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WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick eateries will do battle for top spots at the #FoodOscars next month15 LIMERICK eateries will now do battle amongst the best in the country at the All-Ireland Restaurant Awards #FoodOscars next month as the competition celebrates its tenth year.County winners from each of the 16 categories have already been announced at our four regional awards which took place recently in Munster, Leinster, Connaught and Ulster.These establishments are now in line to compete for Regional and All-Ireland titles in their respective categories at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on May 14 next.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association commented: “The Irish Restaurant Awards are an opportunity for local businesses to receive much-needed recognition of their hard work and commitment to excellence. These establishments drive tourism both locally and on a national scale, making Ireland a desirable destination for global travellers.“The Irish Restaurant Awards prides itself on celebrating the very best in local produce, flawless customer care and unrivalled dining experiences to anywhere in the world. We wish all our county winners and those nominated in our national categories the best of luck”.Limerick businesses progressing to the All-Ireland Finals are as follows:Best Casual Dining sponsored by San Pellegrino – The ButteryBest Emerging Irish Cuisine sponsored by Odaios Foods – 1826 AdareBest Kids Size Me sponsored by Dubliner Cheese – KyotoBest ‘Free From’ sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free – Cornstore LimerickBest World Cuisine sponsored by Aryzta – La Cucina CentroBest Restaurant Manager sponsored by AIB Merchant Services – John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed at Echo LodgeBest Wine Experience sponsored by Classic Drinks – House LimerickPub of the Year sponsored by Bushmills – Flannerys Bar LimerickBest Café sponsored by Illy – Jack Mondays Coffee HouseBest Customer Service – The Mustard Seed at Echo LodgeBest Gastro Pub sponsored by Coca Cola & Schweppes – Curragower PubBest Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant sponsored by BWG Foodservice – The River Restaurant at the Limerick Strand HotelBest Newcomer sponsored by Elavon – The Silver Room RestaurantBest Chef sponsored by Nisbets – Tom Flavin of the Limerick Strand HotelBest Restaurant sponsored by Tindal Wines – 1826 AdareSee more at www.irishrestaurantawards.comTwitter: @restawardsFacebook: www.facebook.com/IrishRestaurantAwardsInstagram: @irishrestawardsSee more Limerick news here Print TAGS#FoodOscarsAll Ireland Restaurant AwardslimerickRestaurants Association of Ireland Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Previous articleThree Limerick hotels win at Travel Republic Hotel AwardsNext articleThomond Park to hold back to the 80’s/90’s night in aid of Limerick Suicide Watch Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BusinessLimerickNewsLimerick’s best eateries do battle at national #FoodOscarsBy Staff Reporter – April 25, 2018 1277
Behind us are two July weekends that brought congestion on major road routes.This situation will continue this weekend as announced by HAK, because many Croatian citizens will go on vacation, and school holidays will begin in parts of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Many will choose one of the tourist centers on the Adriatic or will pass through Croatia to destinations in Eastern Europe.Last year we noticed that many tourists avoid traveling on weekends, ie Saturdays and Sundays due to heavy crowds, and choose to go and return from vacation on Friday or Monday, and this practice has continued this year.HAK points out that they expect increased traffic during Friday, July 13, until Monday, July 16, and the peak is expected on Saturday, July 14 (5:00 – 17:00), from the morning in the direction of the sea, and from noon in the direction of the interior. During Sunday, July 15, heavier traffic is expected in the afternoon in the inland direction, and especially between 9:00 and 15:00. During Friday, the biggest traffic jams will be at the border crossings with Slovenia, and on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac highway in the east direction.WELCOME YOUR GUESTS WITH REFRESHMENT As we know, over 85% of tourists come to Croatia by road, so they travel for hours just to come to Croatia, welcome them with coffee, juice, lemonade, beer, wine… and some snacks, preferably homemade food, such as prosciutto, bread and tomato or any other indigenous product.Just put yourself in their role and imagine traveling with children in a crowded car all over Europe, for five, six or more hours. Put yourself in their role and everything will be clear to you.Guests will be exhausted throughout the trip and that little token of attention will show how much you care about them, and they will know how to appreciate it.Cool their room, greet them with coffee, let them care about your guests. And tourists are people, right?CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS ON BROADCAST MARKETSKnowing our guests and emitting markets is crucial.If you have not used or followed the calendar of holidays in our emitting markets so far, then it is high time to start doing so. Just when the holidays are the most traveled, and in order to be able to better prepare, you must follow the market, in order to offer targeted content in that period and thus attract guests.The calendar of holidays and celebrations on emitting markets is regularly published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, although it is already too late for this year, and preparations for the next tourist season have already begun. Also, on the CNTB website, there is a profile of emitting markets with quality information in decision-making and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry.Side dish:1. Calendar of holidays and celebrations in emitting markets 2018.2. Emitting market profilesFinns travel the most to the EUIt is also interesting to note that according to the data European Statistical Office, almost two thirds of the population, or 62% of them, can afford a multi – day trip once a year in the European Union.A third travel abroad, but most still spend their holidays in one of the domestic tourist destinations. The most active tourist nations are the Finns, where only 8,6% of the population does not travel, followed by the Dutch, Luxembourgers, Czechs and Danes. Also, it should be noted that the EU average in terms of inactive population is 37,9%,TOMAS SUMMER 2017 – Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsThe research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted.Attachment: “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF TOURISTS IN CROATIA – TOMAS SUMMER 2017.”
The country’s currently banned from track and field – after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report found evidence of widespread cheating.Athletes intending to compete in Rio will have to undergo a minimum of three externally administered anti-doping controls.Two independent experts – nominated by WADA – will also be based full-time in Moscow.
Lancashire and Warwickshire are the contenders for the coveted title of County of the Year at the England Golf Awards 2017. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 16 March and, as well as the prestige, they will receive £6000 worth of bespoke research from sponsors SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “These counties are both superb. They are forward-looking, innovative organisations which put their clubs and players first, with great results.” They will be recognised on a night which celebrates all that’s great about golf in England. Awards will be presented to leading professionals, elite amateurs, top coaches and the stars of club and county golf who do so much to inspire people to play the game. The two contenders have impressive claims to the County of the Year title: Lancashire Lancashire is a forward-looking county, with a development group which combines the collective strengths of the men’s union, women’s association, the PGA and the Golf Foundation to grow the game. It puts the needs of players and its 158 clubs and facilities at the heart of what it does – and has been rewarded with an impressive 4.3% increase in membership. Clubs have been inspired by county conferences and Business Growth Forums and subsequently supported to improve their business. This has included help to attract £330,000 funding for initiatives. Competition, training and coaching is offered to players at every level of the game, from beginner to the elite amateur, and successes included victory for Lancashire at the 2016 English Senior Men’s County Final. The county is open to new ideas, hosting a range of workshops, providing £10,000 to seed fund 18 projects, and running an Innovation Awards scheme which, for example, has prompted clubs to think of new membership options to retain ageing and busy players. It also works with partners to change perceptions of the game and attract new players. This has included support for community events and media activity to promote golf. Warwickshire The future is looking good for Warwickshire Golf. The partners – the men’s union, the women’s association and the county development group – are celebrating a year of exciting new activity as they work together to modernise, grow and spread the word that golf is a healthy, sociable sport for all. Their wide-ranging achievements cover championships, junior development, communications, governance, communications, work with England Golf and the Golf Foundation – and the introduction of the hugely successful Warwickshire Golf Awards, which replaced the traditional county dinner. Other innovations include a nine-hole evening league which promotes short format golf, as well as new competitions for men, women and seniors. Warwickshire has been involved in England Golf’s pilot project to increase membership and participation and it has helped to create a club-centred approach which offers wide-ranging business support. It also pioneered the use of community coaches to take golf out of its traditional setting and into parks to generate wider interest in the sport. Its players were also successful with county teams playing in the national finals of the Junior Champion Club and the English Men’s County Finals, while the women’s second team won their regional league. 24 Feb 2017 Lancashire and Warwickshire target County of the Year title
The Long Beach State women’s volleyball team continues its travels when it visits UC Irvine tonight to face the Anteaters in a 7 o’clock Big West Conference match. The 49ers (11-4) split their conference-opening matches on the road last weekend, losing to UC Santa Barbara on Friday before knocking off Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the next evening. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team has played just four matches on campus this season. “But Dyanne (Lawlor) has been doing the setting in practice, and Robin (Miramontes) and Quincy (Verdin) have filled in well for Mariko and Rosie,” he added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 And they close the regular season with three nonconference matches in the Walter Pyramid during the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 25-26). The Anteaters are 0-2 in conference (after being swept in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara last weekend) and 6-9 overall. They lost several key members of last season’s team due to graduation, the most notable of those being Kelly Wing, the 2004 Big West Player of the Year. Long Beach could be at something less than full strength for tonight’s match. Freshman setter Nicole Vargas (left wrist) and hitters Rosie Lewis (knee) and Mariko Crum (back) have missed practice time this week with various aches and pains, Gimmillaro said, and their status for tonight was still undetermined before Wednesday afternoon’s practice. “It’s an unusual schedule,” he said Wednesday afternoon before practice. “This is the first year that we haven’t packed the schedule with a lot of home matches early. But that’s just the way it falls and it means we’ll have a lot of matches at home (down the stretch).” The 49ers are at Cal State Northridge on Friday night, meaning seven of their final 10 conference matches will be played in the Walter Pyramid.
Google’s machine learning platform might be a few years from solving any of the world’s major problems, but for one farming family in Japan, the TensorFlow platform has already reduced the amount of time spent sorting cucumbers into standards.Makoto Koike, a former embedded systems designer, implemented the TensorFlow platform into his family’s cucumber farm.See Also: Are big data analytics more important than the cloud?The goal was reducing the amount of time his parents spend sorting cucumbers, which can reach eight hours per day at peak harvest.Koike crafted an Arduino powered conveyer belt and connected it to a Raspberry Pi 3 processor. Webcams hanging above the belt take low resolution photos of the cucumbers, which are sent to the cloud and assigned a standard. Once assigned, the belt pushes the cucumber into the right box for shipping.Before activating the platform, Koike spent three months taking 7,000 photos of cucumbers, to teach the TensorFlow platform to assign different standards for shape and size. Koike doesn’t think that was enough for the AI platform:“When I did a validation with the test images, the recognition accuracy exceeded 95 percent, but if you apply the system with real use cases, the accuracy drops down to about 70 percent. I suspect the neural network model has the issue of “overfitting” (the phenomenon in neural network where the model is trained to fit only to the small training dataset) because of the insufficient number of training images.”But how good are those cucumbers?The low resolution also makes the platform unable to recognize color, texture, scratches, and prickling, which might mean low value cucumbers are being sent to suppliers. But upgrading the resolution would mean months if not years spent assigning standards to cucumbers.Koike hopes that Google machine learning (ML) servers will be a saving grace, improving the performance of TensorFlow while reducing the upload time for photos and video. That could improve accuracy and allow the platform to remove damaged goods.It might not be the revolutionary change some AI fans want, but it shows the future possibilities of AI for farmers on a budget. Koike spent less than $1000 on hardware, and in the near future it could save the family eight hours per day spent sorting cucumbers—a fair deal, if you ask me. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … David Curry Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#farm#Google#google cloud#Internet of Things#IoT#japan#Machine Learning#TensorFlow Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Hot spots. Accidental cameraman cameos. These are just a couple of the problems caused by shiny objects on set. Here are a few ways to remove the glare from reflective surfaces.Top image via Film RiotReflective surfaces can be one of the biggest burdens to a DP, not only because of the possibility of reflections from the crew, but because a highly reflective surface or object can cause hot spots. A hot spot is a region of clipped whites which cannot, by most means, be recovered.If a surface or object is spherical or curved, you have a higher chance of clipping the highlights within this object when it has been lit. Usually, objects with a chrome finish are the biggest offenders: Door handles, drawer knobs, chair/stool legs, metallic light switches, glasses, and so forth. I’m sure I don’t need to list every metallic object you’ll likely find within a scene.In the still above, there’s a clipped hotspot on the chrome handle of the kettle. In this particular instance, it’s not all that detrimental to the shot, although it would be better without it. Yet, if this shot had an actor in the foreground talking to someone, and the hot spot was glimmering in the background, it would become an eyesore and distraction to the viewer.Before we start spraying objects or coating them with something to kill the glare, let’s have a look at a few methods for stopping that reflective surface from bouncing so much light in the first place.1. Cut the LightImage via Lights Film SchoolIn a recent post, I discussed how you could stop light hitting parts of the set using a variety of different flags. If your composition has one particular hot spot which cannot be removed — perhaps a vertical stack of drawers has chrome knobs, and the 2k you have outside is kicking the highlights into overdrive — set up a small vertical finger flag between the light and the chrome object to kill that reflective light.If established properly, the flag might just look like a window fixture. However, this isn’t going to help when you have several reflective surfaces such as stools or chairs.2. Soften the LightImage via ShutterstockIn the circumstance of having several reflective non-removable objects, it is appropriate to look at possibly changing your lighting source. If you’re lighting your scene with a set of hard fresnels that aren’t being diffused or bounced, then your reflective surfaces will all have a glaring hotspot.However, if you switch your lights to a soft source — or at least diffuse the hard light — the light reflected will be a shapeless highlight, which is a lot less intrusive than a glaring hotspot.There is, however, creative leeway for chrome objects. Alexis Van Hurkman, the author of the Color Correcting Handbook, says:A sun glint shining off a vintage car’s chrome bumper is going to be off the charts by any scale of measurement. That’s not a highlight worth preserving because chances are the camera that shot the scene recorded next to no discernible image data within that highlight. This is a highlight that you should have no problem sacrificing to the broadcast-safe clipper of your color correction application to lighten more important parts of the image.But what about when (along with distinct reflective highlights) the crew and camera also appear within the reflections of shiny objects? This is where dulling spray will come into play, as you’ll see in the following clip from Ryan Connolly and the Film Riot team.3. Use Dulling SprayA dulling spray is a spray that applies a matte layer to a reflective surface to stop the incident light hitting the reflective surface or element. You can purchase dulling spray in a variety of different colors and matte strengths. For example, you can acquire a semi-matte, which is perfect for applying to wine glasses, as it doesn’t entirely remove the transparency, but it does stop the glare it would have if directly being lit by a light.Image via Dirty DownTwo important notes for dulling spray. As with almost anything, there’s always an option to buy a cheaper alternative, or perhaps purchase a spray which isn’t dulling spray but may do the same job. Be wary — it’s important to make sure the spray is free of chlorofluorocarbons, and that the spray is easily removable when dampened and wiped.Dulling sprays are also ideal for hiding the reflection of crew members, especially if you’re tracking toward an actor where there is a curved metallic object, such as a lamp — the closer you move in, the more exaggerated and apparent the reflection will be.There’s one manufacturer of dulling sprays called Dirty Down, who also produce spray used by costume and art departments to dirty and age materials. They say that, “Dulling spray can also be used to make a natural grime or dirt look and can be smudged with a damp sponge.”This leads me to this point. Sometimes it may be more suitable to dirty an item rather than just to remove its reflective glare. In the scene above, we required a close-up of an old kettle reaching boiling point and needed to capture the steam coming through the nozzle.Unfortunately, the camera was obviously visible within the reflection. Using dulling spray so close to the kettle didn’t work. It looked incredibly artificial. Nonetheless, we still had the problem of the camera in the reflection.To get rid of this, we simply used the end of a candle to slightly smudge the kettle, which added to the grime which had already built up. In the final result, the camera is not visible.There are countless options available for applying dulling spray and having more control over your image. In the video below from Grip Tips, Dave Donaldson runs through a variety of different sprays that can be used to diffuse light bulbs and remove lens flares.Got any additional tips for removing glare from reflective surfaces? Share your knowledge in the comments below!
As the UK gears-up for this year’s Red Nose Day, the Red Nose African Convoy sees six celebrities swap their home comforts for life on the road as they take the British public on a journey to show how the money they raise is helping to change lives every single day.The documentary follows David Baddiel, Hugh Dennis, Katy Brand, Michaela Coel, Reggie Yates and Russell Kane as they take to the wheel and act as outriders to a convoy of HGVs travelling from Kenya to Uganda to deliver crucial supplies to Comic Relief funded projects.With a cast of comedy favourites, old friends and new acquaintances coming together to see Comic Relief cash in action, viewers can expect more than a few twists and turns and bumps in the road, as the famous six turn expert convoy outriders and DIY superstars to assemble delivery beds, hand out mosquito nets and take on challenging driving terrain.Their epic journey takes the famous six through communities affected by many of the health issues that Comic Relief works to address, including remote villages with no access to healthcare and a massive slum with small healthcare facilities serving thousands of people. They meet inspiring individuals dedicated to changing lives in their community and discover the huge difference Red Nose Day money is making.Katy Brand, who is paired up with fellow comedian Russell Kane, said: “I’ve watched Comic Relief on TV for as long as I can remember and I have donated every time, like millions of others have, so to be given the chance to go and actually see projects that have benefitted directly from the money was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Plus I have always longed to spend six days in a car with Russell Kane.”Money raised this Red Nose Day will be spent helping some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest communities. Visit rednoseday.com to find out more.The Red Nose African Convoy airs on Thursday 23rd March at 9pm on BBC One.
Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. says it had a smaller overall third-quarter loss than last year as sales increased by 5.6 per cent to $2.2 billion, with its Saks Fifth Avenue brand of luxury retail stores continuing to show improvements.The Toronto-based retailer’s net loss was $164 million or 69 cents per share, including discontinued operationsThat’s down from last year’s net loss $243 million or $1.33 per share in last year’s third quarter, including discontinued operations.HBC listed its European arm as a discontinued operation after agreeing to sell its controlling interest during the second quarter.HBC Europe had $974 million of sales in the third quarter and a net loss of $41 million, down from $107 million.HBC’s continuing operations had a loss of $124 million or 52 cents per share, compared with $116 million or 64 cents per share last year.Comparable-store sales from continuing operations increased 2.9 per cent overall, with Saks Fifth Avenue up 7.3 per cent and the Saks OFF 5th off-price brand down 2.3 per cent on a comparable-sales basis.Comparable-store sales at the group that includes Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters were up 0.9 per cent before adjusting for the timing of an annual promotional event.