Several vandalised bins to be replaced this week in popular Buncrana area

first_imgBuncrana’s Shorefront is set to receive new large bins this week following the removal of bins that had been vandalised in the area several months ago.The Donegal County Council confirmed that the bins would be reinstalled in the area this week and that Buncrana Tidy Towns had been made aware of the current situation.A number of smaller bins had been removed earlier this year due to the overflowing of rubbish, but now larger barrel bins would be put in place this week. A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said: “Some of the bins were no longer fit for purpose and were removed.“However, the replacement of those bins is well underway and some of the bins will be replaced this week.”Several vandalised bins to be replaced this week in popular Buncrana area was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner named 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist

first_imgArcata >> Ever since he became Humboldt State’s starting running back three seasons ago, Ja’Quan Gardner has been one of the best in the nation.It’s earned him recognition from virtually everywhere you look over the last three years. And that means as just was the case in 2015, Gardner is still in the running for Division II football’s top individual award.It was announced Wednesday evening that Gardner, Humboldt State’s record-setting running back, was named as one of 10 finalists for the …last_img read more

Planning Your Next Revolutionary Invention

first_imgTo innovate something people will want, follow the leader: the Creator of living creatures.Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces (Science Daily): Chinese inventors looked at cicada wings to design new antireflective materials with titanium oxide. Why cicadas, you ask? “The surfaces of the insect’s wings are composed of highly ordered, tiny vertical ‘nano-nipple’ arrays,” the article explains. In both the wing and the designed material, “The multiple reflective and scattering effects of the antireflective structures prevented the incident light from returning to the outside atmosphere.”New approach for screening toxic chemicals mimics mammal senses (PhysOrg): Your tongue and your nose—and those of other mammals—are inspiring inventors at the University of Leicester. It would be nice if machines could find poisons by smell and chemical sensing. “The study was originally inspired by the operating principle of the electronic noses and tongues systems which mimic mammalian smell and taste recognition, combining semi-specific sensors and chemometric techniques for monitoring biochemical processes.”Beaver-inspired wetsuits in the works (Science Daily): Researchers at MIT looked into the fur structure of the beaver to design better insulation for divers. Since it doesn’t require a thick fat layer of material or long fur, the diver won’t have to look like Cookie Monster.Beavers and sea otters lack the thick layer of blubber that insulates walruses and whales. And yet these small, semiaquatic mammals can keep warm and even dry while diving, by trapping warm pockets of air in dense layers of fur. Inspired by these fuzzy swimmers, engineers have now fabricated fur-like, rubbery pelts and used them to identify a mechanism by which air is trapped between individual hairs when the pelts are plunged into liquid.A novel bio-mimicking, planar nano-edge microelectrode enables enhanced long-term neural recording (Scientific Reports): A recent article on CEH discussed how memory is probably encoded in the brain’s synapses (10/18/16). Now, “Inspired by the structural attributes of a synaptic cleft, our team reports here on the next generation of planar microelectrode arrays with nano-edges offering high fidelity recordings over long time periods.”Researchers probing the beneficial secrets in dolphins’ proteins (PhysOrg): “Why reinvent the wheel when nature has the answer?” ask Sver Aune and Dawn Brazell in this article. The dolphins jumping in the photo have a secret: “protective proteins that may contain clues to treatments for aging-associated diseases in humans.” It’s par for the course in “the field of biomimicry, where researchers look to nature for creative solutions to human problems.”Uplink Scheduling of Navigation Constellation Based on Immune Genetic Algorithm (PLoS One): Although this paper does not reference any particular organism, it draws on the “immune genetic algorithm” which is “based on the theory of immunity in biology” according to a paper published by the IEEE.Quick! Make like a tuna (Science Daily): The Department of Homeland Security has a hard time inspecting boat hulls for contraband. So they put on a tuna costume for trick or treat: “Disguised as a tuna, bioswimmer is changing the game for underwater inspections.”Daisy-chain-like molecular structures mimic artificial muscles (PhysOrg): Our muscles contain countless molecular machines, like actin and myosin that convert chemical energy into kinetic energy. The spectacular success of biological muscle can be appreciated by watching the floor exercise of an Olympic gymnast. Engineers can’t hope to imitate real muscle that well, but they continue their cheap imitations. “Scientists from Taiwan have made interlocking daisy-chain-like molecular structures that can switch from an expanded and contracted position based on the removal and addition of zinc, mimicking muscle behavior.”Polymorphic beams and Nature inspired circuits for optical current (Scientific Reports): Engineers have a problem. They want to “exploit the transverse forces governed by the optical current,” but those forces have to be channeled into forms that fit the application. Nature has a solution.Fortunately, Nature has evolved many inspiring solutions to design problems. Indeed, the curved circuits can be described by an elegant expression known as Superformula, which was found by J. Gielis in the study of biological and other natural forms: shapes of plants, micro-organisms (e.g.: cells, bacteria and diatoms), small animals (e.g.: starfish), crystals, etc.Soft robots that mimic human muscles (Science Daily): Metal robots make good Star Wars droids, but soft robots are more cuddly. “Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. But researchers at EPFL’s Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have turned that notion on its head with their soft robots.” Made of silicon and rubber, the team’s soft robotics feel more natural to patients needing assistance with motion. Prosthetics inspired by the flexibility of human muscle might help paraplegics experience safe, free movement again. Other possible applications of soft robotics are endless.‘Shadow method’ reveals locomotion secrets of water striders (Science Daily): Here we are in 2016, and scientists still haven’t completely figured out how water striders walk on water. They know it involves superhydrophobic materials, exploitation of surface tension, and methods of locomotion that won’t sink the critter. What scientists in China are learning will have useful applications for humans: “don’t be surprised to see advanced bionic robots based on the locomotion principles of small insects in the near future — as soon as techniques to fabricate these structures and their control and powering systems can be developed.”We love biomimetics except when we have to smell the second-hand smoke coming from the scientists smoking Darwin Cigars. “Nature has evolved many inspiring solutions to design problems,” they say. Kick the habit; breathe the clean air of intelligent design, where things are happening to make scuba divers, paraplegics, computer users and everybody else happy.Speaking of the design revolution, the Discovery Institute just released a video on Michael Behe called Revolutionary (see trailer on YouTube and more on the official website. It was Behe’s thought-provoking discussion of irreducibly complex molecular machines that, in large part, stimulated the intelligent design movement 20 years ago. Order your copy and join the design revolution.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

Thusong Service Week: taking public services to South Africans

first_img14 September 2015South Africa launched Thusong Service Week yesterday, to run from Monday to Friday, 14 to 18 September, this year.It is a week of heightened communication on the achievements of the Thusong Service Programme and forms part of Public Service Month, a Batho Pele revitalisation strategy to encourage good ethics, morale and pride among public servants.The main hubs of the campaign are the numerous Thusong Service Centres, where information about government services – and access to those services – is made available to peri-urban and rural communities. Previously known as multi- purpose community centres, they were set up in 1999 as a primary vehicle for the implementation of development communication and information, integrating government services into primarily rural communities.There are 185 Thusong Service Centres in 107 local municipalities countrywide. From these, an additional 114 integrated mobile facilities take government services to more rural areas. Here, South Africans can access government services such as grants, personal documents and housing applications, as well as adult basic education and training, and advice for small business development.They can also make use of free office services such as phone, fax, scan, copy, print and post.Now in its 16th year, the programme continues to build access not only to government information and services, but it also offers a place where people can get access to opportunities offered by other civil society groups, including businesses, NGOs and parastatals. It addresses historical, social and economic factors which limited access to information, services and participation by citizens who previously had to travel long distances to access these services.Ethics and moraleThusong Service Week would encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, as well as to commit themselves to improve the way they work to deliver them, said the acting director-general in the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko. He was speaking at the launch in Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend.“The Thusong Service Centre Programme is one of the first unique initiatives implemented by (the) government which integrates services across the three spheres (national, provincial and local government).”Liphoko said while there was a concern about the culture of public servants not doing what they were hired to do, of public servants becoming too arrogant to serve the public, “it is imperative to remind the public servants that they have the role to play in ensuring that citizens gets the service that they deserve”.The week had been set aside to inform citizens about the services, information and opportunities available, and to encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, recommitting themselves towards improving the way they worked to deliver them, Liphoko explained.Public-private partnershipsPublic and private partnerships were key to bring service delivery to residents, he said, adding that “over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors”. This was in line with the call by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this year for more private enterprise partnerships with public services that ensured equal privileges for all South Africans.“Public and private partnership is key to bringing service delivery to the people in this country. Over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors.”Through the Thusong Service Centres, approximately five million people gained access to services from the government, parastatals and community-based organisations each year, Liphoko said.“These centres help in promoting service delivery programmes, transfer of skills, employment creation and providing information on business opportunities for those who are interested in starting their own business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 51 | Thoughts of Spring with Snow on the Ground

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast presented by AgriGold, we get reaction to last week’s USDA Prospective Plantings Report from Superior Feed Ingredients Jon Scheve, Matt visits with Ohio’s CCA of the Year, John Fritz and Dale gets a dairy industry update from Scott Higgins with the American Dairy Association Mid East.last_img

Soggy 2018 sets records

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseLooking back on the previous year, I think I spent more time in 2018 outside in the precipitation than any year I can remember, probably more than the last 5 years combined. Remember those wild April snows? I do. Then, of course, there were steady rains with occasional deluges throughout the growing season and the soggiest autumn harvest in recent memory that kept combines out of the fields and the crops in them for much longer than usual. In 2018, there was not really a spring or a fall. It just went from long, cold, snowy winter to wet, muggy summer to soggy, muddy winter.Vowing to avoid more time spent in the rain, I waited until fairly late in the day on Dec. 31 to go for one last 2018 4-mile run. The rain had finally stopped around 3:30 or so and it looked like the skies cleared a bit by around 4 p.m. I laced up my running shoes and took to the roads. About a quarter mile in, it started to sprinkle. After about a mile the heavy rain began, but I kept on for the intended distance. Soaked: 2018, you rascal, you got me again.Anyone involved with agriculture was acutely aware of the plentiful precipitation in 2018, with some places seeing records broken. At the John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, last year saw a total of 55.18 inches of precipitation, breaking the 2011 record of 54.96. The average rainfall in Columbus is 39.31 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Of the 10 wettest years in Columbus, four have occurred since 2000 — 2018 (first), 2011 (second), 2004 (fourth), and 2003 (eighth). Four other top 10 wet years in Columbus took place between 1882 and 1890.It wasn’t just central Ohio was that was soggy. Most of the state had precipitation levels that were well above normal. Cincinnati had its third highest rainfall total at 55.9 inches and Dayton had its tenth wettest year with 49.99 inches of precipitation in 2018, according to the National Weather Service. Cleveland was also well above average precipitation last year.A combination of factors led to the wet conditions in Ohio and much of the eastern U.S., said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.“An abnormally strong Bermuda high pressure system prevented cold fronts from diving southward out of Canada and into the eastern United States as is typically the case every couple of weeks from July through September,” Elliott said. “As a result, storm systems basically came to a standstill for days on end in the eastern half of the nation.“In addition, three tropical systems (Florence, Gordon and Michael) impacted a large portion of the East. Gordon and Florence slowed down significantly once they made landfall, which allowed these systems to dump extreme amounts of rain over several days.”Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, pointed out the early September the remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved across Ohio triggering upward of 8 inches of rain in southern Ohio. While October rainfall was closer to average for the state (with drier conditions early and wet conditions later in the month) November was not good for getting much harvesting done. During the last week of November, about a half millionPhoto by Lea Kimley.acres of soybeans still had to be harvested across the state.“Ohio is not an anomaly,” Wilson said. “It fits the trend toward increased precipitation that we’ve seen across the Midwest and the Northeast.”Temperatures are getting warmer, and there is a higher amount of water vapor is in the atmosphere, which leads to increased precipitation, Wilson said.“We’re seeing more intense rainfall events and more overall annual precipitation,” he said.This, of course, has implications for Ohio agriculture. Many individual farms had yields better than or near their best ever. Heading into the final January report, the average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to surpass the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19%, and the 190 bushel-per-acre average for Ohio corn is up 11% from 2017’s average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The major exception to the sogginess of 2018 was a well-timed dry spell for much of Ohio in late April and early May, allowing for ideal planting conditions and uniform crop emergence to get the season off to a great start in many areas. After that, the moisture and warm temperatures during the growing season kept crops growing well, but also pushed diseases to yield-limiting levels in fields around the state, particularly in southern Ohio. This impacted 2018 but also could cause problems in 2019 with seed quality. Laura Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension soybean specialist, advised growers to pay attention to the germination rate of their seed this spring when planting and adjust population rates accordingly.Anyone trying to make hay in 2018 will certainly not soon forget the challenges with the rain. For those with livestock, all I can say is, “I’m sorry.” The mud is plentiful and it can make managing animals on pasture or in feedlots a real challenge. OSU Extension Specialist Steve Boyles published research that found dewclaw deep mud or manure in a feedlot situation can reduce animal performance by 7% in beef cattle. When mud and manure get hock deep, the reduction is 28%, according to Stan Smith, with OSU Extension in Fairfield County.I, for one, had my fill of spending time outside in the rain in 2018 and I know many in agriculture feel similarly. Yet, at the same time, it is really hard to complain about the rain that made for a really great growing season and a successful year for crop production.So, thanks for the rains 2018. Now, I guess, it’s time to put on some dry socks and press on.last_img read more

Shazam Gets New CEO: Music-ID App Maker Has Big Plans

first_imgOriginally founded in 1999 and based out of London after a failed attempt to gain investment in Silicon Valley, Shazam launched its service in the UK in 2002. It required you to dial in and play the song into the phone receiver – you’d then receive a text message identifying the artist and track name.  After the smartphone boom and its successful multiplatform app – alongside a slew of partnerships with international companies like Entertainment UK and the Indian streaming service Saavn – Shazam was able to branch out and secure further funding. In 2011, it launched its TV app, the backbone of which is its advertising arm generating revenue in the “double-digit millions” for the company.  Image courtesy of Shazam.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Shazam, a company mostly known for its music identification app, has hired Rich Riley as its new CEO. Riley comes from high up on the corporate ladder (formerly Executive Vice President Americas at Yahoo), but he’s only one piece in the company’s larger roadmap, which includes going plans to go public. With a successful second-screen television app and its accompanying advertising platform, Shazam is no longer just that neat app that helps you identify the song that you happen to be listening to. Switching from CEO to Exectuive Chairman, Andrew Fisher, who has helmed the company since 2005, makes it clear that Shazam has “ambitions to deliver a successful IPO,” he writes in the company’s press release. Shazam, which now has more than 300 million users in 200+ countries, became known to U.S. consumers in the early days of iOS as the go-to music discovery and identification app. However, the technology behind the function was in fact far older. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#IPO#mobile advertising#music apps Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nick statt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Natural calamities impair Odisha’s growth, says Economic Survey

first_imgOdisha, which is pushing for inclusion of natural calamity as a criterion for according Special Category Status, says its economic growth is hindered largely by frequent occurrences of natural disasters.Odisha Economic Survey 2018-19 that was tabled in the State Assembly on Friday says enormous losses to life, livelihoods, property and infrastructure caused due to disasters have put an impediment on the State’s growth trajectory.“During the drought year of 1996-97, the economic growth of the state turned negative (-4.85%). Post the devastating Super Cyclone of 1999, Gross State Domestic Product growth rate was -1.72% in the succeeding year,” the survey says.It observes similarly, post two consecutive cyclones and floods in 2013 and 2014, the growth rate fell to 1.8% in 2014-15, in comparison to a high growth rate of 9.3% in 2013-14.According to the report, apart from losses to life and property, natural disasters also lead to crop failure, decline in surface and groundwater level, increasing unemployment and under-employment, migration and indebtedness.“It is clear that natural calamities impair the growth of an economy, making it imperative to take measures to mitigate losses,” it says.In Odisha’s case, the State’s vulnerability to natural disasters and consequent crop losses may also be a factor behind higher inflation caused due to supply side pressures.“Nearly 35% of all the cyclonic storms that have crossed the eastern coast of India have affected Odisha and the associated storm surges have often inundated large tracts of coastal districts,” the economic survey report points out. Rivers like Mahanadi and its tributaries have the potential to cause severe floods (out of a total geographical area of 15,571 lakh hectares, 1.40 lakh hectares are very flood prone).“Recent trends have shown that the frequency, intensity and extent of droughts in the State are gradually on the rise leading to severe negative impacts on the agricultural sector in the State. In addition, the State is also affected by disasters like heat waves, pest attacks and forest fires,” it says.There have been many instances where a particular area has been struck by a number of disasters simultaneously or repeatedly by one or the other type of disasters, the report further says.The year 2017-18 also witnessed many natural disasters including floods in two phases, drought, pest attack and lightning accidents.last_img read more

Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo upped its winning streak to four games after beating University of the Philippines in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles are now at 4-2 and tied De La Salle for second place in the standings while the Lady Maroons have lost their fourth consecutive game after winning their season opener.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Padda, Adamson embrace inner Wakandan in win over La Salle Now that Ateneo has steadied its ship, midde blocker Bea De Leon said every game for them is a learning experience after they dropped to 0-2 in their first two outings.“Being on the actual game is a big game for us and every game is learning experience,” said De Leon. “The 0-2 start was really tough so it was either go up or just stay there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJules Samonte led Ateneo with 15 points while Jhoana Maraguinot added 11.Diana Carlos had a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde had 16. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more