FIANNA FAIL’S SEAN McENIFF TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAINST IAN McGARVEY

first_imgFIANNA FAIL, excluded from the powersharing pact on Donegal County Council, is to field its own candidate for Mayor next Monday.Independent councillor Ian McGarvey is widely accepted to be installed as the first citizen of the county with another independent, Michael McBride, as his deputy.However Fianna Fail will nominate veteran Bundoran councillor Sean McEniff for the role with Seamus O Domhnaill as his deputy. A role-sharing pact ended in 2010 after Labour, Sinn Fein and Fine Gael accused Fianna Fail of passing a budget without their attendance. FIANNA FAIL’S SEAN McENIFF TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAINST IAN McGARVEY was last modified: June 20th, 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:FIANNA FAIL’S SEAN McENIFF TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAINST IAN McGARVEYlast_img read more

AA hosting public information meeting this week

first_imgAre you worried about the drinking habits of someone in your life? Or are you suffering because of your drinking and would like to find help?This meeting may be for you.The Letterkenny branch of Alcoholics Anonymous is holding a public meeting this Thursday 23rd May at The Pastoral Centre, Monastery Drive Letterkenny at 7.30pm. All welcome. Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Teachers, Prison Officers, Gardai/Police are also invited to attend, as they, in their daily work, are frequently in contact with the suffering alcoholic and can put them in contact with AA.Details of the meeting are available on the poster below:AA hosting public information meeting this week was last modified: May 18th, 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

Good News for Data Geeks, Bad News for Everyone Else

first_imgklint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Trends Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Last week we told you that enterprises are investing more into business intelligence and analytics initiatives. This week there’s more good news for professionals in this area: according to KDNuggets, salaries are rising for analytics and data mining professionals.Based on a poll with approximately 250 respondents, KDNuggets found that salaries are up from its 2010 poll in North America, Western Europe, Asia and Latin America. (There is no mention of Eastern Europe, Africa or Antarctica.)It’s a good time to be a geek, particularly one with a background in statistics, analytics and data mining. But a bad time to be almost any other type of worker.For example, The New York Times reported on software that can process legal documents at a fraction of the cost of hiring lawyers and paralegals:That’s good news for the people who develop that software. But for people in the legal profession? Not so much.Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at computer speeds. They can extract relevant concepts — like documents relevant to social protest in the Middle East — even in the absence of specific terms, and deduce patterns of behavior that would have eluded lawyers examining millions of documents.It’s a fascinating piece, detailing how advances in computer science and linguistics have led to breakthroughs in e-discovery, and how that’s being applied to business by companies like Autonomy, Blackstone Discovery, Cataphora and Clearwell. But it also frightening.The Times cites the falling demand for human chip designers as another example of highly skilled, educated workers being replaced by machines. The paper quotes David H. Autor, an economics professor at MIT:It might be worse than Autor things. Research by Forrester, as we recently reported, indicates that IT is slowing U.S. job growth.“There is no reason to think that technology creates unemployment,” Professor Autor said. “Over the long run we find things for people to do. The harder question is, does changing technology always lead to better jobs? The answer is no.”One tiny bit of good news is that the unemployment rate in the U.S. is at its lowest in two years. But this is tempered by the fact that there are still five unemployed people for each job opening.The moral of the story is, I suppose, learn statistics.Will we replace our human ReadWriteWeb staff with algorithms in the near future? Stay tuned. Bleep bloop blop.Image by GrapeCity Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

N-E varsity researchers patent process to treat industrial waste

first_imgThree researchers from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) based in Meghalaya capital Shillong have patented a fast, energy-efficient and low-cost process for treatment and bio-detoxification of industrial effluents contaminated with harmful azo-dye.Non-toxic dischargeThe ‘green process’ developed by Mihir K. Sahoo, Bhauk Sinha and Rajesh N. Sharan for treating waste-water from industries such as textile, leather and paint is 75% faster, 40% more energy-efficient and more sustainable than the existing technology.Their process has also been found to leave the discharge environmentally benign and thus likely to be equally non-toxic to other bio-flora and fauna.“We received the patent for biologically detoxifying industrial waste-water apart from chemical detoxification, which we feel is quite revolutionary. My expertise in molecular biology and my colleagues’ expertise in chemistry combined to develop the technology,” Prof. Sharan of NEHU’s Department of Biochemistry told The Hindu on Sunday.He worked with Dr. Sahoo and Mr. Sinha of NEHU’s Department of Chemistry for four years. The trio perfected the technology and applied for a patent in July 2013. The patent was received in October this year.According to the trio, the traditional treatment of environmentally damaging waste-water effluents with appropriate chemicals processes such as chemical precipitation, coagulation and electrocoagulation only transfers the contaminating chemical entities and chemical groups of the waste-water to other media, thereby producing secondary wastes.Secondary wastes“In some cases, these secondary wastes, intermediates and by-products formed by the second process of chemical remediation or detoxification may produce equally or more toxic chemical entities than the original toxicants and pollutants,” Prof. Sharan said.It was thus important to ascertain if the treated effluent was also benign to the biosphere (flora and fauna). Although theoretically, modern chemical remediation processes completely eliminate the pollutants from waste-water, the trio’s bio-toxicity evaluation of such effluents using Escherichia coli, or E. coli based bio-toxicity assay showed that it still continued to be highly bio-toxic.Most strains of E. coli, a common kind of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals and people, are harmless. Their survival is crucial for bio-flora and fauna, the researchers said.Therefore, the release of such effluents into the environment could adversely affect the survival of aquatic micro-organisms, flora and fauna, thereby disturbing the entire ecosystem and ecological balance.“The so-called waste-water is not really suitable for release directly into streams, rivers and other water bodies. We recognised this serious shortcoming of the existing technologies in the domain, and came up with the innovative technology,” Prof. Sharan said.last_img read more

Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is no stranger to receiving admiration as she is practically the face of Korean women’s volleyball.She has won numerous trophies for both club and country, but the Fenerbahce spiker was surprised with the praise she received in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim And even off the floor, Kim would be showered with praise as fans screamed “K-Y-K!” upon the mere sight of her and even members of the organizing staff couldn’t help but take pictures with her.“Thank you so much for the Filipino fans, when I play here it feels like I’m playing at home. It was great playing here.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “I didn’t expect that there’s so many people supporting me here in the Philippines and when I came here I’m really surprised that a lot of people are supporting me,” said Kim, who also guest starred in some Korean shows.Kim’s favorite moment came when a little boy gave her flowers after they beat China for the bronze medal, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.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 shutout“I saw him before the game and he was like giving this bouquet of flowers to me and I was like ‘after the game, after the game,’” said Kim who had seven points in the game.“He then came to me and he was so cute and my heart was just so thankful.” MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Das underlines need to stick to fiscal targets

first_imgMumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Tuesday underlined the need for sticking to the fiscal roadmap by adopting a commonly agreed expenditure code-based spending plan to address the socioeconomic challenges. He also advocated giving permanent status to the finance commission. The comments from the former-economic-affairs- secretary-turned-central banker assume importance as the government for two consecutive terms have missed it fiscal deficit targets by 10 bps in the outgoing fiscal year. Many analysts fear that even the upwardly revised fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent may be difficult to meet given the massive shortfall indirect tax collection and also shortfall in other budgeted non-tax revenue. Das, speaking at the launch of a book ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism’, by former RBI governor YV Reddy along with GR Reddy here this evening, Das said there is now general agreement about the importance of fiscal consolidation roadmaps both at national and state levels. “While adhering to fiscal deficit targets and debt- to-GDP ratios, it is equally important to undertake a robust expenditure planning based on a ‘commonly agreed expenditure code’ to address the socioeconomic challenges without diluting the goals of fiscal consolidation,” he said. Das, however, said his views do not represent the deliberations or the direction of thinking of the 15th Finance Commission, where he was a member for more than a year. Das said over the past several decades, the successive finance commissions have adopted different approaches with regard to principles of tax devolution, Central grants to be given to the states and fiscal consolidation issues. While at one level, there has to be a framework for fresh and innovative thinking by every finance commission, there is also a need to ensure broad consistency between various finance commissions so that there is some degree of certainty in the fund flow, especially to the states, he said adding this has become more critical in the post-GST scenario. “There has to be continuity and change between finance commissions. Increasingly, it is felt that there is a need to give permanent status to the finance commission,” Das said. According to him, the principle of decentralisation works better when powers and functions are delegated based on which tier of governance is best suited to fulfill that responsibility. Although the Constitution has provided for delegation of certain functions to the urban and rural local bodies, it is seen that there is still a good distance to traverse when it comes to devolution of funds to these local bodies. “It is, therefore, essential that state finance commissions are constituted every five years as well, he said. Das said recent initiatives in fostering cooperative federalism have opened new chapters of cooperation between the Centre and the states, as reflected in the GST Council, which is functioning on the principle of shared sovereignty. “We are, however, a union of states in which both the Union and the states have to be fiscally strong. While this issue has to be addressed by the finance commission, the challenge for GST council is to realise the full potential of GST for enhancing tax-GDP ratio and work on other areas of the economy to enhance competitiveness,” he said. Das mooted that the GST Council can expand its scope and agree to work on other areas of reforms to generate national consensus. But he warned aganist cooperative federalism breeding inertia instead of encouraging competitive federalism.last_img read more

Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

New Youth programs for Greek Welfare Club in SA

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Welfare Centre of South Australia is the welfare agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in South Australia. As part of of its platform to support the Greek Community, it has recently established a youth program. “We are running this program on behalf of the Archdiocese which has a 12 month government funding, which goes through till June,” said manager Gale Sulicich. “The program is designed to encourage Greek youth to maintain their Greek culture, as well as engage in healthy lifestyle choices.” As part of these healthy lifestyle choices, “There are some movement classes for example. Last year we had Greek Dance classes. But we also would like to organise some outside activities, like to the park or to the beach for surfing,” explained Sulicich. Sulicich then went to say that one of the aims is to develop competencies and self confidence in Youth and to essentially provide them with the tools that will help them deal with the challenges and adversities that they will undoubtedly face in life. This will be achieved through activity based programs, education, training, and through the mentors that will support the programs, for example: Drug & Alcohol & Gambling awareness meetings as well as cooking and music lessons. The centre is a non-profit; community based human services organisation, established in 1979. It provides a range of services and programs for people from Greek speaking backgrounds. Their vision is for excellence in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, care, advocacy and support to the Greek community. To achieve this vision the Greek Welfare Centre is working in partnership with Government, service providers and other organisations to ensure that Greek South Australians are offered support and assistance. For further information regarding the centre’s Youth Programs please email kchakiris@greekwelfaresa.org.au or Pharpas@greekwelfaresa.org.au, or phone the office on 08 8212 5100.last_img read more

Wenger criticises Premier Leagues VAR decision

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League has made the wrong decision to not introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for next seasonThe Frenchman revealed his opinion on the decision after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a potential goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, when the ball hit the hand of defender Jamaal Lascelles.“We are behind the rest of the world,” said Wenger, according to BBC.“The Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and I believe that is a very, very bad decision.”The coach feels that VAR could have had a big impact on some of the big games this season and fears that the Premier League is falling behind the other leagues in failing to introduce the technology.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Every big game this season has been decided by mistakes that could have been avoided with VAR.” said the 68 year-old.“The Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe. It worked,”“The young generation is used to [VAR] and worldwide, they might move away from us because they see that in other countries they do it.”The decision to delay the introduction of VAR was made in a recent meeting between shareholders of the Premier League with the majority of the 20 club members present voting against the system.last_img read more