12-year-old drowns in Pomeroon River

first_imgThe Pomeroon River, one of the deepest rivers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has claimed yet another life. Dead is 12-year-old Geramey Benjamin, of Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River.The Charity Secondary School student lost his life while swimming with his cousins. Reports are Benjamin, who suffers from epilepsy, was swimming with two cousins when he reportedly suffered an attack and disappeared in the murky waters of the Pomeroon River.Guyana Times was told that the incident occurred at about 17:00h on Thursday afternoon.After realising what had transpired, the two cousins alerted his mother, Jacqueline Benjamin, and residents immediately conducted a search. The search however proved futile and the Police were summoned. On Friday at about 16:30h, the boy’s body surfaced and was seen floating in the Dredge Creek area by a resident who raised an alarm.The Police were summoned and the body was removed and taken to the Charity Wharf. It was later transported to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination. Statements from the two cousins; ages 7 and 18, were taken by Police. An investigation has been launched into the incident.On January 25, a fisherman from Buxton, East Coast Demerara, was also recovered from the Pomeroon River. He went missing for several days after he toppled into the river. His body was discovered and retrieved by residents in Charity, on the Essequibo Coast. Sixty-four-year-old Collin Nickleson had journeyed to Charity to conduct fishing as a way of earning a livelihood when he lost his life.The post-mortem examination conducted on his remains revealed he died as a result of drowning. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

If you can’t laugh at Kevin Durant’s serpentine-themed joke, you have no sense of humor

first_imgWhat you might not know is that Durant (aka easymoneysniper) doesn’t need a rim to finish. Tuesday, an Instagram post from barstoolsports was enough.KD makes a snake joke pic.twitter. … If you’re a true hoop aficionado, you are certain of two things:1. Kevin Durant is an elite finisher.And 2. Durant has been called a snake for ditching the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors two years ago. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

Lotto funds 2010 legacy fields

first_img“This is why, when we bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we did so on the basis that it leaves a lasting legacy for football in South Africa. 7 April 2009 “We need to strengthen grassroots development by providing quality football fields to accelerate the generation of world-class players at the level of the regions of [the South African Football Association].” The fund, which relies on money generated by the National Lottery, currently has in the region of R2-billion a year to distribute to registered non-profit organisations in the fields of charities, arts, culture and national heritage and sport and recreation. “One of the worst legacy of sport under apartheid is the dearth of football facilities in disadvantaged areas and the complete lack of recognition and support by the apartheid government of the sport,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer Danny Jordaan said in a statement this week. National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund spokesman Sershan Naidoo said the fund focused “on areas of greatest need and greatest potential, so that all South Africans can gain from, and contribute to, South Africa’s development.” South Africa’s National Lottery has donated R81-million to a 2010 legacy programme that will build 27 Fifa one-star standard synthetic surface soccer fields in rural and township areas around the country over the next three years. First nine facilities SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The LOC and Safa have identified the first nine sites to host such facilities for the current year, with one site in each province. Synthetic surfaces reduce the cost of upkeep, while it is proposed that each facility will include a clubhouse and office for the local football community.last_img read more

Hands-On Review: SmallHD FOCUS Monitor

first_imgSmallHD’s 5″ FOCUS monitor will give your camera a big upgrade without breaking the bank.All images via PremiumBeat.SmallHD’s FOCUS monitor is a 5-inch, 800nit display with rotating capabilities that might be one of the biggest selling points for anybody shooting tutorials, vlogging, or working without a cameraperson. The FOCUS offers a bright display that eases shooting in the middle of the day or in intensely lit circumstances. Let’s dive in for a closer look.The SmallHD FOCUSSmallHD calls this monitor, “the monitor you can see outside.” So, I took the monitor outside in the middle of a 100-degree summer day in Texas and can report the screen works wonderfully in that regard. I’m shooting on a Sony a7S II, and its display isn’t really the clearest in daylight, so the FOCUS is an absolute must for visibility.Clearly seeing what’s in or out of focus is a huge benefit. The Focus Assist and Peaking assists help a lot with color customization options — and they’re easy to access. In general, the monitor is fairly touch sensitive with a quick reaction time. The swiping-touch feature isn’t perfect, but it’s still a step up from past SmallHD monitors that lacked touch screen capability altogether.SmallHD FOCUS Monitor SettingsAside from controlling the live image, the FOCUS allows you to toggle your image display. The monitor is very helpful for ensuring you get the exact image you want, and it offers many levels of customization, including brightness, aspect ratio, image rotation, pixel zoom, and even volume control for your headphones.There is a cold shoe mount on the side so you can mount a small LED light or mic, which can help balance the rig and keep it from becoming too top heavy. There are also three 1/4″ 20 mounts on the top, bottom, and the side of the monitor for any other pieces of equipment you’d like to add.If you’re shooting with Canon, sometimes the camera doesn’t output the entire image, so the FOCUS lets you scale up with these cameras (such as the 7D and 5D).One of the most enticing features of the FOCUS is the swipe feature for different setups. If you’re going to be shooting different locations and lighting setups, you can have all your custom pre-made settings ready to go.Using the SmallHD FOCUS ToolsThe touch screen allows you to touch-zoom in to check your focus and control the display by adding crosshairs to help center and stage your shot.Each tool offers a simple tap and swipe motion to toggle the tool on or off. Once you’ve set proper exposure, focus, and aspect ratio, you can swipe left or right to the next page to further correct and play with your image. By tapping the name of the tool in the top left of the monitor, you can customize the tool by changing the color of exposure and focus points. As far as touch screen sensitivity goes, it did feel awkward at times to use two hands to zoom in or out to bring up the monitor settings. That being said, it’s still an easy-to-use, small, touch screen monitor.As you can see above, the different pages allow you to simultaneously check the Waveform or False Colors, play with the histogram, and ensure your subjects are in focus with the Focus Assist.The monitor also comes with a headphone jack, so if you’re using the Sony a6300 or a6500, you can listen to the audio you’re recording from an attached microphone instead of using an external audio recorder. The monitor also has an SD card slot for uploading your custom LUTs to the monitor — you can save these looks under Profiles.There are also preset LUTs on the monitor you can work with. The SD card slot will accommodate future firmware upgrades, and you can save certain profiles to the SD card, saving time on your next shoot — especially if you need to run and gun.The FOCUS also allows you to power your camera through an auxiliary out cable — which you must purchase separately. This is obviously a major advantage. If you’re working with Sony cameras (which are notorious for sub-par battery life), this capability will come in handy. In the same vein, if your camera is prone to overheating, using a dummy battery while the monitor powers the camera can help keep your camera relatively cool.SmallHD FOCUS Price and BundlesSmallHD sells the monitor by itself (including the micro HDMI and USB cables, cable clips, and tilt arm), for $499 USD. You need to purchase an L series battery separately, so expect to spend a little more on this monitor.You’ll also need to purchase an additional $60 power adapter if you want to power your camera with the monitor. SmallHD currently sells five different power adapters for Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, and Canon cameras.The best deal SmallHD offers are the camera specific bundles, which are about $600 USD, an average savings of $180 USD. With the bundle, you’ll receive an ANTON BAUER L series battery (47Wh), a dummy battery with charger, the tilt arm, HDMI, cable clips, and USB cable. There are camera-specific bundles for whichever brand you shoot with. I personally recommend spending the extra money so you receive all the necessary products with the monitor at the same time.Side note: the cable clips that come with the base monitor option are an excellent way to manage the inevitable three cables you’ll need to attach to the ridged back of the monitor.General ThoughtsAt first, I wasn’t completely sold on the apparent gimmick of the bright display and charging capabilities, but while writing this review, I went out on the town with my a7S II and quickly discovered why the FOCUS would be a valuable asset. Given the short battery life of my camera, giving the battery a longer lifespan is a major bonus.Aside from the obvious features that make this product stand out, the most notable is the size. For somebody like me on the go, traveling and avoiding weight and bulk, you can keep your rig can minimal and fun to shoot with. So, what you’re getting for the price is well worth it.Here are the official specs for the 5″ SmallHD FOCUS Monitor:IPS Touchscreen5 inch display1280×720 resolution800 nitsAdjustable BacklightStereo Out (headphones)Micro USB6.0v-8.4v powerSony L-series Battery7.09g heavyCustom LUTsThe FOCUS is now available for order. You can purchase one here.Does this monitor sound like something you’d add to your camera bag? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

What to Do When the Client Derails the Sales Call – Episode 197

first_imgEven if your client wants to skip stages, the process of change requires that you do what is right, not what is easy. Skipping steps costs you deals, and it costs your clients the better results they need. Professionally push back, and gain the commitments that allow you to control the process.last_img

Bayern rule out signing Man Utd target Rebic

first_imgBayern Munich have ruled out signing Croatia World Cup star Ante Rebic, potentially paving the way for Manchester United to push through a transfer.Frankfurt star Rebic emerged as one of the stars of Russia 2018, helping his side reach the final of the tournament before they were eventually edged out by France.In an exclusive interview with Goal, Rebic revealed that he was glad to hear of reported interest from Jose Mourinho, and admitted that there had been “concrete offers” to sign him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The transfer window for Premier League clubs ends at 17.00 BST on Thursday, with Mourinho have frequently expressed his frustrations at a failure to bring in new signings.Diego Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant are the only United arrivals thus far, with the Red Devils’ chase for a centre-back seeing them agree a deal for Toby Alderweireld although with the caveat that Tottenham find a replacement.It would appear that Bayern will not be direct rivals in any move for 24-year-old Rebic, however, with head coach Niko Kovac having insisted he is not currently a player they’re looking to buy.He told Sport Bild: “There is nothing between FC Bayern and Ante Rebic. He is a strong personality and a great player but [a transfer] makes no sense. It doesn’t make sense today, and it won’t tomorrow.”Mourinho’s side have also been linked with another Bayern player in Jerome Boateng, but the latest reports from Germany suggest that the player has informed the Red Devils that he is not interested in a move.United get their Premier League campaign underway on Friday evening as they face Leicester City at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Govt Cancels Greek Cup Tournament Semi-Final

first_imgReports on Thursday morning that the Greek government’s relevant ministry would cancel this year’s football cup tournament were partially confirmed hours later with a decision to postpone Thursday’s game between AEK Athens and Atromitos Peristeri (Athens).The unprecedented decision came less than 24 hours after widespread hooligan violence stopped the first leg of the semi-final between PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiacos Piraeus.PAOK supporters stormed onto the pitch and launched hundreds of objects at players, coaches and referees at the team’s Toumba field in Thessaloniki. PAOK fans and the club’s management were angry at perceived poor officiating against their side.The other semi-final match-up was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. (17.30 GMT).Reports circulated on Thursday morning claimed that relevant deputy sports minister Stavros Kontonis would force the cancellation of the tournament due to security concerns. Kontonis later issued the decision for the other semi-final game on Thursday.The announcement wasn’t clear if only the AEK-Atromitos match would be postponed or whether the entire tournament would be cancelled.In a related development, PAOK issued a statement on Thursday announcing that the club’s board members voted to abstain from the “rubber match” with Olympiacos. The Piraeus side was ahead 2-1 on Wednesday evening when the game was called in the 88th minute.PAOK also called for the resignation of Greek Football Federation president and “all those involved with Greek football (soccer) who face criminal prosecution”. The Thessaloniki side also demanded foreign referees be used in games next season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI win

first_imgHardik Pandya once again starred for the Mumbai Indians on Thursday night as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla to jump to the second spot in the points table.Hardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls as Mumbai Indians successfully defended 168 to notch up their sixth win of the season against a strong Delhi lineup.This year Hardik has easily been at his best and is making telling contributions for Mumbai Indians. So what has the all-rounder done differently this season? He thinks it’s his brain that he is using more effectively.”Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard.”I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season,” Hardik Pandya said after the match against Delhi Capitals.A well deserved Man of the Match award for Hardik Pandya for his overall performance #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/62e8mHj9KrIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019Hardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches at an average of 43.60 and has picked 8 wickets in as many games. He has been one of the key reasons behind Mumbai’s consistency this season.advertisementOn Thursday, Hardik smashed three sixes and two boundaries which helped the visitors post 168 for 5 on the board. Hardik teamed up with his older brother Krunal to provide the much-needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position.Hardik then took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada and gave away 17 runs from his two overs as Mumbai restricted Delhi to 129 for 9 in 20 overs. 19-year-old Rahul Chahar though, was the pick of the bowlers for MI as he finished with 3 for 19 off his four overs.DC suffered its first loss in the last four games and also its third loss at home out of four matches played at the Kotla this season.Mumbai, on the other hand, took another step towards the play-offs with their sixth win in nine games, taking them to 12 points, while Delhi remained on 10 points from nine matches.Also Read | Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DCAlso Read | DC vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019last_img read more

A guinea for a pet

first_imgMy guinea pig’s teeth fell out. Should I be concerned? If it has happened for the first time, it is not a major cause of concern. Guinea pigs have ‘open-rooted’ teeth which keep growing throughout their life because of wear and tear of the teeth enamel from their round plant-based diet. However, if the teeth have discoloured or your guinea pig is having difficulty consuming food, then you might have to hand feed him/her. Falling of teeth could indicate a lack of Vitamin C in your pet. But if the growing teeth seems misaligned or is causing gum sores or is breaking the skin, consult a good vet. Also Read – Feel what you fear My guinea pigs always have a strong smell coming from them even if I clean up the cage regularly. Is this normal? Typically, guinea pigs keep themselves very clean. Sometimes a musky smell can come from your guinea pig (especially a male) due to natural hormone fluctuations or during the period a baby guinea pig is growing up into an adult. The other reason could be that the faecal matter or urine is getting stuck on your Guinea pig’s bottom fur which could lead to foul odour. To clean his/her bottom you can take a cotton ball dabbed with a little coconut oil and gently clean the bottom of your Guinea pig. Also Read – Homecoming My pet guinea pig has a swollen foot and is unable to walk properly. It is also losing hair on the same foot. One of the main reasons is having wire mesh for it to walk on in its cage. Imagine if you had to walk on it, what would happen to your feet. Pododermatitis is a condition in which a guinea pig’s footpad becomes inflamed, develops sores or becomes overgrown. The appearance may be similar to callouses, or small tumours on the bottom of the foot. This condition is commonly referred to as bumblefoot. When bumblefoot is left untreated or is present in a very severe form, there are sometimes complications in treatment and the infected leg may have to be amputated. The infected guinea pig’s footpads may become inflamed (redness), develop sores, or become overgrown over the course of many months. Other signs and symptoms include: Loss of hair on affected foot Reluctance to move or inability to walk normally Loss of appetite due to pain Joint or tendon swelling Pododermatitis can be difficult to cure. Start with switching your pet’s living quarters to ones with a smooth bottom, improving sanitation, and changing the bedding to softer material. Your veterinarian will clean any likely wound, clip the hair around the affected areas and trim any overgrown nails. Affected feet should be soaked in an antibiotic solution, and antibiotic ointment should be applied. In severe cases, animals may need antibiotics and pain medications. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to [email protected])last_img read more