first_imgNoel Cunningham has become a household name across Donegal and Ireland. The flamboyant TV3 showbiz reporter and host at Kitty Kelly’s restaurant is impossible to dislike. Here he tells us what he loves about Donegal. What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Sliabh League … this stunning marine cliff is simply spectacular for climbing and spiritual as well.. It is all the more special in that in bygone days our relatives trudged up that Mountain .. doing a pilgrimage .. a turas .. whilst fasting. All those recited prayers on the Pilgrims Path adds to the unique spirit of the wonderful MountainIf you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would re-introduce the railway ! Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Sr Magdalene for her wonderful work with those who have or are in recovery from cancer … and I am full of admiration for all she has done .. especially the Solas Cancer Centre in Donegal Town … what a woman !Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Probably Anthony Molloy famously noting that Sam was for the Hills of Donegal!What was Donegal’s saddest moment? I think the multiple deaths as a result of the car crash a few years ago when one older Man and all those young people died in Inishowen …. utter devastation for so many and the residual anger guilt pain and suffering of all the Family and Friends left behind is almost too un-bearable to think of.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Magee of Donegal and their wonderful TweedWho is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? There are a number of them … However I will choose Clannad .. They helped make Irish music sexy and universal.They set the bar very high and brought the haunting melodies inspired by the wilds of Donegal to a world audience .. and good news thay are off again touring !Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?I believe Sir Gerry Robinson (he has close Donegal connections) deserves the nod !Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Gosh .. difficult one …I will look forward … I want to applaud Miss Easkey Britten in surfing and Chloe Magee for her Olympic participation .. both young women making a name for themselves.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Kitty Kellys …Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden EaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Me Me Me …What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?It’s a scitter of a day !Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?They have an amazing chance !What is your favourite Donegal food?Freshly caught Mackeral … pan fried and served with new potatoes and a mild mustard sauce ..Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?We don’t insist on letting the World know that we are only down the road now from Dublin!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?Again .. the Railway … bring it back !MY DONEGAL……WITH TV3 SHOWBIZ REPORTER NOEL CUNNINGHAM was last modified: August 6th, 2012 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:MY DONEGALNoel Cunninghamlast_img read more

Crystal Palace ‘put up for sale’ by American owners

first_imgCrystal Palace have reportedly been put up for sale by owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.The Wall Street financiers bought the Premier League club three years ago but are understood to now want to sell, according to Bloomberg. Josh Harris and David Blitzer have reportedly put Crystal Palace up for sale LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The two, along with chairman Steve Parish, own a controlling stake in the club.Ambitious plans for a £100million refurbishment of Selhurst Park were unveiled last year with work originally scheduled to begin in the summer. MONEY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Crystal Palace are currently 13th in the Premier League 2 RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Palace were promoted to the Premier League in 2013 and are currently 13th under Roy Hodgson.They face Brighton at home on Saturday, with commentary live on talkSPORT and kick-off at 12.30pm. They report that they have held talks with at least one U.S. based financial firm about buying the team.They are understood to have hired US boutique investment bank, PJT Partners, to advise on the sale of the team.Harris and Blitzer, who also own NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers and NHL team New Jersey Devils, have not responded or issued comment about the story.last_img read more

R3m boost for African maths

first_img13 September 2006South Africa’s Department of Education is to donate R3-million to a mathematics institute aimed at recruiting African students for training in research and teaching careers.The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a partnership of three Universities in the Western Cape – the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and University of the Western Cape – and three European Universities: Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI.“We believe that where programmes are highly regarded, and students demonstrate commitment and potential, ways must be found to support them,” Education Minister Naledi Pandor said in Cape Town on Wednesday.International recognitionAIMS was established in 2003 and has since gained international recognition as a centre of excellence in preparing students for research and teaching careers in the quantitative sciences.The institute recruits students from around Africa for an intensive nine-month course offered by renowned international lecturers, improving their research skills through exposure to cutting-edge topics.The graduates proceed to advanced programmes in a range of scientific fields and careers in education, industry and government – “forming a powerful network working together for African development,” Pandor artment said.Successful studentsOf the 200 applications received for the September 2006 intake, 50 students were accepted, of whom 15 were women, from 20 African countries. Many of the students are already engaged in teaching and would like to continue in educational careers.One of AIMS’ graduates is Tendai Mugwagwa, a young Zimbabwean from Bindura, both of whose parents were primary school teachers.Mugwagwa entered AIMS in 2003, completed her Masters in 2005 under the supervision of a UCT academic, and was then accepted for a PhD programme in the Netherlands.Daphne Singo, a South African student from Limpopo, was accepted into the institute in 2006. Both of her parents were unemployed.She is now preparing an essay to form the basis of a Masters in nuclear physics, after which she will have the opportunity to proceed to a research programme on the Pebble Bed Reactor.Alumni ‘remarkable’Professor Neil Turok, chair of the council of Aims, said its alumni record was remarkable. “I know of no other comparable institution with this sort of success rate,” he said.“To put it into context, when AIMS opened, Sudan’s top university had just 14 PhDs on their science faculty, teaching nearly 20 000 students. Aims hopes to double that number within six or seven years.”Source: BauNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Generations X and Y Lead the Way in Today’s Digital World

first_imgDevices: Gen X LeadsWhen it comes to devices – think HDTVs, digital cameras, PCs, gaming systems – Gen X leads the way, says Forrester. Their households are the most likely to have these devices in them. When it comes to the household PC (meaning “personal computer” not necessarily “Windows machine”), Gen X and Boomers tend to use theirs for practical matters like word processing and household finances. They’re also more focused on PC health, regularly scanning for malware and backing up files. Mobile: Gen Y LeadsMeanwhile, on the mobile front, the 49 million Gen Yers lead the other generations, using their phones for everything from product research to social communication. Along with Gen Xers, Gen Yers are the most likely group to own a smartphone with an unlimited data plan. One fifth of Gen Y uses their phone for maps and directions now, while Gen X is generally more interested in checking news, sports and weather. 85% of Gen Y sends and receives text messages, while 68% of Gen X does the same. Only 15% of Seniors use SMS, however. 37% of Gen Y surfs the mobile Web. Mobile “Facebooking” is also more popular with Gen Y, with 27% participation, compared with 18% of Gen X. Seniors on Facebook, supposedly a growing trend on the desktop, is not so prevalent on mobile – only 1% use Facebook or other social networking sites from their phone. Overall, 23% of Gen X and Y owns a smartphone and 17% of Americans do. Online: Gen Y Surfs, Gen X and Boomers ShopInternet use has surpassed TV viewing for Gen Y for a few years now, but this is the first time that Gen X can say the same. Younger Boomers (45-54) also now spend equal amounts of time online versus on the Web. TV viewing still beats Web surfing for older Boomers and Seniors though. The survey found, too, that Gen X does the most online shopping, but Younger Boomers spend the most. In fact, Boomers were the only generation that spent, on average, more than $600 online in the past three months. Forecast: eReaders are “Device of the Year,” but Few UseForrester says that eReaders have drawn a lot of hype over the course of the year, but in reality, only a small percentage of the population currently uses them. However, the analysts forecast that another 6.6 million will buy an eReader by year-end. 8.3 million will buy a netbook or mini PC, though, in the same time frame. Netbook and mini-PC purchases will outpace eReader sales until 2014, when both slow to 1% growth rates. Laptops will also decline to 2% growth in 2014. This data seems in opposition to earlier reports from NPD that stated netbook sales have gone negative. This recently led to some controversy when the Wall St. Journal quoted Best Buy CEO Brian J. Dunn remarking on the netbook’s decline, saying its sales have been cannibalized by the iPad. Dunn later explained, by way of a Best Buy press release, that “the reports of the demise of [notebook and netbook] sales are grossly exaggerated.” It appears that Forrester agrees with this statement, given this new report’s data. Conclusion: Gens X & Y Outpacing OthersForrester concludes that Gens X and Y are “setting the example of how future digitally native generations will live,” with both generations “outpacing Boomers and Seniors on almost everything technology-related.”Statements like these tend to rile up the tech-savvy Boomers and Seniors who read this blog, often leading outraged comments about the wrongness of the data. In this case, though, Forrester analyzed 30,064 households containing 37,226 individuals to reach these conclusions, a sample size which seems sufficient enough for this analysis. Any generation will have its outliers, of course, from the digitally-adept Grandma to the Gen Yer who refuses to Facebook. Plus, anyone reading this article is at the top of the curve, no matter what the technology in question is, we would bet. Image credit, top: flickr user Paulo Fehlauer; charts: Forrester Forrester Research just released its annual survey of American technology adoption, this time focusing on the generational divide. The findings, which arose from a survey of over 37,000 participants, reveal that when it comes to the adoption of digital tools and technology, the generation gap still exists, with Generation Xers and Yers far ahead of both Boomers and Seniors. The report delves into everything from mobile use to media consumption and PCs to social networking. The takeaway, says Forrester, is that Gen Y “lives and breathes” a digital social life, Gen Xers are masters of the functional benefits of technology, but those older are much more reserved in nearly all areas. Generation Gap Remains“In almost every online or mobile behavior, Gen Yers lead the adoption curve,” explains Forrester, summarizing the differences between the generations. The youngest members of this group don’t remember life without a mobile phone or a time when texting or email was unavailable. Gen X, despite having a longer “tech memory” than its younger counterpart, still rivals Gen Y in many areas. This slightly older group tends to use the Internet and computers more functionally. For example, 26% of Gen Xers go online for information about food and cooking, 61% use it for news, 65% use PCs to manage photos and 53% email photos at least once per month. Boomers fall behind on the technology adoption curve, but spend more money on everything tech-related from telecom fees to online shopping purchases. Seniors, however, lag ever further behind. 80% still subscribe to a local newspaper, for instance. But in other ways, they’re catching up: 40% own an HDTV, one in five uses the Internet for reading news and one quarter for travel planning. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Reports#Trends#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Auto Expo 2014 Volkswagen Taigun Heading to India to Rival Ford EcoSport

German carmaker Volkswagen is reportedly gearing up to launch a sub-four-metre SUV christened Taigun in the lucrative Indian SUV market.The latest buzz is that the Taigun, a possible rival of India’s best selling Ford EcoSport and iconic Renault Duster, will mark its entry into the domestic market at the upcoming extravaganza Auto Expo 2014. Volkswagen Taigun, first showcased at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show in 2012, is based on the company’s Up! front-wheel drive New Small Family platform (NSF)  and the vehicle measures 3,859mm in length. According to the AutoCarIndia report, Volkswagen is considering a stretched version of the Taigun while keeping the length under four metres.Globally, the Taigun is powered by a 3-cylinder turbocharged one-litre petrol engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. If launched in India, the Ford EcoSport rival is likely to draw its power from 1.2-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine and is expected to offer a fuel efficiency of 22.22kmpl. The report hinted that the Volkswagen could also launch the diesel version of Taigun, considering the increasing demand for diesel-equipped cars in the sub-continent market.As far as the style is concerned, the Volkswagen Taigun flaunts a sporty and impressive look with its stylish front and tailgate design. Even though the car makes its debut at the Auto Expo 2014, reports suggest that the car will see the light of the day only in 2015/2016.The ET reported that the car is likely to fall in the price brackets of 10-12 lakh. read more

Threeday Digha Folk Festival to be inaugurated on January 11

first_imgKolkata: The second edition of three-day Digha Folk Festival will be inaugurated at the premises of Biswa Bangla Centre on January 11.Patachitra of Chandipur and Madur artisans of East Midnapore will be present at the festival to showcase their products. There will be folk performances in the evening from 6pm to 8pm on all three days. Special attraction at the fair will be a musical trio — Oriental Mood from Denmark on January 11. East Midnapore is famous for traditional Madur weaving and the story telling tradition of the Patachitra artists. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalBoth Madur and Patachitra have received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Villages like Patashpur, Ramnagar, Bhagwanpur and Moyna are famous for Madur weaving. The artists who will come for the fair will take part in workshops that will be held during the festival. It may be mentioned that the department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME and T) has developed 10 rural craft hubs in association with the UNESCO and this has benefitted 3,000 handicraft artists. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe setting up of Rural Craft and Cultural Hubs (RCCH) has benefitted an additional 12,000 rural artists. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to assist the folk artistes and artisans all over the state. There are over 2 lakh folk artistes who now get a monthly stipend and the state government has given them musical instruments. In the programmes organised by the state government departments, the folk artistes are invited to perform.last_img read more

St Xaviers College announces separate admission test dates for ISC CBSE HS

first_imgKolkata: St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) on Wednesday announced separate admission test dates for ISC/CBSE students and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) and students of other boards for admission in undergraduate course for Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS). The admission test for BMS for ISC/CBSE students will be held on June 1 while the HS Council candidates will take the exam on June 8.The first list of selected candidates will also be published on two separate dates. For ISC/CBSE students, the first list for admission in B.Com and BMS will be published on June 4 while that of HS Council students on June 13. The results of CBSE and ISC have already been declared while that of Higher Secondary Council is expected to be out after the Lok Sabha election result on May 23. The last date for submission of online application for ISC/CBSE students for B. Com and BMS has been fixed on May 31 while that for HS students and other boards will be on June 7. The online application procedure for other subjects in undergraduate level like English, Political Science, Sociology, Bengali, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Microbiology, BA General, Computer Science and five-year integrated MSc course in two subjects — Biotechnology and Multimedia that has begun on May 6 will continue till June 7. All classes for undergraduate and integrated courses will commence on July 1. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPrincipal Rev Fr (Dr) Dominic Savio said on Wednesday that for the first time, St. Xavier’s College will start post-graduate courses in English and Political Science in its Park Street campus and PG Bengali in its rural campus at Raghabpur in South 24-Parganas from this academic year. The admission test for all PG courses will be held on May 25 and the first list of selected candidates will be published on June 8. “We are going to introduce online admit card system for all semester examinations where students can view his/her eligibility and eligible candidates can download their admit cards for semester examinations directly from the college website,” he added.last_img read more