first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has raised the need for financial supports for Donegal’s tourism and retail sectors due to the impact of Brexit with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.Minister Humphreys was appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation to outline the government’s supports for businesses in the context of Brexit.Senator Mac Lochlainn serves on this committee as his party’s Seanad Spokesperson on the portfolio. Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The impact of Brexit has already been profound for Donegal’s tourism and retail sector with a big drop in cross border trade and from the British tourism market.Brexit has also led to a delay in investment plans across the county that is really hurting our local economy. I challenged Minister Humphreys on what supports her government has provided or will provide to these struggling businesses”.“One area that has caused real anger has been the same application of VAT increases across the entire State.“There is no comparison between a hotel in Donegal and a hotel in Dublin city or indeed with restaurants or other businesses, yet they are treated the same from a taxation perspective. “It is surely not beyond the wit of man or woman to find a solution to this unfair policy or to reimburse the Donegal businesses in some way.Donegal businesses are also under pressure from commercial rates and insurance increases.“While I welcome confirmation that Donegal businesses will finally see a rates review, the truth is that some businesses will gain, and some will lose from this review.“The Minister lives in and represents a border community herself, so she should know better than most the impact of Brexit on similar border communities in Donegal.“While she had sympathetic words in response to my representations at the committee, we need to see real actions and practical financial supports being rolled out as soon as possible”. Mac Lochlainn raises need for financial supports for Donegal tourism and retail was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

first_imgThis recipe for bistro steak and Mediterranean potato medley is from www.BeefCookOff.org.2 well-trimmed boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut 3/4 inch thick (6 to 8 ounces each)1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided3 teaspoons Greek seasoning blend, divided 2 large red potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch slices2 zucchini (about six inches) cut lengthwise in quarters1 cup red seedless grapes, halved1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley …last_img

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The A’s split this two-game start to the Bay Bridge series with a Matt Chapman-powered 9-5 win over the Giants on Wednesday afternoon.Homer Bailey had started two games on the road (against Houston and the Chicago Cubs) and allowed 16 runs between them. In three home starts he’d allowed just seven earned runs.Oracle Park provided a strange gray area, an away game with a unique kind of home-field feel. He certainly pitched like he had most home games with the A’s, holding the …last_img read more

first_imgFor those trained to think in millions of years, these geological processes should sound surprising.Why should geological change take a long time? We know from experience that some things don’t change during our lifetimes: mountain ranges we’ve seen that look the same since we grew up, beaches we have visited for decades, national parks and the like. Some earth formations have not changed since ancient times, we know from ruins and from written documents. This does not mean that the formation of these structures had to be slow and gradual. Every once in awhile, scientists report processes that are extremely rapid—some occurring within a day. Other processes are hard to imagine taking millions of years. Take a look at these examples:UNDERWATER VOLCANOVast ‘pumice raft’ found drifting through Pacific Ocean (BBC News). Watch the video clip in this article. A couple sailing their boat from Australia to Fiji found themselves surrounded by rocks: floating pumice, enough to cover 20,000 football fields. They couldn’t even see the water. It “rocked” their boat, making a grinding sound. What happened? A volcano had erupted on the sea floor, releasing vast quantities of the stuff. It looked like the whole sea surface had turned to land. It didn’t, of course; the pumice will eventually disperse and sink.On the bright side, if the pumice raft floats in the right direction, it might resupply the Great Barrier Reef with surface material on which new algae and coral can grow, Live Science says. Over the last 3 years, the famous reef has suffered the most catastrophic “bleaching” ever seen. Since pumice can carry barnacles and corals, it could “restock” the reef, scientists say.Pumice rafts are formed when an underwater volcano erupts, releasing large chunks of lava that are full of holes and cavities,  making it easy for the raft to float, according to the Earth Observatory…Pumice rafts are often teeming with sea life, such as new barnacles and corals, Scott Bryan, a professor of geology and geochemistry at Queensland University of Technology, told CNN. Bryan reported in a 2012 study that these rocky rafts can be a way to redistribute life across the ocean.If Bryan is correct with this recent idea, sea life could be distributed worldwide in short order. It would not take millions of years, because underwater volcanoes are not that rare. A particularly large eruption was detected in 2018 (see 17 Jan 2018).The Dead Sea has been shrinking about a meter per year. The shores now have deep gullies and sinkholes. Photo: DFCTHE DEAD SEAWhy Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea? (Live Science). Salt crystals are precipitating at a rapid rate in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth (1,300 feet below sea level), and collecting on the bottom. Geologists have figured out what makes the salt “snow” downward in the vast salt lake. It’s a process unique to the Dead Sea. Mindy Waisberger explains:A mysterious underwater “snowfall” of salt is falling and accumulating far below the surface of the Dead Sea.For decades the already-salty Dead Sea has been slowly getting saltier as its fresh water steadily evaporates. And the behavior of some of this excess salt seems to defy the laws of physics. As expected, plenty of salt collects near the sea’s surface, buoyed up by cooler water below. But a steady supply of salt also inexplicably travels steadily downward, piling up at the sea bottom. Recently, scientists cracked this long-standing mystery. They found that almost undetectable disturbances in the upper layers of water create so-called salt fingers that extend into the cool water, carrying salt deeper than it would normally be expected to go.One has to ask how long this process could go on. The Dead Sea has “been around for thousands of years,” the article mentions (interestingly, not “millions”). With evaporation increasing, why is it not a dry hard pan of salt by now?“Together these small fingers generate a tremendous amount of salt flux,” lead study author Raphael Ouillon, a UCSB mechanical engineer, said in a statement.Over decades, the salty snow in the Dead Sea has accumulated significantly, Meiburg said.“These deposits are about 4 meters [13 feet] thick today, and their thickness is growing at a rate of about 10 centimeters [4 inches] per year,” he said in the email to Live Science.A simple calculation shows the current salt layer could accumulate in just 400 years, although the rate of accumulation might not be linear. But even if it were 100 times slower, it would fall short of one million years, let alone billions. The article claims that other very thick salt deposits on earth might have been built this way. But without being able to observe those forming, that’s only a guess. Other hypotheses can explain vast salt deposits by different, more rapid processes than evaporation.GEOTHERMAL REVISIONSYellowstone’s newest thermal area: An up-close and personal visit! (USGS). Geologists found a new thermal area emerging within one year. The backcountry thermal area killed trees and bleached the soil white. Some parts became so hot they turned the bottoms of fallen trees into charcoal.There was no water discharging from the new thermal area, but there was an arch-shaped core of warm ground, 70-80°C at the surface, that was covered in fallen trees. This zone was surrounded by cooler ground that was also littered with recently fallen trees. Within the warmest area, there were steam emissions from several points, and sulfur crystals lined some of the steaming areas. The ground temperature in these fumaroles was 92°C (198°F)—the boiling temperature at that elevation (about 8000 feet or 2500 meters). Throughout this zone, just 5-10 cm below the surface, the temperatures were consistently boiling.While the Yellowstone caldera is known for its dynamic changes, the scientists were a bit surprised: “These observations raise many questions about the formation and evolution of the thermal area,” they say. Some features, like the large geyser cones, were once thought to take tens of thousands of years or more to form. T. Scott Bryan, author of The Geysers of Yellowstone (4th ed. 2008), shows how a correction to that dating became necessary. Discussing Castle Geyser, which has one of the largest cones, he says,Sign at Giant Geyser with its 12-foot cone says thousands of years, not millions. Photo by DFC, 2015.Castle’s large cone suggests a great age, but that appearance might be deceiving. Age dating of the broad geyserite mound beneath the cone, using a dating process only recently developed in New Zealand, implies that the cone itself formed in not more than 10,400 years and likely in less than 8,800 years. (page 59)That’s stated as an upper limit. It is certainly conceivable that the cone is actually younger. Heightened splashing activity after the last eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano could  be expected to have built the cone faster. That could also be true of the other large cones, like White Dome and Lone Star, which splash water above their rims frequently. One might even ask why there are so many frequently-erupting geysers with small cones if they have existed for tens or hundreds of thousands of years.ROCKFALLHiker captures massive rockfall that injured three in Zion (KSTU, Salt Lake City). Last Saturday, a huge rockfall in Zion National Park was caught on video by someone a safe distance away. It injured three, almost covered a bus, and carpeted much of the valley with dust and sand. We reported another big one in Zion just three years ago (8 Nov 2016). Could the canyon walls endure hundreds of millions of years?OTHER RAPID PROCESSESIn addition to those listed above, which surprised researchers, consider rapid changes that can occur through:EarthquakesVolcanoesTsunamisFloodsMeteorsKimberlites (see 19 Sept 2012)Tectonic rifts (see 9 Dec 2005)Indeed, the question of age could be inverted: given how quickly some formations have been observed to change, how could other formations be as old as claimed?Don Batten at Creation Ministries International has put together a handy list, “Age of the earth: 101 evidences for a young age of the earth and the universe” at the convenient address, creation.com/age-of-the-earth. Scan over this list and be amazed at how much evidence, from fields as diverse as astronomy, geology, biology, genetics, and anthropology dispute the moyboy mindset. If even a tenth of those 101 evidences were proved indisputable by skeptics, it would bring Darwin’s long ages crashing down, along with the evolutionary story that needs the time. Batten sources each one with previous CMI articles that are referenced with mostly secular sources. People need some deprogramming from the myths evolutionists have taught in schools and national parks. (Visited 665 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: JetBlue. US carriers are increasingly looking at biometric security as a way of ferreting out the bad guys without annoying customers.The latest such passenger-friendly set-up is slated to be rolled out progressively by US low-cost carrier JetBlue this June.Tests start at Boston Logan International, on JetBlue’s nonstop to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International. JetBlue contends this is the first initiative of its kind for a U.S. airline.Here’s how it works. Passengers who opt in look into a camera that’s connected to a United States Customs and Border Protection (CPB) database.Then the image is matched to their passport, visa or immigration photograph.There’s no need for a boarding pass and, in theory, the security layer gets stronger and while the inconvenience diminishes.“We hope to learn how we can further reduce friction points in the airport experience,” says Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s executive vice president of customer experience. The boarding pass piece of the security is “one of the hardest to solve. Self-boarding eliminates boarding pass scanning and manual passport checks.”This is very much a test, not something that you can expect next week at the airfield near you.But its potential clearly has security officials excited about the possibilities.“By transforming current business operations,” says CPB Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner.  “Airlines and airports will have the opportunity to use verified biometrics to ensure a seamless and consistent process for travelers.”“Seamless” is one of the most overused terms in the travel industry today, but if information technology provider SITA’s system lives up to the prospect of truly “seamless” boarding then this small step in Boston will bring huge benefits for flyers and airlines alike.Also using biometrics is a new Delta Air Line initiative that will allow passengers to use fingerprints to check bags, enter a lounge and board an aircraft.The testing ground in this instance is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and phase one allows Delta SkyMiles members to forego a paper or mobile boarding pass and hard copy ID in favor of using fingerprints to enter the Delta Sky Club.A second phase will expand that the bag check-in and boarding a flight.“We’re rapidly moving toward a day when your fingerprint, iris or face will become the only ID you’ll need for any number of transactions throughout a given day,” says Delta chief operating officer Gil West.Delta is working with CLEAR systems on the project and hopes ultimately to have fingerprint readers at all boarding gates.last_img read more

first_img3. Fear of failure  We all know the feeling. You’re staring at the Geocaching map, viewing the perfect spot to place a geocache, and waiting for that light bulb moment of cache creativity…but it just doesn’t seem to come. You’ve hit a creative block.  Try anyway because nothing is a failure if you’ve learned from it. To not ever try means never learning or improving, which can end up damaging your creative juices. Even if your first idea (or tenth) doesn’t work, you’ll know more than you did when you started and you can create something new (and even better) with that gained knowledge. In the end, these lessons will only make your geocache hide better, stronger, and ready for those Favorite points! It’s a common scenario, and not exclusive to the geocaching world—but you don’t need to be defeated by it. In fact, you can use these barriers to inspiration as a tool to think outside the box (ammo can?) and create something new! Here are three common causes of creative blocks and how to overcome them. Have you experienced a creative block when trying to think of a new hide? Share how you overcame this barrier to create an awesome cache!Share with your Friends:More 2. Doubting yourselfcenter_img 1. Routine on repeat  Doing the same things day in, day out often means you end up thinking the same thoughts. So mix things up! Try finding cache types you don’t normally gravitate towards, try caching in a new area, or attend an Event to meet other geocache hiders and finders. You might just find inspiration for your geocache around the next smiley!  The best way to silence self-doubt is to overcome it with action. Go ahead and try your ideas out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your geocache is weather-proof and working properly and there’s no better way to find out how it performs than building it and testing it out. The more challenges you face, the more you’ll have to employ creative thinking to work your way around them, and the more creative you’ll be!  SharePrint RelatedGeocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud Here’s a challenge. Make a video about what your enterprise software does. Show us a page with all sorts of ways we can learn what you are all about. If it really does explain what you do then that will deserve some mention here. Just leave a comment pointing to where we can see what you’ve done and we’ll get back to you. Promise.Update: We will wait a few more days for videos to come in. Thanks to all who have commented about the videos they have made. We will post next week. 🙂 We covered indicee yesterday. Why? We think their product looks pretty valuable. But you know what set them apart? They made a great video. It was compelling to watch. It made us laugh. We started to think about what they do. Pretty soon we were writing about them! alex williams Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Almost three years ago, Lee and Sachi LeFever created their first video to explain RSS. They called the video RSS in Plain English. They used paper cut outs to explain the XML format. It became an instant hit. Tens of thousands of people watched it. Today their company, Common Craft, make all sorts of custom videos. They’ve built a business around explaining concepts.Their latest video explains cloud computing. “Cloud Computing in Plain English,” tells the story of a florist whose business grows. She learns about cloud computing and realizes that perhaps maybe she should not have to worry about fixing broken servers.videoCloud computing is one of those topics that confuses and confounds people. Larry Ellison loves to poke at it. It’s the hot topic so it is refreshing to see Lee once again explain the topic in simple terms that pretty much anyone can understand. It makes everyone’s job a bit simpler.Which takes us to the last point of the day. We get so many pitches from companies. The services are explained in terms that often need deciphering. What if more companies in the enterprise space spent more time explaining what they do? What if companies did something like what Common Craft did for Twitter or with Google to help explain Google Docs? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgDanny Boyle’s totally British Olympics opening ceremony wowed the world as London welcomed its guests to the fortnight long sporting extravaganza.Each edition of the Olympics sees a more costly opening ceremony being put on show. For London, it was all about showcasing its rich history, though there were several surprise elements which one had not expected.The first item which one saw was a countryside scene where 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chicken, ten ducks, nine geese, three cows, three sheepdogs and two goats as part of it.Then, a cricket match was played at a gentle pace, and it was refreshing to see all the competitors in white flannels and not the ugly pyjamas which one gets to see now in ODIs and the IPL.What followed after that was one superb piece after another, though the Queen’s dramatic entry was mind boggling. In the name of tradition and respect for Royalty, few dare to innovate with the Queen.However, Danny Boyle had managed to shoot a scene where the 86-year-old Queen made a spectacular appearance into the stadium in a simulated helicopter arrival with James Bond star Daniel Craig.Immediately after that, inside the stadium, the lights fell on the Queen seated inside the stadium and the applause was thunderous.Unlike Beijing, where they used Phao drums to churn the audience and burst the eardrums, to be followed by dazzling laser shows, London’s show was milder.For those used to seeing Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean on television shows, his presence in the British Orchestra’s rendition of the theme Chariots of Fire was hilarious. The faces he made and kept striking the piano with one finger had the audience glued! At one point of time, Mr Bean went to pick up a tissue to clean his nose, so he used an umbrella to keep striking the chord.A section then told the story of a young couple meeting for the first time and enjoying a night out. It was entitled Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim.With passage of time, their relationship developed and culminated in the use of social media and a party at her parents’ home. Waiting indoors for them was world wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee.Before this, as promised, David Beckham made a dramatic appearance as he carried the Olympic torch down the Thames in a speed boat. Fireworks exploded over Tower Bridge as his boat cut through the water.Once he reached near the stadium, the torch was handed over to seven-time Olympic gold medalist Steve Redgrave. Redgrave ran a full lap and then it was time for Olympians from the past – long jumper Lynn Davies, swimmer Duncan Goodhew, middle distance runner Kelly Holmes, pentathlete Dame Mary Peters, sailor Shirley Robertson and decathlete Daley Thompson to join.These athletes then passed on the torch to seven young British hopes for the future Games. They lit fires in tiny copper petals left on the ground by each competing country, triggering the illumination of almost 204 petals and sending the fire into one “flame of unity.”In previous editions of the Olympics, the Games flame would be lit by just one athlete. In terms of Olympic innovation, what London has done is unique where they have not displeased any of their former champion and also involved each participating nation. As the three hour and forty five minute show was enacted, flash bulbs kept popping and the songs belted out took you down memory lane.From Bee Gees to Beatles and more old groups, each number had the audience in raptures. Finally, when Sir Paul McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ to bring the show to a close, it left people with moist eyes.As Jacques Rogge, president, International Olympic committee, and Lord Seb Coe, chairman, London organising committee (LOCOG)  had said, it was unique that the same city was hosting the Olympics for a third time.Later, the riot of colours and fireworks which lit up the sky was breathtaking. For those not so familiar with British tradition and the importance of the Royalty, this was a night to sample it all.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Elders today expressed shock and deep dismay over the latest incident of heavy civilian casualties in Yemen resulting from the Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign.They called on the United States and United Kingdom, the two permanent members of the UN Security Council who are the main supporters of the campaign, to take decisive steps to prevent further needless deaths.Over 140 people died and more than 500 were injured at a funeral hall in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, when it came under repeated attack from the air on Saturday.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “Over the past 18 months, civilians have borne the brunt of this bloody conflict. All too frequently, protected locations such as hospitals and civilian gatherings such as weddings and, now, even a funeral have found themselves under attack. This is simply unacceptable. As the principal supporters of the Saudi coalition, we believe the United States and United Kingdom have the main duty to ensure there is no recurrence.”Independent researchers estimate that over a third of coalition air strikes have hit civilian targets. The Houthi rebels and allied forces have frequently also been guilty of breaches of international humanitarian law during fighting.The Elders noted that the US is “reviewing” its support for the Saudi-led military campaign in the wake of the weekend’s attacks and that the UK’s Foreign Office has raised its own concerns with Riyadh, stating that there can be “no military solution” to the conflict. Washington and London must now use their considerable leverage with Saudi Arabia to push hard for an early ceasefire and resumed negotiations for a political solution.They also called for much greater international attention to be paid to the desperate plight of Yemen’s civilian population. According to the UN, over half of Yemen’s 27-million people are suffering from malnutrition and in need of humanitarian assistance.last_img read more

first_imgMarch 3, 2017Congratulations to the January 29. 2017 workshop participants upon their graduation from the 5 week workshop.from left:Jerry Puerner,Joseph Islas continues as an intern in construction,Emily Mather is staying as a volunteer in construction and the visitors center.last_img

first_imgBelgacom increased its TV subscriber base by 236,000 last year, ending December with a total of 1.2 million.The Belgian telco lost some of the rights it held to broadcast Jupiler League football matches but CEO Didier Bellens said this was not longer affecting churn rates. “In 2011 we had to make some strategic choices, for which we maintained our discipline and opted not to take the easy road but to hold on to our end goal, value creation. As such we were vigilant not to overpay for Belgian football broadcasting rights. This now proves to have been the right choice since football-related churn is back to previous levels, when we had all the rights”Revenue from TV services increased 14.3% year-on-year to €208 million.Belgacom said its bundling strategy was paying off. Last year it added 219,000 multi-play subscribers, ending December with a total of 1.09 million ‘Packs’ customers.The telco reported total revenues of €6.4 billion for 2011, down 3% year-on-year.last_img read more

first_imgAdam SawickiDeutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. Sawicki is currently chief exec and president of the management board at Netia, Poland’s second largest fixed line operator. In his new role he will report directly to Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and technology at Deutsche Telekom.The appointment will see Sawicki take over from Zacharias Piperidis, who has held the T-Mobile Polska top job on an interim basis since November in addition to his role as chief operating officer at Greek telco OTE Group – in which Deutsche Telekom is the largest shareholder.Piperidis stepped in to replace Miroslav Rakowski, who left T-Mobile Polska on October 31 “upon his own request to pursue new challenges outside the Deutsche Telekom Group.”“With Adam Sawicki at the helm of T-Mobile Polska, it is clear that we have the right man to tackle the Polish telecommunications market and industry,” said Nemat.“As a former CEO of GTS Central Europe and with his extensive international experience in the business and residential markets, he is a perfect strategic fit to help us ‘lead in business’ – a key element in our company’s strategy – and integrate the GTS operations we recently acquired.”Sawicki was president of the management board and chief executive officer of Ruch Internet between 2011 and 2012 and was CEO of GTS Central Europe from 2008 to 2011.last_img read more

first_imgUkrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels.Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host all of its eight channels on SES’s satellite. Seven of its DTH channels serve the Ukrainian market: 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi, Unian TV and Kvartal TV.The other channel of the group, 1+1 International, is targeted at the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, and is an international version of the 1+1 channel.1+1 Media Group recentlystruck a deal to add the latter channel to a new OTT service aimed at expatriate and ethno-linguistic groups launched by Cisco in partnership with Sky.“1+1 Media Group is one of Ukraine’s major players in the market. We have already been hosting some of the group’s TV channels. This new agreement brings our long-standing relationship to a new level, and we are very much looking forward to delivering all of 1+1 Media Group’s channels to both Ukrainian and international audiences,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“We have been relying on SES’s services over the past several years, and we are very pleased that our collaboration is expanding. SES has extensive experience in the Ukrainian market, and a proven track record in delivering top quality services. We are confident in SES as a partner in bringing our channels to our audiences in Ukraine and abroad,” said Yaroslav Pakholchuk, chief operational officer of 1+1 Media Group.last_img read more