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Information appeal after youths break into vacant house

first_imgGardaí are investigating an ongoing issue of youths breaking into a vacant house in Lifford.Young people have been breaking in and damaging a home on Coneyburrow Road in Lifford over the past number of months.The most recent incident was on Sunday 21st July, when the property owner called to the house and noticed that the back door had been forced and it was damaged. The homeowner saw a group of youths running from the property upon her arrival and they jumped a fence.Nothing was stolen from the house but a lot of damage has been caused to it.The latest break-in took place betweem the hours of 6pm-6.45pm on Sunday evening.If anyone has any information in relation to this incident then please contact Gardaí at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100. Information appeal after youths break into vacant house was last modified: July 24th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Springboks outclass Scotland 28-0

first_img18 November 2013The Springboks turned in a dominant first-half performance and used a stubborn, physical defence in the second half to beat Scotland 28-0, scoring four tries to nil at Murrayfield on Sunday evening.“We will take four tries to nil in a test match any day of the week and I thought we produced a good performance in this match,” coach Heyneke Meyer said afterwards.“We knew what to expect from Scotland. They are physical and hard, and we knew they would have worked at halting our driving, so I must give credit to our forwards coach Johann van Graan for the way he changed our drive set-ups.”Evolution and improvementThe evolution and improvement of the South African team this season was evident in the inevitability of the outcome of the contest against a team that has in recent times provided the Boks with some difficult games, including a tough 30-17 win earlier this year in Nelspruit and a 17-21 loss in 2010 at Murrayfield.Such was the Springboks’ control of the match that a boisterous crowd before the test became extremely subdued only minutes into it.Coach Meyer would surely have been most pleased by the fact that his charges made their opportunities count.They twice had lineouts five metres from the Scottish try line and turned both into tries.Opening tryThe first came within the opening five minutes after the Springboks had laid siege to the ball and taken it through phase after phase before winning a penalty which Patrick Lambie kicked for the corner. Willem Alberts then crashed over for a try.The second came from the sole chance the Boks had in the second half and they once again blasted through the Scottish lineout defence for Coenie Oosthuizen to score their fourth try of the contest. The throw-in had been earned after strong defence turned into attack and a pinpoint downfield kick by Bryan Habana forced the Scots to hack the ball into touch, with Jaque Fourie applying the pressure.Scotland struggled to win lineout ball in the first half and that contributed hugely to the South African dominance.“The line-out was another area we worked hard on, and it paid off with our performance in that phase in the first half,” coach Meyer commented. “Unfortunately we didn’t get much ball from the lineouts later in the game when it was wet, which was frustrating.”Enhanced reputationFullback Willie le Roux continued to enhance his reputation and proved again that he could be effective in the heavier conditions of the northern hemisphere by scoring one and creating another try.Le Roux’s five-pointer put an end to the Scots’ first concerted attack of the first half when he intercepted a pass and raced 70 metres to score under the uprights.Shortly after that, Le Roux broke through the Scottish backline, sidestepped a defender and then, with a final defender in his way, picked out JP Pietersen, playing in his 50th test, with a beautiful, kick out wide to the left where Pietersen gathered the ball and slid across the line for a superb try.BreakdownLock Richie Gray was in the Scottish line-up on Sunday, but the value of Richie Gray, the Boks’ Scottish breakdown coach, was evident in the South African performance. They totally controlled the breakdowns in the first half, easily holding onto possession, while in the second half they slowed down Scottish ball and forced the hosts backwards time after time. Contrast this with the first meeting of the teams in Nelspruit in June, when the Scottish loose forwards made hay, and the difference is night and day.Jaque Fourie, playing only his second test since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was superb in marshalling the Springboks’ backline defence. The Scots were repeatedly forced to cut back inside to try and force open a gap by the South Africans’ umbrella defence and almost every time they did that the ball carrier was met by two tacklers.‘Pleasing’“I wanted to work on our defence, and the fact that we kept the Scots to no points is pleasing,” said Meyer.“We have now scored seven tries on this tour and the opposition hasn’t crossed our line. That is a tribute to both our organisation and our attitude.”Further evidence of South Africa’s improvement was the smooth transition the team made after Meyer sent on a host of replacements in the second half.In the past this would inevitably have resulted in more fractured play for the Boks, but that has not been the case this season. The transitions have been smooth and those coming on have made an impact, indicating that the entire squad is contributing meaningfully to the Springboks’ success.South Africa’s final test of their tour takes place against France at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Ntando Makwela: The Dynamic Kid

first_imgPhoto supplied by Ntando MakwelaPlay Your Part Ambassador, Ntando Makwela is a 16-year-old author and motivational speaker from Mulbarton, Gauteng.  He co-hosts a  show on an online radio station called Brand Live, where he motivates and inspires young South Africans to build their future now by focusing on growing and developing their talents.Published in December 2017, his book “The Dynamic Kid: 9 Keys to Unlock Your Future” is a self-help book  providing the reader with step-by-step guidance to becoming a dynamic person.Ntando is an aspiring physicist and spends a lot of his time reading, researching and writing books. He believes Africa is the future as it has more than 200 million young people between ages 16 and 24. He believes that young people can do anything they set their minds to.Ntando has partnered  with another young author, Megan Werner,  to build a sling aeroplane supported by 20 teenagers who will be selected from High Schools around Gauteng. Together they plan to fly the aeroplane as co-pilots from Cape Town to Cairo. The group will land in various countries throughout the continent where they will have public speaking sessions, sharing the stage with other leading young people to inspire, motivate and challenge young Africans from the South to the North of Africa. Prominent historic and tourist attractions will be visited to add adventure, fun and flavour to the trip. This adventure will be aired on a television series called “Molo Africa: From Cape to Cairo” (http://moloafrica.co.za/).Keep track of Ntando’s endeavours on Twitter at @NtandoMakwela15last_img read more

How to Edit a Music Video Without Using Multi-Cam

first_imgMany music video editors work with multi-cam projects to increase speed while editing, but sometimes the best results call for a more traditional approach.Top image from Zophia CreativeAlmost every NLE today has some form of multi-cam functionality built in, and most of them work very well. FCPX in particular has one of the best multi-cam tools that I’ve ever used, and it’s been extremely helpful for editing music videos over the years. That said, more often than not, I prefer to cut music videos more traditionally, as I find it makes my choices feel more deliberate.Image from Richie Arellano PhotographyMulti-cam projects are a great way to get your video looking pretty good, pretty quickly. Once the project is set up, you can simply play through your track and click away on each camera angle, much like operating a live switcher. However, if you’re like me and you enjoy having as much control over your edit as possible, then these three tips will help you get the results you want while still saving you time in the edit suite.1. Sync & Edit the Performance FirstImage from K-Pop BuddyAssuming your video has a performance element to it, I highly recommend you start by working in that material, as it will be the backbone of your entire music video. Before dropping in any B-roll or storyline shots, simply stack up every last useable performance take on your timeline and create razor blade edits on important beats.Typically when editing a music video, I’ll make razor edits on every single beat of the song before I actually make any editorial choices. Once I’ve gone through the whole track, I’ll go through it again and delete the clips that I’m not going to use for each beat of the song. Although it takes more time up front to set up your project this way, it’ll save you a lot of time once you’re up and running.2. Be Very Specific With B-roll ChoicesImage from ShutterstockMuch like my recommendation to edit the performance on its own first, I recommend taking the same approach with your storyline or B-roll shots. Instead of throwing everything together in a timeline with the performance right away, edit your B-roll in its own timeline – much like a short film.Be very specific about the B-roll you select and only use the absolute best shots. That way when you edit it in with the performance (we’ll touch on that below), you won’t have to re-edit much of your material, as the majority of the legwork has already been done.3. Edit Nested SequencesImage from ShutterstockAssuming you’ve got two fully edited sequences – one performance and one B-roll – all you need to do now is combine them to create your final edit. My preferred method of doing this is by using nested sequences, or compound clips in FCPX.With this approach, you’re effectively only editing two tracks. Track One is your performance and Track Two is your B-roll. Of course, within each of those tracks, hundreds of edits have already been made. So when it comes time to editing the nested sequences, you really only need to choose between when to cut to B-roll and when to stay on your performance shots.Here are a few more resources from around the web that touch on the ins and outs of music video editing:These 5 Video Editing Tricks Will Make Your Editing Faster and Your Videos More Enjoyable to Watch – Fstoppers5 Editing Tips for Music Videos – Vashi NedomanskyEditing a Film to Music (Without it Becoming a Music Video) – PremiumBeatGot any advice for your fellow editors? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Fix Out-of-Focus Footage With This Simple Tip

first_imgWork around slightly out-of-focus footage with this DaVinci Resolve quick tip.Top image via Shutterstock.Recently, in true guerrilla-filmmaking style, I was shooting in an unsafe location with potentially weak structures and asbestos. However, the location was perfect for the project I was working on, so I took the risk. While shooting, we felt somewhat uneasy, and we wanted to wrap up quickly. As a result, I under-compensated the distance of the subject, and my focus for two shots isn’t perfect. This shot will likely be onscreen no longer than five seconds, and after we cut to see what the character is looking at, we return to a close-up that is in focus. In short, it’s an easy mistake. For cinephiles and perfectionists, however, it will not suffice.You can see from the image above that it’s only a touch out of focus. Everything is perfectly viewable, but when you zoom in 100 percent, you can see the lack of sharpness in the details.The MethodTechnically, you can’t fix an out-of-focus image. Many, however, would jump straight into a standard sharpen effect and apply it to the overall image. However, that isn’t effective when it comes to soft focus since it just essentially sharpens every edge of the image, which can make it look like you shot on DV tape. We need more control over the elements of the sharpening.For this technique, we’re going to leave the majority image in its soft focus state and, instead, concentrate on bringing some life to the character’s eyes and head. The eyes are always the first thing we look at when speaking to or acknowledging a person; therefore, if we can sharpen the eyes and facial region, the rest of the image will look naturally out of focus, and it will be less noticeable.In DaVinci Resolve, bring your footage into the color grading page and create a new node. On the new node, select a circular power window and place it on the character’s face — eyes at the center point. Adjust the softness of the window, so sharpness will gradually fade away from the center of the window.Open the sharpening panel. There are three settings you can adjust: Radius, H/V Ratio, and Scaling. The radius only needs a slight tweak. As you can see here, dropping it just -15 has already over-sharpened the image.The radius setting controls how much to sharpen or blur. The H/V Ratio controls the direction of the applied effects; in our case, we can ignore this. The scaling control multiplies the scaling that the radius is implementing. Again, these settings need only the lightest of touches.For my shot, I added just 0.03 sharpening and 0.44 scaling.This is the before and after. The image on the right has more perceived sharpness to the face. Since the rest of the image retains the soft focus, it will appear more like a choice of shallow depth of field (even though we can see background clearly), rather than a focus blunder. For a shot that will appear onscreen for five seconds, it’s a good fix.For those who are not adept with Resolve, you could recreate this process in After Effects by duplicating the footage and using the Unsharpen Effect and a mask on the top layer (remember to feather the mask).Do you have other workarounds for out-of-focus images? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more