BOXING DAY OUTING MAKES HORSE SENSE FOR THE DONEGAL & TYRONE FARMERS HUNT

first_imgDonegal & Tyrone huntsman Simon Scott over the “Christmas Car” novely jumpThe recently formed cross border Donegal & Tyrone Farmers Hunt enjoyed a fantastic Boxing day charity hunt hosted by the O’Neill Family of Ballyskeagh, Artigarvan.A total of £500 was raised for the Marie Curie cancer charity which will be augmented under a government charity matching funding scheme.A lovely crisp dry winters morning contributed to an exhilarating course by 67 riders across the beautiful Tyrone hills over hedges logs ditches rivers stone walls and even a lake . Three hours later a group of sated riders and very tired horses and ponies returned to O’Neill’s yard and some very welcome soup rolls & Hot toddys.The Donegal & Tyrone Farmers hunt would like to acknowledge the hospitality of the O Neill Family for hosting a very memorable boxing day meet.Amy Rose Harte comes a cropper at the Lake The Donegal & Tyrone hunt cool their legs in the river  BOXING DAY OUTING MAKES HORSE SENSE FOR THE DONEGAL & TYRONE FARMERS HUNT was last modified: December 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:DOEGAL AND TYRONE FARMERS HUNTlast_img read more

Household, consumer spending grows

first_img19 March 2012 Boosted by increases in consumption by households and the government, South Africa’s real gross domestic expenditure rose to 5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Reserve Bank reports. This was up from a revised 4.8% in the previous three months. “This rate of growth, the highest since the third quarter of 2010, primarily resulted from increases in real final consumption expenditure by the household sector and general government, alongside sustained firm growth in real gross fixed capital formation,” the Bank said in its latest quarterly bulletin on Monday. Consumer spending expanded at a robust rate in the fourth quarter, to 4.6%, after increasing by 3.8% in the third quarter.More disposable income According to the central bank, the faster pace of spending was consistent with added increases in disposable income of households. “This faster pace of spending was consistent with a further increase in disposable income of households and positive wealth effects,” the Bank said. Growth in real disposable income of households accelerated from an annualised rate of 3.9% in the third quarter of 2011 to 4.7% in the fourth quarter, reflecting improved employment levels during this period. “The sustained growth in real spending by households was evident across all expenditure categories, with spending on services in particular regaining momentum.” For 2011, real expenditure by households advanced by 5%. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Facebook Said To Have Sexting App In The Works

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popescu Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guess who just might be the newest addition to the sexting community? Facebook. That’s right, the nearly 9-year old company is growing up. Big time.The house that Mark Zuckerberg built is reportedly set to launch a new standalone app aimed at competing with Snapchat, a disposable photo and video chat service best known for… well… sexting.Technically, the service is about creating private, “self-destructable” picture and video messages that users can send and choose the amount of time that the photo will be available for viewing. After the allotted time, the content deletes itself from the sender’s and receiver’s phone, and from Snapchat’s server. Like it never happened. You can imagine the appeal to those who want to send “cheeky” images.Details for the release are still sketchy (Facebook’s official response to ReadWrite’s inquiry was: “We’re not going to comment on rumor and speculation.”). But we do know that Snapchat boasts a community that sends 50 million photos per day, and Facebook is likely betting its users, 1 billion people, who upload about 300 million photos a day, want to play. Although this app would a stand-alone product, operating like Facebook’s Instagram app, the coming service would be able to draw from a huge user base.What’s Coming?Ben Tao, chief executive of adult crowd-funding site Offbeatr, and digital marketplace Extra Lunch Money, says there is a huge market for sexting. But he’s not sure people will look to Facebook for it. “If people can do this for free and know that those messages and pictures are never stored, even more people will use it,” he said. “However, given Facebook’s privacy reputation I doubt [it will] be able to convince the majority of users that these messages and photos are deleted like they are on SnapChat. When people think of ‘sexting,’ people think of SnapChat. They don’t think Facebook.” But Kelly Lux, a social media strategist at Syracuse University’s iSchool, thinks the app could be big, and used for more innocent purposes than sending NSFW content. “My view is that Facebook is going to jump on whatever bandwagon is hot at the moment and see if something sticks,” Lux said. Lux doesn’t think the forthcoming app will be as big as Instagram because of the fleeting nature of its content. She also cautions that the promise of impermanence of photos and videos could lead to bad choices on the part of users. Even though the photos themselves would be automatically deleted, fast-fingered recipients or uploaders could still take screenshots or save those photos.“I think this idea sets a bad precedent for young people who still have not heeded the wisdom of ‘what happens on the Internet, stays on the internet,’” Lux warned. “There are permanent digital footprints from their connected activities.”The app is supposed to launch before the end of the year. That’s two weeks away. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#apps#Facebook#social media Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Wonderful occasion to play final in Mumbai, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter guiding India to the World Cup final with an useful knock of 85, Sachin Tendulkar simply can’t wait to play one of the biggest matches of his illustrious career at his home ground in Mumbai.”It will be a wonderful occasion to play the final in Mumbai. All we would like is to remain calm and focussed and get the job done,” the man-of-the-match against Pakistan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.For someone who has been a member of the side that has won all its five World Cup matches against Pakistan, the legendary batsman was quick to admit that it would be a “memory that he would always cherish.”Someone who has always put the team before individual performance, Tendulkar lavished praise on young Suresh Raina whose unbeaten 36 provided necessary impetus during the death overs.”Raina played a special knock. When we started batting, I felt that 310-315 was par-score. But as the spinners came on the ball was stopping and coming. Then I thought that 265-270 will be a good score to defend,” Tendulkar stated.For him Virender Sehwag’s blitzkrieg at the onset gave him and others that extra bit of time to check out on how to proceed with the innings.”Viru got us off to a flier but then we needed to assess the situation. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and we needed to put up a good score. Full credit to our bowlers as they put up a fabulous show.”Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also spoke in the same vein about how the wicket slowly became difficult to bat on as the match progressed.advertisement”If you take the opening partnership out, you would find that 260 was a good score to defend. May be we could have got another 20-30 runs,” was what the skipper assessed.The skipper admitted that his reading of the pitch was wrong but his seamers did a good job.”We read the pitch wrong but then our seamers bowled exceptionally well. That is why I didn’t need to use a sixth bowler. We don’t have any bowler who regularly hits 140 plus.”We have bowlers who have variations and can change plan accordingly. Ashish is a rhythm bowler and Zak (Zaheer) is really good with his variation. Even Munaf’s strength is bowling wicket to wicket as he has become really smart after playing in IPL.”Dhoni who has already led India to World T20 triumph back in 2007, said that his team is “ready for final.””It was important to peak at the right time. That’s the beauty of this game. But it’s important to do well on that particular day.”Dhoni’s counterpart Shahid Afridi was a dejected man at the end of it all.”I congratulate India for this win and wish them all the best for the final. But I should give credit to my boys for their performance. I am proud to lead these bunch of guys.”He praised Wahab Riaz who grabbed five for 46. “Wahab really bowled well.”But the skipper was critical about his batsmen. “The key would have been partnerships and we couldn’t get going. Also we played a few responsible shots. In the end, they played better cricket than us,” Afridi was forthright in his evaluation.About the decision not to take Powerplay till the end, Afridi said,”We thought that we would take the Powerplay when Bhajji would have finished his spell.”The Pakistan captain in the end “apologised” to the nation for letting them down.- With PTI inputslast_img read more