Maghery band reigned victorious in All Ireland Title defence

first_imgMaghery band reigned victorious yesterday (Sunday) in Drogheda in the defence of their All Ireland Title against another Fife band from Dungannon.Led by Erin O’Donnell, the band gave a spectacular performance and went live to thousands of spectators, before being crowned All Ireland champs and performing to thousands that lined the street of Drogheda.The band have shot to fame over recent years following their innovative drill, music and drumming routines especially when their Easter performance went viral last April. Since their rise to fame, the band are believed to have been preparing for yesterday’s Fleadh competition.The Fife band will look to go one better next year as ‘the drive for five’ takes place in Drogheda 2019.An East coast tour of the United States, taking place across several states, will take place before next year’s All Ireland title defence. Their winter training period will see them train for their tour and Easter competition as well as engage in some exciting fundraising opportunities.The band have a go fund me page, where they welcome donations to assist their fundraising efforts as they train further to represent Ireland’s Irish language, music, culture, youth and heritage on the world stage.The band will be returning tonight to Dungloe and Maghery where they will be parading and performing their All Ireland routine at approx 7.30pmA cavalcade will then ensue to Maghery where they will return the cup ‘home’ across Roshine Bridge, parade down the lobby, and perform their finale performance in Maghery.The band’s All Ireland duties will wrap up in the coming weeks. They will be a part of Imagine Media’s programme that followed their third All Ireland win and will air on TG4 on September 10.The band’s Go Fund Me page can be found here. Maghery band reigned victorious in All Ireland Title defence was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:dungloeFleadhMAGHERYMaghery Bandlast_img read more

New transportation pilot project rolling in C-K

first_imgTo help assist low-income – or rural-based – individuals facing transportation challenges, Family Service Kent has partnered with the municipality on a pilot project.The fee-for-service program, named adVANtage Transportation Service, was soft launched earlier this year and expanded to accept referrals from the general public last month. All fares are based on a passenger’s ability to pay, Family Service Kent stated in a media release.“The more barriers a person faces, the more likely they are to be excluded from activities and opportunities,” the organization stated. “Chatham-Kent, as a largely automobile-dependent rural community, presents some difficulties for residents who are non-drivers, who do not have a driver’s licence, who live in a low-income household, who are recent immigrants or refugees, and/or who have disabilities.”The program has one accessible vehicle that can hold two passengers in wheelchairs and seven walk-on passengers at the same time.Rates operate on a sliding scale and are determined by filling out an application and providing proof of combined gross household income.Eligible residents can use the service for a variety of needs, such as appointments or social activities. The project is for those up to 60 years of age, after which residents are served through the Community Home-Support Assisting People program.Through this project, which will last four years, the aim was to “reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for Chatham-Kent residents who do not currently qualify, or are presently underserved by, existing transit options in the municipality,” the organization stated.For more information, call 519-354-6221, ext. 275, or email [email protected] read more

Happy Fourth of July!

first_imgHappy Fourth of July!For everyone in the U.S. celebrating our Independence Day, I hope you enjoy the holiday with your friends and family. As many of us get ready for a day of picnics, parades, and time with family, the day brings back memories of past Fourth of July celebrations. For me, one of my favorite memories was the Fourth of July parade I saw in Curtis, Michigan in 2005. The parade was billed as the Biggest Little Town Parade.Everyone in town and the surrounding areas turned out to see the parade. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the main street was lined with families watching the clowns, decorated cars, floats, and marching bands in the parade. I’ve seen a lot of parades over the years, but the parade in Curtis has always stood out for me. Here’s why:The family of four in the photo above not only dressed up in red, white, and blue, but decorated every inch of their bikes in red, white, and blueMore than a dozen bagpipe groups from across Canada performed in the paradeLog trucks hauling logs from the nearby northern forests were part of the parade. First time I’ve seen log trucks in a parade Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedCelebrating the Holiday at the 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeIt’s our first year here. I can’t believe how much fun it is to see the parade in person! The young women and her husband sat next to me on the sidewalk along Woodward Avenue. We quickly exchanged names as we settled in to watch the parade. Her two young children…In “Miscellaneous”Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!If you’re in the United States, I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. I spent the morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person in Detroit, Michigan. What a great parade! I met so many…In “Miscellaneous”Google Doodle Celebrates the Fourth of JulyLove today’s Google Doodle celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in the United States. With the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band playing the Stars and Stripes in the background, a young fife player struggles to keep up with the rest of the band in the July 4th…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

Colby outlasts Columbus Catholic girls basketball

first_imgDons now 8-12 following road lossBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCOLBY — Colby busted open a close game with a 40-point second half to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 66-53 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball matchup Friday night at Colby High School.The Dons trailed 26-24 at halftime, but Colby outscored them 40-29 in the second half to pull away.Ashley Streveler had 21 points and five assists for the Hornets (9-10, 9-5 Cloverbelt East).Columbus shot 32 percent (19 of 58) and missed half of its 16 free throw attempts in the loss to fall to 8-12 overall and 5-10 in the Cloverbelt East.Abby Baierl led the Dons with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Natalie Pospyhalla added 11 points.Columbus Catholic hosts Gilman on Monday in its Cloverbelt East finale.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 66, Dons 53Columbus Catholic 24 29 – 53Colby 26 40 – 66COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (53): Morgan Albrecht 1-3 0-0 2, Baylie Neider 1-10 6-8 8, Kendra Baierl 1-3 0-0 2, Jessica Trad 4-10 0-1 9, Abby Baierl 5-10 1-2 14, Natalie Pospyhalla 4-9 0-0 11, Marissa Immerfall 3-12 1-3 7. FG: 19-58. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 7-18 (A. Baierl 3-5, Pospyhalla 3-7, Trad 1-4, Neider 0-1, Albrecht 0-1). Record: 8-12, 5-10 Cloverbelt East.COLBY (66): Haylee Geiger 4-12 0-2 10, Hannah Gurtner 3-3 0-0 6, Carley Elmhorst 1-2 0-0 2, Jordyn Halopka 2-2 1-2 5, Jenna Jicincky 0-6 0-0 0, Neilana Golz 1-4 0-0 2, Paige Bruesewitz 0-2 0-0 0, Kendra Bellendorf 2-4 0-0 4, Samantha Hayes 8-11 0-0 16, Ashley Streveler 8-13 1-2 21. FG: 29-59. FT: 2-6. 3-pointers: 6-12 (Streveler 4-6, Geiger 2-5, Brueswitz 0-1). Record: 9-10, 9-5 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Game park facelift to boost tourism

first_imgZebras grazing in Madikwe Game Reserve,on which Manyeleti is being modelled.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) Mpumalanga’s tourism industry role-playersin Sandton after a media briefing.(Image: Fly the Flag Fridays)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kholofelo NkambuleSenior Manager: Corporate RelationsMpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency+27 13 759 5309RELATED ARTICLES• Kruger Park booked out for 2010• World Cup driving SA tourism• Kruger’s animal populations growing• Tourism in South AfricaBongani NkosiThe Manyeleti Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga is set to become one of South Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations, following an investment of R400-million (US$54.9-million) to upgrade the facility.This was announced by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 6 September 2010.MTPA will officially introduce the project on 26 September at a ceremony expected to attract big names in the tourism industry, government officials and journalists.The development of Manyeleti, which means “place of the stars” in the local Xitsonga language, is being funded by both the public and private sectors.The 23000ha park is already home to the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as a variety of other wildlife. It shares fenceless borders with the famed Kruger National Park and the private Sabi Sands and the Timbavati reserves, which enables game to move freely over a vast area.The Manyeleti project is being modelled on the successful Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West province, whose development empowered surrounding communities.MTPA said Manyeleti will “improve the province’s long-term revenue stream from tourism” and create about 600 permanent jobs over the next two years.Top-class lodgesThe new plans have been endorsed by the Manyeleti Conservation Trust, which owns the land. The trust represents land claim beneficiaries, mostly of the Mnisi clan, who stand to benefit from increased businesses at the reserve.Manyeleti is one of four reserves in Mpumalanga where the MTPA has settled claims and co-management agreements with land owners in 2010. The others are Mdala Nature Reserve, the SS Skosana Nature Reserve and the Mabusa Game Reserve, according to the agency’s chief executive Charles Ndabeni.About R350-million ($48-million) will be channelled into developing four new lodges to complement the existing three at Manyeleti. Each of the seven facilities will offer 48 or more beds, which will help MTPA to reach its target of accommodating 350 people at the reserve.The three existing accommodation establishments – the five-star Tintswalo Safari Lodge and the three-star Honeyguide Camp and Khoka Moya Camp – are all specialists in safari tours.MTPA will spend R21-million ($2.9-million) upgrading Manyeleti’s infrastructure, while the remaining funds will be used to establish an empowerment company that will offer game drives at the lodges.The marketing of Manyeleti and the other reserves in Mpumalanga is still a financial challenge, though, according to Ndabeni. “Our biggest challenge, unfortunately, is lack of budget for marketing,” he said.World Cup drives tourism An additional R9-million ($1.2-million) was used to partially upgrade Manyeleti before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The revamp was among other projects which MTPA undertook to beef up the province’s tourism offerings ahead of the tournament. One of the other facilities set up was a visitor information centre worth R8.5-million ($1.1-million).Mpumalanga is aware that the World Cup success could have a lasting effect on its tourism sector. “We’re hoping that having delivered one of the best World Cups, there will be a boom of tourism in the province,” said Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC Jabu Mahlangu.The province hosted some of the World Cup matches at the 46 000-capacity Mbombela Stadium, which “we’ll be using for our mega-tourism initiatives”, Mahlangu said.Tri-national relationsDuring and after the tournament Mpumalanga saw a growing number of tourists from Swaziland and Mozambique, its neighbouring countries.  “We’ve already seen an increase of tourists in our province,” according to the MEC.“We have an advantage of being neighbours to two countries,” Mahlangu said, adding that the healthy relationship with Swaziland and Mozambique will soon enable all three regions to be launched as a single tourism destination.last_img read more

All Florida Airports closed in preparation for Hurricane Irma

first_img“It’s going to be very difficult to survive this if you’re in the Keys,” Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning during an interview with The Weather Channel. “I’m begging you to get out.” This image from FlightRadar24 shows, all Florida Airports are closed with no air traffic moving in or out of the state.  All Florida Airports are now closed as they await the arrival of destructive Hurricane Irma. With Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale being the 12th, 13th and 21st largest airports in the U.S. respectively, delays and cancellations are expected as a flow on effect for days after the airports re open.Air space closed around Florida Eerie scenes as flights are diverted around Hurricane Irma and Florida airports remain closed.The duration of any shutdown remains uncertain. American Airlines said ‘any timeline for resumption of flights will be governed by not only airport conditions, but also the ability of airport and airline staff to get to work’.Hurricane Irma has already flattened St Maarten’s Princes Juliana airport so the airports and airlines in Florida will take every precaution necessary to minimise damage and ensure everyone’s safety.Before the Florida Airports Closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. The airlines also wanted their aircraft out of the state to avoid the billions of dollars of damage that would likely be caused if fleet were left on the ground.  As this image from FlightRadar24 shows, airspace around Florida was, until Saturday, a hive of activity.Florida airports closed. evacuation of Florida airport before the airports shutBefore the Florida Airports closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. This image shows the mass influx and out flux of aircraft before the closures.More than 75,000 people statewide have sought refuge atat over 400 shelters, mostly schools, community centres and churches. Many tourists who were unable to get out of Florida have also been forced to seek shelter as the hotels are at capacity.Already some 30,000 of 2 million Florida Power and Light (FPL) customers were without power the utility company said on its website. This map from FPL shows how widespread the outage is.florida airports closed and power cuts are widespread as shown on this map Power cuts are already widespread. The areas in Grey represent where there is currently no power, As precious preparation time ticked away and Irma inched closer to Florida, officials and meteorologists couldn’t be any clearer: get out of the Keys and other vulnerable areas, or risk being killed by the monster storm.last_img read more

A Few Nights of Hacking Produces Reading Radar

first_imgTags:#Mashups#web lidija davis 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Earlier this month, developer and mashup extraordinaire John Herren released Reading Radar, a mashup that combines the New York Times Bestseller’s API with Amazon’s API, and created a simple, purposeful site dedicated to listing the popular books on the New York Times Bestseller list.Using various open source technologies such as jQuery, the Yahoo! User Interface Library and the Maintainable Framework, Reading Radar lets you scan the New York Times top sellers and read reviews and related book information from Amazon; all without the distractions of other content on both the New York Times and Amazon sites.The New York Times released their API on January 27; Herren had Reading Radar up by February 3. As the Programmable Web points out “This mashup serves as a great example of how emerging and mature APIs can be used to rapidly develop a functional and useful mashup.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Inspired by the release of The New York Times Best Sellers API, Herren decided to try and create a site that could be on “auto-pilot.”“I designed the site to use extensive caching of the NYT and Amazon APIs to minimize remote calls, but update the data often enough so that the information would be fresh.”The Maintainable Framework and the Zend framework provided a means to create the PHP based site, and jQuery, the popular JavaScript library along with YUI were used to present the data and provide the user interaction.“The NYT API was simple enough to use. The REST API offers three response formats, XML, JSON, or serialized PHP. I did find a bug in the API, and was very pleased how reactive the NYT API team was to resolve the problem. Kudos!” Herren wrote on his blog.If you’re interested in more technical details, take a look at Herren’s post announcing the release. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Startmate Announces an Incubator Program for Australian Startups

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A group of Australian tech investors and entrepreneur have formed a new seed fund that will offer a Y Combinator-style incubator model, with small early stage investment and up-close mentoring to Australian startups.Startmate will hold its first program in the first quarter of 2011, and the application process will begin in October Startmate plans a three month program with five selected startups and will offer a $25,000 investment, mentorship from a long list of successful founders, and a two-week trip to Silicon Valley. There will be two demo days at the end of the program – one in Sydney and one in Silicon Valley, where participants will present in front of early stage investors.According to Startmate’s website, “We strongly believe in lean startup principles. The biggest risk in a startup is not whether someone will steal your idea or if you can build a product but rather that no one will care. Startmate is designed to help you win your first customers and work through the initial stages of customer discovery.”Australian tech blog Delimiter describes the list of those involved in the project as “a who’s who of Australia’s startup sector,” including Classified Adventures founder Simon Baker and Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.Speaking with Delimiter, one of the entrepreneurs involved in the project, Doing Words founder Alan Jones says, “We’re not looking to make this a massively profitable enterprise for us. It’s just something we’re going to do that we think the industry needs.”center_img Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Texas ~ Corporate Income Tax: Rule on Reporting Responsibilities of Passive Entities Amended

first_imgThe Texas franchise tax rule on margin and passive entities has been amended to memorialize a policy change regarding the filing of No Tax Due Reports by passive entities and to reflect 2015 legislation (H.B. 2891) regarding the filing of information reports.No Tax Due ReportEffective for franchise tax reports originally due on or after January 1, 2011, passive entities that are registered or required to be registered with either the Texas Secretary of State or the Comptroller’s Office must file a No Tax Due Report to affirm that the entity qualifies as passive for the period upon which the tax is based. Formerly, an entity that filed as passive on a prior franchise tax report was not required to file a subsequent franchise tax report as long as the entity continued to qualify as passive.An unregistered entity that no longer qualifies as passive must register with the Comptroller’s office and begin filing annual franchise tax reports as required under Rule §3.584.Information ReportsEntities that qualify as passive are not required to file a Public Information Report or an Ownership Information Report with the Comptroller’s Office. However, a limited partnership that qualifies as passive may be required to file periodic reports with the Secretary of State.An entity with no federal gross income does not qualify as a passive entity.The text of the amended rule, as proposed and adopted without change, is published in the Texas Register (May 6, 2016; 41 TexReg 3241) and available on the Secretary of State’s website at TAC §3.582, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, effective June 28, 2016last_img read more

Cloud – Putting the Cloud to work for Intel

first_imgIntel IT attribute the success of our private cloud to implementing a provider-like cloud hosting strategy, advancing self-service infrastructure as a service and platform as a service, and enabling cloud-aware applications. Intel’s private cloud saves about USD 7.5 million annually while supporting an increase of 17 percent in operating system instances in the environment. Cloud-aware applications can maximize cloud advantages such as self-service provisioning, elasticity, run-anywhere design, multi-tenancy, and design for failure. To enhance Intel developers’ skill sets, in 2013 Intel IT delivered 8 code-a-thons in 3 geographical regions, training over 100 Intel developers in how to build cloud-aware applications. Hybrid cloud hosting also increases flexibility, allowing us to dynamically adjust capacity when needed to support business initiatives efficiently. For more go to To increase our understanding of how hybrid clouds can benefit Intel, IT are also conducting a hybrid cloud Proof of Concept using open source OpenStack APIs. Hybrid cloud hosting can provide additional external capacity to augment our own private cloud while enabling us to optimize our internal capacity.center_img In my second insight into the IT Business report I am focusing on the impact of Cloud inside Intel.The cloud is changing the business landscape and here at Intel it has transformed the IT culture to align with the strategies of the business groups. Intel IT brings technical expertise and business acumen to bear on the highest priority projects at Intel to accelerate business at a faster pace than ever before. Intel IT have simplified the way Intel’s business groups interact with IT to identify workflow and process improvements that IT can drive. Because they understand their businesses, they can tailor cloud hosting decisions to specific business priorities. Intel IT have accelerated hosting decisions for the business customers by developing a methodical approach to determine the best hosting option. They consider security, control, cost, location, application requirements, capacity, and availability before arriving at a hosting decision for each use case. Offering optimized hosting solutions improves business agility and velocity while reducing costs. Our private cloud, with on-demand self-service, enables Intel business groups to innovate quickly and securely. In the annual Intel IT Business Review Intel IT reveals that 85 percent of all new services installed for our Office, Enterprise and Services divisions are hosted in the cloud. last_img read more