Hundreds turn out in opposition towards oyster farming licences for Ballyness Bay

first_imgHundreds of people turned out in west Donegal last night in opposition towards proposals for oyster farming licences on Ballyness Bay in Cloughaneely.More than 700 showed for the public meeting in Falcarragh that was organised by the ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ committee.A petition that was set up to raise community awareness regarding the proposed multiple applications for aquaculture licences in Ballyness Bay registered almost 3000 signatures. A spokesperson for the group said: “(There was an) amazing turnout for the Save Ballyness Bay Public Meeting in Falcarragh.“Thank you to all who attended and all those that we’re unable to come along but were there in spirit.”The proposed aquaculture licence applications in Ballyness Bay have sparked concern among locals who fear the development will negatively impact the natural area and tourism.Ballyness Bay as a Special Area of Conservation due to its important features and the unique wildlife species that it shelters. Community members are worried about the ecological damage that any future development could cause. They are also concerned about the impact on jobs if the industrial site affects the beauty of the area and harms tourism. The ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ action group is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Michael Creed T.D to reconsider allowing the bay to be used by the shellfish farming industry.The Falcarragh Tidy Towns Committee, Clean Coast Committee, the Cloughaneely Angling Association and many individuals have written to the Minister to express their concerns. Máire Uí Bhaoill of the Tidy Towns organisation wrote: “This is an underprivileged area economically where we depend to a large degree on tourism and on our natural beauty to attract visitors to the area. “As a community we are outraged that anyone should presume to threaten what is precious and delicate to us without any consultation or indeed any regard for us, something that will have negative implications on our local area both socially and economically, as well as aesthetically.”Hundreds turn out in opposition towards oyster farming licences for Ballyness Bay was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ballyness BaySave Ballyness Baylast_img read more

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NAB 2017: ARRI Skypanel’s Stellar Firmware Update

first_imgThe ARRI SkyPanel’s Firmware 3.0 update will streamline the setup and workflow of your next shoot.Top image via ARRI.It’s no secret that ARRI’s SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights to hit the market in a while. That being said, with NAB in full blast, ARRI introduces the world to its stellar firmware update appropriately titled “Lighting Effects” — and 9 other great updates. Anybody using the SkyPanel can install this free firmware update. Let’s take a look at the updates.12 Lighting EffectsMy personal favorite of the updates is the 12 Lighting Effects that are now available for the SkyPanel. Some of these include candles, clouds passing, club lights, color chase, cop car, fire, fireworks, light strobe, lightning, paparazzi, pulsing, and television glow.With SkyPanel Lighting Effects users can now choose and manipulate 12 effects without the need for a lighting console or hours of programming. Each effect has several parameters that allow for customization of the effect to fit your needs.High Speed ModeA solution to flicker and roll bar due to changes in shutter speed, the new “High Speed Mode” has been tested up to 25,000 fps and as low as a two-degree shutter angle. This long-awaited update should help anybody shooting in super slo-motion.Source MatchingImage via ARRI.This calibrated light engine essentially reproduces any color, simulating the desired setting or look. This allows users to match exact lighting from previous locations during a reshoot — or save time if you’re in a hurry at a particular location. This update is perfect for anybody looking to shoot any type of real-time effect or scene.SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 takes further advantage of this by including 46 pre-programmed color matches to commonly found light sources such as tungsten, high-pressure sodium vapor, cool white fluorescent and candle. Now it is even easier and faster to match a location light source, by simply selecting it from a list.SkyPanel Web ServerBy simply connecting the SkyPanel to a network via etherCON connecter, you can use any browser to access the SkyPanel web server generated by each setup. Now, you can even adjust settings through your phone or iPad, saving you from touching the panel or moving around on set.sACN ImplementationStreaming ACN (sACN) is fully implemented in SkyPanel Firmware 3.0. This communication standard allows for many modern lighting consoles to communicate directly with the SkyPanel using ethernet-based equipment. The SkyPanel is also smart enough to detect whether it is receiving an Art-Net or sACN signal and will adjust accordingly, with no setting changes.Onboard RGBW ModeSkyPanel users will now be able to switch to RGBW mode and adjust the LED color channels directly from the panel. If that wasn’t good enough, you can now store and save these presets for a later shoot — or if you’re in the habit of making videos in the same location.Frequency SelectionYou can now fine-tune the frequency of the light output to correct slight roll bars or unwanted flickering from shooting at crazy frame rates or shutter speeds. You’ll be able to pick from ten different frequencies that could help with (or eliminate completely) these unwanted lighting “glitches.”More Presets and Preset DMX ChannelSkyPanel Firmware 3.0 sees the addition of eight factory presets and preset selection via a DMX channel. With a new total of 10 factory presets that include popular color temperatures, HSI values and gel colors, it is now faster and easier to select frequently used colors, even after a factory reset.RGBW Calibrated Color SpaceThe RGBW mode allows you to adjust the values of each of the four LED channels. The update features a calibrated RGBW mode that still allows users to tinker with the red, blue, green, or white levels to keep the levels consistent across the panel.Enabled MenuGiven all these features, one of the best inclusions is the Enabled Menu, helping you keep track of all the settings you have currently set up for the SkyPanel. Everything that you just read is now even more accessible with the “Enabled Menu.” You can now review and change any of the settings, all from one easy-to-use menu.Stay tuned for more PremiumBeat coverage on NAB announcements and reveals.last_img read more

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10 die, 30 hurt as truck falls into ditch in Odisha

first_imgTen persons died and over 30 were injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling fell into a 40-foot-deep ditch at Poiguda Ghat road in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Tuesday.Six of the victims died on the spot. Four others succumbed to their injuries while being taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. A total of 32 injured persons have been admitted to the hospital and five of them are stated to be in a critical condition.According to the police, the accident occurred around 9.45 a.m. The people travelling in the mini-truck were from Tajungia panchayat. They were on their way to Brahmanigaon to attend a function at a local church. The accident occurred just 2 km away from the church. The driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn on Ghat Road and the truck fell into the ditch.Free treatmentOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the accident and announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. He also declared that the injured would be provided free treatment.State Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu directed the Kandhamal Regional Transport Officer to probe the accident.In another incident on Tuesday, a child died and nine were injured when a tipper overturned at Jharani Ghat road in Rayagada district. On Monday evening, two persons died and 15 were injured when a bus overturned near Choudwar in Cuttack district. On Monday morning, a head-on collision between a four-wheeler and a truck near Kakatia on Cuttack-Chandbali road claimed four lives and left five injured.last_img read more

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2004 NTL DRAW AVAILABLE

first_imgThe 2004 National Touch League draw for both Opens/20’s and Seniors can now be found by going to the Tournaments tab on the left side of the homepage. Go to the National Touch League page and look in the 2004 National Touch League page. This is a draft draw and can be subject to change prior to the National Touch League. Participants are reminded to check the web page for updates as the take place.last_img

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenham

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenhamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino left the St Mary’s side to join Spurs back in 2014 and guided them to the Champions League final last season.Hasenhuttl said: “Last year he wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench which is maybe the reason why we could take the three points.“It was an unbelievable game from us. I didn’t know how we could end up winning this game because in the first half they should have been four goals up.“If you want to take points against such a team then you need to have a nearly perfect performance and even then, you are not sure.“I think he has done a fantastic job in Tottenham and took them from being a struggling team to Champions League finalists. It’s unbelievable the job he does there.“We don’t look too much on them because I think it’s important for us to concentrate on the qualities that we have.“We know that it’s a big challenge, but we like these challenges.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Just For Laughs production company promotes COO Bruce Hills to president

first_imgMONTREAL – Just For Laughs Group has appointed a familiar face to oversee operations going forward, tapping a longtime executive as president on Monday.Bruce Hills, who had served as chief operating officer for the Montreal-based company for the past 19 years, enters the new job immediately.Hills, a 32-year veteran of the festival, was instrumental in establishing and growing Just For Laughs Montreal, known as Juste pour rire in French.“I just feel like the timing is just right for all the great things we want to do,” Hills said in an interview with The Canadian Press.The appointment comes as the production company’s ownership situation became clearer last week with Bell Media announcing it had joined a group of investors in buying the company.The BCE Inc. subsidiary completed an agreement with Groupe CH to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.The company went through turbulent times while the transaction involving the Quebec entertainment giant’s shares was being settled.“It’s been a real challenge, no question,” Hills said of the past several months. But the strategy employed by staff was simple: have faith and focus on creating events.Hills will oversee the English side of the business with a French content boss yet to be named. He sees the new ownership group as providing a base of support it hasn’t had previously.“I really believe that we can expand our media business significantly,” he said. “That’s going to be a huge priority — in the U.S. primarily, but internationally as well.”“In addition to that, we see no reason why there shouldn’t be more festivals elsewhere when they’re strategically aligned and show potential to be profitable and produce a first-class comedy event.”Hills said that it’s not just a matter of duplicating the hugely popular Montreal festival, which runs July 11 to 29.The company also runs events in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. Hills said it’s about coming up with ideas that make sense in other prospective markets.“We never want to replicate Montreal, we want to do something unique for the market,” Hills said. “Montreal is the heart-and-soul, it basically feeds everything else, so that’s our focus.”Going forward, there will also be a big focus on digital content and fully exploiting filmed assets in Montreal as well as relationships with talent.Hills said they will also look to grow the scripted and non-scripted parts of the business.“We’re primarily known as a stand-up production company and candid camera production company and we believe there is significant growth outside of that,” Hills said.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

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Trade optimism drives Toronto market to largest daily gain since midJuly

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market posted its largest daily gain in more than two months on Tuesday as trade optimism produced a relief rally.There is anecdotal evidence from the United States and Canada that they are closer to some sort of deal even though there is no concrete evidence, said Sid Mokhtari with CIBC Capital Markets.“The market does have some element of optimism for maybe the U.S. is going to have cooler heads and be able to come to some sort of resolution with Canada in particular, some sort of a NAFTA deal,” he said in an interview.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington to resume efforts to forge a new version of the continental trade pact.Mokhtari figures the TSX could gain three to five per cent if a deal is reached.The two sides are approaching a deadline this week to have a deal signed by the Mexican president before he leaves office. There are some signals from Canada, however, that a deal may take longer, which prompted a congressional ally of U.S. President Donald Trump to suggest that Canada was dragging out the talks for its own political purposes.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 113.73 points to 16,196.04, the largest daily gain since July 12. The index reached a high of 16,198.67 on 228.9 million shares traded.All sectors but consumer discretionary, utilities and real estate closed up. Health care led, rising 6.1 per cent, primarily due to gains from cannabis company stocks including Aurora Cannabis Inc., Aphria Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp.The important energy sector rose 2.6 per cent as the November crude contract was up 91 cents to US$69.59 per barrel, its highest level in two weeks.American stock markets also rose.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 184.84 points to 26,246.96. The S&P 500 index was up 15.51 points to 2,904.31, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.35 points at 7,956.11.Investors appeared unfazed by China’s move to increase tariffs on US$60 billion worth of U.S. goods, in retaliation to the U.S. saying it will impose tariffs on an additional US$200 billion of Chinese goods starting next Monday.“We’re getting a lot of zigzagging behaviour between offence and defence,” said Mokharti. “Today is more of an offence tone for as yesterday and last week we did have more of a defensive tone.”Semi-conductor companies have historically been a good leading indicator for weakness in the technology sector, which is a very large part of the U.S. benchmark index. As it comes under pressure, the S&P 500 may feel it too, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.97 cents US compared with an average of 76.81 cents US on Monday.The October natural gas contract was up 11.9 cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$2.90 at US$1,202.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 7.95 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

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Kosovo not backing out of trade war with Serbia

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister says a new 100 per cent tariff on Serbian imports will remain until Serbia recognizes his country’s sovereignty and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday his government had to impose the tariffs because it “was left without other options” and needed to send a “message”.The European Union previously warned Kosovo that the customs tax was a violation of the Central European Free Trade agreement.However, Haradinaj said the tax was likely to stay in force “for a very long time” because Kosovo is no longer willing to accept being “denied a place at the (negotiating) table”.Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 but is not recognized by Serbia. Serbia campaigned against allowing Kosovo to join Interpol, and Kosovo’s bid failed this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Notley lifts ban on imports of BC wines to Alberta

first_img“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect the interests of B.C. from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said at a news conference. “We are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”He said the federal government declined an invitation to join the province in the reference question. Horgan denied B.C. is backing down, saying the intention is to have cooler heads prevail.“This is not about politics. This is not about trade. It’s about the right for B.C. to be heard.”The province will move ahead with consultations on four other areas of its plan to protect the environment, such as establishing timeframes for responses to spills and requiring some form of restitution to cover the lost use of public resources in the event of a spill. Horgan said he wants B.C. and Alberta to be good neighbours, but the rest of Canada needs to know how strongly British Columbia feels about protecting its coastline.“I believe the federal government and the government of Alberta do not understand the depth of feeling that the transport of diluted bitumen has in B.C.,” Horgan said.Notley recently imposed the ban on B.C. wine in retaliation for a pledge last month by Horgan to reject increased levels of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline until the province reviews spill safety measures. The B.C. government is against the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada’s pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, although it has already been approved by the federal government. EDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta government accepted an olive branch from British Columbia and suspended its ban on the province’s wine Thursday in a dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took the step after B.C.’s John Horgan said his government will ask the courts if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen shipments through the province. “I think it is fair to say that in a small way today B.C. blinked,” Notley told reporters at the legislature in Edmonton. “B.C. is stepping back from the brink and abiding by the law, and this is a good thing.”Horgan said his government is filing a constitutional reference case on the issue, which has been at the centre of the heated trade war between B.C. and Alberta. In the meantime, B.C. will not proceed with proposed regulatory restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen transportation. Alberta accused Horgan of illegally trying to kill the pipeline expansion. While Notley is suspending the retaliatory ban on B.C. wine, she left her options open.“If it becomes clear that this action is, in fact, part of a deliberate strategy to harass the pipeline and its investors with frivolous or unconstitutional legal challenges, we will act immediately, and we will expect our federal partners to do the same,” she said.Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines. As for B.C.’s constitutional reference case, Notley expressed her doubts it will be successful.“I’m confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution,” she said. “I’m confident the Constitution will be upheld and we will have seen the last of these ridiculous threats.”center_img Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts to find a solution to the impasse. Notley, who had also scuttled talks to buy B.C. electricity, had been threatening further retaliatory action.Horgan said his efforts to safeguard B.C.’s interests generated a disproportionate reaction from Alberta that put an entire industry and the livelihoods of people who depend on it at risk.– With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton.last_img read more

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Enbridge says it will start pipeline clean up

first_imgThe blast knocked out Enbridge’s 91-centimetre line, but the Calgary company’s 76-centimetre pipeline near the damage site is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.The incident has lead several major industries and institutions to switch energy sources, reduce operations or shut down temporarily.Enbridge says it recognizes the incident has had a significant impact on the communities where the company operates, and it’s working with those communities to make sure their needs are being met.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it will begin cleaning up the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George, B.C., but the company says it does not have a timeline for how long the task will take.In a news release Saturday, the company says the Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation into Tuesday’s incident, has opened the area to begin site-safety work and clean-up planning.An explosion Tuesday at an underground Enbridge pipeline temporarily shut down two natural gas pipelines.last_img read more

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