ALL EVENTS FREE AT FÉILE CARRAIG ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL WHICH KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND

first_imgFéile Carraig Arts and Culture 2014 will take place Friday 22nd August until Sunday 24th August and once again all events are completely free.Crowds can look forward to their old favourites such as the tea dance, local artists exhibition, arts and crafts workshops, photography workshop, open mic night, craft stalls, ramblers walk, locals live music on the street, family fun day and of course the carnival parade.For the first time Féile Carraig Arts & Culture will organise their own Carnival Parade which will take place on Sunday 24th August at 6pm on Carrigart Main Street, where anyone willing to dress up and join in can meet at the Carrigart Hotel beer garden at 5.30pm to help them make it a spectacular event. Some new events and venues this year include storytelling with Wayne O’Connor, the use of Doe Castle for the drawing day, trad school; where participants can learn to play the tin whistle, fiddle and accordion, a puppet Show in the Bewglass Centre and the Family Treasure Hunt takes place on Mulroy Estate this year.On Sunday afternoon a Carrigart Church Crawl will take place, this architectural tour offers an opportunity to inspect, savour and compare all three churches and reflect upon some of the original thirteenth and fourteen century buildings in Ireland and England drawn upon for elements of their design.Live music will be on every night in both Logues Bar and the Carrigart Hotel. Please note because of such high demand in previous years, some events require pre-booking this year; all details can be found in the festival programme.For information about any of the upcoming events pick up your programme in local shops, bars and hotels this weekend or visit http://www.facebook.com/FeileCarraigArts To volunteer or for information contact the committee anytime on 085 136 0837.The committee would like to thank all their sponsors and local businesses for their continued support this year and they look forward to meeting you all over the weekend at Féile Carraig Arts & Culture 2014. ALL EVENTS FREE AT FÉILE CARRAIG ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL WHICH KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainementFeaturesnewslast_img read more

No hitch this time as QPR youngster joins Portsmouth on loan

first_imgQPR youngster Frankie Sutherland has moved to Portsmouth on loan.Sutherland, 19, has joined the League One club for an initial month with a view to extending his stay.The midfielder’s proposed loan move to Fratton Park in November fell through because the deal was not completed by the deadline.Rangers were keen for Sutherland, Michael Harriman, Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer to go out on loan early this year in order to play first-team football.Harriman recently joined Wycombe and Hitchcock Bristol Rovers, while Ehmer has been touted among Championship and leading League One clubs as he has already had spells with Yeovil and Preston.Meanwhile, QPR are on the verge of a deal to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes.See also:QPR youngster’s proposed loan move to Portsmouth collapsesQPR plan to send more players out on 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live playoff updates: Warriors stunned by Clippers in Game 5

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device. Join us Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for all the live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors hope to treat the Oracle crowd to a series victory against the Clippers in Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.Golden State, which holds a commanding 3-1 series lead over L.A., can clinch a berth in the conference semifinals with a victory. By doing so, it would help the Warriors atone for …last_img

SANParks teaches conservation

first_imgA computer lab worth R820 000 has been handed over to Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo. Grade 12 pupil Khanyisa Chauke thanks SANParks on behalf of the students and hands over a certificate to Mr Sibiya.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa SANParks head of public relations and communications +27 12 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • New Sanparks educational centre • Free entrance to SA national park • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Vultures need our helpMusa M MkalipiA computer laboratory for Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo, worth nearly a million rand; an administration building at Dumisani High School in Cork, Mpumalanga, worth just over two million rand – these are just two of the corporate social investment (CSI) projects of South African National Parks (SANParks).The group’s CSI programmes focus specifically on improving the lives of people neighbouring its wildlife reserves. “In the past, our approach to community development was more of providing access to benefits that accrued from our business,” explained the Kruger National Park’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya. “We have now added the issue of corporate social investment whereby we have begun to provide facilities and resources that can benefit the whole community.”A total of R820 000 ($81 390) was spent on 32 computers as well as the refurbishment of the building in which the computers are kept at Masiza High School. The aim was primarily to benefit the pupils, but also to help the community of Mbaula Ranch as a whole. “The school applied for the project and on the basis that we are today living in the information age, a computer lab was the most appealing to us,” said William Mabase, the head of public relations and communications at SANParks.CSI is not the only way SANParks is promoting education. The organisation introduced its Social Ecology Programme in 1996, which was aimed at creating opportunities for communities that surrounded national parks so that they could also benefit from the parks’ activities. “Since then, communities have been benefiting in many ways, but in 2012, after SANParks adopted a new vision of ‘SANParks connecting to society’, the CSI department was created to give effect to the new vision,” explained Mabase.The aim was to uplift the standard of living of people, especially those in poor communities. According to SANParks, for the next five years its CSI programmes will focus on education through the provision of required infrastructure, libraries, science laboratories, extra classes as well as water tanks. At Dumisani High School, for example, R2.2-million ($21 8383) was donated for the new administration block.Educating the youthFor poor and rural communities, SANParks has pledged to support the implementation of programmes that promote access, benefit sharing, and socio-economic development towards the improvement of communities next to national parks. Environmental education is crucial in this context.SANParks has various programmes in place to teach students and equip them with skills to take care of the environment in which they live that attract more than 170 000 pupils a year. Through its Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), for example, students are taught about the significance of climate. KGSI started in 2010 and targets urban areas. These regions are targeted, Sibiya said, because residents here were not exposed to national parks and awareness of conservation. By 2012, SANParks had hosted a total of 22 808 participants, 95% of whom – 21 633 – were students. Numbering 1 175, teachers made up the balance.Seven schools in Gauteng are involved in KGSI at present. They are learning about waste management, food gardening, recycling, water conservation and greening. KGSI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.Another programme, Kids in Parks, is a partnership between the national Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket group in South Africa. It provides opportunities for pupils and teachers to use national parks as learning environments. Kids in Parks workshops deal with topics such as environmental ethics on three-day sponsored tours to national parks.Each year, Kids in Parks takes 5 000 children to parks, exposing them to activities such as mountain climbing and horse riding. According to Pick n Pay, the goal of the programme is to broaden the perspectives of under-privileged children by investing in the beauty of the land so that future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.SANParks also runs the SANParks Social Science Student Support Programme at the University of Pretoria, a multi-year programme that supports tertiary learning and research. Through its own initiatives and support from the National Lottery Distribution Fund, bursaries are offered to students. The programme started in 2011 and focuses on students in the social sciences and heritage conservation fields.last_img read more

One Young World Summit hits Joburg

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola attended the launch of One Young World.(Image: Ray Maota) Kofi Anna speaks at the launch of One Young World in Johannesburg.(Image: One Young World)MEDIA CONTACTS • Amanda MahlobiCommunications Officer, Waggener Edstrom+27 11 550 5400.RELATED ARTICLES∙ SA is getting plenty right∙ Unpacking the National Development Plan∙ South Africa to host One Young World 2013∙ Young people: own your destiny!Ray MaotaWorld leaders gathered at South Africa’s Soccer City in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 2 October to open the One Young World 2013 Youth Summit to encourage global youth leadership.Taking place between 3- 4 October, the One Young World Summit 2013 will see 1 300 young people from around the world descend on the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg to develop solutions to some of society’s most pressing global issues.Youth leadership for changeOne Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. Jones said: “We are a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.“We stage an annual summit where the young delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.”Topics covered this year will include education; global business; human rights; leadership and government; sustainable development; and youth unemployment.The initiative has worldwide support, with global leaders such as United Nation’s (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan, Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus calling for young people to play a more prominent role in tackling global issues.Young people’s commitmentAnnan, who Jones described as the best UN Secretary General to date, praised the ability of today’s youngsters to bring about positive change.“Together with your One Young World colleagues from across the globe, you embody the talent and energy that is driving change, innovation and creativity around the world,” Annan said, complimenting young people’s commitment to changing the world for the better despite their different struggles.“Wherever I have travelled, it has always been the commitment of young people to peace, equity and justice that has given me hope for the future. And there is good reason for your generation to care so deeply about the fate of our planet.“Look, for instance, at the challenge of sustainable development. It will be your generation and your children who will pay the price if we continue to plunder our natural resources, pollute the environment and fail to eradicate poverty and hunger.”Annan added that it as will be the youngsters who will suffer most from the impact of climate change on living standards and quality of life, they should not be shut out from the discussions and decisions that will frame their countries’ future and their lives.Passing on the problemsSir Bob Geldof, who has championed the plight of the poor in Africa, told the 9 000-strong crowd how his generation is failing the next.“Personally I believe we are in a very fraught time now, all generations fail, but my generation, disgracefully, has failed more than others. Coming together today gives a sense of urgency. We meet here in a new country that has proved what positive action can achieve. Last week, in a report that was vaguely noticed, the world’s scientists said we may not get to 2030, we need to address the issues of climate change urgently.”Yunus spoke highly of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a democratic government and said the world could emulate this.“What South Africa has done – we can do it for the whole world – nobody ever thought apartheid could be over. But South Africa saved humanity’s dignity.”He concluded: “You are lucky to have been born in an age where what was impossible is becoming possible. Each one of you is capable of changing the whole world. Feel that power inside of you and make use of it.”last_img read more

Facebook Experimenting With Voice Calling

first_imgTags:#Facebook#voice#web Nothing in the image indicates a Skype partnership, but with last Fall’s “deep integration” in mind, we thought it would be the most likely partner-in-crime. When we last wrote about the Facebook-Skype partnership, we wrote “What we’re really hoping to see from this partnership are Skype buttons on Facebook that launch Skype calls and SMS capabilities.” This would go beyond Skype buttons, with direct integration. We asked Skype if it had anything to do with it, to which we received a “no comment.” A Facebook spokesperson offered a standard response, saying “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation and have nothing to announce at this time.”The move would make a lot of sense for Facebook, which has worked recently to become the center of your online communication experience. Its recent “not email” announcement debuted a form of communication that would supposedly work seamlessly between devices, so that there would be little differentiation between messaging, email and Facebook chat. Voice calling between users, whether from browser to browser, phone to browser, or browser to phone, would just make sense in creating a more seamless communication experience.Have you seen the “call” button on your Facebook? Have you clicked it? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Last September, news broke that Facebook and VoIP service Skype were about to announce a “deep integration partnership” that would bring integration of SMS and voice chat. A couple weeks later, we got Skype 5.0, which included an integrated Facebook phonebook and browsing, but we asked when we would see the opposite – Skype integration on Facebook.Today, The Daily What has an image from a tipster that shows a feature similar to what we were hoping for – voice calling integrated on Facebook.According to The Daily What, their tipster wrote them, saying “So I was just chatting on Facebook chat and I got the option to ‘call’ my friend. it swiftly disappeared.” Take a look at the screenshot: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge

first_imgThe Edge Matte node can also be found in the Modular Keyer. It’s here where pulling edge mattes can aid in creating Light Wrap effects with your keys…or aid in making cleaner composites.[Click for larger image]Blurring your image a bit can also effect the edge detection as more blur will create fewer edges created. This will allow you to focus on the main edges in an image and not all of the details in the image that can get in the way of creating the edge you want.Smoke’s Field MergeThe Field Merge Node is very simple. When dealing with interlaced clips, you can blend the fields together, essentially creating a progressive clip. This differs from the Deinterlace Node in that it doesn’t split the fields or lengthen the clip. It can also reduce field flicker in an interlaced clip. You can set the value at 100% for complete blending or less if needed.Field merge will soften the image, as you are blending moving fields, so the adjustment will help give you the best result. I often use field blending to create a “film-look” effect as it helps to lessen the “video” look of an image.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Flip NodeThe Flip Node performs a very simple Flip of your image along the Vertical or Horizontal, or Both Axis. When you flip a clip vertically, you may need to reverse the fields so that the clip plays back in the proper field order.There are many other ways to flip a clip in X or Y, so why would you use this node over 2D Transform or through Action? On my MacbookPro setup, I found no difference in rendering speed between the Flip Node, 2D Transform, Action, or Axis on the timeline. This is an older node, which is why it still exists in the bin. It is fast. When you just need to flip a shot that might be in the middle of a large CFX node schematic you can just pop the node into the flow.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Filter NodeThe Filter Node uses old school mathematical matrices on a per pixel bases to perform image processing like Blurs, Edge Detection, and Emboss to a clip. Most of the effects that you can do with the Filter Node can be done better and with more flexibility in other nodes. There are many presets you load to see how the effects are applied. The basic understanding of how a Matrix operation works is that a grid is placed around each and every pixel. The grid can be as small as 3×3 or as large as 11×11. The operation replaces each pixel with the weighted average of the pixels around it, where the weights are given by the matrix.A Matrix that looks likes this produces no change in the image.To be honest, this type of image processing was great in the 1990’s, but it has long since been practical. Smoke’s other nodes like Blur, Glow, & Bump Displace are tools built in the modern era. I am sure some old school users relied heavily on this node in the past, but not anymore. It’s my guess that this is a node you won’t ever use. If you are mathematically inclined, you may find more creative uses as you can define your own pixel comparison matrices. If you look through the presets you can find a few of the settings that still produce a unique look. Check them out and see if you can find some use for them. When dealing with softer video shot with DSLR and compressed to H.264, I do find the Sharpen Filter does do a nice job of making the edges crisper.[Click for larger image] In this post we explore more nodes inside Autodesk Smoke ConnectFX. In this Smoke tutorial we’ll show you how to use Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge nodes in your editing projects.This week we blitz through some simple nodes inside Smoke’s node-based compositing environment – ConnectFX. Edge Detect and Filter are the more creative tools, whereas Flip and Field Merge are more utility operations. Some nodes you may only use once year. Other nodes you use every day. In our series on Smoke ConnectFX nodes we’re breaking down how each node works and what you can do with it. So, when you need to do that ‘one thing’ you’ll know what node to use!Smoke’s Edge DetectThe Edge Detect Node will define an edge and output a matte for that edge for use further down your ConnectFX schematic. The edges are based on colors and luminance between pixels. You can choose to define edges based on RGB, HLS, Chroma, or Mono.[Click for larger image]You can set the Result output as the composite of the input image with the matte generated by the edge detection. Or, select Edge Only to output only the result of the matte generated by the edge detection. You can also choose what to output from the nodes matte output. You can choose to simply pass the original input matte through or output the created Edge Matte effect. The Edge Detection settings area is where you define the edge based on the input image. You can adjust the weight of the individual Red, Green, Blue channels. Changing these values form 100% will increase or decrease how much of that channel is being used to define the edge. In RGB, HLS, and Chroma settings, it will adjust the color of the edges created. The Threshold setting can be set for the minimum and maximum values. Think of it like the min/max settings of the 2D Histogram. The Softness setting in this area is adjusting the width of the softness between edges in your image and the gain of that softness. It will blur the edge matte and increase the luminance of it.In the Edge Effects area you can create a Double Edge which will perform a second pass of the edge detection. There are more min/max settings and Softness settings affecting the Double Edge. You can skew the softness in a direction by activating the direction button and setting the angle. This can act like a change in lighting on the generated edge matte.You have Color controls inside this node. These controls color the edge matte even further, increasing or decreasing colors.With the Use Matte button enabled, you can choose common blend modes with transparancy, used with the color correct controls to create edge effects in your image.center_img Follow all of our coverage of the new Autodesk Smoke. Please let me know your Smoke questions/thoughts/experiences in the comments!last_img read more

Ravan is revered in this part of world

first_imgNagpur: When effigies of ‘Ravan’ were being burnt to celebrate Vijayadashmi on September 30, Gond tribals in Gadchiroli and some parts of Chhattisgarh were busy in offering prayers to their ‘great king’.A large number of gram sabhas came together to offer prayers to ‘Ravan’ in Surjagad, Kamalapur, and Korchi of Gadchiroli.“Ravan was a great king of Gond tribals. But the people, who practised Brahmnic culture based on hegemony, vilified the history of Ravan to show themselves as great warriors,” said Mahesh Raut, an activist from Gadchiroli.Tribal organisations and village bodies have petitioned the government to stop the practice of burning Ravan’s effigies, but it is yet to act on their demand, he said.Mr. Raut claimed that 70 village bodies in Surjagad, which has been witnessing a protest against the mining, came together under the leadership of zila parishad member Sainu Gota to offer prayers.Tribal organisations and groups, including Tribal Students’ Organisation, Gond Society of Korchi, Gondwana Gotul Sena, Parakrami Gond Raja Ravan Sangh, Buddhist Society of Korchi, and the Halbi Society organised prayers in Korchi.last_img read more

Sunny Deol escapes unhurt in Gurdaspur mishap

first_imgActor-turned politician Sunny Deol escaped unhurt after his vehicle was involved in a collision with three cars on Monday, police said.The mishap occurred after one of the tyres in Deol’s sports utility vehicle burst near a ‘Gurdwara’ in Sohal village, Gurdaspur Deputy Superintendent of Police (rural) Manjit Singh told PTI. A total of four vehicles collided with each other in the accident. Mr. Deol’s cavalcade was going towards Fatehgarh Churian where the BJP candidate had to campaign, the DSP said.“Out of four, one vehicle belonged to a villager, rest other vehicles were part of Mr. Deol’s cavalcade,” he said. Nobody was hurt in the accident, he added.After the accident, Mr. Deol resumed his journey to Fatehgarh Churian for poll campaigning, the DSP said. Mr. Deol is pitted against Congress candidate and sitting MP Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more

Praveen Kumar ruled out of World Cup

first_imgIndian medium-pacer Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the World Cup starting on February 19 in Dhaka due to an elbow injury.Praveen Kumar checks out his elbow as Sachin Tendulkar looks on. APPraveen had hurt his elbow during a practice session ahead of the ODI series in South Africa and has not completely recovered from it.The medium-pacer was reportedly flown to London for a check-up last week, where he underwent an examination at the King Edward VII Hospital and was advised rest.He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.Despite knowing that Kumar was carrying an injury ever since his tour of South Africa, the selectors picked him in the 15-member squad without a fitness test. Key players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had also missed the ODI series against South Africa after being injured and Sachin Tendulkar was flown back mid-way during the series due to a hamstring injury. However, they are expected to be fully fit by the time the Indian camp starts in Bangalore on February 9.Ishant Sharma or S. Sreesanth may replace Kumar in the squad.last_img read more