Cameroon Remains Resilient Amid Crisis

first_imgCameroonian Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine Gang delivering remarks at his country’s 47th independence anniversary, observed in MonroviaCelebrates 47th Independence AnniversaryIn 2015 and 2016 the Republic of Cameroon could not just jubilate on their Independence Day, which occurs on May 20, but had something to show. During celebration images of major development in infrastructure and socioeconomic development were displayed for the view of invitees.However, since 2018, the desire for development has come to face challenges arising from violent clashes between separatist fighters and the national army in the North-West and South-West of the country, thereby killing people, burning towns and villages, and displacing tens of thousands of citizens.In his deliberation in Monrovia on the celebration of National Day on May 21, 2019, one day later after the main day, May 20, Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine Gang said, “In recent months, my country has been traversing stormy weather with some vibrations being felt under the stout national edifice.”Amb. Gang, however, mustered the courage that for the very large majority of Cameroonians, the long-established reputation as a haven for peace in the sub-region will not easily pass into oblivion.He said amid the national challenges, both their leadership and citizenry have always deployed immense passion and conviction in the task of consolidating mutual tolerance.According to the ambassador, the Cameroonian populations, despite the tough moments in the country’s history, have continued to move with confidence into each other’s ethnic and linguistic zones to find temporary fraternal relief.While confronted by national crisis that has the propensity to halt development, Amb. Gang said the government’s intention for development of the people of Cameroon remains on the agenda.He said in the last two years the government has been actively engaged in peace and reconciliation initiatives characterized by the creation of an exclusive, special Common Law section at the National School of Administration and Magistracy that trains career judges and civil administrators and state financial managers.He added that under a decree of December 13, 2018, there was suspension of prosecution followed by the release of almost 300 detainees arrested in connection with the Anglophone unrest; the creation of a National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and multiculturalism by Decree of January 23, 2017, the opening of an English-speaking Higher National Polytechnique in Bamenda as an undergraduate-level institution attached to the University of Bamenda that was itself opened in 2011 as the second purely English Language State University of Cameroon.Other were the launch of the over 20 million dollar National Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Program for the North West and South West regions, and the creation by presidential decree of November 30, 2018 of a National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.The NCDDR holding centers, according to Amb. Gang, has started receiving “Repented” fighters, who are assured that the laying down of their arms would be tantamount to total pardon and rehabilitation.“With the slight resurgence of Boko Haram incursions, especially in North East Nigeria, Cameroon has been under renewed pressure to host over 30,000 hew refugees with UNHCR support; and lastly, but without being exhaustive, recent repeated calls by President Paul Biya that we have now reached the time for urgent forgiveness, pardon and reconciliation,” Amb. Gang said.He said recent visit to Bamenda, Buea, Kumba and Limbe by Prime Minister Dion NGUTE in this May at the request of President Biya confirms that the mood in favor of dialogue and reconciliation is stronger.He assured that Cameroon will in all circumstances move steadily toward a developing nation with the hope of attaining socioeconomic emergence as a respectable middle income country by the year 2035 (Cameroon Vision 2035).In line with its vision, Cameroon is said to have completed various hydro-electric power plants; the kribi deep sea port, a modern, indigenously-owned cocoa transformation plant in the West Region, and a new, modern state hospital.The defense forces of Cameroon, the Ambassador noted, has continued to play key development roles—building modern roads in areas abandoned by foreign contractors scared away by Boko Haram threats.In sports, Amb. Gang recounted that Cameroonian under 17 National Football team won the African Nations Cup in Tanzania in April 2018, while the senior Indomitable Lions qualified for the next African Nations Cup, and aim to give excellent account of themselves in Egypt this June.A number of activities including sport encounters in Basketball with Liberia preceded the celebration on May 21, and with the cooperation of Liberians, Amb. Gang extolled the people and the police of Liberia for making the celebration a success.For Liberia’s situation, Gang said Cameroonians truly feel what Liberians feel, and in its current moment of tension have lessons to learn from Liberia’s past.However, he added “We also nurture fraternal hopes that Liberia does not slip back by undue presumptions into a past that we all neither want to remember, nor to see repeated.”He lauded his diplomatic colleagues in Liberia for remaining tireless, neutral, respectful and discreet in helping Liberia to avoid retrogression.Minister of State without Portfolio, Trokon T. Kpui, on behalf of President George Weah and the people of Liberia, extended warm felicitations to the government and people of Cameroon and recalled how President Weah has his football history tied to Cameroon.He expressed the hope that the bilateral relation between the two countries will continue to be nurtured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2019 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe 2019 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.Those in attendance will be welcomed and addressed by Director Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Ben Brown, OSU Farm Management Program Manager will have three different sessions dealing with the farm economy. Aaron Wilson, OSU Atmospheric Scientist will lead a breakout session about climate change, and Dr. Scott Shearer, Chair of the Department of Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will lead a breakout session about technology. Additional breakout sessions will be conducted throughout the day focusing on: trade, water quality, farm finance, small refinery waivers, H2Ohio, and grain supply/carryover.In addition to the educational session, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association will hold their annual meetings during the symposium.For more information and to register, visit read more

Here’s What’s New in Panasonic’s EVA 3.0 Firmware Update

first_imgPanasonic released the 7th firmware update for the EVA-1, improving some already-impressive technology in many key areas. Here are the details.Debuting at the end of 2018, the EVA-1 was already a powerful camera, situated comfortably in the prosumer price-and-functionality niche. Boasting a super-35 sensor, shooting 4K on an interchangeable lens body with Dual-Native ISOs of 800 and 2500, and built on Panasonic’s cinema color and imaging science, it’s basically a baby VariCam.Let’s dig into what the 3.0 update brings to the EVA.The EVA 3.0 UpdateThe 3.0 update brings a few new internal recording modes, adding functionality and support for other situations and alternate uses. Let’s take a look.H.265 Internal RecordingThe EVA ups its game with 10-bit internal 4K recording, up to 60 frames per second, at bit-rates of 200 Mbps. 10-bit 4K recording is also enabled for 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p at 150 Mbps.This significant boost in quality comes from the implementation of the HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Codec) in the EVA. HEVC‘s wrapper is set to H.265.H.265 is twice as efficient as H.264, meaning that the visual quality of the internally recorded footage is about equal to 300-400 mbps bit-rates, if recording with H.264. This means either double the data rate or half the storage space, totally free (depending on how you look at it).This footage is recorded to affordable V30-class SDXC cards, inside the camera.Third-Party USB/LAN Adapter SupportThere is some nifty stuff happening under the hood in regards to connectivity and control of the EVA. Previously, the EVA only supported Panasonic’s AJ-WM50 USB to ethernet adapter for remote control and syncing. Now, the camera can make use of a number of affordable third-party adapters to connect to Panasonic’s EVA ROP app on Android and IOS.Remote control of a camera is always useful. However, on live productions, it is absolutely essential. Panasonic has worked with the broadcast camera control company CyanView to make the EVA even more useful on multi-cam shoots. This means you can connect and manage multiple EVAs from a single controller.User Button ShortcutsAnother big feature in this update is the new functionality of User Preset Buttons. In addition to all camera settings, users can save their button presets to an SD card. By pressing a single button, the operator can load any of these presets, instantly re-mapping all user defined controls and camera settings.This is huge for an ergonomically minded camera like the EVA. Regardless of the number of bodies on a production, all cameras can be set to the exact settings, in a matter of seconds.In addition to the general update of user-mapped button functionality, this update also brings hardware button control of speed ramping to the EVA. When mapped to a custom button, you can switch the frame rate while shooting for speed ramping effects in-camera.In addition to these primary updates, Panasonic has included a few new features in the 3.0 update.On-Screen focus distance displayUsers can now display the focus distance on supported lenses directly on the monitor or viewfinder, in either feet or meters.Second User-defined White Balance addedThe EVA can now store a second user-defined white balance preset for quick switching in different lighting environments.Record HLG while monitoring in SDRThe EVA can now monitor in Standard Dynamic Range, while recording in Panasonic’s HDR flavor, Hyper Log Gamma.JPEG Export of stills from videosSimilar to Panasonic’s GH line, jpeg stills can be saved from video, while recording or playing back the footage.As with any firmware update, there are a number of additional changes and functionalities added to general operability and menu navigation. For more details, here’s the press release. If you’re an EVA owner and haven’t updated yet, here’s the download link.In conjunction with the 3.0 update, Panasonic has dropped the base price of the EVA from around $7,500 to around $6,500. Since this announcement, Panasonic has expressed its full intent to continue updating features to the EVA — it looks like this camera is just going to keep getting better.All images via Panasonic.Looking for more articles on cinematography and video production? Check these out.BREAKING: SmallHD Releases New 7″ FOCUS Monitor with 1000 Nit BrightnessIndustry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina CostaVideo Essay: The Significance of the Shot-React-Shot SequenceThe Best Explanation of Dual (Native) ISO We’ve Seen YetCinematography Tip: Working with Unmotivated Camera Movementlast_img read more

Fearing the Wrong Dangers

first_imgYou fear the wrong dangers.You fear asking for commitments: Your fear of asking for commitments is based on your belief that your prospective client will say “no” and that you are unprepared to respond appropriately. Your fear of asking for commitments may also  stem from the belief that you have not created enough value to deserve the commitment.You should not fear asking for the commitments you need; you should fear losing an opportunity because you didn’t ask.Fear of discussing price: Your fear of price discussions is based on your belief that your prospective client is going to ask for—or demand—a discounted price. This fear is based on your belief that price will cost you your opportunity, as well as you’re being unprepared to handle that discussion.You shouldn’t fear discussing price. You should fear not having the pricing discussion and not reiterating the value that you create. By avoiding this conversation you make a loss on price more likely.Fear of asking for referrals: You fear asking for referrals because you believe it makes you self-oriented. This “ask” in no way benefits your client, in your mind anyway. But the truth is different.By not asking for referrals you are depriving your client of the opportunity to reciprocate for the value that you create by sharing you with other people for whom you can also create value.Fear of showing them the big solution: You fear that by showing your clients what they really need that the solution will be too big, too expensive, and that you will frighten them off.What you should fear is not creating enough value, not creating a strategic enough initiative to be worth pursuing, and playing too low. You should fear being thought of as transactional.We sometimes don’t fear the true dangers enough and we fear the minor dangers too much. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Gujarat trying to bail out companies: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday questioned the Gujarat government’s decision to form a high-powered committee to resolve the issues in a power purchase agreement signed by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam with four firms, which include Adani Power Limited, Essar Power Gujarat Limited and the Tata-owned Coastal Gujarat Power Limited.The four companies had signed an agreement for long-term procurement of power with the Gujarat government in 2007. In 2012, they filed an appeal saying that the rates should be increased, citing the hike in the rate of coal being imported from Indonesia. The case, after moving through various channels, reached the Supreme Court. On April 11, 2017, the court rejected their claim saying that change in international market cannot be used as an excuse to renegotiate the tariff in India.The Congress claims that the Gujarat government, in order to bypass the Supreme Court, had formed the high-powered committee to bail out these industrialists. “This is another another example of crony capitalism practised by the Modi government,” said Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh.last_img read more

Don’t glorify use of drugs through songs or films, says Punjab government

first_imgThe Punjab government is mulling over a new law for strict action against artistes who promote and glorify the use of drugs through songs or films.Expressing concern over the issue of the State’s youth being caught up in a cobweb of drugs, Tourism Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday said the films and songs by Punjabi artistes have encouraged this trend. “The State government is going to bring in a law soon to curb the menace,” he said at a meeting with famous folk singer Pammi Bai, who called on him to voice his concern over the issue. Appealing to the artistes hailing from Punjab to not encourage drugs in their songs and films, Mr. Channi said: “The young generation considering them as their role models has been one of the reasons for them being attracted to drugs. They should not encourage the youth to take to drugs by glorifying the menace.”last_img read more