first_imgFormer Armagh legend Oisin McConville believes Jim McGuinness will not start Patrick McBrearty in this Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC Final against Kerry.McConville believes McGuinness will leave McBrearty in reserve despite his impressive performance off the bench against Dublin.McBrearty scored the winning point against Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final and scored three excellent points in the Ulster SFC victory over Monaghan. However, McConville believes the Kilcar man has endured a frustrating season, and is now a better option off the bench for Donegal.McConville was speaking to Charlie Collins at the Donegal Daily ‘Up for the Match’ last night when he said he didn’t think McBrearty would start.“I don’t think McGuinness will start McBrearty, he’s done better off the bench than he has done when he’s started.“I think he’ll keep on the side lines, and bring him on when he needs him, he has used him to great effect against Monaghan and Dublin in the two matches in which he didn’t start in. “As a player you want to play, and you don’t want to get tagged as a super-sub but I do think he’s a great option off the bench.McConville admitted he’s been frustrated with McBrearty this season and said he had predicted him to have a great season, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened.“I’ve been frustrated with McBrearty, I thought he was really going to have a great year and show the undoubted quality he has on a consistent basis, but it hasn’t happened.“He’s as frustrated as anyone by it, he’s some talent, but he’s only scored eight points in the championship all year, and as we’ve said five of those have came from the bench.“He just hasn’t done it from the start, I think it’s hard for him, he’s the main man at club level and was the outstanding player in the country at U21 level. “But he could have a huge impact from the bench on Sunday, his scores against Dublin last time out were outstanding.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCCONVILLE – “I DON’T THINK MCGUINNESS WILL START MCBREARTY” was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page SportnewsOisin McConvillepatrick mcbreartylast_img read more


first_imgA decision by promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal County Council to exclude any mention of Fanad’s iconic Seven Arches on their new information points has been attacked as short sighted and a complete cop-out.The Seven Arches located 1.5 miles north of Portsalon Pier are a series of towering sea caves, linked tunnels and a sea stack crafted out of millions of years of tidal wave, erosion and current patterns.The longest arch stretches for 300 feet while another one is one hundred and twenty feet long. Ironically due to problems with access, the Seven Arches have been ignored for many years and are no longer featured on travel websites and the startling omission is very evident on the Wild Atlantic Way publicity machine.Last weekend we made the journey on foot courtesy of a local farmer in Doaghcrabbin and no problems arose in relation to safety and related issues.Cllr. Ian McGarvey says the Council action in blacking out the Arches is wrong and he’s in contact with the them on a number of fronts.He said that it is imperative that the Council enters into negotiations to explore all avenues that might allow an existing pathway to be reopened and sign posted. Cllr. McGarvey said: “It is not good enough that a prized tourism asset such as the Seven Arches can be ignored by the authorities because of restricted access. In former times every one got to visit the place and the Council must take appropriate action to ensure that this gem of interest is fully restored for the public to visit.”The new information points for visitors at a number of key locations in Fanad have caused shock and consternation because there is not a single mention of one of Ireland’s most iconic sea caves near Portsalon on Lough Swilly. It is understood the decision to exclude any mention of the Seven Arches landmark has been made because of what is termed by the Council as ‘restricted access’.However the Tribune had no problem in reaching the location last weekend.The Portsalon Development Group has described the decision by the promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way as an insult to the Fanad community and a huge setback for all those trying to improve the tourism potential in this part of Donegal.Henry Callaghan told the Tribune that insofar as Fanad is concerned the decision is shocking and must be reversed in the best interests of those involved in the promotion of tourism. He said it is always an uphill battle to attract visitors to remote areas and the Seven Arches must be promoted as the real jewel on the Wild Atlantic Way in this area of Donegal. He added that it is beyond belief that visitors are passing close to the Arches but are not aware that they’ve just missed one of the most important places of interest in county Donegal.“Any promotion of Fanad must start and finish with the Seven Arches and it is our most important attraction provided it is fully developed and sign posted. And it is even more shocking that people are not allowed to visit the place and experience for themselves the effects of nature on the environment along our coastline,” he added.Along with Cllr. McGarvey he’s called on Donegal County Council to enter into all possible negotiations to ensure that the Seven Arches are fully opened up for next season and a campaign of information to highlight the importance of these sea caves.and back some fifty years ago a visit was a must with easy access and the experience of walking through the caves was regularly featured on photos and by travel writers world wide.The Arches are a series of fine caverns scooped out of the limestone rock by the action of the waves over millions of years. Standing inside one of the deep caves has been likened to being in a Gothic Cathedral with the sounds of the sea and nature adding to an experience that words can hardly ever describe.The site can be reached by sea and canoeists and kayakers are regular visitors.The largest cave has a narrow entrance and runs one hundred and thirty feet inland. Beyond this are the Seven Arches,” one of which, forming a grand entrance from the sea, one hundred yards long, divides into two. Beyond the left-hand cave is another, one hundred and twenty feet long. The right-hand cave is again divided into four beautiful caverns, through any one of which a passage may be made to the boulder strand, where another arch leads towards the north. ANGER AS FANAD LANDMARK LEFT OFF WILD ATLANTIC WAY INFO POINTS was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:FanadSeven ArchesWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Liam Doherty with children’s clothing after they were washed i the Tullyvinney area. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Dozens of young families are being forced to wash in brown water because of a contaminated water supply in their area.Hundreds of people are affected by the water in the Tullyvinney area of Raphoe.And incredibly locals estimate the problem has been ongoing for a staggering FIVE YEARS!The brown water coming from a tap.Families on three housing estates including Flaxfields, Beechwood and Beechwood Park are on the water line which stretches for two miles. Local county councillor Liam Doherty said Irish Water area aware of the situation and have now promised to address it.But the Sinn Fein representative was the company to make it a priority.“In fairness, the quality of the water comes and goes but that is simply not good enough for the residents.“This situation has been ongoing for five years now and it needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency. “This area needs to be listed as a mater of priority by Irish Water.“How can they expect young families to wash, bath and drink in this water. It is simply not good enough,” he said.COMMUNITY’S OUTRAGE AT FIVE YEARS OF BROWN WATER was last modified: October 3rd, 2015 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:Cllr Liam DohertydonegalRaphoewaterlast_img read more

SAP: Experimenting And That’s a Good Thing

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Trends alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair SAP talked a bit more about Sybase at Sapphire Now today and its focus for on-premise, on-device and on demand systems.But is the approach that much different? And is SAP taking a bold step into a future where its more about the best approach versus a white knuckled, clenched fist hold on its on-premise systems?James Governor, co-founder of Redmonk says like a lot of companies, SAP is throwing out the seeds to see what flowers.“There has been a huge change in the development culture…..they are doing a lot of experimentation. They are throwing seeds out. Some will grow, some won’t,” Governor said. The discussion about SAP’s future came again through the combined conferences in Frankfurt and Orlando presented by Co-CEOS Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.Hagemann Snabe provided the details, focusing on the inflection point we see today. Interestingly, he made a big point about people and the content that we are producing as evidence of the need to shift toward a more ubiquitous world where collaboration is the rule, not the exception. In turn, real-time services are becoming the most important element in the way people interact and make decisions.This transcends on-premise v. cloud infrastructure debates. Real-time decisions are needed no matter what the delivery. And the data needs to be available anytime, anywhere. That’s where real-time analytics and the Sybase acquisition come into play.Sybase is supposed to be the database for the mobile device. With in-memory, the belief is that customers can get that real-time analysis, accessing SAP apps. Hagemann Snabe used a sales person as a example to show a service that it will release later this year. It’s a sales force automation style service that uses a real-time activity stream.It serves as a decent segue to the efforts SAP is making in the cloud. Business By Design will be rolled toy worldwide in July. SAP StreamWork, the decision making collaboration service, is integrating with Google Wave.SAP is very careful not to make too deep of a commitment to cloud computing. It does seem like it has that vice like grip, making it clear the company will always be true to its roots in the on premise world.But the experimentation is underway. The seeds are in the ground.Now we’ll just to see what flowers bloom.[Disclosure: SAP paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Alex Williams to attend the the SAP Sapphire Now conference in Orlando.] Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Hitting the Brakes on Canada’s Retrofit Program

first_imgWe’ve grown accustomed to complaining about the slow pace of implementation of government programs, but every now and then civic leaders address with lightning speed what they see as program successes and failures.Quick action, though, doesn’t necessarily mean folks still can’t complain.Take, for example, the Canadian government’s decision last week to end, on a few hours’ notice, bookings for the home-energy audits that the federal agency Natural Resources Canada requires before homeowners can participate in its ecoEnergy Retrofit-Homes Program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 ($4,990 U.S.) for homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The rest of the program remains intact: those who managed to book an audit before the deadline, and those whose homes have already had pre-retrofit audits, have until March 31, 2011, to make the improvements and have their home audited a second time to confirm that the work was done correctly.Canada’s Conservative government announced that pre-retrofit audit bookings would end at midnight on Wednesday, March 31. But it was the timing of the announcement – at 5 p.m. Wednesday, seven hours before the decision was to take effect – that drew criticism from political opponents, homeowners, and companies that specialize in retrofit work.Feeling ambushed“They are saying they are not killing it since it still technically goes until March, 2011,” one member of the Parliament of Canada, Liberal MP David McGuinty, told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “But if you haven’t got your energy audit done by tonight at midnight, you are out of luck. There is no rebate for you. It’s a completely arbitrary date. We have never heard this date before.”The move was especially puzzling to many because, the paper noted, Canada’s federal budget promoted the program as recently as March 4, when the budget was officially released. “Due to unprecedented demand under the ecoEnergy Retrofit–Homes program, the Government is allocating a further $80-million to support additional retrofits by Canadian homeowners,” the budget documents said.Most Globe and Mail readers who commented on the story expressed disappointment in the quick cutoff. “This has got to be the sneakiest government I have ever seen in this country. Obviously (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper doesn’t believe in climate change and this is just another one of his ways to make sure nothing is done about it,” wrote one. “Turning off the lights on this program is a shame. There should be six months notice of cancellation. They cannot be serious about this,” wrote another.Audit and retrofit companies also were among those perplexed by the sudden end to audit bookings, CBC News reported.Stephen Farrell, owner of Calgary-based Verdatech Energy Management and Consulting, told the CBC that his company had been doing audits all over Alberta province but will now have to lay off about 25 of the 40 people who work for him.“This was funded by stimulus spending, which is about creating jobs. We did that, and now, we’re having to take away those jobs,” Farrell said. Added Nick Weran, owner of Edmonton-based City Furnace Replacement: “I’m sure that it will slow down business … I know some people who have been waiting to get the audits done. Hopefully, they had them booked.”last_img read more

Stop backing militancy in J&K for talks to happen: Mehbooba to Pak

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday asked Pakistan to stop backing militancy in the State and enable restoration of peace so that a dialogue process could begin.“It is my appeal to those across (the border) that they should renew the policy of not supporting militancy or the gun that they had adopted during (Prime Minister A B) Vajpayee’s time,” she said addressing an election meeting in Dooru in Anantnag constituency.“Help us restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir and then talks will take place here and across (PoK) as well,” she added.The Chief Minister was campaining for Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, her brother and ruling PDP candidate for Anantnag bypolls. Ms. Mufti had vacated that seat last year.Mehbooba said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan in December 2015 had rekindled hopes of improving relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.“Narendra Modi went on his own to Lahore to meet Nawaz Sharif. A new hope was attached to it but unfortunately Pathankot (terror attack) happened,” the Chief Minister said.“These (tense) times will not last forever. Vajpayeeji used to say that you can change friends but not the neighbours. We have to live with each other cordially,” she added.last_img read more

Now, file cyber crimes plaints at POCSO e-box

first_imgChild victims of cyber crimes can now lodge their complaints at the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)’s POCSO e-box.Developed by NCPCR, POCSO e-box was unveiled by Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi last year.Considering the growing menace of cyber crimes targeting children, NCPCR has now enhanced the scope of POCSO e-box to handle cyber bullying, cyber stalking, morphing of images and child pornography. Complaints can be filed by via the e-box button at the Commission’s website, or emailing; or contacting: 9868235077.last_img read more

Where is global warming’s missing heat?

first_imgCall it the climate change conundrum: Even though humans are pumping more greenhouse gases than ever into the atmosphere, the world’s average air temperature isn’t rising as quickly as it once did. Some scientists have proposed that the missing heat is actually being trapped deep underwater by the Pacific Ocean. But a new modeling study concludes that the Pacific isn’t acting alone. Instead, it finds, several of the world’s oceans are playing a role in the warming slowdown by absorbing their share of the “missing” heat.“There are a lot of details about exactly which ocean basin is taking up the energy,” says Andrew Dessler, an atmospheric scientist at Texas A&M University, College Station, who wasn’t involved in the study. But “I don’t see anything in here that changes our expectations of long-term climate change.”The world’s average air temperature has warmed 0.8°C since the late 1880s, but the warming has slowed precipitously in the last 15 years. Scientists have identified a number of factors—among them a temporary downturn in solar activity and more sun-blocking aerosol pollution—that at least partially explain why air temperatures have barely risen since the turn of the millennium. But recent research suggests that Earth is still taking in more energy from the sun than it’s letting out, to the tune of almost a 60-watt light bulb’s worth for every 100 square meters. This excess energy has to go somewhere. A potential answer? The tropical Pacific Ocean. Changing trade winds here may have helped lower sea surface temperatures by altering ocean circulation patterns and making it so heat that otherwise would be warming the air is now trapped deep underwater.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But Sybren Drijfhout, a physical oceanographer at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, questioned whether the Pacific can really account for all the ocean heat trapping and maintain the cool state at its surface on its own. He didn’t study this issue with a traditional climate model. Climate models usually struggle to simulate the warming slowdown on their own unless they incorporate the Pacific’s altered state from the start, he says. Plus, some studies have found heat trapped deep in oceans outside the Pacific, but Drijfhout says these studies don’t show where the heat actually first enters the ocean and how it may travel around once it’s underwater.Armed with a unique model that simulates the world’s oceans using historical weather data on temperature, humidity, and wind, Drijfhout and his colleagues calculated how much heat is moving between the oceans and the atmosphere, as well as where it first enters the ocean. The model revealed that the oceans were trapping more than 80% of the missing heat. But the change in sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific could account for only 30% of the extra ocean heat uptake. The other 70% was split between the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and waters just off Antarctica, Drijfhout and his team reported online this month in Geophysical Research Letters. That suggests that the Pacific isn’t single-handedly running the show after all.The study has prompted disagreement from some other scientists, including Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He maintains that the Pacific is still in charge of the heat uptake elsewhere because its surface cooling effect is strongly linked to how other ocean basins behave. In a modeling study reported online in August in Nature Climate Change, Trenberth and colleagues found that cooling the surface of the tropical Pacific altered atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns in ways that were felt around the globe, including in the Atlantic and polar regions, and resulted in an increase in the amount of heat deep in those oceans.Despite the disagreement on which ocean basin is doing what in the air-warming slowdown, however, a broader picture of Earth’s climate is still emerging. “I think all of these things are sort of adding up to an increased picture that, yes, global warming is continuing, but it’s not just at the surface of the Earth,” Trenberth says.last_img read more

Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco finally won after dropping Games 1 and 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals but lost its starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo in the process.De Ocampo hurt his left calf in the first four minutes of Game 3 and did not return.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next De Ocampo, who was acquired by the Bolts this conference, is averaging 9 points per game in the finals.Fortunately for Meralco, Reynel Hugnatan stepped up with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from downtown. And by the looks of it, Bolts head coach Norman Black fears de Ocampo could miss the remainder of the series.“We have a little bit of bad news, I think we probably lost Ranidel for the rest of the series with the calf injury,” said Black after Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, Wednesday night.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“We’ll have him checked by a doctor but he doesn’t look very good right now,” he added.The 35-year-old de Ocampo has been a vital piece to Meralco’s finals run and his absence is a big blow to the team’s bid to win the franchise’s first championship. MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Black blasts Cone after post-game spat View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more