Get along to the Rose of Tralee – Inver style!

first_imgA young Donegal woman who is the Perth Rose in this year’s Rose of Tralee has come up with a local version of the contest.Local Frosses girl and former St Naul’s player Denise Quigley sparked the idea with Alison Mc Gready, Senior Ladies player and Underage Manager.Alison and her team are pulling out all the stops to make this a night to remember for the parish of Inver. With local Roses and Escorts lined up to walk the red carpet in the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone on Saturday 6th August.The night kicks off at 8pm, with Leonie Gallagher from Leonie’s Beauty Boutique as MC, James Mc Groary (Mayor of Frosses), Mickey Kerrigan (Mayor of Mountcharles), Deirdre Mc Glone (Donegal Person of the Year) and Carole Murray Boyd (Owner of Pearls and Lace) judging and For Folk Sakes playing a great nights’ entertainment is guaranteed.Best Escort will be announced on the night to the local boy who has been most “helpful” to his Rose in the run up to the event.The pressure is on the escorts and the competition is heating up, check out the St Naul’s Ladies Facebook for some behind the scenes action on the Escort’s Bootcamp! All the Roses are set to perform a party piece on the night showcasing their many talents. The winning Rose on the night will be crowned by none other than the Perth Rose Denise Quigley.https://www.facebook.com/naomhnaille.ladiesgaa?fref=tsGet along to the Rose of Tralee – Inver style! was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalinverRose of Traleelast_img read more

COUNCIL VOTE DEMANDS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IS SENT HOME

first_imgCllr DohertyDonegal County Council has today passed a motion expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza and calling for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. The motion also called for the Israeli Government to immediately end all hostilities and to enter into peace talks with Palestinian representatives.The motion received unanimous cross-party support and was proposed by Cllr Gary Doherty of Sinn Féin and seconded by Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig and follows a protest outside the County House in Lifford on Monday in support of the people of Gaza. Cllr Doherty said: “I believe it is time that the Irish people took collective responsibility for what is happening is Gaza. We cannot stand idly by and watch as hundreds, even thousands of innocent civilians are murdered by the state of Israel. I believe it is our duty to stand up for these people and to defend their rights to life.”He continued: “Gaza is such a small area of land, and the onslaught that they are being subjected to is beyond comprehension for most people in Ireland. Were we to apply the geography of Gaza to Donegal, we would be looking at a patch of land stretching from Bridgend to Killygordon, populated by 1.8 million people.“These people have no freedom of movement. They are surrounded by a huge wall, restricted access to the sea and prevented from travelling on many roads. They are now being bombarded by a concerted bombing campaign by one of the most advanced war machines in the world. The result are the sickening images of people being murdered on their own streets.”“Since the current Israeli campaign began, over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed. Over 200 of these have been children. In the last week we have seen hospitals and schools destroyed, and today we have even seen a graveyard attacked with dead bodies re-interred. He continued “I saw an image last week of a Palestinian man carrying a plastic bag which was full of meat. The bag contained the remains of his four year old son who had literally been shredded by an Israeli fachette bomb, which consists of explosives wrapped in steel darts. This is not acceptable to any right thinking individual.”“Today, Donegal County Council has sent a clear message to our Government that we abhor these atrocities. The Israeli Ambassador needs to be expelled until his Government takes steps to rectify this horrible situation. If every country took that step, and sent a clear diplomatic message to Israel that what they are doing is wrong, then hopefully we may start to see a softening of Israel’s approach to Gaza.” COUNCIL VOTE DEMANDS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IS SENT HOME was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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 County CouncilGAZAIsraellast_img read more

Four Bulldogs Named to 2018 Preseason All-PFL Team

first_imgFor tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season, visit www.DrakeTix.com, or call (515) 271-DOGS. Doran, who was a 2017 Second Team All-PLF honoree, is one of the league’s top four returning receivers in total receiving yards with 790 yards. He is second among league returning receivers with eight touchdown catches. Lewinsky was a 2017 Second Team All-PFL selection last year and helped the Bulldogs average 378 yards of total offense and 26.8 points per game last season. Clayberg, who was a 2017 First Team All-PFL selection, recorded 44 tackles with five tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks last season. He also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America honors last year. Lynch, who was a 2017 First Team All-PFL honoree, led Drake last year with 72 tackles and helped the defensive unit lead the PFL in pass defense with 199.7 passing yards per game.  Returning players who were selected to the league’s 2017 All-PFL Teams were placed automatically on the 2018 Preseason All-PFL team in order of voting. Twelve First-Team All-PFL honorees return for the 2017 season. In addition, 11 Second-Team All-PFL selections and eight honorable mention recipients join the 2017 preseason squad.  ST. LOUIS – Drake University’s Nathan Clayberg, Steven Doran, Jordan Lewinsky and Sean Lynch were named to the 2018 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team as selected by the league’s head coaches, the league office announced Monday, July 30. The upcoming 2018 season marks the 26th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 10 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS!

first_imgA young Donegal woman has been given a massive boost to her career.Ciara receives a gesture in recognition of her award.Ciara Monagle-Wilson, from Newtowncunnigham, recently won the Northern Ireland Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year award for 2014.Popular Ciara has worked at the St Elmo Veterinary Clinic in Derry for the past 6 years. Ciara believes in practicing what she preaches and has two dogs and two horses or her own and is even married to a farmer!She is pictured with Emma Jane, the proprietor of St Elmo Vet Clinic and Susie from Hill’s Pet Foods. NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS! was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ciara Monagle-WilsonDerrydonegalNewtowncunninghamSt Elmo’s Vetlast_img read more

DUFFY MAKES DREAM UFC BOW WITH STUNNING FIRST-ROUND STOPPAGE

first_imgWhat a way to start your UFC career. Joseph Duffy earned a stunning first-round win over Jake Lindsay in Dallas.What a way to introduce yourself to the UFC! Burtonport MMA star Joseph Duffy has made an incredible start to life in the UFC after a sensational KO of Jake Lindsay.Duffy landed a brutal kick to Lindsay’s face in the opening round and his opponent never recovered from it.The referee moved in swiftly to stop the contest and handed Duffy a superb first win. Duffy landed a lucrative contract with the UFC after TWO stunning KO’s in Cage Warriors.Duffy as well-documented is the last man to inflict defeat on the UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor.So when Duffy was eventually signed by the UFC a number of MMA fans were excited about the prospect of seeing Duffy in action.Well he did not disappoint tonight in Dallas and sent the large crowd that travelled all the way over to the USA into raptures. O’Donnell’s Bar in Burtonport screened the fight live as did The Bayview Bar in Dungloe and locals were absolutely delighted to see the Meenbannad man get his UFC career off an incredible start.There will be some partying in Dallas tonight.Well done Joe, you’re flying the flag for Donegal and Ireland.  Duffy DUFFY MAKES DREAM UFC BOW WITH STUNNING FIRST-ROUND STOPPAGE was last modified: March 15th, 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:BowDebutdonegalDreamHome-page SportJake LindsayJoseph DuffyKOnewsUFClast_img read more

Global water award for SA

first_imgThe roundabout Playpump, one of the innovative strategies that help communities to gain access to clean water. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClub South Africa. For more photos, visit the image library.) Many communities, especially in ruralareas, struggle with the problem of safedrinking water and sanitation. (Image: International Water Association)Janine ErasmusThe Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) is a global winner in the International Water Association’s (IWA) Project Innovation Award programme for 2008. In the category of Operations and Management category, DWAF, in conjunction with the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa and water engineering consultants Emanti Management, was recognised for its pioneering municipal water quality management in South Africa.DWAF won the European regional award for Operations and Management in May 2008, and was named as one of five global winners in early September. The awards will be presented on 10 September 2008, at the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Vienna, Austria.The IWA established the Project Innovation Award programme in 2006 to pay tribute to excellence and innovation in water engineering projects around the world. The awards ceremony is held on a biennial basis, with the inaugural event taking place at the World Water Congress in Beijing in 2006.The awards are given in five categories: applied research, planning, design, operations and management, and small projects. Projects are judged in each region by an international panel drawn from IWA members, and evaluated according to a set of criteria that focuses on excellence and innovation, not only in project conception, but also in results.Improving local water supplySouth Africa faces the same water-related challenges as many other parts of the continent. There has been marked success in tackling this issue, as revealed by Statistics South Africa’s 2007 general household survey, which reports that a number of provinces have improved access to pipe or tap water. The majority of those who receive piped water from their municipality gave a positive rating for the service.However, many municipalities still struggle with meeting the challenge and have been unable to implement adequate water treatment and quality management measures.In 2006, the national Department of Water Affairs and Forestry introduced an innovative two-year project for the countrywide deployment of an electronic water quality management system known as eWQMS. All 166 municipal water services authorities in South Africa received eWQMS.The system was developed and is maintained by Emanti Management and rolled out by DWAF, the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa, and water engineering consultants including Emanti.The use of eWQMS has contributed significantly to an improved level of awareness of quality drinking water matters, a growing improvement in effective drinking water quality management and a direct improvement in drinking water quality provision across South Africa, said IWA.Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks commented in May 2008 that, “The electronic water quality management system that we have established is able to pick up problem areas and allow us to work with relevant structures and organisations to deal with these problems.”According to IWA, some 90% of municipal water authorities are currently submitting drinking water data in a regular and timely manner. The eWQMS system has established that 94% of municipalities across the country deliver drinking water that meets national quality standards. Hendricks denounced as “unacceptable” the 6%, located mainly in rural areas, which are non-compliant, and said that mayors of those municipalities had been contacted and instructed to urgently address the situation.The minister also said that DWAF was studying the legislation to identify the means of taking over the errant municipalities’ water quality management role.Water quality a global problemOne of the developing world’s key problems is access to adequate drinking water and sanitation, especially in rural areas. According to statistics released by the World Health Organisation, over a billion people lacked access to improved water sources in 2002. This represented 17% of the global population at the time. In sub-Saharan Africa, 42% of all people did not have access to improved water.Improved access to water is an important feature of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals programme, which sets out, as one of its main targets, the halving of the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The United Nations has also declared 2005 to 2015 as the international “Water for Life” decade for action, with a view to increasing the awareness of the world on water-related issues.The World Health Organisation says that in order to meet the water supply target, an additional 260 000 people every day up to 2015 must gain access to improved water.Developing a global networkThe IWA’s mission is to lead the global development of sustainable water management at local, national and international levels, in both the developed and developing world. This through is done through its global network of leading water professionals, providing services and products to members, including conferences and publications.The other four IWA global winners for 2008 are:Environmental engineering firm Brown and Caldwell, for a biosolids treatment process that upgrades the waste to highly nutritious fertilizer; Donohue & Associates for a method of treating wastewater biosolids to produce a reusable, marketable glass product; PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, for re-plumbing the nation’s sewage systems deeper underground; and environmental scientists Joe Brown and Mark Sobsey of the University of North Carolina, for easy treatment of rural drinking water in Cambodia using ceramic water filters.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Related articlesThe state of the nationTapping into ingenuityInfrastructure development in South AfricaUseful linksDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryInstitute of Municipal Engineering of Southern AfricaWorld Health Organisation: waterUM Millennium Development GoalsIWA world water congress 2008last_img read more

A leading nation is a reading nation: World Book Day 2015

first_imgReading helped Thapelo Mokoena discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullestThe power of words and their ability to educate, inspire and uplift is celebrated on 23 April every year as World Book Day.This year, a handful of successful South Africans took to the stage at the University of Johannesburg’s Con Cowan Theatre to share with a packed audience their views on the importance of reading for pleasure and how books helped make them the people they are today.The speakers included social entrepreneur and founder of Miss Earth South Africa Catherine Constantinides, author Khaya Dlanga, businesspeople and news anchors.The event was hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, founder and head of public relations firm Ditshego Media. One of the company’s projects is the Twitter initiative Read a Book SA which, with its 30 000 followers, is the most followed project of its kind in Africa, encouraging people to read since its first tweet went out in 2012.“Knowledge is power,” Ditshego said. “Knowledge empowered me to empower other people.“South Africa is a beautiful country with awesome people and immense potential,” he said. “If you don’t read books and miss out on the knowledge that you can get from books, you’re going to be average. What’s going to make you special is the knowledge that you have.”Bongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambitionWORDS OF WISDOMBongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambition. “I was born in the Eastern Cape in a rural area,” she said. “I never thought that I would be heading up one of the most prized assets in this country.“Reading for leisure contributed to my drive to be a dedicated student at university and ultimately the business leader that I am today. I knew, from the books I had read, that getting my priorities right would be the catalyst to a future peppered with endless opportunity.“The most fundamental skill that one can learn is reading,” Pityi said. “Reading improves our attention span, confidence, discipline and through reading we gain knowledge.”She said reading had equipped her with other skills, such as a keen eye for detail that has allowed her to cement her place as a successful black businesswoman in an environment dominated by men.“The more knowledge we have the better the decisions we can make. The better the decisions we can make the more successful we can all become.”Reading is fun, but its benefits go far beyond an immersive pastime, she said. Reading allows people to expand their understanding of the world around them and the many different perspectives, challenges and backgrounds of the people in it.Actor and film producer Thapelo Mokoena told the audience he believed reading could allow people to reach what he called their “full P”, their full potential. Reading helped him discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullest.As a child Mokoena never really engaged with books, he said, and this had limited his views of the world and what it had to offer. It was during his varsity years that he discovered his love of reading. This love shed light on himself and helped him make the decision to pursue a career in filmmaking and acting.“I didn’t have the information I needed to decide what I wanted to do,” Mokoena said. “I was always that child who was artistically inclined, but growing up in a town like Ladysmith I had no extramural activities that fed my artistic bone.“I knew that I belonged to the arts. I knew that I belonged in performance and I was interested in film. But when I made the decision to come and study in Joburg, I really had no idea that one could study towards being a filmmaker, an artist, an actor, an editor, a writer, a director.“None of that information was shared with us.”Mokoena’s story illustrated how the knowledge gained from reading could fast-track our journey of self-discovery, and improve critical thinking and decision making, skills that inevitably lead to growth.“We need to invest a lot of time in words, in books,” he said, “and understand the power of words: how to use words and how to structure words to get the desired effect.”READING FOR AFRICAFor a continent so full of potential, Africa faces many challenges: poverty, disease and conflict. The event emphasised that education offers a solution to many of these problems. Harnessing the power that literature of all forms has to offer can go a long way to alleviating the troubles Africans face.Concluding the event, the host Ditshego summed up the sentiment: “If we want to create a leading nation, we have to create a reading nation. Do you feel your heart beating? That is your purpose, you are alive for a reason.”last_img read more

USDA invests $1.7 billion to protect sensitive agricultural lands through Conservation Reserve Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016.CRP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who remove environmentally sensitive land from production to be planted with certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and increase wildlife habitat. In return for enrolling in CRP, USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Landowners enter into contracts that last between 10 and 15 years.“We have seen record demand to participate in this important program,” Vilsack said. “Despite the current enrollment limit of 24 million acres, USDA is committed to continuing our important partnerships with farmers, ranchers, state and local governments and sportsmen to maintain the environmental benefits provided by the Conservation Reserve Program.”More than 1.3 million acres were newly enrolled in CRP in fiscal year 2016 using the continuous enrollment authority, double the pace of the previous year. In fiscal year 2016, FSA also accepted 411,000 acres through its general enrollment authority, plus 101,000 acres in the new CRP-Grasslands program, which balances conservation with working lands. More than 70% of the acres enrolled in CRP-Grasslands are diverse native grasslands under threat of conversion, with more than 97% of the acres having a new, veteran or underserved farmer or rancher as a primary producer.During its 30-year history, CRP has reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff by 95 and 85%, respectively, and restored 2.7 million acres of wetlands. It has also protected more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian buffers, enough to go around the world seven times. The program provides 15 million acres that are beneficial to pollinators, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat that has resurrected waterfowl and gamebird populations, like pheasants, quail and prairie chicken.CRP has sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking nine million cars off the road, and prevented nine billion tons of soil from erosion, enough to fill 600 million dump trucks.For more information about CRP, contact your local FSA office or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crpis30 or follow Twitter at #CRPis30 for program anniversary background and success stories. To locate your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.last_img read more

It Only Takes Six Seconds To See How Samsung Is Hijacking Android

first_imgToday, Twitter finally released its popular short-video Vine app for Android. Within minutes, Samsung had hijacked the app’s release for its own purposes. Samsung started hitting the Vine release hard through its Twitter account a little less than an hour after the new Vine app was announced, using the hashtag #GalaxyVine to promote the download of Vine onto its Galaxy line of Android smartphones.Samsung is not advertising the fact that Vine is, at long last, on Android. Samsung only wants you to specifically know that Vine is on its Galaxy smartphones, yet another example of how, for Samsung, it is not about Android, it is about what the Galaxy can do for you.During Samsung’s completely over-the-top Broadway musical announcement of its new Galaxy S4 flagship, Android was mentioned just once as part of the specifications of the device (listed next to battery capability and camera megapixels). Samsung’s modus operandi is to push Galaxy first, Android… only if it has to. The approach is evident in how Samsung has set up the user interface of is Galaxy smartphones. It has its own apps for email and contacts, calendar and notes. Samsung has even gone as far as to place a competing application store – the Samsung Media Hub – next to the Google Play Android app store on the Galaxy S4. Samsung often highlights prominent third-party apps in its Galaxy universe. Apps like Dropbox, TripAdvisor, Flipboard and the Yellow Pages mobile app are all pre-loaded onto Galaxy devices along with classic standbys like Facebook and Twitter. But this is a different tack than pre-loading apps on Galaxy devices and using them in marketing campaigns.By the looks of it, Samsung knew that Vine was coming to Android before it was released (or it has really clever and quick social media editors) and had the forethought to create the #GalaxyVine hashtag as well as the Vine video of a cartoon figure splashing in a pool. This is Samsung actively using an app announcement to its own advantage, repurposing Vine for Galactic domination.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#Android#Samsung#twitter last_img read more

In California, Waze Carpool definitely has you covered

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Waze is expanding its carpool service to cover the entire state of California, after successful trials in San Francisco, Sacramento, Monterey, and across Israel.The app identifies suitable commuters that live in between the driver’s home and work locations. The rider pays their share of the gas money in exchange for the ride, which currently costs less than the price of an Uber or Lyft.The service is currently limited to one driver and one passenger, meaning professional drivers cannot make an income on the app.California is the first of a few planned expansions by Waze, the next being Brazil, expected to be ready by late 2017. The service is already active in Tel Aviv, the company’s home city.Some speculate that Waze Carpool could be Google’s way into the ride-sharing market, which may incorporate self-driving cars. The search giant acquired Waze in 2013 for $1.1 billion but has so far kept the service independent of its other mapping efforts.See Also: Apple, Google call on California to change self-driving testsA recent patent showed Google is testing a pickup location finder, but the patent did not mention either of the company’s mapping services.Both Google and Waze have been silent on the possibility of adding paid drivers or self-driving cars to the carpool service. With the company’s self-driving division, Waymo, currently suing Uber for stealing trade secrets, we may have to wait a bit longer before any substantial new developments. How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts center_img Tags:#Alphabet#carpool#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Mapping#Navigation#ride-hailing#ridesharing#Self-Driving#Waze How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… David Currylast_img read more