Three to be awarded as part of La Francophonie Day

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 80 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Three to be awarded as part of La Francophonie Day by: – March 20, 2012 Leroy “Wadix” CharlesDominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia Olivacce Marie, Deejay Leroy Wadico Charles and the Dominica Festivals Committee are among awardees who will be recognized this evening as part of the La Francophonie Day which is being observed today.Dominica is today celebrating with 57 other countries and the International Organization for La Francophonie in celebrating International Francophone Day.The Dominica Association of Foreign Language Teacher and the Massacre Primary School organized a number of French related activities leading up to the International Francophone Day.Ophelia Marie. Photo credit: reverbnation.comThe awards ceremony has been organized by the National Commission for La Francophone and will take place at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Terrace from 7pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

38 new COVID-19 cases locally over the weekend

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 1773 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 67,857 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 769,0743 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 10 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,775 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 461 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 14 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 313 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 7 new cases), Franklin County has 205 positive cases and 10 deaths (up 14 new cases and 1 new death), and Ripley County has 188 positive cases and 7 deaths (up 3 new cases). This is an increase of 38 new positive cases locally.last_img


first_imgNaomh Columba 22/05/2012Well done to Kevin Mc Nern and David Gillespie on their success with the Donegal minors at the weekend, and best of luck in the forthcoming quarter final with Derry, set for this Sunday evening in Omagh. Our third team enjoyed a good home victory over Ard a Rátha on Saturday evening last, and are now due to welcome St Michaels to Páirc na nGael this Saturday evening, 7.30pm throw in. Our seniors are in action twice this weekend, with a home game v Carndonagh on Friday evening, 8pm throw-in, followed by both teams travelling to Clonmany on Sunday for a league meeting with Urris: 1.30pm reserve throw-in, 3pm senior. Underage news: well done to our under 10s, who won the blitz in Ardara last Friday evening. At the time of going to press our u14 girls were due to play host to Glenswilly on Tuesday evening, and our u14 lads were due to travel to Kilcar on Wednesday evening, for a 7.30pm throw-in. Our u12s will travel to Glenties next Monday night, to take on Naomh Conaill in the Go Games, set for a 6.30pm throw-in. At the time of going to press we were awaiting further confirmation of the u16 county final fixture. The game was initially set for Sunday evening at 6pm in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, but this may change due to the County minors game. Please check locally for further details, and best of luck to Brendan, Terence, and the lads. Go n-éirí libh!Cúrsaí Lotto: Ní raibh buaiteoir ar bith ar lotto na seachtaine seo caite, agus tá duaischiste de €3900 anois againn. Ba iad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná 5. 13. 16. 26. Bronnadh duaiseanna aitheantais ar na daoine seo a leanas: Frank Mc Brearty, Cappagh, Teileann. Ciaran Carr, An Caiseal. Ciaran Breslin, An Charraig. Niamh & Colin Doherty, An Charraig. Vera Carr, Mín an Draighin.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 22nd, 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has admitted that Christmas will be very different this year as it will be his first without his beloved mum Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The much-loved 94 year old passed away in May after a short illness.Heartbroken Daniel, 52, said his mum loved nothing more than having all her family home in their native Donegal for the festive season. “Of course we’ll be home for Christmas. This Christmas will be very different for us all, as it will be the first without my mother. She will be greatly missed by all of us, as she loved having all the family home for Christmas,” he said.Daniel will spend Christmas with wife Majella at their home in Kincasslagh and will sing at midnight mass at St Mary’s Church in the local village.The singer is already experiencing pre-Christmas freezing temperatures as he tours the US amidst huge snowfalls.He revealed “As I write this note I’m sitting in our cabin in Branson, Missouri. It’s a lovely hot sunny afternoon but boy it hasn’t been like that all the time we’ve been here. We’ve had the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced since I first came here in 1997. “One night in particular it went down to 19 F / -7c. These calculations might not be exact but they are as near as I can go in my head. So it was “Winter Woollies” all the way.”But the chart-topping star said it was extra special being in America at this time because his wife Majella could not travel last year as she was undergoing her cancer treatment.“It was great having Majella with me, as you know last year she was going through treatment at this time, so thank God everything has gone well for her,” he said.Daniel’s latest album ‘Stand Beside Me’ has just entered the UK charts – making it the 27th year in a row that he has had an album in the UK charts.DANIEL SAYS CHRISTMAS WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIS BELOVED MUM was last modified: November 24th, 2014 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) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

Gomes says Reading looked far from relegation strugglers

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jose Gomes felt his side looked far from relegation strugglers in their 0-0 draw at QPR.Rangers defender Toni Leistner twice fired against the bar at Loftus Road, where the home side finished the match strongly.But second-from-bottom Reading, in their second game under Gomes, were the better team for long spells, especially in the first half.Gomes said: “If you just watched this match, I think nobody could say we are at the bottom of the table, so beautiful they played and with fantastic confidence.“I enjoyed the courage that my players showed today. The feeling is that we lost two points.“We had maybe around 80% of the possession in the first half – beautiful football and positive actions.“Today we created a lot of chances. We played very positive football and played near QPR’s box for a long time.“I’m happy with the things they tried to do but I am not happy with the result. I think we deserved to win today.”The Royals are without a win in nine matches and have only managed one goal in their past five league games.But Gomes said: “The way we are working and the energy that I feel from my players, the feeling is positive regarding what can happen in the future.“We will talk about the mistakes we made and improve for the next games. The good thing is that the players accept my ideas.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

IDC takes lessons from Brazil

first_img23 May 2011 Brazil is a country more likely to conjure up images of beaches, samba and soccer than of people hard at work. Yet the tropical nation’s development bank has become an inspiring model to South Africa in its quest to boost industrial development. The idea that South Africa would look to a development bank in Brazil is even more significant when one considers that for years economists repeatedly wrote off the South American country as one of all talk and no action. But in the last decade or more, things have begun to change. Last year, Brazil grew 7.5% and this year it overtook Italy to become the world’s seventh-largest economy. Much of this growth is being driven by loans to businesses and infrastructure projects by Brazil’s development bank, BNDES. The bank has more than tripled its lending over the last five years, so much so that it is now one of the biggest development banks in the world – exceeding even the mighty World Bank. Last year, the Brazilian development bank lent out 168.4-billion reals (R733-billion) – more than double the World Bank’s US$44.2-billion (R306-billion) in disbursements for 2010. This has taken place while the Brazilian development bank last year posted a record profit of 9.9-million reals and a default rate of a mere 0.15%.IDC starts scaling up BNDES lending dwarves that of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which in the 2010 financial year disbursed R6.2-billion, posting a profit of R2.2-billion with a 16.3% impairments ratio. But the IDC too, is scaling up. Last month, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that the IDC would invest R102-billion in funding over the next five years – a 160% increase on the IDC’s loan approvals in the past five years. The IDC is now considering selling off some of its holdings – which include shares in major firms such as ArcelorMittal, Sasol and Kumba Iron Ore, among others – to finance the expected R36-billion shortfall in investment spending. It also hopes to inject more capital into small business lending – with the planned merger of Khula Enterprise Finance and the South African Micro Finance Apex Fund (Samaf) with the IDC’s small business funding portfolio to create a wholly-owned subsidiary under the IDC dedicated to funding small enterprises.A more powerful, strategic funding agency Brazil’s development bank has provided the IDC with several important lessons in how to create a more powerful and strategic funding agency – with Patel noting in June last year that his department is looking at emulating the success of BNDES. The Brazilian development bank’s use of funding from its Worker’s Assistance Fund – the equivalent of South Africa’s Workmen’s Compensation Fund – led the IDC to form a joint R2-billion funding scheme with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) launched last year. Shakeel Meer, the IDC’s divisional executive of corporate strategy, says the IDC is particularly interested in BNDES’ application of local content development – where the Brazilian development bank insists on a certain percentage of local suppliers or content when it hands out funding. Meer says insight into BNDES’ model had also led to the exposure to various industry specific financing schemes and methods, which has helped the IDC to formulate various financing schemes in recent years.International linkages The IDC has over the years, built strong links with a number of development banks around the world – such as the European Investment Bank, Germany’s KFW/DEG, France’s AFD/Proparco, Japan’s JBIC and the China Development Bank. The IDC first became interested in BNDES in 2005, after an IDC delegation visited its Brazilian counterpart to conduct an institutional benchmarking exercise. In a 2005 study by the IDC’s Jorge Maia and Lumkile Mondi, and economist Simon Roberts, found that BNDES was heavily involved in financing the Brazilian economy such that not a single major undertaking, involving private Brazilian capital after 1950, had taken place in Brazil without BNDES support. The authors also found that despite higher real interest rates in Brazil, BNDES had maintained better rates of investment than South Africa – partly because of the larger role that it plays in Brazil’s economy. They also found that financing at BNDES is closely linked to the bank’s strategic view of the economy and its practice of linking financing requirements to the promotion of local industrialisation. With relations between the IDC and BNDES growing closer, the two, in 2009, signed a technical co-operation agreement aimed at exchanging ideas on industrial strategy, financial products and co-operating in financing projects in Africa.Different operating environments However, Meer cautions that despite the similarity between the corporate mandates and origins, the operating environments and institutional funding models of each institution has evolved in a very different manner. For example, while BNDES has a near monopoly in Brazil’s long-term funding market, the IDC has to compete along side private-sector banks in South Africa. Another difference is that while the IDC has an almost exclusively direct funding approach, BNDES utilises an enormous network of financial intermediaries for indirect funding purposes, largely due to the specific characteristics of the Brazilian financial system. Meer says BNDES use of financial intermediaries accounts for its substantially lower defaults, since this is largely carried by the intermediaries. The IDC’s project development initiatives and its large equity portfolio also means the IDC is forced to assume a “substantially” higher degree of risk than BNDES, he said. Beyond the differences between the two banks, critics have questioned whether BNDES massive scaling up of finance is sustainable, pointing out that the bank’s funding is massively subsidised by Brazil’s treasury, which risks driving up inflation by releasing too much cheap money into the market. Meer however believes the expected increase in IDC financing would not have a negative effect on the South African economy, pointing out that the IDC’s funding activities complement those of the private financial sector. He says IDC also has cooperative funding arrangements with various domestic financiers. The IDC uses a pricing approach that considers both risk and development impact, he says. “In addition, from time to time, IDC introduces specific subsidised funds to promote targeted objectives,” he explains, adding that this was a similar approach to BNDES. The IDC also launched a lower interest rate offering this year which offers prime less three percent for projects with a high employment effect. Meer says the offer of lower interest rates within certain funding schemes is made possible by cross-subsidisation internally, as well as due to specific external funding arrangements with for example the UIF.Too much state control? Speaking to BuaNews recently, BNDES president Luciano Coutinho, disagrees with critics that believe the massive increase in funding by BNDES risks putting the state in too much control of the economy. “In our case there is no danger at all because our bank has a highly professional management and our non-performing loans are much lower than the private banking system,” Coutinho said. “We have a very competent bank and we understand that in order to have an efficient development bank we have got to be absolutely professional in terms of credit rating and independent decision making and we have to be accountable and transparent. “Those are pillars of good governance, because if you don’t have good governance you can’t be a good development bank, because we manage public money so we have to be efficient in managing money.” Coutinho says developing funding priorities was an important step to boosting the role of any developing finance bank and notes that the IDC has already developed priorities such as funding infrastructure development, food security (through loans to agro-processing companies) and the green economy. Last year about 93%, or 568 000, of BNDES funding disbursements were to micro, small and medium-sized companies as well as individuals – with 320 000, or half of all its funding operations were through the BNDES Card – which is a hybrid of an e-commerce and credit card financing system. About R$4.3-billion was disbursed through the card to SMEs – 74% up on 2009. He believes the card might be a product that South Africa could learn from BNDES and that the bank could make available in its technical co-operation agreement with the IDC. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Alfresco Wants Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Alfresco, the open source enterprise content management company, has unveiled a developer program for those looking to host both the community and enterprise versions of its software on the Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. Alfresco is a leading open source alternative for document and Web content management, competing strongly with ECM giants like Open Text, Documentum, and SharePoint. Enterprises might still have reservations about cloud computing. But Alfresco is attempting to capitalize on companies ready for the cloud with this new software stack and development kit.The core of what Alfresco is offering is an AMI (Amazon Machine Image), a pre-built software package for creating a virtual machine on EC2. Only a select number of companies with enterprise content management software, such as Oracle, are officially supporting their products on EC2 or offering AMIs. The first Alfresco AMI is only for the community edition, and doesn’t include their SharePoint module or the mobile browser UI for accessing Alfresco from smartphones. Alfresco is planning future releases that will support all editions. Alfresco follows a typical open source strategy, offering a free community edition and an enterprise edition with full support, bug fixing, and maintenance. One of the company’s primary selling points has always been reduced costs, both in up front price and cost of ownership. Sticking to that strategy naturally leads to embracing the pay-as-you-go cloud, in this case EC2 from Amazon Web Services. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Can Google’s Custom Search Create an Idea Echo Chamber?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s great to have everything customized to suit just you, right? You like your bed a certain stiffness, your oatmeal a certain thick and your coffee a certain sweet. How about your search results? According to an article by The Register, Google is working to “‘personalize’ as much as 20 percent of your web searches”.While this might be good for some things, we’re thinking it could also be like formulating an answer before someone even finishes asking the question.The Register quotes Google software engineer Bryan Horling, who spoke this afternoon at the Search Marketing Expo, as saying that one in five searches are customized using a user’s location, web history or online contacts. “Between these three techniques,” Horling said, “just about every user who’s engaging with Google search today is affected.”Horling explains that many of the changes, however, are rather subtle and usually involve rearranging a few results on a page and not providing an entirely different set of results. Google has tailored results on a large scale, such as by country, for years, Horling explains, but is now “applying it at a finer granularity.”While people we are in contact with are often of the same mindset and our location comprises much of our interaction with the world, do we really want Google to assume this for us? If we are researching a topic that is normally completely out of our realm, do we really want the search engine to pull us back in, however subtly? Take Google’s “social search” for example.“The idea behind social search is that we surface content from your social circle,” he said. If you know a particular person, for instance, Google may ensure that a document they wrote receives particular prominence on the results page.Customizing search results, it would seem, can be like putting us in an echo chamber of similar ideas and opinions. If we look up technology related topics in Google, suddenly we are fed links from our tech savvy contacts that Google pulls from our Buzz stream. But what if we are looking for the outside perspective? Even if we aren’t intentionally looking for the outside perspective, we’re suddenly being subtly driven back to our own world view, as repeated by our peers. While some examples, like searching for a bus schedule or searching for the words “coffee shop” seem self evident, we have to wonder how these one in five results are changing the way we search the Web. And if nothing else, we’d rather be able to opt-out if we need, without having to sign out, delete our cookies, clear our cache and reboot the system. Related Posts Tags:#Google#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Finally, a contest to reward the world’s crappiest fighting robots

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Tags:#Arduino#Hebocon#japan#Maker Faire#robotics#robots#Tokyo Since the first competition held in 2014 in Tokyo, Hebocon has spread over 25 countries and over 60 competitions has been hosted. In the latest International contest in August, participants hailed from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, France and Hungary. It’s easy to mock the Hebocon awards for comedy effect alone, but the reality is that they bring robotics (albeit in it’s most primitive form) to those who either lack technical ability or might be creatively or technically blocked. As the creators encourage:” Go into a toy store and buy one of those moving toy dogs, rip off its exterior, and stick some cardboard on there, and you’d be looking at your original robot. Get some pieces of wood, sharpen them, and give your robot some horns: your robot’s attacking ability has just sky-rocketed. You might even get more creative and install a motorized weapon onto your robot. Didn’t quite work side effects of viagra and alcohol out? That’s Okay! That is what we call Heboi. Grab that faulty robot of yours, and participate in a Hebocon competition!”With sponsors like Arduino and Maker Faire and a cult following, it brings a sort of robotics to the masses. Cate Lawrence “If one crappy robot and another crappy robot fought each other — what would happen?”In an era where robots like Nao, Pepper, Sophia and Atlas manage to amaze us with their respective abilities to walk, learn, communicate in different languages,  recognize different people and partake in heavy lifting, another suite of robots is hard at work lowering the bar of robotic achievement.Hebocon is an annual robot competition for the technically ungifted where 31 robots compete in sumo style wrestling matches where the robots try to push their competitors off a board through a combination of pushing, shoving, whirring and sheer persistence. The biggest challenge can be getting robots to move at all, let alone deliver attack moves and self-defence techniques.  The World Championship was recently held in Tokyo.See also: Will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?The word Hebocon derives from the Japanese word Heboi, used to describe something that is technically poor, or low in quality and with this spirit in mind, robots are made with a bizarre array of equipment including fast food wrappers, instant noodle containers, sex toys, wind up toys and Barbie dolls.  According to the organisers, “entrants will need compromise and surrender instead of ideas and technical skill.” Robots are actually penalised for having high tech features and assistance from the maker is not unusual in the competition, such as a helping finger to get the robot moving when a motor has failed. It a competition where failures in technical output can be thwarted by strategy and dogged persistence.The souls of robots that would be considered scrapheap fodder are respected, as winners in each round opt to attach parts of the losing robots to ‘carry on the will’ of those knocked out.Hong Kong representative Kit da Studio won the NicoTsuku award with his table-flipping robot. (The robot actually flipped itself over when it was trying to flip the desk.) Overall winner, Ricky Chan, built a robot called the “Robot-Controlled Controller Robot,” which consists of two components – a controller that looks like a tiger robot, and a robot that looks like a controller. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

2015 NTL Finals Day Update

first_imgPlease find attached the finals draw and finals structure for finals day of the 2015 National Touch League. To view, please click on the attachments below.Related Filesmodified_draw1-pdfmodified_draw_structure_and_format1-pdfRelated LinksModified Finals Drawlast_img