In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 5, 2019

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsIllegal logging in Mozambique has exposed the country to potential devastation as a result of cyclones (The Epoch Times).As policy turns away from palm oil-based biofuels in the European Union, it’s still powering a lot of vehicles (Financial Times).A new law in Côte d’Ivoire aimed at stopping deforestation could lead to the eviction of as many as 2 million cocoa farmers (Africa Times).Paraguay is investing in silvopastoral systems to raise livestock, which proponents argue will help meet the global demand for food while protecting forest (Inter Press Service).Poachers intent on ivory are operating in Botswana, home to Africa’s largest population of elephants (The New York Times).A new dam could derail the UNESCO World Heritage Status of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve (Devdiscourse).Other newsResearchers track an Arctic fox’s trek of more than 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) (The New York Times).The G20 is in near-unanimous agreement — with one notable dissenter in U.S. President Donald Trump — to address climate change (The Washington Post).Threatened salmon in California may benefit from access to flooded fields (Biographic).Rehabilitating confiscated pangolins takes a special touch (Biographic).A black rhino died on his way from the U.K. to the Serengeti (The Mirror, The Independent).Canada’s new fisheries act has promise, but some wonder if it’s coming too late (Hakai Magazine).Experts offer guidance on helping children understand climate change (The New York Times).The Netherlands is raising dairy cattle out at sea in a bid for increased sustainability (Hakai Magazine).European meteorologists peg June 2019 as the hottest June on record (The New York Times).Predators and the impacts they have on people present a tricky problem for conservation biologists (The Atlantic).Greenland’s melting ice sheet could have an unexpected benefit: freeing up sand to meet worldwide demand (The New York Times).Improving batteries could catalyze a shift to hybrid jets (The Economist).The 10 million people of Chennai no longer have enough water (NPR).Climate change could have a price tag of nearly $70 trillion by 2100, according to the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics (The Washington Post).A new species of fly shares its name with a Game of Thrones character (Fox News).Crews at a golf course owned by U.S. President Donald Trump in Scotland destroyed protected sand dunes — and then the government stripped the ecosystem’s protected status (E&E News).A perplexing surge in seaweed growth in the Caribbean is threatening marine life and fisheries (The Atlantic).Climate change is increasing conflicts over fisheries (Hakai Magazine).China could spearhead a conservation movement for the world’s oceans (World Economic Forum).Farmers are raising flies and beetles to be fodder for farmed fish (The Economist).Banner image of an Arctic fox by Rama via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0 fr). FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

It’s time for Climate Bonds Initiative to scrap its hydro certification scheme (commentary)

first_imgAs world leaders, industry groups, and campaigners converge on Madrid for the climate change COP, the proponents of hydropower are out in full force, keen to profit from and perpetuate the myth of hydropower’s climate benefits.The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a UK-based entity established to channel private finance toward addressing climate change, has aligned itself with the influential International Hydropower Association in its eagerness to capitalize on the growing market for climate-certified projects. Yet it has bitten off more than it can chew by attempting to certify hydropower projects, which prompted 276 civil society groups to call for the scheme to be abandoned.Climate bonds have the potential to play a critical role in ensuring positive outcomes for rivers and for effectively mitigating climate change. Clinging to its ill-advised pursuit of a hydropower standard, however, would damage the CBI’s own reputation and undermine the credibility of green bonds on the whole.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The world urgently needs to embrace effective financial incentives to arrest the climate crisis, but attempts to greenwash hydropower are counterproductive and must be abandoned.As world leaders, industry groups, and campaigners converge on Madrid for the climate change COP, the proponents of hydropower are out in full force, keen to profit from and perpetuate the myth of hydropower’s climate benefits. Some are those you’d expect, like the International Hydropower Association (IHA), which is sidling up to solar and wind industry representatives to bask in their reflected glory. Others are less visible, yet present no less a threat to our rivers and meaningful action on climate change.The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a UK-based entity established to channel private finance toward addressing climate change, is presenting its work at no less than nine events in Madrid. CBI staff are busy promoting their bond certification services, which aim to serve as a benchmark for the emerging set of climate bond financing mechanisms. Yet by attempting to certify hydropower projects in its eagerness to capitalize on the growing market for climate-certified projects, the CBI has bitten off more than it can chew. And it’s triggered a major backlash.Today, 276 civil society organizations from 77 countries around the world launched a statement calling upon CBI to “abandon its misguided attempt to greenwash hydropower.” This diverse array of groups — from established human rights and environmental advocates to localized initiatives fighting to protect their communities’ freshwater resources — are unified in opposing CBI’s plans to “[channel] scarce climate dollars toward projects that fail to help us confront the challenge of preventing a 2oC scenario.”The CBI’s major misstep was aligning itself with and taking its cues from the influential International Hydropower Association, an industry lobby created to promote the interests of hydro companies. CBI’s proposed criteria are flawed, as the unanswered written submission by International Rivers (where I work as policy director) describes in detail, and rely almost exclusively on a set of tools designed and promoted by the IHA, which would mean in practice that:• Adverse environmental and social impacts, which are rife in the sector and well-documented, would be covered only in a cursory way using the IHA’s own risk tool. This amounts to largely a box-ticking exercise where there are no requirements for assessors — who would themselves be accredited by the IHA in a glaring conflict of interest — to even consult with affected communities.• Greenhouse gas emissions from dam reservoirs (primarily methane, a particularly potent greenhouse gas) would be calculated using the IHA’s own tool, which systematically underestimates GHG emissions from dams. Meanwhile, CBI’s proposed criteria set such a low bar that even high-emitting dams would qualify.• Most fundamentally, the proposed criteria, if adopted, would permit institutional investors like pension funds to invest in hydropower with no real limits. Not only would it incentivize and make hydro projects more profitable for operators, it would certify dubious projects without achieving any meaningful climate benefit.Climate bonds have the potential to play a critical role in ensuring positive outcomes for rivers and for effectively mitigating climate change. In fact, the CBI previously created a separate standard for water infrastructure, which took an important step to promote nature-based solutions to addressing climate change. Clinging to its ill-advised pursuit of a hydropower standard, on the other hand, would damage the CBI’s own reputation and undermine the credibility of green bonds on the whole.The Climate Bonds Initiative would do well to disentangle itself from its alliance with the International Hydropower Association and scrap its hydropower certification scheme.Protest in Paris outside World Hydropower Congress, May 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Todd Southgate.Josh Klemm is the Policy Director at the global advocacy group International Rivers where he oversees campaigns to shift public and private investment away from destructive dams and toward sustainable energy and water solutions. International Rivers works to protect rivers and defend the rights of the communities that depend on them.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Activism, Climate Change and Dams, Commentary, Dams, Editorials, Environment, Freshwater Ecosystems, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Researcher Perspective Series, Rivers, Water center_img Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, Jan. 24, 2020

first_imgThere are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsThe fires in Australia have destroyed huge areas of world heritage-listed rainforests (The Guardian) …… As well as killed half of the koalas on Kangaroo Island (The Washington Post).A rubber plantation for the tire company Michelin wiped out elephant habitat in Indonesia (New Scientist).The disappearance of a butterfly conservationist in Mexico has some worried about foul play tied to illegal logging (The Hill).Stopping the rise in Amazon deforestation this year requires acting immediately, a scientist argues (teleSUR) ….… While Brazil’s president plans to form a council aimed at the protection — and development — of the Amazon (Reuters).Climate change could have a bigger impact on life in the rainforest than deforestation (SciTechDaily).Colombia has started a monitoring program aimed at stamping out deforestation (Reuters).Coyotes may soon be part of South America’s landscape (Smithsonian).Restrictions on the trade of threatened rosewood can backfire by driving up demand and thus prices (Undark).A new project is collecting the stories of young people who are working to defend rainforests (Al Día News).Researchers are working to address the role of women in the production of charcoal in sub-Saharan Africa (CIFOR Forests News).Other newsThe premature deaths of giant sequoias have taken scientists by surprise (The Guardian).Scientists are concerned that the Australian fires will adversely affect marine mammals too (Hakai Magazine).Several shark species new to science “walk” on their fins (Geek).Climate activist Greta Thunberg implored attendees at the Davos economic forum to end investments in fossil fuels immediately (The New York Times).Mobile marine protected areas could help protect species and habitats in changing seas (Popular Science, Scientific American).Megafauna in the world’s lakes and rivers are disappearing (The New York Times).Marine mammal ship strikes have become a problem in the Canary Islands (Hakai Magazine).Local women in the Solomon Islands are working to protect sea turtles from threats like rats and poaching (Deutsche Welle).Banner image of a hawksbill turtle by magicOlf via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update last_img read more

My Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte

first_imgGarrett Harte, is the founder of Harte Media, specialising in PR and Communications strategy. A native of Raphoe, he is the former Editor in Chief of Newstalk. His band The Lost play at Oakfest in Raphoe this evening. This is his ‘My Donegal.’Garrett HarteWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Tough one as there are so many places to choose from!If I go back to my childhood then I have great memories of spending weekends with my Mum & Dad at the beach in Rathmullan. Diving off the pier with my brother Emmet and eating sand soaked sandwiches washed down with gallons of Football Special!Going to Rathmullen now still brings back those great times. Where in Donegal do you call home?Raphoe, the smallest city in the British Isles!It was a great town to grow up in. Football, music and devilment!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?There are two people to be honest. My late father, Paddy, and my mother, Rosaleen. They both dedicated their lives to public service, instilling the importance of social justice, community and fairness. My father was a source of great strength and I miss not being able to call on his advice. My mother is the boss in the house, always with wise words and a positive outlook. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Oakfield Park in Raphoe. Gerry & Heather Robinson have created an amazing, public space with beautiful gardens, walks and a steam train. They are always adding new designs and offerings including the Oakfest music festival. It’s a must visit.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I’d say summers but there was nothing like sleighing down Mongorry hill in Raphoe on a frosty winter’s night.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Catch up with a few old school friends in Letterkenny, bit of storytelling and slagging!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Shay Given – a gentleman who has never forgotten his roots or his Lifford accent!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry RobinsonWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Jim McGuiness. The masterplan he created to deliver All-Ireland success in 2012 was outstanding. I first met Jim almost 30 years ago when I played in a band called The Lost and we would go on tour to Glenties! The week before the 2012 All Ireland final I sent Jim a text to say if Donegal were to win the All Ireland then The Lost would reform. They did and so did The Lost!!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Friels of Raphoe. Home from home!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I dream about getting the train to Donegal!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Would you catch yourself on…”What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?In my business I never talk about challenges, I talk about opportunities. Beyond Brexit I think Donegal has the potential to be a tech hub for the country. Offering better work life balance and cost of living for companies.What is your favourite Donegal food?Dulse!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?NoDo you have a favourite local band?Control The Dark & Frankie DolanIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?That train line!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? There are many things. If I was to pick one it would be the people. I think Donegal people have a great outlook on life, passionate about their county and don’t take themselves too seriously!Would you like to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Just send us an email on info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Garrett HarteMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Prep girls basketball: Eureka High opens 2019 run with impressive win

first_imgSophia Chalmers hit 4 3-pointers and scored 23 points and the Eureka High girls basketball team opened its 2019 run with an impressive 75-45 win over Hercules, Friday night at Pinole Valley High.Carly Boynton added 12 points for the Loggers in the win while Malia Guilbert poured in 10 off the bench and Kellina Pratton, 7 points and 6 assists. McKenna Beach scored 6 points for Eureka and had a productive night defensively with 5 steals.Eureka (1-0) head coach Mike Harvey said what impressed …last_img read more

SA wines lead ‘green’ label drive

first_imgJunior winemaker Philani Gumede tests a new batch of wine at the Orange RiverWine Cellars, which is busy withIPW implementation.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)The new combined seal on a bottle of Delheim 2010 Pinotage Rosé.(Image: Sustainable Wine South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Andre MorgenthalWosa communications manager+27 21 883 3860 • Daniel SchietekatIPW manager+27 21 889 6555RELATED ARTICLES • Wine alliance to challenge EU• SA scoops World Wine Awards • Wine on the wold side • SA wine bottles to lighten upJanine ErasmusThe South African wine industry has become a world leader with the launch of its new sustainability seal, which assures wine-lovers that the product was made using green techniques at every step.The seal, reported to be the first of its kind, only applies to bottled wines. It is issued by the Wine and Spirit Board, which oversees matters relating to Wine of Origin, cultivar and vintage. The 12-member board is appointed by the minister of agriculture.The new seal is a joint effort by the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), a voluntary scheme for sustainable environmental practices established in 1998, marketing organisation Wines of South Africa (Wosa), and the Biodiversity and Wines Initiative, which encourages wine producers to set aside land for conservation.Although the IPW scheme is not compulsory, it has garnered the support of more than 95% of local wine producers, proving that South African wine farmers have the welfare of the environment at heart.IPW encompasses a variety of wine-manufacturing issues, such as health and safety of the labour force, integrated pest management, biodiversity, and carbon dioxide emissions.IPW certification is also a function of the Wine and Spirit Board. Compliance is a guarantee for green-minded consumers that the wine was produced responsibly and with care for the environment.Certified producers must adhere to guidelines setting out good agricultural and manufacturing practices for both wine-making and bottling. Members are re-assessed annually, and spot checks are carried out periodically.Seal of qualityThe new seal can now be spotted on 2010 vintage wine bottle necks, adorning the plastic or aluminium cork cover.While the previous seal only gave information relating to vintage, varietal and origin, the new version adds the crucial component of sustainability.With one glance, wine-lovers can now rest assured that the origin, vintage and varietals are accurate, that the wine’s history can be traced right back to the grapes on the vine, and that the wine has been produced sustainably and bottled in South Africa.This may also encourage producers who export bulk volumes of wine to be bottled overseas, to bring that stage of the manufacturing process back home, as they will not be allowed to carry the new seal on their wines. This will also help to create more jobs.IPW certified wine producers who comply with both seals are not bound to use any particular version of the seal, but can decide for themselves which one they will use, or whether they choose to use one at all.Those producers who are not yet certified for the new sustainability seal can still use the original Wine of Origin seal on their products.IPW manager Daniel Schietekat said that the new version will carry the same tracking number as the old one, but will bear the additional phrase “Integrity & Sustainability.”Sustainable manufacturing processWith consumers becoming increasingly eco-aware, and selective in which products they support, the seal is expected to boost sales of South African wines overseas, especially with the 2010 World Cup on the doorstep and South Africa’s international profile on a high.“It will help to lay old ghosts to rest,” said Thys Loubser, CE of wine-making cooperative KWV, referring to perceptions about the treatment of South African farm workers.The initiative will also entrench the country’s solid reputation for good environmental practices in the wine industry.“Although other countries are introducing similar initiatives on a limited scale,” said Wosa CEO Su Birch, “at this stage South Africa is the only country that can implement and certify the concept across the entire local wine industry.”The tracking system, which is connected to a unique number assigned to the product, provides all the necessary information, right from the vine to the bottling process.It takes the Wine of Origin system, which provides the provenance of the wine back to the vineyard, one step further because it also takes into account the estate’s wine-growing practices, and guarantees that the producer complied with all the guidelines at every stage.“This is a highly sophisticated tracking system that is being universally applied across the South African wine industry,” said Birch. She added that about 50% of producers are expected to have the new seal on their bottles in 2010, with more to come in the following vintage year. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)last_img read more

Growing South Africa’s Green Economy One Small Business at a Time

first_imgGrowing South Africa’s Green Economy One Small Business at a TimeA positive Nation Brand strengths the country’s competitiveness on a global stage. This is made possible by civil society, business and government through active citizenship and this is exactly what the Play Your Part programme seeks to do –  inspire active citizenship.SEED South Africa is #getinvolved and playing its part as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that aims to create a national community of successful social and environmental entrepreneurs, providing increased business opportunities for the entrepreneurs themselves and for the wider business community.In meeting the needs of local small business eco-inclusive enterprises, global Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) SEED is set to host Replicator Connect Workshops in Polokwane on 17th and 18th of May, and in Pretoria on 23rd and 24th of May 2018. Entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions across the Energy, Waste Management, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Tourism sectors are invited to apply for participation in these sponsored workshops.Coordinator of the SEED Replicator Programme, Christine Meyer offers: “With more than 15 years of experience and having supported engaged over 600 entrepreneurs across six African countries in our SEED Replicator Programme, we know that our methodology has proven effective in enabling entrepreneurs who are currently contributing to South Africa’s green and inclusive economy to replicate proven solutions and facilitate business partnerships between successful entrepreneurs around the globe.”“While the country is home to a number of engines which support small business development, the challenges facing those in the eco-inclusive sector are unique, specifically as it relates to the capacity of entrepreneurs to successfully replicate and adapt proven solutions,” adds Meyer. “The programme helps eco-inclusive start-ups avoid common business pitfalls and tackle environmental and social challenges in the community while generating sustainable economic returns”To date, more than 1000 entrepreneurs are directly supported by SEED, and a huge number of those who joined the programme are still in business, a mean feat especially in South Africa where the mortality rate of small business is still quite high, with decreasing numbers making it pass the two-year mark.“A critical success factor in our Replicator Connect workshops has been presenting proven business models which entrepreneurs can adapt, interrogate and adopt during the interactive workshops, equipping them with work-books and facilitating peer-to-peer feedback,” offers Meyer.The SEED workshops are open to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing enterprises interested in replicating eco-inclusive business models, and establishing business partnerships with successful entrepreneurs around the globe. Apply on https://app.seed.uno/SEED Replicator Connect Workshop ScheduleDateCityDeadline for ApplicationsWorkbooks17 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– Waste to Industrial Resources– Agricultural Product Processing18 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– From Beehives to Market– Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises23 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– Plastic Upcycling– Sustainable Tourism Enterprises24 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– ICT for Agriculture– Waste to Biogaslast_img read more

Video Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 3: Examining the Stabilized FootageWarp Stabilizer can be a finicky little tool. It’s not a once-size-fits-all kind of effect — you might throw the effect on there, and it becomes more shaky than before. So, what are the reasons why your clip might not work well with warp stabilizer?It’s TOO shaky. The Warp Stabilizer tool is effective, but it can’t perform magic. All it’s really doing is creating an artificial box-within-a-box to create the illusion of a smoothed-out shot. If your camera shakes too much, and there’s too much motion blur within your clip, the tool won’t have the information it needs to track and stabilize your footage.You have Time Remapped your clip. Premiere Pro won’t let you apply Warp Stabilizer to a clip you’ve either sped up or slowed down. There’s a quick fix to this — simply nest your clip, then place the effect over the nested sequence.The clip is too dark. If the effect can’t interpret the information in the clip, it won’t be able to justly stabilize it — just like if the clip was too shaky. Make sure your clip is brightened up or make sure you properly expose when you shoot. Shooting for Warp StabilizerA trick I’ve learned over the years is that you can actually plan your shots knowing you’re going to apply Warp Stabilizer in post. To get the best gimbal-like smoothness out of your clip, follow Shutterstock’s own Todd Blankenship’s tips for shooting for Warp Stabilizer:Shoot Wide. The wider you shoot, the more information that Warp Stabilizer has to clean up and smooth out the motion. It’ll also cut down on your motion blur that might come from a zoom lens.Shoot in a Deep Depth of Field. Warp Stabilizer is not a big fan of blurry parts of video. The shallower your depth of field, the harder it is for the effect to decipher information. Keep your aperture tight, and try your best to avoid a sharp depth of field. That’s where you’ll run into those weird jitter shakes that happen when Warp Stabilizer gets confused during analysis. Step 2: Clip AnalysisAfter executing the first step, Premiere Pro will analyze the clip. This’ll take a minute, but you shouldn’t have to wait too long. Shaky footage can totally throw off the momentum of your video. Here’s how you can stabilize it in post in Adobe Premiere Pro.One of the most basic must-know video editing tricks is stabilizing shaky footage. You may have shaky footage because you were shooting handheld or you didn’t have access to a gimbal. Cleaning it up with the Warp Stabilizer is a more common occurrence than you might think. This task is very simple — you’re only seconds away from correcting an “unusable” shot.Step 1: Activate Warp StabilizerGet your shaky clip in front of you. Open up Effects, and choose Video Effects. Scroll down to Distort, and double-click Warp Stabilizer. You can also click and drag the Warp Stabilizer option over to your clip. Diving Deeper into Warp StabilizerFor even more control and precision when fixing your footage, open up Effects Controls for Warp Stabilizer, and you can watch each frame get analyzed. You can also change the Smoothness to work with your footage — if the stabilizer is too jarring, you can turn it down and play with the effect in any way you want. Make sure to check out Austin Crow‘s dive into the Warp Stabilizer effect above to really get to know the effect.This post was originally published in September, 2016. It has been updated to reflect appropriate changes.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Post-Production Tips: How to Create a Split-Field Diopter EffectHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere Pro7 Tutorials for Better Titles, Text and Motion GraphicsIn-Camera or in Post: How to Get the Same Effects as Expensive Lenses3 Tips for Stabilizing Smartphone Videographylast_img read more

Hot Petron sweeps first round; F2 bounces back

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments That’s bad news from the rest of the field.Stephanie Niemer scored 23 points, while a flu-stricken Kath Bell added 19 for Petron, which finished the job in just 66 minutes.Niemer, who is hunting her first PSL crown, unloaded 18 kills, one block and four aces.“It’s really proud of our imports, they’re very dedicated and very professional,” said Delos Santos.Erica Wilson provided 13 points for the HD Spikers, who fell to 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Blaze Spikers will start their second round campaign when they battle struggling Foton on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.Meanwhile, Lindsay Stalzer led the Cargo Movers with 19 points as they moved up to 6-1, while PLDT fell to 3-4. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The two parted ways last Thursday after sharing the tournament lead for quite some time—Petron pinned a first loss on F2 Logistics—but except for their slightly different records, they’re back to doing the same old stuff.Whipping their PSL foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was a clean sweep of the their first seven matches for the Blaze Spikers, who appear to be peerless at this point of the conference.“I think we did a good job, but it doesn’t end here,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s a good thing if we can maintain our winning streak. But we still have to step up if we want to remain undefeated in this very tough tournament.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Make it a ‘5-peat’ for CEU MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron fittingly closed out the first round by dominating Cignal, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Muntinlupa Sports Center.F2 Logistics bounced back from a loss after crushing PLDT, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more