first_imgTODAY sees the last ever edition of the newspaper Donegal On Sunday.Johnston Press, the Scottish-based owners of the title, have closed the paper as part of a cost-cutting plan.Three long-serving members of staff are leaving the compnay as part of the shake-up. Donegal On Sunday was launched in March 2004 at the height of the Celtic Tiger and the boom in newspaper publishing and advertising.But sales of the paper had declined to around 3,000 copies in recent months and advertising revenues in newspapers have slid by more than 70%.Johnston Press says it will commit existing staff to its Tuesday and Thursday titles.   LAST PRINT-RUN FOR DONEGAL ON SUNDAY NEWSPAPER was last modified: July 22nd, 2012 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)last_img read more

Families cope with loss of sons in war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – For the first time in three years, Pearl Nakamura plans to send out Christmas cards. Her father Paul keeps meaning to get around to stringing lights across the rooftop. But as the days tick down to Christmas, he has not yet done it. And the gifts he and his wife Yoko have purchased for their grandchildren sit in a corner of the living room. There is no festive tree. For the Nakamura family and two other Whittier-area families whose sons died in Iraq and Afghanistan, the holidays are a pale version of what they once were. “We try to get into the Christmas spirit. My wife urges me to put up the lights and the tree. But because of the loss, it’s hard and sad,” said Paul Nakamura, whose only son, Army medic Paul T. Nakamura , 21, was killed in June 2003. Army Pfc. Joseph Cruz of Whittier and Army Sgt. Arthur A. Mora Jr. of Pico Rivera should have come home for Christmas this year. Cruz, 22, died in Bagram, Afghanistan, from non-combat injuries Oct. 15. His family has still not been told the circumstances of his death. Arthur A. Mora Jr., 23, died four days later, on Oct. 19, in Balad, Iraq, after he was hit by indirect fire. Without their sons, the three families said they plan to spend Christmas away from home this year. The Moras will fly to Perrysburg, Ohio, to spend Christmas with Arthur’s wife and three children. Once there, they will visit Arthur’s grave on Christmas Day. “I can’t even imagine Christmas without him,” said his mother, Sylvia Mora. “It is a very sad time, so I want to be in Ohio, close to him.” Arthur Mora, a graduate of El Rancho High School in 2000, had been scheduled to come home right before Christmas. He was supposed to leave Iraq on Dec. 16 and arrive Dec. 20 at his base at Fort Stewart, Ga., for a reunion with his wife and children. His mother planned to meet him there and help organize a homecoming party. “Now he is in heaven instead,” she said. Joseph Cruz’s mother, Rosemary Aguirre, now lives in El Paso, Texas. She will travel to California for Christmas to visit her daughters in Pomona and Riverside. “I’m very proud of him,” Aguirre said. “I remember telling him about the separation \. He said: `Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you.’ He’s with me. I feel he’s with me.” Last Christmas, Joseph came home and bought his sisters jewelry. He was a member of the Army’s Red Devils, a parachute infantry regiment, and had been in the service for four years. For three of those years, he was in combat zones. His family remembers the former Pioneer High School student as a videogame fanatic who liked rock music and skateboarding. Now, Aguirre is creating a scrapbook of his photos as a baby, a teenager, a young man. The scrapbook is helping her deal with the grief, she said. “I woke up at 2 a.m. today, thinking of him,” she said in a telephone interview. “They notified us on Sunday, so Sundays are rough. February 27 is his birthday. That’s going to be a real hard day.” For the Nakamuras, Christmases are always hard. It was one of the young medic’s favorite times of the year. He would always ask his mother to make his favorite foods – egg rolls and tempura. He’d bug his sisters for money so he could buy presents for his parents. “He was the one who picked out Mom and Dad’s gift, but he would get the money from us to buy it,” Pearl Nakamura recalled with a laugh. Once all the presents were bought, the family would gather on Christmas Day at their home Santa Fe Springs. This year, they will scatter to different destinations. Paul and Yoko will go to Las Vegas, where they have spent the last two Christmases. The family’s oldest daughter will spend Christmas with her young family. And Pearl Nakamura on Christmas morning will be at her brother’s grave at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier. “I talk to him about my problems and ask him for advice, or I clean up the grave if it’s dirty,” said Pearl. “It’s become my tradition. Christmas is not the same, and I don’t think it will ever be the same.” (562) 698-0955, Exts. 3026 and 3028last_img

Zuma pays tribute to Van Zyl Slabbert

first_img17 May 2010President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of mourners in expressing his condolences to the family of former South African opposition leader, political analyst and businessman Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, who passed away on Friday.Van Zyl Slabbert died at the age of 70 after spending some time at a Johannesburg hospital.Zuma said Van Zyl Slabbert’s visionary leadership lived on in the government’s efforts to build and strengthen democracy in South Africa.“He will be remembered as a principled and patriotic South African who served his country diligently,” Zuma said.Van Zyl Slabbert, whose conventional Afrikaner upbringing did not prevent him from recognising the folly of the apartheid system, played a prominent role in the struggle against apartheid.A sociologist by training, his academic work brought him into contact with people of other races at the height of apartheid. This laid the seeds for his opposition to the system, Zuma said.As a Member of Parliament, Van Zyl Slabbert was an outspoken critic of minority rule.“He will be remembered in particular for his courage and foresight in leading a group of white South Africans to Dakar, Senegal in 1987 for talks with the ANC that proved a critical moment on the path towards a negotiated settlement.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180413_RyanMartinWarm air continues to surge north across the state today. Temperatures will be a good 10-15 degrees above normal, fueled by strong south winds averaging 15-30 mph. However, clouds will be on the increase today, as we get closer to moisture from our approaching frontal boundary. That moisture should hold off in most places until tomorrow.Significant rains are here for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we have combined rain totals of .1”-2.5” with coverage at 90% of the state. To get into the upper part of the range, you will need to have a few stronger thunderstorms, and we think that the best shot at those will be in west central and NW Ohio. There is a fairly good strong to severe weather threat for late tomorrow afternoon and overnight, and a second chance late morning to midday on Sunday. Rains will come and go tomorrow, and we expect some significant holes in the coverage to be seen through mid-afternoon. But, then things fill in a lot more, the closer we get to the cold front itself. Behind the front, significantly colder air blasts in Sunday late afternoon and evening. In fact, we expect lingering moisture to change over to and end as some sloppy wet snow Sunday night, and we can’t rule out on and off wet snow for Monday. Strong northwest winds will be at 15-30 mph overnight Sunday night and Monday, and temps will be back to 10-12 degrees below normal at least, perhaps 15 degrees below normal in spots. The map above shows total precipitation through Monday morning.While clouds and cold air dominate Monday, we should see better chances for sunshine Tuesday, but it stays cool.The cool air holds through most of the rest of the week. AT midweek on Wednesday we have a light rain back in the forecast, with showers over northern Indiana that produce up to .25” of liquid. We do expect rain, not snow from this event. South of I-70, we see nothing, and may even see some sunshine. We are dry to finish the week.AT the end of the 10 day period, we have our next front arriving for the 22nd with rains of half to 1.25” For the extended 11-16 day window, we have 2 more systems, one on the 25th with .25”-1” rains, and finally, a strong low coming out of the plains for the 28th with .5”- 1” rains. Coverage from all three systems will be around 70% to 80% of the state. This forecast, as it currently sits, continues to have not quite enough dryness in-between systems to see significant field work through the end of April.last_img read more

Google To Announce Major Identity Initiative for 1 Million+ Companies and Schools

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google plans to announce in coming weeks that it is turning each of the one million plus Google Apps customer domains into an OpenID provider, enabling millions of people to log in to OpenID-supporting websites with their work, school or organization ID.“For these organizations,” Google Security Product Manager, Eric Sachs, wrote on the public OpenID Board mailing list this morning, “Google Apps can now become an identity and data hub for multiple SaaS providers.” Sachs appeared to believe his email was not being posted to a public board; he asked that it not be circulated so that some unusual technical work could be completed and political support shored up in the face of likely community and press cynicism. There’s good reason for that – it may not be the good news it seems to be.But First, A Word from OpenID’s New SponsorOpenID is important not just because it makes logging in to sites around the web easy, with one username and a secure password, but because it’s a way for people or organizations to maintain control over their own identities and data. There are no policy changes you don’t approve of when you’re in control.Google’s Sachs explained in his email that in order to pull this all off, OpenID relying parties will need to be redirected from the domain provided at user login over to Google’s OpenID service. In order for this redirect to happen, all relying parties will need to start looking for a new OpenID extension that Google has developed and implemented in conjunction with one relying party technology, JanRain’s RPX. “There is the potential for some community members (or press) to assume (or at least imply in articles) some evil intent by Google to co-opt OpenID with these extensions,” Sachs wrote today. “It would be nice to have a blog post on the formal OpenID blog that was supportive of our approach, so I wanted to see if the board members are comfortable with that.”Watching to see if the nonprofit OpenID Foundation will speak out in support of Google’s forcing the rest of the industry’s hand with new code extensions that are required to recognize the users of one million Google Apps customer accounts will now be a spectator sport.Getting the Job DoneOn the other hand, if one were to put a group of well-intentioned people in a room and ask them to solve the sticky problem of asking millions of organizations to adopt OpenID provider infrastructure – that might not ever happen. Enter Google’s largess and the “proposal” that federated identity for all these companies and schools can be outsourced to a centralized player, Google, and OpenID might get a big boost in adoption. Companies and schools using Google Apps will now only need to flip a switch in their Google Apps admin controls to turn on OpenID support, and Google will do all the heavy lifting.Caveat EmptorPresuming that all the sites that let you log in with OpenID decide to play nice and look for Google’s redirect (to Google) then the idea of logging in to sites around the web with your favorite, secure account credentials (My Job, Powered By Google) could become far more common. It might defeat the purpose of putting people in control over their own identities through distributed identity providers, because so many “OpenID” users would be coming back to Google, but the OpenID brand would no doubt benefit in the short term at least. And Google can do no evil, right?In other words, this move by Google could kill the spirit of OpenID by drowning the letter of OpenID with support. We think we’re logging in to websites with our work or school ID, and OpenID lovers think we’re logging in with OpenID, but we’re actually logging in with a Google-controlled ID. All the heavy lifting would be done, Google would take care of the data storage and probably offer some neat value-added features. All the companies involved would have to do is hand online identity provisioning over to the company that they have already purchased email, calendaring and document sharing from. (“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,” Ben Franklin once wrote, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.”)At least it’s not Facebook! So goes the wrestling of titans, on the very playing field created by champions of the free and independent little guy. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more