Some elements of GPF are bent on criminalising protesters

first_imgDear Editor,So far, all of the protests, since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, let me repeat, every last act of protest by the people of this country has been peaceful. However,there are some elements within the Guyana Police Force that are out to make these events a criminal offence, or in other words, make certain protesters out to be criminals. This was evident from actions by some of its members at Cornelia Ida, when Police officer/s were seen committing acts of aggression – pushing and shoving innocent protesters. The agitators were out in their numbers (black flags in hand) sending the clear message to David Granger that he is illegal and a violator of our Constitution. This is legal, straightforward behaviour which should at least be tolerated by this usurper of power.But this illegal President would have none of it and his immediate reaction is to harshly put an end to dissent.In the first place, Granger would have been highly annoyed that these acts of civil disobedience were spontaneous outbursts of massive support by ordinary people, as was the case in most instances which were not sponsored or inspired by the Opposition.This is evidence of pure people power, a groundswell of discontent that has enveloped this entire country.We are in a dictatorship led by a military man disguised as President who is hell-bent on putting down all forms of dissent, this is unacceptable. We have grown accustomed to democratic rule and that is what we are going to get, so Mr Granger should get used to protest actions.And to those members of GPF who are making out those protesters to be criminals, they should be ashamed of themselves. These people on the protest line are not criminals. Let me remind those errant police officers that it is the PNC, when on the protest lines, that chanted “kill the police” in tones loud and clear. These were direct acts of aggression aided and abetted by the same party and people who are now trying to make criminal the actions of peaceful protesters. So, to our policemen of a noble Force, do not be fooled by evil people who are trying their utmost at making the police look bad. So, officers, be on the alert, do your job honestly and professionally, do not be sidetracked into a situation where you become a political entity or a puppet Police Force – used and abused by an illegal Government.We are a peaceful people standing up for our rights, to which we have every legal entitlement!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Jagdeo reports “positive” meeting with President

first_img“Positive” is all Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had to say as he emerged from a meeting with President David Granger, more than a week after the two sides were last engaged on the appointment of new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The meeting, which commenced at 14:00hrs at the Ministry of the Presidency, lasted under one hour. Jagdeo only described the talks as “positive” and promised to send out a detailed statement later in the day.More details in the Saturday, July 27, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

Chamber of Commerce hosts Wilkinson as guest speaker at Luncheon

first_img“The Mountain Caribou Issue was grossly mishandled by the NDP and they’ve appointed Blair Lekstrom to try and fix the mess that they’ve made. I look forward to his report, in the next few days, to try and put the genie back in the bottle because they failed to consult the communities of the Peace.”As for the lack of Provincial support for the oil and gas industry, Wilkinson says the reason for a lack of it is because the current government is absorbing the idea that B.C. needs to be a leader when it comes to abolishing fossil fuels. Wilkinson also feels that the NDP needs to calm down the dismissive attitude against the use of fossil fuels and not to talk down to people of the Peace.“The problem that we have with the current government is that they’re absorbing this idea – some of it from their own invention, some of it from the media, some of it from the Green Party – the British Columbia needs to lead the change that will abolish fossil fuels… So our view of this, in our party, is that it’s time to calm down that dismissive attitude, to call it for what it is and to say to the people of the Peace, do not talk down to these people. It’s unacceptable that anyone talks down to you.”The next Chamber Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 30, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre and will feature Scott Maxwell, of the Ministry of Transportation, to discuss roads and infrastructure within the Peace.Advertisement For more information, and for tickets, you can visit the Chamber’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held another Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday at the Northern Grand Hotel.Guest Speaker for the Luncheon was Official Opposition Leader, Andrew Wilkinson.Wilkinson touched on a wide range of issues that Fort St. John and the Peace Region are currently facing.- Advertisement -Some of those issues included the on-going Caribou Recovery Program and the lack of Provincial support for the oil and gas industry.When it comes to the handling of the Caribou, Wilkinson feels that it was grossly mishandled by the NDP, adding that he is waiting to see the report made by Blair Lekstrom which is to be released in the coming days.That report looks at the socio-economic impacts that the Program might have on communities within the Peace.Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S. helps calm pirate-infested seas

first_imgMOMBASA, Kenya – With one slain crew mate in the ship’s freezer and Somali pirates threatening to kill his son, Capt. Xinshen Ling could think of only one thing to do: Threaten to throw himself into the shark-infested waters, calculating the pirates wouldn’t want to lose the captain. He was right. Four pirates immediately rushed to keep him from jumping off the Taiwanese fishing vessel. “It was a test. I wanted to see how much the pirates valued me … They know if the captain dies, they will get less ransom,” the 47-year-old told The Associated Press, safe in Kenya on Wednesday after the U.S. Navy stepped in to win the release of the Ching Fong Hwa 168 and its surviving crew, including Ling’s son. Ling’s tale of seven months of captivity is frighteningly common off the lawless coast of war-ravaged Somalia, where piracy is on the increase. After releasing the ship and its crew on Nov. 5, the pirates got away with an unspecified ransom paid by the ship’s owner. Somali pirates are often fighters linked to the clans that have carved the country into armed fiefdoms. They have heavy weapons and satellite navigation equipment, and have seized merchant ships, aid vessels and even a cruise ship. Ling’s ordeal began one sunny afternoon in April, when about 15 pirates stormed aboard his vessel armed with automatic rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. His crew was unarmed and one member was shot in the back. He survived, but when negotiations with the ship’s Taiwanese owners were going badly, the pirates killed another crew member, 32-year-old Chen Tao from China. “He was very unlucky because they just took him at random,” recalled Ling, who had worked with Tao for two years. He remembers the sailor being grabbed out of a lineup, then six shots that rang out on the other side of the boat. “We were in shock,” said Ling, raising a dragon-tattooed arm to smooth a sprinkling of white hair. “Just for money they took a life. … They are not human.” “After they shot that guy, I was really afraid,” said Linshangyi Ling, refilling his father’s sake glass. Four crew members were ordered to drag the man’s body into the ship’s freezers, where Ling insisted it stay. The pirates wanted to throw it to the sharks. Over the next months, the crew battled scurvy when their vegetables ran out, endured frequent mock executions and occasional beatings from guards when the Chinese, Taiwanese and Filipino sailors didn’t understand orders in Somali and broken English. The pirates also forced crew members to call home, in hopes their families would pressure the ship’s owners to pay the ransom. Ling listened to his wife weep for her son and husband. Eventually, Ling explained through a translator, the ship’s owners delivered a ransom in October – the pirates had demanded $1.5 million, but Ling refused to say how much was paid. The relieved crew thought they were going home, but the pirates held out for more money. That’s when the Americans got involved. The Navy said its personnel spoke to the pirates by radio, pressing them to leave the ship. They did on Nov. 5, aboard skiffs that took them to shore. Then a Navy vessel escorted Ling’s ship out of Somali waters and gave its crew food and medical assistance. Ling, who speaks no English, was unclear who helped, saying he believed U.N. forces as well as the U.S. military were in the area. U.S. officials would not say what was done to persuade the pirates to leave. But earlier, a U.S. naval vessel had fired on pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese-owned ship. At one point recently, at least seven ships were being held. Now, following U.S. intervention, only two remain in pirate hands. “We continue to talk with the pirates regularly, encouraging them to leave ships,” said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman. “It’s not so much a change in focus as a change in activity. There is a spike in the number of pirated vessels. Since we were there when the ships were pirated it was an opportunity for us to stay there and help free the ships.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But Ling’s story has a twist. When the pirates demanded even more ransom, the Navy intervened, a development that will continue in response to the spike in piracy, a Navy spokeswoman said. “The worst time for me was the times they took my son … They used this boy,” said Ling, gesturing at 22-year-old Linshangyi Ling, sitting across from him at a Chinese restaurant in the port of Mombasa. “They threatened me, said if I didn’t call Taiwan they would shoot my son.” There have been 26 ships seized by pirates off Somalia this year, up from eight during the same period last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. But deaths are rare, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the East Africa Seafarers’ Assistance Program. “Most of the time the pirates want money, not to kill people,” he said. Ransoms can reach millions of dollars. Somalia is deeply impoverished and flooded with weapons. Its government has little authority on land, let alone the means to police its long coast, especially now that it’s battling an Islamic insurgency. last_img read more

Bird flu hits west India and France

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Around 500,000 birds will be killed,” he said. An unknown number of people in the area were reportedly suffering from flu and fever, and scientists were to start testing them today, said Milind Gore, deputy director of the National Institute of Virology in Pune. At least 30,000 chickens have died in and around Navapur, a major poultry-farming region of Maharashtra, over the past two weeks, Ahmed said. Police have cordoned off the area around the poultry farms, Ahmed said. An area of 3 to 5 miles around the cordoned region will be under surveillance, and all poultry not killed will be vaccinated against bird flu, the health ministry said in a statement. BOMBAY, India – India and France both confirmed their first outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu among fowl on Saturday, and an Indian official said authorities planned to cull a half-million birds to check the spread of the virus. Tens of thousands of chickens have died from bird flu in recent weeks in western India, and people suffering from flu-like symptoms in the region were to be tested for the infection, officials said. Saturday’s announcement came as other nations fought to contain outbreaks of the H5N1 strain, which has spread from Asia amid fears of a worldwide flu pandemic if the virus mutates into a form that is easily transmitted between humans. Bird flu has killed at least 91 people – most of them in Asia – since 2003, according to World Health Organization figures. In western India, officials planned to immediately begin slaughtering hundreds of thousands of birds in a 1.5-mile radius around the poultry farms in the town of Navapur where the confirmed cases were detected, said Anees Ahmed, the minister for animal husbandry in the state of Maharashtra. Indian chicken farmers were devastated by the announcement. “All of us will have to start again from scratch, and I don’t know how many of us will survive,” said Ghulam Vhora, a member of the Navapur Poultry Farmers Association. “Most farmers cannot believe the news and are hoping the lab tests confirming bird flu are wrong.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

IRL cuts West off its race schedule

first_img “We look forward to sitting down with track officials in the future and working with them toward a possible return in the future.” But that won’t happen unless either IRL or speedway officials soften their stance. Zucker pressed the IRL for the June 4 date, a week after the Indianapolis 500, but lost it to another ISC-owned track, Watkins Glen, N.Y. There were other lesser options discussed. “They offered April 9, the same date as the Long Beach Grand Prix,” Zucker said. “That was not an option, not as stewards of motorsports or good neighbors. They also offered several summer days, but because of the weather, that was not an option. “They also listed Labor Day, but we didn’t have that option.” The speedway hosts a NASCAR Nextel Cup race on Labor Day Sunday. Zucker said Wednesday’s announcement will not impact this year’s effort. And she asked for understanding from open-wheel fans. “We tried, but it just didn’t work out,” she said. “Who knows what the future will bring, but we definitely plan to stay in touch with the IRL.” Ungar said both sides worked hard at trying to find a date. “With the schedule that currently exists at Fontana, there were more than several dates proposed back and forth,” Ungar said. “Both ISC and the league worked very hard at trying to make something work. But if it can’t work, we can’t put a date, just any date, on the schedule that will hurt the track and the series, because that certainly doesn’t serve the market well.” “I just threw my hands up,” Zucker said. “I just didn’t understand. I mean, we asked a lot of questions. I don’t see how losing the country’s second-biggest market helps their TV partners.” Ungar said losing the market was painful but part of doing business. “Los Angeles is a great market for us. If you look just, for example, at the Indy 500 rating in Los Angeles, it was outstanding for the IndyCar Series on television,” Ungar said. “It’s not really a question of choosing to not be in a market so much as not being able to make a certain venue work with its particular schedule. “We have to take it as its presented to us. It’s not so much a decision on the market. That issue would have occurred no matter where that track was located. It just so happens it was located in the second-largest media market which we need to return to soon.” Zucker’s bid for a June 4 race was thwarted by distance and potential weather issues. “They were concerned about rain at Indianapolis and maybe having to run the race later,” Zucker said. “We told them them we were prepared to postpone it to a later date if needed.” Ungar: “A California date post-Indy would have put an unacceptable burden on our teams to make the California date and time logistically. This problem would have only been compounded if we had rain at Indy as we’ve seen in past years. “Additionally, the June 4 date was viewed as optimal for Watkins Glen as determined by ISC as it has to balance all its competing interests internally and come up with a schedule that’s best for the fans, for the tracks and their shareholders.” Ungar strongly denied the IRL was giving up on the West, considering the three lost races. “Both live events and television, we do very well in the West. The West will be a continued object to expand our schedule,” Ungar said. “It happens that when you look at compression and the Nextel Cup schedule at Fontana, really the same issue at Phoenix, it just wasn’t feasible for us to do an event at those venues. Both Phoenix and L.A. continue to be good events for us from a television market perspective. We certainly would look at going back.” The IRL, according to Ungar, is firm in the belief that cutting back will strengthen the future of the sanctioning body. “The best way I could say it is sometimes you got to take a step back to go forward. We need to make sure we’re racing in places that make good business sense,” Ungar said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gillian Zucker and her California Speedway staff heard the Indy Racing League announcement about the 2006 schedule on Wednesday, and they still can’t quite believe their ears. Even after months of discussions with the sanctioning body, the news no IRL race at California Speedway was stunning. “We disagree with the decision,” said Zucker, speedway president. “We aggressively went after a date. We are disappointed we are not on the schedule. “The primary reasons for the compacted schedule are momentum and consistency,” said Brian Barnhart, IRL president and chief operating officer. “Scheduling our races on a consistent basis in a compacted time frame will give us momentum from the drop of the green flag in Miami into the month of May, right through the heart of our season and into the championship point battle.” There were other reasons for the change. “The tight lineup of races will make for increased fan interest, more sustained storylines from week to week and a more defined season,” said Ken Ungar, the IRL senior vice president for business affairs. “Finishing before the NFL and college football seasons get into full swing will definitely increase overall exposure for our sport. Our broadcast partners, ABC and ESPN, were the catalyst in moving in this direction and the prime mover in helping us get there.” In essence, the Fontana date was a victim of that decision. This year’s series season finale at California Speedway is set for Oct. 15-16, much later than next’s year Sept. 10 finale at Chicago. “As part of our compression process, we worked very hard to find a suitable date for Fontana and suggested a number of different dates,” Ungar said. “However, with the two Nextel Cup dates, the need to maintain separation between other dates at the California Speedway, and competing events not only in Los Angeles but throughout the southwest in the spring of the year, we couldn’t find a date that worked for everyone. center_img “We think this market is phenomenal for open-wheel racing, and it was primed for the IRL to take off.” Instead, the IRL shrunk its season by eight weeks and three races, also dropping events at Phoenix and Pikes Peak in Colorado. The compacted scheduled will feature 14 races in 25 weeks, including seven in a 11-week summertime stretch. last_img read more

Presidential transition

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Will he perpetuate the failed ideology that has driven good jobs and the middle class from Los Angeles, or will he push for policies and programs that improve economic opportunity and create a healthier city? Will he be a slave to public-employee unions or a servant of the people? These are critical questions for every elected official to answer, especially one who can wield as much influence as the president of the City Council. He only has one vote, like the other 14 council members, but he controls the agenda, runs the meetings, makes assignments to council committees, gets to make appointments to commissions, and in general is the face of the council. Garcetti has always appeared to be interested in a clean and open government. This is his chance to make city government accountable to the people for its decisions. The future of Los Angeles hangs in the balance of the actions he and other officials take in the next few years. After four years, Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla is stepping down, anointing Councilman Eric Garcetti as his successor. Since Padilla is campaigning for a seat in the state Senate, this is only appropriate. And seeing that Garcetti appears to have lined up the votes to win the post, Padilla had little choice but to step aside at the end of the year. That leaves open the question of what kind of leadership the councilman from Hollywood will provide. Will he try to give life to his personal, very liberal views, or seek to balance out the interests of all segments of this diverse city? last_img read more

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3 Surprising Benefits of the Cloud in IoT

first_imgDave McCarthy is a leading authority on industrial IoT. As VP of IoT Solutions at Bsquare Corporation, he advises Fortune 1000 customers on how to integrate device and sensor data with their enterprise systems to improve business outcomes. Dave regularly speaks at technology conferences around the globe and recently delivered the keynote presentation at Internet of Things North America. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives #1 The cloud facilitates data integration. #3 When paired with edge computing, the cloud offers the most significant business benefit. Treating cloud and edge separately is a fairly standard business practice. But for all the essential workflows that the cloud enables, there are still advantages to integrating edge computing into a solution. Both cloud and edge offer different benefits in different types of environments, which often makes a distributed computing framework best suited for IoT deployments. Having differentiating services can involve different layers to compute at the edge – or the point where data is generated.For example, consider a large factory with hundreds of pieces of equipment – each of which is effectively an edge endpoint, while the factory itself could represent another endpoint. In a deployment of this size, it would make sense to take the data generated from the equipment and aggregate it on the factory floor before sending it to the cloud.Inserting this intermediate layer becomes critical because it reduces the number of direct connections and allows for filtering of information traveling into the cloud, which prevents unnecessary data from cluttering downstream analysis. Furthermore, if this factory only used cloud computing, they wouldn’t be able to react fast enough to the data generated on the equipment.Delays stemming from data overload, as well as the distance between endpoint and analysis, slow response times, which can make a huge difference in both safety and quality scenarios. Including edge in computing, the framework allows businesses to extract insights and act faster than if the data had to travel to the cloud and back. This time-savings opens the door for real-time evaluation of data right on the equipment itself.On the flip side, if the factory opted for an edge-only approach, they would lack the ability to get a full view of their operation. Without the cloud, they would only have on-site visibility into each piece of equipment individually, with no insight into how those endpoints were operating in relation to each other. To get this level of analytics, the factory would have to implement offline batch processing, and manually combine all the factory data.In a surprise move, cloud vendors have begun moving toward offering some on-premise solutions to complement their cloud solutions. For example, Amazon has launched two products that are dedicated to edge computing: AWS IoT Greengrass, which offers an edge computing environment for larger devices, and Amazon FreeRTOS, which offers edge computing for microprocessors and microcontrollers. Microsoft has also rolled out comparable products, including Azure IoT Edge and Azure Sphere.No matter the situation, distributed processing and selecting the right solution for your operation are key elements of a successful IoT initiative. Often, it’s a multi-tiered approach that uses different methods of computing based on strengths and weaknesses. Organizations that perform analytics both at the edge and in the cloud can see much more significant results, such as minimized costs and maximized performance.Shifting views of the cloud will lead to greater IoT success.As the cloud becomes more widely adopted across industries, a shift to multi-cloud environments will begin to gain momentum. Much like when companies stopped asking the question, “Windows or Linux?” The same paradigm is moving to the cloud. People who were pledging their allegiance to AWS or Azure, have now realized that different cloud providers have different strengths and that a more cohesive strategy is finding a way to glue them all together in a way that makes things seamless.As the cloud landscape shifts, the IoT landscape changes too. More devices are introduced every day, creating a greater need for device management and tighter security. The cloud offers key benefits that help businesses implement IoT initiatives more effectively in industrial environments.When utilized effectively and paired with edge computing, organizations are better able to match their computing to their business needs and act on insights in real-time. And making faster, more accurate decisions based on live operational data can create real business value and increase ROI. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Dave McCarthyVP of IoT Solutions Follow the Puck It’s no surprise that companies implementing dynamic IoT solutions are doing so by harnessing the power of cloud computing. However, it may surprise you how cloud computing is benefitting these IoT initiatives. When referring to the cloud, many talk about its scalability, cost-effectiveness, and low maintenance, yet the cloud has so much more to offer than that.When deciding how cloud computing might impact your IoT efforts, consider these surprising benefits. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#data integration#data processing#distributed processing#edge computing#Internet of Things#IoT#security For years, enterprises have invested in big data initiatives, combining information from multiple sources to help their business make quicker, more accurate decisions. Most of these efforts have been focused on human-generated data stored in ERP, CRM, and other enterprise systems. These systems alone can generate a lot of data, and changes across a company (such as a merger or acquisition), can create a whole new set of data sources that need to come together for unified visibility.To further complicate things, companies began adopting IoT as part of their data strategy to provide real-time information to these existing reporting systems, more context in terms of how the business is operating, and greater visibility into areas of the business that were not previously possible. For some companies, this is an opportunity to increase operational efficiency and streamline costs. For others, it can unlock new business models and revenue streams.Now that data from traditional enterprise systems are layered in with data generated from sensors and connected equipment, companies are finding that IoT data has different characteristics than traditional enterprise data. The velocity and volume of this kind of data can overwhelm systems that are not prepared for it. It also requires some rearchitecting of data models because it represents different types of information that may not have been part of prior planning.This is where cloud computing comes in. Because of the cloud’s ability to house large amounts of data, companies can process and store both data from their enterprise systems and their IoT devices in the same place. The cloud becomes a great aggregation point for all disparate systems, where companies can scale their efforts up or down with very few limitations. Organizations can then eliminate the need for integration and audits between systems that crop up when their data is stored separately.#2 Companies can count on the cloud for security and reliability.In the past, industrial companies have questioned the protection of the cloud because they viewed it as losing the ability to touch and feel their data. Much like consumers who were reluctant to move their savings from under their mattress into a bank account, many businesses have held similar reservations about where to put their data. As a result, these companies have rejected cloud computing in favor of on-premise technology.While there are still many people out there who view security in the cloud as a concern, actions from the leading cloud providers have started to sway these opinions. While most companies have a dedicated security professional (or several), cloud vendors like Microsoft and Amazon have hundreds. These massive security teams also follow best practices and industry-specific standards and obtain proper certifications out of obligation. Vendors also equip businesses using their cloud solutions with the tools they need to take ownership of the security of their data.Those looking to include a cloud solution as part of their IoT deployments can count on its security too. As the security of the cloud itself is proven further, it also allows companies to more efficiently and securely interacts with their IoT devices. As you will see in greater detail below, the cloud is an essential component of any large-scale IoT initiative, so a comfortable and secure connection between data generation points is key.On a similar note, cloud platforms undergo continuous auditing so that cloud service providers can make performance and security data readily available to customers. This data access helps businesses ensure proper security and performance across fleets of IoT devices. With the realization that cloud providers are putting substantial resources towards security, along with the undeniable benefits the cloud offers, companies have increasingly begun to view cloud solutions as a trusted and even preferred approach.last_img read more

Is the New Mac Pro a Content Creator’s Dream Machine?

first_imgThe PowerTech writers have already begun comparing the performance and appearance of the new Mac Pro to that of a supercar. It’s outstandingly powerful and sleek. Let’s take a look at some of the specs. The processor of this machine is an Intel Xeon – W. It boasts anywhere from 8 cores of processing power all the way up to a whopping 28 cores, making it one of the most powerful machines out on the market today. With all of this computing power inside of this machine, it provides some really outstanding results for content creators.  The machine’s optional Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics card also provides 2.6x faster render times from FCPX than the previous Mac Pro.This processing power is supported by 32GB — all the way up to 1.5TB — of RAM. Video UsageOne of the most impressive features of the new Mac Pro for video creators is that it will essentially eliminate the need for proxy workflows. Creating proxies for your video files is a long, cumbersome process that we all wish we could eliminate. Proxies have become a necessary evil in order to have a smooth, consistent workflow. However, the new Mac Pro is looking to change that workflow.With the introduction of AfterBurner, content creators will now be able to playback three simultaneous streams of 8K ProRes Raw video, or up to twelve streams of 4K ProRes Raw video. Because of this processing power, this will introduce faster and more efficient workflows for today’s content creators:Introducing Apple Afterburner. Blaze through 8K video. Created to transform the workflow for film and video professionals, Afterburner allows you to go straight from camera to timeline and work natively with 4K and even 8K files from the start. No more time-consuming transcoding, storage overhead, or errors during output. Proxy workflows, RIP.The MonitorWith all of the processing power for high-quality content, Apple also saw the need for a high-quality and high dynamic range monitor to display all of it. As a result, they introduced the Pro Display XDR. This 32 inch XHDR 6K display provides a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and is super bright with up to 1,600 nits brightness and a consistent 1,000 nits. These monitors are expertly calibrated to the truest and most perfect color possible for your projects:Pro Display XDR is optimized to more than meet the standards of creative professionals. Every display goes through our state-of-the-art color calibration. Each of the display’s 576 LEDs is also individually calibrated and has its light profile stored. An algorithm then uses this information to determine the exact light intensity at which each LED should be modulated, in order to produce the best possible image.With this advanced set of specs and features, the new Mac Pro is poised to become the workhorse machine amongst many creative professionals. With its raw processing power, modularity, and impressive display, you’ll begin to see this tool in production houses — and in the hands of content creators — to help them meet the demand of their content. For the first time in years, it feels as if Apple has truly made a machine with the creative professional in mind. All images via Apple.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.Will Gear Companion Apps Change The Game For Lone Wolf Filmmakers?4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s StandardsWhy You Should Wait to Download Your NLE’s Beta ReleaseProduction Tip: How to Calculate Power for Your CameraIs the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market? The Complete RedesignAfter the lackluster reception amongst the professional industry of the 2013 revision of the Mac Pro (dubbed the “trash can”), Apple knew they had to go back to the drawing board for Pro users. But worse, the under-performing 2013 Mac Pro left Pro users feeling like Apple no longer truly cared about the needs of the working creative professional. Fortunately, Apple noticed this misstep and took corrective action. While working alongside professional content creators and developers in an effort to understand their particular needs, Apple developed this completely redesigned and modular Mac Pro. For the first time in years, professionals have once again felt that Apple truly cared about their unique needs. At first glance, this machine is reminiscent of that of the previous tower version of the Mac Pro. After glancing at a spec sheet, you’ll quickly realize that this is one of the most powerful and exciting product announcements to come out of Apple in quite some time. Let’s take a look at what makes this machine so exciting for professional users, especially video and film professionals.  Just announced at Apple’s WWDC, the all-new, completely redesigned Mac Pro is stacked with heightened performance updates and new hardware features.With this massive list of updates, this machine is poised to become the workhorse of the film production industry and a video editor’s dream. In fact, the machine was built with true professionals in mind. They partnered with companies like Adobe, RED, and Avid to meet the unique performance needs of their workflows. We’ll take a look at the features and performance of the new Mac Pro and why it may be the best machine out there for today’s content creators.last_img read more