first_imgSt. Eunan’s GAA club have announced they’ve secured a three-year sponsorship deal with the Orchard Inn, Letterkenny. The Orchard Inn will be the sponsors for the club’s Under 21 team’s for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.The team are the current Under 21 County Champions and will compete in the Ulster Club Championship Semi-Final this Sunday February 1st at 2pm. With players on the County Under 21 team and the majority of players underage again this year, there is strong hope for continued success for this talented bunch of players.The club would like to sincerely thank Mr. Paddy Crossan and the Orchard Inn for their kind sponsorship of the team.Mr. Crossan is pictured making a presentation to the players and management, together with club Chairman Cathal Greene and Treasurer Niall Doherty ahead of Sunday’s game.  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR THEIR U21 SIDE was last modified: January 29th, 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs open Humboldt Invitational with 11-inning win over Solano Mudcats

first_imgARCATA >> The Crabs had all of one hit in their final six innings of Thursday night’s Humboldt Invitational Tournament opener.That one hit turned out to be the one that mattered most.Brian Pozos’ RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning proved to be the difference and gave his fan club in the left field corner plenty to cheer about, as the Crabs found a way to get things done on a quiet night at the plate in a 4-3 extra-inning win over the Solano Mudcats at the Arcata …last_img

Next up on Joe Thornton’s hit list: the player he calls ‘the man’

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton tends to project a ho-hum attitude when it comes to the collection of remarkable milestones he’s stacking up.Earlier this week, when he became the seventh player in NHL history to score 400 goals, record 1,000 assists and play in 1,500 games, he couldn’t even name another player on the list. The one guy that he assumed was in the club, Wayne Gretzky, actually fell 13 games short of joining the group.But when Thornton discovered who he could tie for 11th place on the …last_img

Qantas to fly to Johannesburg daily

first_imgThe Wallaby Route The Qantas South African route, otherwise known as the Wallaby Route because of the “short hops” between ports along the way in the early days, has gone from strength to strength. Australian airline Qantas is to introduce a daily service between Sydney and Johannesburg from 21 September. “Qantas is pleased to now offer a daily service from Sydney to Johannesburg with the introduction of an additional Boeing 747 service on Tuesdays, adding another 350 seats per week and more than 18 000 seats per year,” Joyce said in a statement this week. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the route was key one for the airline, and that the addition of a seventh service would provide their customers with greater flexibility for travel between Australia and South Africa. 3 June 2010center_img “South Africa is an important market for Qantas, particularly for business travel, and it is important for us to offer our customers the flexibility of daily services.” Joyce added that the daily schedule from Sydney would also complement the airline’s daily code-share services from Perth with South African Airways. This year, Qantas celebrates 62 years of services to South Africa. It increased services from five to six per week on the route in late 2008, having introduced Premium Economy on the route in March 2008. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Edu Fun spreads the love in Diepsloot

first_imgEdu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations. (Images: Edu Fun) • Avril Donnelly Teaching Programme Edu Fun +27 82 892 0505 [email protected] • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • University of the People offers online education for all • Tackling South Africa’s education challenges • Gauteng Department of Education, 20 years on • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goalMelissa Jane CookAristotle once said: “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” It’s a driving idea behind Edu Fun, a non-profit organisation that believes if you educate a child for a day, they will remember it that day; but if you bring fun into it, they will remember it for life.Edu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations.The group works with Diepsloot Combined School in Diepsloot, a township in Joburg’s far northern reaches. Its main objective is to teach English to students in grades 3 and 4 students in an entertaining and stimulating way, encouraging them to open their minds and use their imaginations. Diepsloot is a poor area and local resources are limited. Classes at the school are very large and English is not the first language of their teachers. Edu Fun’s aim is to help the children with reading, writing and speaking English, so difficulties in using the language will not be a barrier in their futures.Key members of Edu Fun are experienced teachers and nursing professionals. The volunteers come from all walks of life – locals, ex-pats and visitors from around the world. Lord Joel Joffe, the human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and seven others in the Rivonia Trial of 1963-64, is the patron.Diepsloot Combined SchoolWhen the school opened in 2001, it was simply a collection of mobile classrooms with few facilities. Today, thanks to the dedication of its staff and the support of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, various corporate sponsors and voluntary groups such as Edu Fun and School Aid, it is a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged community of Diepsloot informal settlement.Catering for more than 1 500 pupils from Grade R to Grade 12, it is a government school that is not only a centre for learning but is also a much-needed refuge and valuable source of food for the most under-privileged youngsters in the township. In 2013, the Grade 12 students gained an impressive matric pass rate of 98.8%; 29 of them achieved university entry-level grades.Edu Fun aims to support the school in its long-term goal of helping its students go on to further education and fulfill their potential. A decade ago, a group of volunteers – many of them ex-pats – took up the challenge to improve the chances of the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. Edu Fun still brings fun to education and hope for a brighter future to the school. VolunteeringVolunteers teach English to the children on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lessons for Grade 3s run for almost an hour-and-a-half on Mondays during term. Classes are divided, based on ability, into three groups. There is a lead teacher for each class responsible for lesson design and delivery. Each classroom has about 30 children and a volunteer works with a group of about six children. The teaching materials are provided by Edu Fun.About 20 Grade 4s need additional help with English. Volunteers teach them English on Tuesdays during term time, and classes run for an hour. On Monday mornings, after the Grade 3 English classes, a group of volunteers spends about two hours mending school uniforms. All tools and materials are provided and no experience is necessary. They also plan to start training a few of the older students at the school to help out with this project.Also on Monday mornings during term time, volunteers can help the Spread a Little Love project by making peanut butter sandwiches or buying bags of apples for the children. These donations provide a filling start to the week, on average, for more than 300 pupils.In 2013, Edu Fun’s 10th anniversary year, it introduced a fourth group, the Further Education Project, to support former learners from Diepsloot Combined School who go on to university. At present, it supports three first generation students at university in Pretoria, helping them with everyday expenses, extra tuition, computer equipment and accommodation.The Edu Fun educational programme at Diepsloot Combined School was started by Avril Donnelly, Petra Michelson and Sandy and Miguel Buchwald, an American couple now retired in the US.Donnelly explains: “We have taught about 1 100 children over the years and the first group that we taught in 2003 matriculated in 2013. It really gives me a sense of satisfaction. I can only say that through this programme I have met some wonderful expats (both men and women) who have helped us with the teaching, nursing, Spread a Little Love and mending groups. The nursing group was started by a group of Swedish ladies, led by Maria Junebrink, who didn’t want to teach but wanted to give to the community. It has gone from strength to strength. I love what we are doing with Edu Fun and it has really become a passion in my life.”last_img read more

Q&A with South African athlete Akani Simbine

first_imgSouth African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

Porting Apps to Amazon Web Services

first_imgRelated Posts alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting BitNami Cloud Hosting is a service that provides the capability to port apps to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. That’s a good business to be in these days, especially in a world where the market is trying to figure out how to become more cloud-centric.BitNami, a service of BitRock, is also a good example of how business apps can be moved off-premise with some relative ease.The service allows customers to deploy and manage open-source apps on AWS. It’s a good study to show how apps can be ported to a cloud environment and in the process move the burden off on-premise management to a virtual environment.SugarCRM is the latest app that can be ported to AWS EC2 with BitNami.Other apps that can be ported include Joomla, Drupal, Alfresco Software and WordPress. Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The process is relatively straight forward. You sign in to access the BitNami platform. Once signed in you access the dashboard to see what servers are running, the latest backups and the cost per hour and month for running the servers. The first thing you do is add a server. You can run applications with different runtime applications such as a Ruby app and Drupal.You can add the server simply with one click or you may configure to your own specifications. You have options to use a dynamic or static IP address. There are 32 and 64-bit versions in Ubuntu. Other Linux distributions and Windows will be available soon.Different machine sizes are available in 64-bit. A slide rule allows you to change the size of the server. Pricing is based upon the size of the server.With the server set up, you can access the applications that have been set up on the server.Managing the server can be done by using the slider to adjust the server locations.You can create daily backups for the whole server and not just the database. Servers can be scheduled, too. For instance, an internal business app can be scheduled to only be running during business hours.BitNami is a service that gives a degree of flexibility. It has some competition including companies such as Jumpbox. There are other companies out there that have similar services but the capabilities to deploy servers and be flexible in the configurations is a service that is hard to beat.last_img read more

A Soft Eco-Landing

first_imgAt the end of the day, we long to hang out in our favorite chair or sofa relaxing with a good book or movie. Usually that much-loved furniture is a piece of upholstered seating filled with all kinds of “stuff”—padding, springs, wood, webbing—covered with textile.A quality piece of upholstery breaks down into four construction components; frames, springs, cushions, and pads. The first three components are wrapped in fabric or leather.Here are sustainable alternatives to these components.Frames. For a long life, any structure (be it a home or a piece of furniture) needs the framing to be rock-solid. Look for formaldehyde-free, third-party—certified hardwood frames, preferably FSC-certified wood harvested sustainably from well-managed forests that responsibly protect endangered species and old-growth trees. The hardwood provides tight graining that reinforces firm anchoring of screws, tacks, and pegs. A sturdy, rigid frame with proper blocking or dowelled joints will give your sofa a long life to your sofa.Adhesives. Consider this a subcomponent of the frames. Ensure that adhesives are 100% solvent-free, water-based glues emitting no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which will have a much smaller affect on indoor air quality for all–the upholsterer and the owner.Springs. Here’s where the comfort piece starts to develop; creating the support for seating. Typically there are two types of spring support systems; eight-way, hand-tied springs or standard sinuous or drop-in springs. The most eco-friendly route is the traditional eight-way hand-tied springs, which allow a wide range of movement (side to side, up and down) and a customized fit that provides the most comfort, quality and durability. Plus, steel coils made of high recycled content and tied with jute cord is now available.This higher-quality process boosts the cost a bit more because of the hand-tied process, but it’s worth it in the long run for both durability and environmental stewardship! For a lower-priced alternative consider the standard methods – both are fitted and secured to the frame which creates a firm seat (called a seat deck).Cushions and pads. The next-to-last step in achieving acomfort is the cushioning. The seat cushions sit on top of the seat deck, which is held up by the spring system; the back cushions rest within the back and arms of the piece and on top of the seat.Environmentally friendly cushions are made from natural latex foam (sustainably harvested from rubber tree sap, which is then manufactured into natural foam cushions), and organic cotton and wool batting wrapped in a natural wool barrier cloth, which is inherently flame resistant. Down and feathers are available from organic farms that are sustainably managed. Ensure that the washing process is also chemical free. Natural foam cushions resist dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria and are durable, biodegradable, and renewable.Some adventurous manufacturers are using eco alternatives such as soy-based foams, kapok, natural buckwheat hulls, and milkweed–plant/fiber based products that are allergen free.Fabrics and leathers. Refer to an earlier post on natural fibers.Reduce, reuse,recycle: a vast frontier. Another direction is working with your existing pieces or going vintage. Neither approach requires all new materials or resources – using the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Be sure to use safe and nontoxic cleaners when picking up a second-hand treasure. More than likely, these pieces won’t have the “cool,” eco-friendly materials, but they will have off-gassed. With environmentally friendly cleaning methods and/or reupholstering with natural fiber fabrics, they’ll be as good as new.Long life care. One final note: Take good care of your upholstered seating by vacuuming weekly to keep the dust and allergens at bay. Launder and/or spot clean with nontoxic cleaners. It’s a good idea to flip and rotate the loose cushions for even wear and tear, plus you’ll never know what riches you find under those cushions.Nettie’s FavesHere are a few of my favorite healthy, earth0friendly upholstery resources. Take a peek and let me know if I missed any of yours!Cisco Brothers crafts furniture to be 100% FSC Pure by using sustainable or reclaimed woods that preserve the Earth’s forests; natural upholstery options, such as flax, hemp, jute, or yak blend; construction with biodegradable, nontoxic materials; and complete, sustainable, socially responsible production “from seed to shelf.”el:Environmental Language. Jill Salisbury, founder and chief designer, constantly applies nature’s wisdom o the design of her furniture. Her innovative approach balances high style with eco-friendly solutions that meet with the most stringent environmental and performance standards available. The integrity of el is assured through its promise of heirloom quality craftsmanship. The result is an eco-chic interpretation that celebrates the materials as well as the design.The essence of el is commitment to constantly improving upon its sustainable solution in furniture design and to seek out the most eco-friendly materials and finishes available.Furnature pieces are safe for your home without chemicals, dyes, polymers, or toxins/ They are designed specifically for people who have multiple chemical sensitivities, a bonus for people who have chosen to create an environmentally friendly home.Greener Lifestyles designs and manufactures upholstered furniture using eco-friendly and sustainable materials, such as FSC-certified wood, natural latex foam, amd organic hemp, cotton, and wool.Natural Lee is constructed with third-party certified wood panels, 80% recycled-content metal springs, soy-based foam core cushions wrapped in corn-based Ingeo fiber blended with down and feather, and recycled fibers for back cushions.Pure by Ami McKay follows the principles of sustainability, health, and awareness. The materials used in the furniture affect our ecosystem and the ecosystems where the materials are produced, so the company usses only the finest and purest sustainable materialsQ Collection strives to be at the forefront of sustainable design. The primary goal is to eliminate toxic chemicals, carcinogens and the leading components of poor indoor air quality.P.S. Another great eco-plus for designers, architects, and homeowners looking to create healthier, sustainable spaces: Many of these eco furniture manufacturers craft pieces that count toward the collection of LEED points, with finishes, fabrics, and materials that are biodegradable, sustainable, and non-emitting.last_img read more

When All of Your Eggs are in One Big Deal

first_imgThe deal that you are working on is enormous. It’s not quite enough to make your number for the year, but it is enough to get you more than halfway there. The prospect is engaged and compelled to change, and you are excited. So excited, in fact, that you focus on nothing else. You give up prospecting. You stop following up on the early stage deals with the revenue that is a fraction of your big deal. And you put all of your effort into winning your big deal.There are days and weeks between meetings with nothing to do. Whenever you are asked about new opportunities, you hold up your big deal as proof that you are working, and your equally excited sales manager moves on without another question. During calls to review opportunities, you share the latest happenings on your big deal, and everyone seems pleased that things are progressing. And then, without warning, your prospective client has a change of initiatives, and like magic, your deal disappears.A big deal is not a shield that you can use to protect yourself from having to do the work of nurturing your dream clients, prospecting, and building your pipeline. Big deals are important, but they can cause the same psychological response as a lottery ticket when the dollar amount is ridiculously large. You massively overestimate your chances of winning, treating 1 in a 1,000,000 the same as 1 in a 1,000. Because the deal is big, you overestimate your chances of winning because the payoff is so much greater than an average deal. The difference is that when you buy a lottery ticket, you don’t quit your job.Here is a dose of truth. Big deals tend to take time to win. There are often big gaps between meetings without there being anything you can or should be doing to pursue the deal. This time is best spent prospecting and following up your other deals, hedging your bet on the one big deal and protecting you from harm should your big deal go South. Even if you win the deal, you will have built a pipeline that will serve you while you work on your big deal, as well as after you win it. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more