FEARS FOR GLENTIES COURT HOUSE AS IT CLOSES – WITH NO MONEY FOR REPAIRS

first_imgGlenties Court HouseGLENTIES court house is to close – because the Government won’t come up with the cash to carry out minor repairs.Future district court sittings will now be held in a local community centre. Judge Paul Kelly said today’s sitting would be the last.The building was opened in 1843 and has been used ever since.Last year a storm sent hail crashing through windows during a sitting.Donegal Daily understands around €40,000 is needed for repairs but for health and safety reasons the court cannot sit there again until those repairs are carried out.The Courts Service has so far not come up with the money.Local people fear the building will fall into further disrepair – and will never be used again.FEARS FOR GLENTIES COURT HOUSE AS IT CLOSES – WITH NO MONEY FOR REPAIRS was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:closedcourt houseGlentieslast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY BUSKERS WIN TOP AWARD

first_imgTwo buskers who perform weekly in a Donegal shopping centre have scooped a major award.Hannah Mc Cosker from  Lifford and Ciara O ‘Neill  from Strabane, won the Derry Music City- Busking Competition  for 2013.The friends have been busking for three years in the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny and walked away with not only the prize for the ‘Best Under 18’ but also the ‘Best Overall Act of the Day’. LETTERKENNY BUSKERS WIN TOP AWARD was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 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)last_img read more

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Randy Moss concerned about Antonio Brown after AB quits NFL on Twitter

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Hall of Famer Randy Moss, no stranger to bizarre behavior, expressed concern for Antonio Brown after the star wide receiver said Sunday he is retiring from the NFL.“Now that he doesn’t have football, the people close around him better just pay attention to him and keep him close,” Moss said on ESPN after seeing a series of angry tweets from Brown.”I’ve been saying for the last couple months about just shutting up …last_img read more

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Innovation at technology awards

first_imgInnovation was the star at the annual TT100 awards. (Image: stock.xchng) Science and technology minister Mosibudi Mangena delivers the opening speech. (Image: Technology Top 100) The Freedom Toaster has facilitated access to open source software. (Image: Technology Top 100) Breadbin’s Brett Simpson, second from left, and Jason Hudson, second from right, accept their award. (Image: TechnologyTop 100)Janine ErasmusThe Technology Top 100 (TT100) awards, held annually, showcase the best of South Africa’s technological pathfinders, acknowledging those role models who have used technology to give their companies a competitive edge. The latest edition took place in February 2009.Established in 1990 as a joint initiative of the national Department of Science and Technology and Da Vinci Holdings, the TT100 programme has over the years helped to establish criteria as to what constitutes a so-called technologically excellent organisation. This information is used by organisations as a standard for improving their own competitive edge.Delivering the opening address, minister of science and technology Mosibudi Mangena remarked that “The whole process is particularly interesting from my department’s perspective in that it gives us ongoing information on the changes we might need to make from time to time to increase our technological competitiveness as a nation.”Mangena added that government uses the data collected to inform policy-making decisions, while organisations are able to benchmark themselves against other players in their particular industry sector.The 2009 ceremony acknowledged 71 South African companies out of the approximately 500 that entered. Recognising that technology can alter the world, these pioneers embody the best of local ingenuity and have contributed meaningfully and sustainably to the economy as well as improving the lives of people.The TT100 programme is based on a model known as Tips – making optimal and synergistic use of technology, innovation and people within a system. “After many years of analysing data from the TT100 awards, it was found there was strong evidence linking the success of globally competitive organisations to their ability to focus their strategies on the Tips model,” said Mangena.Entrants into the TT100 programme encompass all spheres of industry, from software development to consulting, asset management and e-marketing, to mobile applications. Ranging in size from small to large, they all have one thing in common, and that is their use of technology to maximise profits, gain market share, and add value for their stakeholders.Toasting their victoryOne of the top winners on the night was Cape Town-based Breadbin Interactive, whose Freedom Toaster concept is steadily gaining ground both at home and abroad. In the Emerging Enterprises category Breadbin took home two awards, one for management of technology and the other the Director-General’s award for overall excellence.The Freedom Toaster is a type of vending machine primarily for the distribution of open source software, but not for long if Breadbin has their way. Users can copy data to CDs, DVDs or flash drives and take whatever they want away with them.“The Toaster concept has done surprisingly well,” said Breadbin director Jason Hudson. The project started off as an initiative of the Shuttleworth Foundation but Hudson and his partner Brett Simpson have since taken it completely into the Breadbin fold and are marketing it aggressively.“We are looking to grow the concept,” said Hudson, “so that people can get not only open source software but also e-books, videos and music from local artists, which is a great way for them to gain exposure in a competitive industry.”The only material that cannot be distributed via the Toaster platform is that which is copyrighted, otherwise clients can put any kind of content they wish into the Toaster. Clients customise the Toasters so that they are no longer merely Freedom Toasters but become, for example, Unisa Toasters.Unisa, one of the world’s largest distance learning institutions, distributes all its courseware, across the entire curriculum, to registered students via Toasters placed in its offices around the country. This not only saves the university significantly in that it does not have to print thousands of hard copies of study materials, but the Toasters free up valuable manpower for other duties because they can be left unmanned, apart from periodic updating.“We believe that we are approaching our tipping point,” commented Hudson, “and all indications are that it is going to be very big. We’re also getting more and more queries from abroad. The Toasters are making their mark overseas – for instance, a German technology student built one as a fourth year project!”To date Breadbin has helped people from Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Kenya and Namibia build their own Freedom Toasters – a great example of South African innovation going out into the world.Breadbin is not planning to sit on its laurels at home, but intends to expand further into Africa to make relevant information and the latest open source software freely available, particularly in the enterprise and education sectors.Other winners in the Emerging Enterprises category were C U P L – Rapid Liquid Dispensing cc for management of innovation, Flexi Manufacturing for management of people, Resource Ballast Technologies (Pty) Ltd for management of research as well as management of systems. Resource Ballast Technologies shared the Director-General’s award with Breadbin.Established winnersIn the Established Enterprises category the winners were X/Procure Software (Pty) Ltd for management of technology; DebTech for management of innovation; ID Control Solutions for management of people; Hazleton Pumps and the South African Post Office for management of systems; Sasol Limited and the South African Medical Research Council for management of research; Altech Management Services and Sasol Limited for management of TIP; and Bell Equipment Co SA was the recipient of the minister’s award for overall excellence.In addition, the inaugural TT100 Lifetime Achiever award was bestowed jointly on Irvine Bell, founder of Bell Equipment Co SA, and Dr Bill Venter of Altron.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesA toast to educational successSouth African inventionsScience and technologyUseful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyDa VinciTechnology Top 100Breadbin InteractiveFreedom ToasterCape Information Technology Initiativelast_img read more

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DRC peace charter ‘calls for commitment’

first_img25 February 2013The signing of a peace charter for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presents an opportunity to bring about stability in Africa’s war-torn Great Lakes region, says South African President Jacob Zuma.Zuma was speaking at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday following the singing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region.The 11 signatories to the framework were the presidents and representatives of Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.The African Union and the United Nations joined hands to facilitate the signing of the framework, which sets out a list of commitments to achieve peace. It also includes an oversight mechanism to facilitate follow-up and implementation of the commitments made.Zuma conceded that the framework in itself did not provide all the answers, but said it was an instrument “that points the government of the DRC, its immediate neighbours and the international community in a direction that will take this country out of the current morass”.The Eastern DRC has been in a state of chaos for over a decade now, while concerns continue over the persistent illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region.Zuma said the framework’s success would depend on the commitment “and ultimately the concrete actions taken by all the parties to it, to interpret and implement it to its fullest noble intention.”He hailed the commitment of the international community to walk alongside the DRC and its neighours on the path towards peace and stability.He said “a heavy burden” of responsibility fell on the government of the DRC and its neighbours to implement the plan.“Theirs is the historic task of freeing the people of the DRC and the region from its tortuous history of conflict and instability, and to introduce a new future offering democracy, peace, stability, progress and prosperity,” Zuma said.He said South Africa was committed to partnering with the government and people of the DRC as they responded to the urgent challenges of development.“We believe that only a comprehensive political solution would form the basis of lasting peace in the eastern DRC.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Serena Williams at No 28 In WTA Rankings Climbs

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams climbed 153 spots in the WTA rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the top 30.Williams is ranked 28th in the list published Monday. At Wimbledon, the former No. 1 was playing only her fourth tournament after returning from childbirth but still reached the final before losing to Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber climbed six spots to No. 4, with Simona Halep holding onto the top ranking despite going out in the third round at the All England Club.Kevin Anderson climbed into the men’s top 5 for the first time after his run to the Wimbledon final put him in fifth place, while champion Novak Djokovic jumped 11 spots to No. 10. Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, remains No. 1. read more

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Be Wary Of These Overachievers When Filling Out Your Bracket

Largely disregarded going into the season, Northern Iowa and Butler have put together great years. Butler, unranked nationally and picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East back in October, placed second in the conference and finished 22nd in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Northern Iowa exceeded expectations by an even greater margin, finishing 12th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (with a gaudy 30-3 record) despite being pegged for 74th in the preseason.Looking ahead to the NCAA tournament, the way both teams are seeded makes them favored to win at least one tournament game, with a puncher’s chance at even more.Great story, right? Well, sure, but our research has shown that even after a stellar season, it’s hard for such teams to completely shake off their humble beginnings. While a team’s statistical power rating will tend to stabilize late in the season, the residue of preseason expectations seems to have a lingering effect.To illustrate, I compiled pre-tourney Simple Rating System (SRS) grades for every NCAA tournament-bound team since the dawn of the 64-team-bracket era in 1985. I also crafted preseason projected SRS scores for each school using a weighted, regressed-to-the-mean average of its SRS ratings over the preceding two seasons.1For the curious: I gave a weight of 67 percent to the previous year’s score, 22 percent to the team’s score for the year before that, and 11 percent to the NCAA-average SRS score of zero. When attempting to predict the outcome of a given NCAA tournament game, the difference between a team’s seasonal SRS rating and that of its opponent clearly carries the greatest weight. But the difference between the teams’ preseason SRS projections can also alter a team’s probability of winning a tournament game by as many as 5 percentage points.This dynamic even extends to highly ranked teams such as Maryland, who finished 8th in the final AP poll after beginning the year unranked. Teams of that ilk have historically won about 25 percent fewer NCAA tournament games than they ought to have, given where they were seeded. And our model says the Terrapins are on the same track; while No. 4 seeds traditionally win about 1.5 games per tournament, our model projects an average of just 1.2 wins for Maryland in this year’s tournament.So, including Northern Iowa, Butler and Maryland, who are this year’s overachievers to be wary of? Here are this year’s teams, ranked by whose preseason rating differed the most from the non-preseason components of their overall FiveThirtyEight power rating:Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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