first_imgAn Chuirt in all its gloryNestled in the shadow of Mt Errigal, there are probably not many hotels in Ireland that enjoy the breathtaking beauty enjoyed by An Chuirt in Gaoth Dobhair.And now Donegal Daily has teamed up with the hugely-popular, four star hotel to offer one lucky couple a two night stay there.And the good news is that there is no entry fee, no premium rate text line and no cutting out coupons. The hotel offers guests the chance to kick back and relaxAll the hotel asks you to do is to answer a simple question which is on the An Chuirt facebook page.The question is ‘What connection does the famous English author Jane Austin have to An Chúirt?’We’ll give you a clue – the can be found on our facebook page or website.To be in a chance to win, log onto the hotel’s facebook page and post your answer then like or share. Yep, it’s that simple and you could be in with a very good chance of a fantastic two night break.Each bedroom is tastefully designedWhy not enjoy a drink in the hotel’s comfortable and cozy bar? Or why not soak all your troubles awayThe break includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room with full Irish breakfast each morning and full use of the hotel’s award- winning Earagail Health Cluband also a complementary bottle of wine if you dine with the hotel on one of the evenings.So what are you waiting for – somebody has to win it.We’ll announce the winner of this fantastic prize in the coming days so get liking or sharing on the An Chuirt website.  WIN A FREE WEEKEND AT ONE OF DONEGAL’S TOP HOTELS was last modified: February 14th, 2013 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:An Chuirt HotelcompetitionDonegal DailyGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

Family duo near completion of 2,500km walk from Cork to Donegal for Autism

first_imgA mother and son who have walked and ran for Autism Awareness for more than 80 days from Cork to Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way will conclude their journey next week. Doctor Susan Crawford and her son Tomás, who have been walking and running a distance of 2,500km since March 23, will continue their journey from Bridgend to Buncrana tomorrow (Sun).The walk had the aim of raising awareness for Autism Awareness, Autism Active and highlight the lack of services for young autistic adults and children.The duo travelled through Crolly, Dore, Bunbeg, Derrybeg, Glassagh, Cnoc Fola, Magheroarty, Gortahork and Falcarragh last week. Members from ICARE and Sonas Youth-club will travel with the pair on Sunday from 10am from Blackthorn Amusements in Bridgend.Members of the public are being urged to come out and show support, with light refreshments being served CARE centre in Buncrana following their arrival. Family duo near completion of 2,500km walk from Cork to Donegal for Autism was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

6 thoughts from the Warriors’ 120-92 loss to the Thunder

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell took a wide step to his right, bounced off Thunder guard Chris Paul and made a contested floater before hitting the floor. Then, believing he was fouled, Russell popped up and made a bee-line for referee James Williams and unloaded a verbal onslaught. Russell was ejected from the game. At the time, five minutes into the second half, the Warriors trailed by 32 points. Russell later admitted his emotions got the best of him. After all, it’s been a …last_img read more

Video: South African libraries

first_imgLibraries play a vital role in South African communities, enabling people to access a wide range of information and offering services such as children’s story-telling, classroom support and community event venues. But how many of us make use of these services? Click arrow to play video.Posted on on 30 March 2009.last_img

5 ways the new connected agriculture world changed in 2016

first_imgThe world of agriculture technology, or agtech, is rapidly evolving from an industry entrenched in tradition to one that is fast embracing change. It’s automating laborious tasks and providing farmers and growers with greater knowledge and insight into their crops than ever before. As technology evolves so does the needs of the farmer and the growing environment. Here are some of the biggest trends of 2016:1. Sensor tech in the field and on the farmToday’s farmer is as likely to have an iPhone and iPad as a pitchfork in hand as they utilize IoT technology to get the most accurate information about the weather and growing conditions, soil quality and moisture and other information that previously was unavailable or difficult to attain in real time.Even traditional companies like John Deere have created connected platforms and vehicles along with a suite of start-ups intent on modernizing farming through increased technological insight. One such company providing solutions is Arable,  an agtech start-up who have created the PulsePod, a six-band spectrometer, four-way net radiometer, and acoustic rain gauge that measures more than 40 observation streams including rain, hail, canopy leaf area, crop water demand, environmental stresses, microclimate, and even air pollution. It’s always on and always connected (built-in Bluetooth, wifi, and cellular).It’s built for security (military grade encryption), flexibility (an API to plug the data into existing platforms), and control (customers choose how/when/what data to share) and enables unprecedented visibility for what’s happening in the field. As founder, Adam Wolf explained:“for the first time we see farmers able to manage the response of crops to the weather,  processors can predict future yield so they can make marketing decisions, we start to see insurance stepping in to cover risk for small holder agriculture, we really see opening up for these parts of the market that are previously inaccessible in terms of risk. This includes drought forecasting and food security; forest and crop responses to weather and climate change; and rural water usage.”2. Indoor and urban farmingCurrently around 20% of the world’s food production is grown within cities rather rural areas and inherent in this is the multi-billion dollar industry of indoor growing and hydroponics. The industry includes $5 billion in urban farming in the US and $5.7 billion for legal cannabis production. The latter is significant as figures are set to rise with the increased legalization of marijuana as the US.One company creating solutions for the home grower is Leaf who have developed a self-contained plug and plant system that automatically grows ‘medicinal’ plants and vegetables that are controlled via smartphone technology. The system provides all the pumps, lights, carbon filter fans (to avoid your home smelling like a marijuana plantation) and nutrients needed to raise a pair of cannabis plants and yield 4 to 5 ounces of marijuana.It also includes a host of environmental sensors and an HD camera that push data (and a time-lapse view of your plants) to your smartphone for continuous tracking. However, it’s not exactly cheap to run with electricity costs alone estimated a between $15-$50 per month so it would be interesting to see future solar applications.Another approach to urban farming is Freight Farms who take an innovative approach to farming, growing crops inside repurposed shipping containers, called Leafy Green Machines- literally a freight-truck-sized farm-in-a-box, with all the necessary equipment and storage required to grow produce.It is hoped that the use of an IoT platform will allow for more detailed monitoring of growing conditions in real-time. By using LogMeIn’s IoT platform Xively, it enables farmers to assess their crops remotely, tracking features such as temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and plant growth.Alerts are delivered whenever any of these metrics fall out of the ideal growing range. The data collected from users also enables Freight Farms to improve their services, giving them greater insight into how customers are utilizing their products. Container gardening is nothing new in urban areas, but it’s foreseeable that the water-efficient containers could be of benefit to regions where drought causes a barrier to farming.3. Edible insects and plant-based nutrientsInsect protein is poised to become a big part of the global food supply. Commonly enjoyed in many non-Western countries they are easy to breed, with a low-carbon input. One US-based company,  Tiny Farms which relies on  IoT and automation to build smart, easily scalable farming systems for insect growth. These include complete sensor integration and a data capture platform for monitoring, analysis, and optimization. A corresponding app provides appropriate tracking to ensure your herd is healthy.Farming also meets food tech as a proliferation of start-ups have emerged over the last year to rival Soylent in the powdered food supplement/substitute market. Almost every start-up conference I have attended in 2016 has included at least three different vendors. Whether it can be considered farming (or manufacturing) is up for debate, but there’s certainly technology in the process.4. What about the robots? Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Tags:#Agtech#factory farming#insects#Leaf#Marijuana#motorleaf#Pulsepod#robotics#robots#sensor tech#Soylent#urban farming A 2012 Agriculture Census revealed that during the past 30 years the average age of U.S. farmers has grown by nearly eight years, from 50.5 years to 58.3 years. This is a concern for the future of farming since there are fewer individuals choosing to farm than before. Thus, it’s entirely possible that robots could meet the employee demand agriculture over the next two decades, especially since they become smarter and cheaper.5. Cost remains a barrierWhile the IoT has a strong presence in farming, it’s not without its’ critics with a report by Lux Research in June suggesting that service costs and niche products are slowing down the adoption of new technologies. Traditionally an industry subsidized in many parts of the world, farming relies on profits through an increased yield and cost savings of water and fertilizer to ensure that technological innovations can be truly effective and provide solutions to the challenges of modern farming.What’s also needed is appropriate mobile coverage across the many acres of farming land, often so extensive it requires visitation by helicopter.  Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) standards will help ensure the breadth of coverage of mobile networks across the fields as well as devices where batteries may not need to be replaced for some years. It will also help extend coverage into cellars, barns, and silos inaccessible via cell signals, actually connecting alarms, sensors, meters, and many more IoT devices 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

Gorakhpur hospital oxygen supply not cut, says U.P. firm

first_imgGorakhpur encephalitis deaths: Myriad factors plague communities  He also raised questions if financial irregularities in the hospital were behind the “missing” cylinders.A note circulated by Meenu Walia, the HR manager of the firm, said the company maintained supply of liquid oxygen to the BRD hospital “irrespective of overdue payment.”“First supply for the month of August was made on August 4. The next intimation of refilling request from BRD medical college was given on August 11, which was also made available on August 12 by Pushpa Sales,” said Ms. Walia.While the DM’s report talks about the interruption of oxygen supply in the hospital, blaming the firm as well as senior hospital management, it remains silent on the cause of death of the children.Audit recommendedRaising suspicions of irregularities, DM Rautela also found “over-writing” in the stock book of the hospital.The report said anomalies in the hospital log book of oxygen cylinders, instances of “over-writing” in the stock book and the failure of the management to maintain a “serial-wise and date-wise” payment of bills to the private firm “prima facie” indicated “financial irregularities.”It recommended that an audit be conducted and that a high-level probe be held by the medical education department.Doctor faultedThe DM indicted Satish Kumar, HoD of anaesthesia ward, and Gajanan Jaiswal, chief pharmacist of the medical college, for laxity in executing their duty of maintaining the oxygen cylinder log book and stock book. “They did not maintain their records well and over-writing was found in the stock book,” the two-page report said. Mr. Kumar was also held “guilty of not discharging his duties” as he was in-charge of the log book as well maintaining the supply of liquid oxygen. Private firm Pushpa Sales Private Limited on Thursday refuted a magisterial report, which held it “responsible” for interrupting the supply of liquid oxygen to Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.It claimed that it did not stop supply though it put pressure on the hospital to receive its overdue payment.Manish Bhandari, the owner of the firm, said he was willing to submit “evidence” before the government to prove his stand.“If they have submitted it [DM report] we will give our evidence when the government asks. We have said that we have not stopped [the supply of oxygen]. We will prove it,” Mr. Bhandari told The Hindu.In his report submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government, District Magistrate of Gorakhpur Rajeev Rautela said Pushpa Sales should not have cut the supply of oxygen as the firm was in the business of “life-saving.”Mr. Bhandari shifted blame on to the hospital authorities, saying it was their responsibility to maintain the stock of oxygen cylinders and also said that the contract to supply cylinders was with another firm.“Maintaining stock of cylinders is not my responsibility,” Mr. Bhandari said.Also Readlast_img read more

‘Advani has always enjoyed a special status within the BJP’

first_imgPower-watching is the favourite indoor sport for many in the nation’s capital. In our case it’s a professional necessity. Like bird-watching, it too requires patience, with long periods of time spent waiting to sight the first flutter in a bush.When Union Home Minister L.K. Advani was appointed deputy prime minister on June 29, caution was the best response. There is no clear-cut role for a deputy prime minister in the Constitution.It was tempting to club his appointment and the lacklustre cabinet reshuffle that followed as cosmetic rather than real change. In fact, a party member described it as “a de facto situation made de jure”.A week has elapsed and there is a definite sense only now of a shift having taken place in the functioning of the Government. By no means has Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee retired but it would seem that more day-to-day political decisions are being referred to Mr Advani.Advani has always enjoyed a special status within the BJP. Now he has almost acquired the role of a CEO to Vajpayee’s chairman of the board.A power shift of this nature is of tremendous interest especially since Advani evokes extreme responses. There are those who swear by him and there are others for whom he is the face of hardline Hindutva and the Rath Yatra. We decided to find out which of these Advanis will now prevail in Government and in which direction he intends to steer the NDA.We sent Editor Prabhu Chawla, Managing Editor Swapan Dasgupta and Associate Editor Rajeev Deshpande to interact with Advani: they spent a relaxed 90 minutes discussing a range of subjects in order to gauge the change in the new deputy prime minister.Says Dasgupta, “Earlier, asked an embarrassing question, he would look down and wring his hands. Now he looks you straight in the eye and is ready with an answer.”At a time when the NDA struggles to deal with its mid-term blues, Advani’s appointment could be the BJP’s last hope to infuse some dynamism in the functioning of the Government.last_img read more

Why can’t Madrid score? World Cup demons haunt Real

first_imgSome in Real Madrid colours might have felt like they saw a version of this game before. It is just over three months since the likes of Dani Carvajal, Marco Asensio, Nacho Fernandez, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Odriozola either watched on from the bench or played in Spain’s impotent 1-1 draw in the World Cup round of 16 against Russia at the Luzkniki Stadium, which eventually saw them eliminated on penalty kicks.Julen Lopetegui finally got a look at Russia’s finest stadium, having being dismissed from overseeing Spain’s summer efforts on the eve of the tournament, but he might well wish he hadn’t. Fernando Hierro was the coach that Sunday afternoon when La Roja had no proper answer to the Russian rear-guard action. And here with CSKA Moscow going into an early lead, the game settled into that wearingly familiar pattern.Toni Kroos has some pretty harrowing memories of this ground too having been on it when Germany were beaten by Mexico at the outset of their ill-fated World Cup campaign. His boneheaded contribution to Nikola Vlasic’s opener won’t have exorcised those demons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! From there Madrid went side to side and back again. They had loads of the ball and dominated most of the rest of the statistics but could not trouble Igor Akinfeev in the CSKA goal, another one of Russia’s summer heroes. His outburst deep into injury time yielded a red card and threatened to derail CSKA’s efforts but they managed to survive.Before that, substitute Mariano Diaz came on and made trouble but his headers either hit the crossbar or went over; it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Real Madrid’s previous No. 7 might well have had more success in front of goal. This was the type of game where Cristiano Ronaldo might well have been accused of stat-padding. How they could have done with a handy hat-trick here.Akinfeev is an old stager who along with Sergi Ignashevich took his leave from the international stage after the glory of the World Cup. The Berezutskiy twins went before that and only the goalkeeper remains in what is a drastically different CSKA line-up these days.The average age of the team has come way down and those looking for a familiar face might only find recognisable ones – Akinfeev aside – in Alan Dzagoev and Mario Fernandes.Viktor Goncharenko has been tasked with overhauling the club and he put his trust in a fresh-faced team in front of around 65,000 at the Luzkniki. Football fever is still hot in Russia following the World Cup ecstasy. CSKA moved their Champions League games here in order to accommodate more fans.Karim Benzema, CSKA vs Real MadridMoscow might have lost some of its party buzz since the summer with the streets around the capital largely returning to normal after unprecedented scenes of jubilation. But this was not some schmaltzy rerun. This was the real thing.And into battle went Nikita Chernov, 22, Rodrigo Becao, 22, Jaka Bijol, 19, Ivan Oblyakov, 20, Ilzat Akhmetov, 20, Fedor Chalov, 20 and Nikola Vlasic, 20. And those were only the starters; more youngsters came off the bench.That they could perform against the famous white shirts of the European champions with such composure and panache is a testament to their growing maturity.Madrid – under Lopetegui – are having some teething troubles in ushering in their new era. They are without a goal since beating Espanyol on September 22. This game marks three in a row without a win. Real Madrid managers of the past have arguably been sacked for less.And Lopetegui was attempting to cope here without most of the men which made a multiple champion of Zinedine Zidane. Sergio Ramos got a rest. Dani Carvajal was forced off injured. Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale all missed out through injuries of their own. Luka Modric was introduced from the bench. Ronaldo – of course – is long gone.What’s left with all those missing is a talented group of young players but a group primarily reliant on Karim Benzema for its goals.Bale is a crucial loss and any hope that Lopetegui has of keeping Madrid on the level will be dependent on keeping him fit. The early season indications are that the Welshman will be one tasked with grabbing most of Ronaldo’s share of the goals. Without him there isn’t the same threat.That is not the fault of those left behind; it merely indicates that world class individual talents can often be the difference between a system working and a system malfunctioning.It’s not quite crisis territory for Lopetegui but the signs are currently worrying. There is a lack of surety in the Barcelona team as well, which should see them stay within striking range of the Catalans in La Liga. But Europe will be a different story where Madrid are three-time defending champions.They need more goals, more penetration and as quickly as possible more wins.last_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus expected to launch in India today: How to watch livestream

first_imgHMD Global is holding an event in New Delhi, India which is touted as an event for the fans where it will launch a new Nokia phone. The company has been teasing “the most awaited phone” launch which suggests the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be announced for the Indian market. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the global variant of the Nokia X6 that was launched in China a few months ago. The affordable mid-range phone has seen a lot of popularity thanks to its notched display and all-glass design, among other things.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is most likely going to be announced as it’s user guide has been up on the Nokia India website for a while now. The device not only brings an attractive design to the affordable segment, but it also looks more 2018 compared to the Nokia 6.1 that was launched earlier this year. Additionally, the device has been teased as a Flipkart exclusive. The event begins at 12pm and you can watch it live via Nokia’s Facebook page.Nokia 6.1 Plus specsThe Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) 19:9 display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also an Android One device which means stock Android Ore out of the box with a promise of timely security updates and Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future.The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.advertisementNokia 6.1 Plus expected India priceThe Nokia 6.1 Plus falls in the lower mid-range segment and we expect it to be priced well under Rs 20,000 when it launches in India. The device should slot somewhere between the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus. Following its launch, the phone will take on the recently launched Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One phone, Redmi Note 5 Pro and the upcoming Moto G6 Plus, among others.last_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth knocked out of Japan Open by world No.33 Lee Dong Keun

first_imgWorld No.8 Kidambi Srikanth bowed out of the Japan Open after losing to world No.33 Lee Dong Keun of Korea on Friday.Srikanth shock loss 1-2 to the Korean at the quarter-finals stage brings and end to India’s campaign at the Japan Open.The seventh seeded Srikanth started the game on a positive note and took the first game 21-19 after a brave fight from the Korean. In the second game, Dong came back stronger and took the lead in the mid-game break at 11-5. Srikanth did try to make a comeback but it failed flat as the Korean took the second game 21-16.In the third and deciding game, Dong again looked the stronger player and took a 6-4 lead after 10 points were played but Srikanth rallied on and levelled it at 9-9 but failed to take the lead in the mid-game break. From there, it was neck-to-neck competition until 15-15 but the Korean took two points straight and made it 17-5. The pressure mounted on Srikanth and he couldn’t make a comeback and ultimately lost the game 18-21 and crashed out of the tournament.The loss could well affect Srikanth’s rankings in the next cycle. He retained his eighth spot in the BWF rankings released on Thursday despite his early exit at the Asian Games.On Thursday, PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy were knocked out of the Japan Open in the round of 16 after losing in straight games.Sindhu lost 18-21, 19-21 to world No.14 Gao Fangjie of China, while Prannoy lost to world No.10 Anthony Ginting of Indonesia 14-21, 17-21.advertisementGinting had defeated formidable Japanese Kento Momota and Olympic champion Chen Long at the Asian Games.Sindhu was seeded third, and had easily won her first round match against world No.13 Sayaka Takahashi 21-17, 7-21, 21-13 on Wednesday. Incidentally Sindhu had played Gao only once previously, where she lost in straight games (21-11, 21-10) at the China Open.The Indian put up a decent fight as she recovered from 2-8 down in the opening game but squandered a 17-14 lead. She was also 15-20 down in the second game but managed to save four match points before once again hitting the net to hand over the match to Gao.In doubles, the men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 18-21 21-16 12-21 to China’s He Jiting and Tan Qiang, while the mixed combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 16-21 to the Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in another match.In women’s singles, Gao relied on her deception to trouble Sindhu early on and took a 8-2 lead. But Sindhu slowly got her bearings, reaching the shuttles early and placing them perfectly.She put Gao on the wrong foot to narrow the lead to 8-10 but a weak return going to the net gave a three-point advantage to the Chinese.Two unforced errors by Gao brought Sindhu back at 13-13. She grabbed a 17-14 lead but it soon vaporised with the Indian committing a few errors.In the second game, Sindhu opened up a 5-0 lead before committing a service error. Gao soon dominated the rallies and clawed back at 7-7 after producing a winner on Sindhu’s weak return.Gao continued to dominate the rallies and soon grabbed five match points at 20-15. Sindhu saved four before hitting the net again to end her campaign.last_img read more