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Drunken teen injured in Diamond accident

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first_imgA teenager is nursing serious injuries he sustained after losing control of the car he was driving at about 04:30h on Saturday and ending up in a trench along the Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Conclusively proven to be under the influence, the teenager was reportedly heading to his Land of Canaan, EBD home after partying with friends in Georgetown.It is surmised that he had fallen asleep while driving, and slammed into the curb in the middle of the roadway. Upon impact, motorcar PVV 2702 toppled several times before coming to a halt in a nearby trench.Public-spirited citizens who had witnessed the accident immediately pulled him from the wrecked vehicle and rushed him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, from where he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.His condition is regarded as stable. Hospital officials, while confirming that his injuries are not life threatening, note that he sustained lacerations to his body and a concussion to the head.The breathalyser test Police conducted on the teenager proved he had consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol.The Police have so far taken a statement from the teenager as they continue investigating the accident.last_img read more

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Nuke Power unsafe in the Peace

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first_imgA petroleum geologist has told a meeting in Fairview that building a Nucelar Power Plant in the Alberta Peace, not far from the BC border, is both unsafe and unnecessary.Jack Century has conducted a study of seismic activity, especially as caused by injecting or flooding liquid into…and then withdrawing it from…the earth.He believes that injecting into the ground, in a limestone structure, such as underlies much of the Peace, could increase seimic activity and, possibly lead to catastrophic earthquakes.- Advertisement -At the Fairview meeting he showed a map of the Peace, noting both the original proposed location, for the Bruce Power plant at Lac Cardinal…and the more recently announced preferred site are quite close to fault lines. He also believes that nuclear power is not necessary, if oil companies would put more resources into looking for more sources of conventional oil…which he pointed out has a smaller carbon footprint than the tarsands, where underground injection is also used.last_img read more

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Harry Redknapp’s Jordan beaten 5-1 by Australia in World Cup qualifier

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first_imgHarry Redknapp tasted defeat in his second game in charge of Jordan as Australia romped to a 5-1 victory in their World Cup qualifier in Sydney.The former Tottenham, West Ham, QPR and Portsmouth manager got off to a flyer with an 8-0 victory over Bangladesh in his first game as the nation’s new head coach.But his side were outclassed and well beaten at the Allianz Arena. Two goals from ex-Everton hero Tim Cahill and further strikes from Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic and former Spurs starlet Massimo Luongo had the Aussies cruising, before Abdallah Deeb snatched a consolation for Jordan in injury time. It means Australia progress to the next phase of Asian qualifying after topping Group B.Jordan, who are second in the table, could still make it through, though they now face an anxious wait to see whether they have done enough. The four best second-placed teams from the eight qualifying groups will join the table toppers in the next stage. Jordan claimed five wins and one draw in their eight group games.Speaking to the press after the match, Redknapp said: “I’ve enjoyed it apart from today. No one enjoys standing on the touchline getting well beat.”He added: “The players did their best. We all did our best but what can you do? I’ve been here five or six days, what can you do?“The players are the players, I can’t suddenly bring in Ronaldo. It is what it is. They tried their best but they were beaten by a better team.” 1 Jordan manager Harry Redknapp last_img read more

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talkSPORT to broadcast more English Premier League coverage than ever before

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first_img1 talkSPORT is having a Premier League party! talkSPORT, the world’s most popular sports radio station and part of Wireless Group plc, alongside its sister station talkSPORT 2, can today announce that it has been awarded the right to broadcast three Premier League UK live audio packages for the next three football seasons, starting with 2016/17.This partnership means that talkSPORT becomes the only national commercial radio station to carry live English Premier League commentary, offering its fans an unrivalled opportunity to listen to some of the biggest and best games in the annual footballing calendar.talkSPORT, which announced its latest industry figures according to RAJAR earlier this week, has seen live football make its mark on Sunday afternoons with two shows posting record results this quarter. ‘Sunday Exclusive’ hosted by Mark Saggers with regular commentators Stan Collymore and Sam Matterface [Sundays, 1pm to 4pm] saw a massive 25% increase in listeners, while ‘Call Collymore’, the popular post-match show also hosted by Stan Collymore [Sundays, 4pm to 6pm] has seen a year-on-year increase of 21%.Offering an outstanding opportunity to capitalise on this sustained growth, talkSPORT has retained exclusive Premier League audio rights to broadcast 28 Sunday afternoon matches each season, which usually kick-off at 1.30pm or 2.15pm. The station has also retained its right to broadcast 28 Saturday late afternoon matches, which usually kick off at 5.30pm.In what is also a major coup for talkSPORT’s new sister station, talkSPORT 2, the third package awarded – which offers exclusive audio rights to specific Premier League matches at 3pm on Saturday afternoons – will be played out on the new station, bringing even more top-level live sport to talkSPORT 2, which has delivered a unique position in the market by offering a range of live sport that often cannot be heard anywhere else.Scott Taunton, Chief Operating Officer at talkSPORT’s owner Wireless Group, said: “We are very pleased that talkSPORT has been awarded three of the Premier League’s live audio packages, giving us the opportunity to play out more live Premier League football for our listeners than ever before.“Becoming the only national commercial radio station to offer access to live Premier League commentary demonstrates our ongoing commitment to producing quality football coverage, fronted by a range of talented and credible presenters.“It is also a huge bonus for us to have a package awarded that can be played out on our new digital station talkSPORT 2. The station has already made a name for itself, broadcasting a range of live sport and including coverage which hasn’t had a home on British radio before. Adding live Premier League coverage to this profile cements its credibility and authority in live football commentary.”Since talkSPORT began broadcasting Premier League commentaries, it has seen sustained audience growth, significantly narrowing the gap with its nearest competitor, BBC 5 Live.The station has expanded its offering of football commentaries across the board, and now broadcasts key fixtures from the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and England Internationals. Its talented line-up today includes names such as Alan Brazil, Colin Murray, Darren Gough and comedian Jon Richardson.talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will also be broadcasting every single match from UEFA EURO 2016™ live in June this year, recently naming their presenters for the tournament including Joey Barton, Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce MBE.In addition, after securing the exclusive global audio rights to the Premier League in 2012, talkSPORT now broadcasts every Premier League match live across the world in multiple languages, with partnership agreements in place in 69 countries. This agreement will run throughout the next three seasons until 2018/19.last_img read more

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REVEALED: HOUSEHOLD TAX TO RISE TO €315 NEXT YEAR

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first_imgDONEGAL’S so-called ‘working poor’ are set to be hit with a huge rise in the Household Tax next year.Working families deemed to have enough money to pay the charge will have to fork out an average of €315, based on an average house price of €155k.Home owners with a house valued at €100k would have to pay €200 – twice this year’s ‘flat rate’ of €100. The calculation will be based on 0.2% of the ‘market value’ of your home in a self-assessment scheme.Only those claiming their home is worth €50k will be able to pay the same €100 charge.However with 45% of 65,331 Donegal householders liable to pay the household charge refusing to pay in 2012, it could mean tough times ahead for Donegal County Council.The Department of the Environment run by Minister Phil Hogan will cut direct block grants to Donegal County Council based on EVERYONE paying the tax. It could mean up to €6M being deducted from the Government’s grant payments to the council.And that will hit the services provided by the council.The new charges will come in to effect next summer, meaning householders will have to pay €50 flat rate for the first six months of the year and then the new charge for the second half of 2013.The ‘working poor’ are classed as those with jobs, generally not well-paid, who don’t qualify for benefits but are liable for most taxes. REVEALED: HOUSEHOLD TAX TO RISE TO €315 NEXT YEAR was last modified: November 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal County CouncilREVEALED: HOUSEHOLD TAX TO RISE TO €315 NEXT YEARlast_img read more

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CAR USED IN HORRIFIC ROAD-DRAGGING INCIDENT FOUND BURNED OUT IN DERRY

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first_imgThe car used to drag a man along a road in the Burnfoot area has been found burned out in Steelstown, Co Derry.Dungiven man Adrian McLaughlin was seriously injured when he was dragged and hit by another car while trying to stop raiders who had been trying to steal his lorry.The 53 year old is in a stable condition in Altnagelvin Hospital. The man was attending a wake of his father-in-law in Burnfoot in Inishowen around 7.30pm on Monday when he noticed two men close to his truck.Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern said as he approached the men, they got into another car – a silver Mercedes – which was parked close to his vehicle.He tried to stop the men and managed to hang on to the door of their car as they headed towards the Bridgend roundabout going towards Derry.However, as the man held on the driver swerved into the path of an oncoming car which struck the man hanging onto the car. Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr McLaughlin, who witnessed the incident and phoned the ambulance, said the man was “lucky to be alive.”The man was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he is being treated for two broken legs, pelvis and chest injuries.The car in which the men made their gateaway was found burned out in the Steelstown area of Derry.Superintendent McGovern said anyone with information about the incident should contact investigating officers at Buncrana Garda Station, telephone (00353) 74 932 0540. CAR USED IN HORRIFIC ROAD-DRAGGING INCIDENT FOUND BURNED OUT IN DERRY was last modified: December 11th, 2013 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:Adrian McLaughlinBurnfootDerrydraggedSteelstownlast_img read more

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New tax services, quicker returns

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first_img3 July 2012 South Africa’s tax season for individuals opened on Sunday, with new services and technologies available to make the process of annual filing even quicker and easier. Taxpayers can expect quicker returns, with assessments now expected to take an average of three minutes and refunds to taxpayers to be paid into their accounts the next day. Those who visit SA Revenue Service (Sars) branches will leave with their assessments. According to Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashula, South Africa has seen one of the quickest uptakes of electronic filing (e-filing) of tax returns since the service was introduced in 2006, with more than 99% electronic submissions – either through e-filing or through a Sars branch – in 2011. “Only 22 000 manual returns were submitted last year,” Magashula said at Monday’s launch of the 2012 tax season in Pretoria.E-filing for tablets, mobiles; ‘co-browsing’ Magashula said final testing was under way on new services, including a new e-filing application for iPads and smart phones and a mobi site for mobile phones, which would come online within the next six or seven weeks. Taxpayers are invited via Facebook and www.sars.gov.za to take part in the pilot service. For taxpayers with internet access who feel unsure about e-filing on their own, Sars has developed a Help-You-eFile service offering real-time call centre assistance to help them file electronically without having to visit a branch office. The “co-browsing” service will allow the call-centre agent to see exactly what the taxpayer is seeing and doing on their computer in real time. Non-provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via e-filing or at a Sars branch have until 23 November to make their submissions, while provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via e-filing have until 31 January. Taxpayers submitting manual returns via post or a Sars drop box have until 28 September to file.Registered taxpayer numbers have doubled The number of people registered as taxpayers in South Africa has doubled in the past two years, according to Business Report, growing from 6-million in 2010 to 13.7-million in March 2012. While many registered taxpayers fall below the income tax threshold, an estimated 12-million individual taxpayers contributed R251.6-billion to South Africa’s revenue last year. Speaking at Monday’s launch, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan thanked the public “for their loyalty to the country, enabling government to do what it has done in the past 18 years – some of which could have been done differently, and some which could have been done better”. The relationship between taxpayers and the government is crucial in order to have a viable democracy, Gordhan said. “Governments and the fiscal strength of governments play a very important part in sustaining both the government itself and the economy more generally. “That relationship between taxpayer and government, and government and the citizen generally, is a crucial relationship that we need to sustain if we are going to have a viable and meaningful democracy,” Gordhan said. “What we are trying to generate is the right kind of values in our society, values that say we must be honest about what we earn, values that say that we must declare honestly, values which say that we recognise that our taxes are going to contribute to the wellbeing of other South Africans that are not as well off as we are. “There’s the value of solidarity that we must be mindful of,” Gordhan said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Change the Seasons in Your Video with This Technique

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first_imgNature doesn’t always cooperate with production schedules. Shift the time of year in your video with this technique.Top image via Shutterstock.Filmmakers are constantly manipulating reality to suit their stories. Actors over 30 play teenagers, stories set in New York are filmed in Chicago, scenes set at 8am are shot at 8pm.However, nature can give away the time of the year with the color of leaves and the presence of wildlife. If your scene or film is set in summer, and the project specifically refers to the time of the year, it may jar your audience to see characters in shorts and t-shirts walking among autumnal leaves.Image via Shutterstock.To an extent, DaVinci Resolve can help in this situation. The effect has limitations, of course. If you’re trying to key red leaves against a building with red bricks, and the character walking in front of the building is wearing a dark red shirt, things are going to get a little complicated.However, let’s have a look at what you can do. Take the following scene; it is a clear example of the beautiful reddish color of autumn.This is how we can turn the scene into summer.Step 1: Key The LeavesWe’re going to use the HSL qualifier to isolate the colors we want to change. If the only red in your scene is in the leaves, it should be a straightforward key.Your first instinct may be to shift the entire hue to green. In theory that would change the red autumn leaves to a summer green. However, this is what it does.It has basically dipped our entire keyed image into a green paint pot. In real life, no two leaves are going to be the exact same color, and by changing the hue, we’ve lost a lot of variation of the tones in the leaves.Step 2: Correct The LeavesInstead, we’re going to use the color balance wheels — in this case, lift and gain. I find that by leaving the gamma/midtones where they are, it helps keep the variation of the tones throughout the tree because some of that reddish-yellow stays in the image. If, however, you are having trouble removing that red, you will need to adjust the gamma, too.I’ve done several things to this one node. I’ve pushed the lift/shadows towards green, as well as the gain. I’ve increased the Blur Radius, only very slightly, and raised the Clean Whites to 5.0. I’ve also pushed the hue two decimal places to the right (towards yellow). This helps increase the variation of colors among the leaves.Step 3: Correct The ImageFinally, I’ve corrected some of the basic properties of the image to help the leaves blend that extra bit more. I’ve also lowered the saturation by 15. You can do this on the leaf node or on a separate node if you want it to affect the entire image. When you lower the saturation, it removes the possibility of any autumn color coming through your correction. Out of personal preference, I’ve also given the highlight region a slight boost in the red channels in the curve control to give it a very soft summer glow.This is the final shot. It’s definitely different than what we started with, and with only two nodes of corrections, it’s not bad. You do, of course, have the glaringly obvious tree with no leaves in the center of the image. But that’s something you can leave for the VFX guys.Do you know other tips for changing seasons in footage? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Call for law to end mob killings

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first_imgThe National Campaign Against Mob Lynchings (NCAML) released a draft law of the Manav Suraksha Kanoon on Friday to tackle such killings and asked the Modi government to get it passed by Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of B.R. Ambedkar released the document, along with NCAML core members Tehseen Poonawalla and Shehla Rashid, in the presence of lawyer Sanjay Hegde and Shehzad Poonawalla here at the Constitution Club. The NCAML was launched last month by Mr. Poonawalla, along with Ms. Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani. The move comes in the wake of alleged government indifference to mob killings in different parts of the country.The draft law includes a definition of ‘mob’ and ‘lynching’, suggests that lynching be made a non-bailable offence, recommends immediate suspension of the SHO of the area until a time-bound judicial probe takes place and mandates life imprisonment for the for those convicted under mob lynching.The draft also has India-specific provisions stating how mobs are created, with technology being used for rumour-mongering. It states that a peaceful protest against leaders, policies etc. cannot be termed as a mob. Under the draft law, videographic evidence of survivors statements would also act as evidence. It also has provisions for a time-bound judicial enquiry, which should not take more than six months. Even compensation and rehabilitation has been recommended for the victims’ families.last_img read more

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Valdez hopes PH can build on confidence-boosting AVC opener

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first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Valdez was a picture of confidence in the Philippines’ first game with her game-high 14 points on 13 of 21 spikes.The opening win over Hong Kong, she said, was just a part of the process they’re looking to fulfill in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines’ 1-0 puts them at an early position atop Pool A and another win will see them strut to the quarterfinals.“We have a bigger goal, and the whole team’s mindset is to achieve that bigger goal of advancing,” said Valdez. “We really have to take it one game at a time.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took an emphatic opening game win in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, and talisman Alyssa Valdez hopes the Filipinos could to build on that confidence-booster in the coming days of the tournament.“We’re really getting our confidence and we’re hoping we can bring this confidence to the future games and of course this is also in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games,” said Valdez at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “This game was really for our country. We really wanted to show everyone that we’ve prepared hard for this tournament while we were in Japan and now that we’re here we’re also preparing for the SEA Games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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