Classic bullying tactics by APNU/PNC/AFC Govt

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to respond to a libellous letter in the Guyana Chronicle which is under the caption “Annie Baliram’s missive on the unfortunate deaths at the GPHC” by Dr Mark Dervonish.This letter largely contains libellous charges which aim to damage my reputation, hurt me, stifle me, punish me, bully me and undermine my human rights.  This is the classic bullying tactics by the APNU/PNC/AFC Government.  This Government is known for triangulating its supporters to engage in such dysfunction.We all know that the Guyana Chronicle is politically controlled and is used as a weapon against Guyanese.It is no secret that Guyana is a racially polarised nation. Human beings hurt because of overt racism and overt dysfunction in Guyana. I have been a victim of racism in Guyana like most Guyanese and these libellous charges are evidence of the level of racism the Indo-Guyanese people face at the brutal hands of the largely Afro-Guyanese backed APNU/PNC/AFC Government. This is exactly how racism perpetuates. Racism is learned.  And such a situation needs to be addressed to move our country forward.Moreover, the Guyana Chronicle needs to provide evidence to support the following charges about me:(1)          Dr Devonish’s position:  “she turned to the PPP-aligned Guyana Times to write garbage and lies about me supporting criminals at the 1763 Monument– a monument for Afro-Guyanese”.(2)          Dr Devonish’s position: “Mr Editor, this very Annie Baliram contributes to [an] online blog titled Black Bullies. The stuff she writes about Afro-Guyanese makes [for] painful reading and is downright disgusting.”I will take legal actions if the Guyana Chronicle fails to provide any evidence. Also, I am demanding an apology and a retraction of Dr Devonish’s letter.There are many more false charges about me in this letter.  I will address them later.Sincerely,Dr Annie Baliram(PhD)last_img read more

“Respectable” Leguan rice, cattle farmer confident of LGE victory

first_imgRice and cattle farmer Dhansham Ramnarine has resided on the Essequibo Island of Leguan all 57 years of his life. He feels the respectability afforded him in his community, coupled with his several acts of philanthropy in giving a helping hand to those in need are qualities that make him a good leader.PPP/C Blenheim-Enterprise LGE Constituency Candidate, Dhansham Ramnarine In the Local Government elections (LGE) slated for November 12, Ramnarine is contesting in the Leguan Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Constituency 9 (Blenheim-Enterprise) for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). He told Guyana Times that during the last LGE, in March 2016, he was a candidate on the Proportional Representation (PR) list. Asked about his suitability as a candidate for this year’s LGE, Ramnarine related that since he is a rice and cattle farmer in the area, he understands the needs of his fellow farmers. He noted that he has been urging them to forge more collaboration, due to some of the shortfalls that exist with availability of equipment and other resources.“The community has lots of needs for development, especially rice farmers. Right now me deh in the backdam. We got a dam here that needs lots of earth, because in the rainy season it would be very bad. Many farmers who are tractor owners does look pun one another, but me does talk to them and tell them, ‘You can’t do that, all of you ah farmers together, y’all must cooperate’,” Ramnarine told this newspaper via mobile phone call.He said the NDC has only one “pull tractor,” and would sometimes request the use of farmers’ equipment. Though this may not be the most favourable situation, the PPP/C candidate noted that farmers must work together.Speaking on drainage in the community, Ramnarine said some 10 or 11 workers are employed to clean the residential areas. Nevertheless, there is need for improved cleaning of major canals, especially since this is the dry season.He explained that although rainfall has been reduced, flooding still occurs in some residential areas, since water for irrigation purposes is allowed to flow from the Essequibo River into canals so it can be stored for use when water sources become depleted.“In Blenheim, the koker [does not flow] straight to the canal. It got a turn, and the residential areas does flood. But you got a culvert, but it [isn’t] locked properly, and the people in Blenheim livestock gets affected because it’s a low place. This is when the koker [is opened] to carry water to the backlands,” he said.Further highlighting knowledge of his constituency, the farmer explained that a Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) operative would test the water for salt content before it is allowed to flow into the farmlands.When Guyana Times questioned the candidate about the possibility of establishing a reservoir akin to the conservancy system, he noted that this was attempted before, but some residents objected.“They wanted to dig a canal from east to west to store water, but residents complained that you would divide the island, so it’s off the table,” he noted.Going forward, the candidate stressed that farmers would continue to be assisted with weeding and the use of equipment which they do not have.Ramnarine, a father of three and grandfather of four, told this newspaper that the fact that he assists those in need is an additional feature of his suitability as a candidate.“I am a respectable person, you know. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol, and I don’t get involved and quarrel with people. They got a man who estate (farmlands) I running; he got in accident since March this year. He fall down on the road and he got fractured. This man got over 200 acres in rice,” Ramnarine stated.“The people them got confidence in me. We won on the island at the last elections,” he expressed.last_img read more

Failed execution attempt suspects remanded

first_img…alleged mastermind released on station bailTwo men, who allegedly failed in their attempt to kill a Chinese businessman in Corriverton, were refused bail when they appeared at the Mibicuri Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.Sheldon Adams of Lodge, Georgetown; and Delwin December, of Work-en-Rust, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore and denied they unlawfully wounding Jili Sun at Springlands, Berbice, on February 14.Sun was hit in the face with a hammer when the suspects allegedly attacked him at his business premises. The two were also jointly charged with larceny from the person. It is alleged that on the same day and at the same time, they stole one cellular phone worth $100,000 from Chan Xai Wang.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Orin Joseph in his submissions told the court that a medical certificate shows Sun suffered a fractured skull and other injuries.He objected to bail on the grounds that the Police are in possession of statements – both written and recorded – from both accused, confessing to the offences.Prosecutor Joseph informed the court that Adams was apprehended in a car and there was what appeared to be blood on the front passenger seat. He also informed the court that when December was arrested, there was what appeared to be blood on his shoe.He said Police and civilians placed both accused at the scene. Further, he noted that by the utterances of the accused saying they had an altercation with the victim, placed them at the scene.He said Sun was still in medical danger.However, Adams in a bail application on his own behalf told the court that the caution statement has nothing to do with the charges before the court but rather an altercation with the Chinese national.Magistrate Moore remanded the duo to prison. The case will continue on April 8 at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.This newspaper had previously reported that the two men had allegedly hit the businessman in his face with a hammer in what was believed to be a robbery attempt at Skeldon. They later reportedly confessed that it was a case of being hired to kill the businessman.On Thursday last, the duo allegedly drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Premio motorcar and entered the window-making factory. Guyana Times was told that the men allegedly walked up to the businessman and reportedly hit him to the face with a hammer.According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building and hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. The businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted.Meanwhile, based on the description of the vehicle and the licence plate given to Police by persons in the area, a car was intercepted at a roadblock on the Corentyne. According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. However, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.On Friday, a Police source informed this publication that both men confessed that they were reportedly promised to be paid by a Corriverton businessman to kill the Chinese businessman.It had also been reported that the Police were able to arrest the businessman.However, on Tuesday, senior Police sources in the division have expressed disappointment over what they call external interference after they were allegedly ordered to release the businessman on station bail.Reports are the businessman allegedly owes the Chinese businessman some $4 million for windows he had credited.last_img read more

Minister Patterson’s information 100% wrong – Ram

first_imgPetroleum mining blocks…“if you don’t know the facts don’t speak, don’t mislead people”Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in his haste to criticise Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo this past week, has instead found himself being hauled over the proverbial coals over his blatant misrepresentation of the facts.Minister Patterson’s misrepresentation of the facts, condemned as outright lies by Opposition Leader Jagdeo, was on Friday also repudiated by eminent Chartered Accountant and civil society activist Christopher Ram, during a public talk on ‘Oil – Its Opportunities Challenges.’Opposition Leader Bharrart JagdeoRam told those in attendance at the event held at Moray House on Camp Street, Georgetown, that when Patterson insinuated that the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration had given out all of the petroleum oil blocks, he was in fact 100 per cent wrong.“At least stick to the facts, if you don’t know the facts don’t speak, this was completely wrong,” said Ram, as he contested the assertion made by the Public Infrastructure Minister. Ram told those in attendance for his public talking – including Member of Parliament and Member of the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament, Odinga Lumumba – that not only are there several petroleum blocks still available, but the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) did in fact hand out petroleum blocks to operators when it took office.Ram added further that the APNU/AFC Administration did in fact ink an agreement in January 2016 for additional petroleum blocks to be given out.He pointed to the Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with the joint venture team of Tullow Guyana B V and Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc for a concession of 1801square kilometres in the Orinduik Block, offshore, Guyana.Public Infrastructure MinisterDavid PattersonThe vocal civil rights activist in his critique of Patterson said, “this is not about politics, this is about our country… that is not true, c’mon Mr Patterson, don’t mislead people,” as he pointed to the agreement inked by the current Administration and quipped “you (Patterson) say everything was gone.”Ram was adamant that near shore, there are still a large number of blocks available and for Patterson to suggest 100 per cent had been given out is completely wrong; and in, fact a dangerous assertion.The Public Infrastructure Minister on Thursday last during a press engagement hosted by the AFC, told reporters that the Opposition Leader had already farmed out all of the petroleum blocks in response to allegations that several front companies were being established with close linkages to friends and relatives of Ministers with the aim of securing production and exploration licences in order to flip for a profit, since they could not secure the large amounts of capital needed to engage in oil exploration and production in those blocks.Patterson when questioned recalled, “In Budget 2015, the Minister of Natural Resources (Raphael Trotman) made a statement saying that all available forest land had been given out; so all I can say is, ‘Ditto’…when we got in they (had given) out everything.”Patterson continued: “Some of the people (to receive oil concessions) we don’t even know…so there is nothing to give.”This position has however been debunked in full by Ram, who not only pointed to the concession that had been given out by the Administration of which Patterson forms a senior member, but by using information made available by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), to prove that there are numerous existing blocks still available.Jagdeo during a press engagement on Wednesday at his Church Street, Georgetown office had warned of a worrying case of cronyism that is currently evolving where relatives, friends and associates of Ministers and senior Government functionaries have been incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements and are applying for Exploration and Production Licences for oil and gas in the blocks still available.According to the Opposition Leader, such a ploy could see middlemen through these front companies with close relations to the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration raking in tens of millions of US dollars by flipping those licences to international companies since they are unable to raise the required capital for the exploration and development activities required for commercial oil production.One such company identified in recent times is Totaltec, which is spearheaded by the brother of the Petroleum Advisor to President David Granger, Dr Jan Mangal.Jagdeo has called on the Administration to have the available blocks auctioned instead.The Opposition Leader said: “There are at least two companies that we know of that have developed complex shareholding structures that have made applications.”Speaking to the need for the available blocks to be instead auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo sought to point out that a premium must be considered.Jagdeo suggested that the world-class discovery of oil in Guyana could be compared to a ‘gold shout’, and said the moment oil was discovered, “there is a premium now to owning offshore blocks and getting an Exploration or Production licence”.As such, he opined that the companies in question “will get these blocks and weeks later, they will sell the blocks without any competitive process being followed”.Jagdeo suggested too that even some of the foreign companies that have been making applications had “unhealthy contacts with some Ministers and their surrogates”.Patterson in his haste to respond ended up making a monumental blunder causing the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party to call him out on the lies being disseminated to the public.The Opposition Leader has since further challenged Government, saying: “If Patterson has correctly expressed the position of the Government, then we call upon the Government to make public a list of all the petroleum-mining blocks, the names of the persons or companies to whom they have been allocated, and the date of allocation.”This disclosure, according to Jagdeo, will alert the public to the fact that no new petroleum-mining blocks can be allocated in the near future.last_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2011

first_imgHELEN KIRRANEThe death has taken place of Helen Kirrane (née McFadden) at Carysfort Nursing Home, Glenageary, and formerly of Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal and Anglesea Road, Dublin 4. Remains Reposing at Patrick O’Donovan and Son Funeral Home, Sallynoggin. Removal on Tuesday evening to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook arriving at 7pm. Funeral on Wednesday morning after 11am Requiem Mass to The Church of the Holy Cross, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal arriving at 6pm. Burial on Thursday morning after 10am Requiem Mass at the adjoining Cemetery.  House Private.  Family flowers only please.  Donations if desired to The Alzheimer Association.NANCY MCGRATH The death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Nancy McGrath Meenahalla, Glenties. Removal from the Hospice tomorrow (Monday) at 2pm going to her late residence. Removal from there on Wednesday morning going to St Conal’s Church, Glenties for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the Local Cemetery.FRANKIE PAT GALLAGHERThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Franke Pat Gallagher, Mulladuff. Funeral from there tomorrow (Monday) morning at 11.30am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Annagry for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in the New Cemetery. House private from Midnight to 9am. Family flowers only if desired, donations in lieu to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Steven O Donnell and Sons Funeral Directors or any Family memberDONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2011 was last modified: October 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 30last_img read more

CONFIRMATION AND COMMUNION CHILDREN EAT FREE AT RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY

first_imgPromoted postWith Communion and Confirmation season in full flow, the family owned Radisson Blu Letterkenny has an offer you should not miss!All confirmation and communion children eat free at the Radisson.Enjoy a meal in TriBeCa Restaurant- a popular family Sunday lunch venue, or opt for a private dining area in the hotel for the communion/confirmation party, and the special child will eat for FREE! The hotel holds an AA Rosette Restaurant Award for culinary excellence, and the experienced team will provide you with the highest quality hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere.Parties can enjoy a delicious 4 course meal with choices of starters, mains & desserts for only €23.95 per adult. All other children eat for half price when having all 4 courses, or can select options from our kids menu.With a variety of menus available on request, the hotel caters for Vegetarians, Celiacs & other Special Dietary requirements.For enquiries or to book your party, you can call 074 919 4601 or email info.letterkenny@radissonblu.com. You can visit the hotels Facebook page to keep up to date with all special offers and events in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny: https://www.facebook.com/RadissonBluHotelLetterkennyThe stunning Radisson Blu, Letterkenny. CONFIRMATION AND COMMUNION CHILDREN EAT FREE AT RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:communionconfirmationdonegalletterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more

Woman attempted to strike with stiletto in family ‘schemozzle’

first_imgTwo Letterkenny sisters have been fined after an incident during which one took off a stiletto and attempted to strike another person with it.Mary Hutchinson and Philomena Kelly were before Letterkenny District Court due to their part in the incident, which happened on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, on September 26, 2015. Hutchinson (33) of 34 Cashtel Park, Lisnennan, Letterkenny was charged with assault.Kelly (29) of 4 Leck Cotteges, Letterkenny was charged with threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour.The sisters became embroiled in what was described by Sergeant McDaid as a ‘schemozzle’ after their brother was ejected from a Letterkenny pub the family had gone to to celebrate their sister’s anniversary.Hutchinson, the court heard, removed a stiletto and ‘attempted to strike’.The stiletto was picked up and hidden by a passer by.Kelly had initially attempted to separate the parties.“A schemozzle developed and there was swinging towards security staff,” Sergeant McDaid said.“She was trying to separate people and keep the peace, but then got involved.”Solicitor for Kelly, Mr Kieran Dillon, said the sisters ‘got upset’ about the ejection of their brother.“It was a family affair,” Mr Dillon said.“Unfortunately your plans and intentions are one thing, but actions and reality can be very different. This went further than intended.”Solicitor for Hutchinson, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client knew she had ‘let herself down’.“To try and get across the way she felt, to say that she feels disgusted is an understatement,” he said.“Comments were made by another person and the comments escalated events. They had a domino effect and the comments were the straw that broke the camels back.”Judge Paul Kelly fined each of them €250, with the money to be donated to St Vincent de Paul.Woman attempted to strike with stiletto in family ‘schemozzle’ was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyKieran DillonletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtMary HutchinsonPatsy GallagherPhilomena KellyStilettolast_img read more

African Diaspora Summit – Okello Henry Oryem

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs in Uganda Okello Henry Oryem shares what he hopes to be the outcome of the Global Diaspora Summit 2012 taking place in Sandton City, Johannesburg. He also relays what Africa Day 25th May means to him. Click arrow to play video.last_img

Real-time Image Analysis in Marketing: Some Exciting Use Cases

first_imgOn first hearing the term ‘image analysis’, it’s easy to think immediately of software that can identify objects in photographs. But while static image analysis is a vital application of computer vision, and one that offers immense value, it’s only a part of a bigger picture.For marketers in particular, some of the most compelling use cases are centered on analyzing the living and breathing consumer, in order to improve marketing performance (and its measurement), create stronger personal connections between customers and brands, and reduce costs.This article explores some marketing use cases for real-time visual analysis of people, along with the ones that involve analyzing photographic images. Each of these use cases offers direct benefits to brand owners and creative agencies by way of improved performance measurement, reduced costs, and the creation of more personalized, engaging experiences for consumers.Making Marketing More PersonalComputer vision and image analysis technologies may have a way to go before they can even come close to the human levels of visual perception, but a fair degree of accuracy is already possible in certain scenarios, such as visual analysis of gender and age groups. That’s a level of precision sufficient to make new inroads into marketing personalization.The McDonalds burger empire is just one enterprise investigating this marketing approach. The fast-food giant has plans to open self-service kiosks equipped with cameras and image analysis software. The kiosks will use computer vision to identify customers by their gender and approximate age and then recommend menu items based on this visual data.Personalized Window ShoppingAside from McDonalds, other retail companies are working with computer vision consultants and developers to increase personalization through image analysis. Camera-equipped screens in storefronts will soon be capturing and analyzing data about passers-by—or perhaps more specifically, window-shoppers.When a window shopper stops to check out the screen displays, she will see the content change to show the items or products that the software perceives as relevant to that individual based on the analyzed visual data. In an apparel store, for example, a window-shopper may see images of garments that complement what she is wearing. Could there be any better way of grabbing window shoppers’ attention and turning them into impulse buyers?Understanding Consumer Attention and SentimentBrand owners will soon be able to use image analysis to capture improved metrics about how advertising is perceived by viewers. Again, while the technology may not yet be sensitive enough to recognize all the subtleties of facial expressions and body language, computer vision can certainly discern between a smile, a blank expression or a frown.This type of analysis can be a game-changer for enterprises wishing to assess TV and video advertising effectiveness. The conventional way to gather such information is via surveys, in which ad viewers express their sentiments about the content they see. The weakness of this approach though, is simply that humans are notoriously unreliable when it comes to articulating their impressions.Smiles Don’t LieThe reality of survey fallibility was evidenced when one particular advertisement, the subject of a 2016 study by Omnicom Media Group, was ranked 55th out of 63 advertisements on the 2016 USA Today Ad Meter List. That result was based on viewers’ stated opinions. However, the ad was then shown to a sample of viewers, whose emotional responses were measured using facial image analysis. The findings belied the USA Today ranking, as the ad raised more smiles among the viewers than did other productions ranked much higher on the Ad Meter list.The takeaway from this study is that the capture of viewers’ spontaneous emotional reactions can provide more accurate data than self-reporting, at least when it comes to gauging the impact of audio-visual advertising. While it may not yet be clear how and where to utilize image analysis for this purpose, the possibilities are being taken seriously and it’s likely that the technology will soon become an important source of marketing performance data.Accurate Analysis for Outdoor AdvertisingOf all traditional methods of advertising, outdoor ads represent the only format still enjoying growth in terms of spending. In 2017, out-of-home advertising sales rose by 2.7%, according to the data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.The gradual transformation of outdoor signage from static to dynamic digital displays is with no doubt helping to maintain public interest in this advertising format. The only problem with signs and billboards though, is the absence of clicks that can be counted to measure advertising performance.All-Seeing SignageIndeed, online marketing offers an infinitely greater degree of performance feedback than outdoor advertising, but image analysis could be the breakthrough to level this particular playing field. Small, inexpensive cameras mounted on or close to an outdoor signage, integrated with image analysis applications, could become the source of feedback on a range of performance factors, including:How many people walked past the ad signageHow many people stopped to look at the advertisementHow long people spent looking at the advertisementDemographics (such as age and gender) of people who stopped to look at the signageAccording to a Marketing Land article, this outdoor equivalent of tracking click-through rates has already been deployed in tests by creative agencies such as M&C Saatchi, who believe it can support advertisers in making outdoor signage even more dynamic, perhaps enabling them to make real-time changes in the displayed content based on audience response.No Time-Consuming TaggingAnother benefit that marketing teams might receive from image analysis is a reduction in the workload associated with displaying products on ecommerce websites. It currently takes plenty of effort to publish product images, since every image must be made identifiable by means of tags.For many ecommerce enterprises, image tagging can add up to a substantial amount of time and therefore labor costs. It can also present semantic challenges for consumers when they search for products. By enabling visual search tools based on the deep learning technology, digital marketers will no longer need to assign text-based tags manually to product images, and consumers will no longer need to struggle to find the right words for their searches.Seeing Beyond SemanticsAs image analysis programs can scan images and identify not only the contents but also the context, visual searches powered by image analysis will allow online shoppers to search for products by selecting or uploading images similar to the items they wish to find. This is especially useful for products with subjective descriptions, which might be labeled with any out of a range of tags, depending on the jargon used by the merchant.Ultimately then, this particular use case of image analysis will offer the double benefit of making searches easier for shoppers to conduct, and reducing the costs involved in creating and maintaining online product catalogs.Image Analysis: A New Dimension in Data-Driven MarketingThe image analysis use cases described in this article are exciting. They may also be but a few of the more obvious possibilities awaiting marketers who set foot into this new dimension of physical/digital interaction.In the same way that technologies like augmented reality, sensors, and beacons have blurred the lines between ecommerce and traditional retail, so cameras and image analysis may now play a similar role in merging digital and traditional forms of advertising media (which, let’s face it, are largely visual) to create a new landscape for data-driven marketing.Time will tell if its influence will be that revolutionary, but it does seem likely that image analysis will reshape the way brands strengthen their identities, heighten consumer awareness, and attract new followers—all while measuring performance more accurately and reaching new levels of cost efficiency. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Analysis Milos Mudric Related Posts Milos Mudric is a content specialist and tech enthusiast. He is the founder of Silver Fox Digital and SEObrainiac.com and he occasionally writes interesting stories about Blockchain, IoT and Fintech. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Video Compression Competition – Which App Does It Best?

first_imgWhat are the differences when compressing your videos with a variety of different applications?More often than not, as editors we tend to follow familiar routines because they’re, well, familiar. We stick to what we know. But our current process might not be the best one. Thankfully some studious editors have been comparing the differences in video compression and transcoding when using a variety of post-production apps and sharing their results online.In the opening video above you can see for yourself how Divergent Media’s Edit Ready is compared to Compressor, Episode and Media Encoder when transcoding the same file on a 2013 Retina Macbook Pro. Of course, the test was created by Divergent to showcase the superior speed of their software, but it does give a good comparison on how popular encoding/transcoding apps stack up.Filmmaker and fellow Premiumbeat blogger Noam Kroll shares his findings when comparing a H.264 exports from FCPX and Premiere Pro CC, which also sparked an interesting conversation on Twitter. If you click through to Noam’s blog you’ll be able to see some close up images to compare the exports for yourself, but as Noam summarizes:On a recent project of mine though, I noticed that when using my standard H.264 settings in Adobe Premiere Pro the result of the final product didn’t look quite right. It was blocky, over compressed, and even the colors seemed a bit off. I even went back and re-exported the file to make sure that all my settings were in place – including checking off ‘Use Maximum Render Quality’, but still I had the same poor results. So I went back to FCP X and did an output using the exact same settings and there was absolutely no question that the FCP X output looked far better. I ran this same test again using Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder and had the exact same results.If you’re in the habit of exporting your final files for the web through Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder you might want to check if this these problems are also an issue for you.Adobe Media Encoder Vs Apple CompressorInterestingly enough editor and trainer, Larry Jordan, shares his insights when comparing Apple Compressor 4 and Adobe Media Encoder CC Version 8 and comes to a very different conclusion. Larry’s post is very detailed and full of handy charts, images and even a pdf download. Helpfully, he specifies the time taken to create each file and the final file sizes too, which can be especially important to know when the client dictates a specific limit. Larry notes that:Adobe Media Encoder is significantly faster than Apple Compressor. By a lot. And with much better image quality at lower bit rates – Any image will look good at higher bit rates. The real test of image quality during compression is how good an image looks at lower bit rates.Larry’s article is well worth a read, especially if you have both sets of applications installed on your machine.Maybe it’s time to think twice about your workflow!last_img read more