Business owners log-on to Facebook event in Letterkenny – Picture Special

first_imgThe virtual world and the real business world merged today when over150 people from local small and medium sized businesses gathered in Letterkenny for a Boost with Facebook event.Facebook experts and like-minded business owners were in town for the event to give one to one training and advice on how to use Facebook’s tools to grow their business. Entrepreneurs participated in breakout sessions and talks which provided training on how to build effective online advertising strategies, create engaging ads for mobile and find new customers on Instagram.Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook. Photo Clive Wasson]As highlighted in a recent Seanad Report on Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland (published in May 2019), the SME sector is vibrant and diverse, accounting for 99% of active enterprises and 65% of all employment in Ireland – in excess of 1 million people nationwide and over 75,000 in the North West alone. This shows the huge importance of SMEs to regional economies. The same report notes, however, that SMEs have not yet fully embraced digital technologies with just 30% of SMBs selling products and services online. Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive WassonAt the event Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group at Facebook highlighted the benefits of adopting digital technologies like Facebook and Instagram into businesses: “There are 46 million people around the world connected to a business in Ireland on Facebook. Through Facebook, small businesses now have access to affordable marketing tools to grow their business and strengthen their communities. Through events like this, we want to help businesses unlock the potential of the global market and understand how tools like international Lookalike Audiences and multi-city targeting can enable them to connect with new customers, grow awareness of their brand, drive new sales and see their business flourish.”Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny Local Enterprise Office Staff Eileen Kelly, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook, Grace Korbel and Joanne Kilmartin. Photo Clive WassonDemonstrating how Donegal businesses can be successful online, panelists from Magee 1866 and I Do WoW Weddings shared their experiences and practical advice on how they have leveraged Facebook and its tools to grow their businesses on a local, national and international stage.Lisa Boyle, Business Owner at I Do WoW Weddings, told attendees how integral Facebook has been to the success of her business, “Facebook has provided me with a platform to reach new customers and to showcase my work. I set up the company in Donegal over 2 years ago, initially as a side venture. However, the business grew so quickly I left my role as a solicitor to focus on the business full time. I have always had a passion for creativity and was often told I had a talent for decorating. 90% of my client base is Facebook sourced and managed. With over 7,400 followers on Facebook and Instagram, my followers engage with me on a daily basis, by commenting, liking, sharing posts and leaving positive reviews. If it wasn’t for Facebook my business wouldn’t have grown the way it has.”Llocal business owner Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents, Michael Mac Ginty, MeanIt and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]For businesses looking to attend future Boost with Facebook events, the next event is on the 6th of December at the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Registration for this event is open now – go to Facebook Ireland page for more information. See all the photos from the event here: Seamus McNulty, FPS Tech, Luke Hoffman, Champion Travel and Luke McGrory, Guest Photo Clive WassonBrian Higgins, ABC School Supplies, Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Mark Bundschu, ABC Schools Supplies and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Louis Boyce, Begin Coding, Anna Campbell, Bogman Beanie and Michael MacGinty Mean IT. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Patrica Greene,, The Web Club and Sahron Hearty, Lough Derg.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owners. Photo Clive Wasson]Local business owner Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Christine McGonigle, Women In Business Network. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Catherine Bond and Anne Marie McGee, Simming World.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Michael MacGinty, MeanIt and Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Amanda Clarke, Travel Donegal and Donon Harvey, Cathedrial Quarter. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner John McPhilimey and Stephen McPhilmey, JMP Furniture. Photo Clive Wasson]Business owners log-on to Facebook event in Letterkenny – Picture Special was last modified: November 22nd, 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:boost with facebooklast_img read more

Bryce Harper to the Giants? Three reasons a match still makes sense

first_imgWith one week remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale, Arizona, the San Francisco Giants have yet to sign a free agent position player.First-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has promised incremental improvements to the roster, but the Giants have appeared reluctant to back up the Brinks truck and enter the sweepstakes for high-profile free agents.Until now.Multiple reports indicated Wednesday the Giants are one of the remaining teams pursuing 26-year-old …last_img read more

Utah Jazz GM (paraphrasing slightly): Warriors suffering from Tiger Woods syndrome

first_imgIt turns out that Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and I think alike.It must a proud day for him.Lindsey, speaking on the podcast of ESPN’s estimable Adrian Wojnarowski, compared the Dubs’ diminishing dominance to when the pack of pro golfers began catching up to Tiger Woods.“Four years ago, when Golden State started their dominance, it was almost like Tiger Woods on the Tour — that dominance,” Lindsey said. “He was going to go win. You felt he was going to win every tournament for …last_img read more

Dinosaur Evolution Is Relative

first_imgThe science news media are all reporting that the “oldest known dinosaur relative” has been found.  The artist reconstructions of Asilisaurus kongwe, found in middle Triassic layers in Tanzania, make the creature look quite dinosaurian; at least it was dog-sized and walked on thick legs under its body like its famous brethren did.  Its early date (230 million years, by evolutionary reckoning) creates a conundrum for evolution.  It pushes the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs (if there was one) farther back in time, to 245 million years ago.    The fossil presents another problem for evolution.  “Until now, paleontologists have generally believed that the closest relatives of dinosaurs possibly looked a little smaller in size, walked on two legs and were carnivorous,” PhysOrg said.  “However, a research team including Randall Irmis, curator of paleontology at the Utah Museum of Natural History and assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah has made a recent discovery to dispel this hypothesis.”  That discovery was a herbivorous, four-legged silesaur – a sister group of contemporaries to the dinosaurs – that looked very different from what was expected.  One of the authors of a paper in Nature said, “The crazy thing about this new dinosaur discovery is that it is so very different from what we all were expecting, especially the fact that it is herbivorous and walked on four legs.”  Science Daily also echoed the press release from the University of Utah.  National Geographic announced, “Dinosaurs Ten Million Years Older Than Thought.”    The evolutionary story that was expected was that herbivory evolved late in the silesaur lineage.  Finding a herbivorous silesaur 10-15 million years earlier means that its carnivorous ancestor had to be earlier, too.  But even that story is murky.  Are vegetarians better adapted?  “Although difficult to prove, it’s possible that this shift conferred an evolutionary advantage.”  But then, herbivory arose in three groups: silesaurs, and both major groups of dinosaurs.  “The researchers conclude that the ability to shift diets may have lead [sic] to the evolutionary success of these groups.”  Why do paleontologists think so?  “These shifts all occurred in less than 10 million years, a relatively short time by geological standards, so we think that the lineage leading to silesaurs and dinosaurs might have had a greater flexibility in diet, and that this could be a reason for their success.”  It sounds like he just said that fast evolution is evidence for evolution.  Live Science put it this way: “The analysis provides a window into dinosaur evolution, particularly how the animals acquired plant-eating abilities.”  Somehow, evidence that the animal ate plants told them how they got the ability to eat plants, even though National Geographic admitted, “What emerged looked nothing like what paleontologists had imagined.”    Evolution was not very evident in the fossil bed where Asilisaurus kongwe was found, however.  Also found were crocodiles.  So much for dinosaur-like body plans evolving from crocs.  “The presence of these animals together at the same time and place suggests that the diversification of the relatives of crocodilians and dinosaurs was rapid, and happened earlier than previously suggested.”  Somehow, we are told, this “sheds light on a group of animals that later came to dominate terrestrial ecosystems” for 185 million years.  Irmis was apparently not shamed by this blow to expectations.  Quite the contrary: he said, “It’s very exciting because the more we learn about the Triassic Period, the more we learn about the origin of the dinosaurs and other groups.”  Christian Sidor, a co-author of the paper, was less sanguine: “It’s making the picture a little bit murkier, because we have a possible herbivore and quadruped very close to the dinosaur lineage.”  Christopher Brochou made hey out of both sides of the truck: Hey, “it’s part of a larger, growing realization that the earliest archosaurs were far more diverse than we ever thought,” he said, but hey: it’s also “an elegant fulfillment of a prediction” that dinosaur ancestors would include members that were both crocodile-like and bird-like.  Picturing the common ancestor of those is left as an exercise.    Live Science noted that the research was funded by the National Geographic Society, Evolving Earth Foundation, Grainger Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.To be a good evolutionary paleontologist these days, you have to mold your brain contrary to its natural tendencies.  You have to get rid of shame, reproach and despair.  You have to think positive: no matter what happens, no matter what turns up, it glorifies Darwin and sheds light on evolution.  It must.  It may look like abrupt appearance.  It may look like a falsification of common ancestry.  But if you have trained your mind to think Darwinly long enough, you learn to say that looks are deceiving.  What it really means is that evolution is very flexible.  It can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving no trace.  Then, animals that burst onto the evolutionary tableau can persist with little change for hundreds of millions of years.  See?    Imagination is the caulk that holds these disparate bits of fact together, so they can be force-fitted into a mosaic of King Charles that the public can worship.  Shedding light on evolution does not mean shedding light on the facts as facts, but onto the mosaic into which they have been placed.  That’s why nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.  King Charles makes sense.  Creationism is nonsense – by definition.  Practice this long enough and you get used to it.  Floodlights on the mosaic; ain’t it grand? (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Business-minded Rapelang Rabana is conquering the world

first_imgShe did not have a plan at the age of 16, but Rapelang Rabana did know that the usual school, university, employment route was not for her. As soon as she graduated, she started her first company. Since then, the savvy entrepreneur has gone on to bigger and bigger things. In her down time, Rapelang Rabana enjoys spending time in Cape Town, where she indulges in good food and wine. (Image supplied) Priya Pitamber She started her own business, was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine, and was invited to join a panel at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos in 2012 – all before she turned 30. But today, Rapelang Rabana admits that when she was 16, she did not even have a life plan.“All I knew was that I needed to find a way out of what I perceived to be a life system that imposed rules and obligations I didn’t understand the purpose of,” she explained. “The idea of working my way through more and more systems, from high school to university to the corporate world, weighed on me. But I had no idea this would mean that I would want to be an entrepreneur.”A mind for businessRabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning, which describes itself as a “learning and development company that provides mobile and computer learning solutions that enable knowledge mastery and measurement in corporate and schooling environments”.The online training and education company was launched in 2013. It was not her first foray into the business world: as soon as she graduated from university, where she studied computer sciences, Rabana co-founded Yeigo to develop one of the earliest mobile VoIP applications.Since those early days, she has learned a lot about herself and what works for her. “Our society teaches us to spend a lot of time looking ‘out there’ for success, but the ability to drive yourself to your full potential starts internally with personal mastery,” she explained. “I was able to make the decisions I have made because I am very clear on what I can and cannot tolerate, what my non-negotiables are, and what I value.”In March, she was named one of 15 women changing the world in 2015 on the WEF website. According to the WEF, Rabana “actively promotes the role of women in business as well as the potential of mobile technology to seed new business opportunities that provide much-needed jobs and crack socio-economic challenges”.Speaking in DavosIn 2012, she was invited to speak on a panel entitled “The Future across Generations” at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos.Watch:She said it became apparent to her the world was looking for answers to global challenges from all sectors of society, and that young people were able to shape perception, which was essentially the beginning of change. “The awe of the moment was particularly pronounced when I realised that beyond the hundreds of participants at Davos, several interpreters, journalists, TV broadcasters and media platforms were listening [to] and recording my every word – when I ‘ummed’ even the interpreters ‘ummed,’ ” she said. “It’s an interesting perspective to see the world.”Magazine covergirlBeing on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine in August 2013, alongside Wendy Ackerman, “the force behind Pick n Pay with her husband”, made Rabana feel incredibly lucky and privileged. “It was an honour being where so many far more established and successful entrepreneurs have been, much later in their careers,” she said.Being on the cover as a representative and symbol of her generation of up and coming aspiring entrepreneurs made it even more of an achievement. Her next step is to have a big enough business to warrant a solo cover.Wendy Ackerman and Rapelang Rabana on the August cover of Forbes Africa. Our first double cover.— Forbes Africa (@forbesafrica) July 31, 2013Go behind-the-scenes on the cover shoot:When she was named Entrepreneur for the World in 2014, she even asked the World Entrepreneurship Forum if they were certain since “there are many people who have built far bigger and more successful enterprises”.But she was indeed named Entrepreneur for the World, and she felt a deep sense of serenity. “Almost 10 years back I had made the decision to start my business despite the confusion, turbulent thoughts and emotions, not knowing what life would hold,” she said. “Now the trust I had placed in myself to chart my own path was reaping rewards I never could have conceived, all because I dared to listen to myself. Knowing the value of that choice 10 years on gave me great peace.”The woman behind the business savvyWhen Rabana does have down time, she loves to enjoy the world-class cuisine – her favourite food is seafood and roasted vegetables – and wine in Cape Town. “A trip to the winelands always helps. If not, I am happy to be home with a good book,” she said. She is currently reading Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowey.Her favourite TV show is Game of Thrones and she loves the movie Crash. She adores the colour black and the quote: “Nothing great is ever achieved in the past or in the future, only in the now.”Her most prized possessions in her handbag are her two phones and her notebook.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

A Quiet Place writers turn down offers to work on Star Wars

first_imgLos Angeles: A Quiet Place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have revealed that they declined to work on Lucasfilm’s future Star Wars films as they insisted on creating a new franchise. The duo have become one of the most sought after names in Hollywood following the success of John Krasinski-directed A Quiet Place and Lucas film caught up with them to talk about their iconic franchises – Star Wars and Indiana Jones. In an interview with Movieweb, the scribes said that during their discussions with the studio’s executives, they made their intentions clear about working on original ideas. We went into Lucasfilm in the wake of ‘A Quiet Place’ and they wanted to talk to us about ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’. “And we’re like, ‘We wanna talk to you about what is ‘Star Wars’ before it was ‘Star Wars’? You guys have a responsibility to start a new franchise. That’s where our hearts have always been, just trying to create original ideas,” Woods said. Beck revealed that discussions centred more around what their take would be on Indiana Jones or Star Wars.last_img read more