ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNER LEFT DISGUSTED AT ‘DIFFING’ VIDEO INVOLVING NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE

first_imgA Donegal Road Safety Campaigner has been left disgusted after being shown footage of a ‘diffing’ incident involving a newly married couple which occurred at the weekend.Leading Road Safety Campaigner Mary Clinton has condemned the ‘diffing’ incident which occurred at a junction in Gortahork at the weekend which involved a newly married couple.The footage shows a twin-cam performing the dangerous driving procedure around the newly married couple much to the delight of the watching audience.Other cars were used to prevent other road users gaining access into Gortahork to enable the driver to ‘diff’ around the couple as the burning rubber of the tyres blew everywhere. Gardaí have launched an investigation into the incident at the act which took place at the junction just outside Gortahork.Road Safety Campaigner and activist Mary Clinton told Donegal Daily, “As a Road Safety Campaigner and activist of long standing, I would like to express my utter abhorrence and disgust in relation to a video posted on Facebook that was drawn to my attention.“This ‘doughnutting’ or ‘diffing’ activity which was performed as part of a wedding celebration in the middle of the road at a dangerous junction is disgraceful.“Whereby the connecting roads were closed preventing the freeflow of other road users, so as to facilitate the ‘diffing’ manoeuvres of a vehicle circling the newly married bride and groom in their wedding apparel. “I can only describe this sort of conduct as absolute lunacy that has got to be stamped out by the Gardaí, before someone gets injured or even killed.“This sort of careless, reckless and irresponsible behaviour is an insult to all the lives lost to RTC’s everywhere in our county, but especially so in the west of Co. Donegal where many lives have been taken.“Isn’t there any such thing as respect any more?“Forgive me for being old fashioned by thinking that a wedding is a “Sacrament & Holy, Blessed by God”, and not a sporting activity which could endanger life & limb.“I would appeal to all car enthusiasts to desist from this kind of immature and stupid behaviour in the future and hope that no future weddings will be blighted by this ridiculous example. Last year the Donegal International Rally was blighted by the conduct of a rallying enthusiast outside the Letterkenny Courthouse.A video of him ‘diffing’ around a friend on Letterkenny Main Street went viral but was widely condemned nationwide and sparked a large investigation to find the guilty party.ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNER LEFT DISGUSTED AT ‘DIFFING’ VIDEO INVOLVING NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE was last modified: June 3rd, 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:AppalledDiffingDisgustedMary ClintonnewsRSARTCweddinglast_img read more

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Africa eyes agriculture deal at COP 17

first_img28 September 2011African negotiators at the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban must push for a binding and responsible climate deal on agriculture, says Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network CEO Lindiwe Sibanda.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.Sibanda said African negotiators should make it their priority to secure a deal that promoted food security, in order to ensure that climate change did not wreak further havoc on the continent.Addressing reporters in Pretoria this week about her organisation’s call, “No agriculture, no deal” for COP 17, Sibanda said: “We are grateful that COP 17 is taking place on the African continent. Now we want African negotiators to come out of this gathering with a responsible, binding climate change deal on agriculture.“Should they fail to clinch a deal at COP 17, civil society will rise and say, ‘Any deal that does not have agriculture as a stand-alone priority sector is a betrayal to the farming sector and anybody who needs food to survive.’”Sibanda said commitments made at the previous summit in Cancun, Mexico had to be sealed.“Let’s not keep on changing … Our view is that COP 17 in Durban [should] produce concrete outputs that would be binding to everyone.”Regarding the “No agriculture, no deal” campaign, Sibanda said: “We don’t embark on protest campaigns, but we advocate for evidence-based dialogue. Agriculture is the backbone of Africa’s economy, so we will use all our power to ensure that agriculture is put on the centre stage at the COP 17.”Sibanda said it was disturbing that developed countries were still refusing to make a binding deal to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, adding that Africa would use COP 17 to push for a better global environment, improved agricultural productivity and land use.The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network will partner with Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to host an Agriculture Day as a COP 17 side-event on 3 December.It will also advocate for climate-smart, which includes proven techniques such as agro-forestry, improved grazing, zero tillage and intercropping.The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network is an autonomous, regional, stakeholder-driven policy research, analysis and implementation network that was established in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in 1997.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Japan assistance for Southern Africa

first_imgJapanese finance and expertise have rehabilitated the power station in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. Jica experts discuss rice production with local Mozambican farmers.(Images: Jica / R Wilkinson) ) The Jica study team was on hand to explain the results of their findings.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jacky Mashapu  Communications manager, DBSA  +27 11 313 3069 or +27 71 670 3768 RELATED ARTICLES • Japan hails SA space tech successes • Eye in the sky benefits society • Talks to launch African trade bloc • Grand opening for port of Nqura • Uganda leads rice researchJanine ErasmusThe Japan International Co-operation Agency (Jica) has released the draft results of a study conducted to find ways of boosting economic development in Southern Africa, particularly along eight economic corridors selected for priority attention.The preliminary findings were released in February 2013 at the Development Bank of Southern Africa in Midrand – the bank assisted with the study. Representatives from local government and officials from other African countries, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, among others, were in attendance.Because the results were still in draft format, comments and suggestions from attendees were welcomed for inclusion into the final version, the release date for which has not yet been made known.The agency started the study in July 2012, following a similar exercise conducted in 2010. However, the 2012 study provides more specific objectives than the 2010 study, according to Jica, and is a response to the need to reduce poverty and economic disparities within the region, and to intensify economic and industrial development and job creation.The earlier study suggested three growth scenarios – one based on mineral resources development, one through intra-regional trade, and the third by diversifying industry through global trade. These scenarios, said representatives from Jica’s Pretoria office, were too broad to qualify for future developmental assistance, the provision of which is one of the agency’s core functions.In 2012, potential development along the eight corridors, as proposed by Jica, is based on more specific development scenarios tailored for each corridor, but also on overall scenarios that cover multiple countries and give a perspective on the entire Southern African region.These scenarios form the basis of potential Jica assistance with regional infrastructure and economic and industrial development.Regional integration is already happening through bodies such as SADC and SACU. Many countries have national development plans in place, said Jica, which give detailed steps for development going forward, so the Jica report is a suggested strategy more than a plan and as such, does not aim to clash with national development priorities.With this in mind, it is up to authorities and businesses in the countries themselves to initiate the co-operation process, assess the study to determine how they can best use the suggestions or incorporate them into existing plans, and contact Jica for assistance.Potential for growth in Southern AfricaThe 2010 study focused heavily on the transport sector. Out of 18 economic corridors – trade routes that arise between land-locked countries and their nearest ports – assessed in 2010 in the Southern and Central African regions, eight were identified as needing special attention, because their development could mean a boom for the region. They are:the Maputo corridor running between Maputo in Mozambique and South Africa’s Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces;the Nacala corridor, running between Nacala in Mozambique and Lilongwe in Malawi;the Beira corridor, which links Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia;the Lobito corridor between Angola and Zambia;the Trans-Caprivi corridor, crossing Namibia between Walvis Bay and the Copperbelt in Zambia;the Trans-Kalahari corridor, between Walvis Bay and Gaborone in Botswana;the North-South corridor which involves nine countries and extends from Durban in South Africa to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo;and the Dar es Salaam corridor running between Tanzania’s capital city and Ndola in Zambia.These are all multi-modal routes – that is, they combine road, railway and port facilities to transport goods and if functioning efficiently, will make it easier to get goods to markets. However, the condition of the facilities for the most part is not ideal. If the region is to reach the level of economic activity that Jica suggests is possible, then railways and roads need rehabilitation and upgrading, and ports must be expanded or built from scratch.The most recent study uses an innovative approach of deciding on a favourable outcome after 20 years, and working backwards to decide what would have had to happen years ago to achieve that desired outcome. This differs from conventional methods of extrapolating from the past to decide on a vision for the future.Jica envisions a highly developed regional mining and manufacturing sector and supporting industries in 20 years, with all countries in the region exporting to regional and global markets.Examples suggested by Jica include production at Mozambique’s Mozal aluminium smelter, with the products shipped out through the Maputo corridor; the development of heavy chemical industries in Mozambique and Tanzania with shipping through the Nacala and Dar es Salaam corridors, and increased copper, iron and steel production in Zambia, using the Nacala and North-South corridors to transport the goods to market.Heavy chemicals, as opposed to fine chemicals, are those produced in vast quantities and are often of a lower grade.Optimal operation of the corridors will depend on infrastructure and facilities. For instance, Bagamoyo in Tanzania has the potential to become a thriving economic town in 20 years, with a new port, a CBD, urban development and recreational and tourism facilities. But because Bagamoyo is a Unesco-designated world heritage site and is of great historical value, it is vital that development proceeds with caution to preserve the tourist industry.Power supply in the region is inconsistent but grid accessibility is possible in all but a few cases. There are large hydropower projects in development along the Zambezi and its tributaries and smaller projects in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, as well as coal thermal and gas turbine projects in a number of countries including South Africa.Water supply and irrigation facilities are also key to the success of the region. Jica proposes the building of dams and water treatment facilities, as well as the rehabilitation of irrigation facilities.Room for improvement in agriculture and ICTWith a general downward trend in production over the past three decades, the Southern African agriculture sector can also be improved significantly. Here Jica has pointed out four aspects for attention – productivity growth in cereal production; diversification towards higher-value products; expanding agro-processing activities; and the geographical diversification of production.In several Southern African countries the agriculture sector is the major employer, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, but regardless of the size of their agricultural workforce, all countries can achieve increased agricultural productivity, with a decreasing reliance on imports and greater food security as a result.According to Jica, the under-use of fertilizer is a significant factor in this situation, but can easily be addressed. The organisation was encouraged to note that in Malawi and Zambia cereal production has been on the rise since 2004, and this is attributed partly to fertilizer use.Jica suggests that commercial farming clusters be developed along the Beira and Nacala corridors and along the North-South corridor neat the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, as well as special economic zones for agri-business at key cities along the Dar es Salaam corridor.The organisation goes on to explain how increasing urbanisation and unemployment could be used as an opportunity for developing new industries in metropolitan areas. The establishment of labour-intensive light industries and value-added agriculture and agro-processing industries near urban centres would provide an opportunity to absorb the unemployed population while simultaneously providing the boost that the sector needs.As an added bonus, the focus on labour-intensive industries will mean that labour costs in Africa could start to compare more favourably with those of Asia.In terms of ICT, strengthening this sector will have an impact on job creation because it accommodates a broad spectrum of labour, from unskilled to highly trained workers.Bringing more investment to the regionAll of these suggestions will cost money, but Jica is in a position to assist with capital grants and technical training.The agency has however made the assumption that certain factors will be in place for the scenarios to work.These factors include the presence of political will; adequate institutional capacity; infrastructure that can cope with the new pace; the role of the private sector in transforming the regions industrial structure; and the ongoing task of job creation.Apart from political will – which Jica has no control over – the other factors have been taken into account in the 2012 study.If the scenarios put forth in the study are taken up, Jica anticipates that the region will become more attractive as a foreign investment destination.last_img read more

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Final Cut Pro X Gets Major Update in Version 10.0.6

first_imgFor more info PhilipHodgetts.com has a detailed breakdown of each of the new FCPX 10.0.6 features.The FCPX 10.0.6 update is FREE for existing Final Cut Pro X users and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.Although it may be too little too late for some video editing pros that have already jumped ship from Apple, those willing to take a shot on Final Cut Pro X might be surprised at how far it’s come since it’s initial release.  Perhaps Apple just put he app to market too early…and instead should of waited until they could integrate the type of features we’re now seeing.  These incremental advances in the video editing application show positive signs that Apple does indeed care about their user base and are are dedicated to the app into the future.What do you think of the new 10.0.6 FCPX update?Are you ready to make the switch to FCPX?  Tell us in the comments! Final Cut Pro X gets a significant update with the release of version 10.0.6.  In this post, we share what improvements were made and why Apple might be once again focused on the professional market.When Apple released Final Cut Pro X in April of 2011, it caught a lot of flack…and that backlash from the pro community hasn’t let up much since.  Weekly we see case studies of pro video operations jumping ship from their beloved legacy versions of Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer.  The cries of “why did Apple abandon the pro market” can still be seen frequently around the ‘net and in pro video circles.  But with each new FCPX update since the original release, Apple is adding new features that address the needs and concerns of post production professionals.  The new feature additions in FCPX version 10.0.6 are a testament to that.Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6Lost in the hubbub around the announcement of skinnier iMacs and pint-sized iPads, Apple announced some major improvements to Final Cut Pro X.  Being touted as the most significant update since the initial FCPX release, here are a few of the improvements in Final Cut Pro 10.0.6:RED Camera support with native REDCODE Raw editing or background transcoding to ProResResolution support updated from 4K to 5KMXF plug-in support to work natively with MXF files using third party plug-insA dual viewer Event Viewer and Timeline Viewer, similar to what you were used to seeing in earlier versions of Final Cut ProImproved Sharing, including the ability to add custom Share output and output to multiple destinations‘Copy and paste attributes’ windowMultichannel audio editingUnified Import, single-window interface to import from all sourcesCreate freeze frames with a single shortcutCompound clips are saved to the Event BrowserExpanded Multicam functionsDrop shadow effect with custom controlsFlexible Clip ConnectionsChapter markers for export to Quicktime, DVD and Blu-Raylast_img read more

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The Best Camera Cages to Maximize Your Rig

first_imgSMALLRIG VersaFrameLightweight and compatible with the vast majority of DSLR cameras (FYI: SmallRig offers many other camera-specific rigs as well), the SmallRig VersaFrame is an affordable, simple, and versatile option for a variety of your mount and camera rig needs. With its non-invasive design, you can still access every part of your DSLR camera to adjust settings or work with the viewfinder — along with your standard assortment of rods, short- and long-arm options, and hot shoe connections.Price: $75.97Wooden CameraDesigned by a husband and wife duo in Dallas, Texas. Wooden Camera’s innovative take on camera-specific cage products offers a new sophistication to the technology. With a wide variety of shoulder mounts, rigs, and other camera-mounting devices, Wooden Camera’s cages are high quality, durable, and tailored to the needs of a modern filmmaker.Price: Varies on CameraHere’s a review of one of Wooden Camera’s DSLR quick cages. TILTA CageWe’ve featured the TILTA ES-T17-A for SONY α7 Series, which has a great reputation with Sony videographers, but TILTA offers camera rigs and cages for all levels of cameras up to ARRI and RED build-outs. With add-ons like the stylish and comfortable wooden handle to go along with all the mountable bells and whistles you’d expect, the stainless steel build is worth the higher price for its quality.Price: $480.00CAME-TV DSLR Cage KitRepresenting some higher-end options for your camera cage needs, CAME-TV’s cage kits (whether they are DSLR like the one above, or a different camera), offer comprehensive add-on capabilities. CAME-TV’s complete customization plus dual stage swing away matte box allows you to fully turn your camera rig into a cinema studio form factor.Here’s a breakdown of some of the different CAME-TV options.Price: Varies on Model Consider these camera cages to maximize your video production.Cover image via Newsshooter.When you’re building your rig for a shoot, you may find yourself pressed for space. Instead of making decisions on how to downsize or drop external monitors for more audio recording space or vice versa, why not maximize your workspace by using a camera cage?A good camera cage can provide not only more space but also better maneuverability, improved stability, and more mounting options. Let’s explore five different options that – depending on your camera – may be worth your investment.Kamerar TK3Compatible with almost any camera, the TK3 can provide a maximized and steady platform. A sturdy build, the cage provides extra protection against drops or dings along with solid add-on options like rails for follow focus and/or matte boxes. Plus the added weight is helpful for smoothing out camera moves.Price: $179.99For a full review, check out this video by Curtis Judd.center_img Which camera cage do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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