Putin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Garcia makes up for poor start, takes over for Castro in TNT win “I wish you not to think about anything which has recently accompanied your preparation for these Olympics,” Putin told a gathering of athletes at his presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.He added that he hopes they “focus on sporting competition, and that you know that following you, as usual, are hundreds of thousands, millions, of fans who love you and hope you win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhile the athletes wore their IOC-approved “neutral” uniforms without the Russian flag — gray for men, red for women — the event was full of patriotic gestures.Hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk stepped up to present Putin with a Russian jersey bearing his name and players’ signatures along with the slogan “Russia in my heart.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Russian President Vladimir Putin, receives a jersey from ice hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk, left, during a meeting with the Russian athletes who will take part in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.As punishment for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Several athletes wore their “neutral” jackets open to show a Russian-flag shirt underneath.Russian athletes won’t be allowed to display the flag in Pyeongchang, or to celebrate with Russian flags given by fans. If they win, the Olympic anthem will be played.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

GECOM evaluated bids, shortlisted contractors – Dr Luncheon

first_imgRadio set fiascoAs controversy continues to deepen over a decision by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to purchase 50 defective high frequency radios from a city businessman for a whopping $1.9 million each, leading to an audit over suspected corruption, former head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon distanced the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Cabinet from the scandal, making it clear that Cabinet’s role was limited to its “no objection”.Dr Roger LuncheonDr Luncheon’s comment came in light of a claim by GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, who was quoted in the media as saying that GECOM had nothing to do with the actual procurement of the radio sets, but rather the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and the PPP/C Administration.Lowenfield explained that his spending ceiling as CEO is $249,999 and any amount over that has to go through NPTAB and Cabinet.“Outside of that if it is over 250,000 it goes to National Tender Board, which is the agency responsible for scrutiny and integrity of submissions made by agencies and contractors. We provide to them the contractors and who are shortlisted. Once we hand over to the Board the selection of the provider is with the Board,” he told reporters.He also stated that prior to the 2015 General and Regional Elections, GECOM was still a budget agency with financial oversight by the Finance Ministry and Dr Luncheon played a pivotal role.But, Dr Luncheon told Guyana Times that despite Lowenfield’s claims, the procuring agency, in this case, GECOM was responsible for evaluating the bidders and then submitting the shortlisted bidders based on rankings to the NPTAB, thus the CEO could not exculpate himself“Cabinet has no original role to play in any procurement that is at Cabinet level – that’s over $15 million; the original role is by the procurement entity, in this case GECOM,” Dr Luncheon explained.In this case, the amount is close to $100 million and according to the former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, the bids would have been opened at the NPTAB.He explained that the Tender Board would have sent all the bids after they were opened to GECOM for evaluation.The procurement entity’s top brass, in GECOM’s case, probably the CEO, is assisted by one or two people appointed by the central Tender Board to be the evaluators and they evaluate those responses and then send them back with their recommendations to the central Tender Board. If the central Tender Board sees that the recommendations are consistent with the role and it is the least responsive tendering, they send it to Cabinet for its no objection, Dr Luncheon explained.The former Head of the Presidential Secretariat was confident that Lowenfield headed the evaluation team that recommended Mobile Authority as the supplier of the radios.“The evaluation committee I am certain was headed by the CEO. He headed the evaluation committee; he was responsible for submitting the evaluation to the central Tender Board,” Dr Luncheon declared.He is also confident that the ongoing audit, when completed, will clarify a number of issues.When contacted, Chief Executive Officer of the NPTAB, Donald De Clou declined to comment.GECOM earlier this month was caught in a web of corruption allegations surrounding the purchase of the radios from Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman, while sidelining Barrett Communications, the manufacturer of the said radio sets. Barrett subsequently distanced itself from the radio sets and highlighted that it had ceased production of that particular equipment since 2009, six years before they were purchased by GECOM.Subsequently, reports surfaced that the Commission doled out close to $100 million to M-Tech Business Solutions, another company owned by the same Water Street businessman, this time for the supply of toners used for photocopiers and printers, office furniture and equipment, photo paper and scanners, printing accessories, and even Duracell batteries.Additionally, the Commission is accused of purchasing a whopping $14 million in nippers from another relative of the same businessman at a whopping $6000 each. The very pliers/nippers are sold in many parts of the city for a mere $600.Last week, PPP/C GECOM Commissioner Robeson Benn stated that corruption at the electoral body was deep-rooted, with key players at many levels of the organisation. He went on to describe the management of the organisation as “a national disgrace”.In moving forward, the PPP/C Commissioner stated there needed to be some house cleaning and some heads must roll, the first being the Commission’s Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally.Surujbally already distanced himself from the controversy, stating that he was not responsible for the financial affairs of the Commission, but rather the CEO.In March 2014, Lowenfield was appointed CEO.last_img read more

Shipp gets righted

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. – Josh Shipp wasn’t just in a shooting slump. He had earned the distinction of being one of the worst shooting wings in the Pacific-10 Conference. Yet, as he stood outside UCLA’s locker room flashing his ever-present smile while minimizing the importance Saturday’s long-overdue breakout game, he said he always maintained confidence with his shooting. Just think how high Shipp’s confidence is now, after he made 10 of 14 shots and tied a career-high with 24 points to lead No. 5 UCLA to an easy 81-66 defeat of defensively inept 19th-ranked Arizona in front of 14,611 fans at McKale Center. UCLA (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10) stretched its lead to a game over idle Washington State, while the Wildcats (17-9, 8-7) suffered through their second- worst home loss in coach Lute Olson’s 24 seasons. In the process, the Bruins strengthened their position for a No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament and showed how dangerous they can be when a third scorer surfaces. “It’s about time, and it’s perfect timing,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “If a guy is going to go through his mental struggles, I’m glad he went through (them) at that portion of the season. Now, it’s the most important time, when you want your better players to come along.” Bruins point guard Darren Collison scored 17 points and had a career-high 15 assists, one off Earl Watson’s school record. Afflalo added 15 points, but it was Shipp’s performance that solicited all the smiles. He came in shooting 15.8 percent from 3-point range in league play and was two for his past 19. In his past seven games, Shipp was shooting 38.3 percent (18 of 47) from the field and averaging 8.8 points, well off the 14.1 points he was averaging before the slump. “Numbers lie sometimes. You can’t always go by the numbers, because they don’t always tell the whole story,” Shipp said. “I know I can shoot the ball, so I kept shooting. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. I’m going to keep shooting, though.” center_img With Afflalo dogged by foul trouble and an errant touch, Collison needed a scoring partner. Shipp obliged. He found his groove with a 3-pointer that gave UCLA a 28-23 lead 7:08 before the half, and he remained in the flow. Shipp scored seven of UCLA’s nine points as the Bruins stretched a 38-36 lead to 47-40 early in the second half, and his jumper from the left with 4:43 to play gave UCLA a 68-59 lead. “Josh Shipp had a tremendous game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I think this is going to be a turning point for Josh Shipp, getting back on track the way he was playing earlier this year. I’m telling you that right now. He played with great poise and confidence.” Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur each scored 17points for Arizona, but the offensive end is not why the Wildcats are mired in the middle of the Pac-10 and wearing the tag of enigma. UCLA, which never trailed, obliterated Arizona’s lackadaisical 2-3zone by getting wide open 3-pointers – the Bruins were 13 of 28 from beyond the arc – getting alley-oop dunks on the backside and corralling every loose ball. In fact, Arizona’s defense was so porous, uninspired and inactive it committed just threefouls in the first 37 minutes, 50 seconds. “It’s got to hurt you; it’s got to be like someone stuck a knife in you when someone scores,” Olson said of Arizona’s defense. “We don’t have that, and I’m sure that’s our fault as coaches. It’s not that we don’t know what we are doing, it’s that we are having a difficult time getting some key guys to play defense like their life depends on it.” Olson experienced his first weekend sweep in Pac-10 play since his first season with the Wildcats. The loss came threeweeks after Olson suffered his worst home loss at Arizona, a 92-64 thrashing by No. 4 North Carolina. “When talking to our team, I said that (UCLA’s defense) is an example of what needs to be done,” Olson said. “That’s the kind of effort that it takes. If someone scores a bucket off of you, it should hurt, and it doesn’t hurt right now (for some guys). That’s the biggest problem we have.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rodriguez’s move to Munich proves it’s time to overhaul ludicrous system

first_img1 Something simply has to change…It’s time to completely overhaul football’s ridiculous transfer loan system.The confirmation of James Rodriguez’s move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich earlier today – on a TWO-YEAR loan deal, no less – is the latest example of how insane the situation has become.In case you’re unaware, and I’m sure you’re not, the Colombian was one of European football’s most sought after signatures following his performances at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and, after that tournament, he moved to the Bernabeu for an undisclosed fee largely accepted to be around the £70million mark.He’s fallen down the pecking order in the Spanish capital recently and has been the subject of fevered speculation for much of the summer, with Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly among his suitors.Out of the blue on Tuesday morning, however, news broke that the 25-year-old was heading to Germany. Effectively, for nothing, or as near as dammit, with the Spaniards apparently receiving an annual loan fee of €5million. Bayern then have the option of signing him for €35m, so just about half of Real’s current valuation. After a glorified, cut-price two-year trial!What an absolute nonsense. It’s time to end this madness.If Bayern want Rodriguez and Madrid are willing to let him go, then it should be a permanent switch. If Bayern don’t want to meet the asking price, then it doesn’t get done. The Bundesliga is already a one-horse race. Deals like this just handicap Munich’s rivals still further.But let’s not stop there. No more loan deals between two Premier League clubs. Again, you want the player, you buy him. Remember, the current rules mean loaned players are banned from playing against their parent club, effectively skewing the sanctity of the competition.If Crystal Palace rate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they can pay what Chelsea want for him. Or not, it’s up to them. The same applies to Swansea and Tammy Abraham. No more ‘borrow now, pay later’. Or, as more often seems to be the case, ‘borrow now, never pay at all’.The loan system should be about young players going to lower league clubs to gain first-team experience before hopefully breaking through at the club that retains their registration. That’s how it used to work, and the game’s recent history is littered with examples of the success of that approach – David Beckham (Manchester United to Preston), Frank Lampard (West Ham to Swansea), Jermain Defoe (West Ham to Bournemouth), Harry Kane (Tottenham to Millwall). The list goes on.It should certainly not be about players with 50-plus caps for their country and a six-figure weekly salary hopping from one European super-power to another.What do you think? Is it time to change the loan system? Or are things fine the way they are? Leave your comment below… James Rodriguez last_img read more

GOLF: NARIN & PORTNOO GOLF NOTES

first_imgLast week’s two competitions (Wednesday Open and Glenties GAA Medal) had to be called off on account of the poor weather.Fixtures:September 18: Glenties Golf Society single stableford, open;September 21: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;* Send your sports reports to info@donegaldaily.com GOLF: NARIN & PORTNOO GOLF NOTES was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GOLF: NARIN & PORTNOO GOLF NOTESlast_img read more

PROSTITUTE GIVEN €1,200 BY JUDGE TO FLY HOME IS BACK WORKING IN DONEGAL

first_imgSPECIAL INVESTIGATION: A prostitute who was part of a group of women given €1,200 by a judge to leave Ireland is back offering her services in Co Donegal, we can reveal.Prostitute Mikeala Niculae, 37 who has returned to Ireland after a Letterkenny court paid for her return home. (North West Newspix)Mikaela Niculae, 37, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court in June.She was one of six people who appeared in court in connection with a prostitution ring which was busted by Gardai. Judge Paul Kelly gave four of the prostitutes €1,200 from €5,890 in cash which was seized in the raids on brothels at Riverside Apartments in Letterkenny.Judge Kelly sent the women packing telling their lawyer – “They’re getting a very good deal.”But a Donegal Daily investigation has found that Niculae has been back in Letterkenny for almost two weeks working as a prostitute at an address at Lower Main Street.The cheeky prostitute was one of six people arrested during undercover Gada investigation back in June. The women were sending money back to their countries to support their families, solicitor Patsy Gallagher said.“The fact that €15,000 would build a lovely home back in Romania, a very poor part of the country where they come from, speaks for itself,” said Mr Gallagher.He revealed that with the arrival of the Donegal International Rally into Letterkenny that weekend, they were hoping to be kept very busy.“Of course the weekend that is in it they were hoping to have a bumper weekend with the rally coming up but they are hoping to get out of town as quickly as possible.”But Gardai argued that the women had been overheard saying they planned to return to prostitution. A total of three different apartments in the same complex were raided as part of the planned Garda operation.When they raided the apartments they found a woman in a state of undress and a man in one of the apartments.Another of the prostitutes was hiding in a wardrobe.Detective Sergeant Mick Carroll said all four women had taken out adverts for sexual services on the Escort Ireland website and three phones used on these adverts were seized. He said the women had been in Ireland for a number of months working as prostitutes.After considering the case Judge Kelly ordered the women to return to their country of origin telling the women’s solicitors “They are getting a very good deal.”But just weeks after leaving the country, Mikaela Niculae is back operating from an apartment in Letterkenny.She is again advertising her services in online contacts website Escort Ireland saying which will be in Letterkenny until October 22nd next.At least ten other women are also advertising their services in the contacts website in the Letterkenny area.She has also been observed at the Lower Main Street area of the town.Niculae is offering a wide range of sexual services and even uses the same name and pictures of herself.A Garda spokesman said they are now investigating the situation.“This matter will be looked into as part of the information we have received. We cannot comment any further at this stage,” said the spokesman.PROSTITUTE GIVEN €1,200 BY JUDGE TO FLY HOME IS BACK WORKING IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:brothelsdonegalEscort Irelandletterkennyprostitutionlast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: EDDIE TINNEY IS CAUGHT BETWEEN BLACK-ROCK AND A HARD PLACE!

first_imgEddie gives James Pat the thumbs up from hospital!He may be in the Blackrock Clinic but legendary Donegal businessman Eddie Tinney is still keeping tabs on the local elections.In particular he is watching the progress of James Pat McDaid whom he has been canvassing for of late.James Pat was so concerned about the loss of Eddie that he sent his Director of Elections Niall Doherty up to keep the Letterkenny man abreast of affairs back home. Eddie demanded a copy of all the local press issuings to ensure that he could scrutinise the recent poll conducted by John McAteer of the Tir Chonaill Tribune.Word has it that the Director got a dressing down for not pushing the campaign hard enough!Eddie had the following to say “I was gone, but when I saw the wee red fella with the two horns on his head, I decided to come back! Yee aren’t getting rid of me that easy. I’m getting the whole works done here now when I’m in, a real overhaul, and there’ll be at least another 70 years left in me when I get out. Anyway, I have unfinished business with James Pat’s election campaign and we only have a week left. I have given strict instructions to the Director in relation to how things are to be handled for the next week. We are in a good position, but we have nothing won yet. It’s all there for the taking. We need a big push on next week to seal the deal. It’s James Pat Number 1 all the way, and it’s a thumbs up from Eddie Tinney!”James Pat wished Eddie all the best and told him to make sure he gets back to Letterkenny to vote next Friday! ELECTION 2014: EDDIE TINNEY IS CAUGHT BETWEEN BLACK-ROCK AND A HARD PLACE! was last modified: May 17th, 2014 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:donegalEddie TinneyElectionsJames Pat McDaidlast_img read more

Arsenal, Man United get their Europa League campaign underway

first_imgArsenal drew with Watford in their last competitive fixture. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Eintracht Frankfurt vs ArsenalCommerzbank Arena, Frankfurt am mainThursday, 19-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Davide Massa (Ita)Arsenal have had a shaky start to the season and will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday evening.The home side will be without Mijat Gacinovic , who picked up an injury in training last week, while former Swansea City player Jonathan de Guzman misses out due to a muscular problem. Veteran defender Marco Russ is ruled out due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sebastian Rode and Goncalo Paciencia are both doubts for the game.For Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette is out until October with an ankle problem, and the chances ofKieran Tierney featuring are close to zero as the new signing continues to recover from a hernia operation. Hector Bellerin , Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are Arsenal’s trio of long-term absentees, although they are all expected to return to training over the next month.This will be the first competitive meeting between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal. Eintracht’s last three meetings with English opponents have all finished level, with the German side drawing 1-1 with Chelsea in both legs of last season’s Europa League semi-final, before being eliminated on penalties. Arsenal have lost their last four away European games against German opponents, scoring twice and conceding 13 in the process. In Champions League and Europa League combined, Arsenal have not been eliminated at the first group stage since the 1999-00 Champions League. Including qualifiers, Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in European competition (W12 D4), since a 1-2 defeat against Palermo in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.Man United vs AstanaOld Trafford, ManchesterThursday, 19-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Francios Letexier (Fra)Just like Arsenal, United have endured a none convincing start to the season. However, the Red Devils beat Leicester City 1-0 this past weekend and will be hoping to make it two victories in as many games when Astana comes to town on Thursday night.United beat Leicester in their weekend’s league fixture.The visitors have no injury concerns ahead of game, and will be able to accommodate defender Zarko Tomasevic, who is facing a lengthy domestic ban.For United, Ole Gunner Solskjaer suggested ahead of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Leicester City that the players not fit for that game might return for the trip to West Ham United, meaning that Pogba,Anthony Martial , Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot will not come back for this game. Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly remain the club’s only long-term absentees, with the latter set for a return by November.This will be the first ever competitive meeting between an English side and a Kazakhstan side. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 Europa League games (W8 D3), winning the tournament the last time they competed in it (2016-17). In last season’s Europa League, FC Astana became the third side to have as many as eight points from their opening four group games but fail to qualify for the knockout stages. Manchester United have lost their last two home games in European competition. They’ve never lost three in a row at Old Trafford before. After losing six of their first seven away games in major European competition (D1), Astana have lost just one of their last six on the road (W2 D3).The other Europa League fixturesThursday, 19-09-2019 @7:55-APOEL vs E91 Dedelange-Qarabag vs Sevilla-Dynamo Kiev vs Malmo FF-Copenhagen vs Lugano-Basel vs Krasnodar-Getafe vs Trabzonspor-PSV vs Sporting Lisbon-LASK vs Rosenborg-Rennes vs Celtic-CFR Cluj vs Lazio-Standard Liege vs Vitoria GuimaraesThursday, 19-09-2019 @10pm-Wolfsburg vs Oleksandria-Gent vs Saint Etienne-Roma vs Istanbul BB-Monchengladbach vs Wolfsberger AC-Wolves vs Sporting Braga-Slovan Bratsilava vs Besiktas-Partizan vs AZ-Porto vs Young Boys-Rangers vs Feyenoord-Ludogorets vs CSKA Moscow-Espanyol vs FerencvarosComments Tags: arsenalAstanaEintracht Frankfurtman Unitedtoplast_img read more

Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr give Bay Area fans two riveting QBs, but the fun won’t last forever

first_imgThe day the Raiders sprung into being and squatted in Oakland, Bay Area football fans were in for a treat.They just didn’t know it yet.The 49ers, the first major league professional sports franchise ever in the Bay Area, had as their starting quarterback a local lad and Stanford product John Brodie. Poised for his fourth NFL season, Brodie was a known, if underwhelming, quantity.John Brodie, left, and linebacker Dave Wilcox following a 38-7 win over the Oakland Raiders on December 20, …last_img

Improve Your Gimbal Work With a Wireless Follow Focus

first_imgIntegrating a wireless follow focus system with your gimbal rig brings you longer focal lengths and shallower depth of field.Cover image PD Movie Remote via ikan.Sticking with an 18mm lens for your gimbal work is an easy and comfortable trap to constantly find yourself in. Yes, this load-out makes working as a solo operator much easier. The wider focal length that the 18mm lens provides creates a less shallow depth of field, easing the problem of pulling focus. However, if you’re looking to up your game with gimbal work and get even more cinematic shots, you need to start using a wireless follow focus.Image via Redrock Micro.Finding the right setup for a gimbal operation is essential. It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between features, effectiveness, and size. However, there are many great products out on the market designed specifically to simplify your transition into a wireless FF system for gimbal work. Below, I’ll break down some of the reasons you should use a wireless follow focus system — and point you to some of the best in the market.Shallower DOFOne of the biggest perks of a wireless FF system is getting a shallower depth of field. Gone are the days of shooting everything with a 5.6. With a wireless FF system, you can finally use your 2.0 and 2.8 with gimbal work. However, this will require two sets of hands, one on the camera and a 1st AC pulling focus. However, the additional crew will prove beneficial when you get more cinematic shots than ever before.Longer Focal LengthsWhen working with gimbals, it’s easy to become stuck working with wider focal lengths. Those wider focal lengths offer comfortable focus work. However, once you introduce wireless focusing systems into your workflow, you can finally begin to reintroduce 50mm and even 85mm lenses back into your gimbal work. By working with more dynamic focal lengths, you can improve the production value of your work.Gimbal-Ready FF SystemsVenturing into the uncharted waters of wireless follow focus systems can seem daunting at first. However, there are many great manufacturers of stellar wireless follow focus systems.DJI FocusThe maker of the Ronin, DJI, offers their very own wireless follow focus system. You can easily power this system with the p-tap on your Ronin or Movi. Further, this system features one of the most compact designs on the market. The system even ships with lens gears to fit your still lenses.After personally using this system, I can say that one of my only complaints is that the lens gear motor sometimes has problems perfectly seeding the focus gears of cinema lenses, especially during the calibration process.Redrock TorqueOne of the most exciting additions to the world of wireless FF systems for gimbals is the Redrock Torque. Redrock’s new system is optimized for gimbal work, specifically the Movi Pro. These lightweight and compact motors draw power straight from the Movi.Hedén CARATThe Hedén Carat system offers the most precise and smoothest control of all the units mentioned in this article. However, that precision and control does come with a price.There are many wireless follow focus systems for gimbal work on the market. Take some time and find the tool that’s right for you and your production.Looking for more information on working with gimbals? Check out this article.last_img read more