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first_imgFIVE more Garda stations around the county are to close next year as part of cutbacks.And the entire Glenties Division is to be shut down and powers transferred to other divisions in the county.The stations which will close include Annagry, Glencolmcille, Malin, Brockagh and Churchill. Gardai are to be transferred to their nearest station in the announcement slammed as “sneaky” because it was announced on budget day.Gardai in Annagry will transfer to Bunbeg, Glencolmcille to Carrick, Malin to Carndonagh, Churchill to Letterkenny and Brockagh to Ballybofey, Shatter said.The Glenties District is to be divided up and shared by the Ballyshannon, Letterkenny and Milford districts.More than 90 other Garda stations – mostly in the west of Ireland – will also close. Speaking at the publication of the Annual Policing Plan for 2013 this evening, Mr Shatter: “As Minister I am committed to ensuring that the Garda Síochána use all of its resources in the fight against crime in the most efficient and effective way possible.“Until I assumed office the number and location of Garda stations in the State had barely changed since 1922 and the need for change and consolidation of Garda stations, based on a modern operational assessment as to how the Gardaí can best serve the community, was clearly required.“The approach to policing in the first quarter of the 21st Century could not continue to be based on the location of police stations as inherited from the British in the first quarter of the 20th Century. Whilst an appropriate spread of Garda stations will always be a key element of our policing service, account must be taken of the revolutionary developments since the foundation of the State in transport, communications and technology.“This is the objective of the reforms that are taking place. In addition I must ensure that we use decreasing financial resources to the optimum benefit of the wider community in a manner that facilitates the presence in communities of operational Gardaí on patrol, preventing and detecting crime rather than Gardaí substantially engaged in administrative duties behind desks.The Minister continued: “Nobody should be under the illusion that a single Garda sitting at a desk in a small Garda Station for three hours in the morning, no matter how committed or competent, is the best approach to tackling crime. “We must free up Gardaí so that they are available for frontline operational purposes. In this context it is important to note that none of the Garda stations being consolidated outside Dublin are currently open or manned at night and most of them are only open in the morning.“I am pleased that, despite the financial difficulties we were able to acquire 213 Garda vehicles in 2012 with €4m. In 2013, a further €5m will be made available for the purchase and fit-out of vehicles to ensure Garda mobility and the continuing modernisation of the Garda fleet.The Minister also said: “I would like to thank the Garda Commissioner for the initiatives he is taking in implementing crucial reform in the public interest in respect of the Garda Síochána. He is right in stating that the steps now being taken represent “the most fundamental restructuring of An Garda Síochána” since its foundation. The reforms being implemented will deliver significant benefits for the country as a whole and for the Garda Force”.The move was roundly condemned by the Garda Representative Association who say the move will wreck rural community policing which relies so much on local intelligence. The union which represents rank and file Gardai accused Mr Shatter of “disguising closure as consolidation” and “the withdrawal of gardaí from rural communities as rationalisation”.The GRA said the changes are being imposed without proper public consultation and will have a negative effect on the quality of the police service.It described the move as a political decision made without proper risk assessment to underpin it and said it fears the closures will mean the end of community policing for many of the garda districts affected.Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail condemned the moves.ANGER AS ALAN SHATTER CLOSES ANOTHER FIVE DONEGAL GARDA STATIONS AND AXES GLENTIES DISTRICT was last modified: December 6th, 2012 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:ANGER AS ALAN SHATTER CLOSES ANOTHER FIVE DONEGAL GARDA STATIONS AND AXES GLENTIES DIVISIONAnnagryBrockagh and Churchill.GlencolmcilleMalinlast_img read more

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Brandt Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_imgAcademically, Brandt owns a 3.85 grade point average as a biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major. Last week, his teammate Josh Yeager earned the honor. Last Friday, Brandt was the Bulldogs’ top finisher at the Oz Memorial hosted by the University of Minnesota. He finished fourth out of 66 runners on the 4-mile course in 20:25.8 and his finish helped the Drake men’s team finish second overall as a team in a field that featured South Dakota State, Creighton, North Dakota State and Minnesota State. His time was more than 1:20 better than his finish at the same meet last year. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the second consecutive week, a member of the Drake University men’s cross country team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, presented by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company as Drake sophomore Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) has earned the honor for the week ending Sept. 10.center_img Brandt and his teammates will have two weeks to train and prepare for their next competition, the Roy Griak Invitational, Sept. 23, in Falcon Heights, Minn. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Former 49er Carlos Rogers, other ex-NFL players accused of millions in health care fraud

first_imgTen former NFL players, including Carlos Rogers, a defensive back for the 49ers and Raiders, have been charged by a federal grand jury with defrauding the NFL’s retiree health care benefits plan, CNN reported Thursday morning.Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general at the Dept. of Justice, in a statement, characterized the alleged crimes “a brazen, multi-million dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket …last_img read more

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Industry Insights: Careers in Commercial, Indie, or Corporate Filmmaking

first_imgIn which we take a look at the different career paths for commercial, indie, and corporate video production and filmmaking.When I first got into filmmaking, I was lucky enough to have a mentor sit me down and ask some hard questions about what type of career I would like to pursue. The answers, which felt arbitrary at the time, would go on to shape the next five years of my life. While every career is unique, and opportunities seem to come and go for no reason at all, having a solid path to follow helps immensely.Recently, I got to see one of these mentors sit on a panel discussion with some others who took slightly different paths. The three panel members represented careers in major-brand television commercial production, independent filmmaking, and corporate video production. It was an interesting juxtaposition, as each track has its own unique pros and cons.While your path will always be your own, here are some insights into these three main fields to give you an idea of how to find your own way into the world of film and video production.Commercial ProductionImage via gnepphoto.While this talk took place in Dallas, Texas, the world of mainstream commercial production in America takes place in Los Angeles (and to a lesser extend, New York). Not that you can’t have careers in other major markets, but the money (and often major players) will be coming from L.A. It’s also important to note how closely commercial work is tied to advertising agencies. This is where all the money, creative direction, and major players live.ProsIf you stay squarely in this track, you can eventually make money and establish a decent career. When it’s truly a full-time vocation, the day-in and day-out waxes and wanes between ramping up and ramping down around a few days of hard production, which means steady work of varying time and degrees. You can also always keep moving up the chain as new opportunities present themselves, and at each level, responsibility and pay increase.ConsThe commercial production job, especially during production, is a 24/7 lifestyle. Things move insanely fast as projects are pitched, budgeted, staffed, and started on the quickest timelines possible. When in production, days easily push 12 to 20 hours with little mental or physical breaks in between. It’s also very cliquey in the sense that producers usually work with the people they know and like. If you’re in with the right people, you’ll work non-stop, but if you’re not, it’s hard to get your break.AdviceThe insights offered by the seasoned producer on this panel were of the classic start-from-the-bottom-and-work-your-way-up variety. You begin as a PA, working 12-hour shifts for $75 a day. You show up every day on time, you stay alert on set, and you do everything required of you. From there, you earn the reputation of being reliable and smart, and you work your way up. However, because it is so cliquey, you might get only three strikes in your entire career before you’re blackballed, so you have to always stay on your toes.Independent FeaturesImage via structuresxx.For those interested in feature (or to a degree, episodic) filmmaking, the options are even more limited outside of the major hubs like L.A. The outside industry is pretty much strictly independent and often genre or niche market features. If the production is L.A.-based and shooting on-location (or in a state that currently has good tax incentives like Georgia or Louisiana), L.A. crews can still be the big players. However, if you find yourself with a good producer, they can make money, and it can be creatively satisfying work.ProsThe biggest pros of working on independent features don’t involve money. They do, however, involve working on cooler, often more ambitious projects. (The producer at this event stressed that transport and craft services were the first line items that he’d budget for to insure that things run on time and that people are well-fed and happy on set.) You also can get some good credits to add to your resume and build out your IMDB with features, which can help you transition into other production roles later.ConsUnlike commercial or corporate work, independent features don’t pay very well. They’re operating on borrowed money to begin with, and the penny-pinching is very tight. Days and nights can be long, and the six-day work week can be both physically and mentally exhausting.AdviceEven for the best reasons, independent feature work can be sporadic at best, unless you’re in one of the main filmmaking hubs. It’s also not exclusive work, so if you’d like to build out your career in other areas, opportunities to work on indie features here and there might be your best bet. Just remember that features are risky ventures to begin with, which means there’s always a chance that your work might not see the light of day.Corporate VideoImage via Kzenon.Perhaps the career track I’m personally most familiar with — having worked for years with a corporate video production right out of film school — is the corporate track. For markets both big and small, video production is a necessary part of business. Companies need video experts for the same reasons they need graphic artists or web designers — for work on everything from marketing to HR to company events. There’s also plenty of work to find, as the speaker on this subject explained. It’s just not always the work you’d like to be doing.ProsThis first aspect could be both a pro or a con, but corporate work can quickly involve lots and lots of travel — whether it’s traveling around town day-in and day-out for different shoots, or booking gigs around the globe. It can be fun for a while, but it may catch up to you later. Corporate work is relatively safe work; it’s steady and can, at times, be simple (think talking-head interviews and infographic-like explainer films). You’ll also get good money and sometimes perks like insurance and access to good gear and other resources.ConsThe travel can take its toll on you. It also can get quite boring if you don’t find ways to mix in fun projects on your own. It can also quickly become an office job where you come in and do the same edits on similar projects day after day. If complacency is your fear, it can quickly sneak up on you.AdviceFrom someone who’s done a good deal of work in this industry, it’s a great avenue to explore when you’re just starting off. It takes people who are young and hungry to jump into the industry and finds them work. However, if it’s not something you’re interested in long term, try to find inroads into other career tracks right away to keep yourself interested, motivated, and always learning.Cover image by 9387388673.For more insights and inspiration into filmmaking and video production careers, check out some of these additional articles below.Film School 101: Filmmaking Fundamentals, Assignments, and ExercisesDoes Documentary Filmmaking Always Have to Be Serious?5 Tips to Ensure a Great DP and Director RelationshipWhat Can Production Insurance Do for Your Film or Video?5 Actually Useful Wrap Gifts Your Crew Will Appreciatelast_img read more

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