Digicel brings the beat for Rio

first_imgLinking the flavours of the Caribbean through the region’s music and sport and arguably its most recognisable face – Usain Bolt – telecommunications giant Digicel yesterday launched the Bring the Beat campaign, which will be a key part of the company’s promotion leading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event, with Bolt himself as the special guest, was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Bring the Beat aims to celebrate the Caribbean’s culture and features its own theme song, performed by Trinidadian Machel Montano featuring Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin. The song will have variations which will be used in other Caribbean territories, featuring artistes from those particular islands, according to Digicel Group’s director of marketing, Peter Lloyd. “Music and sport have the power to bring people and nations together, and that is exactly what we are about. We will use beats, music, rhythm and talent to connect the world to our athletes no matter what flag they compete under,” Lloyd said. CARIBBEAN VISITORS Journalists and children from several Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago were brought in specially for the function, with the children acting as young reporters and invited to pose questions to Bolt, who responded with his usual aplomb. The reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion was put in the hot seat and interviewed by Jamaican primary schoolgirl Naleighna-Kae McLean who asked the athlete a variety of questions ranging from his taste in food, to his relationship with his coach, Glen Mills. Meanwhile, sports fans, through Digicel, will have the opportunity to win tickets to various sporting events this summer, including NBA games, Caribbean Premier League cricket and the Olympic Games track and field programme. The event was broadcast live throughout the region on Digicel’s cable television arm, SportsMax.last_img read more

Children’s Book on Clean Water, Sanitation Set in Liberia

first_img– Advertisement – Liberian-American writer/blogger Chantal Victoria has released her first children’s book, Janjay, set in Liberia.The plot of the book centers around 8-year-old Janjay, a smart, curious, energetic girl who one day neglects her responsibility of collecting clean water for her family to join a friend for an afternoon adventure.According to a press release, the story is packed with humor and local language dialogue to capture the essence of Liberian culture.Children everywhere can enjoy the tale because of relatable characters, relationships, and experiences. There is a strong message on the global issue of access to clean water that resonates with millions of girls around the world.The book is available on May 24 in paperback, eBook, and audiobook versions everywhere books are sold including on the author’s site (www.chantalvictoria.com/books), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, audible, and iBooks.About Chantal VictoriaChantal Victoria (Chantal Victoria Kyei, nee Bright) is a first generation Liberian-American. Due to the civil wars in Liberia, her family sought refuge in the United States where she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a Master’s with a concentration in Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.She resides in London, England with her husband.For more information about Janjay, please visit www.chantalvictoria.com or contact by email at chantal@chantalvictoria.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video guru: Focus on uplifting competition, not violence

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Designers take Miyamoto’s lectures seriously. Time magazine called him “the Stephen Spielberg of video games.” Miyamoto created titles such as “Mario Brothers,” “Donkey Kong” and “The Legend of Zelda.” Together, those titles have sold about 288 million copies. Miyamoto – an ambidextrous doodler who plays guitar and banjo – joined Nintendo in 1980 to work on coin-operated arcade games. He’s worked on every game console Nintendo has released over nearly three decades, including the popular Wii, which debuted last year. He also helped develop “Super Mario Galaxy,” an obstacle course-style game he previewed Thursday. It will come out later this year. SAN FRANCISCO – Video-game developers should resist the temptation to produce only sequels of established hits and games based on horror and revenge, Nintendo Co.’s top designer said Thursday. Video-game guru Shigeru Miyamoto said his industry’s reputation has suffered in the past decade. Designers have failed to deliver titles that bring joy to the widest possible spectrum of players, focusing too often on hard-core gamers and their lust for gore and realism, he said. “I always want that first reaction to be emotion, to be positive – to give a sense of satisfaction, glee,” Miyamoto told thousands of developers attending the annual Game Developer Conference. “Certain obstacles may temporarily raise feelings of suspense, competition, even frustration. But we always want that final result, that final emotion, to be a positive one.” Miyamoto’s emphasis on plucky, fantastic, upbeat games contrasts with the slew of violent but popular games today – titles such as “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Kombat” and “Resident Evil.” A growing number of politicians, educators and psychiatric experts cite studies linking violent games and aggressive behavior. last_img read more

Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners ‘World Cup’

first_imgIt wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals.A prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in a mock World Cup tournament at a prison in Huaral, Peru, on May 15, 2018 © AFP / CRIS BOURONCLEAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.– High security –Inmates play soccer © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again.“For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom as anticipation of Peru’s first appearance at World Cup finals in 36 years reached fever pitch © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESLIMA, Peru, Jun 2 – It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.last_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: WEIGHT WATCHERS CLASS EVERY MONDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE

first_imgNiall Mór Centre News:Every Monday evening weight watchers.Every Tuesday evening slimming world JC Fitness Monday – Saturday contact John on: 087 9617431 Day Safe Pass Course Saturday 30th May contact above numberCourses starting in May 2015:Beginners & Intermediate Spanish Digital PhotographyCookery ClassArt ClassBusiness Administration starting SeptemberBookkeeping Course Anti Natal classes and Breast Feeding Group contact Aileen: 07497 31694COMMUNITY NOTICE: WEIGHT WATCHERS CLASS EVERY MONDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeaturesNiall Mor CentreNoticeslast_img read more

MAN ACCUSED OF DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING SAID HE DID NOT KNOW IF TRAILER LIGHTS WERE WORKING

first_imgAdrian McCool is accused of causing death by dangerous driving. Pic by North-West News-pix.A FARMER who was forced to pull over after the sheep trailer he was towing suffered a puncture – has appeared before a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he is accused of causing death by dangerous driving.Adrian McCool pleaded not guilty to causing the death of 53-year-old John O’Donnell who died in road traffic collision in the townland of Cappry, outside Ballybofey on November 13th, 2013. At the trial yesterday, Garda Elaine Gordon, who was one of the first Gardaí on the scene – gave evidence in relation to the fatal collision.She told the court, “I was on traffic control duty between Bridgend and Killea, when I received word that there had been a road traffic accident.“My colleague Garda Mulkearns and I made our way to the scene of the accident, but the weather was dreadful.“There was very, very heavy rain and visibility was very poor and Garda Mulkearns had his wipers on full.”The court heard that one of the first people Garda Gordon spoke to was Mr Terry Temple, who was the driver of the Toyota Land-Cruiser that Mr O’Donnell collided with.Garda Gordon said she carried out a breath test on Mr Temple and that he was fully compliant with her.She confirmed that Mr Temple passed the breath test.Garda Gordon then told the court, “I then spoke to Mr Adrian McCool and asked him for his details.“I then also carried out a breath test on him, and he also passed, he was also fully compliant with me.“Mr McCool then said, ‘I was pulling in when I got a puncture, I was not fully in when I heard a loud bang. ‘It’s my cousin’s trailer and I don’t know if the lights are working on it.”The trial continues this morning.MAN ACCUSED OF DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING SAID HE DID NOT KNOW IF TRAILER LIGHTS WERE WORKING was last modified: February 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Guillem Balague catches up with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

first_img1 Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has lifted the lid on what his relationship with Mike Ashley is really like in an exclusive interview with Guillem Balague on talkSPORT.Benitez, who has also managed the likes of Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea before making his move to the north east club, has won many titles in his managerial career.These include the LaLiga, Champions League and Europa League titles and the Spaniard exclusively looks back with talkSPORT on his highly decorated career so far.You can watch to Balague’s full interview with Benitez below. Benitez revealed all in his conversation with Balague last_img read more

ANGER AS RESIDENTS OF 62 GHOST ESTATES IN DONEGAL TOLD TO PAY PROPERTY TAX

first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to explain why it is forcing property taxes on homeowners in at least 62 unfinished estates across Co Donegal.Homeowners in these 62 estates were exempt from the household charge last year, but the Government has now said they are eligible to pay property taxes.A remaining 48 Donegal estates will still be exempt. Deputy McConalogue said: “It was only right that all of these unfinished estates in Donegal were exempt from the household charge last year. Many of the residents are young families who paid way over the odds for what is now a seriously devalued home.“They are deep in negative equity, struggling to pay their mortgages and living in unfinished surroundings with no end in sight. And now Fine Gael and Labour plan to hit them with new taxes on their homes.“The Government has tried to justify this by claiming that many of these unfinished estates have miraculously been completed and fixed over the past year. This will come as a surprise to the people living in them – ordinary families who were abandoned by developers and are stuck without the amenities and services they paid for. By very virtue of the fact that these estates are unfinished, the residents are victims of the property and banking collapse. They do not need to be punished more for this.“This latest twist in what was already a deeply unfair plan is causing great distress and confusion in these estates in Donegal and in hundreds of others across the country. These people have a right to an explanation,” said Deputy McConalogue. Fianna Fáil has called on Minister Hogan to immediately answer the following questions:– What estates that were classed as unfinished last year are now classed as complete?– What criteria are being applied to qualify an estate as finished?– Have these estates been finished to the standards that the local authority would apply?– What criteria were used to qualify some homes in the same estate for an exemption while others are still liable for the tax? ANGER AS RESIDENTS OF 62 GHOST ESTATES IN DONEGAL TOLD TO PAY PROPERTY TAX was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ANGER AS RESIDENTS OF 62 GHOST ESTATES IN DONEGAL TOLD TO PAY PROPERTY TAXlast_img read more

Runaway car causes panic in Donegal Town

first_imgA runaway car caused panic in the Diamond in Donegal Town this evening.The unmanned car crossed two lanes of traffic and crashed into the wall of a local business.Several motorists tried to raise the alarm by beeping their horns to alert the car owner, who was nearby on the footpath. Motorists also beeped to warn pedestrians of the unmanned vehicle, which was moving towards another path.The car hit the front of the Bank Bar, causing minor damage during the incident.No injuries were reported from the incident, which occurred before 7pm.A bystander told Donegal Daily: “It was sheer luck that nobody was hurt. “The driver seemed to have got out of his car to go to the cash machine at the Bank of Ireland.Slight damage was caused to the front of the Bank Bar after it was struck by a runaway car this evening. Pic by Donegal Daily.“They left their hazard lights on but the car started to crawl forwards.“Other cars swerved into another lane to avoid it. Then they started beeping.“Thank god nobody was on the footpath.“The driver then realised what was happening and ran to their car. “They got to it just as it crossed the Diamond but they couldn’t stop it in time.“There was a bang when the car hit the wall and eventually stopped.“It was frightening but it could have been a much worse crash.”Gardaí later attended the scene. Runaway car causes panic in Donegal Town was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:Bank BarDonegal TownGardairunaway carTHE DIAMONDlast_img read more

Google Wave Will Slowly Open Its Doors to Google Apps Users This Fall

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Google just announced that it will open up Google Wave to a large number of Google Apps users this fall. According to the announcement, Google will first open up access for some schools and businesses and plans to bring Wave to all Google Apps users next year. Google Apps administrators can now sign up for Google Wave accounts here. Google had already announced that it would hand out about 100,000 Wave accounts on September 30th and this looks to be the first step towards this.Opening up Wave first to businesses and schools seems like a smart way to open up Wave to a larger number of users, especially given that the application’s features are already geared towards these users. Wave is an extremely flexible communications environment and should work well for anybody who needs to collaborate on documents or just wants to keep notes and share them with colleagues or fellow classmates. If you haven’t seen Wave in action yet, have a look at this video of the first public demo of Wave.Wave Today: Stable, Faster, Ready for the Masses Since we got our first hands-on look at Google Wave in June, the platform has matured nicely. While some early reviews panned it as buggy and slow, today’s version of Google Wave is very stable and fast. As Google puts it, “A wave is equal parts conversation and document, where individuals communicate and work together in a multimedia environment – the wave itself.” Users can, for example, write documents, but also insert maps, photos, web feeds, and widgets. Most of the usage we have seen so far has been more akin to a well-structured chat room, but once a more mainstream audience gets its hands on Wave, we will likely see a wider range of usage scenarios.Google Wave has also managed to attract a large number of third-party developers by now who have programmed a wide range of new robots for Wave. These range from the weird, like a robot that translates every wave into Swedish Chef speak, to more useful features like URL shorteners and an anti-spam application. frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more