boost the grant with a further stimulus package.RELATED NEWS: What the HomeBuilders grant means for buyers How $25k grant will affect housing marketlast_img read more

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World Cup 2022: ‘Diamond in the Desert’ Stadium ready

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Qatar’s third venue for the 2022 World Cup, the Education City Stadium has been completed. Dubbed the “Diamond in the Desert,” the 40,000-seat ground is one of eight stadiums to be used in the competition. The stadium features a triangular-design with complex, diamond-like patterns and, as the sun moves across the sky, the façade will appear to change color “What makes this very unique, which is also an important part of our legacy is its location in the heart of Education City,” said Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee. “Education City has a lot of leading institutions, leading universities, schools and this will be a stadium that they can use as recreational and sporting facilities after the World Cup.” Forty thousand capacity Diamond in the Desert Stadium ready for actionAdvertisement The stadium is the first from Qatar 2022 to receive five stars from the Global Sustainability Assessment System. “All our other stadiums have four stars, so, this makes it unique,” said Al Khater, who is proud that much of the material used to build the stadium has been imported regionally, while 25% of the materials are recycled. The two previous completed stadiums are the Khalifa International Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium. Organizers expect two more stadiums to open by the end of 2020: the Al Rayyan Stadium and the Al Bayt Stadium. Read AlsoQatar to host pre-World Cup test tournament in 2021 Many believe that the World cup in Qatar will be an eye popping event considering the massive construction going on ahead of the event. Although critics have alleged human rights violations against workers in the course of delivering the facilities in the Gulf State, but authorities insists that the country is being misrepresented internationally. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Awesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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Pluto, Charon Details Trickle In

first_img(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New photos from Pluto and Charon continue to show enigmatic features.Pluto’s North PoleAstrobiology Magazine posted a very detailed, color-enhanced image taken by New Horizons of the northern regions of Pluto, where deep canyons rival the largest in the solar system. One canyon is estimated to be 45 miles across; two others are six miles across. Click the image on the New Horizons page to appreciate the beauty of the full-resolution image.Pluto’s north polar regionCredit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstituteAlso puzzling are pits 45 miles across and 2.5 miles deep, seen at the lower right.Large, irregularly-shaped pits reach 45 miles (70 kilometers) across and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep, scarring the region. These pits may indicate locations where subsurface ice has melted or sublimated from below, causing the ground to collapse.The color and composition of this region – shown in enhanced color – also are unusual.  High elevations show up in a distinctive yellow, not seen elsewhere on Pluto.  The yellowish terrain fades to a uniform bluish gray at lower elevations and latitudes. New Horizons’ infrared measurements show methane ice is abundant across Lowell Regio, and there is relatively little nitrogen ice.  “One possibility is that the yellow terrains may correspond to older methane deposits that have been more processed by solar radiation than the bluer terrain,” said Will Grundy, New Horizons composition team lead from Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona.Geology enthusiasts will appreciate a preliminary geology map constructed by the team showing features on the smooth region called Sputnik Planum.Charon, Nitrogen ThiefA freezing ocean that apparently swelled and cracked the crust of Pluto’s large moon Charon has been compared by Space.com and the New Horizons team to the Incredible Hulk busting through his shirt. And if Pluto’s canyon’s are impressive, consider the odd finding that this moon, just a fourth the diameter of its parent, sports a canyon 1,100 miles long and 4.5 miles deep.Another post on Space.com provides background information about Charon, including how it got its name. The little moon steals material from Pluto’s atmosphere:New Horizons revealed an unusual feature, a surprising red formation at Charon’s northern pole. This reddish hue comes from Pluto’s atmosphere. Pluto itself is too small to hold onto its atmosphere for its lifetime, so the nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide leave the surface. Close-orbiting Charon captures some of the material, which is then funneled toward the surface. As the material collects, galactic cosmic rays and ultraviolet light from the sun interact to create tholins, complex compounds that form through the irradiation of simple organic compounds.Both Pluto and Charon may have had liquid oceans under their crusts, the article says.Next Stop for New HorizonsThe New Horizons team has selected a Kuiper Belt Object named 2014 MU69 for its next encounter. If all goes well, the spacecraft will buzz by this small object in January 2019. It’s only a fuzzy speck from Earth. Depending on its surface brightness, 2014 MU69 could be just 1% the size of Pluto.History in the making! These are exciting times to watch new discoveries come in from distant parts of the solar system. Stay tuned for more surprises as data from the Pluto flyby continue to trickle in over the next few months.last_img read more

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SA ‘must speed up housing delivery’

first_imgThe first phase of the project has delivered about 2 433 freehold stands of which 1 192 have been earmarked for subsidised housing while close to 1 000 units have been turned into RDP houses. The Lufhereng forms part of the western extension of Soweto, and is said to be the largest low-cost housing development to take place in the area. RDP, bonded housing “We are now discussing in order to have the money increased, because if we want to move at a speed that is needed … we will need more money,” he said. Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has acknowledged that the demand for housing in South Africa remains very high, and that the government will need to speed up its plans to address a backlog estimated at over two-million. “You must remember that there are thousands of others out there who are not as lucky as you, so if you don’t want the house just give it back to us, please don’t sell it because you say it’s yours, government has given it to you,” she said. 18 August 2010 “It is going to take us time, but we will get there, it’s going to take one step at a time,” he said during the launch. that also coincided with a symbolic hand-over of house keys to six new beneficiaries.center_img More than 12-million South Africans are in dire need of proper homes, with more than 60% of this number living in urban areas. Sexwale said the government’s new human settlements approach, and the Breaking New Ground policy adopted by Cabinet, would aim at lowering the backlog in “the shortest possible time”. Sexwale said the project would offer families a range of options depending on income levels. These include fully subsidised 40 square metre homes, credit-linked 45 and 50 square metre units, and those that will give owners an option of a bond. Earlier, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane urged the beneficiaries of the new houses to resist the temptation of selling their properties through profit-making schemes. Speaking at the launch of Lufhereng Housing Project, a new housing development initiative situated in Soweto, on Tuesday, Sexwale agreed that the R18-billion set aside by National Treasury for housing would not be enough to meet the current housing challenges. Source: BuaNewslast_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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Area-wise rental cap for metros on the anvil

first_imgTenants may soon get to breathe a little easier. The government is mulling fixing the maximum rental rates in all pockets of various metros on the lines of circle rates. The circle rates are indicative price levels below which rate properties cannot be bought or sold in respective circles or areas.”The government is planning to come up with a new rental law for the landlords and tenants that will regulate the irrational rental hikes in the metros. It will rationalise the rentals,” a senior official at the Union ministry of urban development told Mail Today.The ministry has shortlisted seven cities – Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune – where the new law is expected to kick off. “Realty prices and rentals are already overheated in these cities. There is a huge influx of people every year to these cities. (So), they need a separate rent control act,” the official said.The new law, which will be part of the proposed Model Residential Tenancy Act 2011, envisages reforms, such as scrapping the state rent control laws that impose a ceiling on rents in various housing markets .”Like the circle rate, there will be rentals for every pocket which will be updated every quarter based on the demand and supply. It will protect the tenants from unreasonable demands,” the official added. The new proposal, if it gets implemented, will mandate that landlords cannot keep their houses vacant for more than three months and where such properties are kept vacant for more than three months, the owner would have to pay double the property tax. Also, rent for the existing tenant would be frozen for 24 months and the landlord would have to intimate tenants two months prior to hiking the rent.”It will release the stock of housing available for rentals. Also, the ministry is mulling recommending tax reliefs on rental income to boost rental housing. But it will be limited to the metros,” the official added.The proposal follows a delegation of property owners from Delhi and Mumbai meeting the Union urban development minister Kamal Nath last Thursday to call for reforming the country’s archaic rental laws.”All the rental laws and Acts are old and have become archaic. There is a need for serious reform. This new rental law for metros will be useful both for landlords and tenants,” the official said. The Centre has already proposed a Model Residential Tenancy Act, which will be implemented across the country by the states. The ministry has already sent the draft to the states for consultation and feedback.”Rent control and housing are state subjects. So, the Act cannot be binding on the states. But we are forming a uniform law across the state,” the official added. The proposed Act aimed at controlling rentals however, is not an entirely new initiative. A draft Delhi Rent Act, 1995, still remains to be notified thanks to political pressure. Also, the tabling of the Delhi Rent (Amendment) Bill, 1997, is pending and awaits passage in the coming monsoon session of Parliament.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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