The brains of Ireland are coming to Letterkenny!

first_imgFancy yourself as being smarter than the average Joe?Locals who often wonder just how smart they are can put themselves to the test when Irish Mensa, the high IQ society, arrive in Donegal.The group are coming to Letterkenny for their Annual Gathering over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Over 80 Irish and International members are planning to enjoy the town, the countryside, Glenveagh, Fanad Lighthouse, good eating locally, and included in the weekend programme are a treasure hunt around the town and a pub crawl.While they’re here, they are running a Mensa test session, at a discounted rate, on Saturday May 4th at 2pm in Dillons Hotel.So now is your chance to prove to yourself that you were just misunderstood when you never came top of the class.The brains of Ireland are coming to Letterkenny! was last modified: April 25th, 2019 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:letterkennymeetingMENSAlast_img read more

Can anyone actually compete with these Warriors?

first_imgOAKLAND — Are the Denver Nuggets really the second-best team in the Western Conference?We all know the Warriors are the best team in the league, which obviously makes them the best team in the West — but is Denver truly their top competition in what is usually a highly-competitive conference?Don’t me wrong — I like the Nuggets and am intrigued by what they’re doing to start this season. But if what we’re seeing is true — if the Nuggets are truly the second-best team in the Western Conference …last_img

Minister by motorbike in Soweto

first_img20 August 2010 Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk took a tour of Soweto with a difference on Thursday – as a guest of the Soweto Sopranos Bikers Club – to help encourage South Africans to “get out of their comfort zones” and start exploring some of the tourism “gems” of their own country. Riding two-up on a motorbike, Van Schalkwyk visited the Soweto Hotel, Orlando Towers, former president Nelson Mandela’s home in Vilakazi Street, and the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Jabavu.‘I’m a South Africa fan’ The tour was part of the launch of South African Tourism’s “I’m a South Africa fan” campaign, which encourages South Africans to “take a sho’t left” and to explore some of their own country’s tourism “gems”. “Through this campaign, we want to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and begin to visit all our domestic tourist attraction destinations across the country,” Van Schalkwyk said. He urged people to visit the country’s famous townships, such as Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Khayelitsha and Soshanguve, to experience the fun and the spirit of ubuntu. “The success of our industry is rooted in the participation of all South Africans in tourism. The best way for South Africans to be better and more welcoming hosts is to travel their own country, whether it is travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg to watch a rugby or football match, or going on a family holiday. “This way you get to give praise where it is due, gauge service levels, and offer constructive criticism where it is warranted to improve service excellence in the industry.”‘Keep Flying’ The campaign encourages South Africans to continue flying the flag, cheering for their teams at sporting events, and being the welcoming, hospitable hosts they proved themselves to be during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “By being the loudest and proudest of cheerleaders during the successful 2010 World Cup, we showcased how passionate South Africans are about all things sports and African,” Van Schalkwyk said. “It is thanks to sports that South Africa recently won the reputation as one of the world’s premier leisure destinations. And sports is one of the crucial elements of our tourism offering that will help ensure that this reputation endures and tourism continues to grow in order to make its vital contribution to the economy, job creation and development.” On Saturday, the Springboks meet the New Zealand All Blacks for their Tri-Nations rugby clash at the FNB Stadium – formerly Soccer City – outside Soweto. The minister encouraged the nation in general (and rugby fans in particular) to support the Boks in this important event.Soweto opens its heart to rugby fans “Soweto has opened its heart to rugby fans already. Now, as the Springboks play their first rugby match ever at the ‘Giant Calabash’, I am certain that this unique and fascinating part of Johannesburg is going to erupt again in national pride, patronage and support for the Springbok team. “Please do come early on Saturday so that you can taste and enjoy the great fare that Soweto has to offer.” SABC Sport presenter Walter Mokoena, who was also part of the tour on Thursday, told BuaNews that it was important for South Africans to know more about their country before they explored foreign countries. “This is a good initiative aimed at all of us to start moving around our own country before we go elsewhere,” Mokoena said. “When international tourists visit our country, we can take them to all these tourist attraction areas.”“More fun in your own backyard’ Sakhumzi Maqubela, the owner and founder of Sakhumzi Restaurant in Vilakazi Street, which is situated next to the old house of former president Nelson Mandela, said that before the Fifa World Cup he had 10 people working for him. During the global event, when the influx of both local and international tourists began to flock to his restaurant, he increased his staff to 48. He said that when the South African rugby team takes on New Zealand on Saturday, he will increase his staff to 70 people. “I fully support this initiative by the minister,” Maqubela said. “People are spending a lot of money travelling abroad to have fun, while they can get more entertainment in their backyards.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Gene editing oversight clarification needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Development of an emerging technology promising major animal health and environmental benefits is currently stalled at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, prompting the National Pork Producers Council to renew its call for U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock.“The pace of FDA’s process to develop a regulatory framework for this important innovation only reinforces our belief that the USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock production,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “U.S. agriculture is one our nation’s most successful export products; we can’t afford to cede leadership of gene editing to other countries.”Gene editing accelerates genetic improvements that could be realized over long periods of time through breeding. It allows for simple changes in a pig’s native genetic structure without introducing genes from another species. Emerging applications include raising pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, a highly contagious swine disease that causes significant animal suffering and costs pork producers worldwide billions of dollars.Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of science and technology, is advocating for USDA oversight of gene editing. According to Kovich, “In addition to dramatic animal health gains and reduced financial risk for farmers, gene editing’s promise includes less need to use antibiotics to care for livestock and reduced environmental impact from more efficient farm operations.”Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently holds regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals. FDA oversight will treat any gene edited animal as a living animal drug — and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility — undermining U.S. agricultural competitiveness relative to other countries with more progressive gene editing regulatory policies.last_img read more

MSNBC Buys BreakingNews.com to Go With With @breakingnews [UPDATED]

first_imgCorrection: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that BreakingNews.com was opperated by the same people who started the @breakingnews Twitter account.MSNBC announced this morning that it is buying the BreakingNews.com URL from a company called PV Media Group. This follows November’s purchase of @breakingnews and its 1.4 million followers. The two companies were not connected before MSNBC’s acquisitions of their various projects.When we profiled @breakingnews founder Michael van Poppel in July, the company was just about to release its iPhone app and had over 800,000 followers on Twitter. That number is now over 1.5 million.“Not everyone wants news surrounded by commentary or features,” said Charlie Tillinghast, president of the MSNBC Digital Network in the company’s press release about today’s purchase. MSNBC Spokesperson Gina Stikes told us in an email that “Msnbc has acquired the URL only.” She did not disclose any further details, such as the purchase price.For more background about BreakingNews.com, see today’s coverage at DomainNameWire. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#news#web last_img read more

Please Stop Doing This Right Now

first_imgI had just turned off the freeway and on to the four lane road that leads to my neighborhood. It was a little before 5:00 PM, and there is always a good bit of traffic at this intersection. As soon as I turned, I stopped my car behind the line of cars built up behind the traffic light.Because I was looking ahead at the traffic, I didn’t see the car in my rearview mirror. I didn’t hear the tires squeal because the driver didn’t hit the brakes. Instead, he plowed straight into the back of my car. He probably hit me at 25 or 30 miles an hour. I had my foot solidly on the brake, and my car still lurched forward enough that I was afraid I was going to hit the car in front of me.When I looked in my rearview mirror, the driver had his phone in his hand. I believe he had been sending a text message.The driver is 70 years old, and he drives for a company professionally. He begged me not to call the police, pleading with me that the police report would cost him his job. I believed him. The driver’s nephew owns a chain of body shops, and he promised me that he would take care of all the car repairs. His nephew immediately drove to the parking lot where we moved our cars.I am uninjured. The driver of the car that hit me is also uninjured, even if he is a little shaken up. My airbag wasn’t deployed, but the safety mechanism in my headrests were activated (and I have no idea how to reset them). My car is damaged, and a number of parts are going to need to be replaced. I have no idea if there is any structural damage to the frame.But it could have been much, much worse.If you are driving, please don’t send text messages. There is no message so important that you can’t wait until you stop to send it.In life, it is good to be reminded of things like this before you are reminded in another, more serious, more permanent way. You’ve just been reminded. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more