Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons

first_imgDenis O’Donnell has once again embarked on a trip halfway around the world to take part in the Boston World Major Marathon.He completed the gruelling marathon in a time of 4 hours 22 minutes, an impressive feat when you take into consideration how many hills are in the route.It nows means the Arranmore man has completed five out of the six World Major marathons challenges after Boston, London, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. Denis O’Donnell competing in the Boston Marathon 2019O’Donnell, who has completed 11 marathons in total, now aims to take on his final World Major marathons challenge in Berlin in September.In 2018, Denis had taken on the challenge of the Tokyo Marathon in memory of his mother Frances who passed away in April 2017, while also raising vital funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.Speaking to Donegal Daily at the time, O’Donnell said: “I’d like to do all six, that’s been the target since I started running.“I wasn’t big into fitness as a child or adult, it’s been in the last seven years I have progressed from the treadmill at the local gym, to doing local 5k and 10ks. When I got into it I started thinking more about what I was eating and started tweaking things.” Since he endeavours on America’s east coast, O’Donnell has returned to the Island to organise the Darkness into Light event for the fourth straight year.Denis is the driving force behind Arranmore’s Darkness into Light walk, which raises vital funds for Pieta House.This years event takes place on May 11th at 4.15am starting at the community centre, with a late ferry at 3am coming to the island for the event and returning afterwards.“Running brings about other things, it can bring everyone together,” O’Donnell said.“Darkness into Light became the whole community’s thing and everyone has a part to play in it. It brings everyone out at a crazy time in the morning and everyone gets a really good buzz from it.” Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons was last modified: April 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

South Africa upgrades birth certificates

first_img5 March 2013 Nkosinathi Dludla and his wife Patricia on Monday became the first South African parents to receive an unabridged birth certificate for their new baby boy, Sakhile. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor visited the young couple at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg to hand them an unabridged birth certificate for their four-day old son. South Africa’s new birth certificates contain details of both parents along with added security features that will make duplication much more difficult. Pandor said her department would no longer issue abridged birth certificates, as part of a move to secure the integrity of South Africa’s National Population Register, and to eradicate identity book theft and fraudulent birth registrations. “This initiative will really give us a chance of having a national population register that we all trust and which we can use for planning service provision,” Pandor said. “As from today, all [newborn] babies will be receiving unabridged certificates, and our wish is to issue them on the spot, but at the most it will be within 30 days.” The certificates will be issued at no cost to first-time applicants. Existing abridged certificates will, however, continue to remain legal documents. Speaking to SAnews at her hospital bed, Patricia Dludla said: “Being the first mother in the country to receive these new birth certificates, it is a real honour to me. I feel so special.” Pandor also issued an unabridged certificate to Silulami Libalele, whose baby girl, Dala, was born on Saturday. “Together with my wife, we are very excited by the department’s move to issue this new birth certificate to our baby without us travelling to their offices,” said Libalele, adding that his daughter’s name, Dala, means “to create”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Mandela: world leaders pay homage

first_img6 December 2013 Across the globe, tribute is being paid by the world’s leaders to Nobel Peace Prize laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela, who passed away at his Johannesburg home on Thursday night. He was 95. Mandela was courageous and profoundly good – US President Barak Obama US President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela as a “profoundly good” man who “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice” in a televised statement on Thursday night, broadcast soon after the announcement of Mandela’s death. Obama said Mandela symbolised the fight for freedom and dignity throughout the world. His commitment to reconcile with those who jailed him had set an example for all humanity: “The fact that he did it all with grace and good humour, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.” Obama said he was one of the millions of people around the world who drew inspiration from Mandela. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.” “We will not likely see the like of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said. “So it falls to us, as best we can, to forward the example that he set – to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.” A great light has gone out – British Prime Minister David Cameron David Cameron said “a great light had gone out” following Mandela’s death as flags flew at half-mast at his Downing Street Office. “Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero. Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace.” “Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life. My heart goes out to his family – and to all in South Africa and around the world whose lives were changed through his courage. A great light has gone out in the world.” Mandela was a giant for justice – UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon “Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at the UN’s Headquarters in New York on Thursday night. “On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and especially to Nelson Mandela’s family, and indeed our global family.” Ban noted that many people worldwide were greatly influenced by Mandela’s selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. “He touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations. “Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us – if we believe, dream and work together for justice and humanity,” said Ban. The world has lost one of its finest human beings – former US president Bill Clinton Former US president Bill Clinton, who was in office when Nelson Mandela took power in South Africa, released a statement on behalf of his family, calling Mandela a “champion for human dignity and freedom”. “Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings,” Clinton said. “History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.” Mandela taught the world the way to peace – World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On behalf of the World Bank Group staff, I convey my deepest sympathies to Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s family, and the South African people,” World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. Madiba’s gifts to humankind would remain, Kim said. “He taught the world that no matter the sins of the past, no matter the horror of apartheid, the way ahead toward peace was to forgive but not forget, to remember what happened but also to offer a hand in order to start anew.” A man of deep principles, skilful diplomacy – IMF managing director Christine Lagarde Mandela “enabled his country to confront its past and inspired its people to address an extraordinary set of challenges”, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said. “He was a man who brought deep principles, skilful diplomacy and quiet dignity to the task of national reconciliation and nation building. His modesty in the face of greatness will always be remembered and, moreover, will continue to inspire us all.” SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Last.fm Outage Continues – Did You Notice?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Music streaming service Last.fm has been experiencing one of the most serious system outages it has ever encountered. It is just now returning to normal after being down for 24 hours. According to Last.fm database architect, the service has been “experiencing an extended period of downtime in all user-facing services,” and it could take some time before those services return to a fully stable state.While this was obviously a major problem for the company to solve, I wonder: did you notice? I can’t say that I did. I haven’t scrobbled in months on end. I can’t remember the last time I even streamed music from Last.fm. I’ve moved on to bigger and better things…have you?What Happened at Last.fmAccording to the Last.fm blog post, the issue was caused by a hardware failure. Yesterday afternoon, a fault in a blade chassis in one Last.fm’s datacenters broke, and took down the power supply for its rack with it. The onsite teams couldn’t resolve the issue with the chassis, but managed to restore power to the rest of the rack. However, the chassis had contained several critical components of the top-level load balancing systems, which are used to evenly distribute traffic across Last.fm’s data centers.Because the remaining data centers were then running under a higher than usual load, outages began to occur. There were problems not only with the radio service, but also with scrobbling and the website itself.Now, it’s a matter of waiting for fresh DNS information to propagate around the Internet. When that occurs, the service will be up-and-running for everyone. Last.fm users should know that scrobbles are safe in the meantime, thanks to client caching.So, Did You Notice?Obviously, plenty of regular Last.fm users did notice the outage, and were tweeting about it over the past day. But for me, the outage only served to remind me that the service existed at all. I no longer care for streaming radio services like Last.fm – or Pandora, for that matter – I’m using a subscription based music service instead, where I can access (nearly) any song I want on demand, create my own playlists and browse through playlist suggestions from others. You want “cloud iTunes,” you say? Well, you can have it now.In my case, I’m using MOG, a subscription-based streaming music service preferred by a couple of us here at ReadWriteWeb. However, ?Rdio, a similar service from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is the better choice, according to many whom I’ve spoken to.It comes down to what features you really need. Rdio, for example, will match your iTunes catalog with its own, providing easy access to your favorite tunes. It also offers better social networking features for sharing recommendations via Twitter and Facebook. And its mobile applications are well-designed and easy to use.MOG suffers a bit in the design aspect of its apps, and according to some reports, their stability too, but its catalog is currently larger: 10 million tracks to Rdio’s 7 million. However, these numbers change regularly, as record deals are brokered.  If you start to feel like you’re missing the serendipity that services like Pandora and Last.fm offered, both MOG and Rdio provide a “radio” option that lets you stream music, but MOG’s more configurable, much to the disappointment of someRdiofans.Although neither of these services are free, like Last.fm is, they’re both definitely worth the money. And frankly, since the time I started using subscription music, I haven’t been back to Last.fm at all.But I wonder where the rest of the early adopters are with this. What are you using these days for streaming music? Are you still a Last.fm fan? Or have you also moved on to MOG, Rdio, or – if you’re fortunate enough – Spotify? Or maybe you still prefer iTunes? 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Key accused in Akshardham temple attack held

first_imgMore than 15 years after the attack on Akshardam temple in Gandhinagar, the Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday arrested key accused Ajmeri Abdul Rashid, who had allegedly hatched the conspiracy and fled to Riyadh after the attack.Acquitted by SCRashid is one of the 28 absconding accused in the case and was arrested by the Crime Branch from the city airport as he was returning from Riyadh. His brother Adam Ajmeri was also a key accused. Rashid was awarded the death sentence by the trial court, but the Supreme Court acquitted him along with a few others.In 2014, the Supreme Court had acquitted all six accused who were convicted by the trial court for the terror attack in September 2002. Over 30 pilgrims were gunned down by two terrorists who were subsequently killed by the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos specially flown in from the national capital. Of those six accused, three were awarded the death sentence by the special trial court in 2006 and the Gujarat High Court had confirmed it in 2010.The Supreme Court had slammed the Gujarat police for shoddy investigation in the sensational terror attack case.Interestingly, Ajmeri’s arrest comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Akshardham temple’s silver jubilee celebrations on Wednesday in Gandhinagar.last_img read more

OFFICIAL Girona accepts to play against Barcelona in the USA

first_imgThe club is the first team in the Spanish La Liga tournament to accept to play an official match in the United States this seasonAfter all the polemic caused by La Liga’s decision to take at least one official match to be played at the United States, teams are starting to respond.And the first club to accept this opportunity is Girona FC.The team accepted the proposal to play Barcelona in the USA, thinking it could be a great benefit to their fan growth.“The club confirms that it has received this proposal from LaLiga and is working in this line together with La Liga and Barca, although there is no official confirmation that the game is will be played in Miami,” a statement read on Girona’s website as reported by Sportskeeda.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The club has accepted the proposal understanding that it is a great possibility of expansion and growth, not only for Girona but also for our city and our territory.”“A little over three years ago, the club fought against disappearing entirely and now our goal is to consolidate ourselves in La Liga,” the press release added.“This action would be another step within the idea of competing in the elite of football after the effort we have all made in recent years and that has led us to La Liga.”There has not been official confirmation by the Spanish league or Barcelona yet.last_img read more

Elano is still grateful to Manchester City

first_imgThe former Citizen says the English Premier League club has a special place in his heart after the two years he lived with the teamBrazilian playmaker Elano played with English Premier League club Manchester City from 2007 to 2009.And the Citizens star is very grateful to his former EPL team.“Manchester City is a special club to me and I will always be grateful to the Club and to the city of Manchester,” Elano told the club’s official website.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“City are world class now and the fans deserve it as they are very special.”“I came at a transitional phase but we made the fans happy and believed we could win titles like the Premier League,” he added.“I was happy to play my part and to be here was a joy.”“I just want to thank you all. I am one of you and playing for this club is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” he concluded.last_img read more

VR needs more Disneystyle magic like The Void from CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: After this, it sounds like The Void’s modular physical spaces could be engineered to feel more like escape rooms. Expect some overlap. I didn’t try their more magical, more haunted house-like Nicodemus experience yet. And The Void’s upcoming Marvel VR experience could introduce even more tricks. But Hickman is quick to explain that the best immersive experiences come from a leap of trust, using key early moments to encourage people to reach out and touch real walls and buttons with your fingers.I got so used to seeing Bridget next to me as a cartoon that I didn’t think to look down and realize my avatar had no feet. The Void doesn’t use trackers on legs or feet yet, but it never bothered me. Bridget’s avatar seemed to have legs. So I assumed I did, too. The illusion was complete.The Void’s roughly 15-minute “rides” work with up to four people and cost roughly $30 a person, which is a splurge. But, it’s cheaper than a vacation to Disney.The Void’s not the only company pursuing Disney-fied VR. Audi’s Marvel-themed VR Holoride debuted at this year’s CES, the company tuning its immersive thrills to work while riding in an actual car. Maybe it’s not a surprise that both are Disney-themed. Disney rides know how to feel welcoming to all people. Disney rides aren’t too scary. Disney rides are universal.When I took off the headset afterward, I thought I was finishing a ride at Disneyland. And that’s the type of feeling more VR still needs. Scott Stein/CNET Somewhere in a labyrinth of simulated Venetian canals in a Las Vegas mall, there’s a slick-looking glowing storefront that’s easy to miss. THE VOID, it says in large letters. Star Wars stormtroopers beckon from the windows.We’ve come to climb inside Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet movie at CES 2019, courtesy of The Void’s location-based VR experience, “Ralph Breaks VR,” just down the hall from the halls of the show.Ralph Breaks VR launched last fall, and isn’t “new” for CES. It’s the first of five Disney experiences the company’s creating in partnership with ILMxLab, including one based on a 2019 Marvel movie (they won’t say which one yet). But it still wowed me, a seasoned vet of location-based VR, at a show already filled with other tech vying for my attention. It impressed both CNET editor Bridget Carey and myself, and worked a perfect blend of thrill ride and comforting onboarding. Even after all these years of VR, and especially with so much VR fatigue, good immersive design matters a lot. Even with heavy backpacks, I had a blast at The Void.The Void’s immersive experiences have been running at 11 locations around the world, with a Washington, DC center coming soon. I last tried holodeck-like multiroom experiences in 2016, putting on a VR backpack and zapping ghosts in Ghostbusters Dimension. Now, Bridget and I are choosing Disney character identities from little cards on a table. We watch a short movie on a screen, where Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz tell us what we’re about to do.Then we put on our VR backpacks and vibrating haptic vests to dive in to Wreck-It Ralph. There’s a good chance you still haven’t tried any location-based VR. Think of a room where you can wander around in VR, but the objects in the room are perfectly mapped so you can reach out and feel the wall, press a button, open a door. The Void’s founder and chief creative officer, Curtis Hickman, is a magician who explores working ideas of illusion, theater and magic theory to trick our brains better in VR.Despite advanced VR backpacks and hand-tracking sensors that can show my fingers virtually, The Void’s experiences also use good-old fashioned theatrical tech like fans and heaters. A room can feel toasty. A balcony in the Disney-fied version of the internet feels breezy. The floor rumbles when a massive glass-walled shuttle flies by. 10 Photos Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Magic and VR collide at CES 2019 with The Void Ralph Breaks VR, and we’re right there with him at CES… Share your voice 0 The top 10 products of CES 2019 3:14 13:27 Wearable Tech CES Products Virtual Reality Disneylast_img read more

Man attempts suicide after killing wife son

first_imgA man tried to commit suicide allegedly after killing his wife and daughter in Magura’s Parnanduali village following a family feud on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were Punya Rani, 25 and her 10-month old son Manob.Confirming the incident, Tarikul Islam, Magura additional superintendent of police, said being informed by locals, police went to the rented house of Bitu Mazumder, 40, and found the throat-slit bodies of his wife and daughter lying in a pool of blood.Bitu, who sustained injuries on throat following a suicide attempt, was admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital, he said.The bodies were sent to hospital morgue for autopsy and a case has been filed in this regard, he added.last_img read more

Bonds Pushes Housing Late Fees Cap

first_imgIn what some label a bold move on behalf of D.C. tenants, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final consideration to legislation to limit rental late fee charges to no more than 5 percent of the monthly rent. This initiative, led by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds (D), culminated during a September 20 meeting of the City Council.At-large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D) led an initiative to limit rental late fees in D.C. (Courtesy Photo)The Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act of 2016 regulates how housing providers may impose late fees upon tenants for the late payment of rent by establishing fair and uniform standards. The bill defines “late payment” as any amount of rent that is not paid within five calendar days from the time a rent payment is due. The bill also prohibits a housing provider from charging a tenant a late fee of more than 5 percent of the tenant’s monthly rent owed, which can amount to an extraordinary burden for many low-income tenants.“This needed bill will provide over 156,217 rental units whether or not under rent control, with new protections against unscrupulous landlords and outrageous late fees when they fall behind on their monthly rental payments,” Bonds said before a committee hearing on May 16.Laurie Ball Cooper, a staff attorney for Legal Aid Society supported the bill, emphasizing two critical protections it provides: a vital safeguard against late fees being equal or greater than the amount owed and prohibiting the application of future rent payments to previously assessed late charges, keeping the tenant in perpetual debt.“Even when tenants receive subsidies for significant portions of the rent, many landlords still attempt to charge late fees as a percentage of the total rent rather than as a percentage of the tenant’s portion of the rent.  An individual with low income may pay only $100 in her portion of the rent while the government provides a $1900 subsidy to the landlord.  If the tenant is late paying that $100 portion, the landlord often will impose a fee of 5 percent (or more) of the total rent, even though most of the rent was timely received from the government subsidy.  In this example, a $100 late fee, which is 5 percent of $2,000 rent, would be charged to the tenant. This is an extraordinary burden on the subsidized tenant and an unnecessary windfall for the landlord.”Others on hand for the May 16 hearing considered the bill a bad business precedent and one that worked against the interest of property owners and managers. Arianna Royster, executive vice president at Borger Management, also noted that fees for late payments on mortgages, cellphones, and car loans are often much higher than 5 percent and involve interest on the fee.“Why should practices of rental housing be any different?” Royster asked. “This practice fails to take into consideration the obligations and administrative costs of housing providers when tenants are late on their payments.  If one were to look at the average amounts of fees people are subjected to for late payments for mortgages, cell phones, car loans, or the late fees of utilities, you would see that most people have contractually obligated themselves to payments far in excess of 5 percent.”Currently, D.C. law is silent on how large a late fee housing providers may charge a tenant, resulting in late fee practices that vary widely among District housing providers. Passage of this bill would put the District in line with other states such as Maryland, Maine, and North Carolina, which have laws restricting fees to 5 percent or less.“For the majority of Black people being hijacked by rent increases, poor management, and the disappearance of affordable housing, it is increasingly necessary to pay rent beyond the fifth of the month,” Reginald Norman, a retired Park Service employee told the {AFRO}.  “For decades there was management that was invested in their tenants and the communities where their properties sat and they would allow people who were paid weekly to give them a bit of the money weekly until the month’s rent was paid.  The jokers we have in here now are like scavengers.  It’s only about money.”Additionally, the bill also prohibits a housing provider from deducting a late fee from future rent payments, thereby causing the timely rental payments to be late if the tenant has not yet paid the original late fee.last_img read more