Ice-cream days raise a sweet €250,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland

first_imgIce-cream lovers across Donegal have helped bring this year’s HB Fundays total to over €250,000.More than 250 families of babies and young children with Down syndrome have been directly supported thanks to funds raised as part of this year’s HB Fundays campaign with HB Ice-cream, Down Syndrome Ireland has announced.Some €251,648 was raised as part of this year’s campaign, with many of the ice-cream parties held in schools, workplaces and community centres around Donegal. The funds raised has allowed the charity to accelerate funding for the roll out of a vital language development programme for young children with Down syndrome called See and Learn and Parent-Link, a local support service for new parents of babies with Down syndrome, provided by parent volunteers who will be trained and supported by Down Syndrome Ireland.HB Fundays 2019 ambassador, Rachel Allen with Siún Lundberg (5), from Donabate enjoying delicious HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream in Tigers Childcare, Blanchardstown at the launch of the 2019 HB Fundays campaign in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandSpeaking about the 2019 Fundays campaign, Down Syndrome Ireland CEO Gary Owens said: “We are so grateful to all the ice cream lovers out there who held a HB Fundays party this year – you are helping young children with Down syndrome develop vital speech and language skills and also helping new parents receive the support they need directly from other parents who are sharing the same journey. Thank you.” Ice-cream days raise a sweet €250,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland was last modified: October 27th, 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)last_img read more

AgriClear and United Producers Inc. announce strategic alliance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgriClear, North America’s premier online cattle transaction and payment platform, together with United Producers Inc. (UPI), one of North America’s largest farmer owned and operated livestock marketing cooperatives, today announced a collaborative agreement to benefit livestock farmers across the Midwest. UPI will now utilize AgriClear as its digital marketing solution for online cattle transactions, which will bring innovative livestock marketing technology to current and future UPI members.“We’re very excited to partner with UPI to power a unique, modern solution for the cattle industry. The combination of UPI’s marketing expertise, vast network and commitment to evolving technology to meet member needs, along with AgriClear’s leading-edge cattle trading platform, is an offering unlike any other in North America,” said Nevil Speer, Vice President of U.S. Operations, AgriClear. “This alliance provides cattle buyers and sellers with full transparency throughout the payment process along with a mechanism to trade cattle based on their true value.”“UPI prides itself on providing leading-edge marketing solutions that provide real value to producers. Joining forces with AgriClear to expand the package of services available to UPI cattle producers is a natural evolution of our growing spectrum of options for producers of all sizes throughout the Midwest and beyond.  We are constantly seeking to provide producers with a competitive advantage in an ever-changing and evolving marketplace directly or through innovative partnerships,” said Mike Bumgarner, President & CEO UPI.To learn more about cattle marketing on your terms, visit www.agriclear.com and follow AgriClear on Twitter:@AgriClearTo learn more about UPI, visit www.uproducers.com.last_img read more

Ex-Microsofties Launch $500 ‘Meaning Machine’ For Large Data Sets

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#NYT#Product Reviews#web Dominic Pouzin is a worldly, smart guy. After doing school and internships in France, the UK, South Korea and India, he moved to Atlanta where he took a job in the NBC (Nuclear, Bacteriological, Chemical) protection field. “I designed statistical models, programmed robots, and implemented access control stations for nuclear plants,” Pouzin says on LinkedIn.He left that field to become a software engineer at Microsoft and this week launches his own startup company with a collection of former Microsoft co-workers. The new company is called Data Applied and offers very affordable “data mining in the cloud” – it applies automated algorithms to large sets of data in order to extract patterns, preconditions and outliers. Commercial licenses cost under $500 and are aimed to bring the kind of power to sales, marketing, engineering, social sciences or non-profit organizations that only banks and insurance companies used to be able to afford.There’s a Data-Centric World EmergingData visualization tools are not uncommon online and there’s a growing number of large data sets available for analysis these days. Microsoft unveiled a marketplace for data sets last month called Dallas. GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham says data represents a big part of Microsoft’s hope for the future. “Microsoft isn’t just selling software anymore,” she writes, “it’s selling itself as a clearinghouse for information.” Higginbotham points out similarities between Dallas and a startup we’ve covered here extensively called InfoChimps. Amazon started offering large sets of public data through its Web Services division last year as well. We’ve got high hopes that social networking data will be made more available for aggregate analysis, as a bird’s-eye-view of society’s interactions.We’ve written here before about how all of this data to be analyzed may or may not be put to good use (Web 3.0 Might Be Really Stupid) and Nicholas Carr recently wrote a provocative blog post about the consequences of data-driven recommendation on free will and human thought.You’ve Got the Data, Now What?Countless organizations have data sets of their own but that doesn’t make extracting valuable information from them easy. Microsoft itself unveiled a similar looking service last month called Pivot, but it’s invite-only for now and not thoroughly explained. We’re familiar with DabbleDB, but Pouzin says Data Applied takes things much further than data visualization. “Simple reporting and dashboards are boring,” Pouzin says. “They force analysts to manually visualize all possible combinations in the hope of finding some interesting facts. We do that automatically!”Data Applied performs a whole lot of data visualization functions as well, it’s social and offer a multitude of related features while running on one or more computers.Can it really pull unforeseen patterns and meaning out of large sets of data, though? That sounds like a tall order to fill, but if enough numbers can be crunched that the mind of a human consultant is in fact unneeded – then Data Applied could be bringing to market a very valuable service. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects

first_imgIn our latest video tutorial, learn how you can use circle burst animations to quickly spice up a motion graphics project.You can throw these elements behind an animated logo to illustrate movement, or add them to text graphics for some dynamic and interesting results. The circle burst is extremely easy to create, and it’s incredibly versatile. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to create one in Adobe After Effects. Looking for more motion graphics tips? Check out these videos.How to Create a Stop-Motion Paper CrumpleVideo Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsEverything to Know About Layer Styles in After EffectsCreate a Glitch Effect For Logos and Titles in After Effects Step 1: Create an EllipseFirst, I’ll use the Ellipse Tool to create a simple circle. To get the look I want, I’ll turn off the fill and set the stroke to white, with a width of 35 pixels. It’s important to center the anchor point to the ellipse shape so that it will animate properly. If it’s not already centered, simply select the layer and go to Layer > Transform > Center Anchor Point in Layer Content. Then use the “Align” panel to center the circle within the composition. Now the shape is prepped for animation.Step 2: Animate the ShapeTo create a circle burst, I only need to animate two properties — “Stroke Width” and “Scale.” I want the animation to be roughly one second in length, so I’ll add a sequence marker to quickly visualize where to place the end keyframes. First, I’ll animate the width of the stroke. I want it to disappear, so I’ll animate the width from 30 down to 0. Next, I’ll open up the “Transform” properties of the ellipse and animate the “Scale” from 0 to 100. It’s important to not animate the scale of the shape layer, as you want control over this attribute later.To smooth out the animation and give it a more natural look, I’ll change the first keyframes to “Easy Ease Out” and the last keyframes to “Easy Ease In.” Then I can open up the graph editor and ramp up the speed at the beginning, slowing it down toward the end. Now it looks more like it’s following the laws of physics.I can quickly make variations of my circle burst by duplicating and slightly adjusting the keyframes or other settings. For example, I can change the scale of one, or add a slight rotation. I can even add dashes to the stroke to give the burst a completely different look. Now I’m ready to bring these in and use them with other elements.Step 3: Incorporate in a ProjectSo here I have an animated title that I want to spruce up a bit. The text has a simple scale and rotation animation flying it onto the screen. I can bring my circle bursts in to add some extra movement and detail. For this particular graphic, I’m going to place two large circle bursts behind my text. I’ll parent the circles to the text, so it will follow the text as it moves. I’ll also add smaller circles on the edges of the text, parenting them to the text layer as well.The key to making this animation work is tweaking each circle burst, making sure they don’t match. It’s a simple rule of duplicating, repositioning, and retiming. Repeat these steps until you get a look with which you’re happy.Take a look at my final animation.last_img read more

Vineyard Town Police Station Refurbished by NCB Foundation

first_img The NCB Foundation spent a total of $4.5 million to refurbish three police stations on Labour Day, including Vineyard Town, Summit in St. James, and Alligator Pond in Manchester. The projects were managed by Kaizen Development Limited. Police personnel and residents of Vineyard Town, in South East St. Andrew, are now enjoying the comfort of the renovated police station, as a result of the generosity of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation.As part of its Labour Day project on May 23, the Foundation’s volunteers painted the police station, installed air-conditioning units and grills, and did electrical and lighting installation as well as plumbing works.On Friday, June 16, the Foundation members toured the facility and unveiled a plaque. Also on the tour were political representatives and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s hierarchy.Group Marketing and Communications Manager at NCB, Nichole Brackett-Walters, told JIS News there was a shift from the Foundation’s usual education focus to national security, because of the transformation that is needed in that area.“The project is under our community development programme [and] is in keeping with our mandate to help our communities and to build a better Jamaica. It is our intention that this assistance will go towards improving national security. We really hope that this contribution will promote peace and goodwill within the community,” she said.Inspector of Police and Sub-Officer in Charge of the Vineyard Town Police Station, Mark Harris, expressed gratitude for the project, noting that it will go a far way in improving staff morale and how the community is served.“We were affected significantly because of the condition of our facility. NCB Foundation came on board to improve the facility on Labour Day and I can tell you from that day until now, the citizens are very happy, my staff is motivated and I am happy to be working in a better environment. I must say a big thank you to NCB Foundation and its volunteers on behalf of the Ministry of National Security and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and I hope you continue to serve Jamaica in this capacity,” he said.Woman Corporal, Kaedene Hendricks Williamson, also praised the NCB Foundation.“There is now more space and we are comfortable. The space is cool and this creates a different environment when you have different types of customers to deal with. We now have an interview room that is ready for persons that have queries or reports of a private nature. We are really glad that this project was done,” she said.Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, Julian Robinson, said the refurbishing will aid police in having a closer relationship with the community.“The police station has a very close working relationship with the community. The refurbishing of the station allows the police to work in a more comfortable environment and will allow them to better serve the community. As the representative, I want to thank NCB Foundation for doing this, and we look forward to a continued close working relationship [among] the police, the political representatives, the community and the business persons,” he said.The NCB Foundation spent a total of $4.5 million to refurbish three police stations on Labour Day, including Vineyard Town, Summit in St. James, and Alligator Pond in Manchester. The projects were managed by Kaizen Development Limited. Group Marketing and Communications Manager at NCB, Nichole Brackett-Walters, told JIS News there was a shift from the Foundation’s usual education focus to national security, because of the transformation that is needed in that area. Story Highlights Police personnel and residents of Vineyard Town, in South East St. Andrew, are now enjoying the comfort of the renovated police station, as a result of the generosity of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation.last_img read more