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Coastal residents warned as high tides expected this week

first_imgIt has been less than one month after devastating floodwaters from recurring high tides hit several sections of the coastland, and residents have been advised again to brace themselves for the worst, as the spring tides will return later this week.Flooding at Mahaica, Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica) earlier this monthOn Tuesday a notice was issued by Junior Public Infrastructure Minister, Jaipaul Sharma advising that the spring tide will commence on Friday, October 25 and will last until Thursday, October 31.It specified that the highest tide is expected on Monday, October 28 from 16:00h to 19:00h at a height of 3.31 metres, or 10.31 feet.Persons living in vulnerable areas are being asked to employ all precautions to safeguard their health and safety during this period. As usual, giant waves will be pounding over the sea defence structures, most likely causing inundation.During a similar spring tide some three weeks ago, there was severe flooding along Mahaica in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica). At the Dantzig, Mahaica foreshore, water levels reached new records as other areas became inundated. The situation was escalated after animals continued to die and schools were forced to close their doors. Those who were forced out of their homes were rescued by relatives and friends but could not return to their homes.After an assessment, officials declared that more than 300 acres of rice were destroyed and hundreds of acres were under threat of destruction by saltwater. Apart from the destruction of the rice, the flooded land became salty and can no longer work for rice production.In Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), affected communities ranged from Leguan Island, Wakenaam Island, Parika, Uitvlugt, Anna Catherina, Den Amstel, Fellowship, Blankenburg and Cornelia Ida.During that time, the Public Health Ministry had sent out precautions, urging citizens to stay out of the water and keep food items safe. Water-borne diseases can be contracted by contact with these waters.Protective gears should be used along with regular washing of feet after exiting the waters. If necessary, Vaseline or oil can be applied to form a barrier to protect from the dirty water.Adding to that, water poses as breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spreads Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus. Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly with clean water to prevent contamination.Instructions were given to turn off the main electrical outlet as well as equipment.last_img read more


first_imgA GROUP of Donegal women have bared almost all for a charity calendar – and are set to do it for real again this Sunday!The eight women from Donegal Town and Glenties have posed for a dozen daring pictures for a 2013 calendar which they hope will raise thousands of euro for charity.And this Sunday some of them will be ‘on display’ in the window of Magees in the Diamond in Donegal Town hoping to raise even more money. Roberta Gillen persuaded other shop workers in the town centre to bare almost all for the saucy snaps.But the fun shoots around Co Donegal were sparked by tragedy.“The money raised will go to Living Links which helps familes affected by suicide and to the Oncology Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital,” said Roberta, who works in Foody’s deli in the town.“A friend of mine took his own life and I recently lost a relative to cancer so I wanted to raise some money for good local charities. “I’m a big fan of Gok Wan and his programme ‘How To Look Good Naked’ and I thought we can do that,” she laughed.Photographer Paul McGinty from Ghorm Studio in Donegal: “I tried to take pictures inspired by famous scenes and it really worked. The ladies were absolutely brilliant to work with. We had a lot of fun doing it.”Pictured are Roberta, Centra worker Theresa Murphy, Maggie Murphy from Magee’s, Joy Peat (retired), counsellor Mary McLaughlin, Donegal hospital worker Lorraine Rourke, Kay Latimore from the Country Market, Charelle Bell who has since moved to Australia, and Paula McMullan, an ‘outsider’ from Glenties and organiser of the Melting Pot Festival.DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS SET TO BARE (ALMOST) ALL AGAIN was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS SET TO BARE (ALMOST) ALL AGAINlast_img read more


first_imgTHE official launch of the Ulster Championship took place in Belfast last night. Here’s a video of some of the players and managers looking ahead to a festival of gaelic games.Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte both feature.Click Play to watch   DDTV: ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW VIDEO – KEEPER DURCAN ON DONEGAL’S HOPES was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW VIDEO – KEEPER DURCAN ON DONEGAL’S HOPESlast_img read more

Celtic turned down ‘significant offer’ for Moussa Dembele, says Rodgers

first_img Celtic fans have cost club over €500,000 – ‘They’re an embarrassment’, says McCoist round-up Arsenal fans are in for a treat when Tierney gets into stride, Brown says Old Firm Dembele has also been linked with a move to Marseille this summer 2 Rangers vs Celtic: Kick-off time, how to watch for free and team news cup final Latest Celtic FC News 2 Rodgers also confirmed his interest in Youssouf Mulumbu.The 31-year-old former West Brom midfielder, who left Kilmarnock in May, was at Celtic Park earlier on Thursday.“We’ve been on the lookout for an aggressive number eight,” said Rodgers. “Hopefully he gets through a medical this evening.“He was exceptional for Kilmarnock. He fits the profile and has the experience. It’s a really good move for us.” Dembele missed the second leg of the Europa League play-off against Suduva at Celtic Park on Thursday night.The forward, who moved to the Scottish champions from Fulham two seasons ago, has also been linked with a move to Marseille.Before the game Rodgers told BBC Scotland: “At some point he will go.“Hopefully it is all resolved by tomorrow. When it comes so late in the day, it’s so difficult to get the quality in.” rival joy Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says Celtic have rejected a “significant offer” for star striker Moussa Dembele.Dembele, 22, missed training with his side in order to discuss with the Parkhead board about his future amid interest from Ligue 1 side Lyon.center_img Rodgers did not have Dembele at his disposal for Celtic’s Europa League play-off second-leg against Suduva CONFIRMED NAME GAME Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents ‘Rangers must deliver’ – Celtic hero warns Gerrard and slams ‘serial loser’ Tavernier do it ultras Big Sam makes ‘Allardicio’ Man United claim, says anyone can win with Celtic GOT IT ALL Rangers slip up at Aberdeen as Celtic go two points clear in Scottish Premiership last_img read more

‘Companies must do more to protect children online’

first_imgTHE ISPCC has welcomed a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs’ Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults and urged the government to implement the recommendations for keeping children and young people safe online.However, the charity says the report does not go far enough. Statutory regulations for providers of online services and enhanced Garda powers to investigate online crimes must also be implemented as a priority, it said.The national child protection charity has been to the fore of championing the need for enhanced measures to increase children’s online safety. ISPCC representatives briefed the Joint Oireachtas Committee in February 2017 on the difficulties experienced by young people online and the need for a National Strategy on Children’s Cyber Safety to be introduced. ISPCC CEO Grainia Long said: “This is an important piece of work by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Children’s online safety is the child protection issue of our time. In the ISPCC, through our Childline service and our one-to-one work with children, we hear first-hand the voices of children. They tell us of the need for increased education and awareness. We know from their experiences that regulation and support is needed — this is a whole of government issue.“The ISPCC is pleased to see cross-party support for a national cyber safety strategy. The report’s 18 recommendations emphasise the importance of law reform, the need for industry to enhance safety for young people using services, the need for the State to play a greater role in regulation, awareness and monitoring of this area through the Office of a Digital Safety Commissioner, education and awareness raising. We agree that cyber safety education needs to be embedded into the curriculum from primary school level, with appropriate supports across the education system.“However, the committee recommends that ‘Social media platforms do more to strengthen their safety policies with a view to protecting their users. This could be done in consultation with the proposed Office of the Digital Safety Commissioner.’ The ISPCC is of the view that this is not sufficiently robust to protect children.“Self-regulation of companies that provide services to children online will not be sufficient. The proposed Office of Digital Safety Commissioner must have the power to implement statutory regulation. We urge Government to adopt the recommendations and to go further, and require industry to adhere to statutory standards. It is imperative now that as recommended this Office be adequately resourced, with appropriate funding and staffing, and further, with statutory powers. “We are pleased to see that the report has acknowledged the programmes and work being carried out by An Garda Síochána on limited resources. In implementing these recommendations, the government should also make provision for including enhanced powers and resources for Gardaí, as recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon.“There is now real momentum for change in this area, to better protect children online. A cyber safety strategy must be developed as a priority, in full consultation with stakeholders and with children at its centre, having regard to EU policy development in this area.“This is part of a suite of inter-dependent measures, including the Data Protection Bill, which must be introduced without delay so that children and young people can continue to enjoy the breadth of opportunities the internet presents in the safest and most supportive environment possible.“The report is a result of much focused work and significant consultation. It sets a clear direction for what needs to happen now, and, as this is a stated priority for Government, the ISPCC looks forward to its swift adoption and to involvement in developing a comprehensive cross-Government strategy on children’s online safety to help ensure children are safer online.” ‘Companies must do more to protect children online’ was last modified: March 30th, 2018 by John2Share 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:childrechildrenISPCConlineprotectionreportlast_img read more

Giants sign unique free agent, fill multiple needs

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Giants have added depth on both the left and right sides of their bullpen with the signing of one free agent.San Francisco has finalized a one-year contract with ambidextrous switch-pitcher Pat Venditte who becomes the Giants’ fourth major league addition this offseason. NBC Sports Bay Area first reported the two sides were close to an agreement.Venditte is the only major league pitcher who throws from both the right and left side and he typically chooses the arm that gives …last_img read more

Supermen Living in Nepal

first_imgThere is a race of people at the base of Mt. Everest capable of feats that defy scientific explanation: the Sherpas.  They can carry up to twice their body weight under three hostile conditions that would wear out most of us in a minute: (1) high altitude, (2) long distance, and (3) steep inclines.  Somehow, the techniques they use and the adaptations their bodies have made from living in that environment have made them the supreme load carriers of the human world (they even beat out African women who routinely carry heavy loads on top of their head).  This was the subject of a research paper in Science this week.1  Science Now sums it up:When the going gets tough, the tough use their heads.  Porters around the world carry loads that would floor backpackers by balancing baskets atop their noggins or slinging sacks from their craniums.  Now a new study reveals that Nepalese porters do the job better than anyone else, hefting huge bundles while using relatively little energy.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The study, also reported by National Geographic News, found that Nepalese porters or sherpas routinely carry double what backpackers carry, under more extreme conditions, yet burn less energy:The town of Namche (at an altitude of 3500 m [11,400 ft]) near Mount Everest hosts a weekly bazaar.  Porters (Fig. 1A), predominantly ethnic Rai, Sherpa, or Tamang, typically take 7 to 9 days to travel to Namche from the Kathmandu valley.  The route, no more than a dirt footpath, covers a horizontal distance of 100 km, with total ascents (river crossings to mountain passes) of 8000 m [5 vertical miles] and total descents of 6300 m [4 vertical miles].    One day before the bazaar, we counted 545 male and 97 female porters (and 32 yaks) en route to Namche; others passed by earlier and later in the darkness.  We weighed randomly selected porters and their loads.  The men carried loads of 93 +- 36% of their Mb (mean +- SD, n = 96 male porters), whereas the women carried 66 +- 21% of their Mb (n = 17 female porters).  The youngest porter was 11 years old, and the oldest 68; the greatest load measured was 183% of Mb, and 20% of the men carried > 125% of their Mb.  More than 30 tons of material were ported to Namche that day.The researchers measured their oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output under controlled conditions, and found that their energy utilization was “far more economical than the control subjects at all loads and more economical than the African women at all except the lightest loads.”  They marveled at watching them in their normal business hauling loads around the mountains.  How they do it is a mystery:The load versus speed versus energy-cost trade-off chosen by these porters is to walk slowly for many hours each day, take frequent rests, and carry the greatest loads possible.  We observed, for example, a group of heavily loaded porters making slow headway up a steep ascent out of a river gorge.  Following whistled commands from their leader, they would take up their loads and labor uphill for no more than 15 s at a time, followed by a 45-s period of rest.  Incredibly, this group of barefoot porters was headed for Tibet, across the Nangpa glacier (altitude 5716 m [18,700 ft]), about another week’s travel beyond Namche.    So how do they do it?  They might reduce the muscular work required to carry a load or increase their overall efficiency.  The actual mechanism is unknown at this time.Many world mountain climbers brag if they make it up Everest, but these sherpas consider such feats all in a day’s work.  National Geographic News adds that after unloading and selling their goods, they race home for more, running down the mountain for two days, even poorly equipped and usually with very bad shoes or none at all.  They usually sleep on the trail, with nothing but rocks for pillows, even in below-freezing temperatures.  Some of their women bring their babies with them.    See also the National Geographic story from May 2002 about the legendary Sherpas of Mt. Everest.  Many of the famous climbing expeditions on the world’s highest mountain could not have succeeded without them, it says.1Bastien et al., “Energetics of Load Carrying in Nepalese Porters,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5729, 1755 , 17 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1111513].Every once in awhile we get glimpses into the suggestion that there is far more potential in the human body than most of us realize.  Those of us who have backpacked in the mountains know the strain of carrying even 40 pounds up a steep mountainside for just a couple of hours, and that at much lower elevations.  The worst feeling at a rest stop is to have some 68-year-old frail-looking grandma with a bigger pack prance right on by saying, “Mighty fine day, is it not?” as you sit there gasping for breath.    Here we see, in Nepal, a community of men, women and children that make the impossible look routine.  They don’t shop at REI and use Patagonia gear or high-tech climbing boots; they don’t compete in the Olympics or win medals, but all of us must regard the way of life of these human mountain goats with admiration.  How much stronger and smarter could our ancestors have been?  A little humility is always in order.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

iOS 7 Development: Everything You Need To Know To Get Started

first_imgOK, so you have downloaded the iOS 7 beta and are ready to get to work. Now what?There are some new things you are going to want to check out in iOS that directly inform how you develop your next app for the release of the next iPhone later this year. Mostly, Apple has hundreds of new SDKs to check out that govern many different functions of the device. These are going to take some time to learn as they cover the new multi-tasking features, games and various design features. Related Posts Tags:#app development#Apple#iOS 7 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Before you get started with iOS 7 though, you’ll want to load the latest version of Xcode, the integrated developer environment for iOS development. With iOS 7 comes Xcode 5, which is currently in developer preview. You will not be able to use Xcode 5 unless your Mac is upgraded to the most recent version of Mas OS X – Mountain Lion 10.8.3. When learning how to develop for iOS 7, those are the two primary features that you are going to need to study – the new development frameworks and the new features in Xcode 5. New Frameworks In iOS 7There are six new frameworks specific to iOS 7:Sprite Kit – Perhaps the most interesting new framework in iOS 7, the Sprite Kit allows for hardware accelerated animation systems for 2D or “2.5D” games. Provides graphics rendering and animation, sound playback support and physics simulation.“SpriteKit will be capable of powering 2D games ranging from Cut the Rope to Jetpack Joyride and more. We think that this framework could become a major contender in a space currently dominated by Cocos2D and Unity,” said Kenneth Ballenegger an architect at Chartboost.Game Controller – Allows developers to add hardware controllers to iOS, either by directly connecting the device or through Bluetooth. Controllers must be optional and there must be a way for players to use the game without a controller. Maps – Developers will now be able to integrate Apple Maps into their apps, take advantage of 3D map features and control the user’s perspective. Other new features include a way to call on Apple for directions that overlay on top of the map. Games – In addition to the Game Controller and Sprite Kit, improvements have been made to Game Center (including a complete design overhaul, like the rest of iOS 7). New features let players interact with each other via chat, simultaneous turns and trading. Leaderboards have been expanded to 100 from 25. Developers can also add new features to help prevent cheating in the game.Those are the basics for getting started developing with the new features in iOS 7. Experienced app developers will likely be able to learn most of these new features relatively quickly, while newer developers might have a tough time wading through all the enhancements and the massive library that constitutes iOS developer libraries. Advancing Xcode 5None of the frameworks matter one bit if you don’t know what you are doing in Xcode. Xcode 5 has been designed for iOS 7 and Mac OS x 10.9 Mavericks. Among other changes, Xcode is now a little cleaner than previous versions and features a refined navigator. UI Improvements – The toolbar is smaller, which gives developers more space to work with. Xcode 5 is not a complete departure from Xcode 4.5 but you will have to figure out where all the usual stuff is. Testing – Developers hate the testing phase. It is where all their pretty code goes to die. Xcode 5 has a new test navigator to overview all the tests in a project and easily add new test targets.Debugger – New gauges have been added to the debugger UI in Xcode 5 to show CPU activity, real-time memory, energy use and more. Version Editor – Xcode 5 has a new management of workflow. It removes the repositories organizer and moves those functions to the project window under the source control menu. There are more new features and tweaks to Xcode. Some developers love to develop in Xcode while others cannot stand it. If you have picked up a Developer Preview for Xcode 5, tell us how in compares to older versions in the comments. center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Multipeer Connectivity – The peer-to-peer connectivity is essentially the new sharing features in iOS 7. Discovers nearby devices and directs communication without an Internet connection.JavaScriptCore – Allows for wrapping of standard JavaScript objects into Objective-C (the code used for iOS apps). Should allow for porting of apps between different mobile operating system platforms. Media Accessibility – Allows for closed-caption support in your apps. Safari Services – Support for adding URLs to Safari reading list. Enhanced FrameworksIn addition to the brand new frameworks, significant additions have been made to the existing frameworks, such as the User Interface Kit (UIKit), Games, Maps, Multitasking and more. Here are the highlights:User Interface – For developers and designers, the biggest feature of iOS 7 that is going to take some getting used to are all the new UIKit Framework functions and references. Apple has added “dynamic” UI actions, such as proximity and gravity controls as well as a whole new kit for text. The dynamic elements will take some time to study but the text kit should allow for easier development of words into apps with less actual code required in the app.Multitasking – The new multitasking features in iOS 7 apply mostly to the background data push and flow of information to the app. The apps can be woken up or launched periodically to fetch data. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskilast_img read more

Anwar disapproves of Sidhu’s Muslim pitch

first_imgSenior Congress leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday disapproved of Navjot Singh Sidhus appeal to Muslims to defeat BJP and said he would have stopped the Punjab Minister from doing so had he been present at the rally held in his Lok Sabha constituency of Katihar. “I have always held the view that votes must never be sought in the name of religion and caste. This has also been the policy of the Congress party. I do not approve of what Sidhu has uttered. I would request the party leadership to take note for suitable action,” Mr. Anwar said in a statement.Mr. Sidhu, against whom an FIR has been lodged at Katihar in Bihar for violating the model code of conduct, made the controversial statement at a rally in Barsoi police station area of the district on Monday. The matter came to light when a video footage of his utterances were beamed on TV news channels on Tuesday wherein he could be heard asking Muslims, who have a sizeable presence in Katihar, to be wary of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM alleging that it was being propped up by the BJP. He also urged the Muslim voters to unite in favor of the Congress candidate Tariq Anwar and drawing an analogy from cricket, remarked Modi will go for a six if you do so. “I was not present at the Barsoi rally. Had I been there, I would have immediately stood up and expressed my disapproval of the way he was canvassing for me,” Mr. Anwar clarified in his statement. The episode in Bihar came close on the heels of the Election Commission taking punitive action Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati for violating the poll code of conduct.last_img read more

Lifesavers up even minus star import

first_imgMOST READ Read Next “It’s all about having the proper mind-set,” said Vicente. “They were very motivated, relaxed and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game.”Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was Iriga’s lone bright spot on offense with 15 points as Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are trying to move on from suspended star spiker Grethcel Soltones.The Lifesavers were brilliant at the attack zone with 43 kills compared to the Lady Oragons’ 28. They also ruled the block, 6-1, and service departments, 7-4, to underscore their dominance and step back on the winning track after absorbing back-to-back losses.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playful presidential push for Popovich-Kerr QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA A national team member of Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin still suited up for the game despite a bum stomach. But Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente opted to just give her limited minutes of action.“She’s dehydrated,” said Vicente, who fielded Ramdin for a brief period in the second set. “But she’s now OK. We just don’t want to force her so she’ll be up and ready in our next game against F2 Logistics next week.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Ramdin at sickbay, Croatian Katerina Pilepic took up the cudgels by hounding and pounding the Lady Oragons’ defense from start to finish.Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20 points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers, who took the floor with a fighting mind-set despite the absence of their top spiker. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika LifeSavers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ FILE PHOTOGenerika-Ayala competed with limited personnel, but it hardly mattered as it still triumphed over Iriga City in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the time on the bench as the Lifesavers coasted to their second victory.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more