New Frontiers leads Donegal CEO to secure major investment

first_imgThey say the key to being a successful entrepreneur is being able to spot a gap in the market and that’s exactly with Karina Kelly, CEO of www.mypicdrop.com did back in November 2017. Karina, who lives outside Donegal Town, was working in product photography for a large eCommerce retailer when she noticed how labour intensive the process of image preparation was for her client. She offered to take some of that work load off their hands. Using her business savvy, Karina went and spoke to other retailers and discovered that this service could be a huge business opportunity. In January 2018 her service went live, helping prepare images for publication on e-commerce sites. Taking the advice of a trusted friend, Karina took a key step to her current success and joined the New Frontiers programme. She credits New Frontiers with teaching businesses how to pin down their idea at an early stage, something that was critical to ensuring that she could grow and develop her product. The programme also focused on getting participants to speak to potential customers. It was during this process that she realised just how much potential there was to develop her product, retailers were asking her to not just prepare their images but to source them as well. The funding provided by phase 2 of New Frontiers helped her focus on this new direction and the input from advisors and mentors helped develop the overall concept and bring it to where it is today.Karina enjoyed being based in the CoLab in LYIT, the comradery that comes with being in an incubation centre helped her through the tougher days, and seeing others succeed provided the inspiration to keep going and see her idea come to life.CoLab Innovation Centre at LYITThe mentoring she received as part of both New Frontiers and Donegal Local Enterprise Board’s Generate Programme helped her to challenge her assumptions and go further than she ever thought possible.She is now moving to developing a software platform, a whole new challenge for her, which sums up what New Frontiers is really about, growing your businesses in directions you would never have previously imagined. Karina recently had her first big success when she secured a place on the NDRC Programme in Galway with an investment of €75,000. Based in the PorterShed in Eyre Square, this initiative is a collaboration from Enterprise Ireland, NDRC and GCID (Galway City Innovation District) aims to drive the growth of digital start-ups nationally.Her plan is to bring her software to the international marketplace as soon as possible.mypicdrop.ie CEO Karina KellyKarina’s advice for anyone starting a new business is: “Apply to New Frontiers, tell people about your idea, and listen to their advice. I can pinpoint clearly the exact pieces of advice I received that have directly led my idea to where it is today. You don’t have to take all advice, but accept it with gratitude, deposit it in your memory and you will be surprised that you might end up using it at a later stage. The innovation that other people’s input can bring to your idea is actually a somewhat magical process to watch unfold.” The future is bright for Karina and MyPicDrop, and with her trademark enthusiasm she says “I can’t wait”. About New FrontiersNew Frontiers, funded by Enterprise Ireland, is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered in the Northwest by IT Sligo and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. It is designed to help people who have an innovative business idea and would like to establish and run their own companies. It provides participants with a package of supports to help accelerate the business’s development and to equip the promoter with the skills and contacts required to be future business leaders.Recruitment for Phase 2 of New Frontiers is open for applications until June 14th, see www.newfrontiersnw.ie for further information.New Frontiers leads Donegal CEO to secure major investment was last modified: May 30th, 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:BusinessCoLabEnterpriseinvestmentkarina kellymypicdropNEW FRONTIERSlast_img read more

Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence

first_imgA MAN who threatened a neighbour with a baseball bat has been spared a prison sentence.Jerry Awalusi (48) then of 26 Caislean Court, Castlefin and now with an address in Killygordon, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in connection with an incident at Hill Head, Castlefin on June 6, 2019.  Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Awalusi followed Kevin Boyce to a local national school, where the victim dropped off his two children.Awalusi approached Boyce, shouting in an aggressive manner, accusing Mr Boyce of keeping him awake the previous night and alleging that he was making a loud noise as he rearranged furniture in his home.Awalusi produced a stainless steel baseball bat and waved it aggressively at Mr Boyce.The incident was captured by CCTV.Solicitor for Awalusi, Mr Michael Shiel, said the incident was ‘purely out of frustration’.“He realises at this stage that what he did was completely wrong,” Mr Shiel said.“There has been a history between the pair and the relationship is not very good. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Awalusi, who has four previous assault conviction and one for producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a ‘very marginal call’ and warned Awalusi that he faces a ‘lengthy jail sentence’ should he appear before him on similar charges.Awalusi was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment.  Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:castlefinJerry AwalusiJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

This Place Really Has Atmosphere

first_imgOf all the bodies in the solar system, only eight have a substantial atmosphere.  If you add in those with tenuous atmospheres, you can add in Triton and Mercury, and maybe a few others, till it becomes pedantic to call it an atmosphere if there are only a few short-lived molecules hovering over a moon.  Atmospheres are interesting because they circulate, creating winds and clouds and a host of interesting effects that some scientists spend their entire careers studying (to say nothing of weathermen).  They also can dissipate into space over time.  What does the ambience of gas around a sphere have to do with life, evolution, and dating methods?  Here are some recent reports.Mercury:  One doesn’t envision the planet Mercury with an atmosphere, but it has a very slight one.  Why it has any is a puzzle.  So close to the sun, any volatiles should have heated up and escaped from its weak gravity.  Science Daily reported, though, that the solar wind supplies a tenuous atmosphere that hangs around a little while.  Charged particles from the sun liberate molecules from the surface in a process called sputtering (a kind of erosion on an atomic scale).  But then, Mercury’s slight magnetic field should keep the solar wind at bay.  The report says that magnetic “tornados” allow solar wind to reach the surface at certain points and times.  The MESSENGER spacecraft found that these “flux transfer events” allow solar wind particles to replenish the thin atmosphere.  Space.com also discussed this story, saying, “For some reason, there are more tornadoes than scientists had anticipated.”    The sun may not be the only source of gas surrounding this small planet.  Nature this week (June 11) called attention to a recent discovery by MESSENGER of a bright patch on the surface:1 Baked by the Sun and blasted by impacts, Mercury is thought to have lost much of its volatile content – such as water vapour and carbon dioxide – early in its history.  But its interior may have been bubblier than thought, according to Laura Kerber of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her colleagues.  Using observations from the MESSENGER spacecraft, the researchers spotted the remnants of a volcano that they say was driven by explosive magma with high volatile concentrations.If the volatiles on Mercury resemble those on Earth, as alleged, this complicates theories on the origin of the planets.  It means “Mercury formed from volatile-rich planetesimals from the outer Solar System that migrated inwards.”Earth:  The solar wind batters Earth’s atmosphere, too.  Fortunately, our strong magnetic field keeps most of our gas intact.  National Geographic News said, though, that the sun does steal some of our atmosphere.  The same magnetic energy that protects us also funnels some of the solar wind inside, where it gets heated and escapes.  In fact, we’re losing more oxygen and hydrogen than Venus and Mars.  Not to panic, though: estimates show it would last several more billion years.  The article noted that most of Mars’ original atmosphere was probably lost due to the lack of a global magnetic field.    A planet’s atmosphere is linked to its geology.  Astrobiologists considering conditions for life on other planets need to consider this.  Science Daily reported that without plate tectonics, an atmosphere cannot be sustained.  “If you have plate tectonics, then you can have long-term climate stability, which we think is a prerequisite for life,” said Rory Barnes (University of Washington).  But tectonics can be too severe as well (think Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io).  The close-in habitable zone around red dwarfs has a side effect of generating strong tides and more volcanic activity.  “The planet must be at a distance where tugging from the star’s gravitational field generates tectonics without setting off extreme volcanic activity that resurfaces the planet in too short a time for life to prosper,” the article said.  So now there is a “Tidal Habitable Zone” to worry about.  Barnes said, “Overall, the effect of this work is to reduce the number of habitable environments in the universe, or at least what we have thought of as habitable environments.”Mars:  A report on Science Daily claims that meteor bombardment might have helped Earth and Mars become more habitable.  How?  by modifying their atmospheres.  Researchers at Imperial College London calculated that impacts during the so-called Late Heavy Bombardment could have delivered 10 billion tonnes of water vapor and carbon dioxide to both Earth and Mars.  Why, then, are the planets so different today?  They claim Mars’ lack of global magnetic field exposed it to erosion by the solar wind.  Also, a decline in volcanic activity cooled the atmosphere so that the remaining water molecules froze out.    The article from Science Daily mentioned above also speculated about how Mars might become more friendly to life.  “If Mars were to move closer to the sun, the sun’s tidal tugs could possibly restart the tectonics, releasing gases from the core to provide more atmosphere.  If Mars harbors liquid water, at that point it could be habitable for life as we know it.”    Meanwhile, don’t worry that germs carried by our rovers might be seeding Mars with Earth life.  A story on Astrobiology Magazine says the ultraviolet radiation is intense enough to sterilize everything on the surface.  There’s no escape, even inside salt crystals.  And that’s not the only hazard to life.  Andrew Schuerger, a NASA scientist listed “at least 13 separate factors on Mars that can kill Earth microbes, not counting perchlorate salts uncovered by NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander in the polar region of Mars.”  Earth life would be in even more danger from ionizing radiation if it were not for our atmosphere – with its tenuous ozone layer absorbing most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.Titan:  The atmosphere of Saturn’s giant moon Titan has been in the news a couple of times this month.  For one thing, summer is refusing to leave its south pole.  A press release from JPL’s Cassini Mission summarizes a paper in Nature about this.2  New Scientist said that Titan’s atmosphere is turning out to be “much more complicated than we ever imagined,” according to Henry Roe of Lowell Observatory.  That, he said, is the “real story” that “we’re only just beginning to acknowledge within the field” of atmospheric science.  Science Daily also reported on the latest findings about Titan’s sluggish seasons.  So did Space.com.That last article on Space.com tossed in the L-word where the others didn’t: “It [Titan] has a thick atmosphere and the right chemistry to support some forms of life,” the article said.  “It actually resembles a frozen version of Earth, several billion years before organisms here began pumping oxygen into our atmosphere.”1.  Research Highlights, “Planetary Science: Mercurial Mercury,” Nature 459, 755 (11 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/459755c.2.  Rodriguez et al, “Global circulation as the main source of cloud activity on Titan,” Nature 459, 678-682 (4 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08014.The atmosphere in the Creation Restaurant is nicer.  There’s no hot air.  The well-mannered customers do not emit foul-smelling gas (04/08/2002).  They don’t moan over their gastric pains (05/02/2003 and 08/22/2005 commentary).  You won’t inhale any stale, foul-smelling smoke about life emerging from dust.  There are no rude customers puffing on Charlie brand cigars (02/05/2002) while making up stories about things they never saw.  It’s one big non-smoking section.  Ahhhhh.  Take a deep breath and savor the aroma of a healthy science atmosphere.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Production Tip: How to Calibrate Your Monitors on Set

first_imgIn the fast-paced world of digital filmmaking, it can be easy to underestimate the value of a properly calibrated monitor on set.Cover image via Cienpies Design.Whether we like to admit it or not, relying on your monitor more than your scope at one point or another during a shoot is more likely than we might care to admit. Although it’s essential to use your scopes and other tools to expose properly, there is still a lot of value and peace of mind that comes with having a monitor that displays true.Calibrating your monitor can save you time in post-production — and on set with your director and clients. Nothing is worse than major inconsistencies in color or image between a variety of monitors — and wasting time explaining to the less technically savvy not to worry about it. You can ensure that what you’re seeing is what you’re getting on your screens with this straightforward calibration technique.CalibrationThere are two approaches to calibration. You can use an external tool (the more expensive option), or you can do it manually with color bars. This article will focus on using color bars.Before you start your calibration, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Ambient light affects the contrast and overall look of your monitor (and thus your calibration accuracy), so ideally, find a location for your director’s monitor that’s shielded from ambient light throughout the day. (This is also why you tend to see the DIT on set in their own tent.)Before you calibrate a computer, you’ll want to turn it on and let it warm up for a few minutes. Then, follow these steps.1. After your monitor is warmed up and connected to your camera, you need to send the HD NTSC Color Bars from the camera to your monitor. Some monitors will have the option built into their menus, but it’s typically best to send the color bars yourself when you can.(Side note: if you’re shooting on an HDSLR and don’t want to miss out on the fun, check out this video by Richard Harrington on how to get color bars on your cameras.)2. Adjust your “Brightness,” “Contrast” (also called “Picture”), and “Phase” to their midpoint or factory settings. On Panasonic monitors, for example, you usually see this indicated by the tally marks on the screen changing color (blue) or becoming bold to indicate that you’ve reached the “middle.” Sometimes, there is also a factory reset option in the menu.4. I tend to start loosely with contrast and bounce between contrast and brightness until I’ve landed in a good place. For most of the calibration, you’ll be looking at the 100% White Chip (labeled A above) and the PLUGES Bars (labeled B above), which are the three bars of different gradation beneath the red bar (left is 3.5 IRE, middle is 7.5 IRE, and right is 11.5 IRE, just for reference).If it makes it easier to see, you can also bring the “Chroma” all the way down to make the screen black and white so you can focus on the change in the bars.Focusing on the 100% white chip, increase your contrast level until the white chip no longer seems to get brighter. Once you’ve hit that point, pull back a couple notches. Also make sure your 100% white chip is not bleeding into its surrounding bars.5. Next, you are going to adjust the PLUGE bars (labeled B above) to find your brightness. You’ll want to adjust the brightness until the left two PLUGE bars disappear into the 0% black field (to their left) and the far right PLUGE bar sits just a step above that 0% black. I tend to bring it down until I cannot see that right bar, then nudge it up until I catch a hint of it. (Reference the figure below.)6. Now jump back and tweak your contrast to make sure your 100% White Chip didn’t start to bleed. You’ll jump back and forth between the contrast and brightness until you’ve found a satisfactory level between these two goals.7. The last adjustment is your chroma. To check this, you’ll need to switch your monitor into its “Blue Only” feature. If your monitor doesn’t have a “Blue Only” feature (dig around: sometimes it’s difficult to find), you can complete this step by switching your monitor into its monochrome setting.Basically, you want all the longer, alternating blue bars to be one continuous bar. If the chroma is incorrect, you will see a small band of a different shade of blue at the bottom of these bars (see below). Adjust your chroma until those bars disappear into the larger bars.Incorrect:Correct:8. After this, go back and double-check your brightness and contrast with the PLUGE bars and 100% white chip, and then you should be good to go!Looking for more video production resources? Check out these articles.A Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios5 Reasons You Should Purchase a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm LensHow New Low Light Cameras Are Simplifying the Long TakeWhat are Contrast Ratios, and How Do You Use Them?Everything You Need to Know About Stabilizing a Shotlast_img read more

Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam

first_img Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 29, 2019 AP AP, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty. Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam Updated: 10:40 PMlast_img read more