Snap! Donegal beats Venice and Monaco on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe

first_imgSure, travelling is about experiences… but it’s also about getting a good Instagram picture, amirite?And even if you can’t afford to hop on a plane to a far-flung beach destination, you don’t have to as the stunning beauty of Donegal stands tall once again after being ranked 26th on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe.Yep, according to new research global travel site Big 7 Travel, you don’t need to fly hundreds, or thousands, of miles to get the perfect social media snap. Donegal’s most popular tourist spots will do the trick just fine, thanks very much. Ranking ahead of Monaco, Berlin and Rome, the county’s rugged stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way has endless golden beaches and tiny villages that make for a wonderful weekend break for exploring.The final results are ranked in order of their visual allure and popularity on social media – Big 7 Travel also includes the seven best spots to visit in each destination for a guaranteed amazing Instagram photo.Kerry managed to land themselves in the top 10 of the list, while the top spot was granted to Dubrokink.Full results from Big 7 Travel can be seen on their website here. Snap! Donegal beats Venice and Monaco on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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SA to invest billions in upgrade

first_img29 October 2004South Africa’s government is to invest a massive R121-billion in the country’s energy and transport infrastructure over the next five years, in what it calls a “major phase of construction” of the economy and a decisive moment for private sector investors, who have been told to take the plans “very seriously indeed”.Earlier this year, Parliament was told that South Africa’s rapidly dwindling coal reserves meant that it might need a source of cleaner, better energy by as early as 2008 – and that state electricity utility Eskom could not keep up with growing demand.Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said then that the future of the country’s energy would involve private-sector investment in the construction of power stations and nuclear power facilities.On the transport front, South Africa’s rail infrastructure – much of it already decommissioned – has long been in need of an overhaul to reverse local industry’s dwindling reliance on rolling stock, which has placed a heavy burden on the country’s roads.Throughout Africa, high tariffs and the inefficiencies of monopoly rail utilities are considered the core reasons why rail has lost out to the more competitive road transport sector.Similarly, South Africa’s ports have bottlenecked an increase in trade activity in the region. Due to delays at ports, a number of shipping lines have recently taken South Africa off their routes, reducing the country’s ability to compete internationally.Now the government, in an unexpected move – Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin admits that it has not invested as much as it should have over the last 10 years – it has approved a massive five-year R165-billion package to upgrade Eskom’s infrastructure and that of transport parastatal Transnet.The two utilities are expected to spend some R121-billion over the next five years, with the remaining R44-billion coming from the private sector.Erwin has described the move as a “major phase of construction in this economy” and a decisive moment for private sector investors, whom he has told to take the government’s plans “very seriously indeed”.Eskom, which has been given the green card to invest some R107-billion in new power stations, transmission and distribution, will receive the lion’s share of the investment – a move that will cement its place as the continent’s dominant power supplier.The reinvigoration of the new power utility comes after delays in finding financial backers for South Africa’s nuclear energy options: a demonstration nuclear plant at Koeberg outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, and a fuel plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, Gauteng.A US$1.2-billion cash injection is needed to get the projects – involving the controversial pebble bed modular reactor – up and running.In a fresh show of faith in Eskom, the utility will be expected to meet some 70% of the country’s future power needs, with the remaining 30% to be provided by the private sector. Tenders for three new power stations are expected to be issued in January 2005.Immediate transport needs are estimated at R37-billion, which will include building a multi-purpose pipeline from Durban to Gauteng, also with private sector participation.Phase two will involve what the government is calling “blue sky” projects. These may include a new railway line from Durban to Gauteng, new container terminals and the expansion of the Cape Town and Ngqurha harbours. These could involve an extra R58-billion capital injection over five to 10 years.Alan Finlay is a freelance journalist and researcherlast_img read more

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Desmond Tutu to retire from public life

first_img26 July 2010Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has praised South Africans for their contribution to the world.“We surprised ourselves in how we accomplished the World Cup with panache,” Tutu said during a press briefing today at the Cape Town’s St George Cathedral last week, where he announced that he intends to retire from public engagements when he turns 79 on 7 October 2010.“We really are amazing. Apart from welcoming the world as we did and being able to be so efficient, despite and what many could say, because of our history which has made us reach out to others, that has left them breathless, and I think the world needs that,” he said.“If we were a film, we would be shooting for an Oscar,” said Tutu, whose only hope before he dies is to see South Africa become a “winning country”.“I long so much that we will become the country we have it in ourselves to become, a caring, not hugely successful, but one in which every South African feels they matter,” he said. “I would go to my grave lightly if we become a country that is caring, compassionate, gentle, sharing.”One of the ‘best day’s ever’Tutu said he would remember the day he had introduced former president Nelson Mandela as the South Africa’s newly elected president as one of his best day’s ever. About that day, Tutu said: “I said, God, if I die now I really don’t mind.”He said while former president Thabo Mbeki would be remembered for his involvement in peacemaking in Africa, there were hopeful developments in President Jacob Zuma’s administration in the battle to tackle HIV/Aids.Turning to his health, he said that though he still had prostate cancer it was at a mild stage. “I am as fine as one could hope to be. I don’t propose to climb Table Mountain, but I’m not likely to keel over,” he joked.He said his only “little panic” was that he once wanted to be a physician, and added that he always wanted to know what it was like to be taller.Quiet reflection, family, readingTutu, who retired in 1996 as Archbishop of Cape Town, said he would devote his time to quiet reflection, his family and reading.He said the time had now come for him to slow down, sip rooibos tea with his wife in the afternoon, watch cricket, and travel to visit his children and grandchildren rather than to attend conferences and conventions and be at university campuses.“On the whole, I will shut up, but sometimes I might not be able to resist, so bye bye,” he quipped.He emphasised that he would honour all existing appointments but would not add any new engagements to his schedule. He would limit his time to one day a week in the office until the office wound down in February 2011.Still an ‘Elder’While continuing with his involvement with the Elders and Nobel Laureate Group and with his support of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, he would step down from his positions as Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape and as a representative on the UN’s advisory committee on the prevention of genocide.“I think I’ve done as much as I can, and I really do need time for other things that I have wanted to do. I really want a little more quiet,” said Tutu, adding that there were “superb” people that could take over the advocacy work he had been doing.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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A new approach to tissue sampling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetThroughout the 2018 growing season, AgriGold agronomist John Brien has been working with farmers to do something a little unorthodox. He is having producers send in tissue samples on a weekly basis.“Traditionally, tissue sampling has a negative tone to it because no one has been able to correlate that if you have this certain level of something at this certain time, you’re going to get this certain yield, so many academia and agronomists have come to the conclusion that tissue sampling is not important,” Brien said. “But we have taken a different approach and we are systematically tissue sampling, once every week so we can get trend lines. I’m not worried about spikes or valleys. I am worried about the general trend of nutrients in that plant.”The end goal, according to Brien, is to see if growers are getting enough nutrients to the plant at any given point of the season or if there are big holes somewhere that need to be addressed to fix the production system, offering a different mindset to see what this type of tissue sampling can offer. One discovery this project has made is that some nutrients are being used by the crop at some points in the growing season and some are not, meaning some applications may be a waste of time and money.“We always assume that if we put a nutrient out there that the plant is using it,” Brien said. “We have done studies and trials with these tissue samples where we applied nutrients at different times and the plant never took them up. It was too late for that plant to use it so the farmer wasted a large amount of money.”Take potassium, for instance.“We noticed that if you don’t have potassium in the plant by V5 or V6, there is no way to drive the nutrient levels back up because you are on a downward trend and corn is using that nutrient up very rapidly right up to pollination,” Brien said. “If you wait until V10 or V11, you’re just putting potassium on for next year’s crop and that opened our eyes to realize that we have to have potassium on early and in big amounts.”It is standard procedure to put manganese on soybeans after seeing some yellowing after a Roundup application, but tissue samples from this project are coming back deficient or low on manganese.Brien is also noticing lower than expected levels of boron when tissue results return. He wonders if there is some low lying fruit with these two nutrients that can be useful for higher yields in the future.Sending in a tissue sample weekly will likely sound extreme for most producers, but Brien says doing it a little more often may be advantageous.“I think of tissue sample as just another agronomic tool,” Brien said. “So, if you are at your wit’s end on management and you just can’t figure out how to get to the next level, additional tissue sampling should come into play. If once a week is too much, try every other week. If you are really dedicated and want to spend more time with tissue sampling, that tells me you are serious about raising good crops.”last_img read more

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Geocaching country souvenir: Cyprus

first_imgCyprus Geocaching country souvenirCyprus is the third largest and most populous island country in the Mediterranean. At 9,251 km² (3,572 mi²) and over 1.1 million inhabitants, the country is full of a vibrant culture with a rich past spanning over 10,000 years. One moment you might be exploring the glorious rocky coastline, the next you may find yourself surrounded by an archaeological site filled with historical intrigue. Here are three facts to pique your interest:Famed for its spectacular beaches, the crystal clear Cypriot waters are designated among the cleanest in the world thanks to the work of the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association. The temperature of the open sea ranges from 16° (60° F) during the coolest months and climbs to 27° C (80° F) in August.Cyprus is one of only four European countries that drive on the left side of the road. The other three are the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Malta.With so much magic in the air, it’s little wonder that Aphrodite, Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, is famed to have risen from the shores of the island’s west coast. If you get lost exploring the 1,100+ active caches in Cyprus, here are three to set your sails in the right direction:Ghost ShipTraditional | GC4KMPX | by white-star | D1.5 / T1.5In 2011 the Edro III, a 2,127 metric ton (2,517 US ton) freighter, ran aground in stormy weather in the Sea Caves area of Paphos on the western shores. The ship drifted until it finally ran aground approximately 15 m (49 ft) from the shore with the bow firmly wedged onto a rocky stretch of the beach. It is unknown how, or if, the boat will be removed but, in the meantime, it serves as a unique attraction for tourists, weddings, and geocachers!Napa ViewTraditional | GCZ6MV | by Brandi Sour | D2 / T2.5Ayia Napa lies near Cape Gkreko National Park at the eastern part of Cyprus. The resort town has 27 beaches, 14 of which have received the Blue Flag award for high environmental, educational, safety and accessibility ratings, more than any other resort in Cyprus. The vantage point near the church of Saint Epiphanios offers sweeping views across the ever-growing town.Büyük HanTraditional | GC6H09T | by TheSnowdens  | D1.5 / T1.5Büyük Han (“Great Inn”) is the largest caravanseri in Cyprus. Built in 1572, come nightfall, weary travellers would head towards the nearest han, or inn. It is located in the capital city of Nicosia, the farthest southeast of all European Union member states’ capitals, and has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years. Today, the han is ground zero for a Traditional Cache as well as a thriving arts center, with both upper guest rooms and lower stables occupied by small artists shops.We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 10, 2018. If you have found a geocache in any of these countries, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFive new Geocaching country souvenirs for 2018December 10, 2018In “News”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News”The Argo — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

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Google Now Warning Surfers of Hacked Websites

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Tags:#Google#news#NYT#security#web Users clicking the warning link will be directed to this page in Google’s Help Center that explains more about the notice and what it means, but Google will not stop you from clicking through on the search result itself, nor does it insert an additional warning after doing so, as it does with sites known to host malware.Google says it will use “a variety of automated tools” to detect signs of hacked sites as quickly as possible and it will then add the notification and alert the site’s webmaster to the issue. Webmasters who are worried that the notices will negatively affect their search traffic can request a site review to accelerate the notification’s removal once this problem has been resolved. There are increasing concerns about website attacks on the mind today, thanks to hackers’ takedown of high-profile sites during the Wikileaks cyberwar in particular, and the website defacements that often accompany political turmoil such as those that hit both Pakistani and Indian government-run sites recently as well as some prompted by political issues here in the U.S. Sometimes the hacks are more akin topranks, while other times they serve as a way for those with strong opinions to express that sentimentanonymously. And sometimes, the hacks are initiated by spammers, instead of these sorts of political hacktivists. To defend against this form of online vandalism, Google has announced it will begin to identify hacked sites, right in the Google search results.According to news from Google’s Webmaster Central blog, the Internet search giant will begin warning Web surfers of sites that may have been hacked with a message that reads “This site may be compromised.” This will help protect those browsing the Web from becoming victims of malware, as is especially the case when sites are compromised by spammers, says Google. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Taking the train in India is getting smarter — for some commuters

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Power Indian Railways is undertaking a smart city makeover for its stations in 10 cities around the country.As reported by Indian gadget news site BGR, the railroad recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Urban Development. The MOU will see the transformation of stations in 10 cities to further the agenda of the nation’s smart city strategy.India previously announced plans to develop 100 smart cities around the country by 2022. By last month 60 of the cities have been chosen under the ambitious plan that the government hopes will act as a springboard to modernize outdated urban infrastructure across India.Specifically, the new agreement paves the way for redevelopment that enhances passenger amenities, improves station access and optimizes utilization at target railway stations.The stations targeted for smart city redevelopment are: Varnasi, Bhubaneswar, Thane, Puducherry, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kota, Tirupati, Sarai Rohilla in Delhi and Margao in GoaThe project is a joint venture between the Railway Ministry, which will hold primary responsibility, and the Urban Development Ministry.“Railway stations have been the core of city development and have become congested over time and their redevelopment offers immense opportunities for changing city landscape,” said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.How local smart cities are happeningMeanwhile, Urban Development will take the lead in negotiating with various states and city governments in order to integrate the station redevelopment into local smart city strategies.“This convergence based city development will result in qualitative improvement in city life,” said Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.He said that the station project could be a good fit for the National Buildings Construction Corporation which has previously self-financed redevelopment initiatives.Prabhu added that other sources of support for the station redevelopment project may come from outside the country. He said such countries as the U.K., Germany, Japan, France, Belgium and South Korea have expressed interest in the project.To drum up further interest, India is planning to host a round table next week where international and domestic bankers will discuss opportunities for financing aspects of the initiative. Tags:#India#infrastructure#IoT#Railroad#Smart Cities center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts last_img read more

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10 months agoHughton pleased with Brighton attacking options

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hughton pleased with Brighton attacking optionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton is happy with the attacking players at his disposal.The Brighton manager knows they will have to be at their best to stay in the league this season.And he believes that he has enough options in attack to make that happen.Hughton said to The Argus: “It’s what I want [competition for places]. Florin, I thought, had done really well in the game he came on in (Crystal Palace) and the game he started at Huddersfield.”I didn’t think he did so well in the last game at Burnley but that might have been a consequence of having not played and having a big impact in the two games before.”Of course, we’ve got Glenn who has scored goals.”But that’s what I want. I think it’s good and Locadia as well, who will feel aggrieved he hasn’t played more.”We will need that type of competition going into the second half of the season.”Brighton are 13th in the table, nine points away from the bottom three places. last_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced striker

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced strikerby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister can see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buying an experienced striker in January.United will host Arsenal tonight with just 17 year-old Mason Greenwood as their one fit striker.Pallister said, “I think it (transfer window) all depends on how Mason Greenwood develops. Mason Greenwood announced himself on the European stage just like Marcus Rashford did. “I think you’d want a bit more experience in that front line. Liverpool and Man City seem to be attracting better players, it’s becoming a tougher market for United. United looked at a couple of options in the forward line over the summer, but they couldn’t make it happen, which puts the pressure on young forwards like Rashford who is 21 and Mason (Greenwood) who is 17, (Anthony) Martial who is 23. There’s not a great deal of experience and perhaps that is a position in the team that Ole would’ve liked a bit more experience. “Martial has been out a few weeks and Jesse (Lingard) has had injuries, it’s been a struggle to keep everyone fit and he will have been frustrated by that as would any manager.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets last_img read more

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22 days agoAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalov

first_imgAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalovby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson remains keen on CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.That’s according to his management team, with Hodgson in touch.A spokesman for Chalov’s reps said, “I talked to Roy Hodgson and for Chalov he likes him very much. “I cannot exclude a sale in the next summer market session.”Palace pushed hard to sign Chalov over the summer, but CSKA priced him out of a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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