25 Sep

4 persons arrested in drug sting

first_imgBACOLOD City – Four persons werenabbed in a drug sting in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Aside from suspected shabu, a P2,070cash and drug paraphernalia were also confiscated from them, police said. The suspects were detained in thelockup cell of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The suspects were nabbed after theysold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer around 10:10 p.m. onThursday, the report added. Sixteen sachets of suspected shabuvalued at around P160,000 were seized from Daryl Alanza, 23, Rey Vicente, 20,Dunn Vicente, 26, and Toni Rose Iligan, 20, a police report showed.last_img read more

16 Sep

Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence.After submitting one of the greatest true freshman seasons in the history of College Football, Taylor has followed up this season thus far with four performances that by any measure should be considered dynamite, however, as a result of his growing hype and Heisman expectations, his elite start to the season has widely been dismissed as routine.Entering the bye week, Taylor sits second among all rushers in the nation with 628 yards in four games, an average that paces out to 157 yards per game. He’s also the most utilized rusher in the nation with 102 attempts.Perhaps some of the comparatively lacking recognition stems from the recent touchdown drought Taylor’s gone through over the last two games. After beginning the year with five scores in two games, his goal line absence has been noticeable in his two games since without crossing into the end zone.Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa CitySaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against Read…Part of the reason for his under-utilization deep in the red zone has been his propensity for the fumble, and his habit of doing so deep in opponent territory, which has led the Badgers to go with running back Taiwan Deal in those situations. Deal had two touchdowns against Brigham Young University.Despite this, Taylor remains on track for an even better season than his rookie campaign. Through four games last season, Taylor had accounted for 518 yards on the ground, 110 yards less than his current total. This is also a yards per game average of almost 30 less than he currently holds.His statistics clearly depict a back that is building on a strong start to his collegiate career, however, they don’t tell the whole story.The Wisconsin offensive line, which in years past has seemingly been the infallible cornerstone of the Badger brand of Big Ten, smash-mouth football, is looking increasingly vulnerable. We haven’t seen as many explosive attempts from Taylor this season, and it looks like it is partly due to the lack of large holes being created for him by the interior linemen.In the loss against BYU, Head Coach Paul Chryst spoke after the game about his decision to pull most the starting offensive linemen in favor of the second team for a drive in the middle of a tight game. He attributed the decision completely to the heat, saying he wanted to give them a break.Football: Saturday’s win at Iowa a glimmer of hope (Let me convince you)Sometimes you gotta know when to cut your losses, give up and temper your expectations. Sometimes you gotta hold fast Read…Taylor had trouble bursting through the line of scrimmage for large gains the entire game.Now, these criticisms are like the man who complains because his golden shoes are too tight. Taylor’s record is still impeccable, and the offensive linemen are still likely one of the strongest units in the country. But if Taylor is pushing for an invitation to the Heisman this season, and a shot to take home the trophy, any blemish is fair game.last_img read more

28 Dec


first_imgDonegal GAA star Ryan McHugh helped DMG launch their SEAT LEON FR that will be used during the forthcoming Donegal International Rally 2015.The excitement is building towards next weekend’s Joule Donegal International Rally and a MASSIVE crowd is expected to descend on Donegal over the course of the weekend. Earlier today, DMG Motors unveiled their SEAT Leon FR Rally Car which will feature as a 00 Safety Car in the rally which will also be driven by Brand Manager Stephen McCaul.DMG’s SEAT Brand Ambassador and Donegal star Ryan McHugh also called in to have a go and to launch the SEAT 152 0% Finance Campaign which started earlier this month. GAA STAR HELPS DMG MOTORS LAUNCH THEIR CAR FOR DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDMG MOTORSdonegalFeaturesnewsRyan McHughlast_img read more

19 Dec

Shosholoza’s story of Good Hope

first_img21 April 2006South Africa evokes the image of the sea that bathes its coasts – on one side the south Atlantic, one the other the Indian Ocean. It was a precarious coast for many mariners, as evidenced by the names given it: the Skeleton or Savage Coast, and the evocative Danger Point.The Cape: a mythical passageSucceeding the Phoenician sailors by about 2000 years – if we trust the Greek historian Herodotus – the navigator Bartholomeu Dias reached the Cape of Storms in February 1488 aboard the caravel Sao-Cristovao.The Cape was sailed again by Vasco da Gama in November 1497, five years after Christopher Columbus reached America.The King of Portugal, Johannes II, preferred to name the rocky spur swept by howling winds the Cape of Good Hope, to mark his interest for this pathway to India and its wealth.The new name did not prevent Dias from dying there 12 years later during an apocalyptic storm.Many other adventurers, travellers and sailors met the same fate, because this Cape remains a place for shipwrecks, especially when the icy southeasterly wind, nicknamed the “Cape Doctor”, bursts out.The history is such that yachtsmen of the world would shiver uncomfortably at the thought of the America’s Cup being sailed in the rough waters off Cape Town.Return towards Europe“We are not here to bring the America’s Cup to Africa. We are here to bring a part of Africa to Europe and the America’s Cup,” was the poetic explanation of Captain Salvatore Sarno when he introduced his Team Shosholoza to the America’s Cup world.It was as if, five hundred years after the arrival of the Europeans at the Cape, the wheel of history had turned, with Africa coming to make a conquest (albeit peacefully) in Europe.When announcing on 4 June 2004, under the Royal Cape Yacht Club banner, the first African challenge in the history of the America’s Cup, Sarno explained his team’s challenge as “an opportunity to show that all of South Africa’s citizens can work together, do well and have success together. In essence it is an opportunity to be part of the African renaissance.”An Italian by birth and an enthusiastic resident of Durban, South Africa for more than 20 years, Sarno is the South Africa president of a maritime transport company and an able yachtsman himself.He has been a tireless supporter and promoter of his adopted homeland, and with his friend Ian Ainslie (a South Africa yachting champion) has supported a sailing school for disadvantaged children in the Cape.In fact, a handful of the team members on Shosholoza have risen through the ranks of the Izivunguvungu Foundation created by Ainslie in 2001, which trains young people in yachting as a way of instilling discipline, pride and teamwork.It is another remarkable story arising out of the ashes of the difficult past in this country.Shosholoza: forging ahead“The Cup gives us the chance to present South Africa as a modern, dynamic, exciting country,” Sarno said. A country that forges ahead, as in the name of the team: “Shosholoza”.Shosholoza, the folk song of migrant labourers on South Africa’s mines, became something of a second national anthem after the country won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.The Zulu word “shosholoza” means “go forward”, “make way for the next man”, or “make your road, forge ahead” – more than fitting for a South African team engaged in the 2007 America’s Cup.“In the America’s Cup every team has its own story, but there is only one team who is the soul of sailing,” Sarno said.And as if to prove this claim, in April 2004 Shosholoza became the first syndicate to launch a newly built version 5.0 ACC boat.One month later, in Valencia, the magnificent Shosholoza (RSA-83), decorated by the graphics inspired by Zulu and Ndebele designs, was christened by the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barbera.After a difficult debut in the Louis Vuitton Acts of 2004, the team struggled to open the 2005 season. But the progress of the team since has been nothing short of spectacular, as Shosholoza concluded the 2005 season with a fifth place finish in the fleet races in Trapani.“The guys have been working hard and you can feel the hunger among the team,” was the assessment of one team member.The spirit of the America’s CupThe history of South Africa was darkened for a long time under the apartheid regime, and during these hard years South African yachting was isolated and underestimated.Nevertheless, sailing in the country has a long history, and was popular as far back as the 1850s, when the yacht America was beginning the story of the America’s Cup in England.In 1857, a local newspaper, the Natal Mercury, spoke of the regularly scheduled regattas organised by the Durban Regatta Club, which was succeeded in 1863 by the Royal Natal Yacht Club.Further to the west, in Cape Town, the introduction of yachting came later. Founded in 1882, the Southern Cross Yacht Club disappeared in 1888.Nevertheless, the Cape received occasional visits from some of the most prestigious navigators: Joshua Slocum with Spray in 1897 and, seven years later, Captain Voss with Tilikum.It may have been visits like these that inspired the foundation of the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1905. In the same year, sailors on the Cape were momentarily inspired by a book of illustrations showing the races for the America’s Cup – but nothing came of this premature exposure.In 1914, the Table Bay Yacht Club changed its name to the Cape Yacht Club and, on 28 May of the same year, the Royal Cape Yacht Club.Prior to that, an eminent member of the Table Bay Yacht Club, Sir Pieter van Blommestein, a pioneer of the former Southern Cross Yacht Club, obtained from Sir Thomas Lipton the gift of a trophy known as the Lipton Cup. The first challenge was sailed in 1911.In 2002, the Lipton Cup, now the most prestigious regatta in South Africa, was won by Salvatore Sarno’s L26 Class MSC Orion Donna Mia, skippered by Ian Ainslie.On board was 21-year-old Golden Mgedeza, the first black sailor to win the Lipton Cup. Mgedeza is the bowman of Shosholoza, as sure a symbol as any of the new South Africa.Source: Americascup.comlast_img read more

12 Dec

Post-Production Tip: Isolating and Hiding Noise in Your Footage

first_imgLoad in ResolveWe’ve loaded our clip into Resolve’s media pool, added it to a timeline, and are in the color tab. Now, we click the “Nodes” tab 3 times. (No, I don’t know why once wasn’t enough.)We’re going to select the starter node and apply some basic corrections to bring this clip to proper exposure.Once we’ve gotten it dialed in, I’m creating a new node by pressing Alt+S for Windows or Option+S on Mac.Create Layer NodeFrom here, we’ll right-click the new node, navigate to the Nodes expander menu, and select Layer Node.Our single node has split in two, and a “Layer Mixer” now appears after the layer nodes.Layer Nodes allow the single node grade path to split into two distinct chains for separate, concurrent grading. There are endless uses for the layer mixer, including separating highlights from shadows for work on each individually. Today, we’re using the layer mixer to separate the Chroma and Luma channels to apply more targeted noise reduction without losing too much detail in the shot.The majority of distracting noise comes from the chroma channels, whereas the noise in the luminance channel usually has a more organic structure and motion similar to film grain. Over-reducing the luminance channel results in extremely mucky and unusable footage.Let’s split our video to start managing this noise. There are dozens of ways to reduce noise in your footage, but today, we’re diving into DaVinci Resolve for one of the most power noise reduction techniques around.In this article, we’ll take a look at DaVinci Resolve for some powerful tricks for isolating and reducing distracting noise without losing detail in your shot.In a previous article on noise reduction, we covered many of the basic components of noise in footage. We’ll keep working with the same still frame from the underexposed clip I shot for a documentary a few years back for even more image polishing today. Reduce Chroma NoiseClick the bottom (chroma) node, and navigate to the Motion Effects panel of the Noise Reduction controls.To begin noise reduction, select the number of frames for temporal analysis. Now, unlink the luma and chroma controls on both temporal and spatial reduction before adjusting the chroma reduction on temporal and then spatial controls.From here, it’s just a matter of dialing in the sliders while watching the areas with the noise that you want to reduce. Based on personal experience, I usually find the best results when the temporal threshold controls are at about half the value of the spatial controls.Now we’ve selected the top (luma) layer node and are applying a touch of reduction to the luminance channel. I want to bring down a little bit of the grain without giving the footage a smoothed look.I think I’m pleased with these results for now, so let’s move to the blur panel.Blur ChromaEven without the Noise Reduction of the full Resolve suite, we can still bring down the distracting chroma flutter in this footage.All we do is select the chroma layer, then navigate to the Blur/Sharpen panel. We’re blurring the information in the chroma channel. This helps to virtually expand the grain structure of the color noise, which can help to significantly reduce the appearance of noise in most footage.Sharpen Y ChannelWith the chroma noise blurred, we can actually go back into the luminance node to add a bit of sharpening if blurring the chroma channel has softened the image up at all.Adjusting ResultsThe last thing I want to do before checking my work is to add another node after the Layer Mixer and use it to make a few minor adjustments to bring the image up just a little more and really emphasize our noise reduction.Before and AfterAll that’s left now is to compare the before and after Noise Reduction to make sure we haven’t overdone it. Desaturate Top NodeTo isolate the luminance channel, click the top layer node and navigate to any pane of the Color Wheels panel. All we’re doing is sliding the saturation all the way to zero. Don’t worry if you aren’t seeing any changes yet.Remove Y InformationNow, select the bottom layer node and navigate to the Primaries Bars of the Color Wheels panel. All we’re doing here is working in the Gain controls and sliding the Y slider from 1.00 all the way down.The image is crazy now, but we’re about three clicks away from normal.Change Blend ModeTo get the image back to its recognizable form, go to the Layer Mixer, right-click, navigate to the Composite Mode expander, and select Add.Now, you’ve successfully separated out the chrominance and luminance channels and are ready to begin noise reduction.Noise ReductionOne of the main differences between the free and paid version of Resolve is the Noise Reduction Panel. (For the Resolve Lite users, hang with me: we’ll get to a way to reduce the chroma noise without the Noise Reduction panel in just a second.)The Noise Reduction panel in Resolve is split into two sections: Temporal and Spatial NR. Here’s a quick primer for readers unfamiliar with the difference in the two techniques.Spatial Noise ReductionSpatial NR evaluates common problematic frequencies for noise (high, medium, low). These frequencies are “scanned” in each frame and noise reduction applies in the specified regions of the frame.Simply, Spatial NR looks at each pixel of a still frame, locates noise, and turns the noise down.Temporal Noise ReductionTemporal NR examines the noise profile across multiple frames by “watching” how each pixel’s values change over time. Because most noise is random, Temporal NR can usually quite easily detect the fluttery nature of the most common types of noise.A blend of both techniques usually yields the best results, so that’s what we’re doing today.center_img Getting Set Up I think this is looking really great. We’ve brought the exposure up to great levels and reduced the noise so it shouldn’t be a distraction.Resolve’s ability to quickly separate out the chroma and luma channels into two distinct layers makes it one of the most powerful tools for noise reduction on the market today. And you can get similar results using the free version. I think that everyone who handles any type of video post-production should have a working grasp of the workflow for noise reduction covered in this article.Do you have a folder of unusable, noisy footage collecting digital dust on your hard drive? Fire up Resolve and see what you can do to fix it!Cover image via Pro_Vector.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance QualifiersUnderstanding Image Noise in Your Film and Video ProjectsPost-Production Tips: How to Save Corrupted FootageUnderstanding the Opacity Blend Modes in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Make 3D Split-Depth Videos in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

7 Nov

Cowboys lasso Titans to claim back-to-back titles

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Queensland Cowboys have gone back-to-back in the Men’s Elite Eight after defeating the Queensland Titans 6-3 win at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.The reigning champions led the match from start to finish on a beautiful night at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, showing their class from the early minutes of play.It was an unfortunate result for the Titans who had performed so well for the whole tournament, but even they will appreciate the class and talent of the Cowboys’ side.A two-touchdown performance from Cormac Hoch helped his side to a 3-1 lead at half-time and they used this momentum to skip away in the second half. Jack Hughes opened the scoring in the early minutes of the second half, giving the Cowboys a commanding 4-1 lead in the process.They went on with it in the 27th minute, scoring the easiest of touchdowns through Damon Moore to lead 5-1.A stalemate emerged for the next seven minutes, before Cowboy Lachlan Hoch grabbed his first of the night to make it 6-1 with a little over five minutes to play.The Titans scored a consolation touchdown in the 36th minute to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but Graeme Clancy’s efforts were not enough, with the scoreboard showing a 6-2 scoreline in the Cowboys’ favour.Clancy grabbed a third touchdown on the hooter but the celebrations had already started for the Cowboys who held on for a 6-3 win.It was a complete 40-minute performance from the Cowboys who opened the scoring very early in the match to grab the upper hand from the get-go.In fact it took just three minutes for the Cowboys to cross the line, with Braydon Hegarty crossing in the left corner.Cormac Hoch sliced through the Titans’ defence in the 10th minute to make it 2-0, putting his side in a great position in the process.But just minutes later, The Titans cut the deficit to one touchdown through the handy work of Clancy who crossed in the right corner.However, the Cowboys continued to pile on the pressure and it paid off in the 16th minute, with Cormac Hoch scoring a spectacular touchdown to put his side up 3-1. That’s the way it stayed at half-time, and the Cowboys used that momentum to go on with the match and claim the title.Queensland Cowboys 6 (C. Hoch 2, L Hoch, Hegarty, Hughes, Moore touchdowns) def. Queensland Titans 3 (Clancy 3 touchdowns)Related LinksMen’s E8 finallast_img read more