first_imgIT may be a day for hitting the beach – but not if you head to Linsfort Beach in Inishowen.There is anger from locals and visitors alike after planning permission was given for a massive oyster farm on a beach enjoyed for generations.The once beautiful beach on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way is being ruined by oyster farming, said a spokesman for Save Linsfort Beach. “A ten year licence has been granted for 42 acres of oyster beds and the beach which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is being destroyed.“This unspoilt sandy beach has already been turned into an eyesore with lines of unsightly metal cages. The beach is now practically unusable by the local community and public who have for years walked along the shore and enjoyed recreational activities on the beach during the summer months.“As unsightly as the metal cages are at low tide they are also unmarked at high tide when submerged just below the surface and and present a real safety hazard to children, swimmers, kayakers, boats and local wildlife.“Environmental impact studies suggest that the use of non-native species (pacific oysters) for aquaculture purposes is of significant concern. Pacific oysters can overgrow resident species and affect their growth and cause widespread environmental changes that threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services.” More information on a petition and a campaign can be found here ANGER AS MASSIVE OYSTER FARM GETS GO-AHEAD ON TOP DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: June 30th, 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:buncranaLinsfort beachoyster farmlast_img read more

A walk on vibey Vilakazi Street

first_imgVilakazi Street is steeped in history Nobel peace prize winner ArchbishopEmeritus Desmond Tutu’s house showsno sign that a legend lives inside A plaque outside the Mandela FamilyMuseum celebrates the street’s twofamous residents Street performers on Vilakazi Street Words and pictures by Khanyi Magubane The people on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, seem to walk with an air of grace, which tells you there’s something special about it. The vibrant, tourist-swarmed neighbourhood is the only one of its type in the world – home to two Nobel peace prize winners.The first thing you see when you turn on to the street is the house in which Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu still lives with his wife Leah. Painted light grey and enclosed by high walls, there’s no sign that a legend lives inside. Locals say that when he’s in back in town Tutu loves to walk about and freely mix with the community.Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in fighting apartheid. His equally famous compatriot, former president Nelson Mandela, also has a lifelong history in Vilakazi Street.Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, lived in Vilakazi Street from 1946 to 1961. He stayed in the redbrick five-roomed house with his first wife, Evelyn Mandela, until their divorce.When he remarried, Mandela remained in the house with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The couple divorced in 1996, six years after Mandela was released from prison.The Mandela Family MuseumThe house is now the Mandela Family Museum, and a South African heritage site. The museum is open to the public for tours on weekdays.Inside, the house is decorated with photos of a young Mandela, his children, other African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts, and his ex-wives. Memorabilia include gifts he’s received from across the world, and honorary doctorates he’s received from international universities.Tour guide Jane Monakwane explains that the structure has undergone serious revamping. “The house came under attack many times before Mandela went to prison. At that time, Mandela spent many nights on the kitchen floor, as it was safest. Bullets could not penetrate through the kitchen.“Shortly before Mandela’s release, Winnie had the house renovated to welcome him back.”Inside the main bedroom are three pairs of shoes: a pair of size-nine army boots worn by Madikizela Mandela; a pair of hiking boots, the first pair of shoes Mandela wore as a free man, which were too small for him; as well as the shoes he wore in prison.A block up from the Mandela family museum, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Street, is the intersection where Hector Peterson was killed by police. Peterson was the first victim of the June 16 1976 students’ uprising, a key event in the struggle against apartheid.The image of the boy’s death, captured by photographer Sam Nzima, sent shock waves around the world. The Hector Peterson Museum was later built close to the site, where visitors are walked through the events of June 1976.A leading intellectualVilakazi Street was named after Dr BW Vilakazi, one of South Africa’s earliest black intellectuals, poet and novelists, who wrote in a number of indigenous languages. Vilakazi’s main works include three novels and poetry collections Inkondlo Ka Zulu and Amal’eZulu. He was inspired by Dr John Langalibalele Dube, who was the founder of the Ohlange Institute and the first ANC president.Vilakazi was the first black man to teach at the University of the Witwatersrand. Officially employed as a “language assistant”, he was in fact a lecturer – the race laws of the day did not permit the technically white institution to call him a lecturer. While teaching at Wits, he obtained a PhD in literature. During his lifetime Vilakazi helped to develop the languages of isiZulu and siSwati in written form and helped develop the isiZulu dictionary.New developments in the streetOver the years, the tourist excursion to Vilakazi Street has been extended to include lunch at eateries established to cater for the many visitors who pass through. A popular restaurant in Vilakazi Street is Nambitha (meaning “to taste” in isiXhosa). Established in 1999 by entrepreneur Khulani Vilakazi, the restaurant has already been host to many famous visitors.The Sakhumzi Restaurant, just down the road from Nambitha, is also a big attraction for tourists. It was started by Sakhumzi Maqubela, and boasts a wide variety of traditional meals sold at the venue, including a daily buffet, where visitors have a chance to sample the different types of South African dishes.Johannesburg’s only community television station, Soweto TV, is also based on the street. The station broadcasts from a classroom at a local primary school. It’s here that young producers are taught to generate local content that will appeal to the community. Soweto TV reaches about 4-million viewers in the township’s largely low-income market.A most recent development in Vilakazi Street was the addition of a health and beauty spa, Afro Nubian, opposite Nambitha . Here guests get to be treated to manicures, pedicures hot stone massages and makeovers, and are pampered thoroughly in the process.Useful links Nambitha restaurant Sakhumzi restaurant Soweto Soweto tours South African Tourism City of Johannesburglast_img read more

New website addresses and outlines best management practices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new website ( has been launched that is designed to help landowners and operators use visual clues in the landscape or management records to identify fields or stream/ditches where targeted practices can reduce erosion and nutrient losses that impair Ohio watersheds.Private and public dollars available to address erosion and nutrient loss concerns from agricultural production fields are limited. The intent of this website is to empower farmers/landowners with the knowledge necessary to identify the high risk situations that exist in their farm fields and the ability to know when to seek professional help for implementing cost effective conservation. This website provides a summary of “Critical Concerns” found in the landscape and in agronomic farm plans, a review of potential “Best Management Practices (BMPs)”, and a list of resources and people/agencies to contact.Website pages include:• Critical Concerns — Pictures and descriptions of critical resource concerns to use in identification plus links to potential BMP’s that address those concerns.• BMP practices — A listing of all BMP practices with descriptions, effectiveness, pros and cons of the practice, things to consider and contacts for further inquiry.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)- Answers to common questions and helpful background information. Submit — A place to submit pictures of critical concerns or BMP’s in action to add to the website or questions for FAQ.People — Contacts for people and organizations available to assist in answering questions or seeking cost share.A website provides a vehicle that can be used in the field on mobile devices plus is easily updated with new information on cost of implementation, effectiveness of practices to address water quality and other factors as new research is made available. Comments and pictures are being sought to continue to improve this resources.The website has been made possible by funding from Ohio State University Extension, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, with input from Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy and funding from Ohio Soybean Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.If question or suggestions on the website contact Greg LaBarge, [email protected]last_img read more

Could the eBook Version of ‘The Lost Symbol’ Outsell the Hardcover Edition?

first_imgEven though some people are seriouslyasking this question today, the answer is obviously a resounding “no.” There can be no doubt that The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown’s sequel to the immensely popular Da Vinci Code, will sell extremely well on the Kindle and may easily turn out to be the bestselling fiction title on the Kindle of all time. The fact that the Kindle edition is currently outselling the hardcover edition on Amazon hints at some of the advantages eBooks have over regular books, but there can be no doubt that the paper editions of The Lost Symbol will easily outsell the eBook version.Instant Delivery vs. Pre-OrdersIt’s almost ludicrous to argue that the eBook edition of The Lost Symbol could outsell the hardcover edition. Yes, the eBook version is currently outselling the hardcover version on Amazon. However, with 5 million copies of the hardcover version printed for the U.S. market alone, these numbers simply won’t hold, especially because this is a book that will draw in a lot of readers who don’t usually pick up hardcover books and don’t usually buy books from Amazon but pick them up at their local Barnes & Noble, airport bookstore, or grocery store. It’s also worth noting that Amazon had been accepting pre-orders for the book for months – indeed, the pre-orders kept The Lost Symbol in Amazon’s Top 100 for the last 150 days. If you own a Kindle, however, you don’t need to pre-order the book as it’s immediately delivered to your device anyway. Chances are that there was simply a lot of demand for the Kindle version today and most of Dan Brown’s fans without a Kindle had already ordered theirs or planned to pick a copy up at a brick-and-mortar bookstore.A Symbol of Things to Come?That said, though, the fact that the eBook version is doing so well shows that eReaders and eBooks are on the right track. The real killer feature, here, is the instant delivery that eBooks can offer and the cheaper price (which Amazon currently subsidizes). Sure, you could leave the house and actually walk or drive to a local bookstore, but you could also get it delivered to your eReader within seconds and without ever having to get out of your pajamas. It would also be interesting to see how many of these copies end up on iPhones, but Amazon doesn’t publish these numbers.We did, however, get some interesting data from ShortCovers, a small but interesting eBook vendor who sells books in the ePub format and offers a number of mobile apps as well. For ShortCovers, the release of The Lost Symbol  meant a 2x increase in sales yesterday and the book sold more copies in one day than the Twilight series did in the last 2 months.The demand for eBooks is picking up and is starting to reach a mainstream audience. Once the new eReaders from Plastic Logic, iRex, Asus, Sony and others become available in the next few months, the increased competition will surely drive prices for eReaders down and adoption rates up – unless, of course, Steve Jobs’ prediction that nobody wants a single-purpose eReader device turns out to be right. Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Mobile Ticketing Taking Off: 15 Billion Sold by 2014

first_imgTags:#mobile#Trends#web sarah perez Related Posts Buying and selling tickets is another business that’s slowly being migrated over to our mobile devices. Whether it’s a movie ticket, concert ticket, plane ticket, or something else, there are a number of companies now offering digital alternatives to the tree-killing paper printouts of days past. In a new study by Juniper Research, analysts predict that the market for mobile ticketing will reach 15 billion delivered tickets by the year 2014. According to Juniper, a little over 2 billion tickets were sold this past year. That makes the forecast of 15 billion by 2014 a notable jump which points to consumers’ ever-increasing desire to perform business transactions like mobile ticket purchases using their mobile phones and other handheld devices. Mobile ticketing initiatives benefit both parties, the ticket issuer and the purchaser. Consumers win because a digitized ticket accessible via their handheld is a convenience. (Just think: how many times have you left the house without your tickets, having to turn around and retrieve them or miss the event altogether?) For ticket sellers, not having to deal with the cost of printing tickets can provide a huge savings. Yet despite the multi-billion increases year-over-year, this market still has a way to go. “Although 15 billion sounds large,” notes the report’s author Howard Wilcox, “it is in fact it a small percentage of total tickets issued — there is plenty of scope for innovative solutions to penetrate this market.” Wilcox sees the next steps for the mobile ticketing industry as encompassing more widespread purchasing via mobile phones and NFC-based ticketing. Mobile Ticketing in the Real WorldOver on online marketing site MarketingVOX, they’ve detailed several real-world examples of mobile ticketing including Southwest Airlines’ iPhone app which allows for mobile ticket purchases, the upcoming NBA All-Star Game in Dallas which is offering special tickets to T-Mobile Android phone owners, AMC movie theaters’ pilot program for mobile movie tickets, and’s paperless ticket test in Chicago. What’s interesting about the U.S.-based initiatives detailed above is what early stages so many are in. Even though 42% of Americans now own a smartphone, companies are just beginning to tap into that demographic with their newly launched mobile ticketing pilot programs and marketing initiatives. Another interesting detail from the report is the finding that Western Europe will become the leading region in mobile ticketing by 2014 based on the number of tickets sold. That has them overtaking the current mobile ticket leader, the Far East and China region. In the Asian countries, the use of NFC phones has made mobile ticketing much easier to implement. As NFC phone models make their way to other areas of the globe, the opportunities for mobile ticketing increase accordingly. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more