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DONEGAL DANCE SENSATION CHOSEN BY RTE SHOW TO MAKE HIS OWN VIDEO

first_imgA nine year-old Donegal schoolboy has been chosen to make his own DANCE VIDEO for hit RTE show ‘POP UP POPSTAR’.Patrick Gill is frim Buncrana and attends the renowned Elite Dance Academy in the town. Patrick A.K.A ‘Paddy Popper’ was selected along with NINE others to star in their own videos following thousands of entries into the show. The talented young dancer will make his very own dance video on RTE’s POP UP POPSTAR which is a new TV show coming this September.The dancers were choreographed by the world famous dancer AJ O’Neil.Last Tuesday ‘Paddy Popper’ travelled to Dublin with his very Suportive Mum and Dad Jeanette and Denver. Paddy filmed ALL day and absolutely loved the experience of shooting his own video.Patrick is an amazing talented dancer who specialises in ‘Popping’ hence why he got the name PADDY POPPER. He has many skills beyond his years from Hiphop to Breakdancing to Flips he has it all!He currently holds the Under 12 Popping Championship title and this October he has his hopes set on the All Ireland title.His dance teacher Clare Mc Carron and all his fellow dance friends at Elite Dance Academy are so proud of him and can’t wait to see him on TV this September!#paddypopper DONEGAL DANCE SENSATION CHOSEN BY RTE SHOW TO MAKE HIS OWN VIDEO was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


SA shearers retain world title

first_img29 June 2005South Africa’s sheep shearers have again proved they are the best in the world. Reigning champion Elliot Ntsombo retained his World Blade Shearing title at the World Shearers Championship held in Toowoomba, Australia recently. The championship has showcased the best sheep-shearers in the world for over than two decades. Shearing is physically gruelling, technically intricate and intellectually demanding, and South African shearers have dominated the event since 1996.Ntsombo, whose home is a tiny village about 30km from Barkly East, comes from a family of sheep shearers. He retains the world championship title he won in Scotland in 2003. Ntsombo works on contract for Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) and is also CMW’s chief training instructor.Bongani Joel of Alwynskop in Lesotho took second place, and Zokezele Doba and Zweliwile Hans, both from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, took third and fifth place respectively. All three earn their living shearing on contract for CMW. Doba and Joel were first-time contestants.CMW spokesperson Graham Frost said the hand-shearing competition was judged on speed and quality.“Shearers are penalised if they nick the sheep during shearing, if the sheep is not cleaned properly and there is excess wool left hanging on the shins, shanks and udders, and if they perform a double cut in an attempt to clean excess wool,” Frost said.He added that South African teams dominate the blade shearing championships because South Africa is one of few countries to use blade shearing on a large scale.“But hand shearing is picking up again in New Zealand and Australia, because of the high maintenance and overhead costs of machine shearing.”Ntsombo is no stranger to travelling and shearing in front of thousands of spectators.“I’m getting older, so it was no easy task and the competition was strong, but I am proud to be world champion again,” he said.Australia’s current blade shearing champion Bill Julius, from Tenterfield, bemoaned the fact that Australia has never won the coveted title.Machine shearingSouth Africa’s Kenneth Norman took third place in the individual machine shearing competition. The South African team, made up of Norman and Daniel Nteko of Frankfort in the Free State, took third place in the team division. Norman, originally from Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, is now based in New Zealand but competed in the South African team.“The South African machine shearing standard is improving and we stand a good chance at winning the competition in two years’ time,” Frost said.Norman was also chosen to join Hendrik Botha and Izak Klopper of CMW this year as Golden Shears World Council members.Wool handlingAlex Khuma from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape won fifth place in the individual wool handling competition, with the team taking sixth place overall. Khuma was also a first-time contestant.“Khuma’s achievement was remarkable,” said Frost. “Contestants were judged on speed and their economic justification of their final clip. They also had to categorise the fleece in terms of type and length, rate it as strong, medium or fine and take out all outsorts like urine or vegetation-stained wool.”The major sponsors for the World Championships were Standard Bank, Intervet, Voermol, BKB and CMW. Other contributors were Total, Nissan and Southern Cross. This year’s championships attracted 640 participants from 17 countries.Julia Kupka is deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on www.southafrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more


Facebook Credits: The World’s First Global Currency?

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1 Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is standing at the foot of a virtual cash mountain. The social networking behemoth recently announced a plan to expand the Facebook Credits program beyond its beta confines. A network-wide rollout of the virtual currency application would streamline transactions online and, in effect, pave the path to the world’s first global currency.It’s also going to help Facebook scale one of its last major economic hurdles –monetizing its millions of international users. Now translated into more than 100 languages, Facebook will do more than $1 billion in revenue this year. It has surpassed the 500 million member mark, with a surge of interest across Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and points beyond. In fact, adoption rates have soared exponentially in the last year.Chris Birk (@cjbirk) is director of content and communications for VA Mortgage Center.com, the nation’s number one dedicated VA lender, and Growth Partner, a unique firm that provides angel investment and online marketing expertise to emerging companies. A recovering journalist, he also teaches at a private Midwestern university. He blogs at Write Short Live Long.Here’s a quick look from Nick Burcher.In all, international users comprise about 70% of Facebook’s total userbase, but the company has so far lacked a consistent mechanism for turningthose more far-flung users into dollars. Banner advertising in most casesdoesn’t provide a worthwhile return on investment internationally. At the sametime, bandwidth costs have forced the company to take a loss in hyper-growthcountries like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Enter the power and mind-boggling reach of Facebook Credits. As Chris Morrison at Bnet and others have pointed out, the full-scale credits program will clearly lower the adoption barrier for millions of international users, who will be able to buy credits from a single point of purchase and spend them on games and apps across the network. Facebook earns a 30% cut of the revenue; there’s going to be a lot of that.Looking back, the credits program got a bit lost in the privacy kerfuffle that came out of the f8 conference. The implications of rolling out the program may also revive another popular source of frustration for users: playing makeover. With Facebook’s new concentrated push toward virtual currency, could a new layout be coming sooner than expected? Many of the company’s 500 million users are just getting used to the new one unleashed on the public in February. At the same time, the potential implications of a virtual global currency are staggering, if not difficult to pin down precisely. Facebook users have already shown a willingness to shell out for virtual goods in online games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. The software company behind these, Zynga, is expected to make more than $450 million this year, the bulk from virtual purchases. With a beefed-up Facebook credits program, users both domestic and abroad may soon be purchasing real goods through companies that utilize Facebook Connect. It isn’t difficult to imagine going to the Crate & Barrel website and purchasing a wedding gift with Facebook Credits.Consider what one-click purchasing could do for targeted Facebook ads: Advertisers and social marketers might have unprecedented access to real-time data on spending patterns and international purchases. Mobile carriers stand to benefit, too, as international consumers are increasingly more adept at using smartphones forfinancial transactions. A virtual currency could also be a boon to entrepreneurs in developing nations. Consumers could use credits to purchase directly from artisans in Brazil or Thailand.That may require Facebook to ultimately abandon the dollar as its exchange root,but it certainly presents a unique opportunity for micropayments to blossom.There’s increasing chatter about Facebook giving Google a run for its money. But insome ways it may also carry the torch once wielded by PayPal, which held asimilar vision of a truly global currency. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


Netflix has confirmed that it will launch in Spain

first_imgNetflix has confirmed that it will launch in Spain this October, marking the next stage of its international expansion efforts. Announcing the move, the subscription streaming firm said that from this autumn web users in Spain will be able to watch a “broad selection of TV series and movies in high-definition or even Ultra HD 4K on nearly any internet-connected screen.”Series that will be available on the Spanish version at launch include Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco PoloDocumentaries lined up for the service include Virunga, and Mission Blue and docuseries Chef’s Tables. A number of stand-up comedy specials and the first Netflix Original feature films – including Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6 – will also appear on Netflix Spain.“Additionally, younger viewers will find a wide selection of programming for kids. Netflix is fully localised, offering subtitles and dubbing,” said the firm.A Spanish language version of Netflix is already available in countries across Latin America.Netflix was tipped earlier this year to launch in Spain and Italy during 2015. In March the service went live in Australia and New Zealand, while the OTT giant confirmed in February that it would launch in Japan later this year.last_img read more