Higgins expects tough semi-final against Kyren Wilson

first_imgThe pair begin their match at 1pm and Higgins is wary of the threat the young Englishman carries to his title aspirations.The Scotsman told Eurosport: “He’s a great young talent.“He’s maybe a bit like myself, he’s maybe not as flamboyant as people like Jack Lisowski and Judd Trump but nonetheless he’s such a tough competitor to play against.“He’s such a tough all-round player, pots the great long balls and every credit to him. John Higgins is expecting a difficult match as he faces Kyren Wilson in the World Championship semi-final at the Crucible on Thursday.The 42-year-old is going into the clash in a buoyant mood after defeating Judd Trump 13-12 in a thrilling quarter-final encounter.He now faces 26-year-old Wilson who overcame Northern Irishman Mark Allen 13-6 to reach the semi-final stage for the first time in his career.The match-up will be Higgins’ eighth World Championship semi-final and the world-number-five is looking to close in on winning his fifth title in Sheffield. “He’s learning every year and he’s a really professional young man.“It’s going to be a really tough game.The winner of the tie will face either the 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins or veteran Welshman Mark Williams who compete in the other semi-final at 7pm.last_img read more

Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured

first_imgMore than 220 guests attended the gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel to honour this year’s worthy recipients; Boston based Homes of Donegal fundraising committee, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and professional golfer and sports commentator Paul McGinley.This prestigious award, which was first established in 2012 to mark the centenary of the great American politician Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Donegal, is presented annually by Donegal County Council to members of the Irish diaspora who have made a remarkable contribution in their chosen field and for their interest in and support for Ireland and it’s diaspora.In an emotional address, Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton accepted the award on behalf of the 20 members of the Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee and dedicated the award to every Irish immigrant throughout the world. This committee raised a massive $120,000 in Boston to help the people in Inishowen affected by the devastating floods in August 2017.They spoke of their pride in being the first Inishowen people to receive this award and of what Tip O’Neill meant to the people of Boston and indeed to the Irish community in Boston. They paid tribute to the many undocumented Irish living in the US and urged people not to forget about them and to try and understand their struggles.“We are fortunate in that we were able to come back and accept this award” said Boston based Oran McGonagle “but we are only two of twenty and the other committee members deserve our gratitude. We have a great community in Boston, we stick together and look out for each other and that’s what it is like being Irish and living in Boston”.Dunfanaghy native Mick McGinley accepted the award on behalf of his son Paul and thanked Donegal County Council, the organising committee and indeed the O’Neill family for bestowing this award on Paul saying “I am very proud of Paul and of all he has achieved and I would like to thank you for honouring Paul in this way”. He also paid tribute to his wife for “all her good work with Paul”. Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore also spoke of his pride in receiving this award and recounted his own memories of the great Tip O’Neill and of the values and principles he brought to bear in his position as one of the most powerful people in the US. He concluded his address by telling the people of Donegal that “it is true what they say about you – ‘Your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal’”.Tom O’Neill, on behalf of the O’Neill family congratulated each of the award recipients and spoke of their achievements and outstanding contributions to each of their respective communities. Tom believes that they epitomise all that is great about our diaspora saying that it is not just about leaving and coming back, it is about giving back and each of these recipients ‘give back’ every day.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council paid homage to the diaspora.He said “It is because of the work done by people like Tip O’Neill, like Martin O’Malley, Paul McGinley, Declan Houton and Oran McGonagle and thousands more like them that when we travel to the US or any other part of the world on trade missions that we are pushing open doors.“These people have laid the groundwork, they have made the connections and have conveyed a positive reputation for a place like Donegal that makes our job so much easier when we are selling Donegal as a great place to live in, work in, do business in or visit.” In welcoming guests to the Inishowen peninsula Cllr. Martin Farren Chair of Inishowen MD paid a special tribute to Tip O’Neill and to his dedication and commitment to Ireland and in particular to his endeavours in bringing Irish issues on to the agenda of the US government and bringing to bear his influence which ultimately helped secure the Peace Process for Northern Ireland.By way of conclusion Cllr. Nicholas Crossan formally launched the new booklet produced by Leonard Roarty outlining three of Tip O’Neills many achievements saying “this work illustrates Tip’s love and service to America and its people and in particular the Irish Diaspora and his unrelenting efforts and success in bringing peace to Ireland”. Each guest received a copy of the booklet.Virgin Media One star (formerly TV3) Ciara Doherty performed MC and the evening concluded with a superb performance by the Henry Girls.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton enjoying a laugh at the Funding Workshop hosted by Ulster University Magee on Friday morning as part of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Attending the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is seated l to r award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee). Standing l to r: Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of Advisory Committee, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Tom O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and Cllr. Martin Farren.2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee) attending the awards ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin Farren, Chair of Advisory Committee Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, elected members of Donegal County Council, Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, members of the Tip O’Neill Award Advisory Committee, Ciara Doherty, MC and management and staff from Donegal County Council.Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) star Ciara Doherty from Letterkenny who was MC at the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton, on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Mick McGinley, on behalf of Paul McGinley, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory CommitteeFormer Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, James Gill, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Pictured enjoying the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is Oran McGonagle, Tom O’Neill and Declan Houton.Mick and Julia McGinley pictured with the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award which they accepted at a special ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on behalf of their son Paul with their beloved Rathmullan in the background.Virginia McLoone attending the Funding Workshop hosted in Ulster University on Friday morning as part of the 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured was last modified: September 18th, 2018 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

This Plush Donald Wants to Speak with a Manager

first_imgI’m not normally one of those mint-in-box-don’t-mar-the-packaging people, but wow, even this box is amazing.Is this Donald on your purchase list?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Check out this 85th anniversary Donald Duck plush we found at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom. Priced at $50, it’s a limited edition replica Charlotte Clark design. I am absolutely in love with how salty Donald looks – like he is absolutely DONE with playing second fiddle.This is not loveable sidekick Donald; this is “Why are there no plastic straws, I need to speak with your manager, NOW,” Donald.last_img read more

Dube TradePort South Africa’s newest Industrial Development Zone

first_img8 October 2014The Dube TradePort in the South African port city of Durban is now officially an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), joining three other similar economic zones spread out across the country.President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, 7 October, handed over an IDZ operator licence to the Dube TradePort Corporation for the precinct, which has already attracted investments worth nearly R1-billion since it was opened in 2012.The Dube TradePort IDZ is the latest in the nationwide rollout of special economic zones aimed at growing the country’s economy to meet the target of 5% growth by 2019.The first IDZ for Durban, the Dube TradePort IDZ joins similar projects in Port Elizabeth, East London and Richards Bay that have attracted a combined investment of over R5- billion. According to Department of Trade and Industry director general Lionel October more special economic zones will be rolled out across the country as government intensifies its approach to industrialise South Africa’s economy as demanded by the National Development Plan (NDP).Special economic zonesOctober says government has identified IDZs as the most effective way to grow the South African economy and create jobs; “We are suffering with slow growth and we are going to reindustrialise this country. We need to fast-track economic development and the special economic zones are the way of fast-tracking development but also to decentralise development.“Naturally investors want to relocate towards the big centres of the economy like Johannesburg because it’s closer to the market. Through these IDZs we want to attract investors to the new areas like the Dube TradePort, Coega, Richards Bay and the East London IDZ,’ said October.Trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, concurred, and said special economic zones have been shown to be useful tools to promote industrial development and diversification of the economy.“These are the industries that are largely supporting our export markets and are located in ports and around airports. In the life of the last administration we looked critically in what we can achieve from the special economic zones programme. I can say today that the three active IDZs (Coega, East London and Richards Bay) have now attracted investment worth R5-billion in total so the strategy is working.’He said government was setting up a Special Economic Zones Board to advise the minister on implementing special economic zones.Investor tax incentivesDavies said what makes the IDZs unique is that they offer a variety of incentives for investors, including a 15% corporate tax rate.Situated at the heart of King Shaka International Airport, the Dube TradePort IDZ is set to transform Kwazulu-Natal into a central business gateway and a noteworthy player in the global supply chain. Two investment areas – Dube TradeZone, and Dube AgriZone – will be crucial in the IDZ’s success.Industries that will be represented in the IDZ include electronics manufacturing and assembly; aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing; agriculture and agro processing; medical and pharmaceutical production; and clothing and textiles. Zuma said the Dube TradePort is expected to create more than 150 000 jobs by 2060, by when the development is also expected to have contributed R5.6-billion to the country’s GDP.“We are determined to create an environment that is investor-friendly. We will continue to improve support measures both through the special economic zones and other development tools,’ Zuma said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Location-Based Social Networking to Generate $3.3 Billion by 2013?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to a rather speculative report by research firm ABI Research, location-based social networks like Brightkite, GyPSii, Pelago and Loopt could reach revenues as high as $3.3 billion by 2013. The report, however, also warns that the business models might differ from what most analysts are expecting today. According to ABI research, most of these networks will make their money from licensing and revenue-sharing with network providers or handset manufacturers. Nokia, for example, acquired Plazes a month ago, while GyPSii has deals in place with Garmin and Samsung. Loopt, too, has partnered with virtually all the major US mobile carriers.Still LimitedWhile we have little doubt that mobile social networking will become a big market in the future, today’s reality is still rather bleak. Because of the limitations in the current hardware and software implementations, a lot of the location-based social networks like Loopt, WhosHere, Pelago’s Whrrl, and others feel limited and at times rather gimmicky. Also, most of these networks simply suffer from the fact that they don’t have many users and that the chances of finding any of your friends on them are relatively low for now.What About the Established Networks?In the near future, mobile social networking is only really going to grow once the big social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, or MyYearBook start releasing location-aware applications for mobile devices.Overall, we don’t put too much stock into the ABI report. Thanks to highly targeted location-based advertising, there is a good chance that a mobile social network that manages to attract enough users (or any of the already establish social networks that releases a location aware application) will be able to be financially successful. For right now, however, with a market that is barely establish, trying to put a number on the potential success of these networks is almost silly. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Networking Equipment Webinar: Intel and Sun discuss Xeon 5500 blade servers

first_imgHow Sun’s Network Express Module technology worksHow easy it is to achieve high availability and near-instant failover How to reduce network cabling by a factor of 10:1How to simplify network and storage management. Intel’s RK Hiremane & Sun’s David Caplan discuss Xeon 5500 blade servers virtualization ROIJoin experts from Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Ziff Davis Enterprise on August 20 for an informative eSeminar, where you will learn:last_img