Coveney welcomes “historic” Brexit Deal

first_img Google+ Coveney welcomes “historic” Brexit Deal AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – December 24, 2020 Twitter Previous articleThe Keep Well Community Christmas ConcertNext articleHighland’s Car and Cash Draw Winners News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp The Brexit deal confirmed this afternoon averts the worst case scenario of a no deal outcome which would have seen WTO trade tariffs applied to goods and services.It means there won’t be extra charges on European goods in the UK and the British government can now pursue trade deals with other non EU countries.On fishing rights, which had proved a major sticking point, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said the deal was a good one for Irish fishermen, and would protect Irish fishing interests in the future……Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestlast_img read more

For 57 years, this man has crafted wooden lacrosse sticks by hand

first_img Published on April 15, 2018 at 10:45 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 His shoulders, fingers, wrists and back hurt after he logs six- to 10-hour days. Jacques said he makes about 200 sticks per year now, down from about 11,000 in 1972. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sticks for many Syracuse, Cornell, Siena and Cortland men’s lacrosse players. He learns more about the stick creation process every time, and often tells people who buy his sticks that they’re “the best stick I’ve ever made.”“Each stick is a work of art,” said Jacques’ sister, Freid. “He never hurried up so he could make more and make a lot of them, so he could make more money. That’s never the purpose. It’s to make an excellent stick.”Since many traditional stickmakers have died or retired, Jacques is running one of the last old-school stick-production joints in the country. He works in a shed with a few lights, alongside cats named Obama and Michelle, on a wooden bench he built with his father in 1969. His father, Louis, introduced lacrosse to him, setting him on a path to become a star at nearby LaFayette High School.In the decades since, when traveling to games and conventions, he’s had a front-row seat to the rise in the game, which he correlates with the rise in plastic heads. He maintains an appreciation for the innovations that drove a stark decline in demand for wooden sticks. He has no hard feelings, because he said it’s what brought lacrosse across the country and world.“If we had relied on Indians making wooden sticks,” Jacques said, “the game wouldn’t have grown as big, as fast.”The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team has not visited Jacques’ workshop, he said, but visiting teams sometimes do on their trips to play the Orange. Notre Dame and Virginia have watched him make sticks. Last year, UVA head coach Lars Tiffany looked back to his time growing up on a ranch in LaFayette — near Onondaga Nation — by busing his entire team to Jacques’ barn. Players packed into a back room.“The Onondaga Reservation reminds us all of the beauty of this game,” Tiffany said. “Alfie’s stick-making is at the core of lacrosse.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerThe foundation for the best-quality lacrosse stick begins about a year before it’s even used in a game. Tree selection is not paramount — Jacques said all steps are integral — but finding the right tree is make-or-break. The living nature of the tree is believed to transfer into the lacrosse stick and the person using the stick. A bad tree makes it impossible to construct a stick, said Jacques, who surveys forests in the LaFayette, Cortland, Cazenovia, Ithaca and Oswego areas.There can be no knots or limbs for the first 3 meters. The tree must be at least 100 years old. Each log costs about $50. Sometimes, he’ll pick five hickory trees out of 200. He cuts them down himself, and he brings seeds and plants new trees.Then Jacques splits the tree into eighths using a wooden mallet, axes and wooden wedges. He uses a knife — made in 1832 and passed down to him by his father — to remove bark and to carve the stick to its final form. He straightens the handle, balances the piece and puts final trims on.There is no playbook or measuring tools, just his own estimation that comes from 57 years of experience. The drying process alone is about six months. He completes each stick by sanding it, burning his logo, dating and stamping.As a large green belt-sander hummed last week, Jacques sat on an old wooden bench and carved a stick. He paid special attention to how the knife traveled. He explained that you don’t just pull the knife along the wood. A defining characteristic of a good stick lies in the handle. Don’t minimize the handle.“It’s therapeutic,” Jacques said. “You have a wood stove on, pot of coffee, just make chips all day. When you’re done, the floors are covered with chips. It’s a relaxing thing to do. Everything you do in this work has purpose to the end product. There’s no gravy. You don’t just cut for cutting sake. You cut with purpose. You saw with purpose, carve with purpose, drill holes with purpose.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerHe’s crafted wooden sticks for nearly six decades, factoring in his introduction to stick-making. Back in 1960, his family couldn’t afford a stick, which went for $5, so he and his father cut down a hickory tree in the backyard and made a stick without much background knowledge.Since then, a lot has changed. The game of lacrosse has blossomed. Many fellow stickmakers have died. Lacrosse fans have come from far beyond the edges of Onondaga Nation for his sticks. As the internet boomed, he never felt the urge to have social media or advertise on a website. There may even be a few thousand more sticks in his future, though he looks forward to scaling back in retirement.His sticks, at that workshop at the bottom of the hill, have remained a constant through it all.“This is what I live for,” he said. “This is what I can do all of the time, every day. This is my life.” Comments As steam formed inside a rusty oil tank, Alfie Jacques crafted wooden lacrosse sticks at a barn down a dirt driveway on the Onondaga Nation reservation a few miles south of Syracuse University.The tank in question measures a few feet wide and about 8 feet long. Its temperature was set so high that steam shot out of the 1,000-liter drum filled with water. Jacques, 69, stuck a piece of wood into the tank, pulled it out and bent it.“This boil starts steaming like hell,” he said. “The wood doesn’t just bend. You have to muscle it.”A few dozen logs sat under a tarp on the grass behind Jacques. About 15 yards away is his barn, home to what he believes is the best stickmaking in the world. The air smelled of wood. There is no plastic, no music, no TVs, no signs of assembly-line production. There’s just Jacques, his wood, his equipment and his devotion to a technique — a way of life — that has lasted nearly six decades. It has spanned the United States and Canada, and created more than 100,000 one-piece wooden lacrosse sticks, each made by hand.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorSeven days a week, 40-something weeks a year, Jacques wakes up at his Fayetteville home and drives his red van to a spot on the Onondaga Nation reservation that doesn’t show up on Google Maps. He opens up shop, crafts some sticks and locks up in the evening. It’s a no-frills operation that begins with selecting the best shagbark hickory trees and ends by fusing a message onto the stick, along with a trademark stamp. The inscription is often custom, especially if the stick serves as an award or gift. A stick he recently made reads: “Leader, friend.”“This is the Creator’s Game,” he said. “It’s a lot more than people think. People think of the Native American as a savage, godless creature that’s out to kill people. They say we’re poor, uneducated, on a reservation, totally controlled by the white people. That’s how they like their Indian. We’re always fighting against that kind of prejudice. So we embrace one another and the game of lacrosse.”Because of an extensive drying process, each stick takes 10 months to make and sells for about $350. Yet he maintains a drive for his craft because for Native Americans, lacrosse is sacred. Men are put to rest in a casket with a lacrosse stick.Many of his sticks are made for people living on the Onondaga Nation reservation, where lacrosse is used to heal and lift the spirits of community members.“Lacrosse is who we are as a people,” Jacques said. “And this is the mecca of lacrosse. People come from all over to watch the old Indian guy make lacrosse sticks.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Report: Knicks considering offer for Warriors’ Cousins if Kevin Durant doesn’t pan out

first_imgIt appears the New York Knicks are preparing their own lovely consolation prize in the event they are unable to land Kevin Durant.DeMarcus Cousins, come on down.For most of the 2018-19 season, it was speculated/reported/hypothesized that Durant would exercise his right to become a free agent (which he has done) and that the Knicks would successfully recruit the three-time MVP (1 regular season, 2 NBA Finals).Now Marc Stein of the New York Times, citing league sources, is reporting that the …last_img

No nukes in Africa

first_img(Image: Wikimedia Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Institute for Security Studies ISS staff contacts +27 012 346 9500/2 +27 021 461 7211 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Uranium – the new gold? • Russia eyes Namibia’s uranium • Infrastructure development in SA • ‘Africa’s advocate’ Sarkozy in SANicky Rehbock and Samson MulugetaThe continent of Africa is now officially free of nuclear weapons, after a 14-year-old treaty banning their development, production, testing or acquisition finally came into force in July.This means the entire southern hemisphere is now free of nuclear weapons.The desire for a nuclear-arms-free Africa was first expressed at the Organisation of African Unity’s inaugural summit in Cairo, Egypt, in July 1964. Thirty-one years later, on 2 June 1995, a suitable treaty was drafted and adopted in South Africa at Pelindaba, a nuclear research facility west of Pretoria. The treaty was opened for signature a year later in Cairo.Pelindaba was an appropriate place for the treaty to be drafted as its name comes from the isiZulu iphelile indaba, which roughly means “the matter is settled”. The pact itself became known as the Treaty of Pelindaba.All 54 African countries were eligible to become parties to the agreement, but it could only come into effect once 28 or more states had ratified it. Burundi became the 28th state on 15 July 2009.The treaty does not ban nuclear activity altogether. It supports the use of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes, and requires each party to “conduct all activities for the peaceful use of nuclear energy under strict non-proliferation measures”.A South Africa-based commission on nuclear energy has been established to monitor compliance.The treaty also invites the US, France, UK, Russia and China “to agree not to use or threaten to use a nuclear explosive device against any treaty party or against any territory within the African zone”.It also urges the five powers not to test nuclear weapons in the African zone and requires France and Spain, which have dependent territories within the zone, to observe the treaty.Only the UK, France and China have accepted these terms.Praise for the treaty“The Treaty of Pelindaba maintains and enhances Africa’s regional peace and security, and promotes the global goal of a world free of nuclear weapons,” says the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, one of several peace organisations working to promote the pact.“The treaty also contributes to the developmental imperatives facing the continent by, for example, regulating nuclear-related industries – such as uranium mining.”The International Atomic Energy Agency, an intergovernmental body that promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy, has also welcomed the enforcement of the treaty.“The director general welcomes the entry into force of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty [Treaty of Pelindaba],” it says, adding that it also “welcomes the treaty’s support of the use of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes and trusts that the use of nuclear technologies in Africa will contribute to the continent’s economic and social development”.“The African Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone, similar to other nuclear-weapon-free zones in Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, South Pacific and Central Asia, is an important regional confidence and security-building measure that will contribute to our efforts for a world free from nuclear weapons.”The countries that have officially accepted the treaty (PDF) are Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe.Other nuclear-weapons-free pacts around the world include the Treaty of Tlatelolco (Latin America and the Caribbean), Treaty of Rarotonga (South Pacific), Treaty of Bangkok (Southeast Asia) and the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rhebock at [email protected]last_img read more

Create a 3D Animated Logo in Cinema 4D and After Effects

first_imgCrafting an Animated Title SequenceHere’s another tutorial that you’ve probably seen before here on PremiumBeat. It’s worth re-sharing simply because it’s a very solid tutorial. In the video, Nick Campbell from Greyscalegorilla breaks down the steps for generating animated title sequences using Cinema 4D and After Effects.PART ONE: Creating the Logo and Setting the Material and EnvironmentPART TWO: Taking the Render from Cinema 4D and Finishing It out in After Effects Get Inspired by These AnimationsNow that we know how to create a high-quality logo animation using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and After Effects, we just need to get inspired. Take a look at some of our favorite logo animations and then try to make one of your own If you get stuck, there’s plenty of additional inspiration to be found at From Up North.Papa Logo Animation by KROLAlessandra Leone Artist Logo Animation by Alessandra LeoneAnamaskin Logo Animation by Mohammed AlhiwyPlus One Amsterdam Logo Animation by Sander van DijkPause Festival Logo Animation by Dima GrubinAdobe Creative Cloud Logo Animation by ROCKNROLLER STUDIOSFanPlus Logo Animation II by Fernando Lazzari Let’s learn how to turn a flat 2D image into a 3D animated logo with Cinema 4D and After Effects.Whether it’s for a customer project or for your own purposes, you may need to take a great 2D image and turn it into a 3D logo. While this may seem like a daunting task, it really isn’t. With a combination of Illustrator, Cinema 4D, and After Effects, anyone can create a high-quality 3D animated logo. As Holly Bretschneider alluded to in this great article, using high-quality 3D animation is a great way to set your work (and your client’s end product) above the rest and take your portfolio to the next level.From 2D Image to 3D Animated LogoTo teach us how to do this very thing, let’s check out the video below from professional motion graphics artist Sean Frangella as he takes us through the steps of recreating the Seattle Seahawks logo. Some of the topics that Frangella covers include:How to take vector image from Illustrator and save it properly so it will work nicely with Cinema 4DOpen the Illustrator file or Merge it into Cinema 4D for extruding and adding materialsFinishing out the logo and animation in After EffectsPART ONE: Importing the Image and Extruding the LogoPART TWO: Animating the Logo and Adding Effects and Depth Passcenter_img Got any favorite 3D logo animations that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Despite herculean effort, Moala Tautuaa knows he needs to work harder to stay course

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “We got to keep winning and we can’t be complacent because that’s not good for us,” said Tautuaa. “We have to keep pushing ourselves to be better. I got to keep getting better, I got to work hard and do what I can to help the team.”Erram managed to put up 19 points and seven rebounds but Tautuaa’s defense made him cough up the ball six times.“I feel like we have the same build and the same game, a little bit, so it was a big clash for us,” said Tautuaa who’s just an inch shorter than the 6-foot-8 Erram. “We at NorthPort, though, stayed the course to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Moala Tautuaa carries NorthPort on his shoulders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Moala Tautuaa showed his mettle when he came up big for NorthPort’s 95-90 win against Poy Erram and NLEX in the PBA Philippine Cup.The victory pushed the Batang Pier to a 2-0 record thanks in no small part to Taututaa’s efforts that resulted in 18 points and 11 rebounds against Erram who is set to receive the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award for the 2017-18 season.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The double-double, however, wasn’t enough for Tautuaa’s coach Pido Jarencio who wanted to see more from his fun-loving big man.“The bigs didn’t have that much production, actually Mo was able to deliver in the fourth quarter,” said Jarencio in Filipino. “The team plays better when there’s someone underneath the basket, and at least he was able to deliver in the final seven minutes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlthough Tautuaa was able to score 14 points until the third quarter, he was more aggressive on the defensive end in the payoff period.Tautuaa also didn’t mind that Jarencio wanted more from him and he took it as a challenge that his coach isn’t satisfied with his performance.center_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem JP Erram vows to work harder as NLEX remains winless so far US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Buddy system: Bond between Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray showing on court

first_img“We are playing really good together,” the versatile Denver Nuggets big man said . “He’s a great basketball player, a great competitive guy and I just love to have him as a teammate.“Did you write that down?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWrite on! Or so the Nuggets are hoping.Jokic and Murray combined for 60 points in a 121-113 win over Portland on Monday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. That eclipsed the Blazers tandem of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, who had 55 points. Game 2 is Wednesday at Pepsi Center. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, congratulates guard Jamal Murray after he scored a basket against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 108-90. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic got right to the point on his flourishing chemistry with teammate Jamal Murray.After all, he believes it’s something to write home about.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess INJURY WATCH: Despite a sore left shoulder, Blazers center Enes Kanter had 26 points. “Just keep playing through it,” Kanter said. “Pain killers, injections, anything I can do to help my teammates.”KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland starting forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Harkless, who were held to four points. They were a combined minus-25.PRESSURE IS ON: Millsap. The Nuggets’ most experienced postseason player set the tone with 10 points in the first quarter. He finished with 19. “The pressure is on us to stop them defensively,” Millsap said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Harden played Game 2 with blurred vision and stinging eyes Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid At the top of the list — stop Jokic. He hit 11 of 18 shots and all 12 of his free throws on his way to 37 points.“You’ve just got to make things difficult for (Jokic),” Lillard said. “We’ve got to be physical. We’ve got to be ready to help the bigs on the post. We’ve also got to make sure that when he’s putting up shots, we’re keeping him off the glass, because he’s one of the best at shooting the ball, following his shot, then the second attempt is usually easier than the first one for him.”Another item on the list — containing Murray. Of the point guard’s eight assists, seven were to Jokic. He also had 23 points.“Just playing my game. If somebody is open, I pass it and if I’m open, I shoot,” Murray said. “When everybody is making shots, it makes it a lot easier.”That chemistry he has with Jokic is developing quite smoothly.“We read each other really well,” Murray said. “He’s such a good passer and can shoot. There’s really nothing he can’t do — other than jump.”WEDNESDAY’S GAMEBLAZERS AT NUGGETSNuggets lead 1-0. Game 2, 9 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The Nuggets are 6-5 all-time against Portland in the playoffs. … Denver beat Portland despite being outshot (51.9% to 50.6 and outrebounded (40-34). The Nuggets are 9-52 in the playoffs when both of those stats occur in a game, according to research by the team. … Portland had 18 turnovers for a third time in six playoff games this season. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Murray-to-Jokic, Jokic-to-Murray connection is quickly gaining steam as their pick-and-roll game gave the Blazers fits. It’s a contrasting style to the one the Blazers faced in a first-round series with Oklahoma City, when they had to slow Paul George and Russell Westbrook.Paul Millsap said he’s seen just about every defense employed to stop Jokic. He has yet to witness one that completely works.“He sees how people are playing him and guarding him and he makes the right play every time,” Millsap said. “That’s what’s great about him — he doesn’t force anything. Everything is going to be the right play. He’s going to make the right reads. He’s like a quarterback out there.”Audible time for the Blazers, who didn’t have a whole lot of opportunity to prep since Denver’s series went seven with San Antonio. Although, the Blazers are quite familiar with their Northwest Division rival.“You go from playing a team who’s a lot of pick-and-roll, a lot of one-on-one, to playing against a team who’s a lot of movement, pretty much just moving around the whole game,” Blazers forward Maurice Harkless said. “They just played a little harder than we did. We didn’t execute as well as we should on either end. We’ve just got to learn from it, look at the film, see what we can do better, and just be better next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher in the fight of his life

first_img April 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher will be on trial at the end of May.He is charged with military crimes in a case having heavy political overtones.The charges accuse Chief Gallagher of killing an ISIS fighter, of military age.The defense maintains he is innocent and is working to clear Gallagher’s name.Friday, April 5th all parties were in court to discuss motions brought forward by the defense.Representative Duncan D Hunter urged the President to intervene in this case because of human rights violations against the Navy SEAL while in custody.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with Eddie’s wife Andrea Gallagher. SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher in “the fight of his life” Posted: April 5, 2019 Updated: 2:07 PMcenter_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more