Inishowen cafe adds a special side-order of charity to menu

first_imgA little coffee shop in Buncrana has added a sprinkle of goodness to their menu with a unique scheme.Jamboe on St. Mary’s Road has introduced Stampify to raise money for Mary’s Meals.The cafe is the first in Ulster to add the loyalty scheme, where customers are given the option to donate the price of a coffee to feed children in need. Jamboe Cafe in BuncranaWith a Stampify Loyalty Card, available in Jamboe, customers gain stamps with purchases, like a regular coffee loyalty scheme.Once the card is complete, instead of getting a free coffee, the money is passed on to Mary’s Meals to feed hungry children in their place of education worldwide.One stamp is equal to one meal. A full card feeds a child for a week.Jamboe Cafe, BuncranaJamboe owner Jamie Gallagher said: “We at Jamboe think this is a win-win idea. We are always seeking new initiative’s to help and improve coffee culture in Ireland. So while you sip on your fairtrade latte from our compostable cups, know that a child is sitting down to lunch for a week. All costing nothing extra to anyone!” Inishowen cafe adds a special side-order of charity to menu was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranajamboe cafeMary’s Mealsstampifylast_img read more

Karoo music lends weight to TV series

first_imgThe soundtrack, a first for South African TV, created by Les Javan for the drama Vlug Na Egipte is influenced by his career in jazz and the sounds of the Karoo(Image credit: Christoph Lenz) • Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive • South African jazz greats shine at London festival • McGregor’s music captures the African village • Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty Records • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela Sulaiman PhilipVlug na Egipte is special: the locally produced television series is the first production to have a soundtrack composed especially for it. Shot around the Karoo town of Hanover it will begin airing from 13 January on local satellite station kykNET, the series is set in Hanover, in the Karoo.Les Javan’s arms roll out from his chest like a wave, his hands tumbling over like a swimmer dragged below the surface. He speaks softly, while a choir sings Hallelujah acapella; it was recorded by the producers as an example of the sound and feel they wanted Javan to create. “This is me humming,” he says. “I took that sound and built my ideas around [it] to create a local feel to go with the series.”An angelic guitar starts, followed by his voice. “We were going to use this song for the closing credits, but Human [Stark, the director] wanted the instrumental track.”Guitarist and composer Javan is explaining the process involved in creating identity and mood using music. He swivels in his chair between monologues and sips of coffee and plays a series of hypnotic notes on the keyboard, a loop suggesting the blooming and falling of the character soundlessly mouthing dialogue on the monitor in front of him.“What happens in episode one has to be mirrored in episode 26, so you create themes, a sound that identifies and is unique to a character.” He hums, a whisper soft minor note. “Now this theme, I have been hinting at it for four episodes, and now we develop it further. But the audience will pick it up immediately.” Through the speakers minor notes picked on a guitar swell dramatically as they are joined by piano. Archival musicTraditionally, historically, producers have used archival music as the soundtrack for TV productions, making an effort to create memorable theme music or exit music as the credits rolled. Classic Afrikaans TV dramas like Wolwedans in die Skemer and Ballade vir n Enkeling all have soundtracks created like this. With Vlug na Egipte, Stark wanted to create a personal soundtrack for each character and a signature sound for the series.Stark, the final arbiter, listens to Javan’s compositions, his eyes closed; he is listening for the emotional connection with his characters. This is the final step in a collaborative process that begins with Javan interpreting the script and footage and Stark describing the textures he is seeking.“We blend the scene in different ways, looking for different intensities and colours,” Javan says, laying down his guitar. He picks up a traditional finger piano, its warm metallic clicks changing the mood. He shakes a plastic egg filled with beads; its sound is used to accompany movement. “We use anything to get as wide a sonic range as possible.”Music in the first series is sparse two or three note fugues; however, as the plot develops and characters grow the music becomes more pronounced. Soft and tender are the adjectives Javan uses. The music the audience will hear – the pianos, guitars, cellos and violas – begins with two notes strummed on his guitar. “Then maybe we add piano, more notes till it starts to go somewhere.”His voice is clear, supple as he sings –Rolbos Wys my die Pad – and then he stops. “That’s the challenge: to hold yourself back, to match what you create to the journey of the character,” Javan explains.Sounds clash, build, fade and tango together as characters move through the world that Stark has created. While Javan is the chief composer (he has written about 1600 separate pieces, he thinks), his work and ideas are supplemented by a team of creative people. “Working in a team has made things easier. I get to operate properly and just focus on the music. I have the luxury of engineers Riku (Latti), Jahn (Beukes) or Adrian (Kritzinger) or (editor) Christa (Lategaan) and Human to bounce ideas off. We’re the first so all eyes are on us so we need to get things perfect.” The music of the KarooThe soundtrack is shaped by the music of the Karoo. It’s a mixed bag of langarm (traditional Afrikaans dance music), choral, goema (unique Cape Town minstrel and jazz music) and classical influences. With his history and training on piano, classical guitar and music theory – the foundation, Javan calls it, that began at the age of six – Javan was the perfect choice to create the music. He has played jazz, rock and electronic, teaching himself genres that add to the sounds he creates. “I find it mind-blowing that we can bring so many different music genres together on one stage and create beautiful music.”Javan today is not the same artist who climbed on stage at 13 to play his own compositions at a school concert. That performance resulted from years of training for “Fifteen minutes of blisssssss,” he says stretching out the last letter ecstatically.He was a member of the respected Cape Town jazz combo Gramadoelas, and he has recorded and toured in Europe to appreciative audiences. When he returned to South Africa in 2007, he joined his former band mate, Alex van Heerden, at Solms-Delta Wine Estate. Here, as artist in residence, he helped to set up the estate’s music and cultural programme, Music van de Caab. The programme preserves the rich musical history of the Western Cape wine region and, by providing financial assistance for education, hopes to break the cycle of poverty among the area’s farm workers.“I also got to name some of the wines,” Javan laughs. Gemoedsrus, one of Gramadoelas’ best known albums, gave its name to one of the farm’s early harvests. There is also Langarm, Hiervandaan and Cape Jazz Shiraz, which are all also the names of some of Javan compositions.The music created for Vlug na Egipte is haunting and memorable, but it’s not Javan’s first foray into creating music for film. Watch Long Street, director Revel Fox’s 2009 movie, and look out for the guitarist playing in the background in a bar. That guitarist is Javan, who wrote composed the soundtrack for the production. Seeing the movie for the first time, he was struck by the difference compared to playing live. “I’ve listened to myself playing, even the songs I wrote for the movie. It’s a different experience in a movie, hearing my music from those speakers tied to those images on screen.”His voice is smooth, a pleasant sound. He stands, stretches, fumbles for a cigarette. Even as he enjoys the creative high of the work he is doing he admits to missing live performance. He misses the pause before the applause of a spellbound audience. It is one, he laments, that he has not found in South Africa yet. The hope is, his work on Vlug Na Egipte will bring his music home to South Africans.last_img read more

Hey, Twitter: Copying Instagram Won’t Work

first_imgjon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The New York Times is reporting that Twitter plans to update its mobile apps with Instagram-like photo filters in the coming months. The goal is to get Twitter users to bypass Instagram entirely, instead of sharing Instagram photos out to Twitter.But if the plan is real, it’s a waste of Twitter’s energy. And it’s yet another sad sign of Twitter walling itself off instead of collaborating.What If Twitter Was The World’s Best Instagram Client?Instead, imagine if Twitter was the best Instagram client in the world. If people connected their Instagram and Twitter accounts, they would be able to easily follow all the same people in both places (which they already could before Twitter cut off the feature in July).You could tweet a picture with a particular hashtag and push it to Instagram. Pictures shared from Instagram would be accessible and shareable everywhere, not just on smartphones, and favoriting or replying to an Instagram tweet would automatically push the Like and comment to Instagram. If Twitter was that good of an Instagram app, the competition would push Instagram to be even better, and we’d all gain from it.But that’s not the world we live in. Instead, these social networks have built their businesses around boxing each other out. Facebook snatched up Instagram, a very smart and expensive move, and now Twitter has cut off Instagram’s access to the follow graph and may be going it alone with its own cheesy photo filters. Facebook did not drop $715 million on Instagram because of the photo filters. It spent the cash to own the network of people on the service. Instagram’s graph of relationships is based on interests. Its users follow the people whose feeds interest them, whether they follow back or not. It’s a rich picture of what people like, and Facebook needs that. It also didn’t want Twitter to get it.Facebook networks grow in slower, less dynamic ways because each friend request requires both people to approve. Twitter’s asymmetrical following model turned out to be its most important difference from Facebook. While Facebook’s social graph provides a clear picture of people’s real-world relationships, Twitter’s one-way subscribing model shows their interests.Twitter Is Jealous Of InstagramInstagram works like Twitter, but it’s visual instead of textual. People love it. They share their view of the world there, and like-minded people find their visions and appreciate them. Twitter’s getting jealous, and now it wants to replace Instagram.But it will do so with inferior apps and an increasingly bizarre interface that wants to be all things to all people. With none of the intimacy of Instagram, Twitter’s copycat effort can’t help but be lame in comparison.But hey, maybe the New York Times’ unnamed sources at Twitter will have a change of heart and learn to get along with their competitors. But based on how Twitter’s been acting lately, this move makes perfect sense for them.Photo by Jon Mitchell.center_img Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Instagram#Photo Sharing Services#photography#twitter last_img read more

Top Rank deal pushes Ancajas to work harder

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And for Ancajas, joining Arum’s promotion is one way of making him work harder than ever before.READ: Arum excited for Ancajas’ Top Rank debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s rare for a Filipino boxer to join Top Rank and the boxers in that promotion are on a different level,” said Ancajas in Filipino during the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.“I’m just so lucky that Sir Bob chose me as one of his fighters, and with this I know I’ll be working even harder.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike appearing out of thin air, Jerwin Ancajas has become undoubtedly one of the biggest Filipino sporting heroes of his generation.The 26-year-old Ancajas went from obscure title-holder to a legitimate boxing star in less than two years and his ethereal rise prompted Bob Arum to include IBF World super flyweight champion in his stable of greats.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa TNT win no giveaway as NLEX simply played ‘terrible’center_img View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Ancajas joins a pantheon of greats in the Top Rank stable that includes former Olympian Mikaela Mayer, Terrence Crawford—who once held all four super lightweight belts—, WBO World super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and the iconic Manny Pacquiao.Ancajas first owned the IBF strap in September of 2016 when he beat McJoe Arroyo at Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig and earned $3,700 for his efforts.His little-money fights are now history as Ancajas has now got to the six-digit dollar mark after he defended his title against Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 2, 2018.“The first thing that Sir Bob told me was I really put on a great fight and he also told me that I have a bright future ahead of me,” said Ancajas.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Wijnaldum: Klopp won’t allow players to get carried away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Wijnaldum: Klopp won’t allow players to get carried awayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum says manager Jurgen Klopp won’t let his players get carried away with their success this season.Liverpool have a six-point lead over Spurs at the top of the Premier League.”When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said.”We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.” last_img read more

a month ago​Man Utd duo set for exit after De Gea announcement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd duo set for exit after De Gea announcementby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untied could lose two goalkeepers as a result of David De Gea’s contract renewal.The Spaniard has committed to a long term deal that could see him stay at the club until 2023.It would see De Gea complete more than 10 years at United, a club he was always expected to leave in his prime.But the Daily Express believes that De Gea renewing means that Dean Henderson and Sergio Romero may see their futures elsewhere.Romero is currently De Gea’s backup, while Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United.The latter is certain to want a chance to start at United, or he may see his career best served at another club. last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp insists Van Dijk belongs at Messi and Ronaldo level

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Van Dijk belongs at Messi and Ronaldo levelby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Virgil van Dijk belongs at the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Van Dijk had been expected to become the first Premier-League based player to scoop the Fifa prize since Cristiano Ronaldo won it when playing for Manchester United in 2009.Instead, it was Barcelona’s Argentine icon Messi who won for the SIXTH TIME at Fifa’s The Best ceremony at Milan’s La Scala opera house.Kop boss Klopp did see Alisson pick up the goalkeeper’s award.Klopp insisted: “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this competition pretty much for ever.“They are good role models for young players in this way.“You cannot get to these heights if you are not this kind of player.“And it’s now the same for Virgil. The other guys know they have to give everything.“It shows how he has grown. It’s not only about the spectacular, it’s all the other things as well.“It’s really nice to see a defender getting rewards. He didn’t have to win it.“Go through the names: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk. It’s already crazy.” last_img read more

IndustriALL Workers to Strike against HHI SplitUp

first_imgzoom Workers of South Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) plan to go on strike on February 22-27 to voice their opposition to the firm’s restructuring plans, IndustriALL Global Union informed. “Korean analysts and unions believe that Chung Mong-Joon, HHI’s controlling shareholder and part of the Hyundai chaebol dynasty, is restructuring the company to transfer ownership to his son Chung Ki-seon, a move that would be illegal under Korean law,” the union explained.The restructuring plans are included in the agenda of HHI’s shareholders’ meeting scheduled for February 27 and the workers are said to be planning to block the meeting.HHI revealed plans in November 2016 to split into six parts – Hyundai Robotics, Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems, Global Services, Hyundai Construction Machinery, Green Energy, and Hyundai Heavy Industries – in an effort to improve its financial status.The Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU), IndustriALL’s affiliate, pledged to support HHI workers in their resistance to the company’s restructuring efforts. HHI workers voted to join KMWU in December 2016.The planned strike comes just a week after some 4,000 metalworkers rallied in front of the HHI Shipyard in Ulsan, vowing to smash plans to restructure one of the three biggest shipbuilders in the country.KMWU brought together union officers from across the country for the rally, which coincided with a four-hour work stoppage.Speaking at the rally, Kim Sang Gu, KMWU President, stated: “The KMWU will stop this restructuring, which is an attempt by Chung Mong-joon and the Park Geun-hye government to shift the responsibility for the shipbuilding industry downturn onto the backs of workers.”“The Hyundai Heavy Industries spin-offs will lay the foundations for the third-generation succession of management by Chung Mong-joon and his family. They aim to monopolize all the wealth built from the hard work of the workers. We cannot approve of a shareholders’ meeting that is for the benefit of Chung Mong-joon only. We will stop this,” Baek Hyeong-rok, a union leader at HHI, said.HHI has refused to recognize the KMWU as collective bargaining representatives, even though KMWU is recognized by Hyundai Motors, according to IndustriALL.Earlier this month, the shipbuilder released financial results for 2016, reporting a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) compared to a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in 2015.The company’s operating profit also marked a turnaround as it stood at KRW 1.64 trillion, against an operating loss of KRW 1.54 trillion. Operating profits rose mainly due to increased volume of ships that HHI won at profitable prices, continued efforts to cut costs and streamline shipbuilding processes and improved oil refining margin and increased sales of Hyundai Oilbank.last_img read more

Royal Bank of Canada denies report it had access to users Facebook

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:RY) TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada is denying a report that it was able to read, write and delete users’ messages on the social networking website Facebook.The New York Times has published a story claiming Facebook gave RBC, along with Spotify and Netflix, the ability to see private messages between its users.The claims were based on hundreds of internal Facebook documents obtained by the newspaper, that have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The Times story says more than 150 companies were given access to personal information from Facebook users, including entire friends’ lists and contact information without their permission or knowledge.RBC says it was given permission to send messages to Facebook users from 2013 to 2015 when it offered a mobile app service that enabled customers to send money to their friends through the social network. It says it did not have the ability to see users’ messages.The bank says it needed to be able to send the messages to confirm the identity of the Facebook user receiving the money and to send them a receipt of the transaction. The bank denied having access to private messages, or needing access to these messages.The service, which used the bank’s mobile app, was decommissioned in 2015 due to low usage.“RBC’s use of the Facebook platform was limited to the development of a service that enabled clients to facilitate payment transactions to their Facebook friends,” said RBC spokesman AJ Goodman in an email.“As part of our security and fraud protocols, we needed to uniquely identify the recipient of funds and payments to securely process the transaction and deliver the notification. We did not have the ability to see users’ messages.”last_img read more

Congress’ trajectory of subversion

first_imgThe idea of the motherland is a sacred notion for a majority of Indians. Indians are patriotic people, passionate about the security and safety of their motherland. They wish her to be great; expect her to be protected, to be strengthened and to see her leaders work hard to make her self-reliant, self-sufficient and sturdy. What has caught the imagination of people in the last five years is Narendra Modi’s unrelenting action in trying to achieve exactly that. As Arun Jaitley, one of those who has closely seen him since the early days recently argued that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has demonstrated during the last five years his indefatigability towards making of New India, a power to reckon with. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India’s pace of decision making and implementation.” Modi’s mantra of making India great has once again caught the mass imagination. On Modi’s part, there has been no slackening of pace in his commitment and in the delivery of his promises. These promises were made across the spectrum from ameliorating and transforming lives at the grassroots to establishing India as a global power confident that she shall play a leading role in directing the agendas of the 21st century. The latest evidence of Modi’s cohesive and organised action to establish India on the world stage was evident when India succeeded in eliciting worldwide condemnation for Pakistan’s complicity in carrying out terror attacks on India. India also elicited support in the UN to blacklist and sanction terrorist Masood Azhar. In solidarity with India, the international community felt deeply disappointed at the fact that China once again blocked the move. The results of the friendships that Modi had globally forged in the last five years, the unprecedented outreach that he had initiated as part of India’s foreign policy – his trips abroad– and his creative, as well as tenacious, diplomacy has been most visible since the Pulwama terror attack. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi rejoices at China’s success in blocking Masood Azhar’s listing, and his minions see and interpret it as a snub to Modi, the people at large stand disappointed by the Chinese hold and continue to further close their ranks in solidarity with Modi, who they see as being uncompromising on terror, and bullish, dogged and unrelenting when it comes to India’s national security. The “original sin” of gifting away – bartering away India’s strategic advantages to China – was that of Nehru’s; in the last few days, that debate has been conclusively settled against Congress, especially its ruling dynasty. As BJP president Amit Shah points out in a scathing column, both the refusal to take up India’s seat in the UNSC and the referring of the Kashmir issue to the UN, were the original sins of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, sins which continue to prove costly to India. The tears shed at the Batla House encounter to eliminate terrorists, the push for inaction after 26/11 when Sonia Gandhi called the shots – Rahul Gandhi was tangoing in his Delhi farmhouse just after terrorists had carried out the massacre in Mumbai – the support to urban Naxals who set the agenda and create narratives for separatists and extortionists including plotting to assassinate Modi, the support for the “tukde tukde” network across India especially in select universities, the repeated attempts to stall an upgrade of India’s defence forces, the repeated questioning of any action that India has taken, in the last five years in response to terrorism, the habit of referring to Jaish terrorists in respectful terms, indicates that Congress under Sonia and Rahul Gandhi has dumped whatever little it possessed of its nationalist orientation and temperament. For Congress, the last two decades or so has been a trajectory towards subversion. A decade in power saw Congress turn India into a passive absorber of terrorism, it saw the ludicrous formulation by the then Congress Prime Minister that Pakistan too was a victim of terror and therefore had India’s sympathies. It saw India function as an appendage, a soft state with an unimaginative, halting and hesitant approach when it came to defending herself against aggression. The defanging of India’s national security was one of the most comprehensive contribution of the Congress mindset, apart from the debilitating insistence that India could only survive as an oligarchy of dynasties, that every national institution had to be compromised, that nepotism was normal and accepted public-behavioural trait, and that Indian democracy lives to serve the ‘Dynasty.’ The decade before Modi’s advent on the national scene was one long lightless phase in which such attempts were made, and often succeeded. A fall back to the mindset which defined that phase will only push back our collective march and weaken our collective will to see a new India. Modi continues to restore faith, continues to plug the leaks, to heal the cores, to erect new edifices for which he is attacked and abused. His triumph will prove the death of this mentality of subversion that has been allowed to go unchecked for decades. The social and political formations that stand against this emotion and conviction for the national good and have worked to dilute or weaken these have never succeeded in striking deep roots in India’s political soil. Congress, because of its enunciation of anti-Indianness, is now getting increasingly deracinated while the communist parties, who have been at forefront of trying to weaken the nationalist psyche of the Indian masses, continue to wither away. Each has found in the other the support in this destructive game. Congress resorts to politics of confusion while the shrinking communist parties, in the name of the proletariat, continue to peddle their false line of an India that is in perpetual conflict and clash, in which exploitation and communalism dominate. So thick is the partnership that the CPI(M) general secretary has given up all pretensions of being a Marxist ideologue and has degenerated into a loyal spokesperson of the Congress party. This degradation has consumed the habit of debate, of ideological adherence, and of cadre discipline and commitment in the party. Neither party has a leader nor a leadership which has a vision of India’s future. Can they ever hope to succeed in their negative anti-Modi alliance? They have no acceptance among people, they have no capacity to read new India’s mind and the summer of 2019 will only reinforce their irrelevance. (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more