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My Liberia, Post-War and Pre-Ebola

first_img“These are your brothers.” The man says to me.“Those boys are Liberian.” His cool, calm nature gives way to an irresistible urge to smile; a smile that can only occur when in the company of one’s countrymen after who knows how long; a smile full of nostalgia and inner excitement. The man and I met in the maze of confusion that was Brussels International Airport, both trying to make sure our bags would be in Monrovia when we arrived, as promised.Of course I could tell that those boys were Liberian, but perhaps my ultra thin Liberian accent led him to believe that I had been away for so long that I could no longer recognize my people when I saw them. Being who I am, I saw no reason to spoil such a poignant moment with an argument. Besides, he was very pleasant company.He turned out to be a senator, of which county, I never found out. His name, I no longer recall, but the excitement he felt was also within me and as the little shuttle depot we stood in became crowded with features and mannerisms that were unmistakably Liberian, that excitement grew within all of us.By the time we all reached our departure gate, everyone looked as if they would launch into hugs, cheers, and exclamations of,“Eee, my people, oh!” But we subdued all of that because we were “civilized” and deep down were probably thinking,“I don’t really know these people.” But as the hours agonizingly hammered away, so did those superficialities. Human beings became human beings once again. We helped each other, were tender toward each other, and from the moment we began notifying each other of first sightings of land beyond the clouds, our collective excitement peaked and that moment was centered around one happy truth; we were going Home!As we stood on the tarmac next to the freezing cold jumbo jet, I felt something ease through my back and warm me to my soul. I looked behind me and saw a setting sun in an orange sky. What a beautiful feeling to accompany such beautiful faces. They were the ground staff there to greet us and keep us somewhat organized. Once on the buses that would take us to the confusion within, all conversations switched to what palm butter or cassava everyone was having when we reached our destinations. I did not expect Mama to hand me a drum, nor did I expect to have the energy to play it as well as I did.My energy was so high, I barely noticed the three hour bumpy ride to Shabuta. My eyes were glued to the scenery around me and my ears to the conversation before me. I wanted to jump out and embrace the grass, the trees, the huts, the unsuspecting people, the food aromas, the soil, and the orange sky that had now become indigo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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B Division Commander visits dead officer’s family

first_imgFollowing the death of a 38-year-old Police Inspector, a group of religious leaders from the Force’s Cops and Faith Network along with the Divisional Commander on Wednesday visited the officer’s grieving family.Inspector Ian Welch of Rose Hall, Berbice, died in a vehicular accident sometime around 17:15h on Tuesday at Rattle-Snake Hill Trail Road, Central Rupununi, Lethem.The team comprised of B Division (Berbice) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Lyndon Alves; Force Welfare Officer, Deputy Superintendent Lorraine Saul; Force Chaplain, Pastor Patrick Doolichand; and Reverend Raphael Massiah of the FirstDead Inspector Ian WelchAssembly of God Church.They met and consoled the bereaved mother, sister and common-law wife of the now deceased Inspector, and informed them that the Force will be lending its full support to the family in their time of turmoil.Reverend Massiah, who is one of the founding members of the Fallen Heroes Foundation Inc, shared prayers with family members as he listened to their heartfelt remarks about Inspector Ian Welch.According to reports, Welch along with Constable Lyzandel Northe, Corporal Fitzgerald Adolphus, Special Constable Ryan Doris and Rural Constable Chavez Francis were on patrol duty when the accident occurred.It was reported that the ranks were on patrol duty when the vehicle, PVV 662 driven by Northe, which was proceeding along the trail, experienced a ‘blow out’ of its right rear tyre after which the driver reportedly lost control and the vehicle turned-turtle twice before coming to a halt.Inspector Welch, who was seated in the front passenger side of the vehicle, sustained severe injuries. They were all rushed to the Lethem Regional Hospital where the Inspector was pronounced dead on arrival and his colleagues were treated for minor injuries.Welch, 38, of Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice, joined the Force on May 5, 1999 and was recently recognised by the Force after being adjudged third place winner of its Quarterly Essay Competition.last_img read more

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Young entrepreneur opens “1st of many stores to come” in Parika

first_imgThe childhood dream of a Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) young woman became a reality on Saturday as she officially declared open the first of her “many stores to come” in her home village.Thirty-year-old Sonia Deonauth was all smiles as she stood in front of her newly-constructed store, “Zarah’s”, at Lot 68 Parika, in the company of her family, friends, pastor and congregation members.In her brief remarks, the young woman said that the planning stage to the actual construction of the building took almost one year. The store was named after her first-born, who will be six later this year.Deonauth related that from a very young age, she wanted to become her own boss. As such, she started saving all the money she got on her birthday and at Christmas so that she could put it towards achieving her dream.Her aim is to develop her own brand into a household name. She explained that her passion is to provide a unique shopping experience for customers by offering products in the line of fashion, home furnishings, lifestyle products and much more.“This is the first of many stores to come. My idea is to provide a unique one-stop shopping experience to persons within the community and other regions,” she said.The businesswoman explained that though there were several challenges in sourcing the right type of materials for the project such as lighting and fixtures, etc, the finished project was well worth it. The young entrepreneur, with the help of her contractor, designed the building in which Zarah’s is housed.The proud young lady also related that in spite of the terrible state of the economy at the moment, she is determined to succeed and would continue to look at ways in which she could capitalise on business opportunities in Guyana.She expressed thanks to her parents, Lorna and Roy Boodhoo, for their relentless support in getting the project completed.Among those gathered were members of the business community and other residents. Deonauth’s pastor, Reverend Motie Singh, blessed the opening ceremony and provided a brief word of exhortation.Several well-wishers spoke of the young woman’s determination, drive, enthusiasm and hard work in making her dreams a reality.She used the opportunity to encourage young persons in the community to dream big and to never give up when certain challenges arise and, most of all, to pray and trust God to provide the right guidance in order to make good decisions.last_img read more

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T&T Children getting diabetes before parents

first_imgPresident of the Diabetes Association of TT Andrew Dhanoo says younger people were developing diabetes, some before their parents.He was speaking on Wednesday as a Joint Select Committee (JSC) on childhood obesity met with officials of the Diabetes Association as well as officials from the Sport and Agriculture ministries and the National Parent Teacher Association.He said excess body fat is one of the primary determinants of diabetes development, and obesity reduction tactics have been at the centre of the association’s initiatives.He warned, “The Diabetes Association has noticed a shift towards younger and younger persons being diagnosed with diabetes.”As a result, he said, the previous recommendation of screening at 45 “is no longer acceptable and we are now seeing persons under the age of 30 being diagnosed with diabetes type 2. We have seen that far more children in schools show indicators of pre-diabetes.”Dhanoo said besides being overweight, about 50 per cent of the population in schools were overweight, and other indicators of diabetes risk were more apparent such as children being seen with acanthosis nigricans, a dark discolouration of the neck.“The Diabetes Association believes that significant changes in the landscape in schools as it relates to healthy environment should be adopted sooner rather than later. We are now seeing children developing diabetes and other lifestyle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) before their parents in some cases. It’s a notion that’s accepted by many health professionals that for the first time in human history we are now seeing children who may die before their parents from NCDs.” (T&T Newsday)last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: CECILIA DORAN SHOOTS A GREAT SCORE TO WIN LADIES COMPETITION AT BARNHILL

first_imgLetterkenny Ladies Golf News: Recovering from the weekend that was the Masters, congratulations to our winner in the Barnhill draw Rory Kavanagh ticket seller Triona Daly.Other draw winners were Vera Kearney and Maureen Haran joint second, Mary Mc Bride third. Others in luck were Ronat O Reilly, Jim Mc Glynn and Enda Mannion. Now on to local golf matters. The April medal attracted a large entry due I’m sure to the wonderful weather.The sponsors were Rena O Herlihy, Ruth Daly, and Cathy Marren. Winner with great score was Cecilia Doran 70 nett, Runner-up Tracy Spence 72 nett, Third Kay Kelly 75 nett .Congratulations to all the prize winners, and thanks to the generous sponsors.The time- sheet for the Donegal Ladies Tournament is in the Pro-Shop. Times can be booked. Team entries and payment to Marian O Sullivan. Individuals can also enter.The results from Thursday’s 9th 13hole competition, Winner Rena O Herlihy(28) 27 pts Runner-up Cynthia Furey (14) 25 pts, Third Marian Keating (19) 24pts. Well done ladies. The 13hole re/entry is ongoing.Now for some team news, the Minor Cup played on Sunday 12th captained by Bridget Mc Clafferty and Maureen Sweeney put up a brave fight against stiff opposition from the North West ladies. Unfortunately they will not progress further but wish all the best to North West in their future matches.On Friday 17th the Intermediate team captained by Vera Kearney take on Strabane in Barnhill at 4pm.We wish them well, so try and come along to support the local ladies.On Sunday 19th the Challenge Cup team captained by Triona Daly and Maura Cavanagh are out against Galgorm in Barnhill at 2pm, again we wish them well and any support would be much appreciated. Ladies are needed, only 32 !! for the mixed foursomes so don’t hesitate, just pick up the phone and contact Marian O Sullivan. A date for your diary, the Donegal Shield getting closer Saturday 25th .GOLF NEWS: CECILIA DORAN SHOOTS A GREAT SCORE TO WIN LADIES COMPETITION AT BARNHILL was last modified: April 14th, 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:BarnhillgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Arsenal and Chelsea to battle it out for Manchester United midfielder

first_imgThe Daily Mirror claims the Red Devils are ready to cash in as he has failed to impress since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2014 when Louis van Gaal was manager – starting just two Premier League games.The Brazil international could move abroad with the likes of Monaco, Inter Milan and Valencia apparently interested on the 22-year-old.However, Pereira appears to have his heart set on staying in England so a move to Arsenal or Chelsea is far more likely.Pereira’s fee could be an initial £10million but may rise to double that with performance-related add-ons. moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Pereira could cost Arsenal or Chelsea up to £20m if he moves to either club Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED targets IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Latest Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal and Chelsea will reportedly attempt to make a January swoop for out of favour Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.Pereira is out of contract in the summer but United do have the option to extend his deal by another year. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

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Video: A look inside the new Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)With only a few finishing touches left to complete, the Golden State Warriors showed off their new arena on Monday. The Chase Center in San Francisco hosted members of the media for a quick tour of venue. The 18,000 seat arena won’t be seeing Stephen Curry and company hit the hardwood until October, but concerts are already scheduled for the coming weeks. Metalica and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing on …last_img read more

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Upgrading a Crawl Space

first_imgWhat comes first: insulation or vapor barrier?Meyer’s plan to encapsulate the crawl space will include both insulation for the walls and a vapor barrier to seal the floor. Which comes first?“Most people install polyethylene on the floor and walls before insulating the walls, but frankly, it doesn’t matter very much,” Holladay tells him. “If you insulate the walls first, with either rigid foam or closed-cell spray foam (and no polyethylene on the walls), everything will still be OK. You can do the floor last if you want.”If Meyer chooses polyiso foam insulation for the walls, however, Dorsett suggests it would be better to lap the ground vapor barrier up the foundation at least a foot before installing the insulation to prevent the cut edge of the insulation from touching soil directly.“Holding the polyiso in place with 1×4 furring through-screwed to the foundation puts a few minor holes in the vapor barrier,” he says, “but on the walls that doesn’t matter.” A gas appliance will probably be too bigDana Dorsett sees trouble ahead if Meyer goes forward with his plan of installing a gas-fired furnace in the house, particularly if he puts the furnace in the attic as the HVAC installer wants to do.“Almost any gas-burner is going to be ridiculously oversized for a 1150-square-foot rambler in Fall City, especially after tightening it up a bit,” Dorsett says. “That would be mistake #1. Putting it in the attic rather than in [an] insulated, conditioned crawl space would be mistake #2.”With an outside design temperature of between 20° and 22°F, and assuming Meyer performs some air-sealing work, the heating load is likely to be less than 15,000 Btu per hour — and that puts him within range of a 1.5-ton ducted minisplit.There are two models that might work, Dorsett says: the Mitsubishi MVZ-A18AA and the Fujitsu AOU/ARU-18RLFCD. “With either of them you have the benefit of modulated ultra-quiet output (more so with the 18RLFCD than with the A18AA), and at your average wintertime temps you would beat their HSPF efficiency numbers if the ducts are all extremely short, and inside a conditioned insulated crawl space,” Dorsett says.Under the right conditions, a 1.25-ton or 1.5-ton ductless minisplit also might do the job, and cost less to install, he adds. There might even be local rebates available to help pay for the conversion from electric baseboard to a heat pump.“Even the smallest gas furnaces are likely to be 2x oversized for your actual loads,” Dorsett says. “If you’re committed to going with natural gas, a condensing gas water heater and a suitably sized hydro-air handler is probably a better solution than an oversized gas furnace + water heater.” RELATED ARTICLES The house is currently heated with electric baseboard heaters, but Meyer is considering a switch to a gas-fired forced-air system. If he locates the furnace in the crawl space, it would heat the space and the ductwork would not have to be insulated. Is that a better option than putting the furnace into the attic and running a duct to the crawl space? Or heating the crawl space by placing an exhaust fan in one of the crawl space vents and opening a floor register between it and the house? Would the exhaust fan be enough to mitigate radon hazards?Meyer’s questions are the starting point for this Q&A Spotlight. What if the house got bigger?Meyer replies that he plans to expand the house into part or all of the garage in the next year, enlarging the house to a total of about 1,600 square feet.“We are in the process of converting to natural gas for cooking, water heating (tankless gas water heater), space heating (forced-air furnace), and possibly clothes drying,” Meyer says. “The baseboard heat and the old electric tank water heater are costing us a fortune. The house is not too open, and has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths (‘1.75 bath’ in realtor speak).”Even so, Dorsett says, the design heat load will be less than 25,000 Btu/hour, making only the very smallest gas furnace a reasonable option.“Replacing the electric baseboard with hydronic baseboard, running off a condensing tank hot water heater would allow you to micro-zone with impunity, and never have to suffer the limitations of a tankless water heater,” Dorsett says. “It’s a lot easier to find places to route pipes than it is to route ducts (which is how ducts all too often end up outside of conditioned space). The 50-gallon all-stainless HTP Phoenix Light Duty is a good candidate for this type of combi-system, but there are others.”A ducted HVAC system would only make sense if Meyer were planning on central air conditioning, Dorsett says, “in which case heat pumps (ducted minisplit or traditional) make a lot of sense.” Insulate the exposed footing, tooThe photo Meyer has provided of the crawl space (see the image at the top of the page) shows that some of the concrete footing has been exposed. Holladay suggests that Meyer insulate the exposed areas with closed-cell spray foam, available in a two-part kit.Meyer seems concerned about cost of adding a required thermal barrier over the two-part foam, but Dorsett says painting it with an intumescent paint would be enough in most jurisdictions.Alternately, Meyer wonders whether he could use rigid foam to cover the exposed parts of the footing.“There’s nothing wrong with your plan to cover the horizontal and vertical parts of the exposed concrete footing with rigid foam,” Holladay tells him. “And, as Dana Dorsett pointed out, there’s less heat loss through concrete components that are well below grade than through concrete components that are near grade. So you’re fine. “center_img You don’t need to heat the spaceDon’t worry about the heat, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay advises, because you don’t really need it.“A sealed, unvented crawl space in your climate will not require any heat to stay warm,” Holladay writes. “Once you have sealed the air leaks and insulated the walls, it will never freeze.”Many crawl spaces do incorporate an exhaust fan and a register in the floor above, he adds, but those features have nothing to do with heating the space. They are included to control moisture.Holladay adds that Meyer could install a register from his forced-air heating system to the crawl space. In that case, he should keep the floor grille, but not bother with an exhaust fan.Here, too, the object is not to heat the crawl space but to provide humidity control.As for radon control, he adds, start with a radon test to determine whether it’s a problem that must be dealt with. If so, Meyer will need to do more than rely on a crawl space exhaust fan alone. Building an Unvented Crawl SpaceFive Ways to Deal with Crawl Space Air CAD Details from the GBA Library: Building Plans for Conditioned Crawl SpacesThermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray FoamFrom Fine Homebuilding: Sealing a Crawl SpaceHow to Insulate a Basement WallAll About RadonAn Open Discussion on Closed Crawl Spaces David Meyer’s Seattle-area home is built over a crawl space, and after stripping out the old insulation and vapor barrier he is ready to re-insulate and seal the area. After looking into his options, Meyer is leaning toward “encapsulation,” meaning the crawl space would be sealed (unvented), with the insulation on the walls, not between the floor joists.He’ll have 18 inches of clearance to work with. The floor framing consists of what he calls the “old style post and pier construction method” with 4×6 joists on 48-inch centers, followed by 2×6 tongue-and-groove subflooring, and hardwood finish flooring on top of that.“After cleaning up the crawl space I started doing research into how to insulate the area, and found the encapsulation method,” Meyer writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “I like the method due to not having to run insulation in the floor joists, giving me more space to work down there, and also in keeping the area cleaner for rodent inspection purposes and for when I do plumbing or other type of work.”There are, however, a few details yet to be worked out. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added these thoughts:On the West coast, it sure seems that there’s a preference for venting crawl spaces and placing the air and thermal barriers or control layers on the underside of the first-floor assembly. I have found it really hard to get continuity of the air and thermal control layers there, so I have a strong preference for installing them on the crawl space perimeter. It does mean you are conditioning or semi-conditioning an extra volume, but that penalty is overcome by what you gain in energy efficiency and moisture control by placing your crawl space firmly inside your building.You should check with local HVAC folks about the 18-inch clearance in your crawl space, but getting a furnace into this space, much less getting it well installed, seems highly unlikely to me. I’m betting that the space is just too tight.When in comes to testing for radon, of course you test at the lowest inhabited level of the house. But when do you test? If you test before your work is complete, there is some uncertainty concerning whether you will improve or worsen radon levels on the first floor. And don’t rely on just what your neighbors might say or know; research has shown there is very little correlation of radon levels in buildings that are right next to each other.Another question is: What type of radon testing do you do? The most accurate radon test is the alpha tracker test, but to get useful numbers you need to test for up to three months when the building is closed up, as it would be during the winter. I have found that the Siren Pro Series 3 electronic meters correlate pretty well with alpha track testing, and they give results in just three days (although testing over longer periods is much more valuable). I like the fact these meters can be set for short-term testing (three-day averages that after three days drop the first data and add in new — a running average) and set for long-term cumulative data collection.In the photo provided, there is evidence of water wicking up the concrete piling on the right, but also what appears to be a sheet capillary break between the concrete and the wood post. Make sure that you indeed have a capillary break underneath each post.Finally, on the question of whether you need a thermal barrier or ignition barrier to protect spray foam in crawl spaces: The model building codes allow for spray foam thermal barrier exceptions in attics and crawl spaces where entry is limited to repairs or maintenance. So in this type of crawl space you can use one of these ignition barriers prescribed by the codes:Mineral fiber insulation, 1 1/2 inches thick.Wood structural panels, 1/4 inch thick.Particle board, 3/8 inch thick.Hardboard, 1/4 inch thick.Gypsum board, 3/8 inch thick.Corrosion-resistant steel, 0.016 inches thick.Alternative ignition barriers — such as intumescent paints or coatings — can be approved by code officials based on testing that follows ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria 377, Appendix X. Be careful: even if someone claims a material qualifies as an alternative ignition barrier, you should really insist on the appropriate test information.Finally, you may be able to leave spray polyurethane foam (SPF) exposed, so long as the SPF has been tested and approved per AC 377 Appendix X or ASTM E 970. (For more information on this topic, see Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray Foam.)last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW Codec

first_imgFlexibilityBeyond simple read/write times, Blackmagic RAW brings some serious upgrades to RAW workflows and gives users a multitude of options for their productions.Full Production PipelineBlackmagic RAW was designed from the ground up with the full post-production pipeline in mind. As opposed to many other RAW codecs, no transcoding or complicated round-tripping will be necessary — you can use Blackmagic RAW to record, edit, color, and do SFX work without issue.Options for Any ProductionBlackmagic RAW offers compression ratios ranging from 3:1 all the way up to 12:1 — perfect for anything from a big-budget feature to your cousin’s wedding.Simultaneous Proxy RecordingWhile not the most innovative item in this list, Blackmagic RAW offers the same flexibility as some of the biggest RAW codecs by allowing simultaneous recording at multiple compression ratios. The full-fidelity footage is stored as “.braw,” while any additional proxy outputs will be saved as “.sidecar.”CBR and CQIn addition to options for compression ratios, Blackmagic has developed an option for prioritizing file size or image quality. “Constant BitRate” functions the same as any other codec by placing a cap on the maximum data rate of incoming footage from the sensor. “Constant quality” inverts this by un-capping the bitrate in order to preserve fine details even in complicated shots.RAW PlayerWhile dedicated players and RAW viewers have become the norm for most RAW codecs, Blackmagic claims to offer a little more with theirs. The Blackmagic RAW Player ensures that you see every pixel as you recorded it, regardless of how beefy your machine is.MetadataBlackmagic RAW’s metadata recording has been optimized for modern post-production. This means a new level of easy-to-understand clip information for all your RAW footage.Open StandardBlackmagic has employed an open-standard, cross-platform, license-free approach to their new RAW codec. This means rapid integration into your editing program, external recorder, camera, and so on — regardless of whether you use Apple, Windows, or Linux. Even if this were the only advantage, it would still be enough for me to say that Blackmagic RAW beats ProRes Raw.FidelityThe speed and flexibility offered by Blackmagic RAW don’t come at the cost of image quality.Q0 and Q5Even more than compression options and simultaneous proxy recording, Blackmagic RAW’s Q0 and Q5 should dramatically deepen the resultant image quality of your footage. The “Q” in both Q0 and Q5 stands for “quantization.” We’ve covered quantization a couple times before, but all you need to know is that quantization always results in lost data.Q0 employs “Minimum Quantization,” resulting in the highest-possible image fidelity, while Q5 employs moderate quantization for better encode times and file sizes.Gen 4 Color ScienceWithout delving too far into the technical details, Blackmagic RAW employs a non-destructive 12-bit non-linear color space to produce “extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colors” that should rival the color reproduction of the best cameras on the market today.While many Raw codecs employ LUTs for their colorometry, Blackmagic RAW uses its highly advanced metadata to preserve vital chroma information.Blackmagic RAW is currently in beta and is completely free to download and try — as long as you have the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6k or the beta release of Resolve 15.1. No doubt, Blackmagic is buying time for third-party vendors to implement support for the codec. When the official release comes, expect a slew of supported devices, programs, and plugins.Everything I’ve seen so far about Blackmagic RAW leads me to the strong conviction that this will be the RAW codec to beat in the coming years. It stands to unseat even Apple’s brand new ProRes Raw due to Blackmagic’s open-source, license-free, cross-platform stance with third-party vendors and manufacturers. This open model means more tools in the hands of filmmakers right out of the gate.What a concept — developing solutions for the end user over complex licensing schemes designed to maximize profits.I know which company gets my support.All images via Blackmagic Studios.Looking for more industry updates? Check out these articles.The Blackmagic eGPU: The Graphics Upgrade Your Mac NeedsPanasonic Unveils Their New Mirrorless L-Mount CamerasVideo Tutorial: An Inside Look at Adobe Premiere Pro 2019Interview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek and Longevity in the BusinessProduction Tips: Walkie Talkie Codes and Etiquette on Set What Blackmagic Brings to the TableBlackmagic RAW draws from an impressive array of tech to achieve its goals. Here are some of the highlights it brings to the table for RAW workflows.SpeedAt the heart of Blackmagic’s design principles for this new RAW offering is speed. Blackmagic RAW should beat out all other codecs thanks to a few handy tricks and innovations.Advanced De-MosaicBlackmagic has re-thought the way the recording device and computer handle different tasks in the imaging pipeline. Blackmagic RAW introduces a new “Advanced De-Mosaic” process, which will eliminate the need for de-bayering and other image processing when accessing the footage on a computer or editing device. In addition to De-Mosaicing, noise management, sensor profiling, and new edge reconstruction algorithms have moved in-camera.This should result in lightning-fast capture and playback speeds without sacrificing RAW’s post-production flexibility.Playback and Editing SpeedBlackmagic RAW was designed to accelerate post-production workflows. It is multi-threaded, meaning that even at the clip level, you will still be using your fancy processor. Further, it also offers GPU acceleration for any graphics card, operating system, or editing system. Blackmagic has future-proofed its codec by baking performance scaling in from the get-go.In contrast to many other RAW codecs, Blackmagic RAW footage is stored as individual clips rather than as image sequences, vastly reducing post-production headaches. Blackmagic Studios announced their new RAW codec September 14th 2018, claiming it is a “next generation codec.” So is it?What is Blackmagic RAW? How does it work? What can it do that other RAW codecs can’t? In the following article, we’ll answer these questions and more, including how it will improve RAW workflows.So, let’s take a look at Blackmagic RAW. (Here’s the original press release.)The Basics of Blackmagic RAWBlackmagic RAW is a visually lossless codec. As we’ve covered before, this means that the footage gets compressed into a vastly smaller data set that will later decode into a visually identical image to the uncompressed data.While this kind of technology is far from new, Blackmagic is touting some impressive new tech. They claim that their new RAW codec will offer equal or better image quality to any other codec on the market, but at file sizes similar to those you’ll find in lossy encoding techniques, such as h.264.In addition to file size, Blackmagic is claiming that their RAW codec will have equal or greater image quality, bit depth, dynamic range, and control as any other RAW codec. This is partly thanks to a new advanced de-mosaic process that splits the decoding workload between your computer and the camera recording the footage. This allegedly allows for unrivaled capture and playback speeds over any other RAW codec.Blackmagic has distanced itself from ProRes Raw by opting for a more inclusive, cross-platform, open development strategy. While Apple requires manufacturers to pay licensing fees to use their technology, Blackmagic has included a Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) that will enable manufacturers of cameras, external recorders, and post-production programs and plugins to take full advantage of Blackmagic RAW immediately. This appears to be a direct shot at ProRes Raw, which (despite debuting in April) has yet to see full industry acceptance due to Apple’s tight grip on its patents.Beyond the fancy new tech, Blackmagic touts best-in-class performance over the competition for an array of modern imaging and playback requirements:High-resolution recording and playback.High frame rate recording and playback.HDR recording and playback.Codec flexibility for various cameras and sensors.Simultaneous recording of proxy files.Cross-platform support for every step in the imaging and post-process pipeline.Blackmagic RAW information is stored in the “.braw” container, and additional outputs are stored as “.sidecar” files. We’ll come back to this later.But for now, let’s get an idea of what’s under the hood.last_img read more

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17 injured in M.P. clash over harassment

first_imgOver a dozen people were injured after an alleged case of harassment of a girl led to a clash at Sallaiya village in Raisen district during Holi, the police said on Friday.The trouble started when a few youth of Yadav community allegedly teased a tribal girl of the same village, the police said. The incident soon led to a clash between the two communities. A JCB machine, a jeep and 12 motorcycles were also torched.“In the clash 15 people and two policemen were injured,” Additional Superintendent of Police Awdesh Pratap Singh told newspersons.Police rushed to the scene after receiving information about the clash and brought the situation under control, he said.Some of the injured have been brought to Bhopal’s Government Hamidia Hospital after their condition deteriorated.An FIR has been lodged against more than 100 people in the incident. The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders in the village. “The situation is under control,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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