Less rainfall expected over next 3 months – Hydromet Office

first_img…negative effects may be experienced late DecemberThe Hydrometerlogical Office of Guyana on Friday disclosed that less than usual rainfall can be expected over the next three months, owing to climatic conditions affecting the oceans.Specialist Meteorologist Komalchand DhiramThis was related during the fifth National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) at Herdmanston Lodge on Friday morning by a Specialist Meteorologist, Komalchand Dhiram.“The next three months is usually packed with the usual rainfall that we’d have what we call or some people call it the Christmas rain or end of the year rain but because of the existing El Nino that we have in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean we will have a decrease in that amount,” he explained.Although persons can look forward to rain, the Specialist informed that it would not be the usual “Christmas rain”.According to him, negative effects are more than likely to affect large-scale farmers by late December to early January 2019. Because of the effects that are likely, the department said an advisory will be issued later.El Nino is a phenomenon which when present causes a warmth in the ocean that impacts the temperature of the water, which in turn affect the warmth in the atmosphere as well, which then affects the conditions necessary to produce rainfall, he pointed out.New webpageNonetheless, the Hydrometerelogical Office is currently working to develop its webpage to be able to provide updates on climate conditions as they become available.According to Dhiram, the upgrade to the webpage has become necessary with the advancing of technology across the region and world at large. It is the department’s hope to develop a web application (app) as the need may arise in the future.He explained, “We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from folks that it is important to have an app because that’s with the culture right now and that’s what society demands”.The meteorologist informed that the office is currently engaged with the Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate and Science so that the web application can be developed.The new page, will be referred to as the ‘Maproom’, will allow users to click and access forecasts.The web page will play a vital role in updating the public on how much rain fall to expect during which period, as this too has an impact on tourist influx, he explained.When developed, the information to the general public will be free of cost, Dhiram added. The meteorologist said the Department hopes to have the web base up and running by mid-next year.The Maproom will be designed to include maps to depict where heavy rainfall is expected in the next six days, and how much rainfall is expected, along with where large or small amounts of rainfall are expected in the next three months, among others.Additionally, maps will also show rainfall patterns that can be expected for El Nino.last_img read more

Be sure to check out Ohio State Fair results at ocj.com

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again, Kalmbach Feeds will be “Feeding you the results first” for the 2015 Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock Shows. The online coverage at ocj.com will include results, photos and videos with the winning exhibitors on the day of the show.The 2015 Ohio State Fair coverage includes:• Junior Boer Goat Show, 8 a.m. July 25 mid-morning with final results posted that afternoon.• Junior Market Lamb Show, 8 a.m. July 29 with breed winners posted through the day and final results posted in the evening after the final drive.• Junior Market Barrow Show, Aug. 7 with the purebred show at 1 p.m. and Aug. 8 with the crossbred show at 8 a.m. Final results will be posted the afternoon of Aug. 8.• Junior Market Beef Show 1 p.m. Aug. 8 Final results will be posted that evening.• Sale of Champions 2 p.m. Aug. 9 with results posted throughout the event.last_img read more

Why Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film Project

first_imgStill lenses can be great pieces of filmmaking equipment. But are they preventing you from making the best film possible?Cover image via TB studio.Simply put, still photography lenses produce beautiful, cinematic imagery. We’ve all seen still lenses produce successful indie films (like Blue Ruin). So why bother spending the extra money on cinema lenses? Let’s take a look at why not using cinema lenses may be preventing you from making your best film.Image via REDPIXEL.PL.Better Optics Cinema lenses are built with a strict degree of precision in their optics. Consider, for example, the Canon CN-E line of lenses and Canon photographic lenses. If you did a side-by-side comparison, you would quickly note that a Canon 50mm 1.2 is less sharp than a Canon CN-E 50mm, both at their most wide-open apertures.You can see a great example of this kind of comparison in this LensProToGo evaluation of the Canon CN-E 70-200 vs. the Canon L 70-200 IS. You can quickly see that the CN-E offers a much sharper image with a higher resolution of details. While subtle, these small differences can elevate your film beyond the potential of still lenses. Better MarkingsThe first things you’ll notice when handling a cinema lens for the first time is the markings. A cinema lens offers vast amounts of data right on the barrel of the lens — for example, your aperture and focus marks are right before your eyes. This information is not something you always get with still lenses. Precise focus marks on your lenses will help you get pinpoint focus throughout your shoot.Image via Zeiss.Cinema lenses also typically feature a 270-300-degree barrel rotation, giving you more real estate on the barrel of the lens to find the perfect focus mark. A lot of still lenses don’t have this feature. Zeiss’s recent line of Milvus and Otus lenses have begun to feature longer barrel rotations to improve focus with the lens. However, these lenses don’t have the focus marks completely around the barrel of the lens. For that reason, I still find proper cinema lenses to be more useful.In short, cinema lenses have become much more accessible than when the DSLR revolution began in 2010. Now, cinema lenses are more affordable and available than ever before. If you have a big shoot coming up, or if you’re going to start on your feature film, definitely consider a set of cinema lenses. They will improve your workflow and help you make a much better film.Looking for more info on lenses? Check out these articles.A Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime LensesShould You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?Hot Dog! You Can Now Make AR Lenses for Snapchat in Lens StudioGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a Professionallast_img read more

Kelly Ripa And Donna Karan To Host Super Saturday 17

first_imgCopyright ©2014Look to the Stars Super Saturday 17 is almost here! The most sophisticated, stylish and luxurious garage sale in the Hamptons is this Saturday, July 26th from 1PM – 6PM at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York.Super Saturday 17, is sponsored by QVC and hosted by larger than life TV host Kelly Ripa and New York native and fashion powerhouse Donna Karan. All net proceeds from this amazing family oriented event go straight to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) – the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.Besides the world class shopping, guests are treated to gourmet goodies, beauty treatments and an on site luxury raffle. Bidding for the raffle will take place on at www.charitybuzz.com/supersaturday. Guests can also swing by the Rolls-Royce photo booth to support OCRF even further. Every time you share a photo Rolls-Royce will make a donation!The best part of Super Saturday is that there is something for everyone in the family. For the children Super Saturday offers games, arts and crafts, and this year Stitched Fashion Camp makes its way onto the scene by giving children the chance to call upon their inner designer and design their own personalized tee’s with multiple designs by Swarovski.Each year major names such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand, Helmust Lang and nearly 200 others set up shop in support of the cause.OCRF and QVC will air “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a live broadcast from 2:00PM-4:00PM EST, offering national viewers a chance to purchase designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories. All profits will be benefitting OCRF. In previous years the live broadcast has raised more than $7.4 million for OCRF.For more information about “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” please visit: QVC.com/SuperSaturday.For more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit their website: ocrf.org/supersaturday.last_img read more

Budget 2017 promises additional billions to Indigenous communities

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal Liberal government unveiled a $305 billion federal budget Wednesday that will see hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments flow to Indigenous communities and peoples this fiscal year.Overall, the federal budget commits to providing $3.4 billion in new money over the next five years for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and communities. This money is in addition to the $8.4 billion announced in last year’s federal budget which was also spread over five years.The two figures would bring total new federal investments targeting Indigenous peoples and communities to $14 billion by 2021-2022—two years after the next federal election.“Together, we will build stronger, more resilient communities and renew our nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau, in his budget speech to the House of Commons. “We will help break down employment barriers, with a focus on skills development, training and better education.”In his speech, Morneau claimed the new funding—which represents an increase of 27 per cent in spending between 2015-16 and 2021-2022—proves the Justin Trudeau Liberal government has erased the two per cent cap first imposed by the Liberals under Jean Chretien in 1996-1997 to control spending.“This represents an increase of 27 per cent, well in excess of the decades-old two per cent funding cap,” said Morneau. “And will contribute to a higher quality of life on reserves. All this, while setting Canada on a path toward true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”Morneau’s statement blurs the reality of the two per cent cap which limits how much funding Indigenous Affairs gets year-over-year.The new investments announced by the Liberal government are time specific—between five years to 11 years—and their permanence depends on the economic climate and the goodwill of government at the time.The previous Conservative government’s spending increases on the Indigenous file, which was also based budget to budget, routinely exceeded two per cent year-over-year.The Assembly of First Nations and the Trudeau government are currently negotiating a new fiscal arrangement to replace the two per cent cap with a larger escalator.The biggest piece of money in the Indigenous envelope—$1.15 billion over five years—targeted on-reserve infrastructure like housing, water treatment systems, health facilities and other similar projects. The money is part of a $4 billion package the Liberal budget said will be spread over 10 years. None of the new infrastructure money will be invested this year. A first instalment of $275 million will flow next year, with a matching amount to follow in 2019-2020, the next election year. The budget says a total of $600 million is slated to roll out in 2021 and 2022.The budget also promises $828 million over five years for First Nation and Inuit health, including $305 million for the non-insured health benefits program including $86 million to expand access to mental health services, $184 million for home and palliative care and $118 million for mental health programming.The new health funding also includes $83 million, over five years, to expand maternal and child health services for families with children under six years of age. The budget also sets aside $72 million for primary care, $50 million for chronic and infectious diseases and $15 million for a drug reduction strategy.The Liberal budget promises new money for northern and off-reserve housing, but the money is spread out over 11 years. The budget sets aside $300 million for northern housing with about $240 million going to Nunavut, $36 million to the Northwest Territories and $24 million to the Yukon.Budget 2017 additionally offers $225 million over 11 years in funding for housing providers that serve off-reserve Indigenous peoples. The funding is also earmarked to take over from the former Urban Native Housing Program.The budget also commits to continuing to fund Friendship Centres in urban areas with $118.5 million spread out over five years.The Liberal government, in support of plans to introduce legislation to protect and promote Indigenous languages, said it will invest $89.9 million over the next three years on the file. The budget earmarks $69 million of that total to enhance Indigenous language initiatives like learning materials, language classes, culture camps and archiving.Library and Archives Canada will receive $14.9 million through the same envelope to digitize existing Indigenous languages and cultural materials along with the development of an “Aboriginal Oral Testimonies Project” to document Indigenous heritage. The National Research Council will also receive receive $6 million to develop information technology aimed at preserving oral histories by converting speech to text, along with other interactive materials.On the justice front, the federal budget commits $56 million over five years to promote restorative justice, $65 million on rehabilitating and reintegrating Indigenous offenders and $82 million for policing services in First Nations communities.Budget 2017 also promises $250 million over five years for programs supporting Indigenous fisheries.While the budget provided no new funding for on-reserve K to 12 education beyond the $2.6 billion over five years promised in the last budget, it does set aside $90 million for First Nations post-secondary education.The federal budget also commits $24 million, on an ongoing basis, to resolve specific claims which deal with historical grievances over lost lands and mishandled trust fund monies.@aptnnewsnews@aptn.calast_img read more

Roma wins Netflix top Oscars but falls short of best picture

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Netflix may have finally broken into the last area of Hollywood it has yet to conquer: the Oscars. On Sunday, Netflix won multiple Oscars as the awards ceremony stretched on, with Alfonso Cuarón winning for Roma’s directing and its cinematography, and Roma itself winning for foreign language film. Netflix’s Period. End of Sentence also won in the documentary short category. But Roma fell short of the ultimate prize, a best picture Oscar. Of Netflix’s 15 nominations, other contenders bested the streaming giant in different categories, including Roma’s nominations for leading actress, supporting actress, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and original screenplay, as well as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ nominations for costume design, original song and adapted screenplay. Netflix had a second nominee, End Game, in the documentary short category that lost out to its Period. End of Sentence.  Comments Tags Last year, Amazon beat Netflix to become the first streaming service to be nominated for a best picture Oscar, for Manchester by the Sea. Though the bleak film won statues for best actor and best original screenplay, it didn’t cinch the best picture title — leaving that milestone untouched for another streamer. The Oscars haven’t totally overlooked Netflix. Its documentaries have been perennial nominees. The company also won an Oscar for documentary short film in 2017 for The White Helmets, about volunteer rescue workers in bomb-ravaged Syria, and it took home a feature-film documentary Oscar last year for Icarus, about doping among competitive cyclists. And Mudbound, a period drama, racked up four nominations last year. (It won none.)But that pales in comparison to Netflix’s Emmys track record for TV programming. Netflix tied juggernaut HBO for the most Emmy wins last year, and it beat HBO in the number of nominations for the first time. First published on Feb. 24 at 5:47 p.m. PT. Updates on Feb. 24 at 6:58 p.m. PT; 7:30 p.m. PT; 8:09 p.m. PT; and 8:18 p.m. PT; and Feb. 25 at 9:18 a.m. PT: Adds results and statement from Netflix executive.   42 Photos Netflix hauled in Oscars but couldn’t quite land best…center_img 4 Oscars 2019 Netflix 2:06 “Against all the odds, a black-and-white Spanish-language film with previously little-known talent has been embraced by the Academy across three categories including Best Foreign Film and Best Director — as it was by audiences the world over,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, said in a statement. He also congratulated the creators of Period for bringing attention to the “important but underreported issue” of how taboos about menstruation limit opportunities for women and girls. Even without a best picture Oscar, the victories marked a big night for Netflix. Roma, the black-and-white period piece hailed as Cuarón’s masterpiece, was nominated in 10 categories, tying with The Favourite for the most nominations this year, and it won three in high-profile categories. Netflix was relying on Roma, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign language motion picture and a Bafta for best film, to finally earn it Oscar prestige. The wins burnish Netflix’s credibility as a go-to place for top-tier original films. While Netflix is known for television-award darlings like The Crown or Master of None, the streaming service’s films have gotten the cold shoulder from the Oscars in the past. As Netflix hikes prices higher this year to offset its eye-popping spending on content, its rep as a home for prestigious films is key to keeping membership growing and drawing in top talent.  TV and Movies Digital Media 40 films (and a tech company) you didn’t know won Oscarslast_img read more

Zia Charitable Trust graft case hearing 25 26 Feb

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaA Dhaka court on Thursday fixed 25, 26 February for the next hearing of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused, reports UNB.Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 fixed the date for placing arguments of lawyer of accused Ziaul Islam Munna and Md Aminul Islam.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was present during the hearing.On 8 August 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img

Microsoft start AI School to teach Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

first_imgThe race for cloud supremacy is getting interesting with every passing day. The three major competitors – Amazon, Google and Microsoft seem to be coming up with fresh and innovative ideas to attract customers, making them try and adopt their cloud offerings. The most recent dice was thrown by Google – when they announced their free Big Data and Machine Learning training courses for the Google Cloud Platform. These courses allowed the students to build intelligent models on the Google cloud using the cloud-powered resources. Microsoft have now followed suit with their own AI School – the promise of which is quite similar: Allowing professionals to build smart solutions for their businesses using the Microsoft AI platform on Azure. AI School: Offering custom learning paths to master Artificial Intelligence Everyone has a different style and pace of learning. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft have segregated their learning material into different levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced. This helps the intermediate and advanced learners pick up the relevant topics they want to skill up in, without having to compulsorily go through the basics – yet giving them the option to do so in case they’re interested. The topic coverage in the AI School is quite interesting as well – from introduction to deep learning and Artificial Intelligence to building custom conversational AI. In the process, the students will be using a myriad of tools such as Azure Cognitive Services and Microsoft Bot framework for pre-trained AI models, Azure Machine Learning for deep learning and machine learning capabilities as well as Visual Studio and Cognitive Toolkit. The students will have the option of working with their favourite programming language as well – from Java, C# and Node.js to Python and JavaScript. The end goal of this program, as Microsoft puts it perfectly, is to empower the developers to use the trending Artificial Intelligence capabilities within their existing applications to make them smarter and more intuitive. All this while leveraging the power of the Microsoft cloud. Google and Microsoft have stepped up, time for Amazon now? Although Amazon does provide training and certifications for Machine Learning and AI, they are yet to launch their own courses to encourage learners to learn these trending technologies from scratch, and adopt AWS to build their own intelligent models. Considering they dominate the cloud market with almost 2/3rds of the market share, this is quite surprising. Another interesting point to note here is that Microsoft and Google have both taken significant steps to contribute to open source and free learning. While Google-acquired Kaggle is a great platform to host machine learning competitions and thereby learn new, interesting things in the AI space, Microsoft’s recent acquisition of GitHub takes them in the similar direction of promoting the open source culture and sharing free knowledge. Is Amazon waiting for a similar acquisition before they take this step in promoting open source learning? We will have to wait and see.last_img read more

Tim BernersLee is on a mission to save the web he invented

first_imgOn Monday, at Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Tim Berners-Lee outlined his plan to ‘save’ the web he invented. His idea is simple: he wants to create a ‘contract’ for the web. The intervention comes at an important time, in a year of ‘techlash’ and increasing scepticism in the belief in technology’s and the web’s ability to deliver progress for everyone. Tim Berners-Lee on Contract for the Web In his talk, Berners-Lee pointed out that one of the properties the web should preserve is universality. He also argued that The web should be independent, with no restrictions on what it can be used for. It should be available in any region, culture, and religion. He sees these values as things that are currently under attack: “Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened.” He also listed other challenges that have failed to be addressed, including fake news and privacy. His solution to these huge challenges is something called ‘Contract for the Web,’ which will, he claims, outline “clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better.” Although Berners-Lee was relatively light on detail, the full contract is due to be published in May 2019. In theory, it should define people’s online rights and lists the key principles and duties government, companies, and citizens should follow. In Berners-Lee’s mind, it will restore some degree of equilibrium and transparency to the digital realm. The core principles of Contract for the Web Tim Berners-Lee did offer some information on what the Contract for the Web will include. Below are some of the key principles for the key stakeholders in the running of the web – government, businesses, and citizens – people like you. Government Anyone should be able to connect to the web irrespective of who they are and where they live and they should be allowed to actively participate online. Internet should be available all the time so that nobody is denied to the right of full internet access. Privacy, people’s fundamental right, should be respected so that they can use the internet freely, safely, and without fear. Companies They should present the user an affordable and accessible internet. Consumers’ privacy and personal data should be respected. Make technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst. Citizens Citizens should involve themselves in creating and collaborating to provide rich and relevant content for everyone. They should build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity. To ensure that the open web remains open, they should come together and fight for it. This contract is already seeing a great support with more than 50 organisations signing the contract including some of big shots like Facebook and Google. This contract is being promoted by the campaign, #ForTheWeb. The contract is part of a broader project that Berners-Lee believes is essential if we are to ‘save’ the web from its current problems First, we need to create an open web for the users who are already connected to the web and give them the power of fixing issues that we have with the existing web. Secondly, we need to bring the other half of the world, which is not yet connected to the web. Tim Berners Lee speaks to CNN about Contract for the Web After his talk, Tim Berners-Lee was interviewed by Laurie Segall from CNN. Here are some highlights from the interview: Internally, companies should have the motto of doing the right thing. To make sure the principles are upheld, some measures will be introduced. But also, this contract is not just about creating a set of rules and enforcing them, rather it is about changing the attitude. Privacy is our fundamental right and we should always fight for it. Fighting for privacy is important, not just because of the data breaches we are seeing but to empower individuals to be able to share anything they want without any fear. As a tech company we should realize the implication of each line of code we write and think how it will affect people’s lives. To sum it all up Tim Berners-Lee said: We all are going to step back and put aside all the myths we are currently taking as physics of the way things work. People do not have to motivated only by ad-based fund model or by click bates. Contract for the Web is about going back to the values. It is about people coming together to build the web and taking things in their own hand. You can watch the full Tim Berners-Lee’s talk and the interview on YouTube. Read Next Web Summit 2018: day 2 highlights Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid – Trick or Treat? Sir Tim Berners-Lee on digital ethics and socio-technical systems at ICDPPC 2018last_img read more

Emirates CEO says US laptop ban still puzzles him

first_img DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The chairman and CEO of Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he “can’t dig into somebody’s mind” to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries.However, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he believes U.S. President Donald Trump is a businessman who “wouldn’t want to affect American business” in his decisions.Sheikh Ahmed’s careful phrasing mirrored that of his rival, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker, the day before at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai.The exhibition last year featured a stand by the luxury hotel chain bearing the new American president’s name, but this year the company apparently decided not to take part.Sheikh Ahmed didn’t mince words, however, when describing what he thought after watching the video of a United Express passenger being forced off a flight. Those videos showed a bloody passenger being dragged off a flight in Chicago on April 9 by airport police after he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Those people who dealt with it, they should be more professional,” he told journalists. “That is something that should not be acceptable.”Sheikh Ahmed also acknowledged the challenges facing the global aviation industry, saying Emirates was considering so-called premium economy seats, planned on launching a new first-class “product” this year and was looking at other measures. He even hinted that Emirates might work in closer partnership with budget carrier FlyDubai, another Dubai government-backed airline.“If I’m looking at it from the Dubai ownership of two airlines, I have Emirates, we have FlyDubai,” he said. “We can do something there.”He declined to elaborate. Emirates CEO says U.S. laptop ban still puzzles him By: Jon GambrellSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Tags: America, Donald Trump, Emirates Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more