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Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more

first_imgA remote island off the coast of Donegal will be lit up once again this evening as people gather to remember the families who fled the island back in the 1960s.Gola Island, a mile off the coastline of Gaoth Dobhair, was left uninhabited in the 1960s.Tonight around 40 lanterns will light up the evening sky as they are placed at the homes and ruins which once made up a thriving community which number more than 200 people in the 1940s. The island, which is 500 acres in size, is the backdrop to one of the country’s best-known traditional Irish songs, ‘ ‘Baidin Fheilimi.’The ESB did connect electricity to the island back in 2005 and some families still use the island in good weather in the summer months.Today’s gathering ‘A Taste of Gola’ will see people retrace their ancestor’s footprints and take part in many of their customs.At 1pm Vincent Breslin will give an informational and historical talk on the life of the island author Seán ‘Ac Fhionnlaoich- Johnny Mhicí Thaidhg, who wrote books based on island life- “ Ó Rabharta go Mallmhuir” and “Is Glas na Cnoic”. From 2-4pm the island will promote the riches of the seas with a pop-up seafood tent, showcasing locally sourced crab claws, lobster, chowder and fish.Refreshments will be available to complement the local produce.At 5pm, the islanders will maintain and re-establish the old tradition of saying a rosary at the grotto on the pier.As those who gather wait for dusk to fall, a local house will have an open door for islands, locals and visitors to mingle and chat at an Oíche Airneál (night visiting) with tea/ coffee and refreshments available.Finally, as people make their way back to the mainland, the ferry ‘The Cricket’ will tour the bay to view the island lights. Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 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:donegalESBGaoth Dobhairgola islandLIGHTSlast_img read more

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Brilliant Boks hammer England

first_img17 September 2007Led by a sensational performance from man of the match Fourie du Preez, the Springboks laid down a Rugby World Cup marker by crushing defending champions England 36-0 in Paris on Friday evening. It was a clinical, controlled, and hugely impressive performance by the men in green and gold.Before the showdown, England captain Martin Corry had picked the match as the “defining moment” of the 2003 champion’s title defence; In hindsight, he might wish to have those words erased from people’s memories. Greatest satisfactionSA skipper John Smit rated the whitewash as one of the best Springbok wins of his career. The greatest satisfaction, he said, came from not conceding a point to the English, adding that it is the Boks’ belief that defence will define their campaign in France.South Africa’s coach Jake White reckoned the victory was the best one the Boks’ had achieved under him. He said there had been plenty of talk about facing England ever since the World Cup draw was made two years ago.England’s captain Martin Corry said South Africa had some of the world’s best players in their ranks and reserved special praise for scrumhalf Du Preez. He also expressed his disappointment in the performance of his team, terming it “criminal”.Focus and accuracySouth Africa showed better focus and were more accurate in their execution as they dominated England, who seldom looked like they would move off the zero points they began with. While the Springboks managed 36 points, they could have scored closer to fifty had it not been for one or two errors.The clash showed clearly that White’s charges had grown together over the four-year period since the last World Cup, while England certainly looked like a team that had been thrown together, which, in essence, they had been due to a number of injuries and the suspension of captain Phil Vickery.John Smit’s men capitalised on most of the opportunities they created, showing a nice cutting edge once they had punched holes in England’s defences. What was especially impressive was SA’s patience and discipline as they didn’t try to force a knockout blow, but carefully constructed phase after phase of play.Tactical superiorityThey put pressure on England by employing an excellent kicking game that forced the English to play from deep in their own half. That tactical superiority, along with a well-organised defence, which led to a huge advantage in turnover ball, led to chances. With Percy Montgomery unerring with the boot, South Africa put points on the board and slowly, inexorably, pulled away to victory.Du Preez was at the heart of the Springboks’ dominance, exhibiting fine decision making, knowing when to kick, knowing when to pass, knowing when to probe the English defences. And when he did take his shots at England’s defenders it was with razor-sharp incision as he opened up the gaps to send the Boks on their try-scoring way.Wickus van Heerden, playing in the place of the suspended Schalk Burger, turned in a whole-hearted performance, winning a number of turnovers for South Africa, including one that set up a Springbok try.Victor Matfield caused England all sorts of problems in the lineouts, stealing a number of throw-ins while, behind the pack, Butch James conducted the backline beautifully from flyhalf. His tactical kicking was spot on.Eddie Jones’ impactCoach White credited technical assistant Eddie Jones for the clockwork smooth functioning of the halfbacks, Du Preez and James, saying the former Wallaby coach had made a huge impact.Francois Steyn was brilliant at inside centre, especially on defence. There was no way through the sturdy youngster and he was responsible for a number of turnovers.Bryan Habana saw a disappointingly small amount of ball, but each time he touched it the expectations of the crowd was obvious and he managed to put in some testing runs. With Habana not getting much possession on the left wing, JP Pietersen benefited on the right as he ran in two tries.Percy Montgomery, at fullback, was calmness personified and his kicking at poles was exemplary as he landed three conversions and three penalties. Steyn added a longer range penalty.The matchAfter an opening that saw South Africa mostly putting boot to ball for the first five minutes, while also establishing an early dominance in the lineouts by stealing England ball, the Boks struck.Near the halfway line, at a ruck, Du Preez, noticed that England hooker Mark Regan, who was protecting the blindside, had crept infield. He exploited the defensive weak spot by setting JP Pietersen free down the right flank.Pietersen made good ground up to the 22-metre line before passing back inside to the scrumhalf. Du Preez almost rounded the last defender, but was knocked off balance and upended. He kept his composure and looked inside before releasing a pass to Juan Smith who raced over the tryline to open the scoring.Percy Montgomery stepped up to make the conversion and move within a point of 800 in test matches.Ten points clearFour minutes later, the Bok had another chance to add points when they were awarded a penalty. It was a little long for Montgomery, but not for the booming boot of Francois Steyn. His effort was dead on target, lifting South Africa into a 10-0 lead after 11 minutes.With 21 minutes played, Du Preez showed his fantastic vision and tactical understanding when SA was awarded a penalty. Typically the ball would have been kicked to touch, from which South Africa would have had a throw-in, but the number-nine had another idea.Claiming the ball quickly, he kicked deep down the middle of the field. Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie chased the kick as two England defenders closed in on it. Fourie made it to the ball first, shaking off the first tackle, before being brought down by a desperate tackle from Josh Lewsey.Fourie could have passed inside to Habana, but he chose to keep the ball and lost it as he tried to dot down. It was a big let off for England.Three attempts were then made at drop kicks – the Stade de France is where Jannie de Beer landed a world record five drops in the 1999 World Cup quarterfinals against England – but Montgomery missed twice and Steyn once.Stretching the leadWith halftime drawing near, Du Preez drew Matt Stevens into a penalty for being offsides at a ruck and Montgomery stepped up for a shot at goal. His strike was straight and true, increasing South Africa’s lead to 13-0.Just before the break, Du Preez struck a killer blow when he took advantage of turnover ball won by Van Heerden. Spotting a gap, he accelerated down the field towards England fullback Jason Robinson. He drew the number-15 perfectly before passing to Pietersen on his right for an easy score.Montgomery stuck over the conversion to give South Africa a 20-0 halftime advantage. It was clear that, barring a miracle, England would not be able to overcome that deficit.Second halfSix minutes into the second half, Montgomery knocked over another penalty to make it 23-0.A quarter-of-an-hour in, England collapsed a Springbok maul and Montgomery was given another opportunity, which he unerringly slotted to put SA 26-0 ahead.England managed to pin South Africa in their territory for a while, but Du Preez struck again to take away what wind there was left in the English sails. Exploiting the blindside once more, he took off at pace before drawing a defender and presenting Pietersen with another simple run-in.Montgomery added the extras and extended South Africa’s advantage to 33-0.With only a minute left, he completed the scoring by adding another penalty as the Boks completed a dominating victory.DominanceSuch was the dominance of the win that Jake White was able to send all his substitutes onto the field for a good and lengthy run.There was some concern about Du Preez after he injured a shoulder and left the field after 66 minutes; ot was a shoulder injury that sidelined the Springbok star at the end of the Super 14. However, judging from his smiles on the bench, and the fact that he wasn’t applying an ice pack, it didn’t appear to be a serious knock.The Bok management says it is nothing to worry about and says all 30 members of the squad are fit for selection for the next match against Tonga.Rested for Tonga game?After the match, Springbok coach Jake White said he was planning on giving some of his players a rest against Tonga and he named, among others, John Smit, Os du Randt, Victor Matfield, and Du Preez.He might be forced to re-evaluate that decision, however, after Tonga shocked Samoa 19-15 on Sunday to join the Springboks on two wins from two matches.It was just a very small fly in the ointment after an excellent weekend for the Boks and their optimistic supporters. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 first official photos leak out, here’s what it will look like

first_imgWe are less than a month away from Samsung’s Unpacked event, which is scheduled to take place on August 7. The event will see the debut of the Galaxy Note 10 series, which is said to include a regular Note 10 and a Note 10 Plus. We have seen multiple renders of the Galaxy Note 10 that have given us an idea of what the next Note flagship will look like. Now, we have what seems to be the first set of official photos of the Galaxy Note 10 provided by two tipsters.The Galaxy Note 10 images were leaked out last night by WinFuture’s Roland Quandt and tipster Ishan Agarwal. These photos give us a crystal clear look at the Galaxy Note 10 from the front and back, and they keep in line with what we have come to understand about the device. Additionally, the photos also reveal some new colour options that includes a gradient blue-purple finish that looks inspired by Huawei P30 Pro.As one expects from a Samsung Note device, the Galaxy Note 10 has a rectangular shape with sharp corners, which looks a little more bold compared to the curved and sleek look of the Galaxy S10. The face of the Galaxy Note 10 is all display with bezels that look incredibly thin. There is no doubt that the Note 10 will offer the slimmest bezels yet for the series. We also see the punch-hole cutout centered on the top. On the back, the Galaxy Note 10 has been revealed in a solid black colour option and a gradient P30-like colour. We also see the vertical triple camera setup on the top left corner and the Samsung logo. There is no fingerprint sensor, which seems to confirm that the Galaxy Note 10 will offer an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S10 and S10+. The Galaxy Note 10 will offer curved glass on the front and back.advertisementWe also notice something interesting with the buttons on the side of the frame. It seems Samsung has dropped either the power button or the Bixby button as we can only see two buttons on the left side of the frame. Typically, the left side sees the volume key and Bixby button while the power key is placed on the right side.These photos, unfortunately, don’t reveal whether the Galaxy Note 10 has a 3.5mm headphone jack or not. Past rumours say Samsung will be ditching the jack in order to perhaps offer a bigger battery or to reduce the bezels. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus will look identical, but will get a bigger display and quad cameras on the back.As for the specs, we hear that the Galaxy Note 10 will offer a 6.3-inch screen, while the Note 10 Plus/Pro will sport a 6.75-inch display. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro are said to pack an upgraded Exynos 9825 chipset and the phones may get 5G variants as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launching on August 7: What should you expect from the next Note phoneALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 teaser video hints at powerful new Notelast_img read more

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Bus Donated To Jamaica Constabulary Force Anti-Trafficking In Persons Unit

first_imgStory Highlights Victims of human trafficking now have a convenient and secure mode of transport to take them to safe shelters. Mr. Chuck further stated that the JCF’s investigative capacity is being bolstered as they seek to protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice. Jamaica has been upgraded to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch List in the United States Department of State 2016 TIP report.center_img Victims of human trafficking now have a convenient and secure mode of transport to take them to safe shelters.This follows the donation of a 16-seater Toyota bus, valued approximately $6 million, to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP)/Intellectual Property Squad of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) by the Ministry of Justice.The presentation was made by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during a ceremony at the Ministry at 61 Constant Spring Road in Kingston on June 2, where he reiterated the Government’s undertaking to curtail human trafficking.“We will continue to enact laws, provide the necessary budgetary support and strengthen the capacities of state entities, including law enforcement agencies, to maintain and scale up actions against trafficking in persons,” he said.The Minister said the broad-based multi-sectoral National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons, which was established in 2005, continues to provide strategic direction for the enactment of legislation, development of an anti-TIP policy framework and planning and execution of major interventions.“We have sought to strengthen the prosecutorial arm with the establishment of a Specialised Unit at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.Mr. Chuck further stated that the JCF’s investigative capacity is being bolstered as they seek to protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice.For his part, National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said human trafficking has been prioritized under the Ministry’s Five-Pillar Strategy, which ultimately aims to make Jamaica safer and more secure for citizens and visitors. He said since the enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Act, its provisions have been strengthened through amendments, adding that collaboration between the JCF and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has resulted in several convictions.Mr. Montague pointed out that Jamaica is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Palermo Protocol to prevent and suppress the incidence of human trafficking, especially targeting women and children, and punish the perpetrators.Among the Protocol’s provisions are guidelines for the protection and support of victims. Additionally, it provides a framework that will bring the Government of Jamaica in compliance with the TIP Act and its international obligations.Mr. Montague said Jamaica has also established two new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to proactively identify victims.He lauded the Anti-TIP Unit, which has launched Operation Uplift that aims to strengthen its capacity to counter human trafficking.In his remarks, Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, JCF, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, said the Anti-TIP Unit has assisted in the investigation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking from several countries.These include: Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Guyana, Haiti, India, Italy and Panama.He said to date, the Unit has helped to rescue 74 victims, while arresting and charging several persons in connection last year.Jamaica has been upgraded to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch List in the United States Department of State 2016 TIP report.last_img read more

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Hundreds gather for the service of San Diegos own Brandon Stapper

first_imgHundreds gather for the service of San Diego’s own Brandon Stapper March 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people showed up tonight to celebrate the life of a local entrepreneur who was killed in a tragic accident in Africa.Friends and family of Brandon Stapper gathered at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park to remember the man they say was “extremely good at what he did.”33 year old Stapper and 2 other men from San Diego were among a total of 5 people killed when their sightseeing helicopter crashed in a national park in Kenya.Strapper was known as a successful businessman in San Diego last_img read more

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The Mother of All Online Magazine Games

first_imgThe mother of all magazine site interactive applications is National Geographic‘s award-winning Your Shot, aningenious combination of user-generated content, photo contest and online games. At Your Shot, visitors can upload photos,compete to have their photos featured in the magazine, and transform photosinto online jigsaw puzzles. According tonews reports, Your Shot alone drives upwards of 14 million page views permonth. The lesson here is (to paraphrase a publisher I had lunchwith last month), “If you act generic, you aregeneric.” Good magazine sites start withthe basic idea (“online games drive traffic”) and then build on it in a waythat fits and reinforces their brands (in Cosmo’s case, sex and boyfriend advice; Nat.Geo., photography). Doing thateffectively can drive outsized results.[IMAGE: Rockstar Games; Grand Theft Auto IV] A typically brief and unscientific survey of magazine sitesreveals a range of approaches to online games, from “blah” to spectacular. Mimicking the success of big game sites like Pogo, many women’s magazine sites include a setof generic, “casual” games—casino games, solitaire, crosswords, wordscrambles, Sudoku, etc. These games areeasily licensed from a number of providers.Ladies Home Journal (9.5 millionmonthly page views) and Reader’s Digest (7million monthly page views) use games as a lure to get visitors to register. Hearst has taken the concept to the next level, partnering with agame developer Arkadium to create gamesinspired by their magazines’ content. Insome cases, the games are not that far removed from their generic versions—Cosmopolitan (35 million monthly pageviews) has Make-up Mah Jonngg and Strip Poker.Other games are a lot more elaborate. Cosmo’s “Boy Toy” is an applicationwhere the player guides a virtual boyfriend to fetch cocktails—and avoid a”skanky ex-girlfriend.”last_img read more

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Pahela Baishakh celebrated

first_imgForeigners too join the celebration of Pahela Baishakh on Dhaka University campus. Photo: Galib Ashraf.As the dawn breaks, all the city roads lead to Ramna and Dhaka University’s faculty of fine arts area, people in thousands gathering to celebrate the Bengali New Year Pahela Baishakh.Women and girls wearing colourful saris and men in punjabis throng the DU area while the parade, Mangal Shobhajatra, carries along to the Rupashi Bangla intersection from fine arts institution.Alongside the large number of youths, there are many of the older generation too in DU’s faculty of fine arts, Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan area. Children were waiting in long queues to enjoy the traditional rides.Lakshan Babu who works of a private company and is in his 50s, was taking a break with his five-year-old son near Batmul of Ramna. He recounted the celebrations of Baishakh from the past.“I have been joining the Baishakh celebrations in Ramna batmul since the early 90s. The celebration has evolved so much since then. Though the participation has increased, the inherent spirit has decreased,” he said.According to him, the cultural engagement was much more in the past.“Different musical organisations used to sing Baishakhi songs in every nook and corner of the Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan. A lot of individual folk singers were also seen here and there.”Abdur Rahim, 65, a retired banker came to Dhaka University campus from Narayanganj with his grandson.“Though I still enjoy Baishakhi celebrations but I miss the way it used to be celebrated decades ago,” he said adding, “It was not a single day celebration back then; we used to celebrate it for more than week. As my father was a trader, haalkhata (closing the annual accounts ledge) celebrations were very significant. And how can you forget the taste of those sweets prepared at the Baishakhi fair in the market?”A number of foreigners were also seen enjoying the celebrations.Randy Mikko, founder of Mikko Foundation, was taking photographs of the jubilant people.“I am amazed to see such a huge gathering. Mangal Shobhajatra is an unique celebration,” he said.Another group of young students from there Netherlands were also enjoying the celebration and taking selfies with the local people.  They say they were excited about Mangal Shobhajatra as they know the parade has UNESCO recognition.UNESCO recognised Mangal Shobhajatra as intangible cultural heritage in 2016.last_img read more

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High Court asks to identify risky school madrasa buildings

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to detect the vulnerable buildings of primary and secondary schools and madrasas across the country and renovate those, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ petition.LGRD and cooperatives secretary, LGED chief engineer and additional engineer (implement and building maintenance) were asked to submit a compliance report by 21 August after making the risky buildings safe within three months.On 7 April, lawyer Humayun Kabir, on behalf of human rights organisation Law and Life Foundation, filed the writ with the High Court seeking its order to identify all the risky school and madrasa buildings across the country.The writ was filed after a third grader was killed and three more were injured as the ceiling of a government primary school collapsed on them in Taltali upazila of Barguna on 6 April.Humayun Kabir stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state.last_img read more