Beautiful brochure aims to attract German visitors to Donegal

first_imgTourism Ireland is partnering with a top German tour operator, called TUI Wolters Reisen, to promote Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to potential German holidaymakers this autumn.A brochure, titled Irland Erleben (meaning ‘Experience Ireland’), has been distributed to around 35,000 TUI Wolters’ clients around Germany.A stunning image of Fanad Lighthouse appears on the cover of the brochure. It profiles some of the many things to see and do here and tells readers about Ireland’s “coasts, magical forests, beautiful valleys and mysterious islands”. The brochure also showcases our hiking experiences, vibrant towns and cities, as well as TUI Wolters’ various package holidays for Ireland. “We were delighted to partner with TUI Wolters Reisen, to highlight Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to prospective holidaymakers in Germany,” said Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Central Europe.“In 2018, we welcomed 784,000 German visitors to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way throughout 2019, to continue to grow German visitor numbers and, in particular, to encourage more German holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months. Co-operative campaigns with partners, like this one with TUI Wolters Reisen, are an important element of that programme.”Germany is the third-largest source of visitors to the island of Ireland and one of the largest outbound travel markets in the world. Beautiful brochure aims to attract German visitors to Donegal was last modified: November 1st, 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)last_img read more

Watch out NHL, here comes Joe Thornton after an injury-plagued first half

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — The NHL is being put on notice: Joe Thornton is getting healthy and he’s starting to give the Sharks a serious-matchup edge in the depth of the lineup.On opening night, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer preached about the importance of finding a dominant third line that can tip the scale similar to the mismatches created by the Pittsburgh Penguins vaunted “HBK” line during their Stanley Cup runs in 2016 and 2017. He’s experimented with a handful of different combinations in search …last_img

South Africa marks Women’s Month

first_img1 August 2013 South Africa marked the start of Women’s Month on Thursday, with the government set to host a variety of events to celebrate women’s achievements in the country, along with dialogues on the opportunities and challenges facing women today. The national Women’s Day event will be held at Thulamahashe in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga province on Friday, 9 August. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs kicked off the month by hosting a conference focusing on women in local government. The Department of Science and Technology will be hosting the annual Women in Science awards, while the Department of Health will be hosting a dialogue with young women on teenage pregnancy and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Department of Basic Education will highlight their flagship Techno Girls project, which encourages girls to study science and follow science-related careers. An alumni function will be held with girls who have benefited from the programme. Various roundtables will be held by the departments of Trade and Industry and Public Works with business women in various sectors including the construction industry. South African Women in Law will host their annual programme promoting the role of women in the law fraternity. The Department of Home Affairs, meanwhile, has honoured the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March against apartheid’s pass laws by naming the four machines that will produce the country’s new smart ID cards after them. “Our Constitution recognises women as equal citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities,” acting Government Communications and Information System CEO Phumla Williams said on Thursday. “We are inspired by all patriotic women who took up the fight for gender equality and freedom.” Williams added that the country was marking Women’s Month “mindful of the growing scourge of child and women abuse. “Government continues its fight against acts of crime as we have seen recently with the speed with which the police moved in apprehending those who seem set on inflicting harm on our sisters and mothers.” Source: read more

WAC is Still Growing, Launch News Coming Soon

first_imgTags:#apps#mobile#news sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) is an allegiance of telecommunications firms and others working together to create a common mobile platform. The goal of the group is to simplify the mobile application process for developers, allowing them to deploy mobile apps across all member networks simultaneously. Or more simply put, it’s an effort to build a global mobile app store.Now the group has just added 10 new members. And more importantly, it says that it will announce details of its commercial launch in a matter of days.WAC, which formed at last year’s Mobile World Congress, was initially composed of 24 mobile operators. At the time, many doubted whether or not this “global app store” approach would arrive in a timely enough fashion to truly compete with the growing juggernaut that is the iTunes Store, not to mention newer competitors like the Android Marketplace, which now hosts approximately 200,000 apps itself.But later in the year, WAC partnered with JIL (the Joint Innovation Lab), an organization with similar goals. When the merger completed, WAC released the WAC 1.0 specification, based on JIL’s specs. Apps using this new standard will be able to launch in all WAC members’ app stores, the group said.Now, in advance of the announcement regarding WAC’s commercial launch plans, the organization has again added members. The 10 new additions bring the total count to 68. Today’s new members include Adobe, Amdocs, Eyeline, HP, IBM, Minigate, Neustar, Panasonic, SAP and SanDisk.“Each company will bring its own unique level of expertise that will support WAC in providing solutions that will accelerate and expand the market for applications and provide greater choice for consumers,” the organization said by way of its press release.Commercial Launch Plans Revealed Next WeekThe bigger news, however, is that WAC will finally announce its commercial launch plans at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In attendance will be several CEOs from its member organizations.As a reminder, some of the notable names on its member list include Accenture, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Aplix, LiMo, Oberthur, Opera, Oracle, ZTE and, of course, dozens of mobile operators.Will WAC being launching at Mobile World Congress perhaps? How many developers will soon embrace WAC 1.0? Will WAC be able to compete with Apple and others? We’ll know more next week -stay tuned. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

The Future of Cinema: Laser Projectors

first_imgLaser technology is changing the way films are projected – now in theaters, next in homes.Image from BarcoFor over six decades, xenon lamps have been the standard for use in theater and home projectors. An alternative solution using lasers may make the prevalent technology a thing of the past. The products known as Laser Illuminated Projectors (LIPs) are already available for commercial use.There are two types of LIPs, differentiated by brightness levels: High Brightness RGB LIPs deliver more than 60,000 lumens of brightness and will be used in premium and large-screen theaters, and Blue Pumped Phosphor (BPP) LIPs generate about 6,000 lumens for usage in smaller theaters. Household names such as Sony, NEC, IMAX, and Casio are producing models now.Benefits of Laser ProjectorsOne of the main benefits of lasers over traditional xenon lamps is their high spatial brightness. Lasers have the unique property of emanating light from a highly parallel, or collimated, source while having minimal spread. Think of the laser pointer you use to tease your cat: the beam is concentrated to a pretty specific, single point as opposed to, say, an incandescent bulb where the light is more spread out. The technical term for this spread is called the étendue, in case you want to impress your friends at a cocktail party! In lasers, less spread is desirable since the beam will be more focused and thereby more efficient. In the 60,000-lumen models this results in brightness that’s two to three times higher than xenon lighting.Another significant feature of lasers is their extremely long lifetimes, lasting up to 100,000 hours in RGB LIPs and diminishing very little over this time. At full power, these lasers typically lose only 20% of their energy after 30,000 hours, which is considered end-of-life at that power. BPP projectors are down 25% in 10,000 hours.Lasers promise to last for at least five years and for up to ten years without a lamp change. Over this time period you’d have to change out a xenon lamp, which only lasts around 500 hours, 60 times.To accomplish such high performance over years of use, you might’ve guessed that lasers are also very energy efficient…and you’d be right. Lasers have what is known as high-conversion efficiency. Higher efficiency means less energy is spent as heat, which means lasers require less cooling as well.Types of Laser ProjectorsLet’s come back to the two types of projectors to understand a bit more on how they work. First, we have the RGB LIP that utilizes costlier red, green and blue lasers and produces significantly more lumens. Three colors, three lasers. Easy enough.The second system is the Blue Pumped Phosphor, which utilizes only blue lasers. The cost in particular of blue lasers has come down so much in recent years that it’s beginning to dominate the technology. Red and green can be generated from a second blue laser to complete the tristimulus RGB system. To do this, the blue laser passes through a rotating phosphor disc capable of generating the colors. The overall system is less bright, but it’s also cheaper, an expected tradeoff.There are also two types of designs for the higher-end systems. The first appears exactly as we’ve thought of projectors since their inception, with the light source inside the box, shielding the lasers and providing a safe and efficient architecture. The second design is a more involved fiber-coupled system that has the advantage of being modular and can be controlled from an external, remote source.Limitations of Laser ProjectorsIt all sounds great, but are there restrictions to the technology? While there are really no optical limits to how bright lasers can go, particularly if the étendue is low, there are thermal limits that restrict brightness, at least for now.Though the contrast ratio in laser projection conforms to and even supersedes the DCI spec, with new standards still being developed, the level of high dynamic range may change and laser technology would need to catch up in the technological leapfrogging game we all know so well. The content would also need to be mastered for that contrast range, which it currently isn’t. Do it improperly and you’ll get too much speckle, the term for an undesirable interference pattern. As always, we want nominal artifacts, especially when projecting to the far distances in a cinema.Currently laser projectors are waiting for the early adopters to embrace and implement the systems in their theaters. As with most technology, more widespread use will lead to descending costs over time, and it’ll be exciting to see extensive adoption in years to come.last_img read more

Three fined for stealing lotuses

first_imgA kangaroo court in western Assam’s Barpeta district made three people cough up ₹15,000 for stealing lotuses from a wetland.One of Assam’s prime wetlands, with 39 species of indigenous fish, the 91-hectare Kapla Beel has been a major source of income for the villages around it. The wetland is also known for its lotuses that the villagers protect.But the lotuses – as buds or in bloom – kept vanishing for a week before Durga Puja. The villagers formed a vigilante group and on October 4 caught three people from a neighbouring village under Sarthebari police station. The men were let go but on the condition they face a kangaroo court comprising elders of the two biggest villages adjoining the wetland. A couple of days ago, the court decided to penalise the three with a fine of ₹5,000 each for stealing the aquatic flowers. “We did not intervene as the trial did not involve any physical assault or violation of law. The three were flower traders and had been harvesting the lotuses without permission from the stakeholders,” a local police officer said.last_img read more