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Gbarnga-Ganta Road Pavement Near Completion

first_imgThe pavement of the Gbarnga – Ganta road is at the point of completion with the first layer already reaching the Guinean border.It was previously announced that the pavement would have been completed last October, but there appears to be several obstacles that have delayed the completion.The Daily Observer learned that among the problems is the location of the light poles and the delay and even refusal of some owners of buildings marked for demolition to relocate. There are also some institutions which are yet to be relocated to give way for their structures to be demolished to get the road project completed. They include the building housing the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on the main street of Ganta and the Jungle Water Distribution Store at Guinea Road Junction.The two were marked for demolition but occupants are yet to relocate.“When our building was marked, they forced us to cut a portion from there and we did that twice, but see the UBA, the Jungle Water and other stores still remain intact as the road work is almost at the peak,” said a businessman in Ganta who asked not to be named. “We will still be part of the business community here, despite all of these challenges,” he added. When contacted, resident Public Works engineer in Nimba County, Mr. Lahaison Waritay, said all the buildings that were marked by Public Works will be demolished.He said a demolition team from the Ministry of Public Works in Monrovia is expected in Nimba County to complete the demolition exercise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hudson’s Hope hosting the BC High School Rodeo this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC High School Rodeo Association will be hosting an event at the Hudson’s Hope Rodeo grounds this weekend.Around 200 contestants will be competing in another year of the North Region rodeo consisting of north/central B.C. and northern Alberta participants. Juniors are from grade 6 to grade 9 and seniors are Grades 10 to 12.After accumulating enough points the top 12 finishers from the northern and southern regions advance to provincials. The top five juniors of each category go through to Canadians with the top six seniors following suit.- Advertisement -Host sites have yet to be announced. Admission is free.last_img read more

April 24th and 25th Communtiy Events Photos

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flyers celebrate after winning the Allan Cup Championship against the Bentley Generals.                                                                                                          Picture: Amber Davy Many people traveled to Surerus Ball Park to register for slow pitch and to take part in the clean-up.                                                                                                         Picture: Amber Davy The sold-out crowd at the Allan Cup game cheer wildly as the FSJ Flyers win the championship.                                                                                                Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – North Peace Secondary School hosted the 3rd Annual Parent Conference. Multiple workshops were provided to help parents explore ways to support child development.                Picture: Amber Davycenter_img Big Brothers Big Sisters held the “Bowl for Kids Sake” fund raising campaign at Fort Bowling Lanes. They beat their fund raisig target of $25,000 by raising over $29,000.              Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba the hero with a winner against Australia. Photo/DAILY MAILKAZAN, Russia, June 16 – Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the World Cup as title hopefuls France battled to a 2-1 win over gutsy Australia in Kazan on Saturday.Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russia 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half. The Atletico Madrid star wrote his name into the history books after he went down under a tackle from Josh Rishdon in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture.Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann coolly slotted past Socceroos’ goalkeeper Mathew Ryan at the Kazan Arena.But French celebrations were short-lived, Australia captain Mile Jedinak levelling only four minutes later after a clear hand ball by Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.In a match that saw Didier Deschamps’ men frustrated throughout by a gutsy Australian defensive display, French pride was only restored in the 81st minute.Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, still wearing a bandage around a recent head injury, had replaced Griezmann only minutes before playing a one-two with Paul Pogba on the edge of the area.The Manchester United midfielder’s shot took a deflection off the boot of defender Aziz Behich before creeping over the outstretched hands of Ryan and bouncing over the goalline.Deschamps, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side — the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria.France are hoping to join tournament favourites Brazil, Germany and Spain in the latter stages as they look to make amends for losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.In a tight first half that saw Griezmann, teenager Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele fail to spark, it was the yellow-clad Aussie fans who have invaded the Tatar capital in recent days who had most to cheer about.On 17 minutes France ‘keeper Hugo Lloris was forced to turn a dangerous deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.It was a huge sight of relief for Les Bleus, who went from making a bright start to finishing the opening half wondering how to pierce the Australia back line.Before Griezmann’s feat, Mbappe had made history at kick-off by becoming the youngest French player, at 19 and six months, to start a World Cup game.Only two minutes in, the fleet-footed Paris Saint-Germain forward cut in to meet an enticing through ball from midfield and force Ryan into action at his near post.Mbappe won a free kick 25 yards out after a challenge from behind but Paul Pogba’s curling effort over the wall was straight to Ryan.Deschamps had warned of the improvement Australia have made under Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who took over from Ange Postecoglou in January.But Australia spent most of the first half defending and ultimately frustrating France, rarely creating real chances of their own.The real drama, however, unfolded after the interval with the VAR decision.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

TICKETS SELLING FAST FOR THE 37TH ANNUAL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS

first_imgThe Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee who are preparing for their 37th annual presentation function in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 25th. Included at front are May Logue (Assistant Secretary); Patrick McLaughlin (Treasurer); Neil Martin (Chairperson) and Grace Boyle (Secretary). Back from left – Myles Sweeney, Gerry Davenport, Paul Callaghan, Bartley McGlynn, Niall Blaney, Seamus Curran and Paul McDaidTickets are selling fast for the 37th Donegal Sports Star Awards ceremony takes place on Friday, January 25th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The names released by the organising committee show there are over 150 nominees in 34 categories in the traditional annual event.In addition there will be a ‘Special Recognition’ Award presented along with the highlight of the night when the ‘Overall Donegal Sports Star Award’ Winner for 2012 is handed over by special guest Billy Walsh the Irish Olympic Boxing Coach. Tickets for the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, January 25th can be booked by contacting the Mount Errigal Hotel on 9122700. For further information on the event visit donegalsportsstarawards.ie. or follow the event on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.The event is kindly sponsored by Donegal County Council.The 2012 nominations reveal that just four nominees are guaranteed awards. The four includes Special Athlete, Daniel McBrearty, Atlantic Special Olympic Club, Killybegs; Para-Athlete, James Boyle, Dungloe (Irish Amputee Soccer Team), Alan McBeth, St. Johnston Cricket Club and the Hall of Fame, Eamonn Coyle, Letterkenny A.B.C.All Donegal’s representatives at the Summer Olympics in London (Ann Marie McDaid, Ramelton, Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C. Catriona Jennings, Rathfarnham A.C., Chloe Magee, Raphoe Rena McCarron-Rooney, Buncrana, Tori Pena, Finn Valley A.C. and team manager Patsy McGonagle, Finn Valley A.C.) will be recognised at the event. So it is the perfect time to have Billy Walsh as the special guest. Other special guests on the night will be the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank McBrearty and County Council Manager Seamus Neely. Donegal County Council are the overall sponsors of the sports function.Special AthleteDaniel McBrearty, Atlantic Special Olympic Club, KillybegsAthleticsBrendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C. Maria Mc Cambridge, Letterkenny A.C.Mark English, Letterkenny A.C.BadmintonChloe Magee, Raphoe Joshua Magee, RaphoeRachael Darragh, RaphoeSam Magee, RaphoeBasketballCian Hickey, Letterkenny BlazeClodagh Brennan, Letterkenny BlazeJulianne Murphy, Donegal Town Basketball ClubKate Keaney, Donegal Town Basketball ClubNoel Kennedy, Kilcar Basketball ClubTadhg Hickey, Letterkenny BlazeBoxingBrett McGinty, St. JohnstonDenis O’Donnell, Dungloe A.B.C.Jason Quigley, Finn Valley A.B.C.William McLaughlin, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.Clay Pigeon ShootGordon Roulston, KilmacrennanMartin Crossan, KilmacrennanMartin McGeehan, KilmacrennanPeter Monaghan, BuncranaCricketAlan McBeth, St. Johnston Cricket ClubCyclingP.J. Doogan, Errigal Cycling ClubRonan McLaughlin, An Post Sean Kelly TeamSean McFadden, Errigal Cycling ClubEquestrianGavin HarleyMark Harley, TrentaghKelda Morgan, Altraskin Stables, St JohnstonKenneth Graham, MuffSharon Callaghan, FanadGAAColm McFadden, St. Michaels GAA ClubFrank McGlynn, Glenfinn GAA ClubKarl Lacey, Four Masters GAA ClubNicole McLaughlin, Termon GAA ClubGolfCon Boyce, Rosapenna Golf ClubSean O’Doherty, North West Golf ClubGymnasticsAlannah Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubCara Nulty, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubConor Donnelly, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubMaria Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubMolly Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubOrla Lonergan, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubHockeyGeorge PattersonMatthew LeckyWilliam KilpatrickHurlingArdal McDermott, Burt Hurling ClubJoe Boyle, Burt Hurling ClubJustin Mc Gee, Sean MacCumhaillsLee Henderson, Sean MacCumhaillsSean Mc Veigh, St EunansMartial ArtsDaryl Orr, Donegal Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, RameltonDenise Donaghey, Aileach Karate ClubNatalie McCarron, PT’s Kickboxing Gym, CarrigansÓisin Mac Lochlainn, Samurai Uladh Judo ClubMotor SportDamien McCauley, LetterkennyDaniel Conaghan, MilfordDeclan Boyle, LettermacawardDeclan Gallagher, ArdaraNeil Doherty, CarrigartPara-AthleteJames Boyle, Dungloe (Irish Amputee Soccer Team)RugbyBrian McGinley, Letterkenny R.F.C.Christain Carrol, Donegal Town R.F.C.Craig Trimble, Donegal Town R.F.C.Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, BallybofeyLiam McGlynn, Letterkenny R.F.C.Pete-so Cannon, Donegal Town R.F.C.SoccerBarry McNamee, Derry CityCiara Grant, Raheny F.C.Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps F.C.Ryan Rainey, Bonagee UnitedSwimmingEmma Vaughan – Swilly SealsEvlin Murray, BundoranKevin Murray, BundoranLeon Vaughan – Swilly SealsMatthew Curran – Swilly SealsTriathlonAidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubGavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubMargaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 TriathlonOlympic RecognitionAnn Marie McDaid, RameltonBrendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.Catriona Jennings, Rathfarnham A.C.Chloe Magee, RaphoePatsy McGonagle, Finn Valley A.C.Rena McCarron-Rooney, BuncranaTori Pena, Finn Valley A.C.Team Manager/CoachConor Quigley, European Under 23 Boxing Championship CoachJim McGuinness, Donegal GAA Senior Football ManagerJohn Kennedy, Donegal Town Under 16 All Ireland Basketball ManagerNeil Martin, Irish Junior Athletics ManagerPatsy McGonagle, Irish Olympic Athletics ManagerTeresa McDaid, Irish Cross Country ManagerDaniel Magee, Raphoe, Olympic BadmintonTeamBuncrana GAA Hurling ClubDonegal GAA Senior Football TeamDonegal Womens Surf Lifesaving TeamFinesse Gymnastics Display TeamLetterkenny Golf Club Ulster Cup TeamRosapenna Golf Club Mixed FoursomesAppreciationBernie Alcorn, Finn Valley A.C.John Merritt, Inishowen Rugby ClubManus O’Donnell, Saint Mura’s National School, Tooban, BurnfootPeter O’Donnell, Raphoe A.B.C.Brendan McDaid Memorial Special AchievementConnell, Donal & Jimmy Ward, Glen of Glenties (Tug of War)Patrick Bond, Letterkenny (Endurance Swimming)Hall of FameEamonn Coyle, Letterkenny A.B.C.Primary SchoolAnnagry Primary SchoolScoil an Choimín, An ClochánFintra National SchoolScoil an tSratha Mhóir, Gleann DomhainScoil Cholmcille, LetterkennyScoil Mhuire, GlentiesScoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennySt. Eunan’s N.S., RaphoeSt. Mura’s National School, Tooban, BurnfootPrimary School Sports BoyConor Black, Kilmacrennan N.S.Denver Kelly, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootJames Donaghey, St. Aengus N.S. BridgendKyle Mac an Ultaigh, Gaelscoil Éirne, Fearann an Bhaile, Béal átha SeanaidhStephen Black, Kilmacrennan N.S.Primary School Sports GirlAmy Boyle Carr, Scoil Mhuire, GlentiesAmy Hanna, Annagry N.S.Ciara Bonner, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennyClíodhna Harvey, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennyEllen Russell, Ballyraine N.S., LetterkennySarah Jane Porter, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootTyler Toland, St. Baithin’s N.S., St. JohnstonPrimary School Sports TeacherAnita Mc Monagle, St. Eunan’s N.S., RaphoeAnn Marie Meehan, St. Baithin’s N.S., St. JohnstonAnne Nicholls, Scoil Mhuire Gan SmálJohn McCann, Scoil Mhuire, GlentiesSecondary SchoolAbbey Vocational School, Donegal TownScoil Mhuire, BuncranaSt. Columbas College, StranorlarSecondary School Sports BoyCathal McGettigan, Loreto Community School, MilfordJohn Kelly, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, RaphoeKarl Griffin, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal TownMark Mulrine, St. Columbs College, StranorlarÓisin Mac Lochlainn, Carndonagh Community SchoolSecondary School Sports GirlAmber Barrett, Loreto Community School, MilfordDanielle Preston, St. Columbas College, StranorlarKate McGowan, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal TownKelly Mc Grory, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal TownRachael Darragh, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, RaphoeSecondary School Sports TeacherAiden McAleer, Scoil Mhuire, BuncranaAdrian Doherty, Loreto Community School, MilfordAisling Mc Ateer, Mulroy College, MilfordGavin Ward, Rosses Community SchoolKeith Ó Comhain, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir CeanainnNicola Ryan, St. Columbas College, StranorlarTICKETS SELLING FAST FOR THE 37TH ANNUAL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:TICKETS SELLING FAST FOR THE 37TH ANNUAL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSlast_img read more

Rare chance to get to see Victoria Cross at Donegal County Museum

first_imgOn Thursday, December 7th, from 2-4.30pm, Donegal County Museum, in partnership with the Inniskilling Museum and the Irish Defence Forces, will display for the first time in County Donegal, the Victoria Cross awarded to Pte James Duffy for “most conspicuous bravery” during World War I. He is the only Donegal winner of a Victoria Cross in WWI. The Museum will also exhibit the medals awarded to Captain Henry Gallaugher DSO.The medals will be on public display for the afternoon of the 7 December in the Museum on the High Road, Letterkenny. Admission is free and all are welcome. The Museum is also hosting the exhibition ‘Ulster Winners of the Victoria Cross’ on loan from the Ulster Scots Agency and there will be an opportunity for the public to consult the draft version of the County Donegal Book of Honour: The Great War 1914-1918.Pte James Duffy VC was born at Thorr, Crolly, Gweedore, on 17 November 1889. As a young baby he was brought to live in Bonagee, Letterkenny.He enlisted in Glasgow on the 1st December 1914 and was posted to the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.   The Battalion was sent to Gallipoli, later to Egypt and onto Palestine in September 1917 as part of the British invasion of Palestine.On the 27th December 1917, Private Duffy’s heroic actions saved the lives of two of his comrades. He was presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V on 25 July 1918 at Buckingham Palace. He is the only WWI Victoria Cross recipient from County Donegal. His VC is in the collection of the Inniskilling Museum at Enniskillen Castle, Co. Fermanagh. Captain Henry Gallaugher was born at Balleighain, Manorcunningham in 1886. He was commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914.During the Battle of the Somme, Captain Gallaugher formed a party which rescued 28 men stranded in no-man’s land and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. On 7 June 1917 during the Battle of Messines, Capt Gallaugher’s right arm was shattered by a shell fragment. Although urged to go back, he led his company to its objective, and while returning later to have his arm dressed, he was killed instantly by a shell. He is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium.For further information, please contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ieRare chance to get to see Victoria Cross at Donegal County Museum was last modified: November 27th, 2017 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:Donegal County MuseumVictoria Crosslast_img read more

‘The people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better’ – Judge John Aylmer

first_imgDonegal Circuit Court Judge John Aylmer has officially marked the first sitting of the criminal circuit court in Letterkenny by thanking everyone who worked in making the building a reality.Judge Aylmer, who recently succeeded Judge John O’Hagan, thanked everyone including the court staff and those in the Department of Justice for their co-operation. He said the county needed a new courthouse to conduct its business as the old court located at Justice Walsh Road had become “unsuitable.”“This building is long overdue and the facilities in the old building had become unsuitable long since. The practitioners and the people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better and I am now pleased to see they have better,” he said.Judge Aylmer said he was sure there would be more fulsome speeches when the court hosted its open day on February 12th next.Letterkenny Court‘The people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better’ – Judge John Aylmer was last modified: January 26th, 2018 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:courtJudge John Aylmerletterkennylast_img read more

South African plant scientist reaps top award

first_imgProf Maryke Labuschagne is the recipientof the African Union Kwame NkrumahScientific Award.(Image: University of the Free State) President Jacob Zuma congratulates ProfMaryke Labuschagne after she receivedan award from the African Union for hercontrubution to science in Africa. Sheattended the award ceremony in AddisAbaba in Ethiopia last week.(Image: University of the Free State) MEDIA CONTACTS • René-Jean van der Berg Senior Media OfficerUniversity of the Free State+27 51 401 3185RELATED ARTICLES• SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • SA women lead the way in science• SA students tops at science awards • SA scientists win AU awards Wilma den HartighThe African Union (AU) has honoured a South African scientist with the prestigious international Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award. The high-level accolade recognises Prof Maryke Labuschagne’s contribution to science in Africa.Labuschagne, a plant breeding scientist at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, received the award in the life sciences category at continental level – the highest rank possible.The programme is implemented at national level for young researchers, regional level for women scientists, and at continental level for all scientists.Prizes are awarded, at the national, regional and continental levels, in two sectors: life and earth science, and basic science, technology and innovation.The purpose of the initiative is to reward top African scientists for their scientific achievements, valuable discoveries and findings.The AU Commission launched the AU scientific awards in 2008 and later renamed the initiative to the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards, in honour of the late pan-Africanist, who was also a political scientist and first president of the Republic of Ghana.Nkrumah was one of the key founders of the then Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which become the African Union in 2002.Labuschagne says that receiving the award was unexpected, as only one prize at the continental level is awarded in the life and earth sciences category.“I was really surprised to receive the award. I only really believed it when I received the prize,” she says.She also received US$100 000 (R804 180) in prize money, which will be used to renovate laboratory facilities in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the university, and to provide bursaries.Important work in plant breedingLabuschagne’s research into developing crop cultivars with improved characteristics such as tolerance to heat and drought as well as resistance to pests and diseases is an important area of study, particularly for Africa.“Food security is one of the most important factors for the sustainable future of Africa,” she explains.She says that scientists are also looking to improve the nutritional value of crops.“If we can release crops with improved mineral and vitamin content and with higher protein content, even resource-poor, small scale farmers will benefit,” she says.Training future scientistsOver the past 20 years Labuschagne has been involved in training and educating scientists in plant breeding in Southern African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Angola.She has also been involved in training missions in other countries on the continent, such as Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin.She says that there is a great need for more scientists working in the area of plant breeding and crop development.“There is a real shortage of plant breeders on the continent and our graduates are already making a significant contribution to crop development in various countries,” she says.Two former students have released a number of improved cassava cultivars in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar in the past four years. These new cultivars are already benefitting farmers and food production.“We have past students breeding every kind of food crop that you can think of, and they are releasing improved cultivars on a regular basis. The more breeders we can involve in even the remotest of countries, the better for Africa,” she says.In a media statement, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma congratulated Labuschagne for bringing the award home to South Africa.last_img read more

Dairy industry asks U.S. government to swiftly secure strong trade deal with Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In an effort organized by the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, 70 dairy companies, farmer-owned cooperatives, and associations today sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture asking the U.S. government to capitalize on the conclusion of Japan’s national elections and quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home.“Given that Japan is an established market with a growing demand for dairy products, the successful negotiation of a robust trade agreement with Japan will bring a much-needed boost to the economic health of the U.S. dairy industry and set our industry up on a path to compete effectively there moving forward. Securing robust dairy export opportunities into this overseas market will be critical to restoring confidence for our dairy farmers and processors across the country,” they wrote.The continued success of the U.S. dairy industry relies on stable export opportunities to markets abroad and Japan represents a major opportunity to expand growth. However, the Japan-EU agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans- Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have allowed the European Union, New Zealand and Australia to position themselves to seize sales from the U.S. dairy industry. Swift negotiation of a trade deal with Japan that builds upon the best components of the Japan-EU agreement and the CPTPP is urgently necessary for America’s dairy farmers and processors.“Eroding dairy competitiveness in Japan is at a critical point. The time to re-level the tariff and access playing field is right now,” said Stan Ryan, President and CEO of Darigold. “Today Darigold supplies over 50% of the US American-style cheese exports to Japan. Those sales will soon be lost as competitor trade deals take effect.”The U.S. exported $270 million in dairy products to Japan in 2018 with room for further growth. However, without a strong U.S.-Japan trade agreement, half of U.S. dairy sales to Japan will be wrested by competitors, mounting to a toll of $5.4 billion in lost export sales when Japan’s deals with the EU and CPTPP are fully phased in.“Japan has been a very important market for Leprino Foods Company’s US-produced products for years,” said Sue Taylor, Vice President of Dairy Policy and Procurement for Leprino Foods Company. “We invested heavily in developing lactose and whey protein exports several decades ago and, more recently, mozzarella exports into this important market and believe that the market has significant further growth potential. We risk losing these sales and growth opportunities to competitors who recently finalized preferential trade agreements unless the US negotiates a strong agreement. We are very supportive of the administration’s efforts to secure an agreement that allows us to retain and grow this important market.”last_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: The Color Corrector

first_imgThis ends our look at the basic Color Correct Node in Smoke 2013.  I use the term “basic” loosely, as you can see by the feature set that this node has many tools to help you achieve a good primary grade on your clips.  Often times the Color Corrector is all you need to enhance your video.  In the next installment of Premiumbeat’s exploration of the nodes in ConnectFX, we will look at the Color Warper and Secondary color selection and correction. The breakdown of ConnectFX Nodes in Autodesk Smoke 2013 continues as we being our look at the color tools with the Smoke Color Corrector.Smoke has 2 main tools for color work, the original tool is the Color Corrector (CC). It is a primary color corrector, no secondary selections are possible.  As Smoke matured it adopted the Color Warper tool from Autodesk Flame. With the Color Warper (CW), it is possible to use secondary selections. Both have their advantages and often you can toggle back in forth between the 2 tools as they are both available in the CC Timeline effect and inside of Action.  You can only use one or the other in these menus, but as a node in ConnectFX you can link the two in your effects pipeline.Autodesk Smoke’s Color CorrectorYou can feed the Color Correct Node a Front, Back, and Matte.  Normally these inputs are more for compositing one image over another, but in the Color Corrector, you can use the Matte to isolate part of the front image and only make color adjustments within the matte area (or outside the matte if inverted).[Click for larger image]When a front and back are connected, you can use the sample tools inside the node to sample colors from the front and back and match them to each other.  The front clip will always get matched to the back clip.  I’ll explain the matching workflow later in this post, as I walk you through the interface.One thing to be aware of when you are working in ConnectFX is that CFX will bump 10bit and 12bit clips to 16bit in the pipeline.  8bit clips will remain 8bit.  This can sometimes cause issues when adding mixed res clips into a node, as Smoke likes frame size and bit depth to match.[Click for larger image]If your frame size is the same, and it’s only the bit depth that is different, you can use the LUT tools in CFX to make a quick adjustment.  This keeps your schematic cleaner and eliminates the need to process through another node.  Select the clip you want to apply the LUT to, and then select RGB LUT in the UI.  Then, press the ACTIVE button to turn on the effect. You can then select the bit depth that you would like to convert the clip to as the destination.In this case we are working with a 10bit clip that was promoted to 16bit automatically.  We need to change the 8bit clip we are using as a back clip for color matching to 16bit.  The resolution is the same , so it’s simple to use the conversion LUT in the CFX clip controls to make this happen.When you look at the UI, it’s best to work work left to right as that is how Smoke will process the effects within the node. For example, Hue shifting will happen before Saturation, and Saturation will happen before the Histogram.  So as you work left to right the items on the left get processed first and the tools on the right get processed at the end.[Click for larger image]On the far left you have buttons for Master, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights. By selecting one of these items to work on you can move right along the UI and adjustments will only be done on that selection. For example, by selecting Shadows, you can adjust the color of the shadows in the color wheel, along with saturation, gamma, gain, offset, & contrast of the RGB channels individually or together.Next to the the range buttons are options to rewire the RGB channels. This means you can send the Blue Channel to the Red Channel, or the Green Channel to the Blue channel.  There is also a selection button to make an instant Mono or Negative image.  When you choose one these options you will see how the individual RBG channels can get rewired to perform these actions.  You can often achieve interesting color results by rewiring the B read more