Category: qnqmoltb


first_imgDonegal County Museum is holding a number of events as part of this years National Heritage week.On Monday 19th August in assocation with the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin , Donegal County Museum is hosting a talk and a Demonstration as part of the Family Album of Ireland Project.Family album photographs can show us how past generations lived and worked in a way that official records don’t always capture. Our family photographs often give fascinating insights into our private and public histories. 1pm History of Photography in IrelandA talk on the history of photography which will include a look at photographs from the collection of Sean Sexton, a leading collector of vintage Irish photography and an outline of the Family Ablum of Ireland archive project.Booking is required as numbers are limited T 074 9124613 2.00pm DemonstrationThe Gallery of Photography will demonstrate how you can scan and share your photographs with friends and family.Booking is required as numbers are limited T 074 9124613On Thursday 22nd August at 7.30pm, Ciaran F Mac Laughlin, a Buncrana based Solicitor presents a talk titled Marbhu An Mhartin – A ‘Mass’ Murder in which he will discuss the legal aspects of the 1889 “Land War” trial of Fr McFadden and some of his parishioners following the killing of District Inspector Martin in Derrybeg, Gweedore, Co. Donegal.This talk is in association with The Glass Album exhibition which tells the story of Derry photographer James Glass who took a unique series of photographs of the Gweedore and Cloughaneely areas in the late nineteenth century.James Glass was commissioned by the Defence in the trial of Fr McFadden and some of his parishioners, to take a series of photographs depicting the scene of the killing. This was the first use of photographs as evidence in an Irish or British criminal court case. Also on display is the R J Welch Collection, an exhibition of the photographic works of the Strabane native (1856 -1939). He was one of the greatest photographers on this island and as a mark of his abilities was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria.He was the official photographer to Harland & Wolff and captured enduring images of the construction of the White Star Line ships: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. This exhibition on loan from Strabane District Council allows you to marvel at the scale of these massive ships as well as exploring the landscape of County Donegal and the west of Ireland.All events are free. Donegal County Museum is open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pm Saturday 1-4.30pmT 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ieMURDER AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT DONEGAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 14th, 2013 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 MuseumHeritage Weeklast_img read more

Esperance finally crowned champions of Africa

first_img Tags: Bakary GassamaCafCAF Champions LeagueCASEsperanceWalid El KartiWydad Casablanca Esperance had initially won the title in May. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)The Confederation of African football has announced Esperance as the 2018/19 CAF Champions League winners.This was after CAF’s disciplinary board presided over the long-standing debacle over the outcome of the final, on Wednesday night.Esperance had initially won the final against Wydad Casablanca in May after the Moroccan giants abandoned the game 10 minutes into the second have, owing to a Walid El Karti’s disallowed goal and subsequent VAR controversy.On 55 minutes, Walid scored what a goal that would have leveled the scores 1-1 (Agg: 2-2) but it was ruled out for offside. Wydad players called for VAR but the technology was unavailable hence refusing to restart play for close to 2 hours, forcing referee Bakary Gassama to call of the game.Wydad (white) refused to play on after VAR controversy in the second leg of the final.Esperance were handed both the winners medals and trophy and declared the winners.Days later, Caf overturned the decision to award Esperance the title, demanded a return of the medals and announced a rematch of the second-leg at an unnamed date and venue.Both clubs appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where Caf was called on to make the final decision on how to proceed with a reply ruled out.The African body’s disciplinary board has subsequently meted out punishment to Wydad for their inappropriate behaviour in the game.Wydad is considered to have lost the game in the final second leg, a fine of 50,000 USD is imposed on the club for the abandonment of the match and a fine of 15,000 USD is imposed for the use of flares by the supporters.While handing out punishments, Esperance wasn’t left out either, with club president Mohamed Meddeb receiving a 20,000 USD fine, while the club has been fined 50,000 USD for their supporters’ unsuitable behaviour.The Tunisian outfit also risks playing two continental home games behind closed doors after the excessive use of smoke and firecrackers. Caf will only enforce the punishment if a repeat offense is committed in the next 12 months.The decision means Esperance will represent Africa at the 2019 FIFA Club World cup as the champions of Africa.The 2019 title is Esperance’s fourth in history having won it in 1994, 2001 and 2018.Comments last_img read more

Call to help identify child-headed households

first_img6 June 2014Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has called on South Africans to help identify and locate child- and youth-headed households in the country, to ensure that they receive the necessary support from the government.The department is in the process of compiling a register of child- and youth-headed households, and by the end of May had recorded 885 households.“Once identified, an assessment of the needs of the child- and youth-headed households is done and thereafter linked to the necessary therapeutic interventions and resources,” the Department of Social Development said in a statement this week.“Citizens with the knowledge of child- and youth-headed households in their areas are requested to inform social workers in the local and district Social Development offices, as well as local authorities and community leaders such as chiefs, traditional leaders and faith-based leaders.”Members of the public can also contact the children’s unit of the Department of Social Development on 082 786 4961 or at may also be referred to child protection organisations such Child Welfare, Child Line, and the Suid Afrikaanse Vrouense Federasie (SAVF).The department helps child- and youth-headed households through the Isibindi programme, which deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers to provide support and protection to vulnerable children and families. The programme reached nearly 90 000 orphaned and vulnerable children in the 2013/14 financial year.Source: read more

67 minutes at a children’s home on Mandela Day

first_imgA team from Brand South Africa, the SA Men’s Hockey Team and other stakeholders spend Nelson Mandela International Day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Johannesburg. The photos tell the story.The South African Men’s Hockey team spend their 67 minutes for Madiba teaching children about hockey and sharing stories about the people who inspired them. (Images Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanSeveral stakeholders joined Brand South Africa and the South African Men’s Hockey Team in observing Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.Tandi Mahambehlala, deputy minister of communications, joined the activities. Mandela Day is observed in more than 140 countries on Mandela’s birthday.On the day, people are prompted to spend 67 minutes doing good. This year’s theme for the day is “Action Against Poverty”. The Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages people to extend their good work beyond a single day and to make charitable work a regular occurrence. That way, there will be a long-term positive effect on those being helped.Children’s home head Anna Mojapelo said there were 80 children at the home. Most of them were traumatised and abused before they were brought to the home; most were also HIV-positive.Members of the SA Men’s Hockey Team show the children how to hold a hockey stick and teach them the basics of the game.Several people are the braai masters for the day.Besides the play activities, the children are given boerewors rolls and cooldrinks.Some of the women show off their sewing skills and make blankets.AfriOil staff paint the boys’ dormitory room building. The building, which is 27% complete, is being built by the company.The children are excited about learning to play hockey.Mavis Moroaswi, Mosima Ngwenya and Tambu Kariri from the Rabie Ridge police station’s victim support centre help the children’s home with victim empowerment.The SA Men’s Hockey Team are pictured with Tandi Mahambehlala, deputy minister of communications.Tandi Mahambehlala, deputy communications minister, is pictured with Brand South Africa’s Linda Sangaret.Eskom staff Nonhlanhla Sibambo, Tanja Savicevic and Gretchen Veldtman do their 67 minutes at New Jerusalem Children’s Home.Mathabo Sepogwa, Linda Ben and Angel Kgokolo are members of the Junior Council International South Africa.Rabia Metedad of Brand South Africa, Thabile Motshabi of Play Your Part, and Jonty Robinson of the SA Men’s Hockey Team.Jonsson Workwear Depot staff give a hand in the garden.Owen Mvimbi of the SA Men’s Hockey Team and Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele enjoy their 67 minutes.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Will La Niña send markets soaring?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 soybean and corn crops in the U.S. could face a serious shortfall if they get the full brunt of a La Niña.This winter I had the great pleasure of talking with Elwynn Taylor from the Iowa State University. He is watching what the strong El Niño does next. He had this to say over the winter.“If the El Niño manages to stay with us at least until the first of July, we have a 70% chance of an above average crop yield for the whole Corn Belt. If it switches out of El Niño to a La Niña, it is a 70% chance of a below normal average yield with extremely volatile weather. We hope the El Niño stays with us because it is the friend of the Midwest farmer. Should it disappear, keep track of it. It takes about a month before its effects go away,” Taylor said. “It is No. 3 of the top five recorded El Niño events and it is still going strong. A strong El Niño is often followed by a drought. Around April 15 will be a good time to assess the weather situation with the El Niño.”With Taylor’s winter weather report in mind, here is what the National Weather Service had to say about the current status of the El Niño on April 14 in their El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion.“Nearly all models predict further weakening of El Niño, with a transition to ENSO-neutral likely during late spring or early summer 2016. Then, the chance of La Niña increases during the late summer or early fall. The official forecast is consistent with the model forecasts, also supported by a historical tendency for La Niña to follow strong El Niño events. A transition to ENSO-neutral is likely during late Northern Hemisphere spring or early summer.”A La Niña typically brings hot and dry conditions, particularly in the western Corn Belt. Of course, the specifics of the situation will ultimately dictate the true impact of the possible La Niña on crop production and markets, but the stage is set for some significant weather scares in 2016.So what will happen?With the looming La Niña threatening crops in the U.S. and in South America, there is plenty of potential for volatile markets ahead. This is cause for farmers selling grain and end users who are buying it to be nervous moving forward.“Over the last few weeks there have been countless corn and soybean predictions. Corn estimates ranging from less than $3 to over $6 causes sensational headlines, but doesn’t help producers make decisions,” said Jon Scheve, with Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC. “Until harvest, weather will mostly be driving the market. It’s important to keep in mind that opportunities will become available for farmers, but only those with a plan will capture them.”So will the weather scares push corn to $6 or will booming production send them to $3? The weather realities will set the stage, but in the end, will likely leave them somewhere in between.last_img read more

Using Screen Blending Mode in After Effects & Premiere

first_imgNow, put the film flash in a track above your video footage. Change the blend mode for the film flash from “Normal” to Screen” (see After Effects screenshot below). This will drop out the darker part of the film flash and leave the brighter areas.Video and Light Flash Elements SeparatedVideo and Light Flash Elements Combined in AEFor a different look, change the After Effects blending mode for the film flash from “Normal” to Multiply”. This will drop out the brighter part of the film flash and leave the darker areas.There may be times when you completely want to strip out the black background behind a light leak or other light effect.  For example, stock footage of explosions, gunfire, smoke, fireworks, etc. is often laid on top of black.  In the following example I used the screen blending mode to remove the black background behind a shot of smoke.Got footage of isolated film grain?  Lay this over your footage and again use “Screen Mode“.  Now, you’re footage looks like it was straight out of an old 8mm camera!  With the screen mode applied to a light flash or film grain clips you can experiment with the opacity to dial the effect up or down.In After Effects you can cycle through each of the blend modes by selecting a layer and holding down shift while tapping + or – (note: this only works on a regular keyboard, not the number pad).Blending modes provide an excellent way to stylize your footage with unique looks and effects – with screen mode being particularly helpful for instantly “keying” out your black background.  Try blending modes with still to give your videos a cool layered or textured effect.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with them! Create complex looks by using Blending Modes in Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro.Blending modes let you combine videos in a more complex way than just adjusting opacity.  In this post, we take a look at how you can use the ‘screen’ blending mode in your video editing work.  The following examples are done in After Effects, but these techniques will also work in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, as each of these applications allows you to apply a blending mode to your video clips.Click image for larger view:Using Modes to Composite a Film FlashFilm flashes and light leaks are often used to add a burst of color and style to video footage.  With a quick search online you can find light leaks and flashes for your projects as standalone video clips (*see the link below for free downloads).   Several commercial film flash and light leaks come with an alpha channel (transparency) already keyed out.  Typically these files are videos rendered in the Animation or ProRes 4444 codecs.  However, many isolated light leaks have a solid background and no alpha channel (maybe just a solid black background).  Here’s a way to blend them together with your video footage.*Check out this roundup to download a bunch of free light leaks and flashes to use in your video editing projects.Blend modes (also called blending modes or composite modes) are broken into categories. In After Effects click on “Normal” under Mode and you will see the whole list of  available blending modes:Anything in the “Darken” category” drops out the brighter part of the image.Anything in the “Add” category” drops out the darker part of the image.Anything in the “Overlay” category” adds contrast and tends to look like a gradient overlaid on top.last_img read more

Akhilesh hits pay dirt with alliances

first_imgAfter facing criticism that it favours only Yadavs while in power, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is now attempting social engineering in Uttar Pradesh through a rainbow coalition of smaller backward and Dalit castes, to challenge the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The support of the Bahujan Samaj Party proved decisive for the SP in winning the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in the recent Lok Sabha byelections.The two parties are yet to reach a full-fledged alliance, but the byelection win was the first victory for Mr. Akhilesh’s experiment in social engineering.A gambleIn Gorakhpur, the SP gambled on an outsider — Pravin Nishad, 29, son of Nishad Party president Sanjay Nishad, who commands a considerable presence among the riverine Mallah caste (OBC) and its various sub-castes such as Nishad and Kewats in eastern U.P. The alliance in Gorakhpur was not a one-off though. The Nishad Party had, in December 2017, extended full support to the SP in the Sikandra Assembly byelection in Kanpur. The SP lost the seat but made huge gains in vote share. In the 2017 Assembly election, the Nishad Party managed to secure over 5.4 lakh votes in the 72 seats it contested, mostly in Purvanchal, and is capable of turning the results in favour of the SP.Another major caste the SP has been wooing is the Pasi community, the second largest Dalit caste in U.P. After roping in former BSP general secretary and Pasi face of the BSP Inderjeet Saroj last September, the SP soon inducted another prominent caste leader and BSP founder, R.K. Chaudhary, and former Minister Shyamlal Rawat. Their entry strengthens the SP in the Allahabad-Lucknow region.Mr. Akhilesh has confirmed the support of the Janwadi Party (Socialist) Party, which commands a presence among the Noniya Chauhan caste in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Another important OBC caste bloc on the SP’s radar is the Maurya (Kushwaha-Sakhya-Saini) community. Naval Kishore, son-in-law of Swami Prasad Maurya, State Minister and former OBC face of the BSP, joined the SP on Saturday.last_img read more

Odisha collectors asked to uphold secular credential of child care institutions

first_imgThe Odisha government has asked all district collectors to take steps to uphold secular credential of all child care institutions (CCIs) in the State.The directive came in wake of observations of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that certain CCIs were giving over emphasis on specific religion.“During various inspection visits to CCIs in various parts of the country, certain contrary yet significant trend came to notice of the commission. On one hand, children belonging to particular religion are being placed in homes managed by religious institution of the same faith was evident,” stated Priyank Kanoongo, NCPCR chairperson in a letter addressed to all chief secretaries.“Though this is done with the direction of Child Welfare Committees, it is not in consonance with the spirit of secular principles upheld in the Constitution of India,” noted Mr. Kanoongo.“On the one hand, it was observed during visits in the government as well as NGO-cum-CCIs that there is another set of homes where children are placed in CCIs irrespective of their religion, but religious texts pertaining to specific religion are being taught to all children. Bible was seen being taught in some CCIs during inspections,” said NCPCR chairperson.Observing that children who are in need of care and protection face multiple deprivations and are vulnerable to get influenced, he said according to United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Child, State parties undertake to respect the right of child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference.“In both cases, one of the most vulnerable groups of children is deprived of their basic rights as individuals and citizen of the country,” said Mr. Kanoongo.The NCPCR recommended that corrective measures be taken to uphold the right to identity of one of the most vulnerable group of children.Following the NCPCR missive, the Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti directed all collectors to be vigilant for maintaining a secular environment in the CCIs of their respective districts.last_img read more

Test cricket teaches you how to control sessions, says virat Kohli

first_imgTest skipper Virat Kohli today said controlling sessions which don’t exactly go the team’s way is among the most crucial lessons he has learnt so far in his brief tenure at the helm.”One thing that stands out in the learning process is how to control a session which is not going your way,” Kohli said on the eve of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore. (Gautam Gambhir will play third Test, confirms captain Virat Kohli)”How to stop the runs and keep the pressure (on the opposition) when you are not taking wickets? That’s very important and something which I have experienced as captain. It’s a very important time in a Test match, not to go too negative while (at the same time) controlling the runs (of the opposition). It’s a thin line, and it’s important not to go one-dimensional when things are not going your way,” he said.India are 2-0 up in the series but Kohli said the team was not going to experiment with a makeshift opener and instead give Gautam Gambhir a chance to resurrect his career after two years.”That’s a natural change because of injury to Shikhar Dhawan, natural because he is the third opener in the team,” said Kohli on the chances of Gambhir opening the innings with Murali Vijay after being in the reserves in the second Test in Kolkata. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)Dhawan, also a left-handed opener from Delhi, got hit on his finger in the second innings of the second Test while batting and was subsequently ruled out of the final Test here. Kohli said that all those who have come in to fill in for the injured players have done well.advertisement”What happened to Shikhar was not a fitness issue, but a blow on the thumb. We have had injuries, but the good thing is we were able to recognise them early and given them rest. It’s a long season ahead and the good thing is others have stepped in and taking it as an opportunity (to do well).” (India recall Raina for first three ODIs vs NZ, Ashwin and Jadeja rested)Praising Mohammed Shami for his hard work after returning to the team following a long injury-induced rest, Kohli said the Bengal pacer was a very important cog in the Indian bowling attack.”Shami has come on well. He’s worked very hard on his fitness as well. In the five-six overs (spell) he runs in, gets bit of momentum. He can take wickets on any wicket.” (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)”That’s the sort of skills he has. He is a strike bowler and whenever he comes on to bowl he makes something happen. As a captain he is a very important bowler for us,” insisted Kohli.”It’s very important to manage the work load, especially for the fast bowlers. For ODI matches, they have been given rest. It is a long Test season ahead and it gives opportunity to others to prove themselves,” added the Delhi batsman.Speaking about his own batting form, the skipper said he had stopped worrying about such things. “It’s not a concern. I don’t think over such things, focus on going on to field, make runs and help the team. I have stopped worrying about such things.”He described the track prepared for the game, the first ever Test at the Holkar Stadium, as a good wicket. “It’s the first Test in Indore. It’s a good stadium and the pitch looks good, it’s a normal Indore pitch. We can plan well.” (Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli)”The weather is a bit doubtful (threats of rain), but we cannot control it. There will be good carry for bowlers and if they bowl well they will get wickets and batsmen can play strokes too. It’s a good Test match wicket,” he said.Asked about the mantra for the team’s successful run, Kohli said it had committed less number of mistakes.”We have made less number of mistakes and that’s why we have been winning matches. The weaknesses are discussed in house and it’s not fair to make them public. But we keep discussing them within the team on a regular basis,” Kohli added.last_img read more

The Mysterious Condition That Makes Your Nose Run Without Allergies

first_imgApproximately one quarter of chronic rhinitis cases are not caused by allergies. Here’s how to know if you have non-allergic rhinitis, and the best way to go about treating it.When your nose is acting up but allergies have been ruled out as the cause, non-allergic rhinitis (NAR) is the diagnosis that usually follows. Typically, your eyes, nose, and throat won’t itch when allergies aren’t at play, but NAR can involve a runny nose, congestion, postnasal drip or sneezing. These discomforts can drag on and become a hindrance to your quality of life.The long list of possible triggers for NAR includes infection, temperature changes, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, alcohol, stress, and a hormonal imbalance (often resulting from puberty, pregnancy, hormonal replacement therapy, or birth control). Even getting older can do it: a sub-type of NAR known as senile rhinitis appears to stem from an age-related dysfunction of the nerves inside the nose.Medications can also set off NAR, from beta-blockers and NSAIDs to decongestant nasal spray. The latter may reduce swelling and unclog your nose during a cold or an allergic reaction, but when taken for more than five to seven consecutive days, it can trigger new swelling. For some people, taking nasal decongestants to counter decongestant-related symptoms becomes a vicious cycle.Obviously, eliminating the root cause of NAR is the best way to rid yourself of the condition. However, for roughly half of NAR patients, there isn’t a clear cause. A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that many of those sufferers could clear their symptoms by spraying with capsaicin, which happens to be the molecule that gives chili peppers their heat. The ingredient interacts with over-sensitive nasal nerves and has an effect that was first observed when patients from North America or Europe migrated to India, started eating spicy foods, and noticed their symptoms fading, says Dr. Peter Hellings, a professor of rhinology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Amsterdam. Capsaicin isn’t sold as a drug, but some doctors or pharmacists may be able to order it and prepare the spray themselves.Other types of NAR can be treated pharmaceutically, as well; for instance, the age-related variant responds well to nasal sprays containing a drug called ipratropium bromide. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out if any medications make sense for your particular case. Sourcelast_img read more