A beach wheelchairDonegal is to get its first ‘beach wheelchair.’The innovative machine means that wheelchair users will have the opportunity to visit the beach as was often impossible for them before.It is understood the trial of the beach wheelchair will take place in either Culdaff or Shrove beach. Cllr Jimmy KavanaghCouncillor Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed confirmation from Donegal County council that in association with the Loughs Agency they have procured the wheelchair for a pilot project during the 2016 Summer Season.It follows the example of Wexford county council and introduce a pilot scheme for beach wheelchairs in the county.Councillor Kavanagh said “I am delighted to have been informed by the council that in association with the Loughs Agency they have acquired a beach wheelchair which will be available for use in the 2016 Summer season.“The availability of the beach wheelchair will enable many families who have a disabled child or family member to enjoy a day at the beach which previously would not have been possible for them as a regular wheelchair cannot be pushed through sand. “Having spoken to Wexford county council who had a beach wheelchair available last season they have told me that they were amazed at the number of families who told them they were enjoying their first ever trip to the beach as a family, because of the availability of the beach wheelchair.”Donegal county council have worked very hard to make as many beaches as possible accessible to people of all abilities, this has resulted in ten beaches now being fully accessible and work is continuing on four more.The beach wheelchair will most likely be deployed at either Culdaff or Shrove beach during the 2016 Summer Season, as both these beaches are accessible and are in the operating area of the Loughs Agency and have lifeguards present.Cllr Kavanagh said that if the pilot is successful, he hopes hope to see it extended to other beaches around the county as quickly as possible.“I am also delighted that the SNAP charity has expressed a willingness to help fundraise to procure beach wheelchairs for use in Donegal, and I am hopeful that they can discuss this with Donegal County Council in the near future. “I would like to sincerely thank the Donegal County Council officials who have worked so hard to get this project to this point and the Loughs Agency for providing the funding; hopefully this will help to further promote Donegal as the most beautiful and most welcoming county in Ireland to all our visitors of all abilities,” he added.DONEGAL TO GET ITS FIRST ‘BEACH WHEELCHAIR’ FOR NEXT SUMMER was last modified: October 26th, 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:beach wheelchairdonegal
Naomh Ultan GAA Notes40th Anniversary Celebrations –A date of Saturday August 9th has been set for the anniversary celebrations. Meetings will take place every Thursday from now on upstairs in the clubhouse at 8:30pm. There is a large amount of work involved for the celebrations, therefore we would ask for as much help as possible to make it a success. All welcome to attend meetings.Adult Football –The Seniors are in championship action this Saturday away to Urris at 7:30pm, all support would be greatly appreciated. Our reserves were in Championship action on Sunday last, final score was Naomh Ultan 4-24 Naomh Padraig, Muff 0-03. An emphatic win for our Reserves, who are the defending champions of this championship, against Muff. Four first half goals sent them well on their way. They travel to Muff next weekend for the return leg where a win would see them progress to the next round.Underage Football – The U12 team played Naomh Brid last week, and despite holding the lead for most of the game they went down by a single point. A great team performance which was unfortunately undone by a few late goals by Naomh Brid.SuperValu Kits for Clubs –We have teamed up with Rooney’s SuperValu, Killybegs and Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit through SuperValu Kits for Clubs.Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the above two stores you will receive 1 voucher. The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the Club entry box located at the customer service desk in store. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free. As valued club members, we would ask all to part-take in this initiative to ensure our club reaches the target of 1,000 vouchers and is awarded a new training kit. Please be sure to let your friends and family know about this promotion.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE URRIS IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 9th, 2014 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSport
GAA: THREE loyal Donegal fans jetted back from all over the world to see a Michael Murphy inspired Donegal dismantle and demolish the challenge of Armagh at the Athletic Grounds this afternoon.Declan Boyle (London) Michael Boyle (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Damien McHugh (Perth, Australia) all travelled back from their locations across the globe to see today’s highly anticipated quarter-final clash with the men from the Orchard.The game never lived up to its hype and billing as a sensational Donegal side simply destroyed the challenge poised by Kieran McGeeney’s side in a very one-sided game. In truth, this game was over after twenty minutes and many Armagh fans headed for the exits early into the second-half when Marty Reilly buried Donegal’s second goal to put them TWELVE ahead.However, the trio weren’t disappointed and said they’re confident that Donegal will have long, long summer.Speaking to Donegal Daily after the game all three expressed their delight and admiration for the Donegal side.“Declan Boyle said, “Donegal are in serious, serious shape, they were on a completely different level to Armagh and they just couldn’t live with them. “They dominated all over the pitch and I was surprised at how poor Armagh were, but were not complaining, they dished out plenty of hammerings to us over the years so it’s nice to return the favour.Damien McHugh returned to Ireland on Friday and plans to stay until the end of August before returning back to Perth.However, he joked that after seeing Donegal’s performance today he may well have to postpone his plans until the end of September!“I’m back home now until August, but after that performance today we could still be playing come the third Sunday in September.“When McGuinness left I worried at how it would effect the team, but they actually look even stronger now and I think Rory Gallagher coming in has actually freshened the whole squad. “The players look galvanised under Gallagher and determined to win another Ulster title and All-Ireland after the pain of last year.Michael Boyle, works on a monthly basis in Riyadh, but gets a week off after every monthly cycle so he timed it perfect for this weekend.However, he was more cautious after watching Donegal’s emphatic win over Armagh.“Armagh are a poor side, they’re a Division Three side and it showed out there today. “They were nowhere near it, and while Donegal deserve great credit for the way they played, I can’t see Rory Gallagher or the players getting carried away with the win.“Armagh done well last year against Donegal, and while I expected it to be closer than it was I never expected Armagh to cause an upset.“Donegal will face tougher challenges down the line, but I do expect them to retain the Ulster title.“I’ll miss the Derry game, but I’m expecting Donegal to win that one and then I’ll be back on Friday the 17th of July, just in time for the Ulster Final!The trio were well hydrated in the immediate aftermath of the Ulster SFC clash when we spoke to them and were predicting a few hangovers in the morning as they celebrate yet another Ulster win along with thousands of other fans both at home and all over the home.#TIRCHONAILLABÚSUPERFANS – DONEGAL SUPPORTERS JET BACK TO SEE MURPHY MASTERCLASS AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: June 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAnewsSportSuperfans
Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Panzo is set to leave Chelsea for the French Riviera The defender is one of the most highly-rated players to be produced by the Blues’ youth system in recent years, and he helped England win the Under-17 World Cup last summer, playing the full 90 minutes in all but one match at the tournament. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade crackers shining And now Panzo is set to make a big move to the south of France after Monaco lodged an offer with Chelsea. REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Chelsea news How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Monaco have agreed a fee to land Chelsea starlet Jonathan Panzo on a permanent deal.The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Chelsea but he’s impressed throughout the club’s age groups. possible standings possible xi Panzo (upper row, far left) has represented England at Under-16, -17 and -18 level 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED gameday cracker silverware According to RMC, the two clubs have already reached an agreement and confirmation of the teen star’s switch is understood to be imminent.Panzo will become the latest young England player to move abroad, following Jadon Sancho’s decision to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund, and Keanan Bennetts’ switch from Tottenham to Borussia Monchengladbach.
targets moving on LATEST targets 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland That includes the likes of Alvaro Morata, who scored 15 goals in his first season with the club.The Spaniard failed to hit the heights expected of him after signing from Real Madrid for a club-record £60m and subsequently missed out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.Sarri is understood to be lining up Gonzalo Higuain as a potential replacement. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Bakayoko was poor in his first season with Chelsea Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 And according to the Daily Star, the Frenchman will not be given a second chance under new boss Sarri.Bakayoko’s future was thrown into doubt by the signing of Jorginho, plus academy star Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back after an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace.Antonio Conte fell out with the Blues board over transfers but Bakayoko was one of the few players the ex-manager did want to sign.Reports suggest Sarri is plotting a ruthless overhaul with serious doubts surrounding the players Conte was responsible for bringing to Chelsea. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Maurizio Sarri is planning to get rid of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, according to reports.The 23-year-old has struggled to adapt to the Premier League after arriving from Monaco for £40m. Sarri will waste no time bringing in new players LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From detailed analysis and research, examining and tweaking data spanning 15 years, a major conclusion is drawn: The more money you save, the more money you will have. I’m not trying to be flippant here. As obvious as this conclusion is, I don’t believe it has registered yet among the many workers who fret endlessly about making the “right” investment choices in their 401(k)s and other employer-sponsored retirement plans. Picking an investment option is no trivial decision, of course. Even more important is your asset allocation, or how you split your contributions among major asset classes such as stocks, bonds and cash. However, the most important decision by far, according to an intriguing study by Putnam Investments, is how much to contribute. “The conclusion of this study is simple but too often ignored,” said David Tyrie, director of retirement services at Putnam. “Saving more is the most powerful way to end up with more. Searching for the perfect mutual fund or allocation is a far less effective approach.” For the study, Peter Chiappinelli, director of strategic research for Putnam’s Institutional Management business, looked at how much money a hypothetical “average Joe” would have accumulated in an employer retirement plan after 15 years. The study assumed that Joe, who was 28 and earning $40,000 a year, began contributing 2 percent of his salary to his employer plan on Jan. 1, 1990. His employer matched 50 cents on the dollar on contributions of up to 6 percent of salary, and Joe got annual raises of 3 percent. For his investments, Joe chose a rather conservative asset allocation of 25 percent U.S. stocks, 5 percent international stocks, 60 percent bonds and 10 percent cash. Then inertia took over. Joe never changed his initial allocation and never rebalanced his investments to keep to the original mix. Assuming Joe had the misfortune of picking only funds that ended in the bottom 25 percent in their category, as ranked by the fund-tracking firm Lipper, he would have accumulated $39,731 by Dec. 31, 2004. If he had a crystal ball and picked only funds that made it to the top 25 percent, he would have had $41,869. In other words, “perfect foresight would have only added about $2,000 to Joe’s account over 15 years,” the study said. But if Joe simply changed his asset allocation to a more balanced 50 percent U.S. stocks, 10 percent international stocks, 35 percent bonds and 5 percent cash, he would have accumulated about $44,700, even investing in the bottom-quartile funds. With a more aggressive “growth” allocation of 65 percent U.S. stocks, 20 percent international stocks and 15 percent bonds, he would have had $48,200. But again, “after 15 years of compound growth and one of the best equity markets in history,” the growth portfolio added only a few thousand dollars to Joe’s ending balance, the study found. Instead, the simplest way to end up with more money was to contribute more. A contribution rate of 4 percent would have left Joe with $79,500 at the end, even with the conservative asset allocation and bottom-quartile funds. Contributing 6 percent of salary would have produced $119,200, and contributing 8 percent, $145,700. Conclusion: “The performance of the underlying funds becomes a virtually meaningless statistic” compared to the impact of a higher contribution rate, the study said. Another recent study, this one by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute and the mutual fund trade group Investment Company Institute, found that the average 401(k) account balance rose from $67,016 at year-end 1999 to $91,042 at year-end 2004 for those who had accounts the entire period. Despite the 2000-2002 bear market, “consistent participation has had a significant impact on individuals’ ability to accumulate sizable gains in 401(k) account balances since 1999,” the study said. To sum up, our primary focus should be on how much we can invest, not which specific funds to pick. Financial advisers typically recommend contributing at least enough to get the full employer match. We should pick an asset allocation consistent with our goals and risk tolerance, then rebalance our portfolios periodically to keep to the allocation we selected. In the Putnam study, rebalancing every three months lowered volatility and increased returns. To counter inertia, employers are trying new approaches. A study by the consulting firm Hewitt Associates found that 9 percent of plan providers automatically increase employee contribution rates as the employee gets raises, and another 10 percent plan to do so in the next 12 months. Most employers today also offer “lifecycle” and/or “target-maturity” funds that are diversified broadly and/or shift to a more conservative asset allocation as the employee gets older. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To continue celebrating the re-launch of Film It Friday, Donegal Daily have teamed up with Century Cinemas Letterkenny to give you the chance of winning a Family Pass to see any movie of your choice. To be in with a chance of wining this week’s ‘Family Pass’, all you have to do is answer the following question.Which monster is back destroying Manhattan on our screens at Century Cinemas, Letterkenny?? The Clue might be in the picture. 😉 Please send your answer along with your name, email address, and phone number to email@example.com.FILM IT FRIDAY: WIN A ‘FAMILY PASS’ TO SEE ANY FILM AT CENTURY CINEMAS was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Century CinemasEntertainmentfamily passFeaturesletterkennynewstickets
The massively successful King Kong musical is back on South African stages. More than half a century ago, it helped to launch the careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.Combining jazz sounds from Sophiatown, a love story, a tragedy and the fall of a sporting hero, King Kong, the musical, returns to South African stages on 25 July 2017. (Image: King Kong the Musical)Priya PitamberWhen King Kong, the musical, opened at the Great Hall at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1959, it broke new ground.Firstly, it had an all-black cast with a story set in Sophiatown; secondly, it was seen by a record-breaking 200,000 people in South Africa, comprising all races. The performers received standing ovations.Fast-forward to the present day, and the musical has made a comeback. Currently on stage in Cape Town, at The Fugard Theatre, it will move to Johannesburg in September.“We are thrilled that this long-awaited production of this iconic and first South African musical of King Kong, is a Fugard Theatre production which [showcases] the very best of South African talent,” says Daniel Galloway the executive director of The Fugard Theatre.“The original production united audiences of all colours, launched careers and put South African talent firmly on the international map. We are excited to be re-creating the world of the Back of the Moon shebeen with an all-South African cast and superb creative team.“While remaining true to the original production, our Fugard Theatre King Kong will refresh the musical for the 21st century.”The storyThe musical is based on the tragic life of local heavyweight boxer Ezekiel Dlamini, who allegedly committed suicide in 1957. But his life was not always so difficult.Dlamini’s formidable size and strength gave birth to the nickname, King Kong. His boxing brought him fame and fortune, but he eventually lost it all.He went on to work as a bouncer at a club in Sophiatown, but it led him down a path paved with gangsterism, drugs and crime. He killed his girlfriend during a fight, for which he was sentenced to 12 years of hard labour. However, three months later, he drowned.“It’s a very human story,” said Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, the music director of the modern show.“Anyone, anywhere can relate to the story. But obviously there is this cloud of politics that hangs over it and it never gets addressed. I think it is quite genius the way it was written and how they attempted to tell the story and especially seeing it is a true story as well.”A legend goes to stageThe original production featured music from composer and journalist Todd Matshikiza, and lyrics by Pat Williams. It launched the careers of the young Mariam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. Today, the two are international legends.Eric Abraham, producer of the relaunched show, said the music was magical. “There is something magical about King Kong,” he told the BBC. “It happened in a moment in time when this desperate group of people, who somehow came together, and produced a show that I think probably changed a lot of peoples’ lives.”The soundtrack, Lingenfelder said, remained fresh. “That is why this production is so exciting — because people will rediscover it now and hopefully also rediscover the original recordings and appreciate it for what it was at the time — an extraordinary achievement.”The settingAbigail Kubeka was Makeba’s understudy in the original play. She recalled the atmosphere in Sophiatown back then. “Sophiatown was a country in another country,” she told the BBC.There were strict laws and a 9pm curfew in the city, and authorities watched with whom you mingled, Kubeka said.“And then you get to Sophiatown. It’s a different world. You get all colours of people, rainbow nation and everyone is minding his or her own business, free, getting together and enjoying each other’s company.“It was beautiful. It was life beyond apartheid. We just cut that out, you know. We just lived our lives, we became ourselves, and did what we could do, and what we wanted to do.”Kubeka said King Kong was the first big musical to go overseas. “We performed at the Princess Theatre in London and people loved what they saw.”The reviewsThe 1959 show received rave reviews. In 1961, Time Magazine described it as a “a big event in theatrical history”.“The audience was mixed,” noted the Central African Examiner, “and for a short time at least, the laws of apartheid were suspended with their applause.”A reviewer for the Golden City Post wrote: “Tears of exultation as I feel that a new era in non-white entertainment has been born with the production of King Kong. I became breathless with the splendour of the production.”Today, the praise mirrors the reviews of more than 50 years ago.Thank you #KingKongSA @TheFugard for a beautiful, heartbreaking, joyful, memorable night.— Heidi Raubenheimer (@HeidiRaub) August 4, 2017Watched #KingKong @TheFugard. Amazing musical about boxing, township life, Apartheid, and human longing. Loved it.— Carla Joubert (@cajoubs) August 3, 2017#KingKongSA was stunning @TheFugard the cast was on point? and the band omg simply amazing?. pic.twitter.com/DmR4TbVCZm— Viwe (@Viwe_Mpetshwa) July 26, 2017For more information, click here for the official website.Sources: BBC, King KongWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
For many successful startups, there exists a point where their product is popular enough to grow beyond the minimum viable product, but is yet to be discovered by millions more that may be turned off if the service is too complicated. Internet startups need to find a balance between keeping the power users interested, while not overwhelming the newbies. According to Spark Capital’sBijan Sabet, Tumblr, a rapidly growing micro-blogging service, is one company doing a beautiful job of finding this balance by turning the “less is more” mantra into “less and more.”A technique that many early-stage startups use to test feature changes or price alterations involves creating a sandbox of users on which to test these changes. By rolling out new features to a small beta group, the company can analyze how the changes are working and whether they would be successful for the entire group. Tumblr is using this technique in a bit of a different way, building their sandbox around new users and removing some features that some might find confusing. Sabet, a member of Tumblr’s board, says that newer users to the service aren’t as interested in features such as the Radar, the follower count and the number of “likes,” so Tumblr has found a way to keep things simplified for them. After signing up, extraneous feature like these are hidden until the user adds a few posts to their Tumblr. Then, as Sabet says, the features “elegantly appear.”“I think that’s brilliant and not intuitive,” writes Sabet. “I love the new approach that they are taking to balance keeping things simple while adding new functionality.”Tumblr is a perfect example of the type of startup that can benefit from this kind of system. Facebook, with over 400 million users, can and does roll out site-wide changes, usually to the chagrin of a select group of users – but Facebook can handle it. Smaller startups would risk losing their entire user base if they changed things too drastically or became too bloated with features. Tumblr is at a point where it needs to keep growing to maintain its popularity, but it doesn’t want to lose the simplicity that attracts new users. By making the new user experience slightly different, they’ve managed to continue to acquire new users while appeasing their long-time fans with new features. Sometimes all users are not created equal, and easing people into the advanced features is a great way to make the on-boarding process as simple and as painless as possible.If you know of any other services using a similar tactic to on-board users, lets us know about it in the comments!Photo by Flickr user Raphael Goetter. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron Related Posts Tags:#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Beed Jaydutta Kshirsagar will join the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar was a Minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the previous Congress-NCP government.Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar is said to be unhappy over the importance given to Leader of Opposition in State council Dhananjay Munde within the NCP and his nephew Sandip Kshirsagar. The former NCP Minister had campaigned for BJP candidate from Beed Lok Sabha constituency Preetam Munde. He had even met with Mr. Thackeray in Mumbai. Since then, speculations were rife about him quitting the NCP to join the Sena.