first_imgA professional gang of thieves are making ‘dummy runs’ to se how long it will take business-owners to respond to alarms being triggered.The gang have used the method during a number of successful break-ins across Donegal over the Christmas period.At least three premises in Letterkenny have ben broken into using the method. The scam has prompted Gardai to appeal to business owners to review their security systems.Division Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Paul Wallace said businesses need to review their physical and electronic security systems.“These gangs have been watching key-holders to determine how long it takes them to respond to alarms being triggered.“They then know how long they have to enter a premises and steal goods. They have been doing this over the Christmas period. “Business-owners need to review and beef up their security systems or face being the next victim on the list of these guys. Business-owners need to work with Gardai in protecting their premises,” he said.And Sgt Wallace said that members of the public who buy stolen goods are also adding to the crime industry.“It is a known and established fact that criminals are targeting business premises in order to steal high value goods which are then being sold off at knock down prices. Members of the public who are purchasing items from dubious sources at prices considerably lower than normal retailing prices are contributing to the growth industry at this time of year- Crime’.Advice to Business Owners / Operators:1. Liaise with the installer of the intruder alarm system and ensure that the system is operating correctly and is fit for purpose. 2. All Commercial Premises require secondary signalling to the monitoring station to ensure coverage during an electrical or telephone line outage.3. Installers of Intruder Alarm systems must be registered with the P.S.A (Private Security Authority) further information at .4. Alarms installed in commercial premises should achieve European Norm En 50131-1 standard. This is the consumer’s safe guard.5. CCTV should also be fit for purpose, capable of capturing images during hours of darkness. Interior lighting of a premises should be linked to the alarm system so that it becomes operational in the event of an alarm activation to aid the cctv capture quality images. 6. CCTV hard drives should be placed in a secured area in order to safeguard against theft.7. The physical security of your premises is of paramount importance – Strong Doors, Shutters, Window grills are basic requirements to defeat the criminal.8. Cash should not be left on premises overnight – A crime opportunity is being created.By reviewing security and creating layers of protection by physical and electronic barriers it is possible to target harden business premises. Layers if protection in a building which are capable of withstanding robust sustained attack will defeat the criminal.By Being Aware, Informed & Secure a lot of these Crimes are preventable. If something strikes you as not being the norm, it usually is, take steps to investigate.Community Assistance:Residents in the community are particularly asked to become more vigilant for the movement of vehicles late at night or early in the morning. The noting of Registration numbers, Colour and if possible the make and model of vehicles should be forwarded to local District Headquarters stations (see below) which are open on a 24/7 basis & should be contacted immediately.This information can be considered for further dissemination amongst the community via the Community Text Alert Scheme which are in operation in conjunction with Community Alert in various areas throughout the County.Text Alert:Text Alert is designed to facilitate immediate and cost effective communication from An Garda Siochana to the public working in conjunction with Community Crime Prevention initiatives i.e. Community Alert & Neighbourhood Watch .Owners of businesses in all areas should also review security in and around their homes. Advice and guidance is available at / crime prevention.Your Local District Headquarters 24/7 Service Garda Stations are:Letterkenny 91-67100 / Buncrana 93-20540 / Milford 91-53060 & Ballyshannon on 071-98-51102Remember 999/112 in cases of emergencyGANGS USING ‘FAKE ALARM CALLS’ TO BREAK INTO BUSINESS PREMISES was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 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:alarmsbusiness ownersdonegalGardailast_img read more

UC Davis exotics specialists help return bald eagle to the wild

first_imgIn early May, a Good Samaritan in Northern California found a wounded 6.8 lbs. male bald eagle on the side of a rural highway in Modoc County, about 75 miles east of Mount Shasta. The bird was taken to a local California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, who delivered him to Shasta Wildlife Rescue. Knowing the eagle needed more care than SWR could provide, he was transferred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.Once at UC Davis, the eagle was examined by the Companion Exotic Animal …last_img

Why You Shouldn’t Cut Your Own Director of Photography Showreel

first_imgIn this breakdown, we look at some common pitfalls when cutting a showreel, how to successfully present your product, and why this is so important.When I’m producing a project, I spend a lot of time watching reels and trying to find the right cinematographer for the project. Unfortunately, there are many great shooters who aren’t doing themselves any favors when present their own work. So here are a few reasons why, as a DP, you should not cut your own showreel.You’re the Worst Person to Cut Your Own ShowreelImage via ponsulak.It’s hard to forget the circumstances on set — or the long hours in post that made a particular shot possible. DPs are infamous for including shots they think are technically impressive, not knowing that the typical producer or director has no idea what was involved and doesn’t care. They’re simply looking for the best work.Beyond the specifics of what to include, there’s a deeper reason to have someone else cut your own reel. Editing is a specialized skill, just like cinematography. Just because you have Premiere or Final Cut on your computer doesn’t make you an editor. Your showreel is the single most important tool for getting work. Are you really going to trust that to someone who has never had a professional editing job?DPs who cut their own reels are similar to actors who take their own headshots. Their efforts are usually only satisfactory, at best.Get to the Good Stuff Quickly(Narrative reel — Polly Morgan).You can’t treat a showreel like something people will watch in its entirely. You get thirty seconds to grab someone’s attention. Producers are watching hundreds of reels to find the right person, and the next one is just a click away. Don’t spend the first twenty seconds putting your name on screen. People already know who you are because they’ve come to your website to watch it. Put a slate at the end with your name and email. If the reel is impressive, people will make the effort to find out who did it.You’re Only as Good as the Worst Thing on Your Reel(Person of Interest Reel — Matthew Billeter)Filmmaking is a cynical business. Others will judge you according to your worst work, not your best. If you have ten great projects and one mediocre one on your reel, producers are going to assume that you’re also proud of the mediocre one and will probably do mediocre work for them.You need to be constantly updating your reel (meaning have it re-cut), so that everything on there represents your best work. This may sound like a lot of time and money (and it is!), but one good job can pay for a lifetime of reels, and you can only get that job with the right reel.The reality is that you’re going to get work similar to what’s already on your reel. Very few people are going to take the risk of hiring someone who doesn’t have experience with the genre, style, or technical aspects of what they’re seeking. If you don’t want to shoot a particular kind of work (green screen or interviews, for example), don’t put that on your reel.What You Put on Your Reel Is as Important as How Good It IsPeople are looking for more than flashy pictures. No one cares what cameras or lenses you shot with. They want to see how you can create a sense of story and a world that goes beyond the frame.Cover image via nampix.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production?Learn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly MoveEssential Advice on Producing Your Own Short FilmFIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use ThemIs Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?How to Maximize Your Time and Productivity as a Filmmakerlast_img read more

Editorial Not decimated but badly bruised

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcistrong, #TCIwillrebuild Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Some Turks and Caicos Islands residents do not like how some international media are portraying the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irma.   They think the stories are far flung, short-sighted and lopsided.    That the reporters are only capturing what was destroyed, not what withstood the treacherous system on September 7, 2017 or what is already being rebuilt.There are those who wish it would be said that TCI buildings proved, in large part to be tougher than the super typhoon which was much oh so more than a Cat5 in strength.    And that electricity restoration is happening at rapid pace on the so called Caicos Islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales.While it is clear some disgruntled writings are also laced with fantasies about how grim it really is for the country, there are indeed pockets of sunshine amidst the real mess mostly Irma has left behind.Still, to me and many others it does stifling harm to those seriously struggling since the hurricane when there are talks about it not being ‘that bad’ despite the early September hurricane cutting the resort availability down to four properties, forcing major employer and tourist draw, Beaches TCI to take a 90 day closure for rebuilding, destroying whole apartment complexes, cutting off employment, bringing damage to all but one public school and hurricane Irma caused at least three islands to be classified as in a State of Emergency.While figures on how man structures and vehicles were damaged, how many people were displaced and how much hurricanes Irma and Maria will cost us; we can say that our country risk insurance (CCRIF) gave us $13.6m in claims money.  Following  hurricanes Hanna and Ike in 2008, the payout was less that half of that.Yes there is evidence of a country on the rebound, resilient to withstand history’s strongest hurricane; but there is also evidence of a country badly wounded and in desperate need of repair and resuscitation.Both positions can be the story simultaneously and for the Turks and Caicos both states of being are our reality.   But since we are a country and community so closely woven that we feel each other’s pain, and as long as people are homeless, jobless, roofless, school-less, car-less and business-less; it is ‘that bad.’And that fact is not make believe.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIwillrebuild#tcistrong Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Day for Turks and Caicos, Southwest Airlines marks first flight PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction Recommended for you NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIAlast_img read more

Police investigating possible homicide of 21yearold woman in Fairmont Village

first_img Updated: 9:40 PM June 16, 2018 , FAIRMONT VILLAGE (KUSI) — Police are investigating possible homicide in Fairmont Village after a body was found in a home Saturday evening.The body of a 21-year-old woman was just after 5:00 p.m. in the 3600 block of 45th Street in City Heights, San Diego Police said.The female had suffered apparent traumatic injuries.The initial investigation has revealed the victim returned home on June 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., after going out with friends.Her body was discovered by family members just after 5:00 p.m. that night. No suspects have been identified at this time.Homicide detectives are currently investigating the situation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.This is a developing story, check back for the latest updates. Police investigating possible homicide of 21-year-old woman in Fairmont Village Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018last_img read more