GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA TO HOLD ITS AGM NEXT SUNDAY

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes The Club will hold its AGM on Sunday 30th November starting at 6pm. All registered members are requested to attend to cast their votes and make their voices heard in the running and development of the Club.Senior Men Unfortunately the Seniors were beaten by Red Hughs in Killygordan.The Club extends its sincere to John Doherty on the sad passing of his father Patrick ‘Oneghy’ who was a good age and in great form until the end. He was well known for his great humour, storytelling and singing and will be sorely missed.Everyone at the Club wishes our Minors all the best and hope they bring back some silverware next week. The Minor Footballers next game will be on Saturday 29th in Convoy when they take on Termon in the Northern Final. Throw in is 12 noon.CLG Bun Cranncha also wishes our neighbours Urris good luck in their Ulster Junior Championship final next Saturday. Minor Football PresentationThe Presentation of Ulster and All Ireland Runner up medals for minor football will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny on Saturday 29th November. Tickets cost €25.U12 indoor hurling continues on Monday nights in Crana College from 6:30-7:30. Eligible children will have been born in 2003/2004. All new comers are welcome. Fee €2 for Hall. Competitions start in January.Cursa GaeilgeNa dean dearmad – Irish class this Tuesday in the Clubhouse as usual. Scór na nÓg – CLG Dhún na nGallAt the time of writing our Scór team are taking part in the County final on Sunday. This was the first year the club had dancers in Scór. Fingers crossed to our kids and indeed all the Inishowen competitors.Bord na nOg Presentation PhotosTeam photos (including U6’s) available for €8 Player/most improved of the year/presentation photos available for €5All proceeds go to the club. Contact Aidan on 0862762671SAVE THE DATE! Santa is coming to the Scarvey on December 20th. This has proven to be a great days fun for kids (and parents too!) in the past few years and Santa has never disappointed them yet. We’ll post more details later once everything’s confirmed, particularly Santa’s arrival time from North Pole, which can be hard to depict as it’s such a busy time of year for him! Anyone who has any unwanted Christmas decorations or lights then please donate to the club, we will gratefully accept them, just let Claire or Grainne know. Anyone wanting to volunteer a few hours wrapping, helping out on the day, etc, most welcome too.Scrap Saturday & Fundraising AuctionThe Club is organising a Scrap Saturday & Fundraising Auction event for the end of November so this is your chance to clear out a lot of clutter from inside and outside the house. We’ll take anything – good, bad or indifferent! Old clothes, TV’s, radios, computers, books, toys, whatever.Anything you’d like to donate to the Auction will be much appreciated but needs to be clean and in good condition please.All items should be left at the Clubhouse next Saturday 29th November between 11am-4pm.Bord Inis EoghainThe AGM of Bord Inis Eoghain will take place in late January, provisionally set for Monday 26th January. The date will be confirmed early in the new year. All nominations and motions to be sent to the Secretary by Friday 12th December.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA TO HOLD ITS AGM NEXT SUNDAY was last modified: November 23rd, 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

SANParks teaches conservation

first_imgA computer lab worth R820 000 has been handed over to Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo. Grade 12 pupil Khanyisa Chauke thanks SANParks on behalf of the students and hands over a certificate to Mr Sibiya.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa SANParks head of public relations and communications +27 12 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • New Sanparks educational centre • Free entrance to SA national park • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Vultures need our helpMusa M MkalipiA computer laboratory for Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo, worth nearly a million rand; an administration building at Dumisani High School in Cork, Mpumalanga, worth just over two million rand – these are just two of the corporate social investment (CSI) projects of South African National Parks (SANParks).The group’s CSI programmes focus specifically on improving the lives of people neighbouring its wildlife reserves. “In the past, our approach to community development was more of providing access to benefits that accrued from our business,” explained the Kruger National Park’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya. “We have now added the issue of corporate social investment whereby we have begun to provide facilities and resources that can benefit the whole community.”A total of R820 000 ($81 390) was spent on 32 computers as well as the refurbishment of the building in which the computers are kept at Masiza High School. The aim was primarily to benefit the pupils, but also to help the community of Mbaula Ranch as a whole. “The school applied for the project and on the basis that we are today living in the information age, a computer lab was the most appealing to us,” said William Mabase, the head of public relations and communications at SANParks.CSI is not the only way SANParks is promoting education. The organisation introduced its Social Ecology Programme in 1996, which was aimed at creating opportunities for communities that surrounded national parks so that they could also benefit from the parks’ activities. “Since then, communities have been benefiting in many ways, but in 2012, after SANParks adopted a new vision of ‘SANParks connecting to society’, the CSI department was created to give effect to the new vision,” explained Mabase.The aim was to uplift the standard of living of people, especially those in poor communities. According to SANParks, for the next five years its CSI programmes will focus on education through the provision of required infrastructure, libraries, science laboratories, extra classes as well as water tanks. At Dumisani High School, for example, R2.2-million ($21 8383) was donated for the new administration block.Educating the youthFor poor and rural communities, SANParks has pledged to support the implementation of programmes that promote access, benefit sharing, and socio-economic development towards the improvement of communities next to national parks. Environmental education is crucial in this context.SANParks has various programmes in place to teach students and equip them with skills to take care of the environment in which they live that attract more than 170 000 pupils a year. Through its Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), for example, students are taught about the significance of climate. KGSI started in 2010 and targets urban areas. These regions are targeted, Sibiya said, because residents here were not exposed to national parks and awareness of conservation. By 2012, SANParks had hosted a total of 22 808 participants, 95% of whom – 21 633 – were students. Numbering 1 175, teachers made up the balance.Seven schools in Gauteng are involved in KGSI at present. They are learning about waste management, food gardening, recycling, water conservation and greening. KGSI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.Another programme, Kids in Parks, is a partnership between the national Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket group in South Africa. It provides opportunities for pupils and teachers to use national parks as learning environments. Kids in Parks workshops deal with topics such as environmental ethics on three-day sponsored tours to national parks.Each year, Kids in Parks takes 5 000 children to parks, exposing them to activities such as mountain climbing and horse riding. According to Pick n Pay, the goal of the programme is to broaden the perspectives of under-privileged children by investing in the beauty of the land so that future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.SANParks also runs the SANParks Social Science Student Support Programme at the University of Pretoria, a multi-year programme that supports tertiary learning and research. Through its own initiatives and support from the National Lottery Distribution Fund, bursaries are offered to students. The programme started in 2011 and focuses on students in the social sciences and heritage conservation fields.last_img read more

Google Eyes Mobile App Market, Falls Short With New Search

first_imgThe Google Mobile team unveiled a new type of search results today: Android and iPhone native apps. It’s a great idea, but the execution leaves much to be desired.Try searching for terms like “Bank of America app,” or “download Shazam” on your Android or iPhone and the app store’s top search result will appear at the top of the page. Unfortunately, I tried deliberately searching for a long list of specific apps and types of apps but didn’t get the new kind of results in very many cases. This will have to change in time, the opportunity is just too big. It would be more helpful if “mobile apps” was a new type of search that could be performed, if the results were broader and if mobile Web apps were privileged in the same kind of way.These search results ought to recognize your context (mobile) and present relevant apps whether you know to look for them or not. It is a relief to see that Google points to the iTunes store in searches on an iPhone, instead of saying, “you should buy an Android phone.” As Steve Jobs said yesterday, just because you’re competing with someone doesn’t mean you have to be rude.App Stores Will Only Get Bigger & BetterThe app store model is a radical change from standard Web page search. It’s curated by user voting and in some cases by the platform vendor. Apps are stand-alone bundles of functionality that a user returns to again and again, at least in theory. They are different from Web pages and the app store model compliments the chaotic, interconnected Web nicely. Google’s desktop browser Chrome recently unveiled plans to include a web app store of its own. App stores are hot already, but they are only going to get hotter. (See this list of 75 different app stores just for mobile platforms, for example.)There are also a wide variety of app store models that could jostle for market share as the market expands. As Peggy Anne Salz wrote yesterday on MSearchGroove:According to Sizing Up The Global Apps Market, the recent milestone report from Chetan Sharma Consulting (commissioned by independent app store GetJar), app downloads are expected to rise from over 7 billion in 2009 (Asia accounted for a whopping 37 percent of the total) to almost 50 billion by 2012. Revenue is forecast to increase from $4.1 billion in 2009 to $17.5 billion by 2012. Predictably, a variety of models — ranging from paid apps and apps bundled with subscription offers, to ad-funded schemes and loyalty programs that raise brand awareness – will drive distribution and monetization.50 billion downloads? That smells like a great opportunity for paid search placement, affiliate links to app stores and more.App search, discovery, sharing, and to some degree recommendation (iTunes Genius is pretty good already) are big new opportunities for development. It’s disappointing to see Google Mobile announce something as lackluster as this feature is today. Hopefully it will improve quickly. It’s a great idea. Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Three killed as slab of under-construction building collapses in Pune

first_imgThree labourers were killed and one more seriously injured after the slab of an under-construction building collapsed in Pune’s Dattawadi area on Tuesday morning.The tragedy occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., when a group of four labourers were working on the 7th floor of an under-construction building which was a project by Pate Developers, a city-based construction group. The labourers in question hailed from Jharkhand and were in their 20s.The incident has brought into sharp relief yet again the pressing issue of labourers’ safety measures on construction sites.The deceased have been identified as Prakash Saav (26), Dulari Paswan (28) and Midhun Singh (22). The fourth labourer, Ramu Pawan (24), suffered serious injuries and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital, said Dattawadi police.“The labourers were about their usual tasks when the cement slab of the seventh floor caved in. All three were killed on the spot,” informed Anil Patil, senior police inspector, Dattawadi police station.Mr. Patil further informed that the police were investigating the matter and were in the process of lodging an FIR against the developers under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).He said the contractors and the project owners were being investigated to ascertain who was responsible for the tragedy and questions like whether or not the labourers were wearing safety harnesses while working at that height. The incident is a veritable replay of the Balewadi slab collapse tragedy in July last year in which nine labourers were killed on the spot.In that case, the authorities had stated that the accident was clearly a case of “illicit construction” as the builders (Pride Purple) had violated norms by constructing an additional storey (the 13th floor). Permission to build only 12 floors, plus the basement, was granted.The Dattawadi incident adds to a string of accidents that have occurred in Pune in recent years. On December 2012, 13 labourers were killed when a slab of an under-construction building caved in at Wagholi, 20 km from the city.Prior to that, in September that same year, six persons were killed on the spot and several more injured after a four-storey residential building caved in at Sahakar Nagar.Safety norms and illicit constructions came into question yet again in January 2014, when a newly constructed six-storey building collapsed in the city’s suburban region of Narhe-Ambegaon, tragically killing a 28-year-old youth who was trapped under the debris.last_img read more

Tribute to Nabin Chandra Das Bagbazar to host 3day Rosogolla Utsav

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to pay tribute to Nabin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rosogolla, Bagbazar O Rosogolla Utsob Executive Committee is going to hold a three-day Rosogolla Utsav from December 28 at Bagbazar.A statue of Das will be unveiled during the inaugural programme. A postal stamp dedicated to him will be published. Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata, will inaugurate the festival. Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will also be present at the programme. According to Bagbazar O Rosogolla Utsob Executive Committee, Nabin Chandra Das had invented Rosogolla. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough he opened a shop in Jorasanko but got success after he moved to Bagbazar in 1886. In 1868, he invented Rosogolla which later became famous all across the world. Dr Shashi Panja, MLA & chief convener of the Committee, said: “I am very proud to say Rosogolla has been invented in Bagbazar that comes into my constituency. The reason behind this Utsav is to celebrate the 150th year of Nabin Chandra Das’s unique invention, Maa Sarada’s Janmatithi and 100 years of Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsab. We believe Bagbazar has a long and great tradition in the array of Bengal’s culture, history and renaissance and the utsav will focus on the all-round involvement of North-Kolkatans to rejuvenate the memories and traditions. The three-day festival will witness various performances by eminent personalities.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Thursday, famous Indian artist Suvaprasanna and others present at the press conference said people will get to taste several famous sweets from all over the state for three days. The three-day festival will witness performances by Hariharan, Humsufi, Indranil Sen, Aditi Munsi with Doharband, Chandrabindoo, Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu, Rasia, Srikumar Chattopadhyay powered by Maitreye Mitra and Satinath Mukhopadhyay followed by adda session with Actor Kanchan Mullick, Tanima Sen, Manasi Sinha and Biswajit Chakraborty. The festival will also hold programmess like Rosogolla cooking competition, quiz contest by Dr Parthasarathi Mukherjee, Rosogolla eating competition to make it more mesmerising for the visitors. This will be one of the largest sweet festivals of the recent time, which will have sweets from leading brands to districts from Nadia to Burdwan.last_img read more