Trick-or-treaters hoping for an enjoyable Halloween night are being advised to go out early this afternoon to avoid the rain.Little witches, ghosts, superheroes, and many other characters are expected to be out and about in towns and villages across Donegal today.But with heavy rain expected in the evening, the trick to avoid getting the costumes wet is to go out before the showers hit from around 6pm. Met Eireann is forecasting a chilly night with low temperatures of 5 to 6C.‘Persistent and heavy rain’ is forecast for the north west in the evening time, which will ease later and clear slowly by early Friday morning.Friday will see further outbreaks of rain and heavy downpours could lead to local flooding in areas during the night.Met Eireann is warning of a washout weekend, with more rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Cold and clearer weather is expected for the early days of next week. Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early was last modified: October 31st, 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)
Eskom’s Merapi power substation near Excelsior in the Free State. (Image: Images: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) Diesel-powered generators will be used to power all host stadiums. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Eskom Andrew Etzinger Communications +27 11 800 5316 email@example.com • Local Organising Committee Jermaine Craig Media Manager +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 firstname.lastname@example.org RELATED ARTICLES • Broadcast hub ready for kick-off • Eskom gives more power to poor • Deal to boost Africa’s power • No power cuts in 2010 • Eskom gets $500m for upgradeBongani NkosiUninterrupted power supply in South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is guaranteed, especially for facilities key to the tournament like stadiums, accommodation venues and other related sites, government has said.Eskom, the country’s state-owned-utility, has also affirmed that the national grid is ready and able to produce enough electricity during the month-long period.All 10 World Cup host stadiums will be able to generate their own energy from diesel-powered generators, working independently of the national grid, “to ensure undisturbed power supplies during matches”, government said in a statement.“All 2010 World Cup stadiums will be self-sufficient and not place any additional stress on Eskom’s power grid,” it added. Eskom will provide back-up power for the venues.The local division of BP has donated all diesel to run the stadium generators, the company announced in March.And, in accordance to Fifa requirements, South Africa’s National Treasury allocated more than R200-million (US$25.6-million) to buy the machines.The International Broadcast Centre, from which all World Cup footage will be transmitted to fans across the globe, has 16 diesel-powered generators, “guaranteeing uninterrupted viewing worldwide,” government said.Thanks to a series of energy-conservation campaigns, South Africa is on target to save between 2 000 and 3 500MW of electricity before the tournament starts, it added.Eskom all fired upAn independent audit conducted by the Korean Power Company (Kepco) has certified that Eskom is ready to meet demand for the duration of the tournament. Released in April, the Kepco report said the utility’s commitment to reliable power supply was “admirable and comparable to all countries that have held this prestigious event”.Eskom began World Cup preparations in 2007 by coordinating with government, municipalities, customers and the broader Southern African community to minimise potential risks to the electricity supply.“We are confident that Eskom will be able to deliver sufficient bulk electricity supplies, ensuring reliable power during the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Erica Johnson, Eskom’s Customer Network Business chief officer.It is working closely with municipalities, which are final suppliers of electricity to consumers, to ensure that the relay process from power station to stadium operates effectively at all times.“To achieve this objective, Eskom has embarked on a comprehensive programme involving our staff and external stakeholders to cover all facets of the event,” Johnson said.Eskom has also completed comprehensive maintenance work on its plants and infrastructure, said Johnson, and has secured additional water and primary energy fuels as contingency measures.“These measures give us confidence that we can provide reliable supply during the games. In planning for any eventuality, we aim to reduce restoration time to customers by having maintenance teams on standby to attend to any localised power outage, such as electrical trips that may occur on the distribution network.”South Africa’s electrical supply has mostly been consistent over the last year, Eskom said. There have been no serious power outages since May 2008.The previous year, however, was not as successful due to rolling blackouts across the country caused by Eskom’s inability to meet the rising demand for power. Although this has been addressed, the utility says the country’s energy reserve margin is still not as wide as it should be.A looming strike at Eskom, which could also potentially threaten security of power supply, has been called off after the utility was granted an urgent court interdict preventing trade unions and their members from participating in industrial action.“Eskom is an essential service and employees of an organisation classified as such are prohibited from taking part in industrial action. Engaging in any such action would be considered unlawful,” it said in a statement.
You can get involved with television personality Dr Michael Mol, entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko and social cohesion activist Yusuf Abramjee, here:Emmanuel Bonoko, founder of E Bonoko Foundation, is one of the guests on episode eight of the Play Your Part television series, broadcast on 28 October 2017. (Images supplied)Brand South AfricaIn episode eight of the Play Your Part television series you’ll hear how Emmanuel Bonoko uses his companies to run a book drive for youth in impoverished communities. He also holds workshops on entrepreneurship and mentorship.The other two guests are Yusuf Abramjee and Dr Michael Mol. The episode of Play Your Part, which will be aired on Saturday, 28 October, is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane.Here’s how you can get involved with the guests and their initiatives:Emmanuel BonokoBonoko’s book drive project was founded in 2012 under the E Bonoko Foundation. The books are delivered to schools in impoverished areas, libraries, prisons and community centres. The entrepreneur also hosts various speakers who give talks on leadership, business and youth empowerment under his company, E Bonoko Holdings.Contact detailsWebsite: ebonokofoundation.co.zaEmail: email@example.comTwitter: @EMMANUELBONOKOYusuf AbramjeeYusuf AbramjeeAbramjee was Primedia’s Lead SA ambassador, a campaign that spreads news of South Africans doing great work to make the country a better place. This Play Your Part ambassador is involved with several non-governmental organisations. He is also the director of Crime Stoppers International, as well as ambassador of initiatives such as the CEO Sleepout South Africa and #TurnBackCrime.Contact detailsWebsite: abramjee.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @AbramjeeDr Michael MolDr. Michael MolMol found a way to give every South African access to a doctor via their cellphones by using mobile technology. His passion for medicine also led to two television series, Hello Doctor and The Dr Michael Mol Show, which he produces.Contact detailsWebsite: drmichaelmol.comEmail: email@example.comTwitter: @drmichaelmolPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Continuing in the recent thread of examining various power generation technologies, this week I’ll weigh in on nuclear power. I do this against my wife’s better judgment, and perhaps out of concern that my columns haven’t been generating enough controversy.Let me start with the bottom line—that I am generally opposed to nuclear power, and I do not support the relicensing of Vermont Yankee beyond 2012. But some of my thoughts on both the benefits and concerns about nuclear power differ considerably from the standard no-nukes arguments.What’s to like about nuclear power?Given the specter of global climate change precipitated largely by fossil fuel combustion since the dawn of the Industrial Age, society must find alternatives to these old habits and the corresponding emissions of carbon dioxide. While nuclear power isn’t quite the carbon-free energy solution that most nuclear proponents suggest (due to carbon emissions associated with the uranium fuel cycle, plant construction, decommissioning, and so forth), the carbon intensity associated with nuclear power is far lower than that of coal, oil, or natural gas power generation. Many experts, including vice president Al Gore, argue that dealing with climate change is the “moral imperative” of our age, and quite a few environmentalists are suggesting—to even their own surprise—that nuclear power needs to be a part of the solution.Solving the waste storage conundrumHere’s where I’ll raise some eyebrows among my environmental friends. I believe that one of the most commonly raised concerns about nuclear power could be solved quite easily if we were a little smarter and were willing to consider a wholesale shift in our approach. The storage solution being developed today and for the last 30 years—sequestering high-level waste deep inside Nevada’s Yucca Mountain—would provide the highest level of safety at day one, then that level of safety would steadily decrease over time due to seismic activity, volcanism (the ridge is comprised mostly of volcanic tuff, emitted from a volcano), erosion, migrating aquifers, and other natural geologic actions. (Completing this facility has also met with so much resistance and delay that many doubt it will ever actually be opened.)It seems to me that a far better solution for nuclear waste storage would be to put it in a place where the level of protection would increase over time. Why not bury it in a stable area of seafloor where sediment is being deposited at a fairly rapid rate. We know how to drill holes in the bottoms of oceans using undersea oil drilling technology—which could be adapted for this new purpose.The nuclear waste could be stabilized (perhaps by “vitrifying” it into a glass form) and dropped into these holes, which would then be filled back in or capped. In some areas, more than a centimeter of sediment is being added to the seafloor every year. Over a few hundred years, a foot of compressed sediment would be deposited in these locations, and over several thousand years, that compacted sediment would be well on its way to becoming protective sedimentary rock. These small areas of ocean could be designated as off-limited to other uses to avoid accidents.I’m far from an expert in nuclear waste, but I did take some geology courses back in my college days, and it just seems like common sense to put a dangerous material somewhere where the protection would get more—rather than less—robust over time.Guessing that I wasn’t the first to suggest this storage option, I went to Google to see what’s been said about it. I found some fairly well-developed science on “sub-seabed storage” (the technical term for this approach)—and even support for the idea from a past president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.Research into sub-seabed storage was supported by the U.S. Government from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, when the efforts were killed in favor of the Yucca Mountain “solution.” Politics, not science, seemed to spell its demise. There’s an excellent article on this from the Atlantic Monthly in October 1986.Lest you think I’ve joined the ranks of Patrick Moore and other environmentalists who have shifted their position on nuclear power, I have not. I believe that some of the problems with nuclear power are solvable—such as long-term storage—but others are much tougher. Stay tuned; next week I’ll lay out these concerns.
WILMINGOTN, MA — The Friends of Wilmington Tennis is holding the First Annual Wilmington Tennis Open on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Wilmington High School courts.There will be two categories — adult doubles (high school grads & older) and junior singles (grammar school to high school seniors). Players must be able to keep score, serve, and bring a can of new hardcourt/extra duty tennis balls.Registration costs $20. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of Wilmington Tennis.Registration form can be found HERE. Email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.Tournament directors include Matt Hackett, Rob Mailey, and Kathleen Reynolds. Call 978-729-3600 or email email@example.com with any questions.The event’s rain date is Sunday, August 12, 2018.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2nd Annual Wilmington Tennis Open Set For August 10In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education”
Elegance, grace and celebrating womanhood in style is what designer Nitya Bajaj’s new collection is all about. Aptly titled Resurrect, the collection is inspired by interiors of the Kloster Cathedral in Germany.The collection highlights romanticism along with baroque elements which is reflected in each garment. We loved the entire collection depicting floral in thread work, print, digital prints and a lot of lace work. Each garment – gowns and swim dresses shared hints of transparency with fabric interplay by lace, tulle, georgette, organza and chiffon. The pearl palettes merges into shades of gold and copper with olive and ochre colours taken from the church frescos. These are depicted with intricate beadwork and sequins ending the collection in the palette of maroons and crimsons. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mother’s walking the ramp with their children was an adorable way to celebrate every aspect of womanhood. The show stopper for the evening was actor Elli Avram who walked the ramp in a stunning outfit from the collection. She wore a beautiful red gown with sequins work in the front, depicted ethereal luxury, celebrating multicultural, multifaceted lifestyles of women today who believe in timeless pieces of art.‘Fashion is an individual statement and a designer enhances that individuality with his or her signature. My label celebrates womanhood, the femininity, the elegance and the power of being She,’ Bajaj said.
Last September, a complaint was filed against Google and other ad auction companies about a data breach that “affects virtually every user on the web”. This complaint was made by a host of privacy activists and browser makers, alleging that tech companies broadcasted people’s personal data to dozens of companies, without proper security through a mechanism of “behavioural ads”. The complaint stated that every time a person visits a website and is shown a “behavioural” ad on a website; intimate personal data describing each visitor and what they are watching online is captured and broadcast to tens or hundreds of companies. This was done in order to request potential advertisers’ bids for the attention of the specific individual visiting the website. The complaints were lodged by Jim Killock of the U.K.’s Open Rights Group, tech policy researcher Michael Veale of University College London, and Johnny Ryan of the pro-privacy browser firm Brave. They claimed that Google and other ad-tech firms were breaking the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by unlawfully recording people’s sensitive characteristics. Now, new evidence has been released by the very same organizations that filed last September’s complaint, showing the data broadcasted includes information about people’s ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation and more. This sensitive information allows advertisers to specifically target incest, abuse victims, or those with eating disorders. The irony of it being, yesterday was ‘International Data Protection Day”. What is Behavioral advertising? Yahoo finance has explained the concept of behavioral advertising very simply. The online ad industry tracks a person’s movements around the internet and builds a profile based on what the individual looks at/ sites the user visits. On visiting a webpage that runs behavioral ads, an automated auction takes place between ad agencies with the winner allowed being to show the user an ad that supposedly matches their profile. This ultimately means that for the real-time bidding system to work, personal details of the users have to be broadcasted to the advertisers in so-called “bid requests”. Evidence against Google and IAB Joining the list of complainants is Poland’s Panoptykon Foundation, another rights group, that has complained to its local data protection authority about organizations including Google and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which is the industry body that sets the rules for ad auctions. The evidence submitted by the complainants comprises category lists from Google and IAB, including topics such as being an incest victim, having cancer, having a substance-abuse problem, being into a certain kind of politics or adhering to a certain religion or sect. Special needs kids, endocrine and metabolic diseases, birth control, infertility, diabetes, Islam, Judaism, disabled sports, bankruptcy- these serve as supplementary evidence for the two original complaints filed with the UK’s ICO and the Irish DPC last year. A Google spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company has “strict policies that prohibit advertisers on our platforms from targeting individuals on the basis of sensitive categories” and that if they did find such ads violating said policies, they would take immediate action”. The original IAB lists can be downloaded as a spreadsheet. The PDF versions of the IAB lists with special category and sensitive data highlighted by the complainants can be viewed here (v1) and here (v2). You can go ahead and download Google’s original document for more insights on this news. Read Next French data regulator, CNIL imposes a fine of 50M euros against Google for failing to comply with GDPREuropean Consumer groups accuse Google of tracking its users’ location, calls it a breach of GDPRTwitter on the GDPR radar for refusing to provide a user his data due to ‘disproportionate effort’ involved