first_imgAn artist’s impression of a possible plan for the foot of Errigal.Donegal County Council officials will met today to discuss possible improvement works at the foot of Errigal.The meeting will take place between county councillor Micheal MacGiolla Easbuig and officials dealing with Community and Enterprise.Councillor MacGiolla Easbuig said he hopes the plans will include a larger car park and better facilities for tourists and climbers alike. “Such facilities would include tap water, benches, toilet facilities and a possible very small outlet selling tea and refreshments and also providing information of the area and climb itself.“Signage on our road networks across the county directing people to the climb of Mount Errigal would also be beneficial for the area. I would also like to see included in this plan of works at the site a boardwalk from the carpark across the bog to access the mountain easier which would prevent climbers getting wet or falling while on the bogland,” he said.He added he did not wish to see this as a large development.“I believe this would only take away from the raw beauty which people are drawn to the area for. As in the artists impression you see here the works should be kept to a minimum, only providing the essentials for what is needed. I believe such a project and improvements on the site would be of huge benefit to locals and tourists alike and would attract even more tourism to the region.” He willl also be requesting a meeting with Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaetacht Joe McHugh TD to discuss this plan and indeed tourism in the area in general.“Glenveagh National Park which is only a short distance from Mount Errigal is a huge attraction for tourists from the North West area and further afield. I think it would be hugely beneficial to make the most of this attraction and do what we can to bring those who would travel to Glenveagh to make the journey that bit further west in Donegal, both to Mount Errigal and beyond to enjoy our beautiful coastline.“While it is vital that we do what we can to make the most of the tourism potential of West Donegal I don’t believe it should be tourism at any cost. We should first and foremost look at doing the most we can but with the very least amount of impact on the scenery and environment which Donegal is world renowned for.“Improving upon our areas most vital resource of tourism potential, an industry which can benefit so much of our people across the board, is something I feel we have to look at very seriously to help recover the area. Such plans will lead to the creation of sustainable employment in the region of West Donegal and with such plans we will be looking after our whole community and not just the interests of a few,” he added.PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED FOR AMENITIES AT FOOT OF ERRIGAL was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalErrigalMICHEAL MACGIOLLA EASBUIGtouristslast_img read more


Raiders-Cardinals: Does a good fan pick them to win or lose? It’s complicated

first_imgYou’ve edged past the midpoint — only the midpoint! — of this godforsaken season at 1-8. The difficult decision of whether to be rooting for the Raiders at this juncture is real, even if you’re a diehard among diehards.Admit it: You’ve begun sneaking a look at the college football landscape, sizing up those three first-round picks and who might look good in Silver-and-Black — and make an immediate upgrade to these sputtering units. (This mock draft has the Raiders staying at No. 1 to grab … Who does your Raiders-loving heart want to win Sunday?RaidersCardinalsOther:VoteView ResultsTake Our Polllast_img read more

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Venus Flytrap Still Mystifies, Inspires

first_imgThe Venus flytrap remains one of the most intriguing plants in the world.  What makes it snap shut in a tenth of a second?  Can we imitate its motion without muscles, wires or batteries?A press release from the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics sets up the questions:Plants lack muscles, yet in only a tenth of a second, the meat-eating Venus fly trap hydrodynamically snaps its leaves shut to trap an insect meal. This astonishingly rapid display of botanical movement has long fascinated biologists. Commercially, understanding the mechanism of the Venus fly trap’s leaf snapping may one day help improve products such as release-on-command coatings and adhesives, electronic circuits, optical lenses, and drug delivery.Both Science Daily and Live Science reported on research by a French team that seeks to understand how botanical tissues can respond so quickly.  One theory has been ruled out – that water travels from the inside cells to outside cells.  By measuring the fluid pressure of the cells (a tricky experiment), Mathieu Colombani’s team found that movement of water is too slow to account for the traps’ fast action.  They were scheduled to present their findings at an APU meeting in San Diego on Nov. 18.Live Science quoted Charles Darwin calling the Venus flytrap “one of the most wonderful plants in the world.” It grows in coastal bogs in North Carolina where soil nutrients are scarce – thus insects provide some of its nitrogen.  Still, “despite the plant’s notoriety, its closing mechanism remains a mystery 250 years after its discovery.”  Colombani’s team is the first to examine the mechanism at the cellular level.  “The researchers are currently testing another popular explanation that says the elasticity of the plant’s cell walls changes, causing the leaves to destabilize and snap together,” Live Science said.  “Colombani says that whatever the mechanisms behind the remarkable plant’s bite are, they could have potential applications in medicine or other fields.”Teachable Moment: Parents, kids are fascinated by the Venus flytrap.  You can often buy the little plants in local nurseries.  Build a little Venus flytrap terrarium at home for the family, and teach the kids how to feed and care for the plants like they would a pet.  Much as they want to snap the traps over and over, they will quickly learn that the delicate plants need care and gentle handling.  Tell them that here is something easily observed and tested right under a scientist’s nose, yet science cannot explain it after 250 years of trying.  Focus on the beautiful design of these traps, how elegant and effective they are.  Add that an explanation might lead to cool toys and products that operate without batteries.  Kids need to know that there are still fascinating questions in science they might be able to solve, and that solving this puzzle might make the world a better place.  Show them, though, that science needs to explain via experimental proof, not speculation.  As it was for Faraday, Joule and other great creationary scientists who started young when they became intrigued by the wonders of nature, science is for everyone. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Miio: If Twitter were FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS Reader. Wait, What?

first_imgNow whether you’re supposed to chat them up or hit on them when you meet them is something I wasn’t too clear about, given that miio asks for your “relationship status” and what you’re “looking for” (friends, dating, chatting, “whatever”) via your profile page. Those seem like features borrowed from Facebook, and frankly, if miio just wants to be discussion site, it could do without them. Miio’s Twitter-Like DashboardThe miio Dashboard is reminiscent of Twitter, with its “replies” and “messages to me,” the latter very much like Twitter’s own DMs (direct messages). But unlike Twitter, you don’t just follow tweets, err…posts, limited to 140 characters or less. Users can write as much as they want. And like Facebook, those status updates can be links, photos, videos, etc. as well. They can also be questions, which then puts miio up against Q&A sites like Quora, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Miio GroupsThere are also groups within miio, where you can discuss items of interest to you whether that’s sports or iPads. But given miio’s “early adopter” mindshare, the biggest groups seem to be tech-focused ones like those discussing iOS, startups or even miio competitor Google Buzz. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Mashups#Messaging Services#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#social networks#Social Web#twitter#web Miio RSSIn fact, updates can even be RSS feeds thanks to a profile setting which lets you publish RSS to miio. Already a number of “members” have created miio accounts with RSS feeds – as you can see here by searching for *rss*. However, given the high profile nature of some of these accounts (ABC, AP, BBC, CBS, Huffington Post, etc.), it looks like miio created these accounts itself for others to follow, which is actually a handy feature. From the Public Timeline or Search page, you can filter out whether or not you want to see RSS updates or whether you want to see just text updates, just photos, just videos, just questions and so on. If you switch the setting to “RSS only,” miio could effectively function as a lightweight RSS reader for those who don’t really do RSS. center_img sarah perez Final Thoughts: Too Much of a Good Thing, miio Needs to DietAlthough miio gets some things right, simplicity is not one of them. It’s not clear yet what exactly miio wants to be when it grows up, why there’s a need for this service and who should use it. Our advice to miio, ditch the advanced feature set (it’s overwhelming!) and focus on doing just one thing and doing it well. Groups, perhaps. Google Buzz lacks a “groups” feature and although FriendFeed has them, that service lost quite a few members after its Facebook acquisition. Do discussion groups and do them better than anyone else. And don’t allow top followed members to dominate discussions like on Buzz, FriendFeed, Twitter and every other “social” service out there today. Make it more democratic. And simplify, simplify, simplify. Twitter worked because it was basic and easy. That’s how miio should start too. It can add in advanced filtering, location-based services, metadata and all the rest later on, if necessary. (Or perhaps not at all). With a redirected singular goal like this, miio could have a chance at attracting not just the tech geeks who sign up for anything shiny and new but those who just like to go online and chat about things they’re into, no matter what those may be. Obviously, the folks behind miio have the technical know-how to build a great service, now they just need to establish a sharper focus. Good luck, miio! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Miio is a new microblogging service which is a bit like a mashup between Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS reader. Now typically, we don’t like describing services as a “it’s like a this plus a that,” but Miio is precisely the kind of service that needs a little help in the “what this is” department. Don’t get us wrong, the concept itself isn’t bad: a discussion board built around interests as opposed to popularity. It’s just that the execution makes the service seem a little confusing. So what is miio? That’s what we’re trying to figure out today. Miio Members: Find New FriendsWhen you first sign up for miio, you can search for friends across your social networks and email accounts or you can skip that step and just search for other miio users who share your interests. This is perhaps the key feature in miio that differentiates it from many other social networks: it’s not yet another site where you have to (either manually or automatically) re-create your social graph. It’s a place to meet new people who share your interests. last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool legend Rush: West Ham kid Rice better than Stones

first_imgLiverpool legend Rush: West Ham kid Rice better than Stonesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Ian Rush has no doubts about the potential of West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rush feels that Rice, who has just penned a new deal, is on a similar path to Manchester City defender John Stones who made a £50m move to the Etihad in 2016 after breaking into the Everton team as a teenager.”He reminds me of John Stones, when he was Everton,” he said on beIN Sports.”I think Rice is a better player, at that age. Whether [he plays for] England or Ireland, it’s up to him to decide. He’s come on a lot. For me, he’s a centre-back. He can play the holding midfield role as well. To be at his best, for me he’s a ball-playing centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Monika Deol as electric as you remember her

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A working theory: Electric Circus was an early, in-your-face harbinger of YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, YouNameChat.It’s an idea that gets a twinkle out of Monika Deol, the ertswhile host of that bizarro, homegrown, dance-dance-dance TV program that once was all the rage in T.O., back in the ’90s when Drake was still taking a lunchbox to school. She nods meaningfully, dressed today in chic iterations of designer black, looking not unlike an Indian Miranda Priestly.“It was a strange time,” she concedes, going on to reminisce about a show that aired weekly on City TV, then nationally on MuchMusic. It was, essentially, a 90-minute live-to-air dance party, groundbreaking then for its multiracial in-your-face-ness, its gay/straight/whatever mix, plus its high-energy authenticity. It was live-stream before live-stream was live-stream, and it made Deol a kind of Pied Piper of hip in this town. On any list of must-invites, she was it. When Deol started to shop around the concept, one thing led to another, which led to a friend-of-a-friend of a contact at the U.S.-based beauty behemoth accepting their cold call.“I knew they were going to say no,” Deol says, “but it was OK, I wanted to personally hear them say no. When we called . . . they started to say, ‘It’s a very tough business . . . and every makeup artist in the world is trying to do this’ — what you’d expect them to say.”But. But. Turns out the guy at Sephora happened to grow up in Canada, where he grew up watching Electric Circus, and happens to be married an Indian woman, so was personally clued into the market potential of a diverse clientele. What are the chances?“I’ll take a meeting with Monika Deol,” she says he said.Fast forward to now, where Deol sits with me in one of the residences at the Shangri-La, where the fruits of her labour are laid, candy-like, before her: six concealers, four loose powders, three blushes, 19 lipsticks, 22 foundations.“If we’re going to go for it, we’re going to go for it,” she footnotes, underlining the potential there is in makeup targeted to women of Hispanic, Latino, Afro-American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Filipino, Middle-Eastern and Indian women,” as the Stellar press release pulp reads.Though there’s a lot more in the market for women like herself than there was when she was growing up in Manitoba — where she’d plaster on the lipstick while riding the bus to school because her Sikh parents wouldn’t let her don makeup — there still isn’t quite enough, Deol argues. Her goal, clearly: to be there sharing shelf-space with likes of supermodel Iman, who was on the cosmetics vanguard 20-odd years ago, she acknowledges.Stylish full-circle? Oh, yeah. “I never wore the same thing twice, I never wore had the same hair twice,” Deol remembers about her television boogie-party days. A bona fide fashion-plate in her time, she wore a lot of Canadian designers — though, this was definitely in the days before women like her on television had “stylists.”Have her four children — ranging in age from 11 to 20 — seen their mom’s old TV clips? I can’t help but ask.“I hid it from them. . .” she begins, reformulating her answer to say, “I didn’t go out of my way to show them.”By now, they have certainly clued in, though, about her ’90s-era fast-and-fabulous days in Toronto and are now all on-board, in their own ways, with this new Sephora project. Her eldest daughter, who’s studying commerce (she’s possibly inherited the business gene of her developer dad), has been engaged in that angle of things; another daughter (who’s more into fashion) acts as a sounding board on that end; her only son is the digital whiz (he helps with storyboarding, apps, etc.) and her youngest child has turned into a kind of jack-of-all-trades worker bee.“It’s turned into a family project,” she laughs.The hustle is real, it’s clear. Off Deol goes to the airport any moment — to return home to Vancouver — only to turn around, soon enough, to visit Sephora stores, from Boston to Honolulu to Manhattan.“I’m ready to be a road warrior,” she says. “I want to do it. I want to meet the people in the stores. That’s what it is for me.”BY SHINAN GOVANI Advertisement Advertisement But then, just as quickly, she gave it all up, decamping for a new life and fresh marriage on the west coast, where she’s raised four children.Full circles being what they are, she’s in Toronto all these years later, to launch her made-in-Canada cosmetic line Stellar, with a particular accent on women with medium skin tones. How did she manage to get the collection into Sephora stores, both in Canada and the U.S.? (That’s no small feat for a first-timer.) Facebooklast_img read more

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Whistleblower in Danish banking scandal Bank ignored me

first_imgCOPENHAGEN — The man who blew the whistle on a massive money laundering scheme through the Estonian branch of Denmark’s Danske Bank, says the bank “deliberately ignored” the warning he made that dirty money was flowing, some from Russia.Howard Wilkinson says “there was a big smoke alarm that started. But (Danske Bank) tried actively to turn off the smoke alarm.”Wilkinson told a hearing at Denmark’s Parliament on Monday that he wrote four whistleblower reports. He also said Denmark’ financial regulator only reacted nine years after he first reported something was wrong.Jesper Berg, the head of Denmark’s Financial Supervisory Authority, admitted it wasn’t until Denmark’s Berlingske daily in February cited an internal Danske Bank report that it launched an investigation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Net servers may soon be set for full site name in 9 Indian scripts

first_imgNew Delhi: Global internet servers are expected to be ready by June to enable people register complete website name in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group. At present, website name can be booked in several non-English scripts including Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Devanagari etc.However, top level domain (TLD) — which is the second part on the right side of the dot of a website address — can be booked only in limited set of characters identified by root server. As of now, people can book website name in Devanagari script and only .bharat in this script is available as extension. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. “Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers that are managed by ICANN by June. “LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice,” said Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostData is the first Indian to hold the position in UASG that has been set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN. UASG is working to finalise standard characters of non-English scripts to be accepted by internet system globally. Under the new system, people will be able to use any name, word, combination of letters in the nine Indian scripts after ICANN accepts it and completes the process of allocating the system to various bodies across the globe that will facilitate registrations.last_img read more

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Perez promises incredible signings at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid’s record goalscorer just left the club after completing a whooping €112million deal with Juventus, marking the end of an era at the Santiago Bernabeu.As Cristiano Ronaldo’s leaves Real Madrid, Madrid president Florentino Perez is probably on the lookout for superstar replacements.There are also speculations that Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe are on Real Madrid’s target list as they begin 2018-19 under new head coach Julen Lopetegui. President Florentino Perez is confident of about knowing the expectations of the club and looks forward to a statement signing as they welcome Alvaro.“We are aware of the expectations this team faces every season,” Perez said following right-back Alvaro Odriozola’s introduction as a Madrid player, quoted in FourFourTwo.“We’re Real Madrid and we always want more. This is a winning team with amazing players.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We have an amazing squad that will be reinforced with new, incredible players.” ?? #WelcomeOdriozola Welcome to your new home, @alvaroodriozola! #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) July 18, 2018last_img read more

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