Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club!

first_imgLooking for a rewarding past-time that will bring you to places you’ve never seen before?Or how about getting an unparalleled view of underwater life and discovering incredible shipwrecks?The Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club is seeking new club members to join them in their thrilling dives around Donegal. The adventurous group is about to let everyone see what scuba diving is all about when they host a  Try A Dive on Tuesday 15th October in the Mevagh Dive Centre, Carrigart at 8.00pm. Entering this sport brings a host of benefits – you will gain the skills to meet the challenges of learning to dive and receive a world-recognised qualification.And this upcoming event is your opportunity to sign up and join a friendly community that is so valuable to Donegal.The Try A Dive event is free and all the participants need to bring is their swim gear, the club will supply the rest. In home waters around Donegal, scuba divers are treated to pristine waters that contain reefs which have abundant and diverse marine life and shipwrecks that chart both Irish and European history on our doorstep. In summer time, the waters around Donegal rise in temperature to 16 degrees Celsius and in-water visibility can extend to 20 metres at locations such as Arranmore, Tory Island and Horn Head. In the winter time when sea conditions are too rough Sheephaven divers have access to the shelter waters of Mulroy Bay and dives at Dunloan Rock, Pan Rock and Campbells Bed are available. Club members with Sheephaven SAC will have access to a purpose built clubhouse, dive boats and air bank, backed up by the Irish Underwater Council grade structure delivered by the clubs instructors. Starting as a Trainee a new entrant into diving will be coached in the theory and skills of scuba diving in the safety and comfort of a pool setting before taking to the open water, after which they can progress through the grades to whatever level they are comfortable with.  There is always some form of a Sheephaven activity 52 weeks of the year.Snorkelling is a big part of the Sheephaven diving scene and every Sunday morning there is snorkel in Portnablagh, followed by a social chat and cup of tea.Sheephaven club members have toured the world, from Scotland, Malta, Spain, Cuba, The Maldives, Galapagos Islands and numerous times to the Red Sea, all on the back of the qualifications achieved diving with the club. Club members give back to the community through their Search and Recovery Unit, where qualified divers who volunteer can receive additional training to provide assistance to the Civil authorities, should be they be called upon.  So for anyone interested in taking up a challenge that will reward them physically and literally take them to places they have never seen before – then their journey begins with the Sheephaven Try A Dive. For further information Anne Boyle can be contacted at anneboyle@eircom.net or Damien Kelly 086 8307020 and club activities can be followed on our Facebook page Sheephaven SAC. Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club! was last modified: October 9th, 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:Divingsheephaven sacTry a divelast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders vs. Chiefs, Sunday afternoon

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as the Raiders try to slow down the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum.Kansas City (9-2) comes into Oakland on the heels of a scandalous episode that resulted in the Chiefs releasing their star running back Kareem Hunt Friday. Hunt was let go hours after a video surfaced of him physically assaulting a woman last February. Hunt, who was fifth in the NFL with 824 rushing yards, will be replaced by veteran backup …last_img

South Africa closes Home Affairs department

first_img25 November 2015From 27 November to 2 December people would not be able to submit identity document (ID) and passport applications, the Department of Home Affairs announced, as it would be installing upgrades to improve its services.The upgrades, on the Live Capture system, will take place at all 140 Home Affairs offices in South Africa. Upgrading the Live Capture system facilities should be seen in the context of the department’s drive to improve processes for Smart ID card and passport applications, it said.His department had already issued public notices to announce a system upgrade and the affected sites, Home Affairs director-general Mkhuseli Apleni told journalists in Pretoria on 20 November.“During the upgrade, the affected offices will not be able to receive applications using the Live Capture system. For our staff, especially supervisors, this means working overtime on Sunday, 29 November, for a successful upgrade and a speedy recovery to normal services as planned.”Full Home Affairs services will resume on 3 December.Apleni also called on all those who had already applied for their Smart ID cards and passports to collect them. Up to 95 825 Smart ID cards, 75 517 green bar-coded ID books and 51 946 passports have not been collected by the applicants.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Your “Real” Friends are Your Online Friends (or so Says Gen Y)

first_imgIs it easier to talk to your online buddies than your friends out there in the “real world?” Do you feel like you know more about what’s happening in the lives of your Facebook and MySpace friends than with those who don’t have accounts or don’t bother to update them? According to a recent UK MySpace study of over 16,000 social network users, these sorts of feelings are common among today’s younger generation. The study revealed that a good portion of this group admits to feeling more comfortable sharing and communicating with friends online than they do when logged out of cyberspace. Online: Sharing is Easier, Friends Know You BetterThe MySpace study asked social networking users between the ages of 14 and 21 (aka “Generation Y”) questions about their interactions both on social networks and in their real life, too. Some 36% of the respondents said they found it easier to talk about themselves online than in the real world, leading them to share more about themselves using technology. This group also felt that their online friends knew more about them, and so, in a sense, were closer than offline friends because they all knew what was going on in each other’s lives. Outside of the social networking sites, the survey respondents overwhelmingly felt ill-at-ease in social groups. A whopping 72% said they felt “left out” and didn’t think they fit into any particular group. More than four-fifths (82%) said they moved between four or more different groups of friends in an effort to find acceptance. It’s not entirely surprising that the younger generation feels this way. The teen years (and young adulthood to some extent) are a time when kids start exploring and experimenting with many different aspects of their personalities as they attempt to solidify who they are and who they will become as adults. What’s interesting, though, is how social networking is having an impact on this traditional coming-of-age process. Instead of simply feeling disjointed, confused, and lonely, today’s younger generation has an outlet for connecting with their peers which previous generations did not: the internet. Says Rebekah Horne, MySpace Europe managing director, the study provides insight into how this generation is “using online as a way to explore and settle into their burgeoning identities.”But at what cost? Will the younger generations remain awkward and shy in the real world as they age, only finding comfort in their interactions that occur online? Or does having an outlet for their feelings simply lessen the blow delivered by the otherwise often harsh process that is growing up? In many ways, easy access to technology can be seen as both a blessing and a curse for this young group of digital natives. These days, you’ll often encounter teens having text message conversations or posting status updates while ignoring the very friends they’re present with in the real world. Behavior like this could certainly send a message to the others that they are second priority to whomever else has engaged their friend’s attention. That could easily lead to feelings of being “left out” as reported in this study. And yet, at the same time, it’s this very technology that’s allowing the teens and young adults to feel like they have friends who know them and care about them.The issue is balancing that online life with the one out in the real world. The question as to whether this sort of behavior is healthy is one best left to psychologists to analyze and report, but there’s no doubt that at the very least, it is having an impact. Image credit: flickr user Paulo Fehlauer Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#NYT#social networks#Trends#web sarah perezlast_img read more

6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford

first_imgBring your slow motion game up to speed with this roundup of high frame rate cameras that won’t deplete your life savings.It seems that almost every filmmaker, videographer, and video professional is looking for clean, crisp, and beautiful slow motion footage to use in their projects or throw into their demo reels.And while it always pays to be authentic with your shots and prioritize storytelling over simply going slow-mo for the sake of going slow-mo, it can be a very powerful tool and an excellent shot to include in video projects big and small.Let’s look at some of the latest and greatest high frame rate video cameras for creating the best cinematic slow motion sequences possible.1. GoPro Hero 7While they might not be as popular as they were during the “action cam” craze several years ago, GoPro continues to make quality digital cameras that are both highly functional and durable — plus they’re still one of the most affordable bang-for-your-buck options on the market.For slow motion videography, the GoPro HERO7 Black can push super-slow-mo rates up to 1080p240/200. With regular UHD 4K up to 60fps and 2.7K up to 120 fps, you’d be hard pressed to find better specs on any prosumer camera. And while it might always look the same, the rough-and-tumble design and remote operation capabilities can yield plenty of great slow motion sequences.4K60/50, 2.7K120/100 & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDRHyperSmooth video stabilizationDirect livestreaming to Facebook LiveTimeWarp Stabilized Time-Lapse VideoWaterproof to 33′ without a housingVertical portrait mode for social mediaIntuitive, smartphone-like touchscreenFace, smile, and scene detection16-command voice controlPrice: $3492. Sony RX0 IIAnother slow-mo friendly action cam that won’t break the bank is the Sony Cyber-shot RXO II. It offers 120 fps video recording in full HD (and internal UHD 4K at 30 fps to boot). Designed for all manner of action shots, from drones to motorbikes to stationary tripods, with its image stabilization technology you can get fantastic slow motion footage in any situation.15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS Stacked CMOS sensorZEISS Tessar T* 24mm equivalent f/4 lensInternal UHD 4K30 video & S-Log2 gammaHFR mode for slow motion up to 1000 fps1.5″ 230k-dot 180° tilting LCDWater-, dust-, shock-, and crushproofElectronic SteadyShot; clean HDMI outputInterval recording; microphone inputISO 12800 and 16-fps continuous shootingWi-Fi and Bluetooth; multi-camera controlPrice: $6983. Sony RX100 VA step up from the action cam class will be your point-and-shoot options like the Sony RX100 V. A little larger yes, but the RX100 V is still a lightweight pocket-sized option that packs some serious slow motion punch — capable of 960 fps high frame rate recording (4K UHD up to 30fps).The RX100 V comes equipped with 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) lens that would represent a major cinematic upgrade over the action cams above — but perhaps not as much as the higher-end interchangeable lens options to follow.20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensorBIONZ X Image Processor and Front-End LSIInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log2 gammaZeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 lens24-70mm (35mm equivalent)Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 pointsHFR mode for full HD Video up to 960 fps0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED pop-up EVF3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° tilting LCDISO 12800 and 24 fps continuous shootingPrice: $9984. Sony a6500Another solid Sony offering, the a6500 is a smart and fast APS-C format mirrorless option that captures some very solid 120fps slow-motion footage in 1080p full HD (4K at 30 fps).What’s more, the a6500 also includes Sony’s Slow and Quick (S&Q) motion setting technology, which allows you to capture full HD video at a variety of frame rates, ranging from 1 to 120 fps.24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processorXGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 921.6k-dot tilting touchscreen LCDInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log3 gammaS&Q Motion in full HD from 1-120 fps5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilizationBuilt-on Wi-Fi with NFC4D FOCUS with 425 phase-detect pointsUp to 11 fps shooting and ISO 51200Price: $1,1985. Panasonic GH5sPanasonic’s followup to the original LUMIX GH5, the GH5s, is a bit more powerful — and more expensive, too. The GH5s stands out for slow-motion-seeking filmmakers and videographers with its 7.5x slow-mo recording at 240fps in full HD.The GH5s also offers 4K up to 60fps, which creates possibilities for phenomenal high resolution/high frame rate recording that blows several of the other options on this list out of the water. The micro four-thirds camera is an excellent prosumer camera in its own right for all manner of film and video projects and is widely popular for its high-quality 4K footage, which is strong in low light.10.28MP multi aspect ratio MOS sensorDCI 4K60p and full HD 1080/240p videoInternal 4:2:2 10-bit long GOPV-Log L gamma and HDR hybrid Log gamma0.76x 3.68m-dot OLED viewfinder3.2″ 1.62m-dot free-angle touchscreenDual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi and BluetoothAdvanced DFD AF system12 fps cont. shooting and 4K PHOTO modesPrice: $2,1986. Sony FS7We’re going to cheat a bit for this last one. But if you’re serious about capturing absolutely stunning slow-motion footage, you may need to look into some of the bigger, more professional, and pricier options. But don’t worry: you can rent many high-end cameras at a reasonable rate.The Sony PXW-FS7 Super 35 Camera System might be the best bang for your buck. After the action cams and point-and-shoot and DSLR/mirrorless cameras, you’ll find your superior cinema cameras, like the FS7, which offer some breathtaking slow-motion specs.The FS7 records up to 180fps (XAVC-I) or 120fps (XAVC-L) and internally up to 60fps in UHD (3480×2160). And we’re talking about some seriously fantastic slow motion with the FS7’s Super 35 sized CMOS sensor, which represents some of the highest-quality footage in its price range.Super 35 sized CMOS sensorSony E-MountDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60pUHD up to 60 FPS, HD up to 180 FPS4096 x 2160 via external recorderXAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-2XAVC-I up to 600 Mb/sDual XQD memory card slotsDual HD/3G-SDI and HDMI outputErgonomic handgrip with camera controlsPrice: $6,998.00Rental Price: ~$375/day(This post was originally published on May 17, 2017. We have updated it to reflect changes in the industry.)Cover image by Panasonic.For more slow-motion filmmaking resources, check out some of these articles.Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting Slow MotionWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a CameraThe Essential Guide to Finding Deals on Video Production GearDo You Need to Own a Professional Cinema Camera?last_img read more

Internship to connect students with govt. schemes

first_imgA unique internship programme of the duration of three to six months will connect 45 selected students with the government’s schemes in different sectors in Rajasthan, enabling them to study their implementation, assess the impact on the public and suggest measures for improvement to accomplish the objectives.The State government’s Science & Technology Department has initiated the process to select the interns from among over 100 students who have applied for the programme. The duration will be counted as an experience of working with the government and treated as an additional qualification.S&T Secretary Mugdha Sinha, who along with a panel of experts interviewed the students here earlier this week, said the interns would work on the projects related to biotechnology, startups, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, climate change, nanotechnology, intellectual property rights and internet in order to review the execution of schemes.Ms. Sinha said the internship would enable the students to understand the government’s vision and functioning, besides improving their job prospects. “Interns may choose to become entrepreneurs after getting an exposure to the process of resource mobilisation and data analysis. Their reports will also give a feedback on various schemes and help in policy formulation.”The students who have shown willingness to join the internship programme are from different institutions in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota and other districts. Raksha Kukkad of M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur, said the internship would support them for developing innovations. Law student Ribeka Chaudhary of Rajasthan University, Jaipur, said the interns would find the scope for protection of rights of rural workers engaged in self-employment by utilising the local resources.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit undergoes bypass surgery

first_imgAjit TendulkarSachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit, who was the single biggest influence on his cricket in his early days, had to undergo a bypass surgery last week at the Jaslok hospital.According to information available to IndiaToday.in, Ajit went through the knife last week and the operation was successfully performed by Dr. Sudhanshu Bhattacharya, one of the best known cardiac doctors in the country.Sachin’s wife Anjali, who is also a qualified doctor herself, along with another family member went to Dr. Bhattacharya for initial consultation after which he suggested bypass surgery over angioplasty. “There was a blockage in one of the main arteries that supplies 50 per cent of the blood to the heart. The best way to deal with such cases is to go for surgery as it means relief of lifetime. The patient can live for 35-40 years without any reintervention. I am glad he responded well to treatment,” Dr. Bhattacharya told IndiaToday.in.Sachin Tendulkar, who would make daily visits to the hospital, thanked well wishers through this tweet today. “A big thank you to all my friends for their prayers n good wishes. My brother Ajit is recovering well after undergoing a bypass surgery.”Ajit is 9 years elder to Sachin and was the man who spotted a special spark in Sachin’s free flowing stroke play and took him to coach Ramakant Achrekar when he was aged 11. Guru Achrekar went on to shape the diamond.last_img read more

10 days agoGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea return

first_imgGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pryors lack of progression holding back Buckeye offense

I admire Terrelle Pryor’s athletic ability.I salivate over his potential, considering his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame and supposed 4.3 40-time.I marvel about the occasions in which he makes defenders look helpless and foolish, burning them with an atypical combination of speed and power.But as I watch the Ohio State sophomore quarterback complete just 56 percent of his passes, while tossing six interceptions in as many games, I have doubts about whether he’ll ever reach that ceiling.Yes, Pryor is one of the most gifted athletes to ever grace the field at Ohio Stadium. But it takes much more than athletic skill to anchor an offense in one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs.Pryor has certainly shown glimpses of greatness.On countless occasions, he has turned a possible sack into a large gain because of his scrambling ability.His arm strength, a glaring weakness last season, seems to have improved. Pryor seems to have an easier time connecting with a receiver 30 yards downfield than he does with a target five yards away.That has been a major concern through the first half of 2009. Against Toledo, Pryor threaded a pass deep downfield that resulted in a 76-yard touchdown to Dane Sanzenbacher.But too often, Pryor can’t find that same precision on short passes, frequently throwing over the heads of receivers several yards away.His lack of accuracy has been alarming; he has yet to post a completion rate higher than 66 percent in any game this season.And although completing passes to teammates is one thing, completing them to the opposition is an even bigger issue.Pryor threw just four interceptions in 165 passes during his freshman campaign. His decision making was wise and methodical, especially for a 19-year-old. This year, he has been sloppy and indecisive, resulting in six picks in 127 attempts.So where is the progress?The Buckeyes boast one of the country’s best defenses, holding opponents to just 11.5 points per game. Unfortunately, the offense just can’t keep pace.Pryor wasn’t expected to morph into Troy Smith or Vince Young overnight. But at this point, he has done nearly as much to hold back the offense as he has to help it improve.It’s been a work in progress meshing with coach Jim Tressel’s offense, the prototypical Big Ten-style run-based scheme. Tressel, however, has adapted, switching to a shotgun option formation, which plays to Pryor’s strengths.Out of the configuration, the quarterback often has the time to dissect the defense and choose to pass or run. If only Pryor could make the decision quickly enough.Perhaps Pryor will never develop into an above-average dropback passer. If that’s the case, then he should look to run more often.Pryor has recorded a rush of 11 or more yards in each game this season. When he finds open space, he’s nearly impossible to bring down.Pryor said he prefers to find his receivers rather than constantly looking to run the ball himself. Fair enough; but too often, he locks in to one target, usually sophomore DeVier Posey.Just once this season — the opener against Navy — have more than two OSU receivers made three or more receptions in a game.Maybe Pryor is simply sifting through a sophomore slump, finding difficulty in reading defenses that are now facing him for the second time.Maybe Pryor will brush off a sluggish stretch and demonstrate improvement in his accuracy and decision making.Or maybe Pryor isn’t the Michael Vick clone (minus the dogfighting) or Daunte Culpepper duplicate that so many Buckeye backers dreamed about.Time will tell, but so will results. So far, the facts and figures indicate that Pryor’s game hasn’t progressed at anywhere near the ideal pace. read more

Football Gareon Conley will not attend NFL draft

Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorAfter his name surfaced Tuesday afternoon connecting him to a rape allegation, former Ohio State cornerback and potential NFL first-round pick Gareon Conley will not attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia that starts Thursday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.Source: #OhioSt CB Gareon Conley has decided not to be in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017Conley, considered a top 15 pick by several NFL draft analysts, was planning on being one of the 22 athletes in the green room at the NFL draft on Thursday, but will now watch from home as he waits for his name to be called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Conley has not been charged in connection to the rape allegation. read more