Pop along and support the bake sale for the Donegal Hospice

first_imgA group of young neighbours have come together again to host the tastiest bake sale this side of any bakery in New York.The young girls of Tullygay, between Letterkenny and Glenswilly (above Conwal Graveyard) will host their fourth annual bake sale today between noon and 4pm.ALL the money raised will go directly towards the Donegal Hospice and the girls have already collected hundreds of euro in their three previous sales. If you fancy something sweet for your afternoon treat then pop along to O’Donnell house (third on the right up the hill after the graveyard) and you won’t be disappointed.With all sorts of treats and wonderful baked treats available, you won’t be disappointed.Pop along and support the bake sale for the Donegal Hospice was last modified: August 23rd, 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)last_img read more

New cement producer enters South African market

first_img15 May 2014China’s Jidong Development Group, one of the world’s top five cement makers, is to enter the South African market with the construction of a R1.8-billion, one-million tonne per annum cement plant in Limpopo province.Nedbank Capital and the Bank of China Johannesburg on Monday announced that R1.1-billion in debt capital had been raised to fund Mamba Cement, a special purpose company established to build and operate the plant at an established limestone deposit near Northam in Limpopo.Equity in addition to the loan will be provided by Jidong Development Group, the majority shareholder in Mamba Cement, the China-Africa Development Fund, and South African investment and operating group Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Wiphold).Mamba Cement will manufacture “high-quality pure cement with the capacity to produce very cost-effective products,” Nedbank Capital said in a statement, adding that the company would have “a sustainable transport advantage due to its proximity to the major cement demand centres of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Mpumalanga, Rustenburg and Brits”.The investment is expected to create jobs and provide opportunities for small suppliers for communities north of Brits. “In addition, the sponsors and developers have also committed to supporting local schools and other socio-economic development initiatives in the long term,” Nedbank Capital said. “The project will also result in a major improvement of basic infrastructure such as power and roads, which will benefit adjacent communities.”The South African cement market received an additional 2.5-million tonnes of annual capacity this year with the completion of Sephaku Cement’s new plant in North West province.The Nigerian-backed company is the first new entrant in the South African cement production market to open its own new plant since 1934, challenging established local producers PPC, AfriSam, NPC and French multinational Lafarge.Market researchers Frost and Sullivan have predicted that rapid infrastructure development in South Africa and its neighbouring countries will boost the prospects of the cement industry in the southern African region.Frost and Sullivan’s study, “Southern African Cement Industry Production and Investment Forecasts”, published in September, forecast that US$940-million would be invested in the cement industries of three countries – South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – between 2013 and 2018.Cement production will be instrumental to government expenditure plans, the study found, especially the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan which the Southern African Development Community (SADC) aims to roll out over the next 15 years.Internally, the South African government is planning to spend in excess of R4-trillion on a massive state-led infrastructure drive over the coming years, with a substantial focus on rail, road, energy and water infrastructure.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Mill’s Blackbird Camera Car Is a Real-Life Autobot

first_imgVFX studio The Mill built their own adaptable camera car to replace any vehicle imaginable in post.Top image via The MillThe Mill teamed up with Performance Filmworks, JemFX, and Keslow to create the ultimate camera car. Unlike other camera cars and trailers, the new Blackbird camera car is designed to fully replace any type of vehicle in post. This is great for The Mill, because it allows them to use this vehicle for all of their car commercials and VFX work in film and television. Take a look at the vehicle in action.This car took two years to develop. The rig can be used at any time of day, in any location. Best, it doesn’t rely on the final physical vehicle in any capacity. The Blackbird is literally a transformer, with a chassis that can adapt to match the exact length and width of nearly every car.Image via The MillThe car is powered by an electric motor and can be programmed to imitate another vehicles acceleration curves and shifting gears. The adjustable suspension allows the Blackbird to change its height, rigidity, and dampening.This car can actually replicate other vehicles, giving it chameleon-like powers that allow the VFX team to go in and drop a CG body on top of the Blackbird.Image via Lockheed MartinThe Blackbird is named after the Blackbird SR-71 jet, as the technicians from JemFX actually built the car in the same hanger the plane was manufactured.The Blackbird camera car is equipped with a tailor-made camera array and stabilization unit. Performance Filmworks technician Lev Yevstratov holds several patents for his stabilization tech. The cameras have a high dynamic range, which allows The Mill to create a virtual version of the car’s location — giving them 3D laser-scanning capabilities. This produces 100% realistic CG renderings. With these capabilities, The Mill can use the Blackbird AR app to see a live CG rendering of the vehicle on location. Image via The MillThe Mill’s International Executive Vice President, Alistair Thompson, has this so say about the Blackbird, its development, and future use.We can unequivocally say that The Mill BLACKBIRD® is a tool to solve real problems for the advertising industry. It is no vanity project. It was the genuine needs of our advertising clients that made the Blackbird happen and their constant support and input has shaped its design and made it the game changing innovation that it has become. The Blackbird journey has only just begun though and the technology and the thinking behind it will evolve. We hope it will continue to provide inspiration for the whole industry and most importantly, in turn, our clients will create ways of using it that we have not even comprehended yet. This is what excites us the most!For more on the vehicle, check out The Mill’s Blackbird release.What do you think about the Blackbird? Awesome, right? Yup.last_img read more

Between the Sheets opens this weekend

first_imgLead Actresses Emry and Stevi say the characters they are playing are very real women and the most realistic women they have ever played.The show runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the North Peace Cultural Centre and tickets can be purchased at npcc.bc.ca. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $20 per Student/Senior.There will be a special Question and Answer period offered after curtain call with the audience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society presents their performance of Between the Sheets at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Between the Sheets is a story of a mother with a special needs son, who goes into an un-scheduled parent-teacher interview with her son’s teacher that she suspects is having more of a relationship with her husband then she would like.This play that is written by Jori Mand and directed by Rob Laventure is a drama and is performed in real-time and just one-act. The subject matter is based on adult content and suggested a 16+ audience.last_img read more

National Energy Board to hold oral summary argument regarding jurisdiction over the

first_imgThe oral summary argument is open to the public to attend. Anyone entering the hearing room will be required to sign-in at the door. Upon doing so, each attendee will be provided with a lanyard that must be worn at all times.The NEB has been taking steps through a process determined in December 2018.The issue presented to the board is the jurisdiction of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline.After the board received applications filed by B.C. resident Michael Sawyer, who worked two decades in Alberta as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector argued that Coastal GasLink should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.The Coastal GasLink pipeline will bring natural gas from Northeast B.C. to Kitimat, where it will be processed and shipped to Asian markets through Shell’s LNG Canada project.$6.2 billion will be invested in the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. CALGARY, AB – The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold oral summary for the final oral argument and reply of Coastal Gas Link and intervenors on May 2nd and 3rd.Starting at 9 a.m. on May 2 and 3, 2019 in the Board’s hearing room, which is located at:2nd Floor517 Tenth Avenue SWCalgary, Albertalast_img read more

Giggs backs Bale to be the difference in Champions League final

first_imgGareth Bale can be the “difference” for Real Madrid in their Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, reckons Ryan GiggsThe Welsh winger has had a promising run of form lately with four goals in his last three games for Real with Zinedine Zidane having admitted that Bale’ sudden upturn in form has left him with a selection headache ahead of the final.The 28-year-old has often been left on the bench for Real’s Champions League knockout games this term and it remains uncertain on whether he has done enough to convince Zidane that he is worth a place in the starting eleven at Kiev.However, regardless of whether he starts or not, Giggs has backed his compatriot to make an “impact” on the outcome of Saturday’s final.“Every time Gareth plays he makes an impact,” said the Wales boss, according to Sky Sports.“It just shows the professional he is that he’s not sulking [when he’s a substitute] as he always seems to come on and score.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He’s one of the best players in the world and every time he comes on to that pitch he makes a difference.“Again that’s a credit to his professionalism, his hunger and desire to get in the team for that final.“He will be thinking if he starts in the Champions League, great.“But if he doesn’t, then he’s ready to score that winner anyway.”Bale has scored 19 goals and made 4 assists in his 35 appearances for Real this season.last_img read more

Kevin Gameiro I want to score 20 goals or more

first_imgKevin Gameiro’s long-awaited move to Valencia was finally sealed on Monday and now he has set himself the target of scoring 20 goals for his new club this seasonLos Che completed the signing of the French forward from Atletico Madrid in a €16m deal following months of speculation surrounding his future at the Spanish capital.Although Gameiro won’t have to wait long to reunite with his former club ahead of Valencia’s La Liga opener against Atletico in six days time.And, despite having only found the back of the net 27 times in 83 games in his two years with Diego Simeone’s side, Gameiro is already setting himself some big scoring targets at the Mestalla.“I want to score 20 goals… or more,” said the 31-year-old, as stated on Marca.“[Next Monday’s La Liga match against Atletico] will be special.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I am physically good.“I did pre-season with Atletico and we worked a lot there.“I have a week to get used to this team.“I can bring experience, speed and goals.”Although he added that he is unsure if he would celebrate scoring against Atletico.Gameiro has scored 58 goals in 148 La Liga games.last_img read more

PSG sporting director confirms Rabiots endofseason club exit

first_imgPSG’s sporting director confirmed that Adrien Rabiot, 23, did not want to sign a new deal with the club and wants to leave at the end of the season as a free transfer.Antero Henrique, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, stated that Rabiot’s decision to leave means he will remain on the French club’s indefinitely. Asked if the club would try to convince Rabiot to stay, Henrique said: “At this point, no. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player,” according to Yahoo Sports.“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, ie at the end of his contract.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months,” Henrique added. “I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans.“Especially from a player who has played under our colors from the training center to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club”last_img read more

Social Media Will be Part of Virtually Everything

first_imgColeman also said that social media platforms have become a rich source of news. For instance, he said Huffington Post editors monitor Twitter “constantly.” He said Twitter “knows what’s hot” 12 hours ahead of other sources, like Google.What’s Hot“Social media will essentially fade into the background, in that it will be a part of virtually everything in the next few years.” That’s what CNET news staff writer Caroline McCarthy said during an afternoon panel discussion outlining the social media trends to watch. McCarthy and fellow panelists David Katz, founder and CEO of SportsFanLive, and MDC Partners digital innovation vice president Brandon Berger agreed that the collision between social and mobile technology—especially when combined with GPS applications—has perhaps been the biggest factor in social media recently.“The analogy I use is that that people were happy watching movies, then 3-D came along, creating a completely new experience that engages people in a new way,” said Katz. “The same thing is happening now on Internet and on mobile with consumers having GPS in their pockets. The trend is pretty significant. The impact of knowing where you are with real-time information will continue to have an effect on retail, especially on impulse buying.”Berger agreed that the implications of GPS applications, especially ones that offer customers points-based incentives, check-in offers and/or the ability to influence the purchases of others can “transform the entire retail experience.” “We’re seeing more apps being developed for in-store use. That’s what’s hot right now,” he says. “When you add in data and CRM, you can create better offers, incentives.”In terms of leveraging social media for brand marketing, McCarthy warned that there is no one particular solution for advertisers (and by extension, for publishers). Social media, she said, isn’t a one-way street—it’s about communication. “Be aware that not only do you need to be prepared to communicate over these platforms, but you need to be ready to deal with the responses you get.” NEW YORK—It’s not a matter of if, but when social media will permeate all forms of communication and business. That was the consensus among the experts from all corners of the social media spectrum who gathered here Wednesday for day one of AdweekMedia’s two-day Social Media Strategies conference. While attendees largely came from the advertising and marketing worlds, much of the content was relevant to publishing companies as well.In his keynote presentation Greg Coleman, president and chief revenue officer at the Huffington Post, said social media is a vital component to content creation at the Huffington Post. He said the site’s editors are required to have a deep understanding of search engine optimization, and that each editor manages their own SEO practices. “Blogging, aggregation and original, sharable content, regardless of the vertical, is what makes us so successful,” Coleman said.When asked whether he thinks SEO is the same as social media, Coleman said it’s not, but that social media is inherently reliant on SEO, as well as content.Although he declined to offer specific revenue figures concerning the site’s social media efforts, Coleman said the Huffington Post’s traffic already is up 125 percent over last year, with the top three verticals being entertainment, politics and comedy. In addition, comments on the site have doubled since last year. Coleman said another layer of its social strategy is enlisting thousands of “deputized moderators” to participate in the conversation by filtering comments.last_img read more