first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday swore in Petronilla Browne-Stewart as Registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal with the charge that she must discharge her duties with competence, efficiency and fairness.During the simple ceremony held at State House, President Granger reminded of the provisions of Article 215 A (1) of the Constitution of Guyana which states that, “Parliament may, by law, provide for the establishment of a public service tribunal…” The tribunal was established by the Public Service Tribunal Act 1984. The Act empowers the tribunal to hear appeals from any decision of the Public Service Commission in respect of appointment by promotion of any person to a public office and exercise of disciplinary control over any person holding or actingThe new registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal signing her oath of office before President David Granger on Fridayin any public office.The Act also provides for the appointment of a registrar who shall be the chief executive officer of the tribunal. A vacancy had arisen for the position of registrar and that vacancy has been filled.“The Public Service Appellate Tribunal safeguards fairness and promotes meritocracy and professionalism within the public service by providing an inexpensive and quick means of justice for public servants aggrieved over promotions and disciplinary actions by the Public Service Commission. The Public Service Appellate Tribunal was reconstituted on May 17, 2017 after an absence of more than two decades. The tribunal provides recourse to public servants who feel aggrieved by decisions of the Public Service Commission. Aggrieved public servants, prior to the reconstitution of the tribunal, were forced to seek redress through the courts,” the Head of State is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Head of State also noted that the work of the Public Service Appellate Tribunal must be enhanced by a competent and efficient registrar.last_img read more

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has indicated that he is reluctant to pay much than £3.25m for Peter Odemwingie.West Brom recently turned down an offer for that amount – Rangers’ second bid for the forward – but it appears the two clubs are not far from agreeing on a fee.However, Redknapp said: “It’s difficult. We have a valuation and they have a valuation of the player and they have every right to turn bids down.“I wouldn’t want us to pay more than what I think is a fair price for the player. We’ll have to see.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today once again with full sunshine. The dry weather is still on track to go through Friday as well.  The harvest window stays open!Clouds combine with hit and miss light precipitation off and on through the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. We are pulling back on moisture even further, though, for the Saturday-Sunday period, looking at only a few hundredths to a tenth or two, and there will be plenty of holes…coverage will be at 60% or less. Clouds do linger into Monday and we can see an additional shower or two. We may not see a lot of moisture through the period, but we definitely do not see good drying weather this weekend through Monday.Dry Tuesday. We are also going to extend dry weather through most of Wednesday, as the next system looks to slow in its arrival. Rains start overnight Wednesday night and go through Thursday. We are keeping initial rain totals at .2”-.7”, and the only change in the forecast for this event is the delayed start.However, we are looking at making some major changes to the end of the 10-day forecast period. Some data suggests that a second wave of moisture move in on Friday, nearly doubling our rain totals. However, if this happens, it would be robbing moisture from our previously forecasted system at the start of the extended period, late the 3rd and the 4th. In reality, the combined moisture from the two events will be nearly the same…this forecast becomes more about timing. The map above shows combined rains through the entire 10 day period…it would suggest the heaviest rains still wait until closer to the 3rd and 4th. We will be looking at this period closely in over the next 36 hours.Either way, behind that event, we do go more active for the first half of November. We have another system on the 7th, and one on the 11th both of which can bring .25”-1” rains. The true good harvest window looks to close at the end of this week, or at least at midweek next week at the very latest.last_img read more

first_imgCan you develop skills shooting commercial work that’ll serve you well on feature films, or do you have to start from scratch?Feature films and network TV commercials are two of the highest-paying and most prestigious jobs a cinematographer can get. Many top DPs go from one kind of project to another, filling the downtime between long-form films with several smaller, one-day commercial shoots. Other DPs specialize in one medium or the other and become sought-after for those kinds of projects.I set out to explore how the two are different from one another — and which skills are transferable between commercial work and feature films, and which are not. Features vs. CommercialsOn the face of it, they are very different projects. A typical indie feature shoots for ten to twenty-eight days and has a budget of $50k to $1m. A network TV commercial has a similar budget range, but most shoot over a single day. Commercials can pull off complex shots that are out of reach of all but the biggest-budget features and TV shows.The DP of a TV commercial usually has a larger crew and more equipment at their disposal, even if the prep time and shoot time is less.Oren Soffer (via IMDb).I reached out to Oren Soffer, a commercial and feature DP based in LA, and asked him about his experience:Many young DPs rush to shoot their first feature, but don’t realize if the acting, the locations, and the script are all sub-par, it’s all but impossible to reach your creative potential and shoot something you’re proud of. Great cinematography can’t happen in a vacuum . . . Working in commercials can allow you to earn a living as a DP, which, in turn, means you only have to take on the feature films that appeal to you, and are a good fit for the stories you want to be a part of. Even if they don’t put money in, the DP is always a investor on low-budget feature films, because of how much they bring to the table.Noah M. Rosenthal (via IMDb).I also spoke to Noah M. Rosenthal, DP of the Bryan Cranston thriller Cold Comes the Night and the indie hit Band of Robbers:You can’t buy your way out of problems on a feature film in the same way you can on a commercial, because you don’t have the budget. You have to out-create your obstacles. Through communication with the director and producer, you can explain why something is going to be an issue and change the script (or your approach) to get the most out of the resources you have.Because of the many layers of approval that a commercial goes through, it’s hard (if not impossible) to make changes on set. These adaptations to the reality on shoot day hold some of the greatest creative potential. Rosenthal continues:You need to plan the work and work that plan, but also have the ability to call an audible — to change things up at the last minute to fit the situation as you find it. Understanding what the director is going for and offering a solution to achieve within our means is a big advantage of feature film work, even if you don’t have all the toys.Both commercials and feature films offer challenges to improve your cinematography and advance your career, but DPs should be aware that the ability to excel in one field won’t always translate into the other. The cinematographers I spoke to all advised asking as many questions as possible and establishing open communication with your collaborators before signing on to a new project.Cover image via Her (Annapurna Pictures).Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film Industrylast_img read more

first_imgThe proposed merger between the two federations running the national game has been put on hold with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) asking for more time before it can respond to the sports ministry’s proposals.The government had mooted a formula whereby the strength of Hockey India’s executive board was to be raised from 17 to 33 to accommodate IHF members, with the working committee also expanded to comprise five individuals.However, IHF president RK Shetty said his federation needed more time to discuss it among the members and has asked for eight more days to reply to the sports ministry’s proposals.”This issue has been hanging fire for three years and one cannot expect it to be resolved in a couple of days,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday.”Therefore, we have written back to the ministry and asked for seven more days to think about the matter.””We will only be able to make a detailed response to your proposal after we analyse the impact of each point and study the pros and cons of it. We anticipate that a diligent and responsible process will take a week and we accordingly request you to grant us time till June 21 to revert to you,” read Shetty’s letter to sports minister Ajay Maken.Hockey India does not have too many objections to the government proposals, and secretary general Narinder Batra has sent a point-by-point response to the 10 clauses.”I would not want to divulge too much about our response, but we have sent our reply within the stipulated time,” Batra told MAIL TODAY. Maken termed the development as positive and said that the acceptance of the ministry’s proposal by Hockey India and the positive tone and tenor of IHF gave him hope that the two bodies will come together at the earliest in the interest of the game.advertisementShetty said he will have to take all the other IHF office-bearers, including former president KPS Gill, on board before submitting an official response.Even if there is a merger between the two bodies at the national level, the bigger concern about the state units remains.”What happens if there are problems at the state level? There are so many court cases pending throughout the country,” the IHF president said.Talks between the two rival federations are also essential before they join hands.”We had a few discussions with Hockey India earlier also, but they never advanced past the initial stages.” Gill, who is now an advisor in the IHF, is proposed to be made the life patron, according to the ministry’s plan.”He has kept IHF alive for the last three years and spent his own time and money in court battles. I have discussed the proposals with him and he agrees with my views,” Shetty added.last_img read more