Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher


first_imgThe family and friends of the late Hugh Duffy came together with the elected members of Letterkenny Municipal District last Friday afternoon to mark the official opening of a car park named after a popular local man.The car park which is known locally as the ‘Old Mart Car Park’ was renamed to honour one of Letterkenny’s most well known residents – the late Hugh Duffy.Hugh Duffy, who passed away in December 2014 aged 85 years old, lived in nearby College Row where his wife Elaine still lives.  He was a native of Galway and came to work in St. Eunan’s College where he taught Latin and History.  He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny and played an active part in keeping the site in Council ownership. Cllr Ian McGarvey, Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny MD, officially opening the Hugh Duffy Car Park, along side Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy and their children Jarlath, Nicola, Paula and John. Also in attendance were Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cllr Michael McBride, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.A motion was passed by the Members of the Letterkenny MD in October 2018 to name the car park in his memory.Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr Ian McGarvey officially opened the car park and unveiled a plaque in Mr Duffy’s memory.Speaking at the official opening, Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that “it is a fitting tribute to name this car park in honour of the late Mr. Duffy and I am delighted that his wife Elaine is with us today to share this special occasion.”Mrs Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy, pictured at the official opening of the Hugh Duffy Car Park on Friday evening last.Cllr McGarvey added: “Mr. Duffy made Letterkenny his home and contributed so much to life in the town from being a teacher in St. Eunan’s College to his work in the community, Mr. Duffy like so many other people in Letterkenny, gave his time and effort generously for the betterment of others and I am delighted to be here today as Mayor of Letterkenny to honour Mr. Duffy in this way.” The former Old Mart Car Park is renamed to ‘Hugh Duffy Car Park’Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:hugh duffy car parkletterkennyold mart car parklast_img read more

Redknapp believes nephew Lampard will sign Chelsea contract


first_imgHarry Redknapp says he still believes Chelsea will offer Frank Lampard a new contract.The QPR manager has previously said he is convinced his nephew will end up staying at Stamford Bridge despite speculation about the midfielder’s future.Lampard’s contract expires in the summer and he has yet to be offered a new deal.But Redknapp said: “I’d be surprised if he’s not still at Chelsea next season. That’s my gut feeling.“If he’s not, there’ll be a queue of top clubs in England and the world wanting to sign him.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Five points about the future of innovation in South Africa


first_imgA view of Cape Town with Table Mountain behind it from the V&A Waterfront. (Image: Brand South Africa)Ngozi OnuohaThis spring, I had the honour of joining seven journalists from the UK, US, China and South Africa on a tour of Johannesburg and Cape Town.Accompanied by guides from Brand South Africa, we met with leaders in technology, science and business to learn about initiatives aimed at boosting innovation in South Africa and possibly setting the stage for the country to become a future global leader in these sectors.While on my trip, the country was also preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy. It would be a bittersweet yet eventful year with the first independence celebration without Madiba, the first presidential election with born-free voters, and the country’s dethroning from their spot as Africa’s top economy.Despite the change in its economic standing, South Africa is repositioning itself for a return to the top.How? Well, one way is through science, design and technology innovation.Here are five ways South Africa could compete.5. People come in all shapes and sizes, and according to SKA, satellites do tooFascinated by space technology? The employees at Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in South Africa love it too. We visited their offices in Cape Town to learn more about their research and engineering projects.During his presentation in the SKA labs, digital backend sub-systems specialist Francois Kapp explained the organisation’s biggest achievements: KAT-7, the world’s first dish made of fibre glass, and MeerKAT, an under-construction telescope set to be the world’s most sensitive radio telescope.One of KAT-7 Satellites. (Image: SKA South Africa)The project is set to be completed in 2017 and could make history (and lots of investment money) for the country.4. Design in Cape Town will be sustained far beyond 2014(Image: Cape Town World Design Capital)In 2011, Cape Town won its bid to become the World Design Capital for 2014. This year, Cape Town and the country have celebrated the honour by bringing to life some of the concepts brainstormed in hopes of creating social change. During our visit to the World Design Capital offices, we viewed a presentation which highlighted of some of the projects and events in the works. Each project draws from the overarching theme, “Live Design, Transform Life.” They also fall into four categories:1. African Innovation. Global Conversation.2. Bridging the Divide.3. Today for Tomorrow.4. Beautiful Space. Beautiful Things.“The vision of the year is to transform Cape Town, through design, into a sustainable productive Africa city. Our mission is to identify those projects which provide tangible evidence of this transformative design in action.” – Nicky Swartz, a Cape Town Design Team LeaderA standout project that took place this year was led by a group, called Yenza. The collective – comprising architects, a stylist and an art director – help communities look at the resources around them to create low-cost, redesigned products.3. Silicon Savannah? No, Silicon Cape(Image: Bandwidth Barn, Facebook)One of our first stops in Cape Town was a visit to the Woodstock-based tech incubator Bandwith Barn.The warehouse-turned-work space is just one of a growing number of iHubs sprouting across the coastal town in partnership with an initiative called Silicon Cape. Similar to Kenya’s Silicon Savannah, Silicon Cape hopes to make the Western Cape an attractive destination for investors and tech entrepreneurs. Bandwidth Barn, the space first started out of a need for affordable access to bandwidth, now houses innovators working with companies such as Blackberry. It also has a development programme for tech innovators that offers mentorship, access to investors and, of course, work space.(Oh, and don’t worry, there’s no competition between the two Silicons. They’re partners.)2. Shooting your film in Hollywood? That was so last year.(Image: Cape Town Film Studios)Welcome to Cape Town Film Studios, the newest hotspot for Hollywood’s big-budget filmmakers.The film lot, located in Faure and just a few miles away from Stellenbosch, has seen a significant increase in the interest of movie houses such as Paramount and 20th Century Fox within the last year. Among its growing list of credits since its opening close to four years ago, Cape Town Studios has been a location for movies such as Dredd (2012), Safe House (2012) and Chronicles (2012). Most recently, the highly-anticipated film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) was shot entirely on the property. The set included a complete replica of Vilakazi Street, the area where the Mandelas, Tutus and other families lived in Soweto.“When I started, it was one of those projects that, I would say, 90 percent..95 percent of people said a low cost studio wouldn’t work here. Why would anybody in their right mind travel all the way here?…but I felt it would if you can create the right magic for people.” – Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Studios1. Women in leadership are taking centre stageIn each of the places we visited, it seemed there were women confidently articulating their research, aspirations and responsibilities as leaders in companies dominated by men. During a visit to the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems department of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), we met a small team of engineers responsible for researching and implementing the technology used to build robots. Their presentation was led by Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University who served as the group’s team leader. Govender described the research her team was doing could improve field robotics and help make robots strong, durable companions for miners. The robots could observe conditions deemed unsafe for miner exploration and cut down the number of deaths.Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University.The next day, we met Anele Nzama. Nzama is a junior technician at SKA South Africa, and she is in charge of controlling telescopes at the satellite technology company. The 26-year-old recent college graduate shared her excitement in holding a position at SKA SA, but also expressed a desire for more women to take part in science and technology innovation.Anele Nzama, a junior technician at SKA South Africa.Ngozi Onuoha has a masters degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and also holds a BA in English from the City College of New York (CUNY). Before attending Columbia, Onuoha was a contributing writer and event coordinator for a number of emerging Africa-centric organizations based in New York City. As a member of the diaspora’s creative community, she aims to continue coverage of arts, culture and development in Africa.last_img read more

Your Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQ


first_imgBy: Sara (gonzogrrl)Every Friday at 2pm, geocachers come from as far away as China and as close as the neighboring office complex to visit Groundspeak Headquarters. No matter where they come from, they have two things in common before they arrive:  an enormous love of Geocaching and a story they can’t wait to tell.Groundspeak momentarily transforms from the busy buzz of Lackeys keeping the website running into a lobby full of cachers squealing with delight as they drop Trackables, trade stories and hang out with other geo-addicts from all over the world.Sara and NicoleAlong with Nicole (Louie Bliss), a fellow Community Relations team member, I’m Sara (gonzogrrl) one of the lucky Lackeys who gets to be there each time, greeting cachers as they find the epic HQ cache, GCK25B. “So…what do you do here?” cachers often ask us. By day, we’re the ones answering emails and phone calls, helping people solve issues so they have the best geocaching experience. But when geocachers drop in, we stop what we’re doing and spend time with them as they discovering the cache, take photos in the photobooth, buy souvenirs and check out the big screen map of geocaches being logged in real time all over the world.If you ever want to drop in, it’s easy to get an appointment. Just email us at contact@geocaching.com. Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re coming from, and when you can visit and we’ll be happy to send you the coordinates to the office (hint:  we’re not in the middle of Lake Union. Shocking, I know). Since we are a busy office, we like to schedule visits on Fridays at 2pm. Sometimes one of the Founders and other Lackeys drop by to visit too—we all love meeting the people that make this game more than Tupperware in the woods!Sole Seeker’s photo inside the Groundspeak photoboothI’ve met so many different cachers, but I can still remember some of my favorite stories from the visits. There’s Sole Seeker, who came here for his 10,000th find, and was surprised to find we’d made him a sign and blown up balloons to celebrate with him. There’s also J&J Brown, who told us about the huge camouflaged cache they have hidden in their front yard that fools seekers every time because it (spoiler alert) looks just like a tree. And then there’s foomanjoo, a world-traveling photographer who had just done some caching in Korea and was off to his next adventure finding caches along Route 66 in California.But whomever you are—whether the HQ is your fifth find or your 5,000th—we welcome you at the lilypad. We hope you come see us soon! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community”Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 10, 2012In “Community”The West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2011 – A Lackey Report from WisconsinAugust 22, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Don’t romance with litigation, says CJI Misra


first_imgChief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring next month, on Sunday suggested to litigants to make an effort to see if the litigation can be solved otherwise. “You are welcome to litigate. But do not romance with litigation,” the Chief Justice said. “I do not suggest for a moment that you should not fight for a cause. But when the cause is small and can be solved otherwise, then solve it. Because that also serves the purpose of access to justice,” CJI Misra said while speaking after laying the foundation stone for a permanent building of theOdisha State Legal Services Authority and e-inauguration of legal assistance establishment, “Nyaya Sanjog”, in all the 30 districts of the State.last_img read more

Son-spurred Koreans face Samurai threat at Asian Cup


first_img“Of course teams like South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia have the same ambition, but Japan has the potential to win the title.”A South Korea side led by free-scoring Tottenham forward Son Heung-min start as favorites to end more than 50 years of Asian Cup hurt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIran, Asia’s top-ranked side, also pose a threat to Japan’s hopes, along with holders Australia.But a new-look Japan side are capable of springing an upset, as they proved by reaching the knockout stages of last year’s World Cup in Russia after controversially sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic in the run-up. View comments Only a stunning comeback by Belgium prevented Japan from reaching the quarter-finals under interim boss Akira Nishino, and veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo insists there is more to come.“We have to believe we can win it,” the Galatasaray full-back told local media. “But all the players need to be at it.”Meanwhile, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu indulged in some early mind games by claiming his side were long shots to snaffle a record-extending fifth title.“We’re the challengers,” said the former Japan midfielder, who has yet to lose since taking over from Nishino after the World Cup.“Our job is to try and snatch the title back.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening South Korea were runners-up to the Socceroos in 2015 and are unbeaten under Bento since exiting the World Cup following a stunning 2-0 victory over holders Germany.Korean firepowerSon sits out South Korea’s first two Asian Cup games under a deal with his Premier League club, but the Taeguk Warriors should still have too much firepower for the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in their first two Group C fixtures.Elsewhere, Australia appear to have gone backwards since lifting the trophy in Sydney four years ago.New coach Graham Arnold has not been helped by record scorer Tim Cahill’s retirement, while a serious knee injury has ruled playmaker Aaron Mooy out of the tournament.The Emiratis, runners-up as hosts in 1996, have also lost the mercurial Omar Abdulrahman to injury but will also be buzzing after hosting the FIFA Club World Cup last month when local side Al Ain reached the final against Real Madrid.Rivals Qatar will be desperate to make a statement before hosting the 2022 World Cup, despite being under economic blockade from their Gulf neighbors since June 2017 over Doha’s alleged support of terrorism — a charge Qatar denies.The world’s most populous countries — China and cricket-mad India — take part, China once again hoping to make an impact in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach.The likes of Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines, meanwhile, are happy just to have qualified.But Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, could factor in the closing stages, while Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses. Hezbollah and crocodilesTroussier steered Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup, where his players trained on a bumpy pitch in Beirut surrounded by bombed-out houses used as hideouts by Hezbollah fighters while Israeli warplanes roared overhead.The Frenchman sees parallels in the current Japan side’s blend of youth and experience.“The fact Japan got to the last 16 at the World Cup will also give them a lot of confidence,” added Troussier. “It’s also a good chance to prepare the younger generation for the next World Cup in 2022.”Meanwhile, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on the country’s football federation to protect his players as they chase a first Asian Cup since completing a hat-trick of titles in 1976.“Iran football officials should learn from the past and must protect us from people who want to distract our concentration,” said the former Real Madrid boss, currently being linked with the Colombia job.“We must be protected from crocodiles.”On the pitch, Iran look settled: a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup has been followed by a six-match unbeaten streak.South Korea’s 59-year wait for a third Asian Cup is puzzling for a country that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.But while Australia, Iran and the Emirates are outside bets to win a tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams, none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans. 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LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion South Korea’s forward Son Heung-min celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)While street-wise South Korea pack a harder punch, former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has tipped the Blue Samurai to push their fierce rivals all the way at the Asian Cup.“Japan have one of the best teams in the competition on paper,” the Frenchman told AFP before hosts United Arab Emirates meet Bahrain in Saturday’s opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Lascelles calls for Newcastle harmony


first_imgNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has issued a rallying cry to the club’s fanbase, calling upon them to help restore off-field harmony by abandoning planned boycotts protesting against Mike Ashley’s ownership.Rafa Benitez’s Magpies have endured a torrid season so far and sit one place above bottom in the Premier League table on three points, with only Huddersfield beneath them on goal difference.But Lascelles, who penned a new six-year deal on Tyneside earlier this month, has urged supporters to band together and offer their support to the club as a whole in the current tough times as discontent continues to stew around St James’ Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad energy into positive energy, helping us get three points,” the 24-year-old told the Guardian, before coming to the defence of Ashley, who has remained a contentious figure for Newcastle supporters since his acquisition of the club over a decade ago.“I know fingers are being pointed at him,” Lascelles added. “He’s a nice guy. I like him. If everyone in Newcastle stopped the negativity and tried to form a unity it would help. It’s important that everyone’s together, especially when we’re down at the bottom of the table.“If you’re always hearing negativity and you’ve got the fans against Mike it just creates a big negative mess. It doesn’t help. It affects the chemistry in the changing room.”“But when 52,000 Geordies get behind us, it gives such an uplift. My message is stick with us. The fans are entitled to sing about Mike Ashley, but it does impact on us.”Lascelles also heaped praise upon his teammates, saying that the dynamic within the Magpies feels sturdier than ever, but further stressed that the players cannot make all the difference alone.“The club feels more united now. Our dressing room’s strong – it’s not like when I first came here and there was a clique of French lads, a group of Spanish lads, the English lads and another group in the corner – but we’d be a much better club without all the negativity and bad energy.”Newcastle will continue to seek a first Premier League win of the season when they host Watford on Saturday Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more