first_imgINTERFIRMS 5K TUESDAY NIGHTLetterkenny AC will stage the annual 5K road race takes place tomorrow night at 7.30 pm. The race, which is part of the grand prix series, has been held every year since 1978. The race has a 7.30 start at the Old Dunnes Stores, with registration at the Aura from 6.30 pm.INTERFIRMS 5K ON TUESDAY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:INTERFIRMS 5K ON TUESDAY IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more


first_imgIrish Water contractors in DrumkeenVILLAGERS have parked cars and blocked entry points for water meter installers today.On the second day of protests in Drumkeen, residents last night met to plan their strategy for today.The work crews arrive at 7am, some of them driving English-registered private vehicles. Residents of one estate managed to persuade the workers to fill in holes they had earlier dug for meters.However the meters are being installed again today at homes where residents are away.The large garda presence yesterday upset some residents who say all their protests have been peaceful.“We will continue to protest peacefully and we will continue to tell Irish Water where they can stick their meters,” said one resident. “We are going to get hit with water charges with or without a meter, but it’s the principle for us. We don’t want meters.”The Government will today unveil a flat rate of €160 per family for water charges; making the installation of meters almost pointless.There will also be a law preventing large increases in charges in the future.However the changes – a bid by Fine Gael/Labour to quell growing public anger – may still not be enough for most people. RESIDENTS BLOCK IRISH WATER CONTRACTORS AS TENSIONS CONTINUE was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:DrumkeenGMC SierraIrish Waterlast_img read more

Scientific Elitism Trumps Democracy

first_imgThey don’t want it, but they’re going to get it.  Britons have expressed outrage and anger over genetically-modified foods, such as pesticide-resistant maize, reports Jim Giles in Nature.1  But the government has listened to scientists who have assured government ministers it is safe.  On March 9, they approved commercial planting of GM maize “in the face of widespread public opposition.”  Giles says, “In Britain, opposition to agricultural biotechnology has been early and strident.”    This decision may set a precedent: “Both supporters and enemies believe this week’s decision will influence debates outside Britain about transgenic crops.”  How did such a decision get past the voters?The case for the crops was boosted by a scientific review, released last July, which found no reason to rule out carefully managed cultivation of the plants.  The review was discussed at a cabinet meeting last month.  Leaked minutes of the meeting state that ministers acknowledged public opposition, but thought that it “might eventually be worn down by solid , authoritative scientific argument”.Do the GM crops pose any danger of spreading outside the farm?  “Farmers will also be wary of planting genetically modified varieties before the government has clarified rules governing how they should be kept separate from nearby conventional crops,” the article states.    Regarding another ethical-political issue – the use of embryonic stem cells – Science editor Donald Kennedy2 announced that South Korea’s recent success in cloning a human embryo makes this a “good time for review” of the ethics of the procedure, which is currently banned from receiving federal funding in the United States and Germany.  Kennedy thinks the global scientific community should be the arbiter of what makes a practice ethical.  He writes,Plainly, these findings may affect the U.S. ethical debate.  Leon Kass, the chairman of the President’s Council of Bioethics, sees them as a downward step on a slippery moral slope: “tomorrow,” he predicts, “cloned blastocysts for baby-making.”  After the recent purge of two pro-stem cell members, Kass has his commission under control.  But science is, after all, an international activity.  The Korean success reminds us that stem cell research, along with its therapeutic promise, is under way in countries with various cultural and religious traditions.  Our domestic moral terrain is not readily exportable: U.S. politicians can’t make the rules for everyone, and they don’t have a special claim to the ethical high ground.This seems to mean: others can do it, others are doing it, and who are we (including the voters and democratically-elected representatives) to stand in the way of science?  Kennedy ends by quoting Harvard stem-cell biologist Doug Melton: “Look, life is short.  I don’t want spend the rest of mine reading about exciting advances in my field that can only be achieved in another country.”1Jim Giles, “Transgenic planting approved despite scepticism of UK public,” Nature 428, 107 (11 March 2004); doi:10.1038/428107a.2Donald Kennedy, “Stem Cells, Redux,” Science Volume 303, Number 5664, Issue of 12 Mar 2004, p. 1581.They could do it; should they?  Could is technology; should is ethics.  Not everything possible is advisable.  Scientists are involved in many activities that could have profound societal effects: tampering with supergerms or nanobots that, if released accidentally or by terrorists, might evade all our defenses; producing chimeras, even combining human and non-human characters; toying with human genes in ways that might redefine what it means to be an individual.  To whom are these scientists accountable?  Does wearing a white lab coat mean someone knows the difference between could and should?  Are scientists subject to the rule of law as defined by duly-elected representatives?  Does the international scientific community comprise an elite oligarchy, granted global powers that supersede the rights of voters?  What constitution gave them this authority?    The American founding fathers made government accountable to the people.  The purpose of government was to protect individual, unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  These rights were to be secured through the ballot box and due process of law.  Elected representatives were to be entrusted with decision-making power only with the consent of the governed.  Here, however, we see political and scientific elitists making sweeping, dramatic decisions on risky practices riddled with huge ethical concerns, just because they can, and they think they know what is good for us.    The point of this commentary is not to debate the specific ethical dilemmas posed by GM crops or therapeutic cloning of embryonic stem cells.  It is not to get embroiled in the emotional arguments about slippery slopes, countered by utopian promises of better health or productivity.  The point is that the decisions on these highly-charged ethical issues are being made by elitists who have utter disdain for the voice of the people.  Giles acknowledged the public outcry but seemed satisfied that if scientists said it’s OK, then it’s OK, even though serious questions remain unanswered about protecting the environment or human health.    The prior week in both Nature and Science, editorials expressed outrage that the Bush administration had dismissed Elizabeth Blackburn from the President’s Council on Ethics, presumably because she was so outspoken in her opposition to the administration’s position on stem cell research.  The concern seemed to be more about Big Science getting their consensus opinion represented on the council, not whether an elected representative had the right to select his advisors.  And no one was asking the obvious question, what do the voters feel about stem cell research?  How much voice and authority should an unelected council of scientists have to tell the voters the difference between could and should?    Kennedy’s editorial makes it clear he is much more interested in could than should.  The bulk of his argument rests on pragmatism, if not utter selfishness.  Ethics, shmethics: Melton wants a piece of the action.  The Americans don’t want the Koreans and other pinnacles of ethical civilization to get all the Nobel prizes, whether or not such research leads to designer baby-making down the road.  Voters are idiots.  Scientists know what is good for them.  (Now read the 03/04/2004 headline again.)(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Global insurer opens SA office

first_img1 September 2008Multinational insurance company Willis Group has announced the launch of its local mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice, to serve the insurance brokerage and risk management needs of foreign as well as local corporate clients.South Africa has recently become an attractive location for M&A investment, with assets under management by private equity firms increasing by 46% in the past year.“Willis is now ideally positioned to become the leading South African M&A insurance broker by providing highly specialised knowledge and crucial support for South African corporate and private equity clients at this key time,” Willis South Africa CEO Ryck Genis said in a statement last week.“The new structure will enable our international M&A practice to deliver their vast global expertise to local and international investors with the support of our South African team, which has in-depth knowledge of the local market.”Growing demand for servicesWillis’ decision to expand its international M&A practice to South Africa is a direct reflection of the growing demand the company sees for specialist advice on the assessment and insurance of the risks and exposures arising from M&A activity in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.The South African M&A practice will focus on the provision of buyer and vendor due diligence, transactional insurance products, portfolio company requirements and services arising from mergers, acquisitions, divestments, reconstruction and formal insolvencies.Clients and prospects will include private equity firms, investment banks, strategic investors, professional firms and major corporations.“South Africa has built a healthy mid-market private-equity platform as well as being home to many of Africa’s most acquisitive companies,” said Willis Group international M&A practice leader Alistair Lester, adding that the country’s economy remained strong despite the recent global credit turmoil.“The South African team is an important addition to our global network of M&A capabilities, and reinforces our ongoing commitment to developing the M&A practice in high-growth markets.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Housing agency to speed up delivery

first_img3 March 2009 “Over the past 14 years, [the] government has spent over R100-billion in providing serviced land and a top structure,” Kotsoane said. “This is the biggest economic investment in the residential construction sector, and more than 2.7-million families [now] have houses and land they call their own.” He said the agency would work with the government, the private sector and other stakeholders not only to facilitate the availability of land but also on major developments, including the massive urban renewal programmes in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. “The agency is a special-purpose vehicle that will acquire, hold, develop and release land for residential and community purposes to enable the creation of sustainable human settlements,” she said. By the end of the current financial year, at the end of March, South Africa will have built 2.8-million houses since 1994, providing shelter to more than 13.5-million people. Over 1.2-million of the houses were built from 2004 onwards, after the launch of the Breaking New Ground policy. Housing director-general Itumeleng Kotsoane said the agency would ensure that the department was able to build integrated communities with different types of housing tenure, from rental and bonded housing to government-subsidised housing in integrated developments close to areas of economic activity. “State-driven agencies are indeed no guarantee either of efficiency or fairer and speedier delivery,” Sisulu said. “However, they have a huge impact in arresting the escalation of prices through not merely regulation, but by also making available an alternative means for access to housing and land.” In 2004, the department visited Malaysia to learn about that country’s experiences in delivering houses, and how to implement efficient, well-thought out and resourced mechanisms for meeting delivery targets.center_img Learning experience Speaking at the launch in Pretoria this week, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the agency would address the shortage of well-located land where housing projects could be developed. South Africa’s newly launched Housing Development Agency will work with provinces, municipalities and private sector developers to double the country’s housing delivery rate from about 250 000 to over 500 000 units per year, as the country works towards eradicating all informal settlements by 2014. Integrated communities “The escalation in the price of building materials is one of the challenges the department is facing in delivering houses, but the issue of access to suitable land was a greater concern,” Sisulu said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New Mobile App Helps You Find Uncrowded Places to Get Deals on Food & Drink

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#web What venues nearby are the least crowded right now? A new iPhone app called What Spot Now launched today and aims to answer that question with a combination of blurred webcam photos taken every 30 seconds and automatic deals pushed to users when participating venues are low on customers. The company is launching with 15 bars and restaurants in food- and microbrew-capital city Portland, Oregon. “You can see what places are like before going there,” the company tells would-be users. Non-iPhone owners can visit to use the service.I’ve got to confess – I heard about this app months ago and thought it sounded absurd, offensive, creepy and pointless. Now that it’s live, though, I’m impressed. There may not be a discount offered at the moment, but I may need to run down to the coffee and Wi-Fi spot BackSpace – the tables near the outlets are all open and available right now!Above: Someone just snuck into one of the tables at BackSpace, but at least the ones closest to the power strip are still empty. It looks very quiet there right now. Mike Rogoway profiled the startup in depth today in Portland’s Oregonian. He reports that the company blurs the photos so faces aren’t identifiable, then automatically pushes discounts to users if the software detects the venue is slow at a time its owner wants it not to be. The faces really are unrecognizable and that goes a long way in making this app more useful than creepy.Unlike mega-discounter Groupon, which sometimes leaves retailers begging for mercy under an avalanche of discounts, What Spot Now turns off discount offers automatically once its cameras detect that a venue has more patrons.When a venue offers a discount, the user is shown a “scratch-off” redemption code and warned not to scratch it off until they are at the venue itself. The code expires five minutes after being revealed.“With all of these deal sites going live I think it’s whoever builds a platform that helps the shop owners succeed that is going to win,” fellow Portland mobile entrepreneur Scott Kveton says about What Spot Now. “Getting people into your store or restaurant effectively over time is the key. Groupon is great but it clobbers the business…how do you build something that is a faucet you can turn on or off? What Spot Now has the potential to do just that if they can execute.”Integrated Facebook Connect points towards a possible future where retailers are able to access all kinds of demographic and interest information about the people who redeem discounts, too. Twitter and push notifications enrich the experience already. As mobile, real-time, location-based commerce apps go, this is one of the most imaginative and appealing ones I’ve seen yet.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Genre Insights: 5 Things You Need to Make an Action Movie

first_img5. A Final ShowdownImage from Lone Wolf McQuade (via Orion Pictures).Finally, at the end of every action movie, you need a final showdown between your villain and your hero. In many tournament-style martial arts movies — like Bloodsport or The Karate Kid — these showdowns will line up pretty naturally. However, in other plots, you’ll have to find ways for your hero and villain to find themselves facing off mano-a-mano.These final acts are usually some of the biggest, most complex spectacles in action movies — often shot on some of the most elaborate sets. From the industrial sets of Terminator and Terminator 2 to Chuck Norris and David Carradine squaring off with different martial arts expertise in Lone Wolf McQuade, the final showdown can be a long, engaging sequences, with the most drama and intrigue.And, unless you’re looking to make a multi-movie plot with a twist, or an art film that turns the genre on its head, like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, you’ll probably want to have your hero triumph and ride off into the sunset — at least until you start working on your sequel.Cover image from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (via Sony Pictures).For more genre tips and filmmaking insights, check out some of these articles below:Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing ElementsLearn to Edit Fight Scenes in This Atomic Blonde BreakdownProduction Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and PacingLight up Your Action Scenes with These Explosive Shoot-Out TipsCapture Intense Cinematic Action With High Shutter Speed 6 Tips for Filming a Thrilling Car Chase SceneCinematography Tip: Creating the Illusion of Speed$30 DIY Car Mount | Filmmaking Tips If you’re looking to dive into the ultimate film genre, here are five things you need when making an action short or feature.I love action movies. In fact, I’ve dedicated a good deal of my life to watching, appreciating, and writing about action movies — specifically those from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Outside of writing here for PremiumBeat, I also run a fan community dedicated to action movies called the Ultimate Action Movie Club.As a filmmaker, my fascination for action has piqued in the last few years, as the classic action movie formula has made a resurgence. Not counting the recent superhero boom (which I did finally dive into and write about here), we’ve seen some recent action blockbusters among the likes of John Wick, The Raid, and Taken — as well as the resurgence of franchises like Mad Max, Death Wish, and Mission: Impossible.The action movie genre has proven to be both a reliable box office draw and a solid streaming option, with titles that remain popular for years and often quickly spawn into major blockbuster franchises.1. Strong HeroImage from John Wick (via Lionsgate).First and foremost, action movies live and die (literally) with their heroes. While there are some examples of ensemble casts (like The Expendables) or buddy-cop duos (like Lethal Weapon), at their hearts, every action movie needs a singular, strong, courageous hero.While the action movie hero can certainly have character flaws — a disdain for protocol or a filthy chain-smoking habit — the likability of the hero is often what ultimately decides the success of the film. That’s why action movies are such star-driven titles. The actors or actresses take on larger-than-life personas, making fans want to see them again and again.2. Revenge PlotImage from Death Wish (via Paramount Pictures).More often than not, an action movie’s plot is going to be solely fueled by some sort of revenge or vengeance (or Avengement?) that will power the narrative from start to bloody finish. Perhaps the most on-the-nose example of this would be the original John Wick film (as well as the subsequent sequels), which are based off one single event that propels Keanu Reeves’s John Wick into action.The tropes are all pretty similar — a kidnapped daughter in Taken, an attacked family in Death Wish, a platoon systematically wiped out in Predator — all vehicles in casting your hero unhinged into the world of revenge.3. Training MontageThis is not an absolute requirement in every action movie. There are many action movie heroes who are simply all-powerful (like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator or Steven Seagal in any of his movies) who don’t need to level up for their final showdowns (more on those below). Training montages don’t always have to be workout related. There are many montages for gearing up, like in Commando and Rambo: First Blood Part II, that accomplish the same thing.However, from Jean-Claude Van Damme in many of his movies to Sylvester Stallone (most notably in Rocky IV), a training montage can be a fun, engaging way to show your hero striving toward the completion of the hero’s journey.Here’s a great article about the evolution of the action movie montage, as well as some more filmmaking insights, which one can learn from the Rocky movies.4. Chases and Fight ScenesImage from Bullitt (via Warner Bros).Obviously, the premise of an action film includes several action scenes and sequences. You can usually break these down into chase scenes and fight scenes. Chase scenes can be shot in a variety of settings, on different vehicles, or on foot. From the car chase roots in Bullitt to famous foot chases in Point Break to blockbuster motorcycle and 18-wheeler chases in Terminator 2, the scenes can vary in size and scope.For some insights into chase scene cinematography and production tips, check out some of these articles: Fight scenes can be just as exciting — as well as extremely complex and coordinated. They can also be very tricky to film. So, in all instances, safety is your number one priority. In fact, many stunt professionals have made the jump from performers and coordinators to directors (like John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch — who are reportedly working on a Bloodsport reboot), based on their expertise in choreography and filming dynamic, impactful scenes. For insights into how to choreograph and film fight scenes, check out some of these resources:Filmmaking Tips: The Ins and Outs of Fight Scene ChoreographyDirecting Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong Way6 Tutorials for Filming Realistic Fight Sceneslast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgThe roller-coaster ride on Wall Street resumed on Wednesday as stocks plunged at the start of the first trading day of the new year, then slowly recovered and finished a little higher.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index added 3.18 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,510.03.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 18.78 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 23,346.24.The Nasdaq composite jumped 30.66 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,665.94.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 7.35 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,355.90.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 24.29 points, or 1 per cent.The Dow is up 283.84 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 81.42 points or 1.2 per cent.The Russell 200 is up 17.98 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img

Eagle Vision Video Production submits short film to Frantic48

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eagle Vision took on the challenge and entered Frantic48, the Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association’s Annual 48 hour film challenge.Filmmaking teams compete to write, shoot and edit a two to six-minute short film based on a randomly selected genre, and a provided line of dialogue and prop to prevent entrants from being able to pre-record.Benjamin Haab, the Owner/ CEO/ Cinematographer for Eagle Vision Video Production, shares their crew for the Frantic48 were under the direction of Jesse Mc Callum, received the genre Sports and had to involve a talk show into the sportscast. The prop was a watch and the line of dialogue was ‘Who are you?’ Haab shares, as the filmmaker you really don’t know what you are getting. “It’s an insane amount of time to write, film, edit, colour correct, graphics and deliver the project down to Grande Prairie in the allotted 48 hours and the company still maintained other paying projects.”The best films will be screened as part of the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Alberta on Sunday, May 12, 2019.According to Haab, there was a lesser response this year than the previous year to the film challenge. Last year there were 13 teams that were completed on time and only four teams submitted within the deadline.‘Game, Set, Match’ will be uploaded to FB once the Reel Shorts Film Festival completes.To view Eagle Visions FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Local entrepreneurs finalists in the ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local entrepreneurs are taking part in the ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finals.The ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an open competition where young entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 39, from Northern B.C. can showcase their business ideas and get the support they need to make them a reality.The Finalists of the Challenge will be pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 for their business. In addition, a prize of $5,000 for the People’s Choice will be up for grabs. Local Finalists include:Charlie Bovee Broome – The Mutty Paw – Fort St. JohnBaljit Singh – Countryside Pizzeria – Dawson CreekKaty Peck – Canadian Acres – Charlie LakeKristen Auger – Wâpikwanew Arts – Fort St. JohnRachel Vowles – Mile 0 Farrier Company – Dawson CreekDevrey Crossly – Whole Wheat & Honey Cafe – Fort St. JohnThe Finals is taking place in Terrace, B.C. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.last_img read more