Mobile digital hub has started, will you join us?

Mobile Digital Hub(MDH) is a program carried out by You Inspire You in Uganda, focusing on expanding technology awareness and use through offering a free technology education to people in the local communities.

MDH was for the first time rolled out to the people at the former home of Righteousness Palace Ministries church at Lukuli Nanganda. YIY through it’s leaders talked to RPM leaders about the idea before it was welcomed. RPM took the responsibility of mobilizing the community people to participate on top of facilitating space to be used for free.

Around 21st July 2017, we provided about 22 printed application forms to help RPM to register interested participants. From that total we would only choose 10 people to participate based on available resources.

On 11th and 12th, we were able to start the activities to which we are very proud of the training team and the community members who are very interested and committed to learn despite the age, academic and life background.

The group we are attending is a mixture of age groups, ranging from 17 to 50 years and both genders.

Though they were some challenges especially on the first day when our own laptops failed to work, RPM and Gagawala graphics ltd donated the computers we used on both days. The trainers were late by an hour on the first day.

The biggest achievement was everyone apart from one  individual attended both days.

Everyone is now able to switch on and shut down a laptop as well as some are comfortable with the touch-pad already and one or two individuals are still getting used as we go into a week were practicing with the keyboard and mouse will be intense.

With gratitude we appreciate everyone who made our commencement a success. Words can’t explain the happiness we have in our hearts, having introduced 10 Ugandans especially from the local community to technology.


Julie Wallez

Over Julie Wallez
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Julie Wallez, geboren op 18 februari 1981 te Schaarbeek en woonachtig te Evere. Julie behaalde haar Master Vertalingen aan de Hogeschool ISTI in 1999.   Na een eerste werkervaring als administratief bediende bij GE Money is Julie in 2005 aan de slag gegaan bij StepStone waar ze de dag van vandaag hoofd is van de klantendienst.  Hier kan ze haar talenkennis en creativiteit ten volle benutten, maar uiteraard kan ze haar creativiteit helemaal de vrije loop laten buiten haar professionele omgeving.
Sinds kindsbeen had Julie een passie om mooie tekenkunstwerkjes te maken maar het is vanaf haar 20ste levensjaar dat ze de smaak te pakken kreeg om te schilderen.  Dit, een beetje toevallig, ter nagedachtenis van haar overleden grootvader. 
Haar eerste schilderijen waren geinspireerd door de natuur en de reizen die ze maakte.  De nood kwam er snel om haar eigen gevoel en emoties in haar schilderijen vast te leggen.  Hierdoor creëerde ze een eigen abstracte stijl gebaseerd op het pointillisme.   Met deze techniek kan zij haar emoties volledig tot uiting brengen en nieuwe kleurrijke  kunstwerken te creëren.    Het pointillisme wordt door Julie eerder gezien als een herkenningspatroon in haar werken.  Vandaag openen de doeken van Julie de deuren naar nieuwe horizonten, harmonieuze gemengde vormen en kleuren die de fantasie stimuleert  van iedereen die ernaar kijkt.  
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Julie Wallez est née le 18 février 1981 à Schaerbeek et réside actuellement à Evere. Son Master en traduction en poche, Julie met sa connaissance des langues à profit en travaillant tout d’abord 3 ans dans une fonction administrative auprès de la société GE Money.  En 2005, elle rejoint le service clientèle de la société StepStone dont elle devient responsable 4 ans plus tard. Si Julie aime à penser que dans son activité professionnelle, elle fait au quotidien preuve de créativité ; elle avouera sans détour que c’est en dehors de ses heures qu’elle préfère laisser libre cours à son besoin de créer. 
Très jeune, Julie adorait déjà dessiner mais ce n’est que vers l’âge de 20 ans qu’elle s’est mise à la peinture, un peu par hasard, en mémoire de son grand-père décédé. Ses premiers tableaux étaient figuratifs, inspirés par ses voyages, la faune, la flore mais peu à peu Julie a ressenti le besoin de s’exprimer au travers de son art et pour ce faire, il lui fallait trouver un style, son style: le pointillisme abstrait. Grâce à cette technique, Julie est parvenue à utiliser son émotion du moment pour créer de nouveaux univers empreints de mille et une couleurs. Le pointillisme pur est après quelques temps devenu une contrainte pour Julie qui a alors fait le choix de davantage l’utiliser telle une signature. Aujourd’hui, les toiles de Julie se veulent des portes vers de nouveaux horizons, des mélanges harmonieux de formes et de couleurs dont l’unique but est d’éveiller l’imagination de ceux qui les regardent.
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Ziet u op het eerste zicht een boeket bloemen?  Beperk uw fantasie hier niet en laat u niet misleiden door de gebruikte kleuren.  Ziet u tussen al die kleurenpracht geen figuur zoals een lachende vogel of een insect? 
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Si au premier coup d’œil, vous semblez apercevoir un bouquet de fleurs ; ne bridez pas d’emblée votre imagination. Le choix des couleurs peut être trompeur car au beau milieu de ces formes, ne voyez-vous pas également un étrange personnage, un oiseau moqueur ou encore un insecte carnivore ? 
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Dit doek zal u een een compositie van bloemen doen denken, maar als u dichterbij gaat kijken een onderling verband tussen vormen en kleuren en met een beetje meer fantasie ziet u misschien wel een sprookjesfiguur of ..... ??????  daarvoor moet ik het doek zien ☺
Wat maakt u ervan? 
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Cette toile pourrait, de loin, vous faire penser à une composition florale alors que de plus près, il ne s’agit que de formes et de couleurs entrelacées. Avec un peu plus d’imagination et de poésie, peut-être pouvons-nous y voir un personnage fantasmagorique, des bulles de rêves agrippées à l’arbre de raison, … Que voyez-vous ?
Kom een kijke nemen naar de Gallery van Julie Wallez LINK !

Ich wähle nicht bei der Bundestagswahl 2017

Ich habe das erste Mal beschlossen bei einer Bundestagswahl nicht zu wählen. Es hat mit Vertrauen in die Anderen und mich selbst, sowie Zutrauen zu tun. Vertrauen ist [die] subjektive Überzeugung von der Richtigkeit, Wahrheit bzw. Redlichkeit von Personen, von Handlungen, Einsichten und Aussagen eines anderen oder von sich selbst (Selbstvertrauen). Zum Vertrauen gehört auch …

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Sinking in tradition, with a Glass of Mursik.

mursik

Mursik is sour milk with a sharp almost bitter taste popular among the Kalenjin community. To the newbies mursik may look “dirty” until they get a good taste of the beverage.

When hit on the palate by the sweet crispy flavor most overlook the “dirt”, which is actually a herb that is burnt and ground to charcoal powder and blended in the milk during fermentation. The milk is typically served from colorful gourds or sotet, a tradition that has fast been elevated to the national psyche as a ritual in honoring Kalenjin heroes and athletes for astounding achievements.

Due to widespread awareness on hygiene standards and changes in lifestyles, pasteurization of milk as a first step is requisite. Earlier on direct milking was done into a treated gourd then the milk would be mixed with blood and stored in a cool place to ripen.

Fresh boiled milk is covered to avoid contamination and allowed to cool down before pouring into a treated sotet. The sotet is then corked tightly with a treated lid and stored in a cool place for several days, usually three but can be up to one week, to allow it to ripen.

New and old gourds are first cleaned and left to dry in the sun for a few days. Cleaning is done using bow shaped branches of palm trees or sosiot whose edges have been pounded until they become brush-like. The inner linings of new gourds and the coating of previous milk stored in old gourds are removed to prevent passing bitter taste to mursik.

Treating the sotet is the hard part and requires extreme care and skill. The skill is passed from generation to another.  Cassia didymobotrya (acacia) or sertwet is the preferred tree for imparting preservative and aromatic effect to milk. The sertwet herb added to the milk helps in quick fermentation and has medicinal value.

Other popular ones include simotwet and wattle but Senetwet is by far the most commonly used because of its availability. Burning embers of sticks from the tree branches are put inside the clean dry sotet and shaken vigorously to drop the charcoal formed and to avoid burning the gourd.

Using the iitet, a tool used as a mortar in many mursik preparation sessions, the embers are methodically pressed and ground against the wall of the sotet in a circular in and out motion of the hand, an action described as suutet. This action is repeated until the charcoal powder is evenly distributed on the walls of the gourd. Excess and large particles of charcoal are discarded and the gourd is allowed to cool down. The sotet is now ready for the freshly boiled cool milk.

The gourd can be filled in one or several portions depending on availability of milk. One portion filling is however the most preferred because it avoids many problems related to milk quality, flavor and exposing to harmful bacteria.

Serving mursik

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Shake the sotet to stir the mursik into fine sour milk with smooth and uniform consistency.  White globules of butter occasionally float at the top of the gourd when milk is ripe. A good ripe sotet should produce a popping sound upon tapping the lid, allowing excess air to escape. Mursik can be taken on its own or served as a supplement cold with hot ugali.

Mursik has been around for the last 300 years as a traditional method of preserving excess milk. Popularity of mursik has surpassed all the other versions of sour milk and has become part of the national heritage.

The growing market for traditional foods puts mursik as one of the products that can be harnessed and value added to fetch stable income for the producers.  Issues on quality and acceptability of the “charcoal” by a wide range of consumers can be sorted out.

If you happen to be in Kalenjin land, you have to follow my footsteps, sink in this tradition with a glass of Mursik.


White, the sum of all colours

I have experimented with lots of colours and intuitively, I limited myself to shades of maximal two colours in one painting. In my last paintings I even only used nuances of one colour. This reduction arises from my desire to recognize the essentials, to clear out all the buzz until the core of a thing […]

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DIY Joomla! 3 One-Page site

I have always been fascinated by the fluidity one can find with one-page web themes. While common in Wordpress, one-page web templates were not the usual in Joomla!. I put the task of understanding them, and replicating such in Joomla, on my bucketlist last year, but I did not have cause to actually do either until recently when a client asked for it.
I turned to my good friend, Google, for help, and I found an answer on Joomla Stack Exchange channel that helped a lot (Thanks Sir Rene Korss!).

BREAKING DOWN THE WONDER OF THE ONE-PAGE SITE

The concept is to
  • place several modules on the home page, with different displays,
  • then create hyperlinks that, when enhanced with a sprinkling of java script, scroll to those modules smoothly.
Joomla! already has functionality for modules, and each template has varied types and position names. The twist here is to be able to call the module IDs within the designated hyperlink.
By carrying out the following steps, we can make any Joomla template, behave like a one-page theme:

1. Create a module chrome

A module chrome is the shell (usually with div, span or paragraph tags), surrounding each module. While there are default module chromes within the system folder inside templates, your new template probably has its own, that make the modules display how the template creator wants them to. It's quite easy to make your own custom module chrome, but the point here is to use a referable value in the initial tag's id, that you can call up later.

See an example below:
  1. Create a file called modules.php in the folder
    yoursitedirectory/templates/yourchosentemplate/html
  2. Add the following code to the file:
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    <?php
    /**
    Additional template module chrome(s)
    **/
    defined('_JEXEC') or die;

    /*
    * one page layout (output module content in one page layout)
    */
    function modChrome_onepager($module, &$params, &$attribs)
    { ?>
    <div id="slot-<?php echo $module->id; ?>">
    <!-- Module content here -->
    <?php echo $module->content; ?>
    <span style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</span>
    </div>
    <?php } ?>
As illustrated above, the chrome is named modChrome_onepager, the div tag is the first tag within it, and its id uses a referable value, in this case, it calls the current module's id (module->id). I added the word, 'slot-' to the name, but you can use any value or format. Add any other optional frills to the module chrome.

2. Create your modules

Set up all the modules that will act as sections for the one-page theme. For example, let's assume that your proposed links are Home, About us, Our Services, and Contact us. Home section is the part of that the site visitor sees upon opening the site for the first time, so that's taken care of. You need to create modules for the other links, namely, About us, Our Services, and Contact us. Set them to show on the Home page, under your menu assignments.
Very important: Ensure that in each module, the module chrome you created in step 1 is selected. You can select a module chrome type under 'Advanced' tab, from the list tagged, Module Style.

3. Create the hyperlink menus

Go to Menus, and create external links, with the URL specified as the module names e.g. slot-22. 

Add the Javascript magic

 The script to use is from Paulund.co.uk and it allows a smooth scroll between the hyperlinks.

 ADDING A LITTLE EXTRA

  •  its preferable that you create your module chrome inside the systems folder, instead of inside the particular template folder. This is for occasions in which you have to change the template - the code should still work regardless of the change.
  • If its not in the template already, consider adding an arrow that leads back to the top of the page, at the right hand side corner of the screen. 

Want to check already-made one page Joomla! templates? Check out this collection at Evohosting.co.uk

Nutsvoorzieningen rond Fitou

Voor wie onze verblijven in Fitou bezoekt en snel wil weten waar hij of zij terecht kan voor de dringende nutsvoorzieningen kan via deze blog zijn weg vinden.
Wat vind je in onze Google map met nutsvoorzieningen rond Fitou? Hier LINK!
Wij hebben de meest dringende zaken opgedeeld zoals: bakker, slager, krantenwinkel, supermarkt, apotheek, garage, pinautomaat, tanken....
Met deze map kan je snel en eenvoudig je weg vinden om je vakantie relaxed aan te gaan.
Fijne vakantie!
Harry & Miranda
Tilley FRance

Wat zijn cabochons half-edelstenen

Het woord cabochon wil verwijzen naar een gladde bolle steen met platte onderkant. Onze cabochons zijn gemaakt uit half-edelstenen zoals Amethist, Aquamarijn, Peridot, zwarte Onyx....
Cabuchon steentjes zijn ideaal om in juwelen te verwerken. Gezien hun platte onderkant kan men ze stevig plakken zodat je nooit zorgen moet maken dat ze ooit zullen loskomen. (wel juiste lijmen gebruiken!). Door de bolle bovenzijde geeft dit ook een mooie glans en komt de kleur van de edelsteen perfect tot zijn recht.
Harry Tilley heeft in zijn collectie meerdere juwelen met deze steentjes, zijn collectie zal in toekomst ook verder uitbreiden gezien zijn passie licht in half-edelstenen.
Neem een kijkje naar deze mooie collectie via deze LINK

Summary of the week from 31.07.2017

True Iron Bloggers:

David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) :
Dick Olsson (@dickolsson) :
Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :

The lazy ones:

Cash register:

this week: 10 €
total: 110 €
payed: 0 €
spend: 0 €

Debts:

  • David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -25€ or 5 good deeds
  • Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) – 10 € or 2 good deeds (on hold/holidays)
  • Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • Christine Graf (@christinegraf) – 5 € or 1 good deed
  • Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) –  0 € 
  • David M.Wampamba   –  minus 5 € because of good deeds

Iron blogger break (can come back for free until 31.07.2017)

  • Manfred Gosch (since 19.06.2017)

Previously retired (all debts paid – can come back for free):

  • Juergen Rinck (since 26.06.2016)
  • Daniel Roohnikan (since 17.04.2017)

Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):

  • Joeri Poesen (@jpoesen)  (since 10.07.2017)
  • Osbert Mwijukye (since 03.04.2017)
  • Moein Rezaei (since 26.06.2017)
  • Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
  • Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)