A whole lotto luck as THREE Donegal players chosen for Winning Streak

first_imgThere’s definitely some good fortune in the hills of Donegal as an incredible THREE people from the county are to appear on Winning Streak this week.Donegal contestants have appeared on six out of eight shows in 2019 so far. And there will be an even bigger local contingent heading to RTE studios this Saturday.No one could believe it when three Donegal people were drawn from the drum in last week’s show. They were: Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Chris Gillespie from Carrick and Kathleen Coyle from St. Johnston.Presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy were just as surprised!“I think we should do an outside broadcast in Donegal,” Marty suggested after the third name was chosen.“If the next one is Donegal we’d be cheaper to go there. To get them all down on the bus it wouldn’t be fair,” Sinead added. Katarzyna (Katya) Galera from Bundoran and Eamonn McCready from Doochery were the last two Donegal contestants to appear on Winning Streak, taking home a cool €53,000 in prizes on 30th March.A whole lotto luck as THREE Donegal players chosen for Winning Streak was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gameshownational lotteryRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu

first_imgWhen al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts – documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science – from the extremists. The bravery of Abdel Kader Haidara and his colleagues in the Timbuktu Library Association helped prevent the destruction of the city’s 400 000 ancient manuscripts. (Image: The Library of Congress)• African folklore explored in animated short film• Kenya’s take on Adele’s “Hello”• African history gets animation treatment• Infographic: Africa’s best brands• New video game developed in Africa Priya PitamberThe story of Abdel Kader Haidara, a book collector and librarian from Timbuktu in Mali reads more like a classic spy novel than an academic work.When African affiliates of the Islamic militant group al-Qaida occupied his city in April 2012, he began to fear for the content of libraries and depositories which housed thousands of ancient Arabic manuscripts. So he set up a meeting with his colleagues in the Timbuktu Library Association.“We need to take out the manuscripts from the big buildings and disperse them around the city to family houses,” he told them, as he recalled later in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “We don’t want them finding the collections of manuscripts and stealing them or destroying them.”Serendipitously, Haidara had already received a grant of US$12 000 (about R179 000) from the Lagos branch of the Ford Foundation to study English at Oxford. With the manuscripts under threat, he asked if he could use the funds to protect them instead.He managed to recruit people all over the city, including family members. What happened next was a heist worthy of the Hollywood blockbuster Ocean’s Eleven.Haidara and his team bought 50 to 80 metal and wooden trunks a day, and identified possible safe houses around the city and its outskirts, and in the Malian capital of Bamako. During the nights, they quietly packed valuable books and manuscripts into trunks, and transported the items by donkey and cart to safe places.In eight months, Haidara’s efforts saved countless documents. They braved al-Qaida checkpoints, and Malian soldiers in government-controlled areas. When French troops entered in January 2013, it was discovered that radicals had only managed to destroy a fraction of manuscripts – about 4 000 out of nearly 400 000.“If we hadn’t acted,” Haidara said, “I’m almost 100% certain that many, many others would have been burned.”Haidara’s own collection of manuscripts is kept at the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. It includes a Quran dating back to the 12th century, the script written on fish skin parchment and decorated with droplets of gold. His rich manuscript collection covers subjects as diverse as astronomy, poetry, mathematics, occult sciences and medicine. Some of the manuscripts date back to the 12th century, when Timbuktu was a vibrant trading post and a centre of knowledge. (Image: Wikipedia)‘Fragile cultural heritage’In 2014 Germany awarded the librarian with the German Africa Prize for his work to preserve Africa’s cultural heritage.“It isn’t about me personally,” Haidara told Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster, when the award was announced.“I only played my role. We know how important and how fragile cultural heritage is. Once a manuscript has been destroyed it is lost forever.”He said his devotion to the cause is not for himself, and not only for Mali, but for all of humanity.“This is a huge honour, not only for me, but for the all people who worked with me as well,” he said. “It is a big honour for our country Mali. It makes me very proud.”Africa’s rich written historyA few of the oldest Timbuktu manuscripts date as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, when the city was a vibrant trading post, a place where scholars met to document their discourses. After Mali gained independence from France in 1960, the world found out about the rich, recorded history.“A lot of people were surprised because they had been told, even at school, that there were no written African historical records,” Haidara explained. “But we have hundreds of thousands of these documents in Arabic and in African languages.”Timbuktu was once a centre of Islamic scholarships under African empires, according to National Geographic. The city had an estimated 25 000 universities and madrasahs that “served as wellsprings for the spread of Islam throughout Africa from the 13th to 16th centuries”.Preserving the manuscriptsThe Ford Foundation, the German foreign office, Unesco and other interested parties are active in preserving the manuscripts. The foundation is also helping to find proper storage facilities, repairing the fragile documents, and having the collection digitised.See more about the work being done to preserve the ancient documents: Twitter users have applauded Haidara’s actions. Journalist and author Joshua Hammer has also written a book about the remarkable mission to save the manuscripts, titled The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.“They smuggled manuscripts out of Timbuktu by road & by river, past jihadist checkpoints” -a hero of saving heritage https://t.co/wPZIKHGz2t— Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (@gaylelemmon) April 16, 2016The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is about saving priceless manuscripts … https://t.co/NBb0AiYtkH pic.twitter.com/QmMLfD1wWr— Heather (@Dvmheather) April 29, 2016Read an excerpt from the book:Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Screengrab via Simon and Schuster)last_img read more

Makeover at 50

first_imgModel Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the,Model Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the last five decades, NID has produced designers of repute who have risen sharply on the national stage.Says Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID, “Since its inception, NID has produced designers for various industries, educationists and entrepreneurs who have started design based businesses or boutiques. Designers out of NID are working on town planning, sustainable models, reconstruction after earthquakes and other calamities, promotion of handicrafts and making them sustainable.”Student working on a designVyas says, today, when NID is celebrating its golden jubilee, the scenario for the design industry has changed completely. India is growing as knowledge-based economy and needs designers to spur innovation, productivity, competitiveness and inclusive development. According to him, we do have engineers, managers and accountants but we lack institutes that can produce talented designers. Those who can make user-friendly products and are globally competitive.Keeping pace with the emerging economy, NID has been looking seriously in sectors like lifestyle accessories, fashion and apparel which have become the aspiration among many, also, animation and communications, the sectors which offer good placements and freelancing opportunities to NID-trained designers.Student working on a design”India is well-known as an infotech superpower and our country is a source of human resources for IT companies worldwide. Automobile and transportation design is another need for India’s automotive industry, one of the largest in the world. Toy, ceramic and glass designs, apparel design and merchandising, lifestyle accessory design and communication design are some of the other design sectors experiencing rapid growth in recent years. Design is no longer an elitist term today but is getting more and more acceptability in daily life,” adds Vyas. According to him, there are at least various sectors that offer high growth prospects for designers in the future. For instance, the healthcare industry is expected to sustain 13% growth over the coming years. The growth of this industry will create a market for healthcare designers. They can improve the healthcare delivery, products and interface designs. Also, they can create an environment which is therapeutic and increases staff efficiency.advertisementAlumni Aneeth Arora’s collection at Lakme Fashion WeekAccording to Vipul Vinzuda, coordinator, Transportation and Automobile Design, “One of NID’s greatest strengths is its multidisciplinary approach. Designers get exposure to various disciplines and cross-disciplinary design teams can work together to achieve the common goal. They can also develop accessories and furnishings working with various teams.” Automobile design workshop gives an insight into the aesthetics, form sensitivity, analytical abilities, concepts and concerns in transportation and automobile design. NID students are placed in most of the automobile majors. Recently, three NID students, Gopal Pai, Rajib Kalita and Abhilash Sudhindran, have won three-month internships with Pininfarina-an Italian automobile design firm with clients like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Rolls Royce-after winning a competition to design a possible successor of the Indian autorickshaw. Shimul Vyas, who heads the Lifestyle Accessories Design (LAD) department agrees that NID offers a strong multidisciplinary edge wherein the students get opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of design categories. “Students of lifestyle accessories, over a period of two years, get exposure to jewellery, bags, luggage, footwear, lighting, furnishings, furniture and interior designs,”says Shimul Vyas. Recently, students from NID showcased their designs at the India International Jewellery Show in Mumbai while theworks of apparel design were appreciated at the Lakme fashion week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.Lakme Fashion WeekEarlier national institutions and their works were rarely accessible to the masses, but now NID is making design accessories and other products accessible to as many consumers as possible at a price which is not too hard to the pocket “The NID Employees Credit and Consumer Co-operative Society runs a shop called NIDUS in order to connect the designs developed by faculty and students of NID to the outside world thereby establishing a direct interface with the people. This provides a testing ground for validating the design ideas developed by NID’s team, encourage more people to visit the Institutes public interface areas like Design Gallery and Design Shop. While NID has started evolving to meet the emerging market trends Vyas, feels there is much more that needs to be done. “There are about 250 different industrial, development and service sectors that offer opportunities for designers. Many of them are yet to be explored,” he explains, “with a view to the future, there is scope for green designs to address environmental concerns, universal designs for all segments of society like the physically disabled, senior citizens and children. Design for education and healthcare sectors that will grow neck to neck with the national economy and design for social, ecological and cultural development.”NID is exploring all these options. The institute is also growing ‘from one campus in Ahmedabad to a new postgraduate campus at Gandhinagar. “Design clinic extension centres are being set up for design and development support to cottage, small and medium industries and individual artisans in north eastern India. In the coming years, we hope to have more campuses across India,” adds Vyas.  Top shotsArun Khanna, Founder, cadability.com After studying in NID, he pursued computer graphics and multimedia as a career in Australia. He is one of Australia’s reputed multimedia designers and has won the 1995 AIMIA award for production and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist with focus on video broadcasting. The team at Cadability has been involved with sporting multimedia content since the middle of 1995 and has developed a strong base of systems and solutions created on nine of the most followed sports in Australia and seven of the most followed sports globally.Umesh Shukla, CEO, Auryn incAfter studying animation design at NID, Umesh Shukla worked in Singapore and Sydney in animation and special effects for diverse clients. In the mid-1990s, he moved to America where he worked for Hollywood studios, including Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Digital Domain and was a prominent member of the Academy Award winning team (Outstanding Visual Effects) for the movie Titanic where he was responsible for recreating people digitally in more than 100 scenes.Kavina Mehta, Sr. Interaction designer, trexglobal.comShe did her post graduation in Visual Communication Design with Specialization Interaction/Interface Design in 2005. She has worked in the USA in diverse media and design categories-websites, online (SaaS) financial applications UI, web and desktop applications and advertising.Uday Dandavate, CEO, SonicrimHe heads a multidisciplinary team which comprises professionals from the fields of industrial design, market research, psychology, anthropology, information design, and sociology. SonicRim’s clients range from Fortune-500 companies to start-ups and venture capitalists looking for consumer insights to drive the innovation of products, brands and marketing messages.advertisementlast_img read more

FEU extends winning streak, UST gets third win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University maintained its foothold atop the standings after brushing off University of the East, 25-10, 25-21, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamaraws improved to 5-0 card while the Red Warriors stumbled to a 1-4 record for the No. 7 spot.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Bornzkie Mangosong rides to win anew in MMF Supercross P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Redijohn Paler led FEU with 12 points while John Paul Bugaoan had 11 points.In the other game, University of Santo Tomas had a quick victory over De La Salle, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, for its third win against two losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Tiger Spikers 3-2 record gave them sole possession of the fourth spot with Ateneo (2-2) falling to the fifth seed.Joshua Umandal put up 18 points to lead UST while Manuel Medina added nine. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Akkulam Tourism village to get makeover

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, June 13(PTI) Akkulam Tourism Village, the prominent tourist centre in the district, is set to get a new lease of life.State Minister for Tourism, Devaswom and Co-operation, Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the work for the second phase of the Tourism Village, at an outlay of Rs Five crore, here today.The second phase aims to turn the Village into an activity centre with facilities for visitors to spend an entire day.”The coming days would see this centre rising like a Phoenix from total destruction, and the project would be completed in 18 months,” the Minister said.He opined that there have been more efforts to close down the centre than to revive it in the past few years.”The government is planning to form a tourism policy that would better the lives of local residents,” he said.The second phase will see the village sporting a modern music fountain, artificial waterfall, amphi theatre, art installation, cycling track, ropeway, restaurant, parking area, and yoga and meditation centre.An adventure tourism project, landscape beautification, and a cricket pitch are also part of the project.The 2.5 acre plot on the hilltop will be developed as a View Point, keeping its wildness intact.The pond and its premises will be renovated, and small boats will be provided for visitors. PTI JRK ROH MAVlast_img read more

Antonio backs Sterling following racist abuse

first_imgWest Ham winger Michail Antonio has come out in support of Raheem Sterling and described the City forward as “brave” for his stand against racism.Sterling was the target of an alleged racial abuse on Saturday during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and Antonio who have had a similar experience is supporting the England international for his stand on the issue of racism in football.“I experienced it when I was younger. I was like 10 or 11. A kid called me a monkey,” Antonio told Sky Sports.“I’ve not experienced it as a professional footballer myself, but it’s just one of those things where it happens. It’s just how it gets dealt with.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“To be honest, I think he’s a very brave man.“He’s showing facts and I honestly believe he’s done the right thing.“You can blame one person, but putting it out there and showing it’s not just one person that’s doing it, he’s saying the media, if we can stop it being in the papers, if we can stop it from the source, that’s how it ends.”last_img read more

Coal scam Court to consider CBIs closure report on June 3

first_imgA special court on Tuesday fixed June 3 for considering CBI’s closure report filed in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving Prakash Industries Ltd and others. “Certain clarifications have been sought. Put up for consideration on June 3,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.CBI had earlier placed before the court all relevant files pertaining to its preliminary enquiry in the case.The court had on March 17 directed CBI to produce all relevant files of the preliminary enquiry in the case in which the agency had filed a closure report.  CBI had filed a closure report saying no prosecutable evidence could be found during its probe in the case in which an FIR was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd and others in connection with alleged irregularities in allocation of Chhattisgarh’s Fatehpur coal block.According to CBI, the Fatehpur coal block was allocated jointly to Prakash Industries Ltd and another company by the 35th Screening Committee.The FIR was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd, its three officials, some officials of the Ministry of Coal and others alleging that the firm had misrepresented its net worth while applying for the Fatehpur coal block.last_img read more