Miner dies after “catch cow” falls on head

first_imgPolice in F Division (Interior Locations) are currently probing the death of a 26-year-old miner, who died after a chunk of mud fell on his head.Dead is Neville Rodrigues, a miner of Karasabai Village, South Pakaraimas, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).The incident occurred at about 09:00h at Apanda Mines, Kamarang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to reports, Rodrigues was working in a pit at the Apanda Mines along with other workers when a chunk of hard mud referred to as “catch cow” reportedly fell on his head. As a result of injuries sustained, the 26-year-old was rushed to the Jawalla Health Post in a serious condition.However, the young man subsequently died at the health centre while receiving treatment. His body is at the Kamarang Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.In the meanwhile, investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

2018 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Owen Niese, Crawford County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was dust flying in each direction from Owen Niese’s vantage point. He was in Crawford County planting soybeans when The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins jumped in for a Cab Cam. Find out how progress is going for R & R Niese Farms and what keeps the family busy off of the farm.last_img

Google Enterprise Campaign Shifts Into High Gear on Eve of Sharepoint Conference

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Google has not slowed down with its service offering. In September, Google announced an application program interface (API) for its Google Sites technology, effectively providing users with a way to import and export apps from Microsoft SharePoint sites. Google Wave is a collaboration platform. It has received mixed reviews; its effectiveness in the enterprise still too soon to tell.Google and many others see in Microsoft a giant that can be slow and at times uneasy in how it steps through the market. With each step, they face a community network of micro-sized businesses that are proving formidable with their best-in-breed technologies.It’s a big week for Microsoft. Sharepoint is at a juncture. With Google in such an aggressive mode, Microsoft will have to move faster with its own product development and convince its customers that what it provides is still the best choice for the enterprise. The campaign is now running across the globe. With the launch, Google released a montage video. We find this interesting. If nothing else, YouTube offers Google a great way to promote its own products. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas#Trends alex williamscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now On the eve of Microsoft’s Sharepoint conference in Las Vegas, Google is launching the international phase of an advertising campaign that is the largest ever for its push into the enterprise and one of the most extensive in the company’s history.The “Gone Google” campaign is significant in a number of ways.Sharepoint is one of Microsoft’s crown jewels. It’s a huge business. The technology generates a cool $1 billion in revenues. The technology is at the heart of Microsoft’s strategy to remain king of the enterprise. Steve Ballmer says Sharepoint will surpass 1 million developers in the next year.Steve Ballmer is banking on customers making major investments in Sharepoint 2010. With the upgrade, customers face a host of new IT expenses.For example, Sharepoint 2010 requires upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit technology on all servers. Office 2007 will run on Sharepoint 2010 but Microsoft is recommending investments in Office 2010 for richer integration. Office 2003 users will need to upgrade to Office 2007 to even run Sharepoint 2010.Google App services require no IT environment to manage, no expensive software upgrades and no new server purchases. That’s enticing for any sized business.The Google campaign highlights why the Microsoft model may be slipping a bit. Companies are questioning if they need to make such major investments in Microsoft technology. For its part, Google has more than 2 million businesses on Google Apps, representing 20 million users. Google is expanding its Google Apps service to the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Clients include Motorola, New York Life and Konica Minolta.The “Gone Google” campaign is a continuation of the roll-out that Google did over the summer. It features changing messages from businesses that have switched to Google Apps, Google Search Appliance and services such as Google Postini, their hosted security and archiving service. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

7 Tips for Working With Animals on Set

first_imgAnimals 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.last_img read more

Army operations will clear the decks for political processes: J&K commander

first_imgArmy operations in Kashmir are heading to a point where other processes, especially political ones, can take over so that soldiers can return to the borders, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of strategic 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt, told The Hindu in an exclusive interview in Srinagar. “The results of operations are never seen in the short term but we are making headway. The Army can always create conditions of peace and tranquillity for other processes. Presently, we are reaching there. In the long-term strategy, any Army would prefer to do its primary role of protecting the borders,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. He said the launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) saw a dip during elections in Pakistan. “It has increased since then, as 250 to 300 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate. What they (Pakistan) speak publicly has not changed anything on the ground,” he said. On the killing of 37 militants in November, the most for any month in the ongoing offensive, the Army officer said the change in tactics was yielding results. “One, there is cooperation from people. Two, we shortened operations and finished them in the night. The idea is not to get involved in crowd control. We have slowly learnt our lessons. It’s equally important for us to avoid civilian casualties.” He said the swelling of militant ranks with local boys joining them, even two years after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing, was an area of concern. “There is a bench strength terrorists maintain and fill it with people who are on the sidelines waiting to get recruited. The social media has been a challenge to us on this. Youths are radicalised by online propaganda. Photos of youth posing with guns posted online is done as part of a strategy, so that the door for return is shut.” He said Pakistan succeeded in exploiting the “situation of alienation in south Kashmir” to fill militant ranks with emotionally vulnerable youths. “The trend has waned considerably in the past two months. It had reached 24 recruits a month in June-July,” said the Army commander. “What is also turning the tide against the terrorists is that a lot of people have been at the receiving end of the terrorist atrocities of the worst kind and are refusing to provide shelter to them,” he added. He said targeting policemen or security forces personnel at home or during leave “was a new low on the part of terror groups.” “There is an attempt by the terrorists to compensate their loss of capabilities by targeting innocents and unarmed personnel, and adopt the methods of ISIS and Al-Qaeda for infusing fear,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. However, the Army will abide by its rule not to go after “terrorists’ families or unarmed civilians”, he said. Approximately 300 terrorists are still operating in the Valley, he said, with 175-180 in South Kashmir, while 57 surrendered or were apprehended this year. The IS, the officer said, has attraction to the extent of its glamour. “It is a matter of great concern for the separatists’ Joint Resistance Leadership. Its strength remains in single digit,” he said. Lt. Gen. Bhatt said there was no case where the soldiers violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during operations this year, even in the incidents of Kulgam and Shopian, which left seven civilians dead. “There was no crossing of line. The casualties have been a result of cross-firing or where the crowd posed a danger to the life of soldiers or in cases of grave provocations. Houses are destroyed as a last measure. During the operations in November, only in 30% cases houses were damaged,” he said.last_img read more

40 injured in J&K stoning incidents

first_imgMore than 140 incidents of stone pelting have been reported in the Kashmir Valley in the past one week and 40 paramilitary personnel were injured, according to government data available with The Hindu.The Valley has been under lockdown since August 5 after Home Minister Amit Shah moved two Bills in the Rajya Sabha to annul Article 370 and downgrade and bifurcate the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.The most incidents of stone throwing (45) were reported on August 6, a day after the legislation was cleared by the Rajya Sabha. As many as 21 central armed police force personnel received injuries the same day.Senior Home Ministry and officials of the J&K police have asserted that barring localised incidents the law and order situation in the Valley has remained peaceful.On Tuesday, a senior government official said the ongoing restrictions in Kashmir Valley was a “trade-off between inconvenience and loss of lives.” He said that when the entire northeast was redrawn in the past, there was violence but the situation is normal now. “People have short memories,” he said.All communication lines including Internet and landline phones continue to be suspended. “These decisions are not simple, they are taken at local and district levels. The situation varies from place to place, the assessment is done by the State administration, they will decide,” said the official, when asked when the restrictions would be eased in the Valley.“Some people are trying to instigate and provoke. We have to choose between allowing free run to such elements or leave it to the judgment of the local administration,” he said.He said this was not the first time such restrictions had been imposed in the Valley and when the Hurriyat called a strike, it remained shut for months.“Post-2016 violence (after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed), restrictions continued for months together. This time we have taken preventive measures. The entire objective is to minimise violence and prevent loss of lives,” the official said.The Home Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that “miscreants mingled with people returning home after prayers at a local mosque” in Soura on August 9 and “they resorted to unprovoked stone pelting against law enforcement forces to cause widespread unrest.” Earlier when BBC and Reuters had carried reports and posted videos of the protests, the claim was contested by the government.The Home Ministry spokesperson said on Twitter on Tuesday, “law enforcement authorities showed restraint and tried to maintain law & order situation. It is reiterated that no bullets have been fired in #JammuAndKashmir since the development related to #Article370.”last_img read more

Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra are the originals, I’m fake: Aamir Khan

first_imgAamir KhanAamir Khan is famous for turning any potentially embarrassing situation into a publicity opportunity, so he was in full flow at a press conference he addressed on July 4, 2011 with artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, who had claimed the copyright to the expression Bose DK, used liberally in the film Delhi Belly. It did not matter to the actor, who’s the producer of Delhi Belly and has done an item number for it, that the Delhi High Court had refused to take up the petition moved by the two against the film’s charttopping song, Bhag DK Bose. The Gurgaon- based artists, who’re known to thrive on controversy, also played along.”I was taken aback when I got a legal notice a week ago,” Khan said. His declaration was at variance with his publicist’s earlier statement to Mail Today that the actor had no knowledge of the matter. “But my wife Kiran, who is well-versed with the world of art, and my neighbours, the wellknown artist couple Jitish and Reena Kallat, informed me about Thukral and Tagra,” Khan continued.”They (Thukral and Tagra) spoke to me over the phone and sounded upset. I called them to Mumbai to talk about the issue. They came and we spent almost an entire day talking to each other. That’s when I understood the whole thing and realised they were not trying to arm-twist me in any way,” the actor said.It is the contention of Thukral and Tagra, which is how the artist duo is known in the art world, that they had not only held exhibitions titled BoseDK, but even registered the name as a trade mark under their name in 2005. BoseDK is a clever piece of anglicisation of an expletive used widely in the Hindi heartland. Khan acknowledged the fact and said that though the expression used in the song was not BoseDK but DK Bose, it was merely a technical issue.”Creative people can end up thinking on similar lines but what is important is that something that had begun on a note of anger, fear and suspicion, has ended amicably for all of us,” he said, even as news photographers and television cameramen fell over each other to get the ‘ best shot’. Revelling in the media attention, Khan said: “Often, people fight on such issues but only lawyers have a great time. I am here to acknowledge BoseDK is their creation and we are not making any claims to it being ours. They are the originals, I’m the fake, even if they are BoseDK and I’m DK Bose.” Thukral and Tagra had to face some uncomfortable questions because of their action of going to court just two days before the film’s release.”The song had been out for a while but we were travelling on work,” Tagra said in their defence. “We realised we had created this trademark using our creative licence, but now, after it is out in the public domain because of the film, it could be used by other artistes who may not be aware of our work. That’s why we went to court only to give the credit where it is due.” The artists said Imran Khan sports a T- shirt in the film with BoseDK emblazoned on it below Thukral’s face. It harks back, they said, to the duo’s now-controversial art series, first created in 2003 and put up in exhibitions in 2005 and 2007 at the city’s Nature Morte gallery.One of the works from the series is being exhibited at the ongoing Venice Biennale and another, a dinosaur installation with pink plastic bottles, will be shown in San Francisco very soon. With the minor brouhaha ending, like an old Hindi movie, on a happy note, the question that lingers is why Aamir Khan, the owner of DK Bose, chose to respond to the creators of BoseDK – a favour not extended even by the Delhi High Court.advertisementlast_img read more