Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, addresses the homecoming gala of the Mount Alvernia High School alumni association’s Central Florida chapter, held on October 11 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall. Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government is looking to partner with alumni associations in Jamaica and the Diaspora to enhance the education process.Rev. Thwaites said the “many hundreds” of alumni groups play a critical role in the education system.Rev. Thwaites welcomed plans by the Mount Alvernia alumni association to expand the science programme at the St. James-based institution, through a refurbishing and extension project. Education Ministry Looking to Partner with Alumni Groups EducationOctober 15, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Education Ministry Looking to Partner with Alumni GroupsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedTraining of Teachers for Valuable Pathways Programme This Month RelatedEducation Must Guide Jamaica’s Progress – Rev. Thwaites FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government is looking to partner with alumni associations in Jamaica and the Diaspora to enhance the education process.Rev. Thwaites, who was addressing the fundraising gala of the Mount Alvernia High School alumni association’s Central Florida chapter, held on October 11 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, said the “many hundreds” of alumni groups play a critical role in the education system.“There are more than 130 alumni associations of Jamaican schools on the eastern seaboard of the United States alone. Every year (they), along with counterparts in Jamaica, contribute tens of millions of United States and Canadian dollars to the upliftment of their alma maters in Jamaica. It is amazing that, however long people are away from this country, they never seem to forget where their educational navel strings have been buried,” he said.“The Government craves partnership with you all and treats you with respect for your continuing faithfulness,” he added.Rev. Thwaites welcomed plans by the Mount Alvernia alumni association to expand the science programme at the St. James-based institution, through a refurbishing and extension project.“Your investment is well placed because it will allow many, many more students to gain the benefits that will equip them even more to take their place in the modern world,” Rev. Thwaites said.The Education Minister said that of the 42,000 students at grade 11, only 6,000 do at least one science subject and the numbers must increase.“Science is the gateway and the prism through which employment and development will take place in the 21st Century,” he contended.The Education Minister also commended the principal of Mount Alvernia for placing focus on technical and vocational subjects, noting that this is in keeping with the policy of the Government that “no grade 11 student should graduate without a competence in English, Mathematics and at least in one marketable skill.” RelatedGovernment Procures $34 Million in Equipment and Supplies for Special Needs Schools Advertisements
Hippotizer Powers Virtual Audience and LED Staging for Britain’s Got Talent FinalHippotizer Powers Virtual Audience and LED Staging for Britain’s Got Talent Final
UK – The 2020 final of Simon Cowell’s hugely popular TV show Britain’s Got Talent wowed millions of viewers with a spectacular LED screen stage set and virtual audience, powered by Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Boreal+ and Karst+ Media Servers.Three active Boreal+ and one Karst+ were used for the main system, with the same amount again running as backup for the live show. One Boreal+ fed the main stage LED display, driving 6K content to 3mm screens from supplier Anna Valley, with another Boreal+ dealing with camera overlay effects and live camera shots. The Karst+ fed Art-Net data from two lighting consoles to an array of SGM LED Tubes.This was a very different finale, with no physical audience present in the studio due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In substitute, more than 1000 live feeds from viewers at home were fed to a new LED ‘audience wall’, positioned behind the judging panel. This was driven by the third Boreal+, with data fed in via NDI by broadcast graphics specialist, Happy Graphics.The virtual audience was collated from PCs using real-time communications (RTC), and after being brought into the network via NDI was applied to a Hippotizer layer. Using VideoMapper, the team structured the feed to fit the different screens, using tint and colour match to unite them and make the virtual audience look harmonious with the video content and graphics, which were created by Ben Foley and Alex King at Buckloop Films.Russ Grubiak served as Hippotizer programmer for the event. “As usual, we chose the Hippotizer because of the ease and speed we can make changes to content, and use layers to build up sequences that seem to be thrown at us while rehearsing,” he says. “We always face very challenging timescales, and I don’t like to say it can’t be done! The producers expect it to happen and using Hippotizer, we deliver.He added, “The producers loved that adding flares and manipulating colour could make a typical ‘conference call’ of at-home audience members look totally glamorous and upbeat.”Grubiak says he utilised a number of Hippotizer software features to achieve the looks seen during the live final broadcast: “Once we have the lighting and staging in place, I use the effects to tune brightness, masking, mirroring and then a few additional visual effects. The on-board generators seem to use little resources in the engine, but give us good effects out of the Art-Net lighting fixtures.”The upgrade to the Boreal+ and Karst+ Media Servers was actioned by Bill Peachment of Little Mouse Productions, in order to meet the show’s demanding requirements.“This was a big show, and the team needed power and flexibility,” explains Peachment. “The Boreal+ Media Servers offer just that – they’re a perfect solution and the delivered great results.”Reports suggest that Britain’s Got Talent producer, Fremantle, was keen to make the finals ‘bigger and more daring’ to compensate for the lack of a live audience, and in terms of sheer visual impact, the team went all out to deliver, alongside lighting designer Dave Davey and moving light programmer Alex Mildenhall.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – RacingJunk.com, the leader in automotive motorsports-and-performance related classifieds, has been named the Official Classifieds for IMCA.The co-marketing partnership will help to bring awareness of IMCA’s major racing events, and will also help to increase brand recognition for RacingJunk.com among IMCA’s fans and drivers.The flagship website of Motorhead Media, RacingJunk.com is a free ‘one-stop shop’ for those looking to buy, sell, trade or interact with people throughout the automotive and racing and performance communities. It has over 850,000 registered members, and connects to more than two million buyers and sellers every month, generating 30 million-plus page views.“We’re incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with IMCA. Their drivers are really the best of the best and they never fail to provide fans with an amazing spectacle at each and every race,” said Director of Sales for RacingJunk Jim Sweener. “We’re definitely excited to bring news about IMCA to our clients because they’ll have a blast attending the events and we also look forward to providing our resources for the fans and drivers already involved with the organization.”IMCA brings fans thousands of events throughout the year. Four of the most recognizable in 2017 will be the Iowa Frostbusters held April 5-8; the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour held July 8-13; the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s held Sept. 4-9; and the Duel in the Desert, held Nov. 9-11.RacingJunk.com representatives will be attending Super Nationals at Boone Speedway this year.For more information on RacingJunk.com, go to www.racingjunk.com.“The partnership with RacingJunk.com offers IMCA racers a central location for classified ads when buying and selling race cars and parts throughout the year,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The broad marketplace should be an asset to our members and we appreciate the folks at MotorHead Media for their support of IMCA racing across the nation.”Organized in 1915, IMCA is the oldest active automobile racing sanctioning body in the United States. IMCA is based on enforcing fair and consistent rules that promote affordability as the foundation of racing in America. Through the promotion of the grassroots weekly racer, IMCA has seen remarkable growth throughout its storied history, and especially in the last decade.