Gregg Allman’s posthumous final album, Southern Blood, will be released Friday, September 7th, and those who purchase the album’s deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will receive a very significant portrait print of Gregg. Before his death earlier this year, Allman and his daughter, Layla Brooklyn, commissioned an odd painting from lauded surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’According to Yahoo Music, in a deal conceived by Brooklyn and sealed on December 24th, 2015, Gregg Allman, recruited Castiglia to paint a portrait of him–using his blood, and the blood of his children, as the paint–as album art for his latest album, Southern Blood. Castiglia quickly agreed, unaware that Allman would pass away before the painting was completed. Notes Castiglia, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life.”Brooklyn described the process behind Southern Blood (both the album a the painting) after hearing that Castiglia had painted a portrait with his own blood: “A few years ago, I invited him to the studio when my metal band was tracking sessions for a record that I didn’t end up releasing. Upon listening to the early stages of my father’s Muscle Shoals sessions, I knew [the blood portrait concept] was a perfect visual representation for what would be my father’s last body of work on many levels.Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream“I suggested to my father he send Vincent vials of his own blood to save for his yet-to-be titled record. He did it, and nearly a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together. The story, the music, the painting and my dad’s fight to keep playing music when he became ill represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only in metaphorically giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally.”You can watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting here. [h/t – Yahoo Music]
Demand to learn Chinese in Donegal has officially surpassed all expectations.No less than three levels of evening classes are now being offered at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Mandarin Chinese.Since LYIT first introduced Level One Mandarin Chinese evening classes last year, interest in the subject has been unprecedented with more than 100 pupils enrolled to learn the language. Under the directorship of teacher, Jill Murphy, almost one hundred people have become involved with Mandarin Chinese at LYIT, either through evening classes or the one week intensive programmes.The first round of Mandarin Chinese evening classes for 2013 will begin on January 24 and will cater for both Level One Beginners and Level Three. Level Two will resume later in the year and intensive weeks will run at Easter and during the Summer.There are 10 classes in each of the Level One Beginners and Level Three classes and they will be held on Thursday evenings at LYIT. Level One Class time is 5pm to 7pm (with a 15 minute break).This year, Level One will be taught by Catherine Devine. Catherine explained: “Level One is perfect for anyone who has an interest in learning Mandarin Chinese in a fun way. You will learn basic Mandarin conversation so you will be able to introduce yourself and your family, ask questions and hold a basic conversation. You will also learn some other basics and how to say and write the numbers 1 – 10.”The classes are kept small to ensure a quality lesson. The cost of the course is €150 for non-students at LYIT and €125 for students for the 10 weeks. This also includes the course text book and CD.Level Three will be taught by Jill Murphy and the first of ten evening classes will also beginon January 24 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Level Three classes are suitable for those who have already completed levels one and two.The past year has also seen the hosting of Letterkenny’s first ever Chinese Social evening. It took place in Hee’s Chinese Restaurant and saw more than 60 people with a shared interest in Chinese getting together for an evening of language, culture and food.Plans for the next Chinese Social Evening are already well underway and it will be heldon February 1 to mark the Chinese New Year. Jill explained: “The first social evening was such a success and we wanted to continue to have an outlet where anyone with an interest in Chinese, as well as the local Chinese community, could get together outside a classroom setting. Of course, the Chinese New Year is the perfect opportunity for a celebration and we are hoping to have another great informal evening of Chinese food, conversation and culture.”Anyone who wishes to sign up for evening classes can e-mail [email protected] facebook page providing information of Chinese events, trips and classes can be joined at www.facebook.com/letterkenny.chineseCHINESE HAS DONEGAL FOLK SPEAKING IN TONGUES! was last modified: January 15th, 2013 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:Chinese MandarinlanguageLYIT
19 November 2010Woolworths has become the first major South African retailer to use post-consumer recycled plastics in its food packaging, helping both to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and to cut its dependence on imported oil stocks needed to make virgin plastic.Since the beginning of September, Woolworths’ ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which is made from recycled plastic bottles.According to Woolworths, recycling one ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space, it also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours.No compromise on food safetyWoolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in its duvets and pillows, and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly.“Not only is packaging made with rPET more ecologically sound and technologically advanced, there is no compromise on food safety,” Woolworths foods MD Zyda Rylands said in a statement last week.“The recycled PET comes primarily from locally collected soft drink and water bottles and is scrupulously super-cleaned by the local supplier, who has invested some R20-million in a food grade recycling plant.”Rylands said the plant was the first recycler in the world to be certified by the British Retail Consortium, and that the resulting recycled plastic met or exceeded international standards for food safety.Reducing emissions, creating jobsRecycling PET has economic advantages as well – it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts dependence on imported oil stocks used to make virgin plastic. “It also helps create jobs,” Rylands said. “It’s estimated that some 10 000 people earn income from collecting bottles.”Rylands said the retailer had now successfully eliminated over 600 tons of foods packaging, with more than 23% of its food products using recycled packaging materials, and most of the sleeves on its ready-made meals, dips and other food products being made from cardboard with a 80% recycled paper content.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Finance#Microcontent#New Media#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Online payment company PayPal has opened up its micropayment solution to “game developers, media publishers, or anyone interested in selling digital content on a global scale.” The solution was first announced last October when the company said that the upcoming feature would offer “a competitive fee structure for micropayments, with pricing at 5 percent plus 5 cents for purchases under $12.”Today, PayPal’s two-click micropayment solution has gone public and it has the potential to change how publishers and other online merchants interact with their customers.The major hurdle for micropayments is getting the consumer through the process with as little friction as possible. The more a consumer has to do to make a payment, the less likely they are to do so. This is PayPal’s answer to that problem.When consumers pay for online content, PayPal for digital goods allows them to pay in as little as two clicks without ever leaving a publisher’s game, news, music, video or media site. It’s the online equivalent to dropping a quarter in the slot to buy a gumball.Based on PayPal’s existing security, the service offers a faster, safer and more cost-effective way to send and receive micropayments. PayPal for digital goods still has competitive fees for micropayments pricing of 5 percent plus 5 cents for purchases under $12. This is actually lower than fees typically charged by payment processors in the DG industry. As an extra perk, publishers and merchants are paid automatically and given immediate access to their funds, every time a customer purchases digital goods.So, how could this change things? The digital publishing space is on a never ending search for a way to get readers to pay for content on an a la carte basis. According to PayPal, online magazine Autosport.com saw a 75% increase in new customers signing up with the beta version of the micropayment system. The next step, of course, is to do what’s shown in the screen shot above – get users to pay for things 25 cents at a time. mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Using the default tools from within After Effects you can create a realistic outer space scene, complete with dynamic lighting. Perfect for a documentary, fantasy or science fiction project.The earth from space shot is a ubiquitous Hollywood convention often used to show just how small we are in comparison to the grand scale of the universe. We see it all the time – in all genres of fiction films, television commercials and documentaries.If your own project calls for a grand ‘earth from outer space‘ shot, you can either purchase one from a stock footage library or create your own in a motion design app like Adobe After Effects. Purchasing the shot may save you time, but the downside is you won’t be able to customize and tweak the elements to your needs. The thought of creating an outer space shot from scratch in After Effects may seem like a daunting undertaking, but it’s actually not too complicated. In the following video tutorial by motion designer Rich Aguilar, you’ll see how to make a dynamic outer space shot in After Effects without the need for any third party plugins or filters. Using the After Effects 3D camera you can replicate motion through 3D ‘space’ and tweak the motion and timing to your needs (great for timing motion with music).Many thanks Rich for sharing!
Two bogies of the Puri-Shirdi Express got detached from the engine near Delang railway station in Odisha, a railway official said on Tuesday. All the passengers were safe but the train was delayed by an hour, he said. The detachment took place a few minutes after the train left Jatni Station at 10 p.m. on Monday, the official said. Coach numbers S-4 and S-5 got detached as a coupling hook broke.
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former federal cabinet minister Peter Penashue’s campaign knew by at least mid-February it had run afoul of electoral donation laws, Elections Canada records show.Elections Canada rejected Penashue’s amended campaign return that month because it failed to identify returned corporate donations and made no reference to an $18,710 non-monetary contribution from an airline, according to a Feb. 12 letter from Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand. The letter was carbon copied to Penashue, who was intergovernmental affairs minister at the time.Mayrand’s letter raises questions around the timing of Penashue’s resignation.Penashue’s campaign returned a total of $46,560 in ineligible donations Elections Canada records show. At least 16 of the donations came from businesses. It is against election laws to accept corporate donations.“The information provided does not support the changes requested,” said Mayrand’s letter, which was addressed to Sandra Troster, Penashue’s new official agent. “In cases in which corporate cheques were received, corporate rather than individual names and addresses are required and no reference was made with respect to the reporting of the contributions of air travel services provided by Innu Mikun Limited Partnership and Provincial Airlines Limited. Consequently, authorization to correct the return is not granted.”Mayrand’s letter came in response to an amended electoral campaign return submitted to the elections watchdog on Dec. 19, 2012.Mayrand gave the campaign a deadline of March 4 to make the changes.The campaign did eventually submit a cheque for an $18,710.54 non-monetary donation from the airline for campaign travel during the last federal election, according to a copy of a March 4 dated cheque.Penashue resigned his post as intergovernmental affairs minister and his Labrador seat last Thursday. In his statement, Penashue claimed he was resigning after he and his campaign became “aware that there were ineligible donations accepted by the former official agent.” Penashue said he would run again in a byelection.Yet, according to Elections Canada records, his campaign had been trying to amend his electoral returns since at least mid-December.Penashue could not be immediately reached for comment.Fred Delorey, spokesperson for the Conservative party, would only say that the official agent “did not complete the amended return until recently.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera