Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal

first_imgHe gets to Donegal as often as he can and it’s obvious he loves us up here!Here RTE presenter and Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy reveals why he loves Donegal and his many favourite places.“The rough diamond of Ireland’s northwest, Donegal is a place so unspoilt and untamed that it quite literally puts the ‘wild’ in Wild Atlantic Way.  “It is a destination that I’ve visited many a time with the Ryan Tubridy Show but never grow tired of. The jagged coastline, the remote mountain passes and the shimmering beaches entice me back time and again, as does the warm hospitality of the locals. “Earlier this summer, I stopped off in Donegal during my annual Wild Atlantic Way road-trip and was once again bowled over by the natural beauty of this place. If you’re looking for an unforgettable short break away this autumn, look no further. Here are my top tips when visiting Donegal…Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedLiving on the edge Not to be missed on a trip to Donegal, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League), is perhaps one of the most spectacular sights to behold in all of Ireland. Among the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe, they tower some 2000ft above the swirling ocean. That’s nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher! To get the full experience of the area, it’s best to leave the car in the car park and walk the last few kilometers. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to make the trek, there’s a little ice-cream van at the starting point, complete with a chalkboard menu of delights.As you climb, you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the vast Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. The panorama is mesmerising at any time but the autumn colours make it a sight to behold this time of year.Another way to experience Sliabh Liag is from the bottom up, by taking a boat trip. Dolphins, whales, seals and a wide range of bird life can be spotted as you make your way around the jagged coastline. Sliabh Liag Boat Trips operate from April to October with several sailings times per day.Hitting up the ice-cream van ahead of the walk to spectacular Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedDonegal dished-upWhether you walk or sail to see Sliabh Liag, you’re likely to work up a hunger. The Rusty Mackrel in Teelin is the place to go for a scrumptious meal and well-earned pint. Fish caught at night by local fishermen are delivered fresh to the restaurant every morning for the day’s diners. You can’t beat that! Another local treasure when it comes to fresh caught fare is the Seafood Shack in Killybegs located by the harbour on Shore Road. This roadside stand fries up the day’s catch right opposite the fishing boats that caught the haddock, cod and scampi. Their seafood chowder is award-winning and will warm you from within.Killybegs Harbour. Pic: SuppliedCrowning jewel Donegal town has many attractions but the most famed of them all is Donegal Castle, also known as O’Donnell’s Castle. This place has a fascinating history, which you can learn more about during a guided tour.The O’Donnells, one of the last old gaelic cheiftians to rebel against British rule in Ireland, built the castle in 1474.Inside the castle walls you’ll find many of the original features have been carefully restored and traditional furnishings like Persian rugs and French tapestries still intact. Tours of the castle run daily and take about 30 minutes.Donegal Castle. Pic: FacebookStep back in timeFor a hands-on cultural experience, Glencolmcille Folk Village offers visitors a glimpse of bygone lifestyle. This living museum consists of a group of small cottages that have been reconstructed as replicas of the historic homes in the area during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.It’s an idyllic little place that will have you longing for a far simpler time. Wander through the traditional thatched grocer-pub, explore the shoemakers shop and peek inside the fisherman’s cottage.While in Glencolmcille, take the opportunity to enjoy the nearby surrounds. Enjoy a sunset stroll on Dooey Beach or Silver Strand or if you’re feeling particularly active, walk Glencolmcille Towner Loop and soak in the rustic rural scenery.Glencolmcille Folk Village. Pic: SuppliedWay up northWhile my adventures in Donegal this summer were about exploring the south of the county, I have some favourite spots up north that are also among my must-visits.Inishowen Peninsula, the largest peninsula in the country, is a wild and windswept place of beauty. At the tip is Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. There’s something rather ‘otherworldly’ about this place with its dramatic landscapes and jaw-dropping views. It is no wonder the crew from Star Wars scouted it as one of their locations for Episode VIII.Across the crashing North Atlantic waves from Malin Head is Fanad Head Lighthouse, regarded as one of the most beautiful lighthouses of the world.Fanad Head Lighthouse. Pic: SuppliedBlessed with both natural beauty and cultural heritage, Donegal is the perfect destination for an autumn adventure. So don’t wait! Pack up the family and jump in the car — Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way await.For more inspiration to plan your next trip to the Wild Atlantic Way visit: www.wildatlanticway.com.Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalRyan Tubridylast_img read more

A tour guide in your pocket

first_imgRobben Island, a barren 2-kilometre-longpiece of rock in Table Bay off the coast ofCape Town, is world-famous as the placewhere Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for18 of his 27 years in jail.(Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusVisitors to South Africa now have their own personal tour guide permanently on call, with the launch of the innovative new Mobiguide – a service that allows tourists to download multimedia tour guides to popular destinations onto their mobile phones, laptops and other portable media players.From its official inception in October 2007 to the launch at popular tourist destination Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town in March this year, Mobiguide has already generated much interest.For R30 (about $8 or €12 at current exchange rates), plus service provider charges, visitors can download audiovisual tourism guides that enhance the experience of visiting some of South Africa’s most popular destinations. Content ranges from the Stellenbosch wine route, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch in Cape Town to Soweto, Newtown and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. There are also guides on South Africa’s famous Big Five safari experience.On average the clips run for around four minutes and feature original footage and historical clips from national archives, as well as narrative and music. Clips can be previewed and downloaded at the tourist destinations themselves, from the Mobiguide website, or by going to http://www.mobiguide.tv/ on a mobile browser.The guides are currently available in several languages, including English, French, German and Mandarin. These were specifically chosen, says Mobiguide’s IT director Dan Seidman, based on statistics of tourists to South Africa.“We actually found that Dutch is the second most commonly spoken language among South African visitors,” says Seidman, “but Dutch people generally speak very good English and are not averse to using English-language products. French covers not only France but also the Francophone countries in Africa. The Asian tourist market is growing very quickly, and we found that tourists speaking Mandarin Chinese often don’t have a fluent grasp of English – they indicated that they would like the product to be made available in their own language.”Seidman says that new languages are in the pipeline, among them Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, and local languages Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa. This is because Mobiguides are not only targeted at tourists, but there is also a goal to get South Africans more interested in their heritage too, as locals make up a large percentage of the tourism sector.However, the production of new guides in other languages must be balanced with the need for guides covering new sites. Seidman says they may well end up taking both options, depending on what the production budget allows.The mobile generationDownloading audio and video clips to a mobile phone is by now an everyday occurrence, and Mobiguide is capitalising on that by offering its guides in popular formats that are accessible to most media devices. The formats include mp3, mp4, avi and 3gp.Popular South African artists such as award-winning instrumental group DNA Strings, and musician/songwriter Riku Lätti, perform the backing tracks on Mobiguides – these may also be downloaded individually.The idea for Mobiguides was born, says founder and MD Amanda Forsythe, during her years as a French interpreter working for the French embassy. Her job often entailed taking VIPs to tourist destinations around South Africa. She found that general information about South Africa’s culture, history and development was not always available at sites of interest, and even less so in languages other than English.“I simply wanted people to be able to cross the language barriers that often prevent us from really understanding one another,” she says on her blog. “And I wanted people to really understand this extraordinary country, South Africa. I wanted them to see the beauty of this land and its people, as well as the passion and pain that form the foundations of the new South Africa.”A little research revealed that the costs of introducing audio guides, and the equipment required such as headsets, would be too expensive. Consequently the idea had to be temporarily shelved but when Forsythe met her current business partner Dan Seidman in 2006 the two put their heads together, enabling Forsythe to turn her passion for languages and travel into the Mobiguide concept. This, she claims, is a first for Africa and possibly the world.To date Forsythe has produced all the Mobiguides herself, from taking photos and shooting footage to research and writing, voice-overs, translations, and more.Canadian-born programmer, entrepreneur and former derivatives trader Dan Seidman is also well travelled and has lived in various countries around the world. Between them Seidman and Forsythe have degrees in history, languages and philosophy.Showing off what South Africa has to offerMobiguide is registered with tourism authorities in the Western Cape and Gauteng, and works closely with South Africa’s national archives, local municipalities and world heritage sites.“Tourists don’t always realise exactly what is on offer in areas other than Cape Town,” says Seidman. “The most visited place in South Africa, by far, is the V&A Waterfront shopping centre which welcomes 1.8-million tourists annually. Robben Island is a distant second with 600 000 visitors. We’re hoping that when tourists visit the Mobiguide website to download clips on Cape Town they’ll notice that there are also interesting destinations in, say, Johannesburg, and will decide to extend their stay to explore these options.“A lot of stakeholders are realising that multi-lingual information is a must and some are interested in investing with us to produce a Mobiguide on their destination. For instance, we’ve received inquiries from places like Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind.”The company is always looking to expand its offerings and invites users to get in touch through the website if they feel their location, no matter where in the world it is, would make an interesting addition to the Mobiguide portfolio.Mobiguide has also introduced the Mobitalk mobile application, which is also expected to be of great use to travellers. This offers e-mail, SMS and chat services at a fraction of the normal cost – but only to another device that has Mobitalk installed. A VOIP facility will go live in June, enabling users to make low-cost voice calls using the internet. Mobitalk also provides instant access to the Mobiguide system. The application can be downloaded free of charge from the Mobiguide website.Useful linksMobiguideMobitalk blogSouthAfrica.info – Gateway to the NationGauteng TourismCape TourismSouth African National ArchivesWorld heritage sites in South AfricaSouth African Tourismlast_img read more

Incorporating Smart Technology In Design Can Add More Value to Cities

first_imgMegan Ray Nichols is a freelance technical writer and blogger. She enjoys writing easy to understand science and technology articles on her blog, Schooled By Science. When she isn’t writing, Megan enjoys watching movies and hiking with friends. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Smart cities can add value not just through money saved by efficient operations but also through the added benefits for citizens and local businesses by adding great design.Let’s change the design — and build a city.The key to building truly “smart” and efficient cities of the future is improving not just infrastructure — but the general makeup of its entire foundation. This includes concepts like energy and resource management, traffic and productivity, public services, active culture, and education.Design doesn’t just mean IoT enabled sensors.It’s so much more than just deploying a few IoT-enabled sensors at major intersections or switching to renewable energy sources. These few “extras” are definitely needed on a broad scale. It’s all of these things merged to create a well-oiled, highly efficient machine.Energy generation and consumption, for example, once two separate concepts combine and directly influence one another. That’s not to say they weren’t connected before. The future shows these systems must interface intelligently.Renewable energy.Renewable energy sources, for example, might cut back on generation when consumption levels fall and then scale up during the seasons where usage is high again.Is everything — smart?Like you see with a modern smart home, smart cities will be able to sync up, communicate and transmit data between all the systems and processes.What about water?Public water systems might recognize there’s a drought and water restriction in effect. The cut back on the use of water through things like irrigation and water fountains causes reductions we don’t want to deal with.Uptick in crime areas.A data reporting system might notice an uptick in crime in a particular area and essentially reroute law enforcement patrols there.But how does this influence the overall value of a city? Will “smart” technologies add billions to a city’s overhead, or will the costs simply even things out? And at what stage should the integration and deployment of such technologies start?It All Begins With an IdeaBefore any of this can come to pass — all the what-ifs and potential use cases of “smart” technologies — we must first start with the core or initial concept. What is a “smart city” really and what technologies or improvements make it so?Each city is inherently different.It might seem that bustling people, loads of businesses, and traffic all crammed into a central location is virtually the same everywhere, but that’s not the case.For starters, making a city “smart” means incorporating everything about it into a single connected system or platform.That includes industry, which is remarkably different for each area. Industry in San Francisco, is wholly different than industry in New York City. And the same thing can be said for the infrastructure of each location.Facts highlight the need to consider, plan and incorporate “smart” technologies into the design of each city.This is difficult to accomplish with the cities or sprawling areas that already exist. It’s not as if you can just snap your fingers and start from scratch. You’re working with a city that is already thriving, already operational and already filled to the brim with people, businesses, and traffic.So how do you incorporate these technologies into a design stage when that phase happened years ago?It’s simple. That initial idea? The core concept you must start with? It relates directly to the current makeup of an urban center. You must come up with a seamless, formulated strategy that works to unite and enhance the entire cities.There is no room for silos here. Thinking of the city must become as a comprehensive whole. This helps prevent some of the issues that might otherwise come along with implementing modern technologies. The change have to be at the core of a city’s operations.But how do you connect everything within a city? How do you connect modern industry to the residential dwellings and areas? How do you sync up traffic and infrastructure with public services?Smart technologies.Improved Efficiency and Performance Add ValueEconomically, smart city tech can add precise incremental growth rates. The studies show growths of five percent and over $20 trillion in financial gains — over just the next decade. But the value added is so much more than just a monetary benefit.Los Angeles loses an insane $19.2 billion per year to time wasted from traffic congestion on its roadways, while New York City loses $33.7 billion annually — or $2,982 per driver.Those are just costs associated with inefficiencies in roadways and traffic. Imagine if we included the impact of energy consumption, general waste handling and removal, and the like?Urban regions consume anywhere between 67 percent and 76 percent of global energy. Great, but they produce three-quarters of global carbon emissions as a result.Studies show that with the proper planning, that energy use can be cut by as much as 50 percent.Smart technologies can be used to unite and simplify these systems through automation. More importantly, they can deliver various enhancements regarding operation, outcomes, and future strategies.Simple — the home thermostat.Look at something as simple as a smart home thermostat, for instance. The idea is that homeowners install them in place of their existing air and heating system thermostats.Over time, the device will measure their habits and usage and optimize its performance based on the data it collects. By simply programming a smart thermostat, homeowners can save an average of $180 a year.Not only do they save money, smart thermostats cut down on frequent temperature and air changes. This small change is aimed at lowering energy usage. Furthermore, the device could shut off when there is no one home and then turn back on when the homeowner leaves work.Do the big, grand-scale improvements work?But something like this rolled out on a grand scale — across an entire city could make sweeping improvements. This is a general operation and consumption of resources — but, what does it cost in the first place? It adds considerable value, just in the enhancement of modern operations alone.How Do We Make This Happen?The strange thing about modern “smart” technologies is that they aren’t necessarily designed with conventional concepts in mind. You’re not developing or deploying technologies to improve “tech” or devices per se. Instead, there’s a human aspect to it all.Do the planners think of the people?When designing a smart city, focusing on the citizens and people that live within its boundaries is vital. Planners must think about, for instance, what can be done to improve their daily lives, commutes, and experiences.Focus on business.That is precisely how we make this happen, and how we make it work. By focusing on local businesses and the general populace. In turn, this would include a new leadership model as well to promote continued innovation on a government level.This governance and operation model must include the voices,  and experiences of everyone. These opinions must be within the boundaries of a city — not just certain demographics.This extends even to the technologies and platforms adopted, which must also remain open. These designs need to be modular to accommodate future solutions. Avoiding the situation we’re currently in has to be considered — where tech quickly becomes outdated.What Technologies Are Involved?When discussing a smarter, more efficient city the first metrics that come to mind are power consumption. Consider transportation and infrastructure, waste management and clean water as well as future development.What technologies will be used to improve these industries — and do they exist?Does the current form of upgrade have needed innovation necessary?Smart transportation technologies and systems are a great place to start. It’s an area where, with proper implementation, cities can see a vast and quick return on investment. Identifying stretches of congestion and parking issues can help improve efficiency considerably.Parking.Smart parking systems could, for instance, let drivers know when and where there is an open spot in the area. This could save time, cuts down on fuel consumption and helps alleviate traffic in the area.At Disney — who else?At Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, the company introduced innovative parking technologies within their garages. Each parking space in the garage has a simple indicator that is red for taken and green for free. At the end of each row, a display tells drivers how many spaces are open within each row.But all of these technologies means new, useful data flowing in which can be leveraged by the appropriate parties. Even data collected by streetlights can help benefit a smart city.How do we garner the needed insights?Embedded within “are valuable insights and information about how citizens interact with cities.” Susanne Says Susanne Seitinger, Ph.D. from Philips Lighting professional systems says.“For instance, traffic data captured by streetlights can uncover a prime location for a new restaurant in a revitalized neighborhood.Predictive analytics helps cities filter and translate data into relevant and actionable information. We must make city life better, easier, and more productive.”Sensors embedded within existing infrastructure can collect a vast trove of information.Imagine a sensor installed within the pavement that measures how often vehicles are passing an intersection or segment of the road.Even the smart technologies that will power better and more efficient manufacturing and development — seem to fit into the idea of “smart” city growth.Factories and manufacturing plants are primary contributors to environmental waste and energy usage. By improving their operations and cutting down on their resource consumption, the number of benefits grows.Everything Is ConnectedBut the biggest challenge, of course, is syncing up so many different industries, platforms, and regions within a city. Critically, what sort of platform will power the data processing and transfer between all these areas?AI and machine learning.Luckily, AI and machine learning are really coming into their own in the current landscape and will most certainly help power the smart cities of the future. Machine learning is already being used to inform and improve traffic in places like San Jose, California, and Dallas, Texas.Also referred to as “neural networks,” these AI technologies use cognitive learning to become more efficient over time.They do so through the constant influx of data and information they receive, which they then process and put to use directly by the system in question.One deep learning machine, for instance, taught itself to play chess in just 72 hours by analyzing existing game patterns and experiences. It can now play at international master levels, competing with some of the greatest players in existence.This shows the true power of the technology and how it can learn, over time, patterns and trends within a city. At this point we can then identify areas for potential improvement. These technologies can also be used to power automated systems — like the smart parking system Disney incorporated.How Long Until Smart Cities Arrive? To be blunt, modern “smart” cities are already here or on the way. Many of these technologies are already being experimented with and deployed and will no doubt be improved over time. They are not so advanced that somewhere like New York. Some information can be used to achieve automation on a grand scale.The driverless vehicles.Technologies like driverless vehicles for public transportation helps green and renewable energy system development. The smarter more informed traffic technologies are all being rolled out. Great news for us — the citizens of these cities.It’s up to us — city inhabitants and the businesses we run.We must push policymakers and city officials to adopt these technologies sooner rather than later. With any luck, we’ll all be living in these smarter, more efficient cities. We must make the future — instead of merely looking and hoping for it. Megan Ray NicholsTechnical Writer & Blogger Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#industry#IoT#Smart Cities A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Tiwary anxious to perform at Champions League T20

first_imgYoung Mumbai Indians batsman Saurabh Tiwary today said he would looking for consistent performances in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) to be held in South Africa from September 10 to 16.”It (CLT20) is an important tournament for me and I am confident to put up my best there in South Africa,” Tiwary, who joined Tata Steel today, said.”I have been working hard and had practiced with my Team India members to ensure consistency in my performance,” said the left-handed batsman on the sidelines of the ongoing Jharkhand Ranji trial camp, here.Tiwary, who was a member of the India’s ODI squad in the recently-concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka, said for a batsmen to survive in the shorter version of the game, one has to become a hard-hitter.Asked about failing to make the playing XI in last two tours abroad, Tiwary said it was the prerogative of the skipper.”Besides, the Indian team had experienced players and the captain will obviously settle for winnable combinations,” he quipped.”Right now, I am focussing for the upcoming Champions League and leaving here tomorrow to take part in the tournament,” the southpaw added.Tiwary came to limelight while representing Sachin Tendulkar-led ‘Mumbai Indians’ in the last edition of IPL.’Mumbai Indians’ will take on South Africa?s Highveld Lions in the opener of the Champions league on September 10 at New Wanders Stadium, Johannesburg.Meanwhile, Tata Steel sources said Tiwari have reported in the company as Sports Manager today.While handing over the appointment letter here yesterday, Sanjiv Paul, Vice-President (Corporate services) of Tata Steel, welcomed Tiwari to the Tata Steel family.advertisementTiwary, who made his first-class debut in the 2006-07 Ranji trophy, had scored two half centuries in India’s U-19 tri-series victory against South Africa and Bangladesh in 2008 and was a member of the squad that won the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008, was a third generation employee of Tata Steel.He was adjuged the best under-22 player and had six tons to his credit in the first class domestic tournaments.last_img read more

CALGARYS GLOBAL NEWS AT NOON NAMES BINDU SURI AS NEW ANCHOR

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter After an illustrious 40-year career in broadcasting, Tony Tighe anchors his final Global News at Noonbroadcast on Thursday, August 2. Tony has become the city’s greatest advocate of righting consumer wrongs, earning many accolades for his investigations and feature reporting, including being honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  “Tony Tighe’s stellar reporting and support for community organizations have changed our city for the better,” said Chris Bassett, News Director for Global Calgary. “No one can cut to the heart of a story like Tony and we have been honoured to work with him for so many years.”Join Global Calgary in celebrating Tony Tighe’s career on Thursday, August 2, starting with The Morning News with Gord Gillies and Sue Deyell on Global News Radio 770 CHQR. In addition to anchoring his final broadcast of Global News at Noon, Tony will join the Global News Hour at 6 team to look back on some of his career highlights.Global Calgary has served the community for more than 60 years and was recently awarded the Kaleidoscope Award for Diversity and Canada’s Best TV Newscast (Large Market) by RTDNA. For more information about Global Calgary, visit Globalnews.ca.* Source: Numeris PPM Data, SP’18 (Jan1-May27/18), A25-54 rtg%, ranker based on 3+ airings, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY, Canada – Global Calgary is expanding its focus on consumer and business stories as it bids farewell to the city’s most accomplished consumer reporter. Tony Tighe is retiring after spending more than four decades at the forefront of journalism in Calgary.  At the same time, the network is pleased to announce the appointment of Bindu Suri as anchor of Global News at Noon, and Tomasia DaSilva takes on the expanded role of Consumer and Business Reporter for Calgary’s number one news destination.*Global Calgary’s Bindu Suri moves from her role as weekend co-anchor of Global News Morning to lead the continued success of Calgary’s top noon-hour newscast as anchor of Global News at Noon. Bindu has built a robust audience as weekend anchor and brings a strong profile in the community to the News at Noon.Assuming the consumer reporting beat is Global Calgary’s Business Reporter, Tomasia DaSilva. Tomasia’s role expands from her ongoing “Minding Your Business” segment on Global News Hour at 6 to a new brand that will focus on consumer, money, and business stories that impact Calgarians. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more