BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND WASHOUT

first_imgLooking out any window in Donegal this weekend and the sight that greets you is one of steamed up windows and the sound of rain pelting and pounding the other side. You would be forgiven in thinking that it was just another day in winter and we couldn’t possibly be entering the first week of June. The reality is we are looking at what is probably going to be the wettest June Bank Holiday weekend we’ve had in a very long time. With events taking place in Ardara, Fintown, Annagry and Arranmore it’s nothing short of a disaster for the hundreds of people due to attend the weekend long festivities. With Met Éireann predicting a dry start to tomorrow and even some sunny spells in places. Our advice, get out and about early in the day and make the most of it!As by afternoon, rain and hail showers will become widespread and in some places possible thundery outbursts are to be expected. And with winds strongest near the coast it’s looking like a complete weekend washout for all of Donegal. BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND WASHOUT was last modified: May 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AnnagryArdaraarranmoreBank HolidaydonegalFintownnewsWashoutweatherlast_img read more

O’Meara vows to take Toms’ title

first_imgSteve O’Meara has vowed to end Ryan Toms’ unbeaten record when the two West Londoners meet at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on 30 September.Toms, from Northolt, improved his record to 9-0 when he beat Pat McAleese last time out and will defend his southern area light-middleweight title against O’Meara, who has won 13 of his 15 professional fights.And O’Meara insists he will prevail in a fight that many see as effectively an eliminator for a shot at the British title currently held by Manchester’s Prince Arron.O’Meara, 27, said: “I watched Ryan’s last match against McAleese. There’s some good stuff but having watched him I feel like it is my fight to lose.“He’s unbeaten and no fight against an unbeaten fighter is going to be easy, because he doesn’t know how to lose yet. Unfortunately, I’ll be the one to show him.“I’ve tasted defeat and know what it feels like. I’m not scared of losing. Hopefully on 30 September I can show I’m a few levels above southern area title standard.”Toms, 29, has looked impressiveThe fight will be chief support to the Commonwealth super-featherweight clash between Liam Walsh and Paul Appleby and is part of a debut show for Queensberry Promotions, headed by Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George. Tickets are almost sold out.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, reached the semi-finals of Prizefighter last year, losing on a split decision.Shortly before that he sparred with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather – an experience O’Meara believes has stood him in good stead.“Sparring with him was unbelievable and it is something I will always remember,” he said.“It also had an affect on me mentally, sharing a ring with him. Floyd Mayweather is obviously the biggest name but I’ve sparred a lot of good fighters and I’ve always felt I’ve done well.“Whenever I’m coming up for a fight or I need that mental strength, the sparring with Mayweather, Carl Froch, James DeGale and Darren Barker – spending time in the ring with these types of fighters – makes you mentally strong.”last_img read more

Antarctica Hit by Catastrophic Meteors, Researchers Claim

first_imgA story in BBC News claims that multiple impact sites have been found under Antarctic ice covering an area 1300 by 2400 miles, with one impact making a hole in the ice 200 miles across.  The estimated date of these impacts (around 780,000 years ago) creates a problem, however:The research suggests that an asteroid the size of the one blamed for killing off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago could have struck Earth relatively recently.    Early humans would have been living in Africa and other parts of the Old World at the time of the strikes.If such a destructive impact killed off dinosaurs, how could the humans and other mammals survived?  A suggestion was quickly forthcoming: “But the impacts would have occurred during an ice age, so even tidal waves would have been weakened by the stabilising effect of icebergs on the ocean.”For an ad hoc just-so story to explain away evidence against a popular theory, this one takes the cake.  These theorists seem to have been hit with a rock on the head.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises

first_imgThough enterprises see the appeal of using blockchain, companies often don’t want to take on the challenge of working with their business partners to create a new blockchain solution. Last year, 74% of organizations in a global blockchain survey said they felt compelled to use a blockchain network to improve cross-enterprise efficiency, yet only 34% had taken steps to deploy one.Most organizations would rather skip the risk, even if it means paying for the privilege of using a blockchain network created by another company. The blockchain company then has created an enormous opportunity for tech startups to do the work, convene the right parties, and build out blockchain networks that enhance cross-enterprise efficiency for them.The Value in a Ready-to-Use Blockchain NetworkOver the past decade, lean startup methods, cloud platforms, and DevOps practices have transformed how startups move from concept to minimum viable product and then scale up. These innovations also allowed startups to create solutions that enterprises can readily implement and use more rapidly.Startups that offer blockchain solutions benefit from all this knowledge, but they also face several new challenges. To build a network that reaches critical mass and generates significant returns, a startup has to convince other enterprises that its blockchain can provide the security, scalability, and resilience they expect.That means making it clear to enterprises how integrating the blockchain network will benefit them, as well as addressing the concerns that have prevented those organizations from it until now. If that’s the position you’re in, here’s how to approach that conversation:1. Address decentralization head-on.When startups create a blockchain network, they need to benefit from their investment and risk without retaining control over the blockchain solution they have built. That’s because controlling the solution makes it just another software-as-a-service product, as opposed to an exact decentralized blockchain solution.The first thing startups must do, then, is separate ownership from control. Ownership vs. Control can be difficult in the beginning of the business, when fewer parties are involved. However, it’s possible to start with centralized control and clearly define when that control will be moved to a governing body made up of a mix of users with different interests.2. Prioritize rules for data and logic.A well-designed governing body has the incentive to improve the network, grow the network, and create a fair return for all users. Fair return is only possible, though, if the network has rules for data management, code management, and node control as early as possible. It can only grow if everyone understands who owns and can analyze what data, and who can authorize changes in business rules and data logic.Once data is provided, it’s difficult to change the rules on how it can be used, so startups must carefully consider foundational data policies as early as possible. Even if governance is more centralized at first, all of the network’s users should have some input in designing initial policies to meet their needs and expectations.3. Grow faster with trusted third parties.The core value of blockchain is the ability to identify high-value problems and solve them by bringing together the right parties. In that same vein, blockchain-based startups shouldn’t hesitate to consider what areas of their operations can be handled by new types of service providers who can help with many aspects of governance, blockchain network operations, smart contract creation, and auditing.Allowing experienced third parties to handle these tasks gives startups more freedom to focus on users. That means more time to implement improvements and grow the network in ways that benefit everyone on it. Startups can prove that, unlike prior solutions, a well-governed blockchain network truly operates in the interest of its users.4. Focus on boosting efficiency.Blockchain technology offers a significant boost to productivity. Today’s enterprises mostly operate on software purchased from major vendors like SAP, Oracle, or Microsoft. When they work with business partners that have different systems, those systems don’t always agree on details like order fulfillment status and special pricing rules. When the details don’t agree with each other — the result is time wasted having to resolve exceptions.Blockchain technology allows enterprises to radically simplify how they operate together. Using shared logic and data across the entire network eliminates the potential for variations and disputes. This feature alone makes transactions more efficient and delivers significant cost savings for every enterprise involved.5. Shift value by eliminating intermediaries.While their reservations about blockchain sometimes hinder enterprises, they may also be hemmed into specific ways of doing things because of a lack of transparency or trust. In those cases, they may rely on a third party — a marketplace provider, for example — to overcome some of these issues.Bold startups are taking on that status quo and offering new solutions built on blockchain that use a decentralized approach, eliminating the need for intermediaries. The unparalleled transparency and trust that blockchain provides are creating new flexibility in how the business operates. The operations lead to value shifting from intermediaries to enterprises — and the customers who buy their products and services.While blockchain startups have more challenges to face than more conventional companies, those that can navigate this new area and allow enterprises to be early adopters of this emergent technology will have a stake in some of the most valuable and long-lived business networks ever to be established. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Tags:#Blockchain#enterprises#startups#tech Related Posts Alex RosenVice President of Business Development at Chainyard China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Alex Rosen is vice president of business development at blockchain consulting company Chainyard, which delivers production solutions for pain points in a variety of industries. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

Fresh summons to Modi for misappropriation of funds

first_imgThe Chennai city police have issued fresh summons to suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and five others over complaint of misappropriation of funds of Rs 468 crore, filed by Indian cricket board secretary N Srinivasan.Lalit ModiModi and five others – Harish Krishnamachari of Mumbai, Ajay Verma of New Delhi and World Sports Group office-bearers Venu Nair, Andrew Georgio and Seamus O’Brien — have been asked to appear for an inquiry either on January 25, 26 or 28, a date suitable for them, Police Commissioner T Rajendran told reporters here on Thursday.”If they failed to appear on any of these dates, legal steps will be taken to bring them for inquiry,” the Police Commissioner said.Srinivasan had lodged a complaint last year against Modi, charging him with misappropriation of Rs 468 crore, mainly in allotting media rights and free commercial rights.Modi and others had not responded to summons issued in December, asking them to appear in the first week of this month.However, Kunal Dasgupta, whose name also figured in the complaint, had complied with the police summons to appear before it.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

CLEAN UP CONTINUES AT FLOODED SGT. BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL

first_imgUpdated 2:58 pm 2/21/17STUDENTS ATTENDING THE SGT. BLUFF-LUTON MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE GOING TO CLASS IN DIFFERENT BUILDINGS THE REST OF THIS WEEK.SUPERINTENDENT ROD EARLEYWINE SAYS IT’S BECAUSE OF A WATER PIPE THAT BROKE AND FLOODED THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MONDAY NIGHT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….OUT OF THE DRAINS. ;22EARLEYWINE SAYS A FULL THIRD OF THE SCHOOL SUSTAINED WATER DAMAGE, INCLUDING THE LIBRARY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SALVAGED OR NOT. ;14THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, IF NOT FOR THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHO PITCHED IN TO HELP MONDAY NIGHT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..MITIGATE THE DAMAGE. ;24THE 8TH GRADE STUDENTS WILL ATTEND CLASS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL THE REST OF THE WEEK.SEVENTH GRADE WILL MEET IN THE COMMUNITY REC CENTER AND 6TH GRADERS WILL HOLD CLASS IN THE GRADE THREE THROUGH FIVE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGEARLEYWINE SAYS HE HOPES TO RESUME CLASSES MONDAY AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.————————————————————–THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES HELD AT SGT. BLUFF-LUTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ON TUESDAY.SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY A WATER MAIN BREAK MONDAY EVENING HAS FLOODED PART OF THE BUILDING LOCATED AT 208 PORT NEAL ROAD.CLASSES WILL BE HELD AS NORMAL AT THE ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS.last_img read more

Video: Meet Nick Chubb’s 9-Year-Old Cousin, A Star RB Georgia Is Apparently Already Recruiting

first_imgNick Chubb's Cousin carries football past defenders.Nick Chubb’s CousinNick Chubb is a freak of a football player. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman for Georgia in 2014. He should be one of the country’s top players this fall. The Cedartown, Ga., native certainly has some good genes. So it would make sense that he’s not the only member of his bloodline to be great on the gridiron. Meet Harlem Diamond, a 9-year-old cousin of Chubb who is already showing out on the football field. Georgia already seems to be recruiting him (to an extent). The Bulldogs’ Twitter account sent out the following tweet this afternoon.#homeGrown #ChubbStrong #CommitToTheG https://t.co/Pcw1dR9Kr9— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) May 15, 2015Bulldogs’ fans would certainly be happy if he eventually decides to #CommitToTheG.last_img read more

Book Review JK Rowlings The Casual Vacancy

first_imgJK Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, was released in September, and shows a grittier side of the author who brought us Harry Potter. But the book does more than just provide us with a window into the private and dysfunctional lives of the fictional village of Pagford – it shows a side of Rowling that cares about people in the community.The Casual VacancyThe characters in Rowling’s book are essentially at low points in their lives – something Rowling knows from experience. The publication of the Harry Potter books is one of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories of modern times – Rowling went almost over night from a benefit-dependent single mother suffering from depression to the first living author to earn a billion dollars from her books. And it was while she was at rock bottom that she witnessed the sorts of characters who populate The Casual Vacancy.But throughout the low years, Rowling always managed to give back where she could. After studying French and Classics at University, she worked as a researcher for Amnesty International. And since finding success, Rowling has supported a number of causes, including Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Comic Relief – her books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were both published in aid of Comic Relief. She was also the Patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Scotland for nine years, and she now funds MS research through the VOLANT Charitable Trust, which she founded in memory of her mother.But it was an article in the Sunday Times in 2005 that led Rowling to establish one of the most important charities currently operating on a global scale to help the 8 million children living in institutions.“I looked at that photograph of the boy in his cage bed and felt he has absolutely no voice,” said Rowling. “This touched me as nothing else has because I can think of nobody more powerless than a child, perhaps with a mental or a physical disability, locked away from their family. It was a very shocking realization to me and that’s where the whole thing started.”Rowling’s High Level Children’s Group is now known as Lumos, which works at a political and practical level to ensure that UN minimum standards for the care of children are implemented across the whole of Europe and beyond. Rowling is still active at raising money for the cause – in 2007, she auctioned one of seven special copies of her Harry Potter tie-in, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, for the charity. The result was a US$ 4 million boost for Lumos’ work. The general release publication of the book continues to raise money for the charity, and it was recently released as an eBook for Lumos.Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, is a step away from anything she’s published before. Definitely not a children’s book, it is a challenging read – both in terms of literature and content. Set in the small village of Pagford, it follows a large set of characters as they fight among themselves to fill a recently vacated position on the parish council.Dark and compelling, The Casual Vacancy is a book that makes you think about the people who make up communities and inspires us to think about those who may “fall through the cracks”. The last 100 pages include some of the best storytelling I have read in a long time.“The Casual Vacancy is set in a small community, which involved writing characters who are adolescents way up to people in their sixties,” said Rowling. “I love nineteenth century novels that centre on a town or village. This is my attempt to do a modern version. As a writer you have to write what you want to write; or rather what you need to write. I needed to write this book.”The Casual Vacancy is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more