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DDTV – PEGGY RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY

first_imgWell-known Glenswilly woman Peggy Kelly hit her 100th birthday today surrounded by family and friends. Peggy received a very special visitor when the Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal BLake dropped by to make a presentation to Peggy.And Peggy passed on some some wise words of a long life…!Many thanks to Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Gallery for the video.Simply click to play.  DDTV – PEGGY RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY was last modified: November 24th, 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:100TH BIRTHDAYBrian McDaidCRISTEPH GALLERYGELSWILLYPEGGY KELLYlast_img read more

Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo?

first_imgSince their ignominious defeat in the 1999 Cricket World Cup final against Australia, the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. But with a mix of formidable experience and exciting new talent, the squad that takes to the field this Sunday may have a chance to throw off the jinx. Bowling coach Alan Donald says this Proteas team will come out and prove they are champions. (Image: Cricket SA) Sulaiman PhilipSouth Africa begins their ICC World Cup tournament with a match against Zimbabwe on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand, as the third best one-day international (ODI) team in the world. Rankings don’t matter, of course: South Africa is not considered a bookies’ favourite to win the tournament.In the 1999 World Cup South Africa needed a single off the last three balls in the semi-final against Australia, but still managed to lose. Since then the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. A catalogue of heart-breaking late failures, indifferent performances and near misses have dogged the team’s World Cup appearances. But that may change with the 2015 squad’s good blend of experience and youth.The retirement of Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith has made space for a new generation of players who do not have the World Cup hoodoo hanging over their heads. David Miller has added stability to the middle order in the absence of seasoned JP Duminy. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is the second player in history to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. And Rilee Rossouw, as a 20-year-old, hit the fastest triple century in South Africa domestic cricket, scoring 319 off 291 balls.Captain AB de Villiers is the world’s best ODI batsman by a country mile. He has never averaged below 50 in a calendar year for the last five years and is one of the most respected and exciting batsmen in international cricket. Against the West Indies in January he recorded the fastest ODI century ever, reaching 100 off 31 deliveries and ending with 149 off just 44 balls.Vice-captain Hashim Amla, after De Villiers, is the world’s second-best ODI batsman. When his career ends Amla will be considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, in all forms of the game. In his last nine ODIs he has scored 569 runs, including three centuries and two 50s.With Kallis all but retired the biggest weakness in the squad will be the lack of a world-class all-rounder. The return of JP Duminy may not be a like-for-like replacement but the underappreciated batsman, who can bowl a little, brings calm to a side that was battered by Australia – their only loss in seven ODI series – while he was out injured. Duminy gives the team a strong batting presence lower down the order and his ability to contain batsmen (he almost never concedes more than five runs an over) gives his captain an experienced option.Beyond the batting talent South Africa has the best pace attack in world cricket today. The formidable Dale Steyn, the best ranked bowler at the tournament, is the sharp point of the blitz attack, which includes Morné Morkel and Vernon Philander.  Kyle Abbot and Wayne Parnell are South Africa’s second line of attack and keep making valuable contributions. To add variety on the fast pitches in Australia and New Zealand, De Villiers can call on Imran Tahir, one of the best spinners playing the short-form game.In 2003 there was the Duckworth-Lewis miscalculation. In 2011, chasing 222, the Proteas went from 108 for two to 172 all out. But this is a different team, built on maturity, unabashed talent and a squad that plays hard for each other.The world thinks it knows what to expect. But as coach Russell Domingo says: “The team is mentally in a better state than it’s ever been. They’ve won games in high-pressure situations under different conditions at different venues. They’ve got a pride in performance. They are passionately led by a captain who plays with his heart on his sleeve.”last_img read more

Red root rot plagued Ohio corn in 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While there were many great results even after a tough year in 2016, there were some real disappointments too. According to Levi Runkle, a Tri-Ag Products, Inc. agronomist, some of those disappointing corn yields may have been partially the result of a rare issue in Ohio — red root rot. Runkle found the unique challenge for Ohio in a surprising number of fields last year.“This is a rare late season destructive disease that leads to lodging. As we went into harvest we started seeing problems with hybrids that don’t usually have problems with lodging or ear drop,” he said. “As we got to looking at it, we started to see a lot of purpling or red on the roots that looked like insect damage. That is something we typically don’t see here. You see it more in the Delaware or Maryland area.”Red root rot. Photo by Levi Runkle.Red root rot needs the right set of conditions to become a problem.“It is brought on by some type of early stress. For us it could have been from the frost damage last year or an early inoculation of Pythium or Fusarium. As you get into the year, red root rot needs an extended period of stress, which we had with drought stress and higher temperatures,” Runkle said. “Then when we got that large rain event in August, it allowed the inoculant for the red root rot to get in. You can have a really good-looking field and in four or five days it is dead. It completely cannibalizes the stalk and shuts down production and stops packing starch, which really affects grain. We can see 20% yield loss from it. The root mass also decays really fast and your stalk decays fast and it causes a lot of lodging, harvest issues and ear drop. It is really nasty. The higher nighttime temperatures towards the end of August also helped this disease thrive. It is very rare to have all of these things come together in Ohio but it happened last year.”According to the University of Illinois, symptoms of red root rot include red or pink discoloration of the root system and lower stalk tissue, early death and shriveling showing up just prior to corn maturity. The red color is deeper and darker than that of Gibberella stalk and root rot and the symptoms can vary among different corn hybrids. The rotting of the roots below ground can lead to wilting and grayish green foliage, premature plant death, and lodging in four to five days.University of Illinois experts said the Phoma terrestris fungus that causes red root rot is associated with Pythium and Fusarium species and can survive in soils with a wide range of temperature and pH conditions. It overwinters as microsclerotia in soil. High yield conditions and moderate temperatures favor the disease.In many cases Runkle thinks red root rot was a problem in more 2016 fields that people realized because other more common issued were blamed.“Some people thought it was rootworm but in some cases in Ohio last year it was red root rot,” he said. “Kernels didn’t fill right because the plant died prematurely.”Runkle does not think red root rot will be a regular problem in Ohio due to the conditions it requires.“Hopefully we don’t see it again for a long time. It does stay in the soil, but you still have to have those other factors for it to be a problem. You have to have a lot of things line up to get this problem,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a regular problem in Ohio.”last_img read more

What “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing Styles

first_imgRotating roles — an intimate lesson in how multiple directors can use multiple filmmaking styles to create one vision.In the roughly two decades since Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green all attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts together, the three filmmaking writers, actors, and directors have cemented themselves as some of the brightest minds in high-minded dude-comedy.From some of their early indies like The Foot Fist Way to big budget features like Pineapple Express, the trio — who each have successful careers of their own — have stayed close, collaborating on several HBO series, including Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals (excluding Green), and their latest: The Righteous Gemstones.For those who haven’t caught the first season of The Righteous Gemstones, the HBO comedy series following a dysfunctional family behind a televangelical megachurch empire (which was just picked up for a second season) is perhaps the trio’s greatest work, yet. Originally conceived by McBride, he, Hill, and Green all co-executive produce the series, as well as share directing duties across episodes.Hill and Green have rotated directing roles in the past on Eastbound & Down; however, for Gemstones, Danny McBride was given credit for directing the pilot of the project he created. It’s interesting to watch Gemstones from a filmmaking/directing perspective for many reasons, but this story-behind-the-story of rotating directors, and their individual styles, is pretty fascinating — very informative for aspiring comedy filmmakers.Trust and FamiliarityIn an interview with McBride, Hill, Green, and frequent collaborator, writer, and star Edi Patterson (who plays Judy Gemstone), Green talks about how much trust must go into a collaborative project — and how they’ve been able to keep a core group together to keep things familiar and focused. Green states the following:Beyond just the core group, in talking about the show, there are so many people that have been with us for these years, who are incredible — from the production sound mixer to so many people behind the scenes. There are probably twenty-five people that went to film school with us that are working on this show, either as a writer or in any number of capacities.This is especially true when taking on the directorial role in regards to an episodic series like Gemstones, where the director is ultimately just one cog in a much bigger machine, tasked with realizing the full vision of a nine-episode series.Decision-Making in DirectingThis still is a good example of the single-camera cinematic style.When you watch Gemstones, it’s possible to reverse engineer some of the directorial decisions that clearly had to be made episode to episode. First off, the show looks to be in the same single-camera cinematic style of their earlier works like Eastbound & Down and tracing back to The Foot Fist Way, which becomes almost quasi-documentary at times.This means decisions about which shots to shoot steady on a tripod, or more loose and free-roaming — whether on a Steadicam, a gimbal, or handheld. The camera and shot decisions also tend to change as the narrative calls for it, staying wider and stationary for some of the big sets and megachurch services to more close-up and intimate in the more raw moments between family members. (Here’s a good article on the best options for smooth — and not so smooth — “handheld” options.)McBride’s pilot episode feels much more like a movie with big camera moves, as it sets the world and reveals the spectacle contained in the Gemstones’s megachurch and lavish compound. Meanwhile, once Green takes over for the second and third episodes, we start to get more shaky and intimate, as the camera moves around like a character (at times) in scenes between family members to build the narrative tension of the series.Directing Comedy and ActionHill’s direction — he has the distinction of directing McBride the most in his career — comedy and action quickly come into play, requiring a deft touch. Similar to HBO’s other hit Barry, there are plenty of high-octane sequences thrown in that spur much of the comedy. From gunshots to car crashes, Gemstones finds a good balance as all three directors are left to film complicated stunt sequences, as well as choreograph elaborate stage productions and dance numbers.The Challenges of EpisodicThis Gemstone family portrait illustrates the complexity of each character involved in the show.It’d be fair to say that the majority of television shows, or other episodic content, rely on multiple directors. The directing role is a difficult, laborious task, so it makes sense to spread the work around. However, this creates challenges.As Hill, Green, and McBride would undoubtedly tell you, it really comes down to having a strong vision, a solid team, and great trust and communication. Directors may have license to bring in their own styles and decision-making processes, but overall, they’re there because they’ve subscribed to a bigger vision — one they’re trying to remain faithful to.Gemstones is a show that feels much more epic than the trio’s previous collaborations, with a big HBO budget, and exploring important themes such as family, friendship, and religion. However, while the episodes may vary stylistically, they each do a great job of building a show that has already proven itself a success among critics and audiences alike.Looking for more on the film industry? Check these out.Costume Designer Ginger Martini on Sync on Set, Production Prep and Post ProcessHow Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital CamerasIndustry Insights: Bernie Su on his Emmy Winning Interactive Series, ArtificialRecreating Roger Deakins’ ‘Cove Light’Industry Insights: Makeup Artist Kaela Dobson on Wu-Tang, Marvel and Morelast_img read more

Loyalty Eventually Serves You

first_imgYour dream client is ferociously loyal to your competitor. They have deep relationships, relationships that aren’t going to be diminished by the normal, everyday challenges that come with the territory in your industry. In fact, a good part of their relationship was built on how they’ve handled problems and challenges.The prospective clients who are loyal to your competitors refuse your request for a meeting because they are loyal, just like many of your clients are loyal to you and your company. This loyalty, the relationship, locks you out. For now, anyway.The threats to loyalty are many, and they present opportunities.Unresolved Problems and Challenges: The day-to-day problems aren’t going to cause your dream client to drop your competitor and start working with you. Mature businesspeople know that there are always problems, and they know that their business is no different. It’s the unresolved problems and challenges that persist that build to the point where they start to damage the business that give rise to a defection–and your opportunity for a competitive displacement.Neglect and Complacency: Nothing reduces loyalty like neglect and complacency. Neglect is proof that you no longer care. A lack of caring will destroy loyalty faster than almost anything. Complacency is different than neglect. It’s a form of arrogance, in this case, a belief that you no longer need to pay attention to your client and will suffer no consequences for having done so.New Stakeholders: The loyalty your dream client had to their partner belonged to the person who is no longer there. New stakeholders make changes. One of the things that new stakeholders change with very few repercussions is an existing supplier. Those unresolved problems and challenges, the neglect and the complacency, make changing a long time partner easy.It might take you years to win your dream client. It might take decades. Regardless of when you are finally given an opportunity and win your dream client’s business, that same fierce loyalty that locked you out now locks out your competitors–if you can keep it.The same mistakes your that give rise to an opportunity and allow you to competitively displace your competitor are the same mistakes that provide them with the same.last_img read more

Survivors urge women MPs to pass anti-trafficking Bill

first_imgNearly a dozen survivors of human trafficking wrote to 10 women MPs on Wednesday urging them to support and pass the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. The survivors appealed to the woman leaders to support the Bill “to ensure safety of women and children… so they do not suffer from violence any more”.The letter was sent to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani, as well as MPs from Opposition parties, including Jaya Bachchan, Sushmita Dev and Supriya Sule. The anti-trafficking legislation is likely to come up in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which begins on July 18.“All of us were trafficked from our villages in North and South 24 Parganas of West Bengal to other States, and have either run away from those places or were rescued by the police or NGOs,” read the letter. The survivors said that the Bill’s provision for speedy trials, stricter punishment for traffickers and compensation for victims, would give them hope. The letter said that the survivors, mostly between 16 and 25 years of age, had come together under the banner of Utthan.“Of the hundreds of survivors of human trafficking from the State, very few have got compensation even after intervention of the courts and NGOs… the new Bill provides rehabilitation as a right of the survivor. The Bill also clearly defines what constitutes rehabilitation,” said Kaushik Gupta, an advocate at the Calcutta High Court who has taken up cases of Utthan members. One of the survivors who signed the letter said she faced problems at work and home as she had to often leave to pursue her case. “Unless the trafficker is punished we cannot live peacefully in our homes. We need special courts and a dedicated agency to take care of our cases,” said the survivor, hailing from North 24 Parganas.last_img read more

SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal View commentslast_img read more

Pumaren on UE’s 0-4 start: ‘We need everyone to contribute’

first_imgAfter scoring at least 20 points against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, Derige scored just six against Ateneo.Pasaol, meanwhile, scored his first 20-point game of the season against the Blue Eagles but was moderate at best in his first three matches.“We can’t afford to just have one player scoring for us, it should be all of them,” said Pumaren in Filipino.“We need contributions from all the players. What happened was, we give one guy a break then all of a sudden we lose control of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next The Red Warriors are tied with University of Santo Tomas at the bottom of the standings at 0-4 and Pumaren said they have to “get their acts together” to win.“So far, it’s one guy coming up, but we need everyone to contribute. We need a total team effort and that’s what we don’t have now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Red Warriors have been gravely inconsistent in their four-game skid with two of its top players failing to establish rhythm this late in the first round.Alvin Pasaol, in the four-game span, averaged 15.2 points while Clark Derige is at 13.8 points a game but the two haven’t put up solid numbers consistently. UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles PLAY LIST 03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ UE Red Warriors coach Derrick Pumaren. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East has yet to win a single game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and with three games left in the first round head coach Derrick Pumaren knows time is not on the Red Warriors side.“We’re not in a state of panic but if we want to have a better performance this season we have to make our move,” said Pumaren Sunday after losing to Ateneo 83-65 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chooks Pilipinas books quarters slot, beats Thailand’s Mono Vampire LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham Transfer Watch: Four left-backs Pochettino should target

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say Tottenham Transfer Watch: Four left-backs Pochettino should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanny Rose’s performances have waned over the past season – whilst he still has it in him to put up great displays, he’s nowhere near as consistent as he once was, which has sparked concerns amongst the Tottenham faithful. Ben Davies when featuring in the squad has been decent, but not particularly impressive thus leaving Spurs with the need to sign a new left-back going into the second half of the Premier League campaign.Alex TellesPorto star Alex Telles has been linked with a host of European clubs over the past few seasons thanks to his impressive performances in the Liga Nos where he’s established himself as one of the best left-backs in the League.He’s exceptional at defending but his blistering pace and dribbling ability also allows him to make overlapping runs so he often appears like a winger in game’s where he’s been tasked with doing so due to his expansive skill set.Telles is an amazing crosser of the ball as he’s able to find his teammates in the midst of opposition players with great balls into the box.Video Courtesy of SoccerAlejandro GrimaldoAnother Liga Nos star that’s attracted a lot of attention from top European sides recently, including Tottenham’s – Alejandro Grimaldo is a pacey left-back with great awareness and positioning.The Benfica star draws parallels with his countryman, Jordi Alba, as they have similar styles of play. Grimaldo utilises his pace to get into positions that will allow him to intercept the ball – his dribbling ability also allows him to play the ball out of the back and venture forward when need be.Tottenham reportedly tried to acquire his services back in July but had a bid turned down – they could yet make another attempt out of necessity come January.Video Courtesy of ScoutNationHDPatrick Van AanholtVan Aanholt is well known in the Premier League for his pace and strength. The Dutchman is undoubtedly one of the fastest players in the entire league thus making him a key asset at Crystal Palace as he’s able to defend against other fast players who would normally have an easy time running in behind defensive set-ups.He’s been linked with moves to Juventus and Roma with Alex Sandro reportedly on his way to Chelsea and Aleksander Kolarov not getting any younger but considering Spurs’ need – Mauricio Pochettino need not look any further than Van Annholt.Video Courtesy of MPGKieran TierneyOver the past few seasons, Kieran Tierney has proven to be the best left-back in the Scottish Premier League. He’s got all the attributes of a quality left-back, he just needs the right manager and the right team for him to become a world-class player – Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham can offer that.He’s got blistering pace, and whilst he might not be particularly strong, he’s an amazing defender who’s able to read the game well and would be a great signing for Spurs.Video Courtesy of WorldOfFootballHD last_img read more

a month agoChelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing Tammy Abraham succeeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.”It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.”So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].” last_img read more