first_imgTWO men have appeared in court on a series of sex offence charges.The men, who cannot be named to protect the identity of alleged victims, faced various charges.One of the men was charged five counts of rape and eight counts of sexual assault in County Donegal between 1999 and 2003. The other man was charged with one count of rape and six counts of sexual assault in County Donegal between 1999 and 2012.No other details were given at Letterkenny District Court today and reporting restrictions were imposed to protect the identity of alleged victims.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the hearing for two months to allow a book of evidence to be served.MEN ON MULTIPLE RAPE CHARGES was last modified: February 3rd, 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 (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:Letterkenny Courtrape chargeslast_img read more

Safety group launches Safe Cycling Initiative

first_imgDonegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is once again launching its Safe Cycling Initiative reminding all road users that road safety applies to every one of us – motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council said all road users are vulnerable and have duties of care to each other.“The importance of motorists allowing a 1.5m passing distance when overtaking cyclists cannot be stressed enough and we also need to impress on motorists the vulnerability of cyclists and the need to respect them as road-using equals”. He added that evidence shows that excessive speed is one of the greatest threats on the road and any impact with a cyclist or pedestrian at even 50km an hour carries a 50 per cent death threat.Dealing with that particular vulnerability requires personal visibility and greater traffic awareness by all road users.The DRSWG is once again in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership distributing high viz gilets encouraging as many cyclists as possible wear them.Donegal County Council Road Safety Offcier Brian O’Donnell. (North West Newspix)Mr O’Donnell added “Cyclists need to be clearly visible and the distribution of high viz cycling gilets is a step in the right direction to help protect cyclists on the road. We received positive feedback from the cycling clubs following this campaign last year and we hope that cycling clubs will continue to promote this safe cycling initiative. “Cyclists have their own responsibilities regarding their own safety, lighting, high visibility clothing and helmets, clear signals and strict adherence to the rules of the road. We would like to shift the mentality and attitudes of cyclists to ensure that they take their own safety on board.“While there is bad behaviour by both cyclists and motorists, it is an unequal relationship and motorists should recognise their particular vulnerability, slow down and give them more room when overtaking.“The timing of this initiative is also appropriate following the success of last week’s National Bike Week and we hope to encourage as many as possible to wear the cycling gilets. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all need to share the road safely. We should all respect each other’s space and ensure that everyone stays safe.”To get a high viz gilets email [email protected] group launches Safe Cycling Initiative was last modified: July 1st, 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:councilCYCLINGdonegalsafetylast_img read more

Sydney Airport plots expansion and a new terminal

first_imgPhoto: Sydney Airport Australia’s busiest airport is planning a significant expansion, including a new “Terminal 4”, as it moves to address robust aviation growth and competition from a second airport.Outgoing Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather told the airport’s annual meeting on Tuesday that a major investment program would provide additional aviation capacity for business expansion as the airport capitalises on what she described as a natural competitive advantage in terms of geography.“Airlines serving Asia are able to fly to Sydney and return within 24 hours,’’ she said. “This is highly attractive from an aircraft utilisation perspective.’’She noted the airport had been particularly successful in attracting Chinese carriers but said it was a “Pan-Asian story” that was not reliant on one or two particular countries for growth.“In fact, passengers to and from Asia are forecast to contribute more than half of Sydney Airport’s volumes by the end of this year,’’ she said.After a boost in international travel in 2016, Mather said the airport was “off to a great start’’ in 2017 with 7.2 per cent growth so far.Sydney already serves 94 destinations, including those in Australia, on 44 airlines.Passenger numbers have grown 14m in 1990 to more than 42m in 2016 but this has not been without angst from surrounding communities.The airport will be working over the next 12 months to release a new Master Plan that looks  at development to 2039.This is well beyond the proposed start-up date of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, south-west of Sydney, that the company which operates Sydney Airport declined to build despite having first call on it.Mather said the planning had accounted for the opening of the Western Sydney Airport in 2026 and had identified areas available to develop its facilities,“These include an expansion of our international Terminal 1, by adding new gates, baggage system expansions and apron capacity,’’ she said. “Also a new Terminal 4, which will provide new international gates adjoining (terminals) T2/T3. And also new aeronautical facilities in the south-south- east sector, south of General Holmes Drive.’’The new terminal will mean the relocation of a Qantas maintenance facility to another part of the airport and appears in keeping with a plan launched some years ago to relocate alliance partners to different terminals to improve efficiency.That plan was shelved after protests by Virgin that it would be disadvantaged by the move to the T1  international terminal because it was further away from the central business district and harder to access.last_img read more

Hints on geocache hints

first_imgGeocaching hints are meant to offer a little extra nudge when searching for the cache. Perhaps the container is hidden somewhere with a lot of muggle traffic so you need to be quick, or maybe it’s the classic nano in the woods. Regardless of the reason, hints should help your search not leave you shrugging your shoulders!  Tie Your Shoe = Bend down and look at a lower levelAttractive = Magnetic geocacheTroll = Under a bridgeSPOR/UPR = Suspicious Pile of Rocks/Unusual Pile of RocksHandyman Special = Magnetic bolt What have your favorite hints been? Do you have any tips on creating a hint? Share in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More “Hints” like, “It’s in the obvious place” or “Yes, it’s really there” or “You don’t really need a hint” can lead to a lot of confusion and even a few DNF’s (did not finds). The hint shouldn’t spoil the exact location of the geocache, but it should be a good clue as to where the hide can be found. If you’re a geocache hider, consider a clue that would help someone who’s finding their first geocache get one step closer to the container.center_img The hint can still be clever and require geocachers to think about their surroundings. If you’re new to geocaching, or even a seasoned pro, sometimes the hint takes a little decoding. Here’s some help: SharePrint RelatedTips on Geocache HintsOctober 28, 2013In “Community”Turn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”8 Tips to Answer the Eternal Question, “Is it even here?”September 22, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”last_img read more

Video Tutorial: An Inside Look at Adobe Premiere Pro 2019

first_imgMotion Graphics UpgradePremiere’s Essential Graphics panel has been revamped with several new features. After Effects users will finally be able to create .mogrt* files with customizable fonts. You will not only be able to change the font but also modify the style and size of your text within Premiere. In addition to font modifications, you will also be able to group parameters and apply responsive design to animations.Another interesting feature is the all-new data-driven infographic workflow. Easily work with spreadsheet data in motion graphics templates via a simple drag-and-drop. You will be able to edit the data directly in the Essential Graphics panel. Any updates you make to the source spreadsheet file will immediately update in Premiere Pro. This is especially useful when working with a large number of graphic elements for something like weather graphics, or statistics for a sporting event, etc.*The .mogrt must be set up in After Effects to enable this feature in Premiere ProAudio Cleanup ToolsThe Essential Sound panel is still a relatively new addition to Premiere Pro, and in this upcoming release, Adobe has added a few extra touches. An updated Reduce Noise slider bar gives users more control over getting rid of unwanted sound. There’s also an entirely new Reduce Reverb slider that, you know, reduces the reverb. Selective Color GradingIn addition to new audio tools, Premiere has updated the Lumetri Color panel. The new Lumetri curves definitely win the award for the most interesting new feature. Five new curves tools give you precise control over the hue, saturation, and luminance values of your image. Perform selective color grading with Hue vs. Saturation, Hue vs. Hue, Hue vs. Luma, Luma vs. Saturation, and Saturation vs. Saturation. While Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 won’t be available until later this year, let’s take a sneak peek at what Premiere Pro will have to offer.It’s that time of year again—Adobe has announced all of the latest features for the upcoming version of their Creative Cloud suite of programs. Premiere Pro updates include an enhanced Essential Graphics panel, new options for cleaning up audio, selective color grading tools, and an all-new workflow for VR180. Let’s take a closer look. Virtual Reality 180Last but not least, you will have new support for VR 180. This will include optimized ingest, editorial, and effects for monoscopic and stereoscopic content. You can output finished videos in the Google VR180 format for YouTube or other platforms. Cover image via Adobe.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsEverything to Know About Layer Styles in After EffectsMake Your Titles And Graphics Pop with This Advanced Glow EffectCreate a Responsive Infographic in After Effectslast_img read more

Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA Read Next “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.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 shutoutThe home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer market

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe presence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back with Manchester United is helping their new recruitment push across his native Norway.The Manchester Evening News says Molde wonderkid Erling Haaland, who won his chance under Solskjaer, has been watched extensively since scoring four goals in front of United scout Tommy Moller Nielsen back in July.United hope to take Ranheim youngster Odin Thiago Holm on trial in 2019 after the midfielder caught the eye at the Sambor Youth Cup in Poland last summer with five goals from midfield.And United’s head of scouting and recruitment, David Harrison, was pictured in Tromso in October with Isak Hansen-Aaron among those grabbing his attention.The 14-year-old spent time at United in December, 2017, where he was put through his paces by coaches at Carrington after previously having a trial at Liverpool.Solskjaer has already confirmed he will have an input when it comes to January recruits. And United’s interim manager may yet have one or two names in mind when it comes to aiding his side’s wonderkid search in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Business Of Reggae Music Must Be Taken Seriously – Ndombet-Assamba

first_img ‘Global Reggae’ features the plenary sessions from the inaugural Global Reggae Conference in 2008 Story Highlights The High Commissioner said the book, shows us that reggae is not just “a little ting” The High Commissioner said she is concerned that the business of Reggae music is not being taken seriously in Jamaica Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, says that the musicians, singers and all those involved in Reggae music should take the business aspect of the industry seriously.Speaking at the recent London launch of the book ‘Global Reggae,’ edited by University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, the High Commissioner said she is concerned that the business of Reggae music is not being taken seriously in Jamaica. She said the book clearly shows that the music is being taken seriously all over the world.“My concern is that Jamaicans need to find a way to make money out of reggae.  We need to make sure that for music that is created in Jamaica, by Jamaicans that everything is copyrighted and that it is operated as a business. Our musicians, our artistes, the people who develop the reggae, really ought to be the ones making money out of the reggae.  That is not always so.  I hope our performers, and our producers, will stop behaving as if they’re just doing a ‘ting,’” she stated.‘Global Reggae’ is published by UWI Press and features the plenary sessions from the inaugural Global Reggae Conference in 2008. Contributors to the text include Erna Brodber, Peter Ashbourne, Roger Steffens, Clive Walker and Dr. Cooper.The High Commissioner said the book, shows us that reggae is not just “a little ting”.Dr. Cooper, in a question and answer session outlined the journey to ‘Global Reggae’, which started with a lecture at the Jamaica Conference Centre, the development of the Reggae Studies Unit and the Global Reggae Conference.  She said that when the event was first suggested many believed a very substantial conference was not feasible.The 14 lectures, which comprise the book, were given during the conference by keynote speakers from all over the world, who were invited to share how Jamaican reggae has been appropriated and adapted in a variety of cultural contexts across the globe.Renowned poet and musician, Linton Kwesi Johnson, who participated in the session, said that ‘Global Reggae’ is an important book.He noted that the lectures contained in the publication, “exemplify the length and breadth of current scholarship of Jamaican popular music. It makes an important contribution to the inter-disciplinary study of popular culture, and the first ever of the reggae movement.”Mr. Johnson also acknowledged the role that the Diaspora plays in bringing the music to a wider audience.“Yes, Jamaican popular music has had a phenomenal impact on popular global culture, but what we sometimes forget is that it was the post-World War II settlement of the Jamaican Diaspora in Britain that made the globalisation possible,” he noted.last_img read more

Ohio State overpowers Michigan State advances to Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more