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  • Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw

    first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground MOST READlast_img read more

  • Roger Khan never said he was fighting crime on behalf of PPP Govt

    first_imgDear Editor:Mr Roger Khan will be home soon. He may wish to confirm claims made by the Hon. Attorney General (AG) that Mr Khan publicized a crime-fighting role on behalf of a past PPP regime, as reported on August 7, 2019 online (see Govt takes aim at Roger Khan before he returns, Demerara Waves) and in the Chronicle (see AG ties Guyana’s bloody history to the PPP).The AG reportedly said, “Khan himself had confessed in a full page advertisement in the local newspapers about this,” which mirrors a statement in the Chronicle that “…the drug-trafficker had stated publicly in an advertisement in local newspapers that he had been fighting crime on behalf of the Bharrat Jagdeo-led government.”Having written extensively about crime between the 2001 and 2006 elections, I do not recall any such advertised claim. Indeed, as editor of the Guyana Under Siege website during those years, I posted one of Mr. Khan’s advertisements online which still exists today.With Mr Khan away, the PNC had over a decade to sell its manufactured version of what happened: the PPP killed people but the PNC were angels. This is why the President tries to gloss over or downplay the period by ridiculously calling it the “Troubles.” The truth, explained below, is that there was an attempt on the life of the then PPP regime.But Mr Khan publicly offered to attend any PNC-PPP inquiry to explain his crime-fighting role (see Roger Khan ready to tell any inquiry about anti-crime role, SN 05/17/2006). The AG needs to explain why the PNC never summoned Mr. Khan or why the Granger Administration failed to produce evidence to show unquestionably that Mr Khan was a PPP state actor.After all, it is public knowledge that former PPP Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon (also the Secretary to the Defence Board) publicly denied any PPP link with Mr. Khan and crime fighting (see Govt. never engaged Roger Khan, KM 05/19/2006).If, as the AG seemingly has inferred, state security was delegated to drug lords, including Mr. Khan, then perhaps such were the situations, if at all, due to law enforcement itself having become compromised while the PNC Opposition was tinkering with the Constitution. Indeed, on March 31, 2006 in one of his advertisement (see KN) Mr. Khan said: “Myself and the Commissioner of Police were close personal friends for over four (4) years.” The AG missed this part of the advertisement, because this former lawman is now a Government minister.The AG knows that the PPP excesses he complains about have their genesis in the Forbes Burnham era. Death squad is a product of the Forbes Burnham era, not Bharrat Jagdeo’s. The AG is right to criticize the PPP given that its minister (Sash Sawh) was killed and nothing was done about it. But this kind of disrespect for the State began with Burnham, whose minister (Vincent Teekah) was killed on October 24, 1979, and nothing was done either.Mr Khan may be accused of aiding the police with critical intelligence to combat crime or even appearing to be sympathetic to the then democratically elected regime, but the AG is wrong to suggest that Mr. Khan held himself out to be a PPP crime-fighting state actor.More importantly, what Mr. Khan said in 2006 was that the Opposition PNC, with friends in the GDF and GPF and elsewhere were destabilizing the country to overthrow the Jagdeo regime or force a power-sharing regime on the electorate.The public needs to understand this reality. The PNC is incapable of wining an election on its own despite over fifty years of electoral contests. Thus, alternative methods to acquire power must be used. This was attempted in 2001.  Here is what the former US Ambassador, Mr. Ronald Godard, said about the 2001 elections and election observer groups, during a 2004 interview for the Foreign Affairs Oral History Project.“We would meet on a weekly basis coordinating our activities and we worked with the electoral tribunal very closely. They had a very highly respected civil servant, he had been the commander of their armed forces…But, inevitably there were issues, and again there was no question about who won the election… It was the Indo Guyanese party. And there was demonstration and rioting, burning of buildings by the Afro Guyanese, and that finally sort of dampened down…There’s a minority sector in their national assembly from the opposition. They would frequently walk out to try to discredit the legislative power doing stuff they have to do. What they were after I think was shared power, but what they really wanted was power.”Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

  • A BRAND NEW CYCLE AS ERRIGAL INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOUR SADDLES UP

    first_imgIn mid March word was filtering through from the West of Ireland that the successful Mayo Youth Tour under the guidance of Connacht Cycling was not going ahead due to unforeseen circumstances.The event which attracted an entry of 186 riders from a variety of nations in 2011 was about to be scored off the Irish cycling calendar for 2012. For many young homegrown riders in this country this was devastating news as the ‘Youth Tour’ weekend was the highlight of their summer and their ‘Grand Tour’ if you like.Not only is the ‘Youth Tour’ weekend a form of competition but also a time for many parents to have their annual get together not only from Ireland but also from the British Isles, South Africa et al.The Youth Tour is a prestige cycling event for our children in this country as it gives them not only a competition but it also introduces children from other countries to their communities and their circle of friends. Of course, from a competition point of view it is a great marker for where they are at in comparison to their foreign compatriots. It also integrates many different nationalities and cultures so overall it is a great learning experience for the children.A relatively young club, Errigal Cycling Club in County Donegal heard of the news. Errigal Cycling Club was formed in the later stages of 2008 by a group of leisure cyclists. The club has grown extensively over the last four years with particular attention in nurturing youth development. Earlier this year the club held their annual Cycling Ireland Sprocket Rocket program with over 100 children signing on for the six week program. The club is largely rural based with members from Annagry to Dunfanaghy and Carrigart to Letterkenny.At their monthly club meeting on the 20th March 2012 one of the items on the agenda was the cancellation of the Mayo Youth Tour 2012… and from that night on the word cancellation wasn’t even heard of! There was a massive response from the club members at the meeting and the club decided that they would take on the event. In many respects it was a brave decision and it meant the club immersing themselves in unknown waters but a demanding performance challenge tends to create a team. It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.Next step was to decide on a venue for the North Western Donegal Club – with so many members from different small communities there was much anticipation and voices from many members and let’s be honest this was not an easy task! Our first meeting was a bit like the Good Friday agreement! – There were many words and it showed the passion and enthusiasm within the club! Trying to select a venue that each club member was happy with but more to the point the location that would suit the competitors and teams adequately. As the club is rural based there was one common goal and that was to base the event in a small community rather than going into an urban town where the atmosphere of the event would be most certainly diluted.Finally, after much deliberation the club decided on Churchill as the host village for 2012 Errigal International Youth Tour. Churchill is a small village located 8 miles from Donegal’s largest town Letterkenny. The village’s name is derived from its location on a small hilltop. The village boasts a post office, one grocery shop, a take away and three pubs. The local Catholic Church is located a mile away while there is a Church of Ireland located in the village itself.In early April, Cycling Ireland gave the club their seal of approval to proceed with the event and offered much valued funding plus assistance.Cycling Ulster were right on board from the off and the enthusiasm shown by Marian and Tommy Lamb was met by all. On the 14th of May in the conference Centre at Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal, the “1er Errigal International Youth Tour 2012” was launched by the Mayor of Donegal, Fine Gael Cllr – Noel McBride in front of a massive audience of approximately 200 people. There were people from all corners of Ireland at the launch including a large turnout of officials from both Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster. Honorary Secretary of Cycling Ireland Jack Watson attended the event that night and he also lent his expertise as he carried out a reconnaissance on the stages earlier that day. Jack said his first response was on hearing Errigal Cycling Club were taking on the event was-“They’ll never manage it. It’s a 12-month project.” But after visiting the tour routes and facilities and meeting with club members today, he said, “I have no doubt you will make it”.It was great from a club’s point of view to hear these words of encouragement as this was our first experience of running a national event.The event itself will have an impact on the county not only from a cycling perspective but also from a tourism point of view as young riders from as far away as South Africa, Le Pays Basque, Isle of Man, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland are all attending the 2012 event. Churchill has never before witnessed what it will encounter this weekend nor has the County of Donegal as it’s bringing together a multitude of different nationalities and cultures to rural areas and also a much needed injection to the local rural economy. On this note the club would like to thank the local and national media in striving to promote the event.This Thursday will see the arrival of our first competitors to the area as the Mr.Price team fly in from Durban, South Africa with most others arriving Friday evening.The headquarters for the event is in Gartan Outdoor Education Centre in Gartan 1km from Churchill village. The event is superbly located in safe environs for children.Gartan Outdoor Education Centre is set on 87 acres on the shores of Gartan Lough and really is a very special place.The last few three months have being nothing short of crazy with so many jobs and chores to be carried out. A lot of hard work has gone into the event – from meetings with the local community in Churchill to ordering safety pins for riders’ official competition numbers! The job list is endless.The club are deeply grateful to so many people who have come to County Donegal over the last few weeks to meet with them to help in the successful running of the event, – Michéal and Mary Concannon for their endless advice and also to Martin McNally of Covey wheelers for his visit to the club, Bord Fáilte and Donegal Sports Partnership for their expertise and An Garda Síochana. The event would not have been possible if we hadn’t the support of local businesses in Donegal and they have really got behind the event. It would be impossible to thank everyone but you know who you are.Finally to the people of Churchill and Gartan – the support of the local people in these areas over the last few weeks has been superb both in the village and a long the stage routes.We, at Errigal Cycling Club wish everyone a safe weekend’s cycling and we thank the competitors, parents and teams for entering the event and we would encourage everyone to come out and watch the spectacle unfold!A BRAND NEW CYCLE AS ERRIGAL INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOUR SADDLES UP was last modified: August 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYCLINGERRIGAL INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOURlast_img read more

  • LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY UNVEILS ITS ANNUAL PLAN

    first_imgMembers of the Loughside Community at last night’s launch.More than 100 people attended the launch of the Loughside Community Annual Plan for 2014 in the Silver Tassie last night.The Loughside area covers townlands from Letterkenny to Ramelton.The Loughside Community alert was set up by Noel Sweeney from Cashelshannaghan in November 2014 in response concerns by local residents after a number of burglaries took place in the local area. The group, which is now an affiliate member of Muintir na Tire, is up and running with a text alert system in operation and a hard working committee in place. The group has also been liaising with the Garda Siochana community officer.Interim Chairperson of the Loughside Community group Noel Sweeney said “We have received great support from the community and now have over 300 numbers on our text alert database”.“The committee has been working extremely hard since November and tonight we are presenting an Action Plan outlining our intentions for the rest of the year”.Noel says, “I have been very impressed with the positive response from the community as a whole”. “All of the committee members have stepped up and taken on shared responsibility for various activities in the action plan”. “Over the year, we will try to address the concerns of the Loughside Community and arrange a number of community events to help generate community spirit in the area”.The planned events include a 5Km fun walk/run, Area Clean up/Coffee Morning, a table quiz night and an end of year party night.The group will also put a funding plan in place, develop guidelines for supporting the vulnerable in the community, apply for personal alarms for older residents and roll out a network of Loughside Community Text Alerts signs throughout the Loughside.The Loughside area was divided into fifteen Townland Areas (TAs) and at least two TA coordinators were appointed for each Townland Area.The coordinators have been busy recruiting residents into the scheme and informing the community about the text alert scheme. Local technology company SENDMODE, based in the CoLAB at the LYIT, set up a text alert scheme for the group and sponsored the first 5,000 text messages. LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY UNVEILS ITS ANNUAL PLAN was last modified: March 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegallaunchLoughside Community PlanNoel Sweeneytext alertlast_img read more

  • Disability insurer ordered to reconsider thousands of rejected claims

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Settling a three-year probe, California insurance regulators on Monday said they ordered UnumProvident Corp., the nation’s largest disability insurer, to reconsider thousands of claims and change the way it handles future claims. The settlement with the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based insurer, which also will pay an $8 million fine, came after regulators reviewed 1,000 disability claims by policyholders in the state and found that UnumProvident was systematically finding ways to get out of paying. Thomas Watjen, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement Monday that company officials disagree with allegations that claims were wrongly denied but agreed to the settlement to “remove the regulatory cloud that has been hanging over us.” As part of the settlement, reassessment notices will be mailed to about 26,000 California customers whose claims were denied or terminated between Jan. 1, 1997, and Sept. 30, 2005, UnumProvident officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Those policyholders will be able to have an independent, third- party medical review of their claims. The company will have to reinstate or begin paying claims if the independent reviewer sides with the policyholder, who will also be able to file an appeal if the claim is denied. The insurer settled similar allegations with 48 other states last year. Some 600 disability insurers covering Californians will be asked to submit their policies for review by the commissioner’s office. last_img read more

  • Reforming schools

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It seems clear now that Villaraigosa was keeping his school criticisms to himself until after Tuesday’s election. No sense in interfering with the LAUSD’s attempt at a fourth building bond. School officials are already a bit testy about the mayor’s interest in their operations. But now that the bond’s a done deal, hopefully Villaraigosa will take off the gloves. Unfortunately, it’s not all that clear that Villaraigosa now has any leverage to pressure the establishment or even a concrete plan. As usual his rhetoric is light, preferring to be terribly oblique on the details than to stake out his turf and make a stand. The mayor told the business leaders on Wednesday that he has a tentative timetable for his plan, but he wouldn’t reveal either when or what. He has put together an advisory panel to explore all options. But all the advisory panels in the world don’t mean squat if there’s no political will to get it done. This renewal of the commitment to school reformation is a good sign, but it will be little more than that until Villaraigosa follows it up with an plan of action. We’re all waiting. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put efforts to reform Los Angeles Unified schools on hold to push for yet another $4 billion in bond money without exacting any public commitment from officials to actually change the system. Although Los Angeles voters rejected everything else on the Tuesday ballot, they supported Measure Y. The next day, with money safely in the hands of LAUSD officials, Villaraigosa challenged Los Angeles business leaders to back him as he storms the barricades to free students from a mediocre educational system. Uneducated kids won’t do much to help the economy grow in the future, after all. It’s certainly the right message and long overdue. Villaraigosa campaigned heavily on reforming the school district despite the fact that currently the City Charter doesn’t give the mayor authority over the schools. That evidently struck a chord with parents, because Villaraigosa won by a landslide in May. But after that, not much more than an odd peep about the schools. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • IRISH SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ADULT LEARNERS THIS SUMMER

    first_imgScholarships for Adult Learners of Irish on Oideas Gael Courses, supported by Foras na Gaeilge.Oideas Gael is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for adult learners on Irish courses in Gleann Cholm Cille and Coimín, Gleann Fhinne, Co. Dhún na nGall.  Courses are held weekly from now till the end of August at all levels from absolute beginner to fuller fluency. Persons awarded scholarship should be resident in Northern Ireland and register beforehand with the LÍOFA 2015 Scheme, which can be done simply by going on-line to:  http://www.liofa.eu/signPriority in the selection process will be accorded to those who have not previously had the opportunity to study Irish while at school, or lack the means of attending courses without scholarship assistance.Applications are invited by telephoning Oideas Gael at 00353 74 97 30248 or by contacting the office via e-mail at oideasgael@eircom.net with a brief outline as to why you should receive a scholarship.Oideas Gael wishes to thank Foras na Gaeilge for scholarship funding. Eolas/Information  +353 87 9173106 (Liam)Scoláireachtaí do Fhoghlaimeoirí Fásta Gaeilge ar chúrsaí Oideas Gael le tacaíocht ó Fhoras na GaeilgeTá áthas ar Oideas Gael a fhógairt go bhfuil scoláireachtaí ar fáil do dhaoine fásta ar a chuid cúrsaí Gaeilge i nGleann Cholm Cille agus ar An Choimin, Gleann Fhinne. Beidh cúrsaí ar siúl gach seachtain ó seo go deireadh mhí Lúnasa agus iad ar gach uile leibhéal ó ghlantosaitheoir go líofa.Beidh ar an té ar a mbronnfar scoláireacht a bheith ina gcónaí i dTuaisceart Éireann agus orthu clárú roimh ré le Scéim LÍOFA 2015. Thig sin a dhéanamh ach dul ar-líne go:     http://www.liofa.eu/signTabharfar tús áite dóibh siúd nach raibh deis acu Gaeilge a fhoghlaim ar scoil nó nach bhfuil d’acmhainn acu freastal ar chúrsa gan cuidiú scoláireachta.Tá fáilte roimh iarrthóirí glaoch ar oifig Oideas Gael ag  +353 74 97 30248 nó r-phost a sheoladh chugainn ag  oideasgael@eircom.net Tá Oideas Gael faoi mhórchomaoin ag Foras na Gaeilge as an scéim seo a mhaoiniú.Tá sonrai ar chúrsaí Oideas Gael ar fáil ag:  www.oideasgael.ieIRISH SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ADULT LEARNERS THIS SUMMER was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

  • One in 16 Donegal homes and businesses burgled in the past decade

    first_imgOver 3,700 home and business owners in Donegal have experienced a break-in over the past 10 years.This is equivalent to one in every 16 properties, according to an analysis by Phonewatch, who say the figures “demonstrates the importance for all of us to be vigilant in protecting our properties.”Donegal homes and businesses are considerably safer than properties in other counties, as the national average stands at one in every seven homes or premises being burgled. Donegal had the second-lowest burglary rates in the Republic of Ireland between 2009 and 2018.With 1,063 break-ins, Letterkenny Garda Station recorded the most burglaries of any of Donegal’s Garda stations.Ballybofey (227) and Buncrana (183) were the second and third highest respectively, while with just 11, Clogher received the lowest number of burglary reports for the county.The survey found that 2018 had the lowest number of burglaries nationwide for the decade (16,969). Today, 49% of Irish homes have an alarm. Speaking about the figures, PhoneWatch Managing Director, Eoin Dunne said, “While we’re seeing a welcome reduction in burglaries in recent years, the reality is that burglary still remains all too common in Ireland. By examining the figures over an extended period we can see the true scale and impact of burglary in Ireland. The good news is that our research shows Irish householders are taking more steps in recent years to protect their homes, and this is having a positive effect.” One in 16 Donegal homes and businesses burgled in the past decade was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:break-inburglariescrimelast_img read more

  • Fish See With Electric Eyes

    first_imgBiologists knew that some electric fish shock their prey and others with weak electricity can navigate with it, but they didn’t know till recently just how much information these fish can detect with their unique sense.  French and British scientists ran some experimental tests on weakly electric fish, the African elephantnose fish Gnathonemus petersii, which sends out pulses of electricity, and the Amazonian longtail knifefish Sternopygus macrurus, which sends out electrical waves.  These fish feed on aquatic larvae at night where eyes are of no use.  But they have eyes of a different sort: electric eyes.    Graff et al., in their paper in the May 4 issue of Current Biology,1 showed experimentally that these fish use their electric sense for much more than just location.  Their electric organs effectively provide a map of their surroundings.  The electric field they generate is modulated by the dielectric properties and impedances of objects in the area: grass, stones, other fish and larvae each have their own electrical signature.  These signatures are picked up by numerous sensory organs in the skin of the fish.  The skin thus acts like a retina, allowing the fish to see its way in the dark.  The information is so rich and varied, you could even say it’s analogous to 3D color vision.    Through a series of clever experiments, the scientists demonstrated that these species of fish can detect the following information about objects: size, composition, distance to objects, distance between objects, spatial patterns, 3D orientations, and similarities between different objects.  They can even memorize configurations in space to create a mental map.  They can do all these relying solely on their electric sense, “which is alien to all other animals”  (They do not mention one possible exception, the duck-billed platypus.)    The authors coined a new term, “electroperception,” to indicate that this special sense does more than just electro-location.  They compared it to the echolocation of bats and dolphins who, similarly, can discern shapes, textures, motions and distances with their special senses.  Needless to say, the fish’s electrical sensory apparatus requires processing for interpretation and response.  They may not have the human cerebral cortex, but “evolution favored the valvula cerebelli, a hypertrophied part of the metencephalon (cerebellum), which is likely to be responsible for such functions.”    See also Science Now for a summary of the findings.1Graff, Kaminski, Gresty and Ohlman, “Fish Perform Spatial Pattern Recognition and Abstraction by Exclusive Use of Active Electrolocation,” Current Biology Vol 14, 818-823, 4 May 2004.This was such a great story, why did they have to mess it up with a stupid evolutionary personification at the end?  Evolution can’t favor anything, nor can it build a brain or a hypertrophied (enlarged) valvula cerebellum.  They presented no evolutionary pathways or missing links; the comment added nothing.  *Sigh*    Let us forgive this brief indecorum (maybe they had to say the E word to get it past the Darwin Party guards of Current Biology).  Let us just thank them for performing good experimental technique to bring another wonder of nature to our attention.  Just a dumb fish at night, but with the coolest of gadgets: electric eyes.  Stunning.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Full Frame Vs. Cropped Sensors: How Much Does It Really Matter?

    first_imgFull frame cameras have been all the rage in independent level film production, but crop sensor cameras offer some huge advantages over their full frame counterparts. With the recently released crop sensor GH4 turning heads all over the indie film world, the issue is now more relevant than ever.Full frame shots undeniably look great: an ultra shallow depth of field, smooth bokeh, and a surreal almost bigger than life feeling. But along with all of these great characteristics comes compromises. For instance, a full frame DSLR has a much larger frame size than Super 35mm film, so technically the full frame look is not as true to traditional cinematography as say an APS-C sized sensor (which is much closer to the 35mm Academy standard). But there are other more practical issues as well: your lens choices on a full frame camera are quite limited and the full frame glass can get very expensive because of the overall size.Image from CaptainKimoThere are crop sensor cameras, like the Lumix GH4 that I mentioned at the top of this post, that have a Micro Four Thirds sized sensor, which is significantly smaller than full frame and will effectively give you a 2x crop. What this means is if you put on a 50mm lens, it will look more like a 100mm lens on your MFT camera.The downside to this is that it can be challenging to get some specific types of shots that are relatively easy on full frame cameras. One example is the extreme wide angle (non-fisheye) shot, which would need a very specific type of wide angle lens. Luckily there are a number of MFT lenses that fit this bill, but many of them are either slow or not particularly great quality.The other issue is that full frame cameras are far better in low light, so you need to be extra picky with your lens selection for crop sensor cameras, always making sure that you choose lenses that have a fast aperture. Personally, I like all my lenses to be an f2 or below, and many of them are an f1.4 or below.Image from 43RumorsSo, clearly there are some challenges associated with both formats, but they also each have their advantages. Full frame, as described above, is great in low light and offers some unique image qualities, while crop sensors (like MFT) open up a huge array of lens choices and are also much smaller which makes them ideal for documentary or guerrilla style shooting. Another plus for crop sensor cameras is that many of them are more video-oriented and feature rich, while their full frame equivalents are often more focused on stills functionality as opposed to video. There are exceptions to this, but using the GH4 as an example, it’s pretty amazing to have a 4K capable HDSLR with focus peaking, zebras, audio monitoring, slow motion, and much more all in such a small package.Ultimately there is no clear cut answer as to which format is better. I personally shoot on both all the time and use them in different situations, as do many other DP’s and directors that I work with regularly. That said, there are specific types of shooters that have different requirements and as such would benefit more from one format over the other.Full Frame vs. Crop – Which To ChooseIf you don’t already own a camera, then this decision can be quite a tricky one. I know that before I purchased one of my first DSLRs (well really a DSLM, the Lumix GH2), I was quite torn as to which format would suit me best. I’m sure many of you that are gearing up to buy your first camera may find yourself in the same predicament.It all comes down to what you are going to use the camera for. There have been absolutely gorgeous images captured with cameras across the board – full frame, MFT, APS-C, you name it. So don’t worry about the image quality too much as part of your decision making process, because at the end of the day if the camera is in the right hands, the images will look good.Instead, focus your attention on what you as a filmmaker need. If you plan on shooting a lot of run and gun material, or documentary content, I would strongly suggest thinking about the MFT format. It’s much easier to pull focus with and the size of the camera lends itself well to a covert shooting situation. There are some mirrorless full frame cameras out now that solve the size issue, but they are still difficult to shoot with in a guerrilla type of setting without a dedicated focus puller, so I would always recommend a more manageable sensor size for these situations.As for full frame, these cameras are excellent for narrative storytelling in controlled environments where you have a dedicated focus puller, or can at least take time to plan your shots more strategically if you will be pulling focus yourself. They are also great if you plan on shooting a lot of low-light/streetlight footage as you can typically bump up your ISO much higher than on crop sensor cameras. Another huge advantage of full frame cameras is their ability to capture amazing stills. Even if you’re not primarily a stills photographer, you never know when you might get asked to shoot some stills, and just about any Full Frame camera will deliver better still photos than crop sensor cameras. After all, that is what they are intended to do.Final ThoughtsChoose the camera that is right for you and your situation and once you’ve made your decision – move on! Focus on lighting, composition, lensing, and all of the other elements that are far more important than your sensor size.last_img read more