Gritters out across Donegal as more snow forecast

first_imgDonegal County Council has dispatched gritters on main roads in Donegal this Wednesday evening as wintry showers are forecast for the north west.Snow and hail have been forecast on higher ground during another cold night tonight. Sleet is more likely at lower levels.Temperatures will drop to lows of 0 to 4C, with the lowest temperatures early in the night. “The rain will be heavy and persistent for a time and some wintry falls are likely on higher ground,” said tonight’s Met Eireann report.Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day, with showers or longer spells of rain. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees are expected.Donegal County Council gritters were out on the following routes from 6pm this evening:01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East12: Binswilly15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National SecondaryBT: Buncrana Town CouncilGritters out across Donegal as more snow forecast was last modified: December 11th, 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)last_img read more

Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers

first_imgLeft-hander Brett Anderson is the latest addition to the quickly transforming Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to a $5 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old left-hander was 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts with the A’s last season.“We looked at Brett as a pitcher who has proven throughout his career that when he’s able to stay healthy, he’s been effective,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “He’s someone who throws strikes consistently. He keeps the ball on the ground, and we like …last_img read more

Middle class Africa: meet the new African consumer

first_imgAmerican politician Steve Forbes was a guest at the launch of Mosunmola Abudu’s new African TV channel. (Image: EbonyLife) • Patrick Dupoux Partner Boston Consulting Group + 212 529 023 049 • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world • South Africa – and Johannesburg – the richest in Africa • Getting the export balance right • Entrepreneurs bring British business back home • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward pathSulaiman PhilipThe United States of Africa is the 10th largest economy in the world. It is ahead of China and India, countries with populations to match Africa’s just over a billion people. Its booming consumer market is worth almost a trillion dollars a year but international companies struggle to tap into it.Africa still suffers from the illusion that it’s a difficult place to do business, a dark continent of war, famine and corruption. This short-sighted and misinformed belief has put companies that are just awakening to the economic miracle of Africa, at a disadvantage.Instead, it is an awakening consumer giant with a growing middle class eager to show off their new-found economic and social status through the purchase of branded goods. On average, 40% of the population of any given African country belongs to what Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising: How 900 Million Consumers Offer More Than You Think, describes as Africa 1 and Africa 2. These are the elite of the population and the growing aspirant middle class.These are the people who are driving the market for consumer goods, the Africans who told researchers for the Boston Consulting Group they were planning on spending money to upgrade their mobile phones, buy laptops and spend more on entertainment, homes, cars and education in the next year.Economies across Africa withstood the economic meltdown of 2008 and have grown at an impressive 6%, on average, while old world economies have contracted. The growth is tied to the demand for the riches under the African soil, but only in part. The African middle class has also risen on the growth of Africa’s consumer driven society. Consumer spending accounted for more than 60% of sub-Sahara’s growth last year, according to the World Bank.Spending spreeAnd Africa is looking to spend. Or, in the words of Zimbabwean journalist Farai Sevenzo: “…like a recklessly wealthy bride, we look over our shoulders at the orderly queue of suitors seeking a partnership of one kind or another.”By 2020, the African consumer market will be worth $1-trillion, driven by demands for technology-based goods like smart phones and household appliances, and cars. It is expected that the South African electronics market alone will be worth around $13-billion by 2016. The rising demand is good for tech companies; however, even more appealing is the fact that relative to income, Africans are willing to spend more than Europeans, Americans and Japanese consumers on technology.This statistic is skewed by the higher cost that Africans pay for goods, which is one of the major challenges that face some companies trying to tap into the market place. The demand for competitively priced technology has led to the growth of companies willing to offer them. Middle Eastern computer companies have been able to carve out market share for themselves as suppliers of low-cost computer equipment. The performance of companies like Huawei, Nokia and Blackberry has outstripped Apple because their handsets are far more affordable.Another factor in the choices made by the emerging middle class of one brand over another is a product’s suitability to African conditions. The recent discovery of oil in Ghana is often offered as a reason for the growth of its aspirational market; but the reality is that the country still rations electricity and faces constant clean water shortages.Taking such restrictions into account, South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has developed fridges with built in surge protectors and laptops powered by solar energy that have given the company the lead in African markets like Ghana and Kenya. The company has set up manufacturing plants in Africa as well, which has helped to bring down the costs of these goods.Car manafacturers with African production plants are increasing the number of cars and components produced on the continent to supply demand.(Image:Media Club South Africa)Aspirational valuesAnd the African market will continue to heat up. Grant Hatch of Accenture explains: “The costs of a lot of technology products have been declining for some time, so products will become even more affordable to the consumer.”Mahajan’s research came up with an interesting finding: the majority of Africans, those in the group he refers to as Africa 3, worked for the top two groups and over time assimilated their aspirational values.The African middle class is estimated to number about 350 million and growing. The contest for the hearts, minds and wallets of African consumers is growing in intensity, and local manufacturers are also benefitting from this new-found wealth.The 2013 African Development Bank’s Development Effectiveness Report showed that the growth of the middle class was in part thanks to better economic governance and a better business climate. While foreign investment in Africa has increased fivefold since 2000, it is the entrepreneurial spirit of Africans that has helped to sustain growth. In the past seven years the number of people delaying the opening of a business has halved and the costs of doing so have fallen by two thirds.Mabati Rolling Mills started out as a manufacturer of metal roofing sheets in Kenya. As the middle class grew and the housing market exploded, the company grew into the dominant manufacturer in the $180-million Kenyan market. Today it is a conglomerate that exports to 50 countries across Africa and the world.Mo shows the wayIf there is a figurehead for the rising African middle class then it’s Mosunmola Abudu, Africa’s answer to Oprah. Abudu is a Nigerian media entrepreneur and self-taught TV host. Her talk show, Moments with Mo, first aired in 2006, is syndicated across 48 African countries and has had guest as diverse as International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde and former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate FW de Klerk, as well as English football player Rio Ferdinand.Last year, Abudu launched EbonyLife TV, a continent-wide broadcaster aimed at the growing aspirational African middle class. “Not every African women has a pile of wood on her head and a baby strapped to her back! EbonyLife celebrates style and success while motivating its audience to dream, and dream big,” the glamorous Abudu told press agency AP.The English-born mother of two wants to change the antiquated view of Africa as “the dark continent”. Programming on her new channel highlights the continent’s wealth of talented entrepreneurs and artists. Her return to Africa and the birth of her media empire began at London’s Marble Arch. “On a whim I asked people what came to mind when they heard the word ‘Africa’. The nicest thing I heard was ‘sunshine.’”Programming on EbonyLife is targeted at the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, a group Abudu refers to as Africa’s “custodians of the present and future”. But is also the dream demographic of marketers. The original shows cover everything from domestic abuse to skin bleaching and sex tips, with a healthy sprinkling of celebrity gossip, with an African flavour. Her reality series, The Fattening Room, follows young women going through traditional pre-marriage rites, learning from the matriarchs what it means to be a traditional wife.Tradition mixed with modernity is Africa today, Abudu argues. In the reality series the older women try in vain to fatten up the young women, who all want to retain their Hollywood-inspired shape. “People need to know that this kind of Africa exists; we have moved into the modern age. People don’t think that people live in Africa like this. They don’t think that we have high-profile events where people look glamorous and they’re all dressed up.”Admittedly there are still pockets of despotic rule, of famine and strife, but as the slogan for EbonyLife goes, “Everything you think you know about Africa is about to change”.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 31, 2011

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2011March 30, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Hike or seek this seasonSeptember 17, 2019In “News”Five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade)May 21, 2019In “News” Get Out the Door and on the Trail FasterPocket Queries make preparing for your geocaching adventure a simple 2-step process.Step 1: Create a Pocket Query for the area that you want to go geocaching. You can select which cache types to receive in the results, specify your range of difficulty and terrain levels, choose cache attributes and more. Want to see only traditional caches within 25 miles of your home that are above a difficulty 3 and require a long hike? This step lets you do so. When you’re done, you’ll receive an email containing a file with the Pocket Query results.Step 2: Plug your GPS into your computer. Either drag and drop the emailed Pocket Query file onto the device or use third-party software to load the file (the process for loading files depends on your GPS device). You can find a list of your Pocket Query files that are ready for download under the tab “Pocket Queries Ready for Download” here.That’s it! You now have the complete Pocket Query (up to 1000 cache listings) including cache coordinates, descriptions, hints and recent logs on your device, so whether you decide to go geocaching right outside your house or miles away, you’re ready to go.Users can even look up caches when away from home! When you create a Pocket Query, just set it to run on one or more days of the week. The query will run on the specified day(s) and can be saved for later use, set to run automatically each week or deleted.Pocket Queries are a Premium Member feature. Premium Members can run up to 5 queries per day with up to 1000 caches per query. Premium Membership is only US $30 per year or US $10 for 3 months and it’s well worth it for the amount of time (and paper) you’ll save. Don’t believe us? See what other Premium Members have to say about the benefits of Premium Membership.last_img read more

WIC and Members of the Military

first_imgBy Carol ChurchAs discussed in Can Members of the Military Get SNAP Benefits? we typically hope and believe that members of the military and their families will be provided for when it comes to food, shelter, and medical care. Most of the time, this is the case. However, occasionally families of lower-paid members or families in various special circumstances (such as those with many children or those with a disabled member) need assistance. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides specific nutritional support for pregnant and postpartum women and young children, and it is easier to qualify for than Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).What is WIC?WIC provides redeemable vouchers for specific types of nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and to infants and children under age 5. Examples of the types of food covered include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat, nuts, beans, and grains. Families can also receive vouchers for infant formula, an expensive product.Participants also have regular appointments with WIC staff to talk about nutrition and check in on their health. They will receive nutritional counseling, recipes, and other useful information. The point of the program is to make sure pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk are eating well and doing well physically.How Do You Qualify?Typically, the family income for WIC applicants must be no more than 185% of the federal poverty line. You can see those numbers here. However, things are somewhat different for members of the military. Individual states have the option of excluding certain important military payments when calculating whether a family is eligible for WIC. These include, but may not be limited to:Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)Family Separation Housing (FSH)Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)Overseas Continental U.S. (OCONUS) Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA)BAH, in particular, is typically not used when determining WIC eligibility. Thus, depending on which state the service member lives in, it may be possible to obtain WIC benefits even if total pay package is significantly higher than 185% of federal poverty.Pexels/Pixabay.com, CC0Members serving overseas may be particularly likely to be eligible for WIC due to how eligibility is calculated. This TRICARE page goes into detail about the Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program, which is relatrively new and offers WIC benefits to those overseas. This benefit may be quite important to young families living outside the United States.To ApplyTo apply for WIC, service members serving on base should first find out if there is a WIC office on base. Otherwise, visit this site to find out how to contact the appropriate WIC state agency.WIC is a modest program that provides healthful foods for growing families. It can temporarily fill financial gaps for families, especially those who struggle due to underemployment or unemployment of a military spouse. Since this is a common issue for military families, WIC has an important role to play.For more information on government programs that can assist military families with food needs, visit this FDA page. References:Lightfoot, L. (2017). How WIC Benefits Military Families. Retrieved from https://themilitarywallet.com/wic-benefits-military-families/National Military Family Association. (2016). No Child Should Ever Go Hungry—Nutrition Assistance Programs For Military Families. Retrieved from http://www.militaryfamily.org/featured-news/no-child-should-ever-go-hungry.htmlTricare. (2016). Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program. Retrieved from https://tricare.mil/wic/USDA. (2016). Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Retrieved from https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/who-gets-wic-and-how-applylast_img read more

Centre, State finding new ways to eject foreigners: Himanta Biswa Sarma

first_imgAssam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Centre and the State governments have been discussing new ways to eject foreigners after the “disappointment” with the National Register of Citizens (NRC).The final NRC published on Friday excluded 19,06,657 people from a total of 3.29 crore applicants. The excluded people are not technically foreigners, as they have legal options to challenge their status.“I don’t think this is the final list. There are many more to come,” Mr. Sarma said, adding that efforts were on to explore ways to ferret out more foreigners from the State.Assam’s indigenous people believe there are at 40 lakh foreigners or illegal immigrants in the State. The July 2009 petition in the Supreme Court that triggered the exercise claimed the State had 41 lakh foreigners.Mr. Sarma did not specify the measures being discussed, but one of the ways is believed to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to let the allegedly persecuted non-Muslims from India’s neighbourhood – Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan – be absorbed as citizens.The final NRC exclusion list is believed to contain the names of many Hindu Bengali people, the BJP’s vote bank. The party has been unhappy with the final NRC. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50 Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is outlast_img read more

Happy Birthday Goofy: BCCI wishes Yuzvendra Chahal with video of fun moments from Chahal TV

first_imgIndia leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal turned 29 on Tuesday and got some hilarious birthday wishes from his teammates and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on social media.The BCCI’s social media handles posted a video of Chahal TV containing all the fun moments from behind the scenes while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma wished him with some really funny nicknames.”Happy Birthday goofy. Reliving some of the best Yuzi moments from our very own Chahal TV,” the BCCI’s Instagram handle posted along with a short video clip.Shikhar Dhawan meanwhile, asked for a samosa treat from Chahal, whom he called teeli (matchstick).”Happy birthday bro. Atleast aaj toh samose khila de teeli!,” Dhawan posted.India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is good friends with Chahal, called him the GOAT (Greatest of All Time).”Have the best birthday G.O.A.T,” Rohit wrote on Twitter.Have the best birthday G.O.A.T @yuzi_chahal pic.twitter.com/7RLVKBjz2vRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 23, 2019Chahal had a decent outing in India’s campaign at the Cricket World Cup 2019 with 12 wickets from 8 ODIs at an average of 36.83 including one four-wicket haul.advertisementIndia got knocked out in the semi-finals after losing against New Zealand, who ended as the runner-up to England in the tournament.last_img read more

9 days ago​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure well

first_img​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure wellby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is determined to become a success at the club.Three years ago, he managed to gain the honour of being the club’s youngest goalscorer.But he has struggled to grab a place in the first team since, and is now on loan at Oxford UnitedThe 20-year-old is insistent that he never let the pressure or sudden attention get to him.”When I scored, I didn’t have a clue about the record,” he told reporters.”I remember walking off the pitch with Trent (Alexander-Arnold). The players were saying well done, the manager (Jurgen Klopp) was saying well done because I’d scored my first Liverpool goal. “It was probably only when I started checking Instagram I realised the significance.”Obviously that game was when I got quite a lot of attention. I was definitely recognised going out in the streets, shopping in Liverpool One, people asking for a few pictures. You had to get used to people looking.”The club helped us and I got a lot of advice from family, friends and my agent, but you also have to take quite a bit of on your own shoulders and it’s a bit strange when it happens.”I look back now and think I handled it well. I don’t think I was big-headed, I took it during the y About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fincantieri Delivers Fourth Viking

first_imgzoom Viking Sun, the fourth of eight cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was delivered to the company on September 25 at the Ancona shipyard.Like its sister ships, Viking Sun is placed in the small cruise ship segment. With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.Fincantieri informed that the Viking Ocean Cruises units “are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the ‘Safe return to port’.”Additionally, they feature the most advanced technologies for energy saving and for meeting the strictest environmental regulations with energy-efficient engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system.The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015, the second and the third, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in 2016 and 2017.Viking Ocean Cruises is scheduled to take delivery of the last four units in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively.last_img read more

China US sign more business deals during Trump visit

first_imgBEIJING, China – China have signed a series of multibillion-dollar business agreements during President Donald Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade policies.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse foreign complaints about China’s trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.The contracts give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes. Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of his talks with Xi.The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump’s visit it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern his focus on trade in goods might mean the president paid pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.“China will not close its doors and will open even wider,” said Xi. He promised a “more open, more transparent and more orderly” market.Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.Both governments appeared to be doing their best to report the biggest total for contract signings for political benefit.The biggest agreements Thursday included a deal to co-operate on a gas project in Alaska valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project in West Virginia valued at $83.7 billion. There was no indication of how much money, if any, would change hands.Firmer contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of 300 Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, General Electric Co. jet engines for $2.5 billion and soybeans for $1.6 billion.Ford Motor Co. committed to have its China joint venture import vehicles and auto parts worth $9.5 billion over three years and General Motors Co. made a similar commitment valued at $2.2 billion.That was on top of agreements signed Wednesday totalling $9 billion. Those included a pledge by China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com, to buy American beef and pork worth $1.2 billion and a separate memorandum of understanding on possible soybean purchases worth up to $3.4 billion.The U.S. Commerce Department said the Alaska gas project would create 12,000 jobs during construction.Other agreements included memoranda of understanding, or a promise to discuss the possibility of firmer deals, on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development co-operation.China’s trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 per cent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.Trump’s administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore “the potential” of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfilment of past assurances made by China.last_img read more