first_imgThey battled gallantly to stop the huge fire from taking their homes and destroying their community.And now the people of the West Donegal communities of Annagry and Loughanure are to go into battle once again.Just days after a fire tried to rip the heart out of their community, hundreds of locals are set to take part in a massive clean-up operation. Weather-permitting there will be a massive clean-up on the hills from Loughanure to Kincasslagh this Monday night from 6pm until 9pm.Gloves and bags will be provided to volunteers in a bid to collect many items left behind during the frantic efforts to put out the hundreds of small fires which broke out last weekend.The items include broken spades, discarded water bottles and facemasks.A skip will be left at Caisleain Oir to dispose of all the waste that is collected. People are asked to arrive at 6pm and full co-ordination of the plan will be arranged.Main pic by Brid Sweeney.Massive clean-up planned in wake of West Donegal wildfire was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Annagryclean-upLoughanureWest Donegallast_img read more


first_imgWe have a Klay Thompson sighting.The Warriors’ binge scorer showed up at the “Space Jam 2” movie set Wednesday where he met with LeBron James and Warriors teammate Draymond Green. According to TMZ Sports, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard were also on the set.Thompson moved around with the aid of crutches to protect his left knee, which he injured during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. On Monday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters that Thompson would have surgery this week to repair …last_img read more


first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 21 January 2014 – Brand South Africa will bring an opportunity to discuss education with specialists in the field, to the community in Soweto when it hosts the second Play Your Part/Sowetan dialogue in Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall on 22 January 2013.The dialogue will focus on the topic, “Why many learners and students start but don’t finish?” and is in line with the awareness that learners must stay in school to receive quality education.The discussion will be guided by:Adam Habib – Vice Chancellor at Wits UniversityVuyo Jack – CEO and founder of EmpowerdexPanyaza Lesufi – National Department of Basic EducationRosie Chirongoma – (PfP) Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at SymphoniaDr Jeffrey Mabelebele – Higher Education South AfricaBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Education plays a significant role in growing a country and in its competitiveness. We therefore need to ensure our school system can deliver quality education to enrich our learners and provide them with the tools they need to be successful.”“I invite all those interested in ensuring our education system is able to deliver the kind of education that supports the intellectual growth and development of our young people to play their part and attend the dialogue,”  concluded Mr Matola.Sowetan Dialogues are public conversations held in local communities across the country. They provide a platform for discussions on issues that affect societies and what we can collectively do to improve these conditions.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date   :        Wednesday, 22 January 2013Venue :        Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall(See map and location documents attached or visit https://maps.google.co.za/maps?q=where+is+Soweto,+Orlando+West,+Uncle+Toms+Hall&ie=UTF-8&ei=TtPXUq7MEqbQ7Abmo4CgCA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAgTime  :         18h00 for 18:30RSVP   :        Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 082 404 4856The entrance to the dialogue is free although places must be booked. To book please SMS keyword DIALOGUES, name and surname to 41936. SMSes are charged at R1.50/SMS. Free minutes do not apply. Booking line closes on 21st January 2014 at 12h00 noon. Confirmation will be sent via SMS or RSVP to obosel@sowetan.co.zaNote to editorsProfiles of the panelistsProfessor Adam HabibProfessor Adam Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, and has served in this position as from the 1st of June 2013. He is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions.Mr Panyaza LesufiMr Panyaza Lesufi is a spokesman for the Department of Basic Education. He was born in Tembisa where he led a number of youth and student structures before getting arrested under the 1988 Apartheid Emergency Regulation for belonging to then banned organizations (ANC, MK and COSAS). Mr Lesufi matriculated at Vital Link Student Cooperation and went on to study Business Administration at the University of Natal in Durban where he was voted President of the SRC. He served in the Senate, Council and EXCO of the University and was awarded the Best SRC President ever by the University Natal as well as the Albert Luthuli Inter-Personal Relations Award. He served as Deputy Regional Secretary of the ANC at Ekurhuleni for 10 years before being elected to the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the ANC Gauteng Province. Mr Lesufi also served as a board member of the Ellis Park Disaster Fund and Chairperson of the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership.Ms Rosie ChirongomaMs Rosie Chirongoma deals with Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at Symphonia. Ms Chirongoma’s interests include current affairs, creating awareness about the issues that affect African children and working with children in disadvantaged communities. Armed with a National Diploma in Architectural Technology, she lists strong leadership, good communication skills, being passionate and driven as well as willingness to take risks as her strengths. Ms Chirongoma has been actively involved in affecting change at a grassroots level in South Africa since 2007. Her list of community projects include: Big Brother Big Sister; the Paballo Ya Batho project which helps provide food, medical care and companionship to 500 destitute and homeless people living in the inner city of Johannesburg. In 2010, Ms Chirongoma spent her weekends looking after abandoned children at the TLC Children’s Home. She was recognised as a Nedbank Local Hero, in 2007, for providing 450 learners at New Generation School with learning resources and an environment conducive for learning in an informal settlement.Mr Vuyo JackVuyo Jack grew up in Dube, Soweto where he entertained the idea of becoming a film director, before a family friend in merchant banking changed his mind. He then decided to study accounting which he sees as a critical basis for informed economic decision-making, and as a central measure of business performance. Since co-founding Empowerdex, Vuyo was appointed as a member of the dti’s BEE Task Team in 2003 and has advised both government departments and various corporates on matters of BEE. Vuyo has a weekly column in Sunday’s Business Report on issues surrounding BEE. In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of Empowerdex, Vuyo lectures Financial Accounting at Wits on a part-time basis.Dr Jeffrey MabelebeleDr Jeffrey Mabelebele joined Higher Education South Africa (HESA) in 2009 as a Director, Operations and Sector Support.  Prior to this, he worked for the Human Sciences Research Council as a Researcher, Government Communication and Information System as a Director in the Project Office and the National Treasury’s Technical Assistance Unit as Director, Knowledge Management. His research interests include social values, identity and memory. Dr Mabelebele studied at the universities of Limpopo and UNISA. His work is published widely in accredited and peer reviewed journals.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more


first_imgUse an expression to create random movement with the wiggle expression in After Effects. In this post we’ll show you how to create wiggle easily by modifying numbers…not keyframes.Editors sometime cringe at the word expressions, but have no fear.  When you understand them they really aren’t scary and can end up saying you a lot of time.If you’ve ever seen animations where light is flickering or a camera shakes, it’s likely you’ve seen the wiggle expression in action.  Wiggle is one of the most popular After Effects expressions, as it is easy to use and visually interesting.  Instead of creating a bunch of keyframes to make a layer randomly move, we can do this with a couple of numbers.The Wiggle Expression in After EffectsFor this example I created the word ‘wiggle’ from text.  I want the position of this text to wiggle, so select the text layer and hit P to open the Position Transform properties.Option (Mac) or Alt (PC) click on the stopwatch to create the expression. The text turns Red, telling you there is an expression applied.Type wiggle(2,50). This expression states that twice a second the text should wiggle 50 pixels on the x & y axis – the first number is how many times a second, the 2nd is the amount of pixel movement.If you want to modify the wiggle simply change the numbers.  If we had done this with keyframes, every time the client wanted changes we would have to change the keyframes – not fun!Wiggling One DimensionWhat if you want to wiggle just the x or y position? This expression is a little more complicated, but you don’t have to write it.I went to motion-graphics-exchange.com (an online resource for After Effects expressions), and searched for “wiggle one dimension”.  This is the expression they have for ‘wiggle in one dimension’:wiggle only in x (horizontal):org=value; temp=wiggle (5,50); [temp[0],org[1]];Shorthand:[wiggle(5,50)[0],position[1]]wiggle only in y (vertical):org=value; temp=wiggle (5,50); [org[0],temp[1]];Copy this text into your After Effects project and you’re done!For more After Effects expressions check out motion-graphics-exchange and aenhancers.com.  If you want to learn about creating expressions, check out: JJGifford, MotionScript and Gray Machine.Controlling the Wiggle ExpressionWhat if you don’t want the layer wiggling constantly? A common technique is to add an expressions control to a null layer so we can keyframe the wiggle.  For AE newbies, a null is an object that doesn’t render that we can use to control other layers.We are going to use the null with the original position wiggle we created on the Wiggle text (above).From the Layer Menu select New and then Null Object. Rename the Null “wiggle control” and then apply the effect “Sliders Control” (in the Expressions Controls category). Select the wiggle control layer in the timeline, and type E to reveal the Slider Control effect. Click the twirly for Slider Control to see the stopwatch.Go to the Wiggle text expression and select just the 2. with the 2 selected, click the pickwip (looks like a curly cue), and drag the pick whip to the Slider stopwatch.Pick whip is highlighted in Red:Here is the larger view:We no longer see a wiggle, as the Slider is now controlling how many times a second the text wiggles. Click the stopwatch to create a keyframe at the beginning, then move the playhead further in time and change the amount for the Slider to increase the wiggle.  You can turn on motion blur to enhance the effect.Motion Blur Highlighted in RED (click for larger view):Now you know how to create a wiggle expression in After Effects and how to control it using a null and an expression slider effect – a huge timesaver.What After Effects expressions do you rely on?Share them with us in the comments below!last_img read more


first_imgLegendary all-rounder Ian Botham feels despite India being the world’s number one Test side, England would go on to win the ongoing series as they have more young and vibrant players in their ranks as compared to the visitors.”I think England will win this series because in my opinion they are already the best team in the world and this summer will simply confirm it. They are the coming force in world cricket and unlike India, who have a lot of players in their twilight years, this is a young, vibrant England with more power to add,” Botham wrote in his column for the ‘Mirror’.However, Botham admitted that no matter how much he wants England to win the Test series, he would like to watch some quality cricket by some of the biggest names in the world cricket, including Sachin Tendulkar.”This is the 2,000th Test match of all time. Statistics don’t thrill me — people and performances are what matter, so if Sachin gets to 100 hundreds at Lord’s I’ll be applauding him, not because of the numbers but because he is a great player, a great man and a great ambassador for the game,” said the former cricketer.”The thing I look forward to most when I turn up for commentary duty is an England win, but a close second comes high quality cricket from high quality players.”So I will walk through the gates at Lord’s knowing I’m guaranteed at least one of those things because Sachin’s name will be on the team sheet,” he added.advertisementRemembering the times he had played against the Indian batting legend, Botham wrote, “18 years after I quit professional cricket, Sachin is the only man left on the international circuit that I played against.”Tendulkar ct Stewart b Botham 35, and it was a beauty if I remember rightly, back in 1992 during the World Cup.”Stating that he has “nothing but admiration and respect for Sachin”, 55-year-old Englishman insisted, “If you’d have told me then that this little lad would still be playing in 2011, having just won the World Cup and be on the brink of reaching his 100th international hundred, I’d have said you were mad.”But then Sachin doesn’t deal in the ordinary. He has batted and batted his way into the record books and he has done it with the style and grace off the field under intense pressure that no-one could match — certainly not me.”Botham said there could be no better role model than Tendulkar for the budding cricketers.”He is an all-time great of the game, whose love and passion for cricket is unparalleled. If ever there was a role model to be had for a young cricketer, then Sachin is it.””This guy is a phenomenon and if I were the England team I wouldn’t feel any better about the fact that his highest score at this ground is 37. If anything, that would make me feel worse. He will be totally focused on getting to his 100th hundred, and there is no place in the world that he would rather reach the landmark than Lord’s,” Botham said.”It would be a dream, a fairytale for him if he were to make it there. The only problem for England is that he has a habit of having them come true, and when Sachin is on song there is very little you can do,” he added.Botham, however, hoped that English bowlers could succeed in stopping the legendary batsman from reaching the much-awaited milestone.”As much of a fan as I am of his, I do think our bowlers can succeed in checking his progress,” he said, adding that James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are expected to do their best.”James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are forming the most potent opening attack in the game to rival Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.”Behind them is the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann and alongside him should be the ever improving and impressive Tim Bresnan,” said Botham.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more