COUNCIL SAYS HELICOPTER UPGRADE PLANS WILL NOT KEEP TOURISTS OFF SLIABH LIAG

first_imgSliabh LiagDonegal County Council has defended its decision to carry out upgrade works to Sliabh Liag during the peak of the summer season saying the majority of visitors will not be affected.Yesterday the council revealed it is closing parts of the iconic tourist attraction for a week from August 18th to upgrade walkways.A helicopter will carry in more than 500 tonnes of stone to upgrade the walks at the site. Local TD Thomas Pringle slammed the move and said the council should wait until September at least to carry out the works.But the council has now assured the public that the necessary works will not have a major impact on tourists.A statement said “Donegal County Council wishes to stress that the works and the closure of these sections of path will have no impact on the majority of visitors to Sliabh Liag as the upper car park and viewing areas at Bunglas which are the destination for the majority of visitors to Sliabh Liag will remain open at all times during the helicopter lifting operations.“The helicopter lifting operations have been arranged in consultation with stakeholders including the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mountaineering Ireland, local hill walking groups and others. “The exclusion areas have been designed to minimise both risks to the public whilst also minimising the impact on visitors to the area and affected businesses.”The council added that the works are scheduled in line with weather – a claim disputed by Deputy Pringle who claims there will be very little difference in carrying them out a month later.He has appealed to the council to reconsider and reschedule their plans in Autumn saying Donegal tourism realistically has a six week period. COUNCIL SAYS HELICOPTER UPGRADE PLANS WILL NOT KEEP TOURISTS OFF SLIABH LIAG was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalsliabh liagstoneThomas Pringleupgradewalkwayslast_img read more

Tunisia require penalties to overcome Ghana, advance to the quarterfinals

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Andre AyewCaleb EkubanFarouk Ben MustaphaGhanMouez HassenRami BedouiRichard OforiTaha Yassine KhenissiTunisiaWajdi Kechrida Tunisia players celebrate following their penalty shootout victory over Ghana on Monday. (PHOTO/Agency)AFCON 2019Ghana 1(4) – 1(5) TunisiaIsmailia Stadium, IsmailiaMonday, 08-07-2019Goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha was the hero, coming on for the shootout and saving Caleb Ekuban’s penalty. The custodian replaced Mouez Hassen in the final minute of extra time.The Tunisians prevailed to the last eight on penalties 5-4 after a 1-1 draw with Ghana in normal time.They were seconds from an historic win over Ghana but substitute Rami Bedoui headed into his own net with his first touch.Taha Yassine Khenissi gave the Carthage Eagles the lead in the 73rd minute firing past Richard Ofori from a perfect Wajdi Kechrida’s low cross.Leeds striker Ekuban was the only player to miss from the spot, with Ferjani Sassi scoring the decisive kick with calmness to send the 2004 champions into the quarterfinals.Ghana were the dominant side in the first period of the half and had a Andre Ayew goal wrongly disallowed for offside by the assistant referee.Despite their progression, Tunisia remain winless at this year’s continental showpiece as they have drawn all their four games.Tunisia who last won the competition in 2004, will face off with surprise package Madagascar who are ranked 108th in the world, in the quarter finals on Thursday.The other game on Monday-Mali 0-1 Ivory CoastQuarterfinals fixturesWednesday 10th July-Senegal Vs Benin-Nigeria Vs South AfricaThursday 11th July-Algeria Vs Ivory Coast-Madagascar Vs TunisiaComments last_img read more

Errors prove too much for young Jacks

first_imgHumboldt State Women’s Volleyball fell in its home opener in straight sets to Cal State Monterey Bay, 26-24, 25-20 and 25-19 on Thursday night at Lumberjack Arena.Coming off of a tough stretch that saw the Jacks play five games in six days, head coach Kelly Wood knows this team is just getting better.“Tonight we showed progress, but we still play like we are younger at times,” said Wood. “We play with a little bit of fear and lack of confidence.”The Jacks hung close in the first set against …last_img read more

Report: 49ers scouts rip Lynch, Shanahan draft decisions

first_imgEver think about how the 49ers would look with Patrick Mahomes or even Deshaun Watson on their roster rather than Solomon Thomas?A few 49ers scouts certainly do.In fact, some members of the 49ers scouting staff aired their frustrations to Bleacher Report about the way they’ve been “marginalized” by general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan during the team’s draft-day decisions.In the Bleacher Report story, those disheartened scouts questioned why their opinions are ignored by the …last_img read more

Listen: the Nelson Mandela audio series

first_imgJoe Richman, founder of the non-profit organisation Radio Diaries, worked meticulously to compile audio snippets of Nelson Mandela from more than 50 interviews with the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president FW de Klerk. He also managed to get an introduction to the series from Mandela himself. Nelson Mandela provided an introduction to Mandela: An Audio History, compiled by Joe Richman from Radio Diaries. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Priya PitamberWhen Joe Richman, founder of the non-profit organisation Radio Diaries, had lunch with Nelson Mandela and his family, he ate pork chops, Swiss chard and rice, with strawberries for dessert.Between 2003 and 2004, Richman had tried his best to interview Mandela for the documentary Mandela: An Audio History. It was an audio series on the struggle against apartheid as told through accounts of Mandela by those who had fought with and against him.“We had Mandela’s daughter, his doctor, friends from Robben Island, all trying to help us get an interview with him,” wrote Richman on his website. “But it never worked out.”Eventually, Richman received a call from Mandela’s friend and doctor, the late Dr Nthato Motlana. He suggested Richman travel to Soweto where Mandela was receiving an award because it could be the chance he needed to do an interview.“I went. The event was a bust,” he wrote.Motlana offered him a ride back into Johannesburg, but they stopped at what Richman described as a big house with a security guard outside. The doctor went in first, and once Richman got the okay from the guard, he went into the house.“And there, at the dining room table, I could see the back of that unmistakable head. Nelson Mandela, his wife Graça Machel, one of his daughters, two of his grandsons, and Dr Motlana were all sitting down for lunch. There was an extra chair and place setting, for me.”He got his interview for the audio series, which comprised accounts from more than 50 people and included never-heard-before recordings.The series was handed over to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in April this year. “The importance of preserving, learning and sharing history is indisputable,” the foundation said. “It helps us to understand who we once were and how we got here.”It had been broadcast to more than 50 million listeners, said the foundation.“The Nelson Mandela Foundation will preserve and make these oral history archives available for scholars and researchers,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the foundation.Richman noted that Mandela generously recorded an introduction for the radio series and spoke about the importance of understanding one’s own history.“And I left his house feeling like I would take a bullet for that man,” he concluded.Listen to the seven part series:Radio Diaries 1: An Introduction Nelson MandelaRadio Diaries 2: Birth of Apartheid 1944 to 1960Radio Diaries 3: Underground Movement 1960 to 1964Radio Diaries 4: Robben Island 1964 to 1976Radio Diaries 5: State of Emergency 1976 to 1990Radio Diaries 6: Democracy 1990 to 1994Radio Dairies 7: The Final Chapterlast_img read more

2015 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by: Agro-Culture Liquid FertilizersSee results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2Mercer County (Northwest)Corn Summary: There were brown silks, tall stalks, good stalk strength, and minor N deficiencies. We saw some NCLB. There was no insect pressure and ear fill was good. The population was 33,500 in this excellent looking field. Good kernel depth.The yield estimate is 167 bushels.Soybean Summary: They were in 15-rows with excellent yield potential. The beans in the low areas where water had been were 17 inches tall and 36 inches tall in the better areas of the field. Pods are setting all the way to the top of the plant. The population was 156,000 and there were some four-bean pods. There was some Japanese beetle feeding worth watching as the season progresses.Mercer Co. cornMercer Co. cornMercer Co. beansMercer Co. beans with Japanese beetle feedingDarke CountyCorn Summary: This was 110-day corn planted May 4 at 35,000 population. The current stand is 33,500. There is some hail damage and no N deficiencies. There is some heavy GLS and NCLB and it is heading into dent. The overall rating is good, and not excellent, because of the disease pressure. The yield estimate is 164 bushels.Soybean Summary: It was planted May 8 in 15-inch rows. It is a 2.7 bean RR2. PLant height is 15 inches and the first node is three inches with the first beans at 4.5 inches and 1.25 inches between the nodes. No diseases and insect pressure was minor. There were many three and four bean pods and a population 112,000. Still flowering at the top of the plants with an overall excellent rating.Darke Co. cornDarke Co. cornDarke Co. beansDarke Co. beansShelby County (Northeast)Corn Summary: There was some N deficiency but stalk strength was good. There was some animal damage and some spotty weed control problems. There was some disease pressure and minimal insect pressure. Ear fill was the most consistent on the tour this far. The population was 35,500 and there was excellent kernel depth with 248 bushels for a yield estimate in this excellent field.Soybean Summary: The field rating is good but there is variable height die to early season moisture. Canopy height in the low areas was 17 inches and 32 inches in the normal areas of the field. There were pods to the tops of the plants. There was some frogeye in the final stand count 150,000 plants. Good yield potential here.The consistency of this Shelby Co. corn yielded bigDisease in Shelby Co. beansShelby Co. soybeans Champaign County (Central)Corn Summary: The corn was planted April 27 after corn. There was a stand of 32,500. It was a good stand with some N deficiency. There was moderate disease pressure. We did find some corn borer feeding but the leaves looked good in the good to excellent field. The average yield was 182 bushels.Soybean Summary: These beans looked really healthy. They were already done blooming and had a consistent canopy height of 40 inches. It was two inches to the first node and 4.5 inches to the first pods. It was two inches between nodes. There was no disease pressure and light insect pressure with nicely filled pods. The population was around 142,000 with an excellent overall rating.Champaign Co. cornChampaign Co. cornChampaign Co. beansChampaign Co. beans Clark County (Central)Corn Summary: The plants are tall and healthy — no N deficiencies. Most of the cobs have brown silks but there are a few later developing plants out there. There is very little disease or insect pressure and most of the ears were filled very well, but there were some that did not fill to the end. It had a final population of 28,000 plants which really hurt the yield of this beautiful field of corn. The yield estimate is 160 bushels.Soybean Summary: This was a great field of beans with 30-inch rows that were canopied. It had a final population of 147,000. The canopy height was 35 inches with pods all the way to the top in this consistent field. It was 2.5 inches to the first node and the first pods were 6.5 inches with 2.5 inches between nodes. There is some SDS in the lower canopy and some insect pressure. Flowering is complete in this excellent field.Clark Co. cornClark Co. cornClark Co. beansClark Co. beans Miami (Southeast)Corn Summary: Corn was planted the first week of May — 110-day maturity. The plants were tall and green from top to bottom. There was no disease or insect pressure with really full ears with minimal tip back in the late dough stage. The population of 30,000 kept yields down some with an estimate of 190 bushels in this excellent field.Soybean Summary: These were drilled beans in seven-inch rows. They were healthy but in need of some rain. The canopy height was 21 inches with three inches to the first node and 1.5 inches between nodes. They have heavy pod set all the way to the top of the plant at 189,000 population. Field has a good rating.Miami Co. beansMiami Co. cornMiami Co. corn Preble County (North Central)Corn Summary: There is still moisture in the ground here for this 113-day corn planted May 2. Still needs some moisture to finish. Disease pressure was light and no real insect pressure. Ear fill was good and the plant population was 34,000. There was no fungicide applied. We had pretty good kernel depth and a yield estimate of 234 bushels. Soybean Summary: Soybeans were planted in 15-inch rows at a population of 162,000. They were 39 inches tall and good rooting and nodulation. Flowering was complete with many four-bean pods. There was some frogeye showing up. It has excellent yield potential.Preble Co. cornFour-bean pods in Preble Co.Preble Co. corn Butler County (Western)Corn Summary: There was not much N loss and corn was green all the way down. There was quite a bit of disease high in the corn plant — the most we have seen. Ear fill was pretty good. The population was 28,000. There were some skips in the no-till field. No insect pressure. The estimated yield is 162 bushels.Soybean Summary: These are planted at 180,000 in 15-inch rows with a great stand inn the field. The frogeye was severe, probably to the point of impacting yield. The canopy height was 43 inches and even across most of the field. The first node was three inches and the first bean was six or seven inches with three inches between nodes. The beans were heavily podded with the top pods not yet filled very well. The final population was 123,000 and it was overall a good field.Butler Co.beansFrogeye Leaf spot in Butler Co. was the worst we have seenButler Co. cornButler Co. corn Warren CountyCorn Summary: It was a good showy corn with some N loss and some disease pressure. There was no insect pressure, good ear fill and a 33,000 population. The field was excellent with a yield of 198 bushels.Soybean Summary: The beans were tall and healthy, planted in seven-inch rows. They were 43 inches high with three inches to the first node, 4.5 to the first pod and 2.5 between the nodes. There was no disease pressure and slight insect feeding. They are podded all the way to the top, but top pods not yet filled, though there is still time. The final population is 189,000 with an excellent rating.Warren Co. beansWarren Co. beansWarren Co. cornWarren Co. cornMontgomery CountyCorn Summary: There was some N loss and a few two-eared plants. There was some disease pressure and there was some insect pressure. Of the six ears we selected two had western bean cutworm in them. Ear fill was very good and we had 33,500 for the population. There was deep kernel depth and a yield of 223 bushels in the excellent field.Soybean Summary: This was a good field, though the height was variable with low canopy height at 22 inches and normal areas of the field 32 inches tall. The stand was 130,000 and heavily podded with multiple four-bean pods per plant. There was no disease pressure, but we were starting to see some pressure from Japanese beetles and grasshoppers.Western bean cutworm in Montgomery Co. cornMontgomery Co. cornMontgomery Co. beansMontgomery Co. beanslast_img read more

Kiilopään huippu – Aslakin Taigametsä 4 — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedPorvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7ENovember 27, 2018In “Community”Croatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News”Salar de Uyuni GC2M6GC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 26, 2011December 26, 2011In “Community” TraditionalGC1YV19by Aslak, Adoted by exu, nix00 Path to the Geocache of the WeekFinland. Land of the midnight sun and Land of a thousand lakes. Finland should really be known as the “land of tens of thousands of lakes and islands” because there are actually 187,888 lakes and 179,888 islands in the country (side note: who counts these things?).Land of a thousand lakes… and then someFinland recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of independence. Many places around the world celebrated by lighting their own famous landmarks in Finland’s national colors of blue and white. Here some additional fun Finnish facts: The sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer and does not rise above the horizon for 51 days during winter at Finland’s most northernmost point.There are over three million saunas in Finland. There are no payphones in Finland. Forget about Seattle — the average Finn consumes 5 cups of coffee per day. The concept of “freedom to roam” allows folks to pick berries, camp, and fish almost anywhere.Midnight in the middle of summerWe thought we’d highlight a wonderful geocache within Urho Kekkonen National Park, a picturesque nature preserve in the northern region of Lapland. Many geocachers wait to log this cache at the stroke of midnight or host events at the witching hour, bathed in the midnight sun.Midnight events at KiilopäänThe logbook (or loghide). Get it? Log? Hide?This geocache is located at the top of one of the highest and most barren hills, also known as a “fell”. Named Kiilopää, it rises to 546 m (1791 ft) and is reached by walking 2 km (1.25 mi) along a series of wooden stairs, planked walkways, and well-worn paths. The route is challenging towards the end due to the elevation gain, but the views from the top of the surrounding area are well worth the effort.Incredibly windy, sometimes foggy, but on a clear day, you can see for miles and log a well-earned smiley.Incredibly windy…Sometimes foggy……but on a clear day, you can see for miles and log a well-earned smiley.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Location:FinlandN 68° 20.501 E 027° 30.207 Difficulty:2Terrain:3last_img read more

What’s Next for iOS? Better Notifications

first_imgTags:#Apple#mobile#news#NYT#web Apple has always been known for its clean, elegant user interfaces and designs. iOS is no exception, expect for one problem area – notifications. Its notifications are terrible. If you’re in the middle of doing something and you get a push notification, you have no choice but to deal with it or dismiss it and possibly forget about it. According to Mac-centric blog Cult Of Mac, “Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system.”As Cult Of Mac notes, the iOS notifications system has long been considered a blemish on an otherwise well-kept system and it only stands out more in the light of recent announcements.Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS. Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess.HP/Palm’s webOS banner notification system, on the other hand, has been widely praised for its utility and ease of use. And from this week’s preview, it looks to be getting better.The report quotes an anonymous source, who told Cult of Mac that Apple is “now trying to buy a small app developer to fix [notifications]” and that this developer “already has an iPhone app in the App Store.” It goes on to speculate that Boxcar, a known player in the iOS notifications space, is one candidate. Boxcar CEO Jonathan George didn’t have any comment when we asked about any potential acquisition, but he offered some insight on the state of iOS notifications today.“iOS notifications are broken and Boxcar fills that space.  Notifications should be aggregated for the user and optionally interruptive.  No one enjoys having their Cat Piano time interrupted!” said George. “It’s more than just aggregation though, it’s also about allowing any website on the internet to deliver messages to mobile devices, without needing an app. We give users and developers what they need to make push notifications useful.”This idea of “optionally interruptive” is the key flaw with Apple’s current notification system. Imagine if, anytime something happened on your computer, that program stole focus and wouldn’t give it back until you dealt with it. Even worse, when notifications get backed up you end up having to tap through them one at a time. It’s a mess. That’s the state of iOS notifications and, indeed, it is broken. As Cult Of Mac notes, HP showed off its updated notifications at its launch event the other day. It showed an asynchronous, non-obtrusive system that waits for your attention rather than demanding it. We hope to see Apple follow suit. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Could Boost the Success of Your Business

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#business#success Vivek MohtaChief Business Officer Vivek Mohta is chief business officer of Manifold, an artificial intelligence engineering services firm with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … As the artificial intelligence field continues to grow, businesses across the country have found that techniques are coming out of the research lab and into the applied realm to benefit their operations.Recently, Boston Medical Center implemented predictive analytics into its system to determine staffing during the hospital’s busiest hours. Armed with this information, the center is able to adequately staff various areas of the hospital to ensure patients receive timely treatment. This technology doesn’t just stop the hospital from being short-staffed — it drastically improves the efficiency and response time for every patient.Netflix and other entertainment sites commonly take advantage of this technology by suggesting shows for users to watch based on a variety of behavioral factors.With AI, businesses such as these have the power to measure and collect data, recognize patterns, and make inferences. This vastly improves the cloud experience for businesses and their customers.AI grows in scope by the year, and there are countless possibilities that business can take advantage of. It’s crucial for you to find out the areas in which you need the most focus and then go after the AI-based tools and skills that’ll ensure success. Here are three ways AI can help if you’re looking to expand your business’s capabilities:1. AI enables perception.Humans can look at images and get a clear understanding of who’s involved and what’s taking place in just milliseconds. With the help of AI, machines can now do the same thing. Implementing these kinds of tools gives businesses the unique ability to perceive what’s happening. This has many useful applications, from reading radiological scans to automatically inspecting equipment in factories to automatically detecting buildings in satellite imagery.In one recent example, a Japanese cucumber farm adopted TensorFlow technology to ease the time-intensive task of grading cucumbers by quality — a job that can take many hours to accomplish manually. The farm took pictures of its produce and trained deep learning technology to see what it could find. In time, the system could identify some of the most important features and characteristics of each cucumber and sort it with a good degree of accuracy.There are several tools available to companies that want to try adding similar capabilities to their own workflows. For example, Amazon’s Rekognition technology adds image and video analysis to applications. Users can upload files into the Rekognition application programming interface, and the service examines the content’s attributes. It then provides an accurate analysis to the user. It could help businesses verify the identity of users, count how many people are in attendance at events, and keep areas safe.Computer vision is one of the newest and most exciting areas of applied AI. Once fully trained with comprehensive data sets, machines will meaningfully augment human capabilities — they’ll be able to process a larger amount of image and sound data with a higher level of accuracy.2. AI improves pattern recognition.Computers have historically been a tool for determining meaningful patterns from large data sets. As businesses continue to expand customer data assets, it’s crucial for them to be able to recognize more complex customer patterns using more advanced techniques to remain as customer-centric as possible. Continuing improvements in computing power and storage availability mean that machines can now process vast amounts of data — way more than any individual or team of humans can assess.For example, pattern recognition gives businesses the ability to make service or item suggestions to new customers based on their activity and profile. Companies like Babylist use predictive customer analytics to identify items consumers might like to register for or purchase. Google and Facebook use a similar approach to serve ads that users are likely to click on.Another more common example of how businesses can use this type of AI is recognizing customers who are likely to churn. By looking at user data to assess whether they are going to stop using a product or service, companies can intervene with special offers or other attempts to retain business. Customer churn can have a particularly big impact in industries where consumers have a lot of choices. For example, many software-as-a-service companies look closely at this, as do telecom companies.In addition to businesses, the medical system benefits from this type of pattern recognition and inference. Companies like Better Therapeutics provide members with personalized care recommendations based on data.All of these data sets are so big that no human can possibly look at all of the available information and make sense of it, but the computer algorithms can.3. AI refines predictions about the future.Unlike perception or recognition, when an objective truth can be verified by humans during the algorithmic training process, future predictions deal with intrinsic unknowns.The classic example of this is the stock market: If you can predict where it’s going to go, you can make a lot of money. Unfortunately, there just isn’t anything predictable about stock markets. But the significant potential payoff incentivizes people to bring in all sorts of data sets to try to gain an edge. One extreme example of this is market intelligence platform Numerai, a crowd-sourced hedge fund built by data scientists all over the world.Predicting the future has long been a holy grail of data science and artificial intelligence because the potential rewards are so huge, but many challenges remain.Just as there’s a difference among these three areas in terms of the order of magnitude of impact, there’s also a difference in terms of data engineering and deep learning. AI for perception is an entirely new superpower to apply. AI for finding patterns in data improves performance relative to previous techniques. Predicting the future remains challenging, with some opportunities for refinement.You’re not going to hire a statistician who does time series data forecasting and then expect her to put a computer vision deep learning model into production — those are two different things, even though at this point they’re both under the AI umbrella. Ask yourself which of these areas your business needs most, and then focus on going after the tools and skills that you need to implement it. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more