Jessica works her magic to win Magician of the Year 2019

first_imgA young magician from Donegal has scooped the spellbinding title of Irish Magician of the Year at the IRARA Awards 2019.It’s not often that a magician is stunned, but Jessica Harkin was amazed to claim the prize alongside Burtonport’s Dylan Murray in the International Runway Achievers and Recognition Awards on Saturday last.“It was fantastic,” Jessica told Donegal Daily. The 22-year-old from Convoy has been doing magic for the past 11 years and has her sights firmly set on breaking America.“I’ve been trying to move to America and having an award under my belt is a great help,” she said.Jessica Harkin at the 2019 IRARA AwardsJessica was first enticed into the magnificent world of magic in 2009, when she saw psychological illusionist Derren Brown stick TV viewers to their sofas.“I was hooked after that. I started looking up tricks the next day and I realised this would be a great way to make friends.” Now, Jessica wows her audiences with comedy magic and prop tricks. She performs at parties across the county while astounding customers with clever tricks during her day job in Tesco. ‘Watch the little blue tokens’, is all she’ll say about that.The ultimate dream is to conquer the US, where the magic scene is so vast and the magic shops are plentiful.“Everything I’m doing is to work towards America, I’ve been three times since May, visiting Los Angeles and Vega. There are so many magicians and so many shows in places like the Magic Castle. To have my own show would be cool,” she said.Jessica HarkinJessica has been building up her contacts in the industry in the only way a magician can – through a deck of cards.“I’ve known Keith Barry since I was 14 and he sent me a deck of cards and some books. I kept those cards and anytime I ever meet any magicians I get their signature. “I’ve just filled a whole pack with names such as Derren Brown, Penn & Teller, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield,” she said.For now, Jessica is enjoying comedy and open mic nights to showcase her captivating and entertaining skills.“Performing is so much, I just love making people smile.”For a sample of her magic, check out Jessica’s Showreel here:  Jessica works her magic to win Magician of the Year 2019 was last modified: March 30th, 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:jessica harkinMagicianlast_img read more

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Sudan vote boosts airline industry

first_imgRay Maota Kenya Airways is experiencing a growth inthe number of its passengers from Nairobito Juba in Southern Sudan because of thereferendum taking place there. Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Amos Kimunya,believes the introduction of the flights toSouthern Sudan will bolster tradebetween the two countries.(Images: Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Prineeta NagiArea Manager of Kenya Airways+254 020 327 4100RELATED ARTICLES• 1time to start flying from Lanseria• Mango gets world Superbrand status • Hopes of a peaceful Sudan poll • Sudan brews its own beer industryAlthough it’s been less than a year since Kenya Airways introduced daily flights to Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, business is booming for the East African nation’s carrier as passengers flock to vote or observe the referendum currently on the go there.At the time of the launch of the two daily flights to Juba in June 2010, Kenya Airways MD and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni, said: “Juba has become one of the important economic hubs of Southern Sudan and Africa.“Kenya Airways is synonymous with contributing to sustainable development across Africa and we envisage providing a seamless connection of service to all passengers travelling in and out of Juba for business and development opportunities,” he added.Vice-president of Southern Sudan, Dr Riek Machar, said: “The launching of flights to Southern Sudan by the airline marked an important milestone for us as it will help connect our region with the rest of Africa as well as the international network that Kenya Airways serves.”In the weeks leading up to the referendum and since it kicked off on 9 January 2011, the airline has experienced a vast increase in the number of passengers flying from Nairobi to Juba.The route usually records an average of 5 800 passengers a month, but this has now grown to more than 8 000 – a figure that is expected to last until the results of the referendum are announced in February.The Kenyan national carrier said while its occupancy rate had been at 60% since it entered the market with the new route, “business to Juba is now brisk with near full flights”.Other airlines that have experienced a similar increase in their passenger numbers for the Juba route are Jetlink, Astral Aviation and Fly 540.Bolstering trade“Aviation transport is a key element in the enhancement of trade and I believe that the introduction of these regular flights will enhance the trading activity between us,” Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Amos Kimunya, said at the time of the launch.With Kenya and Southern Sudan sharing a border, there has also been talk of establishing a railway link between the two countries.The link will mean that most of the goods from Kenya’s port in Mombasa will be able to go directly to Southern Sudan without bypassing Uganda, which is the current trade route. The proposed new development is called the Rift Valley Railways concession.“Kenya has always had a special relationship with Southern Sudan. Besides being a guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, it has been a neighbour which has hosted a large population of Sudanese refugees and given them a platform to access the rest of the world,” said International Centre for Policy and Conflict executive director Ndung’u Wainaina.“As East Africa’s economic powerhouse, Kenya stands to benefit from the emergence of a large new market in South Sudan and major infrastructure that the country will need to engage commercially with the world, including oil exportation,” the International Crisis Group added.Asian powers keen to invest in Southern Sudan include Japan and China.Predictions point to landmark splitWith the Sudanese referendum ending on 15 January 2011, attendance at polling stations has already surpassed the 60% mark.The predicted outcome of the vote will see the north and south regions splitting and an autonomous Southern Sudan emerging as a new state on the continent.The referendum follows the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, which ended a two-decades-long war between the mostly Muslim north and Christian south.Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to recognise Southern Sudan as an independent state if the outcome of the vote suggests such.On a recent visit to the south, al-Bashir said: “”Imposing unity by force doesn’t work … We want unity between the north and the south, but this doesn’t mean opposing the desire of the southern citizen.”The Carter Centre, established by former US president Jimmy Carter, and the African Union have sent officials to Southern Sudan to promote a peaceful and credible vote.Other recent high-profile visitors to the region have been former South African president Thabo Mbeki and Hollywood actor George Clooney, who has launched a hi-tech project to monitor the situation there.last_img read more

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1 Geocaching App Trick to Rule Them All

first_imgIt’s a button that makes geocaching out of the country or in the deep prehistoric world of “no cell phone service” as easy as a Terrain 1, Difficulty 1. Whether you’re using the Geocaching Pro App for iPhone or theGeocaching Android App, this miracle of engineering simplicity is called “Save to Offline List.”Use a Wi-Fi hot spot to load up your Offline List with geocaches. Then, turn off your data roaming and look under “Saved” on iPhones or “Offline Lists” on Android and SHAZZAM! Your geocaches are available, your phone isn’t using costly roaming data, and you’re saving battery life. You can sort the list by distance, Favorite Points, title, GC code or geocache type.Another option for Premium Members is using a Pocket Query. For example, if you’re headed to the last remaining APE Cache in the jungles of Brazil, here’s what to do: create a Pocket Query (Saved List) of all the geocaches in that area on and then save it on your phone as an Offline List when you have cell service. Another tip, make sure your phone is fully charged for your adventure.Now you’re off into the wild with plenty of geocaches loaded up and ready to go.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSix geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”No service in outer space? No problem!March 21, 2018In “News”Quiz Results: The Nature LoverOctober 31, 2013In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more

Read More → and Cisco Partner to Provide Cloud-Based Customer Services

first_imgalex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#saas center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair and Cisco announced a partnership today that brings together’s online customer service software with Cisco’s strengths in IP Telephony. The service, called “Customer Interaction Cloud,” is designed to provide a complete, cloud-based customer service offering for small to medium sized businesses.The offering integrates Service Cloud 2 to Cisco’s Unified Contact Center, providing an extension for offerings. The partnership further demonstrates efforts to partner with third parties instead of developing their own technology.The service has some real benefits as agents can take calls from directly within the application. Perhaps even more compelling is the increased leverage of the social web. For example, the service allows users to pull Facebook comments into a knowledge base that can be used for future reference.The service also provides the ability to respond to customer concerns posted on Google, Facebook and Twitter. also announced a new service to go with Service Cloud 2 called the “Five Minute Upgrade,” a service that exemplifies how the traditional methods of software upgrades may be permanently transformed with the advent of cloud computing.Traditional software upgrades can at times take hours, interrupting customers and their workflows. The new offering by and Cisco, allows users to continue running their applications with only a five-minute interruption. While upgrades happen in one data center, users may still access applications through other global, real-time, mirrored data centers.Analysts have been pretty bullish about the partnership. For Cisco, it is an opportunity to leverage brand strength in the small and medium sized business markets. In combination with the Tandberg acquisition, Cisco finds itself at the gateway of a very lucrative market.For, the deal provides it with Internet telephony, providing another important feature to strengthen its online software suite. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Liv Tyler flashes underwear

first_imgActress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.During her recent outing, “The Leftovers” star suffered wardrobe malfunction, flashing her thigh and black underwear as the strong wind blew, reports sported a black-and-blue wraparound dress and a pair of sunglasses and was apparently unaware of the incident. Actress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.last_img

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Exclusive: I never try to outplay anyone, happy with my own game, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli is in the midst of a sensational year, having collected 992 T20 runs, including 367 in the ongoing Indian Premier League. And he has achieved everything with a steadfast dedication to his own approach and his own style. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Not the one to club big sixes or play aerial shots at will, Kohli believes in running hard and placing well. Not so long ago, Ian Chappell rated Kohli a better placer of the cricket ball than the legendary Brian Lara. These tactics have helped Kohli stay two steps ahead of his opponents.While the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Glenn Maxwell make T20 cricket look exciting and sometimes ridiculously easy with their audacious stroke-play, Kohli prefers to be more technical and is happy to have found his own game in an increasingly competitive format.Kohli has so far hammered three fifties before notching up his first T20 hundred against Gujarat Lions on Sunday. And don’t forget his run before the IPL. He was the top-scorer in the three-match series against Australia, then turned up to play a sensational knock against Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20, cracked a sublime unbeaten 41 against Bangladesh in the final and then took India to the semi-final all on his own in the ICC World Twenty20.How is so remarkably successful in T20 cricket, without ever appearing to be in a hurry? (I have learnt to stay honest on and off the field: Virat Kohli )”See it’s a very basic thing. You need to find your game. Need to be confident about your game. There has been no one way of playing cricket ever and being successful at it. It’s all about how convinced you are in your head about how you can play and succeed,” Kohli told India Today in an exclusive interview.  advertisement”I have come to terms with my strengths and limitations.”I have understood that balance. In that process have learnt to do what needs to be done at whatever stage of the game. I don’t try to emulate or outplay anyone.”I am happy with where my game is right now. Am very confident in my own head about what I need to do,” he said.Kohli, who leads a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in the OPL, has stood out in a line-up that includes Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson – three of the greatest T20 batsmen ever to have graced the game.Consequently, Kohli’s legions of fans have grown exponentially over the years. During the IPL, the 27-year-old has been a hot favourite cutting across venues, cities and states. Kohli’s fan base is as strong as ever, irrespective of which jersey he has donned. (Kohli settles down as a Twenty20 great ) “That’s in fact been one pleasant change in this IPL. People have cheered me everywhere I have gone the same way as they did during the World Cup,” Kohli said.”It makes me feel that if you work hard and are not very desperate to change people’s perception about you, than they come to terms with the fact that you are doing what you are doing very honestly.”They keep the club culture and the franchise bit out of the equation and support who you are as a person. It’s been very pleasant for me that wherever I have gone, people have wanted me to do well and responded with lots of love, even when they are the opposition fans.”last_img read more

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