Creative Schools Week celebration begins in Donegal – Pic Special

first_imgChildren and young people will celebrate Ireland’s first Creative Schools Week from today (Mon), with student-led events set to transform arts centres and cultural institutions in five locations, as well as thousands of schools and Youthreach centres across Ireland.The week celebrates the Creative Schools Initiative, which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.The Government this year doubled the number of schools participating directly in the initiative to 300. One-day flagship events will take place in Ballybofey, Cork, Galway, Mullingar and Dublin to give children and young people from Creative Schools and Creative Clusters the opportunity to share their work.All events are open to the public and include student-led workshops, live performances and exhibited work such as mind maps, plans, artefacts, and film and video pieces. In addition, every school in the State – almost 4,000 primary, post-primary schools and Youthreach centres – have been invited to participate in the week, with a schools celebration pack available for download.The week’s first event takes place today at the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, from 11 am to 1.30 pm with a full programme of events.This includes a contemporary dance performance from 5th class students at St. Patrick’s Girl’s N.S. in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, who worked with dance instructor Jessica Peoples to create dance movements reflecting and telling the story of the whale’s plight after swallowing plastics in the sea, and how our actions can change the outcomes for the whale. “This week is an opportunity for children, young people and teachers to celebrate their creativity within their schools,” said Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills. “I encourage every single school in the country to participate — take over the school tannoy and broadcast some poetry or song, or unveil your school mural or graffiti area!”Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, praised the initiative: “This partnership is a real demonstration of what can be achieved when all of our departments and agencies work together. Schoolchildren today and into the future will reap the benefits of this imaginative programme.”The events will give children and young people from across Ireland the opportunity to lead, to take over, to showcase and to share their learning and engagement in the artistic, cultural and creative life of their school and wider community.Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to be delivering Creative Schools as part of the cross-government Creative Ireland programme in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.“The Arts Council has worked for many years ensuring that the arts are embedded in the lives of children. “Creative Schools offers a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to experience the arts in their school environment working with artists, teachers, arts organisations and the whole school community.“Creativity and the capacity to be imaginative and innovative are critical life skills which access to the arts can nurture and develop.“We are very proud to be supporting this inaugural Creative Schools Week across the country this week and hope that it will only grow and expand as we continue to develop the programme.”Schools hosting their own in-school celebration events can shout it out on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag for the Creative Schools week: #OurCreativeSchool. Additionally, the fourth annual National Arts in Education Portal Day will take place on November 9th at The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in partnership with ILAS and Baboró.The line-up includes a broad range of practical workshops and skills sharing as well as theoretical and critical thinking in the area from artists, teachers and practitioners from across the sector.This event brings together members of the arts in the education community from all across Ireland, to share, learn, talk, network, get inspired, and continue interrogating best practice in the field.Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with Jamie and Shauna McGlynn of Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with Jamie and Shauna McGlynn of Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal as Arts Council CEO Orla McBride looks on. (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal as Arts Council CEO Orla McBride looks on. (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Glenswilly NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from St Patrick’s Girls NS, Carndonagh during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Colaiste Ailigh Secondaery School during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Creative Schools Week celebration begins in Donegal – Pic Special was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:back to educationCreative Schools WeekJoe McHughlast_img read more

Warriors-Knicks cheatsheet: New York’s young core looking to push the champs

first_imgThe young Knicks enter the Bay Area with hopes their young core can disrupt the inconsistent Warriors.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Knicks projected starters: Luke Kornet, Noah Vonleh, Kevin Knox, Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr. Knicks stock report:New York has been abysmal this season. Entering Tuesday, the Knicks have lost 17 of their last 10 games. With first-year coach David Fizdale and a roster that’s …last_img

U.S. pork continues commitment to responsible antibiotic use

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nine months after the full implementation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance 209 and 213, America’s pig farmers continue to demonstrate their awareness and commitment to doing what’s right on the farm. Since the rules went into effect on Jan. 1, the National Pork Board has received only two calls into its farmer call center requesting clarification or information on the rule change.“America’s 60,000 pig farmers are keenly aware of the change occurring on farms, and they were clearly ready, willing and able to meet the requirements of these new rules,” said Terry O’Neel, board president and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “To have just two calls into our call center tells me that the requirements are being met and our two-year proactive education plan has paid off.”FDA guidance 209 and 213 ends the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and increases veterinarian oversight for on-farm antibiotic use through the Veterinary Feed Directive and prescriptions. All human medically important antibiotics administered to pigs in feed and water must have direct veterinarian oversight. This strengthens an already strong veterinary-client-patient relationship between pig farmers and their veterinarians. Both also take proactive pig management and biosecurity steps to increase the health of pigs and reduce the need for antibiotics.Close to home, O’Neel recently completed the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) survey on his pig farm. The survey reviewed written antibiotic-use records from July through December 2016. During the survey with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture veterinarian, it was revealed that O’Neel had reduced his antimicrobial use.“We’ve improved our herd health practices on our farm and are already seeing a reduced need for antibiotics, all while improving our pigs’ health,” O’Neel said. “Third parties who try to evaluate antibiotic-use policies do not account for or understand the real change underway on today’s farms.“Veterinarians and farmers work every day to protect the health and welfare of their pigs, reduce antibiotic use and lower the carbon footprint of pork production to raise the safest food possible. It is truly a delicate balance for America’s pig farmers and it is perplexing when others try to set arbitrary limits on antibiotic use that are actually detrimental to animal health, the environment and food safety.”Among the highlights of the Pork Checkoff’s 2017 work includes building new collaborative relationships with third parties focused on understanding antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship initiatives. In 2017, the National Pork Board took part in workshops with other agriculture industry stakeholders and a multitude of agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) representing environmental, consumer, retail, foodservice and allied industries.“We are working to develop universal standards on antimicrobial stewardship,” said Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at the National Pork Board. “It begins with succinctly defining ‘stewardship’ so all of the players can build programs that are consistent across the board and where success is measurable.”Part of the effort will also focus on antibiotic resistance — a complex issue that affects both veterinary and human medicine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 47 million human prescriptions are not medically necessary, at least 30% of all prescriptions written. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that antibiotic resistance is a pressing health problem and is why pig farmers are committed to doing their part in defining antibiotic stewardship.The National Pork Board is also continuing its work with Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, to develop a models and metrics platform to demonstrate overall reduction in on-farm antibiotic use.“We’re in the process of finalizing the 2016 antibiotic usage benchmark data for the U.S. pork industry right now,” Davies said. “This will be an essential tool to improve understanding of antibiotic prescription practices and will better educate pig farmers on using antibiotics correctly to keep animals healthy.”Other 2017 projects include:Hosting a live webcast which brought together experts in farming, veterinarian medicine and the retail and foodservice industries. More than 60,000 viewers attended the event online and 400 pork producers were in the live studio audience. A replay of the broadcast can be viewed online at: in a panel discussion at the annual Global Ag Investing conference in New York City to address the shared responsibility of antibiotic use in both animal and human health.Hosting an Iowa farm tour with 20 journalist fellows of the National Press Foundation.“Farmers understand their commitment to antibiotic stewardship and are making changes to their practices based on sound research and a commitment to animal welfare,” O’Neel said. “Consumers can rest assured that medically important antibiotics are no longer used for growth promotion.”For more information on the National Pork Board’s efforts to assist farmers and others who want to learn more about responsible on-farm antibiotic use, visit read more

Ag Leader announces new features for fall 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today, Ag Leader announced new fall features added to its full-farm connectivity platform, AgFiniti, bringing an even higher level of in-season visibility to growers and trusted advisors.“For the past several years, we’ve been building upon our AgFiniti platform with the goal to make the right information available to our customers anytime and anywhere. This means flowing information throughout the operation and across machines, devices and seasons. These announcements mark the next step in that vision,” said Corey Weddle, Director of Software Solutions.Live stats across displays and devices Last year, AgFiniti pushed display-to-display communication to an unprecedented level of ease and availability with the DisplayCast feature for InCommand displays. This fall, customers can share even more information in real-time across displays and other connected devices like tablets and cellphones. Live stats including yield, moisture, rate, population, speed, location, container level and more, can easily be shared across displays and devices.“Connecting every device across the operation enhances the overall productivity of the operation and allows each operator and manager to be in sync and make more timely decisions,” said Joe Holoubek, Product Manager. “The harvest operator can now solely focus on his primary task instead of having to constantly be on the radio directing the other machines. Whether viewing on a display, tablet or phone, everyone knows what’s going on and that’s a big deal for both productivity and better decisions.”The new live stats feature were available starting Aug. 30 with the latest software release for InCommand displays using DisplayCast and AgFiniti connected devices.Prescriptions in AgFiniti AgFiniti also added a prescription tool for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fall fertility applications. Per-acre prescriptions within AgFiniti are based on fertility recommendations from trusted universities. The initial release includes fertility recommendations from Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Michigan State University.Now customers can easily generate fertilizer prescriptions within AgFiniti using grain harvest data, bushels removed and soil sample data from any web-enabled device.“Prescriptions in AgFiniti bring cloud-based convenience to our customers, whether or not they are an SMS Software user,” Weddle said. “It’s not necessary to know how to write an equation or understand all the chemistry behind the field’s fertility, AgFiniti’s prescription tool does the work based on your local university research.”The new prescription feature can be now be purchased on a per-acre basis, and allows for additional prescriptions to be generated for 1 year. More prescription options are planned for 2019, including planting and seeding recommendations.last_img read more

How Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital Cameras

first_imgThis article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that “cinematic” look.Film grain has a very different texture and appearance than digital noise. Film grain is the result of washing away the silver halide particulates that film uses to capture light, varying in size and geometry, depending on exposure, color, and the kind of film. It’s color-neutral. Noise, on the other hand, comes across as digital pixel clusters. It’s the result of the camera’s electronics boosting the incoming light signal from the sensor, and it can contain unwanted artifacts and patterns.Film grain hearkens back to the Golden Age of celluloid and is reminiscent of the classic movies shot on film. Digital noise can often feel like an error in the digital signal.Modern cinema cameras produce a very sharp image. Some consider it too clean — almost clinical. Film grain feels like the delicate hiss of a vinyl record. It adds atmosphere and helps unify the image.Ever since digital cameras became the standard for cinema, with the ARRI Alexa, cinematographers have been looking for ways to add convincing grain to get the feel of film.Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (via Warner Bros).Perlin NoiseThe first method Hollywood explored was to simply add Perlin noise — as some plugins still do. This gives a uniform grain pattern across the entire image. With real celluloid, the density of the grain varies from the lighter parts to the darker parts of the image, and it varies depending on the color channel that’s creating it. Perlin noise feels like a layer on top of the image rather than a part of it.LiveGrainThe second major method was to scan real film, then overlay the scan on the digital image. This produced a better pattern, but it was still a separate element, and it didn’t integrate with the information underneath.Suny Behar was disappointed with both of these methods, thus developed the technology known as “LiveGrain.” LiveGrain uses scans from several different film stocks at different density and color values, encodes them in a visually lossless proprietary codec, then analyzes each frame of the digital project, mapping the respective grain particulates to appropriate levels of brightness and color in each frame.Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed (via Twentieth Century Fox).LiveGrain vs. FilmThe final effect gives the impression of organic, living celluloid baked right into the image, with all the wonderful benefits of film. It smoothes the color and skin of the actors, producing a more forgiving, less-brittle image. It’s become an industry standard to better integrate CGI into live-action plates, allowing 3D (and other elements) to composite more believably into recorded footage.LiveGrain also helps “sell” prosthetics and other makeup effects, hiding the lines and transitions — unifying the image.LiveGrain is currently available for use in dailies and all the way through final color at many LiveGrain-certified post-production facilities worldwide. The reason for this is that the system, comprised of both software and hardware, has pretty hefty hardware requirements in order to run natively in real time (SAN Read speeds, multiple GPUs, etc.).LiveGrain is an alternative to possibly shooting on film. As such, the price is competitive compared to film origination. If your project never intended to shoot on film, the cost may be more than you’d initially budgeted for. Since you license LiveGrain on a project basis (very much like Dolby when you want a Dolby Digital License), you can reach out to LiveGrain directly to get a quote.While it’s currently out of reach for most smaller independent projects, there’s every indication that the technology will soon become more accessible, and directors at every level will be able to enjoy the celluloid aesthetic.Cover image via True Blood (HBO).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Recreating Roger Deakins’ ‘Cove Light’Get Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsExploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting3 Unusual Camera Angles to Liven up Your Dialogue ScenesTips for Getting the Smoothest, Most Reliable Handheld Footagelast_img read more

Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ View comments Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more