New campaign to get Donegal reading during Covid

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford New campaign to get Donegal reading during Covid Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – February 19, 2021 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading next Thursday.Donegal Libraries have teamed up with libraries nationwide, publishers, booksellers, authors and others for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Keep Well initiative and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment.The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Thursday, February 25th.A new website www.irelandreads.ie has been set up where people can pledge to read on the day and see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far.The website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country. A website user can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and the website will offer a suitable book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – a couch to 5k for books!Campaign partners and libraries all over the country will be running ‘Ireland Reads’ initiatives and events throughout February in the build up to Thursday, February 25th.Events planned in Donegal include storytime with Brighín Carr, rhymetime sessions with library staff, seanchaí Bríd Anna Ní Bhaoill and a family zoom session with Donegal author Valerie Bryce. Full details are available at www.donegallibrary.ie. Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleDonegal civil servants hope to benefit from a new working hubsNext articleGovernment has ‘let public down over lack of communication’ News Highland last_img read more

Teenagers Who Vape Sweet-Flavoured E-Cigarettes More Likely To Stick With Habit, Study Claims

first_imgIndependent 28 October 2019Family First Comment: “Whether or not children continue with vaping is important – the longer and more frequently you vape, the more you’re exposing yourself to toxins in e-cigarette aerosol and put yourself at risk for nicotine addiction. Regulations that reduce youth exposure to flavoured e-cigarettes may aid in preventing young people who try e-cigarettes from becoming long-term e-cigarette users, and also from inhaling more aerosol into their lungs.”Teenagers who smoke sweet or fruit-flavoured e-cigarettes are less likely to stop vaping, a new study has claimed.Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) carried out a study to investigate how flavours of vaping devices impacts regular use of e-cigarettes.The scientists tracked nearly 500 teenagers from Los Angeles who vaped, assessing them at six-month intervals between 2015 and 2017.Around nine in 10 of the participants were found to have a preference for e-cigarettes with sweet, fruity or other non-traditional flavours.Of the teenagers who vaped using non-traditional flavours, 64.3 per cent still regularly smoked e-cigarettes six months later, compared with 42.9 per cent who vaped using flavours such as tobacco or menthol.The researchers discovered that the participants who smoked e-cigarettes with sweet flavours were more likely to vape more heavily six months later, stating that they took more puffs every time they smoked.READ MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/vaping-e-cigarettes-fruit-flavour-smoking-nicotine-addiction-teenagers-a9173146.htmllast_img read more

Photos: Ghana picks 2 more medals at African Senior Championships

first_imgAn average performance from Elizabeth Dadzie and Jordan Yamoah have earned Ghana two more medals to make it 4 at the day 3 of the Africa Athletics Championship.Jordan Yamoah maintained his position as number 3 in Africa when he managed to win bronze in Pole Vault. Jordan Pole jumped 5.10m.Young sensation, Elizabeth Dadzie, also put up a splendid performance to grab bronze in heptathlon with 5730 points.In the 200m event on Saturday, Emmanuel Dasor clocked a time of ( 20.97) and Martin Owusu-Antwi (21.02) in the semi-finals but both sprinters did not advance to finals.However, Janet Amponsah will contest in the 200m final on day 4.Also on day 4, potential medalists based on rank coming, long jumper, Nadia Eke (Ranked 2nd) and Javelin thrower, John Ampomah (ranked 4th) will compete in their respective event while. Janet Amponsah will also compete in women’s 4X400m. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

B52s, Ringtails all square after two

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s dropped the second game of their three-game weekend series against the visiting Redding Ringtails 4-2 Saturday night at Bomber Field less than 24 hours after a dominating 8-2 win over the Ringtails Friday night. “The goal, always, is to win the series,” B52s manager Scott St. John said. “Hats off to their pitchers today, they earned the win.”The B52s (5-2) will have a chance to win the three-game series today when they take on the Ringtails (5-3) at 12:05 p.m., at Bomber …last_img read more

Patel: Africa is vital to South Africa’s economy

first_img23 April 2015The continent is vital for the country’s economy, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has told factory workers.“We sell R260-billion worth of goods to other African countries. That R260-billion creates more than 160 000 jobs in South Africa,” Patel said. These jobs were in clothing, car manufacturing and the selling of agricultural produce to other African countries.Speaking at a general meeting with factory workers in Pretoria on 22 April, he warned workers that if South Africa cut the rest of Africa out of its economy and the rest of Africa cut South Africa out of its economy, people in the country would lose their jobs.“We need to stop the attacks on fellow Africans. We need to deal with the frustrations and problems in a different way.”The top countries to which South Africa’s clothing industry sold were Mozambique, Zambia, the US and Zimbabwe. The top countries it sold to in the footwear and leather products sector were Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. In the textiles sector, the top country to which South Africa sold was Zimbabwe.“The attacks on foreign nationals must stop. We cannot take the law into our own hands and kill fellow human beings,” Patel said. The government was addressing the problems of South Africa, including unemployment, lack of housing, the provision of water and electricity. This included managing migration properly.“We must make sure at our border posts, we have proper procedures. We must make sure that people have papers if they are here legally. We must make sure we manage the numbers of people who come into South Africa.”Patel called on companies to treat all workers equally, regardless of race or whether they were foreign nationals or not. “We must make it clear to companies – don’t exploit foreign workers. Don’t pay them less than South African workers. so much so that South African workers are put aside.“Let everybody be treated equally because the law applies to everyone equally,” he said.He would have a meeting with the Department of Labour to request inspections of companies to ensure they were complying with labour laws.“We are going to deal with the frustrations of our people,” Patel said. The country needed to address the people who were in the country illegally. “Foreign workers who are here legally belong in the union movement, in our churches, they belong in our communities.“We’ve got to organise them and make them feel welcome. They are part of us,” he said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Statistic of the Year: 90.5 Percent

first_imgThis year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year. On December 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled. Okay — but why is that such a big deal? Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this year. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic they feel shines a light on today’s most pressing issues.RELATED ARTICLESWhat Makes Plastic ‘Recyclable’?The Plastics Recycling ChallengePaving Roads With Recycled PlasticPlastic Production Rises But Recycling Can’t Keep UpChinese Decree Alters Recycling Picture Last year’s winner was 69. That’s the annual number of Americans killed, on average, by lawn mowers — compared to two Americans killed annually, on average, by immigrant jihadist terrorists and the 11,737 Americans killed annually by being shot by another American. That figure, first shared in The Huffington Post, was highlighted in a viral tweet by Kim Kardashian in response to the proposed migrant ban. This year’s statistic came into prominence from a United Nations report. The chair of the judges and RSS president, Sir David Spiegelhalter, said: “It’s really concerning that so little plastic has ever been recycled and, as a result, so much plastic waste has leached out into the world’s environment. It’s a great, growing and genuinely world problem.” Let’s take a closer look at this year’s winning statistic. About 90.5% of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste produced since mass production began about 60 years ago is now lying around our planet in landfills and oceans or has been incinerated. If we don’t change our ways, by 2050, there will be about 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste. When the panel first began looking at this statistic, I really didn’t have any comprehension of what billions of tons of plastic means. Based on a study from 2015 and some back of the envelope calculations, that’s the equivalent of 7.2 trillion grocery bags full of plastic as of 2018. But again, I still didn’t quite have a feel for how much that actually is. People tend to use distance measurements to compare numbers, so I tried that. Assuming that a grocery bag of plastic is about 1 foot high, if you stacked the grocery bags, you could go to the moon and back 5,790 times. That’s starting to feel a bit more real. Some calculations based on a National Geographic article. In fact, if you could monetize all of the plastic trash clogging up our environment — including the 12 percent that is incinerated — you could buy some of the world’s biggest businesses. Assuming it costs 3.25 cents to produce a plastic bottle, we can estimate that a grocery bag contains about $1 of plastic material production. (I took a grocery bag and filled it with 31 bottles.) So 7.2 trillion grocery bags is the equivalent of a cool $7.2 trillion. What can you buy with that? Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Walmart, Exxon, GM, AT&T, Facebook, Bank of America, Visa, Intel, Home Depot, HSBC, Boeing, Citigroup, Anheuser-Busch, all the NFL teams, all the MLB teams, and all the Premier League Football teams. In other words, if someone could collect and recycle all the unrecycled plastic on earth, this person would be richer than any individual on the planet. One of the most difficult aspects of statistics is putting the numbers into a context that we can wrap our heads around, into a format that means something to us. Whatever it is that speaks to you, all I can say is that this speaks to me. It’s clearly time to clean up our act.   Liberty Vittert is a visiting assistant professor of statistics at Washington University in St. Louis. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Traits of a Good Film Crew

first_imgPicking the right film crew isn’t hard if you know what to look for. In this post, we share a few tips to aid in the success of your film project.Sometimes the most difficult part of making a film is finding the right people to make it with you. There is a reason why professional filmmakers get paid so much money to do their job, they are worth it. However, even if your budget is nonexistent there are a few qualities to look for in a crew member that will help you sort out the good apples from the bad.A good crew member…Helps solve problems on set.Improves morale on set by complementing instead of complaining.Is concerned with making the film as great as possible even if it means shooting late.Is more concerned with making a film than getting lunch, eating snacks, taking breaks.Is able to admit when he/she has made a mistake.Will offer help to other crew members once their work is complete.Is concerned with the success of the entire team rather than getting praise for themselves.A bad crew member…Complains outwardly about long working days and early mornings.Shows up late to call times and blames it on traffic and phone alarms.Criticizes the decisions made by the director or producer in front of other crew members.Brings down the moral on the entire set.Only does things when he/she is told to do them.Misses pre-production meetings.Wants to receive praise for everything they do.Based on that criteria do you think you are a good crew member or a bad crew member? Are you a good crew leader?How to Assemble an Awesome CrewNow you may be asking, “Where do I find these good crew members?” Well, the answer to that question is not as simple as going to FindaFreeCrew.com and selecting people…you’re going to have to put in some leg-work.Finding a good crew always begins with good networking. As any good filmmaker will tell you, one of the most powerful tools you can have is networking skills. This means as a filmmaker you should be spending time with other filmmakers. Once you have a network asking for help isn’t as difficult.Build ExcitementIt is very important to hire people who are excited about your project. A crew that isn’t excited about a project will be very difficult to motivate and subsequently will not create a good finished product.You can build excitement through interacting and tagging crew members on social media, inviting crew members to brainstorming sessions and highlighting crew members on the film’s website. On the same note, crew members who are eager to gain work experience will probably be more reliable than those who are simply trying to make money.If your budget is low it might also be helpful to ask crew members with access to good equipment to be a part of your shoot. This might save you precious money that would have been spent somewhere else. This is definitely where your developed relationship will have to come into play. There’s nothing worse than having an audio person volunteer to help bring equipment then not show up. Not only would you be out a crew member you would also not be able to shoot your film.Set ExpectationsThe line between a good crew member and a bad crew member can sometimes be blurred under poor leadership. It is your duty as a director/producer to communicate exactly what you expect from your crew every step of the way.Expect good work but be patient with crew members if they don’t have a lot of experience. Never boss people around especially when they are helping you for free. Nothing screams amateur than a director who is impatient and rude to his crew.Give a schedule to everyone on set so they will know what to expect. In my own experience I’ve found that a checklist with each step of the production process increases the morale and buy-in of every crew member.Be sure to maintain relationships with your crew after a project has been shot and make everyone feel involved during every phase of production. This will give your crew a greater sense of ownership and will keep them motivated to help you on future projects.If your interested in developing your leadership skills here are some resources about being a better crew manager:Who’s in Charge Here from Videomaker5 Elements to Being a Good Production Manager on an Independent Film from Yahoolast_img read more

Royalty Free Music and Video Assets for GoPro Videos

first_imgSupercharge your GoPro footage with a hand-picked selection of video assets, royalty free music, and more.One of the great things about GoPro footage is how it can drop the audience right in the thick of the action. Often highlighting extreme sports, the first-person nature of GoPro is an ideal way to get viewers right up close and personal with what’s on-screen.Whether you’re posting your video online or incorporating a GoPro clip into your film, you can take advantage of our hand-picked selection of video assets, stock footage, and royalty free music to help supercharge your project.Video Elements for GoProSo you’ve got your footage, now give it a boost with these designer video elements from RocketStock. We’ve dived into their collection and pulled out the elements we feel would be a perfect match for extreme GoPro video. Or you can head to their website to see their full collection. Also, some of our picks for your action and sports videos:INDIE HEROThis retro graphics pack features a grungy opening title, transitions, lower thirds, and more. It’s perfect for enhancing all sorts of GoPro adventures from skating to urban exploration — and beyond.MOMENTUMA kinetic After Effects title sequence template, Momentum is fast-paced and designed to get people pumped.PARTITIONIncorporate your GoPro footage into this down-and-dirty urban slideshow to give your video a retro look.CORRUPTIONThis comprehensive pack of 120 glitchy distortion effects will give your footage a gritty edge. Just have a look! GoPro Stock FootageDon’t want to risk your own neck capturing an extreme POV shot? Or don’t have your own GoPro gear on hand? Well, luckily the team at Shutterstock have curated some royalty free GoPro footage that you can incorporate into your project. From whitewater kayaking to mountain biking, this collection is sure to have the shot you need. Explore their collection now.Royalty Free GoPro MusicFinally, energize your GoPro video by setting it to some high-powered tracks. Our music team have compiled a playlist of explosive dubsteb, electronic, orchestral fusion, and more. Each track is royalty free, so all you need to do is pick up a simple license and you’re ready to go. Have a listen!last_img read more

Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time

first_imgScreengrab from UFC.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Weidman and Dennis Bermudez acknowledged the obvious.This is not a traditional fight week for either man. This is different. This is exciting.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For both Weidman and Bermudez, the card also presents opportunities to reset careers that have hit speed bumps.Weidman (13-3) headlines the card against Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in a middleweight bout, despite coming off three straight losses, although the possibility exists that the No. 5 ranked middleweight could move up in title contention with a win. The current champion, Michael Bisping, is likely to meet interim champion Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight.Weidman, 33, wrestled collegiately at Hofstra University. He was asked this week if he wanted to avenge his Dec. 12, 2005, technical knockout loss to Luke Rockhold.“I need to win this fight” against Gastelum, he said. “Then I’ll let the people decide who they want me to fight.”In Bermudez’s case, the 30-year old has lost three of his last five fights and has dropped to 10th in the featherweight division rankings.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress This is the first chance to fight at home.“It’s Long Island, man,” Weidman said during a media availability this week, ahead of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox show originating from the Nassau Coliseum. The nationally televised card has 13 fights on it, with the four main card fights carried on Fox in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe event is the first professional mixed martial arts card that UFC has held at the onetime home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.“I love fighting and being from here. Getting to put on a show in front of my home crowd I take a lot of pride in that, so I’m excited to fill the place up,” Weidman said. “There (are) a lot of people who live (on) Long Island. To be in the main even at the first Nassau Coliseum UFC event, it’s amazing.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “My last fight didn’t go as planned,” Bermudez (17-6) said about his Feb. 4 knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung. “I want to go in there Saturday and show that wasn’t the real Dennis Bermudez, that I just had a little slip up.”To that end, Bermudez shared a bit of the philosophy he is planning on implementing against No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (23-5) in the semi-main event.“Hard work and no quit. That’s the way I’ve always trained,” Bermudez said. “I get in there and give it my all. In my practices I’m always trying to win. As I get older in my career I’m not only trying to win (but) I’m trying to learn as well. So I’ll go in there with a mind and technique that will work and I’ll get better at it and become a better overall fighter.”Both Bermudez and Weidman noted this fight week was unusual because neither had to leave their stomping grounds. While Weidman said his wife ordered him to stay at a local hotel, Bermudez is preparing at home.“The normal feel of a fight week is looking for something to do and where to go, or where I’m going to eat,” he said. “Having this fight in (my) own backyard gives me the ability to do the same things I’ve been doing throughout this entire fight camp. Nothing has changed. I sleep in my own bed. I drive my own car. I cook on my grill and it’s awesome.”Saturday’s event will be the fifth held in New York since the state legalized professional MMA on Mar. 22, 2016. UFC will run one more event in New York in 2017, the UFC 217 pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

National Youth Squad camp a success

first_imgAustralia’s best young talent united in Sydney over the weekend to train together for the first time as the Australian National Youth Squads. Australia’s 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls squads trained tirelessly over the weekend, impressing in their first foray as National Youth Squad members for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign, which will be held in January next year. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – Friday’s Sydney Airport Terminal Two closure threw a spanner in the works, with some player’s flights pushed back until late Friday night and early Saturday morning, before Saturday afternoon’s wild weather changed plans for teams – but the teams were still incredibly eager to make the most of their time together. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, said the weekend was a big success and looks forward to the rest of the Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign. “It was a great camp held in some trying conditions but the way the players and coaches approached the weekend has me delighted the Youth Trans Tasman preparation has started off on the right track,” Grant said. “We have some tremendously talented youth in our game with some amazing skill levels that continue to improve year after year.”To view photos from the weekend, be sure to visit the TFA social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie camp a successlast_img read more