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Fishing the North Coast: Salmon season opens Friday

first_imgIt’s been a long wait, but the time is finally here. After suffering through a complete shutdown of our salmon season in 2017, beginning Friday morning sport salmon anglers will once again set their sights on ocean kings. I’m not sure whether it’s the year-long hiatus or the fact that nearly 360,000 adult Klamath kings are said to be swimming off our coast – but there’s a buzz around town like I’ve never heard. It’s all anyone wants to talk about. Standing in the checkout line at the …last_img read more

Woolies turns to recycled packaging

first_img19 November 2010Woolworths has become the first major South African retailer to use post-consumer recycled plastics in its food packaging, helping both to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and to cut its dependence on imported oil stocks needed to make virgin plastic.Since the beginning of September, Woolworths’ ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which is made from recycled plastic bottles.According to Woolworths, recycling one ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space, it also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours.No compromise on food safetyWoolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in its duvets and pillows, and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly.“Not only is packaging made with rPET more ecologically sound and technologically advanced, there is no compromise on food safety,” Woolworths foods MD Zyda Rylands said in a statement last week.“The recycled PET comes primarily from locally collected soft drink and water bottles and is scrupulously super-cleaned by the local supplier, who has invested some R20-million in a food grade recycling plant.”Rylands said the plant was the first recycler in the world to be certified by the British Retail Consortium, and that the resulting recycled plastic met or exceeded international standards for food safety.Reducing emissions, creating jobsRecycling PET has economic advantages as well – it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts dependence on imported oil stocks used to make virgin plastic. “It also helps create jobs,” Rylands said. “It’s estimated that some 10 000 people earn income from collecting bottles.”Rylands said the retailer had now successfully eliminated over 600 tons of foods packaging, with more than 23% of its food products using recycled packaging materials, and most of the sleeves on its ready-made meals, dips and other food products being made from cardboard with a 80% recycled paper content.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sony Announces New Flagship a6500 Mirrorless Camera

first_img5-Axis Stabilization for Steadier ShotsWith the new 5-axis stabilization, the a6500 can compensate for five types of camera shake, which extends opportunities to shoot steadier for photography and video. The new gyro sensor also allows for better stabilization that can add 5-steps-faster shutter speed. The stabilization transfers over into zooms to minimize camera shake and blur.Touchscreen for Better AF PositioningWhile the touchscreen will make things more intuitive and accessible for those new to the camera, the real advantages of the technology are in the autofocus (AF). The a6500 also offers lock-on AF and eye-focused AF options, making the touchscreen’s ability to track and pick your focus a huge upgrade. You can even use the touchscreen while looking through the viewfinder to shift the point of focus smoothly.4k Video and Ridiculous ISONone of this is new for the update, but the a6500 still offers top-of-the-line specs for its video capture and huge ISO range. If you’re comparing specs with others in its price range (more on that below), you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anything better. Specs for the a6500 include:24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)4K video recordingBottom LineBottom line: the a6500 is going to come in at $1400 (€1700) and will represent an upgrade from the a6300. The stabilization will be a welcome added value, and the touchscreen will give you more flexibility — while hopefully keeping the functionality the same. If you’re familiar with the a6300, it might not be enough to make the jump. But if you’re looking for something new, it just adds to a very powerful and respected camera.Full Stats and Specs:4K video recording24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor5-axis image stabilization425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)Stills at 11 frames per second (buffer of 307 shots)3.5mm microphone input (no headphone output)You can check out — and find out where to buy — at Sony’s website here: α6500 Premium E-mount APS-C Camera.What do you think of the a6500? Let us know in the comments. Outdoing their previous a6300 installment, Sony’s new a6500 boasts an even faster camera with 5-axis stabilization, touchscreen, and faster processing.Sony continues to churn out quality mirrorless cameras with the latest installment of their flagship APS-C camera. The a6500, an update to the acclaimed a6300 released last February, is designed to be more accessible, more versatile, and faster. If you’re considering the a6500, here’s everything to know about the new features.last_img read more

The Comprehensive Guide to Pitching Documentary Projects

first_imgIntended AudienceImage via Liu zishan.From an investor’s perspective, this is the most important aspect of your pitch — and your documentary’s overall success. Who is your documentary for, and why will the general public care enough to see it? These can be hard questions to ask yourself when you’re working on a passion project, but this is what drives the dollars and cents. When you’re choosing your subject, look for niche audiences you can reach out to as a base and then grow your own audience from there.Here are some more helpful things to consider for your intended audiences.DOCUMENTARY TARGET AUDIENCE Desktop Documentaries [PDF]Documentary Audience | Target Audience | Documentary FilmHow To Uncover The Proper Target Audience For Your FilmFinding an Audience, for a Cause Define the ScopeImage via crazymedia.While the scope of your project is liable to change, it’s important to know what your project is going to need in terms of resources, budget, and time. And we’re not just talking about production time — everything you do (from research and pre-production all the way through editing in post — and distribution) needs detailed planning for your initial pitches.Want to learn more about planning scope and scheduling? Check out some of these resources.How to Write a Documentary TreatmentSteps to Planning Your Documentary, Video and Media Outreach CampaignHow To Write A Documentary Treatment and Documentary ProposalHow to Plan an Unscripted Documentary What to Research In Order to Make a Great DocumentaryDocumentary Storytelling — Researching the storyTaking Stock of Film Research: How to Find—and License—Archival FootageHome — Documentary Film — Research Guides at New York University From the elevator pitch to the budget, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to create the best documentary pitch possible.Cover image via F8 Studio.Inspiration for documentary projects can come from anywhere. We live in a rapidly changing world, and people people are hungry for stories and insights into different people, cultures, subjects, and concepts. From small slice-of-life micro docs to expansive multi-part series, documentaries can take many forms.However, to begin your own documentary project, you’ll need to pitch it to others — not just investors but also fellow documentarians, crew members, and even friends and family. So, let’s look at the five elements of the documentary pitch — and some helpful resources for each.Elevator PitchImage via SG Shot.Let’s start small. In any situation, on any project, you need to be able to sum up what it’s all about very succinctly. The “elevator pitch” is a shorthand description of your project that you can get across very quickly — something you can explain to a stranger in the time it takes to ride an elevator. If you get the chance to meet potential investors, this will make or break your project.Here are some resources for developing a successful elevator pitch.The Art of the Elevator PitchHow to Nail Your Documentary’s Elevator PitchWhat is the Two-Minute Elevator Pitch?THE ART OF A GOOD PITCH: By the Directors of Tribeca Filmcenter_img Know Your Subject Inside and OutImage via Hajakely.Documentary subjects can be any combination of people, places, or things — as well as ideas or concepts. To pitch your doc, you’ll need an expert understanding of your subject matter. Other than good old research, finding creative ways to dive into the world of your subject will pay off when pitching the documentary to others.Here are some resources for documentary research. Release Platform(s)Image via Georgejmclittle.Only after you’ve defined your intended audience will it make sense to make your release and distribution plans. While traditional theatrical releases may be few and far between for mainstream documentaries, the medium actually enjoys several other (and perhaps greater) platforms, like video on demand, streaming services, and an wide of documentary film festivals.Here are some more resources for release platform options.Independent Documentary Distribution in Turbulent TimesDo-It-Yourself Digital Distribution PlatformsHow to Build Your Documentary’s Distribution StrategyA Guide to Documentary Distributorslast_img read more

Lanka PM fails to forge broad new political alliance

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday failed to announce the formation of a new broad political alliance for the presidential election later this year amid internal dissension within his United National Party (UNP). The UNP was scheduled to sign MoUs with several other political parties to form the alliance on Monday. However, the signing of MoUs was postponed at the last minute. Wickremesinghe in a statement said the UNP has decided to form the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) before the end of August, as he stressed the need for the grand political alliance to fight the presidential election in order to win it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAt the final talks to form the alliance several new ideas came up, so we decided to delay the formation in order to give more time for deliberations,” the UNP leader said. The ceremony which should have been held on Monday was postponed as a faction led by the UNP deputy leader Sajith Premadasa objected to the formation of the alliance before naming the party’s next presidential candidate. We want the party to name the next candidate before announcing the alliance,” Ajith P Perera, a Premadasa loyalist said. The UNP rank and file had also raised concerns about the prominence given to other smaller parties. We should not allow smaller parties to dominate us,” Chaminda Wijesiri, a UNP legislator said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsArjuna Ranatunga, the legendary world cup winning cricket captain and a key UNP ally said if the UNP party leaders think they could go alone and win it (presidential elections), be it. Wickremesinghe stressed that the victory in the presidential election which must be held before December 8, this year could only be achieved through a broader political alliance of all parties. The UNP’s Tamil and Muslim minority allies have expressed concerns over UNP’s internal disagreements which they say should be resolved before the formation of the alliance.last_img read more