LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFF

first_imgA planned one-day strike at Letterkenny Marks & Spencer tomorrow has been called off.Branches throughout the country were due to close.A spokesman for the Mandate trade union said the strike was deferred because of an emergency Labour Court hearing this Friday. Workers are angry at the closure of a defined-benefit pension scheme.Stores closed last Saturday as part of the industrial dispute.Friday’s talks are aimed at ending the row.   Advertisement LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFF was last modified: December 11th, 2013 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) Tags:LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFFlast_img read more

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Charlton 1-0 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ last-gasp defeat

first_imgJohnnie Jackson’s injury-time header condemned QPR to a third consecutive defeat as their promotion bid suffered another setback.See also:QPR beaten by injury-time goal at CharltonBond bemoans QPR’s defensive lapseCharlton v QPR player ratingsDunne insists QPR can still make top twoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Live postgame video: Warriors, Clippers react to stunning Game 2

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following an unbelievable collapse by the Warriors as the Clippers came back from a 31-point deficit to beat Golden State Monday night.The Warriors seemingly had things in control after grabbing a 31-point lead in the second half only to watch the Clippers score 44 points in the third period to set the stage for their huge comeback victory. While …last_img

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CT airport upgrades near completion

first_img18 February 2010Upgrades at Cape Town International Airport have edged closer to completion with the opening of the 3rd and 4th floor of a new parkade as well as the link between the international arrivals terminal and the new central terminal building (CTB).The 3rd and 4th floor of Parkade 1 makes available an additional 1 600 parking bays, and the entire parkade is earmarked to be complete in March 2010 with 4 000 parking bays in total.The international and domestic open shaded parking will be separated and be known as open shade parking 1 and open shade parking 2.“The infrastructure [at the airport] is rapidly coming on stream; besides the additional parking floors being made available to the public, the link between the international terminal and the central terminal building is now open,” Cape Town International Airport communications manager Deidre Hendricks said in a statement last week.“All international passengers arriving at the airport can now access the new terminal and all its amenities.”Central terminal buildingThe link between the international terminal and the central terminal building routes airport users to the ground floor of the CTB, allowing them access to more retail and restaurant options.It also allows for access to the transport plaza and the central car rental facility, both scheduled to be opened by the end of March.As part of the final plan for the airport, the open shaded parking will be separated as of 10 February 2010; there will be two entrances to the open shaded parking, one close to Parkade 1 and the other at the far end of Parkade 2 near the existing car rental area.Soon to be completed are the southern facing subway, the link between Domestic Arrivals and the CTB, the completed Parkade 1 and the fully upgraded road network.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA congratulates South Sudan

first_img10 July 2012 President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South Sudan on the country’s first anniversary of independence, offering South Africa’s continued support for peace and development in the country even as relations with north Sudan remain fragile. South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. Its birth was the culmination of a six-year peace process which helped bring an end to the long-running conflict between South Sudan and Sudan, of which it was formerly a part. Zuma said in a statement on Monday that South Africa would continue to support efforts to create an environment for the entrenchment of democracy and development of government institutions in South Sudan.Security, oil issues With one year having passed since the official declaration of South Sudan’s separation from north Sudan, the two countries so far seem to have failed to establish good neighbourly relations. Despite confirmation by the politicians of both sides to establish relations, recent events prove that the historical differences between the two sides are deeper than they appeared. The outstanding issues, including the sharing of revenues of oil, which is produced in the South and exported via north Sudan’s oil infrastructures and ports, were among the most prominent differences that prevented the establishment of normal ties between Khartoum and Juba. The oil dispute reached its peak when South Sudan decided on January 20 to stop pumping its crude oil, due to differences over the fees for exporting the South’s oil through Sudan’s ports. The decision had negative consequences for both economies, as Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil revenues, pushing the Sudanese government to adopt far-reaching economic reforms but causing a rise in prices of basic commodities that prompted demonstrations. Meanwhile, the citizens of South Sudan are suffering from lack of development and basic services together with high prices of basic commodities.‘Both sides struggling to adapt to separation’ The two countries almost slid into a comprehensive war when South Sudan’s army occupied Sudan’s oil-rich area of Heglig on 10 April. According to observers and analysts, the relationship between Khartoum and Juba will not return to normal unless the security and oil issues are resolved. Sudanese expert Mohamed Hassan Saeed says events following the separation of South Sudan have proved that the security issue is still a major threat to stable relations between the two countries, with the oil dispute adding further tension. “Full normalisation in the relations between Khartoum and Juba cannot be achieved without exploring a settlement for security issues between the two countries,” Saeed said. “The standing issues at the Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas as well as Abyei should be resolved first, and then the two sides can search for an agreement to restore pumping of the South’s oil through Sudan to meet the demands of the two country’s peoples. “Definitely, the current disputes are the outcome of the separation, because both countries are facing difficulty in adapting to the new situation,” Saeed said. “The South is suffering from difficulties of building a state from nothing under chronic tribal conflicts, scarcity of resources and lack of infrastructures, while Sudan is suffering from economic, security and political issues.”‘No choice but to work together’ Abdul-Azeem Ahmed, a Sudanese political analyst, believes that the two countries have no choice but to work to establish constructive relations based on common interests and mutual benefits. “Whatever the differences are, they will eventually resort to favouring cooperation and normalisation of relations, because that is the most realistic option,” Ahmed told news agency Xinhua. “It seems there is an urgent need to resolve the joint issues within a political framework, because both countries need stability and development,” Ahmed added. “They also need to create opportunities to change the negative feeling of regional isolation”. South Sudan was officially declared independent on 9 July 2011 in a celebration that was attended by around 30 African heads of state and representatives of regional and international organisations. The relationship between north and south Sudan witnessed continued tension for about two decades until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the two sides in January 2005 to end the longest civil war on the African continent. In accordance with the CPA, a referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan was conducted in January 2011, in which around 98 percent of southern Sudanese citizens voted for independence. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

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Twitter Data Dump: InfoChimps Puts 1B Connections Up for Sale

first_imgThis is particular, extracted data though – not the full text of Tweets. “We’re trying to be careful,” Kromer says, “we are not yet exposing the contents of tweets.” And this data isn’t cheap if you want the numbers broken out by the hour instead of the month.This is a very big move because most developers struggle to get access to a large quantity of data from Twitter.Here’s what InfoChimps is putting on sale:Tweet #38 in the History of Twitter: “oh this is going to be addictive” – by @dom 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Hashtags, links and smiley emoticons used across Twitter on an hour-by-hour basis.@ messages, RT and favorites and who they came from: 1 billion relations, making what the company calls a “conversation metric.”A useful if less exciting set of data that will help developers map user ID numbers from search.twitter over to the different ID numbers used in the primary Twitter API. These systems were never merged and it can require a lot of API calls to merge user data.The company believes it is capturing about 10% of the total data on Twitter right now, but Kromer says that he believes he can ramp that up to 30%. Data as a Pot of GoldInfoChimps is a bulk data marketplace with more than 5000 data sets in its catalog so far. The vast majority are free and were added by the company’s own staff, but not all. The decades-old polling firm Zogby International, for example, is selling some Iraqi polling data through InfoChimps. Cross-reference that polling data with publicly available data about civilian casualties in Iraq and you can see some interesting patterns, InfoChimps’ PR rep Josh Dilworth told us. (Dilworth is known as the most data-savvy PR guy in the Web 2.0 world and also represents Wolfram Alpha and Twine.)The company hopes that it can sell the data derived from sitting on the Twitter API as a demonstration of the value that this and other data sets have. InfoChimps says it can help companies monetize data that they’d otherwise be paying to serve up through repeated API calls, if at all.From sentiment analysis (not yet an option with the current InfoChimps data set) to social graph discovery (definitely an option), we’ve written extensively here before about the impacts that social data could have on business, social and political policies in the future.John Zogby, founder of polling firm Zogby International, spoke to us at length (in a separate phone interview several months ago) about the value of using online social networks to measure public opinion. “We’ve been particularly known for innovating and polling new technologies,” he said.“83% of all households are online today and 92% of likely voters, so with online polling we are today about where the country was with telephone penetration when telephone surveys started. Social networking is not as representative as online access [in general] yet, but I’m comfortable with caveats: that you can do a random sampling, so long as you claim that’s what your universe is, as long as you don’t extrapolate to all Americans, etc. It has tremendous, tremendous value. “I know that the landline era is coming to an end – not today or tomorrow but we’ve got to find new and different ways of doing our work. It’s the same kind of crossroads as the ’70s, when we moved away from the door-to-door and mail-in results to the landlines. “Online, frankly just like telephone, doesn’t have the minority population, but for market surveys you may be looking for a different kind of consumer. “We know that the landline phone is pushing us away; we know that we can’t use the cell phone in the same way; and we know that we’ve got to reinvent this industry [of measuring public opinion]. What’s happening are simultaneous new technologies and at the same time growing penetration of these new technologies. We’re riding a bucking bronco.”Use CasesThe conversation metric data that InfoChimps is selling is the most exciting to me. Imagine a third-party app using historical social-conversation data to filter Twitter or other messages based on the strongest social connections that I or other people have. Imagine, for example, social Q&A service Aardvark combining the Twitter Lists API with this InfoChimps data set for a scenario like this: “You have a question about stock options? How would you like us to find a person who knows about that, is regularly conversed-with by people on Robert Scoble’s Twitter list of Venture Capitalists and is available right now?” That sounds pretty great to me. The possible applications are many. “I see Twitter as a data acquisition device for what people talk about and how they relate to each other,” InfoChimps’ Kromer says.Right now InfoChimps is selling the hashtag and link dataset for $8,000 and the social metric data set for $9,500. Eventually the company will likely move to a subscription model.How They Got the DataHow did InfoChimps get the data? The company hits the Twitter Developer API 20,000 times an hour (the standard for developers) but takes big swaths of data each time it does. “I have a priority queue,” Kromer told us. “I can set a search term, and for each search term I can get 1500 tweets per API call. If I get 1500 tweets at a time, then the number of wasted tweets at the end of a series of searches is the smallest. If I’m searching for a term and get less than 1500 results back, then I forecast how long it will take to fill that number of results back up to the maximum and move it down the priority queue accordingly. On the lowest priority I have searches for RT or http. There will always be 1500 results for that. It’s only API calls that limit me. As is, it’s like a fisherman setting nets: what matters is that dinner is tasty.”Does that sound so hard? Worth thousands of dollars? Here’s what Kromer says:“It’s not magic. If you talk to people who use Hadoop and do social networking analysis, this is underwhelming. You take 30 million users, 1 billion links, adorn each link with info at the end of the link and acrue it with the person at the head of the link. That breaks conventional databases; the plumbing is hard. The math is easy but when you do it a billion times, it starts to get interesting. You have to be careful and clever. We plan to do stuff that is structural – a clustering co-efficient true pagerank.”Ultimately it’s about specialization and data as a service. “The people we need to come in and connect this info with human beings,” Kromer says, “aren’t the people who should be wasting their time on the math. And the guys who are good at doing these things should not be building Web apps.”But Can They Get Away With It?There’s some question whether Twitter will allow InfoChimps to sell data based on Twitter data. Kromer says he’d much rather resell the data on a commission than have to do all the work he’s done to set up the extraction system. But it was a year ago that InfoChimps caught the eye of people who love data: by releasing a large collection of scraped Twitter data. The InfoChimps blog post for that read: “Big huge thanks to twitter.com: they have given us permission to share this freely. Please go build tools with this data that make both twitter.com and yourself rich and famous: then more corporations will free their data.”But then Twitter founder Evan Williams asked InfoChimps to take those data sets down until a Terms of Service for them could be figured out. That never happened, and communication between the two companies hasn’t progressed very far over the last year. InfoChimps does not have Twitter’s permission to do what it did today, but Kromer says Twitter hasn’t contacted them either. No one from Twitter headquarters has responded to our request for comment yet.“We talked to our lawyer about this a lot,” Kromer told us, “we are on absolutely solid ground with regards to copyright, user privacy and use of the API. This is clearly for the benefit of their community.”That’s nice that Kromer feels so assured, but his attitude seems a little unrealistic.We asked technology journalist Robert Scoble what he thought of the dilemma, and his opinion is pretty clear. “If Twitter wants to be a platform, they have to behave like a platform,” he said. “Don’t be king-makers. Let the marketplace choose the winners. If they are going to say nobody should study the data because we’re going to sell that, that’s not being a platform. Twitter tries to pick the winners and it pisses me off. They admit that they are king-makers. All that does is make everyone vote against them and hope a competitor comes around.”Perhaps time will tell. But these are very early days in what looks to be an era of widespread innovation built on top of social data analysis.center_img Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#news#NYT#web Data extracted from 500 million Twitter messages was released today by a tiny Texas startup company that forward-looking geeks have been watching for a year. Austin-based Infochimps announced this afternoon that it is now selling two important and very large sets of Twitter data. Limited samples of the data are available for free and a third, most important, set of data still won’t be ready for a few more hours. “What we want is to see people use this to build web apps,” Infochimps co-founder Flip Kromer told us today. “You take this data, mash it up with any other very large corpus of data with timestamps – and you’ve got a web app.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Ace the Art of Muzzle Flashes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgMake your action scenes more epic with explosive muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.When it comes to indie VFX work, there are few things as fun as creating realistic muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro. While there are certainly many different ways to create the effect, the following video tutorial demonstrates one of the easiest ways to create Hollywood-quality muzzle flashes using only a few simple video elements.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and create some muzzle-flash mayhem! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Muzzle Flash Assets Creating a Muzzle Flash in Final Cut ProCreating muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro couldn’t be easier. Just follow the steps below.Step 1: Place Your Fire Element Into Your VideoThe first thing to do is place your fire elements into your timeline. You can do this by dragging and dropping the clips from the media browser into your timeline (or hitting the ‘Q’ key with the files selected).Step 2: Reduce to One FrameBy default, the fire element will be longer than a single frame — but if you’re wanting to create a realistic muzzle flash, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. To cut your footage, select the blade tool by hitting the B key on your keyboard and cutting up your clips into a single “flash” frame.Step 3: Set the Blending ModeYour muzzle flash element will have a black background. For obvious reasons, this won’t work for your video project. With your muzzle flash selected, navigate to the Inspector in the top right part of your Final Cut Pro window. Click the Video button, and select Linear Dodge from the Blending Mode menu located under the Compositing section.Step 4: Scale the ElementYour muzzle flash will likely be too big for your frame. To alter the element, use the Transform tool to scale and position the muzzle flash as needed.Step 5: Add Ambient FlashesAt this point, your video may look cool — but you need to add some ambient light elements into your scene to really push it over the top. While you could use a simple solid shape layer, the best thing to do is use an organic video element. For our example, we’ll use a clip of a lightning storm.Drop your lightning footage into the scene and scale it up using the Scaling and Position features in the Inspector. Set your blending mode to Linear Dodge. Now delete the clip so it only pops up over each flash frame. Next, it’s time to color the element orange.In FCPX, there’s a simple color correction effect called Sepia. This effect quickly applies an orange stylization to your clip.Step 6: Duplicate Your VideoNow we want to colorize our video at the exact frame where the muzzle flash happens. To do this, you need to duplicate the bottom footage layer. This is accomplished by dragging the bottom video layer while pressing and holding the option key.Step 7: Colorize the VideoTo colorize the video, use the Color Correction effect and apply some slight orange color grading. After you do this, cut the video down to the frames in which the muzzle flashes are flashing.See below for the epic results.What is your favorite method for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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IDRIS ELBA MARRIES CANADIAN MODEL SABRINA DHOWRE IN A BEAUTIFUL MOROCCAN WEDDING

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Idris Elba has married Sabrina Dhowre. Later, she changed into a V-neck style embroidered dress with pearls and gemstones and finished with couture lace.Guests wore black tie.The celebrations have been spread out over three days.Friends and family attended a “colours of the Souk” themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. On April 27, they will attend an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which will emulate the atmosphere of a festival.Elba met Dhowre in Canada in 2017 while filming The Mountain Between Us. Speaking about their relationship, the Brit previously told People, “Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.”This is the third marriage for Idris. He was wed to Hanne ‘Kim’ Norgaard, with whom he shares 17-year-old daughter Isan, from 1999-2003, and to Sonya Nicole Hamlin for a brief period in 2006. He also has a son, Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.By Susan Devaney ~ British Vogue Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre are married. The couple, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh.Dhowre wore two custom dresses by Vera Wang; while Elba wore a bespoke suit by Ozwald Boateng.For the ceremony, Dhowre wore a classic off-the-shoulder white A-line gown.last_img read more

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Buffalo Bills QB Competition EJ Manuel to Start Week

The Buffalo Bills named rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel the starter in the team opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday.Manuel only played in two preseason games after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee on Aug. 18.The rookie, who was the first quarterback drafted back in April, had a pretty solid preseason in the games he did play. He went 26-of-33 in passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in his two preseason appearances.Coach Doug Marrone had planned to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel if Manuel was unable to suit up. However, the 16th overall draft pick returned to practice wearing a knee brace Sunday.Marrone said Manuel will start for the Bills in the opener because his recovery from the procedure was progressing ahead of schedule. Manuel participated fully in practice on Monday. read more

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