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ELECTION 2014: DONEGAL CONTINUES TO LOSE OUT IN IDA INVESTMENT – McDAID

first_imgFianna Fáil local election candidate in Letterkenny James Pat McDaid has called for a report into the lack of IDA investment in Donegal over the past year.James Pat McDaidMr McDaid said that while Dublin and other urban bases are benefiting, the Letterkenny region and Donegal continues to be ignored.“I am calling for a greater focus by the IDA throughout Donegal. I am astonished that there has been so few visits by the IDA with Foreign Direct Investment companies since the beginning of 2010. This compares to the following amounts in the commuter belt area; 776 visits to Dublin, 70 visits to Louth, 17 visits to Wicklow and 7 visits to Kildare. “Figures that Fianna Fáil received from Parliamentary Questions reveal the IDA has sponsored no site visit to Donegal this year compared to 14 such visits in 2013. In comparison, Dublin has 53 visits so far this year. Fianna Fáil has continually called for a report into the lack of IDA focus on the Donegal region. As the IDA plans its strategy for 2014, it is crucial that the Government now takes the need for regional fairness seriously.”He added that it has been proven that when the IDA focuses on investment in a certain area, that area benefits from job creation.“The infrastructure network is excellent and with a highly educated potential workforce from Donegal, the county has all the ingredients for Foreign Direct Investment. I cannot see any reason why the Government and IDA would not prioritise Donegal for FDI.“The numbers on the live register in Letterkenny are 5,596 as at 25 April 2014 and it really should be a top priority that we get a big employer established in the Letterkenny area as a matter of urgency, so that some much needed employment opportunities are created for those exiting the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. “It is not acceptable that we failing those that make the effort to better themselves – presently the choices are limited between (a) going on social welfare and (b) emigrating along with the rest of our youth. We must stop this trend and begin to offer real alternatives. I know that we can attract good employers, offering highly skilled opportunities, if the right effort is put into attracting them to the Northwest. Other areas have done this successfully – so can we.”“The county has been let down by its TDs and I am calling for a full report on why the IDA is ignoring Donegal for site visits,” said Mr McDaid. ELECTION 2014: DONEGAL CONTINUES TO LOSE OUT IN IDA INVESTMENT – McDAID was last modified: April 25th, 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:IDAJames Pat McDaidlast_img read more

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Bang Bang club lives on in film

first_imgThe cover of the book written by GregMarinovich And Joao Silva on which thefilm is based.(Image: Axis gallery) The haunting eyes of Kevin Carter abovethe Pulitzer Prize winning picture thatultimately cost Carter his life.(Image: HBO)Khanyi MagubaneFilming of The Bang Bang Club, a movie which reveals the lives and times of four photojournalists who captured the harrowing violence of the apartheid South Africa, is underway in Johannesburg.Based on the lives of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Greg Marinovich, the movie tells the true story of the four men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering.Hollywood stars who signed up for the feature include, Ryan Phillippe (Greg Marinovich) Taylor Kitsh (Kevin Carter) and Malin Akerman (as photo editor, Anna).The film follows the journey of the four photographers as they venture into dangerous territory to capture the images that shocked the world about the brutal violence during the apartheid era.South African documentary producer Steven Silver is directing the film.Silver, who began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an international Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the US TV channel CBC in 1997.He has directed several documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Channel.Silver is also respected for the critically acclaimed The Last Just Man, which won over 14 international awards.To his movie credits, Silver has written and directed six films for movie studio Barna-Alper Productions, including Box Car Rebellion; Doctor’s Strike; The Last Just Man; The Anglo Boer War; and The Dark Years.He has a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Telling real life storiesThe film has been adapted from Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva’s book, The Bang Bang Club, and it recounts true stories of the four men.The plot tracks the relationships with each other, the stresses that came with the job and surviving both as humans and journalists.Between the four journalists, they have captured images of iconic moments in South Africa’s history like the Boipatong massacres, as well as the Shell House massacres, which made front-page news across the world.The photos illustrate the brutality inflicted on black South Africans by the police and armed forces, as well as the clashes between African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.In 1994, during the famous Thokoza township hostel violence outbreak, Ken Oosterbroek, who was on site to photograph the incident, was shot dead in the cross-fire. Marinovich was injured in the same riots.Kevin Carter committed suicide in the same year that he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his famous photograph of a Sudanese child and a vulture ominously standing behind the bone-thin child.In as much as he celebrated his win of the Pulitzer, Carter was also devastated by the amount of criticism about his picture.According to a Time magazine feature entitled, The life and death of Kevin Carter, some journalists in South Africa called his prize a “fluke,” alleging that he had somehow set up the picture.Others questioned his ethics. “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering,” read the St. Petersburg Times, “might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.”Even some of Carter’s friends questioned why he didn’t help the starving, barely alive child.Two months after receiving the award, Carter was found dead inside his truck, where he had gassed himself.Greg Marinovich also won a Pulitzer for his image of an ANC member hacking to death Lindsay Tshabalala after he had been set alight.Speaking to The Times newspaper, Marinovich expressed his excitement about the Hollywood production.“I have some mixed feelings because you never know how the movie will turn out. But it is exciting to know our story will be told,” he said.Silva, who now works for The New York Times, said the movie would contribute in “keeping the memory of Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter alive.”He said it was important to him that the movie kept the truth about their experiences,“The plan is to guide the producers into bringing a real portrayal of what it was like in those days to the screen. The book was in many ways a token of love for what we went through.”In preparation for their roles, Marinovich and Silva are working closely with the directors, “We are being consulted on the final script because the producers want it to be authentic,” he said.The two photographers will also meet the actors before shooting starts to familiarise them with the story’s historical context.They will also show the actors what went into a typical day in the life of four almost recklessly brave photojournalists, to assist them in understanding the true nature of being journalism in tumultuous conditions.Useful linksThe Bang Bang Club – the book The death and times of Kevin CarterThe Pulitzer prizelast_img read more

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Ohio Pork Congress welcomes Tri-State Housing Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New to the 2016 Ohio Pork Congress is the addition of the Tri-State Sow Housing conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University. This special symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 9, is designed as an educational opportunity for producers, focused on one of the pork industry’s most widely debated animal welfare topics — sow housing.“As many producers are beginning the transition to group housing, it is the goal of the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference and the hosting universities to support the swine industry by expanding knowledge on options for housing systems and provide educational resources to make the transition from stalls to groups economically successful,” said Monique Pairis-Garcia, Assistant Professor Animal Well-being and Behavior, The Ohio State University. “We look forward to the opportunity to interact with producers across state lines and learn from global leaders in the industry.”The day-long conference will feature presentations and discussions led by experts representing various facets of the swine industry. Topics to be covered include the retailers’ perspective on marketing pressures related to sow housing, social perception of sow housing and purchasing behaviors of consumers, and employee training for farms transitioning to group housing. Also a very valuable addition to the conference will be panel discussion comprised of producers from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that have experience transitioning to group housing.Dr. Lisbeth Ulrich Hansen will be traveling in from Denmark to provide the group with a European perspective on sow housing. Dr. Hansen will be leading a workshop on retrofitting barns, using experiences gained from her work at the Danish Swine Research Centre. The Tri-State Sow Housing Conference is focused on providing producers with the tools and education they need to make the transition to group housing as successful as possible. All producers are invited and encouraged to attend, and may access additional details and registration information by visiting OhioPork.org.last_img read more

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WigWag Wants To Build A Lingua Franca For The Internet Of Things

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes lauren orsini This morning, I had to press a switch to turn on the lights. I had to open my own blinds and turn on my own coffee maker. And I, for one, am sick of it. It’s 2013. Where’s my smart house? There are a lot of roadblocks between our low-tech homes and the Internet of Things. Most significantly, there’s no common language that allows our devices to talk to one another. See also What’s Holding Up The Internet of Things?Enter WigWag, a Kickstarter-funded sensory device that wants to change that. Part operating system, part IFTTT for your physical space, WigWag wants your smart light bulb and your smart outlet to shake hands and get acquainted.“You don’t want a smartphone app for every device in your house,” said founder Ed Hemphill. “There’s only a limited amount of value to come out of smart control. What we’re trying to do is interlink each device’s super protocols.”Your Chatty Future HomeWigWag doesn’t just give your devices a common language, it gives them something to talk about. The sensor comes with eight different plugins that allow it to detect sound, movement, temperature or even moisture. In the video, Hemphill demonstrates how you can use WigWag to automatically turn on the lights when it senses a cooler night time temperature, or send your smartphone a text when the (snail) mail is delivered. Related Posts If there was any doubt that WigWag was something people wanted, look no further than their Kickstarter. It’s nearly earned triple its funding goal and still has 30 days to go.Hemphill said the WigWag team has been especially inspired by the ways backers are planning to use their devices. For example, one backer in the UK is planning to turn his WigWag into a burglar alarm. Another is hoping to put it in her aging parents’ home so it’ll alert her to their movements and when they might need her help. What Hemphill’s noted is that many backers already take advantage of smart devices that are already on the market. They just haven’t been able to take full advantage of them yet because the devices don’t always communicate with each other. They’re trusting WigWag’s promise to change that. “A lot of backers are people who already live in smart homes, but want to make them easier to customize,” he said. “Customization is really required in automatization and that’s why cookie cutter solutions are frustrating for people.” 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img The magic happens in the code. WigWag is the first Internet of Things platform to be built on top of DeviceJS, a type of JavaScript that isn’t restricted by physical location. Since there are more than 12 communication protocols for smart devices in existence, DeviceJS serves as common ground through which these different protocols can interact. WigWag opens up the programming floodgates to millions of JavaScript-savvy developers. “You can plug in a Z-Wave dongle, a ZigBee dongle, an X10 adapter, a Insteon adapter, and over time we’ll support even more protocols,” Hemphill said. “The [WigWag] Relay also supports talking to WiFi devices like LIFX or the Phillips Hue. And cloud services such as email or Twitter.”All you need to know to use WigWag out of the box is how to drag and drop on a smartphone. The app asks you to add one or more variables, like temperature or time of day, and then an action, like “alert phone.” Voila! It’s If This, Then That for your home.For more complex operations, WigWag is offering Arduino shields for developers who want to take full advantage of that complexity.Smart Homes On Steroids How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#DeviceJS#home#Internet of Things#smart home#WigWag Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Tintu Luka fails to enter 800m final

first_imgIndian runner Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the 800m final after she finished sixth in the second semi-final in the women’s event at the 2012 London Games here on Thursday.Tintu, who is coached by legendary Indian athlete P.T.Usha, clocked 1:59.69 seconds. It was way below her personal best of 1:59.17 secs she achieved two years back.South African Caster Semenya, who is making her Olympic debut, won the race in 1:57.67 secs.Semenya, who was sidelined for a year after failing a gender test, is the favourite to win the gold medal.Semenya won the world title in 2009 at the age 18. After that she was tested and was cleared to return to action in 2010. She finished runner-up in the 2011 World Championships.Semenya also carried South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony in London.last_img read more

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Blog: The spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony

first_imgCatch all the live updates of the London Olympics opening ceremony @ Indiatoday.in Game for Gold: Special coverage of 2012 Olympics 05:15 am | The spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony comes to an end. Good bye!05:15 am | Sir Paul McCartney sings Hey Jude, crowd singing with him, what a classic opening of London Olympics! 05:10 am | What a view: Fireworks go off all over the Olympic Park as clips of iconic Olympic moments are played. 05:03 am | The petals come together to form an enormous cauldron. 05:00 am | There is the light that never goes out. The Olympic cauldron is lit. 04:55 am | Olympic flame comes to the stadium and is carried by Steve Redgrave. 04:50 am | Crowd cheers for Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time. 04:50 am | Olympic flag is brought into the stadium. It will go up shortly. 04:50 am | Queen Elizabeth II declares London Olympics Games open. Crackers light up the sky. 04:38 am | London Organising Committee chairman Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd: “Welcome to London,” he says. 04:30 am | British athletes take the lap in front of their home crowd. 04:25 am | And now Zambia at the flag end followed by Zimbabwe and Great Britain, the hosts. 04:20 am | March past almost coming to an end. Yemen’s contingent marches in. 03:55 am | Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom surely missing. 03:50 am | Many top athletes have stayed away as they have events on Saturday!03:45 am | Usain Bolt gets a huge cheer as he enters the stadium.03:42 am | Kuwait back in Olympic fold. Seen at march past. 03:40 am | No head of state from India at opening ceremony. TV camera focuses on Randhir Singh and his wife. In Beijing, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka were there. advertisement03:30 am | Indian contingent marches in. Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the flag bearer. 03:26 am | Hesham Mesbah carries Egypt’s flag as their only medallist at the Beijing Olympics. 03:20 am | Adele’s Rolling in the Deep plays in the stadium as athletes march. Now Staying Alive by Bee Gees is playing. What a colourful selection of music.03:05 am | Basketball giant Yao Ming carries China’s flag at the Beijing opening ceremony. 03:00 am | Time consuming this exercise, each country walking into the stadium. 02:57 am | Australia’s flagbearer in London is basketballer Lauren Jackson. 02:53 am | The Greek flagbearer is Alexandros Nikolaidis, a taekwondo silver medallist in both Athens and Beijing. 02:50 am | Athletes start marching into the stadium. Greece first, followed by Afghanistan. 02:45 am | Choreographer Akram Khan and his group performs the dance which is a fusion between Indian art form and European classical. 02:35 am | Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web, gets standing ovation from the crowd. 02:30 am | Music that ruled last decade is at displayed, hundreds of participants dance to the tunes of Queens and the Rolling Stones. 02:20 am | English humour at its best, bravo Mr Bean – one of the greatest British comedians.02:10 am | Now he is racing against 15 odd competitors and he wins the race, brilliant… just brilliant. 02:15 am | Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is in the stadium to give everyone laughter medicine. He is playing piano with the British orchestra or he is just messing with the instrument! 02:10 am | Chilly wind blows across the stadium. Wonder why a hospital scene depicting NHS, Britain’s national health scheme is being shown.02:08 am | History of United Kingdom at display. Children and nurses from the National Health Service perform a cheery number! 02:05 am | Now the national anthem of the United Kingdom, performed by the Chaos Signing Choir. 02:00 am | Ladies and gentlemen please rise for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who just walked in the opening ceremony venue, what a royal moment! 01:55 am | A short film shows 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) escorting Queen Elizabeth II from her palace to the Olympics venue.01:53 am | The fluorescent five giant Olympic rings hang over the centre stage and fireworks are amazing.01:50 am | The high decibel music is heady stuff indeed. Workers from old Britain showcased in labour scene. Their clothing is incredible, captures the ethos. 01:45 am | Spectacular display of great revolutions in British society, including the Industrial Revolution at the ceremony. 01:35 am | Tour de France winner Bradly Wiggins on stage. Giant bell tolls.  01:20 am | Ceremony officially opens – Finally the time we have been waiting for, the mega event officially begins.  12:40 am | Pre-show begins – The Red Arrows fighter jets of the British Air Force thunder above the Olympic stadium to signal the start of the opening ceremony pre-show begins  12:30 am | Countdown to 2012 Olympics – The world’s best athletes and top celebrities descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, tonight for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games to celebrate the start of the ‘greatest show on earth’.advertisementOne billion people around the globe are expected to watch the spectacle, orchestrated by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. While details as to what will happen during the ceremony is a closely guarded secret, stars of the silver screen, royals and political giants are expecting to enjoy the party.Star-studded audience expected at the opening ceremony:1. Queen Elizabeth II 2. Prince William and his wife Kate3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie4. Michelle Obama5. Mitt Romney6. David Beckham7. Muhammad Ali may also attendlast_img read more

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