PSNI investigate death of man in Derry’s John Street

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Previous articleSenior officer says retention a huge issue for Defence ForcesNext articleGAA Programme – Fermanagh’s Finest Local Legends News Highland center_img John Street in Derry has been closed by police as officers attend the scene of the sudden death of a man.The PSNI says enquiries are at an early stage to determine the cause of death and there are no further details at present. By News Highland – May 30, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Google+ PSNI investigate death of man in Derry’s John Street Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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With foreign tourists gone, Balinese rediscover seaweed farming

first_imgLike many locals on this speck of an island about 50 km (30 miles) off Bali, he and his wife Kadek Kristiani now wade through pristine waters to gather seaweed growing on lines.Bali normally attracts millions of visitors a year, many attracted by beaches in spots like Lembongan, but plans to reopen to foreign tourists have been postponed indefinitely due climbing COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.With many restaurants and bars shut on the island, drying seaweed fills the streets as tourism workers return to an industry that died down a decade ago, despite Indonesia’s status as the world’s second-biggest seaweed producer behind China. “Farmers are starting to plant seaweed again,” said Boedi Sarkana Julianto of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Network Topics : Before the coronavirus pandemic took its grip on Indonesia, the pristine beaches of Lembongan island lapped by the Indian Ocean were dotted with sunbathing tourists from across the globe.Now, with many visitors gone and the economy in tatters, locals are often seen carrying baskets laden with seaweed up the shore amid a shift back to former ways of making a living.”I feel sad because we lost our jobs and now we have to start from scratch,” said I Gede Darma Putra, 43, a native of Lembongan, who used to guide tourists as a dive master.last_img read more

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Swiss second pillar guarantee rate to stay at 1.75%

first_imgSome members had proposed a lowering to 1.5% based on the calculations on the minimum expected return the commission uses as the basis for its suggestions to the government.Six members instead voted in favour of raising the rate to 2%, a demand supported by Swiss unions which have demanded a higher minimum rate for years.Over the last few years, the Swiss government has followed these non-binding recommendations almost without exception.Part of the current reform package, “Altersvorsorge 2020”, negotiated by the authorities would include a change to the approach of setting the minimum interest rate.In future, the government wishes to set it at year end based on actual returns rather than basing the rate on estimates and agreeing it in advance. Almost two thirds of the members of the BVG commission have voted in favour of keeping the Swiss second pillar’s minimum interest rate at 1.75% for 2015.The decision comes after the commission last year voted to raise the rate – which is the level Swiss Pensionskassen have to guarantee under the BVG law governing the mandatory occupational pensions sector – from 1.5% to 1.75%. However, a year ago the yield of a Swiss 10-year government bond stood at the much higer rate of 1%, compared to 0.5% at the beginning of September 2014.Nevertheless, the commission said the “on the whole satisfactory situation on the financial markets” as reason for the decision to keep the rate at the current level.last_img read more

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Group Stage Down to the Wire for the Rest Six Tickets

first_imgOf course, the match of the day is the match-up between Denmark and host Brazil at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.After going 180 minutes without a goal, Brazil must now try to find a way to avoid early elimination from Group A.Rogério Micale’s side has two points after draws with South Africa and Iraq. A win will be enough to guarantee qualification, whereas defeat will mean elimination.Against the Nordic youngsters, however, the hosts will again face an organised, defensive side, posing challenges to the creativity and mobility of undeniably talented players like Neymar and young forwards such as Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus, who have yet to truly click up front.For the Danes, a draw will be enough to ensure qualification after their 1-0 victory over South Africa, a match which featured the only goal of the group so far.At the same time, Iraq and South Africa meet in São Paulo, with both sides still in with a chance of qualifying for the next round.Nigeria has not only qualified from Group B but have also clinched first place in the group. They will take on Colombia in São Paulo, therefore, simply needing to complete their fixture list. The South Americans, however, need a win to advance regardless of the outcome of the Japan-Sweden clash in Salvador, familiar territory for some of their players.Japan, meanwhile, fought out a heroic draw against Colombia in the second round to stave off elimination, and even overtook the Swedes based on number of goals scored – giving them the advantage in any potential tiebreaker. Now the two teams face each other, with both hoping that Nigeria can pick up their third consecutive win.Only Fiji is out of contention in Group C. The debutants have improved over the first two rounds though, and even led at half time against Mexico before once again crashing to a heavy defeat. Opponents Germany, currently third in the group, will have to attack from the start in Belo Horizonte in search of not only three points but also a healthy goal difference in case Korea Republic and Mexico should draw in Brasília.In that situation all three teams would finish on five points. Korea Republic leads the group at the moment thanks to their superior goal difference.Finally, in Group D, Portugal will seek their third win in the competition against an already-eliminated Algeria side in Belo Horizonte.All eyes, then, will be on the clash between Argentina and Honduras who each have three points. Honduras, led by tournament specialist Jorge Luis Pinto, will go through with just a draw in Brasília.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, only Portugal and Nigeria are the only two teams that have secured their places in the next phase. Two teams, Fiji and Algeria have crashed out, leaving 12 teams battling over the remaining six slots in the last eight stage of the tournament.It all adds up to what should be an exhilarating third round of matches, packed with decisive confrontations today.The matches in each group will start at the same time, meaning that not only will teams have to go head to head to keep their chances of a medal alive, but coaches and fans will need to stay tuned to what is happening kilometers away in the other group game, keeping an eye on possible favourable combinations of results. It promises to be a nerve-wracking day.last_img read more

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South African innovation to be seen through the eyes of top bloggers

first_imgThat’s why the Brand South Africa/IMC is bringing a group of top-notch US bloggers to SA in first week of December and hosting them on a first-of-its-kind 8-day tour that will showcase South Africa as an extraordinary nation of creative problem-solvers who do difficult things well. Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, Thoughtleader’s Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of “Some of My Best Friends are White”, and Nicholas Haralambous of SARocks.co.za,  along with Simon Barber, the IMC’s US Country Manager, who blogs at brandsouthafricablog.com.  Nich will also be blogging for the Homecoming Revolution website whilst on the trip.Armed with their laptops, cameras and digital recorders — and 3G wireless modems generously supplied by Vodacom to give them 24/7 access to the web – the bloggers will:1. Helicopter out to De Beers’ state of the art mining ship, Peace in Africa, off the west coast;2. Get a close look for South Africa’s green technology, including the Joule electric car and the Darling wind farm;3. See the sun set over the Richtersveld;4. Descend 3.7 kilometres to the ore face at Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Tona mine, the world’s deepest;5. Hike in the Magaliesberg with an innovative programme to rescue troubled youth;6. Overnight in Soweto to get a feel for its history and transformation;7. Visit Soccer City to get the latest on 2010;8. Drink a little wine with the folks from Stormhoek winery who  pioneered the use of web-based social networks to be an internationally-respected brand;9. And much, much more on a remarkable itinerary assembled with the invaluable help of the well-known science-writer, author, educator and blogger Graeme Addison.As they go, the bloggers will be posting on their experiences and impressions in words, pictures, video and sound.  Their posts will be aggregated at a special site, www.weblogtheworld.com , and also available as an RSS feed. Photos will be posted to flickr, videos to YouTube and Zoopy.Explaining the thinking behind the tour, IMC’s Barber said: “The beauty of the Internet, blogs and technologies like Facebook, YouTube, Zoopy and Twitter, is that everyone can now be a storyteller and, with a little luck and flair, have their story heard by millions.“We’re going to be creating all kinds of great content on this tour.  We hope our posts will generate tons of links from other blogs, Facebook pages and the like. We hope lots of people will not just watch our videos on YouTube and Zoopy but embed them, along with the tour’s RSS feed and flickr stream, on their own sites. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”Emphasising the importance of user-generated-content, Barber continued: “If you’re in the market for almost any product or service these days, and you have an Internet connection, the net is your buyer’s guide.  You don’t need to listen to sales pitches or succumb to slick ads. You go online and get recommendations from people your trust, other consumers, your peers. That’s the new reality for everyone in the marketing business.“As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council’s job is to see that South Africa’s story is told compellingly, convincingly and, above all – because you can neither compel nor convince otherwise – authentically.“One way to do that is to empower South Africans to use the Internet to talk about the country they love and get themselves heard. Another is to amplify the voices of visitors when they record and share their overwhelmingly positive experiences here. Nothing beats a good third party endorsement.”Barber cited the example of Kevin DeSouza, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Information, who  spent a couple of months teaching at Wits earlier this year.  Here’s a link to what he wrote in his blog when he left:  http://kevindesouza.blogspot.com/. As the comments at the bottom of the post show, it had an impact. Shirley Meyer wrote:  “Very grateful for the review. I have wanted to visit for a while, but was too worried (nervous). I must buy my ticket now. Thanks a million.”The US bloggers are:       1. Renee Blodgett and Ray Lewis (www.downtheavenue.com),       2. Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com),       3. Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable),       4. John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com),       5. Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com),       6. David Sasaki (www.globalvoices.org),       7. Graeme Wood (www.theamericanscene.com,www.thesmartset.com ,www.theatlantic.com)       8. Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com). For further information, please contact: Simon Barber, US Country ManagerCell: +1 202 276 5084Office +1 202 657 5758 / +1 202 432 5607From November 28: +27 76 822 7365Skype name: barber.comEmail: [email protected] this article in PDF format. [367kb]last_img read more

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Local heroines in the spotlight

first_imgThe graves of Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyiand Charlotte Maxeke will be declared national heritage sites by the departmentof arts and culture and the South AfricanHeritage Resources Agency on 20 August (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Department of Arts and Culture +27 82 450 5076 or +27 012 441 3083 RELATED ARTICLES • African women forging ahead in IT • SA women take the lead • SA women in the spotlight • Media awards for SA womenNosimilo RamelaIn celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture has launched a number of initiatives to honour female icons who’ve helped shape a more democratic society.Women’s Month is always held in August, with a public holiday on the ninth, to pay tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on that date in 1956 to protest against unjust pass laws, which enforced racial segregation.This peaceful demonstration was led by apartheid activists Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie de Bruyn, and put women at the forefront of the political struggle.“Through their actions, they helped to lay the foundations for the building of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country,” said Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana.She was speaking at her department’s Women’s Month launch at The Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg, on 3 August 2010.Women have always played a central role in the socio-economic development of society, but their roles have often been overlooked, the minister said.“The programmes we are launching are to declare that women also made a contribution.”Graves become heritage sitesThe department and the South African Heritage Resources Agency will declare the graves of Joseph, Ngoyi and fellow freedom fighter Charlotte Maxeke national heritage sites on 20 August. “This is part of the national legacy projects which honour the forgotten and unsung heroines of the liberation struggle,” said Xingwana.The ceremony will take place in Soweto, where Joseph and Ngoyi are buried. “The programme will include a church service, speeches and the unveiling of site plaques,” the minister added.Dulcie September Memorial LectureA day before this ceremony on 19 August, the department, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape, will host a memorial lecture in the name of another anti-apartheid icon, Dulcie September, who was assassinated in 1988 while in exile in France.“Through this lecture the government acknowledges her contribution towards the liberation of the people of South Africa,” said Xingwana.The lecture will be delivered by award-winning British writer and editor Margaret Busby, with guest speakers Dr John Daniel – a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council – and South African ambassador to the US, Barbra Masekela.Xingwana said this lecture was a symbol of her department’s commitment to women: “We constantly see lectures recognising male heroes and rarely do we have lectures about women.”Women writers unite“We will host a women writers’ symposium under the theme Women’s words, African worlds, renewing a dialogue between African women writers and women of African descent,” Xingwana said at the launch.The gathering will take place from 25 to 26 August at two Johannesburg venues: the Windybrow Theatre and Museum Africa. It will focus on fiction and non-fiction writing, journalism and the formation of an African Women Writers’ Network.Invited writers who will participate in the symposium include Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, Lola Shoneyin of Nigeria, Shailja Patel of Kenya and Lauretta Ngcobo, Miriam Tlali and Elinor Sisulu from South Africa.Sarah Bartmann rememberedTo reaffirm the often marginalised history, heritage and culture of the indigenous Khoi and San Bushmen of South Africa, the department will unveil the design for the Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance, on the 22 August in Hankey, in the Eastern Cape province.Bartmann was a Khoi slave who was lured to London in 1810 and put on show as a “scientific curiosity”, owing to her physical features that were perceived by Europeans as “freakish”.She was later moved to Paris, where she was exhibited by an animal trainer in severely degrading displays intended for public amusement.She died in France in December 1815 and her remains were exhibited in a museum there until 1974.Years later, then president of South Africa Nelson Mandela requested that her remains be returned. This was done, and on 9 August 2002 Bartmann was buried in Hankey, the town of her birth.SA women shine at Shanghai expoThe country is currently taking part in the six-month-long Shanghai World Exhibition, for which the Department of Arts and Culture developed a programme to showcase the talents of South African women artists and performers.Each country participating in the Shanghai Exhibition is allocated a national day – and South Africa has chosen 9 August. “As part of celebrating our national day we will hoist the South African flag,” said Xingwana.Prominent South African female musicians, including Debra Fraser, Loveline Madumo, Sibongile Khumalo and Thandiswa Mazwai, will perform at the event.Beyond Women’s MonthAll programmes launched will be sustained beyond the month of August to help empower and inspire women, Xingwana said, adding that “freedom is not complete until women are free from all forms of abuse, poverty, and deprivation”.last_img read more

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Zach Profit, Sept. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are pretty happy. We are 10% done with corn and 15% done with soybeans. We got started last Monday Sept. 17 in some corn. The moisture starting off was 21% to 23%. We had a small patch that was an earlier hybrid that came in at 18.5%.We haven’t really seen anything under 190 bushels and the sky is the limit the other way. We have seen up to 230 and we have only run the earlier hybrids with 103- and 104-day corn. It has met our expectations and it is definitely going to be good. It will be right at the yields we had last year. I’m not sure it will be much better than last year but I think it will come off at a lower moisture.The soybeans, I think, are the big story in the area with yields anywhere from 60 to 80 bushels with the majority of the yields I have heard around 70. The beans are doing really well. We have had some pretty marginal ground do really well so far.In our 30-inch row experiment, those beans looked tough but I think they will yield better than we were expecting. They were podded up really well. Our regular 15-inch beans we normally do are 70+ bushels.We had quite a bit of wind Thursday and Friday. There was some corn going down in the area. It seems to be extremely hybrid specific. There are fields that are a quarter to half snapped off laying flat on the ground. There were gusts of 25 or 30 miles per hour.We have seen good test weight and quality corn. Vomitoxin does not appear to be an issue.There have been rumors about soybean seed issues with a mold or fungus actually on the seed. There was quite a bit of it coming into one elevator.We have had no rain and everything is going pretty well, but it looks like it is going to rain. We are keeping up with the maturity of the soybeans as they ripen. I think there is a big crop out there.last_img read more

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Video Interview with Founder of Vanilla, “A WordPress for Forums”

first_imgjolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Vanilla was selected for this summer’s TechStars program, and the public beta for Vanilla 2 was released this April 27.O’Sullivan actually wrote a follow-up blog post regarding our brief chat about how the real-time web and its constant firehose of information are affecting forum discussions and culture. “There is an intrinsic value in being able to take part in a discussion on your own time,” he wrote. “We can’t all be online, let alone awake at the same time, so in these situations the real-time web doesn’t work. Forums are always on, and they are expected to operate on a different schedule than real-time.”And while O’Sullivan continues to write that there isn’t a competition between real-time and forum discussions, he does state that the quality of forum information can often be much higher than info procured from real-time sources, in his opinion. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Interviews#start#startups Related Posts Longtime forum moderator Mark O’Sullivan‘s Vanilla, an open-source, standards-compliant, fully extensible discussion forum CMS, is a favorite of many designers and webmasters alike.One reviewer said it best: “Forget how ‘normal’ forums are done – Vanilla strips it back to what’s important: the conversations. Not the smileys, the bandwidth-hogging signatures, the mailbox, the forum categories. It pushes discussions to the forefront and uses subtle AJAX to make the experience of communicating with others fast and simple.” Read and watch on for a discussion of the product itself as well as open-source monetization and forum culture versus the real-time web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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