The Donegal ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ campaign says that reports in the media that the government will use ESB data to identify those taking part in the mass boycott of the Household Tax are a “sign of complete desperation” on their partMicheàl Mac Gioola Easbuig of the campaign steering committee said “The attempts to trawl around for this information prove the government will not be able to get people to voluntarily register for this tax.“Having a name on a utility bill does not prove someone is a homeowner. Use of such data could leave the government and ESB open to legal challenge under data protection.” He went on: ”Our campaign reiterates that the hundreds of thousands not registering and choosing not to voluntarily give the information will make this tax uncollectable. It has been reported that 90% of households in Donegal have not registered so far with little over 2 weeks to go. This is a massive blow to the government. Their response is one of desperate threats, bullying and misinformation.“The lastest figures are that 230,000 have registered. It has been spun by the government that this represents 14.5% of the 1.6 million who must pay the charge, but this ignores the 200,000 who are eligible for exemptions but must also register. The real story is that 230,000 out of 1.8 million, or just 11%, have registered. It is a clear example of government misinformation but no matter how they try to spin it, there are still over 1.5 million households who have not registered.”“It is important for people to realise that there is no legislation in existance which allows the government to deduct charges or fines from anyone, despite what Minister Hogan has implied this week. Even if such laws were to be introduced, they would only relate to fines imposed by a judge after the person was summonsed and found guilty in court and this is not realistic given the huge numbers who are not registering. Also there are constitutional difficulties in introducing such laws, as was confirmed by the Taoiseach himself.“The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Campaign invites any non-payers to attend its protest march in Letterkenny on March 24th at 3pm when we assemble at the Tesco roundabout. Our message will be ‘We won’t be bullied, We won’t pay’.” The Government has started advertising for people to pay on Highland Radio today. GOVERNMENT GETTING ‘DESPERATE’ OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX, SAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER was last modified: March 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GOVERNMENT GETTING ‘DESPERATE’ OVER HOUSEHOLD TAXSAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER
McKenzie Gonsalves threw a complete-game shutout and the McKinelyville High softball team beat its Big 5 Conference rival Arcata 4-0 in the first of a 3-game series, Thursday afternoon at Arcata High.Gonsalves struck out six and walked two during her time on the mound, giving up no runs on three hits. Gonsalves also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs at the plate, scoring Lexi White on a single in the second inning and Jaycee Morais in the third off a sac-fly RBI.White had one hit in the win and …
A quick guide to doing business in South Africa.With a stable democratic government, a sound financial system and a highly regulated banking sector, the country is a haven for investors. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth Africa is always open for business – in every economic sector. With a stable democratic government, a sound financial system and a highly regulated banking sector, the country is a haven for investors.Check out our quick guide to doing business in South Africa – including quick facts and figures, growth plans, opportunities by sector and province, and investor support and incentives.Reading, sharing (and more) made easyUse the icons at the bottom of the viewer box to view in full screen, share, download, zoom and page through.2088 Business Brochure a5 Final by Libby Young on ScribdWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Personal Financial Management (PFM) program staff often counsel military families about the financial implications of “big ticket” purchases. “Big ticket” means that items cost more than most people can afford from a single paycheck or two, including furniture, computers, electronics, appliances, and cars.With the possible exception of cars, “big ticket” purchases can be saved for in advance, like any other short-term financial goal. They can also be purchased with a fixed-rate loan or a credit card. Like cars, big ticket items generally depreciate following a purchase and come with the same buying decisions: new or used, leased or financed, and from a private seller or retail merchant.Image via Pixabay.com, CC0Below are eight recommendations to share with service members who want to buy “big ticket” items:Develop a Short-Term Savings PlanTry to save money to pay cash for items that cost several thousand dollars or less. For example, if $900 is needed for furniture or $1,400 for a laptop computer, divide the cost by an amount that can be saved each month (e.g., $100) to calculate the number of months of required savings (e.g., 9 and 14 months, respectively).Use Store Layaway PlansSet aside items at attractive prices and make periodic payments to the merchant until the full amount to pay in cash is saved and the item can be redeemed. Another option is financing plans that don’t require immediate payment, as long as the payment can be saved before the bill comes due.Image via Pixabay.con, CC0Earmark WindfallsPurchase “big ticket” items with cash from windfall income such as retroactive pay, freelance or seasonal work, insurance dividends, gifts, prizes, or an income tax refund.Follow the “Rule of Three”Decide key criteria for purchases and compare at least three retailers. Use this worksheet to write down key details about competing products. Shop during seasonal sales for items that are used for only short time periods each year (e.g., Bar-B-Q grills and snow blowers).Shop at Alternative VendorsConsider less expensive ways to purchase ‘big ticket” items, especially if funds are limited. Examples include thrift shops, consignment stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Beware that items will be sold “as is” without any warranty so check them out carefully before buying.Do Pre-Purchase ShoppingConsult vendor websites, product salespersons, and/or back issues of Consumer Reports magazine for product descriptions and recommendations.Purchase Extended Warranties SelectivelyMake decisions on a case-by-case basis. According to Consumer Reports, extended warranties can make sense for certain items such as exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills and elliptical trainers) and laptop computers. These items have high odds of needing repairs within 3 years and most standard warranties are for only a year or less. For other items, however, the odds are much lower that you will collect on extended warranties, which are a high profit item for retailers.Understand the Cost of Rent-to-OwnKnow the pros and cons. Most rent-to-own contracts run for 78 weeks. Although the weekly price is low, consumers actually end up paying 2 to 4 times the retail cost. For example, a television with a $500 suggested retail price might cost $15.95 weekly, or $1,244.10 for 78 weeks, plus possible delivery or processing fees. A better option would be to save $16 a week for about 7 months to get the money needed to purchase the television outright. Nevertheless, rent-to-own could make sense for service members who move frequently and don’t want to ship or store their personal possessions. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thrives
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening an actual store.The company says it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early next year in Florence, Kentucky, about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for the Boston company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods.News of the Wayfair store was first reported by industry magazine Furniture Today.Online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint. Amazon.com, for example, bought grocer Whole Foods last year, has opened more than a dozen bookstores. It also plans to open more cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.Wayfair Inc. declined to say if it plans to open more stores.
New Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s senior Muslim clerics and representatives from different religions have condemned forceful conversions, saying Islam doesn’t allow such acts and Muslims must provide better environment to minorities in their areas, according to a media report. The remarks made during a joint meeting of the Mutahida Ulema Board (Punjab) and Pakistan Ulema Council on Sunday came amid the nationwide outrage over the alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh province. “Islam doesn’t allow forceful conversion of non-Muslims,” the religious leaders said. They agreed that the issue of alleged forced conversion and marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and other subsequent matters should be settled in accordance with the law and justice, the News reported. The meeting – presided over by Chairman Mutahida Ulema Board and Pakistan Ulema Council Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi – underlined that Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, stability and its teachings have categorically defined rights for non-Muslims residing in Muslim countries. The senior religious leaders also condemned terror activities being carried out on account of Islamphobia and demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the killing of Bahawalpur professor to avert such extremist incidents in future, the paper said. A third-year student at Bahawalpur’s Government Sadiq Egerton College last month allegedly stabbed a professor to death over what he vaguely described as the academic’s “anti-Islam” remarks.
Chennai: It will be a battle of leadership styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab an IPL match here on Saturday. Dhoni’s ability to stay calm and keep his cool even in the trickiest of situations versus Ashwin’s aggressive approach and out-of-the-box decisions would certainly make for an interesting contest. The two teams have three wins each and both will try to outdo each other to take the upper hand. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefending champions CSK suffered their first defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match after three straight wins, and they would hoping to get back to winning ways as they return to their ‘den’. The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore were shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat before going down by eight runs on a better surface for the batters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe spin-heavy CSK will now be up against KXIP, which also have quality spinners in their line-up with Ashwin himself at the forefront apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler C V Varun. The home team’s bowlers will be wary of Chris Gayle’s power-hitting provided he plays after missing the game against Delhi Capitals on April 1. With Gayle sitting out in their last match, KXIP showed it is not about the hard-hitting West Indian alone as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their hands up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine. CSK has relied on team effort to win their matches as different players have delivered the goods in the IPL so far. The only worry would be the form of opener Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going after last year’s success, perhaps creating a chance for Murali Vijay at the top. There is uncertainty over the availability of star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for tomorrow’s game after he suffered a hamstring injury against Mumbai. His absence could open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Dhoni will expect his bowlers to step up after the Mumbai batsmen went on the rampage during Wednesday’s match. In fact, CSK may opt for an extra spinner in place of either Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur. KXIP skipper Ashwin, who was part of CSK before the franchise let him go, would be looking to put his best foot forward against his former team.
Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said.
KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 19, 2019 Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicide Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives believe a man killed his parents before committing suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass on Friday Ausut 16th.At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a San Diego Police Department dispatcher received a call asking officers to check the welfare of a couple living in the Torrey Highlands Neighborhood at 7400 block of Via Rivera. The couple was expected in San Francisco earlier in the day but did not arrive. Concerned family members called police.Upon arrival, police tried to make contact at the door, then by telephone, with no success. The officers looked through a rear window and saw a body on the living room floor, police said.The officers forced their way inside the home and discovered the bodies of an Asian man and woman in their 50s with trauma to the upper body. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was inside the residence.On Friday, August 16, 2019 the San Diego Police received a call regarding a person jumping from the Eastgate Mall overpass over I-805. Officers responded to the location and discovered a male had committed suicide by jumping over the bridge, landing onto the freeway.Police said they believe the person who committed suicide was the son of the murdered couple found in their home.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are investigating the deaths. The home did not appear to be disturbed.The victims’ identities have not been released pending confirmation by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.Detectives said they will continue investigating this case to determine a motive for the homicides. Updated: 1:57 PM
According to SPD in a dispatch released on June 28, Hancock had become angry with hospital staff and physically attacked one of the nurses, stabbing him in the throat with a ballpoint pen he had been concealing. Hancock was taken to Wildwood and is currently being held without bail. The nurse was treated for minor injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department was dispatched to the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital for a report that a patient had stabbed a staff member. On June 20, at 5:22 a.m., SPD arrested Michael E. Hancock, 61, of Kenai, for assault in the third andfourth degree.
Over the ages master chefs have rustled up numerous culinary delights. At present we have access to loads of variety to treat ourselves with. Speaking of variety, our own nation is home to numerous cuisines and outstanding dishes of which very few of us have an experience.The Suryaa’s Sr Executive Sous Chef Pankaj Kumar Jha has taken a step ahead to replenish the charm of Indian cuisine and remind gourmets in the national Capital about the various options they have in traditional dishes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen one thinks of kebabs, the only idea that strikes one, is usually the image of meat kebabs, but here at The Suryaa, there are some delicious vegetarian kebabs that fitness freaks and vegetarians can happily dig into. As you bite onto the Doora Sheekh kebab, a lamb preparation, you can taste the multiple flavours exploding in your mouth giving a party to your taste buds. This is a special kebab which is prepared on a wooden stick wrapped up with a long silk thread. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from some lip smacking chicken kebabs like Gulnari Murgh Tikka and Rane-e-Murgh there is a fish kebab, a mushroom kebab and a baby potato kebab called Tinka Aloo that will straight away win your heart. Moving on to the main course, if you have never had Hyderabadi Haleem, definitely try your luck here as the light flavours will sooth your tongue. Biryani lovers may find solace in the spices of life enjoying it with some gravy dish like Sabz ka Mela, Jodhpuri Aloo or Patiala Shahi Murgh. For vegetarians they have the most tasty Dal Makhani, Paneer Hushnara and Vegetable Chilman Pulao. As per the chef, the team has incorporated pan Indian dishes in their menu every night which will enable guests to explore the taste of India.Something that you should never forget to try before stepping out, is the classic ice cream they serve. It is not the flavour that will make you go ‘Wow!’ But it is the way they prepare it. Cold stone ice cream Teppanyaki is traditionally a Japanese form of cuisine. Following this style, a trained chef smears ice creams of your choice of flavours on a cold stone and mixes it with caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts and much more. Then the smeared mixture is allowed to set on the stone for a couple of minutes and scraped up into rolls of delicious ice creams.The cafe at Suryaa offers new items on the menu everyday for dinner, hence when you visit the place you may be greeted with some other surprises. But what remains constant is the multifarious option they have for starters, salads and definitely desserts! With a huge area dedicated to pastries you can indulge in your sweet journey with deadly cakes, tarts, ice creams and truffles.
Artist and sculptor Vipul Kumar brought two works all the way from Jaipur for the NGMA Art for ‘Kerala floods sale’. A distinguished installation artist, who does ceramics with Buddhist elements in dictates of design has donated a brilliant work called Chorten Vessel.”In this series, organic forms referencing Himalayan landscapes interact with the architectural “chorten” forms. Conceptually the work is about time and timelessness – the lines on the landscape forms allude to the layering of time, a reference to finite or chronological time. The chorten itself is a reliquary, but also a signifier of ancient wisdom – a finger pointing towards the timeless, self-perpetuating nature of existence,” says Kacker. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe small pot of Jyotsna Bhatt from my collection goes back to nearly 20 years. I picked it up for Rs 300 from the Art Heritage summer sale which I would visit every year. As a gallery, Art Heritage stands on its own stead. It has always supported ceramics and recently had the historic exhibition of G.Reghu. Jyotsna Bhatt is a Gandhian, a mentor and a ceramic artist of great merit. This small pot with stripes is a quaint creation.Another wonderful work has been donated by the brilliant Leena Batra an artist who used to work at Garhi many years ago. Leena has donated a beautiful vase for dry flower arrangements. A small cute plate with a pair of hands has been donated by artist/architect and mentor Manjari Sharma. Manjari excels at stoneware is known for her quixotic creations. This work belongs to her show at Lalit Kala Akademi. Textures and tones combine to give Manjari’s work a certain edge in terms of creative zest. Manjari believes that doing anything with clay is about explorations and experiments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile Jyotsna Bhatt is a precision and perfection ceramic artist, Vineet is an artist who weaves deep meditation and research elements into his work. Vineet’s Chorten Vessel at once invites the contemplation of the human gaze. Vipul Kumar’s porcelain work has a rough-hewn and indigenous signature but his generosity of spirit is what is charming. The beauty about this sale is that Adwaita Gadanayak NGMA Director General has breathed life and graciousness into the exercise and inspired so many artists to donate. It is his pragmatism too that has held the whole show in good stead.The show at NGMA ends today. All proceeds go to Chief Minister’s fund in Kerala.
Epic Games, an American video game and software development company, made a series of announcements, earlier this week. These include: Epic Game’s CEO, Tim Sweeney to offer $100 million in grants to game developers Stunning RTX-powered Ray-Tracing Demo named Troll Epic’s free Online Services launch for game developers Epic MegaGrants: $100 million funds to Game Developers Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games Inc, announced earlier this week that he will be offering $100 million in grants to game developers to boost the growth of the gaming industry. Sweeney made the announcement during a presentation on Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). GDC is the world’s largest professional game industry event that ended yesterday in San Francisco. Epic Games also created a $5 million fund for grants that have been disbursed over the last three years. Now Epic Games is off to build a new fund called Epic MegaGrants. These are “no-strings-attached” grants, meaning that they don’t consist of any contracts requiring game developers to do anything for Epic. All that game developers need to do is apply for the grants, create an innovative project, and if the Epic’s judges find it worthy, they’ll offer them the funds. “There are no commercial hooks back to Epic. You don’t have to commit to any deliverables. This is our way of sharing Fortnite’s unbelievable success with as many developers as we can”, said Sweeney. Troll: a Ray Tracing Unreal Engine 4 Demo Another eye-grabbing moment at GDC this year was a “visually stunning” ray tracing demo revealed by Goodbye Kansas and Deep Forest Films called “Troll”. Troll was rendered in real time using Unreal Engine 4.22 ray tracing and camera effects. And powered by a NVIDIA’s single GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. Troll is visually inspired by Swedish painter and illustrator John Bauer, whose illustrations are famous for Swedish folklore and fairy tales anthology known as ‘Among Gnomes and Trolls’. Troll “Ray tracing is more than just reflections — it’s about all the subtle lighting interactions needed to create a natural, beautiful image. Ray tracing adds these subtle lighting effects throughout the scene, making everything look more real and natural,” said Nick Penwarden, Director of Engineering for Unreal Engine at Epic Games. NVIDIA team states in a blog post that Epic Games has been working to integrate RTX-accelerated ray tracing into its popular Unreal Engine 4. In fact, Unreal Engine 4.22 will have the support for new Microsoft DXR API for real-time ray tracing. Epic’s free online services launch for game developers Epic Games also announced the launch of free tools and services, part of the Epic Online Services, which was announced in December 2018. The SDK is available via the new developer portal for immediate download and use. SDK currently supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. Moreover, the SDK, as a part of the release, provides support for two free services, namely, game analytics and player ticketing. Game analytics help developers understand player behavior. It features DAU (Daily active users), MAU (Monthly active users), retention, new player counts, game launch counts, online user count, and more. The ticketing system connects players directly with developers and allows them to report bugs or other problems. These two services will continue to evolve along with the rest of Epic Online Services (EOS) to offer infrastructure and tools required by the developers to launch, operate, and scale the high-quality online games. Epic games will also be offering additional free services throughout 2019, including player data storage, player reports, leaderboards & stats, player identity, player inventory, matchmaking etc. “We are committed to developing EOS with features that can be used with any engine, any store and that can support any major platform…these services will allow developers to deliver cross-platform gameplay experiences that enable players to enjoy games no matter what platform they play on”, states the Epic Games team. Read Next Fortnite server suffered a minor outage, Epic Games was quick to address the issue Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android installer Fortnite creator Epic games launch Epic games store where developers get 88% of revenue earned