Tanaiste says Government assessing reasons for rejection of Croke Park 2

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleIrish exports reached record levels last yearNext articleIvor Callely charged with fraud and released on bail News Highland Twitter Tanaiste says Government assessing reasons for rejection of Croke Park 2 News Pinterest By News Highland – April 19, 2013 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Tanaiste says the government will assess whether the Croke Park 2 deal was voted down because it was perceived as being anti-woman or anti-family.Eamon Gilmore says trade unions will provide the Government with an assessment of their reasons for rejecting the Croke Park 2 deal in the coming weeks.A newspaper report today says the government is examining whether the deal was rejected by women with children because of its adverse affect on childcare.But Eamon Gilmore says it will be some time before ministers know the true reason.”Well a feature of the public service generally is (a) high number of women who are employed in the public service – that’s right across the public service” he said.”But I think we need to hear the assessment that the unions make of the reasons why the agreement was voted down” he added. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal’s presidential election

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 61% of the vote Sunday to serve a final five-year term. He had widely been expected to win. Rebelo de Sousa devoted most of his victory speech to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his first thoughts went to its victims and promising to work for an economic recovery once it was over. Socialist candidate Ana Gomes came second with 13% but close behind in third was André Ventura, a newly arrived right-wing populist whose 12% was a stunning development. Such a showing for Ventura would have been unthinkable until recently and will send a shudder through Portuguese politics.last_img

Some Exoplanets May Be Exostars

first_imgA brown dwarf was measured with more precision, and was found to be more massive than expected.  Robert Roy Britt in Space.com says this may call into question some of the discoveries of bodies orbiting other stars that were assumed to be planets.  I. Neill Reid,1 writing in Nature where the measurement was announced,2 explained the implications:Clearly, this is only one datum point, for one particular age and one particular mass.  Nonetheless, there are wide potential ramifications.  If this is a fair reflection of the theoretical models, then analyses of the luminosity distribution of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in young clusters may be systematically underestimating their masses.  In consequence, the turnover in the mass function would be exaggerated (that is, there would be more brown dwarfs than currently estimated), but a lower-mass cut-off might lie at higher masses, because the supposed objects of 1-2 Jupiter masses might in fact exceed 15�20 Jupiter masses (0.015�0.02 solar masses).   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)See also the report on EurekAlert.1I. Neill Reid, “Astronomy: Weighing the baby,” Nature 433, 207 – 208 (20 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433207a.2Close et al., “A dynamical calibration of the mass-luminosity relation at very low stellar masses and young ages,” Nature 433, 286 – 289 (20 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03225.There could well be planets around other stars, but it’s one thing to find an exoplanet.  It’s another thing to find a privileged exoplanet.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Next Generation Microchips Inspired byNature’s Nanotech

first_imgAn article in ComputerWorld1 reports that Hewlett Packard, IBM, Fujitsu, and Texas Instruments are putting effort into developing nanotechnologies for chip manufacturing based on a principle found in nature: the tendency of matter to fall into predictable patterns as molecules assume low energy states. There aren’t many structures that can be built today, but researchers are finding new ways to manipulate molecules all the time. IBM has been using self-assembly in a capacitor, and HP Labs have self-assembled 10-atom wide conductive wires.Self-assembly—the tendency of certain structures to fall naturally into patterns—is one of nature’s most common occurrences. On a grand scale, for example, wind direction, temperature and moisture in the air result in predictable types of storms.Now think smaller—much smaller. Certain molecules combine without guidance in predictable ways.  “Some molecules recognize each other and find natural low-energy states,” says W. Grant McGimpsey, a biology professor and director of the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1 Steve Ulfelder,“Molecular Self-Assembly: Nanoscale circuits build themselves, breathing new life into Moore’s Law,” ComputerWorld, pg 28, 5 September, 2005.Certain molecules in nature recognize each other and combine into predictable patterns as they settle into low-energy states.  This fits very nicely with the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the formation of snowflakes, but is exactly the opposite of what evolutionists claim happened three or four billions of years ago on Earth at the origin of life.  Biological RNA and DNA are not mere crystals or repetitive patterns.  They are highly volatile and energetic, requiring cellular machinery to build and maintain.  Most important, they contain genetic information not derivable from the atoms of which they are composed nor from the laws of physics that describe how their parts interact.  In contrast, “Self-assembled materials form very simple patterns,” said one of the engineers.  Though ordered, these materials do not specify anything.  Though the article spoke of “natural self-assembly,” there was no mention of evolution – good, because evolution and engineering don’t logically mix.  Neo-Darwinian evolution is unguided and purposeless; the engineers here were harnessing natural processes toward intelligently-designed, functional ends.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After Effects

first_img1. InfographicCreating an infographic can seem complex; however, it only takes a few simple steps. For a basic bar graph, I’ll first create a two-point path via the Pen tool, placing the first point at the bottom of the frame. Next, I’ll turn off the fill, and set the stroke to 150 pixels. Finally, I’ll add a Trim Path animator via the Add dropdown menu and animate the End property from 0% to 100%. To have a number dynamically change as the graph grows, I’ll add a text layer and parent the source text to the end property of the Trim Path. Lastly, I’ll add a simple value expression to round the numbers out to absolute values. And voilà — a dynamic infographic. (Check out my full tutorial on how to create infographics in After Effects here.)2. Map RouteMaps are fun, and you can quickly create an animated route with Trim Paths. First, I’ll add points and a path to a map via the Pen tool, with the stroke at 5 pixels and no fill. I can customize and stylize my map route via the properties of the stroke element. For this example, I’ll add some dashes and change the Line Cap property. Once I’m happy with the look, I’ll add the Trim Path animator and animate the end position. For a full tutorial on how to animate a map route, check out my “Create a Map Path Inspired by Indiana Jones in After Effects“ tutorial. (That tutorial belongs in a museum.) 3. Text BoxYou can use Trim Paths to quickly add detail to a lower third — or another text element. A popular look for lower thirds, and other graphics, is the animated bounding box. To create one, I’ll simply grab the Rectangle Shape tool and set the stroke to 10 pixels, with no fill. Then, I’ll create a rectangle and align it with my text. Now, I can animate the end in conjunction with the Offset for some truly desirable results. (This also works great with simple underline elements.)4. Text StrokeAnother popular look is the animated text stroke. As opposed to creating a simple box or line element, adding and animating a text stroke can be a bit more tricky. For this, I’ll first take my text and select Layer > Create > Create Shapes from Text. To change the stoke of all the characters at once, select the layer, and use the Stroke option at the top of the interface. Once I’m happy with the look of my stroke, I can add Trim Paths and animate the range to get the look I want. (Check out my stand-alone tutorial on “How to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects.”)5. Circle BurstsThe circle burst is a fun animation element that creates simple movement, and Trim Paths can help bring these to life. Let’s create a quick circle burst and add it to a star-shaped animation. First, I’ll create a simple path (via the Pen tool) coming out from the top of the star. Next, I’ll add the Trim Path’s animator. To have the line shoot out from the center, I’ll animate both the start and end attributes, slightly offsetting each. Finally, I’ll add a Repeater with 9 copies, a Position of 0, and a Rotation of 40. Now, I can change the Y Position of the shape element to place it perfectly. (For more circle burst madness, check out this tutorial.) Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Virtual Arrival” by Cymatix“Summer Cruising” by Mattijs Muller“Midnight City” by Make Music“Fake Awake” by Tonemassif“Street Signs” by Sound ForceLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Using Film Convert Inside of DaVinci ResolveHow to Create a Day for Night Scene with Drone Footage in After EffectsTutorial: Create a Military Drone Look in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable StepsVideo Tutorial: How to Create a Seamless Foreground Transition In this video tutorial, we cover how to harness the power of this simple, hidden feature in Adobe After Effects — Trim Paths.Trim Paths is a tool in Adobe After Effects that allows you to make precise adjustments to shape layer paths. However, new users may not know about it because it is hidden away under a shape layer submenu. So, what can you accomplish with this handy, little animator? Let’s have a look at five fun, useful projects.last_img read more

College Spun Media Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Writer This Summer

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209We are expanding!College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over four million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time writer to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. We’re looking for candidates who are obsessed college sports and understand the ever-changing digital journalism landscape. Ideal candidates will also have relevant experience. As an employee of College Spun, you will help dictate the site’s editorial direction.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be a great writer who can spot an interesting story and have the personality to tell it in an entertaining way.You must be well-versed in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).You must be able to edit and manage other writers; team players only.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume and two writing samples.last_img read more

Kin donate organs of accident victim

first_imgKolkata: A private hospital in the city has started harvesting organs on Wednesdayfrom a woman, who was declared brain dead by the state health department on Tuesday. The family members of the victim, Manisha Rai, agreed to donate her organs and made a pledge to the private hospital authorities in this regard. The hospital then contacted the state health department. The officials from ROTTO visited the hospital and declared the patient brain dead after conducting necessary tests. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a hospital official, the process of harvesting organs from the victim started in the evening and would continue till late in the evening. Manisha was riding pillion when her friend Abhishek Roy (21) lost control over the motorcycle he was riding on. It rammed into the median divider on EM Bypass on Saturday night. Abhishen died as he received a fatal injury while the girl received serious injuries after she fell on the road. She was taken to a private hospital on EM Bypass and she was under treatment since Saturday night. According to police, the incident occurred around 1:50 am on Saturday. They were heading towards Ultadanga when the accident took place. The police came to know during the course of investigation that the bike was moving too fast and as a result of which he lost control.last_img read more

Jorginho refuses to discuss future

first_imgNapoli midfielder Jorginho has refused to discuss the speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City in the summer and he insisted that his sole focus is on Italy right nowThe 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions for the past few months and a transfer fee of £42m is reported to have been agreed on between City and Napoli.Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos, confirmed that an offer has been made.“We know that an offer from Manchester City has reached Napoli … we are waiting for a response from the Azzurri, who don’t seem to have rejected the offer,” he said, as stated on MEN.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…But, for now, the player himself is choosing to remain focused on Italy’s next two games.“I’m not thinking about it now,” said Jorginho, according to Football-Italia.“I’m just focused on the next two Italy games.”City have made Jorginho their main target for this summer as a replacement for the departed Yaya Toure.last_img read more

Puel discusses Vardys international future

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Jamie Vardy could still play for England for the next three years.The striker announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday to focus on his family and his club career.However, Puel believes the 31-year-old could have continued to represent his nation.Puel said, according to Sky Sports: “It was, for me, the same thing when he was an international player and he played for us. He can continue a lot for two or three seasons (for England) but it’s his decision and I respect this.”“He is a fantastic player but his first quality is his desire and fighting spirit. He likes running, to win battles and he’s a fantastic player.”“With this good attitude will you perform in the future, of course. Am I surprised? I don’t know, I think it’s personal. The player feels at the moment to stop and to continue his (club) career.”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.“We have to respect this. It’s so difficult to manage a career with his club, his international games, travel, competitions. If he can continue with his club to keep his desire it’s a good choice.”Vardy remains open to a return to help if Southgate suffers an injury crisis – along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill who has also stepped down – and won 26 caps, scoring seven goals.“We are happy to have Jamie because he is a great player and great goal-scorer who is always there when we need him. I think it is a personal decision for him. I don’t see the benefit of him standing back or not.”“He can be proud he played for the national team and we are proud how he performed at the World Cup in the squad, like the same as Harry.“Having him around full-time is good because the banter will grow, we are happy to have him.”last_img read more

Simone Inzaghi gutted with Lazios display

first_imgSimone Inzaghi admitted he was livid with the performance of Lazio players in what he described as the worst half he has ever experienced at the club.Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring at the Stadio Bentegodi before Ciro Immobile grabbed the equaliser that sealed a point for Lazio leaving them in fifth place.“We could not have done worse than the first half. I told the lads that we had completely the wrong attitude, had to take responsibility and it was the worst first half I’d seen in my three years in this job,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I wanted to replace all 11 players at half-time, but seeing as I couldn’t, I had to ask them to put in a different performance. I take my share of the responsibility too, but I expected more from my team.“At the end of the 90 minutes, perhaps we deserved more from the game and three draws in a row is starting to become a concern. For the first time this season, we are not in the top four.”last_img read more