Up close and in your face with movies

first_imgThese days, 3-D films are more than just a gimmick. For theaters owners and studios, the technology could be a lifesaver, luring people back to multiplexes for an experience that cannot be matched by sophisticated home theater systems or stolen by pirates with hidden camcorders. The theater industry is also battling competition from video games and other alternative entertainment along with Internet downloads that will soon deliver high-definition films directly to homes. Film exhibition companies looking to protect their business believe 3-D will boost revenue. Some industry executives think theaters can add as much as 50 percent to the cost of a ticket for a 3-D feature. “If we can sell 10 percent to 15 percent of our tickets annually at a higher price point, that’s a real mover of the needle,” Mike Campbell, chief executive of Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest theater chain, said at the investors’ conference. About 700 theaters across the country are now outfitted with 3-D technology, with thousands of others moving to spend the $17,000 needed to install the equipment. Moviemakers, meanwhile, estimate that making a movie in 3-D can add as much as $15 million to the cost. Today’s 3-D technology is far more advanced than that used in the 1950s, the heyday of gimmicky 3-D films. Previous 3-D systems projected two images on the movie screen, one for each eye. That required the use of red and blue lenses or even glasses with mechanized shutters that opened and closed quickly to separate the images. With newer systems, moviegoers still need to don special glasses but not the cheap cardboard variety with blue and red lenses. Instead, special polarized lenses will separate the stereo images projected on specially coated screens. RealD, a Beverly Hills company, is the leader in modern 3-D with systems that will be operating on about 1,000 screens by the end of the year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the end of the decade, Darth Vader could be rattling sabers with his enemies above the heads of moviegoers, and Buzz Lightyear could be flying off the screen on his way to infinity and beyond. A growing number of blockbuster, live-action films and animated movies are expected to be offered in 3-D in the next few years, as thousands of theaters around the country are outfitted with the special projectors and screens needed to show the films. Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation SKG, is so gung-ho about 3-D that he has said his studio might start exclusively releasing movies in the format as early as 2009 with its “Monsters vs. Aliens” movie. “For Memorial Day weekend 2009, I would like to see 3,800 locations and 6,000 screens that we can put our movie on. And if they are there, then we will be exclusive in 3-D,” Katzenberg said at a recent investors’ conference. So far, moviegoers have reacted positively to the few 3-D films that have been released in recent years. “Meet the Robinsons” from The Walt Disney Co. debuted March 30, earning $25.1 million in its opening weekend. More than a quarter of that revenue came from the 581 screens across the country that showed the film in 3-D, the company said. Those moviegoers were even willing to pay a few extra bucks to don special glasses and watch characters leave the screen. A number of high-profile filmmakers have 3-D projects in the works, including Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron. Walt Disney Co. has released 3-D versions of three animated films and recently signed a deal with Zemeckis to produce more. The studio is also rumored to be making the sequel “Toy Story 3” in 3-D, a report the studio declined to confirm. last_img read more

Pele spokesperson denies hospital reports

first_imgBut his spokesperson branded those reports as “fake news”.Pele made his first public appearance since December’s World Cup draw with a zimmer frame in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.“He said he’s not going because it’s going to be very tiring, very stressful,” said Pepito Fornos.“He had this trip to England, but the trip to Rio was very tiring and so to face another trip, with transits at several airports, wasn’t possible.”Pele — the only player to win three World Cups — has struggled with ill health and was unable to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games.Pele “has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion”, said the FWA earlier on Friday.“He is on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious.”Pele helped inspire Brazil to World Cup victories in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year career, including a Brazilian record 77 goals in 92 international appearances.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pele pictured during the opening event of the 2018 Carioca Football Championship at Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro on January 15, 2018 © AFP/File / Mauro PIMENTELRio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 19 – Pele’s spokesperson dismissed reports the footballing legend had been hospitalised on Friday, saying the 77-year-old was resting at home.The Brazilian cancelled a trip to London this weekend for a dinner in his honour with the English Football Writers’ Association (FWA), with the FWA saying he had collapsed from exhaustion and been taken to hospital.last_img read more

Premier League injury table: Who have the most players out?

first_img 5 4= Manchester United – Six players out injured – Click the right arrow above to see who have the most absentees… – Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Nick Powell. 5 5 2. Newcastle United – 10 players out injured – Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Curtis Good. 3. Arsenal – Seven players out injured – Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. 5 5 4= Aston Villa – Six players out injured – Jordan Amavi, Gary Gardner, Carlos Sanchez, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Adama Traore and Alan Hutton. Liverpool may have beaten Stoke City in their League Cup semi-final first leg clash at the Britannia Stadium, but at what cost?The 1-0 victory, thanks to Jordon Ibe’s first-half effort, may have seen the Reds stick one foot into the final but it also saw them lose an astonishing three players to injury.First Philippe Coutinho’s night was curtailed with just 18 minutes on the clock as he suffered a hamstring problem, while 16 minutes later Dejan Lovren was forced from the field for the same reason after sliding into a challenge.Then, just when manager Jurgen Klopp though they’d come through without another problem, Kolo Toure had to struggle through the final minutes with a knock.So, with Liverpool’s injury list added to, just which Premier League team has the most crocked players? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who has the most players out injured… 1. Liverpool – 11 players out injured – Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan.last_img read more

DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS COURSES WHICH START IN SEPTEMBER

first_imgDONEGAL ETB are now accepting applications for both Year 1 and 2 Accounting Technicians Courses which will commence in September.Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work in all levels of finance.They are involved in the day to day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. There is strong employer demand for accounts technician both locally and nationally,The accounts technician qualification is level 6 on the national framework of qualifications and the course is academically demanding.A qualified accounts technician will also receive exemptions should he/she decide to undertake further professional accountancy exams.Interviews for course places will take place in late August. “You are invited to information sessions on accounting technician courses which will be held on Thursday 23rd April and Thursday 30th April at 2PM in Donegal ETB training centre in Ballyraine Letterkenny”.Please see below fact sheet which has relevant contact details.For accounts technician prospectus please click on link below.http://www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/Files/Documents_and_Forms/2014_2015_Student_Prospectus.pdfThe Year 1 subjects are Financial Accounting, Taxation, Management and Law and Ethics. Year 2 subjects are Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Management Accounting and Integrated Accounting Systems.Mature applicants over 21 can apply to enter Year 1 on the basis of age and experience rather than educational background. School leavers should have a leaving cert with pass grades in English and Maths/Accountancy.A trainee who recently completed the Year 1 course in Letterkenny found the course “both challenging and interesting”.For qualified accounts technicians, there are strong employment opportunities both nationally and locally. For year 1 course interviews will be held in late August.Please see www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie for further information.Please contact your local Intreo office to register your interest for either of the above courses.​Please contact  Course Recruitment on 0749120542 for further information.​DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS COURSES WHICH START IN SEPTEMBER was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDonegal ETBFeaturesnewslast_img read more

‘TRADE AND UPGRADE’ AT DIVER’S HYUNDAI THIS WEEKEND

first_imgBUSINESS: Diver’s Hyundai Garage are hosting an Open Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and a large crowd is expected to descend on the popular car retailer as car sales of Hyundai continue to rocket. Terence Diver, ownwer of Diver’s Hyundai, told Donegal Daly, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to Hyundai’s National Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at our premises on Canal Road, Letterkenny, when we launch the 162 Reg. “It’s exciting times to say the least here in Hyundai in Letterkenny and nationwide.” The brand has just gone from strength to strength and we are confident this trend will continue into the future.“We have carried out major renovation works to our premises in recent times and are about to embark on the next phase in the coming months.“I would also like to thank you for playing your part in making the all new Hyundai Tucson the No.1 Best Selling car in Donegal and Ireland. “Since its launch it has just taken the country by storm so suffice to say ‘’Change is Good’’. Today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday our sales team are looking forward to meeting you and answering any queries you may have in relation to purchasing a car.”162 DL 4 U: It’s back, yes, Hyundai’s Trade and Upgrade is back and it’s available for the month of June at our premises.By trading in your current car you can avail of 5 years ‘FREE SERVICING’’ or up to €4,000 scrappage bonus on your existing vehicle. This weekend come along and view our range and talk to our team.Affordable Finance Packages:At Divers we have affordable Finance Packages to suit everyone including PCP (Personal Contract Plan) the new way of financing your car. This plan ensures that customers have trouble free motoring and peace of mind for the duration of the plan at an affordable cost. Looking Good: Terence added, “Thank you for your feedback on the renovations that we have carried out in recent months at our premises to make your experience at Divers Hyundai more comfortable and enjoyable.Call in this weekend and see for yourself why more and more people are choosing Hyundai…..’’Change is Good’’….’’Believe everything you hear’.”‘TRADE AND UPGRADE’ AT DIVER’S HYUNDAI THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDiver’s HyundaiFeaturesgaragenewsOpen weekendlast_img read more

BRIGHTER DAYS INDEED AS DONEGAL FILM WINS UNIQUE CHALLENGE

first_imgA unique experiment which saw a short Donegal film pitted against another film from Derry has ended in victory for the Donegal film-maker!The experiment saw Brighter Days – a film by Letterkenny-based man Daniel McGarrigle – go head-to-head with Derry film Pride In Our City.The aim of the challenge was to promote both films using social media to see who got the most number of views. Donegaldaily.com featured six minute film Brighter Days with just two days left of the experiment and we received a tremendous feedback from our loyal readersIn the end Brighter Days won after receiving 3,409 compared to 3,290 views for the Derry film.Brighter Days, which featured film-maker Daniel’s grandfather Colm Melly speak about his life and times in The Rosses and in England, proved a huge hit with our viewers.Ends BRIGHTER DAYS INDEED AS DONEGAL FILM WINS UNIQUE CHALLENGE was last modified: November 27th, 2011 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:Brighter DaysDANNY MCGARRIGLElast_img read more

OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALI AFTER SHE MISSES ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgDonegal GAA fan Ali McGee certainly has a big heart!The Ballyshannon woman was admitted to Dublin’s Mater Hospital to have a serious coronary operation just an hour before last Sunday’s big game.But instead of being surrounded by her family, she insisted that they all go to Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland final. The mum of four was checked into the hospital at 2pm on Sunday afternoon – just an hour and a half before the throw-in to the big game.Her family searched the floor of the hospital but couldn’t find another Donegal person so Ali could watch the game with some company.Instead Ali hung up her colours while husband Denis, who is originally from Falcarragh, three sons Martin, Denis, Shane and daughter Maria nipped around to Croke Park.The family returned to join mum Ali for a well-deserved hug and celebration. Son Shane said last night that Ali is back home in Ballyshannon and recovering well after her operation.He told us: “She was waiting for a heart procedure for some time and eventually was given an appointment to check in at 2 pm on Sunday!“All the family checked her in and left to attend the game returning afterwards. She is at home now recovering and is a very happy Donegal women.” OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALI AFTER SHE MISSES ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:Ali McGeeALL-IRELAND FINALBallyshannonheart surgerylast_img read more

Letterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance

first_imgStudents and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn.
As students across Ireland return to college, there is public outrage that young people with disabilities will no longer receive the Rehabilitative Training Allowance of €31.80 per week that supports them to access further education and employment.This move affects all new learners that will be commencing the Access, Advance and Prospects programs. A total of seven students will be directly affected (Access 2 students, Advance 3 students and Prospects 2 students). To protest at this decision, staff from Letterkenny NLN, representing leaners, met with local public representatives, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty TD at their offices, handing over petitions signed by hundreds of concerned students and parents.Senator Mac Lochlainn agreed to call to the centre to meet with the students and address their concerns personally.TD Thomas Pringle receiving petitions by the students that will be directly affected by the cuts at the NLN in Letterkenny on Monday 23rd Sept. Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Photo Clive WassonIndependent TD Thomas Pringle also visited the National Learning Network in Letterkenny to hear first-hand how the cut will affect students at the centre.Caoimhe Begley from Kerrykeel Donegal, who is being denied an allowance said: “I feel it is not right that other learners are getting this payment and I won’t get it. “I feel angry if others in the class can go to activities and I can’t afford to do the same. It is not fair. The government should not be taking money off people with disabilities. Get it somewhere else.“This money would help me to pay for activities that would help me be more independent and develop my social skills.”NLN is the training and education division of Rehab Group, one of six disability organisations that has joined forces to urge the Government to reverse its decision.Research by Rehab has found that 90 per cent of students on its training courses could not have undertaken training without the allowance.Training providers including NLN are finding that people who expressed a strong interest in starting rehabilitative training have not pursued this option due to withdrawal of the allowance. Kathleen O’Meara, Director of Communications of Public Affairs and Fundraising with Rehab said this move is an attack on young people in Ireland who are reliant on this small allowance to be able to access training and employment.“The axing of this allowance could mean young people leaving school will be faced with little option but to stay at home, putting them at risk of isolation and depression. 

“Hundreds of young people who are entering courses are now struggling to make up the €31.80 weekly shortfall from their own resources, alongside other additional costs related to having a disability.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn signing our petition. Friday 13th Sept Photo Clive Wasson“We want the allowance to be restored. Today we want to say that we don’t mind what Department or state agency pays the allowance, what matters is that it continues to be available. We are calling on the Minister for Health to review the decision. During that time, we want the allowance to be restored, and when the review is done, a decision can be taken on what agency or what Department should pay it.“Minister Harris has claimed that the cut to the allowance will result in €3.7m being diverted to provide some 300 additional day places. This is a smokescreen. The €3.7m figure will only emerge after four years. In reality the decision to cut the allowance from new entrants will save approximately €250,000 this year at the cost of isolating young people with disabilities from a crucial service, in a sector that is already chronically underfunded. It is a drop in the ocean in terms of the HSE budget and will not result in the additional day services that the Minister claims.” The coalition of disability organisations protesting against the cuts: Disability Federation of Ireland, Rehab, Central Remedial Clinic, Irish Wheelchair Association, Aontas and Inclusion Ireland.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Caoimhe Begley presenting her story to TD Thomas Pringle.Back row left to right: Elaine Byrne, Linda Mc Hugh, Glenn Hepburn, Audrey GambleFront Row Left to right: Thomas Pringle TD Caoimhe Begley. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance was last modified: September 26th, 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)last_img read more

Two small Christian colleges take a stand against Nike over its Colin Kaepernick ad campaign

first_imgBy Cindy Boren | The Washington PostNike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling demonstration during the national anthem started a controversy that engulfed the NFL last season and drew the ire of President Trump, has cost it a relationship with at least two small colleges.Truett McConnell University, a liberal arts school with about 2,600 students in the northern Georgia community of Cleveland, will no longer offer Nike products in its campus store. And athletic teams …last_img read more

Clever Critters

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Small animals accomplish mighty wonders that require knowledge of advanced mathematics, physics and genetics.Moths: How do insects see in the dark? Some moths and bees get by with only a few photons – they seem to defy what is physically possible, remarks Erik Warrant, professor of zoology at Lund University, in The Conversation. He studied hawkmoths, dubbed the “hummingbirds of the insect world” because of their bright colors. The moths are able to perform summation on photons similar to keeping the shutter of a camera open longer in order to collect more light. The method sacrifices acuity, but works well enough to find a mate, avoid a predator or get by. “In fact,” Warrant says, “thanks to these neural mechanisms, Deilephila can see at light intensities around 100 times dimmer than it could otherwise.”Fruit flies: These tiny dipteran insects make use of a property called ‘optic flow’ in their aerobatic feats. Current Biology says that fast flight introduces photon noise and lowers the signal-to-noise ratio as much as darkness does. To solve this, flies employ a trick called ‘facultative summation,’ described by Jamie Theobald:Photoreceptors need quick temporal dynamics to cope with fast motion, so the ideal filtering would additionally be spatial. To determine if fruit flies implement filtering driven by background optic flow, I tested their frequency-dependent steering and found that flow transiently eliminates high spatial frequency responses. This effect increases from forward to lateral visual regions, acts only parallel to flow direction, and filters only high spatial, not temporal, responses. Facultative summation may maximize visual information by improving sensitivity during fast flight, but limiting acuity loss when the fly is still.Tardigrades are able to survive long periods of dessication. Live Science explains how they do it maintaining a special supply of unique ‘intrinsically disordered proteins’ or TDPs. “TDPs protected the tardigrades in much in the same way that trehalose [a sugar] protects other animals, by forming glass-like structures that help to preserve cells that are in a dehydrated state.”Birds and mammals need to keep track of the seasons to know when to grow more feathers and fur, reproduce, and carry on other vital functions of life. PhysOrg describes how scientists at the University of Bristol monitored secretions of the hormone melatonin in sheep. Produced at night, melatonin triggers other enzymes and genes depending on length of the daylight. This affects blood vessels near the pituitary gland and also signals different parts of the pituitary gland that control functions like fertility.Who taught these small animals these tricks? Performing these feats require technology aware of quantum mechanics and calculus. They involve advanced optics, information technology, and biomechanics. A country bumpkin has enough sense to know what’s going on: “Someone’s running this concern that ain’t got nothin’ else to learn.”last_img read more