Budding entrepreneurs compete strongly in Clár na gComhlachtaí final

first_imgBudding entrepreneurs from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh competed strongly in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 National Final in Galway this week.Eight teams from Gaeltacht schools in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork competed in the final for the opportunity to be the only team representing Ireland at the 2019 Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition in Lille, France this summer.‘Number Ninjas’Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure‘Number Ninjas’, a mini company from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, scooped the Finance & Marketing award in the national final due to the hard work of their team Liam Mac Pháidín, Cian Mac Aoidh, Dean Ó Domhnaill, Pádraig Ó Fearraigh, Eoghan Ó Néill, Cathal Ó Catha, Stephen Mac Pháidín and Ciarán Ó Rabhartaigh under the stewardship of teacher Emmet MacAoidh. They published a handbook written by students to help students who have difficulties with mathematics. Eibhlin Ni Bhaoil, Amy Nic Suibhne, Mhichaela Nic Mhinagail and Ciara Nic Eiteagain ‘Toin The Theola’, from Gairmscoil Chu Uladh making briquettes from recycled materials from their schoolPhoto: Andrew Downes, Xposure‘Tóin The Theolaí’ from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh also made their mark on the final with their innovative briquettes made of recycled materials they collected from around their school. Under the mentorship of teacher Séamus Ferry the team comprised of Ciara Nic Eiteagáin, Eibhlín Ní Bhaoill, Amy Nic Suibhne and Michaela Ní Mhonagail.Emerging from a very competitive Donegal regional final, ‘Number Ninjas’ and ‘Tóin The Theolaí’ represented their schools and region with great distinction at the national final.Toin The Theola. Photo: Andrew Downes, XposureEdging out competition from around the country however Save the Seas from Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán, Co. Galway was the winning company who will now represent Ireland at the European JA Company of the Year Competition in Lille, France in July.More than 750 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford, enjoyed unique hands-on learning experiences and started their own businesses this year. After regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final. Mark de Faoite, Director of Enterprise and Employment, Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was inspiring to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 National Final. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future.”Helen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland added: “The support of Údarás na Gaeltachta has enabled more than 750 senior cycle students to take part in meaningful real-to-life entrepreneurial experiences across the Gaeltacht areas through Clár na gComhlachtaí this year. We wish to extend a special thank you to teachers and business mentors for their dedication in supporting and developing the entrepreneurial talent of these students who have also gained confidence in many transversal skills such as team-working, negotiation and public speaking – skills which will be invaluable as they progress into the world of work. Congratulations to all the teams that won the right to compete at the regional and national finals.”Budding entrepreneurs compete strongly in Clár na gComhlachtaí final was last modified: April 7th, 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:Clár na gComhlachtaíGairmscoil Chú Uladhpobalscoil ghaoth dobhairudaras na gaeltachalast_img read more

R3.6bn committed for Jobs Fund projects

first_img9 October 2012 South Africa’s R9-billion Jobs Fund approved more than R1.87-billion in grant funding in its first year, complemented by a further R1.78-million from the private sector, to support 41 job creation projects around the country, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. In all, over R3.6-billion was committed to Jobs Funds projects between April last year and February this year, Gordhan revealed in a written response to a parliamentary question last week. Gordhan said the share between the state and the private sector translated to an average of 95c by the private sector for every R1 committed by the National Treasury. The fund, which is managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), will run for another two years, until 2014. So far it has held two funding rounds, with the last one running from April to May this year. Gordhan said that, by the end of September 2012, R320-million would have been transferred by the National Treasury to the DBSA. The R1.8-billion so far approved by the DBSA would be disbursed in tranches over the agreed terms of the projects, he added. In all, R870-million or 46.5% of all Jobs Fund approvals so far have gone to organisations running 16 enterprise development projects, with these organisations also adding a further R816.9-million in funding. The remainder of funds were allocated to 20 projects to support work seekers (R548-million, with a further R760.6-million committed by the organisations running the projects); four to help build institutional capacity (R404.4-million, with a further R128.4-million from the organisations) and one project of R50-million in infrastructure investment (with a further R75-million from the funded organisation). Those organisations which obtained funding in the first round of grants had projected they would create 10 344 new permanent jobs and 39 873 short-term jobs over the next three years, with a further 36 729 people expected to have successfully completed training. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Allsorts® Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot, perfect for a wedding.

first_imgWonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores. Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Key specs for Allsorts® Silver Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot:Silver Grey Satin Cap FascinatorComes on a strong fork clip attachmentIdeal for all occasions including weddings, the races and royal ascotWe have a choice of colours in storeFast free delivery on all items in Allsorts Accessories storeComments from buyers“Lovely finishing touch for my wedding outfit, Stunning picture but in reality nothing like it!, Squashed fascinator.”Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Wonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.last_img read more

Tesla Batteries, Electricity Sales, and Progress for a Wyoming Wind Farm

first_imgTesla drops one of its two batteriesA 10-kilowatt-hour battery introduced by Tesla just last May has been discontinued. Greentech Media reports that Tesla has removed all references to the battery from its web site and press kit, leaving just a 7-kWh (or, more accurately, a 6.4-kWh) battery designed for daily cycling in its Powerwall lineup.In a statement to Greentech Media, Tesla said, “We have seen enormous interest in the Daily Powerwall worldwide. The Daily Powerwall supports daily use applications like solar self-consumption plus backup power applications, and can offer backup simply by modifying the way it is installed in a home. Due to the interest, we have decided to focus entirely on building and deploying the 7-kilowatt-hour Daily Powerwall at this time.”Tesla announced both batteries last May. The 10-kWh version was going to cost $3,500 (for installers) and be good for 500 cycles. But once an inverter and other system costs were factored in, the price was not as attractive as buying a backup generator, Greentech Media said.“Even some of the deep cycling lead-acid batteries offer 1,000 cycles and cost less than half of the $3,500 price tag for Tesla Powerwall,” said Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst at GTM Research. “For pure backup applications only providing 500 cycles, lead-acid batteries or gensets are way more economical.” Electricity sales are down againU.S. electricity sales fell by 1.1% last year, marking the fifth year in the past eight that’s happened, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports.The agency said that industrial sales dropped while residential and commercial sectors showed little to no growth, even as the number of households and commercial building space were on the rise. Factors included slower economic growth, the use of more energy-efficient equipment, and whole-building reductions in the demand for electricity, the report said.“Although efficiency policies have primarily focused on electricity use in the residential and commercial sectors, the slowing of electricity sales growth over the past decade is dominated by declining electricity sales to industry, which mainly reflect economic factors,” the EIA’s March 14 research paper said.Residential sales (37.7% of the total in the period from 2007 to 2015) are affected most dramatically year-to-year by weather-related demand, but long-term trends are affected more by improvements in energy efficiency and changes in the housing sector, the EIA report said. For example, changes in the size of housing units (fewer single-family homes and more apartments) as well as a shift in population toward the South and West both have implications for how much electricity will be sold. Lighting standards that moved more households to LED lighting in 2012-2014 also helped to lower residential demand for electricity.Sales to commercial customers increased an average of 1.1% between 2000 and 2015, to 36.5% of total use last year. Industrial sales decreased at an average rate of 0.7% between 2000 and 2015, with the sector’s total falling from 31.2% to 25.8%, the agency said. Solar takes a $2 billion bite from the power marketPower plant operators will lose as much as $2 billion in sales as more households add their own photovoltaic (PV) systems, Bloomberg Business reports.More than 1 million households are expected to add PV by the end of April, prompting grid managers in the eastern part of the country to reduce electricity purchases by some 1,400 megawatts beginning in 2019, or enough power for 780,000 households, Bloomberg said.Power producers warned that the $2 billion loss, coupled with lower demand, tighter environmental controls, and falling prices, will all make it harder to raise money to build conventional power plants and could make the country’s electricity grid less reliable.In Germany, utilities are scrapping existing plants as well as plans for new ones, and the same thing could happen here, one industry official said.Operators of regional power grids estimate how much electricity they will need to meet peak demand and then get commitments from generators, who bid at auctions to sell them electricity, Bloomberg said. For the first time, grid operators PJM Interconnection, with 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, and ISO New England, with 7.1 million customers in six states, this year included solar growth in their estimates for 2019.“It’s certainly possible to see rooftop solar growing to a level where it becomes a serious issue for regulated utilities and merchant generators,” Swami Venkataraman, vice president and senior credit officer for infrastructure finance at Moody’s Investors Service, told Bloomberg. “It compounds all the other issues if solar is also going to cause demand to go down.”Consumers, on the other hand, are benefiting from the wider adoption of solar electricity. The average PV system produced enough power last year to meet 80% of the household’s needs, the report said, and utilities in 30 states pay the full retail rate for excess power under net-metering rules.center_img Plans for huge wind farm advanceA U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) environmental review gave preliminary approval to a 1,000- turbine wind farm near Rawlins, Wyoming. The Associated Press reported that an environmental study tentatively allows the first phase of the 3,000-megawatt Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project, the installation of 500 turbines, to continue. The Power Company of Wyoming, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, wants to install 229 turbines in 2019 and another 271 the following year.An environmental analysis by the Bureau of Land Management has given tentative approval to a wind farm in south-central Wyoming that ultimately would include 1,000 turbines. [Photo credit : Steve Abraham / Creative Commons license / Flickr]When complete, the wind farm will produce enough energy to power nearly 1 million homes. BLM says that it would be the largest wind farm in North America.The project will cover about 340 square miles of mostly open country in south-central Wyoming, half of it on public land and the rest on land owned by Anschutz. Federal agencies have been reviewing plans for the project for the last eight years, and the Bureau of Land management will take public comments on its latest analysis through April 8, the AP said.BLM announced at its web site that the environmental assessment includes a Draft Finding of No New Significant Impact. Both documents are available online.Anschutz is a privately held corporation based in Denver with holdings in a variety of fields, including energy, media, sports, and entertainment. It was founded by Fred Anschutz, an oil wildcatter. BLM said that the wind farm would create 1,000 construction jobs, with more than 100 permanent positions in operations and maintenance once it’s complete.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been studying how many bald and golden eagles a wind farm of that size will kill, and how the project could be designed to minimize bird fatalities.A 730-mile power line that will send electricity from the project to Las Vegas for eventual use in southern California won environmental approval from BLM last year. The TransWest Express power lines will cross northwestern Colorado, Utah, and southern Nevada, the AP reported, with about 38% of the route following existing utility corridors.last_img read more

How to Make Event Footage More Cinematic

first_imgMost of us are capable of capturing cinematic looks on narrative productions. But what about event footage? Here’s how to get great results at your next videographer gig.Top image from ShutterstockShooting events like weddings, bar mitzvahs, and corporate functions may be not always be the most exciting type of work, but many filmmakers moonlight as event videographers to pay the bills. Naturally, they still want their work to shine. That said, many of these same individuals run into issues when shooting on the fly, as their usual approach to working on set doesn’t always translate well to a live environment.Compared to capturing narrative material, event coverage is a very different beast. Things move extremely quickly, quantity is often preferred over quality (by the client at least), and the shooting schedule can be much less predictable. Unfortunately, many shooters with a narrative background try to directly translate over their style of shooting. They end up missing shots, not getting enough coverage, and ultimately delivering a poor end result.The good news is that there are ways to still capture beautiful footage even when working in less than optimal shooting conditions. Many of the tips and techniques that will help you accomplish this will likely go against what you’re used to doing for narrative work. But that’s all part of the process. As long as you as you are well-prepared and still bring your creative A-Game to the table, you’ll end up with a solid final product.1. Shoot on Fast ZoomsImage from B&H PhotoLike many DPs, I prefer shooting on prime lenses for many reasons. They’re usually faster, sharper, and more detailed than their zoom lens counterparts, and in a narrative environment you always want the best of the best.When shooting events, however, everything changes. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get away with shooting on primes (and if you can, you really should), but in most cases they simply aren’t practical.Ideally, you will want to have some relatively fast zoom lenses in your kit, like the Sigma 18 – 35 F1.8 or the Canon 24 – 70 F 2.8. These lenses will still deliver beautiful results while allowing you to work on your feet more quickly and swap your lenses far less often.2. Get a Low-Light CameraImage from PetaPixelUsually with event coverage you have little or no control over the lighting. This is obviously problematic for a number of reasons — the worst of them being under-lit shooting situations.It is very common to walk into a wedding, corporate event, etc. and realize that even at 800 ISO and F1.4 you don’t have bright enough exposure. For this reason, low-light cameras are a must. I would suggest looking into cameras like the Canon C100, a7S, or other DSLRs that can record cleanly at ISO 3200 or above. You don’t necessarily need the best low-light camera on the market, but you definitely need one that can produce great results above ISO 800 or 1600, which is where many cameras top out.3. Bring a Second Shooter or AssistantImage from Almoe AVOne of the most common mistakes that first-time event shooters make is going at it alone. 99% of the time, you absolutely need another shooter or at least an assistant to help you capture live events. This matters for a few reasons… Firstly, you can’t be two places at once. There will be at least one time during any event that you need to be covering two things simultaneously (let’s say a speech and crowd reaction) and have to choose between the two.Secondly, and most importantly, a huge part of being an effective event shooter involves moving very quickly. With an assistant you can pack up gear, change lenses, ask for assistance, and move around far more quickly and efficiently.4. Rethink Your AudioImage from VideomakerWe all know that audio quality is just as important as video quality, and this notion applies to events just as much as narrative projects. That said, the way in which you capture the audio will vary significantly between those two types of productions. Unlike narrative films where you have the luxury of working with a boom operator and likely also have lav mics on your talent, during an event that will not typically be possible.You will want to look for other ways to get great audio without being too invasive by asking guests to put on a lav mic to be interviewed, or have a boom op walking around with lots of gear. I always suggest only using lavs on guests that you know you will be featuring throughout the video (for example someone doing a main speech at a corporate event), but then also looking for alternate solutions.You may be able to plant a Zoom recorder on a podium, record a live feed off of the house mixer, or have your assistant hold a mic during interviews. This approach will change drastically depending on the event you are shooting, but always be prepared for any type of situation.5. Avoid Event-Style LightingImage from ShutterstockOne of the most obvioussigns of event videography is flat lighting. Typically videographers will have a small LED light mounted directly on top of their camera which does help with exposure, but also can diminish the overall aesthetic. The reason? Placing a light directly in front of a person’s face is going to really flatten them and make the shot look very synthetic.I would highly advise anyone that needs to use LED lighting for event coverage to find a way to offset it to one side. You’re going to get more useable results if your light is set up on a 45 degree angle (as opposed to straight on), so do whatever you can to make that happen. You might need to rig up your LED on a light stand, magic arm, or even have your assistant hold it in place.As long as it isn’t directly in front, you’ll be lightyears ahead of most other event shooters.Want to read more about how to handle events, weddings, and corporate clients? Take a look at these PremiumBeat articles!Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to Commit6 Marketing Tips for Wedding Videographers7 Tips for Shooting Awesome Wedding VideoWere these tips helpful? Got any other advice to share with your fellow videographers?last_img read more

Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fight

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner gets taped up prior to his workout for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPAdrien Broner was arrested in Broward County, Florida days before Christmas and was then released, as per TMZ Sports.Broner had an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court earlier this month and face a driving-related case in which he was arrested for speeding, not having a driver’s license and no registration.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES View comments The 29-year-old Broner is scheduled to challenge Manny Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight champion, next month in Las Vegas.Pacquiao is already in Los Angeles to continue his training camp. He is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia five months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more