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Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry

first_imgAmbulances staff in Donegal are on standby this weekend to help out their counterparts in Derry over a shortage of staff.It is understood that the NI Ambulance Service (NIAS) has appealed to its staff to come into work over the weekend as it is unable to fill rotas.Internal correspondence said NIAS has advised health trusts there are likely to be delays in response times for “less urgent” cases. NIAS is taking additional measures, including asking for assistance from the Republic of Ireland.Sources have told the media that the service is at least 19 crews short and the NIAS is at “crisis point”.The worst affected areas are the Western Trust, covering Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone, and the Southern Trust.The National Emergency Operations Centre in Ballybofey, Co Donegal will be liaising with the ambulance depot at Altnagevlin in Derry to provide cover this weekend. A spokesman for NIAS said: “In relation to enlisting the help of National Ambulance Service, we have a memorandum of understanding for mutual aid in special circumstances.”The internal memo stated that the service has been “unable to completely fill our staffing rosters for various reasons”.It said this would impact on ambulance provision, particularly during night shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.NIAS management has advised the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) that it “may need to utilise their resources under strict conditions” and has called in operational managers to provide extra support.The spokesman for NIAS said in its statement: “With regards to the Air Ambulance, it is not a separate entity from NIAS. “The HEMS Service is provided in partnership with the Charity Air Ambulance who provide the helicopter and pilot through their Charitable Fundraising and NIAS provides the operational staff (Paramedics and Doctors).“The HEMS Service (air ambulance) is part of our response capability.”It also said NIAS will provide food and refreshments for ambulance crews and control staff throughout the weekend.Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Ex-49er Brent Jones knocks the snot out of Booger McFarland’s analysis of Jimmy G.

first_imgIn the 33 years I covered the NFL, I never ran across a nicer guy than 49ers Brent Jones. Earnest, polite, humble, stoic, well-meaning. We never socialized, but I would bet his scouting report would be the same on and off the field.We are now seeing another side of Brent Jones. The ex-49ers tight end and three-time Super Bowl winner, took massive umbrage at ESPN analyst Booger McFarland’s breakdown of San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s mechanics during the 49ers’ 31-3 caning of the …last_img read more

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7 Creative Things to Do With Gaff Tape

first_imgGaff tape can be used for so much more than fixing cables to the ground. Here are some other ways you can use this sticky filmmaking staple.Gaffer’s tape, gaff tape, camera tape, spike tape. Whatever you call it, don’t call it duct tape. Gaff tape is the most common tool you will see on set.The tape is made with a heavy cotton cloth, rather than vinyl or plastic. The adhesive used in gaff tape is more heat resistant, making it popular among lighting technicians. Unlike duct tape, gaff tape wont leave a residue when it’s removed.1. Make a space bra.Image from starwars.comWhen George Lucas was filming the original Star Wars, he told actress Carrie Fisher that “there’s no underwear in space.” That meant Princess Leia couldn’t wear anything more than her hair buns and white robe. To keep the film PG, Fisher had to wear makeshift pasties made out of gaff tape.2. Save your footage from being formatted.Did you just pull a full memory card out of the camera? Put a strip of red gaff tape on it to prevent it from going back into the camera. Keep that card taped until you dump the footage. If you put the card inside a case, tape the case shut. This is an easy way to help you keep track of your cards.3. Salvage your shoes.Did you get a hole in your sole? Maybe your shoes are squeaking too much. Put some gaff tape over the bottom of your shoes to help quiet them.Did you wear white shoes when you are only allowed to wear black ones? Start taping your whole shoe. Gaff tape won’t leave any residue, so your shoes will still be white when you take the tape off.4. DIY tracking points.Will you be using motion tracking when you edit? Make some cross hairs with two pieces of gaff tape. You can even put gaff tape on light stand, like in this VFX breakdown from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier for the Beat Assailant music video RUN.You can see more breakdowns like this over at RocketStock.com.5. Cover your built in laptop camera.Maybe you don’t trust your computer after you accidentally streamed your whole face to a hotel conference while trying to fix an issue at an event. A little gaff tape won’t hurt the screen. You’re on your own when it comes to the microphone.6. Mark your gear.Keeping track of your own gear and rentals can be a hassle. Gaff tape comes in multiple colors. Color code your cameras and gear to make sure everything goes back to its rightful owner.7. Gaff tape on the go.Image from StrobistNow that you know some cool tricks for using gaff tape, make sure you always have some on you. You might not have room for an entire roll, but you can easily have some in your pocket.Have an old gift card or hotel room key? Wrap a foot or two of gaff tape around it. One of the coolest tricks can be found in this tutorial from Strobist. Learn how to make a gaffer’s tape key fob. All you need is a paper clip and pencil to carry 40 inches of gaff tape with you everywhere.Need more cheap gear to help stay organized on set? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment Organized12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $204 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetKnow of any other tape tips that we missed? Have any tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more