first_imgTyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!! Stone Circles“A talk by historian James Lynch on the historic origin of Stone Circles incl. Beltony to be delivered at Maggie’s, Carrickmore, St. Johnston, 1st May, 8pm. All are welcome”Drumkeen Youth Club Youth Club DVD night this Fri 26th Apr 7.30-9.30 pm Leaders this week Harry and Patricia. Thanks to all the sponsors at our recent quiz night. Jimmy Gallagher Car Sales, Hair by Veronica, Shea Deasley, Convoy Hair Care, Shaun Moore, N13 Service Station, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, Frame Masters, Martin & Sarah Ann Deasley.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 17th Apr 02, 03, 11, 23. No jackpot winner, 1 winner. €100 Mark O Donnell Drumkeen. Next weeks jackpot €975 Go raibh maith agat.St. Mary’s GAASt Marys Bingo continues on Tuesday in Hall @8.30 pm. Club Lotto 16-04-13 DY,AM,TE,WD M. Mc Daid, Drumkeen J.C. Moore ,D. Harkin G. Gillen Convoy C. Smith, Raphoe. Next weeks Jackpot €3350St. Patrick’s N.S.Congratulations to the children from the parish that made their confirmation recently. We hope you all had a fantastic day. Padre Pio PilgrimageThe pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Benevento, Cattolica Loreto and Pietrelcina will take place from Aug 26th – Sep 03rd Flight Ex Dublin. Further details from Joe Walsh Tours 01 2410816 or 071 9851129Adult Cardio Céili ClassAdult Cardio Céili Class every Wed in Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar at 7pm. Contact Louise on 085 7229575 for details. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Saturday @ 6pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: April 21st, 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Sun as a Star: How Does It Compare?

first_imgNot too many years ago, our sun was described as a common, ordinary star.  More recently, the Type G2 Dwarf Main-Sequence class, of which Ol Sol is a member, is believed to comprise only 5% of all stars.  An important paper in Astrophysical Journal is now revealing that the sun is special within its class: it is unusually quiet and steady.    O. R. White, L. Wallace, and W. Livingston have just published results of a 32-year study of sunlight at the McMath Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona.1  Even thought 32 years represents a third of a century, and half a percent of recorded history, it is rare to have a continuous data set for such a long period.  Now ready to retire from this long experiment, they discussed what they found.  Most of the paper describes details of particular spectral lines and how they vary with the 11-year solar cycle: doubly-ionized calcium lines, for instance, show clear oscillations.  Some spectral lines, from deeper within the sun’s photosphere (visible “surface”), show almost no variation.  They conclude that the deeper regions of the sun are immune from being heated by the cyclic rise and fall of magnetic disturbances.  This means the sun’s energy output is remarkably stable.    How our sun compares with other stars was discussed briefly.  “Some of our results,” they said, “… will be of interest to stellar astronomers.” It is again of interest in a stellar context to compare our mean H + K index values for the center disk with that of solar-type stars, particularly stars that may be considered Maunder-minimum candidates.2  Our mean center disk value could be indicative of the values to expect in especially quiescent stars, or even in the Sun during prolonged episodes of relatively reduced activity, as appears to have occurred during the Maunder minimum period.Astrophysicist M. S. Giampapa compared the integrated results with comparable stars.  The amount of variation in solar output was “about 10% less than the seasonal mean values, as measured over several seasons of observation, for even the most quiet solar-type stars,” he wrote.  “In any event, our mean center disk value in comparison with stellar observations appears to be representative of ‘immaculate photospheres,’ with little in the way of magnetic-field-related nonradiative heating.”3    In plain English, this means our sun is quiet and well behaved.  The cycles of magnetic energy that cause sunspots and flares somehow escape through the photosphere without heating the surface, resulting in a “solar constant” of energy output – constant, that is, compared with other G2 stars.  The discussion summarizes the finding: “Converted to stellar S [a normalized spectral measurement for all stars], the center disk Sun resides at a position of minimum activity, as found for the most quiescent solar-type stars.”    This has been a career-long project for the researchers.  “In summary, what have 30 years of spectral observations told us about the physical Sun?”  The solar constant varies only 0.06% both on short and long terms.  “That behavior has basically continued over the entire observational period, with no indication of cycle modulation or secular change.  We conclude that the basal quiet photosphere is constant in temperature within our observational error,” they said.1O. R. White, L. Wallace, W. Livingston, and M. S. Giampapa, “Sun-as-a-Star Spectrum Variations 1974-2006,” Astrophysical Journal, 657:1137-1149, 2007 March 10, 2007.2The Maunder Minimum was an unusual period of almost no sunspots from 1645-1715.  Maunder-minimum candidate stars would be those in a similar quiescent state.  Since telescopes were first trained on the sun, sunspot number has risen and fallen in a familiar 11-year cycle except for that 70-year period.  (There is a 22-year period superimposed on the 11-year cycle in which the polarity of the magnetic field reverses.)3Most of the sun’s heat comes from radiation.  An example of non-radiative heating would be the excitation of the sun’s photosphere from magnetic energy.  This apparently is not happening on the sun; the magnetic energy escapes between the granules.Congratulations to this team for their perseverance and steadfastness in achieving one of the longest data-gathering experiments in astrophysics.  In science, there is no substitute for data.  Speculation is cheap.  Carl Sagan used to yarn on about how ordinary is our neighborhood in the universe: “We live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe,” la-de-da-de-da-zzz.  Sounds so scientific till you look at the details.  Yes, there are other solar-type stars, but one in this class that is this quiet and constant now appears to be a rarity.  Combine that with all the other factors that make our world habitable, and it really does look more and more like we live on a Privileged Planet.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Track-Based Tricks for Dialogue in Premiere Pro

first_imgIn Premiere Pro CS6, I previously used the Dynamics effect to level out minor audio levels, but the new Multiband Compressor in Premiere CC is way better and way easier. I generally add this effect to the Master Channel as an easy way to compress everything to the rough neighborhood I want my audio in – averaging (not peaking) at around –12 dB.The default preset – Broadcast – does a pretty good job with one minor adjustment that you don’t have to even open the effect UI to get to: Drop the “Output Gain” to –9bB. That seems to keep things right around the range I want, as long as the incoming signal isn’t too loud or too quiet. Track-based effects in Premiere Pro are incredibly powerful and can make taking care of some audio issues super easy!Track-based mixing and effects have become my go-to way of dealing with audio in Premiere Pro. After encountering audio sources that have varied widely in level, quality, characteristics, etc., I’ve compiled a few quick, easy tools for simple dialogue sweetening and fixing in Premiere using track effects.You’ll get way more control and power out of a program like Audition, or even some of the more advanced plugins and settings in Premiere’s track effects, but these are easy ways to get something good quickly.First, let’s take a look at how you get to your track effects (if you don’t already know). In the track mixer, click the disclosure triangle in the top-left corner. The top half of what appears are “slots” where you can add effects. Just click on the triangle on the right of each slot and you get a drop down of effects you can add. Once you’ve added an effect, you can open up its settings and UI (if it has one) by double-clicking it’s name. One specific type of noise I run into every now and then is 50/60 Hz hum, which is caused by electrical interference of some sort. The DeHummer filter in Premiere has a preset just for these kinds of hums…and it works great. Just select the appropriate hum and choose how many “harmonics” you need to get the job done with the least amount of effect on your source audio.Track-based mixing and effects have become such a part of my Premiere Pro workflow that I pretty much never touch clip-based mixing or effects if I can help it. In my experience, I’ve also found them to be much more stable in Premiere. I hope you have the same kind of success with track-based effects that I have. If any of you audio pros have tips or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! Master Multiband Compressor in Premiere Procenter_img Premiere actually has a decent track-based DeNoiser built-in. For audio that was recorded too low and boosted, some air conditioner or appliance noise, etc., the DeNoiser effect can work some pretty good magic. All you have to do is apply the effect to the track and set how much to reduce the noise.Premiere Pro analyzes the track to automatically detect the noise it needs to remove. However, because it is a real-time effect, it analyzes from the beginning of the track. This means that it works best when you have some room tone or a silent sample of the noise at the beginning of the track.You can even have the volume of that part of the track all the way down (using the track keyframes, not the clip keyframes) and it will still pick up the noise you want removed. While it can automatically adjust to different noise samples, it takes it a second or so to adjust to the new noise, so it’s best to put audio with different noise types on different tracks.Premiere Pro DeHummer Premiere Pro DeNoiserlast_img read more

London Olympics: How Deepika became India’s big hope, and biggest disappointment

first_imgBefore the 2012 Olympics, there was a buzz around Deepika Kumari. The young girl from Ranchi was being talked about as one of India’s standout medal hopefuls. Even MS Dhoni, the Indian cricket captain, who also hails from Ranchi, was rooting for her. In fact, some believed that a spot on the podium was a given.The hype was perhaps justified. After all, Deepika did have the world number one tag on her bow. She had won a medal at every event that she had entered in the past few months. She was, on paper, the woman to beat in London.But all the hopes were shattered in the first few days of the archery competition in the iconic fields of the Lord’s cricket ground. Deepika flopped big time in the team event. The faithfuls termed it a blip. She would show her mettle in the individual competition, they claimed.On came the singles event. India watched with hope and anticipation. However, the result was disappointing again. In many ways, worse than what it was in the team competition.So what went wrong? Did form desert Deepika? Did the conditions play traunt with her? Or was she just not good enough?Over the last few days, it has become clear that the last, rather harsh, criticism is what the Indian contingent might have to come to terms with.Experts suggest that Deepika’s world number one ranking, which eventually led to a host of expectations, was simply an eyewash. Although the Indian shot well in various events in the run up to the London Olympics and made the most of her chances, many believe the performances didn’t quite merit the kind of climb that she had in the rankings.advertisementThose in the know of archery claim that Deepika’s ascent came about because other top competitors around the world stopped competeing in ranking tournaments and concentrated on the Olympics. Yes, Deepika was the number one in a list on a computer, but still no match for the best in real terms.What made matters worse was the Indian archer’s inexperience at the big stage. Participating in the Olympic Games is always a daunting prospect for any athlete. Deepika turned out to be no different. She clearly felt the jitters with every arrow she shot in this arena of champions — nerves got the better of her.To some extent, the weather too played a part in giving Deepika cold feet. The grey and damp mornings in London weren’t quite to her liking and it showed through the competition.In hindsight, the hype around Deepika may have turned out to be over the top. But the truth is, she is better than the bracket — first round loser — she finds herself in. Age is on her side and with some tough lessons learnt, she can surely return stronger in Rio in four years.last_img read more

Taylor Swift Donates 25000 Scholastic Books To New York City Schools

first_imgToday, singer, songwriter Taylor Swift and Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced a donation of 25,000 new, age-appropriate books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools in need of more books for their students.Twenty-five schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books through the Scholastic Possible Fund as a result of Taylor’s support of the Company’s “Open a World of Possible,” initiative, designed to promote independent reading among all children. As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country and is available here.The importance of increasing access to books in schools was highlighted in the most recent Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report which found that children ages 6-17 from lower-income households are more likely to read books for fun in school and far less likely to read books outside of school than their higher-income peers. Further, having a selection of texts for independent reading can be a powerful tool to encourage kids to pick up a book. The same report revealed that nine in ten kids agree their favorite books – and the ones they are the most likely to finish – are the ones they pick out themselves.“Scholastic is honored to join with Taylor Swift who continues to show a passion for literacy and a commitment to spreading the message of how influential books can be in a child’s life,” said Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Education. “Through this donation, we aim to encourage independent reading which inspires a love of learning and to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for more New York City students by making sure they have access to the very best children’s books.”“We are really looking forward to receiving these books and incorporating them into our school’s library so that all students in our building can have access to them,” said Principal Nova Xiomara, of PS 132, Juan Pablo Duarte School in Manhattan, NY.last_img read more

School District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young school

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new elementary school Anne Roberts Young.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the progress is coming along at a good pace, with portions of the school, such as the gym, already erected.“If anyone had the opportunity to drive by, it’s pretty exciting as we’re actually seeing a building now. Part of the precast has been erected for the daycare, music room, and gym areas.” According to Boyd, structural steel will be delivered to the site starting this week with the installation taking place next week following the May long weekend.“Structural steel is arriving this week. The erection of that will start the following week after the long weekend.”The new elementary school received the name Anne Roberts Young at a School District meeting in April, named after Fort St. John’s first registered nurse.The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

Hughes talks about Ings first goal for Southampton

first_imgThe manager was not happy with the 2-1 defeat against Everton, but he knows Danny Ings can contribute a lot to the teamDanny Ings signed for Southampton on August 9th of this year.And ten days later, he scored his team’s only goal against Everton this weekend.This has let to Southampton boss Mark Hughes to praise his work.“Danny looked sharp and could have scored in the first half but it’s actually a fantastic save having seen it since,” Hughes said to the Saint’s official website.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I thought it was just a close-range miss but he’s actually saved it so credit to their ‘keeper.”Danny Ings scored at the 54th-minute mark after his team was down 2-0.His goal gave Southampton hope but the team didn’t manage to tie the match against Everton.“We got him off and running in the second-half so for him coming to a new club, as a striker you want to get off the mark very, very quickly and that’s what he has done so that’s a positive,” Hughes added.last_img read more

Police issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego

first_imgPolice issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego boardwalks Posted: June 6, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Police are getting tough on motorized scooter riders who aren’t wearing helmets.The helmets are required by law, but many riders either don’t know or don’t care about the regulation.The requirement is spelled out in the California vehicle code that covers motorized scooters. It’s also in the fine print on the ride-sharing app that’s used for the “Bird” or “Lime Bike” scooters.On the Pacific Beach boardwalk, the word is spreading about the more vigorous enforcement of the helmet law by San Diego Police. A ticket for not having a helmet can range anywhere from $190 to $250. Even though it’s the law, many riders seem to be ignoring the helmet requirement.The scooter companies offer to send a free helmet to users, but as a practical matter, it may be difficult to persuade someone to refrain from a scooter ride, as they wait for a helmet to arrive.One Pacific Beach bike shop, “Swings and Things” has seized the opportunity to make a few extra bucks, by renting bike helmets to scooter riders for $5 a day. center_img June 6, 2018 Updated: 10:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon

first_img July 17, 2018 Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon Posted: July 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A bicyclist struck by a truck at an El Cajon intersection remains hospitalized Tuesday with critical injuries, authorities said.The collision happened at 10:28 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Second Street and Pepper Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.The 40-year-old bicyclist was peddling eastbound on Pepper Drive when a Ford F-150 traveling northbound on Second Street entered the intersection and struck him from the right side, Garrow said.The victim was ejected from the bike onto the roadway and the driver, a 60-year-old man, immediately stopped to render aid, Garrow said. Their names were not released.The cyclist was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.The collision remains under investigation, but alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors, according to Garrow. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sarah Chubb To Leave Conde Nast Digital on Feb 18

first_imgTo: All EmployeesFrom: Bob SauerbergRe: Executive AnnouncementAfter a wonderful 20-year career at Condé Nast, Sarah Chubb has decided it’s time to explore other opportunities. As we all know, there is a huge amount of energy and excitement in the digital world right now-and Sarah is interested in pursuing the next phase of her career.Sarah has been a transformational force at Condé Nast and the media business as a whole. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Sarah for her many valuable contributions, congratulating her on her success and wishing her the best of luck as she moves ahead. Sarah asked me to share her thoughts with you: “CN is the premier company in the industry and I have truly loved my job here. I am also tremendously proud of the contributions that my team and I have made to the Company. While the challenges of an exciting new world beckon me, I know that CN is set up exceptionally well for the future.”In the coming weeks, we will name a successor to continue the outstanding work in digital growth and innovation. Condé Nast Digital head Sarah Chubb will leave the company on Feb. 18 “to explore new opportunities,” the company announced internally yesterday. A successor will be named in the coming weeks. As part of a major restructuring of its digital division last fall, Condé Nast fused the Condé Nast Digital sales and marketing team with the Condé Nast Media Group, allowing magazine brands to handle ads sales for their Web sites directly (Condé Nast Digital continued to oversee non-magazine branded sites-including Ars Technica, Concierge, Epicurious and Reddit). Chubb, a 20-year Condé Nast vet, also advocated for a homegrown platform for Condé Nast’s iPad and other tablet members but the publisher instead opted to work with Adobe, which was the preference of Condé Nast director of digital development Scott Dadich, according to All Things D.A memo from Conde Nast president Robert Sauerberg outlined the move to employees yesterday. last_img read more