Plans for customs checks on island of Ireland under new UK Proposals

first_imgBoris Johnson’s letter to the EU including his plans for the Irish Backstop has been released this afternoon (Weds).The British prime minister finally tabled his alternative proposals to the backstop this evening, including a plan for checks both on the island of Ireland and in the Irish Sea.The EU and Irish government will seek time to study the document but ultimately there is little hope that it will break the impasse. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has endorsed Boris Johnson’s offer to the EU.Speaking before seeing the proposals, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said what is being put forward “is not promising and does not appear to form the basis of an agreement”.He said he wanted to see the plans in writing before coming to a “definitive conclusion”.The Taoiseach will discuss the situation with Mr Johnson by telephone later.“Nobody in Northern Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south, nobody in the Republic of Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south. So why would any British government want to force that on Irish people north and south who don’t want them?” Advertisement Ireland has always maintained that anything short of an invisible border would under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and peace on this island.Plans for customs checks on island of Ireland under new UK Proposals was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Eagles continue to roll, go to 18-1

first_imgAn impressive summer continued for the Humboldt Eagles American Legion 17-under team this week, with a pair of victories on Wednesday and Thursday.The Eagles defeated the Northern Humboldt Giants 7-3 in Arcata on Wednesday, and followed that a day later with a 10-0 win over the Northern Humboldt Knights in five innings at the Southern Humboldt 76ers tournament in Fortuna.With the two victories, the Eagles improved to 18-1 on the season (5-0 in league play) and remain undefeated against …last_img read more

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NAB 2016: All the Latest Camera Rigs, Dollies, Gimbals, Drones, and More

first_imgZacutoZacuto displayed the new Gratical Eye SDI electronic viewfinder. It’s the company’s smallest and lightest Micro OLED EVF. With a 75Wh battery, the Gratical Eye can be powered for 14 hours. The Gratical Eye is scheduled to ship in May.Here’s a look at the Gratical Eye from Zacuto. EdelkroneEdelkrone made a couple of announcements that gained attention. Up first was their new StandPLUS — a bizarre looking collapsible tripod/stand hybrid. The Stand Plus allows users to quickly set their camera in place without adjusting any knobs or controls.The company also announced a new follow focus available in May for $199 — the FocusONE.Edelkrone also revealed the JibPlus, which offers automated pan, tilt, and focus to your existing rig. The JibPlus comes with a controller, sensor module, and 2-axis head with focus motor.Finally, they showed off the new RigONE, an all-in-one rig solution for lightweight cameras. The rig can carry up to 6.6 lbs and is optimized for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Tons of new dollies, gimbals, drones, and more made headlines at NAB 2016. Here’s a look at the best new rigs out there.Top image via EdelkroneNearly every accessory manufacturer just debuted a new device designed to help cinematographers. Here are some of the best new support rigs we saw at NAB 2016.KesslerOn the NAB floor, Kessler is showcasing the new Shuttle Dolly,  a stellar compact dolly system with a 125 lb capacity. The Shuttle Dolly itself weighs 34 lbs and the base kit starts at $1,100.If you’re interested in trying any Kessler gear, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the company’s new Try Before You Buy collaboration with LensProToGo. When you rent Kessler gear from LensProToGo, be sure to click on the Try Before You Buy box. When you decide to make a purchase, Kessler will give you a discount for the amount of the rental cost, up to 15% off of the purchase price. The promotion is only valid on Kessler gear from LensProToGo through May 31, 2016. Discounts will be honored through June 30, 2016.Here is a look at the Kessler Shuttle Dolly from No Film School. Redrock MicroRedrock Micro demonstrated their Eclipse system, which helps operators keep focus while operating gimbals and drones. The Eclipse is a combination of the Atlas wireless focus and iris motors, the Halo autofocus system, and the Orbit swivel arm that keeps your monitor in view while moving the gimbal around.center_img DJIWe’ve already covered DJI’s major announcement, the new Matrice 600 cinematic drone and Ronin-MX. The Ronin-MX was designed to not only capture stable shots on the ground, but quickly attach to the Matrice 600 for aerials.Since that write-up, No Film School got a close-up look at the new Osmo RAW. This version of the Osmo features the Zenmuse X5R camera, which can record on a solid-state drive and features a Micro Four Thirds mount.For those already with an Osmo, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the new Z-Axis which eliminates the terrible shock of an operator’s footsteps. Here’s a look at the Z-Axis from Cinema5D. The Z-Axis is available for $128. Vocas SpiderThe new Vocas Spider System is a modular camera support system designed for an array of cameras. The lightweight system is ideal for quick run-and-gun shoots. Here’s a look a the rig from Cinema5D.What must-have new gear did you see at NAB 2016? Share your wish list in the comments below!last_img read more

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Ignore Bad Advice on Cold Calling

first_imgThere are a lot of people who are happy to offer you the advice that you should never cold call. Here is a list of the people whose bad advice on cold calling you should ignore:Anyone who profits from your adopting the belief that cold calling doesn’t work. These charlatans are putting their financial interests over your own. They are preying on your fears and weaknesses.Anyone who has never sold professionally. The person suggesting that you abandon the phone has never carried a bag or had to make a number; they do not have the requisite experience to give you this advice. They are simply parroting what they hear other people say without no personal knowledge.Anyone who tells you that cold calling did not work for them. The fact that the person offering this advice wasn’t good at cold calling does not mean that that is a universal experience. A lot of diets work for people who follow them but not for people who don’t. Do not allow yourself to be infected by other people’s beliefs or limitations.Anyone who gets paid to create content for companies that sell services to sales people and sales organizations. The fact that someone is a writer for a blog belonging to a company in the sales space is no evidence that they have the expertise or credibility to speak about cold calling. A writer isn’t a salesperson, sales manager, or sales leader. They don’t make cold calls.Anyone who sends emails offering you lead generation services and promising to build your funnel using email. The email that you received is this company’s exact approach. How effective was their approach when they used it to obtain your business?Confirmation bias is looking for information that supports what you believe and refusing to entertain information that conflicts with your beliefs. It can be dangerous. If something makes you uncomfortable, it usually means that it is an idea worth exploring further.last_img read more

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Young Kashmiri plays the rabab back into the limelight

first_imgA 19-year-old Srinagar boy, enabled by social media platforms, is infusing new life into what is considered the soul of Kashmir’s folk music — the rabab, a long-necked lute.Sufyan Malik’s 45-second video, shot on a mobile phone against the backdrop of the heavy snowfall witnessed on November 3, has stormed the internet, with over 4 lakh views and counting. “I came for a short vacation to Kashmir. As my parents left home in the morning, my friend and I decided to shoot the video with snowfall as the backdrop. Initially, I played it for my friends in Pune, to show them snow. To my surprise, the tune of a local song, ‘Janaat-e-Kashmir’, on the rabab, became an instant rage on Internet,” Mr. Malik, a student of engineering at Pune’s MIT College, told The Hindu.Mr. Malik shot the video 18 times because his hands fingers in the cold weather. “There was no electricity to warm my hands. I had to match the speed. It was hard to play three beats down and one beat up. Finally, we did it,” said Mr. Malik, a resident of Srinagar’s Nowshera area. The effort paid off as the video attracted 1.54 lakh views on Twitter in just a couple of days, with more views on Facebook and Instagram in the weeks that followed. From politicians like National Conference’s (NC) Nasir Sogami to activist Shehla Rashid Shora, the young player earned plaudits from across the spectrum in the Valley and outside. “Snow and the rabab probably reflect our identity. People felt an immediate connection. I have pledged to play the rabab all my life. I will do my Masters in composition to enable the survival of the rabab,” said Mr. Malik, the son of a doctor mother and a hotelier, Wahid Malik, who support their son’s efforts.The makers and listeners of the rabab are both fast dwindling in Kashmir. In north Kashmir, only two families continue with the trade of crafting the rabab, from the dozens of just a few decades ago.Seen in many variants across central Asia, the rabab arrived in Kashmir from Afghanistan many centuries ago. “Compared to the seven strings of the Afghan rabab, the Kashmiri version has 22 strings, with two strings crafted out of goat gut through an elaborate process. It’s these two strings that create its mesmerising echo,” Mr. Malik said.Soul-stirringGhulam Muhammad Ganai, 63, from Ganderbal’s Kangan area, is among the few instrumentalists left from the old school. “I play the rabab only in Sufi mehfils (night-long devotional gatherings). The word ‘rabab’ comes from rooh (soul) and bab (expression). It should stir the soul. Only those who are nearer to god value the instrument. Around 15 of us are left now,” said Mr. Ganai.However, young players like Mr. Malik are bringing the instrument back into mainstream culture. “I played the rabab for a musical fusion called ‘Firdous X-He is a pirate’ based on the theme song of [the film] Pirates of Caribbean and the theme music of [TV show] Game of Thrones in 2017. It was an instant hit here,” he said.On June 28 2018, Mr. Malik played the rabab at The Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. “Many Kashmiri-origin people in the audience wanted to have a workshop for their kids after the show. After the hits we produced in 2017, at least 50 students registered to learn to play the rabab at the Delhi Public School (DPS) in Srinagar,” said Mr. Malik.last_img read more

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Football World Cup qualifiers: India ready for UAE, says Chhetri

first_imgThe equation for India is simple: a victory margin of four goals against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a World Cup football qualifying here on Thursday will keep them in the fray, otherwise, the dream for a place in the 2014 finals will stretch by another four years.The task, nonetheless, is as tough as it gets, especially after the 0-3 defeat to the UAE in the away tie last week. As the Indian team gears up for the door-die second leg of the qualifiers at the Ambedkar Stadium, forward Sunil Chhetri believes all is not yet lost, though the goal is tough.”What happened in the UAE was unfortunate. We lost two players (to the red card) within the first 25 minutes and we also conceded two penalties. We played well with nine men and the fact that we conceded only one goal from field-play gives us confidence,” Chhetri said on Tuesday. “We have shrugged off the shock of the defeat and the team is ready for the next match.” Chhetri acknowledged the superiority of their Gulf opponents. “We have to play our best game physically, tactically, technically, as the UAE are far better than us,” he said.India’s shock 2-1 win over Qatar in a friendly prior to the UAE match gives Chhetri inspiration. “Many people said it was a bad decision to play Qatar before the qualifiers as a big loss would deal a blow to our confidence. But we shocked everyone,” he said.Sunil Chhetri is confident that India can come back”It was an inspiring win, one which we cherish. So keeping that in mind, we need to start fresh in the second leg.” The team’s No. 1 goalkeeper Subrata Paul and defender Debabrata Roy were shown red cards in the first leg and will miss Thursday’s match.”Both players were an important part of our team, but their absence also opens the opportunity for two other players to prove their mettle,” Chhetri said.advertisement”Karanjit Singh who came in place for Subrata played a good game. And this is a chance for him. For the last five years, Subrata has been the first choice goalkeeper for India, thanks to his form and fitness. Now, Karanjit has a chance to show his talent.” Though Karanjit is most likely to fill in the shoes of Subrata, Roy’s substitute has yet not been decided.Chhetri is also happy that the match is being played at the Ambedkar Stadium, which has been a lucky venue for India in the last few years. “We won two Nehru Cup tournaments at the Ambedkar Stadium. This has been a lucky ground for us. Hope it remains so this time too,” he said.Chhetri Has a NiggleThe Indian team practiced at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, but Chhetri did not practice with the main team.Though the rest of the players practiced set- piece movements and also a small game among themselves, Chhetri did only physical training and running under physical trainer Suresh Babu.”I have a minor injury in the ankle which I got during the UAE match. It’s nothing major though I did not practice with the team as I didn’t want to take chances,” he said.last_img read more

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