Two AFP journalists arrested

first_img March 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two AFP journalists arrested French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) confirmed the arrest on 19 March of two of its journalists, Briton Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, who has German and Colombian dual nationality, as well as US photographer Joe Readle of Getty Images, a few dozen kilometres from Ajdabiya. AFP has had no word of them since 18 March. Organisation RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Almost 25% of pupils in protestant schools are from a catholic background

first_img WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Almost 25% of pupils in protestant schools are from a catholic background Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleCCC-NW says Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit plans remains on trackNext articleGAA – NFL Donegal v Cork Preview News Highland By News Highland – March 3, 2012 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A new survey shows that almost a quarter of pupils in Protestant primary schools come from a Catholic background.The ‘Our School Community’ survey also found that Protestant schools throughout Ireland cater for a broad range of religious and cultural diversity.Academic success and reputation was the most important reason for almost half of parents when choosing a Protestant school.The national survey comes as fears are expressed for the future of some small protestant schools in Donegal under new budgetary rules. Those fears will be among the issues highlighted at a protest rally in Letterkenny a week from today.Principal of the Church of Ireland College of Education is Dr Anne Lodge………..[podcast][/podcast]last_img read more

LNG Port Hearings Nov 4, 5

first_imgBy John BurtonThe local community has an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed and controversial liquid natural gas port off of the New Jersey and New York coast, both Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday Nov. 5 with environmental groups seeing it as one last chance to voice opposition.The local public input session, sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration, will start with an open house, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day, with the formal hearings slated from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, Hwy. 35, Eatontown.The Port Ambrose liquid natural gas terminal has sparked vocal opposition from environmental groups while those proposing the plan insist it will offer additional energy independence. The Maritime Administration is also holding hearings in New York on Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, Long Island.
In addition to the public hearings, the public can continue to submit written comments until the end of November.“This is where the story is going to end,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, one of the environmental organizations that have voiced staunch opposition for the plan. “Either we’re going to have an industrialized ocean off our coast or we’re not.”Representatives for Liberty Natural Gas, LLC, which is proposing the LNG, have continued to argue the facility will be a safe and effective way of storing the fuel off of the coast.Following the hearings, the maritime administration and the U.S. Coast Guard will evaluate the public comments and offer its recommendation and would be responsible for issuing the necessary permits. But before that, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have a 45-day period to offer their take, with both having the ability to unilaterally veto the plan.As has been the case prior to the last public input sessions in January, calls to both governors’ offices seeking comment were not returned.But Christie back in 2011 did veto a similar proposal put forth by Liberty Natural Gas to establish a deep water natural gas terminal, Port Liberty, off of Asbury Park and had said publicly at the time he would continue to oppose such facilities off of New Jersey.State Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (both R-11) have also expressed their opposition.Liberty Natural Gas, Jersey City, is a privately held, for-profit holding company and is advised by the Toronto, Canada-based West Face Capital investment capital firm, according to information provided by Liberty Natural Gas.The firm would like to construct the terminal which would sit about 28 miles off Long Branch and 18 miles from Long Island, New York’s shore.Boaters let their objections known as they oppose the possible construction of a liquid naturalgas terminal off the New Jersey coast. Photo courtesy Clean Ocean ActionThe facility’s pipeline would run about 13 miles off Sandy Hook, Zipf maintained.Opponents see this as another unnecessary commercialization of the waterways, potentially environmentally harmful and posing a national security threat.“It’ll be very close to the most densely populated, urbanized area in America,” and could present a terrorist target, Zipf warned.Liberty Natural Gas, however, has maintained it would allow for an affordable and readily available supply of natural gas, helping stabilize prices, especially during the winter months, when natural gas can have wide price swings.Liberty said its position has been bolstered by the release of the maritime association and Coast Guard’s 4,000-plus page environmental impact statement, company representatives say support their assertion. Roger Whelan, Liberty’s chief executive officer said in a released statement that the report, “confirms that Port Ambrose is a safe and environmentally responsible project with minimum impact.”
Zipf countered by saying that report acknowledges the billions of gallons of Atlantic Ocean water that could be contaminated “and you read about the 46 million fish eggs and larvae they’re going to destroy.”last_img read more

Crime in Donegal: Sex offences drop, burglaries and drink driving on the rise

first_imgThe latest Garda crime data has revealed that the number of reported sex offences has decreased this year in Donegal.However, drink driving offences have almost doubled and burglary offences have increased by 33%.Gardaí in Donegal dealt with 2,387 offences in the first three months of 2019. This represents a rise of 345 crimes, compared to the same period in 2018 when 2042 offences were recorded. The crime stats, released under reservation by the CSO today, reveal that 30 sexual offences were recorded in Donegal between January and March 2019. Twenty five of those crimes were related to rape and sexual assault. The figure is down from 41 sexual offences at the same time in 2018.Ninety-three cases of drink driving were recorded, up from 64. There were eight drug driving offences, compared to one in the first quarter of last year.Other notable statistics show a rise in burglaries. Sixty burglary offences were recorded, up from 45.There was also a 27% rise in public order offences, from 255 in Q1 2018 to 326 in Q1 2019. Garda crime data from Donegal goes against the national averages, as today’s CSO report found an increase in fraud and sexual offences across Ireland, while burglary and criminal damage offences continue to fall.Crime in Donegal: Sex offences drop, burglaries and drink driving on the rise was last modified: June 24th, 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:crimeCSOGardalast_img read more

International win for South African innovation

first_imgVarious energy outlets are built into the device. The PowerPac attached to the cycle’s rear wheel and ready to go. Senior designer Jared Vorster was on hand to accept the accolade at the glittering awards ceremony in Singapore.(Images: Ideso) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jared Vorster  Senior designer, Ideso  +27 21 914 8444 RELATED ARTICLES • Young energy champions lead the way • Driven by imagination • Green valley lives up to its name • Bank’s green building looks ahead • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled outSue MustafaCape-based company Ideso’s PowerPac has received one of the highest accolades in the design world – the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ award for 2012. This is no mean feat, as the awards were contested by 4 515 entries from around 1 800 companies and designers from 58 countries.Ideso is a specialist product design consultancy that, since 1998, has focused on the distribution of creative and interactive products and has brought over 400 products to market for local and global companies such as Shell, Addis, British American Tobacco, and ZaPOP – this achievement led to the company’s recognition by the Singapore-based Red Dot awards. Established in 1955, the awards highlight the importance of design for the advancement of business and society. The sought-after red dot of approval is internationally recognised as a sign of top-quality design and as well as the prestige that comes with earning one, the winners are also presented in the Red Dot yearbooks and exhibitions. There have been three previous South African Red Dot award winners, making Ideso the fourth with PowerPac.How the PowerPac worksThe PowerPac is simply attached to the back wheel of a bicycle and 80 minutes of cycling – by an average cyclist – will result in a full charge and 132Wh of stored potential energy. This human generated energy can later be used to power numerous devices such as phones, cameras and household tools, among others.However, the company has no plans yet to make the PowerPac available outside urban centres.“The technology is aimed at home or office cyclists,” says Ideso senior designer Jared Vorster. “The technology required, along with the production and component costs, mean that this product would be unaffordable for the rural market.”The price of the PowerPac, were it to go public, would be around R6 000 (US$668) depending on the demand for the product. Vorster hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a low-cost version, but says this is not part of Ideso’s plans as yet.While human-generated energy and home fitness training are not new concepts, Ideso goes even further by integrating the concept of a removable storage unit with the means for portable charging wherever and whenever it needs to be utilised.“Our concept is not meant to be a cheaper alternative for electricity,” says Vorster, “but is rather aimed at making existing exercise more meaningful, thus allowing those who currently work out at home or at the office, to put their effort to good use.”The PowerPac consists of two parts: the removable smaller battery unit which contains the 12V battery and various built-in energy output options such as a conventional 220V AC outlet, a 12V DC cigarette lighter type, and a 5V DC USB port, while the second larger unit houses the permanent magnet DC generator and the charge controller.Designing for a better South AfricaThe local industrial design industry is small, but according to Ideso MD Marc Ruwiel the size does not undermine the quality of work produced by the South African design community. Students interested in a career in industrial design careers can enroll at tertiary institutions such as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as at the University of Johannesburg. Ideso promotes the idea of industrial design as a source of economic growth with the use of innovative ambition. Many South African households may own Ideso products and yet have no idea of the company’s existence, but the Red Dot’s stamp of approval has created international interest in the product and has increased Ideso’s visibility within the design world. Ruwiel hopes that this visibility will make the international community aware that “there is more to South Africa than game drives and politics”. PowerPac’s success has arrived at an optimum time as Cape Town prepares to host the World Design Capital in 2014. The company hopes to bring PowerPac into mass production and is currently looking to partner with an existing brand within the cycling industry to use their distribution channels. Among Ideso’s local portfolio are the Addis ComfiGrip range of household cleaning products; a 45l cooler box also for Addis, as well as numerous other plastic storage items for the company; and an in-store drop box for Berco couriers.last_img read more

“Geocaching has Kept Me Safer”’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgSgt. Kent “Doc” Byrd in IraqSgt. Kent “Doc” Byrd in IraqKent “Doc” Byrd is known as JrByrdMan162 in the geocaching world. In the United States Army he’s know as Sergeant Byrd.He’s a member of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. He defused bombs, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of the Army bomb squad.  He just returned from a one year tour of duty in Iraq.Sgt. Byrd has been geocaching since 2005. He says the skills that geocaching instills — situational awareness, an eye for the unusual and quick detective work — help keep him safe when he’s finding and defusing bombs.  Sgt. Byrd believes that other  members of the bomb disposal community can learn to sharpen their awareness and stay safer through geocaching.See his story above. Click  here to watch more Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAdvice to Geocache Hiders from Law EnforcementSeptember 4, 2013In “Community””Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Lost & Found VideoOctober 19, 2010In “Community””Travel Bugs” A VideoOctober 7, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says… (Part 1)

first_imgMessage in a bottle dated July 7, 1970(Part 1 of a 2 part story… read Part 2) Share with your Friends:More It happened to a group of geocachers clearing garbage from a roadside marshland just west of Calgary, Alberta. The geocaching event is called a CITO (Cache in Trash Out). The group cleans up geocaching friendly locations. They had already found and removed a room-sized carpet, a fractured row boat and a steel rope. The location they chose to help cleanup is a wild space frequented by migratory birds. Jean-Francois Cianci (known in the Geocaching word as Monkeyturtle) was headed back to the meeting area when his team decided to clean up one more patch of land.The Geocachers at the CITO (Kathy, Laika and Chomper the other members of Team Monkeyturtle pictured) removed this discarded rowboatThat’s when a patient message’s 44-year wait to be opened ended.  Jean-Francois said, “The message in the bottle discovery came towards the end of the event. We were walking back to the gathering point, alongside the road, and decided to pick some of the garbage we had missed. The bottle was in plain view, near some bushes so I decided to pick it up. That’s when I noticed it had a piece of paper in it with a date. I was in bit shock to find a note with such an old date on it.”Jean-Francois with bottleHe said the mystery began immediately, “The bottle looked old and we pulled strange enough things that day that we thought it was real from the beginning.” When he opened the bottle and removed the note, he also unlocked a nearly 50-year-old challenge by two girls from July 7, 1970. The note asked the finder to do some finding of their own. Thankfully geocachers are known to be especially good at finding. Jean-Francois had to contact the two girls, now women, who dropped the message in the bottle nearly a half century earlier.The note read:“Anyone finding this bottle please contact: Darilyn Yates and Georgia Love… ”The message in the bottleThe message in the bottle sparked a small quest that would take weeks.Read Part 2 of the story now.Geocachers, Gumbydude, Mr. Caneohead and Pokey and Reese(the event organizer), were among those that helped cleanup 25 bags of trash. The group plans to make this CITO a twice-annual event. Sometimes history sneaks up on you… while you’re trying to preserve the future. SharePrint RelatedGeocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says… (Part 2)October 6, 2014In “Community”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”Get Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Light Painting in After Effects and Photoshop

first_imgLearn how to create a stylish light painting effect using only After Effects, Photoshop and a camera – no third party plugins necessary!In a previous post, we highlighted the visually stunning Light Pollution video by digital video studio Super Frog Saves Tokyo (SFST).  What was unique about this video is that all of the light painting effects were created without the use of any specialized third party plugins – pretty impressive.Now, the team behind the video is giving us a peek into how they created the effects.  In the video tutorial below, Joe from SFST shows how one of the light painting effects was created.  Joe has also shared the raw footage so you can walk through the tutorial step-by-step without having to acquire your own shots (see the Vimeo page to download).The light painting technique uses a slew of After Effects and Photoshop tools including adjustment layers, basic color grading, masking, tracking and batch automation.  None of these steps is too complicated, but familiarization in these apps is essential – this isn’t for the Adobe newbie.Additionally, the SequenceLayers plugin from AEScripts is used to automate the timing of the effect (this can be done manually without a script but would be very time consuming).Light painting in After Effects is a great visual effect that can add punch to your video projects.  Thanks for sharing, SFST!See the Vimeo page for more info. Best viewed full screen:last_img read more