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Main Steet to open to pedestrians for Letterkenny Folk Festival

first_imgThe Main Street and Port Road of Letterkenny are set to be buzzing with a carnival atmosphere this weekend for the Letterkenny Folk Festival.Many will remember international dancers taking over the street for lively performances during festivals in years gone by.This year will be no different as the town marks the 50th anniversary of the original event from Thursday evening, August 22nd, through to Sunday 25th. A gig rig will be set up on the street and areas such as Donegal County Library, Market Square, the Post Office, the Old Courthouse, and An Grianan Theatre will host cultural events.To accommodate the festivities, traffic will be diverted from the Main Street and Port Road at various times.Friday 23rd AugustOn Friday 23rd August, Upper Main Street Letterkenny will be closed to traffic from Justice Walsh Road (Old Courthouse) to junction of Oliver Plunkett Road (County Library). The section will be closed from 6.30pm – 12 Midnight Friday. Vehicles approaching Main street from Station Roundabout will be diverted via High Road, Justice Walsh Road or Speers Lane.Vehicles approaching Main street from Justice Walsh Road will be diverted via High Road or Speers Lane.Saturday 24th August The Port Road will be closed from Station Roundabout to the junction of Justice Walsh Road from 6.30pm to midnight Saturday.Vehicles approaching Main street from Station Roundabout will be diverted via Pearse Road, Justice Walsh Road or via DeValera Road onto High Road. Sunday 25th AugustThe Port Road will be closed from Station Roundabout to the junction of Justice Walsh Road from 12noon to 4pm on Sunday.Vehicles approaching Main street from Station Roundabout will be diverted via Pearse Road, Justice Walsh Road or via DeValera Road onto High Road.For more on what to look forward to at the Letterkenny Folk Festival revival, visit:  Letterkenny Folk Festival sets out its stall for a new beginningMain Steet to open to pedestrians for Letterkenny Folk Festival was last modified: August 16th, 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:eventsLetterkenny Folk FestivalMain Streettrafficlast_img read more

Spurs 111; Warriors 105: Why Steph Curry, Klay Thompson struggled with their shot

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO – Even when the shots do not fall as they normally do, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson maintain all they need is one shot to overcome any shooting slump. This time, Curry and Thompson needed much more.The Warriors finished with a 111-105 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday after Curry (25 points) and Thompson (14) could not overcome their …last_img

Red Planet News; Ring World Beckons

first_imgLet’s drop in on Mars for the latest findings.  The two Mars Exploration Rovers are still doing splendidly; Spirit has its goal mapped out, a tour of the Columbia Hills where rock outcrops beckon geologists.  It recently crossed the 1.5 mile mark and set a single-day distance record, covering more than a football field with its autonomous guidance controls.  Its turf, Gusev Crater, turned out to be drier than expected.  Over on the far side, Opportunity has been circling Endurance Crater wondering whether to drop in for a visit.  (Scientists want to be sure that it can get out again.)    The only surface-based evidence for past liquid water has come from Opportunity.  At several sites now, the rover detected layers and concretions that are consistent with salty water existing for a period of time.  From orbit, however, one of the most striking evidences for water flow has just become ambiguous.  The BBC News reports that the gullies streaming down some craters may have a dry explanation: rockfalls and slumping sand in the lower gravity could produce the stream-like channels, according to a paper in PNAS1.    With rovers and orbiters in good health, more surprises are sure to come.  Some of the coolest 3D pictures are now coming from Europe’s Mars Express.  JPL hopes to catch up next year with its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which, with its huge camera, “will make a more comprehensive inspection of Mars than any previous mission.”  Instead of resolving areas the size of Bonneville Salt Flats, it will detect features as small as a Yellowstone hot spring.  It will also search deeper below the surface with its ground-penetrating radar.    Not to be forgotten, the 2001 Mars Odyssey celebrated 10,000 mapping orbits recently, and the venerable Mars Global Surveyor is still adding to its huge inventory of photographs.  All three orbiters are assisting the rover program by relaying images to earth and helping identify features of interest.    Politically, the future is bright for Mars exploration.  At a town hall meeting at JPL today, Senator Sam Brownback (R., Kansas) and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R., California) invited feedback from the scientists and engineers about the President’s Moon, Mars and Beyond initiative for NASA.  Opinions were divided between the value of manned vs. robotic missions, but no one discounted the power of space exploration to inspire the next generation of adventurers.    Far beyond Mars, the giant Cassini spacecraft is racing to home plate at Saturn.  New images are coming in almost daily at the Cassini website and also at the imaging team site.  Next highlight will be a close flyby of the little satellite Phoebe on June 11, sure to keep the world wide-eyed at the nature of this “wrong-way” moon.  Just a fuzzy ball yet, Titan is looming in the distance, the target of the daring and ambitious Huygens Probe.  Built by ESA, it will attempt to parachute below the smoggy clouds and reveal the surface for the first time.    Educators will want to contact the Cassini outreach department to get a copy of Ring World, a beautiful DVD animation made especially for planetaria, and stunning on a wide-screen TV.  It gives viewers a theater-style visual overview of the entire Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.  Highlights from the film are downloadable in QuickTime format.1Shinbrot, Duong, Kwan, and Alvarez, “Dry granular flows can generate surface features resembling those seen in Martian gullies,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0308251101 (published online May 28).These are great days of planetary exploration.  We can feel somewhat like the townspeople of 1804 felt as Lewis and Clark left St. Louis to explore terra incognita and started sending back samples from upriver.  It will take years to sort out all the data and figure out what it means.  For now, it’s time to enjoy the ride of a lifetime.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

OR Tambo spreads its wings

first_imgAn outside view of the new terminal. The arrivals area inside the terminal can accommodate thousands of visitors to South Africa. Sphiwe Mfeka, with his colleague Nomathansanqa Maqashalala, help show the public around the new terminal. A passenger is assisted at the informationdesk An artist’s impression of the new retail area and waiting lounge once its completed inside the terminal.Image: courtesy of Acsa. Khanyi MagubaneJohannesburg-born Sphiwe Mfeka has always loved airports. So much so, that his cousin who works at the OR Tambo International airport, used to take him along to work to give him an opportunity to see the arriving and departing planes.Today, Mfeka still has the opportunity to visit his favourite place, his love for being around the aircrafts has been somewhat realised after he was hired as an i-Help Agent formation officer in the brand-new international arrivals terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport.Phase one of the new R2.3-billion (US$287-million) terminal opened its doors on 3 September.Brand new featuresThe new terminal has been built not only to accommodate an expected increase in international visitors ahead of the Fifa 2010 Word Cup, but also to implement the airport’s new, more user-friendly customs control process.On arrival, visitors will be received into an international arrivals public concourse, which at 18 000m² is more than twice the size of the existing international arrivals halls.Unlike before, the arrival terminal will house various retail facilities available, including a post office, cellular phone shops and foreign exchange services. Most of the restaurants are expected to start cooking in December.Although it’s only the arrivals sections that’s currently operational, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says they expect the departure lounge to open its doors to the public in April next year.The new departures terminal will boast 75 check-in counters, and will link the international and domestic check-in facilities.Keeping in line with consistency of the airport’s design, departures will be predominantly on the upper level and arrivals on the ground level.One of the key challenges that come with the launch of the new terminal is the confusion of the changed venue and structure of the airport. Those coming to pick up incoming international passengers have to be redirected.To this end, assistants like Mfeka, come in handy.There are two sets of information officers. The first, clad in orange waistcoats, are located along the route leading to the new terminal from the various parking areas. The second set of officers then usher those picking up passengers to the new terminal and help them find their way around.The building of the entire terminal, with all the components completed, is expected to be fully operational by December 2009. This will include the complete installation of a new baggage management system with 10 new baggage reclaim carousels, four of which will be 90m long.The airport’s general manager Chris Hlekane, says the launching of the new terminal falls in line with the completion of the O.R. Tambo International Gautrain station. This is the first Gautrain station to be completed.The railway line will be elevated above the airport and will be directly connected to the central terminal building.Hlekane described the opening of the new terminal, as an indication that South Africa is making great strides in preparing itself for receiving all the visitors attending the World Cup, “It gives me great pleasure to declare that OR Tambo is on track for 2010 and beyond” he said.According to the airport’s project manager, Kesavan Naicker, the handicapped have also been taken into consideration. Sloping floors have been opted for instead of stairs in the terminal. For the visually impaired, the elevators also use voice-recognition technology, making moving around the airport easier.Naicker also added that once construction is completed, there will be enough capacity to meet growth in passenger numbers until 2015, after which they would consider further extensions. Construction has been underway for the past 10 years.A much needed faceliftThe launching of the new terminal forms part of a R3-billion ($366-million) construction overhaul for the airport.Apart from the new terminals, progress is underway to complete a new 5 200 bay multi-storey parkade. The complete parkade is expected to start operating in the first quarter of next year.Outside, the pavement of the runway and taxiways for the planes on the eastern part of the airport, have been rehabilitated and upgraded to accommodate the new A380 airbus.Construction of the additional rapid exit taxiways has also been completed. The replacement of the aircraft refuelling pipelines has been completed. The runway has also been widened by an extra 5m.Connecting the worldAccording to Acsa, the O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, catering for more than 17 million passengers each year.The staff component is made up of more than 18 000 people employed by various companies. The airport is centrally located in Johannesburg. It’s a 20-minute drive from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and a 45-minute trip from Sandton and Rosebank, where most international visitors prefer to stay.Situated within the airport complex is the luxurious Airport Sun Intercontinental, a five-star hotel with top-class 24-hour service. Guests are not restricted to a check-in or check-out time, and meals can be ordered around the clock.For those looking for more affordable accommodation, there’s the Holiday Inn hotel just outside the airport exit. Another Holiday Inn Garden Court is less than a kilometre away.Getting to and from the airport has also been simplified over the years. All passenger drop-offs take place on an upper roadway, while all pick-ups on a lower roadway.Passengers parked far from the terminals can also make use of a shuttle and golf cart services. For those with heavy luggage, porters are constantly on stand-by to help.Foreign visitors wanting to change their currency into the local South African Rand, can do so at the many forex dealers available. General banking services, automatic teller machines (ATMs), as well as a choice of car rental services can be found at the airport.OR Tambo also enjoys a large number of international airlines that fly from the airport to various destinations around the world.Airlines operating from the airport include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, KLM, Etihad, Air France, Air Namibia, Air Seychelles, Cathy Pacific Airways, Gulf air, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways and the national carrier, South African Airways.Do you have queries or comments on this story? 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Mushwana looks to positively impact society

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana says he has always had the desire to make a long-term impact on society which will leave a lasting legacy. The founder of the Dental Marathon makes sure that all schoolchildren in the Free State learn about oral health.Thobile Mushwana is the founder of the Dental Marathon. (Image: Melissa Javan)Bloemfontein based, Play Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dental Marathon, an organisation that aims to raise awareness and funds for oral health care and education in Africa.Dental Marathon was established in 2010 and has had an immensely positive impact since then. More than 180,000 schoolchildren benefit from the Dental Marathon initiative in Thobile’s hometown of Bloemfontein alone. This success necessitated the establishment of a global campaign to garner widespread reach of the impact.Thobile says he has always had the desire to play his part and make a long-term impact on society that will leave a lasting legacy. It is with this passion and aspiration to be an active citizen and contribute positively to society that Thobile led Dental Marathon, its sponsors and volunteers on a mission to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania on 3 June 2017.The Dental Marathon team hopes to raise R10 million to build a Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein, which will offer free oral healthcare and education for children as well as set up two mobile clinics that will travel throughout South Africa.Following these initial plans, the organisation hopes to establish a house in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Once these are complete, the Dental Marathon team has their eye on building houses across the continent.You can follow @ThobileMushwana on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

These countries are even smaller than Delhi: 10 smallest countries in the world

first_imgWhen you hear the word country, all you can visualise is a huge land mass full of thousands, if not millions, of people swarming around in cities and villages, trying to contribute to that nation’s economy. Among all this lie some very small, very quaint countries that may not have a prominent place on the world map but they do have the potential to be recognised worldwide.Let’s find out more about 10 smallest countries in the world:1. Vatican: Area: 0.44 square kilometreCentre of the Catholic Church and home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world. The country of Pope is inside the city of Rome in Italy2. Monaco:Area: 2 square kilometreMonaco is all about luxury. Situated at the French Riviera, world’s second smallest country is home to billionaires and millionaires around the world. Monaco is also world’s mostly densely populated country and holds a population of 36,000 3. Nauru:Area: 21 square kilometreNauru is world’s smallest island country. Earlier known as Pleasure Island, Nauru is located east of Australia and was famous for its phosphate resources4. Tuvalu:Area: 26 square kilometreMuch like Nauru, Tuvalu is also an island country. To be more specific, it’s a group of small islands off the west coast of Australia. Only 10,000 people live in this country that has only 8 kilometre of roads and only one hospital5.San Marino: Area: 61 square kilometre   Known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, the country claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign in the world. San Marino is surrounded by Italy from all its sides. It is also one of wealthiest countries in terms of per capita GDPadvertisement6. Liechtenstein:Area: 160 square kilometre  Liechtenstein is the only country in the world that stands on the Alps. The German-speaking country is situated between Switzerland and Austria. Still ruled by a prince, the country is only accessible from Switzerland 7. Saint Kitts and Nevis:Area:  261 square kilometreThe two islands of Kitts and Nevis were among the first ones to be captured by European colonisers. Once a popular sugar exporting country, Saint Kitts and Nevis is now a tourist destination with its scenic beauty and marine resources8. Maldives: Area: 300 square kilometreLocated in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is Asia’s smallest country. Maldives comprises 1,192 small coral islands and is a popular tourist destination. Dutch, Portuguese and British colonisers have ruled this country periodically until 1965 when Maldives declared its independence9. Malta:Area: 316 square kilometreConsisting of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is the ninth smallest country in the world. Gozo, Comino and Malta – these islands are all parts of the country. The island country has a rich history of 7,000 years and at present, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world 10. Grenada:Area: 344 square kilometreAlso known as “The Island of Spice”, Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island nation was colonised from 1649 to 1763 by the French and it still shows in the culture and tradition of Grenada. Once the world’s largest producer of nutmeg and mace crops, Grenada is now a West Indian tourist destination northwest of Trinidad and Tobago. Cricket is the most popular sport in Grenada.last_img read more

Photos/Video: Ohio State Kicked Off Spring Practice Tuesday

first_imgOhio State spring ball poster.It’s been less than two months since Ohio State shocked the college football world by upending Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Buckeyes are already back at it. Tuesday was the first day of spring practice for the squad, which will look to defend its title in 2015.Here are some notes, photos and clips from the event. It’s noted that quarterback Braxton Miller was able to do some light throwing, but that Cardale Jones was the only signal-caller able to participate fully. In the background of a few of the videos, you can see the National Champions 2014 banner hanging in the team’s practice facility.Braxton Miller off to the side at Ohio State spring practice throwing a little. Short stuff. Not throwing too hard.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) March 10, 2015Just got out of Ohio State’s first spring practice, where the QB saga continues. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller all dressed— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) March 10, 2015Interesting start of spring for Ohio State. Braxton Miller can run but not throw. JT Barrett can throw but not run. Cardale Jones full go.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/y7mJ06XXT4— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) March 10, 2015The CHAMPS are here! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3S2IzDKHW2— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Safety Dance! Sophomore @TheVonnBell7 & the DBs run through drills on 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AD5O8UGEMS— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Defensive line coach @Osurushmen1 leads the #Buckeyes DL on the 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/VUioZQZXAK— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015The Buckeyes begin their title defense on September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

McQuilling IFCHOR Form Latin American Dry Bulk JV

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Independent shipbrokers McQuilling Partners and IFCHOR have formed McQ-IFCHOR SA, a joint venture focused on the Latin American dry bulk chartering and advisory services.“McQ-IFCHOR SA is a bold and exciting move by both companies. Our joint venture with IFCHOR is consistent with McQuilling’s long term expansion program of joining with a valued partner in a strategic market,” John Schmidt, CEO of McQuilling, said.U.S.-based McQuilling has a significant Latin American footprint and opened its Lima office in 2007 to serve as the base for its Latin American business. Switzerland’s IFCHOR offers dry and wet bulk chartering, sale & purchase, research and financial advisory services, with a strong presence in the Capesize, Panamax and Handy to Ultramax international markets.The JV will be led by Jean Magot from McQuilling’s Lima, Peru office. While the venture is in the process of hiring personnel, further staff has been assigned to the new company from McQuilling and IFCHOR Seattle, New York and Lausanne offices.“We firmly believe that a combination of IFCHOR’s dry bulk expertise, competitiveness and connections and McQuilling’s Latin American history and presence will deliver clients with a highly effective shipbroking solution. The Latin American market, especially in terms of cargo, continues to grow and this partnership with McQuilling will enable us to provide our clients with greater access to the region,” Manu Ravano, CEO of IFCHOR, added.last_img read more

Ontario will not have balanced budget on March 28 finance minister says

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government is breaking its promise to maintain a balanced budget this year, saying its upcoming fiscal plan will run a deficit in order to fund programs for seniors, women and students ahead of a spring election.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Wednesday that the budget will be delivered on March 28.“I firmly believe you have to invest to create growth,” Sousa said in a speech to a Toronto business audience. “You cannot create jobs by beggaring your future prospects. As I have said many times — balancing the budget is not an end in itself. It is a means to an end. And that end is a stronger Ontario.”Sousa, who will be delivering his sixth budget as finance minister, said the province will run a deficit of less than one per cent of its gross domestic product starting next year but would not confirm a specific figure.According to the Ministry of Finance, Ontario’s gross domestic product sat at $794 billion in 2016, the latest publicly available data. Using those figures, the government’s budget deficit could run as high as almost $8 billion.Last year, the Liberals posted the province’s first balanced budget in a decade and had projected balanced books through to 2019-20. As recently as November, in the government’s Fall Economic Statement, Sousa said the 2018 budget would be balanced.The minister said Wednesday that the decision to run a deficit is, in part, a response to challenges the province is facing. He hinted repeatedly that the budget will include measures to help women, students and seniors.“We have to invest more and that doesn’t come cheap,” he said. “So here is the choice: ignore these costs of care to stay in balance or use our fiscal room to invest more in mental health, long-term care and child care.”The budget will outline a path to return to balance, Sousa noted.The minister also suggested the opposition Progressive Conservatives, who have are days away from selecting a new party leader, did not plan to balance the books if they took power after the June election.“They will cut services, roll back minimum wage and sacrifice those working at the lowest incomes,” he said.Tory finance critic Lisa MacLeod said the upcoming fiscal blueprint amounts to nothing more than a “last-ditch ploy to win the next election.”“This is a government that has no real beliefs other than their own political self-interest,” she said. “Now, right before an election, they’re cynical and willing to do or say anything to cling to power.”NDP finance critic John Vanthof said the Liberal government’s budget is an “election document” and Ontario residents shouldn’t be fooled by the spending it’s going to pledge.“An old, tired government like this should not be evaluated on a budget full of promises,” he said. “It should be evaluated on its history and where its direction has been. Its direction hasn’t been for the ordinary people of this province.”last_img read more

UConn Just Got A Shortcut On Their Road To Perfection

UConn has been slightly less efficient on both offense and defense. As a result, the Huskies have beaten their opponents by only 45 points per 100 possessions this season, down from around 55 points per 100 last season. So if Mississippi State was close to 10 points worse than the Huskies last year, it might be within striking distance now. But 60 points worse than the Huskies …Regardless, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness prediction model (which does not account for “oh my God, did you see how badly they got crushed last year?”) gives UConn an 87 percent chance of beating Mississippi State and an 85 percent chance of beating whoever they play after that. Good luck.Check out our March Madness predictions. This is the proverbial 60-point game that wasn’t even that close. UConn led 61-12 at the half and scored more points in the first 12 minutes and 14 seconds than Mississippi State would score in the whole game. But here’s the important part: This year’s Bulldogs squad is almost exactly the same team. All but one of the players Mississippi State put on the floor against Baylor (including all five starters) played in last year’s ignominious UConn defeat.UConn, of course, is a different team. Having lost three top players to the top three slots in the WNBA draft, they’ve declined precipitously from a year ago. And by “precipitously,” I mean like so: The University of Connecticut Huskies are good at the basketball. After beating Oregon handily Monday night, UConn’s win streak now stands at 111 games and they’re headed back to the Final Four. Since we’ve pretty much run out of sports comparisons for a streak this epic, note that UConn now has one win for every year of Bilbo Baggins’s life when he finally gave up the One Ring and left the Shire (and they barely look 50!).More importantly, UConn’s road to a fifth straight championship got a lot less interesting than it was before the Elite Eight. Rival Notre Dame is gone, beaten by Stanford. And so is Baylor, the other powerhouse in the tournament, following an amazing upset by Mississippi State. Bulldogs point guard Morgan William had the game of her life, hitting six of eight 3-pointers, while gathering 41 points and 7 assists with no turnovers to help down the Lady Bears.But let’s face it: Baylor losing has likely ruined any suspense left in this tournament. There’s still a chance that the Huskies will get upset by one of their two remaining opponents, but it’s not likely. Stanford, whom UConn could face in the finals, is the last team to beat them — 862 days ago. South Carolina, the Huskies’ other potential title opponent, played them close in February, losing by only 11. But Baylor looked like it might have had the best chance of beating UConn of any team in years.And Mississippi State, whom UConn will face next in the Final Four, let’s see … these teams faced each other in the Sweet 16 last year, and it went like so: read more