AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’

first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 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:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

Grazing tour July 14 in Wayne and Holmes counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sheep owners and others interested in sheep and forage management are invited to participate in a sheep grazing/forage management tour scheduled for Friday July 14 in Wayne/Holmes County. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer, sheep and management, cool season pasture species, hay production, fencing, rotational grazing management, breeding management and marketing. Each stop will have something different to offer in how the operation works for the farm and family. The sharing of ideas is how we all learn.Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services and Gary Wilson Past President American Forage and Grassland Council, retired OSU Extension. They will provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and are willing to answer all your questions.Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 40 people. Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program the cost is only $40 per person ($30 for current Ohio Forage and Grassland Council members), which includes bus cost, lunch and refreshments. Registrations must be received by July 5, 2017.  No refunds after July 5.Check-in for the tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the OARDC Shisler Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691. This is the same location as the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium.For more information about the tour, contact Bob Hendershot, Director, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council at 740.477.1114 or bobhendershot2011@gmail.com .last_img read more

1080p vs. 4K with The GH5

first_imgThe Panasonic Lumix GH5 can film in 4K at 60 frames per second, but is it worth it?Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5 came out earlier this year, and once again Panasonic increased their standing in the mirrorless/DSLR world by introducing 60 frames per second in 4K. With the GH4, the fastest frame rate you could get was 30fps. As such, the camera has garnered a lot of interest from amateur filmmakers.If you’re new to the Gh5, or the DMC-GH series in general, you may have questions about filming in 4K.Is my memory card fast enough to write the data? Do I have enough storage? Should I record in 4K if I don’t have a 4K monitor?When new technology makes its way to the consumer level, it can be confusing at first. Let’s answer some of these questions.Realistically, if you’re using the GH5 as your primary camera, we can assume that you’re not producing a feature film or TV commercial — and you’re more than likely only going to have a 1080p viewing option. The question is, with the GH5, is it worth filming in 4K then downscaling to 1080p, or is it an unnecessary step?Image via Shutterstock.4K Quality vs. Full HDIf you’re exporting for full HD, you may think that filming in 4K is just going to be a waste of data — and it may complicate your post-production workflow. Why film in 4K when you’re just going lose the extra resolution with a 1080p export?Well, you don’t quite lose everything. When you downscale from 4K to full HD, you’re essentially oversampling the image to have 4x the data for every pixel.  Therefore, when you have 4K footage and downscale it to 1080p (Full HD), the image is going to look better than it would at native 1080p. You’ll find the picture is a lot sharper, the colors more vivid, and (depending on the properties of the image) you’ll also see less noise.DPreveiw has put together an excellent video that briefly explains why shooting in 4K is beneficial even when exporting to full HD.Further, you’re also future-proofing your footage when you record at 4K. As long as you are not recording footage to crop later or stabilize, you can always return to the project at a later date and export in 4K if you need to.RecordingWe’re going run our tests using the MOV recording format, 59.94 (NTCS) frequency, at 4K/8bit/100m/24fps, and at 1920/8bit/100/24fps. Let’s first discuss the obvious. The GH5 allows you to record at 4K and Cinema 4K at 10bit 4:2:2 at 150mbps. The higher the bit rate value, the higher the picture quality you will get (and also the larger the file). Therefore, it would be somewhat imbalanced to compare the two recording resolutions if one is already ahead in data size.With the 10bit/150mbps put aside, filming in 4K, which is literally 4x the resolution of 1080, will likely require larger media for both recording and storage, or will it?With four common memory card sizes, here’s a breakdown of the estimated record length for 4K.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mAnd for 1080p.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mYes, you read that correctly. The estimated recording length is the same for both resolutions. This is because we haven’t moved away from recording at 100 mbps. Therefore the strain will be no more severe on your memory card — as it would be on your hard drive. However, the GH5 does employ the use of VBR, and as a result, the bit rate will automatically change depending on what you are recording. For example, if you are filming a car traveling at high speed, the estimated recording length will decrease.It’s only when we jump up to 10bit 150 mbps recording that we see a drop in record length and an increase in file size.16gb 12m00s32gb 27m00s64gb 56m00s128gb 1h50mEven then, it’s not necessarily a huge drop. It’s a decrease of around 30-36.5%, depending on the size of your memory card.There are also a handful of added benefits to shooting at 4K for a 1080p output, such as being able to crop out unwanted objects in your composition or add a pan and tilt to an otherwise static shot. For a full list of benefits, check out this PremiumBeat article.From this information, there’s not really a reason to not film in at least in 4K 8bit to later downscale. You’re getting better picture quality, and you won’t need to upgrade your media. However, if you’re a new filmmaker and your computer system is struggling with your 4K video files, you can edit using proxy files. Cinecom.net has a great tutorial on how to set this workflow up.Note: after you’ve played around with this little camera for a few months, you’ll want to be filming at 10-bit 4:2:2 for that extra color space.What are your thoughts on filming in 4K? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Nitish Kumar skips International Yoga Day event yet again

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not participate in the event to mark the International Yoga Day, which was attended by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Both the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP tried to play down the issue. The JD(U) said Mr. Kumar practises yoga daily. Mr. Prasad and Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi insisted that Mr. Kumar’s absence should not be politicised.last_img

TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT bounced back and humbled Phoenix, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The KaTropa got out of the .500 plateau and improved to 3-2 and redeemed themselves after their humiliating 104-73 loss to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively for TNT.Brown lit up the Fuel Masters, who lost their sixth straight for a 2-6 record, with 49 points and 19 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in before import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory after picking off Brandon Brown’s pass with 40 ticks to go.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Rice struggled mightily in his debut against the Elasto Painters chucking up numerous shots and finishing on a disastrous 6-of-22 clip for 19 points. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Video: Former USC WR Robert Woods Give Touching Speech About His Sister During Graduation

first_imgA general view of the USC Trojans football field.LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Genreal view of the stadium during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, now in his third year with the team, has been returning to his alma mater, USC, in the offseasons to finish up the credits needed to earn his degree. This past spring, he finished his final semester – meaning he’s now graduated. The speech he gave during the ceremony was released by the school Friday, and it’s worth watching.Woods revealed what his sister, who passed away from cancer back in 2007, told him the day she died. Her wish was that Woods become a role model. He believes that by graduating from USC, which he calls the best school for both academics and athletics, he’s accomplished that. Check it out:USC WR @robertwoods made a promise to his late sister to be a role model.#USCgrad speech: https://t.co/GQ7UHBUeOG pic.twitter.com/PsgkNEmj8c— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 13, 2016Woods has caught 152 passes for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in his three years. It’s clear he’s very proud of where he went to school.last_img read more

Trudeau insists his defence of supply management has prompted Trumps tweets

first_imgSAGUENAY, Que. – For anyone wondering why Donald Trump has been tweeting about Canadian agriculture lately — Justin Trudeau insists that he is the instigator.The prime minister said Thursday that the U.S. president’s complaints on Twitter about Canada’s trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump’s demands to do away with the country’s supply management system.Trudeau’s comments were meant to address fresh criticism from Canadian farmers who fear he is prepared to open up the system to provide more access to American competition.The issue followed him to Saguenay, Que., where producers concerned about the future of supply management demonstrated outside one of his events.“There’s a reason why Donald Trump continues to write tweets on dairy products and Canada — it’s because I’ve told him many times: ‘No, he won’t touch, we won’t touch our supply management system,’ ” Trudeau told reporters.“We will always defend our supply management system because it works.”As if on cue, Trump responded on Thursday night:“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant,” the president’s Twitter account stated. “…But he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!”Trudeau made the remarks a day before he was scheduled to host G7 leaders, including Trump, in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.The G7 summit is expected to produce heated discussions over trade among the leaders in the exclusive club of wealthy democracies.In recent weeks, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade — a highly unusual development in the countries’ long-standing, close relationship.The pair have sparred over Trump’s move to impose hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Canada has responded by threatening to apply tariffs of its own on the U.S.Trudeau said they’ve also disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In recent days, Trump’s Canada-focused tweets have included:— “Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!”— “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”— “Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. Big trade barriers against U.S. farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. Massive trade deficits no longer!”And following Trudeau’s remarks Thursday, Trump tweeted this: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers… Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”While the steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to take centre stage at the G7 summit this weekend, the Canada-U.S. battle over supply management is likely to surface during conversations between Trump and Trudeau.Supply management also remains a tricky domestic political issue for Trudeau.On Thursday, dozens of noisy demonstrators waited outside in the light rain for a chance to tell Trudeau that he must fully defend supply management in the NAFTA talks. Trudeau was in the area to lend a hand to the campaign of a local Liberal candidate running in an upcoming federal byelection.Following Trudeau’s news conference, he headed outside and jumped up on the tail gate of a pickup to talk to the protesters, who held placards demanding the system be left untouched.Trudeau held a microphone and said Trump tells him every time that he wants the supply management system eliminated.He said he responds by telling Trump he won’t sign NAFTA without supply management.“That is a promise,” Trudeau said as many farmers cheered and applauded.Seconds later, however, shouts from the crowd demanded Trudeau to guarantee that supply management would be 100 per cent untouched under a new NAFTA.“I guarantee you 100 per cent that I will defend supply management system,” Trudeau responded as more and more members of the crowd, disappointed by his answer, started shouting over him.“I hear you, I understand your concerns — but I don’t want to start detailing all that we are trying to do in terms of talking to the Americans. There are many issues that we will discuss.”Michel Frigon, a dairy farmer, said he was “extremely worried” that Trudeau refused to promise he would protect the supply management in its entirety. He fears Ottawa will open it up a bit like it did for other trade deals.“I’m extremely disappointed with what we just heard,” said Frigon, the regional vice-president for Quebec’s milk producers’ association.“It doesn’t reassure me at all… When you chip away at the foundation little by little, it will eventually fall down. That’s what they’re doing.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Community Development Institute provides Council with annual update

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, the University of Northern B.C. Community Development Institute provided City of Fort St. John Council with an annual update.CDI Co-Director, Marleen Morris, says the partnership between the City and the CDI is one that is growing every day and is making Fort St. John a better place to live.“Our partnership is increasing community engagement and growing community partnerships and it is happening more, day by day, and we are really excited to see this happen. These partnerships are enhancing the quality of life in Fort St. John and making Fort St. John a better place to live.” According to Morris, the CDI and the City have been working together to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification and community resilience.During the past seven months, through a program known as ‘The Forge’, the CDI has completed a significant public engagement program to gather input that will be used to develop the Social Development Framework and the Economic Development Framework for the City.Morris says she thanks the community for their participation and support and looks forward to continuing to work with community members.last_img read more

Young Kolkata club cricketer dies onfield

first_imgKolkata: A young club cricketer died after collapsing on the field during a friendly match on Wednesday. 22-year-old Sonu Yadav, who plays for Ballygunge Sporting Club in Cricket Association of Bengal’s second division league was playing a match at the Bata Club ground. According to those present at the ground, the wicketkeeper-batsman was going back to the tent after finishing his batting and suddenly collapsed. He was quickly rushed to the SSKM hospital where he was declared brought dead. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A few years back, another junior Bengal player Aniket Sharma had lost his life collapsing on the field while playing at the Paikpara ground. Ballygunge SC official Shyamal Banerjee said:”I cannot believe that Sonu is no more. Sonu was a very talented cricketer. I heard the news in the afternoon. Heard Sonu was playing with his friends because our club did not have any match. I pray to Almighty so that it gives strength to his family to deal with this loss.”last_img read more