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Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana wins prestigious Store of the Year award

first_imgIrwin Expert Electrical in Buncrana is celebrating a major achievement after being named Store of the Year 2019.The management and staff at the Buncrana showroom were thrilled to hear that they were not only selected, but won Store of The Year. The newly renovated Electrical Appliance Showroom was voted No. 1 out of 67 Expert stores throughout Ireland.Speaking on behalf of the team John Gill, long standing manager at Irwin Expert Electrical commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. Out of 67 Stores nationwide, we had no idea that we would be voted no. 1 Store of the Year. It’s just fantastic for Buncrana and for Inishowen”. Declan Irwin (Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny & Buncrana), John Gill (Manager Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana), Peter Sweeney (Sales Executive Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana) Tony O Loughlin (Sales Executive Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana).Mr Gill continued: “It’s a testament to our staff and to our customers that we are in business here for over 45 years and this award has just topped off another great year for us. “We service the entire Inishowen Peninsula and our loyal customers have been coming here for years. We provide an excellent customer service and stock the biggest brands and can compete with anyone locally or nationally due to our membership of the Expert Group, which are the largest electrical group in Ireland. We are in the heart of the community here for a very long time, we are well known and those who we have helped and supported through the years never forget.”“It’s a privilege to come from a community like we have in Inishowen, the people and the other retail stores all appreciate the hard work that our local Chamber of Commerce are doing to encourage more people to continue to Shop Local”, concludes John.Mark Briscoe (Chairman, Expert Ireland), Declan Irwin (Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny & Buncrana), Ciaran O Reilly (CEO Expert Ireland), Ruth Rooke (Marketing Executive Expert Ireland) Tony Murphy ( Commercial Director Expert Ireland)Irwin Expert Electrical’s Summer Sale and Back to School Sale is in full swing with lots of discounts. Call in, they would be delighted to see you.  They also have an instore promotion happening, when you make a purchase instore you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a Whirlpool 9kg 1400spin washer worth an amazing €499.  Now you don’t want to miss out on that prize!www.facebook.com/irwinexpertIrwin Expert Electrical Buncrana wins prestigious Store of the Year award was last modified: July 12th, 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:buncranaIrwin Expert Electricalstore of the yearlast_img read more

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Immelman a ‘Compleat’ winner

first_img21 February 2007Trevor Immelman was named SA Golf Digest Player of the Year in December. Now another South African publication, Compleat Golfer, has concurred with that decision, naming Immelman its Golfer of the Year. The award caps a fine 12 months for the world number 13.Immelman really made his mark in the US in 2006, enjoying a superb year on the PGA Tour. He was named Rookie of the Year after finishing ninth on the money list, and also secured his first win on the Tour with victory in the Cialis Western Open.Apart from that victory, Immelman came close to other wins twice, as he lost in a playoff to Jim Furyk in the Wachovia Championship and finished runner-up in the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.His earnings of over US$4-million were a record for a rookie. They were also enough to keep him just ahead of tenth-placed Ernie Els and eleventh-placed Retief Goosen on the money list.Five-Star Golf Club awardsCompleat Golfer also announced its Five-Star Golf Club awards, with recognition going to the following South African layouts: Pezula Championship Course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, Sun City, Pecanwood, Fancourt, Leopard Creek, Arabella Country Club, Country Club Johannesburg, De Zalze, Steenberg, Erinvale, Atlantic Beach, Selborne, and Prince’s Grant.Golf Digest’s top 10 saw Leopard Creek Golf Estate and C.C named number one for the third year in succession. Following the Malelane course was the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, The Links at Fancourt, Durban Country Club, Arabella Estate and Golf Club, the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, Glendower Golf Club, The River Club, George Golf Club, and Pecanwood Golf and Country Club.Bobby Locke Trophy winnerMohammed Tayod picked up Compleat Golfer’s award for the Sunshine Tour’s Leading Rookie, receiving the Bobby Locke Trophy. Former winners include Immelman, Retief Goosen, David Frost and Charl Schwartzel.Schwartzel, who gave up his position in the WGC Accenture World Matchplay Championships in order to chase his third Sunshine Tour Order of Merit title at the Telkom PGA Championship this weekend, received the Gary Player Trophy for the leading stroke average on tour. He also won the Syd Brews Trophy for winning the 2005/06 Order of Merit.The Ladies Amateur Golfer of the Year award was shared by the South African team of Ashleigh Simon, Kelli Shean, Stacy Bregman and Sandra Winter (non-playing captain), who captured the Espirito Trophy for winning the World Amateur Team Championships in Stellenbosch in October.Other winnersAmong the other award winners, Sunshine Tour pro Kevin Stone, who took victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Pezula in 2006, was named PGA Club Pro Champion of the Year, while Dale Hayes received a Lifetime Achievement award for services and support of the PGA.Branden Grace was named Men’s Amateur Golfer of the Year, while Junior Golfer of the Year went to Rhys West, and Ben van Zyl won the Nedbank Disabled Golfer of Year award.Two men were recognised for their Contribution to Golf. Robbie Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Golf Data, who has spent 25 years in golf course design, was recognised along with the late Sid Brews, who won the South African Open eight times. Brews’ son Harry accepted the award on his behalf.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cheaper internet for SA

first_imgSouth Africans are tipped to access affordable internet.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months. Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry.  “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improvedMobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.last_img read more

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Delaware Co. farmer’s ingenuity brings Soilhawk sampling system to reality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jim Case of Case Farms in Delaware Co. has been busy the last four years developing the Soilhawk automated soil sampling device. The machine, now ready for full production and fieldwork, utilizes multiple areas of ingenuity, including a top level scraper to clear away debris from a soil testing unit, multiple testing settings, and remote-controlled use, among other options.“I got the idea because I went out and did manual hand sampling and it got pretty intense — it was a lot of work,” said Case. “We wanted a way to cover a lot of acres a lot faster and do a really good job getting random samples and not just take samples out of a middle of a two and a half acre grid.”Case said the built-from-scratch project replicates what a farmer would physically do in the field.“We designed a scraper that will actually remove the residue from or debris before we take a sample, because if you leave that in, your sample is skewed right to begin with,” he said. “We use a remote button and the whole process takes about 20 seconds to complete.”Joel Penhorwood chats with Jim about how the unit works and its creation in this in-depth video.last_img read more

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Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics

first_imgNorth Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. Read Next View comments US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.” Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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15 days agoEriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid aim to prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham for a bargain £30million in January.But AS says Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Real can enter talks on January 1 over a summer switch as clubs abroad will not be breaking rules speaking to a player in the final six months of his deal.But they could still try and tempt Spurs into cashing in, which would give Eriksen a choice to make.Zinedine Zidane’s No1 midfield target was Paul Pogba but Manchester United were not open to selling. last_img read more

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James Camerons Avatar sequel to be released in 2020

first_imgThe long-awaited sequel to the science fiction epic Avatar from famed Canadian director James Cameron will require a little more patience from fans — three-and-a-half years to be exact.According to the movie’s official Facebook page, the next Avatar film will open in theatres Dec. 18, 2020. It’s one of four upcoming films in the franchise.“Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels,” the post reads alongside a birdseye photo of the crew involved in the project. Following the first sequel, the next one will be released a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.The franchise will take a three-year break before returning to the screen with two more installments, on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 19, 2025 respectively.Avatar was the first film to gross more than $2 billion US when it was released in 2009 and earned nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.The story is set in fictional Pandora, a resource-rich environment which future humans are trying to colonize. It’s inhabited by the blue-skinned humanoid species, Na’vi, under threat from the expansion.The original starred Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron, who was also behind the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic and sci-fi thrillers such as The Terminator and Aliens, said earlier this year that wasn’t going to happen.Cameron initially told the Toronto Star in March about the delay, but said the scripts were done for all four Avatar films. The director called it “an epic undertaking” “not unlike building the Three Gorges Dam.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prasar Bharati asked to ensure levelplaying field for all parties

first_imgNew Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has instructed public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to ensure that the Election Commission’s directive to “desist” from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party is adhered to in letter and spirit.I&B Secretary Amit Khare, in a letter to Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, instructed that the coverage by Doordarshan and All India Radio abides by the EC directive and asked him put in place a mechanism for adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly-worded letter to the secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the EC said, “Would like you (secretary) to direct the DD News channel to desist from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party and extend commensurate and balanced coverage of the activities of all recognised political parties…” The commission had recently issued a show-cause notice to DD News for showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ programme for nearly one hour after opposition parties complained that the national broadcaster was being biased.last_img read more

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Not only Mallya and Nirav 36 bizmen fled from country

first_imgNew Delhi: ED opposed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, alleged defence agent arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam, saying there was a likelihood of him fleeing the country like 36 businessmen who had criminal cases against them.The Enforcement Directorate told special judge Arvind Kumar that 36 businessmen, including Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, have fled from the country in the recent past. The probe agency’s special public prosecutors D P Singh and N K Matta countered Sushen’s claim that he had deep roots in the society, saying, “Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Sandesara brothers (Sterling Biotech Ltd promoters) had deeper routes in the society yet they left the country. There are such 36 businessmen who fled from the country in the last few years.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the argument, ED’s advocate Samvedna Verma told the court that the probe was at a crucial stage and the agency was trying to find out who was “RG” referred in the diaries of Sushen. Verma also accused Gupta of influencing the witnesses in the case and told the court that he even tried to destroy the evidence in the case. The court reserved order on Gupta’s bail application for April 20. Gupta has sought relief on the ground that the agency has already completed the investigation and filed a charge sheet in the case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn his bail application, the accused told the court that the ED’s contention of the flight risk could be rejected considering his past activities, where he joined the investigation as and when summoned. The agency arrested Gupta under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED officials said Gupta’s role in the case came to light based on disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here. It is suspected that Gupta has in his possession some payment details in the Rs 3,600 crore purchase deal of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers and the link is to be unravelled, they said.last_img read more

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Wolves target Wu Lei

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers are looking to sign winger Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG, according to Sports Mole.The Midlands club have identified the Chinese winger as a possible addition to the club’s playing staff.The newly promoted Premier League team are looking to strengthen their team as they prepare for the challenge at hand, and it is believed that owners Fosun International are looking to bring in a high-profile Chinese player.Reports in the media suggest Wolves are keen to sign Wu Lei at some point in the future once the player completely recovers from his Achilles injury.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Wu is Shanghai SIPG all-time top scorer and record appearance maker with 155 goals in 328 appearances whilst also scoring 11 times in 55 appearances for his country, China.The 26-year-old has spent his entire professional football career with Shanghai SIPG but has stated his desire to play in Europe at some point.Wolves have made some important signings so far this season as they look to make huge impact in the Premier League this season.last_img read more