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first_imgCHARITY: A fund raising day has been organised to raise finance for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Kenya.The charity event will take place on September 19th, in Letterkenny Shopping Centre for Aisling House Children’s Home. Aisling House Children’s Home was founded by Bridget Browne and her family in Ireland.The name Aisling means ‘dream or vision’ in the Irish language, and was chosen to reflect the vision for Aisling House which is to meet the needs of children from Nakuru, Kenya who are orphaned, destitute, outcast, or abandoned, by providing them with a family home of their own in which they can feel loved and cared for.Bridget said, “We want the children in our care to experience happiness and the fulfillment of belonging, to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, to access the best available education and healthcare possible, and to hold in their hearts the hope of a brighter future.”Aisling House needs funds for the children to have a happy and fulfilling life. Bridget has organised a charity day in Letterkenny Shopping Centre where‘Fox n Crew’ have donated their time to dance and local business have given prizes to raffle.To find our more visit the Aisling House Children’s Home on Facebook and come along on this Saturday to show your support. DONEGAL WOMAN ORGANISES CHARITY EVENT FOR ORPHANED CHILDREN IN KENYA was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Fortuna battery charges through Eureka Loggers in shutout win

first_imgEureka >> In softball, the term “battery” refers to the pitcher-catcher combination, as they are the engine that keeps the game moving.In Friday’s game against the Eureka Loggers, the Fortuna Huskies’ battery of pitcher Hailey Dolcini and catcher Jenna Christensen’s impact was felt in every aspect of the game — often with seismic results.Christensen, a senior, belted a two-run double to the left-center field gap to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead in the third inning, then walloping a 3-0 Alyssa …last_img

South Africa questions ratings revision

first_imgRatings agencies were in part to blame for what was happening on financial markets, Lamberti said, and had reverted to an ultra-conservative outlook on economies in an attempt to save face. Unlike a number of developed and emerging market countries, the South African government had not found it necessary to support its banking sector through the current financial crisis due to sound regulation, good capital adequacy ratios and sufficient liquidity conditions prevailing in the banking system, the Treasury said. “Growth forecasts for the South African economy will probably have to be revised down, though . we will achieve about 2-3 percent for the coming year,” he said. Fitch Ratings also suggested that if South Africa’s growth slowed down as it predicted, it would be difficult for the authorities to maintain sound macroeconomic and fiscal policies. He said nothing much had changed in terms of South Africa’s fundamental financial situation, and that the country was better placed to deal with the global financial woes than its peers. “It was a blanket reaction to emerging markets,” Lamberti said. Source: BuaNews “The current macroeconomic projections of growth, revenue flows, and inflation already take into account all of the factors that are raised by Fitch Ratings.” South Africa’s National Treasury, reacting to Fitch’s move, said the credit rating revision did not constitute a rating downgrade – a view also supported by Lamberti.center_img Credit revision ‘not a downgrade’ Credit agencies had lost integrity in the midst of the ongoing global financial crisis and, in an attempt to regain credibility, had downgraded many emerging markets from stable to negative, Econometrix Treasury Management economist Russell Lamberti said on Tuesday. 11 November 2008 The Treasury said in a statement on Tuesday that the revision should be seen in the context of the current global financial turmoil and its impact on emerging markets, with shift to a negative outlook taking place alongside 17 other emerging markets. The Treasury responded by saying this view was not supported by South Africa’s recent history, and overlooked certain material facts about the current macroeconomic and fiscal frameworks. His comments come after international ratings agency Fitch revised South Africa’s BBB+ credit rating from “stable” to “negative”. In its latest Financial Stability Assessment Report, released last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said South Africa’s financial system was fundamentally sound and well-capitalised.last_img read more

Brand South Africa and The Odd Number winners at the Loerie Awards

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with its agency, The Odd Number are proud to be recipients of four Loerie Awards at the Loeries awards ceremony held in Durban over the weekend.The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premier initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry.Brand South Africa’s creative work won on multi-media platforms – Radio Station Commercials, Newspaper Advertising as well as TV and Cinema Advertising for various campaigns namely; the Play Your Part, Constitutional Awareness and Days of national significance.The Awards are as follows:Bronze Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “Babakhe” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze SA Non-English Radio Station Commercial for Play Your Part for the “BVD” commercial, the message is anchored on promoting road safetyBronze TV & Cinema Commercials – above 90s for Constitutional Awareness for the “Dala what you must” web film.Bronze Newspaper Advertising South Africa for Days of national significance campaign (Freedom Day) for the “Amandla” campaign.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said “We are really proud of the work produced by our agency and these awards reaffirm that the work we do, does not go unnoticed. I am confident that a number of opportunities will arise from this achievement, which will help showcase how South Africa inspires in new and innovate ways domestically and internationally”.Another special moment for the organisation was the winners of the Brand South Africa’s young creatives category award, which proved to be a tough judging process for the team. The young winners were announced by General Manager for Communication Ms Thoko Modise.“Our young creatives are David Franciscus from Protagonist Films and Kirstin Uken from Sunshinegun, these young people will go far, we are really proud of the high quality of work produced. The Nation Brand is guided by innovative work especially from the young people, well done to both”, said Ms ModiseWatch the award winning “Dala what you must” web film herelast_img read more

Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedNear the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”A Puzzling Tour — Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to FunkyGeocache Name:Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:You can now earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. For this one, some geocachers automatically think of rock climbing, rappelling or some other adrenaline-inducing geocache as their go-to for this souvenir. But don’t forget the mind-bending puzzles that can also earn you this souvenir. For this geocache, you’ll not only have to answer a few questions to get the coordinates, you’ll also have to solve a Rubik’s Cube once you get there. Good luck!What geocachers have to say:“Thrilled to get the souvenir and be there at bb’s mega number, but most of all it was a splendid cunning cache and and a pleasure to do, thanks.” – Wibsey Wench“Thank you for such a brilliant puzzle and for making my special number such a memorable find.” – badgerbaby“Well deserving of a favourite point for not only did I solve a difficulty 5 for the Road Trip 15 but the whole thing took place on a day not filled in on my caching calendar. TFTC.” – AndicapWhat the geocache owner, darkskill, has to say:What inspired this hide?I’d purchased the treasure chest Rubik’s cube for my collection and noticed how nicely a bison Geocache container fitted inside! Thought this would be a great idea for a difficult puzzle cache and a few days later had the cache ready to go.Did you know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube before working on this geocache?Yes I did, I’ve got quite a large collection of twisty puzzles and enjoy speed solving some of them.What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and Favorite Points?It’s nice to see this Geocache has introduced some of the cachers to the Rubik’s cube and encouraged some of them to learn how to solve it for the first time! It’s always nice to read through the positive logs and know that other people have enjoyed my cache.Photos:Too easy for geocacher AndicapNice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to FunkySolved it! Photo by the CO, darkskillWhat has been the best puzzle you’ve ever solved to find a geocache? Post your stories and photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Comparing the Costs of Different Fuels

first_imgWhile energy prices have dropped from their record highs a few months ago, many area residents are still wondering how they’ll pay for heat this winter. The most common fuel in northern New England, heating oil, is still priced at over $4.00 per gallon.But how does the price of oil compare with the price of other fuels and electricity? That sounds like a simple enough question, but it’s actually fairly complicated.For starters, different fuels are sold in different units. Heating oil, kerosene, and propane are sold by the gallon; natural gas by the hundred cubic foot (ccf) or therm (100,000 Btus); firewood by the cord; wood pellets and coal by the ton; and electricity by the kilowatt-hour (kWh).Second, the amount of useful heat obtained from a given fuel depends on how efficiently it’s burned. Combustion efficiency varies widely—from as low as 30% for the worst of the outdoor wood boilers to over 95% for a top-efficiency, condensing gas boiler. Baseboard electric-resistance heat is 100% efficient—since the electrons you’re paying for in the electric current are converted entirely into heat. Heat pump efficiencies are much higher (typically 200-300%), because electricity is used for moving heat from one place to another, rather than being converted directly into heat. Note that these electric heat efficiencies don’t account for the “upstream” energy costs of electricity generation, such as the waste heat at a coal or nuclear power plant—but for the purposes of comparing your heating costs, that doesn’t matter.) To further complicate fuel cost comparisons, a third factor is how efficiently heat is distributed. With electric baseboard radiators, the heat is produced right in the room, so the distribution is 100% efficient. Baseboard hot water (hydronic) heat is also usually very efficient, though uninsulated hot water pipes running through an unheated basement can lower that efficiency to some extent. With a hot-air furnace and ducts to carry the heat, however, the distribution efficiency can be quite low, especially if poorly insulated, leaky ducts run through an unheated attic or crawl space—distribution efficiency as low as 60-65% is not uncommon.To calculate the actual delivered efficiency of your heating system, you have to multiply the combustion efficiency by the distribution efficiency. For example, if you have a 78% efficient oil furnace and a relatively leaky duct system running through an unheated attic (65% efficient distribution), your overall efficiency of delivered heat is just over 50% (.78 x .65)—meaning that only half of the energy you’ve paid for is actually being used to keep you warm!Finally, to compare different fuels (sold, as described above, in different units), you have to convert the costs to an equal basis so you’re comparing apples to apples. The most common standard is dollars per million Btus of delivered heat. The easiest way to do this is with an online calculator like the one our company.This allows you to enter the cost for a particular fuel, your heating system efficiency, and its distribution efficiency. The end result is a figure in dollars per million Btu that reflects your real costs of delivered heat and allows you to compare that with other options. Say you heat with oil and pay $4.40 per gallon (roughly today’s cash price in Brattleboro), using an Energy Star boiler (83% efficient) and hot water baseboard distribution (98% efficient). Your cost of delivered heat with these assumptions will be $39.00 per million Btu. By comparison, electric baseboard heat at the CVPS rate of 12.3¢/kWh converts to $36.05 per million Btu of delivered heat—that’s 8% lower cost for electric heat! Using a heat pump with a coefficient of performance of 2.0 (200% efficient) and ducts fully within the insulated house envelope drops the cost of delivered heat to $18.39 per million Btu. And firewood, at $250/cord burned in an EPA-compliant wood stove (70% efficient), converts to just $16.23 per million Btu of delivered heat. The beauty of an online calculator is that you can quickly and easily vary any of the inputs to compare lots of fuels and heating options.Keep in mind that energy costs are volatile. It probably doesn’t make sense to rip out your oil boiler and put in electric baseboard heat, because either oil prices could go down, or electricity prices could go up. But if you’re thinking about replacing equipment anyway, you might want to consider an electric heat pump or pellet stove. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsA Heating Fuel Cost Comparison CalculatorComparing Fuel Costslast_img read more

‘The World Cup will be our best gift to Sachin’

first_imgThe World Cup is returning to India – and the sub-continent – after 15 years.Sachin Tendulkar is all set for the World Cup. APOurs is the No. 1 Test team in the world, we are among the top ODI teams and we have been the T20 world champions. With the World Cup not very far off, I can already sense the enthusiasm, especially after the Indian team’s sterling performance in the tough Test series against South Africa.The World Cup would be a big attraction not only here but outside India as well. The weather in February will be perfect and it will be a brilliant spectacle.The ninth edition of the showpiece event will give an even greater boost to the game, especially in the rural areas.People of all ages will get to see the best players in action on their soil. Even though the original plan was to have the World Cup in the entire subcontinent, including Pakistan, it couldn’t happen. People in Pakistan are disappointed and so are we, because if there’s anything that binds us, it is our shared passion for cricket. Our players and peoples have had a close relationship, and therefore it is sad that there won’t be any matches there because of security issues.Coming to the game, all eyes naturally will be on the Indian team. Though the final squad has not been announced yet, the concern that is uppermost in my mind is the spate of injuries. Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan have had serious fitness issues and they will sit out the ODI series in South Africa. Once that gets over, the players with injuries must be given time for recuperation and a lot of physiotherapy.advertisementIf one looks at the team, Gambhir, Sehwag and Virat Kohli have been in tremendous form. Sachin Tendulkar is as young as ever and M.S. Dhoni is doing very well. Our batting and bowling look very good and we have done well against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa in recent ODIs.That makes India the No. 1 contender for the World Cup. You need batsmen who can bowl handy parttime spin in ODIs, so players like Yusuf Pathan will be crucial. Apart from India, I believe England too has a good chance. It’s a young and talented side high on morale after its spectacular Ashes win. And they have very good depth in fast bowling and a top-class spinner in Graeme Swann.Personally, I feel it is time the Indian team gives a perfect gift to Sachin Tendulkar, who most probably will be playing his last World Cup. He has given so much to the Indian team, it is time the players gave something back to him. The World Cup, perhaps?-Chetan Chauhan was a member of the Indian team that lifted the 1983 World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincylast_img read more

Senate Approves Bill to Protect True Origin of Products

first_imgStory Highlights The Senate on Friday (March 9) approved the Protection of Geographical Indications Bill, with three amendments. The Senate on Friday (March 9) approved the Protection of Geographical Indications Bill, with three amendments.The Bill seeks to provide a stronger level of protection on geographical indications (GIs) of goods, thereby preventing a designation of a product as being made other than in the true place of origin.GIs are defined as indications that identify a good as originating in the territory of a region or locality where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.Piloting the Bill, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said it is necessary to amend it to protect the country’s reputation from abuse of foreign competitors who would seek to misappropriate the country’s reputation.“This would be done by creating imitation Jamaican products. The amendments to the Act seek to accord the highest level of protection for the geographical indications afforded by the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS),” she said.Government Senator, Don Wehby, said the Bill will protect Jamaican goods and that it will benefit local farmers, as it will stimulate development.“It will encourage innovation and sustainability to the agro-industry and provide a sociocultural boost and a transformation of our farmers, and create employment,” he said.Opposition Senator, Sophia Fraser-Binns, also supported the legislation, noting that it is one of the tenets towards achieving greater intellectual property rights.Mrs. Fraser-Binns commended the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) for its work to “not just give support to intellectual property rights, but also to advocate and increase public education on the importance of intellectual property rights”.Among the provisions of the legislation is the extension of protection to all goods, including wines and spirits.It also seeks to provide for the establishment of a Geographical Indications Advisory Committee, which is tasked with the reviewing of applications for the registration of a geographical indication.It further makes provision for the utilisation of the Intellectual Property Journal, whereby certain requisite publications will be made by the Registrar of JIPO. GIs are defined as indications that identify a good as originating in the territory of a region or locality where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Piloting the Bill, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said it is necessary to amend it to protect the country’s reputation from abuse of foreign competitors who would seek to misappropriate the country’s reputation. last_img read more