DDTV: Fianna Fail councillor Ciaran Brogan is re-elected to Donegal County Council.John McAteer has this report: Click to play DDTV VIDEO: CIARAN BROGAN, FF PARTY WHIP, RE-ELECTED was last modified: May 25th, 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)
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6 May 2010 She said all nine provinces had co-operated, even Gauteng and the Western Cape, which did not have Seda offices. Davies said 20 000 callers had accessed the small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) payments hotline, which was launched in September and is housed at the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda). She said the advisory council on co-operatives would include advisers drawn from those on the ground in all provinces as well as legal people. The government plans to increase support for small businesses and co-operatives via a new academy and advisory board, and by introducing legislation that makes it easier for South Africans to run co-operatives. The hotline, which helps business owners claim late payments from government departments and public bodies had so far facilitated payments of R31-million to entrepreneurs, he said. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Maria Ntuli said there were over 23 000 co-operatives registered by the department, but that only about 2 000 were “functional”, making training and monitoring of the sector vital. Source: BuaNews SMME hotline Ntuli recently visited the provinces to determine the nature and problems of support to small enterprises, and will this week table her report on her findings before Parliament’s Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee. Institutional support Briefing the media ahead of his budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said his department would also be looking to revive its proposal for government to buy 10 key products and services from small business owners. “Let’s create entrepreneurs and opportunities for the people, so they can stand up for themselves,” said Ntuli. The department was also looking at institutional support for small businesses, specifically at how to boost finance and business training and wanted to interrogate whether government support was viable and whether the country had a proper support system in place.
The pristine environment of HumewoodBeach has earned it Blue Flag status forthe coming season.(Image: Emily van Rijswijck)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ted KnottNational Blue Flag coordinator, Wessa+27 33 330 3931 or +27 82 337 1273RELATED ARTICLES• Sharkspotting keeps seas safe• PE’s King’s Beach gets a facelift• Life’s a beach in South Africa• Saving the African penguin• SA protects its oceansEmily van RijswijckHolidaymakers heading for South Africa’s coastline can look forward to 27 Blue Flag beaches to choose from when the summer festive season gets underway in December.The latest beach to receive Blue Flag status is Humewood in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Another 14 beaches in the country have applied for a developmental or pilot stage in Blue Flag status.Blue Flag Beach status is awarded every year for a specific period, depending on the season when the beach is visited the most.The accolade is awarded only after rigorous judging by a South African and international Blue Flag jury, and indicates that these beaches have met standards in excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.Throughout the period that a blue flag is flying on these beaches, visitors can be sure that the stringent standards apply and are upheld.In South Africa, the six sub-tropical beaches of KwaZulu-Natal have a year-long Blue Flag status while the more temperate to colder waters of the Cape beaches only have Blue Flag status for two to four months during the peak summer holiday season.At the end of the season, lifeguards, cleaners and security staff go off duty and visitors should not expect these services to be in place.In addition to the country’s beaches the Blue Flag programme will in future also include marinas, with three marinas in Cape Townand one in Port Alfred looking to achieve pilot status in the forthcoming season.Tourist leisure craft may also apply for Blue Flag status. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust‘s Whale Whisperer, a whale-watching craft, has received a pilot Blue Flag for the environment-sensitive manner in which it undertakes its activities.For a map of South Africa’s accredited Blue Flag beaches, visit the local Blue Flag website.South Africa the firstIn South Africa, the programme is co-ordinated by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) through its National Coastal Project, which in turn resides within Wessa’s Water Programme.In 2001 the country became the first outside Europe, where the Blue Flag programme originated, to implement its own programme.This year’s national Blue Flag beach season, running from summer 2011 to summer 2012 was officially launched at the Eastern Cape resort of Kenton-on-Sea, near Port Alfred, by Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of Environmental Affairs.“The success of the Blue Flag programme in South Africa over the past 10 years can be attributed to the commitment of participating municipalities to provide beach-goers and holiday-makers with world class beaches,” she said, speaking at the event.The beach at Kenton-on-Sea has had Blue Flag status since 2009.The same commitment has been shown by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality who worked hard to restore its Blue Flag status for Humewood beach. This is the view of Morgan Griffith, Wessa’s conservation officer in the Eastern Cape, who handed over the flag to the municipality on 1 November.In 2001 Humewood Beach became the first local beach to receive Blue Flag accreditation. It lost its status as a result of logistical problems when too many people flocked to the beach and insufficient numbers of lifeguards were present, breaking one of the important requirements for a Blue Flag beach – that of safety.Griffith says the role of Wessa, as overseer of the programme, is not to police, but rather to help municipalities to get to grips with real environmental management of their marine areas, and to sustain this for the greater benefit of the community and the economy in the long run.“One of the effects of Blue Flag status is that it brings about real economic benefits, boosting tourism,” he said.Research has shown that the investment coastal municipalities make in meeting and sustaining the international standards of Blue Flag accreditation pays off.South Africa’s domestic tourists are increasingly choosing Blue Flag beaches as their destination of choice, and in so doing, mirror trends that have been seen in Europe and Scandinavia on their Blue Flag beaches.Marketing assetMandela Bay Tourism acting CEO, Cheryl Witte. says the area has about 80 kilometres of unspoilt beaches, with the addition of the Humewood beach as a Blue Flag beach now becoming a real marketing asset for the city.Port Elizabeth has boosted security around the beach area and lifeguards will be on duty at all times during the Blue Flag season, which runs from November to April. The beach’s water is also tested every two weeks by an independent laboratory.Blue Flag criteria are set by the Foundation for Environmental Education, a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education.The Blue Flag programme is one of its five key projects and is actively pursued in 44 countries worldwide. There are now almost 3 650 Blue Flag beaches and marinas around the world.
It’s the largest and hottest province in South Africa, taking up a full third of the country’s land area. But the Northern Cape is also wild and empty, mostly desert and semi-desert. Under 2% of South Africa’s people live there.The 60-metre Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The original Khoikhoi inhabitants named the falls “Ankoerebis”, or “place of big noises”. Later Afrikaner settlers then derived the name “Augrabies”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The vast wilderness of the Nortern Cape holds weird lunar landscapes, exotic plants and animals, the Richtersveld World Heritage site and the Big Hole diamond mine, possibly the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.In early spring the barren Namaqualand sees a sudden, brief and brilliant bloom of flowers carpeting the landscape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sister Januar outside the Catholic Cathedral in the Northern Cape town of Pella. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arri Raats, a member of the Khomani San Bushmen, at Boesmansrus camp in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Canoeing on the Orange River at sunset in Vioolsdrift, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape. The Orange is the longest river in South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and flowing westwards to empty in the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Brilliantly coloured Augrabies flat lizards are endemic to the Northern Cape, and common on the granite walls of Augrabies Falls National Park. In summer they delight tourists with their acrobatic leaps to catch black flies swarming near the falls. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A seal colony on the rocky shores of the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at a tourist market in Pofadder, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Donkey cart drivers in Andriesvale in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arnie Braam in Klein Pella, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Desert dunes in Witsand – “white sands” – Nature Reserve near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A farm in Vioolsdrift. Irrigation from the great Orange River and from groundwater allows farmers to produce crops in the desert. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Quiver trees – kokerboom in Afrikaans – in the Kalahari. San Bushman hunter-gatherers used the trees to make quivers for their arrows. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Sutherland Observatory on a starry night. There is little light pollution in the remote Northern Cape, making the province ideal for major international astronomy initiatives such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Meerkats in the desert of the Kalahari Red Dune Route in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old shipwreck rusts into the shore of the Namaqua National Park on the West Coast. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the McGregor Museum, an important cultural and natural history research institute, in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Palm trees against the late afternoon sun in Klein Pella, on the banks of the Orange River. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The mountainous desert landscape of the Richtersveld. The region is the only arid biodiversity hotspot on earth, with an amazing variety of plant, bird and animal life. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Big Hole in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape, is thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Once an open-pit diamond mine, some three metric tons of diamonds were extracted from the hole – displacing 22-million tons of earth – between 1872 and 1914. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A massive communal sociable weaver bird’s nest envelops an acacia tree in the Kgalakgadi Transfrontier Park in the north of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Steenbok amid indigenous desert vegetation in the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The local maritime museum in the West Coast town of Port Nolloth. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dog sits with its driver as they make their way through Vioolsdrift in the Richtersveld. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180306_RyanMartinWet snow showers are moving across the state for the first part of today, but we should see some improvement by this afternoon. Clouds will dominate the region today, and cold air is not going anywhere, so we won’t rule out some wet snowflakes here and there this afternoon, although the most organized action is going to be off to the east.Cold air will be the main feature of the rest of the week. That cold air mixes with a little bit of moisture coming in from the NW tomorrow, and will trigger some light snow and flurry action statewide. We look for 70% coverage, and there is the potential for a coating to an inch or two of general accumulation, while north central and northeast parts of Ohio can see 2-5 inches due to lake effect and enhancement. The snows for midweek look better here than to our west, and that is a testament to the cold air that sits over the top of us. Wednesday will likely be a day with some travel and weather challenges. Temps will struggle to break the lower 30s tomorrow, Thursday and Friday over nearly all of the state. Only far south central Ohio has a chance to run toward 40. Thursday we should see sunshine reappear over western Ohio areas, but we stay chilly right on through Friday.Our next system is still on track for the start of the weekend. However, it is coming a little faster, and we see precipitation breaking out early Saturday morning over the southwest areas of the state. The heaviest rains will be in far south central Ohio, near the river, where we can see up to a quarter of an inch. The rest of areas that see scattered showers will be more like a few hundredths to a tenth or to. The closer you get to I-70, the lesser chance of rain we have Saturday, and north of I-70, we should stay dry. Another surge of rain brings up to half an inch of moisture to southeast Ohio Sunday, but the rest of the state just features a mix of clouds and sun.Dry weather remains in our forecast for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Next thus day we start to see some light precipitation come in from the west, the likely leading edge of our system for the 16th. Moisture totals do not look all that impressive yet, but we expect the system to strengthen. For the rest of the extended period, moderating temps are expected with normal and above normal temperatures in for most of the second half of the month. We continue to watch a system for the 20th and 21st, where we can see some rains of half to 1 inch at least. Strong southwest flow in the extended 11-16 day forecast window will lead to a slightly higher chance of stormy weather.
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Home Will Include Large Rooftop PV ArrayAIKEN, SC — Ron Monahan, a developer from Boulder, Colorado, has announced plans to begin construction this year on a home he calls “the first zero-energy home in South Carolina.” The home will be one of 75 Energy Star homes planned for Phase One of The Ridge at Chukker Creek, a green residential development near Aiken, South Carolina.The near-zero-energy home will be insulated with spray polyurethane foam and equipped with a rooftop photovoltaic array. If the market responds well, Monahan may build three additional zero-energy homes in South Carolina.Architect George Watt of Boulder, Colorado, is finalizing plans for the home. “The approach is to do it as an all-electric house,” said Watt. “We plan to use an air-to-air heat pump with a COP of 3.6 or 3.7 and an on-demand electric water heater. The house will include an induction cooktop and Energy Star appliances to keep loads down, along with a Lifebreath HRV. It will have a terrific building envelope, well insulated and well sealed, with R-20 walls and an R-40 roof. I expect that the house will need a PV system sized between 8 and 10 kilowatts.”According to the Aiken Standard, The Ridge at Chukker Creek “includes a 61-acre conservation easement called the Freeman Preserve, miles of walking trails and a spring-fed pond. … Builders plan to use recycled or recyclable materials, with low or no volatile organic compounds and locally manufactured components.” At The Ridge at Chukker Creek, existing three-bedroom homes without PV systems are on the market for $325,000.
Are you a photographer or videographer in the market for a Canon 5D Mark IV? Here’s everything you need to know in order to maximize your investment.The Canon 5D has historically been one of the most successful DSLRs. Its reputation rests on years of quality and strong digital performance. Built for photographers and videographers alike, the Canon 5D has stayed at the forefront of modern technology for both, and the Canon 5D Mark IV is no exception.Even while other cameras have risen to challenge the 5D, the Mark IV is still a powerful video option. Once you fully maximize it, it can run with the best of them and be a great tool for all your film and video needs. Let’s look at what to consider when renting or buying the Canon 5D Mark IV, and how to get the most out of your camera investment.Canon Brand FamiliarityFor me, I upgraded from a Canon 7D, which I had used for the better part of a decade. It was the camera I learned on — the camera I took into shoots big and small. It was an absolutely reliable workhorse from the very first moment I turned it on. So, it came down to brand familiarity and loyalty to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark IV. But just because it was right for me doesn’t mean it’s right for you. There’s a lot to consider, but if you’re a fan of Canon’s DSLR line, it’s currently one of the best.Here’s a more in-depth write-up on why I upgraded from the 7D to the 5D Mark IV — and what you should consider.Consider the LOG UpgradeWhen considering investing in the Mark IV, it’s important to note that if you’d like to record LOG video footage, it requires an upgrade. You can either buy the camera with the upgrade, or you can send your camera in to have Canon to install it for you. Either way, it’ll cost you another $99, so be sure to keep that in mind when crunching your budget numbers.However, I do highly recommend the upgrade. Canon’s LOG recording is a huge help for shooting cinematic footage that allows greater dynamic and color ranges in your edits. The upgrade gives you two LUTs and helps you maximize your camera’s capabilities.Here’s more info on the LOG upgrade, what it does, and how to send your 5D Mark IV in to the Canon store.Auto-Focus for Shooting VideoAuto-focus technology has advanced at a pretty incredible rate, especially for video. While I’ve always used auto-focus for photography, it really wasn’t part of my video recording workflow with the Canon 7D. Auto-focus for video was something you did when just learning in film school. However, the technology has become so advanced it is more than just a gimmick. It’s now a highly functional tool for all types of video projects.The Mark IV’s auto-focus is some of Canon’s greatest tech yet. And, if you’re looking for some tightly controlled focus elements in your shoots, or need extra help in keeping an interviewee focused on a solo shoot, it really is handy. Here’s more info on how to fully utilize auto-focus when shooting video with the Mark IV.Fully Sync Your 5D Mark IVAnother technology that seemed crazy to me when first starting out is the rise of Wi-Fi syncing and the possibility of controlling your camera remotely — through your smartphone! Being able to sync your camera with your smartphone opens a lot of doors. If you’re shooting solo (like recording a vlog), having remote access to start, stop, and review/monitor your shot is huge. It can also help you set shots that are hard to reach or in tight quarters.Whatever your needs, syncing your Mark IV with your phone can be very helpful. Here’s a complete breakdown of how to do it.Set up the Built-in IntervalometerThe time-lapse shot is a powerful too for both photographers and video professionals. Many cameras require you buy a third-party intervalometer to take controlled time lapses; the 5D Mark IV comes with one built-in!Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your intervalometer set up. It’s pretty straightforward, but there are many customizable variables to help capture some spectacular and diverse time-lapses in all types of settings.All images via Canon.For more camera guides and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.The 5 Best Cameras to Rent or Buy for Any Video Shoot1080p vs. 4K with The GH53 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersThe Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and SeriesFilmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and White
Howard Schultz, the Chairman, and CEO of Starbucks is stepping down from his role as CEO. He is doing so for the following two reasons: first, he wants to lead the development of a new offering, and second, he wants to do more with Starbucks’ social responsibility programs.Pulled Apart at the SeamsWhat is this new offering? It’s a $12.00 cup of coffee. The coffee is going to be brewed from spectacularly rare beans and in very small batches. This $12.00 cup of coffee is also going to be brewed differently, like some kind of fusion brew, or something.At the very same time that this story is making news, it is also being reported that Amazon.com was responsible for 31 percent of all Thanksgiving weekend spending online. If you are a retailer, you felt a sharp pain in your heart. Bezos is the alpha predator, the Great White shark, and he is chomping up everything in sight.What does this mean for you and me? Here is my take. Markets are being torn in two. Literally.Things that can be made more transactional are being pulled sharply in that direction. Amazon.com believes that retailers don’t add a lot of value to most purchases and that people prefer the convenience of buying what they want and having it delivered straight to their doorstep (in some cases, the same day).Who is suffering because of Amazon’s ascendance? Walmart. The problem with a transactional model now is that technology can enable competitors to be even more transactional.Don’t lose hope here; stay wth me. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.Where greater value can be created, things are being sharply pulled in that direction. I pay $2.35 for a large cup of Starbucks coffee. I have paid for their special reserve coffees. Coffee is one of my very favorite things on Earth, and I believe that it is worth paying more for that experience. Many of you will read this newsletter on an Apple device, one that had a higher price than the alternatives available to you.There is a market for people who will pay for something much better than average. There are people who want to pay more for something exceptional. The people willing to pay more in one area may choose to transact in other areas.This is important because most of us aren’t going to benefit by trying to be more transactional. If you think it is difficult to win clients with a higher price, try winning clients when you are not different than your competitors. More still, trying running a business with razor thin margins. Being exceptional in some way that is meaningful to the clients you serve is a better–and safer–long term strategy.What makes you worth paying more to obtain?Which way are you being pulled, and what does that mean for your future?