3 Reasons Why Rokinon’s Xeen Lenses Could Be Worth The Investment

first_imgMany filmmakers have called Rokinon’s recently announced Xeen lenses overpriced. Here’s why they just might be worth their high price tag.For several years now, shooters have been enjoying Rokinon’s set of reasonably high-quality/low-cost cinema-style primes. I personally own the 24, 35, 50, and 85 and I’ve have had some great results with them across the board. That said, while these lenses certainly offer a more cinema-driven experience than their still lens counterparts, they’re a far cry from more robust and professional cinema lenses.Simply put, de-clicking the aperture ring, and adding focus/iris gears doesn’t make a stills lens a cinema lens; it makes for a modified stills lens that’s adaptable to a filmmaking environment. So for anyone out there that doesn’t quite understand why Rokinon’s Xeen lenses cost about $2500 a pop when they’re likely using the same glass as their much cheaper versions, here’s why:1. Better Build QualityProfessional DPs and Directors understand the value of build quality and are willing to pay for it. If you’re using a lens kit day in and day out, the last thing you want is to have a lens malfunction or break mid-shoot – which is quite common with cheaper glass. In fact, my Rokinon 35mm cine lens has had several issues in the past, including an iris ring that wouldn’t close all the way. The bottom line is that a large-scale production would gladly pay the extra money to buy or rent a better-built lens for greater peace of mind on set, and to potentially save a ton of money over the long run.2. Longer Focus ThrowWhile it’s nice to have the geared focus ring on the original Rokinon Cinema Lenses, the Xeen lenses have a 200 degree throw, which is far longer and more conducive to a film shoot. One of the complaints I’ve had over and over again from 1st ACs that I’ve worked with (using the original Rokinons) was that the focus throw was too short. They weren’t able to pull focus nearly as smoothly as they would have wanted to. The Xeen lenses will definitely help matters in this department and should offer an experience closer to what you might get with a Zeiss Cp.2 or similar.3. Universal Front DiameterUnlike the original Rokinon Cinema Lenses, the Xeens all boast a universal 114mm front diameter. This means that when swapping lenses, your matte box, rig, filters, and other components won’t have to be tweaked. One of the more annoying things about working with mismatched lenses is the added time in between setups (adjusting the rig/filters), so having the ability to work with a universal set like this is a huge bonus for many filmmakers.Other ConsiderationsThe three points above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other great features and benefits to these lenses, including the wide variety of mounts they’re available in (everything from PL down to MFT) and an 11 blade iris, just to name some examples. But ultimately, they’re not for everyone.Many professionals who are willing to spend $2500 per lens are willing to spend the extra money to jump up to a Zeiss Cp.2 or Canon cinema primes. And for other shooters it’ll simply be out of their price range. But I do believe there’s a sweet spot for these lenses and some DPs, producers, directors, and rental houses will benefit from having them in their kits.Here’s a clip from NewsShooter.com that takes a hands-on look at the Xeen line and looks at how they stack up against comparable glass from Sony and Zeiss.What’s your opinion on Rokinon glass? Is the Xeen line something you’re interested in exploring? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

London Olympics face twin challenges

first_imgWith less than a fortnight to go for the Olympics, host city London could look like a besieged garrison, thanks to the security system that has been put in place. However, the bigger worry could be Mother Nature, as Britain has faced an incredibly wet summer. Recent pictures of east London residential areas being fitted with missiles and the army positioned in key areas give the impression as if the country is readying for World War III. It is in this newly developed part of east London that most Olympic venues are located.To be sure, Britain never gave the impression all this while that terror would be such a major issue with it. However, with several suspects arrested in the last one month, its apprehensions are out in the open.As for the rain, it has affected county cricket, the Formula One race in Silverstone and even Wimbledon where Roger Federer won his seventh title in an indoor setting. With such a prospect looming over outdoor sporting events, the organisers surely have a job on their hands.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho hits out at ‘Einsteins’ for criticism

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at football’s “Einsteins” for criticising him during the English Premier League club’s run of three successive defeats.Despite winning the first four games of his tenure, Mourinho has come under scrutiny from the media after United’s slump in form with the club currently six points behind leaders Manchester City in the league.United returned to winning ways after beating third-tier side Northampton Town 3-1 in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.”We had a bad week. I know that the world is full of Einsteins, I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career,” Mourinho told MUTV, the club’s in-house television station.”They tried to delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United Football Club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that’s the new football, it’s full of Einsteins.”United have been given the chance to redeem their recent league defeat to City after being drawn to face them at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the League Cup.With home games against champions Leicester City, Russian side FC Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League and Stoke City coming up, Mourinho hoped his side can regain some of their lost momentum in the coming weeks.”We have three home matches now in a row and it is always good to be at home,” said the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.”If the fans have been disappointed with the last week, I understand completely but I am sure they will be behind the team like they always are.”advertisementlast_img read more

Celtic Soccer Academy to hold trials to unearth talent

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) Celtic Soccer Academy, in association with its international partner in India, Madhya Bharat Sports Club, today announced a nationwide trial tour to identify the best footballing talents in the country. The trials will take place at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on Sunday. Through the trials, the Academy aims to build three squads comprising of Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 boys, who would be taken on a full residential programme with equal emphasis on footballing as well as academic excellence. The Academy is looking to identify 72 young footballers for the three squads in the first year, and the best three among these will also be sent to Celtic FC in Glasgow, Scotland for a one month player exchange programme. Madhya Bharat Sports Club has signed a six-year deal with Celtic Football Club that will see the Celtic Soccer Academy work with the club to implement a development model for Indian football in the city of Bhopal. Following the tie-up, the Academy has appointed UEFA Pro Coach Jose Carlos Hevia as the Technical Director. Previously, Jose had a successful stint with Indian Super League team FC Pune City as the Technical Director and Head of Grassroots Development from 2014 to 2016. He has successfully worked for Minerva FC and developed players there as well, some of whom are now a part of Indias U-17 World Cup squad. Hevia, Technical Director of Celtic Soccer Academy ? Madhya Bharat Sports Club said, “Having spent a fair bit of time with young Indian footballers at FC Pune City and Minerva Punjab FC, I firmly believe that there is a lot of potential here. “I am sure that we will be able to spot some good talent at these trials, and given the right exposure and grooming, they can be developed into footballers who go on and represent India at higher levels.” PTI CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Oppo R17 Neo launched with in-display fingerprint sensor, 6.4-inch AMOLED display with waterdrop notch

first_imgR17 Pro was one of the most talked about Oppo phone in the last few months. Oppo launched the two R series phones lately. One is the Oppo R17, while the top-end model is the Pro version or the Oppo R17 Pro. Today, Oppo has added a new phone to the R17 series. It is the R17 Neo. Oppo has reportedly launched the R17 Neo in Japan as the phone is spotted listed on a Japanese website called the UQCommunications. It is worth noting that Oppo’s official Japan website doesn’t have the R17 Neo phone listed anywhere on its website. Going in line with the latest trend, the Oppo R17 Neo sports a waterdrop notched display.As far as the design is concerned, the Oppo looks more like the Oppo F9 series of phones and less like the R17 or the R17 Pro. But, the phone does borrow some of the features from the R17 phones like the in-display fingerprint sensor technology. The fingerprint sensor embedded inside the display of the phone is the new trend in the smartphone market. It all started with Vivo NEX, and now some of the major phone makers like OnePlus are following it. Samsung is also expected to bring them under the display sensor tech to its S10 lineup of phones.Going by the specs sheet, the Oppo R17 Neo looks like a pretty decent phone overall. The smartphone comes packed with a screen size similar to the OnePlus 6T. The R17 Neo sports a massive 6.4-inch display HD+ AMOLED display with resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at 1.95GHz. As of now, there’s no word if the phone will come to India, but taking into consideration the specs if it does, the phone will stand and compete against Vivo’s V11 Pro.advertisementThe Oppo R17 Neo comes in only one variant with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes with several connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0. As expected, the Oppo R17 Neo runs Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. There’s no information if the phone will be upgraded to Google’s next Android OS – Android 9 Pie – or not.On the camera front, the Oppo R17 Neo includes two cameras on the rear panel. It comes with a primary camera of 16-megapixel and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel on the back. On the front, the R17 Neo comes with a 25-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone comes with a slightly smaller battery than the OnePlus 6T. It packs a 3,600mAh battery.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T gets OxygenOS 9.0.4 update with Nightscape improvements, November security patchAs noted, the Oppo R17 Neo hasn’t been listed on the official website of the company. But, the phone has been spotted listed on a Japanese retail website called UQCommunications with a price tag of JPY 38,988, which roughly comes around Rs 25,500.last_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Uttar Pradesh, Saurashtra win, Punjab lose

first_imgOut of favour India batsman Suresh Raina smashed an unbeaten 54 off 35 balls to lead Uttar Pradesh to a six wicket win over Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in New Delhi on Friday.Opting to bat, Hyderbad could only mange 139 for 7 in 20 overs. Bavanaka Sandeep was the top scorer with 33 off 31 balls.Uttar Pradesh captain Raina guided his team to victory in 18.3 overs after openers Upendra Yadav 25 and Samarth Singh 36 provided a steady start.In another Group E game, openers Nakul Verma and Ravi Chauhan starred with the bat as Services registered a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Tripura.Opting to bowl, Services restricted Tripura to 157 before Verma hit 73 off 45 balls and Chauhan, who was unbeaten on 62, overhauled the target with more than four overs to spare.Earlier, Tripura openers Joydeep Banik and Udiyan Bose were dismissed off simultaneous deliveries. Saurabh Das (0) and Pratyush Singh (7) were also dismissed cheaply. Captain Manisankar Murasingh then scored a 52 off 40 balls to take his side to a respectable total after the middle order collapsed.Playing at Palam A Stadium, Maharashtra beat Puducherry by eight wickets in a low scoring match.Opting to bat, Puducherry could only manage a paltry 101 in 20 overs.Maharashtra’s left-arm pacer Divyang Himganekar wreaked havoc returning with figures of 4-19. Paras Dogra was the top scorer for Puducherry with 32 runs.For Maharashtra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (55 off 44 balls) and captain Naushad Shaikh (44 off 37) starred with the bat.In another match, Baroda skipper Kedar Devdhar’s 61 off 49 balls and Yusuf Pathan’s unbeaten 47 went in vain as Uttrakhand registered a seven-wicket victory.advertisementSet a target of 153, Uttrakhand’s Saurabh Rawat (41) and Vaibhav Singh, who was unbeaten on 49, hit four boundaries and as many sixes to end the match with one over to spare.RAHANE FLOPS BUT MUMBAI BEAT PUNJABLed by pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, Mumbai defended a modest 156-run target as they beat Punjab by 35 runs in their Group C match in Indore, registering their second successive win in the premier domestic T20 tournament.In another Group C game, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who had hit an unbeaten 100 in 61 balls against Railways Thursday, continued his good form as he scored 68 to help Saurashtra defeat Madhya Pradesh by 6 wickets.This was Saurashtra’s first win in the tournament.On Thursday, Mumbai had kicked-off their campaign on a winning note, thrashing minnows Sikkim by a staggering 154 runs.Asked to bat first, Punjab bowlers led by medium pacer Baltej Singh (3-30) and left-arm seamer Barinder Singh Sran (3-34) dished out a clinical performance as they bundled out a formidable Mumbai for a modest 155 in their 20 overs Friday.Surya Kumar Yadav was Mumbai’s top-scorer as he hit a quick-fire 80 in just 49 balls.Earlier, skipper Ajinkya Rahane (0) and young prodigy Prithvi Shaw (8) had another failure with the bat as Mumbai slumped to 8-2 early on.But in-form Shreyas Iyer (46), who had made a record- breaking 147 against Sikkim, and Yadav stitched a crucial 126- run stand for the third wicket.While Iyer hammered four fours and three shots over the fence, Yadav struck nine boundaries and four sixes in his stroke-filled innings at the Emerald Heights International School Ground here.After Iyer’s dismissal, ‘crisis man’ Siddhesh Lad went for a duck and then Mumbai lost wickets in a heap and eventually folded up for 155.Unheralded 18-year-old Punjab opener Prabhsimran Singh, who has been picked by IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, gave Mumbai a scare with a blazing 54 in just 20 balls, an innings studded with six boundaries and four sixes.But he lacked support from his opening partner Shubhman Gill (1) and one down Mandeep Singh (5).Gurkeerat Mann (24) got a start but failed to convert it into a big score.All other Punjab batsmen, including veteran Yuvraj Singh, had an off-day in office as their innings folded up at 120 in 18.2 overs.With the win, Mumbai added four more points to their kitty.Kulkarni (4-22) was ably supported by Shubham Ranjane (2-14), while Shams Mulani (1-26), Shardul Thakur (1-42) and Tushar Deshpande (1-15) picked a wicket each to fashion Mumbai’s victory.KARNATAKA THRASH BENGALYoung Rohan Kadam struck an unbeaten 81 as Karnataka cantered to a nine-wicket win over Bengal to register their second successive Group D win in Cuttack.The 24-year-old, who made his debut against Assam on Thursday, smashed two sixes and 10 fours during his 55-ball knock as Karnataka chased down the modest target of 132 in 15.5 overs.Giving him company was wicketkeeper-batsman BR Sharath, who got out after completing his 50 off 37 balls with the help of nine boundaries. The duo laid down a solid opening partnership of 117 runs in 14.3 overs for Karnataka.advertisementBengal’s bowling also struggled at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi in the outskirts here, with Ashok Dinda leaking 22 runs from his two overs and didn’t even complete his full quota.Opting to bat, Bengal batsmen faltered to be bundled out for 131 inside 19.4 overs with opener Shreevats Goswami top-scoring with a 29-ball 40 (6x4s, 1×6).The diminutive Goswami gave Bengal the perfect start with Vivek Singh (10) before the latter was dismissed by Abhimanyu Mithun (3/22) by a brilliant diving effort from R Vinay Kumar.Fresh from his century against Mizoram, Bengal vice-captain Abhimanyu Easwaran failed convert a fine start with Rohan taking a catch off Manoj Bhandage (2/18).Three balls later, Bhandage gave a second breakthrough when Goswami edged one behind the stumps.With 66 for 3 in eight overs, the senior duo of Manoj Tiwary and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha (6) looked to rebuild their innings. But it was not be as Saha became victim of a run-out after a mix-up with skipper Tiwary.Earlier at the same venue, Chhattisgarh toyed Arunachal Pradesh attack to notch up a massive 215 for three en route to a 96-run win for their back-to-back victories.Rishabh Tiwary top-scored for Chhattisgarh with a 52-ball 81 (7x4s, 4x6s), while Amandeep Khare was at his explosive best in a 23-ball unbeaten 61 (6x4s, 4x6s).In reply Arunachal Pradesh were restricted to 118 for eight. Vishal Kushwah starred with the ball fopr Chhatisgarh with fine figures of 4 for 16.Chhattishgarh lead the Group D table with a higher net run-rate than second-placed Karnataka and Haryana. All the three teams have garnered eight points from two games each.At the Barabati Stadium, Haryana edged out Odisha by 10 runs for their second successive win.For the hosts, it was their second loss on a row and are yet to open their account after two matches.Also Watch:last_img read more

Tears unstoppable in Shimla Sushma ji

first_imgShimla: Tears have not stopped rolling from those eyes, which once spotted a bright young law student at Panjab university Sushma Sharma, later Sushma Swaraj in 1971-73.Whether it’s Kali Dass Batish, a former ABVP activist and student leader at Panjab university or Aruna Kapoor, a retired sessions’ judge – one of her close class-mate in the law in Chandigarh, everyone looked heart-broken in the demise of a leader, who shared a strong social bonding, much above the heights she had achieved in the politics. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As Batish, and his entire family remained glued to TV on Wednesday watching minute-to-minute coverage, and rich tributes being paid to India’s tallest leaders, Aruna Kapoor’s husband Dr Harbans Kapoor, turned emotional repeatedly recollecting his close families ties with the former foreign minister. “My wife and Sushma ji were prolific debaters of the college together. She was an extraordinary orator in Hindi and my wife Aruna used to team her-up in English. Travelling on cycle rickshaw together, and going around Chandigarh markets, are few good memories we shared,” says Dr Kapoor, a cancer specialist. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAruna Kapoor says there are so many fond memories about her in the college days and hostel life. “Once we went to Ferozepur for a debate on behalf of the college. All rival teams surrendered beforehand on seeing Sushma ji. She had earned a wide reputation as No 1 debater, and had been on a winning spree always,” she recalls. “Once we were listening Hindi news bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) and news-reader was Sushma Sharma. She jumped-up telling all of us, look girls –one day you will hear this. “Yeh Akashwani hai, abb samachar Sushma Sharma se! We had a big laugh and wished her good luck too. But never knew she will gain remarkable popularity as such a popular leader of the Indian Nation.” Batish, on the other hand, remembered how Sushma Swaraj once herself tweeted about him declaring that Kali Dass Batish inducted her into the ABVP 40 years back. “I never knew she used to call me her mentor and this she had told to Narendra Modi ji (then BJP general secretary in Himachal Pradesh) and former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. It’s Modi ji who once shared this with me,” Batish told the Millennium Post. Batish recalls having met her in Chandigarh, where she was doing her law and he (Batish) studying his Post-graduation, was a student leader. “I shared the stage with her in a debate. She won the first prize. Thereafter, we became very good friends and remained in touch for a long time,” he recalls. Initially, she was not in the ABVP but gradually she got associated with the organisation. He recalls, “Once I went to Narnaul in Haryana for an ABVP event. She saw some posters about my visit. She made it a point to attend the event and met me also.” Batish shared on his Facebook a Twitter post of Sushma Swaraj to fresh his memories. In town, the BJP held a condolence meeting and paid floral tributes and remembered her connections with Shimla.last_img read more

HC calls for fresh trust vote at Bongaon in 12 days

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday instructed the North 24-Parganas district administration to conduct trust vote at Bongaon municipality within 12 days.The High Court has reportedly asked the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to hold the trust vote at her office within the stipulated time amidst adequate security arrangements. The district police superintendent has been asked to provide security to the councillors from Bongaon municipality who will turn up at the DM’s office during the trust vote. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress had claimed in July that they had established control over Bongaon Municipality by defeating BJP in the no-confidence motion. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district claimed that the BJP councillors did not turn up in time. They also alleged that BJP had tried to create trouble over the trust vote that took place last month. During the previous trust vote, unprecedented police arrangements were made in front of the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, BJP leaders claimed that they had 11 councillors in the municipality out of 22 in total. Both the rival parties claimed their control over the municipality board following the trust vote. BJP later moved to the Calcutta High Court in this regard. It has ordered a fresh trust vote within 12 days and the district administration will ensure that it happens without any trouble. Bongaon municipality in North 24-Parganas district has been in a legal tangle for some time following dispute over a confidence vote, as both the parties claimed majority. State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick had earlier accused the saffron party of engineering the defections. It may be mentioned here that after the Lok Sabha elections, BJP allegedly continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool Congress in various municipalities across the state.last_img read more

First of 17 remote First Nations connected to Ontarios power grid

first_imgTORONTO — The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project.The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Thursday as the transmission lines to the provincial grid were energized.The work is part of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project launched in 2015, which will connect remote communities to the grid over an 1,800-kilometre transmission line.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler called the connection an “enormous achievement.“A reliable power source will finally end Pikangikum’s reliance on diesel generation and help the community advance plans for growth and development,” he said in a statement Thursday.The full project is expected to be completed by 2023, and will shift the communities from dependence on diesel fuel for power to the provincial electricity grid.“Connecting our remote communities to the provincial grid is better for the environment and will help improve the lives of our members,” Fiddler said.A 2014 study by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator determined there was a positive business case to extend the electricity grid to 21 of the 25 First Nations that depend on diesel.The federal government is covering the cost of the project.When the plan to build the line was announced, it was billed as the largest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-owned infrastructure project in the province’s history.Wataynikaneyap Power, which is heading up the project, is a licensed transmission company that is equally owned by 22 First Nation communities in partnership with power company Fortis.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said access to reliable and affordable electricity will help Pikangikum connect to greater economic opportunities.“This transformational project is expected to provide more than 14,000 people living in remote First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario with a reliable, clean supply of electricity,” he said in a statement.“It’s also bringing something even more significant — the promise of a brighter future.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAINS MAKEUP DEPARTMENT HEAD ON WORKING

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Director Simon Curtis’s The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel. Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes) have adapted the film, about a race car driver, his philosophical dog (yes, you read that correctly), and the growing family they both love. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia as Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife, Eve, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and later Lily Dodsworth-Evans, as their daughter, Zoë. The film is narrated, however, by the family’s dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who loves racing as much as Denny. Enzo’s dream is to get to Mongolia, where, according to a documentary he watched, dogs get reincarnated into people.Denny’s life is seen through the eyes of Enzo, who is there with him through thick and thin. It turns out that life can be quite a bit like driving a Formula One race car; the conditions will change quickly and uncontrollably, and survival is as much about adaptation as it is about skill. Yet the analogies to race car driving can only take you so far. Enzo will be by Denny’s side for challenges that will seem to be, at first blush, insurmountable. The biggest is when Eve gets sick—what follows will test Denny in ways no track ever has. Advertisement Advertisement The Art of Racing in the Rain LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

If Canada wants national pharmacare taxes will have to go up former

first_imgOTTAWA – Former federal budget watchdog Kevin Page will deliver a blunt message to premiers this week about the costs of a future national pharmacare program: if Canadians want one, taxes will have to go up.Page, who now heads a University of Ottawa think tank, will walk through the numbers Friday when he gives a presentation to the provincial and territorial leaders on what lawmakers should know about creating a cross-country, publicly funded plan for prescription drugs.The federal Liberals have put together a group of advisers, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, to consult Canadians and explore options for a national program. The council is due to report back next year, when the topic of pharmacare is sure to become a major issue during the federal election campaign.But the burning question remains: who’s going to pay for it?Last fall, an analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated national pharmacare would carry a hefty cost in the neighbourhood of $20 billion a year. That’s about one percentage point of Canada’s gross domestic product and twice Ottawa’s annual deficit projections in each of the next few years.Page said there’s a solid argument to be made for national pharmacare because it would help Canadians save significantly on their out-of-pocket drug expenses and create more consistency in terms of health costs across the country. The 2017 parliamentary budget office study estimated such a plan would save Canadians more than $4 billion every year on prescriptions.But Page said Ottawa’s books are already facing a difficult fiscal situation and warned the federal balance sheet would become unsustainable if it assumed the full cost of such a program.The provinces, as a group, are in even rougher fiscal shape, he added.His presentation, which is based on a study by his Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy to be released Monday, recommends spending cuts and tax increases as ways to afford it.Page, however, believes there’s no way to avoid tax hikes if Canada is serious about pharmacare. One option would be to boost the GST by two points, back to seven per cent, he added.“Raising taxes is never easy, politically, in this environment, but I think if we’re going to really do something like this, we’re going to have to do it,” he said in an interview.“I don’t see any other way of really moving this forward.”Page will address the premiers in St. Andrew’s, N.B., where they will gather this week for Council of the Federation meetings. Without tax increases, governments will see their shortfalls balloon well beyond existing levels, he said.“I think it would shock people,” Page said. “Deficits would literally double.”He supports the argument that, in certain cases, public servants have a responsibility to tell taxpayers that raising taxes is in their interests as a way to make life easier for politicians to take unpopular decisions.“I think the case for a national public pharmacare program is pretty strong, even from a fiscal perspective,” he said.“Just on the numbers, it’s pretty clear that these public systems… produce much lower costs. Canadians are paying a lot for drugs, a lot.”Health-care advocates have long urged Ottawa to work with provinces and territories to implement a universal public prescription drug program that covers all Canadians.Critics call the country’s current system an inefficient, expensive patchwork that has left 3.5 million Canadians unable to afford the medication they need.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Head of UN agency calls for fairness in global health policies

15 June 2009The head of the United Nations public health arm today urged senior government officials to place “fairness” at the core of decisions to protect the most vulnerable against major worldwide crises. Global warming, hikes in fuel and food prices, the economic meltdown and now the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic hit hardest in developing countries, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan.There is growing recognition that “blind faith in economic growth and gain as the be-all, end-all, cure-for-all has been misplaced,” Dr. Chan told senior government officials and international experts attending the Secretary-General’s Forum on Advancing Global Health.“Fairness, I believe, is at the heart of our ambitions in global health,” said Dr. Chan. A failure to put equality at the centre of health-care policy decisions is “one reason why the world is in such a great big mess.”She characterized globalization as a rising tide that lifts “the big boats, but swamps or sinks many smaller ones,” adding that the financial crisis has “proved highly contagious and this contagion showed no mercy and made no exceptions on the basis of fair play.”Even the level of preparedness for and capacity to cope with the A(H1N1) influenza outbreak in recent months are strongly biased towards wealthy countries, Dr. Chan told the gathering at UN Headquarters in New York. “Differences in income, life expectancy, and opportunities are greater now than at any time in recent history. These extremes of privilege and misery,” Chan noted, are often “a precursor for social breakdown.”After addressing the Forum, she told reporters that “health investment will bring economic progress and more wealth.” In his opening address to the Forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that healthy people have improved life expectancy, go to school, are more productive, take fewer days off work, have lower birth rates and thus invest more in fewer children.“Health is the tie that binds all the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] together,” he said, referring to the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.Eradicating poverty, illiteracy and the other challenges the MDGs seek to tackle will not be met without reaching the health targets, said Mr. Ban. “That is why global health is a top priority for me.”Underscoring the need for strengthening efforts to improve maternal health, with an estimated global loss of $15 billion in productivity due to maternal and newborn deaths, Mr. Ban said that there is “no better investment than safe-guarding the lives of mothers.”He added that the international community should apply its experience of fighting AIDS and malaria to saving mothers’ lives. “We know that when governments, UN entities, businesses and civil society leaders join forces, we can have a powerful impact.”Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro told a gathering launching the 2009 Report of the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs that in too many parts of the world, when a “woman goes into labour, relatives and friends do not go so far as to say goodbye, but they are often thinking, is this the last time they will see her?”Highlighting the role women play at the “economic heart of the developing world,” Ms. Migiro noted that women in “Africa carry on their heads, or in their arms, two thirds of all the goods transported around the continent.” She added that women also produce 80 per cent of Africa’s food and grow 90 per cent of the rice in Southeast Asia. “And because they are raising children – all across the world – women are also the key to a sustainable future.”However, she said that some 1,400 women die each day in childbirth in the developing world and stressed that almost all of these deaths could be prevented.“Globally, we need an estimated one million extra health care workers to provide the services needed to reduce maternal and child mortality,” a goal that sounds daunting, but achievable if the world “pulls together,” said Ms. Migiro. read more

90 Iraqi dualuse sites looted or razed – UN weapons of mass

About 90 of 353 sites in Iraq containing dual-use equipment and materials that can be used for either peaceful ends or acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) have been looted or razed, according to the latest report of the United Nations commission that was in charge of disarming Iraq of such arms.The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), which withdrew from Iraq on the eve of the United States-led invasion two years ago, reached this conclusion based on continuing examination of imagery from sites that were subject to monitoring, it writes in its latest quarterly report to the Security Council.As part of its ongoing investigation into the removal of items, equipment and materials, mainly as scrap, that were subject to UNMOVIC monitoring, the Commission notes that four of Iraq’s neighbours – Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait and Syria – have replied to its queries on whether such materials found their way into or through their territory, the latest being Syria’s negative response. Iran and Saudi Arabia have yet to reply.The report also states that the question of the continued existence of “seed stock,” the reference strains of micro-organisms that can be used in the future production of biological weapons agents, remains “part of the residue of uncertainty.””Given its unresolvable nature, the issue could best be dealt with through monitoring to detect inter alia any possible future activity associated with biological weapon agent production or significant laboratory research work,” it says. read more

Report of different Samsung phone model exploding

PARIS – A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.Lamya Bouyirdane told The Associated Press on Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She said she threw the phone away when she realized it had “swollen up” and smoke was coming out.“I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” said Bouyirdane, a mother of three in the southwestern French city of Pau.The phone then caught fire and the back blew off. Her partner quickly extinguished it.Bouyirdane said she bought the phone new last June on a website offering discounts.The South Korean company recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that caused the batteries to overheat and catch fire.William Stofega, a mobile analyst for IDC, said the incident in France was most likely an isolated one, noting that the phone has been on the market for several months now and this is the first report of a battery fire that he’s aware of.“These reports tend to cluster,” he said.He added that problems involving lithium-ion batteries used in not just smartphones, but also laptop computers, have been around for years and there’s no easy fix for them. Manufacturing defects or even a small amount of damage can cause a short circuit, resulting in an overheated battery and potentially a fire.Samsung said in a statement that it cannot comment on the case yet because the company has not investigated it.“We are unable to comment on this specific incident until we obtain and thoroughly examine the device. Customer safety remains our highest priority and we want to work with any customer who has experienced an issue with a Samsung product in order to investigate the matter and support them,” it said in the statement. “The issues with the Galaxy Note7 are isolated to only that model.” FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, the corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. Nearly 3 million Samsung washing machines are being recalled in the U.S. following multiple injuries, including a broken jaw, due to “excessive vibration.” The recall Friday, Nov. 4, affects 34 models of washing machines manufactured between 2011 and this year. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2016 11:24 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report of different Samsung phone model exploding read more

Naomie Harris picks up an OBE and reveals theres a very good

first_imgActress Naomie Harris is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II James Bond star Naomie Harris has said there is “a very good chance” Daniel Craig will return as 007. Harris, who played Moneypenny in 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, was speaking after she was appointed an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.   Harris received her honour for services to drama Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The actress met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday Actress Naomie HarrisCredit:Getty Harris said she thought fans would be “very disappointed” if Craig did not return to the role, adding: “I think the fact that the last two Bonds –  Spectre and Skyfall – have been the highest-grossing Bond movies of all  time shows that people love him as Bond, and they desperately want him to  return.  Earlier this week – the week Craig became the second-longest serving 007 –  James Norton and Michael Fassbender were said to be the frontrunners to  become the next Bond. According to bookmakers Coral, betting surged on the likes of Norton and  Fassbender taking over from Craig in the next film – but Harris is not convinced, telling the Press Association: “I don’t think that’s true. I  really don’t think that they’ve moved on from Daniel.  “And I don’t think Daniel is immune to that as well, I think he’s very aware of that, so I think that adds an extra level of pressure. But he has to ultimately do what feels right to him. “But I know that we, as a cast, collectively want him back. I know that Barbara and Michael – our producers – desperately want him back, so I think  the only person that needs persuading is Daniel.”   Harris received her honour for services to dramaCredit:AFP/Getty Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in SkyfallCredit:Francois Duhamel center_img Harris will attend the Oscars on Sunday  The Hollywood actress’s royal encounter comes just days before the Academy Awards, where she is up for an Oscar for her role as a drug addict in Moonlight. Harris, who is synonymous with the character of Moneypenny, has previously spoken of her desire to see Craig return as Bond following speculation he may leave the role – and now says that if she was a betting woman she would  put her money on him to return.  Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in Skyfall The actress met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on ThursdayCredit:PA Shortly after the release of Spectre, Craig said he would rather “slash my  wrists” than appear in another film as the secret service agent.  But Harris said that comment was “just a joke” and that it can be difficult  to translate jokes in print. Harris has previously said she wants to continue appearing in Bond films  “for as long as they’ll have me”. In a week that will see her go from the Palace to Los Angeles for the  glittering Oscars ceremony on Sunday, Harris said: “I’m not going to forget  this week.” She is nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in Moonlight as Paula, the drug-addicted mother of a young black gay man  growing up in Miami. “I don’t think I have a chance of winning at all,” she said, adding that it  is “incredible” to be nominated.  She said the experience of collecting her award from the Queen was  “lovely”, and said the monarch asked her what she was working on at the  moment.  Harris was wearing a dress by Mary Katrantzou and teamed it with a clutch by Bottega Veneta.  Harris will attend the Oscars on Sunday  Actress Naomie Harris is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth IICredit:PA Actress Naomie Harris “I think there’s a very good chance that Daniel will come back. I think  it’s way too early to be thinking about other people at this stage.” The 40-year-old star, who received her OBE for services to drama, added:  “If I was going to bet, that’s the way I would bet.” last_img read more

Celje PL conquer Tatrans fortress – Powerful RK Vardar smash Meshkov Brest

2.Tatran Prešov320182 : 776 3.Celje Piv. Laško320175 : 766 6.Nexe210152 : 553 1.Vardar330095 : 659 8.Metalurg210148 : 523 seha gazprom league Two interesting matches have been seen at the start of SEHA GAZPROM League Round 3. After two great performances against Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb, Tatran Presov lost their first home match against RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 25:26 (13:12). Urban Lesjak had 14 saves, Ziga Mlakar netted nine goals for the winners, while 10 netted young Croatian right back Bruno Butorac for the home team.RK Vardar had no troubles to easily put behind Meshkov Brest 31:23 (17:14). Ivan Cupic scored five goals for the winners, as Rastko Stojkovic and Siarhei Shylovich for Belarussian champions.STANDINGS: 4.PPD Zagreb210155 : 523 7.Meshkov Brest310275 : 793 9.Vojvodina200252 : 620 5.Dinamo Pančevo210149 : 493 10.Gorenje Velenje200241 : 570 ← Previous Story Veszprem’s powerful start – Pick Szeged beat Tatabanya Next Story → DEFEATED AGAIN: MT Melsungen beat THW Kiel! read more

Dyche laments injuries to players

first_imgBurnley Manager Sean Dyche is facing an uphill battle in Turkey as his team prepares to face Istanbul Basaksehir with just 17 players in their UEFA Europa League qualifier clash.After overcoming Scottish side Aberdeen in the last qualifying round, Burnley will be hoping to continue their first European adventure in 52 years when they come against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.The Turkish team finished third in the Super Lig last season and could provide a sterner test for Burnley on Thursday in the first leg with a number of players injured for the English side.“We’re a little bit limited in terms of our playing personnel,” Dyche told reporters ahead of the game on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.“Chris Woods is suffering from an infection, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still remain out with injury. So at the moment we’re down to just 17 players.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve included Ben Gibson and Joe Hart in the squad and they could feature if needed.”Burnley are currently in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope out injured and Hart could feature for the Clarets after completing a surprise move to the club from Manchester City.“He’s in good shape and clear minded. He knows he’ll have to work for his place in the team and I believe he’s up to the challenge.” Dyche said.Burnley will also be without new signing Matej Vydra who joined the club from Derby this week.The striker is still working on his fitness due to a lack of preseason with his former club.last_img read more

Community Meeting On Haeg Grand Jury Investigation

first_imgThe former big game guide was convicted of illegally shooting wolves in 2004, a fact he doesn’t dispute, but he says the state lied about what he did and where he did it. According to court documents further hearings, including any evidentiary hearings, will be held in Anchorage rather than in Homer or Kenai, because of the need for additional security. The event will be held on April 21, from 10-2 p.m., at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. On Saturday, April 21,  Alaska, State of Corruption will be hosting a community event at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for residents to look at, listen to, and weigh in on the evidence of Haeg’s post conviction efforts. During that hearing Southwell was unable to disclose his evidence and reasons to the other jurors. The group believes this is a clear violation of Alaska law and constitution, according to the event page.center_img According to details for the event, on March 21, 2018, Kenai Grand Juror Ray Southwell tried to disclose, to the other Kenai Grand Jurors, his evidence and reasons to believe crimes triable by the court were committed by a Kenai District Attorney, State Troopers, and judges from Kenai, Homer, Anchorage, and elsewhere. Haeg: “After fourteen years of studying the law one of your basic rights is to have your trial held in your community, and my community is the Kenai Peninsula.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For fourteen years, David Haeg, of Kenai has continued to fight against what he describes as state and judicial corruption.last_img read more