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LETTERKENNY TENNIS CLUB NOTES

first_imgEntries are now being taken for the popular northwest championships which takes place at letterkenny tennis club from august 22nd till the finals on august 28th.there will be ladies and mens singles and doubles at A B and C grades. Entries online at letterkennytennisclub.com or contact robert 0857878884.entries close thursday 18th august.Following the success of the shreddies parks tennis camp in july, letterkenny tennis club will be running a kids tennis camp for a week starting on monday august 15th for 5 days.please text gerry on 0863809398 with name, age, and contact details or ring for further information. 6yrs-8yrs will be 10am-11am ,9yrs-12yrs wiil be 11am-12noon, and 13yrs-16yrs will be 12noon-1pm daily. Cost for the week is 20euro per child. The club wiil be rolling out a full programme of coaching in september for all levels of player from beginner to intermediate.please visit letterkennytennisclub.com for further details and updates.LETTERKENNY TENNIS CLUB TENNIS CAMP           15TH-19TH August 20116yr-8yr       10am-11am9yr-11yr    11am-12noon 12yr-16yr  12noon-1pmFun and games each day. 20euro per child. text gerry at 0863809398 with name age and contact details.LETTERKENNY TENNIS CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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 tennis club noteslast_img read more

SA Agulhas on climate awareness voyage

first_img“The Southern Ocean is regarded as key in understanding the processes of climate change,” the department’s oceans and coasts deputy director-general, Monde Mayekiso, said at the start of the voyage in Cape Town. The new vessel will have enhanced technologies and capabilities to further understand the ocean environment and to bring that understanding to an increasing number of South Africans. The ship is sailing from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and then on to Durban, before heading back to Cape Town. The voyage will highlight the various scientific activities undertaken by the Department of Environmental Affairs in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans, the opportunities and threats posed by the ocean to coastal communities, and the real and considerable impact of oceans on the climate. The three Sanap research bases include the ones on Marion Island, Gough Island, and the SA National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV base station at Vesleskarvet nunatak, which is a rocky outcrop peeping out of a snowy surface. SA National Antarctic Programme The 17th Conferences of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. South Africa’s ice-strengthened polar research and supply vessel, the SA Agulhas, is on a symbolic 10-day voyage to raise climate awareness ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) starting in Durban later this month. Modern, fuel efficient replacement “South Africa has an advantage in that the Southern Ocean is on its doorstep, so to speak, and now we’ll have the ideal tool and platform to do cutting-edge research.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img 14 November 2011 This voyage will also highlight the last voyage of the SA Agulhas to Antarctica in December 2010 before it is replaced by a new vessel, the SA Agulhas II, being built in Finland at a cost of about R1.5-billion. The SA Agulhas has 138 people onboard, comprising 40 crew and 98 scientific and other staff. She is used to service the three South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) research bases in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as well as various research voyages. She spends most of her time out of harbour. With a mix of scientists, academics, students and journalists on board, the vessel set sail from Cape Town on Saturday to raise awareness around climate change in the country’s coastal cities. The SA Agulhas also provided the capacity for South Africa to commit to and honour international agreements, including deploying drifting weather buoys that significantly increased the country’s weather predicting capability, and servicing automatic weather stations on remote islands like Southern Thule and Zawadovski. “By the time COP 17 draws to a close, the SA Agulhas will be on her last voyage to the Antarctic,” Mayekiso said. “South Africa has been involved in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and on the sub-Antarctic islands, Marion and Gough, for more than 50 years, doing research. “For 33 of those 50-plus years, the SA Agulhas has been the means to get to the remote stations and providing the platform to do oceanographic research and meteorology observations from. “She served us very well – transporting supplies and fuel and carrying the relief overwintering teams to the islands and Antarctica.” In the build-up to the conference, the voyage will have on-board exhibitions, symposiums and lectures from climate change scientists showcasing the work the vessel has done in the area of climate research for the last three decades.last_img read more

Play Your Part TV series episode 14: get involved

first_imgEpisode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series features the Nosipho Community Foundation, the New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation. Tune in this evening, find out what they’re about and how you can play a part in their initiatives.The Nosipho Community Foundation, New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation, featured in episode 14 of the PYP TV Series, all welcome your involvement.There are numerous opportunities to get involved in improving the lives of those around you, be it through funding or offering your time and expertise helping organisations make a difference.On Episode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series, airing on Saturday 13 January 2018 at 6pm on SABC 2, we take a look at three organisations who have helped improve the lives of people living with difficult circumstances.Here’s more on two of the organisations featured, with ideas on how you can play your part:Nosipho Community FoundationEstablished in 2014 by Nosipho Ngcobo, the Nosipho Community Foundation serves as a sanctuary to homeless and destitute living in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.The foundation works with volunteers from across the country to help take care of the needs of vulnerable people in and around the city.Ngcobo and the rest of her team welcome anybody looking to make a difference and call on you to get involved.Those interested can have a look at the organisation’s website to get in touch or have a look at their Facebook page.New Jerusalem Home for ChildrenNot far from Tembisa, Gauteng, is the New Jerusalem Home for Children, a faith-based non-profit organisation that has been home to more than 1 000 children since September 2000.The home not only offers shelter and nourishment, it also aims to develop the children into well-rounded adults through education, social and emotional support.Find out more about the organisation on its website or via its Facebook page.Join usPlay Your Part is broadcast at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.last_img read more

WEF Africa: Breaking down the digital divide

first_imgIn the developing world, there are still 4-billion people who are not connected to the internet. The World Economic Forum aims to work with governments and civil society to close that digital divide, starting with programmes in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. World Economic Forum executive Alex Wong speaks about closing the digital divide at WEF Africa in Rwanda on 12 May 2016. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa? • Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Media Club South Africa reporterAccess to the internet gives people the ability to educate and empower themselves. But according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), Internet for All: A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption there are still 4-billion people, mainly in the developing world, who go without the internet.“The internet has become a pervasive, fundamental part of daily life,” said WEF executive Alex Wong. “But low internet penetration significantly impacts a country’s ability to participate in the digital economy, which is becoming an increasingly important priority for development as Africa, like the rest of the world, enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”He said it was time for governments, business, and civil society to break down the digital divide for the 55% of the world’s population who remain unconnected.Watch the press conference at WEF Africa in Rwanda last week:The report cited four main reasons for people remaining offline:Infrastructure: People aren’t logging on because a good, fast connection is not available – 31% of the global population don’t have 3G coverage, while 15% have no electricity. In sub-Saharan Africa some 600-million people, almost two-thirds of the region’s population, don’t have regular electricity.Affordability: The cost of devices and connectivity is another factor preventing many from accessing the internet, especially the 13% of the world population living below the poverty line. Broadband is only affordable for 100% of the population in only 29 countries.Skills, awareness and cultural acceptance: A key barrier for some is education – 15% of adults globally are considered illiterate. There are also cultural issues, with women up to 50% less likely to be using the internet than men.Local adoption and use: The vast majority – 80% – of online content is only available in 10 languages, which only about 3-billion people speak as their first language. Only 20.7% of Africa’s population is using the internet. (Image: WEF)Only 20% of Africans use the internet – we must fix this digital poverty now https://t.co/QV6RqJ8zwv #internet4all pic.twitter.com/mJKhVw1BcY— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 12, 2016Solutions proposedWEF urged governments to introduce policies that aim to improve infrastructure coverage and quality, provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to get online, and set up public Wi-Fi.The report recommended adding ICT to the curriculum in schools and providing training to communities. A public-private collaboration is needed to close the global digital divide, it suggested.There is a framework included in the report for both governments and businesses to work towards. “The programme is being implemented in an initial project in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, where 75-million people – 67% of the total population in these countries – currently have no access to the internet.”Click here to read the report.last_img read more

Volkswagen building new unit to protect autonomous cars

first_imgGerman automaker Volkswagen and three Israeli cybersecurity experts established a new automotive cybersecurity firm on Wednesday, called CYMOTIVE Technologies.The company, based in Herzliya, Israel and Wolfsburg, Germany, is a response to the growing epidemic of connected cars on the road with insecure software that is readily hackable.See Also: Israel telco giant Bezeq dives into smart city marketConnected cars hacks have already been demonstrated quite a few times, in a variety of cars, showing the lax security measures most manufacturers employ. In the autonomous future, that lax security could end up killing a driver, if the car is remotely hacked.Hackers have already demonstrated shutting down a car in the middle of a highway, even without autonomous functionality.“The car and the internet are becoming increasingly integrated,” said Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electrical and electronic development at Volkswagen. “To enable us to tackle the enormous challenges of the next decade, we need to expand our know-how in cyber security in order to systematically advance vehicle cyber security for our customers.“CYMOTIVE Technologies provides an excellent platform for doing this. It is a long-term investment in cyber security to make vehicles and their ecosystem more secure.”No partners yet mentionedVolkswagen didn’t provide a list of manufacturers it has partnered with to deploy the cybersecurity solutions. For now, it looks like Volkswagen and possibly Porsche will be the only customers.“The new cooperation will take an innovative and strategic approach to cyber security,” said Yuval Diskin, former head of the Israeli Security Services. ”Together with Volkswagen we are building a top-notch team of cyber security experts. We are aware of the significant technological challenges that will face us in the next years in dealing with the cyber security threats facing the connected car and the development of the autonomous car.” David Curry Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puckcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#autonomous cars#cybersecurity#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Volkswagen How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

5 Free Templates for Autodesk Smoke

first_imgDownload 5 Autodesk Smoke graphics templates for free. Learn how they were created using Timeline, ConnectFX and Action.I recently had the privilege of being asked to create some motion graphics templates for Autodesk Smoke. Because of my history in using Smoke in broadcast, where you often have to edit and create your own graphics, I have gotten pretty good at pushing the tools in Smoke.  These are some examples of the things that you can do inside Smoke’s 3D compositing environment. Many of these Smoke templates use the timeline compositing, as well as ConnectFX and of course Action, the heart of CFX.Each of these downloadable templates for Smoke comes with a 20-30 min video explaining how it was built, and how to modify it to your own needs. Every major component of the templates are LIVE, which is to say that there are little to no pre-rendered elements. They are completely adjustable. Template archives are compatible with Smoke 2013 Extension 1. Don’t have the latest version of Smoke yet? You can download the free 30-day trial here.Here is a breakdown of the Smoke templates and what features they showcase, along with a little behind-the-scenes  of what went in to creating them.1. Box WorldBox World Preview VideoThe Box World Smoke template showcases a 3D environment where you have a dozen 3D Cubes with a camera flying through the scene. You can map different images to the cube as well as change the matte transition that reveals the images on the sides of the cube. One of the cool things about this template is that it uses a timeline trick to transition from one 3D animation clip to the next, by using a simple keyable box transition which hides a simple vertical wipe. This allows you to change the camera animation and the length of any of the scenes just by trimming the clips.DOWNLOAD THE FREE SMOKE TEMPLATE NOWBox World Tutorial Video2. TypeLandTypeland Preview VideoThe TypeLand template showcases the use the 3D Text in Smoke’s Action Node.  It creates a world of 3D Text on the ground with bold stand out words rising above them. It’s a simple, yet elegant graphics template that you could further enhance with 3D Lens Flares or other 3D or 2D elements. This template also uses the timeline to break each scene up in to it’s own CFX clip. That way each scene is manageable and in fact, they are simple copies of each other where only the camera and text have been changed. So you can create as many variations as you would need to suit your own design.Separating the  Text Animations are 2 different video walls where you can map your own video images. One video wall is 6 cubes showing the same image, and the other is a 6 cube wall that shows different images on each block. Shadows and Ambient Occlusion passes from Action are composited via ConnectFx as well as the Depth of Field Node.DOWNLOAD THE FREE SMOKE TEMPLATE NOWTypeland Tutorial Video3. Dancing PanelsDancing Panels Preview VideoThe Dancing Panels Smoke template is my personal favorite. It has a very classy, yet energetic feel to it. The 3D animation is fluid and the lens flares feel very natural in the scene. This template has 2 very special components to it. The first is the 20 panel FBX 3D Model. This model looks complex in the schematic, but is pretty well organized. It allows you to map different images to the Front, Back and Sides of each panel. The cascade of the panels is driven by the animation of just the first panel, which then drives the expression to the other 19 panels. You can easily change the frame rate of the cascade by adjusting just 1 value.The second feature of this Smoke template is the camera rig that generates the reflection on the floor.  Now I must admit I didn’t invent this rig. It was first shown at a Autodesk Flame Users Group Presentation at NAB 2013. Philippe Soeiro, the Lead Product Designer for Autodesk Flame & Smoke showed it as part of a demo that year. The rig creates a mathematically inverted camera which creates a reflection on the floor plane. The reflection is then compositied post-Action node where you can control the blur and transparency. It really is genius. I would grab this template just for that camera rig alone. You can then save it and reuse it in any of your own 3D Action setups.DOWNLOAD THE FREE SMOKE TEMPLATE NOW.Dancing Panels Tutorial Video4. Dynamic SlashesDynamic Slashes Preview VideoThis free Smoke template was actually the first one I created when I started the project. I used the idea of creating these 3D glass slashes which reflect and refract the video images below it. I had used this technique before in an actual on-air broadcast promo. It’s quite simple…There are 2 types of image mapping you can texture your 3D text or geometries with: diffuse maps and reflection maps. Diffuse maps are simple textures that map to the UVs of the geometry and as the geometry moves the images sticks to the surfaces. But with reflection maps, you can add some environment refections from your scene to the object as well. Normally you would do this as a additive mix with your diffuse map, to enhance the realism. But if you use the reflection by itself, and use it full, then you can create this glassy, reflection and refraction look. Add  a bit of lighting and some nice motion design and this template was born.One other cool thing to note about this template is that it is modular on the timeline. Each new scene uses the ConnectFX Back Clip to see through to the layer before, and then does its wipe transitions to bring on the new scene. SO you can mix and match these layers around to create new renditions of this template pretty easily.DOWNLOAD THIS FREE SMOKE TEMPLATE HEREDynamic Slashes Tutorial Video5. Inky SketchInky Sketch Preview VideoThe Inky Sketch template showcases 2 things – my youngest daughter in her high school senior pictures and the very powerful Smoke stylize node. The stylize node is one of those nodes in ConnectFX that you won’t use everyday – it’s a very special node that creates a very special kind of look (a paint, sketch, ink style).  I have not seen a tutorial dedicated to this node. In fact, I don’t think I have seen this node showcased at all… ever. So that was my personal challenge…Let’s make a graphics template using the classic ink and sketch look.  The node is very powerful and uses a Photoshop type of layering process where each layer can have a matte channel with it, and be assigned to be a canvas, edge, or drawing layer. You then alter the priorities of the layers and use any of the Photoshop Blend modes to create the look you want.Now good looking inky sketch drawings from video are not always easy and they take time and effort to make them look good. Rarely is it a one click operation on the plugin.  The Stylize Node is no exception. I used ConnectFX to mix different version of the Stylize node together and then mix back the original image with a sepia color correction. By doing this and using some inky revel mattes, the images are blended and create different levels of ink and sketch to finalize the image.  Each clip is really just a copied effect of the previous one with different images and camera moves.DOWNLOAD THIS FREE TEMPLATE NOWInky Sketch Tutorial VideoI hope that you find these free Smoke templates useful and educational. The templates are all project archive. Here is a Tutorial on how to load each one into Smoke.Enjoy and feel free to comment below or ask a question about any of the templates or videos!last_img read more