Donegal school wins €50,000 – by collecting stickers!

first_imgStaff and pupils of a small Donegal school have combined teamwork and ambition to scoop €50,000 in a nationwide competition.Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany were the lucky winners of this year’s Aldi Play Rugby sticker competition for primary schools. The national school was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover. Pupils from Scoil Treasa, Tiernasligo, Co. Donegal alongside former Ireland and Ulster Rugby Player Chris Henry and Brigid McGonagle (School Principal). ©INPHO/Tommy DicksonThe prize was well-earned too, as the pupils worked together over the past four months to collect 300 Irish rugby stickers to complete their entry poster.Former Ulster Rugby Player Chris Henry recently surprised the pupils of Scoil Naomh Treasa to present them with their prize.Pupils from Scoil Treasa, Tiernasligo, Co. Donegal alongside former Ireland and Ulster Rugby Player Chris Henry. ©INPHO/Tommy DicksonBrigid McGonagle, Principal of Tiernasligo NS said: “We have achieved this win by teamwork, just like a rugby team, our small school Tiernasligo National School (Scoil Naomh Treasa), Urris which is a focal point in our Community have won €50,000 by believing that together we could win, by filling in posters with IRFU/Aldi stickers. “This is a beautiful, memorable time for our school and we will use the fund wisely. Thanks to our dedicated, hard working  staff, Board of Management and the parents of our school and Go raibh míle maith agaibh Aldi Play Rugby.” Pupils from Scoil Treasa, Tiernasligo, Co. Donegal alongside former Ireland and Ulster Rugby Player Chris Henry, as well as Seamus McDermott (Store Manager Aldi Buncrana), Brigid McGonagle (School Principal) and John Curtin (Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland). ©INPHO/Tommy DicksonA host of additional prizes was on offer in the Aldi Play Rugby sticker competition.Scoil Baile An Caislean in St Johnston also won €2,500 worth of training equipment. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster. Due to the success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.Celebrations at Scoil Treasa, Tiernasligo. ©INPHO/Tommy DicksonDonegal school wins €50,000 – by collecting stickers! was last modified: May 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:Aldi Play Rugby sticker competitionclonmanyScoil Naomh Treasalast_img read more

Pratton puts on show, Loggers snap Crusaders’ streak

first_imgKellina Pratton had her best game of the season, leading her team with 16 points and the Eureka High girls’ basketball team ended St. Bernard’s 12-game winning with a 66-53 crushing of the Crusaders, Saturday night at St. Bernard’s High in what was a bit of non-conference, rivalry action for the two Eureka-based teams.Eureka relied on the play of its guards all night as Pratton, Dorshaela Wesson and Sophia Chalmers all hit 3-pointers in the first four minutes of Saturday’s game to help give …last_img

Dragonfly Inspires Hi-Tech Hovercraft for Mars

first_imgExclusive  Dragonflies possess not only compound eyes like other insects, but additional “simple” eyes called ocelli (sing., ocellum) with full-field retinas like mammalian eyes.  These function as a “horizon sensor/attitude reference system,” according to an engineer trying to copy it.  In an engineering project supported by the military and aerospace, Dr. Jaavan Chahla and an Australian team have built mechanical ocelli that allow small drone planes and helicopters to mimic the dragonfly’s ability to achieve low-altitude flight without hitting obstacles.  In a presentation at JPL August 13, he showed film clips of flight tests that apply the dragonfly’s processing of “optical flow”, the information that comes from a shifting angles of light as you move.  Since this is not dependent on heavy inertial guidance systems, magnetic compasses or other flight technologies, it permits the development of low-mass flight hardware suitable for Mars, which has no useful magnetic field.    Commenting on the dragonfly’s abilities, Chahla stated that it (and other insects) are able to process huge amounts of data with 8-19 millisecond response – a volume of data man-made sensors have trouble managing.  Yet they do it with a tiny brain with 0.01% the neurons in a human brain.  All insects rely on optical flow sensing, he said.  It’s a useful sense, because as a passive response system, it does not depend on echoes or transmissions, as with radar, and also is independent of wind motion.  Another inherent problem with horizon sensors is failure when the sun falls into the field of view.  The dragonfly has overcome this failure mode using multispectral processing in the green and UV bands.    Insects also have rapid ability to “self-bootstrap” or respond quickly to new information, for instance when released into the open from a dark enclosure.  This has been a challenge for humans to emulate.  Another challenge has been hovering in place.  Optical flow sensing is easier in a moving environment, but more difficult when the horizon is stationary.  Chahla showed a film clip of a dragonfly hovering next to a blade of grass moving in the wind.  The dragonfly’s motion tracked the movement of the grass almost instantaneously.  Having worked with model helicopters, Chahla seemed particularly impressed with that ability.    An abstract of an earlier paper by Chahla et al. is available on Journal of Robotic Systems.  A diagram (PDF format) of a dragonfly head with ocelli can be found at University of California Press.The simplest, ordinary things in the garden or out on a nature walk are really extraordinary when you look at them in detail.  No one respects nature’s abilities more than a human engineer who has tried to figure it out and reverse engineer them.  When our brightest designers can barely keep up with the observed specifications in the insect world, are we to honestly believe that blind, undirected natural laws achieved these natural abilities without a Designing intelligence?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Geocaching Vlogs and Online Videos – The New Horizon of Caching Media Part II

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Vlogs and Online Videos – The New Horizon of Caching MediaSeptember 30, 2011In “Community”A 12-12-12 Video Featuring You!December 8, 2012In “Française”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More [Editor’s Note: Make sure to obtain cache owner permission when featuring a specific cache and spoilers. Include a spoiler warning if a spoiler is absolutely necessary.]Geocaching video blogs (vlogs), as well as YouTube-based video series, have become hugely popular in the geocaching community. The Geocaching.com YouTube channel receives thousands of viewers each day and the Geocaching.com videos have been viewed nearly three million times so far. Vlogs and other videos created by the community showcase the diversity, creativity and intelligence found in the geocaching world.Vlogging has become an exciting way to share geocaching experiences. We now invite you to enjoy Part II of the “Geocaching Vlogs and Online Videos” blog post. This post introduces you to three popular English-language geocaching vlogs and their vloggers. Part I, which featured geocaching vlogs from around the world, can be found here.Vlogger Joshua JohnsonMayberryman, or Joshua Johnson, is an American geocaching vlogger out of Minnesota, USA. With more than 40,000 views on his site, Joshua is capturing the attention of geocachers and non-geocachers around the world. According to the vlogger, “the beauty of online video is that it is global, so I think it is fun for people to see geocaching in different places of the world.”Joshua spends much of his free time recording his caching adventures and posting them on his vlog for all to see. He says his vlog has enabled him to “connect with cachers all over the world through this medium.  An example of this is a video collaboration video where a cacher named Captain Hardy from Norway shot a video of him sending the Travel Bug my way.”Joshua says one of the goals of his is videos, “is to make the viewer feel like they are caching along with us.” Joshua also hopes to use his vlog to “share with the world the incredible hobby/sport that is geocaching… to introduce others to the hobby through the videos.”Vlogger HeadhardhatHeadhardhat, or Andrew Smith, another popular English language vlogger. Andrew has posted videos on YouTube for years. He has more than 60 videos online and has had more than 370,000 hits to his YouTube site. He sees his vlog as a “teaching tool to educate geocachers from all levels of expertise.” Andrew has found that creating a vlog has been beneficial to his personal geocaching experiences as well as the community’s.He says, “I have heard everything from thanks for planting the seed to go out geocaching, to making things smoother for others as they ventured out, to saving several marriages and bringing families together.” Andrew’s vlog has connected him to people all over the world. According to the vlogger, these connections make geocaching “that much more fun because I get to share my experiences with others.”Joshua and Andrew all showcase geocaching in the English language. They are among a more and more geocachers flipping on the video camera and sharing their adventures, tips and geocaching tricks online.You can start sharing your experiences right now. Share your videos, pics and geocaching expertise (or geocaching questions) on the Geocaching.com Facebook page.last_img read more

AT&T pilots smart city projects around Chicago

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#AT&T#CES2017#Chicago#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#transportation Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … AT&T and the City of Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters.The telecoms giant is expanding its smart cities work in the city with the new structures that will provide free Wi-Fi.The announcement of the project, which will roll the technology out within the next couple months was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Besides internet connectivity, the smart transit shelters will include digital delays tracking bus arrival times and intelligent lighting. Ericsson is also a technology partner on the shelters.As for the kiosks, they will feature touchscreens, USB charging ports and tourist information.  They also may include expanded information like public safety and weather alerts, along with restaurant offers.“All the pilots we’re doing are designed to keep the residents more productive and engaged as they move about town,” said Mike Zeto of AT&T’s Smart Cities program. “The goal is to help the city try out tech that will provide benefits.”She said that the city would be launching up to three prototype bus shelters and five kiosks around the city. The locations of the test beds will be announced in the coming weeks.Looking to make O’Hare smarter, tooMeanwhile, AT&T Smart Cities is expanding its presence at O’Hare International Airport. It currently is installing digital displays that show real-time ground transport information.And now it is adding a new project which will capture passenger data as they move around the airport.“We’re leveraging big data to look at the flow of people throughout the airport to help us understand where people are coming from and where they are going,” said Chicago’s Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. “That kind of data will help the team that manages O’Hare better understand how to help the travelers at O’Hare. For example, is there a better way to manage the taxi queue?”Chicago was one of the first U.S. cities involved in AT&T’s smart cities program, announced last year.center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

A Quick Guide to Nesting in Premiere Pro

first_imgHow do you use the nest feature? Have any other tricks to share? Let us know in the comments. Nesting in Premiere Pro is a great tool for streamlining a long project. It’s also great for combining more effects to a clip than is usually possible. Here’s how to use it.Image via ShutterstockWhen working with Premiere Pro, especially on longer or more complicated projects, there can be times where there is simply too much going on in your sequence. Things may get cluttered and difficult to navigate and you’d like to clean things up. Or you may have clips you’ve already used effects like speed/duration on that you’d still like to doctor with effects like Warp Stabilizer. Whatever the reason, the Nest option can be your best friend.Nesting in itself isn’t very difficult to use. In fact, it’s amazingly simple. It can also clean up your sequences and allow you more options. Here are a few tricks you can try. Just follow these steps!Nest Several Clips and Layers TogetherHighlight the clip or clips that you’d like to nest. Make sure they are all next to each other. You can also highlight layers and elements above and below (audio too) to include in your nest.Once you have them highlighted, right-click on one part of it to bring up the Options menu. Scroll up or down (it should be in the middle) to the Nest option. It will bring up a dialogue box to name your nest (it defaults to Nest Sequence 01, etc…).You should see your new nested sequence in your project folder and as a new sequence. It will show up on your original sequence as a single green-tinted clip. Nice and clean.Add Additional Effects on Your ClipsNow that your clips are together in a nested sequence, you can add additional clips to them that you wouldn’t normally be able to. It also adds them to all of them at once, which can be a huge time saver. You can now add both Warp Stabilizer and Speed to a clip by using the nest feature. Just add one to the original clip then the other to the nested sequence. Voilà!Add Effects and Transitions to Nested SequenceWhen working with multiple clips and layers, it becomes very difficult (and at times impossible) to add blanket transitions or effects to all clips and layers. If you have your sequence put together the way you like it, using the nest feature can be a great way to simplify your edit by adding a transition to the beginning or end that will cover all parts. (Otherwise they can animate in or out awkward and unevenly.)Here’s a how it can look all together. None of these would be possible together without the nest feature.Split clipsMultiple LayersWarp StabilizerSpeed ReverseTransition InTransition Outlast_img read more

England Football Association decide no action over Manchester derby incident

first_imgEngland’s Football Association (FA) have decide against taking any action over the the reports stating violent incidents following the Manchester derby earlier this month.FA had asked both Manchester United and Manchester City to submit their observations after reports had emerged that milk and water was thrown by the City players at United manager Jose Mourinho following the derby on December 10.”Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses, the FA will be taking no formal action,” said a spokesperson.Mikel Arteta, part of City’s coaching team, was also reported to have suffered a cut in the alleged incidents.Referee Michael Oliver did not witness any post-match incidents and made no reference to anything untoward in his match report.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in a brawl with Manchester City players in the change room after United lost 2-1 to City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.In a heated derby, United and City both conceded soft goals but Pep Guardiola’s strategy of ball possession gave City an upper hand and on the back of some sloppy defending, the blue of Manchester topped the red side of the city.Mourinho, clearly unhappy with the result, said after the match that their penalty appeal should have been accepted as he felt it was a clear penalty.According to reports, Mourinho rampaged into the City changing room for he felt their celebrations were too noisy and highly disrespectful.Upon arrival in the dressing room, the United manager had a verbal altercation with City’s hero of the night, goalkeeper Ederson and soon the City players threw water and milk at him and hit him on his head with a plastic bottle.advertisementReports further suggested that another brawl broke off between 20 players and staff members from both the clubs near the Old Trafford tunnel and the United security had to intervene to stop the fight.Reports of the Mourinho incident reminded people of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’, which occured on October 24, 2004 at Old Trafford when Manchester United had defeated Arsenal 2-0 through a controversial penalty, where Wayne Rooney was accused of tumbling over Sol Campbell’s outstretched leg. Following the match, Cesc Fabregas had thrown as pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson at the tunnel.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img