Public meeting to take place over insurance reform in Donegal

first_imgA public meeting will be held on Thursday by Sinn Fein to outline the party’s insurance reform plan to take on the industry and end the rip-off.Pearse Doherty will be hosting the public meeting at 8pm in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar on November 7th.The meeting will be open to the public and will discuss the extortionate costs of insurance throughout the state for businesses and ordinary consumers. Speaking ahead of Thursday’s event, Teachta Doherty said: “Insurance costs have become extortionate, ripping off consumers and closing down businesses. Since 2016 Fine Gael have done nothing to tackle rising insurance costs.“The insurance industry tells us that fraudulent claims and the cost of personal injury awards are causing premiums to rise. Their figures don’t add up. Despite the total number of motor insurance claims reducing by 22% between 2014 and 2017, the average motor insurance premium has increased by 53% between 2013 and 2017.“Premiums are rising. The only other thing that is rising are insurance company profits. Sinn Féin want to take on the industry and end the rip-off. Our policies and legislation would stamp out fraud, protect consumers, ban price discrimination and reduce premiums for everyone.“Only last month, I submitted a 133 submission to the Central Bank and convinced them to open up an investigation into price discrimination by the insurance industry. My Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill would increase consumer protection and become law by the end of the year. “I will be conducting a number of public meetings across the state where we will be meeting with the public to discuss our plan to tackle insurance costs and end the rip-off. And we want to hear how people across Donegal who are being affected by insurance costs, and what we can do to stop it.“We will be talking about Sinn Féin’s plan to set up a Garda Insurance Fraud Unit to tackle insurance fraud when and if it takes place and ban Dual Pricing by the Insurance Industry.“Also, we’ll be discussing my Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill law which, if enacted, proposes to abolish Premium Levies and put €230 million back in consumers’ pockets while also introducing State Intervention to address the market failure. “The issue of insurance is such a huge one and affects the lives of ordinary people and businesses alike throughout Donegal, so therefore it’s important that we see a large turn out this Thursday as part of Sinn Féin’s ongoing campaign to end the Insurance Rip-Off.” Public meeting to take place over insurance reform in Donegal was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How high is 49ers Nick Mullens’ trade value climbing?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — An interception-free, 275-yard game from Nick Mullens made life a lot easier for the 49ers in Sunday’s 26-23, overtime win against the Seattle Seahawks.It also makes it harder for them next summer when they debate what to do with Mullens. The starting quarterback job is reserved for Jimmy Garoppolo and his reconstructed left knee.No one will condemn the 49ers if they keep Mullens …last_img read more

SAA procurement plan is welcomed

first_img19 May 2015The Black Business Council has hailed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Trade and Industry and South African Airways (SAA) to develop and support inclusive sourcing and procurement.The council’s secretary-general, Xolani Qubeka, said the signing of the agreement on 18 May was a bold and decisive move.It was signed by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina and the chairperson of the SAA board, Dudu Myeni. The agreement was concerned with the procurement opportunities that would be made available to black industrialists at SAA.“As the Black Business Council, we are very excited about the bold and decisive move that the [department] and SAA has made to open opportunities for black industrialists at SAA. This is in line with radical economic transformation. We are therefore looking forward to collaborating with SAA and the [department] to ensure that our members and all of the black business community can access these opportunities,” said Qubeka.SAA announced yesterday that black companies should be granted more than 50% of the R20-billion spent by the airline on procuring goods in the next three years. It said: “Successful implementation of the new three-year SAA Supplier Development Programme will see up to 50% of all consumable supplies sourced from empowered enterprises by end 2018.”This was “music to the ears of black businesspeople”, Qubeka said.Business ready“The most important thing now is for our black companies to be ready and make sure that they are competent and are able to respond appropriately to these opportunities. It is also important that companies, particularly those that are in the manufacturing sector, need to fully understand the type of market that they will be accessing as a result of this agreement.”Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Masina described it as a historic milestone. It was part of the government’s efforts towards radical economic transformation aimed at ensuring that blacks participated actively and meaningfully in the mainstream economy.“This is not a patronage scheme for people who are not qualified to do things. We are speaking about millions of South Africans who are qualified and capable to provide many goods and services required by the SAA,” he said.“We are committing ourselves to working with the SAA and other stakeholders, including business, to make sure that of the R20-billion that SAA is spending on procuring goods and services, at least R10-billion should go to black business.”Industrialists programmeThe Department of Trade and Industry would help to capacitate black entrepreneurs through its Black Industrialists Programme, Masina said, so that they could take full advantage of the opportunities at SAA.SAA’s board said it also resolved to accelerate its enterprise development programme and focus on inclusive opportunities for black-owned, women-owned, disabled- and youth-owned businesses. In partnership with the department, the airline would source potential suppliers and provide training and development assistance through regular seminars and engagement sessions around the country.It was SAA’s “intention to assume an active leadership role in enterprise development in South African aviation”, said Myeni. “Transformation and inclusive participation in the economy does not begin and end with employment equity alone.”Masina called on other organisations to follow the example of SAA: “The government and all public institutions must creatively utilise their public procurement capabilities to leverage the emergence and support for this entrepreneurial class of black industrialists that must drive the broad transformation of our economy.”According to a 2013 study by Oxford Economics, the SAA Group contributes R9.2- billion to the South African gross domestic product (0.3%), of which R1.6-billion is contributed through spending by employees and the company’s supply chain. In addition, 16 400 jobs are created directly through SAA’s supply chain.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Video Tutorial: How to Create Annihilation-Inspired VFX

first_imgLooking for more video tutorials inspired by your favorite VFX? Check out these articles:Video Tutorial: How To Get The Stranger Things LookCreate Transparent Titles Inspired by Dunkirk in Premiere Pro and FCPXCreate a Glow Warp Title Transition Inspired by Marvel’s Thor: RagnarokHow to Create a Star Wars-Inspired Hologram in After EffectsHow To Create a Stranger Things-Inspired “Upside Down” Look In this video tutorial, learn how to use some free RocketStock assets and Adobe After Effects to create Annihilation-inspired VFX.If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming Alex Garland film Annihilation, then you’ve seen some of the stunning VFX from the film. In the trailer, we see strange animals, beautiful overgrown forests, and (perhaps most notably) a strange fractal-covered bubble-like wall with interesting colors and textures.Image via Paramount Pictures.In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to pull off a similar effect using Adobe After Effects and a freebie pack from RocketStock called Nebula. The pack contains 19 4K space background elements created organically and captured in-studio. Although we call these assets space background elements, you can use them for many other purposes and effects. In this tutorial, we’ll use the elements from the Nebula pack to bring interesting textures and colors to the effect, and we’ll use some relatively advanced rotoscoping techniques to help us get there. Tracking The ShotThe first step in almost all VFX compositing shots is to track the shot. In this case, we will need to be able to composite in 3D space.To do this, we’ll use the built-in Camera Tracker in After Effects. Once you have your shot tracked, you’ll select the tracking points in the area where you want to add your textures. In this case, the tree line is where we want to add our effects. Luckily enough, that was the area in the image with the most contrast and tracking data for the tracker to pick up.Select the tracking points you want to use, right-click, and select Create Camera And Solid. This will add a solid in 3D space as well as create a camera for it. For the duration of this project, you can use the position data from the tracked solid to place your textures and effects correctly in 3D space.Rotoscoping the ShotThe next step is to rotoscope the shot.Every shot will be different, as far as this goes. However, in this case, we needed to separate the ground and the character in the foreground from the tree line in the background. That way, we can add all of our textures and effects below that layer, and everything will be separate.This is by far the most time-consuming part of the effect. There are also many different methods for achieving a good rotoscope. Some people choose to use the rotobrush tool in After Effects, and some people choose to do frame-by-frame animation of a mask on the layer.However you choose to do it, be sure that you are very thorough and that you take the time to do the rotoscope right. A very easy way to ruin a compositing effect is to do a bad job rotoscoping.Creating The TexturesTo create this effect, you’ll need to create a texture that looks somewhat like the natural randomness and colors that you’d see on a soap bubble.To do this, create two different layers with the Fractal Noise effect. Alter the contrast and scaling until you get something that you like. Then, on the topmost of those two layers, you’ll add a Colorama effect. Here, you can delete a few of the unneeded colors and change them to the colors that you want. We went with a light pink, baby blue, and faint yellow.Set the topmost layer to hard mode.Then, you’ll use the Turbulent Displace effect to give it the warped bubble look. Add time expressions to the evolution of both layers to allow both layers to animate on their own.Use the Nebula ElementsNow, you can bring in one of the elements from the Nebula pack to create a luma matte for your bubble texture layer.Layer your bubble texture into the shot below your character and ground layers, and make it 3D. Then, you can use the Motion Tile effect to spread the texture across the entire shot. Now, add a fractal ambience element from Nebula above the bubble texture layer, and add the same effects to it until it has filled the shot to your liking.Then set the track mode on the bubble layer to Luma Matte. This will use the luminance values from the Nebula element to reveal the bubble texture where the brighter areas are.From here, you can customize however you like — duplicate layers, add glow, correct colors, etc.If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Nebula freebie from RocketStock.last_img read more