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  • EXTRA FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLS

    first_imgThree Donegal schools have been selected for additional accommodation and emergency works, a TD said today.Gweedore Community School has been allocated a new classroom of 49 metres square and the doubling of accommodation in the Arts room.Gleneely National School, Killygordon has been given approval to carry out emergency works improving access for all. St. Baithins National School, St. Johnston has been given permission to carry out necessary mechanical works.It is expected that the necessary works on the 3 approved projects will commence as soon as possible, said TD Dinny McGinley. EXTRA FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: April 29th, 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)last_img read more

  • No More Excuses: You Have Time to Work Out

    first_imgIf you use the excuse that you don’t have the time to exercise, consider a study from McMaster University in Canada that found a short, 20-minute intense workout can be just as effective as two hours of moderate exercise.  You can manage 20 minutes, can’t you?  Another Canadian study mentioned on EurekAlert claims that walking, while better than no exercise, may not be enough for significant health benefits.    The write-up on Live Science includes links to earlier articles that show hiking heals depression, harder exercise produces quicker recovery, and lifting weights slims down the waistline.  Chronic couch potatoes might like the article from UCI instead.  It shows that too little fat can have negative consequences.  If you do go out for a vigorous walk, now you can put on a non-toxic, plant-based tanning oil that prevents skin damage, reported News@Nature.It’s a common excuse to be too busy for exercise.  Try this article’s advice: make better use of less time.  No more long, slow walks on the treadmill; crank up the incline and the speed, and work up a good, short sweat.  Do your own scientific experiment to see if it helps; better than nothing at all.  Of course, follow common sense and doctor’s advice for your age and condition.  If you can, work up to getting that heart pumping and the breathing heavy.  Find a way to work it into your schedule somewhere, even if just 20 minutes of intense activity and a quick shower.  It’s a small investment that will pay dividends by making the rest of your day more effective.  Think how much better the day will go with a sharper mind, more energy and a better outlook on life.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • African art scene blooms in South Africa

    first_imgArtist David Koloane attends the 2013 Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg. (Image: Turbine Art Fair)• Ross Douglas Founder and directorArtlogic+27 11 447 3868• Jade MacCallumMarketing ManagerTurbine Art Fair+27 11 575 3698• Liza Dyason ProducerCape Town Art Fair+27 21 674 5644Lucille DavieThe African contemporary art scene is blooming in South Africa, with one fair going into its seventh year, and two others having a second showing this year.The longest-running of them, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, is planning its seventh splash in August this year in Sandton, in the northern suburbs of the city of gold. “As we sit down to plan for the seventh edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, we are very excited to [get] feedback on what a pivotal year 2013 was for the African contemporary art scene,” says Ross Douglas, the director and founder of Artlogic, the company that initially conceived the idea.In 2013, 33 galleries participated, with groups in Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe showcasing work, while galleries in England, France, Germany and Spain took floor space too. Douglas says sales were up 25%, with R20-million raked in. Some 10 000 visitors attended the fair, which was held in September.Artlogic was founded by Douglas in 2004, with its first venture a production of William Kentridge’s 9 Films for Projection, shown in South Africa and New York, as well as The Magic Flute. Artlogic also produces the FoodWineDesign Fair, and the Winter Sculpture Fair, held in the scenic surrounds of the Nirox Foundation sculpture park, in the Cradle of Humankind, some 40km north-west of Johannesburg.Douglas says that the Joburg Art Fair is now on the international art calendar, and the 2013 edition secured interviews on German National Radio, Deutsche Welle, Monocle, Art Tactic and the AMA newsletter. There were also six African pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2013, he adds, and the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion was awarded to Angola.Two new art fairs“While we [had] been pioneers for five years, 2013 saw no fewer than two new art fairs in South Africa.” The first Cape Town Art Fair took place in October, with the second planned for late February this year. And the first Turbine Art Fair, in Newtown in downtown Joburg, took place in July; the second is planned for July this year.In total, 28 South African galleries were represented in Newtown, with the aim to create a platform for aspiring art collectors to buy art, says Jade MacCallum, the marketing manager of the Forum Company, which conceived and organised the event. A ceiling of R25 000 was set for the artworks.“The project was started by The Forum with the purpose to educate, include and excite people about the wonderful world of art, people [who] wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to art or galleries. Sharing art experiences enables us to live out our passion and create opportunities,” says MacCallum. Some 3 000 people attended the two-day event, and she says the organisers are satisfied that they achieved their aim.The second Cape Town Art Fair takes place at the start of the year in which Cape Town is World Design Capital (WDC). “WDC is a biannual honour, awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe to show their commitment using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool,” indicate the organisers of the fair, Fiero Milano Africa.In all, 40 galleries took stands at the first Cape Town fair, most of which were from the city. Asked why it took Cape Town so long to have an art fair, Liza Dyason, the event producer, said: “I’m uncertain why it took so long… the idea seems obvious. Until now it was felt that the market was primarily Joburg-based but with the enormous developments and investments going into art and design in the Mother City, the [Cape Town Art Fair] was seen as an important addition to the events that are planned, especially with Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 in mind.”Fiera Milano Africa director Louise Cashmore says: “The success of the first fair in 2013 clearly illustrated that the time was right for Cape Town to host an art fair of this nature. Cape Town is an international city and home to many of the country’s leading contemporary artists, curators and galleries.”Other spin-offsAnother spin-off was the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held in London in October 2013. Artists from Tanzania, Mali, Angola and Benin exhibited, and galleries from Equatorial New Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, and South Africa took stands. Alongside these galleries were several European dealers who have an interest in work from Africa: Milan’s Galleria Continua, London’s Jack Bell and Berlin’s Mikael Andersen, among others.In November, the announcement of the first major private art museum in Africa was made: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open in late 2016 in Cape Town. Jochen Zeitz has committed his collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora in perpetuity as the museum’s founding collection. Not only will he underwrite the running costs of the museum, but he will provide “a substantial acquisition budget to allow the museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production”, according to a statement by the V&A Waterfront, his partner in the venture.The museum will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting “cutting edge contemporary art”. It will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development. “Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.”Around the time of the announcement, Zeitz said: “Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life. My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to local, national, continental and international audiences.”Douglas says that this year, more galleries from Africa and Europe will participate in the Joburg Art Fair, but the core theme will remain African. England, France, Germany, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain and Zimbabwe will be represented, and so far 33 galleries have confirmed their attendance, 11 of which are new to the event.“One of Artlogic’s primary aims with the FNB Joburg Art Fair is to grow the audience for art from Africa,” he says.last_img read more

  • How to Ruin a Wedding in 7 Easy Steps

    first_imgEver feel like you’re competing with the guests to take wedding photographs?NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE SATIRICAL.If you’re a professional photographer than chances are you shoot weddings, and rightfully so. Weddings make for great photographs and consistent income. However, one of the biggest challenges to overcome are the other “photographers” at the wedding. We’ve all seen these people, they’re distracting and oblivious. In their attempt to capture the wedding they actually ruin it for everyone else.There is admittedly a trade-off between being in the right place to get the best photograph and trying to not be a distraction. However, if you’re one of the “photographers” we’re talking about, you don’t really care. In fact, it almost seems like these “photographers” are trying to ruin the wedding! Here are the 7 all-to-common mistakes these “photographers” make:1. Turn on the Beep FunctionThe wedding chapel is likely going to be very quiet so what better way to make your presence known than turning on the beep function. Sure there are ways to turn off the sound settings (that are easily accessible from the menu screen) but you don’t care. If you wanted to make the most noise possible, try turning up the shutter noise volume to be as loud as possible!2. Forget to Reserve SeatsPre-planning is entirely overrated. Instead of showing up to the wedding early enough to get to a good seat you can show up late and ask people to move. Yeah, it might be distracting, but how else are you going to get awesome shots?!3. Turn on Focus Assist and Red Eye ReductionEveryone knows that on-camera flash makes for the best photographs. Besides, how else is your kit lens supposed to shoot in low light? Make sure you focus assist is turned on so that it flashes 3-4 times before you actually take a photograph. While you’re at it make sure the red eye reduction setting is on so a big orange light will fill up the chapel!4. Put the Camera in AutoWith all those numbers and wheels on the camera who has time to learn what they all mean? Simply throw your camera into auto-mode and start shooting. What’s the worst that could happen?5. Stand in the Aisle with the BrideThere is no better way to get a beautiful shot of a bride walking down an aisle than to stand right in the middle of it. While this may block the view for a few of the guests, and maybe the groom, it’s worth it because seeing the bride in pictures is far more important than seeing the bride in person.6. Walk Around During the WeddingIf the paid photographer is allowed to walk around at the wedding so should you. Feel free to walk around the stage, the guests will be so focused on the bride and groom that they won’t notice you at all.7. Block the Actual PhotographersCan’t think of a great place to shoot? Find the photographer. If you stand where he/she is shooting you will get a great shot.The following video will cover all these steps and more.So there you have it. If you’re looking to ruin your next wedding and frustrate the actual photographers simply follow these 7 steps. But if you want to actually do a good job and potentially become a paid photographer yourself, I highly recommend reading through our blog here on PremiumBeat, where you can learn all about cameras, lenses, and photography techniques.To avoid the problems mentioned above I highly recommend asking the wedding coordinator to make an announcement before the wedding outlining what guests shouldn’t do during the ceremony. Different photographers can deal with different levels of nuisance, but for me I always ask for guests to remain in their seats, turn off their flash, and put up their cameras during family portrait time.This satirical video was created by The Star as part of their Master Glass Series. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any other tips for ruining a wedding? Have any wedding photography horror stories? We would love to hear them in the comments below.last_img read more

  • Match moments in Australia vs Canada tie

    first_imgCanada couldn’t have asked for the better start against the Australians when their teenage opener Hiral Patel got off a flier and reached his fifty in quick time.Even after his dismissal, Canada were in no mood to give the Aussies an easy go and their skipper Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari got on with a good partnership.But no sooner did Bagai depart on 150/3 that the Aussies got busy counting the scalps with Brett Lee becoming the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets on the day. And Canada were all out for 211.But the turning point in the game was the 183-run first wicket stand between Shane Watson (94) and Brad Haddin (88). Their partnership sealed the fate for the Canadians and the Aussies were home in the 35th over winning the match by 7 wickets.Man-of-the-MatchShane Watson earned the Man-of-the-Match award for an impressive 94 runs. His fine innings was decorated with nine fours and four over the fence shots.last_img read more