first_imgFormer RTE newsreader Aengus MacGrianna is urging businesses in Donegal to support cancer patients and their families by getting behind the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day on Friday, March 22nd.Aengus, who lives on an alpaca farm run by his husband Terry, is calling on businesses in Donegal to help the Irish Cancer Society meet ever increasing demands for services such as counselling.Aengus was just 11 when he lost his mother to cancer, and her death was devastating for his whole family. He said: “Losing mum to cancer was heart-breaking, especially as she was so young and we were still growing up. It was an extremely tough time.“The Irish Cancer Society’s free counselling sessions for families affected by cancer didn’t exist when I was younger.“This support, which is only available because of Daffodil Day donations, could be a lifeline for someone struggling with the impact of a diagnosis. Get your workplace involved on March 22 to ensure families like ours can receive free services and get the help they need to cope with a cancer diagnosis. ”Last year, with the help of Daffodil Day donations, 318 counselling sessions were provided to people from Donegal to help them deal with a cancer diagnosis. This represents an 18% increase in the number of sessions provided in 2016. With cancer incidence on the rise, the Society expects even more people to seek counselling in 2019, a demand that can only be met if enough funds are raised on Daffodil Day.Companies can help rally around their customers and staff affected by cancer by hosting a fundraising coffee morning in work or by volunteering to sell daffodils on the day. Boots Ireland is the sponsor of Daffodil Day this year and all 87 stores are backing the campaign by selling daffodils and hosting instore fundraisers.Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society Averil Power said, “Because more people are getting cancer each year, not everyone is getting the care and support they need. We must do more to ensure we can support every cancer patient. With the help of local companies and supporters on Daffodil Day, cancer patients and their families can receive free counselling sessions across the country through our affiliated cancer support centres. To help deliver more care and support locally, and meet increasing demands, we are asking more companies to get involved in Daffodil Day this year.”Bernadette Lavery, MD, Boots Ireland said: “Boots staff come face to face with people facing cancer every day. We do our best to offer support through local services such as the Boot Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists, who are trained specifically to provide information and advice on cancer, and our Beauty Cancer Advisors, who help women manage the visible side effects of cancer. Staff in our 87 stores are looking forward to showing further support for people affected by cancer on March 22, with cyclathons, bake sales and other fundraising activities taking place in our stores around the country.”To get involved register at www.cancer.ie/daffodildayatwork Donegal businesses asked to help ‘alpaca’ punch to cancer was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:daffodil dayIrish Cancer Societylast_img read more

first_img12 July 2005A Limpopo farming community has ventured into the bee keeping industry.The Nsolani community near Tzaneen has been running a sustainable farming project for more than 50 years, regularly drawing overseas students and lecturers.The project boasts over 400 mango trees, and bees are now being kept for pollination and commercial honey production.Community leader Cliff Shipalana says the project is helping to create new jobs in the village.“Most of our farmers are women and through this new project, they will be able to make more money to pay school fees and buy school uniforms for their children,” Shipalana said.The project became a reality through the support of the Beekeeping for Poverty Relief Programme, a joint venture between the Agricultural Research Council and the Departments of Arts and Culture, Science and Technology, Social Development and Agriculture.“Our role is to train the community to catch bees and supply them with funding and equipment needed for the production of honey,” says project co-ordinator Gabriel Lephalala.Nsolani farmers will also be trained to market their honey, as well as to produce other honey products like sweets and cakes, says Lephalala.The Nsolani community farming project was started by a group of World War II veterans in 1948. After building a settlement on the banks of a perennial river, they started a farming project modelled on those along the Nile River in Egypt.The Tzaneen project started winning international recognition at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, when it featured in a number of presentations on the importance of small-scale subsistence farming enterprises.As a result, a number of students and lecturers from overseas universities visited the village.The community ventured into commercial farming after government helped them to build a warehouse and cold storage facilities in 2003.The villagers’ next project? Fish farming.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe cast of Izulu Lami includes award-winningactress Sobahle Mkhabase (right), who playsThembi, and Tshepang Mohlomi (left), whoplays Chili-Bite. Izulu Lami will make its debut on SouthAfrican screens at the Durban InternationalFilm Festival in July 2009.(Images: Ster-Kinekor)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialA South African movie has earned top honours in Spain by scooping two prestigious awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarfia, on the Spanish south coast. The festival ran from 22 to 31 May 2009.The film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), won the Audience Award and Best Actress Award for its 11-year-old star, Sobahle Mkhabase.“When I chose Sobahle from the thousands of school children I auditioned, I knew she was a rough diamond, although she did not yet realise it herself,” the film’s director, Madoda Ncayiyana said.“For a Zulu girl from a township, who was 10-years-old when the film was shot, to win an international award against professional adult actors proves how talented our little local treasure really is,” he said.“When I heard that I won the best actress prize, I was over the moon and my mom was even crying,” Mkhabase said.Izulu Lami also won the coveted Dikalo Best Feature Film prize in Cannes in April 2009.CastingThe film features a cast of mainly young, unprofessional child actors, discovered through extensive casting by the director. The children were discovered in the townships, informal settlements and rural areas of the KwaZulu-Natal province.Written by Julie Frederikse and Ncayiyana, the film was produced by Dv8 Films and co-produced by Vuleka Productions.It is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ster-Kinekor Distribution, the Department of Trade and Industry and the French film fund, Fonds Images Afrique.Dv8 Films producer Jeremy Nathan said, “The Audience Award is very special as it is given by the public and this will help in generating awareness for its [the film’s] South African and global releases.”“We’re thrilled to see Izulu Lami being awarded,” said Ryan Haidarian, NFVF head of new ventures.“It is very exciting for the national broadcaster to be part of such authentic, beautiful work,” said Kethiwe Ngcobo, head of drama at SABC. “It’s wonderful to see that the world appreciates this work too.”StorylineThe film follows the story of two young children, 10-year-old Thembi (played by Mkhabase) and eight-year-old Khwezi (played by Sibonelo Malinga), who journey to the city from their rural homestead after their mother’s death. When the children arrive in the city they are spotted by a streetwise 12-year-old, Chili-Bite, and his gang.He offers them a place to sleep on the street and tells Thembi of a friend who knows a priest. The “priest”, however, turns out to be a disreputable pimp who aims to sell the girl’s virginity as a cure for HIV/Aids.When the siblings become separated, Thembi is filled with the grief that has been welling up since her mother’s death. In time, though, she discovers her own dream and talent, and is able to reconcile with her new friends on the street and her little brother.SA screeningIzulu Lami will screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July, and be distributed by Ster-Kinekor Distribution nationwide in South Africa in August 2009.The film will be available on DVD shortly thereafter. It will be broadcast on SABC towards the end of the year.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesAfrican film awards honour SA Gavin Hood: from Tsotsi to X-MenChanging SA one heart at a timeUseful linksNational Film and Video FoundationScreenAfrica.com TonightSA Vibeslast_img read more

first_imgThe experienced colorist is able to pull fast keys to ensure the session progresses at a quick pace. Here are a couple of actionable DaVinci Resolve tips to make sure your keys are effective.All images from ShutterstockDigital colorists pull keys on any and every object in the frame throughout their careers. Clients always ask to tweak skin tones, but elements such as clothing, hair, teeth, lips, scenery, product packaging, or practical lights are all fair game.Here’s the first image we’ll be working with. We should be able to get a nice clean key of the girl’s skin as it is naturally separated from the background.Hue Width, Saturation Low and Luminance LowCreate an initial qualification by selecting the eyedropper tool and clicking and dragging across the part of the image you want. You’ll often find that your initial selection won’t include all the values you want, and choosing the Add Color Range tool can be slower than knowing what to adjust next.Using the eyedropper tool, this is our initial key. Not bad, but we can do better. Read on…Activate the highlight mode and increase the Hue Width. This will fatten out the qualification, often to include the tones you need. I don’t find myself adjusting Hue Center, Soft or Symmetry as often as Hue Width. If you’ve performed a good initial selection with the eyedropper, you’ve already got a good center hue, and you’ll be wanting to select an area that is defined enough to process, so it won’t be too softened out. Symmetry adjusts the highs and lows of the hue qualification, something I haven’t found crucial for most keys.Adjusting the Hue Width may be all you need to move on. If not, try adjusting both Saturation Low and Luminance Low to include or exclude as needed. Many times I won’t need to touch the Highs of both controls.Increasing the Hue Width gets us a key that includes more of what we want.When you’ve pulled a good key, don’t forget to blur it by increasing your Blur Radius, an important step for executing seamless corrections.I adjusted both the Luminance Low and Saturation Low to get a bit more of her hair. There’s a tradeoff because I’m also now getting some values in her jacket that are the same tone as her hair and skin. It’s up to you to determine whether you’re okay with affecting this part of the image in service of improving the hair. You can also choose to exclude the jacket using power windows. If so, read on. Don’t forget to blur your key.The qualification tab has many parameters for precisely dialing in the part of the image you want to key. Knowing how all of these affect keys is essential, but several have more of an immediate impact that you’ll find yourself adjusting more than the others. Identifying and understanding which qualifier parameters get you better keys will keep you from guessing what to change and will save time in session.Use Power Windows to Choke KeysSometimes, the subject’s skin will have the same red-yellow values as something else in the frame. You’ll have to decide if your skin correction is worth affecting this other element in the interest of making the talent look their best.This is a harder image to work with since the model’s skin is a similar tone to the background, but we’re up for the challenge.Sure enough, when we pull our key we’re getting the background, as expected.You may opt to create power windows to restrict the limits of your key, especially if your correction is a large move.Here’s our skin tone correction. I thought she was a bit too saturated and yellow.The added benefit to using power windows is that you can create an Outside Node to affect what’s outside your correction.Add Outside Node lets us process everything that’s not in the skin tone key we pulled earlier, allowing us other creative possibilities.Our resulting grade. I cooled it off quite a bit for a look favoring a bit more color contrast.Don’t Go Nuts on Exposure. Use Power Windows InsteadWhen performing the correction on the keyed image, you can make large moves on the color information, adjusting saturation, hue, and tint in substantial degrees. This isn’t the case for luminance values. Large exposure adjustments will cause your footage to break down fairly quickly, depending on which camera you’re shooting with. Artifacts are the last thing you want on a shot with tons of nodes.The experienced colorist uses discretion with keys, and knows when not to use one. When lightening or darkening in large amounts, it’s better to use a power window without a qualification.Track When NecessaryIf you’re improving skin tones on a relatively stationary subject, it may not be necessary to track. Many times the qualification will suffice. Resolve’s tracker, while fast, is not always perfect, and in a high-speed client session you want to execute fast changes in the allotted time, and the tracker may actually slow you down.Brush Up on KeyingCreating clean keys is one of the most important skills to possess for the colorist executing professional work. Understanding the qualification tools, as well as knowing when to not use them, are just as important.Check out some of our other color grading articles below.Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolvePopular Fashion Looks in ResolveWere these DaVinci Resolve tips helpful? Got any secrets to pulling better keys? 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first_imgThe Mets were 9-4 winners over the New South Wales Scorpions, while the Mavericks defeated the Queensland Pride 7-5. The Women’s Elite Eight grand final will be played at 4.45pm at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium.The New South Wales Mets will also compete in the Men’s Elite Eight final, against the New South Wales Scorpions.The Mets were 8-5 winners over the Queensland Pride, while the Scorpions defeated the New South Wales Country Mavericks in a drop-off, 7-6. The Elite Eight Men’s grand final will be played 5.50pm. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest results from the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

first_imgMichigan Stadium on a rainy day.InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ?? pic.twitter.com/dATIELCJQe— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a sparkling night for wildlife at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s annual Wildlife Ball.Kerry Ellis and Dr Brian MayCredit/Copyright: CPG PhotographyHosted by The Dorchester in London on Friday October 9th, 300 guests mingled with celebrities to help raise over £150,000 for endangered wildlife. A stunning set from legendary Queen guitarist, Dr Brian May and singer Kerry Ellis – which included the premier of Brian’s launch video for Cecil’s Law and an acoustic version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love – was followed on the big screen by a heartfelt appeal from former Spice Girl, Melanie C, for everyone to play their part to help save wildlife.“It was an incredible night for wildlife,” says CEO Sally Case. “The depth of support that we, as a small charity, generate illustrates just how important wildlife is to so many people and to the sustainable future of our planet and all of us, where ever we live.”Calling for supporters to be part of the generation that cares, David Shepherd’s granddaughters – the artist Emily Lamb and the Foundation’s event manager, Georgina Lamb – echoed the call for the younger generation to take up the baton to protect precious wildlife and wild spaces.Adding additional excitement to the evening were Mark King from Level 42 (who sang happy birthday to a guest raising £1,000), TV presenter and auctioneer Charlie Ross who helped command almost £60,000 in the live auction of artwork donated by the Shepherd family, British designer and supporter Elizabeth Emanuel, TV presenter Kate Silverton and Olympic gold medal winning rower Alex Gregory.last_img read more

OSU freshman guard Jensen Caretti (33) outlasts Duquesne senior forward Amadea Szamosi’s (15) block in the second quarter of the Buckeyes 89-69 win over the Dukes at St. John’s Arena on Nov. 11. Credit: Angelia Heimsoth | For The LanternFrom the outset of Ohio State’s 89-69 win over Duquesne University on Friday, it was evident that the Buckeyes’ recent efforts to shore up defensive and rebounding issues paid off.OSU coach Kevin McGuff was unhappy with these two areas of his team’s play following a subpar exhibition performance against Ashland on Sunday. So much so that the Buckeyes worked almost entirely on rebounding and defense this week in practice.The increased effort and intensity was noticeable from the opening tip, as the Buckeyes used a full-court press to bother the Dukes throughout the game. Duquesne shot just 36.9 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.“Coach was really harping on defense after last game, and I feel like we locked in and took the message and did a really good job with defense and rebounding,” redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun said.At times against Ashland, the Buckeyes played loose and weren’t as aggressive as McGuff would have liked on the defensive end. That wasn’t the case this time around.“We’ve been really locked in on that; finding your man and being aggressive,” redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga said. “Continue to go after rebounds, whether it’s offense or defense because that stops their second chance opportunities and then gives us our chance to get second-chance opportunities.”OSU also turned up its intensity on the boards. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 47-38 against Ashland, but they completely flipped the switch against the Dukes. OSU pulled down 55 boards and allowed Duquesne to grab just 33, and all 10 Buckeyes to see regular minutes grabbed at least two rebounds.Leading the way was Mavunga, who attributed her 15-point and 14-rebound performance to the efforts of her teammates.“They were boxing out other players, so then that gave me the opportunity to go into the open gaps and get the rebounds,” Mavunga said.The Buckeyes’ defensive and rebounding efforts caused several scoring droughts for the Dukes that allowed OSU to pull away. To finish the second quarter, Duquesne made just two of its last 11 shots and scored just seven points in the final seven minutes of the half.Duquesne sophomore forward Kadri-Ann Lass buried a three-pointer 15 seconds into the second half, but OSU then used a flurry of scoring and defensive pressure to go on a 9-0 run and build a 55-29 lead. The Dukes pushed back, mounting a 13-4 run of their own, but the Buckeyes again clamped down defensively and outscored Duquesne 30-27 the rest of the way.“We made plenty of mistakes, but we played hard,” McGuff said. “Our effort and intensity was so much better.”Balanced attackThe Buckeyes also used a balanced scoring attack to down the Dukes. 10 different players scored for OSU and four – junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (18 points), Mavunga (15), Calhoun (13) and junior guard Asia Doss (12) – were in double figures.Mitchell, despite scoring a team-high 18 points, struggled again from the field. She went 6-for-17 overall, including a 2-for-9 mark from three-point territory. Mitchell also struggled against Ashland, going 5-for-20 from the field and 0-for-8 from the three-point line.Despite the early season struggles, McGuff isn’t worried.“When she’s not her normal self, she can get down on herself,” McGuff said. “You’ve just got to remind her, ‘Hey, you’re a great player, just keep playing.’”The Buckeyes shot 44.6 percent from the field, including 27.2 percent (8-for-29) from the three-point line. The overall effort on both ends of the floor left McGuff feeling much more pleased than following the Ashland contest.“It’s very simple,” McGuff said. “You practice a certain way, you play a certain way.”Up nextThe South Carolina Gamecocks, a consensus top-five team that defeated the Buckeyes 88-80 in Columbia, South Carolina a season ago, will head to Columbus for a 6:00 p.m. tilt against OSU on Monday. read more

Ohio State sophomore forward Dakota Joshua’s initial reaction following his go-ahead goal in the third period against Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 11. OSU lost 6-5. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorFor the first time since 2009, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is headed to the NCAA tournament.Despite falling to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, the Buckeyes (21-11-6) secured an at-large big in the West region of the 16-team field.The Scarlet and Gray will travel to Fargo, North Dakota, to take on No. 2 overall seed Minnesota Duluth (25-6-7) in the first round, and will have a chance to advance to the final eight of the competition for the first time since the program reached its only Frozen Four during the 1997-1998 season.Puck drop from Fargo is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.While the Buckeyes might not have NCAA tournament experience, their coach, Steve Rohlik, does. Much of that experience was with OSUs first-round opponent.Rohlik spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Minnesota Duluth from 2001 to 2010. He was hired along with the Bulldogs 17-year head coach Scott Sandelin, who has taken Duluth to seven NCAA appearances, two Frozen Fours and won one national championship. Rohlik was on the staff for two of those appearances and one Frozen Four. He became OSU’s associate head coach in 2011 when Duluth won the national championship.“I know their team very well. They have as much speed as anybody in the country,” Rohlik said. “Top to bottom, there’s no secret why they’ve been No. 1 or 2 all year. They’ve done it because they’re that good.”Jacob Myers contributed quotes. read more

first_imgAfter Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1, Petr Cech came to the realization that Man Utd fortune has changed.Two Red Devils players Alexis and Jesse Lingard scored in quick succession but Gunners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalized yet Anthony Martial struck late on to finally beat Gunners.Cech also expressed concern over Papa and Laurent injury recovery speed.Speaking to the official club website on how Man United now look a different side under new coach Ole Solskjaer, Cech said via official website:Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When you win games, you get a lot of confidence. They had their own problems – their fortune has changed and they’ve started to win games. They play with freedom, confidence and they are winning games.Talking about what happened to Papa and Laurent, he added:“No, I didn’t have a chance. We hope they can recover quickly because we need them. We play Tuesday and we need everyone back fit. Hopefully they won’t be injured for long.”last_img read more