The impact of föhn winds on surface energy balance during the 2010-11 melt season over Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica


first_imgWe use model data from the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS), measurements from automatic weather stations and satellite observations to investigate the association between surface energy balance (SEB), surface melt and the occurrence of föhn winds over Larsen C Ice Shelf (Antarctic Peninsula) over the period November 2010 – March 2011. Föhn conditions occurred for over 20% of the time during this period and are associated with increased air temperatures and decreased relative humidity (relative to non-föhn conditions) over the western part of the ice shelf. During föhn conditions, the downward turbulent flux of sensible heat and the downwelling shortwave radiation both increase. However, in AMPS, these warming tendencies are largely balanced by an increase in upward latent heat flux and a decrease in downwelling longwave radiation so the impact of föhn on the modelled net SEB is small. This balance is highly sensitive to the representation of surface energy fluxes in the model and limited validation data suggest that AMPS may underestimate the sensitivity of SEB and melt to föhn. There is broad agreement on the spatial pattern of melt between the model and satellite observations but disagreement in the frequency with which melt occurs. Satellite observations indicate localized regions of persistent melt along the foot of the Antarctic Peninsula mountains which are not simulated by the model. Furthermore, melt is observed to persist in these regions during extended periods when föhn does not occur, suggesting that other factors may be important in controlling melt in these regions.last_img read more

Mets acquire Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, who could answer center-field question — for now


first_imgPart of why this an interesting move for the Mets: Marisnick is a free agent after the 2020 season, so general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will likely have to figure out the center-field spot once again following the 2020 season, unless the Mets are confident that Nimmo can slot over to center in the future. This also effectively takes the Mets out of the Starling Marte sweepstakes — the Mets were rumored to be hot after the Pirates outfielder, and Marte wouldn’t have minded playing for New York.”If I had it in me, I left (sic) now because the caliber of players we have is not to compete in a World Series,” Marte said in November. “The Mets have it all, it would be a great opportunity to play with them.”But for now, Marisnick is a Met, and so is his glorious hair. Marisnick, 28, is one of the better defensive outfielders in baseball. He has been worth 71 Defensive Runs Saved since entering the league in 2013, and he slashed .233/.289/.411 with the Astros in 2019 (120 games), with 10 home runs, his third consecutive double-digit home run season.Corona, an outfielder, last played in short-season A ball in 2019, his debut season as a pro. Taylor, a 27-year-old pitcher, hit Triple A, but mostly pitched in Single A and Double A in 2019.Jeff Luhnow said the Astros had been negotiating with “three or four” teams about Jake Marisnick since the GM Meetings. The Mets were “the most aggressive and most interested.”— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 5, 2019MORE: Is Zack Wheeler the second coming of A.J. Burnett?The move potentially answers the question of the Mets’ everyday center fielder in 2020; the team lacked a true center-field option heading into the 2020 season, with Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and potentially Yoenis Cespedes all projecting more as corner outfielders. Juan Lagares, still under contract, isn’t quite the defender he once was, either.Marisnick, who’s an all-world defender but a liability at the plate, could be their answer moving forward. New York tried a similar move last season by trading for Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment in May.  Jake Day is coming to Citi Field in 2020.The Astros have traded center fielder Jake Marisnick to the Mets for prospects Kenedy Corona and Blake Taylor, the team announced Thursday.last_img read more

Ramotar blames coalition for new environmental tax lawsuits


first_img– says spite and short-sighted politics costing Guyana billionsFormer President Donald Ramotar has stated that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is to be blamed for the recent lawsuit against Government for environmental taxes imposed on companies importing beverages in Guyana.Last month, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams revealed that SM Jaleel & Company Limited and its local subsidiary, Guyana Beverages Inc, have filed proceedings in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as they seek a refund of the now repealed environmental tax that was paid in Guyana over a seven-year period. This action comes in light of a CCJ ruling last year in a similar lawsuit filed by Surinamese company Rudisa Beverages, which was awarded $1.6 billion in compensation by the Court.  According to Ramotar, this situation is the result of the APNU and AFC’s “short-sighted and vindictive politics”, noting that if those parties while in Opposition had shown an iota of patriotism, the current situation would not have happened.He recalled that the environmental tax matter arose several years ago when Rudisa Beverages sued the Guyana Government for violating the Caribbean Community (Caricom) agreement in relation to the treatment of Member States-based companies operating in Guyana.The environmental tax that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had imposed on companies importing plastic bottles affected mainly soft drink companies.The contention was that the local companies, mainly Banks and DDL, were not subjected to the same tax making it discriminatory towards overseas companies.Ramotar noted that this case should never have reached the CCJ for a decision because the PPP/C Government had reached an agreement with Rudisa that if all the companies were treated the same, then the company would drop the case.The former President added that his Administration consulted both local companies and while there was not full agreement, a decision was taken to cut the tax by half and apply it to all the companies operating in Guyana.“We thought that the Opposition would find no difficulty in supporting this, that the Opposition would realise the cost to Guyana’s taxpayers and support the amendment to the law. Unfortunately, the Opposition saw this as another tool to damage the PPP/C Government,” he stated, adding that despite forceful and convincing arguments by his Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Legal Affairs, the then APNU and AFC Opposition parties used their combined majority to vote against the relevant bill.This, Ramotar outlined, resulted in the case going before the CCJ, which ultimately ruled in favour of the beverage company incurring a billion-dollar bill for the Guyana Government to honour the award.The former Head of State outlined that this could have been avoided and the money injected into the sugar sector, thus preventing any closure of estates, if the then Opposition had listened to the pleading of his Administration.“The PPP/C had also warned that would not be the end of the matter. It was pointed out then that some companies from Trinidad and Tobago could also take us to court because the case with Rudisa was the same. APNU and AFC seemed delighted to hear this, seeing that it would hurt the PPP/C Government. That seemed to spur them even more to vote against the amendment. As things turned out, it is those parties that are in Government now and had to pay the $6 billion which they so delighted in imposing on the Guyanese taxpayers,” he remarked.According to Ramotar, what the PPP/C had warned about was now coming to pass and companies from T&T were now suing the Government as well. He pointed out that this could cost the taxpayers of Guyana much more than the Rudisa judgement as some of those companies were much bigger, thus the award could be even greater.The former President posited that this situation was totally unnecessary and completely avoidable; however, APNU and the AFC had displayed a strong unpatriotic stance.“These are the parties that now wield power in our country. The level of vindictiveness and hatred is unprecedented. The cost of such an attitude is great. The bill is climbing,” Ramotar commented.last_img read more

Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace offer deals to ex-QPR man – report


first_imgMiddlesbrough and Crystal Palace have offered contracts to Kieron Dyer following his release by QPR, according to The Sun on Sunday.It is claimed Boro manager Tony Mowbray, who played alongside Dyer at Ipswich Town, is willing to pay him £10,000 per game and that Palace’s former R’s boss Ian Holloway has also offered a pay-as-you-play deal.Southampton’s Luke Shaw is still on Chelsea’s radar as a possible long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed Ryan Bertrand will be given more first-team opportunities next season and that Shaw, who recently signed a new contract at St Mary’s, remains of interest.The Sunday People say David Beckham will try to convince Cole and other high-profile English players to finish their career in the United States.Everton boss David Moyes is again linked with the manager’s job at Chelsea, this time by the Daily Star Sunday.Moyes wants to sign Barnsley defender John Stones for £2m, the People say.Fulham are said to have made an approach for the highly-rated 18-year-old along with Sunderland.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cameron in Constitutional Court


first_imgJustice Edwin Cameron addressing the PlenarySession at the 17th International AIDSConference, held in Mexico in August 2008.(Image: International Aids Society) A memorial to the late Aids activist GuguDlamini, killed for making her HIV-positivestatus public. Dlamini was the inspirationfor Cameron’s unveiling of his ownstatus. (Image: Avert)Janine ErasmusA decade after former president Thabo Mbeki blocked his appointment, Judge Edwin Cameron has taken his seat on the Bench of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa dealing with constitutional matters.President Kgalema Motlanthe announced on 31 December 2008 that Cameron would be the next Constitutional Court judge, taking over the position left by Justice Tholakele “Tholie” Madala, who retired at the end of 2008. Cameron moves into his chambers at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg in January 2009.Other top judges in the running for the position were Cape High Court Judge Shehnaz Meer, Johannesburg High Court Judge Nigel Willis and Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo.The appointment has also made headlines because Cameron, who turns 56 in February 2009, is openly gay and was the first high-profile public figure in South Africa to reveal that he is HIV-positive. He is well-known and respected as a long-standing activist for the rights of those living with HIV, and has worked tirelessly for many years to combat the discrimination and stigma associated with the disease.The Pretoria-born judge was moved to disclose his HIV status shortly after Aids activist Gugu Dlamini was stoned to death by a gang of boys in her neighbourhood of KwaMancinza, KwaZulu-Natal, for revealing on an isiZulu radio station that she was HIV positive. Her announcement came on 1 December, World Aids Day 1998, and she paid for it with her life. Dlamini had been a volunteer field worker for the National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids.Cameron had lived with the knowledge of his status for three years before disclosing it. In a 2005 interview with UK magazine Positive Nation he said, “I thought, I’m living with the professional and middle-class protections, surrounded by caring friends and family, and I’m not speaking, but this woman did. That’s what compelled me to speak.”For breaking his silence, Cameron in turn was praised by former president Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s new breed of heroes.In the same interview Cameron mentioned that he had suffered no negative repercussions whatsoever in his professional or personal life, and was overwhelmed by the love and praise that had poured in for him. He confessed to being puzzled that other public figures had not felt compelled to come out and speak themselves.A superb legal mindEdwin Cameron grew up in Pretoria and after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School and took up studies at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Here he completed a BA in Law followed by a BA Honours in Latin. Later he obtained his LLB through the University of South Africa.Not content with these qualifications, Cameron was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 to study at Keble College, Oxford, completing two first-class degrees, a BA Jurisprudence and Batchelor of Civil Law. In 2003 he was made an honorary Fellow of Keble College and in the same year was invited to be a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford.Cameron was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1983 and three years later began to practise as a human rights lawyer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies. His practice included labour and employment law; the defence of African National Congress freedom fighters charged with treason; land tenure and forced removals; objection on conscientious and religious grounds; and gay and lesbian equality.During this time he became active in human rights relating to HIV and Aids, co-founding the Aids Consortium, a national network of NGOs addressing the needs of those suffering with Aids, and founding the Aids Law Project, among other accomplishments. He also co-drafted the Charter of Rights on Aids and HIV, the founding document of the Aids Consortium.In 1994 President Mandela appointed him to the High Court on a temporary basis, where he chaired a commission into illegal arms deals, after which he took up a permanent position in 1995. Since 2000 Cameron has been a justice of the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein. Immediately prior to this appointment he served for a year as an Acting Justice in the Constitutional Court.Between 1998 and 2008 Cameron chaired the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, the institution’s governing body. His long relationship with Wits includes a seat on numerous University committees as well as the Senate.Former Director of the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies, David Unterhalter, has referred to Cameron as ‘”one of the leading lawyers of his generation, possibly the leading lawyer”.Cameron is current General Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa. His other roles include patronages of several charitable organisations, among them the Guild Cottage Children’s Home, the Sparrow’s Nest Children’s Hospice, the Community AIDS Response, and the Soweto HIV/Aids Counsellors’ Alliance.Staunch Aids activistCameron has done stellar work in entrenching the rights of gay and lesbian people in the constitutional laws of the country, and fighting against the denial and discrimination associated with HIV and Aids. His outspoken opposition to Thabo Mbeki’s controversial stance of denial towards Aids, and reluctance to make anti-retroviral drugs available to all, earned him the disfavour of the former president. It is believed to have been a significant factor in his failure to gain an appointment to the Constitutional Court.Legal experts today believe that Cameron’s appointment, and that of the new Minister of Health Barbara Hogan, represent a break away from the denialist policies of the past.Cameron is the author of a number of legal books on that subject and others, such as Defiant Desire – Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa, and Honoré’s South African Law of Trusts. He has also written treatises on labour and industrial law. In 2005 he put his own experiences down in writing in the book Witness to Aids, which earned him the 2006 Alan Paton award for non-fiction, together with HIV-positive journalist Adam Levin.Among the many tokens of recognition Cameron has received from all over the world are the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 2000, a special award in 2002 from the Bar of England and Wales in recognition of his work in international jurisprudence and human rights, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award in 2003.For the rights of the peopleThe 11 judges appointed to the Constitutional Court must be independent – they may not be members of Parliament or of any political party, nor may they serve in any governmental role. Candidates are interviewed and then proposed by the Judicial Service Commission, a body that advises the government on matters relating to the administration of justice.The successful candidates are selected by the president, in consultation with the Chief Justice and the National Assembly. Under normal circumstances, judges serve for a non-renewable term of 12 to 15 years, depending on the initial age of the judge when taking up his or her appointment.The first judges took to the Bench in 1994 and were appointed by then president Mandela. Senior counsel and veteran struggle lawyer Arthur Chaskalson was the first president of the Constitutional Court. He was followed by the first four judges, all drawn from the ranks of the Supreme Court – Laurie Ackermann, Richard Goldstone, Tholie Madala and Ismail Mohamed.The remaining six judges were Johann Kriegler, John Didcott, Pius Langa, Kate O’Regan, Yvonne Mokgoro, and Albie Sachs.The Constitutional Court was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in February 1995. “The last time I appeared in court,” said Mandela on that occasion, “was to hear whether or not I was going to be sentenced to death. Today I rise not as an accused, but on behalf of the people of South Africa, to inaugurate a court South Africa has never had, a court on which hinges the future of our democracy.”The Court’s first hearing involved the constitutionality of the death penalty, and after three days of hearings it delivered its judgement that the death penalty was indeed unconstitutional.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksConstitutional CourtSupreme Court of AppealJohannesburg Bar SocietyCentre for Applied and Legal StudiesAids Law ProjectNational Association of People Living with Hiv/AidsWitness to AidsAids Consortiumlast_img read more

Iowa Nutrients Lawsuit Filed, Again


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Confined animal feeding operations and other farming operations in the Raccoon River watershed in west-central Iowa would be required to implement numerical nutrient runoff standards, the state would have to implement a plan to restore the watershed, and CAFO construction or expansion would be halted if a lawsuit filed in a district court in Polk County this week is successful.The lawsuit was filed by environmental groups Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food and Water Watch.Nutrients runoff in Iowa has been the center of heated debate and legal action for the past decade. Most recently, a similar lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works was thrown out by a federal court.The state implemented a voluntary nutrients-reduction strategy in an attempt to begin to cut runoff that finds its way into public drinking water systems and the Gulf of Mexico. But the state has acknowledged in recent progress reports on the strategy that, to this point, it has done little to reduce runoff.In a statement to DTN on Thursday, the Iowa Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment in the latest lawsuit.“This lawsuit comes as a disappointment to Iowa farmers, as it will be costly and cause scarce resources to be reallocated from current water quality projects without any guarantee of improving our waters,” the group said.ICGA President and Logan farmer Curt Mether said the lawsuit couldn’t have come at a worse time for Iowa farmers.“At a time farmers are struggling financially and also from historic flooding, this lawsuit is a low blow to farmers,” he said. “It will divert resources from implementing conservation practices and helping our farmers recover from the latest natural disaster.”The ICGA said it has partnered with farmers and agricultural stakeholders, including the National Corn Growers Association’s Soil Health Partnership and Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, on projects to improve water quality.In March 2015, the Des Moines Water Works’ Board of Trustees filed a federal lawsuit against the Sac County Board of Supervisors, Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors and Calhoun County Board of Supervisors, in their capacities as trustees of 10 drainage districts. The suit alleged drainage districts were point-source polluters as defined by the Clean Water Act.Coming as a big relief to Iowa farmers, a federal court dismissed all of DMWW’s claims in March 2017, ruling the Iowa General Assembly is the appropriate body to address the state’s water quality issues and not the court.Iowa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds said his group agrees with the previous federal court ruling that water quality issues are best solved by state lawmakers.“At the end of the day, ICCI and their partners suggest a legislative argument in legal proceedings,” Leeds said. “Trying to use the court system when this is, in fact, a legislative issue. The water works lawsuit showed us this is best handled in the political arena, not legal. Asking for a legal remedy on a clearly political argument is not effective.”Leeds said the ISA and its 11,000 family farms across the state are “very much committed” to the voluntary approach in reducing nutrients runoff.“Despite what ICCI’s lawsuit might say, this is not a corporate-agriculture problem,” he said. “Family farmers are trying to improve management practices while at the same time battling profitability issues. Farmers have installed cover crops among several other conservation strategies at a time when profit is marginal to non-existent.”THE LAWSUITThe complaint filed in the new lawsuit alleges members of the two environmental groups “recreate on the Raccoon River between the confluence of the Des Moines River and the Polk/Dallas county line (the meandered section of the Raccoon River).”They claim group members “suffer aesthetic injury and injury to their recreational use and enjoyment” of that section of the river as a result of “nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agricultural sources.”The lawsuit also alleges their members “suffer injury and fear of injury from drinking water provided by Des Moines Water Works that contains nitrates and cyanotoxins, and suffer injury” by paying the costs incurred by Des Moines Water Works to treat the water.The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and has asked the court to declare the public has a property interest in the river.The Raccoon River drains 3,625 square miles, or 2.3 million acres, in west-central Iowa. About 73% of those acres are planted with corn and soybeans, and about half of the acres have tile drains. The state currently classifies the meandering section of the river as impaired.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources established a cleanup plan for the Raccoon River, including a total maximum daily load, or TMDL, for the river. The state determined that agricultural uses contribute about 85% of the nonpoint-source nitrate loads near Van Meter, Iowa.The TMDL calls for a 48% reduction of nutrients from nonpoint sources to meet the state’s Class C drinking water standard.“But TMDLs are pollution budgets rather than regulations with the force and effect of law,” the groups argue in the lawsuit. “The Raccoon River TMDL does not require agricultural sources to limit nitrates or implement best management practices.”NUTRIENTS STRATEGYThe state released a draft of the nutrient-reduction strategy in November 2012. The plan was adopted in May 2013, followed by revisions in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The goal was to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus by 45%, using voluntary, incentive-based programs for nonpoint sources.The lawsuit said the strategy, by the state’s own admission, has not lived up to its billing. The state released a progress report on March 7, 2019.“The report acknowledges that adoption of the strategy’s agricultural best-management practices was not making sufficient progress towards its nonpoint source nutrient reduction goal,” the lawsuit said.“’While annual progress continues in the implementation of these practices, early NRS efforts only scratch the surface of what is needed across the state to meet the nonpoint source nutrient reduction,” Iowa’s progress report stated, according to the lawsuit. “’Progress has occurred, but not at the scale that would impact statewide water quality measures. Statewide improvements affected by conservation practices will require a much greater degree of implementation than has occurred so far.’”CAFO PERMITS FALL SHORTIn July 2012, the EPA issued a preliminary investigative report into Iowa’s Clean Water Act permit program for CAFOs. EPA found the state did not issue permits to CAFOs when required, was not issuing adequate penalties for violations and had not been conducting adequate inspections.In 2013, EPA and the state entered into a work plan agreement to address the issues.“Through implementation of the work plan requirements, Iowa DNR discovered more than 5,000 potential animal feeding operations that were missing from the agency’s database altogether,” the lawsuit said. “These so-called ‘unknowns’ have seemingly escaped all applicable regulations and manure management plan requirements.”The Iowa Department of Natural Resources animal feeding operations database lists more than 9,000 such operations in the state.“Despite numerous documented manure spills and EPA’s findings that Iowa has not issued permits when appropriate, at the time of this petition’s filing, Iowa DNR has still not issued a single Clean Water Act NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit to a hog confinement animal feeding operation anywhere in Iowa,” the lawsuit said.“The Iowa DNR has allowed animal feeding operations to discharge manure to non-navigable tributaries to navigable waters and to navigable waters themselves by authorizing application of manure on frozen, snow-covered ground. In 2019, the Iowa DNR authorized more than 100 animal feeding operations to apply manure to frozen, snow-covered ground.”The lawsuit said the Iowa legislature has appropriated “insufficient funds for Iowa DNR to implement and enforce water quality protections” at animal feeding operations.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

5 Important Things to Consider When Buying a New Camera


first_imgReady for an upgrade? Here are five important things to consider before you invest in a new camera.I still remember when I bought my first video camera. It was a Canon 7D. I had been shopping around online for months, and I eventually bought it used from a friend of a friend who had posted about selling it on Facebook. I was familiar with several cameras, including the 7D, from working in-house at a video production company. We mostly shot on Canon 5Ds at the time, but after lots of research, I felt that a used 7D would be the best deal, while still affording me the majority of features I wanted and needed in my first camera.Flash forward to now. The market is littered with tons of great video camera options; you have high-end cinema cameras, full-frame mirrorless offerings, and even old and used DSLRs still hanging around to consider.But how do you decide which camera is right for you? Let’s take a look at five essential things to consider when you’re looking for a new video camera.1. Your Immediate NeedsBefore you start looking at all the flashy new cameras on the market, you need to take a hard look at yourself. Who are you as a filmmaker and what are your actual video camera needs? For me, for example, when I was starting out 4K was still a rare and exotic resolution option. I knew that I was just looking for a starter camera to shoot run-and-gun videos with my friends. I was planning to upload to Vimeo to build a portfolio and maybe try out some funny videos for Facebook.Neither of those needs warranted spending thousands extra on a 4K-capable camera. (Plus I was editing on an old Macbook at the time that would really struggle with that footage.)While we all might have dreams of buying a camera to shoot a feature film or build out a ridiculously cinematic demo reel, it’s best to be realistic. Assess your upcoming projects, goals, and ambitions separately to figure out which camera might be the right one for you.2. Online Reviews and Test FootageWe live in a golden age of user generated content. This means you can easily find camera reviews and test footage montages for pretty much every single camera on the market. These hands-on reviews help you see exactly how each camera’s footage can look. There are also plenty of comparison videos that compare and contrast cameras against each other so you can see how they stack up for aspects like low light and dynamic range.Speaking of which, here’s a great hands-on review on the BMPCC 4K.3. Your Existing Gear and WorkflowWhen deciding on your camera, be sure to take an accurate inventory of your gear and post-production workflow. As I mentioned above, when I was first starting out I was editing on a six-year-old MacBook Pro that was really pushing it in processing power. I also had a cheap tripod and homemade DIY camera mount rig that was designed for DSLRs, so I knew I could use that gear until I could upgrade later.If you do already have camera gear and an editing workflow, you’ll have to check to see if your new camera is a good fit, or if you’ll need to calculate in the expenses of upgrading everything.4. Older AlternativesImage by Nattapat.J.This is probably the hardest advice to give simply because buying a NEW camera is so much fun! You get to open the box (heck, make an unboxing video out of it!) and switch the camera on for the very first time. You get that good feeling that your camera will last for several years at least and include some great manufacturer warranties.However, you have to ask yourself if that good feeling is really worth it. Buying a new camera is a lot like buying a new car. Your investment will immediately drop in value the second you walk out of the store, so you better be willing to hold onto it for several years.In many cases, an older, used version is definitely worth considering. What are the biggest differences between the GH5s and the GH5? Or even the GH4? Would your clients notice the difference? Would you?5. Buying vs RentingAnother consideration, which is actually a great option for many professional videographers, is to rent instead of buying. If you do find yourself on lots of corporate shoots, you may find yourself needing to use several different cameras across different projects. Renting can be a great option to keep your hard costs down (and passed along to your clients), while freeing you up to try out and learn several different cameras at once.If you find yourself coming back to one camera more than the others, you can always consider buying it in the end.Cover image by welcomia.Looking for more camera buying, renting and operating tips and advice? Check out some of these articles below.What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a CameraThe 5 Best Cameras to Rent or Buy for Any Video ShootWhat Is the Life of a Camera Body, and Should You Buy or Rent?How To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000last_img read more

24 days agoChelsea reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan with Roda JC


first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan with Roda JCby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan at Roda JC.Sky Sports says Chelsea have launched an investigation after learning Ugbo has not been paid while on loan at Dutch side Roda JC.Ugbo has made a strong impression in the Netherlands, scoring four goals in seven games, but the club has significant debts and currently sit 17th in the Dutch second division.It is understood the 21-year-old is on a much higher salary than his current team-mates in Holland, and he has not been paid his September wages.Some reports have suggested the money set aside to pay Ugbo was instead used to pay the rest of the squad. last_img read more

Vine: Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash Dropped A Sick No-Look Assist Against OU


first_imgOklahoma State's mascot looks into the camera.OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 13: The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The basketball version of the Bedlam rivalry is taking place tonight in Stillwater, and No. 24 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are involved in a tight contest midway through the second half. Both teams need a victory not only for bragging rights but to keep on track for an NCAA berth. It’s been a quiet night so far for Oklahoma State’s star forward Le’Bryan Nash, but the 6-foot-7 senior does have one major highlight. It came early in the second half, in the form of a gorgeous no-look pass to teammate Michael Cobbins for a dunk.Flashy and effective. This is an entertaining game right now between two bitter rivals.[ H/T: @pistolsguy ]last_img read more

Its almost like a new season when Denver comes to play Ohio


Fresh off a last-second overtime victory against then-No. 8 Penn State last weekend, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team comes back to Columbus for part two of their four-game run against top-10 competition when No. 10 Denver comes to town Saturday afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Jesse King, who scored Saturday’s game-winning goal, said he understands the importance of the victory, but that it wouldn’t take away from his focus on Denver. “I’m glad that (freshman attacker Carter Brown) trusted me enough to throw it in there,” King said. “But I know that we’re really focused on getting ready for Denver.” Junior defender Darius Bowling, who won 8 of 15 face-offs against the Nittany Lions, said he knows the importance of using every practice this week to prepare for OSU’s conference rivals. “We know offensively they have a lot of playermakers that we’re definitely going to have to respect,” Bowling said. Several players have contributed to the Buckeyes’ offense so far this season, with senior attacker Logan Schuss leading OSU with 18 points on the year and Brown and King tied for second with 16 apiece. Denver has been one of the better teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference over the past couple of seasons, ending the season in the top 15 the past three seasons. OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows the level of talent the Pioneers will bring into Columbus. “They’re a heck of a team,” Myers said. “They’ve got an offense that’s going to put a lot of pressure on you, and defensively they’re sound.” After back-to-back outings of double-digit goals from the Buckeyes, King said he is excited about the prospect of playing another stout defensive team this week and hopes to help keep the offense rolling. “I’m excited we’ve got Denver coming to town, it’s almost like a new season when you’ve got your big ECAC rival coming in,” King said. Following the matchup against Denver, the Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for a three game stretch against No. 8 Virginia, No. 2 Notre Dame and Bellarmine. Myers said he is keeping the locker room calm despite the pressure of the team’s tough slate. “The message this week’s been clear,” Myers said. “We’re looking for our first ECAC win.” OSU looks to continue its four-game win streak this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium against Denver. read more