first_imgA young Donegal woman is keeping it country in her quest for a career in the music business.Gráinne Gavigan from Ardara is one of this year’s nine contestants taking part in the Glór Tíre country music singing competition on TG4.The 18-year old singer, daughter of Hugh and Eileen, is the youngest contestant in this year’s competition and is the only contestant from the North West of Ireland. Each of the nine contestants has an established Irish country music artist as their mentor. Gráinne’s mentor is the very talented Lisa McHugh, who reached the final of Glór Tíre in December 2009.Gráinne said “I am privileged to have been chosen by Lisa as her contestant on this year’s show”.Since first meeting each other in 2007, the girls have been very close friends. She describes Lisa as being the perfect mentor as she is not only a close friend, but has also shared her own personal experience of appearing on the show. This has been a huge benefit for Gráinne along with the endless help and guidance Lisa has shown.Gráinne is a past pupil of Gortnacart National School, Ardara and St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties and is currently a first year student at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) where she is studying Health and Social Care. With a strong tradition of music in her family, it has always been a huge part of Gráinne’s life. Her brother Brendan also plays in a local country music band ‘Ramblin Fever’. She holds a Grade 8 qualification in musical theatre and has won two Ulster Fleadh Cheoil medals for singing in both English and Irish.Gráinne mentions that she has always had a passion for country music from a very young age, and is a regular face at country dances where she never leaves the floor.This year’s Glór Tíre series will start on the 9th of January at 10.30pm on TG4 and will run every Wednesday night with the winner being announced on the 17th of April. The programme is broadcast from the Quays Bar in Galway city.Gráinne is very excited about taking part in this years competition saying “I am looking forward to the months ahead where I will be appearing with Lisa McHugh at many of her gigs along with making numerous appearances at various concerts and dances”.Gráinne will be depending on the public for their support and will be very grateful for all your votes. To vote from the Republic of Ireland, you can call 1513 415 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 53307. For those voting from Northern Ireland, you can call 0901 6566 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 81108. Voting Lines will not open until after the first episode on the 9th of January. You can also follow Gráinne’s progress on her facebook page.GRAINNE HOPING TO KEEP IT COUNTRY TO WIN GLOR TIRE ON TG4 was last modified: January 8th, 2013 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:GLOR TIREGRAINNE GAVIGANLISA MCHGHTG4last_img read more

Smart ID card printers ‘ready to roll’

first_img10 July 2013 The state-of-the-art facilities at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria are ready to roll ahead of the launch of South Africa’s new smart ID cards on 18 July, says Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. On Tuesday, Pandor and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe inspected the machines that will be used to print the country’s new ID cards. The launch of the new tech-savvy smart ID cards will coincide with former president Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and also kick-start Neslon Mandela International Day activities across the country. Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesperson for the Home Affairs Department, said three regional offices would be handle the new cards until the end of August, when the number of offices would increase to 27 as the general public stepped up applications for the new IDs. On Women’s Day, 9 August, four machines costing R40-million would be commissioned to produce the cards. They would be named after struggle icons Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Sophie de Bruyn and Rahima Moosa, all of whom led the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in 1956. First-time applicants will receive their cards for free, while South Africans replacing their current green bar-coded ID books will pay R140 to get the smart ID card – the same as the current ID replacement cost. President Jacob Zuma, Motlanthe, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be among the first recipients of the new card. During Tuesday’s site visit, Government Printing Works CEO Joe Engelbrech took Motlanthe through the step-by-step process involving in producing the cards. The most important security feature on the cards will be fingerprint biometrics and biographic data, which will make it extremely difficult to forge them. “We are confident that we have the best and our documents will not be forged,” Motlanthe told reporters after the tour. Pandor said: “We are very excited that the Deputy President has visited our facilities today and we are excited that on 18 July he will be among the first recipients of the smart cards. “We may be certain that we have the best facilities … We believe we have excellent material with high security features, and anyone who thinks they can defraud the cards will have to really tamper with them,” Pandor said. Officials say the new cards will take five to 10 days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for paper documents. Source: read more

Prices Of Windows 8 Machines Are Falling. Wow, Demand Must Be Red Hot!

first_imgNotebook manufacturers appear to be lowering the prices of some Windows 8 notebooks and tablets, presumably pinched by underperforming Windows 8 demand or a slow selling season.Six out of the fourteen Windows 8 notebooks or tablets sold by Microsoft via its Windows Store now come with discounts attached, CNET noted, with one — the Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2130 — slashed 30 percent from $1,149 to $799. On Amazon, a number of the most popular Windows 8 notebooks seem to be discounted about 20 percent, although Amazon’s seemingly perpetual discounts from list price make it difficult to tell what is new.Why Now?There are two likely culprits: the date, and the data.Both the first and second quarters are traditionally slow times for electronics sales, particularly compared to the months-long run-up to the holidays. Given that it’s the first week in April, market-research firms require a few days to assemble their snapshots of first-quarter sales, and their predictions for the upcoming quarter. We know that PC sales dropped 6.4 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012, and IDC and Gartner are likely preparing numbers that show further declines in the first quarter. Retailers and manufacturers themselves, however can react immediately. It’s certainly possible that Hewlett-Packard, for example, decided to cut the price of its HP Envy X2-11-G012NR touchscreen notebook by $250 to $599, a drop of just under 30 percent, for seasonal reasons. (On Amazon, a related X2-11-G010NR was discounted from $999 to $680, a drop of about 32 percent.)The Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130, which the Microsoft Store now sells for $799, down from $1,149.On the other hand, Windows 8 notebooks, Windows RT devices and the Surface tablet have generally appeared to struggle in the market. March data from Net Applications shows Microsoft’s Windows 8 still lagging behind Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, although its 0.5 percent gain in total market share places it at 3.17 percent of the PCs Net Applications tracks. Since November, Windows 8 has climbed about half to 0.6 of a percentage point of market share per quarter. The problem is that WIndows 7 has held relatively steady at between 44 and 45 percent.Microsoft indicated that the discounts could be seasonal.“The Microsoft stores carry a product assortment aimed at showing people how technology can simplify and enhance their lives,” Jonathan Adashek, general manager of communications and strategy, Sales and Marketing Services Group at Microsoft, said in a statement. “We regularly offer seasonal promotions, discounts and change our assortment of products based on customer feedback and to showcase an ever increasing selection of Windows 8 devices, including notebooks, tablets, convertibles, all-in-ones and more.”It’s A New, Low-Cost PC WorldThe reality, analysts have said, is that Microsoft needs to adjust to the new reality of lower-cost PCs. On average, the Windows 8 notebooks that Microsoft sells appear to be higher-priced than the notebooks that retailer Best Buy, for example, lists as its “best selling” models. The average price for a Best Buy Windows 8 machine appears to be about $699, while only four of fourteen models at the Microsoft Store are below that amount.“[D]evices based upon its new Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems failed to gain much ground during their launch quarter, and reaction to the company’s Surface with Windows RT tablet was muted at best,” IDC Ryan Reith said in January. “We believe that Microsoft and its partners need to quickly adjust to the market realities of smaller screens and lower prices.”Both Microsoft and Amazon appear to be discounting on the order of 20 percent, with tablets like the Samsung Ativ getting slightly bigger discounts. Still, Best Buy doesn’t seem to be actively promoting any discounts, and just a handful of NewEgg’s Windows 8 machines have been marked down — and with just single-digit discounts, at that. (Some of the more extensive discounts are attached to bargain-basement PCs, like this Asus model.) So it’s possible that we’re seeing the first tics of a nervous industry.At this point, a fire sale is an unlikely scenario — margins in the PC industry are already too thin. But all it takes is one smaller PC manufacturer looking to boost its sales numbers, or a larger manufacturer that gets cold feet. If that happens — well, look out.Image Source: MicrosoftThis story was updated at 9:02 PM PDT with comment from Microsoft. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#notebook#Windows 8 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces markhachmanlast_img read more

Unnao rape victim discharged from AIIMS

first_imgThe 2017 Unnao rape survivor has been discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday after spending two months at the hospital. She will now be staying with her family in Delhi.The family has said they were apprehensive about returning to their home State, Uttar Pradesh. The survivor was brought to Delhi after she met with an accident on July 28. Her family is under the protection of the Central Reserve Police Force in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order.Earlier, a Delhi court had issued directions under the witness protection guidelines to arrange accommodation for the Unnao rape survivor and her family — her mother, two sisters and one brother — in the Capital.The rape survivor’s mother had a discussion with the Judge on their relocation arrangements. She asked that they be allowed to live in Delhi as they feared threat to their life and liberty if they returned to their native village in the Unnao district, their lawyer said after the in-camera proceedings.The woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by expelled Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in Unnao in 2017, when she was a minor. Charges have been framed against Sengar and co-accused Shashi Singh in the case.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penaltyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson blasted Andrew Robertson for his role in their Champions League defeat to Napoli.The Reds went down 2-0 in Naples, with Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente both scoring in the final 10 minutes, the former from the spot.”A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool , and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first goal – the first time I saw it, I thought it was the correct decision, but the more I see it the less I agree it should have been given.”But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.”He added: “When Napoli scored their second goal in injury time, it killed the game completely, and Virgil van Dijk was obviously responsible for that.”To concede from a mistake like that when they are in possession at the back is very unlike Liverpool generally, and Van Dijk especially.” last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priority

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priorityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club have never prioritised commercial initiatives over results on the pitch.United’s American owners, the Glazers, have been accused of not caring about the club’s performances so long as it doesn’t jeopardise their business interests.But Woodward says both aspects are vital to the club’s make-up.”The reality of Manchester United is we are a club in two parts,” said Woodward.”First of all, we are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”Then, like other football clubs, our commercial business allows us to reinvest in the football side. It’s how these two interact with each other at Manchester United that results in us having a competitive advantage in this area. What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side.” last_img read more

Jackson Browne To Perform Two Special Benefit Concerts For The Actors Gang

first_imgSinger songwriter Jackson Browne announces two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang Theatre on March 22 and 29, 2017. The theatre located in Culver City, CA will be selling a limited number of 90 seats per show.Jackson Browne to perform two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang TheatreTickets are available online now at“The Actors Gang Theater is a jewel in the middle of LA – a world-class repertory company under the direction of actor and director Tim Robbins. They have staged their innovative productions here for years and taken them throughout the world, and I’ve been fortunate to see many of them,” says Jackson Browne. “They also work in the prison system here, and there is a continuity that runs through their theater work and their work on behalf of social justice. Their recent productions of Harlequino: On to Freedom, The Exonerated, and Lyrics From Lockdown gave me the idea of doing a residency in support of their work, and introducing this brilliant theater to my audience.”Jackson Browne will perform an acoustic show, joined by longtime backing vocalists Chavonne Stewart and Alethea Mills.“Jackson Browne has been an artist that not only has created classic music that has resonated throughout the past five decades but has consistently been a godfather and mentor of young musicians in Los Angeles and throughout the world,” says Tim Robbins. “Those that have had the pleasure to work with Jackson know that his heart is as large as his talent. We are honored and blessed to welcome Jackson Browne, a great friend and longtime supporter of The Actors’ Gang, to our stage.”Since 1982, The Actors’ Gang has created and presented over 150 bold, original works and reinterpretations of classics. Based in Los Angeles the Gang has performed its unique style of theater in 45 States in the US and throughout the world on five continents.The groundbreaking Actors Gang Prison Project has expanded to ten California prisons serving incarcerated women, men and children with rehabilitation programs that reduce tensions in prisons and significantly reduce the recidivism rate.Thousands of children in Los Angeles public schools have discovered confidence and creativity with our Actors’ Gang Education Department in school immersion and after school programs. Classes encourage acceptance, respect and team building in a fun and effective way. For more information, please visit us in our theater or online at The Actors’ Gang Theatre is located at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 9023last_img read more

Fingers pointed in all directions over state of Dene radio station

first_imgAPTN National NewsFingers are being pointed in all directions for the failure of a Dene radio station in the Northwest Territories.For 40-years, C-K-L-B radio broadcast to 33 communities in five Dene languages.But after an expansion a few years ago, the station is facing a bleak future.APTN’s Iman Kassam reports.last_img

Football Freshman have big impact against Nebraska

OSU freshman running back Demario McCall breaks into the open field in the fourth quarter against the Bowling Green Falcons on Sept 3, 2016. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorYouth has been discussed as the driving force of the Ohio State football team by coaches all season, but the impact of the young players has been mixed at best this season. Team members such as redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who is playing his first season with the Buckeyes, have contributed since the first game of the season. Weber has picked up 842 yards on the ground on 140 attempts, paired with seven touchdowns. These numbers are good enough to put him in the fourth spot in the Big Ten in rushing yards. While his numbers are impressive, the fact that Weber has been playing since Week 1 would cause most fans to expect this kind of production.Against Nebraska, other first-year players stole the show from Weber.Freshman running back Demario McCall – 16 carries for 73 yardsMcCall is the near-opposite of Weber. Standing at just 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds, the North Ridgeville, Ohio native depends on his speed and agility to rack up the yardage. Although McCall’s biggest run of the day was just 10 yards, the freshman took a bulk of the carries late in the game after Weber sustained a shoulder injury, later revealed to be an AC joint sprain by OSU coach Urban Meyer. The dynamic ability of McCall to hide behind blockers along with his relatively small stature and burst around the edge with elite speed is one big reason why OSU recruited the Ohio native, and could see him returning punts in the near future after senior H-back Dontre Wilson continued a trend of muffing the ball on returns.Meyer said McCall has some things to work on before he can be a big factor in the offense or on special teams. “Stronger, better ball security. Just physical strength, experience,” he said. “He’s a little loose with the ball. But his future is nice. He’s a wonderful young man.”The comments were high praise from a guy who doesn’t throw around compliments often.Freshman tight end A.J. Alexander – 3 receptions for 24 yardsAs a statline, this output by Alexander doesn’t seem to be too impressive. But the reserve tight end played well after coming in early in the second quarter. Redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has been a key target of Barrett for the past few weeks, but has been known to drop a few wide-open opportunities.Baugh also seemed to be limping after coming out of the pile after a play in the second half.Alexander performed admirably in the blocking game and showed off his hands with a tight-window catch on a third down. He certainly has the size to play well, and his ability might become clearer if he is used more Saturday.Freshman safety Jordan Fuller – 5 tacklesFive tackles for a first-year player is a nice mark for someone who is mostly a special-teams player. Fuller was all over the field on kick coverage, and came into the game late at safety to replace redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker.Fuller is an enormous player, standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He as the frame of a linebacker, and can really lay the load when he gets ahold of an opposing player. Meyer praised him on Monday.“Kicking game — Special Teams Player of the Week was Jordan Fuller, who is really coming on as a young freshman and playing well for us,” he said.Fuller is unlikely to pass Hooker for the starting spot, but Saturday’s game served as a testament to the ability of the young safety. read more