Donegal Youth Service offering student grant application advice

first_imgNewsx Adverts Letterkenny Youth Information Centre is continuing a series of student grants information seminars for parents and prospective thirs level students, with an event in Donegal Town tonight and Milford tomorrow.Next week will see events in Carndonagh and Falcarragh, and a daily service including evening clinics is available at the Youth Information Centre on Letterkenny’s Port Road.The Donegal Youth Service says with significant changes to the grant system this year, its important that people are informed about the new online application system.Information Officer Martin Keeney is coordinating the seminars……….[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Donegal Youth Service offering student grant application advice Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – July 3, 2012 center_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleDerry man bailed on August riot chargedNext articlePaint bomb attack on Apprentice Boys’ Derry HQ News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Cape Classics win over US wine lovers

first_img11 October 2010When Andre Shearer founded Cape Classics in New York in 1992, the American wine market was regarded as too tough for South African exporters to crack. Today, his company is the biggest US importer of high-end South African wines, representing 21 of the Cape’s finest estates and labels.On arriving in New York in June 1991, Shearer arranged the first tasting of South African wines in the United States – barely three weeks after then-president George Bush lifted sanctions on a South Africa just emerging from apartheid. Today, Cape Classics distributes in 49 states in the US, with partners including the Darden Restaurant Group (Seasons 52, Capital Grille and Red Lobster), Uno Chicago Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Walt Disney World, Trader Joe’s, COSTCO and Whole Foods Market.Ken Forrester Vineyards, internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s top producers and one of the most visible South African wine brands in the US market, appointed Cape Classics as its sole US importer as of 1 October 2010.With this addition to its portfolio, more than one-third of all bottled wine from South Africa available in the US will bear the Cape Classics seal.Unofficial ambassadorDividing his time between Cape Town and Katonah, New York, Shearer has for years acted as an unofficial ambassador for the country of his birth, showcasing South Africa as an investment destination through wine-tasting dinners at top New York restaurants in collaboration with US fund managers.Claire Bisseker, in a Financial Mail interview, writes of his dinners: “For each course, Shearer gets the guests (most of whom have never set foot in South Africa) to blind-taste an SA wine against other well-known international brands.“‘At the end of the evening,’ says Shearer, ‘even if they prefer only three of the South African wines out of five, or if the SA wines fared close, the message is that a country couldn’t produce wines like this if it didn’t have First World attributes.’”His message appears to be getting across. Over half-a-million cases of South African wine entered the US in the first seven months of this year, according to the US International Trade Commission. South Africa now ranks eighth as source of US red imports, and 10th as a source of whites.Along the way, Cape Classics and its labels have been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Departures Magazine, The Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator, and the company was named best wine importer at Food & Wine Magazine’s 2001 American Wine Awards.Indaba Scholarship, Jam Jar Sweet ShirazAnd Shearer is intent on helping to develop the South African industry in other ways, too. In January 2010, Stellenbosch University student Arlene Mains became the eighth recipient of Cape Classics’ Indaba Scholarship, which is open to aspirant winemakers, marketers and viticulturists from communities historically excluded from senior positions in South Africa’s wine industry.Mzokhona Mvemve, the first recipient of the scholarship, became one of South Africa’s first qualified black African winemakers after graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2003.Besides self-belief and perseverance, innovation is one of the typical South African qualities that Shearer has brought to Cape Classics. In 2009, the company launched Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, a unique semi-sweet red wine made from grapes grown in South Africa’s Paarl region, nationally in the US.Unapologetically accessible and populist, Jam Jar’s distinctive recipe and evocative packaging – featuring a red-and-white checkered screwcap inspired by traditional jam jar lids – has been a hit, to the point where people have been ordering the wine untasted, based on the name, packaging and style description alone.Through such initiatives, and an expanding, award-winning portfolio, Cape Classics continues to contribute to South Africa’s emergence as a wine-producing nation worth toasting.This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast December 4, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Clouds are still hanging on very pesky-like today. We won’t even rule out some scattered light precipitation…either sloppy wet snow flakes, ice pellets or a even a sprinkle or two. Coverage will be minor, around 60% maximum. Parts of the state will see breaks in the cloud cover from time to time, but we think we are going to have to push bigger sun totals off a bit longer here. Most of today’s action comes from strong north winds coming down the Great Lakes. Lake effect snows are likely in the typical areas  in northeast Ohio, but we expect clouds and hit and miss moisture still from the lakes as well. Everything tries to move out by tomorrow morning, but may leave a coating to half an inch.Wednesday features mixed clouds and sun, but on Thursday we have another quick moving little disturbance that comes through the state and brings some scattered snow showers into the region. The best snows come from I-70 southward. We can see a coating to an inch or so…but that is it. Potential combined snow totals through sunrise Friday are shown on the map at right.No change for the rest of the week. We continue to see a longer-term dry stretch. We expect to stay precipitation free from Friday through next Thursday. Temps stay below normal through next Tuesday. However, we still see signs of a significant warm up Wednesday through Friday of next week. Strong south winds drive that warm up, which could produce a similar ramp up to what we saw late last week ahead of the strong weekend event (namely fog and a very damp feel…not good drying).In the extended period, we have a few widely scattered showers and a lot of fog for Thursday and Friday, but then moderate rains are back for Sunday the 16th. Half to 1.5” rain potential would come with that event…making it eerily similar to this past weekend. Temps fall off fast behind it.last_img read more

EA’s All-Too-Familiar SimCity Woes Return On Mac

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Electronic Arts#SimCity It’s time for act two of the SimCity launch failure theater. When publisher Electronic Arts launched SimCity for Windows in March, the release could only be described as disastrous. So bad, in fact, that EA made the “difficult decision” to postpone SimCity for Mac until August 29.However, the delay may not have been long enough. EA’s forums are currently crowded with players who can’t seem to get the game to play on Mac computers. A number of players wrote that pressing the “Install” button does nothing. Others claim that the game doesn’t play on earlier versions of Mac OS, despite EA’s claims to the opposite. “We’re aware some [of] our Mac Mayors are experiencing a few bumps in the road,” the official SimCity account tweeted Thursday, linking to a developing FAQ based on users’ expanding laundry list of difficulties simply installing the game. “Oh my, so nearly 6 months later and you still haven’t got a fully functional working game yet? Diabolical,” one Twitter user responded. While this failure to launch certainly looks familiar, the problems Mac users experienced were completely different from the server errors Windows users faced back in March. Unlike previous iterations of the popular urban planning simulation, the March release of SimCity could only be accessed while the gamer was connected to a server. The one big problem: only a fraction of players could access EA’s servers.See also Will SimCity Launch Disaster Stop Online-Only DRM?The server issues have been fixed in the six months since launch, but Mac users might not even get a chance to use them given the high rate of installation errors. Even more problematic: while EA is addressing the installation errors, it so far hasn’t commented on user claims that, once the game is running, it looks terrible.It’s a continuing streak of bad luck for SimCity, which had early critics and reviewers speaking its praises before launch day, and then quickly docking their review scores. Electronic Arts can make the best game in the world, but it’s useless if users can’t play it, much less get it to install. Update on August 30 at 2 PM PST: A Maxis spokesperson has contacted us with the following statement: “We are pleased to advise that the installation-related issues some players experienced with SimCity on Mac have been resolved.”Image courtesy of Electronic Arts.  Related Posts lauren orsinicenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Be Skeptical Of American Pharoah

UPDATE (June 6, 5:27 p.m.): The Belmont Stakes is today, so we’re unearthing this article about American Pharoah’s chances, and why the Belmont always seems to snag Triple Crown aspirants. On Saturday, American Pharoah (yes, it’s really spelled that way) won a muddy Preakness Stakes by an impressive seven lengths, leaving only the Belmont Stakes between him and becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Commentators and oddsmakers both like his chances. But you should be wary.Though official pari-mutuel odds won’t be available for another two weeks, offshore sportsbooks immediately installed Pharoah as a two-to-three favorite (the equivalent of about a 60 percent chance of winning). If it feels like we’ve been here before, it’s because we have: Just last year, California Chrome (pride of Fresno County) was the Superhorse-du-jour before finishing fourth in New York.For the past 30-plus years, the Belmont has been unconquerable for Crown contenders. But that hasn’t always been the case. Prior to Spectacular Bid’s spectacular upset in 1979, horses that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness won 11 of 19 Belmonts they raced (58 percent). Since then, they’ve won 0 of 12 (zero percent). Though the Belmont has been over 1.5 miles (12 furlongs) since 1926, its longer distance usually gets the blame. (The Derby and Preakness are raced at 10 and 9.5 furlongs, respectively.)That there has been some kind of paradigm shift seems evident. The 1.5 mile distance has become very rare in the U.S., and American horses have little to no experience with it. The 3-year-olds just aren’t very good at winning both distances anymore:Perhaps even more amazing: If you break out Triple Crown contenders, horses that won exactly one of the shorter races went on to win Belmont 21.2 percent of the time before 1979 (compared to 50.0 percent if they won both), and 15.2 percent of the time since 1979 (compared to zero percent when they won both). In other words: Horses that have won one precursor have gotten a little worse, but horses that won both shorter races went from having the best chances at Belmont to the worst:Part of this may just be a matter of specialization: Horses capable of winning both short races may be more likely to be calibrated to the shorter distance. It reminds me a little bit of the 200 and 400 meter sprints in human racing. There are a lot of sprinters who run both of these distances, but Michael Johnson is the only man ever to win both at the Olympics.Also, Belmont entrants and winners that raced in both the Preakness and the Derby are becoming rarer and rarer—the last nine Belmont winners have skipped one or more of the precursors. This has led to some speculation that fresher horses have an unfair advantage in the Belmont. But even if so, this is another variety of the idea that horses that win the Belmont probably do so because they’re more targeted to it.While this seems plausible, it doesn’t really explain why there has been such a dramatic shift: The Belmont has always been the grueling final leg — the “Test of Champions.”If horses who won the precursors were at a big disadvantage in the Belmont, you’d think that horse-bettors would have picked up on it at some point. But the market has remained pretty bullish on Triple Crown contenders. You can see the chances of winning for each based on its final racebook odds to the left of this paragraph.Of the 12 Triple Crown potentials that raced, there were some big favorites, no big underdogs, and eight were better than even money against the field.Say you took $2 in 1979 and used it to bet against Spectacular Bid winning the Belmont at racebook odds, and then just “let it ride” — betting it all against every horse that won the Derby and Preakness. Assuming you gave up 15 percent to the “takeout” (horse racing’s equivalent of the rake) each year, you’d have over $15,000 today (with no takeout, you’d have over $100,000).While technically it’s possible that this has all been one big fluke, it seems pretty likely that the market has been botching this consistently. But the tricky thing about markets is that when you identify that they’re doing something wrong, betting on it requires presuming that the rest of the market hasn’t identified the same thing.We’ve seen an impressive horse before and thought: “Wow, the market sure screwed this up in the past. But it must have gotten wise by now and [insert superhorse here] must be the real deal.” But by the end of the Belmont, not so much. read more

Stephon Marbury Ordered to Pay Mistress More Than 300000

So, Stephon Marbury had a mistress and wanted to keep it a secret from his wife. To do so, he offered to pay the side chick $900,000 — and he put it in writing. That was Mistake No. 2.After paying Thurayyah Mitchell $600,000 to maintain the secret, Marbury stopped distributing the hush money. Mistake No. 3.Mitchell, once a chef, wanted all they had agreed to, and so she sued Marbury for the remaining $331,584.50, making public their 2006 affair. And so, the intent to keep his transgression a secret was compromised because he did not fully pay to keep his transgression a secret. All this according to TMZ, which got ahold of the suit.So, the question begs that Marbury has not answered: Why in the name of Tiger Woods would the former NBA star put in play a legal, signed document that would reveal his affair? Marbury’s signature on the agreement gave Mitchell the pathway to a lawsuit to collect the remaining agreed-to balance.Marbury still refused, claiming that filing her claim was a breach of the confidentially deal. Did not work.On Feb. 1 a judge sided with Mitchell and ordered Marbury to pay the remaining $331,584.50 he owes plus interest. And so, it is all there for public consumption  — including Marbury’s wife. Seems he defeated the whole purpose in making the deal in the first place, you know? read more

Quick Turn Around of Illegal Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAll but one illegal migrant who arrived on that overloaded wooden boat is gone back to Haiti. Government wasting no time repatriating the Haitians who were yesterday intercepted after being detected by the coastal radar. Minister Donhue Gardiner yesterday telling the Haitian government in a press release that they must do more to discourage these dangerous exploits… that boat was found taking on water when officials got to it, and two people had to be taken to hospital for treatment upon arrival at South Dock. The 82 migrants were immediately processed to ensure this swift turn around The lone migrant still here is the one who tried to escape during interception at sea, and is hospitalized for treatment of that leg wound. Related Items:donhue gardiner, turks caicos immigration PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Recommended for you Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Billslast_img read more

One dies in Nassau accident speed and no seat belt

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Speed was certainly a factor, but the men were also said to not be wearing their seat belts.  #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Severe head trauma is what police say likely killed the passenger in that Saturday early evening accident at the JFK and Westridge round about in Nassau.  Two were in the 1997 Geo Tracker, a lone car crash where officers investigating believe the driver for some reason plowed through the roundabout and slammed into two signs  that did major damage to the car, caused the driver to be ejected from the car and saw his passenger pronounced dead on the scene.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Fortis Update Initial Assessment of Damage from Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI has begun the process of assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma and the damages to our Transmission and Distribution assets, generation facilities and support infrastructure.  We are diligently planning for restoration of services and returning the Company to normal operation in the quickest possible time.Over 500 Poles DamagedBased on preliminary estimates, FortisTCI has sustained extensive damage to its transmission and distribution network.  About 500 poles have been damaged or destroyed across Providenciales.  At this time, FortisTCI is working to get members of our senior operations team to the Sister Islands to assess the damage to our assets in these service territories.Damage Assessment in Sister IslandsYou will receive a further update as soon as assessments are completed on Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.While we cannot, at this early stage, estimate how long restoration efforts will take, FortisTCI would like to  assure everyone that we are putting everything in place to get to work as soon as possible.Coming Soon….Additional Work Crews from Fortis Inc.Crews from Fortis Inc. are already mobilized to join us here in the TCI as soon as the airport is re-opened and they are able to  land.  Some 58 persons will join us from FortisCB; FortisAlberta: FortisOntario, Maritime Electric and Newfoundland Power.  Later on, other crews from Fortis Inc’s US-based utilities will join the restoration efforts.We encourage you to keep checking our Facebook page for more updates as we begin restoration efforts.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items:last_img read more

Police Investigates Illegal Boat Landing 12 illegals caught

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating the landing of an illegal Haitian sloop, in the Five Cays Area.  The incident occurred sometime between six and seven a.m. Thursday, January 18th, 2018.  The total number of suspected migrants are not known at this time, however the Police along with Immigration Officials were able to apprehend 12 migrants.Officers are currently conducting a search of the surrounding areas.  Anyone with information on this illegal landing, are asked to contact 911 or crime stoppers at 1-800-TIPS.Press Release: RT&CIPFPhoto: File photo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img