first_imgClaire Nic Suibhne from Rann na Feirste who won second prize in the Storytelling competition for 15-18 year olds at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonThe annual Oireachtas festival which celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling took place in the INEC Killarney over the weekend and plenty of trophies, cups and medals are making their way to Donegal this week. One of the stand-out winners is Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Baile Mór in Teelin who took away two big prizes – first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition and first prize in the Storytelling competition – it was his 6th time winning the Storytelling competition – the only person to win it so many times.Storytelling must run in the family as his son Shane won second prize in the qualifying competition in Storytelling. Dreas Cainte competition1st prize – Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal.Storytelling – qualifying competition2nd prize – Shane Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal. Storytelling – main competiton1st prize: Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal.Amhrán Saothair2nd prize: Áine Ní Bhreisleáin and Suzanne Ní Ghallchóir from Gaoth Dóbhair in DonegalCorn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition 3rd prize: Máire Ní Choilm from Gaoth Dóbhair in DonegalAithriseoireacht Under 121st prize: Ailbhe Ní Ghallchóir from na Doirí Beaga in Donegal2nd prize: Joseph Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in Donegal Aithriseoireacht 12-15 years1st prize: Hugh Anthony Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in DonegalSean-nós singing competition Under 122nd prize: Gráinne Ní Dhomhnaill from Cionn Caslach in DonegalSean-nós singing competition 12-15 years1st prize: Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil from Ard an Ratha in DonegalStorytelling competition 15-18 years2nd prize: Claire Nic Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in DonegalMáire Mhic Niallais and Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh, President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge presenting Ailbhe Ní Ghallchóir from na Doirí Beaga in Donegal with first prize in the Under 12 Aithriseoireacht competition at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonHugh Anthony Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste who won first prize in the Aithriseoireacht competition for 12-15 year olds at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonEoghan Ó Curraighín from Teileann in Donegal who won first prize in the main Storytelling competition for the sixth time at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonEoghan Ó Curraighín from Teileann in Donegal who won first prize in the main Storytelling competition for the sixth time at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S FINEST CLEAN UP AT THE OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by John2Share 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:KILLARNEYOIREACHTASPICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S FINEST CLEAN UP AT THE OIREACHTAS FESTIVALlast_img read more

Jazz, 108, Warriors, 103: Warriors offense disappears in loss to Utah

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – If only Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala or Alfonzo McKinnie made late-game 3-pointers. If only the ball did not go off of Curry’s hands on the Warriors’ final possession. If only officials did not incorrectly call a foul on Klay Thompson when Utah guard Donovan Mitchell fell to the floor on a missed 3-pointer.Not only would the Warriors likely have avoided a 108-103 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Perhaps the Warriors would not have a philosophical discussion …last_img read more

Heimerl named NPPC president

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council elected new officers and members to its board of directors at the National Pork Industry Forum.Elected as president of the organization was Jim Heimerl, of Johnstown, Ohio. Heimerl and his wife Kathy, along with three sons and a daughter-in-law, run three farrow-to-finish farms in Ohio and own 80 contract finishing farms in several states. Heimerl Farms LTD also consists of crops and cattle, as well as a trucking division and feed mill. Among other positions, Heimerl previously served as president of the Ohio Pork Council and as a board member of the Ohio Soybean Association.Heimerl takes over from Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill., chairman of Maschhoff Family Foods and co-owner and chairman of The Maschhoffs, the third-largest pork producer in the United States. Maschhoff now is NPPC immediate past president and chairman of the organization’s Trade Policy Committee.last_img read more

The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedBoondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 22, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Table Mountain Travel Bug® Hotel – GC31WXR – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 17, 2012September 17, 2012In “Community”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community” The birdhouse – 9 bedrooms available!Geocache Name:The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) by WoodnuttLocation:Alabama, United StatesDifficulty/Terrain Rating:D1.5 / T1.5Why this is Geocache of the Week:GC3MFAD is disguised as a multi-level birdhouse, which, on its own, isn’t that unusual for a geocache. The casual observer might notice the birdhouse is a little high up…seven or eight feet off the ground, at least. A muggle probably wouldn’t think twice about that fact, but the geocacher—who realizes this must be the geocache, is presented with the problem of reaching it.Geocachers realize the genius of this cache the moment they figure out how to lower it to the ground. At the base of the pole in a second wooden box is a small crank. When turned in the right direction, a box descends from inside the birdhouse ‘shell’. This is the Director’s Travel Bug Hotel. According to the cache page, this geocache is “by far the best Hotel in Pintlala, Alabama” and “the staff might be someone you recognize but they are not travelers and do not want to go for a ride. They are here to help the guest enjoy their time while staying here.”It’s the perfect blend of a gadget cache and a roomy and well-crafted Travel Bug Hotel. Should you be lucky enough to be passing nearby, it’s worth the visit. Take care when lowering the unit—it is full of sleeping guests, after all.The cache fully revealed.What geocachers have to say:“Out on a cache run with CaverScott. This was the start of our day. This was a great find. I love how this has been put together and how it works. Worth at least one favorite point. Thanks for the fun and the smiley!” –autigerman“Wow. There was definitely a lot of work put into making this cache. I love that people drive by every day and don’t even know it’s there. Kudos for your awesome workmanship and for maintaining this. There were no travel bugs inside, but we signed the log and enjoyed the characters visiting the hotel. Great shape. Well crafted. TFTH!” –hoosiersunshine“It is always a joy to find a Woodnutt cache, and with 99 favorite points we knew this one was not to be missed. I saved the two travelers I had for a nice stay at this quality hotel. Such fun! I am honored to add favorite point #100. CITO tftc” –tleuWhat the Cache Owner, Woodnutt, has to say:How did you first come up with the idea for this type of hide?“A lot of my ideas come when I am traveling, which I do a lot for work.  My mind wanders trying to come up with new and different ways to do things.  I like birdhouses and have a number of them as caches and this is just another type of birdhouse.”Was building the cache a difficult process?“Building it was not a difficult process, I have a nice workshop with a lot of tools and I enjoy woodworking very much.”Do you ever see birds landing on the cache?“I have seen some birds on top of the cache but not a lot.”What’s been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?“I have always read all logs on my caches. It is one of my favorite parts of owning caches. It is always nice and rewarding when someone appreciates the work and enjoys the cache. The favorite points are nice.”Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?“Lately I have been very frustrated by some caches that have destroyed a cache with an ax when they could not figure out the on site puzzle cache but this is a game, not everyone enjoys the same thing but one can make geocaching what they want. You can go for numbers, you can go for puzzles, you can do FTF or whatever it is you like; most important is to enjoy what you are doing and respect others as well.”Photos:The cache, looking pretty birdhouse-y in it’s normal state.The hand crank elevator mechanism.The TB hotel descending from the bowels of the birdhouse.All the way down.The TB hotel is open for business!Time to put a “No Vacancy” sign up?The front desk staff are happy to see you.Continue to explore some of the coolest gadget caches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Finally! Kickstarter Darling Pebble Smartwatch To Ship January 23

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#CES 2013#crowdfunding#Eric Migicovsky#Kickstarter#Pebble What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nick stattcenter_img Folks were starting to wonder if it would ever happen. But the Pebble smartwatch, the e-paper-equipped, smartphone-synching time-teller that exploded onto Kickstarer last summer, will finally begin shipping to the project’s backers on January 23, said creator Eric Migicovsky at Pebble’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) press conference Wednesday morning.Kickstarter Backers To Get Theirs FirstThe first 85,000 watches will be going out to backers in the order in which they funded the project. For the most successful Kickstarer campaign ever, this is a cause for long-delayed celebration for some – and the time to bemoan not pledging when you had the chance for othersIf you missed the Pebble boat, or simply forced yourself to stop reading about the elusive smartwatch after it massively missed its initial September 2012 shipping deadline, here’s a roundup of the big features: Not only do you get a 144 x 168 pixel e-paper display, seven days of battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 capability, but the Pebble is also waterproof up to 5 atmospheres and comes in white, red, grey, orange or black.Migicovsky demonstrated a number of features at the CES event, including the ability to play music, read email and setup push notifications, a feature he says will get more advanced and efficient over time. Something that must be noted – connecting the watch to your smartphone 24 hours a day will drain the battery life by 5% – 10%, says Migicovsky.Big Moment For KickstarterThe success of the Pebble, which overshot its original funding goal by a whopping $10 million, and the subsequent production problems its creators faced was a moment of truth for Kickstarter. Could the site really fund ambitious projects, and if it could, would the projects be able to actually deliver physical products that met backers’ expectations.(See also: Remee & The Lucid Dream Of Crowd Funding.)Migicovsky and his team learned the hard way what it’s like to scale production from 1,000 watches to 85 times that. They were forced to switch to their “Plan B,” which involved moving production from Silicon Valley to Taipei, where he and other Pebble engineers spent long stretches of time working to get the manufacturing right.More Features ComingLooking ahead, the watch has been called “future-proof” by Migicovsky, meaning it will be open to a wide range of developer customization. The Pebble software developer’s kit (SDK) has already yielded some nice new watch-face designs, and we should start to see custom apps and new smartphone integration options in the coming months.For those tens of thousands of customers who simply pre-ordered the watch off the Pebble website after the Kickstarter campaign ended, you’re next in line after the backers get theirs. Let’s hope that’s not too long, because those drooling over this smartwatch have already waited long enough. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

How to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your Video

first_imgIn this Premiere Pro video tutorial, learn how to capture (and edit) moving text without relying on motion graphics or other effects.All images via Cinecom.A popular trend among lyric videos these days is floating script that moves in and out of the shot. The result is engaging and eye-catching, so how does this particular type of video play into your workflow? Corporate clients might ask for a fun, how-to style video, or maybe you just want to make a lyric video for your own personal channel — or to boost a friend’s media presence.The good news is that you don’t have to be a motion graphics wizard to pull off an effect like this — and you don’t have to blow your budget licensing a particular song. In this video tutorial from Cinecom, you can pick up a few ways to capture the practical effect in-camera. Move the Text YourselfThe first method is to simply move the text on a piece of paper in front of the camera. So, first, you’re going to want to find the lyrics to the song you’d like. In this video, Jordy picks out one of Premium Beat’s “vocals” tracks. All you need to do is make sure the background is the same shade of white as your paper, then light the sheet evenly, eliminating any unwanted shadows. (Watch your hands so they don’t get in the shot.) The action is simple: move the text in and out of frame as you’d want it to move in the video. It helps to play the song while you do this so you can hit all the notes in time — which might mean you need to enlist one of your trusty PAs or a friend to help nail the timing.Move the Camera Above the TextIf you can’t get anyone to help out, and you can’t seem to flip the cards at the right time, you can also place the sheets of paper with the lyrics, on the ground. As long as you’ve lit the sheets of paper evenly, you can move the camera in and out, back and forth to the lyrics however you see fit. You can also move up and down, making the text seem bigger (but watch your focus).Time to EditOnce you’ve captured the action footage for your video, perhaps featuring actors or stock footage, you can now place the clip in your timeline. Add the text clip to the video Track 2. First, you’re going to want to invert the clip, so go to Video Effects > Channel > Invert. This will change your white background to black and your text to white. Now, head on over to Opacity, and change the Blend Mode to Lighten. And that should do it. Now you can edit the speed, motion, and timing of the text clips however you want.If you want to check out PremiumBeat’s vocal genre to find a song of your own, head on over.Looking for more filmmaking video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Stitch 360 Footage in After EffectsDIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp StabilizerVideo Tutorial: Better, Faster, Stronger Editing TipsVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

CWG: Saina and party make promising start

first_imgSaina Nehwal won her match as expected but was not a hundred per cent happy with the conditions prevalent at the Siri Fort Indoor complex on Monday. The Hyderabadi who dismissed Kenya’s Mercy Mwethya 21-11, 21-14 to help India beat Kenya 5-0 in their opening team Group D tie felt that she had not adjusted to the court conditions.”The court is quite fast,” she said. She was referring to the drift in the hall, which had proved to be her undoing at the Asian Badminton championships in April – she had lost to Chinese qualifier Li Xiuerei in the quarters.Saina felt a more pronounced drift this time. “I feel it’s a bit more pronounced. But there is no cause for concern. I will get used to it in a couple of days,” she said.Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand was happy with his wards’ performance. “I am satisfied with the way the team played. But it will be much tougher against Scotland and Wales. They are much tougher than Kenya and Barbados (whom India play on Tuesday),” he added.Chetan Anand put India on the right track with a 21-7, 21-13 win over Victory Oderga in 14 minutes. He was in good form, scoring repeatedly with smashes and cross-court drops.Saina stepped on court to rout Mwethya in a mere 16 minutes.Then, the doubles combine of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas crushed Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5, 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the Kenya pair.advertisementHaving clinched the tie, the Indian think tank decided to rest Jwala Gutta as she was paired with Velliavetil Diju for the mixed doubles – the day’s last match.Aparna Balan partnered Aswini Ponnappa to crush Joseph and Anitah Bushuru 21-8, 21-6 win the women’s doubles.In the fifth and final match Jwala and Diju spanked Anna Njambi Ng’ang’a and Frederick Choube 21-8, 21-5 as India recorded a clean 5-0 sweep over Kenya.For Chetan, it was an easy outing. “It was good to be off to such a good start. I was stroking well and catching the shuttle early. We are aiming to reach the finals – let’s see what happens,” he said.He agreed that India’s last two ties against Scotland and Wales would be a different proposition. “There is no mistaking the fact that Scotland and Wales are much stronger.They have been regulars on the European championships,” he added.On her part, Jwala said: “I think all the hard work I had put in is bearing fruit. Playing with Diju is a real pleasure,” she added Jwala, a strong mixed-doubles medal contender, expects to meet Canada in the quarter-finals. “We should make it to the finals,” she said.Former international Sanjay Sharma said India stood a good chance of putting it across to top seeds Malaysia.”I think England will be tougher for us to beat than Malaysia. They have an edge over us in the men’s singles and doubles events. In the singles, Rajiv Ouseph is a hard nut to crack. I am not saying he is a sure shot but would fancy his chances more than Chetan. Saina should almost certainly win her match. But the three doubles ties are loaded in England’s favour,” he said. India are drawn to play England in the semi-finals.In the case of Malaysia, Sanjay said despite having the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and the leading doubles pair of Kein Keat Soo/Boo Heong Tan, India had the advantage in the other three matches.For instance, Saina and the pairs of Diju/Jwala and Jwala/Ashwini are better than the Malaysians. I will stick to my stand that we have a better chance against Malaysia than against England,” he added.In the other matches, New Zealand beat Jamaica 5-0, while earlier in the morning session, Malaysia beat Isle of Man 5-0, Australia defeated Seychelles 5-0, Singapore thrashed Nigeria 5-0 and Canada beat Uganda 5-0.On the other hand, the Organising Committee left the Indian team’s technical officials to run from pillar to post for their kits.Eventually, they had to return empty-handed or were handed over kits without anything substantial – there were socks but no shoes, ties but no blazers. There was only one trousers instead of two and no sport Tshirts.The Organising Committee had promised the kits to these officials.”Even after going to collect my kit but fot the third time, I haven’t got a complete one. It is really embarrassing,” a Badminton Association of India official said, showing his receipt. The receipt remarked “a rain coat and two bright yellow tshirts pending”.advertisementlast_img read more

Many happy returns for Roger Federer at 1st French Open since 2015

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kerber has been dealing with an injured foot and was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Anastasia Potapova. That was the opening match in the largely rebuilt main stadium, a structure of concrete and glass that is expected to have a retractable roof by the 2020 French Open and now features padded beige seats instead of plastic green ones.Across the way, 2016 champion Muguruza inaugurated the new 5,290-seat Court Simonne Mathieu, which is surrounded by greenhouses displaying tropical plants, with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Taylor Townsend of the U.S.Later in that same spot, the 38-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam titlist and the 2002 runner-up in Paris, exited in the first round for the fourth time in the past seven years at Roland Garros. She was broken in seven of her nine service games during a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 9 seed Elina Svitolina.Federer, the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles, will turn 38 in August and, frankly, who knows how many more of these he has left?“Not getting any younger,” he noted.ADVERTISEMENT The guy certainly appeared delighted to make his return to a tournament he won a decade ago, completing a career Grand Slam, but sat out each of the past three years. In 2016, he was sidelined by a back problem, ending his then-record streak of 65 consecutive appearances at majors. Federer then skipped the entire clay-court circuit in each of the past two seasons to focus on preparing for grass and hard courts.Not since a quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka four years ago had Federer competed at Roland Garros, which is why he described himself Sunday as “quite tense at the start.”Didn’t seem that way, though. More like someone who never went away. He led the 73rd-ranked Sonego, who was making his French Open debut, 4-0 after less than 15 minutes, then went up a set and 4-0 in the second after 40.“There are times when you recognize that he makes the difficult things look easy. It’s incredible,” Sonego said. “All you can do is hope he messes up now and then, because otherwise, it’s really hard.”Federer gave the folks what they wanted, providing a live-and-in-person highlight reel of his full and considerable repertoire. There was the ace at 121 mph (195 kph) to begin his first service game, and the ace at 110 mph (178 kph) to conclude it. The drop-volley winner on the run. The serve-and-volley putaway. The sprint for an up-the-line winner off a delicate drop shot by Sonego that was so good, and so apparently hard to reach, that an Italian fan gushed, “Bravo! Bravo!” in praise of her countryman before Federer got to the ball.“In the important moments, he raises his level and turns into a computer,” Sonego said. “He never makes the wrong choice.”Really, the lone blip for Federer came when he double-faulted to get broken for the only time, eliciting an admonishing slap of racket strings from him — and a collective “Awwwww” of dismay from his thousands of admirers. That was part of a three-game, dozen-minute surge for Sonego, who got within 4-3 in the second set before ceding it.By the end, Federer had won the point on 25 of 30 trips to the net and put together a ratio of 36 winners to 15 unforced errors.While so much of the title speculation is focused on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — both play Monday — Federer enjoys the unusual-for-him position of lowered expectations.“It’s nice to be an outsider,” he said with an almost imperceptible shrug. “That’s how I feel, anyhow. Just see how it goes, you know. … This is not a show I’m putting on; this is the truth: I really don’t know how far I can go in this event.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning in three sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )PARIS — Roger Federer entered a refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015, greeted by the sun peeking through the clouds and the full-throated support of spectators in their designer sunglasses, straw hats and sweaters tied over their shoulders.Were it permitted, perhaps some ticket-holders would have embraced Federer right then and there, delivering a kiss on each cheek, as if reunited with an old friend at a sidewalk cafe.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Alas, the welcome was limited to wild applause and enthusiastic chants of his first name — “Roh-zher! Roh-zher!” — before and during a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Sunday. The match lasted a mere 101 minutes yet Federer found enough time and space to sprinkle in some tremendous shot-making.“The reception I got today was crazy. Was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this,” Federer said, comparing the atmosphere to that of a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I feel,” he said, “that the public missed me. And I missed them, as well.”His presence at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament was the highlight of Day 1, which included losses by multiple major winners Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, along with victories for Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori. 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