ST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL: THEY’VE GONE ALL GREEN AT CREEVY NATIONAL SCHOOL!


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Creevy National School held a Lá Glas today in the school.All children and staff dressed up in green colours for the day and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a ceolchoirm in the school hall.And don’t they all look great! ST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL: THEY’VE GONE ALL GREEN AT CREEVY NATIONAL SCHOOL! was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BallyshannonST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL: THEY’VE GONE ALL GREEN AT CREEVY NATIONAL SCHOOL!last_img read more

Call made for Driving Licence Centre for Inishowen


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue is calling for a National Driving Licence Service Centre for Inishowen. Drivers on the peninsula are having to drive to Letterkenny to the NDLS centre there apply for or renew their licences.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Since the new driving licence application was set up in 2013, motorists on the Inishowen peninsula have been driving to Letterkenny to apply for or renew their licences. While the NDLS system makes sense, there are only 34 centres in the country and counties like Donegal, which have a huge geographical spread, are at a major disadvantage”. The locations of the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) centres were decided on the basis that 95% of the population would be within 50km of a centre. The Road Safety Authority says this is in line with other comparable services such as the NCT and Driver Theory Test.“There is an argument to be made for an NDLS centre in Inishowen as more than 50% of the population lives more than 50km from Letterkenny. In fact, residents in Carndonagh, Malin and Culdaff have to travel well over 60km to get to Letterkenny.“I highlighted the need for an NDLS centre in Inishowen in a recent Parliamentary Question to the Transport Minister; however Minister Ross refused to take responsibility for this issue and referred it to the Road Safety Authority.“This is a State service and the responsibility in my opinion ultimately lies with Minister Ross. The Public Services Centre in Carndonagh offers excellent facilities in the peninsula and would make an ideal location for a National Driving Licence Service centre. I will continue to press the Minister on this important issue”, concluded Deputy McConalogue. Call made for Driving Licence Centre for Inishowen was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crabs’ bats go cold, Caps take series opener


first_imgThe good news is that the Crabs can still finish off their 2019 campaign with a series win.The bad news, they won’t top off the summer with a sweep.The Humboldt Crabs fell 6-2 to the visiting Pacific Union Financial Capitalists in the first contest of a 3-game series between the two clubs, Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.It started off well for the Crabs. Two of their top bats, Kokko Figueiredo and Damian Henderson, drove in runs off singles in the first inning to put the home team …last_img read more

Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over


first_imgRay Maota Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais and Francis Meshame, two of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, have taken to cricket like ducks to water. Ngais said that sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because they have the best bowlers and   good batsmen. (Images: Maasai Cricket Warriors) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maasai Cricket Warriors  +254 723 462 373 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host women’s cricket challenge • More international cricket for SA • Communities to enjoy cricket action • CSIR helps cricketers up their gameThe Maasai Cricket Warriors are young men from Laikipia North in Kenya and they are not your usual semi-nomad cattle herders living in the wild. They also play a mean game of cricket.The warriors in their head beads and red robes have swapped their spears and shields for protective pads and a cricket bat. They have, however, shunned the rest of the cricket gear, preferring to stay in their traditional garb while playing.The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where, as a team, they visit schools to talk about relevant social issues such as Aids prevention, the fight against female genital mutilation, polygamy and early marriage, gender equality, and alcoholism and drug addiction.They also encourage environmental protection.A visit to South AfricaThe ambitious athletes plan to participate in the second edition of the T20 Last Man Stands World Championships, which takes place in Cape Town from 31 March 2012 to 7 April, but lack of funds is hindering their preparation.The Last Man Stands tournament sees amateur teams from around the world playing several T20 group matches, followed by a knockout stage and a final.With a grand prize of US$10 000 (R77 000), the event is sure to offer great exposure to the Maasai Cricket Warriors and their cause.Maasai warrior Francis Meshame said: “It is an easy game because when you bowl it is just like throwing the spear. The pads we use are just like the shields we use when we are fighting, and the bat itself is just like the ‘rungu’, or the clubs that we use.”Andrew Ryan, a fundraiser for the Maasai Cricket Warriors, said: “The international Last Man Stands World Championships tournament will give the Maasai Warriors the opportunity to represent their country in a sport they have grown to love, while experiencing a different culture and making friends from other parts of the world.”Ryan added that the players are all very excited and they are training hard for the tournament.“This is a fantastic opportunity for them and they need all the help they can get to make their dreams come true.”Donations can be made through Ryan’s page on the Just Giving website.The gentleman’s gameCricket was introduced into Kenya during British colonial rule and although the East African country does have a national cricket team, the game was only played in the largest cities until five years ago when South African cricket enthusiast and sports managing consultant Aliya Bauer began coaching local schoolchildren in the village of Il Polei in the game.Bauer said that the older Maasai boys developed an interest in the sport while watching the younger ones play.“Teaching people a new sport they have never seen is quite challenging,” said Bauer.The lack of facilities and equipment initially hampered their progress but thanks to donations, the team is now equipped with bats, balls, gloves and pads.Bauer said: “The moranes (young Maasai warriors) learned to throw the spear when they were very young. It makes them very good bowlers.”There is also no shortage of enthusiasm for the game. One player walks 16km to the practice field and 16km back home.Team member Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais said: “Sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because we have the best bowlers and we have good batsmen.”In 2011 trainers from Cricket Without Borders came to Laikipia and awarded several of the team’s players their official coaching diploma.Help get the team to Cape TownThe Maasai Cricket Warriors need help to participate in the week-long T20 Last Man Stands World Championships.The 25-strong team needs a total of $14 500 (R112 000), which will cover airfare, accommodation, transport and meals for the players.To make it easier to donate, the costs have been broken down as follows; to ensure that one warrior is fed for one day during the tournament, $10 (R77) is needed; $15 (R116) will accommodate and provide breakfast for one warrior for one day of the tournament; and $25 (R193) will provide a night’s hostel accommodation with three meals for one warrior.To secure a warrior’s meals for the entire tournament, $100 (R772) is needed; $250 (R1 930) will accommodate and provide lunch and dinners for one warrior for the entire tournament; while $900 (R6 948) will cover the return airfares and airport taxes for one warrior to participate in the tournament.While inCape Town they hope to visit schools and interact with South African children, spreading their message of healthy living.last_img read more

REITs to boost SA property investment


first_img1 August 2012 The new Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structure, scheduled to become available to the South African property sector in early 2013, will both benefit local property structures and increase foreign investment opportunities, according to consultancy Grant Thornton. The adoption of the REIT structure, which is recognised in most key property markets internationally, will revive South Africa’s current systems, which are dated and often tedious, through the introduction of a scheme that has been tried and tested internationally, Grant Thornton said last week. At the same time, the REITs will “bring about much-needed tax and regulatory changes that local property structures could certainly benefit from in the long term,” the company said in a statement.Treasury, SA Revenue Service lauded The National Treasury’s proposal to introduce this listed property investment regime, aimed at aligning the South African listed property sector with its international counterparts, will also create a more attractive investment structure, significantly enhancing international interest. AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, head of tax at Grant Thornton Johannesburg, said the main reason for the overhaul “is because existing local structures, property loan stocks (PLS) and property unit trusts (PUT) are unevenly regulated and subject to different tax treatments, prompting the need for a shared set of regulations. The Tax Amendment Bill proposing REITs, which was tabled in July, will unify the approach to local property investment schemes and provide greater certainty for international investors. “The proposed tax framework reflects that global best practice for REITs has been carefully considered, and National Treasury and Sars [the South African Revenue Service] should be commended for taking international considerations into account,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.International lessons learnt “Some of these lessons were clearly learnt from the UK REIT regime, which at first levied a conversion charge of 2% of the value of the property portfolio of REITs wanting to convert and limited the REITs’ listing to the main exchange.” In an effort to be more competitive with other REIT markets like Australia and the US, the UK dropped the conversion charge, has expanded listings to the AIM exchange, and has temporarily relaxed the gearing limits. According to Grant Thornton, South Africa’s draft proposals do not contain any of these onerous provisions. Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said the new framework would modernise the rules governing South Africa’s property investment regime and attract foreign investment. PUT and PLS structures that comply with the proposed REIT requirements will benefit from certain tax dispensations, specifically, an exemption from capital gains tax (CGT). “These tax features are certainly strong benefits of the proposed structure,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.Listing requirements He also pointed out that a company wishing to register as a REIT had to be listed, or intend to list, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and comply with all listing regulations. At present, there are no listing requirements for PUTs, although they are regulated closely by the Financial Services Board (FSB). “The introduction of REITs will expand the investment options available to those PUT structures that elect to register.” Despite the increased flexibility, tradability and tax relief offered by REITs, Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said that PUTs and other property investment entities would have to consider the increased administrative and regulatory burden of listing before making a decision.Additional requirements REIT-registered companies will have to satisfy four additional requirements, according to Grant Thornton. “The levels for each requirement are yet to be finalised, but as it currently stands, companies must have a minimum gross holding of direct or indirect property assets of R300-million.” In addition, a REIT “must distribute at least 70% of its profits annually, and its gearing is limited to 60% of net asset value.” A PLS, South Africa’s more dominant vehicle for property structures, is a share-linked debenture structure that is indivisibly tradable on the JSE and taxed at a normal rate of 28% with an effective CGT rate of 18.6%. Under the PLS structure, most profit is paid out to investors as interest, which is tax-deductible in the PLS and taxable income in the hands of the investor, meaning that the PLS vehicle attracts low levels of income tax. “Yet in substance, the revenue authorities have always contended that the distribution is more akin to profit than interest, and this contradicts general tax principles,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said. The new framework will improve the tax treatment for PLSs, seen to be problematic and a major factor behind the proposal to introduce REITs in South Africa. Grant Thornton advises companies looking to register as REITs in South Africa to ensure that they adhere to all of the requirements to avoid profits being taxed. “Similarly, each merger or acquisition must be closely examined to ensure that the target does not compromise the company’s REIT status.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs help


first_imgA geocaching ghost story.A Geocaching HQ visitor recently shared a chilling tale:“I was hiking not too far from here when a ghostly spectre appeared. The transparent figure was chained to an ammo can.‘Am I in the presence of a ghost?’ I asked. The ghost answered not, but pointed onward with its pen.‘You are about to show me the geocaches I have not yet found — those cursed hides that haunt my sleep?’The ghost inclined its head, as if to agree. Then a logbook appeared, seemingly conjured from thin air. In the logbook, these words were written:Look upon me. I am the Ghost of Unfound Caches. I haunt the hides you have not found: the caches of your past you did not look for, those you searched for but DNF’d, and the caches you do not yet know exist.Find them. Free me from these Haunted Hides.”The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs our help.October 29–31: Unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.Find a geocache or attend a geocaching event between October 29–31, 2016, to free the Ghost of Unfound Caches from its ghostly prison and unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.Night Caches are a great way to earn this ghostly souvenir. Learn more about Night Caches here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe ghost of caches pastOctober 29, 2019In “Learn”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron When Google Buzz launched back in February of this year, it was initially met with intrigue which soon turned to concern as users became wary of the privacy concerns of mixing their email contacts with their social stream. Today at Google I/O, the Big G is hoping to take Buzz to the next level by introducing an application programming interface (API) which will allow third-party app developers to build native Buzz apps or integrate it with existing services.Twitter saw its use skyrocket with the introduction of a public API, and Google Buzz could see similar growth with its integration into popular web apps and services. Google accrued an impressive list of beta testers before announcing the API, including TweetDeck, Seesmic, Ping.fm, Plancast and Boxee. Fans of Buzz will soon be able to access their streams as easily as they do Twitter feeds, and will be able to post information directly to Buzz from web services that use the API. Google is taking the earlier privacy concerns surrounding Buzz to heart with their API releases today, making sure to note the control users will have over which applications can access which data. When an application wants to access the Buzz API, users will be taken to a page where they can determine which level of access they want to grant the app.The Google Code Blog outlined the features the API currently supports today, including “support for fetching public per-user activity feeds, fetching authorized and authenticated per-user activity feeds, […] searching over public updates, […] posting new updates, […] posting comments, liking updates, retrieving and updating profiles and social graphs, and more.”Will a Buzz API give the service a much-needed shot in the arm and help ease its earlier privacy concerns? Only time will tell, but it seems like an open invitation to develop third-party applications is a wise and logical next step. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 Must-Read Video Editing Articles (April 2015)


first_imgBetween NAB and news announcements, April was a great month for video editors. Here are 9 must-read video editing articles every video editor should read.April has been the busiest month all year for video editors. So, we thought it’d be helpful to share our 9 favorite video editing articles from April 2015. If you can think of any other must read articles, please share in the comments below.1. Life After ‘Life After Pi’: The VFX Industry One Year LaterIt’s been one year since the documentary ‘Life After Pi’ shed some light on the unsustainable state of the VFX industry. In this insightful post, Jonathan Paul gives us an in-depth analysis of the state of the VFX industry in 2015. The posts also outlines a few of the VFX companies that have shut their doors since the documentary was released.2. What if you forget to deactivate your Avid or Adobe cloud license? Both Avid and Adobe are distributed via digital download rather than physical copy. However, you can’t simply download and install the software on more than 2 machines at once. So, what are you supposed to do if you show up to edit on a new machine and you forgot to deactivate the software on your other computer? This insightful post from Pro Video Coalition tells us what to do.3. Essential Listening: 5 Inspiring Podcasts for Creatives Podcasts are a great way to feed your mind while editing without sound or doing motion graphics. Thankfully, there are a lot of good podcasts out there besides This American Life. Check out this list of 5 inspiring podcasts, exclusively curated for filmmakers and motion graphic designers.4. Video Editors Rejoice: Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud NextAdobe recently unveiled their 2015 update to their Creative Cloud video software. In this PremiumBeat post, we break down all of the new updates that video editors should get excited about. Notably, as a part of the update, the all-new Lumetri color panel will be included in Premiere Pro. After Effects users are also getting a new face tracker feature.5. Apple Updates FCPX with New Motion Graphics Features, Faster PerformanceApple also recently got a overhaul, and this post from No Film School outlines everything you need to know. The new FCPX template will include added 3D features to give editors the ability to create 3D text and objects directly in FCPX. Improved features in Motion will bring better shadows and lights.6. DaVinci Resolve 12 Has Powerful New Editing Features, Fusion 8 Coming for Mac & LinuxNot to be outdone, Blackmagic has unveiled a brand new version of DaVinci Resolve: Resolve 12. The program now includes multi-camera editing, improved color correction features, and an updated interface. The post also dives into new details surrounding the release of Fusion 8, which is coming to Mac and Linux users.7. Avid Announces a Free Version of Media ComposerIf you’ve always wanted to learn Avid, but have been afraid of the price tag, Avid has announced a free version of Media Composer. The inappropriately named Avid Media Composer First will have limited features, but for those interested in dipping their toes into Media Composer, this might be a good place to begin. Avid is claiming that their free version is very comparable to Premiere Pro and FCPX.8. After Effects Wishlist: 11 New Features AE NeedsAfter Effects is an awesome program, but it’s far from perfect. In this post from the After Effects template providers at RocketStock, we take a look at 11 ways in which AE is lacking. A few of them might surprise you.9. Will Apple’s FCPX Z-Depth Patent Revolutionize the Industry?Light field technology gives cameras the ability to record the distance with each pixel. Having the ability to manipulate this information in post is incredibly helpful – and some are arguing that it will change the entire industry as we know it. Apple just recently filed a patent for FCPX that will allow it to edit light field information and the implications are astounding.April is also that awesome month when a little event called NAB takes place in Vegas. If you haven’t seen all of the NAB news, here are 11 new gear announcements you should know about:SmallHD Unveils a Pocket-Sized Monitor/Viewfinder HybridCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and MorePhantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes FlightDJI Releases the Ronin-M: lightweight and lower-pricedNAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA MiniThe Super16 RAW Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Here!Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 12The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to FlyNAB 2015 Announcements: News You Might Have MissedPanasonic Unveils the DVX200: A Pro All-In-One CamcorderThe 3DR Solo Smart Drone: So Easy a Monkey Can Use ItKnow of any other must read articles for video editors? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Morton neuroma


first_imgDefinitionMorton neuroma is an injury to the nerve between the toes, which causes thickening and pain. It commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes.CausesThe exact cause is unknown. Doctors believe the following may play a role in the development of this condition:Wearing tight shoes and high heelsAbnormal positioning of toesFlat feetForefoot problems, including bunions and hammer toesHigh foot archesMorton neuroma is more common in women than in men.SymptomsTingling in the space between the third and fourth toesToe crampingSharp, shooting, or burning pain in the ball of the foot and sometimes toesPain that increases when wearing shoes or pressing on the areaPain that gets worse over timeIn rare cases, nerve pain occurs in the space between the second and third toes. This is not a common form of Morton neuroma, but treatment is similar.Exams and TestsYour health care provider can usually diagnose this problem by examining your foot. A foot x-ray may be done to rule out bone problems. MRI or ultrasound can successfully diagnose the condition.Nerve testing (electromyography) cannot diagnose Morton neuroma. But it may be used to rule out conditions that cause similar symptoms.Blood tests may be done to check for inflammation-related conditions, including certain forms of arthritis.TreatmentNonsurgical treatment is tried first. Your doctor may recommend any of the following:Padding and taping the toe areaShoe insertsChanges to footwear, for example wearing shoes with wider toe boxes or flat heelsAnti-inflammatory medicines taken by mouth or injected into the toe areaNerve blocking medicines injected into the toe areaOther painkillersPhysical therapyAnti-inflammatories and painkillers are not recommended for long-term treatment.advertisementIn some cases, surgery is needed to remove the thickened tissue and inflammed nerve. This helps relieve pain and improve foot function. Numbness after surgery is permanent.Outlook (Prognosis)Nonsurgical treatment does not always improve symptoms. Surgery to remove the thickened tissue is successful in about 85% of cases.Possible ComplicationsMorton neuroma can make walking difficult. Persons with this foot condition may also have trouble with activities that put pressure on the foot, such as pressing the gas pedal while driving. It may hurt to wear certain types of shoes, such as high-heels.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you have persistent pain or tingling in your foot or toe area.PreventionAvoid ill-fitting shoes. Wear shoes with a wide toe box or flat heels.ReferencesMcGee DL. Podiatric procedures. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 51.Scardina RJ, Lee SM. Morton neuroma. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 85.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial Team.last_img read more

1999 World Cup Reunion


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them.  Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST.    Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner.  While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation.  We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance.     To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and chrissy.brockway@austouch.com.au   Related Filesflyer-pdflast_img read more