Azar breaks silence on Tennis Jamaica impasse

first_imgAs the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.last_img read more

These 5 Tech Startups Prove Household Innovation Is Accelerating

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Imagine you’ve been transported back to the ‘60s. As President Kennedy’s voice plays from your radio, you tend a pot of soup on the stove. You wish you had a microwave, and your tiny freezer is frosted over. Despite those setbacks, you put dinner together pretty easily.  Imagine instead that your time machine takes you back 60 years further. The only media around is a newspaper, which you can’t read while you cook. Speaking of cooking, what’s the iron contraption where the oven should be? And where’s the fridge? You can’t even find the lights — your home doesn’t even have electricity. Putting the Test to the TestThat thought experiment is economist Paul Krugman’s kitchen test. Despite the advance of AI and miniaturization of computers, Krugman suggests that technological change has slowed. The average American household, he claims, enjoyed less innovation in the last half-century than the one prior.At first, Krugman’s argument seems plausible. While today’s household devices may be physically similar to their predecessors, however, they’re far different in an experiential sense. A connected coffee maker brews the same drink as a decades-old one, for instance, but only the contemporary version can greet the consumer with a cup when he gets out of bed. But the story goes beyond smart coffee makers. The following startups are putting Krugman’s kitchen test to bed:1. PlumeRemember the ‘90s, when homes had one online device? Despite its wired connection, the desktop computer took hours to load some webpages. And any time someone picked up the phone, the person surfing the internet had to restart the whole process when the call was over.Imagine telling someone from the ‘90s that not only is the internet wireless, but it’s connected to every appliance, light bulb, and doorbell in the home. She’d be floored to learn that Plume’s service puts users in control of all of their devices while maintaining seamless connectivity. She probably wouldn’t believe that Plume helps parents control what kind of content their kids can access, self-optimizes devices’ Wi-Fi signal, and even helps keep IoT devices safe from hackers. 2. LutronUntil recently, scheduling your shades to close when you’re away from home meant calling a friend for a favor. Geofencing was a concept that nobody outside of the military had even heard of. Preparing a room to watch a movie was a matter of manually adjusting the lights and blinds.Today, Lutron’s Caséta can tackle all that and more while you’re away. Caséta can be set to control the lights based on your location, such as turning them off as you leave for work in the morning. Shades can be set via voice controls to open in the morning and shut before dinner. The Caséta Advisor can even suggest dimmers and additional devices to maximize a home’s appeal.3. UzerNot that long ago, recycling was hard work. Aluminum and steel cans were recyclable almost everywhere, but what about plastic No. 5? What about a paper container with plastic seals? Unless you happened to have a friend at the waste management facility, you essentially had to guess whether or not something should be trashed or recycled. Now, French startup Uzer’s Eugène simplifies and gamifies recycling. For an enormous range of products, Eugène scans barcodes, looks up local recycling options, and provides an assessment. European users even earn “Gen’s” for each product they scan, which they can redeem for Euros to cut down the cost of their next grocery bill. 4. AwairHow, before Awair, did you know when it was time to change your home’s air filters? You either started sneezing frequently or took a peek at them and decided they looked dirty. Neither method was scientific, and the first could be downright dangerous for individuals with respiratory disorders.Not only does Await track dust, which is about all most home air filters actually catch, but it also keeps an eye on household humidity, carbon dioxide, and airborne chemicals. Through an associated app, it provides personalized suggestions to improve the quality of your home’s air. Nest, Alexa, and Google Home users can even connect their smart hub to Awair, which can trigger devices like fans and air conditioners if certain contaminants rise above acceptable levels.5. TalonText-to-speech engines were next to useless before the 2010s, and wearable technology simply didn’t exist. Imagine, then, showing someone from 30 years ago a ring he could use to control almost any device in his home with hand gestures. He’d probably think it was stolen from a wizard.In reality, it’d probably be a prototype from Talon. The smart ring can control everything from smartphones to virtual reality devices to connected coffeemakers. With a nine-axis motion sensor and natural feel, Talon is multifunctional and wearable all day. It can click a link with just a tap, while a wave of the hand works like a swipe with most devices.Krugman may or may not have a smart home, but surely he can see the leap household tech has taken in the past 30 years alone. Always-on wireless internet is galaxies ahead of dial-up. Unless parents count, recycling advisors don’t even have an analogue from the ‘90s. In fact, just about the only thing today’s tech can’t do is predict what home life will be like in 2050. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#recycling#Smart Device#smart home#smart hub#tech#technology#voice control#wireless home Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Pucklast_img read more

You Can’t Afford This Expensive Hollywood Camera Gear

first_imgLet’s take a look at some of the most expensive pieces of camera gear in the world and find out if they’re worth their exorbitant price tags.Top image: Christopher Nolan with IMAX camera via IMDbFilm gear is never cheap, as most filmmakers and video producers know all too well. Early in your career, you’ll buy a few pieces of gear that will allow you to complete projects and get your reel together. Then, when you find some success, you’ll begin adding crew members and working with a production team. At this point in your career, you’ll be renting your gear.If you’re fortunate enough to work within the studio system, then you’ll see a level of drool-worthy, astronomically priced gear that very few filmmakers ever will. Just for kicks, let’s daydream about working with some of the most expensive gear in the world.Panavision Film CamerasCamera: $120,000+ (rumored)Lenses: $500,000 for full set (35, 40, 50, 60, 75, and 100mm)Image via PanavisionWe’ll start things off with quite possibly the coolest A and B cameras in the world, which were nicknamed “Death Star” and “Millennium Falcon.” These two cameras were developed by Panavision specifically for director J.J. Abrams and cinematographer Dan Mindel, who used them to capture the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.Video via Star WarsPanavision also worked with Mindel and first assistant Serge Nofield to develop custom anamorphic lenses, now known as the Retro C Series, just for the film. These lenses helped capture images much like those captured by the lenses used on 1977’s Star Wars. With these cameras and lenses being custom built, we’re looking at a total price tag in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Of course, for studios the size of Lucasfilm and Disney, this probably wasn’t too big of a budget hit.IMAX CameraRental: $12,000 – $16,000 (per week)Purchase: $500,000+Director Christopher Nolan on location for Inception via Gawking GeeksIn the 1950s and 60s, directors, producers, and cinematographers wanted to introduce large formats to the public, so multi-projector setups like Cinerama, VistaVision and CinemaScope were born. However, filmmakers William C. Shaw, Graeme Ferguson, Robert Kerr, and Roman Kroitor wanted a single projector/camera setup for large formats, so they introduced the world to IMAX.IMAX cameras are being used consistently on major motion pictures such as The Dark Knight and Interstellar. To get your hands on one of these bad boys, you’ll need to have a budget of up to $16,000 a week just for the camera rental. To purchase one, you’re looking at just north of half a million, which makes the IMAX camera one of the most expensive cameras in the world.Phantom Flex4KRental: $10,500 (weekly)Purchase: $100,000 – $200,000 (depending on configuration)Image via High Speed WorxVision Research began developing and manufacturing high-speed cameras back in 1992. With a line of cameras called the Phantom series, of which the Phantom Flex4K is the crown jewel, Vision Research has seen its products used extensively for live sports broadcasting and wildlife programming.Video via High Speed WorxPictorvision Camera ArrayRental: unknownPurchase: $250,000 – $350,000 (estimated)Image via PictorvisionWhen it comes to camera arrays, there’s probably no company out there putting together rigs quite like Pictorvision. Their Eclipse Camera Array was used recently for 2015’s Jupiter Ascending, as the VFX team needed high-resolution background plates through downtown Chicago.The Eclipse array consists of six RED EPICS that can capture a 140-degree horizontal and 60-degree vertical image at 12K resolution. The cameras rest inside a gimbal system that can be mounted to a crane or helicopter. The entire setup is run by a seventh RED EPIC which is essentially used as the controller.With a single RED EPIC going for roughly $24,000 – $30,000, you can easily determine that the price tag for this piece of equipment is, well… it ain’t cheap.ARRI ALEXA 65Rental: unknownPurchase: $150,000+ (body only)Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on location for The Revenant via Awards DailyThe ARRI ALEXA is the go-to camera for big-time filmmakers all over the world. One of the reasons this line of cameras is used above most others is the fact that it comes closer than any other digital camera to replicating the look and feel of film stock.Video via 20th Century Fox UKIn 2015, ARRI introduced its newest camera — the ALEXA 65. Currently, this camera is only available as a rental. Because of this, only major Hollywood productions have been able to use it. One particular film that utilized this camera to perfection was The Revenant, shot by Emmanuel Lubezki.Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mmRental: don’t get your hopes upPurchase: $2,064,500Image via Apo TelytThere’s “expensive,” like the gear listed above. And then there’s Leica’s APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm telephoto lens, priced at a cool two million bucks and custom-made for Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar. Your only chance of getting anywhere near this piece of equipment is to view the prototype on display in the German factory where it was made.What’s your definitive piece of dream gear? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more