Big plans unveiled for Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival

first_imgLetterkenny will be buzzing with activity at the beginning of July as the town hosts its first Jazz & Blues Festival. The event, in conjunction with Kinnegar Brewing, will be a three day festival of free live music in popular venues from Friday 5th- Sunday 7th July 2019. The Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was officially launched this week at the Kinnegar Brewery, Ballyraine.Over the weekend, music fans can look forward to seeing a line-up of notable Jazz artists, including Grainne Duffy, Paddy Sherlock Band, Miranda Rosenberg and DD & The Delta Boys.Among the launch night’s attendees were publicans from The Orchard, Oasis, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Mc Ginleys and The Brewery.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Paddy Crossan, the Festival Creative Director said: “It’s great to see all the bars and local businesses in the town getting involved and working together for something of great benefit to the town as a whole.” The design of the festival gives festivalgoers the opportunity to explore the town as each participating bar will be providing entertainment during the day/night.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venues“We would hope that this will be an annual festival if all goes well. This is an entirely voluntary run festival which is great as the people involved have so much passion and drive,” said Mark Black, Festival Director.The launch held had Kinnegar Brewery was quite something. Attendees received a full brewery tour of the site and even got sampling some of the up and coming products.“We are over the moon to have Kinnegar on board as festival sponsor. It was just the perfect fit – a growing brand for a growing festival. Not every town has their own brewery on their doorstep and we couldn’t thank Rick and Libby enough for getting involved on a dream that we turned into reality,” says Dermot O’ Donohue, Assistant Festival Manager.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesThe Festival Committee would like to say a special thank you to Graphic Designer Aidan Spence for the festival’s logo design and Browne Printers for their launch night materials.A full programme of events and regular updates will be available on the Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival social media platforms over the coming weekend. Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesLaunch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesBig plans unveiled for Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was last modified: May 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:EntertainmenteventsLetterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festivalmc ginleysMUSICOasisThe Brewerythe orchardwarehouse bar + kitchenWhat’s on?last_img read more

49ers career leading rusher now taking friendly fire from son: ‘I’m faster than him’

first_imgFrank Gore Jr. is a chip off the ol’ blocking back. And he is challenging — in that loving fathers and sons way — his old man’s status as GOOF (Greatest Of Our Family).Frank Gore Sr., of course, is the former 49ers running back who has cracked the 1,000-yard mark nine times in his first 13 NFL seasons (Year No. 14 began with a 61-yard effort for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday).“I can return the ball, I can catch the ball, I can run the ball,” Junior told TMZ Sports. Senior, Junior says, “(is) …last_img read more

Altech UEC opens high-tech STB factory

first_img3 August 2011Technology company Altech UEC has opened a high-tech facility outside Durban with an annual manufacturing capacity of three-million digital set-top boxes (STBs), which are needed as South Africa and sub-Saharan African countries convert their television signals from analogue to digital transmission.With demand for STBs in South Africa expected to reach more than nine-million, and a further 30-million required for the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the company has consolidated six buildings on two sites into a single, state-of-the-art, 13 500 square metre factory at Mount Edgecombe.“Our investment in this facility is in direct support of government policy,” Altech CEO Craig Venter said at the launch on Wednesday. “Not only are we employing people in the factory, but services such as packaging, delivery and installation will create tens of thousands of small business opportunities in the years to come.“In the process, people will acquire new skills, equipping them for the next wave of ICT innovation and development.”Economic spin-offs destined to be hugeVenter said the economic spin-offs are destined to be huge – from technical support to retailing – while the increased demand for broadcast content, especially regional-based programming, will create more jobs for local content producers and their supply chains.“New jobs will be created all down the delivery chain, while millions will be able to benefit from better education and communication through new electronic means,” said Venter. “Digital migration creates an opportunity to build a globally competitive export sector that is an objective of the [government’s] Industrial Policy Action Plan.”Venter said the new generation STBs would enable millions of people in South Africa and the wider region to access digital television.Resuscitating local research and developmentVenter said ICT innovation, driven by intellectual property, was a “cornerstone of global competitiveness”. There was therefore a need to resuscitate local research and development and, while a South African Silicon Valley might be far-fetched, poverty could only be eradicated by economic growth, which depended on competitiveness.“In a world where everybody has access to the same technological tools, competitiveness depends on how the technology is applied to harness information and create new knowledge,” he said. “People and countries who can meet these demands are the ones who succeed.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2020 House Election Forecast

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — One year from the 2020 general election, more than half of the Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee are facing less-than-“solid” chances of retaining their seats, but the Democrats appear on the path to retain their majority in the House, according to David Wasserman, the House analyst for The Cook Political Report.Of the committee’s 25 Democratic members representing districts in the 50 states, 14 are facing races that the Cook Report ranks as less than “solid,” and nine of those races could favor the Republican, per the Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI). The index measures how each district performs at the presidential level compared to the nation as a whole.Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is also a member of the committee, but the Cook Political Report does not rank the delegates from the U.S. territories.On the flip side, only three of the 21 Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee are in races considered not “solid,” and the PVI for each of those three incumbents is in their favor by at least three points.The Cook Political Report provides four ratings for Congressional races: “solid,” “likely, “lean” and “toss-up.” As it stands now, House Democrats are facing 218 elections that are ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid” in their favor compared to 193 Republican seats ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid.” Twenty-four seats are considered “toss-ups” — 18 for the Democrats, five for the Republicans and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan.The Democrats won a majority in the 2018 congressional elections, but the 2020 elections will include a presidential election with President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. That could affect the races, especially in rural and suburban districts that are home to most of the members of the House Agriculture Committee who are less than “solid” for reelection.But the impact is uncertain. The opportunity to vote for Trump might bring out more Republicans, although presidential elections usually bring out more Democratic voters.Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, said in an interview that “Impeachment will make the reds redder and the blues bluer.” Cook said he expects an “enormous” turnout, but “While everything seems to revolve around Trump, he is not the sun and this is not the solar system.”But one danger for all incumbents, Cook said, is that people hate politics and politicians so much that experience doesn’t matter.The most notable among the struggling House Agriculture Committee Democrats is Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the chairman. The 14-term representative who is the most senior member on the Ag Committee faces growing doubt about his ability to retain his seat.Most alarming for Peterson is the fact that Trump is destined to head the Republican ticket in 2020. Peterson’s district’s PVI is plus-12 for the Republicans, and his constituents voted 61% in favor of Trump in the 2016 election.Peterson is one of only two Democrats in the House (along with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.) to speak out against the impeachment proceedings in recent weeks and to vote against moving forward with the inquiry. A straight-ticket vote could bring a swift end to Peterson’s decades-long career, shaking up leadership on the committee along the way.But there are limits to Trump’s popularity with farmers, and Peterson last week wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to make changes in the trade aid program for farmers, saying the current formula is creating “winners and losers among neighbors.”Peterson is popular in agricultural circles, and the sugar growers in his district have formed the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities, a super political action committee to raise funds to support his reelection.DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS IN “TOSS-UP” DISTRICTSAfter Peterson, the most vulnerable Democrats include Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. Both represent districts that the Cook Report considers “toss-ups” for 2020, and each has a PVI of plus-6 in favor of the Republicans.Other Democratic freshmen ranked as “toss-ups” are Reps. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa.DEMOCRATS “LIKELY” TO WIN REELECTIONThe Cook Report ranks five House Agriculture Committee Democrats as “likely” to win reelection: Reps. T.J. Cox, D-Calif.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.; Josh Harder, D-Calif.; and Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.INCUMBENTS IN DISTRICTS RANKED “LEAN DEMOCRAT”Even more probable to win are four House Ag Democrats ranked “lean Democrat:” Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Sean Patrick Mahoney, D-N.Y.; and Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.The Democrats can find solace in the fact that none of their members on the committee has announced plans to retire or leave office before Election Day. Incumbents tend to hold an advantage heading into elections, despite what polls may say.REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT PROSPECTSOn the Republican side, the Cook Report considers Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., whose district has a PVI of plus-3 for the Republicans, to be in a “toss-up” race; Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., to be in a “lean Republican” race; and Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., to be “likely” for reelection.RETIRING REPUBLICANSHouse Agriculture Ranking Member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who chaired the committee when the Republicans were in the majority, is retiring, but the Cook Report considers his district “solid Republican.”There might be another open seat in Kansas if Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., becomes the Senate candidate to replace retiring Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.OTHER NOTABLE RURAL RACESThere are also several competitive races in which the members do not sit on the House Agriculture Committee or the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, but are important to agriculture.Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is retiring and his district in eastern Iowa is considered a “toss-up.”The Republican leadership removed Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from his committee assignments, including Agriculture, over some of his comments and positions, but the Cook Report still ranks that seat as “likely Republican.”Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., is often a critic of farm programs, but the Cook Report ranks his race as “likely Democrat.”The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee should feature far less drama. Each of the 11 members — both Democrat and Republican — along with the open seat of retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowry, D-N.Y., and House Appropriations ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, is considered to be “solid” for the party that currently controls the seat.The Cook Political Report — 2020 House Race Ratings: https://cookpolitical.com/…Zachary Silver was a contributing writer on this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fear of Modi uniting the opposition, says Smriti Irani

first_imgUnion Minister for Textiles and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that it was fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that had brought leaders of the different Opposition parties together on one stage in Kolkata.“Recently, West Bengal witnessed a peculiar political development. Leaders who have nothing to do with the development and welfare of the people shared the dais only because of their fear of Narendra Modi,” Ms. Irani said at a public meeting at Jhargram. The speech was webcast by the BJP on various social media. BJP president Amit Shah, who was scheduled to address the rally, however, left the State after addressing a rally at Malda on Tuesday owing to ill health.Interspersing her speech with Bengali, Ms. Irani reminded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of her differences with the Congress and the Left parties.“Didi have you forgotten how you were once assaulted by Congress and CPI(M). And today you want to form an alliance with them. How could you forget it,” she asked. The Left parties were not present at the January 19 rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata. Meanwhile, the helicopter woes of the BJP continued in the State with the party alleging that the State administration had not given them permission to land near the venue. Ms. Irani, who was scheduled to address another rally at Suri in Birbhum, had to skip the event as dusk had descended and the helicopter she was travelling by could not land there.“It is State administration’s conspiracy to disrupt our rallies,” asserted BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha. “They did not give permission for the helicopter to land near the venue in Jhargram but instead asked it to land in Kalaikunda in West Medinipur district. This delay in reaching Jhargram from Kalaikunda is the reason why she could not come to the Suri rally,” he said.last_img read more

Powerade Launches NEW Products at 2008 X-Blades NTL

first_imgParticipants at the 2008 X-Blades NTL will have the opportunity to test-drive the all new “Pre-Event” and “Post event” drinks. These new drinks are completely new to the market and will complement the existing Powerade Isotonic.To find out more about these new products visit the 2008 X-Blades NTL websitelast_img

18 days agoDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new story

first_imgDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new storyby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal’s offer to sign him.Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.”I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz told TalkSport.”It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Weekly Power Rankings For Week 14

first_imgMichigan State ranked 4 in recent ESPN power rankings. ezekiel elliott michigan post-gameEzekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?last_img read more

Photo: Arkansas Football Graduates Will Wear This Patch On Their Uniform

first_imgArkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.ArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.last_img read more

Girls trounce boys in CU Part III General exams

first_imgKolkata: Girls have outperformed boys in the Calcutta University Undergraduate Part III General examination 2019, the result of which was declared on Wednesday. The total number of candidates that had appeared for the exams was 42,279.”The girls have outperformed boys this year,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. While the overall pass percentage of girls in B.A general stream stood at 61.46%, that of boys was 58.38%. In B.Sc and B.Com general streams, overall pass percentage of girls stood at 85.44% and 47.91% respectively, while the same for boys was 77.96% and 47.74% respectively. The varsity has announced the status of marks for the examinations on its official result website (wbresults.nic.in). The results this year have been published within two and a half months. Both B.A Part-III (General) and B.Sc Part III (General) examinations had commenced on May 27 and concluded on May 30, while B.Com Part III (General) examination started on May 29 and ended on June 1.last_img read more