12 Jan

Financial arrangement with students, parents are private – Harmon

first_imgMae’s 42% fee hike…parents to protest on MondayIn light of the recent 42 per cent hike in fees by Mae’s Schools, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the matter has not engaged the attention of Cabinet but did note that the arrangement between the private institution and the parents of students attending same is one that is private; hence he cannot make a definitive statement on it.“The Ministry of Education would have to have a look at this to see whether it is in fact an unreasonable impost on citizens. But certainly the private schools, the arrangement with students and parents I believe is a private arrangement and is something which maybe it will have an impact on so much people in societyMae’s Schools at Third Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetownmaybe the MoE would have to have a look at it,” Harmon said.“During last year when the Government introduced some fees on the private schools, there was a big hue and a cry from the same citizens that are complaining that the private schools are charging them as much as 42 per cent increase,” he added. When asked about the status of the Education Bill, Harmon noted that he cannot speak to the status of that and efforts to contact Education Minister Nicolette Henry to determine the status proved futile. Additionally, the parents of students attending Mae’s Schools have indicated that they will be hosting a picketing exercise on Monday between the hours of 11:30h and 13:00h.According to the parents, they received notice of the increase just before school closed for Easter, indicating school fees for the Christmas Term will be increased by up to 42 per cent depending on the Grade.For playgroup, fees were raised from $35,000 per term to $50,000; nursery $45,000 to $60,000; primary Grades One to Four – $60,000 to $75,000; Grade Five, $70,000 ($60,000 + $10,000 lessons fee); Grade Six from $70,000 (60,000 + 10,000 lessons fee) to $80,000 ($60,000 + $20,000 lessons fee). Additionally, this publication was told that fees for the secondary department was also raised from $80,000 to $90,000.According to the School’s Administrator, Stacey French, the increase is due to the fact that the school’s costs to do business have increased, as well as the challenge of hiring teachers who are both motivated and experienced, in addition to overall operational costs.In 2014, then Education Minister Priya Manickchand tabled the Education Bill of 2014, which was read in Parliament. Then in 2017, the Ministry of Education said the regularisation of all private education institutions will be provided for under the new Education Act.last_img read more

19 Dec

Why Are We Here? Because We’’re Not All There

first_imgThe anthropic principle survived another criticism.  Charles Q. Choi on Space.com reported on a critique by two physicists who think the cosmological constant is not so finely tuned.  In the end, the argument was shot down.  The story, asking “Why Are We Here?” was picked up by Fox News.Watch the new film The Case for a Creator.  It will tell you what you need to know about the fine-tuning problem.  If the cosmological constant were the only cosmic conundrum, it would be bad enough to explain away.  Try twenty other parameters that are also fine-tuned for our existence.     “Anthropic” is a pretty self-centered term for evidence that points to God.  Trying to explain away the obvious (intelligent design) by endless appeals to naturalistic improbabilities demonstrates being out of touch with reality.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

15 Dec

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #4: Windows To Go

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair The basic premise of Windows To Go sounds like it escaped from an alternate universe: Now you can take Windows home with you from work, and run it on your living room PC. “That’s crazy,” you might respond, “it’s already on my living room PC!” But this is Windows 8, which is so, so different that the ability to create take-home, bootable OS instances on a thumb drive actually makes sense in a number of important ways. Ironically, though, Windows To Go isn’t really about Windows 8 at all. It’s about the benefits of getting Windows into a space that used to be too tight for it to fit – and also an experimental, bottom-up approach to implementing tighter network security.Easily the biggest threat to businesses’ network security has come from their employees’ ability to connect their PCs to corporate networks, both directly and remotely. Most unwanted activity derives from the outside, which is partly why typical security models adopt the “fortress mentality” ­­– a scheme which is largely incompatible with openness of cloud computing. Similarly, the trend toward Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work was intended to save on capital expenditures, but somne companies end up spending the savings on network maintenance: remediating all the malware and other unwanted content that employees bring with them.So Windows To Go is an experiment in what Microsoft calls an “alternative workplace scenario.”The Open, Closed SystemHere’s the basic premise: Businesses need to be able to manage the workspaces on which their applications are being used, but employees may not want their personal computers managed for them by their bosses. Borrowing an idea from virtualization, Windows To Go creates an environment that can be managed separately from the personal environment, letting employees lend businesses the use of their processors without signing over the deed to their computers. Employees use the business workspace while the Windows To Go thumb drive is plugged in and operating. Once it’s removed, the computer resumes being personal again. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… scott fultoncenter_img The quandary doesn’t end there. After having Microsoft officially “trust” the “machine” it loaned me, I had difficulties getting Windows To Go join the homegroup. On two occasions, after I shut down the laptop running Windows To Go, the fact that the machine with my Account wasn’t in a homegroup synced with the Windows 8 RTM tablet that was, subsequently kicked it out of the homegroup and forced me to retrain it to recognize my own network.  You have to ask whose genius idea was it to synchronize a setting stating explicitly the lack of connectivity, over a machine that must obviously be connected in order to sync in the first place?Why Windows To Go MattersIt’s the type of ridiculousness – with a capital “M” – that I’ve gotten all too used to over the decades. And yet I rank Windows To Go #4 on my Top 10 list of Windows 8 features. Am I an “oxy-moron?”Here’s my thinking: One of Microsoft’s distinguishing features has been that it rarely quits anything after the first try. There is clearly something to the idea of giving employees a safe workspace they can hold in their hands. Windows 7 tried separating workspaces virtually with the homegroup concept – a way of separating home policies from work policies, so that unwanted content in one does not infect the other. Homegroups typically work well (at least in Windows 7-only scenarios), but because homegroups and workgroups share local hard drives, the concept is not perfect. And delivering virtual workspaces as virtual machines doesn’t change this fact.If you could run an entire workspace without the need of the local hard drive, and without impacting performance, you could improve business network security tremendously. This is why Windows To Go is such a big deal: It could lead, eventually, to huge savings for business. User Account Control was a big deal for Vista too, and as you’ll recall, Microsoft didn’t get it right the first time or the second time. But the third time was the charm and I look forward to a similar progression for Windows To Go.See All of the Windows Top 10 Windows 8 FeaturesNo. 10: Refresh and ResetNo. 9: File HistoryNo. 8: Storage SpacesNo. 7: Client-side Hyper-VNo. 6: Secure BootNo. 5: Live Performance and Reliability Charts Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft The Windows To Go thumb drive is something admins will have to prepare themselves; it’s not a device you buy from Microsoft. Back in 2006, Microsoft premiered a concept called Windows Image Manager (WIM) which is a system for preparing installations of Windows that already include both the policies and the software (including third-party) that businesses prescribe, so that it can be painted onto multiple users’ systems in one step like wallpaper.  With the new Windows Server 2013, admins can use this same WIM to paint Windows 8 Enterprise images onto thumb drives. So a Windows To Go image is a copy of Windows 8 that’s licensed to the business, not the employee. The worker can use it at work or at home, and it contains either the applications or access to the applications that the admin directly manages. And even if a worker does take her own PC to work with her, she can use the Windows To Go image during work hours separately from the (presumably licensed) operating system installed on that PC.To pull this off, Windows To Go makes some very significant tradeoffs, some of which will render the whole idea a non-starter for some businesses and users.  The biggest sacrifice is that the user’s local hard disk is inaccessible from the Windows To Go environment. If there is any single way to absolutely ensure that the Windows To Go workspace doesn’t get infected by downloaded malware, it’s completely annihilating access to the local hard drive.So where are you supposed to store documents, you may ask? A PC with Windows To Go can access the storage devices of systems in its local network.  Microsoft provided me with a Windows To Go drive using the last Windows 8 Release Preview for my own experiments. I have several PCs in my peer-to-peer office network, some with Windows 7, others with the Windows 8 Release to Manufactuing (RTM) version. Ironically, I had no trouble sharing documents with the Windows 7-based machines; the Windows 8 devices had more difficulty, in some cases with the whole notion of password-protected sharing.In a test involving three PCs (one Windows 7, one Windows 8 RTM with OS provided by Microsoft, and the third Windows To Go), the Windows To Go machine appeared to kick the Windows 8 RTM machine out of the homegroup (more about that concept in a moment). While the Windows To Go machine was booted, the homegroup password created earlier by the Windows 7 machine was considered invalid. But once the Windows To Go machine was powered off, the same password was accepted.It’s enough that admins have to deal with networking issues between their own PCs, without having to introduce a truckload of new issues with their colleagues’ PCs. Besides all that, assuming networking connections are not a problem, not everyone will have the luxury of more than one PC at home.Given all that, the preferred response to the question of where you store your documents is, “In the cloud” – specifically Microsoft’s own SkyDrive. After all, Microsoft has always tried to leverage its strength in one platform to promote another.  An Interesting ExperimentWindows To Go is most definitely an experiment (though not a terribly costly one for Microsoft) to see whether businesses have any influence over what operating system gets used at home. If admins like the idea of a controllable business environment that isn’t a virtual machine, that’s administrable through System Center or other common tools, and that’s guaranteed to be disconnected from the key delivery source for malware in businesses, they might just get employees to swallow it like candy. In turn, those employees get the new Windows 8 and probably Office 2013, plus a channel for syncing documents.Here is where the enticement may start to fall apart, for both parties: The reason a consumer would want to try Windows 8 is to play with all its cool features, including the Windows RT apps installable from the new Windows Store. But such apps would have to be installed on the Windows To Go device, not on the PC. It’s doubtful that admins would permit users to do this.For companies, the whole point of administrator control of business workspaces is to have control over the Desktop. Administering the Desktop, by definition, is taken to mean keeping it stable. But the Windows 8 Start Screen, which sublimates the old Desktop, is as unstable as NBC’s fall schedule. By design, it’s a bubbling cauldron of change, intended more to be cultivated like a garden than administered like a bookcase. Typical company manuals instructions like, “To launch the application, double-click on the icon in the second column of the fourth row,” are pointless for the Start Screen, whose tiles for Office apps can literally float off the screen if the user bookmarks enough pages in Internet Explorer.Security & Reliability Are Still IssuesBelieve it or not, there’s also the issue of security ­­– which was supposedly the whole point of Windows To Go’s existence. Because the operating system is stored on a thumb drive – an easily copyable unit of memory – it cannot be considered a trusted device by any security system that relies on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for authentication.  For some business networks, that’s the ballgame; if you can’t log on from a system that doesn’t have TPM, forget it. What’s more, Microsoft’s own BitLocker – which encrypts and protects content stored on thumb drives and other removable storage ­­– prefers the presence of a TPM for authenticating its encryption keys. You can go without it, but in a TPM’s absence, Windows To Go’s alternative is the use of something called a “secure password,” which these days ranks up there with “safe school” and “affordable health insurance.”The final leg to stand on is reliability, and Windows To Go teeters here as well. A big part of Windows 8’s value proposition is synchronization, which takes place through what’s now called the Microsoft Account. When you log onto a new Windows 8 machine using an existing Account, many of the settings from the previous machine (your avatar, choice of colors, Desktop wallpaper among them) carry over. For syncing to happen reliably, each Windows 8 machine must be registered with Microsoft as “trusted.”That’s a tall order for a device that isn’t really a machine at all. If you tell Microsoft to “trust” a Windows To Go instance as though it were a machine, and anyone were to copy that thumb drive, suddenly you’ve cloned the machine. Which one does Microsoft trust now? What’s the value of a trusted machine if any one of them may not actually be a machine, or that one could be more original than the other?last_img read more

12 Dec

Video Tutorial: Improving Your Time-lapse Workflow for the GH5

first_imgIn this tutorial, we’ll cover the basic workflow for capturing and ingesting GH5 time-lapse photo sequences into Lightroom, and exporting a graded .MOV for editing and final color in Premiere.Note: This time-lapse tutorial is based on GH5 Firmware update v. 2.4.One of the most exciting features of the GH5 and the GH5s is the ability to shoot raw, high-resolution time-lapses in-camera without additional gear or software. The GH5’s no-nonsense time-lapse menu is intuitive, and the photo sequences are easy to work with in post.In this tutorial, we’ll be talking specifically the mechanics and function of the GH5’s time-lapse feature.To begin, make sure that your GH5 is turned on and that you have at least one SD card in the camera’s media slot (you can find a list of Panasonic’s recommended SD cards here). Step 4: Shooting Interval and Image CountAfter configuring your photo settings, set the drive mode dial (smaller dial) to the time-lapse icon.Once set, the time-lapse menu icon will automatically appear in the top-right quadrant of your camera’s touch screen. Clicking directly on this icon will take you into the camera’s time-lapse menu. You can also navigate to this menu by hitting Menu/Set > REC (camera icon) > Time Lapse/Animation.On this menu page, there are three settings that you’ll need to configure before shooting:ModeStart timeShooting interval and image countIn addition to time-lapses, the GH5 can also record stop motion animation. You can access those settings in this menu as well. For now, set the Mode to Time Lapse Shot.In the Start Time menu, designate when you’d like the camera to begin capturing the photo sequence. You have two options: 1) Now, and 2) Start Time Set. With the Start Time setting set to Now, you can trigger the time-lapse by hitting the shutter button, and the photo sequence will begin immediately. If you want to designate a specific start time, you can do so by configuring these settings in the Start Time Set sub-menu.With the time-lapse mode selected, and the start time setting configured, you’ll need to set your shooting interval and image count — this may require some experimentation. In general terms, slower-moving subjects like budding flowers or stars require a duration of at least 2 hours and a shooting interval of 20-30 seconds. Faster moving subjects, such as cars, waterfalls, or storm clouds require only a 10-30 minute duration and a shooting interval of 3-10 seconds.With each change you make to the shooting interval and image count, the completion time of the time-lapse (displayed at the bottom of your touch screen) will update. Make sure that your date and time settings are accurate. This will help you determine the duration of your time-lapse.Step 5: Begin ShootingFinally, with your time-lapse settings configured, it’s time to start shooting. Exit the camera’s menu, set your shot, and press the shutter button.Once the time-lapse has concluded, your GH5 will ask if you want to create an .mp4 file of your photo sequence. This is helpful for determining if you configured your time lapse settings accurately — or if your settings need adjusting and the time-lapse needs to be re-recorded.Keep in mind that generating an .mp4 can take several minutes. Furthermore, the GH5 writes the .mp4 to your SD card, and as a result, eats up your SD card’s space.If you’re shooting with an SDHC card, you cannot create an .mp4 with a file size exceeding 4GB. However, SDXC cards do allow .mp4s exceeding 4GB.At this point, you’re ready to dump your time-lapse photo sequences and organize them for ingest and post-workflow.Cover image via wiratho.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Rise and Rhyme” by Eternity Bro“Weeknight Jammies” by Eternity Bro“The Speed of Life” by Vincent Tone“Telesto” by Bedlake“Midnight Coup” by Bedlake“All From You” by Simba Music“What You Got” by Luciano Music Co.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Add Image Overlays to Premiere Pro ExportsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Which Frame Rate Should You Be Using? Step 1: Date and TimeFirst of all, check your date and time settings before recording. This will be useful in determining the duration of your time-lapse. You can set the camera’s date and time by navigating to Menu/Set > Setup (wrench icon) > Clock Set.Step 2: Shooting ModeThe camera’s mode dial (larger dial) should be set according to your shooting preference; however, the camera’s Manual Mode (M) will give you the greatest flexibility in setting proper exposure and shutter speed. If you plan on shooting time-lapses often, consider using one of the GH5’s custom modes (C1, C2, C3). This mode allows you to create a preset configuration for your camera, and it can be useful in situations when you need to quickly start a time-lapse.Step 3: Aspect Ratio, Compression, and Gamma SettingsBefore configuring your camera’s time-lapse settings, you’ll need to set your desired aspect ratio, picture size, compression, and gamma. You can access these settings by navigating to Menu/Set > REC (camera icon). Here are the recommended settings for shooting time-lapses with your GH5:Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (you can crop this to 16:9 in post).Picture Size: L 20M if shooting jpegs. However, if shooting raw (recommended), this option will be greyed out.Quality (compression): rawPhoto Style: V-LogL (must have the V-LogL activation; firmware update 2.4 allows you to shoot photos with V-LogL photo style; this is highly recommended for grading in post).last_img read more

28 Nov

What’s on where and when

first_imgMay 06-07: USABetter known as ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ the Kentucky Derby is one of the most awaited and popular horse races in the United States. The lucky winner walks away with a whopping two million dollars! www.kentuckyderby.comMay 07: AustraliaThe Cairns Blues Festival is back with a bang. Expect 12 hours of non-stop music, including performances by popular artistes from across the country such as Eric Bibb, Ian Moss, Phil Manning. The food stalls are exciting too. www.cairnsbluesfestival.com.auMay 11-22: FranceMeant for those who are passionate about cinema, one of the most revered film festivals, Cannes Film Festival is here again. The opening film is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Gear up to watch stars walk down the red carpet. www.roadtrips.comMay 15-17: IndiaSkating, boat and horse races, tug of war, traditional Rajasthani food, cultural performances are just few of the things you’ll get to see at the Summer Festival in Mount Abu. Spectacular fireworks on the third day concludes this.May 16-23: Trinidad & TobagoExperience life down under at the Tobago Underwater Carnival. With activities such as underwater photography contests, seminars on diving, this is for anyone who loves watersports and the Caribbean. www. tobagounderwater carnival.comMay 17-Jun 05: FranceOne of the most awaited tennis championships, French Open is back. Hosted by one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Paris, you can watch pros in action as they fight for the coveted title at Roland Garros. www.fft.frMay 19-22: USAAt the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, you’ll get to learn a few traditions associated with Southern food from the US. All activities are divided into three themes: Old Traditions, New Traditions and Imports and Inspirations. http://atlfoodandwinefestival.comMay 22: DenmarkThe Copenhagen Marathon is only for serious runners as you have to run the entire course and there are no half measures. You will start and finish at Islands Brygge and run through some famous landmarks along the way. www.copenhagenmarathon.dk/enMay 24-28: UKThe Chelsea Flower Show is a truly a treat for the eyes. Wherever you look, you’ll see a mind boggling variety of flowers laid out across the lawns. There are smaller gardens too, designed by leading landscape architects. www.rhs.org.ukMay 26-29: Hong KongAttention art lovers, if you are in Hong Kong, don’t miss the Hong Kong International Art Fair. On display will be paintings and sculptures from artists around the world, including names such as Maxwell Hearn and Jan Stuart. http://hongkongartfair.comadvertisementlast_img read more

30 Sep

Steelers Extend Coach Mike Tomlins Contract For 3 Years

Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl  when he directed the Pittsburgh Steelers to the title in 2009 – and the second black coach to sit atop the league after Tony Dungy.He has exhibited beautiful leadership his entire tenure, balancing of discipline and freedom with his players, who respect and like him.At 40 and entering the final year of his contract, the Steelers showed they did not want Tomlin feeling any insecurity about his job status. And so, they signed him to a three-year extension Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released, but Forbes magazine had Tomilin listed as the sixth-highest paid coach in the NFL entering the season.“I am excited that I will continue to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Steelers organization for the opportunity I have been given over the past five years to work and live in this great city, and I am excited to continue to work to bring another championship to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”The extension displays the team’s total confidence in Tomlin’s leadership prowess. He skillfully managed the team when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went through rape allegations that could have infected the team.When injuries beset the team, they followed Tomlin’s poised leadership and held it together.He has led Pittsburgh to the playoffs four times in his first five seasons, including two trips to the Super Bowl.“We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.” read more