Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serena Williams’ attitude defused dress code row, says French Open director Gabuza got up and, with the help of a team official, headed for the tunnel again.The 31-year-old Gabuza was being booed for some misses in front of goal early in the game. He has scored only eight goals in five years with Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa’s biggest clubs, and has been targeted for abuse by Pirates fans before. Yet, he has a good strike rate for South Africa’s national team, with six goals in 16 appearances.Orlando Pirates won the game against Black Leopards 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Before he left the field in Tuesday’s game in South Africa’s top division, Gabuza sarcastically applauded his team’s supporters and then made a signal referring to a substitution.As he headed to the tunnel, Gabuza was angrily confronted by his coach, Milutin Sredojevic, who shoved the player in the chest and shouted at him. Gabuza’s teammates also tried to pull him back onto the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The situation became even more bizarre when Gabuza returned to the side of the field early in the second half limping and with his right leg heavily bandaged, apparently injured.As he sat in the dugout, the referee came over and showed him a yellow card for removing his shirt in the first half, and a second yellow for leaving the field without permission, and sent him off. Thamsanqa Gabuza (top) from South Africa is tackled by Aurelien Cheudjou from Cameroon during the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifier match at the Moses Mabhida stadium on March 29, 2016 in Durban. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKYJOHANNESBURG — A national team football player in South Africa staged a walk-off midway through a club game after being ridiculed by his own fans, who were booing him and calling for him to be substituted in the first half.Striker Thamsanqa Gabuza set up a goal for Orlando Pirates near the end of the first half — an own-goal by opponent Black Leopards — when, in part celebration, part defiance, he took off his shirt, threw it at a section of his fans and walked off the field and down the tunnel.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
An elderly man on Friday made his appearance at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert charged with simple larceny.Rohit Persaud of West Coast Demerara (WCD) was charged along with Arjun Budram for the incident.Persaud, who was unrepresented in court, pleaded not guilty to the offense, which alleged that on May 4, 2016, at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) he stole one cell phone valued $50,ooo. Budram did not appear in court.The court heard that on the day in question, Persaud along with Budram stole the phone from one Paul (only name given) and attempted to sell it to the Virtual Complainant (VC), Surain Persaud, an overseas based Guyanese.The VC told the court that he was approached by the two men who showed him the phone which he described as being in a gray casing, and asked him if he wanted to buy it.He told the men no but before the phone could be handed back to them, a bus pulled up collected the men and pulled off.The VC said he was left standing with the phone in his hand. He attempted to find the bus at the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction but was unsuccessful.In the process of trying to find the bus, the VC said the phone rang and he answered. The person he spoke with, ‘Paul’ the owner of the phone asked him to report to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police station which he did.After the matter was reported, both defendants were arrested and charged with the offense.The phone was then handed back to the owner.Magistrate Lambert asked the defendant if he would like to say anything in his defense to which he was refused.As such he was released on self-bail and will have to return to court on 6 June, 2016 for decision.
Businessman Musa Hassan Bility, President of the Liberia Football Association is a man who loves controversy. He is a man who believes that no one should determine how far you can fly, even if you don’t have wings. Consider his recent attempt to contest for the forthcoming FIFA presidency! From the word go, Bility knew that he would have some questions to answer for his past. He knew that for some obvious reasons when he launched a campaign against Issa Hayatou, President of the African Football Confederation, (CAF) and questioned his attempt to keep himself in power, he had broached an ethical issue that the old man felt insulted. When Bility used what was described as ‘confidential’ information from CAF’s Executive Committee that he was not supposed to have used he was suspended for six months because he broached a ‘confidential issue.’ So for Bility to expose a ‘confidential issue’ he fell into the issue of ‘integrity,’ as far as CAF was concerned. The point is, he was supposed to keep the ‘confidential issue’ confidential but he did not. The FIFA Adhoc Committee defined integrity check, by stating: “The integrity check included a review of corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings, potential regulatory actions taken against the candidate and a review of media reports concerning potential red flags (fraudulent behavior, match manipulation, human rights violations, etc.). As stated above, FIFA clearly stated what involved in integrity check which Mr. Bility should have first of all be aware of. However he indicated to local journalists when he was asked about it that he did not know what the committee was talking about. Did Bility not really know or he chose to ignore the fact of what the Committee meant by integrity check? Since he has been president for the LFA for nearly five years, did he really not know what is involved in FIFA integrity check?The point is, if Mr. Bility is aware of what FIFA’s Adhoc Elections Committee would be looking for during such an exercise, and since he is also aware of his recent corporate legal battles then of course he deliberately overlooked the fact about the odds against him in qualifying to contest the FIFA elections. Or because he was so passionate about his involvement in the FIFA elections, he apparently did not think that the Adhoc Committee would be looking for information about his business dealings in Liberia? It would have helped him greatly if someone with better knowledge of how things work in FIFA and CAF to have provided him with the advice that he should have known in the first place. I suggest he must check his advisers who encouraged him to join the race, despite what he had been involved and could not have allowed him to qualify for a post that had been already tainted. He should also have known that once he has had legal issues at home and with the issue of corruption in Liberia flying all over the place, he could have become a victim simply because of that. Is it not a fact that many Liberians have suffered abroad because of Ebola stigma? I know Mr. Bility will put the issue of FIFA presidency behind him, though I hear he wants to fight the case, the lesson here is that due diligence is important if, and only if there is an opportunity for any Liberian to contest for an international office in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Attack played at Desert High of Edwards Air Force Base its first five years since becoming the NWFA’s first West Coast franchise in 2000. It is not permitted to use the facility this year because the franchise failed to provide full documentation for all visitors, a breach of the base’s strict security regulations, first-year Attack owner Suzy Ligon said. The franchise’s nickname was the Bombers under the previous ownership. Attack officials and players spent most of last week scrambling to find a facility for Saturday’s game when it learned Memorial Stadium was not available for Saturday because of a scheduling conflict. They were told repeatedly that facilities in the Antelope Valley and beyond, as far away as Ridgecrest and Victorville, were not available because of usage or maintenance issues. The Antelope Valley Attack’s facility crisis is over. At least for this week. The Attack, a semi-pro women’s football franchise in its sixth year of existence, will play its scheduled Saturday home game against the Arizona Venom at College of the Canyons of Valencia at 7 p.m. The Attack, which plays in the 32-team National Women’s Football Association, nearly had to forfeit the game because it couldn’t find a facility to play in. Ligon said the Attack would have had to pay the NWFA a $2,500 forfeiture fine. “I’m just really happy we were able to work this out,” Ligon said. “It’s good to be this much closer to the Antelope Valley and bringing our game home where it should be.” The Attack (1-3) have three regular season games remaining. Its July 1 home game against Orange County will be played at Memorial Stadium. No agreement with COC for next season has been reached, but its central location would seem to be an ideal fit for the franchise’s future plans. Attack players range in age from 21 to their late 40s. The only requirement for joining the team is that players be 18 years of age and are insured. Said defensive tackle Courtney “Rookie” Johnson: “We think we’re being shunned because we’re an all-women’s team.” Highland coach Jim Root said he was not aware of the Attack’s request to use his school’s facility, but said he believes the team’s difficulty finding a field has more to do with an area “facilities crisis” than gender bias. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man rushing to NowDoc with his sick daughter was forced to slow down to avoid speed vans on the outskirts of Carndonagh.The incident has led local councillor Ciaran McLaughlin to call for a review of speed cameras across Inishowen.The Buncrana Town Councillor revealed the man was driving at Molly’s Brae outside Carn but because he was going downhill at a 60kmp zone, he was forced to brake when he saw the speed van. Cllr McLaughlin said “Questions need to be asked. Is this a sneaky place for a speed van?“How many accidents have occurred at this spot? Is this just a money making scheme?”He added that motorists have a right to know whether local speedcameras are justified, are they making the roads safer or are they just raising money? He referred to an RTE news report in July of this year which claimed that the Xavier McAuliffe consortium, the speed vans operators, made €48,000 profit per week with the speed van cameras.“I will be bringing this to the attention of my Sinn Fein colleagueDeputy Padraig MacLochlainn as I believe questions have to be asked,” he said. MAN RUSHING TO NOWDOC FORCED TO SLOW DOWN FOR SPEED VANS was last modified: September 17th, 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:CarndonghCllr Ciaran McLaughlinNowDocspeed vans
Kayaking has become a hugely-popular pastime in recent years.And Donegal offers an abundance of coastline to discover.Here, kayaking instructor Jack Pearson explores the beauty of Owey Island and gives yet another example of the many secret gems our stunning county has to offer. From cliffs to caves, hidden gems and sandy beaches nobody can say it is a dull scene in any direction you look.Leaving Cruit island at one of its small beaches we headed for the island that is Owey, this small but beautiful island only takes up around 300 acres of the wild Atlantic with its highest point a mere 102 meters above sea level.The island, which was inhabited previously, was functioning with a small primary school and post office which closed in 1971. The remains of homesteads and settlements still remain on the southern part of the island, hidden from the roaring Atlantic winds.Throughout the video you will see the neat and intricate layout of caves and clear water as we journey around the rough but stunning terrain which fills the camera lens with colour and stunning imagery. Jack says it should be emphasised that all kayaking trips taken on the sea or any body of water are to be taken extremely carefully and experienced kayakers should always be with anyone attempting anything like this, as to reduce the risk of people putting themselves in danger.Watch: Exploring one of Donegal’s hidden gems by kayak was last modified: August 17th, 2017 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:donegalJack PearsonKayakingOwey Island
Letterkenny Food Bank volunteers have reached out to flooding victims this week as they come to terms with the massive losses suffered on Tuesday night.As the only food bank in Donegal, the volunteers had no premises in Inishowen to base themselves. Instead, two team members loaded up their van with food parcels and travelled to Burnfoot to meet with residents outside of their destroyed homes.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Secretary of We Care Food bank Ann O’Kane said; “We don’t have a base in Inishowen, and knowing that people were in need two team members drove up to Pairc An Ghrianain in Burnfoot on Wednesday evening. “They weren’t sure if anyone would be there, but there were people standing there in shock, assessing the damage caused to their homes.“The two team members kept getting flashbacks of the scenes they saw in Burnfoot after they went home, wean’s toys and happy homes destroyed. The scale is just unbelievable.“The people were very grateful for the help, a lot of the people our team members spoke to hadn’t eaten since the day before,” she said.Seventeen families in Inishowen have been left homeless following the torrential flooding, with over 150 homes and 50 businesses being affected. “A lot of the people are still in shock so they may not have an appetite, but you need to eat. They were just so grateful that someone thought of them.“Some were staying with relatives, but they need extra food too.“They have lost everything, so the last thing on their mind would be putting food in the fridge. They may not even have a fridge anymore, or be very wary of plugging in anything electrical due to the amount of water damage in the area.“It’s a disaster on our own doorstep.”The only food bank in the county, We Care LK Foodbank supplies people across Donegal with food. “We are hoping to establish food hubs across the county. We’ve travelled to Killybegs, Carrigart, and Gweedore, but we need something more permanent in these areas as well as Inishowen.”As Burnfoot does not have a community centre, they are hoping to find a place in which they can continue providing these services to flooding victims.The Food Bank is appealing for donations of non-perishables, including pasta, rice, sugar, tea bags, canned goods, tinned meat and tinned fish etc.They have several drop-off points including; Letterkenny Community Centre, Black’s Centra, SoLo on Pearse road, and Mac’s Mace. “If you are in any of these shops we’d really appreciate it if you picked up an extra tin of food at the checkout.”If you are in need of food bank services please don’t hesitate to call 087 147 1325 or 086 305 3966.You can also get in touch with them through Facebook.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Donegal this evening to meet with affected residents and public representatives.Thirty Defence Forces personnel are also in Inishowen, helping locals in a major clean up operation.Letterkenny Food Bank reach out to flooding victims: “It’s a disaster on our doorstep” was last modified: August 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:FLOODINGInishowenletterkennywe care lk food bank
We think of plants as stationary life forms anchored to the soil, but National Geographic News reminds us that they have remarkable ways of getting around via seed dispersal mechanisms. Some fly through the air with parachutes or helicopters, some float in the water, and some rely on animals. It appears that some exotic species may be vanishing because animals they relied on for dispersal have gone extinct.A wonderful film that reveals the hidden world of seed dispersal is the award-winning Moody science classic Journey of Life. This is a must-see nature film. Follow delicate packages of life as they travel through the air, across oceans and continents, down rivers, through fires, ride on birds and monkeys and cows, roll through the West, explode across the field and even crawl across the soil and drill themselves in the ground. The time-lapse and slow-motion photography is stunning. This “sermons from science” film ends with an analogy to another seed spoken of by the Lord Jesus in one of his parables: the word of God. The film would make a great introduction or conclusion to a local nature hike.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A diffusion filter softens your image and generates a haze around bright objects. Learn how this can add style to your video project.Top Image via Tiffen.Some filmmakers and videographers think you shouldn’t add an effect in-camera that you could easily take care of in post-production. However, filters can help you capture a broader range of visual information without the sacrifices you might have to make to your image to get this same effect in post.For example, years ago I won a filter pack from Jessops and quickly learned that a gradation filter would allow me to capture more detail in the sky without distorting the highlights from the color profile in post. It changed everything. Over the years I’ve now collected a good range of filters that have different properties and effects. One type of filter that I’ve come to love is the diffusion filter. An image captured through a diffusion filter looks hazy, dreamlike, or even romantic.How Does It Work?The diffusion filter creates a haze by spreading out the light across the etched filter surface. It’s entirely different from blurred or out-of-focus images — a diffused image retains its contrast and sharpness. This is the effect of bending a percentage of the image-forming light from its original path to defocus it. The minuscule patterns on a diffusion filter will also help alter the bokeh.Image via Tiffen.There are many Brands to choose from, but the most reputable are Tiffen, Hoya, Promaster, Sunpak, Fotodiox, and Cokin. They come in grades of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and so on. Different brands use different strength systems.The following is the Tiffen Black Pro-Mist in use. You can see on the right that the image has a beautiful haze around the light and softens the details of the actress while retaining the sharpness of the individual hairs and details of the eye.When To Use a Diffusion FilterOften, in contemporary media, cinematographers diffuse an image to inform the audience that we are no longer watching a film set in the modern time or the real world. Even those who are not versed in the language of cinema can subconsciously pick up on these visual cues.Many films from the Golden Age of Hollywood have a haze to the image because of the lighting, film stock, lenses, and the use of netting. Replicating that by using a diffusion filter can simulate these motifs for the audience.Image from The Furies (1930).Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is set in the early 60s, and it makes use of diffusion to create its look.Is this to say that all films set in the past need diffusion? Absolutely not. Many, do not. However, it is a beautiful aesthetic to call upon if you need to enhance the periodic elements.Likewise, it can also be a useful tool to create a dreamlike scene.Image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.Lower-strength diffusion filters can soften wrinkles and give the face a more flawless look. Many people will simply rely on After Effects to correct these imperfections, but if you’re pressed for time, getting the shot in-camera is always the best, and perhaps the purest, option. There are specific filters, such as the Tiffen Softnet, specifically for this purpose. The Softnet filter mimics the use of placing a net behind the lens, which was an early way to diffuse an image.Some of the earliest ‘portrait’ diffusion filters still in use today are ‘nets.’ Fine mesh, like a stocking, stretched across the lens, has made many a face appear youthful, flawless. The Tiffen Softnet filter series, a modern update made of special fine net laminated between clear optical glass, provides a greater effect on small details, such as wrinkles and skin blemishes, than on the rest of the image.You can also produce the diffused look with a plug-in such as Magic Bullet Looks. While it produces a similar result, it’s not unlike trying to make digital footage look like 35mm film — there’s nothing quite like the real thing.How to Use a Diffusion FilterFocal length will affect the level of diffusion. Using a ¼ Promist on a 180mm lens will result in more diffusion than it would with a 24mm lens. For this reason, it’s advantageous to drop down a level of diffusion when substantially increasing the focal length. In addition, make sure your talent is well lit. As you can imagine, the haze effect is all but lost on a dark set.If you’ve ever used a diffusion filter outside with a wide angle lens, you may have noticed that smaller details tend to become lost in the image. This is because the diffusion pattern tends to become too strong for small details when shooting wide angle. You should use the lowest level of diffusion for an extreme wide shot, or keep your shots tight.Image from Inside Llewyn Davis.Further, while the effect works best when used with a well-lit subject, you want to avoid strong light, especially harsh sunlight. Excessive light will wash out the image.For more insight into which diffusion filter to buy, I highly recommend reading through Tiffen’s lengthy but educational post about their diffusion filters and what they do. Each filter type has an accompanying video that demonstrates the effect of the filter in action.Do you have a favorite diffusion filter? Let us know in the comments.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised a series of sops for women if his party came to power in Odisha.Interacting with women on the occasion of Women’s Day during his visit to Jeypore in Odisha’s Koraput district, he promised to get the women’s reservation bill passed in Parliament and adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for atrocities against women. He said all women would be provided free education of their choice, be it in engineering, medical or any other field. He also promised financial assistance for marriage of poor women and enhancement of widows’ pension to ₹2000 a month.Assembly elections will be held in Odisha along with the Lok Sabha polls.All women, especially those from tribal, dalit and backward communities, should get free education to achieve real empowerment. Maternity related deaths were a concern and he wanted it to be fought with access to information and modern medical services. He promised to help Women Self Help Groups (WSHG) through more bank loans. The Congress would appoint special officers for women in every panchayat and set up financial corporation for women’s empowerment.Rafale dealLater in the day, addressing a public meeting at Jeypore, around 30 km from the HAL plant at Sunabeda, Mr. Gandhi came down sharply on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sidelining the public sector undertaking in the Rafale fighter jet deal. Inclusion of HAL in the deal would have provided employment opportunity to youths. Now it only benefited Anil Ambani, he alleged.He referred to documents related to the Rafale deal published in The Hindu. Officials of the Defence Ministry and Air Force, he said, say Mr. Modi prepared the new contract bypassing the negotiating team. He promised loan waiver for farmers and enhancement of support price for paddy to ₹2500 within 10 days if the Congress came to power in Odisha. He reiterated the promise of minimum income guarantee for the poor in the State.He ended his speech with sarcasm aimed at Mr Modi. “We want to provide a government that hears your ‘mann ki baat’ instead of making you hear ‘mann ki baat,’ he said.