Three homes were targetted in a spate of burglaries in a residential area of Letterkenny last weekend.An investigation is underway into two burglaries and one attempted burglary in the Meadowbank area on Long Lane between Saturday and Sunday last. A Smart TV and nine sweet tubs were reportedly stolen from one home.Gardaí are investigating the possibility that the burglaries occurred consecutively. The first break-in occurred sometime between 10pm on Saturday night (23rd Nov) and 7.50am on Sunday morning (24th Nov).Two front windows were smashed at the Meadowbank home. The house was ransacked but it appears that nothing was taken, a Garda spokesperson said.On the same day, a second house was targetted sometime between 2pm and 10.15pm. The front door was kicked in and the main bedroom was ransacked. A 43 inch LG Smart TV was taken from the house, along with nine sweet tubs.A third home was also damaged in the area, where it appears that attempts were made to kick in the front door. However, the suspects didn’t manage to gain entry, while gardaí say they may have been disturbed or were unable to break the door in. Gardaí are urging the public to report any suspicious activity in the area over last Saturday or Sunday. Anyone with information that may help is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111.TV and sweet tubs stolen in spate of Letterkenny burglaries was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
It’s easy to make friends in South Africa’s culturally diverse population, which makes Mzansi a hit with expats.(Image credit: Andy Carter) Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey spins a really good story for South Africa. Expatriate workers looking for a balance between work and a decent family life rated South Africa the second best destination in the world, after New Zealand.The annual survey measures four categories: earnings, lifestyle, raising children and the cost of living. Countries made it on to the list if, and only if, there were at least 100 respondents from each locale. South Africa did not fare that well in the economic measures, but it was close to the top in the social categories. Or as one respondent put it, in South Africa I “enjoy improved quality of life i.e. better weather and more social events. There’s more luxurious housing and better value for your income.”The results are based on the subjective opinions of almost 3 000 expats. Switzerland was tops overall, South Africa 22nd, but the country outranked most others on social measures, like “great place to raise children”. South Africa’s cultural diversity also made it easier for expats to find their feet, and made it easier for them to find something to remind them of home.The international bank measured four social categories: (1) ability to befriend locals, (2) success in learning the local language, (3) capacity for integrating themselves into the community and fitting into a new culture, and (4) raising children abroad. Like expat parents in New Zealand, expats living in South Africa felt their children enjoyed a better quality of life, and believed their children were more well-rounded as a result of being integrated into the local community.Expat life has evolved to become about more than just a bigger pay cheque or better career prospects. While this does remain true for younger and newer entrants to the job market, for married expats and those with children especially, a more balanced and well-rounded experience for themselves and their children matter as much as salary.As they did in the Land of the Long White Cloud, expats in South Africa claimed that the scenery, diversity of the landscape and good weather made their new homes the best place to raise children. The expats who voted New Zealand and South Africa as the top two places to raise children also mentioned that they felt their children were safer and healthier since they moved because children grew up more active, outdoorsy and healthy.People in search of better job prospects headed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait, countries that scored very low on integration with the local community. Money matters of course. Switzerland was voted top but as an average, the Asian subcontinent – mostly South Africa’s Brics partners China and India – scored highest in the salary stakes. The global salary average is $92 000 (about R997 000), but in Asia you can pocket $120 000 although you have to contend with a higher cost of living.In Mercers 2014 Cost of Living survey, Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Tokyo (7), Shanghai (10), Beijing (11), Seoul (14), and Shenzhen (17) were the Asian cities that made the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. Covering 211 cities across the globe, the Mercer survey measures the cost of 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.Companies and governments use the Mercer index to set compensation allowances for expat employees. There are four African cities on the list, with Luanda in Angola rated as the most expensive city in the world. N’Djamena in Chad (2), Victoria in the Seychelles (13), and Libreville in Gabon (19) are all more expensive than South Africa’s most expensive city, Cap Town, which came in at a value for money 205.Economic opportunity in South Africa, generally, cannot match the prospects of the countries that make up the top 10 of HSBC’s list, but the friendliness of South Africans remains one of the country’s biggest assets. We face challenges, and sometimes we don’t get along with our neighbours, but the warm smiles and affection Mzansi shares with foreigners – guests or expats – is infectious. Expats feel their children are safer and healthier and lived a more active, outdoorsy and spirited life.(Image credit: Sandra Mallinson)
By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin by Alena OzerovaIt goes without saying that children in military and veteran families are faced with many challenges including frequent family relocations, deployment of a family member, and the perpetual fear that their family member may be injured or killed during deployment or other assigned duties. To say that these children are resilient is simply not enough. While they do have an uncanny ability to remain strong in the face of adversity and bounce back after life’s difficulties, these children still need proper support and understanding.Dr. Catherine Mogil, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, will be joining us on July 13 at 11:00 am Eastern to shed some light on this important and urgent topic.Please join us as we learn more about the needs of these children and the ways in which we can enhance their resilience for their optimal psychological functioning throughout their development and childhood- from diapers to diplomas.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
You can render much larger compositions—both for preview and for final output—with larger frame sizes and larger source files.RAM previews can be much longer.You can work with higher color bit depths without encountering memory limitations.After Effects can cache more items, which reduce the frequency with which frames and components of frames are re-rendered. Is your computer optimized for After Effects? In this post, we share a simple tip to rev up your processing speeds in AE.If your rendering time is taking longer than expected, a change in RAM allocation may be all you need to speed up After Effects.I confess, when I starting using After Effects a few years back I was befuddled at the long rendering times. My computer was new and had plenty of RAM, but rendering was taking forever. Then, I learned this quick tip that has dramatically altered the performance of the app. Hopefully it’ll do the same for you!Adobe gives you the option to change how much of your computer’s RAM is being used by After Effects (and the other applications in the Creative Suite). Depending on the RAM you have installed in your system, you will want to experiment with your allocation settings. After Effects is 64 bit, which allows you to take full advantage of your available RAM (from Adobe): Modifying your AE RAM allocation settings is simple. Here’s how it’s done:1. Open up After Effects2. Go into your AE PreferencesClick on After Effects > Preferences > Memory & Multiprocessing.3. Change ‘RAM for Other Applications’4. Click ‘Ok’And you’re done! You should see an increase in your rendering speeds in After Effects. If your computer is still going slow you might need either a new graphics card or maybe even a better processor. If you want more info about how to optimize your machine for After Effects check out the system requirements or memory and storage pages on Adobe’s site.Have any tips for optimizing your system for After Effects?Share in the comments below.
Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Gabriel Jesus goals will do him goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his two goals in victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”It was good after the defeat against Chelsea to give an answer,” Bernardo explained. “It was not an easy game.”To have difficult games against Hoffenheim and Everton, it was good to come back from that.”The next two months are hard, we need to be focused and fit, get as many wins as can to recover first position and go as far as we can in other competitions.””We are happy with Jesus’ two goals and hopefully he can score more and win more titles.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Writing about dress colors isn’t usually in our wheelhouse, but given how the sports world was responding to the viral debate regarding this photo Thursday night, we figured we’d get involved. We also figured we’d update you on the answer to the debate, as well as the reason that people are seeing the same dress in such drastically different colors.First, for those who haven’t seen the photo before – see below. Some people see it as white and gold, while others see it as blue and black.In the morning when I was looking at that dress, it was black&blue now in the evening its white&gold! WTF? HOW? :DDD pic.twitter.com/lwS8oQlcvx— Laura Slivka (@zeGoattt) February 27, 2015In reality, the dress is blue and black. That will probably shock half of you out there, but it’s true.Hey everyone, you can buy the dress yourself and see that it’s blue and black #whiteandgold #blackandblue #yallidiots pic.twitter.com/7XkMgMPFvi— Max (@thabaerjew) February 27, 2015So why is the world split on this? Wired probably has the best explanation we’ve seen out there. In short, a given person’s visual system is either discounting the color blue or the color gold involuntarily.This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)Business Insider also has a decent writeup on the situation.The sports world has been having a field day relating this to team colors. Coach Cal made a joke last night. Duke basketball made another this morning. It probably won’t end for some time.
CALGARY – Alberta is proposing to make 18 the minimum age to use cannabis when new laws liberalizing marijuana kick in next summer.But the province hasn’t decided yet on whether to sell cannabis through government-run stores or through private operators.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Alberta residents will have just over three weeks to give feedback on the proposal and legislation will be introduced in the months ahead.Under Ganley’s proposed plan, the government would directly manage the wholesale distribution of cannabis. Cannabis also won’t be sold in any store that handles liquor, tobacco, or pharmaceutical drugs.The province says it will not allow online sales until it learns more about how to keep youth from getting cannabis through the internet.The government did not propose a tax rate but said it will continue to work with Ottawa to set a levy that is fair and will avoid pushing customers toward a black market.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed a federal excise tax on cannabis, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.The proposal would see each gram of pot subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10, and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10.However, premiers say if the provinces are on the hook for the lion’s share of the cost of regulation and enforcement, they should get the bulk of the tax revenue.All provinces are consulting or rolling out details on cannabis after the federal government tabled legislation in the spring to legalize recreational use of marijuana.Ottawa has remained firm on a start date of July 1, 2018, despite pushback from provinces, territories and police organizations that it might be too ambitious given the complexity of regulations involved.Last month, Ontario announced it plans to set the minimum age at 19 and sell cannabis through government-run outlets. New Brunswick has said it will use a Crown corporation model, and a legislature committee has recommended the minimum age be set at 19.In Alberta, the minimum age of 18 was set to align with the age restriction on alcohol and tobacco use.It will keep the public possession limit for adults at 30 grams, about 40 joints, as suggested by Ottawa.There will be zero tolerance for youth possession. Anyone caught with five grams or less will get a ticket and have their parents told, and those who have more than five grams will be subject to Criminal Code penalties.Albertans will be allowed to grow four plants inside their homes, but not in their yards, for personal use.— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton
For the first time, Native American artists will be standing up to celebrate a major nomination during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in the newly-added “Best Fight Against the System” category.The music video “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and “Magnificent Seven” Native American artists from different tribes, including Zack “Doc” Battiest, Spencer Battiest, Emcee One, Drezus, PJ Vegas, SupaMan, Natalia Aka “My Verse.” The song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Native American actor Martin Sensmeier and pipeline activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated music video.Taboo, who has Shoshone Tribe heritage, and other Native American artists including those from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, banded together to create the song, which is meant to serve as both a tool to promote awareness, as well as an anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort against the DAPL. The video features real footage from the water protectors on the front lines at Standing Rock, and looks to rally people from across the country and draw together the Native communities of North America in an unprecedented way.“The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause – pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,” said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the “Magnificent Seven.” “This song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special – and we’re proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.”The addition of the “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to the 2017 MTV VMAs to continue reflecting the audience’s passion and activism around social justice issues such as environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ equality and racial justice. Fans can cast their vote now through August 27th at 3 p.m. as a means of supporting the Native American artists and spreading awareness of #NoDAPL and other indigenous resistance messages. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, who has led Los Galacticos in winning the last two Champions League final, recently stated that he and Klopp was not the same.According to Championat, Zidane said,”Klopp and I are different; I was better, as a player, And if serious, I must say that I respect him a lot; he has done a wonderful job. [But] I can’t say we have similarities.”Obviously, this is boldly true. As a player, he was incomparable except to a few players like Brasilian Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, his teammate in the club yet rivals in the national team. Both won FIFA World’s Best Player three times. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was barely known as a player since he was only apart of the mediocre team in Germany, Mainz 05.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, now, such difference means nothing as they will be guarding and guiding their own teams as Zidane sees themselves in the final, “There is no favorite in the final; the chances of the two teams are equal.”
Paris Saint-Germain are edging closer to signing Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspur, according to Express.The French champions want to sign Rose before the close of the transfer window closes on August 31. Rose has lost his starting berth in the Spurs team to Wales international Ben Davies and Tottenham are considering selling him at the right price to the right buyer.But Spurs might be forced to drop their demand for a £50million fee after competition for his services decreased with Schalke now out of the race.The German side, who were the one-time front-runners, opted to go for Lille’s Morocco international Hamza Mendyl instead of Rose.‘I’ve never done it!’ Harry Kane hits back at diving claims Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back against suggestions accusing him of diving twice already in the new Premier League season.The Paris giants are keen on Rose, who could find himself third choice left-back in the Tottenham pecking order behind Ben Davies and Kyle Walker-Peters.Meanwhile, Besiktas have switched their attention to signing Fraser Forster from Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. The Turkish club have been in search of a goalkeeper all summer, targeting the likes of Arsenal’s Petr Cech and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.Forster still has four years left to run on his contract but Saints boss Hughes has said he will listen to offers for him this month.