Star Wars festival gets underway in Donegal with firework display – Pic Special

first_imgStar Wars fever descended on Malin Head on Saturday as the inaugural ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ festival got underway. The event – funded by Failte Ireland and organised by Explore Inishowen CLG – is celebrating the filming of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, in the peninsula.The festival’s opening day included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. As darkness ascended over Malin Head, a firework display light up the sky to the amazement of fans from across the globe commemorating the Star Wars Universe.Check out some of the best moments from Clive Wasson below. Star Wars festival gets underway in Donegal with firework display – Pic Special was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Malin HeadStar Warslast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to possible Morrison move

first_imgMany QPR fans on Twitter want Ravel Morrison signed up after news he is training with the club.Morrison ended the 2013-14 season at Rangers – on loan from West Ham – and helped them reach the Championship play-offs.The 23-year-old is currently under contract at Lazio but is free to train with other clubs – and many R’s supporters are hoping the club offer him a deal.@WestLondonSport 😍😍😍😍😍👍 absolutely yes what a player if Ollie can sort him out then he’ll yeah @morrisonravel— Deano Fry (@dean_fry9) January 27, 2017@WestLondonSport if Ollie can get his head right I’d take him in a heart beat, boy has serious ability 🙏🏻🙏🏻— RangersBoy_8 (@Simon_Corley) January 27, 2017Happy to take a punt on @morrisonravel well worth a gamble #gamechanger #QPR— Darren Smith (@Dazzmo1902) January 27, 2017Would take @morrisonravel back to QPR in a heart beat.— Daniel Kruck (@danielkruck) January 27, 2017Would love Ravel back, exactly what we need- get it done #QPR @morrisonravel— ADAM WILLDEN (@awillden7) January 27, 2017Ravel Morrison back in training with QPR. SIGN HIM UP— Luke (@LukeAnthonyKett) January 27, 2017would love ravel morrison back #qpr— Wines (@Wines94) January 27, 2017Ravel Morrison – hearing all about this baggage….can’t remember the last time he got in trouble…or caused a manager an issue— Daniel D (@DoddsyBaby) January 27, 2017Holloway will get best out of Ravel. No doubting his talent & obviously likes the club to come back. Good deal. #QPR— Chris (@CRWorthing) January 27, 2017However, there were a few dissenting voices who were concerned about the midfielder’s perceived attitude problems.Personally I’d have no problem if #RavelMorrison never played for #QPR again #RightSor— QPR REPORT (@QPRReport) January 27, 2017I don’t think Ravel Morrison is a risk we need to be taking.#QPR— Deano Baggio (@DiscoDean7) January 26, 2017We’re about a year late in signing Ravel Morrison— Joshua Hodges (@Joshuaqpr) January 27, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World Cup ‘to honour Mandela’

first_img12 February 2010President Jacob Zuma, delivering his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Thursday, called on South Africans to make the 2010 Fifa World Cup a success in honour of Nelson Mandela.Speaking during the opening of Parliament, Zuma said Mandela was central in assisting the country to win the rights to host this great event.Mandela was part of the delegation that presented South Africa’s bid to the Fifa executive, and was present on 15 May 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had won the bid to host the World Cup.“We therefore have to make the World Cup a huge success in his honour,” Zuma said.Quoting from Mandela’s historic speech at the Rivonia treason trial, Zuma said all South Africans should recommit themselves to reconciliation, national unity, non-racialism and building a better future together.“Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.”World Cup: everything on trackWith under 120 days to go before the World Cup kicks off, Zuma said everything was on track for a successful event.“We have spent many years planning for this World Cup … The infrastructure, security and logistics arrangements are in place to ensure a successful tournament.”South Africans should get behind the national team, Bafana Bafana, but most important of all they should buy tickets now to attend the games, he said.The fourth round of ticket sales started this week, with over 400 000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale will run for 58 days and end on 7 April.Fans can apply for the tickets on or (South African residents only) at FNB branches.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Turn Your Timelapse Videos into Moving Paintings

first_imgComputer Algorithm TimelapseVFX artist and art director Danil Krivoruchko took a different approach to create his Van Gogh-style moving painting of New York. Krivoruchko skipped the Prisma app in favor of a computer algorithm developed at Cornell. Using footage of New York, and with the assistance of artificial neural networks, the final video is beautiful.Krivoruchko used an open source code from Manuel Ruder, Alexey Dosovitskiy, and Thomas Brox. If you want to download the code to use it yourself, Ruder has put the open source utility online. You will need Ubuntu and a pretty serious computer to handle the workflow. After export, you’ll need to use After Effects for some compositing, color correction, motion blur, and to tweak any glitches.Here is a look at the timelapse before being altered.What are your favorite recent artistic timelapse videos? Please share them in the comments below! These stunning timelapse videos are true works of art. See how they were made — and learn how you can make your own.Top image via Drew Geraci/District 7 MediaCheck out these two different approaches to creating a moving painting. Whether using apps or the provided source code, you’ll be creating artistic timelapse videos in no time.Prisma TimelapseDrew Geraci and the crew at District 7 Media are behind plenty of well-known timelapse videos, like the intro to House of Cards.District 7’s latest video is a fantastic look at China through the artistic app Prisma, which is available now for Android and iPhone. Prisma uses artificial intelligence to transform still photos into works of art, done is the style of artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Levitan.Using footage of a recent trip to China, Geraci pulled individual frames from a sequence and then sent every image through the Prisma app for processing. In the end, 2500 individual frames were uploaded to the app.Each frame of the 1 minute and 20 second video had to be processed via the Prisma App which took almost 80 hours to complete. The processing/rendering was at the mercy of the servers. Most of the project had to be completed between 11pm and 4am EST because the app would freeze or shutdown due to overloaded serves or too many users on at the same time.The project required a tremendous amount of repetitive work — enough to drive Geraci mad.The easiest way for me to create the video was to physically take a picture of the video (on a 4k monitor) using an iPad and save each photo directly to the iPad. Once all of the photos were taken, I used my PC workstation to directly pull the images off the iPad and onto a local hard-drive to continue the processing.The worst part was the constant repetition of taking the photo, processing the photo, moving 1 frame forward, and then saving the image. Sometimes I would forget to do a step and have to start over completely. It was mind-numbing work to say the least!Here is a side-by-side comparison of the actual footage and the final Prisma output.last_img read more

FIFA Chief Blatter Wants to Stay

first_imgZURICH — Sepp Blatter says he can solve his sport’s problems if re-elected as FIFA President after the arrest of leading soccer officials this week “unleashed a storm.”FIFA’s reputation has been bruised by the biggest scandal in its 111-year history, and Blatter’s leadership is coming under severe scrutiny.The 209 FIFA member nations will decide later May 29 whether to stick with the 79-year-old Blatter or end his 17-year rule by backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.At the opening of the second day of the FIFA congress, Blatter says he is “appealing for unity and the team spirit so we can move forward.”(ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelves

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:perdue chicken nuggets, recall Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2016 – If you have the recalled Purdue chicken nuggets then return them to local supplier, Graceway Supermarkets. The Animal Health Service Division of the Department of Agriculture has advised that some of the chicken nuggets contaminated by plastic materials did come to the TCI. Nearly 4,500 pounds of the tainted nuggets have been recalled in the US; they were issued by Perdue Foods, in Gainesville, GA which were produced for Applegate Farms. Agriculture has already seen that the Purdue Chicken nuggets were removed from local store shelves, but issued the warning to return the item for those who may have bought them before the March 6th recall. NIAGARA bottled water recall Health Department gives dangers on Stomach Flu & Kraft Mac & Cheeselast_img read more

US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft fraud

first_img Tags 16 Huawei T-Mobile Comments Huawei could face a fine of up to either $5 million or three times the value of the stolen trade secret, for conspiracy and attempt to steal trade secrets. The company could also face a fine of up to $500,000 for wire fraud and obstruction of justice.In the second set of indictments, Meng was charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges are related to the company’s alleged efforts to evade US sanctions and do business with Iran. Last month, Meng was detained in Canada at the behest of the Justice Department over those claims. While in a Vancouver courthouse to discuss her bail, a lawyer with Canada’s Justice Department alleged she defrauded US banks into making transactions that violated those sanctions, according to Bloomberg.The founder’s daughterNotably, Meng isn’t just the CFO of Huawei. She’s the daughter of the founder and president, Zhengfei Ren. And her arrest doesn’t just have ripple effects across the tech industry; it threatens to blow up an already precarious relationship between the US and China over trade talks.Beyond trade, others see Huawei as a national security issue. “It has been clear for some time that Huawei poses a threat to our national security, and I applaud the Trump Administration for taking steps to finally hold the company accountable,” Warner said. [The case] puts every aspect of Huawei’s business in jeopardy in the US and EU. Maribel Lopez, analyst Now playing: Watch this: 5G smartphones are coming Both the US and China are jockeying for leadership in the next-generation of cellular technology, which promises higher speeds and the ability to handle more connected devices. US officials have offered warnings about Huawei and its ties to China. “There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion,’ is no exception,” said Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who’s vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Huawei, meanwhile, denied any wrongdoing. “Huawei is disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company today,” the company said in an emailed statement. “After Meng’s arrest, the company sought an opportunity to discuss the Eastern District of New York investigation with the Justice Department, but the request was rejected without explanation,” Huawei continued. “The allegations in the Western District of Washington trade secret indictment were already the subject of a civil suit that was settled by the parties after a Seattle jury found neither damages nor willful and malicious conduct on the trade secret claim.” T-Mobile declined to comment.Two chargesAccording the first set of indictments, Huawei began stealing information about a phone-testing robot from T-Mobile called Tappy. Huawei engineers allegedly violated confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements by taking pictures of Tappy, taking measurements of parts of the robot and stealing a piece of it. When T-Mobile found out and threatened to sue, Huawei falsely said the theft was done by rogue actors within the company, according to the indictment. T-Mobile sued anyway, and in 2017 won its case against Huawei, with a jury awarding it $4.8 million.Despite Huawei’s insistence that the action was a one-off affair, the Justice Department says emails obtained during the investigation found that the theft of secrets from T-Mobile was a companywide effort. It has been clear for some time that Huawei poses a threat to our national security. Sen. Mark Warner Share your voice Huawei has consistently denied any wrongdoing by Meng. At the World Economic Forum at Davos, Huawei Chairman Liang Hua called for a quick resolution of the case and the release of Meng, according to Reuters.Meng’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten, told Reuters on Tuesday that she was a victim of “complex” China-US relations.”Our client, Sabrina Meng, should not be a pawn or a hostage in this relationship.” he said, using one of her Western names. “Ms. Meng is an ethical and honorable businesswoman who has never spent a second of her life plotting to violate any US law, including the Iranian sanctions.”Huawei also told Reuters that it had sought to discuss the charges with US authorities, “but the request was rejected without explanation.”Over the past few months, Huawei has endured a wave of negative sentiment. UK carrier BT said it’d pull Huawei equipment out of its 4G network and ban it from any future 5G deployments. Japan reportedly banned government purchases from Huawei. Also last month, Andrus Ansip, the EU’s technology chief, warned that Huawei and other Chinese companies pose a risk to the bloc’s industry and security, according to Reuters.All of the negativity could have a trickle-down effect on the company. “[The case] puts every aspect of Huawei’s business in jeopardy in the US and EU, including consumer sales,” said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research. “Instead of being known for innovation, the company is positioned as criminal.”First published Jan. 28 at 2:09 p.m. PTUpdate Jan. 29 at 2:59 a.m. PT: Added Reuters comments from Meng’s lawyer and Huawei.Update at 5:08 a.m. PT: Added comment from Huawei.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. The Huawei logo in Warsaw, Poland. NurPhoto/Getty Images The US Department of Justice on Monday charged Huawei with theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.A 10-count indictment alleges that China’s Huawei stole trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile beginning in 2012. Huawei also allegedly offered bonuses to employees who stole confidential information from companies. In addition, a 13-count indictment charged four defendants, including Huawei and Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, with financial fraud. The indicted defendants also include affiliates Huawei USA and Skycom.”The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement. “To the detriment of American ingenuity, Huawei continually disregarded the laws of the United States in the hopes of gaining an unfair economic advantage.”The charges come amid heightened scrutiny for Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment and the No. 2 smartphone maker behind Samsung. The US has already banned Huawei from selling networking equipment here, but a number of other countries have either already ceased working with the company, or are considering a ban. The Chinese government and Huawei have said the moves could have ramifications since the company contributes to industry-standard wireless technologies like 5G. 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Indian Money in Swiss banks sees a 20year low

first_imgMoney held by Indians in Swiss Banks fell to a record low of Rs 8,392 crore (1,217 million swiss franc) at the end of 2015, said latest data by Swiss National Bank (SNB). The fall was nearly by two-third of the Rs. 23,000 crore stashed in December of 2006.This was the lowest amounts held by Indians in Swiss Bank since the data was officially released in 1997 for the first time. Last year too (2014), the fall was a record number, with amount hovering around 1,776 million Swiss francs.Press Trust of India noted that SNB’s data on “amounts due to their clients” or “liabilities” do not mean or indicate anything to do with India’s hotly debated black money numbers. Neither does it factor in accounts kept by Indians under names or entities registered outside India in a foreign country.SNB data said the amount held by all foreign individuals and entities saw a near 4 percent fall to 1.41 trillion Swiss francs (about Rs. 98 lakh crore) from the previous year.”PM Modi gets Switzerland’s support to tackle tax evasion”Account Break UpGiving a break down in the accounts held by Indians, SNB said while the total amount held directly by Indians was 1,206.71 million Swiss francs, fiduciaries or wealth managers managed accounts of another 10.89 million. Fiduciaries accounts too saw a 71 percent fall from 37.92 million Swiss francs stashed at 2014-end; it used to be in billions till 2007, noted PTI.Savings and Deposit account liabilities saw a 61 percent fall to 425.8 million Swiss francs in a year period. However, the money held through other banks doubled to 270.4 million Swiss francs. Funds held in the form of securities by Indians grew from 297 million Swiss francs to 510.4 million.”Money held by Indians in Swiss Banks: Rs 8,392 crore”Regulatory Mechanisms The news agency added that regulatory crack down from countries across the globe, including India, had led to a fall in Swiss amount. It noted that the Swiss’ secrecy wall was crumbling for Indians who are under scrutiny by many measures back home.A supreme court monitored special investigative team (SIT), a new law to clampdown hoarding black money abroad, anti money laundering act and compliance window offer by government of India was tightening the noose, said the agency.India is one of the early adopters of the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) standards approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Switzerland is set to adopt the standards by 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the European nation past week stressed for an early start of negotiations on AEOI.last_img read more

Box office collection Gurkha Gorilla off to a decent start perform better

first_imgGurkha and Gorilla.PR HandoutYogi Babu’s much-hyped Gurkha occupied the top spot at the Chennai box office in the last weekend. The film has performed better than a few new releases that include Gorilla and Hrithik Roshan’s Bollywood film Super 30.In the first weekend, Gurkha grossed Rs 48.83 lakh from 183 shows, reports Behindwoods. The movie has met with mixed reviews and the success of the film will be decided on how the audience respond in the days to come.Jiiva’s Gorilla is in second place. It has raked in Rs 44.75 lakh from 141 shows. This flick has also met with mixed reviews. This week, a few films that include Amala Paul’s Aadai and Vikram’s Kadaram Kondan will be released and retaining screens could be tough for the last-weekend releases.Hollywood movie Spider-Man: Far From Home has collected Rs 38.99 lakh from 66 shows. It has earned a ‘hit’ status at the Chennai box office by raking in Rs 2.24 crore in 10 days.Bollywood film Super 30 has got a good start at the Chennai box office. The film has earned Rs 34.62 lakh from 75 shows. New Tamil release Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2 has collected Rs 19.31 lakh from 108 shows.The business of Jyothika’s Raatchasi has dropped in the second weekend by earning Rs 12.86 lakh from 60 shows. The total collection of the flick stands at Rs 1.01 crore. It is followed by Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari, which has earned Rs 7.32 lakh from 51 shows.Samantha’s Oh Baby has collected Rs 3.45 lakh from 21 shows. The total collection of the movie stands at Rs 17.99 lakh from 21 shows. Kalavani 2 and Thozhar Venkatesan are in the last two positions by collecting Rs 2.86 lakh from 30 shows to take its total tally to Rs 26.15 lakh and Rs 2.19 lakh from 39 shows, respectively.last_img read more

Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies In Gulf Of Mexico Plane Crash

first_imgPhoto via Wikimedia CommonsMajor League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.The sheriff’s office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay’s body. No survivors were found.They said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.Halladay retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Sharelast_img read more