August 4, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Yard Sale

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at 131 Bath Ave.The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Long Branch house and the families, whose children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.  Items for sale will include toys, games, baby clothes and blankets, refurbished computers, monitors, keyboards, Waterford crystal pieces, household items and décor. All items will be priced to sell.The Ronald McDonald House provides families with all the comforts of home within a supportive environment.  The house offers quick access to the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing the families to focus on what’s important – the health of their child. The organization never closes its doors and a family will never be turned away based on their financial situation.last_img read more

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January 14, 2020

Cartoon: December 23, 2014

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January 12, 2020

Bantam “B” Flyers experience hockey highs and lows

first_imgIt was a rollercoaster ride of emotions for the Flint Energy Bantam “B” Flyers this past weekend.Saturday morning, the Flyers braved the icy elements by boarding a bus taking them to both LaCrete and High Level Alta. for two All Peace League games.- Advertisement -The day brought an emotional low. The Flyers were hosted by the first place LaCrete Lumberjacks and received a far from friendly welcome. The Lumberjacks opened the game with five unanswered goals in the first period, before Brandon Howard finally netted one for Fort St. John.The second period must have felt like déjà vu for the Flyers. Six more goals were scored on them, while Kyle Johnson was the only player able to score for Fort St. John in the frame.The Flyers were able to hold the Lumberjacks to only two goals in the third, scoring one themselves for a 13-3 final score.On Sunday, the rollercoaster headed skyward for the Flyers when they visited High Level. With a 13-3 loss fresh on their minds, the Flyers paid the feeling forward.Advertisement The Flyers scored three goals in the first period, four in the second and four more in the third, earning an 11-0 shutout against High Level.Jarod Lang set the tone with a five goal, one assist performance. Tyler Wood also had a five point night, with two goals and three helpers, with multiple other Flyers recoding multi-point games.In between the pipes, Evan O’Neill was awarded the shutout.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Brad Sperling wins election in Area C of the Peace River Regional District

first_img“My top priority – number 1 is the sewer system out here, we’ve got a little problem,” Sperling said of his victory. “That is number 1; that needs to be solved immediately.”Sperling adds, “After that, I want to start meeting with the Directors, City of Fort St. John, and start doing the things I promised I would do during the campaign.”When asked what can be done to strengthen the relationship between the city and regional district, Sperling said “We just need to get together and put our heads together.”- Advertisement -Sperling concludes by affirming his respect towards Bergen, saying that he plans to work with him in the future and “swap ideas.”“When the person puts their name up to run, you got to listen to them – win or lose.”For more election coverage, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

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December 26, 2019

‘I see myself staying at Liverpool’ – Star excited after promising pre-season

first_img IN DEMAND 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer And Sturridge, who spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at West Brom, believes he’s proving he can play a role for the club ahead of the new season.“I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out,” Sturridge told the club’s official website.“Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in action during pre-season. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has insisted he’s capable of fighting for place in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team after a successful start to pre-season.The England international has feature in matches against Bury, Tranmere and Chester FC so far, scoring twice against the latter. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED center_img “Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that.” 💪@DanielSturridge determined to reclaim place in #LFC team:— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 18, 2018“Pre-season has started well for me and the team,” he added. “I am feeling great and can’t wait to get the season under way.“We have the tour to come where we face some great teams like Man United, Man City and Dortmund.” targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News three-way race targets RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Public encouraged to have their say on new Twin Towns park development

first_imgResidents, community members, voluntary groups and business owners based in the Finn Valley have been urged to get involved on a new public park and recreational facilities for the Twin Towns.The plans being proposed by Donegal County Council to develop the new facilities and Councillor Liam Doherty is backing the council’s plans.The councillors comments come following the announcement this week that the local authority are now accepting written submissions from members of the public as part of a public consultation into the plans. Councillor Doherty said: “I am happy to learn that Donegal County Council has this week announced that it is now welcoming written submissions from the public regarding its plans to develop a new public park, recreational facilities and a multi-purpose all-weather pitch at Drumboe.“As part of the proposed development, the Council plan to construct a number of local amenities and facilities including a landscaped green space and sensory garden, an outdoor gym and soft play area, as well as a 3G all-weather flood light playing pitch,” he added.“I understand that the plans will also see the construction of a multi-use building which will house on-site changing rooms, public toilets, as well as an indoor multi-purpose room and office.“In addition, the upgrading and widening of the local roadway is also included as part of these proposals which is deemed necessary to improve both vehicle and pedestrian access to the site.  “While additional amenities and recreational facilities can be a fantastic and welcome addition to any town, it’s vital that they receive the support and approval of local residents, community groups and business owners before they are approved because they will be the people who ultimately will be affected.“I, therefore, am urging them to let their views be heard and to have their say on these ambitious proposals being planned at Drumboe and the Twin Towns.“Drawings and additional information is available on the local authority’s website, while anyone wishing to make a submission can do so by writing to the Council Secretariat, Donegal County Council, Lifford, County Donegal.”Public encouraged to have their say on new Twin Towns park development was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:ballybofey-stranorlartwin townslast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Young adults with autism open unique Christmas gift shop

first_imgA new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop has opened at the iCARE centre in Buncrana in the run-up to Christmas, selling unique festive gifts made by young adults with autism.The shop is an excellent showcase of top quality products made by the young people of iCARE with the help of arts facilitators – and Centre Manager Angela Tourish says it is a real treasure trove for anyone looking for a special gift for friends and family this Christmas. The shop will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays 11am to 3pm and Fridays 2pm to 3pm at the iCARE premises on Looking Glass Brae, Ballymacarry, Buncrana. Young adults from iCARE making products for the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.Items on sale in the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.“At the beginning of 2019 we started a project for young adults with autism who for various reasons didn’t have an adequate school placement or day service after leaving school,” she said.“During the course of the year, they’ve all been involved in a number of very different activities – including growing plants in our polytunnel which they’ve then potted in some amazing containers that they’ve decorated themselves!“Our young adults have also been up-cycling furniture such as chairs and other household items like bottles & cans and transforming them into beautiful items great for any home.“Indeed, it’s been wonderful to see the young adults motivated to carry out the process of making different products from start to finish.” Young adults from iCARE making products for the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.Angela continued: “In the run up to Christmas, they have also been making cards and craft items to sell in our newly opened ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.“Our young adults have also been counting the money at the end of the day and this experience has really helped them to feel valued members of the community. Indeed, they’ve all learned such a wide range of real-life skills – whether in terms of making arts & crafts or running a shop – and have been delighted to talk to members of the public about their creations!“Importantly, the money we make from the new shop – and from our Christmas Craft Fair at 2pm – 6pm on Sunday December 1st – will all go back into helping sustain the project and our centre.“I’d therefore encourage as many people as possible to ‘shop a little, help a lot’ this Christmas by visiting the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop and show their support for the centre and our wonderful young crafters!”Young adults from iCARE making products for the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.Shauna McClenaghan, Joint CEO of Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), commended the work which ICARE does with young people and their families since its inception in 2000 saying: “It’s fantastic to see the opening of the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop at iCARE which is a welcome addition to this excellent facility. The creativity and quality of the products on offer at the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop is of an amazing standard”. Items on sale in the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.Items on sale in the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.“This exciting project is also providing the young adults with opportunities to learn, engage socially and participate in meaningful work like making and selling products.“Indeed, it is also helping to provide them with transferable business skills as they produce their wonderful products for sale and prove their capabilities and value in the community”.Items on sale in the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.“Importantly, this project is not only showcasing the talent and skills of the young adults and arts facilitators themselves but is also encouraging people to buy local!“It really is a great place to buy that special gift for friends and family this Christmas whilst also supporting the iCARE centre – and I have no doubts it will be a huge success!” For further information on iCARE please visit or on Facebook (i.C.A.R.E.) or contact Angela Tourish on 0749362226 / email centremanager@icare.ieYoung adults with autism open unique Christmas gift shop was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:autismbuncranachristmas gift shopiCARElast_img read more

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December 20, 2019

Fortified pass rush leads to big night for Raiders’ safeties

first_imgOAKLAND — Erik Harris was one questionable offside call away from a three interception night. If not for a penalty Karl Joseph could have had two, too, but his single interception sealed the Raiders’ 26-24 win over AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers.Thursday night was, on its face and at first glance statistically, a strong night for the Raiders’ safeties against Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, who was shaky at best. This was the team’s opportunity to start generating offense on the …last_img

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December 17, 2019

ASA hires Ryan Findlay as CEO

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association announced the selection of Ryan Findlay as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Findlay replaces Stephen Censky, who left ASA in October of 2017 after confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.Ryan Findlay“ASA is extremely pleased to have found someone of Ryan’s caliber and experience to lead us into our next chapter as a first-class U.S. commodity organization” said ASA President John Heisdorffer, a soybean producer from Keota, Iowa.  “Ryan’s background growing up on a farm and working for the Michigan Farm Bureau and for Syngenta give him the right combination of life and work experience that will serve ASA well in the coming years,” Heisdorffer stated.Findlay is a native of Caro, Mich., where his family still farms row crops.  He earned a degree in political science from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Northwood University in Midland, Mich. The last four years Ryan worked for the global agricultural company Syngenta, focusing on freedom-to-operate issues impacting farmers. His seven-year tenure with the Michigan Farm Bureau included work on two farm bills, international trade, climate change and regulatory issues.  Ryan, his wife Gretchen, and their two children will be relocating to the St. Louis area, where he will work out of ASA’s headquarters office.“I am honored to be selected to lead a premier policy organization that I have worked with and admired for years,” Findlay said.  “I look forward to building on Steve Censky’s strong legacy as ASA and its state affiliates continue to lead the public debate on key policy issues including farm risk management, international trade and rural infrastructure.”last_img read more

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December 12, 2019

Sound Design 101: Making Your Film Sound Great

first_imgThe human voice generally sits smack in the middle of the frequency range. Therefore: you can cut the top and bottom of all the dialogue. A low-pass and high-pass filter is generally what you want to use. This eliminates all of the low and high frequencies that are not necessary for the human voice’s frequency spectrum: the low rumble of a your generator that perhaps was too close to the set, a big truck driving by, or even the movement of your boom operator’s fingers on his pole. To eliminate these cut below 100 Hz and above 10 KHz.Always EQ the dialogue with the entire mix playing so that you’re not soloing the tracks and working in the dark. Otherwise this can create problems with dialogue clarity in the entire mix. Below are a few tips and tweaks when addressing your dialogue (reverse for opposite effect):Male fullness= Boost 120 HzFemale fullness= Boost 240 HzGeneral Dialogue= Boost 2.5KHzNasally dialogue= Cut between 2 KHz – 4KHzMale sibilance=  Cut between 4KHz – 6 KHzFemale sibilance= Cut between 6KHz – 8KHzIncrease vocal presence= Boost 5KHzReverbEarly reflections to the human voice can contribute a great deal of presence and realism that EQ simply cannot recreate. Placing the dialogue in the correct acoustical space is a crucial element to obtaining good sound design and a solid mix. This is especially true for ADR work.Because of the different types of reverbs and effects, the decisions you make creating your acoustical space will vary drastically from each scene, person, and the placement of your actor in relation to the camera angle. For example, your actor may be speaking directly at the camera, then completely turn his/her back to the camera speaking into the distance. Remember, the camera is the audience’s point of view.So, how would you best demonstrate this in your mix? Usually by automating the volume, reverb, and low-pass filter to the desired effect. EQ is your friend here too. But again, there are no rules. Generally, you want a far-sounding verb and a near-sounding verb on your reverb busses to obtain the correct atmospheric mix.SummaryWe take in a huge variety of noises and sounds in our everyday lives. The sound designer is always taking advantage of these opportunities, consistently thinking outside the box. They are continually scheming and searching for the best way to create engaging soundscapes through experimentation.Need music for your film or video projects? Check out our curated royalty free music library. Obtaining solid sound design is essential to a film’s success. So what steps can you take to craft the best audio experience for your film project?There are a few misconceptions when it comes to what sound design for film is, so let’s get that out of the way first…Sound design is not about assembling neat effects, loud gunshots or using a car crash SFX for every bang or crash in your film.It is not about having the loudest film.Sound design is a process of experimentation to create an audio environment that supports the on-screen action and engages the audience. The true sound designer is constantly listening, learning and experimenting.Getting a good mix starts with clean and healthy signals from your sound recordist and boom operator. The dialogue to your film is an essential part of what’s going to translate the pictures to your audience in an emotional direction.So let’s dive in and explore the principals and techniques of obtaining a good mix for a film:Gain staging and VolumeCompressionEQReverbGain Staging And VolumeProper gain staging is important to the fidelity and cohesiveness of your mix. As previously stated, obtaining clean and healthy signals for each track is perhaps the most important part of structuring a mix; as every decision you make from here on out is directly affected by your choices in gain staging.As a quick aside, it’s important to capture wild tracks on-set when possible (audio intended to be synchronized later on). This will save you from a great deal of ADR in post production (a few extra minutes on set could save you countless hours later). As you structure your mix, it’s imperative to create sonic depth for the picture. This is done by adjusting and fine-tuning each track’s dB control; creating a sonically rich and diverse atmosphere. You can further create depth and separation in your mix with the addition of reverb sends, but we’ll get to that later. This is where your mix should start to shine; before any compression, EQ or reverb effects have been used.You generally want your master channel to be peaking around -15dB to -12dB in it’s loudest moments, as it’s important to leave plenty of headroom for mastering. Generally speaking, it’s better to reduce the volume of all the other tracks, rather than boost any one volume. Don’t be afraid to drastically reduce the volume of a track only to gradually bring it up again to find that “pocket” where it belongs. Personally, I find this method much easier than reducing the track’s dB starting at a high volume.CompressionApplying compression to your dialogue tracks, as well as the rest of your mix, tends to be a subjective matter. So let’s explore that for a moment…Most every engineer uses compression; with a few carving themselves into this niche (in what has become popular over the years). Compression, gating and expansion all represent the dynamics family of processors by altering the dynamic range of your signal. When squashing your signal into a narrowed dynamic range, the audio is better controlled: it will fit into your mix easier and appear to sound more full.Most can attest to a threshold ratio somewhere between 2:1 and 6:1 with the attack and release set to fairly fast response times. Though again, there are no rules here. It is best to use one’s better judgement, and most importantly your ears, when determining how much compression to use.If you have a dialogue track that has a fair amount of ambience noise that you cannot eradicate, you don’t want to use much compression. Because the compressor is “leveling out” the signal, all of that background noise will be boosted to an uncomfortably high noise floor. Yet another reason why it’s very important to have clean dialogue tracks from the get-go.EQBefore you begin equalizing your dialogue, soundtrack, or the entire mix, there are a few things to keep in mind about frequency ranges. To avoid a muddy mix, it’s important that each track’s sonic range of frequency is balanced to allow all audio components enough frequency space to breathe. See the image below for a more visual explanation (click for larger view):Image from Waterline Medialast_img read more

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