Canon Europe (https://www.Canon-Europe.com/) is pleased to reveal the winner of this year's Redline Challenge photo competition.
Jiří Durdík, a self-taught amateur photographer from the Czech Republic, won with an exciting blur shot of a dirt bike race.
Following this year's theme, 'A Split Second Story', the image brings to life the fast-paced action of the Czech Republic Motocross Championship in Pacov and perfectly captures the organized chaos of the crucial starting point of the race.
Aside from multiple technical challenges such as positioning and lighting, Jiří also had to protect his lens from the mud, giving him only seconds to frame and compose the shot.
He'll receive a Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, plus a mentoring session with Canon Ambassador Laura El-Tantawy.
Jiří Durdík, who likes to photograph nature and sports, said: “I am very happy that I won this year's competition.
I was initially going to submit a completely different photo, but after printing it, I was inspired to switch to this photo at the last minute, and I'm glad I did!
I'm really looking forward to using my new kit, in particular the EOS R5.
I photograph a lot of birds in flight, so the resolution and advanced focusing system of this camera will help me take a huge leap forward in my photography.” The winning photo was selected by a panel of industry experts and Canon representatives from a total of 14,121 submissions.
Lars Lindemann, Director of Photography for Germany's GEO magazine and jury member for this year's competition, summed up the panel's decision: “Jiří showed great insight with this image, which is a really important skill when shooting sports.
The composition is also very intriguing.
At first, you almost need to look twice before you get it.
And then you can keep looking at the photo for a long time and still find something new in it.” Speaking about the variety of submissions received, Susie Donaldson, ITCG European Marketing Director for Canon EMEA, said: “The response to the brief has been fantastic.
We have had such diverse entries; It really has captured everyone's imagination.
The winning image is all about action, chaos and energy!
There is so much going on that you could spend hours looking at it.
Jiří managed to create a sense of emotional intrigue, as you really feel right in the middle.
It's the perfect split-second story."
This year's shortlisted photographs include: Alison Fairley (GB), The Milky Way with an incredible fireball Sylvain Guionnet (FR), A diver in the ocean Florian Maßen (DE), A young mountain biker captured from a unique perspective Gerhard Hannappel (DE), Bees at a water source Prejul Prakash (BH), Bird's wings forming a heart in the air Kévin Carpin (FR), Cave explorer moving from shadow to light Dragan Stojkić (RS), Coming out of the ocean during a triathlon Olivier Lefebvre ( FR), Water skiing across the ocean Frederick Gehm (DE), Istanbul on a stormy night
The Plateau government has approved the bill to establish the Gender Commission, to facilitate the implementation of the Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Law in the state.
The approval was announced by the state Commissioner for Justice, Mr Chrysanthus Ahmadu, at a press conference at the end of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday in Jos. He said that the commission which is critical as a prerequisite for the smooth implementation of the GEO law, would consolidate efforts to end inequality and discrimination against women in all spheres of life.
He said that the council also approved a Bill for the establishment of the Plateau State Investment Promotion Agency (PSIPA) to boost the state’s economy.
He said the agency would incorporate the One Stop Investment Centre as well as the state’s Public Private Partnership agency, to further improve its business environment to attract investment.
Ahmadu said that the council also approved the Plateau State Agricultural Policy and Implementation Plan 2022-2027, and a bill for the establishment of Rural Access Road Agency and State Road fund.
Explaining further, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Hosea Finangwai, said that Plateau is among the 13 states in the country benefiting from a World Bank project to address the difficulties farmers experience in conveying their goods and services.
He said that the intervention under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP3), is also to address the challenges essential agencies experience in transferring innovation to rural farmers for improved agriculture products and services.
“The essence of this bill is to ensure we create a mechanism for sustainability of the project by taking social amenities to the door steps of our farmers.
“This is aimed at improving the economy, improving their livelihood, increasing their income, and generating revenue for the state government,” he said.
Also speaking at the briefing, the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Felicia Soemlat, said the council has approved over N1.6 billion for the implementation of various projects across the state.
The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Kenneth Horlong, said that the council also re-awarded the legacy project to a new contractor to complete it before the end of its administration.
She said that the legacy projects in the northern zone include four model primary schools and two model hospitals, while the central zone two model primary schools, two model secondary schools and two model hospitals.
Soemlat said that the southern Zone has five model primary schools, two model secondary schools and two hospitals, adding that the council also approved the engagement of zonal consultants in the districts for the projects, to ensure compliance with quality standards.
Other approvals include the engagement of consultant services to conduct feasibility studies for the rehabilitation of Bokkos and Langtang water treatment plants and the upgrading of Wase ground breaking water works.
She said that approval was also given for the engagement of consultant services to carry out feasibility studies and other related matters for water sanitation and hygiene facilities in Bokkos, Langtang North, Wase and Jos South local Governments, as well as for the installation of solar energy in some general and cottage hospitals across the state.
Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Plateau has called for establishment of a gender commission to facilitate the implementation of Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Law in the state.The CSOs made the call during a courtesy visit to Gov. Simon Lalong at the Government House, Jos on Thursday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the law was gazetted in the state in 2018.Leader of the delegation, Mr Gad Shamaki, said that the commission was critical for the implementation of GEO and VAPP laws, to address issues pertaining to gender-based violence.“We appeal for the establishment of a gender commission before the end of your tenure,” Shamaki told the governor.He, however, thanked Lalong for signing the VAPP law, saying that Plateau was among the first states to adopt the law, to protect women on issues of domestic violence and other abuses.Shamaki also commended the governor for his commitment to peace building, especially through the establishment of Plateau Peace Building Agency, saying it had become a model for other states in the country.He acknowledged the open governance partnership policy in the state which, he said, had earned the governor an award.“It is on record that Plateau, not too long ago, won an international award because of the creativity of the state in terms of open governance and participation,” he said.He thanked the governor for engaging theCSOs in the state, describing the partnership as necessary to complement government efforts.Shamaki appealed to the governor to be a ‘voice of hope’ for people of the North-Central zone, saying that this would help in giving them a sense of belonging in the country.Also speaking, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam, of Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, thanked the governor for facilitating the signing of the peace pact between Irigwe and Fulani ethnic groups in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.He assured Lalong of the commitment of the CSOs in the state to ensuring that Bassa did not return to its former days.Responding, Lalong thanked the CSOs for ensuring good governance in the state through their constructive criticisms, saying that this had guided his administration to do its best, while being informed of the importance of some bills.“We listened to your submissions and read your write ups, all of which have made us to make informed decisions,” he said.Lalong also expressed delight with the passage of various laws in the country that would protect the vulnerable in the societyHe said that the advocacy of the CSOs on the protection of the rights of people with disabilities had facilitated the establishment of Plateau State Disability Commission, which had become a model to other states and the Federal Government.He assured the group of the implementation of the GEO law, stressing: “We will ensure it reaches its conclusion.”The governor, who said that the CSOs’ partnership with government was for the progress of humanity, urged them to make more efforts in promoting the interest of the society.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
We need to put our people first, and with no harm to marine life anticipated from surveys, there's no reason we can't continue exploring.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 28, 2022/APO Group/ --
The global representative of the energy geoscience industry, the EnerGEO Alliance (EnerGEO), and the advocate for the African energy sector, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) (www.EnergyChamber.org), have called on the scientific community, in particular to the Scientific Advisory Group on Energies. (SAGE) - to reconsider the fundamentally flawed and misinformed data and research that suggests scientific studies have significantly negative impacts on marine life and ecosystems.
Earlier this year, SAGE called on the South African government to strengthen and improve legislation that is supposed to protect the marine environment that is found on the Wild Coast, off the coast of South Africa. In its advisory, SAGE suggested that seismic surveys pose a significant threat to marine life in the region, raising concerns about potential environmental damage and impact on local small-scale fishing communities.
EnerGEO and the AEC have responded with a written response stating that the review is based on "distortions and misinformation", stating that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that seismic prospecting, which has been an ongoing and essential development process for more than a century, has some kind of biologically significant negative impact on marine life or its ecosystems.
“There is no scientific basis that the planned seismic survey has any kind of impact on marine ecosystems. The data presented by SAGE is not only misinformed, it is inaccurate, and the decision to halt the activity not only causes the project to be halted, but directly hampers any progress in making energy poverty history. We need to put our people first, and with no harm to marine life anticipated from surveys, there's no reason we can't continue exploring,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC.
EnerGEO and AEC members are champions not only of energy development in Africa, but also of Africa's beautiful and rich biodiversity, and have consistently committed to operating in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. Both entities have expressed well-founded concerns about the many inaccuracies contained in the SAGE advisory, which presents strongly refutable evidence suggesting that irreparable damage will result from seismic survey activities in South Africa or elsewhere in the world. .
“By opposing seismic surveys, SAGE has now aligned itself against South Africa's path out of energy poverty, excluding the only industry accelerating the energy transition and supporting the country's net-zero emissions target,” adds Nikki Martin, President of EnerGEO.
Citing numerous scientific sources examining the response of marine life to underwater noise and the impacts of such studies on marine environments, the AEC and EnerGEO response points to the well-established notion that there is no evidence to suggest that seismic activity will harm or disturb the environment on a regional scale, noting that no seismic services have been performed in South African waters without extensive investigation by marine science experts conducted through Environmental Impact Assessment reports.
While the SAGE publication offers some truth to its statement that relatively few surveys have been conducted in South Africa, it should be noted that extensive seismic surveys have been conducted in the US Gulf of Mexico for more than 50 years, in which fisheries and marine life and ecosystems have continued to thrive, suggesting that the authors of the advisory are ill-informed regarding global geophysical and geoscientific data and analysis, deliberately ignoring that policy frameworks are in place to ensure approved environmental protection and management plans that ensure the protection of ocean and marine areas.
South Africa's Makhanda High Court recently granted an interim injunction for the seismic survey of oil and gas major Shell off the Wild Coast of South Africa's east coast, in a move that will certainly detract from South Africa's ability to transition to cleaner forms of energy, particularly given the landmark declaration by the European Union to label gas as a green energy source.
Therefore, EnerGEO and the AEC have called on SAGE to enter into a direct dialogue to express concerns about the serious inaccuracies contained in their advisory, and to enable the scientific advisor to be better informed through the provision of additional and scientific information. support. Professor Jerome Singh, director of SAGE, has stated that the group has not yet met to discuss EnerGEO and the ACS letter.
This advisory is a misreading of well-analyzed scientific research, raising hyperinflated and exaggerated concern, consternation about the relationship between much-needed development and the sanctity of the environment, suggesting that the two are inherently incongruous. This notion could not be further from the truth, as EnerGEO and AEC remain fully committed to Africa's development, energy poverty alleviation, the energy transition, as well as the well-being of the environment.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment, has stressed the need to adopt modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to address biodiversity loss and climate change in Nigeria.
Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press and Public Relation in the ministry, who said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, stated that the minister was addressing members of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) via a virtual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 participating organizations under the UN.
She also said that this commitment would help in the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria’s coastal regions, urging the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation (NEO) team to enable them carry out their assignment.
The minister noted that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations would help the government to plan and tackle climate crises in various sectors, saying that she was delighted to learn that the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA) was already working with GEO.
According to her, the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solutions to the inter-linked climate change crises and also enable early warning detection of crop failures, thereby improving livelihoods and food security.
“Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a country like Nigeria,” the minister said, while reaffirming her commitment to mobilizing youths to play key roles in climate actions.
“It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies, have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country,” she said.
In his remark, Mr Steven Ramage, GEO’s Head of External Relations, said the organization focuses mainly on agriculture, biodiversity, cities, climate action, data, forestry, land degradation neutrality, oceans (GEO Blue Planet), water sustainability and disaster risks reduction.
Also contributing, Catherine Nakaleme of AfriGEEO, noted that the Digital Earth Africa would assist countries in the continent to realize the potential of Earth Observation, and guarantee sustainable development.
Nakaleme said that Digital Earth Africa has the capacity to provide a unique continental scale analysis and factual data for operational purposes.
The Digital Earth Africa also focuses on addressing challenges on soil and coastal erosion, forest and desert development, water quality and changes to human settlements across Africa.
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The U.S. government should urgently take measures to protect the migrants "held for processing" in overcrowded and unsanitary detention centers to avoid a possible COVID-19 outbreak, a UN human rights expert said Monday.
"It is very difficult to keep the necessary physical distance in overcrowded detention facilities. Significantly reducing the number of detained migrants by releasing them into alternative settings can easily solve this," said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe Gonzalez Morales.
"None of those migrants are detained for criminal offences, but are simply awaiting decisions on their immigration claims," he noted in a statement.
In the statement, Gonzalez Morales said that UN human rights experts had received repeated reports of unsanitary conditions and a lack of proper health care for 1,500 detainees in the Northwest Processing Center in Tacoma, Washington State.
The GEO Group, a private company, runs the center for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the statement.
"Alternatives to widespread immigration detention in the U.S. would also ensure that migrants are not arbitrarily detained," he added.
High-performance internet connectivity was restored in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) within just four days after the West Africa Cable System (WACS) undersea cable cut, thanks to the combined efforts of Gilat Telecom (Gilat.net) and SES (SES.com), the companies announced today.
The recent cable cuts affected much of Sub-Saharan Africa, causing internet outages and slow speeds. The swift restoration to bring the service back to Gilat Telecom’s DRC customers was achieved by leveraging unparalleled high-throughput, low-latency O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite capabilities.
“High-throughput, low-latency satellite solutions and applications enabled by SES have proved their reliability and performance, drastically changing the connectivity landscape in the DRC over the past years. It has now been the fifth consecutive year that we are delivering highly reliable seamless services thanks to MEO, reaching underserved and unserved locations where fibre cannot be deployed or has been compromised. This has been revolutionary for the MNOs we serve, who are now able to deploy services that require low latency,” said Dan Zajicek, CEO of Gilat Telecom.
An O3b MEO system customer of SES since 2014, and the first in Africa, Gilat Telecom recently expanded its partnership with SES to provide more bandwidth to rural areas and extend services beyond Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, reaching unserved or underserved Kisangani, Mbuji-Mayi and Bunia, to customers such as Orange DRC. Under the new agreement, Gilat Telecom is using multiple Gbps of bandwidth on the O3b system and is now also adding services via SES’s Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites. The expanded capabilities enabled by SES’s multi-orbit fleet will allow Gilat Telecom to deploy 4G/LTE networks and support cloud computing services, even in the remotest areas of the DRC.
“With the extension of MEO and addition of the GEO-enabled capability, we can now achieve even more, serving the exponentially growing demand in more locations, by seamlessly integrating terrestrial and satellite technologies that effectively complement each other,” Zajicek said.
“Supporting Gilat Telecom’s efforts in extending high-performance connectivity throughout the DRC has been a great privilege for us, and we are proud to have been enabling this transformational endeavour with O3b’s fibre-like connectivity solutions over the past years,” said Carole Kamaitha, Vice President, Sales Africa at SES Networks. “We cannot be more excited to see our longstanding partner and early adopter of O3b MEO growing, while unlocking more and more opportunities for MNOs in the DRC, this time taking advantage of the multi-orbit network that combines the benefits of MEO low-latency with the incredible reach of GEO.”
Mr David Afolayan, an Information Technology expert, says industry collaboration with government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation’s challenges.
Afolayan, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Ibadan, stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency .
According to him, Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics.
He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven.
In most developed countries, technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges.
Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry.
We can adopt this method also; those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems, because they don’t just cram to pass in this instance, but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy.
Former President Barack Obama of USA, during his administration, did collaboration between the industry and the academics, which he called ‘ConnectED’ and the collaboration paid off greatly.
Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well; so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves.
I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone,” he said.
Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers.
The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects.
Over the years, more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well, like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools.
We started with 200 schools and now, we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria; we have GEO-AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts.
This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country, Afolayan said.
He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education, saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria.
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