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Temperatures forecast to hit 30 degrees in many parts today

first_img Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Temperatures forecast to hit 30 degrees in many parts today Facebook By News Highland – June 27, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleNew Fine Gael councillor selected for Donegal County CouncilNext articleBelfast victory for Sommer Lecky News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Temperatures are forecast to hit 30 degrees in many parts of the country today, as the heatwave continues.Irish Water is warning that supply may have to be restricted in the Greater Dublin area if demand remains high.The Drought Management Team is meeting this morning to assess the situation.Met Eireann’s Joan Blackburn says today will be hot and sunny in many parts:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Janmaat arrives in Newcastle

first_imgDaryl Janmaat was on Tyneside on Tuesday morning as Newcastle looked to tie up their fifth summer signing. Press Association He would become the latest man to join Alan Pardew’s squad after a flurry of activity which saw France midfielder Remy Cabella drafted in alongside Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez on Sunday night. center_img Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old Holland international flew in with the Magpies hoping to complete the formalities of a deal which will see the Feyenoord full-back plug the hole expected to be created by Mathieu Debuchy’s impending departure for Arsenal. Janmaat was reportedly due to arrive on Monday, but he remained at home after feeling unwell following his return from the World Cup finals in Brazil, where he played his part as the Dutch, including Newcastle keeper Tim Krul, finished in third place. last_img read more

Sprint Educational Supplies to rise from the ashes with new store

first_imgSprint Education Supplies is back in business – just in time to meet the need of parents planning ahead for the latest book lists and school needs.There was genuine sadness when the store closed around a month ago.Through its previous owners, Sprint had developed an outstanding reputation for meetings its customers’ needs at both its Letterkenny and Donegal Town outlets. But now the stores are back and the great news is that most of the same friendly and helpful staff are there too.The Donegal Town remains at the Glebe Shopping Centre while the Letterkenny Store will open at 5 Lower Main Street in what was the previous Gallagher Menswear shop.Both stores will re-open next Monday, May 20th and there will be a host of in-store opening offers to suit everyone.Once again Sprint will specialise in school books, stationery, educational supplies, ink cartridges, toys, games and of course, arts and crafts. A spokesman for Sprint said they are really looking forward to picking up where the previous owners left off and putting their own new touch to the business.“We have lots of new plans but we want people to know that the same staff will be here bringing their expertise over many years.“We are opening in times for people to get their school book lists sorted and put out of the way for the new school year in September.“And the good news is that we’ll have plenty of special offers when we open,” said the spokesperson.Sprint Educational Supplies to rise from the ashes with new store was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownletterkennyNewSprint Educational SuppliesStorelast_img read more

QPR boss Hughes ‘in line for £1m bonus’

first_imgThe Daily Mail report that manager Mark Hughes will get a £1m bonus if he keeps QPR in the Premier League.Hughes’ assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki are also said to be in line for big rewards if Rangers stay up.Former Manchester United forward Teddy Sheringham has told the Daily Mirror he believes QPR could do his old team a favour.United will secure the title if they win their final match of the season and Manchester City don’t beat Rangers.Sheringham said: “The season has had many twists and turns to it, so who knows?”“QPR need to get a result to be safe and Bolton could go to Stoke and win and overtake QPR. So they have to have the mindset to go to Manchester and know that they need to get a draw.“We will keep our fingers crossed that there might be one more little twist in the tail.”Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to beat Liverpool and Tottenham to the signing of Partizan Belgrade’s 18-year-old attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic, according to the Daily Mail.Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, currently coaching Partizan, is understood to have recommended Markovic, who earned his first cap for Serbia in February.Partizan are said to want around £16m and would also like to have him back on loan.The Sun report that David Luiz is set to return to action against Blackburn this weekend.The Chelsea defender, who has been out with a hamstring problem, is aiming to prove his fitness in time for the Champions Leage final. Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA cities join hands for growth

first_imgThe trend towards greater global economic integration over the past three decades has resulted in significant changes to the organisation of economics and politics, particularly at the level of cities.Growing cross-national economic activity has resulted in new supranational financial and business arrangements (the G7/8, OECD, World Bank, IMF and World Trade Organisation), the formation of multination blocs (the EU, Nafta, Asean, Apec, Caricom, SADC and, more recently, Nepad/AU), the de-bordering of economic sectors, and the emergence of region-based forms of economic and political organisation, sometimes referred to as global city-regions.A new initiative by South African cities is in response to the impact of global economic integration on cities, and the changing role of cities within the global and national economy.The newly formed South African Cities Support and Learning Network (Cities Network) brings together nine of the country’s largest cities together with the South African Local Government Association (Salga). One of the network’s major aims is the sharing of information and expertise to “focus on the role of cities in the global and national economy”.The network originated at a meeting last year between the mayors and city managers of the nine largest cities in South Africa, together with Provincial and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi. It was agreed then to establish a forum to promote shared learning between cities.Andrew Boraine, adviser to Mufamadi, said: “The name of the game now is regional cooperation and not competition between cities.”While the SA Cities Network focuses on the full scope of the urban management process, four thematic focus areas have been identified:City economic development;City responses to HIV/Aids;Urban indicators; andUrban transport.The Economic Development programme will concentrate on rethinking and defining economic development strategies for SA cities. A key feature of the project is to allow the cities to improve contacts and links with national government and the private sector. According to the Cities Network, there is a “lack of coordination” between government departments and metropolitan regions and cities.“For example, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has many programmes available to promote higher levels of investment and to increase access to international markets. However, many metropolitan municipalities have insufficient knowledge of these programmes.“In addition, there tends to be very little connection between parastatals and national agencies such as Transnet, Portnet, Intersite, Metrorail and ACSA (the Airports Company of South Africa), whose investment decisions have enormous impact on cities, and the cities themselves”.Boraine added: “We also plan to develop a common trade and investment strategy for South African cities in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry”.A driving force behind the initiative is the need to compete in the global arena. Globalisation has led to cities having to re-evaluate their position and ability to promote trade and attract investment and technology.Boraine said: “We need to harness the benefits of globalisation and control the negative effects such as the marginalisation and growing inequality between and within countries.”The Cities Network points out that well-managed cities are a pre-requisite for attracting investment, and are essential for national competitiveness. “The quality of the locality is now an important criterion for investment decisions, in addition to costs, infrastructure and availability of skills”.With an estimated 70-75% of South Africa’s population expected to be living in urban areas within the space of a generation, and between 70-80% of gross domestic product (GDP) already being generated in the cities, the “economic viability and sustainability of cities is critical for national economic performance”.South Africa’s citiesSouth Africa’s cities are relatively small by global standards, with the only megacity (10 million people plus) being located in the Gauteng urban region (a combination of the areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria and the East and West Rand).As a result of both its geography and political history, South Africa has a relatively balanced hierarchy of cities and towns. As a middle-level developing country, South Africa also possesses a higher level of resources to address a range of urban challenges than many other developing countries.However, the difficulties and challenges faced by South African cities, particularly in the context of the impact of globalisation, are enormous.In line with worldwide trends, South Africa’s population is rapidly urbanising (see box on right). While the urban transition presents challenges of poverty, homelessness and marginalisation, it also presents opportunities for economic growth and social development.With the ongoing insertion of South Africa into the global economy, and the tendency towards concentration of firms in urban areas, the importance of metropolitan regions in South Africa is rapidly increasing.At a Cities Network planning workshop held in February this year at Stellenbosch, Minister Mufamadi said: “As a specialist urban-focused forum, the Cities Network will have a role to play in accessing data, generating ideas and providing examples of best practice.” He went on to say that “our cities are in competition with urban regions around the world for an increasingly mobile capital”.last_img read more

South Africa to push for SKA decision

first_img17 May 2012 South Africa will be pushing for a decision on the site of the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope at the next meeting of the international SKA organisation members on 25 May, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. “The bidding countries submitted all the required technical information and we are impatiently awaiting the outcome of what we hope will be a final site consideration meeting on 25 May,” Pandor said during her department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. A decision on the site was delayed in April to allow a scientific working group to explore ways of maximising investments already made by rival bidders South Africa and Australia-New Zealand – raising the possibility that the hosting of the world’s biggest radio telescope could be shared. Pandor was disappointment at the delay, saying at the time that she hoped the SKA organisation “will make a decision in the first half of 2012 and that the decision will reflect the best scientific outcome. “We believe we have an excellent site at which exciting science will be done,” Pandor said. “We in Africa are ready to host the SKA.” On Tuesday, Pandor told Parliament that her department had allocated R500-million to South Africa’s SKA initiative in the 2012/13 financial year.South Africa targets new satellites She said her department would also be working with the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) to develop an implementation blueprint for its next satellite. South Africa is planning to build its third satellite, to form part of a new African satellite constellation, as part of a government drive to grow the country’s share of the global market for small- to medium-sized space systems. “Our intention is to expand our investment in ‘micro’ satellites, building on the existing SumbandilaSat platform,” Pandor told delegates at the 62nd annual congress of the International Astronautical Federation in Cape Town in October. South Africa’s second satellite, the two-year-old SumbandilaSat, has been out of commission since a blast of solar radiation damaged its on-board computer in July 2011. Sansa chief executive Sandile Malinga announced in September that South Africa hoped to start building a new, fully operational satellite – not just a prototype or “pathfinder” satellite such as SumbandilaSat – as early as 2012, for possible launch by 2014/15. The new satellite would cost in the region of R400-million – compared to the R26-million spent on SumbandilaSat – and would also be used for earth observation, in line with the country’s space strategy, which seeks to apply satellite data to help to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters in the country and the region. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Launch of the ‘Nelson Mandela Rose’ – the Orange Vermillion

first_imgBy Ntombi NtanziIn the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the launch of the ‘Nelson Mandela Rose’ – an Orange Vermillion was unveiled, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday, 8th February 2018.The auditorium was abuzz with an audience, young and old, all races, Dignitaries such as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Mrs Leah Tutu, Premier of Gauteng David Makhura and representing the Mandela family Ms Ndileka Mandela were there to witness this prestigious reveal.In opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation Mr Sello Hatang said; “This project began in the year 2000 when we discussed it with Madiba along with Keith Kirsten for the first time and we’ve since never given up and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labour.”The Nelson Mandela rose stood center in the room as the audience marvelled on its bright orange vermillion colour whilst CEO of Horticulture International, Mr Keith Kirsten spoke wondrously of it:“We believe that this rose represents the vibrancy, the stature, the humility and love of Madiba. We are delighted that this rose is chosen to be part of the centenary. I am honoured and humbled to be a big part of the ceremony. The Nelson Mandela Rose is not just a big bud but a floribunda, with its orange vermillion colour it’s a handsome and a very tall grower and floriferous – producing many flowers”.“I urge every person to buy and plant it in their gardens, verges, schools, traffic island throughout the country as the proceeds from the sale of this rose will be for the sole benefit of the NMF”, adds Mr Kirsten.A continuous emphasis that the Nelson Mandela Rose is a symbolic reminder to South Africans to strive towards a values-based society. Values of love and resilience that beautifully link between the Nelson Mandela rose and Nelson Mandela’s life and times.The launch of the Mandela Rose further strengthens the centenary celebrations, as it represents the focal point of the Foundation’s strategy to get South Africa and the world to remember not just the personality of Nelson Mandela, but also what he stood for.Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura spoke wholeheartedly adding; “what a great way to begin the Mandela centenary by launching the Mandela rose, which represents the man in a very deep sense because roses are about love and Nelson Mandela is about love; love of humanity”.In his conclusion he added; “there is no doubt that our country today stands on great uncertainties and anxiety. But we start the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary with a renewed hope that South Africa has reached a moment where we need to return to the path that was derailed. The path of Nelson Mandela”.The day’s proceedings ended with a musically moving performance by choristers Imilonji kaNtu and musician Sibongile Khumalo. Songs which saw the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Mrs Leah Tutu stand and dance leaving the audience in awe and a standing ovation followed through.“Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people[rose] loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood….”, concluded Author and Poet, Mr Mandla Langa as he recited the poem – For My People by Margaret Walker.last_img read more

Apple Unveils iPhone 4 for $199, Available June 24th

first_imgToday in San Francisco, Steve Jobs introduced the newest iPhone to a packed house in Moscone Center for the Worldwide Developers Conference. The device, dubbed the iPhone 4, features live video chat with a front-facing camera, a thin stainless steel design and 720p HD video capabilities. Predictably, the prices come in at $199 and $299, but storage sizes remained at 16GB and 32GB respectively. Happy Apple fans can pick up a the new device June 24th, and pre-orders start June 15th. Also among the other impressive new features announced today is a built-in gyroscope, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a built in iMovie for iPhone video editor, and the iPhone OS4 – now rebranded as iOS4. The new OS will be available June 21st for current iPhone users and for the first time will be a free upgrade for iPod touch users. Not all models will support features like multi-tasking, however. The iPhone 3GS, as expected, has also been dropped to $99, making a very fast smartphone highly accessible at the lowered price point.Video Chat & High Resolution ScreenLeft for the end, in a classic “one more thing” moment, Steve Jobs had a live video chat with Apple designer Jonathan Ive directly from the new iPhone 4. Video chat, known as “Facetime” will only run on WiFi between two iPhone 4s in 2010 but Jobs did note that Apple intends to make Facetime a technology, and an open platform for video chat applications. Jobs also spent a significant amount of time describing the device’s new high-resolution display. In the same screen size as the iPhone 3GS, the newest phone has quadrupled the pixel density to a 960×640 display. This pixel resolution is just 22% smaller than the iPad, which means up-scaling of apps to the larger device will look a lot better.3-Axis Gyroscopic ControlsApp developers will be excited to learn of Apple’s inclusion of a built-in gyroscope, which is closely ties to the accelerometer. This functionality, which creates 6-axis motion sensing, pitch, roll and yaw control, and rotation about gravity, gives the iPhone impressive control over 3D objects. Personally I am excited to see this technology in the hands of augmented reality developers – this should give the apps a much more accurate picture of the location and positioning of the device in 3D space. chris cameron iMovie On a Phone?Additionally, Apple engineer Randy Ubillos demoed an iPhone version of Apple’s iMovie video editing software. With the combined 5 megapixel camera and 720p video recording ability, iPhone users can create videos on the phone, complete with image effects and themes. The app isn’t free, however; Apple is charging users $4.99 to edit movies and photos together on the iPhone.What’s Next?So what will this latest device do for the mobile web? Apple’s ad network, iAds, which will activate beginning in July, will likely become a large player in the mobile advertising industry because the design allows users to remain within applications while viewing ads. According to Apple, $60 million has already been committed to the platform by advertisers for the second half of the year – which they estimate to be nearly half of the market in that period.Images courtesy of and Apple Inc. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#web center_img A Fresh DesignAesthetically, the device is refresh for Apple, breaking away from the rounded black plastic back for a flush glass design with metal edges – similar to the company’s unibody MacBook design. The leaked photos were pretty much right on in terms of design. The sides and back of the phone are flat and comprised of stainless steel and feature new volume buttons, antennae receivers, and a microphone on the top for noise cancellation.The stainless steel frame is not only a design choice, but Apple has built the antenna for the phone into the frame, moving it outside the previous plastic case. Some had claimed the iPhone was to blame for network woes on AT&T, and this new design is a clear effort by Apple to help with this issue. The new glass and metal design is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Channel Nine partners with Sydney 2009 World Masters Games

first_imgThe World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event, which will take place throughout Sydney later this year.The partnership will see Games television spots featuring one of Channel Nine’s most popular on-screen personalities, sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe, start appearing on the network shortly and several Channel Nine stars competing in the event.Touch Football is one of the 28 sports being played at the 2009 World Masters Games, in divisions including Men’s 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s, 50’s, 55’s and 60’s, Women’s 30’s, 35’s and 40’s and Mixed 30’s and 40’s. Touch will be played from the 12th-15th October 2009.Channel Nine Chief Executive Officer David Gyngell said that the network was proud to be a partner of the seventh edition of the major international multi-sport event at which everyday people can have extraordinary experiences.“The World Masters Games are unique in that they provide everyone, regardless oftheir sporting prowess, with an opportunity to take part in a sports event on the bigstage. Channel Nine is delighted to be associated with this year’s Games in Sydney.”Shane O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer of the Games Organising Committee, said thatChannel Nine’s support of the Games will help raise the event’s profile to a whole new level.“We warmly welcome Channel Nine to the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games family and look forward to seeing some of the network’s stars competing against fellowsports enthusiasts from all around the globe over nine exciting days in October.“It doesn’t matter how good or how old you are. Everyone’s invited to take part in this great festival of sport. The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games are all about being fit, fun and forever young. Don’t miss out on your opportunity of a lifetime.”The Games, running from the 10th -18th October, are open to everyone rather than just elite athletes, are expected to see 25,000 people from more than 100 countriescompete at 72 Sydney venues, including many Olympic sites.Games registrations are open now at www.2009worldmasters.comThanks to Mark Worwood for providing the content of this article.last_img read more