Is this a case of Animal Farm?

first_imgDear Editor,It must be queried — in the matter of the hush-hush and secret review which was never made public until now — of a two-decades-old decision by a former government agency involving two former employees: Was the matter not referred to the court system, where others have had to go for perceived injustice?Is this a case of Animal Farm?Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

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House defers toughest issues in budget plan

first_imgDemocrats said the $2.9 trillion plan for next year would point the way to a surplus after years of red ink under Bush and a GOP-controlled Congress. Republicans countered that a $153 billion surplus in 2012 would appear only if tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 expire in four years – amounting to what they said would be the largest tax increase in American history. The measure reflects a choice by Democrats to increase spending on domestic programs funded each year by appropriations bills – including education, health research, environmental protection and grants to local governments – while forestalling binding decisions on what to do when tax cuts expire. As a practical matter, the future of the Bush tax cuts will likely be decided after the 2008 presidential election, with their fate depending on the balance of power and on the fiscal outlook at that time. Republicans said increased spending now would put renewal of the tax cuts at a disadvantage when they are considered. Republicans had hoped for permanent tax cuts when originally fashioning them in 2001, but an obscure Senate rule prevented that. They never held subsequent votes to make all of them permanent, despite Bush’s annual calls to do so. The 2001 and 2003 tax-cut laws lowered rates on income, investments and large estates, and they included tax breaks for married couples and people with children. WASHINGTON – House Democrats pushed their budget blueprint to passage Thursday, promising a big surplus in five years by allowing tax cuts passed in President George W. Bush’s first term to expire. The 216-210 vote sets up negotiations with the Senate, which last week passed a budget blueprint similar to the House plan on spending increases. But the Senate plan would not generate surpluses since it assumes lawmakers will renew the most popular of the tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of 2010. The House plan would award spending increases next year to both the Pentagon and domestic programs, but it defers difficult decisions about unsustainable growth in federal benefit programs such as Medicare. Twelve Democrats, mostly from GOP-leaning states such as Indiana, opposed the budget plan. Congress’ annual debate on the budget is guided by an arcane process in which a nonbinding budget resolution sets the stage for subsequent bills affecting taxes and benefit programs such as Medicare, as well as the annual appropriations bills. In most years, Congress defers difficult budget issues and simply focuses on the 12 annual bills funding the budgets of Cabinet agencies such as Defense, Education and Agriculture. This year is likely to be such a stand-pat year. The House plan would award domestic agencies, on average, budget increases of 6 percent over current levels, far less than the increases that Bush recommended. Increases under the companion Senate measure are about 4 percent.last_img read more

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Brussels loses Euro 2020 matches to Wembley

first_img0Shares0000Wembley Stadium in London will host seven matches in total for the Euro 2020 tournament, including the two semi-finals and the final on July 12, 2020 © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISNYON, Switzerland, Dec 7 – Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.Brussels had been one of 13 venues picked to host this unique edition of the European Championship — to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary — held across the continent rather than in a single host country. But the European football governing body’s executive committee decided “unanimously” to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium where they would have been held could be built in time.Wembley will now host seven matches in total, having already been allocated the two semi-finals and the final on July 12, 2020.UEFA also announced the opening game on June 12, 2020, would be held at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.“Due to the Eurostadium project’s failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA Executive Committee during its meeting of 20 September 2017, the four matches (three group, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels will now be allocated to London’s Wembley Stadium following a vote by the committee,” said Ceferin.“We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time, they were not able to provide us with all the documentation.“Until today we don’t know if they can build a stadium or not.“They still don’t have the documents. They had time until today’s executive committee (meeting) and they didn’t do it.“We received a letter yesterday that 31st of January there will be a final decision but the decision — yes or no — they don’t know.“Experts from administration had the opinion it was a high risk for UEFA if we wait.”The company contracted to build the stadium in the northern suburb of Grimbergen, BTP Ghelamco, said they were able to build the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium in 18 months, but the Flanders region in which it will be situated has yet to issue a building permit.– ‘Not the end’ –“Right up until the last moment we did the utmost to try to get an extra delay from UEFA, but we respect their decision,” said the Belgian federation in a statement.However they said UEFA’s decision “does not necessarily signify the end of the stadium project”.“We absolutely need a new 45,000-capacity stadium and we hope the competent ministers grant the permit in January so that a stadium fit for the 21st century can finally be built in our country,” said federation president Gerard Linard.Brussels has hoped to construct a new stadium ever since the Heysel stadium disaster, when 39 people died before the start of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.A refurbished Heysel, called the King Baudouin Stadium, staged matches at Euro 2000, which Belgium co-hosted with the Netherlands.A draw was also held on Thursday to decide which cities would host games from the various groups.Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.Host countries are guaranteed at least two home group stage matches if they qualify, meaning England and Scotland would be in the same group if they both reach the finals.Likewise world champions Germany would be paired with Hungary.UEFA also decided on the seedings and draw procedure for the new UEFA Nations League, which will replace most friendlies over the next couple of years but also offers a potential path to the European Championship.The draw will take place on January 24.UEFA said Russia and Ukraine would be kept apart in the group stage, as would Armenia and Azerbaijan.A conflict between the first two broke out in 2014 that resulted in Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine, while the second two fought a war in the early 1990s that never resulted in a peace treaty.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DD HEALTH: EXCESSIVE SWEATING AND TREATMENTS

first_imgDD HEALTH: EXCESSIVE SWEATING AND TREATMENTSHyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively.The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas. Commonly affected areas include the:armpitspalms of your handssoles of your feetface and chestgroinBoth sides of the body are usually affected equally – for example, both feet or both hands.The sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. It can also have a negative impact on your quality of life and may lead to feelings of depressionand anxiety.Over 2pc of the Irish population have a problem with excessive sweat and feel it has a negative impact on their lives. What is excessive sweating?There are no guidelines to determine what “normal” sweating is, but if you feel you sweat too much and your sweating has started to interfere with your everyday daily life, you may have hyperhidrosis.For example, you may have hyperhidrosis if:* you avoid physical contact, such as shaking hands, because you feel self-conscious about your sweating* you don’t take part in activities, such as dancing or exercise, for fear they will make your sweating worse* excessive sweating is interfering with your job – for example, you have difficulty holding tools or using a computer keyboard* you’re having problems with normal daily activities, such as driving* you’re spending a significant amount of time coping with sweating – for example, frequently showering and changing your clothes* you become socially withdrawn and self-consciousWhen to see your GPVisit your GP if you feel that your sweating is interfering with your daily activities, or you suddenly start sweating excessively.Many people with hyperhidrosis are too embarrassed to seek medical help or believe that nothing can be done to improve it. But treatment is available. Also visit your GP if you are having night sweats, because it can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Your GP will usually be able to diagnose hyperhidrosis based on your symptoms, although occasionally you may need blood and urine tests to check for an underlying cause (see below).What causes hyperhidrosis?In many cases, hyperhidrosis has no obvious cause and is thought to be the result of a problem with the part of the nervous system that controls sweating. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis.Hyperhidrosis that does have an identifiable cause is known as secondary hyperhidrosis. This can have many different triggers, including:pregnancy or the menopauseanxietycertain medicationslow blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)infectionsHow hyperhidrosis is treatedExcessive sweating can be challenging to treat and it may take a while to find a treatment right for you. Doctors usually recommend starting with the least invasive treatment first, such as powerful antiperspirants. Lifestyle changes may also help, including:wearing loose and light clothesavoiding triggers, such as alcohol and spicy foods, that could make your sweating worsewearing black or white clothes to help minimise the signs of sweatingIf this doesn’t help, you may be advised to try treatments such as iontophoresis (the affected area is treated with a weak electric current passed through water or a wet pad), botulinum toxin injections, and even surgery in a few cases.Hyperhidrosis is usually a long-term condition, but some people experience an improvement with time and the treatments available can often keep the problem under control.Who is affected?Hyperhidrosis is common. It’s been estimated to affect between one and three in every 100 people which means there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of people living with it in Ireland.Hyperhidrosis can develop at any age, although primary hyperhidrosis typically starts during childhood or soon after puberty.For more information, go to www.sweating.ieDD HEALTH: EXCESSIVE SWEATING AND TREATMENTS was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 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:Advicedonegal daily healthexcessive sweatingHyperhidrosistreatmentlast_img read more

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Lifford man appears in court on child porn charges

first_imgA Lifford man has pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.David Martin, aged 56, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. He was arraigned on one charge of possession of child pornography at 11 St Jude’s Court in Lifford on October 6th, 2016.The court heard Martin, with a current address at Sylvia Park in Letterkenny, had six videos of containing child pornography on the hard-drive of a desktop computer.His barrister Peter Nolan told Judge John Aylmer that his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest possible opportunity.He asked for probation and welfare report on his client as well as a psychiatric report on Mr Martin.The case was adjourned to the October sitting of the court.Lifford man appears in court on child porn charges was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 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:courtDavid MartindonegalLiffordpornlast_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH ULTAN SENIORS BACK IN ACTION

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 28/07/2013 were 8, 10, 11 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1660. Consolation prizes went to Jonathan Orpen, George Baskin & Teresa Howley.Monthly Meeting – The next monthly meeting takes place next Monday, August 12th at 8;30pm upstairs in the clubhouse. All members are welcome.Clothes Bank – A reminder to all in the parish there is clothes bank just outside the grounds of the clubhouse and it can be used anytime. All proceeds made goes back to the club so please try your best to support. New Club Website – The club’s new website is up and running and can be found on the following URL – www.naomhultan.gaa.ieSenior Football – Our senior side are in action this Saturday evening away to Muff. Throw in is at 7:30pm. All support welcome. GAA: NAOMH ULTAN SENIORS BACK IN ACTION was last modified: August 6th, 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:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN SENIORS BACK IN ACTIONlast_img read more

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NOTICE: COMMENTS ON DONEGALDAILY.COM

first_imgNOTICE: Donegaldaily.com welcomes comments and debate on stories. However we will not publish comments which are racist, vulgar, defamatory or in poor taste. Comments which are any of the above will be trashed or moderated. Comments on ongoing court cases will not be published.EDITORNOTICE: COMMENTS ON DONEGALDAILY.COM was last modified: November 4th, 2011 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:NOTICE: COMMENTS ON DONEGALDAILY.COMlast_img read more

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RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE BALLYRAINE NS 5K?

first_imgIvan TonerIVAN TONER was first home with 17 seconds to spare in the Ballyraine National School 5k this evening.All the results from tonight are here:Balllyraine NS 5k 11/06/2015  Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 92 16.07 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C2 18 16.24 Roy McGilloway SM Foyle Valley3 17 16.33 Pius McInyre SM Foyle Valley 4 113 16.56 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses A.C.5 115 17.34 Raymon Birch SM Letterkenny A C6 199 17.50 John Conlon SM Letterkenny A C7 185 17.55 Dominick Boner M50 Finn Valley A C8 120 17.59 Brendan Finney JM Individual 9 163 18.13 Brian Crossan SM Letterkenny A C10 82 18.23 Sinead Peoples SW Letterkenny A C11 124 18.25 Shaun Boyce SM Individual12 168 18.25 Paul Cullen SM 24/7 Triathlon 13 164 18.26 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon14 123 18.29 Marcus McClintock M40 Letterkenny A C15 122 18.29 Michael Black SM Finn Valley A C16 186 18.40 Ben Carr JM Finn Valley A C17 67 18.42 Alan O’Maliony M40 24/7 Triathlon18 165 18.44 John Daly M40 24/7 Triathlon19 105 18.44 Gavin Cranlord SM 24/7 Triathlon20 42 18.56 Paul McMonagle SM Letterkenny A C21 194 19.03 Dan Friel SM Individual22 134 19.17 Michael Galvin M40 Letterkenny A C23 146 19.19 John McFadden SM Individual24 201 19.46 Jordon Devenny JM Individual25 125 19.55 Kieron Coyle SM United Health Group26 69 20.03 Ben McGonagle SM Rosses A.C.27 151 20.06 John Rodgers SM Individual28 183 20.10 Troi Hegarty SM Letterkenny A C29 182 20.29 George Rahmani SM Individual30 98 20.34 Dylan Boal JM Individual31 97 20.38 Donnachadh Parkinson JM Individual32 173 20.39 Conal Biggs SM Fighting Fit33 81 20.39 Manus Peoples M50 Individual34 193 20.52 Stephen Bryne SM Individual35 49 20.59 Paddy McFadden M40 Individual36 192 21.09 Pat Brady M50 24/7 Triathlon37 94 21.12 PJ McMenamin SM Individual38 128 21.16 Seamus Ferry M40 Rosses A.C.39 21 21.19 Charlene McIntyre SW Fighting Fit40 1 21.30 Mark Rodgers M40 Individual41 181 21.30 Jonny Stewart SM Individual42 65 21.34 Paddy McGee SM Individual43 191 21.38 Jason Black M40 Individual44 172 21.39 Stephanie Brolly W40 Individual45 54 21.41 Brian McGuigan SM Individual46 40 21.43 Sammy Johnston M40 24/7 Triathlon47 127 21.43 Rodney Lindsay SM Individual48 30 21.48 Ethan McCloskey JM Fighting Fit49 162 22.06 Shaun O’Donnell M50 Swanlings50 187 22.09 Stephen Shiels M40 Letterkenny A C51 72 22.13 Paul Brady M40 Individual52 137 22.27 Pat Byrne M50 Killybegs A C53 197 22.39 Ewan Kemp JM Individual54 203 22.42 Zack West JM Individual55 106 22.46 Ciaran McGettigan JM 24/7 Triathlon56 103 22.47 Eugene McGettigan SM 24/7 Triathlon57 196 22.50 Paul McMillan SM Individual58 133 22.52 Luca Tampellini SM Inch59 95 22.52 Eugeri McGinlei M50 Raphoe Runners60 184 23.00 Craig Lyons SM Individual61 204 23.04 Eoghan Gleeson SM Run For Fun62 13 23.09 Adam Boal Quinn M40 Individual63 12 23.09 Bruce Daniel M40 Individual64 161 23.14 Ernie Pollock M50 Swanlings65 93 23.21 Brendan Giles SM Cranford A C66 142 23.26 Declan McFeely SM Fighting Fit67 41 23.36 Mary Sweeney SW Individual68 78 23.45 Bernie Gallagher SW Milford A C69 166 23.49 Clare Molloy W40 Individual70 6 24.00 Jackie Callaghan W40 Individual71 19 24.02 Dermot Kelly SM Fighting Fit72 52 24.02 Mark Cannon SM Individual73 56 24.05 Andrew Stewart SM Letterkenny A C74 126 24.12 Alex McDermott JM Individual75 200 24.14 Shae Treery SM Individual76 73 24.16 Claire McIntyre SW Individual77 37 24.19 Noreen Lynch SW Individual78 169 24.21 Amanda McMulty SW 24/7 Triathlon79 68 24.31 Mark Russell SM Individual80 4 24.33 Jamie Callaghan JM Individual81 178 24.37 Martina McDaid W40 Speer Performance82 29 24.38 Rosie McCloskey W40 Fighting Fit83 50 24.39 Michael McElhinney M50 Individual84 132 24.46 Dean Spencer M50 Individual85 71 24.54 Michael Gibbons M50 Individual86 66 24.57 John Burke M40 Individual87 175 25.03 Wendy Goudie SW Swanlings88 138 25.04 Annette Sheehy W40 Milford A C89 10 25.05 Charlie Robinson JM Individual90 61 25.11 Adam McKinley JM Individual91 99 25.12 Blake Boal JM Individual92 64 25.14 Emma McGee SW 24/7 Triathlon93 22 25.22 Sinead McDermott SW Foyle Valley94 141 25.23 SeanPaul Downey SM Fighting Fit95 153 25.23 Joe Gallen M50 Lifford Fit4Life96 14 25.26 David Oliver M50 Individual97 118 25.28 Marie Meehan SW Individual98 117 25.28 Barry Meehan SM Letterkenny A C99 206 25.29 PJ McCusker SM Individual100 148 25.31 Georgina Fay W40 Individual101 101 25.32 Alanna Ryan JW Individual102 20 25.33 Emily McLaughlin JW Fighting Fit103 167 25.34 Kieran Kelly SM Individual104 130 25.44 Lisa Ferguson W40 Finn Valley A C105 189 25.45 Alphie McHale M50 Individual106 176 25.51 Sean Bonner M50 Convoy Runners107 55 25.54 Colm McGrath SM Individual108 89 25.59 Kayleigh Smith SW Convoy Runners109 188 25.59 Rita Brady W40 Individual110 87 26.00 Mark Farren SM Individual111 136 26.00 Ronan Leonard SM Individual112 139 26.19 Billy Broderick M50 Swanlings113 147 26.25 Christopher Cuskelly M40 Lifford A C114 143 26.29 Grace O’Donnell SW Convoy Runners115 8 26.32 Boyd Robinson M40 Individual116 11 26.32 Jack Robinson JM Individual117 198 26.36 Kate Kemp JW Individual118 145 26.42 Linda Macbeth SW Raphoe Runners119 88 26.45 Ruth McCrudden W40 Letterkenny A C120 60 26.56 Willie McCowt M50 Individual121 27 27.03 Dan McGilloway M40 Fighting Fit122 174 27.03 Eileen Morning W40 Swanlings123 3 27.04 Rory Callaghan JM Individual124 26 27.06 Bronagh McEleney SW Fighting Fit125 23 27.17 Laura Moore SW Fighting Fit126 107 27.22 Elaine Parke SW Convoy Runners127 157 27.22 Stella McCole SW Individual128 155 27.23 Peter McLean M50 Individual129 5 27.26 Aaron Callaghan JM Individual130 7 27.26 Gerard Callaghan M40 24/7 Triathlon131 109 27.29 Mary Doherty SW Convoy Runners132 154 27.30 Goretti Sheridon W40 Run For Fun133 32 27.31 Garrett McLaughlin SM Fighting Fit134 35 27.33 Fadl Mustapha M40 Individual135 111 27.33 Mary Bonnar W50 Individual136 47 27.44 Noel McGlinchey M50 Individual137 90 27.45 Sarah Robinson JW Individual138 170 27.45 Fidelma Mullaney SW Individual139 80 27.46 Maureen McBrearty W50 Run For Fun140 24 27.47 Susan O’Doherty SW Fighting Fit141 91 27.50 Elaine Robinson SW Individual142 77 28.05 Annette Rodger SW Individual143 149 28.09 Mary Hegarty Brogan W40 Run For Fun144 85 28.15 Anthony Gildea M40 Individual145 79 28.20 Mary McBrearty W40 Run For Fun146 100 28.38 Clare McKernan SW Individual147 86 28.42 Lian Haugley M50 Swanlings148 131 28.42 Loarraine Gildea SW Run For Fun149 74 29.12 Lorna McGettigan SW Individual150 76 29.13 Laura Peoples SW Individual151 96 29.22 Michael Robinson M50 Individual152 140 29.23 Colm Rankin SM Fighting Fit153 25 29.23 Kara McDaid SW Fighting Fit154 59 29.31 Breda McBride SW Individual155 58 29.31 Catherine Morrison SW Individual156 205 29.44 Jamie Gallen SM Individual157 121 30.03 Nuala Allan W50 Raphoe Runners158 195 30.08 Eva McCloskey SW Individual159 135 30.12 Claire Holan SW Fighting Fit160 129 30.13 Denise Ferguson W40 Finn Valley A C161 160 30.23 Mary O’Donnell W50 Swanlings162 156 30.29 Rachel Enfield W40 Individual163 36 30.33 A’alya Mustapha JW Individual  164 33 30.33 Daragh Boyle SM Individual165 46 30.49 Johnie McGonigle JM Tír Chonaill A C166 45 30.51 Bronagh Hererin W40 Tír Chonaill A C167 84 31.10 Lydia Wasson JW Individual168 83 31.10 Iris Wasson SW Individual169 62 31.17 Danny McKinley JM Individual170 70 31.17 Karol Harvey SM Individual171 63 31.17 Anne Robinson SW 24/7 Triathlon172 179 31.43 Anne Quinn W40 Individual173 180 31.43 Gus O’Driscoll M40 Individual174 116 32.00 Aidan Walsh JM Letterkenny A C175 51 32.16 Alcorn JM Individual176 48 32.19 Noreen Sharkey W50 Individual177 16 32.44 Lisa McHale W40 Individual178 31 32.55 Orla McLaughlin SW Fighting Fit179 119 32.59 Fidelma McBrearty W40 Run For Fun180 144 33.07 Josie Gallagher W50 Individual181 171 33.07 Fiona McConenll W40 Individual182 112 35.09 Elaine Nicholls W50 Individual183 114 35.11 Anne Nicholls W50 Individual184 28 36.05 Tonya Webb SW Fighting Fit185 57 36.07 Denise Gallagher SW Individual186 104 36.28 Chole Wasson JW 24/7 Triathlon187 102 36.28 Adrian Wasson M40 Inch188 159 36.41 Victoria Gannon JW Individual189 158 36.41 Michael Pearson SM Individual190 208 36.59 Luke Fleming JM Individual191 38 38.00 Ash Hunter JM Individual192 2 38.47 Matthew Robinson JM Individual193 207 40.04 Ernest Moscicki JM Individual194 152 40.47 Ben Gallagher JM Individual195 150 40.47 Angela Gallagher W40 Individual196 108 41.57 Natasha JW Convoy Runners197 110 41.59 Sarah       Doherty SW Convoy Runners198 34 42.35 Sean Boyle M60 Individual199 190 43.28 Lesley Wilkinson SW IndividualTotal Runners: 199RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE BALLYRAINE NS 5K? was last modified: June 11th, 2015 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 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Mocha Pro 2020 Packed with New Features for VFX Artists

first_imgMega PlatesFirst up is the all new Mega Plates module.In the wonderful world of visual effects, a clean plate allows artists to perfectly composite multiple images. It’s essentially the background image without the foreground objects, whether those are actors, cars, etc. Once you separate the foreground from the background via a clean plate, you can apply effects to both images for visual effects magic.Unfortunately, in many cases, a clean plate doesn’t get captured during production. However, you can always manually create a clean plate by removing the foreground object then paint in the background. This is certainly more labor intensive, but it’s often the only option. While performing this technique on a static shot is simple enough, what about when a shot is moving — such as a pan? Enter the Mega Plate.Here’s a great example of how you can enhance backgrounds with Mocha Pro 2020 and Adobe After Effects.The Mega Plate module is a unique new feature, building on Mocha’s most powerful core technologies: planar tracking and temporal frame analysis. It helps users create a stitched extended frame for visual effects tasks. Working with Mega Plates is a new way to visualize and work on a larger-than-raster “Mega” canvas for common VFX tasks such as object removal, clean plating, sky replacements, matte painting, and set extensions.Use rendered Mega Plates in Mocha’s Remove Module or export it with tracking data for advanced effects. Use the exported data in Foundry NUKE, Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic Fusion, or other VFX applications.Area BrushCreating shapes in Mocha can be a tedious, time-consuming process. The new Area Brush is a dynamic new paint tool designed to speed up this task. Area Brush, with Quick Mask mode, brings fluid gestural paint functionality into Mocha to define planar tracking and masking search areas.For example, instead of clicking and dragging spline points, adding and subtracting paint strokes get converted to vector splines. This method speeds up and simplifies multi-shape tracking and masking set-ups. The Area Brush also supports Wacom tablets for pressure-sensitive scaling. Select the Area Brush and paint on the screen. The brush will scale based on pressure sensitivity.Here’s a closer look at the Area Brush tool. The latest version of Mocha Pro just hit the scene, and it’s chock-full of new tools geared toward visual effects artists.The award-winning planar tracking software received several new features, including mega plates, a new area brush, and advanced color management support. Let’s take a closer look at Mocha Pro 2020. OpenColorIO (OCIO) SupportLast, but not least, is the new support for color management.With OpenColorIO, you’ll never have to wonder if your color is off again. Mocha Pro’s adoption of OCIO means you’ll have consistent and predictable color display across industry workflows. It’s compatible with the Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) and enables improved color-managed workflows with high-end post-production and VFX applications, including Boris FX Silhouette, Foundry’s NUKE, Autodesk Flame, Avid Media Composer, and more.To learn more about Mocha Pro 2020, head over to the Boris FX website.Cover image via Boris FX.Looking for more on video production? Check these out.Adobe Unveils Auto Reframe and Other Video Editing Updates at Adobe Max ShareGrid Acquires BorrowFox in Plan to Expand to United KingdomThis ‘Pocket Film School’ Teaches Everything You’d Learn in Film School7 Tutorials for Editing Audio in Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Best Video Editing Programs: Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Prolast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-GAMBHIR 3 LAST

first_imgOn close finishes, Gambhir said: “I dont think teams On close finishes, Gambhir said: “I dont think teams achieve anything and I dont think any team would want a close finish. We would be very happy if there are not many close finishes. There is far more stress and we have seen the closer the game gets, people need to handle their nerves better. As a player you would be happy if you can win the game convincingly as that is how you start dominating the tournament as well. “The more close finishes, you start doubting and criticising certain things that we should have bowled well or got 15 or 20 runs more. Close finishes doesnt teach anything, except that we can start winning convincingly and start dominating other teams as well. That is what gives you more confidence rather than the close finishes.” Asked about Mark Bouchers appointment as wicketkeeping consultant, he said the South African will help the team, especially when they have two part time wicketkeepers in Uthappa and Sheldon Jackson. “I thought we have got two part time wicket-keepers and if someone can work alongwith them going forward in this tournament, especially with us playing a couple of home games now on this wicket where it will start turning, it is going to be difficult to keep if Narine and Hogg are playing together. “If someone with that experience can help two part-time wicket-keepers and learn a bit more about handling spin bowling, it will always be useful.” Eden is yet to be fullhouse despite the team doing well and Gambhir hoped it would be packed in the upcoming games. “I hope we get better crowd because we have been playing good cricket and we are at the top of the table. That is what you want. Eden Gardens has its charm when the ground is absolutely packed. Maybe the crowds havent come because we havent played for a very long time. We were on the road for a long time so that could be one reason, hope there would be more crowd tomorrow and going forward in the tournament. “It is always fun when the ground is packed because that is what is one of the best sights in world cricket when Eden is absolutely packed,” Gambhir signed off. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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