Facebook Print Twitter Linkedin Email WhatsApp Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria ByrneFine Gael Senator for Limerick City, Maria Byrne, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, to change Employment Permit Regulations to alleviate pressure on Hospitality Sector.The changes to the Employment Permit Regulations will make it easier for businesses in the hospitality sector to source workers from outside the EEA.Senator Byrne raised the issue with Minister Humphrey’s after being contacted by many restaurant owners in Limerick who were finding it difficult to recruit qualified chefs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Senator Byrne said: “Certain chef grades have been removed from the ineligible occupation list. This means that if an employer is unsuccessful in filling a vacancy either domestically or from across the European Economic Area (EEA) it can be filled by a suitably qualified non- EEA national. “Minister Humphrey’s decision to remove certain chef grades from the ineligible lists will ensure that there is a mechanism to address the shortage of qualified chefs in the short-term.“There is a quota to ensure that in the longer term the demand for chefs is met from a steady supply in the Irish labour market and that work that is underway to increase the supply of chefs through training initiatives such as the development of a new Commis Chef Apprenticeship and a Chef de Partie Apprenticeship.”Senator Byrne continued; “There has been a critical shortage in this sector over the past number of years“The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs indicated that up to 5,000 chefs are needed annually between 2017 and 2020 to keep up to pace with demand.“But currently only about 1,800 people qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes.“Across the wider hospitality sector, there are gaps in basic skills and experience at entry and junior level and at management level. There is also a need for tourism entrepreneurs and product development.”She continued: “The shortage also represents an issue for the wider economy. In European terms, we are almost twice as dependent on the hospitality sector for jobs as other countries.“It employs some 158,000 people, or 8 per cent of employment across the economy.Senator Byrne concluded by saying; I am confident the changes to Employment Permits Regulations along with the suite of culinary apprenticeships will have a positive impact for the industry.”More about politics here. Advertisement NewsPoliticsLimerick Senator welcomes change to Employment Permit RegulationsBy Staff Reporter – March 16, 2018 2079 Previous articleWatch: International students from University of Limerick talk about Irish cultureNext articleGarda advice for St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Be sensible in reforms, Socpo demandsOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Local government personnel managers have called on the Government to beresponsible in the way that it fulfils its pledge to carry out a fundamentalreform of the public services. Labour’s legislative programme outlined in last week’s Queen’s Speech included20 bills and four draft bills, as well as plans for much greater involvement ofthe private sector in the delivery of public services. Keith Handley, president of Socpo, stressed it was important that increasedprivate sector involvement did not undermine public service morale. Handley said, “I hope ‘reforming’ public services includes respect forpublic services and the people who work in them. Many areas of local governmentare having real recruitment problems, and these are not helped by the prevailinggovernment attitude that the only good public service is an outsourced one. “Local government employs nearly 2 million people and if we are toattract future talent to improve service delivery, we need the Government towork with us, not constantly against us.” Bills in the legislative programme include an education bill to create morediversity at secondary level and allow successful schools to sign contractswith the private sector to raise standards. An enterprise bill will revamp competition and insolvency laws and introducepowers to deal with rogue traders. A National Health Service reform bill will devolve budgets to primary caretrusts and shake up the regulation of health professionals. Four law and order bills will aim to reform sentencing and rules ofevidence, recover proceeds of crime, modernise the police service and reformthe courts. Proposals for a new offence of corporate killing was not included in the newlegislation, but a Home Office spokesman said it was likely to be introduced inthe near future. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Camera MovementCamera movement is arguably the most crucial factor in establishing the frantic tone of a high-speed situation. While shaky cam has recently become an overused staple of modern Hollywood action films, employed to mask poor choreography, its effectiveness should not be underestimated, as it adds a sense of urgency and chaos.Additionally, camera movements such as pans, tilts, dollies, and trucks that follow the direction of the subject will emphasize velocity. The camera being unable to keep up with the subject and seeming to fall behind is another nice touch to further diversify your scene’s visuals. The 1998 thriller Ronin demonstrates some great camera movement, as does the aforementioned Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.Fly-by shots like these are perfect for visualizing urgency and pedestrian perspective, especially when cut to very briefly (quicker cuts infer less time for characters to see the action). On the contrary, moving the camera toward an approaching object or away from a retreating object can increase perceived speed, as demonstrated in this shot from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. FramingThe way a moving object is framed can drastically affect how fast it appears. When shooting a moving object, especially from the side, tighter shots such as a medium shot or close up will emphasize speed. This is because usually objects appear faster when close, and slower when far away. This optical illusion is the reason that passing airplanes tend to appear very slow despite moving very quickly.The smaller the subject is in the frame, the smaller the distance it will appear to travel. When the subject takes up the majority of the frame, less of the background will be visible at once, resulting in the illusion of covering more distance. Narrower lenses are best suited for these types of shots. The opening motorcycle sequence of Skyfall demonstrates this idea perfectly.Conversely, when shooting a moving object from behind or in front, a wide-angle lens would be more appropriate. Narrow lenses tend to compress visual depth, while wider lenses expand it. What this means: if you were to film the same object approaching the camera directly, with both a 250mm telephoto lens, and a 14mm wide-angle lens , the object would grow in perceived size much more quickly and drastically with the wide angle. This accentuation of distance on the Z-axis is great for fly-bys, close-ups of the moving subject, and again, any shots of the front or rear of the moving subject.For this, let’s look at another modern motorcycle chase shot quite differently from the James Bond sequence, from another action film centered on espionage. This year’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation featured one of the best motorcycle chases in cinematic history, if not the best. As you can see, the shots that illustrate the most speed utilize wide angle lenses and are shot behind or in front of the subject. Keep in mind that these techniques are best used in moderation; abusing any of them can break the audience’s immersion, as seen in this absurd, unconvincing scene from The Fast and the Furious. It applies the majority of the previously discussed tricks to such a drastic degree, that they draw attention to themselves and result in a cheap-looking, over-stylized mess — though the cheesy visual effects don’t help its case. Setpieces and Camera PlacementAnother way to highlight speed is by placing and moving the camera correctly. As mentioned before, objects appear to pass more quickly when close to the camera, and in turn generate more motion blur. Because of this, it’s often best to include objects that pass very close to the camera or subject. Having things such as cars passing both behind and in front of your subject can add familiar points of reference for the viewer to interpret the rough speed of said subject.Note that high-speed sequences in films avoid bland environments with few nearby objects, as such locations make it hard to tell how fast anything is traveling. Even this scene from Star Trek: Into Darkness is sure to include debris for reference, as in reality, outer space is mostly empty and very difficult to accurately judge speed in. Lacking setpieces can be compensated for to an extent, by giving the camera more movement instead.If shooting a subject traveling on land, placing the camera lower to the ground will further indicate motion. This is why many car chases are largely shot at bumper level, such as this awesome introductory chase scene from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Creating the illusion of speed can be surprisingly difficult, regardless of whether or not your subject is actually moving quickly. Here are some common techniques you can apply to your filmmaking to turbocharge on-screen action.Making action appear faster than it is, or even simply as fast as it is actually occuring, is a bit more complex than one might think. Visible speed depends on a variety of factors, ranging from camera settings to framing. In most cases, you can’t shoot a real car chase at breakneck speeds, so let’s take a look into some of the Hollywood trickery involved in high-speed action.Motion BlurWe’ll start with the basics. Motion blur is one of the most important things to consider when exaggerating motion. It is generally the result of an object moving very fast or slow in comparison to the camera. The larger the difference in speed between an object and the camera filming it, the more motion blur that object will create.In most cases, motion blur is best applied to background objects, rather than the subject of the shot. For instance, motion blur is great for tracking shots in which the camera is traveling a similar speed to the subject. However, you would want minimal motion blur when your subject is quickly flying by the camera.The viewer’s focus should never be on a blurry object or person, so be sure to limit its use to unimportant, passing objects, unless there is a specific exception in which you want to draw attention to the blur.Image: Incorrect use of motion blur via ShutterstockTechnically speaking, high motion blur is achieved with a low shutter speed, and vice versa. For example, if shooting at 24 fps, a shutter speed of 1/50 would produce a lot of motion blur, whereas a shutter speed of 1/2000 would virtually eliminate it. Be sure to always set your shutter speed to at least twice your framerate (For 24fps, set to 1/48 or higher. For 60fps, set to 1/120 or higher), as anything lower will result in choppy, unnatural-looking footage.Image: Good motion blur via ShutterstockThe iconic speeder bike chase of Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi is a classic example of effective application of motion blur. Interestingly enough, this sequence was shot by walking through the forest and shooting one frame at a time, then superimposing the speeder bikes over the resulting footage. Because photos aren’t restricted by a frame rate, they can use very low shutter speeds to increase motion blur beyond the limitations of reality, which was great for depicting the blisteringly high speeds of the futuristic speeder bikes. Using cinematography to manipulate the audience into seeing something that isn’t quite real is critical to maintaining suspension of disbelief — and the illusion of speed is no exception. Audiences are constantly improving their ability to recognize falsity, so simply fast-forwarding your footage won’t cut it. Hopefully, with these tips, you can bring your high-octane ideas to life.What scenes do you think did a great job at depicting speed? Let us know in the comments below.
“Our discipline wasn’t good in the first half and that’s not the right recipe to play successful basketball,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin. “But we sorted things out, BJ, Mike [Nieto], hit some shots and that got us in the right track.”“We did what we have to do.”Nieto led Ateneo’s offense with 12 points.Jerrick Balanza led the Knights, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped, with 16 points and four rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments After trailing the Knights 35-36 heading into the third quarter, the Blue Eagles got their act together with BJ Andrade firing 10 of his 13 points in the period to help Ateneo get a 63-54 lead.The Blue Eagles then ran amuck taking a 20-point lead, 82-62, late in the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo improved to a 4-1 record to get sole possession of the third spot in the Aspirants Group behind 4-0 teams University of Santo Tomas and St. Clare. Petron-Letran, meanwhile, is at fifth with a 3-2 card.Angelo Kouame held the paint for Ateneo with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Matthew Daves missed out on a double-double finishing with 10 points and nine boards. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Cignal-Ateneo rallied past Petron-Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 83-64, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kai Sotto starts workout at Atlanta Hawks’ training facility Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger is back. Sullinger scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of play off the bench as the No. 2 Buckeyes defeated South Carolina-Upstate, 82-58. It was Sullinger’s first game action since suffering back spasms during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke. Following the victory, Sullinger declared himself “back to health” and 100-percent recovered from the discomfort that caused him to miss the Buckeyes’ last two games. Sullinger, who was cleared after a morning workout, said he wasn’t limited during the game, but added that he was fatigued as a result of missing time. “I was tired,” he said. “Two weeks off is a killer. I did a lot of work on the treadmill these last few days, but I was still very out of shape tonight.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he was satisfied with Sullinger’s output. “(Sullinger) did a decent job for not playing since the Duke game,” Matta said. “He knew he was going to be winded. Hopefully now this gives him confidence to get back out there and go to work.” Wednesday marked the first time Sullinger has come off the bench in his career. The decision to leave him out of the starting lineup was made earlier in the day after Sullinger asked Matta to start junior forward Evan Ravenel, who had started in Sullinger’s place for the last two games. “It was my decision (not to start),” Sullinger said. “(Ravenel) has worked so hard these last few weeks and I felt he deserved a shot to start. He’s earned it.” Despite Sullinger’s return, Upstate had a major upset on its mind early. The Spartans held a four-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half before the Buckeyes went on a 20-7 run over the final eight minutes of the half to build a nine-point halftime advantage. Ravenel, who scored the first five points of the game for the Buckeyes, dunked in the closing seconds of the first half to put OSU up, 37-28. The Buckeyes didn’t look back. Ravenel finished with nine points in 12 minutes while sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas led OSU with 23 points, one shy of tying his career-high. Thomas has scored double-digit points in nine of OSU’s 10 games this season. Thomas said that he is starting to hit his stride as an offensive contributor. “As a player you have got to have a mindset each and every game, have your mind ready to play,” Thomas said. “I think I’m growing off of that.” Matta agreed with Thomas. “I think the biggest thing I’ve seen in (Thomas) is just the maturity of his mental approach to games,” Matta said. “…Everyone thinks this game is just about being out there playing but the mental side of things is just as important in my mind. And DeShaun is starting to grasp that.” Matta said the Buckeyes lacked intensity in the first half, but was happy with the way his team responded and finished the game. “We beat a very good basketball team tonight,” Matta said. OSU (9-1) continues non-conference play with a Saturday road game against South Carolina at noon.
Chalk up the sixth and seventh different Buckeyes football players named to award watch lists this preseason. Redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino was named to the Butkus Award watch list, an honor that highlights college football’s most outstanding linebacker. His teammate, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, which recognizes the nation’s top wide receiver. Sabino, who was named Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in its 24-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida, recorded 62 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Sabino is one of three OSU players who will travel to Chicago for the 2012 Big Ten Media days on July 26 and 27. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Brown’s 22 career grabs for 310 yards and two touchdowns at OSU leads all active Buckeye receivers for the most receptions and yards. Brown totaled 205 of those career yards last season on 14 catches. Additionally, three more football players were named to either their second, third or fourth award watch list after redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, senior defensive lineman John Simon, and junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins were named to college football’s Lombardi Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best lineman. Simon, who has also been named to the Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Award watch lists, made seven sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2011. Like Sabino, the 2011 Associated Press All-American will be present at the 2012 Big Ten Media Days. His efforts in trenches, however, are not unaided. His defensive line comrade, Hankins, amassed 67 tackles and 11 tackles for loss last season. The junior has already been named to both the Bednarik Award and Outland Awards watch lists. Hankins was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Stoneburner, the third Buckeye named to the Lombardi Award watch list, is one of eight tight ends selected to the honor’s watch list. It’s the second time the redshirt senior has been named to an award watch list this preseason – his first honor coming from the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s best tight end. Stoneburner enters the 2012 season with 37 career catches for 445 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his placement on multiple award watch lists, though, he and redshirt senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort are indefinitely suspended from the team after Shawnee Hills Police arrested Stoneburner and Mewhort for “obstructing official business” at about 2:30 a.m. June 2 by the Bogey Inn near Dublin, Ohio. Both, however, in addition to Simon, Hankins, Sabino and Brown, are expected to be large contributors to OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus.
Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) gets ready for a serve during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe upcoming schedule for Ohio State women’s volleyball is anything but orthodox.The matches are scheduled to start Wednesday as the No. 17 Buckeyes take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., kicking off a three game road trip.Coach Geoff Carlston said he sees the “weird” schedule as a blessing. The Buckeyes play three games over the course of seven days, contrary to their norm of lacing up for just two contests over the weekend.“It’s kind of nice actually that these last two weekends we played back-to-back against teams that had rest and days off,” he said.After a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, a different schedule is not the only change Carlston wants to see.“Really it’s about the offensive rhythm, finding a nice offensive rhythm and just getting up in our defensive energy, defensive attitude,” Carlston said.Since starting the season on a 13 game winning streak, OSU has lost four of its last five matches, including being swept by Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said she wants the team to bounce back and do more than just what gave it success at the start of the season.“It would say so much about us as a team if we were able to overcome this and be able to come out of it even stronger than we were to start preseason,” Kacsits said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said part of returning to the team’s non-conference form will be eliminating mistakes.“Right now, I think we just need to become more knowledgeable about the game,” she said. “We’re making aggressive mistakes but some mistakes we’re making are just, the bonehead, dumb mistakes.”Mandolfo said since Big Ten play has started, the Buckeyes “just need wins.”Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said if the team wants to win, it will have to put recent struggles behind them.“(It’s important) not to hang our heads over the loss on the weekend,” she said. “We just need to make sure that we stay positive and look at this as a learning experience.”The match against Northwestern is set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, while an Oct. 23 date with Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN2.Carlston said he does not expect the televised play to effect his squad in any way.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to St. John Arena Oct. 25 as they host No. 8 Nebraska.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) and Rutgers redshirt senior Shaquille Doorson (2) reach for the jump ball in the first half of the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Feb. 2. Ohio State won 76-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team beat Rutgers 76-62 at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 2. Photos by Casey Cascaldo
A frustrated Olivier Giroud admits life on the bench at Chelsea hasn’t been easy amid ongoing speculation linking Gonzalo Higuain with the clubReports suggest that Higuain is close to arriving at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea close to reaching an agreement with Juventus for a transfer this month.Manager Maurizio Sarri has decided to go all-out for his former Napoli star after being left unconvinced by forwards Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.Now Giroud, who has only started six times in his 17 Premier League appearances this season, has discussed his less than ideal situation at Chelsea.“It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game,” Giroud told ESPN.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part.“But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The France international joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal last year and ended the campaign with five goals in 18 games and a fourth FA Cup winners medal.“The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me,” added Giroud.“I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players.“We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team.“It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to take on old club Arsenal in the Premier League.