Donegal author going digital for second book launch

first_imgDonegal-based author Sharon Thompson is planning a book launch with a difference when she releases her second novel ‘The Healer’.Sharon Thompson’s previous debut novel ‘The Abandoned’ was a bestseller on Amazon and in her latest novel, ‘The Healer’ she tackles the subject of healing.The book will be launched next Tuesday, 22nd January. Instead of a local book shop event, the Sligo native is taking the book and the celebrations online for people all over the world to join. All readers will need to do to join the launch is simply click on the link on Sharon Thompson’s website and book a space at the event.Sharon says, “Traditional book launches are wonderful events, but in terms of location and convenience an online book launch is a fantastic option. I’m no stranger to online activity as I co-founded the tweet-chat #WritersWise and run a successful writers’ group, I’m convinced that busy people will engage with more online events and gatherings in the future.”However, Sharon does love a good party and although her launch will be online via crowd-cast, she says, “Book launches can be stressful, but I am determined to enjoy the 22nd January and have fun.” Sharon began writing some years ago for a change of direction in life. She writes for websites and magazines and this year her play was long-listed for the Wexford Literary Festival.The Healer is published by Bloodhound books and is a dark, family drama which brings readers back to 1940’s Ireland. Life isn’t easy for the protagonist Molly.Molly isn’t like the other children. She has an unknown learning difficulty and is surrounded in abuse and violence. Her family and community are wary of her beauty and nature. Life gets even harder for Molly and she loses faith in everything. She must make choices. But will she choose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will Molly survive in a world of violence and crime? Will The Healer ever be healed?The Healer is released on the 22nd January and is available on your kindle to download at the press of a button. You can pre-order it too here on**(affiliate link) Donegal author going digital for second book launch was last modified: January 16th, 2019 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:Authorbooksharon thompsonthe healerlast_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes delegates to the One Young World Summit

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 2 October 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to join the City of Joburg in welcoming all delegates to the 2013 One Young World Summit which opens at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, later today.  Since its inception, the Summit has become the world’s largest youth forum.The Summit, which runs from 2-5 October, will bring together 1,500 young leaders from over 180 countries to deliberate on issues affecting youth of the world in particular, and all global citizens in general.Brand South Africa, with a view to participating in the development of future leaders, has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit.  The energy and vitality of young people will be crucial in driving the country’s developmental agenda, including the spirit of volunteerism and active citizenship.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in the summit, as a counsellor.  “We welcome the One Young World delegates to our country. They are all agents for positive change and we are encouraged by the leadership qualities these young people possess. Next year South Africa will mark 20 years of democracy. Importantly, those born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 will have the opportunity to vote for the first time. We must encourage the youth to vote in the upcoming elections, to ensure the durability of our country’s democracy.” said Mr Matola.The Summit’s sessions will focus on education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.Note to editorsThe five delegates Brand South Africa has sponsored to attend the One Young World Summit are:Zanele Mabaso: Current lead mentor for Project 90×2030, that reaches out to young people to achieve sustainable development. Branch chairperson of Young Women’s Social Entrepreneurs and founder of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Academy.Luvuyo Mandela: Involved in building an advisory service that helps corporates better engage with social communities, to unlock more gains for both parties. He is also working on a project called Skew Circle, aimed at building global citizens, based in our townships and rural communities.Raelene Rorke: Co-founder of SpringAGE, a movement of young people collaborating with government and private businesses, to innovate priority sectors in South Africa. SpringAGE’s work is based on South Africa’s National Development Plan.Thembi Graham: Works with non-profit organisations, the Fairytail Foundation and Team Cribnotes. The Fairytail Foundation offers reading classes and supplies some schools with books for their libraries. They also have holiday programmes to keep children off the streets.Aslam Levy: Has recently taken up the position of Director: Social media at Government Communications. He has completed the national social media strategy and is integrating social media into government communications. There has already been a marked increase in followers and citizens interacting with the government on these platforms.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: Endslast_img read more

Virgin video about how thunderstorms impact travel

first_imgVirgin Australia has released a video explaining how storms can affect flying operations, as the summer storm season hits Australia.Virgin Australia Meteorologist Manfred Greitschus said that “thunderstorms are a very significant issue for airlines and can be very dangerous weather events.“Depending on the severity of the storm, it has the potential to influence the way we plan flights to avoid flying through any dangerous storm cells.“When thunderstorms are producing lightning within eight kilometers of an airport, we need to shut down operations on the ramp and this can cause delayed or canceled flights,” Mr. Greitschus said.General Manager, Network Operations Andrew Lillyman added that major weather events like thunderstorms can have a big impact on airline’s flying schedules.“When there is a severe thunderstorm at an airport, we will receive information about the reduced amount of flights we’ve been approved to operate in and out of the airport.”“The team then work hard on reallocating passengers on this reduced schedule to get guests to their destinations as quickly as we can.“We understand that cancellations and delays are very frustrating but we want guests to know that their safety is most important to us. We’re hoping these videos will also provide the public with some information about what happens behind the scenes and why we make the decisions we do,” Mr Lillyman said.last_img read more

iTunes Goes DRM Free – But No Social Network Just Yet

first_imgrichard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts At the Macworld 2009 keynote today, Apple announced that by the end of this quarter, all 10 million songs available on iTunes will be DRM free [Digital Rights Management]. As of today, 8 million songs will be DRM free, with the other 2 million done by end of Q1 09. This is long overdue, especially considering that Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to the music industry in February 2007 asking them to abolish DRM. Since that time, many of Apple’s key competitors have gone DRM free or have significantly loosened the restrictions – Amazon in September 07, Rhapsody in June 08, Yahoo Music in July 08, and Walmart in October 08, to mention just some. So it’s great to see the market leader in online music, Apple, actively killing off DRM too.DRM-free upgrades to your existing iTunes collection are now available via iTunes Plus, Apple’s program for DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#Events Guide#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple also announced a new pricing structure for iTunes, which will start from 1 April 2009. The iTunes service up till now has sold songs for 99 cents each, which when it first launched in April 2003 was a major reason for its initial success. However times change and Apple has decided to offer more flexibility. The new pricing has three tiers: $0.69, $0.99, and $1.29.At the keynote, Apple noted that it had sold 6 billion songs through iTunes up till now – making it “the world’s largest media library”. iTunes is also now the number 1 retail channel for music in the U.S. – above Walmart, BestBuy, Amazon and Target. iTunes currently has 75 million accounts with credit cards.Apple also announced that on the iPhone 3G, starting today the iTunes music store will no longer just be available via WiFi – it will be over 3G too. It will be the same pricing model, same selection of music, and no loss of quality. Users can then sync music from the iPhone back to their computer.What Didn’t Get AnnouncedThere were no technology innovation announcements today regarding iTunes. Last September Apple released iTunes 8 and its ‘Genius’ recommendation engine. We were impressed by it, although we’ve noted since that third parties have come up with better music recommendation plug-ins for iTunes and there are other innovative twists on iTunes functionality. So we think Apple could do more technology innovation with iTunes; although the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ strategy is entirely justified while iTunes is number 1 in its market!The other major thing missing from the iTunes announcements today, which was among our Web predictions for 2009? Social network functionality for iTunes! Oh well, we’re sticking with that prediction until the end of 2009 😉Conclusion: MehOverall, there were no big surprises at the Macworld keynote in 2009, which surely was the main reason Steve Jobs wasn’t on stage. The iTunes news above was probably the highlight – no shiny new products this year. The reality is that Apple, ReadWriteWeb’s Best BigCo of 2008, is in a fairly dominant position in a couple of key markets now – music and mobile – so it just needs to tweak the business model rather than astound us with tech innovation (again).Update: Here’s the official release from Apple. Regarding the pricing changes, Apples notes that “many more songs [will be] priced at 69 cents than $1.29.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

New Feature: ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Next week we’re starting a new series of posts we call the ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day. In those posts we’ll answer, with the help of topical experts we know around the web, the most interesting questions submitted by readers. Just post your questions in comments on any Question of the Day post or email them to [email protected] with the word “Question” in the subject line. Our elves will start processing them immediately.We like to write how-to type posts here at ReadWriteWeb and our readers seem to like to read them. Lately we’ve show you how to…Find social media leaders on any topicPermenantly delete data from your hard-driveGet an RSS feed for a Google searchLearn how to use Greasemonkey in under 5 minutesHow to rock Flickr like a champand How to run a press embargo for your startup’s launchThose were all answers to questions you didn’t ask, though, we just thought of them ourselves! We want to know what questions you, dear readers, would like answered. We expect they’ll often be more sophisticated than the ones answered above, but they don’t have to be.Several of us on staff have experience as consultants; consider this an opportunity for free consulting plus input from other industry experts and our community of readers. What Kinds of Questions?How many developers does it take to screw in a wiki? We’re not sure about that, but if you’ve got questions about using wikis at work, uploading videos from vacation, social search for spiritual salvation or anything like that – the new ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day is going to be for you.Technical questions, strategic questions, marketing questions – we’re open to all of them. Whatever we think our readers will find interesting we’ll answer publicly and point you towards good places to learn more. Look for OPML files of the best blogs on the topic you ask about and custom search engines you can search for more. Because that’s how we roll.We’re looking forward to hearing from you. We’ll start posting answers to the most interesting questions we receive on Monday. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Sunlight Foundation Funds Six “Apps for America”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Mashups#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Chips, dip and government data are everyone’s three favorite things to take to a party, right? Ok, so government data is actually quite boring on its own, but in these exciting times of democratized programming, government data can be turned into some pretty exciting mashups. That’s just what the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation is aiming to make more possible with its work to make government and related data more available with its new Apps for America contest. More than 40 open source applications and websites making use of that data entered the contest and today the six fabulous winners were announced. We’ve got a five minute screencast tour of the winners below.The six winners received between one and fifteen thousand dollars cash to support further development of their projects. Some of them look great already, others not so much. Winners include:Fillibusted – a site aiming to hold filibustering Congresspeople accountable for their actions.Legistalker – a site that tracks news, Twitter, YouTube and other online activity by and about members of Congress.HelloCongress – like Digg for Congressional priorities, with a twist.Know Thy Congressman – a beautiful informational pop-up about Congresspeople that you can invoke anywhere you find their names on the web.Yeas and Nays – a sophisticated Firefox plug-in that helps you click-to-call members of Congress.E-Paper Trail – a data rich site to compare and learn about Congresspeople.There are also a number of Honorable Mentions included on the Sunlight contest page.Some of these look more useful than others so far but with a little extra support who knows? It’s an increasingly data-driven world, but in order to truly get the most value out of that data the web needs interface and mashup developers. That’s why it’s such a great idea for Sunlight to support these and other developers the way they do. Related Posts last_img read more

Our New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime

first_imgGetting a new PC used to take valuable time out of the workday.   But as part of our focus on a user-centered model of delivering IT services, Intel IT recently optimized our PC delivery process, resulting in improved employee productivity, a better employee experience, and reduced operational costs.  These process improvements allow our employees to return to work more quickly, reducing their downtime from an average of 4.5 hours to 1 hour, a 77-percent reduction. Read the paper “New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime” to learn about the changes we made.last_img

Australia to Ratify Ballast Water Convention

first_imgzoom The Australian Government has decided to ratify the International Ballast Water Convention, bringing the country into line with global shipping standards, according to Shipping Australia Limited.The decision would enhances marine biosecurity in Australia’s maritime environment and adopt a common standard of ballast water management.“The international shipping industry is willing to bear the high cost of installing compliant ballast water treatment systems in order to remove the risk of transferring marine pests through ballast water,” Rod Nairn, Shipping Australia chief executive officer, said.“We do expect that this reduced risk will be recognised by the Government by a reduction in international vessel arrival fees for biosecurity compliance,” Nairn added.The High Commisioner to Britain, Alexander Downer is signing the protocol today in London, the Maritime Industry Australia Limited (MIAL) informed.The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), which will provide additional marine environmental protection, is scheduled to enter into force on September 8, 2017.last_img read more