Two Donegal locations pencilled in for the Goal Christmas Mile

first_imgA record number of people are expected to take part in Ireland’s favourite festive fundraiser, the GOAL Mile, which takes place in 2 locations in Donegal and over 130 locations over the Christmas period.Today, three Irish stars and GOAL ambassadors, Rugby international, Jenny Murphy, middle distance running champion, Ciara Mageean, and writer and Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator, Paul Howard, began their GOAL Mile warm-ups as they launched this year’s event in the iconic Irishtown Stadium in Dublin.Now in its 38th year, the GOAL Mile is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running annual fundraising events and organisers revealed today that they are expecting a record number of people to take part this year. Organisers have emphasised that people just need to turn up on the day to take part, then choose to walk, run or jog the mile. The GOAL Mile is steeped in tradition for people who build in a GOAL Mile as part of their Christmas routine and this year new GOAL Miles have been added around the country. For example, Ciara Mageean has set up a new GOAL Mile in her hometown of Portaferry, Co. Down to raise funds for GOAL’s work in 13 countries around the world.Last year GOAL reached more than 5.5 million people in need, helped by the €250,000 raised from the 2018 GOAL Mile. GOAL’s work includes supporting those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria; running nutrition programmes saving the lives of infants under six months in refugee camps in Ethiopia and providing ongoing emergency response to thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe.Speaking at today’s GOAL Mile launch, Ciara Mageean said she is delighted to be out of the starting blocks ahead organising an event in her hometown.“The GOAL Mile is part and parcel of the Christmas season for people all over Ireland and I am so excited to bring that to my hometown this year. The combination of the Christmas spirit and the act of goodwill creates the best atmosphere and I urge people to join their local GOAL Mile this year. There is no better way to get Christmas Day started and to build up an appetite for the turkey – or to work off the eating excesses on the following Day!” Writer Paul Howard, aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, said: “I never miss the GOAL Mile, Christmas would not be the same without it. There are so many wonderful things that define Christmas and the GOAL Mile is one of them for my family. I want people to find out where their nearest GOAL Mile is, take the time to head along and donate what they can to GOAL. Make this your new Christmas tradition – you’ll feel the better for it when you’re tucking into the Christmas pudding and selection boxes.”GOAL’s Senior Development Manager, Alan Vard, said, “The GOAL Mile is a very special tradition for families and communities over the Christmas period. It is a lovely way for people to come together, have some exercise and fun and raise money for a great cause at the same time.”“Thanks to GOAL Mile organisers, millions of euros have been raised to support GOAL’s work in the developing world since the first Mile was staged in 1982. The beauty of the GOAL Mile is its simplicity. People don’t need to register in advance but simply show up to their nearest event, run or walk a Mile and contribute whatever they can afford to GOAL on the day.”Donegal GOAL Miles will take place in:Christmas Day: Mountcharles Pier, Shoreline 12pm – 2pm Loreto Milford will also be organising their own GOAL Mile this year to raise funds for GOAL.All GOAL Miles are listed at goalmile.org with dates and times. You can also get a free GOAL Mile 2019 t-shirt by registering for the GOAL Mile in advance.Two Donegal locations pencilled in for the Goal Christmas Mile was last modified: December 12th, 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:donegalGoal Milelast_img read more

Warriors were closer to boycotting 2014 playoffs than we may have realized

first_imgIt was the spring of 2014. The Warriors were involved in a postseason run — for the second season in a row. That hadn’t happened since the Jimmy Carter presidency.So yes, it was a big deal. Which was quickly dwarfed by an even bigger deal.On April 25, the day after the Warriors lost to the Clippers to fall to 1-2 in their first-round playoff series, TMZ published an audio tape on which then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling was heard spewing racist comments. You may have a recollection of the …last_img

Myspace Opens Floodgates: Developers Get API for Real-Time Stream

first_imgTags:#web#Web Development dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Earlier this week Myspace announced a partnership with Google to deliver real-time status updates to the search experience. As of today, the company is furthering its real-time efforts by announcing the public release of the real-time stream, status and mood commenting, open search and photo upload APIs. Myspace’s offer to deliver real-time updates to developers is not a trivial one. According to Chief Operating Officer Mike Jones, the company’s stream consists of more than 46 million status updates and uploads per day. Some of the unique aspects of the API include the fact that there is no volume restriction for developers. As well, the MySpace developer platform aims to encompass open standards including OpenSocial, OpenID, OAuth, ActivityStrea.ms and now WebHooks following the PubSubHubBub delivery model. A complete list of APIs include:1. Real-Time Stream API:This API gives developers real-time push capabilities. Developers can control data flow through a series of granular filters. In addition to Google, the company’s first API partners include Groovy Corp and One Riot.2. Status and Mood Commenting API: This tools allows developers to integrate MySpace mood and status updates to 3rd party sites. From there users can comment on the 3rd party site with real-time syncing to MySpace. 3. Open Search API: This allows 3rd party sites to include MySpace profiles in search results. While other services allow users to search for people by location, the unique aspect of this is that you can filter by words like “celebrity” and “musician”.4. Photo Upload API: This allows users to upload photos to MySpace from 3rd party sites. In addition to the API tools, the company has improved it’s post-to/share tools. Users can now post content from 3rd party sites and stream it directly to their MySpace activity stream with a link back to the original content. To encourage creative use of the APIs, MySpace is also launching a developer’s challenge. For info, developers can visit the MySpace developer’s wiki. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Finding Holiday Cheer in Your Heart Rather than Under the Tree

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Heart by rawpixel on March 18, 2017, CC0]The holiday season brings with it more than its fair share of joy, but the holidays can also be a very stressful and sometimes a depressing time for many people. The season has the tendency to magnify the entire emotional spectrum, resulting in possible increases in both positive and negative emotions (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). It is easy to feel pressured by the expectation to have fancy holiday celebrations with huge feasts, festive decorations, and dazzling gifts for all of your loved ones. Couple this with the possibility of intensified negative emotions such as sadness or guilt that can be brought on by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and you have a potential recipe for emotional spending (Young, 2014; Sathicq, 2017).What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?According to Young (2014), SAD is characterized by depressive-like symptoms that coincide reliably around the holiday season; these symptoms can be brought on by a variety of factors, such as sadness over being apart from family, but they manifest in ways so extreme that they make it difficult for those experiencing SAD to function normally. Young (2014) indicates that symptoms can manifest themselves in ways very similar to depression, but sometimes individuals may even experience anger and lash out at loved ones.Emotional Spending to CopeSathicq (2017) examines the ways in which emotions, specifically sadness and guilt, can influence emotional spending behavior. When sad, individuals may spend money buying something they believe will make them feel better. Sathicq indicates that this association solidifies early in our lives through the rewards our parents gave us to make us feel better when we were young, like an ice cream cone following a scraped knee. This quick gratification serves to distract us from the root cause of our sadness by offering a temporary boost in mood (Sathicq, 2017).One of the strongest influences of emotional spending is perhaps guilt. Sathicq (2017) provides the example of parents who do not get to spend as much time as they would like with their children due to their jobs compensating with material goods. The motivating factor behind this relationship, according to Sathicq, is shame, which results in extremely pervasive motivation to avoid or escape when experienced.SolutionsSathicq (2017) indicates that recognizing these emotions and the ways in which they affect your behavior can be a powerful tool for managing your spending. When feeling sad, consider if what you are buying will address the real problem or just provide a Band-Aid. For guilt, do not use expensive gifts as a way to remedy a mistake you’ve made; instead, apologize and commit to changing the behavior that led you to make the mistake (Sathicq, 2017).It’s All about ExpectationsIt is unavoidable to feel pressured during the holidays. However, perhaps one of the best techniques to ensure your emotions do not get the best of you is to adjust your expectations. You do not have to have the “perfect” holiday. Research suggests that holiday expectations rarely sync with reality, as individuals usually do not rate a holiday experience as good or as bad as they expected it to be (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). So, show yourself some mercy and understand that the holidays do not have to be “perfect” to be beloved.ReferencesA holiday advisory for your emotions. (2014). Harvard Women’s Health Watch, 22(3), 6.Sathicq, L. (2017). Are you an emotional spender? Good Health (Australia Edition), 62-64.last_img read more

What Is A Vectorscope? A Premiere Pro Tutorial

first_imgFrom this – about a third of the way down – click on the word ‘Vectorscope’ to get the following circular graph:VectorscopeObviously, your vectorscope will be different than mine, as you will be looking at a different piece of footage.Reading a VectorscopeOK, so what are we looking at?  The first thing to point out is that a vectorscope has similarities to a color wheel (as can be seen from this color wheel from the Fast Color Corrector effect):Fast Color Corrector Color WheelA color wheel shows ‘Hue’ in terms of 360 degrees starting at red and going around the circle to end up back at red again. The vectorscope is also displaying color in the same places as seen in this color wheel, with red to the top left, cyan to the bottom right etc. So when we see a line or dot in the vectorscope we can quickly see that it is giving us information about the color or ‘chrominance’ of a shot. This information is essentially the ‘Hue’ (or the specific color) and the ‘Saturation’ (or the strength of that hue) of the colors in your shot.The vectorscope shows us how strong a particular color is by the length of the line out from the middle of the wheel. The longer the line, the stronger (or more saturated) the color!All vectorscopes have small color targets:Target Points on a Vectorscope (Magenta and Blue)These vectorscope points are linked with a little drop-down that has is essential to reading the scope:Vectorscope Drop-Down The default is set at 75%. What this means is that when you look at the two little targets in the vectorscope, the little box in the outer most target represents 75% saturation of a given color. For typical broadcast systems you should not go over that 75% limit as that will probably take you into what is called ‘illegal’ colors or ‘non-broadcast safe’ colors.As always, you should check with your customer for their delivery specifications, but as a rule of thumb don’t go over 75%.However, if the drop-down has been set at 100% then both of these little targets change with the inner box now being the 75% point and the outer box being the 100% (or total saturation) point.Let’s take a look at how this translates when working with a video image in Premiere Pro. Start by creating an ‘HD Bars and Tone’ by either selecting it from the new items icon or by going to File > New > HD Bars and Tone …Then drop this item onto the ‘New Items Icon’ to create a sequence with it.  Now, have a look at the vectorscope:HD Bars and Tone Readout in the VectorscopeAs you can see, little points of green light are placed at the 75% point for some items as well as at what would be the 100% point for others. Using color bars in conjunction with a vectorscope is actually a really great way to calibrate any reference monitors or displays that you may have attached to your system!  In this instance the colors are represented just as dots because they are set colors and not gradients.Let’s try adding a gradient ‘Ramp’ effect to a piece of footage.  Change the ramp end colors as shown below (pure saturated red and white) …Ramp End Colors… your vectorscope will look like this:Vectorscope Looking at a RampNote that this scope is set up to see 100% and that the end of the ramp which used saturated red is at the 100% target in the scope. However, as the color gets less saturated the line moves to the centre of the graph.Also note also that this has nothing to do with brightness. I could have set the end of the ramp at pure black and the graph would have looked exactly the same.You can also see an ‘Intensity’ option in the Premiere Pro vectorscope (default being 50%). However, this is only to do with the brightness of the display of the graph and will not affect your clips in any way.Skin Tones & the VectorscopeOne really useful feature of the Premiere Pro vectorscope is the often used ‘Skin Tone Line’. This is the line on the scope between the Red and the Yellow sections at about the 10:30 or 11 o’clock position:Skin Tone LineThe skin tone line in the vectorscope represents the color of blood flowing through human skin.  Regardless of the ethnicity of the person you’re filming, you can use this line to check the accurate representation of their skin tone color.  The closer their skin tone appears to this line the more accurate the video image is to ‘real life’.The problem, of course, is how to just look at the skin tones in a shot, when there are so many other colors in the image?  The trick then to color correcting skin tones in Premiere Pro is to use a garbage matte.  First, access the garbage matte:Video Effects > Keying > Four-Point or Eight-Point or Sixteen-Point Garbage Matte.If you apply this to the video clip you can then click on the name of the effect or the small icon next to the effect as shown below …Icon to click to get points to adjust in the program monitorThen pull the points so that they just cover skin of the person in your shot.Adjusting the PointsPoints Just Covering SkinOnce you’ve done this, have a look at your Premiere Pro vectorscope and see how close the end result is to that skin tone line:Vectorscope Looking at Just SkinAs you can see, this has ended up very close to the line.  To move it, all I would have to do is apply the ‘Fast Color Corrector’ and tweak the ‘Hue angle’ until it is exactly over the line.Hue Angle AdjustmentAs you can see, the Premiere Pro vectorscope is a really useful tool to show you if your colors are broadcast safe, as well as providing an accurate representation of skin tones in your video image.  However, before you make adjustments to your skin tones make sure that you have done other tasks such as white balancing your clips and basic color correction.  Skin tone adjustment should really be a task done towards the end of the color correction process rather than at the start.Although the vectorscope is important for determining the hue and saturation of colors within a shot, don’t forget to let your eyes help you in this process.  If it looks odd after you’ve made a change, chances are it is odd!  So, make a change, look away and then come back and check again.Got color correction tips to share?We want to hear from you in the comments. The vectorscope is an essential video scope for color grading or color correction work.  In this post, we’ll examine how to use a vectorscope in Premiere Pro when tweaking skin tones and color correcting footage.Like most video editing apps, Adobe Premiere Pro offers several video scopes to aid in post production.  Video scopes provide quantitative data about the properties of a video image – much more detailed information than we can garner with our own eyes.  Plus, everyone sees differently, so using a video scope is the only way to get an accurate assessment of the color and exposure of an image.In this post, we’ll focus specifically on the vectorscope in Premiere Pro – where to locate it in the app and how to use it to improve your video image. Let’s jump in…Accessing the Premiere Pro VectorscopeProbably the best way to look at the ‘Vectorscope’ (apart from launching the ‘Reference Monitor’ as a floating window) is to use the Premiere Pro Color Correction workspace. To get this setup go to Window > Workspace > Color Correction.  Then access the reference monitor (it should be directly below your program monitor unless, of course, you have customized your workspace in some way).At first, the reference monitor displays composite video.  However, if you click on the small icon (shown below) you can access the setting for the panel and then choose from a wide range of video scopes.Spanner Icon – ‘Settings’last_img read more

Eduard Folayang will go to Japan looking for war vs hometown bet Shinya Aoki

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “As a citizen of this country I have to do my part because this is the area I’ve excelled at and I will show to the world that the Filipinos can excel in this area,” said Folayang. “This is a very big thing for me because I’m not just carrying myself but I’m carrying all the people.”“It gives me a lot of pride and motivation representing the people around me and of course all my countrymen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ll go there looking for war. I think once he feels fear, it’s in him on how he’ll react.”Folayang annihilated Aoki in their first fight, taking the title via technical knockout after referee Yuji Shimada stopped the fight 41 seconds into the third round.The 35-year-old Folayang made one successful defense of his title against Ev Ting, pulling off a unanimous decision but lost in his next fight via a stunning knockout against Martin Nguyen a day before he got to celebrate the anniversary of his victory against Aoki.Since the loss, Folayang racked up three straight wins all ending in convincing decisions. In the last one against Amir Khan, the Landslide pummeled the Singaporean for five rounds to regain the belt.Folayang also added that he’s traveling to Japan not only as a fighter but as a citizen of the Philippines—a country he vowed to represent in the best way possible.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eduard Folayang is nearly three months back at the top of ONE Championship’s lightweight division and his first defense is against the man that he beat to get to that golden pedestal.The Philippines’ mixed martial arts icon will defend his ONE World lightweight title against Shinya Aoki in ONE: A New Era in a rematch more than two years in the making in a country his opponent  deeply understand—Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Despite facing a whole nation in support of Aoki, Folayang is unfazed with the forthcoming atmosphere since he knows his win over his Japanese foe back in 2016 is still in the air.Folayang (21-6) said his devastation of Aoki (42-8) in their first fight on Nov. 11, 2016 at Singapore Indoor Stadium left a lasting effect that would still be felt come their rematch on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“What I will do is train hard because he knows I’m ready for this fight and that alone has a psychological effect on him,” said Folayang in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway for Team Lakay’s media lunch.https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/636636650124987/ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Air Padda out as Adamson Lady Falcons head coach Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more