DD Motoring: Keeping the show on the road

first_imgNearly a year ago Donegal Daily’s motoring column featured a Donegal man who planned to take to the road for a ten-month tour in his first-ever attempt at running his own circus. It was a dream he has had all his life.Last January, Barney Kerns started from his home town of Letterkenny for the opening show before heading off on a career break of sorts. Advertisement Nearly one year on and his circus has now arrived back in Letterkenny yesterday (Wednesday). He was home for his first return show, which will run this weekend as Barney Kerns with Circus Dreamland, the production setting-up at the carpark in Letterkenny Retail Park behind Mark and Spencers.Back home Circus Dreamland pictured as they set up in in the cathedral town in the carpark of the Letterkenny Retail Carpark behind M&S and TK MAXX earlier this week following a ten-month tour of Ireland, Photo Brian McDaidI have a dream.Bernard, a native of Raphoe, left the tech in the town at the age of 13 and spent the next 35 years working in the tarmacadam business. At the end of last year, he made his life long dream a reality as he puts the final coat of “International red” on the trucks in for 2019 and will park up his tarmacadam roller and call “ROLL UP, ROLL UP!” as his adventure hits the road.I have a dream.Bernard Kearns, (pictured at the start of this year) Letterkenny finally makes his dream come true as he embarks on his first-ever tour starting at the end of this month on January the 30th in Letterkenny and touring around Ireland to November 2019 as the owner of his very own circus. Photo Brian McDaid.Life is a circus Advertisement Just like the walk across the wire for a tightrope walker, our lives will be most successful if we find balance.Lean too far in one direction and you’ll find yourself toppling over.Balance is not always easy to master when juggling relationships, jobs or passions, but it is essential for living a positive and present life.Imagine yourself on a tightrope and ask yourself, “Am I leaning too far in one direction?”Do I let one area of your life — no matter how important it might seem — distract you from achieving your balance? A year on the road and Barney knows all about tightropes from a business point of view and is nine months on the highway as he toured Ireland and Northern Ireland with his circus.Every business is hard and the circus business is no different, Barney would be the first to admit that living the dream was a lot harder than he ever imagined. However, he is still here and will be working locally throughout Donegal in the coming weeks.His generator powered up at the start of the week and the big top was soon in place and since then, Barney has been busy doing the usual bit of promotion work when they arrive in the new town to let the public know that the “circus is in town”.Yellow Plate Brigade. A recent rout through the shed at home recently revealed a collection of old number plates from some of the different family cars that passed through our household in the in years gone by.Included were some for the first pressed steel numbers plate which were the first official European number plate.It featured a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background. They stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.Old number plates that have tell their own story to tell of travel in Ireland North and south in years gone by. Photo Brian McDaid.The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of member countries, though the circle is a symbol of unity.At one time, the present-day perspex were considered illegal and the old steel or tin number plate, with the letters pressed out from the back, were the only legal plates.Then there was the rear yellow number plate which was a big craze in Donegal, which drew a lot of attention to a motorist who attached them to the rear of their southern registered cars from the local law enforcers in the south.But for us that always had a yellow number plate on the back of our cars, we knew the benefits when it came to driving through the north of Ireland in times of trouble.The yellow rear number gave you just enough time to get through a high tension area where someone just might think for a second that your car was from Northern Ireland and not from the free state and not put a stone or a bottle through your back window, and you might manage to get your crossing through Northern Ireland in one piece.The other reason for a yellow rear number plate was one of the things that you did to make your car that bit different, that made your car stand out in the crowd.The yellow rear number plate a great tradition for Donegal motorists who tried to blend while travelling through Northern Ireland in times of the troubles Photo Brian McDaid.The bog-standard car, which was all we could afford back then, just looked that bit better with a bit of detailing including a fresh set of number plates, a pinstripe, and mud flaps.It didn’t take much to keep us happy back then.Happy Motoring Folks DD Motoring: Keeping the show on the road was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

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Govt vows to crack down on violence

first_img14 September 2012 South Africa’s law enforcement agencies will no longer tolerate violence, illegal gatherings or the carrying of dangerous weapons, particularly in the country’s mining sector, government ministers have warned. Forty-four people were killed, including two police officers, during clashes between striking Lonmin platinum mine workers and the police in Marikana, North West province last month. President Jacob Zuma has appointed a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the incident. The government was concerned about the spread of violence, threats and intimidation in the mining sector, and would implement measures to curb the situation, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on Friday. Briefing the media on behalf of the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster, Radebe said the ministers responsible for South Africa’s security had met and reflected on the situation prevailing in the industry. Acts of violence and intimidation undermined economic and security stability, and if the situation continued unabated, it would make it even harder to overcome the challenges of slow economic growth, high unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country. The government would “not tolerate these acts any further,” Radebe said, and had “put measures in place to ensure that the current situation is brought under control.” These included effectively dealing with illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons, incitement and threats of violence. The law enforcement agencies would not hesitate to arrest those who broke the law, Radebe warned. “Government is making a clarion call to all South Africans to desist from these illegal acts and work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the situation is brought to normality.” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa did not rule out the possibility that more police officers would be deployed to troubled areas. “We will do everything possible in the Constitution to ensure that normalcy prevails in those areas,” Mthethwa said. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that if the instability and low production on South Africa’s mines continued, the cost would be noted be in terms of the country’s overall economic growth numbers. South Africa’s current account deficit would also be affected, as would employment. “Everybody in South Africa has a responsibility to ensure that we boost the confidence in our economy and our country,” Gordhan said. “What we say, what we do, the violent acts we engage in, the incitement … of violence, undermines confidence in the South African economy, and if we undermine confidence, we undermine investment, both from South Africans and foreigners.” Talks with the mining industry were ongoing, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said. “We are engaging with the mining industry on a regular basis … All of us are … concerned [about] its impact on the economy, its impact on the workers, so we will continue to engage in a way that will make sure we find stability very soon,” Shabangu said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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South Africa explains expulsion of Rwandan diplomats

first_img19 March 2014 South Africa’s recent expulsion of four Rwandan diplomats and one from Burundi was based on evidence that the diplomats were involved in cases of murder and attempted murder on South African soil, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday. “I [can’t] lay out the progress that our law enforcement agencies are making. I am appealing to all of us to remain calm and allow … the full investigations to be completed unhindered,” Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. Following the expulsion, Rwanda retaliated by ordering six South African envoys to leave the country. Rwanda has since accused South Africa of harbouring terrorists. Nkoana-Mashabane said the South African government had acted unemotionally and in accordance with the country’s Constitution and international laws of conduct. South Africa was guided by the international law in how it related to countries of the world, and would not tolerate any acts of criminality, regardless of who committed them. “We have the rights and responsibilities as a state to provide security to all South African citizens and visitors, irrespective of where they come from,” she said. “South Africa will not tolerate any acts of criminality or lawlessness emanating from anyone from anywhere in the world.” If any political or diplomatic challenges arose, South Africa would act based on the bilateral mechanisms in place, including the Vienna Convention, which defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries. International Relations and Cooperation spokesman Clayson Monyela said on Saturday that former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegyeya had been murdered in Johannesburg on 31 December 2013. There had also been two attempts to murder Kayumba Nyamwasa, an asylum seeker and former Rwandan army general living in Johannesburg, in June 2010 and on 4 March this year. Monyela said South Africa regretted that the Rwandan government had “reciprocated disproportionately” by expelling all South African diplomats except for the Ambassador. He noted that the Ambassador of Rwanda, the Millitary Attache and other functionaries in Rwanda’s diplomatic mission in Pretoria were in place and functioning normally. “The South African government sends a stern warning that action will be taken against any individual or group that abuses the human rights dispensation of the Republic,” Monyela said. “In doing so, we remain steadfast in ensuring that our territory is not used as a launching pad for any form of attack including terrorist activities against any member of the international community.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Android’s NFC Capabilities Updated in Gingerbread 2.3.3

first_imgsarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology As we noted back in December, the somewhat crippled implementation of NFC (near field communication) in the Android operating system was only meant to be temporary. Full NFC support would arrive via a series of incremental updates – and now, the first of those updates has arrived. With the Android 2.3.3 release, Google has added new capabilities for developers, including updates to the API (application programming interface) that now allow for both reading and writing to standard NFC tags.According to the Android Developers blog, some of the new features include:A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices. For end users of NFC-enabled Android devices, what this means is that applications now have more control about how they are launched when an NFC tag is read. For example, apps could listen for specific tag content or tag technologies, and only launch when a match was made. Plus, applications running in the foreground could stop another app from launching upon the tag reading event, if need be.The updated platform also provides a limited peer-to-peer communication protocol and API for setting up things like Bluetooth or DLNA connections. That would mean that two NFC-enabled devices could share data when in close proximity. It’s easy to imagine how developers could build apps for contact sharing or photo sharing using NFC.Also new is the ability for developers to write tags, when before NFC allowed tag reading only. This two-way communication is an important aspect to any sort of NFC-backed mobile payment solution, such as the one Google is reportedly building now.Google says it expects most devices shipping with an Android 2.3 platform will run 2.3.3 going forward.More details for developers are here in the 2.3.3 version notes. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Womens groups applaud Alberta legislation to drop 2 year limit for victims

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsWomen’s groups in Alberta are applauding the province’s move to eliminate the time limit of when a sexual assault victim can sue a perpetrator.The legislation, introduced in Alberta’s legislation on Tuesday, will end the two year time limit of when a victim can seek a civil case against an accused.“I was really happy to hear that they extended it. I think it’s really important to our ladies, and gentlemen,” said Shawna Serniak, vice president of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association. “Whoever’s been in those situations to finally have that opportunity to still be able to be heard – even after the situation has happened.”Serniak said some women need more than two years to be ready to pursue a civil lawsuit.“Victims are going through a healing process. They’ve been violated. They’ve been through a horrific incident in their life. Maybe they just don’t have their voice to speak yet. They need to do it on their own comfort level. And when it is right for them,” she said.A civil lawsuit allows victims to sue alleged perpetrators for financial damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.”This new legislation will help to lift that veil of silence,” said Debra Tomlinson, CEO of the association of Alberta sexual assault services. “I think it may encourage more survivors to reach out for help. But most importantly it opens another door for survivors to seek justice.”The move to eliminate the time limit moves Alberta in line with other provinces. At the same time, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley also included a victims of domestic abuse section in the bill.At a celebration Wednesday to celebrate International Women’s Day at Edmonton’s City Hall, the President of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Muriel Stanley Venne said this bill would benefit all women in Alberta. Indigenous and non-Indigenous.“I am so pleased and so grateful that we have the Government we have. They have shown by their actions that they are in favour of women as full participating citizens in this country,” she said.Bill 2 is expected to be passed this [email protected]last_img read more

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Are The Rangers And Blackhawks Clutch — Or Lucky

How did these “hot” teams fare? They played 56 games … and won 28, or exactly half. So they’re basically doing as well as you would by flipping a coin. Previous clutch performance in playoff games doesn’t seem to count for much.There’s just a teensy tiny bit of good news for Blackhawks and Rangers fans. While a 50 percent winning percentage isn’t great, it’s slightly better than the overall winning percentage for teams facing elimination, which is 45 percent. (Teams facing elimination are usually underdogs because of selection bias: If they were playing as well as their opponents, they probably wouldn’t be facing elimination to begin with.) The difference is too small to be statistically significant, however.4A more thorough study would need to control for factors like home-ice advantage and overall team strength. Still, in my experience, your prior when working with hockey data should be that if something looks random, it probably is. The Rangers may have some other advantages late in playoff series. They have Henrik Lundqvist. And they’re an excellent five-on-five team, whereas their special teams are just average. Games 6 and 7 of playoff series historically feature relatively few penalties, which could play to the Rangers’ strengths.The problem is that Tampa Bay has been a very good five-on-five team, too. And should the series go to Game 7, the Lightning have also been pretty good in the clutch, with a 6-2 record in elimination games since 2010. But, hey: Having to win two coin flips isn’t so bad; the Rangers have come back from much worse odds before. Fear not, Blackhawks fans. Your team might have lost to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, going down three games to two in the insane Western Conference finals. But the Blackhawks have battled back before. Since 2010, when faced with elimination from the playoffs, they have an excellent 9-3 record.And there’s hope for you, too, Rangers fans. Your team also needs a win — on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals — to stay alive. But the Rangers have been through this before — a lot. Since 2010, they have been faced with playoff elimination 18 times. They are 14-4 in those games.There’s just one problem. Having a good record in elimination games doesn’t seem to predict much about how a team will fare the next time it must win or go home.In the table below, I’ve listed all instances in the NHL expansion era1Since 1967-68. in which an NHL team faced elimination in the playoffs but came in with a “hot” record in previous such games. A team qualified as “hot” if it was at least five games over .500 in playoff elimination games2I define an “elimination game” as one when a team faces elimination by losing — not when it has the chance to eliminate its opponent. So Tuesday’s Game 6 counts as an elimination game for the Rangers, but not the Lightning. If the Rangers win and the series advances to Game 7, it will count as an elimination game for both teams. in the current season plus the past five seasons.3So since 2010, for instance, for playoff teams this year. read more

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Why The Raptors Need To Strike Early

The NBA Finals kick off Thursday night when the Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Golden State is dealing with several key injuries, and in the video above, FiveThirtyEight breaks down why the Raptors should try to strike early, before the Warriors can field their full team.

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Football Taking a look at Ryan Days and other Ohio State assistant

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn order to entice recently promoted offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day to remain at Ohio State for the long term, the Buckeyes made him one of their first two assistant coaches to earn at least $1 million in a season. If he stays at the university for more than one season, he will earn progressively increasing raises the next three years, according to a signed terms of employment obtained by The Lantern.Day will earn $200,000 if employed by Ohio State on Jan, 31, 2019, then will make $300,000 if he is on the coaching staff on Jan. 31, 2020. If he is still at Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2021, he will be paid $350,000. His base salary for 2018 is exactly $1 million.Ohio State revealed two assistant coaches — Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano — will make at least $1 million next year in base salary Wednesday evening. The university released signed terms of employment agreements of all 10 assistant coaches — Schiano, Day, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, defensive assistant Alex Grinch, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, wide receiver coach Zach Smith, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, running backs coach Tony Alford, linebackers coach Bill Davis and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson — in response to a public records request Thursday morning.Grinch, Johnson, Alford and Johnson agreed to two-year contracts. Schiano, Wilson, Studrawa, Smith and Davis signed one-year contracts. Day is the only assistant coach to have a three-year contract.Grinch does not have to pay anything to Ohio State if he leaves during his contract for another job. Wilson would have to pay $50,000 to the university if he leaves for a non-head coach job. If any other assistant coach leaves Ohio State for a non-head coach position, he must pay $100,000.If the Buckeyes are successful on the field, each coach will earn substantial supplemental income.Each assistant coach will be eligible to earn 8.5 percent raises to his base salary if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten East championship and he will make an additional 4.25 percent bonuses to his base salaries if the team wins the conference championship game.All assistant coaches will earn 17 percent raises to their base salaries if Ohio State participates in a College Football Playoff game. If Ohio State plays in a College Football Playoff semifinal, each coach will receive a boost of 21.25 percent of his respective base salaries. If the Buckeyes win that game, each coach will instead receive a bonus of 25.5 percent of his base salaries.If Ohio State makes a non-College Football Playoff bowl game and has at least nine wins, all assistant coaches will earn 4.25 percent bonuses to their respective base salaries.All bonuses would have to be paid back by the coaches to the university if the respective achievements are vacated by Ohio State or the NCAA.Schiano will receive nine Ohio State football season tickets and two men’s basketball season tickets. Every other assistant will receive six football season tickets and two men’s basketball tickets.Ohio State pays each coach stipends of $600 per month, which is used to cover the costs of one car each.The university released the signed term agreements for each of the 10 assistant football coaches Thursday morning in response to a public records request. read more

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Croatian Mamic sentenced to jail

first_imgZdravko Mamic who was chief executive of Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia’s biggest club,  and also vice-president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been sentenced to jail for corruption.He is to serve a jail term of six-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of embezzling millions of euros in transfer fees when he was an executive at Dinamo Zagreb, according to BBC.He fled across the border into Bosnia on the eve of the verdict after being charged with diverting 116m Croatian Kuna (€15.7m; £14m) from the football club and evading another 12.2m in tax.For years fans at Dinamo alleged that he and his friends had used their club to make money for themselves by depriving the club of funds from lucrative transfers and evading taxes. Then in 2015 he and his brother Zoran, the Dinamo coach, were arrested.Also in the verdict are the ex-Dinamo players, Croatia captain Luka Modric, who was charged with perjury. He was guilty of false statements during the trial when he was questioned about his 2008 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.The case will not affect his role in the World Cup in Russia later this month.last_img read more

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