Community effort set to get Ballyshannon ticking again with new clock face

first_imgMovie-goers might recall that line from Back to the Future when, on November 12, 1955, lightning struck the clock tower providing enough power — 1.21 gigawatts, in case you forgot —  to send Marty McFly and the DeLorean back to the future to 1985.But, in Ballyshannon, it’s not time travel that interests the local regeneration group.They are in the midst of installing a new town clock in the south Donegal area following a huge community drive. Following a lightning strike of their own in 2014, the old clock was damaged beyond repair, prompting a south Donegal regeneration group to take matters into their own hands.Several community fundraisers later and enough money was raised for the new clock, a project the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group have been involved with from the beginning.Cllr Barry Sweeney, who is a founding member of the group, told Donegal Daily: “(The clock) was hit by lightning in a storm over six years ago and it has not been fixed since.“Now, a lot of people were talking about fixing it and doing something about it but it was owned by private owners at that stage. “So, we decided to come together and assist in the project and we initially had the idea of a false face at no real cost and we got permission to do that from the owners.“But as time went on, we wondered how much a real face would cost and so we decided to do a bit of fundraising for it.“And over the last two years, we have raised over €14,500 to date,” he added.“And in the meantime, a new owner had bought the building.”The original clock face was built in 1878 when an agreement was struck between the planning authorities and Belfast Bank. The old Ballyshannon clock face was struck by lightning in 2014 leaving it in a state of disrepair.The building was later owned by the Royal Bank before an amalgamation with the Provincial Bank resulted in the Allied Irish Bank forming there in 1966.Local businessman Eamonn McNulty, who now owns the building, purchased the property from the well-known Gallogley family earlier this year.“When a new owner was confirmed, we kind of made the decision to go ahead with the project because there is great value in this project for the community.“We had an opportunity to do something symbolic in the town and we had so many people who had donated,” Sweeney added. “Now, the new owner is doing a lot of the work in terms of getting this project going again and we are working together with him.“But one of the great things about this initiative is that it is all local craftspeople coming together to make it a reality.“And it will be great for the building as well because now it is being cared for and something is going to happen to the building to project and preserve it into the future.“We don’t know yet what form that is going to take because there is plenty of ideas out there, some that are viable and others that are not.“But everybody involved wants the building to be used for something appropriate and meaningful when decided.“As for the clock project, it has taken a lot longer than we hoped but we are nearly there.”Community effort set to get Ballyshannon ticking again with new clock face was last modified: October 8th, 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

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Tips for Traveling With Your Production Gear

first_imgTraveling with film production equipment can be daunting, but these tips will help you move efficiently and keep your gear protected.Top image via ShutterstockI’ve traveled with production equipment for out-of-town shoots numerous times — and unfortunately, I’ve encountered a fair share of issues. As a result, I’ve picked up some valuable insight along the way. Traveling with gear poses a variety of challenges — from extra fees to misplaced items — but the tips on this list will help you keep things in check next time you embark on an out-of-town shoot.1. Don’t OverpackImage via TWEAK DigitalFilmmakers know the importance of being prepared. As such, they have a tendency to overpack their gear when traveling for a shoot. While they may know that they’ll only need one camera body and a few lenses, they often opt to bring all sorts of extra components, accessories, audio gear, or other items that likely won’t be of any use to them on set — for that “just in case” scenario.Unless your shoot is in the middle of nowhere, most destinations will permit you to rent extra gear if you need it in a pinch. Not to mention, this is something you’d likely know in advance of your travels. Steering clear of unnecessarily large kits will help you avoid additional fees for overweight baggage, but also the headache of keeping track of gear you won’t even be using in order to prevent losing anything along the way.2. Use Carry-On CasesImage via PelicanLuggage that’s placed in a plane’s cargo area isn’t always handled with care, and the last thing you want to do is put thousands of dollars worth of equipment into harm’s way. To avoid having to do this, simply invest in Pelican cases that are small enough to meet the carry-on baggage specifications. The size requirements for carry-on may vary between airlines, so always be sure to check size requirements before your trip.3. Get Customs ClearancesImage via AirlineReporterIf you’re leaving the country with your gear, you may need to get your equipment precleared by customs to avoid having it held up at the border. For instance, if you live in the United States and you’re returning from a European shoot, customs may ask to see proof that your camera was originally purchased in the U.S. If it was bought overseas, it would likely be taxed to some degree upon entry.If you’re asked for this information at the border but don’t have it, you may not be able to bring your equipment (and more importantly your footage) into the country right away. Different countries will handle scenarios like this differently, so depending on where you’re traveling to and what you’re traveling with, be sure to call customs/border protection before your trip to ensure you have all the documents you need.4. Get InsuredImage via ShutterstockThe unfortunate reality when traveling with equipment is that your gear is far more likely to be damaged on the road, even if you do everything you can to protect it. There are so many unforeseen scenarios that can occur while traveling, some of which may result in multiple airport and airline staff handling your gear — while knowing next to nothing about the equipment. In this way, travel definitely comes with increased risks for damages where your gear is concerned.The best thing you can do is ensure that your equipment is adequately insured. This means double-checking that your current policy covers certain circumstances, such as while you’re in the act of traveling or while the equipment is out of the country. If not, be sure to top up your coverage to include whatever your circumstances require — before you leave.Traveling with gear can be a pretty big headache. In most cases, I recommend renting gear locally to avoid incurring some of the unexpected costs discussed here. But if you absolutely must travel with your own kit, be sure to follow the tips on this list to reduce your potential exposure to damaged or lost equipment.Got any other travel advice for filmmakers and videographers? Share it in the comments below.last_img read more

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I had a fear batting would collapse: Shahid Afridi

first_imgThe World Cup semifinal loss to India continues to rankle Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi, who said he always had a fear that his team’s struggling batting line-up would collapse in the high-voltage match.”I think the way we have been struggling with our batting, there should be a coach to work out with the batsmen,” suggested Afridi after the team arrived here.”I think I had a fear that our batting could collapse, our batting had been struggling from the first match to the last. I will give credit to the bowlers from the first match to the last.”It was only due to the efforts of bowlers that the team which was going to score 300 to 350 runs was bowled out for about 250. This was a great effort by us,” he added.The Pakistan cricket team returned to a warm welcome with fans showering the players with flowers and shouting slogans in support of Afridi. Pakistan lost to India by 29 runs while chasing 261 in the World Cup semifinals.”The Pakistan team has players from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Our only objective was to build up this team in difficult circumstances. Our only goal was to take the team to the top,” said Afridi.Afridi once again criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for stating that Pakistani players would be monitored for match-fixing just a day before the match against India.”I don’t think the timing was right. He telephoned me three or four times and he tried to explain things but I could not understand what he was saying as I was busy with my work.advertisementI think he made a mistake and I hope such mistakes aren’t made by anyone in future,” he said.last_img read more

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Sport clean and clear skin

first_imgMy facial skin is sensitive to almost every cream and sunscreen and results in irritation. However, my work requires me to spend long hours in the sun. As a result, I have developed a dark film on my face. What should I do? -TaniyaConsidering your work requires you to spend long hours in the sun, it is of utmost importance that you stay adequately protected. I strongly recommend that you do not use OTC sunscreens. Instead, consult a good dermatologist and opt for specially-formulated medicated ones for sensitive skin such as Cetaphil or Aveeno sunscreens.To get rid of the dark film, you can also choose skin-lightening creams containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, glycolic acid, etc.However, since you need to be extra careful about the formulation you pick, it is best bought with a prescription.You can also undergo a few sessions of IPL laser, also referred to as photo-rejuvenation treatment to decrease irritability of your skin and improve its tone. However, ensure you get this done only under the supervision of a good dermatologist.I have light and dark patches all over my face. Although I have been religiously applying creams containing Vitamin C, there has been no improvement. Can you suggest a way out? -VisheshYou are probably suffering from a condition known as peri-oral pigmentation. Lifestyle management is key to treating this condition. Cut out empty carbohydrates and increase your intake of fruits, salads and green, leafy vegetables.Alongside, incorporate cardiovascular exercises at least three to four times a week in your fitness schedule. Using certain lightening creams may be helpful but it’s best you consider procedures like microdermabrasion which helps to exfoliate the dead layers of skin thereby lending it a glowDr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at [email protected]last_img read more

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