RAPHOE NOTESRaphoeRaphoe Family Resource Centre: “100 Club” Weekly Private Members DrawThe draw continues every week at the centre; it could be you this time!!!The Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who have subscribed to the draw; your support is greatly appreciated. You could be one of the lucky winners next week! A few lines have become available for the draw so if you would like the opportunity to be in with a one-in-three chance of winning a weekly prize please contact us on 074-9145796/087-364150Raphoe 5KOur annual 5k takes place on Tuesday 7th July with a 7.30pm start. Just less than 180 runners and walkers took part in last year’s race and as we are celebrating our 5th year of running the event with a reduced entry fee of €7 or £5 we are hoping for a much increased field of runners and walkers. The route is chip timed and is a Donegal County Athletics Board Grand Prix Race and is kindly sponsored by Coyle’s Centra, Raphoe. For telephone enquiries please telephone 087 3641503 (please note change of contact number). Pre-registration is available on email@example.com Little smiles with big dreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age.A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa!Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.Raphoe Boxing Club The Boxers and officials of the Raphoe Boxing club extend congratulations to the Magee Family Chloe, Sam and Joshua on their recent medal success at the European games in Baku. Well done, great for the small town of Raphoe.A very special thank you goes to Martin Laird and all his crew at the tidy towns for the excellent work that they do inside and outside the clubhouse and to local sign writer Kevin Gallagher for his painting inside the Raphoe Clubs new extension as it is greatly appreciated. The officials of the boxing club are busy putting plans together for this years major boxing tournament which will take place on saturday 7th November in the Deele College Sports Pavilion when the club will have as their guests one of England’s Premier boxing clubs Tenbury Well B.C, who will spend 5 days in Raphoe. The Raphoe Club spent a very successful 4 days with the Tenbury club back in March with a very successful boxing tournament in the local grammer School.St. Eunan’s National School 60 Year CelebrationsSt Eunan’s NS, Raphoe are celebrating their 60 year anniversary. We will be hosting the celebrations in September/ October 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to promote local history to our children in a fun and interesting way. We are looking for local people to help us organise the event and to pass on their expertise on the history of the school. If you are interested contact Anita Keeve at St Eunan’s NS, on 074 91 45764. As part of this event the children are tracing past pupils all around the world and indeed Ireland. If you have a relative or friend who is a past pupil and who does not now live in Raphoe, it would be great if you could encourage them to send the students a postcard telling us about where they now live and their memories of St Eunan’s NS.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press. DD LOCAL: RAPHOE SAYS A BIG THANK-YOU TO LOCAL TIDY TOWNS TEAM was last modified: July 3rd, 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)Tags:donegalRaphoe notes
OAKLAND — September is fast approaching and the Oakland A’s are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot. With a rotation patched together with deadline acquisitions and next-man-up standouts outperforming and an offense that delivers night after night despite injuries and prolonged slumps to expensive sluggers, Oakland is looking primed for an exciting postseason push.I spoke with general manager David Forst about how the team came together and a bright 2020 that is hard to …
OAKLAND — A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty received an MRI on his sprained right ankle Sunday morning and manager Bob Melvin said the team was awaiting results.Piscotty injured the ankle while sliding back into second base on a pickoff try against the Astros a week ago Saturday.“Got a little better, a little worse,” Melvin said. “Then last night he took a swing where it really bothered him. That’s why I took him out of the game.”Melvin sent Robbie Grossman in to pinch-hit for Piscotty in …
The weird and highly popular members of Die Antwoord: bare-chested Ninja, Yo-landi and DJ Hi-Tek. MEDIA CONTACTS • Jennie Boddy email@example.comRELATED ARTICLES • South African music • Hot SA musicians head to Cannes • Star-studded concert for 2010 • New Afrikaans film a hitNicky RehbockWith catchy and crude beats, pre-pubescent bodies, gold teeth, tattoos and mean-looking mullets, hilarious trio Die Antwoord have become one of South Africa’s hottest – and most unlikely – exports, landing a deal with a major US label that represents superstars like Eminem and Lady Gaga.And all this since February 2010, when the group emerged from relative obscurity with a series of YouTube videos and their debut album, $O$, posted as a free download on their official website.Within days it went viral and the unexpected swarm of hits, amounting to more than a terabyte of data, crashed the group’s server, forcing them to switch their hosting to the major US-based blog site Boing Boing.A quick look at YouTube today, four months on, shows that their “Enter the Ninja” video has amassed 4.4-million hits, while “Zef Side” has 2-million views, which clearly attests to Die Antwoord’s cult-like global following. Their curious name is Afrikaans for “the answer”.“Zef” refers to the group’s X-factor, which seems to simultaneously embody white Afrikaner working-class trashiness and, according to them, “the ultimate style”.South African newspaper Beeld says the term comes from an old make of car, the Ford Zephyr, which small-town folk here would pimp up with modified engines and bulging tyres, to rip through deserted streets during late-night dicing sessions. Disapproving neighbours called these rough types “real zefs”.Koos Kombuis, one of the country’s best-known alternative Afrikaans musicians and authors, said earlier this year that “zef” is a word from his childhood, and means “common”.But “these days it’s not necessarily negative. I like being common. It’s like wearing high heels with a tracksuit. Being truly zef takes guts.”International hitAnd guts are certainly what Die Antwoord had in March and April, when they made their first two overseas trips. They began with a mini tour of Europe and the US, and then returned to North America to perform at the prestigious Coachella music festival in California, with a crowd rumoured to be as large as 85 000.Joining a line-up that included world-famous Jay-Z, Beyonce and Gorillaz, the South Africans sent shock-waves through the audience and earned instant praise from well-known celebrities and respected publications.Burlesque star Dita von Teese wrote on Twitter that the South Africans were among “the best of Coachella”, and later the New York Times commented that Die Antwoord “fully lived up to its reputation”.The LA Times was also taken by the “deliciously trashy” trio, reporting that the “suspected novelty act proved they had an overwhelming magnetism and a ferocious, deadly serious lyrical flow”.Looking for answersBut who exactly are Die Antwoord, and why has their particular brand of music and brutal image created such a stir?The group call themselves a “fresh, futuristik rap-rave crew from the dark depths of Africa” (sic). Its members are conceptual artist Watkin Tudor Jones, who performs as the roughed-up gangster “Ninja” alongside slinky blonde soprano Yolandi Visser, aka “Yo-landi Vi$$er”, and a rather quiet, portly chap known only as “DJ Hi-Tek”.By opting for cleverly crafted, cryptic media interviews, the trio maintain an air of bizarre intrigue. It’s never quite clear whether they are indeed the portrayed bunch of poor, low-life pals from run-down suburbia, or a slick assembly of manufactured personas created to thrill and shock audiences who’ve grown weary of conventional music genres. Either way, it works.Writers following the craze have their own opinions about the group’s strategy:“Well, let’s just say that there’s a whole lot more method to their darkly surreal live show than such seeming slapstick might suggest,” reviewer Miles Keylock writes in the Mail & Guardian Online.US-based music guide Pitchfork goes a bit deeper in its offbeat analysis Who the hell are Die Antwoord?, calling the outfit “Jones’ latest identity-skewing art project”, which, on the surface, is just the most recent “in a never-ending line of ‘did ya see that?!’ blog-hopping music memes”.But, “considering the mix of absurdity, genuine talent and impressive production values, you can’t help but think: are these guys for real?” Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal writes.Gangland tiesThe group’s heavy use of slang and irreverent lyrics emanate from the culture of the Western Cape’s coloured people, who were forced to settle on the dusty plains outside Cape Town during the apartheid years, so authorities could to make space for more white families within the city.Most communities on the so-called Cape Flats are descended from slaves brought to the country from east and central Africa, the Khoisan who lived in the region at the time of colonisation in the 1800s, and other indigenous African and white people.This complex racial mixing – combined with a legacy of cross-over culture, displacement and oppression – still haunt the area today, and crime, drug abuse and gangsterism are rife.But there are also likeable things that stem from this notorious place, like a highly expressive and often-impersonated dialect – a mix of mainly English and Afrikaans that’s often very funny if you get the gist – and a thriving hybrid of hip-hop music from groups like Brasse van die Kaap and Kallitz.It’s this that Die Antwoord has picked up on and, perhaps, parodied to blow the minds – and ears – of fans. So bad, it’s goodFor those who may not immediately appreciate or understand the group’s skilful fusion, Richard Poplak, of Canadian publication The Walrus, offers an artful description of zef rap: “an ungodly potpourri of top-40 hip-hop, chintz house, rave music, DIY beat-making and bad techno”.In other words, a combination so wacky and disturbing you can’t help but be drawn in by it.Jones’s bad-ass alter-ego “Ninja” – who has metallic incisors, heavy gold neck chains and a patchwork of prison-gang tattoos – is also straight out of the Cape Flats. In fact, “this is where where Ninja spent years, mining for meaning among the violence, the misery, the strong familial bonds – developing not just a style, but an entire persona”, Poplak writes.Jones has been compared to Eminem in this regard, posing as a “white-boy rapper who successfully appropriated the energy and anger of the black ghetto”, editor Kevin Bloom comments in The Daily Maverick.But Die Antwoord themselves put it best in their $O$ album intro, implying they embrace even more than just “zef-ness” and Cape Flats street cred: “I represent South African culture. In this place, you get a lot of different things … Blacks. Whites. Coloureds. English. Afrikaans. Xhosa. Zulu. Watookal,” says Ninja.“I’m like all these different people, f****d into one person.” Yo-landi chips in, in her little voice: “Whateva, man.”Poplak believes this makes Ninja “the ultimate South African”.The idea is “thrillingly, gloriously radical”, and an essential step towards racial cohesion in South Africa, he writes.Well, we’ll never quite know whether Die Antwoord are actually out to unite an entire nation – or simply cause a bit of controversy and entertaining hype along the way – as they’ll probably never tell us, but that’s okay.Their rise to fame has been a gritty and fascinating study, and has carved out new, brave arenas of performance and expression. Let’s hope there’s a lot more to follow …
South African internet users mayexpect faster and more reliable modems. Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys said thecompany wants to increase networkcapacity.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Belinda WilliamsInvestor RelationsVodacom+27 11 653 5195RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper internet for South Africa• High-speed internet from Cell C• Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal• Wacs to hit South African shores soonBongani NkosiWith the introduction of its double-speed HSPA+ technology, Vodacom can now boast of having the fastest mobile broadband network in South Africa.The mobile operator has become the first to upgrade its network speed to 43.2 Mbps. This is currently the fastest on the market dominated by 21.2 Mbps networks.Cell C laid claim to the fastest connectivity when it started rolling out its HSPA+ 900 network across the country late in 2010, but Vodacom’s new offering has trumped that.The improved network has been branded SuperMobile, and was announced to the public on 16 April 2011. Its new modems also went on sale on that date.“If something half the speed was already fast, we should call this new technology super-fast. The SuperMobile experience isn’t about theoretical peak speeds only achievable in laboratories,” said Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys.“We’re much more interested in how this technology increases network capacity and supports our goal of giving a decent connection speed to everyone in South Africa,” he added.The average downloading speed on Vodacom was 4.75 Mbps as of 17 April, according to the latest Ookla Net Index. This is vastly faster than the 2.38 Mbps recorded on 13 December last year.It has surpassed Cell C’s download speed, which currently stands at 3.91 Mbps, but did reach a peak of 4.62 Mbps in December. MTN’s Network Solutions seem to have some catching up to do, as the Ookla index puts its average download speed at 2.42 Mbps.The local broadband sector has been highly active recently, upgrading its infrastructure to offer improved internet performance.Vodacom’s improved speed is a result of infrastructure overhaul at 1 000 base stations in major South African cities.The group said it had to improve at least 1000 base stations before it could launch its double-speed technology. “We wanted to make sure that we had the service available in more than just one city,” Uys said.Vodacom said 1 000 more stations will be able to support the improved network in the next six weeks.Uys also said that their network covers more areas in the country compared to any other operator.“We’ve already got the widest data coverage in South Africa by some margin, but with this technology available through so many sites, I think we can also stake our claim to have the fastest network as well.”The new technology clears the way for a future upgrade to 86.4 Mbps, which would greatly advance internet connectivity in the country.Cell C and MTN double-speeds are nextCell C and MTN are also preparing to introduce their 43.2 Mbps double-speed networks. The My Broadband website recently reported that Cell C will launch its first 43.2 Mbps HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth on 19 April.MTN is also busy rolling out its 43.2Mbps network.The network enhancements come at a time when the number of internet users across South Africa is rising rapidly, with an additional 1-million users expected to emerge during the course of this year.Technology research firm World Wide Worx predicts that up to 7.8-million people in the country will be using the internet by the end of 2011. That would be a substantial increase from the 6.8-million users recorded in 2010.
An Indian on an average spends 3.44 hours a day consuming content on TV, according to a report by Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. Only Japan and the U.S. are ahead where people watch TV for 4.34 and 4.02 hours, respectively, in a day.Read it at Bloomberg Quint Related Items
World Boxing Championships: Jamuna Boro, Lovlina Borgohain Add to India’s Medal Count on Reaching Semis
boxingIndiaIndian BoxingJamuna Boro First Published: October 10, 2019, 8:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ulan-Ude: Indian women boxers had a fantastic day at the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships on Thursday as four of them — MC Mary Kom, Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain won their respective quarterfinal bouts and assured the nation of four medals in the event.Six-time champion Mary Kom assured herself a record-extending eighth medal at the championships after progressing to the semifinals. She defeated Ingrit Valencia Victor of Colombia with a unanimous 5:0 verdict in her last-eight match. Mary Kom, chasing her first world medal in the 51 kg division, used her experience to great advantage and defended brilliantly against the Rio Olympic bronze medallist. The judges’ points at the end stood 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in Mary Kom’s favour.She will now face second seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday in the semifinals.After her, Manju assured India of their second medal at the event after stunning top seed Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea to make it to the semi-finals in 48 kg division.Sixth-seeded Manju, playing her first World Championships, defeated Kim by a 4-1 verdict in their last-eight match. Kim had won bronze in the 2018 edition of the world championships that was held in New Delhi.The judges’ points at the end of the quarter-final bout stood 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in Manju’s favour.The third medal assurance came for India as Jamuna (54 kg) got the better of Germany’s Ursula Gottlob by 4-1. The judges points for the Assam pugilist read 30-27, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28.🇮🇳’s THIRD MEDAL ASSURED! 💪👏@Jamunaboro1 did not back off from attacking and has been rewarded with her maiden medal at the #AIBAWomenWorldBoxingChampionship.WHAT A PERFORMANCE!🔥#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/laYTrN7vzx— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019Lovlina (69 kg) also maintained India’s good run at the championship as she defeated European Games Champion Karolina Koszewska of Poland by 4-1 to enter the semifinal. The judge’s points for her was 28-29, 29-28,29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. India’s Medal No.4️⃣!!!!! 🔥@LovlinaBorgohai played smartly and waited for her moments to land some effective punches as her opponent started looking tired. Lovlina thus secures her 2nd WC medal!!! Kudos champ!👏#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/3SuPcy2hsI — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019However, there was disappointment for Kavita Chahal who lost her quarterfinal bout to Belarus’ Kavaleva Katsiaryna 1:4 in the +81 kg weight category.Earlier in the day after entering the semis, Mary Kom had said: “I am quite happy after winning the quarterfinal. I will try my best to do better and get a gold medal.”
How a 90-year-old hockey legend, with 3 Olympic golds, is being made to run around for his lost medals
The biggest treasure for any sportsperson is his array of medals. But what happens when someone loses his most precious assets?Well, this is exactly what happened with three-time Olympic gold medal winner and a Guinness book of World records holder, Padma Shree Balbir Singh Senior.Balbir Singh who is a renowned hockey player, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hockey India Annual Awards last year.But today, he is fighting for his own medals.A Treasure LostAlong with the blazer that he wore as the captain of the Indian Hockey team during the 1956 Olympics, Singh had given 36 national and international medals to the Sports Authority of India to be displayed at their museum in 1985.It was only in 2012, when Singh was invited to London for a felicitation programme for world’s 16 iconic Olympians that he came to know about his missing medals.Passing the BuckWhen the veteran sportsman approached SAI, he was told that all his belongings had been shifted to Patiala. However, SAI Patiala officials told him that they are not in their possession.”It feels like someone has dismembered me. It seems that some kind of conspiracy is on to erase my name from the history books. Nobody has an answer about my 36 medals, photos and blazer,” Singh told India Today.”It is very unfortunate that this is happening to us in our own country,” said Sushbir Singh, Balbir Singh’s son.Singh and his family had also approached Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Congress leader Ajay Maken and other top officials regarding the issue.advertisementHockey legendBalbir Senior represented team India during the London Olympics in 1948. He also played a major part in the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.The 90-year-old received the trophy for Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award along with a cheque of Rs 30 lakh last year.Who is Balbir Singh SeniorBalbir Singh was born in 1924 in PunjabHe was a field hockey player for India, who performed remarkably during the London, Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics in 1948, 1952 and 1956 respectivelyThe team had won the gold medal in all the three Olympics. In fact, he was the captain during the Melbourne OlympicsBalbir was the manager and chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team for the 1975 World Cup, which was won by IndiaDuring the London Olympics in 2012, he was honoured in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera HouseBalbir Senior was the first sportsperson to be honoured with the Padma Shri in 1957
Ravichandran Ashwin has again proved his batting credentials by scoring a crucial half-century under pressure and helping India post a first innings total of 455. Meanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly speaking to India Today lauded Ashwin for his show with the bat but had a word of caution, saying he must not forget that he is a bowler first.At the end of second day’s play, India were in firm control with England reeling at 103/5, trailing by 352 runs. Ashwin not only scored a fifty, but also claimed two wickets on day two of the second Test in Vizag. (Vizag Test: Spinners put India in firm control on Day 2)Ganguly feels Ashwin’s batting has gone to another level and if he continues in this fashion it will solve lot of problem for India.ON ASHWIN’s BATTING”Ashwin’s batting has just got better and good to see his consistency in all conditions. His batting has gone to the next level and also needs to keep going on like this but back of the mind he must realise that he’s a bowler first. His batting has taken off exceptionally and going to solve lot of problem for India, Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli,” Ganguly said.ASHWIN AS ALLROUNDER”He turns up everywhere and gets runs and all of us knew about Ravichandran Ashwin the bowler but as I said his batting has gone to a new level and we are pleasanly surprised to see that. But credit has to be given how he has gone about his job in international cricket.”advertisementSAHA DOING A DHONI”The reverse flick was terrific and he has picked it from Dhoni as well. It’s not fair to compare, MS Dhoni as a batsman was far far superior but Saha keeping abilities are outstanding and he has done well for India as a batsman and a wicketkeeper,” Ganguly on Wriddhiman Saha. (Thrilling first day on field for Test debutant Jayant Yadav)INDIA AND DRS”India will get used to this technology and in the past also India have used the DRS well like the 2011 World Cup and the 2014 Champions Trophy. The technology has got better, the players are now using it properly and the results are showing. ICC wants it to happen so might as well embrace and India have done that.”ON KOHLI”There are three more Test matches to go before the year finishes and there are good wickets in Mumbai, Chennai and Mohali. So don’t write it off yet, he might add to his tally with another double hundred,” said Ganguly after Kohli missed out on a double hundred.
Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Secure Thingz launch Embedded Trust and C-TrustNext Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative T&M equipment for embedded systems Kontron announces the new Qseven-Q7AMX8X module, which is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual-core and quad-core configuration respectively, it is ideally suited as a basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. The new Qseven module is designed for use in the extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and is therefore also suitable for use in machines and devices that have to withstand harsh industrial environments. The new Qseven-Q7AMX8X will be available in three standard versions: with the QuadX+, the DualX+ and the DualX processor, up to four Cortex A35 cores, clocked up to 1.2 GHz. An additional Cortex-M4 core can be used for smaller management tasks in the system that previously required a separate controller. The new Qseven module will be on display at embedded world 2019 at Kontron’s booth.The new module in the Qseven form factor with the dimensions 70x70mm offers the possibility to operate two displays. An HDMI and a dual-channel LVDS interface are available for this purpose. The equipment also includes up to three GB LPDDR4 memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port, up to three PCI Express and five USB 2.0 ports as well as one USB 3.0 port. Between 2 and 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash memory serve as mass storage. In addition, the Qseven-Q7AMX8X module has a SDIO card slot and a serial interface. With numerous additional interfaces, the module can be used according to individual requirements, including one I2S, one I2C, one SPI, two MIPI CSI, eight GPIO and one CAN interface. Uboot serves as boot loader, a board support package for Yocto Linux is available.The Qseven-Q7AMX8X module optionally supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution powered by Wibu-Systems. A security chip from Wibu-Systems, embedded as a fixed part of the system, in combination with a software framework specially developed for this chip, prevents reverse engineering and copying attempts from the user’s own IP address as well as from a third-party software. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also allows individual application functions, e.g. for demo purposes, to be available only for a time based trial version or based on time base, by counting executions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules