first_imgIT may only be a matter of a few weeks old but everyone appears to ‘row’ in behind a good cause in Mountcharles.Mountcharles Rowing Club was set up in May 2013 and this weekend it is gearing up for its first Regatta.Its been 36 years since a Regatta was held in the area and the club is preparing for what has all the expectation of being a fantastic day of racing. Facilities at Mountcharles Big Pier along with the amenities and viewing for visitors promises a good day for all the family.Clubs from across Donegal including Moville, Tráighéanach, Kincasslagh, Burtonport, Loughross, Killybegs, Inver, CCF (Cloughaneely) and Donegal are to attend.A poster for the last regatta in Mountcharles 36 years go.With all these clubs present it promises to be the largest contented regatta of the season and it being the LAST regatta makes it all the more special and one not to be missed.Hope to see you all there.  EVERYONE ASKED TO ‘ROW’ IN BEHIND THE MOUNTCHARLES REGATTA was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Mountcharles regattalast_img read more

SA internet users pass five million

first_img14 January 2010 Growth in the number of internet users in South Africa was relatively stagnant from 2002 to 2007, when it never rose above 7%. However, this rate almost doubled in 2008, and continued accelerating in 2009. “The year ahead will see the proliferation of high-speed connectivity materialising more widely than ever before.” New cables, market liberalisation The Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and sponsored by Cisco, shows that the internet user base grew by 15% last year, from 4.6-million users to 5.3-million users, and is expected to grow at a similar rate in 2010. Fibre-optic city networks “The large providers, in turn, began to offer far more competitive packages to both customers and resellers,” the statement read. “The good news is that we will continue to see strong growth in 2010, and we should reach the 6-million mark by the end of the year,” Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Almost every large player in the communications industry has realigned its business to take advantage of this relentless change.” Higher broadband usage by SMEs World Wide Worx found that the landing of a new undersea cable on the South African coast was only one of a range of factors behind the growth. Of greater significance was the granting of Electronic Communications Network Service licences to more than 400 organisations.center_img This meant that service providers that were previously required to buy their network access from one of the major providers could now build their own networks or choose where they wanted to buy their access. Each company moving from dial-up to ADSL, for example, extended internet access to general office staff. This process was found to add an additional one to 20 new users to the internet user base for every small business installing ADSL. “A sustained growth in internet penetration is a key factor that will positively influence the economy of South Africa,” says Cisco Internet Business Solutions senior manager Reshaad Sha. “The varied range of application services and social networking platforms used by local consumers has fuelled the uptake that we see today.” “South African consumers and businesses are demanding access to online applications and services that can only be experienced via high-speed connectivity, such as fibre-optic networks,” said Sha. While the headline findings examine the general numbers of users, the final Internet Access in SA 2010 report, due to be released in March, will highlight the extent of new fibre-optic networks laid down across South African cities and between the cities. World Wide Worx found that a second key factor in growth over the past two years has been the continued uptake of broadband connectivity by small and medium enterprises migrating from dial-up connectivity. It will also examine the impact of the range of new undersea cables that will be in place by the end of 2011, and which is expected to enhance competitiveness even further. “In the coming year, operators will begin to leverage the combination of new undersea cable capacity and new fibre-optic networks to supply corporate clients and resellers with bigger, faster and more flexible capacity,” says Goldstuck. The result was that a market previously characterised by a limited range of providers and services suddenly exploded as small providers were able to repackage the services provided by the large telecommunications corporations in any way they wished. A new study has found that the number of South African internet users has passed the five-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in internet penetration for the country.last_img read more

SA, Swiss in skills development partnership

first_img24 April 2014 A partnership between South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, aims to empower both students and lecturers at two technical and vocational education and training colleges (TVET) in Gauteng. The partnership presented invaluable opportunities for both countries, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the launch at the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Germiston on Wednesday. “I am happy that our partner, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, has proposed supporting our colleges in developing the highly skilled and qualified employees which they, and other industrialists, need. “We really require and urge the whole private sector to follow in the footsteps of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce,” Nzimande said.Exchange Nzimande said the partnership programme would see South African lecturers and learners placed in Swiss companies for workplace exposure, as well as industry experts from Swiss companies placed in colleges here. The programme will also see learners gaining practical experience in the workplace, where they will undergo work-integrated learning. They will be eligible for recruitment after the training, Nzimande said. Courses in the programme, identified by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, include: information technology; mechanical and electrical engineering; sales and marketing; office administration and accounting and business studies.Benefits Ekurhuleni West (Tembisa and Germiston campuses) and Westcol (Carltonville and Randfontein campuses) have been selected to participate in the programme. Participating Swiss companies would also benefit from the programme, Nzimande said. “For example, at the end of the programme, Swiss companies will be provided with suitably qualified learners, who could be taken up for employment. Appropriately skilled employees are needed by industry. This programme will provide you with a pool to select from.” Student enrolments TVET student enrolments have increased by 131% from 345 566 in 2010. The department is targeting 800 000 students for this year. The 2030 enrolment targets are 1.62-million in public universities, 2.5-million in TVET colleges, 1-million in community colleges and 500 000 in private institutions. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme budget for 2014/15 amounts to R6-billion, comprising R3.9-billion set aside for universities and R2.1-billion for TVET college bursaries and loans. This budget has increased from R578-million in 2005 to more than R9-billion in 2014, taking into account all bursaries and loans administered by aid scheme from other government departments and entities. Nzimande said depending on the project’s success, it may later be expanded outside Gauteng to rural and other colleges. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Playoff Odds After Rivalry Weekend

first_imgESPN's FiveThirtyEight playoff odds for College Football teams after rivalry week.fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.last_img read more