The sun shone on Stranorlar for the last few days for what proved to be some very exciting filming for the local Mc Menamin family.Following a national search some months ago Dylan, Kate and Emily children of Damien and Daireen, were selected to star in a new TV Series for RTE.A very rigorous audition process took place over a month including multiple auditions such as a half-hour long skype interview with the children who are clients of The Karen Gorman Academy of Speech and Drama & Casting Agency. Indeed Sky the dog was also auditioned in what proved to be a most successful process.Karen said “I knew instantly that the Mc Menamin family were the ideal candidates. They excel in every possible way and achieve incredible results always.“They are the kindest, most modest children with a most admirable work ethic, what a winning combination! This is no surprise to anyone who knows their adoring parents and grandparents.“We were informed that we had the highest number of children shortlisted from any agency nationally. I am so delighted with this.” This was a massive project and Dylan, Kate & Emily excelled from the outset even with 6.30am starts.A crew of 20 professionals travelled to Donegal to film where they were spoiled with kindness and hospitality!Karen added “We are overjoyed that we are the only county beyond Dublin and Galway to be represented in the new TV series. The very kind Katie Herron of the Donegal ladies made a surprise visit to Kate yesterday on the grounds of Mc Cumhaills, Stranorlar. We cannot reveal the exact details yet but the launch will take place during October this year.”Stranorlar family film secret RTE television series was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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)
With two outs on the scoreboard and the bases loaded Brian Orr hit a walk-off 2RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to cement a mammoth comeback and the Humboldt B52s stunned the visiting Fresno A’s 11-10, Saturday night at Bomber Field.Orr’s walk-off was the culminating act of a game-long comeback by the B52s, who fell behind 8-0 after the top of the first inning after a less-than-ideal season-opening performance from starting pitcher Craig Broadman, who gave up six earned runs in his …
f=”crev03.htm#amazing11″>03/27/2001), we reported on the discovery of prestin, a motor protein that acts as an amplifier in the inner ear. One of the fastest-acting molecular motors known (02/21/2002), prestin works by stiffening the rod-shaped cell body with its cilia. Somehow, the action of this motor protein amplifies hearing in mammalian ears by several orders of magnitude (09/19/2002). In the intervening years, cell biologists and physiologists studying prestin have debated its role in amplification. Some have thought that the cilia were the main players in amplifying the sound, as in non-mammals. Now, according to an article in Science Daily, prestin’s role is to affect the sensitivity of the entire cell, not just the cilia. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital bred mice with mutated prestin that extends the cilia instead of pulling them in. If cilia were the key agents of amplification, they should have shown more gain – but they did not. Somehow, prestin assists the entire cell to “bounce” more effectively in response to the sound ripples in the cochlear fluid. This whole-cell response is called somatic motility. “The researchers concluded that somatic motility was not simply a way to make cilia do their job better; rather, there is no connection between the hair cell contractions and how the cilia do their job,” the article explained. “Instead, somatic motility, generated by prestin, is the key to the superior hearing of mammals.” The presence of these prestin-assisted outer hair cells in mammals increases sound sensitivity a hundredfold, the article said. “The finding could explain why dogs, cats, humans and other mammals have such sensitive hearing and the ability to discriminate among frequencies.”Motors in your ears that amplify sound. What more could be said? He who has ears to hear, let him hear.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
16 March 2010Limpopo’s Department of Agriculture is to spend R6-million to improve emerging farmers’ access to crop, weather and market information through information communication technologies (ICT), including mobile text messaging and the internet.It is hoped that such systems will also help to develop innovative capacity-building models that can be replicated in other parts of Africa.Since the e-Agriculture project was launched in October 2009, 215 farmers and 16 extension officers have been trained in basic ICT skills using Digital Doorways, which are robust computer stations with multiple screens that provide internet access to rural communities.“Our desire is to ensure that farmers access information quicker and easier, without having to rely only on extension officers,” department spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said in Polokwane this week. “We have already installed Digital Doorways in all three districts, namely Mopani, Greater Sekhukhune and Capricorn.”He said the department would also unveil a comprehensive communication and customer care strategy.“This will ensure that our farmers access us and other services through the Internet, bulk cellphone SMS messaging and other means. For example, our extension officers should be able to SMS farmers to tell them not to irrigate today because it will rain tomorrow,” Mathivha said.Using technologyMany emerging farmers welcomed the budget announcement – Matome Mabotsa, a vegetable farmer from Ga Sekhukhune, said rural farmers were “far behind” in using modern technology to communicate.“It shows that the department wants to see farming in the province becoming prosperous, and it happens at a time when competition for markets is strong,” said Mabotsa, a tomato and cabbage farmer.He said maybe the new information-based systems will help them to plant crops at the right time so that they can harvest when the demand is high, which will increase the price they get.“This will be helpful indeed. Imagine being told when to water crops and when not to – we will save a lot of money and this will improve even our spray programme,” said Mabotsa.He also praised the department’s extensions officers, saying “they are playing a major role by assisting us with farming information and helping us to export our products to other provinces”.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather allowed growers to make large gains on oat harvest this week, as well as continued progress on wheat harvest and hay cutting, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 17th. While hay cutting continues in earnest, the dry weather has slowed growth and lessened yield from second and third hay cuttings. There is some browning in pastures, as very little rain has fallen throughout the state. Corn and soybeans look good, but will need moisture as they continue to mature. Early planted soybeans are faring better than later planted soybeans. Some fields are looking stressed, but are still in good condition overall. Other activities this week included weed mowing and spraying fields.Read the full report here
A Kashmiri boy near frozen water in Tangmarg, north of Srinagar on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad Kargil town in the Ladakh region was the coldest place in J&K at -20 degrees Celsius. Life moved at a snail’s pace in nearby Leh town at -14.2 degrees Celsius. It was the coldest night of the season so far in Leh and Kargil. Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. It ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley. The MeT office said there was possibility of light rain or snow at isolated places, especially in the higher reaches, today and tomorrow. Normal life crawled at -20 degrees Celsius in Kargil in the cold desert of Ladakh even as temperatures remained several degrees below the freezing point elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley. Light rain or snow at isolated places over the next 48 hours may add to the discomfiture, the weatherman said.Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, had a low of -3.9 degrees Celsius, a MET department official said. The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of -4.4 degrees Celsius. The nearby town of Kokernag recorded a low of -2.5 degrees Celsius. Kupwara in north Kashmir quivered at -3.6 degrees Celsius. The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg reeled under freezing -6 degrees Celsius. The night temperature in Pahalgam, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, had a minimum of -4.5 degrees Celsius.
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The Oscar envelopes and announcement cards that contain names of winners of the most coveted honour in movie industry are getting a facelift.Breaking away from a 70-year routine, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will this year use a glamourous gold envelope at the 83rd Academy Awards instead of the plain, white paper envelope, the kind available at any office supply store.”The envelopes are such an integral part of the Academy Awards, yet there has never been a dramatic, specially designed envelope and card to announce the Oscar recipients,” telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said in a statement.The new custom-designed, handcrafted keepsake envelopes and announcement cards have been made by Los Angeles-based custom stationer Marc Friedland. The envelopes are made of “iridescent” gold paper watermarked with little images of Oscar. It is lined with shiny red paper embossed with gold Oscars.The winner’s name appears on a heavy piece of lacquered red paper inside, with the category listed on front and back. The envelope will be sealed with a shiny red sticker adorned with two strips of red ribbon.”The Art Deco-inspired satin gold envelope will contain a heavyweight ecru card featuring gold foil accents and a gold leaf-embossed Oscar statuette along with the phrase – ‘And the Oscar goes to…’,” the statement said.The winner’s name on the announcement card would be printed in charcoal ink and mounted onto a matching, red lacquer hand-wrapped frame. The back of the card will be printed with the award category.advertisementTill now, the envelopes were printed on heavy cream-coloured stock, with plain block letters sporting the name of the category and, inside, the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to’ and the winner’s name and film.The Academy has been using sealed envelopes for the last 70 years after a winner’s name had leaked out early once.Friedland, whose company Marc Friedland Couture Communications has designed high-end invitations for the past 25 years, said in spite of the Oscar envelope being the most “iconic” and “symbolic” envelope in the world, “it was funny that it was the most non-descript, office supply store bought” till now.”At the end of the day, the event is a celebration of an amazing accomplishment. We wanted to bring back the elegance and glamour. The design concept was to be timeless, regal and rich and luxe… the envelope serves as an iconic symbol of that moment,” Friedland added.Friedland got the envelope assignment two weeks ago.He took design cues from the look of this year’s Oscar set. He will prepare cards bearing the names of each of this year’s nominees. After the ballots are tabulated, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers will prepare two complete sets of correct envelopes, and destroy the remaining cards.This year, the Academy is also returning to the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to…’ after a one-year experiment with ‘And the winner is…’ to announce who wins the award.