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first_imgDONEGAL singer Mark McLaughlin is through to the next round of RTE’s ‘The Voice’ – after taking to the stage just a few days after his father’s death.Judges on the TV show didn’t know about Mark’s secret heartache when he was singing.In the end both Kian Egan and Sharon Corr turned around for Mark.Mark decided to pick Sharon – laughing afterwards that it was because she said her mum was from Donegal. “I know what you are going through,” said Sharon as Mark told of his father’s recent death.He’s the third Donegal singer to make it through to the next round.In this interview, you can hear more. Press Play to watch the video. DDTV VIDEO: TEARS AS DONEGAL SINGER TELLS OF FATHER’S DEATH ON RTE’S THE VOICE was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: TEARS AS DONEGAL SINGER TELLS OF FATHER’S DEATH ON RTE’S THE VOICElast_img read more

Showing at the Ohio State Fair is about the experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseBanners are nice. Success is great. But really, at the end of each Ohio State Fair, it is really about the experience, lessons learned and the people. Though Caroline Winter from Pickaway County has had some success in showmanship and breed shows, those are not the first things she shares about what she loves about the Ohio State Fair.“I have been showing since I could walk. I love hanging out with my friends who are also my competitors,” the 17-year-old said. “In the show ring we compete, but if my friend beats me, I don’t hold it against them. Whatever happens in the show ring, we go get ice cream or play a game of cards — a very competitive game of cards.“Spoons is my favorite card game at the State Fair. We’ll get a big game going and it is a lot of fun. And, for the ice cream, you have to go at the right time because if you don’t the line is wrapping around the building. I go after I show to get a nice treat, cool off and look at the butter cow.”The fun at the Ohio State Fair is the culmination of months of long hours and dedication — something many fairgoers do not always understand.“I love how there are all sorts of different people with all sorts of different backgrounds who come to watch the show. They ask questions and I love talking with them about the cattle,” Caroline said. “A lot of people look forward to seeing the animals and learning about them. I love to talk about the daily care that goes into the animals and what it takes to show them and how much food they actually eat. It is fun talking to them about the animals. I like explaining what I do and why I do it. And yes, they do poop and I do have to clean it up.”This year Caroline (with some help from her older sister Christina) will have three Angus heifers, a Shorthorn cow calf pair, a Shorthorn calf, an Angus steer, a ShorthornPlus steer, and a Maintainer steer at the Ohio State Fair. Many hours go into the care of the cattle leading up to the State Fair but Caroline also has a long set of duties on her family’s crop farm and she trains for fall cross-country in her spare time.“In the mornings in the summer I start with feeding the cattle and getting them in the barn. We rinse every day. When my dad gets home we help with hay, planting, working ground, and harvesting in the fall,” she said. “In the winter we clean the barn and feed a lot of hay. We have a corn-wheat-soybean rotation with another 80 acres of hay — small square bales and big round bales. I help with hay all summer and I am always working with the cattle.”There is plenty of work to be done with the cattle while they are at the State Fair, but in comparison to the normal summer schedule for Caroline, the event is like a vacation.“With the breeding show during the first part of the State Fair, we are in and out so quickly there is not much extra time. But I like the people there, especially in the Shorthorn Breeders Association. They are so nice and friendly. They love their card games and they give out popsicles,” Caroline said. “With the market show later in the Fair, I only have three animals so I can relax a little more. When we are up at the State Fair with the market steers, it is like a vacation away from home and I am able to hang out with my friends and relax. There is way less to take care of compared to the Pickaway County Fair where I had two market steers, a feeder calf, two market lambs, a breeding ewe, and a market hog. Then I went right from county fair to the Shorthorn Junior Nationals in Tennessee. At the county fair or when I’m at home, I have something going on every day.”Of all the species Caroline shows, the cattle are her favorite, which makes her State Fair experience even more special.“With the sheep or pigs, I only have a few months with them. With the cattle, I am working with them year round. You can really see the difference with them starting to trust you and you get this bond with them as they get used to you. Nugget is my Shorthorn cow I’m taking to State Fair. We have gone to many shows together,” Caroline said. “We did the BEST program and other state fairs. Before she had her baby we’d go out here in the lot and play tag. I’d sprint through the pasture and she’d run after me. In the stalls at shows I lay down beside her with my back at the front of the stall and she will lay her head right on me.”Her favorite part of competing with the cattle is showmanship.“I like showmanship. It doesn’t matter how good your animal is,” she said. “It is about how well you can present your animal. The judge is mainly focused on you and I like to show how well I can present my animal.”Caroline will have the unique opportunity to share her showmanship expertise and excitement for the fair this year as a part of the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Building. For the event, celebrity exhibitors — including some who never set foot in a show ring — will be paired with Ohio 4-H members to try their hand at showing a steer and vying for the judge’s eye. Donors can support each celebrity involved and proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.Caroline will be assisting Matt Barnes, a Columbus News anchor for NBC4 Today, as he makes his initial trip into the show ring to wrangle a steer.“Bill Tom from the Ohio State Fair came to me and asked if I wanted to do this at Beef Expo because I have exhibited for so long. I wanted to do this to return the favor of everyone who has helped me. And I know it is going to a really good cause. I actually know some families who have used the Ronald McDonald House. And it sounded fun,” Caroline said. “I always like teaching people about showing cattle and this gives me another chance to do that. Matt Barnes came down to our county fair to watch me get the steers ready for the show and then watched me show them. He asked some questions about the steers and did a short interview. He has no background with steers. I told him, you have to just relax.Columbus morning television anchorman Matt Barnes came to the Winter farm to practice his showmanship skills before the Dean’s Charity Steer Show. Photo provided by the Winter family.“If you get worked up, the steer will get worked up, so you have to be comfortable with them. Once he gets comfortable we’ll lead the steer around some and get the feet set a few times to practice. Then we’ll work on some more of the details. Matt seems pretty excited about it. He asked me if I’ve ever taught someone in one day before. I think he seems very willing to try. If he tries and gives his best effort then he will do pretty well.”Caroline is really looking forward to the event and the Ohio State Fair as a whole. She is hoping to celebrate some State Fair success with some cold, chocolate ice cream from the dairy building. And, like every exhibitor at the fair, she would love a new banner to hang in the barn, but Caroline knows the experience, lessons learned and the people make every year a success at the Ohio State Fair no matter what the outcome in the show ring.To find out more about the Dean’s Charity Steer Show and make a donation today at months of hard work are an important part of taking competitive cattle to show at the Ohio State Fair.last_img read more

Getting the Right Minisplit

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Curious readers regularly post questions here at GBA on how to size minisplit heat pumps and how to select the right equipment. Although our web site contains dozens of articles on the topic, the questions keep coming — so it’s time to provide some straightforward guidance on this issue.The first required step for anyone who wants to install HVAC equipment is to perform a room-by-room load calculation. In other words, the designer needs to calculate the anticipated heating load for each room under the coldest likely conditions, as well as the anticipated cooling load for each room under the hottest likely conditions. Although most people have heard of load calculations, which are code-required, this step is often ignored.Getting an accurate load calculation isn’t easy; most HVAC contractors grossly overestimate design heating loads and design cooling loads. For more information on obtaining an accurate load calculation, see these articles:The typical bedroom has a design heating load of 2,500 BTU/h or less — far less than the rating on a typical ductless minisplit head, which usually ranges from 9,000 to 12,000 BTU/h. If your HVAC contractor is advising you to install a separate minisplit head in each bedroom, it’s probably time to choose a different contractor. (Of course, an unusually large bedroom that is poorly insulated, leaky, or equipped with very large windows may have a much higher design heating load than average — so it always pays to do the math.)Instead of installing a ductless minisplit head in each bedroom, a better approach would be to install a minisplit head in a nearby common room — perhaps the living room or hallway — or to select a ducted unit instead of a ductless unit.According to GBA reader Dana Dorsett, a self-taught minisplit expert, “In most houses the ‘head in… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Film Look in Post

first_imgWant the ease of shooting digitally but the look of film? What can you do in post production or editing to make your digital footage appear more filmic?In the following video tutorial video production pro Matt Scott tackles the burning question “How do you create a classic film look?” There are certain things you can do on-set (lighting, lens choice) to simulate more of a film look, but during post production is when many of the film emulation tricks really come into play.This video tutorial covers the fundamentals of giving your digital footage a film look during video editing including:Modifying Aspect RatioUsing Blending Modes for Film GlowApplying Film Grain (download Matt’s FREE film grain from the Downloads tab here)Additionally, Matt dissects what color and curve properties are indicative of film – and the steps necessary to apply these looks in post (see a quick before and after shot below). The video editing application used in this tutorial is Grass Valley Edius, but the same principles can be applied in any video editing application.Thanks for sharing Matt? Check out the corresponding blog post here.Do you have your own tricks for creating a film look in post production? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Color Grading Tips For ‘Mixed Camera’ Projects

first_imgUsing footage from different types of cameras can make color grading a challenge. Here are some tips to make the process easier.One of the most difficult tasks for a colorist is matching shots from different formats. No matter how great your eye may be, there’s no denying that it takes a lot of work to get the color from a DSLR to match a RED DRAGON or a GoPro.Every camera has its own color science and therefore responds to grading differently, which can pose a great challenge for colorists working on mixed format projects. Here are two tips that I’ve found helpful when working with mixed camera projects:1. Focus on ContrastPhoto courtesy of Robbie Carman of Amigo Media. No matter what you do, and how many color keys you try to pull – there will be color differences from camera to camera. This means you’ll need to look for other ways (as opposed to just color balance) to tie images together. In my opinion, contrast is one of the best ways to do so.By keeping your levels consistent throughout the piece (in this case we used slightly lifted shadows and punchy highlights), there’s a universal look that starts to let everything gel together.2. Use the Right LUTI like to add a film emulation LUT to everything I work on, and on projects like this, it’s especially important. Rather than choosing two separate LUTs for the narrative and doc footage, I opted to use the same LUT across both to help smooth out any minor inconsistencies in the source footage. In the end, the Fuji stock that I’d used definitely helped tie it all together, giving the piece a sense of uniformness.Keep in mind, that even when employing these tips you’ll still need to do a lot of work to match your shots properly. Color keys, balancing, windows, and other techniques can and should be used to get the look you’re after… Just make sure to always find more than one way to tie it together.Looking for additional color grading tips, tricks, and techniques? Take a look at these helpful articles from your friends at PremiumBeat:Color Grading Tips and Cinematic Looks in SpeedGrade5 Reasons to Get a Color Grading Control SurfaceBlockbuster LUTs for Video Editors and ColoristsEver had to color grade from different camera sources? Tell us about your process in the comments below!last_img read more

Lokpal bill: Govt may soon call an all-party meet

first_imgWith the issue of bringing Prime Minister within the ambit of the Lokpal remaining a ticklish affair, Government is expected to soon call an all-party meeting to seek views across the political spectrum.This became clear on Saturday after a meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi had with top party leaders favouring such parleys against the backdrop of widening differences between the government and the civil society representatives led by Anna Hazare on the issue.Grappling with the issue and other sensitive matters like Telangana, the Congress Core Group headed by Gandhi met on Saturday, the second meeting coming just after its two-hour long deliberations last night. Saturday’s meeting also discussed Telangana problem. The Hazare camp is pitching for inclusion of Prime Minister as also higher judiciary in the proposed Lokpal bill during meetings of the Joint Committee to draft the measure which will now be meeting on June 20 and 21.Government is prima facie opposed to the inclusion of Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal but was open to the idea of covering him once he demits office.HRD Minister Sibal on Saturday said, “within the government, we feel prima facie, the Prime Minister should not be covered (under the Lokpal). But at the same time we want to make sure that if he demits office, he should not be exonerated from prosecution.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Karim Benzema Hits Out at Continued Exile from France National Football Team

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has told French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet he and he alone will decide when the time to end his international retirement has come.After Real coach Zinedine Zidane called for Benzema’s four-year France exile, caused by his alleged part in an attempt to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena, to end this week, Le Graet told French radio Benzema’s adventure with the French team was finished. “Noel, I thought you didn’t interfere with the decisions of the France coach,” said Benzema on Twitter.”Please understand that I and I alone will call an end to my international career.”Benzema, who is of Algerian origin, added that Le Graet should “let me play for one of the countries for which I’m eligible” if he thinks the 31-year-old is done.Benzema has not played for France since 2015, when he was placed under formal investigation over the blackmail attempt.Coach Didier Deschamps has maintained Benzema’s omission is in the best interests of the French squad, who won last year’s World Cup without him.Benzema has scored 9 goals in 11 La Liga appearances for Madrid already this season.”He has always wanted to play for France,” Zidane said this week.”He is the best and I think he should definitely have a place in the national team. Football-wise, there is no debate.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballFranceKarim Benzemareal madrid First Published: November 17, 2019, 2:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

first_imgMaria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8).The former world number one, who returned to the tour in April following a 15-month doping ban, started the stronger, breaking Sabalenka in her opening service game, but struggled on serve and soon found herself trailing 4-1 in the first set.The Russian managed to hold serve for the first time in the match at 4-2 and clung on grimly in the face of some hard hitting by her 19-year-old opponent before converting her fourth break point of the next game to get back on serve at 4-3.Her nerves settled, Sharapova began to hit her stride, breaking Sabalenka again to go 6-5 up before closing out the set.The Belarusian, playing her first WTA final, came back in the second set, opening up a 5-1 lead before serving to send the match into a decider, but Sharapova once again fought back to erase the deficit.The 30-year-old broke Sabalenka twice in succession and held her nerve when facing a set point on serve at 5-4 to level things up, and broke the Belarusian to give herself the chance to serve out the match at 6-5.THE MOMENT! @MariaSharapova wins the 2017 Tianjin Open 7-5, 7-6 in just over 2 hours ??? #tianjinopen #Sharapova Tianjin Open (@TianjinOpen) October 15, 2017But there was more drama to come. The Russian, who sent down seven aces during the contest, double faulted when facing a break point to gift Sabalenka the game and send the set into a tiebreak.advertisementSharapova, whose last title came at the Italian Open in May 2015, had three match points but Sabalenka survived them all before double faulting with the score at 8-8 to hand Sharapova another opportunity.This time, the Russian made no mistake, firing down a powerful serve to seal the victory..@MariaSharapova claims her 1st title since 2015 at @TianjinOpen!??HIGHLIGHTS ?? WTA (@WTA) October 15, 2017last_img read more

PSG edge past Atletico Madrid in International Champions Cup thriller

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Atleico Madrid played out a five-goal thriller in Singapore with the French champions ultimately edging past the Spanish side in a International Champions Cup match.Atletico’s young players stood upto the task and came from behind to level the scoring 2-2 but ultimately failed to do one better or hold onto a draw as Virgiliu Postolachi scored late to earn a victory for PSG.PSG’ French midfielder Christopher Nkunku struck first in the 32nd minute, punishing the Atletico defence for a poor clearance from the area.The Spanish team squandered chances to draw level before the intermission and again in the early stages of the second half, which came with a price.PSG post-match reactions following Monday’s win over @atletienglish! #ICC2018 Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 30, 2018Vietto missed a great chance shortly before the break, when he had the goal at his mercy, but PSG defender Kevin Rimane’s leg blocked his shot.The Parisian side doubled their lead in the 72nd minute thanks to French midfielder Moussa Diaby, who scored after PSG’s young forward Timothy Weah of the United States took advantage of an imprecise pass from a defender.Three minutes later, Atletico Madrid scored their first goal as Victor Mollejo converted from a corner.The Rojiblancos’ rally seemed complete when PSG midfielder Antoine Bernede scored an own goal, deflecting a cross from Atletico forward Borja Garces into the net in the 86th minute.@DugoutPure joy after Postolachi’s stoppage-time stunner#ICC2018 Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 30, 2018Just when it looked like the match was on its way to a penalty shootout, Postolachi scored from outside the area three minutes into stoppage time to seal the win.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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