The McGeehin brothersDONEGAL students have picked up top honours at the BT Young Scientist of the Year awards.Top of the class goes to Letterkenny brothers Ronan and Eóin McGeehin from Coláiste Ailigh who scooped two awards.They came first in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical sciences category. They were also given the special Intellectual Ventures Award.The teenagers wanted to develop an early warning system to tell motorists when the road surface becomes icy.There was another first for Donegal when the Science Foundation Ireland Special Award went to Mulroy College student Chloe Bradley with her project to investigate the nutritive value of gorse and heather as a food source for mountain sheep!Coláiste Ailigh student Odhrán Mac Fhionnghaile took silver on his study of Irish attitudes to global warming in the social and behavioural sciences section. And Ultan O’Fearail, Conor Logue and Mikey Sweeney – also from Coláiste Ailigh – took runners-up spot in their category with the plant science project in the biological and ecological sciences section. DONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS was last modified: January 10th, 2014 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:BT Young ScientistDONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP AWARD AT BY YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS
1 November 2007More than 50 years after the Freedom Charter was signed, Soweto’s Kliptown is once again the focus of much attention. Setting the trend for other townships in South Africa, it is about to enter a new era in its history with the opening of its first-ever hotel.Holiday Inn Soweto opened its doors to the public on 1 November. Situated at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, a tourist draw card, in Soweto’s oldest suburb, the four-star hotel offers accommodation at an international standard to the more than 200 000 tourists who visit the township every year.This was not merely a 2010-focused initiative, confirmed George Phefo, the hotel’s general manager. In time, the group hopes to do more for the neighbourhood. “We are looking beyond 2010. We believe there are opportunities for Soweto.”Jazz and politicsIn addition to its location on a world-famous national heritage site, the hotel overlooks the informal market in Union Street and Jada’s place, the house in which Nelson Mandela was hiding when the Freedom Charter was drawn up on 26 June 1955. It plans to give tourists the opportunity to explore the Kliptown of the 1950s.“We will deliver on the Holiday Inn promise but also bring the political and historical stories into focus,” confirmed Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, the chief executive of the Zatic Group, or the Zuka Afrika Tourism and Investment Corporation, at the hotel’s inauguration. Zatic holds the franchise and a 30-year contract with the Intercontinental Hotel Group to manage the hotel.The decor is a mix of Kliptown history and African township – gogo blankets, Alf Khumalo photographs, vintage radiograms. With an eclectic blend of the modern and the old, private rooms and public areas offer style and comfort, without the visitor feeling removed from the real Soweto on the doorstep.Interior designer Fanie Makhanya said the brief was to take the uniqueness of Kliptown and modernise the application.Half a century ago, on 26 June 1955, more than 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations and ordinary people made their way through police cordons to gather on a dusty square in Kliptown, 40 kilometres south of Johannesburg.It was the Congress of the People, held to draw up the Freedom Charter, an alternative vision to the repressive policies of the apartheid state. At the time, Nelson Mandela was in hiding to avoid the police. On the second day, authorities broke up the illegal gathering, but by then the charter had already been adopted as a guiding document. It remains the cornerstone of ANC policy to this day and is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.Local prospectsAnd the Zatic Group is determined to have as many locals benefit from the project as possible. At least 80 percent of the workforce comes from small, medium and micro enterprises based in Soweto.There will be about 40 permanent employees at the hotel, and numerous opportunities will be created through procurement of services from businesses based in Soweto, including sourcing fresh produce from traders.“We want to procure as much as possible from our immediate surroundings,” said Steven Bagg, the director of the Zatic Group.In another move to improve conditions on the ground, the group has spoken to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambu-Ngcuka about funding for the hospitality clinics it wants to offer to local matriculants.“Above all, our job will be to train young people from this community who want to enter the hospitality sector,” Sangweni-Siddo confirmed.The local bed-and-breakfast industry was also bound to benefit, Bagg pointed out. Foreigners would take comfort from the globally recognised brand, leading to an increase in the number of visitors to the area. “This is a step up for Soweto.”Initial discussions with local tour operators and African curio artists have also taken place.Priceless accommodationHoliday Inn Soweto is owned by Freedom Square Hotel, a consortium of leading business and leisure shareholders. Built at a cost of R23,4-million, it forms part of the Walter Sisulu Square mixed-use precinct initiated by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC).The Kliptown project comprises the hotel, the recently opened Kliptown Museum, retail, restaurant and office space as well as an informal trading area. The JPC has signed a 10-year lease with empowerment group Zatic Hotels and Resorts to operate the hotel. Capello, the restaurant chain, plans to open a restaurant on the square soon.The Holiday Inn Soweto has 48 rooms, including two suites, the Oliver R Thambo and Chief Albert Luthuli suites; two executive boardrooms, the Winifred Mandela and Helen Joseph rooms; the Jazz Maniacs restaurant and Rusty’s cocktail bar, which is named after Rusty Bernstein, who assisted with the drafting of the Freedom Charter.Families are catered for in the 10 inter-leading rooms. The passages are called The Long Walk to Freedom – it is indeed a very long passage – and Unsung Heroes.The hotel is easily accessible from the Golden Highway and, with additional policing and security, the safety of guests and visitors is ensured. The luxury rooms cost R1 500 per person for one night, bed and breakfast. Deluxe suites cost R2 700 per night.For reservations, contact Holiday Inn Soweto on 0800 999 136.Source: City of Johannesburg
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Hewlett-Packard is planning to launch its own tablet device. It has been long reported that HP is developing a Web-based operating system. Now come reports of how it may be differentiated from the Google Chrome OS.On a side note, Ovum is reporting that Google will dominate the tablet market by 2015 with 36% of market share. That’s the magic number that Ovum says will need to be reached by one company in order to reach the top spot.As for HP, it’s expected to position its tablets as high-end audio device that can double as an alarm clock, GPS system or a picture frame – an obvious sign that HP sees the tablet as having a place in the living room.It’s expected to be a cloud connected device, featuring tens of gigabytes of storage. And there’s the key for HP. Google is banking on connected devices. Microsoft is too. Tap to share will be a big deal in the coming years. The devices will be secondary in value. Storage will be critical. And that’s what these big companies recognize. The Cloud Storage blog refers to a 451 Group report, which states that the cloud computing market is supposed to reach $16.3 billion by 2013. Storage will drive that growth.Cloud Storage:Even more interesting, however, the Group reports cloud-based storage will play a starring role in cloud growth, accounting for nearly 40% of the core cloud pie in 2010. “We view storage as the most fertile sector, and predict that cloud storage will experience the strongest growth in the cloud platforms segment,” the report says.So we can see how Google will lead the market for tablets. But is that the gold prize? I don’t think so. Google is also looking at providing storage. The latest code revelations about Google Docs are testament to that. It shows Google is developing ways for people to keep music collections, playlists and preview capabilities. We’ll see considerable innovation in storage over the next few years. An information architecture is emerging that will define the user experience for people accessing their music and other media. These storage environments will be networked to tablet devices. What’s evident is the need for universal ways to share data. Our media is scattered across any number of devices. Online storage that is synced to any device will be what customers want. How we share will be about more than tapping a device. I could go on about the exciting world of Linked Data and how it may be possible some day to share our vast music resources as data sets that can be connected to your community. That’s an exciting future to think about but a topic for another day. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
I knew that my Escaping the Circumstances of Your Birth post would draw out a few comments, and likely some dissenters. This isn’t so much dissent as an interesting comment that was sent by email.Anonymous writes:“It seems that you are advocating being successful so you can live in a big house with a fancy car and a power watch because that’s what success looks like. In your post you say living below your means is ok so again perhaps I’m misinterpreting your words. There is more to success than wealth. There is success in being comfortable in your own skin, success in achieving your goals, success in doing the right thing – like putting your family ahead of your career so you can be with your children. We are not all cut from the same cloth and the definition of success will vary with each of us.”I find this comment interesting mostly because it’s a sign of the times we live in. Success, individual achievement, and wealth are under constant assault. People are made to feel guilty for wanting money, security, and the trappings. I couldn’t disagree with this sentiment any more. You have a duty and an obligation to create wealth, to take care of your family, and to give back in whatever way makes the most sense to you.I teach undergraduates at a university. They tell me they don’t ever have a single person speak to them about money, success, or achievement (other than me, that is). When I ask them what they want to do when they leave college, many say they want to work for a non-profit of some kind. They believe that’s a more honorable answer than, say, being an entrepreneur.Make as much money as you possibly can. There isn’t a damn thing wrong with becoming as wealthy as you are able. And if you can really afford it, by all means get the big house, the fancy car, and the power watch (even though Anonymous is right, it won’t really make you happy–and it might make you miserable).I lived a big part of my life without any money. I’ve lived another part of my life with some money (and resources for producing more). There isn’t any doubt in my mind that having money is better than not having money. Even though I was happy when I was poor, it’s a Hell of a lot better not being poor.There is no shame in poverty, but there isn’t any shame in wealth either.Here’s how I see it, Anon. If there are sins, then surely the greatest among them must be squandering your gifts. I don’t for a minute believe that inside each of the shanty towns I passed last week was genius of all varieties sitting stagnant and wasting.Or maybe it is a greater sin to believe that others aren’t capable of doing more, of being more, and of having more because of the circumstances of their birth. I have no doubt that many of the people that drive past these shanty towns believe that there is nothing in them worth saving. And some who live in the shanty towns may believe the same.My point is this: Without a vision, nothing changes. The preacher in the story I wrote could have provided that vision for some kid. Maybe many of the kids. So could the gentleman in the BMW in Charlie Green’s comment on that post.I agree that success is different for different people. I agree that it’s more than just wealth. In fact, I believe that at the end of your life, you are going to judge your success solely by the relationships of your life. Who you loved and who loved you. Who you were there for and who was there for you.But I can’t imagine any definition of success that includes squandering your gifts or being so arrogant as to believe other people aren’t blessed with extraordinary gifts of their own—especially due to the circumstances of their birth. That is my view of what I saw last week and the story I shared. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
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Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – The Carlsbad flower fields are now open to the public until May 12th.KUSI Chief Photograph Mike Smith stopped by the fields today to catch some people taking advantage of the spring flowers. Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12 Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
The Library of Congress has revealed this year’s class of recordings to be preserved for their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 20, 2019 – 12:44 pm What do Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Cab Calloway, Cyndi Lauper, Ritchie Valens, Neil Diamond and Jay-Z all have in common? These artists are all among this year’s class of inductees to the Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry, an honor bestowed upon 25 recordings each year deemed to “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Twitter Jay-Z, Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees From Valens’ groundbreaking and GRAMMY-nominated 1958 hit “La Bamba” to Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 groove classic “September” to Jay-Z’s 2001 hip-hop masterpiece album The Blueprint, this year’s selections span multiple eras and genres. In addition to the musical selections, spoken-word recording such as Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech on the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are also represented.Other highlights include the1931 single “Minnie the Moocher” by Calloway, who was honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Simone’s 1964 single “Mississippi Goddam,” Diamond’s 1969 single “Sweet Caroline,” Mayfield’s 1972 soundtrack album Super Fly, which was nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special, and Lauper’s 1983 album She’s So Unusual, which was nominated for Album Of The Year.”I’m really honored that ‘She’s So Unusual’ is being recognized as being one of the nation’s audio treasures worthy of lifetime preservation,” Lauper said in a statement. “I was really determined to make a cohesive collection of songs and really determined to make sure all typed of women were represented in the ‘Girls…’ video. I had this very strong vision of how I wanted to put the music together. If this is going to be my thing, and if this is the only time I ever get to open my mouth and sing, I want it to be great.”The diverse group of inductees also includes a 1952 episode of the western radio drama “Gunsmoke,” Lefty Frizzell’s 1959 recording of “Long Black Veil,” the original Broadway cast recording of “Hair” from 1968, and the 1996-released “Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set,” and more. Recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible, and selections are made advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board. The registry now holds a total of 525 titles dating back to the instatement of the National Recording Preservation act of 2000.”The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”Recordings representing Native-American and African-American cultures were also among the selections. Melville Jacobs collection of recordings of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939) documented 23 different separate tribal languages and have been used to revive these vanishing native dialects. Details on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, including a full list of the 25 recording inducted, information on how to nominate for the 2019 Recording Registry and even how to listen to registry titles, is available at the NRPB’s website.Jenny Lewis Raises Money For Women’s Center During Live Album Listening PartyRead more Facebook Email https://twitter.com/librarycongress/status/1108269552893349888 News Jay-Z Among National Recording Registry Inductees jay-z-nina-simone-cyndi-lauper-among-national-recording-registry-inductees
$179 Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:49 $169 Comments See It Best Buy If you have a bootleg streaming device, chances are it’s filled with malware, researchers found. Sarah Tew/CNET It seems there’s no such thing as a free show.Security researchers from the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and Dark Wolfe Consulting looked into six streaming devices that offered free shows through pirated apps and found nearly half of them were packed with malware. While you may have bought a bona fide Apple TV or Roku to watch shows on Netflix or Hulu, there’s an entire market online for jailbroken and modified devices that are tuned to watch this same content for free. They come at a much cheaper price and offer free, unlimited access to shows that you’d normally have to pay a subscription fee for. These devices work just like a Roku or a Fire TV Stick — you plug it into your TV and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. In some cases, they’re loaded with apps. 7 Now playing: Watch this: The DCA and Dark Wolfe found that there were 12 million active users in the US with these devices, meaning that millions of people are exposed to malware packed with these free shows, according to a report DCA published Thursday. “You have a choice, you can either have free movies, or your bank account,” said Tom Galvin, the DCA’s executive director. “When you bring one of these into your home, you’ve escorted a hacker past your security.” One app for pirated movies and live sports, called Mobdro, immediately forwarded his Wi-Fi network name and password to servers in Indonesia, he said. Other apps would collect data on the user, including photos and videos on the network, and upload them to the server. In one case, an app collected more than a terabyte of data after getting connected to Wolfe’s network. These apps offered streams on movies that were still in theaters during the study time, like Aquaman and Green Book, as well as access to pay-per-views like UFC fights. One app, called “Free Netflix,” used a network of stolen Netflix accounts that would constantly rotate so that hacked users would not become suspicious, Wolfe said.In the background, these apps were scanning victims’ networks, looking for open ports to infect other devices, he said. “Once you start using these rogue apps, nothing is free, there’s always some angle to them,” Wolfe said. In one case, when the DCA arranged to buy one of the devices off Craigslist, the seller came out of the Department of Labor building in Washington, DC, to hand off the goods. On hacker forums, the researchers found that criminals online were discussing ways to exploit this malware. “Streaming is where consumers go to for their home entertainment, which means hackers and criminals are now targeting streaming as a place to exploit consumers,” Galvin said. $179 Apple See it See It Crutchfield Tags If the hardware isn’t laced with malware, the apps are, Timber Wolfe, a principal at Dark Wolfe Consulting, found in his research. He said 40% of apps for these devices were infected with malware that can take over a camera or microphone on the network within the first hour.As viewers move to streaming devices to watch shows, like Apple TVs, Rokus, Chromecasts and Fire TVs, black market sellers have capitalized on cordcutters by offering pirated alternatives. Cybercriminals have taken notice, by targeting these bootleg boxes with malware, researchers found. On April 8, the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning that they were fining up to $19,639 per day for people selling these illegal streaming boxes, as well as people using them. While they aren’t in stores, you can still find them in popular sites like eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. They’re also often sold at flea markets and malls for about $75 to $100. People are enticed to buy them because they promise free streams on sports, live shows and new movies. Once you start using these rogue apps, nothing is free, there’s always some angle to them. Timber Wolfe, Dark Wolfe Consulting Those bootleg streaming devices have malware preinstalled Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Malware Share your voice See It $179 Apple TV 4K TV and Movies Security Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming
Global software major Infosys Ltd on Monday reported net profit of Rs.3,398 crore for second quarter (July-September) of this fiscal (2015-16), registering 9.8% growth year-on-year (YoY) and 12% sequentially.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the IT major said consolidated revenue for quarter (Q2) review grew 17.2% YoY and 8.9% sequentially to Rs.15,635 crore under the Indian accounting standard.Under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS), net income increased 1.6% YoY and 9% to $519 million and gross revenue 8.9% YoY and 6% sequentially to $2,392 million ($2.4 billion).
More information: Discovery of optical flickering from the symbiotic star EF Aquilae, arXiv:1702.08243 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1702.08243AbstractWe report optical CCD photometry of the recently identified symbiotic star EF Aql. Our observations in Johnson V and B bands clearly show the presence of stochastic light variations with an amplitude of about 0.2 mag on a time scale of minutes. The observations point toward a white dwarf (WD) as the hot component in the system. It is the 11-th object among more than 200 symbiotic stars known with detected optical flickering. Estimates of the mass accretion rate onto the WD and the mass loss rate in the wind of the Mira secondary star lead to the conclusion that less than 1 per cent of the wind is captured by the WD. Eight further candidates for the detection of flickering in similar systems are suggested. (Phys.org)—European researchers have detected optical flickering from a distant symbiotic star known as EF Aquilae (EF Aql for short). The new findings, presented Feb. 27 on the arXiv pre-print server, offer important hints on the nature and composition of this binary star. Citation: Astronomers detect flickering from the star EF Aquilae (2017, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-astronomers-flickering-star-ef-aquilae.html Located about 11,000 light years away from the Earth, EF Aql is a symbiotic star, a member of the symbiotic Mira subgroup. Symbiotic stars are long-period interacting binaries consisting of an evolved giant transferring mass to a hot compact object – usually a late-sequence red giant providing material to a white dwarf. Although EF Aql was identified as a variable star in 1925, it was confirmed as a symbiotic star in 2016. However, this star has not been thoroughly studied yet, and its nature is still poorly understood.To gain more insights about EF Aql, a team of astronomers led by Radoslav Zamanov of the National Astronomical Observatory (NAO) Rozhen in Bulgaria has recently carried out a series of CCD photometric observations of this star. For this job, they employed five telescopes equipped with CCD cameras between August and November 2016—four located in Bulgaria and one in Spain.These photometric observations allowed the researchers to detect rapid aperiodic brightness variations, like the flickering seen from cataclysmic variables.”Our observations in Johnson V and B bands clearly show the presence of stochastic light variations with an amplitude of about 0.2 mag on a time scale of minutes,” the team wrote in the paper.Such flickering in the form of stochastic photometric variations on timescales of a few minutes with amplitude of a few 0.1 magnitudes is typical for accreting white dwarfs in cataclysmic variables and recurrent novae. Therefore, it strongly indicates that the hot component in the studied symbiotic star is, indeed, a white dwarf.”The presence of flickering strongly suggests that the hot component is a white dwarf,” the paper reads.The researchers estimated that EF Aql’s mass loss rate is about 2 millionths of the mass of the sun year-1, which means that the white dwarf is capturing less than 1 percent of red giant’s stellar wind.”Estimates of the mass accretion rate onto the white dwarf and the mass loss rate in the wind of the Mira secondary star lead to the conclusion that less than 1 percent of the wind is captured by the white dwarf,” the scientists concluded.The research adds EF Aql to the currently very short list of symbiotic stars with detected optical flickering. Although there are more than 200 symbiotic stars known to date, only 10 of them show flickering activity, namely: RS Oph, T CrB, MWC 560, Z And, V2116 Oph, CH Cyg, RT Cru,o Cet, V407 Cyg, and V648 Car. The team also noted that the flickering source in EF Aql is similar to the flickering source in T CrB and RS Oph, which also contain a red giant mass donor. The mysterious cataclysmic variable star Mu Centauri (Update) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Detection of optical flickering of EF Aql. In each panel two check stars are also shown on the same scale. It is clearly seen that EF Aql varies with an amplitude larger than 0.15 mag. Credit: Zamanov et al., 2017.