Shock as local community garden vandalised

first_imgGardaí are investigating the destruction of valuable equipment in a popular community garden in Ballyshannon.The discovery was made on Monday 18th March, when it emerged that vandals had slashed holes in a polytunnel over the weekend.With the growing season fast approaching, the destructive act has been met with shock and sadness from local growers. Vandalism at Ballyshannon Community Garden. Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalVandalism at Ballyshannon Community Garden. Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalThe Ballyshannon Community Garden is a popular space for people who benefit from weekly gatherings and engage in activities that promote positive mental health, social care and the sharing of skills through generations.Members say they are ‘disheartened’ by the latest attack and a public appeal has been launched to get to the root of the vandalism.Vandalism at Ballyshannon Community Garden. Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalA statement from gardaí said: “For years the people of Ballyshannon have done fantastic work at this beautiful oasis of peace and calm in the centre of Ballyshannon. It was with great sadness yesterday, that the very well cared for Community Garden was found like this after the weekend.”Gardaí are asking anybody who may have seen anything over the weekend in the area of the Community Garden to contact the Garda Station at Ballyshannon on 0719858530. Shock as local community garden vandalised was last modified: March 19th, 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:Ballyshannon Community GardenGardaivandalismlast_img read more

Hands on with the CTRL + Console Video Editing iPad App

first_imgUse your iPad to drive your video editing in Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro projects! For the uninitiated, CTRL + Console is a iPad based video editing controller that was funded on Kickstarter and made recently available for public download (see our earlier post on the app’s release here). In this post I’ll give a rundown of CTRL + Console in action for those interested in incorporating this tool into their own video editing work.I backed CTRL+Console on Kickstarter, so with the recent release I had access to the Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99) and the Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99).  It is now available publicly through the App Store.  Both the Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro controllers can be purchased for $29.99, while a basic Quicktime controller is free.  I suggest trying the Quicktime controller first before buying additional ones.Previously when I thought of a control surface, it was for controlling an audio app. There are several audio control surfaces for iOS & Android (AC-7 & TouchDaw to name a few), but this is really the first full feature video editing controller.I originally backed it because it seemed to have “think different” potential…but I was still skeptical that it would be functional in my day to day video editing work.  So how was CTRL + Console in action?  Let’s take a closer look.CTRL+Console SetupSetup was surprisingly quick, easy and took about 5 minutes. You download the app from the iTunes Store.The instructions are included in the iApp. Pressing “open Welcome Screen” walks you through the steps that are needed for setup. You download the desktop app that syncs with the iPad. Once it syncs you see a Green Outline around the Controller on your iPad.I launched Premiere Pro CC on my computer and then picked the Controller I wanted. Premiere Pro immediately recognized it.Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99)CTRL+Console GesturesGestures are what makes CTRL+Console worth it in my opinion.  The video editing gestures use swipes and drags similar to using multi-touch on a trackpad. You have the choice to turn gestures off, but I don’t know why you would.There is a reference for the gestures (easy to memorize), which tells you what they are. I found using gestures to be a quick way to jog, shuttle, and move to the end/beginning of the sequence.However, I found the ‘switch focus’ gestures less useful, as you need to do this at the bottom of the screen and I needed to look at the iPad to do this. The rest of the buttons were easy hand positions and there didn’t seem to be any latency (delay) issues.To move to another Controller, press the CTRL+Console icon in the top left corner. You have the choice of switching controllers, or going to the “Foyer” where you can see all the available controllers (Lightroom & Mackie Audio are listed as coming soon).For Adobe users an additional plus is that the jog/shuttle functions work in Adobe Prelude, though the other gestures aren’t applicable. I would love to see additional support for Prelude in the future, as it is a basic cuts only workflow that would work well with a Controller in my opinion.Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99)The Editor builds on the functionality of the Controller, with the addition of Tools (Ripple, Roll, Pen , Razor, etc) and Edit Functions (Insert, Overwrite, Add Edit, etc). I like that the gestures are the same from the Controller to the Editor, with additional ones for In/Out, Mark, Insert, Overwrite, & Zoom.All of the gestures seem to be fairly intuitive but my guess is it would take most users a few days of use to get proficient with it. I would like a gesture to clear both in and out.The Tools (besides the Zoom) require you to look at the iPad and press buttons, so I don’t know how often I would use them.  Again, maybe by spending more time with the app these buttons would be committed to muscle memory.For me, CTRL+Console excels with timeline navigation and marking in and outs.  However, I think I’d still find myself using a mouse for selecting tools and more complex operations.I’m going to try CTRL+Console next week on a real world project, and I will report my findings in the comments. Have you tried CTRL+Console? If so, please share your experiences in comments. Happy Cutting!last_img read more

The men who protect PM Narendra Modi

first_imgBoth the security men are part of the elite SPG force. While those in suits form the inner ring of PM’s security set up, the others come out during Republic Day and I-Day for outer security cover.Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave jitters to his security detail when he suddenly stopped before boarding his car following his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort and moved into a children’s enclosure. The spontaneous act, which was appreciated by the children who were thrilled to have the prime minister amidst them, sent waves of panic through the Special Protection Group (SPG) that forms the inner circle of Modi’s security.Thorough jobThis was the first time in recent years that a prime minister broke away from the strict protocol followed at national functions and the SPG was perhaps not prepared for the detour. Thankfully for the security agencies, there were no more hiccups in the foolproof security cover prepared for the event at the Red Fort to deal with any eventuality. An estimated 10,000 security personal from Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and the SPG were deployed to secure Prime Minister Modi’s maiden speech from the Red Fort. The Independence Day speech is always a well guarded event, but this time the security forces went an extra mile. Regulars at the event said that there was more aggression in the entire set-up but the hallmark of the arrangements was the smooth conduct.Even those living around the Red Fort in areas like Chandni Chowk said the security agencies were more alert this time. All vantage points across Chandni Chowk and surrounding areas were taken over by snipers around a week before the event. The SPG deployed its personnel in combat gear, carrying F2000 bullpup assault rifles and Glock pistols, at the Red Fort. The inner circle of the SPG were in their hallmark black suits, openly sporting P90 personal defence weapon. The weapons are not concealed by SPG personnel during big events like Independence Day or Republic Day.advertisementThe standard drills for protecting the airspace and dealing with contingencies like an aerial attacks were also in place. Anti-aircraft guns and the air defence mechanism was on full alert during the speech, which lasted a little more than an hour.Every corner of the venue and the crowd were under the watch of a massive network of close circuit television cameras, which were positioned at all vantage points. Even the route taken by the Prime Minister to reach the Red Fort was under strict surveillance and the police control room received real-time pictures of all activities.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov

first_imgCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodovby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City face competition for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov. The Express & Star says Aston Villa are interested in signing CDespodov.The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who favours a position on the right wing, is being tipped to have a bright future after scoring ten goals and registering 11 assists in just 22 appearances this season in his native top flight.Cardiff and Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in the £5m rated international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Valeant moving on from troubled past with name change to Bausch Health

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is changing its name to Bausch Health Companies Inc. as it works to move beyond the issues that tarnished its reputation and caused its market value to plummet.The company, which has been working to turn itself around in recent years after facing political and regulatory scrutiny for its relationship with a mail order company and large increases to drug prices, said the switch will come in July and also involves changing its stock market ticker symbol to BHC on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.Once Canada’s most valuable company by stock market value, Valeant’s stock plunged by nearly 90 per cent in 2015 amid various controversies.Chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said the company considered a number of options before determining that the chosen moniker reflects the full scope of its activities, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products.The name change only involves its corporate identity with brands such as Bausch & Lomb and Salix retaining their identities.“I’m excited about this development because it signals we’ve reached an important point in the turnaround process with the steps we have taken are yielding concrete results and we are beginning to turn the page away from legacy issues that have been headwinds over the past years,” he said Tuesday during a conference call.In the past two years, the company said it has completed more than a dozen divestitures and reduced its debt by more than 20 per cent or $6.9 billion, including $280 million in the first quarter.The drugmaker also said it continues to resolve legacy legal issues, with roughly 20 lawsuits or investigations concluded so far this year.They include a settlement for $1.88 million with the California Department of Insurance over the terminated relationship with mail-order pharmacy partner Philidor Rx Services. Valeant said it reached an agreement with no admission or findings of liability.“Importantly, we’ve resolved cases that represent in the aggregate over $1 billion in alleged exposure and our team has been able to do this for substantially less than initially claimed amount of exposure,” Papa told analysts.Valeant shares surged after it beat analyst expectations despite reporting a loss in its latest quarter as it took a $2.2-billion goodwill impairment charge related to its Salix and Ortho Dermatologics businesses.Valeant’s shares closed up $2.08, or 8.87 per cent, to $25.54 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Valeant said it lost $2.69 billion or $7.68 per diluted share in the quarter compared with a profit of $628 million or $1.79 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled nearly $2 billion, down from nearly $2.11 billion a year ago with revenue from its top 10 products delivering more than 20 per cent revenue growth.Organic revenues increased for the first time since the third quarter of 2015, rising two per cent, the company said.On an adjusted basis, Valeant said it earned $312 million or 88 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from $273 million or 78 cents per share in the same quarter last year.The company was expected to report 59 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.94 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Valeant also raised its outlook for the year.It now expects full-year revenues in the range of $8.15 billion to $8.35 billion, up from earlier expectations for $8.10 billion to $8.30 billion.Full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to be in the range of $3.15 billion to $3.30 billion, up from $3.05 billion to $3.20 billion.“Valeant’s positive organic growth, continuation of debt repayment, and resolution of certain legal cases represent good progress at the company’s turnaround strategy,” stated Michael Levesque, Moody’s senior vice president.However, he said the company’s credit profile remains constrained by its high debt — in excess of $25 billion — and the unresolved Xifaxan patent challenge.David Steinberg, managing director of Toronto-based investment bank Jefferies wondered if the strong first-quarter results could signal that a turnaround is beginning to take hold.“A mountain of debt remains, but an operational turnaround appears to be in the works,” he wrote in a report.Steinberg said reducing debt requires solid prescription growth for key products such as Xifaxan and other gastrointestinal brands and turning around dermatology with new product launches.“It won’t be easy and major overhangs still remain. However, with about a 2.5 year runway, we increasingly think they have a decent chance.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in the story: (TSX:VRX)last_img read more

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

first_imgNEW YORK — Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group.The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated and merged, ranging from the religious imprint FaithWords to the feminist Seal Press. Among those leaving are Hachette Books publisher Mauro DiPreta.In a statement Tuesday, the publisher said it wanted to “focus resources” in areas of growth and to “improve” its ability for future investment. Authors at Hachette Book Group include J.K. Rowling, David Sedaris and James Patterson.The layoffs come just days after parent company Lagardere announced a “sparkling” third quarter for Hachette Book Group, with sales up 5.1 per cent over the same period a year ago. Lagardere also reported sharp declines in other countries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A credit union is launching a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-only industry a financial option after banks shunned the industry.Credit Union 1 announced Thursday its move comes with no political or moral position.CEO James Wileman says safety concerns were a significant factor, and would keep large amounts of cash off the streets.Because of the federal prohibition on marijuana, most banks and credit card processors won’t service marijuana businesses.Kelly Mazzei with the state’s tax division says the agency supports the move as a time-saver.Anchorage attorney Jana Weltzin says many of her Alaska marijuana business clients are excited about an opportunity to participate because it would free them from having to keep so much cash in their homes or vehicles.Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Asian shares advance following strong Wall Street finish

first_imgBANGKOK — Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after a strong overnight finish on Wall Street. Traders were encouraged by a Wall Street Journal report saying the Chinese government might make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 1.0 per cent to 21,823.03 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng report jumped 1.1 per cent to 26,465.48. The Shanghai Composite index surged 1.5 per cent to 2,641.86 while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 per cent to 2,095.51. India’s Sensex advanced 0.6 per cent to 35,992.21 while the S&P ASX 200 in Australia edged 0.2 per cent higher to 5,665.10. Shares also rose in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: U.S. stocks failed to hang onto big gains still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. Stocks initially rallied after the Wall Street Journal reported that China’s government could make changes to its “Made in China 2025” economic development plan — a step that might ease friction between the world’s two largest economies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.5 per cent to 2,651.07. The Dow gained 0.6 per cent to 24,527.27. The Nasdaq composite jumped 0.9 per cent to 7,098.31. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 1.1 per cent to 1,455.32.MADE IN CHINA 2025: The Chinese initiative aims to create leading companies in fields like artificial intelligence, electric cars and robotics. The Trump administration says the government is unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign rivals. Along with disputes over China’s handling of intellectual property, it’s a significant piece of the trade tensions between the countries. The Wall Street Journal reported that a revised plan would allow greater access for foreign companies to Chinese markets and investment.BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May won a no-confidence vote that had threatened to end her tenure. Lawmakers within May’s Conservative Party have expressed frustration over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU. The lingering uncertainty over the “Brexit” has pushed the British pound sharply lower. It rose Wednesday to $1.2634 from $1.2527 and was trading at $1.2617 on Thursday in Asia.ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “Local equity markets are trading well, catching an updraft via U.S. equity futures as in the absence of any inflammatory rhetoric from the U.S. administration, the perception that trade tensions are easing continues to steer the ship. But investors are also breathing a sigh of relief that the U.K. worst-case scenarios didn’t unfold overnight,” Stephen Innes of Oanda said in a commentary.TENCENT: Tencent Music Entertainment, the largest music streaming service in China, climbed 7.7 per cent in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s IPO of 82 million shares priced at $13 a share and closed at $14 a share. Slightly more than half are being sold by the company and the rest are being sold by shareholders.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 17 cents to $51.32 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 1 per cent to $52.15 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, advanced 26 cents to $60.41 per barrel. It lost 0.1 per cent to $60.15 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.46 yen from 113.32 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1368 from $1.1370.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed. He can be reached at Kurtenbach, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Three arrested in mobile tower scam

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a joint team from Cyber Cell and Dabri police station in Dwarka arrested three persons involved in cheating over 1,000 gullible consumers under the pretext of installing Reliance Jio Towers. The scam was run by mastermind Sanjay Kumar (28) through a website under the domain name of complainant, on whose word the FIR was registered, said that he had spotted the website while searching for mobile tower installation services on the internet. When he called on the numbers provided after filling up the required forms on the website, he received an “Approval Letter for Tower Installation” from the following email id: Following this, police said that the accused demanded an amount of Rs 14,413 as security money from the complainant, which he duly transferred to the Andhra Bank account details provided. When the complainant made the transfer, he received a message on his phone saying the money had been deposited into the bank account of one Arjun Prasad, which raised suspicion in his mind and after which he lodged his complaint at the Dabri police station. The investigation was then taken up by the Cyber Cell given the nature of the case. After obtaining and analysing registrant details, IP Logs and mode of payment of the concerned website, the police analysed A/c statements of the alleged bank account which revealed frequent deposits and withdrawals. Further investigations revealed that the bank account was opened under a false address. Based on this information, the joint team conducted raids in Manesar and Faridabad, which resulted in the arrests of Arjun Prasad, 26, and Narayan Singh, 29. Their interrogation revealed information regarding their third associate and mastermind of the scam, Sanjay Prasad, who was then nabbed by Delhi Police from Nalanda, Bihar.last_img read more

Always enjoy working with Soumitra Chatterjee, says Aparna Sen

first_imgKolkata: Actor-director Aparna Sen, who is sharing screen space with thespian Soumitra Chatterjee in Basu Paribaar after a gap of 19 years, has said she always yearns to work with the legend who was paired with her in her debut film Teen Kanya in 1961. The two veterans were last seen together in Sens’s directorial venture Paromitar Ek Din in 2000. “I always look forward to work with Soumitra Chatterjee who is such a great actor someone having such a vast experience,” Sen said recently at the trailer launch of Basu Paribaar here. Recalling her shooting experiences for the film, Sen said: “We used to spend time in adda sessions in between shots at the Mahisadal Rajbari (in East Midnapore) and that was really refreshing.” “Many years have passed since our first film together and we have come a long way,” Sen, who stepped into the filmdom with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya at the age of 16, told reporters here. Basu Paribaar, adapted from James Joyce’s The Dead, has been helmed by director Suman Ghosh. “I loved the way he (Ghosh) adapted James Joyce story for the film. I agreed to do the film immediately after reading the script. I am usually very choosy about my roles,” the Padma Shri awardee said. In Basu Paribaar’ Sen essays the character of Manjari, the wife of retired lawyer Pranabendu (Soumitra Chatterjee). Asked about her collaboration with Ghosh, she said, it was “heartening” to note that some of her suggestions were readily accepted by the director. “He is open to suggestions, something that I appreciate. But as an actor, my job is to follow what the director has visualised for the film. I just did that,” she added.last_img read more