first_imgLifford and Strabane have been dealt a huge blow after funding for the much-publicised Riverine Project was pulled.Former Mayor of Donegal Noel McBride at the launch of the Riverine ProjectThe €6 million plan was supposed to regenerate the area and bring the two communities together.A series of improvements including cycle lanes, bridges and art instillations was planned. But the Special European Union Programmes Body said today the project has been scrapped because of a lack of funding.There has been so far no comment from Donegal County Council. LIFFORD SUFFERS ANOTHER BLOW WITH SCRAPPING OF RIVERINE PROJECT was last modified: June 28th, 2013 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:fundingLiffordRiverine Projectstrabanelast_img read more

Why oddsmakers haven’t given up on Warriors winning a title

first_imgDon’t write off the Warriors just yet. They may have lost Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, but the oddsmakers still believe Golden State is among the top four or five best bets to win the NBA title next season.The Warriors, strengthened by the surprising acquisition of Nets All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, face 13-1 odds to win their third championship in four years, according to the oddsmakers at That’s a far cry from being the runaway favorites the past three seasons, …last_img

Double Tri Nations win for SA

first_imgSouth Africa is the Tri Nations winechampion as well as the rugby cupholder.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rianie StrydomGM, Haskell Vineyards+27 82 290 6399• Andre MorgenthalCommunications Manager, Wines of SA+27 21 883 3860Janine ErasmusNot only is South Africa tops in the Tri Nations rugby ranking, it’s also the reigning champion in the lesser known, yet no less prestigious, Tri Nations wine challenge.The annual Tri Nations rugby tournament, contested by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, draws millions of sports-mad fans each year. The same three nations vie for the Tri Nations wine challenge, which this year took place in Sydney, Australia, in September.In 2009 the Springboks outshone all opposition on the field, while a Shiraz from Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch snatched the sought-after Four Seasons Hotel Trophy for the best wine of the show – right from under the noses of 321 of its southern hemisphere rivals.Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 also took the award for the best Shiraz on show, as well as the best red, which is not surprising given South Africa’s long-standing reputation as a producer of world-quality wines.Haskell GM and winemaker Rianie Strydom was ecstatic. Invitation to the competition is by invitation only, and she was honoured just to have been able to participate.“I am proud that our wine performed so well internationally. This is not only an award for Haskell Vineyards, but for South Africa,” she enthused. “It shows that our wines have come of age.”Strydom, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, with viticulture and oenology as majors, added that she was thrilled to have beaten Australia’s top winemakers on their own turf. She joined Haskell in 2004 after a 10-year tenure as winemaker with the award-winning Morgenhof estate.Other South African wine estates that shone on the night include Kleine Zalze, which took the trophy for best Cabernet, and Doolhof, which was the runner-up. All in all, local wines brought home an impressive 19 gold medals – South Africa’s best result at the competition so far.Among the medallists were Pongracz, Cape Chamonix, Nederburg, Constantia Glen, Neethlingshof, Rustenberg, Fleur du Cap, Lomond, Kaapzicht, Beaumont, Kanu, Springfontein, Laibach, Neil Ellis, Boekenhoutskloof, and Anthonij Rupert.Setting the standardThis is not the first time that a South African wine has walked off with the big prize. Warwick Wine Estate claimed the same honour when it won the Tri Nations challenge in 1999 for its 1998 Warwick Chardonnay.But Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 has set a new standard by becoming the first local wine to be named best red as well.The Haskell range of wines will hit the stores in November 2009, giving the young Haskell Vineyards the best start they could have wished for.Prestigious competitionThe Tri Nations wine competition was established in 1995. This year’s edition, the 14th, saw only the best wines from the three countries – each wine therefore a potential winner – facing off.Wines compete in 13 classes, with between 20 and 30 wines in each class, and are blind-tasted by the judging panel, which comprises one judge from each participating country.Once all the entrants have been tasted the 13 category winners are judged again for best red, best white, and best wine on show. The top 13 wines each receive a trophy, and the three best wines overall receive a perpetual trophy.South Africa’s 2009 representative was the experienced wine consultant and international judge Michael Fridjhon, who has been a Tri Nations judge from the start and this year chaired the panel. Australia was represented by professional wine writer Huon Hooke, while wine master Bob Campbell represented New Zealand.Wine countryHaskell Vineyards is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains in the premium wine-growing region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province.The 23ha farm, which sits next to the famous Rust en Vrede winery, was known as Dombeya (Latin, meaning “wild pear” in reference to a tree that grows freely in the region) until American entrepreneur Preston Haskell bought it in 2002. Haskell, who lives in Moscow, is one of Russia’s top property developers.The American soon brought Australian Grant Dodd on board as his business partner and the two wasted no time in making a number of improvements, among them a brand new state-of-the-art cellar that can process 150 tons of grapes.According to Haskell, his goal is to produce 10 000 cases in total of Haskell and Dombeya wines over the next few years.With 15ha of vines, the estate still produces Dombeya wines and has garnered a number of awards for them, but will soon launch its own brand. Haskell Pillars Shiraz 2007 is the first product of that label and already seems destined for greatness.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Absa in Barclays Africa franchise deal

first_img26 February 2013South African bank Absa is to step up its African expansion following shareholder approval for an R18.3-billion deal to combine with Barclays Africa, enabling it to start serving 14.4-million customers across 10 countries on the continent.The deal will see Absa Group Limited combine with Barclays Africa and change the name of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company to Barclays Africa Group Limited in order to illustrate the “enlarged nature of the business”, the firm said in a statement following the shareholders’ vote on Monday.“This is an exciting and transformational deal that will create a high quality franchise in Africa with a leading network of more than 1 300 outlets and 10 400 [automated teller machines] across 10 countries,” said Absa Group chief executive Maria Ramos.“The vote of confidence from Absa’s independent shareholders is an important milestone in our journey towards becoming the ‘go-to’ bank across Africa.”The deal also got the green light from South Africa’s biggest institutional investor, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).The PIC is owned by the South African government, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as its shareholder representative; it was established in 1911 and has become one of the continent’s largest investment managers, investing funds on behalf of public sector organisations and representing over R1.17-trillion in assets.The PIC said the deal, worth R18.3-billion, afforded the bank the chance to diversify its income outside of the South African market. “We support the deal primarily because this provides Absa with an immediate exposure to a higher growth trajectory market,” it said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African granny sets off on an epic road trip across Africa

first_imgSouth African grandmother Julia Albu is putting younger explorers to shame, embarking on a car journey across Africa. Albu set off on her road trip on 13 June 2017 and will be detailing her adventures on social media. Julia Albu celebrates the start of her solo car trip across Africa. Albu started her road trip, in her trusty 1997 Toyota Conquest, nicknamed Tracy, on 13 June 2017. (Image: My African Conquest Facebook page)CD AndersonA Jakkelsfontein, Western Cape resident, 80-year-old Julia Albu, driving her 1997 Toyota Conquest, is making her way across the continent on a solo road trip to raise awareness for literacy.Albu’s idea for the trip started more than a year ago when she pondered why so many South Africans relied on more modern, expensive vehicles just to drive on ordinary roads. She was confident her modest 20-year-old Conquest could just as easily tackle the rougher terrains of Africa.Following the death of her partner of 33 years in 2015, raising four children and being a “gogo” to her nine grandchildren, Albu decided that it was finally time to take charge of her own destiny and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.Albu’s car, nicknamed Tracy, had already clocked almost 400,000km in the 20 years she had been behind the wheel.  Speaking to 702 Radio/Cape Talk on 6 June 2017, Albu said her car always gave her the freedom to go anywhere and do anything she wanted, “with the windows down and the wind in [my] face, always with [my] favourite music” playing at top volume. And what better way to celebrate that freedom to go anywhere than to witness the beauty of Africa and meet its people first hand?Listen to the full interview below Albu’s end-point is London, via the east African coast, then catching a ferry across the Mediterranean Sea and driving through Europe. And she is doing it all for a good cause: literacy and education.“You can’t do this for nothing because it’s a waste of time, no matter how much effort you have. You have to take a charity,” she says.While distributing books and offering reading lessons to children along the way, Albu will be raising awareness of the Shine Literacy organisation in Cape Town. “It is an early learning [charity] for children, but not just learning how to read. It teaches them the meaning of the word. You can read but you don’t know what you are reading and this teaches children the meaning of what they are reading.”As her journey progresses, Albu will be keeping her followers updated via her Facebook page, with photos and videos detailing her adventures.  She and Tracy will also be featured in an insert on the M-Net programme Carte Blanche on 18 June 2017.Julia Albu prepares for the start of her solo car trip across Africa. Albu started her road trip, in her trusty 1997 Toyota Conquest, nicknamed Tracy, on 13 June 2017. (Image: My African Conquest Facebook page)Julia Albu prepares for the start of her solo car trip across Africa. Albu started her road trip, in her trusty 1997 Toyota Conquest, nicknamed Tracy, on 13 June 2017. (Image: My African Conquest Facebook page)Rest assured, Albu has not taken the trip lightly: making sure she is fighting fit for the rigours of long distance driving, camping and tackling whatever Africa throws at her, she has had a full medical check-up that found her in good health for the journey.Albu has also accepted sponsorships that ensure she has all the right equipment and support for the long trip. Her local Toyota dealership has also come on board, and made sure Tracy the Conquest was ready for the trip. It has also offered assistance if there are any mechanical hiccups along the way.Writing on her blog in anticipation of her journey, Albu offered a poem she wrote highlighting what the trip meant to her:“When you have acquired a taste for the dust / and the scent of our first rain / you’re hooked for life on Africa… it is time to cut the traces loose / and let your heart go free/ beyond that far horizon/ where your spirit yearns to be.”Godspeed Julia and Tracy, may you both have the time of your lives.Follow Julia Albu’s journey on her Facebook page and her website.Source: 702 Radio /Cape Talk, My African Conquest Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Nokia Releases Ovi Maps with Free Walk and Drive Navigation

first_imgSince 2008 Nokia has acquired at least 12 companies, including location-based services like Plazes, Dopplr and Navteq. Hellmis explains that the Navteq acquisition allows Nokia to utilize hybrid vector map technology rather than the more data intensive bitmaps used by other providers. Says Hellmis, “That’s one of the advantages of developing from a mobile device background. We’re aware of the consumer’s resources. You don’t wait to download your maps on a wireless connection and you don’t need a sim card. You’ve got the entire world in your pocket rather than on a server.”This sort of functionality is particularly useful for those who travel frequently and are used to suffering from high data connection costs and unstable network coverage. The service also includes information on safety cameras, speed warnings and pedestrian shortcuts, in addition to 6,000 3D landmarks. Ovi Maps’ voice navigation is immediately available for download on 10 handsets including the Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72 at Additional phones will be added in the coming months. The fact that Nokia’s handsets account for 51% (83 million) of the total number of GPS-enabled devices shipped last year, means that the company may quickly be the world’s largest navigation services provider. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces While the iPhone is clearly the media darling of mobile devices in the US, there’s no denying that Nokia’s handsets have saturated the global market. As part of that global strategy, the company just announced free walk and drive navigation for 74 countries in 46 languages. Today’s release of the third iteration of Ovi Maps is similar to Google’s maps for Android in that the service offers free turn-by-turn voice guidance. Nevertheless, there’s one important catch – maps are cached offline for future use. ReadWriteWeb caught up with Nokia’s VP of product and location, Christof Hellmis, for a look at how the company is saving device owners precious battery life. Related Posts dana oshiro The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

Weekly Poll: Why Is Apple Building a Massive, $1 Billion Data Center

first_imgIn last week’s poll, we asked if one company will come to dominate cloud computing. We had 115 responses.Today we posted about the massive data center that Apple is building in Maiden, NC. We know so little about what Apple plans to do with the 500,000 square foot data center. So, we want to ask you: Why is Apple building a massive, 1$ billion data center? alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Speculation runs the gamut.Is it to give Apple the ability to deliver its own content?From Dan Rayburn: “…it does indicate that over time, third party CDNs like Akamai and Limelight could very well lose a large portion of Apple’s business. While it’s way to early to speculate what kind of content Apple will deliver and in what volume, this strategy is nearly identical to what we’ve seen Microsoft do over the years.”People point to Apple’s Lala acqusition as a case in point that Apple wants to offer iTunes in the cloud.Michael Robertson, the founder of gives this scenario:“What is of value is the personal music storage service which was an often overlooked component of Lala’s business. As Apple did with the original iPods, Lala realized that any music solution must include music already possessed by the user. The Lala setup process provides software to store a personal music library online and then play it from any web browser alongside web songs they vend. This technology plus the engineering and management team is the true value of Lala to Apple.”Will One Company Come To Dominate Cloud Computing?We asked that question last week. We had 115 people respond. About 45 percent of you said, no, there is too much diversity in the market for it to be dominated by one company: So, what do you think? Why is Apple building this massive data center? Related Posts last_img read more

BMPCC4K Tips: The Difference Between Constant Bitrate and Constant Quality

first_imgIn this write-up, we take a look at the new encoding options that come with Blackmagic RAW: constant bitrate and constant quality.Earlier this year, Blackmagic Design retired the CinemaDNG format from their camera line (not you, URSA Mini 4.6K) and replaced it with Blackmagic RAW. The new codec offers some exciting features to the BMD camera lineup. We’ll look at the specifics at a later date; however, Constant Bitrate offers four encoding options: 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1. And Constant Quality offers two quality settings: Q0 and Q5. What do these new settings mean? Let’s take a look.Constant BitrateConstant Bitrate is Blackmagic RAW’s offering to make sure your file sizes remain predictable and manageable because your media is never going to surpass the selected data rate. Low on card storage but have a lot to capture? Setting the RAW encoding to 8:1 will ensure that the data will not surpass 50MB/s. (The ratios, by the way, are derived from the file size of a single, unprocessed frame from the camera’s sensor.) While Constant Bitrate is a surefire setting, to make sure the file sizes and quality will remain as advertised, it may cause issues when the footage being captured could do without the extra compression, ensuring that all details of a busy scene are clear. Such examples include confetti, snow, bustling trees, and anything with a high number of interconnecting, moving objects. The system will need to adjust for more detail, but it can’t because the information to account for this is unavailable, which results in a drop in quality.Image via Blackmagic.Likewise, you may be recording something that doesn’t need a high bitrate, but due to this encoding, the camera will continue to capture footage that could have been captured at a significantly smaller file size.Constant QualityConstant Quality, on the other hand, has a variable bitrate with no upper data limit. This means if you’re filming a wedding and the guests start throwing confetti and rice, and more objects enter into focus, the bitrate will adjust to account for the increase in complex frame information, maintaining the overall quality of the entire image. Of course, this comes with larger file sizes that you can’t predict.Note, however, that the drop in quality between the two encoding options and between the various options is, of course, minimal. It’s not as if you’re dropping from 4K to 720p. The difference in image data, at most, is only going to be visible at a zoomed-in level, and the discrepancy in quality will be yours to judge for your content. In the images below, can you tell which photo was shot at Constant Bitrate 12:1 and Constant Quality Q0?Image 1Image 2Okay, both stills are only 755 x 400. It may be tough to compare, but on the surface, there isn’t a noticeable difference. It’s only when we zoom in at 225 percent that we can see the level of detail disregarded at 12:1. Even then, at 225 percent, it’s not terrible.We can see the image detail holds less clarity, which would be more predominant in the flowers and foliage. Ideally, we would need a video comparison to properly show this. In the following video from LumaForge, Patrick Southern demonstrates (using video) an example of the encoding difference — along with further deconstructions of the Blackmagic Raw Encoding. But still, we need to acknowledge that at the lowest 4K RAW setting, this is zoomed in at 225 percent and still holds up great.Deciding how to shoot ultimately comes down to what you’re filming. Visual effects (VFX) plates and scenes with bustling information should be shot at Constant Quality, while elements that maintain similar image values throughout the entire scene can be shot at a Constant Bitrate.Looking for more articles on filmmaking and video gear? Check these out.Aputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern AttachmentHow to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KSony Announces The A7R IV with a 61-megapixel SensorThe Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingHas Sigma Joined The Pocket CineCamera Game?last_img read more

Hardik Pandya’s confidence level didn’t dip even during rough phase: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has highlighted the importance of Hardik Pandya ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and reckons that the all-rounder will play a big role for the team in the showpiece even which starts on May 30.Hardik Pandya was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after he appeared on the TV show, Koffee with Karan. He was criticised for his sexist comments on the show and was also provisionally suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the same.But Hardik overcame the problems in his personal life following the episode and bounced back strong in the Indian national team and has been in terrific form for the Mumbai Indians as well in the ongoing Indian Premier League.His recent success in white-ball cricket also earned him a spot in India’s 15-member World Cup squad. Speaking about Hardik’s comeback, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said the Baroda cricketer was disappointed with what was going on in his personal life a couple of months back but he never lost the confidence in his game despite all the issues.”Whatever happened in his personal life was very disappointing for him. But they way he came back from all of that, it is very important for a cricketer. There will be a lot of setbacks in your life but how you deal with them and bounce back is what [email protected] has got his eyes on the prize!#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019″Hardik has made a good comeback. He rejoined the team in New Zealand, performed well there and now he is doing so well in the IPL. He is hitting the ball a long way. His confidence level never dipped even during that rough phase in his life. He was disappointed but his confidence was still up there.”Even when I spoke to him after that I realised that he was a bit disappointed but in a good frame of mind,” Rohit Sharma told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports India Today Group.Hardik Pandya has been in superb form with the bat in IPL 2019 so far, having scored 355 runs in 12 matches at an average of 50.71 with a highest score of 91, which he scored in a losing cause against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game at the Eden Gardens. He has also picked 10 wickets so far.| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Looking at Hardik’s form, Rohit reckons he will be crucial for India with both bat and ball in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.”He is a good bowler who keeps the seam upright while bowling. If the conditions favour the bowlers then he will be very important for us. He will also be used in the finisher’s role in the batting order and he will bowl as well. So he will be important for us in both departments in England,” Rohit said.Also Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Team India like a fortress, outside opinions don’t matter: Rohit Sharma to India TodayAlso Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRlast_img read more