A good SD card is a tiny-but-essential part of your gear setup. We’ve rounded up four of our favorite options on the market today.128GB of storage that transfers data at 300mb/s sounds like the perfect SD card for anyone. SD cards are a vital part of any production, and not having a reliable one can cause major headaches. There are so many variables to consider when choosing the proper SD card, including storage, price, and compatibility. I’ll go through the pros and cons of each card so you can choose the one that works best for you and your camera.To start things off, the most reliable SD cards are going to be name brand — for example, SanDisk, Sony, PNY, and many more. Which option you choose should reflect your current skill level and how you use the card. If you consider yourself an amateur photographer or videographer, finding an SD card with more storage is best, while a professional will want one with a faster transfer speed.Here’s the list.SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-ISANDISK EXTREME PRO® SD UHS-IThe first card I recommend is the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I. It can still record 4K footage, but it’s a fraction of the cost of its big brother, the UHS-II. Though it’s not the fastest card on the market, it still reads and writes at speeds up to 95mb/s. It offers a nice balance between storage, speed, and budget. At only $40, you can get 128GB of storage on a card that’s pretty quick. Although this SD card will work with any camera, it may limit a high-end unit. Overall, it’s a very versatile card that pairs well with most cameras. Along with its low price, it’s unbeatable for what you get.PNY Elite Performance Class 10PNY Elite Performance SDXC Class 10Up next is the PNY Elite Performance Class 10. Like the SanDisk, this card tops out its read speed at 95mb/s. There are faster cards out there, but at 95mb/s it’s going to get the job done for amateur and even some professional work. For only $33, you can get 128GB of storage.Speaking from personal experience, this card is awesome. As I’ve used it more and more, the once-zippy write speed has started to seem slow compared to the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second. The buffer time isn’t horrible, but it takes long enough that it can get annoying during a long shoot. The write speed from this card isn’t listed, but it’s rumored that it’s only 70mb/s. Overall, this is a good option to think about, as it’s affordable and has great storage options.Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-IILexar® Professional 2000xThe next two SD cards are high-end, professional-grade storage options.Ranking third on the list is the Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II. With blistering transferring speeds of up to 300mb/s and write speeds of 260mb/s, this is a high-performance card. With 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB options, this is a perfect card that comes with a hefty price tag. 128GB will run you $160, but unlike the first two cards, it won’t affect your workflow. Using this card with the Canon 5D Mark IV, 1DX, or the Panasonic GH5 would be flawless. It’s hard to not consider this card if you think of yourself as a pro.SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro UHS-II SDXCSANDISK EXTREME PRO® SD UHS-IIThe fourth and final card up is the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro UHS-II SDXC. The read and write speeds are the same as the Lexar above. The SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II is a solid pick — and arguably the best card on this list. It’s a must-have if you find yourself shooting high-speed action or wildlife.On the flip side, since most of us are on a budget, this card is less appealing once you see the price. You’ll get 64GB of storage for $108, and 128GB for over $200 from B&H photo. This storage option is reliable, fast, and top of the line.If you’re a pro who works in fast, action-packed environments and your SD card could potentially be the reason why you miss a shot, I see no reason why you shouldn’t go with the Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II or the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II. But if you don’t need the speed and you’re on a budget, I recommend you save some money and go with the first two options.Cover image via Jiradet Ponari.Looking for more gear tips? Check out these articles:Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300The Cameras Behind Popular Netflix Originals: Films and SeriesThe New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF — Large Format, Little CameraHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Scenes of HBO’s Original Series
A fake currency printing unit was unearthed by the police in Parlakhemundi of Odisha’s Gajapati district on Monday. Police suspect the unit was being used to print counterfeit notes to be distributed during the elections in the State.Fake currencies with the face value of ₹2,50,000 in ₹500 denomination was seized from a rented house, where the counterfeit printing unit was operating. Equipments, chemicals and paper for fake currency notes were seized.Two persons — one from Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh and the other, a resident of Parlakhemundi — were arrested from the spot. Another accused from Bihar managed to escape during the police raid.According to investigating police officers, seizure of such large amount fake currencies suggests that those involved in the racket might be planning to circulate them in rural areas during the election process, when cash transactions increases many folds.Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sara Sharma said further investigation is on to find out if the busted fake currency printing unit is a part of a larger inter-State racket.
BEIJING—Chinese science leaders here today threw their weight behind plans to embrace open access and Western norms of scientific conduct, including a plea from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for more rigorous evaluation and peer review.At the start of the Global Research Council meeting here on Monday, CAS released a statement exhorting its scientists to raise their game. “Chinese science today still faces formidable challenges and problems … result[ing] in a weak scientific ethos.” The academy called for “urgent measures to establish excellence-oriented evaluation systems and funding mechanisms for Chinese science.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That commitment comes hard on the heels of a decree from CAS and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) earlier this month that all scientific papers resulting from publicly funded research be deposited in an open-access repository. “[O]pen access will facilitate the dissemination and utilization of knowledge, [and] turn the knowledge produced by public investment effectively into innovation,” CAS said in a 15 May statement.“We are now in the process of starting to build a repository” to collect and make public, after an embargo period, scientific articles funded by NSFC, foundation President Yang Wei said at a press conference at the conclusion of the council meeting. He cited the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central as a useful model of an open-access database.
Tamil Thalaivas bounced back from an 11-point loss to Bengaluru Bulls in their first home match to tie the game against Puneri Paltan. Their raider V. Ajith Kumar has been in tremendous form in the team’s home leg, having scored 12 raid points from two matches.Rahul ‘Showman’ Chaudhari also finished their last match with eight raid points to his name. They will hope ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur finds form in the home leg soon which could make the raiding trio a big challenge for any defence.The team missed the services of Manjeet Chhillar in their previous match but Ran Singh did not let his absence be felt with another 4 tackle point performance, which included only one unsuccessful tackle. His impact on the match could be vital against a Deepak Hooda who is in prime form this season.Raids that rained points in Week 4 of #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7!Which one was your favourite?Tell us in the replies and stay tuned to Star Sports and Hotstar for all the action! #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/Yjzsv2nUWO— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 20, 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers have been led from the front by Deepak Hooda, who is currently the fifth most successful raider of the season. They also have the most successful defender of the season so far – Sandeep Dhull – in their ranks, which has allowed them to maintain their position at the top of the standing.Though the team lost their previous match to U.P. Yoddha, Hooda once again starred for them with nine raid points. The team, however, missed a consistent display from their Corners Amit Hooda and Sandeep Dhull, who only combined for two tackle points in the match.If the duo fire for the team, Tamil Thalaivas’ experienced raiding unit could find the going very tough. Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke will also want to step up and contribute points in raids to take the pressure off Hooda.
The smartphone market in India has been quite crowded for a while. There are a lot of brands today itching to get a piece of it, especially in the highly popular budget and mid-range segments. It’s no longer just the tech companies pushing out devices, but we’re also seeing budget phones from telecom makers like Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. E-commerce platforms are also getting into the mix with Amazon India launching the 10.or series this year and now Flipkart bringing its own smartphone , the Billion Capture+.As a debut smartphone, the Capture+ looks ambitious to take on current players in the lower mid-range segment. Priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB version and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB and 64GB variant, the handset will take on the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G, among others. Flipkart’s phone comes with everything you would expect in the price segment and looks good, at least on paper. But how well does it translate in real life?DesignIf you’ve seen Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and Mi A1 then you’ve seen the Billion Capture+. Flipkart’s phone to a large extent borrows design cues from both the smartphones to some extent, which have become a sort of a gold standard in the budget segment. The Capture+ has an aluminium build, while the back has plastic on the top and bottom and a metal panel in the middle that feels smooth to the touch. Flipkart doesn’t mention the plastic back, but once you hold the phone you’ll find that the finish feels more plastic than premium. This makes it feel rather cheap, and the company could have provided a better metal finish like Xiaomi has with the Redmi Note 4. With that said, the Capture+ doesn’t look unattractive, but it doesn’t look inspiring either. advertisementThe Billion Capture+ does have sturdy build to it and the frame is pretty solid, but it is also a bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm. It’s mostly comfortable to hold and use with one hand, but it can feel a little heavy at 176 grams. The edges around the back are slightly curved and don’t seamlessly join the frame, but it does give a good grip when holding it. If you look around the frame, you’ll find the volume controls and power button on the right, a dual hybrid SIM tray on the left, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a USB Type-C port on the bottom with speaker grilles on either sides.DisplayThe Capture+ features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with bezels around it. I mention bezels because we’re slowly moving towards edge-to-edge displays. While the trend started for high-end smartphones, we’ve seen 18:9 displays trickle down to budget phones like Micromax’s Infinity and LG Q6 already. Next year, you can expect more phones to sport full-screen displays. The Capture+ has a traditional 16:9 screen, which is alright because there still a market for it and there will be for at least a few more years. But bezels aside, displays in general have improved in recent times, and Flipkart’s phone leaves you wanting a little more. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison Despite a full-HD display, the colours on screen are pretty dull and washed out. Moreover, the brightness levels aren’t great and even at its maximum brightness, you will find it difficult to read the screen outdoors. A dull display may help increase battery life, but it really doesn’t provide the best viewing experience, especially when watching videos. Moreover, you’re going to want to keep the brightness level on maximum when watching videos or playing games to enjoy the experience, which will inevitably cause more battery drain. Overall, this isn’t the brightest of sharpest display out there, which is a shame as its competitors like the Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4 do much better at producing crisp 1080p displays.Performance and softwareThe Billion Capture+ is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU and coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. I tested the 4GB variant and found that the overall performance to be pretty fluid and snappy. The phone is decent at multitasking and is quite fast at opening and closing apps without any lag or stutters. The phone will pretty much handle most daily apps that you throw at it including web browsing, messaging and social media.My experience with playing some graphic intensive games were quite uneven. At times I found games like Asphalt 8 to work smoothly, but I did notice some stuttering and drops in frame rate every now and then. Browsing through heavy websites and apps was smooth as well and I did not find anything to complain about here.advertisementThe phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and is powered by Smartron’s AI smarts. Despite the company’s promise of stock Android, the Billion Capture+ had a few too many pre-loaded apps for my liking, which will also disappoint many others. You get apps like Flipkart (obviously), Myntra, Ola, PhonePe, Microsoft’s Office suite and tronX app to name a few. The latter is a Smartron-powered service that includes purchasable products, cloud storage and security features. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones including Amazon’s 10.or range coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison. I’m also not confident the phone will age well in terms of performance as the bloatware will weigh it down eventually.The fingerprint sensor on the rear isn’t the fastest out there. It takes about 0.8 seconds to unlock which is quite slow and one expects a far snappier sensor in 2017 and at this price point. But the sensor is mostly accurate so there is some takeaway in that. The dual speakers on the bottom could have been a lot powerful, but you’re left wanting a little more punch to it.CameraOne of the biggest highlights of the Billion Capture+ is its dual rear camera system that comprises of a pair of 13-megapixel sensors, one RGB and one Monochrome and with f2.0 aperture. Dual rear cameras have become somewhat of a standard this year with almost every other smartphone from budget to high-end now sporting a dual camera system. Flipkart says the phone offers impressive low-light shots, more light in each frame and DSLR-like bokeh effects, among other things. It also comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.To be honest, the dual cameras were largely disappointing. Outdoor shots under bright sunlight lets in too much light and the images look overexposed. The reds and greens were too bright and lacked accuracy. The cameras also have a hard time focusing on the subject and you’ll likely capture a few hazy shots before one really clear image. The images also lack detailing so I wouldn’t suggest zooming in on them or seeing them on a display bigger than 5.5-inch. SInce the sensors let in a lot of light, it works better in low-light conditions. However, images captured in poor lighting will come with a lot of noise and will lack detail. XPreviousNextThe Portrait Mode was pretty underwhelming as well. The subject would look artificially laid on a blurred background, which makes it look photoshopped rather than seem like a natural depth of field image. This is probably because the bokehs generated rely on software, which isn’t great at differentiating the subject from the background. You’ll find that the subject will have heavy blurring around the edges or look cut out and artificially pasted on the background. There is a Supernight mode that you can use to capture low-light shots as it smoothes out the photos via software and removes a lot of noise. I found the feature to be pretty good and prefered using the mode almost always for low-light photography.advertisementFront camera disappoints as well, but perhaps not as much as the primary cameras. The 8-megapixel sensor looks good on paper, but doesn’t really work great in real life. Selfies captured were oversaturated and lacked sharpness. The colours looked on the warmer side of things and will look quite hazy when viewed on a larger display.BatteryThe other big highlight apart from the dual rear cameras is the battery. The Capture+ packs a large non-removable 3500mAh Li-Polymer battery that promises up to 30 hours of calls over 3G and 12 hours of video streaming. Now, my experience with this has been quite middling. On an average, streaming movies or TV shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube for an hour drops the battery level down by about 10 per cent. On an average, you should get about 9-10 hours of battery life, which is decent. I found myself needing to the charge the phone only once before going to bed. The phone takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity The headset supports Quick Charge over USB Type-C and it takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity. The only real problem I have is with the standby time. Considering the battery you’re getting, the standby time isn’t exceptional here and you’ll probably get about 4 days idle time on 4G before the phoned dies on you.Should you buy it?Flipkart’s entry in the smartphone game comes at a time when the market is quite crowded and some players like Motorola and Xiaomi are seated firmly in the budget to mid-range segment. Xiaomi, especially, has been dominating the budget to mid-range market in recent times and has invested a lot in advertising both online and offline as well. For Flipkart, the Billion Capture+ will largely ride on the e-commerce platform’s name. The company will need to promote the phone a lot more especially on its website if it wants to grab people’s attention.As far as competition is concerned, the Billion Capture+ will face off against the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G to name a few. Flipkart has launched a decent first smartphone and provides a few compelling features such as good battery life, fast charging, a decent build and performance that could attract buyers. But the phone feels wanting in pretty much every other area such as design, camera and software, which makes it fall short in front of its competition, especially since most others offer near stock Android experience and have upped their camera game. Without proper marketing, the Capture+ risks getting shunned to the background.Flipkart will probably use the Capture+ to test the waters a little and see how consumers are reacting towards it. It may come out with a another phone that will look to fix some of the shortcomings of the Capture+ based on user feedback and I would suggest waiting for that one to arrive. The Billion Capture+ just isn’t compelling enough to buy right now considering what other brands have to offer today.Capture+ review7.5/10Good stuffDecent build qualitySnappy performanceGood battery lifeBad stuffUninspiring designPoor camerasBloated software
Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faisal Siraj, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.My 4th month in the Young Champions Program was very busy. The New Year celebration, my birthday, and the visa process for Nigeria made it a little hectic for me but I enjoyed it. I am planning to finally physically join my work office in Nigeria on the 1st of March and have started my visa process. I have completed the 7th chapter of safe motherhood guidelines for training traditional birth attendants and health workers. I tried to gather material for safe childcare guidelines and for that propose I met the maternal and child health coordinator of my town. This meeting was very helpful. The 7th chapter is on the first stage of labour: the condition of fetus. Description of the chapter is as follows.ObjectivesWhen you have completed this unit you should be able to:Monitor the condition of the fetus during labourRecord the findings on the partogramUnderstand the significance of the findingsUnderstand the causes and signs of fetal distressInterpret the significance of different fetal heart rate patterns and meconium stained liquorManage any abnormalities which are detectedThe next chapter, which I am currently working on, is the overall management of the first stage of labour and will be completed soon.Following is the progress of the activities planned in the first quarter of the project.Activities Planned for 1st QuarterAdvocacy meetings with stake holders – Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA), Association of traditional births attendant (TBA) Primary Health Centers and community leadersTraining of volunteers (maternal health activist)Training of traditional birth attendantsActivities ImplementedAdvocacy VisitsAdvocacy meetings: this activity is implemented with the objective to increase public commitment to maternal health and awareness for HIV and TB prevention, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, family planning and prevention of other infections.Training of Volunteers (Maternal Health Activists)Date: November 25-26, 2010Venue: WCH Conference HallTraining Goal: To provide the volunteers with reproductive health updates and enable them provide quality maternal health information, non-prescriptive contraceptives and referrals to create a synergy between primary health centers and other agencies implementing programs on maternal health.Facilitators: Eunan Enyia, Emeka Nwankwo, Lucy Attah, Dr. FaisalTopics Discussed: Introduction to maternal health; Safe motherhood; Causes of maternal mortality; Cultural causes of maternal mortality; The impact of maternal mortality in our societyTarget Location: The facilitators and participants identified and discussed about the location for the project activities which include the primary health centers, traditional birth attendants and private hospitals. There was an argument to include churches as part of project sites since it is discovered that some churches claim to have healed their HIV clients and they will restrict their clients to their own clinics without referring them to where they can obtain ARV drug or adequate information that will help them make informed decisions concerning their health, especially maternal health complications and sexually transmitted infections.Counselling and Referral Activities: In this reporting period, young women living with HIV and AIDS came to WCH to seek out information concerning their health. Some were seeking information for family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and adherence information on TB/HIV drugs. They were engaged in counseling. Forty eight clients (38 women, 10 men) were counseled and appropriate referrals made to PMTCT clinics.Challenges: The major challenge was that the training of the traditional birth attendants was rescheduled to take place in January. This is to allow time for people to go on holidays during Christmas period in December.Second Quarter Activities: The following list of activities would be scheduled to take place in the next quarter (2nd quarter):Counseling and ReferralsTraining of traditional birth attendantsAwareness / sensitization in communitiesTraining of health workers (Community Health Extension Workers-CHEWS)Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
zoom The Government of Canada is committing CAD 51.9 million to extend contracts for one year for interprovincial ferry services in Atlantic Canada and for the disposal of the MV Princess of Acadia.Aged MV Princess of Acadia was taken out of service in July 2015 and replaced by the MV Fundy Rose.The investment is going to enable continuous ferry services until March 31, 2017, between Saint John, NB, and Digby, NS; between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS; and between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC and Souris, PEI, as announced by Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport.“The Government of Canada is pleased to provide financial support to these communities in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec which rely on trade and tourism for economic prosperity and community development. These ferry services contribute to the regional economy and provide safe and efficient transportation to visitors and residents,” says Garneau.The funding, announced as part of Budget 2016, is aimed at supporting operations, maintenance and repair of ferry assets.Transport Canada owns four vessels and six ferry facilities in Atlantic Canada that are leased to private operators for a nominal amount.From 2010 to 2015, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $240 million to support these Atlantic Canada ferry services.
Local area office: 902-825-3395 Fax: 902-825-2776 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between Exit 18 and Exit 18A near Middleton, hasbeen reopened. The section was closed earlier today, Aug. 23, dueto a truck spill. The highway has been sanded and motorists areasked to proceed with caution. -30-
If the basic premise of Welfare for all and Development of all in Telangana as envisaged through umpteen welfare and development programmes has to be carried forward, with more commitment of the bureaucracy, it requires a systematic approach to implementation process. Evolving a systematic implementation function within the organisation is the responsibility of its Head to lead the process. The delivery mechanism depends entirely on his or her commitment. This commitment to implement government schemes and programs is very crucial for success of administration. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Telangana State Government over a period during the last five years, initiated and is in the process of implementation of several schemes and programmes some of which are unique to the state and majority of these are implemented only in Telangana and nowhere in the country. To name a few identified priority areas, there is Kalyana Laxmi, Shaadi Mubarak, Aasara pensions, Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima, Sheep distribution, Fish breeding, Kanti Velugu, round the clock power supply, Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya, lift irrigation projects, double bedroom houses, Telangana ku Haritha Haram, Residential school education, Wellness centres, KCR Kits, various Acts like TS I-Pass, Panchayati Raj, Municipal, SHE Teams etc. Also Read – Insider threat managementTelangana has emerged as a powerful force stabilising itself as a state of progression. In the entire country, Telangana is the one and only state, that provides round the clock 24-hour power supply to all sectors including agriculture. The qualitative change in the power supply rejuvenated both agriculture and industrial sectors. The success of Mission Bhagiratha Scheme, aimed at comprehensive and permanent solution to drinking water, is literally visualised by people. The Government’s top priority has been to extend a real helping hand to the needy, helpless and poorest of the poor strata and accordingly, welfare programs were conceived and implemented. The Aasara Pensions aimed at providing security to life, are being given to every poverty-stricken individual identifying them either as old or widow or single women or beedi worker or handloom worker or old aged artist or filarial affected or aids patient or to that matter every one below poverty line. Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes are the brain children of CM KCR. In order to provide a residence, a dwelling of self-respect to the weaker sections of the society, the two-bed room house construction is in progress. Arogya Lakshmi Scheme aimed at providing nutritious food to pregnant women and KCR Kits Scheme to encourage institutional deliveries are like fresh definitions of women welfare. In anticipation of radical and improved changes in the rural life, towards strengthening of rural economy government laid solid steps. Mission Kakatiya aimed at rejuvenation of damaged and debris chain of tanks, not only yielded exceptional results but also received international acclamations as a role model of development. The largescale distribution of sheep substantially enhanced the livestock wealth of Golla and Kuruma communities. On the other side, in all the tanks and ponds as well as in different water sources, for pisciculture, the required fish seed is supplied free of cost by the government. The investment support scheme for agriculture, the Rythu Bandhu, meant for providing financial assistance to farmer towards crop investment enthused the hearts of the farmer. Telangana ku Haritaharam introduced and implemented by Telangana Government for environmental and ecological protection is a significant program. The Principal or Special Chief Secretary in the state secretariat, the HoD at the state level and the District Collector at the district level direct, monitor and supervise the implementation process. They oversee the entire activity and keep watch on the progress made in each district and department. For effective and successful implementation of the schemes and programs it is ideal if a systematic capacity and capability orientation to TS Schemes is organised from time to time. In order to ensure integrated and coordinated approach to programme implementation, all Secretaries to Government, Heads of Departments and District Collectors need to be drafted for this purpose. This requires at least a three-day workshop on Systematic implementation to TS Schemes. The Workshop should aim: To provide opportunities for discussion on Telangana State Government Schemes and Programs and understanding role of Heads of Departments, Principal or Special Chief Secretaries and District Collectors as well as to work out strategies to develop implementation capabilities systematically, with emphasis on decentralised approach at district level The Workshop will have to be organized using highly participate methodologies including group discussions, individual exercises, syndicate exercises, preparation and presentation of Action Plans for implementing the schemes and programs etc. The Basis of design is three-fold namely, Reflection of gap identification of what ought to and what is; Review of the concepts, approaches and processes of systematic implementation and Reshaping for formulating a road map and preparing an action plan. The workshop will have to have identification of Areas of Concern, implementation tasks and work areas and implementation action plans preparation. The Orientation Training will help in a planned increase in capabilities to meet challenges of change for enhanced performance through upgradation of knowledge, skills and capability. Re-skilling and multi-skilling are also needed. The challenges of change demand role clarity between Principal or Special Chief Secretary, HoD, District Collector and their second level officers. If the former three categories of officers decide, direct and manage then the next in command executes; if they allocate resources the next in command utilizes and if they have knowledge of process then their subordinate officers should have the skills to execute. Visualising and reaction is to be done by Principal or Special Chief Secretary, HoD, District Collector whereas their next level officers need to respond and be proactive. For the schemes which are already in operation, the workshop may have to focus on bridging the gaps. For new schemes to be taken-up in future, capacity building program needs to precede formal launch of the schemes. Each of the scheme guidelines need to be translated in to training format specifying role of different implementing agencies at various levels, including roles assigned. This should be the basis of developing exercises and other learner-centered material. The workshop may focus on scheme by scheme discussion or some generalised process of scheme implementation and comparing each of the scheme’s salient features with the implementation process. For taking this forward it may require a major design and development effort including study of scheme wise plan and implementation guidelines, present status of implementation, interactions with Nodal Agencies and or Departments involved in implementation, identification of gap areas, bottlenecks etc. Ultimately, commitment of seniors and competence on the part of second level officers and subordinate staff is of paramount importance. Dr MCR HRD Institute which organized a similar program titled Orientation to Management of Training (OMOT) that was adopted by all training institutes in the country may take up this also. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. Views expressed are strictly personal)
Aluthgamage said that Amaratunga had given wrong information to Parliament to a question he had raised and as a result has lost the confidence of Parliament. The former Minister said that the Secretary to the Tourism Minister had given the correct details to the Minister in response to the question posed but the Minister, instead of reading that response, gave a completely misleading response. The opposition is to present a no-confidence motion on Tourism Minister John Amaratunga to Parliament.Opposition and Sri Lanka Freedom Party member Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that Amaratunga had misled Parliament in a statement made yesterday. Mahindananda Aluthgamage tabled the response given by the Secretary to the Tourism Minister to the question raised yesterday and said that the opposition will now discuss and present a no-confidence motion on Minister John Amaratunga soon. (Colombo Gazette)
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Halo: Reach fan and Lego hobbyist Nick Jensen has created something that can be admired whether you play the popular FPS or not. Pictured above is the life-sized replica of the Sniper Rifle System 99 Anti-Matériel that he created almost entirely out of Lego bricks. Taking four months of trial and error, Jensen ended up with a finished product that shows his dedication to detail and realism. The model features a removable magazine, sliding bolt, and movable safety to add to its realism.With a total length of five feet three inches, and a weight of ten and a half pounds, the Reach sniper rifle is very close to what is portrayed on the screen. Jensen used various screen shots from his own games, as well as the action figures created for the game by McFarlane to understand the nuances and fine points of the gun. Apparently, At first Jensen was daunted by the sheer size of the project, but eventually broke it down to three stages to make the build easier. He focused first on building the barrel, then worked his way back to the main body, finally ending up with the scope assembly.The only items of the piece that are not made of Lego bricks are a dowel rod to support the barrel, and the custom decals applied for customization. That’s pretty amazing given just how accurate this thing looks. In the shot above the barrel looks a bit crooked — probably thanks to its length — but in this image it appears to have been corrected.Jensen did not keep a brick count for the model, but it’s safe to assume that a lot of plastic and money went into this masterpiece. The sniper rifle and its creator will both be at the upcoming Brick World convention for people to see in person.Flickr via The Brick Brothers
Una Mannion, winner of the Emerging Poetry award at the Hennessy Literary Awards.FOR DECADES, THE Hennessy Literary Awards have been alerting us to some of the best new Irish writers around.Last night saw three new writers being awarded prizes for their work, at an event in the Baroque Chapel in IMMA. At the 46th Hennessy Literary Awards, Sean Tanner was named the winner of the First Fiction category, Rachel Donohue won for Emerging Fiction, and Una Mannion for Emerging Poetry.Rachel Donohue was then named the overall Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year. The winners were chosen by authors Elizabeth Day, Mike McCormack and The Irish Times New Irish Writing page editor, Ciaran Carty. Pictured at the Hennessy Literary Awards at IMMA Kilmainham were Vona Groarke, Hall of Fame Inductee; Una Mannion, Emerging Poetry Winner, Rachel Donohue, Emerging Fiction Winner and Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year; Sean Tanner, First FictionUna Mannion said her poem Crouched Burial was inspired by an incident that occurred when she was a teenager.“The summer I was 15, a child’s body was found in our field in Culleenamore, County Sligo,” she explained. ”The child, 2000 years old, was lying in a crouched position, on her side, fetal, arms holding herself. The imprint of her small frame in the earth and details of her burial shaped this poem.”Here is the winning poem:Crouched Burial, by Una MannionThey move the earth with small trowels and brushes andall week the seals sing a desolate chorus as if for you.First a small child’s foot slow sweeps of the brush across your small bones,your shape in the ditch, taking definition, a slow birthin the corner of the field by the water’s edge. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Share35 Tweet Email3 Mar 29th 2017, 7:30 PM In the moon bayat the edge of earth where they found youthe midden’s shelves layer time, like growth rings.Now is our turn on the surface of timeyou and your buried bead, prehistory,before there were written words to remember with.A sequence of milk teeth along the bone of your jaw andthe buds to permanent ones spell your age.You are eighteen months old.Your bones in the midden are a mysteryIron Age people didn’t bury their deadbodies were left to wind, or wolves or water.But not you.Perhaps touching your cold cheek your mothercould not abandon your body to the nightand here, where the land juts out toward the sea and the tide moves,a place she might find again,she brought you.Check back on the site this weekend, when we share the two winning short stories.Read: Ireland’s favourite books for 2016 have been announced> ‘Crouched Burial’: An award-winning poem before bedtime A poem from this year’s Hennessy Awards Winner for Emerging Poetry, Una Mannion. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3312724 By Aoife Barry 10,333 Views Beside your ribcage, a single blue glass beadfor your ear a bronze ring,your grave gifts.If flowers and herbs cradled your head,they are dust now.Someone brought you hereand laid you down with careyour death a secret, your story buried. 6 Comments You are lying on your sideknees pulled into your chestthe thin bones of your armsholding yourself without your handsyour heavy head bent low toward your small body,a comma in the earth,like an ultra sound picture of the earth’s wombwhere you lay crouched for years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Photos chocs sur les paquets de cigarettes : l’arrêté publié au Journal Officiel, en imagesFrance – Après sa signature par la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot la semaine dernière, l’arrêté relatif à l’apposition d’images chocs sur au moins 40% de la surface des paquets de cigarettes a été publié hier au Journal Officiel.Des avertissements sous forme de photos choquantes viendront s’ajouter aux phrases déjà présentes sur les paquets de cigarettes (“Fumer tue”, “Fumer nuit gravement à votre santé et à celle de votre entourage”…), mais également sur les autres produits du tabac. Seule exception : le tabac à usage oral (à chiquer).À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Quatorze photos ont été sélectionnées au sein de la banque d’images européenne. Une simple seringue évoquant la dépendance au tabac ou la gorge d’un homme atteint d’un cancer en phase terminale viendront illustrer le verso des paquets de cigarettes afin d’inciter les fumeurs à arrêter.Les paquets ne comportant pas de photos devront être écoulés en un an et les autres produits du tabac en deux ans. Après ces délais, tous les produits du tabac à fumer devront être illustrés par ces nouvelles images.Pour les voir (ou les revoir) : https://www.maxisciences.com/tabac/la-campagne-choc-anti-tabac-menee-outre-manche_art6938.html.Le 21 avril 2010 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target It’s a shame that DC has struggled so much to get its cinematic universe off the ground because their superheroes have been (more or less) consistently killing it on the small screen for four years now. Beginning with Barry Allen’s introduction in season two of Arrow, DC and the CW have built a solid stable of superhero shows with intertwining stories more meaningful than anything Marvel is able to make happen.Ever since the season two finale of The Flash, fans have wondered how Barry’s actions would affect not just his own story, but the entire Arrowverse. Well, we don’t have an answer to the bigger question just yet, but we did get to see the world Barry created when he went back in time to stop Reverse Flash from killing his mom.Things are going surprisingly well for Barry. His parents are both alive, together and happy. He’s actually living with them and they, not knowing about the other timeline, are starting to give him a subtle push out the door. Understandable, since he’s in his 20s with a full-time job and still lives at home. He’s even finally worked up the courage to ask Iris out. And since they didn’t grow up together in this timeline, she says yes. There’s even another Flash out there fighting crime, so Barry doesn’t have to.Who is the new Flash? (Photo: Keiynan Lonsdale and Grant Gustin, Screenshot via CW)We all know this can’t last. Whenever Barry starts to think about events from his original timeline, he loses some of his memory. He asks Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne, who he’s been keeping locked up, what’s going on. Thawne explains that this new timeline, Flashpoint, is overwriting the old one. Soon, Barry won’t remember that he even is The Flash and the change will be permanent.Barry refuses to believe Thawne and finds the other Flash, who is engaged in a battle with another speedster known as The Rival. When other-Flash falls from a window, Barry rushes to his aid and is surprised to learn that he’s Iris’s brother, Wally. I say “he’s surprised” because come on, we all knew.Barry learns that Iris and Wally have been working as a crime-fighting sibling duo and offers to help them defeat The Rival. He tries to get his old team back together only to find that they aren’t quite the same people he knew. Cisco is a selfish billionaire tech entrepreneur; Caitlin is a pediatric ophthalmologist, and Joe is an alcoholic who doesn’t talk to his kids much. Man, how did Barry’s mom do all this?Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in “Flashpoint” (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Barry convinces them all to work together, explaining the situation via a timeline drawing that looks exactly like the one Doc Brown drew in Back to the Future Part II. He and Wally, dubbed Kid Flash under protest, fight and defeat The Rival, who reveals his identity as Edward Clariss. Unfortunately, Wally is wounded in the fight, and his accelerated healing isn’t working. Barry realizes his happiness comes at the expense of everyone he loves and returns to ask Thawne to kill his mom.Thawne goes back in time once again, kills Barry’s mom and brings him back to where he was before the end of Season 2. Well, almost. As he joins Joe and Wally in a toast to his deceased father, he learns that Iris no longer speaks to her family. We’re left to wonder what else Thawne changed. Oh, and the Edward Clariss of this timeline is awoken by a strange voice to find the word “Alchemy” scratched into his mirror. I guess we know who this season’s big bad will be.Doctor Alchemy has been a recurring villain in The Flash comics. His main ability is transmuting any element into any other element. Can’t wait to see how they do that on the show. In the comics, Edward Clariss has never been Doctor Alchemy, so it’s likely that we haven’t actually met Alchemy yet. That he plans to use Clariss somehow and that was his voice at the end of last night’s episode.Edward Clariss (Todd Lasance) watches the word “Alchemy” scratch into his mirror. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The Flash has become the best superhero show on TV, outpacing Arrow by embracing its cheesy, silver-age comic book past. This is the series that made us take villains like Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, and Gorilla Grodd seriously. It managed to include all the ridiculously complicated time travel and parallel universe stuff comic book fans are used to and make it work on TV. That’s no small feat.So far, the third season is no different. One episode in and we already have multiple timelines and the promise of more cartoony comic book villains to come. And with all the time travel between this and Legends of Tomorrow, the crossover episodes this season should be even crazier than normal. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis
The goalkeeper defeated the Bavarians with FC Augsburg and now with Borussia Dortmund and he is very happy about how things have turned outPlaying against Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga is something teams there do every week.But winning against the Bavarians is something not all clubs can say.Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz recorded his third win against Bayern in his career.“The way that everyone in Dortmund gets behind you, is amazing. In terms of football, there isn’t really anything more to experience,” the 31-year-old said to the club’s official website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There were a lot of chances, a load of counter-attacks, many missed chances and a fair few goals.”“I don’t think anyone regretted the trip to the stadium. It was a great game for the spectators,” he added.Hitz started playing in the Bundesliga in 2008 when he was signed by VfL Wolfsburg.In 2013 he moved to FC Augsburg, and for the first time in his career, he’s playing defending Borussia Dortmund’s colors.
The state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region.Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships.The Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee, which is co-chaired by the executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) and Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison commander, now will include a state representative. The group’s members advise on organization policies and capabilities, as well as provide insight into how their organization could support a partnership opportunity, according to a news release from SOP.“While the [Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee] is a strong regional group and has always had support from the state of Missouri, Joe’s signature is a clear indicator of the state’s desire to see the group continue to build partnerships that will strengthen Fort Leonard Wood and conserve the installation’s resources,” said SOP Executive Director Kent Thomas.Thomas succeeded Driskill at SOP earlier this year after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.The partnership committee’s efforts already have resulted in success. Repair work was completed on a state road that runs through the installation and a memorandum of agreement is now in place assigning responsibility for maintaining it in the future. Other initiatives in the works include partnerships to provide animal control, visitor center support, landscaping services and renewable energy. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington. Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners? Any notable snubs? Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”
Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller Stay on target 8Bitdo has made a name for itself by releasing high-quality retro-style controllers and arcade sticks. I honestly didn’t see how the company could top itself, but they’ve arguably done so with their upcoming product. First revealed during this year’s E3, 8Bitdo says the SN30 Pro Bluetooth Gamepad (and its counterpart, the SF30 Pro) is “the ultimate retro gaming controller.” That’s a bold claim, but after spending significant time with it, I’m going to (mostly) agree with this proclamation. The SN30 Pro is a great controller for those who want old-school design paired with modern functionality.Visually, the SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro gamepads take their cues from the classic Super Nintendo and Super Famicom controllers (respectively). However, they have current-day features which distinguish them from the controller they’re based on. Modern touches include two clickable analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, and wireless Bluetooth functionality. These additions make the controllers ideal for playing both classic and modern titles.If you’re familiar with 8Bitdo’s controllers then you may know it previously released a similar controller called the NES30 Pro. Like the SN30 Pro, this controller contains the layout of modern controllers. While the controller is certainly pleasing to the eye, I found its small size and thin analog sticks a turn off. I have big hands so the controller was, quite frankly, cumbersome to use. Everything about the SN30 Pro, from buttons to overall size, is larger, and therefore easier to use. The SN30 Pro outstrips the NES30 Pro in every way.AdChoices广告The original SNES controller was a sturdy peripheral that felt great to use. Its button layout and overall durability set the standard for all controllers that followed. Like that classic controller, the SN30 Pro is also a solidly built device. Its rounded edges make it quite comfortable to play. The analog sticks and face buttons have a satisfying amount of resistance when pressed, but not enough to make them hard on one’s fingers. The face buttons and d-pad are slightly higher than they are on the original SNES controller. This is to make room for the analog sticks. This takes some adjustment, but after a few minutes, the slightly higher placement becomes trivial.The face buttons, d-pad, and analog sticks impressed me, but I can’t say the same for the shoulder buttons. Because there are now four shoulder buttons, L and R are thinner than on the original SNES controller. It’s not exactly a detriment, but you do have to adjust the way you press these buttons because they’re so thin. The trigger buttons (L2 and R2) work fine, but since they were not on the SNES controller, they do feel slightly out of place. The thin size also makes the trigger buttons somewhat awkward to press. This is in no way a deal breaker, but it’s something I immediately noticed.The SN30 Pro is compatible with Windows, Nintendo Switch, Android, MacOS, and Steam. Pairing 8Bitdo controllers to devices has always been a painless process and the same applies with the SN30 Pro. If you follow the instructions (which come with the controller), you’re solid. If you don’t want to bother with pairing, you can always plug the controller into your PC, Mac, or Android device through the provided USB cable. There is no USB functionality for Nintendo Switch at the time of this writing.For my tests, I plugged the SN30 Pro controller into my PC and fired up Steam. I started off with 2016’s Doom to see how the controller handles a modern FPS game. For the most part, Doom worked great with the SN30 Pro. In order to survive, one needs to shoot precisely and move constantly. I never found myself fighting the controller. Every button press resulted in an immediate action. I was especially impressed with the responsiveness of the analog sticks. As great as the controller performed while playing Doom, my hands did feel slightly uncomfortable after about ten minutes because of how close the buttons are. I’m sure those with smaller hands won’t have an issue. However, I likely won’t play many FPS titles with this controller.I then tried Rise of the Tomb Raider. This proved a better experience than Doom since you don’t need to use the shoulder buttons much outside of combat. I was able to complete tricky platforming sections with little to no effort. While the controller isn’t ideal for FPS titles, action-adventure games seem to work well enough.I also tried a few classic games on my PC with the controller. I had absolutely no trouble playing NES and SNES games. In fact, I feel this controller is better suited for older games since they only require the use of the d-pad and face buttons. Playing games like Castlevania, Contra III, and Batman Returns made me realize just how great the d-pad is on the SN30 Pro. It is every bit as responsive as the d-pad for the SNES controller. I can easily spend hours playing old-school titles with this controller. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, I suppose.Finally, I tested the SN30 Pro with my Nintendo Switch. Without hesitation, I went straight into Super Mario Odyssey. Unlike Doom and (to a lesser extent) Rise of the Tomb Raider, playing Super Mario Odyssey with the SN30 was a near-flawless experience. I ran around the world and performed tricky jumps and stunts effortlessly. At no point did I feel hindered by the controller. While I still prefer playing Super Mario Odyssey with the Switch Pro Controller, the SN30 Pro did not disappoint. I was thoroughly impressed with how well the controller works on Switch.It’s clear 8Bitdo didn’t just toss in Nintendo Switch support as an afterthought. The SN30 Pro features a button to take pictures and another to return to Switch’s Home menu. It even has rumble support and motion controls just like the Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. This controller can easily serve as a primary controller for Switch. Current Switch games work great with the SN30 Pro, but I can only imagine what it’ll be like when the Virtual Console eventually arrives. This is the controller I want to use when playing Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country.The only major gripe I have with the SN30 Pro is with its rumble functionality. While it certainly gives you additional feedback, I thought the rumble was underwhelming. For the lack of a better phrase, it felt cheap. Cheap like those old MadCatz rumble packs for Sega Dreamcast. Also, there is an annoying high-pitched sound released by the controller whenever it rumbles. This was most prominent during my Doom test, where every jump caused the controller to emit a slight chirp. I wish there was a way to customize how much (or how little) the controller rumbles. I’m glad rumble is in there, but its implementation was definitely lacking.Rumble issues and small shoulder buttons aside, my experience with the SN30 Pro controller was mostly pleasing. At $49.99, it is somewhat expensive. However, if you want to reconnect with your inner retro gamer while still holding onto the present, this controller is worth trying out. As before, I’m left wondering how 8Bitdo is going to top itself. This really is the pinnacle of retro controllers. But considering the company’s track record, it won’t surprise me when it drops a controller that outdoes this one.The 8Bitdo SN30 and SF30 Pro Bluetooth Gamepad go on sale on December 10.