Lone gunman robs security guard

first_imgA lone gunman robbed a security guard attached to the Advance Security Services on Monday, relieving him of his mobile phone and a sum of cash.Security officer Jairam Singh, 65, was riding his bicycle along Church Street, Georgetown when the perpetrator rode past him and made a sudden stop in his path.The perpetrator then whipped out a handgun from his pants waist, pointed it at Singh, and ordered him to hand over his valuables. The scared security guard was relieved of his phone and close to $5000 which he had in his pockets before the perpetrator made good his escape.The matter was reported to the Police, and an investigation has been launched.last_img

All welcome to Lough Eske Castle’s Christmas food appeal and switch-on event

first_imgDecember 1st will see Lough Eske Castle launch its annual Christmas food appeal and Christmas light switch-on event. The Castle invites everyone to help support the local Society of St Vincent de Paul by bringing non-perishable food, such as tinned soups, pasta and sauces, to feed local Donegal families in need during the festive period.“The Society of St Vincent de Paul provides invaluable support for families across Donegal and we are pleased to be supporting this great work once again,” said Donal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle. “We’ve had fantastic success with previous appeals and would like to invite the Donegal community to once again join us in making Christmas special for everyone this year.”  December 1st will see Lough Eske Castle launch its annual Christmas food appeal and Christmas light switch-on eventThe Castle is working alongside Kavanagh’s Supervalu in Donegal and both locations will be collecting food items from Sunday 1st December until 24th December for this deserving cause. Sunday the 1st of December not only marks the launch of Lough Eske Castle’s charity drive, but will also see the annual light switch-on ceremony with performances by Tirconaill Youth Choir and a Children’s Disco. The Switch-On commences at 5pm. The winner of the Castle’s annual story writing competition this year is Isabella McHugh from St. Macarten’s National School in Bundoran  who will be crowned The Princess of the Castle – The Princess will be treated to a Chocolate Christmas Tea Party with her family and classmates on the day. Don’t forget the camera for some fantastic photo opportunities – visitors might even catch one of Santa Claus himself! All welcome to Lough Eske Castle’s Christmas food appeal and switch-on event was last modified: November 25th, 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:christmas lights switch-onDonegal TownKavanagh’s SuperValuLough Eske Castlelast_img read more

Starting up at the Bandwidth Barn

first_img30 April 2003The UUNET Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town, an incubator for information and communications technology start-ups in the Western Cape, is home to a growing number of international companies, with tenants from countries as far afield as the US, UK, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.The Barn was set up 18 months ago by the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a not-for-profit agency focused on developing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Western Cape. The Barn’s tenants have grown from 12 to 48 in that time, prompting a move to larger premises in the city.CITI marketing manager Judith Middleton said the Barn’s drive to raise South Africa’s international profile as a first-class tourist and business destination was starting to pay off.“It is encouraging to see a large number of flagship IT companies either using South Africa as a launchpad into markets in the US, Europe and Africa, or as a test site for locally produced products destined for global markets.”Among the international tenants located in the Barn is US company Pangea Solutions, which creates cost-saving solutions for labour-intensive, data-driven businesses.Pangea founder Jesse Heitler said South Africa has several competitive advantages in the global, Internet-driven market. “South Africa is one of the few countries with modern telecommunications infrastructure, sub-sea cable connectivity to the Internet and low-cost labour”, Heitler said.“Pangea has benefited particularly from setting up shop in the UUNET Bandwidth Barn, where minimal outlay was required and strong infrastructure supported a quick entry into the market. The low cost of labour in South Africa has also given the company considerable advantage over its competitors in the United States and Europe.”Another company showing confidence in South Africa is NBI New Business South Africa, which set up office in the country in 2002 as the sister company to Netherlands-based New Business Europe.The company focuses on assisting European companies looking to partner with South African companies and vice-versa.“One of the biggest obstacles to business investment in South Africa is the lack of knowledge of the country and the fear of moving into unknown territory”, said NBI founder Pieter Smits van Waesberghe.“We are able to provide an important service through supporting the development of foreign business in South Africa. We essentially act as the middleman, supplying both parties with the necessary information, preparing documents for European standards and demands, engineering and representing foreign projects being rolled out in South Africa.“The idea of forging stronger business linkages between South Africa and Europe is immensely exciting and will bring enormous economic benefit to the country”, said Van Waesberghe.Many of the local tenants in the Barn make similar use of the technology and networking opportunities available to take their business offerings to international markets.Software development house Application Junction, a black economic empowerment company, has doubled its staff since starting up in 2002 and recently landed two corporate clients in the UK, while marketing consultancy Ikineo has made big inroads into the consumer brands-driven Asian market, and is now eyeing China and the UK.Taking advantage of the Western Cape’s attractiveness as a tourist and business convention destination, entrepreneur Desiree Smits has started a company, CAPE.MOTION, which aims to attract more international meetings, conferences and exhibitions to South Africa.“Probably the biggest advantage we gain from being located in the Barn and in Cape Town are the marketing and networking opportunities”, said Smits.The Bandwidth Barn offers entry-level and small IT businesses reduced Internet connectivity costs, affordable office rental, shared office facilities, and membership of an entrepreneurial IT community where experiences, expertise and resources are openly shared.For more information, visit the Bandwidth Barn website. Also see the list of South African ICT company success stories on the Cape IT Initiative website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Bafana in Morocco, looking to Chan

first_img8 October 2013Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund plans to use the friendly international match against Morocco on Friday to assess the talent available to him for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan).The match will mark the opening of the Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City, a ground that will host the Fifa Club World Championships at the end of this year, as well as the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.South Africa travelled to Morocco on Monday evening without Kamogelo Mokotjo and Kagisho Dikgacoi, but with the late addition of striker Kermit Erasmus.Mokotjo, who has been based in The Netherlands since 2009 and is currently with PEC Zwolle, withdrew because of an injury as did Dikgacoi, who is with English Premier League club Crystal Palace.Late inclusionAfter their withdrawals, Igesund put in a late plea to Orlando Pirates for Erasmus; Pirates’ players were not previously selected for the match because of the Buccaneers’ CAF Champions League commitments. Pirates, however, agreed to release him for Friday’s match.Igesund has included five uncapped players in his squad for the clash with the Atlas Lions: goalkeeper Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), defender Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough FC), midfielders, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC) and Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town FC).South Africa and Morocco have played only four times previously, with South Africa winning twice and the two most recent matches, in 2004 and 2013, being drawn.‘A two-pronged approach’“Half of the team I selected will represent us in the Chan (African Nations Championships) while the other will feature in the qualifiers, so it’s a two-pronged approach,” Igesund said at the announcement of the South African squad last week.Chan 2014 will be only the third edition of the event, which features national teams composed of players who play their football in their home countries.South Africa did not make it to the first Chan finals in 2009, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Zimbabwe in the qualifiers. Hosted by the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo became the first ever winners of the Championship, defeating Ghana 2-0 in the final.2011 ChanIn 2011, Bafana Bafana edged past Botswana and Zambia, both on 2-1 aggregates, to qualify for the Chan finals.South Africa topped Group B in the finals after beating Ghana 2-1, Niger 2-0, and Zimbabwe 2-1, but were defeated 2-0 by Algeria in the quarterfinals.Tunisia, winners on penalties over Algeria in the semi-finals, then crushed Angola 3-0 to claim the title.As hosts of the 2014 tournament, South Africa was an automatic qualifier for the finals.last_img read more

Play Your Part series episode two: Get involved with the initiatives

first_imgThe Play Your Part television series this week shows how entrepreneur and radio host Zareef Minty, Nina Venjakob of the initiative Out of the Box, and Yusuf Randera-Rees of the Awethu Project, contribute to making South Africa a better place. Here’s how you can get involved.Nina Venjakob, founder of the Out of the Box Learning Centre in Johannesburg says she got the idea to start the NGO of craft making when she lived in Venezuela. The centre helps unemployed people get off the street, and shows them how to start their own businesses. (Image: Play Your Part TV series)Brand South Africa reporterIn Episode 2 of the Play Your Part television series, three extraordinary people share their stories about how they are shaping economic upliftment through education, empowerment, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship.The episode, which will air on Saturday, 2 September 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane. Mabalane, a local artist is also a co-founder of the initiative Shout for a Safer South Africa.The 26-episode Play Your Part series aims to inspire viewers to be active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Episode 2 features entrepreneur and radio host Zareef Minty, Nina Venjakob of the initiative Out of the Box, and Yusuf Randera-Rees of the Awethu Project.Some of the things they share include:How they started their journeys and the challenges they face, and;How they are improving lives of people in South Africa.Nina Venjakob of Out of the BoxNina Venjakob is the founder of the Out of the Box Learning Centre in Germiston. The non-governmental organisation focuses on training, educating and empowering unemployed South Africans to break the cycle of poverty.Besides learning the basics like reading, writing, and business management, people can learn practical skills like lamp shade making, sewing, candle and soap making, screen printing, shoe making and beading. These skills teach people how to create their own products and run businesses from their homes.Last year, Venjakob was named the 2016 December Lead SA hero for her work through Out of the Box.ContactTelephone: 011 872 0967/8Email: [email protected]: outofthebox.org.zaTwitter: @ninaoutoftheboxZareef MintyZareef Minty encourages youth to do things like start their own business, and not allow their age to limit them. He was 16-years-old when he started a T-shirt business.Zareef MintyThe 23-year-old has an LLB Law degree and is the winner of the television show One Day Leader Season 4. Minty runs his own public relations company. In this episode, he speaks about the importance of mentorship and networking.Minty was also included in 2014’s Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian.He is involved in many charities; among them is the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation Adopt a School, for which he does motivational talks at schools.ContactTwitter: @ZareefSMBAdopt-a-schoolWebsite: www.cyrilramaphosafoundation.org/project/adopt-a-school/Khanyisa MaphahaEmail: [email protected] or [email protected]: 011 592 6560The Awethu ProjectYusuf Randera-Rees started the Awethu Project in Alexandria when he was 26-years-old.The Awethu Project helps entrepreneurs through incubation centres, online mentorship and also assists with building networks and obtaining funding. The initiative has incubated over 2 000 people and raised over R450-million to invest in the mission to improve South Africa through entrepreneurship.Its focus is informal entrepreneurs who run businesses alongside the road.Yusuf Randera-ReesThe Awethu Project has also launched an app in June this year. Their incubation service lives off the app and is available to anyone downloading it.ContactWebsite: www.awethuproject.co.zaTwitter: @AwethuProjectTelephone: 011 024 1606Watch the Play Your Part TV series on Saturdays on SABC 2 at 18:00.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa, here’s what you can do:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedOr find out about initiatives on Play Your Part via https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/play-your-partTell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA.Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio grain farmers invite Toledo mayor to visit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent comments by the mayor of Toledo have prompted corn, soybean and wheat farmers throughout Ohio to invite him to witness for himself their hard work and significant investments to protect water quality.For example, last month, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz told WTOL 11 that Toledo’s water has been “polluted for us” by Ohio farmers. Realizing that the mayor has not been educated about farmers’ leadership on conservation issues, Farmers are using the hashtag #WadeIsWelcome to extend the invitation for a farm tour.Last week, Mayor Kapszukiewicz told the Toledo Blade, “At some point, facts and research have to matter.” Ohio grain farmers couldn’t agree more. That’s why they are calling, tweeting, and emailing the mayor to invite him to their farms and see exactly how much investment and work has been done to find and implement science-based, long term solutions.“Ohio’s agricultural community has worked very hard to address water quality,” said Jon Miller, Fairfield grain farmer and president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “We’re proud of what we have accomplished and are eager to share information about all of the things we’ve been doing with Mayor Kapszukiewicz.”The OCWGA and Ohio Soybean Association have collaborated with researchers, government agencies and environmental groups to reduce the amount of phosphorus that runs off into the Lake Erie water basin. Researchers, for example, collect data in the fields, and farmers use that data, along with the newest field-by-field recommendations, to apply best management practices on their farms, including cover crops, nutrient management plans, soil sampling and a reduction in fertilizer use. Meanwhile, Ohio farmers are applying less fertilizer than ever before.“Mayor Kaszukiewicz’s confusion about Ohio agriculture can be cleared up with a visit to any of our farms,” said Scott Metzger, Ross County grain farmer, president of the Ohio Soybean Association. “We welcome him to come see us in action — and to work with us on continuing to protect water quality.”last_img read more

My Fitbit Flex Hasn’t Changed My Life, But It’s Telling Me What’s Wrong

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It came down to knowing when – and likely which – foods would put me over the edge. Armed with that info, I was able to choose not to indulge or to offset an indulgence with serious exercise. I do believe the Fitbit Flex facilitated this achievement.Looking forward to the next phase of my experiment, my aim is to keep burning more calories than I take in, but also to tackle new problems: my still-problematic dietary habits and my inability to make substantive changes to my daily routine. (A key goal: spending less time spent sitting on my butt.) After all, if fitness tracker won’t push you, you need to use the data to push yourself. I plan to post part three later this month. Photos by Eliot Weisberg for ReadWrite.  nick statt Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#fitness tracker#Fitness Tracking#health I woke up this morning to the gentle buzz of the Fitbit Flex’s silent alarm. It’s one of the device’s nicest features, despite having nothing whatsoever to do with fitness tracking.And that’s the limitation I’ve found after spending two and a half weeks with a wearable fitness tracker: It integrates itself into my life in pleasant little ways, but at the end of the day, it leaves me on my own to figure out what to do next. I love the info I’m getting, but I still don’t know how best to utilize the data or exactly when or how to change this habit and that behavior.How can I take that mound of data and aim it head-on at my issues of problems of laziness, self-motivation and unhealthy behavior?(See also Can A Fitness Tracker Really Change Your Life? Part One Of A First-Person Experiment.)What Has ChangedSince living with the Fitbit, I am far more consciously aware of everything I do that even remotely affects my health. Wearing a tracker makes you think about how often you opt for the elevator, how full your plate is at every meal, and how much sleep you get on a daily basis. While I’m not neccesarily eating any better, I’m becoming more aware of what I eat too often (bagels) and not enough (anything green). A screenshot of the Fitbit web profile’s sleep tracking data module. On the flip side, since wearing the tracker I’ve been sleeping more – and I feel that I’ve been sleeping better. Before using the Flex I’d been down to about five to six hours a night. And my sleep efficiency for the last two weeks has risen to a pretty stellar 94%. The Fitbit Flex wristband, which carries the tracker, is a surprisingly comfortable device. It’s waterproof and unobtrusive while sleeping. Plus, one of its best features is a silent alarm function far less jarring when compared with a blaring alarm clock. But like I said earlier, I’m not getting much in the way of suggestions. It would be great, for instance, if the Fitbit app on my iPhone let me know when I was spending an unhealthy amount of time sitting, perhaps with a nudging notification telling me to go take a walk. Instead, it just shows a depressing pie chart, making sure to highlight my time spent wasting away in a chair with the color gray. Of course, most everyone spends an enormous, and undoubtedly unhealthy, amount of time being sedentary, derailing workout ambitions staring at computer screens and opting for convenient but unhealthy lunch choices. What we really need is help taking control of these ingrained lifestyle habits. While it’s shouldn’t be hard to consciously decide to take more walks and change up your daily routine, it would be great to get some help actually making it happen. The Flaws Of The Fitbit FlexBeyond the general shortcomings of all fitness trackers, the Fitbit Flex isn’t completely flawless. Biking on a bumpy road or strumming a guitar throw off the pedometer and get tracked as steps. Don’t look for 100% accuracy in any of these devices, but it’s downright obnoxious when the device goes into sleep mode three or four times during a bike ride because your wrist gets jolted. The Fitbit Flex tracker plugs into the underside of the wristband to start generating data. The big downside: this little guy has to be attached to an easy-to-forget proprietary charging cable to get its weekly juice.Fitbit also insists on powering its devices with a proprietary charger. I mentioned this in my first post, but it’s become even more of an issue as time goes on. Unlike the Nike Fuelband, which can plug directly into a USB port, the Flex’s very small tracker must be slipped out of the wristband and plugged into that easy-to-misplace charger. Because the device is meant to be worn 24/7, you need to tote that charger to work and back if you don’t want the thing to die on you. My Weekly GoalsIn my initial post, I made it clear that my experiment was about using data to improve my lifestyle and changing bad my bad habits – not losing weight. My goals were to consistently meet my daily step counts (7,500 on weekdays and 10,000 on weekends), and burn more calories than I consume. As it turns out, I’m hitting my weekday goals about half the time – two-thirds of the time on weekends. Through some very deliberate choices, however, I managed to burn more calories than I took in every day.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Dhoni pips Azharuddin to become India’s most successful ODI skipper

first_imgMS Dhoni has now led India to a record 91 victories in ODIs as captainWhile Team India was busy setting the record straight against familiar foes England, their skipper MS Dhoni has also notched up an individual record to shut his critics.The right-handed batsman has now become Team India’s most successful captain following his side’s nine-wicket win over England in the 4th ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Dhoni surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 90 ODI victories as captain with a thumping win at Edgbaston taking his tally to a record 91 games.While Azharuddin took nine years between 1990 and 1999 and 174 matches to get to his mark, Dhoni did it in only seven years and 162 matches.33-year-old Dhoni now has a realistic chance of becoming the first Indian to lead the country in 100 ODI victories. He has scored 8098 runs from 246 ODIs so far, averaging 53.27 with a career strike rate of 89.31.Dhoni’s record as captain against England in ODIs is better than any of his predecessors, with 17 wins and five losses out of 25 matches (two tied and one no result).The Edgbaston win was also India’s eight straight ODI win in England, a successful run that started in the Champions Trophy last year.Dhoni’s captaincy may have come under the scanner after the 1-3 Test debacle against the Alastair Cook-led side, but his batting form has been consistent.The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed four half-centuries in the Test series and also struck a fine 52 at Cardiff in the second ODI. A man not known to chase numbers, Dhoni also registered another record as wicketkeeper in the third ODI on August 30. He now has the most international stumpings (131) and is now ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who has 129 stumpings to his name. While Dhoni achieved his milestone in 381 matches, Sangakkara took 563 matches to get to his mark.advertisementlast_img read more

Marketing Lessons from Presidential Campaigns

center_img Another pithy insight of Moore’s is that most innovators and early adopters cannot be “found” by vendors/candidates, rather they tend to “find” you.  I had felt that insight in action in my own career.  At Groove Networks in the v1 timeframe, we spent real money on sales people and programs that uncovered prospects who paid for pilot projects, but in the final analysis, the companies that succeeded with the product in our early days were the ones that “found” us (Glaxo, HP, & Darpa in particular).  However, I am starting to change my opinion on whether these early adopters can be “found” by candidates and vendors.  Specifically, all of the early adopters in most industries today hang around the same online water cooler — the blogosphere.  Today, you can not only find your industry’s early adopters, but you can engage them on their own terms. Parametric Technology Corporation 1960’s    direct mail 1980’s    seminar road show series .  For the articles that you find most interesting, leave thoughtful comments with links back to your own sites.  The writers of the blogs will be thrilled because you are adding to the discussion and will check out your site.  The other interested readers will do the same — all goodness as you are entering the water cooler conversation. I am going to keep an eye on the upcoming presidential campaigns to see if there are any other best practices or innovative uses of technology that emerge that might be applicable to small businesses and strategy.  Despite the bad feeling in my stomach that the negative ads cause, there are a lot of smart folks and big budgets working on presidential elections and the incentives are “all or nothing,” so some good innovations should emerge from them. Originally published Jan 4, 2007 1:22:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 1990’s    email marketing In terms of the evolution of marketing tools, I would expand upon Shirley’s analogy: throughout the 1990’s.  Early majority customers were influenced by two analysts (Daratech and Dataquest) and the vendors themselves (PTC, IBM, EDS, and Autodesk).  Today, the whole “analyst” business is being disrupted by the blogosphere.  In that industry there are MANY new blogs with people talking about computer aided design and product lifecycle management software.  Potential customers are far less influenced today by the vendors than they used to be because the information that was out there in other people’s heads is now democratized and findable through search engines and blogosphere. to find it.  If you did not find the water cooler, check back in a few weeks — there are 100,000 new blogs started every day.  [If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already know that I think you should start your own “industry” blog] Among the many interesting insights espoused in Geoffrey Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” is that relatively unknown companies/candidates get their new product/message through to the mainstream marketplace by first targeting the innovators in an industry, then the early adopters who are influenced by the innovators, then the early majority who are (somewhat) influenced by the early adopters, etc., etc.  In the political blogosphere, the blog writers are the equivalent of innovators and the blog readers are the equivalent of the early adopters.  As Romney is a relative unknown compared with McCain and others, he seems to be working on this strategy by targeting the blogosphere early in his campaign process. Many relatively unknown small businesses and startups have a lot in common with Romney.  Rather than spending large amounts of money with PR agencies to influence the mainstream media, I suggest that you might consider spending time cultivating the early adopter community gathering around the blogosphere water cooler.  [As an aside, I have found that most PR companies are struggling to get their arms around the blogosphere — they have great relationships with mainstream media, but the blogosphere is too new and too decentralized for them to get a handle on how to garner influence.] When I think about how we found customers at PTC in the 1990’s, mostly it was outbound coldcalls by sales reps.  The effectiveness of that mode of communication/prospecting is dramatically lower today than it was 10 years ago.  If your phone rings on your office desk, do you pick it up?  I must admit, I don’t because I do not want to get trapped by a cold caller.  Furthermore, the internet has transformed the way people want to consume information — we have become a self-service oriented society where want to be able to do our research on our own terms.  The internet has essentially made most marketplaces more efficient (or flat as Thomas Friedman likes to say). 1940’s    phone 2000’s    blogosphering (rss, blogs, discussion forums, social bookmarking) Romney said in a New Republic article, “New media a great force for the democratization of information.  No longer can a few newspapers and TV stations control what information we have access to.”  I couldn’t agree more.last_img read more