Letterkenny gets into the Halloween spirit – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny’s Halloween Fest 2019 was frightfully good fun for young and old alike on Thursday afternoon.Little ghosts, witches, wizards, superheroes and all sorts of characters took to the streets for the popular events and Trick or Treat Trail.The Halloween Fest, organised by ShopLK and supported by Donegal County Council, got the entire town into the spirit of the holiday. The fantastic festival included a spooktacular Halloween parade down Main Street, storytelling sessions in the library, and a very creative fancy dress competition in the Courtyard Shopping Centre.Children enjoyed music and dancing… and the treats of course, which were handed out in a large number of local venues.Clive Wasson was in the town centre to capture the great and ghoulish scenes from the festival, see all his photos in the picture gallery here:Anne Marie Gallagher grabs a photo with Leonard Watson, Chamber, President, John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Margaret Tone, CDP Manager. at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonZoe Guichard with John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Leonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber Presiident at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLook behind you- Leonard Watson and John ODonnell pose with children in fancie dress at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonMathime Alver, Alisha Gallagher and Saoirse Gallagher at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonWhat have I done – scarey creatures at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonSarah Louise Rankin, Katelyn McCauley, Thomas McCauley, Kenzy Rankin and Andrew McCauley at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonAmy Lee Rankin and Freya McGeehan at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny-Milford Mayor, Cllr John O’Donnell with Aoibhinn, Aisling and Donna Kenny at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLeonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber President, Anne Marie Gallagher, CDP, Margaret Toner, CDP, Toni Forester, Letterkenny Chamber and John O’Donnell, Letterkenny-Milford Mayor with some of the characters at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonSarah Louise Rankin at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonCupcake, Peyton McLaughlin at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonTom and James O’Donnell at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonStorytelling with Evelyn Mc Glynn at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonBrian Lyndsey, Barbara Doherty and Aria Doherty at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny gets into the Halloween spirit – Picture Special 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) Tags:letterkenny halloween festShopLKlast_img read more

Koertzen still in the game

first_imgKoertzen retired after a distinguished career in local and international cricket. (Image: Cricinfo)South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired as a match official in July 2010, is still in the game – as the newly appointed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regional umpire performance manager for Africa.The vastly experienced and well-liked Koertzen, nicknamed Slow Death because of his tendency to think long and hard before raising his finger to dismiss a batsman, stood in his last test match in July.He officiated in the second and final test between England and Pakistan at the Headingley Carnegie cricket ground in West Yorkshire, UK.Koertzen started his international career in a one-day game at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, in 1992 and made his test debut at the same venue a few weeks later. He became a full-time umpire in 1997 and his decision to retire was motivated by the wish to spend more time with his family in the small town of Despatch, also in the Eastern Cape province.In the 13 years of his professional career he has seen great advances in technology, with the result that umpires now have any questionable decisions scrutinised by the entire cricket world through lengthy action replays on big screens in stadiums, monitors in officials’ rooms and televisions at home.“Technology is there and will probably get worse, so to be successful in this game you just have to be more alert and get your decisions right,” he said.The veteran said he was honoured to have the chance to still make a difference in international cricket and share his vast experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels.“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring.”He named the opening game of the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s as the highlight of his career, and Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne, a master craftsman loved and hated equally by fans, as the most challenging bowler to umpire. Koertzen’s cricket memoir is titled Slow Death.Development of emerging umpires in AfricaKoertzen’s new duties will see him coaching, supporting and managing the performances of the ICC’s Elite and International Panels within the Africa region.The Elite Panel of ICC umpires is a group of top-level officials appointed to stand in one-day internationals (ODIs) and test matches around the world, thus ensuring that umpiring standards in these important events are of the highest. Elite Panel umpires are regarded as the best in the world, and each officiates in about 15 ODIs and 10 tests annually.The panel was established in 2002 with Koertzen and Dave Orchard representing South Africa, and at the moment includes lone South African Marais Erasmus from the Western Cape. Koertzen was still a member when he retired.Umpires from the International Panel, which currently features South Africans Brian Jerling and Johan Cloete, usually officiate in ODIs in their home country.Koertzen will also interact with visiting umpires to the Africa region, and is expected to play a vital role in the development of budding umpires in Africa through close cooperation with Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket, and the ICC Africa regional office.The ICC’s umpires and referees manager Vince van der Bijl, also a former South African player, said the organisation was looking forward to working with Koertzen in his new role.“He has umpired through the technology changes of officiating and is the ideal candidate to use all that experience to help the up and coming umpires move forward into the international arena.”Distinguished careerAt the close of his distinguished career Koertzen had stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day games and 14 Twenty20 games. Only West Indian Steve Bucknor has officiated in more test matches, with 128 appearances to his name.ICC CE Haroon Lorgat, a South African chartered accountant, paid tribute to Koertzen on his retirement: “He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi’s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, test cricket.”Lorgat added that the council owed a debt of gratitude to Koertzen for his invaluable contribution to the sport as an international umpire.last_img read more

Banyana draw with African champions

first_img5 June 2012South Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, recorded a good 1-1 draw with continental powerhouse Nigeria in a friendly international played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, near Rustenburg on Sunday.Sadly, the good result against the African champions was undermined by Bafana Bafana’s disappointing 1-1 draw against 138th ranked Ethiopia, which captured most of the headlines.The Nigerian side was considerably different to the one that lifted the African Women’s Championship title in South Africa in 2010 after defeating Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the final, but they brought with them the pedigree of a nation that has won eight out of nine African Women’s Championships.DominatedSouth Africa dominated the first half and came closest to scoring when captain Amanda Dlamini headed a cross from Nonthando Vilakazi wide of goal.However, against the run of play, it was experienced striker Stella Chinyere who put the visitors ahead in the 62nd minute when she ran onto a long ball and raced into the home team’s penalty area before slotting the ball past Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Roxanne Barker.Down by a goal, Banyana showed fight and took the game to the Nigerians. They were rewarded with a goal 12 minutes from time.GoalIn-form Portia Modise struck for the third time in three matches from close range after getting onto the end of the cross from the left. It was her 69th goal in 90 internationals.Nigeria’s coach Kadiri Ikhana, who was in charge of the Super Falcons for only the second time, told The Sowetan after the match that South Africa needed to improve its performance in the final third of the field.“I think their attack is zero, as far as I’m concerned,” he opined. “They have some quality players, but need to work hard to boost their attack.“I think South Africa still have work to do,” Ikhana said about South Africa’s participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games.‘They will have to work harder’“They have to work harder because they will be representing Africa.”Banyana and the Super Falcons meet in another friendly on 23 June in Abuja, Nigeria.Before that game, South Africa face Zambia in an African Women’s Championship qualifier return leg fixture in Nelspruit on 16 June.Banyana won the first leg match 4-1 in Lusaka in May.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

CES 2019 AireSone Junior is a tiny electronic stethoscope for your kids

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 0 Post a comment CES Products Mobile Accessories CES 2019 Tags Share your voice The AireSone Junior charges wirelessly and slips into these cutesy covers. AireSone Keeping track of your kid’s health is a lot easier when you have a wearable electronic stethoscope, and the AireSone Junior is exactly that.Shaped like a button, it slots into a cover designed to appeal to kids 3-years-old and above with a cutesy design such as a bear, an owl or a frog. You can then attach the AireSone Junior to the outfit around the chest area. There will also be interactive storylines related to the characters to convince kids to wear the badges willingly when they are awake.It tracks breathing and heart rate, and can detect wheezing and coughs, as well as alerting parents if it registers these symptoms, symptoms which can be a precursor to an asthma attack, especially when kids are sleeping. The AireSone Junior has a battery life of about 13 hours, and charges wirelessly.Singapore-based AEvice, the makers behind AireSone Junior, told me that the device detects what it calls “micro-wheezing”: tiny wheezes you don’t normally hear (note that it’s a word the company came up with to highlight how sensitive its devices are, and not an actual medical term). The company is currently working with doctors in Singapore and Australia to prescribe the device to vulnerable asthmatic children to help keep track of and manage their respiratory illness.It will retail for $199 (about £155 and AU$280), and ships in June this year.last_img read more