Chef Brian and family open their home to a special visitor – and TV cameras!

first_imgDonegal Chef Brian McDermott and his family have revealed that they will be starring in a heartwarming TV programme which will air on RTE One in two week’s time.Chef Brian of The Foyle Hotel Moville is used to being in front of the cameras in his TV cooking demonstrations and as a local food ambassador. But this time, the entire McDermott family have opened their home up to RTE crews for an appearance in Raised by the Village. The reality series sees city teenagers moving out to the Irish countryside to get a good healthy dose of rural life.On Sunday 13th October, we will see 14-year-old Dublin girl Amber leaving her social-media obsessed world to visit Moville and stay with Brian, his wife Brenda and their teenage daughters Niamh and Aoife.Chef Brian McDermott with his daughters Niamh and Aoife and Amber from Dublin during the filming of Raised by the Village. Photo: Brian McDermottAmber’s social media obsession was causing her serious problems. She could spend up to 18 hours a day on her phone, scrolling through Instagram and comparing herself to online images of perfection. Amber’s mum was worried about seeing her once bubbly daughter become sullen and withdrawn, so she decided to send her to the village to hopefully learn how to reconnect with her true self.The McDermotts welcomed Amber with open arms when the episode was filmed in June. She spent a busy, phone-free week with the family enjoying the great Donegal seaside and getting hands-on in the Foyle Hotel kitchen. No phones! Chef Brian McDermott with his daughters Niamh and Aoife and Amber from Dublin during the filming of Raised by the Village. Photo: Brian McDermottNiamh and Aoife know all about the value of part-time jobs and spend their summers working in all aspects of the family hotel. In the show, Amber joins the girls at work to get an eye-opening experience of hospitality, cooking and of life without a phone.Chef Brian McDermott filming Raised by the Village in Moville. Photo: Brian McDermottLooking ahead to the programme air date, Chef Brian McDermott said it was a great experience for his family to host Amber and take part in the show.“It was a heart-warming experience and it benefitted us and Amber. She left us happy and said it really changed her,” he said.Watch Raised By the Village on RTE One on Sunday 13th October at 6.30pm.Chef Brian and family open their home to a special visitor – and TV cameras! was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Chef Brian McDermottmovilleraised by the villageRTE Onethe foyle hotellast_img read more

Stephen Curry: Can the Warriors’ star be “the Great Defuser” between Durant and Green?

first_imgDALLAS – Kevin Durant and Draymond Green smiled and laughed, despite all the negativity swirling around them.The Warriors were minutes away from experiencing a double-digit loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Yet, Warriors guard Stephen Curry shared chuckles with DeMarcus Cousins, Durant and Green.Though Curry remained sidelined with an injured left groin, he helped the Warriors in another way. Curry helped defuse the tension between Durant and Green, who had served a team-imposed …last_img

New deadlines for gun owners

first_img23 October 2006South Africa’s new Firearms Control Act is being phased in between now and 2009, with gun owners required to renew their licences according to a staggered timetable – or dispose of their firearms in a prescribed manner.The government has set new extended deadlines for the renewal of gun licences, permits or authorisations issued under the repealed Arms and Ammunition Act of 1969.Renewals timetableThese have been staggered according to the birth dates of licence holders and spread out over a number of years in order to avoid backlogs and last-minute rushes:Those whose birthdays fall between 1 April and 31 June must renew their licences, permits or authorisations between now and the cut-off date of 31 March 2007.Those born between 1 July and 30 September must renew their licences between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2008.Those born between 1 October and 31 December must renew their licences between 1 January 2008 and 31 March 2009.All businesses that use firearms – such as security companies, training providers, game ranchers, hunting businesses, and theatrical, film and television companies – must renew their firearm licenses by 31 December 2006.All firearm licences issued under the old law will cease to be valid on 30 June 2009.Those who make late applications for renewal will face prosecution and, if convicted in court, sentences of up to one year’s imprisonment or a fine or both. They will also face possible disqualification from possessing a firearm in future.If a renewal application is refused, an appeal against the refusal may be directed to:Chairperson of the Appeals BoardPrivate Bag X811Pretoria 0001Gun disposal optionsAccording to the South African Police Service (SAPS), firearm owners who choose not to renew their licences must dispose of their firearms before 1 July 2009 in one of the following ways:having the firearm deactivated by a licensed gunsmith after approval from the Registrar;selling the firearm to a licensed dealer;selling or donating the firearm to another person who has legally obtained a firearm licence;permanently exporting the firearm; orhanding the firearm over to the police to be destroyed or sold to an accredited legal entity.Competency testsThe Firearms Control Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2004, requires people who apply for firearm licences to undergo a competency test – involving a basic training course at an accredited training institution and a background assessment by the SAPS.The SAPS will issue competency certificates to successful applicants, who will then be entitled to own firearms.While the renewal process might seem tedious, “it is an extremely important process which enables the authorities to address firearm control in South Africa,” the SAPS said in a statement.Speaking after the new law came into effect, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said the country was “sick and tired of … serious violent crimes committed with firearms, and the government, through this legislation, has adopted a constructive approach to address this problem”.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA-Uganda science agreement

first_imgSouth Africa and Uganda have signeda bilateral agreement to advance scienceand technology on the continent.(Image: stock.xchng)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and Uganda have signed a bilateral agreement which will allow the two countries to work together for greater scientific and technological development. South Africa’s minister of science and technology Mosibudi Mangena hosted his Ugandan colleague Ephraim Kamuntu in April 2009 for the occasion.Kamuntu, an economics professor, is the current Ugandan minister of state in charge of planning. He was accompanied by a top-level delegation that included the chair of the parliamentary science and technology committee Charles Ngabirano, chair of the parliamentary information technology committee Edward Baliddawa, science and technology commissioner Michael Olupot-Tukei, and other administrative personnel.The Ugandan delegation spent four days in South Africa. The highlight of their visit was the signing of the bilateral agreement, which has taken three years to come to fruition since an initial exploratory visit by Uganda in 2006.While in the country the delegation visited a number of leading scientific research institutions, among them the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Innovation Hub, the Agricultural Research Council, the Tshwane University of Technology, and the National Research Foundation.These institutions all fall under the South African National System of Innovation, which is a network of interacting public and private organisations that work together to nurture and develop science and technology.Enthusiastic pursuit of scienceSpeaking at the signing ceremony, Mangena praised Uganda for the country’s enthusiastic pursuit of its national science agenda.Moving on to South Africa’s progress in the field of science, the minister named a few key government strategies that have already been implemented, such as the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology and the current Ten Year Innovation Plan, which is in force until 2018. He added that he is convinced that the department of science and technology is on the right course with regard to policy-making and development in the sector.The newly signed agreement adds to other initiatives already in place to position science and technology as a driving force behind growth and development across the continent.The identification of key areas of focus and the consolidation of resources will play an important role in the agreement, said Mangena. The next step is to draft a plan of action, which has been scheduled for July.Modernising the economyKamuntu commented that science and technology will help modernise his country’s subsistence economy, adding that there was a need to discover better energy sources and find lasting solutions to diseases like Aids and malaria.To this end, bilateral scientific and technological seminars and workshops would be conducted by the two countries to identify problems and carry out joint research.“The agreement intensifies the existing collaboration between Ugandan and South African scientists and technologists,” said Kamuntu. “It creates new opportunities for cooperation in ICT and health.”Both countries will now be looking forward to embarking on joint ventures in mutually advantageous areas such as biosciences, especially with regard to food production and health; indigenous knowledge systems; information and communication technology; energy and environmental research; and space science.Besides the key areas of interest, South Africa and Uganda will also jointly discuss the formulation of effective policies for science and technology, and will not discount the possibility of forming trilateral partnerships on the continent and abroad.Another issue of high importance is the continuing campaign in both countries to broaden public awareness and understanding of science and technology, as well as the related matter of more effective human capital development programmes to boost available skills.A close working relationshipMangena described a number of existing programmes where South Africa and Uganda have already worked together closely. One of them is the Network for the Co-ordination and Advancement of sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Co-operation, a four-year European Union-funded project to promote regional collaboration, integration and capacity building.Another is the Regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide across the continent through training, skills transfer and community building.Since 2005 the programme has seen the graduation of over 1 000 government officials and researchers in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania in the areas of eGovernment, eHealth, and eLearning. The organisation has also hosted three conferences in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, and the next annual conference takes place in Uganda during May 2009.South Africa and Uganda are also involved in the Group on Earth Observation, which is a global initiative to build what is known as Geoss, or the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.This initiative, once in place, is expected to have many beneficial consequences, such as the reduction of loss of life from natural and human-induced disasters; better management of water and energy resources; and improved protection and management of marine, terrestrial and coastal ecosystems.South Africa and Uganda currently represent the African continent on the 12-member executive committee of the Group of Earth Observation, which also includes three countries each from the Americas, Asia and Europe, and one from the Commonwealth of Independent States.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesScience and technology in South AfricaInnovation at technology awardsSouth African inventionsScience in the spotlightUseful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyUgandan National Council for Science and TechnologyNational Advisory Council on Innovationlast_img read more

Apple (Again) Promises To Fix iOS iMessage Bug

first_imgThe failure of Apple’s iMessage service is a major black eye for the behemoth maker of iPhones. Apple’s messaging service has been experiencing bugs where messages fail to send (or take a long time to send) since the release of iOS 7 last year. Recently, many users that have switched from Apple’s iPhone to Android smartphones have reported that their texts are still stuck in Apple’s cloud and not being delivered to the intended recipient. And the problem isn’t new. iMessage has been trapping user text messages since iOS 5 was released in 2011.The problem occurs after a user switches to another smartphone operating system but their phone number is still attached to an iMessage account on Apple’s cloud. Even though the user has a new smartphone, iMessage continues to recognize the users phone number as being tied to iMessage and then fails to deliver texts. Apple suggests that users disconnect their phone numbers from iMessage before buying a new smartphone. The iMessage bug does not affect texts between iPhone users.See also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To AndroidApple is facing a class-action suit in California over the various iMessage failures. Apple has repeatedly attempted to fix the various problems plaguing iMessage, but new issues keep on cropping up. In October, 2013, Apple issued an update to iOS 7 that was intended to fix the problem that it said affected “a fraction of a percent” of iMessage users. According to Ina Fried from Recode, Apple’s iMessage problems were made worse by a server bug that Apple attempted to fix. Apple promises a fix in the future, but does not specify when the fix will be available for users.“We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update,” Apple told Recode.  dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iCloud#iMessage#instant messaging#SMS#texting The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

India are favourites, but we are not underdogs: Sangakkara

first_imgWhile conceding that India were the favourites to lift the World Cup on Saturday, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara refused to term his own band of men as the underdogs in the mega event’s summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.”They (India) are a very good side and they have always been the favourites to win this tournament. They’ve got to the finals and everyone will be looking for them to keep going,” he told a media conference here on the eve of the match.”We are very confident of the fact that we have been one of the best sides in the tournament. At the same time India are playing great cricket. As I said before, they have always been favourites. They have the best batting side in the world and everyone in the world expects them to turn up tomorrow and win the game.”I don’t think we are underdogs as such. We are a pretty good unit. We have to understand the fact that India for the last two years have been the favourites to win the World Cup. I am sure they will be looking at themselves as favourites too. We have just come here to play as well as we can tomorrow,” said Sangakkara.Admitting his team is battling injuries to key players — Muttiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews — Sangakkara, without mentioning their names, said a final decision on their availability for the winners-take-all clash would be taken tonight.”We have got few injury worries. We have flown in people for those who are injured as cover. We will make assessments as the day goes along and then make a final decision this evening as to who is fit enough to play and what’s our combination is going to be,” he said.advertisementThe visitors have added Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv as cover for the two injured players.Murali, for whom the game is his Swan Song in international cricket, is struggling with a knee injury while Mathews has a quadriceps injury.Sangakkara was happy with the track prepared for the match by curator Sudhir Naik.”The wicket looks fantastic. It looks a great wicket. Conditions here are lot more different to conditions at home. Sri Lankan wickets are a bit tougher. Here the wickets are even throughout the game. We are going to try and adapt to the conditions. It looks a very decent wicket and it looks pretty flat and we need to adapt accordingly,” he said.Sangakkara hoped there would not be a repeat of the sort of assault that their bowling got from Australian swashbuckler Adam Gilchrist four years ago in the final at Bridgetown, Barbados.”Well four years ago we were outdone by a fantastic innings by Adam Gilchrist. Hopefully we won’t allow a repeat of that. Even if that does happen we’ve got to have the mental attitude to adjust and get back into the game.”According to Sangakkara it was important to produce controlled aggression.”The World Cup brings the best out of players and sometimes the worst. For us tomorrow is going to be about controlled aggression. Not to be too emotional about anything. Being clinical and stay grounded. Take things as they come. You can plan as much as possible, but things can change out there in the middle.”Everyone’s excited. But it’s nice to see that it’s a controlled excitement. Everyone’s relaxed and having a laugh. But also you can see that steely determination behind all that, knowing what a big job is at our hands tomorrow. World Cup finals are huge occasions, so it’s pretty tough,” he said.The skipper said not playing at home had both advantage and disadvantage.”It cuts both ways, I think. Playing in front of your home crowd adds to the excitement and passion and the pride that you feel. But it also adds to the weight of expectations when you feel that the entire crowd is looking at you to do everything right. That’s also tough.”We would have loved to play at home. But that’s not the way it is. We have accepted that and we will take whatever the conditions are there for us and I am sure the Indian crowd is always appreciative of a good game of cricket,” he remarked.Sangakkara said winning the World Cup was a huge thing for his nation in the background of the lengthy internal conflict that has ended recently.”It means everything for us. We have come through a very tough period. A lot of people have laid down their lives for our country. In this new future, hopefully we can take the World Cup home and it will be another occasion for celebrations,” he said.advertisementOn Sachin Tendulkar’s quest to reach the landmark of 100 international centuries, Sangakkara said his team’s job was to curtail the Indian score and prevent them from lifting the coveted Cup for the second time in the tournament’s history.”I don’t think we are here to spoil anything. I guess everyone knows the importance of scoring runs in a final whether it’s Sachin or anyone else. He is going to be the first player to get there (100 international tons). It all adds to the expectations of a World Cup final. Our job is to ensure that the Indian team doesn’t score too many runs,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more