40 homes still without power in Donegal Town/Laghey

first_imgForty homes and businesses remain without electricity today following an unplanned outage in South Donegal.The power went out yesterday before 9.50pm in the Donegal Town/Laghey area.Crews restored supplies to the majority of homes by 1.30am. However, 40 homes and businesses experienced another outage at approximately 1.50am and have been left without power today.The ESB has apologised for the loss of supply and are currently working to repair the fault. Power supplies are estimated to return at 6pm. 40 homes still without power in Donegal Town/Laghey was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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)last_img read more

World Cup boost to SA advertising

first_imgNike launched a major ad campaign thatallows fans to celebrate their favouriteplayers.(Image: www.nikemedia.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• John WolfeGroup [email protected] ARTICLES• Business school to expand in Africa• World Cup mobisite launched• Capitec gets nod from Swiss• SA chocolates for all Oscar starsNosimilo RamelaThe South African advertising industry looks set for a R1.7-billion (US$221-million) increase this year as major sports brands invest millions in marketing targeting World Cup fans.Part of this is a major new ad campaign by global sports brand Nike, in direct competition to World Cup sponsor Adidas. The campaign, announced on 23 June, it has Facebook and Twitter messages sent by football fans displayed on a giant electronic screen alongside digital images of football stars signed to the brand.This super-ad appears on Africa’s largest digital advertising screen on the Life Centre building in Johannesburg. Soaring above the downtown area the 30-storey, 138-metre-high building is one of the city’s most iconic structures.Covering two sides of the building adorn are 90-metre-tall images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robinho which, together, are the size of half a football field. The fourth-tallest in Johannesburg, the Life Centre is visible from across the city – prime advertising real estate.Nike is encouraging sports fans from around the world to submit special messages to inspire their favourite players. A hundred messages will be chosen each night and transformed into animation on the digital screen. When a fan’s message is chosen they are sent a notification with a picture of the headline and the animation created from it.One of the first people to post a message was Anton Ferdinand, brother of England captain Rio Ferdinand. The message – “Believe to achieve” – will be accompanied by an image of England star Wayne Rooney.The campaign is part of Nike’s Write the Future campaign launched for the 2010 World Cup. The Write the Future video has gone seriously vial on YouTube, with over 32-million views since its launch in May.Rising from the downturnThe recent global economic recession shrank South Africa’s economy to only 0.4% year-on-year growth in 2009, according to Group M, WPP’s combined media buying operation. This was a heavy blow for the county’s fast growing advertising industry which had benefited from double-digit growth for the previous eight years.South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup has seen Group M double its original growth forecast for 2010 from 3% to 6.8%. The country is now predicted to fetch in an estimated R1.7-billion ($221-million) more in advertising this year than in 2009.Television advertising alone is expected to be up by R153-million ($2-billion), a 10% year-on-year growth. “Despite the World Cup being one of the most predictable events for media growth, we were pleased to double our ad growth forecast to 7% this year, driven by TV,” said Adam Smith, director of Group M. “This is an unusually TV-dominated ad economy, which creates lots of leverage around sporting events.”Internet advertising is anticipated to be up R145-million ($19-million), a 20% increase.last_img read more

Springboks lend a hand in Queenstown

first_img22 October 2013The South African Rugby Union’s Footprint Programme paid a second visit to the Eastern Cape last week to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to schoolboys and coaches.Springboks Francois Hougaard, Flip van der Merwe, Jan Serfontein and Bjorn Basson coached more than 170 schoolboys and 50 school and club coaches during a coaching session in Queenstown.They were assisted by Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland.Mastering basic techniquesThe Springboks demonstrated to the local coaches how to master basic technical techniques in areas, such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.In July, the Footprint Programme paid its first visit to the Eastern Cape in Mthatha at the behest of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.The Eastern Cape Sports Department is also assisting the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to prepare the Springbok Women’s Sevens squad to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The assistance includes scientific support, fitness and conditioning training.Rassie Erasmus, Saru’s general manager for high performance, got the two-day symposium underway when he addressed the eager local schools and club coaches on the proper tackling and breakdown techniques.DemonstratedDuring the practical session, the Springbok players and coaching staff demonstrated those techniques to the learners and coaches at a community field, with a happy local crowd following every move on the field.Afterwards, lock Flip van der Merwe said he and his teammates enjoyed the session as much as the schoolboys and the coaches.“This is a great initiative and it is wonderful to see eagerness amongst the kids and their coaches to learn.“We seldom get the chance to visit areas such as Queenstown, and the reception we got from the local community and kids was amazing,” he said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more