The Ramelton Mast Action Group have said they are “upset and dissatisfied” following the recent decision to grant the application for a 30-metre-high telecoms mast in Drumonaghan Woods. Members of the group said locals were left irate because permission had been granted, despite their objections to the development.The group, which has the support of 400 signatories, said they feared the mast would have a huge environmental impact if erected. It is understood that the telecoms mast will cover a wide area in the Milford area, including Drumonaghan Woods, Kilmarcrennan Road, and close to Ramelton Town.It has also been reported that the telecoms unit will carry 10 radio antennas to provide additional facilities.Releasing a statement to Donegal Daily on Thursday, the Ramelton Mast Action Group said “they felt let down” by Donegal County Council’s response.It read: “The Ramelton Mast Action Group, would like to express our upset and dissatisfaction following the recent decision by the Donegal County Council planning office to grant the application made by Cignal for a 30-metre mast in historical Drumonaghan Woods. “Despite our best efforts involving a communal objection co-signed with over 400 signatories, as well as individual objections by local residents, containing numerous points ranging from environmental impact questions to questions relating to the compromising of a public amenity, the council planning office still saw fit to grant the application without any explanation other than it is what the government sees as furthering the countries national broadband plan.“As a group, we feel let down by this response and we’re shocked to learn that our local council are not even slightly interested in their citizens’ concerns.“The group would also like to say we were disappointed that the efforts our local council representatives made were not successful in preventing the permission being granted.”The statement goes on to urged elected representatives to delay this decision “until further research is carried out”.“As of yet, there are no studies confirming 100% that there are no natural or biological issues caused by telecom’s masts and the government’s reluctance to approve sites near schools prove that they too have concerns. “However, as this mast is out of sight, out of mind then they believe we are foolish enough to allow its construction.“We will continue to fight it’s construction and will not cease to do so until our views are taken into consideration.”Cllr Ian McGarvey attempted to bring an Emergency Motion to the Letterkenny-Milford council on Tuesday to ask the Planning Section to revoke the application granted to Cignal Infrastructure Ltd.The executive ruled that the motion could not be raised or discussed as the window for appeal had not passed. Anger following council decision to erect telecoms mast in Ramelton woods was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will not face criminal charges as a result of his public and physical spat with his wife earlier this month.The San Francisco District Attorney’s office announced the news Monday via a news release:“After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges.”Shortly after the incident, in which Baer attempted to wrest a phone …
Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB) The supplement, titled South Africa Now, was included in the 6 October 2010 edition of the newspaper. It features contributions by Professor Anton Harber, Caxton chair of journalism at Wits University, veteran journalists Simon Barber and John Battersby, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, Jann Turner, the director of hit South African movie White Wedding, and Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Barber, who is also the Washington-based US country manager for Brand South Africa, commissioned Big Media to produce South Africa Now, and edited it in collaboration with Mary Alexander, the former editor of MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. “With my background as a journalist, I have tended to question the value of supplements like these, figuring they would mostly go unread and land up on the bottom of birdcages,” said Barber.Truly reflective of Brand South Africa “Recently, however, Bric nations such as Russia and China started doing supplements in the Washington Post that were actually interesting to read, so I began to have second thoughts. What clinched the deal for me was knowing I could enlist the talents of Big Media’s writers, editors and designers. “I was confident we could put something together something that was truly reflective of Brand South Africa and which would get read not just by Washington decision makers but by the captains of global finance who would be in Washington for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings when we published.” Printed in full colour, South Africa Now features photography from the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library as well as a stunning American-style op-ed illustration by multi-award-winning South African graphic journalist Francois Smit. It was designed by Irwin Manoim, Big Media’s creative director. A newspaper production and design expert with 30 years in the industry, Manoim is a joint founder and former editor of the Mail & Guardian and of the pioneering internet venture, the electronic Mail & Guardian.The message is: South Africa matters “The message of South Africa Now is that South Africa matters, that it’s a country of smart, creative people who have their own ways of doing things and who are making a difference globally,” said Barber. The supplement leads with an exploration of South Africa’s ambitious efforts to balance a growing economy with the need to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, with the most recent example being plans for a huge, US$21-billion, 5,000 megawatt solar park and a smaller solar installation on the island where Nelson Mandela was once jailed. The front page also features a look at Soweto, a book by Jodie Bieber, the South African photographer now most famous for the now-iconic and shocking Time magazine cover featuring the mutilated face of 18-year-old Afghani girl Aisha. Elsewhere in the supplement, Motlanthe looks at Africa’s place in the new economic world order. Harber discusses media freedom in South Africa, Matola reports on efforts to fix Africa’s brand, and Turner writes about the “normal, crazy, mixed-up country” that inspired White Wedding. Want to read more? Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. South Africa’s unique mix of energy, humanity, sheer doggedness and uncanny problem-breaking ability are showcased in full colour in a six-page supplement in the prestigious Washington Post newspaper, titled South Africa Now and produced on behalf of Brand South Africa.
18 November 2011 The South African government, business and labour have signed a new accord – one of the most comprehensive social partnerships on “green” economy development in the world – geared to create 300 000 jobs within the next 10 years. The groundbreaking Green Economy Accord, signed by various ministers in both Cape Town and Pretoria on Thursday, has the backing of South Africa’s three labour federations, whose membership together accounts for more than two-million workers. These are the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu). Ten ministers actively involved in the development of the agreement include the Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Transport, Trade and Industry and Labour. The agreement comes ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, starting in Durban on 28 November.‘South Africans are drawing together’ Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who led the proceedings during the signing ceremony, said the accord showed that government’s social partners were ready for COP 17. The parties to the accord had agreed to work with the government during and after the conference. “The green economy can create a large number of jobs, provide a spur for industrialisation and help to create a sustainable future for this and the next generations,” Patel said. “This accord is one in a series of agreements in which social partners commit to work to achieve the goals of the New Growth Path. South Africans are drawing together to achieve common national objectives.”Key commitments Key points in the accord include the government’s commitment to install one-million solar water heaters by 2014/15, as well as to procure 3 725 MW of renewable energy – more than the energy usage of Cape Town – for use in the national grid by 2016. The Industrial Development Corporation will provide funding of up to R25-billion for investments in the green economy over the next five years. The agreement also commits business to develop benchmarks in support of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy. It commits state electricity company Eskom to consider new technologies that could improve the energy efficiency of its coal-fired power plants. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa generated 90 percent of its energy from coal, and the government was promoting a move to “clean coal” through carbon capture and storage, among other means.‘The train is turning in the right direction’ Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi said they were excited about the accord, which would see South Africa relying less on its capital-intensive mining sector and more on manufacturing in order to create jobs. “The train is turning slowly [in] the right direction … we like the direction the train is facing,” Vavi said after the signing ceremony in Cape Town. He said that while the 300 000 jobs target might seem small, this was going to be a platform for more job creation in future. In support of the agreement, he said, Cosatu would establish work-based committees to educate workers on saving energy, as well as “green” retirement investments.‘Opportunities in bio-fuels’ Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the new accord promised to create investment and job opportunities in South Africa’s bio-fuels sector. She said that development of this sector would not compromise the country’s food security. For example, she said, sorghum, sugar-beet and jatropha could be used to make bio-fuels. Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the government would be invest billions of rands in improving the passenger rail system to ensure that South Africans moved away from travelling by cars to using trains. The Transport Department would also be improving the country’s freight rail system to ensure that fewer goods went by road. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said his department was pulling SA’s universities and its Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) together to ensure that their projects supported the green economy by, among other things, growing the number of artisans in the country. Source: BuaNews
26 September 2012Although Africa is the second-fastest growing continent, its challenge is to move from a path built on consumption and commodity exports to a more sustainable developmental path based on industrialisation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies was speaking during the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad’s) Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.Although Unctad’s recent World Investment Report indicates that global foreign direct investment flows exceeded the pre-crisis average in 2011, reaching US$1.5-trillion, flows remained some 23% below their 2007 peak. While foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows increased across all major economic groupings in 2011, developing economies now account for 45% of global FDI.FDI inflows into sub-Saharan Africa recover“Africa saw a third year of declining FDI inflows, but the 2011 decline in flows to the continent was due largely to divestments from North Africa,” Davies said. “Inflows to sub-Saharan Africa recovered to $37-billion, close to their historic peak.”South Africa was now seeing growing investment from India and China, which was also occurring across the African continent.South Africa was also investing on the continent, with a recent publication by the South Africa Institute of Race Relations observing that total South African direct investment on the continent had increased from R3.8-billion in 1994 to R115.7-billion in 2009, Davies noted.Making FDI work for developmentWhile there was debate on the models of on investment policy, the Investment for Sustainable Development Model recognised that while FDI could make a positive contribution to sustainable development, the benefits to host countries were not automatic.“It posits that regulations are needed to balance the economic requirements of investors with the need to ensure that investments make a positive contribution to sustainable development in the host state,” Davies said.The associated benefits of investment as they relate to technology transfer, skills development and research, among others, needed to be purposefully built into the investment regime, and not taken for granted.“New thinking and practice in international economic policy-making, notably with respect to the role of state in economic development, finance and industry, also need to find expression in international investment policy-making.”Davies added that South Africa’s three-year bilateral investment treaties (BITs) review, concluded in 2010, confirmed this assessment. The recommendations made from the review were largely endorsed by the Cabinet in April 2010.“Cabinet understood that the relationship between BITs and FDI was ambiguous at best, and that BITs pose risks and limitations on the ability of the government to pursue its Constitution-based transformation agenda.The Cabinet had concluded that South Africa should refrain from entering into BITs in future, except in cases of compelling economic and political circumstances.It had instructed that all “first generation BITs, which South Africa signed shortly after the democratic transition in 1994, many of which have now reached their termination date, should be reviewed with a view to termination, and possible renegotiation on the basis of a new Model BIT to be developed.”Source: SANews.gov.za
Geocaching HQ staffers love August. The Seattle weather is perfect. We get to meet geocachers from all over the world who come to log the Geocaching HQ geocache or attend Geocaching Block Party. And each year, we find a new way to challenge each other to geocaching greatness.See, we love teamwork at Geocaching HQ!This year, we have a collective goal: 100% of the 70+ HQ’ers will earn all 7 Souvenirs of August. This is something we’ll do together, and we would love to see you use the same teamwork-based strategy in your local geocaching community.We’ll carpool to geocaches, help each other solve Mystery Caches, and cheer each other on.At the same time, we couldn’t resist throwing a healthy dose of competition into the mix.To add in an extra sprinkle of challenge and fun to keep us geocaching all month long, we’ve formed seven teams that, in addition to supporting each other in achieving the 7 Souvenirs of August, will compete against each other to be the best in the following categories:First team to have every member complete all 7 Souvenirs of AugustMost geocache finds in AugustGreatest distance traveledGreatest number of Travel Bugs movedAverage difficulty ratingAverage terrain ratingBest geocaching-themed Instagram video with the hashtag #7SofAThis summer, you and your family, friends, coworkers, and geocaching organization can take the 7 Souvenirs of August to the next level too.Here are Geocaching HQ’s 7 steps to attaining geocaching greatness this August:1. Break into teams. Here at HQ, we decided to randomly assign teams to allow staffers to spend time with coworkers they don’t usually get to work with. Dividing by skill level or geocaching interest (i.e. the perfect blend of geocaching personality types) is also a great way to ensure the competition will be close.Last year was all about orange headbands; this year, we’re rockin’ green sunglasses.2. Give your team an identity. Team names are a must. Without one, what will you chant when you are victorious? Our teams are (surprise, surprise) named after the 7 Souvenirs of August: The Nature Lovers, The Explorers, The Puzzlers, The Collectors, The Socializers, and The Sightseers. (We’re all going to be Achievers, after all.) Bonus points for jerseys, headbands, sunglasses, and 7 Souvenirs of August SWAG.3. Set up a leaderboard. Share a spreadsheet to track individual and team stats, or if you’re technically inclined, work some GPX magic.4. Strategize. Get together with your team to talk shop. Will someone host a midnight Event Cache so the team can earn all 7 Souvenirs first? Or will you focus on find count or terrain rating? Is your team made up of people who are great at solving puzzles, climbing trees, or road-tripping? (Hint: Eating pizza while strategizing helps the brain think. It’s science.)5. Make a calendar of geocaching outings. Once you have your strategy, plan when you’ll make it happen. Geocaching together is a great way to keep inspired and avoid the dreaded DNF.6. Create a shared online space. Setting up a Facebook group or email chain is a great way to share updates, make sure you’re on track to achieving your goals (and winning!), and keep the team engaged and inspired.7. Capture your favorite geocaching moments. So maybe your team won’t find the most geocaches or travel the furthest distance, but you can show off that you had the most fun. Create a geocaching highlight reel and be sure to share it on your favorite social media platforms. Don’t forget to use the #7SofA hashtag.Ready to start plotting your August strategy? Share this video and invite your friends to join in the fun:Now Tell Us Your TipsHow will you and your geocaching organization sprinkle a little extra awesome on the 7 Souvenirs of August?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related7 Souvenirs of August FAQJuly 8, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”7 Tips for Achieving All 7 Souvenirs of AugustJuly 25, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”An Achiever’s Reflection on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustAugust 27, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google made a number of announcements in the past week that are of interest to educators: opening Google Wave to the public and extending Google Voice accounts to students. But one announcement that didn’t receive much press was its release of CloudCourse, the new internal learning platform.Built on Google’s App Engine, CloudCourse is a course-scheduling tool, fully integrated with Google Calendar. CloudCourse also features approval processes, wait list management, as well as room and user profile information and can be further customized to sync the data with other internal systems.Google hopes that by releasing this under an open-source license that it can “help developers who want to port or build enterprise applications on App Engine.” According to Irwin Boutoul, a software engineer at Google, “We actually didn’t design this system with universities in mind – we designed it as a course scheduling tool for enterprises. Nevertheless, CloudCourse can certainly help school administrators, who most likely don’t have the time or resources to worry about hardware hosting and dealing with traffic bursts like the ones that occur during class enrollment periods. We’d love to see universities pick up this platform and code additional features on top of it to make it more relevant to the higher education ecosystem. “While course management is part of what makes a learning tool appealing, CloudCourse does not yet contain all the functionality that would make it an alternative to the other learning management systems available But as Katie Christo, an instructional technologist at the American International School in Chennai, India says – echoing the frustrations that many teachers have with these alternatives – “I would love something from Google. Moodle is still very basic, Blackboard is worse. It’d be nice to have something that is free, cleanly designed, and integrated with other solid programs.”And as the source code is open, and as more and more schools explore and embrace Google’s Apps for Education, CloudCourse may become another part of the ed-tech arsenal. Related Posts audrey watters Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Windows 8 is not really my cup of tea. Mac OS X Mountain Lion is not what I hoped it would be. Google’s Chrome operating system is not powerful enough for my purposes. What is a power user to do?Use multiple operating systems at once, that’s what! And with advances in desktop virtualization, that’s easier than ever to accomplish.With today’s powerful multi-core processors and inexpensive RAM, it is easy to take advantage of a trend that has already swept the Fortune 100. It just needs a little tweaking for the home environment. Let me show you how it works for me.What Is Virtualization?First, a quick bit of background. Virtualization is all about separating the software from the hardware, creating virtual machines that act like real machines inside another operating system. Server virtualization is all the rage because it allows companies to create multiple “virtual” servers on a limited number of physical servers, boosting efficiency, adding flexibility and lowering costs.Desktop virtualization, meanwhile, creates one or more virtual environments on a single piece of hardware. And it’s hardly new. In the early ’90s we used Soft PC to run Windows on Macintosh computers.Early virtual environments were slow – and the extra memory they required was expensive. Today, a fussy operating system user like me can build a complex system at home with lots of memory for not a lot of money. And that lets me do some very interesting things.Obviously it would be simpler to stick with one operating system. But I have developed a fondness for certain programs over the years and some of them are platform specific. I want to use all of them, and advances in virtualization let me have my cake and eat it too. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? david sobotta Cost-Effective – And A Built-In Backup SystemI could have also installed a virtual PC environment on my Mac, but when you look at the $99 cost of a Windows 8 license, buying a whole PC got me another CPU, 8GB more RAM, a 1TB hard drive, keyboard, mouse and DVD burner for just $400 more.I also could have bought a powerful Mac Pro system to run everything. But the economics of that approach make no sense. A Mac Pro with less RAM and about the same amount of storage costs almost $3,000. Would it be faster? Hard to say. It would certainly be more elegant and compact, but my virtualized setup works great for me.Having two systems also lets me one as a backup. If necessary, I could upgrade to the Windows version of the VMware product and move over my Linux environment by just copying a file.More to the point, I love having every piece of software I could dream of at my finger tips. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid With my system it is easy to use whatever tool I prefer – no matter which environment it lives in – with the power of two modern microprocessors and plenty of storage. I can ignore the parts of Windows 8 that bug me while still getting access to Windows programs. I don’t have to give up my specialized Mac programs like iMovie, but I can avoid the iOSified version of iPhoto for my daily photography work.Getting It All To WorkNot surprisingly, there were some hiccups putting this all together. I never got Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client to work with Mac OS X Lion, but Teamviewer worked on the first try. Selecting the right version of Linux required a few tries, but with VMware’s installation program you can install directly from a downloaded ISO image.One of the neat things about virtualization is that my Linux environment is just a file on the Mac. Dedicating hardware to Linux is still not as easy as using a virtual Linux machine that takes advantage of all the hardware drivers that come with the Mac environment. Tags:#Chrome OS#Desktop Virtualization#home#imac#Linux#Linux desktop#Mac#Microsoft#OS X#Windows#Windows 8 What Does My Home Virtual Environment Look Like?I have three screens on my desk, driven by two powerful but inexpensive computers. One is a Lenovo tower PC driven by an Intel Core i5 chip with 8GB of RAM. The other is a Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM.Total spending – including a new LCD monitor to join the two I had- was less than $1,500. That includes a very reasonable $50 for VMware Fusion, virtualization software. I also downloaded the free non-commercial version of TeamViewer to let me remotely control a desktop computer from another computer.While all of this may sound pretty complicated, it’s actually a fairly simple way to create just the environment that I want.I love the Linux desktop environment. And AbiWord offers a good balance between advanced word-processing features and simplicity. But I don’t want to live entirely in Linux. I don’t to give up Pixelmator on the Macintosh for my graphics work or Rapidweaver for my websites. And I prefer Microsoft Excel on Windows for my spreadsheets. I also like Postbox on Windows for my mail and Adobe’s Lightroom for my photos. I actually run Chrome and Firefox browsers in all three operating systems as needed.The 16GB of memory in the Mac lets me easily run a virtual Linux environment using Fusion. Teamviewer lets me control my Lenovo PC from the Mac – and run the latest version of Excel and Postbox in a PC Window.If I want to move files from one environment to the other, I use Dropbox. It is the only popular cloud storage tool easily usable on Linux by someone like me.
Supporters of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have been venting their anger on social media platforms over the party’s decision to extend support to the BJP to form government in Haryana. The supporters, mostly youth, have been posting angry messages and videos accusing JJP leader Dushyant Chautala of “betrayal” and “going back on his words”.Tiktok videosThe supporters uploaded videos on Tiktok, a social media video app, burning the flags and bands of the party. They accused Mr. Chautala, the former Hisar MP, of betraying the mandate to the party which, they claimed, was against the BJP.The JJP, formed after a split in the Indian National Lok Dal in December last, won 10 seats to emerge as a kingmaker in the State following a fractured mandate, with both the BJP and the Congress falling short of the majority mark in the 90-member Assembly. The party had extended support to the BJP based on a Common Minimum Programme which includes 75% reservation to local youth in jobs in Haryana and increase in old-age pension.The core vote bank of JJP comprises the Jats, a dominant caste in Haryana, who are believed to have voted against the BJP accusing it of caste-based politics targeted against them. Around 20 people, mostly Jat youth, had died in police firing in 2016 during the BJP rule, further pitting the community against the party.A large majority of Jats in rural areas are also engaged in farming and the farmers’ distress has been a major issue this election. The farming community has been angry with the BJP allegedly for failing to implement the Swaminathan Commission report.The messages on social media platforms comprised videos of Mr. Chautala at various political meetings attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The supporters also shared an old video of Mr. Chautala’s grandmother from a hospital bed accusing him of betraying her husband Om Prakash Chautala for his political ambitions. Some party cadres vowed not to support the party ever again. A few others said that they could accept the JJP supporting the Congress, but not the BJP. Congress Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala also tweeted a video of Mr. Chautala’s mother and Badhra MLA Naina Singh saying that the JJP would never tie up with the BJP.
The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) disciplinary procedure commission on Wednesday fined Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne $50,000 for his public spat with Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit. After hearing both sides on Tuesday following Dixit’s complaint, filed under the 2011 IPL operational rules, the IPL body ruled: “Any action which is a breach of this duty is to be treated with all necessary severity. It regards the public criticism of Mr Dixit as being a serious breach by Mr Warne of his IPL playing contract.” “However, at the same time, the commission also recognises that Mr Warne has apologised to Mr Dixit, and that the incident occurred just after the match. In addition, the commission is cognisant of the contribution to the game of cricket in general, and to the Indian Premier League, which has been made by Mr Warne,” a statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Wednesday. “The commission has decided to impose a fine of US$50,000 upon Mr Warne. In doing so, the commission wishes to stress that any future such occurrences committed by Mr Warne or any other person may result in the imposition of a fine, which may be higher than that imposed in this case, a ban for a number of matches, and/or the deduction of points from the relevant team,” the BCCI warned. Dixit had sought one-match ban on Warne. The commission, comprising IPL governing council chairman Chirayu Amin and Ravi Shastri, had heard representations from Dixit and Warne at BCCI Cricket Centre on Tuesday.advertisement