CHARITY SPIN THIS WEEKEND AT THE ORCHARD INN

first_imgFancy a spin for charity?Do you fancy doing a spin on a bike for charity this Saturday or Sunday?Getting ready for the big spin for charity, Ewan Kavanagh, Reuben Kavanagh and Jack Harris in training for the fundraising event which takes place at the Orchard Inn, High Road, Letterkenny from 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday.If so make your way to the Orchard Inn, High Road, Letterkenny for a ride with a difference. It will help a group of friends undertaking a personal challenge – cycling the length of the country.Gavin Harris, Cathal Wilson, Adrian Wilson, Carl Wilson (Australia), Robert Kavanagh, Marty Burke, Wesley Moore and Michael Russell love their cycling and more often thannot, can be spotted cycling the highways and byways of the county.They are also eager not only to complete their biggest challenge to date but raise a bit ofcash in the process.Group member, Robert Kavanagh said as the Mizen to Malin cycle was no longer a novelty, they decided that the aim of the project would be to focus and promote Jigsaw Donegal and raise money for that organisation. Jigsaw Donegal provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged15 – 25, with a drop-in centre on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.As part of the national Jigsaw network supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, Jigsaw Donegal aims to make sure that young people’s voices are heard and get the right support, where and when they need it.When something gets you down, or you are stressed or bothered, it can be hard sometimes to know where to turn.Jigsaw Donegal is there to help. Sometimes there’s a lot to deal with… studies, work, friends, family, sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol.These can all pile on the pressure. Its support workers are there to listen, and to help you work out where you want to be.Young people are  welcome to drop in to chat or meet with one of its support workers during the following times: Monday – Wednesday 4pm – 6pm; Thursday 4pm – 8pm and is closed on bank Holiday Mondays.“It’s a bit like that Bruce Springsteen song: ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’, that’s what we’d like to think that we’re doing with this charity cycle and as all money raised will go directly to Jigsaw, we think it will be worth the effort,” said Robert.According to Robert the riders taking part are self-funded so all money raised will godirectly to Jigsaw Donegal and will be used for the sole purpose of hiring an additionalclinical person to assist with the over-whelming demand on the service. This Saturday they are inviting people to come along and do a half-hour spin on their specially erected bikes at the Orchard Inn. Do your stint and contribute to their fund raising efforts.The cyclists’ main event takes place between Thursday August 28 and Sunday August31 when they arrive back in Donegal from Mizen.So if you meet the lads this weekend or at any of the fundraising events they will be hosting over the coming weeks and months become part of the bigger picture and help them complete this ‘jigsaw’.CHARITY SPIN THIS WEEKEND AT THE ORCHARD INN was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Charity SpinFeaturesnewsNoticesOrchard Innlast_img read more

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Photos: Warriors’ Klay Thompson 32 points carry them to win over the Los Angeles Clippers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson led the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 by scoring 32 points while going 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3. The Warriors face the Clippers again in Game 5 at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday. If they win, they’re likely to face the Houston Rockets, who are leading their series with the Utah Jazz 3-0. The Warriors, led by head coach Steve Kerr, have been NBA champions in 2015, 2017 and 2018.Tho …last_img read more

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Dairy Margin Coverage payments top $300 million as signups

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program signed up more than 22,000 dairy farmers  —more than participated in the last year of the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that it replaced — and paid out more than $302 million in its first year. That’s $302 million more than what farmers would have received under the MPP, which would have actually cost farmers money in 2019, according to an analysis of USDA data done by NMPF.Monthly milk price/feed cost margins so far in 2019 have been above the $8 per hundredweight coverage cutoff that existed under MPP, but below the new $9.50 per hundredweight coverage limit under DMC, the stronger dairy safety net enacted last year in the farm bill. Under the old MPP rules, the total paid out under the entire program so far this year would have been $75,000 — about $3 per farmer and a net loss for them after premium costs. Instead, the new DMC threshold has triggered hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed assistance for dairy producers, showing the program’s value and helping farmers stay afloat who otherwise may not have been able to continue.With 2020 signup beginning on Oct. 7, that success is worth keeping in mind as farmers weigh the program’s affordable cost versus its proven benefits.“The Dairy Margin Coverage program has proven its worth, with more than $300 million in farmers’ pockets as a result of our work on the farm bill with Congress and USDA,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “None of that assistance would have occurred under the MPP. We encourage farmers who haven’t already signed up for all five years of Dairy Margin Coverage to re-new their sign up for 2020, and for farmers who decided not to participate in the 2019 program to consider it in the future.”According to the latest USDA data, 22,631 dairy producers signed up for DMC. Based on reported margins for the first eight months of the year, payouts so far for 2019 have been $302,906,824. Wisconsin signed up the largest number of farmers, while California enrolled the highest production volume of any state.A key change to the program that boosted aid was the inclusion of dairy-quality alfalfa into the feed-cost calculation, which narrowed the difference between milk prices and feed costs and adjusted margins to better reflect dairy expenses, a change that NMPF pushed for throughout legislation and implementation.“We thank USDA not only for prioritizing the DMC in farm-bill implementation but adjusting it in a way that provided additional benefit to producers,” Mulhern said. “The DMC’s success has truly been a partnership throughout, from a united dairy community that aided Congress as it crafted and approved the program, to USDA’s work with that community in making it reality.”last_img read more

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Kevin Rose Accidentally Announces Digg’s Upcoming iPhone App

first_imgThe duo’s full interview with Rose will be available shortly via their weekly tech video podcast.How did the interviewers end up catching a glimpse of the application? Eriksen wrote us today in an email, “We were sitting next to each other, and he had his iPhone in hand. I was turning to him to ask him a question when I saw him playing around with the app.”It goes without saying that a Digg application would take a lot of pain out of social bookmarking for a large number of smartphone users. Currently, startups such as Smub have offered work-arounds for simpler saving and sharing of links on mobile devices.The Digg iPhone app represents the company’s first major mobile offering since a revamping of the Digg mobile site in July 2008. We can reasonably assume that Digg apps for other types of mobile devices will be released in the months to come, as well.We at ReadWriteWeb are definitely looking forward to playing around with Digg’s new toy when it’s released. What do our readers think, and what kinds of features do you hope to see when the Digg app hits the App Store? A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Social Bookmarking#web In a bit of “gotcha” journalism, interviewers Arnt Eriksen and Thomas Moen got Digg founder Kevin Rose to confirm that his company is developing an application for the iPhone.When Eriksen referred to having seen a sneak preview of the application, Rose was visibly surprised. “I cannot show that off yet. You’re not even supposed to know about that… Nobody knows about that.” A video of the interview is embedded below. jolie odell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Create Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After Effects

first_imgLock, load, and learn how to create realistic muzzle flashes in After Effects with these action-packed video tutorials.Whether you’re an AE rookie or a seasoned veteran, simulated gun-fire and realistic muzzle flashes in After Effects are insanely fun to create. Did you know you can actually create the effect using only the tools native within After Effects? Let’s learn how it’s done.The tutorial, created by Independent VFX, uses mostly fractal noise to create both fire and smoke in After Effects. The tutorial covers:Fractal NoiseSimulating Motion BlurColorizing FireUsing Blending ModesSimulating Light SpillColorizing SmokeUsing Masks to Isolate BoltsCC SphereHiding Edges with Radial BlurCompositing ElementsPart 1: Muzzle Flash and SmokePart 2: Creating Bolt Action and Bullet CasingsThis video was first shared by Independent VFX on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you’re short on time, another great option is to use the muzzle flashes from Video Copilot’s Action Essentials. I’ve used these muzzle flashes in the past and they are great for quick VFX projects. You can get the Action Essentials II pack for $99 on Video Copilot’s website.Learn more about creating gunshots in After Effects! Check out a few of the following resources:Gunshot Blood Splatter – Filmmaker IQAfter Effects Gun Fire – VFXRealistic Gun Blow Back – Video CopilotWant high end After Effects templates for your video projects? Check out RocketStock!Have any tips for creating realistic gun fire in After Effects? Come out guns blazin’ in the comments below.last_img read more

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Nowitzki ‘disgusted’ by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench during the first half of the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 14, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday night he was “disgusted” to read about allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.The 20-year player who has spent his entire career with the Mavericks told reporters after the first post-All-Star break practice in Los Angeles that he was glad the franchise was addressing the situation by hiring outside counsel to investigate the allegations.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Cuban declined comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday.Two women claimed Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.A day earlier, the NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed. The league said it would “closely monitor” the investigation.“Their findings are going to go directly to Mark Cuban and (Commissioner) Adam Silver, and the Mavericks will abide by whatever recommendations are made,” coach Rick Carlisle said after practice. “I can tell you that when it comes to anything involving the Mavericks, Mark Cuban is a strong believer in extreme ownership, extreme accountability.”SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC D-League: Eze leads as Perpetual hammers Batangas-EAC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES “It’s very disappointing,” Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked … that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on.”Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. 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Panathinaikos BC Founds Special Basketball School for Children with Autism

first_imgPanathinaikos basketball club has founded a special basketball school for children on the autism spectrum through the programme PAO BC Academy ASD, announcing this initiative on Tuesday, April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.The basketball club’s announcement said “Today, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. This day is very important for us in Panathinaikos as the PAO BC Academy is proceeding in the foundation of a special basketball school for children with autism,”The school will provide specially-trained basketball coaches, psychologists and escorts while the training will always take place in the presence of a doctor.Through this programme, the children with autism will have the opportunity to participate in a team sport, to socialise, make friends and play basketball. The training will be held at the Athens Olympic Stadium without any financial cost for the parents due to the support of Dole Hellas and Septona.TweetPinShare1212 Shareslast_img read more

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Liberals invite Duncan to come along on their visit to Attawapiskat

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan isn’t sure when, if ever, he’ll be able to go to Attawapiskat to see the conditions there for himself, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett says the minister can join her their weekend.Bennett made the offer during question period Thursday.NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel and NDP MP Charlie Angus also recently visited the community.last_img

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