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first_imgA county councillor has asked Donegal County Council to examine street lights in Convoy village after a man’s car was struck by one of the lights.A fallen lamp post which damaged a parked car in the town of Convoy in Co. Donegal. (North West Newspix)Local county councillor Liam Doherty has now revealed this is the SECOND such incident involving the same street lights at the Green.A local man, Paul McHugh, revealed how his car was damaged when one of the 15 ft street lights came toppling down on his car. It smashed the back windscreen and caused other damage to the rear of his BMW car just minutes after he got out of it to go to some nearby shops.Now Cllr Doherty has told Donegal Daily that another street light in the same area came crashing down four years ago.Cllr Doherty has now contacted Donegal County Council and asked them to examine the remaining three lamp-posts to see if they may be vulnerable.“Approximately four years ago another street light went missing and people thought it had been stolen. “But what actually happened was the it too had fallen and I took it to my property and later told Gardai what had happened.Colr Liam Doherty at the site of where a lamp post fell onto a parked car in Convoy. (North West Newspix)“I have contacted the engineer from Donegal County Council with regard to carrying out an examination of the remaining street lights in the area.“If there is a fault in any of them then they will have to be replaced before there is an accident,” he said.The Sinn Fein county councillor agreed that it was pure luck that someone was not hurt during the latest incident on Saturday last.“I was asked to come top the scene of this incident just after it happened and it could have been much more serious. “There is a local man who sells potatoes from a stall close to where this happened and children and young mothers often pass by this area.“It could have caused a very serious incident if the street light had come down while they were passing.“I will keep in touch with the council to see what exactly can be done,” he said.FALLING STREET LIGHT WAS SECOND SUCH INCIDENT IN SAME VILLAGE IN RECENT YEARS was last modified: August 19th, 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:accidentCllr Liam DohertyconvoyPaul McHughstreet lightlast_img read more

Fascinating history of Ardara Show recalled ahead of 2019 event

first_imgArdara is the place to be on Saturday 10th August for the exciting Ardara Show Day.Get your entries in online at www.ardarashow.comThe summer event is one of Donegal’s top agricultural shows. It draws people of all ages to the village to enjoy great competitions and top entertainment. This year, attendees will be treated to music from David James on the Show Field and  The Duck Street Jam Band at The Nesbitt Arms Hotel for Show Night.It’s a day not to be missed! The official opening takes place at 12noon, led by Cllr Anthony Molloy.Buses will be available to bring the public to the Show Field all day at the Diamond in front of The Nesbitt Arms Hotel. Did you know that the Ardara Show is over 100 years old? Here, the organisers take a look back at the fascinating history of the event:Written by Tommie OWhat would a pound buy you in the in the early years of the twentieth century?As it turns out quite a lot. It would provide enough flour for a sizeable family for several months. It would buy a coat a shirt and a pair of boots for a boy aged six or over. And if you were the winning team in the 1907 Ardara Shows Tug-o-War team it would cover the cost of thirty pints of the good stuff plus a few “half-wans” to celebrate your victory long into the night.You might even be joined by the runners-up on the day, who themselves had more than enough in ten shillings to drown their sorrows.As one approaches the show grounds at Sandfield Ardara the sight of the marquee resplendent in white against the stunning backdrop of this unique landscape the stomach tightens with anticipation.The second Saturday in August is a special day in the “Town of Festivals” as the annual Ardara Agricultural Show takes place under the auspices of the South West Donegal Agricultural and Industrial Show Ltd. Tug Of WarCon SweeneyBernie, John and BernieTug a war team Cloughboy (in the 40s)Hughie Mooney, Hilda Hanlon and Pat GaviganArdara HotelWhile various sources disagree, according to the newspapers of the day the inaugural Ardara Show took place on 1st of July 1904 at Woodhill, “kindly granted to the committee by Mrs. McNelis of The Nesbitt Arms Hotel”.As far as one can be sure this would have been on the Home field, which until recent years was the location of the shows for many years. According to newspaper accounts of the time “an interesting programme of athletic sports, horse jumping and driving competitions” took place.The then Parish Priest of Ardara; Rev Daniel Stephens was the president of the committee and was, along with the committee secretary, Mr Michael McNelis congratulated on being “untiring in their labours” in relation to the event.First President of the Show 1904, Fr. Dan StephensEntries on the day came not just from the local area, but from as far afield as Carrick, to the west and Doochary to the east, a fair journey considering that by in large the fasted mode of transport was likely to be horse drawn. In fact, in 1904 the number of cars registered in the entire country of Ireland was a mere 38. Interestingly, in many ways there is little difference between the fare on show in 1904 and what we will see this year on August 10th at Sandfield, with one or two exceptions. While cows, sheep and horses still dominate today’s shows, weaving, once a major section, is all but gone. Pigs and fowl do not enjoy the status they once did.Derek McNelis and Gregory BoydHilda Baskin & Donal Haughey manning the flower sectionCertainly, the knitting section has changed drastically as there is unlikely to be any entries for the ladies knitted petticoat or indeed “knicker hose” in this year’s entries. But you never know! In case you’re interested, the winner of this prestigious award, and four shillings the better for it in 1904 was a Miss Annie Boyle from Lugnagillew in Glenties.The sporting element was very important in the early years of the show with events such as the 220-yard dash for boys up to 16 years and for the more seasoned athlete, the 440-yard flat race and Championship of the Union event. Also included was the Donkey Derby, an event many would like to see return.Peter O’Donnell and Danny Haughey at the Ardara ShowGrainne Gavigan and Victoria BaskinThe Whelan’s enjoying the Ardara showWe even provide the big screen for the matchJohn McGillClare MolloyThe show continued for a few more years before a long hiatus of twenty years between 1907 and 1927. Political unrest on a global stage as well as economic issues closer to home caused further breaks until a strong resurgence in the fifties.In the past few decades the show has gone from strength to strength with various committees adding to the event each year. This year is no exception, with the development of social media platforms including our own site. www.ardarashow.com where you can submit your entry online. So 21st Century!This year our marque is expanding to provide space for artisans and craftspeople to show their wares for your delectation. Poultry too is making a comeback with a special display of many breeds on the day.The Gate Men at the Ardara ShowRain doesn’t stop the fun at the Ardara ShowBirds Eye View of the Ardara ShowAs always, our regular exhibitors will make a welcome return with the ever-popular dog show sure to be a huge hit.To round things off the famed Duck Street Jam Band will help you dance the night away in The Nesbitt Arms on Show Night.We have included a selection of photos old and new to remind you that the Ardara Show is a wonderful celebration of community, in the broadest sense of the word. We welcome you all, friends old and new to Sandfield on Saturday 10th August for a day to remember.Photos courtesy of Bart Whelan, John McConnell and private sourcesFascinating history of Ardara Show recalled ahead of 2019 event was last modified: July 23rd, 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:agricultureardara showeventsfarmingThings to doWhat’s on?last_img read more

G5 sets up construction academy

first_img23 April 2008Local construction and engineering firm Group Five and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have set up a construction skills training academy in Midrand, in an effort to bridge the gap between required skills and the shortage thereof.Present at the launch of the academy last week were Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) chairman Gwede Mantashe, DBSA chairman Jay Naidoo and Ebrahim Mia, who was representing the Mia family who donated the use of the land on which the academy is built.In a statement this week, Group Five said that the academy, named Kgoro ya Tsholoselo (Door of Hope), was as a result of partnership between itself and the DBSA, who last year signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate sustainable development as part of the government’s Breaking New Ground programme.“We must scale up initiatives like this and start more,” said Naidoo adding that his organisation had already contributed R8-million toward the academy.“We must invest in education because the most precious resource in our country is people.”When discussing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, Mantashe emphasised the importance of concentrating on developing artisans.“People forget about the artisans, but this training centre recognises their importance,” he said, adding that some 10 000 artisans were required throughout the country.He added that he would like to see the centre become a catalyst making the area a hub of training activity where other private sector construction companies could establish centres of excellence.The academy’s Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) accreditation is currently run by its KwaZulu-Natal branch, which launched the Midrand project together with representatives from Housing, Building, Civil Engineering and the Academy currently.“The next step is to establish a similar facility at Grabouw in the Western Cape,” Group Five said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa climbs business tourism rankings

first_img20 May 2014 South Africa has climbed from 37th to 34th in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) latest ranking of business tourism destinations worldwide, with Cape Town and Durban being rated Africa’s top two cities for meetings and events. The ICCA’s 2013 rankings, released last week, confirm South Africa’s position as the top business events destination on the continent, followed by Kenya and Morocco. In the African cities ranking, Cape Town and Durban were followed by Nairobi in third place, while Stellenbosch outside Cape Town was placed 10th. Internationally, Cape Town came in at 52nd (behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th), while Durban jumped a massive 60 places to rank 97th in the world. “Before 1994, the first year of our democracy, South Africa hosted 12 international association conferences,” SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said in a statement on Monday. “Fast forward to 2013, and we have grown this number to 118 ICCA recognised meetings. “We have also hosted 1 038 international association conferences that met the ICCA’s criteria since 1994, and remain ranked under the top 11 long haul destinations globally.” Major international events successfully hosted by South Africa include the International Aids Conference in 2000, the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee in 2011, the World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the One Young World Conference in 2013. An estimated 20 000 delegates will converge on Durban in 2016 when the country hosts the International Aids Conference for the second time. The meetings and conferences hosted by South Africa “have not only demonstrated the country’s world-class infrastructure and capabilities, but have also showcased a united industry and a committed government, working hard, passionately and together to take this industry forward,” Nzima said. He added that South Africa’s achievement was a win for the continent as a whole. “We need to collaborate and unite with our counterparts on the continent if we want to be a destination to be reckoned with on the business events front. The business events markets is vast and varied. There is enough for everyone – but it will take collaboration, partnership and understanding that we are working to unleash the potential of business events for the benefit of the continent, not just our country.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SANBio empowering female owned bio-businesses

first_imgSANBio empowering female owned bio-businessesThis year, International Women’s Day shared a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity under the campaign theme #PressforProgress. There is a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.This has since seen organisations such as the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) have in place programmes that are gender inclusive. They look for ambitious female leaders in bioscience-based businesses want to grow their business through acceleration programmes, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets.SANBio is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively, to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.With support from the BioFISA II programme, SANBio has implemented a second round of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, aimed at supporting women in biosciences. The Programme was created to develop leadership, technological and business skills in female-owned businesses in the SADC region.Although sub-Saharan Africa has not been famous for its status as a leader in female inclusion within the economic sector, African women are surprisingly beating the odds and defying the obstacles in the field of entrepreneurship in the region.Entrepreneurs characteristically have ambition, determination and a flair for original ideas. However, many lack the business expertise required to develop these into commercially viable ventures.“This programme creates a platform for peer learning and will empower women to lead in health and nutrition through science and technology”, says Zvikomborero Tangawamira, BioFISA II programme manager.For more information on deadlines, timelines, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit the FemBioBiz Season 2 page.last_img read more

Giving more attention to soybean fertility in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a typical planting season, spending similar amounts of money on soybean fertility and corn fertility isn’t feazible. In 2017 however, some more attention might be worth looking at on the soybean side. Loveland Products‘ Area Sales Manager Scott Lay talks about a new product for the soybean fertility arena, Extract.last_img

LinkedIn Launches Social News Site for Professionals

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting LinkedIn Today will also let you follow particular industries and will deliver the popular stories that are being shared from that sector. You’ll be able to see who is sharing information along with any comments they might have included when posting. “Only LinkedIn gives you this layer of professional identity and search capability on who’s sharing or tweeting an article,” the company says.It’s hard to see how the curation that will happen on LinkedIn will be different from what happens on other social network sites, as many people simply duplicate their shares from Twitter, blogs, or feeds to their LinkedIn profiles. Even more, arguably, don’t share at all to LinkedIn, something that will need to happen more if, indeed, this is effort is to become a useful place for people to turn to for their daily industry news. audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… LinkedIn has been rolling out new features fairly regularly lately, as it strives to make the professional social network (and all its data) relevant and useful. Today, the company is unveiling another piece of its strategy to make LinkedIn a destination site for more than just job-seekers, with the launch of LinkedIn Today.LinkedIn Today is an industry newspaper, of sorts, available online and via LinkedIn’s iPhone app. It offers headlines and links to the popular stories within certain industries and within your LinkedIn network. You’ll be able to see what others in your profession are reading, as well as “save” articles to read later.LinkedIn Today aggregates industry news, tailored to your professional interests (or, rather, to your industry). The news will be drawn in part from the stories that those in your LinkedIn network are sharing. As the company says in its announcement of the news service, this should provide pertinent information as “you know and trust most of your connections and coworkers, so if they share an article it’s a good signal that it’s something you should be paying attention to.”last_img read more

Determining Sub-Slab Rigid Foam Thickness

first_imgWhen, if ever, should you consider installing a continuous layer of rigid foam under a concrete slab?The answer to this question depends on at least four factors: (1) your climate zone, (2) the height of the slab with respect to grade, (3) whether the room above the slab is used for living space; and (4) whether the slab has hydronic heat.The most common insulation materials for use under a concrete slab are extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS). Of these two materials, green builders prefer EPS, because EPS is manufactured with a more environmentally benign blowing agent than XPS. (For more information on this issue, see “Choosing Rigid Foam.”)If you prefer to avoid the use of rigid foam insulation, you might want to consider installing mineral wool insulation under your slab. For more information on this approach, see “Sub-Slab Mineral Wool.”Insulation requirements for slab-on-grade floors can be found in section R402.2.9 of the 2012 IECC and 2015 IECC, as well as section N1102.2.9 of the 2012 IRC and 2015 IRC. Code requirements for slab insulation are very poorly written; in fact, they are almost unintelligible. Here’s my translation:The “picture frame approach” is illustrated below.For most slabs in Climate Zones 3 through 8, it’s important to install vertical insulation at the slab perimeter — even if you decide to omit horizontal sub-slab insulation. The only exception to this rule is when termite populations preclude this type of insulation. If you are unsure of whether termites are a serious problem in your area, seek local advice.For a basement slab, the vertical insulation at the perimeter of a slab is usually only 4 inches deep. But for a slab on grade with a frostwall foundation, the vertical insulation at the perimeter of the slab will usually range in depth from 2 to 4 feet.In a cold… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Color Grading Tips For ‘Mixed Camera’ Projects

first_imgUsing footage from different types of cameras can make color grading a challenge. Here are some tips to make the process easier.One of the most difficult tasks for a colorist is matching shots from different formats. No matter how great your eye may be, there’s no denying that it takes a lot of work to get the color from a DSLR to match a RED DRAGON or a GoPro.Every camera has its own color science and therefore responds to grading differently, which can pose a great challenge for colorists working on mixed format projects. Here are two tips that I’ve found helpful when working with mixed camera projects:1. Focus on ContrastPhoto courtesy of Robbie Carman of Amigo Media. No matter what you do, and how many color keys you try to pull – there will be color differences from camera to camera. This means you’ll need to look for other ways (as opposed to just color balance) to tie images together. In my opinion, contrast is one of the best ways to do so.By keeping your levels consistent throughout the piece (in this case we used slightly lifted shadows and punchy highlights), there’s a universal look that starts to let everything gel together.2. Use the Right LUTI like to add a film emulation LUT to everything I work on, and on projects like this, it’s especially important. Rather than choosing two separate LUTs for the narrative and doc footage, I opted to use the same LUT across both to help smooth out any minor inconsistencies in the source footage. In the end, the Fuji stock that I’d used definitely helped tie it all together, giving the piece a sense of uniformness.Keep in mind, that even when employing these tips you’ll still need to do a lot of work to match your shots properly. Color keys, balancing, windows, and other techniques can and should be used to get the look you’re after… Just make sure to always find more than one way to tie it together.Looking for additional color grading tips, tricks, and techniques? Take a look at these helpful articles from your friends at PremiumBeat:Color Grading Tips and Cinematic Looks in SpeedGrade5 Reasons to Get a Color Grading Control SurfaceBlockbuster LUTs for Video Editors and ColoristsEver had to color grade from different camera sources? Tell us about your process in the comments below!last_img read more

Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetings

first_img Related Items:#CBU, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis last night opened the 48th General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasters Union begin staged in Nassau.    A main focus of the three day, annually held sessions will be digital developments in broadcasting.The #CBU meetings and exhibitions are set at the British Colonial Hilton and an awards gala will happen at the Atlantis Resort.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetingslast_img

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