– Advertisement – Cllr. Jerome KorkoyaChairmanNational Elections Commission9th Street SinkorMonrovia, LiberiaAugust 19, 2019Dear Chairman KorkoyaI write this letter of complaint to The Board of Commissioners regarding the electoral conflict, violence, and threats we are faced with in District 15 that have the propensity to breakdown the electoral process and threaten the peace and stability in the country. I am asking that this body takes action to protect our democracy and ensure that our elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.As I write this letter, twelve of our leaders and supporters in Logan Town have had to flee their homes since Thursday (including women with children) to seek refuge in hidden areas due to harassment and threats being made to them and their families by supporters of Abu Kamara. These cases have increased daily and has become alarming.On July 27th, our Headquarters was attacked by supporters of Abu Kamara. This came as a result of Kamara’s camp not following the route the Magistrate instructed them to follow for the closing rallies. After a meeting on July 26th, it was agreed how we would control movement to avoid conflicts. To our utmost surprise, CDC disregarded the agreement and lawlessly took over our route, leaving us stuck at our headquarters in fear of confrontation. While being barricaded by police, CDCians began stoning our Headquarters. These attacks were carried out for over 6 hours, leaving over 25 of our supporters injured on that day (Pictures and videos attached). Some of these victims were in very critical condition. Our headquarters was also destructed.On three separate occasions, I went out in communities in Logan Town and was harassed by Abu Kamara’s supporters. The last of these incidents was on Saturday, August 17, 2019, when I went to visit a Bishop at Kingdom Embassy Church. After leaving the meeting, I was followed by a group of men loyal to Abu Kamara. Speaking through megaphones, they began abusing us and making negative and provocative statements- that I am a stranger to Logan Town and not welcome in that community or anywhere in Logan Town. The harassers followed us and then begun throwing rocks and objects at us, forcing us to leave the community.While in a meeting at Hon. Kelvin Bayoh’s residence (one of the contestants in the ongoing Dist. 15 By-election) on August 19th, we were again attacked by CDCians. The building in which we were meeting was heavily vandalized and were held locked up in it for 2 hours. In that period, I was almost stabbed and perpetrators spilled gas around the building in an attempt to burn it down. As a result of their violent actions, I sustained several injuries. Mr. Momo Sambola, Vice Chairman of the All Liberian Party (ALP) was also wounded along with several other partisans and supporters. With the help of a resident, we were able to flee. This attack was a direct assassination attempt. In an attempt to evacuate, my vehicle was also attacked and severely damaged by these people. The attacks were so prevalent that scores of our people were again wounded. I have attached videos and pictures to this letter.The public comments and posture of CDCians are direct threats to our lives. They have maintained that they will make these areas inaccessible for me through violence. They have also threatened and intimidated my campaign team, instilling fear in them and sending some people into hiding. This is a direct ploy to keep us away from the polls for the re-run. We saw this happen at quarantined area Donald Karanas on election day.Their message about Abu Kamara owning Logan Town and me being a stranger has been adopted by extremists in their mix and has begun threatening the peace of our district. The reality is that out of the 47 centers that have been tallied for Logan Town, Abu Kamara has won 27 and I have won 20. Additionally, out of the total centers tallied, I have won 52 centers out of 94.Therefore, this is a divisive illusion meant to stir up hatred and division.The situation we are faced with in District 15 is a threat to our democracy and democratic processes. The level of electoral violence, instilling of fear, and harassment has made it impossible for residents of the district to freely associate with us, express themselves, and canvass for us around the district. It will also make it harder for everyone on election day. This is not a leveled playing field and has a damaging effect on our electoral activities. Moreover, it violates the basic democratic rights of residents.With this, we are asking NEC to immediately take action. We cannot freely campaign in the district with current injuries and threats to our lives. To strengthen democracy, further development, and ensure long-lasting peace and stability in Liberia, elections must be conducted with the highest degree of freedom and fairness. Only then can we say that the democratic rights of our citizens are respected and their will to have a leader who represents them and that they can hold accountable is truly respected. This is the foundation of the democratic principle of political equality and the only means to which our democracy is strengthened.Sincerely,Telia J. UreyCandidateDistrict 15Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team is recruiting again in an ongoing drive to replenish and grow the Team.Last February the Team recruited nine new trainee Responders who will go through a personal assessment later this year.Team PRO Joseph Brennan explains; “That programme is going very well. Of the nine selected eight are still on board and they are proving to be excellent candidates for mountain rescue missions.“The Team has not really had any significant intake over the last five or six years and a lot of people for work, personal and even health reasons have dropped away. Mountain Rescue is voluntary and as is the nature of voluntary organizations everywhere in society there are ebbs and flows of personnel. “Thus we felt that with all the systems in place at the moment for training the current batch of new Responders it would be prudent to continue those efforts going forward into 2016.”The public image of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has increased dramatically in recent years with their involvement in many high profile search and rescue missions throughout the county and indeed further afield when required.Last weekend a three man unit and a jeep were tasked to an escalated search in the Twelve Bens area of Connemara where an injured man had spent a night on the mountain and fears were great for his survival. Weather conditions were atrocious. Luckily he was found and stretchered off safely the following afternoon in a mission involving over thirty personnel from Teams as far afield as Donegal, Kerry and Wicklow together with the West coast teams.DMRT are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as a voluntary emergency response team, each as he / she is available within all the other constraints of work and home-life, providing search and rescue in extreme terrain and mountain conditions throughout the entire county, and indeed along our many coastal walks. The goal is to locate, stabilize and extract individuals in distress. That can mean a hiker on the side of a mountain, a missing child or person in an urban area, an emergency situation that demands medical attention, or just someone stranded in the snow. Mountain rescue is a rich cauldron of activities encompassing specialised training, rescue missions, fundraising, mundane committee duties and even the odd TV appearance for rescue programmes or walking documentaries.Joseph explains; “More than anything else, it is deeply rewarding when the mission is over and the casualty is safely recovered and reunited with his or her friends and family. On those occasions the ensuing smiles and tears are what make it all so very worthwhile to be an Active Responder with Donegal Mountain Rescue Team”.Looking forward to 2016 he said the Team “find themselves in a good place” having had all of their kit replaced and calibrated over the past twelve months and a new batch of recruits well through their training programme.The Donegal Mountain Rescue training programme covers four core areas namely, mountain operations, search and rescue operations, casualty care, and operations co-ordination.There still is a need for more members to cope with the ongoing increase in the number of callouts and current gaps in team member dispersal. They are seeking enthusiastic individuals interested in working as part of the team to achieve high standards of casualty care in Donegal’s mountains. At the moment there is a particular dearth of female members. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in mountaineering activities; a high level of commitment; be reasonably fit; possess some hill walking/climbing experience; have some navigation and hill skills; as well as a commitment to participating in regular team training and callouts.Recruitment to the voluntary emergency response team is open to people over 18 years of age, male and female, living within one hour of the county’s mountainous areas. For an application pack please send an e-mail to [email protected] .NB: Jump NOW and send that email! The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, September 30.See us on facebook www.facebook.com/DonegalMRT . LAST SHOUT GOES OUT FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE RECRUITS was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal mountain rescue teamnew recruits
Heat-treated silcrete (right) anduntreated silcrete (left).(Image: Kyle Brown, SACP4) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynne CableDepartment of Archaeology, UCT+27 21 650 2353• Curtis MareanInstitute of Human Origins, ASU+1 480 727 6580 USEFUL LINKS• SACP4• Science• University of Cape Town• Institute of Human Origins, ArizonaState UniversityJanine ErasmusNew evidence has emerged that 72 000 years ago ancient Southern Africans used pyrotechnology, or the controlled use of fire, to make stone tools.This pushes back the earliest signs of heat treatment by at least 45 000 years and signals a breakthrough in human evolution, researchers say.The results of research carried out by an international team of scientists from the universities of Arizona, Liverpool, New South Wales, Bordeaux, Wollongong, and Cape Town were published in the journal Science in mid-August 2009.Studies were carried out at Pinnacle Point, a sea cave in the cliffs near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern Cape coast. Signs of occupation show that the first inhabitants arrived at the site 164 000 years ago.Kyle Brown, an archaeology doctorate student at Cape Town University whose research focuses on experimentally replicating ancient tools, was the study leader and the paper’s chief author.Brown is also a director at the South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology Project (SACP4), located at Pinnacle Point.Tool makingOver the course of his research, Brown noticed that many ancient arrowheads and other implements found at the site were made of silcrete, a conglomerate of gravel and sand cemented by silica.Ancient inhabitants of the time used the technique of flaking, or hitting one piece of rock with another to chip off sharp flakes, to make spearheads or meat-cutting implements. The smaller of the two pieces so produced is the flake, while the larger one is the core. The core may be used again to produce more flakes until it is completely reduced.Wishing to reproduce the tools, the researchers tried to locate the silcrete’s source but, said Brown, they could not find any that matched the fine-grained, reddish implements they found at the site.The idea of heat treatment was sparked by their fortunate discovery of a large piece of silcrete, almost 10cm in diameter, embedded in ash.This chunk, said Brown, looked “like it had been accidentally lost in a fire pit”. Then the idea of heat treatment occurred, and the team began to test the silcrete in fires, burying stones in the sand and building a fire on top, keeping it going for hours at a time.After some experimentation, according to the Science report, they were able to make exact replicas of the glossy, reddish implements found in the Pinnacle Point cave.But heat-treated tools were no accident. It took the team a long time to find the right recipe, which called for between 20kg and 40kg of hardwood, and a firing time of around 30 hours with the stone item buried under the coals. It took a lot of planning for ancient people to successfully complete this process, said Brown.Further tests were needed to substantiate the theory. These included archaeomagnetic analysis, which works on the fact that heating changes the stone’s magnetic polarity; optically stimulated luminescence dating, which measures the time since material containing crystalline structures was heated or exposed to sunlight; and maximum gloss, which measures reflectance of the surface.Evolutionary breakthroughThe research team views the development of controlled heat treatment as a breakthrough in human evolution.Heat treatment is a behaviour traditionally associated with the Upper Palaeolithic epoch (45 000 – 10 000 years ago), but Pinnacle Point features only a large Middle Palaeolithic (300 000 – 30 000 years ago) occupation. The Palaeolithic era is distinguished by the development of the first stone tools.Skilfully using heat to modify stone required a cognitive link between improved flaking qualities and other changes in the material, and fire. This could indicate that complex thinking may have developed earlier than previously thought.“These early modern humans commanded fire in a nuanced and sophisticated manner,” said Brown. “This is the beginnings of fire and engineering, the origins of pyrotechnology, and the bridge to more recent ceramic and metal technology.”Even more exciting are indications that heat treatment could have begun at Pinnacle Point at the same time that people moved in – that is, 164 000 years ago.According to the study, the earliest signs of heat treatment of stone were previously seen in Europe, and no later than 25 000 years ago.“We push this back at least 45 000 years,” said project director and co-author Curtis Marean, a paleoanthropologist with Arizona University’s Institute of Human Origins in the US, “and perhaps 139 000 years, and place it on the southern tip of Africa at Pinnacle Point.”Other significant behaviours discovered at Pinnacle Point include the harvesting of shellfish for food, and the use of ochre pigment for personal adornment.The paper concludes that such an early expression of cognitive ability in technology gives further impetus to the theory that the southern tip of Africa is the origin of modern humans’ genetic lineage.Modern humans appeared between 100 000 and 200 000 years ago in Africa, leaving the continent about 50 000 years ago for the cooler climates of Europe and Asia. The Neanderthals living there at the time died out eventually, leaving modern humans to populate the northern and southern continents.Marean said their discovery provides a reasonable explanation for the rapid spread of modern humans over their new domain. “They were masters of fire and heat and stone, a crucial advantage as these tropical people penetrated the cold lands of the Neanderthal.”Marean goes on to describe the Pinnacle Point team as a leader in revealing the process of how humans developed into the species they are today.
By late October 2011, a number of big-name universities, including Cornell, New York University, Stanford, and Columbia, were competing vigorously for approval to develop a major technology campus in New York City.The city’s selection process is still underway, but on December 19 word spread that Cornell, which partnered with Technion–Israel Institute of Technology on its development proposal, had been selected to build New York’s principal tech campus, the lead facility in what local officials call the Applied Sciences NYC initiative.The remaining competition participants – Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and NYU – are still in the running for whatever additional science-and-engineering partnerships the city might approve as part of Applied Sciences NYC. (Stanford announced on December 16 that it was withdrawing from the competition.)A net-zero goalA Cornell press release explained that as currently envisioned the 10-acre Cornell/Technion campus – on Roosevelt Island, in the East River – will be organized around three interdisciplinary hubs: connective media, healthier life, and the built environment. Over the next 15 years, the complex will grow to include more than 1.3 million square feet of built space and, in keeping with Applied Sciences NYC’s goal of academic and business collaboration, serve as a living laboratory for energy efficient building and renewable-energy systems. By 2043, the campus is expected to include about 2 million square feet of housing for as many as 2,500 students and 280 faculty members.A 150,000-square-foot core academic building is being designed and built to perform at net zero energy, while other campus buildings are expected to qualify for the LEED Silver or Gold standard and yield about 30% greater energy efficiency than comparably sized buildings built to code. The campus will be served by a photovoltaic system with a peak generation capacity of 1.8 megawatts. The project also will include a geothermal system with 400 wells, each about 500 feet deep, spread out over four acres.A philanthropy group founded by billionaire Cornell alum Charles Feeney donated $350 million to the project, and the city has granted Cornell/Technion $100 million to assist with site infrastructure, construction, and related costs. Environmental and land-use reviews are expected to be completed by the end of 2013, and groundbreaking on the first phase of construction is expected by early 2015.
In this After Effects tutorial, learn how to use muzzle flash and spark elements from RocketStock to create a realistic shootout scene — with free elements.A tradition unlike any other, the shootout or over-the-top action scene is about as common in modern film as yelling “action.” There are a ton of different ways to achieve realistic looks. Some methods are more involved, like using blanks, which means hiring an expert and getting the necessary permits and permission — then spending a bunch of money on the blanks and guns, THEN also putting your cast and crew in potential danger.I find it’s much better to achieve all this in the comfort of your editing suite. That’s where Ricochet by RocketStock comes in. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to use some FREE elements from the Ricochet pack to pull off some pretty convincing action scenes.Using a few simple techniques and a little bit of time, you can use organically captured muzzle flash and smoke elements to composite some pretty intense moments. Whether that’s adding flashes and smoke to a shotgun blast or finding creative ways to use the smoke to beef up spark elements and ricochets.If you would like to follow along with the tutorial, the download below includes a couple of FREE muzzle flash elements — as well as some free smoke elements.DOWNLOAD NOW Ricochet by RocketStockRicochet by RocketStock is a fantastic tool. This pack contains over 450 muzzle flash elements from guns of all kinds. The pack includes both single shots and multiple shots (like you would need for some automatic weapons). As an added bonus, the pack also includes two folders full of smoke elements — perfect for creating the smoke coming out of the barrel of the gun. For all variations and calibers (as well as smoke elements), there are both side and front options. This pack offers a ton of versatility for any type of action scene.In this tutorial, I also use the freebie pack from RocketStock called Spark. This is a pack of 65 completely free spark elements that you can use to add more excitement and gunfire to your action scenes. These elements are perfect for motion graphics, compositing, or whenever you need bullets hitting metal — or even sparks from a welding tool. Setting Up Your SceneThe first step is to get everything set up in your scene so that you have all the correct elements in place and you don’t have to keep going back and redoing certain elements.One aspect of this might be removing the orange tip from the gun that you used. It’s always going to be safer to use what is clearly a toy gun or airsoft gun for your shootout scenes. This will mean that, in your footage, you will have an orange tip on your gun. While this creates extra work in post, it is certainly preferable to causing danger or harm to you and your crew.To get rid of an orange tip, you’ll need to use the Ellipse Tool to create a mask on an Adjustment Layer and use the Mask Path to animate it over time and cover up the orange portion of the mask. From there, you can add a Tint effect and color correction to remove the orange from the tip of the gun.You will also need to track your scene. Sometimes, depending on the scene, you might have to do your track in sections. In this case, we had to do three separate tracks over the course of the scene. Just make sure that you have tracking data for each portion for which you intend to add elements.Adding Muzzle FlashesOnce you have your tracking done and your scene set up, you can choose which muzzle flashes you want to use. The Ricochet pack includes many different styles of muzzle flashes.Go through your scene and find each place where you want a muzzle flash. Drop your muzzle flash into your scene, and set it to the Add overlay mode. Over the course of two frames, bring the opacity from 100% to 0% using the opacity stopwatch. This will create a more realistic falloff for the flash. Then you can choose to add Glow and Tint effects to the muzzle flash, depending on the environment of your scene.It might also be necessary to create an after flash. For example, in a darker scene, the muzzle flash would light up the entire composition. To do this, pre-compose all of your muzzle flashes together. From there, you can duplicate your pre-comp and shift it back one frame. Now, add a whole lot of Gaussian Blur to the muzzle flash element so that it will create a big flash across the entirety of your scene every time the gun goes off.Adding Smoke And Sparks To Your SceneThe Ricochet pack also includes various smoke elements that you can use in multiple ways. To add your smoke, drop it into your scene, and set it to the Screen overlay mode. Then, scale it, and place it wherever appropriate.You’ll want to parent your smoke elements to whichever tracked null you have created for that portion of the scene. This way, when the smoke appears, it will move along with your scene. The same principle applies to the spark elements from the Spark pack as well.To add sparks, pick whichever elements you like, and add them to your scene with the Add overlay mode. You may also choose to add smoke overlays and a Glow effect to these elements.Animating The Shotgun ShellAn easy way to add the effect of a shell flying out of the gun, whether it’s a shotgun or a standard handgun or machine gun, is to animate a simple shape layer across the scene.The trick to this effect is to keep your element moving so quickly that the motion blur causes it to become nearly unrecognizable. The more subtle the effect the better.Draw a rectangular shape layer into your scene, and over the course of 6-7 frames, animate it moving out of the gun in an arc — and add some heavy rotation to the animation as well.And voilà. You’re done.Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.How to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After EffectsHow to use the VR Comp Editor in After Effects with 360° Video
India’s dream of winning a gold in men’s hockey event at the Asian Games came a cropper after lower-ranked Malaysia stunned the Commonwealth Games silver medallist with a 75th minute golden goal from Muhammad Amin Rahim in the second semifinal here on Tuesday.The decisive punch in India’s 3-4 defeat was provided by Malaysian penalty corner specialist Amin Rahim in the fifth minute of extra time after he had brought the southeast Asian country on level terms three minutes from the end of regular time with another drag-flick that completely beat Bharat Chetri under the Indian bar.Malaysia, ranked 15th in the world, came out on top in the additional time after both sides were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation time to make their maiden appearance in the Asian Games summit clash, where they face Pakistan, who knocked out defending champions South Korea in penalty shoot-out in the first semifinal.India will now be up against South Korea in the bronze medal play-off match.By virtue of this victory, Malaysia has broken their Asian Games losing streak against India, against whom they lost in all 10 previous meetings in the mega-event.Penalty corner conversion turned out to be the difference between the two sides as Malaysia converted three out of the four short corners they earned in the match, while the Indians could utilise only two out of four.The Indians were also done in by some sloppy defending inside the circle, which resulted in all the penalty corners for Malaysia.advertisementComing into the match with an unbeaten record, a lot was expected of India, but they cut a sorry figure against a determined Malaysian outfit who were by far the better side on display.India, who missed their penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh due to a neck injury for 20 minutes in the second half, were down by a brilliant 32nd minute field goal scored by forward Abdul Jalil Tengku.However, Malaysia’s joy was shortlived as Sandeep equalised three minutes later with a powerful dragflick as both teams went into the breather locked at 1-1.The Indians came out with purpose after the change of ends and surged ahead in the 37th minute through Tushar Khandkar’s field strike.India then displayed controlled hockey for nearly 12 minutes before Azlan Misron (49th) drew the scores level with a well worked-out variation from Malaysia’s third short corner.Five minutes later, captain Rajpal Singh made it 3-2 for India with a rebound after Dhananjay Mahadik’s initial flick from a set piece was stopped by Malaysia custodian Kumar Subramiam.But it was not to be India’s day as Malaysia earned another penalty corner in the dying stages of the match from which Amin Rahim (67th) scored to make it 3-3.With little more than a minute to go for the hooter, India got a golden chance to seal the match in their favour but coach Jose Brasa’s boys wasted their fourth penalty corner to take the encounter into extra time.Pressure got the better of the Indians in the additional time as they gave away another short corner in the 75th minute from which Amin Rahim scored yet again, to avenge Malaysia’s 2-3 defeat against India in last month’s Commonwealth Games.India will now play South Korea for bronze while Malaysia will be up against Pakistan in the gold medal match, the winners of which would directly qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.In the first semifinal earlier in the day, Pakistan got the better of Korea 4-3 in penalty shoot-out after both sides were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation as well as 15 minutes of extra time.Incidentally, this will be seven-time champions Pakistan’s first entry into the Asian Games final after a hiatus of 20 years when they won the gold at Beijing in 1990.India captain Rajpal blamed his side’s missed opportunities for the loss and said the team missed Sandeep at vital stages of the match.”If we had converted 50 per cent of the chances we got we would have won the match. Their goalkeeper also played well and once a defender also made a goal-line save off a penalty corner. Then Sandeep Singh was absent and had he been present we would have had better chances to convert the last-minute penalty corner,” he said.Coach Jose Brasa, whose contract ends after the Asian Games, said he was “very angry and disappointed” with the result.He also praised Malaysian custodian Kumar Subramiam for denying the Indians a couple of times in the second half.advertisement”Their goalkeeper played very well and brought off some good saves in the second half. And on one instance their defender also stopped the ball on the line. This was one of the important moments of the match. We did not control the game when we needed to control it,” the Spaniard said.Brasa predicted difficult future for India in the forthcoming London Games qualifying tournaments.”Our main target was to win the gold here and qualify and we have not done so. I see difficult times ahead for the team to qualify,” he said.Brasa was also quite candid about his future with the team.”I don’t think the government would retain me after these Games,” he said, adding it was not the right time to answer the question whether he would accept the job if offered to him again.
Mithali Raj was the best-placed Indian batswoman at number three while Jhulan Goswami was the country’s highest-ranked bowler at second in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings which were launched in Colombo on Monday. Another Indian, Harpreet Kaur, was in the sixth spot in the batting list. Mithali had 652 rating points while Jhulan rose to the second position with 653 points. Amita Sharma took the fifth position in the all-rounder’s charts with 205 points. England’s Sarah Taylor and Lisa Sthalekar of Australia were the number one ranked batswoman and bowler, respectively. The launch ceremony took place two days before the start of ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Galle. Taylor, who recently won the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year Award, leads the batting table with 691 ratings points. England captain Charlotte Edwards is in second spot and trails Taylor by just nine points. The top 20 list includes five batswomen each from Australia and England, three from West Indies and two each from India and New Zealand. In the bowlers’ category, Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar leads the field with 666 ratings points, followed by Goswami of India with 653. The bowlers’ table features five players from Australia and seven from England. Sthalekar has picked 56 wickets in 46 T20Is with a best of four for 18. Only Anisa Mohammed of West Indies has picked more wickets (62 in 43 T20Is). Sthalekar also leads the all-rounders’ category with 356 ratings points, thanks to 604 runs in addition to those 56 wickets. West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor is in second place with 353 points.advertisement
Consumer Reports data may suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (and Galaxy S8) is the top smartphone of the year, but, come to think of it, it’s the LG G6 that you should totally buy this season. Provided you’re in India. This is because LG is now offering its flagship phone, the G6, at a price as low as Rs 38,990 via Amazon India, provided you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber. The LG G6, to recall, was launched here at a price of Rs 51,990 in April. With the offer in place, prospective buyers can get their hands on the G6 at Rs 13,000 discount, which is fairly substantial to say the least.The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right now. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what LG’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, LG is chasing practicality. With the G6 it has achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.At Rs 38,990, there’s even more to like about the G6, now more than ever. Take a look at what it brings to the table. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, meanwhile, cost Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively.Design and build qualityThe LG G6 is carved out of glass and metal. And it feels solid. While the rear of the G6 is carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the display on the front has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. What’s important, at the end of the day, is that the LG G6 is built like a tank. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It’s quite reassuring, the G6.advertisementWhile its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG’s phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and come out unscathed. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 doesn’t look like it could take a beating. LG’s phone is a lot more practical in comparison.Next to Samsung’s phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung’s phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to your hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG’s phone. I really don’t like that, but, that’s a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design. What really concerns me, however, is that the rear of the G6 is extremely prone to scratches. It may survive a fall or two, but, it will most definitely leave a mark.The LG G6, in addition, is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.Performance and user experienceThe LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. While not exactly next-gen, the Snapdragon 821 inside the G6 when combined with LG’s Android 7.0 Nougat-based UX 6.0 doesn’t leave a lot to be desired unless of course you’re someone who’s hard pressed about paper specs and say, “a Snapdragon 835 would have been nicer.” You’re better off buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in that case. The LG G6 isn’t the one for you.But, if you’re willing to give the G6 a chance, well, there’s not a lot really to complain about LG’s new phone as far as all-round performance is concerned. The G6 has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings.LG’s UX software may not be the best looking in the business — in fact it’s ugly and cluttered — but at least it’s well optimised with the available hardware.LG’s new phone gives you a spring board of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens much like it is in the iPhone to begin with. There’s a way around LG’s approach to bring back the app drawer for those who like a more stock Android look and feel. That it can be done without deploying any third-party themes is a plus. You can either use the pre-installed EasyHome theme or download and install the Home 4.0 launcher from its app store.advertisementLG’s UX may take some time getting used to initially but once you’re through that phase it’s pretty much a smooth ride. The software also offers a lot of customisation options, which should impress those who like to tailor-make the way their phone looks.The mono speaker setup on the G6 gets very loud, louder than most rival phones with little or no distortion at peak volume. The LG G6 India model also comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio via any wired headphones.The 3,300mAh battery inside the G6 lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which frankly speaking has pretty disappointing battery life. Most users with a more generalised usage should get at least one full day of usage on single charge. The G6, needless to say, also supports fast charging. The India model doesn’t support wireless charging though.CameraThe LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner.Switching between the two lenses happens seamlessly with just a tap on a toggle that rests comfortably on the screen all the while that you have the camera app up and running. It’s actually quite fast to switch and is as fast to focus and shoot.As for image quality, it’s fantastic especially in good light. Both the rear cameras boast of excellent dynamic range. Images clicked with them have no visible metering issues so that level of detail stays put on almost all occasions. The image quality of the wider lens toting camera is more or less in the same league as the regular, but it more than compensates for its hit-or-miss performance courtesy its wider scope.The G6 can stand toe to toe with the best in the business, when it comes to low-light photography. The G6 clicks pretty detailed — if a little over-sharpened — photos in tricky and low light situations making it one of the best flagship camera phones in the market right now.Full Vision displayThe USP of the G6 is its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.advertisementThe 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. Although there’s lots of screen it’s no match for the Galaxy S8’s super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.The G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalog. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio — instead of the regular 16: 9 — a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Force to fit might result in frame rate issues and content chopping here and there.Content suitable for the G6’s unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though. LG has a nifty way around the whole thing though. The G6 comes with something called as App Scaling that lets you manually adjust the screen size of downloaded apps. You can chose to run them in standard or full screen format. Then again, every app will respond differently since not all apps support 18:9 yet.Also Read: LG G6 review: The dark horse
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