Delegates to gather in Letterkenny for OpenData Seminar

first_imgDelegates from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Derry & Strabane District Council are set to attend a seminar on OpenData in Letterkenny this week.This OpenData seminar, which is being hosted by Donegal County Council, is being held as part of the EU NPA funded IMPROVE project which is looking at innovative ways to improve the design of technology driven public services.Open Data is about making valuable data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse.  Technology and data are increasingly being used to transform the way services are planned, delivered and managed. “The OpenData market in Donegal has a wide range of potential users from tourism and health applications, to the design of better public services. We are hoping to explore these topics and to see how they can deliver economic, social and democratic benefits in the county” says Brian Boyle, Head of information Systems.“We have assembled a very knowledgeable panel of some of the leading practitioners and researchers in OpenData in Ireland. Topics to be explored on the day will range from OpenData from a County Council perspective to OpenData in a digital health environment, Cross border OpenData to public engagement using OpenData in the planning process”.Daragh McDonough, IS Project Leader with Donegal County Council is urging anyone interested in OpenData to come along to this seminar.“This seminar should be of particular interest to those who are in the app development business, data analytics, or anyone with an interest in data in general. OpenData is a topic where there is potential for job creation and we are hoping to explore the OpenData landscape and discuss where those possibilities lie.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday 12 October in the Letterkenny Public Services Centre. For more information visit to gather in Letterkenny for OpenData Seminar was last modified: October 10th, 2016 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

Fishing the North Coast: California halibut bite keeps rolling

first_imgIf you thought the California halibut season was belly up, you may want to reconsider. The effort has definitely tapered off over the past few weeks, but the bite remains as strong as it’s been all season. “We fished over the weekend, and it was as good then as it’s been all season,” said Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing. “It’s every bit as good now as it was two months ago. There are still lots of shakers in the mix, but they are plenty of keepers as well. The one consistency we’ve …last_img read more

Raiders’ pregame: Tyrell Williams inactive vs. Bears

first_imgWide receiver Tyrell Williams didn’t practice at all during the week and will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Stadium in London.Williams has 17 receptions for 216 yards, leading Raiders wide receivers. He also has four of the six touchdown passes thrown by quarterback Derek Carr through four games. The four touchdown receptions is twice as many as active receivers Hunter Renfrow,Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman combined.Guard Richie Incognito, who didn’t …last_img read more

Mobile novel a hit with SA youth

first_imgKontax, Africa’s first dual-language mobile novel, has drawn a wide following of young South Africans due to its accessible and enticing format. (Image: Kontax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Vosloo m4Lit Project Leader Shuttleworth Foundation +27 83 208 9891RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the internet to townships • SA internet use skyrockets • Skills via phones for rural women • Young reporters go mobileJanine ErasmusAfrica’s first dual-language mobile novel, or m-novel, Kontax, has grabbed the attention of local tech-savvy youth by offering an intriguing tale packaged in a highly accessible, exciting format.The story is available to download from the Kontax mobile site in English and isiXhosa. It can be accessed for free, although a once-off fee of R1.50 (19 US cents) is charged when registering via mobile.Those who do not have Wap-enabled mobile phones can still read the novel on their computers by visiting the mobile site in a normal web browser.Story for today’s youthLaunched at the end of September 2009, Kontax describes the adventures of a group of graffiti artists in a South African city. It’s written by award-winning scriptwriter Sam Wilson of the Cape Town-based production and content company Clockwork Zoo.Project developer Mobiles for Literacy (M4Lit) opted for a serial-release format, issuing one chapter every day over a period of three weeks, ensuring that young readers would come back for more. Chapters were no longer than 400 words to sustain readers’ interest.The mobile site encouraged interaction and discussion of the plot through polls and comments, with the best comment from each day’s release winning mobile airtime. Mobile wallpapers, featuring the characters and the book’s logo, are also available for download.At the end of three weeks registered readers were invited to submit their ideas for a Kontax sequel. The competition runs until 20 November 2009, offering a grand prize of ($261.45) R2 000 airtime as well as two runner-up prizes of ($130.68) R1 000 and ($65.24) R500 worth of airtime respectively.Big in JapanMobile novels evolved from text messaging, and are said to have been started by Japanese women writing about their romantic experiences. The genre is hugely popular in Japan, with several websites luring authors with prizes of up to $100 000 (R766 316), and generous offers to buy the print publishing rights to their novels.In 2008 six of the 10 best-selling books in Japan began life on the tiny screen. Some have criticised the growing trend, saying that it is unacceptable for a country with a rich, thousand-year legacy of reading, but Japanese youth pay no heed.As Bernard Kedge, manager of 107-year-old Cambridge bookshop Galloway and Porter, put it: “This is sometimes how education works. Anything that actually encourages people to read more is a really excellent idea.”Building a love of readingM4Lit is supported and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Project leader and ICT specialist Steve Vosloo, also the foundation’s 21st Century Learning Fellow, and his team are exploring the significance of mobile literature as a tool for increasing literacy and a love of reading among South Africa’s youngsters.In many areas of South Africa, as well as in other developing nations, it can be easier to access a mobile phone than the internet or even a printed book, and teens tend to be well-versed in mobile applications such as MXit.“In South Africa there is about 10% PC-based internet connectivity,” Vosloo blogged on Tech Leader during October 2009. “While the number of people with access to mobiles ranges from 60% to 90% (depending on which community you look at). Of those phones, a high number are Wap-enabled and can access the internet,” he said.The objectives of the project are to encourage youth to read and write more through the mobile medium, to assess the response of youth to mobile sites such as that of Kontax, and to fine-tune the medium in order to entrench the mobile reading culture.“We know that Japanese m-novels are very popular and for South Africa, this is the beginning of more to come,” said Vosloo.According to the M4Lit website, readers have described how the novel is helping them stretch their literary muscles, saying that they turn to the dictionary for words they don’t understand, thereby broadening their vocabulary.Intrigue and moralityKontax is essentially a mystery novel involving the four-member Kontax graffiti team of Sbu, K8 (Kate), Songezwa and Airtime. Each person plays an important role in the team, bringing strengths of vision, training, technique and creativity.Graffiti is their life and they practise their craft wherever and whenever they can (and even where they shouldn’t). At a party Sbu meets a mysterious girl who then disappears, leaving only her mobile phone. Attempts to trace her prove fruitless, as her mobile contact list offers no help at all. The team senses danger but presses on, and eventually the characters find themselves in the middle of a kidnap drama.Wilson also added a couple of moral dilemmas to the novel for youth to ponder and discuss. One examined the acceptability of going through a person’s private information when his or her life may be in danger.Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4last_img read more

Ithala is working to build society

first_imgNo matter how small you start Ithala will help you improve your business. (Image: Media Club South Africa)The mandate of a government is to care for all the inhabitants of a country, but its job is made easier when partners come on board to help improve the nation.Ithala, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial development finance corporation, runs initiatives aimed at enterprise development and mentorship with a keen focus on youth and women. Its flagship programmes are: Siyasebenza, Imbokodo Iyazenzela and Inkunzi’sematholeni Youth in Business.SIYASEBENZASiyasebenza is Ithala’s newest initiative, comprising a holistic programme that builds enterprise development through outreach. Siyasebenza means “we are working” in isiZulu.The group believes that skills development coupled with financing can unleash the entrepreneurial capacity of those who have lacked access to mainstream business capital and services. Siyasebenza aims to facilitate business start-ups that will grow and be sustained to increase income and revitalise communities through job creation.Siyasebenza comprises a series of sub-programmes for the entrepreneur that empower, uplift and guide them on their journey. These include a School Nutrition Feeding Programme, Micro Finance Programme and Entrepreneur Development Workshops.Through the School Nutrition Feeding Programme, Ithala funds small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives that have been awarded contracts by the Department of Education to supply food to schools in KwaZulu-Natal.Through its Micro-Finance Programme, Ithala gives short-term liquidity funding of up to R500 000 to businesses that require it. The programme targets small and micro businesses operating their activities on an economical and sustainable scale. It is designed to get informal and micro-businesses to enter the formalised sector of the economy.Entrepreneur Development Workshops looks at business concept evaluation, training sessions for small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives, and motivational workshops.Through this campaign, Ithala explains, it seeks to uplift communities, empower entrepreneurs, support and guide the youth and promote skills development in an effort to contribute towards job creation and nation-building.Siyasebenza can play a key role in supporting job creation by building the capacity of enterprise development to help the previously disadvantaged take greater control of their economic lives, move out of poverty, and contribute to local community development.last_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Ateneo comes out ‘stronger’ after offcourt issues

first_imgLATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But a shakeup in the team’s internal staff eventually resolved the issue, with Bundit set to resume his head coaching duties for another year.“After everything that happened, it made the team stronger,” said Madayag. “We got through that phase. Every team has its problems and it just differs on how people respond to them. We faced our problems and that was made us stronger.”“We just have to trust the process, trust everyone on the team, and trust the coaches,” added Madayag.De Leon, who has been a vocal leader of Ateneo since Season 79, echoed her captain’s statements.“The measure of a good team is how you deal with things when they don’t go your way,” said De Leon. “The one thing that I’m really proud of about is when you look at these individuals they’re very good-hearted people.”ADVERTISEMENT Head coach: Tai BunditLast season: 12-2 (no.1 seed, runner-up finish)Key holdovers: Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Jho MaraguinotKey losses: Jia Morado, Michelle Morente, Kim GequillanaADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Rivero brothers out of Green Archers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC When Alyssa Valdez left Ateneo, captain Jia Morado was able to steady the ship amid uncertainties that comes with the departure of the team’s long time star.But now that Morado is gone as well, it’s time for the younger start to step up to the plate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the leadership of captain Maddie Madayag and veteran middle blocker Bea De Leon was immediately put to test a few months before 2017 ended.Back in October, then-Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao, who has been replaced by Lorenzo Veracruz, revealed that Bundit was not asked to report anymore to the Katipunan campus. “With that comes very good character that allowed us to overcome everything that passed and that tried to bring us down. I think we handled the situation very well and I think we’re a lot stronger in terms of our morals and character,” added De Leon.And with their offcourt troubles resolved, the Lady Eagles will now look to overcome the departures of Morado, Michelle Morente, and Kim Gequillana who helped lead Ateneo to a 12-2 finish in Season 79.It now falls on the guidance of Madayag and De Leon to help propel a young team to a championship, the hardware Ateneo has searched for the past two years and avenge their two straight Finals losses to La Salle.“The team is so young, and a lot of us don’t have as much experience as the others. It’s going to take a lot of work,” said De Leon whose team lost six players after Season 79.“The team’s going to play its game, the usual happy, heart strong,” said Madayag. “We’ll just give our best in every game and no matter what happens we know that we did our best.”last_img read more

CWG 2014: Navjot Chana, Sushila Likmabam assure India of medals

first_imgNavjot Chana defeated South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg categoryIn what appears to be a incredible start by the Indian judokas in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Sushila Likmabam and Navjot Chana have stormed into the finals of the event.Likmabam pinned her Australian counterpart Chloe Rayner during the semifinals in the women’s 48kg category to assure India of its first medal in the CWG.On the other hand, Navjot Chana also assured a medal for India after he edged past South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg category.The 30-year-old Chana, who is employed with Punjab Police, had defeated 23-year-old Tom Pappas of Australia in the quarterfinals. Chana had three shidos, minor violations, but managed two yukos to finish off in style.last_img read more

Toronto police testify at Debassige inquest

first_imgBy Donna SmithAPTN National NewsTORONTO–The two Toronto police officers involved in the 2008 shooting of a 28-year-old First Nations man are scheduled to testify Tuesday at the coroner’s inquest looking into the death.Byron Debassige was shot in the chest by police in a city park after he had stolen two lemons from a food market.Debassige, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was chased by the store owner. Debassige then pulled out a knife with a three-inch blade and threatened the store owner.Police, responding to a report of an armed robber, found Debassiage drunk and signing in the park and wielding a knife. They shot him after a confrontation.Debassige’s family issued a statement saying they hoped the inquest would give them some answers.“We are sorry this day had to come. Byron’s death was senseless. It is our hope that the coroner’s inquest can help us in answering questions about Byron’s death,” said the [email protected]last_img read more

Mayor Of Montego Bay Highlights Citys Achievements

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, July 14 (JIS): With Montego Bay celebrating its 35th anniversary of being granted city status, Mayor Glendon Harris says there are major achievements of which the city can be proud.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ in Montego Bay, today (July 14), Mayor Harris said despite some obvious shortfalls, the city has grown in stature and currently stands as the fastest developing city in the Caribbean.Citing the high level of infrastructural development, the growing world renowned Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, the establishment of several university campuses, and investments by major hotel chains, the Mayor said Montego Bay has come a far way in 35 years.“We are employing strategies that will ensure that Montego Bay becomes the Montego Bay that we want – the complete resort – comfortable for the residents and comfortable for visitors,” he said.The Mayor pointed out that issues which are holding back the city’s development will be tackled head on by the authorities, using a “tough love” approach.“It is the love for the city that will tell us that you cannot vend where you want to vend…it is the love that is going to let us say you cannot throw your garbage at the most convenient place, so we are at that stage now where we will be tackling these problems,” he said.Montego Bay was granted city status on October 9, 1980. The proclamation of its recognition as a city was officially read in Sam Sharpe Square on May 1, 1981, by then Minister of Local Government, Pearnel Charles.It has Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s largest airport, the Donald Sangster International, and as such is the gateway to most of the island’s tourists.According to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, last year Jamaica welcomed over 3.5 million visitors to the island, a 3.6 per cent increase over 2013. Gross earnings from the sector in 2014 stood at US$2.1 billion, which translates to a 5.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor ‘Lights Up’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mo-Bay Expects To Earn Us$9 Million During Reggae Sumfest Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Recommended for you Related Items:35th anniversary, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, city achievements, mayor harris, montego baylast_img read more

Navy Bases Falling behind Growing Maintenance Workload Senior Officials Say

first_imgNavy installations are experiencing a growing backlog of maintenance needs as budget constraints over the past several years have forced the service to allocate funding to higher priorities, officials told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday.Critical requirements are being funded, but other jobs are being deferred, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command, told the panel.“Where we are today is holding,” Smith said, reported the Daily Press.Capt. Louis Schager, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Oceana, described a litany of deferred maintenance tasks at the Navy’s East Coast master jet base in Virginia Beach, Va.All hangars “have issues and challenges,” he said. “A lot of roofs are leaking. We have some fire protection challenges.”Ten of the installation’s 13 barracks are rated as substandard, but the Navy only has funding approved to renovate five barracks. A newly constructed barracks, however, is scheduled to be completed in March.An aging building at the base’s Dam Neck Annex has interfered with training for information specialists, due to a combination of leaks, odors and sensor problems that have resulted in an average of one call a week to the fire department during the past fiscal year.“Each time that call goes out, you have to have all these students leave the building,” Schager said. “It’s disrupting their training.”Officials have approved spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars on a temporary fix. “But it’s a $12 million unfunded project to really, truly fix the problem,” he said.Schager thanked Congress, however, for freeing up $100 million to replace a 1950s-era lighting system for the base’s airfield.The two officers stressed the need for an assured and sustainable funding stream to address long-term maintenance needs so that installations can avoid playing catch-up with their repairs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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