RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY!

first_imgLetterkenny brushed aside Strabane.Letterkenny 26 Strabane 0Saturday 28th November 2015Letterkenny welcomed their nearest neighbours Strabane to a wet and windswept Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday afternoon.Stand in captain Michael Foy elected to play against the elements in the first half and Letterkenny defended well in the opening period and kicked intelligently to bring play into the Strabane half. Strong carries in the forwards, particularly by Chris Digimas and Conor Dunleavy took play close to the try line. Sean Deery took an excellent line off scrum half Conall Sheridan to crash over for the opening try converted by Ryan Mortimer.Letterkenny kept the visiting defence busy with strong runs from John Anthony McFadden and James-Lee McLaughlin. Strabane attempted to kick for position but Letterkennys back three of Evin Walsh, Stephen Devine and Colm McNicholl dealt with the threats with confidence and ran back the kicks with interest.Midway through the first half Strabane had a sustained period of pressure inside the Letterkenny 22 but the home defence was disciplined and managed to hold firm with Mortimer producing the hit of the day to help regain possession.Following a kick upfield Letterkenny established good field position near the Strabane try line and Sheridan was rewarded for his work rate when he managed to ground his charge down of the attempted clearance to extend Letterkenny’s lead.The try was unconverted in the difficult conditions.The visitors struggled to get out of their own half and Mortimer danced around several would be tacklers in his own half before breaking up the centre of the pitch. Foy was in support to continue the move and had just about enough left in the tank to reach the line for Letterkenny’s third try which was converted by Mortimer to leave the half-time score 19-0. Mortimer couldn’t continue in the second half so McNicholl stepped into the 10 role and soon had Strabane pinned down inside the 22. The raw conditions were having an effect on the continuity of the game with many handling errors from both sides. Letterkenny looked fully in control of the game as the visitors struggled to get out of their half.Roger McLaughlin had to shift into the back line to cover John Anthony McFadden who left with an injury and found himself busy returning kicks to good effect.With the return of Mortimer to the field and an injury to a Strabane player both sides were now operating with 14 players.Eventually the breakthrough was made when Sheridan made it to the line for his second try with a snipe around the fringe of a ruck a few meters out. The fourth try of the day was converted by Mortimer.The hard work had been done previously when the visitors were having trouble coping with the charges of Dunleavy and both McLaughlins which was opening up space in the defensive line.Strabane, to their credit, didn’t lie down and tried to get something out of the game but solid home defence and great work at the breakdown by flanker Ladi Yuno turned the ball over repeatedly and Mortimer, McNicholl and Sheridan pegged Strabane back with intelligent kicks into space. No-one was disappointed to hear the referee blow for full time and the Letterkenny players left the field content with a bonus point win in a game they controlled from start to finish. Next week sees the start of the second half of the league fixtures and Belfast High School Former Pupils will be the visitors to Dave Gallaher Park. Letterkenny lost heavily to BHSFP in the first league game of the season but have improved week on week since then. Next weeks game should be a useful indicator of how much progress has been made by this young group of players in the season to date.Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.30pm. All are welcome.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY! was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AmaZulu World to boost tourism

first_imgZulu king Goodwill Zwelithini and Ruwaaddevelopers at the launch of AmaZulu Worldin Dubai. (Image: The Mercury)Janine ErasmusDubai-based developer Ruwaad, a member of the Dubai 9 group of companies, has announced plans to build a mega-scale themed entertainment development on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Known as AmaZulu World, the development will be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Africa, according to the company.Making the announcement at the Cityscape 2008 real estate exhibition in Dubai in early October 2008, Ruwaad described the proposed R44-billion ($5-billion) project as a master-planned, uniquely African destination development which will cover about 16 500ha of land.Ruwaad chair Hanif Merchant said the company was very proud to be leading the development and bringing a world-class destination experience to African investors, residents and tourists alike.“AmaZulu World will have a perfect blend of development zones,” said Ruwaad group CEO Hayan Merchant, describing key elements of the development. In typical larger-than-life Dubai style, they include Africa’s first world-class internationally branded entertainment theme park, as well as the continent’s largest shopping destination, most comprehensive and advanced sports village development, largest lifestyle community and first dedicated education and health village.In addition, the development will have its very own Statue of Liberty in the form of a 106m-tall figure of iconic Zulu king Shaka, and will be a key cultural element of the development.The sports village will offer cricket, rugby and tennis facilities and, says Merchant, will be an ideal place for English and European teams to practice during their off-season.AmaZulu World is expected to become one of Africa’s premier destinations, an expectation supported by the forthcoming Fifa World Cup which South Africa hosts in 2010, and the corresponding investment in infrastructure upgrade and increase in foreign investment in telecommunications- and tourism-related projects.These factors, say Ruwaad, and others such as its excellent year-round climate and outstanding natural beauty, made the country a natural choice for the project. However the company is also impressed by political and economic developments in recent years in South Africa which are pushing it to the forefront of emerging world markets.A royal seal of approvalThe project has received endorsement from KZN premier Sibusiso Ndebele and Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, both of whom were on hand at the announcement in Dubai. “Ruwaad has demonstrated to our community its firm commitment to developing a destination that fits with our area’s unique natural, cultural and historical character,” said Zwelithini.“With confidence, the local community is hugely excited to welcome Ruwaad to our province, and we look forward to the future employment, and economic growth that will contribute to the sustainability of our area; for the inhabitants of today and those for generations to come.”The project is expected to create more than 200 000 new jobs and increase regional tourism by around 40%, according to initial research conducted by local consultancy Pam Golding Hospitality. AmaZulu World will be built in phases over 25 years, with completion of the first phase planned for 2012 to 2014.However, there are a few displeased local community members who are opposing the development as they do not wish to be relocated. The eMacambi clan, owners of some of the land where development will take place, say they will take the matter to court if necessary. A spokesman for Ndebele has said that government and the developers will consult with everyone involved and that all the required legal routes will be followed.A uniquely African destinationSituated just north of the Thukela River, which originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and meanders through the KZN Midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean, AmaZulu World will straddle both sides of the national N2 highway, which connects the province’s capital Durban with Richards Bay and other developing areas in northern KZN.It will also lie conveniently close to the new R8.85-billion ($1-billion) King Shaka International Airport, currently under construction at La Mercy, 30km north of Durban. The new airport will replace Durban’s existing international airport and is expected to be operational by 2010.The eco-friendly tourist destination will be designed to have a minimal impact on the area’s natural surroundings and will incorporate entertainment, sport, leisure, hotel and residential destinations, boosting economic growth in the region.In addition to the theme park, shopping centre and sports village, tourists can expect to enjoy a wide range of activities and facilities, including hotels, resorts and spas, an agricultural village, and a marina. The development will also feature residential homes and offices as well as six golf courses, an equestrian estate, a nature reserve for those who seek more restful forms of leisure, and 22km of beachfront. Education, community, medical, emergency and security facilities will be available.AmaZulu World’s vision, according to Ruwaad, is to be African in identity and world-class in standing, in order to attract visitors and residents from around the world to the region.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksRuwaadThukela RiverKZN provincial governmentKing Goodwill Zwelethinilast_img read more

Big meet for scientists in South Africa

first_imgThe Academy of Science of South Africais co-hosting the event – pictured is theorganisation’s board.(Image: Rhodes University)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dorothy NgilaASSAf secretariat+27 12 349 6607Cadine PillayOne of the most prominent science events to occur in Africa will see hundreds of scientists from all over the world convene in Johannesburg, Gauteng at the end of May as South Africa hosts the Global Young Academy (GYA) General Assembly.The event will take place from 20 to 23 May at the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Johannesburg campus, and will attract a number of prominent people in varying fields of science.The joint hosts are the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).Hosting the assembly offers South Africa and Africa a unique opportunity and will serve as a motivating factor for young scientists to fully participate in national and global scientific issues, SAYAS said in a statement.Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor will give the keynote address, speaking to the theme Sustainability: Lessons on the road from Rio to Rio+20. The meeting will focus on producing a statement from these combined views to highlight at the Rio+20 meeting.Rio+20 is the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. The highly-anticipated event is a follow-up to the UN Conference on Environment and Development that was held 20 years ago in the same city.Promoting science for young mindsThrough the work of SAYAS, young South African scientists are drawn from all backgrounds and recognise that the solution of local and global challenges requires deep understanding across disciplines and cultures. Since its inception in 2011, the organisation has worked hard to recognise the need for young scientists to contribute towards these challenges.On this foundation, it will link up with the GYA to provide opportunities for local scientists to interact with their international counterparts and give them a platform to influence policy decisions in their field of work.From the perspective of SAYAS, the main objective for the assembly is to contribute to the career development of young and emerging scientists. Equally important is the ability to promote science as a subject among pupils and society in general.The organisation also wishes to foster solid links between scientists and the business community by showcasing workshops and presentations by the senior scientists.“We are excited about the workshop on national young academies that will bring together voices from established academies and those that are just starting,” said SAYAS founding member Prof Bernard Slippers.“The intention is to stimulate and support the establishment of more such academies around the world, and to link the existing ones even stronger.”Bridging the international gapThe assembly will showcase the GYA’s various projects which are aimed at bridging the gap between scientists in Africa and the rest of the world. It will serve as a motivating factor for young South African scientists to fully participate in national and global scientific events.Given the support by the Department of Science and Technology and ASSAf, as well as the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria, the event will raise the profile of SAYAS within the science fraternity in South Africa.Furthermore, delegates will also engage in outreach activities in collaboration with South African higher learning institutions. Members of the GYA are expected to visit various universities and other research organisations, schools in Soweto, Alexandra and Pretoria, and science centres such as Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and SciEnza, to promote science as a career and speak to pupils.‘The voice of young scientists around the world’The GYA was founded in 2010 and established itself as “the voice of scientists around the world”. The academy’s main objective is to unlock the potential of the world’s young scientists and to mobilise them in their creative prime.The academy currently has 172 active members who include leading young scientists – with an average age of 35 years – from 54 countries. Members were selected for their excellence and commitment to service from nominations submitted by the academies in their different countries.The GYA’s diverse range of member scientists includes Onoja Matthew Akpa, a bio-medical statistics specialist from Nigeria; Fernando Febres Cordero, a theoretical physicist from Venezuela whose research interest lies in particle physics phenomenology; and Ranjini Bandyopadhyay, from the Raman Research Institute in India.The organisation’s membership is expected to grow over the next two years to 200 members, each serving a four-year term with them. The vibrancy of the GYA, according to a statement from the organisation, results from the energy of its members who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world.Slippers said although this will be an important event on the calendar of GYA, and will boost its outputs and impacts worldwide, it will be equally important for SAYAS, increasing its momentum as an organisation that will impact science in South Africa and its international connectedness.“It is also likely to touch various aspects of science and science development beyond these two organisations, as senior and young scientists from around the world interact with scientists and society around the country,” he said.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4: Sometimes, More Is Less [Review]

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy CameraThe S4’s cameras have so much going on it deserves its own focus. Fortunately, though, the advanced camera functions are easy to use and understand. The Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel back camera and 2MP front camera – more than most competitors.The goal of the Galaxy S4 camera is to give regular people (not just professional photographers) the ability to use more of its features. “Where we really focused was allowing people to really get a professional kind of photo experience super, super easy,” DiCarlo said.The camera interface uses a simple “mode” button on the display to toggle through the different ways the Galaxy S4 let you take a picture. The Smartphone For Your Mom?The term “fear of missing out” – FoMo – has been applied to the sociological concept of not wanting to miss anything your friends are doing in relation to social media, but it could just as easily apply to the Galaxy S4. With all the things that this smartphone can do, it’s easy to get the feeling that you are missing out on the capabilities of your own device.Let’s take a look at some of the new features in the Galaxy S4:Air View: Hover over an item like an email or a calendar date and Air View will display a preview of what is inside. This feature originally appeared in Samsung’s Note 2 with the built-in stylus but now can be done with a finger.Air Gesture: Theoretically, you can answer a phone call, change songs on a music playlist, swap browser tabs or perform a variety of other functions just by waving your hand over he device. An extra infrared sensor picks up the motion and executes the command. At least it is supposed to. Except for one limited instance (moving an app from one home screen panel to another), I was not able to get Air Gesture to work. And this turned out be a disappointing theme with the Galaxy S4.Smart Stay/Smart Pause/Smart Scroll: With Smart Stay, the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it. Smart Pause is intended to pause a video if your eyes look away. Smart Scroll is supposed to follow your facial motion and the tilt of your device to automatically scroll down a website. But no matter how hard I tried, with a wide variety of apps, I could not get Smart Pause to work. Smart Stay seems to work OK, but it was often hard to tell since I mostly seem to look at my smartphone for only a few seconds at a time. It was also difficult to get Smart Scroll to work. The instructions for these features note that your face and the background behind you must be well-lit, so Samsung seems to acknowledge that these functions won’t work all the time.Multi-Window: You Can use two apps at the same time. A little tab appears on the left of the screen and essentially acts as a “recent apps” menu.[See Also: Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode]Easy Mode: For people who ave trouble using complicated devices, the Galaxy S4 has an entire mode with bigger fonts, icons and less home screen space. This works, but there’s no surer sign of the S4’s feature bloat than the need for an “easy mode.”WatchOn: OK, this feature is cool. WatchOn uses the device’s infrared sensor to turn the S4 into a programmable TV remote control. It even recognize your TV and cable/satellite provider and displays a programming guide.Samsung Hub: Samsung used to have several different media “hubs” for books, music, video and so forth. They have now all been consolidated to one Hub.Group Play: This feature lets you to connect to other Samsung devices and play the same song through all of them at the same time, with one person acting as the DJ. This could be fun in some situations, but it’s mostly just a gimmick.Expanded Settings/Notifications: Android comes with a simple drop-down notification center. Samsung’s TouchWiz has historically added radio buttons to it to control Wi-Fi, GPS, rotate and other functions. Since the S4 has so many new functions, the company added an entirely new section to the drop-down settings to toggle all the various features on and off.“What we have done is create a form here which allows people to learn about the feature and decide if you want to turn it on our off. It is another way making these really, really powerful features more accessible,” DiCarlo said.Samsung Galaxy S4 settings panelThe Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with widgets and apps on its Android home screen panels out of the box, but these can be easily removed. See the composite image below for the pre-loaded apps and widgets on a Sprint version of the S4. (Note: Spotify does not come pre-loaded. I put that in to the only available space I could find on the Galaxy S4. )With all this… stuff, is this really the phone that I would recommend to my mother? Or anyone’s mother? Related Posts Panorama modeOne note: Some of the functions (animated photo, sound and photo) are saved to the Galaxy S4 in a proprietary Samsung file and can be shared only with other Samsung devices.Hardware & DesignThe specs on the Galaxy S4 are comparable to other top smartphones on the market. The U.S. version sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the HTC One and LG Optimus Pro G.It has all the usual sensors – Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity – as well as that extra infrared sensor that powers the gesture-based controls. It also is said to have a barometer and humidity sensors, but I have no idea what they do or how to use them.The Galaxy Sr’s 2600 mAh battery, biggest in a non-“phablet” smartphone, will definitely last all day and then some.The Galaxy S4 has the same flimsy plastic removable back as other Galaxy S models. DiCarlo explained the company’s reasoning:In terms of the material, we definitely heard the criticisms and comments. It definitely did not go unheard. Our thinking on that is that a removable battery is a good thing. If you are at CES working all day or at a concert or whatever, having an alternate battery is certainly a good thing. A lot of people still like removable memory. And a lot of our accessories allow the device to stay thin by replacing that back cover for wireless charging or whatever. There are a lot of user benefits as well as durability factor, something you can carry around with you in a case. Not to make any excuse for it, but just to explain the thinking.Samsung’s accessories, like the flip cover back, are definitely a big reason for the removable back. So is weight. At 4.59 ounces, it is almost a half-ounce lighter than the full-metal-casing HTC One. Your smartphone should not be a source of stress. With its new Galaxy S4, it seems Samsung may not have gotten the memo.It seems that every feature Samsung could possibly dream up ended up in the Galaxy S4. The company pushes the envelope with technologies and features that keep the rest of the industry on its toes. Yet it packs the Galaxy S4 with so many of its own branded apps, so many features of questionable value that don’t even work properly, that it detracts from the overall quality of the device.Samsung does allow you to strip away many of those features. Its custom-made widgets can be thrown out, and functions like Air Gesture and Smart Pause can be turned off. Once you strip away all the superfluous garbage, the Galaxy S4 is actually a pretty nice device. And there are indications that Samsung recognizes the problem.“Galaxy S3 and Note II are very feature-rich products. As is the S4. That is very core to the brand of ‘next big thing,’” said Nick DiCarlo, VP of Portfolio Planning and Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With the S4 you will notice that we have done a ton of things to make things simpler. We hope that this could be a phone that you would recommend to your mom.” dan rowinski Even though the S4 is a little smaller than the Galaxy S3, its screen is a little bigger, growing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. The very nice screen is HD Super Amoled, coming in at 441 pixels per inch. If anything, the colors may seem a little over saturated.You Might Want This Smartphone, You Might NotSamsung will sell a lot of Galaxy S4s. Consumers will like the size and shape, the screen and the camera. Developers will like the chance to play with the gesture-based controls like AirView (if they can actually get them to work). Enterprises won’t mind employees bringing the device to work with its capability to use Knox, Samsung’s mobile enterprise management solution.Really, the Galaxy S4 is a solid smartphone, in just about every way.You just have to put up with Samsung’s insistence on loading you down with bloatware, pre-loaded apps and features that you will likely never use and just get in the way. Once you cut through all that, the Galaxy S4 is a first rate smartphone. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Best Photo: Takes a burst of eight pictures and selects the best.Auto: Classic smartphone camera feature, automatically adjusts for light settings. On by default.Beauty Face: Enhances facial features automatically.Best Face: Combines five photos of a face to create the ideal image.Sound & Shot: Takes a still photo and records nine seconds of sound to go with it. Annoyingly, the clips play automatically when you flip through photos in the gallery.Drama: Takes multiple pictures of a moving object and transposes them to one shot. A standard feature on most digital SLRs.Animated Photo: You take a picture of someone waving at you. You can then go back into the picture and freeze portions of it, but keep the waving hand moving. Kind of like taking a picture to create an animated GIF.Rich Tone: Hi-definition. Most smartphones do this nowadays.Eraser: Is there something moving in your photo you want t oeliminate. Eraser lets you edit the photo to remove people walking in the background, or traffic in the foreground. Eraser does not work on stationary objects (like someone photo-bombing your pictures).Panorama: Creates a simple multiple panel shot – already standard on Apple and HTC smartphones.Sports: Speeds up the camera take capture pictures of fast movement.Night: Improves low-light pictures without flash.Its quite a list, although a few functions, like Animated Photo, don’t work quite as well as they could. The camera also has a dual-function mode where you can insert your face from the front camera into the view finder of the back camera. All in all, except for maybe the HTC One, there may not be a better smartphone camera on the market.last_img read more

Mohali Test: Match evenly poised after Sehwag’s fifty

first_imgRiding on a brutal, swift counter attack by Virender Sehwag, India raced to 110 for two at stumps, in reply to visitors’ challenging first innings total of 428, on the second day of the first Test at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.At the end of day’s play, Rahul Dravid was batting on 21 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on zero.Sehwag batted in a manner only he is capable of and was also dismissed in a manner which is pretty similar to some of his earlier dismissals.He smashed the Aussie bowlers to all corners of the park scoring 59 in 54 balls with the help of 10 boundaries before Mitchell Johnson banged one short but ball arrived late on Sehwag as he had closed the face of the bat. It was Michael Clarke who took a dolly at extra cover.Sehwag with this 23rd Test half-century, now, has 50 plus knocks in 11 consecutive Tests and also shares the world record for most of number of 50s with Gautam Gambhir and Vivian Richards. Courtesy Sehwag’s blistering innings, India trail by 318 runs.Sehwag stamped his authority as he hit Ben Hilfenhaus over third man, punched Doug Bollinger through covers, steered Mitchell Johnson to deep thirdman and heaved Nathan Hauritz over extra cover for boundaries that made the pitch, which till then seemed a difficult one, look easy to bat on.He added 81 with Gautam Gambhir (25) in only 13.2 overs before the latter fell leg before to a Johnson delivery that kept low.Earlier in the day, India were dealt a ‘Paineful blow’ as rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine scored a gutsy 92 to defy the Indian bowlers from wrapping the Aussie innings quickly.advertisementPaine, who was dropped on nought by the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer Khan on Friday, cashed in on the opportunity as he shared three important partnerships of 53, 82 and 54 runs with Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus respectively. That helped Australia bat for 151.4 overs and reach a score which looks imposing on a slow track.Playing only his third Test, Paine showed a lot of composure on a difficult track as he hit 12 boundaries in his 196-ball knock. He was unlucky to miss what would have been a well deserved maiden Test ton, being caught by VVS Laxman in the slips off Zaheer.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Premier League punishes Manchester City with academy transfer ban

first_imgManchester City have been fined 300,000 pounds and banned from signing academy players for two years after breaching Premier League transfer rules.City were found to have approached the family of two young players, who were registered with other clubs.The players in question were an 11-year-old who joined City from Everton last year and a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolverhampton Wanderers.The Premier League club now cannot sign youngsters aged between 10 and 18 who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the past 18 months.Part of the ban will only come into effect if the club re offends in the next three years.Last month, Liverpool were fined 200,000 pounds and banned from signing youngsters for two years.It was ruled the Reds had broken Premier League rules by offering inducements to the family of an 11-year-old Stoke City player.”The Premier League has sanctioned Manchester City FC for breaches of its Youth Development Rules,” goal.com quoted the Premier League as saying in a statement.”The breaches concern approaches to two separate Academy players whilst they were each registered with another club,” the statement added.last_img read more