first_imgAPPEAL: I WAS born in St Joseph’s, Stranolar, mother and baby home in 1956. My brother was born in 1953 and both of us were given up.I was fostered out; he was adopted and his name changed to John Doherty, and he went to live in Moville, Co Donegal, while I went to Ballyshannon.I made contact with our birth mother in 1978 and only got to meet my brother in 2012 after years of searching. We now know we have another brother. This is where, I hope, your readers can help. Many years ago, I was told a man from Derry came to Falcarragh in Co Donegal, looking for his mother (our mother). My mother was 89 on February 23 and would love to know what happened to her baby before she dies.KATHLEEN KILGANNON (nee Gallagher)suzannekilgannon@gmail.comDONEGAL MUM SEEKS HELP IN FINDING LONG LOST SON – CAN YOU HELP? was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Concern expressed over ‘dangerous’ bridge in Glenties

first_imgA community activist in Glenties has expressed concern over the current state of the Altar Bridge after it suffered damaged over the weekend. It is understood that part of the sidewall on the bridge had been hit on Sunday night and as a result had fallen into the river.Brian Carr, who recently ran in the local council elections in May, said two barriers had been put in place but the damage had left it in a dangerous situation. Barriers have been put in place following damage to the Altar Bridge in Glenties. Photo: Brian CarrHe said: “Please if you are driving or walking around Altar please do so with caution, as all that is stopping you from going into what is a very swollen river is two plastic barriers put there by locals.“This is a very serious health and safety situation.“I have reported it to the council.”Concern expressed over ‘dangerous’ bridge in Glenties was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Warriors-Blazers: 4 thoughts on the Western Conference Finals

first_imgWe won’t lack for storylines in the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers.That’s good — because we’re probably going to lack for engaging basketball.So bring on the talk about Steph and Seth Curry, the first brothers to face off in a Conference Finals. Let’s discuss how Damian Lillard, the pride of Oakland, has a billboard on 880 next to Oracle Arena, too. Did you know Klay Thompson used to live in Portland?Good stuff. Alas, I’m still …last_img

Behind the scenes at a Warriors game

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — On game days, most of the action fans see at the Warriors’ new Chase Center is on the court. But up on the eighth floor, a different team works behind the scenes with the technology that delivers what’s seen live by thousands of people on screens all around the arena.As players warm up on the court tonight, the scoreboard operations team will attend a show meeting. They’ll go over the …last_img

Keying Fundamentals in Adobe After Effects

first_imgQuickly composite your talent using a green screen. In this After Effects tutorial we’ll create a garbage matte, apply Keylight and add effects to increase realism!Filming against a green screen is a popular technique to composite the talent against a different background. This allows for great versatility, with the ability to put the talent in exotic locations or in fantasy worlds. All professional video editing and compositing applications allow for keying, but in this green screen keying tutorial we’ll show you how to utilize the powerful keyer inside Adobe After Effects, called Keylight.  Shooting plays an important role in ‘pulling a clean key’.  For a high quality key you’ll need a professional high resolution camera and an evenly lit green screen background. If you have to work with challenging footage or if keying is part of your daily workflow, check out third party solutions like Red Giant Keying Suite, Phynx Keyer, & Boris Continuum Chroma Key. These third party solutions tend to be quicker and offer more advanced keying features.To see some great examples of keying check out Stargate Studios (Walking Dead) Virtual Backlot Reel:Creating a Garbage MatteWhen working with green screen footage you’ll want to composite the foreground green shot on the top layer of your video editing timeline, with the video background on a layer below.Create a Garbage Matte to mask out areas away from the talent. This way you are only keying out the necessary areas close to the talent, while ignoring lights, badly lit edges or any other objects you don’t want to see. In After Effects, click the pen tool (G) and draw a mask around the talent.  You can animate the mask shape with keyframes if you need to adjust the garbage matte over time.  The free footage used in this example is from Hollywood Camera.Before the Garbage Matte:After the Garbage Matte:Pulling a Basic Key with KeylightSelect your footage.  Then, in the Effect and Presets panel type Keylight. With the layer selected double click on Keylight to apply it.Now, double click on the layer in the Composition to bring up the Layer panel. Click on the gripper area (red highlight) for the layer, and drag it to the right til you see a blue area and then let go. This puts the layer panel beside the Composition panel. By doing this we we will be able to select a green area to key in the Layer Panel and see the results in the Composition Panel. In the Effect Controls panel, change the view from Final Result to Status. We will use the Status view to see the matte that we create using the eyedropper to remove the green background.Both screens turn white, but when you uncheck “Render” on the Layer panel you will see the footage again. Back in the Effect Controls panel click on the eyedropper and then in the Layer panel hold option (Mac) or alt (PC) and drag near the talents head and don’t let go.  You are looking for the talent to be white and the background to be black. We only want the edges of the talent to be gray, as these are areas of semi transparency (this will give you a better initial key).  Drag until you find a good spot and then click.Increase Screen Gain to remove more of the gray spots in the background. A little goes along way so hold down command (Mac) or control (PC) as you drag to move in smaller increments.Click the twirly for Screen Matte and adjust the Clip Black until the gray goes away in the background and adjust Clip White until the gray disappears inside the talent.  The background should be white and the edge of the talent with semi transparent area is gray. Change status back to Final to see the Results.If you see an edge you can adjust ‘Screen Shrink/Grow to a negative number until the edge disappears. Keylight auto removes spill, so if you need to remove more select the “Despill Bias” eyedropper and click on a skin tone and more spill is removed.  For more  specifics on Keylight check out the user guide here.Color Correcting to Match the shotsNow, to increase realism between the green screen shot and the background we will need to tweak the colors in After Effects to match the shots.In this example I can tell that the white levels in the two shots do not match.  If I scroll over the white cup in the foreground and then over a white area in the background (clouds) I can see in the info panel that the background is a bit more blue.To remedy this, I’ll select the foreground green screen layer and apply the Levels effect. The cup brightness doesn’t match the background, so I’ll decrease Output White to reduce the whites and then increase Gamma to brighten up the midtones.I also added Vibrance (increase saturation of the less saturated colors) to add in a little color.Like this example, you may find that the background is a bit sharp so apply the “Camera Lens Blur” effect to increase the realism and reduce depth of field.Adding a LightwrapTo make 2 shots look even more realistic we can add a light wrap in After Effects.  A light wrap will help blend the edges of the keyed footage with the background.Most of the third party keying apps have a light wrap feature, but you can also download a script from AE Enhancers that will do this for you.  After you download the script, select the 2 layers and go to File > Scripts >sb_Lightwrap.jsx.  You will need to check “allow scripts to write files and access network in Preferences > General.This will apply the defaults and create a nested comp (your original is untouched and underneath the nested comp). If you want to learn how to make your own light warp check out this article.Have fun with keying and remember, the better footage you start with the easier the key!last_img read more

IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad preview and SWOT analysis Will Kane chokeslam the

first_img File photo of Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson.IANSThe leadership group at SRH is perhaps the strongest and at its helm is one of the most astute minds in world cricket — Kane Williamson. The backroom staff of SRH is fantastic and they are like a family who does not put unnecessary pressure on the players. The like of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muthiah Muralitharan are more like catalysts and enablers that help the players play their natural game by expressing their own skills in the ways they know best. Weaknesses The batting form of Manish Pandey has not been great and David Warner is returning after a long layoff. Thus, the pressure of run scoring will fall heavily on the shoulders of Williamson. The team has a decent middle-order but none of them can be ascertained as match-winners. Yusuf Pathan is a difference maker on his day but he is towards the end of his career. Read: Predicted playing XIsOpportunities SRH has the perfect opportunity to lift another title. They have one of the most balanced teams heading into the tournament and like they always do, they purchased very shrewdly in the auction this time too. The likes of Rashid Khan, David Warner, Bhuvi and Williamson are all big match players who can turn games on their own. Thus, another strong season is expected in Hyderabad. This IPL will provide Warner with the perfect opportunity to get back to a high standard of cricket. Following his ban, the left-hander has played club level cricket which is a far cry from international standards. Thus, he will see the IPL as an opportunity to get back into shape for the upcoming World Cup. Threats SRH has a lot of players who perform a similar role which gives the management a headache in terms of keeping the entire camp motivated and happy. Shakib Al-Hasan and Mohammad Nabi have similar jobs; the five pacers will not get a game every time; Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha and Sreevats Goswami will be vying for the same role. Even Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda are similar types of players.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:19Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Squad Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Siddarth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Shakib Al-Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill Close One would not ideally fancy Sunrisers Hyderabad to be tough competitors in the Indian Premier League but it is a team everyone likes. They are every opposition fan’s second favourite team but within the camp, they have been able to foster an atmosphere of success. SRH finished runners up last season despite their campaign tailing off slightly after a bright start. This season, they have bid goodbye to Shikhar Dhawan but will welcome David Warner back to the fold. The franchise has also acquired the services of Vijay Shankar who came their way in a trade which involved Dhawan going to the country and tournament’s Capital. Here’s taking a look at SRH’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Strengths The team is filled with quality Indian seam bowling options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed. This gives them the opportunity to stack their batting and all-rounders with overseas players. In Bhuvi and Kaul, they have quality death bowlers too. The plethora of options also allows the captain to pick and choose depending on the conditions while keeping everyone fresh.  Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 finals Tom Moody has impressed with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPLIANSIf the mystery of Rashid Khan is decoded, the bowling attack suddenly looks much less threatening. In the age of technology, it may so happen that the opposition does figure him out and that remains a constant threat.  last_img read more

Ultrasound handheld device to make cleaning easy

first_imgBritish scientists have developed a hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool. They believe the tool could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance.The device, known as “Starstream”, passes a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles. The oscillating effect of the sound field on the bubbles turns them into micro-scrubbers that can remove dirt and germs from most surfaces. These tiny micro-scrubbers are particularly effective at cleaning inside cracks and crevices, which are difficult for conventional cleaning technologies, according to co-inventor Professor Tim Leighton.From his lab at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Leighton said that he and his team found the gas bubbles because they wanted to build a form of micro-scrubber, which can clean without bleach and detergents, and penetrate inside the crevices and the cracks.”So these gas bubbles underwater; these balls of gas, normally just sit there spherically under water. But if you hit them with a sound field you can make their surfaces ripple. And you get such high sheer and rubbing along the surfaces of these ripples that it can clean very effectively,” he added.The patented technology earned Leighton and co-inventor Dr Peter Birkin, the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in 2011. This gave them the opportunity to develop their prototype model into the current hairdryer-type design for manual cleaning.However, Leighton said the technology could easily be fixed on to other devices of varying shapes and sizes. He further said that Starstream’s effectiveness without the need for heating or additives has the potential to transform the cleaning sector.In laboratory-based tests, “Starstream” was able to effectively remove biological contamination from medical instruments and bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease. Leighton believes if the technology could be incorporated into the public’s hand washing routine then it could prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance.”Despite all our efforts we haven’t been able to change the behavior of people to wash their hands properly. So if we can’t change the behavior, we change the water. And our aspiration would be to make that six seconds of washing in cold water without soap – using Starstream- as effective as 20 seconds of warm soapy water. It’s an aspiration, we hope to realize it.” Leighton said.The device is in limited commercial production by company Ultrawave Ltd., but Leighton is seeking further investment to miniaturize the current design and make it a viable new tool for health providers and the general public.last_img read more

ExBangladeshi enclave dwellers vote in large numbers in India polls

first_imgIndian citizens of Masaladanga enclave queue up to cast their vote at a polling station in Cooch Behar district on 11 April 2019, during the first phase of general election in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Photo: AFPDespite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.Braving the heat, about 12,000 voters from the erstwhile enclaves, a small proportion of the over 18 lakh electorate in the Cooch Behar constituency, queued up since morning to cast their vote and at the same time air their grievances.The dwellers have been complaining of a dearth of jobs, while many of those who chose to migrate to Cooch Behar from the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory are yet to get their promised land and are forced to stay in detention camps.”Unlike the panchayat elections, the situation was peaceful today (Thursday). I did not face any difficulty in casting my vote though I had to stand in queue for about half an hour in the morning,” said Brijendra Nath Burman, a 68-year-old resident of the Falnapur enclave.Even after exercising his franchise, Burman, who underwent decades of deprivation, was uncertain whether the promises of giving land rights, jobs for youth and demand for better health, education and basic amenities would be realised.On August 1, 2015, following the implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely held enclaves. As a result, over 14,000 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens.The erstwhile dwellers had earlier voted twice in 2016 — in the state Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-poll.Gaining confidence after seeing central forces in the polling booth, Tozzammal Seikh, a 62-year-old dweller from Masaldanga, expressed his satisfaction after casting his vote peacefully and felt happy to be a part of the largest festival of democracy in the world.”There was enthusiasm among the voters who queued up in the morning. There was no incident of violence,” said Madan Roy, a Trinamool Congress polling agent and a dweller of Bakhalitchhora enclave.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the ruling Trinamool of indulging in rigging in 3-4 booths.”Polls were more or less peaceful but there were sporadic violence when Trinamool goons jammed 3-4 booths and rigged the polls in the enclave areas,” said Diptiman Sengupta, BJP’s Jalpaiguri district observer and Convenor of the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC).The north Bengal constituency witnessed a four-cornered contest between Paresh Adhikary of Trinamool, Nisith Pramanik of the BJP, Piya Roychowdhury of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the All India Forward Bloc. However, the real battle here is between the BJP and the Trinamool.last_img read more

Citys illequipped to deal with roadworks

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere are roadworks in North Staffordshire that have been there so long the only surprise is they’ve not built a visitor centre and made them a tourist attraction. My own particular bête noire are those on Leek Road by the train station. I travel this way often to visit my old mother up in Penkhull. The lads up at the allotment like to borrow her old Crystal Gayle LPs for use as a bird-scarer. Coming from Cheddleton, there’s a consideration to be made early in this journey – is it worth risking the aforementioned junction or would it be better going a different way? Most times, I’ll take the chance, only to be left sat motionless in a queue of traffic. Such is the wait at this junction that it can be worth taking a shaving kit if you’re en route to a smart engagement or business meeting. Men may wish to do the same. There’s a temporary traffic light at these repairs which sits in a square box. It used to be by the Sixth Form College, now it’s been shifted across under the railway bridge. I dislike this traffic light immensely. It feels as if it has a malevolent power. I’m fairly sure it’s related to a Dalek. Read MorePolice warn cyclists not to ride on motorways in West Midlands I’m not a man for violence. I’ve never had a night out in Skelmersdale nor have I been to a dominatrix dungeon run by a member of Loose Women. But I could be prepared to visit serious harm on this traffic light. If you pass it one morning and see it mangled in the gutter, wires spewing from its broken form, don’t call the police, they’ll already be with me. The scene near the train station is, of course, repeated across the region. The thoroughfares of North Staffordshire are peppered with roadworks, surprisingly few of which are to repair potholes, some of which have grown so deep that applications have been made for open-cast mining. Those poor lads who got stuck in a cave in Thailand have been advised not to travel to Stoke-on-Trent in case they have flashbacks. I know roadworks are a countrywide phenomenon, but Stoke-on-Trent in particular seems wholly ill-equipped to deal with them. The problem is the city was never designed with the motorist in mind. People worked on their doorsteps, predominantly down the pit or at the potbank. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week Fifty years ago, a commute was a 200-yard walk. My mum recalls how there was barely a car to be seen on High Lane near where she grew up. Although this was the late 1800s. Down the decades, however, work, retail, and leisure patterns have changed. Nowadays we expect to be able to travel citywide quickly and efficiently. At the very least we would like to pass through Lime Kiln lights within the hour. No-one is espousing that we should have 16-lane superhighways such as in Los Angeles. That would be unnecessary to serve the clientele of the London Road Lidl. But we do need to think of solutions that go beyond the occasional junction change. I genuinely could drive to Derby quicker than Newcastle-under-Lyme from my house, and that can’t be right. The way things are we risk being featured on a low-end ITV documentary titled The World’s Worst Commutes, vying for the number one spot with the drive to work for the Ice Road Truckers. I know change can happen. The A50 eased a lot of congestion when it opened 20-odd years ago. The A500, which ranks alongside the Monaco coast road for breathtaking views, did the same. But it feels like we need something new. Can I suggest whatever that is ploughs straight through that traffic light in a box in Stoke? Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more