Good news for commuters as N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan to open tomorrow

first_imgA long-awaited stretch of road on the N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan is set to open tomorrow (Mon). The 3.1km scheme, which has seen the removal of the notorious ‘Blue Banks’ bends, is a key transport corridor to the north-west of Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Airport and the Gaeltacht.Alongside the new road, a two-metre shared footway/cycle track has been created on both sides of the road and it is hoped that this new shared track will be extended to Letterkenny. The delivery of this scheme is the culmination of over eight years work by the Donegal National Roads Office and is a continuation of the N56 Mountaintop to Illistrin project completed in 2009.The original road had a narrow carriageway, no significant verge and a number of poorly aligned junctions, accesses and entrances.The new scheme has seen the widening and realignment to a seven-metre carriageway with hard strips and verges.In collaboration with this project, Irish Water constructed a new trunk water main and distributor water mains serving Letterkenny and its environs adjacent to and along the N56. Works on this scheme commenced in January 2018 and took 18 months to complete.  BAM Civils Ltd. were the main contractor, RPS Consulting Engineers were the designer and construction works were supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Barry Transportation.The project was managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the National Roads Office in Donegal Town.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan will open the road on Monday at 2pm.Good news for commuters as N56 from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan to open tomorrow was last modified: October 6th, 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)last_img read more

VR Will Transform the Way We Experience these 6 Things

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) is a new means of audiovisual communication. Its mission is to sell the idea of entry into a three-dimensional computer generated environment where the experience is so surprising that it cuts our minds to believe that this virtual world is really Reality. Its ultimate goal is to allow us to experience the senses we could never experience in our daily lives. VR will transform our world as a result of this ability to deliver experiences.So far, our experience with the internet was at best two-dimensional. The possibility of touch sensitive screen was the nearest we have been in interacting with the internet, and virtual reality is about to transform that concept. VR will transform the world and bring about a monumental change in the way of buying and experiencing the web, scanning; thanks to the pure power and imagination of human thought. It will drastically transform the way we live, communicate, learn and relate with others all over the globe.With massive adoption through platforms such as, HTC Vive, Oculus, VR Play station and Cardboard, companies and customers have already begun to turn to augmented reality and virtual platforms as they come online. Projected revenues are reaching over $100 billion in 2020 for AR and VR platforms, these platforms will create dramatic upheaval in all industries around the world.It is clear that our way of life and the way we behave are willing to change dramatically. And while there may be dozens of ways in which VR will transform the world, there are certain basic things that it will have the most effect on.See Also: Facebook slashes price of Oculus Rift for second time1. GamingThe obvious use of virtual reality – and the most proven example is the game. Oculus already has many titles that support it, and Sony PlayStation already has many games that use it.Is unlikely to be supported by all parties at any time, but we’ve played with Morpheus and Oculus and the VR will provide a strong, spectacular and impressive experience that brings gaming to a new level of excellence.2. Watching MoviesSomething that has contained this spacious miracle is the possibility of films that take advantage of VR capabilities.Think of 3D movies and then think of the real, true 3D – a cinematic world which you can sight edges and angles in 3D reality and paying more attention to what you choose to watch.Actually it is theoretical at best, but the probability is there. And it could transform the movie industry forever.3. TourismThink about how compelling it can be to simply look at the world on Google Maps. Then think how shocking it would be to do the same with your eye, a kind of crazy right?The VR will transform long trips to museums for people who cannot enter the building. Also, in another example of visiting a space, real estate agents can give buyers a peek at a property. Real estate agents could line up a playlist of properties for the buyer to experience and explore. In a similar way, a tour guide could do line-up touristic experiences as a product,4. MedicineIt is better and safer for surgeons to train to hone their techniques in a simulated environment. But, it would be better for young surgeons to train on not just plastic models or people who have left their bodies to medical sciences.Therefore, a fully interactive and accurate modeled sample suffers from a variety of diseases requiring surgery through a virtual reality interface could make many surgeons with better training and better performance – which is better for all of us.Simulator Surgeon developed in 2013 was a language in games based on this condition.Pilots already learn using flight simulators, but as surgeons they really could do something much more exciting and realistic to improve their skills. VR can be this technology.5. Exploring SpaceThe ability to fly through the globe using Google maps interface would be interesting and fun.The agency in charge of space exploration could put cameras around their equipment and sends off. Scientists then could navigate and visualize space using a virtual reality device. This would allow the exploration of space in a way that we have not seen before.Maybe you may have heard of Valkyrie – where you take the role of a spaceship pilot – and that seems real, although we knew it was not.6. Digital MarketingAn exciting way in which virtual reality is set to change the world is by the advancement of digital marketing. While physical marketing is limited by the laws of nature, experiences in the Virtual world are not.For example, if you are looking to navigate to a Harvard University campus, you will be able to do so, travelling classrooms, walking among students. You may be promoting a concert and want to place visitors there in the midst of this experience in a virtual reality environment.Companies like YouVisit explore experiential marketing for everyday businesses by offering an easy to use platform for building VR experiences.Not only is it useful for businesses, but also for consumers. Consumers now can make decisions based on virtual experiences the same way they would with physical ones. Not only is it ideal for hotels and travel, but much more for any other experiential marketing.See Also: What brands need to know about VR and AR [Infographic]These 6 categories are a brief introduction into all of the ways VR will transform the experiences around everyday activities. But, even with these new experiences brought by VR, it will still require VR delivering experiences that are otherwise not even remotely possible and further exploration of experiences similar to those mentioned for it to reach its full potential. Tags:#Future#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus#virtual reality#VR How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Melissa Crooks is Content Writer who writes for Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company based in USA & India that holds the best team of skilled and expert app developers. She is a versatile tech writer and loves exploring latest technology trends, entrepreneur and startup column. Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Melissa Crooks Related Posts AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

13 Fusion Tutorials Every Motion Designer Should Watch

first_img12. Normals Passes in After Effects and FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerWhen it comes to compositing, you want more than one pass of each 3D object. For example, you might have a depth pass, a color pass, a specular pass, etc. This gives you further control when you jump into your compositing software like After Effects or Fusion. In this video tutorial, we’ll look at how to work with multi-pass renders in both Fusion and After Effects. If you want to learn Fusion from scratch, the best resource I can recommend right now is Digital Tutors. While it does cost money to subscribe, they currently have nine different courses that cover the basics of Fusion. If you do decide to go this route, I recommend checking out the Artist’s Guide to Fusion course first. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about nodes to exporting finished video in less than an hour after using this course.Know of any other awesome Blackmagic Fusion tutorials? Share in the comments below! New to Blackmagic Fusion? Get inspired and level up your skills with these must-watch Fusion tutorials.With the recent release of the Fusion 8 beta, PC and Mac users alike can now use Fusion to create amazing VFX sequences. However, if you’re used to working with a layer-based software like After Effects, it can be incredibly daunting to try to figure out how to use a node-based software. That’s why we’ve created this list of must-watch Fusion tutorials for beginners.It’s a little strange at first, but once you get it down, Fusion can be a fantastic tool for compositing. Let’s begin!1-9. Fusion QuickStart GuideCreated By: eyeonsoftwareIf you’re looking to learn the basics of eyeon Fusion from the people that created it, I highly recommend checking out this QuickStart series from eyeon Blackmagic Fusion. The series covers everything you need to know to get started. The tutorials covered include the following topics in this order:The InterfaceConnecting ToolsLoading and SavingAnimatingTools IntroductionTools OverviewBasic 3DBasic ParticlesInstancing ToolsAfter you watch the first video, the player below will automatically skip to the next video. You can also navigate to a different video by selecting the menu icon in the top left of the player window. 11. Mocha to Blackmagic FusionCreated By: Imagineer SystemsDid you know that you can track footage in mocha and copy that tracking data into Fusion? In this video tutorial from VFX artist Steve Benjamin of Muse FX, we take a look at what a motion tracking workflow looks like in mocha and Fusion.center_img 10. Node-Based Compositing Tutorial with FusionCreated by: Kert GartnerIn this tutorial from Kert Gartner, we take a look at the cinematic potential of Fusion. In the video, Gartner breaks down how he created a cool sci-fi shot using some pretty basic green screen footage. If you’re new to Fusion, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the collection of squares with lines connecting them at the bottom. That is actually called a node tree and it’s made up of effects and files. Think of it as a layered timeline, but instead of being stacked on top of each other, layers can be placed anywhere. 13. Volume Mask ToolCreated by: Jeff KrebsAs you’ve probably already found out, Blackmagic Fusion is for serious VFX artists and compositors. In this tutorial from Jeff Krebs, we take a look at how to use a Volume Mask to isolate certain portions of your scene. In order to do this, you’ll need to export a world position pass in your 3D application.last_img read more

What more can PV Sindhu do to win some gold medals in 2018?

first_imgIt was another final, another epic display yet another agonising loss!PV Sindhu contested her third major final in the last two years on Sunday and went within touching distance once more before falling painfully short again.It was an hour and 34-minute-long battle against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the BWF World Super Series Finals Sunday night just as Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in the World Championships final in August. A year before that Sindhu went down to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final in one hour and 23 minutes. All the matches saw a similar result — Sindhu having to settle for silver.Visibly, Sindhu never gave up, she never does. It never looked like she has developed a mental blockade when it came to finals, what is it then that is stopping Sindhu from touching greatness?While the Rio Olympics final was Sindhu’s first big match where the entire country had her eyes on her, by the time the World Championships and Super Series Finals came, she was used to the expectations. In the 2016 Olympics, Sindhu had run out of ideas by the end of the match and Marin was finding angles that were tough for Sindhu to pick. Marin is one of the few left handers on the international circuit and that automatically gives her an upper hand in terms of finding angles but at that point of time, Sindhu was yet to mature.However, both the finals at Super Series Finals and the World Championships had a similar pattern to them – the fact that both those opponents were Japanese cannot be missed.advertisementHowever, what was most obvious to naked eye was how physically drained Sindhu got halfway through both those games.One can always argue that her opponents had got tired as well but clearly not as quick and as much as the Indian. And no, that doesn’t amount to Sindhu being an unaccomplished player but rather to her style of play.AGGRESSIVE GAME PLAYSindhu is a very tall athlete and that inherently enables her to cover the court incredibly well and makes her shots from the back court very powerful. And that is exactly why she is feared on the circuit.However, her opponents have got wind of that — they engage her in longer rallies, find acute angles and force her to play lunged forehand net shot, which is definitely not her strength.After Rio Olympics, Sindhu worked a lot on her endurance knowing that she was not the most skillful player but a lot of work still needs to be done.Since Sindhu is tall, bending back and forth takes up a lot of her energy and though, she has worked immensely and has improved that bit of her game, she needs far more endurance to eke out crucial points.Also, Sindhu is a very attacking player, which means she thrives on her smashes which again requires a lot of energy.The tall Hyderabadi is a very committed player and she commits herself to every point from the very beginning of the game and that is exactly what tires her halfway through the match.In Sunday’s match against Yamaguchi and even against Okuhara in August, Pullela Gopichand was seen screaming instructions at Sindhu to preserve her energy and go for decisive shots only when they are at her tips. However, Sindhu had lost a lot of her energy by then and she was hoping for Yamaguchi to make errors. But that did not happen.Yamaguchi is technically very strong and along with her fitness, that is unique to the Japanese, her ability to create shots under pressure makes her an immense threat.Both those matches, Sindhu lost through unforced errors and that only highlighted her fatigue.ROAD AHEADSindhu is already working on getting some deceptive shots up her sleeve. She already has all kinds of smashes at the tip of her frame.Despite being a very good athlete, there one aspect that is needed to make her complete — fitness.Sindhu’s fitness still needs to improve by leaps and bounds. Her opponents are constantly targetting that. Engaging her in longer rallies and draining out all her energy has become the biggest weapon to defeat her.Now, she will have to work to counter that.There are lots of skillful players on the circuit but none as powerful as Sindhu and she needs to make that her strength.last_img read more

Officer wounded in Blue Hills gas station robbery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 3, 2016 – Traffic was detoured on the all important Millennium Highway today; causing major frustration for residents and others who need to travel that stretch of roadway… the traffic was denied access to a large portion of the highway because some of it was deemed a crime scene after a shooting in the area.   Female police officer D’Krizia Missick with the tactical unit was today shot in her leg in a daytime heist.  It happened at petrol plus gas station on Millennium Highway in Blue Hills and even at this hour, details are scant about the gun crime which took place around midday.  Officer Missick is expected to make a full recovery, according to reports reaching our newsroom.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, July 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 17:42Lane closed for barrier repairsOne lane closed due to emergency repairs on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) remains closed following an accident which occurred yesterday evening for barrier repairs. Also causing delays on the A534 Northbound.16:56Police warning about increase in Fiat 500 thefts after car takenPolice are advising motorists to park their cars in garages or block them in on driveways. More here.16:56Police name passenger, 79, who died in two-vehicle collision on busy roadThe air ambulance was sent to the scene but nothing could be done to save him. More here.15:25Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic was already slow here due to a separate break down between Stafford Services and J14. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 15:08Accident on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between Stafford Services and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 13:32Police called after man seen carrying sword in Stoke-on-Trent street (Image: Google)A 32-year-old man is being quizzed by detectives on suspicion of possessing a sword in public. Read more. 13:16Break down on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed and queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Congestion to the Hanford Interchange for traffic travelling on the Southbound A500 towards the M6. Lane one (of three) is closed. There was a separate break down along this stretch earlier. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.12:15Slow in Nantwich Slow traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.12:15Congestion on M6 Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Possibly due to extra traffic exiting the motorway at J16 to avoid the problems further South near J15. 12:02A34 Newcastle RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).11:51Lane closed on M6 in Staffordshire One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:03Smallthorne Roundabouts congestedUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).10:50Leek Road busy A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 10:43Traffic flowing well10:41A34 Trent Vale A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).10:38Emergency services called to ‘man in distress’ in North Staffordshire street (Image: Google)The emergency services raced to a North Staffordshire street after a ‘man in distress’ sustained injuries. Full story.10:13A500 D-Roads A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15. Created at 10:06 Updated at 10:06 09:42Werrington Road slow A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).09:13Waterloo Road congestion Usual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 09:00All lanes open on M6 All lanes open, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of four) was closed.08:59Woman freed from car and taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision (Image: Stoke Sentinel / Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)A woman in her twenties had to be rescued from her can and taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision on the A34. Read more.08:59Longport busy Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.08:53Whitmore collision Reports of queuing traffic due to accident on A53 Whitmore Road Eastbound from Three Mile Lane (Whitmore) to A5182 Trentham Road (Whitmore roundabout, Butterton). 08:37One lane closed on M6 One lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.08:37A34 Springfield RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:09Chell Street congestion Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).08:04Police investigate fire at North Staffordshire carpet shop (Image: Google)An investigation has been launched after firefighters tackled a small blaze in the entrance to a North Staffordshire carpet shop. Full story. 07:39A50 accident cleared Accident cleared on A50 Westbound between A50 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean, Uttoxeter) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge). Affecting traffic passing through the Checkley Bank area.07:39Werrington Road busyA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:39Smallthorne roundabouts Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).center_img Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womanlast_img read more