Almost 10 years laterA smiling Sherwin Marcus on Monday walked out of court a free man, having been acquitted of an allegation of carnal knowledge committed on a female under the age of 15 almost 10 years ago.Freed: Sherwin MarcusHis case was heard by judge of the Sexual Offences Court, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Marcus was accused of committing the offence between March 1 and 31, 2009 at a community in the county of Demerara. The female was 13 years old at the time.After nearly three hours of deliberation, the jury returned with its decision in a 10-2 verdict of not guilty.After informing Marcus of his freedom, Justice Barlow encouraged him to stay out of trouble, and informed him that whatever he does with his life henceforth is in his hands.This case was prosecuted by State Attorney Narrisa Leander, while Marcus’s legal counsel was Attorney Clyde Forde.
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Animals are fickle, unpredictable, and difficult to capture on camera correctly. Here are a few tips to help you better manage critters on set.Top image via Shutterstock1. Prepare for a Longer Shooting SchedulePatience is widely stated as the most critical aspect of animal photography. Getting even the simplest of shots can take hours, so prepare your batteries, memory cards, and shooting schedule for a long day.2. Focus on the EyesImage via ShutterstockAnother important rule in animal photography or cinematography is to always set the focus on the subject’s eyes.This rule should never be broken if the animal’s face is visible in the shot. A high f-stop lens can make this easier by providing a little wiggle room via deep focus.3. Start SimpleThe best way to amass as much footage as possible is by starting with the easy shots before moving toward the more difficult, specific ones. Wider angles locked down on a tripod are more forgiving to the uncooperative nature of most animals. Once you have the basics locked down, you can move on to narrower lenses and more camera movement with your remaining time.4. Capture MovementImage via ShutterstockGetting your animal still enough to capture is difficult enough in its own right, but accurately depicting motion can be an absolute nightmare. For starters, you’ll usually want to shoot with a high shutter speed, as it will prevent excess motion blur. Beyond this, you can create the illusion of specific actions by splicing close-up shots of legs or a paw in between other footage.This is an old technique, and it can easily look extremely cheesy and unrealistic, so err on the side of caution when applying it. You can also cheat certain effects by simulating a POV shot from the perspective of your subject animal.5. Keep the Camera RollingYou never know when your subject animal might do something interesting or relevant, so it doesn’t hurt to keep recording as much as possible on the off chance that you accidentally catch the exact action you need.6. Keep Your Animals Happy and FocusedImage via ShutterstockKeeping your subject critters happy is not only good for your conscience, but is also a way to make them better cooperate. Positive reinforcement such as treats will encourage the animal to keep up the good behavior and even improve upon it.It’s also a good idea to frequently take small breaks and play with them to wear them out. This will keep their energy level low and keep them still in front of the camera — especially helpful when there are multiple animals distracting each other. Also do your best to minimize their relocation. Any time you can, relocate the camera before relocating your animal(s). Having a professional trainer on set is obviously preferable, but it doesn’t hurt to know how to appease and work with pets yourself.7. Use Natural LightImage via ShutterstockMany animals, especially horses, are extremely sensitive to bright or flashing lights — and will panic or become anxious as a result of it. For this reason, it’s best to use natural light as much as possible. If artificial light is absolutely necessary, try to use soft lighting instead of something direct or harsh.Clearly, you can’t expect the same level of cooperation from any animal on set as you might out of a human, but with these tips, hopefully you’ll be able to capture them a bit easier.What tricks do you use with animals? Let us know in the comments below.
Cricket’s journey through the dark alleys of despair continued this past week with raids on officials, TV magnates and Prasar Bharati functionaries.With this the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) intensified its inquiry into the second part of the great cricket mess – the dubious telecast deals. A final report on this most unwholesome business is expected shortly.The reaction to the CBI’s provisional findings, however, suggests double standards. The cricketers put in the dock in the report on matchfixing have been suspended and could potentially be banned for life.Officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who have been explicitly criticised in the match-fixing report or who figure in the telecast scandal FIR are still untouched. This is not just mystifying – it is untenable.Obviously, since they are better known and their crime is more public, the cricketers are the whipping boys. Those who have actually fixed matches fully deserve to be stigmatised. In cold money terms, though, the telecast and administrative “oversights” involve much greater financial misappropriation.If the BCCI took any action against the cricketers, it was only after the Government sent it strong signals. It is time the Sports Ministry did likewise in case of Jagmohan Dalmiya, questioned by both the CBI and the income Tax authorities in connection with the cricket scandal, and the Rungta family, under a shadow after the CBI report.The Rungtas’ grip on the Rajasthan Cricket Association, especially their alleged patronage of criminal elements, is questionable. Dalmiya, on his part, should consider stepping down as chief of the Cricket Association of Bengal.The best course for the Government would be to begin with removing the six DD officials implicated by the CBI from sensitive posts or send them back to the parent states. Clarity, like certain other attributes, should begin at home.