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Beachgoers to go the extra mile due to water upgrade works this May

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first_imgRoad closures have been scheduled for the main route into Marble Hill Beach at the beginning of the summer season.Irish Water has revealed plans to upgrade the water supply in the coastal area near Dunfanaghy with the replacement of 370 metres of ageing water mains and service connections.To accommodate the works, the L-1272-1 Marble Hill Road will be closed on weekdays from 7th May until the end of May. Plans are in place to open the road every weekend from 6.00pm Friday to 8.00am Monday during the project.Beachgoers will be directed to follow an alternative route along the L-1272-2 Rockhill Road, which will be signposted. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times, according to the water authority.The project will take place along Faugher Heights and continue on to Marble Hill Court. It will be delivered by Farrans on behalf of Irish Water.Local residents and businesses may face short-term water shut offs during the works. The project team has said they will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Commenting on the project, Declan Cawley, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme said: “Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve the reliability of the water supply to businesses and residents. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient but we will make every effort to minimise any disruption caused by these necessary works. We would like to thank local residents for their cooperation as we work together to deliver these important  improvements for the local community. ”Residents and businesses in the areas have been notified and customers can call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.Beachgoers to go the extra mile due to water upgrade works this May was last modified: April 26th, 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:DunfanaghyIrish WaterMarble Hillroad closurelast_img read more

SA swimmer clinches World Cup title

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first_imgRyk Neethling achieved the feat for two years running, in 2005 and 2006, while Roland Schoeman finished runner-up to Neethling in 2005. 18 victoriesThere was also success for South African Kathryn Meaklim in the women’s competition; she finished third in the overall standings, which was worth $30 000, after winning 18 events throughout the series. She also picked up six silvers and two bronzes, making her the winner of the most women’s medals. Gold, silver, bronzeHe completed a haul of all three medals on offer with third place in the 200 metes freestyle in a personal best time of 1:43.19. Melloulli took second, while Germany’s Paul Bierdermann powered to victory in 1:40.83 seconds to eclipse the world record that had previously belonged to Australian legend Ian Thorpe. The depth and the high level of performances by South African swimmers throughout the World Cup series was on show at the final event in Berlin. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 30-year-old was second in the 100 butterfly in a fast 58.05 seconds, and also finished second in the 200 butterfly, this time in an African record 2:06.60. Loots claimed a third medal in the 200 individual medley by finishing third. He won 12 medals in total, made up of 10 golds and two bronzes. In addition, Townsend was pipped to the 200 IM title by Olympic 1 500 metres freestyle champion Oussama Mellouli, after a terrific battle which the Tunisian won in 1:52.41, a new African record. Townsend smashed the South African record with his time of 1:52.51 as both men bettered the previous World Cup best. Meaklim’s success was built on her dominance of the 400 metres individual medley, which she won five times, including in a World Cup record 4:27.21 in Stockholm. Cameron van der Burgh continued South Africa’s recent successes in the short-course FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, claiming the men’s overall title after the conclusion of the 2008 series in Berlin on the weekend. Meaklim picked up a victory in the 400 metres individual medley, finishing close to five seconds clear of second placed Emma Smithurst, while veteran Mandy Loots enjoyed a superb competition. 18 November 2008 Darian Townsend excelled with victory in the 100 metres individual medley in 51.80 seconds – the fastest time recorded for the event throughout the World Cup series. The World Cup record belongs to Ryk Neethling, with a time of 51.52 seconds. His efforts were well rewarded as he pocketed a cheque for $100 000 for his overall victory. On top of that, each individual win was worth $1 500. He then destroyed the 100 metres mark that had belonged to Ed Moses since January 2002, lowering the record from 57.47 seconds to 56.88. Breaststroke doubleVan der Burgh did the 50 and 100 metres double in the breaststroke, clocking 26.05 and 57.32 seconds respectively for two dominating victories. Van der Burgh, a breaststroke specialist, broke three short-course world records during the 2008 series. In Moscow, he clocked 26.08 seconds for the 50 metres to better the previous record of 26.17, set by Oleg Lisogor, which had stood since January 2006. Under the 26-second barrierVan der Burgh’s 50-metre record in Moscow didn’t stand for long, however, as he became the first man to crack the 26-second barrier for the 50 metres a week later in Stockholm, with a sensational time of 25.94 seconds. Lyndon Ferns completed South Africa’s medal haul in Berlin by picking up silver in the men’s 100 metres freestyle in 46.71 seconds. Victory went to Olympic champion Alain Bernard of France. last_img read more

My normal, crazy, mixed-up country

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first_imgJann Turner, the director and joint writer and producer of White Wedding. . (Image: White Wedding) South African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Are there lions in the streets? Do you live in a mud hut? How come you ain’t … ?As a South African, I get the strangest questions from Americans. Their impression of Africa ranges from the lions-snakes-loincloths version, all the way to the guns-Aids-ghettos version. Often they are wildly off the mark, although, since we hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, they do know that we have stadiums, TV and vuvuzelas.What they don’t know is that we have it all! Wild animals and guns, Aids and ghettos are here, but we also have highways, high schools, high-tech, high-life and high hopes. We’re on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks. Charlize Theron is one of us. So is Elon Musk, the PayPal founder and Dave Matthews of the band. We invented super-glue, open-heart surgery and short-range tactical nuclear weapons and we were also the first to ever give up the latter voluntarily.Our country is hauntingly beautiful – beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cities, jungles. It’s the size of California and Texas combined and 50-million of us live here, of all colours, speaking 11 different languages. Since Nelson Mandela led us out of our painful past, we’re all working hard to get along and make our country a success. And slowly, we’re getting it right. Most of us even have rhythm now.Take Beyonce, Denzel, Obama and Oprah. Throw in LeBron and Tiger. Sprinkle with Bill Gates, Al Sharpton, Pat Buchanan, Spike Lee and Paris Hilton. Make most of them poor, but some rich. Given them each a different language. Now tell them to sort out the US, quickly and peacefully. Get the idea? Ask anyone who visited us for the World Cup. We live in a crazy, mixed-up, fun loving, rich-and-poor, up-and-down place, and we are immensely proud of it.The point I’m trying to make is that South Africa is fast becoming just a normal, crazy mixed-up country. So we – that’s my two partners, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo and me – want to tell stories that are fun, real, and normal.So White Wedding came about from a road trip the three of us took across the country about seven years ago – two black dudes and white girl and all the bizarre, funny, typically South African things that we encountered.It was on that long drive that we made up the story about Kenneth (Elvis, the groom) and Rapulana (Tumi, the best man) trying to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Elvis’s wedding. Things go wrong – but not in the way you might expect. George (the goat), played by Bella (the goat) isn’t a guest at the wedding – he’s the lunch – a gift from Grandma. Befriended by Rose (the heartbroken British hitch-hiker), George sits in the back seat of the car with Elvis, while Tumi and Rose flirt in the front. Tony, the ex-boyfriend of Ayanda (the bride), pays for her wedding dress. Elvis hasn’t made the transfer from the bank, because he’s lost in mountains, and there’s no phone signal. It’s not really George’s fault that they crash, but in the end, poor George ends up getting cooked and eaten. Or does he?We ended up with a funny, romantic, feel-good road-movie, reminiscent of Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine. We shot the film in 18 days, for a budget of less than U$1-million (R7-million). And South Africans loved it. When did you last see a film in which you laugh at different scenes to the person next to you – and you don’t understand the jokes you are missing? Or when, at the climax, people stand and dance to the soundtrack, shouting in excitement? We heard many stories of black and white strangers hugging each other as the credits rolled, or of employers and their housekeepers sitting side-by-side, shedding simultaneous tears when the story gets weepy.We sent Nelson Mandela a copy for his 91st birthday and he loved it. Mandela is a Xhosa, like Grandma and the beautiful Ayanda, but he wouldn’t mind the gentle fun that is poked at their laid-back, stubborn stereotype. The film gives everyone a bit of a rev.But you don’t need to be South African to appreciate it. At heart, it’s a universal story about love and prejudice. It’s warm, charming, and reminds us that our similarities are greater than our differences. President Obama, you should see it!So … I’m not black. I live in the suburbs, and the lions I hear at night are in the Joburg zoo. But I am South African, and I think Americans are going to like our movie. If you do see it, don’t be afraid to laugh aloud, whistle, dance, cry and applaud during the show. And tell your friends.That’s how we do it.last_img read more

3 Inspiring Videos Featuring Real Chemical Processes

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first_imgBe inspired by these films about, on and created with real chemical processes.Personally I love film. I love the grain, I love the scratches, the imperfections. When was the last time you saw a hair in the gate on a digital film. With The Hobbit causing a stir with its 48 frames per second sheen and the whole world moving irreversibly towards digital production, check out these films celebrating traditional film – all 3 stunning films shot on, or featuring, the beautiful glory of real chemical processes.Break Line: Stephanie GilmoreThis short film by Todd Cole features some stunning surfing and some wonderfully grainy 16mm footage.American Tin TypeThis is a great short film by Matt Morris about photographer Harry Taylor’s passion for a 150 year old form of photography called Tin Type photography. It’s a fascinating tale of someone who becomes immersed in the recreation of an outdated chemical art form, that produces incredible images.American DreamThis 10 minute documentary follows photographer Ian Ruhter as he drives across America in a giant photo making truck, taking pictures of the lost Amercian Dream. It’s a powerful film featuring some truly inspiring characters.last_img read more

Wheel of Fortune filming now in Providenciales at Beaches Resort airs next

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first_img Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – Two television crews and fifteen picturesque locations at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa are to be featured in Wheel of Fortune, one of America’s leading TV game shows when the series premiers next February. It is another feather in the cap for Providenciales, as the world’s #1 Island Destination and for Beaches Resort, a family all inclusive which is one of the only six star resorts in the world.Pat Sajak and Vanna White are filming right now at the resort and the shows have taken on an appropriate theme: FAMILY with a week of the episodes set to air from our Caribbean destination. The special Wheel of Fortune episodes from Beaches Resort and Providenciales will next go into production and air from February 1-5, 2016. Related Items:beaches resort and spa, pat sajak, vanna white, wheel of fortune PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for youlast_img read more

Black Business Victim of Cyberbullying

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first_imgFor two years, Pam Johnson, a native Washingtonian and businesswoman, was targeted by malicious gentrifiers through blogs, emails, tweets, and other forms of social media to discredit her reputation and business.Johnson owns a property on H St NE, an area that once was a mecca for Black businesses, but has rapidly gentrified due to the District’s urban renewal plan and the rebirth of the H St N.E streetcars.Johnson believed the attacks were attempts to muzzle her activism on H Street to put pressure on city officials to provide assistance to existing establishments. She worked with long standing businesses on H Street to bring government attention to the devastation caused by construction of the streetcar and streetscape urban renewal projects.Determined to fight back, Johnson conducted her own investigation, identified the attackers, contacted city officials and hired an attorney. “It was awful! Can you imagine finding out that your business is the subject of negative publicity by people who you’ve never met?” said Johnson. “The bullying was going back and forth. It had a life all its own.”Johnson spoke out against D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells focusing much of his attention to new businesses on H Street and not to existing establishments hit hard by the installation of tracks for the new trolley system. Although Councilmember Tommy Wells refused to comment on cyberbully case, Johnson said he was fully aware because the tweets and blogs were sent directly to him.“In just a few years, and through the hard work and commitment of H Street Main Street, the ANC and local entrepreneurs, H Street has opened over 100 new businesses and created more than 1000 new jobs. I’m especially proud to have authored innovative legislation to provide incentives for retail development through financial assistance provided by the District. This program has awarded grants to more than 20 recipients, including Ms. Johnson’s project,” said Councilmember Wells.After years of advocacy and as the complaints became more publicized, the long-established businesses were finally included in the opportunity to apply for retail grants.In 2012, the mayor announced the second round recipients of the H Street NE Retail Priority Grants for existing owners. The grant required businesses to spend up to $85,000 of their own money for retail upgrades that would be reimbursed by the government. “Some of the new businesses were given the opportunity/benefit for non-compete grants that didn’t require them to upfront any money, while the existing businesses had to come up with cash. It was unbelievable. Most existing H St businesses were suffering and didn’t have the money to put up front. So consequently, they couldn’t take advantage of any grant with those kinds of conditions,” said Johnson.Johnson applied for the grant to improve the retail component of D.C. Conscious and Café. The first floor, which is visible to the public, is a juice bar, food, and sandwich shop with a social gathering area for speakers, book readings, and intellectual discussions.The upstairs is a full level of retail offering eco-friendly products, herbal remedies, art, and handcrafted items by local and international merchants. As the renovations began, curious spectators began to hurl complaints to city officials claiming the business was a fraud.From the blogs and tweets, the bullies assumed because work was being done on both floors that Johnson used monies intended for retail renovation to fund a restaurant. Johnson’s business became the subject of a very popular White-owned weekly publication and a national magazine. The unfounded attacks heightened.Once Johnson discovered who the culprits were, including a Department of Justice attorney who works to expose fraudulent businesses, she responded by email. Johnson also contacted an attorney to find out more about the originators of the negative tweets and blogs, and to legally address attempts to defame her business and character.“Cyberbullying of businesses is a new arena for most attorneys. The federal government has focused on cyberbullying on teens but not tainting the reputation or closing down a business,” said Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, legal counsel for Johnson.“What is also difficult is identifying the culprit because they hide behind code names,” Lourie said. “We were lucky. Once we identified the attackers, a notice of cease and desist was issued. They agreed.”Johnson was not as agreeable. “[The] FCC needs to do something to stop this kind of attack on businesses,” said Johnson.With two New York-based businesses on either side, Johnson is completing the renovations and looking forward to the grand opening. “Black and minority businesses can still have a life on H Street,” said Johnson.last_img read more

Mamata rues being stopped from attending Chicago event in memory of Swamijis

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she had been prevented from attending a function in Chicago to commemorate the125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s address before the World Parliament of Religions by some “unholy conspirators”. “I felt bad and was hurt. I know that some unholy conspirators did not want me to attend the meeting. They had threatened Ramakrishna Mission as well,” she said while addressing a gathering at Belur Math on Tuesday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee was scheduled to address a meeting at Chicago in August on the invitation of the Vedanta Centre, a branch unit of Ramakrishna Mission. The state government will create Vivekananda Chair at the Ramakrishna Mission Educational Research Institute, formerly known as Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and gave Rs 10 crore for Vivek Tirtha, the value education centre that is coming up at New Town. Banerjee said some forces are trying to interpret Hinduism by creating division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There are some who are trying to dictate what food habit we should follow or what dress we should put on. This is ridiculous. We have Swami Vivekananda and will not listen to the neo-interpretations,” the Chief Minister said. Quoting Swamiji’s first speech at the Parliament of Religions where he said “We believe not only in universal tolerance but we accept all religions as true,” she said this is Swamiji’s philosophy and this is Bengal. She said to become a leader one must learn to sacrifice for the people. She felt that more and more students should be brought under Swamiji’s umbrella. “Swamiji is our leader and he can show the path,” she said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that fanaticism and sectarianism do not affect the society. She urged people to follow the path of Swami Vivekananda. The Chief Minister said tolerance is the biggest gift of Hindu religion. “This religion is humanism,” she said. She said Swamiji had wanted all boys and girls to be fearless. “If there is any weakness in the world, it is sin, it is death,” she quoted the words of Swamiji, who had spread the message of love, hope and tolerance. Many people blew conch shells on Tuesday afternoon, to mark the beginning of the Parliament of Religions in 1893. Swamiji had delivered six lectures at the Parliament. In state-run, sponsored and aided schools, functions were held to commemorate 125 years of Swamiji’s speech. The state government will also observe Harmony week from September 12 to 19.last_img read more

Bangladesh High Commission pays tribute to Tagore

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first_imgThe audience were reeling in trance by listening to the melodies sung by the renowned Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet exponent on Monday. The program was arranged by the Bangladesh High Commission in the national Capital and a large number of diplomats, high officials and 1971-war veterans attended the event. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Nazma Heptullah, Minister for Minority Affairs of India. While welcoming the august gathering, Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, highlighted the invaluable contribution of Tagore in the evolution of Bengali literature. “Tagore immortal creations will remain ever relevant in the lives of all Bengalis,” he said.Chief guest Dr Nazma Heptullah mentioned the attachment of the people from both the countries to the works of Rabindranath Tagore. She emphasized that the creations of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore has passed the test of time and brought the souls of the people of the two countries closer in a common bond of friendship.last_img read more