Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years”


first_img“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”, was the message at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival which took place on the 8th of May at the Donegal Waterbus on the Donegal Town Pier.Bealtaine Festival which is in its 22nd year celebrates art and creativity. It is a unique collaboration across generations and features older people as artists, performers, organisers and audience members.“Be our guest” is the theme for this year’s festival and this was certainly on show at the launch as the audience enjoyed the scenery of Donegal bay from the Donegal Waterbus and were entertained by the comedy storytelling of the Makey Uppers. Waiting to set sail on the Donegal Waterbus for the launch of Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday 8th May.The ‘Makey Uppers’ entertaining the audience on the Donegal Waterbus during the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday evening.When speaking about Bealtaine, Festival co-ordinator Rita Chapman said “The events taking place throughout the county during May will have something for everybody including; Image therapy in Central library; a showing of the film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny; Artist Workshops with artist Ann Quinn at Habinteg Housing Association in Lifford and a drumming and percussion workshop in Milford Library”.The festival is also highlighting getting active this year by partnering with Ballyshannon, Aura and Finn Valley leisure centres to give discounted activities to the over 55’s.Donegal County Council’s Library staff with Pauric Kennedy at the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Arts Festival on Wednesday evening on the Donegal Waterbus. Photo includes Kevin McCaul, Rita Chapman, Donna Cavanagh, Frances Crampsie and Rory Gallagher.“The Donegal Bealtaine festival is proudly organised by Donegal County Council Culture Division and is one of our most important events of the year. It’s just one part of our ongoing work towards providing an Age Friendly service to this growing section of our community” said County Librarian Eileen Burgess at the launch.This year’s festival has 95 events taking place all over the county and brochures are available from local libraries, Theatres and cultural venues. For more information or to book a place at an event contact your local library at 074 91 53900 or go to www.donegalibrary.ie for more details.  Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years” was last modified: May 12th, 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:Bealtainelast_img read more

‘Enormous fears’ over Anglo-Irish relations with Boris Johnson appointment – Fianna Fáil


first_imgThe appointment of Boris Johnson to Downing Street “quite rightly raises enormous fears”, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told an audience in Glenties, Donegal on Tuesday evening. Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, Mr Martin suggested Mr Johnson had failed to impress Irish officials and politicians in his most recent cabinet posting.Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May later today (Weds).Speaking to reporters in west Donegal before the event, Mr Martin said that when he met Mr Johnson last year “there was a sense that he was glossing over the realities of the potential negative of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement… he seemed to push them to one side as if they weren’t an issue.”He continued: “It is clear that he is single-minded in his ambition, but I don’t think anyone can credibly say that he has thought through how to promote prosperity and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.“He has consistently, in my view, understated the impact of Brexit on North/South relations and on the island of Ireland. “So I think he needs to bring himself up to date very quickly in terms of what is required actually to sustain the sets of relationships on this island.“It took a lot of work to get there and I think he perhaps to date, maybe for reasons that suit his purpose in terms of Brexit, but I think he’s understated the impact of Brexit potentially on that agreement, but more importantly on the sets of relationships that underpin that agreement.”However, Martin said he held hope that Johnson had the skills to adapt to the top British job.“People would say he was an effective mayor of London. But to get elected as mayor of London, which actually for a conservative was a difficult proposition, but that he skillfully managed to do that, and then he moved to a liberal, environmentally conscious, a conservative middle ground that enabled him to win that election.“I’m giving that as a potential hopeful sign, when he sees the realities of what’s before him, in terms of the engagement with the European Union, the realities of Brexit – there is no percentage in it for the UK in terms of a no-deal Brexit, or indeed for anybody, and that his own self-interest and the interests of his party and government will be bound up in arriving at a common sense appraisal of the challenge that Brexit presents to him.” ‘Enormous fears’ over Anglo-Irish relations with Boris Johnson appointment – Fianna Fáil was last modified: July 24th, 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

Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over


first_imgRay Maota Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais and Francis Meshame, two of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, have taken to cricket like ducks to water. Ngais said that sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because they have the best bowlers and   good batsmen. (Images: Maasai Cricket Warriors) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maasai Cricket Warriors  +254 723 462 373 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host women’s cricket challenge • More international cricket for SA • Communities to enjoy cricket action • CSIR helps cricketers up their gameThe Maasai Cricket Warriors are young men from Laikipia North in Kenya and they are not your usual semi-nomad cattle herders living in the wild. They also play a mean game of cricket.The warriors in their head beads and red robes have swapped their spears and shields for protective pads and a cricket bat. They have, however, shunned the rest of the cricket gear, preferring to stay in their traditional garb while playing.The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where, as a team, they visit schools to talk about relevant social issues such as Aids prevention, the fight against female genital mutilation, polygamy and early marriage, gender equality, and alcoholism and drug addiction.They also encourage environmental protection.A visit to South AfricaThe ambitious athletes plan to participate in the second edition of the T20 Last Man Stands World Championships, which takes place in Cape Town from 31 March 2012 to 7 April, but lack of funds is hindering their preparation.The Last Man Stands tournament sees amateur teams from around the world playing several T20 group matches, followed by a knockout stage and a final.With a grand prize of US$10 000 (R77 000), the event is sure to offer great exposure to the Maasai Cricket Warriors and their cause.Maasai warrior Francis Meshame said: “It is an easy game because when you bowl it is just like throwing the spear. The pads we use are just like the shields we use when we are fighting, and the bat itself is just like the ‘rungu’, or the clubs that we use.”Andrew Ryan, a fundraiser for the Maasai Cricket Warriors, said: “The international Last Man Stands World Championships tournament will give the Maasai Warriors the opportunity to represent their country in a sport they have grown to love, while experiencing a different culture and making friends from other parts of the world.”Ryan added that the players are all very excited and they are training hard for the tournament.“This is a fantastic opportunity for them and they need all the help they can get to make their dreams come true.”Donations can be made through Ryan’s page on the Just Giving website.The gentleman’s gameCricket was introduced into Kenya during British colonial rule and although the East African country does have a national cricket team, the game was only played in the largest cities until five years ago when South African cricket enthusiast and sports managing consultant Aliya Bauer began coaching local schoolchildren in the village of Il Polei in the game.Bauer said that the older Maasai boys developed an interest in the sport while watching the younger ones play.“Teaching people a new sport they have never seen is quite challenging,” said Bauer.The lack of facilities and equipment initially hampered their progress but thanks to donations, the team is now equipped with bats, balls, gloves and pads.Bauer said: “The moranes (young Maasai warriors) learned to throw the spear when they were very young. It makes them very good bowlers.”There is also no shortage of enthusiasm for the game. One player walks 16km to the practice field and 16km back home.Team member Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais said: “Sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because we have the best bowlers and we have good batsmen.”In 2011 trainers from Cricket Without Borders came to Laikipia and awarded several of the team’s players their official coaching diploma.Help get the team to Cape TownThe Maasai Cricket Warriors need help to participate in the week-long T20 Last Man Stands World Championships.The 25-strong team needs a total of $14 500 (R112 000), which will cover airfare, accommodation, transport and meals for the players.To make it easier to donate, the costs have been broken down as follows; to ensure that one warrior is fed for one day during the tournament, $10 (R77) is needed; $15 (R116) will accommodate and provide breakfast for one warrior for one day of the tournament; and $25 (R193) will provide a night’s hostel accommodation with three meals for one warrior.To secure a warrior’s meals for the entire tournament, $100 (R772) is needed; $250 (R1 930) will accommodate and provide lunch and dinners for one warrior for the entire tournament; while $900 (R6 948) will cover the return airfares and airport taxes for one warrior to participate in the tournament.While inCape Town they hope to visit schools and interact with South African children, spreading their message of healthy living.last_img read more

Five points about the future of innovation in South Africa


first_imgA view of Cape Town with Table Mountain behind it from the V&A Waterfront. (Image: Brand South Africa)Ngozi OnuohaThis spring, I had the honour of joining seven journalists from the UK, US, China and South Africa on a tour of Johannesburg and Cape Town.Accompanied by guides from Brand South Africa, we met with leaders in technology, science and business to learn about initiatives aimed at boosting innovation in South Africa and possibly setting the stage for the country to become a future global leader in these sectors.While on my trip, the country was also preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy. It would be a bittersweet yet eventful year with the first independence celebration without Madiba, the first presidential election with born-free voters, and the country’s dethroning from their spot as Africa’s top economy.Despite the change in its economic standing, South Africa is repositioning itself for a return to the top.How? Well, one way is through science, design and technology innovation.Here are five ways South Africa could compete.5. People come in all shapes and sizes, and according to SKA, satellites do tooFascinated by space technology? The employees at Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in South Africa love it too. We visited their offices in Cape Town to learn more about their research and engineering projects.During his presentation in the SKA labs, digital backend sub-systems specialist Francois Kapp explained the organisation’s biggest achievements: KAT-7, the world’s first dish made of fibre glass, and MeerKAT, an under-construction telescope set to be the world’s most sensitive radio telescope.One of KAT-7 Satellites. (Image: SKA South Africa)The project is set to be completed in 2017 and could make history (and lots of investment money) for the country.4. Design in Cape Town will be sustained far beyond 2014(Image: Cape Town World Design Capital)In 2011, Cape Town won its bid to become the World Design Capital for 2014. This year, Cape Town and the country have celebrated the honour by bringing to life some of the concepts brainstormed in hopes of creating social change. During our visit to the World Design Capital offices, we viewed a presentation which highlighted of some of the projects and events in the works. Each project draws from the overarching theme, “Live Design, Transform Life.” They also fall into four categories:1. African Innovation. Global Conversation.2. Bridging the Divide.3. Today for Tomorrow.4. Beautiful Space. Beautiful Things.“The vision of the year is to transform Cape Town, through design, into a sustainable productive Africa city. Our mission is to identify those projects which provide tangible evidence of this transformative design in action.” – Nicky Swartz, a Cape Town Design Team LeaderA standout project that took place this year was led by a group, called Yenza. The collective – comprising architects, a stylist and an art director – help communities look at the resources around them to create low-cost, redesigned products.3. Silicon Savannah? No, Silicon Cape(Image: Bandwidth Barn, Facebook)One of our first stops in Cape Town was a visit to the Woodstock-based tech incubator Bandwith Barn.The warehouse-turned-work space is just one of a growing number of iHubs sprouting across the coastal town in partnership with an initiative called Silicon Cape. Similar to Kenya’s Silicon Savannah, Silicon Cape hopes to make the Western Cape an attractive destination for investors and tech entrepreneurs. Bandwidth Barn, the space first started out of a need for affordable access to bandwidth, now houses innovators working with companies such as Blackberry. It also has a development programme for tech innovators that offers mentorship, access to investors and, of course, work space.(Oh, and don’t worry, there’s no competition between the two Silicons. They’re partners.)2. Shooting your film in Hollywood? That was so last year.(Image: Cape Town Film Studios)Welcome to Cape Town Film Studios, the newest hotspot for Hollywood’s big-budget filmmakers.The film lot, located in Faure and just a few miles away from Stellenbosch, has seen a significant increase in the interest of movie houses such as Paramount and 20th Century Fox within the last year. Among its growing list of credits since its opening close to four years ago, Cape Town Studios has been a location for movies such as Dredd (2012), Safe House (2012) and Chronicles (2012). Most recently, the highly-anticipated film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) was shot entirely on the property. The set included a complete replica of Vilakazi Street, the area where the Mandelas, Tutus and other families lived in Soweto.“When I started, it was one of those projects that, I would say, 90 percent..95 percent of people said a low cost studio wouldn’t work here. Why would anybody in their right mind travel all the way here?…but I felt it would if you can create the right magic for people.” – Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Studios1. Women in leadership are taking centre stageIn each of the places we visited, it seemed there were women confidently articulating their research, aspirations and responsibilities as leaders in companies dominated by men. During a visit to the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems department of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), we met a small team of engineers responsible for researching and implementing the technology used to build robots. Their presentation was led by Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University who served as the group’s team leader. Govender described the research her team was doing could improve field robotics and help make robots strong, durable companions for miners. The robots could observe conditions deemed unsafe for miner exploration and cut down the number of deaths.Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University.The next day, we met Anele Nzama. Nzama is a junior technician at SKA South Africa, and she is in charge of controlling telescopes at the satellite technology company. The 26-year-old recent college graduate shared her excitement in holding a position at SKA SA, but also expressed a desire for more women to take part in science and technology innovation.Anele Nzama, a junior technician at SKA South Africa.Ngozi Onuoha has a masters degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and also holds a BA in English from the City College of New York (CUNY). Before attending Columbia, Onuoha was a contributing writer and event coordinator for a number of emerging Africa-centric organizations based in New York City. As a member of the diaspora’s creative community, she aims to continue coverage of arts, culture and development in Africa.last_img read more

Press release: South Africa ranked among top countries for FDI and remains an attractive investment destination


first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, as well as in the Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab.Known as the melting pot of diversity and inspiring new ways that have shaped the nation’s young democracy, this year – World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in South Africa under the theme ‘Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models’. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Johannesburg, Friday 21 April 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, as well as in the Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab.South Africa has made a comeback in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, and has been ranked as the fourth most attractive investment destination in Africa according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab published on Wednesday.The Quantum Global report is constructed from macroeconomic and financial indicators and the World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business Indicators, and also averages the country’s macroeconomic and financial indicators rankings on the six different factors. The report advocates that South Africa received the number four ranking on the Index because it scored well on the growth factor of GDP, ease of doing business in the country and significant population.Reflecting upon South Africa’s significant improvement, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela said, “As a nation, we are cognisant of the role of all South Africans in building the country’s reputation and competitiveness and these improvements emphasise that South Africa is a competent and competitive investment destination and that we are indeed open for business.  This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from a range of other studies, as hardworking and resilient – despite recent challenges relating to credit downgrades.”The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index report said that while overall FDI flows to Africa decreased 5% in 2016 to an estimated $51 billion, South Africa bucked the overall regional trend, with UNCTAD estimating its FDI inflows increased 38% in 2016. South Africa made a comeback in the Index – rounding out the Index in the 25th spot.  “This is likely as a result of improving short-term economic prospects and the long-term investment potential in the country’s manufacturing sector,” A.T. Kearney’s report said.Known as the melting pot of diversity and inspiring new ways that have shaped the nations young democracy, this year – World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in South Africa under the theme ‘Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models’ on 03 – 05 May 2017 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Commenting on this Dr Makhubela concluded: “As a global partner, South Africa commits to the stated objectives of this conference, and it is our hope that this platform will create an enabling environment where we can all share insights on how to better improve the current landscape and map out innovative tactics to accelerate inclusive growth while bringing about sustainable development in the future.”Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandFollow Brand South Africa@Brand_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part@PlayyourpartSAhttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone https://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Editing Theory: How to Manipulate The Passage of Time


first_imgThis simple technique, based on editing theory, will help you hack your audience’s minds and manipulate the flow of time.Since the early days of film, editing and production techniques have found ways to trick the mind. From forced perspective and rear projection production techniques to modern day green screen and CGI — it’s all visual trickery.However, for those interested in filmmaking theory, editing offers a very fascinating look into how people process visual information. It also shows how editing can exploit the human brain to benefit narrative storytelling and simple video editing tricks. In a way, it’s a study in how information lies and forces viewers to accept false information as undeniably true.Let’s look at a basic example of how editing can manipulate how time passes in your films and videos — and how you can use it to suspend your audience’s disbelief and create better options in your edits.Video in Real TimeVideo Playerhttps://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-1.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-1.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.First things first: let’s jump into the video in real time. As you can see in the clip above, we have a recording of an action taking place in real time. No tricks or techniques about it.However, it is twenty seconds, which is pretty long for a single shot. As a viewer and a collective audience, we can process information pretty quickly in terms of what we’re seeing on screen. We know within a few seconds what’s happening here and how it’s most likely going to end, so it’s easy to get bored. So, what if we want to speed things up?Speeding Up the Passage of TimeVideo Playerhttps://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-2.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-2.mp4?_=200:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Here’s how you can speed things up. In the clip above, we see the same shot at the beginning, but we use a cutaway of the glassblower’s face before returning back to the end of the first action. You’ll notice that during the cutaway, we cut a good portion of the action, and now the entire sequence is only about ten seconds long.According to editing theory, the viewer recognizes the action beginning, follows the cutaway for more information, then picks the action back up as completed in real time, even though several seconds of the action are missing. Using this technique, you can also make sequences longer, too.Slowing Down the Passage of TimeVideo Playerhttps://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-3.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Time-Clip-3.mp4?_=300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Conversely, you can use the same technique for a reverse effect. As you can see in the clip above, we see the same action as before, recognize a cutaway for more information, and we return to complete the action we cut away from.However, in this version, we didn’t remove any of the action (and even slightly backed it up) during the cutaway, which creates time for the action that didn’t exist. Presto: mind hack. We as an audience, still follow that it’s the same clip though because that’s what we’re led to believe.If you’re interested in more editing tips, tricks and theories, check out some of these articles below.4 Iconic Editing TechniquesCutting on the Blink: Editing Tips From Walter MurchProfessional Video Editing Tips and TechniquesWhy You Should Master the Under-Appreciated Art of a Good Pre-EditVideo Editing Archiveslast_img read more

Odisha gangrape victim kills herself


first_imgThe class IX girl allegedly gang-raped by four security personnel in combat attire near Kunduli of Odisha’s Koraput district on Oct 10 last year, committed suicide in her home at Musaguda village on Monday afternoon.At around 2.30 pm, her family members, who had returned after some work found her hanging inside the house locked from inside. She was seen hanging on her dupatta. The family members broke open the door and took her to the Kunduli Community Health Centre (CHC). According to Sunabeda Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Narahari Nayak, the victim was declared ‘brought d dead’ by the CHC doctors. Angry villagers at Kunduli CHC refused to allow the police to remove the body for post mortem till evening. Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, who had returned to Bhubaneswar on Monday after being conferred with ‘ideal Chief Minister’ award at the eighth Indian students’ parliament at World Peace University, Pune, on Sunday condoled the girls death BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan criticised the BJD government for the girl’s suicide.State president of Mahila Morcha of Odisha BJP, Prabhati Parida said that they would holddemonstrations throughout the State for two days against the handling of the incident. Congress hads decided to hold ademonstration on the issue, at Kunduli on Tuesday. Congress leader and former Congress MP, Pradeep Majhi said leaders of Odisha Congress would reach Kunduli by Tuesday morning. “The victim committed suicide due to mental stress and frustration as she was unable to get justice from any source,” Mr Majhi said.The victim had alleged that on Oct 10, 2017 she had been gang-raped near Kunduli under Pottangi police station by four persons in combat attire On Oct 16, four persons from her village had been taken into custody for interrogation .last_img read more