first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM reader Patrick McBrearty filmed this scene at Kilcar on Monday afternoon as the worst of the storm from ex-Hurricane Katia battered Donegal’s west coast.You can see spectacular waves crashing against the shore in a scene more reminiscent of a tropical storm. You can send video clips to info@donegaldaily.com.DDTV: VIDEO OF EX-HURRICANE KATIA BATTERING COAST AT KILCAR was last modified: September 12th, 2011 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF EX-HURRICANE KATIA BATTERING COAST AT KILCARdonegaldonegal weatherhurricane katialast_img read more


first_img– Geri A. Mellgren-Kerwin Burbank A kiss-up Re: “Lieberman’s qualities” (Your Opinions, Aug. 11): So according to Bill Hamburg, Joe Lieberman is “one of our finest leaders” and he has “integrity, intelligence, a comprehension of world politics and an understanding on how to protect our freedoms.” Now I don’t know who he is watching but the Joe Lieberman I know was not a Democrat but a Republican who does nothing but kiss up to the administration. Congratulations to the people of Connecticut for seeing that. – Erik Weinberger Woodland Hills Broken promises Re: “Veterans fighting for promised gym” (Aug. 11): Once more Dennis McCarthy has spoken out for the veterans and told it like it really is at the Sepulveda VA. It’s shameful that Charles Dormand cannot come through with all the promises of three years ago for the veterans gym. They keep crying poverty, but fail to announce the expenditure of a large amount of funds for some sculptures on the Wadworth Campus that really did nothing for the veterans who are supposed to be taken care of. Add to this the removal of lunches for those volunteers putting in less than six hours of free time and effort. – Adelbert Acevedo Northridge Zine responds Re: “Outsourcing government” (Our Opinions, Aug. 10): I wish to clarify the difference between bureaucracy and responsiveness in government. My motion, requesting an ombudsman to assist those who speak at City Council, is neither ridiculous nor bureaucratic. Anyone attending a council meeting knows there is not sufficient time in public comment to allow a full discussion of issues. In response, I am taking proactive steps toward providing an existing city staffer’s assistance in council chambers to make sure that residents’ concerns have not gone unnoticed or unheard. In no way is this the creation of red tape, or another level of bureaucracy, as the Daily News has misinterpreted. Rather, it is the cutting of red tape and management of resources specifically geared toward assisting constituents – not shuttling them out of chambers, unheard and unhelped. – Dennis P. Zine Councilman City of Los Angeles Panorama City What happened to Panorama City? So many empty tall buildings, empty restaurants and shabby gated apartment buildings. If we don’t do something about this it will spread all over the Valley. What are our high-paid officials doing? Sitting and counting their money? Why doesn’t the mayor do a photo op in Panorama City welcoming tourists to our beautiful Los Angeles? What a disgrace. The officials should take a look at the city of San Fernando. They send out letters to homeowners and tell them to clean their property or it will be done and the homeowner will be charged if they don’t comply. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Ethics officer responds Re: “School lobbyist hits pay dirt,” (Aug. 7): LAUSD’s current lobbying policy is considered a model policy and scores an A, according to the Center for Public Integrity (the leading think tank on lobbying disclosure). While it’s true that our former city of L.A.-based policy scored poorly, it does not serve the public interest to imply that the new policy is “lax.” Unlike city and state officials who have a legal requirement to tackle ethics, LAUSD has built our ethics initiative because it’s the right thing to do. Along with a few other notable school districts, our district is a pioneer in making a formal commitment to managing ethics in the K-12 environment. Of course, there’s always room for improvement and we will continue to seek out ways for ethics to take us higher. – Yea-Lan Chiang LAUSD ethics officer Wrong language Re: “Kiss of death” (Your Opinions, Aug. 11): Regarding Sol Taylor’s letter on the Aug. 9 article “Lieberman loses primary race,” I’d like to point out that Taylor’s phrase, “La boche muerta,” is pure gibberish. “Boche” doesn’t exist in Italian and “muerta” is Spanish. The correct phrase is: “Il Bacio della Morte,” I should know, I was born in Italy. – Jason Miranda Levi Northridge Love of art? Re: “’32 mural timelier than ever” (Their Opinions, Aug. 10): L.A. spending $3.75 million to restore a 1932 mural from a “militant Mexican communist” is outrageous. Imagine the outcry if that was spent restoring some Nazi art. Communism caused the death of more than 80 million people through starvation, forced evacuation, prison camps, exterminations, etc., and yet the enlightened Michael Baradi and the oh-so-open-minded Antonio Villaraigosa are excited about restoring this mural. Baradi is actually encouraged that a mural like this “can inspire people to be militant.” As if we needed to encourage militant behavior in Los Angeles. We have some of the most violent schools in the country. Surely there are better uses of taxpayer dollars and better ways to encourage love of art and peace among different cultures. – Carolynn Jones Thousand Oaks Friends and enemies Re: “Seeing the truth” (Your Opinions, Aug. 10): Yes, Alex Bey, the American people see the truth about Israel. When it retreats from Lebanon, that territory is then used as a base for attacking Israel, ditto the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces target those firing at them, and civilians are hit because they are close by, but the terrorists rocket population centers where there is no military target. What you call a double standard is differentiation between friends and enemies. We help those who help us with vital intelligence, vote with us consistently in the U.N., respect our values, emulate our way of life, rejoice with us and grieve with us. – Louis Richter Encino Amplified church Right now the law in Los Angeles exempts churches from noise ordinances. The church near my house put up an amplified sound system that blasts bells, organ music and chimes four times a day every day of the week for sometimes 15 minutes at a time. I asked my councilman, Ed Reyes, to change the law and he said no. I am not against churches, but limits need to be put in place. Quality of life needs to be considered. Most churches will be considerate. However, there are a few that are bad neighbors, so limits need to be put in place for those few. What can I do when the bullhorns go off all day long? And LAPD cannot do a thing about it. How do you like that? – Susan Rocha Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Brits foil terror plot to blow up U.S.-bound jets” (Aug. 11): The liquid-explosives approach shows the absolute hopelessness of all defensive strategies against terrorists. They study the defenses and adapt to the weaknesses. If we ban all carry-ons, they will carry glass vials of chemicals in body cavities. There are pairs of chemicals that start intense fires when mixed, with no batteries or electronics required. Separators can be gradually eaten away, allowing the terrorist to leave the plane before it burns in midair. The only way to defeat Islamofacism is to systematically index every Jihadist and every donor who ever gave them a dime, and kill them where they live. If we don’t have the will and determination to pursue that strategy for 30 years, we’re going to bleed. – Mike Nowland AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Simi Valley Too convenient Re: “Brits foil terror plot to blow up U.S.-bound jets” (Aug. 11): This ridiculous terrorist plot, coming all too conveniently on the heels of the defeat of a pro-war U.S. senator, is clearly designed by the administration to scare Americans back into line behind the pro-war policy. What surprises me is that some people do get scared enough to endure anything “if that’s what it takes to keep us safe.” Don’t people realize that if everybody refused to allow their expensive property to be confiscated, this nonsense would stop? last_img read more

Carndonagh CS capture Rod Houston Cup in style

first_imgCARNDONAGH Community School were crowned SAFIB Rod Houston Cup Champions for 2019 in Lilleshall on Friday following a 3-1 victory over Welsh outfit Ysgol Glan Clwdy, Saint Asaph. Conor Doherty’s side were in a commanding position heading into the final game following comprehensive victories over their English counterparts, defeating Crompton House School 4-2 in the opening game on Wednesday. This was followed up with an impressive 4-0 win over Shenfield High School, Essex. The game was scoreless after ten minutes with the best chance coming from Ellie Long’s set piece, her effort from 25 yards out smashed off the crossbar.However, the deadlock was broken four minutes from the interval when Seaneen Crumlish produced a beautifully weighted ball to the feet of the dynamic Ailish Doherty to slot home.Alana Brennan was on hand eight minutes into the restart to double the Irish girls advantage with a brilliant goal to take it to 2-0.The Welsh fought to get a foothold on proceedings and their good work was rewarded a few minutes later when Egan Galeandro pulled one back, 2-1. The contest was wrapped up ten minutes from time when the impressive Ellie Long turned supplier for Ailish Doherty’s second and Carndonagh’s third of the morning.The Welsh keeper Doran was outstanding throughout the game and her heroics ensured the game ended 3-1 after a pulsating contest.The other game saw an epic battle between last year’s English Cup finalists with Shenfield High School, Essex yet again overcoming Crompton High School, Oldham 3-2 to secure the bragging rights.Cadi DORAN of Ysgol Glan Clwyd was named Player of the Tournament and Carol Brown was on hand to present the Nigel Brown Cup to the young goalkeeper who had a sensational campaign over the three days in Lilleshall.The Carndonagh girls will be celebrating tonight following their sensational performances, amassing 11 goals in 3 games and only conceding 3. A testament to Sue Lafferty and her defensive team. The goal scoring prowess of Ailish Doherty saw her goal tally finish with six while Alana Brennan converted three, two of which were from her weaker peg! Carndonagh join Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny in the history books as Champions of the British Isle Cup. The Cats having secured the silverware in 2017 while previous contestants Sacred Heart School, Westport (2018) and Ursuline College, Sligo (2016) were runners up. A superb record for Irish schools at this level.Carndonagh Community School: Samantha McLaughlin, Suzie Lafferty, Ellie Long, Ailish Doherty, Imogen Diver, Seaneen Crumlish, Cora McCaul, Alanah Brennan, Aisling Doherty, Fiona Dohery. Clara Gill, Aoife McCarron, Erin Grant, Niamh Devlin, Jenna Gallagher, Julia Grant, Rachel McLaughlin, Courtney GallagherCarndonagh CS capture Rod Houston Cup in style was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ailish DohertyAisling DohertyAlanah BrennanCarndonaghCarndonagh Community SchoolCarndonagh CSConor DohertyEllie Longlast_img read more

‘Emotional’ Seamus Coleman given the Freedom of Donegal

first_imgSEAMUS COLEMAN admitted to being “a little emotional” at the Civic Reception to award the Republic of Ireland captain Freedom of the County in Lifford this evening.Coleman was joined by his wife Rachel and daughter Lilly, parents Henry and Máire and brothers Stephen and Francis at Lifford County House. Photo caption: Seamus Coleman with wife Rachel and baby Lily at the Civic Reception in his honour at Donegal County Council headquarters.  Photo: North west NewspixThe Everton full-back’s award sees him follow in the sporting footsteps of the likes of former Republic of Ireland goalkeepers Shay Given and Packie Bonner, 1992 All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy and Jim McGuinness and his panel, who captured Sam Maguire in 2012, as well as Finn Harps’ FAI Cup winners of 1974.The Killybegs native suffered a broken fibula and tibia in Ireland’s qualifier against Wales in March following a dangerous tackle that saw Welsh left-back Neil Taylor given a straight red card in the scoreless draw.“It means a lot to me,” he said of the award. “The journey I’ve been on – obviously it’s not been as straight-forward as you think – it’s been a tough journey with plenty of setbacks along the way and big decisions to make. It’s a little emotional. “I don’t want to look back too much as I want to keep going and keep driving forward. I got emotional. To get recognised by people in my own town – they’ve been amazing – but to get recognised by people in my own county, as I said, it’s a massive honour. They just don’t hand them out very easily.“My favourite car journey of the year is when we get to pack up and head to Holyhead after the last game of the season,” he said.  “This year it’s a bit different. I’m well settled over there with my wife and daughter so I go in now and get my bit done and I’m really focusing hard.“You can’t underestimate how important rehab is, whether it’s changing your diet and eating well so when you do come back then you’re in tip-top shape. Mentally I’ve no concerns and I know that I will back. It’s a very clichéd thing to say about being fitter and stronger but I’ve no doubt I will be coming back the same player.”Coleman holds no grudges against Taylor following the tackle and said the Aston Villa played has been in contact since.“Look football is a contact sport,” Coleman added. “No player goes out to break another player’s leg on a football pitch. There’s no hard feelings. I’ve got my own journey to concentrate on.“It was a traumatic injury. It’s a long-term injury. I got my head around it the first couple of days. The first couple of nights were a bit tough because you were in a lot of pain. But I’ve got my head around it and am kind of enjoying the challenge. I’ve had plenty of challenges this far in my career and this is just another one. “I suppose if there had’ve been a European Championships this summer or an FA Cup final or semi-final it would’ve been a bit tougher. I got a clear summer – I know I will miss the Ireland games – but I’m ready to crack on. I’m looking forward to getting back.”Coleman has not set himself any targets of a possible return following the injury that looks likely to keep him out for the remainder of the Republic of Ireland’s qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Russia.However, he will join up with the Irish squad for moral support ahead of their next qualifier, which is against Austria in Dublin on Sunday, June 11.The 28-year-old watched the 3-1 friendly loss against Mexico from the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey at home on television in the early hours and says he has long since come to terms with his injury and is now putting his full focus on returning to action – whenever that may be. “I watched the game last night and I was quite alright with it,” he said. “I was supporting the lads. I got my head around the injuries and obviously it natural you miss the game but you got to change your mindset then and realise that you’re not as part of it as you would like.“For the Austria game I’m meeting up with the lads a couple of days before and it’ll be great. I can’t wait to be around the hotel. It might be a bit strange being in and around the Aviva changing rooms knowing that I’m not going to be going out there but this is a small setback.”Cathaoirleach of the County of Donegal, Cllr Terence Slowey, presented the Freedom of the County Award to Coleman and tributes were paid by Chief Executive Seamus Neely and all the represented parties – Ciaran Brogan of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin’s Noel Jordan, Martin Harley of Fine Gael and Niamh Kennedy, who represented the Independents.‘Emotional’ Seamus Coleman given the Freedom of Donegal was last modified: June 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:seamus colemanlast_img read more

As Annual Pass Prices Increase, Theme Parks Add Perks

first_imgWalt Disney World offers a few perks throughout the year. The most recent perk requires annual passholders and their friends to spend money to take advantage of it, but it is a good value considering nothing like it has really been offered before. Through September 30, 2016, friends and family of annual passholders can purchase 1-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $79 plus tax each for same-day admission to all 4 theme parks. A total of 6 Guests per Passholder can purchase tickets at this price. All these special perks are through September 30, 2016. This year some of the additional perks include a free digital photo.  You have the choice of either a My Universal Photos ride photo at MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™ in Universal Studios Florida or the My Universal Photos station in Jurassic Park™ at Islands of Adventure. If you have an pups or cats that you want to have closeby while you enjoy the parks, you can take advantage of the discount at the Universal Orlando kennel club. My dog spent an afternoon there and although I feel Universal has the worst of the theme park kennels, it is still a decent facility, especially for small dogs and cats. This is a nice deal for passholders, only $8 for the day!With the discount it comes out to about $8 for the day! (Actual facility not pictured, I think this is someone’s home)Universal kicked off their Annual Passholder Appreciation Days with an after-hours party just for passholders. Online reservations were required, and passholders had the option to attend the event either on a Friday night or a Saturday night. Naturally, the latter booked up before the former. I attended the Friday night event and had a good time, though was disappointed that more rides and sections weren’t open. One half of Islands of Adventure including Jurassic Park (and Reign of Kong), Marvel Super Hero Island (including the just re-opened Incredible Hulk Coaster),  and all of Hogsmeade Village.Checking in for the annual passholder eventAdditionally, the Hogwarts Express was open to transfer passholders over to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. This was a cool treat, but Diagon Alley was the only part of Universal Studios that was open during the event. It seemed a little off balance.All of the special offers for Annual Passholder month can be found here.SeaWorld OrlandoIf there’s a bright side to the attendance struggles that SeaWorld has faced recently it is the great deals on the admission prices and the added perks for Annual Passholders. Here you will find the largest collection of perks and they run throughout the year. In fact, each month features at least one new perk.Photo by Mike SperdutoThere is a year-round Annual Passholder Lounge that offers a large, quiet place to relax and refresh. This lounge features an annual passholder exclusive menu of snacks, treats, and small entrees, all at reduced prices. Oh, and there’s a free Coke Freestyle machine. I will admit that receiving service in this area can sometimes take a few minutes so if you do decide to grab a snack here be prepared to relax for a little bit. Right now SeaWorld is offering the most generous of all offers to annual passholders. Through September 30, 2016 passholders can go online a reserve a complimentary one day pass for a friend. The free one day ticket is available for one friend and additional tickets can be purchased at 50% off! The half off tickets can be purchased and used through December 31, 2016.You can view all the current perks for SeaWorld Orlando passholders here. These perks change each month.Closing ThoughtsWhen considering Walt Disney World tickets, check out our discounts and price comparison tool. Many guests who visit any of the theme parks for multiple days, or who make more than one trip to Orlando in a year, should seriously consider purchasing an annual pass. Often they aren’t too much more than a regular multi-day ticket and the extra benefits, features, and perks are worth it. Earlier this year during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Walt Disney World handed out exclusive artwork to annual passholders. The artwork changed each month. I enjoyed picking up the piece that featured Donald Duck doing some gardening, but unfortunately I lost it during my time living in between households earlier this year (sad trombone). In the same spirit during last year’s International Food and Wine Festival, annual passholders earned a stamp for visiting multiple days during the beginning of the festival thus earning them a small port wine glass. This year, during the Food and Wine Festival, annual passholders can earn another free tumbler glass, but this time without the stamp! Simply visit the festival three times this year, on your third visit stop by Innoventions East (behind Electric Umbrella) with your annual pass / MagicBand and your photo ID. Your visits are collected on your MagicBand or pass each time you enter the park. We passholders love our free swag!Like all other theme parks, Walt Disney World offers discounts on special event, tours, and on Walt Disney World Resort hotel stays. The full line up of Annual Passholder Perks can be found here.Universal OrlandoThe past two years have felt like an annual passholder pep rally. This time last year marked a wave of annual passholder perks like extra discounts on hotel stays, free Party Pass for Universal CityWalk, and exclusive merchandise. This year those same perks are offered, plus a few more. And don’t forget the social media love that Universal Orlando expresses on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Share This!Not too long ago we saw Walt Disney World drastically change their annual pass structure adding new features and a wide variety of blackout dates. Universal Orlando has followed suit. They also recently announced new annual pass features like early park admission. Universal has also rolled out a new seasonal annual pass which is the most budget friendly but also has the most blackout dates, and the least amount of perks.Universal Orlando loves their AP Holders – photo from Universal OrlandoIt’s not all bad news, however, Besides adding features to the annual passes themselves, all of the major theme parks offer various perks and benefits throughout the year. It seems as though this year there are more perks than ever before–perhaps this is because the prices are higher than they’ve ever been. Some guests who are on vacation are purchasing an annual pass rather than a multi-day ticket, even if they’re only going to visit once in a given year. For locals like me it is often seen as a mandatory purchase in order to do Orlando living right.Let’s take a look at some of the really fun benefits and perks that are being offered to annual pass holders at each of the major theme parks. It is important to note that for the purposes of this blog post I will not be discussing the features that are already included in your annual pass such as free parking, but rather I will focus on different, added-on perks that are offered throughout the year.Walt Disney WorldPerhaps the Walt Disney World Resort faces the greatest of expectations. Because of their four theme parks vs. two at Universal Orlando and one theme park plus water park at SeaWorld Orlando, the Walt Disney World annual passes are the most expensive. This typically raises the expectations of consumers, creating stronger desires for more bang for their buck.©Rikki Niblettlast_img read more

Sanaa Breakfast: A Solid Addition To Disney Dining

first_imgShare This!Recently, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa added a new breakfast service to supplement their already great lunch and dinner offerings. In a resort without a quick service immediately available for breakfast (at least without taking the shuttle to Jambo House to hit up The Mara), it seems like a smart move. Families in search of something more substantial to eat than what’s available in Johari Treasures’ refrigerated section can now wander just downstairs from their room to sample Sanaa’s options (both hot and cold, grab-and-go or not). It’s rare we see a new addition to resort dining that sticks around for very long, so I wanted to give this meal a shot in case it’s short-lived (though, based on how good it was, I hope it’s here to stay!).All in all, Sanaa breakfast is a pretty simple set-up: once you arrive downstairs to the restaurant (anytime between 7am-10am daily), you’ll be greeted by a Cast Member with a menu of offerings, and led to the front dining room just to the right of the restaurant’s entrance. Here, all of the hot and cold grab and go options are available to peruse and purchase, along with bottled juices, milk, water, and sodas, plus disposable cups for coffee. Once you decide on your items, or choose from the menu, you just let the cashier know, where they’ll ring you up and give you a number to place on your table (painted on a cute wooden animal carving).When I arrived towards the end of breakfast hours one day recently, the grab and go area wasn’t super well-stocked – a few of the items had run out, but Cast Members refilling items let me know that I could just ask if I wanted anything that was missing. Notable options include a beautiful fresh fruit platter, muffins, hot oatmeal, and slices of bobotie pie (African-style quiche). One other note – I was a little sad that you couldn’t get a fountain drink or cup of water here, like you’d find standard at a normal quick service. Be prepared that if you want water, you’ll have to pay for one of the small bottles that comes with the kid’s meals. Coffee was the only self-serve drink available. I realize this is a result of a restaurant not necessarily equipped for this kind of service, but it was still a little bit of a surprise to me, and different from what you’ll see elsewhere.I was interested in trying a few of the options unique to this particular menu, so I grabbed an order of the banana bread with house-made African chocolate hazelnut spread (because they can’t say “Nutella”, but we can!) along with a bottle of orange juice and made my way to the register. There, I ordered two hot entrees (I had to skip the fruit sosatie with quinoa and the croissant egg sandwich, but both sound like solid options!), paid (with a discount – standard cast, Tables in Wonderland, and AP discounts were offered to me), and made my way to a table with my numbered giraffe figurine. The cashier let me know that my food should arrive within about 10 minutes, which I felt was pretty fair.One benefit of the seat-yourself service? I got a window view of the animals on a rainy day, something I almost never get when dining at Sanaa for lunch or dinner, given the limited number of window-side tables. That view alone made it a pretty cool breakfast option, even if I’d just been grabbing a plate of fruit or muffin. While watching the animals (and waiting for my hot food), I snacked on the banana bread I’d pulled from the grab and go offerings. For $3.79, I was pleasantly surprised by the portion size here – four decent sized slices of the bread plus a nice scoop of the not-Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread. Both were served cold, and as a result, the Nutella was too thick to dip the bread in, but worked well for spreading. Both were, as expected, pretty sweet, but for an atypical breakfast offering at Walt Disney World resorts, I was pretty pleased with it.About seven minutes after I arrived at my table (already set with a cloth napkin and real silverware), my food arrived. It almost felt like I was at Disneyland for a second – a “quick service” breakfast, but served on real plates! My first few bites had to be of the Safari waffle ($8.99), a huge Belgian-style waffle topped with mixed berries (fresh, not in any kind of syrupy/saucy mess like you see elsewhere), and an enormous dollop of chai whipped cream. The waffle was fluffy and buttery, crisp on the outside, and perfectly cooked. The Chai cream really made this dish special, though – slightly sweet, lemony, and full of warmth from spices like cinnamon and clove. The texture of ricotta cheese (less like whipped cream than you’d think from the description), it was easy to spread across the whole waffle. If you (like me) miss Sanaa’s amazing chai cream dessert (RIP, tasty treat), you’ll love this cream – not quite as spice-forward as that dessert, but almost as sweet, and just as delicious. The waffle also came with a side of syrup, but I felt no need for it between the sweet and tart fresh berries and the cream.Sure to be a popular option here, as well, is the Boere Breakfast ($10.99), this restaurant’s version of the “bounty platter” you’ll find at most quick service breakfast locations at Walt Disney World. Served with two cage-free eggs cooked to order (a luxury at this price!), tomato chutney. Tanzanian hash browns, boerewors sausage, bacon, and a coconut Johnny cake, it hits most of the major breakfast food groups and is the largest offering at this meal. My eggs arrived cooked exactly to my request (over medium), and I was happy to see that my three pieces of bacon were crispy and thick, not the flimsy Disney quick service bacon I try to avoid.The boerewors sausage link, a traditional South African take on standard American breakfast sausage links, was a little dry but very flavorful, mostly beef but I could also taste a bit of pork in there, too.  I expected the coconut Johnny cakes to be a bit less dense – these were kind of like biscuits, but they worked well to soak up my egg yolks; overall, though, they didn’t have any punch of flavor.  The real stars of the platter were the herbaceous, sweet, slightly tangy tomato chutney that I ended up putting on everything on the plate, and the Tanzanian hash browns, filled with garlic chives and perfectly brown on top, tender on the inside. If you can live without the tomato chutney (though it was so good, I’d advise not to), you can order the Savanna platter for two dollars cheaper, which includes everything on the Boere breakfast except the chutney and sausage.For the price, the breakfast entrees at Sanaa are a really great size and quality. Everything I tried was fresh and hot and served on real plates, definitely making my meal feel a little more upscale than a normal quick breakfast at a resort. On top of all of this, the fact that you get a morning view of the animals and a taste of Sanaa’s bold flavors without taking time out of your busy park touring day is just fantastic. I would highly recommend Sanaa breakfast if you are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, and maybe even if you’re planning to just make a day of it around the resorts – this is definitely a worthy place to start your day at Walt Disney World.last_img read more

Hippos & hippies at Port St Johns

first_imgPort St Johns is a swashbuckling village of legend on the Pondo side of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. It is also one of the highlights on any international backpacker’s world itinerary because of its natural setting, frontier atmosphere and appeal to more adventurous younger travellers.The village lies on the Umzimvubu River, Xhosa for “hippo”. The most famous hippo ever to have visited Port St Johns was back in 1931. Named Huberta, she settled upriver for more than four months during her trek from Zululand down to the Eastern Cape.In his book Huberta Goes South, Hedley Chilvers says the wandering hippo was found on the Market Square of Port St Johns one night, munching the grass.When torches were shone in her face, Huberta “just sat down on her haunches like a monstrous dog to think things out”. She finally made up her mind that Port St Johns was a little too hectic for hippos and moved back upriver again.From one of the most interesting airstrips in Africa, one can see the famed Gates of St Johns (Mounts Thesiger and Sullivan) on either side of the river. Three good beaches, excellent fishing and a general atmosphere of live and let live have made the coastal village a hotspot for young tourists looking for adventure on the wild side of Africa.The origin of the name of Port St Johns is something of a mystery. It was long assumed that the village was named after the wrecked Portuguese ship Sao Jao, but then it was discovered that the vessel actually ran aground north of the village, near Port Edward. Others say that on a good day you can see the profile of St John the Baptist etched in some cliffs near the river …Sections of the Pondo coast were briefly colonised by the Germans in the 19th Century, but the outraged British intervened and the Union Jack was once again raised in the region. During the Anglo Boer War, the 24th Warwickshire Regiment were lucky enough to be stationed here and were probably the first foreign tourists to enjoy the beaches of Port St Johns.These days, tourists do far more than lie on the area’s golden beaches. This is prime hiking country, full of forests and trails, where more than 250 species of birds have been recorded. Canoe trips, horse trails, dolphin and whale watching, golf and simply chilling out are all leisure options regularly exercised in Port St Johns.Cultural tourism and shopping for African items go hand in hand, and the choices range from reedware to walking sticks and quality fabrics. You can also go on guided tours to neighbouring Pondo villages to meet locals and see how they live.The backpacker facilities in this African village are excellent. They cater for couples, solo travellers and small groups of young people. The backpacker lodges will help their guests set up activity itineraries every day, which include everything from jungle swings to unusual walking destinations.Four backpacking establishments that come highly recommended in Port St Johns are:The Island Backpackers LodgeFirst Beach, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1958Cell: 082 813 1611E-mail: theisland@wildcoast.co.zaWeb: www.theislandbackpackers.co.zaAmapondo BackpackersSecond Beach Road, PO Box 190,Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1344Cell: 083 315 3103E-mail: info@amapondo.co.zaWeb: www.amapondo.co.zaIkaya ‘Le Intlabati (House On The Beach)Second Beach, PO Box 32, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1266Cell: 083 715 1421E-mail: ikaya@telkomsa.net Jungle Monkey340 Berea Road, PO Box 130, Port St Johns, 5120Tel/Fax: (047) 564 1517E-mail: junglemonkey@iafrica.comSource: South African Tourismlast_img read more

Public works programme ‘creating jobs’

first_img“These measures are indicative of the proactive strategic approach the cluster has taken by investing in labour intensive programmes to boost job creation,” she said. Phase two refocused resources to ensure expansion of further job opportunities in other programmes, such as community safety, mass participation in sport, Khari Gude mass literacy, school nutrition programmes, and the cemetery management programme. “To date, more than 308 000 work opportunities have been created since the beginning of the current fiscal year, with most of the work opportunities created in the infrastructure sector,” she said. Almost 310 000 work opportunities have been created through the government’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) since April, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said in Cape Town on Tuesday. Other initiatives included the waste management programme. 31 August 2011 Dlamini said the recent Cabinet lekgotla had identified the community works programme as one of the key job creation and service delivery improvement programmes. In terms of the programme, communities received food vouchers for collecting waste and taking it to collection depots for weighing. Between April 2010 and March this year the programme created 89 689 jobs across 45 municipalities covering 417 wards throughout the country.center_img The programme was aimed at helping municipalities to provide waste collection services, specifically where municipalities were unable to provide the service, Dlamini said. Sapa The programme was now being rolled out in 30 municipalities in the provinces. It had so far managed to create over 3 000 job opportunities for poor and vulnerable communities. The programme aimed to create job opportunities, fight hunger and poverty, promote a clean environment, and promote recycling, waste reduction, and re-use. The public works department, in partnership with the Independent Development Trust (IDT), was implementing the food for waste programme. The vouchers were then redeemed for groceries at participating local outlets. Briefing the media as chair of the social protection and community development cluster of ministries, she said “impressive progress” was being made in implementing the second phase of the EPWP.last_img read more

TrueKnowledge Demos Its Semantic Search Engine

first_imgFounder William Tunstall-Pedoe says he’s been working on the software for the past 10 years, really putting time into it since coming into initial funding in early 2005. Hopefully there won’t be a Powerset style wait for the actual product. Keep an eye on our network blog AltSearchEngines for coverage of TrueKnowledge and the rest of the search engine world as soon as information emerges. See also Alex Iskold’s excellent write up on a top-down approach to the semantic web and our coverage of semantic app Twine. Though the video the company published this morning speaks quite well for itself, the gist of what’s happening is this. TrueKnowledge combines natural language analysis, an internal knowledge base and external databases to offer immediate answers to various questions. Instead of just pointing you to web pages where the search engine believes it can find your answer, it will offer you an explicit answer and explain the reasoning patch by which that answer was arrived at. There’s also an interesting looking API at the center of the product. “Direct answers to humans and machine questions” is the company’s tagline. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Venture funded UK semantic search engine TrueKnowledge is unveiling a demo of its private beta today and looks like an interesting site to watch. One cannot help but think of the still-unlaunched Powerset, but it’s also reminiscent of the very real Ask.com “smart answers”. It sounds very interesting and I’d love to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, the company isn’t allowing general access to the site and hasn’t given me a login yet either. I hope it’s real and really performs as advertised. It takes a very special technology to get coverage of a screencast and coverage again of an actual product release later. This might be one of those technologies. With the sense of self-importance that’s implied by the act of unveiling your private beta to the world, one hopes there will be some meat here. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#search#Semantic Web#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Firefox 3 Beta Hits the Web – Faster, But Still a Memory Hog

first_imgLast night, Mozilla released the first public beta version of Firefox 3. You can grab version 3.01b from the beta download site. According to Mozilla, the new release has fixed over 11,000 bugs as well as made the move to the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine.My first impression of Firefox 3 Beta was, “This doesn’t seem very different.” After playing with a while, though, I started to notice a few changes — mainly for the better. First on that list, Firefox 3 is fast. The release notes cite “major architectural changes” that have increased speed, and promise things will only get faster with each beta.Pages definitely loaded much faster in 3.01b than they do in the current non-beta release of Firefox (, to the point where I was actually surprised when some often slow-loading pages jumped right up. For me, the improved speed is probably the most noticeable change while using Firefox 3 for regular web browsing, and is certainly a welcome one. Other changes that caught my eye include the rewritten download manager that lets you resume downloads (hooray!), integration with anti-virus software and built in malware detection, the ability to save tabs when restarting the browser (no need to force quit to do that anymore), single click bookmarking, and a simplified password manager.Unfortunately, one issue that still exists in Firefox is memory leaks. According to the release notes, developers plugged “over 300 individual memory leaks,” but still after just a few minutes of browsing with just 8 or so tabs open, Firefox was using over 150mb of RAM — and I often have 20 or 30 tabs open while writing and researching stories. Duncan Riley at TechCrunch noticed the same thing.In the end, I’ve switched back to Firefox because none of the plugins I use on a regular basis work yet in Firefox 3. Eventually, though, the faster page loading and file download resuming will make the switch worthwhile. Here’s hoping they fix those memory issues while they’re at it. There is much more on Firefox 3 Beta on Techmeme. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web center_img josh catone 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more