Crews spent much of last week working to harvest close to 300 blocks of ice that will be used in the High on Ice Winter Carnival.High on Ice is scheduled for January 16th to 18th in Fort St. John. The ice has been harvested from a pond just off the 271 road. Out of the 300 blocks of ice, 150 are needed for the professional ice carvers who will fill Centennial Park with some amazing pieces of art. More details will be released shortly on High on Ice.Below are a few photos submitted to Energeticcity.ca of the Ice Harvesting.- Advertisement –
The 18-year-old scored twice on his Red Devils debut Marcus Rashford announced himself as a Manchester United player in the best possible fashion last night with two goals against Midtjylland at Old Trafford.The 18-year-old was a late inclusion in the starting line up after Anthony Martial pulled out in the warm up with a tight hamstring.Next up for the Red Devils at Old Trafford is Arsenal on Sunday, a place the Gunners haven’t won at since 2006.And Manchester United fans are calling for Rashford to start the game, which is live on talkSPORT, citing his pace as something that will leave Per Mertesacker quaking in his boots.See below to see the best tweets about Thursday night’s two-goal hero starting against Arsenal on Sunday. 1
Steve Ó CúláinBOSSES at Údarás na Gaeltachta have announced a net loss of 37 jobs last year in its client companies nationwide, but jobs grew in Donegal with an extra 11 employed compared to 2011.More than 700 jobs were created last year with a further 670 in the pipeline.In a joint statement issued by Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson and Steve Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the organisation said export-led companies continue to show growth in sales and employment. Referring to Donegal, they say: “A total of 223 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2012. There were 1,878 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás-supported companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end.“New jobs were created in companies such as Euroflex Teo and R.A.Pacáistí Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Randox Teo in An Clochán Liath and, most substantially, Earagail Éisc in Mín an Aoire in South West Donegal, with an increase of 46 new jobs.“When job losses are taken into account, there was a modest net gain of 11 new jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Companies in the tourism, construction-related, and services industries shed jobs. Éist agus Cuidiú Teo and Wiss Medi Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park ceased trading during the year with a loss of 32 and 10 jobs respectively.“A number of significant projects were approved by Údarás during the year which will involve a total investment of over €14m and the creation of approximately 60 new jobs when the projects are up and running.” Here’s their Review of 20122012 saw the enactment of the Gaeltacht Bill which provides a new strategic and operational environment for An tÚdarás. The Gaeltacht Act 2012 endorses Údarás na Gaeltachta’s role as the principal stakeholder in the regional development of the Gaeltacht and gives statutory effect to the implementation by Údarás of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 in the Gaeltacht. Following the enactment of the Gaeltacht Act a new Board was appointed to An tÚdarás.Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies created 700 new jobs last year. Total employment in Údarás client companies stood at 7,553 at 2012 year end, of which 6,933 are full-time jobs and 620 are part-time jobs. When full-time job losses are taken into consideration, there was a net loss of 37 jobs overall.Employment in the Gaeltacht2012 saw the lowest rate of job losses in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies for well over a decade. Gaeltacht companies have stabilised their employment base, are more competitive and have a stronger export focus. Companies involved in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and niche manufacturing sectors increased their employment levels during the year. During 2012 export-led companies continued to grow sales and employment. Client companies trading in the domestic market experienced ongoing difficulties during the year. Companies operating in the services, tourism and traditional manufacturing sectors reduced their employment numbers during the year.670 jobs approved for the Gaeltacht during 2012Údarás na Gaeltachta approved projects during the year which are expected to create 460 new jobs and lead to an overall projected investment of €37 million by Gaeltacht companies.Many of these jobs will be coming on stream in 2013 and in subsequent years. Significantly, support for a further 220 new jobs was approved by IDA Ireland for the Údarás client company Bioniche Pharma which is located in Indreabhán, Connemara during the year. Mylan, the largest generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in Ireland and one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, acquired Bioniche Pharma in 2010. Mylan announced during the year it is to expand its facility in Connemara and establish it as a centre of excellence for the company’s injectable pharmaceutical products and R&D processes.Economic Impact of Údarás client companies continues to increaseThe ABSEI* research undertaken by Forfás in 2012 shows that total sales in Údarás client companies stood at €784 million, an increase of 3% on the previous year’s figures, with a very positive 11% growth forecasted for the following year. Exports sales were up 10% to €452 million and further growth targets of up to 15% are expected next year, which will see record level exports achieved by Údarás client companies. Total exports, as a percentage of sales, in Údarás client companies have increased from 50% to 62% since 2009. Gaeltacht companies also have a significant impact in the Gaeltacht and domestic economy and this is illustrated by the 9% increase in its spend on Irish-produced materials, contributing €431 million in direct expenditure in the economy last year. Total payroll amounted to €190 million.Challenges for job creationAn tÚdarás believes it is important to highlight that, although the level of job losses has stabilised and is at its lowest level in years, the number of new jobs being created is not sufficient to maintain employment levels in the Gaeltacht. The fall-off in job approvals is due to a number of factors, which include the challenging global economic conditions, companies deferring expansion and capital investment plans, and also a substantial reduction in capital budget provision to Údarás. This restricted the operations of the organisation in its capacity to approve new projects and investments and develop modern business infrastructure.In order to attract inward investment, the Gaeltacht needs to be in a position to offer modern enterprises the most up-to-date physical, business and telecommunications infrastructure. The absence of access to high-speed broadband is still a challenge for companies in some Gaeltacht areas.Social Employment Schemes important in providing training and work experienceSocial employment schemes continue to play an important role in providing work experience and training for Gaeltacht communities. Údarás na Gaeltachta manages and administers the Community Employment Scheme, the Rural Social Scheme, Tús and the Jobs Initiative, which are funded by the Department of Social Protection. In 2012 over 960 participants and 47 supervisors were employed in 46 schemes throughout the Gaeltacht. These social employment schemes are central to community development and language maintenance programmes and activities in the Gaeltacht.Irish Language and Community Development ActivitiesUnder the Gaeltacht Act 2012, Údarás na Gaeltachta has a statutory function regarding the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language in the Gaeltacht. The strategy places emphasis on integrated language planning at community level and the Gaeltacht Act 2012 establishes the statutory basis for the language planning process in the Gaeltacht.Language planning at community level presents challenges. The process is dependent on integrated support from government departments, state organisations and those providing services to the Gaeltacht community.The implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language is the overall responsibility of the Strategy Unit in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and various working groups have been established by the Strategy Unit to advance the progress of the various measures. An tÚdarás will be working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and with Gaeltacht communities so as to develop effective strategies and language plans which will support language maintenance and development locally.During 2012 a number of working groups were formed consisting of representatives from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge, The Department of Education and Skills, and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG). Gaeltacht community-based organisations will have a central role in the implementation of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Údarás executives, in conjunction with executives from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, organised two information sessions in the Gaeltacht areas, based on the Gaeltacht Bill as it was at the time, to establish the views of the communities. Information meetings will again take place early in 2013 to discuss the arrangements for the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas, Gaeltacht Service Towns, and plans and opportunities concerning the language planning process in the Gaeltacht.Focus for 2013An tÚdarás will continue to implement its strategic plan for the Gaeltacht. Employment creation in key sectors which have the potential to contribute to sustainable economic development, including natural and marine resources, life sciences, ICT, tourism, niche manufacturing, engineering, food and other high-value commodities will be supported. Initiatives central to community development and language planning such as supports for childcare and pre-school education, youth development and training, all through the medium of Irish, will continue to be supported. All of these programmes are rooted in the needs of the community’s linguistic, social as well as economic requirements and form an integrated and comprehensive approach to development and language maintenance.The organisation will reorganise and restructure its resources and its work programmes to ensure implementation of its new strategy as outlined in the Gaeltacht Act 2012.We would like to acknowledge the support of IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and BIM for their support in implementing our enterprise development programme and look forward to enhanced co-operation with them in the future. We would also like to thank our former Chairman, Liam Ó Cuinneagáin and former Board members for their commitment and co-operation over the years in the implementation of the organisation’s objectives and look forward to working with the new Údarás Board in 2013.The Donegal GaeltachtA total of 223 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2012. There were 1,878 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás-supported companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end. New jobs were created in companies such as Euroflex Teo and R.A.Pacáistí Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Randox Teo in An Clochán Liath and, most substantially, Earagail Éisc in Mín an Aoire in South West Donegal, with an increase of 46 new jobs.When job losses are taken into account, there was a modest net gain of 11 new jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Companies in the tourism, construction-related, and services industries shed jobs. Éist agus Cuidiú Teo and Wiss Medi Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park ceased trading during the year with a loss of 32 and 10 jobs respectively.A number of significant projects were approved by Údarás during the year which will involve a total investment of over €14m and the creation of approximately 60 new jobs when the projects are up and running.An tÚdarás recognises the need for a specific job-creation strategy for the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and West Donegal in the light of job losses in recent years and is currently putting resources in place to give specific focus to attracting new investment to the area. Development works on the multifunctional Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair building are now complete. Further capital works will begin in the next few months on Aonad 23, previously occupied by Wissmedi, on the Business Park. This redevelopment and upgrade of the building will result in three independent advance enterprise units aimed at attracting enterprises in the medical devices and internationally traded services sectors.During the year, an tÚdarás, in co-operation with the North East Partnership, launched the ‘Innovation and Growth Programme’. Funded by INTERREG IVA, the programme will assist participating businesses in identifying strategic overseas partners and growth potential in international markets.A total of 286 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year, which are managed and administered by Údarás and funded through the Department of Social Protection.ÚDARÁS ANNOUNCES 11 EXTRA JOBS IN DONEGAL IN 2012 was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ÚDARÁS ANNOUNCES 54 NEW JOBS AT GAOTH DOBHAIR MEETING
Pixar Animation Studios Inc., which has produced such films as “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” reported Tuesday that its third-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on robust home-video sales of older titles. The company, based in Emeryville, said it earned $27.4 million, or 22 cents per share, for the three months ended Oct. 1 compared with $22.4 million, or 19 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue rose slightly to $45.8 million from $44.5 million in the third quarter of 2004. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 11 cents per share. Its shares rose more than 9 percent in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The company did not release a film in theaters during the quarter. Its revenue came mainly from DVD sales of previous films. The company had warned earlier in the year that home-video sales of its most recent film, “The Incredibles,” were not as strong as expected. Pixar found itself with more returns of unsold copies from retailers than it had expected. Other studios, including DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., found a similar change in the DVD market this year as retail shelves became overloaded with offerings. Pixar’s next film, “Cars,” is due out next year. It will be the last film released under a distribution and co-financing partnership with The Walt Disney Co. Pixar has not set a new deal, although the company has been talking to Disney in recent months. Shares of Pixar fell $1.87 to close at $50.88 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market before the earnings report was released. Its shares rose $4.75, to $55.63, in extended trading.
Fans of the iconic Donegal shipwreck Bád Eddie will be able to see it in a whole new light this Christmas thanks to some incredible teamwork by locals.Bád Eddie was last night adorned with Christmas lights to become a spectacular festive scene on Magherclogher beach, Bunbeg.Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSThe display was created by a group of neighbours from Strand Road, with Padraig Ó Domhnaill designing the stars. The lights were turned on by Mary O’ Donnell, Liam Gillespie and Nell Cullen – all who have watched the comings and goings around the boat since she arrived on the beach in 1977. Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is strength in unity) – and this wonderful collaboration highlights the beauty of the weakening shipwreck.Bád Eddie is one of Donegal’s most photographed landmarks – and now people all over the world can enjoy some beautiful new festive scenes, thanks to these photos from Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID Productions:Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONS In Pictures: Beautiful lights shine on Bád Eddie for Christmas was last modified: December 18th, 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:Bad EddieBunbegCHristmasGweedore
DeMarcus Cousins will travel with the Warriors on their one-game trip to Salt Lake City for Wednesday’s game against the Jazz and there are no current plans to practice with the Warriors’ G-League team this week.Cousins, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, plans to participate in any practices the Warriors have allotted, but it won’t be the same workload as he had done with Santa Cruz in the last two weeks. Santa Cruz plans to participate in the NBA G-League Winter Showcase this …
Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The Raiders celebrated their homecoming with a yard to spare Sunday, with Karl Joseph breaking up a Matt Stafford pass in the end zone to preserve a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.With the game tied 24-24 after Derek Carr’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow, Stafford drive the Lions from their own 23 to the 1-yard line, as Nick Morrow and Lamarcus Joyner stopped a 13-yard …
The $27 million Creation Museum in Florence, Kentucky, built by Answers in Genesis, opened to the public on May 26, after years of planning and construction. It features audio-animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium, a bookstore, hiking trails and many elaborate exhibits. AIG unashamedly presents a Biblical interpretation of origins, science, history and ultimate destiny of man and the universe – within a Genesis timescale. The entire project was financed by private donations. The New York Times printed a surprisingly favorable review of the museum by Edward Rothstein. His only critical question was as follows:The other catastrophe, in the museum’s view, is of more recent vintage: the abandonment of the Bible by church figures who began to treat the story of creation as if it were merely metaphorical, and by Enlightenment philosophers, who chipped away at biblical authority. The ministry believes this is a slippery slope…. But one problem is that scientific activity presumes that the material world is organized according to unchanging laws, while biblical fundamentalism presumes that those laws are themselves subject to disruption and miracle. Is not that a slippery slope as well, even affecting these analyses?Nevertheless, Rothstein seemed impressed by the experience of walking through the elaborate dioramas. The visitor, he said, “leaves feeling a bit like Adam emerging from Eden, all the world before him, freshly amazed at its strangeness and extravagant peculiarities.”The answer to Rothstein, of course, is that the Darwinists believe in miracles, too (see 05/24/2007). Their miracles are more fantastic and unnatural than anything the Bible ever said. So pick your miracle-worker: a God who has infinite power and intelligence, or time and chance. And, for extra consideration, choose the bottom of the slippery slope you would like to live at: a world of hate, sin, strife and evil, or a world that abides by the moral laws of the Divine lawgiver. Science did pretty well for centuries before atheists co-opted it for their agenda. Read what Madelaine Bunting wrote recently about the new hate-filled atheists in Mail&Guardian Online. Want to follow their lead? A regular reader who visited on opening day may provide another first-hand account soon. In the meantime, watch how the media react to this (and media from around the world were on hand to practice their spinning skills). Some Darwinista organizations, as we said (05/23/2007), are trying to prevent people from going. AIG said that on opening day a protest group with a rock band set up camp nearby. Here are the typical spins you are bound to see:This is bad science and will make America fall behind the world.This museum is brainwashing kids.Can’t we all just get along?Monday evening 5/28, Fox News already interviewed an evolutionist using all three against AIG president Ken Ham. There is only one word you need to know to respond to Darwiniacs who try to use these ploys. HYPOCRISY.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
South Africa’s financial services sector, backed by a sound regulatory and legal framework, is sophisticated, boasting dozens of domestic and foreign institutions providing a full range of services – commercial, retail and merchant banking, mortgage lending, insurance and investment.The Reserve Bank has a significant degree of autonomy in terms of South Africa’s Constitution. (Image: SARB, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThe banking systemThe South African banking system is well developed and effectively regulated, comprising a central bank – the South African Reserve Bank – as well as a few large, financially strong banks and investment institutions, and a number of smaller banks.Many foreign banks and investment institutions have operations in South Africa.Investment and merchant banking remains the most competitive front in the industry, while the country’s “big five” banks – Absa, FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank and newcomer Capitec – dominate the retail market.Read more: Banks and exchange in South AfricaLegislation and regulationLegislation governing the financial sector is primarily the Banks Act 1990 and the Mutual Banks Act 1993, which serve the achievement of a sound, efficient banking system in the interest of the depositors of banks and the economy as a whole.Download a copy of the Banks Act, 1990 [PDF]An office headed by the Registrar of Banks, operating as part of the Reserve Bank, is responsible for registering institutions as banks or mutual banks as well as enforcing all the requirements of the Acts.Read more: South African Reserve Bank or go to the Reserve Bank’s websiteThe non-banking sector is overseen by the Financial Services Board (FSB). An independent body, it is responsible for the regulation of financial markets and institutions, including insurers, fund managers and brokering operations.A massive banking call centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa)The National Credit Regulator is responsible for regulating the South African credit industry, including the registration of credit providers, credit bureaux and debt counsellors. It is responsible for enforcing compliance with the National Credit Act, and is focused on developing an accessible credit market to meet and promote the needs of people who are marginalised, especially economically.The Banking Association of South Africa is an industry body representing all registered banks in South Africa. It is the mandated representative of the sector, and represents the industry through lobbying, engagement with stakeholders and political influence.The Johannesburg Stock ExchangeThe JSE Limited is the 17th largest exchange in the world by market capitalisation, which is at more than R6- trillion.With about 400 listed companies and 907 securities (JSE, November 2012), South Africa’s exchange is Africa’s largest and is bigger than Moscow’s and Singapore’s.The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is opened by the sounding of African instruments including marimba and kudu horn. (Image: UN Women)World-class systems allow the JSE to offer leading technology, surveillance and settlement on a T+5 basis. In 2012, it was ranked as number one in the world for the third time in terms of securities regulation by the World Economic Forum.The JSE is an essential cog in the functioning of South Africa’s economy, and is the market of choice for local and international investors looking to gain exposure to the leading capital markets in the country as well as the broader African continent.In October 2011, South Africa’s JSE Top40 Index joined Brazil’s Bovespa Index, Russia’s Micex Index, the BSE India Sensitive Index, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index to form the BRICS Exchanges Alliance. Trading began in March 2012.Read more: BRICS stock exchanges form alliance and Invest in South Africa via the JSEWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow A Google-commissioned study on smartphone usage has confirmed just how addicted we are to our devices and revealed how we use them to help make purchasing decisions. The data, which were laid out by Google in detail during a webinar yesterday, revealed a ton of information about how we use the devices in general. A couple of takeaways were particularly interesting for businesses large and small. Yeah, So We’re Addicted. So What?For starters, 89% of smartphone owners use them on a daily basis, and many of them interact with their devices several times per day. People even said they’d rather give up such pleasures as chocolate, beer and cable TV than do without their treasured electronic companions. This is hardly shocking news, but it confirms just how connected smartphone owners are to their devices, a fact that has a slew of implications for marketers and businesses in general. The research showed where (at home and on the go, mostly) and how people use their smartphones. Interestingly, more people (81%) said they browse the Web on their device than said they use native applications (68%). For ecommerce sites and other businesses, these numbers suggest that investing in one’s mobile-optimized Website could be more important than building native apps. How Smartphones Help Us Buy ThingsOne thing for which people seem to use their iPhones, Blackberrys and Android devices quite a bit is shopping. Nearly 80% said they use their phones for shopping and shopping-related activities and 70% use their phones in stores. Most people (67%) said they use their smartphone to do product research and then purchase an item in a store, followed by the 23% who research on their phones, check the product out in the store but then ultimately purchase it online. Tags:#Analysis#biz The researchers also looked at what types of actions people take after conducting a mobile search. More than half (53%) ended up making a purchase and 68% visited a business online or in person. Google Says Mobile Ads WorkPeople are far more likely to notice ads when using their smartphones than they are in many other circumstances. Eighty-two percent of respondents said they noticed mobile ads, and about half of them said they were likely to take some kind of action as a result, whether it be conducting more research or actually making a purchase. The study was conducted by interviewing 5,013 U.S. adults (aged 18-64) about their phone usage. Although these results pertain to American users, a representative from Google said they’ve seen similar data in other countries. For more details on the study’s findings, see this post on the Google Mobile Ads blog. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market