TAOISEACH ASKS GERRY ADAMS IF SEX ABUSERS WERE MOVED TO DONEGAL

first_imgTAOISEACH Enda Kenny has asked Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams if sex abusers were moved to safe houses in the Republic from the North, specifically claiming these houses were in Donegal, Louth and in Dublin.The Taoiseach also directly challenged Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, to answer specific questions on the issue following allegations made by former Sinn Fein member Mairia Cahill.The questions included: • Were people “expelled” from the North and still now operating in the Republic – and if so where were they and what were they doing now?• Did three senior IRA people make Mairia Cahill repeatedly answer questions and also confront her attacker?• Was she forcibly sworn to secrecy and forbidden to report the case to the police?Gerry Adams said the claims were a slur “on thousands of decent Sinn Fein members” by falsely alleging they covered up sex abuse cases involving Republicans. The Sinn Fein leader strongly denied there was any “cover-up” by his party.He said he wanted all abuse victims to come forward and tell their stories, adding: “They will have Sinn Fein’s full support in doing so.” TAOISEACH ASKS GERRY ADAMS IF SEX ABUSERS WERE MOVED TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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

Maritime cluster for Mandela Bay

first_imgA dedicated maritime cluster in theEastern Cape will boost regional economy.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Myles  Coordinator: NMB maritime cluster  interim task team  +27 82 556 1680 • Tantaswa Cici  Manager: maritime safety, Eastern  Cape Department of Transport  +27 43 604 7629 or +27 71 673 5171 RELATED ARTICLES • Motor cluster will drive change • Safer seas for PE’s marine life • SA maritime industry set to grow • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • SA harbour chief makes world historyEmily van RijswijckPlans are afoot to create a dedicated maritime cluster for the port region of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) in the Eastern Cape in order to build on and enhance the city’s existing marine activities.The cluster idea is a joint initiative of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. The first meeting of the partners took place in February in Port Elizabeth and was attended by 80 invited participants, all with a direct interest in the sector.“Port Elizabeth is historically a maritime city and yet for some reason it has never developed a maritime industry,” says Peter Myles, coordinator of the interim task team elected at the inaugural meeting to look into the viability of the venture.Myles is also chairman of the NMB Tourism Industry Association and a lecturer at NMMU in marine tourism and coastal recreation.The interim task team will appoint a steering committee, which will develop the policy, goals, strategy, actions and resources for a cluster framework aligned to the province’s integrated provincial maritime plan, currently under review.The steering committee will start by investigating the feasibility of ship building and other related industries, including the establishment of a maritime university.Port Elizabeth’s harbour, the fifth largest in South Africa, plays an important role in the movement of clean cargo, automotive parts and vehicles. The magnificent Port of Ngqura, now South Africa’s premier trans-shipment hub, lies a mere 20 km to the north.The Bay, as the city is fondly referred to, also has much to offer in terms of marine tourism. It’s home to one of the largest colonies of the endangered African penguin, and the marine section of the Greater Addo Elephant Park shares the bay area with the city.According to Myles, the main conclusion drawn at the first meeting was that the maritime sector could be a leading contributor to a sustainable provincial economy.Benefiting the greater communityThe maritime industry encompasses a vast array of activities and disciplines, among them designing, building and operating vessels; stevedoring and customs brokerage services; fisheries; the marine railways sector and the myriad industries involved in the maintenance and repair of vessels.Coastal and marine tourism and similar enterprises are also included in this sector.Some of these industries, such as stevedoring, are already in place in Port Elizabeth, while others, such as boatbuilding and repairs, are sorely lacking.In addition, Port Elizabeth remains a favourite tourist destination for South Africans, and international tourism numbers continue to grow.Estimates put the number of foreign visitors to Port Elizabeth in 2010 at 250 000 and domestics tourists in the same year at about 1-million, while the combined spend amounted to about R3-billion (US$386-million).Of special interest to potential cluster partners is the role such a combined effort can play in helping small to medium enterprises.“International experience indicates that the level of business formation tends to be higher in clusters,” says Myles. “Start-ups are more reliant on external suppliers and partners, all of which they find in a cluster, so clusters reduce the costs of failure, as entrepreneurs can fall back on local employment opportunities in the many other companies in the same field.”Clusters also encourage knowledge-sharing and innovation and in these areas NMMU has the potential to play a critical role, he adds.“Nelson Mandela Bay is a region where small-scale businesses and disadvantaged coastal communities could largely benefit, improving their job opportunities and their lives through application of a proposed micro-enterprise promotion strategy.”It is hoped that the cluster will stimulate the growth of smaller companies offering services such as boat building and repairs. It could also enhance the existing coastal and marine tourism sector and even, perhaps, encourage the creation of a maritime university.“In a nutshell, the expectation is that a maritime cluster will uncover Port Elizabeth’s competitive advantage and, with collaboration, will assist in the growth of this sector,” says Myles.Other clusters to boost local economyThe announcement of the maritime cluster follows closely on the heels of the recently launched Eastern Cape automotive cluster, which was formally inaugurated by trade and industry minister Rob Davis in March.Globally, clusters have become the norm in the creation of cross-industry linkages and complementary relationships. In Europe, maritime clusters are well established and offer their members a competitive advantage, says Myles.“In less than half a decade cluster development has become a common factor for economic development agencies in over 40 countries around the world. Clusters are the building blocks of a productive, innovative economy.”Port Elizabeth then and nowThe port area of Port Elizabeth is more than 180 years old. Following the arrival of British settlers in 1820 the harbour area became extremely busy, with mohair, wool and ostrich feathers the most common cargo shipped from the port.By 1825 Port Elizabeth was given port status with the appointment of a harbour master and, a year later, of a collector of customs.According to the Department of Transport 80% of the country’s trade is carried out by sea and it has therefore become necessary to prioritise the shipping industry.South Africa is one of the top 15 shipping countries in the world in terms of the tonnage transported to and from its ports.last_img read more

“Prachar Rath” to promote organic and natural farming in Rajasthan

first_imgA “Prachar Rath”, flagged off by Agriculture Minister Lal Chand Kataria on Wednesday, will promote organic and zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) among the farmers in Rajasthan to reduce agricultural input costs, encourage the use of bio-fertilisers, replace pesticides with traditional material and give tips for preparation of indigenous seeds.Flagging off the chariot at a public hearing event here, Mr. Kataria said the progressive farmers would be associated in large numbers with the drive which would continue till November 9. “Groups of farmers will visit the villages to generate awareness about the methods to increase agricultural production with innovative methods,” he said.Noted agriculturist Subhash Palekar, who has pushed for adoption of ZBNF, will train the farmers at a six-day-long camp beginning on September 24 at Sewar in Bharatpur district. This will be the first-ever training camp devoted to natural farming organised in the State.Mr. Kataria said the excessive use of chemicals was damaging the land’s fertility and adversely affecting people’s health. “The Prachar Rath’s dialogue with the farmers will apprise them of the benefits of using organic manure, vermicompost, crop residues and organic waste, while the weed, disease and pest control can be achieved through bio-materials and crop rotation.”The Union government’s Economic Survey of 2018-19 had advocated ZBNF as a “lucrative livelihood option” for small farmers. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned the method in her Budget speech as one of the innovative models through which the farmers’ income could be doubled by 2022.About 2,000 farmers have got themselves registered for the Sewar camp, where the research on forest vegetation as well as the techniques for natural growth of trees, based on Mr. Palekar’s “zero budget approach” to chemical-free farming involving manures and agro-ecology, will be highlighted.Sita Ram Gupta, executive director of Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation, which is organising the camp, said that the exhibitions on beekeeping, manufacturing of ‘tulsi mala’ and fashion designing would be held during the event. Students of agricultural and veterinary colleges and researchers are also expected to participate in the camp.last_img read more

Punjab CM urges Amit Shah to tackle cross-border drones

first_imgTwo days after the Punjab police seized a huge cache of arms, including five AK-47 rifles, pistols hand grenades and satellite phones, and investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered from across the border from Pakistan over drones, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the incident was a new and serious dimension to Pakistan’s sinister designs in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.The Chief Minister urged the Union Home Minister to tackle the problem at the earliest.Tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet from his official handle, Capt. Amarinder wrote, “’Recent incidents of Pakistan-origin drones dropping consignments of arms & ammunition is a new and serious dimension on Pakistan’s sinister designs in aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370. Request @AmitShah ji to ensure that this drone problem is handled at the earliest.”On September 22, the police busted a terrorist module of the revived Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a Pakistan and Germany based terror group, made the arms seizure and arrested four suspects from the outskirts of Chola Sahib village in Tarn Taran district.State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta had pointed out that initial investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered recently across the border from Pakistan over drones launched by Pakistan’s ISI and the State-sponsored Jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command. “The large-scale infiltration appeared to have been aimed at scaling terrorism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Indian hinterland, in the wake of the recent developments in the Valley,” he had said.last_img read more

NOT A HURRICANE WINDY RAINY WEATHER

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFORECAST FOR SUNDAY:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY WITH FEW SHOWERS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS. PARTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TCIFORECAST FOR MONDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH FEW SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…PARTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY WITH FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TCISEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TCITROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A TROPICAL WAVE ENTERING THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN IS BEING MONITORED FOR POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. Related Items:Tci weather, Turks caicos weather Recommended for you Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sizzling weekend for Provo Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015last_img read more

Opening Of Popeyes Represents Confidence In Economy – Robinson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): State Minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the opening of the latest branch in the Popeyes restaurant franchise represents confidence in the growing economy. “Any new business in this economic environment is important. Popeyes employs about 20 persons and that is 20 new jobs in an economy, which is critical to (its) overall growth and development,” the State Minister said. Mr. Robinson was speaking at the restaurant’s official opening at the Cross Roads Shopping Centre, in Kingston, on February 16. The State Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, the area in which the restaurant is located, hailed the effort of its staff in incorporating locally sourced ingredients in meals. This, he said, is critical as it further enables growth and development of the local economy. Mr. Robinson wished the business continued success and longevity. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Restaurant Associates Limited, Richard Lake, said three more Popeyes are scheduled to be opened across the island by the end of the year. Restaurant Associates are the owners of both Burger King and Popeyes. Mr. Lake also told those in attendance that the business was opened on time and within budget. Following the opening, the State Minister, the CEO and other stakeholders toured the facility. Related Items:Hon. Julian Robinson, popeye restaURANT, Richard Lake Recommended for you Government Continues To Create Environment For Technology And Innovationlast_img read more

Three now on the run after Grand Turk prison break

first_img#magneticmedianews Related Items:#grandturkprisonbreak, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – Police say three men broke out of the Grand Turk prison but there is no word yet on how they managed to do it.One man is a Grand Turk native and was on remand for burglary. Nothing is known of his accomplices as yet.Officer Kevin Clarke quashed rumors that 21 inmates are running free.  Police just released these names:Names of escaped Prisoners: Stavon Harris, Randal Rigby and Henrico Morris.The men who escaped Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk are both convicted and remanded inmates.Stavon Harris (white shirt) was convicted for causing a major fire in Five Cays in January where around two dozen homes were gobbled up in the blaze.Harris was charged with setting fire to his brother’s place and it spread to other residences.Randal Rigby is pictured bareback and on remand.Henrico Morris, with the ‘afro’ is held for burglary.Call Police to report any sight of these men.last_img read more

Journalist Launching Russian Investor Mag

first_imgRussian & Eurasia Investor will be distributed internationally, with the majority going to Moscow, London and New York. Martin is hopeful the magazine will be as much of a success in the U.S. as he expects it to be in Russia. “We launched a preview issue in the U.S. that was well received by the focus group. The market here is a little smaller, but I think the magazine will find its readers. Russia is increasingly internationalizing, and it’s the perfect time for a magazine like Russia & Eurasia Investor.” Hoping to tap into the English language Russian investor market, J. Quinn Martin is launching Russia & Eurasia Investor magazine. The bimonthly title is set to launch February 1 with an initial print run of 25,000.”There are comparable magazines in other emerging markets, but there’s nothing like Russia & Eurasia Investor in Russia,” explains Quinn, a journalist who until recently had been working in Russia for a number of years. “Sure, there are other business magazines in Russia, but no solid English language magazine. That’s where we fit in.”The New York-based magazine will feature special reports and analysis on emerging markets like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and on industries such as banking, mining and energy. With what Martin calls an “editorial hub” in Moscow, the magazine will have an obvious emphasis on Russia and the former Soviet states but will cover markets around the world.”Russia and Eurasia is now a $1.4 trillion economy and Russian companies raised more than $32 billion in IPOs last year,” Martin says. “Western capital is pouring into the region.”last_img read more

Implementing a Mobile Strategy as an Independent Publisher

first_imgIn addition, Flash-based advertising will not display correctly on iPhones and iPads and certain javascript functionality can be compromised. Video is another important consideration, as the video itself must be coded to be mobile friendly or potentially your video will not playback properly on certain mobile devices. Many third party providers that deliver video will have smart delivery to ensure that if the agent is mobile, both size and codec, are delivered versus video delivered to a PC.On some site platforms such as WordPress and others, there are plug-ins that can be installed and configured to add custom CSS styling to site content and strip out most everything except for main post entries and simplify the navigation menus for easier mobile browsing. The plug-ins detect the agent and automatically display the mobile style and framework. This makes mobilizing a site a very simple process. For other platforms, more custom CSS and coding strategies may be needed to do a clean mobile conversion. The Design World site was built custom on .NET / C# and in our case presented substantially more work to do a clean mobile version in parallel to the main site development. In this case, we built a stand-alone site (m.designworldonline.com) for mobile content. This also provided more control in cross linking other site content and custom advertising options. On special campaigns or product launches, a mobile microsite is very effective since it is built basically from the ground up to be optimized for mobile devices. The challenge with mobile re-direction is that with devices such as the iPad, directing to a mobile version of your site might be sub optimal, as the real estate and function of a tablet is a much different experience. Fortunately the agent varies slightly on tablet devices and code on a site can direct a tablet browser back to the main site, or even another custom coded site specifically for tablets.App Versus Site?There are multiple versions of your Web site to accommodate mobile users and smartphone applications bring up even more considerations. With Design World Magazine and network of over 25 Web sites, we decided an app would be an excellent way to aggregate select content from across many sources. In early 2010 we surveyed our audience and BlackBerry devices came back at the top of use list, so the decision was made to start there first. We then contracted with a developer that ended in a compete failure based in large part on the complexity in app creation for RIM devices. The proliferation of different RIM devices and different programming requirements for the devices convoluted our efforts. In addition, the developer indicated they could program for Apple iOS and the Android platform, so there was some level of distraction.From our first setback, we took a quick look at the market and decided to hit the iPad / iPhone first. When we started we did not anticipate how high the iPad consumption would be, but then no one did. We also decided to do a + App, meaning it would run native for both iPad and iPhone. In the end, our early mistake proved to be a good decision and enabled us to make the right bet with the iPad app development project. With the Design World + App we decided on a third party (Mutual Mobile) team as we lacked the appropriate coding experience internally and Apple has a fair amount of requirements on optimizing applications for audio and video streaming over cellular networks, functionality. Internally we have enough software development expertise to manage the process, but this too can be challenging in writing the specification and keeping features locked in a schedule. Otherwise, feature creep will kill deadlines and budget.While managing our iPad app, we also decided to build our own app for our community site, EngineeringExchange.com. The platform for this site uses a public API (application programming interface), so data can be passed to and from the site via the API. In conjunction with another SaaS site, we were able to spin up a lightweight App for the iPhone using the EngineeringExchange API along with feeds to form the site around blog posts, forums and video. We were able to give members the ability to log into their accounts, update their status and blog post from their iPhones. It took three submissions to the App store to get approved, thereby validating our decision to use an experienced third party on the iPad App. However, we were able to mitigate a rather large expense while continually build a better user experience and capture some intellectual capital. To contrast, the Engineering Exchange App took a total of two months, a fair amount of fixed overhead and a minimum monthly fee to launch and maintain. This also based on having the API and many RSS feeds ready to roll into the app to use as the conduit for data transfer. The Design World + App took over seven months to develop, lots of project management time and so far over $25,000. What’s Next For now, we are on the sidelines with Microsoft. Android is an important player, but code developed for the iPad is not very portable to Android ‘Honeycomb’ apps. The notion of HTML5 may alleviate some issues, but its hard to see convergence anytime soon. HTML5 promises the idea of “develop once, distribute to many” and HTML5 has very media rich features to produce app-like native performance from a Web-based protocol. Apps, however, are firmly entrenched and offer performance advantages, offline advantages and act as a kind of ‘pay-wall’ (for paid apps) that a lot of publishers are seeking.Including a clean, mobile-friendly version of your Web site and smart re-direction based on agent is the overall foundation of any mobile strategy. Looking at applications across various platforms if they fit your business model is essential as the technology is moving fast on this front. Finally, if print is still part of your mix, utilizing QR codes can bridge print to online in an efficient way. Marshall Matheson is SVP of online media at WTWH Media. Mobile advertising in the United States by several estimates will reach a total of $5 billion in 2015. While a large share goes to b-to-c publishers, the trend represents opportunity for b-to-b publishers as well. With all the potential (and potential for confusion) here are a few tips on implementing a mobile strategy, especially if your just now evaluating your mobile plan. Mobilizing your Web SitesOne of the first areas to address with your mobile strategy is with your current Web site. Depending on your site platform(s) and content, this process is relatively simple. As a visitor arrives on your site, you can install code that reads the agent of the visitor. The agent is basically which Web browser, spider or otherwise is hitting the site. If the agent is a Web browser associated with a mobile device, a re-direct to mobile content can be implemented. While the Web browsers on smart phones continue to get better, the real estate presents the limiting factor. So while on the iPhone a standard Web site may look good, browsing, clicking and zooming can present challenges. last_img read more

After Sky and Punch Taverns what major companies could be the next

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Sky stock prices have jumped 30% since Rupert Murdochs News Corp bid £11.2billion for the remainder of the company.center_img After Sky and Punch Taverns, what major companies could be the next takeover targets?last_img read more