Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 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) Tags:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

Fans on Twitter react to QPR cup defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBen Gladwin has attracted criticism from fans since his arrival at QPR – and many on Twitter were far from impressed with his display against Blackburn.Gladwin was substituted in the second half at Loftus Road, where Rangers made an immediate exit from the FA Cup by losing 2-1 against Blackburn.The man who paid money for Ben Gladwin should be shot. #QPR— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) January 7, 2017The #QPR January Transfer Window wish list:1. Decent right back. 2. No. 10 playmaker.3. A proven goalscorer. 4. Taxi for Gladwin.— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017I don’t know what Ollie sees in training but how Gladwin gets in the team before Shodipo only god & Ollie knows #QPR— mick (@qprmicky) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin makes Michael Meaker look like Lionel Messi. #justsaying #QPR— Galen Urso (@spqpr1973) January 7, 2017Cousin’s, Yeni and Gladwin. Nine of them good enough. None of them fit to wear our beloved Hoops.#QPR— Chris Taylor (@superhoopchris) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin reminds me of Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ Looks the part, but has no idea how to play football. #QPR pic.twitter.com/R1BkFtA909— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017Gladwin…..he must have something on the chairman….#QPR— Christian Harber (@QPR1980) January 7, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kerr on Durant: If we can get past Houston, ‘good news’ he could rejoin action

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The Warriors’ initial fears became a reality.Kevin Durant had an MRI on Thursday that confirmed a strained right calf, sidelining him for when the Warriors play the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals here on Friday. Should the Rockets force a Game 7 for Sunday at Oracle Arena, Durant will miss that game, too.And yet even if …last_img read more

Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre a fan of the 49ers, sounds like he wants to join in the fun

first_imgBrett Favre recently turned 50. He hasn’t thrown a football in anger in nine years. But he still recognizes a good team when he sees one. When the talk turns to the 49ers, Favre’s a fan.“You know, in that (Saints) game, (Jimmy) Garoppolo, as well as (Kyle) Shanahan, we have to be perfect with our execution,” Favre said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We have to come away with points almost every time.”How cool is that? Brett sounds fired up, practically inserting himself …last_img read more

Sibella, Karoo’s queen of the cheetahs, dies

first_img15 September 2015Sibella the cheetah died early in the morning in the Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet after a clash with a duiker buck it was hunting. The cheetah suffered a deep wound to its abdomen.Born wild in North West province, Sibella was rehomed in Samara in 2003. It had been captured and tortured by hunters at the age of two. Sibella died on Friday, 11 September.“Lying at death’s door, she was fortunate enough to be rescued by the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust. She owes her life to the five-hour surgery and dedicated rehabilitation that ensued,” said Margie Varney, Samara general manager, said at the time of the relocation.Sibella began a new chapter in December 2003, when it was released on to the Samara game reserve. The release surpassed all expectations.Samara Private Game Reserve lies 20km southeast of Graaff-Rienet in Eastern Cape. It encompasses not only the Karoo mountain complex and parts of the Great Escarpment, but also sweeping plains to create a unique area for wildlife, including four of South Africa’s seven natural biomes. It is home to a variety of buck, birdlife and smaller carnivores, including the African wild cat and brown hyena, but is most famous for its Cheetah Metapopulation Programme, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, of which Sibella was the most fruitful participant.Sibella reared an astonishing 20 cubs in four litters at Samara, alone contributing to a 3% increase in the wild cheetah population in South Africa.According to Varney, Sibella was a consummate mother, giving birth on steep mountain slopes to evade other predators, and always making sure the cubs had enough to eat and were well-protected before going out on their own.Sibella had shared an extraordinary bond with humans. “With the birth of each new litter, when the cubs were old enough to leave their den, this wild cat dutifully presented to her human guardians her latest bundles of fur. The degree of trust she vested in human beings, walking to within just a few metres of them, was simply astounding – her past suffering at the hands of her tormentors all but forgotten,” Varney said.On the official Samara blog, a simple message from Varney and the rest of the reserve team offered some final words on the loss of Sibella: “We mourn her loss but seek comfort in knowing that she lived and died in a wild environment. We feel incredibly privileged to have been witness to the life of this exceptional cat.”On social media, wildlife photographers, conservationists and ordinary people from around the world posted heartfelt messages and photos of Sibella, queen of the Karoo cheetahs.Rest in Peace, Sibella . @samarakaroo #cheetah #SouthAfrica http://t.co/WW1CxNXHLC— Marcy Mendelson (@MendelsonImages) Septemb er 11, 2015Iconic “matriarch’ Cheetah Sibella dies http://t.co/6bleCsbg55#Op4Cheetahs #Sibella pic.twitter.com/HmBxga9Enk— #Op4Cheetahs (@Op4Cheetahs) September 12, 2015Ah. But what a legendary cheetah she was! Samara’s Sibella is no more. http://t.co/KRYpECB9Fs— Julienne du Toit (@KarooSpace) September 12, 2015SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New “What is Geocaching?” Video Debut

first_img SharePrint Related7 geocaching stats from 2017 (video!)January 30, 2018In “News”A Geocaching in Space Event Owner’s Guide to the GalaxyOctober 23, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Vlogs and Online Videos – The New Horizon of Caching MediaSeptember 30, 2011In “Community” You’re among the first to see a new geocaching debut. We’re proud to launch the new “What is Geocaching?” video. Watch and share the easy-to-understand video to quickly show all those who ask you, “What is Geocaching?” Once you’ve shared the video, soak up all the thank you’ll receive for introducing people to the joys of geocaching.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook?

first_imgI started tracking these unlikely likes, taking screenshots and following up with IMs to my friends. I asked Nicolala if she had indeed “liked” Walmart, and her answer was succinct: Brendan sent me this info in response to a request I had made on Facebook to my friends. Not long ago I asked people to send me screenshots of weird or suspicious behavior. I did this after noticing some bizarre things happening on Facebook —such as friends of mine showing up as “liking” things that I know they don’t like, such as liberals “liking” Mitt Romney and a guy with no car who “liked” Subaru.When I contacted these people they swore they had never liked these brands, and they had no idea that this stuff was going out under their names.So what is going on?The Mystery Of The Unintended LikesFull disclosure: I’m an active Facebook user, and I really enjoy it. I use Facebook to stay in touch with my friends and family who are scattered across the country and world. I also use Facebook to promote the arts magazine I publish, Sensitive Skin.The first sign I saw that something was not quite right was that after I’d spent a lot of time getting people to “like” the Sensitive Skin page, fewer and fewer people were seeing my posts.More people had been seeing my posts six months earlier, last winter, when I only had 800 likes, than this past summer, when I had more than 2,000.Then I heard about Facebook’s latest idea, getting users to pay to “promote” our own posts, so that more people would see them.Many people find promoted posts egregious, and the blowback has been well documented. A site called Dangerous Minds called promoted posts “the biggest bait and switch in history.” Mark Cuban complained in an article on The Huffington Post and made the same case here on ReadWrite.Nevertheless, in August I decided to give Sponsored Posts a try to promote Sensitive Skin. That’s when the weirdness began.Strange Results From Sponsored PostsMy number of post views did indeed go up, according the statistics provided to me by Facebook. But these likes didn’t seem like “quality” views or likes. I was getting likes from folks in South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Comments were posted not only in languages I couldn’t understand, but in alphabets I didn’t recognize.This was suboptimal — not to mention extremely weird — for a literary magazine written in English.Then I started noticing something else. “Sponsored Posts” were popping up near the top of my newsfeed, and some of them made no sense. A number of my liberal friends supposedly had “liked” Mitt Romney, for instance. And my friend Nicolala, a high school English teacher from San Francisco, had “liked” WalMart. Then he said that he went to his profile and “unliked” Subaru. I asked, shocked, wait, you mean Subaru actually went and “liked” themselves for you, without your knowledge? Tags:#Facebook#social media Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Last month, while wasting a few moments on Facebook, my pal Brendan O’Malley was surprised to see that his old friend Alex Gomez had “liked” Discover. This was surprising not only because Alex hated mega-corporations but even more so because Alex had passed away six months earlier.The Facebook “like” is dated Nov. 1, which is strange since Alex “passed [away] around March 26 or March 27,” O’Malley told me. Worse, O’Malley says the like was “quite offensive” since his friend “hated corporate bullshit.”Here’s a screenshot: The Plot ThickensOK, that’s pretty messed up, I thought. I put out a notice on my Timeline, asking my friends if they’d seen any unusual behavior regarding “likes” and ads.The response was overwhelming.Patti Walsh, a teacher who lives in Minnesota, was not pleased to see she’d inadvertantly liked a household disinfectant, since she had never “liked” this brand. “It’s counterfeit! I’m vegetarian and it’s actually offensive!” I See Dead People … Liking ThingsBut at least those people were alive when they fake-liked something.Emma Kumakura, a game designer in Palo Alto, Calif., was outraged to see her friend Alice Mizer Stewart, who had passed away in March, shilling for a tea company. Bart was doubtful that his friend, a committed anarchist (hey, it’s Holland) had actually liked a bunch of corporate brands. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Emma took a look at Alice’s profile and it appears that she did, in fact, like The Republic of Tea. Nevertheless it’s kind of disturbing to have people liking brands from beyond the grave.Moreover, Emma saw that she herself supposedly had “liked” Budweiser. But Emma doesn’t drink and hates beer.Facebook’s ExplanationA Facebook spokesman says the “likes” from dead people can happen if an account doesn’t get “memorialized” (meaning someone informs Facebook that the account-holder has died). If nobody tells Facebook that the account-holder is dead, Facebook just keeps operating on the assumption the person is alive.In that case, someone’s “likes” from months and months ago can still keep surfacing in the news feeds of their friends, since Facebook recycles “likes” long after they first occur. Who knew?Thing is, according to my pal Brendan O’Malley, there’s no way that his late friend Alex, who “hated corporate bullshit,” would have “liked” Discover.And what about all these other “likes” from living people, the ones where someone is credited with “liking” something and they swear they didn’t do it?The Facebook spokesman says it’s possible those people “liked” something by accident, by inadvertently pressing a button, perhaps on the mobile app. In response to the specific example of Nicolala liking Walmart, Facebook insists it really did happen: “We show that the Like happened on 10/01 at 6:46 p.m.,” the spokesman says.Fair enough. But these accidents seem to be happening a lot. Are there really that many people accidentally claiming to like stuff that they actually don’t like at all?It’s hard to imagine that Facebook would start “liking” stuff on people’s behalf without their knowledge or consent. Even for Mark Zuckerberg, the guy who once said of his members, “They trust me — dumb fucks,” this would be a stretch.But are the brands themselves doing it? Or are third-party services selling fake “likes” to brands? Supposedly Facebook has been trying to crack down on fake likes. Nevertheless they seem to keep popping up.This might be funny except that it’s also kind of disturbing. I mean, isn’t the enormous market valuation of Facebook predicated on its vast store of information about users, and its ability to use that information to precisely target ads?If Facebook can’t get this under control, what does that say about the value of its data? The persistence of these fake likes is an unnerving thing for Facebook users and investors alike.center_img I asked E.V. if he’d pressed the “like” button for Subaru, and he replied: “No, I did not press like. Maddening. I look at Facebook less and less because it lies more and more.” Bart’s anarchist friend even liked Shell Oil! Now that’s a bit unusual. I found it odd that my friend E.V. Grieve, who writes an anti-gentrification blog about New York’s East Village, would “like” Subaru. bernard meisler “I did not `like’ San Pellegrino. This stuff is making me want to get off the FB.”  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Ruby Ray, a photographer from San Francisco, and Bart Plantenga, a radio host from Amsterdam, were also perturbed.  In response to my inquiry, Martin Sarna, a graphic designer from New York City, started checking around among his friends. He too came up with a number of aberrant ads involving the movie “Life of Pi,” San Pellegrino water and McDonald’s.He annotated the screen grabs with comments from his friends and sent them to me: A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img

The 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film Projects

first_imgIn this industry roundup, we’ve collected five of the best places (and resources) to pitch your documentary film projectsIt’s amazing what you can learn from someone who’s been there and done that. When you’re first starting off in film and video, everything about the industry seems so daunting. However, once you get into the industry and start building your career, you quickly learn that most people are just figuring it out as they go along — just like you.Documentaries have always seemed that way to me. Sure you can go shoot them for fun, but the divide between personal documentary projects and what you ultimately see on television and the big screen seems very wide — even if the quality of the content doesn’t.Luckily, I was able to pick the brain of a documentary producer who saw no divide at all. All that matters is what you know and who you know to talk to. The rest just comes down to making the connections then bringing good pitches (or finished projects) to the table.Public Broadcasting ServiceImage via fivepointsix.Perhaps one of the best first places an up-and-coming documentarian can look to pitch their project would be the good people at PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). These Public Broadcasting Services (in the United States, at least) are great champions of the independent documentarian. And while there is a national public broadcasting resource that is, perhaps, the best place to pitch, you can always consider local public broadcasting services and television stations well when you’re first getting started.Cable Television NetworksImage via CatwalkPhotos.According to my source, these can be some of your most lucrative and career-friendly resources for full-time documentary filmmakers. Cable television networks like the History Channel and National Geographic are always looking for new content, features, and series. If you can find a connection (it’s not impossible, they’re always looking for new pitches), these networks are great places to pitch documentary concepts and ideas. It helps to have a demo reel already, but they are more in the business of hearing ideas than greenlighting budgeted projects.Premium Cable NetworksImage via Microgen.Obviously, like all television, premium cable networks are changing quickly from traditional broadcast styles to modern streaming options, but some of the major “premium” cable networks like HBO and Showtime are still big players in documentary content. Similar to regular cable television networks looking for new ideas and series, HBO and Showtime (and HBO in particular) are often the gold standard for a documentary producer. They hear lots of pitches, but they are also often looking for already-finished documentary projects (usually spotted at major film festivals) to add to their broadcast and streaming libraries.Online Streaming ServicesImage via nampix.Now to the biggest players: the major online streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The industry is quickly shifting direction, and they know it. It’s hard to see how the numbers add up because they don’t release box office-style stats, but we do know that they are all fighting with each other for the best new content — and that can often include documentary features and series. Pitching to them is not quite the same as the traditional media (although Netflix has come a long way in a short amount of time). However, if you have a good idea or an already great project, they are definitely worth pitching to if you can get their attention.Digital Content OutletsImage via guruXOX.If you’re into shooting documentary content that is less feature-length and more online-friendly, there are actually probably more avenues available to you than you’d think. Digital news outlets (like Vice — probably the best example) have been pushing online documentary content for several years now, looking to capture audiences on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. If you can create viral-minded content for these social media-based pages, then you may be able to build bit-by-bit from there to pitch to bigger agencies in the future.Cover image by Alzbeta.For more documentary filmmaking advice and insights, check out some of these articles below.7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryInterview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary ProjectsHow To Find the Right Subject for Your DocumentaryInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Documentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footagelast_img read more

‘My Pinoy grandpa inspired me to play’

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Fernando, Mauricio split bikes race honors Like Christian, who went to University of Nebraska and then University of Hawaii, the sisters took their volleyball acts to the United States before returning to Germany after graduation to play in the regional leagues.Standhardinger applied for the 2014 NBA Rookie Draft but was not selected. (Like him, Jared Dillinger also played for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors).The Filipino-German became available for the Gilas squad after his contract with SC Rasta Vechta in Germany’s ProA league expired. He was the league MVP last season.His trump card has always been his work ethic and how he plays the game.Gilas characterADVERTISEMENT “Christian plays hard all the way,” Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag says. “He’s exactly the kind of player this team needs, the type of player that fits the Gilas character.”Standhardinger played his guts out in the Jones Cup, holding his own in a tough international field that saw the Philippines play against a European power in Lithuania, traditional Asian contenders like Iran, South Korea and Chinese Taipei and the experienced Canada 150 side that eventually won the championship.It’s evident in Taipei that Standhardinger is all heart on the court. In several interviews with the international media, he proudly yelled “Puso!”, the battlecry of the Gilas Nationals.Standhardinger will suit up in the Fiba Asia tournament in Beirut, Lebanon, replacing Andray Blatche—the country’s naturalized player since the 2014 World Cup in Spain—who refused to go with the team for the Aug. 8 to 20 showcase.After that, the pony-tailed National will head straight to Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Asian Games, where the Philippines will try to win its 19th basketball gold and keep its supremacy in the region.Naturalized playerStandhardinger will play as a naturalized player in the Asian championship and as a Filipino in the SEA Games. His failure to get a Philippine passport before he turned 16 is the thing that’s keeping him from playing as a Filipino in tournaments supervised by the Fiba.But with dual citizenship, he is eligible to play in the PBA as a local. And that is certainly enticing news for any ball club rebuilding for the next season. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger has been dribbling a ball ever since he was a small boy. In his early years, like most boys growing up in Germany, he did it with his feet in an open grass field.“I’m a late bloomer (in basketball),” Standhardinger told the Inquirer after Gilas Pilipinas finished fourth in the Jones Cup in Taipei, where he made his international debut for the country. “I have my grandfather to thank for that.”ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-8 forward from Munich took to basketball when he was 12, encouraged by Pablo Hermoso, the father of his mom, the former Elizabeth Santos Hermoso. It started his love affair with the sport.“My grandfather took me to parks whenever he played,” he said of Pablo Hermoso, who saw action for Shell in the CYMCA league in the 1950s. “He was the one who influenced me to [play] basketball. I played whenever he played.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger never forgot his heritage—especially the basketball part of it—that he finally considered a two-year-old offer by Gilas coach Chot Reyes to play for the national team.“I don’t know what the future brings, but right now, my heart is with my national team,” Standhardinger said.Volleyball-playing sistersIndeed, basketball has become a career for Christian, the eldest in a brood of three of Guenther Standhardinger and Elizabeth. His sisters, twins Kathrin and Kristin, are a year younger at 27 and play competitive volleyball. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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