Súile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special

first_imgJunior and Leaving Certificate Art students in Donegal showcased their creations in a captivating exhibition Súile Na Nóg last month.For 23 years, the Art Teachers Association of Donegal has come together to showcase the work of Junior Certificate students, with the new addition of Leaving Certificate work.The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny kindly and carefully create this exhibition space so that the students’ hard work and outstanding creations get the recognition they deserve and so that friends, family and members of the public can take in this amazing variety of work in all its creativity and glory.Members of The Donegal Art Teachers Association at Súile Na Nóg 2019It’s an exhibition for all the family with an endless variety of art in all its forms. It is sure to inspire any budding artist and current art students of all ages.The opening of the Súile Na Nóg exhibition took place on Thursday the 17th of October at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and was presented by the Donegal Art Teacher Association.There was a wide range of extraordinary drawings and paintings as well as impressive life-like models on display, showcasing the talent and flair that these students have for art.Sorcha Keeve voted best ordinary level project by the Donegal Art Teachers AssociationWinning Ordinary Project Aaron Curley, Carndonagh Community SchoolSpecial recognition was given to last year’s Junior Certificate students Aaron Curley of Carndonagh Community School, whose project ‘Nice One’ was awarded Best Ordinary Level project by the Donegal Art Teachers Association and Sorcha Keeve of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, whose project ‘Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it’ was awarded Best Higher Level project.See photos from the event in the picture gallery below:Anna Leadly, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her artworkAnna Leadly and Orlaith Bennis with their art teacher Miss Lynnette RodgersLaura Bonar with her mother Nora BonarStudents from Raphoe Royal and Prior with their art teacher Laura FergusonLoreto Secondary School students enjoying the exhibitionClaire Russell With her artworkGrace Mc Shane with her teacher Michelle Mc GeeLauren McLaughlin Carndonagh Community SchoolTeachers from St. Columbas Stranorlar_ Brian O_ Donnell and Donna Mac GroryKate Smyth ONeill Carndonagh CSMrs Ladley with Thresea May SweeneyMrs Ladley with Megan Toland Saoirse Gallagher, St. Columbas Stranorlar, College with her artworkLaura Sweeney with her grandmotherEmily Mullen, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her 3D artworkMia Henry, St Columbas Stranlorar with her artworkEmma Thomas Abbey Vocational School with her artworkStudents from Coláiste AilighSúile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:Súile Na nÓglast_img read more

Arrest of DRC plot suspects welcomed

first_img7 February 2013African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the South African authorities’ arrest of 19 people suspected of plotting to overthrow President Joseph Kabila’s government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The suspects were arrested this week in a remote area in Limpopo province, where they are believed to have been engaged in military training.“According to the AU principles, we do not tolerate unconstitutional changes of government. We do not tolerate coups … people must get through government through a democratic process of election,” Dlamini Zuma said in a statement on Wednesday.According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the swoop followed months of intelligence collection.“The counter-terrorism unit of the Crime Intelligence and Protection Services worked in conjunction with Crimes Against the State, which is under the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (DPCI), on this operation,” the SAPS said in a statement.“The arrests were executed meticulously by the Special Task Force members.”It has not been confirmed if the 19 suspects are linked to the powerful M23 rebel force which is active in the eastern areas of the DRC.The suspects are expected to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court, where they will face a charge of transgressing the Foreign Military Assistance Act.No South Africans have been linked to the alleged plot.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SA teen in Scirocco R-Cup driver’s seat

first_img18 September 2013 ‘Everything went wrong’“Absolutely everything went wrong in Sunday’s race,” he added. “I wanted to play it safe because of the Cup title. Then I came into contact with another car and got the drive-through penalty. He went into the event on the back of four wins and increased his lead in the standings by taking second place in Saturday’s opening race behind Denmark’s Kasper Jensen. With one race remaining and a maximum of 60 points on offer, Van der Linde leads the standings with 290 points to Jensen’s 247 and fellow South African Jordan Pepper’s 232. Most recently, the 17-year-old was in action at Oschersleben in Germany over the weekend. South Africa’s Kelvin van der Linde, one of the two youngest drivers in the competition, will go into the final round of the international VW Scirocco R-Cup in Hockenheim in Germany on 19 October sitting in first place in the Championship standings. SAinfo reporter Commenting on his performances on the weekend afterwards, Van der Linde said: “At the beginning of Saturday’s race, I tried to attack Kasper. But then I took a conservative approach to the whole thing and stopped taking risks. After all, what I really want is to win the championship and it’s looking very positive on that front. “All in all, I was too cautious and didn’t take enough risks. I’ll come back stronger in Hockenheim. I want to claim this title.” Mid-race accidentHowever, a poor 15th place in race two on Sunday saw his lead reduced. Van der Linde began the race in seventh place on the grid and was aiming to put the Championship beyond doubt. A mid-race accident, when he was lying sixth and on course to wrap up that title, put paid to those hopes. What it means is that Van der Linde needs to finish the season’s last race in 12th place to win the world’s only single-make championship powered by natural gas. A victory in the Volkswagen-backed series would almost certainly open doors to an international racing career for the young South African. Instead, Van der Linde was handed a drive-through penalty after race officials deemed that he had pushed another competitor. Post-race viewing of the video footage showed that the other car had spun in front of Van der Linde and that contact was unintentional.last_img read more

Google Book Settlement Negotiations Continue

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As of today, federal judge Denny Chin granted a motion to delay the planned October 7th Google Book settlement. In a trial rife with controversy, Chin noted that it was pointless to hold a hearing on a settlement when key points were still being negotiated with the Department of Justice. According to the New York Times, “The first clear signs that the settlement in its current form would be derailed came late Friday, when the Justice Department raised a number of legal and antitrust objections to it.” Nevertheless, with so many objections filed, it appears to the public like the revision process has never really stopped. More than 400 objections have been filed from various groups. Some of those include the National Writers Union, Yahoo and Microsoft and even concerned privacy advocates.While Judge Chin notes that the settlement can have positive affects on the public, he states, “It would appear that if a fair and reasonable settlement can be struck, the public would benefit. Under all the circumstances, it makes no sense to conduct a hearing on the fairness and reasonableness of the current settlement agreement, as it does not appear that the current settlement will be the operative one.” Instead of the hearing, the court will hold a status conference to review next steps to the case. To view the order visit the Google Book Settlement Page.Photo Credit: Timothy Vollmer dana oshirolast_img read more

Google Activates Android “Kill Switch,” Zaps Useless Apps

first_imgsarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology This week the engineers at Google remotely activated the so-called Android “kill switch,” a technology that allows the company to remotely remove applications installed on users’ phones. The applications in question, designed by a security expert for research purposes, were described as “practically useless.” They were not used maliciously nor did they access private data, or so says Android Security Lead Rich Cannings in a company blog post. Instead, the apps simply misrepresented their purpose to encourage downloads. “Most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them,” Cannings wrote, dismissing the impact of these questionable apps. But if the apps were effectively harmless, why zap them? Zap that App!Unlike smartphone rival, Apple, Google’s transparency in the matter is actually refreshing. Apple very seldom makes any official announcement regarding applications that are removed or rejected from its App Store, unless it’s responding to public outcry, such as was the case with the Pulitizer Prize winning satirist, cartoonist Mark Fiore’s app or the banned Web comic version of James Joyce’s Ulysses, both of which Apple later admitted were mistakes. (Censorship is a slippery slope, is it not?) But with the Android kill switch situation, it’s still seems a little odd. If the apps weren’t malicious, were generally uninstalled by the duped users and were already voluntarily removed from the Market by the researcher in question, why zap them off everyone’s phones, too? The kill switch is designed to remove dangerous applications from phones – those that steal or access private user data, contain malware or viruses, or access system resources without permission… is it not?Well, actually, no. The kill switch, per the Android Developer Terms of Service, may be used against any app “that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or other legal agreements, laws, regulations or policies.” If that’s the case, then “Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your Device at its sole discretion.”Interesting Timing on that Kill Switch, Google…Very InterestingBut what’s really interesting about this news is the timing. The Google blog post arrived only one day after news broke about a frightening, but perhaps inflated, report from security firm SMobile Systems that described how one-fifth of Android applications expose private user data. This means, SMobile decided, these apps could be used for malicious purposes. It was quite a leap, though, to claim that because an app accessed private info it was dangerous. A contact organizer, for example, would have access to your phone’s address book, but is that really a concern? No. A Google spokesperson also responded to CNET‘s coverage of the news, refuting the report’s claims and reminding the public that Android apps “must get users’ permission to access sensitive information,” something worthy of noting, to say the least. “Developers must also go through billing background checks to confirm their real identities, and we will disable any apps that are found to be malicious,” the spokesperson said, seemingly referring to the kill switch technology.And yet, in this case, Google removed “non-malicious” apps. Yes, of course there was the obvious misrepresentation by the researcher as to the apps’ purposes, the general uselessness of the apps in question and the need to enforce a Marketplace where developers play by the rules, but it’s still worth pointing out that Google has activated its kill switch for non-malicious applications the company itself described as “useless.” And it did so just one day after a security firm, albeit a questionable one which apparently has ties to AT&T, blasted the company for the growing number of spyware apps on the market. If anything, the remote app zapping looks like a response to those (reportedly bogus) claims, which is either a case of very coincidental and or bad timing on Google’s part, or… well… could it be that there was actually some truth behind all that hype?Is asking for permission not really the panacea Google claims it should be on Android? After all, over the years, putting the onus on the user to be mindful of their own security concerns has led to pop-up ads that resemble computer error messages, Facebook “recommendations” that instantly publicize your private data, user agreements and EULAs that install spyware, adware and toolbars on your computer, and a number of other undesirable situations for end users. It seems like, when it comes to Android security, there’s a fine line between safe applications politely accessing your private data with permission and those that could do a bit more, perhaps, than you had originally intended. The question is now, how much of this will be the user’s responsibility to manage and how much can the user rely on Google – and its Android kill switch technology – to manage it for them? Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#NYT#security#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and Real Madrid have settled on a fee for Brahim Diaz.BBC Sport reports City youngster Diaz is close to joining Real Madrid for an initial £15.5m.There has been uncertainty over the 19-year-old’s future since the start of the season.City manager Pep Guardiola previously said the club were trying to persuade Diaz to sign a new contract.However, the Blues have now accepted that Diaz, a Spain Under-21 international, will join Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £21m.Diaz joined City from Malaga as a 14-year-old in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, four this season. last_img read more

a month agoAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talk

first_imgAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Trey Lyles Is Auctioning Off Several Signed Pairs Of His Game-Worn Shoes

first_imgTrey Lyles ShoesTrey Lyles ShoesKentucky freshman forward Trey Lyles just turned pro this week, and while he won’t be receiving any NBA paychecks for a few more months, he’s already getting into the business of making money. Lyles took to Twitter this morning to start an open auction for several pairs of his game-worn sneakers. They’re signed by him and going to the highest bidder.You can see in the photo he has an impressive collection.Who wants a pair of signed game worn shoes from me? They will be getting auctioned off to the highest bidder!— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 12, 2015Here’s a photo of the shoes that are being sold. pic.twitter.com/cFiCGfdb2L— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 12, 2015How much would you pay for a pair of these kicks? And which ones would you bid on?last_img read more

Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Brett Favre2004GNB86. Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591. PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Can Donovan Mitchell Lead The Jazz Past The Rockets

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 3, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss Utah’s impressive win in Houston to even up the series, replay the Raptors’ terrible fourth quarter against the Cavs in Game 1 of their series, and touch on Stephen Curry’s return for the Golden State Warriors.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more