first_imgPATSY MCGONAGLE’S DONEGALDAILY.COM OLYMPIC BLOGFROM PATSY McGONAGLE IN LONDON: The last time I put some words out there I was planning to head up from training camp to the village. Did that and it involved about 8 athletes and myself in the parade.Led out by Katie Taylor – no airs and graces with her just a grounded girl with a job to do here in London in the coming days.People seem to have had a positive reaction to the opening ceremony but of course you definitely see the proceedings much better back at home but adversely when we are there in the middle of it, it gives a different experience. I can now say I’ve heard the Arctic Monkeys!The BBC seem to be doing a mighty job as host broadcaster and in downtime of which there is little I catch that. Hopefully one of the absolute legacies of these Games wil be that young people will be inspired to participate in an activity that they have just seen on television.We get the Irish papers everyday both in the camp and the village and there are the articles about childhood obesity, sports funding, support etc etc i have read them all before and honestly I don’t see the support for the club/school  support structured link that needs to happen.What’s the problem? Well it has to be a stated national government-led educational departure approach. No more silly launches of this and that led out by somebody in a new shirt and tie plus a grand suit that within days are forgotten about. It’s really hard when you care, you understand, you see what’s happening and you witness the benefit of exercise both mentally physically and add in socially.Thank goodness for the parents and the teachers AND the volunteers that DO CARE –  the country owes them bigtime.All going smooth in the camp with  the training with everyone bar possibly 2 in moving into village again tomorrow.It’s about an hour twenty on the train right to the door. Team meeting later this evening to hammer home a few points, organise a team shot and confirm the absolute plans of all athletes arrival into village.The village houses some 15000 people coaches, athletes officials and is a busy daunting place a high performance environment with the greatest athletes in the world from so many disciplines representing 206 countries. Security is very evident but not invasive led by the army and police supported by volunteers-  thousands of them – and it must be said loud and clear doing an unbelievable job.They are here all human shapes and sizes relative to the particular sport from chinese gymnastics to giant NBA basketball stars the Dream team and lording it over the lot the biggest global hit of all – yes you have guessed it –  Usain Bolt, needing the protection of his fellow Jamacian athletes most of the time.You’ll find him in the McDonald’s section of the massive canteen if you want to hang around…. I know, I know, I know but when referencing the Bolt man all the script goes out the window.Will he win the 100M? at this moment I’d say Yes. It’s a ‘must see’. Watched the cycle race which skirted at the top of our road here in West London that was an experience on so many levels the crowds they say 1 million were out on the route and the policing of the event class.The English people have got into these Games in a most post manner. You attempt to live in this Olympic thing this massive global bubble as if it is normal life – sure you have been here in this environment since 99 but it’s exciting to the extreme still yet challenging always different and you are just so delighted it’s in London.It kicks off for us Friday 3 athletes in competition with Tori – whose birthday it is today – on Saturday morning.Well done to Chloe Magee…huge respect for her and the Magees. I was in Beijing as was Chloe but we never got together to chat really got to know them this time and I was glad of that.I can’t leave without mentioning the young athletes back in Finn  Valley who once again excelled in nationals over the weekend in Tullamore.And at quiet times removed I think about how privileged I am to lead these people, dedicated community volunteers who in their own way give so much of themselves to coach the young and indeed thankfully more so in recent times and it’s relating to them as much as anything that drives me on. Respect.OLYMPICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S DONEGALDAILY OLYMPIC BLOG was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:OLYMPICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S DONEGALDAILY OLYMPIC BLOGlast_img read more

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first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program has added eight student-athletes for the 2018 season, head coach Lindsey Horner announced. Joining the Bulldogs next year are Libby Helverson (West Des Moines, Iowa), Rebecka Musungu (Andover, Minn.), Halie Reznik (Cumming, Iowa), Tori Ubben (Ankeny, Iowa), Megan Valenzuela (Omaha, Neb.), Liza Van Zyl (Fort Dodge, Iowa), Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) and Brynn Yoshinaga (Honolulu, Hawaii). Brynn Yoshinaga”Brynn will be a fantastic addition to the Drake soccer program. Her positive attitude and work ethic is phenomenal and she always brings a spark and fast paced energy to our attack.”Gina Brewer, Head Coach, Leahi Soccer Club Print Friendly Version Alison Walls”Alison is the ultimate ‘lead by example’ type of player and teammate. She has great athleticism and technical ability to match her relentless work rate on the field. They’re going to love her tenacity and knack for scoring big goals.”Brandt Bell, Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Park Hill High School Rebecka Musungu”I chose Drake not only because of the great atmosphere, location, team, and academics, but because of the many opportunities it could provide for my future. When I visited, I instantly felt at home and I’m extremely excited and blessed to play soccer and further my academics with the Bulldogs!” Liza Van Zyl”I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because of the culture created by the team and the university. Success is measured first in the classroom and second on the field. The student-athletes at Drake set the bar high academically and athletically, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.” “Our 2018 class is comprised of promising student-athletes that we are very excited to coach and develop over the next four years,” Horner said. “These players are competitive and motivated to come in and do well. Our 2017 team set the standard high for our program and our returners are currently working hard to develop this offseason. With the addition of these eight student-athletes, it makes for what could be an exciting combination of young talent, high expectations and a roster filled with players that want to push each other to achieve our potential. We look forward to welcoming our 2018 class to campus in a matter of months and working with each of them to make the most of what Drake has to offer academically, growing them as players and helping them establish themselves within our team and the Drake community.” Megan Valenzuela”I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because right when I stepped on the campus, I knew this was the place for me. I committed to Drake not only because of the soccer team and their great team chemistry and style of play but also because of their academics.” Brynn Yoshinaga”I chose to attend Drake because I found the curriculum, the size of the school, and the overall atmosphere, to be a perfect fit for me. I was very impressed with the soccer program, it was something I really wanted to be a part of. I am very excited to be a Bulldog!” Walls is an athletic forward who has a nose for the goal from Park Hill High School in Kanas City, Mo. She is another multi-sport athlete in basketball and soccer. During her junior soccer season, Walls earned second-team all-state honors and was selected to the Western Missouri Elite 11 team. She has helped the Trojan soccer team compile an impressive 60-19-5 record in her first three seasons with her final season set to come this spring. Walls is a member of Sporting Blue Valley Showcase ’99. Van Zyl is a 5-11 commanding goalkeeper from Fort Dodge, Iowa who attends Fort Dodge Senior High School. She is a talented multi-sport athlete in basketball and soccer, lettering and starting in each sport. Van Zyl has earned multiple all-conference accolades in each sport and has been a multi-year captain on both teams. She plays in net for Sporting Iowa Soccer Club. Halie Reznik”I chose Drake because of the amazing opportunities that it can provide me. I like the comfortable campus atmosphere. I am excited to join a tremendous women’s soccer program and like the feel of the team dynamics.” Rebecka Musungu”Rebecka is a very skilled and crafty player. She is a student of the game and is constantly learning and developing her talents. I believe that she will thrive when surrounded by the equally talented players at Drake.”Tracey Griess, Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Andover High School 2018 Drake University Women’s Soccer Class on Why They Chose DrakeLibby Helverson”I chose Drake not only because it was close to home but because they have a great academic program. I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because I love the coaches’ energy and team chemistry. I knew in this environment I could have a successful soccer career.” What They Are Saying About the 2018 Drake University Women’s Soccer ClassLibby Helverson”Libby is a natural goal attacker and goal scorer. She can score with her left from almost anywhere. Her intensity and ability to always press and attack is second to none. She is extremely coachable and willing to work as hard as it takes to succeed. Libby is a winner, and an asset to any group she is a part of.”Nick Olivencia – Former Coach, Sporting Iowa Soccer Clubcenter_img Alison Walls”I chose Drake because I wanted to attend a school with extremely strong academics as well as a quality soccer program. After visiting Drake, meeting the players and getting to know the coaches, I immediately felt at home and knew Drake was a perfect fit for me. I’m very excited for my next four years as a Bulldog!” Ubben, a tactically astute 5-11 defender, attends Ankeny Centennial High School. She is a three-year letterwinner for the Jaguars who has helped the program qualify for the Iowa Class 3A State Tournament the past two seasons, including winning the tournament title in 2016. As a junior, Ubben was selected to all-conference, all-district and all-state teams. She plays club soccer for the Sporting Iowa Soccer Club. The final member of the class, Yoshinaga, comes all the way from the Aloha state. A fast- forward that is dangerous off the dribble, she attends Punahou School in Honolulu. Yoshinaga has excelled on her school’s cross country, soccer and track and field teams. Yoshinaga has been involved with the Hawaii Olympic Development Program and is a member of the Hawaii State Cup Champions, Leahi 99/00 Premier. Helverson is a dynamic and physical midfielder from West Des Moines Valley High School. She helped the Tigers qualify for the 2016 and 2017 Iowa Class 3A State Tournaments. A multi-sport athlete in basketball and soccer, she has lettered in each sport every season and was a member of the 2017 state championship basketball team. Her older sister, Haley, played soccer for the University of Minnesota and professionally in Europe after graduation. Libby plays club soccer for the Sporting Iowa Soccer Club. Valenzuela, another sharp defender, is from Omaha, Neb. who attends Marian High School. She helped the Crusaders win two Nebraska Class A state championships and twice been named the Marian Defender of the Year. Valenzuela earned consecutive all-state honorable mention honors as a junior and sophomore. She is a member of two-time Nebraska State Cup Champions, Gretna Prima Green ’00. Tori Ubben”I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because of its great academics and I loved the size of the school. Along with that, I loved the team chemistry and the style and level of play the team has. After my visit, I knew Drake would be a great fit for me.” Halie Reznik”It’s easy to look at Halie’s goal scoring record and think that defines her, but there is much more to her as a player. Obviously scoring goals is an important part of the game and Haliecertainly, has that special knack for putting the ball in the back of the net. But Halie also is an incredibly hard worker and humble servant to the team. Her willingness to defend from the front will be a huge asset at the college level and her understanding of the game in general will serve the Bulldog program well for the next four years.”Joe Demay, Women’s Soccer Director, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Academy and U-19 coach Liza Van Zyl”Liza’s physical and technical skills are self-evident. What separates her is that she is a student of the game. I believe that Drake has acquired the complete package – a driven and coachable player who is also the consummate teammate.”Dr. Michael Lee, Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Fort Dodge Senior High School Musungu, a powerful box to box midfielder, from Andover, Minn., who lettered four times for Andover High School. She helped Andover win the 2017 Minnesota Section 7AA championship and qualify for the state tournament. During her high school career, Musungu, was selected to the 2016 all-state second team, twice was named to the Northwest Suburban All-Conference team and earned two MSHSSCA Academic Excellence Awards. She plays club soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy. Tori Ubben”Tori is a steadfast defender that stays incredibly cool under pressure, an attribute necessary to face the trend of pressing in soccer today. She has unflinchingly matched up against some incredibly talented players in club and school play and uses quick movements and misdirection to buy time and space for her decisions to play out. On top of this, she will add a high soccer IQ and an understanding of what it means to be a great teammate to Drake’s program.”-Chris Allen, Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Ankeny Centennial High School Reznik, a forward, is a creative goal-scorer from Cumming, Iowa, but attends Shattuck St. Mary’s Preparatory School in Faribault, Minn. Reznik scored 48 goals and handed out 29 assists in her prep career. She helped lead her 2016 team to the Region II semifinals and earned all-conference honors prior to foregoing her final high school seasons to compete in the US Development Academy for the Sabres. Megan Valenzuela”Megan is a role model and leader on-and-off the field. She is mentally and physically tough. Her team attitude, determination, and hard work will make her a great Bulldog.”Teresa DeGeorge, Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Marian High Schoollast_img read more

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first_imgFollowing on from club requests at the Ladies county board meeting last week and the need for another Mentors Workshop to be held in the county, the development officer has sent in an application to Croke Park and is waiting on a date and tutor to be appointed.Clubs should forward the names of interested club mentors who will attend this workshop to [email protected] Referee Refresher Level 2 has also been applied for and clubs need to advise their club referees who are going to referee ladies matches this year to avail of this course.  DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: CLUB MENTORS WORKSHOP AND REFEREE COURSE was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:donegalLadies Footballmentor’s workshoplast_img read more

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first_imgTwo local projects in Donegal are set to benefit from LEADER funding investments for upgrade works.Comharchumann Forbartha Dhún Lúiche Teo and Coiste Forbartha Naomh Fhionáin were today announced as the Donegal recipients of the funding package from the Department of Rural and Community Development.The boat cruise Bád Gráinne Rose at Dunlewey is set to be upgraded and extended with a grant of  €36,000. And in Falcarragh, the local Development Association will be supported with the purchase of new IT equipment for the new hall.Donegal Minister Joe McHugh said the funding for Dunlewey’s Bád Gráinne Rose will improve tourism in the area.“This is a brilliant investment to help with the tourism offering in one of the most scenic spots in our county,” Minister McHugh said.“I am delighted to be able to share the news that Comharchumann Forbartha Dhún Lúiche Teo has been approved funding of more than €36,000 under the Leader programme for work on the boat. Dúirt an tAire: “Fáiltim roimh na tacaíochtaí don dhá thógra seo, tá sár-obair á déanamh ag an dá thionscadal don phobal áitiúil agus tá siad ag tairiscint rud éigin do chuairteoirí agus tá lúchair orm go bhfuil an Rialtas ag tacú leis na tionscadail seo leng gcuid huaillmhianta agus smaointe móra.”Minister McHugh added: “The investment will mean the pleasure boat can be upgraded and extended and it will be able to carry more than 50 passengers on the site seeing and cruises on the water.“The total investment in the tourism project will be €48,500 thanks to the local team and the support of Leader through the Department of Rural and Community Development.”Minister McHugh also welcomed the Leader funding for Coiste Forbatha Naomh Fhionáin to help them with new IT equipment for the new hall.“The work that has gone into the hall in Falcarragh and the drive by Paul Anthony McFadden and Michael Duggan has created a top class facility and it really is great to see organisations like Leader recognise that and keeping the support coming.” Minister McHugh has wished everyone involved in both projects plenty of success in the future.He added: “There’s also been great support from Councillor Michael McClafferty and all everyone on my team to keep pushing for Government support for projects like these. They are leaving a lasting legacy in the area and that’s something to be proud of.”Tour boat and local development group secure Leader funding boosts was last modified: July 12th, 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:Bád Gráinne Rose at DunleweyCoiste Forbatha Naomh FhionáinComharchumann Forbartha Dhún Lúiche TeoDunleweylast_img read more

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first_img(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Like a finely-tuned instrument, the earth’s magnetic field creates standing-wave vibrations as it protects life.“You are living inside a massive, musical instrument,” claims Martin Archer, a plasma physicist at Queen Mary University of London, writing in The Conversation. He’s speaking of the earth’s invisible magnetic field. But you ask, how can you call it music, when there is no air in space? Archer explains in a video clip that the field lines may vibrate like strings and drums, setting up standing waves (as in a guitar string or drum head) because of resonances. Whether these vibrations produce consistently distinct notes remains to be determined, but it’s an interesting thought.Here’s more news about the magnetic field for those interested in researching it further.‘Quartz’ crystals at Earth’s core power its magnetic field (Science Daily). Whether science can make such a claim based on electron micrographs of crystals seems debatable, but this article points out the difficulty of accounting for our space shield. ‘Olson’s Paradox’ — a serious mismatch between power sources and temperatures required — has kept geophysicists busy since 2013. Has it been resolved? Read and decide.Six centuries of geomagnetic intensity variations recorded by royal Judean stamped jar handles (PNAS). Israeli scientists think they have found large fluctuations in the field’s intensity, including a large spike, between the 8th to 2nd centuries BC — based on pottery jar handles. Is that possible? If so, it flies in the face of previous theories about the behavior of the field. Live Science and Tel Aviv University wrote about this claim.Why are there different “flavors” of iron around the Solar System? (Astrobiology Magazine). In any model of magnetic fields, iron plays a critical role. Iron is also expected to reflect formation conditions of different bodies in the solar system, based on ratios of isotopes. At least in theory it is. “There’s still a lot to learn about the geochemical evolution of planets,” one Carnegie research admits, although he thinks they are getting warmer. Science Daily says, less optimistically, that the new experiments “call [the] origin of earth’s iron into question.” And the origin of earth’s core iron is central to theories of the magnetic field.New research from The University of Texas at Austin reveals that the Earth’s unique iron composition isn’t linked to the formation of the planet’s core, calling into question a prevailing theory about the events that shaped our planet during its earliest years.Pacific Ocean iron particles can travel thousands of miles, study finds (Fox News). This article does not mention geomagnetism, but reveals that “iron coming out of hydrothermal vents along volcanic mountain ridges in the Pacific can travel up to 2,500 miles.” Iron feeds phytoplankton, and phytoplankton affect the climate. It’s all connected somehow.Underwater MysteriesThere’s a lot we still don’t understand about the planet we walk on. For instance, the BBC News asks, “Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?” One would think geologists would have called it out long ago, but it appears that New Zealand’s two islands are just tips of peaks on a major underwater continent rivaling Australia in size. Separate from Australia, they’re calling it Zealandia. Nature says it’s a stamp-collecting issue whether to call it a continent or not, but some scientists think that this “coherent geographical feature” deserves recognition. Neither article says how deep the continent lies below the waves. Perhaps the whole thing was above water when sea levels were lower, allowing animals to migrate across land bridges.Another surprise came from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, almost 36,000 feet under the surface. National Geographic showed pictures of crabs, shrimp and other types of life, some new to science. Unfortunately, the robotic sub controllers also photographed a Spam can. The team led by James Cameron was dismayed to find “extraordinary” pollution levels in the deepest place on earth. “The trench and nearby areas are home to a variety of creatures, including deep-sea snailfish, glowing jellyfish, and giant amoebas, that could have been exposed to these chemicals despite the trench’s remote location.”Real science is messy. Beware the scientist who says, “Now we know.”Please don’t throw your trash into the ocean. Out of sight is not out of mind. Think of the poor crabs down there trying to survive pollution we caused.last_img read more

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first_imgSadag and the Department of Social Development are launching a toll-free substance abuse helpline in an effort to increase access to help, support and appropriate treatment for substance users.The Youth Risk Survey of 2002 revealed that 49% of teens use alcohol while 31% smoke cigarettes and 13% used dagga (cannabis). (Image: SADAG)Brand South Africa ReporterThe South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has partnered with the Department of Social Development in launching a toll-free substance abuse helpline in an effort to increase access to help, support and appropriate treatment for substance users.The toll-free helpline number is 0800 121314, while SMS’s can also be sent to 32312.The launch in Johannesburg on Thursday coincided with the International Day Against Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – commemorated to raise awareness surrounding drugs and drug abuse – with this year’s event being themed “Do drugs control your life?”Sadag project director Janine Shamos said that many people were marginalised or at risk due to their life-circumstances and were made more vulnerable through drug use.“This line offers support, guidance and help for people addicted to drugs and alcohol as well as their families, no matter where they are in South Africa,” said Shamos.She added that substance abuse was a major problem in the country and that users were getting younger all the time, and that there was the need for youth empowerment and for youngsters to take control of their lives and not let drugs control them.‘A drug-taking society’“According to South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use, in the Northern Cape, 36% of patients admitted to rehabilitation and treatment centres for substance abuse were aged between 10 and 19,” said Shamos.The Youth Risk Survey of 2002 revealed that 49% of teens use alcohol while 31% smoke cigarettes and 13% used dagga (cannabis).She warned that drug and alcohol abuse ate away at people’s lives, families, resources and their ability to cope.“Most of us use drugs every day – caffeine, nicotine, alcohol,” she said. “Ours is a drug taking society and more people are abusing drugs today than in any other time in history”“Sadag has found a way to bring back hope,” Shamos said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Mother of the NationBy Tebogo DitshegoWhile the struggle has been romanticised,truth is, it was a living hell,The legacy of which remains today, the ashes we still smell,In the shacks of Khayelitsha & Diepsloot, the stench of apartheid’s inferno lingers on,In the landlessness & lack of equal economic opportunities the stench remains very strong,Mama Winnie, you raised this without fear of consequences, you were consistent,For you prioritised justice over your own interests,During apartheid they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation,I wonder how it felt to be punished for asking questions,7 days and 7 nights of torture in your bloody & brutal detention,Where did you get the fortitude to do 18 months in solitary confinement?Or to hold the torch of liberation high to ensure there’s no misalignment,But they have the tenacity to ask why you were livid,At a system that tried to burn all you had to ashes because of your pigment,The same people who used the K-word countless times after a smash and grab in all their vanity,Will ask why you were angry at a crime against humanity?After many decades of blood, sweat and tears, freedom was on the horizon,You walked hand in hand with uTata Madiba, your clinched fist raised in the air, as rock solid as diamonds,These many sacrifices were the seeds that bore the fruits of our democracy,But you never let justice go, as you exposed its hypocrisy,But as the years went by I wonder how it felt to be betrayed & ignored,For exercising the very freedoms you risked your life for,Did it feel like getting one thousand lashes and being thrown on a cactus? Hands in bondage while being asphyxiated in plastic? Being forced alive in a casket and burnt to ashes?That’s not romantic, that’s more than traumatic,For the pain you endured is more than just tragic,While in our darkest hour they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation!last_img read more

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first_img22 May 2014 Jacob Zuma was elected President of South Africa by Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma’s nomination came before an objection by the Democratic Alliance, which was dismissed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who ruled that “all present here are eligible for election”. As there was no other nomination, Zuma was elected unopposed. “In terms of Item 6 of part A, Schedule A of the Constitution, I declare the honourable Jacob Zuma duly elected President of the Republic of South Africa,” Mogoeng announced, congratulating the President-elect while the house broke into cheers and ululations. With his election, Zuma ceased to be a member of the National Assembly. The African National Congress (ANC) will later fill his position in the Assembly by choosing the next person on its election list. Zuma will take the oath of office “to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa” and “to obey, observe and maintain the constitution and all other laws” at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including around 40 current and former heads of state. Ordinary South Africans will be transported from across the country to witness the event, while those unable to attend will be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgTags:#Google#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Yesterday, Google announced that it was expanding its real estate listings on Google Maps. In an interview with The Age, Andrew Foster, a Google product manager, explained that Google was rededicating itself to this market because it found that a growing number of people are using the Internet to search for a new home. Currently, according to data from Hitwise, Google Maps is only a very small player in the online real estate market and it only sends about 2% of its traffic to real estate web sites. The current market leaders are Realtor.com, Zillow, and Yahoo Real Estate.It is important to note that Google had been offering this capability on Google Maps for a long time already, and it still didn’t leave a dent in Realtor.com’s or Zillow’s traffic, so we really have to wait and see if Google puts some marketing muscle behind this improved service, or if it will continue to linger in relative obscurity. It Works, But The Competition is BetterWhen you are looking for a house, location is a key factor, and just like Zillow, Google Maps puts a house’s location at the front and center of its presentation. Looking at houses on Google Maps, however, also quickly makes it clear that Google is only aggregating data from listing web sites and getting its data from brokers who update their listing on Google Base. This means that listings on Google Maps are not necessarily as up to date or as comprehensive as those you could find on similar services. It is also quite obvious that real estate listings aren’t the focus of Google Maps. Google’s competition generally offers far more options when searching for a house (type of house, lot size, year built, etc.), and does a better job at displaying other important information about a house and the neighborhood (quality of local schools, for example).While it is good to see that Google is re-dedicating itself to the real estate market, this is hopefully only the beginning of the company’s efforts, because in its current state, these listings on Google Maps are a nice addition to a great product, but don’t hold up as a real estate offering in its own right. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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