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ESB working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal

first_imgThe ESB is working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal this evening.The power went down just before 7pm in the Derrybeg area.A spokesman said they are working t restore the power as quickly as possible. ESB working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

New campaign to power SA’s Proteas

first_imgFootball Fridays united South Africans as they wore their football jerseys to show support for the national team Bafana Bafana during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The country will now be using that same united spirit to get behind the Proteas, ahead of the ICC Cricket World /> (Image: Big Media) South Africans are using the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to show their support for the country’s cricket team ahead of this year’s Cricket World Cup, which starts in February. Initiated by the Lead SA campaign, which encourages South Africans to make a difference in their various communities, Pure Protea Fridays take place at the end of every working week.South Africans are encouraged to mark these days by wearing a Proteas cricket shirt to show their support for the team in the build-up to and during the Cricket World Cup.The idea stems from Football Fridays in 2010, when South Africans donned football jerseys at the end of every week to rally behind national squad Bafana Bafana.There’s been an enthusiastic response to Pure Protea Fridays following its official launch on 10 January.“We united for the Springboks in 2007 and they won the Rugby World Cup, we united for Bafana Bafana in 2010 and we hosted the most amazing Football World Cup. Let us do it again in 2011 for the Proteas,” said Richard Holeness from Johannesburg.“I am going to buy myself a Proteas top and get ready to show my support,” said Tamryn Graeme from Linden in northern Johannesburg.“Football Fridays brought about such amazing spirit – I hope we can continue with that same spirit and pride in our country with Protea Fridays.”Sifiso Mbembe, from Diepkloof in Soweto, south-west Johannesburg, agrees: “Im not a cricket supporter as such, I know very little about the sport, but I am a South African and anything that has to do with showing pride and support for our country gets my vote.”“There is something powerful about having your country behind you when competing in an important event such as a world cup. I think the nation’s support has a unique magic about it – it can really will teams into victory,” Mbembe added.Cricket South Africa (CSA) has also welcomed the initiative: “CSA supports any initiative that is 100% behind the Proteas,” said the organisation’s CEO Gerald Majola.“Let’s lead the Proteas to victory,” said Charlotte Lombard from Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. “I’m excited that we are carrying the spirit and legacy of the Fifa World Cup through to other sporting events that continue to bring us together as South Africans.”Yusuf Abramjee, head of Primedia which came up with the Lead SA initiative, said: “The Football Fridays initiative united the nation and created patriotism. Our intention is to do the same for cricket.”Lombard said she would be travelling with her husband to attend some of the Proteas’ matches during the tournament co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. “We are huge cricket fans and are excited about going to watch the Proteas play. Let’s go Proteas!”South Africans can get themselves official Proteas supporters’ shirts from sports shops around the country or through the CSA website.last_img read more

The Price You Pay for Success

first_imgWaking up earlier than you want to (and earlier than most people would find reasonable). Your bed is warm, safe, and comfortable. You want to stay, but success begins when your feet hit the floor.Going to bed later than you want to. The bed is calling your name. But the meaningful work only gets done when you don’t stay awake and do it.Not eating whatever you want or whenever you want. You can probably eat as much as you want with no ill effects. You can’t, however, eat whatever you want or whenever you want. A little hunger pain is a good reminder.Exercising your body when you would rather not. The bed is still warm. It’s pure comfort. But you have to make yourself physically uncomfortable if you want the energy and vitality you need.Reading instead of watching television, YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix. Television, even its new forms of delivery, is a form of escape. Watching a little is okay. Watching a lot is allowing success to escape your grasp. Reading is exercising the mind, even when the content allows you to escape.Saving money instead of spending it. Saying no to small comforts and trivial distractions now means having a much greater level of comfort later. You are going to live a lot longer than you suspect.Making your calls instead of engaging with more interesting distractions. You are every day confronted with endless distractions. Making your calls isn’t as interesting or fun as many of these distractions. The distractions are destructive, destroying your ability to produce the results of which you are capable. Making your calls (or whatever work it is you are avoiding in order to be comfortable) is where you will find success waiting for you.Listening instead of talking. We love the sound of our own voice. But you don’t learn anything and you don’t make deposits in relationships when you are talking. Speaking is serving your need to be heard. Listening is serving someone else’s need to be heard, to be acknowledged, to be thought of us important. Be uncomfortable and be silent.Putting relationships above transactions. The speed of everything is increasing. We are more and more compressing time and finding a way to make transactions faster. Relationships are destroyed when you treat people like transactions. Go slow even when it makes you uncomfortable.Giving more than you take. You are going to measure your success by the contribution you made to others. Taking, having, acquiring is about your comfort now. Giving is about your legacy. Your future regrets won’t have anything to with what you didn’t have. Your future regrets will be about what you didn’t give. Give it away.Being brave enough to admit that you are wrong and strong enough to change. It’s uncomfortable to admit when you are wrong. It can bruise your ego. It can also repair damaged relationships. It’s worth the discomfort of admitting you are wrong to regain a relationship. It’s worth it to exert the necessary emotional energy to change. Want to know what stops you from succeeding: comfort. Not the lack of pain or suffering. Just a lack of a real discomfort.The remedy is discipline. Discipline is a willingness to be in a state of discomfort now so that you can have something of greater value later.The price you pay for success is: Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

The much awaited Zest is finally unveiled by Tata Motors, creating a new benchmark in pricing

first_imgTata ZestIndia-born auto manufacturer Tata Motors launched its much anticipated compact sedan christened ‘Zest’ on 12th August 2014. The Zest is the first all-new product based on Tata Motors’ ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy, which entitles each car to be a product of design that has never been used earlier. Incidentally, the car has been created with help from its three major studios, namely Pune, Conventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). At a starting price of Rs 4.64 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), it might just be the product to help the company claw back into its original place two years back .All variant prices (ex-showroom New Delhi)Petrol XE – Rs 4.64 LakhXM – Rs 5.25 LakhXMS – Rs 5.43 LakhXT – Rs 5.99 Lakh DieselXE –  Rs. 5.64 LakhXM – Rs. 6.27 LakhXMS – Rs. 6.45 LakhXMA – Rs. 6.99 LakhXT – Rs. 6.99 Lakh Exterior designTata Zest exteriorsClick here to EnlargeAs a symbol of its new design philosophy, the Zest gets a new Tata signature grille that appears to be smiling, instead of the earlier aggressive type. The company calls this as its new ‘Humanity Line’, which flows into the head-lamps. Projector headlamps get chrome accents, while fingernail-shaped LED lamps are installed at the rear. In addition, the Zest also comes with an all-new set of 15-inch alloy wheels. A new brake lamp can be seen on the rear bumper, which is also a new design. All variants come with integrated turn indicators on the Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs).Overall dimensionsLength – 3995mmWidth – 1695mmHeight – 1570mmWheelbase – 2470mmGround Clearance – 165mmadvertisementInterior DesignTata Zest interiorsClick here to EnlargeInside, the dashboard has been decked up with dual-tone finish (Java Black & Latte). Interiors appear more elegant as compared to almost all of Tata’s earlier vehicles. A well-integrated infotainment screen can be observed on the central console,  and to its right side is the all new 3-spoke steering wheel. It is refreshing to see Tata Motors having brought all parts of the instrument cluster back in front of the steering wheel rather than the central console, which now makes driving a lot more convenient. Refined new engine and transmissionThe all-new Revotron engine from Tata Motors is being endorsed by Indian F1 racer Narain Karthikeyan, emphasizing on smoothness and silent operation. The Zest is fitted with the Revotron 1.2T, the first petrol engine from Tata’s new family of petrol engines. Interestingly, this is a Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi), promising much better performance than earlier, possibly simpler to Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost and the   1.2 TSI from Volkswagen, though both belong to a different segment. One of the key innovations introduced with the new engine is Multi-Drive Modes. Offering a unique blend of refinement, performance  and fuel economy, the technology allows a driver to shift between SPORT, ECO and CITY mode.  along with a superior throttle response. In ECO Mode, performance and throttle response is decreased for maximizing fuel economy, ideal for Highway cruising. In the CITY Mode the Zest gets a balance between performance and economy, while throttle response is sharpest in the SPORTS mode, meant for spirited driving. It is natural that the SPORTS mode will generate minimum mileage amongst the three.All petrol and diesel variants get 5-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the top XT variant in diesel gets Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), similar to the one previously seen in the Maruti Celerio.  Gear-shift up/down indicators are available as part of standard equipment on all variants. Power and torque figuresa) PetrolMaximum power- 89 bhpPeak torque- 140 Nmb) DieselMaximum power- 74/89 bhpPeak torque- 190/200 NmFuel efficiency (ARAI-certified)Petrol models – 17.6Km/lDiesel models – 23Km/lSpecial Features- XMS and XT variants come with dual front airbags. – 5-inch infotainment system, designed by Harman/Kardon and GPS navigation by MapmyIndia- Drive by wire technology, providing better engine response-  ePAS (Electric Power Assisted System), with speed sensitivity and ‘Active Return’ function. – Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Rear Park assist for safety.- Corner Stability Control, for better control in corners. – 6 new colours, which are Venetian Red, Buzz Blue, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White.Service levels improvementTata Motors launched an industry first service offering with the 333 Confidence. This program offers a warranty of 3 years or 1 lakhs Kms (whichever is earlier), an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) of 3 years/ 45000 kms (whichever is earlier), along with a free 24X7 Roadside Assistance service for 3 years. Tata Motors is also improving in areas of maintenance and reliability, two parameters on which it has not scored well in the past few years.advertisementVerdictA vastly improved offering from Tata Motors which redefines designing in the compact sedan segment. With prices like these, it has the potential to override the success of Maruti Swift DZire and Honda Amaze.last_img read more

Taiwan denounces China moves to limit its global profile

first_img\R Taipei, Jul 26 (AP) Taiwan today denounced China’s latest moves to increase its global isolation, saying residents of the self-governing island would reject attempts to deny its existence.China in recent days has forced international airlines to stop referring to Taiwan as a separate country on their websites. It also allegedly prompted the Asian Olympic Committee to withdraw the island’s right to host a youth competition scheduled for next year in the central city of Taichung.”These are attempts to destroy Taiwan’s sovereignty, and erase it from the world map,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee told reporters at a news conference.”I believe that no Taiwanese people would accept such a thing,” Lee said.Beijing’s action is aimed at increasing Taiwan’s isolation and prodding it toward a political union with China. Taiwan is already excluded from the United Nations and other major international organizations, and China has been steadily poaching away the self-governing island’s dwindling number of diplomatic partners.Beijing has also stepped up its military threats by sending warplanes on patrols around the island and staging war games on its side of the Taiwan Strait.It has also offered preferential terms for talented young people from the high-tech island to work in cities such as Shanghai and Beijing that offer much larger potential markets than those available in Taiwan.China has taken an increasingly hard line since the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to endorse Beijing’s insistence that Taiwan is a part of China to be brought under its control eventually.advertisementTsai’s office issued a statement Thursday criticizing the move to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games in Taichung as “brazen and crude political meddling in sports.” “Taiwan condemns China’s behavior in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said. (AP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

Super Trans Tasman Messages of Support

first_imgWith just a week left until the commencement of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, it’s time to send in your messages of support to our Australian contingent. The messages will then be posted on in the lead up to the series. There are many ways that you can show your support for the Australian teams as they take on arch rivals New Zealand from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Post your messages of support in any of the following ways: The TFA Facebook page – The TFA Twitter page – (Be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag throughout the series) Or send an email to [email protected] with your message.  Whether it be a message of support to your favourite player, favourite team or the whole contingent, make sure you let them know that you’ll be supporting them during the series. Stay tuned to the following websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 Trans Tasman Series, while Player Profiles will also be uploaded to the website in the coming   Be sure to stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel in the lead up to and during the series for all of the highlights from the event – Related LinksMessages of Supportlast_img read more

21 hours agoEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the world

first_imgEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

From a position of strength

first_imgThe slumping Indian economy could now look towards days of restoration as the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman offered measures to contain the economic slowdown. Addressing her second press briefing, her major announcements seek to give the industry a leg-up. This press conference comes just a day after RBI released its annual report and shortly before the GDP figures for the first quarter of FY20 will be announced. The highlight of Friday’s press conference was, as speculated, a large-scale consolidation of public sector banks as a corrective measure for the ailing economy. This massive change comes after chief executives of ten state-run banks (which were seen as the top contenders for the merger) were consulted with the competent authority of the Union. RBI was also previously consulted for this purpose. It was on August 23 that the Union Finance Minister announced a slew of measures to nurse the ailing Indian economy back to health. These measures included an upfront release of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, steps to remedy the slowdown in the auto sector, improve taxes compliance, and help MSMEs. Rs 55,250 crore upfront capital for credit growth and regulatory compliance are immediate steps to support the economy. The Union Finance Minister confirms that this step goes beyond the urgent purpose of consolidation and aims for growth in the longer term. Bank boards are also given the power to enhance the sitting fee of non-official directors as some administrative enhancements are also proposed. The aim is to strengthen the bank board committee; some specialised risk officers from the market are also to be appointed. With the merger of the banks, the boards will have more power to exercise and the number of public sector banks will come down from 27 to 12. Two prominent banks: Central Bank of India and Bank of India will continue their national presence, while Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank will be merged along with Andhra Bank, Union Bank, and Corporation Bank. From south India, Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank would be brought together to form the fourth-largest PSB with the business of Rs 15.20 lakh crore, as per the Finance Minister’s announcement. Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank, and United Bank will be consolidated to create the second-largest bank with a business of over 17.95 lakh crore; this will also have the second-largest branch network of 11,437 branches. After the consolidation, Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, and Vijaya Bank, see no retrenchments and the best practices of all three banks are adopted for the benefit of all, announced the Finance Minister. It is declared that 14 out of 18 PSBs are now in profit and gross NPAs are down from Rs 8.65 lakh crore to Rs 7.9 crore. Loan recovery is said to be at a record high and gross NPAs have been reduced. With respect to administrative measures, selection for Banks Board Bureau is going to be professional and devoid of any political interference. Such is the intention to avoid Nirav Modi-like situations. SWIFT messaging has been linked to Core Banking System and specialised agencies will monitor every loan above Rs 250 crore. In order to create a strong foundation for the financial sector, the issue of liquidity will be adequately addressed. Sitharaman has announced that “Liquidity is reaching NBFCs, specially the housing finance companies. Four NBFCs have already found solutions related to liquidity with PSBs”. Addressing the economic situation, the very first steps pertain to the banking sector. Also Read – A compounding difficultyJohn Lanchester wrote in How to Speak Money that “GDP can be thought of as a measure not so much of size… It measures the movement of money through and around the economy; it measures activity.” It goes without saying that economic activities add to the GDP (the sum of private consumption expenditure, investment, government expenditure and net exports which excluded imports); one man’s spending is another man’s income. So as to bring order in the exchange of money, the role of banks is indispensable. The cycle of acquiring and spending money keeps in motion the cycle of economic activity and GDP. The urgency acknowledged on Friday evening was in the wake of the palpable slowdown of the economy since the start of 2019. The GDP growth from January to March 2019 had slowed down to 5.8 per cent. Looking at economic activity in the period of April to June 2019, it may be safely said that GDP growth would have slowed down further during the period. The slowdown in the last quarter reflects a slump in investment before the election but high-frequency indicators since then suggest that the economy’s lack of momentum has persisted. The major contributors to the economy’s investment pie are households and private corporations, their spending holds the key for reviving broad-based investment activity in the economy. Despite the current state of affairs on the economic scene, the long-term growth prospect of the Indian economy is positive given its imposing demographic dividend. India is blessed with one of the fastest-growing service sectors in the world with an annual growth rate of over 9 per cent since 2001. This contributed to 57 per cent of GDP in 2012–13. India has become a major exporter of IT services, BPO services, and software services. The IT industry continues to be the largest private-sector employer in India which is also the second-largest start-up hub in the world with over 3,100 technology start-ups in 2018–19. The Indian automobile industry is one of the largest in the world with an annual production of 21.48 million vehicles (mostly two and three-wheelers) in 2013–14. And when the economy is visibly under a crisis, it was the auto sector, which is facing the worst crisis in nearly two decades, that first gave away how critical the situation really is; the tremendous amounts of job cuts in this sector have been speaking volumes of the ailing economic situation. The economic slowdown is a matter of grave concern as market-based economies thrive on hope and belief of profit by private entrepreneurs. In the times of negative market sentiments, the government increases its expense to bring back hope. Prior to Friday’s announcement, it was widely talked about that just when the government needs more money, tax collection has grown by just 1.4 per cent. So far has been the slowest growth rate of GDP since 2014-15. The previous low was 6.39 per cent in 2013-14 following which the Modi government swooped to power in 2014. With aggravated concerns of economic slowdown ominous signs show how deep the slowdown really is. The health of real estate is also a critical indicator of the state of Indian economy as it has links with about 250 ancillary industries (bricks, cement, steel, furniture, etc.) and affects them all if there is a boom or gloom in the sector. The volume of unsold houses over the past one year has increased in the top cities of the countries. According to real estate research company Liases Foras, the unsold inventory currently stands at 42 months. This indicates that it will take about three-and-a-half years for the existing unsold inventory (read flats/houses) to clear up. An efficient market maintains 8-12 months of inventory. Addressing the core issues of the economy and resorting to a top-down approach, the Finance Ministry has braced itself to contain the slowdown for the time being and boost economic growth in the long run.last_img read more