Spring into storytime events kick off at local libraries

first_imgSpring is definitely in the air at libraries across Donegal as the Spring into Storytime initiative kicks off this April. Thirteen libraries across Donegal will host a variety of interactive, fun and informative storytime events for preschoolers and their families. Kevin McCaul from Donegal Library Service said: “We want to reinforce the importance of reading at home through our Spring into Storytime sessions and we will be sharing hints and tips for parents that will help them develop a love of reading in their children”. He added “With the Easter holidays just around the corner we are keen to help families relax with their children in a welcoming environment while enjoying some special ‘family time’ at our libraries. We want to encourage a more family focused approach to reading with children and raise awareness of the benefits of reading as a fun activity for children and also to let people see the types of services and resources that are available free of charge for children in our libraries.“This is all part of the national ‘Right to Read’ programme and we are asking parents to come along and let Donegal Libraries transform, enrich and inspire you.”This is the 3rd year of the Spring into Story-time initiative which is a Libraries Ireland initiative and events are free of charge and open to everyone.The first event takes place on Wednesday 3rd April at 11.00 am in Central Library through to Saturday 27th April when Bundoran Library will be having a Storytime including “The Natural Company Presents “Wild, Tribe Heros”.  A recycling demonstration and childrens games will follow. Joining the library is easy and members can avail of up to 12 books for 3 weeks at a time. Children often love to read the same story over and over, and libraries can facilitate an extension so parents can ensure their young ones get to read their favourite book. The library also offers a range of online resources including parenting magazines, and online courses.For more information call into your local library or visit the What’s On page at donegallibrary.ie or follow Donegal County Library on Facebook or Twitter. Spring into storytime events kick off at local libraries was last modified: March 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal librarySpring into Story-timelast_img read more

‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Turkish ad wins hearts

first_imgFour young stars of Turkish Airlines’ new ad campaign have stolen the hearts of millions and are enjoying their fame according to the Dailysabah.com.**See the full video below**Apparently their lives and dreams have been completely transformed, but they are not complaining about the attention according to Dailysabah.com reporter Ozlem Sakin.Ozlem takes up the story.The ad campaign first aired for National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrated in Turkey on April 23 immediately become a hit as it charmed a nation and even led to a tear or two. While Turkish Airlines’ previous campaigns included prominent names such as Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi and U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant, this time children were the stars. The shooting took place at Imecik, a village in Mediterranean Antalya, lasting three months and was shot by the talented advertising director and winner of the prestigious 25th Crystal Apple Awards in Turkey, Bahadir Karatas. The village children were photographed and four of them – three boys and a girl – were chosen to star in the campaign that is now one of the most watched videos online.Kerim Ardic, known as “Shorty” among his friends, is seen saluting an airplane. He told TV reporters and journalists who visited the village after the ad aired, he now wants to become a pilot when he grows up and added, “I have to attend my classes and do my homework first.” He also noted his friends at school congratulated him on the ad and he is happy to be on TV.His father, who makes a living out of stock breeding in the village, said Ardic’s classes are suffering as a result of the shoots, so they will ensure that he focuses more on school.Similar to Ardic, Oguzhan Yavuz also said he now wants to become a pilot. “We went to Istanbul for the shooting and it was the first time I got on a plane. I loved it and I also got to talk to the pilots,” said Oguzhan.To read the full story click here.last_img read more

Cheaper internet for South Africa

first_imgSouth Africans are tipped to accessaffordable internet. Cell C’s Lars Reichelt said they aim toconnect all parts of South Africa. Vodacom has improved its infrastructurein Johannesburg. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• My Broadband+27 12 687 5159• Broadband InfracoFahim MohamedCompany Secretary+27 11 235 1760Bongani NkosiBroadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months.Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry.  “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improved Mobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.last_img read more

Inclusive small business development key to South Africa’s success

first_imgA small business owner sells food at a stall at Market on Main in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa) • South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum [email protected] Tel: +27 11 053 7091 Fax: +27 86 236 7559 www.sabef.org.za • It is up to every one of us to sell South Africa • Index to boost women’s rights • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • South Africa in ‘sweet spot’ for growth • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youthMatsi ModiseSouth Africa’s recent establishment of a dedicated Ministry of Small Business Development reflects a growing national and global recognition that entrepreneurs and small enterprises are powerful drivers of economic growth and job creation. The USA is one example of a country where prosperity has been built over decades on a strong foundation of small business combined with innovative, industry-changing entrepreneurship. As South Africa looks to stimulate its economic growth and create new businesses and jobs, the time has never been better to support small enterprises and encourage passionate, ambitious entrepreneurs looking to make a difference to the country and beyond. However, there is no doubt that the newly appointed Minister for this portfolio, Lindiwe Zulu, will have some significant challenges to address in the short term if small business development and entrepreneurship is to really thrive and grow to its full potential in South Africa.The establishment of a Ministry of Small Business at this current time takes cognizance of the sheer scale of small businesses currently operating in the country, estimated to be around the 2 million mark and representing around 98% of the total number of businesses in existence, yet recognizes that the vast majority of these enterprises are survivalist in nature. If these businesses and the others that will follow in their footsteps are not just to survive, but are to grow and thrive, creating jobs and revenues which will benefit the country as a whole, then much more support needs to be provided. Even more importantly, a positive entrepreneurial culture needs to be developed in South Africa that is embraced and proactively supported at all levels of society.If the ambitious National Development Plan is to achieve its lofty goals of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, then focused interventions on the part of government and the business sector as a whole in the country, need to recognize that small business development and entrepreneurship offer the keys to success, just as they have done in the most powerful nations in the developed and developing world.However, the creation of a new dedicated ministry to support small business and entrepreneurial development is only one part of the exercise if real cultural change is to happen. Government also needs to apply a similar diagnostic approach, as it did when developing the National Development Plan, to get at the root of why small businesses in South Africa have not to date fuelled the economy to the degree its counterparts globally have, in for example the fellow Brics member countries of China, India and Brazil.The ministry needs to take a new, proactive and strategic approach to ensuring that the necessary support is provided to stimulate the growth and development of the previously underserved small business owners of this country. Black entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be developed beyond just being Enterprise Development and Preferential Procurement beneficiaries, but instead supported in their efforts to be key contributors of this economy and the creators of much needed new jobs.The new ministry will also need to seamlessly synchronise all the critical stakeholders in the small business development eco-system, including corporate big business, citizens, civic organisations, public sector, policy makers, incubators, funding institutions and academia, to begin to create a genuinely entrepreneurial culture in the country. If this is achieved, then the benefits will be tangibly felt in so many ways, not just in the creation of jobs, but also in the ability to access new and exciting markets, the creation of new products and services, the development of new technologies, and the positioning of South Africa as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.There is no doubt that this new Ministry of Small Business Development has the potential to positively address the considerable socioeconomic challenges that exist in the country and which are holding back real economic growth and development, such as crippling unemployment, inequality and extreme poverty in so many communities across the country.To succeed, it will need to show real and innovative leadership, accountability and a genuine understanding of what makes small businesses and entrepreneurs tick – after all, what makes them unique and ultimately successful are the very things that the country needs to harness if it is to achieve its goals. There needs to be a real respect for the hard work and sheer tenacity and determination displayed by entrepreneurs and small business owners, and a real understanding of the contribution they can make to the realization of the National Development Plan’s key objectives. If Minister Lindiwe Zulu and those assigned to the new Ministry of Small Business Development rise to the challenge and support the building of an entrepreneurial nation that is the flagship of the African continent, then they will make a real difference in the creation of the 11 million jobs and reducing the unemployment statistics that loom as a spectre over the country daily.The South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum welcomes this dedicated new Ministry of Small Business Development and will stand to support its progressive endeavours.Matsi Modise is the National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forumlast_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: India lose openers early on a green top at Lord’s

first_imgIndia’s Shikhar Dhawan leaves the field after being dismissed during the second test cricket match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Reuters India lost both openers early to reach 73 for two in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.Cheteshwar Pujara (11 not out) and Virat Kohli (20 not out) were at the crease when lunch was called after a tough first session on a green track at Lord’s.Winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling the India openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24). Pacer James Anderson (1/11) and Liam Plunkett (1/20) were the two wicket-takers for the hosts.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly ‘pushing and abusing’ India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, looked as if he was ready to have his bowling do all the talking.The pace spearhead provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.advertisementVijay and Pujara then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence the batsman edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.last_img read more