Mardi Gras revelers live fat

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Thousands of hurricane-weary residents joined with rowdy visitors for Fat Tuesday, taking a break from rebuilding New Orleans to put on wild costumes and celebrate the second Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina. John Ferguson, who is still rebuilding his house almost 18 months after the storm, said of the celebration: “We never needed it more.” “I work all day at my job; then I work all night and all weekend on my house,” Ferguson said. “I just want to eat, drink and have fun today.” Many spectators spent the day along the parade routes or in the French Quarter, where the first Mardi Gras parade of the day was staged by the 1,250-member Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a predominantly black group that wears grass skirts and black face makeup in parody of stereotypes from the early 1900s, when it was founded. The crowds appeared larger than last year, when an estimated 700,000 people were in the city for the final weekend and Mardi Gras. The city’s 30,000 hotel rooms were 95 percent occupied, according to Fred Sawyers, president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association. Along some parade routes, crowds listened to Pete Fountain’s Dixieland jazz as his Half Fast Marching Club kicked off the day. It was the 46th time the Grammy-winning clarinetist had made the march from Commander’s Palace restaurant uptown to the Mississippi River. “This is like old times,” said Fountain, 76, who lost his house along with his gold records and collection of instruments in the hurricane. “New Orleans will always get ready for a party.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m hyped up,” said Ike Williams, a 42-year-old Atlanta contractor who is black, marching in his first parade as a member of Zulu’s Walking Warriors. “This is the center of the universe right now.” Earlier in the day, Mayor Ray Nagin rode a horse down St. Charles Avenue. “We’re going to make it happen,” Nagin told the crowd at Gallier Hall, which served as city hall for more than a century. “We’re going to rebuild this city regardless.” Nagin urged tourists to spend money. “We need the tax revenue bad,” he said. Thousands packed the 12 blocks of Bourbon Street, and more flowed into the French Quarter as the parades wound down with the setting sun. last_img read more

Citing nuclear arms fears, IAEA reports Iran to Security Council

first_imgVIENNA, Austria – The International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council on Saturday over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms, raising the stakes in the diplomatic confrontation and prompting Tehran to threaten immediate retaliation. Of the board’s 35 member nations, 27 voted for referral, reflecting more than two years of intense lobbying by the United States and its allies to enlist broad backing for such a move. Washington critics Cuba, Venezuela and Syria voted against referral, and the other five nations abstained. Still, the near consensus came at a price for Washington. Long an advocate of firm Security Council action against Iran, including possible political and economic sanctions, the Americans had to settle for what is essentially symbolic referral, for now. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After years of opposition, Russia and China backed the referral last week, bringing support from other nations – including India – that had been waiting for their lead. But in return, Moscow and Beijing demanded that the Americans – and France and Britain, the two other veto-wielding Security Council members – agree to let the Iran issue rest until at least March. That is when the IAEA board meets again to review the agency’s investigation of Iran’s nuclear program and its compliance with board demands that it renounce uranium enrichment. That process can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the material needed to build a warhead. “The path chosen by Iran’s new leaders – threats, concealment, and breaking international agreements and IAEA seals – will not succeed and will not be tolerated by the international community,” President George W. Bush said in a statement. Iran remained defiant, threatening to do precisely what referral was meant to prevent. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the resumption of uranium enrichment and an end to snap IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities, according to state television. “As of Sunday, the voluntary implementation of the additional protocol and other cooperation beyond the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has to be suspended under the law,” Ahmadinejad said in a letter to Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who also is the head of the nation’s nuclear agency. Iran says it wants to enrich only to make nuclear fuel for generating electricity, but concerns that it might misuse the technology accelerated the chain of events that led to Saturday’s referral to the Security Council. Tehran took IAEA seals off enrichment equipment Jan. 10 and said it would resume small-scale activities. Vaeidi also said a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia was dead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHaving picked up an opening day point in the 2-2 draw against Limerick last weekend, Finn Harps make their first journey away from Finn Park on Saturday evening when they travel to the midlands to face Athlone Town.By Joe Gallagher James Gallagher and his side will argue that they could have taken the full compliment of points last weekend, but nevertheless an opening day draw against a team who are self-proclaimed title challengers is a welcome result.  “It was an exciting enough game for those that turned up to watch it with four goals and plenty of incidents,” commented the Harps boss in the wake of the Limerick game.“There were plenty of positives and a few negatives in our performance and now that the dust has settled we are a little bit disappointed with the two goals we gave away.  When both sides had gone down to ten men, it was pleasing for me that we looked the fitter and stronger team in the latter part of the game, so that bodes well for the future.  We had a good pre-season under our belts and that certainly helped last Friday.” Gallagher was pleased with the attitude and commitment of his players, but conceded that it would take a bit of time for some players to gel into the new season.“It’s going to take a few players a number of games to get up to speed, like Conor O’Grady who played little or no football last year.  He had got a few games under his belt during pre-season, but he will only get better and stronger once he has played more competitive games.  You can see even from Friday night last how valuable a player he is going to be for us.”  Gallagher too was full of praise for skipper Kevin McHugh who opening the scoring against Limerick.  The fourth minute strike from McHugh means that he is now level with Con McLaughlin in second place on the Harps all-time goalscorers list with 138 goals for the boys in blue in all competitions.“There is no doubt about it that Kevin looks leaner, shaper and fitter than this time last year.  He also is hungry and that is partly due to the extra responsibility as Captain this season and that will probably spur him on that wee bit more which will obviously benefit him and the team.  His attitude since he came back to the club last year is first class.” Although McHugh will be the man that Gallagher and Harps look to for goals as the season progresses, the Harps boss was delighted to see one of his new signings get on the scoresheet.He says that it is vital that other players step forward with more goals this year to help ease the burden on McHugh.“I felt when I brought Gareth Harkin here that he would chip in with the odd goal and he got off to a great start on Friday night.  As the season goes on, we would hope to see more of him on the scoresheet along with goals from the likes of Marc Brolly and Tommy Bonner.  We need other players to chip in and help Kevin to put the ball in the net.”  Harps had to play the last half-hour of Friday’s draw against Limerick with ten men after the sending off of midfielder Mark Forker for a challenge on Limerick’s Gary Sheehan.  Gallagher was as much dismayed with the red card as were the watching Harps supporters.“I don’t want to say too much on the sending off, but having seen the referee’s report, it certainly doesn’t seem like the same incident that happened during the game on Friday night.  For me, the ball was there to be won and that’s exactly what Mark done.“It’s disappointing for Mark because he wants to play, but because of the decision on Friday night he has to miss out in Athlone.  If I felt one of my players had made a challenge that I felt wasn’t fair, I would be the first one to criticise him for it.  But there is no way that I could criticise Mark in any way for what I felt was a good tackle on Friday.” Harps were back in action less than 48 hours after the Limerick game when Celtic provided the opposition at Finn Park on Sunday afternoon. Harps started the game with a near full strength starting eleven with Gary Whoriskey replacing Mark Forker in the only change from the Limerick game.  So, does that give us clues as to who might feature in Saturday’s line-up at the Athlone Town Stadium? “We went with the decision we did against Celtic as it gave us the opportunity to try a few things.  We played Gareth Harkin in a more central role in midfield – a position he has played mostly in the past – and I was also delighted with the performance of Marc Brolly on the right hand side.  He gave Celtic loads of problems and as I said, the Celtic game gave us the opportunity to try one or two things. “The team that started against Celtic might very well be the team that plays in Athlone, but we have two training sessions between now and the Athlone game where we will work on a few things.  I normally never finalise my starting eleven until after the last training session of the week, so we could change a number of things from the shape we start with to what personnel we play.”Harps have won on each of their last two trips to Athlone (1-0 last season, 6-0 the previous season), but prior to that, Harps hadn’t recorded a victory in seven trips to the midlands which included being dumped out of the FAI Cup twice.“We had a pretty poor record in Athlone up until recently, but in the last couple of years we have had positive results down there.  It’s a difficult place to go, but at least we know when we go there we will be playing on a great surface and the facilities are top notch.“They had an excellent result last week, when many were tipping Waterford to win easy.  They went to the RSC and picked up a point and kept a clean sheet – something we haven’t done in Waterford for a long time.  So, Saturday’s game is going to be really difficult.” On the team front, Gallagher will again have to plan without Garbhan Friel, while he also has slight doubts on the fitness of defenders Packie Mailey who has a chest infection and Ciaran Coll who took a knock to the knee in the Celtic game.Mark Forker will serve an automatic one match ban due to his sending off last weekend.  “Garbhan got some bad news regarding his injury at the start of the week, so he is going to be out for the next five to six months.  It’s a blow to not only us, but the player as well,” said Gallagher.Athlone Town Stadium, Saturday 12th March 2011 – Kick-off 7.30pmSuspended: Mark ForkerDoubtful: Ciaran Coll (knee), Packie Mailey (chest infection)Injured: Garbhan Friel (knee)Unavailable: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-L-W-D-W-D (9 pts)Athlone Town: D-D-W-L-L-D (6 pts)Last six games away to Athlone Town28-Apr-07 – Drew 2-2 (First Division)01-Sep-07 – Lost 0-1 (First Division)06-Jun-08 – Lost 1-2 (FAI Cup)18-Apr-09 – Drew 2-2 (First Division)09-Oct-09 – Won 6-0 (First Division)10-Jul-10 – Won 1-0 (First Division)Finn Harps Goalscorers 2011Gareth Harkin – 1Kevin McHugh – 1Finn Harps Results 2011 (Harps goalscorer in brackets)4th March 2011 – Finn Harps 2-2 Limerick (McHugh, Harkin)HARPS GO IN SEARCH OF THEIR FIRST WIN IN ATHLONE was last modified: March 9th, 2011 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 read more


first_imgCouncillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that the growth of roadside hedges over the summer is posing a serious road safety problem.The Independent county councillor stands at some overgrown hedges.The West Donegal county councillor in a number of areas and is looking for the County Council to take action.“Over the summer months with warmer weather but plenty of rain, hedge growth has been rapid. I am concerned that there are a number of areas where the hedges are hanging out over the road, preventing a clear view for motorists. It is a real danger and needs to be addressed before there are accidents. In my own area I have seen it in Ranafast on the New Line Road. I have been in contact with Council officials to see if something can be done over the coming days.” “I would appeal also to landowners to ensure that their hedges are cut back as is their responsibility, but I think in those cases where there is a serious and immediate danger it is right that the Council should act as quickly as possible in the interests of public safety.”“I am also concerned that the overgrowth of hedges is having a detrimental impact on the experience of visitors to the county as the scenic view is being obscured. Tourists come here for the fantastic scenery and views but will be disappointed when they cannot see beyond the roadside growth. I have received several reports of this in recent weeks. It can be difficult enough to get visitors to our county so we have to ensure that those who do are given every encouragement to return.” COUNCILLOR’S GROWING CONCERN OVER ROADSIDE HEDGES NOT BEING CUT was last modified: September 4th, 2014 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:county councildonegalhedgeslast_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley visiting the store shortly after it opened.After a busy first Christmas, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is gearing up for 2015. The shop’s massive January sale continues with huge reductions across all leading brands, including Nike, Asics, Adidas, Puma, Canterbury and Underarmour.There are also big reductions in the golf shop, so whether you’re a golfer, a GAA fan, an outdoor enthusiast or a fitness fanatic, you’ll pick up great bargains at the Station Roundabout shop in Letterkenny. While only open five months, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure hit the ground running in 2014. Since opening its doors in August, the shop has welcomed visitors from across Donegal and further afield.The opening weekend saw thousands of visitors flock to the store, while the Facebook page reached 10,000 likes in just one week.The first few weeks in business coincided with the All-Ireland fever that gripped Donegal this summer. The place was a hive of activity, as media from RTE to Sky Sports and Today FM broadcast from the shop in an effort to capture the colour and excitement within the county.Other visitors in these first few months included Donegal boxer Jason Quigley, snooker champion Ken Doherty and World Number One Darts Champion, Michael van Gerwen and Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis.In November, Michael captained the International Rules team in Australia, before Neil Gallagher and himself headed off to Boston for the All-stars tour. In December, the shop added another All-Ireland winner to its team, when Laura Gallagher and her Termon Ladies’ colleagues became the first Donegal club to win any level of All-Ireland ladies football club title. Another team member, Tony McNamee, topped off 2014 by signing with Finn Harps and winning an U21 medal with Milford GAA.Michael, Neil and all the team at Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year in business and wish their customers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. MASSIVE SALE CONTINUES AT MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE was last modified: December 29th, 2014 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:Michael Murphy Sports and Leisurelast_img read more

Derby boss praises players after victory over Brentford

first_imgDerby head coach Darren Wassall invoked the spirit of former Rams boss Brian Clough after his side’s 3-1 win at Brentford.Wassall took over from Paul Clement earlier this month and earned his first victory as a manager thanks to goals from Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie and Chris Martin.And the Derby boss, who played under Clough while at Nottingham Forest, felt his side were worthy winners.He said: “We’ve got our just rewards because we’re going home with three points.“When I was a player, Brian Clough always used to say to us there’s no better feeling in the world than getting on the bus after an away game with three points in the bag.“I thought we created enough chances in the first half to win two or three away games – all that was missing was a goal.“Their keeper [David Button] was inspired, as was [Alan] Judge after half-time.“I thought we went behind undeservedly. It would have been quite easy on the run that we’ve had for the players to feel sorry for ourselves.“But I think it’s a testament to the character in that dressing room.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hitachi to buy South African IT company

first_imgHeadquartered in Johannesburg, Shoden has also established subsidiaries in the UK and in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as part of its continued expansion in sub-Saharan Africa. “The strength of Hitachi Data Systems solutions has been an integral part of this journey.” 6 October 2011 Shoden designs, provisions, deploys and supports products and technologies that simplify and optimise data centre environments to many enterprise customers in the region, including major banks, telecommunication companies and retail companies. Hitachi Data Systems said it intends to continue this relationship with TSS and is committed to building on the company’s adoption of the BEE framework should the competition authorities approve the proposed acquisition. Continuing growth across Africa “Together, as a united company, we are committed to continuing the outstanding support given to all of our customers and to continue to grow across Africa.” As such, Hitachi Data Systems Europe, Middle East and Africa general manager Niels Svenningsen pointed out that the proposed acquisition was a natural step in the relationship between the two companies. US-based Hitachi Data Systems is to acquire South Africa’s Shoden Data Systems, a leading provider of data centre technology solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, for an undisclosed sum, as part of its growth strategy on the continent. Shoden has been a dedicated supporter of black economic empowerment (BEE), in particular through its relationship with Tactical Software Systems (TSS), an IT company that provides business solutions for commercial and public enterprises in South Africa. The addition of Shoden will enable Hitachi Data Systems to better serve its growing customer base throughout the region by continuing to help customers reduce costs, carry out business innovation initiatives, improve service levels and deploy new applications and technologies more quickly and efficiently. “Shoden has achieved great success and leadership in South Africa, creating a strong customer base and building a skilled and motivated team,” Svenningsen said in a statement this week. “We share the same values and commitment to excellence and innovation. Hitachi Data Systems, a subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi, has enjoyed a successful 11-year partnership with Shoden, and Shoden’s growth over that period has enabled it to capture a significant share of the rapidly growing South African enterprise data storage market. “We are very excited about the prospect of joining the Hitachi Data Systems family,” said Shoden Data Systems MD Marc Trevenen. “We are proud of the proven expertise, reputation and local knowledge that we have developed over the past 11 years. Committed to black empowerment The acquisition is subject to approval from the South African Competition Commission and other relevant competition authorities in the African countries in which Hitachi Data Systems and Shoden conduct operations. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Khoi San centre will keep heritage alive

first_imgA hundred kilometres from the closest big town, a San community and the makers of a documentary on their disappearing language are hoping to build a cultural centre.On land the community has set aside, the team behind award-winning documentary Lost Tongue intend to build a multimedia and skills centre for the community. Even here, in what can be described as the point between somewhere and nowhere, they hope to build a place of memory, an emblematic cultural space to rechart a region’s fortunes and save a culture from extinction.Davison Mudzingwa, the Lost Tongue director, explains the vision. “With the community we want to build a multimedia skills centre, a central place where the community can come together and use film, photography and sound to tell their own stories.”It is to be a safe space to remember, celebrate and protect the N!uu language, a space where the community can create, curate, save and share their culture with the world. Construction will begin as soon the community and the filmmakers can find funding.Producer Francis Hweshe says they have reached out to funders already. But, in tough times, it has been difficult to convince companies and funders to part with cash. “For us, this is the next and important step. We tell people that if they are worried by what we lose when a language dies, then this is the first step. Let’s try to save what we can together.”The community as partnersFor some communities, cultures die because young people are drawn to the cities. In finding their space they lose their sense of home and, eventually, memories of their identity and language disappear.For a budgeted R17-million, the community and Mvura Ya Afrika Productions will build a centre that uses technology to breathe life into a language spoken only in one small corner of Africa, and broadcast it to the world. They envision that all the content created by the people using the centre will be available online.Elders see this project as necessary not just to save their language, but also to save their people. Like many forgotten groups, Hweshe explains, “…the youth are on the margins. This is a community ravaged by drugs and alcohol. The future of the youth is also important to the elders. For the community this is a way to empower them as a people.”The centre will also be accessible to the group at all times. The builders are planning to host summer schools and holiday activities. But this is not the only reason the centre will be built in Andriesvale, as opposed to a bigger town.“People are not tourist attractions. We do not want to commodify the community. Outsiders who visit the centre will be there because they have an interest in the community; they will be cultural activists or academics – experts who are there to uplift the community.”Window to the worldShort films, photo essays and recordings of the community’s mother tongue will be accessible to an audience beyond the dusty streets of Andriesvale. The archive will be accessible to anyone anywhere. And the online radio station will allow the people of the village to reach out to the world.For Mudzingwa, technology is the most important tool available to help save African languages. “For rural African communities, technology makes the world accessible. It is the best way for us to preserve a culture and a way of life. It makes it possible for anyone to document and archive a culture we are at risk of losing.”Making the centre a reality matters to the producers of Lost Tongue. They do not want to be remembered as just another production that smiled, shot and then left the place as they found it. “As Africans we are passionate about preserving an African culture. It was never going to be enough to be complimented on our film without something tangible being born out of it,” Mudzingwa explains.Mudzingwa, Hweshe and the community understand the urgency. There are just a handful of N!uu speakers left; according to researchers there may as few as six – all frail and living in communities where their language, and the heritage that goes along with it, is considered unimportant.“We need to learn from these people. We need to show the value of these people who have clung to their identity despite losing so much else,” Mudzingwa explains. “Imagine if we let go of our own people, tribes and nations in the same way. This centre will help maintain this community, and allow the generations that come after to learn.” reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more

Kudzu bug monitoring update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Amy Raudenbush, Chris Bruynis, David Dugan, Cindy Meyer, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ed Brown, Marcus McCartney, Kevin Fletcher, Ohio State University ExtensionThe kudzu bug is currently being monitored for in nine counties in Ohio including Adams, Athens, Butler, Clermont, Madison, Meigs, Montgomery, Ross and Washington. Traps were set in May and will be checked weekly through June. Overall, zero kudzu bugs have been found on traps in the monitoring counties.Although the kudzu bug has yet to be found in Ohio the distribution has been rapidly expanding. It is now found in Kentucky, and the I-75 corridor connects Ohio to the Southeastern U.S. where it is very prevalent. The kudzu bug is a serious invasive pest of soybean causing a reduction to yield with heavy infestation. Both immature and adult kudzu bugs feed on soybean plants with piercing-sucking mouth parts. Adult kudzu bugs can be identified by their globular shape and greenish-brown color. In addition to soybean, the kudzu bug also feeds on the kudzu plant, an invasive weed. If you suspect kudzu bug in your county please contact your local extension office.last_img read more

Announcing ReadWriteCloud, Our New Channel on Cloud Computing & Virtualization

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Admin#web richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’re pleased to announce the launch of ReadWriteWeb’s third subsite: ReadWriteCloud. This channel will cover Cloud Computing and Virtualization, focusing on the strategic business and technical implications. ReadWriteCloud is sponsored by Intel and VMware.We’ve hired a couple of experienced practitioners of cloud computing as our daily writers for ReadWriteCloud. Mike Kirkwood is a seasoned Enterprise Architect from Berkeley and has been a Sr. Manager supporting large consumer applications. Tim Hastings is a hands-on Technical Architect of web services, based in England. In addition, ReadWriteEnterprise editor Alex Williams will oversee the site and be a contributing writer.ReadWriteCloud aims to combine knowledgeable editorial and active community involvement around virtualization and cloud computing. We hope it will become the best source available for IT managers who want honest discussion and practical solutions on these topics. Its editorial focus is not on specific products – but on ideas, innovative solutions and new ways of thinking for cloud computing and virtualization. With our two highly experienced topic experts and the editorial hand of Alex Williams, we’re sure that ReadWriteCloud will help you gain new levels of efficiency and control over your web-based infrastructure. Check out ReadWriteCloud here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more