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9 Tips for Shooting Video in the Rain

first_imgShooting video in the rain is a tricky proposition. Here are a few easy tips for getting it done.Top image from ShutterstockMixing water and electronics is never a good idea. If you absolutely must shoot outside during a rainstorm, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your equipment doesn’t get ruined. Let’s take a look at a few different ways you can protect your gear from the elements.1. Get a Rain CoverImage from B&HThe best thing you could possibly do to protect your gear from the rain is buy a rain cover for your equipment. There are a lot of professional options out there, and most of them feature a few adjustable ties that can fit snugly around your camera.You will, of course, be limited in your ability to adjust focus and view your footage on the camera, but when you’re shooting in the rain, this is just one of the limitations you’ll have to deal with.2. Improvise a Rain Cover (If You’re in a Pinch)If you’ve left your rain cover at home, it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of DIY options out there. The most popular option is to place a Ziplock bag around your camera and cut a hole out for the lens to stick through. You could even put gaff tape around the lens hole to keep it from opening more.Photo via Purple Summit PhotographyIf you don’t have a ziplock handy, you could always use a trash bag which can double as a poncho to keep you (relatively) dry.3. Use a Lens HoodImage from ShutterstockA lens hood is a simple plastic cover that fits over the end of your lens. They are specially designed to keep out of the field of view. Traditionally, lens hoods are used to protect your lens from bumps and sunlight, but they can also work as a cover to keep rain off the front of your lens.You can pick up a lens hood for about $10 online. I highly recommend getting one for all of your lenses, just in case.4. Don’t Clean Lenses With Your ShirtImage from ShutterstockWater on your lens is super annoying. Not only does it completely ruin your shot, but it also leaves smudges if you try to wipe it off with a microfiber. If you’ve already got water on your lens, I recommend using a t-shirt to dab the water off your lens.However, you shouldn’t use your shirt to wipe your lens, as it might leave microscopic scratches that could add up over time. After you dab your lens, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off any remaining residue.5. Prepare for Bad AudioAudio is almost impossible to work with in the rain. This is for multiple reasons:Rain is Noisy – Even the best unidirectional mics will have an impossible amount of background noise.Rain is Dangerous for Audio Equipment – It goes without saying, but anytime you mix electrical equipment with water, bad things are going to happen. This is especially true with microphones. No matter if you use a boom mic, lav, or video mic, you’re going to run the risk of ruining your mic if it gets wet.Rain Limits Your Audio Options – There’s really no good way to work around rain when it comes to audio. If you use a boom, it’s going to get soaked. If you use a video mic, it’s going to get hit by rain drops and be unusable. The best option in the rain is a lav mic, but even then your run the risk of getting a lot of unnecessary ambient noise.So if you need to shoot in the rain, there’s a good chance you’ll have to do some ADR work in post. It’s also even more necessary to record field noise when shooting in the rain, as there’s a chance that you can use the Capture Noise Print feature in Audition to minimize some of the ambient noise produced by the raindrops.6. Wipe Off Your Gear AfterwardsImage from ShutterstockMost professional gear is water resistant, meaning it won’t immediately ruin if it gets wet. But even water resistant equipment can get compromised if water is left on it for a long time.If you simply stick a wet lens into your pack, you run the risk of water sitting on the internal electronics in your camera. This could easily degrade them over time. For more information on this subject, check out our Pro Lens Cleaning Tools Under $7 post.7. Use Battery-Operated Lights and Keep Them SafeImage from ShutterstockIf you need to use lights during a storm, you can’t simply plug them into an electrical outlet. That would be a major electrical hazard. I recommend using a battery-powered LED light and a large plastic ziplock bag. It won’t produce a lot of light, but it will produce enough to strike a basic set.There are a lot of battery-operated LED light options out there. One of my favorite brands for casual productions is Yongnuo. They create super-cheap LED lights that take Sony batteries. You can pick one up for as little as $60.8. Silica GelImage from ShutterstockMoisture can be an absolute disaster for cameras, especially if the moisture gets inside your lens. The easiest way to suck moisture out of your camera bag: silica gel, the same kind found in shoe boxes. You can pick up a pack of silica gel bags for $7 online.9. Avoid Shooting in the RainIt’s always best to avoid rain when you can. If you’re shooting a documentary, then you may have no choice. But for narrative film, you’ll always want to control your environment by simulating fake rain. There are tons of tutorials out there on the subject. You can even use a water hose if you’re in a pinch.Tom Antos created this really good video demonstrating how you create a DIY rainstorm.For more information on this technique, check out our How to Create a DIY Rain Machine that Actually Looks Great On-Camera post here on PremiumBeat.Have any tips for shooting in the rain? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Lanete, Ross face sanction

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde ends Arellano win streak Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PBA ImagesSan Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross and Chico Lanete, who supposedly swapped places for free throw attempts in the final 4.6 seconds of the Beermen’s losing game against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, have been summoned to appear at the Commissioner’s Office.At the same time, the league is also poised to penalize game officials who failed to control the situation that tainted the ending of what was otherwise one of the best games of the young conference.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa With the game in the balance, Lanete drew a foul during a mad scramble inside the paint as Ross stood near halfcourt after making the steal that led to Arwind Santos taking the potential game-tying three-pointer from deep right corner.Eric Castro, the PBA head of technical operations, went to the press room to explain why Ross was slapped with a technical foul for taking the first of two free throws originally awarded to Lanete.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra won, 100-96, after LA Tenorio made the free throw off the Ross technical. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

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Panasonic Eluga Ray, P85 smartphones launched in India, price starts at Rs 6,499

first_imgPanasonic India on Friday launched two new budget smartphones- Eluga Ray and P85. The Eluga Ray will cost Rs 7,499 while P85 will come with a price tag of Rs 6,499. The company has tied up with e-retailer Flipkart for the exclusive sale of the two smartphone starting May 15, 2017.The 4G VoLTE enabled Eluga Ray comes with Arbo, an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that uses tracks and learns your daily life activity patterns.  The device sports a 5-inch HD display and is powered by 1.3 GHz MTK Quad-Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB on-board memory that can be expanded up to 64GB. The mid-range smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and has a 4,000mAh battery power. The 4G/VOLTE-enabled Eluga Ray features 5MP front camera with flash efficient for video calling and a rear 13MP camera.”The Eluga Ray has been designed to simplify the lives of smartphone users through Arbo AI assistant. Be it a wake-up call or booking a cab for your office, Arbo learns user behaviour to make life hassle-free,” said Pankaj Rana, Business Head (Mobility Division) Panasonic India, in a statement.Also Read: Karbonn Aura 4G launched in India at Rs 5,290The dual SIM P85 smartphone boasts 12.7cm (5) HD IPS Screen which provides clarity that allures the eye. Powering the handset is a 1.0 GHz Quad-core processor and a 2 GB RAM to speed-up large size applications.  It comes with 16 GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The new P85 is integrated with 8 MP AF rear camera with flash and 2MP front camera. The connectivity options include direct Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE, 3G, GPS and Bluetooth. The smartphone is backed by 4000 mAh battery and optimised power management software. The smartphone is powered by 1.0 GHz Quad-core Processor and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bolt, Phelps, Federer, Maradona, Ali benchmarks for everyone: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India Sourav Ganguly said it was difficult to pick the greatest of all time from India Today’s selection of Muhammad Ali, Diego Maradona, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. However, Ganguly said the five were the brands of their respective sports and benchmarks for everyone.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It’s so hard to say which champion is bigger than the other – These are what champions made of. They are champions because they choose when to finish,” Ganguly told India Today when asked to pick his greatest of the five. “Ali, Maradona, Federer, Bolt and Phelps are all champions. It’s hard to pick who is bigger than the other.”Reuters PhotoGanguly said the five would be remembered for their efforts for the next several years.”They are five different sports and they are brands of the sports and will continue to remain for the next 50, 60 or 100 years – just like Bradman in cricket,” he said. In terms of achievement, they are all on the same page.Bolt’s 100 metres springing career finally came to an end on Saturday at the World Championships in London.The Jamaican could not bow out on a high but he certainly gave the fans a great time before leaving the arena.Bolt finished third to Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the race to go out with a bronze. Now he has 34 medals in international competitions. Out of which 25 of them are gold, seven silvers and two bronze. He finished with a whopping 75 per cent gold tally, followed by 20 per cent silver and six per cent bronze.advertisementFederer recently won his eighth Wimbledon and 19th majors title to create history in men’s tennis. Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals.Reuters PhotoHowever, Ganguly was sure about one choice. Asked to pick the greatest of the two footballers Maradona and Pele, Dada chose the Argentinean.”I’ll always say Maradona. I’ve been blunt about it. People always say why does Sourav always take a side in life? Why can’t Sourav be in the middle and not get criticised by people around the world? But that’s the way I am. I take a decision and I’ve given my decision. I’ve given my decision with honesty, with what I feel and hopefully everyone will respect that. There’s nothing more to it except for what I see with my own eyes. When I see Pele and Maradona play together…my eye tells my mind that the man with the left foot is probably the greatest in the world. I’ll keep that thought right throughout and I’ve said that before,” said Ganguly.Reuters Photo”That doesn’t make Pele a smaller player. There are no hard feelings but for me it is the man with the left foot because when I saw him in 87…the game against England. I just felt that nobody could play better football than he did,” he added.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Day before Gujarat votes, BJP finally releases manifesto, says Congress making tall election promises

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party today released its election manifesto, or what the party called its ‘sankalp patra’ (vision document) for Gujarat, which will see the first phase of polling for its Assembly election tomorrow.The manifesto carries the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on its cover, along with the slogan “Darek Gujarati no ekaj aavaj; hun chu vikaas, hun chu Gujarat (Each Gujarati speaks in a single voice; I am development, I am Gujarat).”The heading on the BJP Gujarat manifesto cover is a nod to a slogan PM Modi coined to counter the Congress’s much-talked about ‘vikas has gone mad’ social media campaign.  At the unveiling of the vision document in Ahmedabad, the BJP claimed the Congress was making false promises in Gujarat, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, an MP from Gujarat, saying the Grand Old Party’s poll promises were either constitutionally or financially “impossible”.At the announcement, Jaitley claimed Gujarat, which has been ruled by the BJP for more than two decades, has the “highest” gross state domestic product growth in the country. “In the last 5 years Gujarat grew at the average rate of 10% amongst large states,” Jaitley added.Jaitley went on to say that the BJP will not only maintain Gujarat’s growth rate, but would “increase it further”. “Gujarat growth rate to be maintained, if we maintain it at 10% during global slowdown, we can increase it further,” Jaitley said.The BJP try to ensure unity of Gujarat and work towards the welfare of all groups in the state, the BJP leader also said, adding that social polarisation would only hurt the Congress.advertisement?????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ??? ??????? ????????? ?? ???????? ?? ?? ?????? ???? : ???? ???? ????? #Gujarat4Modi pic.twitter.com/LBEwgliS0U- BJP (@BJP4India) December 8, 2017The vision document itself promises  to double farmers’ income and ensure good prices for produce. The document also vows to help fulfil the aspirations of the Gujarati youth as well as promote traditional sports while making the state a top-most hub for sports.Off late, the BJP has been avoiding using the word “manifesto”, preferring the name ‘vision document’. The announcement of the release of the vision document came just as the Opposition began attacking the party for delaying the release of its promises.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was among those who criticised the BJP, saying the delay was an “insult” to Gujarat, while firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel took a dig at the party, saying it was too busy “making [sex] CDs” to release its manifesto.Gujarat will vote tomorrow in the first phase of its two-party election. Voting in the second phase will be held on December 14 while results for this high-stakes election will be announced on December 18.WATCH | SO SORRY: Modi plans Gujarat strategy in a Deewar warehouse while Rahul runs to the templelast_img read more

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LSU Student Posts Picture Of Library In Response To Football Facility

first_img Setting The Standard pic.twitter.com/d7QUJfKL6M— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019 Cat Mckinney, a rising senior at LSU, posted a photo of what she says is a school library in response to the facility upgrades.This is our library: https://t.co/ZvqgNa5L8o pic.twitter.com/xHsV5qf5wO— Cat Mckinney (@catcmckinney) July 22, 2019McKinney expanded on her photo with more tweets:“Just wanna clarify that our admin does not have the money to fix our library situation, but the wealthy people at TAF do. Our admin cares deeply about our students but they can only do so much,” she wrote. “Nobodies mad at football. We’re mad that rich people don’t prioritize education… I will be at every game. Chill.”An LSU professor also reacted to the facility photos with a tweet, saying: “Meanwhile, across campus, I vacuum my faculty office with a Dust Devil I bought at Walmart.”LSU’s star quarterback, Joe Burrow, issued a response in a since-deleted tweet.LSU quarterback Joe Burrow responds to professor tweet.LSU’s football facility was reportedly paid for by donations from alums and boosters, who wanted the money to go to the football program. Former Tigers star Tyrann Mathieu reportedly made a seven-figure donation.The Tigers are set to open their 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron before the bowl game.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers waits to take the field before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s safe to say that not everyone at LSU is excited about the football program’s huge facility upgrades that were revealed this week.LSU unveiled this month its new $28 million football facility, which features everything from sleeping pods at each player’s locker to a state-of-the-art cafeteria to a Tyrann Mathieu-sponsored players’ lounge.Photos and videos of the lounge went viral on Twitter.The photos and videos sparked a response from some at LSU.last_img read more

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Nebraska Football Unveils New Alternate Uniform For 2019 Season

first_imgA shot of a football before the game between Nebraska and Minnesota.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: General view of a football before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)For the 150th anniversary of college football, plenty of schools are breaking out throwback and alternate jerseys. But Nebraska’s alternate jersey for the coming year is really going to make fans’ mouths water.On Monday, Nebraska Football unveiled an incredible black alternate jersey for the 2019 season. It features a black Nebraska logo, a black stripe on the helmet, and a skull-and-crossbones wearing a helmet on the sleeves.As for the gloves, they are red but with the same skull-and-crossbones on the center.The jersey was revealed in a hype video that will send a chill up your spine: ☠️@adidasFballUS pic.twitter.com/2BqX54RvEu— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 19, 2019The jersey commemorates their Blackshirts tradition, which dates back to 1964. It was started under then-head coach Bob Devaney, where the first-team defense wore black shirts to differentiate themselves.Fans are quickly taking to Twitter to express how much they love (or loath) the new jersey:My thumb just punched straight through the screen hitting the like button. #gbr— Quinten Lyon (@qlyon28) August 19, 2019@JoePike19 okay these are effin sick. The black shirts are back.— Cody Steward (@CodySteward) August 19, 2019The black N is 🔥🔥 #GBR #BLACKSHIRTS #HUSKERS ☠☠☠— 𝕻𝖊𝖙𝖊 𝕵𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖘 (@PETE_MF_JONES) August 19, 2019Expectations are high for the Huskers this year. They went on 4-8 in 2018, but looked good down the stretch.Throw in the improvement that quarterback Adrian Martinez is expected to see in 2019, and Nebraska could be a Big Ten West contender.The team has yet to announce which games they will be wearing these jerseys for.We’re definitely looking forward to seeing them in action.last_img read more

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Gov’t to Provide 70 Housing Lots Under Infill Programme

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be providing some 70 housing and commercial lots across the island this fiscal year at a cost of $129.4 million.The provision comes under the Infill Programme, which involves the development of residual plots of land within existing housing schemes for housing solutions.Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy made the announcement on Tuesday, May 21, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.The undertaking includes five projects at a cost of $83 million, two of which will provide 19 housing solutions, and three will provide 17 commercial lots. The project areas are Gazeland near Junction, St. Elizabeth; Llandilo, Westmoreland; and Old Braeton in St. Catherine.Additionally, 34 serviced lots will be delivered at a cost of $46.4 million in Fairy Hill in Portland, and Chippenham, St. Ann.In total, these projects will involve the utilisation of more than 17.8 hectares (44 acres) of land.To date, 63 serviced lots on 6.2 hectares (15.3 acres) of land have been completed under the Infill Programme at a cost of $37.8 million. The sites are located in: Manningsville near Junction, St. Elizabeth; Hague in Trelawny; and Llandilo Phase 3, Westmoreland.During this financial year, the Ministry will also assess the implementation of two other projects under the Infill Programme.These include providing a further 69 serviced lots and seven housing units in Lee Park near Frome in Westmoreland; and Albion Heights in St. James.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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Work out a formula so that students do not have to bear

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the CBSE increased the fees of Class 10 and 12 board examinations, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said he has directed the education department to work out a formula so that the students do not have to bear the burden of paying the hiked fee.Noting that the Delhi government is the biggest stakeholder of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Sisodia said if things continue like this, the government may consider having its own board. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCBSE on Sunday increased the fees of Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations by up to Rs 1,150, the first hike in the last five years. The fees for general category students for both Class 10 and 12 were doubled from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 for five subjects. The SC and ST students, who were paying Rs 350 earlier, will now pay Rs 1,200 for five subjects, the CBSE said. “Our officials had a meeting with CBSE officials and urged them not to hike the examination fee as it will burden the students. Delhi is the biggest stakeholder of CBSE and our opinion should be valued. This way, we might be forced to consider having our own board,” Sisodia said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe minister also said that the Directorarate of Education (DoE) has been asked to work out the formula on how to ease the burden on students. Till now, the SC/ST students were only paying Rs 50, while the Delhi government was paying the rest of the amount as subsidy. A government official, however, said that the department has been asked to work a proposal to ensure that the Delhi government can ease the burden on students from reserved categories as well as from the general category. Controller of Examination Sanyam Bhardwaj had said, “Earlier in Delhi, SC/ST students used to pay Rs 50 and the Delhi government paid the rest. Now, the CBSE will take Rs 1,200 entirely from the students. “If the Delhi government reimburses them or pays for them, it is an internal arrangement between schools and the Delhi government.” The Delhi government official, however, said they will work out the modalities within a few days. “The department is working on a proposal that they will put up shortly. Our officials had met CBSE a fortnight ago and requested them not to hike the fee but now that they have done it. “We will either ask the CBSE to reconsider their decision or we will work out the modalities to pay the subsidy. We will ensure the students do not have to face the financial burden,” the official said.last_img read more

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Father of boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in

first_imgMONTREAL – A man who was arrested after police found his six-year-old son, who had been the subject of an Amber Alert, remained in an Ontario hospital Sunday.The boy vanished from St-Eustache, Que., on Thursday and his father was apprehended in Ontario nearly 24 hours later. By then, the body of the boy’s mother had also been discovered in the family home.Ontario Provincial Police say the man suffered injuries that required medical assessment and he was sent to hospital Saturday.The man appeared in court by videolink earlier in the day from a police station in Renfrew, Ont., where he had been held since his arrest on Friday night.Quebec provincial police won’t comment on what charges he might face when he returns to his home province.As of late Sunday, it was not clear when the man would be transferred to Quebec police.“This man will be back in Quebec when his health conditions are better,” spokesman Claude Denis said Sunday.Meanwhile, volunteers and police officers spent Sunday searching for a 71-year-old man who has been missing from Lachute, Que., west of Montreal, since Friday.Yvon Lacasse had been using the car in which the six-year-old boy was found safe.Denis says investigators have been contacted by a motorcyclist who could be a useful witness.Police had images from a surveillance camera that showed a motorcyclist in Lachute who may have seen Lacasse’s car Thursday at about 6 p.m. — the time police say the car was stolen.The spokesman says police are now looking for another witness, a man in his forties. They have posted a composite sketch of a bearded man on social media.Denis says the man was seen around Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Friday in the company of someone police believe is linked to the death of the boy’s mother.Meanwhile, police have asked motorists, campers and others living in the area between Lachute and Rouyn-Noranda to check ditches, cabins and backyards as the search for Lacasse continues.He is described as bald with brown eyes, 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs just under 100 pounds.Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have seen him to call 911.last_img read more

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Council approves temporary use permit for Temporary Tank Farm

first_imgDuring discussion Mayor Lori Ackerman made sure that if council approved the temporary use permit and problems with the tanks surfaced, GFL Environmental would be held liable. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council met Monday and approved a temporary use permit for a Temporary Tank Farm at 8831 100 street.GFL Environmental made the request to continue operations of their business on their current property, which consists of four industrial storage tanks containing used oil and glycol. The request is to stay where they are presently located until the end of their lease, which is August 31st, 2020.The tank farm has been at its present location since 2015, but the company is looking to move to the Fort St. John industrial zone once their lease expires.last_img

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IAEA chief strikes positive note after talks with Sharon on nucleararmsfree zone

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and members of his Cabinet during his visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. At a press conference in Jerusalem, Mr. ElBaradei said Mr. Sharon had confirmed to him that Israeli policy about Middle East peace means the country is “looking forward” to the region’s establishment as a zone free of nuclear weapons. “It’s not a new policy, but affirming that policy at the level of Prime Minister I think is quite a welcome development,” Mr. ElBaradei said. He also met officials of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission and gave a lecture at a university in Jerusalem during his visit. The trip by Mr. ElBaradei follows a call by the IAEA General Conference of Member States for every Middle Eastern country to open its nuclear facilities to full inspection by the agency and to work towards a nuclear-weapons-free-zone. read more

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UN appeals for support to tackle massive health needs of Rohingya refugees

“This is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in recent times,” Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the WHO South-East Asia Regional Director told a partners’ meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.“No single agency or the Government of Bangladesh alone can meet the massive health needs of such a large population group,” she said.The Rohingya population has settled in an area prone to cyclones, and on terrain that will flood as soon as rains begin. “The risk of outbreak of life threatening water and vector borne diseases under such conditions is huge,” she explained.Since August 2017, nearly 700,000 minority Muslim Rohingyas have fled violence in Myanmar across the border into Bangaldesh’s Cox’s Bazar, joining several hundred thousand more that were already settled there in overcrowded camps.Coordinating the work of over 100 partners on the ground, along with the Ministry of Health, WHO has facilitated a contingency plan for the rainy season.To minimize the risk of diseases and deaths, the plan aims to continue health services during rains and floods. Additionally, all 207 health facilities in the area have been assessed for vulnerability during rains, with 25 per cent of them slated for relocation.Since the start of the Rohingya crisis, 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine were administered to the refugees and their host communities, in addition to two vaccination campaigns for measles and three for diphtheria, which concluded earlier this week with WHO support.“However,” Dr. Khetrapal Singh warned “much of the health sector’s capacity to respond depends on availability of resources.”Moreover, the vulnerable population will need continued services for reproductive, maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as psychosocial support, the WHO Regional Director added.WHO has appealed to partners for $16.5 million for continued support in 2018, which is part of the $113.1 million being sought by all health partners under the Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya crisis. read more

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Meghan Markle attends Queens Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace

first_imgThe Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Mark Stewart  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess of Gloucester drives herself to the Christmas lunch Credit:Jonathan Brady /PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Gabriella of Windsor in the back of the couple’s carCredit:Philip Toscano /PA Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive Among the other Royals to attend the event were Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and their daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor. Prince William Prince George looks out the window of a car driven by his father, the Duke of CambridgeCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Meghan Markle was driven into Buckingham Palace by Prince Harry Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle to the nation in Nottingham earlier this monthCredit:Joe Giddens /PA Sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York’s children, were also spotted arriving for the lunch by car. Princess Alexandra (right) arriving Meghan Markle has joined Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace to attend the Queen’s Christmas lunch, as she is further welcomed into the Royal family.The US actress was photographed in the passenger seat of a Land Rover Discovery driven by her fiance as they arrived for the event on Wednesday afternoon.The couple looked relaxed as they passed waiting photographers. The prince, 33, was smartly dressed in a suit, shirt and tie and the 36-year-old former Suits star wore a patterned outfit.The Queen traditionally hosts a festive lunch for her family before leaving for her private Sandringham estate, where she spends her winter break.It has already been confirmed that Ms Markle will be part of the Royal party at Sandringham for Christmas and is expected to greet crowds ahead of the morning church service.Her appearance at the Buckingham Palace lunch is another indication of how quickly she has been accepted into the monarchy ahead of the wedding. Tradition reportedly dictates that the lunch is attended by only relatives and spouses. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Buckingham Palace hey got engaged on November 27 and a few days later a proud prince introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham. It is believed to be the first time that Ms Markle will have met many of Prince Harry’s extended family members.The Duke of Cambridge drove his family into Buckingham Palace, with the Duchess of Cambridge in the passenger seat of the Range Rover.Their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, sat in the rear seats either side of their Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. Princess Charlotte gazes at photographers through the windscreen as the family arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images  The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall smiled at passers-by and tourists who were likely delighted at the unexpected chance to see so many members of the Royal family. The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra were among the other attendees.center_img The Royal family are paying for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.But the security costs for the high-profile event are falling to the taxpayer. Princess Beatrice smiles as she attends the Christmas lunchCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Her sister, Princess Eugenie, was also pictured arriving for the family get-togetherCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The Duchess of Gloucester  After the couple’s engagement was announced last month, Ms Markle, the American actress, is set to appear at church with the Windsors at Sandringham on Christmas Day. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will be married on May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel – an event which will be one of the royal highlights of 2018.They got engaged on November 27 and a few days later a proud prince introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham. Princess Charlotte Prince Michael of Kent and his daughter Gabriella of Windsor arriving  Princess Alexandra (right) is in jovial mood as she arrives at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Prince and Princess Michael of Kent arrive at the gates of Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Princess Beatrice Meghan Markle was driven into Buckingham Palace by Prince Harry in a Land Rover DiscoveryCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Palace aides have already said that the prince and Ms Markle’s wedding will “reflect their characters and personalities” and be a moment of “fun and joy”.They will tie the knot in the historic surrounds of the Castle’s 15th century St George’s Chapel.Ms Markle, who is to become a British citizen, is being both baptised and confirmed ahead of the religious ceremony. Princess Eugenie  Prince and Princess Michael of Kent The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the Royal family, along with Ms Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.Prince George and Princess Charlotte look set take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid.Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Harry proposed to Suits star Ms Markle during a cosy night in over a roast chicken dinner after a 16-month whirlwind romance.In their engagement interview he told of how “the stars were aligned” when he fell for his future wife, whom he met on a blind date. Dozens of members of the extended Royal family – most of whom do not get an invitation to Sandringham – gather each year for the family get-together.last_img read more

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Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation last year

first_imgLAST YEAR, DOHA in Qatar played host to a major climate change conference.The conference brought no new agreement on a greenhouse gas limit, but cleared up confusion on which country’s are signed up to which protocol.It also featured a speech by the Philippine envoy Naderev Sano which, in light of the events of the last week, seems eerily prescient.In his short address, Sano says that his country, which was in the midst of the deadly Typhoon Bopha, was “suffering”.“As we vacillate and procrastinate here, we are suffering. There is massive and widespread devastation back home. Heartbreaking tragedies like this are not unique to the Philippines. The outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. It is about what is demanded of us by seven billion people.“I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?”Sano made a similar plea at the weekend in Poland and has since begun fasting in solidarity with the victims of the deadly typhoon that has battered his homeland.(OneWorldTV/YouTube)Thanks to commenter Miss Filed for the heads up. In Pictures: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan attempt to leave TaclobanRead: Up to four million children affected by Typhoon Haiyanlast_img read more

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Les fous de Bassan des oiseaux de mer en déclin au Québec

first_imgLes fous de Bassan, des oiseaux de mer en déclin au QuébecSelon les récentes estimations du Service canadien de la faune, la population de fous de Bassan de l’Île Bonaventure, au Québec, est en déclin de 20% par rapport à 2009. Une tendance générale dans toute l’Amérique du Nord. Eaux poissonneuses, falaises propices à la nidification, rareté des prédateurs et aire protégée : l’île Bonnaventure, à 3,5 kilomètres au large du village de Percé, en Gaspésie (Québec), est un lieu privilégié pour les fous de Bassan, qui y séjournent d’avril à octobre. Cette colonie, la plus importante du monde depuis 2009, a cependant amorcé un déclin, selon les biologistes du Service canadien de la faune (SCF). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le dernier comptage effectué à partir de photos aériennes (une démarche annuelle, depuis la marée noire de 2010 dans le Golfe du Mexique, où certains individus passent l’hiver) montre que la colonie, qui comptait près de 60.000 couples nicheurs en 2009, n’en comptait plus que 47.800 en 2011. Après une augmentation constante entre 1979 et 2009, ce retour aux effectifs du début des années 2000 étonne les ornithologues du Québec, de Terre-Neuve et plus globalement d’Amérique du Nord, où le phénomène se généralise. “Ce n’est pas catastrophique, mais la tendance est à la baisse, alors il faut se poser des questions… Ça peut être dû à de mauvaises conditions climatiques, à une maladie, à la faible abondance des proies. Il y a une limite, aussi, à la taille des colonies. Les ressources des fous peuvent être épuisées”, a déclaré Jean-François Rail, biologiste et spécialiste des oiseaux marins au SCF, membre d’un groupe d’étude que plusieurs chercheurs nord-américains ont formé pour échanger de l’information et chercher les causes de ce déclin.Le 17 mars 2012 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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2 families get keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes

first_imgEvergreen Habitat for Humanity dedicated two new houses Sunday afternoon, handing over the keys to new homes and new chapters in the lives of two single mothers and their families.Dakota Palmore and Tiffany Hauxhurst will move into their new three-bedroom homes in the Father Blanchet Park neighborhood of Vancouver after years of applications and construction.Palmore helped with building, as all Habitat recipients do, but also with the larger organization.“A lot of it would be like bingo night. I’d come out and read the numbers for bingo. Barbecues, events, anything that they’re doing with Habitat events,” she said. “But mostly building.”Her sons, 21-year-old Ray and 4-year old Keavee, will join her, and they’re all elated.“To be here, I’m just so excited,” she said. “In the beginning, it seems like it’s going to happen really quick, and then you realize you need to be patient.”Finding stable housing has been a challenge, and Palmore has been sharing a room with her youngest, but now he’ll have his own room and space to be himself.last_img read more

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Time for Tottenham to prove themselves says Ian Wright

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright believes the time is right for Tottenham to step up and prove themselves.For the past couple of years, Tottenham have been a title contender, and have won more combined points in the last three seasons that any Premier League club.Ian Wright is eager to see Tottenham be more consistent. Granted Tottenham have a good team, but for 10 years, they have not won a single trophy.“There was a time, four or five years ago, when a Tottenham defeat at Watford would almost have been laughed off as just another example of Spurs “being Spursy”.” Wright wrote on The Sun.“Brilliant one day, going to Manchester United and leaving as comfortable winners. Then getting rolled over by one of the so-called lesser lights.“Only these days the sands have shifted. Expectations have raised and defeats like the one we saw at Vicarage Road on Sunday simply won’t wash any more.“For the Spurs, we have right now is not the Spurs of old. This isn’t a team everyone — including even their own fans — expected to be superb and shocking in equal measure.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“This is a team which, rather than trying to force their way among the big guns, have become a prize scalp themselves. A team all opponents now raise their game for.“A team who, barring a small handful of times, will go into every one of their Premier League fixture as favourites.”Tottenham sit 5th in the Premier League table with 9 points after winning 3 matches and losing one.last_img read more