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Borrego ready to coach Hornets team with existing roster

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Borrego said it is up to him to develop younger players Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon, who saw limited playing last season as rookies under former coach Steve Clifford. He also pointed toward getting more out of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a former No. 2 overall pick who is still just 24, and Frank Kaminsky, also a first-round draft pick.“There is a group of young guys that after this summer should take a major leap,” Borrego said. “If they take a major leap our roster changes significantly.”While he was quick to acknowledge turning the Hornets into a winner will be a challenge and that he doesn’t bring “a pocket full of fairy dust” with him from San Antonio, Borrego does feel the Hornets have quality pieces in place, including two-time All-Star Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum and Dwight Howard.Borrego said he is a “big fan” of Walker and his goal is to open up the floor for him on offense to make more plays.“It’s my job to put him in position to succeed,” Borrego said. “For me that means giving him space and a floor that is open to create, so he should be excited about that. I’m in his corner. I back him. I’m with him.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in Western final View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday “there is no master plan to blow up this team right now” when asked about the chances of dramatically overhauling the roster after back-to-back 36-win seasons. He said Borrego was hired with the understanding that “he was going to coach the guys that are on this team right now.”Borrego, who was hired Thursday night as the first Hispanic-American head coach in the NBA history, appeared to be up to the challenge when he was introduced at a news conference on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“My mentality is this is our group and we are moving forward with it,” said Borrego, who becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history . “I’m excited about that current group as it stands right now. I think our biggest room for growth is the internal development piece.”That’s a good thing since Kupchak said the Hornets don’t have a lot of salary cap flexibility at this time, something which could what the team can do this offseason in terms of free agency and trades. The GM noted that “right now the likelihood is we are going to go forward with this team.” James Borrego speaks to the media, as Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak listens, after Borrego was introduced as the new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets during an NBA basketball news conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New Hornets coach James Borrego plans make Charlotte relevant again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by developing the existing players on the roster.He may not have any other choice.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina He likes Batum too, calling him an unselfish player that is hard to find. He also praised Howard for a terrific first season in Charlotte.The 40-year-old Borrego, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, knows what it’s like to win.He spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA, including 10 with the Spurs working under Gregg Popovich where he won two NBA championship rings and went to four Western Conference finals.He has been a part of staffs that have led teams to the playoffs 11 different times during that span with stints in San Antonio, New Orleans and Orlando.Borrego said he plans to play an up-tempo style on offense, while placing an added emphasis on defending the 3-point line on defense.“There are pieces in place here to play that style,” Borrego said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Kennedy leaves Barnsley by mutual consent

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first_img Tom Kennedy in action for Barnsley against Manchester City Former Leicester defender Tom Kennedy has left Barnsley by mutual consent.The 29-year-old, who moved to Barnsley from the Foxes in 2012, made over 60 appearances during his time at Oakwell.He started out at Bury and has previously spent time at Rochdale and Peterborough United.But now he is on the lookout for a new club after calling time on his career with the Tykes. 1last_img

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Sarri blasts Napoli’s ‘bad attitude’ as focus back on Serie A

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first_imgBoth Napoli and Juventus turn their focus back to their duel at the top of the Serie A league after a week of mixed fortunes in European action for Italian teams.Napoli — who lead Juventus by one point — host SPAL who occupy the first relegation spot as Juventus look for a derby boost at Torino, days after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Tottenham at home in the Champions League.“The team didn’t play with the right attitude for the colours they represent and the story it represents. This has disappointed me a lot,” said Sarri.“The mentality must always be the right one. Games can be won or lost, but the mentality must always be right.”Sarri, whose side had dropped to the second-tier European competition from the elite Champions League, insisted the goal remained a first Scudetto since the glory days of Diego Maradona back in 1990 — but he wanted to see more character from his side.“It is clear that the primary objective is the championship, but in Europe we have to understand that we need consistent performances to avoid making a bad impression.”– ‘Hot on Napoli heels’ –Allegri said he would not be dwelling on the Spurs draw ahead of Sunday’s league return game at Torino, who they crushed 4-0 back in September at the Allianz Stadium.There was good news for the Juventus boss as Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic and Benedikt Howedes all returned to training on Friday, although Blaise Matuidi is still recovering from a muscle strain.“We will have Dybala and Matuidi back in time for Wembley,” continued Allegri, “but now this match needs to be put aside so that we can concentrate on Serie A and stay hot on the heels of Napoli.”AC Milan were the only positive note in Europe with their 3-0 Europa League win against Ludogorets in Bulgaria as Atalanta and Lazio both lost their first leg ties.Inter Milan, in third after claiming their first win in two months last weekend, travel to Genoa on Saturday looking to keep ahead of pursuing AS Roma and Lazio.Inter are 15 points behind leaders Napoli with Roma just one point behind Luciano Spalletti’s side in the final Champions League place for next season and Lazio a further point adrift.Inter captain Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic are still making their way back from injury and are expected to miss the game in Genoa.AC Milan host Sampdoria in a clash that could have significance for their push for European football next season with the side from Genoa in sixth, the final Europa League place, three points ahead of Milan.“It’s a very important game against Sampdoria and we do not want to fail at home,” said in-form Milan striker Patrick Cutrone.Roma travel to mid-table Udinese ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, with Lazio, who suffered their third consecutive Serie A defeat 4-1 to Napoli last week, followed by a 1-0 Europa League loss in Bucharest, hoping to stop the rot at second-from-bottom Verona on Monday.Atalanta, just behind Milan in eighth, host Fiorentina, three places below, following the side from Bergamo’s 3-2 Europa League defeat to Borussia Dortmund.FixturesSaturdayUdinese v AS Roma (5pn); Chievo v Cagliari (8pm), Genoa v Inter Milan (11pm)SundayTorino v Juventus (2:30pm), Benevento v Crotone, Bologna v Sassuolo, Napoli v SPAL (all 5pm), Atalanta v Fiorentina (8pm), AC Milan v Sampdoria (10:45pm)MondayLazio v Verona (10:45pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said he wanted to see more character from his side after their 3-1 Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 16 – Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri blasted his side’s “bad attitude” in a 3-1 Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig on Friday but stressed that his team’s focus this season was on the Serie A title.“It was a bad defeat, we lacked enthusiasm, hunger and determination,” said Sarri after the last 32, first leg loss at a sparsely attended San Paolo Stadium in Naples.last_img read more

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Buncrana musicians film music video in most unlikely place…

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first_imgBuncrana duo Don’t Fear The Natives have filmed their new music video in the most unlikeliest of locations!Featuring Claire McDaid on vocals and Denis Kelly on guitar, they’ve come up with the idea of recording acoustic tracks in the back of Claire’s campervan, as part of a unique series called The Folkswagon Sessions. “We thought it would be a good idea to record a new tune we were working on – ‘Whose Side Are You On’ – in a completely different surrounding. The campervan’s interior was perfect…it looks great and sounds good.”“The entire thing took 3 mins to record on an iPad and cost nothing. We thought we’d post it on the band’s Facebook page for a laugh, and within a day we were hitting 1,,000 views.”“What started out as a crazy idea, has been brilliant as we’ve got the song out to thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard of us, locally and globally.”“We’ve already planned on adding more songs to The Folkswagon Sessions, travelling to different locations around Inishowen and Donegal, highlighting the attractions and beauty of our amazing county, maybe even invite some fellow musicians to join us for a tune in the camper van.”  To keep up with Don’t Fear the Natives you can find them on Facebook. Their upcoming gigs are;30 Sept – Shindig@Voodoo, Letterkenny1 Oct – The Exchange, Buncrana2 Oct – The Village, DerryBuncrana musicians film music video in most unlikely place… was last modified: September 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:buncranacampervanclaire mc daidDenis Kellydont fear the nativeslast_img read more

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PAT SPILLANE AND JOE BROLLY AMONG GAA LEGENDS SET FOR BALLYBOFEY CHARITY MATCH

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first_imgJim and Paul during the All Star TripThe NYPD teamSOME of the country’s greatest living GAA stars have been confirmed in the line-up for a charity football match at MacCumhaill Park to raise funds for the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital.TV pundits and football legends Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane will be among those togging out for the game. Th unique charity event on Monday 7th October in MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, will see the mighty New York Police Department roll into town to take on the cream of Ireland’s GAA Legends as part of the Gathering 2013.The Football All Ireland is over, and Sam Maguire is back in the capital for the second time in 3 years leaving the GAA diehards in Mayo hungry for another year, but this football match is an ideal bookend for football followers in the county.This charity football match follows a previous trip by NYPD in 2002 and raising money for charity is an important part of these trips with the NYPD Gaelic Football Club who have helped raised thousands of dollars for worthy charities.Brian McGarvey, Chairperson of The Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital said: “The Friends have raised more than €4.5m since 1992 to help provide better healthcare equipment and facilities for the people of the North West and this unique event in our 21st year will help raise much needed funds to support cardiac services at Letterkenny General Hospital. “As everybody knows, a freak flood in late July of this year has cast a shadow over the hospital, but I am confident with the support of the Friends that the Hospital will be bigger and better when it is rebuilt.”Jim McGuinness said he is delighted to be involved.“Paul organised a football game for the All-Ireland winning team in New York last year and when he first spoke about the possibility of organising the match, I thought it was a great idea as a charity match,” said Jim.“The Friends Of Letterkenny General Hospital had approached me earlier this year to become an Ambassador for them and this event is an ideal fundraising opportunity. The Friends are celebrating 21 years of fundraising in 2013 and I am delighted to support the charity in any way.”The GAA Legends team includes Kieran McGeeney, (Armagh), Eamon O’Hara (Sligo), Fergal McGill (Leitrim) Pauric Dunne (Offaly), Anthony Tohill(Derry), Paddy Bradley (Derry), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Brian McGuigan(Tyrone) Joe Brolly (Derry), Nudie Hughes (Monaghan), Dessie Farrell (Dublin), Dara O Shea (Kerry), Seamus Darby (Offaly), Colm O’Rourke (Meath), Pat Spillane (Kerry) and local Donegal heros include Martin McHugh, James McHugh, Manus Boyle, John Joe Doherty, Barry McGowan, Brendan Deveeney and Mark Crossan. The Legends team is growing day by day as word of the event spreads from county to county.A large number of the All-Ireland winning team have also committed to playing on the night including Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden, Paul Durkan, Neil McGee, Neil Gallagher, Frank McGlynn, Anthony Thompson and Mark McHugh. A great football game is always followed by a great post match debate and this game is no different with a great nights craic and entertainment lined up for the Post Match Celebration in Jacksons Hotel. There is an opportunity to meet and chat to the players with light refreshments being served which is followed by a great nights dancing from a host of entertainers including David Craige, Grainne Gavigan, Anne Biddie Deirdre Bonner and Gary Gamble.For tickets and further please contact the Friends Office on 9104466 or www.friendsoflgh.ie.Peter McCormack, a NYPD police officer said the NYPD Gaelic Football Team is extremely proud to represent its city in the International Tournament this October in Dublin.“As part of the Gathering, the NYPD GFC will be playing Tournament matches in Croke Park, Westmanstown Sports Complex and Ballybofey. “It is with great pride, that I lead our club, as President, in a charity match in my home town of Ballybofey. The NYPD will be teaming up with members of the 2012 All Ireland Champions, Donegal, in a match against a GPA Legends selection featuring Martin McHugh, Darragh O’Se and Joe Brolly. The legends team will led by GPA President, and former Dublin great, Dessie Farrell.”The NYPD Gaelic Football Club was formed in 1990, to keep the heritage alive and raise money for charities.Said Peter: “Our club has been instrumental in providing financial support to numerous charities, over the last 20 years. Over the last 5 years, on the Football field, our club has been extremely successful, winning the International Police Tournament in 2007, winning the silver medal in the 2011 World Police Fire Games and most recently winning the GPA sponsored Breezy Point Cup several months ago.“Our motto, “Keep the Heritage Alive” is our Club’s main focus, with raising money for worthy charities as our priority goal. We look forward to participating in this charity match in Donegal.”PAT SPILLANE AND JOE BROLLY AMONG GAA LEGENDS SET FOR BALLYBOFEY CHARITY MATCH was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyCharity MatchDonegal GAAFriends of Letterkenny HospitalJOE BROLLYPat Spillanelast_img read more

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COUNCIL TO HOLD LONG-AWAITED WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP

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first_imgA workshop on the variation of certain wind policies in the current County Development Plan is to be discusse at a workshop at Donegal County Council next Monday.Wind turbines have been a contentious issue in the county for a number of years with many people feeling that Council is ignoring their impact on communities.In 2012 the Council zoned more than 2300 townlands as “preferred for wind farming”, in contravention to a letter from the Department warning them that their wind farm zoning policy was “not evidence based”. This zoning policy that has led to An Bord Pleanála overturning 38 of 42 turbines approved by Donegal county council during 2013, an overturn rate of over 90%.Glenties Wind Farm Information Group chairman Mr Ernan O’Donnell says the Straboy wind farm of 25 turbines on the hills overlooking Glenties town were amongst those rejected by ABP.In a lengthy report extending to over 185 pages the Inspector was very critical of the proposal and amongst the primary grounds for rejection were the high risk to many nearby houses because of possible peat slippage from two massive post construction peat dumps and the danger of massive siltation of the Owenea river system and it’s fresh water pearl mussel population.To that end GWiG presented to Council a variation on its wind policies to restrict wind farming in fresh water pearl mussel river catchment areas, and to introduce a setback distance of ten times by turbine tip height in the interests of public safety. At the reconvened meeting of the council on 9th December there was lengthy debate on the two issues but other issues of wind policy were also raised by councillors.To that end it was decided to hold this workshop and discuss all aspects of wind policy.Mr O’Donnell expressed some frustration at the procrastination of Donegal County Council on the matter particularly when one considers two significant turbine failures in the county in the past nine months neither of which yet has had a report on the incident published. He also stated;“Donegal County Council must recognise the issues raised in the Straboy An Bord Pleanala report, which clearly found Council in breach of EU Habitats Directives in advocating a wind farm in the Fresh Water Pearl Mussel catchment of the Owenea. The Regulations, of 2009, were introduced in response to a decision of the European Court of Justice against Ireland and are specifically intended to support the achievement of favourable conservation status for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.“The six Sub Basin District Management Plans for County Donegal, which were brought into being for the protection of this species as part of the Water Framework Directive, are all identified in Co. Donegal as ‘at risk’ from wind farm development”. He welcomed the fact that the workshop will still go ahead on Monday and that the outcomes of it will finally be presented to the full Council meeting on 27 January where councillors will vote on sending the proposed changes out for the required public consultation.“Anything arising from the workshop will be bolted on to our already agreed motions for variation; that is, setback distance of 10 times maximum tip height of turbine, and the exclusion of the six Fresh Water Pearl Mussel catchment areas from wind farming. All will then be sent out to Public Consultation. That is what was agreed, as read out by the County Secretary at the December meeting” said Mr O’Donnell.COUNCIL TO HOLD LONG-AWAITED WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP was last modified: January 17th, 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:Donegal County CouncilWind energyWorkshoplast_img read more

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ASSAULT TRIAL COLLAPSES AS WITNESS TELLS JUDGE: “I WILL SORT THIS OUT MYSELF”

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first_imgTHE trial of three Polish men on charges of aggravated assault collapsed at Letterkenny Circuit Court after the alleged victim refused to give evidence against them, telling a judge: “I will sort this out myself when I get back.”Before the court in a trial before a jury were Przemeek Kieloch, 44A Glencar Park, Letterkenny, Arkadiusz Laskowski, 29 Whitethorn Grove, Letterkenny and Wojcieck Loiskowski, pictured, 60 Cnockard Park, Letterkenny.The prosecution alleged the men were part of a gang which burst into a house in the town in March 2012 and beat Jaroslav Lupinski. DPP lawyer Patricia McLaughlin, outlining the case to the jury, said the assault case was serious in that the victim had been the subject to an attack which involved him being hit with an iron bar as well as being repeatedly punched.But there was shock in court No 2 in Letterkenny when Mr Lupinski was asked to give evidence via video link from Poland where he is serving a prison sentence.He repeatedly told Ms McLaughlin that he was assaulted but that he would not be giving evidence against the men.His view – translated by an interpreter in the Letterkenny court room – was that he wanted to return to Ireland to give his evidence. He is due to be released in just six weeks.“Nothing was done in my case for two years and now suddenly everyone wants to do something,” complained the father of two.He told Ms McLaughlin: “You can throw this (the case) in the bin.”Judge Comerford told Mr Lupinski that under Irish law he had to answer questions put to him.But the alleged victim said: “I will sort this out myself when I get back (to Ireland).”The judge warned that Mr Lupinski had just committed a “very serious criminal offence”.“The Polish authorities should be contacted and told what has happened with this witness,” he said.However he agreed Mr Lupinski was not in contempt of court because he was appearing from a Polish court room.The judge asked the interpreter to tell the alleged victim that the prosecution had been brought and that he was obliged to cooperate.“I have no time for this sillyness – the court can put it into the bin,” replied Mr Lupinski.“That might be Irish law, but it’s not Polish law. I will just deal it with myself.”The three accused men sat in court watching the exchanges.Defence lawyers asked for the case to be thrown out, on the grounds they would be unable to cross-examine Mr Lupinski who was refusing to give evidence.Ms McLaughlin asked for an adjournment whilst she sought the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).When the case resumed she told the judge that the DPP had advised that a Nolle prosequi be entered in all three cases – effectively dropping the case against the three men.It’s understood Mr Lupinski is due back in Letterkenny in mid-June.ASSAULT TRIAL COLLAPSES AS WITNESS TELLS JUDGE: “I WILL SORT THIS OUT MYSELF” was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:assaultcase collapsedcourtJaroslav Lupinski.letterkennyPOLISHlast_img read more

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Santa, elves and Christmas classic movies all on the way to Eclipse Cinemas!

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first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane are really in the Christmas mood this month as they plan a festive fun day this weekend. Special guests, classic films and plenty of surprises are on the way to the cinema. We have a preview of the top films and events on the way for December 2017: Saturday 9th December will be a family fun day before a screening of The Santa Clause. The Happy Camper Glenveagh and The Spicy Bird will be serving up delicious food. Children will have the chance to meet some Christmas celebrities at the following times:Santa: 1.00pm – 2.30pm Mr & Mrs Elf: 1.45-2.45pmThe Santa Clause movie screens @ 2.45pm (click here for bookings) – It is hoped that Elf doesn’t get to invade the screen again! See what happened last year in this hilarious video: www.facebook.com/eclipsecinemas.liffordstrabane/posts/1748049335229130 Movies Now Showing at Eclipse Lifford/Strabane:WonderBased on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.14th  DecemberStar Wars: The last Jedi – 2D & 3DDouble Bill : Wed 13th @ 9.30pm – The Force Awakens followed by The Last Jedi @ 0.05Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.16th  DecemberFerdinandAfter Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.Classics are all back @ Eclipse Cinemas this December9th Dec – The Santa Clause   20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd Dec – Die Hard 22nd Dec – Elf23rd Dec – It’s A Wonderful Life  Pre Booking Advised. Click here for bookings: eclipsecinemas.com/index.php?__site=LIFFORDCPSanta, elves and Christmas classic movies all on the way to Eclipse Cinemas! was last modified: December 7th, 2017 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:CHristmaseclipse cinema lifford strabaneelfmoviesSANTAlast_img read more

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QPR v Sheff Utd player ratings

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SA online media ‘comes of age’

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first_img19 April 2006Online advertising revenue in South Africa is expected to reach R183-million in 2006 and to pass the R200-million mark in 2007, according to a survey by technology research firm World Wide Worx.“Online Media in South Africa 2005”, a study conducted with the cooperation of the Online Publishers Association, which represents South Africa’s 25 major online publishers, reveals an industry that is quickly shaking off the slump of the early 2000s.It took South Africa’s online publishing industry nine years, from 1994 to 2003, to grow to the R60-million revenue mark, yet it is set to treble that amount in the subsequent three years.“It’s looking very positive for online advertising – a medium that has finally come of age,” said Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “But this phenomenal growth masks the fact that the numbers would be far higher if the advertising industry woke up to the potential of the medium.”The study found that lack of awareness within the traditional advertising industry of the efficiency, measurability and reach of online advertising has held back the growth of the medium. By the same token, it underlined the potential of the medium should advertisers and agencies become better educated about online advertising.Moving into profitabilityShirley Singer of Insightss Research, who collaborated with World Wide Worx on the research project, noted that 2004 was the first breakeven year for the country’s industry after an overall loss of R18-million for 2003.“The industry only moved into clear profitability in 2006,” Singer said, adding: “The conclusion is that companies need to invest time, money and patience in developing their online presence.”As in South Africa, the growth of online advertising revenue in the world’s largest media market, the United States, resumed an upward path in 2003 after falling dramatically in 2000.“Ironically, online advertising is one arena of online activity in which South Africa has seen more substantial percentage growth than the USA over the past four years, and where the growth rate for 2006 is similar to that in the USA,” Goldstuck commented.According to Online Publishers Association chairperson Russell Hanly, South Africa’s online advertising industry “can now claim to be tracking global growth trends. We believe that online advertising is now a strong creative platform that offers real connections with consumers while being highly measurable and data-driven.”Banner ads less importantOne of the survey’s most dramatic findings on types of advertising is the decline in importance of the conventional banner ad, from close to two-thirds of all online revenue in 2003 to less than half in 2005. This trend is likely to continue in 2006.Rich media banners – ads that allow web users to interact with them – have increased by a significant proportion, from 7% in 2003 to 15% in 2005, while sponsorship and subscription content have maintained a consistent proportion, around 7% to 10% each, of online revenue for the past three years.New technology developments that allow for sophisticated content syndication (such as RSS feeds) and development of community-driven content are seen as some of the key future trends for the success of online media.“This study proves that online advertising has really found its feet,” Hanly said, “but it also shows that the industry needs to push hard to achieve its potential and educate advertisers on new internet technology and usage trends.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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