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Press release: Culture is Digital report will unleash the creative potential of technology for cultural organisations

first_imgNOTES TO EDITORS:Showcases at the event included: When culture and technology come together, great things can happen. The Royal Opera House is exploring immersive technology to open up a suite of new experiences, sharing the extraordinary qualities of ballet and opera with audiences old and new in our digital age. This report acts as a useful framework for all in our sectors to explore this territory. Our cultural output has always been our unique calling card to the rest of the world and when combined with the latest digital developments there is no limit to our creativity. We want the UK to be the best place in the world to trial pioneering technology, while also maintaining our world leading status as a centre of artistic and cultural excellence. Our Culture Is Digital report sets out how culture and technology can collaborate, learn from one another and keep innovating. By embracing new technologies and attracting more diverse audiences, we will continue to cement our status as a creative powerhouse in the digital age. Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund will invest more than £2 million to build the digital capacity of their sectors The National Gallery will create an Innovation Lab to examine how museums and cultural organisations can use immersive media, such as virtual and augmented reality, to enhance visitors’ experiences The Royal Opera House will create an Audience Lab, which will work with diverse talent to create content using emerging technologies and develop cross-sector collaborations Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive Ros Kerslake said: Every day across England, artists, performers, museums, libraries and arts organisations create brilliant new content. We want to make sure they have the skills to use the best technology to enable more people in more places to connect directly to this deep well of creativity. We welcome this timely report from DCMS. As we have set out in our current consultation on future funding, HLF is committed to supporting digital capacity in the heritage sector, building on the considerable progress that has already been made. We look forward to working with Arts Council England and other partners in making our collective aspirations for digital culture a reality. DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock announced the move as part of the Culture is Digital report, which sets out an ambitious framework for how culture and technology can work together to increase participation and boost the capability of cultural organisations.It is the first time that the Government has looked at how the two sectors can work together to unleash the creative potential of technology and help bring every cultural organisation – both big and small – into the digital age.The report makes a number of commitments, including:center_img Arts Council England will also create and pilot the use of a Digital Maturity Index for the cultural sector, to help organisations improve their digital capability.ACE will also work with the Heritage Lottery Fund to form a Digital Culture Code – a set of guidelines and principles which cultural organisations will be encouraged to sign up to help increase their digital skills.Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley said: The National Gallery is committed to an ambitious five-year programme of digital change. This goes from evolving our approach to ticketing through the use of big data, to launching new mobile services, to embedding innovation in immersive media in the Gallery through our forthcoming Lab. We are excited by today’s launch of the Culture is Digital report. The commitment it marks from DCMS, the Arts Council and cultural organisations across the country to digital transformation heralds an exciting new period for us all. Royal Opera House Chief Executive Alex Beard said: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: The Culture is Digital report showcases innovative projects in the creative sector, highlighting the extraordinary collaborations between our world-leading cultural and digital pioneers.It was launched at the National Gallery showcasing some of the finest recent examples of digital culture, including cutting-edge immersive installations using the latest technology.The #CultureisDigital project was informed by an online open conversation last yearand was borne out of the Government’s Culture White Paper commitment to review the digitisation of our public collections and enhance the online cultural experience.It also builds upon the Government’s UK Digital Strategy commitment to increase digital skills, digital participation and unlock the power of data.Dr Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery Director, said: Factory 42 – Hold the World with David Attenborough: In Hold the World, Sir David and the Natural History Museum are brought together using a combination of interactive video game technology and TV documentary. Sir David will be transformed into a hologram and will guide participants to virtually handle fossils, using his passion for the natural world to bring objects to life. Science Museum/Alchemy VR: Space Descent VR, a unique and immersive virtual reality experience commissioned by Alchemy VR for the Science Museum Group in which astronaut Tim Peake guides you through a thrilling, high-speed journey to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M. BBC/Civilisations: As part of the Culture UK initiative, BBC R&D has collaborated with BBC Arts to offer the museum sector, galleries and libraries a number of exciting opportunities to be involved in the news series ‘Civilisations’ on BBC 2. The Welsh National Opera/REWIND: Magic Butterfly – the combined experience of The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly in VR – was a collaboration between the WNO and immersive content studio REWIND. The interactive immersive virtual reality experience combines motion capture, animation, music and technology. Smartify: A virtual art guide enabling audiences to scan and identify artwork in museums and receive rich information via text, audio and video using augmented reality. You can follow #CultureIsDigital on social media and explore our interactive 360 degree presentation that allows users to learn about case studies and other key aspects of the report.last_img read more

Ugandans mourn veteran TV journalist, former USPA head Luwandagga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Ugandans mourned the sudden death Saturday of veteran TV journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, praising him for his pioneering work in the sports field.Details of the cause of his death are still scanty, with initial reports saying he had collapsed and was confirmed dead at about 4.00am at his Namasuba home. Police later said they were investigating the case, and had Luwandagga’s son in custody.  A post-mortem examination is yet to be carried out. Luwandagga had left his office at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC TV) late Friday after chairing a committee preparing for Kampala’s hosting of the World Cross Country Championships in 2017.“It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend, your friend and veteran sports journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. A sports icon with the highest level of professionalism departed this morning. May the almighty God rest Andrew a.k.a APL in peace,” UBC announced on twitter early Saturday.There will be public viewing of the body at UBC gardens on Sunday at 11 am. Burial is Monday at Wamala.Luwandagga commentated on sport for over three decades and was known for his versatility and professionalism. He also always encouraged and promoted young journalists in the trade.He was president Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) in the late 80s and early 90s, been Vice President of Federation of International Cinema and Television Sports and has been stadium announcer during Uganda Cranes matches.Luwandagga was an avid football fan, admired SC Villa and was brother of musician Moses Matovu of Afrigo band.last_img read more

Two PBC High School Students Accused of Carrying Firearms

first_imgTwo Palm Beach County high school students are facing charges, after they were found carrying firearms.The Riviera Beach Police Department says it received information just before 3 p.m. Friday that one of the students, who attends William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, was on a school bus headed to Riviera Beach.The Riviera Beach Police Tactical Unit located the school bus before it arrived at the scheduled drop off stop, detained the student, and confiscated the firearm.“I’m thankful for the student who told administration that two other students were armed. I’m also grateful to School District Police and Riviera Beach Police for their immediate reaction and safe intervention,” says Dwyer High School Principal Corey Brooks.The student and firearm were then turned over to school district police.It is unknown where the second student, who also attends Dwyer High School, was arrested.Each student faces a charge of possession of a firearm as well as disciplinary actions, as outlined in the district’s student code of conduct.last_img read more

“Miracle Woman” Survives Six-Hour Cardiac Arrest

first_imgA British woman has made a full recovery, after her heart stopped beating for six hours due to severe hypothermia.Officials report that 34-year-old Audrey Schoeman got caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees mountain range in Spain last month.Her husband, Rohan, called for help. He says, “I thought she was dead. I was trying to feel for a pulse… I couldn’t feel a breath, I couldn’t feel a heartbeat.”Schoeman was taken to a hospital, where Dr. Jordi Riera treated her. He says Schoeman’s situation is very rare, since the human brain typically suffers irreparable damage if the heart stops beating for five minutes.The doctor adds, “What happened to her is a consequence of the drop in body temperature.” Apparently, Schoeman survived because the extreme drop in body temperature that stopped her heart also slowed down her brain metabolism. That allowed her heart to cope more effectively with the lack of oxygen.Schoeman’s body temperature had dropped to 64.4 Fahrenheit, as opposed to the normal 97.7-99.5 Fahrenheit range. Riera and his medical team used an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine in order to keep her alive.ECMO replaces the heart and lung functions. That allowed the doctors to oxygenate Schoeman’s blood and pump it around the body.Riera says Schoeman’s body slowly warmed up until her heart started beating again after six hours.“She woke up and asked: ‘What am I doing here?’” Riera says.The woman suffered a slight loss of sensitivity in her hands, but should make a full recovery.Riera adds, “As a scientist I don’t like the word but it’s like a miracle.”According to Schoeman, “It’s like a miracle except I think it’s all because of the doctors. Probably this winter I won’t go to the mountains, but I hope that in spring we will be able to start hiking and trekking again. I don’t want this to take away that hobby from me.”last_img read more

Ex-Miccosukee cop is sentenced after forcing teens to strip naked

first_imgA former Miccosukee Police officer has been found guilty of forcing two teens to strip naked during a traffic stop back in 2016.Michael Martinez pulled over 18-year-old Kyle Shoulta, and Remy Riley near mile marker 48 of Alligator Alley, for running a stop sign. He then offered them a deal to run naked and avoid jail time.Martinez appeared in court and was found guilty on two counts of extortion and two counts of unlawful compensation. He has been sentenced to 10 years.last_img

The US officially raises the tobacco buying age to 21

first_imgAccording to the US Food and Drug Administration,  under the new bill, it will now be illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes — to anyone under 21 years of age.So far, a number of states have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, including Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.Checkout the full list of cities and towns who also have raised the age according to the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a new law that will amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.Donald Trump made the announcement via Twitter:last_img read more

British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird

first_img11 May 2012 British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird British boy champion Harrison Greenberry (Exeter Golf & Country Club) and Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will represent England Golf in the Thunderbird International at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 26th – 28th May. Both are members of the England boys squad and will seek to bring the England Golf its first success in the annual event played over the Raptor Course. Greenberry, (© Tom Ward) who will turn 18 two days before the Thunderbird event, won the British title over the testing Burnham & Berrow course in Somerset last August, beating Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire) at the 37th hole in the final. His success led to his representing GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy in Spain. He also finished seventh in the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, which helped him finish top of the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for 2011. It will be his first overseas representative honour for England Golf. Orrin, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on 13th May, has been an under 16 and boy international. In 2011 he won the Andulucia Open in Spain, finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver at Rye and third in the Fairhaven Trophy and the South East Junior Championship. This year, he has again finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver and joint second in the McEvoy Trophy, while he was a member of the victorious three-strong team in the Nations Cup at the recent Fairhaven Trophies. Orrin represented the EGU in last year’s Thunderbird International where the format is 54 holes of stroke play over three days.last_img read more