first_img Share Share The capital Beijing reported its first case on Saturday, a seven-year-old girlChina has reported 11 fresh cases of bird flu, with the virus now appearing in the central province of Henan and the capital Beijing. The new cases of the H7N9 strain bring the total number of reported cases to 60. Two more people have now died.Authorities believe the virus is being spread through direct contact with infected poultry.The World Health Organisation (WHO) said there was no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s representative in China, said cases did not appear to be connected. “There’s no way to predict how it will spread but it’s not surprising if we have new cases in different places like we do in Beijing,” he told reporters.On Saturday a seven-year-old girl became Beijing’s first confirmed case of the H7N9 strain.Two cases were reported in the central Henan province, while the others were seen in and around Shanghai, where the virus first appeared in February. Two new deaths announced on Sunday were also in Shanghai, bringing the total number of dead to 13.There are no reported cases outside the country, according to the WHO.Nineteen people who had close contact with the two new victims in Henan had shown no signs of infection, China’s state news agency Xinhua said.International health experts have commended China on its transparency in reporting the spread of the virus, in sharp contrast to its handling of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003, when 8,096 people were infected worldwide and 744 died.BBC News Tweet 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint China bird flu cases ‘rise to 60’ by: – April 15, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgWith technology changing daily, the question of renting vs buying equipment is a tough one. Let’s explore these options in the context of today’s video production industry.We are at a point where technology is changing faster than we can take advantage of it. As soon as 4K video technology jumped onto the scene, word of 5K, 6K & 8K was on the tips of many tech gurus’ tongues. So, taking into account the rapid acceleration of technology, filmmakers and video producers have to decide the best option for obtaining equipment: renting or buying? First lets look at some of the most important questions, and depending on your answers, this alone may tell you which way you should go.What type of project is it and how long will it take?Is this a small project where you can shoot and edit it in a day, where the income potential is relatively low? Or, is this a project that could weeks to produce, where the income potential is fairly substantial. Let’s explore this a bit…For smaller projects, renting equipment is often the most economical, especially when they require that you won’t be needing on a consistent basis. Sites like Lens Pro to Go and Borrow Lenses have streamlined the rental business through online ordering, and offer relatively inexpensive pricing. For instance, at Borrow Lenses you can currently rent a Canon 5D Mark III for $143 for 7 days. Then add another $70 to cover insurance and shipping and you’re looking at $213.  Most rental companies will throw in some camera accessories with the rental purchase. If it doesn’t come standard be sure to enquire about this!Ensure whatever project you’re working on the cost of the camera rental is built into the quote for your client.If you’re working on a longer project, say, a feature film or television series, it may make the most sense to purchase the equipment and then sell it upon completion of the project. Many reality television projects (that require tons of cameras) work this way. Depending on the amount of usage you may be able to sell the camera for close to what you bought it for (that number will likely be even closer if you bought the camera used originally). If you do buy used be cautious! There is not a shutter actuation count for video (like their is with DSLR photo usage). Be sure to inspect the camera for any scratches, check for dead pixels, ask about the repair history and ALWAYS test shoot with it before handing over money!The other option would be to buy a camera and hold on to it, but you’ve got to factor in how many times you plan on using it a year to see if it’s a worthwhile investment…To help in finding rental options here is a list of rental providers. How many projects are you producing in a year?Lets say that you’re a filmmaker who does commercial work and you produce 3 to 4 projects each month over an entire year. Is renting still your best option? If you’ll be using the same camera in most projects it would obviously make sense to purchase – renting that Canon 5D Mark III once a month would cost you much more than it’s $3,000 purchase price.  There is an old saying that “If you have to borrow a tool more than once, you should probably go ahead and buy one.” The most important thing is to be realistic. For instance, if you’re on an elaborate campaign for a client, don’t immediately run out and rent or buy the equipment just for that campaign. Look ahead and ask yourself, ‘how often will I use this equipment?’ Don’t ‘anticipate’ that you’ll need the camera often until you start renting and shooting with it consistently. Then, make the leap.Be Responsible About Your InvestmentEach option has its strengths and weaknesses. When you rent you’ll get the most current equipment that likely comes insured through the rental provider (be sure to check this!) Additionally, the rental company should be able to quickly find you a replacement camera if the equipment is defective for some reason. With renting you’ll have the freedom to switch cameras, but just like any rental setup, you won’t have any equity in the equipment.When you buy, you don’t have to travel to pick it up or wait for it to ship. Protect your camera and gear investment by insuring it. Don’t assume it is covered under your normal homeowner’s insurance. You may require a “personal articles” policy or even a business insurance plan (some insurance companies require this if you are making money off your equipment). This additional cost may pay for itself in spades if your camera takes a bath or goes missing. Lens [email protected](901)754-9100 Rental ProviderCustomer Service EmailContact Phone Number [email protected](800)-683-5690 MP&E Equipmentcontact hdgear.tv(512)485-3131 Borrow [email protected](650)508-3370 Pro Photo Rentalcontact prophotorental.com(303)588-6799 Lens Pro to Gocontact lensprotogo.com(650)508-3370 Rent [email protected](913)732-4781 Abel [email protected](888)223-1599last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lee logged only three minutes and 44 seconds in Game 2 in what could be his season-finale after his nagging knee injury recurred at the worst possible time for the Hotshots.READ: Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweepFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s the old injury,” Lee told reporters. “I aggravated it last game. I actually just forced myself to play last game. I tested it but I couldn’t.”He has been bothered by the same knee injury since last year. It was also the reason why he was pulled out of Gilas Pilipinas last March and in May of 2016. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans View comments Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES The playoff schedule also didn’t help the 28-year-old’s health issues with teams playing every other day.READ: Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener“Our games have been in succession so our PT told me that this is expected to happen. There’s a slight meniscus tear,” said Lee, who scored 11 points in Game 1.Lee said his status is “day-to-day” and he offered no assurance on whether he’s going to be available in Game 3 on Thursday.“I didn’t practice yesterday (Monday). I just tried to play today,” he said. “It’s painful. I made a quick move in the first quarter and I felt something.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Paul Lee slogged his way out of Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex Tuesday night. His head was slightly down, his gloomy face barely seen as he wore a black cap tilted downward.Star is one game away from getting swept by Meralco, which looked every bit of a top-seeded team, and the Hotshots could likely be without their prized guard as they fight for survival starting Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) The following are PTIs topNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) The following are PTIs top stories at 2230 hours:PAR34 RS-SWARAJ-2ND LD-CHINANew Delhi: Asserting that war cannot resolve anything, India expresses confidence that a mutually-acceptable solution will be found through talks to the Doklam border stand-off even as it describes the Chinese action as a “matter of concern”. DEL53 CBI-3RDLD GST-OFFICIALNew Delhi: The CBI arrests a superintendent of the GST Council for allegedly receiving bribe through his conduit for purported favours extended to some businessmen during his earlier stint in the Central Excise.DEL52 KA 2NDLD ITX RAIDSBengaluru/New Delhi: Cash and jewellery worth over Rs 15 crore seized by IT authorities as part of the ongoing searches at multiple premises linked to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar and his associates in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion. LGD16 SC-LD NOTANew Delhi: The Supreme Court refuses to stay the Election Commissions notification allowing the none of the above (NOTA) option in the ballot paper for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls on a plea of the Congress which has fielded sitting MP Ahmed Patel from Gujarat.LGD21 DL-COURT-LD SEPARATISTNew Delhi: A Delhi court snubs an over-enthusiastic prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for asking Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah to chant Bharat Mata ki jai to prove his patriotism, saying it is not a television studio.DEL59 POL-BJP-RSNew Delhi: The BJP overtakes Congress to become the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha, where it now has 58 members against 57 of the main opposition party.advertisementDEL30 SPO-2NDLD AWARDNew Delhi: Devendra Jhajharia becomes the first paralympian to be recommended for Indias highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with celebrated hockey player Sardar Singh. By Amanpreet SinghDEL22 JK-TRADESrinagar: The cross-Line of Control trade and travel on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route, suspended on July 21, will resume from Monday following a meeting between authorities from Jammu and Kashmir and PoK at Kaman Post in Baramulla district.CAL4 BH-FORM-VIRGINPatna: Bihars premier government hospital, the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), kicks up a row by asking its new recruits to declare if they are “virgins” or married, but later drops the word and replaces it with “unmarried”. BOM19 GJ-FLOODS PACKAGEAhmedabad: The Gujarat government declares a special relief package of Rs 1,500 crore for the flood-affected Banaskantha and Patan districts.FGN15 UN-LD AZHARUnited Nations: China extends by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to designate Pakistan-based JeM terror group chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. By Yoshita SinghDEL10 JK-LD ATTACKSrinagar: An Army Major and a jawan are killed while another is injured after militants open fire on a search party in Shopian district of Kashmir.DEL58 BIZ-LABOUR-MINIMUMWAGENew Delhi: The labour ministry forms a committee that will look afresh at the minimum wage fixation formula keeping in view the cost to maintain a minimum living standard and also the size of an average family.PAR28 RS-SUHSMA-PAKNew Delhi: India will start dialogue with Pakistan the day it stops promoting terrorism against this country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says in Parliament, while making it clear that terror and talks cannot go together.DEL62 POL-PRIVILEGE-RSNew Delhi: Opposition parties will tomorrow move privilege motions against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha for allegedly misinforming the House on Indias foreign policy. PTI BSAlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid to use Bale to beat Man Utd for Pochettino dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale as a bargaining chip in talks with Tottenham for manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Star says Spurs want £45million at least in compensation for Pochettino, who is also a top target for Manchester United.Sources close to Real suggest they will give Spurs the first option to buy back the Wales international on the cheap – if it paves the way to lure Poch to Madrid.Certainly, the prospect of Bale, 29, returning to the club he left five years ago for a then-world record £85m would be a tempting one for Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.Re-signing the three-time Champions League winner – even at a reduced price – would be a significant statement going into their first full season at the new White Hart Lane. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgKolkata: With the Congress-CPI(M) proposed alliance falling apart in West Bengal, the stage is set for a four-cornered contest in which the main contenders — the Trinamool Congress and the BJP – are in an advantageous position to consolidate the voters in their favour. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the breakdown augurs well for the party, which would be in a better position to bag the nearly 30-per cent minority votes in the state in the absence of another credible “secular force” in the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The cross currrents of the failure to clinch the Opposition alliance will be felt directly in 15 seats spread across north and south Bengal, a TMC leader said. “Although the breakdown of the Opposition alliance has its benefits, it has taken away the buffer from us. Now the maximum anti-TMC votes would be bagged by the BJP, which might alter lot of equations in various seats,” another senior TMC leader said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Had the alliance been there, the anti-TMC votes would have been divided between it and the BJP, which would have helped us,” he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The TMC will now be directly pitted against the BJP in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda South in north Bengal; and Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, Asansol, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Midnapore seats in south Bengal, sources in the party said. “Had there been an Opposition alliance, we would have been in a comfortable position in most of these seats. But now things will be different. We have full faith in our leadership and things will change once the campaign starts,” a senior TMC leader of north Bengal said. The development has brought cheer to the BJP camp, which has emerged as the main challenger of the TMC in the past few years. The party will be in a better position to find favour with a sizeable portion of the refugee voters in the border districts following its efforts to bring in the citizenship bill. Besides, a section of the Hindu voters, who are unhappy with the “appeasement politics” of the TMC, will support the BJP, said a leader of the saffron party. The refugees have for the past several decades been a trusted vote bank of the Left. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014. “Those voters who are disillusioned with the TMC will now vote for BJP as it is only the saffron party which can provide them with an alternative. If the TMC has Mamata Banerjee, we have Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said Arjun Singh, a former TMC MLA who had recently switched to the saffron party. Singh is likely to be the BJP’s candidate in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, which is held by Dinesh Trivedi of the TMC. Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state. “It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty, also echoed Mitra’s views but said the Congress should have been more active in order to seal the deal. “The people of the state will decide whether we were right or wrong (in breaking the alliance). Despite a lot of hurdles, we had tried to provide a secular alternative along with the Congress, but it had other plans,” Chakraborty said. The electoral history of Bengal shows that it is the ruling party and the main opposition which become the main beneficiaries in the event of a four-cornered contest. In 2014, the state again witnessed a four-cornered election in which the TMC won 34 seats, the Congress four and the Left and BJP two seats each. The TMC had then secured 39.05 per cent votes, the CPI(M)-led Left Front 29.71 per cent, while the BJP and the Congress had secured 17 percent and 9.5 per cent respectively. The CPI(M)-Congess seat sharing deal in the 2016 state assembly polls had failed to halt the return of the TMC to power, but it was successful in stopping the march of the BJP to an extent. But the alliance fell apart after the poll as the CPI(M) decided to part ways with the Congress since its central committee vetoed it. Since then the BJP has steadily taken over the Opposition space in various by-elections and has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC. Mohammed Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, told PTI that had there been a credible Left-Congress alliance, a percentage of minority votes in north Bengal would have swung in favour of it. “But now minorities would en bloc vote for the TMC to stop the march of the BJP”. Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in seven phases from April 11.last_img read more

first_img Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor ‘Lights Up’ Gov’t Committed To Survival Of Sugar Industry Related Items:Hon. Derrick Kellier, JIS regional office, labour and social security minister, marlon tingling, montego bay, path Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Sept. 8 (JIS):Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is advising persons, who feel that they have been unjustly denied access to, or removed from the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to make a report to the appeals committee in each parish. Mr. Kellier, who was speaking during a tour of the Ministry’s Hanover parish office on Friday (September 5), said persons have been complaining that they are not on the PATH list, or that they have been taken off for various reasons.“What I want the public to know is that in every parish, there exists an appeals committee and if for any reason, you have been unjustly removed from the programme or you have not been given access to the programme, make an appeal…so that your case can be revisited,” he stated. He also urged the officers to help dispel “this belief that persons with fridges, stoves and televisions in their houses are not eligible (for PATH)…it’s not true.”Minister Kellier also reiterated his call for PATH beneficiaries to honour their obligations to the programme, including ensuring that children regularly attend school and clinic.“The children must go to the clinic…and they must go to school at a minimum of 85 per cent of the designated school time…otherwise they will find themselves being removed from the programme,” he noted.PATH has an annual budget of over $4 billion and the stipulations must be met as the Government is compelled to make reports to the multi-nationals that fund the programme.Minister Kellier said the Government continues to receive rave reviews from its Caribbean counterparts for its handling of the PATH programme. “The PATH initiative is the flagship poverty (reduction) programme of the Government and it is the best run programme in the entire Caribbean when it comes to social protection. Other governments are sending their representatives here to learn from us about how we run this programme because the international agencies have confirmed that Jamaica has one of the best run social protection programmes,” he said. – 30 –CONTACT: MARLON TINGLING JIS REGIONAL OFFICE MONTEGO BAYlast_img read more