first_imgTraders and business people have expressed surprise after Christmas arrived early in Co Donegal.Christmas jumpers on sale in Penneys in Letterkenny!by Rachel McLaughlin (who loves Christmas!)It may still be 111 days to Christmas Day but some stores are already stocking up on festive goodies. In Letterkenny some stores are already displaying Christmas jumpers and chocolates on their shelves.Penneys are stocking men’s jumpers, while Tesco have a large range of chocolate Santas and selection boxes.Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO Toni Forrester said she was surprised at the early sale of the themed goods.Chocolate santas on sale in Tesco!“We are actually planning for Halloween,” she told DonegalDaily. She said that the Chamber will wait until Letterkenny’s independent stores get Halloween over with until they promote Christmas.“It helps people to budget” she said, “a lot of people have to plan ahead, when the goods are available they can put money aside.”But she admitted “It’s quite early, and it’s a surprise,” she said.Another business owner said Christmas just gets earlier each year.“It’s getting that early each year that some year we’re going to be celebrating it in the summer time. “For goodness sakes, some people are still planning on going abroad for their summer holidays.”FESTIVE FRIGHT AS CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO DONEGAL STORES! was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:chamber of commerceCHristmasletterkennylast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sidesteps captaincy debate ahead of Zimbabwe tour

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s prolonged poor form, successive ODI series defeats, a World T20 semifinal exit at home and Virat Kohli’s record-breaking run have sparked a hot debate in the country – should Kohli take over as captain of the limited-overs formats from Dhoni? (Virat Kohli forcing Mahendra Singh Dhoni into cricketing backwaters)Former team director Ravi Shastri had added fuel to the fire when he told India Today that Dhoni should now play under Kohli in one-day internationals and T20s. Dhoni has been found wanting with the bat and his tactics have, at times, seemed too defensive.But the selectors have decided to give Dhoni a long rope and gave him the option of going on the tour to Zimbabwe even as the other big stars were rested after a hectic, international schedule. Dhoni, for obvious reasons, said yes promptly and that decision found him answering several tricky questions ahead of the team’s departure. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)India play Zimbabwe in three ODIs and three T20s starting June 11. All six matches will be played in Harare. (Dhoni to lead India in Zimbabwe, uncapped Shardul Thakur in Test squad)TRICKY QUESTIONS FOR MSAsked for his opinion on the burning question of India’s ODI and T20 captaincy, Dhoni said it was a call that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to take.”Any decision about captaincy is something that the BCCI will have to take,” he said at a pre-departure press conference in Mumbai today.advertisementDhoni had lost his cool with an Australian journalist, who had asked him what his future plans minutes after India had been knocked out of the World T20 by West Indies at the Wankhede.This time, perhaps humbled by a disastrous IPL campaign with he Rising Pune Supergiants, Dhoni was more poised and returned to his mundane, dry answers.The tour of Zimbabwe will be huge challenge for Dhoni, who is looking to reinvent himself after nearly a decade at the helm of Indian cricket. He remains the only captain in history to have won all three ICC events. But his recent failures have been cause for concern – Dhoni failed to get the team past the line in two back-to-back ICC events and oversaw series losses to Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia. POOR FORM HAUNTING DHONI Even when India snapped the losing streak with a historic triumph over Australia in the three-match T20 series, Dhoni’s own form continued to haunt him.Kohli meanwhile did his reputation no harm by leading India to Test series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa.Many wondered how Dhoni would motivate himself for a low-profile series weeks after being involved in two high-octane tournaments. But the veteran saw no problems there and insisted that he was fit enough to deliver the results.”My biggest motivation is representing my country. I’m 35 now and I’ve to be very fit for the kind of work that I have to do,” he said.Dhoni will be the only regular in a squad of inexperienced players for the Zimbabwe tour. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli were rested so they could recuperate ahead of the Test series in West Indies next month.”I think the series will be a different experience for me, playing with some who will be playing for the first time,” Dhoni admitted.On prior tours of Zimbabwe, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were handed captaincy responsibilities while Dhoni took time off.last_img read more

TI: BAW resonator technology paves the way for next gen communications

first_imgTexas Instruments announced new bulk acoustic wave (BAW)-based embedded processing and analog chips for the next generation of connectivity and communications infrastructure. The first two devices developed with TI BAW technology, the SimpleLink CC2652RB wireless microcontroller and the LMK05318 network synchronizer clock will help system designers streamline design logistics for faster time to market, while enabling stable, simplified and high-performance data delivery, which in return, allows for potential overall development and system cost savingsCommunications and industrial automation systems with discrete clocking and quartz-crystal devices can be costly, time-consuming and complicated to develop and are often susceptible to environmental stress. The new devices with TI BAW resonator technology integrate reference clocking resonators to provide the highest frequency in a small form factor. This higher level of integration improves performance and increases resistance to mechanical stresses, such as vibration and shock. As a result of stable data transmission enabled by TI BAW technology, data synchronization of wired and wireless signals is more precise and allows for continuous transmission, which means data can be processed quickly and seamlessly to maximize efficiency.As the industry’s first crystal-less wireless MCU on the market, the CC2652RB integrates a BAW resonator within the QFN package, eliminating the need for an external high-speed 48-MHz crystal.The CC2652RB is the lowest power multi-standard device supporting Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth low energy and proprietary 2.4-GHz connectivity solutions on a single chip. Enabling more design options and flexibility in a wider range of applications and environments, the CC2652RB works in the full -40 to 85°C temperature range, unlike many crystal-based solutions currently on the market.Featuring a BAW resonator, TI’s new single-channel network synchronizer clock for 400-Gbps links helps systems transmit more data faster while also providing higher margin for system jitter budgets than competing devices. With ultra-low jitter and the industry’s best hitless switching performance, the LMK05318 delivers the lowest bit errors for 56-Gbps and emerging 112-Gbps pulse-amplitude modulation-4 links – enabling better network performance.With no in-system programming required, simplified power-supply requirements and a reduced bill-of-materials (BOM) for ancillary components, the LMK05318 streamlines the printed-circuit-board design phase compared to competing solutions while offering increased clocking performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cypress: new line of PSoC 64 secure MCUs provides PSA certified securityNext Cervoz: protect your data against sudden power losslast_img read more

Children Encouraged to Speak out Against Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse.Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports.He was speaking at the Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education (RISE) Life Management Services ‘Finding My Voice’ programme closing expo and concert, held on May 31 at Emancipation Park in Kingston,“That is why we must have programmes that empower our children to speak up. That is why this ‘Finding My Voice’ programme is so important. It tells children about their rights and encourages them to speak if they are being abused, because we understand that we can’t depend on the adults only,” the State Minister said.Mr. Green also encouraged children to make use of the resources available to them to report abuse.“Children, we want you to know that if you are in a difficult situation, if you are being abused, you must say something. Go to your guidance counsellor, go to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) or the Child Development Agency (CDA), and tell them what is happening to you,” the State Minister added.Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.“Children are particularly vulnerable, and so we must each make a commitment to do better in terms of protecting them. Children, everywhere, who are experiencing, or who feel threatened, must feel comfortable to tell someone and get the support they deserve. This means that all Jamaicans must become part of the solution. This entails doing all we can to develop positive relationships with the children in our care and helping them to feel safe enough to enjoy their childhood,” she said.Executive Director of RISE, Sonita Abrahams, told JIS News the initiative has accomplished its goal of training persons in abuse prevention and promoting human rights.“We have trained over 28,000 young people. We have gone around the island and have done sessions in the classroom with primary-school children. We have also done training with parents and guidance counsellors in the prevention of sexual abuse against children. The whole idea is to teach young people and parents how to be safe and to recognise if there is an abuse situation going on, and encourage children to speak up,” she explained.Mrs. Abrahams added that while RISE will continue to promote the initiative on its social media platform, Facebook and the ‘Finding My Voice’ music project, more public- and private-sector involvement is necessary to end child abuse.The EU-funded ‘Finding My Voice’ National Programme on the Prevention of Child Abuse is an 18-month intervention aimed at the promotion and protection of the rights of children.It has directly impacted an estimated 1.4 million persons islandwide through its multimedia public-education campaign on the prevention of sexual violence against children. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse. Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports. Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Revellers can two-step their hearts out to acts including Chad Brownlee, the Reklaws and Kiefer Sutherland under the Nashville North tent at this year’s Calgary Stampede.For the first time, the venue is adding a patio, as it looks to extend the country music party outdoors.Actor-singer Kiefer Sutherland. JULIE JACOBSON / APThe full lineup also includes Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Aaron Goodvin, Tebey, Jess Moskaluke, Jade Eagleson, Andrew Hyatt, David James, Brad Saunders, Dani Strong, Foxx Worthee, Michela Sheedy, Ryan Lindsay and Tristan Horncastle. The Budweiser Big Ticket act on Sneak-A-Peek, which takes place July 4, features Emerson Drive.The Reklaws.This year’s Stampede runs July 5 to 14. Entry to Nashville North is free with admission to the park.For more information on Nashville North’s daily performances schedule, visit calgarystampede.com/stampede/music/nashville-north.BY SAMMY HUDES ~ THE CALGARY HERALDcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Chad Brownlee performs at Country Thunder in Calgary on Aug. 17, 2018. POSTMEDIA ARCHIVESlast_img read more

Foreign Cops To Join Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force will shortly be hiring several “experienced specialist police officers” from outside the Turks and Caicos Islands to help control crime and strengthen the force.Commissioner of Police James Smith said the force has advertised across the Caribbean and beyond, and has received expressions of interest from more than 2000 applicants.“We’re beginning to shortlist these applicants to get the very best into the force,” Smith said.Explaining the decision to hire police officers from the outside, Smith said: “Not only does that mean that we can get boots on the ground quickly with experienced individuals, it also means that we don’t have the financial burden and problem of finding somewhere to house them and somewhere and train them.”According to the advertisement, the basic salary for these officers will be US$25,625 per year (US$2,135 per month), with allowances of US$12,840 per year (US$1,070 per month). This works out to a total salary of about US$3,205 per month. They must be “committed to serving the community and upholding the law, be honest and possess a high degree of integrity”, he said.#magneticmedianews#foreigncopscomingtotci Related Items:#foreigncopscomingtotci, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Driving Membership Engagement on Multiple Platforms

first_img Kravitz: In a world where there are 100’s of millions of unique additions daily to social, proprietary, and academic sites, the permanence of print, observing the artistic integration of full size graphics, art and copy, and the tactile/physicality of paper is still highly valued by many. Traditional learners are sequential learners and studies show that engagement and enjoyment is increased and is as simple as flipping a page. Just because professional associations cover an incredibly wide range of various trades and industries, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some universal truths. Of course, media products—whether print, digital, or otherwise—are instrumental in helping any association grow, communicate with its members, and advance its mission into the future. Today, associations are engaging with their members across more platforms than ever before. But which are the most effective? And how do differing platforms command differing content strategies? When we began this research project, detractors asked, “Are you serious? CPAs in the War?” But our CPAs who were generals and our Washington think tank figured out the logistics for building planes and tanks efficiently and effectively as well as how to finance the war effort—a fascinating look back in history. This series, entitled “Then and Now,” was a finalist in the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards for “Best Series of Articles.” ►  Click here for our full series of Association Summit Speaker Q&A’s. Folio: What are some effective ways in which an association publication can draw feedback from its membership? Folio: In your opinion, what are some of the different benefits specific to the print edition of The CPA Journal? And digital? Folio: What was one of your most engaging articles/stories in recent issues, and why? Richard Kravitz: One of the most effective ways to engage our readership is to publish “point-counterpoint” type articles—in our new “news and views” segment of the publication—on the most critical issues facing our members. It’s our highest read area. We then continue the dialogue in successive issues with reader/member participation and response.center_img We also never shy away from letters to the editor. We always allow our outside authors to respond. Kravitz: No. Different channels demand different treatment in order to take advantage of the unique strength of each distribution channel. For example, in the online world we have just begun to experiment with audio and video clips by the writers of the articles, adding the editor-in-chief’s favorite articles—”Rick’s Picks”—and leveraging related content and archival content from our repository into a media mix. Also, artwork online requires different display rules than artwork in the mag.  With more than two decades in the publishing business, Rick Kravitz, editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal and managing director of content and publishing at the New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA), has extensive experience managing content and guiding strategies across multiple platforms. Here, enjoy a preview of some of the insights he will share as a panelist during the “Print Versus Digital: A Strategic Choice” session at the Folio: Assocation Media Summit in Washington. Kravitz: For our 85th anniversary issue, we ran a three-part series on the contributions of CPAs and our publication the CPA Journal to the World War II effort—this was arguably the last war where most Americans and much of western civilization were in alignment.  Folio: Do you include the same content in both your print and digital editions, and why or why not? Richard KravtizThis is the eighth in a series of Q&A’s with speakers at the Folio: Association Media Summit on May 3rd in Washington, D.C.  For the digitally engaged, online connotes rapid delivery, multitasking abilitiy, non-linear comprehension, and immediacy. When I was group publisher at Wolters Kluwer of their Legal Education and International Law units, one of our research studies concluded that learning time for multi-taskers added about 20 percent time to learn and that retention was reduced over the same period vs. print. I suspect that can be applied to periodicals that are read online as well.last_img read more

Tesla Model 3 launches in China with high price tag

first_img Tesla More From Roadshow 50 Photos The Tesla Model 3 has officially launched in China, but they’re a smidge expensive for now.While Tesla has been taking orders since January, the first vehicles are finally making their way to owners. The first two versions made available were Tesla’s most expensive: The all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance costs 560,000 yuan (about $83,000), while the long-range AWD version costs 499,000 yuan (about $74,000).That’s just a bit pricier than the US, where the Performance costs $62,000 and the long-range AWD variant costs $51,000. However, Tesla is now also taking orders in China for a long-range variant with rear-wheel drive, coming in a bit cheaper at 433,000 yuan (about $64,000). That version is no longer offered in the US. All three variants on Tesla’s Chinese Model 3 website estimate a delivery in March.Building cars in the US and shipping them to China is expensive, not even accounting for vehicle tariffs that have risen as the trade war between the two nations continues. Prices should come down once Tesla launches its factory in Shanghai, though. The company has already found a plot of land for it, and it will be responsible for the Model 3, in addition to the Model Y SUV that will share its platform. Tesla’s production estimates for its Shanghai factory have wavered between 250,000 and 500,000 cars per year.It’s unclear if Tesla plans to introduce the cheaper midrange battery pack in China. In the US, it costs $44,000 and offers about 50 fewer miles than the long-range battery (264 miles vs. 310). It replaced the RWD long-range variant as the cheapest Model 3 on offer — until that fabled $35,000 short-range version finally decides to show up. Tesla said that version is estimated to arrive in the first half of 2019, but it’s already pushed that goalpost back in the past. Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Electric Cars Car Industry Teslalast_img read more

Juvenile Justice Boards set for additional role

first_imgJuvenile Justice Boards are set to a play major role in effective implementation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, which was introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, though they have huge pendency of cases.The Bill provides that in case a heinous crime has been committed by a person aged between 16 and 18 years, it will be examined by Juvenile Justice Boards, which will have psychologists and social experts on its panel, to assess if the crime was committed as a ‘child’ or as an ‘adult’. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAccording to government data, as many as 45,258 cases were pending before 612 Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) in the country and 8,210 cases in 626 Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) till September 2014.Delhi has maximum number of pending cases of 1,759 in the CWCs, followed by Rajasthan (1,657), Kerala (992), Tamil Nadu (818) and Chhattisgarh (663). While many states have district- wise CWCs and JJBs, Delhi has seven CWCs and two JJBs for its nine districts and Chhattisgarh 17 JJBs in 27 districts. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSimilarly, with 12,831 cases Gujarat has the highest number of pendency in JJBs, followed by Rajasthan (8,647), Chhattisgarh (6,840), Tamil Nadu (5,066) and Odisha (4,735).According to a parliamentary committee report, majority of child care institutions were marred by complaints of poor infrastructure and staff behaviour and high rates of abuse perpetrated by adults in child care homes and institutions.last_img read more

Goway launches 201819 Worlds Most Idyllic Islands brochure

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Goway has released its 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands & Boutique Cruising brochure featuring Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, The Greek Islands and Croatia.Goway Islands General Manager Bronwyn Hodge says boutique cruising “was incredibly popular this year, which is why we have put an emphasis on new cruise product for this market.”In Tahiti Goway has added the four-day Haumana cruise sailing between Bora Bora and Taha’a with just 24 passengers.In Croatia, Mini-Cruises, which sail between Split and Dubrovnik, were a top seller and offer great value for money, says Hodge. “We now feature both a 3-day and 6-day option. In the Greek Islands, we added the 8-day Jewels of Cyclades, part of the Variety Cruse line.”Deluxe hotel product continues to be a focus as well. Goway has added new luxury product this year including the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay which opened in April 2017. This contemporary property features over-water bure villas, giving guests direct access to the tidal lagoon. Also available through Goway, the InterContinental Hotel Thalasso in Bora Bora enhances the luxury experience by adding four, two-bedroom Overwater Brando Suites, as well as Overwater Pool Villas which include a private plunge pool on the split-level decks.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn the Indian Ocean, Goway has added the Four Seasons at Anahita in Mauritius, and the Four Seasons Seychelles.Also included in the 52-page brochure is a range of island resorts from boutique to ultra-luxury, sample vacation packages and extension ideas.Hodge says Goway’s IslandEscapes specialists can customize romantic escapes, such as honeymoons and destination weddings, plus family vacations, diving, adventure packages, and beach stays for any client on any budget.Goway can also arrange international airfares, inter-islands flights, excursions, spas and more, plus clients can choose to escape on an island stopover en route to Downunder, Africa or Asia. Travelweek Group Goway launches 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands brochure Share Wednesday, December 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more