15 new vehicles added to Police Force’s fleet

first_imgthe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday received a boost to its existing fleet of vehicles as Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan handed over 15 new vehicles.Among the vehicles given to the Police Force are five Mark X motor cars, eight Hilux Single Cab Pick-up trucks and two tow trucks. The keys to these vehicles were handed over to Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine at the Tactical Drill Square, Eve Leary.Before the handing over, Minister Ramjattan highlighted that this addition to the Force’s resources would definitely boost its efficiency.“These vehicles will definitely be a bolster to the capacity of the Police Force to get quickly to the scenes of crimes and also to ensure that the transportation for our Policemen and women from one place to another, in performing their duties, is effectively [done] and in a quick as possible manner,” he stated.Some of the new vehicles handed over to the Guyana Police ForceThe Public Security Minister explained that this move was part of the Five-Point Strategic Plan to enhance the capacity of the Force in order to reduce crime. He added too that the handing over came in time for the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations during which many assets would be needed on deck.On this note, Ramjattan urged that efforts be taken to ensure that the vehicles were properly used and maintained. He charged Police Officers to take care of the vehicles as though they were their personal property.“We are to ensure that Policemen don’t be involved in drinking and driving like we have seen in some occasions. That is not going to do justice to the fact that we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these vehicles, then you go crash them up and we have to spend more money to have them repaired,” he stated.In addition, Minister Ramjattan disclosed that negotiations were ongoing to procure another 28 vehicles for the Force. These are expected to be delivered later in the year.In his remarks, Assistant Commissioner Ramnarine expressed his appreciation to Government for boosting the Force’s transportation capacity, which he noted would enhance its operational capacity.“These vehicles are much needed. I want to thank the Honourable Minister and by extension, Government for realising the needs and many demands that we in the Force have, to serve members of the public,” he stated.The Assistant Police Commissioner pointed out that the increased vehicular capacity would also go towards improving the Force’s response time to reports, an area it has been struggling with over the years.“One of the problems we’ve had is our late response, poor response, no response in very important matters within the public domain in particular crime,” he stated, adding that the vehicles will go a long way in aiding the work of the Police over the coming weeks for the Jubilee celebrations.Additionally, Ramnarine also echoed sentiments of the Minister, urging the Divisional Commanders to ensure the vehicles were maintained in accordance with protocol.The Police Force is often criticised for the lack of vehicular resources, and in some cases, river transportation, which have been the core cause of ranks often being unable to respond effectively to reports when they are made.In many instances, citizens are forced to drive to Police stations to collect officers and take them to crime scenes.last_img read more

Rice Board violating laws with 6-month contract – GRMA head

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairHead of the Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) Leekha Rambrich is accusing the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) of violating laws that govern the sector, with particular focus on its delayed payments to millers under the Panama rice deal. To date, many farmers from Wakenaam, Essequibo Islands and other producers say their livelihood is stalled as millers are not forthcoming with payments.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderMillers are contending that the GRDB is not paying them for the rice obtained since the last crop in 2017. However, Government has sought to absolve itself from the issue with the Department of Public Information (DPI) recently reporting that Government was not responsible for farmers being owed for rice shipped to Panama as it was buyers in that country, which owe for rice shipped there. In fact, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said last week that “millers should desist from using the farmers as a bank.”However, speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday, GRMA head Rambrich posited that the GRDB, which is supposed to upkeep the relevant stipulations is in fact, “breaking the law”. He explained that with the signing of the Panama contract, the GRDB “is committing itself to a six-month payment plan” whereby rice would be obtained, and payments would come six months after. This arrangement, the official contends, would be tantalum to withholding payments from farmers for more than 42 days which is a violation of the Rice Factories (Amendment) Act of 2009.“Where will millers get money to pay the farmers from; why is it the Minister doesn’t let the GRDB pay the millers, so they could pay the farmers. GRDB is the exporter and they are buying the rice from millers and they are setting precedent and breaking the law; you cannot sign agreements to pay millers after six months; the Minister is contradicting himself,” Rambrich stressed on Sunday.The law stipulates that farmers need not wait longer than the mandatory 42 days before being paid for their paddy.According to the Act, the manufacturer (miller) is required to pay the paddy producer (farmer) half the amount due that farmer within two weeks of receiving that farmer’s paddy and the remainder of the liability must be liquidated within 42 days of the parties signing the agreement of sale for the paddy.He reiterated that the GRMA’s position that millers are signing agreements with GRDB which has a Government to Government arrangement with Panama. As such, Rambrich says that GRDB has an obligation to pay millers.“How can the Board, which is supposed to police the Act, buy rice from the millers and sign contracts for six months?” he queried. The representative further related that millers are hesitant to sell their produce in Panama and are opting for markets in Mexico and Cuba to sell to Panama.Meanwhile, millers have also been observing Minister Holder’s remarks on the industry. Guyana Times was told that many millers are currently operating in overdraft. Information disclosed that banks requested a payment schedule in which millers outlined how they would pay back the funds. Reports are that GRDB promised to pay millers since September last year but revised the payment deadline to April 30, 2018.“Since September last year they promised to pay us and they keep telling us that we would get paid by the end of April… it’s not that millers are using farmers as bank. Most millers have been asking GRDB when they will get their money; we are close to end of June and nothing as yet,” a miller disclosed on Saturday.An industry insider told this newspaper that the GRDB has been in discussions with Minister Holder for him to release funds to pay the millers, as the GRDB reportedly has reserves in its coffers. It was disclosed that the GRDB has been disbursing small percentages of the payments over the last two weeks to millers. This followed recent reports carried in this newspaper.GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan told DPI last week that “the Board is not in possession of the funds and is currently working with officials in Panama to ensure that the outstanding balance will be made available for payment at the earliest possible time.” The General Manager further told Government’s official media outlet that millers are aware that when they supply the Panamanian market, they will receive payments from the GRDB when it is received from Panama. He admitted that millers are owed for the two-contracted supply – the last contract for 2017 and the first contract for 2018 and not for contracts for any previous years.last_img read more

Hosts UAE stir from slumber, stumbling Syria sack coach

first_img“The Syrian Arab Football Federation has decided to dismiss coach Bernd Stange,” said a statement on the organisation’s Facebook page, adding that former national coach Fajr Ibrahim would take charge for the final Group B game against Australia.Stange follows Thailand’s Milovan Rajevac to the exit, after the Serb was dismissed following the War Elephants’ 4-1 defeat to India. They recovered to beat Bahrain 1-0 on Thursday.However, Jordan’s win made them the first team to book their place in the knockout stages, following their upset of defending champions Australia.In Abu Dhabi, Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout were on target for the Emiratis, who were fortunate to scrape a 1-1 draw in their curtain-raiser against Bahrain after a controversial late penalty last Saturday.“The Bahrain result was a disappointment and I humbly apologised to the fans,” said UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who steered Japan to the Asian Cup title in 2011.“But the players showed great spirit and willpower tonight and we deserved the victory. It’s important to grow into the tournament.”India captain Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as the Blue Tigers stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening game to earn comparisons with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli for his heroics.The evergreen striker forced a smart save from UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa before the home side drew first blood against the run of play.Mubarak whipped the ball home from an acute angle four minutes before halftime for the Emirates, who were runners-up the last time the country hosted the Asian Cup in 1996.Mabkhout sealed the points with a cool finish two minutes from the end — his 47th goal in 75 internationals — to give the scoreline a somewhat flattering complexion but left UAE top of Group A on four points.– Car alarm –Until Mubarak’s strike — his first for his country — the 2015 semi-finalists had been largely restricted to pot shots that threatened little but the fleets of luxury cars in the stadium parking lot.India, who finished runners-up on their Asian Cup debut in 1964 when it was a four-team competition won by Israel, will still fancy their chances of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.“We created enough chances to win two games so I think we deserved at least a draw,” said India coach Stephen Constantine.“But if you don’t convert your chances you pay for it — and we paid for it. I have 23 bitterly disappointed boys.”Jordan have claimed a perfect six points after first-half goals from Mousa Mohammad Suleiman and Tareq Khattab earned their 2-0 win over Syria in a tempestuous Group B clash.“We know where we are coming from — from very low — but we changed a lot of things,” said Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans.“Before, nobody believed in these players,” added the Belgian. “Now I think all the media and the Jordan people believe that they have a good team.”In Dubai, “Thai Messi” Chanathip Songkrasin fired the Thais to only their second-ever Asian Cup win to reignite their hopes, smashing in a first-time shot that rocketed past Sayed Shubbar Alawi in the Bahrain goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jordan won a bruising derby against neighbours Syria © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 10 – Hosts United Arab Emirates closed in on a place in the last 16 at the Asian Cup on Thursday as coach Bernd Stange paid the price for Syria’s defeat to Jordan — becoming the second managerial casualty in just six days of competition.UAE survived a hairy start to beat India 2-0 but it was a bleak night for the well-travelled Stange, 70, who watched as Syria lost 2-0 and was given his marching orders shortly afterwards.last_img read more

Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton (6-4 agg): Toffees dumped out of Europa League by clinical Ukrainians

first_img1 Roberto Martinez Everton were dumped out of the Europa League by a dominant Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine to end the Premier League’s representation in European competition this season.The Toffees’ defensive shortcomings were evident throughout and a 5-2 loss on the night, including several world class goals, meant for a 6-4 defeat on aggregate for Roberto Martinez’s side.Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Teodorczyk and Miguel Veloso either side of Romelu Lukaku’s 25 yard effort put the hosts 3-1 up at the break.Oleg Gusev’s and Vitorino Antunes’ 40 yard screamer put the result beyond doubt and, despite Phil Jagielka’s late consolation, the Ukrainians coasted through to the quarter-finals.The Everton defence looked uncertain right from the opening stages and they were made to pay after 21 minutes for giving Yarmolenko far too much time to curl a wonderful left-footed strike past Howard.The Blues nearly responded immediately but Ross Barkley struck a post from a tight angle, before Lukaku drew the scores level on the night with a side-footed effort of similar quality to Yarmolenko’s.Parity was short lived, as Everton’s flaws at the back were exposed when Teodorczyk slammed Kiev back in front from just six yards out with Jagielka and Antolin Alcaraz on their heels.Kiev went further in front just two minutes later through Portugal international Veloso, whose deflected strike looped over Howard after more hesitant Toffees defending.Just before the hour mark, Kiev extended their lead as Gusev added to the goal he scored in the first leg by finishing at the second attempt after Seamus Coleman had blocked his initial shot.Barkley struck a post for the second time before left back Antunes’ stunning drive exceeded the quality of the strikes before him, beating Howard from 40 yards to put the game out of reach with Kiev’s fifth.The visitors pulled a goal back through Jagielka’s flicked header but they couldn’t mount a comeback, leaving the Premier League without a representative in the last eight of both the Champions League and the Europa League.last_img read more

Arsenal latest: Teen prodigy signs new long-term contract

first_img Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi 1 Arsenal prodigy Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.The 19-year-old, who is the nephew of Jay Jay Okocha, has starred for the club’s Under-21 side and even scored for the first team against Lyon at the Emirates Cup during the summer.Iwobi has been linked with a loan move away from the club this season but he has now ensured his long-term future remains at Arsenal after signing a new contract.The teen forward, who joined the club when he was still at primary school, has represented England at youth level but is currently on international duty with Nigeria.last_img read more

Express FC narrowly beat Kyetume to register second successive victory

first_imgExpress FC players celebrating Frank Ssenyondo (24)’s winner on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Express FC)Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC 1-0 KyetumeMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 08-10-2019Express FC are slowly starting to pick up form and climbing up the Uganda Premier League table.On Tuesday, the Red Eagles defeated Kyetume FC 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, their second win on the trot.Having beaten Police FC 5-3 last Friday, Express saw Frank Ssenyondo score the only goal of the day, one that means they have now scored an average of three goals per game in their last two fixtures.Ssenyondo who was also on target against Police, poked home the winner from a Disan Ggaliwango cross with halftime beckoning.He now takes his tally to three for the season, level with teammate Frank Kalanda.Despite the victory, Express were left with two major injury concerns as defender Cyrus Kibande was stretchered off during the game while goalkeeper Tony Kyamera limped off the pitch after the final whistle.For Kyetume who were unchanged from the side that beat Tooro United 2-0 last Saturday, they struggled throughout the game before eventually succumbing to defeat,Not even the introduction of the experienced Robert Ssentongo could bare results as they created so little upfront to try and get anything from the game.This is the Slaughters’ third loss of the season and it leaves them 12th on the table with 7 points from six games.Express on the other hand are in 7th position with 10 points from 7 games.In their next fixtures, Express are away to Vipers SC while Kyetume visit Bright Stars.How both teams startedKyetume FC Joel Mutakubwa, Samson Mutyaba, Philimon Lutaaya, Steven Kagoda, Isaac Kirabira, Vincent Kayizzi, Julius Lule, Seif Batte, Noel Nasasira, Sharif SsakaExpress FC Kyamera Tony, Yiga Mohammed, Martin Kizza, Cyrus Kibande, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Doka Mweru, Hamdan Nsubuga, Daniel Shabena, Frank Ssenyondo, Dissan Galiwango, Frank KalandaComments Tags: Disan GgaliwangoExpress FCFrank KalandaFrank SsenyondoKyetume FClast_img read more

Fast Protein Fine-Tunes the Ear

first_imgRemember prestin?  It’s a motor protein in the inner ear, discovered in 2001 (03/27/2001), that acts so fast – within millionths of a second – its discoverers named it after the word “presto!” (02/21/2002).  Scientists have been studying its role as a volume adjuster (07/31/2007) that allows it to amplify sound 10,000-fold (09/19/2002) .  New evidence suggests that prestin also fine-tunes the pitch across the audible range.  A paper on this appeared this week in Current Biology.1    The human ear responds to volume differences over 12 orders of magnitude – a phenomenal dynamic range, allowing us to hear the faintest whisper of a breeze to the roar of a jet engine.  If the cochlea had the same sensitivity throughout the dynamic range, the result would be literally deafening.  The cochlea has, therefore, both fast-adaptation and slow-adaptation mechanisms to quench overpowering sounds.  An analogy might be to a sound system that instantly cuts off ear-piercing feedback then adjusts the volume level by a slider.  Prestin has been implicated in fast-adaptation.  It stiffens the outer hair cells to prevent loud sounds from blowing them over, but loosens them to respond to gentle vibrations.    The authors began their abstract, “The remarkable power amplifier of the cochlea boosts low-level and compresses high-level vibrations of the basilar membrane.”  This means your ears have a high-tech device, familiar to audio technicians, called a compressor-limiter.  You’re not hearing what is really “out there” in its raw form.  Your ear is protecting your brain by delivering processed sound.  It automatically turns up the volume on the soft sounds, and turns it down on the loud sounds.    The authors of this paper agreed that prestin is the prime contender for the power amplifier, but then found something even more amazing: prestin tunes the pitch, too.  They found to their surprise that mice with prestin knocked out were just as sensitive in the high-frequency range – but heard sounds a half-octave too low.  There appears to be a trade-off between volume sensitivity and pitch accuracy that prestin, somehow, solves.  To do this, the motor protein must be able to parse the frequency spectrum of the sound wave.  Here it is in their technical jargon:We propose that the absence of prestin from OHCs [outer hair cells in the cochlea], and consequent reduction in stiffness of the cochlea partition, changes the passive impedance of the BM [basilar membrane] at high frequencies, including the CF [characteristic frequency].  We conclude that prestin influences the cochlear partition’s dynamic properties that permit transmission of its vibrations into neural excitation.  Prestin is crucial for defining sharp and sensitive cochlear frequency tuning by reducing the sensitivity of the low-frequency tail of the tuning curve, although this necessitates a cochlear amplifier to determine the narrowly tuned tip.1.  Lagarde, Drexl, Lukashkin, Zuo and Russell, “Prestin’s Role in Cochlear Frequency Tuning and Transmission of Mechanical Responses to Neural Excitation,”Whatever is going on inside your head, when it works, it works extremely well.  The mechanisms at work to provide such exquisite sensitivity to the tiniest of air vibrations are still being figured out.  This paper shows that the initial models of how prestin works are too simple.  Their experiments on mice with and without prestin “provides further indication that neural tuning is not a direct consequence of BM [basilar membrane] tuning but depends on complex interaction between the various elements of the cochlear partition,” including prestin and the arrangement of the hair cell bundles.    Everything works as a functional unit.  Did you hear anything about evolution?  We hope not, because they never used the E-word once in their entire paper.  Their language was the lingo of auditory engineering: microphones, characteristic frequencies, amplifiers, compressor-limiters, thresholds, dynamic range and frequency response.  Ask a sound technician if he operates by random mutation and natural selection.  You are likely to get an earful.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Having a Purpose in Life Can Be Healthy

first_img(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享 Who spends more time in the hospital?  People with nothing to live for.Another study shows the value of having a purpose in life.  Published in PNAS, the study by psychologist Eric S. Kim of the University of Michigan and two colleagues found a correlation between health and purpose in life regardless of age, sex, or social status.  “‘Purpose in Life’ a boon to your health,” a summary on Medical Xpress says.  This was one of the first studies to examine “whether the benefits of purpose vary over time, such as across different developmental periods or after important life transitions.”  The results correlate well with an earlier study reported in May (Medical Xpress).Why would the correlation be strong?  “We hypothesized that people with higher purpose would be more proactive in taking care of their health, as indicated by a higher likelihood of using preventive health care services,” the abstract states.  “We also hypothesized that people with higher purpose would spend fewer nights in the hospital.”  To measure health habits, they researched which individuals took proactive health exams (such as mammograms or prostate exams), and how many nights they spent in the hospital over a six-year period.  The multi-year follow-up allowed for life changes that might result in loss of a sense of purpose, such as retirement.Purpose was measured on a six-point Likert scale based on responses to positive questions such as “I have a sense of direction and purpose in my life,” or “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them,” and negative questions such as “My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me.”  The researchers corrected for demographic factors, religiosity and positive affect (emotion).In the study of 7,168 individuals, both men and women, old and young, Dr. Kim found that proactive health habits were stronger from 6 to 30% depending on the measure, and hospital stays were 17% less in individuals with strong purpose scores.  Additionally, the study noted that “An increasing number of randomized controlled trials show that purpose in life can be raised.”  A purpose-driven attitude, therefore, is not a static trait, like a genetic characteristic.It’s only an association, Kim notes, but it appears to be strong and predictive. Dr. Kim believes these results “may inform the development of new strategies that increase the use of preventive health care services, offset the burden of rising health care costs, and enhance the quality of life among people moving into the ranks of our aging society.”Update 11/08/14: Another study shows that having a purpose can increase your lifespan, too.  A study at University College London reported on Medical Xpress showed a significant reduction in death rate for 9,050 seniors after an 8.5-year follow-up period who scored high on questionnaires for “eudaimonic well-being,” defined as “your sense of control, feeling that what you do is worthwhile, and your sense of purpose in life.”One thing studies like this cannot study is which purpose is a better purpose.  If your purpose is to blow up enemies with remote-controlled car bombs, to riot in the streets, or to cheat your way to riches, it doesn’t matter if you get a prostate exam and get out of the hospital sooner.  It would be better in such a case that you stay incapacitated as long as possible.  But it’s just as vain to feel happy pursuing a falsehood, like a false worldview.  Being delusional is not good, even if it increases your health.  A good purpose will involve truth and love.Biblical Christianity meets both requirements of strong moral purpose and truth.  One can have confidence in the claims of Christ since He demonstrated His truth by rising from the dead.  And personally, Christ followers see Him work in their lives with answers to prayer and joy in understanding His word.  For the community, Christianity promotes faith, hope, and love—three things the world could really use right now.Feel the joy of Barnabas in Acts 11:22-24 as the good news of Christ began to spread through Rome’s pagan culture:  “The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.”  Would that Antioch (now in southern Turkey near the border with Syria) were that way today.I’ve heard countless true stories of lives turned from crime to love, from despair to hope, from weakness to power.  You could be one of them.  Are you drifting aimlessly?  Is your life worth living?  It could be filled with purpose like the life of the Apostle Paul, who turned from a life of hate to a life of sharing good news of God’s grace.  Hear the former persecutor of Christians feeling the joy of the Lord in his repurposed life as an ambassador of love after God saved him and showed him the way of truth: read Colossians 1 and II Corinthians 5.last_img read more

Zite Gets New CEO, Updates to Cooperate With Publishers

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#Social Bookmarking#web Social aggregation magazine Zite (our review) released an update to its application this morning that is a direct response to the Cease & Desist letters it received from news publishers after launching the application in late March.The company also announced that it has a new CEO as Mark Johnson replaced founder Ali Davar as chief executive. Davar will step into the role of president “where he’ll lead the publisher relations team to explore innovations in publisher monetization,” according to a post on Zite’s blog.Publishers had been unhappy with Zite after its debut because it stripped ads out of its aggregated content. The update to the application now shows articles from certain publications in “Web” format as opposed to its stripped down “reading format” hence preserving the ads.See Also:UX Evolutions: News On iPadIn a post on his personal blog, new CEO Johnson says that his goals are to improve the quality of Zite’s recommendations, improve the sleek user interface and work with publishers on monetization strategies.“I liken where Zite is to the early days of search: everyone loved search engines because they allowed us to sift through the rapidly growing web, even though most searches ended up in failure,” Johnson wrote. “Similarly, Zite’s personalization isn’t perfect, but we’ve made a breakthrough advance.”Johnson has been an advisor to Zite (before it pivoted from “discovery engine” Worio) for two years before becoming the CEO today. He has worked with Microsoft on Bing and other search related startups such as Kosmix, SideStep and Powerset. From a technology perspective, Johnson is a good fit to be the CEO of Zite because the app uses its Worio search background as the basis for the iPad Magazine. Zite crawls content sources much the same way that a search engine would and returns results to the application interface. Zite also uses social media feeds to bring in content and has a recommendation engine similar to “music genome project” created by streaming music service Pandora. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dan rowinski Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

NAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filter

first_imgAt NAB 2019, Polar Pro just announced one of the best variable ND filters on the market, and it’s already selling like hot cakes.Polar Pro is slowly becoming one of my favorite companies. As with Aputure and Blackmagic Design, it seems they’re doing this crazy thing where they listen to their customers and make products that actually help people. So, that being said, the new “Peter McKinnon” branded filters are, quite frankly, super dope. Regardless of whose name is on the product, if something looks awesome and is a genuinely solid piece of equipment, by all means take my money.The filter is a fused, quartz glass, variable ND filter with apparently the lowest refractive index currently available. Here’s what Polar Pro has to say about how they made them and what they can do:Control your shutter speed in ever-changing lighting conditions. The VND Peter McKinnon Edition has laser etched stop indicators which precisely align two fused quartz glass elements to control the amount of light entering your lens. The controlled stop range eliminates cross-polarization and vignetting so your run-and-gun content is produced the way you intend it to be.The stop indicators are pretty rad, and they can really help you get the shot you want — perfectly exposed and consistent (as all things should be).Also, as you can see from their display at NAB, the cover for the filters is rubberized, adding a nice layer of extra protection to the filter when you’re not using it.There are two filter strengths available. The 2-5 stop filter runs for $249, and the 6-9 stop filter will set you back around $299. Since they announced these filters only a few days ago, apparently orders have been through the roof. As you can see on the site, the first and second shipments have already sold out. So, get in line I guess? Honestly, I’d be willing to wait. These things look pretty rad, and I’m sure we’ll start to see some reviews and videos in the near future.Here’s McKinnon himself talking about the new filters.McKinnon makes a good case for why these filters are different — and why you should consider using them in general. It’s clear a lot of thought and time went into making these things, and at the rate they’re selling, it seems to have worked. Here are the official specs from Polar Pro:Available in 2-5 and 6-9 stop variationsPreset stop range eliminates any chance of cross polarizationZero vignetting down to 16mm focal length lensesPure Fused Quartz ensures superior optical clarity over any glass on the marketIncludes a DefenderSlim cover for fingerprint-free installation(Side note, we recently put out a video on using Polar Pro filters for your drone. We’re pretty proud of it, so check it out.)Top Image via Polar Pro.Looking for more NAB 2019 coverage? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle DriveNAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and MoreNAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel GameNAB 2019: First Looks at the Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds CameraNAB 2019: Deity Finally Releases Their New 2.4Ghz Wireless Systemlast_img read more