Five Donegal towns and five candidates going Poster Free for elections

first_imgFive towns across Donegal and five local election candidates have made a commitment to not use plastic posters in the upcoming council elections.The climate-conscious move is part of a nationwide campaign to have poster free elections in Ireland. One hundred and fifty towns nationwide have signed up to be poster free areas this May – which is the equivalent to over 15% of 2018 Tidy Town entrants.  In Donegal, you won’t be seeing any political posters on polls in Annagry, Bundoran, Donegal Town, Glenties and Kilcar.The local election candidates who have shunned posters for their campaigns are: Seamus Maguire, Tom Conaghan, Seán O’Beirne, Seamus Rodgers and Michael McBride.PosterFree.ie is a joint campaign by Independent Donegal Councillor Séamus Maguire and David Weitbrecht of ZeroWaste.ie, which is now calling for a national voluntary ban to mark the beginning of the end for plastic election posters.An estimated 600,000 posters were erected across the country in the 2014 local elections. Election campaigns will kick off next week, when it will be legal to erect election posters again.Despite this, Poster Free are calling on all current and future representatives to take note of the calls by children who are demanding climate action, the Tidy Towns Committees, the voters and the planet.Five Donegal towns and five candidates going Poster Free for elections was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:local electionposter freelast_img read more

Was KD sent back onto the court too soon? Medical experts say no

first_imgEver since Kevin Durant limped off the court in Toronto on Monday night, fans have been asking whether the Warriors star should have been there in the first place.Team doctors had cleared Durant to return to play. But he lasted only 12 minutes in Game 5 before suffering another injury, leading to speculation that perhaps Golden State officials allowed their leading scorer to return too fast when the team was trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.Sports medical experts said Tuesday, …last_img read more

Indigenous literary classics reprinted

first_img19 February 2009The Department of Arts and Culture has tasked the National Library of South Africa with reprinting literary classics in indigenous languages to help preserve the country’s heritage.Launching the Reprint of South African Literary Classics Project this week, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said that publishing literature in indigenous languages was part of a campaign to promote reading and writing in indigenous languages, and thereby to help promote literacy.“It is our fervent hope that [the project’s] impact will be to inspire emergent writers and even those who might have given up owing to the discouraging environment of the past, to come forward with their works,” Jordan said.Twenty-seven titles reprintedTwenty-seven titles have already been reprinted, including the works of poet laureate Samuel Mqhayi and writers Sibusiso Nyembezi, ML Bopape, SP Lekaba and TN Maumela.These will be available in public libraries and booksellers countrywide.By reprinting these classic works, Jordan said, the government hoped to nurture people’s capacity to explore and express the broadest human experiences and the profoundest human emotions and wisdom in indigenous African languages.The works wrestled with the same human frailties, foibles, idiosyncrasies and robustness found in other literatures, he said.“We envisage that our school system will very soon become aware of these republished classics, and that many, otherwise lost to memory, will once again be prescribed as part of the school syllabus.“The library system, otherwise starved for literature in the indigenous languages, will now have this resource to draw on.”African RenaissanceJordan said that South Africa was in earnest about an African Renaissance, adding that this entailed the rediscovery of African genius and the dissemination of the best works of African imagination.“If no one else wishes to preserve these works, we as South Africans have a responsibility to our nation and humanity to ensure that they survive into the future.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Top female chefs dice it out for Mzansi honours

first_imgThe festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship. (Image: The Mzansi International Culinary Festival)• Ncami SitholePR ManagerThe Mzansi International Culinary Festival+27 82 293 [email protected]• South African food • Africa’s green revolution ready to grow. Just add investment • The extraordinary real meal revolution of Tim Noakes • As South African as biltong • The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRomaana NaidooA fusion of African and European cuisine will be a feast for the eye and a temptation for the taste bud at the inaugural Mzansi International Culinary Festival, taking place from 7 to 10 August. It has been planned to celebrate the culinary expertise of female chefs from across the globe – Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.Festival public relations manager Ncami Sithole says: “The aim is to open dialogue around the lack of women in culinary leadership; create opportunities for young women in the food industry and those who wants to get into the industry; facilitate skills development and transfer; identify an authentic South African cuisine; and acknowledge and celebrate the culinary arts.”It will also provide a platform for women in Africa. “It’s crucial to discuss the role of women in the food industry from farm to fork,” she adds.There will be four food talks daily at the festival. Topics will include food security and sustainability, feeding the nation especially its children, and women in food media. It is expected to “air challenges that women face in the hospitality industry, take these and present them to the minister in the Department of Small Business Development and UN Women, who may assist us with issues of policy and advocacy”.The festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship.In an attempt to promote South African cuisine internationally, the festival began with an exchange programme between Johnson and Wales University in New York and Africa Meets Europe, facilitated by the South African Consulate in New York City.In June, the festival hosted 20 students and held four lecturers, introducing them to the country’s culinary aspects, schools and food in Western Cape and Gauteng. It will be followed by a programme taking 20 aspiring African female chefs and caterers to New York in November to participate in a two-week exchange course facilitated by Johnson and Wales and the Black Chefs Alliance, among others.The line-upTwo distinct events will take place on day one, 7 August: a Culinary Industry Talk will be held at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality; and a competition for female student chefs. The first will be open to industry professionals, lecturers, caterers and those looking to get into the food scene.The second will be a closed event. It will be aimed at creating the best South African-inspired recipe and is scheduled to take place at the Prue Leith School of Food and Wine, in Centurion, Tshwane. Three female students will be selected from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and/or North West to compete.Judges will include Black Chefs Alliance chef Danielle Saunders; chef Kimberly Brock Brown from South Carolina, UN; and chef Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cooking School, Ireland; as well as three sommeliers hosted by head sommelier Welile Botha. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 8 August at the Mayoral Reception Hall in Johannesburg.Day two of the Mzansi International Culinary Festival will be the official start of the festival. Doors will open at 10am and close at 5pm. The event will be held at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre in Johannesburg, and will be followed by the gala dinner. Various food discussions will take place; in one, panellists Allen, Mpume Mqwebu and Ska Mirriam Moteane from Lesotho, and chef Rougui Dia from Paris will talk about food security and sustainability.Other food discussions on the day will be on feeding the nation and its children; training and funding for the food industry; and culinary tourism.These will be followed by the gala dinner. Starting at 6pm, the theme will be “Cooking for Change”. Some of the keynote speakers will include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of gender equality organisation at UN Women and the former deputy president of South Africa, as well as Elizabeth Thabethe, the deputy minister of small business development.On day three there will be an Edible Art Exhibition by pastry chef Janice Wong. Tasting stations will be set up and a Hot Kitchen session will be hosted by Dia. The last day of the festival will be largely focused on women in business and women in food media.Tickets can be bought via Computicket. Gates at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre will be open from 10am to 5pm.last_img read more

Inspiration! Roundup of 12 Exceptional Tilt-Shift Videos

first_imgThe City of Sambaby Jarbas Agnelli – This video of Carvanale in Rio de Janeiro uses tilt-shift to extraordinary effect.  Tilt-shift was achieved primarily in-camera using Nikon D3 bodies with large format lenses on bellows.A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountryby Tristan Greszko  – This breathtaking miniature look at backwoods skiers was shot on the Canon 5D and 7D.  The tilt-shift effect was applied to each video frame in Photoshop and the project was finished out in After Effects and FCP. MiniLook Kievby threeshot – Over 4,500 frames (from the 25k that were shot) make up this miniature perspective of the city of Kiev.  Beautiful saturated colors and camera movement make for an engrossing watch.Small World Energyby Niles Heckman – This mesmerizing public service announcement applies the tilt-shift effect to visuals of the energy industry.Small Worldsby Keith Loutit – Keith is one of the masters of tilt-shift photography and this stunning video is a great example why.  This short highlights video showcases a variety of locations and events in vibrant colors.Toy Soldiersby Alta Media Productions – This captivating video miniaturizes marching troops through the streets of Paris.  Canon 5D’s captured the action at a slow 3.9 frames per second.The Villageby Flicka Mag – Unlike many of the urban focused videos in this roundup, The Village beautifully emphasizes the visuals of rural living.NEW YORKby Black Sheep Films – See all of New York City’s iconic sites like never before in this but this wonderfully executed tilt-shift video.  Shot on Canon T2i and posted in After Effects.Coachellettaby Sam O’Hare – Commercial director Sam O’Hare created this compelling look at the Coachella Music Festival.  Footage was shot at 4 fps and the tilt-shift depth of field was achieved in post.Tilt Shift Surfby DOUGH’NUT – Early morning surfing off the coast of the Netherlands. Excellent color grade!Everyone Is A Little Universeby MovieBrats – Take a trip across America in this lovely tilt-shift video. Comprised of over 3 months worth of shooting with the tilt-shift effect applied completely in post-production.Toy Thailandby Joerg Daiber – An interesting perspective on the sites of Thailand.  Shot on the Lumix GH2 and posted in Final Cut Pro and After Effects.last_img read more

Nickelodeon Partners With DoSomethingorg For HALO Awards

first_imgAs Nickelodeon celebrates this year’s five HALO Awards honorees this Nov. 30 for their commitment to service; the network is adding two pro-social elements to the telecast that will let audiences deepen their connections and commitments to the causes they care about.Nickelodeon is taking its HALO Effect initiative into 2015 with $50,000 of grants to fund kids’ charitable efforts, and is also launching on Nov. 15 a pro-social project with DoSomething.org designed to connect kids and teens to the community service initiatives championed by this year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees. The HALO Awards is Nickelodeon’s annual event that recognizes real-life kids who are doing extraordinary things in their communities and ‘Helping and Leading Others’ (HALO).This year’s HALO honorees — Lulu Cerone, Yash Gupta, Cassandra Lin, Nicolas Lowinger and Alanna Wall — are being commended for their work to raise awareness across numerous issues relevant to kids today, including environmental sustainability, volunteerism, helping the underprivileged, and building awareness for youth philanthropy. Kids and teens can visit DoSomething.org/HALO and click on the profile of each HALO honoree to sign up and participate in activities that include creating activity books for kids in hospitals, encouraging friends and family to decrease oil waste, donating gently worn eyeglasses and backpacks, and teaching internet safety tips to friends and family. Additionally, users can upload images showcasing how they participated in these activities and earn an opportunity to be nominated for Nickelodeon’s year-round pro-social initiative, HALO Effect.The HALO Effect initiative recognizes one deserving teen every month for “helping and leading others” (HALO) in their community. Over the past year HALO Effect has awarded more than $50,000 to 10 kids across the country to help fund their charitable organization of choice. HALO Effect awards a $5,000 grant to a charity of each teen’s choosing. Teens selected are also featured in an on-air profile on TeenNick and highlighted on TeenNick.com throughout each month. This year’s HALO Awards will showcase the work of the 2014 HALO Effect winners during the hour-long concert special.“The Nickelodeon HALO Awards celebrates what is truly a generational movement among kids and teens about the need to address the most pressing issues of our time,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “Our hope is that the platform we are giving this year’s HALO Awards honorees will serve as inspiration to kids across the country.”“The impact of the Halo Awards will extend beyond the screen and into the homes and communities of young people across the country. We built five custom campaigns, influenced by the rockstar Halo honorees and their causes, so inspired viewers can take an immediate action for social good. It’s simple: tune in, take action,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org.The sixth annual HALO Awards will celebrate the work of five teens that are actively helping others in their communities with a concert special featuring performances by Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, The Roots, Echosmith, The Vamps and Fifth Harmony; along with appearances by Zendaya, Victoria Justice, Carlos PenaVega, and Nickelodeon’s live-action stars. Led by host/creator/executive producer Nick Cannon the hour-long concert will premiere across Nickelodeon’s networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons) on Sunday Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and stream live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.last_img read more