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Picture Special: St Mary’s GAA club goes smoke free – and ladies get awards

first_imgThe GAA has praised a Co Donegal club – for becoming just the second in the country to make their club grounds smoke-free.St Mary’s GAA club in Convoy officially launched the plans this weekend.Grants and signage are available from the GAA to other clubs under its ‘Healthy Clubs’ initiative. Stacey Cannon. The National Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Croke Park, said the organisation is keen to encourage clubs to introduce smoke-free communities rather than introducing a ban and praised Convoy for the initiative.“We know this is not going to happen overnight. It’s about wanting to normalise the fact that smoking no longer takes place sat the side of a pitch or training ground. St Mary’s engaged with our programme and we are delighted at the example they are setting,” she said.Lorena Barron, the Children’s Officer at the St Mary’s club, said she was delighted to see her proposal backed by the club executive.“I just didn’t think it was fair that I could be watching a game and someone could light up a cigarette beside me and send smoke over the dug-outs,” she said.“We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle and this is one way of doing that.” Smokers will have to go outside the gate for a puff.The move was also welcomed by County Chair Sean Dunnion who was special guest at Saturday’s official ceremony.The club is being helped by the quit.ie website.The GAA has asked clubs who want to introduce the initiatve to email community.health@gaa.ie.Meanwhile the club had its awards night. The fantastic Mairead Browne was named Club Person of the Year, while Aimee Bonner was voted Young Player of the Year.Shauna Ward was voted Most Improved Player of the Year.Pictures: Gabrielle Gallagher.Picture Special: St Mary’s GAA club goes smoke free – and ladies get awards was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special

first_imgOver 100 members of the community attended the first ever meeting of the Cloughaneely Language Planning Forum Halla Fionnáin, Falcarragh on Tuesday last.The forum has being established to help the language planning committee in their efforts to implement the local Irish-language plan.Under the direction of the facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha, the forum made a number of key decisions as regards the direction the language planning process and it is hoped to put implement the recommendations made at the meeting over the next year. Representatives from many of the area’s community and voluntary groups, organisations sports clubs and businesses attended the forum.There was robust debate and many innovative opinions and recommendations were put forward.Among the actions decided on at the meeting was the implementation of a signage system in local businesses so as customers and visitors know where services in Irish are available.The creation of a forum for young people was also discussed, where they can decide on what social activities should be provided for them in Irish, and the creation of parent and toddlers groups in Irish. Committee members hard at work at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonAoife Nic an Iomaire taking notes at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTom Feeney, Eddie Curran and John Fitzgerald at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, Paraic Mac Donncha and Bearnai O Gallchoir at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCommittee members, Máire Nic Fhearraigh, Máire Ni Bhaoil, Mary Cassidy, Caitlin Uí Lafferty and Mary Nic Phadein at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPáraic Mac Donncha, The Facilitator at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCarmeal and Eibhlín Curran at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCaitríona Ní Cheallaigh at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonBearnaí Ó Gallchóir, Chairperson of Cloughaneely Language Planning at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPaul Bonnar and Manus Ó Ceallaigh in discussion at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonTommy Francis speaking at the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Mac Aoidh, the Language planning officer for Cloughaneely at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonThe Facilitator, Páraic Mac Donncha who oversaw the event at the inaugral meeting of the Cloughaneeely Language Planning Forum in Falcarragh on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Cloughaneely Language Forum hold first ever meeting – Pic Special was last modified: March 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) Tags:CloughaneelyCloughaneely Language Planning Forumlast_img read more

Why Warriors’ Steve Kerr intentionally got ejected in preseason loss to Phoenix

first_imgOAKLAND – The tension kept rising. So Warriors coach Steve Kerr uttered the thoughts that nearly everybody holds regarding a meaningless NBA preseason game.“I don’t want to be here,” Kerr said.Kerr said those words only moments into the second half of Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. He stormed the court to share his displeasure with officials for calling an offensive foul on Warriors guard … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #2: The Microsoft Account

first_imgRelated Posts The way Microsoft is enabling this is through a much grander exploitation of a feature it introduced in Windows Vista called the roaming profile. Today with Windows 7 in home networks, a user creates his account on one PC.  The hidden user folder of that PC stores profile data about such things as personal folder locations, in a subdirectory named Roaming. This way, when the same user creates an account on another PC in the same network, that other PC can pull pre-existing data from the roaming profile.You may have just figured out, after reading that last sentence, why this feature wasn’t exploited more:  You really shouldn’t have to create a separate account on every PC you own.This is where the new incarnation of Microsoft Account on Windows 8 makes a great deal of sense. Now when you sign onto any device, the data normally stored to the Roaming subdirectory on that first PC, becomes available to the authenticated user wherever you are. Microsoft’s cloud service (the same servers that run Azure) store a snapshot of that subdirectory. Since Windows 8 uses the Roaming subdirectory to store data like wallpaper choices and application settings that can and should be portable, that data automatically becomes available to the cloud service. So any app running on any other device can call on the snapshot; and if the device is active, it can refresh the cloud server’s view of that subdirectory in the background.Today, relatively few third-party software products make use of the Roaming subdirectory because, well, users couldn’t be counted on to care enough to actually roam. Windows 8 gives them the first really good reason to do so. Tags:#Microsoft#web So if your storage is in the cloud, your profile is in the cloud, and your applications are sourced from the Web, your full installation of Office will travel with you from device to device. This is the full promise of the new era of Windows (much more so than the silly Start Screen), and the enabling factor for that promise is the Microsoft Account.ReconciliationThe grander implications are for a kind of virtualized workspace where every app you own, or have rights to use, is accessible under your account from any place. This is not, however, completely feasible. First of all, classic Desktop applications (those compatible with Windows 7 and earlier) must be installed on the devices which run them. Technically, any of these applications that use the Roaming subdirectory to store user data should instantly, without any re-architecture on the part of their developers, enable other devices on which those applications are installed to bring up a user’s preferences. (By “technically,” I mean that the stars should all be properly aligned, there’s no wind, the birds are all singing in the trees and you’re getting paid on time.)  But nothing can be done about the fact that a Desktop application needs to be installed locally on a device to be run from that device.The same holds true with WinRT apps, the new class of Windows 8 programs that are run from tiles you tap from the new Start Screen. What’s different in that case is that the Windows Store keeps track of those WinRT apps whose rights you’ve acquired or purchased at least once. So the Store app at least gives you a way to download and install those apps you own, even on a device you don’t own.This could get hairy.  Imagine a situation where a guest using a hotel lobby PC downloads some WinRT game apps under his account.  Remember, he wouldn’t be using the classic “Guest” account from Windows XP, but his personal Windows 8 setup accessed through his Microsoft Account. But once he logs off, checks out and jets to some foreign destination, how exactly can these apps be uninstalled?This is the type of admin situation I’m happy we’re trying to solve now. I don’t believe Windows 8 will be installed to any great degree in hotel lobbies (where I still mostly find XP) until quandaries such as this are resolved; but now, at least, we’re at that level.In my tests of Windows 8 RTM on a network with mixed Windows 8 and Windows 7 devices, including a Win8 tablet, use of the Microsoft Account as the account name, at last, improves small networks and homegroups.  With Windows 7, it’s still possible for one user to create separate accounts on multiple PCs in the homegroup, the result being that PCs throughout that homegroup have difficulty resolving which Roaming subdirectory is the authentic one. You can see the side-effects of this anomaly in the Homegroup section of Windows 7’s file manager. There, a) individual user accounts are listed separately as though they were separate members, thus creating more homegroup members than there are PCs; b) the Media Devices section lists user accounts individually as well, even though playlists and libraries on those devices are all public and merged. In Windows 8, any homegroup user who logs on using a Microsoft Account will be recognized as one and only one person, regardless of the device she’s logging on from. This is a tremendous improvement, and a very necessary one in the era of PCs and tablets. In my own network, my wife and I each have several PCs rather than just one, though we share a Windows 8 tablet. And yet here we are as individual users rather than split identities!This way, when you need to restrict a person’s access or his permission to change things or delete files, your policies apply to that person wherever he is, as opposed to “John on the media PC” and “John on his laptop.” If he’s logging onto your homegroup from a Remote Desktop Connection, the policies still apply.  (Where local accounts still exist (and in a hybrid network with Win7 devices, they will), those accounts will still show up in the new File Explorer under Computer.) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Schizophrenia Is Now More DifficultUnavoidably and, from an architectural standpoint, unfortunately, this will cause some headaches for folks like me who insist on using dual-boot PCs with Windows 7. I have quite a bit invested in Win7 right now, and am not willing to disembark just yet. But this little problem may expedite that event: Because permissions for system folders and personal folders are handled through the NTFS file system that is rendered directly to those folders, whenever Windows 8 attributes policies to Microsoft Accounts, it overwrites whatever traditional, local account-oriented policies were already present.As a result, whenever you boot back into Windows 7, suddenly none of your shared folders or libraries are shared anymore. And if you log on using a limited (non-administrator) account, as is generally wise for security purposes, you may find you don’t have access to your own Documents library until you grant yourself permission again.  =It’s not difficult; it’s just a bother, like returning to your home only to find you’ve locked all the bedroom and bathroom doors on yourself. Changing your policies back for Windows 7 does not impact Windows 8 in the slightest.Everyday users won’t be facing dual-boot scenarios in their everyday work, and the reasons why folks like me will keep using Win7 for a while longer are perhaps peculiar. But the fact that there’s no easy bridge for this problem illustrates the breadth of the gulf we’re jumping by adopting a cloud-based online identity to log onto our devices.There will continue to be well-deserved skepticism over how well Microsoft will be able to manage an identity system that will undoubtedly be under continual attack. (This from the guy who still refuses to join Facebook.)  It is a risk which individual Windows users will weigh for themselves. While they may opt to install local accounts for Windows 8, and to not use SkyDrive or any other cloud-based storage, the easiest way to ensure that option would be to stick with Windows 7 anyway. But I have a short list of features that could, potentially, be a bigger boon for me than the Start Screen is a bust for me. Universal sign-on is one of them.The Top 10 Windows 8 Features So FarNo. 10: Refresh and ResetNo. 9: File HistoryNo. 8: Storage SpacesNo. 7: Client-side Hyper-VNo. 6: Secure BootNo. 5: Live Performance and Reliability ChartsNo. 4: Windows To GoNo. 3: Shared Media “Logging onto” Windows is something a great many users don’t do. Let’s face it, do we log onto our phones?  If we’re okay with our phones pretending they’re us while they move around, why would we need to be protective about devices that mostly stay in one place?  This is a point of view that Microsoft, over the course of the next year, may render as antiquated as the dial tone.An operating system should know its user. This was not a concept Microsoft understood at first. When it formally introduced the “My Documents” folder in Windows 98, folks asked me whether “My” meant “me, the computer” or “me, the user.” Then Windows XP introduced the notion of a user profile. At last, multiple people had personal folders that pertained to them, and “my” meant yours and not anyone else’s. When you signed into XP, the file manager would show you your folders.For many folks, though, that wasn’t much of a convenience. People tended to have XP bypass the whole accounts thing, and created their own folders anyway, with names like “DAD’S PRIVATE STUFF DO NOT TOUCH.” (There’s a really secure folder for you.)Identity FirstMeanwhile, since the turn of the century, Microsoft has had a dream of integrating users’ Windows identities (called security principals) with their Microsoft-brand email addresses, and in turn with a Microsoft-run identity system. As was the case with almost every security-related effort during the XP era, it was rolled out in an embryonic state, and researchers poked holes in it without even trying. Only after several years of wrestling with the consequences did Microsoft come to grips with researchers’ assessments: Tying access to one’s credit cards to a single-factor authentication system that shares the same password with every component in that system, is a manufactured security hole waiting to be exploited.So here we are on the cusp of the Windows 8 era, and we’re faced again with Microsoft’s latest incarnation of shared identity. This time, it’s in front of our face, and it will be much more difficult to bypass. What was the Microsoft Passport, then Windows Live ID and now just the Microsoft Account is the default key for entering the operating system. While you can bypass it, the act of doing so will be much less obvious than for prior incarnations of Windows, and everyday users probably won’t take the time to find out how. As a result, in the first few days after Windows 8 ships, expect the Microsoft Account identity database to eclipse the size of some major countries.Thus the pressing question becomes, does the latest Microsoft Account offer the Windows 8 user anything of genuine value? My answer: Quite possibly.When you install Windows 8, or when you log on for the first time, you’ll be asked to create a Microsoft Account if you don’t already have one. This time, there are good reasons for doing so. Microsoft has now fully realized that users are independent of their computers ­­– or, I should say, of their devices. So when someone is a subscriber to Windows, as a customer will come to be called, that subscription should enable her access to software and certain personal resources from any device she’s using at the time.This is not exactly easy to accomplish, and the full implications of this promise will not yet be realized the day Windows 8 is generally released. But you’ll come to see more as time goes on. For now, the most obvious thing the user will notice is that, whenever she signs onto Windows 8 on any device (not necessarily one that belongs to her), she’ll see her basic preferences on the Start Screen and the basic style, such as her personal wallpaper, on her Desktop.Everywhere You Roam 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market scott fulton To get the best idea of why, imagine if you were an Office 365 subscriber.  With the upcoming version of Office, your subscription uses the same Microsoft Account as does Windows 8. So you effectively have a profile for Office that’s bound to you, and that moves with you. And as I’ve noted in #3 of this series, SkyDrive is also tied to Microsoft Account. What’s more, it’s now the default storage system for Office, which you now have to bypass to get to your local hard drive storage. Recall that an Office 365 app can be run from the Web; it’s not the “Office Web Apps” that we’ve come to know and loathe, but the full products in all their glory.last_img read more

TV Commercial Music Showcase – The Best Upbeat Tracks

first_imgLooking for positive and engaging music for your TV advertisements?  In this post, we’ve rounded up the best tracks to give your television advertising an upbeat and contemporary feeling.Engage your advertising audience with positive tunes!  In this showcase, we’ve featured the best upbeat music for TV advertising campaigns and online product videos.This isn’t your run-of-the-mill stock music.  From quirky mandolin driven folk to more funky, upbeat pop-rock, each of these contemporary tracks puts forth fresh and confident vibes to showcase your product in a stimulating way,   For convenience, these tracks each come in a 15, 30 and 60 version so they’re already timed out to the duration of standard television commercial spots.If you’re looking for TV commercial music give these royalty free tracks a listen and hear how they can increase the impact of your advertising:last_img read more

How (and When) to Use a Steadicam Shot

first_imgFluid cinematic movement has been a staple of filmmaking since the 1975. Let’s explore the Steadicam shot and learn how to use it properly.Top image from SuperiorPicsA few weeks back, we explored some stabilizer options in the article, Questions to Ask When Picking a Camera Stabilizer. Now let’s look at one of those stabilizers a little more in depth.Just about every film and video production made today at some point will make quality use of Garrett Brown‘s invention known as the Steadicam. And why not? It’s an amazing tool to have at your disposal. But as is the case with any creative tool, there’s a time and place to use it. So we’re going to take a good look at when and how to use a Steadicam for both film and video productions.Who is This Garrett Brown Anyway?Since we evoked the name of Mr. Brown in the opening, it’s only fair to tell you a little about him before we move on. Working in Philadelphia, Garrett Brown began his filmmaking career in the early 1970s. However, Garrett wanted to be able to move with the camera without the use of dolly track or cranes. So he set out to figure out how to make a rig that would allow him to move with the camera and capture a smooth shot.By 1975 he had developed a prototype of the Steadicam and sold it to the first company he showed it to. To get a quick look at how Brown’s invention has revolutionized the industry, here’s a great supercut of the very best Steadicam shots in film history, some of which we’ll breakdown further.Video from Refocused MediaWhen to Use the Steadicam ShotNow, while you could use a Steadicam for an entire film or video production, the question is why would you? The fluid motion of the Steadicam is great and looks fantastic, but there are plenty of times in a film when it would be better to put the camera on sticks. Just like we said in the opening, there is a time and place for using the Steadicam and we’re going to give you some examples of those moments.Scorsese and the Goodfellas Steadicam ShotIn this scene from Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese uses the Steadicam to take the audience on a full tour of what it’s like to get the star treatment as a gangster. Our impression of the scene mirrors that of Karen, who is getting her first taste of the mob life with Henry.Steadicam Operator: Larry McConKeyVideo from 805BruinWere Gonna Fly Now with RockyIn this scene from Rocky, the director John G. Avildsen wanted to show Rocky going through his training regime without using static shots of him running by the camera. He wanted the movement and pacing to match that of Rocky as he was making his way from the shipping yard to the iconic shot on the steps of the Art Museum.Steadicam Operator: Garrett BrownVideo from MovieclipsDanny, his Tricycle and the Girls in the HallFor this scene from The Shining, Stanley Kubrick had Garrett Brown follow young Danny’s tricycle ride around the hotel. Just moments before the scene below starts, the framing of Danny was tight and close… but when we get the kitchen hallway, Danny gets some distance, which Kubrick uses as a way to convey that he is now drifting off on his own. We then follow Danny in a hallway where he turns the corner and is met by the Grady twins.Steadicam Operator: Garrett BrownVideo from MovieclipsDocumentary Style Brilliance in The Tree of LifeOne of the best outcomes of using a Steadicam is total scene immersion. For instance, in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, two-time Academy Award Winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki worked closely with his Steadicam operator Joerg Widmer to create imagery that felt close and personal. Much like a documentary film. By doing this they pushed the audience into the space with the characters, thus allowing for a more emotional connection. While a large portion of the film was shot using a Steadicam, it works because it has the look and feel of a “fly on the wall” documentary film.Steadicam Operator: Joerg WidmerVideo from Herbert KapfingerHow to Capture a Steadicam ShotYou would think that this is an easy question to answer, right? You just load up the Steadicam and start filming. Well that sounds right in theory, but there is a lot that goes on before you even mount a camera… and that has to do with balance. This is the most important aspect of a Steadicam. Here is a great video tutorial with Steadicam operator Jerry Hol in which he goes through the steps of making sure a rig is good to go, taking both static balance and dynamic balance into accountVideo from steadivisionThe reason you’re using a Steadicam is to capture smooth flowing shots around your characters or subjects, so you need to be creative in how you go about this. You have a wide range of motion when operating a Steadicam, so put that to use for you. Find dynamic ways in which you can improve and enhance the visual narrative. Don’t use a Steadicam just because you can. Be sure there is a reason for using it versus just putting the camera on sticks.Joining Forces with the 3-Axis GimbalOver the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the 3-axis gimbal rig, and many peoplesaid it would be the end of the Steadicam. Just don’t say that to Garrett Brown and the heads of Freefly, creators of the MoVI 3-axis gimbal. Here Teradek gives us a great interview with Garrett Brown and the folks from Freefly at NAB 2014, where they talk about the possibilities of combing the benefits of the Steadicam and the MoVI 3-axis gimbal.Video from TeradekDo you operate a Steadicam? Are you looking to get into Steadicam work? Do you have any tips to give us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Bureaucrats to spend two days in J&K villages

first_imgAs part of its unique outreach programme, ‘Back to the Village’, the Governor’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday designated gazetted officers to all the 4,483 panchayats in the State to seek feedback and share knowledge on government schemes.“The idea is to have a gazetted officer each in all 4,483 panchayats. It’s a first for J&K,” said Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring.Each officer has been directed to visit a gram panchayat and interact with the stakeholders “in a bid to innovate programmes, ensure participation and decentralise planning”.Under the ‘Back to the Village’ programme, around 4,500 gazetted officers will spend a minimum of two days, including one night, in the allocated panchayat.“It’s aimed at strengthening the bond between the government and the citizens,” said Syed Sehrish Asgar, District Development Commissioner, Budgam.last_img read more