WalshyNow that he’s come off the terraces of Finn Park, Paddy Walsh is back on the sofa with his remote control set on the sports channels. This week he talks up Martin Harley, the Convoy Centre of Excellence as well as taking a quick detour down Jeremy Clarkson’s territory to discuss the new Ford and some old van!CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE?The Centre of Excellence in ConvoyHaving passed it by on a number of occasions, I finally got the chance to have a first hand look at the much publicised Donegal Centre of Excellence in Convoy a couple of weekends ago. Well, I saw the Centre but, apart from the action on the pitches in the girls under-13 county championship quarter-finals, the excellence was, frankly, missing.Nicely laid pitches indeed but there was little else to mark this out as a so-called Centre of Excellence.A row of portacabins serving as dressing-rooms and no spectator cover or, more importantly, no shelter for substitutes or officials on the sidelines leaving many of the unused players open to all the elements that can be throw at them (and a heavy shower on the day I was there left them saturated to the skin).The 26 acre site was acquired back in 2008 – 1.3 million euro at the last count – and was mooted as the standard bearer for the G.A.A. in the county. But while development has been ongoing to be fair to those behind it with the laying out of additional playing surfaces and the erection of floodlighting, we’re still basically looking at a ‘much ado about nothing’ scenario.And while it would be foolish to believe that this was going to be an overnight progression, you’d still expect a fair bit of excellence to have crept in eight years on.CAN WE HAVE OUR BUILD-UP BACK PLEASE?They’ll be hoping for excellence and thrills in the County Final come Sunday when St. Eunan’s pair up with Glenswilly.Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid is hoping for a second county title in a row.A two point win for Gary McDaid’s side in their semi-final against Naomh Conaill, the key scores coming in injury time, saw them through to meet their fierce local rivals who were knife-edge winners over St. Michael’s in a thriller at MacCumhaill Park (once again dismantling the Joe Brolly/Colm Parkinson twin arguments that the tactics deployed by Jim McGuinness had resulted in a dour defensive game in domestic Donegal football). As far as County deciders, this weekend’s Finalists have been effectively carrying the ball for the past few years in that respect and fans in attendance can expect a full-blooded encounter that promises to be as close as their respective semi-finals.But I’m just wondering, like many another, why they couldn’t have been afforded an extra week at least to prepare for the big game? I know the All-Ireland has contributed in pushing club football to the back end of the calendar but surely the local game deserves better. Surely the fixture deciders can see that, part and parcel of a Final, is the build-up and you don’t get much time for that squeezed as it is into seven days?Come Sunday evening one of either Glenswilly or Eunan’s won’t give a three penny bit about that but it would be nice to think we could have some kind of a change when next year’s Championship ambles around.As for who is going to win, I’m feeling the splinters in the nether regions, probably to do with this fence I’m neatly perched on. Safe to say, however, that there’ll be full-scale celebrations in or around Letterkenny after it’s all over. DUNGLOE COMES TO DUNDALK’S AIDDisappointment for Ballybofey in the League of Ireland Premier title decider but plenty of cheer in Dungloe.While Johnny Dunleavy missed out on the opportunity to hoist the league trophy along with his Cork City team-mates, there was a remarkable turnabout in fortunes for one of the men who lifted it into the night sky at Oriel Park on behalf of new champions, Dundalk.A double cruciate ligament injury picked up in April last during a match against Shamrock Rovers, looked to have ruled out Stephen O’Donnell for the rest of the season and potentially ended his footballing career.There had been little hint that the son of Dungloe native, P.J. O’Donnell, and nephew of Jimmy ‘Nappy’ O’Donnell, would play any part in the match against Cork last Friday night. But there he was in the starting line-up and half the Rosses – the other half didn’t know he was playing – urging him on.And after squandering a couple of openings, he struck after the break with deadly precision even if City might have had valid reason to dispute the score after Richie Towell appeared to have handled before the ball fell into the striker’s path.A second goal from Brian Gartland late on sealed the match, the points, and the title for the Louth team and joint skipper O’Donnell – named man of the match – held the trophy aloft sparking celebrations much further afield than Oriel Park.The Dungloe G.A.A. club were quick to post a congratulatory note on their Facebook page. “Uncle Jimmy will be a proud man but don’t expect any special treatment when you’re down in the Chapel Road again!,” was the message.And Pat the Cope Gallagher, who watched the match in Spain, declared: “Very proud of Stephen’s achievements.”Any hope of him forsaking Europe next season – that’s Stephen, not Pat the Cope (he’s already forsaken it) – and lining out with the Harps for a stint in the First Division?Nope, didn’t think so.LETTERKENNY WIN AT LONGCHAMPJockey Martin HarleyYet another impressive showing by Letterkenny jockey, Martin Harley, this time taking the Group One honours in the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp at the weekend.On board Tac De Boistron – trained by the acclaimed Marco Botti – his horse galloped past Tres Rock Danon on the home straight to win by five lengths.Not being anything like a betting man, I didn’t have any money on it though that was also to do with the small matter of not knowing the event was on. Must start reading the racing pages again.Anyway, party time in Rathdonnell, so I hear, and I missed that too.FORDE FOCUSAnyone out there who doesn’t believe David Forde deserves his place between the posts for the Republic of Ireland – and there surely can’t be too many of you – should take a look on U-Tube and relive the Galway native’s astonishing double save for Millwall against Cardiff City last Saturday,First, City’s Craig Noone looked certain to score only for Fordey (as the Millwall faithful have christened him) to pull off a remarkable stop. And not finished there he somehow managed to prevent Adam Le Fondre from netting with the follow-up.I watched it on ‘The Football League Show’ on the B.B.C. and while the commentator gave due credit to the goalkeeper, there wasn’t a mention of it from any of the trio of studio based presenters and analysts.Probably needed to be Joe Hart doing the double-saving for the likes of that to happen.Meanwhile, former Finn Harps midfielder, Shaun Williams, was the man who delivered the corner-kick that resulted in Danny Shittu heading in the only goal of the game for Millwall in that encounter.And another, ex-League of Ireland player, James McClean, current Republic winger and once Brandywell favourite, scored twice in the closing stages to earn his side, Wigan Athletic, a 2-1 win at Derby.BOWE TIEPaul Galvin – errrrrr fashion guru!Ah now, come on. I know you might get the odd Kerry footballer – i.e. Paul Galvin – entering the fashion world and writing weekly columns on the subject but surely not a self-respecting rugby player? Not men who get involved in mauls and scrums and, God knows what else, on the field of play?But there it was on the front page of the North-West edition of the Belfast Telegraph on Saturday – a picture of Ireland and Ulster flanker, Tommy Bowe, who, readers are informed, has turned fashion designer and model. And as the article inside related, was pictured showing off his XV Kings collection.Apparently, Bowe is about to launch his second range of casual menswear to complement his existing footwear collection.Checked the old wardrobe to see if I could locate any of the first range but, no, there was the duffle coat and the corduroy trousers and the Aran sweater and, in fact, the only range I can see is the one that is drying up the old bell bottoms which got caught in a thunder shower.Still, I’ll never be able to watch Bowe in the green jersey again without thinking was he reluctant to pull it on in the first place because it was so out of season.STOPPAGE TIMEAnd here we are 94 minutes into the column and there’s a Van driving through the Chelsea defence…WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN was last modified: October 28th, 2014 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:Walshy on Wednesday
23 January 2006South Africa’s courtrooms are set to go the hi-tech route, with the accused taking part in proceedings from prison via video-conferencing facilities, in a system successfully pioneered at the Durban and Pinetown magistrate’s courts in KwaZulu-Natal.The Mercury newspaper reports that the technology is already being used for half the cases – about 30 a day – heard at Court 10 in Durban, where those accused of serious and violent crimes make pre-trial court appearances.The prisoners do not leave Westville Prison. Instead, they appear before the magistrate on a television set in the courtroom, the newspaper reports.The hi-tech system allows for a two-way interaction, with the camera panning to whoever is speaking at the time. It also provides for private telephone conversations with attorneys and the exchange of documents via fax.If implemented countrywide, the technology will save the government millions of rands in prisoner transportation costs – and end the risk of escapes, prisoner violence in vans and attacks on court orderlies.Deon Boardman, the national manager of the project, told the Mercury that the aim was to simplify court procedures and improve efficiency.“We are in the proof of concept stage,” he said. “It is an impact study and we aim to roll it out to other courts with high case volumes.“The test period is six months. So far, it has gone so well. It is a joint venture between the Departments of Justice and of Correctional Services, the National Prosecuting Authority and the police. In April, a joint decision will be made regarding roll-out.”Some 500 prisoners are transported every day from Westville Prison to various courts.“It is an administrative nightmare,” Boardman told the Mercury. “They have to be checked out of the prison, transported to the courts, checked into the grill, handed over to the police, escorted to and from the courts, fed, and taken back to prison. All of this for a two-minute court appearance.“The costs are enormous and the risk of escape is huge . this project is the way to go.”The project began in October 2005, initially with only a few cases a day to allow the court staff to become used to the system and make the necessary mental adjustment.“It was important for both court staff and prisoners to feel comfortable,” said Boardman. “All prisoners make their first appearance in the court itself so they know what the courtroom looks like.“They are then informed that their next appearances will be via video.“But if they want to come to court, they can. They simply make the request and they are requisitioned either the same day or the next day. But … most prisoners seem happy to appear on camera,” Boardman told the Mercury.The idea for the system came from Peter Benson of Durban-based Digital Voice Processing, which now runs the project, who first saw the technology at work in the US state of Florida, and suggested it to the Justice Department. He said it was inexpensive, with the pilot project only costing about R230 000 so far.“We worked out that if the department equipped every prison and one court in each courthouse with these video remand systems, the total cost of the technology would be recovered within nine months,” he told the Mercury.“I am passionate about this project,” he said. “It will save millions and it will save lives . I want to see this thing happen even if I don’t get the final tender.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twenty-year PR veteran Sean Garrett just announced that he’s leaving the communications startup he helped found five years ago and taking a new position as vice president of communications at Twitter. Garrett says he’s been consulting for Twitter for the past few months, via 463 Communications. Twitter has been hiring fast lately, often picking up smart people working at partner companies. Garrett is a UCLA grad in Political Science and first worked in the office of California Governor Pete Wilson in 1990. He went on to do PR with many of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley.Garrett created an account on Twitter on March 8th, 2007 (co-incidentally, one day after I joined, so our anniversaries are coming soon, Sean!) and pays attention on Twitter to people like Mike Masnick of the tech blog TechDirt and maverick PR guy Jeremy Pepper.Twitter desperately needs communications help. The company has grown in importance faster than it’s been able to keep up with. Garrett’s phone will no doubt be ringing off the hook.He’ll be working in the Communications Department with Jenna Sampson, who came from Yahoo!, former CNN correspondent Alexa Lee and Emily Pinkerton, among others. You can follow all four on Twitter via this list. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#web marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Fog machines and hazers continue to be some of the most widely used tricks of the trade on film sets of all shapes and sizes, but they certainly aren’t the only way to give your footage a soft hazy look.Top image from Tiffen Filter Tests by Shane Hurlbut, ASCOne of the greatest challenges in digital cinematography today is offsetting the extreme sharpness that most modern digital sensors capture. For years, DPs have used hazers to create immersive and dream-like atmospheres, and in today’s digital landscape this technique is more useful than ever. A small, almost unnoticeable amount of fog or haze can go a very long way in “taking the edge off” of your overly sharp digital footage. But in some cases, it just isn’t practical or possible to use a proper hazer, and other solutions should be considered.There are countless reasons why you might not be able to use a hazer —lack of budget, location regulations, power issues, etc. Thankfully though, there are many alternatives to traditional hazers that can ultimately serve the same purpose.It’s worth noting that not all of the suggestions below are going to give you the same look that a real hazer would give you, but they are capable of solving one of the same problems: overly sharp footage. So next time you need to shoot something and are unable to pull together a proper haze system, consider these alternatives.1. Diffusion in a CanProducts like Fantasy FX canned fog are excellent alternatives to hazers, especially when you don’t have access to a power supply. For instance, you may want to add a bit of haze to a shot inside a small cabin to create some atmosphere, but don’t have access to a generator or power at your location. Diffusion in a can allows you to spray the room with a high-quality haze that can last for up to two hours. As you might imagine, this option isn’t going to be as powerful as a haze machine, but for small spaces and highly controlled environments, it’s an excellent solution.2. Stockings on the LensImage from Hurlbut VisualsThis is the oldest trick in the book, but still one that’s employed on sets of all kinds — from student films to Hollywood features. The idea is simple: Stretch a stocking across your lens to soften the image dramatically, creating a hazy glow within your images.As I mentioned above, techniques such as this one won’t emulate the look of a hazer, but will instead provide an alternate aesthetic if you want to soften your image. One of the nice things about using a stocking on your lens is that you can ensure consistent results, without a whole lot of effort. In his article Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Stockings, Shane Hurlbut discusses exactly how to achieve the effect. This video shows what you can expect the results to look like:3. Camera FiltersIf you don’t like the idea of using a stocking on your lens or are going for a more subtle look, there are many lens filters you can consider that will help to soften your image beautifully. In particular, Pro-Mist filters are some of my favorite to use, as they add just enough softness to the image to mitigate the harsh digital footage. This video shows a comparison between Pro-Mist and Black Frost filters, both of which can help you achieve similar results:4. Do It in PostI don’t typically recommend adding diffusion in post — but sometimes there’s no choice. The bottom line: nothing you can do in the editing room will effectively replicate the look of capturing a softer image in camera, whether you’re using a hazer, filter, or any other technique. That said, there will certainly be times when you may have no other option but to soften your image in the editing room, and it’s still a solid backup option if you’re ever in a pinch.Many software platforms (like Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks) have diffusion effects built right in, and with some fine tuning, strong results can be had. Alternatively, for the more seasoned editor/colorist, using DaVinci Resolve or other professional color grading systems can give you more control over your final result. For instance, in Resolve you might choose to pull a luma key on your highlights and add a faint amount of blur to them. This technique will give you a lot of control over how much diffusion/softness you’ll add to your image, and will serve to help you achieve fairly realistic results.Got any tips for capturing soft hazy looks without resorting to a fog machine? Share them in the comments below!
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Bolts haven’t seen action since Aug. 18, when they nipped Phoenix Petroleum, 107-104, and it is a layoff that was a welcome one as far as coach Norman Black is concerned as it allowed injuries on some players to heal. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Kelly Williams will man the post for TNT KaTropa in their game against Meralco Wednesday night. —SHERWIN VARDELEONMeralco tangles with struggling sister team TNT KaTropa on Wednesday, seeking a win to formally advance to the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tip-off is at 4:15 p.m., with the Bolts shooting to become the third team to earn safe passage to the next round, and, more importantly, stay in the hunt for a top four finish which carries a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer, chasing to complete a rare Triple Crown sweep, will most likely play Terik Bridgeman against Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. contest as the Beermen await the arrival of new import Terrence Watson.Bridgeman, who came in to replace Wendell McKines, was a huge disappointment in his debut last Saturday, scoring just two points and grabbing six rebounds in a 90-79 loss to Alaska in Angeles City in Pampanga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutManagement and coaching staff wasted no time and shopped around for a replacement, their third import in the season-closing conference. Watson is expected to plane in either late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the United States.But a ranking team official told the Inquirer that the Beermen would likely play Bridgeman against the Elasto Painters because coaching staff doesn’t feel that Watson would be able to have at least one practice with the team. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Azkals eye Mid East training Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Former Australian wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist will be the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gilchrist led Deccan Chargers to the trophy in the IPL’s second season. It was no wonder that he was the first player to be bought by Punjab during the players’ auction on January 8. Punjab proceeded to buy 10 more players, with only four Indian players, the backbone of any IPL team. They lost out on several players whom they started to bid for, only to be outbid by other franchises. Punjab would now have to fill up the rest of their squad with the uncapped Indian players and India Under-19 players. However coach Michael Bevan remains confident of Punjab’s prospects because of Gilchrist’s presence. Confirming Punjab’s decision to make Gilchrist as the captain of the team Bevan said, “The main reason we picked him was because he is the captain. Even if he is not at the peak of his career, I still feel he is a leader and he has a lot to offer.”
Man Utd icon Schmeichel: Pogba not bigger than the clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Peter Schmeichel feels Paul Pogba needs to be brought into line.There’s been reports of Pogba celebrating the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho last week.Schmeichel stated, “It has been portrayed as if Pogba has won a war. It doesn’t work for me. It can’t happen to United. It is extremely important that the club handle this situation. Pogba, or anyone else, can’t get bigger than the club.”Schmeichel believes caretaker manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has what it takes to handle the situation.”I think it’s the key, that Ole can tames the situation, get one like Pogba to play to the potential we all know he has in him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth to reward Ramsdale with bumper contractby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are set to award goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a new contract.According to TEAMtalk, the England under-21 international is set to get a new deal that will double his wages.Ramsdale has starred in the Premier League for the Cherries, playing all eight clashes for Eddie Howe’s team.The youngster has beaten out the likes of Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc for the starting spot.And it appears that his wages will reflect his current status in the squad a little more, if he decides to sign the renewal.
YouTubeThe Jameis Winston crab legs story was one of the craziest of the year in college football, and based on a clip from ESPN’s “Draft Academy,” we may not have had the whole story after all. On the “Combine” episode of ESPN’s series, while going through interview practice with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Winston went into detail about the crab legs incident, explaining that a Publix employee had “hooked him up” with the free food before someone else called security on him.This certainly changes the story, and seems like it could be an NCAA issue, especially if this is a common occurence. We’ll continue to update on this new development as more unfolds.
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