first_imgThe main salon floor in Patrick Gildea’s new hairdressing studio at the Riverside retail Park.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing are delighted to announce that they have teamed up Donegal Daily to offer one lucky reader a stunning Makeover. Given the success of Patrick Gildea Hairdressing’s previous operation transformation makeover with Donegal Daily, Patrick and his team accompanied with Glow N Go Make Up Artists can’t wait to offer one lucky reader a day to remember with a luxurious makeover in the stunning surroundings of their award winning Centre of Excellence salon.Patrick Gildea promises an experience to remember for one lucky winner. The new salon is stunningly decorated.“All our customers receive a hairdressing experience that is second to none and our lucky winner can expect the same kind of treatment. When you choose The Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team to look after your hair styling needs you are choosing a group of people who are passionate about giving you the highest standard of hairdressing experience you will find in Letterkenny and the North West at surprisingly affordable prices.“Stunning colour, incredible cuts and uncompromising standards epitomizes the team at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing. We are renowned for customer service, passion and creativity which ensures that excellence is delivered in all areas of our customer experience.”Without doubt when you enter the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing salon be prepared to encounter a truly unique hairdressing experience, an experience unrivalled in the north west. Escape and enjoy the extraordinary personal service and professionalism that you will receive here.Their state of the art salon provides a truly wonderful hairdressing environment where their dedication to excellence, superb service and superior products ensures that each client experience is perfect. Their hairdressing business has been focused on their clients’ needs for over 25 years; they don’t rest on their laurels, they continuously train their team to ensure that their clients receive the best possible service and overall hairdressing experience.Their strong customer focus means that all customer expectations are exceeded which means that the lucky makeover winner will be delighted with the experience they receive.To enter the makeover competition simply click this link http://www.patrickgildea.ie/win-free-makeover/ and follow the instructions. Don’t forget to share the competition  with all your friends, like Patrick Gildea Hairdressing on Facebook //www.facebook.com/patrickgildeahairdressing to keep up with tips trends and special offers you can also check out their surprisingly affordable prices here http://www.patrickgildea.ie/patrick-gildea-price-list/. Competition closes on 6th of October 2014.  WANT TO LOOK GORGEOUS FOR FREE? WIN A STUNNING MAKEOVER WITH PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 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:donegalfreemakeoverPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more

Durban set for Cornubia development

first_img22 July 2013The government’s multi-billion rand Cornubia development north of Durban is set to get under way, with the South African National Roads Agency having agreed to fund the bulk of the R830-million N2/M41 interchange upgrade which lies at the heart of the development.Initially a joint venture between the eThekwini Metro Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, the Cornubia development has since been adopted by the Cabinet as a national priority project, bringing all spheres of government in as official partners in the development.Cornubia is a mixed-use, mixed-income, 1 200-hectare development, with 80 hectares earmarked for industrial development and the rest for commercial, housing and other social and public facilities, including schools, creches, clinics, multi-purpose halls, police stations and post offices.It is strategically located between Durban’s wealthier Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga areas and disadvantaged areas north of the city such as Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo.Situated some 15 kilometres south of the new King Shaka International Airport, Cornubia will see 24 000 new homes being built, 15 000 for subsidised housing and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels.Cornubia will also boast a bus rapid transport (BRT) system, hence a multi-nodal transport interchange for taxis and buses has been planned.According to the developers, Cornubia will eventually create 370 000 temporary construction jobs and 36 000 new employment opportunities.The issue of the funding of the N2/M41 interchange upgrade, which had previously held up the development, has now been resolved, with South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) spokesperson Vusi Mona confirming the agency’s commitment to funding the upgrade“The cost of the interchange is in the order of R830-million,” Mona told SAnews last week. “The contract was just awarded recently to the contractor, CMC.”Also speaking to SAnews last week, KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane confirmed that agreement on the funding of the interchange had been reached by all parties involved.“The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is going to contribute. However, at this stage, we are not in a position to disclose the actual investment in the project,” Ncalane said.eThekwini Metro City Manager S’bu Sithole also confirmed that all parties had agreed on the cost-sharing ratio for Cornubia, adding: “The developer is to move on site by August.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Active citizenship and changing the South African brand reality

first_img“When we feel this common sense of destiny, we begin to take ownership of the present,” writes Miller Matola.Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South AfricaMiller MatolaWe often hear the term “active citizenship” used in relation to our contribution to the growth and development of South Africa. Do we, however, fully understand what it means? If we do not fully understand what things mean, or if we cannot internalise words so that they mean something to us, they will always remain words without any impact and therefore without the required behavioural change.So what does active citizenship mean? Mirjam van Donk of the Good Governance Learning Network sees active citizenship as “a multi-dimensional image that includes vertical relationships (citizens engaging with the state) and horizontal relationships (citizens engaging with and among themselves)”. She equally concedes that “active citizenship is a contested notion, imbued with different meanings and connotations”. This is not unique and can be said of many concepts in today’s lexicon.The National Development Plan has recently popularised the concept of active citizenship, and gives us some idea of what “active citizenship” refers to. The NDP describes active citizenship as relating to rights, equalising opportunities and enhancing human capabilities. It also finds a strong correlation between active citizenship, government accountability and responsiveness. This is a two-way process, and holding government to account is viewed as a civic duty. This is extended to citizen participation in shaping policies and their implementation at a national and local level.In this two-way process of shaping South Africa’s policy and governance landscape, is also the responsibility – and opportunity – for South Africans to engage with each other. This is the horizontal aspect of active citizenship. This also drives nation building and cohesion in a way that redefines the South African identity. We cannot, even 20 years after achieving democracy, ignore the effect of our history on how we see each other as citizens of a common land, bound by a common flag and anthem, with various starting points but with a common destiny. It is time that we, as South Africans, engage actively in shaping the country we would like to live in, the country we would like our children to inherit.A common sense of identityIn writing this and reflecting upon active citizenship, I was inspired by the words of the South American poet Pablo Neruda who wrote: “To feel affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses – that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being and unites all living things.” I believe that herein lies the essence of active citizenship and herein lies our answer as to why it matters.When we feel this common sense of destiny, we begin to take ownership of the present. So while we need to hold public representatives to account, we also need to take active control of building a country that can nurture the needs, dreams and aspirations of each citizen of South Africa. It can begin with the people with whom we interact most often and it will inevitably grow into a nationwide movement if we each play our part in building our country – for the better and for the future. By playing our part as active citizens, we can each grow South Africa into a competitive nation whose growth and development is sustainable and enduring.Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on Twitter @MillerMatola. Join the conversation at @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA and @PlayYourPartSA #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Advanced Audio Features

first_imgLearn the fundamentals of audio track management, EQ and roles, in this Final Cut Pro X tutorial.For many projects, you may find it best to complete all your audio editing in Final Cut Pro X to avoid syncing issues or  to work within time constraints. Fortunately FCPX has powerful audio features, from taking advantage of your Logic Pro AU plug-ins to built-in noise reduction algorithms.In this video tutorial by Michael Horton, video editor Michael Wohl speaks at the L.A. Final Cut Pro User Group (now called LA Creative Pro User Group), covering advanced audio features in FCPX:This video was created and shared by Michael Horton. Thanks for sharing!Track Management in FCPXTo manage audio channels, select the audio clip in the timeline. In the Inspector window, you can quickly scan through the audio channels, de-selecting what is not needed. Drag the cursor over any of the tracks to scan for preview.Let’s say you recorded a boom mic and an on-camera mic onto one stereo track. To separate the boom mic from the reference audio, we must first separate the stereo track into two mono tracks. From the Channels pop-up menu, choose Dual Mono. The stereo track is now two mono tracks.Next, de-select the on-camera audio track, leaving the other mono track selected.FCPX EQ & Filter ParametersFinal Cut Pro X features expansive, versatile graphic equalizers and filters that previous versions did not. These are great for a quick fix to enhance your audio or for simply removing noise/hum. There are a number of included presets for the EQ, all fully customizable. In the Inspector window, click on the Audio Analysis arrow.In the Audio Analysis window, note Final Cut’s recommendations for the Loudness, Background Noise Removal and Hum Removal sections. Take a particular focus to Background Noise Removal and Hum Removal, experimenting with the perimeters to fit your needs.Graphic EQ in Final Cut Pro XFinal Cut Pro X additionally features an expandable graphic EQ to dial in on specific frequencies. In the Inspector window, click on the EQ Icon in the Equalization section of the Audio Enhancements to open the Graphic Equalizer.Click on the 10 Bands drop down selector to reveal 31 Bands for additional control.By clicking on a specific frequency, drag your mouse to group any number of bands together in unison.Roles in Final Cut Pro XThe Roles tool was created to allow editors accustomed to working with multiple audio tracks the resources to create soundscapes in Final Cut Pro X. Roles allows the editor to mix, edit and organize into groups the audio clips used for dialogue, sound effects, foley, and music.For an aural and linear demonstration of how Roles works, check out the tail-end of the video tutorial above in which Michael Wohl demonstrates his sound design using Roles in Final Cut Pro X.How do you work with your audio in Final Cut Pro X?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

4 Ways Still Photography Can Make You a Better Cinematographer

first_imgIn this article, we examine visualizing light through photography — and how it can make you a better cinematographer and filmmaker.When I first started out in filmmaking, I had little to no interest in still photography. I wanted to tell stories with moving pictures, not still pictures. Frankly, I wasn’t very good at still photography either. For years, I brushed off photography as something I wasn’t interested in. However, recently I’ve found still photography to be one of the best means to continually grow as a filmmaker, storyteller, and cinematographer.1. Filmmaking Is a Team Sport, Photography Doesn’t Have to BeImage via simona pilolla 2.Filmmaking is very much a team sport. Your crew includes a director, cinematographer, grips, sound, and many others. Often, the challenge of assembling this team can discourage us from creating. However, photography can be just you. All you need is a camera to start creating. This minimalism can be liberating for a filmmaker, knowing that you can begin telling stories without a script, production budget, or even a production crew.By embracing these limitations, you can really open up and exercise your creativity — whether you’re into documentary, street, or landscape photography. And photography keeps your eye sharp.2. Learning to See LightImage via R.E.D. image.As filmmakers, we tend to create our own light. If we want a beam of sun to blast through a window, we bring an HMI to make that happen. If we want a soft, beautiful light, we have a collection of diffusion materials to choose from.Still photography is typically a game of patiently waiting for the existing light to become perfect. Photography can quickly become a study in lighting and how it naturally moves throughout spaces during the day, uniquely interacting with the environment.3. Finding and Cultivating Your StyleImage via Loekiepix.Finding your voice (or style) as a filmmaker or cinematographer is a tough, constantly evolving challenge. Most often, clients don’t want to pay you to find your style or voice.However, still photography eliminates the pressure of a studio or contract gig, allowing you to simply create and (most importantly) fail. It allows you the creative freedom to try new compositions or methods to effectively tell a story, without the pressure of client work.4. Using Less to Tell MoreImage via frankie’s.As filmmakers, we have all the frames we need to tell a story. However, still photography limits you to only one frame to tell an entire story. Essentially, every detail matters. The stripped-down process of photography motivates you to say more with less. Crafting this discipline helps you realize just how much of a narrative advantage you have as a filmmaker — how each frame should tell a story.Still photography is a great way for filmmakers to exercise their fundamental storytelling muscles. It keeps your eye sharp, helps you practice new techniques, and prepares you for the next job on the horizon.Cover image via Agatha Kadar.Looking for more photography advice? Check out these articles.Film Stock 101: The Cinematic Magic of CineStill 800T PhotographyPet Photography Quick Tips: Keeping and Capturing A Dog’s Attention5 Things to Consider Before Your Next Photography Trip11 YouTube Channels Every Photographer Should FollowTutorial: How to Get the ’80s Aesthetic in Your Photoslast_img read more

What I Talked About at Dreamforce 2014

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you missed my speech at Dreamforce, here is what I said:I told the audience at Dreamforce that they have to create a higher level of value if they want their dream clients to find them compelling. I told them creating a higher level of value is a differentiator. I showed them how to create Level 4 Value. Then I showed them a list of behaviors that make you transactional (every phone was lifted up to capture that single slide for future reference).I explained how most salespeople (and as many sales organizations) don’t really understand their business strategy. Since they don’t know, they compete on price–even when that’s not their competitive advantage.I shared with the salespeople, sales managers, and sales leaders that they have a moral imperative to create more value, as well as the equally important charge of capturing some of the value that they create as profit. That profit is what allows you to deliver the outcomes that you sell, and it allows you to innovate and create new, higher levels of value.I shared the idea that many salespeople and sales organizations are allowing their dream clients to underinvest, never disabusing them of the big lie that they can produce the outcomes of better and faster while also being cheaper.One person asked the question as to what they should do if their dream client doesn’t have the money. I told him that they do have the money. They have the money for everything that they believe is critically important, things that are tied to their strategic outcomes. But if I am wrong, he should help them with whatever budget they have and then build the future projects with them, delivering the outcomes they need over time.Salesforce is doing a lot to build a great sales conference. I was honored to be a part of it, and thrilled to once again share the stage with my good friend, Mark Hunter.last_img read more