8 Adobe Audition Tutorials Every Video Editor Should Watch

first_imgBecome an audio master with these 8 great Adobe Audition tutorials!It’s often said that a film is 50% video and 50% audio. Unfortunately, for most indie filmmakers and video editors, not much time is spent trying to get great audio in post or on-set. While it’s not always the sexiest part of the post-production process, getting great audio can add immediate legitimacy to your film and to you as a filmmaker. So if you’re in the mood to take your film audio to the next level, check out these quick Adobe Audition tutorials designed to help you sharpen your audio editing skills.1. The BasicsCreated By: Adobe Community HelpWhile Audition isn’t as complex as other video editing softwares like After Effects and Premiere, it’s still a professional software with a learning curve. This tutorial created by the good people at Adobe shows us how to navigate the Audition interface. If you’re new to Audition, this is a must-watch.2. Importing Audio FilesCreated By: Video2BrainImporting in Audition is a lot like importing in Premiere Pro or After Effects. In this short video tutorial, we’ll take a look at how it’s done.3. How to Make a Voiceover Sound BetterCreated By: Mike RussellThere are a lot of voice actors out there and each one has their own special way of making their audio sound better. In this awesome tutorial, professional voice actor Mike Russell shows us his method for creating beautiful audio in Audition.4. Removing HumCreated By: Larry JordanIf you’ve ever had to record audio in less-than-ideal circumstances, then you probably know how terrible hum can be for your audio. Annoying devices like refrigerators, fluorescent lights, and air conditioners can ruin your audio if you’re not careful. It’s always best to simply turn off these annoyances while on set, but if you’re in the editing bay it’s a little late.But don’t worry, post-production master Larry Jordan is here to show us how to remove machine generated hum in Audition. It’s easier than you think and in some circumstances you can remove hum entirely.5. Removing SoundsCreated By: O’Reilly – Video TrainingLet’s say you’re shooting in an office complex and after countless takes your corporate subject finally nails their line — but there’s a problem. A car honked right at the end. Do you reshoot it? Of course you do! However, once you’re in the editing bay, you might be able to salvage the previous take by using some of the built-in tools in Audition. This quick tutorial shows you how it’s done.6. Removing Background NoiseCreated By: John LynnWe’re not always blessed with the opportunity to shoot on a sound stage, especially if you’re a indie filmmaker. So, chances are the shooting environment you’re in has ambient noise that needs to be controlled. While it’s always better to be able to control your environment, if you’re in the editing bay and your audio has environmental problems, you can take out at least some of the background noise using the steps outlined in this tutorial by John Lynn.7. Removing Pops and ClicksCreated By: Jason HugginsIf you sit down to edit your audio and find it’s full of pops and clicks, don’t panic. It’s probably not the end of the world. There are a few built-in tools in Audition that can help you get rid of pops and clicks. This tutorial by Jason Huggins shows us how it’s done.8. Round-tripping Between Premiere Pro to AuditionCreated By: Video2BrainOne of the big perks about working in the Creative Cloud is the fact that most of the software integrates with each other using the dynamic link. Users of Premiere Pro can seamlessly edit their audio in Audition without having to export it out as a different track. In this video tutorial created by Video2Brain, we’ll take a look at how this round-tripping process works.Want to learn more about audio for film? Check out a few of these posts here on PremiumBeat:How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films10 Crucial Pieces of Audio Gear Under $500Audio Editing: Mixing Speech and Music in Premiere ProKnow of any other helpful tutorials for Adobe Audition? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Learn How To Enhance Your Film with Ambient Light

first_imgIn this tutorial, learn how you can work with natural light to enhance the ambient compositions in your next film or video project.Natural light can be a real asset for interviews and narrative films. With careful blocking and framing, filmmakers can pull off amazing shots with minimal lighting gear. However, just dropping your camera someplace without any lights may not give you the best results. In this filmmaking tutorial, we look closely at using ambient light and how to enhance it to look natural.No Light, No ModifiersA filmmaker must be strategic when using interior natural light. It’s all about how you position your talent in relation to window light. However, since there are limitations to where you place your talent, if you move far away from a window (like we are), natural light just may not be enough to pull off an amazing shot.Add KeylightIn the initial shot, there was not much separation between the talent, Julia, and the background. Also, the natural light was not wrapping on Julia’s face enough to make her stand out. Adding a key light that can complement ambient light will give you the style you’re looking for. Just be sure not make the shot look unnatural.Negative FillTo shape light even further, we can add a black flag to absorb light and prevent light from bouncing off of the wall and back into our talent’s face. This will make the left side of Julia’s face darker.Motivated Hair LightTo keep ambient light looking natural, we cannot add light that doesn’t have a clear source. By turing on a practical lamp in the background, we can enhance the image by adding a motivated hair light. Since the lamp is warm, we can create color contrast by making sure the hair light is warmer than the key light.Looking for more filmmaking tutorials? Check out these links.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialCreate a Clean Corporate Logo Intro with After EffectsCapture Live Events Like a Pro with These Simple RulesAnimate Your Text With Handwriting Motion GraphicsSpeed Up Your Sequences with The Jump Cutlast_img read more

You Don’t Need Another New Idea

first_imgYou don’t need to rush out and read every new book with every hot, new idea. Bouncing from one idea to the next, never fully integrating what you’ve already read isn’t going to help you produce better results.You don’t need to attend another seminar searching for one new insight that’s going to totally change the game for you, if you haven’t already taken action on the all of the ideas in the notepads from the last seminar or conference you attended.You don’t need coaching or consulting to help unlock your full potential if you haven’t made the changes you discovered you needed to make when you worked with your last coach or consultant.Books provide an unparalleled return on investment of time and money. Conferences and seminars are an exceptional value for the money. Coaching and consulting can save you years of time and money struggling to get results.But the obstacle between you and success isn’t the next idea, great or small. The obstacle between you and better results is your willingness to change and your commitment to executing on the ideas you do learn from reading, attending conferences, and from coaching.Stop seeking and start executing.With a thank you to coach Rob Hatch, whose dinner conversation inspired this post.QuestionsWhat ideas have you implemented from the last book you read?What did you take action on after your last conference or seminar?Have you made the changes you needed to make from the coaching and consulting you invested in?Why are you willing to act on right now? to Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

HJS: Make Feb. 14 Parents’ Day

first_imgRight-wing outfit Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Deputy Collectors and the North Goa Collector, urging them to stop “malpractices on Valentine’s Day.” HJS spokesperson Manoj Solanki said authorities should increase police patrolling in colleges and take action against speeding drivers. It has appealed to schools to celebrate February 14 as ‘Parents’ Day’.last_img

Apacer: industrial-grade SV250 SSD series with read/write speeds of 560 and 520MB/s

first_img Continue Reading Previous Maxim nanoPower real-time clock extends battery life in wearables, POSNext Arrow Electronics, Rigado and Iconics launch market-ready Smart Buildings Solution Apacer is adding the 3D TLC SV250 SSD series to its product line. Made with original ICs from Toshiba, it offers capacities from 30GB to 960GB, and up to 3,000 P/E cycles. It has impressive sequential read/write speeds of 560 and 520MB/s, respectively. It also functions smoothly in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees C. And its advanced data protection algorithm maximizes it durability and reliability, making it an ideal choice for factory automation applications, security monitoring systems and edge computing devices, etc.Thanks to advanced algorithms including LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC and DataRAID™, data reliability of Apacer’s SV250 series is secured despite of being equipped with TLC NAND flash. Apacer’s engineers also built in a variety of value-adding features, such as a power-saving mode, wear leveling, flash memory management, S.M.A.R.T. and Trim technology.In the case of an unexpected hard shutdown, the SV250 series devices are protected by DataDefender. This combination of hardware and firmware technology is designed to improve data integrity. When power disruption occurs, the hardware mechanism will notice and trigger the controller to run multiple write-to-flash cycles to store data. Then the firmware will check that the data was correctly written to the NAND flash after the power disruption and rebuild the mapping table, preventing data loss.More and more industrial manufacturers are realizing the value of adding encryption technology to their devices. Apacer’s SV250 series devices are self-encrypting drives that are protected by TCG Opal 2.0, which uses the advanced AES encryption to prevent unauthorized access to data. The 3D TLC SV250 series delivers an ideal balance of performance, reliability and cost. They are available in various form factors such as 2.5”, M.2 2280, and M.2 2242, as well as being available in module form.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

6 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothers

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Longstaff brothers are capable of playing for England.Sean, 21, and Matty, 19, have never been involved with the national team at any level and, until recently, were not part of the list of young players being tracked inside St George’s Park.But Bruce said: “I think they just have to be given time. They will find their way if they’re playing regularly.”I would think in the next few weeks, if they’re both going to be in the team, then they will come under the spotlight. Gareth has a blueprint of putting young players in and changing it, which is quite refreshing.”So if they keep playing to a certain level, everything will find them, whether it’s international call-ups, new contracts, new cars, the whole lot will fall into place.” last_img read more

Sporting coach admits Man Utd target Fernandes could leave

first_imgSporting head coach Marcel Keizer is not sure whether star midfielder Bruno Fernandes will remain at the club amid strong links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join the Red Devils throughout the transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his squad after a difficult campaign last time out.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already signed on at Old Trafford but it is believed Solskjaer wants at least one more player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As a result, talk of a switch to Old Trafford for Fernandes has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.The midfielder’s reaction at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia also seemingly offered a hint about his future.The Sporting captain appeared to be in tears in front of his own fans in Lisbon, prompting talk of an imminent departure.Asked about Fernandes – who was in the starting line-up – Keizer admitted he was in the dark about his future.”We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do,” he told reporters after the game.”I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.”Fernandes, who joined from Sampdoria in 2017, has attracted the interest of a number of European clubs after an outstanding campaign for Sporting last year.The 24-year-old scored 31 goals in all competitions and supplied 17 assists as Sporting won two domestic trophies as well as finishing third in Primeira Liga.Reports in Portugal have claimed United are preparing a bid in the region of £56m ($70m) for Fernandes.However, Sporting president Frederico Varandas has been quoted as saying that Fernandes would only be sold for a fee above that figure, meaning there needs to be some tough negotiations ahead if he is to end up at Old Trafford.When asked about Fernandes’ future, Sporting team-mate Luciano Vietto admitted he hopes the former Udinese man will not be tempted away.”He is the most important player of our team; I hope he will continue,” said Vietto, who joined Sporting from Atletico Madrid this month.last_img read more

James marks Man Utd debut with goal against Chelsea

first_imgDaniel James got his life at Manchester United off to a fine start, coming off the bench to net his club’s fourth in a rout against Chelsea on Sunday.  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were cruising by the time James entered the fray, with Marcus Rashford having scored from the penalty spot in the first half to put the home team in front, but two quick-fire goals just after the hour mark, first from Anthony Martial and then a second from Rashford, put the match beyond Chelsea.  James entered the match in the 75th minute, taking the place of Andreas Pereira, and it didn’t take the youngster long to make his mark.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Paul Pogba played provider, dashing out of midfield and had looked to be in on goal before cutting the ball back near the top of the box. The slick pass split two Chelsea defenders, and James found himself in the enviable position of being in front of Kepa’s goal.  A slight bobble gave Chelsea’s Emerson time to recover a bit, but James managed to get a shot away which took a slight deflection off the Blues defender before finding the net. Having joined United in a £15 million ($19m) move this summer from Swansea City, the 21-year-old is already making a bit of a name for himself.  The Wales international scored the winning penalty in a shootout against AC Milan to close out pre-season in Cardiff. “You couldn’t write it,” the Welshman told MUTV at the time.  “Amazing. We’ve come from behind, today was a different test.”He has now recorded his first goal for the club in a competitive match as his star continues to rise at the Theatre of Dreams.  It was just the fifth league goal for James in his professional career, having scored four times for Swansea, and, amazingly, all five of those strikes have come in home matches.  “I don’t think you can sum up how it feels, to come on and score on my debut,” he said on Match of the Day. “I’ve dreamt of that. Ole said to be ready to come on. He said to go and enjoy yourself.”Everything we have been doing in pre-season we have done today – high press and winning the ball back. We were keeping it well, even at 3-0 and 4-0. It sets us up well going in to next week.”James could get the chance to add to his growing legacy with the club returning to the pitch next Monday against Wolves, looking to continue their fine start to the new campaign.last_img read more

Diana Extends Charter for Kamsarmax Bulker

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, extended the charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels.The m/v Maia, a 82,193 dwt Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel built in 2009, was hired for an additional period of minimum seventeen months to maximum twenty months.The bulker will be bringing Diana USD 7,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The new charter period is expected to commence on November 11, 2015.This employment extension is anticipated to generate approximately USD 3.8 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 41 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of one new-building Capesize dry bulk vessel by mid-November 2015, one new-building Newcastlemax during the second quarter of 2016, as well as one Kamsarmax and a Newcastlemax newbuild during the third quarter of 2016.last_img read more

PC Sharma new ER general manager

first_imgKolkata: P. C. Sharma, from the 1981 batch of Indian Railways Stores Service (IRSS), took over as general manager, Eastern Railway, on Thursday in addition to his present posting as general manager, Metro Railway.In 1983, Sharma started his career in North East Railway, Gorakhpur. He has worked as chief materials manager at Rail coach Factory in Kapurthala, Railway Electrification in Allahabad, Northern Railway in Baroda House and as executive director in Railway board from 1986 to 2013. He has worked as divisional railway manager in Nanded from 2013 to 2015. Prior to his posting as general manager, Metro Railway, he worked as principal chief materials manager, western railway in Mumbai. Sharma has also undergone specialised training in technological upgradation of rolling stock in Germany and Austria in 2008 & Advanced Leadership Programme at CMU, Pittsburgh, USA in 2017.last_img read more

LeAnn Rimes And Adam Lambert Give Bullying The Bird

first_imgA new campaign featuring celebrities flicking the camera the middle finger has hit the Web to raise awareness of bullying.LeAnn Rimes Gives Bullying The BirdLeAnn Rimes, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass and Carmen Electra are among the stars giving the bird for the Friend Movement, an organization that was created to help show positive anti-bully images through art and media.Adam Lambert Gives Bullying The BirdThe New F Word is a grass roots photo campaign and documentary film that aims to encourage the use of the word FRIEND to project inner strength and confidence. The concept by Elliot Dal Pra London & Ronnie Kroell was taken to a whole new level when Bianca Kosoy, famed branding creative genius, helped shape the campaign by giving it the edginess for which she is known. Add celebrity photographer and co-creator Ryan Forbes to the mix, and you have quite the creative team; bullying beware.From FriendMovement.com: “The meaning behind The New F Word photos refers to an individual’s awareness of how they feel. When a person is called a FREAK they shut down inside, letting the bullying continue. We want the individual to have an empowered inner monologue of “F U, I am actually really FABULOUS and do not need your approval”. This confidence helps to build meaningful friendships and curb the bullying. It’s important to remember that we teach others how to treat us. Our silence simply condones bad behavior, therefore it is no longer an option.”LeAnn Rimes is also set to headline an evening of celebrating music and friendship at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, with proceeds benefitting Friend Movement on July 1. The concert will also feature Dia Frampton, Frenchie Davis, Austin Brown and Abraham Lim. More info can be found here.Find out more about the New F Word campaign here.last_img read more

People vote aginst divisive politics in Chandni Chowk

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chandni Chowk is one of the 7 Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi. Voting for Lok Sabha election in Delhi was held in a single phase. Voting in Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency is in the sixth phase on May 12 and counting is on May 23.Voting recorded till 6 pm was 62.69 per cent and the figure may slightly go up as polling continued at several places way beyond the deadline. Polling also started late on some booths while there were reports of EVM malfunctioning in different parts of the city. While , in the 2014 election in Chandni Chowk, 76.15 per cent or 9,82,275 voters had exercised their franchise. Of the 25 contestants who were in the fray, 22 had lost their deposits. After the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies in 2008, Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency was divided into ten Vidhan Sabha segments namely Adarsh Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Shakur Basti, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal and Ballimaran. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr Harsh Vardhan had won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency with a margin of 1,36,320 votes. Dr Harsh Vardhan had bagged 4,37,938 votes as against Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashutosh who bagged the second spot with 3,01,618 votes. Congress leader Kapil Sibal was pushed to the third spot with 1,76,206 votes. Ramzan, when Muslims observe a total fast, coincided with the polling in Delhi but did not seem to deter voters in the Chandni Chowk area of the old city, save in the early hours. However, as the day progressed, people came out to cast their votes and numbers started increasing in the evening. Around 20 per cent of people living in the area are Muslims. Chandni Chowk is one of the major markets in the city but it wore deserted look on Sunday, when it remains closed. As the polling day fell of a Sunday, this could also account for the lesser numbers, said Mohammad Asif, a trader in Meena Bazar near the Jama Masjid. Meena Jasotani, 47, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said she voted for the development by the Centre. Communal discord also weighed on the mind of several voters.last_img read more

San Francisco weighs 1st US city ban on ecigarette sales

San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes.It’s part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping.The supervisors will vote Tuesday on measures to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in San Francisco until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completes a public health review of the devices. The plan would also ban manufacturing e-cigarettes on city property.If supervisors approve the ban Tuesday, the measures will require a subsequent vote before they become law.Supporters say the measures will limit young people’s access to e-cigarettes and would compel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to study the products.Critics say the measures could reduce access to a smoking alternative and would harm small businesses.Samantha Maldonado, The Associated Press read more

Four rebel militia camps in eastern DR of Congo demolished by UN

Two of the camps were identified as belonging to the militia known as the Thomas Lubanga faction of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC-L) and the other two belonged to an unidentified group. All four were located near Ituri’s capital, Bunia.Besides the women’s clothes, peacekeepers from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) seized machetes, drugs and uniforms in the raids yesterday.Meanwhile, responding to his fire, UN peacekeepers shot to death a UPC-L major as they tried to arrest him near the central market of Fataki, 60 kilometres north of Bunia, on charges of human rights violations. Two of his associates were arrested and turned over the DRC police, MONUC said.Mixed patrols of MONUC troops and soldiers from the DRC’s national army started operations yesterday in Bunia and removed two UPC-L roadblocks on the Bunia-Fataki road, it added. read more

Despite late rally Illinois sweeps Buckeye softball team

Late-game drama built up in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field, as Ohio State shortstop Alicia Herron came to the plate with two outs, the bases loaded and a run needed to extend the game, which Illinois led, 8-0, in the bottom of the fifth inning. But it was short-lived as Herron’s pop-up to center field was caught over the shoulder by sprinting Illinois second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz. The 8-0 score stood and OSU ended the game with three runners left on base. The run-rule victory gave Illinois the first win of the two-game series over the weekend and dropped the Buckeyes to 10-22 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini improved to 17-14, 4-1 in the Big Ten. “A lot of their runs came off of walks and home runs,” OSU pitcher Karisa Medrano said. “I wasn’t attacking the batters like I normally do.” Medrano gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon on three hits. All five runs given up by Medrano came off the bat of Illinois left fielder Jessica Davis, who had a two-run home run in the first inning, followed by a three-run home run in her next at bat in the third inning. Davis was walked on four pitches in her third and final plate appearance. The Buckeyes couldn’t do any damage offensively either, as Illinois sophomore pitcher Pepper Gay gave up just two hits in the five-inning shutout. OSU freshman Melissa Rennie accounted for one those two hits, and said moving on is the only thing to do after a tough loss. “We’ve got to come out attacking like they do,” Rennie said. “Nothing you can do. Just got to get over it and move on.” Illinois completed the sweep of the Buckeyes with a 13-4 victory Sunday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes return to action for a series against Indiana at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday in Bloomington, Ind. read more

HISTORY Stenzels alltime dream handball team

← Previous Story PPD Zagreb beat Rhein Neckar Lowen after furious second half! Next Story → Handbollskanalen launches special EURO 2016 page One of the iconic handball persons, legendary coach from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Vlado Stenzel, made a list of the best handball team ever for Handball-Planet.com. Stenzel won the first ever Olympic gold medal in history of our sport in Munchen 1972 with Yugoslavia, afterwards he was leading Germany to their first ever World’s gold medal in 1978.Legendary Stenzel was on helm of German handball until 1982. He is still active in age 83 and ready to share his thoughts about our beautiful sport.Here is Stenzel BEST 21 in the history of handball.Goalkeepers:1. Thierry Omeyer (France)2. Abas Arslanagic (Yugoslavia – 1972)3. Andrei Lawrow (Russia)Left wings:1. Lars Christiansen (Denmark)2. Mile Isakovic (Yugoslavia)3. Jonas Källman (Sweden)Left backs:1. Nikola Karabatic (France)2. Joachim Deckarm (Germany)3. Erhard Wunderlich (Germany)Playmakers:1. Hrvoje Horvat (Yugoslavia)2. Domagoj Duvnjak (Croatia)3. Magnus Wislander (Sweden)Right backs:1. Kyung-Shin Yoon (South Korea)2. Laszlo Nagy (Hungary)3. Staffan Olsson (Sweden)Right wings:1. Victor Tomas (Spain)2. Luc Abalo (France)3. Mirza Dzomba (Croatia)Line players:1. Igor Vori (Croatia)2. Julen Aguinagalde (Spain)3. Marcus Alhm (Sweden) read more

Saoirse McHugh How Ireland can help in fighting the Amazon rainforest fires

first_imgSaoirse McHugh: How Ireland can help in fighting the Amazon rainforest fires Giving money to Brazil may not be the solution, but there are ways to make a difference. By Saoirse McHugh Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,602 Views 45 Comments Share20 Tweet Email3 center_img Sep 1st 2019, 8:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4788446 Short URL In her fortnightly column for TheJournal.ie, Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party writes about what we can do as individuals in the face of climate chaos.HORRIFIC IMAGES OF thousands of fires sweeping through the Amazon have dominated the news recently.This iconic rainforest is now a microcosm of the battle between capitalism and life on earth.The imagery is stark. Blackened, barren land runs right up to dense, old growth forest and enormous clouds of smoke cover the continent. The environmental cost of this destruction is incalculable.The burning season in Brazil happens every year yet it seems like this is the first time it has reached Irish news.One of the reasons the fires are getting so much coverage this time around is the apocalyptic weather that has been witnessed elsewhere around the globe.Big fires across the Arctic circle, unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and extreme floods and heatwaves from Bangladesh to France.Additionally, scientists are warning that the Amazon is very close to a tipping point whereby rainfall patterns, altered by deforestation, will no longer sustain the rainforest and a vicious cycle of drying and dieback begins.Furthermore, over the last year, the Irish media has increased its climate breakdown-related coverage as climate change is regularly cited as one of the top three most pressing issues for people in Ireland.Since before he was elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has been advocating for the expansion of commercial use of the rainforest.He has given responsibility over indigenous lands and the forestry service to the agriculture ministry which is dominated by big agribusiness interests. He regularly insults and vilifies the indigenous people in his speeches.He has claimed that the designation of huge areas of Brazil as indigenous lands is used by foreign interests to impair Brazil’s economic growth and has compared the indigenous people living in reserves to animals in a zoo.There has been a marked increase in illegal miners, loggers, and ranchers moving into protected lands as they are seemingly emboldened by Bolsonaro’s promotion of violence and disregard for the people living in the rainforest.These fires in the Amazon have prompted a large international response with many wondering what can be done to help.Several people have suggested that we pay Brazil to keep the Amazon intact as it plays such a vital role in climate regulation and oxygen production.I understand the logic behind this suggestion. In Ireland, we have already severely depleted our environment, often in the name of progress, and now hope other countries do not follow the same path.Paying them would be a way to make it financially worthwhile for the country to halt deforestation. It would be a way that we in Ireland could continue exploiting and profiteering from our environment safe in the knowledge that the Amazon is okay.However, the problems with this approach are numerous, not least because Bolsonaro could then hold the world to ransom for oxygen.Finally, we would have a price on the air we breathe and it is reasonable to assume that oxygen could go the same way as clean water and good food: afforded by few and out of the reach of many.It is this attitude towards the environment that has gotten us into this mess. The natural world is seen solely through the lens of financial gain and monetising the world’s oxygen only strengthens that worldview.  Without paying for oxygen, there are multiple ways that we in Ireland can affect change and stop driving destruction of the Amazon.Ireland spends a large amount of money every year searching for, creating, and expanding markets for beef and dairy products.The demand for beef globally is growing at a faster rate than in Brazil and Ireland’s pursuit of new markets is helping create that demand to which beef producers in Brazil are responding.If we refocused our agriculture away from product export and instead towards a sustainable production of food for Ireland we could stop contributing to the increase in global demand for beef and dairy products.Boycotting products that drive deforestation sends a message by impacting the industries responsible.Ireland imports a large amount of soy each year as livestock feed – soy production expands onto livestock pastures which drives further land clearance for cattle.Products such as hardwoods, palm oil, and gold are also big contributors to deforestation in the Amazon.This destruction is simply being driven by the search for profit, and so reducing the demand for these products reduces the demand for deforestation.Lastly, and most importantly, we need to look at how we treat our own environment in Ireland.It may not seem as important as Brazil because Ireland has been a green desert for many generations, but rewetting bogs, diversifying agriculture, reforesting and rewilding the country need to be top of our environmental concerns.Pressure must be put on councillors and TDs to stand up for our human rights and the environment, to stop acting like the footmen of harmful industries and to do what is right at every turn.We must lead instead of pointing fingers.Realising that we can’t offload environmental action onto other countries while continuing to benefit from our own environmental exploitation will be difficult, but necessary.In the end we cannot legislate for Brazil, we cannot bribe Brazil and we cannot buy Brazil.We must put our heads down, look at the part we play in the destruction of the Amazon and do whatever we can, wherever we can.   Saoirse McHugh last_img read more

Sonic Mania gets a fun 90sstyle commercial

first_imgIf you were a kid during the early 90’s then you no doubt have fond recollections of the commercials of the time, especially the ones for video games. Some of the most memorable ads were for Sonic the Hedgehog, who was a big star (and a thorn in Nintendo’s side) back then. With the retro-tastic Sonic Mania on the horizon, Sega has decided to recapture the essence of those old commercials with a new video that showcases the game’s collector’s edition.In the video, which looks like it was recorded on VHS, we hear about what comes inside of the Sonic Mania collector’s edition box. Not only that, but we’re told about some of the ludicrous things the box can do. According to the video, it can be used to get rid of stains from a couch, can hold tackle boxes, and is made from a space age polymer cardboard “for years of family fun.” You can also use it to fry eggs!On top of all the silly things the collector’s edition can do (it doesn’t actually do any of these things), the video shows some of what actually comes in the box, including: a Sonic statue standing on top of a Sega Genesis base, a mock cartridge with a hidden compartment for a golden ring, and of course, a digital copy of Sonic Mania.Sonic Mania is all about revisiting the glory days of Sonic the Hedgehog so this kooky commercial is just perfect. Though the ad is made to be silly, it manages to capture the spirit of Sega’s commercials from back in the day. The game is set for a Spring 2017 release date on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is currently available to pre-order from Amazon, GameStop, and other retailers. Orders are still available, so make sure to grab one for your platform of choice before they sell out.last_img read more

911 call released after plane crashes into building near Fort Lauderdale Beach

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A newly released 911 call captured the moments after a plane crashed into a condo building near Fort Lauderdale Beach.The small banner plane crashed into the building just before 12 p.m. on Friday, in the area of Oakland Park Boulevard and A1A.The pilot who died from the crash was identified as 28-year-old Derek Morgan.“A plane just hit the side of the [expletive] building right here where I’m working,” said a witness in one of the 911 calls. “I’ve just seen the plane. I heard him. He sounded like he was in distress, and I looked up and said, ‘Holy shit, he’s low,’ and I looked up, and I see him crash into the side of the damn building.”One witness of the crash reached out for help in the 911 call released on Wednesday.“I saw the plane just crash right above me on the 15th floor,” said the witness.“We got a plane crash in Fort Lauderdale. OK, stay on the line with me, OK?,” said the 911 operator. “Oh my God,” said the witness.“Just stay on the line with me, OK?,” said the operator.The aircraft crashed through the condo building before plunging into a pool.“I’m in my living room. I saw the yellow plane. It was flying. It was coming so fast, and I thought it was going to hit my building. I heard a big crash,” said another witness. “It’s one of those planes that carries banners, and it looks like it landed in the pool.”No one else was injured during the incident, but emotional scars were forever forged.“It bashed a hole in my apartment, a hole in the brick wall,” said one witness.“Any fire?” asked the 911 operator. “No fire that I can see, but my kitchen is a mess. It punched a hole right in my kitchen,” the witness said.The wreckage from the crash was removed within one day.The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more