The following interview with Ian Ó Dálaigh of Ireland was conducted by Zach Gevelinger. Ó Dálaigh is the Galway-area representative for Éirígí. He is also involved with the Galway Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Galway Housing Action Group. Éirígí is a socialist republican party. In Ireland, “republicanism” historically means a political ideology that seeks a cultural, political and economic divorce from England and the United Kingdom. Irish republicanism was founded on the basis of a secular nonsectarian approach to religion, as well as liberty and equality for the people of no property. Gevelinger: Could you briefly explain the origins of your party, meaning and platform?Ó Dálaigh: Éirígí was founded in April 2006 as a campaigns group by socialist republicans based in Dublin. We then went on to constitute as a political party at our first Ard Fheis [annual party conference] in 2007. The root cause of our formation was the simple fact that Ireland remained partitioned and the working class remained exploited.Éirígí is an Irish Gaelic word, translated as “arise” or “rise up,” in reference to the famous quote from one of James Larkin’s speeches: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let us rise.”As for our platform, we place ourselves firmly in the long socialist republican tradition that exists in Ireland. Our platform is premised on the fact that, as I’ve already said, Ireland is partitioned and its working class is exploited. This has been the case for a long, long time — and it may take a long time to change it. Right now, the need to popularize a genuine socialist republican alternative to capitalism and imperialism is of paramount importance.Gevelinger: How does Éirígí differ from other republican and/or socialist groups?Ó Dálaigh: The decision to form Éirígí was not one that was taken lightly. It was felt that there was space for a new socialist republican organization. The growth of the party since then, from seven Dublin-based members to having bases across Ireland, confirms that this analysis was the correct one. While we are constituted as a political party, we differ from most other parties in that we do not see electoralism as a means towards creating a socialist republic. While we do feel that tactical engagement in elections can be of use in certain circumstances, what we are about is mobilizing people against capitalism and imperialism. We also believe the building of a new progressive social movement to be an essential step on the road to transforming Ireland’s socioeconomic system. Such a movement will need to encompass trade unions, political parties, community groups, campaign groups, residents associations and nonaligned individuals.Gevelinger: What current political work is Éirígí engaged in?Ó Dálaigh: We began 2016 by taking part in the Save Moore Street campaign, which involved the occupation of buildings that were the last headquarters of the rebel leaders during the 1916 Rising. The campaign ended in victory, as a court ruled that the buildings and streets surrounding 16 Moore Street are of huge historical significance and should be protected.Our activists were heavily involved in the anti-water tax campaign, which has recently come to a halt, and ended with success — for now at least, as the issue has been put on the long finger [i.e., postponed] by the free state government.More recently, November saw the launch of our Public Housing for All campaign. This is currently our main campaign, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future, as the housing crisis across Ireland is deepening. Some of our members were involved in the recent occupation of Apollo House in Dublin, a direct action which brought huge focus on the housing crisis and ensured that 76 people previously sleeping on our streets have been transitioned into stable beds. So you could say that we began 2016 fighting for heritage, and ended it by fighting for our future.Our Ciorcal [branch] in County Wicklow recently rolled out the first of what we hope will be many community programs: providing low-cost fuel to their community through the formation of a local co-op. These are the kinds of actions that we feel simultaneously highlight the failings of capitalism, the importance of people power, and the need for community empowerment in striving towards a better world.Gevelinger: How is the Easter Rising still relevant 100 years on?Ó Dálaigh: Simply put, it is still relevant because its aims and objectives have not yet been achieved. An Ireland that “cherishes all of the children of the nation” remains an aspiration, not a concrete reality. The challenges facing republicans today may be different, but the objective remains the same. When you look at the main driving forces behind the Rising — the militant trade unionism of the Irish Citizen Army, the desire for national liberation of the IRB [Irish Republican Brotherhood] and Irish Volunteers — it is clear that the root causes of conflict in Ireland have still not been fully addressed. We believe, as James Connolly did, that the class question and national question are intrinsically linked and any attempt to separate them will lead us down a blind alley instead of advancing the aims of socialist republicanism. The failings of capitalism in Ireland are there for all to see — the housing crisis, the deep inequality, our reliance on foreign direct investment — are just a few examples. In addition, imperialism is still rife in Ireland — the British occupation of the six counties, U.S. military involvement in Shannon airport, and European Union membership attest to this. So, if we accept the premise that the Easter Rising was born out of a desire to overthrow an imperialist power and establish a republic that would put the needs of the many over the greed of the few, then any observer of modern Ireland will see that the Rising is still very much relevant.Gevelinger: Would you like to add anything else?Ó Dálaigh: I’d like to thank you for giving Éirígí the opportunity to explain its ideas to people in the U.S. Communication and solidarity between peoples involved in struggle is essential in the fight for a better world, and long may it continue.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
It Happens Here (IHH), Oxford University Student Union’s (OUSU) sexual harrasment campaign group, has recently taken their consent classes to France.Several members of the IHH committee ran the workshops with students aged 15-18 at the Anglophone Section of the Lycée François Premier in Fontainebleau, a commune close to Paris, from 24 to 27 November.The consent classes, which are similar to those IHH organise through JCRs for freshers’ week, mark the first international trip of the group’s latest initiative to offer adapted versions of consent workshops in schools outside Oxford.The workshops were some of the first of their kind to take place in France, where the idea of consent education is relatively unknown compared to the UK.Josh Rampton, the co-chair of IHH, which is “committed to raising awareness of sexual violence, supporting survivors, and promoting consent and first response education”, described the work as “a great success”.Rampton told Cherwell, “The committee members were pleasantly shocked by how quickly and fervently most of the students became engaged with the subject. The students, much like those in Freshers Week, were horrified but often not surprised by the statistics that were discussed. They were given French statistics illustrating the prevalence of sexual harassment, assault, and rape in these workshops.“Despite many comments to the effect of ‘but this is obvious…’, quite a few very basic misconceptions surrounding sexual assault were successfully dismantled. Many students were surprised to learn of the controversy these workshops provoked in the UK.”One sixth-former at the Lycée, Antoine Sacco, shared the optimism of IHI. He said, “It was definitely a good idea, and the fact that we had data for both France and the UK was very pleasant. Students liked it much [sic], even though it would have been great to have different activities. Reading comments about sexual harassment was quite boring from the fourth one.“I believe everybody enjoyed it and praise the initiative taken there.”On behalf of the University’s Faculty of Modern Languages, Simon Kemp, Associate Professor of French at Somerville, told Cherwell, “We’re very proud of our students’ determination to make a difference and delighted to have the university associated with such important work. I’m glad that the consent workshops in France were a success, and that French media interest means their efforts may have a broader impact.”For the first time this October, every Oxford JCR ran ‘compulsory’ consent classes.Similar workshops were met with backlash at some universities. Undergraduates at York University and Clare College in Cambridge boycotted the “patronising” consent classes.
Preston manager Simon Grayson believes the decision to bring in John Welsh for Saturdays game against QPR was a big factor in their success at Loftus Road.Preston won 2-0 and former Liverpool midfielder Welsh had an excellent game for them after being recalled to the side.Grayson asked him to keep an eye on Tjaronn Chery, who has been influential for Rangers playing behind striker Sebastian Polter.“We just felt that with them playing Chery just off the striker that we could deal with him,” Grayson explained.“We also felt he (Welsh) could be in and around Polter, because QPR like to get the ball into him a lot.“You know what you’re going to get with Welshy; he never lets you down when he comes into the team.“We were asked questions by QPR and we stuck to the task.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
18 June 2010Volkswagen has launched a R230-million parts and accessories distribution centre in Centurion outside Pretoria, while announcing a R500-million investment in a new press shop at its plant in Uitenhage – further demonstrating the company’s commitment to South Africa.The car maker has invested over R5-billion in its operations in the country over the past four years – R4-billion of this over the past two years – and has embarked on a new strategy that will see the local content levels in its Polo and Polo Vivo cars increased from 40% to 70%.World-class operationThe company’s Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape is also the sole supplier of four-door Polos to right-hand-drive markets, as well as the sole manufacturer of the new Cross Polo for all global markets.“The new systems and processes to be installed in this giant distribution centre will enable improved levels of customer service to the Volkswagen, Audi and commercial vehicles dealer networks in South Africa,” Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkom said in a statement this week.The 26 000 square metre facility will be fully operational before the end of 2010.“The investment [in the distribution centre], together with the best in class systems and processes and a major upskilling of the two hundred people employed at the centre, will enable a world class parts and accessories operation for the Volkswagen Group South Africa,” Winterkom said.Further new developmentsVolkswagen will also begin work on a R60-million dealer training academy on the site adjoining the distribution centre in the fourth quarter of 2010, in an effort to improve the company’s capabilities at the customer retail level.Winterkom said the company would launch its BlueMotion environmentally friendly technology – available in the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and new Tuareg ranges – by the fourth quarter of the year.In addition, the local arm of the manufacturer plans to introduce its new one ton Amarok pickup truck to the local market in the same period.“We anticipate the new Amarok will cause a major stir in the highly competitive one ton pickup market in South Africa,” Winterkom said. “The new Amarok will be a class leader in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency.”Remaining committedNext year will mark 60 years of manufacturing Volkswagens in South Africa, and the plant in Uitenhage has to date rolled out 2.7-million vehicles for both the South African market and for exports. Winterkom said the group’s commitment to the country had never been stronger.“We are proud of what we have achieved in South Africa, and the fact that next year we will celebrate our 60th anniversary of manufacturing cars in South Africa,” he said. “We remain committed to a country full of opportunity.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Traditional animation principles meets modern motion design software in ‘The Illusion of Life’ created by Cento Lodigiani.Modern tools have made animation and motion graphic design much easier than ever before. Instead of having to draw each frame by hand, animators and designers can use computers to easily create amazing animations in no-time.However, it can be really easy to jump straight into animation without having a good background to help you understand why certain things look good and other things do not. Over the years many artists have perfected the art of animation and along the way they’ve created a few principles that can help give life to your animated characters. These artists come from a variety of different animation studios but perhaps the most famous and innovative animation comes from Disney Animation Studios.For decades Disney has been well known for their storytelling, art, and lifelike animation. Even a kid can tell the difference between an animated Disney film and a film created by another company, but why is that?In their insightful book, The Illusion of Life, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston share their secrets as to how they perfected the ‘Disney’ look while working as animators at the Disney Animation Studios during the golden era of animation. The book has become required reading for those looking to get into character animation and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in taking their designs to the next level.The book is loaded with tips and tricks to give the illusion of life to your characters, but one of the most helpful sections of the books comes in the form of 12 principles that can easily be applied to animations. The 12 principles are:Squash and StretchAnticipationStagingStraight Ahead Action and Pose to PoseFollow Through and Overlapping ActionSlow In and Slow OutArcsSecondary AnimationTimingExaggerationSolid DrawingAppealAll of these principles when combined create the charming ‘Disney’ style of animation that is so appealing to animators. These principles of animation are incredibly useful and important, but unfortunately until recently there weren’t any good online resources illustrating the principles in action. That was until New York based animator Cento Lodigiani decided to illustrate all 12 principles using a simple cube. The result is a short video that beautifully illustrates each principle.If you haven’t seen the video here it is. Notice how easy it is to give life to such a simple shape using these principles.Cento’s video was amazingly created entirely in After Effects, which absolutely blew my mind the first time I read that. With more questions regarding the animation, I reached out to Cento and he was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding ‘The Illusion of Life’ video.Q&A with Cento LodigianiHow did you come up with the idea?It actually happened randomly, one day I was cleaning my room and I found the book. I started flipping through the book and found the 12 principles and thought they would be great to illustrate in a video. I was confident that there would be a video like that on the internet, but when I searched I couldn’t find anything at all. Which honestly surprised me.I chose to do the cube character instead of a traditional character because I wanted the focus to be on the animation instead of the character. I thought it would be a fun challenge to give a personality to a simple shape.Do you feel like learning the principles is crucial to learning to be a better animator?I know the principles because I’ve always been into traditional animation. Since I was a kid I always was inspired by Disney animation principles. Even in the beginning when I didn’t know the 12 principles but I found myself using the 12 principles a lot. So when I ended up reading the Illusion of Life it really put into words what I had already been doing.Currently it’s not like I sit down to animate and think about the 12 principles, but I do end up applying them to what I do.I think it’s really good to stick to tradition in animation. Today you can have multiple designers with different styles and different education backgrounds and that’s good. New animation schools like those in Japan have begun simplifying real life and showing real-life through abstract elements instead of the 12 principles.You said you did created this project with a combination of both cell drawn animation and After Effects. Could you walk us through the production process?The little cube is a cube made with 6 3D layers. For most of the animation I was able to use that little element by stretching it. But there were parts that I had to draw frame by frame.I changed the basic parameters of the cube like scale and rotation, but I honestly used deformation effects like bend to create the cube’s animation. I used a mixture of a lot of things because when you are trying to finalize a scene it has to be perfect.The challenge with this project is if people are going to be using my video to reference the 12 principles than the animation had to be absolutely perfect. Since moving a keyframe a few frames forwards or backwards can change the entire scene I spent a lot of time perfecting the movements.So when the cube arcs? That is an example of hand-drawn animation?Exactly, because I couldn’t get the cube to deform that way, so I had to go frame by frame.How long did it take you to create this video?I was messing with it for about 3 months but I definitely wasn’t working on it full time. In the last few weeks I would say I almost was working on it full-time but I was working on a lot of different projects at the time.Did you know the narrator?No, but it turned out awesome. I found him in one of those online services that have a bunch of different voices. I just happened to find him and it was absolutely perfect.How difficult was it to perfect the movement?It was a big challenge. Again, if you are trying to make a piece about animation principles perfection of the movement is almost the whole point. There were other challenges like, finding the right action to explain each principle. I spent a lot of time perfecting each move, it was all a matter of frames, so it was really difficult. But, I saw that the animation was something I could be proud of so I wanted to put the time in to make it good. I was liking what I was doing so it was worth it.Where did you learn how to do motion graphics?I didn’t study animation in school, I actually studied design in Milan, Italy. So I would say I am a good example of learning by doing instead of studying. I was at a design university and I was doing other things, but while I was there I was able to talk to other people in animation. I approached it kinda by myself and I had this professor who invited me to one of his classes. Then I started working as an intern for his company. Then I just started studying a lot of stuff like books and animated movies and that was pretty much all my education.Where do you go for creative inspiration?Inspiration is all around me. I draw inspiration from everyday life. The city that I live in (New York), is a big source of inspiration. Good music is very inspiring and good films. Masters of animation including Saul Bass the father of motion graphics and Richard Williams who was the lead animator for Roger Rabbit give me inspiration. I spend a lot of time on the almighty internet. It’s a great source of inspiration.A still from A Few Moments of Mess by Cento Lodogiani Do you have any specific websites you go to?I have plenty. I follow a lot of tumblr’s and blogs of every kind. I can’t just name one blog because that would be unfair to the others. Tumblr is great because there are so many different artists that blow you away every day. You can look randomly for design artists everyday and it’s an endless source of inspiration.What was the most helpful tip you can give aspiring animators and motion graphic artists?Apply yourself and keep doing your own projects for fun. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the short-term goal of making money. It’s more rewarding to do your own personal projects and create a good body of work that is more for yourself than for a client. But of course work to pay your bills…If you are interested in purchasing the book the 12 principles were based on you can pick it up ‘The Illusion of Life’ by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston from Amazon for around $40. You can see more of Cento Lodigiani’s work on his webiste CentoLodigiani.com.Have any other questions for Cento? Do you reference the 12 principles in your animations? Let us know in the comments below.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Parker delighted as Fulham thrash Readingby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott Parker was delighted with Fulham’s ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker’s Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift’s red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship table after 10 games.Speaking after the match, Parker said: “I was delighted with the performance.”I’ve been delighted with the performances over the past four or five weeks but the results have been missing a little bit.”That’s what most people usually look at and I understand that. But tonight, I thought that we were first class from start to finish.”In the first 30 minutes, we were devastating – even though they had a man sent off.”But, prior to that, I felt that we had really stamped our authority on the game and showed our quality.”We’re going to be a team very hard to deal with in the first 20 or 30 minutes. Even when Reading had 11 men, it was still difficult for them.”We moved the ball very quickly and with an intensity. And we were really clinical in the final third.”Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked a lot on getting that cutting edge about us.”
The CMI has adopted Port Royal and is building a new basic school in the community. The institution has also offered scholarships to students from Port Royal. The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is making a positive impact on the growth and development of the communities within its vicinity. Story Highlights The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is making a positive impact on the growth and development of the communities within its vicinity.This is according to Executive Director of the institution, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News.“Many can attest to the impact of CMI on the surrounding communities. The institution is now transforming places like Port Royal, Harbour View, Bull Bay and western St. Thomas,” he noted.Dr. Pinnock told JIS News that Port Royal has been transformed into a university town, housing the institution’s residential facility, which has become an economic driver in the once-sleepy fishing village.Admiralty House, part of the Old Naval Dockyard in Port Royal, was transformed into a dedicated student residential facility through a public-private partnership.“A private-sector company came in and refurbished the property to take it up to international standards, and the students pay back for it through their rental,” Dr. Pinnock explained.He noted that the facility has outgrown its 168-student capacity, and the CMI is looking to identify space to add another 300 to 400 rooms.Dr. Pinnock argued that the Admiralty House housing project, plus the establishment of a campus in the community for training in customs and immigration management, has significantly contributed to the economic sustainability of Port Royal.He noted that the campus brings 600-800 students per day to the community, with each of them spending $500 to $1,000 daily.“That is sustainable development and a real investment in the town,” he added.The CMI has adopted Port Royal and is building a new basic school in the community. The institution has also offered scholarships to students from Port Royal.Dr. Pinnock said that the Harbour View and Bull Bay communities have also benefited significantly from the growth of CMI, by providing rentals to students. “That’s a market that persons have capitalised on. Return on investment in a Harbour View house has improved,” he said.He recommends that it would be smart to invest in Harbour View, noting that persons who have done so are doing well.“We have thousands of students renting homes… . We also have to rent homes for some of our overseas lecturers, so it’s a big demand,” he pointed out. Admiralty House, part of the Old Naval Dockyard in Port Royal, was transformed into a dedicated student residential facility through a public-private partnership.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”So excited to announce that 45 music festivals and conferences have signed up to our 50:50 by 2022 pledge! Find out more (and how you can join us) here > https://t.co/T1QnbSudOQ pic.twitter.com/CQ8iF3KOpw— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018 Vanessa Reed introduces the Keychange 50/50 pledge and says we’ve got lots to do, but we’re excited about this as a start! #keychange pic.twitter.com/qwku4ncZTU— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival. Advertisement
FREDERICTON – Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light and the finance minister shouldapologize.Chamber members got to put their concerns directly to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau Saturday at their annual meeting in Fredericton.There was a round of applause when Morneau was asked if he’d consider an independent royal commission to take a broader look at tax reform, but Morneau said the government has been talking about tax reform since the summer of 2015, and expects the current input will lead to changes in what’s being proposed.The tax proposals include restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members don’t contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company.Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.