first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known furniture companies has opened again – just months after it went into liquidation.Flanagan’s Furniture went bust last November with the loss of up to 50 jobs in stores across the country including its main outlet in Buncrana.But now the family behind the company have announced they are back in business. However anybody hoping to exchange vouchers or collect furniture from Flanagan’s of Buncrana will not be able to do so.The company sent text messages to thousands of customers over the weekend.The text message said ‘Flanagan’s Furniture is back! Showrooms at Shore front, Buncrana.’However despite contacting thousands of customers using previous contact lists, a spokesman at the new furniture outlet stressed they were not the same company. They said they were run by the Flanagan family but the old company was in the hands of liquidator Deloitte and Touche.“We are a different company. The previous company had a lot more employees – we only have three.“If you have a voucher or something then you will have to contact the liquidator,” said a spokesman.  FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE OPENS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER IT WENT INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: April 2nd, 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:buncranaFlanagan’s Furnitureliquidationlast_img read more

Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed

first_imgThe magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.Lightning is slow compared to photosynthesis.  A press release from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) explains how “antenna proteins” capture photons of sunlight and ferry the energy to reaction centers:The efficient conversion of sunlight into useful energy is one of the challenges which stand in the way of meeting the world’s increasing energy demand in a clean, sustainable way without relying on fossil fuels. Photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and some bacteria, have mastered this process: In less than a couple of trillionths of a second, 95 percent of the sunlight they absorb is whisked away to drive the metabolic reactions that provide them with energy. The efficiency of photovoltaic cells currently on the market is around 20 percent. What hidden mechanism does nature use to transfer energy so efficiently? Various research groups around the world have shown that this highly efficient energy transport is connected to a quantum-mechanical phenomenon. However, until now, no one had directly observed the possible impacts of such a quantum transport mechanism at work at room temperature.The quantum mechanical phenomenon is known as coherence.  The way plants use it makes photosynthesis “more robust in the face of environmental influences,” the press release said.Quantum coherence is manifested in so-called photosynthetic antenna proteins that are responsible for absorption of sunlight and energy transport towards the photochemical reaction centers where the energy is stored.ICFO researchers used light flashes at femtosecond speeds (10-15 s, one quadrillionth of a second) to monitor the actions of these proteins in their work.The most surprising discovery was that, while the transport paths within single proteins vary over time due to changes in the environmental conditions, the protein uses the quantum character to adapt for optimal efficiency. These results show that coherence, a genuine quantum effect of superposition of states, is responsible for maintaining high levels of transport efficiency in biological systems, even while they adapt their energy transport pathways due to environmental influences.The press release includes a diagram of one of the antenna proteins, with the caption “natural quantum machines.”  Photosynthesis operates not only in the leaves of plants, but also in algae and some bacteria.How did “nature” master quantum coherence for optimal efficiency of light capture?  How did plants develop “quantum machines”  to achieve 475% better efficiency than man’s best intelligent design of photocells?  When materialistic man cannot explain the exquisite design of natural processes by its blind, unguided processes, he worships “nature” as his substitute god. (Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your Documentary

first_imgGetting ready to shoot a documentary film? Here are seven reasons why you absolutely need a producer to help guide your project.It takes a certain kind of crazy to want to be a documentary filmmaker. Documentaries by nature are open-ended, undefined, and very often chaotic. Schedules change, things go wrong, and storylines develop in new directions.If you do try to run-and-gun it yourself, here are some great insights into the shooter-producer-editor (shreditor) mentality. But if you want to save your sanity — and really take your documentary filmmaking to its full potential — here are seven reasons you need a producer on your next documentary project.1. Frame Your StoryIf you’re seriously considering a producer for your documentary (especially if you’ll be working with one for the first time), you should absolutely connect with one from the very get-go. A good producer can help you define your narrative, set your scope, and ultimately frame your documentary story. Finding the subject(s) will always be up to you, but if you have a strong producer by your side (whom you trust), you can start framing your documentary right away.2. Grants and FundsFor many documentary filmmakers, one sad realization about this career is the amount of time filmmakers must spend applying for grants and funds. Unless you’re independently wealthy, your documentary will usually need grant funding (from universities, non-profits, or filmmaking programs).Very often, to get said grants, you (with the help of your producer) need to submit many forms, proposals, and in-depth pitches for what your documentary will cover — as well as the scope of its production and budget. Here are some good insights to keep in mind when applying for grants.3. Coordinate InterviewsImage via Natee Meepian.A critical element of most documentaries is hours and hours of interviews. While there are exceptions (like the cinéma vérité non-interview style), most documentary projects will need anywhere from a few to hundreds of interview subjects. In an ideal situation, a documentary producer would be the one setting up all of these interviews, including contacting sources, setting schedules, finding locations (more on that below), assembling the production crew, and eventually running said interviews.4. Location ScoutingAnother big part of the producer’s job is location scouting and management. Interviews can be the more straightforward part of documentary production, especially if you do the majority of them in one space and with one setup. However, interviews are also often necessary in a number of locations with many different setups.B-roll makes it even more difficult, as shooting footage of a subject in action requires understanding locations. Ideally you would record any B-roll in locations already scouted, primed, and prepared for documentary filmmaking.5. Paperwork and ReleasesImage via guruXOX.That being said, documentaries can also end up requiring run-and-gun recordings and interviews in the craziest of situations. In many of those, it’s up to the producer to get any last-minute releases signed and addressed. A good producer should be up to date on all matters of privacy law and fair use.The last thing you want is to shoot some great documentary footage only to find out later that it is unusable due to an unsigned release or erroneous paperwork.6. Manage Your EditIt’s one thing to edit a documentary that you shot yourself. It’s another to shoot a documentary then hand it off to someone else to edit. In many instances, the producer is in charge of taking documentary footage and finding (and streamlining) the entire editing process. This requires taking careful notes before and during production, as well as coordinating everything from backups to timelines to visual effects.7. Promote and DistributeFinally, once you have a documentary film ready to go, you’ll need help to get it promoted and distributed. The funding, production, and distribution of documentaries is constantly changing. If you’re looking to make it into festivals and find distribution, a producer is a valuable resource for creating strong submissions and organizing press materials.However, if your project is better off self-distributed, a producer is also very helpful for both grassroots and online promotion to get your documentary in front of the right audiences.Cover image by guruXOX.For more documentary and film production tips and insights, check out some of these articles.How To Find the Right Subject for Your DocumentaryInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”7 Reasons You Should “Script” Your Documentary ProjectsDistribution Tips from Documentary Filmmaker Scott ThurmanA Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmakinglast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche scoffs at ‘phantom rumours’ for Tarkowski and Liverpool: Bizarre!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has scoffed at reports of Liverpool being interested in James Tarkowski.Wild rumours have the defender being linked with a loan move to the Reds.And Dyche agrees: “We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”We need them back but you cannot buy a fifth centre-half and say so you play two weeks and after that the others come in.”There are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact.”The most amazing one is the Tarky one. That is just bizarre. It’s that time of the season, and everyone is looking for a snippet, but there is a lot of phantom stuff out there.” last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Special Teams Meetings Look Like A Lot Of Fun

first_imgOhio State players dance during special teams meeting.Twitter/@markpantoniFor all of the crazy expectations placed on defending national champion Ohio State, the Buckeyes are about as loose as a team can be. No group seems to have as much fun off the field. Even special teams meetings, which you’d expect to be fairly dry and dull, get pretty live. Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni posted a video from a recent specials meeting, which features a number of Ohio State players—most notably linebacker Chris Worley—dancing. Even assistant coach Kerry Coombs gets into it a bit.Just your typical start to kicking meeting pic.twitter.com/7nqoAA3AF2— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 31, 2015In 2015, just about everything is a party in Columbus.last_img read more

Cabinet Completes Day One of Budget Preparation Meetings

first_imgCabinet met at Jamaica House today for the start of its meeting focusing on the economy, the 2013/2014 Budget and the Growth Agenda. It received a briefing on the status of the IMF discussions and noted specifically that Jamaica has successfully completed all prior actions required by the Fund. Jamaica now awaits a report from the Fund regarding its discussions with other Multilateral Financial Institutions. Cabinet also agreed on the 2013/2014 Budget in keeping with the IMF Programme and the specific priority focus on Economic Reform, Economic Growth and Social Protection. Tomorrow, Cabinet will discuss the Growth Agenda including major projects and their funding as well as their potential for job creation.last_img read more

Alberta reports millions in investment after trade missions where to go in

first_imgThe Alberta Government is reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment following international trade missions, but the economic development and trade minister says where the province goes in 2018 is still an open question.“We haven’t determined as of today which markets we’re going to be going into,” Deron Bilous said Tuesday.Bilous was joined by representatives from companies and stakeholders discussing his several ministerial missions in 2017, which the government says led to over $500 million in actual trade and investment since April 2017.The province reports that in the first 10 months of the year, Alberta exports were $82.7 billion, up 31 per cent from the same period in 2016, accounting for 64 per cent of Canada’s entire trade increase.Bilous’ trips included the U.K., Germany, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, but Bilous also highlighted his trips to Asia.“China’s a great example of a country that over the last 13 months I’ve been into three times,” he said. “Korea and Japan, there have been a number of missions, [but] what I can say to you is stay tuned.”Bilous’ trips received endorsements from Headwater Engineering, Ketek Group, General Electric International, the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association and the Edmonton International Airport.last_img read more

BC SPCA launches campaign to highlight dangers of dogs in hot cars

first_imgFor more information and to order #NoHotPets decals; CLICK HERESigns of Heatstroke in dogs from the BC SPCA;Signs of heatstroke include exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions or vomiting, and collapse.If the animal is showing signs of heatstroke and you’re able to safely and lawfully move the animal out of the vehicle, do the following: Move the animal to a cool, shady place.Wet the animal with cool water. Do not apply ice as this will constrict blood flow and discourage cooling.Fan the animal to promote evaporation. This cools the blood, helping to reduce the animal’s core temperature.Allow the animal to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available).Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the summer season here, the BC SPCA has launched a #NoHotPets campaign to urge dog owners to keep their pets safe at home and not leaving pets in hot cars.As summer temperatures can be deadly, especially for dogs left in parked vehicles, the non-profit animal welfare society is reminding pet owners of the dangers of animals left in hot vehicles.center_img The BC SPCA has launched the #NoHotPets campaign to inform people of the dangers of dogs in hot cars, steps to take if you see an animal in distress and free car decals people can request to help spread the word and save lives.“Every year our constables receive hundreds of calls to rescue dogs in distress in hot vehicles,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Sadly, some dogs have already died by the time we are called. It is so tragic because it is a completely preventable death.”Chortyk says many dog owners don’t realize how quickly their cars can become a death trap for their pet. “Even on a cloudy day, parked in the shade with the windows rolled down, a vehicle can reach temperatures that put animals in peril in just 10 minutes,” she says. “Dogs can’t release heat from their bodies in the same way that humans can – they can only dissipate heat by panting and through the pads of their paws – so their internal temperatures reach dangerous levels very quickly.”Chortyk says even leaving the air conditioning on in a car is no guarantee that your pet is safe. “These systems have been known to break down, with tragic results.”The following steps are recommended by the BC SPCA if people see an animal in a hot car;Note the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately.If the animal is in distress, call the police, RCMP, local animal control agency or the BC SPCA call centre at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible. The call centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Emergencies outside of those hours should be reported to your local police department or RCMP.“We also encourage people to keep our call centre number in their phones so they can access it easily if they see an emergency situation,” says Chortyk. “Members of the public should not attempt to break a window to free a pet themselves. Not only can this be dangerous for the animals if they are struck by glass, but it is also illegal and puts the Good Samaritan on the wrong side of the law.”last_img read more

Dwyane Wades Father Sued Over College Loan

Dwyane Wade Sr., father of Miami Heat star and two-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade Jr., is being sued by the U.S. government for defaulting on a $4,630.46 loan used to pursue a degree from the Environmental Technical Institute, which specializes in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.According to TMZ, the loan was approved the same year D. Wade Jr. began his first year at Marquette University. The government is seeking full repayment of the loan with interest, bringing the total to $6,221.44.We’re pretty sure Junior can spot his dad the cash. read more

Jorginho is nearing the Manchester City transfer

first_imgJorginho has become the key man for Napoli throughout the past couple of seasons and he is very close to joining Manchester City – and even the Napoli president admitted that this move is about to be done.Antonio De Laurentiis claimed that he hasn’t agreed with the Citizens on the exact price yet but the negotiations are going well and it is likely that this transfer will be finished in a while. He also added that he has got a good relationship with Manchester City and there is nothing that should stop this move from happening.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The Napoli president spoke about this move as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:“We don’t have a definitive agreement on the price yet, but we are approaching the end. Everything can happen, but it’s possible that the transfer will be concluded in the next days. We have to negotiate, but we have a very good relationship with the leaders of Man City.”last_img read more