Supermarkets’ upbeat Christmas trading figures

first_imgThe latest TNS figures on the UK grocery market cast a positive light on trading over the Christmas period. For the 12 weeks to 27 December 2009, the major multiples achieved higher sales than the comparable figures in 2007. Waitrose, in particular, saw a large sales rise – up 16.5%, while the Co-operative’s were up 13.1%, Morrisons rose 10.3% and Sainsbury’s sales increased 6.9%.According to TNS, Waitrose’ sales hike was the highest recorded growth for the supermarket in both market share and turnover since August 2005.Edward Garner, communications director at TNS Worldpanel, said that in 2008 the recession put a stop to consumers prioritising the quality of food over its value. “But we are now seeing signs of a return to more traditional Christmas purchasing habits with a growth in Premium ranges, particularly Tesco Finest, over the festive period,” said Garner.last_img read more

Party Like It’s 1983: Vintage Computer Show Draws Crowd

first_imgBy Ben ForestThey may be computers of another generation, but the Vintage Computer Festival East XI, held April 15-17 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall Township, attracted enthusiasts of all ages.The best part of the show was hands-on (unless directed otherwise by staff). Playing the computer games was encouraged, as was using the dot matrix printer, and trying to figure out the odd shapes on the green-screen monitors. There were command lines, punch-cards and floppy disks to re-discover. Twenty four staff volunteers were on hand to make it fun.The three-day show – which concluded on Sunday – included classes, a social get-together, a vintage computer game programming “hackathon,” and everyone’s favorite: a soldering-iron training session, which was full. Even vintage computer vendors attended. (Yes, even your old computer books might be worth something.)Evan Kobentz (left), president of Vintage Computer Federation stands with Stewart Cheifer, formerly of the PBS show “The Computer Chronicles” at the Vintage Computer Festival East XI Saturday.Kayla Lewis, an attendee and assistant professor of physics at Monmouth University, said she enjoyed seeing all the old computers. “Some of them were childhood friends of mine,” she said. “I fiddled with an Apple IIe and played PAC-MAN for a little while on an ATARI (I had forgotten how much fun that is!). I had always been curious about the (Commodore) Amiga and finally got to see one.”Lewis was intrigued by a WWII exhibit, where she learned about something she can bring back to campus: how to generate microwaves using a cavity magnetron. “The explanation was detailed enough that I can use what I learned to make up a good problem or two for my students,” she said.The show attracted 300 on Saturday.Evan Koblentz, the festival’s director and president of the Vintage Computer Federation, said “We’re all volunteers here. There is no paid staff. As you can see, we made a lot of improvements to some of the facilities here but much of it is as it was when the Army was here.The InfoAge Science Center in Wall Township is formally the Camp Evans area of Fort Monmouth.“Our philosophy is simple,” said Koblentz a resident of Springfield, about the club. “Help. Contribute. Don’t complain. If you want a wall to be painted, by all means do it. You want to make a financial or other contribution, fine, it’s welcome.”Jeffrey Brace of Ocean Township, the federation’s vice-president, manned a table of classic Commodore 64 computers set up for games. He said, “I am motivated by the nostalgia. There is no money in this of course, but I enjoy it.”Corey Cohen of Matawan was running the hugely popular demonstration of a rare Apple I. “This is a hobby and I enjoy doing this. It’s just that simple,” he said.Cohen spent several hours with a large crowd going over the pros and cons of the first computer produced by Apple. “Steve Wozniak (Apple’s co-founder and engineer) learned a lot of this design, really laying the groundwork for the Apple II,” he told the spectators.An Apple II on display.Volunteer staff members Dean Notarnicola of Long Valley spoke for himself and his son Drew when he said he’s participating for the sheer fun of it. “There seems to be more interest in vintage computers now. And I have more money now than I did back then. Instead buying a new car in my midlife crisis, I bought some vintage computers,” said Notarnicola.The keynote speaker Saturday was Stewart Cheifet, the founder and later the host of the PBS show The Computer Chronicles, which aired from 1983 to 2002. Full of entertaining anecdotes about the giants of the computer industry, Cheifet did not hold back. He told stories about Steve Jobs of Apple, with whom he had several interactions; “He was a rude punk. Obnoxious.” Of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, he said, “Always pushed his staff to tell him the bad news, not just the good news. Really a nice guy. People are surprised when I say this. Big ego.”Cheifet said the Computer Vintage Festival took him back in time, to when he learned BASIC computer code on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I and kept current by reading Byte magazine and attending user group meetings.“Now I am back to being one of you guys. Just a geek having fun,” said Cheifet.The Vintage Computer Federations is always seeking volunteers and donations. To learn more, log on to vcfed.org. The InfoAge Science History and Museum is at infoage.orgBen Forest is an Apple computer consultant in Red Bank.last_img read more

Castlegar Vikings complete rags to riches season by stopping Our Glass in WKMFFL Final

first_imgThe Castlegar Vikings realized its better to get results at the end of the season than at the beginning.The Vikes, bottom feeders for most of the 2012 season, scored early and often en route to a 33-14 pasting of Nelson’s Our Glass in the final of the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The title is the sixth in the past seven years for the Sunflower City squad.Castlegar struggled for most of the season as the club had difficulty getting a full contingent of players on a weekly basis.However, with the playoffs on the horizon the Vikes began to roll. Sunday, Castlegar completed the run by riding the hot hand of quarterback Steve Mota as the scrambling pivot tossed four touchdown passes for the Vikings.The field general tossed first half scores to Paul Laratta and Jay Trower to give Castlegar a 19-7 lead going into the second half.John Lloyd intercepted a Dan Farden pass in the first quarter to put the winners on the board early.Mota then connected with Jaime Simpson and Trower, on a beautiful catch at the edge of the end zone, to put the game away.Farden passed for a major score and ran in for a touchdown to lead Our Glass.The Vikes, finishing fourth in the regular season standings, advanced to the final by knocking off defending champion Dam Inn Mates.Hour Glass got past a short staffed Brewers team in the other semi final.last_img read more

Darwin Day Came and Went

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Except among certain special-interest groups, Darwin Day seems to have been a non-event, but one Darwinist won an award for Censor of the Year.There wasn’t as much news this year about Darwin Day, February 12 (Charles Darwin’s birthday).   Most of the celebrations seemed to be local events, like one in Tampa Bay, Florida, listed on Nature‘s event directory:Join us as we celebrate science, education, and clear thinking at our Annual Darwin Day Celebration 2014 with Daniel Dennett:  One of America’s Greatest Living Philosophers and one of the famed Four Horseman of Atheism, along with Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris.It’s not clear how helpful it is to Darwin defenders to link Darwin Day to atheism – particularly using a Biblical metaphor.  Besides, Christopher Hitchens, being dead, is no longer an atheist.University College London’s Darwin Day was a bit of a bust, literally.  They needed to replace a bust of Darwin that was loaned, so they had a contest.  Entries included a bust of Darwin with ants inside (see Evolution News & Views).  The winner was a floating crochet head of Darwin, conceived and produced using intelligent design.A little bit of science did get done.  A beetle Darwin collected in Argentina on his voyage on the HMS Beagle was rediscovered and named in his honor, Darwinilus sedarisi.  PhysOrg has a picture of the beetle with its iridescent blue-green head and thorax.  The 2008 rediscovery of the beetle in the Natural History Museum’s collection was published Feb. 12.Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did take the floor of the House on Tuesday night to call for a celebration of Darwin Day (see The Raw Story and The Blaze), but it’s not clear if anyone was listening.  (See 2/02/14 entry).  The only ones mentioned agreeing with Holt were 12 co-sponsors and members of the American Humanist Association.  That’s been another common thread: supporters of Darwin Day seem to cluster around atheist. leftist and humanist organizations.  Syracuse.com says, “The International Darwin Day Foundation says over 90 groups of atheists, humanists and other freethinkers are holding local celebrations, including potluck dinners, nature outings, lectures, book discussions and film screenings.”Rob Brooks tried to drum up support for Darwin Day on The Conversation, calling for “a celebration of science and reason.”  By reason, he meant a denial of “Biblical literalism,” placing creationists in a subset of reason-deniers and reality-deniers.  Brooks placed “reason” with evolutionary biology and science, but did he have a good reason to think reason evolved by mindless processes?   Darwin himself wondered if there were any convictions in a monkey’s mind (see 1881 letter to William Graham).The big news about Darwin Day was the new “Censor of the Year” Award offered by the Discovery Institute, which has used Feb. 12 to promote Academic Freedom Day rather than Darwin Day – co-opting Darwin’s own words from The Origin of Species, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  The winner for this inaugural year is author of the blog “Why Evolution Is True,” evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne.  Reasons for his nomination, and how Coyne received it, are explained in an ID the Future podcast by David Klinghoffer.  In another ID the Future podcast, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor explains why evolutionists are so bent on censoring views that oppose theirs.The definitive volume on Darwin’s influence on politics and culture is Darwin Day in America by John West.Update 2/18/14: Science Magazine reported that Rush Holt, Mr. Darwin Day in Congress, will be leaving the House of Representatives when his term is up at the end of the year.OK, the atheists, humanists and leftists had their little party.  If you didn’t notice or care, that’s fine.  Now let’s get on with the business of science: intelligent design.Isn’t it odd that the purveyors of “reason” are the very ones who have no reason to account for reason.  These are the “freethinkers” who don’t want people to be free to think. These are the censors, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-25).For those who missed it, a few years ago we created a list of party games for Darwin Day, like “Pin the feather on the dinosaur” and a “Malthus Food Fight.”  For the complete lists, see 2/09/06 and 2/13/04.last_img read more

South African exile art comes home

first_img18 February 2009South Africans in exile are the focus of a four-month retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery – “probably one of the major highlights of the year” for the gallery, according to the head curator, Clive Kellner.The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition opened on 30 November and runs until 30 March 2009.It is a tribute to the exiled South Africans who formed the Medu Art Ensemble in Botswana. “We want to pay homage to them for having used their courage, vision and artistic creativity to fight apartheid,” explains Kellner. The exhibition is an extraordinary account of an artistic community in exile that used its talent to speak about the conditions in their country.Zoopy TV: The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition takes a look at how the fight against the apartheid machine was waged through the arts. Click arrow to play video.On show are the graphic artworks of Thami Mnyele, whose works are considered seminal to the South African art scene. An anti-apartheid stalwart, Mnyele was murdered by the apartheid government more than two decades ago.Along with works by Mnyele and other visual artists, there are poems and music. A big exhibition, it “records the struggles we had to go through in striving for a better nation,” Kellner says.The exhibition covers several rooms at the gallery, each dedicated to a specific medium, including drawings, graphics, fine arts, biographies, posters, paintings, sculptures, newsletters, documentary films, photographs, and conference papers, among others.Thami MnyeleThamsanqa “Thami” Mnyele was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg; growing up in the township, he used art to voice his concerns about South Africa’s political landscape. He was the third of five children; his father was a minister and his mother was a domestic worker.Because of his active role in politics, Mnyele was exiled to Gaborone, in Botswana. He was killed in 1985 during a cross-border raid orchestrated by the South African Defence Force (SADF). He died less than a day before he was due to relocate to Zambia. He was 37.A large collection of his art, created while in exile, was packed into a portfolio, which the SADF confiscated. The collections were later screened on SABC television by the SADF officer, Craig Williamson, as part of evidence of Mnyele’s “terrorist” activities. Those works have never been recovered.Medu Art EnsembleWhile in Botswana, Mnyele worked with the Medu Art Ensemble, which was co-founded by his friend, Mongane Wally Serote, and was dedicated to the anti-apartheid struggle. Later, it redirected its focus to music, theatre, graphics and cinema.Deputy President Baleka Mbete and musicians Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa were schooled here. Medu’s active involvement in politics led to the ensemble being targeted by the apartheid security units.In 1984, in his unpublished autobiography, Mnyele wrote: “For me as craftsman, the act of creating art should complement the act of creating shelter for my family or liberating the country for my people. This is culture.”He added: “Our work hasn’t yet developed above the mere stage of protest. We’re still moaning and pleading. And even that we do with inferior craftsmanship and insincerity. We must partake actively in the struggle to paint sincerely.”Today, the Thami Mnyele Foundation’s residency programme for African artists in Amsterdam, Holland, continues to bear testament to the late artist’s far-reaching influence.The Johannesburg Art Gallery is on King George Street in Joubert Park; it is bordered by Wolmarans and Noord streets and is open to the public on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm.For more information about the Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, contact the gallery on +27 (0)11 725 3130.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

How to Read Histograms

first_imgIs your image too dark or too bright? Your histogram will let you know.If you taking pictures or video you probably have at least seen a histogram. Simply put, histograms are a visual representations of the tonality of your image. White pixels on the right, black pixels on the left and mid-tones…well you get the idea.Practically speaking a histogram will tell you if an image is underexposed or overexposed. The goal is to create a hump in the middle with the falloff not touching the left or right side of the image. The following video will give a quick rundown on how histograms work and how you can use them to become a better photographer/filmmaker. The video covers:Reading HistogramsSetting Up HistogramsUnderstanding the LayoutIf you shoot on a Nikon camera finding the histogram can be a little tricky. To avoid issues check out Nikon’s post on histograms.This video was first shared by CreativeLive on their YouTube channel. If you are interested in learning about other exposure/color scopes we recommend checking out our post on Vectorscopes and Waveforms.Have any recommendations for working with histograms? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

first_imgThe Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”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 shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more