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GP RCMP continue search for missing Australian man

first_img Photo: Owen Rooney has been missing from Grand Forks B.C. since Aug. 14./submitted Back in November, RCMP in B.C. received a report of three males in their early twenties selling dream catchers in Nanaimo. One of the males apparently resembled Rooney.Police say the majority of sightings have been around Cranbrook and Kimberley, B.C.Rooney is described as being 5’ 9” in height and 160 pounds. He has brown hair, straight white teeth and two tattoos. One of the tattoos is of a Celtic star and is on his shoulder. It is approximately three inches in diameter. The other is on his calf. It is described as perhaps being a triangle with a kangaroo. It is about the size of the bottom of a coffee mug.He also has a distinct Australian accent which police say they believe people might confuse with a British accent.Advertisement – Advertisement -A missing Australian man is still believed to be in the Grande Prairie area.Grande Prairie RCMP say they are still trying to locate Owen Rooney who went missing from a hospital in Grand Forks, B.C. on Aug. 14.The detachment had sent out a media release on Monday saying that one possible sighting turned out not to be Rooney.However, Corporal Carol McKinley with the Grande Prairie RCMP says police still believe other sightings in the area might be linked to Rooney.The 24 year-old had gone missing from the Grand Forks hospital and is believed to be with a group selling wind chimes.Advertisementcenter_img Rooney’s parents have come from Australia and have been in Canada searching for their son.Anyone with information on Rooney’s whereabouts or who may have spoken with him are asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

PSG and Bayern Munich join Arsenal and Chelsea in fight for Spanish starlet

first_img Munir El Haddadi 1 Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Arsenal and Chelsea target Munir El Haddadi.The 19-year-old, known as Munir, has broken through into Barcelona’s first team this season and has scored one goal in three substitute appearances.The buzz around the young Spaniard is growing and now many of Europe’s top clubs are circling – and hope to prise him away from the Nou Camp.Arsenal and Chelsea are admirers of the youngster and sources in Spain have indicated that both clubs are keeping a close eye on his progress in Catalonia.But now, according to German newspaper Bild, Bayern Munich have joined the race for the exciting attacker.Bayern boss Pep Guardiola knows all about him after his time managing Barca and he is ready to firm up the club’s interest with an enquiry.Meanwhile, big-spending PSG are also thought to be lining up an offer for the teen ace.last_img read more

Manchester United need a ‘special’ striker alongside Wayne Rooney, says former Red Devils star

first_imgRaimond van der Gouw believes Manchester United are missing a ‘special’ striker.Louis van Gaal has put his faith in Wayne Rooney to lead the attack this season having allowed Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to leave Old Trafford.Rooney has struggled to make an impact in the main striking role in United’s opening two games of the season and van der Gouw feels his old club may need to enter the transfer market to land a top-class forward.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former goalkeeper said: “You need a good striker but you also need something special, something extra and maybe they need one [of those type of players].“I thought they had very good strikers but most of them are gone. I think they need an extra striker.”Van der Gouw also believes a new goalkeeper may NOT be needed if David de Gea departs for Real Madrid.With the Spaniard sidelined by Van Gaal amid the ongoing speculation over his future, Sergio Romero has been between the sticks and the Argentine has impressed Van der Gouw.“I know him from Holland and he gave me a good impression,” the Dutchman said.“He has played two games and has got two clean sheets. He is playing very well at the moment. “last_img read more

Final Chance to WIN a Luxury Hamper from The Counter

first_imgThe Counter, Letterkenny have just been included in The McKenna Guide’s Top 10 Places in Ireland to Meet Up With Friends This Christmas. It’s a fantastic achievement and to celebrate, The Counter is giving away one of their famous Food & Wine Hampers! To be in with a chance of winning, just follow the link below to their page (Or click here!) and Like & Share their competition post! Good luck! Congratulations to Elaine Gallagher who was the winner of last week’s prize draw!The Counter Deli Hamper 2016Don’t forget – in addition to the Christmas hampers and gift boxes of wine, there’s always The Counter gift voucher. These vouchers can be used either in shop of their award winning cafe!Final Chance to WIN a Luxury Hamper from The Counter was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmascompetitionletterkennyThe Counterlast_img read more

Big Mac tells all

first_imgCHICAGO – Make it a burger, fries and nutritional information to go. Seeking to counter charges that its food is unhealthy and contributes to obesity, McDonald’s Corp. announced Tuesday that it will display nutrition facts on the packaging for most of its menu items next year. Patrons of the world’s largest restaurant company will be able to learn the amount of calories and fat, among other information, in a Big Mac or a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese by looking at the wrapper or container instead of having to go to its Web site. The fast-food industry has been under pressure from consumer groups and the government to provide more nutritional information about its food. McDonald’s and others had previously made calorie count brochures available, resisting calls to do more. The packaging information will consist of icons and bar charts displaying how McDonald’s menu items relate to daily recommendations for calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates and sodium. They will debut at McDonald’s restaurants at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, in February. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit health advocacy group, called the move “a useful step in providing customers more, and more readable, nutrition information.” But the Washington-based organization, which has long urged fast-food companies to both provide more information and offer healthier food, said McDonald’s should provide calorie counts on its menu boards. “Considering America’s obesity epidemic, that calorie information would do more than just about any other measure to help people protect their waistlines,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. He also said that instead of giving total fat content, McDonald’s should have been more specific since its fried foods are high in saturated and trans fats, which increase the risk of heart disease. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and an adviser to McDonald’s on nutrition, health and fitness, said McDonald’s “creative” approach is “scientifically sound and communicates complex information in a clear and accessible way.” Skinner said putting the data on the menu board would make it too complex and would slow down service. McDonald’s shares fell 12 cents to close at $33 on the New York Stock Exchange, up 3 percent this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In announcing the latest push to improve its image on health issues, McDonald’s said it demonstrates its commitment to promoting balanced, active lifestyles. CEO Jim Skinner also said the move responds to demand by customers, not consumer groups. “We’ve communicated with our customers for more than 30 years now about our food” ingredients, he said in an interview at the McDonald’s flagship restaurant in downtown Chicago. “This was a way for us to close that loop and provide them with an easy way to understand the nutrition information in the food that they’re eating.” The new packaging will be introduced in McDonald’s restaurants in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America starting in the first half of 2006. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said it expects to have the packaging available in more than 20,000 of its 30,000-plus restaurants worldwide by the end of the year. McDonald’s has been a magnet for complaints that fast food is unhealthy. It was targeted by the 2003 documentary “Supersize Me,” which focused on the health risks of an all fast-food diet, and hit with a lawsuit blaming the company for the obesity of teenage customers, although that suit was dismissed. The company has long maintained that its food can be part of an active, balanced lifestyle. last_img read more

Rowing Places 14 Student-Athletes On 2016 MAAC Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team

first_img Miranda Peterson So. Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology Duluth, Minn. EDISON, N.J. –The Drake University rowing team had 14 student-athletes selected to the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team, the MAAC office announced Wednesday. A total of 120 student-athletes comprise the team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Below is a list of Drake honorees. Gabrielle Brodek Jr. Environmental Science & Nutrition Hampden, Maine Jessica Rebischke So. Actuarial Science & Finance Lakeville, Minn. Laura Claydon So. Psychology & Sociology Eagle, Colo. Emily Householter RSr. Pharmacy Wheaton, Ill. Sarah Frantik So. Actuarial Science & Music Oswego, Ill. Sadie Robb So. Pre-Pharmacy Norwood, Iowa Bri Varela Sr. Elementary Education Olathe, Kan.center_img Sarah Larson Jr. Biology Watertown, S.D. Alex Lueck Sr. Actuarial Science & Finance West Allis, Wis. Julie Shipley So. Radio & T.V. Production, Psychology St. Louis, Mo. Ashley Beall Sr. English & Public Relations Irvine, Calif. Name Year Major Hometown Kerstin Donat Jr. International Relations Vilsbiburg, Germany Elaine Fickau So. Public Relations Mukwonago, Wis. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Medical Matters: Coping with the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia

first_imgContinuing of very popular medical series Medical Matters, this week Dr Ciaran Roarty addresses the painful problem of Trigeminal neuralgia.Trigeminal neuralgia is nerve pain involving one or more branches of the nerve that carries sensation from your face to your brain. This nerve is called the trigeminal nerve or fifth cranial nerve. The pain can be severe and distressing and if left untreated can lead to depression and anxiety. Thankfully this condition is not common – about 20 people in 100,000 develop it. This means that we can expect about 30 people in Donegal will develop this condition. It affects women more than men and it usually affects people over sixty.How is it diagnosed Doctor?Diagnosis is usually made based on typical symptoms and no tests are required. Occasionally an MRI is required if the diagnosis is in doubt, or the condition presents in a young person. If an unusual cause is suspected ( eg where other symptoms or complications are present), or treatment does not help, an MRI may also be required.What causes Trigeminal Neuralgia? We each have a Trigeminal nerve on either side of our face and each nerve has three branches. These branches ( and their smaller divisions) take sensations of touch and pain to the brain from our face. The trigeminal nerve also controls our chewing muscles along with saliva and tear production. In about 80% – 90% of cases it is thought that the cause of pain is related to a small artery or vein pressing on the nerve. Other causes of the conditions are much rarer and include tumours, MS or an abnormality of the base of the skull. It is very rare for both sides of the face to be affected.SymptomsNeuralgia means nerve pain and in this condition the patient gets sudden pains that come from one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. The pain is usually around the cheek or jaw bone or both and usually on one side of the face. The pain is very sharp or piercing and is often described like electric shocks. It can last for seconds to minutes with gaps in between which can last minutes or even days. Sometimes the pain repeats in quick succession. After a painful attack your face may feel dull or achy. Constant unrelenting pain is not usually associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia.Some people have trigger points on their face where the slightest touch or breeze trigger pain. This can interfere with eating shaving etc. Between attacks of pain there is usually no other symptoms and examination is unremarkableThe first bout of pain usually happens without warning and may last days weeks or months. Subsequent bouts of pain are unpredictable both in duration and frequency.TreatmentUsually medication is used to reduce the pain. These are often not our typical painkillers or anti-inflammatories which don’t really work well for this condition. Don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes certain medication that is normally used to treat epilepsy as this has been found to work well. If this doesn’t work well other medications are used. Medication works in the majority of cases. If medication is not effective other treatments tried include surgery and a newer pioneering treatment called deep brain stimulation.The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns contact your own Doctor.Dr Ciaran Roarty MB BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG is a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111Doctors Dara Scally, Jimmy McDaid and Ciaran Roarty at their practice.Medical Matters: Coping with the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare 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:donegalDr Ciaran RoartyMedical MattersScally McDaidlast_img read more

Loinneog Lúnasa 2018 celebrates 10 years of An Crann Óg!

first_imgOn Friday August 10th we have “An Crann Óg : an chead ghlúin” which will include most of the original line-up of the group, many of which have gone on to be performers, actors and various other professions.Then on Saturday 11th August the second concert will be with “An Crann Óg : mar atá inniú” which will be a performance from the current line-up, along with upcoming younger musicians who are being trained and developed through Scoil Cheoil na Crannóige.The group and the festival organisers want to emphasise that these will be two very different performances. There is a great value reduced rate of €20.00 for anyone wishing to attend both concerts (individual concerts are €15.00per night)Starting at 12.00 on Saturday, outside Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, there’s “Lá Mór Faoin Aer” a family fun day, with barbecue, the Happy Camper, craft stalls, bouncy castle and face painting, music and plenty more for all the family.At 4.30 on Saturday 11th in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, there will be a creative writing and song composing workshop – in Irish- with Máire Dinny Wren and Brídín Ní Bhraonain. Details from 074-9532949. For those who may have missed the recent, sold out “50 Years Celebration of Leo’s Tavern”, you will have another chance to hear the voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan in “Oíche Cheoil le Moya Brennan, a clann agus cairde” in Leo’s Tavern on Sunday night (12th ). This has become a regular and very welcome feature of Loinneog Lúnasa. Moya and her own family perform in the intimate space of Leo’s where it all started for herself and her siblings from Clannad many years ago. Admission of €8.00 is at the door from 9.30 and the advice is to come early to get a good seat!If you can’t make it to Leo’s there will be a Céilí Mór in the recognised local “Céilí House”, Teach Jack in Glassagh. Music is by Ceilí Time and there’s tea and home-made bread included in the admission cost of €8.00On Monday night, August 13th, Loinneog Lúnasa are honoured to welcome 3 legends of Irish traditional music to perform on the stage of Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair as “KGB”! They are – Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne. Earlier in the day, all 3 will give masterclasses ( Fiddle, UileannPipes and Accordian) at 3.30 in An Crannóg.These workshops are aimed at advanced students in each instrument and places must be reserved in advance by calling 074-9532208 or email cfgd@eircom.net Tickets for all the Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair concerts can be purchased in advance from Siopa Mhatt, in Bun Beg, from Amahrclann Ghaoth Dobhair or from an Crannog. Tickets can be reserved by calling 074 9532208. Admission to all other events is at the door.In addition to the concerts of course there’s a full programme of other events to grab your attention and keep young and old interested, from guided walks of Gabhla and Inis Meain islands to Curragh racing , music sessions, and an exhibition called Lacuna, by Kate Nolan in An Gailearaí.Loinneog Lúnasa is a combined community effort to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Gaoth Dobhair and it’s surroundings, and the people of Gaoth Dobhair extend a warm invitation to all to come and join them in that celebration!Loinneog Lúnasa is organised in association with Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair and is supported by Fóras na Gaeilge and Ealain na GaeltachtaSee www.loinneoglunasa,com for full program details or call 074-9532208.Loinneog Lúnasa 2018 celebrates 10 years of An Crann Óg! was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 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) The annual Loinneog Lúnasa music and cultural festival will begin on Thursday, August 9th continuing until Monday, 13th in Gaoth Dobhair. This festival is establishing a reputation in the Northwest for providing quality music, (from both local and visiting musicians) and cultural events in combination with an array of family-friendly fun activities, and guided walks.However, the main focus as always is on the musical and cultural heritage of the Gaoth Dobhair area. This year the festival is celebrating “10 Years of An Crann Óg”, the youthful Gaoth Dobhair based traditional group who have developed from a community project to a highly regarded group of musicians, who have recorded 2 CD’s, and perform extensively locally, nationally and internationally.The official opening happens on Thursday the 9th at 7.30 in the foyer of Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair and then the music kicks off with a concert at 8.30 in the Amharclann with “Na Mooneys” – which include Mairéad, Gearóid, Ann and Ciaran, from the renowned clann Uí Mhaonaigh from Gaoth Dobhair.This concert is presented in association with Trad Ard, which is a series of concerts running through the summer in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair .The development of An Crann Óg will be showcased with two separate concerts in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. last_img read more

Architect Malcolm Wells: 1926–2009

first_imgArchitect Malcolm Wells, who made his mark by trying hard not to leave much of one on the environment, died on November 27 at his home in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He was 83.Most conventionally constructed buildings, in Wells’ view, were intrusions on nature that hogged space, materials, sunlight, and other resources, and often included “toxic” landscaping. Wells regularly lamented this situation, but he also believed that it was possible to earn at least some measure of ecological redemption by designing buildings according to the precepts of what he called “gentle architecture” – the placement of buildings underground, with just enough of the exterior aboveground to allow convenient access and a comfortable level of sunlight in the interior.“Every construction project causes environmental trauma; only underground architecture can heal its own earth wounds,” Wells said in a series of comments posted on the website www.malcolmwells.com, which is devoted to the promotion of earth-shelter construction and other types of eco-friendly and energy efficient design. “…A building should consume its own waste, maintain itself, match nature’s pace, provide wildlife habitat, moderate climate, and weather, and be beautiful. That’s a series of pass/fail evaluation criteria.”Born in Camden, New Jersey, on March 11, 1926, Wells studied engineering at Georgia Tech and Drexel University after serving in the Marines, but he never did earn a degree. Instead he took on a series of draftsman jobs before apprenticing at a building design firm in New Jersey, where he eventually passed the state licensing exam for architects.As noted in a New York Times obituary, Wells’ dismay over the level of waste and environmental damage that accompanies some building projects reached critical mass in the mid-1960s, when he was commissioned by RCA to design its pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair. He couldn’t reckon with the notion that the building would be torn down after the fair ended, and that many of his other building projects left severe scars on what had been pristine natural settings.Wells’ underground-building concepts didn’t catch on in a big way, but his ideas influenced the work of many in his field.“As a thinker, he was a hidden jewel,” William McDonough, a Virginia-based architect whose practice focuses on ecologically sound, sustainable design, told the Times. “In the world of what has become known as green building, Malcolm Wells was seminal, actually inspirational, for some people, me included.”Wells was disarmingly self-effacing about his achievements. In an obit he wrote for himself (and which is featured on malcolmwells.com), Wells remarked that he spent his early years trying to match the level of accomplishment achieved by his older brother, Jack.“My big brother … had been one of those guys who could do anything: pick up a musical instrument and play it almost by instinct. Artist, musician, cartoonist, gymnast – you name it. And there I was, his klutzy kid brother, standing by his drawing board, trying to absorb everything I saw. I was never able to do things quite right. So even though I fell into a life of good luck later on, it all came to me slowly, as I tried in vain to be Jack redux.”More likely than not, the fruits of Wells’ “life of good luck” will continue to benefit everyone who cares about green building.last_img read more

Motion Tracking in After Effects: 6 Ways to Track Your Footage

first_img5. Planar Tracking Using MochaWhen to Use It: Advanced tracking on flat surfaces.If you have a very difficult-to-track flat surface, then the planar tracking feature in mocha Pro is the way to go. Unlike After Effects, mocha Pro will use predictive tracking to track the position of an object even if a portion of the tracked object is offscreen. Tracking data can then be exported from mocha into After Effects.This quick video tutorial from short-form video shows us how to planar track in mocha. 4. 3D Camera TrackingWhen to Use It: Matte painting, set extensions, and compositing.One of the most powerful features to hit After Effects in recent years is the 3D camera-tracking tool. The tool essentially automatically creates dozens of track points in your footage and allows you to select which ones to use after the computer processes the footage. This is your best tracking option directly in After Effects. However, the 3D camera tracker can take quite a while if you have a long clip.This tutorial from thevfxbro shows us how to use the 3D camera tracker to ‘composite’ a Christmas tree into a shot. There’s more than one way to pull off motion tracking in After Effects. Here’s a few of them!After Effects is a fantastic tool for VFX work. This is especially true for motion tracking. However, the tracker you use to motion track your footage might not be the best choice depending on your specific clip. Let’s take a look at six different ways to execute motion tracking in After Effects and discuss when certain tracking features should and shouldn’t be used.1. One Point TrackWhen to Use It: Very quick 2D tracking situations centered around a single point with no warping.The single-point tracker built into After Effects has long been a go-to tool for motion artists, but you need to be careful with single-point tracks because footage doesn’t normally shake in 2D space only. After Effects uses contrast to find track points, so you’ll need to make sure you set your tracker on a well-defined point. If you’re in a rush, one-point tracking will work, but for most professional circumstances, you’ll want to at least use two-point tracking.In this tutorial from Live Tech Australia, we take a look at how to use the single-point tracker in After Effects. 3. Corner Pin TrackWhen to Use It: Basic screen replacement.If you do a lot of commercial or sci-fi work, then you probably do a lot of screen replacements. In order to help make screen replacements easier, After Effects has a built-in corner pin tracker that is designed to work with any four point surface. While it’s designed to work with screens, it can also work with picture frames, signs, and simple surfaces. In this video tutorial from LinkTCOne, we take a look at how to use the corner pin tracker to replace a picture frame in After Effects.center_img 2. Two Point TrackWhen to Use It: On footage with mild to moderate levels of camera shake.Two-point tracking is fantastic for simple camera movements, as long as there are a few contrasted elements for the tracker to track. Two-point tracking is notably superior to single-point tracking because it can track rotation and scale, not just position.This video from Robert’s Productions shows us how to use two-point tracking to add text to a scene. 6. Spline TrackingWhen to Use It: Complex camera tracking jobs.If you’ve exhausted all of the other options on this list, or simply want the most accurate track possible, then spline tracking in mocha Pro is the way to go. Spline tracking can track any type of shape because you custom create the tracking plane. Essentially, you trace around the object you want to track and mocha will try its best to keep track of the object. Data can then be exported to After Effects.This tutorial from mocha planar tracking & vfx tools shows us how to use spline trackers to do beauty retouching in After Effects.Have any other tips for motion tracking in After Effects? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more