Taoiseach rules out pre-Christmas general election

first_imgThe Taoiseach has told a Cabinet meeting that there will not be a general election before Christmas.Leo Varadkar reiterated what he told a meeting of Fine Gael ministers earlier, that to hold an election now, while Brexit has not been fully resolved, was not in the best interests of the country.At a post-Cabinet briefing this afternoon, Mr Varadkar once again denied media speculation that he was planning to call a general election before Christmas. Earlier, Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy said he believed the public would be quite happy if a general election was held next month.Last month, Mr Varadkar told a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting in Cork that May 2020 was the “right moment” for a general election because the Government would have either secured a Brexit deal or have “guided the country through the worst of no-deal”.Taoiseach rules out pre-Christmas general election was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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 read more

King of Karate in Khayelitsha

first_imgSensei Monwabisi Njomba has taken the lessons he learnt mastering martial arts and used them to develop the minds and bodies of young people in Cape Town.Monwabisi Njomba (right) is a trained martial arts teacher, who learnt valuable lessons and healthy living. He is now inspiring young people and others in the community through his Njomba Fitness Academy in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. (Image: Monwabisi Njomba Facebook)CD AndersonSensei Monwabisi Njomba got his start in karate, kung fu and other martial arts as a young man in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. When he moved to Cape Town in 2010, he had a dream of opening his own dojo, or martial arts gym, for youngsters who wanted to learn both the physical and mental pillars of the ancient arts of self-defence.“I always had a heart for young people and decided to pursue the idea of opening my own gym. I then started Njomba Fitness Academy [in Khayelitsha] to try to bring young people together through fitness and prevent them from doing wrong,” he told News24.The academy started small, at the township’s Eyethu Hall and set up with only the most rudimentary equipment and his knowledge of martial arts. But the idea soon found an appreciative audience. Children in the area approached the academy in droves, inspired, like Njomba when he was young, to learn the quick and agile moves made famous by films stars such Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.Njomba says the principles of karate and other martial arts are not only about strength and physical power, but also about self-discipline and mental focus. “I always kept my head high because I was passionate about karate,” he says, and he is doing his best to instil that same self-belief in his young students.The academy is not only for the young, with many older residents learning the more delicate though equally fulfilling practices of yoga and Pilates. He also teaches basic self-defence methods to women and organises aerobics classes and fun runs. While the main focus of the academy is martial arts, Njomba ensures there is something for everyone in the community.“My main aim [for the community] is to keep the young people fit and help elders to live healthy and better lives.”Right now, Njomba’s biggest challenge is keeping the academy running, and he is always on the lookout for new sponsors and companies interested in partnering with the gym to be able to continue giving the residents a place to make friends, and learn tolerance and healthy living.“We don’t have proper gear [for karate] and sometimes transport is a hassle when we want to go to championships. But we keep our heads high and try to help the young ones who are passionate about the sport,” Njomba said.The popularity of the Njomba Fitness Academy is growing, and for the founder himself, its success is the fulfilment of his life’s dream to bring karate to the community. “I really love what I do… I believe everyone needs to exercise in order to live a healthy life.”Watch a video of Njomba and his Fitness Academy on the News24/Beautiful News website.Source: News24/Beautiful News, Monwabisi Njomba FacebookWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google SketchUp Release Enables Faster Modeling

first_imgIf you’ve ever used AutoCAD, you’ll know why Google’s SketchUp is a pleasure to work with. The latest 7.1 release of SketchUp includes Get Photo Texture, Nearby Models and a new Upload Component. Using Google Earth, SketchUp and Google Maps, the company offers a number of quick modeling solutions. After importing a Google Earth snapshot and allowing Google’s 3D warehouse to geo-locate your model you can digitally remodel almost any mapped structure. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Get Photo Texture: If you’re working on a model that exists in Google Street View, rather than rendering your own textures, you can skin your building with Street View imagery. Rather than painstakingly tiling windows and bricks, you’ve suddenly got a chance to manipulate an entire building face with a simple copy and paste. Nearby Models: This automates the task of finding nearby buildings for your model. After you’ve found the location of your project, select the nearby building you’d like to include and they’ll automatically appear as nearby buildings in your file. Upload Component: Rather than going through the process of selecting and identifying individual buildings from your model to upload to the 3D warehouse, Google has simplified the process. Users can simply right click their model and select upload. To view some of Google’s featured modelers, visit the Google Earth 3D Building Tour layer or to try your hand at SketchUp, download it here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

Is the Real Revenue in Printing Money and Trading Sheep?

first_imgdana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market While many large communities continue to chase ad revenue and subscription models, I can’t help thinking the real money is in virtual currency and goods. Yesterday we featured an article about Beijing and the fact that TenCent (one of the country’s most successful social networks) makes 90% of its revenue from virtual goods. With China alone representing a $4 billion dollar market, many are looking to gaming and virtual goods as the next emerging space. Few investors know the gaming space as well as Benchmark Capital’s general partner Mitch Lasky. In addition to sitting on the board of Riot Games, Lasky’s firm invested in both Gaia and Linden Lab. Linden in particular has built an incredibly lucrative economy. The company’s in-world currency trades at about $250 Lindens to the US dollar with 2009’s revenue estimated to be $100 million dollars. With last Spring’s rumors that Facebook was considering a virtual currency, we asked Lasky to imagine what a Facebook dollar would do to casual gaming. He explains, “I actually think Facebook could be good for Zynga and other casual gaming groups. Having the Facebook brand behind this type of monetization could help dispel any Scamville-related issues and create some certification of quality. There would likely be some attacks, but rallying behind a central currency could definitely be beneficial.” While a Facebook dollar feels like a far off dream, how can startups profit from the emergence of new virtual economies? Let us know your ideas in the comments below. Related Posts last_img read more

Facebook Now Recognizes Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships

first_imgmike melanson In some ways, it’s actually extremely surprising that it took Facebook this long. After all, civil unions and domestic partnerships have both been around for many years now and have even achieved legal status in a number of states and countries. Of course, whenever something new is added, it immediately calls into question why other options aren’t available. Facebook-alternative Diaspora alluded to this when it made gender an open-ended text field rather than a multiple-choice question. Now that Facebook has gone a step further with its relationship options, how will it handle gender definitions? Will it remain binary or will it open up to more possibilities, as Diaspora did?Facebook had this to say on the topic: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Related Posts “This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.”center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Sometimes, websites like Facebook or Google make the tiniest change and it makes headlines. This is one of those times. Today, 600 million member strong Facebook added two new options to its list of relationship status possibilities: “In a civil union” and “In a domestic partnership.”It’s not that this change has wide-reaching effects in terms of usability or functionality, but rather that it is an acknowledgement and acceptance of newly adopted societal norms. It is a validation, by the site many people use to define themselves online, that same-sex marriages, civil unions and other non-traditional relationships have reached a level that deserve recognition.The Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker first noticed the change, writing that the new fields are being rolled out in the U.S. and several other countries, including Canada, France, the U.K., and Australia and were introduced “in consultation with Facebook’s Network of Support.”We confirmed the new relationship statuses on our own accounts and took a screenshot of our own. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Microsoft Surface RT Reviews Are In – And They’re Mostly Mediocre

first_imgAs Microsoft prepares to roll out Windows 8 on Friday, the first reviews of the company’s Surface tablet with Windows RT are now going public. And reactions are middling at best.With just one exception, the numerous reviews released on Tuesday night gave middling scores to Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet, first announced in June in Los Angeles.The Surface Hardware RocksThe good news, if you already pre-ordered your Windows RT tablet – against our advice – reviewers generally praised the quality of the hardware. Yes, The Verge called the Surface “bulky,” the exact word I used to describe it in my hands-on earlier this year. However, the site also complimented it as sturdy and well-made, even though the kickstand can only lock to one position and feels sharp, to boot.But, as analysts said earlier this year, apps will make or break Windows RT – and right now there simply isn’t a good supply of quality apps available. Probably the highest-profile app right now is Netflix; after that, the quality drops off sharply.To give you a sense of what folks are saying, we’ve rounded up the conclusions of many of the reviews of the new Surface RT tablet, complete with scores and links back to the details:Laptop Magazine: 3.5/5Laptop liked the Surface’s hardware design, including the Touch Cover and display, but criticized the poor camera performance and placement. And where are the apps?“The Surface with Windows RT proves that Microsoft can beat its own partners on hardware… Between the build quality, kickstand, and truly innovative Touch Cover, this is a tablet whose design and fresh interface will turn heads away from the iPad. But… for a flagship product with a premium price, Microsoft compromises on too many things by including poor cameras, weak speakers, slow internal memory and a screen that, while better than most, isn’t as good as the iPad’s Retina display.”“Ultimately, the Surface will succeed or fail based on the quality of the apps around it… $599 (the minimum cost with Touch Cover) is a lot to spend on a fledgling ecosystem. However, with the power of Microsoft and Nvidia behind it, we believe we will see more compelling apps for Windows RT arrive within the next few weeks.”PC World: 3.5/5PCWorld praised the Surface with Windows RT’s battery life, along with build quality that’s “sturdy and confident, and exudes the same kind of austere precision we find in German performance cars”. But battery life and display quality couldn’t match the iPad and lack of apps is an issue. But mostly, it said that Windows RT wasn’t the best choice.“Surface RT definitely covers the bases on the industrial-design front. When you set up your workstation at the local café — kickstand kicked, Type Cover snapped — your hardware will strike a pose unlike any other in the tablet space… And in many important ways, Surface RT does successfully redefine what a tablet can be. Its touch gestures rock (once you surmount the learning curve), and its built-in productivity features eclipse anything that the iPad or the Android competition offers.”“But Surface RT may not be the best new Windows device to purchase in the short term, and Windows RT definitely isn’t the version of Windows you want to invest in. [Full-scale Windows 8] devices won’t be quite as portable as Surface RT, and they’ll almost always cost more. But they will grant access to the full Windows software experience.”PCMag.com: 4/5PCMag liked the Surface’s numerous hardware connectivity options, such as the (hidden) SDXC slot and micro-HDMI port. But the speakers don’t crank, and the kickstand only opens to one angle. (For comparison, check out the site’s Asus Vivo Tab RT review.)“In terms of its hardware and operating system, the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is a very good product. It’s very light, and powerful enough to run a version of Windows, so it’s very attractive to Windows early adopters as well as business users who have plans to migrate to Windows 8. It’s powerful enough to be a daily carry device for work, always with you on your commute across the state or across the country. It shares some programs and its main interface with Windows 8, which is a boon, provided you get used to using the new Windows UI.“So should you buy a Microsoft Surface instead of an iPad or Android tablet? If you use Microsoft Office for work or school, then it’s a no-brainer: Get a Microsoft Surface (or one of the other upcoming Windows RT tablets)… If you use Office programs constantly, the Surface is the tablet and laptop replacement your inner road warrior has been searching for. [But] discounting Office, the Windows Store’s limited selection holds us back from giving the Surface an unequivocal recommendation.”Gizmodo: 2.5/5Gizmodo praised the Surface with Windows RT as a “handsome” tablet, but claimed that “while potential is worth your attention, it’s not worth your paycheck.”“The Surface, with an obligatory Touch Cover, is $600. That’s a lot of money. Especially given that it’s no laptop replacement, no matter how it looks or what Microsoft says.”“That could change,” Gizmodo added. “Maybe there will be a new Touch Cover that retains the original’s terrific physical qualities while actually allowing good typing… Maybe the app store will look different in a month, or a year… Maybe.”Mashable: (no score)Undoubtedly the most positive review – despite the lack of a numerical score – Mashable claims that the Surface will be the “tablet Windows users will love.” The site praised the interface, optimized for media consumption, and really liked the SmartGlass application. The Metro interface was natural and fun to use, but the Window Store lacked quality apps.“Surface is so different from any tablet I’ve used before that it took me a few fays to fully warm to it, but now I like it — quite a bit… Part of this is because I am a Windows user with a Hotmail account and Xbox Live at home. This is a Microsoft ecosystem and the Surface fits it like a glove… I also like that files I store on SkyDrive are available on all my other logged-in devices (this can work on an iPhone or iPad, too, since SkyDrive has an iOS app).“There’s no doubt that Surface will appeal most to Windows users,” Mashable added. “In fact this is the tablet for Windows fans. It won’t win over Apple iPad owners, but for all those who hate Apple, find Android confusing and underwhelming, and are ready to enter the world of touch-screen computing this is the alternative you’ve been waiting for.”The Verge: 7.5/10The Verge’s extensive review delves into almost all aspects of the tablet, but reviewer Josh Topolsky comes away disappointed.“I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit… Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And truth be told, there is a lot here to love. Plenty — but not enough for me right now.”“The promise of the Surface was that it could deliver a best-in-class tablet experience, but then transform into the PC you needed when heavier lifting was required… But that’s not what the Surface offers, at least not in my experience. It does the job of a tablet and the job of a laptop half as well as other devices on the market, and it often makes that job harder, not easier. Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#microsoft surface#Windows 8#windows 8 rt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

ZIM Expands Partnership with Maersk MSC

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has further expanded its strategic cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance – Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).Specifically, ZIM has now decided to boost ties with 2M on the Asia-US Gulf trade.The new agreement includes two new strings — ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress and ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress.A total of ten 6,500 TEU vessels will be deployed in the first service, with the following rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Miami, Freeport, (Panama Canal Transit), Araijan, Busan.The first sailing is scheduled from Ningbo on August 18, subject to regulatory approval.Another ten 4,500 TEU boxships will be deployed in the second abovementioned service which will have the following rotation: Xiamen, Yantian, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Tampa, Manzanillo, (Panama Canal Transit), Balboa, Busan.The first sailing is planned from Xiamen on August 16.As explained, the new services, catering for both Central and South China and South Korea offer direct connections to major ports in Asia and the US Gulf.“This is the third phase of our tightening cooperation with the 2M Alliance, now extending to four major trades,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President and CEO, commented.“We are very pleased to further strengthen our portfolio and enhance our strategic cooperation with the 2M Alliance on this important trade, in which ZIM will be a vessel operator. The two new lines offer better port coverage in the growing US Gulf market, excellent transit time both for imports and exports,” Nissim Yochai, ZIM EVP Pacific Trade, said.The new cooperation follows previous agreements on Asia – US East Coast, operating since September 2018, and on Asia – Pacific North West and Asia – Mediterranean trades, operating since March 2019.last_img read more