A 103-year-old woman who visited her local cinema for the first time in more than 80 years told friends “Make sure you bring me to the sequel.”Ruby Druce was last at the cinema when she cycled there in the 1940s.But a combination of married life and working for more than 45 years in a local shirt factory in Co Donegal meant Ruby never got back to the silver screen. All that changed last weekend however, when Ruby’s niece Margo Butler decided to take her to see period drama Downton Abbey.Margo revealed “Ruby used to love the cinema but it must be 80 years she was last there. She used to cycle from her home in Castlefinn and across the border into Strabane in Co Tyrone.“She likes watching Downton Abbey on the television and I just happened to say to her that there was a film of it on in the cinema and she decided she’d like to go.”Owner of Century Complex in Letterkenny, Mark Doherty, heard about Ruby’s special occasion and put on a slap-up meal at the adjoining Backstage Bar and Grill. Margo, who used to work at Century Cinemas, said that Ruby was delighted to meet Mark whom she had heard so much about.“She was treated like royalty and she was so happy to meet Mark. He couldn’t do enough for her asking her if she wanted tea and anything else.“She didn’t bother ordering popcorn or sweets because we’d had such a lovely meal beforehand.“She really, really enjoyed the film and the whole occasion. She even asked us on the way out to let her know when the sequel is on so we can go again,” revealed Margo.However, Margo would have to be quick as bright-as-button Ruby’s diary is filling up fast. She turns 104 on December 31st and has already booked her party night out in another local venue.“She’s a great character. Sharp as a tack and she is so aware for her age. It’s up to the rest of us to keep up with her,” laughed niece Margo.Ruby with the one and only Mark Doherty from Century Complex.After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema! was last modified: October 3rd, 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)Tags:century complexMargo ButlerMark DohertyRuby Druce
South African explorer Kingsley Holgate and his team are travelling to South Sudan by road. Holgate is travelling with 11 other local explorers. The team includes his family members. The convoy of three Land Rovers departed from the Lesedi Cultural Village. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Samantha Manclark Media liaison company Speakers Corner +27 11 327 1540 RELATED ARTICLES • Adventurer spreads his nets wide • Boundless Southern Africa • Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot • Epic run to put smiles on facesBongani NkosiSouth African explorer Kingsley Holgate is back on the road for an ultra-long expedition, this time to boost malaria-prevention efforts in South Sudan and wish the new nation well as it celebrates independence on 9 July 2011.Holgate and his team, comprising 11 other local explorers, left South Africa at about 10am on 21 June. They departed from the Lesedi Cultural Village, a tourist site outside Johannesburg, for their trip called “A Journey to Juba”.Juba is the southern region’s capital city.The volunteering dozen, which includes some of Holgate’s family members, will reach South Sudan just in time for its 9 July celebrations, when the region officially secedes from the Khartoum-based government.“It’s a goodwill exploration to South Sudan to wish them well on their new democracy,” said Holgate, whose team will spend at least 60 days on the road.The team, travelling in three sponsored Land Rovers, will distribute mosquito nets to pregnant women and children when they get to South Sudan. The life-saving nets were supplied by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.They will not just “dump” nets in the rural areas, Holgate said, but instead spend time with locals to give their mission a greater sense of dignity. “It’s great to get to villages far from the city, far from regular health services,” he said.The Durban-born Holgate is a staunch activist of United Against Malaria (UAM), a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the disease and get authorities to commit to end it. UAM gained particular momentum during the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa.Raising awareness The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that up to 70% of the Sudanese population live in vulnerable areas and are at risk to malaria. In its March 2010 publication, UNDP said “malaria is hyper-endemic and holoendemic” in the southern region.Emerging from a two-decade-long civil war, South Sudan’s challenges include assembling sustainable health and social sectors.“South Sudan is a high-risk malaria area that needs special attention,” said Holgate.In addition to distributing nets, the explorers will work hard to raise awareness about the prevalence of malaria. Holgate said part of their aim is to “bring home the message that we have a serious disease in Africa that needs attention”.The mosquito-borne infectious disease is most prevalent in Africa, although cases are also reported in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands.At least 11 African countries have managed to halve the incidence of confirmed malaria cases and deaths since 2000.According to UAM, it costs just $10 (R67) to buy a mosquito net to protect a mother and child from contracting malaria for up to five years.“The thing with malaria is that it’s an African issue. It has to be solved by Africans,” said Robert Brozin, founder and CEO of Nando’s, one of the companies sponsoring the expedition.The travellers are also taking 300 pairs of prescription spectacles with them to Juba to donate to locals.Fighting in AbyeiAn additional six members of Holgate’s adventure team have had to pull out due to security concerns. Fighting was under way in Abyei, an oil-rich town that straddles Sudan’s north and south regions, until warring sides signed a ceasefire agreement on 20 June.The Khartoum-based government agreed to pull out its army from the contested Abyei, but a lasting resolution lies on the determination of the geographic location of the town. The fighting that intensified in early May resulted in about 100 000 residents being displaced.Having criss-crossed the continent for over 30 years and gone to some of the war hotspots, Holgate is not let down by the situation in Africa’s new nation.Advocate Sivu Maqungo, South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s chief director in East Africa, assured the explorers that Juba, the south’s capital, is peaceful and “everyone is excited” about the upcoming celebrations.The department recognised Holgate and the team as good ambassadors of South Africa, and vowed that its staff will be in Juba to receive them.“We need more of what you are doing,” Maqungo told the explorers. “It’s not just about the nets, but the awareness that you putting out there. We’re proud to be associated with you.”South Africa has trained about 1 500 civil servants in South Sudan to equip them for running the government, according to Maqungo.Holgate’s team will not be the only South African group to attend the new nation’s celebrations, as government officials – including President Jacob Zuma – will also be there.Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, one of the chief negotiators in Sudan’s conflict resolution efforts, is expected to be one of the dignitaries attending.“The exploration is of great importance. It’s the first exploration from South Africa to South Sudan,” said Holgate, who is also a celebrated humanitarian and author.
How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud This week I attended HP ISS Tech Day at Hewlett-Packard‘s Houston facility along with several other bloggers. We were given a tour and demonstrations of HP’s Industry Standard Servers (ISS) technology. We didn’t see new, unreleased products and we didn’t talk about potential tech breakthroughs of the future. We focused entirely on technologies HP offers today and how those technologies can benefit IT workers.HP assumes clouds will be ubiquitous – either private or public – and the the ISS Tech Day was all about technologies making it easier and faster to deploy private clouds.What is a Private Cloud?Definitions of cloud computing are always hard to pin down, and it seems cloudwash is everywhere. We’ve been skeptical about the terms “private cloud” and “cloud in a box” before, but in many ways it comes down to a fundamental question: what is a cloud?HP decided to get that question out of the way early in the day. The common characteristics of a cloud, according to HP’s Daniel Bowers:A pool of resources that can be allocated and modified elastically.A means for requesting and granting access to resources.Optionally, a means to measure and bill for those resources.It doesn’t matter if those resources are in a public data center or a private data center. So for our purposes a private cloud is any means of delivering elastic resources to users from within the firewall. That means you lose one advantage of using a public cloud – paying for only what you use. But you do retain one important advantage: you don’t have to over-invest in every single server if each server has a pool of resources to draw from.Via Wikipedia:Douglas Parkhill first described the concept of a “Private Computer Utility” in his 1966 book The Challenge of the Computer Utility. The idea was based upon direct comparison with other industries (e.g. the electricity industry) and the extensive use of hybrid supply models to balance and mitigate risks.Private cloud and internal cloud have been described as neologisms, however the concepts themselves pre-date the term cloud by 40 years. Even within modern utility industries, hybrid models still exist despite the formation of reasonably well-functioning markets and the ability to combine multiple providers.POD-Works, an Assembly Line for Data CentersAn HP POD. Photos by Klint FinleyHP’s POD-Works facility custom builds modular data centers that can be delivered to a customer’s site. POD stands for Performance Optimized Data Center. Shipping container-esque modular data centers have been around for a few years, but HP offers a new twist: it’s taking advantage of assembly line productivity to produce these data centers faster and cheaper.HP claims that not only can it do all the work of setting up racks, wiring, optimizing power consumption and building out the full data center for you – it claims it can do so at the fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. HP takes advantage of assembly line productivity to industrialize the process of creating data centers. Left: A completely wired rack from the above POD. Right: The assembly line floor. Photos by Klint FinleyAccording to The Register, the PODs can cost about $1.5 million – not including servers, storage and switches. However, that can still be significantly cheaper than building a brick and mortar data center.Here’s a video from HP explaining a bit more: We can very much see this becoming part of how data centers are built in the future. HP is trying to make it easier not just to virtualize and manage infrastructure, but it make it easier to implement actual physical infrastructure as well. It brings a whole new meaning to the term “cloud in a box.”HP’s POD-Works competes with other modular data center vendors, such as Oracle‘s Sun Modular Data Center.Next: Power management, I/O virtualization and a bit of cloud history.Disclosure: HP is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, and paid for Klint Finley’s travel and accommodations to attend HP ISS Tech day. Tags:#cloud#Data Centers Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This video is a bit longer and more detailed: Related Posts klint finley
The family members of Sanji Ram, the alleged conspirator of the Kathua rape and murder case, have said that he should be hanged publicly but only if a CBI probe into the case finds him guilty.The family members also criticised the national media for portraying their agitation for a CBI probe into the case as “pro-rapists” and “pro-culprits”, and said the scribes were “delivering judgments without investigation”.Huddled together under a tree in a nondescript hamlet in their village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, Ram’s family members have been demanding an “impartial investigation by a credible agency”. Sixteen women, who were on a fast demanding a CBI probe into the case, have been hospitalised in past 15 days.“My father (Sanji Ram) and brother (Vishal) should be hanged to death if they are found guilty, provided the investigation is conducted by a credible agency. We want justice for the girl by a probe through credible agency and only such probe can ensure our father’s and brother’s innocence,” one of Ram’s daughters said.“Media should have heard us, our side and our fears on the probe by the Crime Branch. Wanting a CBI probe to give justice to 8-year girl, meant to media that we were shielding culprits or creating hurdle in the probe. It was wrong. We always batted for justice for the girl,” she said. She expressed doubt about the credibility of the probe by the Crime Branch. “Being a girl, I am pained over the treatment meted out to the victim but I am doubtful over the probe being conducted by the Crime Branch,” she said.“We have doubts over the investigation and there are reasons for it. We strongly demand a CBI inquiry to ensure justice to the victim as well as the local people,” she added. Her younger sister also questioned the Crime Branch’s investigation asking how could a father call his son for raping a minor girl — as claimed in the chargesheet.“Can you imagine what this (statement in charge-sheet of Crime Branch) means? It is shameful that someone says an old man called his young son from his college in UP to rape a little girl,” she said. The issue was being politicised, she said, and claimed that their voice had been muzzled in political war. The family said that the chargesheet had not only given bad name to the hamlet but also “discredited” all the Dogras of the area. The body of the girl, from the Bakherwal community, was recovered from Rasana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the crime branch of the state police which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence. The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a main charge sheet against the seven accused on Monday last and one separate charge sheet against another accused, who was earlier said to be a juvenile, at a court in Kathua district last Tuesday.
A few years ago, when I was helping out with the coaching of my son’s under-13 club cricket team in London, I would watch with great interest who the senior coaches would choose and how they would shape the teams of the under-11s, 13s and 15s. At one point I realised that several coaches were going for boys who had a certain height and bulk over slighter- built kids. It was bemusing, because, till then, I had always thought of cricket as being the one sport that was free from size- ist concepts.I understood the logic in a sport like, say, football: you had big bodies to play goalkeeper and to cover the goal, you then had to have tall bodies to jump higher than the defenders to head in the crosses, to stay on the ball when a defender tried to force you off, and the only place for someone slightly- built was in the mid- field, unless you happened to be a short but brutally powerful genius called something like Diego Maradona.Cricket, on the other hand, had always had a funny mix of heights and body types, with someone like Alan Knott (short, wafer- thin) and Tony Greig ( several inches over six feet and not too slight) able to pull the oars for the same team in the 1970s.I did understand that even Indian and Sri Lankan players were now getting bigger, while the old big- guy teams had plateaued out a bit, better enabling us southern subcontis to fight them. Nevertheless, this sorting out of boys at these early ages on cricket grounds in North London was, neverthless, a bit baffling.advertisementPersonalityIt was only when I overheard a conversation between two of the Englishmen weighing up a young all- rounder that I understood. “Think he could be a Fred?” asked one, “I reckon he’s got the build and the eye!” replied the other man.Suddenly, the penny dropped – they were, every club, colt, regional and county team, all of them, searching for the next Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. The phenomenon I observed was a few years before 2005.At that point, the English had been without the Ashes for nearly twenty years and they were, understandably desperate; several stars of the English team had played out their entire careers without once getting a sniff of the legendary urn and for every new talent England released onto the field, the Aussies would counter with two or three, all of them far better than anything the Poms had to offer.Think McGrath and Gillespie for Angus Fraser, think Mathew Hayden and Justin Langer for Graham Thorpe, think Shane Warne and Gilchrist for nobody comparable at all. The one cricketer that England had produced who struck some semblance of hesitation if not exactly fear in the opposition was the freak called Flintoff.Freddie was big, he was fast, he hit the ball hard, but most of all he had a certain physical personality that could impose itself on most opponents; the actual talent FF displayed with cricketing skills such as bowling, batting and fielding were, of course, crucial, but what really put both icing and cherry on the cake of hope was the maniacal scream that exploded out of him when he took a big wicket or the psycho- stare he gave a bowler after he’d hit him ( yet again) for a six.In the English imagination, Freddie was not so much a general or a commander as he was that solid oak of a Sergeant- Major who could both motivate the troops under him while nonchalantly taking out the German machine- gun nests single- handedly, handedly, time and time again.The problem was that, again, the idea had come from football. For all the refinements of the David Platts and Gary Linekers, the character England supporters really loved was the working- class hulk, Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne wasn’t anywhere as big as Flintoff but he had the same big heart and manic personality.As he grew into his game, whatever slightness of body he had, disappeared. There does exist one of the great sports photographs of the ‘ hard man’ of football, Vinnie Jones, grabbing Gascoigne’s family area just before a free- kick melee, young Paul’s face grimacing in pain; but Jones could never get close to touching the epicentre of Gascoigne’s playing when he was at his peak.AshesHowever, for all his talents and promise, the over- riding visual most people have of Gascoigne was his face wracked with tears at his second yellow card in the 1990 World Cup semi- final against West Germany, after which England were knocked out on penalties.advertisementBy 2005, when Australia came to England to play, there was already a new, hulky- hope for English football in the shape of Wayne Rooney. Here was, to reverse the comparison, a Footballing Freddie, and one who, ironically, may have inspired Vaughan, Flintoff and Co. to finally wrest the Ashes back from the Aussies.The ‘ 05 Ashes were Flintoff’s great moment: there he was, always in the thick of the action; there he was, unflinching, seemingly devoid of any imagination that might include defeat, nervelessly pulling England through in the closest of Tests, not once but several times; there he was, psycho- scream put away, consoling Brett Lee at the end of the series; there he was, face bombed by the mother of all hangovers the day after the victory was sealed.One could have been forgiven for thinking then that this, finally, was the lift- off for a great cricketer from England – something the world had not seen for many decades.Instead, that Ashes win was to be the peak of Flintoff’s trajectory. What followed was hardly the stuff of Greek or Shakespearean tragedy. The steep decline in Fred F’s career was more suited to absurdist drama or the satires of Bertolt Brecht: in the return series Down Under, under his captaincy, (the absent commander was Michael Vaghan) the Australians tore England to shreds, giving them not even a consolation draw while taking the series 5- 0; then came the drunken wrestling math with the pedallo, or what became known as the Fredallo incident and then came the withdrawal, first from Tests, then ODIs and finally, last week, from cricket altogether.IndiaDoes Andrew Flintoff’s rapid deflation give any pause to the coaches in England from looking for a replacement- giant among the teens and pre- teenagers? Not a bit of it. Because, debuting in that lonesome English Ashes win of ’05 was an articulated lorry of a South African called Kevin Pietersen.Even as Rooney fails in the World Cup, even as the Pakistanis playing in some reverse- gear manage to work out Big Kev in the last series, I’m betting England’s cricket and football coaches are still laying their hopes on over- size super- structures of bone and muscle.The lesson in all this, at least for us Indians, is to remain aware of what has brought us to the top of cricketing pile: the spread of better nutrition across a large swathe of middle and lower- middleclass society, providing us a with a far more competitive talent- pool, a sharp rise in fitness, three or four wristy players who time and place the ball beautifully, one or two bowlers who bowl well ( but none of them bulky), and one short but muscular world- beater called Tendulkar.Yes, we must value the crazy strength of the Yuvvies and the Dhonis but we must also congratulate ourselves on the variation of body- types in the Indian team.advertisementJust as it is more healthy to eat fruit vegetables of different colours, each colour bringing a different nutrient, so it is more effective to weave together a team made from the different talents coming different physical characteristics. If we remember this, not only in cricket but in other sports as well, who knows? We might even see an Indian football team in the World Cup in our lifetimes.The writer is the author of The Last Jet-engine Laugh
Transfers Batshuayi and Joao Mario talk curbed by West Ham boss Moyes Ryan Benson 02:29 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Michy Batshuayi West Ham United Premier League Rumours had suggested the Chelsea striker and Andy Carroll could be involved in a swap, while Inter’s Portuguese forward is another mooted target David Moyes did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich City to scout Michy Batshuayi, while the West Ham boss has dealt a blow to the Blues in their reported chase of Andy Carroll.Belgium international Batshuayi has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after struggling to make an impact at Chelsea in the year-and-a-half since moving from Marseille.Batshuayi – who scored for Chelsea against Norwich – had been suggested as a potential makeweight in a deal to take Carroll the other way, with Antonio Conte’s side linked with several surprising options, including Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Moyes attempted to end those rumours in his column for the London Evening Standard, with Carroll unlikely to play again for anyone this month.”Categorically, I did not go to Stamford Bridge to watch Batshuayi or any other player in particular,” he wrote.”I like to get out and watch plenty of matches, I hadn’t seen Norwich this season and there were some players there who had been mentioned to me as having been doing well.”What may defuse much of the speculation is that the ankle injury Andy picked up against West Brom is sufficiently serious that he will not be able to play again this month anyway and it could even need an operation to put things right, although that has not yet been confirmed.”Moyes, meanwhile, has also sought to curb talk suggesting that Inter winger Joao Mario is among those on his January wish list.The Portugal international, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is a player the Hammers boss admires, but one he is reluctant to speculate on.The Scot added: “I think he’s a name which has been mentioned but whether he’s from Inter Milan or Chelsea or wherever I’m not talking about players from other clubs,” Moyes added. “He’s an interesting player, he’s a good footballer and certainly very talented.”
Mason slams Wales handling of James head injuryby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Mason has slammed Wales’ handling of a head injury to Manchester United winger Daniel James in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Croatia.James appeared to be unconscious after clashing with opponent Domagoj Vida, but was allowed to continue in the match.Former Spurs midfielder Mason suffered a career-ending concussion in 2018 and believes Wales were wrong to permit James to play on.”Daniel James was just knocked out unconscious! Yet three minutes later he has been allowed back onto the pitch,” Mason posted on his Twitter account.Both James and Wales coach Ryan Giggs denied the Manchester United winger was unconscious after the incident. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN ESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?
Beverly Andrews APTN News The legacy of the Sagkeeng Oldtimers hockey team lives on at the Hockey Hall of Fame with memorabilia now on display.Darlene Ahmo, along with community members and some former players, traveled from Manitoba to Toronto to see it for themselves.“My dad was the founder of the team, my mom was the manager, my dad was a coach, I was the assistant to my mom and my dad. Oh my gosh, that was a lot of work, and just seeing the display at the hall of fame was just like all those memories surfaced,” said Ahmo.“I’m sorry, it’s just overwhelming.”Ahmo recalled when her parents, Walter and Verna Fontaine, started the team in the 1970s on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba.“My dad, he played hockey in residential school,” she said. “He loved hockey. He was a really great hockey man. Now I know why he wanted to do what he did and why my mom helped him.”The team played across North America and Europe. Theodore Fontaine played defence and said the team had a purpose.“It’s a long legacy of denying an identity and it was an opportunity to come up with the identity that we were real, in spite of what government said that we were not real,” he said. “It was an opportunity to show that we were normal and we could compete with the world.”email@example.com