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Closer control urged on bonuses for city workers

first_imgLos Angeles doles out $120 million a year to municipal employees for everything from uniform allowances to language skills – sometimes without proper justification or documentation, according to a report presented Monday. The city pays bonuses in more than 300 categories to the workers in the three dozen agencies controlled by the City Council. Officials said roughly 36,000 employees qualify, but they could not immediately provide information on the number who actually get the money. The money is paid for such things as shift differentials, speaking different languages when needed and extras based on working conditions. Public-safety workers get uniform allowances and bonuses for skills such as marksmanship. While most bonuses examined by the City Controller’s Office checked out, auditors said there were some exceptions and that city officials need to tighten controls to make sure the extra pay goes only to eligible employees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think the bonuses are another example of a compensation system out of control,” said Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “Bonuses need to be carefully monitored to ensure that only those employees worthy of additional compensation get awarded the bonuses.” Auditors looked at a sample of 50 payments from each of the four agencies that pay the most in bonuses: the Los Angeles Police Department, the city Fire Department and the municipal General Services and sanitation agencies. Auditors found that three Fire Department employees received education bonuses without providing enough proof of having taken the necessary courses, while there was conflicting documentation of whether a Police Department worker qualified for a night-shift bonus. Auditors also discovered a General Services employee who received a bonus for having a professional engineer certification although the position doesn’t qualify. While the number of flawed bonuses was small, the report pointed to a larger problem of agencies being unable to provide supporting documentation for payments. “The problem I have is (the inability) to readily provide supporting documentation for all bonuses,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, a member of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, which considered the report. While the report said the Fire Department did not provide such records for all the bonuses under review, officials said the agency eventually turned over all the necessary paperwork. “The audit pointed out several areas that the Fire Department needed to improve, and we are actually implementing most of those recommendations,” said Battalion Chief David Yamahata, who handles employee relations for the department. Fire administrators are working on a central repository for such information, officials said. Recommendations for the other agencies included adding stricter verification procedures to ensure that workers’ eligibility is up to date. The auditors also said city agencies need to work more closely with the Controller’s Office and the chief administrative officer to ensure that bonuses are paid properly. “This audit looks at the mechanics of paying bonuses and how we can ensure that they are paid accurately and on time,” Controller Laura Chick said in a prepared statement. “It will help all city departments to work with my office’s payroll operations to ensure that this is done efficiently and effectively.” The Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee noted and filed the report, which will also go to the council’s Personnel Committee. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 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

Some Celtic fans want Rodgers to manage Brexit after another dire European display

first_img gameday cracker What an absolute fraud Brendan Rodgers is man I hate this guy so much— j (@False11Firmino) October 25, 2018 I see Brendan Rodgers is still close to useless in European away games— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) October 25, 2018 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 There has been much discussion over Rodgers’ future at Parkhead since the summer Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Is there a worse football team away from home in Europe then Celtic ? Also Brendan Rodgers record in Europe for Celtic is nothing short of embarrassing.— Stuart Morin (@morinhio) October 25, 2018 If Strachan’s or Deila’s Celtic turned out these types of performances in Europe then they would have been lambasted. Rodgers for some reason escapes this #Celtic #RBLCEL— Michael Conway (@mconway1888) October 25, 2018 The definition of a fool is someone that does the same thing expecting different results.This is Brendan Rodgers— VanMighty (@Marco77851870) October 25, 2018 Rodgers can only watch on as his side are beaten soundly in Leipzig BEST OF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Embarrassing away from home yet again for a fragile Celtic team. Compare that to Rangers in Spain last month. Incredible. Blame lies with Rodgers.— The Cruyff Turn (@_TheCruyffTurn) October 25, 2018 scrap Check out the most brutal Tweets below! revealed However, poor defending saw the Scottish Premiership side concede two quick-fire goals in the first half to make their task insurmountable.For some fans, the writing was on the wall with Rodger’s team selection appearing to anger several Celtic fans before a ball had even been kicked on Germany.With Terry Butcher claiming their domination of Scottish football could soon be coming to an end, there will surely by Rangers fans everywhere hoping for the demise of their fierce Old Firm rivals.Regardless, plenty of Celtic fans were left incensed at the manager – even calling him ‘a fraud’. Several Celtic fans tore into manager Brendan Rodgers after yet another disappointing European performance saw the Scottish champions on the brink of an early European exit.With several injuries and suspensions, getting a win against RB Leipzig away from home was always going to be a tall order for the Bhoys. They should put Brendan Rodgers in charge of Brexit. His record at masterminding a European exit is exemplary.— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) October 25, 2018 🍀Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic have conceded in Europe – Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2 in 3 mins Barcelona 2 in 2 mins Astana 2 in 2 mins PSG 2 in 3 mins PSG 3 in 5 mins RB Salzburg 2 in 6 mins RB Leipzig 2 in 5 minsShocking stat!!— CelticFC_HQ 🍀 (@Celtic_HQ1) October 25, 2018 Another glorious result in Europe on the cards for Brendan Rodgers. Elite elite fraud of a coach.— Иван (@ivan_i94) October 25, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Brendan Rodgers has done worse for Celtic than Neil Lennon did— j (@False11Firmino) October 25, 2018 Most Popular Football Stories 2 2.5 seasons in, Brendan Rodgers still doesn’t know his best players nor formation, nor how to play it.But ALWAYS plays just one up front. Not good enough, Brendan. Not seeing Celtic progress under you.No progress.That is all.— Sporting Advantage (@MrTonyMcGowan) October 25, 2018 Gamboa quite possibly the worst RB I’ve seen at Celtic in over 30yrs of watching them, and that’s saying something. Another Rodgers signing— Jack Laffey (@jacklaffey) October 25, 2018 latest Brendan Rodgers record in Europe is absolutely terrible. We should be more than capable to compete at this level. We’re a mile off it. Defence a shambles. Just avoid a tanking here now— Michael Mclean (@mikeymclean1987) October 25, 2018last_img read more

Latinos now bigger part of the crowd

first_img Smaller schools ensure student achievement grows and the achievement gap between whites and Latinos narrows, said Richard Alonzo, superintendent of LAUSD’s local District 4, where about 87 percent of his 100,000 students are Latino. His district covers downtown to West Los Angeles to the Hollywood basin to Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Belmont High School in his district has 5,500 students – considered the largest in LAUSD – and the district is building four other high schools to reduce it to a 2,400-student campus. “Building and constructing new schools will eliminate busing kids out of neighborhoods and providing enough seats at neighborhood schools so we can eliminate the year-round calendar,” he said. A second study by the center found that there is a higher dropout rate among immigrant teenagers – particularly those who had prior academic difficulties. The study defines “dropout” as school-age teens not enrolled in school. While 8 percent of the nation’s teens are foreign-born, nearly 25 percent of the teen school dropouts are foreign-born, based on data from the 2000 U.S. Census. The foreign-born school dropout rates strongly depend on the age at which the teen migrated – the older the age, the higher the dropout likelihood – and the quality of the education at the country that initially educated the teen. Belmont High has a newcomer center that provides intensive English language support and instruction to those students who are new to the country. But, after one year of support, the school is required to release the students into the regular school program, usually with negative results, Alonzo said. “If they’re five years behind in grade level, they have a very difficult time keeping up and end up dropping out,” he said. “Many of the older kids we get may be coming from rural areas in Mexico and Central America, where education could have been spotty or nonexistent.” But, as Latinos start going through the U.S. school system at younger and younger ages, their academic progress grows, Fry said. The third study found that the number of young Latinos attending college is increasing, while the number of whites enrolling in four-year colleges grows even more rapidly. Nationally, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of Latino freshmen in postsecondary institutions from 1996 to 2001. Latino freshmen enrollment in four-year colleges increased by 29 percent in that same period, and by 14 percent in two-year colleges. But the gap between Latino and white students attending four-year colleges continues to grow. In California, for example, a 9 percentage point gap in 1996 widened to 16 percentage points in 2001. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Latinos are more likely than blacks and whites to attend the most crowded high schools with the poorest students and highest student-teacher ratios, according to studies released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The study’s results are particularly relevant to the Los Angeles Unified, whose student body is about 70 percent Latino, said researcher Richard Fry, who authored three studies released by the nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. Los Angeles Unified has some of the largest high schools in the nation, with as many as 5,500 students on some campuses, compared with a national average of 750. The school district also has an alarmingly high dropout rate, estimated at around 33 percent. “Large high schools, particularly in terms of dropout rates and student achievement gains, are deleterious for educational outcomes,” Fry said, explaining that the optimal size for a high school ranges from 600 to 900 students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “What we see is well over half of the Hispanic public high school students are in schools with more than 1,800 students … and this itself, research suggests, will worsen their outcomes.” In the 2002-03 school year, 56 percent of Latinos nationwide attended public high schools with more than 1,838 students, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 26 percent of whites. The average high school in the country has about 750 students. Also, 37 percent of Latinos attend the 10 percent of schools with the highest student-teacher ratios – greater than 22 to 1 – compared with 14 percent of blacks and 13 percent of whites. The national average is 16 students per teacher. Researcher Fry explained that part of the reason for Latinos attending the most crowded schools is that 80 percent of the nation’s Latinos live in the seven states – including California, Texas and Florida – that have larger public high schools on average than the rest of the nation. At the LAUSD, where about 70 percent of the approximately 740,000-student population is Latino, the answer to the problem is building more schools to create smaller schools that are on traditional September-June calendars, rather than year-round. last_img read more


first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTESTitanic DanceA love story set on the Titanic’s first and final fateful voyage. The locally produced show is coming to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Sat 10th of May. The show was created by Drumkeen’s Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, both former Lord of the Dance principle dancers.We are hoping to take a bus to the show in Belfast leaving early on the Sat morning to allow for a little shopping/sightseeing in the city centre before attending the show at 8 pm. The bus will return home immediately after the event. (Bus only, concert ticket not included) Phone Bridget on 074 9134069 or Maeve on 086 3940761 for further details.Drumkeen Youth Club Hope you all had a fantastic Easter. Youth club this Fri 25th from 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders on duty this week are Julie, Claire and Aidan. We would like to thank the following for their sponsorship of the youth club. Jimmy Gallagher Car Sales, Hair by Veronica, Hugo Sweeney Fuel Merchant, Frame Masters, Donegal Barber, Donna Mc Crossan, Shaun Moore’s Gala, AB Fitness, Drumkeen Utd, Get Fresh Vending, Elaine Mc Dermott.AB FitnessBoot camp starting Mon 05th May. 3 mornings a week for 4 weeks, cost is €50, 6:30 am start with loads of exercises and fun activities for everyone and all types of fitness.Spinning classes also continue mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details or check out our Facebook page AB Fitness.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 16th Apr 04,09,19,23. No jackpot winner. 1 winner €100 Joe Harkin, Dunfanaghy. Next week’s jackpot €2,275. Go raibh maith agat. Jiving ClassesJiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN RESIDENTS HOPING FOR A TITANIC VISIT UP NORTH was last modified: April 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more


first_imgGAA: There was euphoric scenes at the end of the Donegal Senior Reserve championship final as Glenswilly win their FIRST ever title at that grade.A late, late free from Shane Carberry put Glenswilly ahead by the minimum before Christopher McMonagle added the insurance point which prompted scenes of joy amongst Glenswilly fans. It was an hard fought game between two sides who never shirked any of the physical exchanges throughout the game.Both sides were guilty of squandered good scoring opportunities in the first-half, and nerves seemed to play a part.Ardara were the favourites heading into the clash and had some quality operators at their disposal with Peter McHugh pulling the strings.A goal from Shane Carberry early in the second-half put Glenswilly in control and they led by SEVEN points at one stage. Ardara are a dogged and resilient side who refused to lie down – and stormed back to level the match with Johnny Heron in fine form.However, Glenswilly showed great heart and character and managed to get the crucial scores late on to take the trophy back to Foxhall tonight.JOY FOR GLENSWILLY AS THEY WIN SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE was last modified: October 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Giants go quietly in ninth straight loss

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants wasted a gem of a pitching performance Monday night. And so the defeats go on.Derek Rodriguez, the 26-year-old rookie who should certainly garner some Rookie of the Year votes, allowed two runs (one earned) over 6⅓ splendid innings, but Giant hitters managed only three hits of their own and lost to the Atlanta Braves before an announced crowd of 35,996 at AT&T Park.The loss was the ninth in a row for the Giants, who remain winless in September.The game was tied 1-1 …last_img

Rockets’ James Harden out vs Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston Rockets guard James Harden will miss Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena because of both a cervical strain and flu-like symptoms.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni did not consider Harden’s serious and noted that his injury happened during a recent practice. But it was at least serious enough to sit their star player in a marquee game against the Warriors.“He got hit and woke up the next day and it was sore,” D’Antoni said. “He might’ve played with a …last_img

Lifetime award for top scientist

first_imgProf Nyokong invests hugely in her students, particularly women. Prof Nyokong is one of SA’s top scientists, with a long list of awards. (Images: Rhodes University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Tebello Nyokong   Professor of chemistry  Rhodes University  +27 46 603 8260. RELATED ARTICLES • Open-access research data for SA • Research output rises, papers double • SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologistLucille DavieHer father had often told her: “You can do anything. Don’t ever stop.” It was a lesson well learnt – today Prof Tebello Nyokong is one of South Africa’s top scientists in the fields of chemistry and nanotechnology. She’s just received the National Research Foundation‘s (NRF’s) lifetime achievement award, the latest in a long list of accolades earned over her illustrious academic career.“What gave me strength, I was fortunate, was my father. Simple. And constantly, my father said: ‘You can do anything. Don’t ever stop.’ So coming from your father, it’s very important,” she said in a letter to her 18-year-old self.She is currently a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Rhodes University, a holder of the DST-NRF Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology, as well as director of the DST-Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre focusing on sensors.She received the award at the ceremony in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 27 August. “Very honoured. I am very happy for myself and my students. Lovely,” she said of the award. It means that she will get more recognition and that’s always good for funding assistance.“We are privileged to have an academic and scientist of Prof Nyokong’s stature in our National System of Innovation. She is an exceptional role model and her outstanding work in training the next generation of chemists, especially women chemists, contributes to ensuring that our country remains at the cutting edge of scientific development,” said science and technology minister Derek Hanekom. “The many accolades that she has received are testimony to the fact that she is a world-class scientist, with whom we are proud to be associated.”She is presently engaged in pioneering research into photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment, and has a grant from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.“If anyone has had the privilege of having known and worked with Prof Nyokong, as I have, one will know that she is a passionate and tireless researcher and mentor. Her peers view her as a champion and leader in field of research,” said NRF CEO, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld. “In all these years of her involvement in research, academia and science she has been, and remains, one of the brightest jewels that this continent has produced.”Nyokong has dedicated her career, both locally and internationally, to not only advancing the frontiers of scientific research but she’s also served as a role model for women and previously disadvantaged people in science.Through her international collaborations with counterparts around the world, she has contributed greatly to enhancing the reputation of South African and African science. Many international scientists have come to South Africa to visit her laboratory at Rhodes University where she has hosted numerous post-doctoral candidates from around the world.Born in MaseruBorn in Maseru in Lesotho, Nyokong obtained her BSc in Chemistry and Biology as well as a Certificate in Education from the University of Lesotho in 1977. She completed her master’s degree at McMaster University and her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where she also worked as a teaching assistant. She received a Fulbright fellowship for postdoctoral study at the University of Notre Dame in the US.Her work has put her in the “forefront of developments important for the effective treatment of cancer through her contributions in photodynamic therapy and has contributed to the fabrication of molecular sensors for various environmentally, biologically and medically important applications”, according to the Department of Science and Technology.She has registered a patent and published or co-published eight books and book chapters. She has authored and co-authored more than 430 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the New Journal of Chemistry, Polyhedron, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.In 2007 Nyokong was recognised by the NRF as one of the top three publishing scientists in the country. She has also served as editor of the African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry as well as on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Electrochemical Science, and Scientific World Journal.AwardsNyokong’s long list of awards includes the 2009 L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Women in Science representing Africa and the Arab States; the Royal Society in Chemistry and Pan African Chemistry Network Distinguished Women in Chemistry award; the South African Chemical Institute‘s Gold Medal; and the World Academy of Science Medal for 2013 for outstanding contribution to science and technology, which will be presented to her in Argentina this year.In 2005 she was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in bronze, by then President Thabo Mbeki. She has been awarded a prestigious adjunct professorship by the University of Tromso in Norway.She has also received a number of honorary doctorates in science and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the World Academy of Science, as well as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. In 2012, she was included in the exhibition of the National Center for Research on Human Evolution in Spain, as one of 12 Names Likely to Change the World.In science two parameters are important in judging the significance and influence of any scientist’s work: publications and citations, or references to their work. Nyokong has 310 publications, and 1 179 citations, according to specialised search engine Microsoft Academic Search. Between 1993 and 2012 she collaborated with 214 co-authors.Nurturing young women studentsShe invests hugely in her students, particularly women. She has supervised 73 masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students, and is currently supervising another 25.“She exudes passion for science – doing science, teaching science, promoting science, financing science, applying science, and contributing to national and international policy and strategy to foster and grow scientific research in developing countries,” indicated the department. “Most particularly, Prof Nyokong is passionate about passing on knowledge. Her students are her life, as is evidenced by her many graduates currently carving their own careers across the globe.”“I just love them,” she said. And the feeling is clearly mutual. One of her master’s students described her as “a caring woman who really takes the time to get to know each student and their projects”.She unassumingly attributes her success to her students but they say, “She is so modest. That’s just part of who she is. None of us would be here without her.”NRF awardThe NRF Lifetime Achiever award honours a deserving South African who is considered to have made outstanding or extraordinary contributions of an international standard and impact, to the development of science in and for South Africa over an extended period of time.It is awarded to South African citizens, generally above 60 years of age, who must have made a contribution to the lives of their compatriots through work and achievements that can be categorised as being “significant, recognisably developmental, beneficial and have made significant impact”.last_img read more

Add Light Effects to Your Videos with Volumetrix 2

first_imgidustrial revolution’s popular Volumetrix light spill plugin updates to support presets in Final Cut Pro X.Volumetrix takes the hassle out of adding interesting light effects to your video and animation projects!  Say goodbye to extensive keyframing – spicing up your text, images or video with impressive lighting is now as simple as adding a one-click preset.  Volumetrix includes a ton of lighting options, including the ability to add glows, rays, glints and highlights.It’s simple to customize each lighting effect to make it your own, by adjusting the timing and display parameters included in each preset.  Stack different lighting effects to create a one-of-a-kind look or transition.  The newest version of Volumetrix offers up full support for Final Cut Pro X, but the plug-in can also be used in:Final Cut Pro 7Motion 4 & 5Final Cut Express 4Adobe After EffectsTo get Volumetrix running in your editing application, download FXFactory and find Volumetrix in the list of available plfug-ins (Volumetrix runs on the FXFactory plugin management system).  For $49 you’ll get the full Volumetrix suite of light effects and the ability to run the plugin in any of the above applications.Get more info and download the Volumetrix light spill plugin.last_img read more

The Sony A7II: 5-Axis Stabilization Under $2K

first_img5-axis stabilization is going to shake up the filmmaking world.Sony has announced their new A7II, a sibling to the popular A7S. The A7II has a powerful feature set and looks like a great multi-purpose photo/video camera for under $2k. In this post we’ll look at a few of the cam’s features – notably the impressive 5-axis stabilizer.5-Axis StabilizationThe A7II is the first-full frame camera to have 5 axis in-camera stabilization. This means that even if your lens doesn’t feature any stabilization you should be able to see a noticeably smoother image in both photographs and videos. Photographers will be able to shoot at a slower shutter speed and still minimize camera shake. In fact, Sony is claiming that by using the built-in 5 axis stabilization you will be able to get 5 extra stops of image stabilization! Filmmakers will love this feature because it means you can get stabilized footage just from holding the camera by hand.In the following video shot by Andrew Reid of EOSHD you can see just how good the A7II’s 5-axis stabilization is when shooting video:From the footage you may notice that when it comes to dynamic range the footage isn’t astounding, especially when you compare it to that of the A7S.24.3 MP ImagesAt 24.3 megapixels the A7II outputs raw 14-bit images that are even larger than the Canon 5D Mark iii, and at a fraction of the price. Photographers will also love the improved autofocus which is 30% faster than it’s predecessor.Tech Specs SensorCMOS, 35.8mm x 23.9mm LCD Screen3″ Tilting Touch Screen Audio CompressionAAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo) Resolution1920×1080, 1440×1080, 640×480 Subsampling 4:2:0 In-Camera, 4:2:2 Output Reference OutputHD via Mini HDMI Cablecenter_img ISO100 – 25,600 Compatible CardsSD & Memory Stick Video CompressionAVCHD, MPEG-4, XAVC S, Uncompressed via Mini HDMI Frame Rate24, 30, 60 fps Other notable features include:5fps Burst Shooting Mode2.36M-Dot OLED ViewfinderWi-Fi ConnectivityIf you’re seriously considering the A7II as a potential camera purchase, I highly recommend watching the following video by photographer Tony Northrup. In the video Tony examines the A7II on a variety of criteria and compares the A7II to the A7S.Initial ThoughtsWill this camera make a splash in the filmmaking world? Possibly, but it’s got steep competition against the Lumix GH4 (similar price points). With certainly we’ll see more 5-axis stabilization introduced in future cam models, especially from Sony. As test footage is only now coming out, it will be interesting to see more test shots, especially in regards to the cam’s dynamic range capabilities.Pricing and AvailabilityThe A7II body is available for Pre-order for $1,698 and will be available December 9th (in time for Christmas!)Recommended Reading:A7II Tech Specs– B&HSony A7II Arrives in the U.S. – NoFilmSchoolSony Officially Announces A7II – PetaPixellast_img read more