Water outages affecting parts West Donegal and Inishowen

first_imgTwo separate areas of the county are without water this morning due to burst water mains.Homes, businesses and farms in both Annagry and around Crislaghkeel, Fahan are affected by outages.Irish Water will begin works on the burst at Droim na Ceárta, Anagaire from 10:30am until 2pm today (Monday). Repairs are also underway in Inishowen, where residents of properties in the Crislaghmore Group Water Scheme area should have their supplies restored by 4pm. Water outages affecting parts West Donegal and Inishowen was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Bolton 0 QPR 0

first_imgConor Washington came close to scoring his first QPR goal in an otherwise dreary first half in wet and windy conditions at the Macron Stadium.Washington beat his man and forced a fine save from Ben Amos with a powerful drive the Bolton keeper did well to push away.Earlier, Amos kept out an effort from Junior Hoilett after the Rangers wide-man had exchanged passes with Massimo Luongo.At the other end, Liam Feeney and Jay Spearing sent shots wide of the target and Zach Clough went close with a spectacular overhead kick.Washington started up front after shaking off an ankle knock, replacing Sebastian Polter, while Karl Henry came in for Daniel Tozser in midfield.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Angella, Chery, Tozser, , El Khayati, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cottonwood’s Miller notches victory in return to NFR

first_imgLas Vegas >> Before Thursday night, Nellie Miller, of Cottonwood, hadn’t competed in the Thomas & Mack Center since 2010.Miller made a triumphant return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Thursday, winning Round 1 of the barrel racing in 13.64 seconds.“This round win is a tremendous start to the week and it gives you a lot of confidence in that arena,” said Miller, sitting in third place in the world standings. “It is what we came here to do. Everything worked out. I didn’t win any rounds …last_img

Cool Bat Tricks

first_imgBats put on a dazzling air show.  Science Daily revealed that the acrobatic mammals have magnetic instruments.  Somehow, they are able to use the magnetite in their cells as navigational aids.  Scientists from Leeds University and Princeton conducted experiments on large brown bats.  They were able to steer the bats off course by issuing magnetic pulses.  They surmised that the magnetite gives the animals not only animal magnetism but an internal compass to help them navigate.  Interestingly, humans possess magnetite but still manage to get lost.    Meanwhile, in Sweden, scientists put bats in a wind tunnel to figure out how they hover.  Live Science reported that “bats employ the same, swirling ‘bubbles’ of air called vortexes that many insects use to stay afloat in mid-air.”  This allows the heavier-than-air animals to nearly float as they negotiate in hard-to-get places, such as when sipping nectar from a flower.  The vortices seem glued to the underside of the wing, adapting the wing shape in complex ways.  Even so, bats flap their wings nearly 15 times per second in these situations.Neither article mentioned evolution.  Design science can take credit for these science projects – typical of most real research about observable things.  The author of the second paper is working on developing a bat model he can incorporate into robots.  Designers like to imitate sleek design, not fat chance.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s free streaming radio player

first_img11 March 2008South Africans at home and abroad can now easily use the internet to listen to and even record their favourite local radio stations, thanks to a free, small and easy-to-use programme, “AmaRadio”, that was created by local developer Gary James.Based in Somerset West near Cape Town, James, the owner of a software company called StrategyOnline, last year developed an audio engine, which his company sells to other software developers.The idea for a small, easy-to-use programme through which one can listen to online radio feeds came about as a result of his wife wanting to listen to a Sydney, Australia based radio station over the internet, as well as his aversion to proprietary media players.ConvenientJames points out that while AmaRadio is only about four megabytes in size, players such as Windows Media Player and iTunes weigh in at over 40 and 50 megabytes respectively.With James’ audio engine being capable of playing streaming feeds, he decided to develop a homemade player through which one could listen to online radio stations and various other audio streams over the internet.“Then last week, I wrote an article for my clients explaining how I built this little programme for my wife, using my company’s audio engine,” James told SAinfo this week. “That article sparked the idea to build AmaRadio for South African radio stations.”Over the past weekend, James released a new version of the player, which allows the user to record streaming feeds straight to their hard drives in MP3 format.“In the near future I’ll be adding the ability to schedule recording, so at the start of the week you’ll be able to tell it to record 5FM on Tuesday, from 6pm until 7pm for example,” he explained. “That way, users will be able to listen to their favourite shows when it’s convenient for them.”FreewareJames said his plan was for AmaRadio to always be free software, even though his company could not afford to spend a huge amount of time on a project that did not generate income.Income would be generated from advertisers, radio stations and corporates, rather than from the users themselves.“I suppose there is always the possibility of keeping the free version, and then releasing a paid-for version that has extra features, [such as] the ability to synch directly with an iPod, more advanced scheduling capabilities and more options for how it records stations,” he added.Six hours’ workHe said that he built the first version of AmaRadio last week, in the space of about six hours. With the majority of South African computer users using various Microsoft operating systems, AmaRadio currently works only on various Windows platforms“If there is enough interest, we will look into building versions to support Mac and Linux, though this could be in several months’ time,” James said.Over the past three days, he said the product had received plenty of attention, mainly through several South African blog and technology enthusiast sites, and over 200 people had already downloaded the small piece of software.“I announced AmaRadio on my blog, and within 24 hours had received numerous e-mails from users who loved the product,” James said. “Not bad considering it was released three days ago, and we haven’t done any advertising!”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

7 Cloud-Based Database Services

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts klint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#saas center_img Salesforce.com announced Database.com, its hosted relational database service, in December. Since that time it’s clear that Salesforce.com is far from alone in the market for offering stand-alone, cloud-hosted databases. There are at least four other competitors, with more on the horizon. And one of those is a company all too familiar to Salesforce.com: Microsoft.Although customers have been able to install Oracle or MySQL in on commodity cloud instances for years, these services all provide databases specifically designed for the cloud.In reverse alphabetical order:XeroundXeround, based in Bellvue, WA, offers its own elastic database service based on MySQL. Today it announced that its service will now be available from Amazon Web Services data centers in both Europe and North America. Customers can choose whichever location is closest.In addition to offering multiple geographic locations, Xeround announced that over the course of the next year it will begin to offer other cloud providers such as GoGrid and Rackspace. Xeround’s database is host agnostic, so customers will be able to migrate freely between providers.Microsoft SQL Azure DatabaseMicrosoft offers SQL Azure Database as a standalone service.In a report on SQL Azure, analyst firm Forrester wrote: “Most customers stated that SQL Azure delivers a reliable cloud database platform to support various small to moderately sized applications as well as other data management requirements such as backup, disaster recovery, testing, and collaboration.”SimpleDBAmazon Web Services has its own NoSQL cloud database service called SimpleDB. We’ve covered it occasionally, both in our “Is the Relational Database Doomed?” article and in our “3 New NoSQL Tutorials to Check Out This Weekend.”SimpleDB is really, well, simple. But it could be useful for very basic use cases. It’s also free for minimal use.Google AppEngine Data StoreAs we reported, Google’s own cloud database just made a new type of datastore available and revised its pricing. This was also one of the services we covered in “Is the Relational Database Doomed?“Database.comDatabase.com is based on the same technology that powers Salesforce.com’s flagship CRM service. That means it must be a robust and reliable database. Database.com isn’t available yet, but it’s already been field tested for the past decade. It’s worthy of your consideration for that reason alone.ClearDBYou might remember ClearDB from our “Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011” series. Like Database.com, it offers a hosted relational database.CouchOneCouchOne, the sponsor company of the NoSQL solution CouchDB, offers a free CouchDB hosting service. The service is still in beta.We’ve covered CouchDB several times, notably in this article: “Why Large Hadron Collider Scientists are Using CouchDB.” We don’t know much about CouchOne’s hosting service yet, however. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates challenged by dark horse label

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Pirates have never won the big prize since they entered the league in 2011, but head coach Topex Robinson sees bigger things happening in Season 93.“We’re looking at the big picture, our goal is to be known as a good basketball program,” said Robinson. “We have to remind these guys to always be hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re looking past the championships, ours is the culture we want to promote. That’s bigger than the championship, the championship is the result of what we’re doing right now.”Robinson knows Lyceum will be on the crosshairs of the other NCAA teams and he’s looking for the challenge of trying to break the almost decade-long championship monopoly of San Beda. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NHL free agents following NBA path in picking destinations Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We’ll be marked in the season but that’s part of the challenge, we can be in the bottom and be contented or we could be there with the pressure of being out of the comfort zone, this is exciting for us.”Spearheading the Pirates campaign is versatile swingman CJ Perez, who once played for San Sebastian and stayed for one year at Ateneo.Perez, though, is not alone in Lyceum’s pursuit of excellence.The Marcelino twins of Jaycee and Jayvee are welcome additions to Robinson’s up-tempo style of play with the Pirates utilizing a press-and-trap defense, relentless attacks and back cuts to free up space.Wilson Baltazar, a proven shooter, is one of the main guys that will space the floor for the Pirates while big man Mike Nzeusseu provides the tenacity underneath.ADVERTISEMENT Head coach: Topex RobinsonLast season: 6-12 (9th)Holdovers: MJ Ayaay, Wilson Baltazar, Mike NzeusseuKey losses: Shaq Alanes, Jebb Bulawan, Joseph GabayniKey additions: CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino, Jayvee Marcelino, Spencer PrettaFor the past years, Lyceum has never been considered a serious threat to the NCAA title with traditional power San Beda almost making the championship its personal property.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates300 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

In the air

first_imgThe art martIf creativity knows no bounds, should art then be limited to just canvas and paper? Not if our leading painters can help it. If you are an ardent art lover who can’t think beyond blockbuster exhibits, then here’s something that would interest you. Limited edition mugs featuring works,The art martIf creativity knows no bounds, should art then be limited to just canvas and paper? Not if our leading painters can help it. If you are an ardent art lover who can’t think beyond blockbuster exhibits, then here’s something that would interest you. Limited edition mugs featuring works of 50 top Indian artists are now up for grabs. For an annual fundraising event held by People For Animals (PFA), an animal welfare organisation, prominent painters have come together to create mugs depicting their signature styles. The series titled The Master Collection includes porcelain mugs with artworks by fabled names from the past and present including Raja Ravi Varma, F. N. Souza, Paresh Maity and G. R. Iranna. The mugs come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, priced at Rs 500, each. The line will be launched on August 19 at The Lalit in the Capital.Garden gloryGarden furniture has developed a fine design vocabulary of its own over time and today, patios and gardens are getting rebranded as stylish lounge areas. To accessorise the space, check out Italybased landscape designer Patrizia Pozzi’s range of outdoor furniture pieces, made out of laser-cut, rolled and welded sheet metal that are both imaginative and playful. Titled Radici, the collection made for Italian furniture company De Castelli, includes gazebos, tables, armchairs, coffee tables, benches and stools, with climbing plants providing decorative accents. Flaunting geometric lines, invisible welding and stylish upholstering, these pieces are definitely high on glamour. Visit www.decastelli.com for more information on these one-of-a-kind designs.True coloursDelhi-based design studio Purple Jungle blends kitsch and artistic flair in its line of trays, coasters, cushions and posters. The cotton cushions get frill trimmings from old sarees while colourful prints of elephants, tigers, auto rickshaws and ascetics are embossed on the covers. The label, launched in 2010 by Emeline Grasset and Iris Strill, is inspired by Indian truck art and other local characters like the neighbourhood barber. The cushions, priced at Rs 1,150 each, are available in lifestyle stores across the country.Hide and seekInterior design label Casa Paradox pays homage to Indian craftsmanship through their lacquered wood and metal screens. Highly useful as space dividers, these decorative furniture pieces sport traditional Indian designs like steel-cut jaali work accented with hanging birds in gold and silver tints. With colourful panels and ethnic detailing, the screens help in setting up a private space that is stylish to boot. What’s more, you can create a visual break in your living area by placing them in strategic locations. Take your pick of vibrant colours for a stylish and perfectly-coordinated look. Price of these designer screens are on request.Touch of glassMurano glass artisan Paolo Venini is revered in design circles for marrying vintage charm and contemporary lines to create this handkerchief vase. Inspired by the organic form of an upturned handkerchief, the sculptural piece has been crafted using the famed Zanfirico technique. In this process, a filigree effect is achieved by heating glass rods, twisting them together and encasing them in clear glass. Priced at $1,975 (Rs 87,326), it is retailed by Sweden-based firm Modernity that specialises in furniture, lighting, ceramics and glass. Log on to www.modernity.se for details.Icing on the cakeProduct designer Mukul Goyal is sold on table decor. Continuing his fling with human figurines, the National Institute of Design (NID) alumnus has created a cake dish and server styled out of chromed brass and steel. The collection tilted The Cake Walk pays tribute to a lesser known dance form by the same name, which has its origins in the plantation slave community of the US. Functional yet lively, the cake server is priced at Rs 1,110 while the cake dish, available in two sizes, costs Rs 2,620 and Rs 4,670.Wall wondersBenetti Stone Philosophy has taken a lead in green design by introducing tiles made of ecological resin embedded with natural moss. Measuring 29.8cm x 29.8 cm, these modular tiles can be used only on indoor walls. Available in a range of geometric patterns, the tiles don’t need water, fertiliser or natural light. Check www.benettistone.com for more.advertisementlast_img read more

England tops ICC ODI rankings

first_imgThere was a bit of upheaval in the International Cricket Council (ICC) team rankings on Wednesday following the annual update as England displaced four-time world champions Australia from the One-day International perch and South Africa replaced England as the number one Twenty20 team.Australia lost their numero uno position on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship for the first time in three years, since September 2009, following an annual update which took place on Wednesday.Australia now have 112 rating points and have fallen to fourth spot which is their lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002 as their outstanding record of 30 wins and eight defeats from 40 ODIs in 2009-10 does not reflect any longer after the update.England, with 121 points, have become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point while twice world champion India are third with 120 points – just one point behind England. Australia trail England by nine points.The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the championship tables continue to reflect recent form. As such, the new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.This is the first time England have topped the ODI Championship table since it was launched in 2002. It is also the first time England can claim to be the top ODI team since January 1996, after the rankings are applied retrospectively.Below the top four, the ODI rankings are unchanged. However, the gap between seventhplaced West Indies and eighthranked New Zealand has grown from six to 20 points while ninth-placed Bangladesh are now only three points behind New Zealand.advertisementOn the Twenty20 International Championship table, South Africa have replaced England as the numberone ranked side on after the annual update.However, the number-one T20 ranking, like in the current Test and forthcoming ODI series, will be up for grabs when reigning World Twenty20 champions England and South Africa go head to head in a three-match T20I series starting on September 8 in Chester-le-Street, England.last_img read more