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Watch Letterkenny hospital trolley crisis raised in the Dail live today

first_imgThe trolley crisis at Letterkenny University Hospital will be discussed in special Dáil debate today.The issue will be raised by Deputy Charlie McConalogue and will concentrate on the acute overcrowding situation at hospital.A total of 45 patients were waiting on trolleys yesterday (Wednesday) and the maximum capacity protocol has been in place for the last week. The issue will be heard during Topical Issues, which is due to begin at 5pm.To watch or record a live feed go to http://bit.ly/1ODu0INWatch Letterkenny hospital trolley crisis raised in the Dail live today was last modified: November 17th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Sanlam expands online trading facility

first_img“In view of the strong rand, it is prudent to invest between 20 and 30% of a portfolio in international markets. Investors need to hedge against those things they can’t foresee,” he said, adding that offering investors access to international companies, currencies and commodities allowed them to diversify their assets. Sanlam iTrade doesn’t charge clients for the offshore trading, although Saxo Bank does charge a fee, with costs varying depending on the trading instrument, stock exchange traded on, or live price feeds needed by the client. Bolus and Bolus Investments, the introducing broker to Saxo Bank, will offer clients the necessary trading help. Local financial services group Sanlam has launched iTrade, a new offering that gives South Africa’s online traders access to foreign listed instruments on 16 global stock exchanges, allowing investors to easily diversify their portfolios and giving them access to some of the most traded companies globally. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 30 July 2010 “Currently South Africans can invest up to R4-million offshore but there is very little stopping government from lifting these controls on individuals as very few people made use of this allocation,” he said. He believes the JSE’s recent launch of single stock futures on foreign equities is a precursor to lifting the controls. According to Gerhard Lampen, head of Sanlam’s online trading platform, Sanlam iTrade now offers one of the most advanced trading platforms available. Lampen says it is the right time to launch offshore trading to investors, and believes exchange controls on individuals will be abolished in the next 12 months. Free demonstration models Lampen said that Sanlam had chosen online Danish investment bank Saxo Bank’s platform and access to global markets, because it had highly advanced trading technology and an award-winning platform. “Bolus and Bolus provides assistance with opening an account, transferring funds to Saxo Bank, training on using the platform and trading the different instruments, as well as a fully staffed help desk,” he said. In order to trade offshore, clients open a trading account with Saxo Bank through Bolus and Bolus. They then transfer money into the Saxo account – and can start trading immediately. The minimum investment is US$10 000. Lampen says demonstration models are available free of charge on the Sanlam iTrade website. “The major aim with the new launch is to give our clients exposure to global markets – something most South African investors have not had before,” he added. “Clients will be able to trade shares, currencies, commodities and exchange-traded funds, among other instruments,” he said in a statement this week. “The New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange are among the 16 exchanges now available to equity traders.” Advanced trading technology ‘Right time’ for offshore investmentlast_img read more

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Owens Corning Buys Mineral Wool Manufacturer

first_imgOwens Corning is going into the mineral wool insulation business.The Toledo, Ohio, company has purchased Thermafiber Inc., a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation for residential, commercial, and industrial markets.Owens Corning already makes a variety of insulation products, including its familiar pink fiberglass batts, blown-in fiberglass, extruded polystyrene, and duct liner and duct board.Thermafiber has a single 145,000-sq. ft. plant in Wabash, Indiana, with about 150 employees. Owens Corning would not say how much insulation the plant currently produces.Thermafiber makes its mineral wool insulation from rock and blast furnace slag. It’s non-combustible, inorganic, and mold-resistant and has an R-value of about R-4 per inch, Thermafiber says. It is sold as loose fibers or formed into blankets or boards.Owens Corning said the purchase did not signal it was preparing to get out of the fiberglass insulation business. Mineral wood currently has a 4% share of the U.S. insulation market.Joe Ochoa, vice president and general manager, for Owens Corning Engineered Insulation Systems, said in a prepared statement: “Mineral wool insulation adds to our product portfolio and helps us to provide access to high-temperature commercial building applications.” The company said its short-term focus would be to take care of existing customers while it developed a long-term growth plan.Terms of the sale were not disclosed.last_img read more

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Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro

first_imgNow that your edit is complete and ready for delivery, there’s one step left. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is a required skill in any edit. Getting StartedTo export a video in Premiere Pro, go to File>Export>Media. You could also press the shortcut key Ctrl + M on PC, or Cmd + M on Mac. Make sure the sequence you want to export is selected when you do this.This will bring up your Export Settings window. In this window, you’ll select your desired settings (or presets) for the video, before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.Decide on a DestinationThe first thing to think about when exporting a video is where the video will be delivered and how it’ll be viewed. Are you going to upload to YouTube and Vimeo? Compressing down the video so you can send it easily to a client? Or are you exporting a hi-res master version for presentation? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select Match Sequence Settings at the top. That’ll change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings. Although, I don’t recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec. 4. Save Your Favorite SettingsIf you find yourself using a custom setting frequently, you can save your export settings as a new preset. Click the Save Preset button next to the preset dropdown in the export window. You can then name the preset whatever you like. Now you can use that saved preset in the future.As you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is super easy and very customizable. Want to streamline your exporting even more? You can also add additional output files from the same source sequence in Media Encoder — very useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.Want more tips for using Premiere Pro? Check these out.15 Premiere Pro Tutorials Every Video Editor Should WatchQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 1. Select a FormatThe best setting for web playback is the H.264 codec. So, we’ll select our format as H.264. That is also the most common codec for video exports through Premiere. For eighty to ninety percent of your exports, you’ll be using H.264.We’ll select a preset that matches our sequence and desired output. Our sequence is 1080p with a frame rate of 23.976 fps.2. Check Your SettingsClick the output name to specify an output name for the exported video file. To learn more about properly naming a file, check out this article. Make sure that Export Video and Export Audio are both checked so the file has both video and audio.If you feel comfortable with changing settings to make them more customizable, you can do so in this window. Here’s my recommended settings for most of my videos exported in Premiere:Click the Render at Maximum Depth box.Change the Bitrate Encoding Settings to VBR, 2 Pass, then drag your Target Bitrate to your selected file size. The size will be shown at the bottom of the window. Make your Maximum Bit Rate double the Target Bit Rate.3. Select from Export OptionsNow, you can select one of two Premiere Pro export options: Queue or Export.Selecting Queue will send you to Media Encoder, with the sequence added to a queue.Then, all you have to do is press the green play button at the top to start the export. This is good if you want to add multiple Premiere Pro sequences to export at the same time. This also allows you to continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. This is the method of exporting I use most often.Selecting Export simply exports the sequence right from that window. You won’t be able to use Premiere Pro while it’s exporting this way.That’s it! You just exported your finished video. Exporting in Premiere ProFor this example, we’ll be exporting from Premiere Pro to upload to YouTube. Premiere Pro also has presets for both YouTube and Vimeo that’ll export your project in the best recommended settings for both. However, for this example, we’re going to be exporting with custom settings.last_img read more

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Vamos Ticos! Costa Ricans run amok after historic World Cup win

first_imgCosta Rica fans celebrate after their team defeated Greece to enter World Cup quarterfinals From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets Sunday to celebrate the national team’s historic World Cup victory over Greece that will put the team in the quarterfinals for the first time.Statistical Highlights |  Match Analysis Fans in the capital of San Jose gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, a fountain and traditional celebrating spot, carrying flags, wearing wigs and jerseys, honking and whooping following the team’s win in a penalty shootout.”The country has fallen. There’s been an earthquake,” said restaurateur Teo Prestinary, 43, on the beach in Nosara, where he said it was jammed with countrymen cheering, whistling and singing “Vamos Ticos,” or “Go, Costa Ricans.” “It’s beautiful. It’s historic, emotional.”Maria Mendoza, 33, watched the celebration on television from nearby Santa Ana, said she was, “happy, happy, happy.”Costa Rica reached the match against Greece after defeating Uruguay and Italy and tying England in a division where it was considered the weakest team.It won Sunday in a 5-3 shootout after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.Now Costa Ricans say they could go all the way.”We always had faith,” said Luis Diego Escorriola, 42, who was watching the final game commentary before joining the celebration. “The entire country is going to the streets.”last_img read more

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Security Features in Tablet Computers for Students

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the computer tablets to be issued to students will have security features to prevent criminals from stealing them. Under the Schools Tablet Computer Programme, some 30,000 devices will be distributed to students and teachers from 30 institutions across the island, through phase II of the E-Learning Programme. Speaking at a post-budget press briefing at Jamaica House, on Thursday, April 25, Mr. Paulwell said he is aware of the security concerns and very serious considerations have been given to ensure the security of the computers. “[We know] the attractiveness of these devices for people who would want to acquire them without paying for them…but we believe that we can overcome the dangers that could befall the programme,” he assured. He noted that, as such, each tablet computer has been fitted with a number of security features, which ensures that the device can be tracked if stolen. “Every one of these devices will have a feature that can track them wherever they are, anywhere in the world. So, if for example, a child is missing from school, we can tell their parents where the child has been,” he said. The Minister, therefore, had a message for criminals. “For those people who think that they will be able to steal them, you will probably be able to steal one, but you won’t be able to use it, and we will find you long before you know it,” he warned. Mr. Paulwell said efforts have been made to block access to harmful content, such as pornographic websites. In the meantime, the Minister announced that more schools will be added to the programme. “When we checked the number of students and teachers [in the 30 schools selected] we are now at 25,000, so we are about 5,000 less than the 30,000 that we want,” he explained. Mr. Paulwell said, in light of this, the Ministry of Education will be asked to recommend a few more schools for the project. So far, some five early childhood institutions, 10 primary schools, five junior high schools and 10 high schools across the country have been selected. He said the schools selected to participate in the pilot are among those that have been assessed and found to be under-performing academically by the Education Ministry. Under the programme, each school will be made into a wire­less hotspot, offering free access to broadband Internet for students and the wider community.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Draft Migration Policy to be Completed By June

first_imgThe draft of the National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development is at an advanced stage and should be completed by June 2013.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.He informed that other deliverables to complement the National Policy and Plan of Action are the formulation of an implementation plan, a monitoring and evaluation framework, and capacity assessment.“The policy will improve the Government’s capacity to monitor and manage international migration in line with the country’s socio-economic development priorities as outlined in Vision 2030 Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that the policy is being developed as a response to key global developments, which have exposed the need to address the broad and evolving range of challenges and opportunities associated with the trans-boundary movement of people.We realise that we cannot ignore or benignly neglect the impact of migration on our development agenda. The National Policy and Plan of Action seeks to promote better understanding of the links between migration and development, particularly within the context of globalisation and the need to maximise the benefits and minimise the negative effects of this phenomenon,” he stated.He said that Diasporas can make significant contributions to economic, social, and political development in their countries of origin as well as their host countries, and can contribute as well, through the application in their home country, of newly developed skills and entrepreneurial activities.“Migrants are agents of development as they contribute to economic growth through remittances, investment and expenditure, as well as provide avenues for knowledge transfer, innovation and development,” Mr. Brown noted.He said that given the current economic climate in Jamaica, it is imperative that the country engage all its assets, at home and aboard, towards nation-building.“Jamaica’s elaboration of an international migration and development policy is therefore timely and is evidence of our recognition that effective management of migration can contribute to the achievement of our development goals including poverty reduction, maternal and child health, primary education and gender empowerment,” Mr. Brown told the House.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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Korean Culture Minister Arrested in Talent Blacklist Case

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement South Korea’s Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun is to be arrested in connection with the blacklisting of 9,000 artistes.An arrest warrant, citing abuse of authority, was issued on Saturday morning local time by the Seoul Central District Court following a request from a team of special prosecutors investigating the blacklist. Cho recently acknowledged the existence of the list, but denied that she had authorized it.The list punished political opponents of the now impeached President Park Geun-hye by denying them state funding. Cultural industry personnel on the list included filmmakers Park Chan-wook (“The Handmaiden”), Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”) and actor Song Kang-ho (“The Age of Shadows”). The court also issued an arrest warrant for Kim Ki-choon, Park’s former chief of staff. He appeared in court Friday accused of creating the blacklist. Prosecutors argued in court on Friday that Kim and Choi needed to be detained in order to prevent them destroying evidence.Earlier in the week, special prosecutors were told that CJ Group, parent of Korea’s largest films group, was pressured by the Park government into making a series of patriotic movies… Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pickton inquiry begins hearing testimony from police

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the Pickton inquiry Monday the question was finally asked directly to the police: Why did it take so long to catch serial killer Robert Pickton?Vancouver’s deputy police chief began his testimony by reviewing his 450 page report that analyzed where police went wrong.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts was at the inquiry.last_img