GREAT START TO TOURISM SEASON – CLLR KAVANAGH

first_imgCounty Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed news that tourism figures continue to rise.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghHe was speaking after Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures for the first quarter of this year were released.“According to today’s figures, 2014 looks set to be the fourth year of consecutive growth in overseas visitor numbers to Ireland. Since the Government came to office in 2011, the number of international visitors coming to Ireland has increased by more than one million per annum and is almost certain to exceed 7 million this year. “The combination of new marketing campaigns, more air access and support from the Government appear to be making an impact,” he added.“The Government recognised early on in its term that tourism could play a key part in Ireland’s economic recovery and quickly moved to getting the sector back on its feet with targeted initiatives like the 9% VAT rate. The Gathering was a big success and it wasn’t anticipated that the performance of the tourism sector in 2013 would be matched. However, the figures show that we are actually increasing the number of visitors this year,” Kavanagh continued.The figures confirm strong growth in the number of holiday trips taken by overseas visitors to Ireland, and an increase in visits to friends and relatives. All markets have shown increased numbers of visits in the first quarter. Comparing Quarter 1 2014 to Quarter 1 2013:• Total number of visits from Great Britain grew by 11.4%; • Total number of visits from North America grew by 5.9%;• Total number of visits from Mainland Europe grew by 0.9%;• Total number of visits from “Other” long-haul markets grew by 17.4%.The figures are based on detailed surveys of overseas visitors and contain detailed information on expenditure, purpose of visit, and bed nights.“While these figures are only for the first three months of this year, it is indicative of a very strong start to 2014. I would encourage everyone working in the tourism and hospitality trade in Donegal to keep up the high standards as we head into a busy summer period. Those high standards and a focus on giving good value for money are ensuring people who visit our County come back again.” GREAT START TO TOURISM SEASON – CLLR KAVANAGH was last modified: June 13th, 2014 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdonegaltourismlast_img read more

Microsoft Is Backing Down From One Of Windows 8’s Boldest Changes

first_imgThe Start button is back.According to reports by Microsoft experts Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, a forthcoming update to Windows 8 codenamed “Blue” will restore the familiar interface for navigating Windows.A feature of Microsoft operating systems since Windows 95, the Start button allowed quick access to applications and system features. Windows 8, in a marked departure, traded it for a tablet-like, touchscreen-optimized system for navigating apps. That, understandably, confused and frustrated Windows users, many of whom found Windows 8 befuddling rather than innovative.Microsoft Shows A Less-Than-Deft TouchMicrosoft has had a consistent party line on these complaints, which is to urge people to try Windows 8 on new touchscreen PCs and tablets.(See also Windows Blue’s Goal: You Will Love Metro – Eventually.)One of Microsoft’s strengths has alway been its embrace of backwards compatibility—the ongoing guarantee that newer PCs will run older software. The Surface RT tablet, which cannot run older Windows software, and the new Xbox One, which likewise will not play old games, suggest that Microsoft has become more willing to abandon the old, as it did with the Start button.Here’s the mistake Microsoft made: While it’s trivially easy to update software, and new hardware can be sold, it’s far harder to rewire the wetware in our brains. And hundreds of millions of Windows users over the past two decades have been trained to look for a Start button.(See also How Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under The Bus.)And a basic interface feature like that is not analogous to a game or even a piece of software. Video gamers rapidly grow bored of old games and seek out new ones. But the way we use PCs becomes a matter of routine. And there’s nothing more annoying than breaking people’s routines.No wonder PC sales are falling.Screenshot of Windows 8.1 via Paul Thurrott’s Windows Supersite. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Windows#Start Button#user interface#Windows#Windows 8 Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair owen thomaslast_img read more

Newly elected Haryana MLAs to take oath today

first_imgThe newly elected members of the Haryana Assembly will be administered oath here on Monday when the three-day session of the House begins. Senior Congress leader and Beri MLA Raghuvir Singh Kadian, the Pro-tem Speaker of the 14th Haryana Legislative Assembly, will administer the oath to the newly elected members, as per tentative programme of the session. After the members are administered the oath, election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will also take place the same day. On November 5, Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya will also address the Assembly, this being the first session of the new Assembly. Later, discussion on the Governor’s address will take place while on concluding day on Wednesday, the House will conduct legislative business. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jannayak Janta Party have formed the government in alliance in Haryana. They also enjoy the support of seven independents. The polls were held on October 21 and results came out on October 24. In the 90-member House, the BJP won 40 seats falling short by six members for a simple majority. JJP won 10 seats, Congress 31, independents 7, INLD and Haryana Lokhit Party one each.Lone INLD MLAWhile Dushyant’s JJP has 10 members, his uncle Abhay Singh Chautala will be the lone MLA from his party representing his Indian National Lok Dal outfit. On October 27, Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana Chief Minister for the second time and is leading the BJP-JJP coalition government in the State, with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala being sworn in as his deputy.last_img read more

England crowned World Twenty20 champions

first_imgCraig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen took England to their first world title in cricket as they thrashed Australia by seven wickets in the final of the World Twenty20 2010.England vs Australia, ScoresT20 World Cup – Full CoverageMan of the match: Craig KieswetterMan of the tournament: Kevin Pietersen (248 runs)Brief scores: Aus 147-6 (D Hussey 59; Sidebottom 2-26); Eng 148-3 in 17 overs (Kieswetter 63; Smith 1-21).Paul Collingwood’s men bowled and fielded sharply to restrict Australia to 147-6 after inserting them here at the Kensington Oval.Kieswetter (63, 49b) and Pietersen (47, 31b) — both of South African extract — added 111 to engineer what is Australia’s only defeat in a world championship final since their thrashing by Sri Lanka in 1996.The duo were dismissed within three runs of each other, causing the briefest of scares in the English camp. But Collingwood added 27 in 17 balls with Eoin Morgan to seal the win with three overs to spare — a massive margin by T20 standards — thus handing Australia their first defeat of the tournament after six straight wins.For Pietersen, who’s just become a father, this was meant to. His aggressive fifty against South Africa set the tone for England’s campaign after they had barely scraped through to the Super Eights.England have been the bridesmaid on many occasions, having lost ODI World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992, and the Champions Trophy final at home in 2006.Today, they stamped their authority on the game from the first over. Australia were reduced to 8-3 thirteen deliveries into the match, and England never let the momentum slip.advertisementDavid Hussey’s 59 (54b, 2×4, 2×6) and his 50-run stand with Cameron White’s 30 (19b) pulled Australia out of a messy start.Off-spinner Graeme Swann (1-17) complemented England’s pacers again with an economical spell in the middle overs.Earlier, Ryan Sidebottom had dismissed Shane Watson, caught at slip off the game’s third ball, and Brad Haddin caught down the leg in the third over.Haddin walked off looking disappointed at Billy Doctrove’s decision. Replays showed the ball had not hit Haddin’s bat as Kieswetter dived spectacularly to his left to take that catch. In between, Michael Lumb swooped in from cover to run David Warner out with a direct hit.Australian skipper Michael Clarke was caught brilliantly by Collingwood off Swann.The England captain flew to his left at short mid-wicket to hold on to a difficult catch, leaving Australia at 45-4 in the 10th over.England lost Lumb cheaply to Shaun Tait in the second over, but once Pietersen and Kieswetter were through, the trophy was in England’s grasp.By losing this game, Australia missed out on the chance to be the only team to hold all three ICC titles at once. Ricky Ponting had led them to victory in the 2007 ODI World Cup and the 2009 Champions Trophy.England’s 35-year wait to win a major title in cricket has ended and bodes well for them for next year’s World Cup in India.last_img read more