European Expo 2020 launched at Limerick’s Hunt Museum

first_imgAdvertisement The European Expo 2020 is a unique exploration of the importance of the European Union to its people and vice versa. Over the course of 2020 it will showcase Irish and other EU cultures, through education, entertainment and information. It takes the form of exhibitions to educate us about the work of the EU institutions, debates about the big issues facing the EU and our region and of course fun participatory events highlighting the common ties which bind us together. At its heart is an exhibition from the European Investment Bank Art Collection, called Belonging, to be based in venues across the city and curated by the Hunt Museum.We have several partners (see below) already committed to bringing existing events under the European Expo banner: St. Mary’s Cathedral staging Ode to Joy, the European Anthem and a celebration of the birth of Beethoven; the Kemmy Business School, UL and RHH International running a more high level understanding of the politics and institutions of the EU; LC&CC running the Bastille/Wild Geese Festival with the Honorary Consul for France; a reunion of the UL Erasmus Alumni; national celebrations such as Romania day; the Art Business Europe conference; a high level economics conference Infiniti 2020; discussions on the importance of language from the Centre for European Studies; LSAD second-year students reflecting and interpreting the EIB Belonging exhibition; Mary I and the Limerick & Clare Education Training Board integrating Education as a core element; street parties from all our EU communities living in Limerick and much much more. It is a call out to future generations to look towards Europe and find ways of solving global issues around climate, migration, nationalism, finance, culture, economics etc.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Councillor James Collins, Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick launched the European Expo 2020 by reinforcing the European credentials of Limerick and highlighting that it is looking to answer two key questions: Email Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! “This European Expo 2020 will help to demonstrate the role of the EU for each of us here in Limerick and to reinforce the European nature of Limerick and the region. We believe it is important to show, not just tell, what the EU has done and is doing for you.At the launch John Moran, RHH International, Chair of the Hunt Museum, LDA and #LiveableLimerick said:“The EU has been a force for development here in Limerick, but also across Europe, of a new shared community, not just a common market but the guardian of peace and European values.The European Expo is a moment for each of us to get involved to show the world we care to protect this against forces wishing to pull us apart and to welcome others who aspire to be part of our community.We want the year 2020 in Limerick to be a contemporary, people-focused, voyage of exploration through media like art, education, politics, culture and even sport. Discussions about the EU need to be interesting and exciting and involve everyone.”Professor Kerstin Mey talking about the essential European nature of the University of Limerick said:“Engagement of the UL, its staff and students is not only important from an institutional perspective. The extent to which globalisation is affecting Ireland demonstrates the need for more awareness of, and preparation for the impact of globalisation on the process of European integration. Developing Ireland’s direct links with other EU partners takes on a greater urgency, not only in the face of Brexit but with regard to the growing nationalism and populism across countries in Europe promoting cultural values of equality, inclusiveness and diversity.”European Expo 2020 is a fantastic expression of who we are and we would encourage cultural organisations, community groups, businesses and everyone to get involved. Limerick is the testbed for the European Expo 2020 which is going to have major implications for Europe and the world. Limerick is going to lead the way in finding solutions for Europe. Print WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick Post Show | European Expo 2020 LaunchNext articleMan arrested in Limerick City murder case Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsSocietyVideoEuropean Expo 2020 launched at Limerick’s Hunt MuseumBy Staff Reporter – September 10, 2019 378 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSeuro expo 2020Limerick City and County Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Press release: UK and USA agree to continue Mutual Recognition Agreement

first_imgThe US is already our largest trading partner outside the EU. Trade between the two countries was worth £184 billion in the year ending Q3 2018 (ONS). The US is also the single biggest source of inward investment into the UK.The UK is prioritising a new Free Trade Agreement with the US after we leave the EU, and we will publish our response to the public consultations about our negotiation approach shortly.The UK and US have also signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement on Marine Equipment (MRA) today. This will provide continuity of the effect of the EU-US Marine Equipment MRA when the EU-US agreement ceases to apply to the UK. This means that marine equipment manufacturers will continue only to need certification in one jurisdiction before being able to legally place their equipment on both markets and on board both UK and US flagged vessels. An arrangement which helps boost British trade with the US will continue when the UK leaves the European Union, supporting jobs in both countries.The Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment (MRA) was signed by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch and Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney in Washington today (Thursday 14 February).The agreement will maintain all relevant aspects of the current EU-US MRA when the EU-US agreement ceases to apply to the UK. It helps facilitate goods trade between the two nations and means UK exporters can continue to ensure goods are compliant with technical regulations before they depart the UK, saving businesses time, money and resources. American exporters to the UK benefit in the same way.Total UK-US trade in sectors covered by the deal is worth up to £12.8 billion, based on recent average trade flows. Of this, the UK exports covered are worth an estimated £8.9 billion- more than a fifth of total UK goods exports to the US. Today’s signing marks a crucial step in the important trading relationship between the UK and America, the world’s largest economy.The agreement benefits a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals account for around £7.7 billion of UK exports to the US – nearly 18% of total UK goods exports to the US. Other industries that will benefit include the tech sector and telecommunications equipment suppliers.Similar agreements have been signed in recent weeks with Australia and New Zealand, ensuring continuity and safeguarding revenues for British businesses and consumers.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: This is a positive step to enable trade continuity with the biggest tech market in the world. Manufacturers value the current agreement so it is very good news that they won’t now have to seek costly alternative arrangements to get approval for products used in high-end manufacturing, smart electronics and consumer devices. Ensuring stability in this type of agreement is a strong starting point for the UK as we develop trade links with the USA as part of the Government’s support for a new and proactive trade agenda. This agreement has been welcomed by techUK, who represent more than 900 companies and around 700,000 employees in the UK tech sector.CEO of techUK, Julian David, said: Dr Richard Torbett, Executive Director of Commercial Policy: UK and International, at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said: Finalising this MRA provides UK pharmaceutical companies with business continuity by streamlining regulatory processes between the UK and USA post Brexit. The UK and the US are the strongest of trading partners and this agreement will allow British and American businesses to keep trading as freely as they do today, without additional bureaucracy. Our top priority is ensuring continuity for businesses as we leave the European Union and we are signing other agreements in the days and weeks ahead. We look forward to sitting down at the negotiating table with the Americans after we leave the European Union to strike an ambitious new free trade agreement.last_img read more

Vernon’s Cotter needs extra end to edge Joanisse in final of BC Men’s Curling Championship

first_imgJim Cotter of Vernon made a draw to the button to capture the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Mens’ Curling Championship Sunday in the Central Okanagan City.Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, defeated Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 7-6 in 11 ends to claim the Men’s Provincial Title.The win avenged a loss to Joanisse in the first round of the Page Playoff.Joanisse won that game 8-5. The final was a seasaw affair with the lead exchanging hands several times.Cotter, leading 6-5 in the ninth, held Joanisse to a single point in the tenth to force the extra end.Cotter, who defeated Brent Pierce in an extra end in Saturday’s semi final, advanced to the playoff round by winning the A event with a 5-3 win over Kimberley’s Tom Buchy.Cotter built up a 5-2 lead after eight ends. Buchy, the Kootenay rep at the provincial championship, scored a single in the night before Cotter ran him out of rocks in the tenth.Buchy lost in the B event to Joanisse 8-6 before being eliminated by Brent Pierce of Kelowna 8-3 in the C event.Cotter, who played in the 2014 Tim Horton’s Brier as a third to skip John Morris, is now heading back to the Canadian Men’s championship as a skip.The 2015 Tim Hortons Brier will be held from February 28 to March 8 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.last_img read more

Trail Allstars rout Layritz to finish BC Championships with a win

first_imgConnor Stainer and Nathan Dann each had three RBI to power the West Kootenay reps to the lopsided victory.Trail, with players from Castlegar, Nelson, Salmo and the Silver City, scored three in the third before blowing the game open with eight runs in the fifth frame.Trail finished the game with 13 hits.Reid Gerrand, Tyler OKeefe, C Fisher, Brady Augustin, Jake Maniago and Landon Uzeloc each knocked in a run.Winning pitcher was Koa Wintraub of Nelson who tossed a complete game, allowing two hits while striking out seven and surrendering two base on balls. White Rock, finishing the round robin on top with eight wins, defeated host Beacon Hill 5-1 in the semi-final to advance to the championship against New Westminster. Trail Allstars snapped its winless streak, scoring double digits to romp past Layritz 11-0 in round robin action at the BC Little League Baseball Championships in Victoria.The win allowed Trail to finish out of the basement with a 1-5 record.last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders pull out last-second win over Steelers

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:25 p.m. when the Raiders take on the slumping Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum.While the Steelers (7-4-1) come to Oakland focused on a playoff berth, the Raiders are looking for at least some respectability, if not an upset win against their longtime rivals. Oakland is tied with the 49ers for the worst record in the NFL as either team could be picking first in the 2019 draft.The Raiders have lost seven of their last eight games, …last_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: The Color Corrector

first_imgThis ends our look at the basic Color Correct Node in Smoke 2013.  I use the term “basic” loosely, as you can see by the feature set that this node has many tools to help you achieve a good primary grade on your clips.  Often times the Color Corrector is all you need to enhance your video.  In the next installment of Premiumbeat’s exploration of the nodes in ConnectFX, we will look at the Color Warper and Secondary color selection and correction. The breakdown of ConnectFX Nodes in Autodesk Smoke 2013 continues as we being our look at the color tools with the Smoke Color Corrector.Smoke has 2 main tools for color work, the original tool is the Color Corrector (CC). It is a primary color corrector, no secondary selections are possible.  As Smoke matured it adopted the Color Warper tool from Autodesk Flame. With the Color Warper (CW), it is possible to use secondary selections. Both have their advantages and often you can toggle back in forth between the 2 tools as they are both available in the CC Timeline effect and inside of Action.  You can only use one or the other in these menus, but as a node in ConnectFX you can link the two in your effects pipeline.Autodesk Smoke’s Color CorrectorYou can feed the Color Correct Node a Front, Back, and Matte.  Normally these inputs are more for compositing one image over another, but in the Color Corrector, you can use the Matte to isolate part of the front image and only make color adjustments within the matte area (or outside the matte if inverted).[Click for larger image]When a front and back are connected, you can use the sample tools inside the node to sample colors from the front and back and match them to each other.  The front clip will always get matched to the back clip.  I’ll explain the matching workflow later in this post, as I walk you through the interface.One thing to be aware of when you are working in ConnectFX is that CFX will bump 10bit and 12bit clips to 16bit in the pipeline.  8bit clips will remain 8bit.  This can sometimes cause issues when adding mixed res clips into a node, as Smoke likes frame size and bit depth to match.[Click for larger image]If your frame size is the same, and it’s only the bit depth that is different, you can use the LUT tools in CFX to make a quick adjustment.  This keeps your schematic cleaner and eliminates the need to process through another node.  Select the clip you want to apply the LUT to, and then select RGB LUT in the UI.  Then, press the ACTIVE button to turn on the effect. You can then select the bit depth that you would like to convert the clip to as the destination.In this case we are working with a 10bit clip that was promoted to 16bit automatically.  We need to change the 8bit clip we are using as a back clip for color matching to 16bit.  The resolution is the same , so it’s simple to use the conversion LUT in the CFX clip controls to make this happen.When you look at the UI, it’s best to work work left to right as that is how Smoke will process the effects within the node. For example, Hue shifting will happen before Saturation, and Saturation will happen before the Histogram.  So as you work left to right the items on the left get processed first and the tools on the right get processed at the end.[Click for larger image]On the far left you have buttons for Master, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights. By selecting one of these items to work on you can move right along the UI and adjustments will only be done on that selection. For example, by selecting Shadows, you can adjust the color of the shadows in the color wheel, along with saturation, gamma, gain, offset, & contrast of the RGB channels individually or together.Next to the the range buttons are options to rewire the RGB channels. This means you can send the Blue Channel to the Red Channel, or the Green Channel to the Blue channel.  There is also a selection button to make an instant Mono or Negative image.  When you choose one these options you will see how the individual RBG channels can get rewired to perform these actions.  You can often achieve interesting color results by rewiring the B read more

From the coast of Italy

first_imgWould it not be nice to have an authentic slice of Italy in your mundane life in the Capital? Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, is offering its patrons an authentic Italian experience titled ‘Barefoot in the Sand’, a handcrafted menu of the signature dishes of Michelin Star Chef Riccardo Sculli. Having long been captivated and driven by the flavours of the pristine waters and the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast, the richly evocative menu enthrals for style, taste and the very quality of the raw materials itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA special a-la-carte menu has been curated for lunch, featuring some of Chef Riccardo’s signature dishes such as – Carpaccio di Aragosta e verdure (Lobster carpaccio with seasonal salad and tomato gelè) and Risotto allo zafferano con mud granchio e ribes rosso (Saffron risotto, mud crab and red currants). For dinner, a special degustation menu has been designed by Chef Riccardo, starring culinary masterpieces such as Costoletta di agnello con carciofi e liquirizia (Rack of lamb with artichokes and liquorice) and Pollo ruspante con peperoni e arancia (Free-range chicken with peppers and orange). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeeping in line with the traditions and rich culinary heritage of Calabria, some of Sorrento’s best wine selection have been paired with the stunning menu which is on till today.Chef Riccardo Sculli has especially flown down to curate this experience for the culinary enthusiasts of Delhi. He is the first chef from the Reggio Calabria province to have received a Michelin star, and is currently the head chef at Ristorante Gamberro Rosso, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica RC, Italy. Chef Riccardo is on a perpetual quest to keep educating himself about the extensive gastronomic legacy of Calabria, and to pay homage to this legacy through meticulously prepared and skillfully presented dishes.last_img read more