Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Falcons coach Franz Pumaren isn’t worried too much on how his side blew the large lead admitting that they are still “groping for form.”“We’re process of experimenting. We have six new guys in our team and we’re trying to make sure they all get minutes,” he said as Akari-Adamson rose to 2-1. “That’s why we’re here, so that we can explore what the players are capable of doing and preparing us for the bigger leagues.”Alejandro dropped 11 of his 19 points in the payoff period fightback as he shot 5-of-7 from three, while Salem flirted with a double-double with his 15 markers, nine rebounds, and four assists.Go for Gold, which fell to its second defeat, dropped to a 1-2 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ AKARI-ADAMSON 98 — Espeleta 24, Manganti 14, Lojera 13, Lastimosa 12, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 10, Catapusan 4, Buenaventura 3, Bernardo 2, Hill 2, Macion 2, Mojica 1, Camacho 0, Longalong 0.GO FOR GOLD 92 — Alejandro 19, Salem 15, Dixon 12, Gutang 12, Casiño 9, Domingo 6, Gaco 6, Leutcheu 6, Pasturan 3, Naboa 2, Pili 2, Young 0.Quarters: 32-18, 56-40, 74-60, 98-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas Pilipinas pressed for time again Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESAkari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold to take the 98-92 victory Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce back win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It was Jonathan Espeleta, though, who set the tone for the Falcons, firing 19 of his 24 points in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two rebounds.Kurt Lojera chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Jerom Lastimosa had 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEspeleta couldn’t do anything wrong in the opening frame as his early explosion allowed Akari-Adamson to grab an 18-3 start which extended to 25, 69-44 in the third quarter.J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem, though, helped Go for Gold fight back and trim the deficit down to just six, 86-80, with less than four minutes to play before Jerrick Ahanmisi and Manganti sealed the game shut OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Thunder win Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It is a sickness for which there is recovery with proper treatment,” she said. “It would make me happy if you would all continue to warmly watch over me.”Ikee has been a highly regarded junior swimmer and finished sixth in the 100-fly almost three years ago in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She posted on her verified Twitter account Tuesday that her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from a training trip to Australia.“I still can’t believe it, and I am in a state of confusion,” she wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOfficials of the Japan Swimming Federation called a news conference and said Ikee was at a hospital being treated.Ikee expressed hopes for recovery but acknowledged she could not compete for a while. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I will take some days off for now and focus on my treatment to do my utmost so that I can show you as soon as possible an even more powerful Rikako Ikee,” she said.Ikee is among the world’s best in the 100-meter butterfly, an event where she is close to breaking the world record of 55.48 seconds held by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. She swam 56.08 last year and talked about being able to break that mark.“If everything goes well, I think I will be able to set the world record,” she told The Associated Press in an interview after being selected as MVP at the Asian Games.Her other top race is the 200-meter freestyle.Ikee wrote optimistically on Twitter about her chance for a recovery.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Japan’s Rikako Ikee holds up her gold medal after winning the women’s 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ikee, the favorite for the 100-meter butterfly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Ikee said on her verified Twitter account Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from Australia not feeling well. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)TOKYO— Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Over the course of the next four weeks, 40 additional youths from the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community will benefit from an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training workshop, an initiative of the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT). The programme, which is the third of its kind in Linden, targets adolescents and out-of-school youths between the ages of 16 to 25 and was launched at the Linden Enterprise Network on Monday.Some of the persons who will benefit from the ICT trainingIt will see participants being trained with job-readiness skills. Speaking at the launching ceremony, First Lady Sandra Granger emphasised the importance of ICT in ensuring that youths are well equipped to meet the challenges Guyana will be faced with in moving forward.“We keep going after ICT because…this is where the jobs lie. Robots would have taken over sixty per cent of our jobs…It is estimated that ninety per cent of the jobs women do will be done by robots or through technology. So, this is why I’m all fired up to get women involved in ICT…The young people of Guyana are a major part of our population, so it is a fact that you are the ones who have to take us forward…As you know, eyes are on Guyana, not only with the discovery of oil but all the technology associated with it, not least among which would be ICT technologies,” the First Lady told participants.She also challenged communities to move towards digitising records, hence giving persons skilled in ICT an opportunity to develop their skills. In giving an overview of the workshop, Chief Facilitator Fitzroy Younge extended gratitude to the First Lady on behalf of the people of Linden. He also credited her for the belief that ICT is the new frontier of change which fosters poverty alleviation. Younge said the objective of the programme is to empower not only young adults but unskilled and vulnerable groups within the community.He added that elements of the workshop will also entail “Soft Skills”, which will include telephone ethics, interviewing and communication skills, etc, while ICT will include Knowledge basics and keyboard references, Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Micro-Enterprise, among others. Other classes will include Numeracy and Literacy, Sexual and Reproductive Health and STEM Robotics. In his remarks, Regional Chairman Renis Morian pointed out that the initiative was created by Government with emphasis on young people, whom he noted are the future leaders. He encouraged the participants to seize the opportunity, noting that the sky is the limit.“Don’t just see this as (a) one-off, don’t just see this as we’re just teaching ICT, but the whole business is to ready your mind for developmental work programmes and jobs that would be coming your way,” Morian said.Seventy-nine persons have been trained so far from the region via the initiative which is available throughout all the 10 Administrative Regions.
But from a fan’s point of view, how can you not think about it? Just about every year, every Southern California fan has the same dream: What if? And this year, both teams have a legitimate chance of going all the way. They were both good teams last season, and both made some off-season acquisitions that only improved their chances of reaching the postseason. The Dodgers signed pitchers Randy Wolf and Schmidt, who are expected to build up the starting rotation; veteran Luis Gonzalez adds to an already potent offense with Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent; and Juan Pierre will add a tremendous amount of speed. The Angels signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., who is expected to help the team offensively and solidify the outfield with Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. They also signed relief pitcher Justin Speier, who hopefully will improve an already strong bullpen. “I just got to go out there and do the things I do,” Matthews said. “This is a great city, and over the past few years, Anaheim has developed a winning tradition. The fan support is great and it’s always exciting to play in front of sold-out crowds. “You hear that the fans are a little different from Anaheim to L.A., but I think a World Series would bring out the best in both sides. For fans, it’s all about bragging rights. For players, it’s the opportunity to play in a World Series.” Bragging rights, they are one of the biggest – if not the biggest – factor in a rival matchup. Los Angeles resident Anthony Deanda thinks the possibility of the Freeway World Series is definite as well as the fact the Angels would defeat the Dodgers. But his friend Jocelyn Pedraza thinks differently. “I think the Dodgers would totally win,” she said. “Plus I really want them to just so I can throw it in his \ face.” Despite the bragging rights, some fans hope for a World Series that is more meaningful and fun. “It would be so awesome,” said Eric Hertsgaard of Van Nuys. “I would love to see a rivalry build. It would be really great for the area. The draw of fans is already huge and I definitely think it’s possible.” Both teams are good and they just need to stay healthy. “The best thing about L.A. is that it’s OK to be loyal to both teams. It’s not like Chicago where you have to choose between the White Sox and the Cubs.” For some players, a Freeway World Series would be more than just a cross-town rivalry dream becoming a reality. “It would be fantastic for Southern California,” Figgins said. “It’s a fantasy, but for me, I would get the chance to play against my best friend, Pierre. There aren’t many people who get the chance to play their best friend in the World Series.” As for Pierre: “Anything is possible,” he said. “On paper we are as good as anybody. But it would be so awesome for me to play against him \ and to beat him. “A Dodgers/Angels World Series would be so special, but to see him in it with me, that would make it extra special.” So, what is a dream for players and fans alike, could it happen? I guess we will just have to wait and see. Both teams open their seasons today. The Dodgers play a day game in Milwaukee and the Angels are home tonight against Texas. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some prominent publications seem to think the Angels and Dodgers can both get it done. Sports Illustrated predicted that the Angels will defeat the Dodgers in a World Series that many people have only dreamed about. “I would love to see it happen,” said Todd Morrison, a former Aliso Viejo resident and Angels fan of nearly 20 years. “It would be fantastic for the city and for Southern California. “The city would just come alive. And especially with everything \ Moreno has done to push the whole L.A. thing, I just think it would be great.” And what would a Series like that bring to Los Angeles? “A lot of traffic,” joked Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers newly acquired starting pitcher. “No, but really, I don’t believe in fortune telling. Baseball is the hardest sport to predict. … But I guess anything is possible. I just try not to think about it.” LOS ANGELES It happened in New York with the Mets and the Yankees. It happened in the Bay Area with the Giants and the A’s. Could it happen in Southern California? Could the Angels and Dodgers play each other in the World Series, a Freeway World Series, and could it happen this year? No, really … could it? “Well, anything is possible,” Angels utility man Chone Figgins said. “It’s just a matter of doing it. What we look like on paper is one thing, but we have to go out there and get it done on the field.”
2 Labelled as ‘winners’ of the summer transfer market, Manchester City look ominous as they aim to regain the Premier League this season.City’s mega-rich owners spent a mind-boggling £153.5m in the close season, adding a whole host of superstar names to their squad.Manuel Pellegrini appears to have all bases covered with the additions of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph.The only possible issue City might have would be finding an adequate replacement for Sergio Aguero should the Argentine get injured. Wilfried Bony won a lot of admirers for his performances for Swansea but has yet to prove his worth at City since joining them in January.What do you think of the Manchester City squad compared to last season? Vote below.Are there any areas of weakness? Let us know by leaving your comments… How Manchester City’s squad looked at the end of last season – Click right to see how they look now… 2 Manchester City’s 2015/16 squad
A nurse from Co Donegal has accepted an MBE from Britain’s Prince Charles on behalf of all multiple sclerosis sufferers and their carers.Nursing consultant Bernadette Porter MBE!Bernadette Porter, who is originally form Raphoe, was given her award at Buckingham Palace.Ms Porter has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003 after working at Dublin’s Richmond Hospital in the 1980s.Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.” One of Ms Porter’s biggest dilemmas before receiving her MBE was what she was going to wear on the day!She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive.It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.” Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” said Bernedatte who is a daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE RECEIVES HER MBE FROM PRINCE CHARLES was last modified: February 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernadette PorterdonegalMBEPrince CharlesRaphoe
With the economy now looking better than in recent years, Zimbabwe is undergoing a revival.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Minister Gorden Moyo has assured potential investors that the time is right to come back to Zimbabwe.(Image: New Zimbabwe) Runaway inflation towards the end of the previous decade saw the introduction of banknotes of huge denominations, which in reality were worth little. The one hundred trillion dollar note is valued at about US$5.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)MEDIA CONTACTS • Zimbabwean consulateJohannesburg+27 11 615 1117 or +27 11 615 4921• Angelica KaturuzaTrade officer, Zimbabwean consulate+27 11 615 1117 or +27 74 631 6811RELATED ARTICLES• Investment incentives portal launched• Zim families enjoy sweet success• Zambia, Zim host world tourism meet• Mining experts gather in CapeTown• Team SA to call for investmentJanine ErasmusZimbabwe is undergoing a few policy changes that will make it a more welcoming place for investors, says the country’s minister of state enterprises and parastatals, Gorden Moyo.Moyo was speaking at the fourth Nedbank–Nepad Business Foundation networking forum, held in Johannesburg under the theme Doing business in uncertain markets – operating and investing in Zimbabwe.The forums, hosted by banking giant Nedbank, known for its progressive attitude towards investment, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), aim to bring together business leaders who will collectively help to drive investment across the continent.Moyo, who has held the post since June 2010, did not mince words when he described his country’s struggle to emerge from years of full-blown economic recession and the effects of the accompanying hyperinflation that gripped Zimbabwe in 2008 and 2009.“It was a nightmare,” he said. “But three and a half years later, since the formation of the inclusive government, the economy has stabilised and in fact, has grown between 2009 and 2011.”The adoption of the South African rand and the US dollar as currencies of choice, after the value of the Zimbabwe dollar plummeted to nothing, has also halted the economic slide.In 2012, Moyo said, the country’s growth slipped back a little, but with the prevailing economic climate around the world, it is not the only country to have done so.There are generally five accepted methods of harnessing resources for the national treasury, he said. “They are foreign direct investment, exports, outside development aid, credit lines, and taxation. At the moment we are only capable of the last method, but with 90% unemployment, most of our people have turned to the informal sector to earn a living, and the informal sector is not formalised or monitored.”Accordingly the government spends 70% of its budget on salaries with just 30% going to capital expenditure – “no country can grow in this kind of situation.”Investors welcomedHowever, Moyo said Zimbabwe is ready for regional and international investors to help rebuild the country.“There are great opportunities here. Our infrastructure – railways, airlines, communications and energy – all need to be revived, and it must happen no matter which party comes into power.”The government doesn’t have the resources to tackle these major reconstruction projects alone, he said, and it’s calling for private-public partnerships to play a role.“We invite investors to come to Zimbabwe. Besides the infrastructure work, we aim to privatise some parastatals, and this too presents an opportunity for investors. We have 78 parastatals that are wholly owned by the government, and now we want to reduce our shareholding because at the moment they are of no use to the economy or to the people.”He named a few entities such as the People’s Own Savings Bank of Zimbabwe, the Grain Marketing Board and the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, all of which are opening up to investors.Asked about the country’s controversial indigenisation policy, which stipulates that foreign-owned companies transfer a 51% shareholding to locals, Moyo replied that it is a noble policy that has been incorrectly implemented.“New investments are supposed to be exempt,” he said, adding that the Act has instead been used for political purposes.“Its implementation is against the law, against the Act itself. We must empower our people,” he said, “but at the moment the policy is benefiting rich individuals. The problem lies in the modus operandi, but if it is implemented properly the people as well the investors will reap the benefits.”In September 2012 the country’s minister for economic planning and investment promotion, Tapiwa Mashakada, said that the policy was not compatible with Zimbabwe’s call for foreign investment, and that there were two options the government was likely to consider – that the policy be reviewed, or that it be temporarily suspended.A new Constitution Zimbabwe is also finalising its new Constitution, said Moyo, and the draft document is about to come under parliamentary scrutiny, after which the government will launch a public awareness campaign.“Although there were a few contentious issues,” he said without elaborating on what those were, “this Constitution is going to be the political, cultural and economic glue that will hold the country together and give us a fresh start.”Before the Constitution comes into effect, he added, there must be a referendum on the adoption of the document – which the country can’t finance as it has no resources. Zimbabwe was looking to other African countries for assistance in this regard, he said.“After the referendum come the elections. We are confident that the results will be credible,” said Moyo with an air of optimism, “and that the proper procedures such as voters’ roll, observers and a clampdown on violence, will be in place.”The Constitution, he said, would protect investors.“It will reign supreme – we can’t go back to 2008.”Moyo also announced that the government is amending its procurement policy, which will speed up procedures that currently can take up to a year from application to implementation.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers face public pressure these days to increase their efforts to protect the environment. Given this increased public attention, as well as EPA and local government initiatives, farmers are turning to sustainable farming practices centered on nutrient management.Crop Production Services (CPS) has developed a platform to provide education, seed recommendations, and the technology and nutrients growers need to take a proactive approach to ensure the highest productivity while minimizing environmental impact. The program is called C.A.R.E.S., an acronym for Certified Action Regarding Environmental Stewardship.“C.A.R.E.S. includes the best available farming practices based on the 4Rs and then we tailor those practices to the farm level and field level,” said Steve Emery, Division Manager for CPS in Southern Ohio. “The stewardship practices within the program are both cultural and agronomic and they help the farmer do the right thing for the environment, but C.A.R.E.S. also gives them a voice and a platform to point to and say what they are doing on their particular farm to be sustainable.”C.A.R.E.S. also allows farmers to document their practices while they continue to learn how best to protect the environment and operate a sustainable business, from planting season to harvest.“When we look at seed one of the things that helps a grower qualify within the CPS C.A.R.E.S. program is variable rate seeding,” Emery said. “Those rates are based off of a soil type or a previous year’s history and we can also pull in some satellite imagery to develop those areas of the field that allow us to put more inputs where we can truly maximize yield and back off the seeding rate where that yield potential is lagging.”If this sounds like a program only suited for larger operations, Emery says C.A.R.E.S. can work for any farm.“That’s the beauty of the program is that it is tailored all the way to the farm level,” Emery said. “So every grower, every farm and every field can see a benefit.”Emery said farmers will use the data gathered through C.A.R.E.S. to help make decision on the farm, but that information can also be used for farmers to share their sustainability efforts with neighbors and the community, to show how efforts are being made to protect natural resources, like air, soil and water, in their area.To find out more about the C.A.R.E.S. program, contact your local CPS retailer, or visit cropproductionservicescares.com
Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement We might have to start giving Research In Motion some credit. It may have taken the company way too long to deliver on its promised BlackBerry 10 smartphones but now that they are almost here, boy, is RIM doing it right.At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, three executives from top cellular providers in the United States said they would carry RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 devices. That includes the big two, Verizon and AT&T, as well as fourth place T-Mobile. No word on if Sprint will carry the new BlackBerry 10 devices, but it would be surprising if the third biggest carrier in the U.S. was shut out on one of the biggest device releases of 2013. We have known for a while that RIM has been testing BB10 with a variety of carriers worldwide. RIM’s CMO Frank Boulben told Fierce Wireless this week that 150 carriers worldwide are testing BB10 devices and that the company is not tied into exclusivity agreements with any carrier. Boulben also said that RIM would release at least six BB10 devices this year across the globe at a variety of price points. On the other side of the supply chain, RIM has also worked hard with developer partners to make sure that a vibrant app ecosystem will exist for BB10 when it is officially announced on Jan. 30. Nearly 70,000 BB10 apps will reportedly be in the BlackBerry World app store when the device hits store shelves. Aiming For The TargetThe Technorati taunted and ridiculed RIM for the delays in releasing BB10 to the world. The release has been pushed back multiple times and RIM lost out on the 2012 holiday shopping season, which happened to be the most lucrative for smartphone manufacturers in history. That hurts, no doubt about it. But, we are starting to see the benefits of waiting. RIM has loaded its shotgun and plans to take its shot at a time when it should see its fullest effect.The shotgun metaphor is apt. RIM has certainly studied the behaviors of its top competitors and realized what works and what does not. As such, the RIM distribution strategy looks a lot more like Apple and Samsung’s than that of Nokia or HTC.In particular, Samsung has gained massive global dominance in part through its “spray and pray” approach to smartphone distribution. Samsung releases every one of its major smartphones to all four major U.S. carriers and similar carriers around the world. That practice started with the original Samsung Galaxy S and has worked well for successive iterations of its flagship smartphones, including the “phablet” Galaxy Note. The shotgun approach has been very successful for Samsung and, to a certain extent, Apple as well. On the other hand, exclusivity agreements have been the bane of Nokia and HTC. Two very good phones, the Lumia 920 and the HTC One X, have been caught up in exclusivity agreements with AT&T in the U.S. and have suffered because of it. To get similar versions of those devices on other carriers, the manufacturers have had to come out completely new devices. For instance, the equivalent of the HTC One X on Sprint is the EVO 4G LTE. The One X never made it to Verizon, which went without a flagship HTC device for most of 2012 until the Droid DNA was released last November. Unique devices are by no means a bad thing, but exclusivity has slowed HTC and Nokia down and caused the manufacturers to lose ground to the faster moving, better distributed iPhones and Galaxies of the world. A sure death for the BlackBerry 10 would have been to come out with one or two devices and tie them directly to one carrier, like Nokia did with the Lumia 900 and 920 on AT&T. With the future of Research In Motion resting on the success of BB10, that is not a game that RIM can afford to play.In The Hands Of The ConsumerOnly one factor really threatens to derail BlackBerry 10 at this point. Research In Motion has all its ducks lined up ready to knock them down one by one. The goals have been met. But, there is no accounting for the taste of the consumer.“We’re hopeful it’s going to be a good device,” said Lowell McAdam, CEO Verizon Communications, according to Reuters. That is the trick. RIM can do all it wants with carrier testing, robust and diverse distribution and application ecosystems that it wants. But, if BlackBerry 10 is not any good, or if consumers perceive it to not be any good, then all of the company’s carefully laid plans will go for naught. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Charlie Parish of HBO’s The Defiant Ones gives us an inside look at creating the unique visual style of HBO’s new documentary series.All images via HBO.HBO’s blockbuster four-part documentary series, The Defiant Ones, pulled out all the stops to capture some of the biggest names in the music industry. From legendary producers to marquee musicians, go behind the scenes with this interview with the show’s DP Charlie Parish.Learn about the gear he used to lens the series, and find some inspiration from Parish’s interviews with some of the greatest artists of our time. PremiumBeat: Will you give me a little bit of background regarding your previous work and how it led to your work on The Defiant Ones.Charlie Parish: I’ll try and give you a condensed version. I was going to play soccer, but that didn’t work out. I was in Prague, and I met these two brothers that got into movies. They brought me to America, and I worked with them on all their projects. I worked my way up, and then for The Book of Eli, I was shooting their second unit. Then I saw the ugly side of Hollywood, and I came back home to Europe.I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but then Allen Hughes reached out again and said Listen, I’ve got a show starting and want you to come out. So I gave it another shot. That was how me and Allen started The Defiant Ones before there was any real finance. He said Can you just jump on the camera and roll around and get the style and everything sorted for when we get in real production? I was absolutely like Let’s go, and that’s it. I am back in it. I’m back in Hollywood.PB: How long was that break that you took?CP: It was, I would say, couple of months. I just saw the ugly side of the industry. I’ve worked out that this industry isn’t for people who don’t have thick skin.You’ve got to have thick skin; you’ve got to understand that there’s people out there just wanting to take from you financially and creatively. I consider myself happy-go-lucky, so I never ran into that problem before. It was a complete shock when it happened, and it really did. I was like This is it. I don’t want anything to do with this.PB: What advice do you have to avoid that ugly side of the industry?CP: The answer to that is you get everything in writing. Make sure you’re happy, and both parties are on the same page.PB: Will you talk a little bit about the camera format that you used on The Defiant Ones?CP: I owned a Canon 5d Mark III, so Alan asked me can we do some test shots. I was shooting on the Canon 5D Mark III, which actually made it to the movie. It’s still a decent camera and it holds upon the big screen. Once we got into real production and HBO came in, we got a line producer. She showed me (what you got to bear in mind is that this was over three years ago) footage of the Canon C500 and Canon C300, and I was like, wow, let’s go. This looks better than my 5D.With the C300, I was confident I could judge the image on the screen. I haven’t been to school to be a DP. I don’t know the names of things. I just look at the frame and make sure my compositions are spot-on. I look at the highlights and the shadows. I move lights until I’m happy with the shot. I don’t know the names of diffusion and names of lights. I don’t know a lot, but the cameras were really forgiving.PB: There’s this one scene in Dr. Dre’s vacation home, and you are in the frame, and Dr. Dre turns around and notices you there. He kind of laughs and says, “Haha Charlie.” From that, it seemed like you built really great rapport with Dr. Dre. What’s your trick for building rapport with your subjects?CP: Well let me just say, I mean, we are on the phone every day. I am where I am today because of Dr. Dre and his generosity — his trust and his willingness to give a chance to people. I don’t know what he saw in me, but the first time we met, Dre walked in and said hello to everybody, and we didn’t even really speak, and then once The Defiant Ones started, I met him in London at the Eminem Show, and we just clicked. We clicked all about cameras and why I was shooting things and how I was shooting. We just sat there looking at cameras, then he invited me on his yacht, his vacation yacht, so obviously I was like Absolutely. Let’s go.He’s just the most creative, inspirational individual I have ever met. I was with him three times a week in the studio at his house. That scene was at his house, his beachhouse, and so that was probably two years into the project — maybe a little longer. So we’ve built up a really good relationship. I go around to his house all the time. He checks on me all the time about my new daughter and my family. He’s just the most wonderful individual that’s oozing in creativity and inspiration. I think we just connected because he trusted me. He didn’t see anything sinister from my part. I think he saw that, which is why he is now propelling me in that direction.PB: What did he teach you about being a successful creative?CP: Don’t stop. There’s going to be avenues that you go down in arts, in filmmaking, in music creation, in making a cake. It’s not always going to turn out as you expected it. It could turn out better, it could turn out worse, but don’t stop. Once you get that idea, just go and put your heart and soul into it, and this is number one. Don’t do anything for the financial wealth. It will take care of itself as you go into the project honestly and truly.Obviously, people would think it is luck. I am the luckiest guy on the planet. There is probably fifty people better than I am, but he still makes use of me. I have had a lot of luck, real luck. But I work hard, and he’s shown me to work even harder and then create your own luck. He is just musically and visually brilliant.He is unbelievable. You see some of his photos, his compositions, the lighting, the scene, the direction in it, the way he’s orchestrating things, and he’s just creating all the time. You know for people out there, it probably doesn’t hit every time. It’s probably a lot of failures. He doesn’t stop. He moves on to the next one.PB: So will you talk a little bit about the Canon C300 and C500 package and how you rotated those.CP: The C300 I just used to pop it on the monopod. I wasn’t concerned with the 4K aspect because we were outputting in 1080p anyway. So that was the long-form camera. If I came across a specialty shot I would use the C500. So all the interviews, the sit-down interviews, were with the Canon C500, and the everyday stuff was with the Canon C300.PB: What was your lens selection?CP: It changed, it really changed. We had nice cinema glass from Canon: the 21, 50, and 85. Then I used some of my own glass: a Canon 70-200 which is a brilliant lens. It’s a brilliant lens at all levels. There’s a lot of people who will be It’s all in the glass and all in the camera. But if the content is great, nobody’s worrying about what glasses you use.PB: You spent three years hanging around the most successful people in the music business. It seems to have inspired you to chase your own dreams.CP: Absolutely, I have been around Allen for so long that he just propels me. I wouldn’t be where I am without these people because they are the ones that just go and do it. Now that’s all I’m doing. I’m doing everything that’s in my mind and trying to chase my dream. If I lose now, it’s certainly down to me. I’ve got no excuses.PB: Three years is a long time for a project. What was the scheduling like?CP: It wasn’t all roses. It was very different scheduling. I think nobody really had a life for three years. It could be whenever I’d get a call to go to the studio — Dre is there with Snoop or Cube, or you need to go with Jimmy to New York in the morning. You need to be ready. You need to get the equipment ready and shoot this.I was walking around anxious every single day. I couldn’t schedule anything for myself. I’m at a soccer game and three minutes before the kickoff I’ve got to go work. That’s how it was for three years, so it wasn’t all roses, but the results I think speak for themselves. It’s a lovely piece about two powerhouses that they got to continue. This is why it went on for so long. It just didn’t stop. It went from one success to the next, one thing to another, and that’s why it went on and on. It was a brilliant thing to be part of. I know all these hundreds of DPs and directors and filmmakers out there who would take this industry by storm. It’s so saturated, and I’m just grateful that I’ve been given a chance. That’s what I’ve learned as well: to give people a chance, don’t judge.PB: I’m sure in some essence there are things that you do to create that luck or to put you in the right place at the right time. What do you think your secret was for that?CP: Well, it is not for me to say that, but Allen would always say your heart is true. That’s why people gravitate toward you — because they understand you and your heart. Dre would say you can be the most talented person on the planet, but if you’re an asshole, I’m not working with you, period. He wants to work with good people because they can always get better; they can always improve. I think that’s what it is for me. I mean, I think I’m always improving.I’ve always been visual. I worked from school for Albert. I was with Albert for so long, and he’s just brilliant — so is Allen. Allen is deeper into the story, and he gives me free rein to bring my visual aspect to it. That was what was really nice. I could get creative even though I wasn’t so involved in this pop culture world. I’m a geek, I’m into Bigfoot and UFOs — that’s my thing. I wear the same stuff every day. I’m just not cool, but Allen gave me a chance to create a style, and there was a fantastic DP on it as well — the style elevated the style. It’s a real team effort. I really enjoyed it.For more great interviews and a glimpse of life on set, check out these other posts:Interview: Netflix’s Last Chance U Director of Photography Gabriel PatayInterview: Behind A24’s Menashe with the Director and DPInterview: Behind the Scenes with YouTube’s Binging with BabishInside Atomic Fiction: An Exclusive Interview With a VFX PowerhouseInterview: The First Filmmakers to Shoot with the Canon C200Exclusive Interview: Product Placement With a Hollywood ProThe Media Machine Behind the Dallas Stars