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Tragic mum’s plea to Leaving Cert students after son’s death

first_imgA mother who lost her son through alcohol poisoning after he drank too much on a night out celebrating after exams has pleaded with Leaving Cert students to look after eachother.More than 57,000 students across the country will get their exam results tomorrow (Tues).And many will celebrate by hitting the town to attend special Leaving Cert parties in pubs and clubs. But Helen Savastio knows the dangers of alcohol all too well after losing her 19-year-old son Liam McGlinchey to alcohol poisoning in August 2017.Liam, from Buncrana, had moved to America and was out celebrating his GED (General Educational Development) exams when he drank too much.However, his night of celebration turned into a nightmare for his family when Liam died after being left on the front lawn of his grandmother’s home in New York.Last week two of his friends were jailed after being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. Helen, who lives in Buncrana, pleaded with the thousands of young students has said such nights can be deadly.“A night of celebration can easily turn deadly. Whether it is as a result of a pill popped, a car accident or alcohol poisoning.“Liam never thought that a night of drinking would end his life at 19. Liam’s death was preventable.“If only someone had called for help or dropped him off at a hospital,” she said.Helen pleaded with the friends of drunken students not to leave them alone if they do get drunk but to look after them. “If your friend becomes legless and starts losing consciousness don’t automatically think he’s going to sleep it off. If you’re concerned, get help.No family or group of friends should feel the pain of losing someone far too soon. One call can make that difference,” she added.Tragic mum’s plea to Leaving Cert students after son’s death was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:alcoholbuncranadeathdonegalLiam McGlincheylast_img read more

SADC opens entries for media awards

first_imgThe SADC Media Awards celebrate the collective power of all media to foster positive change. (Image: Reuters) • Bongiwe Gambu Director: Media Engagement GCIS +27 82 714 9463 [email protected] • Young, gifted and African? Apply for the $75 000 Anzisha Prize • SADC: the case for a single currency • Global acclaim for inspiring South African whisky commercial • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire • Bill Gates: Who says Africa will always be poor?Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards will celebrate the best words, pictures and television produced in its 15 member states.The competition acknowledges outstanding contributions to journalism that report the good stories in SADC. Contributions from journalists across print – words and photographs – radio, television, and digital media platforms that were published between January and December 2013 are eligible for entry.At the announcement of this year’s competition in Pretoria, Zukiswa Potye, the director of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), explained that the awards were first mooted to inspire people to pick up a pen to celebrate the communities in which they lived. For the government, it was a way to celebrate the importance of a free press in southern Africa. The theme for the awards is “Promoting regional integration through journalism” and, as Potye explained, “for South African journalists, entry is about patriotism and celebrating South Africa’s role in the region and the world”.The government encourages South African journalists to enter to promote SADC’s vision of a regional community founded on economic well-being and social justice. “We are celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy, an achievement that would not have been attained if other African states did not contribute to emancipating South Africa from the apartheid system,” Potye explained.It is hoped that the awards will remind journalists of the important part they have to play in fostering the SADC vision and promoting the development of the region. Judges have been tasked to find the best, liveliest, wisest and most provocative journalism produced last year. Potye asserted: “Journalists record history and ensure transparency in the region.”Journalists working for public broadcasters, commercial as well as community media are encouraged to enter. Each country has its own judging panel, whose selections will then go head to head against those selected from other member states. Through competition it is hoped that the awards will foster unity throughout SADC and strengthen the economic, political and social ties that already exist.The competition is open to any citizen of a SADC country and entries have to be in one of the languages of the region – English, French or Portuguese – or an indigenous language. Submissions must be between 100 and 2 000 words or up to an hour in length for broadcast entries. “We are looking for the African stories that people are not telling,” Nomonde Gongxeka, the chair of the South African judging panel, explained at the launch of the awards in Pretoria. The prescence of a free media across the region ensures transparency and builds strong democracies. (Image: IDS)Photographer Neo Ntsoma, the first woman to win a CNN African Journalist award for photography, is on the South African judging panel. She will be looking for work that showcases the country but admits that judging a young entrant working at community level against a journalist with years of experience may skew the results.“Yes everyone will be judged the same but competition can also be about pushing yourself, testing your ability against people who have been doing the same job as you for longer. When I started out I would lose to more experienced photographers, but I always went back to find out what my pictures were lacking, what made [theirs] better than mine.”Winners will receive $2 000 (R22 000) to be awarded at a ceremony at the 34th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in August in Harare. All entries must be submitted by 31 March. For more information and official entry forms, visit the GCIS website.last_img read more

Web Development Reading List #143: The Referrer Header, Third-Party Scripts, And Color Psychology

first_img Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Web Development Reading List #143: The Referrer Header, Third-Party Scripts, And Color PsychologyYou are here: Hey! I don’t have a lot of links for you this week, but I feel that the ones that I selected are particularly useful to read. I learned about how to break Google captchas, the Referrer header, color psychology, and read an amazing new article by Maciej Cegłowski whose articles and talks I value a lot. Enjoy your weekend!The post Web Development Reading List #143: The Referrer Header, Third-Party Scripts, And Color Psychology appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Web Development Reading List #143: The Referrer Header, Third-Party Scripts, And Color Psychology HomeWeb DesignWeb Development Reading List #143: The Referrer Header, Third-Party Scripts, And Color Psychology Posted on 1st July 2016Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

5 Ways to Clean up Audio in Adobe Audition

first_imgWere these audio tips helpful? What else do you want to know about Audition? Give us your feedback in the comments below. Check out the tutorial below where Maxim Jago from Lynda.com takes us through the step-by-step process of using the Spectral Frequency Display to clean up your audio. Activate your Waveform by double-clicking your audio source in the Files panel.With your Waveform selected, head over to either the Effects Rack or the Effects Top Menu.Then go to Noise Reduction/Restoration > Adaptive Noise Reduction. Now that you know how to access Frequency Analysis (as well as how to apply frequency holds), let’s turn to a full tutorial (once again from Mike Russell) on how to effectively use this feature for audio clean up. Access the Waveform of your audio by double-clicking on the track.Head over to Window > Amplitude Statistics.A new window will open. Click on the Scan option in the lower left-hand corner.Once it scans, find the section that says Possibly Clipped Samples.Click on the small Diamond Shaped Node next the number. This will take you to where your audio is clipping. For an in-depth look at how to use the technique above, check out the great tutorial below from Mike Russell. He’ll run through the Amplitude Statistics process, then show you how to fix distortion in two different ways. 5. Use Frequency AnalysisAnother way to locate noises in your audio is by using the Frequency Analysis option. By activating this window, you’ll be able to see the frequencies in your audio file, which then allows you to find where random issues of clipping, excessive bass, and other noises are located. Here’s how to access this menu option. 4. Remove EchoEcho is another issue that you may hear in your audio from time to time. It happens, especially when you’re filming at a location with a lot of reflective surfaces. Surfaces like concrete, tile, brick, and metal will reflect sound and bounce it all over the space, which in turn can give you some unwanted reverb.Unfortunately, Audition doesn’t include any really polished effects that can handle this issue. However, there are several plugins you can purchase that won’t break the bank. Two great plugins you can use: Acon Digital’s DeVerberate and the SPL De-Verb plugin from Plugin Alliance.In the tutorial below, Curtis Judd gives us an in-depth tutorial on how to utilize both of the above plugins to reduce and remove echo issues from your audio. Now, you should be completing your audio mix in something other than your NLE, but if it’s a quick video project and you have echo issues, know that you can use these plugins with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.center_img Open your audio Waveform by double-clicking it in the Files Panel.As the Waveform opens in the Editor Panel, look toward the bottom of the panel.There is a small divider. Click and Hold to pull that divider up, revealing the Spectral Frequency Display.Now you have a visual reference to find the noises you need to take out. Now that you know how to access the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect, let’s find out how to precisely use the effect to clean up audio. Here’s another video from Lynda.com that runs through the process. 3. Use Adaptive Noise ReductionAnother way to reduce unwanted noise from your audio is through the use of the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect. This effect works really well at removing ambient background noise and wind noise. This effect can be applied in real-time through the Multitrack Editor, which is really handy. Here’s how to get started using the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect. Go to the Window top menu, and click the Frequency Analysis tab.Choose Logarithmic from the Scale drop-down menu.Start your playback. To Freeze, click one of the eight Hold buttons. 2. Use the Spectral Frequency DisplayHave you ever been out on location filming and some secondary interference messed with your audio? Maybe someone on set sneezed or had their cell phone ring. Maybe an airplane flew overhead. Noises like these can be taken out of your audio with the Spectral Frequency Display. There are always going to be imperfections in your production audio. Instead of scrapping it, use these tips to clean it up in Adobe Audition.No matter how experienced your audio crew, there are always issues that will find their way into your recording. It happens. But resist the urge to scrap your audio and go straight to ADR, because you might be able to salvage that audio. There are several options you can utilize in order to save this audio, but one option that’s gaining steam within the industry is Adobe Audition.With that said, here are five tips for cleaning up your audio in Adobe Audition. For each tip, we’ll run through how you can fix the issue and then post a helpful professional tutorial to guide you step by step. Let’s get started.1. Fix Distorted AudioThere may be moments in post when you discover that your field recorder settings were simply too hot. This is a problem that frequently rears its ugly head in documentary film work, especially for those working as a one-person crew. When your audio is too hot, it’s going to distort — but fear not. It can be fixed.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya’s father defends under-fire cricketer: Comments were made in light-hearted manner

first_imgHardik Pandya’s father has jumped to the defence of his son, who has been facing severe criticism over his infamous comments during an appearance on a popular television show, Koffee with Karan that was aired on Sunday.Hardik Pandya along with his good friend and India teammate, KL Rahul made a few borderline racist and sexist comments on the show, hosted by popular filmmaker Karan Johar.Pandya boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and also narrated how he informed his parents about losing his virginity.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.” Pandya had said on the show.He added: “At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’.When asked by Karan Johar why he doesn’t ask women for their names at nightclubs, Pandya replied: “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”Hardik made comments in a light-hearted mannerReacting to the criticism, Pandya’s father Himanshu told mid-day: “I don’t think people should read too much into his comments. It was an entertainment show and his comments were made in a light-hearted manner.”He was only looking to entertain the audience. So, it [his comments] should not be viewed very seriously or negatively. He is an innocent boy with a very fun-loving nature.”advertisementPandya conceded that he had gotten carried away by the “nature of the show”, which is notorious for making celebrities open up on their personal lives.Nonetheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is mulling a two-match ban for both Pandya and Rahul.BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary also expressed fresh concerns, saying that both Rahul and Pandya could be susceptible to approaches from bookies, who carry out match-fixing via honey traps.Earlier this week, the BCCI had issued a show-cause notice to both Rahul and Pandya. Despite the latter issuing a public apology for his remarks, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators is not satisfied with it.The controversy surrounding Pandya and Rahul comes at a time when Team India are preparing for a crucial three-match ODI series in Australia.Nonetheless, the much-talked-about issue will not affect the morale of the Indian dressing room despite Pandya and Rahul being part of it in Australia, according to batting great Sunil Gavaskar.”I don’t think the dressing room would be affected, this team is beyond it. The two guys you are talking were not part of Test squad, one [Pandya] just joined for the last two Test matches but did not play. Rahul had very little role to play as a batsman so I don’t think it will matter. If it would have been somebody involved in a big way, then it might have affected the dressing room,” Gavaskar had told India Today on Thursday.Also Read | BCCI raises honey trap concerns after Hardik, Rahul boast of night outs on TV showAlso Read | BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyAlso Read | India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja in for Hardik Pandya? India’s predicted XI for Sydney ODIAlso See:last_img read more

Team Anand seeks to gain lost ground

first_imgOn what turned out to be a pretty bad day in office, five-time world champion Anand went down rather tamely in the second game on Sunday and now trails 0.5-1.5 in the 12-game match. Anand’s body language also suggested that the king is currently down especially in the light of the fact that the opening had gone quite well for the Indian ace in both the games. However, as was the case in the last world championship match, Carlsen tuned the position of both games to his liking after some time and while Anand salvaged a half point in the first game, in the second he never got a chance. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAnand looked more tentative than Carlsen and it was hesitation that cost him dearly in the second game.To his credit, Carlsen was at his best and did what he has mastered against top class opponents. An innocuous opening reached a level middle game and then the complexities stared to burden Anand to the extent that he fumbled and produced a rare blunder. This was clearly caused by sustained pressure by the Norwegian.In the last world championship match, Anand had drawn four before losing the fifth game. Anand will have to not only stop further damage but also seek a quick cruise control to stage a comeback in the match. In the third game on Tuesday Anand will play with white pieces.last_img read more

Nehru Childrens Museum organises painting exhibition

first_imgKolkata: Nehru Children’s Museum held a painting exhibition at the Gaganendra Exhibition Hall. The exhibition was inaugurated by eminent painters like Samit Aich, Asit Pal, Debabrata Chakraborty and cartoonist Debasish Deb. It is a three-day exhibition, running from April 28 to April 30. The production of the paintings was based on ‘Tomar shrishti, aamader tulite’ or ‘your creation through our paintings.’ The 60 paintings that were displayed in the gallery portrayed art work based on Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. Lines like ‘Aamar raat pohalo, Sarado praatey, Baashi Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightstomar diye jabo kahar haatey’, were portrayed beautifully through a water colored painting of a brown boy playing the flute in the middle of the night. Another of these lines: ‘Esheche sarat himer pore’, came to life through an artwork of a Baul singer carrying an iktara. Many such small lines from famous Tagore poems were portrayed through the art work of 11 to 26 year olda. Other mediums like poster color, acrylic, charcoal and tempera were used for the paintings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe theme was nature through Tagore’s eyes. Shikha Mukherjee, an official at the administrative section of Nehru Children’s Museum, believes that this theme made the children realise the importance of nature and the beauty of Rabindranath Tagore’s works. An exhibition, which has been running successfully since the last 12 years, has made an incredible show this year with 60 |beautiful paintings of some of the best painters in the association.last_img read more