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first_imgResearchers are looking to match DNA from a Donegal family with a mystery Australian soldier killed in action during the First World War.The graveyard at Fromelles in Australia where Joseph Curran from Crossroads is believed to rest.Researchers for the Fromelles Project are looking to match up the remains of Australian soldiers found at a mass grave in 2008.So far 144 of the 250 soldiers found in the grave have now been found and named on a grave stone in the new Fromelles cemetery. The remainder say ‘Australian soldier known unto God.’The researchers need to find a living relative so they can match their DNA to the soldier so as to properly identify him.The soldier which the project is trying to match with his Donegal relatives is believed to be Joseph Curran who was born in 1885 and killed in action on July 19th, 1916.There are several young men of Irish background who died at Fromelles. Joseph’s grandparents migrated to New South Wales in 1868 from Crossroads in Donegal.Their names were Michael Curran and Ann Duggan or Dugan and both were born around 1837 in Crossroads.Michael and Ann arrived in NSW with small children Margaret, Sheely, Bridget and John and then had three more children in NSW, Michael, Catherine and Mary. Ann died after giving birth to Mary in 1871.Catherine is the mother of the soldier researchers are trying to find a branch of the family tree with the female DNA that runs down through the Duggan family.Unfortunately none of the Curran girls in Australia had any female descendants. “So we are now looking in Donegal, trying to track any Duggan or Dugan families from Crossroads, or anyone who has any knowledge of the family,” researcher Margaret O’Leary told Donegal Daily.She can be contacted at the email address marg@rickarby.net or PO Box number 46 Salamander Bay 2317 NSW AUSTRALIA.SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR FAMILY OF DONEGAL SOLDIER FOUND IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: February 9th, 2015 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:AusrataliaFromellesJoseph CurranWorld War 1last_img read more

first_img3 March 2004The Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pansy Tlakula, has certified the National Common Voters’ Roll to be used in the 2004 national and provincial elections on 14 April.South Africans participated in various door-to-door and other special registration projects, as well as the two voter registration weekends of 8 and 9 November 2003 and 24 and 25 January 2004, in order to register as voters.The Voters’ Roll has 20 674 926 voters who are entitled to participate in the election.More than 4 million voters will be able to participate in their first national and provincial election on 14 April. Since the end of 1998, just over 1.5 million registered voters have died, bringing the net gain compared to the 1999 Voters’ Roll to about 2.5 million voters.The country’s two previous elections have been characterised by a high voter turnout, in contrast to worldwide trends of voter apathy. About 86.6% of the country’s voting population turned out in 1994, while 89.3% voted in 1999.The Electoral Act allows prisoners to vote, provided the courts gave them the option of paying a fine instead of serving a jail sentence. On 2 March, however, the Constitutional Court ruled that all prisoners be allowed to vote. All prisoners can vote, Court rules Profile of South Africa’s votersGender – in all age categories, women outnumber men in the registration figures. 54.8% of the total number of registered voters are women.Age – 17% of eligible voters are between the ages of 18 to 25 years and 44% are younger than 35 years. (Only people who are 18 years or older at the time of the elections are eligible to vote.)Rural-urban – Rural-based voters constitute 7 334 304 (35.5%) of registered voters, as opposed to 13 340 622 (64.5%) who are urban-based.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.By 23 February, 647 eligible voters had notified the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to cast special votes.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgWorking with Secondaries and Selective SelectionsSmoke’s Color Warper provides a powerful set of secondary color correction tools:1. Under the Work On menu, choose one of the 3 Selectives – SEL1, SEL2, SEL3[Click for larger image]2. You will see that your image changes to monochrome B&W.3. Move to the Secondaries menu and activate the selective 1, 2, or 3. The blue LED will light. 4. Click Pick Custom or choose a color range or RGBCMYw channel.5. If you choose Pick Custom, sample the colors you would like to isolate and work on in your image.6. You will see the color revel in the black & white image.[Click for larger image]7. Return to the Work On menu and under the VIEW choose MATTE from the pop-up button. Your matte will be revealed which will match your selection.  With the Color Warper, white in your matte is protected and the black areas are parts that become affected.[Click for larger image]8. You can continue to click and sample in the view to clean up and refine the matte. But with color correction and grading, the mattes don’t have to be perfect.9. You will see a representation of the key in the Diamond Keyer. You can zoom in to the selection and manually move the points of the softness diamond which will also adjust and refine the key selection. 10. Once you are happy with your key, return to the Work On Menu and under View, choose Result. Your image should return to full color and look unchanged.11. Now adjust any of the color parameters to achieve the look and grade you want. 7. Press F4 to view the result (feel free to switch back to 1-Up view). 8. Adjust the midtone trackball to move the plot color (RED) towards the reference color (Yellow). 9. When the dots are lined up in the vectorscope the colors are matched between the 2 shots.[Click for larger image] 2. Click in the SRC selector and choose a part of the image that you would expect to neutral.3. You will see the selected color highlighted in the vectorscope.[Click for larger image]4. Adjust the Suppress trackball away from the color, which will move the selection color towards the center of the vectorscope.How to Manually Match colors from Back Clip to Front/Result Clip: 1. Press F1 to view the Front Clip (or use the 2-up view with Back & Front as illustrated)[Click for larger image]2. Click Plot and select a color that you want to change on your Front clip.3. You will see the selected color in the histogram and vectorscope in RED.4. Press F3 to view the Back Clip5. Click REF and select a color that you want to be the match reference.6. You will see the selected color in the histogram and vectorscope in YELLOW. 12. When you are done, you can then perform a 2nd and 3rd secondary selection within this same Color Warper node.13. Under the Work On menu, switch between your various selections for adjustments and to the Master section for an overall color adjustment.[Click for larger image]One feature lacking in the Color Warper is the exclusion of tracking and masking for the secondary selections. It was explained in the Color Corrector how to work with masks, but the mask does only work on the image overall, not within the secondary selection. For instance, if you want to change a red element in the shot with a secondary, it will change everything in the image with that color red.  You are somewhat limited when you need masking. Even though you can mask and track that mask to isolate part of the image (and then use a secondary to adjust the color) you need to use another Color Warper node on the output if you need to perform other secondaries, or more masking and tracking.The Color Warper can perform some advanced corrections and grading on a shot by shot basis. But grading more than just a handful of shots, with masking and tracking, would become more than tedious.Under the Subsetups menu you can store and retrieve 10 color looks. These looks are presets that you can create (a nice way to keep color grading consistency between shots and save time).[Click for larger image] When you plot a color sample you will see it appear highlighted in the vectorscope. CTL+Drag to rotate the cube, SHIFT+Drag to scale it, and ALT+Drag to move the scope.How to Cancel Out a Color in a Single ImageHere’s a handy track for removing a color cast or suppressing a color in your Smoke project:1. Select Plot and then sample the part of the image that you would expect to be neutral.2. You will see the polt sample appear as a color in the 2D vectorscope with a RED ring around it. You will also see the color plotted in the histogram with a RED line.[Click for larger image]3. Adjust the Midtones trackball away from the color cast. You will see the dot in the vectorscope move towards the center.4. Keep adjusting the trackball until the dot reaches the center point. The color cast is now gone and the image is normal.[Click for larger image]NOTE: You can turn off both the Source and Destination buttons in the histogram and it will isolate just the plot color in the vectorscope so that you can see the position more clearly.As with many things in Smoke there are multiple ways to get the result you want. You can also use the SUPPRESS option in Smoke to also normalize a shot.1. Select Suppress from the menu pop-up. We dive deeper and deeper into the effects nodes inside ConnectFX on Autodesk Smoke. In this post, learn how to match color & do secondary color correction using the Color Warper.Smoke’s Color Warper:In a previous post, we looked at the original Color Correct Node, which is fine for doing primary color correction and grading work. However, the Color Warper is THE color node to perform complex color correction or artistic color grading on your clips inside Autodesk Smoke.The Color Warper node allows you to perform both primary and secondary color correction. It contains the same Front/Back/Matte inputs as the Color Correct Node, and all of the same basic workflows regarding referencing colors from one clip to another work in the Color Warper as well. But what makes the Color Warper the better choice to use in your ConnectFX workflow are the 3 way color wheels, the use of secondaries, the 2D and 3D vectorscopes in the viewer, and the saving of subsetups. With these tools the Color Warper is better at matching and balancing colors.The complexity of your color needs will determine whether you choose the Color Correct Node or the Color Warper. If you are unsure how deep you want to go, it’s always best to just jump right in to the Color Warper as all of the tools you need are there, from basic to advanced.The Smoke ‘Color Warper’ Interface[Click for larger image]In Smoke’s Color Warper there are 3 trackballs which operate like the color wheels in many other 3-way color tools or plugins you may be familiar with. The trackballs control the hue of the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights of an image without affect the luminance. With the Histogram, you can adjust the range controlled by the Midtones. Therefore, when you adjust the Midtone trackball, it will pop back to 0 after the adjustment is made.The Black and White level sliders control the intensity of the Shadows and Highlights. The Hue and Saturation work like the do in the Color Correct node.The Gamma controls for RGB will affect the midtones. When you adjust the sliders the curves display will reflect the changes. To adjust all RGB together, CTL+ALT while dragging the sliders.The Match tools, allow you to select, sample, and plot colors which will show up in the Vectorscope to assit you in matching colors.This button allows you to select the 4 separate operations of Gamma, Saturate, Suppress, and Warp.  The trackball underneath then makes the adjustment.The 2D histogram returns, and when the Gamma option is selected this area switches to the Curves Display. The Histogram and Curves perform like they do in Color Corrector.This area is for working with the Secondary Selectives. There are only 3 selective adjustments available with each Color Warper node, but you can stack them, by feeding the output of one CW node into another. You can pick a custom color selection in our image or choose a range of tones – Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights, as well as RGBCMYw channels.When you pick a selective color operation, a matte is generated to isolate that color in the image for color adjustment. The creation of a matte, means that a key operation was performed. The keyer inside the Color Warper is known as the Diamond Keyer. When a key is made, you will see 2 diamonds appear in the Color Cube. The inner gray diamond, can be used to refine the Tolerance of the key, and the outer black diamond can be adjusted to adjust the Softness. The selective controls also allow you to blur the matte.The Vectorscope and be changed from the traditional 2D view to a 3D Color Cube by double clicking the scope.[Click for larger image] There are some great looks you can download from the Autodesk Community Site, The-Area. These Color Subsetups are also explained in this episode of Smoke Signals (the Autodesk Smoke videocast).Are you color grading with Smoke?  Got color correction tips to share?Leave us feedback in the comments!last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Monday temporarily suspended operations to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a 370 feet illegal coal mine in Lumthari village.The exercise will resume once powerful pumps are made available to the authorities, said district Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth.NDRF Assistant Commandant S.K. Singh said the current water level in the mine shaft is about 70 feet. About 100 personnel of the NDRF are waiting for the water to recede to 30 feet for divers to do their job.last_img read more

first_imgAllen preached the value of practice to the team in his five-minute impromptu speech, instilling to the young Pirates that the pain comes before the pleasure while encouraging them to continue working hard as they prepare for the bigger wars ahead.“It’s hard when you’re at the top, right? Because you have to work extra hard,” said Allen. “One of the things that I’ve always prided myself on, in my whole career, is execution. Now you have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”“Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process. You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Perez said he was honored to meet someone like Allen, who has won two titles in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.“We’re all starstruck and we’re very happy because he told us what we need to do, which is to continue preparing hard because we’re the number one team and the other teams are already going after us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their wedding Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Pirates, who are undefeated this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after nine games in the first round, got a surprise of a lifetime as NBA veteran Ray Allen dropped by their team dinner on Tuesday.Lyceum’s top gun CJ Perez shared that the whole team was shocked to meet the legendary sharpshooter, who is in the country for a couple of days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’re surprised to see someone like Ray Allen go to our school. It’s a rare thing to happen for us,” he said.In the video posted by Lyceum’s official page, the two-time NBA champion was seen shaking everyone’s hands before asking, “I heard you guys were in first place?” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Lyceum gets all the good things these days.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more