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Student, youth ministry crash victim mourned at school

first_imgLANCASTER — Friends at Paraclete High School grieved Friday after learning that a student and youth ministry leader died after losing control of his SUV. Josue Ortiz, 17, of Lancaster died Thursday night in a high-speed solo-vehicle crash. Ortiz was described as a well-liked senior who worked with Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s youth ministry. “It’s extremely devastating,” said Mary Hernandez, the church group’s coordinator. “He’ll very much be missed.” Paraclete will hold a memorial service next week on campus for Ortiz, Vice Principal Kathleen Troisi said. Sacred Heart scheduled a special prayer service to honor Ortiz after Friday night’s Mass. The mood at Paraclete’s tight-knit campus Friday was “very somber,” Troisi said. “He was a nice young man who was very well-liked,” she said. “We’re all extremely sad.” Troisi said seniors met with a Paraclete religion teacher and campus minister Friday to “just kind of cry together.” “We’re still in the first stages of grief,” she said. Hernandez said Ortiz was a consistent contributor to the youth ministry. His responsibilities as a peer leader included planning youth meetings and organizing retreats. “He was just a fun-loving kid with a great sense of humor,” she said. “He was quiet and gentle, and very dedicated to the church.” Authorities said Ortiz was speeding when he lost control of his Toyota sport utility vehicle, crossed the center line and slammed into the concrete base of a light pole. The vehicle then skidded sideways, became airborne, hit a cinder-block fence, then slid into a home in the 42800 block of Sunny Lane, officials said. Ortiz suffered massive trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. No one in the home was injured. “This is a tremendous shock to all of us, yet we’re all here to stand together and support each other,” Hernandez said. — Gideon Rubin (661) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wolfsburg keen to secure deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder amid Arsenal interest

first_imgWolfsburg want Atletico Madrid to lower their £11.9m asking price for Arsenal target Josuha Guilavogui, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The two clubs are in talks over the transfer of the midfielder, who is keen to leave the Vicente Calderon in search of first-team football having managed only one league appearance last season.Arsenal have been tipped to hijack the deal in recent days, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reportedly identifying the central midfielder as a cheaper alternative to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.Atleti have been locked in talks with Wolfsburg over the past week and were confident of closing the deal last weekend.However, that failed to materialise and Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs will now try to persuade Atletico to lower their valuation of the 23-year-old, who he has tracked since his time at former club Saint-Etienne.Frenchman Guilavogui has his heart set on joining the Bundesliga side and has already agreed terms with them, having previously rejected a proposal from Benfica, who promised him a starting berth in the Portuguese capital.Atletico and Wolfsburg are hopeful of finalising their negotiations by the end of the week. Josuha Guilavogui 1last_img read more

No substance! Everton dismiss rumours linking defender with China move

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed speculation linking Phil Jagielka with a move to China.Super League clubs are spending huge sums luring players to the Far East.Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira are among a host of high-profile names to have already been tempted by the riches on offer in China.Jagielka is now being tipped to follow them, with agents representing the Chinese league reportedly sounding out the England international about a possible move.But Martinez told reporters on Thursday there is no chance of the 33-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, leaving Goodison Park anytime soon.“We’re not in a situation to lose players,” said the Toffees boss. “Jagielka is our club captain and has been great in the last two games. I can tell you there is no substance whatsoever in that rumour.” 1 Phil Jagielka last_img read more

Pollution suit will reportedly be settled for $4.6 billion

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lara Jakes Jordan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – One of the nation’s largest power generators has agreed to end a years-long federal lawsuit by paying $4.6 billion to reduce pollution that has eaten away at Northeast mountain ranges and national landmarks, The Associated Press has learned. The settlement requires American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, to reduce chemical emissions that cause acid rain by at least 69 percent over the next decade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt also fines AEP an additional $15 million in civil penalties and another $60 million in cleanup and mitigation costs to help heal parkland and waterways that have been hurt by the pollution. Details of the agreement were provided by two people familiar with its terms. In an interview late Monday night, AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp confirmed the energy company had agreed to settle, but he said it planned to spend only $1.6billion in improvements under the terms of the settlement.last_img read more

Copter flyover addresses residents’ noise concerns

first_img“A lot of people fuss about the noise, but it’s good we have the (helicopters) out there,” said Pasadena resident Hallie Humdy. The finale of the event was a flyover demonstration that compared Pasadena’s current helicopters to a quieter unit currently in use by the Glendale Police Department. Glendale’s helicopter is one of many that are being considered for the future of Pasadena’s fleet, officials said. The Pasadena helicopter went first, descending a few hundred feet from the crowd below. Visitors could hear the dull sputter of the 2-blade aircraft, a noise some said they had heard before while they were trying to sleep. Moments later, Glendale’s 5-blade helicopter swooped down with more of a low hum, which officials said would make a significant difference at nighttime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although the event was an open house for the department, it also served to address issues that have risen from the community about disturbances caused from helicopters at night. This and other details of the air unit were discussed in a presentation by Melekian and police Capt. Robert Mulhall. Melekian pointed out that though the fleet — which consists of helicopters from the 1970s — may be a little noisy, it has saved the city a lot of money. While newer helicopters can run around $1.3 million apiece, the fleet’s units, which were refurbished, came out to about $50,000 each, he said. For many residents, the comfort of police protection far outweighed any noise concerns. Photo Gallery: Pasadena helicopter open house ALTADENA — Pasadena police aimed to ease tensions of area residents concerned with noisy police helicopters at an open house for the department’s air unit on Saturday. The Police Department’s Air Operations Section showcased three of their five helicopters to hundreds of visitors and gave residents a preview of what could be in store for the department’s future — a quieter helicopter. “We really are mindful of concerns people have about noise,” police Chief Bernard Melekian said. last_img read more


first_imgThe Turner Prize mobile Unit at the LYIT (or is it a corncrake on wheels?!)Was it a fried egg, an artistic masterpiece or a lawnmower?That’s the kind of confusion, interpretation and wonder the Turner Prize exhibits has created. As Derry/Londonderry gears up to host the Turner Prize 2013, a mobile art studio will tour Northern Ireland and Donegal to capture local people’s reactions to contemporary art.The REACT mobile studio was on campus at LYIT last Thursday to gauge reactions from students, staff and local Donegal people.This is the first time the Turner Prize has left England.The aim is to bring contemporary art to local communities and to encourage debate. Everyone was invited to be photographed as they reacted to the shortlisted artists and previous prize winning exhibits. These reactions are now included on the Turner Prize website. People are also encouraged to comment via Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.The aspiration of the “Tour” is that it will introduce the Turner Prize 2013 to a fresh audience of all ages and backgrounds. Bringing the work to central places within communities will hopefully show that contemporary art is for everyone to enjoy and engage with.The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 23 October, in the former Ebrington military barracks in Derry~Londonderry. All welcome.Shortlisted artistsLaure Prouvost is nominated for her new work Wantee commissioned by Grizedale Arts and Tate for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain, and for her two-part installation Farfromwords made for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Prouvost revels in the creative possibility of miscommunication and translation between art forms and languages. Her unique approach to filmmaking offers fragmented fictions and uses quick cuts, montage, sound and text to create surprising and unpredictable work.Tino Sehgal’s work takes the form of live encounters between people. The participatory nature of work means creates a strong sense of personal engagement among those who experience it. Seghal is nominated for his pioneering projects This Variation at Documenta (XIII) and These Associations at Tate Modern. David Shrigley is best known for his simple and direct drawings and animations that make satirical comments on everyday situations. Shrigley is nominated for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley – Brain Activity, which offers a comprehensive overview of his work. The collection of much-loved drawings, photography, sculpture and film revealed the Scottish artist’s black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest.Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has been nominated for her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery. Yiadom-Boakye is a painter, poet and writer of Ghanaian descent. Yiadom-Boakye is best known for her large-scale paintings of fictional characters, which she creates from memory and scrapbook gatherings. She unintentionally pushes perceptions by having predominantly black subjects within her work.A FRIED EGG OR A LAWNMOWER – TURNER PRIZE COMES TO DONEGAL! was last modified: October 14th, 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:LYITTurner Prize Mobile Unitlast_img read more


first_imgA delegation of parishioners last night met with Glencolmcille priest Fr Bill McGeady in an effort to ask him to change his mind about leaving his post.The group of parishioners are believed to have held a symbolic walk through Glen and to the parochial houseEarlier yesterday afternoon, local Colr Brendan Byrne said he had been approached by a number of locals concerned with Fr McGeady’s resignation. The Gaoth Dobhair priest, 74, told parishioners last Sunday that he was quitting his post claiming he had been physically and verbally abused in the parish.However the vast majority of people in the area have backed Fr McGeady.Colr Byrne urged for mediation between the priest and those who have criticized him saying that “nothing is insurmountable.”Asked if he would personally like if Fr Bill to rethink his position, he said he would.  PARISHIONERS MEET WITH ‘BULLIED’ PRIEST TO DISCUSS FUTURE was last modified: February 7th, 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:Colr Brendan ByrneFr Bill McGeadyGlencolmcillelast_img read more


first_imgHE’S a bit of a poster boy himself – but now Downings singer Shane McLaughlin wants help in removing images of himself from across County Donegal.The Voice of Ireland star received huge support in his quest for glory on the RTE show and eventually finished third.He won friends and supporters across Ireland, among them pop guru Louis Walsh. Now Shane is asking people who may see a spare poster of him to please take it down and then contact him via his Facebook page so he can arrange to collect them.Maybe he’s planning to run for election????Here’s Shane out and about last night taking down his ‘Voice’ posters.  SINGER SHANE IN POSTER APPEAL! was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SINGER SHANE IN POSTER APPEAL!last_img read more

Harriet who?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Who is Harriet Miers? Other than what we can glean from her resume, there’s not much we can make out about President George W. Bush’s latest Supreme Court pick. It’s not just that we know little about her judicial philosophy – that was true of Chief Justice John Roberts, too – we also know very little about her temperament, her judicial abilities, what qualifications she has to be one of the nation’s nine top legal and constitutional interpreters. It’s possible that Miers is just what the judiciary needs – a candidate who adds to the Supreme Court’s diversity in ways other than just her gender. Maybe it’s good for the court to have a justice who doesn’t come from the small pool of established legal elites. Then again, she could also turn out to be one more Bush friend in too high a position for the nation’s good. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Unlike Roberts, Miers’ qualifications aren’t beyond question. That’s why her upcoming confirmation hearings must be much more than the typical bland exchange of platitudes. Senators must see to it that she tells us who she is, what she stands for and what abilities she brings to the table. Miers might be the outstanding choice Bush says she is, but if so, she needs to prove it.last_img read more

Les TIC et l’electronique en Afrique du Sud

first_imgLe leader du developpement des technologies de l’information et de la communication en Afrique, l’Afrique du Sud, est le 20eme plus grand consommateur de produits et services informatiques du monde.En tant que contributeur de plus en plus important au produit interieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique du Sud, le secteur des TIC et de l’electronique du pays est a la fois sophistique et en developpement.Le secteur informatique d’Afrique du Sud se caracterise par une avancee technologique surtout dans le domaine des services de banque electronique. Les societes sud-africaines sont des leaders mondiaux en matiere de systemes de pre-paiement, gestion des revenus et prevention des fraudes ainsi que de fabrication de decodeurs, tous exportes avec succes a travers le monde.Plusieurs corporations internationales, reconnues en tant que leaders du secteur informatique, possede des filiales en Afrique du Sud, comme IBM, Unisys, Microsoft, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Dell, Novell et Compaq.Les revenues du secteur de l’electronique en Afrique du Sud progressent a des niveaux superieurs au taux de croissance du PIB general. Les principaux acteurs de l’electronique industriel, electrique, de la defense et des telecommunications comprennent Siemens, Alcatel, Ericsson, Altech, Grintek, Spescom, Tellumat et Marconi.Un marche de l’electronique tres competitif fabriquant des produits electroniques a forte valeur ajoutee pour les consommateurs joue egalement un role tres important.Les avantages concurrentielsLes secteurs des TIC et de l’electronique en Afrique du Sud devraient poursuivre leur progression en faisant preuve d’une forte croissance a l’avenir, du fait de leurs principaux avantages concurrentiels caracteristiques du pays et du continent.Les application et systeme de test et de pilotage sont des activites en expansion en Afrique du Sud grace a la diversite du marche local, des connaissances de niveau mondial des affaires et un environnement de pays en developpement qui en fait un laboratoire de test ideal pour les innovations.Gartner, le groupe d’etude international, classe l’Afrique du Sud parmi ses 30 destinations de sous-traitance de developpement de logiciels, l’etude de 2007 la mettant a egalite avec Israel dans la region Europe, Moyen Orient et Afrique et proche de l’Australie et de l’Inde au niveau mondial.L’Afrique du Sud s’est aussi imposee en tant que destination de qualite et faible cout pour les centres d’appel. Le pays accueille des centres d’appel pour AOL, le revendeur britannique Asda, Virgin Mobile UK, la division europeenne des appareils-photo Samsung et d’autres.Et une nouvelle legislation, comme la Loi d’amendement des telecommunications de 2001, a liberalise les communications en Afrique du Sud, encourageant les operateurs de telephonie internationaux comme Virgin Mobile a lancer leurs produits dans le pays.Le secteur des produits et services informatiques d’Afrique du Sud est egalement bien place pour penetrer un marche africain qui progresse vite au fur et a mesure que les conditions reglementaires s’ameliorent. Les societes sud-africaines et les filiales de societes internationales basees en Afrique du Sud ont fourni la majeure partie des nouveaux reseaux de lignes fixes et sans fil qui se sont multiplies en Afrique ces dernieres annees.Un facteur important de retard a ete le cout eleve de la bande passante en Afrique. Cependant, le gouvernement s’est engage a regler ce probleme et des projets importants sont en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous-marins le long des cotes est et ouest d’Afrique afin d’encourager les liens entre le continent et le reste du monde.Pepiniere de technologies, recherche et formationLa plate-forme d’innovationLa plate-forme d’innovation de l’Afrique du Sud, creee a Pretoria en 2002, est le premier parc de science et technologie reconnu au niveau international en Afrique.Un projet de Blue IQ, l’agence de promotion industrielle haute technologie de la province de Gauteng, rassemble des industries haute technologie, des universitaires et des entrepreneurs afin d’ameliorer les technologies et la productivite sud-africaine.Prenant ses references sur les meilleurs developpements mondiaux en la matiere, le centre base sur la creativite accueille des entreprises liees aux technologies dans une large variete de disciplines comprenant l’electronique, les TIC, les sciences biologiques et les secteurs de fabrication complexe comme la defense ou l’automobile.Elle gere aussi un programme de pepiniere d’entreprises qui a donne vie a des projets allant de solutions de gestion de mots de passe et de systemes de ventes de bons electroniques a des protheses de genou a microprocesseur.L’institut MerakaLe secteur des TIC d’Afrique du Sud est aussi finance par l’Institut Avance Africain des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication, egalement connu sous le nom d’Institut Meraka. Conçu comme une initiative publique strategique, l’institut encourage le developpement des competences en matiere de TIC, la recherche et l’innovation ainsi que l’adoption de logiciels gratuits/libres et open source (FLOSS).Le centre d’ingenierie logicielle de JohannesburgUn autre partenariat entre l’industrie, l’universite et le gouvernement est le Centre d’ingenierie logicielle de Johannesburg. L’objectif du centre consiste a augmenter la capacite de d’Afrique du Sud a proposer des logiciels de rang mondial, a renforcer le secteur local du developpement de logiciels et a encourager les bonnes pratiques en matiere de developpement de logiciels dans le contexte africain.L’Agence Universelle des Services et de l’AccesEt l’Agence Universelle des Services et de l’Acces statutaire, lancee en 1997, a travaille avec des fournisseurs de services et des organisations non gouvernementales pour creer des centres dans le pays la ou les communautes defavorisees peuvent acceder aux services TIC et a une formation aux competences.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of CommunicationsBlue IQInnovation HubMeraka InstituteJoburg Centre for Software EngineeringITWeblast_img read more