‘Make sure our children don’t learn about road safety the hard way’

first_imgParents and motorists are being asked to ensure that our most vulnerable road users don’t learn lessons the hard way as thousands of children and young people get ready to return to school this week.Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell is calling on all parents and motorists to lead by example this new term.“This is a time of great preparation for families as everyone gets set for the new school year and as children are our most vulnerable road-users, it is up to all of us to ensure we play our part in keeping them safe on our roads,” says Brian O’Donnell. “We should all demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as children will learn from our example. When travelling to school by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to put their seatbelt on at all times. Stress the importance of always putting on a seatbelt any time they get into a car, no matter how short the journey and always demonstrate good, safe responsible road behaviour.”Brian advises “if your child walks or cycles to school, take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going and how to use the roads and footpaths safely.“We are all fully aware that dangerous parking around schools is a serious problem, so we are appealing to motorists to assist schools by driving with proper care and attention and parking well away from no parking areas around schools. Motorists should adhere to the speed limits at schools during school hours and take responsibility for their own actions”.The following ‘back to school’ advice is for parents and children: For motorists:Reduce distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.Remember to be especially careful in around schools and other areas where children are being picked up and dropped off.Slow down when passing a stationary school bus when it is dropping off or picking up children and always adhere to the speed limits.Be a good role model. Set a good example by always wearing your seatbelt, also ensuring that all passengers are wearing their seatbelt and always putting your phone away when driving.For children:Not only are children at risk in vehicles or on bicycles, they are highly vulnerable as pedestrians.Teach children at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the road. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.Teach children to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the road. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.It’s always best to walk on footpaths and cross at a safe location, using pedestrian crossings when available.Children under 10 need to cross the road with an adult. Every child is different, but most children are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until they are at least aged 10.For further information on road safety for parents, teachers and students, visit www.rsa.ie‘Make sure our children don’t learn about road safety the hard way’ was last modified: August 27th, 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:Back to schoolroad safetylast_img read more

Branding South Africa with one message

first_imgThe purpose of the conference is to ensure that South Africa communicates with one voice both domestically and internationally leading up to and beyond 2010.“We are already looking beyond 2010 to where we want to position South Africa in the next decade,” says Yvonne Johnston, the CEO of the IMC. “A major event such as the soccer World Cup attracts global attention but it has to be supported by strategies and structures to ensure a lasting legacy.”“Our objective is to establish Brand South Africa as one of the most prominent and desirable global brands,” says Johnston.Germany 2006 has shown that making the best of the opportunities offered by such an enormous event entails more than hosting soccer games successfully. The host country must brand itself at the same time, as was done so well by the Germans.Therefore one of the key-note speakers at the conference will be the man who did just that for Germany, Mike de Vries. He is the CEO of the branding company FC Deutschland GmbH.Another speaker is internationally renowned Raul Parelba from Spain, who will focus on the branding and marketing opportunities provided by a major event. He is Director Partner of Trout & Partners, the global positioning specialists.The speakers and their topics include:Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad, who will look at opportunities for the continent brought about by the World Cup.The CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Themba Maseko, who will spell out the government’s commitment to and expectations for 2010.Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, who will highlight marketing opportunities for local corporates.Thaninga Shope-Linney, NEPAD’s general manager for communications and outreach, who will add to Minister Pahad’s continental perspective on the 2010 World Cup.Wolfgang Grulke, CEO of FutureWorld will look at Africa and South Africa in the 21st century. Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the IMC, will also be speaking at the Conference – spelling out Brand South Africa’s future strategy in her address. She has very high expectations of the Conference, describing it as “a tremendous opportunity for the world view South Africa even more positively and Alive with Possibility than it does now.”This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

Meet Miss South Africa 2017: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

first_imgThe 21 year-old business management student Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at a ceremony at Sun City on 26 March 2017. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (centre) has been crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at a ceremony at Sun City on 26 March 2017. Adè van Heerden (left) and Boipelo Mabe (right) were crowned first and second princesses respectively. (Image: Miss South Africa, Instagram)CD AndersonThe new Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who hails from Cape Town, takes over from last year’s winner Ntandoyenkosi Kunene. The country’s most prestigious beauty pageant title’s prizes is valued at over R3-million, including a R1-million cash prize, making it one of the world’s richest pageant contests.Adè van Heerden and Boipelo Mabe were crowned first and second princesses respectively.For the first time in the history of the pageant, the public voted via SMS for their favourite semi-finalists. It contributed 25% of the overall final vote.The pageant’s judging panel consisted of some of the country’s best known names and trendsetters, including actor and businessman Maps Maponyane, radio personality Unathi Msengana, Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and former Miss South Africa winner Claudia Henkel.Judges agreed that Nel-Peters come out on top largely due to her response to the question session. The same question, chosen from hundreds of submissions from the public via Facebook, was asked to the Top 5: “What is the greatest fear you had to overcome to be where you are today?”Nel-Peters answered: “The fear of fear itself. We forget that we are only human and that everything you need to achieve greatness is already inside of you.”Semi-finalists for the pageant were chosen over the last few months through a series of interviews, photo sessions and tasks relevant to the work of the nation’s queen.Other highlights of the live pageant included a display of the contestants’ fashion collaboration with University of Johannesburg design students, and live performances by music stars Lira and Lebo M (who performed the song Circle of Life before the announcement of the overall winner).South African hip hop star Proverb hosted the event alongside media personality Lalla Hirayama.In accordance with the pageant’s platform, the holder of the Miss South Africa title represents the ideals and attributes of the modern South African woman – focused and committed to the empowerment of women and protection of children, and to be a responsible representative of all South Africans.During her reign, Miss South Africa will go on to represent South Africa at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. In addition to those highlights, Nel-Peters will also be involved in promotional and charity work, largely drawing attention to a number of local non-governmental organisations that work with the underprivileged, including women and children.The newly crowned Miss South Africa will also make appearances both locally and internationally, representing the country at various high profile events.Watch an interview with Miss South Africa 2017 right after her crowning: Source: News24, Miss South Africa website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

You Got NoSQL in MySQL: Memcached Plugin in MySQL Technology Preview

first_imgTags:#Big Data#hack#news#Tools Oracle released a technology preview this week a new version of MySQL that adds support for a Memcached plugin daemon for accessing InnoDB, MySQL’s default storage engine. It’s available from MySQL Labs. The plugin daemon is only available for Linux at this time.Memcached stores key-value queries in memory to achieve NoSQL performance. Memcached has always worked with MySQL, but has run independently. This plugin should speed up the process considerably by allowing Memcached to access the InnoDB API directly.Here are the features, according to the InnoDB blog: Related Posts klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Memcached as a daemon plugin of mysqld: both mysqld and memcached are running in the same process space, with very low latency access to dataDirect access to InnoDB: bypassing SQL parser and optimizerSupport standard protocol (memcapable): support both memcached text-based protocol and binary protocol; all 55 memcapable tests are passedSupport multiple columns: users can map multiple columns into “value”. The value is separated by a pre-defined “separator” (configurable).Optional local caching: three options – “cache-only”, “innodb-only”, and “caching” (both “cache” and “innodb store”). These local options can apply to each of four Memcached operations (set, get, delete and flush).Batch operations: user can specify the batch commit size for InnoDB memcached operations via “daemon_memcached_r_batch_size” and “daemon_memcached_w_batch_size” (default 32)Support all memcached configure options through MySQL configure variable “daemon_memcached_option”memcached was originally created for Live Journal. It’s now managed by Couchbase, the corporate sponsor of Membase and Apache CouchDB.Update: memcached is actually an independent project. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in Maine

first_imgThe country’s first grid-tied floating wind turbine, launched in Maine at the end of May, has started feeding electricity into the state’s power grid.VolturnUS 1:8, a 1/8-scale prototype of a 6-megawatt design, was launched in Brewer, Maine, on May 31, 2013. It was towed down the Penobscot River and moored off the town of Castine. On June 13, electricity began flowing from the turbine into Central Maine Power Co.’s grid.The 65-foot tall unit is equipped with a 20-kW turbine manufactured by Renewegy. A full-size turbine, the first of which could be launched by 2016, would have rotors with a diameter of 423 feet and would generate up to 6 megawatts of electricity. Much bigger plans in the worksLater this year, the VolturnUS will be towed to a site off Monhegan Island for more tests. These research sites relatively close to land are perfect, Viselli says, because waves and wind are about one-eighth as intense as what an offshore turbine would encounter.The university hopes that the 2016 deployment of a full-size turbine would be the start of an offshore wind farm that will include 80 turbines by 2020. By 2030, the project would expand to about 170 turbines generating 5 GW of electricity, according to the Bangor Daily News.Wind development on that scale would attract $20 billion in private investment and create thousands of jobs, the university says. To that end, the university is in the process of spinning off the wind generation business into a private venture called Aqua Ventus Holdings.The Volturn project is part of a larger effort to develop an estimated 4,000 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, which the Department of Energy says is four times the country’s current generating capacity. In December, the energy department announced seven offshore wind awards.The goal of the program in Maine is to reduce the cost of offshore wind electricity to 10 cents a kilowatt hour by 2020. Design combines concrete and compositesThe launch capped five years of research at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono.Financial support included a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The effort led to the creation of the DeepCwind Consortium, which includes nonprofit groups and a variety of marine construction and manufacturing interests.The turbine has a semi-submersible base made from a proprietary concrete and an upper structure of lighter-weight composite materials.A foundation made from steel would have been a more conventional choice, says Elizabeth Viselli, manager of offshore wind programs and communications at the composites center, but Maine would have had to import that material from South Korea and it lacked the manufacturing facilities it needed to form curved steel components.Concrete, on the other hand, is well understood, with ingredients that are locally available. The exact mix of concrete, which Viselli did not discuss, was developed at the University of Maine. The structure was fabricated by Cianbro Corp.The Gulf of Maine has an estimated 156 gigawatts of wind energy potential within 50 miles of the coast, but Viselli says the depth of water 20 miles offshore where turbines will be deployed makes fixed designs like those in northern Europe impractical.last_img read more

Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Tim Paine exchanges during the Perth Test match may not have had any adverse affect on the seasoned Indian team. But they certainly got the Aussies going.Did Virat miss a trick in engaging Tim Paine’s Australia into verbals? It was the Indian captain who first poked his counterpart on the batting crease that it could be 2-0 if they messed it up.Paine responded by reminding Kohli who had to bat last. Given the match result, Kohli would admit his team could not walk the talk.Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks Kohli will have to factor in many aspects before initiating a go at the Aussies in the future.”There are some people who play with a certain attitude that comes naturally to them. But when you come with a confrontationist attitude, you also have to see if it affects your teammates,” he told India Today.The Australian team has been under more scrutiny than ever before following their internal culture review report after the ball-tampering scandal.While exchanges may have come from either side, cameras showed that Kohli was in the thick of the action.Gavaskar compared Kohli’s on-field persona to Javed Miandad.”There are some players like Miandad who would want fielders to speak to him. If you are silent, he would lose his tempo. He would look for a confrontation. So we would all be silent when he was batting. If we spoke we would be inviting a hundred against us. So each one has his style,” he said.advertisement”But because Javed likes a confrontation does not mean, other members in your team also want it.”So while with Kohli, he would be motivated by getting verbal, it may not work with other players of the side. This is one thing he has to bear in mind, if what I am doing affects my team,” he observed.Gavaskar had earlier said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too muchAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali Vijaylast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

Artificial intelligence pilot to look for suicide warning signs across Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes.Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide.The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group.“What we would like to try and understand is what are the signals … that would allow us to forecast where the next hot spots are so that we can help the government of Canada to provide the resources that are … going to be needed to help prevent suicide before the tragedies happen,” White said.There were a number of high profile “hot spots” in 2017, White added, noting northern communities and places like Cape Breton were hit particularly hard by spikes in suicide.Advanced Symbolics’ pilot will not identify individuals, White added, saying safeguards are in place to ensure individuals can’t be identified within samples.“This is not Minority Report and we are not identifying individuals who … have risk of self harm,” he said.“We are not knocking on doors or contacting individuals. We have nothing that is personally identifiable about any individuals in this study.”Instead, the company turns to a technique to create randomized, controlled samples of social media users in all regions.The project will only use anonymous data already in the public domain for surveillance purposes, according to the Public Works contract award document posted online.White, also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday his biggest hope is the research can demonstrate a positive application for artificial intelligence.“So many times in AI research we hear the stories about AI is going to take jobs … Big Brother is spying on us,” he said.“If you can show that (suicide) rates have gone down because we have deployed this sort of study, that would be most gratifying.”Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor who examined a spate of Cape Breton teen suicides in 2017, said this summer that authorities need to look beyond bullying in their response to tragedies, adding there is a tendency to assume it causes “every single problem” young people have and that it is “just not true.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says ecommerce improving

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea Inc. says it swung to a loss in its last quarter as onerous contract charges and impairments weighed on its balance sheet.The specialty tea retailer says it had a loss of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter ending Feb. 3, compared with net income of $2 million for the same quarter last year.The company says the charges included onerous contracts of $13.5 million due to underperforming stores opened in prior years, as well as impairment charges of $10.1 million.Montreal-based DavidsTea says sales of tea accessories continued to be a challenge over the holiday season, as it worked to improve its selection.The company says it recently launched a new e-commerce platform and saw double-digit internet sales growth over the fourth quarter a year earlier.It has also invested in more merchandising and marketing staff which, along with the e-commerce investments, the company hopes will help sales in the second half of the fiscal year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DTEA)last_img read more

Court tosses DeLorean widows Back to the Future lawsuit

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the “Back to the Future” movies.Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal Pictures for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. But a judge ruled Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties.The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors was featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J. Fox about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting.In her lawsuit filed in April, Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey, claimed the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Co. had illegally profited from a 1989 agreement between her late husband and Universal. That agreement gave John DeLorean and his heirs 5 per cent of net receipts for any merchandising and promotions that featured the car and logo “as a key component.”The Texas company isn’t affiliated with the one John DeLorean started, but under the 2015 settlement agreement was allowed to use the DeLorean name and trademarks.Sally DeLorean claimed in the current lawsuit that the Texas company had illegally represented to Universal that it had the right to the royalties and had already received “a substantial payment” from Universal. She argued in the lawsuit that the 2015 settlement didn’t transfer contractual rights to the company.In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Jose Linares wrote that the 2015 settlement agreement covers the Universal agreement even though it doesn’t mention it explicitly.“As both agreements apply to the use of the word ‘DeLorean’ and the DMC logo, and relate to the DeLorean automobile’s image, the Court concludes that the subject matter of the agreements overlap,” he wrote.Attorneys for the two sides didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.John Z. DeLorean left General Motors in the 1970s to start his own company and eventually produced the distinctive DMC 12, which became known simply as “the DeLorean.” Only about 9,000 of the cars were produced before the company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, but it attained cult status due to its inclusion in the “Back to the Future” movies.DeLorean died in 2005. His former estate in the rolling hills about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of New York was converted into a golf course by then-developer Donald Trump in 2004.last_img read more