first_imgThe Referendum Commission has launched a nationwide voter registration campaign in Letterkenny today (Tuesday).The campaign aims to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote on the forthcoming referendum on the regulation of divorce which is taking place on Friday 24th May, the same day as the European Parliament and Local Government Elections.The Chairperson of the Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns visited Letterkenny today in the first event of the campaign.  She spoke to a meeting of Letterkenny IT students and distributed voter registration forms to those in need of them. The Referendum Commission will over the coming weeks be running TV, radio, online and social media advertising to urge people to check at checktheregister.ie to see if they are registered.  While the Commission’s remit covers the referendum only, being on the electoral register will allow you to vote in the referendum and the European and local elections.Chairperson of the Referendum Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns, Chayane Souza, Eunan Friel and Eimear McAleese. Photo Clive WassonMs Justice Burns said: “In order to vote, your name has to be on the register of electors for the address at which you normally live and checking if you are registered is really very simple, you can find out by checking at www.checktheregister.ie or you can also check the register in local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries.“In this referendum we will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to divorce.  The Constitution is the basic law in Ireland.  It can only be changed by a vote of the people.  A Constitutional Referendum, like the one on May 24th, is one of those occasions where an important decision is not taken by the Government or the Oireachtas or the courts.  Only the people get to decide.  It is your day, so make sure your voice can be heard by registering today.” Chairperson of the Referendum Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns addressedstudents at Letterkenny IT on the importance of registering to vote, and voting, inthe forthcoming referendum on the regulation of divorce on May 24 th , the same dayas the local and European elections. Photo Clive WassonShe continued: “Just 33.68% of the registered voters in Co Donegal voted in last year’s referendum on blasphemy.  This was the second lowest turnout in the country, after Dublin Central.  It is important for every county and age group to have their say, and we would urge people firstly to ensure they are registered but also to actually exercise their vote on May 24th.  If you don’t take part in the decision, then others will take the decision for you.”During her visit to Letterkenny, Ms Justice Burns also visited the home of Una Black, a Letterkenny woman who features in one of the television advertisements the Referendum Commission will be running in the coming weeks.  The Commission will be showing a series of advertisements featuring voters from around the country talking about the importance of voting.The ad featuring Ms Black can be seen here:If you find you are not registered, you can make sure you are added to the supplement to the register by completing a form which you can download from www.checktheregister.ie, or obtain from your local authority, Garda station, post office or public library.  Then you bring the completed form to your local Garda station to have your identity certified, and ensure it gets to your local authority before May 7th.People ordinarily resident at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution who are unable to vote at a polling station can vote at their hospital or nursing home, but only if they register on the Special Voters list.  The closing date for this is April 28th next and application forms are available from your local authority, library, post office, Garda station or at www.checktheregister.ieSunday April 28th is also the deadline to apply for a postal vote. These are available to certain people including Irish diplomats and their families posted abroad, members of the Garda and Defence Forces, prisoners and others who are unable to vote at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment. Students studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from the home address where they are registered, can also apply. Referendum Commission Chairperson launches campaign in Donegal was last modified: April 9th, 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:Referendum Commissionlast_img read more

first_imgJoey Barton took to Twitter to praise both sets of fans after QPR’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.Rangers’ former Magpies midfielder was given a warm welcome back to St James’ Park, where Moussa Sissoko’s goal gave the home side victory.Barton tweeted: “Gutted with the result. Felt it was a very even game. Great to be back at SJP and thanks for the reception, it meant a lot.“Also big shout to all QPR a fans who travelled up from West London. Sorry we couldn’t send you back on that long journey happier.”Barton also tweeted his support for Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor, who recently returned after a long spell out of action only to suffer another injury during the game.Barton declared: “Hope @TaylorR1984 is ok. If anyone deserves a bit of luck it’s him. #perspective .”Gutted with the result. Felt it was a very even game. Great to be back at SJP and thanks for the reception, it meant a lot.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 22, 2014Rangers striker Charlie Austin added: “Tough to come back from that game with nothing. Safe trip back to our fans, class today as usual.”QPR’s defeat plus Burnley’s win at Stoke meant Harry Redknapp’s side returned to the bottom of the Premier League.They now face a crucial home match against fellow strugglers Leicester next weekend.R’s defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Huge game next week vs Leicester City….3points is a must…. 6pointer #cliche train hard play hard #mantra.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSophomore quarterback Shane Purcell earned his first start of the season and came up big for Arcata High, throwing two touchdown passes in a 20-7 win over visiting Willits Saturday afternoon at the Redwood Bowl.Saturday’s win counts as Arcata’s first of the season.“Our defense played solid all night. Really, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said.Purcell hit Raven Perez for a 3-yard touchdown with under a minute to play in the first half, sending Arcata …last_img read more

first_imgDubbed NEXT STOP SOUTH AFRICA campaign, the delegation consists of senior officials from the departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Trade and Industry and is collaborating with the South African Foreign Mission in Oman, while South African Airways is sponsoring certain aspects of travel and promotions. They are being accompanied by members of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), a private sector organization responsible for the territory’s country branding initiative.The visit confirms the growing importance of the Gulf Region for South African business and investment and the strength of bilateral relations with key countries in the region.South Africa and the Sultanate of Oman established diplomatic relations in 1995.  A number of bilateral agreements have subsequently been signed including one on military co-operation in 2002.The South African delegation will be in the Gulf Region from 13 to 23 February during which time the delegation will also visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia and both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.On the agenda are meetings and discussions with local business communities as well as workshops on tourism, trade and investment opportunities in South Africa.These events would also be utilized to allay fears about the state of crime in the country and elaborate on strategies championed by government’s security establishments that are successfully combating crime.“The Middle East is becoming an important trade zone for South Africa. It holds great potential for South Africa as an export market, and serves as a potential strategic source of foreign direct investment. Bilateral trade with the Middle East has grown significantly since 1994. Because of South Africa’s energy imports, it has a large trade deficit with the region” says Ms Bulelwa Seti, Chief Director for Tourism Support at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, who will be leading the delegation.The region also has profound cultural and religious resonance with thousands of South Africans who adhere to Islam. The cultural, religious, historical and strategic affinity between this region and northern part of Africa itself makes it important in the context of Africa’s renewal and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).South African exports to Oman had a total value of (South African Rand) R387 million in 2006 and consisted mainly of chemicals, machinery and mechanical appliances. Over the same period imports from Oman totaled just over R1, 3 billion – including petroleum products and electronic equipment.“There has been significant tourism investments flowing into South Africa from Middle East investors on the acquisition of hospitality properties while there are significant new opportunities opening up in the leisure and hospitality industries as well as in the construction and engineering sectors” says Patience Molokoza, Director, International Tourism Relations at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup will focus global attention on South Africa as a preferred destination for tourism, trade and investment. Thus the delegation will inform the Saudi business community and government about new opportunities opening up in South Africa and reaffirm the fact that the country is an entry point into a large regional market of more than 180 million people in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.The ASGISA initiative (Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative) focuses on South Africa’s competitive edge in a number of key industries such as tourism, business process outsourcing, international call-centres, information and communication technology, agribusiness and synthetic fuels.South Africa is currently in the early stage of a period significant economic growth and expansion. Thus this mission would seek to encourage investors from Saudi Arabia to grasp the investment opportunities that are currently available to them that will enable them to reap the benefits in the years to come.Issued by Meropa Communications for the Brand South Africa Mission in the Gulf Region, 13-23 February 2007.Enquiries: Pamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000last_img read more

first_img30 June 2008Hank McGregor paddled a perfect race in testing rough sea conditions to win his second Durban Surf Ski World Cup title on Sunday in a contest that was laced with intrigue and ultimately decided by tactics and composure on the water.McGregor pinned his ears back and stuck to a line the he felt would be the best straight course from the start at Vetch’s Pier in Durban to Westbrook beach outside Tongaat, while around him the elite paddlers fell foul of tactical errors and lapses in judgment in the three-metre high seas and a south-westerly wind that gusted up to thirty knots.‘Conditions were perfect for me’“Conditions were perfect for me, but I actually didn’t know whether I had won the race until I reached the beach finish,” said a relieved McGregor after the race – relieved because he had been despondent to see a ski finish ahead of him. It turned out that it belonged to a back-marker who had enjoyed a fast race from their reversed-order start.It was only once he had asked the race timekeeper, Margie Oliver, where he had finished, and was told that he had won, that McGregor could punch the air in triumph.The race provided a captivating duel as McGregor stuck to his straight line option, while talented Durban youngster Clint Pretorius opted for a line much further inshore. Cape ace Dawid Mocke went two kilometres out to sea, while the defending champion, Oscar Chalupsky, switched lines throughout the race.‘I panicked’“Hats off to Hank as he raced a great race, but I can’t believe that with 45 years of experience I panicked and changed my mind in the middle of the race,” said Chalupsky, who was unnerved by reports that Mocke had taken the lead with his gamble to race far out to sea where the runs were formidable.Mocke conceded that he too had strayed too far out to sea, even though he had stuck with the readings from his GPS Navigation device. “Suddenly I started getting this reading from my GPS telling me to go in closer, and I realised that I was too far out,” said Mocke afterwards.He cut sharply towards shore as the race neared the finish at Westbrook Beach, but could only watch as first McGregor reached the finish and then Pretorius, leaving him in third place overall.Second placeIt was, however, enough to see him leapfrog into second place in the final World Series rankings, ahead of Tahitian Lewis Laughlan, who did not fare well on the day and finished eighteenth overall.Oscar Chalupsky finished fifth, just behind his younger brother Herman, who had doggedly persisted with a line closer inshore throughout the race.His fifth place was enough to wrap up victory in the World Series rankings for the veteran surf ski paddler, after he held off the challenges of Mocke and Laughlan.Women’s winnerThe women’s title was successfully defended by Cape Town star Alexa Cole (nee Lombard), who thrived in the big downwind conditions. She led the ladies race from start to finish, holding off Kiwi ace Katie Pocock, to win by less than 30 seconds.“I had no idea where I was in the race because the sea was so big and I never saw any of the other girls,” said Cole. “When I got to the finish I was trying to concentrate to make sure I didn’t make a mistake in the shore break. Then I heard over the loudspeakers that I was the first woman home.“I also heard the announcer saying that Katie (Pocock) was right behind me, which added just a touch of pressure as I was coming in through the big shore break!”StungIn addition to encountering dolphins and flying fish during the race, Cole was also stung on the hand by a bluebottle, which caused uncomfortable swelling of the glands in her arm.“The downwind conditions were just perfect for me,” said Cole afterwards. “It wasn’t as big as last year’s race, and I never felt out of control.”Durban star Michelle Eder wrapped up third ahead of Nathalie Veckranges and Tiffany Kruger.Tough conditionsThe thrilling action on the heaving seas north of Durban proved to be too much for the junior world marathon champion Grant Van Der Walt. Racing in his first surf ski race, the Johannesburg schoolboy overshot the finish and was eventually rescued from the beach at Princes Grant, 20 kilometres north of the finish.Durban paddler Steph De Robbillard also caused anxious moments for his seconds and family. He was unaccounted for late into the day, until he was located at Tinley Manor.Scottburgh star Shadrack Mkhize excelled, finishing just ahead of the first double ski, paddled by Butch Murray and Gary Albers. Kelly Howe and Thomas Prior took the mixed doubles class, while Jenny Cullinan and Bettina Risch were the first all women’s double ski crew home.RESULTSDurban Surf Ski World CupMenHank McGregor (RSA) 1:56:24Clint Pretorius (RSA) 1:57:07Dawid Mocke (RSA) 1:57:40Herman Chalupsky (RSA) 1:58:59Oscar Chalupsky (RSA) 1:59:01Jeremy Cotter (Aus) 1:59:37Tim Jacobs (Aus) 1:59:47Dean Gardiner (Aus) 2:00:48Matt Bouman (Aus) 2:01:44Daryl Bartho (RSA) 2:02:59 LadiesAlexa Cole (RSA) 2:21:01Katie Pocock (NZL) 2:21:05Michele Eder (RSA) 2:25:44Tiffany Kruger (RSA) 2:29:43Natalie Veckranges (RSA) 2:36:45 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Geeks read. Geeks read books that probe dreams, envision life on Mars, posit hyperspace, reconstruct history, remake the world and reshape the notion of what it means to be human, or even just alive. The great geek works of fiction inspire engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to dream their biggest dreams – or at least to muster the courage to light the way toward the future. These great books deserve to be celebrated. If you haven’t read all of them, you should.Neuromancer Related Posts While not as fun as Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson’s 1999 novel Cryptonomicon inspired readers to explore the opportunities presented by complex maths, coding, cryptography – and erasing one’s digital footprints.Its heroes are World War II codebreakers and, in an overlapping story, 1990s computer programmer entrepreneurs. The 1990s team takes advantage of outside funding, brings together a group of savvy computer, telecom and math experts – and start-up veterans – and works to build a global digital currency. In the world of Cryptonomicon, it’s always better if you were smart and tech-savvy.Cryptonomicon is a long work, filled with codes, ciphers, scripting, multiple characters – some of them historical figures – and the challenges of tackling major computing problems under incredible time restrictions. Geeks, hackers and engineer-entrepreneurs are revealed to be not only cool, but even world-saving.Great Books RemainWhen Amazon’s Kindle was released, Steve Jobs scoffed at the very idea of it:It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.  Wrong. Geeks read. The do-ers, the hackers, those boys and girls who stumble upon a great novel and know, from that very day, that it will always leave a mark.No doubt, great works such as those by Connie Willis will be rediscovered by a new generation of budding geeks, via Kindle or in whatever format they are distributed. More recent works, from the Harry Potter series, to the accessible and referential works of John Scalzi, to Jo Walton and her alternate world fantasies, will likewise come to influence generations of smart, determined world-builders. Is there any programmer in Silicon Valley – or anywhere, possibly – that has not memorized Isaac Asimov’s “three laws of robotics?”  Asimov’s work takes place in the 21st century, and intelligent robots are everywhere, taught to value human life above all else.Engineering students that have read I, Robot over the past 60+ years have come surprisingly close to achieving Asimov’s vision. The “positronic brain” is, in our world, the microprocessor – which continues to advance. Great strides have been made in artificial intelligence, even if in forms not imagined by Asimov. Robots – as pets, vaccuum cleaners and autoshop welders – do surround us, albeit rarely in human form.A collection of related short stories, I, Robot not only correctly scouted out much of the present that surrounds us today it inspired geeks to create it. See, for instance, the rescue robots battling it out in DARPA’s virtual robotics challenge.And although Asimov wrote these stories in America in the 1950s, they feature the extremely smart Dr. Susan Calvin, expert in physics, cybernetics and psychology.Cryptonomicon brian s hall 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Book Reviews#books 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App One of the most celebrated works of science fiction ever, William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer, is devoid of white-collar, IBM-like engineers. Instead, Gibson’s novel is populated with washed-up freelance hackers who associate with nefarious corporate shills wanting dirty deeds done dirt cheap inside the infinite blackness of “cyberspace.” All this burst on the public consciousness at a time when most of the planet had no desire to own a computer and couldn’t even imagine the World Wide Web, still a decade away.Neuromancer gave dystopia a good name. Gibson’s work included the saved consciousness of individuals (in both RAM and ROM states), cybernetic implants, holograms, AI, cloud computing and ninjas. Gibson’s “cyberspace” inspired a legion of hackers.The Shockwave RiderJohn Brunner’s fast-paced 1975 novel features, among other things, “worms” (a term Brunner coined) propagating through massive cloud-like computer systems. It also includes hero hackers, real-time global connectivity, prediction markets, a mobile workforce, genetic engineering, identity theft, cougars and an economy and culture largely guided by Big Data and related algorithms. It is one of the most prescient works of speculative fiction ever written.In The Shockwave Rider, smart people adopt various online personas in part to elude the government surveillance state. They also take pharmaceuticals to help them cope in a world of continuous change.Stranger In A Strange LandThe many works of Robert Heinlein have inspired at least two generations to unleash their inner geeks, hone their tech skills, and to focus less on the business side of things than on where real change happens: in the basement or in the garage, where all the equipment is.Heinlein’s works laud tinkering, inventing and science. His novels, no matter how speculative, were always well-grounded in science. As a forerunner of the soft libertarianism that pervades Silicon Valley, Heinlein was always ready to challenge the standards of his day, and clearly favored individual liberty over all else.Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) is one of Heinlein’s most popular works. The protagonist, Valentine Michael Smith, is quite literally an outsider: the son of astronauts, raised by Martians, he possesses psychic and teleportation abilities – along with highly provocative views on sex, religion, relationships, and those who control government and religion. This book is also where we get the word “grok” from. Go for the uncut version.The Fountains of ParadiseIn 1979, Arthur C. Clarke wrote this novel about the construction of a space elevator using “hyperfilament.” Instead of using rockets, payloads and people – including space tourists – could take the space elevator up to a satellite in geostationary orbit. The plan succeeds despite a man-made hurricane from a hijacked weather-control satellite, which destroys the Earth base station. Clarke was never one to shy away from suggesting how his visions could actually be realized during or shortly after his lifetime. Since its publication, NASA has repeatedly discussed Clarke’s concept, and a successful Kickstarter project from last year is exploring the feasibility of a limited space elevator.HyperionIn 1989, Dan Simmons released Hyperion. High school geeks have never stopped devouring it. Though set in the 28th century, core elements of the world Hyperion envisions – including instant interstellar space travel, AI, galaxy-spanning connectivity, and implants that alter body, mind and emotions – will arise sooner than later. At MIT and Google, NASA and Genentech, for example, geek readers are already working on technologies that connect man and machine, that link the human brain with computing, and which may propel humanity beyond the solar system.A dense, literary work, Hyperion deftly takes the reader on a journey through time, space and almost-magical worlds (possibly insufficiently distinguishable from advanced technology) via a plot that mirrors the The Canterbury Tales of the 14th century.Humanity has spread across the galaxy thanks to the creation of instant interstellar travel via “farcaster” – think Star Trek’s transporter with unlimited distance and without the messy de-materialization. As with a fully connected Earth, a connected galaxy profoundly alters the economy and shifts power to those most capable of manipulating and managing technology – the TechnoCore.Prominent in the book is the Shrike, a deadly humanoid-like creature that appears across the various stories within the story, and may remind geek movie action fans of Predator.I, Robot 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

first_imgThe BJP won the Lohaghat seat in Uttarakhand as the results were announced on Wednesday after a repoll was held over one poll booth. With this BJP’s tally goes up to 57 in the 70-member House.The Election Commission ordered a repoll in the Karnkarayat poll booth of the Lohaghat seat due to an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunction.According to the EC, BJP candidate Puran Singh Fartyal won the seat on Wednesday, defeating his Congress rival by 834 votes.The Congress has 11 seats and independents two in the Assembly.The Congress is yet to decide on its Legislature Party Leader after the outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both Hardwar Rural and Kichha seats.In the BJP, however, the current challenge is that of deciding a Chief Minister. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, three names — Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, and Doiwala Trivendra Singh Rawat — are being considered by the party’s central leadership. A decision would be announced within a day or two, party sources said.last_img read more