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MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS

first_imgHello,Monday morning has beckoned upon the Media Box HQ once again, the week ahead of us certainly is a busy one; we’ve plenty of exciting events to keep us busy.  And let’s not forget Super Valu’s Super Hero charity mountain climb is taking place this Sunday. The climb is in aid of the Donegal Hospice and Super Valu plan to raise €30000 by October for the good cause. There certainly is “Summit” about them!  We have been customising our costumes for weeks and we can’t wait to show them off, pink makes the boys wink and all that! Check out how well our training has been going in the exclusive picture! A massive congratulations to Mary Given from Laghey, Co. Donegal who is the lucky winner of €1,000 in this week’s Gallagher’s Bakery Grab a Grand competition. Mary is definitely a lucky name! Mary Given is actually the third Mary to have won the competition so far! After finding her golden ticket in her White Sliced Pan bought in Kee’s of Laghey, Mary was entered into a draw with other contenders and was randomly selected as this week’s Grab a Grand winner.Each week Gallagher’s Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer. To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallagher’s White Sliced Pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.Our friends over at Smyth’s Daleside Feeds have been inundated with entries for the “Little Farmers” search. Smyth’s are looking for “Little Farmers” aged 15 and under to star in their 2012 calendar “Growing up on the Farm”. The calendar will highlight the top class quality of Smyth’s products whilst featuring junior farmers helping out on the farm. To see your son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother or sister, feature as little Miss/Mr. January, February or March please send a picture of their best farming pose to Smyth’s Daleside Feeds: [email protected] All applications must be made by a parent/ guardian over the age of 18.We will be minding our P’s and Q’s this week as we have several corporate events to plan! And there is nothing the Media Box team loves more than a good old challenge! Our top tune for today is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, hopefully it will get everyone in the mood for the big climb ahead of us. Please feel free to logon to http://www.facebook.com/mediabox and sing along.We hope you enjoyed this week’s update on our office antics and keep an eye on our Facebook page to hear all the latest news. Until next week….keep running in heels!The Media Box Team. XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: August 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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49ers Nick Mullens finds virtual-reality tool ‘pretty interesting’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — With 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, there are reality checks and then there is virtual reality. This being Silicon Valley, let’s start with the latter.The 49ers, since 2015, offer a virtual-reality station to help players review practice film and the game plan, and Mullens dabbles in that tool a couple times each week.“It’s pretty interesting. You go in and you put the goggles on and kind of watch practice from the quarterback’s view, compared to just sitting and watching on …last_img

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Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes

first_img“Eye coexist” by Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela aims to capture the concrete coexisting with nature. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s winning photo from2010, titled “Portrait of the artist as a young woman”, is the 2011 festival poster.(Images: African Film Festival of Tarifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Filip Hrubý International press officer African Film Festival of Tarifa +420 775 011 550 • Adolphus OparaPhotographer and contestant+234 803 475 1075 RELATED ARTICLES • Bieber wins top press photo award • Cannes triumph for SA films • Local author gets top sci-fi award • SA puppet company wins a Tony • SA short film makes festival finalsShamin ChibbaThis year’s Photoafrica competition showcases the talent of 25 finalists from 11 African countries. The final group was chosen out of 75 applicants – a new record for the contest – who submitted over 400 pictures.The 2011 photography contest is the fourth edition. It takes place in Tarifa, in Cádiz province on Spain’s southernmost coast, between 6 and 19 June as part of the eighth African Film Festival of Tarifa.Of the hundreds of photos entered, just 27 pictures were selected for the exhibition, which will stand outdoors as large format prints before and throughout the festival.Fourteen South Africans made the list of finalists. However, they are up against strong candidates from neighbouring countries Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Contestants from Morocco, Kenya (two finalists), Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia make up the rest of the numbers.Working with this year’s theme Urban Spaces, photographers had to portray their own perceptions of the modern African cityscape.According to Photoafrica coordinator Gaetano Gualdo, the theme encouraged contestants to capture the radical changes taking place in Africa’s cities as more of its people relocate from rural to urban areas.The contest is open to all African artists living in an African country. The three best works will win €1 500 (R15 000), €1 000 (R10 000) and €500 (R5 000) respectively.Photos that tell storiesGualdo said the three prize-winning photographers are chosen according to artistic criteria, and that the photos have to tell a story and provide a new angle of view on African urban reality.He added that contestants are adjudicated on their use of light and composition in an artistic way.The 27 hopefuls will be assessed by a jury representing the exhibition’s organisers, Spanish cultural NGO Al Tarab and the Andalusian Centre of Photography.After the festival, the 27 finalists will be exhibited in various cities throughout Africa until the end of 2011.However, Gualdo is unable to list the African cities at present. “This is not fully confirmed yet, as the negotiations are still going on, but we are considering Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Malabo, Bata and others,” he said.A state of restlessnessAs a platform for promising photographers to display their best work, the contest has seen the launch of a number of successful careers.One of them was Nigeria’s Adolphus Opara, who won the first Photoafrica in 2008 and is again competing for the top honour in this year’s competition.Opara tried to capture one thing that African cities shared, which he said was a state of restlessness. He said that when living in a city, there is a feeling that there is always something to do “even when the day has gone its full 24-hour stretch”.He hopes that his 2011 entry, titled Urban Insomnia, will help people to feel the energy that emanates from typical African cities like Lagos.Another previous winner is Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, a photographer who commutes between Nairobi and Cape Town. Ng’ok’s winning shot from last year, titled Portrait of the artist as a young woman, was chosen to illustrate the festival poster for 2011.African photographers “high quality”Gualdo believes there has been a marked improvement in the quality of photographers in the last three years. The number of applications, which has doubled since the first version of the contest, is an indication of this progress.According to Gualdo, the pictures are comparable to those produced by photographers from other continents.Opara echoed Gualdo’s statement and added that, with a little support, African photographers may grow even faster.“I believe African photographers just need to be more professional about their works,” he said. “The larger part of the effort has to be from government authorities in these African countries to genuinely support the arts.”Gualdo said that participation in Photoafrica opens doors to the European cultural scene and helps increase the artists’ visibility, not only in Europe but also in their home countries.Spreading positive African imageReferring to the town’s geographical position, festival director Mane Cisneros said, “Tarifa is the only town all over Europe that wakes up every day looking at Africa.”Tarifa is the closest continental European town to Africa, separated from the continent by the Strait of Gibraltar, and sitting just 14 kilometres from the coast of Morocco. This close proximity has forged strong cultural links between Spain and this part of Africa.Furthermore, Gualdo said the Iberian country is one of the most Africanised in Europe since it is home to a large African contingent.He said the African population enriches Spanish society and resuscitates traditions of mutual history but at the same time its presence is a cause for prejudice and negative perceptions.“That is why the prime mission of our festival and Photoafrica is to spread a positive image of Africa. It is true that there are many problems in Africa, but it is also true that there are many people who are creative and productive, and fight for the development of their countries and people,” said Gualdo.He believes film and photography are superb tools for educating people about Africa.Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela: “Eye co-exist” aims to capture the concrete co-existing with nature. Mathibela is amongst 25 contestants competing for the 2011 Photoafrica prize.last_img read more

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Fighting fire with motherly instincts

first_imgFor Buyiselwa Ngqawani, being a female firefighter is similar to being a mother. “I don’t see myself only as a woman firefighter, but as a mother. Being caring, sharing and protective is what we are as mothers.“When we are fighting fires, we are caring and protecting our community and the environment,” says Ngqawani, who is Working on Fire’s regional manager of the Western Cape Peninsula region.South Africa annually celebrates Women’s Month in August, with 9 August being Women’s Day. This year’s theme for the month is “women moving South Africa forward.”Ngqawani explains why she is passionate about her career in celebration of Women’s Month.The beginningNgqawani started off as a firefighter in July 2005. “There was a recruitment. I went for it, did the training and passed. I was 19 years old then.”She says training to be a qualified firefighter took 25 days. Ngqawani, who grew up in a small community called Kwanokuthula in the southern Cape, started working in Plettenberg Bay. She is now one of 31% women who are part of the Working on Fire programme. “I never thought of being a firefighter. The Working on Fire programme is more than that. You do things like help the community [for instance spreading awareness of preventing fires.] It has always been my passion to help the community.”She became a media liaison and communications officer in the Eastern Cape in 2011. In 2013, she was appointed as a fire awareness training officer in the Western Cape before being taking up the regional manager post where she oversees about 100 firefighters.WCRegional Manager Buyiselwa Ngqawani assists Crew Leaders in improving thedrilling skills of the Mamre Team pic.twitter.com/pBic8OOZkb—Working on Fire (@wo_fire) May 13, 2016Staying motivatedNgqawani says getting to know her firefighters is important. “You have to equip them with skills and keep them motivated. Mine and their purpose is to serve. I like seeing them grow.”Having fought major fires such as the one on Table Mountain National Park in March 2015, is she ever scared when facing raging flames? “Not at all.” In fact, her motherly instincts kick in, says the mother of one boy.The best part of her job is educating communities, especially schools, with information on how to prevent fires. Between 2011 and 2015, Working on Fire gave fire safety workshops and information sessions to 3 312 communities and 4 466 schools.More about Working on FireIn 2003, Working on Fire employed 852 firefighters. Today, that number has grown to 5 000.Linton Rensburg, national communications officer of Working on Fire, says their 5 000 men and women are stationed at 200 bases throughout the country. “Working on Fire is part of the Expanded Public Works Programme of the government and falls within the Department of Environmental Affairs.”He says recruitment drives are advertised when they need more firefighters. “We train people across the country and they are deployed to fire hotspot areas. Our teams are based in both rural and urban centres.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Woest Willem – Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Noord-Holland, NetherlandsN 52° 55.927′ E 005° 00.071′ SharePrint Related Woest Willem is inspired by a popular Dutch children’s book of the same name. Willem is a crusty old pirate that lives alone in his house that he built with his own hands. One day, a terrified boy mistakenly climbs up the roof and Willem begrudgingly rescues him. They become friends and start building a boat together. Eventually, Willem has to admit that he never learned to swim, so the boy teaches him how, strengthening the bond between two unlikely mateys.The cache is located in the Netherlands on the outskirts of a small hamlet called Vatrop. Placed with permission of the property owner, it resides in a large wooden box attached to the property. Opening the box reveals a secret treasure chest Willem hid here after his retirement. It is a true pirate treasure, filled with doubloons and other valuable trinkets. Once you sign the logbook take a few minutes to explore the surrounding area as there are many interesting and unexpected art installations close to the pirate’s home. Rumor has it that Willem got into art after his retirement, but we might never find out if that is the truth. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGC4Y3F1by De Bosmannetjescenter_img What do geocachers and pirates in common? They both treasure the treasure. Avast ye landlubbers! Join us for another wild ride and learn more about the adventures of Woest Willem (Wild William), a once fierce scourge of the seven seas in our Geocache of the Week. Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

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Twitter Japan Will Allow Users to Charge for Access to Their Tweets

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Don’t Pay for Twitter – Pay for Accessing TweetsAccording to today’s reports, which still lack a lot of detail, Twitter users will have a number of options to pay for these account. According to Media magazine’s Anita Davis, users can pay monthly subscriptions with their credit cards and the pay-per-tweet options could be “charged to credit card, convenience store top-up cards or carrier billing for Twitter-on-mobile users.”Overall, this looks like an interesting business model for the Japanese market. Instead of charging its users directly for the use of Twitter, this option gives content producers the option to charge for their work. This new payment system will also give news organizations the option to experiment with delivering paid news, for examples.. Would You Pay To Access Premium Tweets?In the rest of the world, however, Twitter is more likely to make money through charging for premium accounts that add new features (analytics, verified accounts, etc.). Image credit: itmedia.co.jp Twitter’s Japanese partner, Digital Garage, will soon introduce a micropayment system that will give Twitter users the option to charge for access to their tweets. According to Media magazine, users will be able hide access to images, external URLs and text behind a paywall and other users would only be able to see this content if they either paid for a monthly subscription or through a pay-per-tweet option. Twitter itself will take a 30% cut. Kenichi Sugi, the COO of Digital Garage Mobile, announced this new business model at mobidec2009 earlier this week. The paid accounts will go live in January 2010.Twitter’s Japanese subsidiary has always been somewhat different from Twitter’s main site. Twitter Japan already offers advertising options, for example. Japan is also the only market where Twitter offers its own mobile application and mobile video service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How to Opt Out of Receiving the Yellow Pages

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow Once registered, you’ll recieve an email with your auto-generated password, which you can then use to log into the site. From there, you can select which phone books you would like to recieve (wishful thinking on their part?) or click the grey “Opt Out of All” button in the lower left and then click “Save Changes.”After opting out, you’ll get a confirmation email listing which phones you’ll be recieving moving forward, if any. As of today, businesses and individuals can opt out of recieving paper-based phone books in the mail using a new Website called the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt Out Site. Last month, we wrote about a study showing that nearly 70% of adults in the United States “rarely or never” use the phone book, and instead opt to use the Web-based search tools, which are infinitely more convenient and efficient. That research was conducted on behalf on WhitePages.com, who operates BanthePhoneBook.org, a site advocating opt-in-only delivery of phone books.The new opt-out site was created by Yellow Pages Association, the trade organization that represents the publishers of phone books in the United States, signaling an acknowledgement that printing and distributing paper phone books to every household is no longer a sustainable practice. To opt out of recieving the phone book on your door, head to www.yellowpagesoptout.com and register for the site. The registration process requires you to enter your address and phone number, but a note on the page promises that this information won’t be used for any purpose other than the opt out. Tags:#biz#How To Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Ashok Tanwar skips Gurugram event

first_imgInfighting within the Haryana Congress shows no signs of abating as former State unit chief Ashok Tanwar skipped the party’s manifesto committee meeting and the “Pehle Report, Phir Vote” campaign in Gurugram on Friday.“There’s no point in attending the [manifesto committee] meeting. When I was the president, these leaders who are at the helm [referring to new State unit chief Kumari Selja and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda) never cooperated with me. I will reciprocate the same way,” he told The Hindu. Mr. Tanwar said he was not aware of the party’s Gurugram programme. “I am not aware of today’s programme. Although it should have been launched earlier, I wish them all success,” he said.“It’s the responsibility of the new incumbents to take along other leaders and party workers. We all our working towards the same goal of strengthening the party and throwing out the ruling BJP from Haryana,” the former PCC chief said.Mr. Tanwar has not been attending party meetings, be it to decide candidates or on shaping the campaign strategy for the Assembly elections. He has instead been holding parallel meetings with his supporters. “We will continue with our election campaign separately… like they were doing by holding rallies when I was the State [unit] president,” said Mr. Tanwar.last_img read more

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Demonetisation: Auto industry gears up for slowdown as footfalls fall and 2-wheeler sales stall

first_imgOn November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcement that the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 rupee notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight. This sent the nation in a tizzy. Some called it a big move towards curbing black money, corruption and terror, some hailed it to be terrible farce. Love it or loathe it, but you can’t get away from it. Such is also the case of the auto industry. So how will, or how has, the demonetisation affected this particular industry?Also Read:Toyota working towards increasing sales of hybrid vehicles in IndiaFirst and foremost, the ones primarily affected are the two-wheeler manufacturers. A dealer of a prominent motorcycle manufacturer told us that most of their sales come in the form of cash. This mainly comprises of entry level two-wheelers sporting a pricetag of upto Rs 65,000. This segment can also be hailed as the ‘bread and butter’ segment on which most manufacturers rely. This segment relies very little on finance and seem to have been hit the hardest. Two-wheelers above this price bracket move into the ‘financed’ lot and hence are not affected that much by huge margins. The only catch here is the fact that the use of cheques and plastic money in making the down payments has seen a rapid increase.Also Read:Corolla, Toyota’s car for the masses, turns 50As far as four-wheelers are concerned, the problem isn’t that serious. According to a prominent web portal, the research of new and used cars dropped sharply by up to 30 per cent thus indicating a slow down. However, dealers claim that although there have been problems in customers being able to make the down payment, thanks to flexible finance options, things have not gone out of hand. This does not come as a surprise as up to 80 per cent of the vehicles sold in our country are financed.advertisementAlso Read:Bajaj Chetak to make a return as a premium scooter?But the rural market is where the damages are more prominent thanks to the fact that it is mostly cash driven. Considering that 35 per cent of the total car sales and 50 per cent of two-wheeler sales are rural market driven, the industry is going to witness a slowing down and there is likely to be a long-term damage to the industry due to the government’s demonetisation move.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki to soon introduce ISOFIX mounts on the CiazLast, but not the least, the used car market has also witnessed a sudden slump. While exact figures are not available, the used car market in mostly cash driven. Used car dealers have reported lower foot falls and are offering heavy discounts to move their existing stock. Overall, there is bound to be a negative effect on the auto industry due to demonetisation. The exact damage done to the industry will be evident when the official sales figure come out and a month-on-month comparison is done. Stay tuned.Also Read:Upcoming launches: New cars that will be launched in India by March 2017last_img read more

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation A Priority – Dr. Wheatley

first_imgStory Highlights EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry. He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels.He was speaking at the ceremony for the signing of a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP.  The Government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first US$15 million on November 10.“We, at the Ministry, welcome the signing of this agreement, which we see as crucial in our efforts to develop a competitive energy environment, diversify our energy sources and improve energy efficiency,” Dr. Wheatley said.He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017.He noted that some 800 persons in more than 40 ministries, departments and agencies have been trained through seminars and workshops in the areas of energy conservation and energy efficiency to augment some $1.1 billion worth of investment.Such investments include application of the cool roof solutions and retrofitting and replacement of old-technology air-conditioning systems.“With EMEP, there will be deepening of the retrofits to be undertaken, expanding to other government entities, such as those within the health, education and security sectors. There will also be even greater opportunities for us to promote fuel conservation in road transportation, and, very importantly, support for the Government’s electricity planning function – the Integrated Resource Plan,” Dr. Wheatley said.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion. One aim of the EMEP is to reduce the amount of oil imported for energy production.EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry.last_img read more

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