Delight for thrifty shoppers as NCBI store reopens in Ballyshannon

first_imgCharity shop and sustainable fashion fans will be happy to hear that the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) store in Ballyshannon is reopening.A new chapter begins for the fundraising shop as Natalie Quinn takes up the reins as Shop Manager from popular former Manager Naomi Brady.The store will be full of great quality second-hand items once more, with a treasure trove of shoes, household items, books and a large selection of bric-a-brac to discover. The NCBI is appealing for volunteers to get involved with stock and customer service.Grainne Whiteside, Area Manager said “reopening the Ballyshannon shop was a priority for NCBI as it is so embedded in the local community. We will continue to sell quality preloved clothing, accessories and bric a brac. We call on anyone interested in volunteering with the NCBI shop to contact us; even giving us as little as three hours a week would be of great assistance. Pop in and see our new selection of stock”.NCBI’s chain of 115 shops play a vital and integral part in the charity’s overall fundraising efforts, allowing the national sight loss agency to provide vital life changing services to over 6,000 people each year, many of whom live in Donegal.Also by supporting shops, customers not only generate funds for NCBI services but support the drive for more environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion and furniture. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Natalie Quinn, Shop Manager on 0858211128 or shopvolunteer@ncbi.ieDelight for thrifty shoppers as NCBI store reopens in Ballyshannon was last modified: October 9th, 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:Ballyshannonncbishoplast_img read more

NFL owner: Hang safety rules, players paid big money to incur high-risk behavior

first_imgShow of hands: Who is enjoying the NFL’s new player-safety rules?Hello? Anyone? I know you’re out there — I can hear you cracking your knuckles.Truth: No one likes the new rules of engagement, designed to reduce collisions on kickoffs, on helmet-to-helmet contact and on hits to the quarterback. Not the fans, though the fans don’t have much of a stake in player safety beyond the gladiator-on-gladiator mayhem that goes so well with pizza rolls and chip and dip. The players don’t seem to like …last_img read more

‘Increased access to better education’

first_img14 February 2014An improved matric pass rate, hugely increased enrolments from primary to tertiary level, and reinvestments in teacher training are among the signs that South Africa is improving access to quality education, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament on Thursday.Delivering his State of the Nation address in Cape Town, Zuma said the country’s matric pass rate had gone up from around 61 percent in 2009 to 78 percent last year, and that university and college pass rates were improving each year.“Through the annual national assessments, we keep track of improvements and interventions needed, especially in maths and science,” Zuma said.The number of children attending Grade R had more than doubled, from about 300 000 to more than 700 000 between 2003 and 2011, he noted, adding that a Draft Policy Framework towards Universal Access to Grade R has been gazetted for public comment, with a view to making Grade R compulsory.Around eight-million South African school children are exempted from paying school fees, while nine-million children are getting food at school.More schools to replace mud and other unsuitable structures are to be built, Zuma said. To date, 370 new schools have been delivered throughout the country via the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, a national programme to tackle school infrastructure backlogs in the country.The R8.2-billion public-private programme aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” in the country, provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools by March 2016.From 22 July until 6 December 2013, the initiative handed over one school per week in the Eastern Cape, which has been prioritised under the programme.The government is also investing in teacher training and the re-opening of teacher training colleges in order to meet the demand for a skilled workforce, Zuma said on Thursday.In the tertiary sector, enrolments at universities have increased by 12% since 2009, while Further Education and Training (FET) college enrolments have increased by 90%, Zuma said.To meet the growing demand, the budget of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme has been increased to R9-billion.Twelve new FET colleges are to be built, in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, Zuma said, complementing the recent establishment of two brand new universities, Sol Plaatje in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Bafana at Afcon 2015: the full squad

first_imgThe new 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Bafana Bafana team before their warm-up game against Cameroon on Saturday 10 January, which came to a one-all draw. (Image: Bafana Bafana) Compiled by Mary AlexanderWith Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football team, set to kick off their first match in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday 19 January, playing Algeria at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea, we bring you facts and figures about the full 23-man squad.Jump to:StrikersMidfieldersDefendersGoalkeepersStrikersBernard ParkerBorn: 16 March 1986, BoksburgAge: 28Height: 1.7 metresCareer start: 2004Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #25, forwardCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaTokelo RantieBorn: 8 September 1990, Parys, Free StateAge: 24Height: 1.72 metresCareer start: 2010Current club: AFC Bournemouth – #28, forwardCurrent league: English Championship LeagueBongani NdululaBorn: 29 November 1989, Aliwal NorthAge: 25Height: 1.9 metresCareer start: 2009Current club: AmaZulu FC – #9, forwardCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaSibusiso VilakaziBorn: 29 December 1989, SowetoAge: 25Height: 1.7 metresCareer start: 2009Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #10, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaNew Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has been credited with bringing the national squad back to form, allowing them to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations and beating out Nigeria, the previous champions. (Image: Bafana Bafana)Back to topMidfieldersThemba ZwaneBorn: 3 August 1989, TembisaAge: 25Height: 1.7 metresCareer start: 2011Current club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC – #34, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaAndile JaliBorn: 10 April 1990, Matatiele, Eastern CapeAge: 24Height: 1.72 metresCareer start: 2007Current club: KV Oostende – #15, midfielderCurrent league: Belgian Pro LeagueReneilwe LetsholonyaneBorn: 9 June 1982, SowetoAge: 32Height: 1.73 metresCareer start: 2002Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #6, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaBongani ZunguBorn: 9 October 1992, Duduza, GautengAge: 22Height: 1.84 metresCareer start: 2010Current club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC – #34, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaThamsanqa SangweniBorn: 26 May 1989, Empangeni, KwaZulu-NatalAge: 25Height: 1.7 metresCareer start: 2009Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #37, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaDean FurmanBorn: 22 June 1988, Cape TownAge: 26Height: 1.83 metresCareer start: 2008Current club: Doncaster Rovers FC – #4, midfielderCurrent league: English League OneThuso PhalaBorn: 27 May 1986, SowetoAge: 28Height: 1.7 metresCareer start: 2007Current club: SuperSport United FC – #21, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaMandla MasangoBorn: 18 July 1989, Kwaggafontein, MpumalangaAge: 25Height: 1.68 metresCareer star: 2007Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #22, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaOupa ManyisaBorn: 30 July 1988, Mohlakeng, GautengAge: 26Height: 1.65 metresCareer start: 2008Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #20, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaWatch Bafana Bafana’s road to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations:Back to topDefendersSiyabonga NhlapoBorn: 23 December 1988, SowetoAge: 26Height: 1.8 metresCareer start: 2010Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #20, midfielderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaPatrick PhungwayoBorn: 6 January 1988, Alexandra, GautengAge: 27Height: 1.73 metresCareer start: 2008Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #3, left-backCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaAnele NgcongcaBorn: 21 October, 1987, Cape TownAge: 27Height: 1.8 metresCareer start: 2003Current club: KRC Genk – #16, defenderCurrent league: Belgian Pro LeagueThulani HlatshwayoBorn: 18 December 1989, SowetoAge: 25Height: 1.89 metresCareer start: 2009Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #3, defenderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaEric MathohoBorn: 1 March 1990, Thohoyandou, LimpopoAge: 24Height: 1.98 metresCareer start: 2009Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #3, defenderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaRivaldo CoetzeeBorn: 16 October 1996, Kakamas, Northern CapeAge: 18Height: 1.79 metresCareer start: 2014Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #3, defenderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaThabo MatlabaBorn: 13 December 1987, Tembisa, GautengAge: 27Height: 1.69 metresCareer start: 2010Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #8, defenderCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaBack to topGoalkeepersDarren KeetBorn: 5 August 1989, Cape TownAge: 25Height: 1.83 metresCareer start: 2007Current club: KV Kortrijk – #16, goalkeeperCurrent league: Belgian Pro LeagueJackson MabokgwaneBorn: 19 January 1988, Polokwane, LimpopoAge: 26Height: 1.88 metresCareer start: 2007Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #1, goalkeeperCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaBrilliant KhuzwayoBorn: 9 February 1990, DurbanAge: 24Height: 1.9 metresCareer start: 2010Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #16, goalkeeperCurrent league: Premier Soccer League, South AfricaBack to toplast_img read more

Many Huffington Post Readers Hate Site’s New Facebook-Powered Recommendation Engine

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Recommendation Engines#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The giant online publisher and aggregator Huffington Post began experimenting with a new content recommendation engine today, powered by Facebook and built by AdaptiveSemantics, the startup the company acquired last June. The feature uses the “Liked” Pages and shared articles of logged-in Facebook users who visit the Post to recommend recent content from across its wide swath of articles. It looks like a good and relatively simple feature. Surprisingly, HuffPo readers responding in comments on the announcement absolutely hate it!The feature sounds simple, but is a great example of the power of Facebook: the social network is not just a tool for publishers to push content onto, to increase distribution and pageviews, Facebook Connect is also a form of data portability that allows 3rd party websites to offer personalized content to their visitors. Many sites have exposed content that a Facebook user’s friends have shared, but this leveraging of the structured individual interest data is far less common.Could objections to using this data be rooted in the ongoing lack of clarity around Facebook’s privacy settings? Or did the company just shoot itself in the foot so badly 12 months ago when it made drastic privacy policy changes that people still distrust it today?The Down Side Reader comments range from confusion about the feature to distrust of anything associated with Facebook (“I don’t have one of those,” several people have said) to distrust of recommendations to concern about self-reenforcing political perspectives. “Great,” one frustrated comment read, “put your readers to work for you, is it not enough that we have to deal with your advertisements.” Unbelievable!Another: “If it involves Facebook, you can count me out. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more