• Diamond shooting leaves family traumatised

    first_imgPolice are investigating an alleged shooting incident which occurred in Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara on Monday evening, leaving a mother and her two adult sons traumatised.According to information received, the incident occurred on the evening in question at around 22:30h.Police reports indicate that the shootout occurred in front of a two-storey concrete building located at Section A, Block X, Diamond.The owner of the home, identified as 57-year-old Anita Alli, reportedly told investigators that the lower flat of her home was being used as a storage bond and only the upper flat was occupied by herself and two of her six sons.One of the woman’s sons, identified as 25-year-old Steven Alli, was in his bedroom on his bed while his mother and 29-year-old brother were reportedly asleep in their respective rooms.He recalled hearing several loud explosions and upon checking, observed several holes in the eastern window of the house, which appeared to be bullet holes.The Police were quickly contacted and upon further inspection, six pieces of metal fragments were found on the floor of the sitting room and two 9mm spent shells were found on the road, near the house.Thus far, the person or persons responsible have not been identified. However, an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

  • Ibrahimovic ‘happy’ in Paris claims team-mate, as Man United are linked with move

    first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is happy at Paris Saint-Germain, according to his team-mate Blaise Matuidi.It has been widely reported the Swedish superstar has grown disillusioned with life at the Parc Des Princes, and he recently criticised the standard of refereeing in Ligue 1.He is currently inside the final 18 months of his contract at PSG and he has been linked with a move away from the French club – with Manchester United one of the clubs reportedly keeping close tabs on the situation.Old Trafford legend Peter Schmeichel recently declared Ibrahimovic was ‘born to play for Manchester United’, while Liverpool and Manchester City are also big admirers.But, following PSG’s 3-2 win over Marseille on Sunday, Matuidi insisted his high-profile team-mate is not unhappy.He said: “Zlatan is fine, he loves France and Paris, there is no problem with it.”last_img read more


    first_imgSome of the cast going through their paces.A feast of music, dancing and comedy is in store at An Grianán Theatre from February 17-21 when Letterkenny Musical Society follow up their recent stunning performances of Annie, Oliver, Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls with a spectacular production of the comedy musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’Although it features as one of its stars a man-eating plant, ‘Little Shop’ is far from the horror its title might suggest.Instead, with music from the same writing team who gave us Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, it is a fun-filled comedy packed with terrific music and colourful characters. Famed for their amazing shows, Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) have again pulled out all the stops with this year’s show and once more they have found fresh and exciting new talent to add to their experienced group of versatile performers.Auditions for the various roles began back in September and since then, the entire cast has been working on the forthcoming production that’s certain to be another show stopping success.Emile Rainey who plays the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello with comedic genius, gets to grips with Seymour Krelborn played by Niall McDonagh, at a rehearsal for Letterkenny Musical Society’s production of Little Shop of Horrors in An Grianán Theatre from Feb 17-21.Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers and actors have put together a stunning show that you really do not want to miss.Having previously played Mr Sowerberry the undertaker in Oliver and Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane, to huge acclaim, Niall McDonagh returns in the role of Seymour Krelborn who works in Mr Mushnik’s Flower Shop on Skid Row with his colleague Audrey. Ciara Gallagher who appeared in both Annie and Oliver and starred in Calendar Girls is delightful in the role of Audrey while Emile Rainey plays her sadistic dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello with comedic genius.Fresh from his fantastic performance as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls Chris Duddy is superb as Mr. Mushnik while Nicola Shields, Maria Rushe and Julianna Ayton bring a wealth of talent and experience to their roles as three drop-out school girls.Donal Kavanagh relishes his role as the voice of the plant ‘Audrey II’ and of course there are familiar faces aplenty in the other roles and chorus numbers.The super dancing for the show this time has been expertly put together under the guidance of Maire Kelly as choreographer.As usual the LMS have built the foundations for this superb show on excellent music and nothing has changed under new musical director Denise Roper. Of course early booking is advisable because recent LMS productions sold out in a flash.Tickets for this must-see musical are available by contacting the box office at An Grianán 0035374 9120777 or online at angrianan.comMUSICAL SOCIETY’S ‘LITTLE SHOP’ TO BRING COMEDY AND MUSIC TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyLittle Shop of Horrorslast_img read more


    first_imgThe truck left the road and became embedded on the Errigal Road.Drivers have been warned to be careful while out and about with hail and some sleet showers.One driver had a lucky escape on the Errigal Road when his truck left the road and became embedded in a ditch.The driver was unhurt. A removal operation is planned to remove the truck from the bog banking.Mount Errigal had a dusting of snow this morning bringing the reminder that winter could be about to turn nasty.Gardai are reminding people to take care on the roads with temperatures hovering around freezing at night time.“We are asking people to take care when out and about. “We are asking them to ensure that their vehicles are in good working order including their brakes and lights.“People need to protect themselves while in their vehicles on the roads,” said the spokesman. WEATHER WARNING TO DRIVERS AFTER TRUCK LEAVES ROAD was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DRIVERSGardaiMt Errigalsleetsnowlast_img read more

  • NFL analyst: Raiders GM dropped the ball in his relationship with Antonio Brown

    first_imgThere are times in life that you want know the answer before you ask the question.Marriage proposals, for example. And ultimatums.Marcus Spears, aka “The Big Swagu” upbraided the Raiders on ESPN Monday morning for flying blind in their attempt to build a relationship with wide receiver Antonio Brown.Spears? He was a defensive lineman in the NFL for nine years, eight with the Cowboys. The man was a teammate of Terrell Owens, OK? You have to imagine that Spears understands the diva drama …last_img read more

  • Cold wet weather and seed viability concerns

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The week starting April 24th saw a great deal of planting progress for both corn and soybeans. In some areas, planters were rolling up until Friday April 28th, when a period of cold, wet weather arrived. Some parts of the Eastern Corn Belt experienced 3 or more inches of rain in a short amount of time with temperatures that dropped into the 40s. Many growers have expressed concern about the viability of their seed after experiencing such adverse conditions.In his article, Early-Planted Corn & Cold Weather, Purdue’s Bob Nielsen states “One of the risks that newly planted corn faces is that of imbibitional chilling injury due to cold soil temperatures during the initial 24 to 36 hours after seeding when the kernels imbibe water and begin the germination process. If the cell tissues of the kernel are too cold, they become less elastic and may rupture during the swelling process. Symptoms of imbibitional chilling injury include swollen kernels that fail to germinate or arrested growth of the radicle root and/or coleoptile following the start of germination. ” Just like corn, soybean seed is sensitive to injury during the 24 to 36 hour period as well. Understanding this critical period following planting, there is cause for concern, especially for any fields that were planted April 27th and 28th, right before the pattern of cold wet weather started. Pictured above is a corn seedling that was taken on Friday, May 5. This corn was planted midday on April 28 with soil temperature at seeding depth of 71 degrees F. As of May 5, the field where this corn was planted had experienced:• Accumulation of approximately 4.5 inches of rain • A drop in soil temperatures from 71 degrees F to 54 degrees F • Temperatures mostly in the 50s and 60s during the day • Only 64 Growing Degree Days • Multiple days where we did not accumulate any heat units(GDDS) • Continually saturated soilsThe corn pictured above has experienced severely adverse conditions from the day it was planted, but, it has sent out a radicle root as well as a shoot, is still hard, and is still viable. Current soil temperatures (54 degrees as of Friday May 5th) are still warm enough for both corn and soybeans to germinate and grow. While growers aren’t out of the woods yet, it’s not time to panic. Yes, we desperately need sunny weather and heat, but we still have adequate soil temps and viable seed that is growing. It will be critical to continue to monitor seedling development and assess stands as plants start to emerge to determine how much seed was impacted by the cold, wet weather.last_img read more

  • A Passivhaus Debut Just South of San Francisco

    first_imgSome of the most pleasant (and priciest) neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area are those in south-central San Mateo County – places like Palo Alto and Menlo Park, where the homes range in style from suburban contemporary to Mission stucco, and the climate ranges from chilly and wet in the winter to dry and warm during summer months – a season when nights happen to be reliably cool and comfortable.This week, Clarum Homes, a custom builder based in Palo Alto, will unveil what the company says is the first residence in the county designed and built to meet the Passivhaus standard. Clarum, in partnership with building-materials specialist Owens Corning, is making its case for Passivhaus efficiency and comfort with a well insulated, nearly airtight Mission-style home in west Menlo Park, a short distance from Stanford University.Passivhaus, with renewable-energy appliancesThe R-30 roof and R-44 exterior walls of the 3,300-sq.-ft. four-bedroom house were constructed of 12-in. structural insulated panels that were coated on the outside with an elastomeric sealant, then wrapped with a layer of Owens Corning Foamular rigid foam before being clad with three-layer stucco. The R-10 slab is insulated underneath with 2 in. of Styrofoam.SIP seams and joints on the inside were caulked and taped, and then sprayed with Owens Corning’s EnergyComplete synthetic-latex foam. EnergyComplete also was used on the 2×6 framing of the garage, which was insulated with fiberglass batts.The windows in the house are triple-glazed. Most were made by Gaulhofer, of Austria, although Serious Energy fiberglass windows are used in wet areas such as bathrooms and, because those windows are available with low-profile stiles and rails, in the vaulted sections of the great room. Solar tubes were installed in some of the closets, hallways, and a couple of the bedrooms that are heavily shaded by trees. The house showed slightly under 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference during a blower-door test administered before final air sealing and finish work were done, and a final test will be scheduled soon.To push energy costs down further, the house is equipped with a 4-kW photovoltaic system (Sharp panels with micro inverters) and a solar hot water system.Construction costs came to about $220 per sq. ft. The house is listed at $2,695,000.last_img read more

  • Create an Energized Molecule Effect in After Effects

    first_imgLearn how to create an energized molecule effect using only built-in effects in this exclusive After Effects tutorial.In this video tutorial we’ll take a look at how to create an energized molecule effect in After Effects — using only native effects in AE. This same technique could be used to create a sun or an energy orb, but for this tutorial, here’s what the final result will look like:You’ve probably seen tutorials in the past that used the effect to create planets, but in this tutorial we’ll use a technique to create a molecule-like effect with CC Sphere, Fractal Noise, and the CC Ball Action effect. One of the coolest things I learned while creating this effect was the power of the shift channels effect. You may have seen our How to Easily Key Out Black Backgrounds post in the past, but what you may not realize is that the shift channels effect is also great when paired with other effects, not just footage.More of a hands-on learner? You can download the project file for free below. The file shouldn’t take very long to render on your machine, so if you’re working on a laptop or low-speed computer, you should be good.The tutorial covers:Keying Out Black PixelsWorking with 3D EffectsSimulating FireParentingUsing Turbulence to Create Sun-Flares Using this same technique, you could easily create other orb-like effects in After Effects. As with most things in After Effects, just mess around with it until you get the results you want.Free Project FileHere’s a link to the free project file. In the tutorial, I used After Effects CC (2012), but the project file has been down-saved to work with any AE version 5.5 or higher.DOWNLOAD FREE MOLECULE PROJECT FILEIf you’re in the mood to learn more about After Effects, I highly recommend checking out the AE section of the PremiumBeat blog or our YouTube channel, where you can find tutorials from insanely talented tutorial makers like Evan Abrams, Mikey Borup, and Joey Korenman. And while you’re in the After Effects frame of mind, go check out our friends at RocketStock. They’ve got tons of resources for motion graphic designers and video editors, including several free After Effects templates!Know of any ways to make this effect even cooler? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

  • Boxing: Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford engage in EPIC Twitter trash talk

    first_imgAdvertisementPound for Pound top fighter in the world Terence Crawford publicly called out former WBC Welterweight champion Danny Garcia on Twitter and as it looked before there wasn’t much possibility of them fighting each other considering they both fight on different platform, but as it turns out with their recent twitter rants, we might have just got ourselves a good fight in the near future.The great thing about social media in boxing is when two fighters genuinely want to get something off their chest or call out another fighter, without a middleman or anyone to get in the way, they can do so.That’s just what happened earlier when pound for pound rated star Terence Crawford told Danny Garcia the following:Yo @DannySwift look u didn’t do what I did at 140 I was undisputed something you was never fought the guy you was scared to fight came up to welterweight in my first fight fought a champion I didn’t need no tune up fight or get handed a belt— Terence Crawford (@budcrawford402) August 9, 2018It didn’t take Garcia too long to respond to the tweet:I’m not going back and forth with you I’m fighting somebody else. But you have no notable wins. I already beat you for free why wouldn’t i do it for some millions. 🎭— Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (@DannySwift) August 9, 2018Before Garcia and Crawford engage with each other, Garcia has to take care of business himself as he will fight Shawn Porter in a do or die fight on Sept. 8 on Showtime.Also Read-Boxing: Irish Superstar Michael Conlan to return to US to continue his Boxing Career Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Mohammad Amir the most challenging bowler I have faced recently: Virat Kohli

    first_imgVirat Kohli was all praise for Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir whose sensational opening spell rattled India’s top-order in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in England earlier this year.The Indian captain, when asked about the bowler who he thinks is difficult or challenging to play, took the lanky left-armer’s name without hesitation, saying that he is an outstanding bowler.  “From the bowlers I’ve faced recently, I think Mohammad Amir from Pakistan is among the top three bowlers in the world. And he is one of the toughest bowlers I’ve faced in my career. He’s one such player against whom you have to play your A game all the time otherwise he will strike. He is that type of a bowler,” Kohli told a private network.”Oustanding,” he added.Had a great time chatting with @aamir_khan so humble and genuine. Just need to learn the Rubik’s Cube technique from you now! ?????? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 16, 2017Amir has always been a tough bowler to negotiate even after returning from his five-year ban from cricket for match-fixing. Since his return, he has been a thorn for the Indian side whenever they’ve played against their arch-rivals Pakistan.His first game against India after his ban came in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in February, 2016.India’s batsmen were bamboozled by his swing and pace and he reduced them to 8/3 in no time in their chase of a miserly 83 posted by Pakistan. Thanks to a steady innings from Kohli, India won the match after reaching the target in the 15th over. Amir finished with figures of 4/18 from his full quota of four overs.advertisementAmir returned to haunt India a few weeks later in the World T20s at Kolkata but this time he failed to run through the batting order. However, he bowled a fiery spell at the beginning of the Indian innings. He returned with figures of 1/11 from three overs in Pakistan’s six wicket loss.The latest encounter however is when Amir had the most important of says.It is because of his brilliant spell upfront that Pakistan lifted the Champions Trophy earlier this year at The Oval. Riding on a Fakhar Zaman century, Pakistan scored 338/4 from their 50 overs. And if India had to win the contest, either one of the top 3 in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan or Kohli had to score big and all of them were all in good form.But, Amir had other plans.He came. He saw. He conquered.Within the first nine overs, he removed Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli to leave India reeling at 33/3. The holders never recovered from that and were bundled out for 158, handing Pakistan a mammoth 180-run victory and the Champions Trophy.Currently, the 25-year-old has 184 wickets from 97 international matches across all the formats.He broke into the international arena at the age of 17 and if he had not received the ban, Amir would have had a lot of wickets to his name than he has now.last_img read more