Opportunity to build on €400K investment in Malin Head

first_imgThe official launch of the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head took place on Wednesday afternoon by Cathaoirleach of Inishowen Municipal District Cllr. Martin Farren.Cllr Farren described the investment to date as an essential step in the creation of a top class visitor experience at Ireland’s most northerly point which is now considered as a signature discovery point or a ‘must visit’ site on the world renowned Wild Atlantic Way.Visitor numbers to Ireland’s most northerly point has grown substantially in the last number of years with an estimated 172,000 visitors in 2018 thanks to a number of factors including its position as either the starting or finishing point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the filming of Star Wars and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at nearby Ballyliffin Golf Club in 2018. To facilitate this rise in visitor numbers to this iconic site Donegal County Council has been working closely with a number of key stakeholders including Failte Ireland to put in place essential services to help capitalise on the visitor experience.These works included road widening to accommodate passing bays, drainage improvements and surfacing of 600m of road to the existing lower car park at Malin Head; road widening adjacent to the lower carpark to accommodate bus parking; extending existing car park facilities to incorporate additional car parking spaces and construction of toilet facilities adjacent the lower carpark, including installation of a wastewater holding tank.Launching the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin McDermott and Cllr. Albert Doherty.This phase of the development also included the provision of services and utilities including water, electricity and telecoms to the site and these services will also be vital for future development at Malin Head.“The completion of this phase of works, which represents a substantial investment by both Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council, is an important milestone in our journey at Malin Head” said Cllr. Farren speaking at the official launch on Wednesday afternoon. “We are now embarking on the next part of this journey with the preparation of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head that will set out a framework on how to build on the unique heritage and culture of the area whilst leveraging its position as the most northerly signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.“I am delighted to see the strong collaborative approach between all stakeholders including the local community in developing this plan.”Speaking about Fáilte Ireland’s support of the plan, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Activities at Fáilte Ireland, said “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to see the completion of Phase II of the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.Pictured at the new visitor toilet facilities at Malin Head marking the completion of €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD with Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr. Albert Doherty, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Joe Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Geraldine Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Catriona Doherty, Malin Head Community Development Association, Jim Mullin, Malin Head Community Development Association, Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council, Fiona Doherty, Donegal County Council, Shaun Murphy, Donegal County Council and James Kelly, Donegal County Council and representatives from Keys and Monaghan Architects and Cooney Architects.“The plan will guide the future development of a motivating and sustainably managed visitor experience at Malin Head Signature Discovery Point and the wider destination and the next phase, public consultation, is essential if we are going to produce a plan that works for both the visitor and the local community.”Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council described this project as a product of partnership and highlighted the importance of managing the success of Malin Head as a visitor destination in a sustainable way saying: “The real challenge is how we grow on the success to date without damaging what makes this place special. “This is a complex challenge but I believe that it is achievable and that is why we are embarking on the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.“We look forward to hearing from all interested parties and especially the local community about what their ideas and plans are and how they can be best achieved going forward.”Public consultation workshops for the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan are set to take place this week and next from 6.45pm – 9pm each evening as follows:Wednesday 8th May: St. Mary’s Community Hall, Carnmalin, Malin HeadThursday 9th May: McGrory’s Hotel, CuldaffTuesday 14th May: The Station Room, Public Services Centre, CarndonaghWednesday 15th May: St Patrick’s Parochial Hall, Malin VillageBooking is recommended and you can book your place by email to MalinHeadSDP@gmail.com or book online at http://bit.ly/MalinHeadWorkshops. Opportunity to build on €400K investment in Malin Head was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Nov. Ethanol, DDG Exports Up From ’17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that U.S. exports of goods and services totaled $209.9 billion in November, down $1.3 billion from October. Imports totaled $259.2 billion, down $7.7 billion on the month. The resulting trade deficit of $49.4 billion for November was down from $55.7 billion in October. USDA later provided more details for exports of ethanol, biodiesel, and distillers grains.USDA said U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 147.9 million gallons in November, down from 175.4 million in October, but up 43% from a year ago. Brazil was the top destination again in November, accounting for 35% of total exports and followed by Canada and India. In the first 11 months of 2018, U.S. ethanol exports were up 30% from a year ago.U.S. exports of biodiesel totaled 22,036 metric tons (mt) in November, slightly less than October, but up 217% from a year ago. Once again, Canada was the top destination in November, taking 64% of all U.S. exports, followed by Netherlands and Mexico. So far in 2018, U.S. exports of biodiesel are up 9% from a year ago.U.S. exports of distillers grains totaled 1,016,544 mt in November, a little less than October, but up 16% from a year ago. U.S. distillers grains continue to find broad interest with Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea listed as the top five destinations, accounting for 58% of exports in November. The first 11 months of 2018 showed exports of U.S. distillers grains up 9% from a year ago.(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Basic Properties of Color

first_imgColor is one of the most important tools you have in your kit. Do you understand the best ways to use it? Here are the basics.Top image via ShutterstockColor. It has been with you since the day you were born, and it will be with you until the day you die. A particular color can make you recall a fond childhood memory, another color can warn you of danger, and another may tell you how hot or cold something is.Moreover, as a storyteller, either through motion or still pictures, color is one of the most important tools you have in your kit. A simple tweak of the color could give your image an entire new symbolic or literal meaning to your image. For example, see the picture below.Image: Psycho III via Universal PicturesWith a simple color tweak, the house from Psycho becomes less haunting and more welcoming. (This color change revolves around a change in color temperature. You can read more about that here.)Knowledge of color is not just a factor needed to color grade sufficiently. I am confident you’ve probably used the tools (or something similar) in the picture below.Many are adequate with color grading and color correcting and will likely know their way around basic correction software. However, do you know exactly what is happening when you desaturate an image? Of course, the image is losing its ‘color,’ but how does it lose it? Knowing that information will help you make better decisions and ultimately better your work. Understanding basic color theory will not only assist you in post, but it will help with set design, costume, lighting and so much more.Image: A hue color wheelColor itself has three primary qualities: Hue, Chroma, and Value, also known as Hue, Saturation and Lightness.HueWe identify hue as a familiar color’s name, such as blue, which represents a particular wavelength of visible light. It is of the wavelength’s dominance that produces a particular hue.Simply put, hue describes the wavelength of the color. If science class is nothing but a distant memory and this talk of wavelengths has you tangled in a nostalgic web, here’s a quick recap on the science of color wavelengths.Human eyes can only process a tiny region of the electromagnetic spectrum; we call this visible light.  Part of the electromagnetic spectrum is measured in nanometers (nm), and the colors we can see fall between 400-700nm. Violet light and blue light have the shortest wavelengths and become scattered a lot easier in comparison with red, which has the longest [visible] wavelength of 635-700nm.What does this have to do with color theory? The answer is everything. The length of wavelengths will change what color is seen. The reason why the sky is blue is that blue wavelengths of light become scattered through our atmosphere. If green had the shortest wavelength, we would have a green sky.On a daily basis, you can see the process of dominant wavelengths changing the color of our environment. It is visually demonstrated at sunrise and sunset, also known as golden hour. As the sun is just about level with the horizon, the light has many miles of dense atmosphere to travel through and the blue light [wavelengths] becomes even more scattered in the atmosphere, leaving the longer wavelengths of yellow, orange & red to illuminate what we see.It is important to note that hues are not just light at one wavelength. Blue does not exist because the other wavelengths have ceased from the light spectrum. Each hue contains the entire array of wavelengths found in visible light, but one will be more dominant than the others which creates a distinct hue.Therefore, a hue is the founding dimension of a color determined by wavelength; in short, hue is just the base color. Below are the colors azure, cerulean, sapphire and aquamarine. While they each have their distinct properties, they are of a blue hue.When you start to add chroma and value to a hue, you start to create new tints, tones, and shades of a color.There is often discussion and arguments over what colors correctly are classed as ‘pure hues.’ Is it violet or magenta? Different color systems will vary slightly. For this article, we will use the most popular opinion of what classifies as pure hues: Red, Violet, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Orange. These six colors can be broken down into the following groups.Primary HuesTheoretically, these hues are known to be classed as primary, as they cannot be created by mixing other hues together. These are red, blue and yellow. This is not to be confused with primary colors of video, as video uses an additive color system of RGB.Secondary Hues Secondary hues can each be produced by mixing two primary hues. These are orange, violet and green.Tertiary HuesTertiary hues are usually named and created by mixing adjacent primary and secondary hues. For example, red-orange is the tertiary hue between red and orange. Blue-green (cyan) is the tertiary hue between blue and green.Chroma/SaturationChroma, more often called saturation, refers to the intensity and purity of a hue.  A hue will be most vivid in its natural state at 100% saturation. At 0% you will have the monochrome luna component.You can decrease the intensity of a hue by adding gray. Every increment of gray adjusts the tone of the pure hue. You can also desaturate a hue by adding its complementary color. For example, if we take a swatch of red and add a small amount of cyan (red’s complementary color), the grayer the red will become.When equal amounts of cyan and red are mixed, there will be no trace of either hue — only the gray will remain.Value/LightnessThe third property of color is value (lightness). Value measures the degree of light reflected — how light or dark a color is. Adding white makes the color lighter, which in turn creates tints, and adding black makes it darker and creates shades.The effect of value is relative to other components in the composition. For example, the image below shows three distinct differences in value because of the backgrounds.For one color of a particular hue, the perception of lightness is also more intense if we increase saturation. For example, a saturated yellow will always look brighter than a saturated blue. The practicality of this application is incredibly useful for directing the audience’s attention to specific areas within your frame.Much like the English language, there are plenty of color terms that have multiple meanings. For example, chroma is one of the two components of a video signal that carries color information.  Likewise, sometimes brightness and lightness can be interchanged. However, brightness is a human visual perception.As previously stated, understanding the basic properties of color is not a skill that only editors and colorists should learn. Filmmakers of all positions will better themselves knowing how colors work.How has understanding color theory changed your approach to filmmaking, videography, and photography? Share your story in the comments below.last_img read more

Vicente hopes for continuous volleyball program after Macandili plum

first_img“This is why we need to just trust on a continuous program for a national team,” said Vicente Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines team for the AVC and the upcoming Southeast Asian Games was formed just few months before the grueling August stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVicente added that other positions could also win individual awards in international tournaments and not just the Best Libero plum.“Let’s be patient, let’s support the national team,” said Vicente. “For me we should all be united and stop the crab mentality that we drag other players down.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine head coach Francis Vicente had a high vantage point as he watched his defensive ace Dawn Macandili claim the second Best Libero award in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.And as the national mentor looked on, he immediately knew a perpetual volleyball program for the country can produce more players like Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Lucas Torreira reveals phone call from Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed he received a surprise phone call from Unai Emery during the World Cup in Russia.Emery, who was appointed manager of the Gunners at the end of last season phoned Torreira to personally persuade him to move to Arsenal.The Uruguay international confessed they were a host of teams interested in his services during the summer transfer window but he never thought he would move to England.However, one phone call from the former Paris Saint-Germain boss changed everything.Following his country’s exit from the World Cup the North London club didn’t waste any time signing the midfielder, securing him on a £22million deal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“At the end of my last season at Sampdoria there were lots of teams being talked about,” Torreira told Arsenal media as quoted in the Mirror.“I never imagined coming here to England because it was mainly Italian clubs being mentioned.”“Before I left for the World cup I got a call from the coach which was a massive surprise for me. I knew that I had earned it because of all my hard work and everything that I had done. That phone call made me a happy man.”“It allowed me to relax too because it allowed me to focus all my attention on the national team and the World Cup. I’m so proud to be part of such an important team.”last_img read more